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LETTER FROM B. FRANKLIN TO MR. WIJTEFIELD. 97 things ?-What says he who was less than the least in his own eyes? “O! I can do all things through Christ's strengthening me !"— The humblest man leans most o: Christ's strength ; and therefore, through that strength, which is almighty, he can do most; he is helped best; fights most courageously ; conquers most triumphantly. Shew me a scemingly humble man who does not love duty, and I will shew you his pride; but let ine see a truly humble man, and I am sure to find him walking humbly with his God; he walks with God, and God walks with him.--Hear how he declares who are his favourites! not the rich, not the learned, not the Pharisee, not the great and noble, -10;" but to this man will I look, who is of an humble and contrite spirit, and who trembleth at my word.” These he honours ; they are in his sight of great price; how exalted in his esteem, who is the Fountain of all true honour! and he will ex alt them very high. He that humbleth himself shall be exalted to the throne above, where all God's children are perfectly humble, crying with one voice, “ Not worthy we, but worthy is the Lamb.” If there be so great grace, O pray to God to make me more and more humble. I will do the same for you, and re
LETTER FROM DR. FRANKLIN
To the Editor. I Am indebted to the friendship of the late Robert Keen and Daniel West,
Esqrs. (the Rev.Mr. Whitefield's executors) for near a thousand letters, from various correspondents, to that eminent man. None of these letters have yet seen the light; and as many of them will, no doubt, highly gratify the public, I shall occasionally send you one for publication, through the medium of the Evangelical Magazine. The inclosed, from the celebrated Dr. Franklin, will serve as a specimen of the entertainment with which you will furnish our Teaders, particularly those who personally knew Mr. Whitefield, and all who still revere his memory. Yours affectionately, Leeds, Dec. 7, 1802.
Philadelphia, July 6, 1749. SINCE your being in England, I have received two of your favours, and a box of books to be disposed of. It gives me great pleasure to bear of your welfare, and that you purpose soon to return to America.
We have no kind of news here worth writing to you. The affair of the building remains in statu quo, there having been no new application to the Assembly about it, nor any thing done in consequence of the former,
I have received no money on your account from Mr. Thanklin, or from Baston. Mrs. Read, and your other friends here in general are well, and will rejoice to see you again.
I am glad to hear that you have frequent opportunities of preaching among the great. If you can gain them to a good and exemplary life, wonderful changes will follow in the manners of the lower ranks; for, ad Exemplum Regis, &c. On this principle Confucius, the famous eastern reformer, proceeded, When he saw his country sunk in vice, and wickedness of all kinds triumphant, he applied himself first to the grandees; and having by his doctrine won them to the cause of virtue, the commons followed in multitudes. The mode has a wonderful influence on mankind; and there are numbers that perhaps fear less the being in Hell, than out of the fashion! Our more western reformations began with the ignorant mob; and when numbers of them were gained, interest and party-views drew in the wise and great. Where both methods can be used, reformations are like to be more speedy. O that some method could be found to make them lasting ! He that shall discover that, will, in my opinion, deserve more, ten thousand times, than the inventor of the longitude.
My wife and family join in the most cordial salutations to you and good Mrs. Whitefield. lam, dear Sir, your very affectionate friend, and most obliged humble servant,
To the Editor. It has been often remarked, that the Hebrews had a peculiar way of using the participle with the verb, to denote, according to some, the certainty; and, according to others, the importance of the event. It occurred to me, in reading, the other day, Whether the true import of the phrase, were not the commencement and continuance of an action till its completion ? Thus, when it was said to Adam *,“ In dying thou shalt die;" which our translators render, " Thou shalt surely die,” and the Seventy, “ Thou shalt die the death;" I conceive the meaning to be, That he should then begin to experience that death which terminates only in eternal ruin. Watts says,
“ Soon as we draw our infant breath,
“ The seeds of sin grow up for death." Só Adam, the moment that he fell, became mortal; and besides that, being condemned already, he became also dead in law,
When it was said to Abraham," Blessing, I will bless thee!”. the phrase implied, that God would continue and increase his blessings, till, in the end, he should be a blessing to all nations.
There are many similar expressions, I believe, in the Old Testament; and I should be obliged to any of and Biblical readers to point them out, and to examine whether they will bear the interpretation here proposed.
Jon, . Gen. ii. 17. † Gen, xii. 2.
A LAY-COMMENTATOR. At the time when the late Mr. Lacy was pastor of the Baptist church at Portsca, some of the brethren (chietly those of the dock-yard) constantly ushered in the morning of the Lord's Day, at six o'clock, by meeting in the restry for social prayer, exhortation, and conference on some portion of Seripture, alternately*. At one of these conference-inornings, the text led to charity : all spoke in their turn, if they chose, when it rested with Charles Benjamin, who was a waterman, and lived between Portsmouth and Gosport. His comment on the text was as follows:“ I shall say nothing more than this.-We have been talking of charity; it would be good to put it in exercise : here is our brother, Ephraim Forth, goes to Dock every morning this cold weather without a great coat; and here is my shilling towards buying him one.” The good men took the hint; and Ephraim was enabled to purchase the necessary next day, and went to Dockt, “warmed, if not quite filled.”_Query, Can the laity expound Scripture?
* This laudable custom, I find, is still continued there, and has been, without intermission, for more than half a century. † Jamics ii, 16.
LAMENTABLE IGNORANCE. MR. A. B. after his conversion, owned, that when in his carnal state, he used to say his prayers seven times over er ng Monday morning, that he might not have the trouble of them all the rest of the week.
A few years ago, a lady, visiting her brother at C-, observed, he had not many cherries in his garden that season ; and said, That, as it was a very fruitful year, she could attribute it to nothing but the amazing increase of Sunday-schools lately. Formerly, the boys used to go a bird-nesting on Sun. days, but since folks bad undertaken to make them so wise, the birds were suffered to multiply in such quantities, that she supposed we should soon have no fruit at all !!!
1. How may we ascertain, Whether our thoughts are the result
, of a gracious influence, the suggestions of Satan, or of our corrupt depraved nature ?
2. WHEN we receive comfortable impressions under the hearing of God's word, how may we kiow whether they are true or false ! or, in other words, Whether they come from God, or are only the joys of the stopy ground hearer?
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS,
The Life of Moses; designed for the devoted to a melancholy lassitude
Amusement and Instruction of Youth. and the public appearance of this By a Lady. 12mo, 80 Pages, 15. 6d. little volume, is intended for the THERE is a peculiar difficulty in
amisement of young persons of ei.
ther sex. works of imagination, founded upon
For them it was written, Scripture - history. The style of
- to them it is dedicated, and tlse sacred writers possess such a
from them may it meet with a fadignified simplicity, and speaks so
vourable reception ! directly to the heart, that it is
“Andye, judicious critics! before kardly possible to render their nar
whose maturer judgment the juve.
nile ratives more interesting, either by
pen trembles to appear, say, poetical dicrion or invention. Sorne Will ye be more cruel than Phákriters, however, have thought ile Thermuthis, and protect the in
raoh! Oh! rather imitate the gen. atherwise ; and, after the example fant Moses. It is a first attempt. of Klopstock and Gesner, have attempted to recomır.end these sub- Destroy not the Bud, though ten
der. It jects to us by the splendor of lan
may, when improving time guage and the charms of the drama.
shall have expanded the opening This fair writeris by no means with blossoms, prove a valuable flower." out merit in her line; and rho' we prefer the chaste and dignified style The Life of Joseph. In Eight Books. of the venerab}e legislator, we are By J. Macgowan. Third Edition. by no means confident that our young 1870, 250 pages. 25. boards. readers may uniformly do the same; This work stands on higher Nor would we discourage the first ground than the preceding : it is atteinpt of a young temale pen, to the Third Edition, and has received recommend the Scriptures. She repeated sanctions from the public. has availed herself very properly. It was also the production of a pen not only of Scripture materials, but well exercised in writing :-for this of the traditions detailed by Jose- reason, however, it is entitled to phus and the Rabbins. Had we read less indulgence. It is certainly not che work, however, with more se- free from the general fault of works Ferity than we have, we could not of this nature, and it seems to disBrave refused the apology, Riodestly cover a want of acquaintance with offered in the following paragraphs the eastern writers, and their forms of the preface, which may also of expression, which are necessary give our readers a short specimen to give it the colouring of nature. of her style ; we cannot say, how. On the other hand, we confess it ever, it is preserved equally good abounds with just and useful ob. thoughout.
servation ; it discovers a deep ac“ The writer of the following quaintance with the human heart, pages has two indisputable claims
an extensive knowledge of the on the candour of the public, world, and, above all, a spirit of claims which they will not disallow, piety and benevolence. Such are She is young, and in adversity. the genuine characteristics of this Scarcely yet entered her twenty-se- little work; on which account, we cond year, she has drank deep of can safely recommend it to the pethe fountain of human affiction ; rusal of our young readers, for nor has hitherto been pernitted to whose instruction it was particu. refuse the bitter draught of keen larly designed ;--and we are happy disappointment.
to find such works to recommend, "'The history of Moses has be. when the public are daily pestered Fuiled many a tedious bour, which, with writings of imagination of the perhaps, would otherwise have been most dangerous tendency.
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS,
31 Elegy on the Death of the Rev. H. adapted as well for the amusement
Hunter, D.D. &c. By T. Beck, as instruction of the rising generaSvo. (elegant) prior 6d.
tion. The author is an humble By the notes appended to this imitator of Dr. Watts; and we little Elegy, we learn that the Doc- think he has been particularly suetor was born at Culross, in Perth- cessful in his moral songs. Many shire, and educated at the univer. of his hymns will be acceptable in
and the whole forms a sity of Edinburgh. In 1771 he accepted the pastoral charge at the pleasing present to young people. Scots church, Loudon Wall; and continued with the same congrega- The Unrivalled Felicity of the Brition till his death. But a few weeks tish Empire. A Sermon preochel at since, the Doctor went to Bristol Salters' Hi!!, Nov. 7, 1802, ly rke Hot-wells, for his health, where he Rev. James Steven, Minister of the died on the 27th of last October, in Scots Church, Crown Court, &c. the sixty-second year of his age. Published at request. 8vo. 1s. He was buried at Bunhill-helds, No
From the closing words of the venber 6, when Mr. Steven deli
parting benediction which Moses vered an oration at his grave; and, pronounced on the nation of ison the following Sabbath morning, rael (Deut. xxxiii. 29.) Mr. Steven a sermon was preached on the occa
in this well - written sermon, desion by Mr. Nicol ; and another in mands of his audience the oblathe afternoon by Mr. Steven. As tion of their gratitude to God, for the Doctor was a man of no com
his singular goodness to these isles mon talents, so he has met with an
of the sea.
He dwells on our na. eulogist of no mean ability.
tural advantages of insular situala this Elegy, Mr. Beck very tion, feruility of soil, and salubrity properly enuinerates, and justly of climate; on our civil liberties, discriminates, the Doctor's several and the inherent provisions of the publications ; and concludes his li- constitution to correct accidental terary character with the following disorders, and supply deficiencies; lines, which are no less honourable
on our religious privileges, which, to the poet than to the Doctor, after many a struggle by our devout and to his country :
ancestors, were, at length, by the « Oh Scotia! from thy cold unge- glorious Revolution, as the preacher nial north,
nervously expresses it, “asserted What nervous minds and brilliant by the subject, conceded to by the spirits rise!
sovereign, and sanctioned by the And from thy fostering colleges law;" and on providential interpo come forth,
sitions, particularly the defeat of To shed new rays beneath some the Spanish armada, the preservamilder skies!
tion of the king and parliament The titled meed, the proud scho. from the gun-powder plot; and, lastic name,
above all, the recovery and estaMistaken Kindness may confer blishment of our liberties by the amiss ;
arrival of the Prince of Orange, But HUNTER, back on thee re- and by the protestant succession to flected fame;
the crown, in the illustrious family Distinguish'd merit's just ap- of Hanover. While we muse on plause was his.”
these most important benefits, may
the fire burn, and the flame of our The Youth's Monitor, in Verse. In gratitude ascend to Heaven! Let a series of little Tales, Emblems, the clo
os, as the preacher recommends in
of the serinon, wisely disPoems, and Songs, Moral and Di. cern and gratefully acknowledge vine. By John Burton. 18mo. 15,
the agency of God in all these MR. BURTON informs us, that blessings,-guard against the abuse many of these little poems were of them, -and study to feel their written for Sunday scholars :- - and constraining power to acts of piety, we agree with him, that they are and to works of righteousness.
Select List of Religious Publications deferred to our next.