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pression in Job xv. 28. might be illus- and rich soil, without stones. With this trated by inany of these deserted hovels same mud the sides of the boat were -He dwelleth in desolate cities, and in plastered, at those parts in the fore-half houses which no man inhabiteth, which are of the vessel where moveable planks were ready to become heaps.”-p. 132.

placed, in order to raise the gunnel “ Further in the recesses of the moun

higher : the mud filled up the crevices, tains, are the more magnificent tombs of and prevented the water from gushing the kings, each consisting of many cham- in, as would otherwise be the case. This bers, adorned with hieroglyphics. The mud was so rich and slimy, and when dry scene brings many allusions of Scripture so firm and impervious, that, together to the mind, such as Mark v. 2, 3, 5; with the strong reed that grows on the but particularly Isaiah xxii. 16. Thou banks, it is easy to conceive how the hast hewed thee out a sepulchre here, as he mother of Moses constructed a little ark, that heweth him out a sepulchre on high, and which would float: she then placed it thut graveth a habitation for himself in a

among the flags, in order that the stream rock: for many of the smaller sepulchres might not carry it down : Exod. iii, 3.are excavated nearly half way up the pp. 166-168. mountain, which is very high. The Abyssinia has possessed the kings have their magnificent abodes

odes Gospel since the year 330; but nearer the foot of the mountain ; and seem, according to Isaiah xiv. 18, to have with many abstractions from its taken a pride in resting as magnificently purity and simplicity, arising from in death as they had done in life- All the the ambition and turbulence of the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in hierarchy. Rent by intestine distuccoed walls within are covered with visions, and pressed by the invahieroglyphics. They cannot be better sions of the heathen Gallas, the sidescribed than in the words of Ezekiel, tuation of this interesting realm is viii. 8.-10. Then said he unto me, Son of exceedingly critical ; and, unless Man, dig now in the wall : and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door. · And he

some bold and politic chief arise said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked to repress the violence of the priestabominations that they do here. So I went hood, and to give energy and in, and saw ; and behold every form of creep. union to the people, it is not iming things and ulwminable beasts, and all the possible but that ere long the very idols of the house of Israel, ponr. 1 the wall round about. The Israelites were

name of Christianity may be blotbut copyists: the master-sketches are to ted out from this portion of Africa. he seen in all the ancient temples and A deep guilt lies " at the door of tombs of Egypt."-p. 133, 134.

the Römish church," as Mr. JowThe earth brought forth by handfuls: ett well observes, for what its Gen. xli. 47. This I witnessed. I plucked Missionaries “ did in Abyssinia, up, at random, a few stalks out of the and for what they neglected to do." thick corn-fields. We counted the number of stalks, which sprouted from single Had they, instead of seeking to grains of seed, carefully pulling to pieces add one more province to the exeach root, in order to see that it was but tensive empire of Popery, distri, one plant. The first had seven stalks; buted the Scriptures, and diffused the next three; the next, nine ; eighteen; then fourteen. Each stalk the knowledge of divine truth would bear an ear.

among the people, Christianity “ At one place, the people were mak, would have fourished, and from pieces, and mingled with the clay to bind this advantageous position, knowit

. Hence it is, that, when villages built ledge and civilization might have of these bricks fall into rubbish, which is spread far and wide through cenoften the case, the roads are full of small tral Africa. particles of straws, extremely offensive to

Some brief notices of the Jews the eyes in a high wind. They were, in short, engaged exactly as the Iraelites and Mahomedans occur, and, in used to be, making bricks with straw; particular, the details of an interand for a similar purpose-to build ex- view between the writer and an tensive granaries for the Bashaw : treasure-cities for Pharaoh • Exod. i. 11.

Englishman who had consented to “ Our boat was ballasted with earth become a renegade. He seemed taken from the river-banks very stiff somewhat agitated by Mr. Jowett's

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appeal, but sullenly persisted in ment; and was thus enabled not his determination. The conclud- only himself to occupy an elevated ing observations contain much that position, but to detect the unis valuable and suggest import- founded claims of shallow preant measures for the counteraction tenders ; yet we find, throughout of error, and the dissemination of his remains, notwithstanding the evangelical truth; but as they entire frankness with which be embrace a wide field, and as they speaks of himself, an uncommon may be readily inferred from the absence of self-complacency; nor previous statements, we shall close is there a trace of that sarcastic here, expressing our admiration of spirit, which delights in the deMr. J.'s exemplary labours, and tection of foibles and the exposure our gratification in the perusal of of presuming ignorance. He had his very interesting volume. received a legal education under a

highly respectable solicitor, and of

course must have had many opMemoirs and Remains of the Rev. portunities of seeing the violent

John Griffin, jun. late Minister and the malignant feelings, the of Castle-street Chapel, Exeter. selfish and dishonest tendencies, By John Griffin, Minister of of human nature, yet we find noKing-street Chapel, Portsea. 8vo. thing of a misanthropic or suspi

8s. London: Hamilton, 1822. cious cast in his letters or his This is in all respects a valuable diary ; nothing of this seems to Memoir, not merely from the ex- have impaired the frankness, or hibition which it affords of the contaminated the simplicity of his brigbt though brief career of ta- character. Neither does he seem lent and piety, but from the very to have been elevated by his sucpeculiarly interesting character of cess in the ministerial profession; the individual whose virtues it he never betrays a cavilling durably records. It has often been and depreciating spirit in his reour pleasant occupation to dwell marks on others; his criticisms are on the memorials of departed in a manly and liberal style, and worth, and to yield a willing ad- his leaning is rather to praise than miration to the evidences of know- blame. He seems to have been a ledge and godliness furnished by delightful hearer; his occasional the recollection of friends, or by comments on 'sermons which he the less partial testimony of facts had heard, show with what emoand documents, but there is, in the tion and sincerity he listened to present case, what strikes us as a the word of life : instead of noting singular and most attractive fea- little peculiarities of manner or exture in the moral and intellectual pression; instead of watching for portraiture of the deceased, arising minor flaws in arrangement or exfrom the noble and unsuspecting position, he marked the substantial simplicity of mind and feeling by excellencies of the preacher, and which he was remarkably distin- his observations of this kind have guished. There was nothing of much weight and discrimination. imbecility in this, for he was clearly It is impossible to read the mea quick and shrewd observer; it moirs of a man like this, without seems to have originated in the affectionate admiration, without purity of his motives, and in the deeply regretting the loss which single-heartedness with which he the religious world has sustained, sought and followed the leadings and without holding up his example of principle, and the calls of duty. to general regard and imitation. Mr. John Griffin was a young man

The Rev. John Griffin, Jun. was of education and literary attain- born at Portsea, on the 19th of Au. Cong. Mag. 1823.


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gust, 1796. His infancy was feeble, came new.” His conversation, correand sickly, and he appears never

spondence, and writings, partook of to have been of a vigorous frame. quite a new and decidedly spiritual cha

racter. His diary, before this time, was As might have been expected principally of a literary and scientific from the conscientious affection nature, but now it was solely a delineaof his excellent parents, every ef- tion of his christian experience, and such fort was made by them to impress

were most of his letters."--pp. 67, 68. on his mind the lessons of eternity,

In his diary, under the date of and “it was their unspeakable Sept. 1814 ; when he was about mercy to see the buds and blossoms 18, he writes as follows. of early piety which, in time, “ I have been reading the Epistles to grew and ripened into fruits of Timothy, relative to my views and derighteousness; proving, that their sires as to my entering into the ministry.

Oh, this is the most earnest and abiding planting and watering had been desire of my soul, next to its own salvaattended with a divine increase.” tion, and that of my dear relatives. His education was carefully con- have weighed many of its difficulties, ducted, and the methods used to temptations, and trials, yet I have pot call out the exercise of his facul- pared with what I may know—(for I

even taken a glance of them, when comties, seem to have been judiciously cannot help having something like a perdevised. He began to compose suasion I shall be in it); and they apvery early, and there is in exist- pear innumerable, mighty, and at times ence a folio MS. of some extent, wish I could forego the thought, but I

seem so overwhelming, that I almost containing both prose and verse

I do long, most earnestly long, on various subjects, written when to preach Christ crucified, to give up «s between seven and nine myself to my Lord, as his active, willing

servant: I would be a faithful labourer years of age.” At the proper sea

in word, doctrine, and life. I have reson, after much anxious delibera- solved to make every Tuesday a day of tion, his parents determined, on particular prayer, meditation, and readgrounds which fully justified their ing upon this subject, and, if possible, resolution, to avail themselves of a

to set apart the evening after the busi

ness of the day, more especially for this favourable opportunity which then

purpose. I have done this the two past offered for placing him, as an ar. weeks, and have reason to hope it will ticled clerk, in the office of a legal prove useful, by leading me, at these practitioner. While in this situa- stated seasons, with peculiar earnestness, tion, his diligence was exemplary,

to the throne of grace.”—pp. 98, 99. his reading on an extensive and On January 29, 1815, he be. well-arranged plan, and his con- came a member of his father's duct without reproach. But, long church. . The questions proposed, before the expiration of his clerk- (in writing) were answered in a ship, events had taken place, and most interesting and satisfactory a mighty work had been wrought, manner, and his father's heart which effected an entire change in must have been filled with unhis dispositions and prospects.

speakable joy and gratitude, as he

listened to the affectionate testi" Under the first sermon his father preached in the chapel he now occupies, mony rendered by the son to the which he delivered on the morning of the sanctified instructions and preachsecond Sabbath, in Oct. 1813, from ing of the parent. Much benefit Isa. lxiv. 1, 2. “0, that thou wouldest was stated to have been derived rend the heavens, that thou wouldest from Buck’s Young Christian's come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,” he felt, as

Guide, Bogatzky's Golden Treahe frequently after expressed it, as “ he sury, and from Thornton on Renever felt before."

His heart was now pentance and on the Christian's fully engaged with divine subjects. Religion was all in all :" he entered into

consolation, it with all the powers of his soul. “Old At the expiration of Mr. John things passed away, and all things be- Griffin's legal engagement, a pro

posal was made by his master to first instance on his father's actake him into partnership on the count, but afterwards from respect most liberal and advantageous for his own excellent qualities of terms, but his desires had taken a head and heart. We much regret different direction, and his anxious that we are under the necessity of wish was that he might be engaged passing by all the interesting dein the work of the ministry. The tails of his academic course, but conduct of Mr. G. senior, was just they are, of course, somewhat dewhat might have been expected sultory, and were our limits more from his well known character. extensive, it would still be but imHe took no hasty steps, but avail- perfect fragments that we could ing himself of every opportunity afford to cite. of obtaining direction, and receive In October, 1819, he was sent ing from his son the most satisface to supply the pulpit of Castle tory answers to a series of search- Street Meeting, Exeter. His ing questions relating to the minis- preaching here was so acceptable, terial character and work, “ could that it excited a strong desire, conno longer withhold his unreserved firmed by his amiable and conconcurrence.”

sistent deportment, to secure his “ The whole subject was laid before permanent services. The whole his sincere and disinterested friend, the proceedings were highly creditable Rev. Dr. Bogue, whose opinion fully to the prudence and right feeling coincided with his own, and who kindly of both parties. After having, in and afford him gratuitous instruction, July, 1820, delivered as one of till an opening should occur for his en- the three anniversary sermons, tering into an academy more distant from

a well compacted and strongly arthe scene of his nativity. The father was particularly desirous that his son should gued discourse on the personality avail himself of this kind offer, espe- of the Holy Spirit, which is printed cially of the great advantages to be de- in the memoir, Mr. G. entered on rived from the Doctor's dirinity and his charge. His ordination took tunity, for five and twenty years, of place on the 14th September, when observing the very great benefits which his father gave the charge, and Dr. the Doctor's students enjoyed from his Bogue addressed the people. But extensive range of subjects - his judi- the labours of this interesting cious disquisitions on the whole circle of theological truths--his deep acquaint- young minister were soon to close. ance with the ancient and modern his- He had undertaken to preach three tóry of the churches of the contro- times on the Sabbath-day, an exerversies abroad and at home—and all tion, we admit, on the grounds so parts and subjects of polemical divinity -- he felt very grateful and highly in forcibly stated by the elder Mr. debted to his friend, for affording to his Griffin, in many cases highly imson the advantage of hearing some, and portant, but, we are persuaded, exof copying all his lectures.”—pp. 192— tremely injurious to men of feeble 193.

constitutions, and not always safe Of these advantages he was

to stronger frames.

He failed undeeply sensible, and after leaving der his task, struggling, to the last, the academy at Gosport, we find to maintain his post. He died, in him describing the possession of his father's house, on the 19th of these lectures as an enviable privi- January, 1822, aged twenty-five lege. In 1817, he entered Hox- years and five months. ton Academy ; here, after a little

" About a fortnight before he died, temporary embarrassment and un- he was so much aifected by palpitations pleasant feeling, he soon felt him- of the heart, and difficulty of breathing, self quite happy and at home; the that he thought himself to be dying.

He said, Father, do you think I am houses of many friends in ‘and near going ?? If you do, pray tell me, for ! London were open to him, in the should like to know it would not shock

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you all !"

He afterwards revived, and then an honourable testimony to his said, " I really thought I was going, I worth. have now, blessed be God! passed a point in my experience I had never at- “ He was particularly distinguished by tained before. I often felt pleasure in the vivacity and ardour of his social afthe anticipation of heaven, but have fre- fections, and for a quality for which a quently feared, that when I should arrive

name is yet wanting in our languageto such a state of body, as to think my- a child-like simplicity and ingenuousness self to be really dying, that my confilence that irresistibly entwines itself round the and comfort would decline; but now, I heart, combined with a manly intellihave been, in my own view and feelings, gence and firmness that commands rewithin a few moments of eternity; and I spect and admiration. While his intelfeel truly happy. It was very solemn

lectual energy was, in general, apparent, indeed-indeed, my dear father, it was the most prominent features of his mind very solemn, but I was very happy. I were, a power of firmly seizing the strong bless God for this; I take it as a pledge points of such subjects as came under of what his grace can do, and of what it his consideration, and a facility of dewill do when the last hour comes." corating them with the ever ready crea

“ His heavenly Father was faithful to tions of an active and vigorous imaginathe pledge which he had thus given him. tion. Such a disposition, combined with On Saturday, the 19th of January, 1822, such endowments of mind, especially about three in the afternoon, as he was sanctified as they were in him by the sitting by the fire-side, he was taken influence of divine grace, might be fairly worse than before, in consequence of a considered a prognostic of much usefulrupture of some blood vessel of the

ness and esteem. This presumption is lungs, which, though the discharge was justified by fact. By those who knew not profuse, taught him that his end was him intimately he was generally adapproaching. He said, “ Now, father, mired, but still more entirely beloved.” I shall go.--God bless you and bless

He offered some lively short addresses to his heavenly Father, and

Beside the large excerpts from said to those about him, “ Pray that I Mr. John Griffin's diary, many inmay have a speedy release.” The diffi

teresting papers, written by him on culty of breathing became very great, and consequently, the difficulty of speak- general subjects, will be found in ing was so ; but perceiving his end very

this volume ; there is a happy fast approaching, his father said, “ My jeu d'esprit on a gold ring, which, dear son, I hope you are able to trust in if the words were dressed up in your heavenly Father.” He said, "the antique garb of spelling, would youth. Through grace, I have a good give a lively representation of the hope-a full assurance.' His father im- rich and imaginative composition mediately said, “ I trust the Lord Jesus of our old writers. There occurs, at will be with your spirit.” He replied, with increased energy of expression, page 312, a good description of an “ He is ! he is!” These were the last antiquarian visit; it is but a sketch, words, or syllables, he uttered, or at- only an admirable one, and might tempted to utter ; and in a few minutes be hung up with the vivid picafterwards, his redeemed spirit left the

tures of Washington Irving. The suffering body for the realms of eternal light and glory, at about half-past eight


on Domestic Converon the Saturday cvening.”-pp. 487- sation, which were inserted in 488.

former numbers of this Magazine, If we were to insert all that we are creditable alike to the taste feel inclined to say of this exem- and feelings of the writer. Of the plary minister of Christ Jesus, we poetry, we feel much inclined to should considerably lengthen this extract the pleasant and con amore article, but we are compelled to painting of “ The Fireside,” but brevity; and we must refer to the we must desist. volume itself for much valuable We cannot, however, close withand deeply interesting illustration out expressing our entire satisfacof the Christian character. His tion with the manner in which tutors held him in the highest ad- this publication is got up. It will, miration ; the following extract assuredly, be extensively read; from the funeral sermon preacher and more than this, it will, we at Hoxton by Dr. Ilarris, contains doubt not, be abundantly useful.

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