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may, and must, disappoint its vo- deeply each succeeding hour upon taries ; its grandeur must fade ; our hearts; and which at this the hand of death must obliterate moment sounds from the royal all its glories; its highest hopes tomb in accents which have reached and prospects must be soon bound the remotest corners of the land. ed by those confines which none And shall it be heard in vain ? can pass to return again, and Sball we part with what was so which the present solemn event lovely and pleasant to us as a naproves may be infinitely nearer tion--shall the voice of providence than in the gayety of youth and speak so forcibly at once to our health we are apt to suspect. But, understandings and our heartsamidst all, it is a blessed conside- and all in vain? Sincerely do we ration, and in fact it is the only trust otherwise : devoutly do we legitimate source of true satisface hope, that He who has afflicted us, tion and repose, that “the king. for reasons infinitely wise and merdom of beaven is opened to all ciful, may dispose our hearts to rebelievers ;"—a kingdom accessible ceive the solemn warning; and that to all, and beyond the power of every family and individual which tbose uncertainties which disturb have mourned at the tomb of our earthly successions, and oftentimes beloved and lamented Princess, in a moment snatch the crown may be induced to inquire more from the expecting wearer. seriously than ever into the neces

It is this contrast of earth with sary preparation for an eternal heaven; of change and disappoint- change, and receive, through the ment and mortality, with “ glory, death and merits of a gracious Reand honour, and immortality, and deemer, “ an abundant entrance" eternal life; and the consequent into that heavenly world where necessity and importance of making “mortality shall be swallowed up a right choice, amidst the daily and of life.” hourly seductions to a wrong one, that we wish to impress upon our own hearts and those of our read. There were two or three otber

We feel unwilling to leave subjects of public intelligence, a theme so fraught with awful mo- which we had intended to notice; nition; we would reiterate again but the length to which we have and again, the momentous warn- extended our remarks

upon

tbe ing, Prepare to meet thy God!" present mournful topic forbids us a warning the importance of which to enter upon them in the present every thing in life impresses more Number, .

ers.

OBITUARY.

REV. PHILIP GURDON. eldest son of the Rev. Philip Gur

don, vicar of Bures St. Mary and Some account of so great and rector of Mount Bures, in ibat eminently good a character as the county. He received his classical late Rev. Philip Gurdon, of Assing- education at St. Paul's School, and ton Hall in the county of Suffolk, was afterwards fellow of Magdalen seems due to the Christian world. College, in the University of Ox

He was descended from a very ford. It was during his residence ancient and respectable family in in this seat of learning that be first the county of Suffolk, being the imbibed those religious views which

a

formed his future character, and tously volunteered his services in were the constant topics of his the ministry, and for nearly forty ministerial labours, as well as of years disinterestedly preached the his private conversation.

Gospel in the church of the parish About the end of the year 1766, of which he was the patron, and or the beginning of 1767, he began where he lived and died. To him to be deeply anxious on the subject the parishioners have truly lost of religion, the salvation of his soul, their best friend, the church of and the things of another world. God at large one of its faithful To this result, by the blessing of members and ministers, and the God, his conversation and corres- Church of England one of its pondence with several young men bright ornaments and supporters... of the university of a religious de. He was well affected and strongly scription, and the perusal of au- attached to that church; not merethors recommended by them, great- ly to her external appearance, ly contributed. That which, how. but to her Articles, Homilies, and ever, was more effectual than all Liturgy—to her doctrine, discithe rest, as he himself remarked, pline, and worship. He was was the study of the Scriptures, true friend to the constitution in which he read with much attention. church and state ; knew well the By these means he was gradually inseparable connexion between rebrought to discover the truth as it ligion and loyalty ; and because he is in Jesus, and to make Him, in feared God, he honoured the king. bis

person and offices, his work and But, though thus attached upon salvation, the ground of all his own principle to the Church of Enghopes and expectations here and land, and giving the preference to hereafter, as well as the only foun- her communion, her constitution, dation of his endeavours for the and her order, above every other good of others.

Protestant church, he was yet canHe possessed a mind well stored did in his sentiments and catholic with classical literature; was well in his spirit towards those who versed in Hebrew and the lan- differed from him. He indulged guages of ancient Greece and

a spirit of charity and forbearance Rome; had a competent know- towards his fellow men, and was ledge of history, philosophy, and ever ready to attend to their wants general science; and was blessed and to relieve their necessities both with such powers of address and spiritual and temporal. He was a expression as formed and qualified liberal subscriber to a great variety him to shine in the first circles of of public charitable institutions, society. But what things were and his own parish and neighbouronce gain to him, those, with the hood will long have reason to beapostle Paul, he now counted loss wail their loss by his removal. for Christ. He valued none of It is not surprising-indeed it these accomplishments or attain- was to be expected--that the lise ments further than as they might of so eminent a servant of God contribute to his usefulness, and should be followed by a peaceful the more successful diffusion of end and a tranquil « deliverance the Gospel which it was his joy out of the miseries of this sinful and glory to preach. Possessed world.”

“ Mark the perfect man, of an ample fortune, derived to and behold the upright; for the him by the double title of be- end of that man is peace. quest and subsequent right of long been weaned from earth, and inheritance, and placed thereby indifferent to its concerns, and the above the necessity of exercising bitterness of deatb was past when his profession for any pecuniary ad- he was called to submit io its pow. vantages, he generously and gratui- er. The nature of his disorder, in

" He had

his last illness, was such as to in- circumstances, to have all his affairs duce a partial drowsiness and stu- temporal and spiritual settled por, so as to preclude bis saying every thing, for both worlds-and much about his state and feelings, to have nothing to do but to die. in the prospect of his departure. He was much employed in prayer But enough was said abundantly during his illness, and on the to demonstrate his enjoyment of morning of the day on which he complete victory over “ the last died be repeated the Lord's Prayer enemy," and bis possession of “a very audibly and distinctly, espehope full of immortality.” From cially these petitions, “ Thy king- , the time of his first seizure he seem. dom comemthy will be done,' ed to have but little expectation which he uttered several times, of recovering. He said to bis with the greatest fervency. “The afflicted wife, “I know my con- Lord's will be done,” said be, dition : we must part. I shall die ; “ The Lord doth all things well. and I am content-I am willing to 'He is good, and doth good, and go." He was quite resigned to his only good. All is good from him. Heavenly Father's will, and not Whether I live, I hope to live to a' murmur escaped his lips. To the Lord; and if I die, I am sure one of his medical attendants he I shall die unto the Lord. I am in said, “ L'am like Job: wearisome the hands of an all-sufficient God.” nights are appointed to me: but I Whenever he was awake, and know who has appointed them, and not engaged in prayer, be kept I am satisfied."

His mind was repeating some part or other of the quite abstracted from all worldly precious word of God; showing things; and on being repeatedly thereby where his heart was, and asked if he had any thing particu- where his hopes and expectations Jar to say, he replied, “ I have no were fixed-till, on the 7th of May, earthly care-every thing is set- after only a week's serious illness, iled.” So that he seemed, like his bis happy spirit took its flight to old friend, Mr. Cadogan, in similar the mansions of eternal rest.

ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS.

T. B. H.; J. S.-H.; and the Obituary of Mrs. Cahusac, will appear.
AN OLD CORRESPONDENT ; SINCERITY; VIRIDIS AGER; S. Y.; X. Z.; No-

VISSIMUS; J. B.; and the Memoir of Miss N. are under consideration.
A RECLUSE” will find his papers at the Publisher's, as he directed.
Garys is perfectly welcome to publish bis letters in any way he way think best.
The passage, respecting which J. S. inquires, may be found in Harley's Theory

of the Human Mind, 1790, p. 344. We cheerfully give M. L. the information he requires. Subscriptions may be sent for the Poor Pious Clergy Society to Ambrose Martin,

Esq. at Messrs. Dorrien and Co.'s, Bankers, Finch Lane, Cornhill; for the Hibernian Society, to Samuel Mills, Esq. Finsbury Place ;--and for the Society for Suppressing Vice, to Henry Hoare, Esq. Fleet Street.

ERRATA, Last Number, p. 670, line 9, and line 5 from bottom, for bondage, read bandage.

CHRISTIAN OBSERVER.

No. 192.]

DECEMBER, 1817.

(No. 12. Voi. XVI.

RELIGIOUS COMMUNICATIONS,

EXTRACTS FROM UNPUBLISHED LET

TERS OF THE LATE REV. JOHN
NEWTON.

“ It is a mercy to be resigned to the will of God. Our hearts are so proud, stubborn, and changea

ble, that without his special grace, (Continued from p. 694.)

we should continually murmur and “The promise of the Lord to

repine, even in the possession of Abraham, (Gen. xv. 1.) is equal. our own wishes. But I hope your ly meant and equally sure to all case will call upon you for more who are partakers of Abraham's than submission. When you have faith. He says, • Fear not, I am passed through the present diffithy shield.' What, indeed, have culties, have twitched yourself they to fear, to whom the power of away from your English friends, and the Almighty is engaged for a de- recovered from the pain of the last fence ? He says likewise, I am thy parting ;-when you are on board exceeding great reward;'-a por- the pacquet, and see the white tion which cannot be alienated or cliffs of Dover astern of you, and exhausted, and of which we cannot lessening to the view ;-then you be defrauded. With his wisdom to will be as if entering upon a new guide, bis arm to support and de- world : for a little space you will fend, bis consolations to cheer, his be surrounded with water, without grace to sanctify, you are well pro- a spot of earth to fix your eye vided for. I trust he will enable

upon. But while you are increas. you simply to yield yourself to ing your distance from one shore, him as his, and encourage you to you will be drawing nearer to anclaim and rejoice in bim as your other. In a while you will see it

Then He will dwell in you at first a remote and indistinct as in his temple, and you will dwell prospect, but improving as you in him as in a castle, If the Lord advance ;--at first a mere coast ; be your dwelling place, your rest- but when you draw nearer it will ing-place, and your biding-place, appear cultivated and adorned. you will be every where safe, every Thus 1 hope your prospect of hapwhere happy. It is true your bap: piness will every day enlarge to piness will not be absolute and your mind, and that every step complete, while in this state of you advance in life will add to the warfare ; but you will be compara- comfort of the view, and show you tively bappy, in a prevailing peace new causes, not only for submispassing all understanding, such as sion to the Lord's will, but for the world can neither give nor thankfulness to his bounty and take away. Your successive con- goodness. flicts, (for you are called to be a 6 Mrs. Newton is much as usual, soldier,) will end in victory; and in upon the whole ; sometime's pretty the last you will be made more well, sometimes quite ill. A che than conqueror, and receive the quered life is this--but we have crown of life which the Lord has reason to be thankful that it is not promised to them that love bim. all black and uncomfortable. We What can I wish you more ?" certainly have no right to the in CHRIST. OBSERV, No. 192.

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numerable comforts and blessings a multiplicity of objects and engagewith which the Lord sweetens and ments, that One thing eminently is alleviates our crosses ; for we are needful and important. I was not sinners : we are unthankful for much so much afraid of your being good, and unfaithful in the improve greatly engrossed by the gewgaws ment of every talent. We have de- and parade of what is called the served to forfeit all. But the Lord world: but methought I saw you iş gracious : it is of bis mercy that surrounded with savans and phiwe are not consumed. But surely losophes. P- I suppose,

have no reason to com- is one residence of the 'bel esprit, plain. Othat gracious Saviour, with which, in these modern days, who died that we may live, and the esprit fort is too frequently now lives to save to the uttermost! connected. There I thought your Let us trust ourselves to him. Let principal danger would be. Ah! us pray that we may love bim ihese wise men ! so polite, so enter

A ferrent love to him will taining, so insinuating, so shrewd, teach us to do every thing right, such masters in the miserable and will make every thing we do science of skepticism! 'Indeed my and suffer acceptable to bim. May beart has been in pain for you; he shine upon you at P

and I bave prayed our gracious and upon us at Olney ; then all Lord to preserve you from being shall be well. If you should set off, spoiled, or even hurt, by the phior embark, on the 4th of August, losophy and vain deceit of the age. it will be a convenient epocha for You will perhaps think, that after me to count your absence from ; the many conversations we have for it will be my birthday. I shall had, and the satisfactory proofs then be fifty-four years old. Ab! you have given of the attachment how many of these years have of your heart to the Saviour of been wasted! It is high time for sinners, I ought not to have inine to have my loins girded up, dulged such suspicions. and my lamp burning : pray for on the one hand, I was persuaded me that it may be so. May the you would appear to them a very Lord God of the sea and the dry valuable acquisition, if they could land be with you! And wherever gain you; so I apprehended, on the you go, remember there are some other, the turn of your mind for at Olney often thinking of you." disquisition and inquiry would pro

bably put you much in their way, “I was upon the point of writing and likewise render you more im'when I received your very accepta- pressible to their attacks. But the ble favour of the 5th October. Some Lord has been your keeper. I time before, Mr. B-showed me praise him, and congratulate you. a letter from you to him, contain. Believe me, you live upon ening an account of P--, and of your chanted ground, and breathe insituation there, which was highly fected air. May he maintain in entertaining : but as it contained you the fervour of faith, the spirit nothing more, the love I bear you of prayer, and a close attention to awakened a thousand anxious jea. his written word! Then you will lousies on your behalf; and I was, see through and despise the illuas I said, preparing to ask you, sions by which multitudes are deWhere is that blessedness you once ceived, and possess an antidote spoke of? But now I am relieved. which will preserve from the gene1 praise the Lord for the assu- ral contagion of evil around you. rances you giver

me, that he still And though 'many fall on your keeps alive in your heart a sense right hand and on your left, the of your dependence upon himself, plague shall not come near and a conviction, in the midst of while you wait upon the Lord in

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