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of prosperity, without the intervention of a lowering cloud. Abont this time, while on a visit at London, Mr. Kinsman was exercised by a providence exceedingly afflictive. His dear child, about three years of age, was drowned by falling into a well *!

At Plymouth and Dock his preaching was still attended with remarkable success, particularly among young persons; nor was any period of his ministry accompanied with a greater outpouring of the Spirit, than while he was going through the epistle to the Ephesians. At length the repeated solicitations of the people induced him to limit the sphere of his operations, and, except his visits to London,

• The following extract from a letter to Mrs. Kinsman, which he pepped upon this very mournful occasion, gives some idea of his pa. ihetic manner of address, and the strength of parental affection : « MY DEAR Love,

London, July 26, 1757. “ Since my coming to this place, I have repeated returns of my disorder; but the good Lord hath carried me comfortably through the work I have been engaged in. Last night I was appointed to read letters; when five thousand were gathered to hear. if I am in ariy element in any one part of my work, it is in that. The Lord was pleased to give me strength of body to stand near three hours, and the liberty of speech, filled my own soul with wonder. O grace! But this was, I soon found, as a preparative for the severest trial I ever felt. I find a constituted asthma is not enough for such a stupid heart as mine. Just now, my friends began distantly to open to me the melancholy news; and the manner in which the Eternal has been pleased to take away my once most lovely babe was in some measuie anticipated: and here did I think over the scene which thy dear eyes must behold, and the throbs which this awetui providence must occasion in thy distressed breast. I must drop my peil, and give vent to those tender passions which none but parents know, and which I never before so fully felt. These words came on mv mind, “ Aarou held his peace." The last sermon T preached was from Romans viji. 32. “ He that spared not his own Son," &c. O the heights, the depths of the love of God! How can we murmur! . or how dare we repine! To the bonour of bis grace, I mu.t tell you, that I never felt sorrow like this, and vet have not found one rebellious thought. My concern is inci cased, that I am not with you to bear a part, and assist you in the inidst of that anguish, which I fear your spirits has felt. But the Lord orders all things well. To pity to my poor weak nerves, God hath called me to a distance, and I doubt not be hath been, and will be better to you than seven husbands. I c20 only drop a tear. I think on my poor children, Nancy and An. diew. O that their dear little hearts may be duly impressed! I loog, I long to hear from you. But I don't know how to ask you to write particulars : 'twill be like oproing that wound a fresh, which I pray God to heal speedily in your dear, dear lieart," &c.


and Bristol, his labours were chiefly confined to the above places. In 1763, the society at Dock becoming very numerous, wished to be formed into a regular church. They therefore gave Mr. Kinsman an unanimous call to take the oversight of them ; and he, having accepted it, was set apart to the pastoral, uffice at Broadmead, in Bristol, Augustid, by the rev. Benjamin Fawcett, of Kidderminster; the rev. George Powell, of Weathersfield ; the rev. Jeremiah Field, o: Wellington, Somerset; the rev. Hugh Evans, and the rev. John Thomas, of Bristol. In 1771, having resigned business to his son, he went to reside wholly at Dock; until which period (we have been informed) he never received any pecuniary consideration for his services; nor did he, in the whole course of his ininistry at Plymouth :-never having required any.

Mrs. Kinsman was continued a valuable blessing to her husband and the church, till July, 1774. It is but justice to her memory to say, that she was a great ornament to her Christian profession, and a mother in Israel. The Lord was very gracious to her during her long illness; and indulged her with a very cheerful and happy frame in her last moments. Mr. Kinsman continued a widower till October, 1776, when he married Mrs. Joanna Webber, of London.

In January, 1792, dropsical syınptoins began first to make their appearance in his legs, and left little hopes to his friends of a long continuance among them. For the last twelve months he could do little more than preach two or three sermons; and it was with great difficulty he continued to administer the Lord's Supper. As he approached to the close of life, he would frequently look out of his chamber window, and on seeing inultitudes flocking to the meeting, would say, “ Thither I once led up the tribes of the Lord to worship.” At other times, when he has heard persons passing his house with oaths and imprecations in their mouths, -" How wonderful are thy ways, O Lord! I only want breath to praise and preach to others, and cannot; but these have lungs to swear, and breath to blaspheme thy holy name.” He would often repeat a conversation he once held with the late celebrated Mr. Jaines Hervey, relative to the divinity of Jesus Christ. “ I now feelt his doctrine," said he to his family, “ to be a solid ground of hope in my declining days. I am going rapidly; but I must not talk of death to you, as you cannot bear it." A few weeks previous to his death, a pretended physician being introduced by a friend, without the knowledge of Mr. Kinsinan, and perceiving that his end was approaching, after some conversation, expressed his astonishment at his uncominon cheerfulness. “I have great reason to be so," vaid he; “ for I am one day nearer heaven.” After some facetious sallies upon quack practitioners, he entered into serious discourse with him; and the doctor left him with a degree of surprize.When anticipating his approaching dissolution, he would frequently adopt the confidential language of the pious Watts:

“ My God, my portion, and my love,

My everlasting all;
I've none but thee in Heav'n above,

Or on this earthly ball !" and that other well known verse in the seventeenth Psalm:

« () glorious hour! O bless'd abode;
I shall be near and like my God!
And Flesh and Sin no more controul

The sacred pleasures of the soul.” On the day of his death, he said to his son, who was just come to see him, “ I slept a little last night, and dreamed I was dying in state, having your mother and all of you around my bed side ; and good old Jacob could desire no more." About two hours before he died, Mrs. Kinsman asked him how he did. He replied, with a sweet serenity, “Still in the body.”

But on bis dying countenance was seen

A smile, the index of a soul serene. Continuing sensible, being almost gone, and scarcely able to articulate, he said, in a broken manner,

“Jesu, lover of my soul.--"Then smiled again, and without a sigh, fell asleep in the arins of that compassionate Jesus, whom he had ardently loved, and faithfully preached, for more than fifty years.

He died Feb. 28, 1793, in the 69th year of his age. : On the day of his interment, the corpse being brought

into the meeting-house, and placed before the pulpit, the rev. Mr. Macall, resident at the Tabernacle, Plymouth, Vol. III.-No. 56.



gave a solemn and affectionate exhortation to a most crouded audience. After which the funeral procession was conducted with great seriousness and solemnity, and extended nearly from the bridge to the parish church yard (a space of half a mile) where he was interred near the late Mrs. Kinsman, in the very spot upon which she had received her first religious impressions under the preaching of Mr. Whitefield. On the following Sabbath the rev. Mr. Macall delivered a funeral discourse at Plymouth from John v. 35. “He was a burning and a shining light.” On the ensuing Lord's day the rev, Matthew Wilks, of London, being solicited to visit the disconsolate church, preached the funeral sermon in the meeting-house at Dock, from Daniel xii. 3. “ They that be wise shall shine as the bright, ness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righe teousness, as the stars for ever and ever.

We shall subjoin a few of those characteristic beauties of this man of God, which so justly elevated him in the public esteem, and will embalm his memory, when his remains are mouldered into shapeless dust. He was a man of an agreeable appearance and a peculiarly melodious voice, of which he possessed the most perfect command. He was favoured with an extreme sensibility, which was indicated by the peculiar pathos of his public address, and the ten. derness of affection, which pervaded his private life. His memory was singularly retentive; and the inexhaustible store of anecdotes with which he was furnished, together with their pertinent and pleasing introduction and improvement, rendered him a companion equally entertaining and instructive. His natural disposition was excellent and ami. able. His patience under his accumulated sufferings was as instructive as extraordinary; and whilst sympathizing friends were affected and distressed at the view of the agon nies produced by his complicated disorders, he was grate. ful to his Almighty Father at the recollection of the numberless evils which he did not experience *. His zeal was equally ardent and disinterested, his conduct was exemplary, and the strict undeviating rectitude of bis inorals, attracted and ensured a general esteem. Nor did his inost einbittered persecutors ever attempt to calumniate a cha

• During the long season of his asthmatic attliction we are well assured that he took no less than an hundred weight of quicksilver; and for many successive years could not lie down in his bed.


racter which they knew to be untainted. The evangelical
purity of the doctrines which he taught, the elegant sim-
plicity of his manner, and the affecting tenderness with
which he addressed all classes of hearers, accompanied by
the divine energy of the Holy Spirit, rendered him both a
very popular and useful minister. No man possessed a hap-
pier talent in noticing and improving general and particular
occurrences. In his prayers there was a perpetual variety ;
but his conspicuous talents were principally displayed at his
attendance on the sacramental ordinance of the Lord's sup-
per. On these occasions be generally outshone himself.
Notwithstanding his popularity was so great, he would
frequently weep when about to enter the pulpit, oppressed
with a consciousness of his own inability, and with fears lest
he should be deserted by his God. Whilst it was the particu.
lar study of his life not to lay any public burdens upon his
people, he was ever forward to assist in the removal of pri-
vate distresses, and to condole with and comfort the de-
jected and unfortunate. His bosom was indeed the habi.
tation of the social virtues. The peculiar care which he
manifested in the education of his children, did equal ho.
nour to his judgement and his heart. He was a worthy man,
a steady friend, an affectionate husband, a tender parent,
a kind master, a sincere Christian, and an able and useful
The following inscription was engraven on his tomb:

Died Feb. 28, 2793, aged 68.

After fifty years
Zealous and useful labours
In various parts of the kingdom,

Jesus Christ
Whose Ambassador he was,
And whom he faithfully preached,
Received him into his presence for ever.

The Church,
Which God honoured him to be the Founder of in this place,

With that in the town of Plymouth,

Bearing a special part
In the universal sorrow for his loss,

Erected this Marble,
As a memorial of his worth,

And of their affection."

KIRBY, JOSHUA, was born in London, in 1613, and educated at Oxford. He lost a good living for refusing to S 2


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