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wheat. In pursuance of this design, he established an academy, and built a house, since known by the name of the log-college.
Soon after his arrival in Bucks county, on full consideration, he left the church of England, and, to enlarge his sphere of usefulness, determined to join the presbyterian church. Accordingly, he applied to the synod of Philadelphia for admission into their communion; and, on due examination, and complying with their stated rules, he was very cordially received. At the first meeting of the synod afterwards, he addressed that venerable body, in an elegant Latin oration, which added greatly to his celebrity, and increased the hopes of his friends as to the success of the institution he had founded. To erect and support such an important seminary of learning, out of his own private purse, at that early period, in a new country just rising from a savage wilderness, and to devote himself to so severe a service, in addition to his pastoral charge, was a boon to his generation, that at this day cannot be easily nor sufficiently appreciated.
His expectations, in a few years, were more than realized. Ia this institution the principal men of the day, and many of the presbyterian clergy, were educated, and added greatly to the increase and usefulness of their churches. The late Rev. Messrs. Rowland, Campbell, Lawrence, Beatty, Robinson, and Samuel Blair, with many others, were among the number of his pupils, and thought themselves honoured by being considered as sons of this humble seminary. Here also his own four sons received their education, and were prepared for their important services. Had these been the only fruits of that infant academy, America would have reason to rejoice, and to render thanks to that God who directed this gentleman to visit her shores.
His second son, William, who is the subject of these sketches, was born on the 3d day of June, 1705, in the county of Antrim, in Ireland, and was just turned of thirteen years when he arrived in America. He applied himself, with much zeal and industry, to his studies, and made great proficiency in the languages, particularly in the Latin. Being early impressed with a deep sense of divine things, he soon determined to follow the example of his father and elder brother, by devoting himself to the service of God in the ministry of the gospel. His brother Gilbert being called to the pastoral charge of the church at New-Brunswick, in New Jersey, and making a very considerable figure as a useful and popular preacher; William determined, as he had completed his course in the languages, to study divinity under his brother. Accordingly he left his father's house, with his consent
and by his advice, and went to New-Brunswick. At his departure from home, which was considered as his setting out in life, bis father addressed him with great affection, commending him to the favour and protection of that God, from whom he himself had received so much mercy, and who had directed him in all his migrations. He gave him a small sum of money, as the amount of all he could do for him, telling him that if he behaved well and did his duty, this was an ample provision for him; and if he should act otherwise, and prove ungrateful to a kind and gracious God, it was too much and more than he deserved. Thus, with a pittance, and the blessing of a pious and affectionate parent, of more consequence than thousands of pounds, the young student set out in the world.
After a regular course of study in theology, Mr. Tennent was preparing for his examination by the presbytery as a candidate for the gospel ministry. His intense application affected his health, and brought on a pain in his breast and a slight hectic. He soon became emaciated, and at length was like a living skeleton. His life was now threatened. He was attended by a physician, a young gentleman who was attached to him by the strictest and warmest friendship. He grew worse and worse, till little hope of life was left. In this situation his spirits failed him, and he began to entertain doubts of his final happiness. He was conversing, one morning, with his brother, in Latin, on the state of his soul, when he fainted and died away. After the usual time, he was laid out on a board, according to the cominon practice of the country, and the neighbourhood were invited to attend his funeral on the next day. In the evening, his physician and friend returned from a ride into the country, and was afflicted beyond measure at the news of his death. He could not be persuaded that it was certain; and on being told that one of the persons who had assisted in laying out the body thought he had observed a little tremor of the flesh under the arm, although the body was cold and stiff, he endeavoured to ascertain the fact. He first put his own hand into warm water to make it as sensible as possible, and then feit under the arm, and at the heart, and affirmed that he felt an unusual warmth, though no one else could. He had the body restored to a warm bed, and insisted that the people, who had been invited to the funeral, should be requested not to attend. To this the brother objected as absurd, the eyes being sunk, the lips discoloured, and the whole body cold and stiff. However, the doctor finally preVailed; and all probable means were used, to discover symptoms of returning life. But the third day arrived, and no hopes were entertained of success but by the doctor, who never left him night nor day. The people were again invited, and assembled to attend the funeral. The doctor still objected, and at last confined his request for delay to one hour, then to half an hour, and finally to a quarter of an hour. He had discovered that the tongue was much swoln, and threatened to crack. He was endeavouring to soften it, by some emollient ointment put upon it with a feather, when the brother came in, about the expiration of the last period, and mistaking what the doctor was doing, for an attempt to feed him, manifested some resentment, and in a spirited tone, said, “ It is shameful to be feeding a lifeless corpse;" and insisted, with earnestness, that the funeral should immediately proceed. At this critical and important moment, the body, to the great alarm and astonishment of all present, opened its eyes, gave a dreadful groan, and sunk again into apparent death. This put an end to all thoughts of burying him, and every effort was again employed in hopes of bringing about a speedy resuscitation. In about an hour, the eyes again opened, a heavy groan proceeded from the body, and again all appearance of animation vanished. In another hour life seemed to return with more power, and a complete revival took place, to the great joy of the family and friends, and to the no small astonishment and conviction of very many who had been ridiculing the idea of restoring to life a dead body.
Mr. Tennent continued in so weak and low a state for six weeks, that great doubts were entertained of his final recovery. However, after that period he recovered much faster, but it was about twelve months before he was completely restored. After he was able to walk the room, and to take notice of what passed around him, on a Sunday afternoon, his sister, who had staid from church to attend him, was reading in the Bible, when he took notice of it, and asked her what she had in her hand. She answered that she was reading the Bible. He replied, “ What is the Bible? I know not what you mean.” This affected the sister so much that she burst into tears, and informed him, that he was once well acquainted with it. On her reporting this to the brother when he returned, Mr. Tennent was found, upon examination, to be totally ignorant of every transaction of his life previous to his sickness. He could not read a single word, neither did he seem to have any idea of what it meant. As soon as he became capable of attention, he was taught to read and write, as children are usually taught, and afterwards began to learn the Latin language under the tuition of his brother. One day as he was reciting a lesson in Cornelius Nepos, he suddenly started, clapped his hand to his head, as if something had hurt him, and made a pause His brother asking him what was the matter, he said, that he felt a sudden shock in his head, and it now seemed to him as if he had read that book before. By degrees his recollection was restored, and he could speak the Latin as fluently as before his sickness. His memory so completely revived, that he gained a perfect knowledge of the past transactions of his life, as if no difficulty had previously occurred. This event, at the time, made a considerable noise, and afforded, not only matter of serious contemplation to the devout christian, especially when connected with what follows in this narration, but furnished a subject of deep investigation and learned inquiry to the real philosopher and curious anatomist.
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SERIES OF LIVES.
[Continued from page 58.] THE LIVES OF JAMES AND JOHN, THE APOSTLES. James and John were sons of Zebedee, and inhabitants of Bethsaida; they were also the friends of Simon and Andrew, ners in their fishery. By their mother Mary, surnamed Salome, they are supposed to have been related to our Lord; a distinction which can confer no additional dignity on men who were avowed by him as his chosen apostles. A tradition, on which the gospel throws no light, reports the younger brother John to have been that other disciple of the Baptist, who, together with Andrew, upon his testimony, followed Jesus, and was satisfied with the credentials of the lowly Messiah. John's connexion with Andrew inclines us to think that all these friends were of the same school, and renders, therefore, this tradition less improbable.
The sons of Zebedee were called to be disciples of our Lord at the same time with the sons of Jonah. With them they were witnesses of the miraculous draught of fishes, and from that time forsook their ordinary occupation, that they might learn of Jesus to be fishers of men; and when the apostles were chosen, they were next in nomination to Simon Peter. With that great man, they were the depositories of those secrets, and the witnesses of those private transactions of our Saviour's life, which were not confided to his other apostles; such as the re-animation of the daughter of Jairus, the exhibition of the glories of Immanuel on Mount Tabor, and the sorrows he experienced in Gethsemane, Like Peter, they also received from the Lord, a new and illustrious name, that of Boanerges, or Sons of Thunder. An appellation probably descriptive not so much of their constitutional fire and vehemence, as of the undaunted courage and zeal of their ministry, and the energy of their eloquence, which, like the bolt of heaven, should flash conviction on the darkest minds, penetrate the most obdurate hearts, and bear down all opposition before it.
The first incident in which St. John is brought forward to particular notice, is the following. John said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us, and we forbad him, because he followed not us. But Jesus said, Forbid him not, for there is no man shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us, is on our part. It is here acknowledged, that the person in question cast out devils in the name of Jesus, thereby glorifying the Redeemer, as the gracious source of the power he exercised. What offended the apostles seems to have been, that this worker of miracles acted under no public commission from Jesus, and tended by his successful labours to depreciate the high powers delegated to themselves: in a word, this well meaning man was guilty of irregularity. We say, well meaning man, for otherwise, his conduct would have been equally liable to reprehension with that of the sons of Scæva. (See Acts xix. 16.) But what excited the indignation of the apostles was tolerated and excused by the expansive wisdom of their Lord: nay, it could only have been through his co-operation that the miracle was at all effected. The ejection of devils, in the name of Jesus, plainly evinced the finger of God, since Christ himself shows the absurdity of supposing that Satan will be an agent in subverting his own kingdom. How much more strongly will this reasoning apply to the conversion of sinners! We learn from our Saviour's reply, that no man thus assisted by him will lightly vilify the power by which he is supported. God, who is amenable to none, is best able to estimate the good and the evil resulting from irregular ministrations; and it may be his pleasure at times to countenance them, in order to reprove the negligence and wake the zeal of any of his churches. He teaches us to judge of principles by their great, obvious, and immediate consequences. Upon the whole, therefore, if the milder methods of argument and persuasion fail to reclaim irregular men, we are bound neither to persecute their persons, to stab their characters, nor to anathematize their souls. While we lament the evils which do, or may arise from their irregularity, and endeavour by every Christian means to obviate them; we are taught to honour their good will, their zeal and labours, and to bid them God speed, so far as they follow Christ.