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one of his servants, he said, alone mercies in Christ Jesus. “ Baldwin, I cannot see any God Almighty keep you all." thing that belongs to my wife ; Execut. My lord, shall I put but I must desire thee and be- up your hair? seech her to rest wholly upon (afel. “ Ay, ay, prithee do;" Jesus Christ, to be contented, and then as he stood lifting up and fully satisfied.” And then his hands and eyes, he said, “O speaking to his servants, he God, I do with a perfect and a said, “ God keep you ; and Gen- willing heart submit to thy will: tlemen, let me now do a busi- O God, I do most willingly humness quickly, privately ; and pray ble myself.” And then kneellet me have your prayers at the ing down, said, “I will try first moment of death, that God would how I can lie ; and laying his receive my soul."
head over the block, said, “ Am L. Col. Beecher. I wish it. I well now?"
Capel, « Pray, at the moment Execut. Yes. of striking, join your prayers, And then, as he lay with both but make no noise (turning to his his hands stretched out, he said servants); it is inconvenient at to the executioner, “ Here lie this time."
both my hands out ; when I lift Servant. My lord, put on your up my hands thus, (lifting up his cap.
right hand). then you may Capel. “Should I ? what, will strike.” that do me good ? stay a little, And then, after he had said a it is well as it is now.” (As he short prayer, he lifted up his was putting up his hair.)
right hand, and the executioner And then turning to the exe- at one blow severed his head cutioner, he said, “ Honest man, from his body, which was taken I have forgiven thee, therefore up by his servants, and put, with strike boldly, from my soul I do his body, into a coffin, as the for,
mer. Then a gentleman speaking to him, he said, “ Nay, prithee be contented, be quieted, good THE NATURE AND EFFECTS Mr. be quiet.”
OF CHRISTIAN COURTESY Then turning to the execu
EXEMPLIFIED. tioner, he said, “ Well, you are (Froin the Christian Observer.) ready when I am ready, are you A short time ago, I paid a not ?" And stretching out his visit to an old friend at his resihands, he said, “Then pray dence in a remote part of the stand off, Gentlemen.” Then kingdom, whom I had not seen going to the front of the scaf- for eighteen years, and I am disfold, he said to the people, posed to think the narrative of “ Gentlemen, though I doubt the circumstances of that internot of it, yet I think it conve- view, and of the consequences nient to ask it of you, that you attending it, will not be uninterwould all join in prayers with esting to yourself or your read. me, that God would mercifully ers. receive my soul, and that for his My acquaintance with The.
ophilus (for that is the title un- convinced me that I was not forder which I shall conceal the gotten, and that I should be a name of my friend) began at the welcome visitor : in a moment university, which we entered afterwards my friend took me and quitted nearly at the same by the hand, and his voice contime ; and it was improved into firmed what his countenance exan intimacy by an occasional in- pressed, that he was really glad tercourse of several years. He to see me. was sensible, lively, affable, gen. We had chatted more than an erous, and humane; but with hour, with all the hilarity and inthese qualities he had one fault, terest which a renewed friendwhich often made me tremble ship, after long separation, infor its consequences, an impetu- spires, when we were most disaosity of temper, which ill brook- greeably interrupted by rude ed opposition or restraint. In noises at the gate : a servant en, 1785 I left England, under a tering announced the arrival of promise of writing to Theophi. some clamorous complainants, Jus, which I never performed, who required the interposition of although I always retained a sin- my friend as a magistrate. He cere regard for him. I returned immediately arose, apologised for to my native country at the close the necessity of attending his du. of the last century, and inquiring ty, and was preparing to leave after the companion of my youth, the room, when I requested to I learnt that, in 1787, he had accompany him. The parties succeeded to a large estate in stated their complaints, which - shire, and had ever since had arisen out of a drunken lived in the country, visiting the brawl, with the greatest vehe, metropolis only when called to mence, although they were sa ir by business of importance. trifling and ridiculous, that I
Intending to surprise him by could not suppress my vexation at an early visit, I forbore writing the ill-timed intrusion. My friend, to him, but from circumstances however, heard them, not mere. which it is unnecessary to par. ly with patience, but with comticularize, I had no opportunity placency, and I admired the dexof executing my intention before terity with which he soothed and the beginning of last September, composed the enraged oppor when, without any previous no- nents, and the well-adapted im, tice, I repaired to his house. At pressive admonition with which the distance of three quarters of he discharged, after having rece a mile from it, I passed through onciled, them. All this was done a village, which I was informed without any emotion, and with so had been established by Theoph. much good humour, that I could ilus ; the neatness of the cot- not conceal my surprise. The. tages, and the appearance of ophilus, smiling, replied, “ You their inhabitants bespoke indus- knew me at a time when I should try, order, economy, and com- not have borne such a scene with fort. My name, as that of a per- so much composure ; but since fect stranger, was announced to our separation I have been study him by a servant. I heard it ing morals and manners in that repeated with a vivacity which book, (pointing to one which I
saw was a Bible): in that," con- character of a fine gentleman tinuing his discourse with a ri- more strikingly displayed than sing animation in his voice and by him. Decorum, civility, and eyes, “there is a character den politeness, we expect, and ususcribed, which no mortal can ev. ally find, in persons of a certain er hope to equal, but which I dai- rank in life ; but in him they ap. ly study, as a model of unattain- peared the expressions of innate able though imitable perfection ; benevolence. His complacency a character which combines such was without effort, the result of dignity and condescension, such principle, the indication of a mind sublimity and humility, so much disciplined and composed; and forbearance under affront, such although I knew that his thoughts patience under ill usage, such were frequently occupied by bu. love to God, and such good will siness of urgent importance, to man, evinced by habitual piety which required intense consider: and philanthropy, that even men ation, I never saw him absent or of the world are compelled to ad- embarrassed in society, or inat. mire it, whilst those to whom it is tentive to conversation, to which. given 10 understand it love and without any appearance of dic. adore it. Imagination never con- tating, he often gave an improv, ceived a character so amiable, so ing and entertaining tone. But elevated.” From this and some nothing struck me more forcibly other expressions I suspected than his behaviour to young peo. that Theophilus had become a ple ; he seemed to feel that to Methodist ; and the morning and be extensively useful to them he evening use of family prayer, must possess their esteem and with the general tenour of his confidence, and as this was an conversation, so different from object which he had constantly what it used to be, tended strong in view, he conciliated their at ly to confirm the suspicion, al- tachment by a' familiarity which though I saw nothing in his be- never lessened their respect for haviour, or in that of his family, him ; he would join them in the of the cant, precision, and for. hours of recreation, participate mality attributed to people of their gaiety, and promote their that denomination. The suspi- innocent amusements; and withcion, however, (I now consess it out the repulsive formality of in: with shame,) abated somewhat of struction contrived, even at those that cordiality which I felt on the times, to impress upon their first renewal of our intimacy; minds useful knowledge and imbut an intercourse of a few days portant truths ; and when he ascompletely annihilated it, and sembled them, as he often did, my admiration of his character for the express purpose of inand love of his person hourly in- struction, it was conveyed in creased. His deportment was such a mode that they seemed 60 invariably courteous and kind, as anxious to receive it as he was his conversation, though serious, willing 10 impart it. Nor was was so free from gloom, so affa- the society of Theophilus less ble and cheerful, his whole de- agreeable to the aged; the same meanour was so graceful and en- behaviour endeared him to them gaging, that I never saw the which conciliated the young : in
short, as a master, a landlord, or tions from the different services a member of society, he was of it, or compositions of our best equally respected and esteemed divines ; and they were uttered by his family, his tenants, and by him with so much unfeigned his neighbours, and the influence devotion, that it was impossible of his opinions and conduct was to hear them often without being beneficially felt wherever they affected by them. I had, in fact, were known. The embarrassed become in love with religion be. applied to him for advice, the fore I knew what it was, for aldisfressed for assistance, and the though my mind had not been unhappy for consolation, and the indurated by the maxims of infisympathy which he felt and ex- del philosophy, I had never sehibited on such occasions gave a riously considered the subject of grace to his generosity, and a revelation. softness to his admonition, which Theophilus remarked with gained the affections, as well as pleasure the traces of this alterathe gratitude, of those whom he tion, he improved the opportunirelieved. I regretted that I ty afforded him by it, of introduccould not see him in the charac. ing moral and religious topics of ter of a husband and father, but conversation, to which, in the he had lost his wife three years first days of our renewed acbefore my visit to him, and the quaintance, I should have paid death of his only child had pre- little attention ; and he led me ceded that of its mother.
insensibly to the perusal of books When I visited Theophilus it calculated to enlighten my unwas my intention to pass a few derstanding, and awaken and days only with him, but I was alarm my apprehensions. Someattracted by the irresistible fasci- times he would descant on the nation of his society to prolong frivolous or vicious pursuits of my stay. I joined in all the dai- the times, expatiate on the mis· ly devotions of the family at first, ery occasioned by them to indi
rather (I will not disguise the viduals, families, and the nation ; truth) from a motive of conform or contrast the turbulence and ity than from a sense of religion. anxiety of a life of dissipation But it was impossible to be long with the solid composure of a in the company of Theophilus religious mind, and the dying without feeling the influence of despair or insensibility of the his character. The union of pi- impenitent sinner, with the seety and external elegance is ir rene confidence of the true beresistible; in him they were liever. All this was done with united, beyond what I ever saw so much judgment, that I felt its in any man, and it was evident effect without perceiving the obthat he had not learned polite- ject of it. To shorten the narness from the fashionable world rative, I had passed a month with only, but that it was the expres- him, when one evening after he sion of principle and feeling had read a discourse to his famicombined. The prayers which ly, which furnished the subject he used in the family were either of our subsequent conversation, those of our church, or compila. he addressed me with an awful affecting seriousness, and in of our lives, have elapsed in abterms which I shall never for- sence from each other ; they get.
have passed like a dream, and “I love you, Edward (said he) the remainder of our allotted exand I mean to give you a solid istence, be it more or less, will proof of my affection. Our soon vanish in the same manfriendship began in youth, and ner, and the question, which we was founded on a similarity of cannot evade, will then be asked, dispositions, which led us to the how we have passed our lives? same occupations and amuse- Have we lived to the glory of ments. Let the friendship of God or to ourselves ? What an our declining years be cemented alarming question to beings, who by the rational desire of promot- are created for an eternity of ing the eternal welfare of each happiness or misery, deriving other. I now look back to the from nature a propensity to evil time when we passed our morn- and aversion from good, with an ings and evenings together, in incapacity in themselves to will follies and pleasures, as a period or to do any thing pleasing to of delirium; and whilst I trem- God. But the gracious Father ble at the recollection of the of mankind has not placed his dangers in which we were plung- children in a state of remediless ed by it, I adore with unspeaka- misery, he has not imposed oblible gratitude the mercy which gations upon them which cannot rescued me from it. To you I be discharged; and though we am bound to make this confes. cannot save ourselves, he has sion as an atonement for my provided a salvation for us. Pe. criminality, in encouraging by ruse the volume of eternal life, my example and participation which has been given for our in. the thoughtless dissipation of formation ; there the mystery of your younger years. Ignorant the redemption of man, which of your situation abroad, and un- human imagination could never apprised even whether you were have conceived, is plainly reveal. living or dead, what pain have I ed. Ruined by sin, man must not felt from the recollection of have perished forever, if the Son that period ! and often have I of God had not descended from raised my voice in prayer for hearen and made atonement for you to the God of mercy, that he the sins of the world. He has would look down upon you with borne the burthen of our iniquicompassion, and recal you from ties, and the gates of immortalithe dangerous courses in which ty are no longer barred against you began the career of life. us. Through faith in him we Most devoutly do I thank him, have access to the mansions of that he has afforded me an op- heavenly bliss, for he is the way, portunity of telling you this my- and the truth, and the life. But self; most devoutly do I im- we cannot enter them with the plore him, that under his good pollutions of carnal desires and providence I may be the means appetites, with earthly passions of rescuing my friend from the and affections ; our desires must misery and destruction of sin. first be spiritualized, our afl'ec. Eighteen years, the third part tions sanctified, our nature must