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soul; and in the mgmented ardour of zeal and affection in every part of your ministerial work. With great respect and affection, I am, reverend and dear Sir,
pinta very faithfully yours, March 31, 1810. It is
at object, eale of evergension of you see
of every ong the Heathen
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, "THE UNION OF CHRISTIANS COMMENDED. (Extract of a Letter from a Clergyman of the Established Church, to a
Director of the Missionary Socicly.) "Your great object, The Evangelizing the Heathen, must commend itself to the zeal of every one whom the love of Christ constrains; and the comprehension of you, plan perfectly accords with my sentiments. I rejoice to see the different denominations of Christians who hold the Head,' and agree in the essentials of our most holy faith, striving together for the propagation of it at home and abroad: and the more this Catholic spirit prevails, the more encouragement, I conceive, we shall have to trust that God will be with us of a truth. The peculiar blessing which has rested on the Bible Society, has, in this view, been to me very remarkable; and the effect of it, in drawing good men of different persuasions nearer together, have already been very apparent. Real Christians need only be brought into contact, to enable them to discover that they are all'true men,' and members of the same household of faith; and uniformity of heart and affection, I am persuaded, is more attainable, and infinitely more important than uniformity of opinion respecting outward modes of worship.'
A CATHOLIC SPIRIT. A SPIRIT of extended universal love to our brethren in Christ, notwithstanding some smaller distinctions, has succeeded to ancient severity and bigotry. Two Scottish Presbyterian ministers of the Secession, have lately written the lives of two ministers of the Church of England, and warmly recommended their writings. Jerment has written the Life of Archbishop Leighton, and Brown the Life of Hervey. The doctrines taught by the ministers of the Associate Sxnods in Scotland, are the same with those of Leighton and Hervey. This happy agreement with regard to the great articles of Christian faith, must always create esteem and affection. May they more and more prevail among the followers of the Lord Jesus Christ!
To the Editor. Sir, - Reading Dr. Edward Ryan's History of the Effects of Religion on Mankind, 3d edition, 1806, p. 269, I observe that, 500 years ago, attempts were made to prevent Prostitution, and that Iostitutions similar to the Foundling, Asylum, Magdaleo, and Penitentiary, were instituted : the account gave me pleasure, and it seems to me suitable to your useful Publication. I am, Sir, your well wisher, An ENQUIRER.
• A. D. 1300. Before the reign of Elizabeth, Queen of Portugal, the gospel produced ils usual effects in that kingdom, but operated in an extraordinary manner during the reign of this princess, who was distinguished for piety, charity, and humility *. She was so thorougbly persuaded of the vanity of dress, and of the idle amusements of the great, that she employed the time and money commonly spent in that way, in acts of devotion and charity. She passed her time in reading devout · books, in attending divine service, or in relieving the poor, especially such
as had been reduced from amuence to poverty. She visited the sick, and served them, dressed their wounds, and placed indigent females under the direction of prudent and virtuous matrons. This Queen reclaimed several prostitutes, endowed a large house for the reception of penitents, established a royal foundation for foundlings, and possessed an extraordinary talent for reconciling differences and terminating suits.
* Mariana de Rebus Hisp. xv. 18, et Joho de Torres.
· METEORIC STONES. Mr. Editor, - I dare say many of your readers were not a little surporized at the relation of the Showers of Stones, inserted in your late Susblement; and some might be disposed to consider it as a mere fabulous account, especially as the facts are said to have happened at so great a distance. Your philosophical readers, however, cannot be sceptics in such matters. The following instance of a stone falling from the clouds, may, Derhaps, satisfy the most incredulous, as having happened at home. On the 17th of May, 1806, as a friend of mine was travelling with his cart, a few miles from Basingstoke, he met a person who enquired of him, whether he had seen a stream of fire descend from the air, like what is called
Falling Star, there having been sume thunder just before. My friend had not observed it; but, going on a little farther, he found a large ball or stone on the middle of the road, which he took up while it was yet hot, threw it into his cart, and brought it home. Ils external appearaace re. sembles a metallic substance, similar to those stones sometimes met with in fields, and denominated Thunder Stones. This ball weighs two pounds and a halt; and is preserved for the inspection of the curious. The writer of this article is ia possession of several others of the same kind.
These stones, when analysed, are always found to contain the same principles, being composed of silex, magnesia, iron, nickel, and sulphur. The late Edward King, Esq. published • Remarks concerning Stones, said to have fallen from the Clouds, both in these days and in ancient times.' There is a paper in the Gentleman's Magazine for 1796, p. 726, on · Stones fallen from tãe Air, a Natural Phænomenon,' by Mr. Bingley.- An ingenious Frenchinia (Laplace) has given some reasons to show the proba. Lility of such stoas being discharged from some of those great voleaners
'. which are clearly perceived in the moon. Instead of giving those reasons to your readers, some of whom, perhaps, begin to show their wisdom by their smiles, I choose rather to conclude, and to subscribe myself, Basingstoke.
Sir, yours respectfully, J. JEFFERSON. Jan. 18, 1810.
THE BLACKSMITH REFUSED ORDERS. Mr. Editor, - Many of your readers were doubtless amused and pleased
with the anecdote of the Reverend Blacksmith, in your late Number. As a counterpart to Archbishop Usher's leather aproved candidate, and to prevent blocksmiths, and other mechanics, from applying for holy orders without nis qualifications for the work, I send two anecdotes of similar applications, which met with a difierent reception, the one having probably been borrowed from the other. . 1
WAEN Dr. Andrews became Bishop of Winton, a distant relation, a blacksmitn, applied to him to be made a gentleman, ,. e. to be ordained, and provided wiih a good benefice. "No, said the Bishop, you shall have the best forge in the county ; but every man in his own order and station.' Bishop Horne’s Essays and Thoughts on various Subjects.
"I have read a tale of Robert Grosthead, Bishop of Lincoln, that being come to his greatness, he had a brother who was a husbandman, and expected great matters from him in point of preferment: but the Bishop told him, That if he wanted money to mend his plow or his cart, or to buy tacklings for his horses, with other things belonging to his husa bandry, he should not want what was fitting ; but he wished him to aim no higber, for a husbandman he found him, and a husbandman he would leave him.'
Howell's Letters, vol. 3, Letter 8.
CORONATION SERMON. Sir,
To the Editor. In the present eventful and awful period, the minds of many are dis. tressed with fears respecting the safety, security, and peace of the Dis. senting, Seceding, and Methodist Churches ;. but they are calmed and comforted by the declarations of some, that very lately our beloved Sovereign has declared, He remembers his coronation oath ; and will not break it, but keep inviolate the religious privileges of his people; and that he will reject all ionovations.'
I hope the following extract from the sermon of the Bishop of Salisbury, on September 22, 1762, at the coronation of his present Majesty, in the Abbey Church of Westminster, will be pleasing, and show the coincidence of circumstances in the kind providence that has preserved our aged Monarch and his steady recollective mind to the present time, with firmness and integrity.
The Bishop concludes thus ; -And what can be more becoming this great and solemn occasion, than to offer up the most fervent supplications with one mind to Heaven, that the Holy Spirit of that God in whose presence the Kiog and People are preparing to declare their mutual engageineuts, may pour into their hearts a sincere zeal for each other's mappiness, and unite them in the strictest bands of aifection !-May the sacred vatba which our Sovereign takes al the altar of the King of kings, ever recur to his mind as the genuine jotentions of his own heart! - may the homage which we pay hin in all truth and faithfulness, be bound upon our hearts and minds with the ties of duty, gratitude, and love! — and from us may unfeigned loyalty spread itself through all ranks, give a right ternper to the conduct of all his subjects, and establish biş kingdom.' W. T.
To the Editor.
as so beautiful and impressive when I lately real it, that I could not
"It is the practice of some devout hearers of the word, when they have heard a sermon, to consider, What good thing have I now to ask of God with a peculiar inportunity? They are also accustomed to call upon their children, and make them answer this question : Child, what blessing will you now ask of the glorious God?-after which, they charge them to go and do accordingly. in pursuance of this piety, why may not this be one of the exercisug which shall conspire to form a good evening for the best of days?, Let it be a part of our work on the Lord's, Day' evening, seriously to ask ourselves the following question : -" If I should die this week, what have I left undone which I should then wish I had been more diligent in performing? My friend, place thyself in dying circumstances; apprehend and realize thy approaching dissolution. Suppose thy Jast solemn hour arrived; thy breath failing, thy thcoat rattling, - thy hands with a cold sweat upon them, only the turn of the tide expected for thy expiration ;- in this condition, what wouldst thou wish to have done more than thou hast already done for thy own soul, for thy family, or for the people of God? Think upon this question, and do not forget the result of thy thoughis; do not delay to perform what thou hast resolved upop. How much more agreeable and profitable would such an exercise be on the Lord's Day evenings, than those vapilies to which that evening is too commonly prostituted, and by which all the good of the past day is defeated !-and if such an exercise were often performed, 0 how much would it regulate our lives ! - how watchfully, bow fruitfully would it cause us to live!.what an incredible number of good works would it produce in the world! Will you remember, Sirs, that every Christian is a temple of God? It would be of great service to Christianity, if this potion of its true nature were more frequently and clearly cultivated ; but, certainly, there yet remains very much for every one of us to do, that the temple may be carried on to perfection ; that it may be repaired, finished, purified, and the topstone of it laid with shoutings of • Grace, Grace unto it! As a branch of this piety, I will recommend a serious inprovement of the various dispensations of Divine Providence, which we have occasion to notice. More particularly, have you received any special blessings and mercies froin the hapdof God?---you do not suitably express your thankfulness; - you do not render again according to the benefit that is done unto you, unless you set yourself to consider, What sball I render unto the Lord ?'. You should contrive some signal thing to be done on this occasion ; - sumc service to the kingdom of God, either within yourself or among others, which may be a jusi acknowledgement and memorial of what a gracious God has doac for you. This is an action to which the goodness of God leadeth you ;--and I would ask, How can a good voyage or a geod baigain be made, without some special returns of gratitude to God: I would have a portion of your property made a thank-oiferins, by being set apart for pious uni.'
MR. CHRISTOPHER GABRIEL outward sins; and now the value of
': his immortal part, and the folly of Was born at Falmouth, in 1746, negleciing its interests were per.. of pious parents. An account, left ceived by him: but soon the enemy by himsel', states, That till he ar- appears to have persuaded him that , rived at the age of 14, he remained
a moral righteousness was sufficient; in Nature's darkness; yet vainly and he becanie a Pharisee. He atthought that all was well; yea, so tended the Sacrament; and thought imperfect were his views, that, when this was the only ordinance he had in the commission of sin, he thought neglected to fit him for Heaves : God looked on him with pleasure ! but about this time the vile blas- a.. After this he was tempted to be- phemous thoughts, which were sure. licve there was no God; and that gested to his mind, destroyed his his parents only wished him to think .
fancied hopes, and led him to think so for the sake of discipline; and he had sinned arainst the Holy so strong was this delusion, that he Ghost. Thus he was forced to cry in was induced to imagine it was of no bitterness of soul, · What nusi I do consequence what evil he come to be saved ?' Again he attended : mitted; and that feigned sorrow where sermons were read, there bewould be sufficient to excuse him ing litile gospel preached at that, from the punishment due to his sin. liine in the town, and thus the .. • Oh, what a monster of iniquity Lord was pleased to enlighten his, had I like to have been !' said he; mind in the way of salvation, and
and how great was that grace particularly by Erskine's discourse, which still preserved me, while dead entitled “The Comer's Conflict,' -in trespasses and sins, amidst all the from these words, · While the child restraints of my dear parents, who was yet coming, the Devil threw guarded against every breach of the hiin down and tore him.' This apSabbath,-instructing me in the As- peared peculiarly applicable to him; sembly's Catechism, inducing me. also · Bunyan's Grace abounding' to read the Bible, and bend my was made a blessing to him. He knees before God in prayer; and again went to Penryn, amongst the also to attend public worship. Of. Methodists; from which he appears ten would my dear mother lake me to have received benefit. He was aside, and converse with me on the also induced to attend the ministry Sabbath evening, weeping while she of the Rev. T. Wills, at St. Ann's's catechized me,' and he always and often walked 13 miles, and reacknowledged this as the founda- turred again the same evening, action of his Christian knowledge. krowledging he received much bene
He was put out apprentice in the fit froin his preaching. On a Monsame towo ; and then thou;at he day, while at work, those words were would neglect the whole of the duc applied, with peculiar power and ties he had been taught to observe; sweetness, to his soul : This is the but Conscience woud not permit this will of Him that sent me, that yo altogether. About this time he used should believe on the name of the to go some miles from home, where only begotten Son of God.' The he was employed with others; with thrice happy, and bever-to-be-forsome of whom he went to hear the gotten moment now arrived,' saith Methodists; and the Lord, who was he, « when I was led to see it was rich in mercy, led him to some pri- the Father's will I should believe vate meetings for prayer, &c. on in Christ; and I found power to Sabbath evenings, among the Bap- lok to Him, and to rest my soul tists; and there be dates his first on his atoning blood for the pardont abiding impressions. Being now of all my sins, and to view his righte. alarmed, he was led to break of onsness as inine! Rejoicing in the