« VorigeDoorgaan »
his image in my character, and his law in my heart; | heavenly kingdoms, with no fear of death, but with the and when the great Redeemer shall be glorified in his possession of eternal life! What consummate and endsaints, and admired in all them that believe! What a less felicity! There the glorious band of apostles; there glorious object of pursuit; and blessed be God, how the crowd of exulting prophets; there the innumerable ever difficult, it is attainable througb the power of that army of martyrs, crowned for their victory in contiict grace which can beautify the meek with salvation ; so and suffering; there triumphant virgins; the compasthat
, though they have lien among the pots, they shall sionate rewarded who laboured in works of benevolence appear as doves, whose wings are covered with silver, to the poor, who, keeping their Master's precepts, have and their feathers with yellow gold. Too long have I transferred their earthly inheritance to the heavenly borne the image of the earthly Adam, nay, of the Evil treasure-house. To these, most beloved brethren, with One, but from benceforth, for time and eternity, let me eager desire we hasten. Let our Master, Christ, see bear His image who is the Holy One and the Just, for the resolution of our mind and faith, who will confer His likeness is the perfection of beauty and felicity.- larger rewards of his glory upon them who after him BELFRAGE.
have had larger desires.-CYPRIAN. Walk with God. To walk with God is a word so
The Christian Warfare. Our battle is to be callhigh, that I should have feared the guilt of arrogance ed before your tribunals; there we contend for the in using it, if I had not found it in the Holy Scriptures. truth at the peril of our lives. What you contend for It is a word that importeth so high and holy a frame of is victory. The object of our victory is the glory of soul, and expresseth such high and holy actions, that pleasing God, and the spoil eternal life. A Mutius, an the naming of it striketh my heart with reverence, as Empedocles, a Regulus, devote themselves to death, if I had heard the voice to Moses ; "put off thy shoes and you exclaim, what bravery, what energy of soul ! fron off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is o, glory, allowed because it has a human object, thereholy ground.” Methinks he that shall say to me, fore its daring is not thought wasted, nor its confidence see a man that walks with God," doth call me to see desperate in despising death and pain, and it is permitone that is next unto an angel or glorified soul. Oted to suffer for country, for empire, for friendship, but happy man that walks with God, though neglected not for God !—TERTULLIAN. and contemned by all about him. What blessed sights doth he daily see! What ravishing tidings, what plea
Love the Truth, and Peace.— Truth is here put the sant melody doth he daily hear, unless it be in his sor
first in order—then peace, for there can be no solid or Sows or sickness! What delectable food doth he daily abiding peace that is not based on truth. What health taste! He seeth by faith the God, the glory which the | is to the body—what calmness is to the sea what seblessed spirits see at hand by nearest intuition! He renity is to the day—such is peace to the mind, arising Seeth that in a glass and darkly, which they behold from the fit and orderly disposing of things according to with open face! He seeth the glorious majesty of his truth. If one must be dispensed with, it is peace for Creator, the Eternal King, the cause of causes ; the com
better truth without external peace, than peace without poser, upholder, preserver, and governor of all the worlds. saving truth. That peace is far too dear bought that He beholdeth the wonderful methods of his providence,
costs us the loss of truth,-I mean necessary and fundaand what he cannot reach to see he admireth, and wait
mental truth. Let them then go together; truth as the eth for the time when that also shall be open to his views.
root-peace as the fruit ; truth as the light-peace as He seeth by faith the world of spirits, the hosts that the heat; truth as the foundation—peace as the strucattend the throne of God; their perfect righteousness,
It is like the smile upon a beautiful face when their full devotedness to God, their ardent love, their peace flourisheth with truth.
“ Have salt in yourselves," faming zeal, their ready and cheerful obedience, their said Christ, “ and have peace one with another.” But dignity and shining glory. He heareth by faith the
some men love neither truth nor peace, they are full heavenly concert, the high and harmonious songs of of error, and fond of dissension. Some love truth, but praise, the joyful triumphs of crowned saints, the not peace; they are zealous but instead of being hum-. sweet commemoration of the things that were done and ble and meek, they are violent and bitter. Some love suffered on earth, with the praises of him who redeemed peace, but not truth, indolent and indifferent what enthem by his blood, and made them kings and priests croachments are made on truth, if they may live at their unto God. And in the beholding of this celestial glory,
Many again seem to love both, but it is only for some beams do penetrate his breast, and so irradiate the selfish ends they gain by them, not on account of his longing soul that he is changed thereby into the the things themselves, as some other ends combined same image, from glory to glory; the spirit of glory and
with them. Others love what they think truth, but it of God doth rest upon him. And what an excellent is only their early prejudices, which they are never holy frame doth this converse with God possess his soul careful to revise. Some likewise say that they love with! How reverently doth he think of him! What life truth, but it is not universally, such as when it crosses is there in every name and attribute of God which he their credit, their plans, or their pleasures. The eye, heareth and thinketh on! The mention of his power,
to see objects clearly, must be pure and clear. It is a his wisdom, his goodness, his love, his holiness, his sound stomach that relishes substantial food. So also, truth; how powerful and pleasant are they to him! the mind must be in health, to chuse and love wholewale to those that know him but by the ear, these are
some truth and sound doctrine. And it must be carefully but like common names and notions.--Baxter. sought after, and separated from error. For truth lies
deep, and there is much rubbish and loose earth to be The Joy of Heaven.—Most beloved brethren, we must consider and bear in mind that we have renounced Wherefore, let us show our regard for the truth, by
cleared away, ere we come to the clear stream of truth. the world, and live here, meanwhile, as guests and searching for it diligently--by maintaining it firmly and foreigners. Let us embrace that day which assigns to each his proper home :-who that dwells from home fearlessly-by following and obeying it implicitly by would not hasten to return to his country? Our native striving to impart its blessings to others and by pray.
ing earnestly for its progress and success.--Old Author.
There an innumerable country we reckon heaven, company of beloved ones expects us ; a goodly band of The Value of Time.- The learned Salmasius said, parents, brothers, sons, longs for us,--already secure of when on his death-bed, “ Oh, I have lost a world of their own immortality, and now anxious for our salva- time! If one year more was to be added to my life, it tion. What mutual joy to them and us in beholding should be spent in reading David's Psalms and Paul's and embracing each other! What the pleasures of these Epistles.”
naked on the ground, and basking in the sun. As be
was a stout young man, Mr Campbell asked him, “ if FROM THE GERMAN OF NOVALIS.
he had nothing to do?" He said, “No!"_“ Cannot What had I been without thine aid ?
you dig?" said Mr Campbell—“Here is a spade."-"No," Without Thee now, what should I be?
said he_“it would hurt me."- “ But try,” continued A mark to Fear and anguish made,
Mr Campbell, turning up one or two spadefuls of earth And not a friend to pity me!
himself. The young man tried, but after one or ewo No joy, or hope, on earth I had,
attempts, threw the
“ It broke his The future was a dark abyss,
back." Farther reasoning was fruitless. Mr Campbell And when my wounded heart was sad,
left him. Here was civilization attempted in the plan of Who heard, who cared for my distress ? the mere moralist, and such was its result. But when Within my breast fierce passion preyed,
Mr Campbell returned to Africa, he saw this young Each day was dark as midnight deep,
man again. The Gospel had been generally embraced Sadly along life's path I strayed,
in the vicinity ; and the grace of God had reached his Alas! I only lived to weep.
heart also. And was he lolling, half-naked, on the No peace amid its toils was given,
ground ? No, he was clothed, and in his right mind. Grief and despair sat at my hearth ;
And how was he occupied ? He was employed as writO who, without a friend in heaven,
ing-master in an academy of young Hottentots ; and Could bear to live on this cold earth!
when Mr Campbell, approached him, he was in the act But when the Saviour I beheld,
of mending a pen, which had been handed to him for And knew my hope in him was sure,
that purpose by one of his scholars. He cut it with a A heavenly radiance quick dispelled
composure and an address, which, had Mr Campbell wit: The gloom, and gilded the obscure.
nessed them in this country, would have occasioned no 'Twas he who taught me what is man;
surprise, but which, under the circumstances of the case, His glorious destiny revealed ;
completely overcame him. The act was a simple one; And then my frozen heart began
but simple as it was, it betokened a high degree of ci. A gush of heavenly joys to yield.
vilization, and one which could not, in so short a time,
have been produced through any other medium than Go forth, my brethren, far and wide,
that of Christianity.
Beza, one of the great Reformers, who lived in the six'Tis heaven here with us on earth;
teenth century, when he was very old and saw his end By faith we know our Saviour near;
approaching, often used to say, “ I have lived long and And all who share the second birth,
have sinned long;" yet, among other things for which Shall also feel his presence dear.
he thanked God in his last will and testament, the first
and chief was, that at the age of sixteen years, he had Once did a fiend our souls affright,
taught him to love and to serve Him; and thus had he Close to our hearts remorseless clung, As on we toiled in sin's dark night,
been prevented from committing many sins, and endurAlike by joy and sorrow stung:
ing many sorrows, which would otherwise have overEach word, each work, a crime appeared,
taken him and have made both his life and his death Weak wretched man, Jehovah's foe;
less happy. We thought a voice from heaven we heard, A Pithy Remark.-" Madness frequently discovers And ah! it spoke of death and woe.
itself merely by unnecessary deviation from the usual The Saviour came—the Son of Man,
modes of the world. My poor friend, Smart, shewed A conqueror girt with love and might; the disturbance of his mind, by falling upon his knees We saw, and in our breasts began
and saying his prayers in the street, or in any other unTo burn a new and living light.
usual place. Now although, rationally speaking, it is We saw heaven's silver portals ope,
greater madness not to pray at all than to pray as Smart Knew the dear land, our Sire's abode,
did; I am afraid there are so many who do not pray, Forth burst exulting faith and hope,
that their understanding is not called in question."And told us we were sons of God.
Dr JOHNSON. Hoddam.
The Bible a comfort in Trouble.-A German and
his wife had been for many years settled at Paris, as Bright eye of heaven, why are thy trembling rays, shoemakers ; at length the husband was disabled by illThus bent on earth, in silent saddening gaze ?
ness, and the wife became blind.
A lady visited them, What, is there here, that can so charm thy sight, and was struck with the calmness with which they were And keep thee watchful, thro' the slumbering night? enabled to endure their trials. She asked if they had a Are there not scenes beyond thee, far, which glow Bible, and they showed her the sacred volume, stating, With glories, never known to shine below?
that it had long been their only consolation. And didst thou not in thy creation's morn, Sing with the sons of God, o'er worlds new born ?
Printed and Published by JOHN JOHNSTONE, at the Offices of the Yet, thou mayst weep, fair star, at sight of earth, SCOTTISH CuriSTIAN HERALD, 104, High Street, Edinburgh, and
32, Glassford Street, Glasgow ;-JAMES NISBET & Co., and R. H. Where woe hath heritage and sin had birth;
Moore, London; D. R. BLEAKLEY, Dublin ; and W. M'COMB, Mourn o'er thy sister sphere, man's dark abode,
Belfast, and sold by the Local Agents in all the Towns and Pa
rishes of Scotland ; also to be procured of every Bookseller in Bedim'd by sin, a world without its God;
England and Ireland. Yet, thou shalt sing again, thou shalt be told,
Subscribers in Edinburgh and Leith will have their copies deThat God hath brought his stray'd one to the fold. livered at their own residences regularly, by leaving their addresses
with the Publisher, or with John Lindsay & Co., 7, South St AnPennycuik.
W. S. M.
drew Street. Subscribers in Glasgow will, in like manner, have
their copies delivered, by leaving their addresses at the Publishing MISCELLANEOUS.
Office there, 32, Glassford Street.
Subscription (payable in advance) per quarter, of twelve weeks Practical Effect of the Gospel.-Mr Campbell, of Is. Cd.-- per hall-year, of twenty-four weeks, 3s.--per year, of forts
eight weeks, 6s. - Monthly Parts, containing four Numbers each, Kingsland, relates, that in one of his journeys in South
stitched in a printed wrapper, price Sixpence. ern Africa, he on a certain occasion entered into conver
Printed at the Steam Press of Ballantyne & Co., from the Stereosation with a young Hottentot, who was lying almost | type Plates of A. Kirkwood.
THE MORNING STAR.
THE CHRISTIAN'S OBLIGATION TO LIVE the world, not by fleeing from it into secrecy and
solitude. SEPARATE FROM THE WORLD.
We remark, secondly, That as separation from BY THE Rev. JAMES LEWIS,
the world does not consist in living out of the Minister of St. John's Parish, Leith.
world, neither does it consist in assumed or affect
ed difference of manners from the world. No duty is more universally acknowledged, and
Many are deceived into the belief of the purity and none less understcod, than the Christian duty of elevation of their Christianity, simply because they separation from the world. While the duty is are not as other men. They deem themselves supe admitted by all who profess to understand tl:
erior to the crowd, and sit in their imagination upon Gospel, few have defined to themselves its re- a hill apart, because they differ from it in certain quirements, or are furnished with fixed rules, by manners or fashions they have assumed. How the prompt application of which, they may on often have men identified Religion with moroseness all occasions practically determine whether they and austerity, with a disfigured countenance and have been guilty of conformity to, or maintained an unsocial melancholy! How often have they separation, from the world. It may serve to give mistaken an aversion to, or the sudden relinquisha distinct and practical shape to this Christian ment of, the usual innocent pursuits or recreations duty, to answer with some minuteness the ques- of society for the infallible marks of a heaven-born tion: In what does conformity to the world spirit! How often have they attributed the very consist?
extravagancies and singularities, and varying imIn reply to this question, we remark, first, pulses of a weak and ill-regulated mind to the - That the separation from the world enjoin- ardours and fervours of devotion! These, and upon
Christians does not consist in their siunilar errors, are currently adopted from mistakliving out of the world. By a neglect of the ing singularity for separation from the world. spirit, and a too exact and literal adherence to the They are errors into which especially young Chriswords of certain commands of Scripture, its autho- tians fall, when, under the first impressions of rity has been sometimes pleaded to sanction, on the the truth, they seek to break-asunder from all the part of Christians, an entire abandonment of society, ordinary occupations, engagements, and duties of that, remote from human intercourse, they might social life ; identifying the religious life with the nourish the spiritual life in secrecy and solitude, by life of the visionary, the recluse, or the contemineditation and prayer. Such a separation is platist, and consequently, testing their Christianity incompatible, however, with the discharge of the by their singularity, and deeming the evidences of active duties to which Christians are called ; it is their faith just the more distinct and unquestioninconsistent with the nature which God has given able, by how much the more strange and peculiar 10 man; it would engender melancholy, not Reli- they have become. gion ; fanaticism, not Christianity; and would he If separation from the world consists, then, no certain defence against those temptations which neither in living out of the world, nor merely in are dreaded in the world ; for in the wilderness differing from it, how shall we ascertain in what inay Satan tempt, as he tempted our Lord, as well it does consist? It has been supposed, that this as in the populous city,—in the desert and the question would have been easily answerel, and place of tombs may the evil spirit abide, and be that weak and hesitating consciences would have so exceeding fierce that no man can bind it, as obtained direction and assurance in duty, had well as in the crowded haunts of society. By plac- Scripture specified the particular things in which ing the Christian in society, God has, with suffi- Christians ought to distinguish themselves from cient clearness, pointed out his duty to be, not to the world ; had it told them in what things they zo out of the world, but to live in it so as to live might resemble the world and go along with it, above it ; and that it is the divine purpose that the and from what things they must stand aloof, and world should be overcome by the Christian in touch not, and taste not, and handle not; had it
put a mark upon every object, and company, and vance the Redeemer's cause, or, at least, without place of resort, and written visibly upon them injuring that cause, or compromising its interests. of this object the Christian may partake, of that | This is a rule sufficiently plain for every Christian he cannot partake ; here he may enter and join to walk by, provided there be but fidelity, Christwith the society, there he cannot enter ; at this ian sincerity, and honesty in its application. To table he may sit, at that table he cannot sit and observe it, it is not necessary that a man should enpartake of its festivities ; this proportion of his tirely sequester himself from human society. It substance he may lawfully expend upon himself speaks to every Christian where it actually finds or his family, that proportion he must dedicate him in society, and telis him how in the crowd to the service of the Church, and to the advance of the world, how, occupied as he necessarily ment of the Redeemer's kingdom :—to many it is with its varied business and engagements
, has appeared that such an exact and minute speci- he may yet live as separate from it as if be fication of duty would have made plain the Chris- lived on a mountain top, or in the centre of a tian's path, resolved a thousand perplexing ques- desert. It assigns as the characteristic mark of tions, and enabled him promptly to decide when the Christian, that he lives not to himself. The he was guilty of conformity to the world, or when world seeketh its own,—this is its mark, its he had observed the prescribed separation from it. badge and its insignia. The Christian seekeih Why. Scripture has not so minutely legislated the things which are Jesus Christ's,--this is the as to give a rule and precept for every step we badge and insignia of the Church. should take in life, is sufficiently obvious. The Christian there is committed, as a sacred deposit
, multitude of such directions would have perplexed the honour and the cause of his Lord. It is the instead of making plain the path of the Christian. jealous guardianship of this deposit that distinIt would have converted the Bible from being a guishes him from the man of the world, as the brief comprehensive summary of human duty, into presence of the ark distinguished the Israelites a voluminous depository of moral and spiritual wherever they journeyed from the surrounding casuistry. Besides, if every act of the Christian's heathen. life had been made the subject of express law,
With what heroic resolution would a company Christian love would have wanted scope for its ex of ancient Jews, stationed as the guardians of the ercise, and occasion for proving its genuineness and ark in the field of battle, have defended that sawarmth, it would have wanted both opportunities cred symbol of Jehovah's presence! Every sword for its manifestation and means of testing its sin- would have been unsheathed for its protection, and cerity.
not until the faithful band had given their lives But while Scripture has not furnished so mi- for their trust, would that symbol of their national nute a directory as to many appears desirable, it faith have been yielded to the foe. By a like has given what we conceive to be better. It sup- jealous and affectionate guardianship of the deposit plies the Christian with certain great principles to committed to him by his Lord,—by his not instruct and enlighten his conscience, and which, shrinking from the recognition and defence of his if fuithsully applied, will infallibly preserve him name, nor compromising the peculiarities of his from guilty compliances and worldly conformity. Religion,-hy his presenting that Religion, when Instead of perplexing the understanding, and op- necessary, in all its breadth and fulness of statepressing the memory, by the infinite variety and ment, and defending it from every aspersion or minuteness of its directions, it has at once, by a epithet of scorn or ridicule that might be cast few general principles, taken up the Christian to upon it, will the Christian manisest his separation an eminence, from whence he may survey his from the world. He is stationed around the ark path, and distinguish the road upon which he in the field of battle,—the ark is the honour of his ought to travel, from all the cross-ways and by- Lord,—the field of battle is the world. If from this paths of the world. These great principles may station he suffer himself to be driven off, and resign be reduced to three separate rules. The first his trust, he need be at no loss to know his chais comprised in the following passages of Scrip-racter; it is written in his actions,—he is a ture:-“ Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do conformist to the world. all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks The second rule by which Christians mar tot to God and the Father by him.” “ Ye are not their separation from the world is embodied in your own, ye are bought with a price, even the the following passages. “ This is the will of precious blood of Christ.” “ I have espoused you God, even your sanctification.” “ Work out your to one husband, even to Christ." “ None of us own salvation with fear and trembling.” « Years Jiveth to himself.". “ Seek not your own, but the chosen, that ye may be blameless and without things which are Jesus Christ's.” These pas- rebuke until the day of the coming of the Lord.” sages variously express the same rule. They es- When God implants the seed of a new
spiritual tablish a clear and easily applied principle of life in the soul, he constitutes the believer a kiChristian conduct. The rule is, that before low-worker with himself, in cherishing and watchChristians engage in any action, adopt any plan ing over the growth of this heavenly plant, in of life, associate with any circle of society, resort defending it from the rude and chilling blasts o to any company, they must inquire whether they the wilderness, and fostering it into strength un'il can do so consistently with their obligation to ad- ! it efforesces and bears the lovely fruits of holi
ness. The highest charge which the Christian has founded. And yet the affecting scenes of distress with in reference to himself is the guardianship of his spi- which the physician is habitually conversant might imritual nature. To keep and dress the garden plant- Palue of the consolations of the Gospel. But in a
his mind, one would think, with the surpassing ed and watered by the Lord, and which is visited by multitude of instances it is far otherwise. His famihis presence,
this is the Christian’s peculiar work.liarity with such scenes only steels his heart against the To this work all others must yield. The Christian sacred impressions which might have been expected to must be holy; the spiritual life begun must ad arise in the bosom of one, whose chief employment it vance, and whatever would obstruct its
is to mitigate the pains, and relieve the distresses of shatever mode of life, whatever company or amuse
the sick and the dying. When, however, instead of ments would thwart its growth, must be removed
being merely the spectator, the physician himself be
comes the sufferer, the effect is often strangely differout of the way. The Christian is a stone cut out
Even the sturdiest scepticism has been known, in of the quarry, to be shaped and polished for the many instances, to yield under severe trials and persanctuary above; and every thing that would ob- sonal afflictions. This was remarkably the case with struct the operations of the Divine Architect, that
the eminent physician whose history we are about to
sketch. would retard the moulding and finishing of the Christian's spirit for its place in the temple of God,
Dr Thomas Bateman was born at Whitby, in York
shire, on the 20th of April 1778. He was from infrustrates the high end of the Christian's life.
fancy of a delicate constitution, remarkably silent and I to these two rules of conduct we add a third, reserved in disposition, and though sufliciently persededuced from the following passages of Scripture, vering, he by no means exhibited in carly life any strikthe Christian will then be provided with three ing indications of those high talents by which he was distinct principles, the honest, sincere conscien- afterwards distinguished. At four years of age he was tions application of which will enable him at all placed, as a day-scholar, under the care of the Rev.
Thomas Watson, a dissenting minister of learning and tiines to test the Christian character of his actions, abilities. With him young Bateman remained for seven and to ascertain when he is guilty of conformity to years; and when eleven years old, he was taken to the world, and when he avoids it.
spend the summer in the country, with the view of re
Here “ Take heed lest by any means your liberty be- covering his health after an attack of measles. come a stumbling-block to them that are weak.” he unfortunately fell into habits of indolence, and was
accustomed to spend the greater part of the day seated ** Let us judge this, that no man put a stumb
on the top of a gate near the house, without seeking ling-block, or an occasion to fall, in his brother's either employment or amusement. His father, enrag.
“ We that are strong ought to bear the ed at such conduct, one day remarked, “ that boy will indirmities of tbe weak, and not to please our- never be good for anything.” selves." “ Let every one of us please his neigh
After his return from the country, Thomas was again bour for good to edification.”
« All things are
sent to school at Thornton, a village twenty miles froin lawful for me, but all things are not expedient; began to be displayed, and as a relaxation from his or
Whitby. At this period his thirst for knowledge first all things are lawful for me, but all things dinary studies, he directed liis mind to music, drawing, edily not.” “ Let no man seek his own, but and botany. Ilis teacher was accustomed to observe every man another's.” Nothing can be plainer that his most remarkable quality when a schoolboy was than the rule embodied in these passages; it is his sound and penetrating judgment. this,—that those actions which a Christian, on
At the age of fifteen he lost his father, who had for consulting his own judgment, might consider pro-Whitby. The young man, thus deprived of a judicious
many years been a successful medical practitioner in per and lawful, he is yet to abstain from, and there-parent, found a counsellor and friend in Dr Beck with, w restrain his own liberty, if his example would be a distinguished physician at York. Guided by the adthe means of staggering or overthrowing the faith vice of one so well qualified to direct him, Bateman of a brother. He must submit to have his free- determined on following the profession of his father. dom curbed, that others may not stumble at his With this view he left Thornton, and returned to Whit
by, where he spent three years in preparatory studies, onduct,-giving none offence, neither to Jew nor
after which he repaired to London to prosecute medinor to the Church of God. And by a cine, under the most eminent teachers of the science. just extension of the spirit of these passages, the At this time, an incident occurred which shows in a rule directs us to deny ourselves in things lawful, strong light his amiable attention and kindness to his not only lest we throw a stumbling-block before only surviving parent. Before setting out for the mea brother in the Church, but lest an injurious im- tropolis, he asked his mother how often she would ex
She replied, “ Once pression of the Christian faith be given to the peet to receive a letter from him.
a fortnight ;" and from that time through all the subworld; lest our conduct should contribute to keep sequent years of his absence, and in the midst of his the world ignorant of the infinite distance between most active engagements, he never in one instance exitself and the Church, of the essential sinfulness ceeded the given period, even by a single day; the exand impurity of the one, and of the inherent beau. pected letter most frequently arriving two or three days ty and glory of the other.
within the time, closely filled with a minute detail of
every thing which he thought would be interesting to BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF
his family in his studies and pursuits, and in the cir
cumstances through which he was passing. As another DR THOMAS BATEMAN,
instance of the conscientious spirit by which this amiThere is no profession which has more generally been ble young man was actuated, we may mention the folsupposed to alienate the mind from Christianity than lowing fact :-“ On going out from bis lodgings to an that of medicine ; and it is much to be lamented that evening party, he bad told his landiady that he would the character and conduct of too many medical practi- be back at a particular hour. He was pressed, lowtoners show the supposition to be not altogether un- ever, to stay longer, and the company being agreeable,