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out.' The same evening, the Missionaries, together “ Notwithstanding the order the governor had given with the other foreigners, who paid an equal sum, were for my admittance into prison, it was with the greatest taken out of the common prison, and confined in an difficulty that I could persuade the under jailor to open open shed in the prison enclosure. Here I was allow the gate. I used to carry Mr J.'s food myself, for the ed to send them food, and mats to sleep on, but was sake of getting in, and would then remain an hour or not permitted to enter again for several days. two unless driven out.

We had been in this comfort. “My next object was to get a petition presented to able situation but two or three days, when one morning, the queen; but no person being admitted into the pa- having carried in Mr Judson's breakfast, which, in conlace who was in disgrace with his majesty, I sought to sequence of fever, he was unable to take, I remained present it through the medium of her brother's wife. longer than usual, when the governor, in great haste, I had visited her in better days, and received particu- sent for me. I promised him to return as soon as I had lar marks of her favour. But now times were altered : ascertained the governor's will, he being much alarmed Mr Judson was in prison, and I in distress, which at this unusual message. I was very agreeably diswas a sufficient reason for giving me a cold reception. appointed, when the governor informed me that he I took a present of considerable value. She was wished to consult me about his watch, and seemed lolling on her carpet as I entered, with her attend- unusually pleasant and conversable. I found afterants around her. I waited not for the usual question wards, that his only object was to detain me until the to a suppliant, 'What do you want ?' but in a bold, ear- dreadful scene about to take place in prison, was over. nest, yet respectful manner, stated our distresses and For when I left him to go to my room, one of the our wrongs, and begged her assistance, She partly rais- servants came running, and with a ghastly countenance, ed her head, opened the present I had brought, and informed me, that all the white prisoners were carcoolly replied, Your case is not singular ; all the ried away. I would not believe the report, and instantly foreigners are treated alike.' 'But it is singular,' said went back to the governor, who said he had just heard I; "the teachers are Americans; they are Ministers of of it, but did not wish to tell me. I hastily ran into Religion, and have nothing to do with war or politics, the street, hoping to get a glimpse of them before and came to Ava in obedience to the king's command. they were out of sight, but in this was disappointed. They have never done any thing to deserve such treat- I ran first into one street, then into another, inquiring ment; and is it right they should be treated thus ?' of all I met, but no one would answer me. At length, 'The king does as he pleases,' said she; ' I am not the an old woman told me, the white prisoners had gone king, what can I do?' "You can state their case to towards the little river; for they were to be carried the queen, and obtain their release,' replied I.

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to Amarapora. I then ran to the banks of the little yourself in my situation --were you in America, your river, about half a mile, but saw them not, and conhusband, innocent of crime, thrown into prison, in irons, cluded that the old woman had deceived me. Some and you a solitary, unprotected female,--what would of the friends of the foreigners went to the place of exeyou do?' With a slight degree of feeling, she said, 'Icution, but found them not. I then returned to the gowill present your petition--come again to-morrow.” I vernor, to try and discover the cause of their removal, returned to the house with considerable hope, that the and the probability of their future fate. The old man asspeedy release of the Missionaries was at hand. But the sured me, that he was ignorant of the intention of governnext day, Mr Gouger's property, to the amount of fifty ment to remove the foreigners, till that morning; that thousand dollars, was taken and carried to the palace. since I went out he had learned, that the prisoners The officers, on their return, politely informed me, they were to be sent to Amarapora, but for what purpose should visit our house on the morrow. I felt obliged he knew not. * I will send off a man immediately,' for this information, and accordingly made preparations said he, 'to see what is to be done with them. You can to receive them, by secreting as many little articles as do nothing more for your husband, continued he,' take possible, together with considerable silver, as I knew, care of yourself.' With a heavy heart I went to my if the war should be protracted, we should be in a state room, and having no hope to excite me to exertion, I of starvation without it. But my mind was in a dread- sunk down almost in despair. For several days preful state of agitation, lest it should be discovered, and vious, I had been actively engaged in building my own cause my being thrown into prison. And had it been little room, and making our hovel comfortable. My possible to procure money from any other quarter, I thoughts had been almost entirely occupied in contriva should not have ventured on such a step."

ing means to get into the prison. But now I looked The eonduct of this heroic female, during her hus- towards the gate with a kind of melancholy feeling, band's imprisonment, is surely sufficient to impress but no wish to enter. All was the stillness of death; even the most thoughtless mind, with the vigour and

no preparation of your brother's food; no expectation efficacy of Christian principle and feeling. No steps of meeting him at the usual dinner hour; all my emwere left untaken, no means untried, to promote the and I had nothing left but the dreadful recollection

have ceased,

ployment, all my occupation seemed comfort, and, if possible, to effect the deliverance of that Mr Judson was carried off, I knew not whither. the persecuted ambassadors of Christ. Time after time, - It was one of the most insupportable days I ever she made application to various members of the king's passed. Towards night, however, I came to the dehousehold; and amid all her discouragements, she still termination to set off the next morning for Amarapopersisted in presenting petitions, in making urgent per

ra, and for this purpose was obliged to go to our house

out of town. sonal entreaties, and devising new schemes for the re

“ Never before had I suffered so much from fear in lease of the prisoners. “For nearly a year and a half,” traversing the streets of Ava. The last words of the says she," so entirely engrossed was every thought governor, . Take care of yourself, made me suspect with present scenes and sufferings, that I seldom re- there was some design with which I was unacquainted.

occurrence of my former life, or re- I saw, also, he was afraid to have me go into the streets, collected that I had a friend in existence out of Ava.” and advised me to wait till dark, when he would send me Heart-rending, indeed, is the account of the sufferings in a cart, and a man to open the gates. I took two or which the Missionaries endured ; and did our space the medicine chest, to deposit in the house of the go

three trunks of the most valuable articles, together with permit, we could give a plain unvarnished tale, which, vernor: and after committing the house and premises nevertheless, would be enough to melt a heart of stone. to our faithful Moung Ing and a Bengalee servant, who One or two passages will suffice.

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his wages,) I took leave, as I then thought probable, of to consent, hoping much from Mr Judson's assistance our house in Ava for ever.”

in making peace. And a short time after this, when she had reached “ We now, for the first time, for more than a year Oung-pen-la, where Mr Judson was confined, she and a half, felt that we were free, and no longer subthus remarks:

ject to the oppressive yoke of the Burmese. And with

what sensation of delight, on the next morning, did I “ Our dear little Maria was the greatest sufferer at

behold the mast of the steam-boat, the sure presage this time, iny illness depriving her of her usual nourish

of being within the bounds of civilized life. As soon ment, and neither a nurse nor a drop of milk could be

as our boat reached the shore, Brigadier A. and another procured in the village. By making presents to the officer came on board, congratulated us on our arrival, jailors, I obtained leave for Mr Judson to come out of and invited us on board the steam-boat, where I passed prison, and take the little emaciated creature around the the remainder of the day, while your brother went village, to beg a little nourishment from those mothers down to meet the General, who, with a detachment of who had young children. Her cries in the niglit were

the army, had encamped at Yandaboo, a few miles fur. heart-rending, when it was impossible to supply her

ther down the river. Mr Judson returned in the evenwants. I now began to think the very afflictions of Job ing, with an invitation from Sir Archibald to come imhad come upon me. When in health I could bear the mediately to his quarters, where I was the next moruvarious trials and vicissitudes, through wbich I was call- ing introduced, and received with the greatest kindness by ed to pass, but to be confined with sickness, and unable to assist those who were so dear to me, when in dis- | took us to his own table, and treated us with the kindness

the General, who had a tent pitched for us near his ow— tress, was almost too much for me to bear ; and had it

of a father, rather than as strangers of another country. not been for the consolations of Religion, and an assured

We feel that our obligations to General Campbell conviction that every additional trial was ordered by in

can never be cancelled. Our final release from Ara, finite love and mercy, I must have sunk under my accumulated sufferings. Sometimes our jailors seemed a

and our recovering all the property that had there been little softened at our distress, and for several days to.

taken, was owing entirely to his efforts. His subse. gether allowed Mr Judson to come to the house, which tions for our passage to Rangoon, havo left an indelible

quent hospitality, and kind attention to the accommodawas to me an unspeakable consolation. Then, again, impression on our minds, which can never be forgotten. ! they would be as iron-hearted in their demands, as

We daily received the congratulations of the British though we were free from sufferings, and in affluent officers, whose conduct towards us formed a striking di circumstances. The annoyance, the extortions and op

contrast to that of the Burmese. pressions to which we were subject, during our six

I presume to say, that inonths residence in Oung-pen-la, are beyond enumera

no persons on earth were ever happier than we were, tion or description."

during the fortnight we passed at the English camp.

For several days this single idea wholly occupied my At length the approach of the English army towards mind, that we were out of the power of the Burmese the town convinced the government that some decisive government, and once more under the protection of the steps must be taken to arrest their progress. Hitherto English. Our feelings continually dictated expressions they had trusted to force, now they began to think of like these,. What shall we render unto the Lord for endeavouring to procure a peace. At length it was re

all his benefits towards us?'" solved to send to the English camp Mr Judson, along

It was chiefly in consequence of the eloquent, forcible with one of two English officers who had been taken appeals of this wonderful female, that the Burmese geprisoners. Dr Price, however, being anxious to go, vernment were persuaded to submit to the terms of peace. Mr Judson remained behind. The court waited with But such were the extreme sufferings through which she the utmost anxiety for the return of the ambassadors ; had passed, that her frame, already weakened by frequent and at length Dr Price arrived, bringing the terms of attacks of disease, could not long survive the shock. peace; one part of which was, the immediate surrender | And, accordingly, during the absence of Mr Judson, on of the prisoners, particularly Mr Judson, his wife, and an exploring expedition with Mr Crawford, the Comchild. With considerable hesitation, the terms were

missioner of the Governor-General of India, Mrs Jud. agreed to, and Mr Judson and his family set out to the son, having been attacked with a severe fever, was cut British camp. Their departure is thus described in the off, after eighteen days’ illness. It would be consoling glowing language of Mrs Judson :

to know something of the state of her mind in her last “ It was on a cool, moonlight evening, in the month moments, but this cannot be discovered. She died in of March, that, with hearts filled with gratitude to God, a land of strangers; and to the few friends who surand overflowing with joy at our prospects, we passed rounded her dying bed, the severity of her disease predown the Irrawaddy, surrounded by six or eight golden vented her from saying much. But her life speaks voboats, and accompanied by all we had on earth. The thought we had still to pass the Burman camp, would lumes in favour of Christianity, as not merely impelling sometimes occur to damp our joy, for we feared that

to all that is amiable and excellent, but to all that is some obstacle might there arise to retard our progress.

heroic and magnanimous, and truly sublime, in the charNor were we mistaken in our conjectures. We reached acter and actings of the human being. the camp about midnight, where we were detained two hours; the Woongyee, and high officers, insisting that

DISCOURSE. we should wait at the camp, while Dr Price, (who did

By The Rev. J. A. WALLACE, not return to Ava with your brother, but remained at the camp,) should go on with the money, and first as

Minister of Hawick. certain whether peace would be made. The Burmese And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when government still entertained the idea, that as soon as the thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto English had received the money and prisoners, they him, verily I say unto thee, to-day shalt thou be with would continue their march, and yet destroy the capital. me in paradise.”-LUKE xxiii. 42, 43. We knew not but that some circumstance might occur to break off the negotiations ; Mr Judson, therefore, we are not aware of a more striking instance of strenuously insisted that he would not remain, but go

power of divine grace, than that which is on immediately. The officers were finally prevailed on brought before us in the conversion of the male

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factor on the cross. He, certainly, was not a man, This then is one fact in the case of the malein regard to whose previous character we are war- factor on the cross, which makes his salvation the ranted to form a favourable opinion, or who had more extraordinary, he held the character of a aught about him which was fitted, either to re- great sinner. But we go on to observe, that he commend him to the mercy of God, or to predis- not only held this character, but that he held it pose him to a cordial reception of the Gospel. in the most appalling, the most perilous of all cirOn the contrary, he was labouring under the greatest cumstances. His mortal life was verging to its

of all possible disadvantages, and was actually met close. The final pangs of dissolution were begin: by difficulties, which no power, inherent in his own ning to seize hold upon him. He was come to the

nature, could have enabled him effectually to grap- very brink of an eternal world. There was but ple with and to overcome. And it is just by tak- little time to prepare for the last and awful change. ing these difficulties and disadvantages into account, And that time, instead of being dealt out to him that we are brought to the conclusion, that it is amid the quiet and the peacefulness of a dying bed, not only by grace that men are saved, through was most cruelly embittered by the tortures of the faith, and that not of themselves, it being the gift crucifixion,—by the scornful revilings of an infidel of God, but that the salvation of the Gospel is associate,—by the blasphemous railings of a savage adapted to the necessities even of the very chief of and infuriated mob. These were the circumsinners

, and that, moreover, when they are placed stances in which his salvation was to be achieved, in circumstances which of all others are the most and was actually achieved ; and such being the undesirable, apparently the most hopeless. fact, his is not merely the case of a great sinner

Let us look then, for a little, at the circumstances obtaining mercy at the hands of the Saviour, but in which this man was placed, and we shall dis- it is the case of a great sinner obtaining mercy at cover much which seems, to all outward appear- the very last hour, and in circumstances apparently ance, to be standing greatly in the way of his own as desperate, as it is ever possible for a human salvation. First of all

, he was not only a stranger being to be placed in. to that holiness of heart, without which no man But we observe, moreover, that the malefactor can see the Lord, but he was not a man of himself was not only brought into a most deplorhonest and of good report, even in the sight of his able condition, but that so also apparently was the fellow-creatures, who generally judge of them- very Saviour, on whom the last and only hope of selves, and of each other, by a standard which is his soul was depending. That Saviour did not very different from that of the Bible. In point of seem, at that moment, to be sitting, as he is now, fact, he held the position of a malefactor, who was at the right hand of the majesty of God, ruling deemed to be deserving of death. And as it was with undisputed supremacy over all the powers the object of the Saviour's enemies to put upon and the principalities which are in heaven, and in

every possible indignity, to sink him into a earth, and in hell, and bearing the name, before state of the lowest degradation, and to number which "every knee shall bow, and every tongue him even amongst transgressors, it is by no means confess, that he is Lord, to the glory of God the improbable, that this man was fixed upon to be Father.” In point of fact, be was brought down crucified along with him, just because he was a into a state of the lowest humiliation. The foundamalefactor of the most notorious description. At tions of his kingdom seemed to be on the very eve all events, the fact of his being condemned to be of being rooted up for ever, and his dominion therecrucified, a punishment which, at that time, was by brought to an end. Nay, he had actually fallen reckoned the severest and the most ignominious, into the hands of his mortal enemies. With loud is of itself, and in the absence of all other evidence, voices they were triumphing over him in his last the most decisive proof that he was a man of a agonies. Even the vilest and most reprobate of base and infamous character. And we are not malefactors was lifting up his blasphemous resure but that he held that character up to the very proaches against him, as if he had lost the eternal time when he was nailed to the accursed tree,- power and godhead that belonged to him. Aye, nav, that he actually joined with the other male- the very disciples that had been privileged to folfactor, in the language of bitterest reproach against low his footsteps, and to witness his miracles, and the great Redeemer himself. At least, in the ac- to listen to his preaching, had all forsaken him and count which is given of the crucifixion, both by fled, as if they believed no longer that it was he Matthew and Mark, no distinction is made between who was able to redeem Israel. And, what was the two; it is merely stated in these general terms, more appalling—more comfortless more humilithat “they that were crucified with him reviledating than all the rest, he seemed to have been him," a mode of expression which might almost deserted of the Father, and left as an abandoned warrant the inference that the one malefactor, at victim to the fell vengeance of the mightiest powers the first, was a scoffer, as well as the other. But and principalities of hell. be that as it may, there can be no doubt that he Take then the whole of these circumstances inheld the character of a condemned criminal; a to consideration ; the exceeding sinfulness of the man whose previous conduct was so infamous, that man's character ; the extremity to which he was in suffering the punishment of death, he himself driven at the very close of his mortal life, and the most freely acknowledged that he was receiving desertion and humiliation of the Saviour himself ; only the due reward of his own deeds.

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them? Why, judging according to the outward broken, and all heaven was ringing with the acı appearance, we conclude at once, that the difficul- clamations of a loftier note of praise, it must have ties were greater by far than could ever be over- been when the emancipated spirit of that saine come; that his salvation was impossible. And marred, and scourged, and crucified Redeetner yet what was the result ? The thing which was had burst from its mortal tenement, and risen to impossible with men, was yet proved to be possible its glorious reward. And surely if there be one with God; and even to the malefactor, in spite of thing which can shed a brighter lustre than another all his disadvantages, the cross of Christ was made over the grace and the majesty of the Saviour's the wisdom of God, and the power of God unto character, it is this : that when he made his trihis salvation.

umphal entrance into the glory which awaited And how are we to account for that marvellous bim, in the presence of his Father, and among the fact ? Not, certainly, by supposing that there was congregated hosts of heaven, he went not in comany principle of virtue inherent in the man's own pany with a vast assemblage of long-tried and illusmind, -for there is not the vestige of a foundation trious saints, but attended, as the chiefest trophy of for the maintenance of such an opinion, --but by his victory over all the powers and the principalities ' simply referring it to the operation of the Spirit of hell, hy the ransomed spirit of that very man of Almighty God. Had he been left to himself, who, an hour before, had been holding the characta or to the spontaneous influence of his own cor- ter of the vilest and the most miserable of sinners. ruptions, he must have died in the same state of Such are the chief facts which we gather from inind in which he seems to have lived, and might, the sacred narrative, in regard to the malefactor peradventure, have exhibited to the very last a on the cross ; and they are certainly fraught with spirit, just as hardened, and as reprobate, and as most important and instructive lessons. They teach blasphemous, as that of the malefactor who was us, at all events, that the salvation of the Gospel crucified along with him. But as soon as the may be obtained even by the chief of sinners, and Spirit of God took huld upon his heart, how that too, at the very last hour. Such, in point of striking was the change which was produced, and fact, was the experience of the malefactor, and how different was the spirit which he breathed ! such, in like circumstances, may be the experience Instead of the recklessness and the blasphemy of of any other man. Indeed, it is scarcely possible an infidel spirit, there was actually the germ of to conceive of any situation which could be more every principle which belongs to the character of hopeless or more miserable than his. And so long a Christian,—the feeling of generous indignation as his case is standing on record, we have the against sin—the open acknowledgment of the jus- fullest warrant for addressing the invitations of tice of bis punishment-the recognition of the the Gospel, even to the chief of sinners, and that, power and the mercy of the great Redeemer, moreover, though they be standing on the brink faith, humility, devotion, purity, heavenly-mind- of an eternal world. The same Saviour that edness, all breathing in the prayer,

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plucked him like a brand out of the midst of the ber me when thou comest into thy kingdom.” burning, and compassed him about with songs of

And what followed almost immediately? Why, the most merciful deliverance, is still able to save the faith which was able to discern the mercy and unto the very uttermost, and has actually declared, the majesty of the Saviour, even amid the weak- that “him that cometh unto him he will in no ness and the humiliation of the cross, was not left wise cast out.” And therefore there is no ground without a rich and most abundant recompense of for despair to any man, be his character or bis reward. The prayer which ascended from the circumstances what they may, who is still found depths of one of the neediest and most miserable on this side of the grave. spirits that ever breathed, was at once and most At the same time, though mercy has been, and graciously accepted. And that very hour which may still be obtained by the chief of sinners, even seemed the darkest and the most deserted of the at the last hour, it is, nevertheless, to be carefully Saviour's humiliation, was signalized by the work- observed, that that fact does not afford the slighting of one the mightiest miracles which ever est warrant to any man to continue one moment drew the admiration of angels and of men,--the longer in his sins, and in so doing to draw comsalvation of the chief of sinners, at the very close fort from the belief that it is time enough to atof a miserable existence, in the very act of grap- tend to his salvation when he comes to die. The pling with the final agonies of death!

experience of the malefactor on the cross affords Oh! surely if ever there was a time, when no doubt an argument, and an argument, too

, the there was silence and amazement in heaven, it most powerful and incontrovertible, against any must have been at the crisis of the crucifixion, man's yielding to the influence of despair ; and yet when the face of the eternal Father was withdrawn it does not afford the slightest shadow of a pretext from his only begotten Son, and the express image for any man's yielding to the spirit of procrastinaof his person was numbered with transgressors, tion, but the very reverse. For if a man does nailed to the accursed tree, deserted of all his dis- actually trifle with the overtures of the Gospel, ciples, insulted by the vilest malefactors, and, and continue in the path of sin, he is thereby despite of all his greatness, was yielding himself doing what he can to resist and to put down the a prey to the terrific agonies of death. But if ever operations of the Divine Spirit, and is thus bringthere was a time when the stillness was again ing himself, by sure and successive steps, into that state of inveterate insensibility, in which the even in circumstances, and amid provocations offers of the Gospel, if they be not in righteous such as these, he had obtained mercy at the hands judgment withdrawn from him, are most likely to of God; had all this been the experience of the be productive of no salutary or saving effect. So malefactor on the cross, then, perhaps, there that, should the life of that man be spared for might have been some kind of pretext for the many days to come, which of itself is a matter of inference of the careless and impenitent sinner, great uncertainty-or should he be permitted to that it is time enough to repent and believe the die in circumstances in which the offers of the Gospel when he comes to die. But, if it be the Gospel may be again made to him, and in which, fact, which seems indeed to be exceedingly promoreover, his own mind may be capable of attend- bable, that the Gospel was not known to the maing to them—should even that be the case, then lefactor till he was brought to the very

borders we say, that he is not only hazarding his eternal of an eternal world ; and if it was the first ininterests, by depending on contingencies over terview with the Saviour, which he improved, for which he has no control, but that there is every the purpose of securing an interest in the kingthing in the previous state of his own mind, and dom of heaven, then the hope of the heedless in the sovereign dealings of Almighty God, to and the procrastinating sinner is deprived of the make it more than probable that he will die in the very grounds upon which it is resting. In fact, very same spirit in which he has lived.

he is illegitimately taking encouragement to conSuch, at all events, has been the case with tinue in sin, and that, besides, from a case which great multitudes. Very few, perhaps, have rea- bears no decided analogy to his own. And, therelized the experience of the malefactor, who ob- fore, though it be unquestionably true, that the tained mercy at the last hour. But multitudes, experience of the malefactor on the cross is past all numbering, have realized the experience fraught with the richest encouragement to the of the wretched man, who was crucified along dying sinner, whose previous circumstances have with him, and have retained their hardihood and excluded him from the means of grace, or from their infidelity to the very end. And, therefore, the offers of the Gospel, yet we dare not say, that the dying experience of the great majority of man-it speaks any other but the language of admonikind, is all against any man's yielding to the spirit tion and of warning unto every man to whom of procrastination, and in favour of an instant and the Gospel has already been addressed, but who, most earnest attention to the things which relate notwithstanding, is hardening his heart, as in the to his everlasting peace.

day of provocation. But besides, you are to take notice of the fact, On the whole, then, it is both the duty and that there are but few cases which are strictly the interest of every man to make sure work of identical with that of the malefactor on the cross. his own salvation at the present moment; to So far as we remember, it is the only case which leave nothing to the contingencies of a dark and is recorded in the Bible of a man's salvation uncertain futurity ; “ to seek the Lord while he being accomplished during the last moments of is to be found, to call upon him while he is his existence. That of itself is a most impor- near.” And, in that case, we shall not only be detant and instructive fact; and with that fact be- livered from the most distracting of all our anxiefore us, we are certainly justified in regarding it ties, and be furnished with all the grace, and the as an extreme case—a case which is remarkable strength, and the consolation which we need, for its singularity—a case which may occur again, amid the various and successive stages of our because it has occurred before, but which cannot earthly pilgrimage, but when we come to walk reasonably be expected to occur in the experience through the valley of the shadow of death,” we of every man, or in the vast majority of instances ; may reasonably expect, that even there the darka case, in short, which if it occur at all, is most ness shall be irradiated by the light of the Sun of likely to occur but rarely, and that, too, where the Righteousness, and that, through the kindness of circumstances of the individual are so peculiar our Heavenly Father, there shall be given to uş and extraordinary, as to be almost out of the or- the bright and the abundant entrance into his dinary course of experience.

glorious kingdom. And in addition to the fact, that the case of the malefactor on the cross is to be regarded as an extreme case, it is still farther to be observed,

LUNATIC ASYLUMS, IN A that we have no ground to believe that the sal- LETTER TO DR JAMES RUSSELL, EDINBURGH, vation of the Gospel was placed within his reach BY JAMES GLASSFORD, ESQ., ADVOCATE. one moment before he actually accepted of it.

MY DEAR SIR,—The interesting facts stated in a late Could it be clearly proved that he had been living Number of the CHRISTIAN HERALD, "on the importance ail nis life long in the enjoyment of the means of religious instruction in Lunatic Asylums," as exempliof grace; that he had been fully instructed in the fied in the Charity Work-House of this city, induce me great doctrines of the Gospel; that the offer of to mention to you a similar experiment which was made salvation had been repeatedly addressed to him; in the Asylum at Glasgow, as early as the year 1819. I but that, instead of laying hold of it in the day that year, in company with the late Dr Alexander Ranof his merciful visitation, he had actually put it kin, then minister of the North-West (now called St. off to the last hour of his existence; and that, David's) Church, in that city; and I was much struck

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