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“ A LIVELY PICTURE, DESCRIBING THE WEIGHT AND SUBSTANCE

OF GOD'S MOST BLESSED WORD, AGAINST THE DOCTRINES AND VANITIES OF MEN'S TRADITIONS.”

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A reduced Fac-simile from an Engraving in Fox's Book of Martyrs.

BAPTIST MAGAZINE.

JANUARY, 1830.

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MEMOIR OF THE LATE REv.W. Hurn.* divine assistance, to come WILLIAM HURN, minister of the and be separate from the world, Gospel, pastor of the church and determining to know nothing," congregation assembling in the amongst his people, “but Jesus chapel, Woodbridge, formerly Vi-Christ and him crucified.” car of Debenham, and Chaplaiu to In a letter, dated July 24, 1787, the late Duchess Dowager of Chan- he thus writes to a friend, who exdos, was born at Breccles Hall, pressed the satisfaction and enterNorfolk, Dec. 21, 1754.

tainment derived from a recent Endowed with a superior intel-pleasurable excursion :-" I believe lect, he pursued his preparatory that true felicity is to be obtained studies with uncommon facility and but one way; that there is no persuccess. In the year 1777 he he-manent peace or rest for any one, came Classical Tutor in the free but that which is revealed in Scripgrammar school at Dedham, in ture' the rest which remaineth Essex, then conducted by the Rev. for the people of God;' which Dr. Greenwood; entered the army springs from a right knowledge of in 1797 ; resigned his commission God, as he shines forth, all merci. in 1780; was ordained deacon, at ful and lovely as he is, in a cruciNorwich, by Bishop Yonge, in fied Saviour.' 1781; and admitted to priest's or

In the year 1708, he was apders the following year. He offi- pointed, by the Most Noble Elizaciated successively in the parishes beth, Duchess Dowager of Chanof Beighton, Broome, Rattlesden, dos, one of her Grace's domestic Stowmarket, &c. in Suffolk. chaplains; and the following year

In the year 1786, through the was united in marriage to Šarah, abounding grace and mercy of second daughter of the late ThoGod, his mind became susceptible mas Wharrie, Esq. Hull. In 1790, of religious impressions, to which he was presented, by Dame Anne he had hitherto been a stranger. Henniker and the Duchess DowaHe became a resident on his cure ger of Chandos, to the living of at Rattlesden in 1787. From this Debenham, a small market town period he evinced a total change in the central part of Suffolk. Here of character and sentiment. Con- he continued to labour indefatigvinced of the natural depravity of ably, “in season and out of seathe human heart, of the necessity son,” during a long series of years; of the atoning blood and righte- faithfully and fearlessly proclaimousness of Christ, of the renovat- ing the truth as it is in Jesus. ing and sanctifying influences of Carnestly pursuing but one object, the Holy Spirit, he resolved, with the glory of God in the conversion

of immortal souls. The Lord abund• As tbis article was sent us, we owed it to nar correspondents to print it, not with antly blessed his labours, and made standing it has appeared in another peri- him instrumental in turning numodical.

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from the power of Satan unto courses, with the view of resigning God.” Many who are now pro- his living, and seceding from the mulgating the glad tidings of the Established Church. This extraGospel, first felt its divine influ- ordinary determination, he assured ence while listening to its gracious his weeping audience, arose purely truths from his lips. The juvenile from conscientious motives, which, part of his flock, also, eminently with divine permission, he intended benefited by his labours. He re- to make known at a future period. gularly devoted the Sunday even- In April, 182:3, he received from ing to a catechetical exercise, and the congregation at the chapel, often reminded his clerical bre- Woodbridge, an invitation to supthren of the necessity and import- ply their place of worship; with ance of training the rising genera- which request he complied, and tion in the knowledge and fear of preached his first sermon after seGod. A truly Christian philan- cession, April 27. Proposals for thropist, he was ever found the his continuance amongst them were ready advocate and friend of any soon issued from the church and institution which had for its object congregation, to which, after earthe extension of true religion. nest prayer and deliberation, he

Anxious to promote the spiritual consented ; and became their resiwelfare of immortal souls, he un- dent pastor in July of the same dertook, in the year 1814, the cu- year. racy of Ashfield-cum-Thorp, where During bis life, this distinguishhe laboured some time gratuitously, ed minister of Christ, though not and presented the emolument to a exempt from trials, realized pepoor clergyman, then resident in culiar blessings, the greatest of the neighbourhood. In the sum- which was peace of mind, arisiog mer of 1817, he was called to en- froin a sense of the divine favour dure a heavy domestic trial, in the and approbation.

With a holy decease of his beloved wife; but disinterestedness, wbich characterwas supported with the recollec- ized his Christian course, he pertion of her having died in the Lord. sisted in his accustomed acts of

In the autumn of the same year, liberality and benevolence, conthe bereaved and sorrowing writers firming a declaration made to the of this Memoir had the unspeak- people of his charge, I seek not able privilege of becoming his yours, but you. The continued adopted children; and continued orthodoxy of his sentiments may to enjoy his paternal solicitude, be best conceived by a reference earnest prayers, and Christian in- to his “Farewel Testimony,” which struction, throughout the remain contains an epitome of the sacred der of his life. Under all the truths he so long laboured to incalpainful vicissitudes incident to hu- cate. In the preface to this work man life, he experienced peculiar he observes, " Should it be insinudivine support. The period now ated or reported by any, that my approached, when his faith and views of the Gospel, in any points Christian fortitude were to undergo of vital importance, are erroneous, the severest test. God demanded they may be referred to what I a sacrifice, which his faithful ser- have written and made public. If vant, through grace, was resolved they will condescend to read the to make.

On Sunday, Oct. 6, following pages, they may find my 1822, he publicly announced his principles in them, and learn what intention to preach, on the follow- my creed is. To the best of my

Lord's day, his farewel dis- | knowledge, I have flattered no man here, nor sought to please any man the mercy of God through Christ. or body of men at the expence of He frequently said, “I am a poor truth. It is now a long time that unworthy sinner, an unprofitable I bare not dared to lean on any servant: I must have the lowest human authority for any thing I am place in heaven. O that I had to believe and teach, concerning served God better, and glorified the religion of Jesus Christ.” This him more !” Often in the midst opinion he maintained through life, of extreme bodily pain, he said, and continued to dispense the sa- “ The Lord is good; he deals cred ordinances of religion, uncon-yently and kindly with me. Bless nected with any existing denomi- the Lord, O my soul,” &c. He nation of professing Christians, yet repeatedly addressed those who cultivating an esteem for all who were the most concerned for the love our Lord Jesus Christ in sin- preservation of his life, thus :cerity.

Be resigned to the will of God; On Sunday, Sept. 1:3, 1829, he his will is best. I have no wish to delivered, in his accustomed ener- recover; if I had, I should be afraid. getic and impressive tone, two dis- Whether I live, may I live to the courses, founded on Luke ix. 11. Lord; and whether I die, may I and Romans vi. 2.; and in the die to the Lord. Pray for me, that evening, as usual, when not pre- I may humble myself under the vented by indisposition, engaged in hand of God. I am resigned to the catechetical instruction. This, his will; that I think a token for to the regret of his congregation and good.” friends, was his last public attempt He made frequent confessions of to “turn the sinner from the error his faith in the Redeemer: “ Christ," of his ways,” and direct the weep- " he said, is all my salvation and ing penitent to “the Lamb of God, all my desire; my only refuge is who taketh away the sin of the in Him; I have bad no other hope world.” On the 18th, it pleased for years ; ' I know in whom I have God to visit him with a disease believed,' &c. (With great emowhich proved fatal. Of its serious tion) O the infinite, the incomprepature and consequences, the pa- hensible love of Christ, to become tient and afflicted sufferer was soon incarnate, to die for such rebels ; aware. On Monday, the 21st, in and to procure for them eternal answer to an inquiry respecting the redemption! O the wonderful love state of his health, he said, “ I am of God in Christ Jesus !" sick and near to death ;” and inti- The fervour of his devotion was mated his conviction, that a few remarkable. Often, with uplifted days would probably terminate his eyes and extended arms, he praymortal existence; which, to the ed, “O Lord, have mercy on me, inexpressible consolation of his a poor, vile sinner! Lord Jesus, deeply-afflicted relatives, was mer- undertake for me: be thou my cifully protracted. Throughout the righteousness, my all! Lord, keep day he continued. to address bis me-keep my soul--keep me till 1 sorrowing family and friends in the come into thy presence, and bow most solemn and affectionate man- before thy throne !" Those who ner. The efficacy of divine grace claimed his tenderest sympathy was eminently displayed in his and affection, were the frequent deep humility, patience under bo- subjects of his petitions; and he dily sufferings, resignation to the occasionally said, “I am praying, divine will, and entire reliance on not for my friends only, but for my enemies.” At intervals he re-dence, Woodbridge, attended by quested various portions of the sa-numbers of his attached hearers cred Scriptures to be read to him: and friends, and sepulchred in the adding, "I have committed a great parish church of Debenham, the deal to memory, and can meditate scene of his former ministerial laupon it when scarcely able to bear bours. The respected incumbent reading. The word of God is the delivered an animated and approfood and nourishment of my soul.” | priate address to the numerous As this venerable saint approached sorrowing spectators. At the rethe eternal world, his desire to de- quest of the bereaved congregation, part and to be with Christ increas- the Rev. W. Ward, of Stowmarket, ed. He often said, “I want to be preached an impressive funeral disperfect-to have my sanctification course on the following Sunday, completed-to be entirely con- from 2 Cor. v. 10. formed to the image of my Savi- Previously to the fatal seizure, our. I shall be satisfied when I this indefatigable minister of Christ awake with thy likeness."

had been occupied in composing, On Monday, Oct. 5, it was evi- revising, and preparing for publident the vital powers were fast cation, his Reasons for Secession, sinking; in his own language, which will be in the press as soon life was ebbing--mercy was over- as practicable. flowing." He entreated his afflict- He possessed a talent for poeed relatives to moderate their grief try, and published in 1777 a dein his presence, adding, “Let there scriptive poem, entitled “ Heath be peace. Glory to God in the Hill;" and in 1784, “ The Blesshighest, and on earth peace, good ings of Peace, a lyric Poem,” &c. will toward men." He retained He was the author of the followhis faculties entire to the last, for ing religious publications:-"The which he frequently expressed gra- Fundamental Principles of the Estitude to the Father of mercies ; tablished Church proved to be the observing, “ the Lord deals with Doctrine of the Scriptures ;" me as seemeth good in his sight. introductory Discourse, preached Let patience have its perfect work. March 7, at Debenham. Bury. I want to do the will of God 8vo. “ Men warned to examine through his strength, and then en- the Ground of their Religion ; or, ter into light-into his glory.False Foundations removed, and

On Thursday, the 8th, he made the true one pointed out:" a Serseveral attempts to articulate.- mon preached in the Cathedral About twenty minutes after twelve Church, Norwich, on Sunday, Oct. o'clock, he said, “ All-all (with 17, 1790. Ipswich. 8vo. .“ Preemphasis) sweetness!” These words, paration for Death,” &c. preached indicative of the peace and serenity at Debenham, Feb. 26, 1792, on of his soul, were the last he was occasion of the sudden, but reheard to utter. On Friday morn-markably triumphant departure of ing, Oct. 9, he fell asleep in Jesus, William Patrick. To which are and entered into the joy of his added, some lyric verses, entitled Lord, to receive an inheritance in- Laughter in Death. Ipswich. “The corruptible, and undefiled, and that Divine Government a ground of fadeth not away,

rejoicing at all times;" and " The On Thursday, Oct. 15, the mor- Tears of England, or a Word in tal remains of this exemplary Chris- Season to the People;" the former tian were removed from his resi- preached on Tuesday, Dec. 19,

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