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read this,”— church, who sat in the gallery, “ Well,” said the Doctor, “ read he asked him this question aloud, that passage," pointing to the “ Brother, do you repent of your third commandment. Here the coming to Christ?" "No, Sir," gentleman was so struck, that he replied, “ I never was happy he immediately desisted from till then ; I only repent that I swearing:-“ A word, fitly spok- did not come to him sooner." en, is like apples of gold in pic- The minister then turned totures of silver.” Prov. xxvii. 11. wards the opposite gallery, and and, “ A word spoken in due sea- addressed himself to an aged son, how good is it!” Prov. xv. member in the same manner, 23.
“ Brother, do you repent that you came to Christ ?"
Sir," said he, “ I have known the OF MR. DOOLITTLE.
Lord from my youth up." The Rev. Thomas Doolittle,
He then looked down upon M. A. one of the ministers in the young man, whose attention England, who were ejected from was fully engaged, and, fixing their charges in consequence of his eyes upon him, said, “ Young the act of uniformity passed in man, are you willing to come to the reign of King Charles II. Christ ?" This unexpected adwas minister of St. Alphage, dress from the pulpit, exciting London-wall. After he was the observation of all the peoobliged for conscience' sake, tople, so affected him, that he sat resign that charge, he continued down and hid his face. The to exercise his ministry in a person, who sat next him enmeeting house, first at Bun- couraged him to rise, and answer hill-fields, and afterwards in the question. The minister reMonkwell-street, where he la- peated it, “ Young man, are you boured with much acceptance willing to come to Christ?" and success to the time of his With a tremulous voice, he redeath, which happened on the plied, “ Yes, Sir.” “ But when, Ist of June, 1707. He was a se- Sir,” added the minister, in a solrious, animated, and useful emn and loud tone. He mildly preacher; and much respected answered, “ Now, Sir.” “ Then by all who knew him. The fol- stay,” said he, “and hear the lowing very remarkable anecdote word of God, which you will find is told concerning him.
in 2 Cor. vi. 2." “ Behold, noty One Sunday, after he had fin- is the accepted time ; behold, ished the first prayer, on look- now is the day of salvation." ing round the congregation, he By this sermon God touched observed a young gentleman just his heart. He came into the shut into one of the pews, who vestry after service, dissolved in discovered much uneasiness in tears. That unwillingness to that situation, and seemed to stay, which he had discovered, wish to go out again. Mr. Doo- was occasioned by the strict inlittle, feeling a peculiar desire to junction of his father, who detain him, hit upon the follow- threatened, that if ever he went ing expedient. Turning to- to hear the fanatics, as he called wards one of the members of his the non-conformist ministers, he would turn him out of doors. op my going to see what had Having now heard them, and un- happened. “Yes," said I careable to conceal the feelings of lessly on coming to the spot, "I his mind, he was afraid to meet see it is so :" “ But what is his father. The minister sat there in this worth notice ; is it down, and wrote an affectionate not mere chance ?" and I went letter to him, which had so good away.
He followed me, and an effect, that both father and taking hold of my coat, said with mother came to hear for them- some earnestness, “ It could not selves. The Lord graciously be mere chance, for that somemet with them both ; and father, body must have contrived maland mother, and son, were to. ters so as to produce it." gether received with universal “So you think,” said I," that joy into the church. Relig. Mon. what appears so regular as the
letters of your name, cannot be by chance ?” “ Yes,” said he,
with firmness, “I think so." OF DR. BEATTIE AND HIS SON. “ Look at yourself," I replied,
It is much to be desired (ob- “ consider your hands and finserves one) that in lessons to gers, your legs and feet, and children, matters of fact, and ex- other limbs ; are they not reguamples taken from visible ob- lar in their appearance and usejects, should be made use of. ful to you ?” He said they were. This wise method of instruction “Came you then hither,” said I, was, perhaps, never more forci. “by chance ?” “ No," he ana bly and more usefully employed, swered, “ that cannot be, somethan in the following instance thing must have made me.” of Dr. Beattie's son. The Doc- “ And who is that something?" tor, speaking of his son, thus ob- I asked. He said, “I don't serves : He had reached his fifth know.” I had now gained the or sixth year, knew the alphabet, point I aimed at, and saw that and could read a little ; but had his reason taught him (though received no particular informa- he could not express it) that tion with respect to the author what begins to be must have a of his being. In a corner of a cause ; and that what is formed little garden, without informing with regularity, must have an any person of the circumstance, intelligent cause. I therefore I wrote in the mould with my told him the name of the great finger, the three initial letters of Being, who made him and all his name, and sowing garden the world, concerning whose cresses in the furrows, cov- adorable nature, I gave him such ered up the seed, and smooth- information as I thought he ed the ground. Ten days after could in some measure comprehe came running to me, and with hend. The lesson affected him astonisbment in his countenance, greatly, and he never forgot eitold me that his name was grow. ther it, or the circumstance that ing in the garden. I laughed at introduced it. the report and seemed inclined Anecdotes of Children and to disregard it; but he insisted Young Persone. Vol. II. No.8.
Review of Dew Publications.
Messiah's Throne, d Sermon which it is composed, and for the
preached before the London abundant evidence in favour of Missionary Society, at their Christ's divinity, which it so eighth annual meeting, in Toie briefly, and with such an imprese tenham-court Chapel, on the eve- sive novelty, exhibits. ning of Thursday, May 13, “I cannot find, in the lively oracles, 1802. By Joux M. Masox,
a single distinctive mark of deity A.M, Pastor of the Associate or limitation, to the only begotten Son.
which is not applied, without reserve Rrformed Church in the city of All things whatsoever the Father New-York. London. Biggs bath, are his. Who is that mysteriand Cottle. 1802.
ous WORD, that was in the begin
ning, with God? Who is the Alpha This discourse is founded on and Omega, the beginning and the the sublime address of the etere ending, the first and the last, the Al.
mighty ? Who is he that knows nal Father to the Lord Jesus what is in man, becanse he searches Christ; . Heb. i. 8, But unto the the deep and dark recesses of the Son, he saith, Thy throne, O God, heart? Who is the Omnipresent, that is forever and ever.
In the in- has promised, Whererer two or three troduction the author makes this there am I in the midst of them!
are gathered together in my name, observation ; that the apostle is the light of whose countenance is, at “Under no apprehension of betraying the same moment, the joy of heaven, the unwary into idolatrous homage, and the salvation of earth? who is by giving to the Lord Jesus greater incircled by the Seraphim on high, glory than is due unto his name ;” and walks in the midst of the golden An observation, which we may candlesticks? who is in this assem. with evident propriety make, re
bly; in all the assemblies of his peospecting many inspired writers.
ple? in every worshipping family! The general plan of discourse holy heart ? Whose hands have stretch
in every closet of prayer in every is, to consider Christ's personal ed out the heavens and laid the glory, which shines forth in the foundations of the earth? Who hatha name, "O God,” by which he , replenished them with inhabitants
, is here revealed; and his sove
and garnished them with beauty, ereign rule ; " thy throne is for- both," visible and invisible, whether
having created all things that are in ever and ever."
they be thrones, or dominions, or After noticing an attempt of principalities or powers ! By whom those, who controvert the essen
do all things consist ? Who is the tial Deity of Christ, to pervert governor among the nations, having
on his vesture and on his thigh a the phraseology and change the
name written, King of kings and Lord sublime meaning of the text, the 'of lords. Whom is it the Father's preacher, bold in the truth, says ;
will that all men should honour, even « The crown which tourishes on as they honour himself? Whom has Messiah's head is not to be torn away,
he commanded his angels to worship? nor the anchor of our hope to be
Whom to obey? Before whom do the wrested from us by the rude hand of devils tremble? Who is qualified to licentious criticism."
redeem millions of sinners from the The following passage de wrath to come, and preserve them, serves to be quoted entire, both
by his grace, to his everlasting king
dom? Who raiseth the dead, baving for the animated eloquence with life in himself, to quicken whom he
will, so that at his voice all who are him, as God manifest in the in their graves shall come forth--and flesh, and as the Mediator of the death and hell surrender their numer. ous and forgotten captives? Who shall
new covenant. weigh, in the balance of judgment,
Under the second general the destinies of angels and men ? head the author with true Chrisdispose of the thrones of paradise ? tian oratory, insists upon the and bestow eternal life? Shall I submit to the decision of reason ? Shall stability of Messiah's kingdom, I ask a response from heaven? Shall I arising from his omnipotence, and summon the devils from their chains from the Father's covenant ; and of darkness? The response from hea. upon his administration, bearing, ven sounds in my ears; reason ap- in the highest degree, the charac. proves, and the devils confess-This, . Christians, is none other than the
ters of mystery, wisdom, and GREAT GOD OUR SAVIOUR!
righteousne88. “ Indeed, my brethren, the doctrine In his enumeration of the of our Lord's divinity is not, as a means, which Messiah employs fact, more interesting to our faith,
in the administration of his king than, as a principle, it is essential to our hope. 'If he were not the true dom, the author mentions the God, he could not be eternal life. gospel, the agency of ihe Holy When pressed down by guilt and lan. Ghost, and the resources of the guishing for happiness, I look around physical and moral world. In for a deliverer, such as my conscience and my heart and the word of God 25
treating the last particular, he sure me I need, insult not my agony,
shows how extensive his views by directing me to a creature to a are of the sovereigp dominion of man, a mere man like myself! A crea- Christ. ture! a man! My Redeemer owns
“Supreme in heaven and in earth, my person. My immortal spirit is his upholding all things by the word of property. When I come to die, his power, the universe is his maga'must commit it into his hands. My zine of means. Nothing which acts soul! My infinitely precious soul or exists, is exempted from promoting committed to a mere man! become in its own place, the purposes of his the property of a mere man! I would kingdom. Beings rational and irra. not, thus, entrust my body, to the tional animate and inanimate; the highest angel who burns in the tem. heavens above, and the earth below; ple above. It is only the Father of the obedience of sanctified, and the spirits that can have property in spir- disobedience of unșanctified, men ; its, and be their refuge in the bour
all holy spirits; all damned spirits : of transition from the present to the
in one word, every agency, every ele. approaching world. In short, my
ment, every atom, are but the minis. brethren, the divinity of Jesus, is, in ters of his will, and concur in the the system of grace, the sun to which execution of his designs. And this all its parts are subordinate, and all he will demonstrate to the confusion their stations refer,, which binds of his enemies, and the joy of his peothem in sacred concord; and imparts ple, in that great and terrible day to them their radiance, and life, and
when he shall sit upon the throne of vigour. Take from it this central luminary, and the glory is departed. bis glory and dispense ultimate judg. Its holy harmonies are broken.. The
ment to the quick and the dead." elements rush to chaos. The light
From this exalted station, to of salvation is extinguished for
wbich the preacher has happily ever."
raised us, we are invited to surBut the author well observes, vey the prospects of God's church; - that it is not the Deity of the 1. prospect of preservation ; 2. of Son, simply considered, to which increase ; 3. of triumph. On the text confines our attention ; each of these topics the author that it leads us to contemplate expatiates like one who is filled
with the language and spirit of revolution. Interspersed with inspiration.
biographical, political, and more His address to his auditors al observations. In three vols. with reference to the object of By Mrs. Mercy Warren. 8vo. Missionary Societies must not be Boston. E. & J. Larkin. 1806. wholly omitted. “All scriptural efforts to evangelize the hea: In an "address" prefixed to then,” he says, “ contribute their the work, the historian informs share" to the triumph of the “the inhabitants of the United gospel,
States of America" what were “But let us pause;" he subjoins, her inducements to engage in you exult, perhaps, in the view this undertaking, and the advant of that happiness which is reserved for the human race ; you long for its lages she possessed for that pur, arrival, and are eager, in your place, pose. She was apprehensive. to help on the gracious work. It is that “when every manly arm well." But are there no heathen in was occupied, and every trait of this assembly? Are there none, who, talent or activity was engaged in the midst of their zeal for foreign missions, forget their own souls ; nor either in the cabinet or the field, consider that they themselves neglect many circumstances migbt es: the great salvation ? Remember, my cape the more busy and active þrethren, that a man may be active members of society;" and therein measures which shall subserve the conversion of others, and yet perish in fore she determined to employ his own iniquity. That very gospel, her leisure hours in recording which you desire to send to the Hea- events as they occurred. “Con: then, must be the gospel of your salva- nected by nature, friendship, and tion ; it must turn you from darkness to light, from the power of satan un
every social tie, with many of the to God; it must make you meet for first patriots, and most influen: the inheritance of the saints, or it tial characters on the continent ; shall fearfully aggravate your con- and in the habits of confidential demnation at last. You pray, thy and epistolary intercourse with kingdom come. But is the kingdom But is the kingdom several gentlemen
employed of God within you? Is the Lord Je. sus in you, the hope of glory?
Be not abroad in the most distinguished deceived. The name of Christian stations, and with others since will not save you. Better had it been elevated to the highest grades of for you not to have known the way of rank and distinction,” she * had righteousness-better to have been the most idolatrouş Paganbetter,
the best means of informa. infinitely better, not to have been born,
tion,” than to die strangers to the pardon of It is very evident that the his, the Redeemer's blood, and the sang. tory before us is the product of tifying virtue of his Spirit.” It is with reluctance that we the assertion that all political at
“a mind that had not yielded to forbear to transcribe still larger tentions lay (lie] out of the road portions of this sermon. It is of female life :" every page afso admirable throughout, that fords a proof of this; yet,“ doubt we hardly know which part to less it is the more peculiar prova prefer, or what property most ince of masculine strength, in highly to commend.
the nervous style of manly elo
quence to describe the blood. History of the rise, pirogress and stained field, and relate the story
termination of the American of slaughtered armies."