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improper behaviour at their feast, which is to-morrow: found great tenderness, particularly in warning the youth, from the example of the young woman, who last week came to sueh an awful end.
“ 6.-Attended Mr. Payne's Ordination, at Walgrave. I had a good time indeed in hearing the charge. I preached in the afternoon to the church from Heb. xiii. 17. (He took much affectionate pains to bring about a reconciliation with some members who were dissatisfied, and succeeded.]
“ 10.--A very good forenoon to-day, on God's dwelling in us, and walking in us; though not equal to the two Lord's-days past. ,
“16.-Some pleasure in thinking on God's power to do abundantly more than we can ask or think. Surely he had need have more power in giving, than I have in asking.
“ 17.-A very good forenoon, on the above subject: not so well the rest of the day, but felt some earnestness in the evening..
“23.-Feel my soul much in prison to-day: have been thinking of Psa. cxlii. 7. 'Bring my soul out of prison, &c.' but much locked up all day. i.
" 24.-A pretty good forenoon on the above subject: much solemn feeling in prayer, on the ruined state of man by nature: was helped to deplore it before God, on behalf of myself and the congregation. Some earnestness in the afternoon, on God's being known in Judah; and the like at Loddington in the evening. ." 25.—I was much impressed this morning in reading Mason's Remains. Felt much affected and very solemn, in praying and conversing with a poor woman at Barton, who seems not likely to be here long, and is much in the dark as to her state. · "Aug. 1. Some affectionate emotions of heart in prayer to-night, at the monthly prayermeeting. Surely unbelief damps our near addresses to God, and something of that un: grateful suspicion, which asks, · What profit shall we have, if we pray unto him?' lies at the bottom of our indifference in this duty.
“ 3.-Chiefly employed to-day in visiting poor friends. I have been too deficient in this practice.
“4.-Visited several more.poor friends; some conversation profitable; but I mix all with sin.
“6.-Some tenderness in thinking on Jonah jii. 4. • ] said I am cast out of thy sight; yet will I look again, &c. We have had some awful providences of late. Mr. a Clergy: man of
has hanged himself, and a poor woman of B. seems in the very jaws of despcration. These things have led me to think on something that may be an antidote to despair.
“7.-A very good forenoon, on the above subject. Some seriousness also this afternoon,
on Prov. xxviii. 14. · Blessed is he that feareth alway, Preached to-night on man's being * abominable and filthy,' with much earnestoess.
“ 22.-Rode to Arnsby: had a very good time in preaching there this evening; but a sinful heart spoils all.
“27.—Very little spirituality throughout the day. I know not how to think a good thought. · “ 28.-A pretty good Sabbath. In the morning from Psa. xl. “Lo I come, &c.' and in the afternoon from Psa. xciv. 19.
“Sept. 25.-It can answer no end to write when there is nothing material to write about. In future, therefore, I think only to notice some of the most material exercises and events of my life, which I mean merely for my own use.
“30.—We had a ministers' meeting at Northampton. I preached, and Brother Sutcliff, and Brother Skinner. But the best part of the day was, I think, in conversation. A question was discussed, to the following purport: To what causes in ministers may much of their want of success be imputed? The answer turned chiefly upon the want of personal religion ; particularly the neglect of close dealing with God in closet prayer. Jer. X. 21. was here referred to: Their pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the Lord ; therefore they shall not prosper, and their flocks shall be scattered. Another reason assigned was, the want of reading and studying
the scriptures more ds Christians, for the edification of our own souls. We are too apt to study them merely to find out something to say to others, without living upon the truth ourselves. If we eat not the book before we deliver it's contents to others, we may expect the Holy Spirit will not much accompany us. If we study the scriptures as Christians, the more familiar we are with them, the more we shall feel their importance; but if otherwise, our familiarity with the word will be like that of soldiers, doctors, or grave-diggers with death-it will wear away, all sense of it's importance from our Iniods. To enforce this sentiment, Prov. xxii. 17, 18. was referred to * Apply thine heart to knowledge-the words of the wise will be pleasant if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips. To this might be added, Psa. i. 2, 3. Another reason was, Our want of being emptied of self-sufficiency. In proportion as we lean upon our own gifts, or parts, or preparations, we slight the Holy Spirit; and no wonder that, being grieved, he should leave us to do our work alone! Besides, when this is the case, it is, humanly speaking, unsafe for God to prosperus, especially those ministers who possess considerable abilities. Reference was also had to an Ordination Sermon, lately preached, by Mr. Booth of London, to Mr. Hopkins, Dr. Gifford's successor, from Take
heed to thyself. Othat I may remember these bints for my good.*
• I well remember the discussion of this question, which fully occupied the evening. Another had been discussed after dinner, respecting village-preaching –What was a sufficient call to attempt introducing it into places where it had not been usual before? which therefore seems to leave no room for that ill-natured anecdote respecting my father and young Carey to have taken place this year, which is said to have been before the end of 1786 ; whereas my father had left Northampton before the Minister's-meeting in 1786. And I must consider it as very unlikely to bave nccurred in 1785, for several strong reasons. I never heard of it till I saw it in print, and cannot give credit to it at all. No man prayed and preached about the latter-day glory more than my father ; nor did I ever hear such sentiments proceed from his lips as are there ascribed to him. It is true, he admitted the idea of a personal reign of Christ upon earth, between the first and second resurrection, in which he followed Dr. Gill, and supposed that this period is properly to be stiled the Millennium: but he also expected that long before this the gospel would be spread all over the world, and the fulness of the Jews and of the Gentiles be brought into the church; and I never remember his expressing an expectation of miraculous gifts being granted for that end. Joseph Perry, a Baptist minister of Flower, near Northampton, was the first writer of whom I have any knowledge, who distinguished between the spiritual and the personal reign of Christ. If the Scotch Baptists agreed with Dr. Gill on this subject, I do pot see how their opinion, wbether it be right or wrong, could prove any impediment to exertion for spreading the gospel. What they denominated the latter-day glory, or the spiritual reign of Christ, would be none the less desirable, nor less the object of exertion, on account of it's being followed by his personal reign after the first resurrection.