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God has decreed all things that come to pass, and that he has elected some from all eternity."
Mr. H. "Well, what then?"
U "If God has decreed all things, I think it unjust for him to damn men for doing wrong, when it was decreed, and they couldn't help it."
Mr. H. "I should like to know what you hold about it."
U. "I hold, sir, that God has decreed to save all men."
Mr. H. "Well, well, upon your principles none can be saved-for if decrees destroy free agency, so that men can't be sinful and go to hell, they destroy free agency so that they can't be holy and go to heaven."
A physician in a contiguous town, of rather libertine principles, in removing to the western country, arrived in West Rutland with a retinue of his friends. Mr. Haynes, seeing the doctor drive up and call at the pub lic house, immediately went there to give him and his family the parting farewell. After the exchange of salutations, Mr. Haynes said to him, "Why, doctor, I was not aware that you expected to leave this part of the country so soon. I am owing you a small account, which ought to have been cancelled before. I have not the money, but I will go and borrow it immediately." The doctor replied that he must have all his affairs settled, as he expected never to return to this part of the country. Mr. Haynes, as he went out to borrow the money, was called back by the doctor, who had previously made out a receipt in full, which he gave to him, saying, "Here, Mr. Haynes, is a discharge of your account; you have been a faithful servant here for a long
time, and received but small support; I give you the debt." Mr. Haynes thanked him very cordially, expressing a willingness to pay; when the doctor added, But, Mr. Haynes, you must pray for me, and make me a good man." Mr. Haynes quickly replied, "Why, doctor, I think I had much better pay the debt."
As he providentially met a clergyman who had recently returned from a tour in the northern part of the state, preaching false and pernicious doctrines, he said to him, "You have been out on a preaching tour, I understand; and what success do you meet with ?"—“ O, good success, sir, very good success-great success," replied the clergyman; "the devil himself can never destroy such a cause." Mr. Haynes instantly replied, "You need not be concerned-he will never try."
The late Royal Tyler, chief justice of Vermont, when on his circuit at Rutland, frequently spent an evening with Mr. Haynes, of whose talents and principles he ever expressed himself in terms of the highest admiration. He often entertained his family and friends, on his return home, with anecdotes, strikingly illustrative of Mr. Haynes's quickness of perception and reply. The two following will furnish a specimen.
Happening one day to pass by the open door of a room where his daughters and some young friends were assembled, he thought, from what he overheard, they were making too free with the characters of their neighbours; and after their visiters had departed he gave his children a lecture on the sinfulness of scandal. They answered, "But, father, what shall we talk
about? We must talk of something."-"If you can do nothing else," said he, "get a pumpkin and roll it about; that will at least be innocent diversion." A short time afterward an association of ministers met at his house, and during the evening discussions upon some points of Christian doctrine were earnest, and their voices were so loud as to indicate the danger of losing the Christian temper; when his eldest daughter, overhearing them, procured a pumpkin, entered the room, gave it to her father, and said, "There, father, roll it about, roll it about." Mr. Haynes was obliged to explain, and good-humour was instantly restored.
A clergyman of a neighbouring parish had persisted for some years in remaining a bachelor, contrary to the wishes of his people. When urged by them to marry, he put them off on various pretences: he must first get him a house, enlarge his library, &c. &c. But when all these things were accomplished, and he seemed as much indisposed as ever, they became impatient, and sent a deputation to Mr. Haynes, desiring him to persuade the doctor to get married. Mr. Haynes therefore called upon him, and urged him to comply with the wishes of his parishioners, saying that he could not feel that sympathy in their joys and sorrows which he would if he had a family of his own. The clergyman replied that he felt the force of his remarks, and was disposed to think of the subject seriously; adding, very emphatically, "I understand, Mr. Haynes, that you have some very fine daughters." Mr. Haynes instantly replied, "I have sympathy for you and your parishioners; but, really, I have taken great pains to educate my
daughters, and much care to prepare them for usefulness, and I hate to throw them away.”
"The last time that I saw Mr. Haynes," says a respected correspondent, "was at the General Convention at Charlotte, in the fall of 1825; when, taking my hand, he said, 'They say you are making a book-be you?' 'Trying to do a little something at it,' I replied. 'Well,' said he, 'you have just as good a right as those that know how."
Mr. Haynes being invited to solemnize a marriage in a neighbouring town, and having completed the ceremony, the young and rather ignorant bridegroom said to him, "What, sir, is your usual compensation?" Mr. Haynes humorously replied, "This depends entirely upon the parties; if they are promising and respectable, we of course receive a liberal reward; but if they are what we call poor things, but little is expected.” A munificent marriage fee was instantly presented.
As Mr. Haynes was travelling in the State of Ver mont, he fell in company with a person of infidel prin ciples. He soon discovered himself to be an unprin cipled scoffer at religion. In the course of conversation he demanded of Mr. Haynes what evidence he had for believing the Bible. "Why, sir," answered Mr. Haynes, "the Bible, which was written more than a thousand years ago, informs me that I should meet just such a man as yourself."—" But how can you show that?" returned the caviller. "Why, sir, the Bible says, 2d Pet. iii., 3, 'In the last days scoffers shall come, walking after their own lusts."""
INGENIOUS REMARKS ON PASSAGES OF SCRIPTURE.
MATT. xxiii., 35.-"That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar."
Some think that Christ refers to that Zacharias mentioned 2 Chron. xxiv., 20; others to a Zecharias, son of Baruch, who, Josephus says, was killed in the temple a little before the destruction of Jerusalem.
The point presented in this text seems to be thisthat every impenitent sinner is, in a sense, concerned in, or accessory to, all the sin that ever was committed, or ever will be, to all eternity.
JOHN iii., 8.-"The wind bloweth where it listeth," &c.
The wind is a strange, mysterious thing. Why it blows from one quarter, and then from anothertimes powerfully, and then gently, or why it blows at all, cannot be accounted for, or what becomes of it. So it is as to the manner of the Spirit's operation.
Hos. xi., 9.-"Therefore will I return, and take away my corn in the time thereof, and my wine in the season thereof, and will recover my wool and my flax given to cover her nakedness."
However wicked men may waste and embezzle Divine property, God will recover the whole at their hands, and not, finally, lose a single farthing by them. Great prosperity in this life as to outward things, and eternal misery in the world to come, are consistent