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191 the Report of the Committee. He himself | NOTICE OF MEETINGS. knew iwo or three cases. In one in- * THE Anniversary Meetings of this Instance the widow of a subaltern officer stitution will be held duriog the third was left with six daughters unprovided week in this month. On the morning of for; her three sons had fallen in the ser- Wednesday, June 21st, the friends of vice of the country, and at that time she the Society will meet for public worhad no more than fifteen pounds a year, ship at the Chapel in Spa Fields, when to support, in a country not her own, Mr. Hinton of Oxford is expected to such a family. There was another case preach Service to begin at 11 o'clock. of a British Officer, who had served in the evening of the same day, a Meettwenty-five years. While a prisoner he ing will be held at Sion Chapel, when was compelled to sell his commission, Mr. I. Birt of Birmingham is expected and the consequence was, that his wife, to preach Service to begin at 6 o'clock. who had six children, was at that mo- On Thursday, Mr. Hughes of Batterment in want of bread. Such were the sea, is expected to preach the Annual cases they were desirous of taking up; Sermon for the benefit of the Stepney but they were in want-of funds. Five Academical Institution, at Mr. Ivimey's shillings from each person in the room, Meeting, Eagle Street, Red Lion Square.. would, however, afford great means, in addition to what they had. They had BRITISH SYSTEM OF EDUCATION. already relieved those who had been re- MAY 22.-A General Meeting of the duced by misfortunes while in the service Friends and promoters of the public of their country, and it would still be a School for the wards of Farringdon pleasing task to extend the charity to within, Farringdon without, Castle Bayothers equally deserving. The Resolu- nard, and the parish of Clerkenwell, tion was then put and carried.

was held at the New London Tavern, Mr. Dudley stated several cases of dis. Cheapside. His R. H. the Duke of tressed ladies who had been objects of Sussex was expected to take the Chair, the charity, which he highly praised. but was absent, through indisposition, to One of the fair sufferers had three the disappontment of the company aschildren, and she spoke five different sembled. WILLIAM FREND, Esq. was languages.

called to the Chair. Mr. R. TAYLOR The Thanks were then yoted to the read the Report of the Committee. The Duke of Kent; also to the illustrious School has been established three years ; Patroness the Princess Charlotte of during which time, for want of suitable Wales, the Trustees, and Committees, premises, its exertions have been circumwhich produced suitable addresses. scribed: but a grand 'School is now to

After his Royal Highness had recom- be erected at the corner of Poppin's. mended the Ladies present to procure at court, which is to contain 500 children. their tea-tables and evening parties as The Meeting was severally addressed by many subscribers as they could, the pro- the Chairman, Alderman Wood, Messrs. ceedings of the day were ordered to be Waithman, Pearsall, Mawman, &c. published, and the business ended. We have seldom seen a more elegant

AWFUL CALAMITY. asseinblage of beauty and fashion.

On Tuesday, the 2d instant, the village

of Addington, near Croydon, was visited SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION. with a dreadful storm of thunder and On Wednesday morning, May 10th, lightning, during which a water-spout, the Annual Meeting of this Society, was on the top of an adjoining hill, burst held at the City of London Tavern, Bish- with great violence, deluging, with deopsgate Street,

JOSEPH BUTTERWORT!, structive fury, the houses contiguous to Esq. M. P in the Citair. The Rev. Mr. it. Not a moment's warning could be Hartley, of Lutterworth, opened the given, and the inhabitants of the small Meeting with prayer; after which a cottages were obliged to leave all they pleasing Report of the Society's trans- possessed to the fury of the flood, and fly actions during the past year was pre- for their lives. Some small idea may be sented, and extracts of a very interesting formed of the force of the water, when nature were read from the Reports of it is told that it broke down the wall Auxiliary and Country Sunday School surrounding Addington Church-yard, tore Unions ; forming a most animating body up the tomb-stones, and did considerable of intelligence, and proving the flou- damage wherever it went. A farmrishing state of Sunday S:hools in this house nearly opposite the Church has kingdom, and their progressive estab- suffered greatly; the water entered the Jishinent abroad

house at the first floor window. Men The Report with an Appendix, con- were employed on Saturday last, cleartaining extracts of correspondence, willing the water out. Fortunately no lives speedily be published.

were lost. The place presents a most The Meeting was fully attended ; and nelancholy spectacle. A blacksmith's addressed by the Chairman, several Mi- shop, and all the gardens in the front of nisters, and other Gentleinen.

the cottages are totally destroyed.




by others; but for clearness of conception, It is a painful task, which is this month for strength and vigour of mind, for des imposed upon us, to record the depar- cision of character, for laborious exerture, though we trust it is to their eternal tion, for punctuality and promptness in rest, of so many Pastors of Christian all his measures, where shall we find his churches. Never since the commence-equal? It is no hyperbole to say of him, meat of our work, have we had to an- that he discharged the duties of half a dozen nounce such severe losses to the Church But to form any tolerable estimate militant, as have taken place in the of his character in this point of view, and month of May. They present a loud call of the loss of such a man to society at to ourselves and our readers to remember large, and more immediately to the circle our own mortality; to have our loins in which he moved, we must not merely girt about with truthi

, and our lamps look at his labours by means of the press, burning; and to be waiting for the which in one form or other were every coming of our Lord.

month presenting themselves to our notice May 1.---The Rev. JAMÉS WRAITH, his exertions in the discharge of his pas

-hor must we fix our attention singly on of Hampstead, iņ his eighty-first year ; / toral office, his sermons and his exhorta-, who lived universally respected, and tious which were delivered both “in • Finished his course with joy." His season and out of season”-nor yet to the Funeral Sermon was preached to

a correspondence which he kept up to an crowded audience, by the Rev. JACOB extent which could only be surpassed by SNELGAR, from Luke ii. 29, 30. The

the punctuality and diligence with which Discourse, with extracts from a Me. it was invariably maintained and conmoir, written by himself, will, by pår- ducted-it is only by combining in one ticular request, be printed.

comprehensive view, those multifariouš Ar Tring, Herts. the Rev. JOHN that we can estimate his worth, the great

labours which occupied the life of Fuller, ŘEES, Pastor of the Baptist Church at New Mill, near that place. This young sustained by his death.

ness of his character, or the loss we have Minister appeared to be calculated for great usefulness; his genuine piety, un

It is scarcely necessary to add, that

exertions affected manners, and diligence, united

so extraordinary as those in the discharge of the duties of his which for several years he sustained, office, to procure bim the respect and than ordinarily robust; and our grati

must have required a constitution more . 'attachment of the people of his charge.

tude is due to the beneficent Creator, On Lord's day, May 7th, the Rev. AN- who, when he designed Fuller for disDREW FULLER, who was more than thirty tinguished usefulness in the kingdom of years pastor of the Baptist Church at his Son, was pleased thus to qualify him Kettering in Northamptonshire. His for his labours. It is, however, with the writings, and more especially his inde- sincerest regret we now, add, what a fatigable labours in behalf of the Baptist regard to truth extorts from us, that Mission, to which he sustained the office there is too much reason to apprehend of Secretary, from its commencement to

the accumulated labours of his station the day of his death, have made him so became ultimately more than his frame well known to the religious world, that it could sustain, and that their increasing may with truth be said, there were few pressure tended to cut short the thread men of the age in which he lived better of his eminently useful life. But he had known, and still fewer whose loss to the served his day and generation, and we grand and noble cause in which he was

have no doubt is gone to receive the incessantly occupied, will be more severely welcome plaudit, 6 Well done, good and felt. To make comparisons between dif- faithful servant, enter thou into the joy ferent characters is always an invidious of thy Lord !” Dr. Ryland of Bristol task, and seldom gives satifaction to those preached his funeral Sermon at Kettering, who are concerned in them.

which we understand is to be printed ; cannot refrain from adding, that if there and Mr. llall of Leicester delivered the were any one of our countrymen of the Oration at his grave, Sermons have also present generation, who might, without been preached on occasion of his death, presumption, adopt the words of the great not only by the London ministers, but Apostle of the Gentiles, and say, “I throughout the denomination at large. laboured more abundantly than they all,” But, as we intend to furnish our readers that man was Andrew Fuller! An ardent with a copious Memoir of him, we at desire to promote the good of his fellow present forbear further enlargement. creatures, by the dissemination of the word of life among them, took the lead in his character; and his efforts both in public

NOTICE. and in private to carry it into effect were In a few days will be published, unwearied. In many of those lesser graces CARMEN FLEBILE; or an irregular. which render the human character amiable Lyric Ode to the memory of the late and endearing, Mr. Fuller was surpassed | Rev. Andrew Fuller. Gale, and Button.

But we




Theological Review.

JULY, 1815.


Secretary to the Baptist Missionary Society. The subject of this Memoir was to gratify our readers by offering born at Isleham, a small village in them a short outline of his history. the county of Cambridge, in the He remembered to have been year 1754. His parents were en- the unhappy slave of some prevagaged in husbandry, and intending lent vices, such as swearing and him for the same line of life (in telling lies, previous to the age of which indeed he continued to be fourteen years, though never withoccupied till about the age of out some convictions of mind that twenty), they conferred upon him such things were both sinful and only the common rudiments of an despicable. His parents were DisEnglish education. Eminent as senters of the Calvinistic persuaMr. Fuller afterwards became for sion, and of course took him with piety and usefulness, his minority them to their stated place of public was spent in the vain and sinful worship; but the preaching which pursuits incident to young men; he attended was not adapted to and the narrative of his early years, awaken conscience, or second its while it furnishes a lamentable convictions, for the minister had proof of the depravity of human seldom any thing to say but to nature, strikingly illustrates the believers; and " what believing doctrine of the sovereign efficacy was,” says Mr. Fuller, “ I neither of renewing grace; its riches and knew nor cared to know. I refreeness to the chief of sinners. member, however, about this time,

At a subsequent period of life, as I was walking alone, I put the Mr. Fuller drew up from his own question to myself, What is faith? recollections, a retrospective view There is much made of it; what of this early part of his history, is it? That question I could not which he communicated, by letter, answer, but contented myself with, to a particular friend. Though thinking it was not of immediate highly interesting in itself, and concern, and hoping I should unwell adapted to an extended me- derstand it as I grew older.” moir, it goes too much into detail From this time, the exercises of for our confined limits, and we are his mind were for several years consequently necessitated to re- painfully harassing ; to such a deserve it until an opportunity shall gree, indeed, as occasionally to be afforded, of laying before the render life itself a burden. The public the biography of this valu- need of such a Saviour as Christ, able man in a more extended form. and of such a salvation as that At present, all that we can do, is which the gospel reveals, was VOL, I.

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abundantly apparent to his mind, of his future intellectual great-
but “ I was not then aware,” says ness.
hé,“ that any poor sinner had a About a year after this, at the
warrant to believe in Christ for the age of twenty-one, Mr. Fuller en-
salvation of his soul; but sup- tered on the ministry, under very
posed there must be some kind of inauspicious circumstances. The
qualification to entitle him to do it; church at Soham had become des-
yet I was aware that I had no titute, and was scarcely in a con-
qualification - I well remember, dition to obtain or support an-
that I perceived something at other minister; it was therefore
tracting in the Saviour---and as found expedient to supply this

mind was

more lack of service, by engaging the fixed on him, my guilt and fears assistance of some one of their were gradually and insensibly re-own members. On this occasion, moved. I now found rest for my Mr. Fuller was requested to exertroubled soul, and I reckon that cise his gifts, by giving public exshould have found it sooner, if I hortations ; but as volubility of had not entertained the notion of speech, rather than any


quamy having no warrant to come to lification, is generally considered Christ without some previous quali- as the principal requisite for a fication. I mention this, because it pulpit orator, Mr. Fuller's strong may be the case with others, who sense and sterling piety, accommay be kept in darkness and de- panied as they were with a rough spondency by erroneous views of and heavy manner of address, were the gospel."

scarcely sufficient to secure his Under the influence of these acceptance. principles, and with a heart puri- Having for some time exercised fied from the love of iniquity, his talents among them, one of the Mr. Fuller commenced his chris- deacons of the church judged so tian profession; was baptized at unfavourably, that he thought it about the age of eighteen, and of no use to encourage him, for became a member of the church that he would never make a at Soham, in his own immediate preacher! Mr. Fuller, however, neighbourhood. His powerful mind continued his exhortations among was no sooner directed towards the them, and at length became their important objects of religion, than settled minister. He remained at he began to pursue them with all Soham for sever or eight years, his might; and, as was charac- under various discouragements, but teristic of the man, he presently not without some signs of usefulentered upon an investigation of ness. But it was not to be exsome controverted points which pected that a situation so unsuitwere at that time before the public. able to his talents, and unpromising Mr. Robinson of Cambridge, and of success, though necessarily ensome other Baptist Ministers, had deared in some degree by first imwritten in favour of open com- pressions and early attachments, munion; and though Mr. Fuller should eventually be preferred, or did not publish any thing in reply, that Providence should suffer such he wrote a short piece in defence a light to remain under a bushel. of strict communion, in which he Mr. Fuller had indeed the oppormet the objections of the opponent tunity of leaving his situation much party. The manuscript, written in sooner than he did; but his atliis twentieth year, and in too un- tachment to the place of his nafinished a state to appear before tivity, to the people with whom the public, bears evident marks of he was first united in christianacuteness, and contained the germ love, his disinterested regard for


195 their welfare, the deep sense he and was ordained to the pastoral entertained of his obligations, and office in the following year. of his own unfitness for a more Mr. Fuller's removal to Kettering important station, prevented his seems to have been the commence listening to the invitations of other ment of a distinct era in his public churches, till he was in a measure life. Here he was brought into compelled by accumulated diffi- closer union with a circle of miculties to think of giving in his nisters to whom he was greatly resignation.

attached, and who were equally Early in life Mr. Fuller married ardent with himself in the investia Miss Gardiner, whose father gation of truth, if not alike sucresided chiefly at New market. She cessful in its propagation. The was an amiable woman; singularly late venerable Mr. Hall, the senior meek, and retired in her deport- Mr. Ryland of Northampton, the ment, and greatly beloved by all) late Mr. Sutcliff, and Mr. Fuller, her connections. By this marriage to say nothing of other cotempohe had a numerous family of chil- raries, were men of: no ordinary dren, several of whom died in standard, and they seem to have infancy, and some survive to la- been planted together for no ordiment his loss.

nary purpose.

Each shone in his In the early part of his public turn with unusual brightness, and life, it was Mr. Fuller's happiness that part of the religious hemisto become acquainted with the phere more especially in which late venerable Mr. Hall of Arnsby, they moved has been long and sucwhose peculiar delight was to en- cessively irradiated with the splencourage any promising talents dour of their talents and the emiwhich he discovered amongst his nence of their piety: junior brethren in the ministry. A few years of Mr. Fuller's life, Mr. Hall had long fixed his eye on after his removal to Kettering, Mr. Fuller, as a person likely to passed over without any remarkrender important services to the able incident. He was much occucause of Christianity at some future pied, during this period, in writing period, and anxiously waited to in- his Treatise on Faith, and defend troduce him to a situation more ing it against various opponents. adapted to the range of his abilities. He had his trials, and difficulties; Amidst the difficulties atttending and the first of a domestic kind his early labours, both from the that seriously affected him, was pulpit and the press, and those the death of a beloved daughter, which arose out of his first con- at the age of eleven or twelve years. nections, Mr. Hall was his coun- He had buried several children in sellor and his friend; and to the their infancy, but this was a heavier latest hour of his life Mr. Fuller stroke, and he laid it much to chersihed the memory of that emi-heart. nent man with filial affection and Providence "however soon pre

pared for him a still greater trial. The Baptist Church at Kettering On Aug. 23, 1790, he lost his was destitute of a pastor during amiable wife, under very

affictive the greater part of the time that circumstances; and though he bore Mr. Fuller was exercising his mi- it with becoming fortitude, it made nistry at Soham; and having been a deep impression on his 'heart. strongly recommended by Mr. Hall, To relieve his mind under this bethey waited about five years in ex- reavement, Mr. Fuller devoted himpectation of obtaining him. In self closely to writing; and the in1782 their wishes were realised: tenseness of his application brought Mr. Fuller removed to Kettering, on a spasmodic affection in his face


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