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situations in time, and according to what has been their allotments in the land of the living.

Parents, have we been called to part with our little ones? Has the icy hand of death snatched precious delights from our arms ? Hark! They, being dead, speak to us. They tell us not to mourn for them, but for the millions of little ones, whose innocence will soon be tarnished with the corruptions of error and sin, who are destined to tread the thorny and thistley paths of human life, and to face the tempestuous storms which more or less beat on all who live. They remind us of their angel sweetness, they awaken a recollection of tender affections, and they bedew our hearts with the consoling assurance that they are heirs to all which was indicated by the lover and Saviour of the world, when he took little children in his arms and blessed them, and announced, that “of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

Have any been called to follow sons or daughters, of maturer years, to the house appointed for all the living? Have you, in anguish, seen those lovelv eyes, which were the delight of your own, grow dim in death ? Has that heart, which was once warm with filial affection, become cold and motionless ? Is the crutch, on which you hoped to lean in old age, broken just as you begin to totter with infirmity? Does that slowly moving hearse bear the widow's son before her? And is this, her last earthly hope now gone? Are the sighs, which the winds are bearing away, the sighs of despair? Hark! The dead speak! They cail the attention of their mourning parents to the testimony of the Saviour, in which he hath given assurance, that our heavenly Father's kindness is stronger and more pure than that which parents feel for their children. They remind the afflicted and bowed down with sorrow, that earthly affec: tions are light, and but for a moment, when compared with that eternal weight of glory, which is reserved and secure among the unseen treasures

of eternity. Does not the speech of the dead remind the living not to lay up treasures on the earth, where moths and rusts corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal; but in heaven, that where their treasures are, there their heart may be also ?

To surviving brothers and sisters the dead speak of important and tender things. They call on them duly to regard the places they have left, and as far as possible to fill the vacancy. Do aged parents survive ? Let the children who live double their duty to them, that they may be comforted; let them multiply favours to each other that the abcence of the deceased may be borne with less sorrow. Have they left companions or children? Here is an opportunity of continuing to do good to them who are here no more.

Companions, who mourn the loss of bosom friends, who look with pity on their fatherless or motherless children, should diligently listen to the voice of their departed companions. On the surviving companion and parent a double duty seems to devolve; and the dead seems to say to the living, the mutual love and affection, which we have equally and faithfully borne for these dear images of our own, are now wholly lodged in your breast, and the numerous duties towards them, which I once delighted to share with you, are now all your own. Let my presence remain with you; ask yourself, what would have been my will, concerning our offspring, had I continued with you and them, and I charge you, by my sacred inemory, to leave no means in your power unapplied, which may promote their good, and contribute to make them wise, virtuous and happy.

Do children mourn the loss of kind and tender parents? Do they lament their orphan condition? Let them be calm, and listen to the speech of their parents from the silent mansions of death.

Dearly beloved children, although the parental bosom, which was once warm with the tenderest

attections, is now cold and lifeless, and can embrace you no more ; though those eyes, which once delighted to watch your steps, are dim in death ; though these hands, which were constantly busy for your protection and support, are lifeless in the grave, yet have you a parent in heaven, whose love can never grow cold, whose eye can never becomie dim, and whose hand is continually stretched out for your defence and support. That unseen, mysterious power, which gave existence, and planted parental love in the hearts of fathers and mothers, must be goodness itself. Look then, with confidence, to him, who clothes the grass and the lilly in more gorgeous dyes than are worn by princes, who will not fail to clothe the orphan. Look with confidence to him, who feeds the fowls of the air, who neither sow nor gather into barns, for he is your Father in heaven, who will much more feed you. Remember the counsels and advice, with the admonitions and warnings which you have heard from those lips which will speak no more, keep them near to your hearts, think of them when you retire to rest and when you arise from repose ; for thereby your parents will be present still, and continue to lend


aid. The fathers, the patriots and heroes, who planted, reared and defended their country ; who devoted their talents and their many years to promote its interest, or early lost their lives in defence of its rights, continue, even from their hallowed tombs, to speak, in the ears of the living, a language which all understand. How many worthy names might I here mention, which are enrolled in our country's register, forming a brilliant constellation, surrounded by a bright halo of glory, giving light to our political path, and saying to their surviving children, keep sacred and inviolate the precious treasure which is the costly purchase of our patriotism and our blood ! Nor is the memory of recreant traitors less admonitory. By their everlasting infamy they warn the ambitious to

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All who have lived virtuously in the world, who have gone hence, to be here no more, call aloud to the living to walk in their steps; and all who have wallowed in vice admonish the living to shun

their ways.

Thus do we hold communion with the dead ; and have the opportunity of conversing with our friends, who are gone to the invisible world.

My friends, let us now, in a particular manner, attend to the speech of our father and brother, who has been recently removed by death, and on whose account this public service was appointed. He, being dead, yet speaketh. He speaks to that venerable sister, who is left to mourn the death of

kind and faithful husband, and to her his language is most soothing. He honours her with an entire approbation of her duty and faithfulness to him, and returns her his thanks for her unwearied attention, during his confinement and decline. He requests her, in room of indulging immoderate sorrow for him, to lay hold of that hope, which he so richly enjoyed while living, and which proved an anchor to his soul, sure and steadfast, conduct:ing him to Jesus within the vail.

He speaks to these surviving children in the language of a kind and provident father still. He requests them to remember all he has done for them, and to cherish gratitude to his memory. He invites them to examine his whole life, and carefully imitate his virtues. He calls their attention to the religion in which he lived, and to the blessed hope in which he died ; saying, my beloved children, there is peace in believing and there is joy in the divine spirit. He warmly invites then to cultivate, among themselves, that tenderness and kindness, which he so much endeavoured to iustil into their hearts, in their childhood, that the blessing, which the Lord cominands on those who dwell together in unity, may rest upon them ana on their respective families. And may I not here

add, he seems to say to his beloved children, forsake not, neglect not, that kind and faithful mother in her declining years.

This church and society, of which our departer brother was a most respectable and beloved mein ber, will cautiously listen to what he, though dead, continues to speak to them. Of the faith which you profess, he was a steady and faithful defender. In devotion to it he cheerfully employed his worldly interest, his warmest affections, much of his study, a virtuous and exemplary life, a constant attention to public worship, and a fostering care of the ordinances of religion, in the office which he held in the church. By all these considerations he still speaks. By the large share of property which he held in this house, he requests you to be liberal in supporting an establishment which has long been dear to his faithful heart. By his constant attendance on public worship in this place, while his strength held out, he requests you not to forsake the assembling of yourselves together, nor suffer slight concerns to detain you from public sabbath devotions. By your recollection of his venerable appearance in his wonted seat, he persuasively invites you not to desert your own ; and by your memory of his peculiar attention to every part of divine service, he persuades you to observe the same attention.

To the opposers of the doctrine of universa, salvation, through the divine mediation of Jesus Christ, our departed brother, though diad, yet speaketh. Yes, he will long continue to refute their reiterated objections, wherein they have so often said, that this doctrine tends tu corrupt the morals of those who believe it, that it tends to a neglect of religion and its duties, and that it can afford no comfort, or assurance of divive favour, in the hour of death.

Soon after the establishment of the first Uni. versalist meeting in Boston, our departed brother became a believer and an advocate of the doctrine,

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