« السابقةمتابعة »
ployed to aid the attorney-gen- should we not rather say, such is eral against Mr: Tennent, ihe ad- the support which God somevocates on his side so traced eve- times affords to his people in the ry movement of the defendant time of their necessity, and such on the Saturday, Sunday, and the manner in which he leaves Monday in question, and satisfi- them to feel their own weakness ed the jury so perfectly on the when that necessicy is past, that subject, that they did not hesitate all the praise may be given where honourabiy to acquit Mr. Ten- alone it is due ? nent, by their unanimous verdict The writer sincerely rejoices, of not guiliy, to the great confu- that though a number of the exsion and mortification of his nu• traordinary incidents in the life merous opposers. Mr. Tennent of Mr. Tennent cannot be vouchassured the writer of this, that ed by public testimony and auduring the whole of this busi thentic documents, yet the sinness, his spirits never failed him, guler manner in which a graand that be contemplated the cious God did appear for this his possibility of his suffering so in- faithful servant in the time of famous a punishment, as stand that distress, which has just ing in the pillory, without dis, been noticed, is a matter of pub, may, and had made preparation, lic notoriety, and capable of beand was fully determined, to de- ing verified by the most unquesliver a sermon to the people in tionable testimony and records. that situation, if he should be This special instance of the placed in it.
interference of the righteous He went from Trenton to Judge of all the earth cught to Philadelphia with his brother, yield consolation to pious people and on his return, as he was ris in seasons of great difficulty and ing the hill at the entrance of distress, where there is none Trenton, without reflecting on that seems able to deliver them. what had happened, he accident Yet it ought to afford no enally cast his eyes on the pillory, couragement to the enthusiast, which suddenly so filled him who refuses to use the means of with horror, as completely to preservation and deliverance, uoman him, and it was with which God puts in his power. great difficulty that he kept him True confidence in God is alself from falling from his horse. ways accompanied with the use He reached the tavern door in of all lawful means, and with the considerable danger, was obliged rejection of all that are unlawful. to be assisted to dismount, and it It consists in an unshaken belief, was some time before he could that while right means are used, so get the better of his fears and God will give that issue, which confusion, as to proceed on his shall be most for his glory and journey. Such is the constitu- his people's good. The extration of the human mind! It will ordinary occurrence here often resist, with unshaken firm- corded may also serve as a solness, the severest external pres emn warning to the enemies of sure and violence; and some God's people, and to the advctimes it yields without reason, cates of infidelity, not to strive when it has nothing to fear. Or, by wicked and deep laid machi
dations to oppose the success of not take a cut with them, not the gospel, nor to attempt to in- knowing that they were clergy. jure the persons and characters men. Mr. Tennent very pleasof those faithful servants of the antly answered, “ With all my Most High, whom sooner or la- heart, gentlemen, if you can conter he will vindicate to the un- vince us, that thereby we can speakable confusion of all, who serve our Master's cause, or have persecuted and traduced contribute any thing towards the them.
success of our mission.” This Mr. Tennent was a man of drew some smart reply from the the most scrupulous integrity, gentleman, when Mr. T. with and though of a very grave and solemnity added, “ We are minsolemn deportment, he had a re. isters of the gospel of Jesus markably cheerful disposition, Christ. We profess ourselves and generally communicated his his servants; we are sent on his instructions with so much ease business, which is to persuade and pleasantry, as greatly to mankind to repent of their sins, gain the confidence and affection to turn from them, and to accept of all with whom he conversed, of that happiness and salvation, especially of children and young which is offered in the gospel.” people. In all his intercourse This very unexpected reply, dewith strangers and men of the livered in a very tender, though world, he so managed his con- solemn manner, and with great versation, that, while he seldom apparent sincerity, so engaged neglected a proper opportunity the gentlemen's attention, that to impress the mind with serious the cards were laid aside, and an things, he always made them opportunity was afforded, and covet his company, rather than cheerfully embraced, for exavoid it; well knowing that plaining in a sociable conversathere is a time for all things, tion, during the rest of the ever and that even instruction and ing, some of the leading and reproof, to be useful, must be most important doctrines of prudently and seasonably given. the gospel, to the satisfaction
An instance of this disposi- and apparent edification of the tion occurred in Virginia. The hearers. late Rev. Mr. Samuel Blair and Resignation to the will of God Mr. Tennent were sent by the in all his dispensations, however synod on a mission into that dark and afflictive, was among province. They stopped one the excellent graces that adorned evening at a tavern for the night, the character of this man of God. where they found a number of He had been tried in the course guests, with whom they supped of God's providence in various in a common room. After the ways ; but domestic afflictions, table was cleared, our missiona as yet, had not been laid upon ries withdrew from it. Cards him. The time, however, was were then called for, and the now come, when his character landlord brought in a pack and was to be brightened by a severe laid them on the table. One of test of his resignation and obethe gentlemen very politely ask- dience, a test attended with maed the missionaries if they would ny peculiarly distressing circum.
stances. His youngest son, who upon him. He seldom left the was one of the handsomest of side of his bed. For many days men, had just come into public the fever raged with unabated tu. life ; liad commenced the prac- ry; but the immediate distresses tice of physic; was married, and which it occasioned, were lost or had one child. To the great forgotten in the severer pains of distress of the parents, he dis. an awakened conscience. Such covered, though possessed of was the height to which his anthe sweetest temper, and most guish at last arose, that the bed agreeable manners, no regard to on which he lay was shaken by the things that belonged to his the violent and united convulsions eternal peace. Wholly negligent of mind and body. The parents of religion, he indulged without were touched to the quick; and restraint in the gaiety and follies their unqualified submission to of the world. The pious father God, as a sovereign God, was put was incessant at the throne of to the most rigorous proof. But grace in behalf of his dissipated in due time they came out of the son ; and was continually enter- furnace, as gold tried in the fire. taining hopes that God would, God, in his infinite and condeby the influences of his Spirit, ar- scending grace and mercy, was rest him in his career, and bring at last pleased, in some measure, him into the church of Christ, to hear the many prayers put up before his own summons should by the parents, and many pious arrive ; that he might die in friends, for the relief of the poor peace, under the consoling hope sufferer. His views of the lost of meeting this dear child in a
state of man by nature ; of the better world. God, however, had only means of salvation, through determined otherwise ; and the the death and sufferings of the 601, while engaged in inoculating Saviour; of the necessity of the a number of persons, in a house inward regenerating grace of the he had obtained for the purpose, Holy Spirit, became clear and Dear his father's neighbourhood, consistent, and the importance of was seized in an unus
a practical acquaintance with lent manner, with a raging fever these things was deeply and raWith the disorder, he was tionally impressed on his mind. brought to a sudden and alarming He now saw that salvation, which view of his lost condition by na he had deemed almost or altoture, and the grievous transgres- gether hopeless to him, was possions of his past life. His sins sible. His mind became calm, were all set in dread array against and he attended to religious inhim. A horrible darkness, and struction and advice. In a short an awful dread of the eternal dis. time he began to give as much pleasure of Jehovah, fell on him, evidence of a change of heart as a so as to make him the dreadful death-bed repentance (rarely to example of a convinced siuner, be greatly relied on) can easily trembling under the confounding afford. He sent for his companpresence of an angry God. The ions in iniquity, and, notwithaffectionate and pious father was standing his disorder, exerted constantly in prayer and supplica- himself to the utmost to address tion, that God would have mercy them, which he did in the most Vol. II. No. 2.
solemn), awful, and impressive life, had possessed a large share manner, as a person, who, by the in the actions of both father infinite mercy of a prayer-learing and mother, and was more dear God, had been delivered from a to their hearts than ever, since hell gaping to receive him. He the death of his brother. It so besought them, by all the terrors happened, tliat the father was callof everlasting destruction ; Ly all ed 10 New York to heal some difthe love they ought to bear to ferences between th¢ members of their own iinmortal souls ; by the church there. The next the love of a crucified Jesus, who morning after his arrival, he went pourell out his soul unto death, into a bookstore, when one of the that they night live forever ; ministers of the episcopal church by his own awful sufferings and came in, and on being introduced terrible example ; that they to him, after the common salutawould repent and turn to God. tions, told him that he condoled This happy change was a reviv- with him on the death of his elding cordial to the distressed and
in the West Indies, suffering father. His soul was The old gentleman was at first overjoyed, and his mouth was full struck dumb. With difficulty he of the praises of redeeming love. soon inquired how the news His mind and spirits were hereby came; and being informed that prepared with true resigpation, it was by a circuitous route, he to surrender the son of his ad- suddenly turned, and said, “ The vanced age to the God who gave will of the Lord be done.” The him. After a few days more of clergy man observed, that it was severe suffering in body, but re- happy for him to be able so corjoicing in mind, the son was re- dially to submit to it. Mr. Tenmoved from time to eternity. neni replied, “ The Lord is my There being no minister in the God, his will be done.” On beneighbourhood, the father under- ing asked by the bookseller, who took to preach a funeral sermon.
was his particular friend, to retire All the son's old companions that into the house, and endeavour to could be sent to, were specially settle his mind, he answered, “ I invited, and the old gentleman am come on the Lord's business ; preached in such a manner, with my duty requires that I should a particular address to the young finish it ; when that is done I men, as to astonish every hear- shall have time enough to mourn er : and while the seriously in- for my son.” He immediately clined wondered and adored, the set ofl' to attend his appointinent, careless were confounded and finished the business to his satisgreatly alarmed.
faction, and next day returned Scarcely had Mr. Tendent got home, where he found that a letover this heavy ailliction, and re ter had been received by a neighturned to an active and useful bour, containing the same inforcourse of life for a few years, mation which he had before rewhen God again called bim to ceived. Thus, on the most tryanother severe and arduous strus- ing occasion, he showed the same gle of the same nature. His eld- submission to the allotinent of Diest son, John, promised fair to vine Providence that was discov. make a distinguished figure in erable in all his former conduct.
The following extract from a let-. were it in our power, obstruct his ter, written at this time to the taking full possession of his own writer of this narrative, will show property ? God forbid ! This, the temper of his mind in his Sir, through God's goodness, is own language. “ Freehold, not only what I say, but it is the March, 1776. My dear Sir, Per- temper of my soul,' for which haps before this comes to hand, God only deserves the honour. you will be informed, that He It is now above fifty years since who gave me the honourable ep- my soul resigned itself to God in ithet of a father, has, in his wise Jesus Christ. I had then neither and unerring providence, written son nor daughter; I was comme childless.* My son is dead. pletely satisfied with him, and, This account I had yesterday blessed be his name, I am so from a letter written to a friend; now. Have I then reason to cry the account is so straight (though out as if ruined ? O! no: on the not circumstantial) that I cannot contrary, I have the utmost readoubt its truth. The tender mo son for thanksgiving, that he has ther has not heard it, nor do I in- not, in righteous judgment, detend she shall, until authenticat: prived me of himself, in whom ed. This I mention as a caution all fulness dwells. My wife and to you, in case you should write myself are now hastening to me before the matter is publish- childhood! if spared a few years, ed. Let the dear heart have all we shall need one to lead us ; possible ease, before the load, and we shall look to you under which it is likely will try her life, God. All the benefit you can falls upon her. I know her at- expect from so doing, will con, tachment to that child ; his con
sist in the satisfaction of your duct has been such as greatly en own mind, that you have helped deared him to us. Our pains two old people through the last and expense in his education steps of their pilgrimage.” Thus have been great, but infinitely did this pious man turn every short of what God has done for event of life, however afflictive, hin. He has, therefore, the best to the praise and glory of God, right to him. 'Should we then, and he seldom omitted an oppor
tunity of inculcating the same • He seems, in the depth of his dis- disposition on all his acquainttress, to have forgotten, that he yet kad one son left, although he was 800 hiles distant from him.
(To be continued.)
A DISSERTATION ON John's cerning the beast. This cannot SIXTH VIAL.
be the first beast, which came up
No. 2. out of the sea, and to which the Revelation xvi. 12–16. dragon gave his power; for this, • If we have found the dragon, we have seen, is become one our next inquiry will be con with the dragon, and was so