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widely the mischief has been extended within the last ten or twelve years, he would have cried aloud, and not spared to tell the people their transgressions and sins. But his honest heart grieves no more, sighs no more on account of the abominations of the age. This righteous man has, happily for himself, been taken “from the evil to come.” He is gone to that place “ where the wicked cease from troubling, and where the weary be at rest. He is spared the anguish and sorrow, felt by his surviving friends, at the sad effects of commercial prosperity on the one hand, and of the check which it has received from desolating and corrupting judgments on the other.
The tongue, indeed, which was ever ready to rebuke and exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine, lies silent in the grave; but, though dead, he yet speaketh in these Sermons. He calls to the numerous Flock, once committed to his charge, to repent and do their first works. Many of these Discourses are exactly suited to their case, and even more applicable to the present circumstances of his Parish, than they were at the time when they were preached. The Sermon, with which the Volume concludes, composed and delivered not long before his decease, may be considered as his dying testimony to this great truth, that “to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”
W. R. York, November 1st, 1808.