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CHARACTER OF THE REV. SAMUEL FOXCROFT,
Who died March 2, 1807. In the early part of his life, pre. evening sacrifice. At the recollecxious to receiving the honours of col. tion and mention of the atonement by lege, he hopefully found the consola. the Lord Jesus Christ, for his chosen tions of religion. His studies were people, he would seem animated by consequently directed to a prepara uncommon transports of joy. In his tion for the gospel ministry. By an confessions, intercessions and peti. increasing attachment to the interests tions, he was fervent for the glory of of the Redeemer's kingdom, he had God in his own good, in that of his the strongest proofs in riper life, that beloved family, his Christian breth. his early hopes were well founded. ren, and the prosperity of Zion in gen.
Trusting in the free and sovereign eral. For several years past, he grace of God, through the merits of interested himself but little in the Christ, he experienced enjoyments, present world. When health would which were not like “ the morning permit, until he was almost entirely cloud and early dew," The church deprived of his sight, which happen. in New Gloucester was gathered, and ed by means of a violent cold, within he ordained its pastor in January, two years past, he employed much time 1765. He sustained this relation to either in writing or transcribing ex. them, for the term of twenty eight cellent sentiments for the benefit of years, though for the last part of the those who should live after his de time, by reason of a feeble constitu. parture. tion, he was unable to bear the fa. As a parent he was tender and tigues of all its duties. Being much affectionate, using every Christian employed in the study of the sacred endeavour to promote the best temscriptures, a large proportion of them poral and eternal interest of those were familiar to his memory. In re. near to him by the ties of nature, of. gard to the leading, as well as the ten urging them from the tenderest more abstruse doctrines of holy writ, considerations to be reconciled to the strength of his understanding and God. He was careful never to vio. soundness of his judgment were ac. late the confidence of friendship. knowledged and appealed to by many Sensible of the dependence and inof his brethren in the ministry. The firmity of our nature, he prayed much character of his mind was such as for others, and requested an interest fitted him for rery agreeable and in- in their addresses. He often mani. structive conversation with those who fested a spirit of charity and benevovisited his study. His passions were lence. In this his Christian brethren naturally strong and his disposition were repeatedly and honourably re. cheerful. Though a well instructed membered, not long before his death. scrike in the duties of his holy pro- As he sometime feared lest he fession, he was modest and unas- should be cowardly, and dishonour the suming. Being under the influence cause of his glorious Redeemer, at the of an humble principle, he seemed near approach of the king of terrors, estranged from every thing like envy God granted him a sudden removal. or vanity. As he took a very affec, He was translated from this to the tionate part with all who were affict. world of light, without being permitt. ed, he had not an evil eye towards ed to perceive the melancholy anthose who were prospered.
proaches of the last enemy. He was Necessarily prevented by a sickly spared a tedious succession of pain constitution from great activity in the and sickness, and obtained a release cause of his Master, he frequently from all violent struggles. The car! made bitter complaints of his own un- ment of his mortality suddenly dropt fruitfulness. Though much in prayer, off, and he fell asleep in the Lord." he would seem enraptured in that du. “ Blessed are the dead which die in ty, at the time of the morning and the Lord, for they rest."
CHARACTER OF REV. SAMUEL WEST. strength of reasoning, and accuracy
of discrimination which ensures them Rev. Samuel West, D. D. was the a value with the learned, they possess sixth of twelve children, the fourth of that winning charm of the pathetic sons of Rev. Thomas West. His and persuasive, which makes them a mother was Drusilla Pilsbury, the manual of inestimable value to his daughter of a French Protestant who friends, and an auxiliary of much imfled to this country on the revocation portance to general improvement of the edict of Nantz. He was born For several years before his death at Martha's Vineyard, Nov. 19, (0.s.) his heaith was much impaired; and 1738, and died 10th April, 1808. for many months, he was wholly con
Such was the high estimation, in fined to his chamber and couch. which this most amiable man and ex. He was exercised with much cellent minister was held by the com- pain, and at times with severe disa munity, that a long er laboured pan. tress, during this long season of lin. egyric, would be wholly superflu. gering; and through all evidenced ous. In the place of his native the unwavering faith and unfailing ity; at Cambridge, where he had hopes of a genuine servant of Jesus his education, and received acad. Christ. Those who have seen and emic honours in 1761 ; in the several heard him in his sickness, can never places of his residence, between his forget how like a saint he looked, leaving college and settlement at how like a sage he spoke. And Needham, in 1764 ; in that place, though the radiant composure of be. and the surrounding country, he left nevolence and piety, which beamed that “ good name which is better than from his countenance is dimmed, rubies, and his " memory will be though the mild accents of resigna. justly blessed.” In this capital, where tion and truth which flowed from bis he spent the last 19 years, but one tongue are silenced by death, his sentiment is felt, but one opinion en friends have for their consolation, that tertained respecting his professional he now enjoys a happier society. While and personal worth. In his neigh, every acquaintance feelingly exclaims, bourhood he was most peculiarly re. garded and beloved ; in his parish, he 3. Two Discourses at Needham, 1st was all which his parishioners could parish, on the Public Fast, 7th April, desire ; in his family, he was a most 1785. Edes & Son, 8vo. pp. 39. precious companion and counsellor. 4. A Sermon on the Day of General Few men die more extensively valu. Election, May 31, 1786. Adams & ed, probably no pastor was ever more Nourse. 8vo. pp. 32. tenderly endeared to his flock. Such 5. A Sermon at his instalment in was the interest he manifested in all Boston, March 12, 1789, with the their concerns, such his peculiar at charge by Dr. Belknap, and right hand tentions to them in all circumstances, of fellowship by Dr. Eckley. I. Tho. that in the hearts of young and old mas & Co. 1789. Svo. pp. 31. he holds the place of a father and a 6. The Christian Soldier. A Sermon friend.
before the Ancient and Honorable Artil. His literary reputation can be lery Company, June 2, 1794, the anni, but transieltly noticed in this brief versary of their election Manning & sketch. Several occasional dis. Loring. 1794. pp. 19. courses, and many moral and relig. 7. A Sermon on the national Thanks ious essays, from his pen, are before giving, Feb. 19, 1795. S. Etheridge. the public. * While they evince a 1795. 8vo. pp. 20.
8. Greatness the result of goodness. * 1. A Sermon at the ordination of the A sermon occasioned by the death of Rev. Fonathan Newell, at Stow, "11th George Washington, &c. 29th Dee. October, 1774. Edes & Gill, 1775. 1799. Manning & Loring. pp. 17. 8vo. pp. 31.
9. A series of Essays in the monito -2. A Sermon, at Dedham, 2d church, rial department of the Columbian Cert March, 1785, occasioned by the death of tinel, with the signature of an old two young men, brothers, c. Edes & man," commenced on Saturday, Nov. Son, 1785. 8vo. Pp. 23.
29, 1806, and continued to Aug. 22, 1807,
“ I am distressed for thee, my broth. his usefulness. Neither debility of er, very precious hast thou been unto body or mind prevented his bringing me," let this also be their purpose forth much fruit, even at that very ad. and their prayer: “Let me live the vanced period of life. During a numlife of the righteous, that my last end ber of his last years, visits, dictated may be peace like his.”
by friendship, constituted one of his chief employments ; and it was noticeable, that of his visits, the indigent
and unfortunate commanded a large DR. JOSHUA LATHROP.
share. We may presume the remark
of St. James was often in his mind, This venerable and worthy man, and certainly it was written upon his died at Norwich, (Con.) Oct. 29, life; “ Pure religion and undefiled 1807, in the 85th year of his age. Dr. before God and the Father is this, to Strong, in a sermon delivered at his visit the fatherless and widows in their funeral, characterizes him, as“ uni. affliction." There are none among versally respected both for his amia. his acquaintance but must feel the bleness and goodness. Unambitious death of Dr. Lathrop. Though he to shine in the higher walks of life, had lived many years, it was not long and not at all elated by the pride of enough to satisfy the wishes either of wealth, Dr. Lathrop pursued that his friends or of the unfortunate. By humble course, and practised those his death, the church of which he was accommodating manners, which did a member and a pillar has experinot fail to secure an unusual share of enced a great loss; the community is esteem and love. His enemies, if he deeply interested in the removal of had them, were silenced into respect so deserving a member; his neigh. by his virtues; and his friends were bours will find that they have no small numerous and sincere. It is not the cause to weep over him; and his conlanguage of flattery, to say, that he sort and children lament their loss as was “ an Israelite indeed.” It was irreparable. They will, however, during his collegiate life, that in the bear in mind the goodness of God, in judgment of charity, he commenced continuing him so long; and will rethat race of Godliness, in which he flect with much satisfaction that he stedfastly persevered. The term al- led a respectable, pious and useful lowed him in his Master's service life, died a Christian, and that charity was unusually long, nor did he spend pronounces he is now so “ clothed upit in idleness. Though in his eighty- on, that mortality is swallowed up of fifth year, he by no means outlived life.”
On Wednesday last, the Rev. Rev. Mr, Gray ; the Sermon deliverJoshua Huntington was ordained as ed by the Rev. Dr. Morse ; the OrColleague with the Rev. Dr. Eckley daining Prayer by the Rev. Dr. Eckover the church and society worship- ley; and the Charge given by the ping at the Old South Meeting House, Rev. Dr. Lathrop. The Right Hand in Boston. The exercises were de. of Fellowship was then offered by the vout and animated, and afforded high Rev. Mr. Channing, and the concludgratification to the numerous auditors ing Prayer made by the Rev. Mr; assembled on the occasion. The In- Lowell. troductory Prayer was made by the
· Erastus, on the Jewish cities of refuge"-Omicron, on the question, “ Are Christians forbidden in the scriptures to eat, at common meals, with an excommunicated person?"-Cyprian, “on the name Christian ;” and Thelesus, “ on the prevalence and evil of loose and indistinct ideas ;" also a sketch of the life of Professor Gellert, and a continuation of the review of Dr. Rees' Cyclopædia, shall, if practicable, all appear in our next.
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