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with: Several snows had fallen, them our distress, one of them but soon melted away. Another asked me, if it were not better snow fell, when we were in such to be servants, than to die on distress for fire. This scene the island. I said, yes. They was of all the most hopeless; then asked me several questions, nothing to cover us, but the hea- which I answered as well as I vens, and nothing to eat, but could. They appeared pitiful, frozen muscles! In about one told us that they had come from day after our fire went out, my Newharbour with two vessels mother died ; and there she lay, for plunder, and offered to take a lifeless corpse, by our side. us on board. We gladly comWe were not able to bury her, plied with their invitation, and or do any thing with her. My were hurried to the vessel. As sister began to fail very fast, and I was rising from the frozen her spirits were very low. I ground by the assistance of one laid me down beside a tree to of the men, I put out my hand rest my head against it; but to take a small bundle, which I soon thought I must not lie had preserved through all our there. I rose, and went down difficulties, and which contained to the beach, got some frozen some clothes and books, espemuscles and carried them to my cially my Bible. Seeing me atsister, who ate them. We then tempt to take it, the men promboth sat down beside a tree. ised to take care of it for me. Now my courage began to fail. Trusting to their honour, I left 1
saw nothing to expect but it with them, but never saw it death ; yet did not wholly give more. I also desired to see my up my hope. There we were, mother buried, before I left the two distressed sisters, surround- island. They engaged to see it ed by dead bodies, without food done ; but I have reason to fear, or fire, and almost without they never performed their enclothing. I had no' shoes to gagement. After we were on my feet, which
were much board, they treated us very swollen by reason of the cold. kindly. The captain gave each The ground was covered with of us a spoonful of spirits and snow, and the season was fast half a biscuit. This was the advancing, it being nearly the first piece of bread we had tastmiddle of December; so that ed for two months. When colwe had every reason to expect lecting the plunder, the people that we should soon share the told us we should have whatever fate of our companions. But at we claimed as belonging to us that time God mercifully ap- in the ship. This was more peared for our relief, and thus than we expected. After plunshowed himself to be the helper dering the ship and stripping of the helpless. To our great the dead, they sailed. Then I surprise, we saw three men saw the last of my miserable on the island, who, when they abode. In five days we arrived approached us, appeared to be at Newharbour. Our new friends Do less surprised to find us live then appeared disposed to take ing. I took courage and spoke advantage of us, and to sell us as to them. Having related to servants to satisfy themselves Vol. II. No. 5.
for their trouble in saving our work, which was going on in the lives. This was a trial almost place. At that time there was“ insupportable. But to our great manifest a general attention to comfort, a man came on board, religion. Having no minister, who was from the same place in the people met together every Ireland, from which we had Sabbath, and frequently on other come. He was kind and pitiful, days, for the purpose of worand endeavoured to comfort us. shipping God in a publio manGod then appeared for us, and ner, by prayer, singing psalms, raised up a friend, who came and reading instructive books. and took us to his house, and in this way their meetings were there tenderly entertained us, made both agreeable and useful.. bidding us be of good cheer, for Some time in the summer ny he would not suffer such ruf- father came to visit us. He infians to take advantage of us. tended to take us with him to This grotleman gave us every Pennsylvania. But before his consolation in his power, and arrival, I had an offer of marconversed with us in a very riage, which my situation seemChristian manner, which was af- ed to urge me to accept. Nor fecting and comforting: He had I ever any reason to repent proved very punctual in fulfill- of my choice. November, 1742, ing his promises. We tarried I was married. My father tarwith him, until we had so far re- ried with us through the winter. covered, as to be able to work The next summer he took my for our living. This gentleman sister and returned to Pennsylwrote to my father in Pennsyl- vania, where he spent the revania, informing him of our sit-' mainder of a very long life, as I uation, and did all he could to trust, in the service of God. forward the letter as soon I lived very agreeably with possible. This was about the my husband thirty years. We last of December, 1741. In the had eight children, two sons and mean time he provided good six daughters. All these, ex. places for us. My sister was cepting one daughter, God has sent to live with a friend of his seen fit to take from me by at a place since called Boothbay, death. But he has graciously and was very happily situated. supported me under the rod of Soon after she went there, a affliction, and enabled me to sing happy revival of religion took both of mercies and of judgplace among the people. I trust ments. that she was made a subject of In the year 1741, when many the work. I tarried at Newhare professed to meet with a divine bour through the winter. The change, my husband was hopenext spring I came to this place, fully brought to embrace the (Georgetown) and was employ- gospel, and gave evidence, both ed in a family, where I enjoyed living and dying, that he was a the privileges of religion, as follower of Christ. My three well as very kind treatment. eldest daughters experienced, as Both the man and his wife were I hope, God's saving grace unprofessors of religion, and were der the ministry of the Rev. greatly animated by the good Ezekiel Emerson, who is still
continued as an ambassador of children in gospel ordinances Christ among us. The other As to earthly connexions, I seem children God was pleased to to be left alone. But I would look upon in mercy, I trust, in not say, that I am alone, for the their last sickness, and to afford almighty Father, I trust, is with me comfortable hope respecting me, and has been my helper. them. Oh that I could praise And I feel a comfortable hope, the Lord for his goodness, and that he will never forsake me. bless him for his wonderful Blessed be his holy name, for works. But I fail in the atenabling such a vile creature, as tempt. Make up, blessed Jesus, I am, to trust in him. In him my deficiency, and glorify thy. I hope for happiness, through self; and let saints and angels the glorious Mediator, whose ascribe to the sacred Three all blood is sufficient to take away honour and glory forever. all my sins, so that I may be
These dispensations of Provi- presented spotless before a hodence I have thought worthy of ly God. My unworthiness is no thankful remembrance. When bar to my salvation, since Christ I review God's dealings with me Jesus my Lord is infinitely worin the various scenes of life, I thy. My anchor of hope has am filled with wonder and amaze- been, for many years, cast withment. Great has been his in the veil. My faith rests on goodness, and great my unwor- the Rock of Ages, against which thiness. I view him as my cov- the gates of hell can never preenant God, who foresaw these vail. Though winds and waves trials, and was graciously pleas- have often beat heavily upon me, ed to prepare me for them, by my anchor never has been, and, taking me into covenant with I trust, never will be moved. himself. He has upheld and Notwithstanding the various trisupported me under all my tri- als of my life, I have never been als; so that I have abundant rea- left to renounce my hope, or to son to say, he has ever been a murmur against God, but would present help in time of need. I justify him in all he has laid uphave reason, as it seems, more on me, considering his mercies than any one on earth, to acknowl- to be much beyond all my afflicodge God's goodness, which has tions. For his mercies have been so abundantly manifested been new every morning ; great towards me,
even from my has been his faithfulness every Fouth.
night. And now unto him, who I am now seventy-six years has wrought all my deliverances, ald. Through the goodness both spiritual and temporal, be af God I enjoy a comforta- ascribed the whole praise of my ble state of health, and am able salvation. Amen. generally to attend the worship of God, and to unite with his Georgetown, June 6, 1798.
LETTER TO A FRIEND, heaven, when such judgments Showing that David's imprecations
were executed. But by the fu, against his enemies were consistent ture rendering of the verb, eve. with pious benevolence.
ry objection is precluded at
once.” Dear Friend,
Scott, in his excellent com: Your inquiry is important mentary, shows himself to be of and difficult. The following ob- the same opinion. “ These servations are offered in free- parts, (the imprecations) must dom. If they contribute any be considered, either as direct thing toward a satisfactory an- prophecies, or as divinely inspir, swer, I shall be more than re, ed declarations of the certain quited for my attention.
doom awaiting all the opposers In the first place I shall cite a of Christ.” He gives it as his passage from Horne's preface to opinion, that " where the literal the Psalms, in which he attempts rendering contains simply a preto solve the difficulty you have diction, and changing the future presented. “ The offence taken for the imperative or optative at the supposed uncharitable and implies an imprecation or a wish, vindictive spirit of the impreca- the literal version is certainly țions, which occur in some of preferable. Yet,” he says, “it the Psalms, ceases immediately, cannot be denied, that the form if we change the imperative for of imprecation is often used, as the future, and read, not " Let implying that the impenitent enTHEM be confounded,” &c. but, emies of God and his Christ will "THEY SHALL BE confounded,” perish, with the approbation of &c. of which the Hebrew is all holy creatures, and that the equally capable. Such passages very prayers of believers for will then have no more difficul- themselves and the church, will ty in them, than the other fre- be answered in the destruction quent predictions of divine ven- of their enemies.” geance in the writings of the But whichsoever of the interprophets, or denunciations of it pretations is adopted, we may in the gospel, intended to warn, argue from David's general conand to alarm sinners, and lead duct and acknowledged characthem to repentance, that they ter, that his imprecations were may fly from the wrath to come. uttered with benevolent feelings. If the imprecatory form be still View his treatment of Saul, his contended for, all that can be persevering and mortal enemy, meant by it, whether uttered by when God delivered him into the prophet, by the Messiah, or his hands, and he was solicited by ourselves, must be a ratifica- to put him to death. Had Da, tion of the just judgments of the vid been actuated by revenge, Almighty against his impenitent how quickly would he have deene nies, like what we find as- stroyed him. But he nobly recribed to the blessed spirits in fused, and treated his implacable
enemy with respect and tender- vid, not merely as a private perDess.
son, but as a servant of God, and How benevolent was his con: a very distinguished character in duct toward his enemies in the church. His cause was the their afflictions.“ As for me," cause of God and his people. he says, " when they were sick, Hence he prayed; “Stir up thy. my clothing was sackcloth ; I self and awake to my judgment, humbled my soul with fasting, even unto my cause, my God, and my prayer returned into and my Lord. Let them shout mine own bosom. I behaved for joy and be glad, that favour myself, as though he had been my righteous cause.” Opposed my friend or brother, I bowed to all holy beings, the enemies down heavily, as one that mourn of David deserved destruction. eth for his mother." This is He cordially acquiesced in it, as an excellent comment on the just. He felt benevolently todivine command ; Love your en. wards them, and had a deep sense emies, bless them that curse you, of their awful doom. But he as do good to them that hate you, deeply felt that they deserved and pray for them, who despite. endless punishment. Accordfully use you and persecute you. ingly he said ; let them be destroy
Such being David's habitual ed. I have fervently prayed, character, can it be supposed, that they might repent. But as that his imprecations were dic. they remain incorrigible, I acqui. tated by malevolent feelings? esce in their ruin ; for it is per. Can a person of such benevolent fectly just. In this view, my conduct express any other than friend, ought not we to feel, as benevolent desires in his prayers? David did? Do not the wicked It is common to abound more in deserve endless destruction ? friendly wishes, than in kind and Shall our hearts rise in opposigenerous deeds. It is many tion to the Judge of all the earth, times easier to pray for others, and object to their doom? Or than to do them good. But to shall we submissively say, let suppose that David's impreca- justice take place. tions were expressive of malev- Contemplate the perfect beolence, would make his prayers nevolence of the Redeemer. less friendly than his conduct. How tenderly did he weep over Indeed the supposition is con- Jerusalem ! How graciously did trary to the whole tenor of he pray for his murderous foes ! Scripture respecting his charac- Father, forgive them, for they ter. He is uniformly represent- know not what they do. He even ed, as a man of distinguished pi- laid down his life for the salvaety, a man afler God's own heart. tion of sinners. Yet he denounc
Why is it not reasonable to ed awful woes against the Scribes consider David's imprecations, and Pharisees, and gave them up as the dictate of pure benevo- to final ruin, as incorrigible lence? The enemies of David transgressors. “ Fill ye up the were the enemies of Jehovah. measure of your fathers. Ye They opposed the glory and serpents, ye generation of vipers, government of the Most High. how can ye escape the damnaThey set themselves against Da- tion of hell ?”