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real life. Those writings were her be formed in them. She ufed of. entertainment, which are adapted | ten to observe, that it appeared to to inform the understanding, and her of very small importance, to mend the heart. She read the | whether they were rich or poor, holy fcriptures with serious atten or in high or low stations, in the tion, and peculiar delight ; and world, when compared with their constantly, and devoutly, attended | serving God on earth, and enjoyon all divine institutions. She de. ing him in heaven. voted her talents to the service of The benevolence of this excel. God. It was her aim to live to lent woman was displayed in her liis glory, and to withhold no ex- conduct towards all around her ; ertion, in her power, to promote and she took part in their joys and the cause of piety and virtue. She forrows. Sympathy with the affought for convenient seasons to flicted, and munificence to the counsel the youth of her own sex needy, formed distinguished traits in particular, to secure the unfading in her character. charms of true religion. She re | Mrs. Storrs was frequently vifjoiced when there were any ap ited with threatening bodily infirpearances favorable to the enlarge-mities in the last years of her life. ment of the Redeemer's kingdom. Under these the manifested subSuch times, were times of refresh. | mission to Divine Providence ; and ing to her soul.

confirmed the sincerity of her proShe was diligent in bufiness and fession by her patience and fortitude. laborious, perhaps to a fault, con. She appeared serene and cheerful, lidering her delicate frame. She while her friends were much alarmattended to her domestic concerns ed in fear of the event which now with unwearied assiduity; and fills them with forrow. made the numerous visitants at her 1 During the progress of the conhouse easy and happy. She spar sumptive disorder which proved faed not herself, that her beloved | tal, The gave abundant evidence husband might not be entangled | that she knew whom she had bewith the affairs of this life ; but lieved. As her departure drew might give himself wholly to his near, her hope was Itronger, and ministerial work.

in her last moments heaven dawnShe was a pattern of the conju- ed on her soul with remarkable gal and parental virtues. The | brightness. Being favored with heart of her husband did safely the uninterrupted exercise of reatrust in her, and she ministered to / son, the employed her time in his comfort and usefulness all the speaking of the worth and glory days of her life. With cheerful- of Christ, and in giving suitable ness she bore his burdens, and counsels to all around her. Her strove to relieve him from anxiety, decline was rapid for a few of the and to encourage him to activity last days of her life. Her strength and zeal in his sacred employment. failed, and she could seldom com-From what has been said of her municate her thoughts but in whis. character, it is evident that fhe | pers. When in her last agonies,

was well formed for the station in which were very painful, she said · which Providence placed her.- to those present--" I am going »

She discovered deep concern for | A few minutes before she expired, the welfare of her children, and when the bystanders did not expect feryently prayed that Chrilt might I to hear another word from her tion.

mouth, to their surprise she spoke at Norfolk, the third Tuesday of with a clear and loud voice, tri 1 June, 1800umphing in the approach of her

COMMUNICATIONS from Redeemer, and in the riches and

the members of the Geneglory of his grace-" He comes !

. | ral Association, relating to the state : _My Lord and my God !-How

I of religion being called for, anclear, how ravishing the fight ! | His countenance, o how comely !

i | swers were given to the following She was asked whether he was To

questions :impatient to be gone? She answer. 1. Whether there is any special ated, with great emphasis~" No!- tention to religion in any of the < But it must be defirable to one in churches of your district ? ' such distress, to join in the enjoy- 2. Whether there is general union ments and employments of the pure and harmony in the churches in

and blessed above.On being your district ? afked, whether the prospect did 3. What number of vacancies in not brighten, as she drew near to each district, and in what state cternity ? She replied " The more with respect to union ? it is contemplated, the more rav 4. What instances of removal by ising and glorious it appears !death or otherwise, or settleAfter making a short pause, the ment of pastors have taken place broke out “ Self-righteousness is since the last General Associa

the bane of the Christian !-I ' will go in the strength of the LORD

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The report of the members of God, making mention of his right

the Association happily evinces the eousness, and his only ! She was asked whether the foundation of

state of religion and of our churchChristian hope appeared sufficiently

es to be more encouraging than at broad? She replied,-“ Broad e

any preceding period for many nough Broad enough !It is

years past; especially in regard to God himself !-O free grace !

the awakening and renewing influI fall praise God for free grace

ences of the spirit on the hearts of

| sinners in various places ; the pu'to eternity ?These were her last

rity of the work, and the harmony words which could be distinctly heard. Her lips soon ceased to

which is generally prevalent in our

churches. For these things we move, and as we trust she obtained a release from sin and sorrow, and

desire humbly to bow the knee in entered into the joy of her Lord.

thanksgiving to the God of all She died at nine o'clock on Satur

grace as the sovereign giver of so day evening, and as we believe

great á blessing, and to wait on

him in faith and prayer for still went to the enjoyments of the ev: erlasting Sabbath which remaineth

greater and more extensive influ

ences of his grace, and engage for to the people of God.

ourselves in our holy miwiltry to “ Jesus can make a dying-bed persevere in prayer for the outpour“ Feel soft as downy pillows are, " While on his breast i lean my head,

ing of the divine fpirit and the “ And breathe my life out sweetly pror] h. there.”

B. ! THE following persons were

chosen a committee to give certifiAi a meeting of the General Associ- cates to ministers travelling from

ation of the State of Conneciicut 'Connecticut to other states. The Rey. Nathan Perkins for Hartford, shall be exhibited Mall judge to be North Association, the Rev. Wilt regular, and nothing appearing in liam Robifon for Hartford South, his conversation or deportment inthe R v. Benjamin Trumbull D. D. consistent with such testimonials, for New Haven Welt, the Rev. he may be received to ministerial Samuel Eells for New-Haven East, communion, and be occasionally the Rev. Jofeph Strong for New introduced to our pulpits. London, the Rev. Isaac Lewis | 2. But when any foreigner, as D D. for Fairfield Welt, the Rev. above described, shall manifest a David Ely for Fairfield East, the desire to reside among us, to sup. Rey. Mofes C. Welch for Wind. ply any vacancy, or to be consid. ham West, the Rev. Andrew Lee ered as a probationer for settlefor Windham East, the Rev. Sam ment ; previous to his being chus uel J. Mills for Litchfieid North, employed, he shall make applicathe Rev. Dan Huntingtonfor Litch- tion to the committee of the Assofield South, the Rev. Fohn Devo- ciation of the distriet, exhibit his tion for Middlesex, and the Rev- credentials, submit to their examNathan Williams D. D. for Tolland | ination in ortbodoxy and literature, Association.

and obtain their written approban

tion, to continue in force till the THE Rev. Meffrs. John Smal next meeting of the Association, ley, Levi Hart and Samuel Blatch- provided that his conduct in the ford were appointed Delegates from mean time comport with the min. the General Association to the ifterial character. General Assembly of the Presby 3. At the next meeting of the terian Church.

| Association he shall present himself The Rev. Ifaac Lewis D. D. and obtain a ratification of the dowas chosen the second preacher on ings of their committee, by exhibthe evidences of Christianity, the iting his credentials, and submitevening preceding the next com- / ting himself as before directed. mencement at New Haven.

4. Previous to the settlement of The Rev. Ammi R. Robbins was such an one in any of our churches, chosen to preach the Concio ad cle- | he shall reside at least a year in the rum.

vicinity or have been the same time

under the direction of some eccleTHE following plan of con- ' fiaftical body in connection with duct to be observed towards preach- us, and pass through the usual trial ers from foreign parts, coming to by an ordaining council. çhis state, was approved and adopted. 1. When any foreigner of un.

ANECDOTES. known character fall arrive among us, appearing in the capacity of a D AVID 'HUME, observed, gospel minister, on his exhibiting that all the devout persons testimonials from some proper pub- he had ever met with were melan. lic body, or from some person or choly. On this Bishop Horne reperso is of good reputation of his | marked ; This might very probabeing qualisied, and that he has bly be : for in the first place, it is been introduced into the ministry most likely that he saw very few, in such a manner as the person or his friends and acquaintance being persons to whom the testimonials of another fort ; and, secondly,

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the light of him would make a de- | Dreadful thought of endless woe! ne man melancholy at any time. All aghast my soul sinks down,

Trembling o'er the pit below,
LYSIMACHUS, king of Thrace

And at th' Almighty's frown. for extreme thirst, offered his king 3. Is there no escape for me? dom to the Getæ, to quench it.

Is wrath my certain doom?

God Almighty, muft i be His exclamation, when he had

Chain'd down in endless gloom! drunk is wonderfully striking. Can no grace from thee descend ? “ Ah wretched me! whò for such | Are my fins too great to hide ?

ararification 2 momentary gratification, have !

have | Pardon, Lord, and mercy fend. loft so great a kingdom !How For Christ thy Son hath dy'd. applicable this to the case of him, 4. Jesus, to thy grace I flec, ! who, for the momentary pleasures May I in thee believe ! ' of fin, parts with the kingdom of

mof | Boundless mercy fhow to me, !

Bleft Lord ! my fuit receive.' Heaven.

Bleffing, honor, glory, praise,

To the triune God above; THE learned Grotius, at the Loud hosannas I will raise close of life, had such a deep sense To his redeeming love. of the importance of consulting the glory of God at all times, and

The good Shepherd. of the comparative insignificance THOU Shepherd of Ifr'el divine, of all pursuits of a worldly nature, | T The joy of the contrite in he that he exclaimed-Proh vitam | For closer communion they pine, perdidi, nihil operose agendo ! I

| Still, still to reside where thou art. have spent my life in laboriously ! The pasture, Oh! when shall we find, doing nothing !

Where all who their Shepherd obey, Are fed on their bosom reclin'd,

And skreen’d from the heat of the day,

Ah! Mew us that happiest place,
HYMNS.

That place of thy people's abode, | Where saints in an ecstasy gaze,

And hang on a crucify'd God. The dißreffed Sinner finding reft in Chrif.

Thy love for loft finners, declare, MY wounded pained heart, 1. U W hat pangs my spirit seize,

Thy passion and death on the tree,

Our fpirits to Calvary bear, Dreadful anguish, rending smart,

To suffer and triumph with Thee. O give me, give me ease ! Guilt a restless fury burns

'Tis there with the Lambs of thy fock, Waking hell within my breast

There only we'd covet to reft, Horrors freeze my soul by turns

To lie at the foot of the rock, Depriving me of reft.

Or rise to be hid in thy breast. 2. God now fees what I have been, 'Tis there we would always abide, His justice ever faw

And never a moment depart ;
All within me guilt and fin,

Conceal'd in the cleft of thy fide,
Behind a flaming law.

Eternally held in thy heart.

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