lineate the actual condition of many minds under the popular inflyences, and because we think they are calculated to benefit some of that class. It gives me pleasure to add, that the writer has not merely changed opinions and become a speculative believer, but a practitioner of the faith confessed. He has been immersed into the Lord Jesus, and now labors occasionally in the word and teaching.


"Monticello, Wayne co. Ky. Nov. 17, 1831. “MR. CAMPBELL-You have been the agent of the Lord in converting my mind from the darkness and ignorance of scepticism, to the light and truth of the gospel of the Redeemer. In the 17th or 18th year of my age I felt some concern about eternal things, and turned my attention occasionally to the reading of the Bible. I frequently went to preaching, and have now little doubt that if a right direction had been given to my exertions and inquiries, I should long ere this have embraced christianity. The preacher so often talked of holy fire, baptism with fire, irresistible operations of the Spirit, &c. &c. that I was made to think that unless I saw or felt the physical wonders and operations in relation to which they so loudly declaimed, I could not be a christian. I waited and prayed for these signs and wonders, I done all I could do; but, alas! I could see and hear no wonderful things, nor could I feel any. sudden irresistible operation. I felt a change in my desires and the inclination of my mind was to obedience. But for want of the dreams, and sights, and visions which appeared to be a capital point in the detail of nearly every experience (heard told to the church, and the theme of almost every exhortation, prayer, and song, I concluded I was left in darkness, and after a while took shelter under the shade of deism. But fortunately about four months ago some of the numbers of the Harbinger fell into my hands. I read them attentively, and was struck with the force of reason and philosophy exhibited in the dialogue between Austin and Timothy on the Holy Spirit. I saw there drawn with graphic hand the important landmarks of distinction between the physical and moral operations of the Spirit of God. The one mode of operation is addressed to the senses, as in the miraculous conversion of St. Paul; the other is addressed to the mind through the medium of words which convey the will and mind of God to us. The arguments employed and the authority quoted and explained in this dialogue, rent asunder from my mind the mysterious illusion of physical operations, which had diverted my mind from the true cause of investigation. The only abstruction then left as a barrier to my cordially embracing christianity, was as to its divine authority, with a view to forming an opinion upon this point, upon which the entire fabrick reposes. I turned my attention to an examination of the testimony, in the course of which examination I was able to procure a copy of your debate with Robert Owen in Cincinnati. I had heard about Mr. Owen's social system, and had some years ago read some of his views in a newspaper. I regarded Mr. Owen as the great Ajax of scepticism, and concluded that if his mind were unable to bear up in argumerii against the arguments and evidences in favor of christianity, it would be unreasonable and unphilosophical any longer to doubt its truth. Before I had got half through the book I was thoroughly convinced of the utter futility and absurdity of the doctrine of the social system. The whole tissue of chimerical nonsense was torn into atoms. The king of scepticism dethroned, and the empire of reason and revelation established upon the foundations of philosophy, reason, and testimo ny, I consider the arguments advanced in this book in support of christianity, as amounting to nothing less than a positive moral de monstration of its divine authenticity. It is there irrefragably demonstrated that without a direct revelation from God, man never could have formed the idea of God, Spirit, Sacrifice, Altar, &c. &c. ergo, would never have had words expressive of these ideas. The utter inability of the human mind to form and create a new original substantive idea of either a material or spiritual thing, shows conclu sively that christianity must be a revelation from God to the world. The testimony upon which rests the truth of the recorded facts, are shown to have all the criteria which ancient historical facts possibly can have. The facts are shown to have been addressed to the senses, and of tbe most public notoriety, and in their nature calculated to make the deepest impression on the human mind. Monumental commemorative institutions were established coetaneous with the transpiration of the facts, and have been perpetuated down to the present day as testimonials of their truth. Well might you challenge Mr. Owen to show that any fact recorded in history, possessing these criteria of their verity, ever was or could be shown to be false. Your achievement in that debate has lit up a new torch of light in the chrige tian world, and it will illuminate the paths of many. “With high respect, yours,

F. P. S.”

CHOLERA IN PARIS. THE deaths from cholera in Paris on the last day of March, and up to the 14th of April inclusive, were 7831. The deaths on the 13th were 816; op the 14th, 692; and on the 16th, 522, so that the disease is diminishing in intensity.

Among the persons of rank who became victims of the disease on Sunday and Monday were Prince Casteleila, (Neapolitan Ambassador,) M. M. Morel, and De la Pommeraie, (Deputies,) a son of M. de Schoonen, a Commissary of Police, a Greek officer in the French service, (Manvrocordate,) Count Morand, the Marchioness d'Etampes, and the Baroness de Lritre.

A sufficient number of Deputies could not be retained to constitute a House The President of the Chamber of Peers had announced on that day the death of Viscount de Casside, one of the new Peers.

Still later from England. The cholera appears by the official accounts to be diminished in Paris, but spreading throughout France. A London paper of the 28th says it has broken out at Havre de Grace. All the French Ministers have been attacked. The Chamber of Deputies is prorogued.

Letters from Paris, dated April 13, state that 20,000 had died in that city of the cholera.

The cholera continues very mild in England, but more severe in Ireland.

DREADFUL HURRICANE IN INDIA. Extract from a private letter, dated November 10, from the neighbor

hood of Balasore. "I TIIINK of nothing but the hurricane which occurred here on the last day of October; such a calamity I have never heard or read of; at least 10,000 persons in my jurisdiction were drowned, and I fear the accounts will show double that number, including children. The high road from Madrass to Calcutta runs through Balasore, about 5 miles north of this, and where it is in a direct line 9 miles from the coast, the sea crossed it, carrying with it every living thing in that space, in that direction. At least 150 square miles were inundated from 10 to 15 feet deep.

“The sea came up to Balasore, and to the northward also the in. undation was little less. The deck and part of a vessel are on the road. Where the sea crossed it on the West side, and where its progress was checked by the road on the East side, are lying, all dead and heaped together, men, tigers, buffaloes, cows, &c. I have sent out hundreds of people to burn and bury; but if it does not breed a pestilence we shall be lucky. It is not easy to dispose of bodies covering miles.”

The Bengal Hurkaru, after describing the total destruction of crops in the above district, states, that on the night of the 9th November 7000 maunds of grain had been despatched for the use of the famish. ing survivors of the dreadful flood.

From the Ckristian Index.
Lonely Hours of a Bereaved Mother.
AND I am left! There is a strange delight
In counting o'er one's bitterness, to cull
A flower of comfort from it. I am left
To bear the gathering storms of life, my child,
Still tempest-toss'd upon its dangerous seas,
While thou art safely moor’d: thy little barque
Is anchor'd in the haven where the vinds
Of sorrow never blow; thy star bas risen
In climes of peace and love, to set no more
Forever and forever. All thy life
Was like a rosebud-like a gentle breath
of purest fragrance wafted on the wing
Of early zephyr,- like the opening ray
Of morning's softest blush. Thy little heart
Had never tasted woe. Thy infant breast
Was heaven's own dwelling place; it never knew
The touch of aught save innocence and love.

-Blessed child,
Thy lot on earth was bright, and now thou art
With holy angels. I will cease to mourn!

0! had I lov'd thee less, my foolish heart
Had sigh'd to keep thee in this changing world,
Had fasten'd thee to life, till thou bad'st drain'd
Its very dregs of woe! Never, O! never
Could I have knelt, and kiss'd the chastening rod
With such unfeign'd submission! Never, never
Could I have look'd so calmly on the smile
Thy parting spirit left, bad my fond soul
Less dotingly hung o'er thee in thy life,
Less proudly treasur'd up thy darling name
In the deep recess of my heart! But now
Our very lives were one! There could not be
A deeper, purer tenderness, than heaved
This trembling breast for thee. How could I, then,
Ask aught for thee but happiness! In life,
When thou wast closely folded in these arms,
And I did feel thy warm breath on my cheek,
Thy smiling eyes fix'd tenderly on mine,
My prayers were full of pleadings-agonies
Almost, of earnestness, that Heaven would bless
Thy opening day with joy, and every good
That migbt be deem'd most proper. O! are not
Those prayers most fully answer d? Could my soul
In all its deepest gush of tenderness
Have ask'd a holier boon, a blessedness,
More durable, more infinite and pure,
More like the nature of a God to give,
Tban heaven's own self, with all its blessed ones,
Its high society, its holy love,
Its rapturous songs of gratitude and praise,
Its pure celestial streams and fruits and flowers,
And glorious light reflected from the face
Of God's beloved Son; could I have claim'd
A higher boon, my precious babe, for thee?
And then again, to be exempt from woe
And human suffering, forever free
From all the toils, and pains, and nameless cares
That gather with our years, and Oh! perchance,
At last a hopeless death! O! I could weep
With very gratitude that thou art said,
Thy soul forever sav'd. What though my heart
Should bleed at every pore, still thou art blest.
There is an hour, my precious innocent,
When we shall meet again! O! may we meet
To separate no more! "Yes, I can smile,
And sing with gratitude, and weep with joy,
Even while my heart is breaking!

H. M. Dodge

THE greater part of the preceding number was written and prepared in the last week of May, preparatory to our making a short excursion for two weeks. This will explain sone omissions in it and the reason of any supposed neglect of our correspondents.



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I saw another messenger flying through the midst of heaven, having everlast. ing good news to proclaim to the inhabitants of the earth, even to every nation and tribe, and tongue, and people-saying with a loud voice, Fear God and give glory to him, for the hour of his judgments is come: and worship him who made heaven, and earth, and sea, and the fountains of water.-- Joux.

Great is the truth and mighty above all things, and will prevail,

Editor of the Millenniul Hurbinger."

(CONTINUED.) WE will now endeavor to interpret and understand the account that we have of the remission of sins and baptism of the Pentecostal Jews, in the 2d chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, agreeably to the foregoing critical remarks and observations of Professor Stuart, William Erskine, and yourself.

The miraculous gifts, which were the promise of the Holy Ghost, and which Christ, after he was exalted by the right hand of God. received of the Father, and shed forth upon the hundred and twenty disciples when the day of Pentecost was fully come, in visible and audible appearances, which were seen and heard by the multitude, and Peter's discourse, convinced the Jews that they had crucified the Messiah, whom God had raised from the dead, and made both Lord and Christ:--they were pierced to the heart, and said unto Peter and the rest of the Apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? And Peter said unto them, Reform and be each of you baptized on account of Jesus Christ, into the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the lioly Ghost; for the promise is to you and to your children, and to all that are afar off, as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words he bore his testimony, and exhorted, saying, Save yourselves from this perverse generation. Then they who gladly received his word were baptized. They gladly received the testimony concerning Jesus Christ, and reformed before they were baptized. Jesus Christ was exalted a Prince and a Saviour, to give reformation and remission of sin to Israel: by faith in the testimopy they received him, and received reformation and remission, and were justified from all things. Acts v. 31.-ch. xiii. 38. 39. God having given to them reformation unto life, and purified their hearts hy faith, they were baptized into the doctrine of forgiveness of sins, for Christ's sake, and thereby professed to receive and acknowledge forgiveness on account of Jesus Christ, by which they would be saved, (or had the pledge of it,) and had the answer of a good conscience towards God. They were baptized into Christ and put him 04. They renounced the law of Moses for salvation, and acknow


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