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gow and Air were so much impres- tions for printing and circulating the sed with the beneficial tendency of Iloly Scriptores are actually forming the institution, as even to direct col. among the Roman Catholics of Gerlections to be made for its benefit in many. To encourage these beginall the churches and chapels within nings of good, the committee had autheir bounds.

thorized the Nuremberg society to At Nuremberg, in Germany, a distribute among the Roman Catho. Bible Society had been formed, to lics 1000 New Testaments to be paid which a number of persons, not only for by the British and Foreign Bible in that empire, but in Switzerland al. Society. so contributed ; and the formation of With respect to the want of Bibles which had been greatly promoted by in different parts of the Christian a donation of 1001. voted by the world, it had appeared that, in the committee of the English Bible Soçi. southern provinces of Ireland, not ety. The Nuremberg Society had above a third of the protestant fami. begun to print 5000 copies of a Ger- lies possess Bibles ; and that amongst man Protestant edition of the New the papists who are far more númer: Testament, for distribution among ous, a Bible is not to be found in more the poor Protestants in Germany, | than one out of 500 families; that the who are greatly in want of the serip | funds of the Dublin association are ve. tures, and it is expected soon to be able ry inadequate to supply the increasing to print a large edition of the estab- demands for Bibles ; and that Enlished Lutheran Bible complete. glish Bibles are almost exclusively the

In the Prussian dominions it was objects of that demand among the proposed, under the auspices of some lower ranks, very few of whom ean noblemen and general officers, to print read Irish. a new edition of the Protestant Boo In Alsace the want of Bibles, both heinian Bible which had become very among the Protestants and Roman scarce. The committee had recom | Catholics, had been stated to be so mended the formation of a society | great, that the committee were indų. for the purpose, and promised to con- ced to contribute with a view of remtribute the sum of . 1001. as soon as edying the evil. . such a society should be begun.

In Sweden, owing to the paternal But the influence of British exam. care of the government, and the gen. ple has extended even to the Roman eral diffusion of religious knowledge Catholics in Germany. A priest of and zeal, no want of Bibles exists. that communion avows his intention Bibles also in the languages of Fin. of promoting the establishment of land and Lapland, are curren:ly disa Bible Society among its inembers. tributed by societies formed for the He observes that, notwithstanding purpose. the blind bigotry which still too wide In Holland the poorest people can ly prevails in his Church, many of procure Bibles, and the deacons are the clergy, both in Srabia and Bava- | accustomed to make strict inquiry of ria, the number of whom daily in- | each individual, wħether he possesses creases, not only recommend but a Bible and reads it. strongly promote the reading of the A correspondence had also, it is scriptures, particularly the New Tes- said, been opened with Denmark tament. Subsequent information has Russia, and Bengal. assured the committee, that associa: 1.

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DIED-Of a pulmonic consumption, at sea, on the pas

sage from Norfolk to Charleston, hound southward on a my journey for his health, in the 39th year of his age, and the

11th of his ministry, the Rev. Joseph WASHBURN, pastor of the Church of Christ in the first Society in Farmington. His death, which happened on the morning of the 25th of December last, was serene and peaceful ; and he expired, in the arms of Mrs. Washburn who accompanied him, without a struggle or a groan. Oppressed with grief too big for utterance, and tossed with a tempest for several days in extreme danger, she arrived safe at Charleston, the 4th of January. Whether the remains of our deceased friend were carried to Charleston, and there interred, or committed to the sea, we are not yet informed. He left four young children, all too young to be fully sensible of their loss, irreparable as it is by any earthly comfort. The people, lately his charge, deeply feel this stroke of divine Providence, by which they are deprived of the labors of their beloved pastor, in the meridian of life; and his brethren in the ministry, to whom his character is known, will lament the loss of one of their number whose praise is in the Churches.

Mr. Washburn was one of the Editors of this Magazine, and until called off from his labors by sickness, a faithful and highly useful member of the publishing Committee. The Editors condole with his afflicted family, the bereaved Church and Congregation, and his numerous friends, to whom he was so deservedly dear, under this visitation of a holy and righteous Providence. May the people of his charge remember the truths he has delivered, and the warnings he has given them ; that they may meet him with joy at the judgment day ! And may his surviving

brethren in the ministry, be animated to renewed zeal in E their Master's service, that they may receive the plaudit of, “ Well done good and faithful servants.”

The memory of the just shall be had in remembrance.

· VOL. VI. NO. 9.

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For the CONNECTICUT Evan- | cial and private duties of the
GELICAL MAGAZINE. | Christian life: His religion sat

easy upon him-he was, in geAttempts to Christianize the In- neral, far from an affected austedians in New England, 86. Irity.

As a Minister, he was faith(Continued fron p. 210.) | ful, diligent, prudent, rationally

zealous, bold, and intrepid in the CHAPTER II. cause of the Redeemer; he gave

himself to his work, and finishNUMBER' xiii.

ed the services assigned him

with uncommon vigor and fide. Rev: John Eliot's Life and Cha-lity.

racter, as a Christian and as a As a Christian, he was emiMinister to a particular Church nent for fasting and prayer. He and Congregation, abridged viewed these instrumental duties from Dr. Cotton Mather-His of religion of great importance Death, and some circumstances to promote vital piety. He not preceding and attending it. only made it his daily practice

to perform secret prayer; but TR. Eliot's character in ear- / he would, not uncommonly, set IV ly life was briefly drawn apart whole days for prayer, in a former number. He sup- / with fasting in secret places beported, to the last, the reputation fore the God of heaven ; espehe then gained-lived and died cially, when there was any rein the high esteem of good markable difficulty before him, men, as a Christian, a minister, he took this way to encounter and an evangelist to the Indians. and overcome it; being of Dr.

His character as a Missionary | Preston's mind, 6. That where to the natives has been placed we would have any great things before the eye of the reader in to be accomplished, the best posome preceding numbers : what licy is to: work by an 'engine, remains is to delineate his cha- f which the world sees nothing racter as a Christian and as a Mi- of.” He could say, as a pious wister connected with a particu- man did upon his death-bed : lar church and society. This “ I thank God, I have loved faswill be abridged from Dr. Cotton ting and prayer with all my Mather, who resided near him, heart." He kept his heart in a and had a particular acquaint-frame för prayer with a wonderance with him, and viewed him, ful constancy; and was contias we shall see, as an eminent nually, as opportunities presentChristian ; and as a pious, zeal-ed, exciting all about him to this. ous, indefatigable, and very use | When he heard any considera-ful minister.

ble news, his usual and speedy Mr. Eliot, as a Christian, ap- reflection upon it would be, peared devout, heavenly-minded, “ Brethren, let us turn all this submissive to the will of God into prayer.” When he came under trying dispensations of to an house, that he was intihis Providence ; was modest and mately acquainted with, he humble ; and was distinguished would often say, " Come, let us by a careful attention to the so- not have a visit without a prayer:

Let us pray, down the blessing mean to promote the life of God of heaven on your family before in the soul-a duty which may we go.” Especially, when he be performed without ostentacame into a society of ministers, tion—in the midst of company before he had sat long with them, as well as in solitude. they would look to hear him ur- The whole tenor of his life ging, “ Brethren, the Lord Je- made it evident, that his zeal for sus takes much notice of what prayer was not an ostentatious is done and said among his mi- display of superior piety ; but nisters when they are together; a deep, and affecting sense of come, let us pray before we the obligations to it, and bene-part."

fits resulting from it; especially of It is thought, that he was very its importance to keep up a lively frequent in the performance of sense of religion in the heart ; of the duty of ejaculatory prayer man's dependence upon God; a practice which devout persons and an affecting view of the difind specially useful as a power- | vine benefits. ful antidote against the infection Mr. Eliot was a very diligent of temptations ;* and a happy:) student of the holy scriptures

from his youth; and they were *" When we observe in ourselves 1 to him as his necessary food. the least approaches towards anger, He made the bible his companJust, envy, and discontent, we are not to put off our application to God for

ion, and his counsellor. He his grace to some prefixed distance of | would not, upon any terms, have time : No, we should forthwith de- / passed one day, without using a sire his assistance, and pray for the portion of the sacred writings as succors of his Holy Spirit. For by l an antidote against the infection immediately recollecting ourselves, I of temptations : And, in this and desiring his assistance upon the view, he would prescribe it to first solicitation of any vice, which we may do silently in public, as well others from his own happy exas in private, in a crowd, as well as perience. By a frequent peruin our closet, we stop the progress sal of the sacred volume, he be. of evil by introducing another train of came an eminent textuary, which thinking: Whereas by delaying our addresses till the stated periods of pray

was of singular benefit to him, er return, we let the poison work in

not only in his Christian course, us without applying the proper anti.

but in his pastoral labors. dote in time. No doubt morning and evening prayers are indispensible du | attentive, the disorders of the mind, ties ; and some part of our time ought as well as the distempers of the body. every day to be dedicated to God, as We must know, when any glance of an acknowledgment, that the whole | ill nature, lust, or discontent comes of our time is his gift. But we ought | across our minds : And to turn our to take care, that our formal petitions thoughts to God upon that emergent do not supersede our babitual, and occasion, by a mental prayer, is inconstant endeavors. If upon the first stantly to withdraw the mind from motions towards anger, impatience, evil, to retract the bad design, before uncharitableness, &c. we, without de. | it has made any advance in our hearts, lay, upon the spot, prayed to God, and to endeavor after the opposite and invoked his aid, this would be virtue.” upon every incident, an expedient to Seed's Sermons, vol: i. p. 250, &e, expel bad thoughts before they had gotten full possession of the heart, + " Dr. Samuel Annesley, a dissentby bringing others more worthy into ling minister in London, in the 17tha their room. We must feel, if we aic'century, took up a custom, in early Moreover, he, as much as studies and labors, as he was, at almost any man, exhibited that home, engaged in, he could pos. evidence of uprightness, which sibly repair to so many lectures the psalmist lays down, “ Lord, abroad : and herein he aimed, I have loved the habitation of not only to promote his own edi. thine house.” For besides his fication, but to countenance and weekly attendance there, to which encourage the lectures to which he was obliged by his office; he he resorted. had a lecture once a fortnight in Thus he took heed that he his own congregation; and he might hear; and he took as much made his weekly visits to the care how he heard. He sat himlectures in the neighboring self as in the presence of the towns; how often was he seen eternal God; he expressed a dilat Boston, Charlestown, Cam-l igent attention by a watchful and bridge, and Dorchester, paying wakeful posture, and by turning attention to the word of God, to the texts quoted by the preachand counting a day in the courts er. And they who were so hapof the Lord better than a thou-l py as to go home with him, were sand ? It is hardly conceivable, sure of having another sermon how, in the midst of so many by the way, till their very hearts

| burned within them. He indeed childhood, which he always observed, always carried much of religion viz. reading twenty chapters in the | with him from the house of God. bible every day.-By his very frequent

| Among the many instances, ly reading the scriptures from his

in which the piety of Mr. Eliot childhood, he became a great textuary; and by texts readily, and perti.

was remarkable, his exact renently produced, he often surprised | membrance of the Christian Sab eminent ministers, as his solution of bath to keep it holy must not be cases of conscience (which his ser omitted. mons much consisted of did instruct

It has been truly and justly and edify them.” Dr. Daniel Williams' works,

observed, that our whole relivol. i. p. 368. 373. gion fares according to our Sab. The famous Beza, at eighty years | baths that when Christians do of age, when his memory was so im. not devoutly regard and keep the paired, that he could not retain what Lord's day, their graces visibly he read an hour before, or even the decline, and that often times by names of those about him, was yet

swift degrees ; and that a strictable to repeat St. Paul's epistles in Greek, which he learned in his youth.” | ness in our Sabbaths inspires a

Such examples as far as other ne- vigor into all our other duties. cessary studies and pursuits will per- (Mr. Eliot knew this, and discov. init, are worthy of the imitation of ered a fervent zeal in support of all young persons; especially of young this sacred institution. The sun ministers, that, like Apollos, they may become “mighty in the scriptures."

did not set at the evening before " The best help to memory, when

the Sabbath, till he began his we grow old, is to read the scriptures I preparation for it; and when the much when we are young; and to get Lord's day came, he appeared, them well fixed in our mind ; the ira. I in a pecular manner, to be in ces are made deeper in the vigor of the spirit. Every day was a sort our nature, and the images of things most likely to remain with us."

of Sabbath to him ; but the SabLondon ministers scrmons on read bath day was a type, a taste of

ing the scriptures, p. 181. ! heaven with him. He labored

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