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isi If thou hast read the wonders of divine providence and grace, as displayed in the preservation and conversion of the Rev. James Bárty, as recorded in his treatise, called " A Cordial for Sin-despairing Souls,” lately revised by me, I have no doubt but thou haft heard that some graceless professors, being strangers to the experience of a spiritual birth, and consequently unacquainted with that 'tender care and kind providence which our heavenly Father manifests towards his own elected family, in preferving them in Christ Jesus, calling them, and keeping them by his mighty power through faith to falvation, have gone so far, in imitacion of their father the devil, as to give the whole testimony the lie.
No sooner had this report of Satan gone forth from the mouth of his children, but I received information by Mr. Lee, hair-dresser, at Homerton, that the Rev. James Barry, author of the above narrative, has a daughter now living at Hackney in Middlesex; and having heard of my revising her father's work, (which she had long wilhed to fee), desired to see me.
On Thursday, January 222; 1789, in company with Sir John Brayne, of Lambeth, Mr. Terry, Mr. Davidson, Mr. Best, of Covent Garden, Captain Duckett, of Wells Street, and Mr. Lee, of Homerton, I visited the old lady. Her husband's name is Wilson; he is a comb-maker : they keep a toy and earthen-ware shop, opposite Hackney church,
The venerable old gentlewoman informed me that she wanted but two months of 88 years of age, yet in tolerable health ; and, were it not for a paralytic stroke that she had sustained, she is remarkably active and sprightly; and her intellects and memory are wonderful. She is comfortably situated; iş married to a God-fearing man, who is a kind, indulgent husband, in whose praise the spake very highly, which is not very common, especially while the husband liveth. She informed me that she was allowed, by some judges of family likenesses, to be the very picture of her deceased father, more soi than any other child he had. Which I have no doubt of, as I think there is not
a little of the father's quickness, sharpness, and humour, apparent in the daughter.
She told me that her father was born in Ireland in the year 1641, the same year in which the Irish massacre began. In that dreadful time it was that his nurse threw him out in the snow, fearing she should lose her life for nursing á heretic's child; as is recorded in his narrative. He was called to the public ministry in Dublin, where he labopred with great success, which made him the butt of popish rage ; on which account, his friends advised him to leave the country, but he refused, say, ing, God had called him to the work, and would defend him in it. After suffering great persecu, tions, which grew so hot, that Lord Tyrc—n
-, a papist, offered one hundred pounds for his head, to any of his soldiers, who should take him alive or dead. By the pressing advice of many friends he was prevailed upon, much against his own inclination, to be put into a coach, in what was then called a woman's riding-hood, and was taken to the water side, but on the road was stopped by some of the soldiers that were after him who looking into the coach, and hearing him groan as if fick, swore there was nothing but an old fick woman, and so left him.
He was got on board a vefsel which his friends had provided for him, and brought over to England.- His family foon after following him.
She informed' me, that leaving his Rock in tres Jand, was matter of great grief to him. He was fo fond of them, that he kept a list of his mem. bers in his family bible to his death. * He was chofen pastor of a church in Panter's Rents, near Stepney. Soon after which, a Mr. Barry, a hop-merchant, a first-cousin, and a member of his church in Ireland, came to England after him, and lived at Clapham for many years.
At Stepney he continued for many years, and in great esteem with his people: but owing to in disposition of body, he begged his dismission of them, in order to take charge of a church at Croydon in Surrey, for the benefit of his health : on which account it was granted him.
During his stay at Croydon, he married a Miss Glover, of some finall fortune, who was a member of his church, and it is thought one of his daughters in the faith; a young woman, about half the áge of himself, by whom he had many children : the daughter, now living is one of them. • The estate he was heir to was 8ool. per annum . But as he had turned his back on the church of England, and gone over to the church of God, his father thought proper to cut him off: for he was obliged to be disobedient to the bishop of Dublin, in order to obey the Chief Shepherd and Bishop of Souls. His estate was left by his father to a half-brother, who once came over to see our