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113 account of his profession of religion. IIe said, he had made this defence on his trial; but the officers thought it so impro. bable, that they paid no attention to it. The Marquis, in order to satisfy himself as to the truth of his defence, observed, that if so, he must have acquired some considerable aptness in this exercise. The poor inan replied, that as to ability, he had nothing to boast of.' The Marquis then insisted on liis kneeling down and praying aloud before bin; which he did, and poured forth his soul before God with such copiousness, Anency, and ardour, that the Marquis took him by the land, and said, he was satisfied that no inan could pray in that manñer who did not live in the habit of intercourse with his God. He not only revoked the sentence, but received liim into his peculiar favour, placing him among his personal attendants; where, it is said, he still continues in the way to promotion.
On reading the above, every serious mind will be led to reflect on the reinarkable intervention of Providence in behalf of this man of prayer; for this is the most prominent feature in the Christian character. He could not live without prayer, though he thereby exposed himself to the suspicion and hatred of his associates, and even endangered his life; but the God whom, like Daniel, he served, knew how to deliver lim in tlie perilous hour; and not only heard his prayers, but made the exercise of this duty itself the mean of his deliverance.-0 how does this reproach those who live without prayer, though they have every opportunity for retirement, uuseen and unsuspected!
This anecdote also does real honour to the character of the illustrious Marquis and to the British nation; who can boast of coinmanders warmly attached to that religion and piety, which so many, in the present day, treat with contemptuous kcorn.
CONVERSION OF A DUTCH OFFICER. During the late war, the Ambuscade Dutch frigate lay for a very considerable time in the port of Sheerness, where Capt. Mackay, a pious and well-informed Christian, and six or seven other officers attended, with regularity and serious-, ness, the ministry of Mr. F. During their stay, Lieut. S., who was a professed Infidel, and a great admirer of Voltaire (having all his works) and whio had frequently ridiculed his brotherofficers for their attachment to religion, was prevailed on to accompany them to the house of God; and, the second Sabbath that he attended, it pleased the Lord to apply the word with power to his heart. On his return to the ship', he got rid of Voltaire, porchased a Bible, and some other religious books ; and, when he left the port, was an humble enquirer after the truth as it is in Jesus !
T. S. F.
ANSTVER TO QUERIES IN OUR LAST, p. 72.
The force of the First Query, seems to rest on the sense attached to the word translated borrow; which appears more properly rendered, in the old translation, ask* : for al though it be a part of the character of the wicked, that he borroweth and payeth not again; yet the transaction referred to in the query, was of a quite different nature. The Egyptians had for a long time oppressed the Israelites, and had doubtless been enriched by their labours, without rendering them an adequate recompense: and now, at the critical juncture of their departure, the fear of them, and of that Being who had so wonderfully interposed for them, had so fallen on the Egyptians, that they were ready to give them whatever they required; to which, they were certainly influenced by that God who has immediate access to our spirits, and can dispose of them as he pleases.Their justification consisted in its being the command of God, who has an undoubted right to the persons and possessions of all his creatures :--and we are not warranted, from the Scripture account of the matter, to suppose that any criminal view disposed the Israeli tes to require 't, or keep what was given them.
The meaning of the passage referred to in the Second Query, must be obvious to every person accustomed either to the language of the Bible, or the course of the world.-Wicked men, through the criminal indulgence of their passions, and their excess and abuse of God's good gifts, evidently shorten (in many instances) the already contracted span of human life! Either anxiety and over-solicitude about those things which perish in the using, corrodes their mind, and drinks up their spirits ; or sensuality invites the approach of disease, which undermines their mortal tabernacle, and thus many die in the meridian of life; and their death, though certainly foreknown in the appointments of God, yet is as certainly accelerated by their own wickedness : and they do not live out half the days they might, had they lived soberly, as well as righteously and godly.
Another sense may be given to the words.-To live, often siguities to enjoy life'; – to live to good purpose. — Thus, the wicked and ungodly, however long their lives may be, do not truly enjoy half their days !—They live under the frown of God!
à dreadful sound is in the sinners ears!. terrors are upon him! and though bc fare sumptuously every day, and be an
* The original verb(>ye') signifies in çeneral to ask, bez, request; and in some few instances only, to torrow. See Deut. X. 12. Josh. xv. 18. Judg. v..25. 1 Sam. i. 20, &c. where the same word is used. Ainsworth renders the passage before us exactly literal. They “asked of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and garments. And Jeliovah gave the people grace in the eyes of the Egyptians, and they save their their asking; and they spoiled the Egyptians."
EDITOR † See old transiation, Exod. 11. 2.
INTERFERENCES OF PROVIDENCE.
115 object of envy to all around him, yet is he a perfect stranger to that tranquillity, -- that peace of mind, – that hope in God,and that bright prospect' as to the future, which God's people are favoured with the possession of, through our Lord Jesus Christ, who came into our world, that we might live through him, as to the proper enjoyment of things present, as well as through him, obtain Eternal Life! Westminster.
STRIKING INTERFERENCES OF PROVIDENCE.
To the Editor. In the month of October last, I was itinerating in different parts of the North Riding of Yorkshire, where Evangelical preaching is much needed; and in some places earnestly desired. In my way home, I called at the residence of the Rev. Mr. M. at K-, a pious and zealous curate in the establishment, who has laboured for many years in this neighbourhood with success. My disappointment was not little, upon being informed that the good old man was not at home. This, however, was compensated by the pleasing conversation I enjoyed with his amiable partner. After entertaining me with the outlines of her husband's life, including his conversion, persecutions, success in the ministry, &c. she particularly informed me how good the Lord had been to them in circumstances of pecuniary distress. “ Once,” she said, “ when in great want of the necessaries of life, a five-guinea note was sent is by the carrier; but from whence, or whom, we never could learn.”
On another occasion, their stock, both of coals and money, was exhausted. Having no prospect of a supply, they retired to rest that evening, “ Cast down, though not in despair.” In the morning, this afflicted pair cried more earnestly to their Heavenly Father, and “ were heard, in that they feared.” Mr. M. in order to pray and meditate with more composure, took a walk out upon the highway which leads to S. where he was met by the post. He could assign no reason why he felt an impression which led him to ask, “ Have you a letter for me?" to which the person replied in the affirmative. Upon receiving the letter, he immediately broke open the seal; and, lo! an anonymous epistle, enclosing a note (I think) of live pounds value! But this was not all; for soon after, a friend brouxht a cow for their service; and toward evening, another sent tliem a cart-load of coals. Thus, without making known their case to any one, ex cept the Lord God of Elijah, they received in one day a seasonable supply of money, milk, and coals.
Should you deem this account worthy of a place in your valuable Miscellany, the insertion of it may strengthen the faith and excite the gratitude of many. Youry affectionately, Green Hammerton.
RS, SUSANNAH WITHEY, mortal tabernacle is dissolved, I
have a building of Gol; an house The subject of this Memoir, not made with hands, - eternal in well known as a
constant the Heavens!” Asher debility in. Bucarer, for many ycars, at Totten- creased, she would say, “ My heart jam-court Chapel; where she had and my fesh fail; but God is the attended with lier husband, Mr. J. strength of my heart, and will be Withey, an intimate friend of the my portion for ever!” Her religi. Jate Rev. Mr. George Whitefield. ous views were truly evangelical. During a widowhood of twenty- A person saying to her, It was well eight years, Mrs. Withey main. for her she had made her peace with tained a con-istently religious chit- God,'-she instantly replied, with racter; and taught her children to great fervour. “ No, I have not ; remeinber their Creator in the day, but my Jesus has made it for me !" of their youth. At the coinmience- Two days before her death, she ment of her last illness, slie greatly desired that the Hymn, entitled, lamented she had not guarded inore “The Dying Christian," might be against that overchargedness of sung by those about her; in which heart, which is but too incident to she joined in holy extacy.
When the providing for a numerous and the words, “ O death, where is thy young family. The retrospect of sting ?” were repeated, she exalteď this (as every heart best knows its her voice, and said, “ My Lord own sins and infirmities) causert her las taken it away."
Each of her to entertain some suspicions as to
grand-children she separately and the sincerity of her Christian pro. appropriately conversed with refession; but it pleased the Lord, specting eternal things; shewing after lie had jumbled her soul be- them, that none were too young to tore trim, to afford her strong conra die, or to stand before the judggolation, and a blessed assurance, ment-seat of Christ. Being intorni. that " in the Lord she had righte- ed of the news relative to the preliousness and strength.” When hier minaries of peace being signed, she children were around her, she said, said, “ I have a better peace, "] have no dependence for eternal peace which passetir all understandhappiness on any thing I have
" Come done ;' and added, “ Whatever I re that love the Lord, and let your have been to you, my dear child joys be known," &c.
On the drell, as a mother, it was because morning of her decease, being told God so inclined ny heart :- Give it was the Sabbath Day, she exGod the glory!" Then earnestly pressed her hope that she was going expressing her desire that God tu begin an eterna! one with her would reveal his inercy to her
Lord. On the near approach of mind, she appeared to give up all death, she said, Come, come, my her worldly concerns, and possess- Heavenly Father, come! ed a most cheerful resignation to Lord Jesus, come quickly!" Then the divine will, after saying, “I thrice added, “Come Holy Ghost; am not afraid to die; - I long to thy sacred witness bear in this glad depart and to be with Christ !" hour." Being asked, if she ihen Slie requested her children to pray' experienced that Christ was precifor her; and the Lord indeed heard ons to her as a Saviour
She red their prayers, which redounded to plied, “Very precious indeed! I their own consolation, in the joyful long to be gone !" Her daughter faith and humble confidence which observing that the Lord would re. she manifested in God's abounding lease her in his own good time, mercy. When asked how she did, she said, “ I know he will; but he she would answer, “ When this is long a coming." A little time
117 afterwards, the smile on her coun. prayer to God; but it is not to be Penance, in the agonies of death, understood, or indeed expected, spake the sensation of her mind. - that he was without imperfections When she could scarcely articulate, in his natural temper.
Upon the she was heard to say, “ Happy! whole, from this man's example, bappy! happy me!” And they who is now gone into the joy of his were the last words that were un- Lord, we have an evidence of these derstood by her sorrowing children. glorious truths, mentioned in the In a short space afterwards, she sacred oracles, nanely, “ That the breathed out her spirit ; and de- blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth fron parted, to be ever happy with the all sin; and that whosoever will, Lord, Oct. 11, 3301, in the sixty- may come and take of the waters of third year of her age.
A. M. life freely.” It is only final im
penitency and unbelief that will
damn any of the human race. But RHYMING DICK.
it must always be remembered, to On the ist of August, 1802, died prevent mistakes in religion,--that Richard Nancullas, of St. Austell, where there is true repentance and in Cornwall, cominonly known by faith, it will be accompanied with the name of Rhyming Dick, when out the fruits of righteousness, which on his rambles; which were fre- are by Jesus Christ, to the praise quently repeated, during a long and glory of God. W.P. course of years, thro’ the western St. Austell. Counties of England. His most general practice was to excite sinful
HENRY HITCHCOCK, merriment among the drunkards, &c. by extempore versification. In (A STROLLING PLAYER) this wretched employment he pos- The subject of this obituary, was sessed a marvellously fruitful ge- a native of Lisbon. nius; and, if his abilities had been gave him a liberal education ; but, properly employed, he would have
through giving his mind up to the made a considerable figure as
pomps and vanities
this truasipoetical character. He was, how- tory life, the same, until a few ever, frequently brought home, to months before his death, appeared the parish of St. Austell, in rags, to profit him but little. Early in infected with disease, and covered life he commenced a strollingwith vermin. But, concerning this player ; and continued in that dun. man, we have an opportunity of ex- gerous and contemptible professiost, tolling the marvellous efficacy of until God, who is rich in mercy, sovereign grace in his conversion. visited him with the fatal comFor the space of three or four years plaint which terminated in his previous to the time of his death, death. This was a cancer in his he became an example of virtuous right side ; with which he was 2. conversation and self-denial. His ficted for !!pwards of two years; whole delight was to hear gospel. and which batiled idle skill of the semons, and join with the religious medical gentlemen who, with unin prayer, &c.; and he was never remitting diligence, attended burn better pleased than when any of in the various stages of his disorder. God's people would converse with About four months before bin him about the insearchable riches death the compiler of this account of Christ, and the perpetuity of his was, hy a neighbour of the de. love. His faith was strong in the ceased, requested to visit him when
Redeemer; and, by divine grace, lie a patient in the London Ilo piti', lived to the praise and glory of where he was found very dangt:
God. He inanifested a bitter hatred ously ill, and a total stranger 10 against all sin; and especially those things that inake for a pour against those sins which did so sinner's eternal welfare ; but being easily beset him before his conver- of a teachable disposition, this sion. In his deparring moments he friends, by his earrese desire, curiwas exercised in breathing out tinued to visit, timp, and had the