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Where are my votaries? Where my flatterers now!
When coxcombs flatter, and when fools adore,
TO CORRESPONDENTS. D. D. on Religious Sincerity, and his Short Remarks on Miracles, are receive ed. This new Correspondent will accept our thanks for his excellent communications. We shall feel ourselves particularly obliged by a continuance of his favours, through the friendly hand, that forwarded the above.
In the Remarks on the Death of Mr. Gibbon, by W. we are happy to recognize the hand of a former Correspondent, to whom we wish more frequently to acknowledge our obligations.
H. on Christian Faithfulness, exemplified in the Conduct of Daniel, shall appear in our next number.
We have received the well written Sketch of the Character and Exercises of Miss A. D. Communications of this kind are always peculiarly acceptable, especially from this Correspondent.
L. on the Effects of Human Apostasy, has just come to hand, and is placed on our files for publication.
PHILOLOGOS, No. 6, on the Decalogue, is necessarily delayed till our next.
AGENTS FOR THE PANOPLIST. Messrs. CUSHING & Appletox, Salem ; THOMAS & WHIPPLE, Newburyport; W. BUTLER, Northampton ; WHITING & BACKUS, Albany : GEORGE RICHARDS, Utica; Collins & PERKINS, New York; W. P. FARRAND, Philadelphia ; Isaac Beers & Co. New Haven, 0. D. Cook, Hartford ; BENJAMIN CUMMINS, Windsor, Vt. ; JOSEPH CUSHING, Amherst, N. H.; Mr. Davis, Hanover, N. H.; Rev. ALVAN HYDE, Lee, Me.; J. KenneDY, Alexandria.
(Continued from p. 6.) THE writer of these memoirs man. I immediately reflected on was greatly interested by these my happy change, and thought, uncommon events; and, on a Well, blessed be God! I am safe favourable occasion, earnestly at last, notwithstanding all my pressed Mr. Tennent for a mi. fears. I saw an innumerable nute account of what his views host of happy beings, surround. and apprehensions were, while ing the inexpressible glory, in be lay in this extraordinary state acts of adoration and joyous worof suspended animation. He ship; but I did not see any boddiscovered great reluctance to ily shape or representation in enter into any explanation of his the glorious appearance. I heard perceptions and feelings at this things unutterable. I heard their time; but, being importunately songs and hallelujahs, of thanksurged to do it, he at length con- giving and praise, with unspeak. sented, and proceeded with a so- able rapture. I felt joy unutter. lemity not to be described. able and full of glory. I then ap
"While I was conversing with plied to my conductor, and remy brother," said he, “on the quested leave to join the happy state of my soul, and the fears throng. On which he tapped 'I had entertained for my future me on the shoulder, and said, welfare, I found myself, in an ina You must return to the earth. stant, in another state of exist. This seemed like a sword thro' ence, under the direction of a my heart. In an instant I recol. superior being, who ordered me lect to have seen my brother to follow him. I was according, standing before me, disputing ly wafted along, I know not how, with the doctor. The three till I beheld at a distance an in- days, during which I had appear. effable glory, the impression of ed lifeless, seemed to me not which on my mind is impossi- more than ten or twenty minble to communicate to mortal utes. The idea of returning to Vol. II. No. 2.
this world of sorrow and trouble, It is not surprising, that after gave me such a shock, that I so affecting an account, strong fainted repeatedly.” He added, solicitude should have been felt « Such was the effect on my mind of what I had seen and sick with a ferer ; that the fever inheard, that if it be possible for a creased, and he by degrees sunk under huinan being to live entirely it. After some time (as his friends above the world and the things informed him) he died, or appeared to of it, for some time afterwards I die, in the same manner as persons
usually do'; that in laying liim out, was that person. The ravishing
one happened to draw his hand under sounds of the songs and hallelu- the left arm, and perceived a small jahs that I heard, and the very tremour in the flesh ; that he was laid words that were uttered, were
out, and was cold and stiff. The time
for his fueral was appointed and the not out of iny ears, when awake, for at least three years. All the people collected; but a young doctor,
his particular friend, pleaded with kingdoms of the earth wem in great earnestness that he might not my sight as nothing and vanity ; then be buried, as the tremour under and so great were my ideas of the arm continued ; that his brother, heavenly glory, that nothing, Gilbert, became inpatient with the which did not, in some measure,
young gentleman, and said to him,
What' a man not dead who is cold and relate to it, could command my stiff as a stake! The importunate serious attention."
young friend, however, prerailed ; another day was appointed for the bu.
rial, and the people separated. Dur* The author has been particularly ing this interval many means were solicitous to obtain cvery confirmation made use of to discover, if possible, of this extraordinary event in the lite somoc symptoms of life, but none apof Mr. Tennent. He, accordingly, peared excepting the tremour. The wrote to erery person he could thuk doctor never left him for three nights of, likely to have conversed with Mr. and three days. The people again T. on the subject. He received sev. met to bury him, but could not even eral answers ; but the following letter then obtain the consent of his friend, from the worthy successor of Mr. T. who pleaded for one hour more ; and in the pastoral charge of his church, when that was gono, be pleaded for half will answer for the author's purpose. an hour, and then for a quarter of an
hour; when, just at the end of this pe. * V1onmouth, N. 7. December 10, 1305. riod, on which hung his last hope, “Dear Sir,
Mr. Tennent opened his eyes. They * “Agreeably to your request, I now then pried open his mouth, which send you in writing the remarkable was stiff, so as to get a quill into it, account, which I sometime since gave through which some liquid was con Tou verbally, respecting your good reved into the stomach, and he by de. friend, my worthypredecessor, the late grees recorered. Rev. William Tehnent, of this place. " This account, as intimated beIn a very free and feeling conversas fore, Mr. Tennent said he had receive tion on religion, and on the future ed from his friends. I said to him, rest and blessedness of the people of 'Sir, you seem to be one indeed rais. God, (while travelling together from cd from the deadl, and may tell us Monmouth to Princeton) I mentioned what it is to die, and what you were to Mr. Tennent that I should be high- sensible of while in that state.' He by gratified in hearing, from his own replied in the following words: 'As. mouth, an account of the trance which to dying– I found my fever increase, he was said to have been in, unless and I became weaker and weaker, the relation would be disagreeable to until, all at once, I found myself in himself. After a short silence, he heaven, 36 I thought.
I saw no proceeded, saying, that he had been shape as to the Deity, but glory all wa
for further information as to the Tennent had heard. But when he words, or at least the subjects of was requested to communicate praise and adoration, which Mr. these, he gave a decided negative,
adding, “ You will know them,'
with many other particulars hereatterable.” Here he paused, as tho' after, as you will find the whole unable to find words to express his views, let his bridle fall, and lifting up
among my papers;" alluding his hands, proceeded, 'I can say, as
to his intention of leaving the St. Paul did, I heard and I saw things writer hereof his executor, which all unutterable! I saw a great multi- precluded any further solicitatude before this glory, apparently in tion.* the height of bliss, singing most melodiously. I was transported with my
The pious and candid reader own situation, viewing all my troubles is left to his own reflections on ended, and my rest and glory begun, this very extraordinary occur. and was about to join the great and
The facts have been stahappy multitude, when one came to me, Inoked me full in the face, laid ted, and they are unquestionable, his hand upon my shoulder, and said,
The writer will only ask, wheth* You must go back. These words
er it be contrary to revealed went through me; nothing couid have truth, or to reason, to believe, shocked me more ; I cried out, Lord, must I go back! With this shock I instances like that which is here
that in every age of the world opened my eyes in this world. When I saw I was in the world, I fainted, recorded, have occurred, to furthen came to, and fainted for several nish living testimony of the reali. times, as one probably would natu- ty of the invisible world, and of sally have done in so weak a situa
the infinite importance of eternal tion.' “Mr. Tennent further informed
concerns? me, that he had so entirely lost the
as circumstances Tecollection of his past life, and the would permit, Mr. Tennent was benefit of his former studies, that he licensed, and began to preach the could neither understand what was spoken to him, nor write, nor read
everlasting gospel with great his own name. That he had to begin all anew, and did not recollect that It was so ordered, in the course he had ever read before, until he had of Divine Providence, that the writer gain learned his letters, and was was sorely disappointed in his expec. able to pronounce the monosyllables, tation of obtaining the papers here such as thee and thou. But, that as
alluded to. Such, however, was the his strength returned, which was very
will of Heaven ! Mr. Tennent's death slowly, his memory also returned. happened during the revolutionary Yet, notwithstanding the extreme fee war, when the enemy separated the bleness of his situation, his recollec- writer from him, so as to render it tion of what he saw and heard while impracticable to attend him on a dying in heaven, as he supposed, and the bed; and before it was possible to sense of divine things, which he there get to his house after his death, (the obtained, continued all the time in writer being with the American ar.. their full strength, so that he was my at the Valley-Forge) bis son came continually in something like an ec from Charleston, and took his mother, Stasy of mind. And,' said he, "for and his father's papers and property, three years the sense of divine things and returned to Carolina. About šó continued so great, and every thing miles from Charleston, the son was else appeared so completely vain, suddenly taken sick, and died among a hea coinpared to heaven, that could entire strangers ; and never since, I have had the world for stooping though the writer was also left execudown for it, I believe I should not tor to the son, could any trace of the Lave thought of doing it.'”
father's papers be discovered by him,
zeal and success. The death of confidence. After a short time his brother John,t who had been he found his worldly affairs were some time settled as minister of becoming embarrassed. His the Presbyterian church at Free- steward reported to him that he bold, in the county of Monmouth, was in debt to the merchant beNew-Jersey, left that congrega- tweep 201. and 301. and he knew tion in a destitute state. They of no means of payment, as the had experienced so much spirit. crops had fallen short. Mr. ual benefit from the indefatigable Tennent mentioned this to an labours, and pious zeal of this intimate friend, a merchant of able minister of Jesus Christ, New-York, who was on a visit at that they soon turned their atten. his house, His friend told him, tion to his brother, who was re- that this mode of life would not ceived on trial, and after one do, that he must get a wife, to year, was found to be no unwore attend to his temporal affairs, and thy successor to so excellent a to comfort his leisure hours by predecessor. In October, 1733, conjugal endearments. He smil. Mr. Tennent was regularly or. ed at the idea, and assured him, dained their pastor, and contin. it never could be the case, unless ued so through the whole of a some friend would provide one pretty long life ; one of the best for him, for he knew not how to proofs of ministerial fidelity. go about it. His friend told him
Although his salary was small, he was ready to undertake the (it is thought under 1001.) yet business; that he had a sister-inthe glebc belonging to the law, an excellent woman, of church was an excellent planta- great piety, a widow, of his own tion, on which he lived, and age, and one peculiarly suited in which, with care and good farm. all respects to his character and ing, was capable of maintaining a circumstances. In short, that family with comfort. But his she was every thing he ought to inattention to the things of this look for ; and if he would go world was so great, that he left with him to New York the next the management of his temporal day, he would settle the negocias concerns wholly to a faithful ser. tion for him, To this he soon yant, in whom he placed great assented. The next evening
found him in that city, and before
noon, the day after, he was intro, + The following entry in the re. cords of the church at Freehold, shows much pleased with her appear
duced to Mrs. Noble. He was the opinion of that church with regard to Mr. John Tennent's usefulness. ance ; and, when left alone with
“Lord's day, April 232, 1732, her, abruptly told her, that he The Reverend and dear Mr. John supposed her brother had inform, Tennent departed this life between ed her of his errand ; thật peitheight and nine o'clock this morning: A mournful providence, and cause of er his time nor inclination would great humiliation to this poor con
suffer him to use much ceremos gregation, to be bereaved in the fow. ny; but that if she approved the er of youth, of the most laborious, measure he would attend his successful, well qualified, pious pas charge on the next sabbath, and tor this age afforded, though but a youth of 25 years, 5 months and 11 return on Monday, be married days of age."
and immediately take her horne.