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MISCELLANIES. at command was very agreeable

to me, as I have often observed, FRAGMENTS.

and lately a Norwich Hospital for Among many other charitable old people where many lodge in institutions in the city of Glas- the same room, that the infirmigow, Scotland, is “a neat, quiet, ty, or peevishness of one person comfortable retreat for old people, has been the cause of half stilling which has this inscription over the rest for the want of the adthe gate.

mission of (that cordial of life) . . When this fabric was built, air.

Howard. is uncertain ; but in the year 1567, it was made an Hospital SEMINARIES of learning are for old people. The fabric be- the springs of society, which, as came ruinous in a great mea- they flow, foul or pure, diffuse sure, and some parts uninhabita- through successive generations ble. In the year 1726 the repa- depravity and misery, or on the rations were begun, and fifteen contrary, virtue and happiness. new rooms added by charitable On the bent given to our minds, donations, which will be suppli- as they open and expand, deed by old persons as the revenue pends their subsequent fate; is increased by donations. Three and on the general management hundred pounds sterling entitles of education, depend the honour the donor to a presentation of and dignity of our species. a burgess, widow of a burgess,

Dr. Price. or child of a burgess, male or female ; and 3501. sterling “It is the opinion of Dr. Are gives the donor a right to pre- buthnot, that renewing and coolsent any person whatsoever, not ing the air in a patient's room married nor under fifty years of by opening the bed-curtains, age.” ...

. .. door, and windows, in some cases In this hospital each person letting it in by pipes, and in has his own room, eleven feet general the right management by eight and a half, in which is a of air in the bed-chamber, is cupboard and window. These among the chief branches of rooms open into a passage regimen in inflammatory distwelve feet and a half-wide, at eases, provided still that the in, the end of which is a sitting tention, of keeping up a due room, for such as choose to as quantity of perspiration be not sociate together. ' A chaplain disappointed." And Dr. Tor. reads prayers morning and eve- dyce adds, " By the officious and ning. There is a garden and mistaken care of silly nurses in other conveniences. They have this respect, the disease is often rƠast meat three times a week, increased and lengthened, or and boiled-three times, and even proves fatal. Numberless eleven bottles of good beer ; indeed are the mischiefs, which coals, clothes and linen are also arise from depriving the patient provided ; but the allowance for of cool air, the changing of washing is only sixpence a which, so as to remove the pu. month. The circumstance of trid streams, is most of all ne. each person's having a window cessary in putrid diseases." I

kope I shall be excused in adda ANÈCDOTĖS. ing," In the beginning of putrid fevers (and many putrid fevers WĖ are informed of Dr. Marcome upon full habit) the patient myat, that after he was some. abhors, without knowing the what advanced in youth, having reason, foods, which easily puó a strong memory, he thought it trify, but pants after acid drinks his duty to make it a secret reand fruits, and such are allowed pository of the works of divine by some physicians, who follow revelation. nature. Oranges, lemons, cit- Accordingly, « he treasured rons, grapes, peaches, currants, up,” says one, " a larger portion nectarines, are devoured with of the Scriptures than, perhaps, eagerness and gratitude. Can any one besides, whom we have the distillery or the apothecary's known, ever did. For there are shop boast of such cordials? some, who can assure us, they It appears, then, on the whole, had the account immediately that the food, in a putrid fever, from himself, that he has comshould consist of barley, rice,

mitted to memory not a few oatmeal, wheat bread, sago, salop

whole books, both of the Old mixed with wine, lemon, orange, Testament and the New. When citron, or chaddock juice, jellies he mentioned this, he named made of currants, and other distinctly, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, acescent fruits , and when broths Ecclesiastes, Isaiah, and Jereare thought absolutely necessa- niah, with all the minor proph. ry, which probably seldom hap- ets : and every one of the epispens, they should be mixed with tles likewise in the New Testacurrant jellies, citron, lemons, ment, with the book of the Reveand orange juices." I

lation. And that he might care6. Dr. Forduce on inflammatory fully retain the whole of what he P fevere. biodens start 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. he assigned for bis entering up

This great Athenian lawgive on this method, deserves a parer, being present at the perform. ticular notice. He began it in ánce of a tragedy by Thespis, the younger part of life, when, who may be called the father of being under a deep sense of the the stage, asked him, when he evil of sin, and bis mind sadly ig. had done, if he was not ashamed norant of God's ways of salvato tell so many lies before so tion by the righteousness of the great an assembly. Thespis an- glorious Messiah, or being in swered, it was no great inatter, if the dark as to his own personal he spoke or acted in jest. To interest in it, he was sorely dis. this Solon replied, striking the tressed with fears, that hell must ground violently with his staff, be his portion. At that time it ñ If we encourage such jesting was put into his heart, that, if as this, we shall quickly find it he must go to hell, he would enin our contracts."

deavour to carry with him as much of the word of God as possibly he could. And it seems left off, to pursue it without into me to have been a secret, la- terruption on bis arrival. 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 The following was an humorous scripture materials for his mind cure for unclerical practices. to work upon, choosing it should ever be employed in recollecting THE CURATE RELIEVED. and reflecting upon those records, that thereby, if possible, A violent Welch 'squire have it might be kept from blasphem- ing taken offence at a poor cuing God, like the rest of the rate, who employed his leisure spirits in the infernal prison. hours in mending clocks and v on Buck's Anecdotes. watches, applied to the bishop of

St. Asaph, with a formal complaint against him for impiously

carrying on a trade contrary to FREDERIC II.

the statute. His lordship having " Frederic," says M. T.“ di- heard the complaint, told the vided his books into two classes, 'squire he might depend upon it for study or for amusement. that the strictest justice should The second class, which was in- be done in the case ; accordingfinitely the most numerous, he ly the mechanic divine was sent read only once : the first was for a few days after, when the considerably less extensive, and bishop asked him, “ How he was composed of books, which dared to disgrace his diocese he wished to study and have re- by becoming a mender of course to from time to time clocks and watches." The during his life; these he took other, with all humility, andown, one after the other, in the swered, “ To satisfy the wants order in which they stood, ex. of a wife and ten children.” cept when he wanted to verify, “That won't do with me," recite, or imitate, some passage. joined the prelate, “I'll inflict He had five libraries, all exactly such a punishment upon you as alike, and containing the same shall make you leave off your books, ranged in the same or pitiful trade, I promise you ;' der ; one at Potsdam, a second and immediately calling in his at Sans Souci, a third at Berlin, secretary, ordered him to make a fourth at Charlottenburg, and out a presentation for the aston

fifth at Breslaw. On remov- ished curate to a living of at least ing to either of these places, he one hundred and fifty pounds had only to make a note of the per annum. part of his subject at which he

Buck's Anecdotes.

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Review of Dew Publications.

The Triumph of the Gospel. A lapse of time, a singular movement

sermon delivered before the New would commence, not in a solitary York Missionary

corner, but in the very midst of the

Society, at churches; that the gospel, in its pu. their annual meeting, April 3, rity, would be sent to the most dis1804. By John H. LIVINGS- tant lands, and success crown the tox, D.D. S.T. P. To which benevolent work. The ordinary ex

ercise of the ministry......was not the are added, an appendix, the an.

object of this vision. It was somenual report of the directors, and thing beyond the common standard.... other papers relating to Ameri. It was such preaching and such propcán Missions. New York, T. agation of the gospel, as John never & J. Swords. pp. 97.

before contemplated. There was a magnitude, the plan, a concurrence

of sentiment, a speed in the execuRev. xiv. 6, 7. And I saw tion, a zeal in the efforts, and a prosanother angel fly in the midst of perity in the enterprise, which dis. heaven, having the everlasting tinguished this from all former pe

riods. The event here described gospel to preach unto them that

comprehends a series of causes and dwell on the earth, and to every effects, a succession of means and nation, and kindred, and tongue, ends, not to be completed in a day, and people, saying, with a loud or finished by a single exertion. It voice, foar God, and give glory to is represented as a permanent and

growing work. It commences from him ; for the hour of his judg

so small beginnings in the midst of the ment is come; and worship him churches, but it proceeds, and will that made heaven, and earth, and increase in going. There are no the sea, and the fountains of limits to the progress of the angel. waters.

From the time he begins to fly and

preach, he will continue to fly and The design of the sermon is,

preach, until he has brought the eyfirst, 10 ascertain the object of this erlasting gospel to all nations, and prophecy ; secondly, to investi- tongues, and kindred, and people in gate the heriod of its accomplish. the earth. Hail, happy period ! hail, ment.

cheering prospect! When will that

blessed hour arrive? When will the " With a view to the object of angel commence his flight . the prophecy, or the event pre This introduces the second dicted, the author gives this ex- head, under which the author planation of the text.

discovers great ingenuity, and " That John foresaw a period, when

advances sentiments highly ina zealous ministry would arise in the midst of the churches, with a new and

teresting to the Christian world. extraordinary spirit; a ministry

« Prophecy,” he observes, " is fur. singular in its views and exertions,

nished, like history, with a chronoand remarkable for its plans and suc.

and suc: logical calendar; and the predictions,

logical calendar; and the p cess; a ministry which would arrest

with respect to the time of their acthe public attention, and be a prelude

complishment, may be referred to to momentous changes in the church

three distinct classes. Some ex. and in the world."

pressly specify the period when the He gives the meaning of the

thing foretold shall take place.....

Other predictions do not specify any prophecy still more particularly series of years from which a compu. in the following paragraph ; tation can proceed, but connect the

“ John saw in vision, that after a event with something preceding or

subsequent. In such the key of er. planation must be foond in the order of events. To the third class belong those prophecies, in which no time is mentioned, and no order established, but other events are predicted, and declared to be co-existent.”

Agreeably to this arrangement, the author concludes, that the prediction pow under consideration belongs to the second class.

“To the order of the event,” he observes, “ we must be principally indebted for information. The vision before us is the second recorded in this chapter. Consistently with an established rule...., the time when the angel will commence his preaching must be after what is intended by the first vision, and before the third. At some period between these two extrémes this prophecy will be accomplished.”

The object of the first vision is determined to be the great event, which is commonly called the REFORMATION, which hap pened in the beginning of the sixteenth century.

By great Babylon iņ the third vision

“Is indisputably intended the seat and dominion of that powerful adversary, who for many ages has encroached upon the prerogatives of Jesus Christ, and persecuted his faithful followers. The duration of this enemy is limited to twelve hun. dred and sixty prophetic years..... The latest date, which has been, or, indeed, can be fixed for his rise, ex tends his continuance to the year 1999 ; consequently his fall must, at farthest, be immediately before the year 2000, when the millennium wil be fully introduced

Here then we have found two extremes, between which the predic. tion in question will be fulfilled. It must be after the Reformation, and before the fall of antichrist. The angel must begin bis fight after the year 1500, and before the year 2000. This brings our inquiry within the space of five hundred years. These boundaries will be abridged, when ye reflect that throe mindred years

have elapsed since the Reformation, and nothing corresponding to the vis. ion has yet been seen.....Great things were achieved at the Reformation. But this is another angel,... this fore. tels another preaching, Tastly more enlarged and interesting in its consequences, than any thing, which happened then, or at any period since. It delineates an event, which, when estimated in all its concurring circumstances, cannot fail of establishing the conviction, that it is not yet fulfilled..... We are compelled, there. fore, to look forward for the accam. plishment; and are now reduced to the short remaining space of two hundred years....At some period of time from, and including the present day, and before the close of two hundred years, the angel must begin to fly in the midst of the churches, and preach the everlasting gospel to all nations, and tongues, and kindred, and people in the earth.

« Thus far the prophecy, taken in its connexion and order, has 'assisted us in our calculation. We shall, perhaps, approach nearer, if we attend to some momentous events, which we know are to happen pre. viously to the millennium, and, consequently, within two hundred years, If these be such, as will necessarily require considerable time, and if the event in question be inseparably con. nected with them, and stand foremost in the series, we may be ena. bled to form a rational conclusion of the probable season when this will commence.

“The events to which we allude are, the punishment of the nations, who aided antichrist in murdering the servants of God, the conversion of the Jews, the bringing in of the fulness of the Gentiles, and the fall of mystical Babylon."

The author mentions, these events distinctly, and makes observations in order to assist us in formning a just estimate of the time required for their accomplishment. * “I. The punishment of the nations, who aided antichrist in murdering the servants of God....But, wbat conflicts, what revolutions, what risings of na. tions, who are to be the mutual exe,

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