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writing to a gentleman who has charity enough to enter fully into my sentiments, and to wish there was not a classic extant capable of producing, cherishing, or confirming such sentiments.”
Letter to a Gentleman in Massachusetts.
THE SPIRITUAL CABINET.
" It is a very difficult work to draw a soul out of the hands and strong chains of Satai, and out of the pleasing entanglemients of ihe world, and out of its own natural perverseness, to yield up itull unto God, to deny itself, and live to him; and, in so doing, to run against the main stream, and the current of the ungodly world without, an:l corruption within.
- The sirongest rhetoric, the most moving and persuasive way of discourse, is all too weak: the tongue of men and angels conna prevail with the soul to fre itself, and shake off all ihat cktains it. Although it be convinced of the truth of these things that are represented to it, yeustill it can, and will, hold out against it.
se umie hand of man is too weak to pluck any soul out of the creid of the world, and set it in amongst the select number of believers. Only the Faiher of Spirits hath absolute command of spints; viz. The seuls of men, to work on them as he pleaseth, and where he will. This powerful, this sanctifying spirit knows no resistance, works swetly and yet strongly; it can come into the licart, whereas all other speakers are forced to stand without. That still voice uithin persuades more than all the loud crying acidheit; as lie that is within the house, though he speak low, is beiter heard and understood, than he that shouts without coors.
When the Lord himself speaks by this his Spirit to a man, selecting and calling hint out of the lost world, he can no more disobey than Abraham did, when the Lord spoke to him, after an extraordinary manner, to depart from his own country and kindred*. * Abraham depariel, as the Lord had spoken to him.” There is a secret bit very powerful virtue in a word, or Jook, or touch of this pirit upon the soul, hy which it is forced, not with a harsh, but by a pleasing violence, and cannot chuse but follow it: it unlike that of Elijali's mantle upon Elisha t. Liow easily and the disciples forsake their callings and dwellings to follow Christ!
56 The taisii of God crats a man out of the world by a sancin light som min his ruind, discovering to him,
1. How base and also the sweetness of sin is, that withholds men, and amuses them, that they return not; and how true and sad the bitterness is, that will follow upon it!
olen Gieb. xl. 4.
# 1 Kings xix. 19.
2. Setting before his eyes the free and happy condition, the glorious liberty of the sons of God, the riches of their present enjoyment, and their far larger and assured hopes for hereafter.
3. Making the beauty of Jesus Christ visible to the soul; which straightway takes it so, that it cannot be stayed fro: coming to him, though its most beloved friends, most beloved! sins, lie in the way, and hang about it, and cry,“ Will you leave us so ?” It will trcad upon all to come within the em.. braces of Jesus Christ, and say with St. Paul, “ I was not disobedient to (or unpersuaded by the heavenly vision,"
It is no wonder that the gorlly are by some called singular and precise ; they are so singular, a few selected ones, picked out by God's own hand for himseír*. 6 know that the Lord hath set apart him that is goslly for himself, therefore (saith our Saviour) the world hates yon, because I have chosen you out of the world;" for the world lies in unholiness and wickeness, is buried in it: and as living. men can have no pleacare among the dead, neither can these clected ones amongst the ungodly; they walk in the world as warily as a man or woman neatly apparelled would do amongst a multitude that are all sullied and bemire.
Endeavour to have this sanctifying spirit in yourselves, --pray much for it ; for his promise is past to us, that“ he will give this Holy Spirit to them that ask it.” And shall we be such fools as to want it for want of asking? When we find heavy fiters on our souls, and much weakness, yea, averscuss to follow the voice of God calling us to his obedience, then let us pray with the spouse, 6 Draw me.
She cannot go, bor stir, without that drawing ; and yet with it, not only goes, but runs,“ we will run after thee.'
* Psaln iv. 3.
[From an oll Author.] PRAYER, because the most easy of duties, seems, with many, the hardest to be performed. li costs them so little pains, they think they may as well let it alone. Whereas it is lie supreme, the great mother duty; all other duties and virtucs are its progeny, - are brought forth, nursed, nourished, and sus. tained by it. Devotion is the sole asylum of human frailty, and sole support of heavenly perfection: it is the golden chin of union between Heaven and Earth ; and it keeps open the blessed communication. He that has never prayer, can never conceive, and he that has prayed as lie ought can never forget, how much is to be gained by prayer!
of Jesus Christ.” “ These light af. AGED TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS,
flictions which are but for a moment, Died March 10, 1906, at Great work out for us a far more exceedBonden, in Leicestershire. He was ing and cternal weight of story.” the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kestin of on the precious blood of Christ, that thai, place. From his infancy he cleansein from all sin !" Observing was brought up under the sound of his wife filled with grief, he said, the gospel
, bui without any parti- "Do not grieve for me ; trust in the cular impression till about two years Lord, and, I hope, we shall meet before his draih.
About the year again in glory. it is our duty to 1799, he came to reside in London, submit to the wil of God." On and generally attended the ministry being asked if the word of God should of the Rev. Mr. Braithwaite; and he be read to him, he desired that they has since declared that, ihrough his would read of the precious blood of instrumentality he was led to see Christ. On the Sabbath-day morpmore of the efficacy of Christ's blood, ing he desired io gei up; he sat up which cieussetit from all sin.
He about four hours, and feeling himequght a evld in October 1803 ; and seif quite exhausted in body, he said, from that period his bodily healih “I feel I am worse; I find this body declined. About two years after, fast dissolving; I do not think I he burst a blue vendl; but, thro'shail recover now ; indeed, I do not medical assistance, he was resiored, wish it, “'Thanks be to God that so as to be able to work at his
giveth us the victory through our business; but he was strongly re- Lord Jesus Christ.” On the succeedcommended to leave London, and ing Sabbaih he was evidently aptry ihe effect of bis native ar, proachig the confines of the grave.
read a hymn assislarice, was aflorded him, yei a Though this, with every inedical He desired his wife a few hours
oi Dr. Waits. fingering decay as visible, which of his dis parture, his wife went to soon rendered him incapable of his bed-side, and observed his lips work. During the period of his
move as though in fervent prayer, illness, when any one enquired re- He soon ailer Opened his eyes, and speciing the siate of his mind, he with eagerness addressed her, “Oh, would answor, “I 1cc! resigned to my dear, I am going to glory, the will of God. I have no parti- happy, happy, happy. I am going cular fear of death." One of his
to sing prazsesto God and the Lamb friends observed to him, how need.
I am going to Abraham, isaac, and ful it was that he should call often Jacob. I think I can see my Jesus upon the Lord Jesus to support bim. willout a glass beincen. I can, I De answereói, “Yes; and I desire feci I ca!ı, discern“
tiile clear to be thanhlul that I have been to mansions in the skies.” Come, enabled, before I was so weak in Lord Jesus, come! why are thy body, to commit my all into his osariot-wheels so long delaying Almighty hands.
What a mercy He desired his mother inight be callthat I have noi now a God to seek! ed, of whom he look a last fare. I find enough to do to struggle with well, and said, " I hope to meet you a distompared frame. All my de- in glory.” He then addressed those pendence is oa Christ; I find him an
around him with this awful admoali-sufficient Saviour. If I had not sition, “ Prepare to meet your God: the grace of God in my heart, I should it will be but a short period before never feel so resigned and happy as the youngest of you must exchange 1 boty do. i lind great support time for an eternity.” He prayed under my bodily aftlictions, from ihat for his dear partner, and exhorted covenani-God who hath promised, her to put her trust in the Lord. camicie lie hath begun the good He observed, it was a mercy that he
had been afħicted: “What have my spirit which the gospel inspires, he sufferings been, when compared to endeavoured to promote the hapa those of my Saviour!” When the piness and harmony of all around enemy of souls made his last arterapi him. to distress him, his wife observed,
To his tutors he always paid a that his views of glory weie not su
deference and respect; which proved bright as before: lie said, “I cer- at once his readiness to learn, and tainly have bad clearer vi ws; but his gratitude to those w!to assisted I believe there is a mansion prepared him in his sludus. His inind was for me above," and then repcated,
humble and ieuchable, and formed Lord, I believe thou hast prepai'd,
for obtaining a rapid and extensive Unworthy tha I be,
acquaintance with the various subForme a bizud-bought free reward ;
jects of literaiure. ia his attention A goldeu harp for me.
io sludy lie was ardent and perseverAfter this, he could not be here ing; int az is piciy he shewed an liabito speak; but by the inortinent oí
tal consistency ad seriousness; his tips it could be perceised he was
ard, by ihenhvie of his deportment, saying, “ Coine, comc, cume;"? when
he indical«!, to no connoil degree, his redeemed soui f.ed from its
the deep convidrion he had of the earthly iabernacle, to enjoy that importance of bis situation, as one eternal rest that is prepared for the sparaled to the work of the saciye
ary. Much were his tutors and people of God. “ Acd there small
Teilow-sludents afected when synep in norine enier into it any things that debicih, neither what never
toms oi a consumption began io workein abomination or makili a
appear. Tough in uiteront places lie, but they which are
round the neiropois he tried to oba Plien in
tain relies by the change of air, bis the Lamb's book of life.”
health continued to decline. Aller Mr. Gill, of Market Harborough,
a few months, he returned to the frequently visited him during his house of bis parents, ai beyburn, continement, to the great satisiaction
near Leeds; and from thence the of himself and friends, and preach foilowing brief account of the feiv ed his funeral sermon from 1 Cor.
last months of his life xv. 57.
During his iliriess of fourteen MR. JOHN PELL,
months,” says his affectionale sister,
“ my brother was never heard to Late Student in Hoxton Academy. , uiter a murmur or a complaint.
This amiable and promising youih Whenever asked by any friend how was brought to an early acquaint. he felt himseif, tie aiways replied ance with the gospel, and received with a smile, that he was tolerably much spiritual guod rider the minis. well. He sesined desirous that his try of Mr. Parsons, of Leeds. Some sutterings should be seit by none but time after this, he devoted himscif himseli. sriy mother frequcntly to the important work of the minis- asked hiin how he feit with regard try, and was a mitted as a student to deain; and his atsirer always was, into Hoxton Academy. For about “Qunte dappy, and perfecuy retwelve months he pursued his studies signed to the will of God.”.
For with great diligeiice and success; above two months before isis dicatii, and, while he increased his literary he was nearly acprived of his speec!, utainments, he neglected not io wing to some disorder in his croat. cultivate a close and growing ac- He ulteu expressed a great desire to quaintance with divine things. His taik, but could not Sonctimes, teinper and conduct were cxemplary however, we could near tum úisto a high degree. To his fellow- tmcily, by laying our ears close io students he shewed the alleciion of his lips; bui ihis generally brought a brother. No disposition manifest- ou nis cough, whicii, towards the ed itself which couid for a moment last, was very violent. The question excite a painful feeling in any breast. wirich had been often asked mm, Enjoying the fappy and peaceful and as orien answered, wito great
satisfaction to his friends, respect, From her first seizure, with a ing the views he had of death and an paralytic stroke, she expected the eternal world, were repeated a few result, and spoke of it with much days before his death. He said, in resignation and composure,
She reply, he could not say that he had had glorified God lig her life, and
o much of the feeling sense of the found biin to be the strength of her presence of God as lie had heard and heart, and her portion in death. read of some Christians enjoying ; ller references to the Saviour were but he thought the Lord made this frequent and affectionate. She mp to him in sleep. “Yet I know,"
would repeat, said he, “ in whom I have believed,
“Other refuge have I none : and have not the least doubt of being
Hangs my helpless soul on thec." happy," To a serious friend, who Enked him if he had any desire to Extending her hand, she said, live, he answerod, “Noi unit:ss it “Let ne touch the hem of his garwas to do good.” About five o'clock ment.” When drinking cold water, on ihe day lie died, iny mother told &e compared it in the water of life, him, she thought he would not have
" of which," she said, “I'am going love to subir nere; he sewereits in drink, and I shall eat too of the "I hope not; and, wiih a cheer- bread of lite, all of the hidden ful smile looked up, and said,
uma." She orice the See the kini angels at the gates,
mencement of the Sanhalli, sayiug, Inviting 1510 come ;
"1 saadimoon jolütheasusiy much There Jesus the Forerunner waits,
nerer breaks op;" and immediately To welcome sinners home.
added, " Thora sia'l I sce his face ; A short time after, he said, “O
and n: Ter, never, never, sin." The Hat I might awaise up in glory!" evening previous to her seizure, she
hcard : from these words, « Not,” adied b:e', as if checking hinuself, “ that I wish to get rid of these words she frequently repealed
4 Who wakeih thee to door?" mulicring here." Many viner remarks be made, but they could not
with forvent gratitude, 'The 10.1 be distinctly bcard, Frou tuis iime psalm being read, she due! with his difficuliy in breathing increased, emphasis on the words “Childrens' and be seemed much in praver till
children," expressing au carnest nine o'clock, when he bicarbed his desire to see all her grandchildren in
Heaven. last without a groan or sigli, and
Being supported by one
of her children, she said, “ May God hoemed perfeciiy sexsible till iae last
put his everlasting arms around you.” inimuie,
She adverted orien to these lines, Tous died this respectable and much lamenied young man, ai the
" Jesus, thy blood and righteousness The gospel he had en. Niy beauties are, my glorious dress.” braced, and whicn it was bis ardent
"The vein of scriplural sentiment, tvish to publish among dying mcil, ard the joy which pervaded her last was found by himseli to be an electual solace in the exireinilies of sich and delightful, So may her child
momenis, were equally astonishing ness and death. Though not permit. ren, and so may all our reaucrs, take ied to enter fully mpon the work of their leave of surviving friends and te the ministry, lis Dreille Masier sees
world. Her feral sermon actions in the designs thai lead to
preached to the numerous branches them; and has already said, . It of her family, and to a large conwas well that it was in thine heart.”
gregation, by Mr. Porter, froin
leain lxxiii. 24. MIS, G, EVILL. Den ai zic, December 9, 1806, in ihc 70cdi year of her age, Nirs.
RECENT DEATH, (j. Erili, tori -si ve years member of Dec, 23d, died the Rev. M. Por in lepéist Church now under the ley, W. A. 'twenty-nine years Vicar ancoraçare of ir, Porter,
bi Wewsbury, noar Wakcfield,
age of 20,