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with degradation only, others with a short suspension, Although Becket had obliged the king to pardon all or easy confinement. The Jaity were liable to the his coadjutors, he was not disposed to show the same most grievous outrages, which they durst not repel, for generous spirit. Before he left France, he obtained fear of ruinous expenses or severe punishment. It the pope's license to suspend the archbishop of York, was proved in the presence of the king, that during and to excommunicate the bishops of London, Durham, the eight years since his accession to the ibrone in 1155, and Exeter, whom he supposed his ene,nies, and friendly above a hundred murders had been committed in the king- to the king. This license he put in execution im. down by the Ecclesiastics, of whom not one was punished mediately on landing in England, and carried himself so much as with degradation, the penalty enjoined by so haughtily towards all, even towards the king's eldest the canons. Astonishing as it may seem, the prelates son, who had recently been crowned by his father's gloried in this indulgence, supposing they could give desire, that it was not possible for his tyranny to be no surer marks of their zeal for religion and the service endured. The excommunicated prelates carried their of God, than by maintaining these immunities of the complaints to the king, still in Normandy; when, exclergy.

asperated at his insolence, he is said to have exclaimed, Offended with the haughtiness of Becket, the nobles I am an unhappy prince, who maintain a great number readily united with the king in the following articles, of lazy, insignificant persons, of whom none has gratitude as regulations necessary for the tranquillity of the or spirit enough to revenge the affronts I receive from a nation:

single wretched priest.I. No person shall appeal to Rome without the I'hese indiscreet words of the king, were caught by king's leave. II. No archbishop or bishop shall go to four of the knights present, who, reflecting on the reRome, upon the pope's summons, without the king's proaches of their royal master, conspired to free him leave. Ill. No tenant in chief, or any other of the from his enemy. They hastened to Canterbury, and king's officers, shall be excommunicated, or his lands taking the opportunity of the archbishop being at the put under an interdict, without the king's license. cathedral, they entered the church armed with swords. IV. All clergymen charged with capital crimes, shall be After reproaching him with pride and ingratitude to his tried in the king's courts. V. The laity, whether the sovereign, and with his various cruelties, they murdered king or others, shall hold pleas of churches, and tithes, him near the altar, and retired without molestation, and the like."

A. D. 1171. The assassins, fearing they had gone too These articles, though signed by the temporal lords, far, dursi not return to the king in Normandy, but were rejected by the bishops and abbots, unless they retired to Yorkshire, where every one shunned them. were neutralized with this clause :—" Saving the rights They at length took a voyage to Rome; and being and privileges of the clergy and church.

admitted to penance by Pupe Alexander III, they went Provoked by this refusal, the king threatened the to Jerusalem ; where, by the pope's order, they spent clergy with some further abridgment of their powers, their lives in penitential austerities, died in the Black and they apologized and signed; and by their entreaty, Mountain, and were buried at Jerusalem, in the church Becket was induced to follow them : but the pope of the Templars. rejected them, as prejudicial to the church. The arch- King Henry was deeply affected at the intelligence bishop recanted, and took part with the pope; on which of Becket's death; and dispatched an embassy to Rome, Becket was prosecuted, and ordered to be tried as a to clear himself from the inputation of being the cause traitor. Supported by the pope, and encouraged by of it. Inmediately all divine offices ceased in the the king of France, Becket treated the king's courts church of Canterbury, for a year, except nine days ; with contempt, and refused obedience to his sovereign; at the end of which, by order of the pope, it was reon which they declared him guilty of perjury.

consecrated. When he knew that the court of peers was assembled, It was the policy of the pope to aggravate the blame he went to church, and ordered the words of the of the king, as the occasion of Becket's death; and second Psalın to be sung, “ The rulers take counsel Henry was summoned to meet the papal legates in Nor. against the LORD, and against his anointed.Then mandy, to be tried for that murder! Though the le. taking his cross in his hand, he daringly entered the gates had orders to grant the king absolution, they took room where the king and the lords were seated. The many depositions, endeavouring to prove him guilty, archbishop of York seeing him enter in that manner, in order to enhance the favour he was to receive from severely reprimanded him for his presumption in the his Holiness! In short, he was permitted to clear royal presence, which was bilding defiance to the king: himself by a solemn oath, that he neither commanded and bade him consider, that his sovereign's weapon was nor consented to Becket's assassination. He publicly sharper than his. Becket insolently, replied, that declared, that he was extremely sorry for having been was irue that the king's weapon could kill the body, but the occasion of his death, by the words he had imhis destroyed the soul and sent it to hell.For this prudently uttered, and was ready to undergo whatinsult he was ordered to be imprisoned; but after other ever penance should be enjoined by the legates. Upon provocation, as they feared the daring priests, he was this declaration, and his oath, he was absolved from the allowed to escape, and he departed in disguise to alleged crime, on terms denoting the favour of the Flanders.

pope more than the innocence of the king. To obtain Becket was well received by the king of France and absolution, King Henry bound himself, I. Never to by the pope; to resent which, Henry ordered to be

oppose the pope's will, so long as he was treated as a imprisoned or banished, all the relations of the arch- Catholic prince. II. Never to hinder appeals to the bishop, and of those who joined the traitor ; on which Holy See. III. To lead au army to the Holy Land Becket sent a threatening letter to the king. This against the infidels, and to remain there at least three dispute continued for six years; when Henry' became years. However, he might send thither two hundred indisposed, and in the prospect of death, he desired to men instead, if he would rather go in person against be reconciled to the pope, and agreed to almost every the Saraceus in Spain. IV. To recal all that were baarticle required by the archbishop. Accordingly he nished on account of the late archbishop of Canterbury, swore to Becket that he heartily forgave him, and restoring them their estates and revenues. V. To abowould restore to him the same state he enjoyed before lish all laws and customs lately introduced to the preju. his banishment, and make restitution to all his relations dice of the ecclesiastics at Canterbury, or any part of and friends.

England. To these, which were made public, a secret article was added, by which the king obliged himself to decreed that a jubilee of fifteen days should be solemgo barefoot to Becket's tomb, and receive discipline from nized in that church every fiftieth year. Gifts and ihe hands of the monks of St. Austin.

offerings the most costly were presented at the tomb of Dr. Southey gives the following account of King Becket, as plenary indulgences were granted to all that Henry's degradation :

visited the tomb; so that it is said 100,000 pilgrims Landing at Southampton, he there left his court, and were registered at one time in Canterbury. The devothe mercenaries whom he had brought over, and set off tion towards Becket had quite effaced in that town the on horseback with a few attendants for Canterbury. adoration of the Deity, and almost that of the Virgin When he came within sight of its towers he disinounted, Mary. Of this superstition the following may be taken laid aside his garments, threw a coarse cloth over his as illustrations. In one year the offerings were — shoulders, and proceeded to the city, which was three

£. $. d. miles distant, barefoot over the finty road, so that in At the altar of God ...

3 2 6 many places his steps were traced in blood. He reached

At the altar of the Virgin

63 5 6 the church trembling with emotion, and was led to At the altar of St. Thomas

832 12 3 the martyr's shrine; there, in the crypt, he threw himn. self prostrate before it, with his arms extended, and

But the next year the disproportion was still greater

for there was offered remained in that posture, as if in earnest prayer, while

£. 8. d. the bishop of London solemnly declared in his name, that he had neither commanded, nor advised, nor by

At the altar of God ....

0 0 0 At the altar of the Virgin...

4 18 any artifice contrived the death of Thomas à Becket,

At the altar of St. Thomas

954 6 3 for the truth of which he appealed to God: but because his words, too inconsiderately spoken, had given occa- Louis VII, king of France, made a pilgrimage to this sion for the commission of that crime, he now volun- far-famed tomb, and bestowed on it a jewel, which was tarily submitted himself to the discipline of the church. esteemed the richest in Christendom! The monks of the convent, eighty in number, and four These are the "cunningly-devised fables,” by which bishops, abbots, and other clergy who were present, religion has been brought into contempt in the nations were provided each with a knotted cord; he bared his on the continent. Soon may every vestige of such sushoulders, and received five stripes from the prelates, perstitions he destroyed by the light of the Holy Scripthree from every other hand. When this severe penance tures ! had been endured, he threw sackcloth over his bleeding shoulders, and resumed his prayers, kneeling, on the

SIR MATTHEW HALE'S JOURNAL. pavement, and not allowing a carpet to be spread beneath him: thus he continued all that day, and till the midnight The rules by which this great man endeavoured to bell rolled for matins. After that hour, he visited all regulate his daily life, will be read with lively interest.

the altars of the church, prayed before the bodies of u all the saints who were there deposited, then returned

MORNING. to his devotions at the shrine till day-break. During 1. To lift up my heart to God in thankfulness for this whole time he had neither ate nor drank; but renewing my life. now, after assisting at mass, and assigning, in addition 2. To renew my covenant with God in Jesus Christ. to other gifts, forty pounds a year for tapers, to burn

3. Adoration and prayer. perpetually before the martyr's tomb, he drank soine 4. Setting a watch over my own infirunities and pas

water, in which a portion of Becket's blood was inin- sions, over the snares laid in my way. 18 gled. He then set off for London, where he found

DAY EMPLOYMENT. himself in a state incapable of exertion, and it was necessary to bleed him!” We leave our readers There must be employment of two kinds :to niake their own reflections on the terrible power of 1. Our ordinary calling, to serve God in it, and perthe Papal hierarchy!

form it with faithfulness, diligence, and cheerfulness. This prescribed humiliation was intended by the pope 2. Our spiritual employment, mingling somewhat of and his council to strike terror into the sovereigns of

God's immediate service in the business of the day. Europe, and to show how dangerous it was to contradict

If alone :— Beware of wandering, vain thoughts; fly the pleasure of the blasphemous court of Rome, thus from thyself, rather than entertain these. Let thy soliillustrating the prediction of the apostle Paul concern- tary thoughts he profitable: view the evidences of thy ing this Antichrist, “who opposeth and exalteth himself salvation, the state of thy soul, the coming of Christ, above all that is called God, or is worshipped; so that

thine own mortality: it will make thee humble and he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself

watchful. that he is God.” 2 Thess. ii, 4.

In company :-- Do good to them. Use God's nanje

reverently._Beware of leaving an ill impression of evil CANONIZATION OF THOMAS `A BECKET.

example. Receive good from them, if more knowing

than thou. Miracles were reported by the priests at Canterbury,

EVENING. as having been performed at the tomb of Becket. Upon this the pope sent legates to Canterbury to inquire into Cast up the accounts of the day. Beg pardon for the matter. To them the good people of the place every thing amiss. Gather resolutions of inore vigitestified many prodigious things, of which they were lance. Bless the mercy and grace of God, which have persuaded by the priests, as miraculous ; upon which, supported and preserved thee. his Holiness passed the decree of canonization of the archbishop, by the name of St. Thomas OF CANTER

PERPLEXITY.-He that taketh his own cares upon himIn 1221, fifty years after the inurder, Becket's body self, loads himself in vain with an uneasy burthen. was taken up, in the presence of Henry III, and a great The fear of what may come, expectation of what will concourse of the nobility and others, and deposited in come, desire of what will not come, and infallibility a rich shrine, erected at the expense of Stephen Lang- of redressing all these, must breed continual torment. ton, archbishop of Canterbury. This shrine was soon I will cast all my cares upon God; he hath bidden me; visited from all parts of Christendom, as the pope had they cannot hurt Him, he can redress them.—Bp. Hall.

BURY.

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ARGUMENTS ADVANCED BY THE JEWS,

" THE WORM THAT NEVER DIES.!! TO PROVE THE AUTHENTICITY OF TUE SCRIPTURES. Several of our readers have expressed a wish to know

the meaning of “that terrible expression of our SaThe Jewish nation, for proof of the Scriptures, allege viour,” the rrorm that never dies," and the "fire that the great and wonderful antiquity thereof. For as God, is nerer quenched,” with which the wicked will be pusay they, was before idols, and truth before falsehood; nished in a future world. See Matt. xxv, 41; Mark ix, so was the Scripture, which is the history of the true 44; Isa. Ixvi, 24; Rev. xiv, 10, 11; and the “ second God, before the writings of pagans and intidels. Also, death,Rev. xx, H, 15. that the greater part of the things recounted in the In reply we would observe, that it is not necessary, Bible were done before most of the pagan gods were in as some have maintained, to believe that a living and existence; and that the very last writers of the Hebrew sensible worm, or real, elementary, material fire is incanou, which are Ezra, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi, tended. We believe that the expressions are allegorical were almost five hundred years before the coming of and figurative. “I have used siinilitudes,” says God, Christ, when the second inonarchy (i.e. the Persian) “by the ministry of the prophets,” Hos. xii, 10. Jesus was flourishing; and were before inost of the ancient Christ also used similitudes, which are denominated heathen historiographers; to wit, Hellenicus, Herodo. parables. In this style the torments of hell are deius, Pherecides, Thucydides, and Xenophon. And al

scribed by fire and the worm, both in the Old and the though the Gentiles had some poets before, as Homer, New Testament. Our Saviour makes use of this simili. Orpheus, Hesiod, and Lycurgus the lawgiver, who lived tude, to represent the punishinent of condemned souls, some time after, yet the oldest of these went no further Mark ix, 44. He also speaks of the eternal fire preback than Solomon's time, which was five hundred pared for the devil and his angels, with which the reyears after Moses, who wrote the first four books of probate wicked will be punished, Matt. xxv, 41. The ihe Bible; after whose time it was that the most part sting and remorse of conscience will constitute the worm uf the heathen gods were invented, as Vulcan, Mercury, that will never die; and the wrath of God upon the de, as the Gentile genealogies corroborate. And as for whole persons of the lost will be the fire that is unAbraham, who lived five hundred years before Moses, quenchable. Mr. Pollock describes these with much he was not only older than these gods, but also before

power of language. the most aucient of them, as Jupiter, Neptune, and

“ One I remark'd Pluto, who were called the most ancient of the race of Attentively; but how shall I describe gods. And yet the Scriptures record events of more

What nought resembles else my eye hath seen! than two thousand years prior to these heathen deities

Of worm or serpent kind it something look'd,

But monstrous, with a thousand snaky heads, being in existence. This proves that the Hebrew Scrip. Eyed each with double orbs of glaring wrath; tures are the most ancient writings or records known in And with as many tails, that twisted out the world, and were partly translated into various lan

In horrid revolution, lipp'd with stings;

And all its mouths, ibat wide and darkly gaped, guages previously to the time of the Persian monarchy.

And breath'd most poisonous breath, had cach a sling, Sce Eusebius, lib. ix, cap. ii, iii.

Forked, and long, and venomous, and sharp ; The first four books of Moses were written from the

And in its writhings infinite, it grasp'd word of God himself as declared to Moscs; but the Malignantly what seem'd a heart, swoln, black, following books, such as Judges, the Chronicles, &c. And quivering with torture most intense ; were written by general consent, to record the miracles

And still the heart, with anguish throbbing high, done by God for the Jewish nation; the acts, whether

Made effort to escape, but could not ; for.

Howe'er it turn'd, and oft it vainly turn'd, good or evil, of the rulers aud kings; the prophecies, These complicated foldings held it fast. as to the future dealings, &c.; and were also written at And still the monstrous beast with sting of head the time when the events they record actually occurred,

Or tail transpierced it, bleeding ever more. or at the time when the aforesaid prophecies were deli

Il hat this could image, much I search'd to know ;

And while I stood, and gaz'd, and wonder'd long, vered.

A voice, from whence I knew not, for no one When any thing was written or recorded, it was done I saw, distinctly whisper'd in my ear with much care and extreme caution. For either the

These words - This is THE WORM THAT NEVER DIES. whole synagogue who had the approving thereof (and amongst whom were commonly divers prophets) did

EternaL DEATH -- Tue Second Death. know most certainly the things and miracles to be true “ Fast by the side of this unsightly thing, (as did also all the people) that were recorded in these

Another was pourtray'd, more hideous still;

Who sees it once, shall wish to see 't no more. writings, or else they saw the same confirmed from God

For ever undescrib'd let it remain! hy signs and wonders, as in the books of the prophets, Only this much I may or can unfold. and of their lawgiver Moses.

Far out it thrust a dart, that might have made When any thing was to be recorded, first there were The knees of terror quake; and on it hung, made twelve authenticated copies for the use of all the

Within the triple barbs, a being pierc'd twelve tribes; and then again in every tribe there were

Through soul and body both. Vi heavenly make

Original the being seem'd, but fall'n, so many copies made as there were particular syna

And worn and wasted with enormous woe. gogues within that tribe : all was done by special per. And still around the everlasting lance sons appointed to that office, called scribes. These It writh’d, convuls'd, and utier'd mimic groans ; copies, after diligent review, were laid up by the whole

And tried and wish'd, and ever tried and wish'd

To die; but could not die. Oh, horrid sight! congregation in the treasure-house of the synagogue,

I trembling gaz'd, and listen'd, and heard this voice moder divers Jocks and keys, not to be touched but by Approach my ear—' This is ETERNAL Deatu.'” men appointed, and not to be used but with singular

To add, diminish, corrupt, or alter, was present death by the laws of the nation. Thus, how Could it be possible, say the Jews, that among these

Make others to see Christ in you, moving, doing, writings either falschood should creep in at first, or

speaking, thinking : your actions icill speak of him, if truth once received should afterwards by any means

he is in you. Rutherford. be corrupted

I never trusteil God, but I found him faithful; nor W. L. my own heart, but I found it false. --- Dyer.

reverence.

Lisensind das marketable commodities, and the resule of Pet how perpetually is this done in almost every

Letters to a Mother, upon Education. ther piece I want another piece. No, George, I shall LETTER XVI.

not give you another inouthful. Go, sit down, you

naughty boy! You always behave worst when I am On Rewards.

going to have company. George continued his teazing, Dear Madam,

and at last said, “If you don't give me another piece, The aspect of this subject is more in- I'll roar.' This threat not being attended to, he kept viting than that of the last ; but proper views of its his word. Upon this, his mother seized him by the nature are equally rare. Reward, you know, signifies shoulder, and shook hiin angrily. 'Hold your tongue, payınent for good conduct: it is therefore a species you naughty boy!' 'I will, if you will give nie anof wages. Like wages in other instances, it need not be other piece of pie,' said he. Another small piece was a matter of precise stipulation, it may be only a tacit given him, after he had promised that he certainly expectancy, and, like ivages in other instances, it need would not teaze her any more. As soon as he had not be paid in moncy. Hence then it appears to me, eaten it, he of course began again, and with the addithat a question of considerable importance arises ; tional threat, “If you don't give ine a piece, I'll roar namely, will you reward your child for his good con- after the company comes, so loud that all can hear me.' duct? It appears to me to be decidedly objectionable The end of all this was, that the boy had a sound whipto do so, for the following reasons.

ping, was put to bed, and could not sleep all night, beIst. Whenever a child is rewarded, either with com- cause the mince pie made his stomach ache.” mendations or presents for his good conduct, au im. This, it seems, is a true story. To me it appears a pression is thereby communicated to his inind, that he perfect illustration of the whole system of rewarding a is to be good for the sake of what he can get by it. child for good behaviour in any way whatever, and equally Thenceforward

the of an to be will be, that when there are no buyers, he will become family. As soon as a child can understand, he finds indifferent to the possession of such wares.

You are

himself praised, or scolded and threatened. He accordaware, that it is of the utmost importance to the excel. ingly learns to wait before he will act, till he is induced lency of your child's character, and to his ererlasting or driven. What numberless words are thus thrown welfare, that he should be taught to love propriety of away, and what lamentable consequences are produced. conduct from principle, and inclined to perform it inde- It appears to me that a child would never expect such pendently of a view to consequences.

He

may indeed things, if they were not offered to him ; but that a unibe taught that good conduct is attended with advantage, form system of judicious treatment being pursued, a but every thing which is calculated to make him pursue family of young children would be as manageable as a good conduct for the mere sake of advantage, or with a flock of lambs. considerable regard to it, should be avoided. Yet is not With what delight have I witnessed, in a well-regu. this the real tendency of the system of paying him, or lated family, a young boy coming to his father, and giving him presents, or taking him on an excursion, asking permission to accept an invitation to play, given becuuse he has been a good boy?

him by the child of a neighbour; and upon the parent, 2dly. The system of rewards for good conduct (I after hesitating a few moments, mildly and without any speak' simply of the system as applied to private educa- thing marked in his manner, saying "No,' - the child tion, and to that stage of it which falls under the imine- was silent. I looked at the expression of their countediate superintendence of the parent), is calculated to nances. The father's was that of mild authority: the increase the difficulties of education. If once you begin child's that of unruffled cheerfulness. This was the reyou must go on with it. At the same tiine the appetite sult of good management, begun at the beginning, and for reward you have induced in the mind of your infant pursued without deviation. will increase, and you will find that your successive re- It appears to me that a parent should avoid the sys. wards must increase in value. Besides all this, it is tem of paying his child to be good, as the greatest of all troublesome to the last degree. How painful it is to evils. However kind she may be to him, whatever presee a parent purchasing the obedience of his child! sents she may bestow upon him, never should she breathe

many words, and even hours, are wasted, in con- the contaminating secret, that it is because he has been ference with the wilful infant! the parent promising goud. I disapprove of a parent giving her child many and threatening on her part, and the child remaining presents : let those few which she gives be apportioned reluctant or obstinate, till she has either bid high to his age and pursuits, and be very good of their kind; enough, or threatened deeply enough, to induce him to but let them be tokens of her love, not wages for her act. How distressing to see a parent reduced to this child's obedience. Never should she kiss or caress her dileinua, or the child becoming mercenary, and artful, child after he has pleased her: this is a reward. Never and disobedient!

should she praise him : this is of the same nature. Let Mrs. Child relates the following story in her book the structure of education be reared as silently as was upon education.

Solomon's temple. The materials were all prepared at A mnother was very busy in preparing for company. a distance, and when brought to the spot were only Her children knew by experience, that when she was in adjusted ; and thus this most beautiful edifice daily a hurry she would indulge them in any thing, for the grew, but there was not the sound of an axe or a hammer sake of having them out of the way. George began- heard within it. Education should be a noiseless process. Mother, I want a piece of mince pie.' The answer Wheu I hear a mother and her children debating, when was, “It is nearly bed-time, and mince pie will hurt I hear her threatening or promising, and them entreatyou. He repeated the request. You shall have a piece ing, even when I hear a command issued a second time, of cake, if you will sit down and be still,' was, at I feel persuaded that defective principles and practice length, the reply. The boy ate his cake; and liking of education have been pursued. Nothing, on the other the system of being hired to sit still, he soon began hand, is so delightful and beautiful as the tranquillity again : 'Mother, I want a piece of mince pie.' The first of a well-disciplined household. This is indeed that answer was repeated. Mother, I want a piece of mince

" Dear retreat, pie — I want a piece of mince pie'- was repeated in

Where polish'd friends and kind relations cessantly. Will you leave off leazing, if I give you a

Meet, and mingle into bliss.” piece?". Yes, I will-certain-true.' Soon afterwards,

I am, dear Madam, yours, &c. with his mouth half full, he liegan again--* I want ano

CLERICUS.

How

A VOICE OF PEACE FROM IRELAND.

allow subjects, comparatively of minor inportance,

to sever that bond of Christian union so emphatically DISTRACTED IRELAND demands the kindest sympathy enjoived. “Let every man be fully persuaded in his of every Christiau throughout the British empire. With

own mind;" and where a difference of opinion does its complaints and wrongs, and their causes, we do not exist, Christians should especially guard against entermeddle: we are content to leave thein to the wisdom of

taining any thing like animosity or party spirit, so unthe Legislature and the Government, praying that the becoming the followers of the "meek and lowly Jesus." distressed clergy and the suffering peasantry may find If our hearts and minds were more engaged in the exerspeedy relief. While we are hearing such reports of cise of love to Him, and love to the souls of our fellow. cruelty, malevolence, and irreligion, prevailing in un- crcatures, there would not be so much schism in the happy Ireland, we are delighted to receive such a paper church of Christ; and the observation made during the as the following from one of our Irish Correspondents, primitive ages of Christianity, " See how those Chriswe believe a LADY, whose life is devoted to do good. It tians love one another !” would be as applicable to us, breathes the genuine spirit of the Gospel of Christ, and as it was to those who now surround the throne of the may be read with profit by British Christians.- Ep. Lamb. Praying that the Holy Spirit may “ increase

your faith, and give you all joy and peace in believing,"

I remain, dear Christian friends, in the bonds of the An Irish ADDRESS to Christians.

everlasting Gospel, Dear Brethren and Sisters in Christ,

Your Fellow-LABOURER IN THE LORD. Permit me to call your attention to a few im- Dublin, Jan. 16, 1833. portant facts at the present awful crisis. The enemy of mankind is abroad in the world, using every means in his power to deceive and ruin the souls of our unfortu. nate fellow-creatures. “ He hath blinded the minds of

BRITISH SOLDIERS AND SAILORS. them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious

Little has hitherto been attempted to invite the atten. gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them :" and shall we, who by divine grace alone

tion of British soldiers to the saving realities of the have been “made to differ,” shall we not employ the

Gospel of Christ. Appeals have been made to us retalents committed to our care for their spiritual welfare?

peatedly on their behalf, and we shall feel happy in It is alone in the power of God to convert the heart of

contributing by the CHRISTIAN's Penny Magazine to

promote their spiritual welfare. We have before us a any human being; but He often works by means, and He has commanded us, “while we have opportunity, to

communication, in which the writer says do good unto all men;" - let me then, as a fellow

“ I have the great satisfaction of informing you, that

the Soldiers' best interests are not wholly neglected ; labourer with you in the vineyard of Christ, earnestly

and I doubt not but you will feel a pleasure in making and aftectionately entreat you all, to unite your efforts

known the humble endeavours of a Society formed in in making known to them the Gospel of the Redeemer, which is the power of God unto salvation to every one

Westminster, called “The SOLDIER's Friend Society that believeth.” Time is rapidly passing; and while

for promoting the Knowledge of Religion in the British we, alas ! are but too often spending it in trifles, the

Ariny? They have built for the Soldiers in London a souls of those around us are perishing for lack of

convenient chapel, in White Horse Yard, Broadway,

Westininster, where the Gospel is preached to them knowledge, ignorant of Jesus Christ, as their only refuge from the wrath to come.

three times every Sunday, and once in the week; and Oh! let us, my dear Christian friends, with these awful considerations in view, be

many are in the habit of attending. This is the first

object of the Society: but they have adopted other more diligent than heretofore, in setting Him forth as the repentant sinner's friend. Let us, who have found

means, such as establishing Reading Rooms and Libra

ries for them; the distributiou of Religious Tracts and Him precious, recommend Him to those who are unacquainted with his salvation. Let us cast our bread

Books; and by encouraging Meetings for Prayer. These

various means have been blessed by God to the converupon the waters, for we shall find it after many days." We know not where, with God's blessing, it may be

sion of wany Soldiers. The Society likewise employs a made instrumental in “ winning souls to Christ.”. We

Missionary, who devotes his whole time to the Soldier's

cause; and as this is but an infant cause, and does not have many opportunities of imitating the example of

lend its exertions to the establishment of sects or parour Divine Master, who “went about doing good.” Many words might be spoken in season, where Christians

ties, but endeavours to act upon the broad principles of

Christianity, they hope to meet with encouragement are silent. The fear of man, as well as the mistaken idea of wouuding the feelings of our unconverted fellow

from the Religious Public. Good men of all religious

denominations are more or less interested in our mili. sinners, prove too often a hindrance to the believer, to

tary population. Infidels are sowing their poisonous speak the truth with all boldness. Let us then pray,

productions among them: we hope, by being able to that the Holy Spirit may remove every obstacle, and inspire our hearts with more love and zeal in the Re

distribute such publications as those of the Religious

Tract Society, to counteract their wicked designs.” deemer's cause.

We shall

be glad to hear more particulars of this Permit me to offer a remark with respect to that bond of Christian union, which should ever distinguish the

interesting Society, and to announce the publication of

a cheap little volume for Soldiers and Sailors, which is followers of the Lamb. It is very much indeed to be lamented, that the different opinions regarding the

now in the press, entitled, “The Sailor AND SOL

DIER's CHRISTIAN FRIEND AND Pocker COMPANION.” Millenium, as well as the variety of sects and parties which have for years distracted the church of Christ,

This work has been compiled by a well-known author, are great causes of separation among those who are

at the urgent request of several devoted friends of our

fellow-subjects in the Army and Navy. “ born of the same Spirit.” Dear friends, these things ought not so to be: for while “ one saith, I am of Paul, and another, I am of Apollos, are ye not carnal ' Why do I find such struggling in me, provoking ine The new commandment given by our adorable Re- to sin, putting me back froin that which is good? "The deemer was, “that ye love one another, as I have loved answer is svou given - Thou art a wrestler, not a con. you ;” and are we fulfilling this injunction when we

queror.- Gurnal.

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