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duration of my existence, “is as nothing before One day he appears strong in health, and exulting Thee,” with whom a thousand years are but as one in life and vigour. In another, disease has attacked day, and one day as a thousand years, who art from his constitution, subdued his spirit, and saddened everlasting to everlasting, without beginning of his countenance. The hand of violence, or some days or ending of years, without change and with- one of the thousand contingencies of accident have out decay, before whose all-comprehensive mind, shattered his frame, and he soon sinks to rise no time and space, magnitude and distance, past, more for ever. One day you behold him
arrayed present and future, are as nothing ; how much in power and splendour, exalted to honour and more so must be the short, the troubled and un- fame, luxuriating in wealth and grandeur, and certain existence of man! He comes forth in the while the sun of prosperity shines upon him, his helplessness of infancy, is preserved for a short heart is uplifted, he boasts of his greatness, and time with tenderness and care, advances into the triumphs in its security. He flatters himself that frivolity of childhood and the giddiness of youth, his house shall continue for ever, and his dwelling reaches the period of his manhood, and for some place to all generations ; but ere another day the time can hardly allow himself to believe that the clouds of adversity begin to gather, unexpected revodays of his childhood and youth are gone. He is lutions occur, and he is precipitated from the heights thinking of putting away childish things, and form of power and pride, to the depths of distress, disaping plans, and pursuing schemes worthy of his pointment and shame. One day you behold him riper years, when old age is silently and imper- far advanced in the road of learning and science, ceptibly, but rapidly advancing upon him, and he looking back with disdain on those he has outdeclines into the vale of years, and sinks into the stripped in the course, and ready to receive the grave almost before he has had time to think how laurels of genius, when by some mysterious disshort his days have been.
pensation, the mental frame, so delicately adjusted, But more fleeting still is frequently the course is deranged, and he sinks into the inactive gloom of man. Often is the tender flower nipped in the of melancholy and despair, or is torn by the wild bud before its blossoms have expanded. Often and awful agitations of frantic and restless delirium. when has begun to give the fair promise of future One day he may repose in the unrestrained conloveliness, is it speedily laid low, and the hand that fidence, be delighted with the ever affectionate cultivated it so tenderly, bereft of its promised re- welcome, and cheered with the peaceful content ward. Often when in the full and rich blow of of home, of his family circle flourishing round him. beauty, and apparent health and vigour, is it involv- In another, sickness has invaded his dwelling; ing in its bloom that worm that consumes it, or some one of those dear to him as his own soul, the blast is preparing that will shed its honours is snatched away by the relentless hand of death, in the dust, and lay its green head low. Often or, more affecting still, is betrayed into the path of too is the tree that has struck deep its roots like the destroyer, and his little circle is saddened with Lebanon, and spread its numerous branches round grief and shame. it, and bids fair long to defy the tempest, torn from We conclude, only by saying, let us imitate the the earth, or rent in sunder by the lightning and conduct of the Psalmist, and when distressed with the storm.
Thus the Psalmist is led to this con- the trials and sorrows of life, or grieved at the clusion, “ Verily every man at his best state is prosperity and insolence of the wicked, reflect how altogether vanity.”-More exactly rendered every soon all these things must come to a close, and man in his most settled state is altogether vapour.” look up to God, who bringeth light out of dark
This seems a favourite image with the sacred ness, and hope in Him. Let God be acknowwriters. Thus, St James : “ For what is your ledged in all that befals us, and then shall our life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a souls be refreshed with the thought, that even in little time, and then vanisheth away.' Similar to the deepest affliction we are in the enjoyment of the this are the expressions of Joh. “ O remember light of the divine countenance, and have a gracious that my
life is wind," a mere breath of air. As the sense of our Father's love. We ought to remember cloud is consumed and vanisheth away, so they that we have received less, inconceivably less than that go
down to the grave shall come up no more. our sins have deserved ; that they have been many, Nothing could be more descriptive of perfect vanity, and highly aggravated ; that they have made us worthlessness and instability. Nothing is more liable to the everlasting punishment of God's fleeting or more easily dissipated than a cloud or righteous justice and eternal condemnation. Then vapour. You behold it for a moment apparently may we acknowledge their magnitude, cast ourimmoveable, dense and substantial. You look selves on the mercy of God in Christ, and, for his again, and it is dispersed into a thousand fantastic sake, solicit forgiveness of them, and pray for the shapes, which are hastening one after another to Spirit of God to deliver us entirely from their speedy dissolution. Or you behold it in bright power; earnestly desire to avoid every thing that effulgence, radiant in gold, azure and purple. With would be discreditable to religion, or give the adeager admiration you hasten to point it out to versary any occasion to speak reproachfully; and others, but ere you return, its hues are changed, thus we may the more easily and peacefully resign it has shifted its place, and disappeared in airy ourselves into the hand of God, and enjoy “ that nothing, or given birth to the storm and tempest. peace which passeth all understanding, which the Just so is the best and most enduring state of man. world cannot give, and which it cannot take away.”
HISTORY OF THE SHORTER CATECHISM. | them a letter from the Presbyterians in and about Lon. By The Rev. DUNCAN MACFARLAN,
don, in which they complain of the spread of schisma
tical opinions, and earnestly crave the advice and asMinister of Renfrew.
sistance of the Assembly. In replying to this letter, Is the first number, I submitted a few thoughts on the the Assembly says, among other things, “ We have arrangement observable in the Shorter Catechism; learned by long experience, ever since the time of the and it has since occurred, that it might be useful to
Reformation, and specially after the two kingdoms have subjoin some account of the origin of this little man
been-in the great goodness of God to both_united ual. But preparatory to this, it may be proper to ob- under one head and monarch, but most of all, of late, serre, that the reformers generally gave great attention
which is not unknown to you, what danger and contato this subject. Catechisms were, at a very early pe- gion in matters of kirk government, of divine worship, riod, drawn up and used by all, or nearly all the Re- and of doctrine, may come from the one kirk to the formed Churches of Europe. The earliest which we re
other ; which, beside all other reasons, make us to pray collect to have seen mentioned, as used by the Scottish
to God, and to desire you, and all that love the honour Reformers, had been drawn up by Calvin. But in of Christ, and the peace of these kirks and kingdoms, 1590, we find the General Assembly adopting measures heartily to endeavour, that there might be in both for securing a general and national Catechism. “ Anent kirks, one Confession, one Directory for public werthe examination before the communion,” say they, “ it ship, one Catechism, and one Form of Kirk Governis thought meet for the common profite of the whole
ment." And agreeably to this, we find Henderson sugpeople, that ane uniform order be keepit in examina-gesting to the same Assembly, only twelve days betion, and that ane schort form of examination be set
fore the writing of this letter, the propriety of drawdown, be their breither, Messrs John Craig, Robert ing up such a Confession, Catechism, and Directory; Pont, Thomas Buchanan, and Andrew Melvine, to be
thus leaving scarcely any reason to doubt, that the presented to the next Assembly.” In 1591, a form thing itself was projected by Henderson, and first laidi was laid before the Assembly by Mr Craig, but it was before the General Assembly; but that the Assembly remitted, with instructions “ to contract in some had itself been long favourable to such a measure, seborter bounds.” The abridged form was according and was immediately incited to it by what had taken ly laid before the Assembly of 1592, and approved. place in England. The Assembly accordingly approvThe following directions were also added :—“ There-ed highly of the measure, and urged Henderson to unfore, it is thought needful, that every pastor travel with dertake the drawing up of the documents required. his dock, that they may buy the samen buick, and read | And to render this the more easy, they allowed him to it in their families, quhereby they may be the better refrain from preaching, and to avail himself of assist. instructed; and that the samen be read and learnit in But he declined the task, as being too arduous. lector's (reading) schools, in place of the little Cate
The subject is repeatedly mentioned in the Assemchism (Calvin's)” This Catechism, or “ Form of bly's correspondence, during the intervening period; Examination,” which is commonly called Craig's Cate but it does not appear that anything was done bechism, consists of twelve heads or chapters, having the fore the meeting of the Westminster Assembly in following titles :—“ Of our miserable bondage through 1643. This Assembly met under the authority of the Adam_Of our redemption by Christ—of our parti- | English Parliament, but chiefly at the instance of the cipation with Christ
_Of the Word –Of our liberty to Scottish Church. It was composed of a hundred and serve God Of the Sacraments_Of Baptism–Of the twenty-one divines, with thirty lay assessors, and five Supper_Of Discipline_Of the Magistrate_Of the commissioners from the Church of Scotland, and conTable in special (meaning the Protestant mode of ob- tinued its sittings for upwards of five years. serving the Supper)— The end of our redemption." The matters laid before this Assembly were numerCader each of these are a number of questions and an- ous and important, and some of them are detailed swers, amounting in all to ninety-six ; and the latter with great minuteness. It unfortunately happens, howare remarkably short and pertinent, and usually ac- ever, that our information respecting the drawing up companied with at least one Scripture proof.*
of the Catechisms is meagre and imperfect. The late When the Solemn League and Co nt was pro- | Dr Belfrage of Falkirk appears to have been at great jerted, contemplating, as it did, an ecclesiastical union pains in collecting whatever was accessible on this point. between the three kingdoms, measures were also adopt. We have made some farther inquiries, but have hither. ed for preparing a uniform Confession, Directory, and to found scarcely anything, beyond what he seems to Catechism. And it is important to observe, that the have examined and abridged. The result of his inplan afterwards executed by the Westminster Assem- quiries will be found in an Introduction, prefixed to bly, was first proposed in the General Assembly of his “ Practical Exposition of the Assembly's Shorter the Church of Scotland. Towards the end of 1640, Catechism.” And the sum of what we have been able several Scottish commissioners, of whom Henderson to gather either from his work or original authorities, was one, went to London to treat on matters then may be stated in a few words. In 1647, while the pending between the King and the Presbyterian party. Assembly was engaged discussing the different articles Henderson returned in the July following, and found of the Confession, committees were appointed to rethe General Assembly holding an adjourned meeting duce these into the form of two Catechisms; a larger, at Edinburgh, and anxiously waiting his arrival. He which was to serve as a text book for pulpit exposiwas immediately elected Moderator, and laid before tion, according to a usage of the churches on the con
• It is scarcely, creditable to the friends of catechetical instruc- tinent, and a smaller, for the instruction of children. tion, that this interesting and valuable Catechism should be allowed to become so scarce, that comparatively few have ever seen it. It appears, however, that before the Confession had
been finished, some progress was made in composing | forest, not far from the road-side. Having frequently the Catechism, and that the reducing of it to a con
seen such objects before,. in travelling through these formity with the Confession, was an after thought. States, I had no difficulty in understanding that this “ We made long ago,” says Baillie, “a pretty pro
was a place of religious worship.
“ Devotion alone should have stopped me, to join gress in the Catechism, but falling on rules and long in the duties of the congregation ; but I must contess, debates, it was laid aside till the Confession was end- that curiosity to hear the preacher of such a wilderness, ed, with the resolution to have no matter in it, but was not the least of my motives. On entering I was what was expressed in the Confession.” And accord struck with his preternatural appearance. He was a ingly, much curiosity has been excited respecting the
tall and very spare old man; his head, which was author of the original draft. Dr Belfrage, after detail. covered with a white linen cap, his shrivelled bands, and
his voice, were all shaking under the influence of a palav; ing various opinions, and assigning reasons for his own, and a few moments ascertained to me that he was perfectly alleges Dr Arrowsmith to be the most likely person.
The first emotions that touched my breast were After weighing the evidence, by which this and seve- those of mingled pity and veneration. But how soon ral other opinions have been supported, we have not were all my feelings changed ! The lips of Plato were been able to come to any other conclusion, than that
never more worthy of a prognostic swarm of bees, than the matter is altogether uncertain. After the Cate
were the lips of this holy man! It was a day of the
administration of the sacrament; and his subject was, chism had been finished by the committee, it was laid of course, the passion of our Saviour. I had heard the before the Assembly and approved of, first in so many subject handled a thousand times: I had thought it exsuccessive portions, and afterwards as a whole. On hausted long ago. Little did I suppose that in the wild the 5th of November, it was approved of by the Par- woods of America, I was to meet with a man whose liament, and would have been licensed by the King, eloquence would give to this topic a new and more had not certain hindrances occurred. It was next laid sublime pathos, than I had ever before witnessed.
“ As he descended from the pulpit to distribute the before the General Assembly of the Church of Scot
mystic symbols, there was a peculiar, a more than hurnan land. This was in July 1648. And the following solemnity in his air and manner, which made my blood was the deliverance of the Assembly : “ The Gene
run cold, and my whole frame shiver. He tben drew ral Assembly having seriously considered the Shorter a picture of the sufferings of our Saviour; his trial be. Catechism, agreed upon by the Assembly of Divines fore Pilate ; his ascent up Calvary; his crueifixion; and sitting at Westminster, with the assistance of commis- his death. I knew the whole history; but never until
then bad I heard the circumstances so selected, so arsioners from this Kirk, do find, upon due examination thereof, that the said Catechism is agreeable to the have heard it for the first time in my life. His enunci
ranged, so coloured! It was all new; and I seemed to Word of God, and in nothing contrary to the received ation was so deliberate, that his voice trembled on every doctrine, wo-ship, discipline, and government of this syllable; and every heart in the assembly trembled in Kirk; and therefore approve the said Shorter Cate- / unison. His peculiar phrases bad that force of descripchism, as a part of the intended uniformity, to be a tion, that the original scene appeared to be at that moDirectory for catechising such as are of weaker ment acting before our eyes. We saw the very faces of
capacity.” The year following, it was also ratified by an
the Jews; the staring, frightful distortions of malice and
rage. We saw the buffet ; my soul kindled with a flame act of the Scottish Parliament. And from that time
of indignation ; and my hands were involuntarily and it has continued to be in common use, generally convulsively clenched. in Scotland, and among Presbyterians and several “ But when he came to touch on the patience, the other denominations in England and Ireland; and has forgiving meekness of our Saviour ; when he drew, to latterly obtained a firm footing in the United States, the life, his blessed eyes streaming in tears to heaven; in most of the British colonies, and at not a few mis
his voice breathing to God a soft and gentle prayer
of pardon on his enemies, “ Father, forgive them, for sionary stations far hence among the heathen.
And it is remarkable, that amidst all the controversies which they know not what they do, —the voice of the preacher,
which had all along faltered, grew fainter and fainter, have occurred, it has been almost uniformly approved until, his utterance being entirely obstructed by the by every party of orthodox believers. “ Amidst the force of his feelings, he raised his handkerchief to his jealousy and rivalship of contending parties,” says the eyes, and burst into a loud and irrepressible flood of late pious and judicious Dr Belfrage, “it has been a grief. The effect is inconceivable. The whole house centre of union, in which the faith and charity of good resounded with the mingled groans, and sobs, and shrieks
of the congregation. It was some time before the tumen have met ; and in seasons of innovation, when a
mult had subsided, so far as to permit him to proceed. veneration for what ancient is derided as the freak | Indeed, judging by the usual, but fallacious standard of of imbecility or prejudice; when “ the march of intel- my own weakness, I began to be very uneasy for the lect' is the pretext for every change, however presump- situation of the preacher. For I could not conceive tuous or violent, and when all the foundations of the how he would be able to let his audience down from the earth seem out of course, this suinmary of the truth height to which he had wound them, without impairing remains uninjured and revered ; and it will continue to
the solemnity and dignity of his subject, or perhaps shock
ing them by the abruptness of the fall. But-no: the be an exhibition and defence of pure religion and un
descent was as beautiful and sublime as the elevation had defiled, before God and the Father, to the latest age.” been rapid and enthusiastic. The first sentence, with
which he broke the awful silence, was a quotation from THE BLIND PREACHER.
Rousseau : ‘Socrates died like a philosopher; but Jesus This sketch is from the pen of the late William Wirt, attorney-Christ, like a God. I despair of giving you any idea oi general in the United States of America, and is extracted from a well written account of the literature of that country, contained
the effect produced by this short sentence, unless you in the Atheneum of last year.
could perfectly conceive the whole manner of the man, as “ It was one Sunday, as I travelled through the well as the peculiar crisis in the discourse. Never before county of Orange, that my eye was caught by a cluster did I completely understand what Demosthenes meant by of horses tied near a ruinous old wooden house in the laying such stress on delivery. You are to bring before you the venerable figure of the preacher ; his blindness, earthly friends, we shall find more loving and lovely constantly recalling to your recollection old Homer, companions. We shall be admitted among the innuasian, and Milton, and associating with his performance merable company of angels, and to the general asseinthe melancholy grandeur of their geniuses ; you are to bly and church of the first-born, that are written in imagine that you hear his slow, solemn, well-accented heaven. (Heb. xii. 22, 23.) Do we leave the ordienunciation, and his voice of affecting, trembling me- nances of religion, which we have attended with great lody; you are to remember the pitch of passion and delight ? leave the Word of God, which has been enthusiasm, to which the congregation were raised ; and sweeter to our souls than honey to our mouths ?_We then the few moments of portentous death-like silence shall enter into the Temple, not made with hands, and which reigned throughout the house : the preacher, re- join that happy choir who rest not day nor night, saymoving his white handkerchief from his aged face, ing : “ Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, which (even yet wet from the recent torrent of his tears,) and was, and is, and is to come. (Rev. iv. 8.) And if dowly stretching forth the palsied hand which holds it, our Bible is no more, we shall have all that is probegins the sentence, Socrates died like a philosopher' mised, we shall behold all that is described therein. -iben pausing, raising bis other hand, pressing them if we drop the map of our Heavenly Canaan, it will both, clasped together, with warmth and energy, to his be to take possession of its blissful territories. That breast, lifting his sightless balls' to beaven, and pour- city has no need of the sun, neither of the moon to ing his whole soul into his tremulous voice but Jesus shine in it; for the glory of God does lighten it, and Christ-like a God! If he had been in deed and in the Lamb is the Light thereof." (Rev. xvi. 23.) truth an angel of light, the effect could scarcely have Oh ! my friend, blessed, for ever blessed be the grace been more divine. Whatever I had been able to con- of our God, and the merits of his Christ! we shall ceive of the sublimity of Massillon or the force of Bour- exchange the scanty stream for the boundless ocean ; daloue, had fallen får short of the power which I felt and if we no longer pick the first ripe grapes, we shall from the delivery of this simple sentence.
gather the full, the abounding, the never-ending vin* If this description give you the impression, that tage.-Hervey. this incomparable minister had anything of shallow, The Condescension of Christ.-Oh! with what vetheatrical trick in his manner, it does him great in- neration, and gratitude, and wonder, should we look justice. I have never seen, in any other orator, such on the descent of Him into this lower world, who made á union of simplicity and majesty. He has not a gesture, all these things, and without whom was not any thing an attitude, or an accent, to which he does not seem made that was made. What a grandeur does it throw forced by the sentiment he is expressing. His mind is over every step in the redemption of a fallen world, to too serious, too earnest, too solicitous, and at the same think of its being done by Him who unrobed him of the time too dignified, to stoop to artifice. Although as far glories of so wide a monarchy; and came to this bumremoved from ostentation as a man can be, yet it is clear, blest of its provinces, in the disguise of a servant; and from the train, the style, and substance of his thoughts, took upon him the form of our degraded species; and that he is not only a very polite scholar, but a man of let himself down to sorrows, and to sufferings, and to extensive and profound erudition. I was forcibly struck death, for us! In this love of an expiring Saviour to with a short yet beautiful character, which he drew of those for whom in agony he poured out his soul, there pour learned and amiable countryman, Sir Robert is a height, and a depth, and a length, and a breadth, Boyle: he spoke of him, as if “ his noble mind had, more than I can comprehend; and let me never never even before death, divested herself of all influence from from this moment neglect so great a salvation, or lose his frail tabernacle of flesh;' and called him, in his my hold of an atonement, inade sure by Him who cried, peculiarly emphatic though certainly extravagant lan- that it was finished, and brought in an everlasting guage, a pure intelligence : the link between man and righteousness. It was not the visit of an empty parade angels.'"
that he made to us. It was for the accomplishment of
some substantial purpose; and, if that purpose is anCHRISTIAN TREASURY.
nounced, and stated to consist in his dying, the just for Sickness and Death. And are you very weak? Is the unjust, that he might bring us unto God, let us sickness in the chamber, and death at the door? Come never doubt of our acceptance in that way of communithen, and let us sit down, with death and eternity in cation with our Father in heaven, which he hath openview; and encourage one another from the word, 'the ed and made known to us.
In taking to that way, let precious word of God. What is there frightful in us follow his every direction with that humility which death, which our ever blessed Redeemer has not taken a sense of all this wonderful condescension is fitted to away?-Do the pangs of dissolution alarm us ? Should inspire. Let us forsake all that he bids us forsake. they be sharp, they cannot be very long; and our exalt. Let us do all that he bids us do. Let us give ourselves
Lord, with whom are the issues of death, knows up to his guidance with the docility of children, overwhat dying agonies mean.
He has said, in the multi- powered by a kindness that we never merited, and a tode of his tender mercies: “ Fcar thou not, for I am
love that is unquelled by all the perverseness and all with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God: I will the ingratitude of our stubborn nature—for what shall strengthen thee, yea, I will help thee; yea, I will up- we render unto him for such mysterious benefits to Loid thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” him who has thus been mindful of us—to him who thus (Isa. xli. 10,)
This promise authorises us to say has deigned to visit us ?-CHALMERS. boldly, “ Yea, though I walk through the valley of God acts as a Refiner.--Although in affiictions, esthe shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art pecially in national or public calamities, God oftenwith me, thy rod and thy staff comfort me.” (Psalm times seems to make no distinction betwixt the objects xxii. 4.) Are we afraid to enter into a strange, invi- of his compassion and those of his fury, indiscriminately sible world? It is the world into which our Divine involving them in the same destiny; yet his prescience Master is gone; where he has prepared everlasting and intentions make a vast difference, where his inflicmansions (John xiv. 2, Luke xvi. 22.) for his people, tions do not seem to make any : as when on the same and has appointed his angels to conduct us thither. test, and with the self-same fire, we urge as well the Having such a convoy, what should we dread; and gold, as the blended lead or antimony; but with fore going to our eternal home, where our all-bountiful knowing and designing such a disparity in the events, Redeemer is, why should we be reluctant ? Are we as to consume the ignobler minerals, or blow them off concerned, on account of what we leave ? We leave into dross or fumes, and make the gold more pure and the worse, to possess the better. If we leave our | full of lustre.--The Hon. ROBERT BOYLE,
The Rev. Hugh Mackail.—This valuable Scotch
minister was subjected to the torture of the iron boot, CEASE FROM MAN.-ISA. ii. 22."
in the period of persecution. Notwithstanding the I saw a mother hold her infant child,
extremity of his bodily pain, his dying language was And marked her looks of love, her tender care,
triumphant. “Farewell, sun, moon, and stars ! farewell, Her calm yet anxious fondness, as she smiled,
world and time! farewell, weak and frail body! welcome, And seemed to breathe to heaven a parent's prayer.
eternity! welcome, angels and saints, welcome, Saviour Upon her babe she lavished all her love ;
of the world! welcome, God, the Judge of all!" She watched him while awake and while he slept ; True Peace of Mind.—A friend once asked Professor Her heart was fixed on him all else above;
Francke, who built the Orphan-house at Halle, how it Her constant wishi was that he might be kept
came to pass that he maintained so constant a peace of From every evil. But, alas! how vain
mind. The benevolent and godly man replied, “ By Was her solicitude. Convulsions seized
stirring up my mind a hundred times a-day. Wherever His limbs. She would have suffered any pain,
I am, whatever I do, I say, Blessed Jesus, have I truly And thought it pleasure, if she might have eased a share in thy redemption ? Are my sins forgiven ? Am Her darling ; but it cannot be ; his frame
I guided by thy Spirit? Thine I am..
Wash me again Can bear no more. He gasps,-his scanty span
and again. By this constant converse with Jesus, I Of hours is spent,-he goes even whence he came. have enjoyed serenity of mind, and a settled peace in His mother learns, or ought to learn, to“ cease from man.
S. T. S. The Best Employment.–Lady Jane Grey was once TO A CHILD PLAYING.
asked by one of her friends in a tone of surprise, how Dear boy, thy momentary laughter rings
she could consent to forego the pleasures of the chase, Sincerely out, and that spontaneous glee,
which her parents were enjoying, and prefer sitting at Seeming to need no hint from outward things,
home, reading her Bible. She smilingly replied, “ All Breaks forth in sudden shoutings, loud and free.
amusements of that description are but a shadow of the From what hid fountains doth thy joyance flow,
pleasure which I enjoy in reading this book.” That borrows nothing from the world around ? A Word in Season.—The celebrated Dr John Owen Its springs must deeper lie than we can know, was induced to accompany a cousin of his to hear the
A well whose springs lie safely under ground. Rev. Dr Calamy preach; a man of considerable emiSo be it ever--and then, happy boy,
nence for his pulpit eloquence. The Doctor was preWhen time, that takes these wild delights away, vented from preaching, and it was proposed that they Gives thee a measure of sedater joy,
should leave the church. But Dr Owen resolved to Which, unlike this, shall ever with thee stay; stay and hear the plain country minister who occupied Then may that joy, like this, to outward things the pulpit. The text was, Why are ye fearful, O ye
Owe nothing—but lie safe beneath the sod, of little faith ?" These words arrested his attention, A hidden fountain fed from inward springs,
and the sermon was directed to answer the very objecFrom the glad-making river of our God.
tions which he had been wont to bring against himself; Rev. C. TRENCH. a spirit of prayer was excited; and his soul obtained
that relief which brought him to the love of those truths MISCELLANEOUS.
which he afterwards so ably and successfuly advocated, Christian Benevolence.—The Rev. John Fletcher, of both from the pulpit and the press. It was remarkable Madeley, and his wife, were once earnestly requested that he was never able to ascertain who this country to visit Dublin for a few weeks. After his last ser
minister was. mon, he was pressed to accept a sum of money as an
Early Recollections.-" I used to be called a French. acknowledgment for his important services. He firmly man,” says the late John Randolph, an American States. refused it, but his friend continued to urge it upon
“ because I took the French side in political mathim. He at length took the purse in his hand, and
ters; and though this was unjust, yet the truth is, I said, “Well, do you really force it upon me? Must I
should have been a French Atheist, had it not been for accept of it? Is it entirely mine? And may I do with
one recollection, and that was the memory of the time it as I please ?" “ Yes, yes," was the reply.
when my departed mother used to take my little bands be praised, then, God be praised," said he, casting his in hers, and cause me on my knees to say, 'Our Father brimful eyes to heaven; “ behold what a mercy is
which art in heaven.'” here! Your poor's fund was just out: I heard some of you complaining that it never was so low before.
Printed and Published by JooN JOHNSTONE, at the Offices of the Take this purse. God has sent it you, raised it among
Scottish CHRISTIAN HERALD, 104, High Street, Edinburgh, and yourselves, and bestowed it upon your poor.
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Aberdeen, PETER GRAY. Kilmarnock, CRAWFORD & Sox. True Magnanimity.--During the residence of Sir Arbroath, P. WILSON,
Lerwick, W. R. DUNCAN. Ralph Abercrombie at the ancient seat of his family, in Ayr, J. DICK.
Londonderry, D. CAMPBELL. Carlisle, H. Scott.
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