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pretation may be put upon them, Thus, the afflictions of the present they will remain, I think, in glar- life, when viewed in themselves, ing inconsistency with the senti. are undesirable to the benevolent ment that God desires, on the heart of the Deity. 66 He doth whole, the salvation of all men, not afflict willingly, nor grieve and that he can glorify himself, the children of men.” and promote the greatest good, as sees it best on the whole that afwell in saving all, as in any other flictions should be sent, and he deway. I now observe,

termines to send them. So the 3. When God is represented as final ruin of any of his creatures desiring tbe salvation of all men, is, in itself considered, unweicome we are to understand that he de- to the creator. He desires, in sires this, in itself considered.- this view, that all should be saved. There is scarcely any event which Still he has seen it best, on the does not present a different aspect whole, that all should not be savto us, when viewed as it is in itself, ed, and has adopted a plan, which and when viewed in relation to in its ultimate developement, must other things. Thus, many things, complete the ruin of a portion of which are in themselves desirable our race. to us, when viewed in relation to It is highly favorable to the view other things, appear undesirable ; here given, that it represents the and many others, which are present plan of divine administrain themselves undesirable, when tion as decidedly the best one--as viewed in their connections appear that which God in eternity preferdesirable and important. The am- red, and to the accomplishment of putatiori of a mortally diseased which, from the first he has unilimb-the taking of a loathed, formly adhered. He adopted itdreaded medicine-and indeed, not because man fell, and he wishthe doing of anything, which ed to supply a remedy-nor be

u- pain, whether in body cause, when salvation was offeror mind, must be in itself undesir- ed, all would not accede to the able to us; still, how many such terms—nor because he foresaw, things appear desirable to us on in eternity, that such would be the the whole--are wisely determin- fact ;--but because he originally ed on by us--and cheerfully ac- and eternally preferred it-becomplished. The distinction here cause he saw from the beginning referred to, so very obvious in that it was decidedly the best.-human affairs, may safely be car. And the fall of angels and men ; ried up to the Supreme Being. the promulgation of gospel offers, Most objects must appear to him and their final rejection by a porvery differently when viewed by tion of our race; and indeed all themselves, and when viewed in the sin, and all the misery, which relation to the infinite whole.- ever was, or will be, in the universe, so far from thwarting or de- resentations of scripture on the feating this plan, are themselves a subject; and consequently it is fulfilment of its essential parts.— entitled to be received as a part On this infinite and glorious plan of that truth which has been reof government, in which all things vealed to us from heaven. are tending in the happiest man- To the sentiment advanced in ner towards the greatest general this paper, I know of but one obgood, the heart of Deity has been jection which needs at present to uniformly set; and in accomplish- be answered. It has been said, ing it, he is moulding the hearts, “ If God desires the salvation of and directing all the changes and all, in itself considered merely, and concerns of creatures, according not on the whole; then there can to his pleasure. In perfect con- be no sincerity in the universal insisiency with their freedom, and vitations of the gospel. with all due regard to considera- In answer to this objection it tions of character and of justice, may be sufficient to say, that the he is forming his vessels of mercy, universal invitations of the gospel and his vessels of wratb--he is were designed to express the good melting and hardening, saving and will which God bears to all men, destroying, as seemeth good in his and the desire which he teels for sight. He is “ working all things, their salvation in itself considered. according to the counsel of his If it is a fact, thai he feels a very own will."


strong and ardent desire for the And while the view we have salvation of all men in itself congiven, thus leaves the great plan sidered, at the same time, that her of Deity unchanged and glorious, from a regard to the greater good it also leaves him at liberty to in- which will accrue to the universe dulge and to express all the feels from the punishment of some, deings of his benevolence, in respect termines that all shall not be savto existing characters and events. ed, it is highly proper and imporHe may feel the yearnings of a tant that he should express it. It father towards his incorrigible and is as important that this feeling of ruined enemies. He may say in his should be expressed, as it is respect to them, 6 How shall I that his true character should be gire you up ” He may affirm in known; for, this concealed, his the most solemn manner that he true character could not be known. has no pleasure in their death.- But there is no conceivable way He may invite and entreat them in which God's benevolence to all to turn and live. He may desire, men, his desire that they may be in itself considered, and desire saved, and his unwillingness that earnestly, that all should be saved. any should perish, could be exIt is thus, that the view here giv- pressed, when some are actually en barmonizes all the various rep. lost, but by his providing a Savior


for all, his making offers of par- the effect of her ride upon her feedon to all, and his inviting, en- ble health. treating and cammanding all to Whether it was that the first accept them. These provisions dawn of the morning was more a and invitations of the gospel as novelty to me than to my comclearly and forcibly express his panions or whether they had entender and benevolent regard to joyed less of the repose of night, every individual of the human than myself, I cannot decide. But race, as his purposes do his regard the fact is, most of them soon fell to the general good.

into a sleep as profound as the roughness of the road would permit, while an interesting train of thought preserved my own mind wakeful and active.

Thus, said I, (as I saw the shades Returning a few weeks since, of night gradually giving place to from a tour west of the Hudson, I the rays of the morning) thus will took my seat at one of the principal come the brightness of that day, towns in Connecticut, in the stage when moral darkness shall be chasfor Boston. It was a fine October ed from our earth, and the sun of morning. The twinkling stars righteousness arise in his glory.-were yet visible in the firmament, Thus, perhaps, the enraptured though shorn of their lustre by spirit, as it emerges from the dark the advances of the grey twilight valley of the shadow of death, will which was gradually extinguishing perceive the gradual unfolding of these wakeful luminaries of the those splendours, the full view of might. The busy hum of the city which would overpower its yet was still, and the rattling of the feeble vision. stage-coach through the streets, Meanwhile the sun ascended the was succeeded by a silence, as horizon and afforded me an oppordeep as it had broken, except tunity of viewing more distinctly where was heard the barking of my companions in the stage. My the dog, whose slumbers have been attention was turned particularly disturbed by our passing, or the to the one I have mentioned. shrill voice of the cock, as he an- The rose of health had faded from nounced approaching day. her cheek and the hectic fush,

Among the companions of my which sometimes arose in its stead, journey, who were summoned thus afforded no relief to the appreearly to their seats, was a young fe- hensions with which, her pale male, clad in habiliments of deep countenance, and feeble frame mourning. She was conducted to were contemplated. the stage by two of her friends, who On arriving at our breakfast expressed much anxiety, about house, she was conducted to a

poom, where she might rest from ceived that I had touched upon. her fatigue till we were summon- the subject which occupied all her ed to resume our journey. The thoughts, and that on this she consun had advanced considerably in versed freely. From the little his course; the morning was de. sketch which she voluntarily gave lightful; and the whole

scenery me of her situation, I learned that calculated to enliven and animate a few months previous, her fathe feelings. I endeavoured to ther, her mother, her brother cheer the mind of my feeble fel- and sister; the only members of low-traveller, by directing it to the family older than herself, bad the interesting objects which were within five weeks of each other presented to our view. But it been all laid in the grave. was in vain. She seemed unin- Her surviving sister, younger terested, alike in the beauties of than she, had been taken into the nature, and of art, and in every family of the minister of the parsubject I could propose, and disc ish, to whose little flock the de. posed to be silent, as far as with ceased belonged. She had resid. propriety she might. Yet her's ed niostly in the city, which we was not the silence of a vacant left in the morning, and was now mind. There was an expression returning to her guardian and of intelligence in her countenance friends, on account of her failing which had survived the wastings health. The stage here turned of disease, and which gave an in- from the main road, to accommoterest to her appearance when date one of the passengers, and the glow of health had departed. brought us close along by the vilHer mind was evidently upon lage church-yard. The emotions some yet untouched subject--. of her mind were visible in her There was a deep thoughtfulness countenance, and a tear involunin her countenance, which con- tarily rose in her eye, as this restvinced me that ihe memory of ing place for our mortality met some severe affliction possessed her view. “ There," said she, her soul, and at the same time a sea pointing to a distant part of the repity which said, that her's were grave yard, where four dark marnot feelings of unmingled sorrow. bies stood close together, are I felt a desire to know the history my parents, my brother, and my of the mourning stranger, but the sister." subject was too delicate for direct The emotions produced by the enquiry and I suppressed my curi- first prospect of these habitations osity. As we approached the ter- of the dead, passed away with the mination of her ride, I asked her moment, for it was attended by no if she was going to her parents. new feeling. Her mind was ac“I have no parents” she replied, customed to dwell on these sub“ I am an orphan.” I soon per- jects, and its usual serenity was


less one.

soon restored. When her parents where but a few months since the were buried she was herseif dan- destroying angel had taken his gerously sick, and without any desolating course, she pointed out hope that she should be happy the spot where her early youth after death. Her afflictions had was spent, the late dwelling of been the means, in the hand of her parents--now no longer her God, of weaning her affections home. from this world, and fixing them The stage was now at the door. on things above. She thought and A venerable looking matron, and spoke of following her departed two younger females, of interestrelatives to the world of spirits, ing appearance, came to receive with the utmost composure of her. The solicitude which they feeling. She contemplated her manifested for her health, and the waning health without anxiety, unfeigned pleasure which they exfor she hoped, though her sun of pres-ed, more by actions than life was prematurely setting, that words, at seeing her again with when its last ray was extinguish them, convinced me, that though ed, the light of her Redeemer's an orphan, she was not a friendcountenance would be lifted upon

The storm of adversiher. When she spoke of her ob- ty had indeed beaten violently upligations of gratitude to him who on her; it had swept away the had preserved her during her for- protectors, and the companions of mer sickness, when so many of her youth; and was apparently her companions were called sud- fast sweeping away the frail founddenly to give up their account* ation, on which her mortal life and had now given her a hope was resting. Yet, when I saw through his grace, that when the how meekly she bowed before the mantle of the grave was drawn blast wbich had withered her around her, she should rest with earthly enjoyments, and clouded her pious mother and sister in all those flattering prospects, the world of peace; her feel- which rise in bright and joyous ings were too strong for utterance. succession in the youthful mind, I She attempted to express them, could noi but exclaim, “ God tembut her heart was

too full for pers the kind to the shorn lamb." words. The tear of gratitude rose As I pur:ned my journey, medin her eyes. She was silent.-- itating upon the incidents of the In a few moments we entered the morning, I was struck with the village where her guardian re-id- different effect, produced by simi. ed. As we passed along the street, lar events, apon different minds.

I had seen afflictions, numerous * An epidemic prevailed in the vil. and deep as those visited upon lage where she resided, which swept off this grepining orphan, where the in a few weeks, between 30 and 40 of the inhabitants.

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