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to expressed diffidence, and a deep less, of every servant of Christ to sense of the importance of the office have to encounter. And often, too, which T. S. had undertaken. It is amidst the darkness and coldness as follows.com
of a winter's morning, while others “ Lancaster. April 6th. 1779. - have been indulging in their beds, “Dear Brother,-I humbly beg your has T, S. taken his lanthorn, and pardon for my long neglect in not writing to gone to the chapel to prepare a you, having no apology whatever to make.
fire in the vestry for the comfort of Ï cordially congratulate you, and humbly pray to Almighty God that he will help and
the Sunday-scholars who were usucomfort you, with his power, and fear-re. ally taught there. Nor was this moving grace, in your new office. I can performed as a drudgery, but with easily believe you have many discouraging all that alacrity and cheerfulness and distressing thoughts. I sympathise with you. Nor do I know of any thing, but a
which peculiarly characterised him, persuasion of the favour, and love, and grace both in his conversation with the of Jesus, that can remove “the fear of man world, and in his deportment as a which bringeth a snare.” Suffer a word of
Christian. In every thing that he advice from your unworthy brother. When you stand up to praise, lift up your heart to
said and did, it might truly be said Jesus our helper. He will be as good as of him, that “ he was an Israelite his word he will be with you. But, perhaps, indeed, in whom there was no all this is very unnecessary advice to you. guile.” Nor can there, perhaps, Well, if it be, be thankful to God. But as face answereth to face in water. so does the be a more striking proof of the heart of man to man. For my own part, I sterling excellence of his character, do assure you I need much of the divine than what is furnished by the fact, presence, for without Jesus I can do nothing that oftentimes when persons, who I think I hear you saying, “Nor I neither.' Let us, then, bless God for this knowledge of
of were known to be destitute of every our infirmities, and also of our great and sure semblance of religion, have been help, which is in Jesus.
railing against its professors, and “From your unworthy brother in the Lord,
ord, condemning them in toto as nothing “ Tuomas Bond.”
but hypocrites, they have all agreed Such a specimen of their epis- that there was one exception to tolary correspondence, though sim- these sweeping clauses, and that ple, is pleasing, as serving to display exception was Thomas Salmon. the operations of grace upon the Nor was this opinion gained by hearts of both, and their mutual that species of trimming so comsympathy with each other in the mon with many who make a prorespective offices in which they fession of religion in the present were placed. Nor was it possible day, and who, by a partial confor any one to discharge more faith- formity to the maxims of the world, fully the various duties which ne- may hope to enjoy the benefits of cessarily devolved upon him, as the the service both of God and of clerk and deacon of the chapel, mammon. His mind was cast in than Thomas Salmon. Never was a nobler mould. He valued his he known to shrink from the per- principles too highly to barter them formance of any task, however irk- for the smiles and approbation of some or laborious, which the nature the worldling. Nor had he need of his office required of him. Early to purchase them at such a price; and late he was found at his post; for the great esteem in which his sustaining, by the activity of his character was universally held, exertions, and the fervency of his even by the irreligious and profane, prayers, the hands of the minister, was gained by the uniform integrity thus enabling him to press forward of his conduct, by the unruffled amidst those numerous discourage- sweetness of his temper, and by ments, which it is the lot, more or the unflinching firmness with which
ho maintained the honour of his During the last ten years of his Lord and Master. Therefore the life, he performed (as the strength sentiment referred to above was of the minister was not equal to it) not the expression of triumph over the whole of the afternoon service, sinful compliance, or unworthy without any remuneration; and, in vacillation, but a sentiment extort- the absence of ministers, he was ed by the genuineness of Christi. always a very acceptable supply. anity : “ His light so shining be- In doctrine he was uncorrupt: a fore men, that they could not but decided Calvinist in his sentiments, glorify his Father who is in hea exhibiting, in the whole of his deven.” Such a testimony, from such portments, their practical efficacy. a quarter, is a higher eulogium Averse to dispute about words to than any which the tongue of no profit, his concern was to“ give friendship could utter : not that all diligence, to make his calling we would for a moment contend for and election sure.” He was highly that perfection of character, that gifted in prayer; and, whether he freedom from the shadow of a spot, led the devotions in the family, or which no one but the Redeemer in the sanctuary, his petitions were himself has ever possessed ; but distinguished for their fervour and surely, if ever there was an indi. their rich variety. On such occavidual who “ adorned the doctrines sions, there was always about him of God our Saviour in all things," an impassioned earnestness of manand whose life was a mirror of the ner, which bespoke the sweet com. beauty of religion, I am perfectly munion of his soul with God, and justified in saying, that “ This was which seldom failed to communithe man.” In proof of this, I shall cate to his fellow-worshippers a take the liberty of transcribing a portion of his own intensity of paragraph from a provincial paper, feeling. Prayer was indeed his written by a fellow-townsman, and element—the delight of his soul; inserted at the time of his death, and he was happiest when engaged speaking, I believe, the sentiments in it. Nor, amidst the varied of the whole town. It is as fol. duties of the sanctuary, was his lows:
lawful occupation by any means
forgotten; for, while he was “ fer“ On Monday, the 26th ultimo, died,
vent in spirit, serving the Lord,” Mr. Thomas Salmon, of Ulverstone, aged sixty-nine. Seldom does it fall to our lot to
his “ diligence in business” was record the death of so worthy a character as
known unto all. Often, till just Mr. Salmon. He was forty-nine years clerk the time of the weekly service, on of the Independent meeting-house in that
the Tuesday evening, the writer town, in which capacity he was never • weary in well doing,' himself affording an exem
has seen him actively engaged in plary character to all around him. To • The the pursuance of his occupation, Amicable Friendly Society' in Ulverstone going from one place to another ; he was the good and faithful steward, almost vet. coming as he did directly from from its establishment, in the year 1792 ;
the world, the devotion almost of and such was the high esteem in which he was held by the members, that a subscrip a seraph appeared in his exercise tion was a short time ago entered into, for the of praise. But his worth it is impurpose of having his portrait painted, to be possible to tell. The pen of friendplaced in the club-room, where it now re
ship fails, unequal to the task : to inains, and will often bring to remembrance the genuine worth of the venerable original do justice to his character, it must But he is gone, and his services are past! be dipped in hues more bright than Yet it is trusted that, at the last day, when earth affords. Perhaps the best he will appear to give an account of his
us description that can be given of
decor stewardship, he will not be found wanting," !
From the Kendal Advertiser, June 7, 1828. him is to say, that “ He live: the gospel.” The closing scenes of his sure and certain hope, to a glorious existence were worthy of such a resurrection.” The writer, and a life. The writer could have wished few other friends, were at his bedthat he had been able to furnish a side about a quarter of an hour more detailed and explicit account before his death. One of us enof the dying expressions of this gaged in prayer, in which he ferestimable man; but the limits of vently joined. He then expressed the present memoir, as well as the a wish to be raised up in bed. This numerous engagements of the mi. was done; when, in a few words, nister (which prevented his being he uttered his last prayer, saying, with him as much as he could have " May the Lord God Almighty desired), compel him to be brief, take us all to his holy keeping in and must be his apology for its time and eternity, through Jesus conciseness.
Christ our Lord. Amen." A few weeks previous to his The feelings of the church, and death, he had a slight stroke of of its minister, at his loss, may be paralysis, which deprived him for more easily imagined than dea short time of speech. Being scribed. From one and all, the assisted up stairs by his son and exclamation seemed to arise, “My daughter, he immediately went father, my father the chariot of on his knees, and, while breathing Israel and the horsemen thereof !” an inward prayer, his speech re. It consoled them, however, to turned; and never was he known think, that their loss was his eterto be more copious and fervent nal gain. His funeral was numeAfter this, it was evident that his rously and respectably attended; constitution had received a fatal and, on the following Sabbath evenshock, and that the earthly taber- ing, the minister of the place imnacle was crumbling. The closing proved his death to a numerous scenes of his affliction may be in- and attentive auditory. ferred from his life. No airy Such is a brief memoir of this flights, but “ peace and joy in the faithful servant of God. In the Holy Ghost,” arising from an un hearts of numerous friends, his wavering reliance on the all-sufti memory will long be enshrined, cient merits of his Saviour, and and their recollection of him will from the sweet assurance of his be sweet. May his children emupersonal interest in the blessings late his bright example, and enof his redemption. His soul shone deavour to tread in his steps. His brightly in the graces of the Spirit, eldest son has succeeded him as as it set upon the scenes of earth, clerk, May the mantle of his to rise and shine upon a brighter father, with a double portion of his world. Had an infidel been there, spirit, rest upon him; and may it his creed must have suffered to be the happy lot of the writer, have seen the composure with after having finished his work on which the Christian can die, and the earth, to meet with his tried with which, committing his soul and faithful friend in heaven ! to God, he looks forward, " with a Ulverstone. JOSEPH DAVIES.
A BURNING HEART.
It happened, one evening in the spring of 1816, that the ordination of a Mission ary was solenınized in an ancient market
town. The congregation that assembled to witness the novel scene was very large, and much affected. One gentleman who
attended was 60 deeply interested, that the next morning he sent the missionary a gold seal, wrapped in a two-pound note, and accompanied by a beautiful letter, of which the following is an extract:
"I beg your acceptance of this seal; and, with the note in which it is enveloped, I wish you to get engraved on it this device-X heart, and from the heart a flame issuing, and over the flame the word Messiah. I wish to have this done, from the conviction on my mind, that a flame of love is continually ascending from your heart to that adorable Person," '
If this were a faithful picture of the missionary's heart, he must be a happy man. Alas! that the likeness should be so faint! Yet it suggested what ought to be the case, and furnished a constant memento to watchfulness and prayer.'
Since that period, half of the people who were then living have been called into eternity. What a solemn thought! Perhaps the benevolent gentleman who - presented this seal is also dead; but, if he is still living, and his eye should behold this, he will recollect the circumstance, and please to accept the grateful acknowledgment of the recipient,
A burning heart, or a heart on fire with love to the adorable Redeemer, is men. tioned but once in the whole Bible. The persons who were favoured with this sweet experience were “the two disciples going to Emmaus.". It was produced by the conversation of the condescending Saviour, and the effect arising from it was what might have been expected. It was, indeed, peculiarly delightful. Let us join the interesting travellers, and see how much instruction we can gain from their society.
On first coming up with them, we hear them " reasoning." The name of one is Cleopas, but the name of the other disciple is unknown. No doubt they witnessed the scenes of Gethseinane, where their Master was apprehended : they also saw him on Mount Calvary, nailed to the cross, and insulted by the multitude, and pierced by the soldier's spear. When Christ was apprehended in the garden, all his disciples forsook him and fled; but they soon began to collect together again. John followed his Lord to the high-priest's hall; and poor Peter could not refrain from gets ting as near to him as possible, though, in doing it, he fell into bad company, and Satan sisted him as wheat, and there he thrice denied his Master. Oh! we cannot tell with what an anxious and disappointed
look they gazed on Him whom they once thought would have redeemed Israel. But now he is crucified, dead, and buried; and his enemies were indulging their insolent triumph, and the disciples were scattered, as sheep having no shepherd, Cleopas and another had now left Jerusalem, and were going to a village about sixty furlongs off; and, as they went, they reasoned.
In a time of great darkness, of spiritual conflict and depression, the enemy is peculiarly active. This is the hour and the power of darkness. All his fiery darts are levelled at the soul. It is Satan's sifting time; and a truly pious man may be so harassed by temptations, as to be ready to give up all for lost to be hopeless-to dispute--to doubt-to despair.
Perhaps all these feelings were operating, at this moment, upon the heart of Cleopas and his brother; for we next perceive they were gloomy. Joy and peace flow from believing; but gloom and unbelief are intimate companions, and they are seldom long absent from each other, What a dreadful state of mind this is ! and what a still more dreadful state it leads to, if boundless mercy do not interpose! For “ the fearful and unbelieving shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone.” But, happily for these gioomy disciples, there is one near them who can turn their mourning into joy. Jesus himself drew near, and said unto them, “ What manner of communications are these that ye have one with another, as ye walk, and are sad?” This question seems to have astonished them.“ Sad!” Strange if it were not so!--if thou wert merely a stranger in Jerusalem, thou couldst not have asked this question. How can we help being sad ? Hast thou not heard what things are come to pass there in these days? And he said, "What things?” “ Concern, ing Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in word and deed before God and all the people, and how the chief-priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him; but we trusted that it had been he who should have redeemed Israel.” Yes, once we had great hopes--we saw his miracles -we witnessed his devotion-we heard the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth; and we surely thought, This is the promised seed--this is the Virgin's Son--the Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace; but now he has been
crucified as a blasphemer, and all our hopes are buried in his grave. Yet, we know not how to account for it, but we cannot give up all hope respecting him. Surely he cannot be a deceiver. There is yet truth in all he said. Thus our minds are torn asunder hetween hope and fear, and joy and grief. “Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, who were early at the sepulchre; and, when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.” What can all this mean? This, this is the cause of our sadness.
Now, mark the change. Christ begins hy chiding them: “O fools, and slow of lieart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?” Was it not a suffering Messiah that was promised ?. Was he not to have been cut off, but not for himself? Is it not by his stripes that sinners must be healed ? Why, you seem quite to have mistaken the matter. You fancied that you were to have a Messiah crowned with the glories of this world, and forgot that he was to be “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” “And, beginning at Moses, and all the prophets, he expounded unto them, in all the scriptures, the things concerning himself.”
And now, now is the happy moment when the heart begins to warm. A spark is kindled; and, as he proceeds, the flame increases-“ Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?""
Here let us mark the advantages of being well acquainted with the Bible in early life. As soon as the verses were quoted they recollected them; as soon as their connexion was pointed out they saw it; as soon as their suitableness to describe the person, and character, and work, and sufferings of Christ was mentioned, they felt it-it burst at once upon their view, and they saw it clearly.
You who are engaged in the important and delightful work of educating youth in the principles of the Bible may take great encouragement from this. Behold here one of the advantages which will result from your pious labours. You are preparing the way for training up a noble race of holy and enlightened people: you are sowing seed which one shower of divine grace will cause to spring up, and produce a plentiful harvest: you are pre
paring materials, and the divine blessing falling upon them will be like a spark on tinder, it will set the whole in a flame. Therefore, “be stedfast and immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
Now let us trace the effects of this burning heart on the two disciples.
1. Behold their kindness to the stranger. 6 Their eyes were holden, that they should not know him;" but he had touched a string in their heart which set their whole souls in motion. They felt an indescribable attachment to him, and here we see it.
The village, whither they went, was at hand. The stranger “made as though he would have gone further;" but that could not be: no, no: you have made our hearts glad; you have cheered our souls by those views of divine truth which you have given us; and, though you are a stranger, yet we cannot permit you to pass this village without one mark of our grateful esteem. “ Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent." We hail you as a friend and a brother. . Is not this a lovely sight? Does it not confirm what we have often heard, that the chief ingredient in the religion of the Bible is love? How many pious people have been comforted by the assurance that they loved the brethren !-for, if this be laid down as an evidence of having passed from death unto life, then they possess it. And where this is wanting, it makes the character not only defective, but suspicious. Be not deceived : religion destitute of love is not the religion of Christ. If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say, “ Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which they need,” what doth it profit? “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone." True religion is very practical ; but it is not a hard service. It is not enforced by a taskmaster. No: it is the fruit of love, the sweet expression of a warm heart, if not of a heart on fire.
2. It led to an affectionate and reciprocal communication of their religious experience. .
Their hearts had been burning for some time; yet they did not know what was passing in each other's breast, until their lips unfolded the secret. “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked with us by the way, and opened to us the scriptures ?”.