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The Christian Monitor, No, 7. A Discourse delivered March 13, Boston. Monroe, Francis & Parker. 1808, in consequence of the death of
Beauties of the Children's Friend, Deacon Thomas Thompson, who de being a selection of interesting pieces, parted March 7th, in the 66th year of from that celebrated author, Berquin.' his age. By Samuel Spring, D. D. Intended to promote a love of truth Newburyport. E. W. Allen. and virtue. For the use of schools. A Sermon, preached at Hopkinton, By the author of the Child's First on Lord's day, Feb. 28, 1808. OcBook. Boston. Manning & Loring casioned by the death of three per. and Lemuel Blake.
sons, the week preceding the time of Shakespeare's Works, Vol. vi. and its delivery. By Nathanael Howe, No. 12. Boston. Munroe, Francis, A. M. pator of the church, Boston. & Parker.
Lincoln & Edmands.
MEMOIRS OF MISS SUSANNA WILKINS,
Who died at Milford, N. H. Feb. 1807, aged 27. Miss Susanna Wilkins was grand About this time she was seized child of the Rev. Mr. Wilkins, first with a lingering illness, which, the minister of Amherst, N.H. She was following winter, put a period to her born at Amherst, 1782. Possessing life. Though the distress of her body more than common abilities, and con- and mind was often great and almost insiderable advantages, she was dispo- supportable, yet the Lord was faith. sed to employ them all for the acqui. ful and kind, and turned her trouble insition of useful science. Her infor- to joy. In transport she cried to her mation secured her from superstition friends, to praise the goodness of and bigotry. Great pains were taken, God. From that time to her death particularly by her grandmother, to she never groaned or sighed on acinstruct her in the true principles of count of her bodily distress, being Christianity, in which she early made constantly supported by assurance of uncommon proficiency. As her hope and confidence in God. Many, mother died while she was young, who stood round her, were astonished she occasionally resided at her un- at the words which she spake ; but cle's, Deacon Samuel Wilkins, in all confessed that she was happy in Amherst, and at her uncle's, Mr. Mo- religion, and spoke the words of truth ses Towns, Milford, where she died. and soberness. For several years previous to her She was sensible of her approachdeath, she instructed a school in the ing dissolution, but was not in the summer season, in which employ. least dismayed, declaring that she ment she gave universal satisfaction, realized the joys of heaven. As she and was very useful to the rising gen- drew nigh to death, she appeared eration.
more sensible that it was her duty The summer before her death she to make an open profession of religgave more serious attention to re- ion. She said, I long to commune ligion. Although she had been with my dear Redeemer at his table. blameless and amiable in her outward It would give me greater union to deportment, she was brought to cry him, and I could come to him in prayer out, Oh wretch that I am! I have with greater freedom and boldness. offended my God and Saviour. Her Sabbath before her decease she was nights were spent in anxious cares and propounded as a candidate for ad. her days in trouble. Did any ask her, mission into the church at Milford. why those anxious looks, and those dis. As she was unable to go to the house tressing sighs ? Her answer was, I of worship, the minister attended in have offended my Redeemer. Thus the evening, at her residence, where was this inoffensive youth distressed she was admitted as a member of the by a view of her depraved heart. church, and partook of the Lord's sup
per. After this she observed to her Thus died the amiable Miss Wilfriends, that she should live but a kins, witnessing to the truth of relig. few hours, and that she had no desire ion, and to the operation of the Holy to stay any longer from her beloved Spirit in the hearts of sinners, and leavJesus. She continued in a very be. ing to her friends the pleasing hope, nevolent and pious frame till Monday that she will be forever with the morning, when she expired.
Lord. About a week before her death,
EUPHIA. she requested her grave clothes to be prepared, in every part of which she Died at Paris, (N. York) the 28th directed with as much composure as
of March, 1808, in the 67tb year of though it had been for a journey, con- age, the Rev. Samuel Kirkland, for stantly remarking, that she had great more than forty years a distinguished desire to depart and be with her dear Missionary among the Oneida InRedeemer.
For the Paropliet. HYMN UPON 1 CORINTHIANS i. 26.
For ye see your calling, brethren. Lord, is it thus indeed ?
But mercy takes Is this our calling then ?
The meanest soul, And hast thou thus decreed to save
And rich and full
The empty makes.
How oft the worldly wise
The simple treat with scorn,
As if of better blood than they,
And higher natures born ! The poor, the weak, the low,
Let grace abound
In simple souls,
The wise confound.
Let wisdom boast no more ;
Adieu to earthly state;
For God shall lay the mighty low,
And bring to nought the great. How oft the rich despise,
Where all is grace, And spurn the poor away;
No flesh shall dare How oft the great oppress the low,
To glory there . And make the weak their
Before his face.
TO CORRESPONDENTS. The communications of Erastus and Omicron are very acceptable to the Editors. A continuance of their correspondence is solicited.
Pastor is necessarily omitted. Several reviews and other communications are received and under consideration.
Thelesus, abridged, shall appear in a future number.
We invite the attention of our readers to the important intelligence from India. To give room for the whole of it, we have added a half sheet to this number; the next will contain but five half sheets, exclusive of the table of contents, title, &c.
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Errata. In the No. for November, Vol. III. p. 271, for Van Sissart, read Van Sittart. p. 274, Maupertus, read Marpertuis-D’Argent, read D'Argene. No. for Jan. p. 339. Sarbonne read Sorbonne
SKETCH OF, THE LIFE AND CHARACTER OF THE REV. DR.
From the Anthology.
The design of biography is to life spent among those incapable celebrate useful talents, to record of comprehending many of his patriotic labours, and to exhibit ideas, or profiting from his treas. characteristic traits of virtue. The ury of biblical information, yet distinguished mental powers, were he to pass off the stage the public spirit, and scientific- without any biographical notice, al researches of the late Rev. it would occasion regret to the Samuel West, of New Bedford, religious, the grateful, and the fully entitle him to biographical learned, who knew his intrinsie notice, and he may justly claim merit, and were favoured with his a place in the records of posthu- friendship. mous fame. Although the the- Father West was one of the atre on which he acted was retir first men in the New England ed, the spectators few, and his congregational churches on aclife spent with little diversity of count of his scriptural knowlevent, yet his mind presented edge, skill in the prophecies, and strong and prominent features: a ready recollection of every and, had he lived in Europe, his text, which enabled him upon reputation and usefulness had the shortest notice to collect and fallen little short of that of Bux- pertinently apply all the passa lorf, Kennicot, Mede, Poole, &.c. ges of scripture, connected with for his mind was doubtless equal his subject, and conducive to the to any exertions of these men, purpos: of his argument. The and, with their literary means, epithet of Father above given, no common embarrassments probably originated in the conwould have presented obstacles viction of his judicious friends, retarding his progress to the that his sincere benevolence, summits of their theological his faithful and discreet coun. eminence. Although his learn- sels, might be
might be safely relied ed connexions were few, and his on, while his literary pre-emię Vol. III. No. 12.
nence, his treasures of criticism, 1775' awakened his attention to wit, and historical information, politics, and he became a whig justified the continuance of so partizan, writing many forcible respectful an appellation. pieces in the newspapers, which
He was born in Yarmouth, animated the confident, and reCape Cod, March 4th, (. S. vived the spirits of the timid for A.D. 1730, and died at Tiverton, the important contest. These R. I. Sept. 24th, 1807, and was speculations gratified his friends, buried at New Bedford, where he and were highly applauded by had been pastor over a congre- the public. He also brought himgational church 43 years. His self into a considerable degree parents, though in moderate cir- of notice by decyphering Dr. cumstances, were reputable, and Church's letter, which was writ. he laboured with them till he had ten at the commencement of the passed the 20th year of his age. revolutionary war, and exposed During the earlier, as well the to a relation, wbo had joined the latter part of his minority, he party of the enemy, the particudiscovered such uncommon traits far state of our army. The aof genius, and symptoms of a larm which tbat letter occasioned strong mind, as, together with is still remembered, and it was his pre-eminent knowledge of natural for every one to inquire the sacred scriptures, and those who the person was that made it other few books thrown in his intelligible for the public eye. way, awakened the attention of And it was acknowledged by the the few intelligent and good men writer, that it was done very who happened to know him. correctly. They solicited, and finally obtain- Dr. West was a member of ed his father's consent, though at the convention for forming the a late period, to fit him for col- constitution of this State, as also lege, which was completed in that of the United States. He the short term of six months was an honourary member of the under the care of the Rev. Mr. Academy of Arts and Sciences Green, of Barnstable. His rap- instituted at Philadelphia, and of id improvement, while at the that at Boston. He received seminary in Cambridge, was from the university in Cam. such, as to give him a rank bridge, the degree of Doctor in for genius and learning with Divinity, A. D. 1793. the most distinguished of his, In the latter part of his life, his class.
memory' failed to that degree, After leaving college, his ap- that it was with difficulty he plication to study was unremit- could recognize his most familiar ted, and though devoted to al friends. The vast treasure of most every branch of science, his ideas began to vanish at the get Divinity was his main object; age of seventy years, and during in this he peculiarly excelled. the course of seven succeeding . In the later stages of life he is years, the great man disappear. said to have applied himself to ed, and it was an afflictive sight chemistry, in which it is testified to his friends, and all who bad by adepts, that he was a distin- known him in the glory of his guished proficient. The year understanding, to perceive be
had survived all his wit and Doctor West's style of writing learning
and preaching had nothing in it Doctor West, notwithstanding peculiarly deserving imitation, his powers and knowledge, was though the matter of his disnot very popular, as a preacher, courses was pertinent and solid. excepting upon particular oc- They were always independent
and commonly original in their He used no notes in preach- form : any defects in the tone ing, during the last thirty years and inflexion of his voice were of his ministry, unless upon always compensated by rich insome special occasion. He had formation and irresistible force so retentive a memory, and of argument. such perfect knowledge of every
His manner of studying upon subject, that he could preach an religious subjects was not wholhour upon any text without any ly peculiar to himself, being premeditation, and yet with co- similar to that of Mr. Locke, herence and unity of design. It and Dr. Taylor ; to this he adis to be regretted that he left be- hered with strictness. Without hind him so little in writing. any discoverable partiality for, Had he, in several periods of his or prejudice against the manner life, written more,and used more and systems of Calvin, or Arbodily exercise, he might have minius, Athanasius, Arius or been useful much longer.
Socinus, his appeal was always His publications were, a Ser- direct to the Bible, which he was mon at the ordination of the often wont to say was its own Rev. Samuel West, of Need- best interpreter." ham ; Sermon before the pro- therefore more frequent in the vincial convention at Watertown, use of a concordance than a com1776 ; Sermon at the anniver- mentator, and never had sary of the Fathers' landing at course to the latter but in cases Plymouth, 1777 ; Sermon at of great obscurity. the ordination of the Rev. Mr. mon phraseology was, Allyn at Duxborough, 1788; a says,- The prophet says-Our small tract on Infant Baptism, Saviour says-The apostles and Essays on Liberty and Ne. say,”—and while he substantiatcessity, in two parts, in which ed his doctrines on words and the arguments of William Ed- phrases clearly defined and exwards and others, for necessity, plained, he would not lay much are considered. Printed at stress on particles, or ground New Bedford, 1795.*
an argument of the truth of an
essential doctrine on the Greek This book was replied to by Dr. article è, or any other particle in Edwards, and a rejoinder to him was the Hebrew, Greek or Latin promised by Dr. West to the public, and so far prepared that it might be
languages. finished with a little exertion, if the
His method of teaching his pupublic attention and liberality were to pils in divinity was always concall for, and support the publication. sonant with the protestant prinIt is desirable, that some person of ciples of free inquiry, and the would review Dr. West's Essays, in sufficiency of the scriptures. some of our periodical works. He endeavoured to make his pu
His com“ Moses