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agement. Gracious God, come need, than he, of assistance. I over the mountains of my sins, am more in danger of future and visit me with thy grace, and wrath. My character in the redeem me from sin and death.” sight of God, is much the most
“ Monday, June 7th. How criminal, and I am least conunsatisfying is the world ! and cerned about it. I am guilty yet how eager I am in the pur- of unparalleled stupidity. The suit of its enjoyments ! I am world will command my attenfully sensible of its insufficien- tion, even to the neglect of the cy for happiness, and that there one thing needful." is another real, unfailing source “ Friday evening, June 18th. of true, solid delight. But still I have this day resisted tempta(strange preposterous creature tion in some little degree ; but, that I am) the former is chosen, alas ! my resolutions against sin and the latter is neglected. My are miserably feeble. The sin principles and practice shame- which easily besets me, will fully contradic each other. have the victory over me. I My head, I believe is much bet- am shamefully pusillanimous in ter than my heart. I have no conflicting with it. God will doubt, that, in general, my faith certainly one day punish me, or is orthodox. Oh, that my life at least, awfully humble me unand conversation harmonized der a sense of it. If I ever get with it! I want a new heart, into a happier state, I must first and a right frame of spirit.-- pass through a fiery trial in reThen should I go on my way re- pentance. A view of myself, joicing. Then would open to without an interest in Christ, my view a glorious scene indeed. will be a sight awfully painful. Lise and immortality with all But to see myself fixed in this its joys would then be mine in state eternally, would be horriprospect. No more fears of fu- ble beyond conception. Oh, iure wrath would torment my what scenes await me! O my anxious spirit. Then should I God! How am I to be disposed. serve my God and Saviour, with of for eternity! A vessel of sweet delight, and be influenced wrath, or a vessel of mercy! to duty, not by mercenary hopes, How much reason have I to. but by pure delight in the per- fear the former ! I can have formance. Blessed is the man no rational hope in any thing but whose case is thus."
the sovereign, long-abused grace Wednesday, June 16th. I of God. Here there is a may be. hate the character of the hypo- With God, all things are possicrite, and consequently hate my ble. His mercy is boundless.
But God hates it infinite- He has done wonders in every ly more. How vile then must age for undeserving sinners. A I appear in his sight! I have persecuting Saul, a thief on the been conversing with a friend cross, and many of the vilest of this afternoon, under great anxi- men, have been the objects of ety of mind. He came to me his sovereign mercy. Hence the (poor man) for counsel and di- only ground of hope for me. I rection; supposing I ani a Chris- have, this evening, been con-tian. Alas! I am but a blind versing with my sister, who proleader of the blind. I have more I fesses a hope that she has shared
in the special grace of God.- thou not quit thy obstinate hold How ought this to animate me of sin ? Hast thou not become to obtain the crown !”
convinced of the folly and mad« Saturday evening, July 3d. ness of thy conduct ? May not What am I ? Do I know my the time past suffice thee to have own heart ? Do I really see and wrought the will of the flesh ? feel it to be wicked, as I often Wilt thou not benceforth turn confess it to be? Do I see any unto God and live ? O vain thing of the great evil, which and fruitless words ? Vain are true Christians are said to see the tears which flow from my in the nature of sin ? Do I see eyes-vain the anguish which any thing of its destructive ten-wreaks my heart! O the perdency, and great desert of pun- plexity, the anxiety and distress ishment ? Does it give me any of my poor benighted soul ! Oh, trouble, only as it exposes me what ignorance, what atheism, to future misery ? Alas ! I deism, and many other frightful find that I can convince myself spectres lurk within my breast ! of being altogether mercenary And this, alas ! for ought I in all that I do. My prayers, can tell, is but the beginning of tears, and great thoughtfulness sorrows. But can I support the in religion, will excite in my thought of their being eternal ! heart the idea that God is un-Oh! What shall I do to be der some obligation to have saved ?" mercy on me. But this I find, “ Tuesday evening July 6th. on reflection, 'is far from being One is taken, and another left. the case. I find that I have no How sovereign is God's elecregard far God, in all that I do ; tion ! Nothing the sinner does, and why is he obliged to take any is of the least account with him. kind notice of me? I do what Prayers, tears, and strivings, he has commanded me, not be- bring him under no obligation. cause he has commanded it, but I have been these many years because, by disobeying, I am using these, and yet I obtain not. exposed to punishment ; or by My friend lately began to be obeying, I hope to obtain a re- thoughtful, but the great work in ward. This i plainly see and him, is, most probably so soon feel is a hard saying for a proud accomplished. A few weeks on heart-hard to be believed, and the boisterous ocean, have landharder still to be thoroughly felt. ed him on the rock of ages, in But my heart can do no better the harbor of peace and safety. than to plead guilty to the charge. But I am tossed year after
year, I cannot find in it any other and alas! must probably sink at than selfish views. This is in- last. My prospects look daily, deed a humbling .confession! more and more like final perdiTo view one's self stripped of all tion. I am led captive by my true virtue, of all real excellence, evil propensities." is dismal, is mortifying beyond “ Lord's day, April 10th, expression! and being not only 1791, P. M. The word of God destitute of real good, but full sounds in my ears from week to of evil, is enough to break an week, and from day to day; but heart of adamant. O my
prove a thorny ground hearer. soul ! wilt thou not relent? wilt What will become of ime in the end God only knows. I have y into the question, how far the reason to fear, that I shall be preservation of that ancient diacast off with the present wicked lect of the Celtic, the language generation. Almost all of my of our forefathers, the primitive standing in life, appear to be inhabitants of this Island, is an travelling to a world of woe. object of just desire. Most go on merrily as if they It is the earnest wish of many had a paradise in prospect ; but wise and good men, that the I find a melancholy journey of whole inhabitants of Great Bri: it; and am, notwithstanding, sotain and Ireland should speak in foolish as obstinately to pursue the same tongue, and be perfectit. I see more of the folly of it ly understood by one another in than others, and am I fear, on their mutual intercourse ;-my that account, more guilty in ad- sentiment on this point differs hering to it. When I compare not from theirs. But surely while my outward behavior with that the Celtic, whether in the Irish, of others, I am apt to look on Welch, or Gaelic dialects, is the myself as less guilty than many existing language of great bodies But when I look at my heart, of remote and ignorant people, na my secret sins, my hypocrisy, wise and good man will refuse to breach of covenant, misimprove- give them the means of instrucment of light, and the influences tion in the only language in which of the Holy Spirit, of privileges, they are capable of receiving it. ordinances, and providences, I And of all the means and modes apprehend myself among the of conveying instruction and imgreatest sinners that ever meet provement, in religion, in morals, the boundless mercy of God.- and civilization, the Scriptures How necessary is the power of are, without doubt, the best and God in conversion! How com- most effectual. In the Highlands pletely have I ruined myself! of Scotland it is computed that How dead am I in trespasses 335,000 people speak the Gae-' and sins dead to holiness, but lic language, and that of these alive to sin! A most miserable 300,000 cannot understand a disdeath, and a most miserable life!" course, or a book written in En(To be continued.)
Proceeding upon this idea, From the Religious Monitor. our Society as soon as public
and private benevolence enabled Account of the Society in Scot-them to do so, translated and
land for Propagating Christian published the holy Scriptures in Knowledge.
the Gaelic language. But this (Concluded from p. 240) they could not do at once ; the O one other object, which at work was great and expensive.
present is matter of great They published the Bible at difsolicitude to our Society, I beg ferent periods, and in detached leave for a moment to call the portions : in the year 1767 the attention of this large and most New Testament in Gaelic by it.' respectable company ; and that self; and in various successive is, a proposed new edition of the years, and in separate volumes, Bible in the Gaelic language. the several books of the Old Tes
Gentlemen, I will not enter tameni.
In 1796, the first edition of the comprehend a book written, or New Testament being exhaust- a continued discourse spoken in ed, they published another, con- any other. sisting of twenty thousand copies. Gentlemen, I speak not upon And now, some of the first print- mere information : I have traed volumes of the Old Testa- velled in the service of the Sociément are so much reduced in ty through every part of the number, that they will scarcely Highlands and Islands, and have supply the urgent demands of preached to congregations conthe Highlands in general, and sisting of many hundreds, who, of our own schools in particular, from curiosity, flocked together till a new edition can be printed to see and hear a strange minis
The Society have it much at ter ; but of whom perhaps not heart to furnish to their country. above a dozen in each, undermen in the Highlands this much stood what he said. desired work: but their own What benevolent heart would funds, as may easily be collected not rejoice to be instrumental in from what I have already said, sending to so numerous a people, are utterly inadequate to the ex. and these our fellow citizens, the pense. The new impression, it Word of God in their native lanis proposed, shall consist of guage, and at such a rate, as the twenty thousand copies : the cal- poorest among them can afford ? culation of the expense of which, Who that is guided by a spark in printing and paper, given in of humanity, would not wish to by the Printer, amounts to convey to successive generations 22841. 168. The Members and of many thousands of children, Officers of the Society have con- this best and most effectual tributed according to their abili- means of instruction and imty, and were their subscriptions provement in every thing valuato be made known, there are few ble and important, whether rewho would not deem them libe- garding man as a member of hural. Many among the opulent man society, or a being destined and well disposed of their coun- for immortality ? trymen, have joined them in this One circumstance claims pargood work. Near one half of the ticular attention at present. sum required, is now subscribed From a variety of combined for, but above eleven hundred causes, unnecessary to be enupounds are still wanting. Yet; merated, a rage for emigration notwithstanding, the Society to America has for some years with that trust in Providence and prevailed through the Highlands in the benevolence of the Public, and Islands. Instead of diminin which they have never been ishing, it continues to increase. deceived, have begun the work. It is computed by those who They feel the importance of has- have best access to information, tening it forward for the accom- that at least twenty thousand modation of no less than three people are engaged to cross the hundred and thirty-five thousand Atlantic during the course of the persons, of whom it is computed present season. Should this disthat three hundred thousand un- position remain, these countries derstand no other language than will, ere many years elapse, be the Gaelic, or at least cannot | deprived of their native inhabitants; and surely the climate and schools, think only of what the soil contain few attractions to Highlanders were, and what they strangers to come to supply their now are. I will not resume the place. A few solitary shepherds sad description of what they forand their dogs will constitute the merly were; but I assert from inhabitants of the Highlands and personal knowledge and experiIslands. The mischief which, ence, that there is not now upon from this unhappy change, will the face of the earth, a people result to the empire at large, is more peaceable, more honest, or obvious to every man of the least more attached to the king and reflection.
constitution of their country. Are not the Highlands and Compare their character with Islands the nursery of our army? that of the peasantry of a neighFrom their health-covered moun- boring island. It is needless to tains, have not a multitude of our descend into particulars : the most gallant defenders sprung? broad facts which constitute the Men, who in every field, and in difference, are well known, and every climate, have covered the contrast is distressing. What themselves with glory? And does, is the cause ? Is it not; that the our country stand in less need of inhabitants of the one country their assistance now, when a are blessed with the means of proud and violent Foe threatens education and instruction, while to invade our coasts, and deprive those of the other, uneducated, us of every thing dear and valu- and uninstructed, are left to all able to us, as men and as Chris- the dismal effects which ignotians-as citizens of the happiest rance and superstition combined, country, blessed with the noblest produce upon the mind and chaconstitution of any on the face of racter of man? the earth?
From the schools of the SociGentlemen, is not this a time: ety, besides their happy effects when such a people should be upon the civilization and imsoothed, and by every possibleprøvement of the inhabitants at means encouraged in their an- large, have issued numbers qualcient and well known attachment ified by their knowledge of letto their native country ? Much I ters, and still more by their good trust the wisdom of Government principles and sober and regular will see it necessary for them to habits, to rise in the army
thro' do, for this most important pur- all subordinate gradations to even pose. And ought not we in our the highests ranks, as many of several stations, to do all in our them have actually done. power to promote the same valu- From the schools of the Sociable end? And I affirm from aety have issued many, who in thorough knowledge of these consequence of the first principeople, that we can do nothing ples of literature imbibed in more grateful to them than to them, have been enabled to prosend to them the Scriptures in secute their studies, and to betheir native language, and schools come qualified for the places of to teach their children to read trust and consequence in civil them.
life which they now occupy. Gentlemen, to be sensible of There are present some, who the value and importance of these from their own experience cau