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meeting by commending them to. Retire but for one hour and ser the mercy and protection of God riously consider the subje&t ; conin prayer.
sider yourself an immortal being, I pray that you, Ma'am, may one whofe eternity depends upon before long, on a similar occasion, the improvement of time. Do acquit yourself, with the fame fin-not put it by, 'till a more conven. cerity and propriety, as did your ient season, for “now is the acfriend Miss C .
cepted time and now is the day I am, &c. J. of salvation--to day if you will
hear his voice harden not your
heart.” Youknow not, my friend, Letter from EMMA, lately become
the danger of delay. If you feel serious, to a friend fill in a state
disposed to put off repentance till of security.
to-morrow, remember it will be MY DEAR FRIEND,
harder than it is to-day; and T Presume you will be surprised, what is your life? “It is a vapor I on perusing the contents of that appears for a little time and this letter, to find so great an al. then vanishes away." What would teration in the sentiments of your be your feelings fhould you this friend, respecting the happiness day be called to close your eyes of those who possess true religion. upon all earthly enjoyments, and We were both of us greatly deo appear in the world of spirits, there ceived in fuppofing Christians were to receive your final fentence ? unhappy. I hope, through the | How different would they be mercy and goodness of God, I from those that have devoted their have been brought to see a beauty lives to the service of God, and in holinefs, and have found a hap- endeavored to live for his glory? pinefs in religion far superior to They can look forward into eterany which this world can afford ; nity with peace and joy, knowing it is something real while that in whom they have believed. They which you enjoy is all imaginary, can commit their immortal fouls You will allow happinefs ever has into the hands of Jesus, and rebeen, and still is the object of your joice to be freed from sin, to go pursuit. Now let me ask you, have and be forever with the Lord. you ever found it in the gay circles Words would fail me was I to atand vain amufements which you tempt to describe what eye hath not frequent ? In your hours of retire- seen or ear heard, neither hath it ment, if you have any, do you entered into the heart of man to find a satisfaction in reflecting on conceive ; viz. the joys that are . your past life ? No you cannot. prepared for them that love God. If you ever think you are account. And fuppofe it evere possible you able to God for the time he is giv. could live here always, in that cafe ing you to prepare for eternity, it would be wise in you to seek surely you must be unhappy, that happiness from that in which you: you have misimproved so much of would be the most likely to obtain it. The morning of life is cer- it. Your own experience hath tainly the most proper time to serve taught you, that it is not to be the Lord ; we have a promise that found in the things of this world ; those that seek early shall find ; | pursue them no further, they will and can. any thing appear more ever disappoint you. Nowresolve beautiful than early piety? I that you will seek religion with as
much earnestnefs as ever you | election sure. I know that after fought the pleasures and vanities we have done all that we can do, of life; but do not make the resow we are unprofitable servants; yet · }ution in your owa strength. Go we are told to work out our own to God for affiftance ; reft not till salvation with fear and trembling, Christ be formed in you the hope for it is God that worketh in us of glory; until you have a hope | both to will and do of his good that will be as an anchor to your pleasure. As we have no claim to foul both sure and stedfast. It is mercy we should the more earnek. probable if you live many years in ly and humbly plead for acceptance the world, you will be called to through the Redeemer. pass through some scenes in which Perhaps you will think that the you will need that divine support self-denial which is required in the which the world can neither give scripture, will make Christians unnor take from you ; and you cer- happy. On the contrary, those tainly will in the hour of death Christians who live most in the exwhen all dependance upon credercise of this duty, and seek the tures must fail. Then you will glory of God more than their own want a God to go to as a friend. I good are the most happy. That Do be persuaded now to accept of you may know by experience what Chrift as he is offered in the gos. this happiness is, is the sincere with pel, the chief among ten thoufands of your friend and altogether lovely; view the
is..! EMMA. glorious son of God calling and inviting finners to come to him that
Some account of the character and they may have life. And can you still refufe? Is eternal life fo fall / religious experiences and exercises a trifle in your esteem, as not to
of Mrs. Nancr Bishop deferve the renunciation of a few THIS person was the daughter transitory enjoyments? How can 1 of Mr. Adino Pomeroy of you act so unlike a rational crea- Middletown in this state. She ture as to fell your immortal soul was born at Northampton in the for the pleasures of a moment ? Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Leave them all my friend and join | where her father formerly refidedig that noble few,
February 15th, 1764 ; in her Who dare stray upward and pursue childhood Mr. Pomeroy removed The unbeaten way to God.
to Middletowe, where she received
her education, and where the reIn what can we manifeft such fided until March 2, 1797, when folid wisdom as by choosing that she was married to the Honourable good part which shall not be taken | Nathaniel Bishop of Richmond in fron us? I trust you have a doc- faid Commonwealth. Her person trinal belief in the spirit and power | was tall and gracefulher counof religion, and of the total de tenance lively and expreflive-lhe pravity of the human heart; if fol was favoured with an uncommon you must belie, e that God, out flow of animal fpirits-her temper of Christ, cannot be reconciled to was fprightly and remarkably playou, and you cannot think a recon- / cid-her understanding sound and ciliation with the great sovereign well cultivated, and her manners of the universe unimportant; strive amiable and conciliating. She therefore to make your calling and I was active in the practice of rela. tive duties, and adorned the holy | ces, could have been expected ; religion which the professed. In and the want of a studied arrangethe prime of life, in easy circum- ment is more than compensated by stances and happy in the tenderest that artless simplicity of manner of all human connections, she was which seems calculated to express, attached to the world by many to the best advantage, the genuine powerful ties; yet under the in-feelings of the heart. The transAuence of divine grace, she met ition from contemplation to prayer the King of Terrors with a smile. is frequently sudden, but this also She died of the puerperal fever on seems to be, under the circumftanthe 19th day December 1797, ten ces of the writer, deeply impreffed days after the birth of her child, with divine things as she was, a and in the 33d year of her age. more natural effusion of the heart, The infant alfo dying the day pre-than could exift under forms ever ceding, was shrouded with her and so logical and correct. It is apinterred in the fame grave ; the as. prebended best therefore to prefured hope which she had expres sent these writings to the reader, fed some years before, of pafling with little variation of style and in triumph at last thro’ the dark none of meaning or sentiment. dominions of the King of Terrors, Her observations begin as follow, thro' the grace of the son of God “ The forepart of July 1790, my her divine conductor, was eminent. “ thoughts were troubled that I ly realized. Tranquil and com " never had owned the Lord posed, at the certain approaches of “ Christ by my own voluntary death, she said, to the inexpressi | “ profession, nor renewed for myble comfort of her weeping part “ self, what my parents had dorie ner : “ I am not afraid to die.” “ for me in my infancy; I there.
Thus, as her life had been a pattern “ fore took pains to get what light for imitation : so the manner of “ I could on that subject. I knew her death was a striking proof of “ my unworthiness of such a feast the value of Christian piety in a “ as the Sacrament of the Lord's dying hour.
“ supper ; yet my Saviour seemed Thus much for her general “ to invite me, in language very character, and the manner and “ pathetic, to his table ; but how circumstances of her departure. “ to come without a saving change What remains will be to bring the | “ wrought in my soul, was matreader more acquainted with some “ ter of long debate with myself. of the exercises and operations of “ That passage in 1 Cor. xi. 29, her mind, at several periods, du “ seemed to forbid that which I ring her progress in the Christian “ longed for." She then relates course. This will be done by trans. the measures she took to obtain satcribing some writings composed, |isfaction as to her duty, first by as it appears, for her own private writing to a Clergyman and then use, which she left behind her. by conversing with him, and other These writings were never design Ministers of the gospel on the subed for the public eye, but merely ject, the result of which was, her as a help to private devotion, and doubts were removed, and on the of course no special attention was 14th of November 1790, when a paid either to style or method. preparatory lecture before the SaStill they appear much more cor. crament was preached, her do.fire reet than, under these circumstan. to be admitted into full communion with the first church of Christ in. • Command me what thou wilt, Middletown was proposed to the ' O Lord, give me but strength to church. This being done, and • obey.--I relign my choice, my reflecting on the subject in her re- ' will, my liberty.-I ask thy love tirement, she exclaims, “ Is it pof • as my inheritance. Let me not « Gble they can admit so unworthy live to dishonour, or bring a re. "a creature to Christian fellow-' proach on, thy holy name.--' • ship? Yet the eye of man is · Let me not, O my Heavenly .. nothing-God is the searcher of • Father, grieve thy Holy Spirit. · hearts, let me abide in his word, • My devotion to God has been
and prepare for the important ' mingled with levity and irreve+ transaction which is before me." rence ; O God, enter not into She then addresses the throne of judgment with me, for the best grace in manner following. . " actions of my life cannot bear thy
“ O Lord God, rectify the dif- scrutiny. O God, in covenant " order that fin has made in my soul.' mercy receive me, for Christ's
-Renew my soul in the know- fake.May my folemn request, • ledge of thy grace.—Let me, O ' now signed on earth, be ratified
my God, be made an heir of' in heaven ; and may I awake to ' glory.-Permit me to be impor the life of a heaven-born soul stunate with thee for a blessing' -thro’ the mercy of Jesus our ? upon this day's transaction.- l'advocate and intercessor-in • I have taken a covenant into my whose worthy name, let me fet 6 mouth, to give up myself with to my feal that God is true-and • all my powers and faculties to let my faithfulness endure to the • be thine forever.--Here, on my end. « bended knees, O my God, let | « Dear Saviour, let thy beauties be • me pay that homage which is “ My soul's eternal food, 6 due to thee only. These eyes, “ And Grace command my heart away 6 which look to thee for mercy,
“ From all created good.” < will shortly be closed in death.
« Nancy POMEROY.'? • My original frame is mouldering
December 2d, 1790.” • back to dust.- O God of Grace, 6 hear me speedily, thou knowelt, On the Sabbath next following, - O Lord, in what I am defective, when she first communed at the • the importance of my eternal Lord's table, she says, “ Be this
concerns, my frail existence, and day folemnly dedicated to that • by what a feeble tenure my life is God who is the giver of all mer* fupported.- O God, I beseech cies, (as oft as ye eat this bread • thee, show me thy glory.—Thou • and drink this cup, &c.) This
halt commanded me to love thee institution of Christ is a token of < with all my heart, soul, ítrength love to his church and followers.
and mind.- O God, kindle the - O God, when I cease to love « sacred flame of love in my breast, and praise, let me grow unac( which knows no other love but . quainted with peace. Let my " thee. I resign all to thy dispo. life be a life of self denial. Let • fal. I resign my heart and hand me learn to be meek and lowly, ' to thee.--My heart fill with and may I possess a holy ambition
love to thee.--My hand employ to know nothing but Jesus; and ' in thy service, though in the be deeply sensible that no grace
meanest office in thy family- o can be supported, but by humil. : ity of heart and life. O God, 1 Father's household who have « fill my heart with faith and love, been seeking falvation, and have • that I may be enabled to relift " to all appearance, left no stone • the temptations of fin, which' unturned, where there was any • doth fo easily beset me ; and let • probability of finding the prize • my motto be Holiness to the Lord. they have been so long wrestling
How imperfect is this per- for.-Yet the Lord is gracious • formance, which I intended 6 he has set me as a monument of • fhould be, peculiarly, devoted • his fparing mercy, he has ever • to God, the fupreme ruler of • been drawing me with the tender• heaven and of earth. O God, " est cords of love ; I am con« guard me against proud thoughts, • strained to cry out Why me ! • against all self sufficiency or con " Why me! my heart aspires, my • fidence in any works of my own, wishes fly beyond the utmost
-My thirsty soul pines for the • bounds of creation, I long to be• waters of life.—How long, O " hold thy celestial glory, and to • Lord, fhall I wander in this de. • drink at thy exhauftlefs (pring. • fert land ? Give, I humbly pray • In triumph, O my foul, look • thee, give that ray of grace, which forward beyond all terrestrials, • shall thine more and more to the when you shall rejoice in that un• perfect day, and teach me to | • bounded love, though the candle • pray and praise on the receipt of of the wicked shall be put out.-a blelling so divine.
· May I, O God, tread in none “ My willing foul would stay, " of their paths, but stand as a
« In such a frame as this, • burning and shining light, always " And fit and sing herself away,
lean upon the Lord, and stay “ To everlasting bliss.”
myself upon my God.” We learn nothing further of the " I'll praise my maker with my state of this Lady's mind, until breath,” &c. The text for this Sunday, March 11th, 1792, when 'day's meditation was furely for in a transport of gratitude and • me, Pfalm xxxvi. 9. how dipraise she says ; “ Let the Lord rectly pointing : For with thee is 6 be magnified in all his works and the fountain of life, in thy light ☆ ways, and let my pen be employ- Aall we see light. On this great $ ed upon this important, and, I| day of the feast this well of falç believe, heart-renewing change. , 'vation stands open, If Paul was • If not, why this serenity? Why caught up into the third heavens,
this joy? Joy which surpasses my spirit seems ascending with $ understanding I have heard of him. I hear, I fee (by faith) ç a change of heart : I have often things which are unutterable. I wished to taste of these joys. Either my height of bliss must • But my estimate of a whole life • be reduced to a lower feale, fuit• spent in the love and fear of God, ed to a residence in this earthly $ was in comparison nothing, to tenement of clay ; or my soul
one moment I now feel. 'The must be removed to that celestial “ goodness of God in lengthening world, where the spirits of the
out my life, for so many years, just are made perfect.--The light
to the present period, and now that breaks in upon me makes me s giving me to drink of the well pant for more enlargement.--My
of salvation is marvellous in my soul is already on the wing of dieyes. There are those of my lovine love to present (like Noah's