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rusal of an admiring universe. I do assure you, for I frequently examine the volumes, that there are pieces of history, already written, which are truly astonishing. My Master has very commonly raised persons to health, whom no other physician could possibly beal. People so af flicted with the palsy, that they could not walk a single step, have been made whole by his word, Matt. ix. 1-7. A woman, who was diseased with an issue of blood for twelve years, and who had spent all her property, and was grown worse, came be
ney, come ye, buy and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk, without money and without price." His faithfulness is such, that he is always as good as his word; and never yet relinquished a poor creature, whom he undertook to heal, without accomplishing the work. So great is his love, that to remove every obstacle which prevented the restoration restoration to health, and the eternal welfare, of perishing multitudes, he once willingly subjected himself to unparallelled humiliation and suffering, Lam. i. 12. The sacrifice which he made, on that evermemorable occasion, not to "behind him, and touched only the thought of without tides of joy; hem of his garment, and was renot to be mentioned without stored to perfect health, Matt. ix. shouts of praise," cannot be esti- 20. A miserable creature too, mated. Of this only I am sure, who had his dwelling among the that Peruvian mines are not, for tombs; who had been often a moment, to be mentioned, in bound with fetters and chains, comparison with the immense and the chains had been plucked treasures which my Master has asunder by him, and the fetters most willingly and joyfully ex- broken in pieces; neither could pended for the welfare of the any man tame him, and always, miserable, 2 Cor. viii. 9. Evernight and day, he was in the since sorrow entered into the mountains, and in the tombs, cryworld, my dear Master has beening, and cutting himself with employed in its alleviation and cure. He is "the same yester day, to-day, and for ever;" and his power is so great, that multitudes of the very "dead hear his voice," and come forth at his bidding from their graves, John, ▼. 25. But time would fail me to tell of his boundless excellen-1-16. There was a certain cies.
You must know, that my Master has a multitude of establishments for doing good to the wretched, and exterminating evil, similar to that which I superinteud. An account is kept of all the remarkable transactions which occur, (and they are not a few;) and, when the whole of the sublime plan is accomplished, they
stones; when my Master saw him, he had compassion on him, and said, "Come out of him, thou unclean spirit!" and he obeyed his mandate, and the poor creature sat down at the feet of his Deliverer, clothed, and in his right mind, Mark, v.
man also, who had an infirmity thirty and eight years, and had been long lying at a medicinal pool, vainly expecting a cure; as soon as my Master saw him, he said to him, "Rise, take up thy bed and walk!" and immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed and walked, John, v. 1--9. Once, I recollect, as he came near the gate of a certain city, there
some few of these poor creatures will be induced to apply to my Master. I recollect too, that I was once among this same people, and that my good Master, to whom I am unspeakably indebted, sought, and healed me, and condescended to take me into his service. I think I can say, that I love his employ, and particularly because
was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and when my Master saw her, he said unto her, "Weep not!" and he came and touched the bier, and they that bare him stood still; and he said, Young man, I say unto thee, arise!" and he that was dead sat up, and began to speak; and he delivered him to his mother, Luke, vii. 11—it is my principal business, to 17. I send you these instances as specimens and proofs of the infinite skill of the great Physician, whom I have the honour to serve. I could most readily enlarge my list with an account of blind people, some of them born blind, to whom he made a present of sight of lame people, whom he enabled to walk-of lepers, whom he cleansed of the deaf, whom he caused to hear his gracious voice--and of the very dead, whom he raised, Luke, vii. 22.
Such is the wretched state of the country in which I live, that none of the inhabitants are in health, but those whom my honoured Master has graciously healed. There is yet room in the hospital which I inspect: but though I go out among the inha bitants around me, and ask them, Whether they will be made whole? and assure them, and indeed give them multiplied proofs, that my Master is able and willing to heal them, and that he would welcome them into his family; yet I perceive, that many love the fatal disease, which is preying upon their very vitals, and will certainly ruin them. And hence they scorn the most gracious invitations; yet this is not the case entirely. I last evening took my stand in the highway, in the middle of a large village; the people crowd. ed around me to hear my message, and listened to me some time very patiently. I hope, that
speak of his incomparable excellencies, and to turn the attention of my patients to him. When I' can effect this, I am happy, be-cause I am confident that they will be healed. O, my bowels yearn over these miserable people! I would fain have them all come into the hospital; and it is my grief, that I am not so successful as I wish. By my Master's instructions, I use the most likely means for their recovery. Constantly from his table I bring supplies of the heavenly manna, of which if "a man eat, he shall never die ;" but many of them loath it as "light food." I direct them to the tree of life, planted by my Master's own hand, which brings forth twelve manner of fruits every month, and the very "leaves of which' are for the healing of the nations;" and, from the owner of it, assure them, that they are all at liberty! to pluck its produce, and be happy for ever: but, would you believe it? multitudes prefer the veriest trash to this beneficial and delicious repast. The bread of heaven also, by the especial directions of the great Physician, is constantly set before them, of which they who partake shall hunger no more, and yet many are starving and will not eat of it. To wash away their pollutions, my Master has likewise provided a fountain of sovereign efficacy, Zech. xiii. 1, replenished perpe
thousands of talents. My adorable Master has done wonders among these wretched people. Let me mention one instance. A youth, who was the younger son of a most excellent and indulgent fa
Master, in one of his benevolent excursions, met with this wretched young man, restored him to the use of his reason, and sent him back, a "new creature," to the longing arms, and almost broken heart, of his aged father. Oh! had you been present, you would never have forgotten the reception he met with, or the exultations of the whole family and neighbourhood.
tually from an inexhaustible source, Rev. xxii. 1; but multitudes prefer their defilement, and refuse to bathe in it. There is also a GRAND REMEDY, John, iii. 16, which never loses its efficacy, 1 Pet. i. 25, whose ines-ther, was so infatuated, that he timable virtues have been proved preferred, as an abode, any place in numberless instances, but to the parental habitation, and many utterly neglect it. actually abandoned it without There are various wards in the in- any remorse. He was evidently so stitution I superintend, and many deranged, that he went into a far different cases which come daily country, and threw away his paunder my notice. You will per- trimony, as if it were of no manmit me to particularize a little. ner of value, in the vilest society. I have many patients now in the It was evident, to the most superward for the morally insane. Ificial observer, from his unacam grieved to remark, that their countable extravagancies, that symptoms are such as render | he was not "himself." My dear their insanity unquestionable. One imagines, that he "is rich, and increased in goods," whilst his abject poverty is known to all. Another will have it, that he is in health, whilst he has no soundness of body or of mind. A third supposes, that he can see very well, though he has actually been blind from his birth. A fourth is so credulous, that he readily embraces, as true, the most egregious and palpable Some of my patients have lulled falsehoods, and rejects many un- themselves into such a state of questionable facts as utterly un-drowsiness, Eph. v. 14, that my founded. His ears are ever open perpetual employ, in reference to to him who has been “ a liar from them, is to sound an alarm, which the beginning," and closed against I often do, to warn them of their his voice who "cannot lie." A danger. In many instances this fifth is full of inveterate enmity disorder has been fatal; the paagainst his best friends, who have tient has never been awakened. never done him any thing but good; and in a state of cordial friendship with those who are en-lebrated monarch, whose sublime deavouring to ruin him for ever. A sixth is one whose whole heart is set on a few baubles and trifies, which he really prefers to rich and everlasting possessions. A seventh insists on it, that he owes nothing to any one, whilst he is absolutely in a bankrupt condition, and is indebted thousands and
I have one or two cases of fractured and broken bones. A ce
poetical productions have charmed and profited every succeeding age, Psalm li. 8, and a wellknown servant of my Master, whose name was Peter, were both of them once in this ward, Matt. xxvi. 69-75, and were completely healed.
have many under my care.
I am sorry to inform you, that there are now many in the ward for incurables. You will readily allow, that their symptoms are, in the highest degree, dangerous. I will mention a few of them:Such a fatal drowsiness, that though I have called to them for years, I am unable to awaken them; such an obstinate attention to objects of comparatively no value, that "the one thing" absolutely essential to their present and eternal welfare, is utterly disregarded ;--such an inveterate hardness of heart, that no kind
in the ward for the wounded. I and the wounded, Luke, x. 29— They are so universally the sub- 37. jects of disease, that their very souls are contaminated. Their judgment is corrupt; they "call evil good, and good evil." Their understanding is darkened. They prefer polluted cisterns to the pure and overflowing "fountain of living waters." The will is depraved; obstinately choosing what is altogether ruinous to their best interests. Their affections are polluted; they are lovers of low and contemptible pleasures more than lovers of God. Their memory is essentially defective; they are forgetful of all that is good and beneficial, and mindfulness or love can soften it. They of all that is bad and injurious. Conscience is seriously injured, and is, in some instances," past feeling." Indeed, from "the crown of the head to the soles of the feet, there is no soundness, but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores."
Some of the most hopeful of my patients are, however, in this ward; they have been stung by a dreadful serpent, Rev. xii, 9, are sensible of their malady, and cry out bitterly, Acts, ii. 36. It is a part of my daily occupation to direct these to my dear Master, confident that they will not look to him in vain. Perhaps you may have seen a fine painting, (by Raphael I believe,) representing the camp of the Israelites, at the moment when their leader elevated the brazen serpent: if I am not much mistaken, a prominent feature in that admirable performance, is the solicitude of the friends of the dying, to turn the eyes of their wounded relatives to the only remedy. I think I often experience much of a similar anxiety. My dear Master has given me a particular charge, to pay every attention to the sick
cherish the serpent which has stung them in their bosoms, and refuse, in the most determined manner, to part with it. They are none the better for the immense pains that have been taken with them, Prov. xxix. 1. Yea, some evidently
"wax worse and worse," 2 Tim. iii. 15. There is a predilection for a poisonous substance, in preference to wholesome food, Rom. vi. 23. There is such an entire disbelief of all the excellencies and efficacy of the means employed by my Master, for their recovery, that they do not even seek his favour, and they will not come unto him, that they may have life." These are some of the most fatal marks of those, at present under my inspection, who, I fear, are incurable: yet I cannot but observe, that I have sometimes placed a patient in this ward, who has been afterwards made a glorious monument of my Master's mercy and skill, to save in the utmost extremity. My Lord's thoughts and ways are very frequently contrary to my expectations. In his love and ability to bless the miserable, I am constrained to
are Thirdly, Encourage all who are diseased to apply to him without delay, confident that they shall not do it in vain.
acknowledge that there heights I cannot reach, depths which I cannot penetrate, and lengths and breadths beyond the powers of my feeble vision. I can never forget, that he took from among the apparently incurable, a monarch, the inveteracy of whose disorder was proverbial, 2 Kings, xxi; a second, who was just at the point of dissolution, and whose case seemed completely hopeless, who had been actually nailed to a cross, a wretched outcast from heaven and earth, Luke, xxiii. 42, 43; a third, a man of Tarsus, the very chief of the diseased, 1 Tim. i. 15; a fourth, the native of a village, near Bedford, whose name
Lastly, That meetings may be called, as soon and as generally as possible, to petition the great Physician, speedily to send his servants to make known his "saving health" to men of "every tongue, and kindred, and people, and nation." Among the signatures to which, in some humble place, you will find that of Your unworthy friend,
will be remembered to the latest THE DEATH OF HOWARD, posterity, for whom it had been generally supposed there was no remedy. The ability and willingness of my Master to save, is without a bound. He has charged me to say, for the encouragement of poor patients to apply to him, "that he is able to save, unto the uttermost ;" and I am sure he is as willing as he is
My Master has a multitude of magnificent mansions in a better world, to which happy abodes, when his patients are perfectly restored to health, he kindly removes them; and no inhabitant of this delicious region ever said, "I am sick!"
THE following particulars of the death and burial of the benevolent Howard, were received from his two friends, Admiral Mordvinof, and Admiral Priestman. He had been requested to visit a lady, who was extremely ill, at a considerable distance from Cherson. As he regarded himself as physician to the poor only, he did not at first comply; but when her dangerous situation was communicated, he felt it to be his duty to fulfil the wishes that had been expressed to him. When he had seen the lady, and
I wish you to make this state-prescribed for her, he expressed ment known among your connexions, and I hope it will produce the following important conse quences:
First, Excite in their bosoms high ideas of my glorious Master, and constrain them to love him with ardour and sincerity.
Secondly, Induce every one to make his incomparable excellencies known to all around them.
a desire to be called in again, if his patient improved; but if she should get worse, he intimated that his attendance would be of no avail. Mr. Howard feared it was quite a hopeless case; however, not long after his return to Cherson, a letter came to hand, informing him that the lady was better, and expressing a desire that he would visit her again with