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foto eternity with serenity, faith, and friends. How devoted ought we to hope. When there is a reasonable be to that infinitely good Being, who ground to believe, that our friends are has redeemed us by his own blood. with Christ, how should it excite our At Ashford, (Con.) Rev. Enos
gratitude and love to the God of all Pond, aged 51. A worthy, faithful al
kace, and our diligence in glorifying minister of Jesus Christ. phea, kim, who has done so much for our Buiza
A native of North Carolina, and student at the Greenfield Academy, who died as
Greenfield, July 26, 1794, aged 15 years.
LET coward guilt, with pallid fear, As when it tunes the linnet's voice,
Or blushes in the rose.
That vulgar minds molest,
My dear Narcissa's rest.
Thy life may all the tenderest cares
Of providence defend;
Their guardian wings extend !
The last dread thunders roll,
Untune the concord of the sphere,
And shake the rising soul ;
Unmov'd may'st thou the final storm ·
Of jarring worlds survey,
That ushers in the glad screne
Of everlasting day. Carter,
EXTRACT FROM COWPER'S POEM ON TRUTH,
All joy to the believer! He can speak-
Angelic gratulations rend the skies :
Sray, thou passing maiden, stay ;
Tre question of INQUIRER is not new. We are glad it is made public; and assure our correspondent, that it shall receive the attention, which its interesting nature deserves.
Serious thoughts addressed to the aged, by H. together with C. on the evidence of divine goodness, and 'T. on the knowledge of God necessary to salvation, are received.
The queries of Timothy are very interesting to the cause of evangelical truth, and merit deep consideration.,
The review of Dr. Holmes' Sermon, by accident, is delayed ; but shall appear in our next number,
ERRATA.--No. 26. Vol. III. p. 82. 2d col. note, for La Ouver read Cluper or Cluverius. Do. p. 83. 2d col. several places, for ate read alc.
THE CHRISTIAN'S ARMORY.
SEPTEMBER, 1807. [No. 4. VOL. III.
MEMOIRS OF MISS ELIZABETH HUTCHINSON, (GRAND DAUGHTER
OF THE LATE EDWARD HUTCHINSON, ESQ.) WHO DIED JULY 10, 1800, NEAR BIRMINGHAM, ENG. IN THE 21ST YEAR OF
Compiled from a Sermon occasioned by her death, and a narrative and
letters of the deceased, published by the Rev. Edward Burn, A. M.
WERE the design of the fol er who judgeth ; and that, in his lowing memoirs to delineate a estimation, " The fear of the character of strong sense, invig- Lord is wisdom.” orated by patient inquiry, and It was the privilege of Miss enriched by various, and, at her Hutchinson to be the daughter age, uncommon endowments; of parents, who feared God, and the life of the late Miss HUTCH who, by a large acquaintance with Inson would furnish ample ma- the enjoyments and disappointterials. But the object here ments of life, were cminently aimed at is of a much bigber na- qualified to direct and assist her ture. It is to show how such a inquiries respecting both worlds. character is adorned by real and To the religious care of their distinguished piety. It is indeed children, their united exertions to be lamented, that such a com were uniformly directed; and bination of excellencies should be God graciously smiled on their deemed rare ; but the melan- endcavours. Parents are here choly truth is, that the age of entreated to recollect, amid all youth is generally marked by a their cares, that the religious inlevity of temper and frivolity of struction of their children is a pursuit, which tend to impress primary duty. the fatal notion, that piety and people, who have unhappily unweakness are synonymous terins; dervalued
dervalued or misimproved the or, at the best, that religion is ut- blessing of godly instruction, terly inconsistent with true hap- should lso be reminded, that Miss pidess. Indeed, the world gen- Hutchinson, during her long aferally account vital religion to be fliction, and in her dying bours, folly. But the young reader was filled with gratitudeand praise should remember, there is anoth- to God for this singular mercy. Vol. III, No. 4.
She early discovered the love gree of critical discernment, that of knowledge, and pursued it with would justly be held reputable in uncommon ardour and success. the sacred profession. Such was Besides a complete acquaintance her facility and delight in this with what is generally deemed holy study, that she abridged, at necessary to an English educa- the age of sixteen, the Hebrew tion, she made very considera- Grammar and Lexicon of Parkble progress in zoology and bot- hurst; and, during the last six any, and has left several speci- months of her illness, she commens of her ingenuity on these piled, and wrote out with her subjects, which would not dis- own hand, a large Grammar and grace a master,
Praxis of the sacred tongue, both But she had still higher ob- of which were executed in a style jects, which engaged her atten- of superior accuracy and beauty. tion, and which sanctified and en- These were presented to her panobled every inferior pursuit. rents, as tokens of filial regard. At the age of fourteen she be It may be proper to remark, came hopefully pious. From that these extraordinary attainthat period, the extraordinary ments were not accompanied by vigour and improvement of her any airs of affected superiority. faculties may be dated. So true Far from that pert loquacity, it is, that real piety, far from de- which, without regard to circumbasing or contracting the powers stances, obtrudes itself on all ocof the mind, is adapted to elevate casions, she heard in modest siand enlarge them; instead of lence, discriminated with judgchecking their due exertion, it ment, and treasured up whatever calls them into action, and con was valuable in the observations secrates them to their proper of others. use.
But the prominent feature in Her inquiries on the subjecť Miss Hutchinson's character was of religion were attended with piety ; not, indeed, that heartless peculiar earnestness of mind. and formal thing, which consists Though remarkably vigilant in in bodity exercise, or in accomher attention to the ordinances of plishing a round of external dupublic worship, she was much in ties ; nor that superficial and retirement ; and though exten- showy thing, which, despising sively acquainted with the works forms, spends itself in profession of the best modern divines, her and words ; but, that enlightened, principal books were the Bible solid, and holy principle, which and her own heart. Here her humbles the heart, magnifies the progress was truly astonishing. Saviour, and dedicates the life te Not satisfied with an enlarged his service. Her humility was and accurate knowledge of what deep and habitual, and such as may be attained by our English becomes every disciple of Jesus. version, she applied to the stady She saw the refuge, which the of the Hebrew scriptures; and gospel sets before us, and fled with such success, that, during the to it for safety ; and this she two last years of her life, she read sound the sanctuary of peace. the original of the Old Testament Her views of sin were extennot only with ease, but with a de- sive and deep. Seldom, if ever,
(says Mr. Burn) bare I witness- scriptures, in earnest prayer, and ed in so young a person, and of in an attendance on the ordinansuch amiable qualities, so entire ces of public worship, with a a sense of personal demerit be- simple dependence on the prom.. fore God. Though, in her con- ised aids of God's blessed Spirit. duct as a child, an instance of fil The following extract from a ial disobedience could scarcely be letter, written to her mother, exrecollected, she pevertheless felt presses her own views relative to herself to be a sinner against her awakening and conversion. Heaven. Her hours of retire. “ You give me encouragement were spent in meditation on ment freely to state to you the her apostasy from God, her un concerns of my soul, and you belief, and ber want of that con- say, the more open and free I formity to his will, which his ain, the greater satisfaction it word requires. Appealing from will afford you ; and therefore I human judgment, as the criteri- shall write what first occurs, I on of religious character, she di- shall begin, by telling you, the rected her attention to the law of first thing which put me upon an God, as the transcript of his own inquiry, was hearing the serperfections, and the only perfect mons of Jonathap Edwards, upon and infallible measure of the crear man's enmity to God, which you ture's obligation, The same gra- read on Sunday evenings. No cious teaching, which convinced doubt you remember the dislike ber of sin, which discovered its and opposition, which I then malignity and guilt, as a trans- shewed to them. Before that gression of the law, brought her time, I had no notion of my also to acknowledge that its sen character as a sinner, and even tence would be just, were it to then I was not fully convinced of be executed upon herself. She it ; for though unable to deny, I sar, that so far from being able was yet unwilling to confess it. to recommend herself to God by But the Lord was so merciful to the merit of her obedience to me, that, from that time, I daily any conditions, legal or evangel- felt the burden increasing, till at ical, that “ by the law no flesh last I found it was too heavy for can be justified in his sight;” me to bear, and that I must seek and that she must be “ justified help from one that is mighty. freely by his grace, through the Fisher's “ Marrow of Modern redemption that is in Jesus Divinity," and Boston on the Christ.” This discipline of the “ Covenant of Works,” were of law, in the hand of the Spirit, great use to me in convincing was not the result of a sudden or me what a sad state I was in. O! single impression on the mind. how heavy did I then feel the It had none of those characters of curse of the law hanging upon an enthusiastic profession, which me! I knew not what to do, nor distinguished the stony ground where to flee for safety. I had no hearers. It was a conviction of one, to whom I could open my the conscience, following the in: mind, for this wa at the tiine formation of the understanding, when you were confined. My and vouchsafed in the use of heart was indeed overwhelmed mcans ; that is, in reading the within me, and I felt no comfort,