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life, he gradually withdrew from pardon in virtue of the mediation ;came many other public engagements, with animated hopes that through observing, among other reasons, that the faith he had long professed and at such an advanced age, it was fit
still continued to declare in the blessthat the business of the present world ed Redeemer, he might be freely acshould give way to the more interes - cepted, and made completely happy ting concerns of the future.
in the enjoyment of a holy God. In his connexion with this reli. With these sentiments, he mixed gious Society, I find by the Records, many others respecting the instability that Mr. Dawes was baptized by the of all earthly things the importance Rev. Dr. Sewall in this Church in of contemplating time in relation to the month of August, in the year eternity, and continually seeking a 1731. He was admitted as a mem- state of preparation, by grace, for ber in full communion, in A. D. 1749, the change which will soon be made being in his 19th year.
on us all by the stroke of death. own relation to this Society, I have He lived to the beginning of the always known him among those, wbo new year; and though weak and have taken the most active part in faultering, he said to his family he its concerns. After the revolutiona- would begin it in the House of the ry war with Great Britain, during Lord.* He heard my worthy Col. which the intern al part of the house league in the morning on a subject ain which we are now assembled was dapted to the season. He was not a. destroyed, he drew the plan, in ble to attend the service of the after. which, with a few late alterations, it noon, but, as I learn,,conversed with now appears ; and was a principal his particular connexions in the eve. agent in the erection of the adjoining ning in a manner the most appropri. buildings belonging to the general ate to the occasion, and with a great estate. In the year 1787, he was degree of seriousness, solemnity, and chosen a Deacon, in which office he affection. At four o'clock the followcontinued until he was removed by ing morning, by a sudden fit of the death, being upwards of 21 years. paralytic kind, he was bereaved of He was remarkable for being a con- his reason ; and in six hours after. stant worshipper in the house of the ward resigned his spirit unto God Lord. During the last year of his who gave it. life, disorder and sickness impaired, Brethren! we shall all die. To that in some degree, the vigor of his eternal Being we shall speedily go, mind, which was naturally strong, and who is acquainted with the state of being improved not indeed by an ac- the living and the dead who will ademic, yet by a good education, en- judge us all in righteousness by his dued him with uncommon ability to Son according to the rules of the blesserve both the public at large, and sed Gospel, through which each his particular friends. It was a Christian believer will be accepted, great consolation to the members of and the saint rejoice and triumph for his family and to others, that notwithstanding this violent shock to On this occasion, may the comforts his constitution, his rational pow. of religion be administered to the becrs and faculties were continued. reaved family of the deceased !-May Throughout this sickness, his views the event be sanctified to this Chrisand conversation principally turned tian Society with which he was on the great subject of religion. In long connected !--and when the frequent visits I paid him, and shall all leave the present world of which he always appeared to receive sin and death, may we attain an eva' with gratification, he fully expressed erlasting life of righteousness ! May his sense of the great depravity and we joyfully rest in Jesus Christ, with sinfulness attached to human nature whom we trust is our departed friend -the necessity of the divine influ- and brother. ences in the renewal and 'sanctification of the heart-the insufficiency of * This was the first day, as well as man's righteousness for the end of first Sabbath of the
1809. justification--the glorious nature of
How sweet to the heart is the thought of to-morrow,
And when the vain shadows of time are retiring,
TO CORRESPONDENTS. E. H. in reply to R. A. is received, and on the conditions before specified in regard to this subject, shall have an early insertion.
A. on the present mode of conducting ordinations, is a seasonable communication, and shall have place in our next. It has been mislaid.
Myra discovers a spirit with which we are pleased. The effusions of her pious mind, we doubt not will gratify a large class of our readers.
We are obliged to the translator of the affecting extract from Saurin.
We thank Benevolus for his poetical communication, which shall receive our early and candid attention.
The eloquent letter of Bishop Gregoire to Mr. Barlow, and Mr. B's, reply, which are both on our files, shall be preserved in the pages of the Panoplist and Magazine
We agree with our respected Correspondent, that since the author of " Religion without Cant,” Mr. Fellowes, has been introduced to the American public, it is highly proper that this public should be made
acquainted with the reputation, which this Author sustains among well informed Christians in his own country ; we shall accordingly, as soon as we have room; publish the Christian Observer's review of Mr. Fellowes' Poems.
The communications of Justus are received.---Before we publish his “Remarks" we wish an interview with him. We think he has misapprehended the object, which has occasioned his remarks, and that an explanation would induce him to think with us, that it would be expedient to suppress his remarks; or at least to communicate them to those concerned, in a less public manner.
N. B. As the last No contained 8 pages more, this of course contains the same number of pages less, than usual.
MEMOIRS OF REV. DR. OWEN, CONTAINING SOME INTERESTING PAR
TICULARS OF HIS CONVERSION.
DR. Owen was born at knowledgment afterwards, that Stadham in Oxfordshire, in 1616. being naturally of an aspiring His father was minister of this mind, affecting popular applause, parish, and reckoned a strict Pu. and very desirous of honor and ritan in those early days of re- preferment, he applied himself formation. The doctor early very close to his studies, to acdiscovered an extraordinary gen. complish those ends he had so ius, and made so quick a profi. much in view ; and he was ready ciency in his studies at school, that to confess, with shame and sorhe was soon ripe for the univer- row, that then the honor of God sity, being admitted into Queen's or serving his country, other. College, Oxford, when about wise than he might thereby serve twelve years
age; and when himself, were most remote from he was bot nipeteen, commenced his intentions. Master of Arts, in 1635. He About the time that Dr.
Laud, pursued his studies with incredi. archbishop of Canterbury, and ble diligence, allowing himself chancellor of Oxford, imposed for several years not above four several superstitious rites on the hours sleep in a night'; so that University, upon pain of expul. he soon had made a considerable sion, Mr. Owen had then reprogress in learning. Sometimes ceived such light, that his con. he would, for the benefit of his science would not submit to health use some recreations, but those impositions : however tem. chiefly such as were violent and poral interest might plead for robust, as leaping, throwing the compliance, yet other more bar, ringing of bells, and such weighty considerations of a re. like exercises.
ligious nature prevailed : for While he continued in the Col. now God was forming impress. lege, his whole aim and ambi. ions of grace, upon his soul, tion was to raise himself to some which inspired him with a zeal eminence in church or staté, to for the purity of his worship, either of which he was then in. and reformation in the church. different. It was his own ae. This change of judgment soon VOL. II. New Series.
discovered itself on this occasion, that Mr. Calamy was prevented and was observed by his friends, by some extraordinary occasion; who thereupon forsook him as upon which many went out of one infected with Puritanism; the church, but Mr. Owen reand, upon the whole, he became solved to abide there, though his so much the object of resent- cousin would fain have persuad. ment to the Laudensiun party, ed him to go and hear Mr. Jack. that he was forced to leave the son, then an eminent minister College.
in the city, it not being certain At this period he was exercis. whether there would be any ed with many perplexing thoughts person to supply Mr. Calamy's about his spiritual state, which, place.
place. Mr. Owen being well joined with outward discour. seated, and too much indisposed agements, threw him into a deep for any farther walk, resolved, melancholy, that continued in its after some stay, if no preach extremity for a quarter of a year; er came, to go to his lodgings. during which time he avoided as At last there came up a country much as possible all intercourse minister to the pulpit, a stranger, with others, and very hardly not only to Mr. Owen, but to could be induced to speak a the parish; who haviog prayword; and when he did speak, ed fervently, took for his text it was with such disorder as ren. these words in Matt. viii. 26. dered him a wonder unto many. “Why are yé fearful, O ye of lit. Though his distress and melan. tle faith?” The very reading of choly did not abide in that vio. the words surprised Mr. Owen ; lence, yet he was held under very upon which he secretly put up a great trouble of mind, and griev. prayer, that God would please ous temptations for a long time; by him to speak to his condition. and it was near five years before And his prayer was heard ; for he attained to a settled peace; in in that sermon the minister was which space the all-wise God, directed to answer those very obwho designed him for such emi. jections which Mr. Owen had nent service, was perfecting his commonly formed against him. conversion, and at last brought self : and though he had formerforth judgment unto victory. ly given the same answers to him. His very great troubles and dis. self, without any effect, yet tresses of soul were succeeded now the time was come, when by a great degree of lasting se. God designed to speak peace to renity and joy, which more than his soul; and this sermon, though recompensed his past sorrows otherwise a plain familiar dis. and difficulties.
course, was blest for the remov. The manner in which he ob. ing of all his doubts, and laid tained relief from his spiritual the foundation of that solid peace trouble is remarkable. He went and comfort which he afterone Lord's day with Mr. Owen, wards enjoyed as long as he lived. a cousin of his, to Aldermanbu. It is very remarkable, that Mr. ry church, with expectation of Owen could never come to the hearing Mr. Calamy. He wait. knowledge of this minister, , ed for his coming up to the pul. though he made the most dilipit, but at length it was known gent inquiry.”
How various and wonderful prepare him for superior useful.! are the methods of divine grace ness as a minister of the gospel, in the conversion of souls! While Thus he was furnished with a some are brought by an easy rich treasure of experience, which and gentle progress to the knowl. qualified him in an eminent de edge and reception of the truth,' gree for 'instructing others, for and to the experience of that giving proper advice and com. peace and joy which flow from fort to souls under spiritual dis. believing, others are permitted tress, and for publishing to pers. to remain for a long time, under ishing singers the riches of the deep convictions, and distressing glory of that mystery which is fears and perplexities, before contained in the gospel. - Thus they are lightened by looking to he became so thoroughly ac the great object of faith revealed quainted with the anatomy of in the gospel, and by coming to the human heart, and its various Jesus the Savior, find rest unto workings, under the several in their souls. In these different fluences of sin and grace. The arrangements, the sovereignty fruit of his experience in this views of divine grace is devoutly to be appears in all his practical write ackpowledged. But in many ings, which have already con. instances of this kind, tbe wisdom tributed largely to the edification of God is signally manifested, in of Christians; and which will adapting such dispensations to continue, doubtless, to be held in the character of the individual estimation, so long as a taste for who is the subject of them, and scriptural and experimental piety to the services for which he is exists. destined in future life..
Dr. Owen applied to his Thus, in the case of Dr. Owen, studies with great diligence, and by the uncommon distresses and with great success, under the deep humiliations through which mere impulse of vanity and am. in early life he was called to bition. But through the over.' pass, his natural vanity and am. ruling providence of God, these bition were subdued, and his stores of learning thas acquired, mind was formed to that unfeign. were afterwards consecrated. to ed humility and self-denial which the service of the church. In SO eminently distinguished his his critical and polemical writa future character. By this means ipgs, he has illustrated the he was also led to lay aside, in Scriptures, and vindicated the his popular discourses, all affec. peculiar doctrines of the glos tation of the pomp of human rious gospel, with a sagacity and learning, and to preach the gos. force of argument, which has nev. pel with that plainness and sim, er been surpassed. How similar plicity, which is the peculiar ex. to the case of Saul of Tarsus, cellency of an evangelical minis. who was brought up at the feet ter. .
of Gamaliel, and not only prof. These painful exercises, which ited above his equals in the learo. were finally brought to so happy ing then cultivated in his country, an issue, were not only condu. but was well acquainted also cive to Dr. Owen's personal im. with the various lore of Greece provement, but also scrred to and Rome! The valuable pur.