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28 > Page 28 of Another voice from the tomb : being a funeral sermon, occasionedby the death of Joseph Cabell Breckinridge, Esq. Secretary of State. Delivered in M'Chord's Church, Lexington, Ky., sabbath afternoon, February 8th, 1824 / by the Rev. Robert H. Bishop.

[ 28 ] children to Cabell's Dale, the family residence of his mother. Mrs. Breckinridge remained behind on account of the iindispo- sition of some members of the family, and of a sick relative from a distance, whom the providence of God had thrown upon their care. "They were not forgetful to entertain strangers," and "use hospitality," especially "to the sick." As soon as his children were conveyed to a place of safety, he returned without delay to aid in administering to the necessities of his afflicted household. It was in sustaining the sinking stranger far from home-it was in nursing what he feared was 'he last remains of parting life, that he met the disease which terminated his earthly existence. On the '24th of Augtist, 1823, he was severely attacked by the prevalent fever of the season and place. It seemed in the course of the week ensuing to yield to the application of medicine, and at the close of the week very sanguine hopes were cherished of a rapid recovery. On Sabbath, the 31st, his disease seemed to undergo a sudden and most unlooked for change, and brought him rapidly to the -rave. Septem. ber Ist, at a very early hour in the morning while his at- tendants thought him resting, he lay upon his side, and soft- ly fell "asleep in Jesus," without a groan. "How many fall as sudden, not as safe!" During his last illness he was usually silent and contempla- tive. He expressed a calm sulbmnission to the will of his heav- enly Father, and a confidingb christian trust in his divine Re- deemer. He repeatedly had difforent passages of the sacred volume read to him.-Christ's sermo. on the mount, and espe- cially Matthew's 1ith chapter, ending, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest," c. kc. were favourite passages with him. We close these notes, and the whole subject, with one get- eral inference. It is- The Religion of our Lord Jesus, in its purity and simplicity, does not unfit men for the business of this world. Our de- parted friend was not a less agreeable companion,-was not A less successful lawyer-was not in the least disqualified as a statesman-by his living in the fear of God, and by his at- tendinu to devotional exercises in his closet, and family, and in the public assemblies of the saints. May the God of Israel, with whom is the residue of the Spirit, raise up many such companions, and lawyers, and states- men,in Kentucky.