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to take from him a vaft quantity of blood : And tho'he was relieved of that disease, yet he never fully recov. ered his former strength by reason of the indisposition of his stomach, and frequent vomiting, which prevented the regular supply of blood for the nourithment of his body. Hereupon ensued, in the following winter a coldness, swelling and stiffness in his legs, with frequent and excessively painful cramps. But besides his bodily indisposition, the grievances of the church of Scotland, did not a little add to his trouble. His fpirit was much weighted with the melancholly news of the toleration, and restoring the power of presentations unto patrons; and no less with the imposing of the oath of abjuration upon ministers, from the apprehensions he had of the fad effects that might follow upon their different sentiments about the lawfulness of that oath. He freely declared his own opinion in the meeting of the synod at St. Andrews, April 1712. And in conferences of the presbytery upon that matter. He advised; that minifters, after all due means of information, should act ac. cording to their light. But what he especially endeavo oured to inculcate, as he had access, was, that the difference among them about the meaning of an ex. pression in that oath, gave no just ground for any alienation of affection, or for division and separation, either among ministers or people.

An account of fume of the last words of the Revo

erend Mr. Thomas Halyburton professor of Diviney in St. Andrews on death.bed, Septem.

ber-- -- 1712..... W Ednesday September 17th, when a friend came

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rested the bygone night? He answered, not well ; aud told, he had this night been fore tossed with the thoughts of eternity; but said he, Idare not say they were distracting. My evidences are much clouded indeed. I have been thinking on * terri. bilia Dei,and all that's difficult in death *i.e. The terto a saint. All my enemies have been rible things of round about me I have had a great GOD. conflict and faith like to tail. O ! that I : may be kept now in this last trial, that's ensuing, front being an offence to his people,

Afternoon, when some of his brethren came in to visit him, he said to them, I'm but young, and have little experience ; but this death-bed now makes me old ; and therefor I use the freedom to exhort you to faithfulnels in the Lord's work. Ye will never repent this. He is a good master; I have always found him fo ; if I had a thousand lives, I would think them all too little to imploy in his service. - All this whole day, and some days proceeding, he was under a cloud and disertion.

September 18, When a friend returned to ask him, how be was in the morning; he broke silence with these words, O what a terrible conflict had I yesterday! But now I can say I have fought the good fight, I have kept the faith. Now he has filled my mouth with a 6 new song, Jehovah-jireth, in the mount of the Lord, dc. Praise, praise is comely for the upright.' Shortly I fall get another sight of God than ever I had, and be more meet to praise him than ever. O the thoughts of an incarnate God are fiveet and ravishing! And O! how do I wonder at my felf, that I do not love him more, that I do not admire him more that I could honour him! What a wonder that I enjoy such composure under all my bodily trouble, and in view of approaching death! O what a mercy that I have the use of my reason till I have declared his goodness to me!

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To his wife, he said, he came to me in the third watch of the night walking upon the waters,' and he laid to me, I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, I was dead and am alive, and live for evermore, and have the keys of hell and death ;' and added, he filld the tempeft, and Othere's a sweet calm in my foul! is Thereafter, when desired to be tender of his health,

- he said, i'll strive to last as long as I *i.e. spend it can, and I'll get my rest ere it be long. thriftily and I have no more to do with my time, piece-meal. ' but to* teåp it out for the glory of . .. God.

' * Then he said, I'll fee my redeemer stand on the carth'at the last day ; but I hope to see him before

that, the Lamb in the midst of the throne, * beautiful. O it will he at bony company, 'The

fpirits of just men made perfect, and Jesus the mediator of the covenat!' O for grace,grace, to be patient to the end, Then he desir'd a minister to pray.

After prayer, he callid for a little water to wash his eyes, and said I hope to get them washen,and made like dove's eyes ; and then farewell fin, farewell forrow. . In a little, when taking fome refreshment, he said, ye fee I am cating heartily here. I get Neep from him, and I get food and drink from him, and I'll get himself. My heart and my felh fails : But God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever, c. but we have need of patience.?

When one said, keep the light of the window from him, it may hurt his eyes : He said truly light is sweet, and a pleasant thing to behold the fun,' the fun of righteousness, O brave light.where the lamb is the light of that temple ! Wecannor hayca conception of it now; 'eye has not seen, nor ear heard, c. 1

Seeing his youngest child, he caused bring her to him, and said, Mady, my dear, the Lord bless you ;

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the God of your father, and of my father bless you ; thie God that fed me all my life, the angel that redeemed me from all evil bless you,' and the rest, and be your portion. That's a goodly heritage,better than if I had crowns and scepters to leave you. My child I got you from him, and I give you to him again.

To his wife, he said, my dear encourage your self in the Lord; he'll keep you, tho' you even come among enemies hands ; surely he'll cause the enemy to treat you well. And then declaring his willingnels to part with dearest relations, he said, this is the practise of religion, firs; this is a practical part of religion to make use of it when we come to the pinch: This is a lesson of practical divinity. * When the physician came in, he said, is my pulse weak doctor Ant. Yes; but I have seen it as weak.

Then he said, doctor, as to this piece of work, you're · near an end with it. I wish you may lay it to heart; it'll come to your door too i And 'tis a business of great moment to die like a christian : And 'tis a rarity. Christ himself has told us, that "there are but few that shall be saved,' even among them who are called outwardly, I wilh the Lord himself may shew you kindness, The greatest kindness I am now capable to shew you, is to commend serious religion to you.

There is a reality in religion, doctor; this is an age 'that hath lost the sense of it. He has not said to the house of Jacob, seek ýe my face in vain.' Atheists will see one day, whether it be so or not. .

I bless God I was educated by godly parents in the principles of the church of Scotland: I bless him, that when I came to riper years, I did on mature deliberation make them my choice : I bless the Lord I have been helped ever since to adhere to them without wavering: I bless him, I have seen, that holiness yields peace and comfort in prosperity and adversity : What Thould I seek more, or desire more to give evidence of the reality of it? Therefor, 'I'm not ashamed

of of the gospel of Christ, because 'tis the power of God to salvation to every one that believeth. I'm fo far from altering my thoughts of religion by reason of the present contempt thrown on it, and opposition made to it, that this endears it the more to me.

As to the fimplicity of gospel.worship, many must have gaudy pomp now a days in worship; 'tis an cvidence of the decay of religion ; for when folk want the power and spirituality of it, they must have something to please the carnal heart. This is my sense of it; and 'tis the words of truth and foberness; and I speak as being shortly to appear in judgment; and hope to give an account of this with joy, as a part of the testimony of Jesus:

Well doctor, the Lord be with you, and perfuade you to be in earnest. I return you thanks for your diligence. Is my pulse low? Ans. Yes. He replied, I am very well pleased. I would have been content to have been away long ere now. I found my spirits failling. 'Tis but a few strokes moe,and victory,victory for evermore, thro’ the captain of our salvation,

After a pause, he said, every one that is in Chrift Jefus must be a new creature ; he must have union with Christ, and a new nature ; That's the ground work of religion. The christian religion is little understood by the most part of us.

O the gospel of Christ, how purely was it preached in this place, when I was at the university I though I found not the sweetness in the time, when I heard others preach on these subjects, I found it since ; and it has fallen on me like showers on the mown grass. verily there's a reality in religion : Few have the live. ly impressions of it.

Now get acquaintance with God, the little acquaintance I have had with God within these two days, has been better than ten thousand times the pains I have all my life been at about religion. 'Tis good to have him to go to, when we are turning our

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