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ECCLESIASTICAL PREFERMENTS.

Rev. John Smith, M. A. vicar of Bices. Rev. C. J. Blomfield, Dunton R. Bucks. ter, Oxon. Master of the endowed Gram Rev. Thomas Hooper, Castle" Coombe, mar School of Dilhorne, vice Wolfe, re Wilts. signed.

Rev. S. Nosworthy, Brushford R. SomerRev. William Jackson, D. D. canon of

set.
Christ Church, and Regius Professor of Rev. Roger Frankland, Canonry in Wells
Greek in the University of Oxford, Lord Bi.. Cathedral, vice Dighy, dec.
shop of Oxford.

Rev. Dr. Weston, Thirfield R. Herts.
Kev. John Leslie, D. D. dean of Cork, Rev. W. B. Ramsden, Little Wakering
Lord Bishop of Dromore, vice Hall, de V. Essex.
ceased.

Rev. J. B. Hollingworth, one of his Ma.'
Rev. Henry George Liddle, Redmarshall jesty's Preachers at Whitehall.
R. Durham.

Rev. James Slade, Feversham R. Cann-
Rev. Thomas Peyton Slapp, Bracon-Ash bridgeshire.
R. Norfolk.

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ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS.

A COUNTRY Rector will be admitted.
FUTURUS; EPAPHRODITUS; M. G.; Puilar ETHES; Tusognis; A CYPHER, are

under consideration.
CHARITATIS AMICUS, we think, must change his name before he can become the advo-

cate of Dr. Butler's sermon. In another and the main point of his letter, we deny the

charge. He lias quoted, as our language, words which we never used. Our present limits would not suffice for correcting the misapprehensions of An IMPARTIAL

OBSERVER. Referring him to what we have already written, we have now only to say,

that he has totally inisapprehended us. We are of opinion, that the time is past for the publication in the Christian Observer of the

Letters of A LaYman on Mr. Stone's sermon. Sopater's note has been received. 'We must request Tue Autuor wlu has written to us, not to consider our silence respect

ing his publication as any mark of disrespect. We have it not in our power to notice

one iwentieth part of the books which are sent to us. STAFFORDSHIRE's request as to his lines is complied with.

ERRATA.
No. for January, p. 44, col. 2, lives 15 and 16, for s, in three places, read s.
Present No. p. 72, col. 2, 1. 20 from bottom, after Iwono dele the comma,

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SOWE MEMORABLE THINGS, ESPECIALLY wisdom without her knowing how:

OF THE LAST YEARS AND HOURS OF and this, she said, she had proved THE LAST COUNTESS OF SEAFIELD. by her own experience. (Concluded from p. 69.)

Lady Janet she said, that she had to

complain of her temper as stubborn BOUT six or seven days be- and perverse. She charged her to

fore her death, she sent for become more gentle and kind, and her children, that she might give in particular to be affectionate and them ber last advice and blessing. attentive to her sister, and 10 seek To her son, my Lord Deskfoord, she God with all her heart, and to look said, that he must be as a mother to on all the advice given to her sister the rest, and see to their education; as given to herself. To Master and prayed that God would bless him George she said, that as he could not and direct bim in all bis actions. understand any advice she could If there was any worldly thing she give him, she should only pray God desired, it was that the family might to bless him, and to make him a stand in his person. But, checking good man; and, calling for his goherself, she said, we ought not to vernor, she charged him to instruct seek worldly things of God, and him in spiritual as well as temporal that she was not worthy that there things, and earnestly to inculcate should be the least remembrance of them on him. Then, looking on her after her death.' She only beg- them all, she said, · Ye are no more ged, therefore, that God would give mine ; ye are God's.' After which, bim a heart in every thing to love turning towards her mother, who and fear hiin. To my Lady Betty was leaning on the back part of the she said, she had been her idol from bed, and observing her very sorher infancy, and that she had loved rowful, and bitterly lamenting her her but too well. As she must now approaching death, she said, · Mobe mistress of the family, she bid ther, part willingly with me, for you her labour for a serious and com see I have parted willingly with posed temper of mind. She urged mine.' it upon her never to be idle, but al “ She was very anxious that her ways to be employed, and to spend heart should have no-allachment but much of ber time in praying and to God. When some inconsiderate reading devout books. 'She bid her person told her hastily, that my Lord also be kind to her sister, as, not. Seafield would be there in a few withstanding the badness of her hours, she felt considerable emotion; temper, she had a particular kind- but, recovering herself, she said, Dess for ber. Above all things, she · What! shall the creature yet intercharged her continually to love and pose between me and God? Begone, fear God, and both in great things all ye creatures. I have vowed it. and in small to seek counsel from I have renounced you all, and given Him; and she would see that all her up myself to God. I have vowed, O difficulties, on all occasions, would Lord, that I will be entirely thine. vanish, and God would give her Lord, take thou the full possession of Caust. Observ. No. 123.

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my beart: fill every part of it with consent to it so readily. She was thy love,'

Formerly, when her in great hopes that her husband. husband had returned home after a through the Divine grace,

should Jong absence, at the first meeting become truly good, which she earher spirits would have been in such nestly begged of God; and to this a commotion that she would have end she urged him to be rid of fainted away. She was afraid lest all public affairs, and attendance any such weakness should have

a court, as being the bane seized her now, and therefore still of all inclinations to true and solid lified

up her heart to God, begging virtue. that he would permit no creature to

“ Her heart was now wholly turnshare in it. When her husband ed to God and to eternity; and day came first into the room where she and night, while she waked, for she lay, she received him in a manner slept but little, she spent her time in which did not discover any emotion, ardent ejaculations, or in reading or asked him of his welfare, excused hearing some portion of the Holy herself as to conversation because of Scriptures with great devotion. Her her deafness, and entreated him to son, having about this time read a retire to his chamber to refresh letter concerning the love of God, himself after such a wearisome jour- was desirous it might be read to her, ney; and when he had retired, she as being well suited to the present renewed her ejaculations to Heaven, disposition of her heart. · Having and said, ' Lord, strengthen my spi. heard it with great attention, she rit, and preserve my heart from said she had read it over two several straying one hair-breadth from thee times before, and wished nothing to any created thing; from thee, my more than to have her heart wholly God, my all.' She would often say, moulded into the love of God: she • The day of my union with thee is bad always regarded the love of at hand; Lord, make me really. If God as the essence of religion. I perish, I will perish at his feet. I “ Her fever increasing much at will bold him fast. Though he night, on Thursday night she could should slay me, yet will I love him. get no sleep, and so fell into a little My tongue shall never cease to deliriom. After a time, however, praise him while I have a being.' she fell asleep, and awoke free from The second time ber lord came to any delirium. Expressing the sense see her, she held out her hand to she had of her unworthiness and inhim with a smile, and said, “I am gratiiude to God, a lady who was no longer your's; I am God's: God present said, she could see no reason bless you, and make you entirely why she should have so ill an opihis,'

nion of herself, as all who knew ber She was still affected with a were persuaded that she had led a deep sense of her having been want- very good life.

very good life. To this she replied, ing in due compassion and charity that that arose from their not know. towards the poor. She therefore ing her. She could wish that all begged of her husband that he would might know her real character, and be pleased to erect a hospital for might learn, from her example, not the maintenance of four poor wie to defer their repentance, but to turn dows, of good reputation, who had unto God while in health. The children, where they might be maio- same lady observing that she had tained, and live with their children great reason to bless God who had till those were capable of being put given her such a son, she replied

, to service or a trade; and on the inat she did bless God for wbat he decease of any one of them, another was, and prayed that he might be might be put in her room. To this made better, and not be as those he readily consented, which gave who put their hand to the plough her no small satisfaction. She bless and look back again. While she od God, who had disposer him to

was speaking of her approaching

end, and that it was now not far off, Satan, and cause him to depart from her mother said, she hoped she might her. Her spirit was immediately still recover. She answered, God composed, and she broke forth into forbid that I should flatter myself a most devout prayer and arlent by thinking either that I shall live adoration of Gud, at which all who long in this world, or that I have a were present were greatly surprisfall assurance of a blessed eternity; ed. ller husband drawing near to for i stand I know not how.' And her, she held forth her hand to him, turning to her younger sister she and then fell into a little delirium said, Jean, Jean, be wise ; deny again. It was thought that she was yourself, take up your cross, and fol. calling for the young infant; but iow Christ.'

when brought, she took no notice of “ That night she caused them him. She was heard to say, 'Come, read to her our Saviour's farewell shew me the way. One present sermon, and then said, 'shall reminded her that Jesus had said, shortly bid farewell to the vanities • I am the way, the truth, and the of the world, and enjoy him whom life;' and added, that He was now my soul loveth.' When she awaked come to lead her to the Father, and from her slumberings, during which to guide her through this dark path. she had been troubled with vain And then he earnestly prayed, that dreams, she said she should shortly Almighty God, the Creator of the bebold the glory of God ; and she world, would have mercy on the begged earnestly that she might have work of his own hands; that Jesus no thought but of him; and that he Christ, the Redeemer of the world, would inspire her with his Holy would save the soul that he had Spirit, that, neither sleeping not bought; that the Holy Ghost, the waking, she might have any unholy Comforter,would support and comfort or unprofitable thought.

her in this her last agony. When he “ Friday night, the fever still in bad ended, she broke forth into a dicreasing, she fell again into a little vine rapture of adoration and praise delirium, sleeping none that night with her last breath: • My Redeemer However, in the morning the deli- liveth : praise to the Lord, Amen. rium left her, and she became quite Thou hast promised mercy ; thou composed. She had before been wilt not leave me: praise to the much affected with the parable of Lord, Amen. Take me by the the Rich Man and Lazarus, and was hand, O my Saviour, and lead me sensible that God did not always through the dark path unto the bestow on those be most loved plen- Father. O my God, leave me not. ty of the good things of this life, I know, O Christ, thou wilt not leave and that she had not made that mie.

Thou never didst forsake a good use of them that she might and soul that was wholly given up to ought to have done; and therefore, thee: praise to the Lord, Amen. thinking that the meanest things Heavenly Father, into thy merciful were too good for her, she desired io hands I commend my spirit. Thou be buried in the meanest manner knowest that I have forsaken the that is used in this country.

world, and given my heart wholly “ In the afternoon, her fever still unto thee. Come, and take possesincreasing, she was seized again with sion of it. All I had in the world, a slight delirium. During its con- they are thine: I give them unto tinuance, prayers were made for her, thee; do thou accept of them. I of which sbe seemed insensible. A trust only in thy mercy, and in the little time after, one prayed over merits of my blessed Redeemer : her, blessing God that he had turned praise to the Lord, Amen. Come, her beart wholly unto Him, and had Lord Jesus, and lead me to the Fataken possession of it, and begging ther. Heavenly Father, into thy ear. Psily that God would rebuke mercifal arms I comniend my spirit

[MARCA, Amen.' With these words she heart wholly devoted unto God. How closed her eyes, and seemed to all much did she abhor herself! How present to be yielding up her last profoundly penitent was she for her breath ; and thus she continued for sins! How was her heart totally some time, her pulse being quite weaned from this world, and wholly gone. But in a little time she open- resigned unto God! How ardent ed her eyes again, and with an air, were the breathings of her soul to as it seemed, of joy and wonder, she him! How humble was ber bope continued looking upwards with a/in his infinite mercy! How often fixed gaze for near half an hour. did she say, 'I will cast myself at his By degrees she let her eyes fall, feet: if I perish, I will perish there! shut then, and yielded up her last And what an earnest bad we of her breath. Those who were present blessed acceptance with her beawere not a little affected both with venly Father and Redeemer, in her her last words and her last looks, last joyful and rapturous breathing which they all beheld with silent out of her spirit into the hands of admiration; and they were led to her heavenly Father. O may we be think that God had been pleased stirred up to follow such a blessed to granı her the desire of her heart, example of true penitence! May some special mark of his favour, in the children trace this path of their her passing out of this world, and excellent mother! May they ever that she was entered into the joy of remember and practise her last dying her Lord.”

counsel! May her widowed husFrom the funeral sermon which band give joy to her spirit, by being was preached on the occasion of united to her in this spirit of true this lady's death, I shall extract a penitence! And may we all forfew concluding observations. sake our evil ways and unrighteous

Adored be the infinite mercy thoughts, and turn unto the Lord, and goodness of God for this fresh and he will have mercy upon us; instance of a sinner who hath caus even to our God, for he will abuned joy in heaven by true penitence. dantly pardon. Amen." She was a great ornament to her family, sex, and country; a virtuous wonian, whose price was far above. To the Editor of the Christian Observer ricbes;-- the heart of whose husband might trust in her ;--who looked If the following interpretation of well to the ways of her houshold, Exod. xxviii. 30, does not appear and ate not the bread of idleness ;: to you to add to the number of unwhose children rise up and call her satisfactory ones, you will perhaps blessed; her husband also, and be allow it a place in your valuable praiseth her;--who was not vain of her miscellany. favour, which is deceitful, and beau I am disposed to consider the ty, which is vain ; but truly feared names of the twelve tribes of Israel, the Lord, and therefore ought to be engraven on the twelve precious praised;—but who, especially in her stones, as what alone was meant by latter years, and in the last days of the lustre and perfection, the Crane her life, gave such evidences of a and the Thummin, wbieh was aptruly penitent spirit. She then felt pointed to be put in the breast-plate the difference between that vir'ue of judgment;-(which command, ver. which has a vain shew in the world, 30, 1 take to be an explanatory repe. and yet is founded too much on self. tition of that contained in the prelove and self-seeking; and that ceding verse);~Urim denoting the which is founded on a deep and true glory of the visible church, as bearhumility, divine love, and self-con- ing ihe light of truth (signified by tempt;- between a heart divided the lustre of the precious stones); between God and the world, and a and Thummim, the unity of all its

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