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fylng his holy name once more in his assembly of saints upon earth, and to recommend their thoughts, their words, and their actions, and their fouls and their bodies to the blessedinfluence and protection of God's holy spirit, the remaining part of the day.
She ever wrote down the sermon, and constantly made a repetition of it to her family, and oftentimes to her poor neighbours, who could not attend the public service, through sickness or other bodily infirmities.
When I had the care of two churches, (he, for the most part, attended with as many ot her family as were able, to the morning or evening service ot a neighbouring parish, to reap the fruits of the labours of that reverend and worthy gentleman, Mr. Metford, a person as eminent for his piety and goodness, as for his profound and universal learning.
After the public lervice of the day was over, her constant, practice was to hear her servants read some of the holy scriptures, or other books of piety, and instruct them in their catechism; and the close of the day was crowned with the prayer$ of the church, and a psalm of praise and thanksgiving to ad« vance the honour and glory of God.
But especially the week before the administration of the sacrament of the body and blood of our dearest Lord, that symbol of love and affection, she was more strict and rigorous,, morning and evening, reading and praying with her family,' instructing the ignorant, and confirming the more enlightened in the. paths of virtue and holiness; not regarding what austerities (he used to her own body, that so (he might more eminently set forth the glory ot God, express her unfeigned thankfulness to tne blessed Redeemer of mankind, and at last happily advance the benefit of her own foul, and those of her domestic's, at the great day of recompence; being well assured, that that (ingle reflection of St. Paul is capable of •forking in the pious foul more joy and satisfaction than all the severities and mortifications of this life can of trouble and torment, the sufferings of this present life are not worthy ta be compared with the glory, which Jhall one day be revealed, in us. Rom. viii. 18.
Her charity did not only extend to the edification and improvement of the foul, which is indeed the most exalted kind of charity, but also to the relief of their bodily wants and. necessities; which was often mingled with spiritual advice, if possible with a greater tenderness and compassion for their fouis than, their bodies, thinking it very probable that they
might might follow her spiritual admonitions, when she actual .y gave them so sensible a pledge of her compassionate concern for their temporal welfare and happiness.
She literally answered the apostle's character being poor enough to herself, yet making many rick, 1 Cor. iv. 10. to my certain knowledge always sparing and mean in her own dress, that so me might cover their nakedness; and laid out yearly considerable sums in physic, to administer not only to the poor and needy of her own parish, but to the whole neigbourhood, if applied to, when visited with sickness, and andin a state of affliction.
She constantly relieved the poor of her parish thrice a week, and daily those necessitous strangers who plied at her door, never turning any away empty-handed.
She knew no other considerable use os an estate than to be hospitable, entertain her friends generously, and to disperse and give liberally to the poor. Thus did she shew her religion to be pure and undefiled, noi only by keeping herself free from the least suspicion of the pollution oj this wicked world, but also, by visiting the orphan and widow in their affliclion, James i. 27.
It was the admiration of all her acquaintance, to consider whence she had so great a fund, ever entertaining so many viiitors, I had almost Taidfamilies, and daily expending so much in alms: but that (he lent to the LORD, who always richly repays ; she gave it, and it was given to her again, good measure, pressed down, and running over. Luke vi. 38.
When ssie lay upon her last languishing bed, ssie had little of worldly affairs to settle; she wisely remitted her treasure, during the state of her health, to another world, and happily secured a glorious and everlasting reversion there; and how comfortable must it be to her soul, at that solemn and general audit, when our Saviour and our Judge, shall pronounce her everlastingly blessed, for feeding, cloathing, and daily administering to his indigent servants; when there shall appear so great a cloud of witnesses to attejt her good deeds, and lo rejoice at the glorious recompence ofherjujl reward.
This charity was done after a public manner; but, to my certain knowledge, she annually gave away large sums privately; yea, so very privately, that ssie scarcely let her lefthand know what her right-hand did.
Her justice was no less conspicuous and ornamental than the other mentioned virtues and embellishments of her life. One particular instance I cannot forbear mentioning; the
world world happened to frown upon one of her tenants of late; and though she, as landlady, was so much befriended by the law, at to recover her whole rent, having seized of his stock, at his own request, yet her conscience would not suffer her to take it, but generously compounded for nine (hillings in the pound, by which condescension the rest of his creditors had a proportionable share with her ladyihip, who otherwise must necessarily have lost their whole debts.
If ever she transgressed that golden rule of doing to others as they ought to do to her, it was to her own prejudice alone, but never to that of her neighbours: and if ever that glorious character of a perfect and righteous man, which the royal Psalmist describes, Psalm, xv. might be literally applied to any person, it may very properly belong to her. She certainly led as uncorrupt a life as this imperfect state would admit of.
As she was flesh and blood, she was often imposed upon by a wicked and ungenerous world. Failings, it is true, she must necestVily have laboured uader^ so long as (he continued in this mortal state; but they were fewer in number, and of a differing nature, than those of any person. I was ever acquainted with. They were infirmities, but not presumptions; not in the least proceeding from evil inclinations, much less from vicious, habits, but from an easiness of nature., from a gracious and tender disposition of souh She ever did the thing pie thought was right, and was ever so sincere^ in her professions, that she ahoays spoke the truth from her heart, she used no deceit in her tongue, neither did she evil to her neighbour, and was so tar from slandering her neighbour, that she ever put the most candid, I had almost feid, forced, constructions upon their actions, lest she should be guilty of a breach of charity, the very bond and perseclion of all virtues. She was lowly in her own eyes, and always made much of them who fear ed the LORD; and, whenever she promised any favour to her neighbour, (he did never disappoint him, though it visibly, tended to her own hindrance^ and mo/I apparent prejudice.
If these be characteristics whereby to distinguish a trueand faithful disciple of our blessed Saviour, as holy David assures us they are, than may we. be confident that slie rests upon God's holy hill of Zion; for, faith he, whoso doth these things shall never fall short os the mercies and loving-kindness of the LORD.
Vol. XIII. Churchm, Mag.str August, 1807.
Lastly, (be was cloathed with humility, and had, in a most eminent degree, that ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which St. Peter assures us, is, in the fight of God, of Jo great price. I never met with one who had a truer understanding of matters of the greatest consequence, even of those which accompany salvation; and yet no one could have a meaner apprehension of her own worth and merit, than she had; though (he had the fewest faults, yet she humbly implored God's pardoning mercy, as if she had the most, and even they of the most crimson dye. Her conversation was ever affable and obliging, her countenance always serene and gracious, never returning injury for injury, or railing for railing, but contrariwise.
Thus conscientiously did she perform her duty to God and man; she was an ornament and glory to the religion (he professed, and departed this life, full of years, and full of honour.
All these were bright and shining ornaments through the whole conduct of her ladyship's life. • Thus eminently pious was she during her pilgrimage here; very submissive during her greatest bodily lingering torments, and patiently resigned both foul and body to the wife disposal of an all-gracious God, and most merciful Redeemer.
To finish her ladyship's truly noble and just character, requires a stronger genius and more able pen than I can pretend to be master of; however, this small sketch of her extraordinary virtues will be a grateful remembrance of her exalted piety and charity, since God, of his infinite mercy, has been pleased to release her from the pains and miseries of this perishing, sinful sttate, and give her admission to the seats of eternal felicity.
Few, if any, lived with such demonstrations of daily piety to the God of their salvation; and none abounded with greater charity to their suffering brethren: and, though her character, here delineated, may seem great, yet I am satisfied in my conscience I have asserted nothing but what is strict truth.
She died in April, 1715, and was buried, the fame month, •t Auburgh, in Lincolnshire.
A Charge delivered to the Clergy os the Diocese os Gloucester, at the Triennial Visitation os that Diocese in the year 1807. By George Isaac Huntingford, D. D. F. R. S. Bishop os Gloucester. 8vo. it. 6d. Cadell and Davies.
IN this excellent Charge, the clergy of the establishment are ably and temperately vindicated from the unjust accusation of not preaching the Gospel, because their doctrine is practical, and they are frequent in enforcing the necessity of Christian morals.
After vindicating this mode of pnblic instruction, from the example of the reformers, the fathers, the apostles, and our blessed Lord himself, in his admirable Sermon on the Mount, the bishop refutes the accusation more closely by appealing to a fact of public notoriety.
"That fact is, the existence of innumerable volumes composed by the Clergy of the Establishment, for the sole and direct purpose of elucidating the Gospel, and of admonishing men to embrac* and follow Gospel truths. And here allusion is not made to the works, either of those who are usually styled the old Divines; or even of those who were most eminent at no long period before the middle of the last century. We refer to the writings produced by authors, of whom, if some have rested from their labours in the Christian cause, yet others are still exerting their efforts in support of real and yital Christianity; and of whom, all either heretofore have been, or still are, contemporary with persons now present. We hesitate not to affirm, that the works of these writers, collectively taken, form a body of evidence clearly demonstrating, that the Clergy of the Establishment do preach the Gospel; and that not only in their respective congregations they preach, but also before the world they openly maintain, they honestly, faithfully, and conscientiously expound the Gospel, in all that variety of manifold and complex parts, which every intelligent mder must well know the Gospel contains."