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Thunder was heard on the 11th, and lightnings were seen on the evening of the 14th. On the 25th a thunder gust bappened from the S. W.
Ground. The snow melted on the third day after its fall. The roads were muddy for two or three days after, and also after the rains of the 16th and 17th; but they soon dried, and were generally good during the remainder.
ANECDOTES OF THE LATE KING OF ENGLAND, GEORGE III.
MISCELLANEOUS. At the York assizes in 1803, the clerk to a mercantile house in Leeds, was tried on a charge of forgery, found guilty, and condemned to death. His family at Halifax, was very respectable, and his father in particular bore an excellent character. Immediately after the sentence was passed on the unfortunate young man, Dr. Fawcett, of Hey.wood Hall, a Dissenting Minister of the Baptist persuasion, who had long been intimate with the father, presumed to address his Majesty in petition, soliciting the pardon of the son of his friend. Fully aware that it had been almost an invariable rule with the government to grant no par. don in cases of forgery, he had little hopes of success; but, contrary to his expectation, his petition prevailed, and a reprieve was granted. That the solicitation of a private individual should have succeeded, when similar applications, urged by numbers, and supported by great interest have uniformly failed, may excite surprise, and deserves particular attention. The following circumstances, however, the veracity of which may be relied upon, will fully explain the singularity of the fact. In the year 1802, a dignified divine preaching before the royal family, happened to quote a passage illustrating his text from a living writer, whose name he did not mention. The King, who was always remarkably attentive, was struck with the quotation, and immediately noted the passage for inquiry. At the conclusion of the service, he asked the preacher from whom the extract had been taken, and being informed that the author was a Dissenting Minister in Yorkshire, he expressed a wish to have a copy of the original discourse. The royal inclination was accordingly imparted to the author, who lost no time in complying with it, accompanying the work with a very modest letter expressive of the high sense which the writer entertained of the honor conferred upon him. His Majesty was so well pleased with the production, as to signify his readiness to serve the author. The case of the above young man shortly after afforded this amiable and disinterested minister an opportunity of supplicating, at the hands of his Monarch, the exercise of his royal prerogative.
The following anecdote is related by a pious domestic, formerly in the service of her late Royal Highness the Princess Amelia, and was communicated by her relative to a friend who informed me. She had become the object of the royal attention, and was elevated from a subordinate situation to wait on the princess during her protracted illness. Being thus circumstanced, it was frequently ber privilege to be in the room with the late King and her royal mistress, when no other individual was present. On such occasions she had heard his Majesty address his afflicted daughter, in the most free and impressive manner, on subjects of infinite importance; and had repeatedly united in the extemporary prayers which the Sovereign presented, and which she describes as peculiarly excellent.-Atkinson's Sermon.
His Majesty was accustomed, after hearing a Sermov, to walk and discourse with the preacher. On such an occasion, speaking to a fashionable preacher, he asked him whether he had read bishops Andrews, Sanderson, Sherlock, &c. The pigmy divine replied, 'No, please your Majesty, my reading is all modern. The writers of whom your Majesty speaks are now obsolete, though I doubt not they might have been very well for those days. The King, turning upon his heel, rejoined, with pointed emphasis, 'There were giants on the earth in those days-Monthly Mag.
After his Majesty was visited with the distressing calamity of blindness, some of his attendants were conducting him along one of the passages in the Castle, when he heard a person moving at one side to stand up out of the way. The King immediately inquired who was there, and was answered by the person. He instantly recognized the voice; and, calling the individual by name, said, 'I am quite blind.' The person could not refrain from tears, and replied, 'I am exceedingly sorry, please your Majesty;'—'But,' rejoined the pious Monarch, 'I am quite resigned, for what have we to do in this world but to suffer and perform the will of the Almighty?'-Redford's Sermon.
When the death of one of the younger princes was announced to him, (which occurred while he was engaged in reading a sermon aloud to the family on a Sabbath evening.) he said, 'the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; and blessed be the name of the Lord. After a short pause, he continued the exercise of reading aloud, and finished the sermon.-Ibid.
The above passage of Scripture was feelingly quoted by his Majesty on another occasion. After recovering from his illness in 1789, he met Mr. Chapman, one of his gardeners, in the garden of one of the palaces, and inquired familiarly after his health. Mr. C. answered, 'I am very well, thank your Majesty,
considering my late affliction.'—'What affliction is that?" said the King. Mr. C. informed him he had lately lost a child.—'Well, replied the King, The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.'-Think what is your affliction compared with mine.'
DURING his Majesty's unhappy derangement, he is said to have had lucid intervals, in which his habits of piety returned in all their force. This was particularly the case in 1814. The Queen hearing this, desired to be informed when that was the case-she was so; and on entering the room, she found him singing a hymn, and accompanying it on the harpsichord. When he had finished it, he knelt down and prayed aloud for her Majesty, then for his family and the nation, concluding with a prayer for himself, that it might please God to avert his heavy calamity from him; but if not, to give him resignation to submit to it. He then burst into tears, and his reason again fled.
One morning when the passing bell was tolling at Windsor, his Majesty inquired who was dead? His attendants at first did not answer ian, but on his repeating the question, they said, Please your Majesty, Mrs. S.- Mrs. S.rejoined the King. 'she was a linen draper, and lived at the corner of - street, (naming the street;)-Aye, she was a good woman, and brought up her family in the fear of God-she is gone to heaven-I hope I shall soon follow her.'
Not many months have passed since the King appeared as if in the act of receiving the Lord's Supper; his manner was most devout, while he proceeded as here described. Embracing the opportunity of one of his meals being brought to him, he placed bread and wine before him, designing them evidently as the elements received at that New-Testament ordinance; then kneeling down, with his hands united and lifted up, he feelingly appealed to God, expressing this his desire, and mentioning it as a long time since he had been permitted to commemorate the sufferings of his Savior; then, receiving the elements, he arose, and his usual abberrations returning, he lost his coherency of thought and expression!_Churchill's Sermon.
To the foregoing anecdotes we add the following original one. While the late Judge Ellsworth was in England, after having executed his commission as embassador to France, in 1801 or 1802, he attended a levee with some other distinguished American, we think Mr. King who was then our minister at the British court. In his circuit round the room, the king made a considerable stop where the two American mis isters stood, and entered into a rapid conversation with them. A. Mr. Ellsworth was recently from France, the king made some ingoiries respecting the state of things there; and then went on to impute al the calamities suffered by the French, and by the rest of Europe through their means, to the prevalence of infidelity. He next condemned ini. delity in strong terms, and characterized it by saying: “It alwcu begins in the heart, and works up to the head.” Whether this description was original with his majesty, or not, it is a faithful description, and applicable to iufidelity, in whatever guise, or with whatever pretensions, it may exhibit itself.
EXTRACTS PROM THE DIARY OF THE REV. COTTON MATHER.
( Continued from p. 348.) March 22, 1716. A general fast in the province. I enjoyed a gracious presence of God with me in the services of the day. This prevented my having a day in secret this week, as else I should have done.
23. I would set forward good motions among the ministers. Bat there is one humorsome, furious, boisterous man, among us, who confounds all my intentions that way. I am utterly dispirited for doing any thing ainong the ministers in our vicinity, or indeed for going among them. Yet, I desire to be armed with patience, and to watch opportunities for good. And what I cannot obtain among the ministers nearer at hand, I would observe and inquire, whether it may not be obtained at a further distance.
25. O what a marvellous consideration is there, whereof I am to feel the sense grow more and more powerful upon me, that my endeavors to pray without ceasing may be animated! All my prayers made according to the will of God, are the dictates of the Holy Spirit. Though I foncet the prayers which I have made, and receive not immediate answers, that Infinite One perfectly remembers all his own dictates. When I arrive at the heavenly world, where I shall reap the rich harvest of all my devotions here, the Holy Spirit having all my prayers in a most perfect remembrance, will then heap in upon me the answers of them with blessings of goodness, far beyond all that I can ask or think. O let the strong faith of this produce in me a very praying life, and give life to my prayers, and make my sowing time to be very diligent and plentiful.
26. Cannot I possibly procure a number of good men in our church to combine as a little Society for the consideration of that question, What service may be done for the church,
27. Othat my house may be more an house of my Savior's glory. ball it not be a care more punctually prosecuted with me, that I will never sit down at.my table, without pointing my family to some glory of my Savior? In my thanksgivings at the table, I would, more particularly than ever, ascribe to my Savior the glory of purchasing and bestowing the comforts of life,
29. Can there be no projection that the ministers, meeting at the election, may spend their time together to better purpose than heretofore?
30. Procure the dead charity school in the middle of this town to be revived.
April 1. Among my essays to glorify my Savior this may be one. I will consider the gods of the ancient Pagans; the several glories, which the poor idolaters did ascribe to them; and the several favors, they did expect from them. Then my soul shall make my boast in my Savior. In Him I will see all these: all united in Him.
3. My children shall do more than they have done to comfort their aged grandfather, and therefore visit him.
5. The Bermudas call to me to provide a good minister for them. Help me, my God, in prosecuting this care.
6. Being furnished with proposals of good for the Commissioners of the Indian affairs to proceed upon, let me animate their proceedings all that is possible.
7. I will take a poor fatherless child to lodge and feed in my family, and watch opportunities to do him further benefits.
A strange thing befals me. A monster of a man, and one of the wickedest of men, and who went away to London many months ago, full of malice against me, and against the country, and one from whom I expected the publication of bitter libels against me, and one whom I have often carried unto the Lord, with desires of divine restraint upon him,—addresses me with letters full of respect: bewailing his former disaffection, protesting that he has not spoken one disrespectful word of me since his going away, and intreating my favorable opinion of him, and assuring me, that I suffer no incivility from him; at the same time, he sends me soon an instrument that he has published for the service of the country. Doubtless, God has brought him to feel some occasion for his being on good terms with me. There is in this thing the finger of God.
8. I fear lest I suffer by two distempers. First, I may be too quick and hard in my resentments of things that look like judg. ments cast upon me. Secondly, I may too easily give way to discouragements, and make my recess from opportunities to do good upon apprehension of people's aversion to me. O my Savior, deliver me from these distempers.
DIED, In North Carolina, JOHN T. Rar. He had been at the execution of a murderer, got intoxicated, and while running his horse was thrown off, and killed on the spot.
In Ohio, PHILEMON, WILLIAM and CYRUS STONE;—drowned by their mother in a state of insanity.
In South Carolina, the Rev. JONATHAN Maxey, D. D. aged 53. He was many years President of Brown University, at Providence, and 16 years President of the College of South Carolina.
At Lexington, Ken. the Rev. JAMES M. CHORD, formerly pastor of the Market Street Presbyterian church, and late Principal of the Academy at Paris, Ken. At Boston, Dr. Thomas Kast, aged 70. In England,
HER GBace, the Ducuess Dowager of Northumberlana.
At Boston, Mrs. ELISABETH Hudson, aged 95. In Delaware, NICHOLAS VANDYKE, Esq. aged 27, son of the Senator of tir! U. S. of that name.
In Barnwell, District S. C. Rev. BENJAMIN TENNANT, aged 51.
At Lansingburg, N. Y. Mrs. JOHNSON, poisoned by eating through mistake the leaves of Datura Stramonium, (Apple Peru,) for greens.
At Providence, WILLIAM WHIPPLE, Esq. aged 67, an officer of the art: and navy in the war of the Revolution. He was run over by some careless and furious driver of a carriage on the evening of the 4th of July.
At Homer, N. Y. the Rev. Elnathan Walker, pastor of the Presbyterian church in that town. Aged 60.
In Philadelphia, the Rev. Moses Hoge, D. D. President of Hampden Sid. ney College, Prince Edward Co. Vir. aged 60.
In New York, Peter Politis, a colored man, aged 103. He was present at the capture of Louisburg in 1745.
At St. Louis, Missouri, Capt. JOSEPH MARSH, of N. Hampshire, assassinated by Samuel Williams, who afterwards became his own executioner. At Claiborne, Alabama, the Rev. John BRANNAN, aged 57.
At Bath, (Eng.) Josiah THOMAS, D. D. Archdeacon of Bath, and one of the chaplains to the king. Also, the Rt. Hon. JAMES DUTTON, Lord Sherburne.
At Hollis, N. H. Miss HARRIET ABBOT. During the storm of July 19, she and her mother being afraid of remaining in the house alone, the mother proceeded to a neighbor's, whither the daughter was to follow, and went up stairs to adjust her clothing; while there, the lightning struck a tree near the window, passed into the house, and killed her instantly.
At Lexington, Vir. JOHN N. SNYDER, Editor of the Lexington News Letter.
At Montreal, MESSIRE RIVIERE, Professor of Rhetoric and Belles-lettres at the Seminary in that city.
At Natchez, LYMAN HARDING, Esq. Attorney General of the state of Mis. sissippi.
In England, Mr. Bradley, the Yorkshire giant. When dead he measured nine feet in length, and three feet across the shoulders.
In Holland, FREDERICA-SOPHIA-WILHELMINA, of Prussia, Princess Dowager of Orange, and mother of the king of the Netherlands, aged 69.
At Hanover, N. H. Thursday July 27th, the Rev. Francis Browx, D.D. President of Dartmouth College.
At Brownsville, Pen. John Davidson, a student of Jefferson College. He was leaning against a poplar tree during a shower, and was instantly killed by the lightning which struck the tree.
At Walkersville, Geo. Young GRESHAM, Esq. late judge of the Western District of that state.
In New York, Mr. John R. LEACRAFT, formerly sailing master in the navy, and one of those who volunteered their services to burn the frigate Philadelphia in the harbor of Tripoli, Feb. 16. 1804.
At Montreal, Mr. FREDERIC PURSH, a botanist, a native of Russia, aged 46. At Oak Point, near Natchez, Miss. Mrs. JUDITH SARGENT MURRAY, relict of the late Rev.John Murray of Boston.
At Boston, ANDREW SIGOURNEY, Esq. for many years the Treasurer of the town.
In London, June 10, the Rt. Hon. SIR JOSEPH BANKS, President of the Royal Society,-Fellow of the Society of Antiquarians, Knight of the Grand Cross of the Bath, and member of the king's privy council.
At New Salem, Mrs. REBECCA Childs, aged 101 years and 11 months.
In Washington, the Hon. John GRAHAM, late Minister Plenipotentiary at the court of the Brazils.
At Cambridge, (Eng.) the Rt. Rev. WILLIAM LORT Mansel, D. D. lord bishop of Bristol and Master of Trinity House, &c.
At Corinth, Me. Col. ABEL JACKMAN, aged 58. In assisting to put a swarm of bees into a hive, he was so stung by them as to expire in ten minutes.
In Philadelphia, the Rev. John ROBERTSON.
At Alexandria, District of Cul the Rev. JAMES Muir, senior pastor of the first Presbyterian church.