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and head, which created consider- Mr. Fuller began to acquire coniable alarm among his friends. It siderable celebrity as an author, was during this period that he com- and some of his works were reposed his Dialogues and Letters on printed and circulated beyond the the Fundamental Principles of the Atlantic. The American writers Gospel, and his celebrated work especially, having entered pretty on the Calvinistic and Socinian deeply into Theological controSystems, examined and compared, tersy, considered him as a very as to their Moral Tendency. able writer, and set a high value on

Needing more relaxation than his publications. Desirous of exhe had been accustomed to allow pressing their esteem of his talents himself, he rode over' to Everton and character, they conferred on in the autumn of 1791, in company him the honorary title of Doctor with his friend Mr. Sutcliff, on a in Divinity. Mr. Fuller however visit to the venerable Mr. Berridge. had no relish for such sort of disThe interview was highly gratifying tinctions; and though he would on all sides; and the good old not perhaps have said with Robinman having given his two friends son, “I wonder any man should a brief narrative of his life, they be so silly as to call me Reverend;" requested him to pray a few minutes or with Booth, that it was a species before they parted. He however of profaneness to be so denomidesired Mr. Fuller first to engage; nated; yet it was a title which he and afterwards, without rising from did not approve, and therefore he his knees, he took up the petitions declined complying with it. But which had been offered, with great as to a D.D., having no pretenfervour and enlargement, and dis- sions whatever to classical learnmissed his friends with the most ing, further than being able to use cordial benedictions. Mr. Fullera Hebrew or Greek lexicon with returned home much refreshed by tolerable readiness, he considered the interview, and ever after men- such an appendage as little short tioned it as one of the happiest of ridiculous, when attached to incidents of his life.

men whose utmost acquirements The following year witnessed the do not go beyond the rudiments formation of the Baptist Missionary of general literature. He also enSociety, under the directing hand tertained objections on higher of this great and excellent man.grounds, deeming it incompatible That important event excited the with that religious equality which most lively interest, and called forth Christ established amongst his disall his energies. Here he found an ciples in calling them brethren. object commensurate to the mag. Accordingly, in a letter to Dr. nitude of his powers; and with Hopkins of New England, dated the most unwearied assiduity he March 17, 1798, Mr. Fuller exdevoted the remainder of his life pressed himself in the following to the adyancement of its interests. manner. “ One of our ministers HE LIVED AND DIED A MARTYR has told the world that a diploma TO THE MISSION !

was conferred on me by the College Having been upwards of four of New Jersey.* I do not know years a widower, Mr. Fuller now that it was so, as I have received married Miss Coles, Dec. 36,1794, no direct account of it. If I had, the only daughter of the Rev. Wm. I should have written them a' reColes, pastor of the Baptist Church spectful letter, expressive of my at Maulden in Bedfordshire. By gratitude for their having offered this second marriage he had several such a token of respect, and acchildren, who, with the afffieted

* The information was given to the widow, survive to lament his loss. public in the Baptist Register.


197 knowledging, what is the truth, to hope. O Lord, I am oppressed; that I should esteem it, as coming undertake for me !" from that quarter which beyond any About ten days afterwards, other in the world I most approved; when the scene began to brighten, but declining to accept it, partly he sings of mercy and judgment. because I have not those qualifica-“I found much relief,” says he, tions which are expected to ac- in prayer, and was persuaded that company such titles, and partly God would hear me and bring it because I believe all such titles to pass.

I have now much cause in religion to be contrary to our to be thankful, though my chief Lord's command, Matt. xxiii. 8.” concern is not accomplished. I The diploma was nevertheless at must go at last to Leicester and length received, after it had been Nottingham to collect for the taken on its passage from America mission; but my strength and and sent over by the French, but spirits are so broken with what I was never appropriated. Mr. Fuller have suffered this last week, that once shewed it to a learned friend, I feel almost unable to undertake and amused himself while its pomp- any thing. How soon the stoutest ous contents were read over; but heart is appalled by trouble! I he was one of the last men in the never before perceived the force world to value himself on the pos- of those words in Isa. Ixv. 23, 24. session of a “ blue ribband." which seem to be a prophecy of

Towards the close of the year the latter day glory. As ministers 1798, Mr. Fuller was visited with and as parents, we appear to laa domestic affliction, which per- bour almost in vain: we bring haps affected him more deeply forth children for trouble, and our than any other event in the course prayers are not answered on their of his whole life. His nerves were behalf. But then the labours of naturally firm and unshaken; he the Lord's servants shall be sucseldom gave way to the paroxysms cessful; children shall be conof grief, scarcely indeed in any case verted in early life, and prayer where religious principle had not a bear a quick return of blessings in deep concern; and when this was variety." blended with other interests, the Mr. Fuller was frequently subaffliction became too poignant to ject to a complaint in his lungs, be long endured.

especially from an exposure to Writing to an intimate friend on easterly winds, which never failed this trying occasion, he says, “My to produce some degree of inflamheart is almost broken. Let no- mation. In August 1801, he had thing that I said grieve you: but a severe attack of this kind, of make allowance for your afflicted which he gave the following acand distressed friend. When I lie count, in a letter to a friend, and down, a load almost insupportable of the state of his mind under the depresses me. Mine eyes are kept affliction. waking; or if I get a little sleep, “I suppose you will feel anxious it is disturbed; and as soon as I to know how I am, and so will awake, my load returns upon me. many more whom I cannot gratify. Oh Lord ! I know not what to do; Indeed I can hardly inform you of but mine eyes are up unto thee. my present state: but many have Keep me, oh my God, from sinful whispered that I am just in the despondency! Thou hast pro- situation of poor PEARCE, when mised that all things shall work he had been at Harborough. The together for good to them that means used to remove the cough love thee: fulfil thy promise, on and fever, have brought me well which thou hast caused thy servant nigh to the grave; and the cause


is not removed. I can just walk friends, writing pieces for various from one room to another, and periodical publications, and precreep up and down stairs; but my paring works for the press, left strength and spirits are gone. him scarcely an hour for relaxa

“In reviewing my life, I feel tion, or opportunities for any of much cause for shame and self- those attentions which his personal abasement. I have been an uncomfort might require. In one profitable servant; and if the Lord week during his confinement, he discharge me from his work, he is wrote three Essays for the magarighteous. Yet while I feel abased, zines ,dispatched twenty Letters by my hope, as a poor perishing the post, and prepared about fifty sinner, is fixed upon the rock of other pages for the press.

Pretty ages. Into his hands I have com- well,” as he remarked,” for a sick mitted my spirit; willing to live man.” or die, as it pleaseth him. Pray Applications like these, espefor me, that I may be fitted for cially in time of health, were with whatever is before me.”

him no other than the ordinary The complaint continuing for routine of business. His faculties some time, Mr. Fuller's pulpit was were always on the stretch, never supplied by other ministers. During thinking of repose or rest, while this painful interval, he contem- there was any thing within the plated the total suspension of his compass of his ability to accomlabours with all that anxiety which plish. Dec. 30, 1801, the disorder shewed that the work of the Lord had so far abated as to enable was his delight, and that he had him in part to resume his public never entered upon it in the spirit labours; and on sending a quantity of a hireling. “I seldom now hear of manuscript to a friend, he says, a sermon,” says he, “without being “Though far from being well in somewhat sensibly affected with health, yet you see, my heart, and my present affliction; not so much head, and hands never lie still. from what I feel in the body, as I sometimes think I shall not be from having my mouth shut from long with you: but while I am speaking the things that pertain to here, I must be doing as long as I the kingdom of God.

I feel a

I do not know that my exkind of earnest of what it would ertions do me any harm. Next be, if I should be wholly laid aside. Lord's day I preach the annual These sensations are generally ac- sermon to our young people, from companied with desires to return I Chron. xxviii. 9. These sermons to the work of the Lord. Two have been more blessed than

any things of late have been the object others I have preached.” of private prayer; first, that I So desirous was he of giving remight be restored to the work of ligious instruction to the rising the ministry; and secondly, that generation, that the magnitude of I might resume it with a double his other engagements did not portion of God's Holy Spirit, in the prevent his adopting the most fulness of the blessing of the gospel simple expedient; and while he of Christ.”

possessed the tongue of the learnRecovering slowly from his ill-ed, to speak a word unto him that ness for several months, and in- is weary, he at the same time concapacitated for public services, his descended to become a teacher pen was almost incessantly em- of babes. The following, among ployed; and whether in sickness others, is an affecting instance of or in health, he must delight him- this sort of humble piety, which self in the pleasures of contem- does honour to the memory of this plation. Corresponding with his great man,



199 "I have been thinking of a minds with the consolations of the plan,” says he, in the letter above gospel. And in our turn we are quoted, “for disseminating truth glad of the same consolations ouramong our little lacemakers. A selves. Things which otherwise quantity of white wrapping-paper would be deemed mere commonis used in the sale of small parcels place, shall thus become meat and of lace thread; so I will draw up drink to us. a number of little hymns, the most Oh my brother! though it may impressive that I can either find or have been said a thousand times make, and get them printed on one over, it will bear being said ten side of the paper. Then every thousand times over again, Blessed child that comes for a little thread, are the dead that die in the Lord. will find it wrapped up in a paper What a blessed thing it is to give containing a little impressive hymn up our dearest relations to Christ, addressed to its heart."

instead of burying them without Attentive to the claims of friend - hope! When I have seen a pious ship, and to the voice of affliction, young man marry an irreligious Mr. Fuller would always find a woman, it has occurred to me, little time, amidst his most arduous how will you be able to bury her? pursuits, to bind up the broken- You may lay your bones, or have hearted, and give suitable advice them laid some day by her side, in seasons of distress. An intimate or even mingle dust with her; but friend having lost his companion, you will be parted at the resurrecone whom Mr. Fuller much re- tion. But when I see two who have spected, he wrote the following been fellow-heirs of the grace of affectionate letter; which, while it life, walking together in the fear was adapted to comfort others of the Lord, though one must exwith the same onsolation where-pect to be taken first, yet how with he himself had been com- cheering the hope of meeting again forted of God, shews at the same to part no more! time his weanedness from the We have several friends near world, and growing meetness for the mouth of the grave, and it will the inheritance of the saints in soon be our turn to follow. And light.

soon let it be, if we may but be'

Sept. 19, 1805. found ready. I seem of late to My very dear brother,

have the end of my life more con

stantly in view than formerly. The I have just now received a line words of Paul have been sweet to informing me that Mrs.

me: For me to live is Christ, and more! I feel much for you and to die is gain. your family. There are few events When I lost my late dear Mrs. F. of this kind that occur to my I found it good to keep near to brethren, but they recal to my re- God, and to employ my mind conmembrance the words of Aaron: stantly in my work. In this way Such things have befallen me. I enjoyed a calmness and peace The most intimate of earthly of mind which issued in comfort. unions are dissoluble, and formed We cannot come to see you; but to be dissolved. We know these we will you, and sympathings at other times, and repeat thise with you. The Lord Jesus them for the reconciling of others: Christ be with you, but God will cause us all, sooner affectionate brother. or later to feel them.. How often

A. F." have you and I accompanied the mourners to the grave, as a matter [To be concluded in our next.] of course, and conciliated their


is no

pray for

and your

REFLECTIONS OF A YOUNG death. Though sorrows cloud his

LADY ON HER BIRTH-DAY. eye, yet shall the gospel's glorious

WELCOME again the day that beams in full resplendance rise, gave me birth! Yes, truly wel- and light him through the dreary come, since it pleaseth God that I waste of life. Bless'd is the soul should live. Though made ac- who' feels for other's woe, shows quainted much with trials here, them the way to God, and kindly should I wish no more to hạil this succours with a friendly heart the annual morn? Far be the thought: afflicted sons of need, doomed to much rather let me live, and be the shed the briny tear of grief! And monument to speak his praise.

since we cannot with two masters How changed the events, in one serve, oh may we serve the best ; revolving year! Almost incredible: retiring from all immediate interyet all is past, and I am here. course with those whose hope is Health my companion, ever, wel worldly gain, whose joy is sin, come guest; this blessing is en- may we serve with holy love and joyed, and joined to youth. May sweet delight, and in a heavenly I not these abuse, but dedicate master find a friend. A friend inthem to the Lord in truth; leave deed; for friends are articles so all the world behind, its traps and rarely found, that heaven alone besnares, and follow after a more stows the gift. Jesus ! in thee we lasting good. Life, what is it? find a friend, a father-all; yes, When once the brittle thread is all in all, snapped, it can ne'er be pieced Quick as thought this moment again. When once the vital spark brings to mind, him--the dear is extinguished, all hope is gone, departed source of my existence. save when a Christian dies. He Ah, sweet remembrance of our dies to live anew; to leave the former joys! How would thy shattered cottage of his clay, and presence crown this day with breathe a purer air, and feed on bliss! How would thy precepts angels' food.

chasten all our deeds; for thou O world, deceitful world! what wast ever wont to shew the leadare thy smiles? Only a prologue ing path to virtue. Thine eye with to a future frown. Then while I pleasure beamed, where simple live, be it my only aim, my first feasts were seen, of what foretold desire-to this may all my vital a noble generous mind. But ere, powers, all my supplications tend alas, thy pleasure ripened into -to live, to die a Christian! How fruit, the bud was nipt by death, mean are all things here, to him thy sun in western ocean drowned. whose hopes and treasures are But heaven supplies us, in thy valodged beyond the gulph, that cant place, with husband, parent, gloomy vale, where nature shrinks, sympathising friend. Sacred, thy gives up her all, and dies. The name; my father, sleep in peace! Christian sacred name! From I, like thyself, must quit this tranwhat foundation dost thou spring; sitory scene-with thy cold ashes from what exalted head dost thou mix. Like thee, leave all behind originate? From Him whose sceptre for things to come.

Jesus soon sways all kingdoms, and all worlds; shall let the living die, and bid whose name fills heaven with glory, the dead awake. PRESTON. praise, and love; yet looks on thee!

Inviting thought; who would to the Editor of the New Evangelical not join the banners of his love,

Magazine. and fight with courage till the war Sir, shall end ! O may I live the In your last Number you have . Christian's happy life, and die his given a letter which contains some.

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