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“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 adand their prayer :
“ Le: me live the vanced period of life. During a num. life 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 notice, able, that of bis 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 wlich he was accommodating manners, which did a member and a pillar has experi.. not 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 neighby bis 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 s0" 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 deliver. Joshua Huntington was ordained as ed by the Rev. Dr. Morse ; the OrColleague with the Rev. Dr. Eckley daining Prayer by the Rev. Dr. Eck. over 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 conclud. gratification 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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