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of action. The ardour of his mind carried him through a course of exertions which it would have fatigued a contem porary biographer 10 r: cord ; and, at the same time, threw into each of them a vehement eloquence, at which folly and wickedness were often alarmed as by the assault of a tempest. The great cause, which was so languid a thing in the hands of many of its advocates, assumed in his administrations" an unmitigable urgency.
“Many of the Christian Missionaries among the Heathens, such as Brainerd, Elliot, and Schwartz, have displayed memorable examples of this dedication of their whole being to their oflice, this eternal abjuration of all the quiescent feelings.”
[Farther Extracts will be given in our next]
[This Department is designed to include Anecdotes, Ilints,
and other Detached Papers.]
MR. Fox. The author of a Pamphlet, entitled “ Circumstantial Details of the Last Moments of Mr. Fox,” among many interest. ing particulars, relates the following conversation with that great statesman :
“ A nobleman mentioning that he had formed a pariy of pleasure for Christmas, in which he had incluided Mr. Yox, added, * It will be a new scene, Sir, and I think you will approve of it.” “I shall indeed be in a new scene by Christmas next,' said Mr. Fox. My Lord, what do you think of the state of the soul after death ?'-- Lori --- (confounded by the unexpected turn of the conversation) made no reply. Mr. Fox continued, " That it is immortal I am convinced. The existence of Deity is a proof that spirit exists ; why not, thierefore, the soul of man? And if such an essence as the soul exists, by its nature it may exist for cyer. I should have believed in the immortality of the soul though Christianity had never existed ; but low it acts as separated from the body, is beyond my capacity of judgment. This, however, I shall know by next Christmas."
A LAND WIIERE IS NO SICKNESS. As a gentleman, eminent for his happy mode of introdaciny religious conversation among young people, 'was one day going in the stage-coach to his country-house at Hampstead, he was accosted by a young man, who was his only companion, in the following terms : “ Sickness, Sir, is a very uncomfortable thing. I have been running almost all over London to find out a physician to attend my sister, who is sick at Hampstead ; but I have been so unfortunate as not to meet with him; and I am
now so fatigued, that I am compelled to take the stage." "Yes, Sir,' replied the gentleman, sickness is a very uncomfortable thing ; but I know a land in which ihere is no sickness.' “ Do you indeed," rejoined the young man ; 6 pray where is it? I have travelled alí round the world, and never heard of that lind yet.” See Isa. xxxiii. 24.
One day happened a tremendons storm of lightning and Thunder as he was going from Glasgow to Dunblanc. He was descried, when at a considerable distance, by two mnen of bad character. They had not courage to rob him ; but, wishing to fall on sone method of extorting money from him, one said, “I will lie down by the way-side, as if I were dead, and you shall inform the Archbishop that I was killed by the livhing, and þeg money of him to bury me.” Wbeni the Archbishop arrived at the spot, the wicked wretch told him the fabricatel story: he synipathized with the survivor, gave him inoney, and proceeded on liis journey. But, when the man returneri to his companion, he found him really liścless! lmmediiaiely he began to exclaim aloud, “ Oh, Sir, he is deact! oi, Sir, he is dead !" On this the Archbishop, discovering the fraud, left the man with this important reflection:-" It is a dangerous thing to trifle with the judgments of God!".
A CRITICAL HINT.
It seems a little extraordinary that the same original term (Paracletos) should be translated “ Advocate,” when applied to the Son of God (1 John ii. 1); and “ Comforter,” when applied to the Holy Spirit (Johu xiv. 16). I confess, the latter rendering appears to me not quite accurate. The original term certainly means a public pleader, whose office corresponded with that of a Counsellor withi us; namely, to inform and advise his client, and to defend his cause. Christ is the “ Wonderful Counsellor" of his people, as well as their 6 Advocate with the Father." When he was about to leave his disciples, he promised to send them "another Counsellor” (so I would render it) who should ( guide them into all truth ;" or rather (as Bp. Lowth observes) ball the truth,” that is, of the gospel. At the same time, the blessed Spirit performs the other part of the Counsellor's office. Ślie makeih intercession for (or in) us with groanings which cannot be unter d.” (Rom. viii. 26.) Comfort is certainly the effect of the Spirit's teaching, but expresses a small part only of his office. As a Counsellor's office is to accuse as well as defend, so the Spirit was promised to convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.”
Mr. Editor, Though yours is a Magazine, and not a Newspaper, as you sometimes announce the death of eminent persons, indulge me by inserting the fol
lowing reflections ON THE DEPARTURE OF MY LATE MOST VALUABLE FRIEND,
THE YEAR 1806: -Last night, at twelve o'clock, expired a friend, of whom, take him all in all, perhaps I shall never see his like again. As I stood by and saw his last moments, I exclaimed, “ Ilow our blessings brighten as they take their flight !” For now came rushing upon my memory all the good qualities of the deceased, and all the advantages I derived froin his company. Ah! he was a steady friend; to his latesi breath he stood by me, and never ceased to do me good. I have seen many changes in the affections of men; they have been more swallows, the birds of summer : -- but summer and winter, by night and by day, he was a friend indeed. Every time I lay down to rest, he gave me a parting word of advice, in case I should never see him again; and each morning, as I opened my eyes, I saw him by my bed-side, inviting me to accept his renewed aid, to live for God.
How many pleasures I have enjoyed in his company! To count them, would be to number the grains of sand which bound the ocean; - to com. pass the detail into this paper, Mr. Editor, would be to take up the ocean in the hollow of my hands. Two things, however, I must notice : the first is, That for three-hundred-and-sixty-five days he introduced me, more than once a day, to a closet-audience with the King of Kings; and although I must own to you that, in his Majesty's presence, I was so delighted that I forgot the departure of my iriend, he never upbraided me with it, but seerned betier pleased with me for it all the day. The other tribute of gratitude which I must pay to the memory of my friend is, to own that two-and-fifty times in his lite he proposed to me to spend the day in pleasure, io imitate the life of angels, and begin Heaven without waiting for disinission from earth. And oh
66 How pleas'd and blest'was I
To hear the joyful cry,
Come let us seek our God to-day !" To how many profitable discourses have I listened on these days, and almost reproached my friend for bringing them to a close! Shall I ever see the friend with whom I shall enjoy again such halcyon days!
But as I have a friend dearer io me even than the late deceased, whose elegy I now write with tears, this renders him especially precious to my plaintive memory, that he was ever forward to give me opportunities to serve the Lord, who bought me with his blood. He would often tell me this was all he came for; and was never better pleased than when I treated hin as if he were good for nothing but to help me to work for God. lh! ho! ofien he roused me wheu diowsy, and juuged my elbows when lazv in this cause! Now his lips are sealed up in silence, and I hang over his cold corpse. seem to hear his voice, louder than before, when he used to cry, ** Awake, siuggard ! was I only sont to see thee slee;) ?" Thus, rous d by his repeateu faithful warnings, I have enjoyed the felicity of at least aliempting to do something for hin who has done and suffered all for 119. And this, to tell the truth (without fearing a frown from the angry shade of my deparled friend) is the most pleasant reflection I can iake, on the review of our pasi fiiendship.
“ Mmions of ages hence,” the dear deceased used to say, “ you may be the better for my company, and accordwg as you treat me well or ili, your very Heaven may taste of it.” Who then, of all the thousand readers of your work, will not sympathize with me in the loss of such a friend, or refuse to judnige me in the eulogium wbich we love to pass on those whom death has torn from our embrace ? - especially, as I could hint, he was no very distant friend of theirs neither. On join with me in blessing him “whose years know no end;" for the Lord gave if the Lord hath iaken. Yes; I gratefnlly adore hiin ihat said, “ Spare him yet another year.” But I am afraid your pious readers who haih hitherto sympathized with me in my irreparable loss, will now start off with horror, when I disburden my oppressed conscience, and own to you that I have been, in a great degree, the murderer of the deceased! What! murder such a friend as you have described ! What a wreich! I confess the blackness of my guilt, and am too much my own accuser to palliate my crime; though, if I were disposed, I could silence the loud: si voice, by saying, "He that is without this sin among you, let him casi the first stone." But such recrimination ill suits the feel. ings of my heart. 'Tis true, i rover with malice propense, as the lawyers speak, openly said, like some, “Let us play to kill time;" for he must be a murderer in grain who would, in cool blood, kill so good a friend as Time. But thes, if by repeated slights and injuries, we may murder a man by inches, so ihat he may at last die of a broken heari, I fear I am verily guilty of the blood of the deceased. Ah! how often he reproached me for my (reatment of him, and told me I shouid repent of it when it was too late, aid he was gone for ever! Surely, he possessed a prophetic spirit; for I feel the truth of his words thrill through my afflicted soul. An! of bow much murdered time and abused talent may one year accuse us before the bar of Cod! Oh! thou whose blood cleanseth from all siu, blot out this my guilt, and let this solenn returning period of time, be at least improved to renew my application to that atonement, which
" In the gospel now appears
Pardoning the guilt of nun'rous years.” And since I may never have another, for this year I may die, “ so teach me to number my days, as to apply my heart unto wisdom.”
MRS. ANN WRAY.
evening lectures; by which her Mrs. Ann Wray was born at mind became gradually serious, and Chelmsford, Nov. 25th, 1765. At her allerdance more frequent and the age of thirteen she lost her fa- regular. in May, 1789, she was ther; after which she went to reside married to Mr. G. Wray, a respect.. wilh a relation, where she enjoyed able tradesman ; and they both atfew religious advantages, but was tended the means of grace. She had exposed to peculiar danger. For very fearful apprehensions of Gol's seyeral years, she spent much of the displeasure; and, for more than a summer at Margate, Brighton, &c. year, telt her sins a burden intolerenjoying the imaginary pleasures of able. During the time of confinethis delusive world. During these ment with her first chid, when her years of youthful yanity, and sur. budy was very weak, and her soul rounded with temptativus, she spent almost overwhelmed within her, it her time differentiy from the gen- pleased the Lord to visit her with an erality of young people, who move uncominon degree of gospel liberty. in that gay circie. She was even Out of the fuluess of her heart, sie now an attentive observer of the spoke with rapture to all around her. world, as appears from a journal "To their greatest astonishment, sho which she kept. Her person and said, “My gioom is removed. I manners were engaging; her mind have clear views of iny interest in capacious and inquisitive, and her the merils of my dear Lord and sentiments liberal.
Saviour, and of ihe pardoning love In the year 1786, she returned to of my heavenly Father. The divino Chelmsford. Curiosity led her, ocword is applied with power to my casionally, to hear the gospel at sout, silling it with light, life, and liberty.” She continued to speak namely, plays, cards, tea-gardens, with such fuency and zeal, that her coutry rides, watering-places, &c.; inost pious friends entreated her to which exposed me to various tempdesist tearing she should injure her tations inai might have proved ruinhealth. It pleased the Lord to ous both to body and soul; but out restore her to perlegt health ; but of them all the Lord delivered me. the savour of this visit of pardoning A particular circumstance brought love never lett her. It would be me to my native place, where a kind peculiarly grateful to my feelings Providence has placed me in a comcould I trace her steps through the fortable situation. I have had sixteen succeeding years; but this irrais, but they were for wise ends ; would occupy too much of your that the Lordi might craw me to valuable Miscellany. We only ob- himseif. I first went to hear the serve, that she soon afler joined the gospel, not from love, but it was church, under the care of the Rev. made etlectual. It is now about S. Douglas, and was a pattern of twelve years and a half since I first good works. We can say of her felt the burden of sin; and about that she adorned the doctrine of God ten years and a halt siuce the Lord her saviour in all things. In her removed that burden, by enabling family, she was frugal and indus- nie' to trust in Christ for a whole trious ; feared and loved by child- salvation; and, blessed be the God ren and servants. lu the church, and father of mercies, who, by his she was viewed by members and Hoiy Spirit, has enabled me to enjoy pastor as the chiet ornament. Her that hope in Christ, which I first attendance was reguliar and serious; received, to this present day; and, and when any of the congregation i trust, will never leave nor forsake were athirst ior novelty, her prayers, me, till he bring ine to those happy support, and attendence were cer. Mansions winch he is gone to pretaid. She studied to conceal tlie pare for his people. Oh, the amazing faults of others, and wita nicekness love of Christ !" instructed those who opposed them. Every Lord's Day she took her selves. la the town and weighboarchildren into her room, heard ihem hood she was greatly esteemned and repeat their catechism ; conversed blessed. The sons and daughters of familiarly with them; always inaffliction had always a place in her sisiing on regeneration, holiness of compassionate breasl. She went life, and diligence in the use of means ; about doing good. She made ii her never oming to pray with them consiant business to feed the hungry, ior a divne blessing to attend her --- clothe ine naked, - instruct the insiructions, and the word they were ignorani, and comfort the feebie- about to hear. She always came minded. Her unwearied labours in from her knees to a place of worvisiiing the sick were crowned with samp; and, wstead of trilling on her great success. Though she liad a return, a Roiy jeaiousy over her own large family, and has remarkably heart, and an ardent desire to imattentive to every domestic duty, prove by. what she had heard, led yet she seldom passed a week with her, as soon as possible, to her out visiting and relieving some afflict- closet again. This was remarked ed poor.
by children and servants; and had, August 10, 1800, she began to doubtless, a beneficial ettici. That heep a diary: an extraci from which she heard sermons with uncommon may best display her spirit and piety: attention, appears from the remarks
- "My mud has been engaged this se made ja ner diary. Thus she day in reviewing my past life. When persevered increasingly zealous of I consider from what evils the Lord goud works, until she was contined has preserved me, and in what with her aith child. She was sately Iroubics lie has granted me sup;:ort, delivere, and every thing promised I am a wonder to mysell. Taken a speedy recovery. A few days after, from my parents in the carry part of however, she was suized wiek toe lite, to reside with a relativii, inerel iniliary fever. An unusual concern enjoyed what the world calis picasuie; was manifested by all who knew heri