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convinced in your own judgment 'tis pared with proper answers. But some proper 10 be done. I would by no months hence will be time enough for means have you do it merely upon my that affair. In the mean time I leave advice, though I have been concerned you to Divine guidance in all your ways. in families wherein these very things have May everlasting grace be with you, and been matters of resentment, and much my sister, and brother Brackstone, and wiser persons than I have thought the all their household. executors giving mourning would have I am, Your's, affectionately, been a proper mollification thereof. I
1. WATTS. only mention this matter again, but will by no means insist upon it
. But why ter, which, upon a review, I must not
P.S. There is one line in your letshould you imagine, dear brother, that leave unanswered. Let my sister BI should stand in awe of Pancras Lane! be assured, that how much soever i I believe with you he cannot hurt me; and I know that while he lives and plead for, and practise forbearance and practises physic in London, his interest self-denial
, for the sake of peace, yet, if depends much more on my good opinion any occasions offer in the face of the and good word than 'tis possible mine world, I have always represented my
sense of the conduct of my brother Rcan upon him. No, brother, but I can do almost any thing to procure peace in which I have received it, and I am
and his wife, in this affair, in that light and amity. Perhaps 'tis my cowardice, sure that is so favourable on her side and weakness of spirit. Be it so; but
as leaves little excuse for their violent 'tis such a weakness that bears so much resemblance to the glorious self-denials resentments. When I told him yesterof Christianity, that I am content to be his letter on our father's death, he took
day morning of your kind acceptance of weak. I had rather bear (and I have it exceeding well, and burst out into borne in the world) more indignities and reproaches than most ministers in tears; and I wish he had humility London, for my moderation and recon- enough to ask pardon of sister B- for
his hard usage of her. ciling doctrines, opinions, and conduct. And yet, at the long run, there are few I met my brother R- accidentally, and
This day, being in London as usual, who have been favoured with a more universal esteem of the Christians of all affairs, but not about Southampton, so
talked a little with him about other parties than myself: and my ability to that I shall be able, I hope, to satisfy bear reproaches without replies, bath him, as well as possible, about the affair had no small share in procuring me this of the will, next time I see him. esteem. Yet not I, but the grace of God, which is with me: and I want
Tuesday, March 1, 1736-7. still to be more mortified to reproaches, to have more patience, submission, and XL.- Rev. John Berridge to Mr. self-denial. Forgive me in all this talk
B. Mills. of myself, and, as St. Paul expresses it, bear with me in this foolish confidence
Everton, 3d Oct". 1783. and boasting. God has humbled me DEAR SIR,-Your kind letter is reby long illness, and I would live yet ceived with an inclosed note for the more humble, and become all to all, poor sufferers at Potton; an haystack that I might, by any means, gain some which had been long smoaking, and nesouls to piety and goodness. I am glad glected, at length threw up large flakes you design to send me a copy of my of fire into the air, and these being father's will, which I think cannot be drove, and scattered by the wind, set withheld from brother R-. Salute my half the town on fire in 20 minutes. sister Brackslone again from me with Whatever the fire reached it consumed, great tenderness and affection. Jemmy and the mischief was done in four hours. went from me on Friday,Jo.on Saturday. If, during that time, the wind had I hope they will both answer my sister's shifted from north to south-east, the good desires for them, in things of this whole town had been fired. The best life and a better.
part of the town, I mean the best houses, As for my father's Poems, I desire are burnt; and the poor have suffered, your advice about them. I question but not in such numbers as the rich whether any of them will be fit to Professors have fared the best, but not appear in the world in this age, but as I wholly escaped. Much of the marketexpect more urgencies from Southamp- place is burnt, with the two great inns, ton to print them, so I would be pre- and the large street leading from the church into the market. Mr. John XLII.- Rev. John Newton to John Ragmond's great house, with his wool
Thornton, Esq. London. house, barns, stables, and grain, and 2000 pounds worth of wool, just laid in,
Southampton, ye 4th Sept. 86. are all consumed; he computes bis loss MY DEAREST SIR,-Since my return at 5000 pounds, and says he is still from Lymington, I received, together worth £20,000; but is so dejected, and with a letter from Mr. Bull, a copy his health so impaired by this loss, that of yours to Mr. B- I have long his life seems in great danger. ... loved him, and considered him as L-g's house, wool-house, and buildings a zealous and faithful minister, and are consumed. He is reckoned one of therefore cannot but be grieved that his the most infamous in Potton, and was conduct should prove contrary to my thought in very declining circumstances, wishes and expectations. I judge from but people say the fire will set him up an expression, in his to you, that he was - he is insured so deep. Butler's house, displeased with what I wrote to him, wool-house, and buildings, are also con- which you saw. Indeed I could not sumed, but part of his stock is insured. well expect that it would be otherwise; John Keeling has escaped. John M—'s but, I hope, I meant simply and hohouse and workshop are consumed; nestly. I am sure my heart has been he has suffered more than any of the much pained for him; and it would Professors, but is not offensive now to have rejoiced me greatly, if, upon the enthe carnal world, and will be well con- quiries you have bad opportunity of sidered in the general contribution : making, you had found that every report however, at your desire, I shall send rais'd to his disadvantage was either frihim two guineas. He names himself volous or false. Elijah, and calls all other ministers How many proofs have I had, that Baal's prophets; yet, since the fire, has abilities and zeal, and even usefulness, had the vanity to beg of me to recom- are no security to a minister from danmend him as a preacher to the Taber- gerous miscarriages. Yea, these things nacle. He now openly declares, that expose him to the greater danger, unless Jesus Christ is no more God than Paul he is preserved by the grace of God was, which has this good effect, that it from a high spirit, unless he continues keeps the people at Potton from hearing to feel himself a poor, weak, sinful, de him altogether. Indeed, he is grown pendant creature. Many have been very lofty and censorious, and I wish warnings to me; may I consider myself, his late calamity may be sanctified... lest I also be tempted; and may the Lord The furniture of my curate's house had preserve me from becoming a warning cost his wife's mother £300, which was to others. How much more desirable is all consumed, and no linen saved, but it to be suddenly called away, like Dr. what was on their backs, so rapid was Conyers, than to outlive the honour of the fire; I was forced to take them in, our profession; and after shining awhile, and a mournful sight it was to see them to set at least in a cloud. They are well come in the evening, the husband with a kept whom the Lord vouchsafes to keep. cradle, the wife with a young child, and I am providentially led by a way that the maid with an infant in her arms. I thought not of. My friend Mr. Taylor Thro' mercy a house was provided proposed to conduct us to Bristol, where for them 'at Gamgay in a fortnight's he has some business that requires his time... My feverish complaint is much immediate attendance. So we set out removed, but my head and breast are with Mr. and Mrs. Taylor to-morrow, but indifferent; however, I have been and they will accompany us a part of just enabled to preach once on a Sunday the way hoineward, perhaps to the Des thro' the summer. My kind Christian vizes. Mr. Heathcote, who is nephew love to your partner. Peace and pro- to the late dear Mrs. Talbot, lives there. tection be with you both, and grace When she died, he sent a ring to as many with your children.
as he knew or heard were favoured with I remain your much indebted and her friendship; among others he thought thankful Servant,
My letter of thanks for the JOHN BERRIDGE. ring produced an answer from him, To Mr. Benj”. Mills.
written in a very humble spiritual
strain, and in it he gave me a warm inP. S.-Why did you put A. M. on vitation to visit him. If he be at home, the back of your letter?' It makes me I shall, perhaps, have the pleasure of seem a coxcomb got into my dotage. calling on him now, though mine must
be a short visit. For if I go to Bath, and many comfortsi It was he who Bristol, and the Devizes also, I must bé gave me the honour and comfort of your at home in the course of next week. It friendship and patronage, upon which is probable I shall preach at Bristol next my service and usefulness have so greatly Sunday.
depended; and it is owing to his goodMany occasions I have of making an ness, and not my own, that I continue acknowledgment like Jacob's
, with my happy in your friendship to this day; staff I came over this Jordan, and now for had I been left to myself, you might
In ye year 36, I was at have long ago had reason to repent Southampton, and in the year 38, at of your great kindness to me. Bristol, from whence (my father selling Thro' mercy we still enjoy health. I his ship) I travelled thro' Bath to Lon- have had pulpits every Sunday since I don I was then a little sailor boy, and have been here, and have been as happy for a long time after, had no thought of as situation could make us. Mr. Kingsbeing more than a sailor thro' life. I bury, the Dissenting minister here, is a find a pleasure, and I hope some profit, valuable man, candid and warm-hearted, in reviewing placez which recal men and a very good preacher. His constrongly to my mind, incidents which I gregation seem to walk in peace, and to pass'd ihro' in early giddy youth. I can be in a thriving state. recollect with some distinction, what I But I must close, requesting you to was, and what I thought when at South- accept mine and Mrs. Newton's cordial ampton fifty years ago. Surely I may acknowledgments and respects. I hope say of my own case, He led me, when to be at home ye 13, which, perhaps, blind, by a way that I knew not. How will not be very long before your return. little could I then, and long afterwards, I long to see you, and pray the Lord to think of visiting these parts in my present bless and comfort you every day, and capacity. The profession of the gospel that you may come home in health, and has cost some people much; but I was the peace which passeth all undera poor creature, and should have been standing. so still, had I lived till now, if the Lord
I am, my dear Sir, had not mercifully found me in the Your most affectionate and obliged waste howling wilderness, found me
Servant, where I sought him not But his favour
JOHN NEWTON. has given me friends, a post of honour,
ROMANS i. 20.
For the invisible things of him from the cre
ution of the world are clearly seen, being understrod by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead, so that they
are without eacuse. Though men, the creatures of a day,
Upstarting from the clod,
And proudly limit God.
Revolving sball confess;
His Godhead to express.
With multifarious peak;
Alike his honours speak.
The world of vegetation see,
Diffusing sweets abroad;
Proclaim a powerful God.
Their latent courses bend;
The rivulets descend.
The little bills are seen ;
Through meadows clothed with green.
And bear their treasure high;
Provide a rich supply.
He governs with a nod;
What is too hard for God.
In those lands where unknown is a sigh or a tear!
STANZAS ON THE DEATH OF A
Reclines its drooping head ;
Far o'er the ocean bed.
Are merged in balmy sleep ;
Constrain my soul to weep.
All other joys of earth,
Of her that gave her birth,
So promising and fair ;
Have vanished into air.
The sovereign will of heaven?
To Him, who formed her infant frame,
Be endless praises given.
A father's heart relief?
To chase away his grief.
When she resigned her breath ?
Her triumph over death?
Through faith and hope above;
And all is endless Jove.
The will of hearen divine;
To trust and not repine.
REVIEW OF BOOKS.
The History of the Church of the Church of Christ, or the state
Christ, particularly in its Lythe. of real religion, which they were ran Branch, from the Diet of not privileged to finish. DifferAugsburg, A. D. 1530, to the ing from them, as we do, in our Death of Luther, A.D. 1546;
views of ecclesiastical polity, in our intended as a Continuation of the opinions of various characters too Church History, brought doren to highly applauded, or too strongly the Commencement of that Period, reprobated in their work, and in by the Rev. Joseph Milner, M.A. our construction of several of the Vicar of Holy Trinity, Hull: events which they detail, and the Very Rev. Isaac Milner, nevertheless regard it as a most D.D. F.R. Š. Dean of Carlisle. useful work, and, abating its high By John Scott, M.Å. Vicar of church prejudices, calculated to North Ferriby, and Minister of promote the interests of pure and St. Mary's, Hull, fc. London: undefiled religion. The individual Seeley. 8vo. 12s.
who studies Milner for the proHistory of the Progress and Sup- the doctrines of the Gospel, Mo
gress, declension, and revival of pression of the Reformation in sheim for the secular affairs of Italy in the Sixteenth Century: the church, and Campbell for the including a Sketch of the History philosophy of its history, may of the Reformation in the Grisons, consider himself well furnished By Thomas M'Crie, D.D.- with all that is essentially necesEdinburgh: Blackwood. 8vo.
sary to make him very respectably 10s. 6d.
acquainted with ecclesiastical hisThe Reformation is still an in- tory. exhausted, and, we might almost To Dr. M‘Crie we have been say, an inexhaustible subject. The largely indebted for important state of the church and the world contributions to the church hiswhich preceded it; the remote tory of our own country.
His and proximate causes which pro- invaluable lives of Knox and moted it; the men
Melville have stamped his chahonoured to bring it about; the racter for laborious and patient principles which it disclosed or investigation, and for masterly debrought into operation; and the lineation of character and princilong and splendid train of events ple. From him also we differ, which have resulted from it, pre- and his prejudices, (but who is sent so many points of interest free from them) we consider not both to the Christian and the less strong than those of the scholar, that we cannot wonder it Milners; but we have derived so has occupied many pens, and that much profit and pleasure from it still continues to be the subject his works, that we love to think of extended and interesting dis- only of their substantial excelcussion.
lences. Much light has been thrown Our readers are probably aware upon the characters and proceed- that Dean Milner, the continuator ings of its principal agents by the of his brother's work, left off about researches of modern historians. the year 1530, when the ReforTo the Milners, we have been mation had not arrived at its indebted for a valuable history of full strength or maturity. Here N. S. No. 34.