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Jong-suffering, abundant in goodness, to that day, when we shall have and truth.'
| done with pain and sorrow; when “I cannot help repeating those this mortal shall have put on immorsweet lines,
tality ;' when we shall be for ever in
the presence of him whom, having • Hail, matchless, free, eternal grace,
not seen, we love;' may we enjoy That gave my soul an biding place.”
much of his presence, while in this * I am sorry you are so indisposed; wilderness; may we come up out of but, what à mercy, to look forward it, leaning upon the beloved!"
Memoirs of Richard Morris, late them by saying, they hoped they
Pastor of the Baptist Church, would remember me for putting out such Amersham, Bucks. Compiled by
speeches. B. Godwin, Great Missenden,
« At this time the commanding officer
left Loughborough for a few days, and The compiler of these interesting the men, according to a rule among themmemoirs, has done honour to him selves, tried me, by what they called a self, and conferred a benefit upon Court Marsbal, for the alleged crime of society, by presenting this work to scandalizing the regiment. I was then the church and congregation, at
sentenced to be cold burnt, and accordAmersham, and through them to the
ingly was tied up in the yard, and a great religious public. The genuine piety,
many pails of water and ice thrown on
me, till they were tired of fetching them good sense, and sterling integrity,
from the horse-pond ; and such was their manifest in the life of Mr. Morris,
determination to use me ill, that they ought to be held up for the imitation
placed sentinels around to keep off the of survivers; nor should the tender people, that none might rescue ine. On care of God, over his faithful ser ihis occasion the people of the inn bevant, be suffered to be forgotten. haved very humanely towards me; they Let us tell our children, that they put me into a warm bed, sat up with me may tell it to their children, that all night, and paid the greatest attention none who had trusted in God has to nie, so that I received no farther in. ever been confounded: in order that
• This treatment I considered it my they too “may set their hope in
duty to bear with patience, as I rememGod."
bered the words of Christ, . If any man The memoirs are written in a series
smite thee on the one cheek, turn to him of Letters, which will both entertain
the other also.' Before my clothes were and improve the reader. Mr. Mor
dry, one of the principal actors in this af. ris is made, in a good degree, his
fair came to me to borrow money, which, own biographer, which keeps up the without hesitation, I lent him, recollecting interest of the narrative, while the that we are directed to overcome evil remarks of the compiler are judici- with good.' Some of the men appeared ous and instructive.
ashamed of their conduct, while others Mr. Morris, when a young man,
boasted of it, and said, “I should not became a soldier, in the Oxford
have been half so good, if they had not Blues, and, in this situation, proved
waslied away my sins at Loughbohimself a “ good soldier” of the Lord Jesus, “ enduring" much hard treat After this, Mr. Morris experienced ment from his ungodly comrades, great trials, which he bore with who were encouraged in their op Christian meekness and fortitude. positions by their officers.
The following extract exhibits ano« The men,” says he, “were let loose ther specimen of the brutality, with apon me, by the officers, who encouraged which he was treated :
« In the year 1773, we removed our | for himself. He attached a high degree quarters to High Wycombe. I here of importance to religious principles, and heard preaching among different deno- was anxious to know the truth as it is in minations, and was requested to give a | Jesus ;' but be proceeded with caution ; word of exhortation, at an early meeting, he could not implicitly believe the sen. on a Sabbath morning. This soon came timents of any; he must first become to the ears of the officers and men, who fully satisfied of their truth. I suppose considered it a very great disgrace to that Mr. Morris had as little of a party the regiment. They determined, there. spirit as can be imagined in the present fore, again to try me, by one of their state of human nature ; he appeared to mock Courts Martial. I was accordingly seek and to love truth for its own sake, brought to trial, in a meadow, called and was determined to embrace it where. the Rye, near the turnpike; and was ever he found it. again sentenced to be cold burnt, and “It is not surprising that, with a mind orders were given to forbid any one thus formed, endued with genuine piety, bringing me dry clothes. This was exe an ardent thirst for knowledge, and an cuted in the most severe manner; but earnest desire for the welfare of others, one of my comrades broke through their he should appear to an intelligent and orders, and brought me some dry clothes, zealous minister to be designed for a for which he was threatened to have the sphere of usefulness, very different from like punishment inflicted on him the next that which he then occupied. To the day. The probability of this, brought kind attentions of Dr. Jones, much of me, for the first time, to the fixed deter- Mr. Morris's subsequent usefulness is to mination to oppose such illegal treat: I be attributed ; from him, in all probabiment. I waited on the commanding of lity, he received his first impulse to enficer, and enquired if he knew the man gage in a work, in which he afterwards ner in which I had been treated by the laboured so successfully. Thus to ap« men. He made no answer to my ques- preciate real worth, and to take a young tion, but advised me not to preach, ob man of piety and talents by the hand, to serving that there were proper persons introduce him to public usefulness in the paid for preaching; and, he thought it a Saviour's cause, is no small honour.” pity, that I should concern myself about religious instruction. I said, in reply,
From this state of oppression, Mr. that it was a matter of conscience with Morris was delivered, in 1775, in conme, to warn sinners of their evil way; sequence of his discharge being obbut that, had not the men proceeded to tained, by the kind interference of the resolution of inflicting the same pu- | Lord Robert Manners, and his excelnishment on my companion, I might have | lent lady. There is a letter, preserved let it pass over, as I had done before;
from Lady Manners, written to Mr. but that I was now determined, if the
Morris, during his troubles, to conbusiness was not put a stop to, I would immediately complain to General Con
sole his mind, which will remain, we way, who, I had no doubt, would see the trust, as a monument to her honour, matter righted. After this, I had to suf. | by the preservation of this memoir, fer nothing more of this kind. Some un- from generation to generation. known friend also put the proceedings of Our limits prevent us from purthe Rye into the public papers, and en-suing the narrative, which we could quired, if the permission of such prac- willingly do. Mr. Morris settled at tices was consistent with the discipline of Amersham, in 1775, became a very so respectable a regiment.”
successful minister there, and conThe remarks of the editor, upon
tinued to labour among a large conthis part of the history, will present gregation, collected by
gregation, collected by his ministry, the reader with a specimen of his
until July 28, 1817. His death was manner of correct and judicious
tranquil and happy : it may be truly thinking
said, “ He finished his course with
joy." A letter, printed in the Ap“On the perusal of this letter," says Mr. Godwin, "I have no doubt, but you
ays | pendix, No. II. published in the | Edinburgh Review, April 1809, p.
din have remarked, that independence of mind displaying itself, which ever after
| 40, was written by Mr. Morris, aniwards formed so distinguishing a trait in
madverting upon an article, in that the character of Mr. Morris. Amidst a | Review, entitled, “Methodism and variety of opinions, which were present. | Missions." The reader will immeed to his attention, he ventured to think diately perceive, on perusing it, that
The writer was a man of considerable compiled entirely from the Holy talents, and of great intrepidity. The Scriptures, and are well adapted for cutting sarcasms which he employs, schools, and to be placed in the bed. must have made even an Edinburgh rooms of serious persons, especially Reviewer feel, if he were not as des | servants, (who have not much time titute of feeling as of liberality. | for reading,) to peruse a short sec
tion previously to their morning and
evening devotions. The compilers A Narrative of a Tour in the West of are entitled to the thanks of the
England; lately made for the Pur Christian public, for their useful pose of ascertaining the State of labours: and we cordially recomthe Inhabitants, and for the For- | mend these useful publications. mation and Encouragement of Sabbath Schools. By the Author of Voyages to Spain, Portugal, &c. &c. | Ricordanza; or, a Father's Present We cannot compliment the au to his Daughter ; containing Methor for the correctness of his style, moirs of Miss Elizabeth Windover. nor for the perspicuity of his arrange and an Obituary of Miss Fanny ment; but he is entitled to higher Roberts. By John Styles, D. D. praise--that which is due to a bene
We mention this little work for volent heart, and an active mind.
the purpose of making our readers He is one of the very few of our
acquainted with it. It requires not species who “ devise liberal things;".
our recommendation, as it may be and we doubt not but he has already
taken for granted, that what Dr. enjoyed a rich reward for his la
Styles thought worthy of publishbours, from the luxury with which
ing, as addressed to his own daughsuch exertions are always attended. I
ter, may be safely presented by any Let persons read this pamphlet, for
parent to a daughter: and this is the purpose of ascertaining how
precisely the use to which, we hope, much remains yet to be done for
it will be applied. We are glad to some parts of our own kingdom,
find Dr. Styles thus employed: his before the knowledge of the glory of labours may be as useful, though the Lord will cover even this island: they will not obtain for him so much and then let them think of another
celebrity as when he chastised a part of the United Kingdom-Ire
barrister, and castigated an Edinland ; and remember, that missions
burgh reviewer. to the heathen instead of superseding should quicken our exertions in promoting means for evangelical | Juvenile Biography : or, Early Piety instruction at home.
recommended and exemplified: to
which are added, some Hints to The Bible Class-Book; or, Scripture
Young Christians. By John Mor
This little book is divided into from the most instructive and im | chapters, under the heads of “ The proving Facts of the Sacred Scrip-| Bible the only pure source of Relitures. Adapted to the Use of Schools gion."-" The Holy Scriptures the and Families. 68.
| best Companion of Youth."-" InThe Christian's Treasure; or, a Com
stances of Early Piety."-" Perpilation of Scripture Sentences, of
suasions to Early Piety.”-“ Prac'nearly 100 different Subjects: being
| tical Hints to Young Christians."
On all these subjects some suitable a most useful Selection of Divine Knowledge. Particularly adapted
remarks will be found. We select for the Use of Charity and Sabbath
the following paragraph from the Schools, fc. 2s. 6d.,
fourth chapter, to give a specimen of
the author's manner: We have placed these together for our remarks, because they are of
“Our dedication to the service of the same class, though different in
God cannot, possibly, be too early.
“ The young, as well as the old, stand the arrangement. They are both in
| in immediate need of the blessings of
salvation ; nor are the claims of Jesus | his being entrusted with the key of less urgenl upon them, than on persons his master's wine cellar. Though in the subsequent stages of life. God it is represented that this victim of has a right to the obedience, and devo.
intoxication and misery was brought tion, and gratitude of our whole exist
to repentance upon his death-bed, ence; and when reason begins to dawn
yet we hope that no dishonest inupon the human nind, Jehovah says to every child of Adam,. My son, give me
temperate servant will ever, from thine heart.' And is there any reason
such a possibility, be led to preable plea that can be urged against the sume upon Divine mercy; whilst surrender, thus openly demanded? Are every master and mistress should any of us able to keep our own hearts? | improve upon the moral of the tale, Or. can we trifle with the imperious re- and resolutely determine to keep anirements of Heaven, and yet expect “ the Key of the Cellar" in their to escape the righteous displeasure of own pocket. the Almighty? Who that hardens his heart against God, can expect to prosper? Is it too soon to begin that study, LITERARY INTELLIGENCE. the acquirement of which is indispen. sable to the salvation of the soul? Is it too soon to forsake the paths
Lately Published. of error, and to walk in the paths of A Memoir of the Life and Happy troth? Is it too soon to escape from the Death of John Burkitt Holman, who kingdom of darkness, and to be introdied January 31, 1818, aged eleven duced into the kingdom of God's dear years and eight months. By David Sop? Is it tou soon for a child of Satan Ford. --The profits arising from the sale to become a child of God? Is it too of this Tract, will be applied to the sup: soon to be born again, when it is written, port of a Sunday School. with the finger of Deity, that except al More Work for Dr. Hawker: in a man be born again, he cannot see the Reply to bis Misrepresentations of the kingdom of God! Unless you can prove Gospel of Jesus Christ. By the Rev. that sin has not exposed you to the Thomas Smith, of St. John's College, curse,-- that God has no claim on the
Cambridge, and Master of Gordon homage of your hearts,--that religion is
| House Academy, Kentish Town, Mid. & subject addressed only to the aged, dlesex. that the Bible has no message for you; The Principles of the Particular and that you are effectually shielded /
Baptists not hostile to other Protestants. from the approach of death, and from
A Sermom delivered at Wolsingham, the dominion of mortality,~_unless you
Durham, March 22, 1818, on Joshua, can do all this, then, it appears, you are
xxii. 21-29; on opening a Place of not too young to be religious. Oh! will |
Worship for the Baptist Denomination. not thousands regret that they were so
By Charles Whitfield, of Hamsterly. long in seeking the Lord! This, indeed, has been a subject of painful reflection
In the Press. to many of Güd's people; but where! Serious and Friendly Hints to Candi. did ever an instance occur, in which any | dates for Communiou, and the Junior one repented having known the Saviour Members of Dissenting Churches. By too soon? The very idea is a contra- | Jobn Edwards, Minister of the Gospel, diction in terms; we cannot be too soon Little Wild-street, London. rescued from the brink of eternal de.
The Rev. J. Cobbin, Author of Phistruction, on which every unconverted
lanthropy, &c. has in the Press another sinner unquestionably stands ;-nor can
Volume of Poems, entitled The Pilgrim's our feet be too soon placed upon the
Fate, with Miscellaneous Pieces, which rock, éven Christ.”
will appear speedily.
In the Month of December, 1818, will The Key of the Cellar, fc. be published by Subscription, in 2 Vols.
12mo. with a List of Subscribers, The obligations of servants to
Sunday School, and otlier Anecdotes, masters are strongly inforced in the
mostly original; Catechetical Exercises, scriptures, and we rejoice in every
mostly from Scripture; and other in. attempt to illustrate those Divine teresting Matter relative to the Instrucprecepts. This little work is tion of the rising Generation. By written for that laudable purpose, George Russell.-Dedicated, by Permisas it details the miseries brought sion, to His Royal Highness the Duke upon a confidential servant, through of Sussex, K. G. &c. &c.
Missionary Retrospect and foreign Intelligence.
| ciety furnished them with & suitable
lodging, and they were placed under the care and inspection of the pious
writer of this interesting narrative. TWO MONGOLIAN NOBLES. • Having regulated their affairs in
their new situation,” continues Mr. Schimidt, “ they commenced their la
bours with unbounded zeal. Before they The Rev, I. J. Schmidt, Moravian mi- | began their translation, they formed pister at St. Petersburgh, has l'ately extracts of parts of different chapters, transmitied to the Elders' Conference of the meaning and spirit of which they the Unity, a very remarkable account of could not understand. These they the manner in which the study of the brought to me, and begged for an interGospel of St. Matthew was, under the pretation, which I gave them in the best Divine blessing, made the means of con. | possible manner I was able to do. version to two Saisangs, nobles or Here appeared the work of the Spiprinces, of the Mongolians.
rit of God, by the power of the gospel This account is dated March 7, 1818. They listened with silent attention: The whole is too long for insertion, but their countenances became serious: they onr readers will be gratified by the fol gave no particular signs of approbation; lowing outline:
but said, in a solemn tone, full of gentle When the first edition of the Gospel | emotion, that they now understood it. according to St. Matthew, in the Calmuc | They visited me twice or thrice a week, language, was printed, copies, of it were always bringing their work with them; sent for distribution to the Russian Go. and, at each visit, I perceived their vernor of Siberia. This nobleman di- progress, not only in the knowledge, rected these books to be circulated but also in the personal application of among the Selenginskish Mongols, and the gospel. The work of the Spirit of the Chorinian Burats, two heathen tribes God in the hearts of these men having in the North-east of Russia, on the fron- originated altogether with himself, I left tiers of China; requiring, at the same the whole entirely to him, without inter. time, from the princes of these people, meddling in the least. an opinion respecting the contents. As “ I noticed, with delight, their growth the Calinuc dialect is not generally in in the grace and knowledge of Jesus derstood among them, this proved a | Christ; contenting myself with explain. most difficult task. It was, however, ing such passages of scripture as they undertaken by two of their Saisangs, or could not understand, and giving in nobles, who applied themselves so dili- advice only when it was asked for. Then gently to the work, that they were soon were more especially pleased with those enabled generally to explain the book passages in which our Saviour declares to their countrymen. This excited so his readiness to receive sinners, inviting much curiosity, that the head Lania of the weary and heavy-laden to come the Mongolians, and the Prince of the unto him, and promising to give them Chorinian Burats, of their own accord, rest. They were also forcibly struck by made a collection among their people, his parables; among others, by that of amounting to upwards of 11,000 rubles, the householder, who hired labourers (£550,) which they placed at the dis into his vineyard, giving to those who posal of the Russian Bible Society, on came in the evening, the same wages as condition that the Gospel of St. Mat those received whom he had hired in the thew, and, if possible, other books of morning; which they regarded as hav. the New Testament might be translated ing a special reference to themselves into their language, and printed in their and their nation. The promise of Jesus, characters.
That before the end of the world, the This important work was entrusted to gospel shall be preached for a testimony the two Saisangs, who had been already unto all nations, made a deep impression employed; and they arrived at St. Pe upon them. Some time ago, ihey retersburg, for the purpose of undertaking laled, without any suggestion on my it, in December, 1817. The Bible Su-part, that whenever they prayed to their