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But the parish was not suffered to res the same time expressed their desire main long destitute; for, in the year that he should visit them as often as 1790, the Rev. Truman Marsh, having possible. been previously requested, took the Thus, with the consent and appropastoral charge of the church, together bation of the Bishop of the diocess, the with that of the Episcopal churches in connexion between them was dissolved, New-Preston and Roxbury; and all and their beloved shepherd removed things were again settled and conducted the same year with his family to Litchwith order and regularity, and strictly field. upon the principles of the Episcopal Once more then had the parish beChurch. On the 4th day of Septem- come vacant; and in consequence of ber, 1793, the members of the congre- their pastor's removal the members gation requested the Right Rev. Bishop were left in a discouraging condition. Seabury to consecrate their church to More than one year had elapsed before the service of Almighty God, by the much effort was used to procure the name of St. John's Church; to which services of a clergyman amongst them; request the Diocesan acceded ; and the and it was discovered by the more disvestry and congregation were highly cerning menabers of the parish that pleased, and grateful to him for his such a course would tend to obliterate fatherly care over them,
Episcopal principles, and rendered cold From this period to 1797, nothing and indifferent many members who transpired of a nature sufficiently im, had heretofore been attentive on the portant to be entitled to a place in the worship and service of our primitive annals of the parish. But, in the and apostolic Church. Considerations spring of this year, a resolution was like these induced some of the mempassed to sell the glebe house, and lot bers to become more active, and to of land attached to it, consisting of make exertions to procure the services, about an acre and three quarters, and of candidates for holy orders, in the hope lying on the west side of the principal of finding one whose services were street in nearly the centre of the town. agreeable, and who would be willing to How this glebe came into the possession settle amongst them. They also made of the church is now a matter of uncer- arrangements to secure the occasional tainty, although report attributes it to assistance of neighbouring clergymen, the munificence of some unknown indi- to preach with them, and administer vidual, and the sale of public high- the ordinances of religion. Accordways, the proceeds of which rere ingly their desk was for some time supshared between the Episcopal and Con- plied by several candidates, and they gregational Societies. The glebe was were often visited by the neighbouring sold for one thousand and thirty-seven ministers: but all this time they felt as dollars.
sheep without a shepherd, and divine The Rev. Mr. Marsh continued in Providence did not seem to open a way
pastoral superintendance of the pa. for the settlement of a clergyman till rish till the autumn of 1799, when he the year 1806, when Mr. Benham, a applied to the Society to be released candidate for holy orders, and who is from the pastoral charge he held over their present rector, read prayers for them. The reasons which induced them at their request, and was soon afhim to think of a removal were not ter desired to take the pastoral charge founded on any misunderstanding be- of the parish, as soon as he was ordaintween him and his flock, for they had 'ed to the ministry. Pursuant to this lived in entire harmony during the request, Mr. B. entered into an agree whole of their connexion; but other ment with the committees from the circumstances rendered it highly expe- three parishes of New-Milford, Newdient in his mind that their present re- Preston, and Roxbury, to become their lation should be dissolved. According- pastor, as soon as he should obtain holy ly, on the 1st of November, 1799, the orders, and to receive annually for his Society voted, though with much re- services the sum of five hundred dollars. luctance, to grant his request, and at Mr. B. accordingly commenced his ser
vices.as a candidate, on Easter-Sanday, the mighty ocean, whose roar but in 1807, and soon after removed his faintly echoed on my ear. The interfamily to New-Milford. Thus the pa- mediate space was pleasingly diversirishes were again supplied with the re- fied into hills and vales. Here, ascendgular services of a pastor residing ing an eminence, a wide champaign amongst them; and, agreeably to their opened to the view. There, winding expectations, Mr. B. was ordained Dea- with the river's limpid stream, a pathcon on the 16th of the following Sep- way led to a rural and romantic village. tember, in the church at Bridgeport, by The church spire from among the trees the late Right Rev. Bishop Jarvis; and, shot up, and seemed to say, Man, let on the 31st of the following August, he thy thoughts go heavenward and rise was ordained Priest, in the church at toward thy God.” On my right, as I Norwalk, by the same Bishop.
advanced, stond an humble shed; I had Thus the expectations of the parishes named it the Cottage of Content. The were answered, and universal harmony fragrance of the enclosed garden at once prevailed in the cure. Since Mr. Ben- regaled the sense and cheered the heart. ham's assumption of the pastoral The scented brier lined the hawthorn charge, a number of very valuable ac- hedge, and woodbines grew luxuriantly quisitions have been made to the parish over the walls of the cottage. I apand church, who have been liberal in proached unnoticed. The window was their gifts, and faithful and frequent at- on a jar. I heard some youthful voice, tendants at the altar of their God and in a kind of melodious cadence, repeatSaviour, and whose praise is already in ing one of Dr. Watts's hymns: the churches. What the members of
“How glorious is our heavenly King, the parish have done to advance the pe- Who reigns above the sky! cuniary interests of the Church gene
How shall a child presume to sing
His dreadful majesty ?", rally, and of this parish in particular, will hereafter, we trust, appear in the
The words evidently appeared to exTreasurer's books.
press the emotions of a grateful heart. And may the rising and future ge. I could not but reflect on the pleasing nerations be prompted to similar works task (would it were pleasing to all!) of faith and labours of love, by the ex- “To rear the tender thought, ample of the pious and liberal among And teach the young idea how to shoot." their predecessors, that when the Di- How commendable are those who, by vine Head of the Church shall appear their labours, bring little children unto in judgment, they, with their fathers Jesus, that he may bless them! how who have been devoted to the cause of praiseworthy the endeavour to take a Christ, may receive the cheering com- little child by the hand, and conduct it' mendation, “Well done, good and into the paths of piety! Go on, ye faithful servants, enter ye into the joys teachers of babes: when the Shepherd of your Lord.”
and Bishop of souls shall appear, ye Feb. 1, 1821.
shall be found to have been feeding his lambs, and, with the young ones of his
flock, you also shall enter into rich pasFrom the Christian Guardian, and Church of tures of glory, and recline beside the England Magazine.
streams which make glad the city of The Cottage of Content; or, a Visit to God. Robin and Mary.
Awakening from these reflections I In one of those delightful evenings, drew nearer the cottage. The sun was when the last rays of the setting sun now set, and the wearied labourer but faintly tinged the tops of the distant sought his peaceful home. I was asked hills, and the whole horizon was serenely of the cottagers to walk in, and, if I calm, I left the precincts of my seques- pleased, to share with them their humtered home, and extended my walk over ble meal. Economy had spread a fruthe neighbouring fields. Beautifully gal yet wholesome board, whilst prayer varied were the surrounding prospects. sanctified the gifts of a gracious ProviIn the distance appeared the waves of dence. The circumstances of this fa
mily were by no means affluent, yet a look which said, “Bring the Bible.” contentment smiled in all their looks. The book was accordingly brought : The brows of Robin and Mary were tarnished were its covers-mits better silvered over with age, and their fur- days were gone. Ah! how unlike the rowed cheeks bespoke their tarrying Bibles of many calling themselves Chrishere was short. Robin had early im- tians! This was daily used. Theirs, pressed on the minds of his children the alas! remain untouched for years, or great importance of a religious life. only handled to display their outward This, as he observed, was to be their adorning and their pictured beauties. richest patrimony; this the greatest Not so was Robin's. Here could he treasure their fond parents had to leave say: them.
Here are my choicest treasures bid; I was gratified with the conversation Here my best comfort lies; of the cottagers. Though “ alike un
Here my desires are satisfied, known to fortone and to fame," yet me
And hence my hopes arise. thought here the great are not envied The chapters selected for perusal their greatness, nor could the mightiest were Genesis xxii. and Matt. xxvi. To monarch upon earth increase the happi- these portions of the sacred volume ness which dwells in the Cottage of prayer succeeded : and did ever the obContent. I was pleased to find the lations of a faithful soul come up ac-' sentiments of Robin congenial with my ceptably to God, it was then. Simple own. We were agreed, that the reli- yet comprehensive were Robin's region of the Bible was the “pearl of quests, and unfeigned his praises for great price," " the one thing needful.” « the great things done for our souls." Gratitude beamed in the eye of my aged If it is possible to foretaste the happi-" friend when speaking of our redemption ness of heaven, it is in such seasons by the incarnation, sufferings, and death when two or three are met together in of Jesus. His animated countenance the name of Jesus. Then do we rise gave joy and gladness to my heart. superior to the world--the light of the
What a moment was this! Happy divine countenance beams upon us, and man, I thought, thou wilt, as “a good ours is the hope blaoming with immorsoldier of Jesus Christ,” finish thy war- tality. I was then in the Cottage of fare gloriously. Thou hast not been content. ashamed of thy Redeemer on earth; I rose to depart, wishing Robin and nor will he disown thee before the his family farewell, and left them with throne of his Father in heaven. the promise of another visit. In re
The hours had passed with a more tracing my steps I had abundant food than usual swiftness during my stay un
for meditation. I felt persuaded that der Robin's roof. Some years had contentment is the chief mean of hapo elapsed since I last visited this content- ness, and religion the only source of ed cot; but still it was the abode of genuine pleasure. some, but "a little lower than the angels." The offspring of Robin and Mary were also habituated to reverence the name of God, to remember the Last Moments of William Lord Russell Lord's day, and regularly to attend
(From his Life, by Lord Johın Russell.) where prayer was wont to be made : and now their parents saw them with The last week of his existence was satisfaction pursuing the ways of plea- · spent in serious preparation. Burnet santness and the paths of peace. Hap- and Tillotson were much with him. On py parents! happy children! Would the evening before his execution, after that others would go and do likewise!” dinner he received a few of his friends,
But to return to our narrative. Fa- and took a last leave of his children. mily prayer was proposed. The “On this occasion, the fondness of a stranger was requested to join in the father did not prevent him from maindevotions of the evening : of course I taining the constancy of his temper. A consented. The youngest son observed little before he went to eat his supper,
he said to Lady Russell, Stay and He then returned to speak of his wife. sup with
me; let us eat our last earthly He said there was a signal providence food together. He talked very cheer- of God in giving him such a wife, where fully during supper on various subjects, there was birth, fortune, great underand particularly of his two daughters. standing, great religion, and great kind He mentioned several passages of dying ness to him; but her carriage, in his men with great freedom of spirit; and extremity, was beyond all. He said when a note was sent to his wife, con- that he was glad that she and his chiltaining a new project for his preserva- dren were to lose nothing by his death; tion, he turned it into ridicule, in such and it was great comfort to him that he a manner, that those who were with left his children in such a mother's him, and were not themselves able to hands, and that she had promised him contain their griefs, were amazed. to take care of herself for their sakes. They could not conceive how his heart, Then he spoke of his own situation, naturally so tender, could resist the im- and said, how great a change death pression of their sorrow. In the day. made, and how wonderfully those new time he had bled at the nose, on which scenes would strike on a soul. He had he said, 'I shall not now let blood to heard how some that had been born divery this: that will be done to-mor-blind, were struck, when, by the couchrow. And when it rained hard that ing of their cataracts, they saw; but night, he said, “Such a rain to-morrow what, he said, if the first thing they saw will spoil a great show, which is a dull were the sun rising? thing on a rainy day.'
6 His servant requested he might sit “Before his wife left him, he took up in his chamber while he slept. This her by the hand, and said, 'This flesh he refused, and was locked up between you now feel, in a few hours, must be eleven and twelve, leaving orders to be cold.' At ten o'clock she left him. He called at four. When his servant came kissed her four or five times; and she at that hour, he found him as sound so governed her sorrow, as not to asleep as at any time in bis life. As he add, by the sight of her distress, to the awoke, he asked what o'clock it was ; pain of separation. Thus they parted; but whilst his servant was preparing not with sobs and tears, but with a his things for him to dress, he fell composed silence; the wife wishing to asleep again. Dr. Burnet coming in spare the feelings of the husband, and woke him, saying, "What, my lord! the husband of the wife, they both re- asleep?? - Yes, Doctor," he said, "I strained the expression of a grief too have slept heartily since one o'clock.' great to be relieved by utterance. He then desired him to go to his wife,
“When she was gone, he said, "Now to say that he was well, and had slept the bitterness of death is past.' And well, and hoped she had done so. He he then ran out into a long discourse remembered himself kindly to her, and concerning her, saying, how great a prayed for her. He dressed himself blessing she had been to him, and what with the same care as usual; and said, a misery it would have been to him, if he thanked God he felt no sort of fear she had not had that magnanimity of or hurry in his thoughts. He prayed spirit, joined to her tenderness, as never several times with Dr. Burnet, and af to have desired him to do a base thing terwards with Dean Tillotson; and, at to save his life. Whereas, what a week intervals, went into his chamber, and be should have passed, if she had been prayed by himself. Once he came out crying on him to turn informer, and to and said he had been much inspired in be a Lord Howard! He then repeated his last prayer, and wished he could to Dr. Burnet, what he had often before have written it down and sent it to his said, that he knew of nothing whereby wife. He gave Dr. Burnet several the
peace of the nation was in danger; commissions to his relations; but none and that all that ever was, was either more earnest than to one of them, loose discourse, or, at most, embryos against all revenge for what had been that never came to any thing; so there done to himself: he told Burnet he was was nothing on foot, to his knowledge. to give him his watch; and, as he
wound it up, he said, I have done with waistcoat. He had brought a nighttime: now eternity comes.'
cap in his pocket, fearing his servant « About half an hour before he was might not get up to him. He undressed called on by the sheriffs, he took Dr. himself, and took off his cravat, withBurnet aside, and said that he meant out the least change of countenance. to say something of the dangers of Just as he was going down to the block, slavery as well as Popery; but on Dr. some one called out to make a lane, Burnet's telling him it would look like that the Duke of Albemarle might see; resentment, and begging him to let it upon which he looked full that way. alone, he smiled, and said he would do
Dr. Burnet had advised him not to turn
about his head when it was once on the “As he came down, he met Lord block, and not to give a signal to the Cavendish, and took leave of him; but executioner. These directions he puncremembering something of importance; tually attended to. he went back to him, and spoke to him
« When he had lain down,' says with great earnestness. He pressed Dr. Burnet, “I once looked at him, him anxiously to apply himself more and saw no change in his looks; and, to religion, and told him what great though he was still lifting up his hands, comfort and support he felt from it now there was no trembling, though in the in his extremity. Such was bis last moment in which I looked the execuadvice and farewell to his dearest tioner happened to be laying his axe te friend. He went into his coach with his neck, to direct him to take aim: I great cheerfulness. Dr. Tillotson and thought it touched him, but am sure he Dr. Burnet accompanied him. As seemed not to mind it. The executhey were going, he looked about him tioner, at two strokes, cut off his head." and knew several persons. Some he saw staring on him, who knew him, and did not put off their hats. He
Patriarch Gregory. said, there was great joy in some, but
THE recent insurrection of the . that did not touch him so much as the Greeks against their Turkish masters tears he observed in the eyes of others; has given rise to the most dreadful atro. for that, he said, made him tender. He cities at Constantinople and various sung within himself as he went along: other places. It is not easy to form any and Dr. Burnet asking him what he conjecture as to the final result; but was singing, he said it was the 119th it is to be apprehended, that the Greeks Psalm; but he should sing better very do not possess sufficient principle pro
As the carriage turned into perly to use their liberty, even should Little Queen-street, he said, 'I have they be so successful as to obtain it; often turned to the other hand with while that success can only be obtained great comfort, but now I turn to this by scenes of bloodshed and horror with greater. As he said this, he
from which humanity shrinks. Among looked towards his own house, and Dr. the first victims of Turkish violence we Tillotson saw a tear drop from his eye. have to record the death of the Patri
“ Just as they were entering Lin- arch Gregory, the enlightened and realcoln's-Inn-Fields, he said, “This has ous friend of Bible Societies. Some been to me a place of sinning, and God difficulty will, we fear, be found in disnow makes it the place of my punish- covering another instrument so admirment. He wondered to see so great a ably fitted for the promotion of this crowd assembled. He had before obo great work as this lamented Prelate. served that it rained, and said to his
He was a native of Peloponnesus, companions, “This rain may do you and first consecrated to the Archiepishurt that are bareheaded.”
copal See of Smyrna, where he left After his speech on the scaffold, and honourable testimonials of his piety some time spent in devotion
and Christian virtues. Translated to “ He then knelt down and prayed the patriarchal throne of Constantithree or four minutes by himself. When nople, he occupied it at three distinct this was done he took off his coat and periods, for under the Mussulman des