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tains some interesting references to Such, my Christian friends, the principles and feelings by were the ingenuous declarations which he was impelled to devote and confessions of your late eshimself to the work of the mi- teemed pastor, when entering on nistry; and I doubt not, that there that relation, which, for so many are some now present, whose re- years, he honourably sustaincollections will instantly bring be- éd, and in reference to which, fore them all the circumstances and both he and you will have to renimpressions of that affecting so- der a solemn account at the day lemnity. " Aware,” said Mr. of final retribution ! I cannot Hooper, “ of the vast importance advert to the services of that soof such an engagement as that lemnity, without reminding you of the sacred ministry, I durst how large a proportion of those not for a long time disclose my who engaged in those services are feelings to any one, lest I should numbered with “ the spirits of the be charged with entertaining pre- just.” On that occasion, the essumptuous thoughts. Aware too, teemed predecessor of him who that such desires might arise from now addresses you, delivered the improper motives, I subjected my introductory discourse, and reself to the most rigid self-scrutiny, ceived the answers to the usual and I repeatedly besought the God inquiries.* The pastor of the of wisdom, the heart-searching church at Wareham, under whose Jehovah, that if I were actuated friendly auspices your departed by any unhallowed considerations, minister entered on his public he would interpose by his provi- course, commenced the services; dence to prevent, by some insur- and the charge was delivered by mountable obstacle, my entrance the venerable relative of the deinto the sacred ministry. My ceased, whose name is embalmed desires for the work increased; in the grateful and affectionate rethe door of entrance was thrown collections of thousands of the open; I received the greatest en Christian church. And who can couragement from Christian friends, think of that name, and not inand especially from the successive stantly associate with it most pastors of the church at Ware. hallowed and cherished rememham. Thus supported and encou- brances? His Christian simpliraged, I determined on giving my- city, his unaffected benevolence, self to the work of the ministry, the evangelical spirit which perand relinquishing my secular en vaded his ministry, his inflexible gagements, I entered on prepara- attachment to all the doctrines of tory studies at Hoxton Aca- the cross; and especially the holy demy."--" In accepting the in- importunity, the impassioned fervitation to undertake the pastoral vour, the rich variety, the celestial oversight of this church, I trust I unction that distinguished bis comcan make a solemn appeal to the munion with God, and raised those Searcher of hearts, and say, “Thou who heard him, while they were who knowest all things, knowest softened and melted, and overthat neither indolence, nor avarice, flowing with kindred sympathies, nor a desire to obtain distinction, to the sublimest heights of devonor to gratify a taste for literary tion; all these remembered excelpursuits, have induced me to engage lencies have invested the name of in this work; but a love to the SIMPSON, with the richest attracsouls of my fellow creatures, and tions, and shed around the memoa desire to be instrumental in rials of his worth an unfading making known the Gospel of fragrance, and a sacred immorChrist, that sinners may be saved, * The Rev. George Ford, of Stepney: and God glorified.'”

+ The Rev. Robert Simpson, D. D.

tality. “ These servants of the faithful, and practical; his reason. Most High God," who then were ings were forcible, and his arrange. employed in « shewing unto men ments luminous; and bis addresses the way of salvation,” have, since to the conscience and the heart they met together in this place, were often remarkably tender and united in the fellowship of kindred impressive. As a Christian minisspirits above, and exchanged the ter, there was everything in his sorrows of time for the joys of character and general intercourse eternity. With them the spirit of with his flock, that must have our departed brother is now united. greatly endeared him to the circle “What delight will it afford to of his immediate connections, and renew the sweet counsel they have secured the respect and confidence taken together, to recount the of all who knew his principles and toils of combat, and the labour of his worth. His exertions in supthe way, and to approach, not the porting the institutions of Christian house, but the throne of God in benevolence, were constant and company, in order to join in the indefatigable; those to which he symphonies of blest voices, and was particularly attached, found lose themselves amidst the splen- in him not merely a public advodours and fruitions of the beatific cate, who could defend their prinvision."

ciples and illustrate their claims, but It was during the period of his a practical supporter by his uniform preparatory studies, first at the and persevering efforts. academy in Hoxton, and after. In the important office of Claswards in the University of Glas- sical Tutor in Hoxton Academy, gow, that I had the happiness of he secured the affectionate confibecoming acquainted with your dence and permanent esteem of late esteemed pastor. My own his respected colleagues, while recollections and impressions are those who were successively under those of all who ever had the hap his academic charge, will ever piness of knowing him. He was cherish the memory of their inà man “ of an excellent spirit,” structor with tender and grateful and “ greatly beloved.” He was recollections. They can never distinguished by the benignity of forget his kind attention to their his disposition, the suavity of interests, his accessibleness and his temper, and the unimpeachable candour, and his Christian sym. excellence of his character. His pathy in all that concerned them. countenance was marked by the He was their friend after they had expression of candour and libe. finished their preparatory studies; rality. The powers of his mind were and his biographical portraitures equipoised and well adjusted, with, of some who had been under his out any strongly marked or over- care, are alike honourable to the powering feature. On his judgment subjects and the author of those you could rely with satisfaction, instructive inemorials. and on his heart with confidence. His last public engagements

In the circle of domestic life, were on the first Lord's day of Oche was eminently kind and af- tober, and his final service in the fectionate, and most attentive to sanctuary was at the lecture at the discharge of its relative obli- Stepney, on the evening of that gations. To you, my esteemed day. Little was it then imagined friends, who enjoyed the advan- that his course would terminate so tages of his pastoral instructions, soon, and his “strength be weakI need not attempt a description ened in the midst of his days;" and of his characteristic excellencies. his sun set just after it had passed its His discourses were judicious, meridian. Before this period he had


occasionally suffered from an affec- might be spared, and the afflictive tion of the head, of a mysterious visitation sanctified to his family and undefined character; and symp- and his flock. The more private toms peculiarly distressing and meetings of the church were regu. painful had been evinced. In the larly held for the same object, evening of the day referred to, and continued until their esteemed those symptoms returned with unu- pastor exchanged “ the spirit of sual violence, and medical atten- heaviness for the garments of tion was instantly secured. Soon praise." But while he was a sufafter the attack I visited him; and ferer in this vale of tears, most he appeared so far recovered from soothing to his spirit were these the pressure of disease, as to ex- devout indications of the interest cite the hope of restoration. I felt on his behalf; and at one found him cheerful and composed. period it seemed as if “ the prayer A renewed attack soon followed made of the church unto God for of a more threatening aspect; him," had been heard. He apbut he was still in the entire peared to revive, and at intervals possession of mental vigour; there were sanguine hopes of recalm, steady in his confidence on covery cherished by his friends. the promises of his heavenly Fa- This was the case to a remarkable ther, and resigned to his sacred degree, on the Saturday and the will. His faith reposed on “the Sabbath before his departure. He Rock of ages," and he quoted, with was so much better as to be able evident exultation, that memorable to leave his chamber; and his passage, as expressive of his con- mind seemed to have recovered victions and his prospects," I much of its wonted cheerfulness. know in whom I have believed." The depression produced by dis

A subsequent and more alarming ease and agonizing suffering, had seizure followed; and on renewing in a great measure subsided. His my visit, I perceived that a great feelings on that occasion were rechange had taken place. Our dear markably tender and susceptible, friend was much enervated in body He united with the family in devoand in mind, and apparent symp- tion; and at his own request a hymn toms of paralysis, connected with was sung in the house of mournstill more dangerous indications, ing. It was removing “ the harps excited the deepest anxieties on from the willows" for a short seahis behalf. · He was scarcely able son, while tears of sorrow and of to speak, but while I attempted to joy were mingled together. The pray with him, he grasped my spirits of our friend were excited; hand, and at periods indicated, by his heart overflowed with thanka gentle pressure, the tone of his fulness to all around him for the feelings, and the accordance of kind attentions he had received: his heart with the petitions that and holy gratitude to “ the Father were offered. He said little; but of mercies, and the God of all what he said evinced the undis- comfort,” shed its hallowed influturbed exercise of his confidence ence over this scene, while all in the Redeemer.

" rejoiced with trembling." At this crisis, the public prayer Alas! this reviving radiance was meeting was held on his behalf, at but the precursor of dissolution. which his brethren in the ministry, Disease speedily resumed its mysresiding in this district, attended. terious power;' “ the clouds reIt was a season of great solem- turned after the rain," and the nity, and many and fervent were shadows of the tomb gathered the intercessions presented to the around him. During the remainthrone of the heavenly grace, that ing portion of the week, he was the life of their beloved brother seldom able to articulate ; and

insensibility and stupor indicated can impart; and one surviving son, the rapid approach of “the last now in the eleventh year of his enemy." On Friday, the 2d of age. May the God of his father December, he was released from be “ the guide of his youth!” the tabernacle of mortality, and entered on “the rest which re- The following is a list of the works pubmaineth to the people of God.” lished by Mr. Hooper; the last of which

deserves to be placed in every domestic liMr. Hooper was married in the

brary, as an admirable series of useful and

instructive discourses to the young. year 1810, toSophia, second daughter of the late Rev.Dr.Simpson. One

1. The Advantages of early Piety disbeloved child died in its infancy;

played, in a Memoir of Mr. John Clement,

Surgeon, of Weymouth. Second edition. and a second was consigned to an 2. Consolation for Bereaved Parents ; a early grave, after evincing an ex- Funeral Sermon for Robert Simpson Hootraordinary prematurity of mind, per:

dress to Young People. and a degree of early piety of a

3. A Funeral Sermon to improve the very unusual order. Mr. Hooper Death of the Rev. Noah Hill. published a sermon on the death of 4. Select Remains of the Rev. Jolin this interesting child, in which pa

Morley Clack, late of Hastings, Sussex.

5. Memoirs of the Rev. Mr. Evans, rental grief and Christian resig

of Wymondham. 1 vol. 12mo. nation are strikingly evinced. He 6. 'The best Means of preventing the has left a mourning relict to cherish Spread of Antinomianism; a Sermon the memory of his virtues, and to preached at Hoxton Chapel.

7. A Series of Addresses to Young look up to the God of the widow,"

W, People. I vol. 12mo. Second edition. for that consolation which he alone

Author's e

Son with an Ad.


ON THE INTELLECTUAL PRO. perties. We, in fact, learn some

GRESS OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN. thing of these almost every day. Of all the creatures inhabiting either from experience or obserthis lower world, man is certainly vation; and in proportion as we the most noble. We can never see them developed, we yield to a attentively survey the structure of persuasion that the capacity of the his body, observing at the same mind for improvement is greater time the exact adaptation of all than we have ever yet been able to its members to the important ends imagine. Its improvement, howfor which they were respectively ever, will be comparatively small given, and the perfect symmetry while men continue on earth; the which distinguishes the whole, time allotted us here is too short; without feeling very deeply that the means afforded us for the ache is fearfully and wonderfully quirement of knowledge are too made. But of this we become imperfect; while the ability we still more sensible, when we con- have for conducting the pursuit is template the constitution and ca- too contracted for it to be otherpabilities of his mind; that part of wise. bimself by which he was first There is, we admit, a vast difraised to the place he still occupies ference between the intellectual in the scale of being.

powers of such men as Newton Of the nature of mind we are, and Locke, when those powers at present, altogether ignorant. first begin to open, and afterwards, We only know, respecting it, that when they have been cultivated by it is not matter. But though so education, and strengthened by ignorant of its nature, we have a diligent and persevering study. limited acquaintance with its pro. But even at the time the intellect


of these distinguished individuals heaven will be perfect in its deattains the highest point it ever gree. When a new discovery is reaches here, they, as rational made on earth, it not unfrequently creatures, are only in their infancy, becomes the means of disproving nor can they possibly advance be- what had previously been received yond it, while confined by the as established truth. This is the trammels, and encompassed by the case more particularly in metainfirmities inseparable from morta physics and natural philosophy.

Every new discovery made in

heaven will entirely accord with “ This is the bud of being, the dim dawn,

all that was known before. “Now The twilight of our day, the vestibule ; Life's theatre as yet is shut, and death,

we see through a glass darkly, but Strong death alone cap heave the massy then face to face; now we know bars;

in part, then shall we know even This gross impediment of clay remove,

as we are known.” The secrets of And make us embryos of existence free.”

nature, the mysteries of proviIt is more than probable that dence, and the wonders of grace, the righteous will be employed will be successively unfolded to through eternity in studying the our view. works of God." What we know Our dignity and our happiness not now,” says our divine and in- will increase in the same proporfallible Instructor, “ ye shall know tion as our knowledge. Every hereafter.” Greater facilities than fresh idea conveyed to our mind, we can ever possess in this life, will be a fresh accession of glory for the acquisition of such know- and of bliss. The tone of our ledge, will be freely supplied be- piety will be elevated as the stores yond the grave, and a degree of of our mind are augmented. We strength imparted that will qualify shall, in consequence, perpetually us for improving those facilities to feel a growing delight, while, in the fullest extent. Our under- concert with all the hosts above, standing will, doubtless, be en- we devoutly sing, “ Great and larged. If this were not done, marvellous are thy works, Lord difficulties would exist to perplex God Almighty; just and true are us there as they do here, and the thy ways, () King of Saints; who increase of our knowledge could would not fear thee, O Lord, who not be such as would either answer would not glorify thy name !" our expectations or gratify our We can, at present, scarcely wishes. Our intellectual progress conceive the possibility of a neverwill, therefore, be quickened at ending advancement in mental imdeath, and, most likely, continue provement; but all the disciples of to advance through everlasting Jesus are, notwithstanding, justiages. It will then receive an im- fied in expecting it, because it is pulse never to be checked, and one of the benefits flowing from proceed with a rapidity never to his mediation; it is one of the be diminished. Jehovah himself blessings promised to his followers. will condescend to be our teacher;

J. J. and it must be allowed that a

num Being possessing infinite wisdom MOSHEIM'S MISREPRESENTATION and infinite power, as he does, will

OF WHITFIELD, always have something new to

(To the Editors. ) communicate to finite understand- GENTLEMEN --On reading Moings, relative to his own purposes, sheim's Ecclesiastical History, I and the proceedings to which they was particularly struck with the have given birth.

remarks there expressed, (vol. 6. Nor should it be forgotten that p. 37, on the preaching and proall the knowledge acquired in gress of Mr. Whitfield. "At

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