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"One thing is needful," and all things else are toys. Choose the better part, which shall never be taken from you, Luke x. 42 ; hate such a disposition as hankers after sensual, brutish delights, and loveth pleasures more than God; and had rather be at sports or drinking, than in his service; and loves the company of merry jovial fools better than of them that fear the Lord, Psal. xv. 4; and had rather sport and talk away time, than spend it in preparing for eternal glory; for if this be the present frame of your mind, as true as the word of God is true, you are dead in sin, and an heir of hell; and cannot be saved, unless convert ing, saving grace, do make you a new creature, and give you a new heart, so that "old things pass away, and all things become new," with you, 2 Cor. v.
Sir, I again beseech you to grant me these three requests that I have made to you. It would rejoice me much to hear of your conversion, as it grieves me to hear what you are, and fear what you will be. If you yield this much to God and me, you will have the everlasting comfort of it. If you will not, I do testify to your face, that it is not your fleshly pleasures, nor idle, delusory companions, nor your unbelief, stupidity, false imaginations, or childish folly, that shall save you from the burning wrath of God; and I profess, I had rather be a toad than you. And let me add, the words of a dying mother, and the earnest requests of her and your yet surviving friend, 'shall witness against you before the Lord, and aggravate
that load that must be on your soul to all eternity.
Sir, nobody shall know from me what I write to you, if you keep it to yourself and amend ; and as long as no eye seeth it but your own, the plainest dealing, in so great a cause, can be no injury to you. But let me tell you, if you shall go on in folly, and turn not unto God, and live not in his fear, perhaps I may publish to the knowledge of the world the admonition, which I have given you, that ........it may appear, that if you were disobedient to a dying mother, yet, I was faithful to the last charge of a dying friend; and if you durst abuse the Lord by sinning, so durst not I by letting you alone. But God forbid that you should put me to this! I cannot, I will not yet give up my hope, that God hath mercy for a son of so many prayers and tears, which have been poured out for you by a saint now in heaven; and which the Lord is witness are seconded with the tears of your surviving monitor, with which these lines were begun, and are now ending; and which shall be followed with my prayers while God will give me a heart to pray, that you may presently prove a returning prodigal; that both your earthly and heavenly Father may rejoice, and say, “This our son was dead, and is alive again; was lost and is found." (Luke xv. 32.) I pray you read the whole chapter.
Sir, I remain an earnest desir er of your conversion and salvation,
AMONG many other charitable institutions in the city of Glasgow, Scotland, is "a neat, quiet, comfortable retreat for old people, which has this inscription over the gate.
"When this fabric was built, is uncertain; but in the year 1567, it was made an Hospital for old people. The fabric be-. came ruinous in a great measure, and some parts uninhabitable. In the year 1726 the reparations were begun, and fifteen new rooms added by charitable donations, which will be supplied by old persons as the revenue is increased by donations. Three hundred pounds sterling entitles the donor to a presentation of a burgess, widow of a burgess, or child of a burgess, male or female; and 350. sterling gives the donor a right to present any person whatsoever, not married nor under fifty years of age."
In this hospital each person has his own room, eleven feet by eight and a half, in which is a cupboard and window. These rooms open into a passage twelve feet and a half wide, at the end of which is a sitting room, for such as choose to associate together. A chaplain reads prayers morning and evening. There is a garden and other conveniences. They have roast meat three times a week, and boiled three times, and eleven bottles of good beer; coals, clothes and linen are also provided; but the allowance for washing is only sixpence a month. The circumstance of each person's having a window
at command was very agreeable to me, as I have often observed, and lately a Norwich Hospital for old people where many lodge in the same room, that the infirmity, or peevishness of one person has been the cause of half stifling the rest for the want of the admission of (that cordial of life) air. Howard.
SEMINARIES of learning are the springs of society, which, as they flow, foul or pure, diffuse through successive generations depravity and misery, or on the contrary, virtue and happiness. On the bent given to our minds, as they open and expand, depends their subsequent fate; and on the general management of education, depend the honour and dignity of our species.
"IT is the opinion of Dr. Arbuthnot, that renewing and cooling the air in a patient's room by opening the bed-curtains, door, and windows, in some cases letting it in by pipes, and in general the right management of air in the bed-chamber, is among the chief branches of regimen in inflammatory diseases, provided still that the in- › tention of keeping up a due quantity of perspiration be not disappointed." And Dr. Fordyce adds, "By the officious and mistaken care of silly nurses in this respect, the disease is often increased and lengthened, or even proves fatal. Numberless indeed are the mischiefs, which arise from depriving the patient of cool air, the changing of which, so as to remove the putrid streams, is most of all necessary in putrid diseases." I
hope I shall be excused in adding, "In the beginning of putrid fevers (and many putrid fevers come upon full habit) the patient abhors, without knowing the reason, foods, which easily putrify, but pants after acid drinks and fruits, and such are allowed by some physicians, who follow nature. Oranges, lemons, citrons, grapes, peaches, currants, nectarines, are devoured with eagerness and gratitude. Can the distillery or the apothecary's shop boast of such cordials? It appears, then, on the whole, that the food, in a putrid fever, should consist of barley, rice, oatmeal, wheat bread, sago, salop mixed with wine, lemon, orange, citron, or chaddock juice, jellies made of currants, and other acescent fruits; and when broths are thought absolutely necessary, which probably seldom happens, they should be mixed with currant jellies, citron, lemons, and orange juices.".
Dr. Fordyce on inflammatory fevers...
WE are informed of Dr. Marryat, that after he was somewhat advanced in youth, having a strong memory, he thought it his duty to make it a secret repository of the works of divine revelation.
Accordingly, "he treasured up," says one," a larger portion of the Scriptures than, perhaps, any one besides, whom we have known, ever did. For there are, some, who can assure us, they had the account immediately from himself, that he has committed to memory not a few whole books, both of the Old Testament and the New. When he mentioned this, he named distinctly, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Isaiah, and Jeremiah, with all the minor prophets: and every one of the epistles likewise in the New Testament, with the book of the Revelation. And that he might carefully retain the whole of what he had thus learnt, he declared, it was his practice to repeat them memoriter once a year. The
SOLON'S OPINION OF THE MORAL special reason or motive, which
EFFECTS OF THE STAGE.
-THIS great Athenian lawgiver, being present at the perform ance of a tragedy by Thespis, who may be called the father of the stage, asked him, when he had done, if he was not ashamed to tell so many lies before so great an assembly. Thespis answered, it was no great matter, if he spoke or acted in jest. To this Solon replied, striking the ground violently with his staff, "If we encourage such jesting as this, we shall quickly find it in our contracts."
he assigned for his entering upon this method, deserves a particular notice. He began it in the younger part of life, when, being under a deep sense of the evil of sin, and his mind sadly ig-norant of God's ways of salvation by the righteousness of the giorious Messiah, or being in the dark as to his own personal interest in it, he was sorely distressed with fears, that hell must be his portion. At that time it was put into his heart, that, if he must go to hell, he would endeavour to carry with him as much of the word of God as pos
sibly he could. And it seems to me to have been a secret la tent principle of the fear and love of God that established him. in this purpose. For it looks as if he desired to have a supply of scripture materials for his mind to work upon, choosing it should ever be employed in recollecting and reflecting upon those records, that thereby, if possible, it might be kept from blaspheming God, like the rest of the spirits in the infernal prison.
"Frederic," says M. T. "divided his books into two classes, for study or for amusement. The second class, which was infinitely the most numerous, he read only once: the first was considerably less extensive, and was composed of books, which he wished to study and have recourse to from time to time during his life; these he took down, one after the other, in the order in which they stood, except when he wanted to verify, cite, or imitate, some passage. He had five libraries, all exactly alike, and containing the same books, ranged in the same order; one at Potsdam, a second at Sans Souci, a third at Berlin, a fourth at Charlottenburg, and a fifth at Breslaw. On removing to either of these places, he had only to make a note of the part of his subject at which be
A violent Welch 'squire having taken offence at a poor curate, who employed his leisure hours in mending clocks and watches, applied to the bishop of St. Asaph, with a formal complaint against him for impiously carrying on a trade contrary to the statute. His lordship having heard the complaint, told the squire he might depend upon it that the strictest justice should be done in the case; accordingly the mechanic divine was sent for a few days after, when the bishop asked him, "How he dared to disgrace his diocese by becoming a mender of clocks and watches." The other, with all humility, answered, "To satisfy the wants of a wife and ten children." "That won't do with me," rejoined the prelate, "I'll inflict such a punishment upon you as shall make you leave off your pitiful trade, I promise you," and immediately calling in his secretary, ordered him to make out a presentation for the astonished curate to a living of at least one hundred and fifty pounds per annum
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The Triumph of the Gospel. A sermon delivered before the New York Missionary Society, at their annual meeting, April 3, 1804. By JOHN H. LIVINGSTON, D. D. S. T. P. To which are added, an appendix, the e annual report of the directors, and other papers relating to Ameri, can Missions, New York, T. & J. Swords. pp. 97.
REV. xiv, 6, 7. And I saw another, angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, saying, with a loud voice, fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judg ment is come and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of
lapse of time, a singular movement would commence, not in a solitary dormer, but in the very midst of the churches; that the gospel, in its pu rity, would be sent to the most distant lands, and success crown the Benevolent work. The ordinary ex? ércise of the ministry......was not the object of this vision. It was something beyond the common standard, zi It was such preaching and such propagation of the gospel, as John never before contemplated. There was magnitude in the plan, a concurrence of sentiment, a speed in the exccution, a zeal in the efforts, and a prosperity in the enterprise, which distinguished this from all former pe
riods. The event here described comprehends a series of causes and effects, a succession of means and ends, not to be completed in a day, or finished by a single exertion. It is represented as a permanent and growing work. It commentes from small beginnings in the midst of the churches, but it proceeds, and will increase in going. There are no limits to the progress of the angel. From the time he begins to fly and preach, he will continue to fly and preach, until he has brought the ev erlasting gospel to all nations, and tongues, and kindred, and people in the earth. Hail, happy period!" hail, cheering prospect! When will that blessed hour arrive? When will the angel commence his flight?"
This introduces the second head, under which the author discovers great ingenuity, and advances sentiments highly interesting to the Christian world.
"Prophecy," he observes, "is furnished, like history, with a chronological calendar; and the predictions, with respect to the time of their accomplishment, may be referred to three distinct classes. Some expressly specify the period when the thing foretold shall take place..... Other predictions do not specify any series of years from which a compu tation can proceed, but connect the event with something preceding or