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Mr. Darracott's death, “Of all the death. when will the day dawn, and the shadows beds I ever attended, I never saw such an fee away?” When she asked him whe. instance of holy resignation and triumph." ther he was warm, he answered, "he had
About three weeks before he died, on a general warmth over his body and a gea Lord's day morning, he said to one that neral calm over his soul.” was standing by, “I am going to that Two days before he died, waking in a Jesus whom I love, and whom I have so very delightful frame, he desired that the often preached. Come, Lord Jesus, come apothecary might be sent for, that he quickly, why are thy chariot wheels so might know what he thought of his case ; long a coming ?" He then said, “I charge when the apothecary came, he gave but you, see to it that you meet me at the little hope. "Mr. Darracott answered, " all right hand of God at the great day.”. At is well, blessed be God I know in whom another time he exclaimed, “O, what a I have believed, and can rely on the promercy it is to have such a rock to build mises, they are all mine; especially that, upon as the Lord Jesus Christ! I have 'I will never leave nor forsake thee.' I found him to be a firm rock that will not am sure he will not.” He desired that the fail. What a mercy it is to have a cove church might be called together to pray nant God, a covenant that is so well or for him and to give him up to the Lord : dered in all things and sure, that is all my afterwards, when symptoms of recovery salvation, all my desire! I have found him appeared, he called on those in the room to be a covenant keeping God.” He said with him to bless God for it, and said, to his wife, “My dear, do you speak of “ when thou wilt call I will hear and an.. the goodness of God towards me, for I swer. O blessed promise, I have found it want a tongue but not a heart to praise made good to me.
Should the Lord raise him."
me up again, surely praise will become A friend said, “I hope your tongue will this house." be loosed again to praise him in this The night before he died, he said, “O world :" he answered, “if not, we shall what a good God have I in Christ Jesus, praise him in heaven together; how good I would praise him but my lips cannot. God is, he is all love, all goodness." He Eternity will be too short to speak his then said to some of his flock that were praises." He earnestly desired his tongue by him, “hold out and hold on. I trust I might be loosed to speak the praises of have begotten you both in Christ Jesus, God, and it was granted. The night bemay the Lord pour down a plentiful ef fore he died, he was in a delightful frame, fusion of his spirit upon you." “ What full of heavenly joy, with his intellectual attendance have I got,” he exclaimed, faculties as strong as ever. When the “ Jesus is with me, angels are my guar. apothecary came in, he said, “O Mr. K. dians, the blessed Spirit is my comforter what a mercy it is to be interested in the and supporter, and you, my dear spiritual atoning blood of Christ. You tell me I friends, waiting on me, and my dear wife, am dying, how long do you think it will the best of women: but don't think high be first ?” It was answered “ that is unly of me, for if you have seen a measure certain to a few hours.” “Will it be toof grace in me, you have seen a great deal night?” said he; it was answered, “I be. of corruption; a little longer and the Lord lieve you will survive the night.” “Well," will release me.” To a friend who said, he exclaimed, “all is well, I am ready.". “I hope he will restore you again,” he “This, sir,” addressing the apothecary, replied, “no, that is not to be expected." “is agreeable to the doctrine I have at all Just afterwards he said, “my eyes fail, I times preached, that I now come to the am going."
Lord as a vile sinner, trusting on the meTo Mrs. Darracott he said, “I want a rits and precious blood of my dear Re. new tongue to praise God here, but if not deemer. O grace, grace, free grace!" here, I shall have a new heart and tongue He desired to see some of his flock, but to praise him in heaven.”. When taking when they came, his spirits were exhaustsome refreshment, he exclaimed, “Bless ed by talking nearly three quarters of an ed be God for this meal," and a friend hour. He said to them, however, “in coming in, he observed to him, “I have the faith of that doctrine I have preached often sat with you at the table of the Lord to you, I am going to die.” He then re, here, I am now going to sit around his lated his experience of the goodness of board above; these have been days in God to him in his sickness, and said, “if which I have taken great delight, when I I had a thousand lives to live I would live have gone to the house of God in compa them all for Christ; I have cast anchor ny with you.” To a friend who came to on him, and rely on his blood, and am visit him, he said, “how do you do, my going to venture my all upon him.” He dear friend? I have fought the good fight, then
took his leave of each in a very soand have finished my course, and kept lemn manner, and said "watch your hearts the faith,” &c. He said to his wife, I and keep them with all diligence, for out must leave you without any formality : of them is the issue of life." When he
saw Mrs. Darracott weeping, he said, “weep not for me, nor yet for yourself, for you are a child of the covenant. I am going to see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and all that are got to glory. Yet,” said he, “should this be a delusion? but it is not, for I have the roll in my bosom to be my admittance into heaven, and the testimony of conscience within: my evi. dences are clear.” He then repeated these verses of Dr. Watts. “My God, and can a humble child That loves thee with a flame so high, Be ever from thy face exild, Without the pity of thine eye. Impossible! for thine own hands Have tied my heart so fast to thee, And in thy book the promise stands, That where thou art thy friends must be."
He adored the riches of free grace, and said, “the Lord had been just if he had sent me to hell; it was free grace that has saved me, and it was free grace that I have preached to others.” To one who said, “sir, you are going to receive the fruits of your labours;" he answered “no, it is all free grace, grace.”
He took the apothecary by the hand, and said, “farewell, my dear friend, thank you for all that care, trouble, and kindness, you have taken with and for
Blessed be God, all is well, all is well. I am now going to see dear Williams, Doddridge, and the rest of the glosified saints; farewell, my friend, a good night to you.". The morning he died, his wife came in and said, “my dear, you are just on the borders of glory :" he said, “I could not have thought it, had not the physician and Mr. K. told me so, the passage is so easy." His wife said, “how will you behold the dear Lord Jesus when you come to glory!" He replied, “I shall behold him face to face.” He then lay in a slumber; all around thought him dying, as no pulsation could be perceived. He awoke in about twenty minutes afterwards, and said, “is Mr. Kennaway come?” it was answered, yes. “O my dear friend, how are you this morning, did you not tell me last night that I was dying?” It was answered, “I did so.” He said, “it could not be, it was too easy, it was too easy. What a mercy it is to be in Christ; O precious, precious Jesus! Now," said he, “I am believing, rejoicing, triumphant too."
There were ten or twelve of his Christian friends around his bed; he took each person by the hand, and wishing them well, said, “you see, my friends, I now am dying in the same faith I have always preached unto you, and I would not die in any other way for all the world. O keep close to Christ.” When asked to take something to moisten his throat, he an
swered, “no, I do not want to delay the time of death : then with a smile, he said, “come, Lord Jesus." He asked again, " is this dying?” when some one answered, yes; he replied, “it cannot be, it is too good.” Calling for his wife and chil. dren, he took his leave of them with the utmost composure and serenity of mind, and submission to his Father's will. Ob. serving them and all his other friends weeping, he said to his wife, “my dear and precious wife, why do you weep? you should rejoice. Rely on the promises. God will never leave nor forsake you, all his promises are true and sure. Well, i am going from weeping friends to congratulating angels and rejoicing saints in heaven and glory. Blessed be God all is well."
He asked, “how much longer will it be before I gain my dismission ?”. it was answered, “not long." "
.” “Well," he observed, “here is nothing on earth I desire! here I am waiting! what a mercy to be in Jesus!" he then threw abroad his arms and said, “he is coming, he is coming! but surely this can't be death: 0 how astonishingly is the Lord softening my passage; surely God is too good to such a worm! O speed thy chariot
wheels, why are they so long in coming? I long to be gone.” At length he exclaimed, as if beginning a sentence, “faith and hope:” these were his last words. About eleven o'clock in the morning, he lay down, and just before twelve, fell asleep in Jesus, whom he so much loved.
According to his request, his body was opened, to ascertain the disorder of which he died. Five stones were found in the left kidney, which had been so infamed that putrefaction had nearly consumed that organ. The parts contiguous having partaken of the inflammation, be. trayed the agony which he must have endured. The funeral was conducted according to Mr. Darracott's directions. But though by them he evidently designed to avoid attracting a crowd to his grave, the time, about one o'clock in the morning, could not be kept entirely secret, and immense multitudes attended at that early hour.
Mrs. Darracott passed the rest of her life in widowhood, and spent her last years with her daughter, at Romsey. She died on the 28th of December, 1799, in the eighty-sixth year of her age. She had joined the church at Barnstaple when only seventeen, and towards the close of life used to reflect with grateful pleasure, that she had been enabled to serve the Lord nearly seventy years. Her wise and cheerful piety rendered her, at a very advanced age, highly agreeable and use. ful to those young persons who were introduced to her company. She often
longed for the hour of dismission, which pected, and from which we could neither she at last welcomed with calm triumph. defend ourselves, nor fly for a consider.
At her particular request, her corpse able time. At length, when our bustle was removed to Wellington to be interred had a little subsided, and we had retired with the remains of her husband. When somewhat further off, I inquired whether the tomb was opened for her, a person any had received injury, and to my surwho had been, forty years before, deeply prise and joy I heard nineteen qut of the affected under Mr. Darracott's ministry, twenty answer in the negative. But poor but had' turned aside to the world, came A. B. whose station was the farthest from to see what was left of her former pastor. me, made no reply. I saw he had let go The sight of his bones so forcibly recalled his oar, and was leaning against the boat's the views and feelings which his animat side; I went to him, and expressed my ing voice had first produced, that she hope that he was not much hurt; but he burst forth into the most violent expres returned no answer. His eyes were sions of alarm and anguish. Thus the closed ; and, on examination, I found bis righteous man "being dead yet speak heart had ceased to perform its wonted eth :" from his tomb issues a voice at once office ; for a ball had passed directly alarming to the wicked and grateful to through his brain, and, as it were, in an the believer in Jesus.
instant, had dismissed the spirit, to give [Pike's Consolations. an account of all the things done in the
What made the exit of this poor imAn awful Providence.
mortal the more distressing, was to learn
that previous to his quitting the ship, he A. B. was a seaman belonging to my had been boasting of the jovial, or rather last ship, the C. He was what the drunken manner in which he hoped to thoughtless part of the crew called a jo pass the morrow evening, having clandesvial good fellow, i. e. he was ever ready tinely bargained with some others for to take the lead in drunkenness, swearing, their grog, with which he intended to filthy conversation, lewd songs, and lewd. keep a feast, either on account of a birth. er practice. Religion, and religious cha day or some other particular occasion.racters, were of course objects of his But, alas for him that morrow's sun contempt. With astonishment he had arose not to witness the accomplishment of seen some of his old companions in vice his plans, but to behold his body commitbecome new creatures; and there were ted to the deep, to be turned into corseasons wherein he would listen at a dis ruption. My eyes followed it as it sunk, tance, to what was passing among the se until the proud waves had gone over, and rious men in the wing-seasons, wherein hidden it from our sight. My heart was his conscience smote and condemned him pained within me; for I had learnt, not for the life he led. But he loved sin, only the circumstances already related, and was determined to silence that con but the more distressing one, that he was science. He therefore not only did evil actually giving vent to oaths and curses himself, but seemed to take pleasure in when the ball struck him, and closed his others who did the same. In this spirit, lips in silence for ever in this world! about two days before his death, he went Whether I contemplated the dead or the to one of his most profligate and favour living it was a solemn theme. When I ite companions, and prefacing what he turned my eyes
from following the former had to advance with a volley of oaths, said, into the bowels of the deep, and cast “H. you know Mr. *** tells us there is a them on the latter, I beheld his nineteen broad road and a narrow one, and you, surviving comrades standing around me you old , and I are in the broad one." in thoughtful silence. They, with myThis was uttered with all that bravado
self, were so many living instances of a and apparent glorying in iniquity which great, a watchful, and a gracious Provi. is peculiar to fools, who make a mock at dence; and had the circumstances of time sin.
and place permitted, I should have imThe second or third night after his aw proved it, and said, “O that ye were ful declaration, I was ordered on service, wise that ye understood these things with some other officers of the feet, to that ye would consider your latter end!" reconnoitre the enemy's coast, &c.; on O that ye would praise the Lord for his which occasion A. B. formed one of the goodness! and so reflect on that good. crew in my boat. A full moon and clear ness as to be led to repentance! sky enabled the troops on shore to ob
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in glory, as a necessary result of his Prayer, a reasonable Duty.
moral dependence on the God who
made him, and continues to be to The obligation to perform this him, the author of every good and important duty, seems to grow out of every perfect gift. A sense of of the very relation in which a moral need, and a desire for a supply, are agent must necessarily stand to the perfectly compatible with our -noCreator and Governor of the uni tions of a felicity competent to mo
It is, therefore, one of the ral beings even of unsullied perfecearliest and highest duties incum tion. Had our first parents in the bent on a dependent moral agent. state of primeval. innocence, never Deny it; you annihilate dependence. felt the painful sensation of hunger, There will then exist a moral being they could never have experienced who needs nothing from God-who the pleasure arising from the gratihas no want to be supplied—who fication of this appetite. Indeed, enjoys no bounty he would wish to
in our present state, it is as hard to be continued ! Such a being must form an idea of enjoyment, without be independent!
a previous sense of want, as to conThe generic nature of prayer con ceive a notion of a fine portrait, in sists in a sense of need, and desire of which all were light, without one sinsupply. It has been invested with gle tinge of shade! This principle modifications of an adventitious cha is deeply inlaid in our constitution, racter, arising out of particular and strongly evinced in the progresemergencies. The attributes of pray sive development of the human chae er have been modified by the fall. racter. It is essentially necessary to its ac This idea, moreover, does perceptability, that it be in the name of fectly coincide with that indefinite Christ. This modification will, I and progressive expansion of the conceive, continue through eterni human mind, which we are warrantty. Confession of sins, is in the ed to believe, will be going on in present state, a necessary concomi endless advances in perfection, in tant of prayer. This will be un the mansions of glory. Now, in the known in the regions of glory. order of nature, expansion must Thanksgiving unto God, for his un precede impletion, or the capacity speakable gift, and all the blessed must be enlarged, before there can results, now is, and will eternally be any void to be filled. But the continue, an ingredient of this de very existence of a void will genelightful duty, so characteristic of the rate a sense of want. This sense of Christian.
want, must of course be followed by If these premises be true, prayer a desire of enjoyment; and the very will be a duty for ever incumbent existence of this desire in a saint in VOL. I.
“ His coun
glory, involves in it the essence of We will admit, that God is immuprayer. But, independently of this table—that prayer can operate no reasoning, it would be difficult to
change on his purposes. These shall conceive such a state of apathy in remain unaltered from eternity to the glorified saints, that they should eternity. It would be impious to have no desire of farther enjoyment, suppose, that by our prayers we or wish for the continuance of their could change the determinations of felicity. This desire is prayer. I the immutable Jehovah. have already mentioned, that the sel shall stand, and he will do all confession of sin, is no essential part his pleasure. We have no less of the generic nature of
It hesitation to admit the truth conis only an exotic graft, the badge of tained in the second objection, viz.: our apostacy from God; but can that it is impossible by our petitions never have access to that holy place, to convey any information to an into which no unclean thing shall omniscient God. With equal reaenter.
diness we admit the truth of the It must be admitted, objections third objection, while we utterly deapparently formidable, have been
ny the propriety of the application advanced against prayer. It has of any of them. The highest perbeen alleged that prayer is repug. fection of created worth,
can merit nant to the immutability, omnisci nothing from God. An infinite beence, and infinitude of the Deity. 1st. ing cannot be laid under obligation, God, say the objectors, is unchange but by himself. Thus God has conable. Our petitions cannot alter his descended to bind himself by his purposes. The very same will be word and by his oath. Yet, after the result, therefore, whether we all these admissions, we do unhesipray, or totally neglect supplicating tatingly contend, that prayer is a the throne of grace. Prayer, there duty of indispensable necessity; and fore, must be unavailing; nay, im that it is as reasonable as any
other pious, as it presupposes the muta duty, to the performance of which, bility of Him who is the same yes moral agents are called. terday, to day, and for ever. 2d. We To the heart completely subjucan give God no information by our gated by the grace of God, it is sufprayers. He knows what we need, ficient that he hath enjoined any and what is fitting for us, better than duty. “Thus saith the Lord,” will, we ourselves do. Is it not rather to such, be equivalent to the most arrogant presumption, to attempt to luminous demonstration. Yet still, dictate to an omniscient God ? 3d. if our reason can recognise the proPrayers can have no merit, so as to priety of the command, we are bound procure or purchase even the small
to appreciate it, that so in the lanest blessing. But prayer supposes guage of the poet, we may some merit in the performance of the service. Something is supposed
Assert eternal Providence, to be procured by prayer, which
And justify the ways of God to men.” otherwise would not have been ob That we may see, whether the tained. But prayer can merit no duty of prayer be inconsistent with thing at the hand of God. It is ab the divine immutability, let us for a surd
to suppose that any finite being moment compare it, with some other can lay an infinite being under ob duties of acknowledged obligation. ligation, or establish any claim of What deist, or fatalist would deny, merit on the score of his services.
that if any person should acciden Let us proceed to examine these tally fall overboard, he ought to use objections to this most interesting every possible exertion to avoid be. and important duty. We shall find, ing drowned? Was it ever reckonthey are more specious than solid. ed an absurdity to eat and drink,