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and with great knowledge of it will make somebody and God and love to Christ, and zeal good coffin.” He had no sooner for the salvation of souls, he had uttered these words, than he fell spent twelve of the thirty-six backward, and expired immediyears of his life in preach- ately. It is remarkable that his ing Christ in the synagogues, own coffin was made from that in the most apostolic man- very piece of wood of which he ner, warning the
Jews of bad been speaking. their enmity to God; of their
Serious matters, like death, misery, as rejected by him; of should never be spoken of in a the only hope that remains for light and jocose, much less in a them, by returning to their own profane manner. Messiah ; and by seeking from him righteousness of life, and THE INSOLENCE OF INFIDELITY placing their souls under the SILENCED BY THE TESTIMONY sprinkling of the blood of that OF TRUTH. great sacrifice. God blessed his
A SCOFFING infidel of consids labours in many places! In Ger- erable abilities, being once in the many, Poland, Holland, Lithua- company of a person of weak innia, Hungary, and other parts tellects, but a real Christian, and through which he had travelled, supposing, no doubt, that he more than 600 souls owned their should obtain an easy triumph, conversion to his ministry, ma- and display his ungodly wit, put ny of whom expressed their the following question to him :great concern to bring others of “ I understand, Sir, that you extheir brethren to the knowledge pect to go to heaven when you of that great and blessed Re- die: Can you tell me what sort deemer; and besought him to of a place heaven is?” “ Yes, instruct their children, that they Sir, replied the Christian, Heavmight preach Christ also. en is a prepared place for a pre
Dr. Doddridge adds, that he pared people ; and if your soul heard one of his sermons, as he is not prepared for it, with all repeated it in Latin : that he your boasted wisdom you will could not hear it without many never enter there.”tears ; and that he told him that * For vain applause transgress not sermon converted a Rabbi, who
scripture rules ; was master of a synagogue. • A witty sinner is the worst of fools." Evan. Mag.
In the institution of Saint
Catherine at Petersburgh, under ANECDOTES,
the direction of Madam Bred
hoff, an elderly lady of distinA NOTORIOUS swearer, who guished talents and sweetness of was a sawyer, being employed disposition, the following little in cutting coffin-boards, and find circumstance occurred :-In this ing one of the pieces of timber institution, which is supported out of which they are cut harder by the Empress dowager, a limthan usual, said to his compan- ited number of young ladies are ion, " This is a dod hard piece ; admitted, free of expense, by ballot; but others are received do my business with all the diliupon paying, as it is termed, a gence I could, as a present duty, pension. At the last admission, and to repress every rising idea two little girls, the eldest not ex- of its consequences, knowing ceeding ten years of age, the that there was an Hand which daughters of a naval captain, could easily overthrow every the father of a large family, pre. pursuit of this kind, and baffle sented themselves, and drew, the every attempt either to acquire one a prize, and the other a wealth or fame." blank. Although so young,
Lettsome's Life of Dr. Fothergill. they concluded that fate had, in this manner, resolved upon their
It is said that the late Rev. separation; they felt it, and wept. Johın Brown of Haddington, when Another young lady, to whom passing the Firth of Forth, bethe next chance devolved, drew a tween Leith and Kinghorn, had prize ; and observing the distress for a fellow passenger, one who of the sisters, without holding appeared to be a Highland nobleany communication with their man. Mr. B. observed, with parents, or with any other per much grief, that he frequently son, spontaneously ran up to the took the name of God in vain ; huickless little girl, presented her but suspecting that to reprove with the ticket, and leading her him in the presence of the other up to the directress, said, " See, passengers might lead only to ir, Madam, I have drawn a prize! ritate him, he forbore saying any but my papa can afford to pay thing till he reached the oppothe pension, and, I am sure, will site shore. After landing, Mr. pay it for me ;-pray, let one B. observing the nobleman walkwho is less fortunate enjoy the ing alone, stepped up to him, good that has happened to me." and said, “ Sir, I was sorry to This charming anecdote was im- hear you swearing while on our mediately reported to the Em- passage. You know it is written, press dowager, who expressed
« Thou shalt not take the name the highest delight, and paid out of the Lord thy God in vain.” of her own purse the pension of On this the nobleman, lifting his the little benefactress.
hat and bowing to Mr. B. made Carr's North, Sum. p. 369.
the following reply : “Sir, I return you thanks for the reproof you have now given me, and
shall endeavour to attend to it “I ENDEAVOUR (says the late in future : but," added he, “ had Dr. Fothergill in a letter to one
you said this to me while in the of his friends) to follow my bu- boat, I believe I should have run siness, because it is my duty you through with my sword.” rather than my interest ; the latter is inseparable from a just The power of conscience was discharge of duty ; but I have lately manifested in a remarkable ever looked at the profits in degree, in a man of the name of the last place. At my first set- Cooper, of Hawkesbury-Upton, ting out I wished most fervently, Gloucestershire. He had long and I endeavour after it still, to endured a great horror of minds
A GOOD HINT FOR MEN IN BU
and, about an hour before his had but a short time to live, updeath, declared the cause of it; on his death-bed called for his which was, that, about forty years clerk and steward, and delivered ago, he had assisted another himself to them to this purpose : man, of the name of Horton (who –“ I have seen five princes, and died about two years since) in have been privy counsellor to murdering a Mr. Rice, a survey.. four; I have seen the most reor of the roads, whose body they markable observables in foreign threw into a well, where, soon parts, and have been present at after the fact, it was found ; but most state-transactions for thirty the murderers were not known years together, and I have learntill now.—How many dreadful ed this, after so many years' exsecrets will come out at that perience, That seriousness is the great day, when the all-wise and greatest wisdom, temperance the almighty Judge shall make in- best physic, a good conscience quisition for blood! and how the best estate ; and were I to dreadful will be the operation of live again, I would change the conscience in the world of mise- court for a cloister, my privy ry, in the retrospect of innumer- counsellor's bustles for an herable crimes unpardoned ! Bless- mit's retirement, and the whole ed are they who have an interest life I lived in the palace, for one in the blood divine, which clean- hour's enjoyment of God in the seth from all sin! Evan. Mag.
He concluded with
saying, “ All things else do now Sir John Mason, in the reign forsake me besides my God, my of Edward the Sixth, being near duty, and my prayers.” his dissolution, and sensible he
Review of Dew Publications.
A Sermor, containing reflections day. He observes, that as Amos
on the solar eclipse, which an. a shepherd, who watched peared on June 16, 1806, de his flock by night, he would livered on the Lord's day follow. naturally take notice of the ing. By Joseph LATHROP, different appearances in the heaD.D. pastor of the first church vens ; and that hence we find his in West Springfield. Second prophecy tinctured with astroedition. Springfield, Mass. nomical allusions. He remarks Henry Brewer. pp. 20. also, that according to Archbish
op Usher, there were two eclipses The aged and respected au- of the sun in the time of Amos, thor of this discourse has chosen which happened at solemn festifor his text, Amos viii. 9. It vals, and struck the people with shall come to pass in that day, great consternation ; and he saith the Lord, that I will cause considers the text as prefiguring, the sun to go down at noon, and I by allusion to an event of this will derken the earth in the clear gloomy kind, the calamities, No. 5. Vol. II.
which hung over the house of ders it subservient to our happiness? Israel. After these introducto.
These rational sentiments are pleas
ant and delightful in themselves: ty observations, he makes a ferv
and far more conducive to piety and moral and religious reflections. virtue, than the terrors of that super1. That we have reason to rejoice stitious ignorance, which views every in the progrese, which has been comet Aaming in the sky, every ob. made in the sciences, and particile
scuration of the sun at noon-day, era
ery failure of the full orbed moon at larly in astronomy. 2. That an
night, every unusual noise bursting eclipse of the sun may properly from the clouds, every strange aplead us to contemplate the gloomy pearance in the heavens, and in the changes, which await us in this earth, as awfully portentous of some
dire, but unknown, calamity.” guilty and mortal state. 3. That the darkening of the earth in a
The following passages, under
the fifth reflection, indicate corclear day brings to mind the final
rect views of divine truth, and judgment. 4. That total dark
will be welcome to the Chrisat noon-day reminds us of
tian. the solemn scene of the Saviour's
" How sad and gloomy is the con: crucifixion. 5. That the cheer- dition of a guilty mortal, who, conful light, which followus an eclipse, vinced of his numerous transgresis a natural emblem of that moral sions, feels himself condemned to change, in which a soul is brought eternal death. The divine law, which out of the darkness of sin and and darkness, in clouds and tempest,
was delivered from Sinai in smoke guilt into the marvellous light of thunders terror and destruction in his purity, pardon, and peace. 6. That But how happily is his state thie obscuration of the sun in the reverscd, when light, beaming from sky bids us contemplate the unin
Mount Sion in the ciscoveries and
promises of the gospel, breaks in on terrupted brightness of the hea.
his soul, exhibits to him a dying Sa. venly state.
viour, a forgiving God, a sanctifying To those, who are acquainted Spirit? What joy springs mp, whey with the excellent theological his enmity to God slain, his opposi
he finds the power of sin subdued, publications of the American
tion to the gospel conquered, and evclergy, it will be needless to
ery thought captivated to the obe. commend the correctness, per- dience of Christ'? The light is sweet, spicuity, and simplicity, which and its sweetness is increased by its mark the style of Dr. Lathrop. the hopes and comforts of religion it
succeeding to previous darkness. So The following paragraph, which
the soul are exalted by their contrast is found under the first reflec- to preceding anxieties and fears. Ye tion, furnishes, no unfavourable awakened, desponding souls, look up specimen of his manner.
to the Sun of Righteousness. He “ We see innumerable worlds roll
shines from heaven with salvation in ing around us, at vast, but various
his beams. However guilty, unwor. distances; with different, but incon. thy and impotent ye feel, there is ceirable rapidity. These all perform grace sufficient for you ; there is their motions with regularity, and
righteousness to justify you, promises observe their times with exactness. to support you, the Spirit to help They obey their destination, they
you. Light arises in darkness. keep their order, they never inter.
Turn your eyes from the cloud, and fere. Shall we not fear the power,
direct them to the sun. Christ came admire the wisdom, adore the good
a light into the world, that whosoer. ness of that Being, who made and
er believeth in him should not walk seljusted, who sustains and directs in darkness. Look to him and be yo such a stupendous system, and ren
Ser mon preacheł before the General “ This opinion, that Christ shall Assembly of the Presbiterian Church reign a thousand years on earth, gives in the United States of America; by a very different aspect to the present appointment of their standing com- state of things, and furnishes no inmittee of missons, May 19, 1806. considerable relief to the dark and Published at their request. By dismal picture which this world would ELIPHALET Nort, D. D. Presi- otherwise present. How different dent of Union College in the State of will be the entire view, should it apNew York. PhiladcIphia. J. Aitken. pear in the sequel, that the thousand The preacher chose for his
years of peace promised to the church,
are prophetic years, and denote text the following words, 1 Cor. not a millenary, but a rast duraXV. 58. Always abounding in tion.” p. 11. the work of the Lord.
Every friend to the best inter"By abounding in the work of the ests of man would rejoice at Lord inay be understood an acquiesc finding this opinion supported ence in the divine government, and a constant and cordial co-operation by Scripture. How far the paswith the Divine Being, in accomplish. sages adduced in this sermon ing its objects ; one of which, and an constitute such a support, we Klustrious one too, is the establish. leave the reader to determine. ment of the universal reign of the Mes. That there is considerable siah on earth.” p.7.
force in the following argument, The object of the discourse is
we think, cannot be denied. to induce the co-operation of the
“ In the economy of redemption, auditors in this work of the Lord four thousand years were spent in with respect to the pagan tribes. Preparing the way for the introduction
With this view the author of Messiah, the birth of Christ. Two proceeds immediately to notice thousand more in vanquishing his en. the following particulars ; viz.
ernies, and fixing the boundaries of
This empire-an empire which is to The certainty of Christ's king- endure but for a thousand years ! dom. Its perpetuity. It is to be Satan triumph in this world six thouodvanced by human exertions. wand years, Jesus Christ one! Is this To succeed in such an attempt
consonant to the dictates of reason, will be grlorious. Even to fail,
or the analogy of providence ?" p. 12.
Another argument is this. If efter having made sincere endeave the millennium continue but simours in so good a cause, will be glorious.
ply a thousand years, the world
will not exist much more than a We think a text might easily thousand years longer. .
The have been found more impres- Doctor thinks, that according to sive, and better agreeing with scripture representation (Ps. cii. the general design of the ser.
Isa. li. Heb. i.) the earth will not mon : but we cannot easily conccive of a sermon better adapted waxen old and decayed.
be destroyed till it shall have to the occasion.
“ As doth a garment, so God de. Dr. Nott entertains very high clares, that heaven and earth shall ideas of the final progress of the wax old. And till they have waxen gospel, and supposes the millen- old they shall not be destroyed. nium is to consist not of a thou
They must first be despoiled of their
beauty, marked by the lines, and palsand years literally, but either of sied by the influence of age." as many years as there are days in
p. this period, i. e. 360,000, or else As this noble structure of of an indefinite but rast nuin heaven and earth appears so ter.