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reading, meditation and prayer, /ed to Dartmouth, but was soon he rose to eminence and repu. obliged to flee again, by a retation in the church.
peated enforcement of the acts In 1656, he received an invita- of parliament. He now went tion from the people of Dart- to London, hoping that he mouth to be their minister, might be inore useful there, which he accepted, and was as- than in the neighborhood of sociated with Mr. Allein Geere. Dartsouth. After a short stay Here God crowned his fabors at London and a narrow escape with great success. Faithful to from the hands of bis enemies, his flock, he sought every occa- he returned once more to Dartsion to do them good, and zeal mouth, where he was confined ously preached the gospel of a close prisoner to his own Christ among them; though house ; yet he kindly received the civil
raised all who would come to him unagainst him, and threatened his discovered, and made his prison destruction. One of his judi- a temple of worship. cious hearers expressed him- In 1687, the penal acts beforeself thus concerning him: “I mentioned were dispensed with, could say much, though not and Mr. Flavel, who had long enough of the excellency of his been checked by legal restraint
, preaching; of bis seascnable, now resumed his former public suitable and spiritual matter; of labors, with renewed zeal, and his plain expositions of scrip- shone with brighter lustre. He ture, his taking method, his now preached and published genuine and natural deductions, his , eleven
sermons entitled his convincing argunients, bis “ England's Duty," which manclear and powerful demonstra- ifest his piety and independence tions, his heart-searching appli- 'in the cause of Christianity: cations, and his comfortable He hrad vowed to the Lord in supports to those that were af- bis confinement, that should be flicted in conscience."
again obtain his liberty, he would He was a nonconformist, and improve it to the advantage of when the act of uniformity de- the gospel, which he conscienprived him of his living, he still tiously performed both by pubsabored among his people with lic and private exertion. undiminished exertion. When The last sermon which he the Oxford act went into opera- preached was at Ashburton from lion, he was compelled to leave i Cor. x. 12 ; which was a paDartmouth, to the great afflic- therie and excellent discourse, tion of his people. He retired tending to awaken careless proto Slapion where he continued fessors to be solicitous about to preach, to as many as dared their souls. His death was sudlo resort thither, in defiance of den. He had appeared to be the act against conventicle ; and in usual health during the ere. though driven abroad by the ning ; while at supper he compersecuting spirit of intolerance, plained of a numbness in one he continued to assert boldly hand, which alarmed his wife the trutlis of the gospel. Ona and friends. As they were carefrange of measures he return- rying him to his chamber, lie expressed an opinion that it His treatise called, " A saint inwould be the last time, but ad-deed, or how to keep the heart," ded, I know that it will be well is deservedly esteemed. The folsouth me.
lowing testimony in its favor is Thus died in peace this man interesting. Mr. Flavel being of God, on the 26th of June in London in 1673, his bookseller 1691, in the 64th year of his Mr. Boulter, informed him that age.
some time before, a gay young Mr. Flavel was a man of mid- gentleman enquired in bis shop dling stature, and full of activity for play books. Mr. Boulter With his friends he was social told him he had none, but and communicative; to the shewed him Mr. Flavel's treapoor and distressed, he was libe rise on keeping the heart. The ral and compassionate. He was gentleman read the title, and much devoted to reading and glancing over several pages, promeditation, and the productions fanely censured and condemned of his pen to this day adminis. both the book and its author. ter consolation and instruction Being further urged, he at length to Christians of every station. bought it, but declared that inHis writings evidence a disposi- stead of reading it, he would tion to instruct the ignorant and tear and burn it, and send it to sooth the afflicted, rather than the devil. The book was then to display his own talents and refused to him, upon which he erudition. That however he promised to read it. About a was a man of high literary at month after the gentleman came tainments is abundantly evident; into the shop again, in modest and his talents were employed to habit and with a serious countenthe noblest purpose. He had ance, thus addressed Mr. Boulter: a peculiar faculty of adapting Sir, I most heartily thank you his discourses to the meanest for putting this book into my capacity, and of drawing divine hands ; I bless God who moved instruction from the most com- you to do it, it hath saved my mon objects and incidents of soul. He then bought an hunlife. For the truth of this re. dred more of them to distribute, mark the reader is referred to to the poor, who were unable to those original and interesting buy them, and left the shop, treatises, the one entitled “ Hus praising and admiring the good bandry Spiritualized,” the other, ness of God. "A new Compass for Seamen," The sermons of Mr. Flavel in which the author has with are plain and practical, and from uncommon judgment suited his a number of them entitled the. language and matter to those fountain of life, it is evident that whom he addressed. The lear-his constant endeavor was to ned and critical have affected to preach Jesus Christ and him despise performances like these, crucified. but they can never deprive them of Mr. Flavel's private life, of merit. Christianity was first it is worthy of remark, that his taught by parables, and their equanimity and hunble deportexcellency in catching the atten- ment, were prominent traits in tion is unrivalled.
his character, His family af.
364 Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Seth Williston. [Oct. fictions were great. He left his, books, which are already in the fourth wile a widow, and yet hands of a part of your readers. under all his trials he was pa- There may be some objections tient and resigned. His token aguinst the biography which I for mourners shows the improve send you. It may be objected ment which he made of afilic- that there is not enough of her tions, and the source, from own views, feelings and words whence he derived his consola-contained in it. I acknowledge tion.
there is not so much of this It appears from his work on kind of matter as I could wish. the soul of man, on what his Had I only penned down all mind was
much employed. which I have heard her express He looked forward to a more myself, this sketch would not be glorious state of existence ; con- deficient in this respect. I had sidered the world beneath his made some such minutes years pursuit, and the kingdom of ago, and I trusted too much to God and his righteousness, the my memory, which is apt to let great objects of attainment. The slipparticular expressions, &c. I peace and union of the church was with her a few hours before he zealously sought, and labor- she died, but she was gasping cd much to effect; and spent for life, and could hardly articuthe last days of his life in pro late. She was considered as a moting the design.
kind of female Lot in the place When he saw the heads of where she lived, and was known agreement subscribed by the extensiveiy in this part of the London ministers, he told a country as a woman of piety, friend then with him, that he It is one argument in favor of could say with Simeon : “ Lord, its publication tbat it will be innow lettest thou thy servant de teresting to those who take the part in peace.” Thus after a Magazine in this part of the life spent in the service and con- country. One of the Magazines solation of the churchi, he em. still comes on directed to her, ployed the close of it in laying a and is taken by her daughter, foundation for her future quiet Mrs. Pumpelly. We have read and prosperity
the lives of many eminent for
piety, who have died in New. Extract of a Letter from the lives of any, who have lived and
England, but have not read the Rev, Seth llitis1612.
died in these new settlements. Lisle, July 18:1, 1805. Another objection which I
expect will be made against the I PROPOSE, with this, to biography, which I send you is send you some sketches of its length. It may be said that the life of Mrs. Pixkey with a too much time is taken up since vicw to their being inserted in we have so little account of the lise the Magazine. Bicgraphy is and death of the woman. The file interesung; and the lives of thod which I took was calculated those who have lately livet, is to take up time ; but I thought otherwise equal, are, I think, it might be the most profitable preferable to those taken from, method to my hearers, and she
REV. AND DEIR SIR,
1808.] Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Seth Williston. 365 knows but it may be the most pro- 1 little about it. In the tih numfitable method to your readers ? ber I think we had encourageThe Magazine publishes sketch ment, that by the next month we es of lives, didactic pieces and ex- should have some account of hortations apart, here they are the work of God in, but put together. After all, it is sub- we have seen nothing of it. Permitted to the discretion of the haps it will be said that it is not editor. If the piece should need the fault of the editor-he any apology to be made to the waits to receive communications public for its publication, I wish from those who are acquainted you to make one yourself, and with these awakenings. I wonnot consider any thing which der that those ministers and othhave written to you as a preface er friends of religion, who have to the sketches.
opportunity to be personally acThe public are hitherto a lit. quainted with the clisplays of tie disappointed in the new Mag- divine grace, do not take pains, azine, in having no more ac- through the medium of Magacount of the wonderful work of zines, to make joy on earth over grace which we hear is going on many sinners, who are repenting in the land. I believe there is no and turning from Satin to God. one thing which inducesa greater But if they neglect to do their mumber to try to make out the duty, would it not be the duty of money necessary to obtain the the editor to stir them up by Magazines, than a desire in this putting them in mind of it. If way to obtain correce information hints given in the monibly numof the revivals of religion in our bers fail of bringing forward live land and in difierent parts of information, wiich is desired, the world, together with the why would it not be best for the success of the missionary exer- editor to write private letters to tions in Europe and America. particular gentlemen, who are I often hear them offer this rea- capable of giving such informason for becoming subscribers ; cion, desiring them noi in delay I believe more often, than any to attend to the matter as a thing other. I saw Mr. a few which concerns the Redeemer's weeks ago, he said, the minis- glory, and the comfort of his ters in his quarter thought there people. Where there is an never had been so much attention awakening extending to religion, and so much out-pour- number of towns adjacent, some ing of the Spirit in the land since one minister, who is acquainted its settlement. Weare continual with the work, and who has been ly hearing that the Lord is dis- into all the awakened towns, playing his arm gloriously in might give a general statement. various places ; but we have There appears to me an evident seen very little mention made of advantage in being informed of it in the Magazine, where we what the Lord is now doing for have a right to expect to see it, Zion. It animates and cncourif it is real. The public will be ages us 10 hope. If the Lord in danger of thinking that the is now pouring out his Spirit in editor does not think it a gena- other places, we think surely he ine work of the Spirit, if he says has not forsaken the earth..
There is hope for us who Several years before her reknows but the same grace will moval from New-England, in a appear for our help?
time of some speciel out-pourSETH WILLISTON. ing of the Spirit in the place Note. The Evitor perfectly
where she lived, she was made
sensible of her lost state by naagrees with Mr. Williston in an opinion of the benefits which ture, and her need of the rearise from faithful narratives of newing of the Holy Spirii.revivals of religion. They are
Some time after she obtained a means for warming and rejoicing liope that God bad wrought a the hearts of Christians, awa
saving change in her heart, sie kening the secure, and display joined the congregational church ang the riches and power of in Stockbridge, under the pas.osovereign grace. He laments
ral care of the Rev. Dr. Stephen
West. that so little of this matter is
IVhile she lived there, found in the Magazine, in a day she acquired the character of when the Spirit is gloriously eminency in religion—as sucb, out-poured in many of our
she was recommended to me churches ; but he cannot
by her worthy pastor, before I cuse bimself of neglect. In ad- ever saw her. It is now more dition to the public invitation than eleven years since I have many leiters have been written.
been privileged with a personal Hlodesty or some better reason
acquaintace with her; and I can hath prevented communications say, with truth, that my personof this kind.
al acquaintance has exalted my views of her piety. You wbo
have been longer and more inFOR THE CONNECTICUT MAGA-timately acquainted with her, I
trust, know more of her excelSketches of the life of Mrs. Lydia lencies ; and, perhaps, you also
Pizley,* suho died February 21, have known more of her defecta. 1808, at the village of Owego,
I have always been very spa: in the County of Broume, : ling in characterizing the dead York; as they were given in in funeral sermons, lest I should a sermon preached ut her fune- be tempted to eulogize all ral from Psuit. Ixxiii. 24. by the dead for the sake of the Mr. Williston.
feelings of the weeping friends; FRS. PIXLEY has lived
or lest I should be tempted to M almost seventeen years iuous dead above what they were
paint the character of the virin this part of the country.
seen to be in life. But I know * Mrs. Pixley was the widow of
not how to pass over the chie Col. David Pixley, whom she sür'
racter of this amiable woman vived harlly six months, and the in silence. And I remember, daughter of Mr. Joseph Patterson, that when Peter came into the wbo removed with his family from chamber where the pious and Watertown to Richmond in Massa-I charitable Dorcas lay a corpse, chusetts. She never had but three all the widows, who had known children of her own ; cne only of which survives ber. She died at the her, stood by weeping, and age of 62.
showing the coats and games