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him, after much forbearance and affectionate remonstrance: to exclude them from communion. Of late years, growing infirmities, the consequences of his youthful dissipation, his military and local hardships, and his unintermitted labours in the Gospel, gradually affected his ministrations, and brought upon him, in 1799, a paralytic stroke, which interrupted and debilitated his exertions. Toward the end of February, 1800, his disorder rapidly increased, and indi. cated a speedy dissolution ; but he was strong in faith, and seemed earnestly desirous to depart, and to be with Christ., On the last evening of that month several friends visited him, and, at his request, they sung the hyınn entitled “ Rea deeming Love,” beginning . .
“ Now begin the heav'nly theme,
Triumph in Redeeming Love:" and George Brace spoke in prayer. He, and two other persons, staid all the night; during which, they heard Mr. Jones as if preaching, very distinctly enforce the necessity of faith in Christ, and of good works as the fruit and evidence of faith, reciting, in support of his assertions, as he sometimes did in his lectures, the twelfth article of the Church of England. These were the last words he was heard to utter; and in this sense, a wish he had often expressed, to die preaching was fulfiled. About four o'clock the next morning he expired without emotion, or any change of appearance.
He repeatedly enjoined that the least possible expence should be incurred at his burial ; and, on this condition, colonel S--, who was peculiarly attached to Mr. Jones, was allowed, at his request, to arrange the funeral proceedings. The resident clergyman, who performs divine service one part of the Lord's day at the meeting house, as the church was rebuilding, preached there on the occasion, March 1, nearly two thousand persons attending. From the latter clause of Job vii. 21. he urged the tiinely exere cise of love to others before they were removed to us; dwelt upon the excellency of Mr. Jones's example, and enforced the truths that had been so solemnly delivered from that place, where he had himself often attended the ministry of the deceased. The order intended for the procession to the grave was somewhat deranged by a severe VOL. III.No. 55.
fall of show. The pall was supported by two colonels in the arıny, and four principal gentlemen of the town; and the whole company of artillery in the garrison voluntarily attended, being only prevented by his own express desire from shewing military honours to their former com rade. It is probable, that, notwithstanding the various disadvan tages with which Mr. Jones entered upon his ministry, no personi ever died more universally respected, or more sincerely regretted. Without the recommendation of learning or eloquence, his addresses from the pulpit were highly in structive and impressive, the subjects of thein being usually adopted from the closest attention to the state of his hearers' minds, and their delivery being marked with genuine humility, profound seriousness, and, fervent affection. The preacher often seconded his admonitions with tears, and drew them from the eyes of his audience. If either in his conclusions or his purposes, the accuracy of his judgement might sometimes be questioned, no doubt could at any tine reasonably be entertained of his integrity and benevolence. His fear of exposing the Gospel to reproach, by any real or supposed inconsistency in his conduct; bordered indeed upon an extreme. The warmth of his affections laid him open to prejudices, in some instances respecting the characters of individuals; and his deep sense of insufficiency, and the tender concern he felt for the good of souls, subjected him at times to despondency. Without aiming to palliate human infirinity, or to exaggerate amiable quali ties, he might, with eminent propriety, have inade use of that appeal which the apostle Paul addresses to the Thessalonians, as to the tenor of his ministry and conduct, 1 Epist. ii. 3–12.
JOSS, TORIAL, was born Sept. 29, 1731, at Auck Medden, a small village, on the sea coast, about twenty miles north of Aberdeen, Scotland. By the death of his father, when very young, he sustained a considerable loss: nor was this, in any measure, repaired by the second marriage of his mother. Whatever expectations he might have formed, froin this new relationship, they were chiefly disappointed; nor was he likely to improve in his morals, either from the force of example, or the advantages of religious instruction. He was always of a mild disposition, and rather inclined to serious subjects; but these being
discouraged at home, he hid his Bible out of the house; and embraced every opportunity of consulting it, as the guide of his youth. As the fainily increased, he became proportionably neglected ; and, as soon as his age would admit, was placed out to a inaritime employment. This was a habit of life, not very favourable to religious im. provement; but that God who " sitteth King upon the Hoods," “ can,” as Mr. Whitefield said of him and capt. Scout, “ bring a shark from the ocean, and a lion froin the forest,” and “ form them for hiinself to show forth his praise." The vessel he was in, being taken by the enemy, he was carried to a foreign prison where he suffered ex. tremely. On his return, in 1746, a date rendered me." morable in the British annals by the total suppression of the Scotch rebellion, he was led by curiosity to view the royal and rebel armies. Here he was impressed, and sent on board a king's ship, stationed on that coast, to co-ope, rate with the land forces. After some time he made his escape, and, travelling to Sunderland, bound himself in ar. ticles of apprenticeship to a captain of a coasting vessel, belonging to Robin Hood's Bay, near Whitby, Yorkshire. It does not appear that his morals were injured by the vi. cissitudes he had already witnessed ; nor was it till af.
ter this period, that he gave evident signs of conversion i to God. He was, however, eager to obtain useful learn
ing; and during the winter inonths, when the vessels were laid up, he regularly attended at school, to acquire a scientific knowledge of his profession. At school, he con. tracted an intimacy with Master Moorsom, the brother of Mrs. Joss. This circumstance brought him to the house of his new acquaintance, where he met with maternal kind. ness, in the mother of his young companion. This wornan was an eminent saint; and what is very uncommon, was brought to a knowledge of God, and all the Calvinistic doctrines, without ever conversing with an individual Christian, or hearing a sermon, or reading any book but the Bible. Evangelical preaching was unknown in that town and neighbourhood; and not a creature could she find, with whom to communicate upon the dealings of God with her soul. At length, a poor woman who lived some. miles distant, and who brought cakes to sell, happened to drop a word concerning God. This led into a protracted discourse ; when to her unspeakable pleasure, she found a
great coincidence, both in their experience, and views of the Scriptures. Their spirits became immediately united; and, as often as they met, their time was improved by religious conversation. It was in one of these interviews, when the house was clear, except of Mr. Joss, who affected to be asleep, that they entered largely into the manner of their conversion--spoke freely of the singularity of their experience and of the aweful blindness of all around them, To his ears they brought strange things he listened with a rivetted attention he felt; and as he felt, his nature was
all rebellion against the truth-till that grace, which can · subdue millions to its sway, constrained him to yield. His subsequent conversation with Mrs. Moorsom, together with other enquiries, served to deepen his convictions, and prepare him for a clearer display of the gracious Gospel, Soon after, the vessel putting into Lynn, in Norfolk, he bastened to a bookseller, and enquired if he ever heard of any books, written upon experience. « The Pilgrim's Progress," * Come and Welcome to Jesus Christ," “ Grace abounding to the Chief of Sinners," « The Holy War," and " the Believer's Golden Chain," were put in his hands; all of which, together with the “ Whole Duty of Man," he purchased. The former, not well understanding them, he presented to his kind matron, which proved a refreshing feast to her soul; and the latter he reserved for himlelf thinking, by a strict adherence to its directions, to recommend himself to the favour of God. Alas! this was" beat. ing against the air." At length, finding he could make no head, and all hopes, that he should be saved by his own works, now failing, he committed himself to the mercy and grace of Jesus Christ, and was willing to be saved by his righteousness.
By a concatination of singular Providences, the Gospel was brought to Robin Hood's Bay. Many people heard it with attention; and some believed to the saving of their souls. Mr. Wesley, on hearing of this circunstance, went in person, and soon established a society in the town. Mr, Juss had, previous to this, begun to pray and exhort; and was greatly encouraged by Mr. Wesley, to proceed. He now joined this newly formed society, and, though not an Arminian in sentiment, was ever after admitted to the pulpits belonging to that people. • He was now about eighteen years of age, and becaule ex
ceedingly zealous." He carried the savour of his Master's name on board; where some heard, and others inocked. Waxing strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, he sought every occasion to teach and preach in the several harbours where his vessel lay. His first public sermon was delivered at Boston, in Lincolnshire; where God was with him of a truth. Though his captain did not favour his religious principles, yet he had acquired so good a knowledge of his profession, and conducted himself with such propriety, that on the day his articles of apprenticeship expired, he was appointed first mate of the ship.
Having forined a niostender regard for Miss Moorsomn, and baving a flattering prospect of succeeding in life, he was married to her on Christinas Day, 1755, after a mutual and intimate attachment of ten years. By Mrs. Joss hé had eleven children. · By endeavouring to disseminate the knowledge of the Gospel, in the ports where his vessel anchored, he subjected himself to considerable odium, and in some places he was cruelly persecuted. At Shields, though first mate, and reputed captain of the ship, a plan was forined to impress him, which scheme, the regulating officer executed, as soon as Mr. Joss came to an anchor, under circumstances of great barbarity. He was immediately brought through the town amidst shoutings, and triumph, as if a signal victory had been obtained over some invading enemy. His persecutors having sported with him for some time, he was sent on board a tender, where he lay a close prisoner seven weeks amidst filth and horrid blasphemies; and, having but twenty minutes in forty-eight hours on deck, he was nearly suffocated with heat. They even denied hiin the use of paper, or the visits of his friends. The afflictions of his mind now became extreme, and he was tempted to throw : away his Bible-deny the Lord who bought hiin, and to speak no more in his nume. So Jeremiah was once tried ; out ibat Lord who knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptation, was not unmindful of his suffering servant, Od at last appeared to his joy. In the extremity of his stress, the following Scripture, exceedingly adapted to $ condition, was applied with peculiar energy. Jeremiah XV, 19, 20, 21. « Therefore thus saith the Lord, if thou refurn, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand petore me; and if thou take forth the precious from the vile,