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accurate view of, and a settled belief in, BY THE Rev. WILLIAM Scott MONCREIFF,

God's providential government of this world,

a point of the very first practical importMinister of Penicuick.

It is not easy, indeed, to conceive a more TIere are few words introduced in conversation deplorable state of mind, than that in which this to which so little meaning is attached, as that finds no place. It is, to use a Scripture phrase, which stands at the head of this article. Many,“ a living without God in the world.” It is to who talk of Providence, seem to consider it as have no confidence of protection, or even of synonymous with chance or fortune ; others would support, for the present, and no ground of hope appear to adopt it as a convenient veil for the real for the future. What can be more cheerless than atheism of their views ; while a still more nume- to be threatened with dangers, and see no power rous class employ the term at second hand, be- superior to our own which can avert them ? to be cause they bear it frequently used by the learned overwhelmed with sorrows, and discern no hand and the serious, without giving themselves any able to relieve us from their pressure, or sooth us crouble as to the propriety of their use or appli- under their infliction? or to suspect, that after all, cation of it. The number is small indeed of those virtue is a mere delusion, that might alone is right, who employ it with a clear comprehension of its that deceit and violence are the surest methods of real signification, or a due recollection, that, if acquiring or securing the enjoyments of life? to they mean any thing at all by it, they must ex- suppose that we are abandoned to the casualties of press thereby the holy, wise, and powerful will of nature, the violence of mankind, or the caprice of God, acting in the operation of all causes, and the our own passions ? to be incapable of perceiving determination of every event; or the daily and any order, harmony, or beauty, in the history or hourly government of God, exercised over us and progression of human affairs ? to feel no security all our actions. But admitting that the term Provi- in the character of our great moral Governor, that cence is liable to much abuse, it is not in itself objec- the triumph shall not ultimately be given to untionable ; for, though it is not a word of scriptural righteousness over truth and virtue ;-such a state authority, it is still a very appropriate and happy ex- of mind, to a man of any seriousness of reflection, pression for that general idea of the divine agency cannot fail to prove one of the most unhappy dein and over all the objects and events of nature. scription. We find, however, that even the most But then, if we are to employ it, let us see that we do highly favoured of God's saints have occasionally $0) correctly; for, otherwise, we may thereby come been reduced to this deplorable state of mind. to exclude from our own regards, and those of The Psalmist found, as he informs us, the Proothers, the very being, whose perpetual and uni- vidence of God a subject too painful for him ; he versal superintendence it is designed to express. confesses that he was envious at the foolish, when We need not seek to find any better definition of he saw the prosperity of the wicker, because he Providence than that given in our Shorter Cate observed, “ that they were not in trouble, as other chism. “ It is God's most holy, wise, and power- men, but bad more than heart could wish.” It ful preserving and governing all his creatures and would appear that he felt this temptation the more all their actions.” This is a short and simple ex- strongly, from the circumstance, that in his days, a planation of a term so general and abstract ; but it marked change had taken place on the character presents us with a distinct, accurate, and compre- of God's providential dealings with Israel. In hensive idea, widely different indeed from the con- the age immediately preceding his own, the Lord fused and indefinite notions of Providence, which had governed his people directly, so to speak, often are in general entertained. Endeavouring to carry without the agency of secondary causes, but solely this idea along with us, let us now attempt to through his own visible, or audible, and immediate point out some of the practical uses of the doctrine direction. No Israelite, therefore, in those days

of miraculous dispensation, could, for one moment, It must be very evident to every one, that I misconstrue or reject the doctrine of divine Pro

which it expresses.

vidence ; for the righteous were then obviously re- | Yet ignorant though we confessedly are of the warded, while no less distinct and unequivocal extent and minuteness of the arrangements of was the judicial retribution on the wicked. But, the Almighty, we are in constant danger of in proportion as the Israelites withdrew from so far forgetting our own weakness and shortGod, he removed farther and farther from them, sightedness, as to limit the agency of the divine till at last, the impious began to hint their hopes mind in the detail of Providence. Many serithat he had entirely withdrawn himself, that he ous persons shrink from the idea of ascribing would neither do good nor evil, and had left them the minor details of the world's history directly to to themselves; while the godly were often dis- God, as if it were unbecoming his dignity to refer couraged, when it was asked of them, “ How does them to him. They are willing to ascribe all God know; is there knowledge in the Most High?" works of creation to his sole power, but they conand when, as in confident reply to the question, the ceive, that it is a derogation from his dignity to order impious enquirers pointed to themselves, and said, his creatures' affairs. They would not encumber “ behold the ungodly who prosper in the world, him, after so great an obligation as their creation and increase in riches.” At that time the Christ- has laid them under to him, with the care of them. ian's doubts and misapprehensions were removed And yet what is this but to limit the Most High, by only by his having recourse to the light of Revealed conceiving of him as of ourselves ? it is to forget, Truth : "when I thought to know this, it was too that by no possibility can any thing be too hard painful for me, until I went into the sanctuary of for him ; or, that as nothing is too vast for his God, then understood I their end.” And thus it control, so nothing can be too minute for his is still. These clear views of God's providence are, superintendence. Our blessed Lord, with the occasionally at least, to be found clouding the peace force and simplicity of truth, when impressing and darkening the prospects of sincere Christians ; on us the fear of God, rebukes this inconsidernor are they otherwise to be dispelled, than by a ation, by reminding us that there can be nothing simple minded recourse to the sanctuary of God's hid from his knowledge. He states, in the most Word. Natural religion throws little, if any light distinct manner, the direct superintendence of on the mysteries of Providence. To the man the divine mind over all," even the very hairs who stands on its heights of observation, God's of your head are all numbered.” Now, if we allow ways are indeed “ in the sea, and his paths in the God's omniscience, it were foolish in us to deny great waters ;” and it is only from the sanctuary his Providence. To suppose that he could forethat we can perceive that they are all “ mercy and see any contingency against which he could not truth, unto such as keep his testimonies," and that, provide, were to reduce him to a lower level than through the intricate mass of events, he is causing that which we occupy ; and, doubtless, it is just “all things to work together for good to them from his foreseeing and providing for all events, that love him.” The Providence of God must, that his ways often appear to us, who foresee nothing, therefore, be ever read and interpreted by the so very complex and mysterious. We must reWord of God. The inspired history, it may be member, that “ He sees the end from the beginobserved, in that Word, resembles all other history, ning;" knows all things that are not as though they in being the annals of Providence. It differs froin were ;" takes into one clear, simultaneous view, all human compilations chiefly in this, that with a events throughout all ages, the past, the present, detail of the events, there is also a revelation of and the future, “ one day being to him as a thouthe motives and influences of that all-pervading sand years, and a thousand years as one day.” mind, which determines every event. For exam- Once grounded and established in this faith in the ple, the restoration of the Jews to their native land, Providence of God, we shall never look on any after the Babylonish captivity, considered as an thing to be so mighty or so minute as to lie out event, might have been recorded by a profane his- of its precincts. It is not that all events are intorian as accurately as it has been by the inspired different to the divine mind, that God is as much Ezra. The circumstance, doubtless, surprised concerned about the hairs of our head, as he is many persons of reflection at the time, and would about the care of our souls, and that to him all be ascribed, by the Assyrian moralists, to a variety things are of equal importance, or rather are alike of political motives. The inspired historian alone disregarded. This were a most dangerous view of discovers to us the real cause, when he says, “ that Providence, and certainly a false one, as may be the Word of the Lord, by the mouth of Jeremiah, distinctly perceived from the words of our Lord: might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit “ are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and of Cyrus, king of Persia, that he made a proclama- not one of them is forgotten before God.” And tion throughout all his kingdom,” &c. Ezra i. 1. what doctrine do we deduce from this? That And had it pleased God to give us an inspired his- God is as attentive to a sparrow as to the soul of torian for our own times, a similar key would have man? Far from it. “ Fear not, therefore, ye are been thereby furnished to all the events which of more value than many sparrows.” “God

This has been wisely withheld, for if feedeth the raven, how much more are ye better it be presumptuous in a child or a subject to require than the fowls ?”' Because God's Providence exa reason for every domestic or civil appointment, tends to every thing, it does not follow that all how much more so for us, to demand the why and things, be they great or small, share alike in his the wherefore of the steps of the divine government. attentive regards; but it does follow, and that

now Occur.

success.

most conclusively, that, poor and despised as we counsel and excellent in working." But if, on are, he thinketh on us, seeing that by him the any pretence, these faculties are abused or neglectvery fowls of heaven are fed, and the lilies of the ed by us, we may be very sure that God's Provifeld are clad in their more than regal glory. dence will be exercised and his administration

There is one other passage in which our blessed vindicated, only by our suffering the just punishLord illustrates the doctrine of Providence, which ment of our sin and our folly. I mention, chiefly, because it may lead us to perceive the connection of that doctrine with prayer. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF THE I allude to that admirable form of supplication REV. SAMUEL WALKER, B. A., which he taught his disciples. You will observe,

Formerly of Truro, Cornwall. that he presupposes a firm and enlightened belief Few men were more distinguished by their exertions of God's special providence in the minds of his in the cause of Christ during the last century than the disciples . We are to enter into our closets, to shut subject of our present sketch. He was, in fact

, a perour door, and to pray in secret to our Father, as

fect model of a parish minister ; and, accordingly, it to one who seeth in secret; and then, what are we to pray for? Why, for our daily bread, and to be may be interesting to trace the most striking points of

his history as a devoted Christian and a faithful pastor. led, in the course of providence, into no temptation,

Samuel Walker was born in the city of Exeter on but to be delivered from all evil; and what is

the 16th of December 1714, and was the youngest of the argument by which we are to enforce our peti- seven children. His parents were highly respectable

, tions for such minute and special blessings ? It is and he had the honour of being descended, in the mathis, “ thine is the kingdom, and the power,

and

ternal line, from the celebrated Bishop Hall. The the glory;" that is, “ thine, o heavenly Father, is first part of Samuel's early education was received at the dominion over all, and the power in all, and

home, but the latter part at the grammar school in k the end of all things ; and, therefore, however in

Exeter. At eighteen he was sent to Exeter College, significant I, thy suppliant, may be, and however Oxford, where he prosecuted his studies with marked minute my interests, neither í nor they can be

He received the degree of Bachelor of Arts, overlooked ; to ask of thee, day by day, my daily and took orders in the year 1737. His first curacy bread, is not to trouble thee with the minute cares

was the parish of Dodescomb Leigh, in the vicinity of of an insignificant individual, for thy kingdom his native place, which he held only till August 1738, extendeth over all; and thy power is the source, when, at the request of Lord Rolle, he undertook and thy glory is the result, of thy universal ad- the tuition of his Lordship’s youngest brother during a ministration.” If we maintained this constant sense journey through France. While engaged in this foreign of God's providential government, we should be

tour he paid particular attention to those lighter acmore instant in prayer; we should more fervently complishments which form, in too many instances, the

supplicate him in our seasons of distress, and sum total of the acquisitions made by young men in is more fervently adore him for his mercies ; for the their Continental travels. After having been thus em

recognition of his sovereignty infers the duty of ployed for two years he returned home and went to prayer to him, of implicit trust in him, and un

reside at Lanlivery in Cornwall, as curate to his friend qualified submission to him.

Mr Nicolas Kendall, canon of Exeter, and archdeacon But if the doctrine of a special Providence of Toftness. On the death of the Archdeacon in 1740, be consistent with that of prayer, it is no less Mr Walker was presented to the vicarage of his parish, 80 with the duty of painstaking in every mat- to hold during the minority of a nephew of the patron. ter in which we are engaged. It is not pos- | During his residence at Lanlivery, he discharged his sible for us, at present, to enter on the wide official duties with the most unwearied assiduity and field of instances in which the doctrine in ques- conscientiousness. “He reproved, exhorted, and watchtion is abused and perverted by the fanatical, ed over his flock, preaching, catechising, and visiting in the antinomian, and the idle. We may meet with private ; nor could any minister more sincerely deplore not a few, who seem not to perceive that it is as evident unfruitfulness in his spiritual vineyard." Yet foolish and presumptuous to deny it altogether, as the full extent of reformation which he was anxious to expect that God's particular Providence will in- to produce in the parish was of an external nature, afterpose to save their exertions, or excuse their in- fecting merely the outward decency and sobriety of his dustry. There are others who not only make the people. He was still ignorant of the only way by plea of trusting Providence a pretence for desert- which the natural enmity of the heart to God may be ing the path of duty, but who excuse their own subdued—even by a cordial submission to the righteousimprudence, by pleading a confidence in the lead-ness of the Redeemer. ings, as they call them, of Providence, which is In the summer of 1746, Mr Walker resigned the altogether unwarrantable. They forget that the vicarage of Lanlivery to the young gentleman for faculties with which God hath endowed us, form, whom he held it, and removed to the curacy of Truro. as it were, a part of his Providence.“ Doth not The change was to him peculiarly agreeable, as affordthe ploughman cast in the principal wheat, and the ing scope for the exercise of the social qualities, and appointed barley, and the rye, in their place?” And the display of those refined dispositions and feelings why? “ For his God doth instruct bim to discre- which so remarkably characterized him. Though hation, and doth teach him.” “ This also cometh bitually attentive to the external forms of religion, he from the Lord of Hosts, who is wonderful in acknowledges that his heart was then in the world, and

that the desire of human applause was the chief motive of his parish without asking his advice. He bore all from which he acted.

his trials with the truest Christian resignation, and carDuring the first year of his incumbency at Truro, Mr ried himself with a dignity and mildness that would Walker attracted considerable notice, both as an elo

have disarmed the rancour of all enemies, but those

who abhor the image of the Saviour wherever they may quent preacher and a well-educated man.

He was

find it, and whose corrupt nature renders them irrecon. courted, and flattered, and admired; and all this, for no

cileable to spirituality of mind and holiness of life. other reason than the extent and variety of his mere Speaking of his school, and the treatment he received, human accomplishments. The peculiar doctrines of the he says in a letter, written under the pressure of severe Gospel, he tells us, “ he knew notionally, but neither illness,-' this has shaken my purposes in regard to the felt nor taught them practically.” The hardest of all school. I am engaged, in honour and conscience, to do lessons he had yet to learn, that works must be the all I can for the good of it and the public, and bave for

got, and most heartily forgiven, all former bad treatevidence, not the price of our justification ; and accord

ment, and even present unkindness. The severest ingly, when, at an after period of his life, his views of blow he ever received was the death of his beloved divine truth became clearer and more scriptural, he felt, minister and friend, an event which, coupled with other on looking back upon the time he spent at Lanlivery, circumstances in after years, induced him to remove to that he ought to go sorrowing to the grave, upon a

Padstow, where he undertook the instruction of a select review of six years so passed over.”

number of pupils. This occupation was his great deMr Walker had been at least a year in his curacy at

light, and he frequently expressed a wish, that, if it Truro, before he began to suspect that there was the school, and that suddenly.

pleased God, he might die while employed in his

His prayer was heard: slightest deficiency in his mode of exhibiting divine

one Saturday evening, after endeavouring to prepare the truth. The individual by whose instrumentality his youthful minds of his scholars for the solemnities of the sentiments and whole tone of thinking underwent a coming Sabbath, he earnestly prayed for a blessing on complete change, was Mr Conon, master of the gram- his labours, when suddenly the stroke of death silenced mar school at Truro, of whom he was accustomed ever

his voice of supplication, and changed it for that of after to speak in the highest terms. The circumstance

ceaseless thanksgiving in regions of eternal praise.”

Such is the brief but interesting history of the man which led to this good man's intimacy with Mr Walker

whom Mr Walker frankly acknowledged as his spiritual is thus narrated :“ Mr Walker received a letter, containing a sum of

father in Christ. “ He who had long sat in comparamoney which the writer requested him to pay at the tive darkness now saw a great light.” And himself custom-house, as justly due to the revenue, for duty on

cheered by the refreshing beams of the Sun of Rightso:ne French wines he had used for his health. He had eousness, he, from this time, commenced his career as been unsuccessful in his attempts, in that age of smug- a zealous and unwearied labourer in the Lord's vinegling on the coast, to obtain any on which custom had yard. It was no small trial of Mr Walker's faith, howbeen paid, but the virtuous conscience of the spiritual Christian remembered his Master's divine command.

ever, that the very same place which had witnessed The letter contained an apology for troubling Mr Walker, him foremost in the scenes of gaiety and mirthful rebut stated that his high character would prevent all sus

velry, was now destined to be the scene of his deterpicion of straightforward honesty in the transaction. mined opposition to the maxims and the manners of an Curious to know whether the same happy conscientious- ungodly world. He knew that ridicule, reproach, and ness was manifest in all his doings, Mr Walker sought persecution, would be the necessary results of a change his acquaintance, and the result was a respect approaching to veneration, for one who exhibited in his daily first to lay open to his people the deceitfulness and des

so decided. His heart began to fail as he attempted a! habits all the true effects of religion on a Christian's beart and actions. The attractions of his conversation perate wickedness of the human heart, and he felt as if and the purity of his life, at length ripened intercourse his tongue refused to utter the freeness and the fulness into intimacy, and the result was the conversion of the of redeeming grace. He, however, who had called him minister, through the wise and prudent instrumentality to be bis servant, stood by in the hour of his extremity, of his pious friend.”

delivering him, by the communications of his grace, And the character of Mr Conon is thus depicted :

from “ the fear of man which bringeth a snare." Mr “ Mr Conon was one of those rare and devoted Walker's preaching now changed its character. Bold, Christians, who, in an age of darkness, shone with a lustre little comprehended and greatly opposed ; but he fearless, uncompromising statements of Gospel truth was content to be “ hated without a cause,' and to suffer

were unfolded in every sermon, and the result was, in obloquy and shame for the Lord's sake.

such circumstances, what might have been anticipated. Though threatened with the loss of stipend and “ Addresses of this description could not fail to exscholars, a threat afterwards actually carried into effect, cite the feelings of those who heard them, and their he persevered in his course, and, like the glow-worm, first ebullition was in anger against the man who now shone brightest when the gathering of the dark night- denounced the very path in which, the immoralities exclouds gave warning of an impending tempest. He was cepted, he had cheerfully accompanied them, and propersecuted purely for the sake of his Religion, being claimed that the profane, the lustful, and the formalist, acknowledged on all hands to be an instructor of youth were all marching with the multitude on the same broad of extraordinary ability, to whose tuition almost all the road to destruction. Still, the earnestness of the gentlemen's sons in the middle and western part of preacher, and the striking alteration of his habits, as Cornwall had been committed. But he was guilty of well as the tone of his sermons, stirred up the curiosity the unpardonable crime, in those days, of training up of the people, who, while they were enraged at the his pupils in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, - fidelity, were enchained by the eloquence, and treman error far less venial in the eyes of their ignorant and bled at the sternness of their reprover. Even out of prejudiced parents, than carelessness of their morals or the pulpit they feared the presence of their minister ; neglect of discipline. For many years, he walked hand the Sabbath loiterers and profane would retire at his in hand with his pastor and convert, Mr Walker, who approach, saying, “ let us go, here comes Walker. His never took any step of importance in the management | manner is opid to have been commanding and solemn in the extreme ; and his life was so truly in unison with which afforded an opportunity of speaking on the minhis precepts, that at length he awed into silence those isterial office and character, which Mr Walker immewho were at first most clamorous against him. Such diately embraced, and entered on the subject with such crowds attended his ministry, that the thoroughfares acuteness of reasoning, and solemnity of appeal, to his of the town seemed to be deserted during the hours of rector, as a fellow-labourer in the Gospel, that he reservice, so that it was remarked, you might fire a treated, overwhelmed with confusion, and unable to say cannon down every street of Truro, in church-time, a word about the intended dismissal. He was, in conwithout a chance of killing a single human being.' sequence, reproached with a breach of his promise, and

In consequence of his devoted attention to his minis- went a second time to fulfil it. He again retreated terial duties, a general awakening, by the blessing of without daring to allude to the subject of his visit. He the Spirit, soon took place among the people. The first

was pressed to go a third time by one of his principal convert was a young soldier of licentious habits, who be- if you can, I cannot. I feel in his presence as if he

parishioners, but replied, “ do you go and dismiss him came a consistent follower of Jesus; and it was pecu

were a being of a superior order, and am so abashed larly gratifying to Mr Walker, to find that the example that I am uneasy till I can retire. A short time after of this, his “ first and dearest child,” as he was wont to this, the rector was taken ill, when he sent for Mr term him, was the means of leading others to enquire. Walker, entreated his prayers, acknowledged the proAt length the enquirers became so numerous, that he priety of his conduct as a minister, and promised him was obliged to devote a few evenings in each week to led, his resolution passed away with the alarm of illness.

his hearty support if he recovered, but it is to be feartheir instruction in private ; and such was his anxiety to

Never was a more striking instance than this of the discharge faithfully this delicate part of his ministerial power of religious consistency,it is inconsistency that duty, that he drew up, for his guidance on such occa- makes us inefficient; while a life suitable to our prosions, a scheme of private instruction suited to different fession, attracts esteem from the godly, and repels the circumstances. The skill with which Mr Walker ac

hostile weapons of our foes. It is when her priests are commodated himself to the various cases which present rejoice and sing; and though the enemies of truth hate

clothed with righteousness, that the saints of the church ed themselves, was remarkable ; and as an instance of the light of that celestial dress, they retreat overpowerhis peculiar sagacity , we the ed with the bright reflection of its beams.”

foto nga which is thus narrated by the biographer

: - "The unwearied assiduity with which M. Walker full

“One of his visitors, for private instruction, was a

ed the duties of his office, endeared him to the Christians young man, who stated that he called to thank him for the benefit he had received from his ministry, and to

in Truro, and such was their affection for him, that it was heg bis advice. Mr Walker immediately questioned his earnest wish that he might live and die among them. him as to the knowledge he possessed of his own heart, Soon after he had entered upon the cure, he bad been when the youth expressed in general terms, a convic- presented by the trustees of his late patron, Mr Kendall, tion that he was an unworthy sinner. Perceiving, by to the vicarage of Talland, and had obtained leave of his manner, that he had never duly experienced that non-residence from the bishop. Now, however, that conviction, Mr Walker at once entered into an explan- he became aware of the deep responsibilities of the miation of the sinner's character, with a personal reference to the individual before him. He dwelt upon his in- nisterial office, he readily resigned the emoluments of a gratitude to God, the evil nature of the motives which charge, the duties of which he was unable to perform. had influenced all his actions, the fruitlessness of his This, of course, reduced his income, but the good man life, the defilement even of his best deeds, and then add- was prepared to make any sacrifice to preserve his inteed, " I fear you are secretly displeased with me, begrity and uprightness. cause I have not commended your good intentions, and

“ He bore with cheerfulness all the inconveniences flattered your vanity.' • No indeed, Sir,' he replied, 'I feel extremely thankful for this striking proof of of his diminished fortune, relinquished his accustomed your kindness and regard.'

comforts, and went into humble lodgings, with accom

modations of the plainest kind. While in this condi“ The discerning minister had, however, formed a true judgment of the character before him. The young declined them all. He could not leave his devoted

tion, he had four offers made him of preferment, but man acknowledged the next day that he had given a false answer, and that, chagrined by the little account

flock; he would not receive from any portion of the Mr Walker seemed to make of his professions, he had vineyard where he laboured not ; all his desires centred secretly determined to encounter no more the search in longings for God's presence in his soul, and a bless

He thus exhibited in practice his ing questions which exposed his shallowness, and ing on his ministry.

• No debrought low the vain imaginations of his heart. 'This own description of the contented Christian."

sire is there of other treasure but God, nor is there any experienced pastor had dealt wisely with him ; he was fighty, ostentatious, and injudicious, but afterwards be

want grievous while the light of God's countenance is

enjoyed. This changes rags into purple garments, came an exemplary and useful Christian.” Mr Walker's faithfulness as a pastor, while bymany dwelling be narrow and inconvenient, and makes the

sweetens the coarse and homely meal, satisfies that the it was duly appreciated, soon drew down upon him the heart dance for joy, while beholders regard, sotne with reproaches, and called forth the opposition of the ene- pity, and some with scorn. Oye poor great ones ; mies of vital godliness. Foiled in their attempt to in- poor, because strangers to God, poor, and without quiet, jure him with their bishop, they applied to the rector

how little cause have ye to boast that ye fare sumptuof Truro, and at length extracted from him a promise to ously! This man hath delicacies which ye cannot redismiss Mr Walker from his cure. The result is curi- lish, a continual feast he hath satisfying his soul, while

your very heart is troubled with all the contrivances of ous and interesting :

art to please, and all the elegances of luxury to indulge “ When the rector of Truro entered the apartment you ; you cannot feed upon content as he doth, because of his curate, he was received with that elegance and ye know not God, for it is his privilege, having nothing, true dignity of manner, which was natural to one who

to be as if he possessed all things.' had long been the charm of society, and he became so em

As another instance of Mr Walker's singular disintę. barrassed as to be perfectly unable to enter on the subject of his visit.He at length made some remark, / restedness, we may adduce the following :

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