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tually from an inexhaustible | thousands of talents. My adorable source, Rev. xxii. 1; but multi-Master has done wonders among tudes prefer their defilement, and these wretched people. Let me refuse to bathe in it. There is mention one instance. A youth, also a GRAND REMEDY, John, who was the younger son of a iii. 16, which never loses its ef- most excellent and indulgent faficacy, 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 any remorse. He was evidently so deranged, that he went into a far country, and threw away his patrimony, as if it were of no manner of value, in the vilest society. It was evident, to the most superIficial observer, from his unaccountable extravagancies, that he was not "himself." My dear 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 66 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.
There are various wards in the institution I superintend, and many different cases which come daily under my notice. You will permit me to particularize a little. I have many patients now in the ward for the morally insane. am grieved to remark, that their symptoms are such as render 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 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 trifles, which he really prefers to richand 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.
I 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. | 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."
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, 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 Perhaps 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
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
acknowledge that there are Thirdly, Encourage all who
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 will be remembered to the latest 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 able.
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!"
I wish you to make this statement 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.
are diseased to apply to him without delay, confident that they shall not do it in vain.
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,
DEATH OF HOWARD, THE PHILANTHROPIST.
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 prescribed for her, he expressed 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
out delay. This communication, | gave instructions about the manner of his burial, even with cheerfulness. "There is a spot," said he, " near the village of Dauphigny: this would suit me nicely: you know it well, for I have of ten said that I should like to be buried there; and let me beg of you, as you value your old friend, not to suffer any pomp to be used at my funeral; nor any monu. ment, nor monumental inscrip. tion whatsoever, to mark where I am laid: but lay me quietly in the earth, place a sun-dial over my grave, and let me be forgotten." This spot he urged his friend to secure immediately; and when he was informed that it was effected, the intelligence afforded him the highest satisfaction.
it was perceived, had been eight days in reaching him, and he resolved to obey its request with the utmost expedition. The rain fell in torrents, and the weather was very cold. A conveyance suitable not being ready, and the case being urgent, he journeyed on horseback, exposed to the severities of the elements. He found his patient expiring, which, in addition to the fatigue of the journey, greatly affected him, and produced a fever; or the disease of his patient was communicated to him, which was his own opinion. "Howard returned to Cherson, and the lady died." Admiral Priestman not receiving from the philanthropist his usual daily visit, went to his house, and found him very ill; and, on inquiring respecting his health, Mr. Howard said, "his end was approaching very fast-that he had several things to say to his friend-and thanked him for having called." The dying Christian continued: "Death has no terrors for me: it is an event I always look to with cheerfulness, if not with pleasure; and be assured, the subject of it is to me more grateful than any other. I am well aware that I have but a short time to live; my mode of life has rendered it impossible that I should recover from this fever. I have been accustomed, for years, to exist upon vegetables and water, a little bread, and a little tea. I have no method of lowering my nourishment, and consequently I must die." No doubt this must be understood as respecting the general course of such things; and not to intimate that his restoration was impossible with God. To his funeral he alluded with composure, and
About five versts from Cher son, by the road to Nicholaef, the remains of this pious and benevolent man were committed to the earth, in the place he had chosen for his grave.
ON MR. FULLER's Exposition of the Apocalypse.
To the Editors of the Baptist Magazine.
THE letters inserted in your last No. from the late Mr. Fuller to Mr. Birt, of Hull, have been, no doubt, extensively read. I have been thinking that an earlier statement, by his own pen, respecting his interesting work on the Apocalypse, will gratify you, and your readers. It is taken from a letter which he wrote to Dr. Marshman, in 1809; and has been printed at Serampore in the "Monthly Circular Letters, &c." Vol. II.
"I have been, for the last ten days reading the Revelation; writing a brief sketch of what appeared to me the meaning; then
power of Popery; that as the seventh seal included the seven trumpets, so the seventh trumpet includes the seven vials, and, consequently, they are all to follow the sounding of the seventh angel, chap. xi. 15, and are none of them yet poured out, except that the first may be begun; and finally, that we shall not have to wait for the Millennium, in order to see glorious days for the church.
"There is a period, I am per
comparing my thoughts with so we may soon expect the overthose of Gill, Lowman, and Fa-throw of at least the temporal ber. I think I understand more of it by far than I ever did before, and find in it great ground of encouragement to go on in the work of God. The occasion of my attending to this subject, was an application from Dr. Stuart, of Edinburgh; who, having read a long controversy between Faber and Talib, (that is, your friend Cuninghame,) in the Christian Observer, wanted my thoughts upon it. I am greatly inclined to think, that as chapters xi. xii. xiii. and xiv. contain general de-suaded, in which the gospel is scriptions of the rise, reign, and overthrow of the Papal Antichrist, all in the period of 1260 years, (or a little more, allowing for its rise before that date began,) that the resurrection of the witnesses, in chap. xi.; the victory over the dragon, in chap. xii.; and the Lamb's company, chap. xiv. (which chapter is a continuation of the foregoing;) are all to be understood of the Reformation: that the falling of the tenth part of the city by an earthquake, chap. xi. is the overthrow of the French monarchy, one of the ten horns of the beast; and as the seventh angel was to sound shortly after, chap. xi. 15, that he has sounded since that event; that as the sounding of the seventh angel was to be the signal of the kingdoms of the world becoming those of our Lord, and of his Christ, so, in the 14th chapter, (which synchronizes with the 11th and 12th,) the triumph of the Lamb's company is followed by an angel having the everlasting gospel to preach, verse 6, which, I hope, means the general spirit among Christians of late years; that as Babylon was to fall after the evangelizing angel's appearance, (see chap. xiv. 8,)
destined to make glorious progress, according to chap. xi. 15, and xiv. 6, (which are synchronical,) while yet the vials are pouring out, (as chap. xvii.) and the enemies of Christ opposing it with all their might. The Word of God going forth upon a white horse, (chap. xix.) is before the Millennium; and the opposition made to his progress will bring on what, in chap. xiv. is called the harvest and vintage, and in chap. xix. is described as the last battle prior to the Millennium. Be of good courage, my dear brethren, we shall overcome through the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of our testimony.
"The period between the sounding of the seventh angel and the Millennium, is like the reign of David, whom the Lord prospered whithersoever he went; but then it was in the face of opposition. The Millennium, on the other hand, will be as the reign of Solomon, who had rest round about given him from all his enemies.Thus Satan will then be bound; and the beast and false prophet gone into perdition. This is em phatically the Messiah's rest, which will be glorious, Isa. xi.