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who has dove nothing but what was perfectly consistent wille his duty;" adding, moreover, “ if you do not immediately return your sword, and crave Mr. Erskine's forgiveness, I shall order you to prison, and abide the consequences of my doing so.” Tlie blustering hero, now effectually crest-falien, did not take long time to deliberate ; but instantly replacing his weapon, asked pardon of Mr. Erskine ; and during the rest of the evening, set a strict watch upon the door of his lips.
It not unfrequently happens with sermons as it once did in the case of the sons of Jesse, that the most promising among them, in man's estimation, is not that which God inakes choice of, or honours with the unt• tion of his Spiril, for converting sinners or edifying saints. Discourses, on the composition of which ministers bestow the greatest pains, are preached, and fiy over the heads of the aodience; while those they have Dot got so much time to dress, go directly to their liearts. Shall this thica encourage ignorance to run to the pulpit, and petulantly pour forth her incoherent rhapsodies ? or, Shall the better qualified construe it into a bint to remit their labours, and henceforth serve God with that wbich costs them next to nothing? No. “ Noi a novice,” saith the apostle,
lest he be lifted up with pride, and fall into the condemnation of the Devil;" and in his exhortations to his son Timothy, be ilisists particularly on a diligent application io his work. Let the ministers of Christ labour, thereiore ; but let them labour not to be ine, but to be plain ;- not to gratify the fastidious car of those who sit rather as judges tban as humble receivers of the word,
but to enlarge the views, and touch the affections of the simple and unlearueri, who, at all time's, compose the greatest part of their hearers ; and if at any tiine they are called to speak in pubiic, without kaving it in their power to pay the attention they could have wished to the alruclure of their sermons, siill let them not be cast down with the apprehension that their preaching will be in vain. The Master they serve has established no necessary connexion between their very best eforis and the divide influences of his Spirit. He is a sovereign Lord, and worketh by this, or by the other meauș, according as it scemeth good in his sight. These remarks have been suggested by the following well-authenticated Anecdote:
The late Rev. J. Pattison, of Edinburgh, having occasion, about forty years ago, iu preach on a Labbaih-day in. Dundee, bad, previously lo his leaving home, laid aside, and ordered to be packed up, with some other necessary articles, a certain nole.book, which contained a sermon on which the good man liad bestowed considerable pairs, and which he hoped might not be unacceptable to a congregation of Christians, who then enjoyed the slaled labours of the late excellent dir. M•Even. On his arrival in Dundee, however, which was tol till the Saturday evening, and 0!! esam ning lhe contents of his saddle-bags, ire found the nole-book wanting, por bad any other been substituted in iis place. He was therefore, late as it was, obliged to make choice of a new subject, and to cast his thoughis together upon it in the best manner lie coud; audalier all his pains and bis prayers, was siot a litile apprehensive that such defective preparation would not only affect the respectability of his appcarance in ihe pulpit, but, in some measure, mar the success of his work. “Jot by might, Lowever, por by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord.” It bappened, in adorable Providence, ou the aliersoon of Sabbath, that a poor tish. wornan, notorious for cramour and profanity, służbied inio the meeting i and feli lne sermon, particularly in its applicalion, come home will such life and peculiar energy to her soul, as instantly to produce the most happy erecis on the disposition of her heart and the lenor of ber conduct. - Ou vionday she attended with her fisi-basket ai market as usual; but, O how changed ! instead of her forma noite and proianity, she is casto and quiet as in laino ; - instead of asuiz from her customers double or triple the value of the fish, she speaks to them with discretion ; and tells them the lowest price at once. Surprized at this new behaviour of the woman, some, who were present, judging that she might be indisposed, began to enquire about her health. One of them particularly said to her,
Margaret, what is the matter with you, woman? You are not at all as you used to be."
No,' replied Margaret ; and hope I never shall. It pleased God to lead me, yesierday, to Mr. M'Ewen's Meeting - house, where I heard words that I'll never forget; and fanit something come o'er ine *, the like of which I never knew before.” Thewoman lived to give the most satisfactory evidences of the soundness of her conversion by a walk and conversation becoming the gospel.
Dr. Moore, in his “ View of Society and Manners in Italy," describing the state of Rome at the tinie when he visited it, has the foilowing passage relative to the Jews : “Of many triumphant arches which stood formerly in Rome, there are only three now remaining, all of them near the Capitol, and forming entries to the Forum : those of Titus, Septimius Severus, and Constantine. The last is by much the finest of the three. The relievos of the arch of Titus represent tbe table of sbew-bread, the trumpets, the golden candlesticks with seven branches, and other utensils brought from the temple of Jerusalem +. The quarter which is alioited for the Jews is not a great distance from this arch. There are about 9000 of that unfortunate nation at present at Rome, the lineai descendants of those brought captive from Jerusalem. I have been assured they always cautiously avoid passing through this areh, though it lies directly in their way to the Cainpo Vaccino, cliousing rather to make a circuit, and enter the Forum at another place. I was affected at hearing this instance of sensibility in a people who, whatever other faults they may have, are certainly not deficient in patriotism, and attachinent to the religion and custoins of their forefathers.”
LYSIMACHUS, for extreme thirst, offered his kingdom to the Getæ, to quench it. His exclamation, when he had drank, is wonderfully striking: " Ah! wretched me, whe, for such a inomentary gratification, have lost 80 great a kingdom!”—How applicable this to the case of bim who, for the momentary pleasures of sin, parts with the kingdom of Heaven ! Bp. Horne.
He who seldom thinks of Heaven, is not likely to get thither ; the only way to hit the mark is to keep the eye fixed upon it. Ibid.
Bees never work singly, but always in companies, that they may assist each other. - An useful hint to scholars and Christians.
Ibid. Some think variety of religions as pleasing to God as variety of Rowers. Now there can be but one religion which is true ; and the God of truth cannot be pleased with falsehood, for the sake of variety.
Ibid. Death will blow the bud of grace into the flower of glory. Mr.Brooks.
God made Man in his own likeness, -Man hath made Sin in his own likeness, — and Sin hath made Misery in its own likeness. Mr. Venning.
It was a sweet saying of an ancient father, “ 'The name of Jesus is mel in ore, melos in aure, jubilus in corde. Honey in the mouth, melody in the car, and a jubilee in the heart.
Ibid. Affliction is a pill, which, if wrapped up ia patience, may be easily swallowed ; but when discontent puts us upon chewing it, proves bitter and disgusting.
* A Scottish phrase for a sensation not to be described.
+ Titus Vespasiun was the general by whom Jerusalern was taken, and the temple destroyed. The sacred utensils were the trophies of his success.
ner, if you die without an interest
in Christ, you will sink into the An affecting case occurred during regions of eternal death.”
the last year in our congregation, On the Saturday evening follow. which, however, was unknown ing, he intimated to the mistress of to me till after the decease of the
the house where he lodged, that party: but one of my friends, af- some awful judgment was about to ier making himself acquainted come upon him; and as he should with particulars, drew up the not be able to be at meeting next following Narrative; whick, if day, requested that an attendant you judge it suitable, you are at Inight be procured to stay with him. fiberty to insert in the Evangelica! She replied, that she would herself Magazine:
stay at home, and wait upon him;
which she did. A YOUNG Man, of the name of
On the Lord's Day he was in great S C-, grandson to a late
agony of mind.
His mother was eminent Dissenting Minister, and sent for, and some religious friends brought up by him, came to reside visited him but all was of no at K g about the year 1803. avail. That night was a night He attended at the Baptist place of dreadful beyond conception.
The worship, not only on the Lord's horror which he endured brought Day, but frequently at the week
on all the symptoms of raging madday lectures and prayer-mectings. ness, He desired the attendants He was supposed by some to be see not to come near hin, lest they riously inclined; but his opinion of should be burnt, He said that “the himself was, that lie bad never ex- bed-curtains were in flames, - that perienced that divine change, with- he smelt the brimstone, - that deout which no man can be saved. vils were come to fetch him, — that
However that might be, there is there was no hope for him, for that reason to believe he had been for
he had sinned against light and consone years under powerful convic- viction, and that he should certain. tions of his miserable condition as ly go to Hell. It was with difficulty a sinner, In June 1806, these con- he could be kept in bed, victions were observed to increase, An apothecary being sent for; as and that in a more than common soon as he entered the house, and degree. From that time he went heard his dreadful howlings, he eninto no company ; but, when he was quired if he had not been bitten by not at work, kept in his chamber, a mad dog. His appearance likewhere he was einployed in singing wise seemed to justify such a suspiplaintive hymns, and bewailing his cion, his countenance resembling lost and perishing state.
that of a wild beast more than that He had about bim several religi- of a man. ous people; but could not be in- Though he had no feverish heat, duced to open his mind to them, or yet bis pulse beat above 150 in a to impart to any one the cause of minnie. To abate the mania, a his distress. Whether this contri- quantity of blood was taken from buted to increase it or not, it did him, a blister was applied, his head increase, tili his health was greatly was shaved, cold water was copiaffected by it, and he was scarcelyously poured over him, and foxable to work at his business.
glove was administered. By these While he was at nieeting on means his fury was abated; but J ord's Day, September 14, he was iis mental agony continued, and all observed ió labour under very great the symptoms of madness, which emotion of mind, especially when his bodiy strength thus reduced he ncard the following words:“ Sin- would allow, till the following Thursfered there brought him to liis confined to the dying love of Jesus! grave. Yet at last he discovered The apothecary was of opinion, the steps (the promises) and was that if his strength had not been so plucked out, and set on that side of much exhausted, he would now have the slough that was farthest from been in a state of religious trans- his own house, and next to the port. His nervous systeni, bow- wicket-gate, into which also be apever, had received such a shock, pears to have lived to enter. His that his recovery was doubiful; and example holds out encouragement it seerned certain, that if he did re- to singers in the most wretched circover, he would sink into a state of cunstances.
day. On that day he seemed to lain whoke nights without sleep, have recovered his reasons, and to pleading for my own soul and be calm in his mind. u the even- yours; and have reflected with grief ing, he sent for the apothecary ; on my disobedience to your counand wished to speak with him by sel.” At another time he said, himself. The latter, on his coming, “ Blessed Jesus, thoi. art ail my desired every one to leave the rooin, hope!"--His strength kept declinand thus addressed him : “ C- ing; and on Monday morning, have you not something on your Sept. 29, at one o'clock, he calmiy mind ?”
Aye,' answered he, . that breathed his last. is it! He thea acknowledged that, early in the month of June, he had
REFLECTIONS, BY THE NARRATOR. gone to a fair in the neighbourhood, 1. To the greatest part of mauin company with a number of kind sin appears a light thing, eswicked young men : that they drank pecially in time of health and prosat a public-house together tili he perity: but a view of the holiness was to a measure intoxicated; and and the majesiy of God,- -a sense of that from thence they went inio his threatenings, conscience other company, where he was cri- wounded by his arrois,-nay, the minaily connected with a harlot. witnessing of them in a
caso like "I have been a miserable creature,
that which has been related, will, continued he, “ ever since; but even in the present life, cause us to during the last three days and three know that it is 65 an evil and a bit. nights, I have been in a state of ter thing.". desperation.” He intimateil io the 2. Ifå drop of the cup of God's apothecary, that he could not bear wrath can make a simner tus ini! to tell this story to his minister: serable, what will it be to drink the “But,” said he, “ do you inform dregs of it, and liat for ever and him that I shall not die in despair; ever? for light has broken in upon me :
3. It is to be hoped, that God had I have been led to the great Sacri- morcy on his poor youth. fice for siu, and I now hope in him pears to have had those two marks for salvation.”
of a truly converted perso!!, From this time his mental distress pentance toward Ged, and faith toecased, his countenance becanie pla- ward our Lord Jesus Christ.”
It is cid, and his conversation, inglead of true, he did not merely, like Chrisbeing iaken up as before, with fear- tian, begin to sink in the mire of the ful exclamations concerning devils Slough of Despond. What he sufand the wrath to come, was now
if, like this young idiotcy.
nian, they look to Jesus, the great He survived this interview but a sacrifice for sin, even as the Israelfew days. When he could taik, he iles, who had been bitten by the would repeat many of the promises fiery serpents looked at the braz.n made to returning sinners. By his serpent, like him, they shall be heal. desire, various hymns were real to ed. Thus far, my friend. laud, him : one in particular, which was 4. We may learn from hence, the sun at his funeral.
importance of early instructions. He said to his mother, “ My dear It does not appear that this young moiber, you do not know what man had lived in such habiis, but coufiicts of soul I have had. I have that he had been lcd froin his child.
kood in the paths of sobricty and Davis; and continued to fill that Chantily. When, therefore, he had relation with consistency and honour deviated from theni, his conscience till, in May 1799, she was united in inmediately sinote him. Had his marriage to Mr.J.Nunelley, of Mar. venerable instructor been alive, and ket Harborough. In the spring of acquainted weh his vicious conduct, 1803, the family removed to Leices. he might have concluded that all ter; and from which time to her his counsels were lost upon him; death, the writer of this can atiest, but had he lived to see the issue, that her deportment uniformly dishe might have seen reason to thank played the sincere, humble, con. God that they were not so.
scientious Christian. In the family, 5. We bere see an affecting in- in the church, in her intercourse stance of the mysterious depths of with the world, she inight be truly the divine judgments. A poor sin- said to adorn the doctrine of God per appears to have been brought her Saviour; and it was by no to Heaven by the gates of Hell! ineans the least excellency in her Mercy extended to bin, but venge- character that she seemed ance taken on hs inventions ! scious of none.
Her life to her fa Sin is suffered to take its course, so mily and connexions seemed pecu. far as to destroy life, and yet the liariy desirable,- being the mother destruction of lite proves the salva- of three children, all too young to tion of the soul !
be sensible of their loss in her reLastly, We here perceive the so- moval; but He, whose ways are un. vereign and discriminating grace of searchable to mortals, had otherGod. i never made any enquiry who wise determincil. Her constitution were his wicked companions; but it was naturally very delicate, and alis likely, though they were guilty of ways bore evident signs of a tenthe same things, yet, instead of be- dency, to consumption. ing snitten witn remorse, and 1806, while attending a meeting of brought to sue for mercy through a ministers at Leicester, she caught a Mediator, they are now hardened cold, which was followed with a in sin. He has been awfully chas- violent cough, and other alarming tened of the Lord, but they may be symptoms of a speedy decline. All condemned with the world,
possible means were used to check
GAIUS. the disorder, but without effect : Ilis remains were interred in our
the naiady continued to gather burying-ground; and, at his own strength ; and, on the 31st of March request, a hymn was sung on the last, after a lingering confinement orcasion, beginning, « Behold the
of many weeks, issued in her re-
She was path ihal morials (read," &c.
in her 34th year. Doddridge, Hymn 27.
The frame of her mind through.
out her affliction was, almost with. MRS. ELIZABETH NUNELLEY
out interruption, calm and resigned.
Though she had many strong ties to Was born at Great Wigstone, in life, she was not anxious to live. Leicestershire. From her child. Though fully sensible of the solemhood, she had been accustomed to nity of death, and persuaded from hear the gospel; and hefore she had the first that her departure was at reached her 18th year, gave ploas- hand, she was not alarmed. To ing evidence that she had not jieard her, Death was not the king of in vain. In whalever way her inind terrors : that Saviour, whom she was first wrought upon I have not had known and served for 15 years, been able to learn ; but her temper was her support and consolation. and conduct ever after afforded the She knew, as she said, in whom she mnost satisiactory evidence of true had believed. conversion. When about 21, she Frequently, during her confinewas admitted a lember of the Ini- ment, she conversed on the subject dependent church al Wigsione, un- of her approaching change, with a
the pastoral cars of the Rev. H. degree of composure and cheerful