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1 was smitten to the heart, and obliged to acknowledge myselt guilty: 1 could not lilt up my mind but with sighs and tears: 1 saw myself exposed to the wrath ot a just God, whom I had grievously offended; and I was conscious that, it I died in that state, I must eternally perish. An inexpressible sense of guilt now pressed my awakened conscience: I felt the truth and meaning of that text, " A wounded spirit, whocan bear!" The night following was to me the hour and power of daikness: I suffered the greatest agonies, both in body and soul; and strove to pray, but could not. Satan seemed to set upon me with all his fury; and, for some days, I laboured under the most acme sensations of guilt, lamenting over myself as the most vile and wretched of all the human rate j and earnestly imploring the divine forgiveness. When it pleased the Lord to restore my health, I became « constant attendant on the Established Church; but the doctrine I heard was not calculated to afford comfort to my distressed mind, nor to remove the load from a conscience laden with guilt. I began to see more and mote of the evil of sin; and my inward depravity occasioned me much uneasiness. Vain thoughts and wander. Higs of affection, even in my most retired morrents, filled me with the greatest distress: but the more my distress increased, the more 1 sought lor life by the works of the law; and being tlius harrassed by inward corruptions, I endeavoured, by fasting and other bodily austerities, entirely to mortify them : but this experiment nearly cost me my life, and left me as destitute of the object ot my wishes as before. My sins continued to lie heavy on my Iliiud; my spirits were greatly depressed; I grew melancholy, having no minister or religious friend to whom 1 could communicate the burden of my soul; but, after very many discouragements and temptations, he who pities the weary and heavy laden pitied me; and led me into the acquaintance of a Dissenting family, through whose in. jtrumeuulity I was hist made it

quaintcd with the truth as it is in Jesus, Through their persuasion, 1 was first brought under the sound of the gospel; and when 1 was enabled to beliold Jesus, with extended arms, ready to receive sinners, my heart was tilled with joy, — my burden was'removed, by a believing view ot the efficacy of his blood. The saviour now became increasingly precious: his name was the theme on which I delighted to dwell. 1 was enabled to walk under a sweet sense of the love of God; and have frequently, while engaged in duty, been indulged \vith such a sight of my Redeemer's glory, and such a taste of his grace, that I have wished, if it were his w ill, 1 might never return to the world again."

Some time after this, Miss Cross joined the church under the care of Mr. Smith, of Brentwood, whose ministry had been singularly blessed to her; and continued for some years to adorn the doctrines of God her Saviour in all things ; ever careful to strengthen the hands of her minister, and to recommend, by every means in her power, the gospel she professed.

In the spring of last year, she was attacked by that invidious and fatal foe to youth, a pulmonary consumption. From the first, she thought it a summons that would be decisive; and received it with that calm dignity of soul which habitual faith and resignation to the divine will produces. Though diligent in her attention to every means calculated to counteract or remove the disorder, she felt a prevailing desire to depart, and be with her Lord. She anticipated her dissolution as the most welcome and glorious event; and talked of it, not only with firmness, but delight I Often would she enlarge upon the joys of the blessed in Heaven, and her own extreme unworthiness to share them. Her habitual and fervent de-votion, her exalted intercourse with the Father of her spirit, filled her soul with peace, and gave an elevation even to her counte. nance: even after nights of unceasing restlessness and pain, a smile uf gratitude and joy diffjised Itself over every feature. When she came from her closet, her face shone; and it was evident to every serious observer, that, like Moses «f old, she had been on the mount. No murmur esc:n>ed her lips. Her constant theme was the mercy of God; and her only source of regret, that she could do so littfe in her afflicted state to glorify him. Two hymns were her peculiar favourites, and seemed to express the very feelings of her soul. The one begins thus:

"When languor ami disease invade
This trembling house of clay,
'Tis sweet 10 look be, ,>nd the grave,
And Ions lo fly away!"

The other thus:

"Sweet the moments rich in blessing," &c.

When visited by any of her rear relations or friends, she received them with affection and coi-.iposure; and when some of them have been bathed in 'cars before her, she united,with the finest sensibility, the fortitude of a martyr. Ardently and incessantly she longed for the ccnversion of her dear friends. When expressing her hopes and fears respecting a brother or a sister, she would say (and she spake in the sincerity of her soul) that she would most gladly sacrifice a hundred lives for their conversiou. Her prayers of faith will be answered.

When she drew near the close of life, her pain of body increased much beyond what is usual in such disorders; and she solicited the prayers of friends about her, that her patience might not fail; but at the same time observed, that she felt no wish to have a less decree of pain, or of less duration, than the Lord pleased. Her will indeed, on every occasion, seemed lost in. the divine will. The constant arid lively exercise of faith kept up in •ninterrupted harmony and submission within. When at any time asked, Whether she was trouhUJ with fears or unbelief?—she won't reply, that, with her view of the promises and faithfulness ot God, she dared not, she could not, disbelieve or fear for a moment.

About a week before her death, however, considerable darkness for a few hours clouded h^r soul; but this last attack c.f the enemy made no abiding impression. Soon did he, when resisted, lee from her; and her evening sun was serene and bright. As her t dily pain incre !sed, she was favoured with gsowimr confidence . id support; and though her sufferings were great, she obseived to a friend, that they would not be long. — From :hat kind 'eclarati >n made to the church in L. ypt, she had received peculiar comfort: " f have seen, I have sec, the affliction of my people," &c. With such energy am' satisfaction, she said, were those words applied tc her i lind, that they itemed as it spokc:> to her by the cheering voice of theSaviotii himself; air still she »ou:d express her wish that she migi t Sutter as well as do the whole will of(,od.

In the morning of that day on which she died, the friend, at whose house she had been tor some time, went to her bed-; ide, and enquiring how she wa<, she answ ered to the following effect: "I have had a night of excruciating pain; but how can I call it Pain, while so abundantly strengthened! Never had I consolation so great from the precious word of God! All the promises of Scripture, in their nch fulness and variety, have crowded into my mind, and tilled me with joy unspeakable I" After familyworship, she was assisted to rise?, and take her seat, as before, at the fire-side. A respectable female friend, to whom she felt the wannest attachment, and who was indeed a kindred spirit, visited her about noon. Though excessive languor prevented her from saying much, the remarks she made in conversation were strongly expressive of her confidence. About three o'clock, being left with her nurse, she arranged some papers that were by her; and having desired that some of them should be given to a friend whom she mentioned, and the rest to her sister, she requested to*1ie down. As it conscious the time of tier departure was at hand, she placed herself in the most easy posture on the bed, and reclining her head on her arm, seemed free from all sorrow or pain. A little before six o'clock in the evening, without a struggle or a groan, she sweetly fell asleep in Jesus, — her face still retaining the same glowing smiles of affection ami hope; — even the rude hand of Dt ith was unable immediately to efiace the strong impressions ot joy and gladness her triumphs left on htr countenance, The same elevated views seemed to animate and beam through every feature!

Thus died this eminent disciple ot Christ I Few, in these times ot lukewarmness, have experienced such uninterrupted peace of mind through life, or such strong support in death. Her views of the doctrines of the gospel were clear and scriptural; and these doctrines had theii genuine influence upon her temper and conduct to an unusual extent. For some years before her death, she had been almost entirely free from all legal hopes and fears, and rejoiced in the assurance of her interest in the free and full salvation of Christ; yet none more diligent in the use of means, none more watchful against sin, or more careful to flee irom its very appearance. She was frequent and lervent in prayer, attended the ordinances of God's house with exemplary punctuality, and seized every occasion ot faithfully but affectionately reproving sin. Much was she grieved when she heard of any who professed the gospel, and yet resolved all their faith into mere notions. She lived not like these scourges of the church, upon her views of the truth; but upon the truth itself: and as its energy was felt in her heart, it manifested itself in an humble,, a holy, and a circumspect walk.

Her love to the saints, and the ministers of Christ, shewed itself in her whole deportment. To promote peace in the church and aiiKXng her acquaintances, she would sacrifice any thing but truth. Hit uvrii niiuistex she highly re.

garded; and *he endeavoured continually to encourage him, and strengthen his hands.

At her request, her funeral-sermon was prcaclied at Brentwood, by her pastor, from a text of her own selecting (i Pet. iv. n)"Thal God in all things," Arc.; and on the Sunday following, as she had also requested, her death was improved at Upminster, a neighbouring place, by the Rev. J. Atkinson, of London, at whose house she died, the tst of Dec. 1804, in the twentysixth year of her age. J. A.

SAMUEL WHITE.

Dec. 3, 1804., died at Woodbridge, Suffolk, S. White, in the fifty-seventh year of his age. He had for many years attended UPO the preaching of the gospel; but for a long time laboured under doubts and fears concerning his eternal interest. About five years back, the Lord, in great mercy, removed his doubts, and gavo him to see clearly, " that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." He patiently endured much bodily amicrionj; and he experienced muck of the divine presence. It might be truly said, that the word of Christ dwelt in him richly, in all spiritual wisdom, according t.> that wisdom which the: Holy Ghost teacheth, — comparing spiritual things with spiritual, which wag the daily delight of his soul. A few days before his death, he was confined to his bed by sickness, which he believed would end in his death ; but he said that he had no will of his own, and was perfectly resigned to the divine will. About three o'clock on Monday morning, the 3d of December, he said to a friend that was present, The Lord is the same: he is un» changeable in all his purposes I Christ is truly precious to my soul I" About eight o'clock in the morning he departed this life, with a hope full of blessed immortality, leaving an afflicted widow to lament his loss.

R. C.

REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.

Sermon peached at St. Ann's, Black- present our readers with the following friars, June 4, 1805, before the So- aniinated paragraph, which concludes cirt; for Dissions to Africa and the the sermon : East, at their Fifth Anniversary. By “I beseech yon, brethren, by that the Rer. John Venn, M.A. Also, the abundance of spiritual mercies which Report of the Commilter, &c. 8vo, Is. you possess in Christ Jesus, that your

will shew compassion to the inillions of This discourse is founded on 1 Cor. your fellow-creatures who are destitute i. 21, ** For after that, in the wisdom of them. You are called regularly of God, the world by wisdom knew not each week to the house of God, to bear God, it pleased God, by the foolishness the glad tidings of his gospel; but, of preaching, to save them that be throughout the vast continent of Africa, lieve." The nature of true reforma- to joyful bells are ever heard to suntion, - the ineficacy of every method mon the assembly of Christians to his of reforming man but one, - and the temple. You enjoy the rest, the divine efficacy of the gospel, form the peare, the delightful tranquillity of a principal topics of the sermon. 'The Sabbath; but a Sabbath is a word unmoral improvement of man is consider known there, and of the blessings ed under four different aspects: as it which it communicates, millions there relates to himsef, to his fellor-crea- are wholly ignorant. You have the tures, to his Creator, and to another life. Bible in your hands, the charter of The preacher then surveys the means salvation, and there you daily read which were employed for this purpose with delight the promises of a gracious before the coming of Christ; and here God, and enjoy the treasures of mercy he exhibits, in an affecting manner, which are displayed in Christ Jesus! their utter insu Ticiency; proving that Ah! think how many are totally 10the Pagan system of religion was so acquainted with these treasures how far from being connected with Morality, many have never heard of a promise that it debased and degraded it. The of God, have never known that he assistance afforded by lawgivers and sent his Son for the salvation of man. philosophers was equally fruitless: the Are you in distress? You flee to latter were few in number, destitute of Gol in Christ as your refuge ; you rezeal to do good, took no pains to suppose on his inercy, and are at peace : press vice, disregarded the poor, and but they know of no such mercy; they were extremely erroneous in their views suffer without confort; they sink withof moral obligation, the nature of mo- out hope. When you are called to the rality, and the character of the Deity. closing scene of life, what consolations

The author then proceeds to shew, surround you, and brighten your dying that the gospel is admirably adapted to moments! You reflect on the blood produce a full and complete reforma of Christ, which cieanseth from all tion of man. “A grand and distin- sin;" you commit yourself to him who, guishing feature of the Christian sys- you are persuaded, is able to keep that tem is, that it honours God as the which is entrusted to him: you look only source of all good."-" The foun- forward with hope to the joys ready to dation of the reforn and salvation of be revealed. But are they lyin; upon man was to be laid in the knowledge of a death-bed? No kind friend sooths the glorious gospel, - a system calcu- their departure, by encouraging hope Jated to open views entirely new to and strengthening faith. - Are they man, to excite affections of the most alarmed ? No sacrifice for sin is prepowerful kind, and to instil principles sented before them. - Are they anxithe most pure and efficacious." Each - ous about their future state? All is of these important particulars is am- dreadful darkness! not a ray of light, plified in a suitable manner; and par not a beam of hope, shoots through the ticularly in reference to the object of obscurity which surrounds them. Oh, the "Society, before whom it was pity their state! Den them not the preached.

crumbs which fall from your talle. We have been much pleased with Surfer them not to say, " We stretched this pious and able discoursc; and out our hand; in vain to the disciples hope it will contribute to promote the of Christ; we perished, as it were, in great cause of Missions, which is the their sight; calling on then, but they cause of Christ and wí boucvoleace. We refused to help us." Let oo person

here incur such guilt. As you have received mercy, impart mercy. As Christ has been full of compassion to you, be yiu compassionate to these your destitute and perilling brethren."

The Progress of Error concerning the Person of Christ) represent) d in a St rtnon delivered at Ihc Unitarian Chapel in Essex Street, March 31, 1105. ByT. Uelshaui. Svo, is.

Adherence to Christian Truth, recommended in a Discourse delivered to the Unitarian Congregation at Hackney, May 5, i*v 5, upon the Resignation of the Pastoral Office in that Society. By T. Helsham. 800, u.

The subjects and the occasions of these two pamphlets point out the propriety of our noticing them together. The first is the author's Inaugural Sermon, on taking charge of the congregation from which Dr. Disney, and before him Mr. Theoph. Lindsey, have retired. The second, though delivered a month after the other, is his Valedictory Address to the people, with ■whom he had been previously, for a number of years, connected. The design, tenrleucy, and character of both discourses are the same. The one indirectly, and the other directly, is an enforcement of Socinian opinions, under the name of C hristian Truth. They both tend to the display of the same favourite notion, that Unitarianhm, as it is improperly called, comprizes almost all the wisdom, truth, and integrity in the Christian world. They are both marked with address anil talent {alas, how misused !) with glowing par* ty-gratulation, and with high contempt, or lather desperate and blasphemous enmity against those celestial truths which, we are persuaded (and we have the same right to express our persuasion as Air. liclsham possesses to proclaim his own) will outlive the impotent enmity of apostate and corrupted Christianity, and will shine in clearer light and fuller evidence when the gates of Hell have exhausted their resources for assault.

Air. liclsham builds a smooth and fair hypothesis on the supposed corruption of the notion of the. mere humanity of Christ, through the intermediate gradations of the miraculous conception, Gnosticism, the personification of the Logos, Arianism, Nestori-tnism, and Eutychianism, into the doctrine of a proper Divine Person incarnate. All this U voafe*s«dt) bar

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rowed from Dr. Priestley; and, in our opinion, it is at, bottom an airy vision, essentially repugnant to many strong facts in primitive Christian history. Mr. Bclsham thinks, that if Jesus cou'd have foreseen the gross delusions of .his professed disciples in after-ages, it would have filled him with astonishment and horror; and, if any thing could have done it, wou'd have excited in him a sentiment of regret at having undertaken the office to which he was appointed by the Father!!! What! is this the greatest of all prophets, who> "needed not that any should testify of man, for he knew what was in mani" Did he not pronvse to be" where twr* or three are gathered together in his name," and to be " with his disciples always, even to the end of the world J'*, Most iinfortunatcof men !—not to foresee that his doctrine, which lie professed to be " spirit and life, and the (ruth itself," should prove the occasionof an idolatry the most expensive and. the most dishonourable to 'iod! Were we to adopt Mr. Belshnm's blasphemies against the Lord of glory, wa could never have the Inconsistency to think ourselves his followers, nor trio face to call ourselves so: we should feel impelled to say, 011 very different grounds from those of the Pharisee, "This man, if he were a prophet, would have known" the tremendous moral evils, of which he is about to be the occasion; and would, at least, have entered his most eoiphafical protest against them.

In the second of these discourses, Air. Belsham appears very desirous of throwing into obscurity the testimony of the prophets to the person and character of Christ; and though be does not directly reject, he assign* ii a very low degree of honour j and he ven'ures to'* wish that the argument from prophecy hud been more distinctly stated in the New Testament." We do not wonder at this feeble attempt to caver that which the Spirit of Cnrist in the Jewish prophets " did signify, when it test.fied before haul the su terings of Christ, and the glories that should follow." The prophetic testimony brings with it an argument which teats up the foundation of the pretended Unitarian system; and answers, in the shortest way, all its ostentatious phalanx of plausibilities and pro: abilities,.of cunning sophisms and daring assertions. That Jesus is the true Messiah, our opponents confess in Kordt, and zealously plead for. Hut what ouiht we to understand by this term, the Messiah, the Christ, the grunj object of 3 X

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