« PreviousContinue »
Character of Deacon John Larkin, of Charlestown.
Who died December 14th, 1807, in the 73d year of his age. The religious character of this and this talent he conscientiously good man was formed on the model of aimed so to improve, in his life the Holy Scriptures. With this sac- and by his last will and testament, red volume he was familiarly conver- as that he might give to God a good sant; and large portions of it, judi. account of his stewardship. He has ciously selected, were treasured up left that good name behind him, for constant use in his memory. He which is better than precious ointreligiously made the glory of Christ ment. In his death his family and the end, his grace the principle, and numerous relatives have been depriv. his word, the rule of life. His faith ed of one, who was deservedly very was sound, and according to godli. dear to them ; this church of a re. ness. It was firmly built on the apos. spected and venerable officer and pil. tles and prophets, Jesus Christ him. lar ; the writer of this tribute of reself being the chief corner stone. spect, of a very dear and faithful For this faith he was a sincere and friend and parishioner ; the poor of uniform advocate. By this faith be this church and of the town, of walked through life, and it cheer. a liberal benefactor; the religious ed and comforted him on the world, of a member deeply concerned bed of death. The love of Christ for its welfare, and his country of a was his most delightful theme ; often warm-hearted and very sincere pat. would he dwell upon it with tears of riot. affectionate delight. The ordinances But we have to be thankful, that of God's house were refreshing to his he lived to bear fruit in old age, and soul. Sacramental seasons were pe that lie went peacefully to his grave, culiarly precious to him, and were like a shock of corn ripe for the har. improved as fit seasons to minister vest. Warned of his approaching liberally to the poor of Christ's flock. departure, he deliberately set bis Few characters could with more sin house in order, and prepared to meet cerity adopt the language of the death with composure. Few Chris. Psalmist : “ How amiable are thy tians have ever been more highly fatabernacles, O Lord of hosts. My voured in the closing scene of life, than soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the this pious servant of God. His last courts of the Lord.” He was a con sickness was not painful, and he was stant and very devout worshipper in the surrounded with every thing his heart sanctuary of Jehovah, till prevented could desire, or enjoy. Death ad. by that sickness which terminated his vanced toward him by slow and regpious and useful life. He was a man ular steps. He clearly espied him of prayer. The morning and evening at a distance, but he beheld in him sacrifices in the family and in the nothing terrible. He knew that his closet were punctually and devoutly Saviour had disarmed him of his offered. In these duties he was ar. sting, and that through Christ dent and tender. He poured out his strengthening him, he should conquer soul before God. The interests of when he fell. Conscious that he the Redeemer's kingdom lay near could say, “ For me to live is Christ,” his heart, and its prosperity ever gave he could without wavering add, “and him delight.
to die is gain.” He was favoured with God was pleased to crown his hon a constant serenity of soul. In one est industry with success, and to of his last seasons of private devotion, bless him with the means of being he had some peculiar and ravishing useful to those relatives, who were in tokens of the divine love and favour a degree dependent on his charitable toward him. His dying observations care, to the church and to the poor; were striking and useful, and will be long remembered by those beloved agating the gospel. And such was relatives and friends, who heard them. his diligence, zeal and fidelity, as a When he retired to his chamber for missionary, that he was employed by the last time, but a few days before that highly respectable Society, until his death, he told the writer, with the his bodily infirmities rendered him utmost composure, “ This evening I unable to serve them any longer. expect to go into my chamber, never He languished under a complication to leave it till my body shall be carri. of disorders for more than a year and ed thence for burial." At another a half; but the dropsy finally became time, he said, “I feel that the carth the predominant complaint, and endly house of this tabernacle is dissolv- ed the struggle.* ing, but blessed be God, I trust I He was a man of strong mental have a builling of God, an house not powers, and of extensive information; made with hands eternal in the hears of a robust constitution, which was ens.” The writer witnessed the literally worn out; hasty in spirit, death of this good man, and never did but generous and sympathetic; rehe behold such a scene of mingled sor- served, and to strangers rather forbid. row and joy. There was nothing in ding, in his manners, but very sincere it ghastly or awful. Not a limb was and faithful, as a friend. convulsed, nor a feature of the face He had his imperfections, but ma. distorted. A smile of joy even ny of the Christian graces shone with beamed on his dying countenance. lustre in his life; especially under the Closing his own eyes, he sweetly fell heaviest afflictions. Indeed it may asleep, not to wake again till the res- be said, that as a good man, ** his urrection.
praise is in all our churches." Such are the fruits of a pious life. It appears, that he was the subject Such the death of a Christian. of a gracious change of heart about - Mark the perfect man and behold the time he came into this counthe upright, for the end of that man try. Before this experimental acis peace.” Where now is the spirit quaintance with the gospel he was atof ihis departed saint? With whom tached to the Arminian sentiments, is he associated? What is his em. and opposed to the doctrines of grace; ployment ? Were he now from the but, from this time, he was led into a blest abodes, to address us, who la better understanding of the gospel. ment his departure, he would say, His understanding being enlightened “ Weep not for me, Oh my friends, by the Ihly Ghost, and his heart reweep for yourselves ; prepare to meet conciled to God's character, he be. your God. Live to and for Christ, came a thorough Calvinist in Senwhile you live, and your death shall timent, and considered the doc. be everlasting gain."
trines of grace, as the grand char. ter of his salvation. Renouncing all dependence on his own righteousness
for acceptance with God, he placed Sketch of the Life of the Rev. Alexan.
his entire dependence on the perfect der McLean, who dielat Newcastle,
righteousness of Jesus Christ, who is (Maine) Fanuary 11, 1808, in the
cxbibited in the gospel as the only 64th year of his age.
propitiation for sin. And being con.
filent that Jesus was able to keep THE Rev. Alexander McLean what he had committed to his care, was born in the Island of Skey, (Scot. he expressed a hope full of immorland) educated at the University of tality, and appeared willing to depart Aberdeen, and introcluced into the and be wil hin. ministry in his native country. In In preshing he used great plainthe year 1770 he came to America, ness of speech, reproved with authorand was setiker as a gopel minister in the town of Brisil, (District of * At the request of a respectable nunMaine) in 1773. About 1798 be gave ber of the inhabitants of Bristol, the reup his charge in tut place, and spent mains of the Red. Mr. Mc Lean tiere seven or eight years as a missionary removed from Newcastle, and deposited intii destitute parts of Maire, unsier among the pople of his former charge, the direction of the Society for props who still loved him.
ity, proclaimed the terrors of the of the life and character of this emi. law, and published the glad tidings nent and faithful servant of Jesus of the gospel. He was discriminat. Christ, for the Panoplist. They still ing in his preaching; dwelt much on expect it. In the mean time they the peculiar and leading doctrines of give the following extract of a let. the gospel, and was ready to contend ter, written immediately after his for the faith once delivered to the death, which has been hitherto delay. saints, when he saw the enemy en- ed, in hope of a fuller account. deavouring to overthrow it. He considered the doctrine of Christ's real
October 12, 1807. divinity, as fundamental in the gos. “REV. AND DEAR SIR, pel scheme of salvation, maintained You have doubtless, by the public the doctrine of man's total moral papers, been informed of the depart. depravity, and insisted that lie must ure of Father Hawley, I trust to a be born of the Spirit of God, that be better world. He expired on Saturmust repent, and believe, and bring day the 3d inst. I visited him on the forth the fruits of righteousness. Tuesday preceding. He appeared And though he discarded all idea of perfectly rational and tranquil. our being justified by works, and Speaking of his approaching dissolu. contended, that we must be justified tion, and his prospect of futurity, he by faith without the deeds of the law, observed, “I have hope of accep. yet he did not fail to enforce the ani. tance, but it is founded wholly on thority of the law, as a rule of life, free and sovereign grace, and not at all and to require, that those, who be on my own works. It is true my la. lieve, should be careful to maintain bours have been' many ; but they have good works.
been so very imperfect, attended with As a missionary he was abundant so great a want of charity, hun.ility, in labours, took great delight in his &c. that I have no bope in them as work, and “endured hardness as a the ground of my acceptance." He good soldier.” He preached the expressed his regret, at the same gospel to very many, sowed the good time, that so many of our modern seed over a very extensive field ; and prea hers failed in pointing out so we ardently hope, that those, who clearly, as they ought, the distinction have heard him, will remember how he between grace and works. His ex. has spoken unto them in the name of pression was, that “they so jumbled the Lord, and hold fast the truth; them together, that it was almost imand that the good seed, which he has possible for common hearers to un. sown, will spring up and bring forth derstand them.” He added, “ you much fruit.
know I was always a Calvinist.” " The places that knew him will Have you not observed, Sir, that know him no more.” He has kept those who have been, while in the faith, has finished his course, and health, advocates for the doctrines entered, (as we trust) into the joy of of grace, in a general sense, have his Lord. Them that sleep in Jesus been more explicitly and decidedly will God bring with bim. May many so, in the near view of death ? I of those, to whom our highly re. think I have. He expressed an afspected friend bas spoken in the fectionate concern for his people, and name of his divine Master, be of that his hope that the Society would not number, and constitute his crown of forget them.” rejoicing in that day. And may all that enter on missionary ground tread in the steps of this man of God, and Died, suddenly, January, 1808, the be “ followers of him, even as he was Rev. Dr. William Linn, late one of of Christ Jesus our Lord,” “ who the ministers of the Reformed Dutch went about doing good.”
Church, in the city of N. r. aged 55 years and 11 months.
Few ministers have attained such CHARACTER OF REV. GIDEON HAW a high standing in society as he pos. LEY.
sessed before disease 'broke his The Editors have expected for strength, and impaire'l his activity. some time past a particular account God bad every way fitted him for
eminent usefulness. His natural tal commenced in the Presbyterian ents were excellent, his acquired church. During the revolutionary knowledge was truly respectable, his war he was a chaplain in the army, disposition amiable. He appeared and ever since has been a true friend at first view to be reserved and rather to his country. A few years after austere ; but a farther acquaintance the peace he connected himself with removed this impression and discover the Reformed Dutch Church, and ed the man. He was fond of society, settled in the city of New York. Inespecially in the last of his days, and disposition finally constrained him to was well qualitied to shine in it. His resign his pastoral charge. The church great excellence, however, was in the of Christ, and society at large, have few pulpit. Long will he be remembered men like him to lose. As long as health by those who have sat under his stated permitted, he devoted his talents and ministry. He had a happy faculty of time to the service of that cause which expressing himself in his discourses he early espoused ; a cause which with plainness and neatness, beyond lay near to his heart; which he loved. any one the writer of this i as ever His complaints were considered in a heard. His eloquence, with a few great measure as ideal by his numerous exceptions, was natural, impressive friends ; but his death has proved the and commanding. At times, he had contrary. It is probable he has felt too much vehemence in his manner. more than he wisheri to declare. He His subjects were generally practical. is gone ; we shall see him no more ; He exalted the Saviour and directed hear him no more on this side of sinners to his Cross as their only ref- eternity. His memory, however, uge. le stemed to feel the im- will be ever dear to all who were portance of his work, and dealt favoured with his friendship, as well as faithfully with the souls of his hear. to those who were allied to him by the ers. His exhortations were cariest, ties of nature. One who knew him pathetic, persuasive and alarming. well, and has long been an intimate in He was peculiarly fitted for convincing his family, pays this feeble but sinthe sinner, and urging him to flee cere tribute of respect and affection to to Christ. His ministerial career he his merits.
ORDAINED October 14th, 1807, at At Lexington, Jan. 30, 1808, Rer. Dartmouth, Rev. Daniel Emerson. Mr. Avery Williams. Introductory Introductory prayer by Rev. Oliver prayer by the Rev. Mr. Gile, of Mil. Cobb, Rochester ; sermon by Rev, ton; sermon by Rev. Dr. Kendal of Eli Smith, Holles, N. H.; consecrat. Weston; consecrating prayer by ing prayer by Rev. Mase Shepard, Rev. Mr. Marrett of Burlington ; Little Compton ; charge by Rev. charge by Rev. Dr. Cushing of WalCurtis Coe, Missionary from M. M. tham ; right hand by Rev. Mr. Fiske S. ; fellowship of churches by Rev. of West-Cambridge ; and concludIsaiah Weston, Fair Haven ; Con- ing prayer by Rev. Mr. Stearns of cluding prayer by Rev. Caleb J. Ten. ny, Newport.
Our Correspondent on the subject of a General Association shall be heard in our next. Also others, whose communications are received and approved, as fast as our pages will admit. Errata.-In No. 8, for Jan. page 357, line 19 from top, second column, for
threatened read treated.
SKETCH OF THE LIFE AND CHARACTER OF JOHN CALVIN,
Taken from the Religious Monitor, with the addition of several extracts of a
communication received from a learned and ingenious Correspondent.
Concluded from page 390. CASTALIO renewed his con- termined to reveal his discovetroversy in 1552 ; but became ries to the world. These he afterwards so conscious of his published at Vienne in 1553, errors, and of the injuries which in a volume, entitled, The Restihe had done to Calvin, that when tution of Christianity, in which on his death-bed, he declared the knowledge of God, of the that he could not die in peace if Christian faith, of justification, rehe did not receive his forgiveness. generation, baptism, and the eatCalvin quickly removed this ing of the Lord's supper, are perground of uneasiness, and sooth- fectly restored. So unscriptural ed his mind with the voice of were the sentiments which it friendship, and the consolations contained, that it was reprobated of the gospel.
even by the Papists, who felt so We have mentioned, that so indignant, as to condemn him to early as 1531, or 1532, Michael be burnt for heresy. He escapServede, or Servetus, began to ed, however, from Vienne, the speculate on the doctrine of the place of his condemnation and Trinity, and undisguisedly to op- subsequent imprisonment; but pose the orthodox faith. He the magistrates and clergy exewas a Spanish physician, but left cuted the sentence on his effigy, his native country, and settled at and along with it, committed his Vienne in France, where he ac- writings to the flames. Intendquired great reputation by his ing to retire to Naples, he travelprofessional knowledge and suc- led by the way of Geneva, where cess. But when he applied him he was apprehended and imself to theology, the ardour of prisoned. After a trial, protracthis fancy seduced him into the ed by various causes, a sentence dangerous path of error ; and in similar to that from which he the fulness of his zeal, he de- had so lately escaped, was pass: Vol. III. No. 10. Gog