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At Washington, on the 30th ult. the At Charlestown during the same Hon. JOHN SMILIE, Esq lately, and period, the deaths were 93. for many years past, a member of In S. C. Mr. ROBERT JAMIESON, the House of Representatives in Con- aged 104. His eye-sight, which had gress from Pennsylvania, aged 75. failed for some years, returned before

In S. C, the Hon WILLIAM his death. LAUGHTON SMITH, Esq. forinerly At Wilbraham, (Mass ) Mr. Jox. member of H, R. in Congress, from ATHAN ELV, aged 99. He had lived that state, and embassador from U.S. 62 years with the wife of his youth, to the court of Lisbon.

and left 123 descendants. In Poland of wounds received in At Roxbury, the Hon John READ, the battle of Volontina, the French aged 83. Ceneral, Count Gudin.

At Pownal, (Vt.) Hon. WILLIAN At Needham, (Mass.) on the 3d. TOWNER, Esq. of Williamstown, inst. Col. WILLIAM M' INTOSH, an (Mass.) Senaior from Berkshire officer in the revolutionary war, county in the Legislature of Massaaged 91.

chusetts, In Orange Co. (N. Y.) Gen. In England, EDWARD JERNING. JAMES CLINTON, an officer in the

HAM, Esq the poet. revolutionary war, brother of the late Also, MARIANNE Moore, aged Vice President Clinton, and father 103. At the age of 50, she bad 3 fine of the Hon. De Witt Clinton, aged 76. children at a birth.

At New Haven, (Con.) during the In Virginia, Hon. JOHN TYLER, last year the deaths were 91.

E.sq. Judge of the district court for At Morristown, (N. J.) during the that district. last year, the deaths were 55, of At Bozral, (Con.) the Rev. Jona. which 7 were caused by intemper. THAN MURDOCK.

At Newington, (Con.) Mrs. J. At Salem, during the same period, Hixox, aged 105. 174 persons died; three of intemper:

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The communications of S. S. B. are not any of them fit for insertion. He begledi: ed to pay the postage of his very heavy letter

The obituary notice of the Rev Jorn Niles is received, and will be inserted; as will also, a like notice of Capt. ABIJAH PERKINS.

The communication of E. S. was intended to have been earlier inserted; but the press of other matter prevented.

The paper on The Assurance of Hope has been long under consideration. It is sensible and judicious; but is not, perhaps, necessary at the present time

The letter from an Uncle to his Niece will be inserted soon; possibly in our next number.

The Hymn mentioned in our last is necessarily deferred.

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We are happy to correct an error in our obituary notice, in the number for Oct. p. 248. WILLIAM M. SMITH, Esq. was given over by his physicians, whence a report of his death originated. He has, however, been perfeoily restored to health.

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MEMOIRS OF THE REV.

NILES.

was considered as among the first in his class, in regard to lit,

erary attainments. During the The subject of this memoir was whole courseof his collegiate stu. born, at Colchester in Connecti. dies, he had in contemplation the cut, on the last day of Decem- work of the Gospel ministry; ber, 1775. His father dying and, with that view, directed his when he was but six years old, studies, and made uncommon his parental education was whol- proficiency in moral and theololy committed to his pious moth- gical science. Whilst he was er. His bodily constitution was at College, he made a public naturally infirm; but he early profession of that religion, which manifested proofs of a strong, in- was the future guide and sup, genious, and inquisitive mind. port of his life. He was naturally of a serious dis His theological studies were position; and having been early prosecuted under the direction instructed in the principles of of the Rev. Timothy Dwight, D. the Christian religion, and train- D. President of Yale College; 'ed to the exercise of every mor- and he was licensed, and com. al and religious duty, by the pre- menced preaching the Gospel, cepts and examples of his moth- in about a year after he was er, it might justly be said of graduated. As the spiritual him, as of Timothy, that from a welfare of mankind, and the hon . child he had known the Holy or of the divine law, lay near his Scriptures.

heart; so his mind was eminent, As the estate, which he inher- ly prepared by human science, ited from his father, was very in, and theological knowledge, for considerable, he experienced his holy calling. His first remany embarrassments in obtain- ception in the ministry was very ing a liberal education; but by favorable. In the course of a perseverance and diligence, aid- few months, he was invited to ed by the economy of his moth- preach, as a candidate, in several er, he at length surmounted of the most respectable societies every obstacle, and was graduat- in Connecticut. About this ed at Yale College, in 1797. He time, he was invited to take the Vol. y. Meg Series.

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pastoral charge of a congrega- With this view, and in hopes of tion in Durham, then vacant by regaining a better state of health, the recent death of the Rev. Dr. he was induced to return with Goodrich. But by the advice his family, to his former place and recommendation of the of residence, in Paris, with the President of Yale College, and intention of removing into the other respectable friends, after county of Steuben, in the c5. a prayerful consideration of the tern part of the State of New. subject, he was induced to de- York. He had taken a journey cline the invitation, and to take into that new country, several the charge of Hamiltop Oneida years before, and from the knowAcademy, in Paris, State of New- ledge then obtained, he conceiv. York. He took charge of that ed, that a door would there be seminary in its entire infancy, at open for him to become more the close of the year 1798, and extensively useful to mankind. continued to discharge the du. He had early imbibed a missionties of that station, for several ary spirit, and ever expressed years, with great faithfulness, a strong desire of diffusing and ability; and, at the same time, the knowledge of the Gospel, generally preached on the Sab- amongst the heathen, and in desbath, in the neighboring desti. titute settlements. tute settlements. His health at That part of the county to length becoming impaired, by so which he at first removed, and close an application to bis aca which now goes by the name demical employment, together of Prattsburgh Society, was then with his ministerial labors, he

a wilderness, with but one famireturned with his family to Con- ly residing in it. It was in the necticut, in hopes to regain his fall of 1803, that he came thither health.

with his family. They, with the He continued, nevertheless, addition of a few families who after his arrival there, to be followed the winter after from much afflicted with ill health; yet the neighborhood of his late rehe continued to preach, as a can

sidence at Hainilton Academy, didate, for the most part of the constituted the first settlement time, in various parts of Connec- of that place. Possessing but ticut and Massachusetts, during little property, at that time, he the whole of his last residence supported his family, for several there. But his health not yet re years, principally with the proturning in a degree competent duce of his new farm. After to the discharge of ministerial his arrival in that place, he im. duties, he began to despair of mediately set up the public wor. being able to prosecute the ship of God, and exerted him. work of the ministry. Howev. scil, in every possible way, to er, his anxiety for the welfare of induce serious people to settle immortal souls, and his zeal for there. The happiness he derivthe advancement of the Redeem- ed, from anticipating the future er's kingdom, would not permitenlargement of Christ's king. him to rest, till he had made ey. dom, in that wilderness, contin. ery exertion to subserve the in- ually animated and supported terists of his divine Master, him, under all the trials and em.

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barrassments incident to a resi- morals and religion, were soon dence in a new settlement. attended with very considerable

The fact that the standard of success; a number were bopethe Gospel was so early display- fully converted to the Gospel; ed in that infant settlement, to

were disposed to attend gether with the reputation it ob- public worship; the Sabbath was tained, on account of its reli- better observed; and, in January, gious privileges, caused it to 1808, he established a church advance in population with un there. common rapidity, and the set In July following, he was in. tlers were mostly professors of stalled pastor of the church and religion, and others who were congregation in Bath, and redisposed to support divine wor moved thither with his family. ship. In about eight months, As his field of usefulness befrom the time of his removal in came now much enlarged, his to that place, a church was con: diligence and zeal, in bis Masstituted there consisting of four- ter's service, were proportionalteen members. At this time, ly increased. His time was low there was no regular Gospel wholly devoted to ministerial minister residing in that county, duties. He neglected no means, nor in the adjoining county of nor spared any pains, to furnish Allegany; and, in general, his mind with all that knowlthroughout that whole extent of edge, which might enable him country, the Sabbath was regard to be most useful to the cause ed little better, than as a day of of religion. His exertions for carnal amusement and recrea the good of others were not contion.

fined to his own society, but he A few months after his re eagerly embraced every opporo inoval, he was requested to tunity to promote the cause of preach, a part of the time, at virtue and religion, in destitute Bath, the seat of justice for settlements. He made it his Steuben county. He continued meat, and drink, to do his Pathto preach alternately there, and er's will: neither did he count his in Prattsburgh Society, till a few life dear unto himself, that he munths before he was installed. might finish his course with joy, Previous to this, no public wor and the ministry, which he had ship was maintained at Bath; the received of the Lord Jesus, Sabbath was disregarded; few Neither the dread of reproach, godly persons were to be found nor the allurements of applause, there; and vice and immorality nor any selfish consideration, bore almost undisturbed sway. could ever prevent him from Those, who manifested a regard preaching the trivhs of the Gos10 the institutions of the Gospel, pel in their fullest extent. He had been accustomed to such was one of the first promoters of different modes of church gove the Genesee Missionary Socieerument and discipline, as ren, ty. The missionary cause nera dered it very difficult to consti er had a more zealous advocate; tute a church, on a true Gospel and to the end of his life be las plans. His various labors for ine bored incessantly to promote it. reformation of the people in He evidently made rapid growth

in grace, during the last years his nervous system, as to render of his life, and his exertions to him incapable of conversing promote and extend the cause much with his friends, during of religion, were redoubled. his illness. In the former part His time became so wholly en of it, at a time when he was in grossed with his theological stu- full possession of his reason, bedies, and ministerial labors, as ing asked by a Christian friend to injure his health. And even to express his views of eternal the last year of his life, his mind things, he replied, that, ale was so carried away, and trans- though his mind was weak, yet ported with his Master's work, he was fully established in the bes as almost wholly to withdraw his lief of the reality of that Gospel, attention from temporal con which he had preached; that he cerns. His mind was deeply viewed the road to Heaven to be impressed, with a growing sense that straight and narrow path of the responsibility of Gospel pointed out in Scripture; and ministers, and he fully realized that he had some interesting the importance of their knowing views of that glorious covenant, nothing, save Jesus Christ, and in which there was enough. him crucified. He saw much Throughout his whole sickness, for ministers to do, with but lit- whenever he had the exercise tle time for its performance. of reason, he gave the strongest

Before he was removed from testimony, that the religion of his spiritual labors, he saw with Jesus, which he had professed, joy the work of the Lord pros was still his support and happiper, in this part of the country. During the last days of There continued to be additions his illness, when his body was to his church, from the time of too weak for conversation, his its first formation; and its mem- mind was wholly absorbed in debers gradually advanced in

advanced in votional exercises. In his last Christian graces, and in the moments, he manifested entire knowledge of divine things, Acomposure and resignation, and short time before his death, he said, he still enjoyert divine supconstituted three churches: one port, and found Christ sufficient in the vicinity of Bach: and the for him. On Sunday the 13th other two, in the adjoining of September, 1812, this emicounty of Allegany; over which nent servant of the Lord rested pastors were ordained.

It was from his labors, and fell asleep at one of these ordinations, at in Jesus. Angelica in the county of Alle. In his ordinary deportment, gany, that he was seized with he was serious, and reserved; ihe fever of wloch he died. He but when called to attend to had been appointed to preach things of a spiritual, and relig. the ordination sermon: but his ious nature, prompt, sociable,and sickness preventeel. He was zealous; at the same time, he confined to his bed from the time maintained a gravity, becoming of his return, with the nervous the importance of eternal things. putrid fever, of which he died From childhood, he was remarkin about three weeks. The vio- able for his benevolent and charlence of the disease so affected itable disposition, which increas

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