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ed, supported, and guided by religWe noticed in the last No. of the Pan. ion. *Christian benevolence gives to
oplist, the death of Mrs. Abigail Tucks the natural affections, all their moral erman, wife of the Rev. Joseph Tuck. loveliness, and renders them an lionerman of Chelsea, and third daughter dred fold more useful. A Christian of Samuel Parkman, Esq. of Boston, sister, a Christian daughter, a Chris. aged 28. The following sketch of the tian wife, a Christian mother may alcharacter of this amiable woman ways be depended on. But what con. was handed us by one, who well knew fidence can be placed in her, who her worth.
has no love to God, her father, BenIn noticing the decease of Mrs. efactor, Creator, and Sovereign? Tuckerman, it is not our intention Mrs. T. was blessed with thą to compose an unmeaning eulogy; we graces of contentment, moderation, wish to present an amiable character and cheerful diligence. The provi. to the readers of this work, not for clence of God had presented to her, an encomium on the dead, but to ad- a cup overflowing with temporal vance the moral improvement of the goodness. She received it with grati. living
tude, tasted it with thankfulness and Jesus Christ, our blessed Redeem- moderation, and déliglıted to present er, has given us an example of holi. it to the lips of the poor and needy. ness, which infinitely surpasses all She had the ineans of possessing, human excellence. Yet the graces bụt was preserved from desiring the of every Christian may be called ex- trappings" of vanity; She amples, though in a subordinate and made to perceive, that God gives inferior sense. So far as any are wealth and prosperity, not to gratify followers of Christ, they may be the pride and appetites of a few, but followed. Their examples should to confer on them the honour of be. stimulate us to desire, to pray and ing stewards of his bounty to the rest Jabour for a conformity to the divine of his creatures. image.
She laboured to appropriate a suit. The contemplation of pious char. able portion of time to every duty, acters is useful in another view; it
and to devote every moment to its gives occasion to the exercise of proper use. The affairs of her house Christian gratitude and joy. The hold, charitable visits to the poor and devout heart gives thanks to God sick, maternal instructions, useful for the graoes bestowed upon a fellow reading and solemn devotion were the disciple.
principal employments of her life. The amiable subject of this notice Mis. T. was enabled to submit to was in her manners affable, unassum. the divine appointments, with humbie ing, and kind. She made no distinc. cheerfulness. She was blessed with tion between the great and the small, a constant sense of her oun mortality. the rich and the poor, except to ac.. This seemed to influence her conduct commodate herself to their capacities, in a remarkable manner. Even her circumstances and wants. She la housebold affairs were ordered with & boured to be useful to all of every view to death. Every thing was per. condition, with whom she was con- formed with a solemn regard to this nected, and in some way to increase truth, that it was possible, death might the rational enjoyments of each indi. arrest her steps, before she should be vidual.
again called to the same duty. To She possessed, in an uncommon de- be prepared for this event, she was ac. gree, that mild and equal temper, custumed to meditate much upon it; which contributes so much to the to seek an interest in the merits of happiness of domestic life. Natural Christ through faith ; by a diligent temperament may make the attain. study of the scriptures, to learn the ment of it easy, but it is the grace of duties, promises, and directions of the God alone, which can make it cou. gospel, and by prayer to seek divine stant.
grace; to make them the guides and In the tender relations of sister, eomforts of her soul. daughter, wife, and mother, the sen- When it pleased God to visit her timents of nature glowed with ardour with sickness, she submitted with in her bosom ; but they were enliven- meekness and patience, She passed
into eternity with serenity, faith, and friends. How devoted ought we to hope. Whien there is a reasonable be to that infinitely good Being, who ground to believe, that our friends are has redeemed us by his own blood. with Christ, how should it excite our At Ashford, (Con.) Rev. Enos gratitude and love to the God of all Pond, aged 51. A worthy, faithful grace, and our diligence in glorifying minister of Jesus Christ. him, who has done so much for our
EPITAPH ON WILLIAM JORDAN,
A native of North Carolina, and student at the Greenfield Academy, who died at
Greenfield, July 26, 1794, aged 15 years.
Written in a thunder storm at midnight. LET coward guilt, with pallid fear, As when it tunes the linnet's voice, To shelt'ring caverns fly,
Or blushes in the rose. And justly dread the vengeful fate That thunders through the sky. By reason taught to scorn those fears
That vulgar minds molest,
My dear Narcissa's rest.
Thy life may all the tenderest cares
Of providence defend;
Their guardian wings extend !
The last dread thunders roll, Through nature's ever-varying scene, Untune the concord of the sphere, By diff'rent ways pursu'd,
And shake the rising soul ;
Unmor'd may'st thou the final storin
Of jarring worlds survey, With like beneficent effect,
That ushers in the glad serene O'er flaming zther glows,
Of everlasting day
ESTRACT FROM cowPER'S POEM ON TRUTH,
All joy to the believer! He can speak
Angelic gratulations rend the skies :
STAY, thou passing maiden, stay ;
The question of INQUIRER is not new. We are glad it is made public, and assure our correspondent, that it shall receive the attention, which its interesting nature deserves.
Serious thoughts addressed to the aged, by H. together with C. on the evidence of divine goodness, and T. on the knowledge of God necessary to salvation, are received.
The queries of Timothy are very interesting to the cause of evangelical truth, and merit deep consideration.
The revicw of Dr. Holmes' Sermon, by accident, is delayed; but shall appear in our next number.
ERRATA.--No. 26. Vol. III. p. 82. 2d col. note, for La Ouver read Cluxer or Cluverius. Do. p. 83. 2d col. several places, for æle read ælc.
THE CHRISTIAN'S ARMORY.
SEPTEMBER, 1807. [No. 4. Vol. III.
MEMOIRS OF MISS ELIZABETH HUTCHINSON, (GRAND DAUGHTER
THE LATE EDWARD HUTCHINSON, ESQ.) WHO DIED JULY 10, 1800, NEAR BIRMINGHAM, ENG. IN THE 21ST YEAR OF HER AGE.
Compiled from a Sermon occasioned by her death, and a narrative and
letters of the deceased, published by the Rev. Edward Burn, A. M.
WERE the design of the fol- er who judgeth ; and that, in his lowing memoirs to delineate a estimation, « The fear of the character of strong sense, invig: Lord is wisdom.” orated by patient inquiry, and It was the privilege of Miss enriched by various, and, at her Hutchinson to be the daughter age, uncommon endowments of parents, who feared God, and the life of the late Miss Hutch: who, by a large acquaintance with ixson would furnish ample ma- the enjoyments and disappointterials. But the object here ments of life, were eminently aimed at is of a much higher na- qualified to direct and assist her ture. It is to show how such a inquiries respecting both worlds. character is adorned by real and To the religious care of their distinguished piety. It is indeed children, their united exertions to be lamented, that such a com- were uniformly directed ; and bination of excellencies should be God graciously smiled on their deemed rare, but the melan- endeavours. Parents are here choly eroth, is, that the age of entreated to recollect, amid all youth is generally marked by a their cares, that the religious inlevity of temper and frivolity of struction of their children is a pursuit, which tend to impress primary duly, the fatalungtion, that piety and people, who have unhappily unweakness are synonymous terms; dervalued or misimproved the or, at the best, that religion is ui- blessing of godly instruction, terly inconsistent with true hap should also be leminded, that Miss piness. Indeed, the world gen: Hutchinson, during lier long aferally account vital religion to be fliction, and in her dying bours, folly. But the young reader was filled with gratitudeand praise should remember, there is anoth- to God for this singular mercy, Vol. III, No. 4.
Those young She early discovered the love gree of critical discernment, that of knowledge, and pursued it with would justly be held reputable in uncommon ardour and success. the sacred profession. Such was Besides a complete acquaintance her facility and delight in this with what is generally deemed holy study, that she abridged, at necessary to an English educa- the age of sixteen, the Hebrew tion, she made very considera- Grammar and Lexicon of Parkble progress in zoology and bot- hurst ; and, during the last six 'any, and has left several speci- months of her ihness, she commens of her ingenuity on these piled, and wrote out with her subjects, which would not dis- own hand, a large Grammar and grace a master.
Praxis of the sacred tongue, both But she had still higher ob- of which were executed in a style jects, which engaged her atten- of superior accuracy and beauty. tion, and which sanctified and en- These were presented to her pabobled every inferior pursuit. rents, as tokens of filial regard. At the age of fourteen she be- It may be proper to remark, came hopefully pious. From that these extraordinary attainthat period, the extraordinary ments were not accompanied by vigour and improvement of her any airs of affected superiority. faculties may be dated. So true Far from that pert loquacity, it is, that real piety, far from de- which, without regard to circumbasing or contracting the powers stances, obtrudes itself on all ocof the mind, is adapted to elevate casions, she heard in modest siand enlarge them ; instead of lence, discriminated with judgchecking their due exertion, it ment, and treasured up whatever calls them into action, and con- was valuable in the observations secrates them to their proper of others. use.
But the prominent feature in Her inquiries on the subject Miss Hutchinson's character was of religion were attended with piety ; not, indeed, that heartless peculiar earnestness of mind. and formal thing, which consists Though remarkably vigilant in in bodily exercise, or in accomher attention to the ordinances of plishing a round of external dupublic worship, she was much in ties ; nor that superficial and retirement, and though exten- showy thing, which, despising sively acquainted with the works forms, spends itself in profession of the best modern divines, her and words ; but, that enlightened, principal books were the Bible solid, and holy principle, which and her own heart. Here her humbles the heart, magnifies the progress was truly astonishing. Saviour, and dedicates the life to Not satisfied with an enlarged his service. Her humility was and accurate knowledge of what deep and habitual, and such as may be attained by our English becomes every disciple of Jesus. Tersion, she applied to the study She saw the refuge, which the of the Hebrew scriptures ; and gospel sets before us, and fled with such success, that, during the to it for safety; and this she two last years of her life, she read found the sanctuary of peace. the original of the Old Testament Her views of sin were extenRot only with ease, but with a de sive and deep. Seldom, if every