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Ś. The Lord approv'd of the parents bringing, and blessed the children. 6. Here the Lord enlarged me, helped me to rely on him, that he would put his hand on the child and blefs her, and hereby quieted my soul, and filled me with thankfulness; and I was relievid as to the child that is gone, and this that is dying Bless, bless, bless the Lord, O-my foul; he prepares the heart to pray, and he will incline the ear to hear. Remember the word on which thou causédit me to hope.l. finin insis;
April, ir, The child died :Bleted be God, I have had a child to give at his call, and blessed be the Lord that he helped to give her willingly.'
Another instance at the death of his fon George, March 23, 1712, The Lord's day, a day to be rea membred by me, a day wholly spent in prayer and praise, an introduction to life : 'O my foul, never forget what this day I felt, I reached, My soul had fmiles that almost wasted nature.' My kind collegue
and I prayed alternarely : 'Oh such a sweet day? .: About half an hour' after fabbath, my child, after a
Tharp conflict twixt nature and the diseafe, Pepe
1: THe Lord from the begining fix'd the eye on i 1 himself, and kept submissive and dependent as to the child.
2. In the entry, the Lord brought the disease picaSantly on; gave him astonishing patience, when for several days and nights he flept nonc.
A. 3. The Lord gave warning by this, that though the child, I doubt, scarce knew his mother's nime or mine before, but named us always, and oniy father and mother ; in his sickness, when asked who we*** were ? 'He answered, Thomas Halyburt09 and Janet N 3
Watson; Here the relation was disown'd, which struck me at the first, and I thought the relation was loos'd. His mother one day asked him,why he called her so? But he returned' no answer. 4. I ask'd him some days after he took it, George, would you be well and live, or die and go to heaven ? I expected a child's answer ; but he readily, and more readily than was con Gistent with his usual way of speaking, said, I will go to heaven I had herein some check for not being serious enough in the question; and his death I expected.
4, I had all this winter been extraordinary helped in crying for mercy to the children ; and any blinks I had, and loosing of my bonds, was when I did point prayer this way, oft got I freedom to throw them on sovereign grace, oft to speak to them directly from the word at night, and never more than about a month before this, from Jacob's last word's: I thought now God was to take a trial in the tenderest point, whether I should stand to it, and hold by the oft re. peated resignation... .
6. I could not find freedom in seeking the child's life, but much in crying for mercy to him, and a token for good.
7. When he first fell ill, the burden was great on my spirit, till that night after my kind collegue, and I had communed with much weight about the present ftate of the church and of religion in this place: concern for the Lord's interest got far the ascendant in my heart, and my own dearest concerns sunk; and from that time the Lord scattered clouds, and comforted me, as to my present weighty concern for the child; and that, 1. In giving me enlargement to bless him, that I had no positive grounds to call in question his state. Again, 2. The Lord gave me to lay, stress on his command of bringing little ones to bim ; nay, he caused me to hope on that word, and and on the reach of the promise to children. 3. The ncarer to his end, the more loos'd I was from him,
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the more chearful my resignation, submission, and humble confidence, refreshing, purifying and quickning my spirit. 4. The Lord led both me and others to express confidence, we would not avoid it. My kind collegue and I spent the whole day in prayer with and for him ; and he in his turn, praying just when the child was dying, even could not hold short of this, We desire to believe, we hope, nay, we are cona fident he is entring unto glory. 5. Whereas he had been free of the fighting and roving for forty eight hours before his death, he came to have some little struggles at last, tho' without contortions ; I was put to cry for pity as to this, and that as a token for good, and was heard. 6. That same grace that prepared the heart to pray, inclin'd the ear to hear, kept the soul chearfully to resignation, and not onlycompos'd, , but sweetned our fpirits; so that before his death,
prayers were well nigh made up of praises, and he was set off with thansgiving,
in C H A'P. VI. ' ; Of his entring upon the profession of divinity. THe place of professor of divinity in the new
1 college in the university of St. Andrews being vacant, a proposel was once and again made to Mr. Halyburton, of procuring him a patent for that post; but he gave no encouragment to it, resolving to be no way the disposer of his own lot. And in December 1709, being advertised, that her majesty's patent was granted in his favours, he said, Lord crush it, if it is not for thy glory. Herein I have peace, that I had no hand in it.
The queen's patent being expede, the college there. upon applied unto the presbytery of Coupar, for getting Mr. Halyburton loured from his pastoral relation to the parish of Geres, in order to his being settled pro
felsor in divinity in St. Andrews : But that reverend judicatory did in February 1710, refer the affair to the provincial synod of Fife, which was to meet at St. Andrews in April thereafter ; and the matter being gravely debated before the fynod, and the people of Ceres fully heard in what they had to say; the desire of the college upon her majesty's patent was granted without a contradictory vote.
Upon the whole, M., Halyburton had the following re ections,
As to this affair, it seems to be of the Lord : For,
1. The first rise of it was without any thing so much as a thought in me.
2. The Lord crossed all other attempts, and disap. ' pointed other prospects which they had to others.
3. The Lord kept my spirit, and held me lo by the hand, that I durst give no insinuation or encouragement that way. '
4. The desires of many that feared the Lord run this way.
5. The Lord laid his hand on me, and therein seem'd to say, I was not like to be able for the work in the present large congregation.
6. As the Lord began it with me, so he did carry it on, over obstructions remarkably enough.
g. I had no reason to doubt the singleness of any concerned, and who acted in it..
8. When I began to compare the tract of the Lord's dealing with me, and the course of my studies, I could not deny, that there might be something in it.
9. My people, whenever the matter appeared, be: gan to faint.
10. Their consciences were affected with the preponderating evidence of the reasons as was mine; tho' inclination lay cross.
11. The Lord condescended to bring the matter to a decision of the most competent judicatory.;12. The Lord condescended to clear me as to fub
mission, 1. By that which I resolved, after serious:
even beyond expectation, to the conviction of all iny: .own people, there was, 1. Evidently a great weight
on the spirits of the members about light. 2. The
Being admitted professor, he enjoyed not much sound health in the exercise of that office : For in the beginning of April 1711. He was suddenly seized with a dangerous pleurisie, which obliged his physicians