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their hearts on those worldly delights, which were in- 1 him already in the last stage of consumption--bis voice tended to raise them in grateful devotion towards their gone, and his strength so feeble, that he was quite un bounteous and blessed Author.

able to bear the fatigue of conversing with me. It was, While, from this cause, Mrs C was rapidly therefore, impossible to learn from him much of bis backsliding from God, and growing into the habits and views and feelings in the prospect of approaching spirit of a mere worldling, her husband was taken death,—a disadvantage under which a minister is often away from her with a stroke. He held the office of a made to grieve, when called too late to the sick or tide-waiter at Leith, and, while on duty, he was killed dying beds of his people. All that was left to me, was by a blow from a cable, and carried home to his widow to declare unto him the Gospel, and to join in prayer a corpse. This sore and sudden bereavement, it might to God with him and his afflicted friends. And though have been thought, would have recalled her, and led I could know very little of his state of mind, yet, from her to return to her “ First Husband.” But its only his eager and interested attention to the truth, I was, effect was, to give greater intenseness and concentra- and am, disposed to indulge the hope, that he was tion to her worldliness. Her affections were now fixed vitally interested in the salvation of the Gospel. It with undivided regard on her three fatherless children, was, I think, on returning a third time to visit him, and her sole object was to support and educate them. that I found him removed beyond the reach of all mi. This, in all circumstances an anxious and arduous nisterial or Christian attentions. His mother and his charge, was, in her state of mind and circumstances, sister were sunk in sorrow; yet there was very much made doubly burdensome. She was an ambitious as in their spirit and demeanour, which left the impression well as an affectionate mother. Not satisfied that her upon my mind, that they sorrowed as became Chris. children should have necessaries, she aspired to have tians. At the funeral of this widow's son, a relation them all genteelly clothed and well educated. But ber of the family asked what I thought of his religious husband had left her in utter poverty. His relations, state ; and I weil remember, that on my expressing a who seem to have been offended by her uppishness, favourable hope, so far as I had seen, he expressed sur. offered her no assistance, and she was too proud to ask prise and incredulity, adding, "I could not have thought it; and, with only her own industry to supply the for his mother and the whole family are still in a means, it may easily be conceived what a fight she state of nature.” Though far from admiring this harsh must have endured in carrying into accomplishment this and unfeeling judgment, yet, aware how closely the object of her heart's desire. This fight, which was not language of sadness is allied to the language of serious " the fight of faith,” but rather what Boston would call ness, and how many speak, and perhaps feel, religious a “ faithless fight,” was all the more grievous that she ly in their affliction, whose language and conduct win maintained it alone. Had she sought to cast her bur- their prosperity bear no evidence of picty, I was, perden upon the Lord, he would, according to his pro- haps, led by it, in some degree, to distrust my own mise, have sustained it. But alas ! she was either be- more favourable opinion of the religion of the family. come too ungodly to seek to him at all, as the husband In less than a year after, the threatening of a reof the widow, or, from the consciousness of her un- newed stroke gave me occasion to resume my vi:its to worthy and dishonouring apostacy, could not confide them. The youngest daughter was now sinking unte: in his grace and compassion toward her. She was left, the same ruthless disease which shortly before had ik therefore, to struggle on with her difficulties in the off her brother. The hectic cheek, the short hurriet strength of her own love and pride, and severe indeed breathing,—the profuse wasting perspiration, were ab was her struggle. “Many was the day, I may say the the too sure tokens that she had not long to live. As year,” said she, “ during which I suffered hunger and yet, however, the disease had not made the same pronakedness, that my children might want nothing, and gress in her as in her brother, when first I was called appear respectable among other children.”

to attend him. She was still able to read and to col.. When I first became acquainted with her, she had verse, and to apply her mind profitably to the concerns got over the hardships which she had endured in bring- of her eternal peace. I found her at first very timid ing up her family. Her son (the youngest, if I mis- and reserved. Indeed I cannot say that she ever betake not,) was so far advanced, as to have entered on came much otherwise, but I soon saw and heard enough an office in the Customs, which his mother had got for to satisfy me, that in pronouncing them all to be “in a him through the kindness of Mr 0 -, who remem- state of nature,” her relation, in so far as she was conbered her husband, and felt a humane interest in his cerned, was as wide from truth as from charity. For family. The youngest daughter lived at home with several years before this time, as I learned, she had her mother, and, I believe, supported herself by her been brought to a deep concern about her salvation, unindustry. And the eldest had been, for a considerable der the ministry of a man, who had never been reputed time, in an honourable family, in the situation of go- to be careful about his own—a mysterious yet instruc

According to the worldly way of reckon- tive fact, which may well awaken, even in those ministers ing, therefore, it might have been supposed that her who may have been honoured in converting sinners, a toils and cares were at an end, and that the time was salutary jealousy over themselves, inasmuch as their come when she was to reap her recompense in the re- being made use of to convert others does not argue their quitals of her grateful and prosperous children. How own conversion, nor hinder that, after all, themselves far her heart yielded itself to this illusive promise I may be cast away! Over this man's death she mourned cannot tell, though, I believe, it is not possible for any like a dove, as her mother expressed it, as for a spiritual mere worldly heart to resist its power. But a sore ex- father. The work of grace thus begun in her, advanced perience of its illusiveness soon awaited her. It seemed steadily in her soul. During her protracted illness, and in to have been said to her, as to backsliding Israel, “ Be- the full anticipation of her latter end, she enjoyed a cause thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, blessed peace; and died in the humble hope, and I doak and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, not, passed into the full enjoyment of the great salvation. therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants; in the day. This renewed bereavement lay heavy on the spirits, and shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning the long and anxious waiting, wbich preceded it, bore shall thou make thy seed to flourish ; but the harvest hard on the bodily health of the afflicted mother. There shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate were visible in her countenance the lines of deep and sorrow."

settled sadness. And though nothing at the time escape! Her son had been only a few months in his office her which betrayed a want of Religion, there was erswhen he lost his health. My first visit to the house dently an embarrassment and restraint, which prevented was on being called by his sister to see him. I found all cordial response to the lessons of divine truth and all


cordial sympathy with the language of Christian con- ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidsolation. Soon after her daughter's death, she removed ings.” Yet, when all is known, it gives no countenance to the country, with the view of recruiting her exhaust- or encouragement to presumptuous backsliding, for with ed strength, and reviving her depressed spirits. On her joy in God, through whom she had received the her return to her own house, after an interval of about reconciliation, was blended a sense of shame and selfeight months, it was evident, at a glance, that she had reproach, under which she continued to mourn bitterly,

not found what she sought from her country residence. even to the last. tra The seeds of disease, which had ripened more rapidly When no longer able to assist herself, her only sur

in her children, had been lurking in her own constitu- viving daughter, who had for some years filled the situa

tion, and care and sorrow seemed now to be hastening on tion of governess in a family, not far from Edinburgh, ER

their maturity. She was evidently consumptive. A great came home to wait upon her dying mother. Of the bechange was visible in the state of her mind. She had ginning of this young person's spiritual history I have no not lost her dejection, but she had laid aside her reserve. information; this, however, I know, that she was emiIt was at this time that she gave me all the particulars nently pious, and, I believe, was made singularly useful of her early history, which I have already detailed ; and in infusing her Christianity into the hearts of her pupils. the circumstance which gave her freedom to disclose It may well be imagined, therefore, that she proved a it, was, I doubt not, the gracious experience by which great comfort to her Christian parent, in the last days of

the sequel was distinguished. When left alone, be- her life. These were considerably protracted; the disber reared of her children, her comfort and her pride, and ease, under which she was dying, being generally more

brought to reflect on all ner afflictions, on their cause, tardy in its progress in aged than in younger patients. and their design, the sin of her backsliding came to her As Mrs C- had few friends, and was almost a stranremembrance. The light which had been long excluded ger in the neighbourhood, her daughter sent for me early from her mind again found entrance; and her sin in hav. on the morning of the Sabbath on which she died, to be ing so long “ forsaken the fountain of living waters, with her in her last moments. The scene was deeply affectand in hewing out for herself broken cisterns which ing. When told, a short time before, that her end was could hold no water," appeared to her in so strong a near, that she could not survive above a few hours, she light that astonishment and terror seized upon her; and replied, “ Is it possible that there are only three hours for months, like many an awakened backslider, she was between me and glory? Blessed be God.” With these hardly preserved from sinking into despair. 'At last, words she ceased to speak, and about two o'clock she however, she was made to know that God was waiting expired, leaving her daughter the sole survivor of all to be gracious. After a dreadful conflict she found her the family, an orphan and fatherless, in the world. way, under the guidance of the Spirit of Grace, to the For a few months Miss C- lived the lonely inhabitpeace of reconciliation through the blood of the cross ; ant of her mother's dwelling. But, by and by, her health and I well remember, with what deep emotion she ac- also began to droop. From a kind consideration of her cirknowledged the way by which the Lord had led her, cumstances, she was invited to the country, on a visit saying to me, “the getting of my family, Sir, came be- to the family in which she had spent the days of her tween me and God, and I now see that he has taken health and usefulness; and there, she so far recovered them away from me again, that he might bring me back strength as to undertake the education of a family of to himself." This is no peculiar experience. A simi- motherless children in Edinburgh. Her Christian characlar discipline is common to man, and the effect of it, inter and usefulness formed her sole recommendation to the present instance, may help those who are now sub- this important charge ; but she had not well entered on jected to its experience, to know what is its design, in its duties, when the same dreadful disease which had cut their own. It is altogether the dictate of natural feel. off the rest of her family, seized upon her frame, and ings, when affliction visits us, when adverse provi- in a very little time, brought her down to the grave. I dence cuts off our resources or removes our comforts, had not an opportunity of seeing her often during to say “ all these things are against us." In one view her illness, and have nothing to record of her death they are against us: if man were only flesh and blood, beyond the simple, but all-satisfying fact, that she and his whole interests confined to earth and time, it died in the faith of that Saviour, whom, while she lived, would be impossible, perhaps, to reconcile such experi- she loved and honoured. ence with our real good, or with the love and favour of The whole family is extinct. Death began and comour heavenly Father. But, let it once be considered pleted his triumph over them, in the space of less than that man is spirit as well as flesh, that he is destined to three years. But they have exchanged their place on live for ever, and that God, as the father of our spirits, earth, we trust, for a place in heaven, where she who once takes chiefest care of our spiritual and eternal welfare, felt herself sorely bereaved, and counted her pain, and and, straightway, the most adverse events in life as- care, and toil, all cruelly frustrated, appears before the sume a new and more attractive aspect. They are seen throne, saying, in devout, and grateful, and rejoicing adto be what this afflicted widow lived to feel and ac- miration of the providence and grace of her God and knowledge, the irksome, yet the needed discipline by Saviour, “ Behold I and the children thou hast given which the soul is cured of its ungodliness, and the purposes of God's fatherly care most effectually accomplished, in its recovery to himself—an experience which A REVIVAL OF RELIGION IN THE carries with it the strongest argument for meek sub

ISLE OF LEWIS. mission to all sufferings, and suggests the most profitable and precious use to which every sufferer should In our last number we made an interesting extract from ever labour to apply them.

a work entitled “ History of Revivals of Religion in the From this time Mrs C made visible and British Isles,” published by Oliphant and Son, Edinrapid growth in the spiritual life. But her bodily health burgh. From the same source we are enabled to precontinued to decline. So long as she was at all able to move about, she liv in unrelieved loneliness,

sent our readers with the following narrative, which widow indeed, and desolate, and continuing,” I believe, cannot fail to be read with thrilling interest by every “ in supplications and in prayers night and day.” Her reflecting person. good hope, through grace, seemed almost daily to gather “The Rev. Alex. M‘Leod commenced his exertions as strength. In this respect her experience forms a blessed minister of Uig in 1824. The people attended public encouragement to the penitent backslider, for it testifies worship tolerably well from the time of his admission ; of God's faithfulness to bis gracious promise, “ Return, but he describes his painful conviction that the fixed



gaze with which they beheld him was not an intelligent, | Uig—and that at all hours, from eight o'clock at night but what Wesley used to call 'a stupid attention. till one in the morning, he has passed by and over heard This lasted but one month, when he began to observe persons engaged in prayer. Many a bush formed a one and another melt into tears, and a tender wistful shelter for a soul communing with its God; and along Listening, a • living ear' substituted for the former the brown ridges of the fallow, by stooping, so as to stupid one. Presently enquirers came to obtain private cast the figures between the eye and the clear margin instruction, and the exigencies of the people led to the of the horizon, dim forms might be discerned, either extension of religious opportunities such as a lecture alone, or two and three together, kneeling and pouring on Thursdays, and many regular prayer meetings, which out their wants at the footstool of mercy. The captain still exist, and are attended with avidity. In 1827, up- of a king's ship, which lay for a considerable time off wards of 600 pupils, of various ages, attended the schools the island, who, in pursuing his sports, has crossed and mand in 1834, mention is made of 13 Sabbath schools recrossed the lands in all directions, bears witness that in that one parish. Auxiliaries were required to aid he never met with any intoxication, any profanity, nor in. the teachers and catechists, and every thing seemed to deed a single person engaged in any occupation which be in a state of lively movement. When Mr MʻL. first might tempt him to wish to shrink from public inspection, entered on his office, all the people of a certain age were except during their frequent retirements for prayer. He accustomed to flock to the table of communion. He mentioned, in particular, his having entered a wood-yard had reason to apprehend that few of them discerned the in the town of Stornoway, to enquire into the progress Lord in the feast, and preached to them carefully for a of some repairs making on his boat, when he saw two year, before he ventured to celebrate that solemn ordi- men retire behind the logs to pray together, and though nance; and so much had their light increased, that but their Gaelic was unintelligible to him, their occupation, a small portion of the old communicants presented them- and obvious abstraction from the world, and solemn selves, and they with silent tears.-- It is very remarkable, impression of the divine presence, softened and subthat in the course of years wherein he has acted as their dued the man of the sea, though not given to the meil. pastor, he has scarcely been obliged to reject or keeping mood. back any one from this feast of love. Indeed there are “ He said, “They are an extraordinary people here; many whom their pastor would be glad to admit, who one cannot but be struck with their honesty, kindness, keep back perhaps from some erroneous apprehension and sobriety. I am told they make a good deal of of the nature of the ordinance. This is the case in whisky for sale. It cannot be for home consumption, several other Highland parishes. At the communion for I think I never met a drunk person out of the town, services of 1828, the island seemed to be moved with One hears of Religion elsewhere, but one sees it here in one emotion, for 9000 people flocked to Uig on that every thing.' occasion. Then and subsequently, the days and nights, “We have pleasure in mentioning, as another exan. from the fast to the thanksgiving days, have been occu- ple of the devotional habits of these people, what a pied in exhortation and prayer, by the various ministers friend, who was rowed up the Loch Roag, witnessed. and elders, amongst whom the name of John Macdonald The way being long, it is customary to stop to rest and of Farintosh or Urquhart stands pre-eminent. In 1833, refresh the oarsman, When they had drawn their boat an immense concourse of persons attended, following up into the little bay, and ceased from their toil, the and seeking the truth, from the isles of Harris and Uist, men, before they tasted of their food, raised their blue as they had done for a year or two before ; and the bonnets, and united in prayer. cautious pastor, speaking of this and similar occasions, “ It may be proper to state, that the cabins of the indescribes to a Christian friend the deep impression' habitants, consisting of but one apartment, furnish no which was then made, the deepening work,' the opportunity of retirement; and this explains in part the 'new and old converts, the liberty of the ministers custom of praying in the open air. There is, however, in preaching,' the "refreshment of the people in hear- another and more affecting reason. The people want to ing,' and the “ fervent longing for another such season.' repair far more frequently to the footstool of mercy than He also speaks of the knowledge and experience of at morning and evening ; and as their occupations are in the people,' of the Gospel prospering in Lewis,' of general out of doors, or on the waves, so also are their

many new converts being brought in during the so- prayers. lemnities.' It is not in our power to give much par

• There are five natives of the parish of Uig who were ticular detail, the honourable and judicious caution of the enlisted when a regiment was raised on the island, and faithful pastor, for the present, declining to bring into pub-having gone with the army to Egypt, lost their sight by lic view the cases of individuals in whose real devotion to ophthalmy, and after their return have become acquaintGod he has much comfort. General results, however, ed with the doctrines of the Gospel. It is common with are in the possession of the public, and may be thank them to bless God for having taken away their bodily fully and humbly stated, to the praise of that blessed eyes, since they regard that as one of the instruments Spirit who has wrought such changes. In proof of the in his hand for opening the mental sight, wbich was minister's own enjoyment of his scene of labour it is before in a state of darkness. Three of them are active pleasing to state, that he remarks in 1834: "Ten fellow-helpers in the extension of Christian truth and winters have I passed here, all wonderfully short, plea- consolation. One is a most efficient and zealous elder sant and delightful ;' and his teachers are all so much in the parish of Uig; of another we shall have occasion interested in their occupation, that they would rather to relate a curious circumstance under the head of libeexpend their lives in that retired region than remove to rality ; and of the third we present the following well wealthier and more southern districts. We hope the authenticated narrative, under the head of prayerfulness. faithful records preserved by him who watches for their “ This blind man, whose name is even unknown to souls as one who must give account, will, at no dis- us, had the affliction of losing a wife who was a very tant day, be published, to revive the drooping Church. pious character. She left a daughter old enough to disIn the mean time, all that we are about to relate of the tinguish the excellencies of her mother. In the course general aspect of society there, we mention as detailed of time the father took another wife, of a very feeble by witnesses much interested in stating the truth cor- constitution, who, though a good woman, had not atrectly :

tained to the Christian advancement of the first: The "1. The prayerfulness of the people.- One gentleman, girl was most exemplary in all her duties, obeying and who annually visits the Lewis, mentions that he has reverencing her stepmother as if she had been her own often walked forth at eventide to have his spirit refresh- mother. She was in all respects a most promising and ed by observing the devotional temper of the people of pleasing character and her father having often enjoyed


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spiritual conversation with her, was, from these mutual I would doubtless have done so, and held themselves guiltcommunings, fully satisfied of her happy state.

less. But now it was not so. Every portion was acSaturday, when the weather was tempestuous, the young curately weighed or divided, and as their necessities

people, as was customary with them, were going out were so great that they had nothing then to pay, their punt de phishing. The father urged his daughter to remain at affectionate minister gave a promissory-note for it, know

bome, but she said her mother liked a fish for her din- | ing well that the excellent lady, whose property the ner, and she would try to catch one for to-morrow, as lands are, would not suffer him to be impoverished. it was the only sustenance she cared for. They went The people knew this also, but none took advantage of to fish, when suddenly a huge billow swept the face of it, all were occupied in economising to the utmost till the rock on which they were set. The boys managed one after another they had repaid their debt. Thus to scramble up the rock, but the beloved daughter of they obtained not only the great blessing of necessary the blind veteran was swept into the boiling ocean. food, but prescrved the still greater blessing of integrity, The last view her terrified comrades had of her, was and a spirit free from covetousness. sitting on the crest of a wave, with her fishing-rod in “ It is the rule in this and the other isles of the He

one hand, and basket in the other. They returned with brides, that when a man meets a stray sheep on the fa per the sorrowful tidings; and from the nature of the rocky moor, he is entitled to carry it home as his own, and

coast, and the course of the tides and currents, no one en- obliged to make an equivalent offering in the collection pada 2 tertained a hope of finding the remnants of her mangled for the poor on the Sabbath day. After the commence023 body. The Christians around, came as they did of old ment of the revival in the Lewis, many caine to confess 8, a' to Martha and Mary, to weep with the attlicted father, to their minister the trouble of conscience they experiats and passed the mournful night in prayer. His mind, enced by reason of having what they called a black sheep by the though before so satisfied, became filled with alarm and in their flocks_some having had them for several winters.

concern about her final state, now that she was gone, The minister always directed them to make restitution 1990 and his soul refused to be comforted. In the course of now in the appointed way, and in one season the sum of

prayer he was led to reiterate the petition, that if she L. 16 was deposited in the plate. The number of sheep 5p were one of the assembly of the redeemed, he might annually lost has wonderfully diminished since the com

kow it by this token, that the sea should give back mencement of the revival, leading to the conclusion that ibis dead, and that he might bury her. In the morning the loss imputed to accident arose from dishonesty. o those who passed along the shore in their way to the 3. “ The Christian liberality of the people. It has

house of God, found the dear girl gently deposited on long been the custom to make a collection at the Thursbet the sand, her limbs decently composed, as if she had day lecture, for the most necessitous persons in the dis

been adjusted for urial, and in no way defaced or in-trict where the lecture is held—and thus, without poor a jured. Then went the weeping father, and with solemn rates, these people support their own poor. for many Iti joy took up his dead, witnessing that precious in the years they have contributed L.13 or upwards to the I might of the Lord is the death of bis saints;' that their Gaelic School Society, sometimes L. 16, and one year

very dust is dear to him; and also, that he is verily the when the society was in difficulty, the contribution Learer and the answerer of prayer.

amounted to L.20. On transmitting L.16, which was " Are there some who read this fact, that count it the the sum collected in Uig in 1830, Mr M‘Leod remarks extreme of credulous superstition, and stamp the work — Considering the circumstances of the people, I bear in Lewis as of this character for its sake? That is be- testimony that their liberality and zeal in this case have cause they do not know the sweet intimacy and com- cause to provoke very many to similar duties. It was munion tbat subsists between the Father in heaven and most delightful to see the hoary head, and the young his reconciled children. They cannot judge of a case in scholar of cight or nine years, joining in this contribution. which they have no experience. Perhaps even some of The will preponderates over our purse, so that we canthose who believe in the efficacy of prayer, may say not do exactly what we would.' In 1831, Mr M.Leod, there is a want of caution in narrating this story. Why while he petitions that a teacher may not be removed then should we be cautious to hide what God reveals ? from his present station for another year, says, “A poor His own spirit dictated the narration of the prayers of man in that station declared to me lately, that should Gideon, how he selected his tokens himself once and the directors demand one of his cows, he would readily gain, and they were granted to him. And if Gideon, give one before he would part with the teacher.' ubo knew the Lord only by the more obscure early “ The journal of the superintendent, in stating the promises of redemption, could venture to ask so much, examination of one of the schools in Uig, mentions the are those who have heard all that we have of the be- case of a man, named Norman M‘Leod, who is one of wanity and the compassions of Jesus, not to come boldly the many hundreds of souls in the isle of Lewis that to the throne of grace in time of need ? Is the divine have come out of gross darkness into the sweet and

zaracter changed? Is he not the same God who filled blessed light of the knowledge of God, partly by means che fleece with dew, and left the earth around dry; of the Gaelic schools, and partly by the ministration of nd again bedewed the ground, and preserved the fleece the truth :- Norman M'Leod is a native of this parish, ca moisture,—that heard the cry of his afflicted ser- and at an early age enlisted into the army, went abroad, ... in the Lewis? His mighty billow swept the lamb and was in several engagements.' Balls,' says he, Bathe rock into theengulphing ocean. His gentle wavewhizzed about me in numbers, but the Lord directed

wed her vacated tabernacle to console her father, them so that they did me no harm.' He was in Egypt, ud answer his doubt, by an assurance that she was that and there lived in drunkenness and profligacy. “There,' 1y with her Saviour in paradise. If he hath done the says he, in his native Gaelic, “the Lord took from me reat thing of dying for us, will he despise to do the my bodily sight. I came home, and on the way was wonof consoling us, and proving that his eye is upon us derfully preserved. At length I found myself in my

native land. Here I found things not as I left them. 2. “ The uprightness of the people.--On occasion of I found the Bible of God, of which I was totally ignoSiar of famine, the natives were put to great straits, rant, among my friends; and schools amongst them for

in danger of perishing for want. A vessel laden teaching the knowledge of that blessed book. I found ith meal was driven upon their shores by stress of such a work among them with Bibles and schools as * her. Did the famine-stricken natives seize on the was altogether new to me. Nay, the very children 1), and lawlessly apply her cargo to the supply of their would correct and reprove me, though an old man. In pasities? If they had, hunger would have formed for one of these schools, the Bible caught my car, it sunk un a plausible excuse. Twenty years before, they into my heart; it there opened an eye that sin had ever



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kept sealed; it read to me my deeds, it led me to trace thousands. Poor Norman contributed his score of ! my former ways; yea, times, places, and deeds that shillings' both last year and the present, and says he were quite banished from my memory, were recalled in- means to do so while he lives, unless the king be. to full view. It recorded a black catalogue against me, comes bankrupt!' We have pleasure in stating that and seemed to fix my portion amongst the damned. I Norman is not weary of his liberality, as he adds one thought my case altogether a hopeless one, but the same penny to his pound for every year that God adds to his Bible brought to my ears tidings of unutterable worth life. -salvation through a crucified Saviour.'

“ Their pastor, knowing that, by losses at sea and a “ The superintendent mentions this as a preface to a bad harvest, they were one season unusually impove. little story, which, were the honesty and simplicity of rished, did not call in the collection as usual; but the old man known to the reader, would be considered they collected it among themselves, and carried it to more interesting still.'

him. He said he feared they could not afford it, but ' I began,' said Norman to his minister, 'to think they would not be excused. how these Gaelic schools came to be planted in my coun- " In 1835, when, in addition to all their usual col. try. I thought on the state of my country when I knew lections, they in one day at church gathered L20 for it before in my youth, and on the blessed fruits of these church extension, they were favoured with such a sueschools among my kindred. I contrasted both, and cessful fishing season, as enabled them to supply all the wondered, and thought, and wondered again. Said I, wants of the winter. The fishing had for many years what is this? What a change of things! Blessed failed, and the people observed that, by means of this God! Blessed Bible! Blessed people, that sent thcir wealth bestowed on them from the sea in 1835, they schools! and blessed schools that teach the Bible of were amply repaid for all they had been enabled to gire. God to perishing sinners ! and blessed teachers, men of This is another of those facts which we note to the 15 Christ! I thought what would my poor country be, glory of him who is nigh unto all them that fear bin tl but for the Bible and these schools. I was led into | Ile knoweth what we have need of, and they who scat- 13 their history, and traced them to a society in Edinburgh. ter in faith shall still increase. Let not any of those They engrossed my attention, and I thought them really contributors shrink from this mention of the gracious the schools of Christ. I thought I would pray for them, dealing of God with them. The effort of their liberaand so I did; but this, thought I, is not enough. When lity was known to those interested in the church extenthe Lord took away my eyesight, he gave me a pension. sion scheme, and the plentiful fishing was told in the I thought I should give some of that to help his schools. newspapers. May those who see the divine hand give A public collection was proposed by you. I felt happy him the praise ! at this, and prayed that the Lord might open na sporain “ Dr Chalmers, who is well acquainted with the dhubhá (that is, the black purses, an appellation given amount usually collected in such a situation, observed to the purses of greedy worlalings), and I myself gave that L7 would have been a handsome contribution to two shillings. When a collection was proposed this the parish of Uig. The parish of Lochs must also be year, • I think,' said I to myself

, “I shall give this mentioned as rivalling its neighbour in liberality, havin year four shillings, double what I gave last. • It is contributed as much as L20 to the Gaelic School de enough for you,' said something within me, ' to give ciety in one year, influenced by the same feeling of grawhat you gave last year, two shillings.' Here fol- titude and concern for the ignorant. It is pleasing to lows a long and most original debate, between Norman be enabled to trace this to the only genuine source of with the enlarged and melted heart, and the old world- liberality. The faithful pastor at Lochs has lately bea ly-wise Norman. Sometimes he would give double, cheered by seeing several new souls awakened, and the then five, then ten, then back to five. During all this good work has been going on prosperously in the ea. debate he was in great agitation, having, as he felt, months of 1836. May the spirit of the Lord cause this lifted up his hand to the Lord that he would give so thing to grow !" much. He thought of Ananias and Sapphira, and dared not go back; while the same inward voice asked him,

DISCOURSE. * Ah, Norman, what are you about ; you are now going crazy altogether; you are a poor blind man, you

BY THE REV. ANDREW GRAY, cannot work, you have a family of seven to support,

Minister of Woodside. and the money God gave you as a provision for your family, you should apply to the object for which “ Thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and it was given, which will be most acceptable to him.' have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou * I then began to ruminate on the whole process, art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and at length I thought my opposition might be the and naked."-Rev, ii. 17. suggestion of Satan to keep me from giving so much

THESE words were not addressed to heathens, my to the cause of Christ. On reflecting on this for a

brethren, but to persons within the pale of the while, I felt convinced it was he. I started upon my legs, and lifting up my hand with defiance, I said, • Ah? visible church, and who professed to be Chri-iyou devil, I will give a score of them. I will give a ians, as you do. Many of them must have sprins pound note every year I live, so the further you follow from Christian parents, and received the ordinace me, the more you shall lose. From that moment the of baptism in their infancy, for the Laodicean temptation ceased.'

Church was now of at least from thirty to for “ How interesting and encouraging it is to mark the wonderful

and merciful working of God in preserving years standing. But if language like this can sithis poor blind man abroad, and in bringing him in safe ply to persons who have been born in the bosi. ty home to his native land, until, by your instrumenta- of a Christian community, it certainly does appa lity, he should be made acquainted with the ways and to follow, as a consequence, that the great mens salvation of God. Thus, from Egypt all the way, a and spiritual change called conversion, is not n. blind scholar has been brought to your schools. Thus, cessary for heathons alone, and cannot be reckone the Bible having been blessed to a poor blind man, in a remote hamlet of your land, has drawn forth the

a phenomenon, which is incompatible with t! prayer of his heart in its own cause, and as much out

circumstances of the Christian world. And tu of his small pittance for the cause of Christ, as out of truth, my brethren, is, that notwithstanding th the purses of those who have their hundreds and their Christian name we bear, and the Christian pr

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