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spiritus; corpus autem descensuro Christo immortale et gloriosum resuscitabitur, felicissimus inde totalis in æternum. Sic voluit regnans cælis terrisque Supremus.
NEWBURY, MASS. 576. A resurrection to immortality is here expected for what was mortal of the rev. mr. John RICHARDSON, once fellow of Harvard college, afterwards teacher to the church of Newbury, putt off, 27 Ap. 1696, in the fiftieth year of his age. When preachers dy, the rules, the pulpit gave, To live well, are still preached from the grave. The faith and life, which your dead pastor taught, In one grave now with hiin, syrs, bury not.
Abi, viator, a mortuo disce vivere ut inoriturus, e terris disce cogitare de cælis.
NEWBURY, MASS. 577. Here lyes the body of the rev. mr. CHRISTOPHER TOPPAN, master of arts, fourth pastor of the first church in Newbury, a gentleman of good learning, conspicuous piety and virtue, shining both by his doctrine and life, skilled and greatly improved in the practice of physick and surgery,
who deceased, 23 July, 1747, in the 76 year of his age and 51 year of his pastoral of fice.
Here are also the remains of that pious and virtuous gentlewoman, mrs. SARAH Toppan, former wife of the abovesaid rev. mr. Toppan, and daughter of mr. Edmund Angier of Cambridge. She died, 20 February, 1738-9, in the 64 year of her age.
Note.—The rev, John Snelling Popkin, the prea sent pastor of the most ancient church in Newbury, in 1806, published one sermon, on leaving the old, and one on entering the new meeting house in the first parish of that town, accompanied with a copious appendix, which contains many historical, biographical, and genealogical facts. From this it appears, that 'mr. Toppan left two sons and two daughters. The late most excellent Hollis professor of theology at Harvard university, the reverend David Tappan, D. D. was a son of the reverend Benjamin Toppan of Manchester, who was a son of mr. Samuel Toppan of Newbury, a brother of the rev. Christopher Toppan. The late professor, for some reason, thought proper to exchange the o for an a in writing his name, and his example is fol. lowed by the other descendants of his father.
'NEWBURY. MASS. 578. Beneath are the remains of the rev:
JOAN TUCKER, D. D. pastor of the first church and congregation in this town, who died, 22 March, 1792, ætat. 73. Blessed with strong mental powers, a liberal education, and an uncommon mildness of temper; all directed and improved by that faith, which purifies the heart; rendered him dearly beloved in every relation, in which he was placed ; and more especially made him conspicuously useful as a minister of the gospel. When meeting with peculiar difficulties, he eminently complied with that direction of his master to the first preachers of his gospel ; be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. As he lived a life of piety, he met death with serenity. By his doctrine and example, he taught the humility and meekness, and, at his death, he exhibited the dignity and triumph, of the real christian.
To perpetuate the memory of so excellent a character, and as a testimony of their affectionate regard, the bereaved flock have crected this sepulchral stone.
UNITED STATES. 579. Note. This article consists of a concise account of a remarkable naval exploit, performed
by several active, bold and courageous American seamen, belonging to Marblehead near the close of the revolutionary war.
In November, 1782, the ship, St. Helena, commanded by John Stillwell, sailed with a fleet from Havannah for Philadelphia She mounted twenty guns between decks, ten of which however, were wooden, and had under convoy about fifteen American vessels, which had previously been subjected to an embargo. The day they were permitted to leave the port, the St. Helena, in attempting to get under way, unfortunately, met with a disaster opposite to the Moro Castle, which detained her till sunset. The fleet was beating backwards and forwards during the night, which was very dark, waiting for the convoy. The St. Helena passed and repassed a number of the vessels. In the mean time seve eral guns were heard, supposed to be from some of the feet. At length, about midnight, she was saluted by a broadside. It was a thing altogether unexpected, the men were much fatigued, no one seemed to know his station, and great confusion followed. However, some of their guns were soon got into operation and the firing continued till daylight, when the antagonist was found to be his Britannick majesty's brig, Lively, commanded by Michael Stanhope, esq. The St. Helena was also within reach of the guns of the Jupiter, a ship of the line; of course, her colours were lowered, and the men were taken on board of the Lively.
In six days after the capture, it was discovered
that the crew of the St. Helena was preparing to rise. All the men were then confined below and were suffered to come up through a narrow grating only one at a time, the hatchway being continually barred, and guarded by a centinel. In six days after the close confinement, five of the Americans, Anthony Carner, John Prince, Seth Farrow, Lewis Russell, and Nathan Walker concerted a plan for taking the brig. Accordingly, about noon, Walker disarmed the centinel, took out the bar, which fastened the hatchway, and the other four instantly rushed upon deck, fought in a most desperate manner, and, in a few moments, took the vessel !
The number of Americans on board the Lively was forty six. They immediately bore away for Havannah, where they arrived in safety, and sold their prize for $ 22000.
A want of documents precludes the possibility of giving a more circumstantial account of the boldest naval adventure, of the kind, which took place during the revolutionary war, except that recorded of captain Robert Wormsted, in the 525 article of this Collection. They were both long the subject of wonder and applause, in the United States, and the enemy could not avoid expressing admiration at the surprising achievements of yankee seainen.
CANTON, MASS. 580. Note.—The rev. SAMUEL DUNBAR,minister of that part of Stoughton, which is now Canton, was the son of inr. John Dunbar, a man of piety and