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reprobate and for ever renounce the religion endeared, and in most countries a Jew can scarce appear among the to his pride, by its assertion, with the triumphs of na
inhabitants of the same district without having openly ional glory-endeared to his affections, by the recol
proofs suficient of the idolatry of what he supposes to be
the true Christian faith, and having a fresh motive to make lection of his earliest yearsand endeared to his tastes,
him turn to the religion of his forefathers as being the only by its splendid ceremonials, its attractive pageantry, and
one where the true God alone is worshipped. licentious rites, which could not but powerfully recom
In some countries the Hebrew word which signifies an mend it to the passions, at least, if not to the under. image generally, bas been misapplied, ard acquired the sigstandings of its vain and voluptuous votaries ! The nification of a crucifix alone, and Dr. Me Caul, relates that haughty Roman must learn to be ineek and lowly of heart
after a conference in England, a learned Jew sept him word -the conqueror of the world must be content to sit at
that the usual IIebrew used to denote the word Cross, was
not correct, but that which signified an image was the the Saviour's feet, as a little child. The philosophiz
proper word. ing Greek must receive a system, which, to his proud
The consequences of the stumbling block which the intellect appeared the perfection of foolishness--even Church of Rome has been to the Israelites must remain that all his hopes for happiness here and hereafter must unknown until the great day when the secrets of all bearts rest on One, who hung upon a cross-and that for the sball be revealed. We read of ope instance among the sake of that crucified One, he must crucify all his sinful
many constantly occurring, when not very long since in a appetites and lusts! Oh what a doctrine for the pride
Roman Catholic country, ten Rabbies after a diligent
search became convinced of the truths of Christianity, of a Stoic, or the sensuality of an Epicurean, to em
and determined to embrace it, but after coming to the brace! And what had christianity to offer to compensate decision of publicly confessing it, they were informed of such characters, for all which she required them to some of the observances of the Roman Catholic faith which forsake? Instead of a magnificient system of religious inculcate idolatry, when they all immediately rose, exclaim worship-accompanied with every appendage which
ing “No idols, no idols," and refused to profess a faith could dazzle and delight the senses, and the imagi
so contrary to the true worship of God. nation--Christianity presented a simple spiritual sys
It must ever be cause of great thankfulness, that the
Church of England has presented to the Jew a form of tene--divested of all external pomp or splendour---and
worship free from the sip from which they have so severely frowning on every approach to licentious indulgence in suffered; and perhaps the time may not be far distant its festivals or rites. No gorgeous priesthood proces wben by her offering a pure faith to the Israelites, she sions---No beautiful temples or statues---No conse may receive advantages as incalculable as at present they crated debaucheries---No mysteries of impiety,! No
are little thought of; to the converted Jews she may turn thing fine to captivate the licentious---or to attract the
as some of her strongest allies in assisting to defend her
from the idolatry and deceits of the Church of Rome; and proud! How, we would again ask the infidel, how
in the single eye of the Jew, who, bating the whole system will he account for such multitudes of heathen idolators,
of idolatry from the carved image of wood or stone, to (and here we would appeal to Pliny, in his celebrated the oft blest relic, and the day kept holy for the sainted letter to Trajan as our witness), forsaking the religion dead, she may find a strenuous defender of her faith, and of their fathers---such as it was, and embracing the re look to him, who, having escaped from the trammels of ligion of the gospel such as it is.
Rabbinical superstition bearing so close an affinity in many
points to the Roman Catholic religion especially in prayers (To be continued.)
for the dead, to assist ber in requiring her servants to allow
the spirits of her departed followers to remain in the state The Ancient People of God.
in which death placed them, and exercising faith in the PERHAPS it would be difficult to say which of the three word of God, that “ if the tree fall toward the south, or great barriers against the conversion of the Jews, bad toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there been their greatest stumbling block--their own blind pre it shall be," to seek not by prayer or fasting to remove judices; the idolatory of the Roman Catholic worship; or them from one sphere into another, in that world whose the low standard of profession of nominal Christians,
glories and whose miseries are hidden by a curtain of imOf the second it may be said, that as if the cup of her penetrable shade. guilt was not full, the Church of Rome must crown all her Once persuaded to enquire into the true form of our faith, other iniquity by affording so many obstacles to the conver and a Jew rarely remains unconverted, and to England sion of the Jews. One of the most remarkable features in very thankfully hare many directed their steps, for the pure the history of that people, being their proneness to idolatry worship of tbe Christian faith, and for the protection it affords before the Messiah appeared, and their hatred of it since to all who embrace it; anxiously therefore do the converted His coming. Though scatterred in every country on the look for the establishment of a Protestant Church in the face of the earth they unite with none in their form of land to which every Israelite turns with veneration and Worship ; the Temple of the Hindoo, and the idolatry of bope; their unhappy brethren in that land may then see the heathen African are alike held in abhorrence by them; that Christianity, far from opposing the laws of Moses is there can be no surprise therefore that expecting an earthly only the antitype of them, the substance instead of the Messiab, and rejecting the Divine one who has already ap. shadow, trusting that when it is seen there that of the peared on the earth, they should to use tbeir own manner several forms of worship claiming the title of Christian, and of speaking “utterly detest" tbat religion, wbich, not only in all exhibiting more or less of idolatry, the freedom from receiving their rejected King, as the Messiah, their fore. that sin in the one may induce them to inquire in o its fathers bad looked for, and a partaker of the Divinity of the truths. At present when a Missionary entreats an Israelite Almighty, but also commands its followers to fall down and to examine into the truths of Christianity, he generally reworship the images of its own creation; there can be no ceives the reply, “ We are forbidden in the laws of Moses, suprise they should not stop to enquire into the truths of a even to enquire after idols :" but when a purer worship is faith which at the very outset shows openly its devotion to shown them thap any they have before witnessed, it may be tbe idols they were commanded to forsake and destroy. hoped the effect will be as great as has already been the
In Eogland, they are not obliged to be spectators of a case with many foreign Hebrews who have come over to worsbip so opposed to their own, but upon the Continent, England,
The exact spot also on which the Protestant Church is thirty years ago nothing whatever had been done by to be built at Jerusalem, is one of peculiar interest to the British Christians to improve the spiritual and temporal Jew, being situated upon Mount Zion and opposite to the state of the Chinese, and the Jew tbere bad not the oppor Castle of David; it is adjacent to that part of the city tunity afforded him of learning what were the doctrines of where the Jews chiefly reside. The service of the Church Christianity, much less of witnessing its practical effects in of England, has already been conducted for almost twelve that land of ignorance and superstition; now a very dis. months in a room appropriated for the purpose on every ferent picture presents itself; Mr. Medhurst, writes, “China week day, and on Sunday's there are three services, in the is open to the distribution of books, the myriads inhabit. morning in English, the afternoon in Arabic, and in the ing the provinces on the coast are ready to receive the evening in German; and when the Church is erected it is word of life; many thousand copies of Christian books probable that very many will flock there who are at present and tracts have been printed in the Chinese and Malar deterred from witnessing the service; and most earnestly languages hesides Bibles and Testaments, and a copy of do the Missionaries at Jerusalem ask for assistance to carry the Scriptures, together with a set of Christian publica on the great work which has been commenced. Perhaps tions have found their way into the palace of the Emperor, there never was a time when the assistance of Christians who has already read the life of the Saviour," and it was was more loudly called for. What would bave been the but in the year 1814, that Dr. Morrison, baptized the first state of England had the “ glad tidings of salvation” never Chinese covert. All these proofs shew plainly that the day been preached here ? how could we have been Christians is fast approaching when the earth shall be filled with without having heard the Gospel of Christ? and how can the knowledge of God, as the waters cover the sea," the Jews “ believe en llim of whom they have not heard ? and when the chosen people of God, shall be restored to the and how shall they hear withont a preacher? and how land of their forefathers. shall they preach except they be sent?" Never until the Mr. Wolff, relates that the Jews of Bokhara, entertaia last year was the attempt made by Protestants to preach the idea that the ten tribes are to be found in China, and ar the Gospel to the Jews as a Church, and never until the round Lassan, but whether correct or not, is not matter of present one was the erection of a Protestant Church com. practical iaport to Christians, certain it is that an immense menced. We speak of the blindness of a Jew, we blame number of Jews bave dwelt in China, and that a large him for his stubborn prejudices, but we forget he knows not body is now scattered through its land, and how it may what he is to believe save what the Rabbinical comments be asked of those opposed to Missionary efforts for the upon the scripture allow. We say knowledge is open to all Jews, are these unbappy people to discover that the Mes. in the present day, and he too may read and learn, but we siah is already come, unless labourers are sent into su forget be seldom knows the language in which it is written; large a vineyard. a century has not elapsed since with rare exceptions eren Isinstances are so continually occurring of the willioz. in Europe the Jews began to read the languages of the ness of great number of Jews to receive the scriptures, wha: country in which they reside; and in England it is a com it may be enquired is the responsibility of Christians in mon occurrence to find Jews as well as Jewesses who can sending them this word ? To Christians are now committed not read English, althongh able to speak it; “ how then the oracles of God, and as from the Israelites we have reshall they believe on Him, of whom they have not heard ?"" ceived' mercy, so now must we pay back the debt, that by but now that Hebrew has been more studied by Christians, “our mercy, they also may obtain mercy;" and is with the scriptures easily to be obtained in that langgage, and eagerness many a wavering Jew asks for the Word which some of the most valuable works of Christians and con can enlighten him, what is our guilt in neglecting to send verts translated into that, and also into Jewish, the page3 it to him ; but we need not even go far to find objects for our of wisdom and knowledge are opened to them. Their ar benevolence, here in England are abundant opportunities fection also for their ancient language will induce them to for it to be exercised; the present enquiries in our own read mapy works written in it they would otherwise decline land from the Jews are at once causes of thankfulness, to look at, and versions of both Old and New Testament in
encouragement, and warning, affording full evidence that Ilebrew hare been eagerly seized upon by the Israelites great things are e're long to occur for Israel, and much, scattered in almost every part; and the belief that we now very much more might be done among them but for the offer them the pure Word of God, makes a great impres. want of means to afford support where their brethern dis. sion upon their minds; and most true has the scripture cover they are either enquiring or converted; and what aa been found verified, that “the Word of God, is quick and awful account to be rendered by those, who, in this land powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing blest with so many mercies upknown to any other seek eren to the dividing assunder of the soul and spirit;' on pot even in trifies to deny themselves for the welfare of the searching they cannot but find a great confision and an Jew; if they saw the usual misery of the concerts, the impossibility to reconcile the predictions of the Scriptures complete surrender in most cases of relatives and livelihool, with the declarations of their Rabbies that they have not the gradual and extraordinary change from darkness to been fulfilled respecting the first coming of the Messiah, or light as old prejudicies vanish, and belief in the fulfilment with the traditions of their Talmud.
of prophecy dawns upon them, and the bitter mental Of the great demand for the Scriptures by the Jews one
agonies which accompany conversion, they would not reinstance will afford proof. The Rev. Mr. Evalet, writing fuse to bestow in things important to others what to them from Tunis in December, 1838, says, “ The Scriptures are are merely trifles. still eagerly songht after; not from Tunis for this place is We may close our eyes to the work going on around provided, but Jews from other countries call to buy them, us, we may sleep a moral sleep which aids slightly or not Only a few days ago, I received fire hundred copies at all the sufferings of the enquiring, but we cannot retard from the Bible Society, wlich have been already nearly the advancement of the great work, it will still go ou bought up.
though we may have no part in it; the universality of In China the way is now open for Christianity to be Christ's Kingdom will still draw nearer and nearer whether preached to the Jew, a land which till recently dreaded we aid its advancement and desire its approach or not, and innovation almost as much as the destruction of life itself; when " the Son of Man, shall come in his glory," and it and from this country we may look for an immense multi shall be said to the negligent servant who refused to retude of Jews to issue at the great period when they shall be lieve the temporal wants of his fellow creatures, « Depart gathered to Jerusalem from every kingdom under heaven. from me-inasmuch as ye did it not unto one of the least
From the willingness of the Chinese to receive the word of these. ye did it not to me," how much will our guilt be of life great benefits are expected to arise to the unhappy! increased by denying to them the Word wbich is to show Israelites sojournipg amongst them; little more thant i hem the path leading to everlasting life,
The Russian Tailor.
By a Missionary. “I love a religious tradesman,” said a celebrated an. thor, and so say I. Men of this class are among the most honourable of the land ; they carry their holy principles into the various duties of life, and shine as lights in the world. Soch men must exert a mighty iniluence on society; and happy for Britain, and for the world, they are greatly on the increase, Much of what is done for the support of religion at home, and for the spread of religion abroad, is done by the bands, and tongues, and purses, and families of religious tradesmen.
Close by the side of those excellent persons, I shall place my Russian tailor. His short and simple narrative has been told to deeply affected multitudes, and not a few have acknowledged the benefit they have derived from his example, I now give it a more permanent form in hope that readers, as well as hearers, may be benefited by it.
When he was quite a young man he visited England, and became a sailor. He first sailed in a Liverpool slave ship, and made no less than six royages from the coast of Africa to the West Indies. The account which he gives of the horrors of the slave trade is dreadful. He was “in deatlis oft," both among the negroes and the white men, but God preserved bim. After this be entered “ the King's service," and was with Nelson at the battle of the Nile. In this battle he lost an eye, and for which he was discharged; but it is a lamentable fact, that the mortality wbich he wit. nessed in the slave slips, and his near escape from death in the battle where he lost bis eye, produced no sorrow for sin, no desire to prepare to meet his God. No! the stony heart became like adamant. There was no pious friend near him in either of these situations to warn, exhort, and entreat. No man of God there to direct him to that Saviriour who could " open his eyes, and turn him from darkDess to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that he might obtain the forgiveness of sins, and an inheritance among them which are sanctified," Acts xxvi. 18. How deplorable is the state of men so circumstanced! How pitiable in general is the lot of a sailor! especially the sailor who is long from home, without a sabbath, or a preacher, or any thing to remind him of God. How ought the situation of such men to awaken the zeal of the Church, until “erery ship become a Bethel, and every sailor's heart a temple for the Holy Ghost!"
Now being discharged from the nary, and having spent all his cash, he betook himself to his old trade, and a quiet, life on shore. For some years he worked as a journeyman in London, and afterwards went to St. Petersburgh, and became a foreman in an extensive business; but he carried so much of " the man of war?? into the shop, and at times became so stormy, and swore so horribly, that the master was compelled to give the foreman his discharge, Ile then commenced business for himself, and entered into the honourable state of matrimony; he became very obliging, and his trade prospered.
My acquaintance with him began in the following manner:-As I was conversing with one of my congregation, he said to me, “I have lately met with a member of the Russian church, who is uncommonly fond of the English. lle has been in England, and speaks our language well. If you have any thing to do in his way, I wish you would employ him.” “In what way is he engaged i" I enquired. "le is a draper and tailor and has a prosperous business.''
Some months after this, one of my young friends visited England, and on his return brought me a piece of Yorkshire cloth for a coat, and I sent it the Russian tailor to make it for me, this he soon accomplished, and brought it home himself. Just at the moment that he called I had a gentleman with me on business, so I said to the tailor, “Sit down for a few minutes, and I will come to you ; in the mean time read this little book," and I put a tract into his hand.
I soon returned, and paid him his bill, and as he was going away he said, “ I hope you are pleased with your coat." Yes," I replied, “I am much pleased with my coat, how are you pleased with my book ?" Oh,” said he, “ I never trouble myself about books." "Do you not? I am sorry for that, sir: you are getting an old man, and if you do not trouble yourself about books, I fear there is something else which you neglect." Wbat is that, siri?" " Why your precious soul! And what is a man profited, if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul, or what shall a man give in exchange for bis soul!"" " Ah," said he, “I guess what you mean ; you think I ought to become religious." “ Yes, that is it.” “ Bless you, sir," he replied, “it would be impossible for me to carry on my large business if I were religious.” “You astonish me, sir; how would religion interiere with your business?" “ W'by, if I were religious, then I must go to Church on Sunday's." To be sure you would ; ay, and you would rejoice when Sunday came, that you might hear something of God and salvation." "I tell you, sir, that would be impossible with my business. I have thirty men, and I pay most of my bills, and rec: ire most of my nioney on Sunday; it is my busiest day.” “ What do you never go to church?” “ Never." “ This is worse and worse, sir. You say you do not read good books, and you do not go to church ; depend upon it you are going to hell. I have long thought that no man would go to heaven merely because he read the Bible, and went to church; but I am deeply convinced that the man who neglects these things, is not going to hearen. Horr can you live so ? Do you believe there is a God ?" At this he looked angrily at me, and said, “ God, sir ! God! Have you ever seen God?" At this I trembled to think how far down a man might sink in his iniquiiy, and I replied, “I have not seen God, but I bave seen you, and you are one of God's works,"? Very well” said he, " when you meet with any one who has seen God, please to let me know it. Good morning, sir."
The old man then took his leare, and I saw him no more until I met him at the funeral of the friend who had introduced him to me. This excellent man was seized with typbus ferer and died; aud great lamentation was made over him. The funeral was numerously attended, and I addressed the congregation from that beautiful verse, “They took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.” Many wept, and among them I saw the Russian tailor with the tears rolling down his aged cheek, but I could not tell whether it was any thing I said, or else it was the death of my friend that so deeply affected bim. On the following sabbath I saw him present again; on the second Sabbath again, and on the third sabbail again. 1 bis was very strange to see, yet I was afraid to call upon him, lest he might take the alarm and keep away altogether; but I said to one of my friends, “ Did you see Mr. B:"! " Yes," said he, “I can tell you something very interesting about that old man." "Indeed! what, sir?" « IIe bas purchased an English Bible, and says he is determined to read it; yes, and to read it all through, to see whether wbat you say is true or not." "Then," said I, “there is hope of him. There is always hope of a man, when he begins to read the Bible with attention."
I now found him a constant attendant on week-clays as well as Lord's-days, and I often saw his countenance lighted up with joy, but I never spoke to bim until one Saturday night. I was sitting in my study, when my wife entered, saying, “ There is a stranger inquiring for you.”' " Who is it?" "I do not know, but I think it is the Russian tailor." So I walked out and there I saw bim. le began : Saturday night is not just the time to call on you, Mr. - but I have little business." “ What business, sir ?” “One of your hearers wished to present you with a new coat, and I have brought it; I hope you will not be angry." I answered, “I am not in the habit of being angry with any person, but especially with one who would
give me a new coat; pray what kind friend has done this?" his religion directly from the Bible, and thought that all “ Ab!" said he, “that is a part of the business; he will men must think and feel like himself; but one evening be not tell you his name." “ Is it a young man?" He an found his mistake. In walking home from Divine service swered, "No." " Is it an old man?" " Yes, an old man with an Englishman who was half a Socinian, a conversawith a grey head." There he stood by my side with his tion began about the sermon. " What do you think of it?" bair as white as milk, but I had no conception that he was
said my friend. “ Think of it," said the Englishman, the man. “ Perhaps, sir, you will tell my wife who it “ why I think there was rather too much about Christ in it." was.” “Yes, I am not bound to keep it from Mrs. - ;" This startled him. He stopped, and exclaimed, « Too so I left them, and he told my wife that he was the person
much of Christ, sir! you alarm me. Too much of Christ, sir! who bad given me this coat. Of course I soon knew it; He is every thing to me:---wisdom and righteousness, and very peculiar were the feelings produced on my mind sanctification and redemption. Too much about Christ! by the transaction. A few days afterward I met him in why I shall sing his praises for ever." the street, and said to him, “ Now, do I know who my The next day be called on me to inquire if there wer benefactor is, and I am greatly obliged to you for this many persons who beld such degrading views of his Savioure kindness, but do tell me what induced yon to give me the
and I told him, “ Yes."' “ Alas!” said be, “ that men, coat ?" At this he burst into tears, and said, “ Ab, sir,
should be so blind. By professing themselves to be wise, if God had not changed my heart, I never should bare they become fools. No wonder they are not happy." thought of giving you the coat." " Thank you," said I, This shows us the secret whence his bappiness proceeded. “ for this explanation, and if it be connected with a change God had given him strong consolation and good hope of heart then the coat is invaluable.” He then gave me a through grace, and he went on his way rejoicing. He could striking proof that his heart was changed indeed. He be. not but be happpy : and I sincerely believe that Christians gan to consult me about the spiritual good of his people. | in general would be vastly more happy than they are, if they “I want to ask yon, sir, what I should do for my men; I | thought more of Christ, and of the claims which Christ has feel very much about their souls. What do you think I should upon them. do for them? should I give them copies of the Testament !" But although he was so happy, yet he was not satisfied. I was delighted to behold this mark of spiritual life in his This may appear a paradox; i will explain it. He own soul, and urged him by all means to give them the believed there were heights, and depths, and lengths, Scriptures. This encouraged him. His youth seemed re and breadths, in the love of Christ, wbich he had not yet pewed like the eagle's. He ran home and called his men to
known, but which he felt anxious to know; therefore, like gether, and said to them, “I have something to propose
one who runs a race, he was ever pressing towards the to you, my lads;" then turning to one he said, “ Can you
mark for the prize, Hence be was most diligent in reliread?" « Yes, sir, I read Swedish." To another, “ Can gious duties, whenever he had an opportunity, For a you read?” “ Yes, sir, I read German." To a third,
short time in the summer I had retired with my family “ Can you read ?" “ Yes, I read Finnish." To a fourth, nine miles into the country, and held service on a week “ Can you read ?" Yes, I read Russ." Having ascer evening in a room. On one of these occasions, just before tained how many of his people could read, and in what the service commenced, I saw my friend arrive. I said to languages, he came to me again, saying, “ Now, sir, so
to him, “ This a long way for you to come, sir; I hope many books in so many languages; for I am resolved that God will meet with you and bless yon.” “0, sir," he reno man shall remain in my employ who is able to read, plied, “ God met me on the road, and came with me, so witho t a copy of the blessed New Testament,
that I have been well paid for coming already.” This Reader, think what a great moral reformation it would
was the way he lived; so that at home and abroad in the produce in this world, if all our manufacturers, and mer
house and by the way side, he seemed to enjoy a constant chants, and tradesmen, were to imitate this example!
sense of the Divine presence. The inquiry he thus made led to another discovery. He
I have often thought, when meditating on the wonderfa! not only found out who could read, but be also found out conversion of this man, that in him was exemplified the who could not read, and for them he bought spelling-books, 1 language of the poet, and set the readers to teach them; for he also resolved that
“ Lions and beasts of savage name, every man and boy in his works who could not read should
Put on the nature of the lamb." be instructed.
Persons who have known him only a few years, can In addition to all this, he usually spent half an hour in hardly conceive what he was when he angrily said to me, the evening with them in reading and expounding the Scrip “ Have you ever seen God?" but men of no religion who tures. The sight was at once novel, amusing, and affect. knew bim in his unconverted state, have been exceeding. The old man would fix upon a chapter, then they | ingly struck with the change. One instance will soffice. would all read the same verse in their different langnages, a gentleman who had left Russia to reside in England, and then the master would give them a short exposition of returned one summer to see his old friends. The ship it in the Russian language, which they all understood. in which he sailed was commanded by a praying captain, By this means his house passed through as great a change who had the worship of God daily in his cabin. The as the master. Instead of being polluted with worldly gentleman passenger could hardly aroid being present at occupations on the Lord's day, now every day was turned prayer time, though he was not fond of it, indeed it often into a Sabbath. Prayer, and praise, and religions instruc led to a controversy, when the gentleman tried to laugh tion, were carried on daily. The voice of joy, thạnks. the captain out of bis religion. At last the voyage ended, giving, and praise, was heard in the tabernacle of the and the gentleman went in a steamer to Petersburgh. righteous.
Mr. B. had formerly worked for him, and he called During the next two years, I do not know any man who and talked about the fashion, and swore, etc. etc. Once read his Bible so much as Mr. B. and his pleasure in this his was just the thing which pleased my friend, but now sacred exercise at times arose so high, that it might be he had lost his relish for such talk. It was not only discalled “joy unspeakable and full of glory." His religion tasteful, but offensive. The grace of God, which bringeth made him a happy man. From this time, I watched the salvation, had appeared, and tanght him to deny ungodliprogress of his piety with intense interest. His conversion ness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly, and rigbte. was no common event, and my heart has often been ously, and godly in the world, and he frankly told the cheered by the grand and glorious views which he had of gentleman so, and proposed to read a chapter to him, he Lord Jesus Christ. He was a stranger to the conflict. which he could not resist. Then he proposed to pray ng opinions of men on religious subjects. He had drawn with him, which he could not resist. The scene filled
him with astonishment. , He could pot laugh now. He was so impressed that he sought out the captain, and rehearsed the whole matter, and said, “Now I know that there is a reality in religion. Before I saw the Russian tailor, I thought you religious folks were all hypocrites; but I can think so no more. You must go with me, and see the man." To this the captain consented, and afterwards told me what pleasure he felt in the good old man's society. Oh what a merey it is to be able to bear such a faithful testimony for God! What a mercy to be able to lodge such a witness in the bosom of an ubconverted man! What a comment on that verse, “Let your light so shine before men, that they, seeing your good works, may glorify your Father who is in heaven!”
His growing acquaintance with the Bible brought him into a new world. " Ile had lost his relish for “the pleaszes of sin," but the discoveries which he made in his Bible often filled him with rapture. I imagine that persons who have been acquainted with the Scriptures from their ivfancy, have no idea of the pleasure, and wonder, and astonishment which burst upon the mind of a man, who for the first time in his life hears the affecting history of our Lord and Saviour. This was the cause with my friend. He was born again when he was old, and with bis new birth he began to read the Bible; and he frequently called on me to relate the glorious discoveries je had made ; and having related them, he would ask me with a childlike simplicity, “ Did you ever hear any. bing so delightful before ?" Dear old man! It was all jew to him, and he thought it must be all new to me ilso! when alas! my comparatively unfeeling familiarity with the subjects often made me tremble. Oh how happy hould we be if we could retain the freshness of first imressions!
But it was not from the Bible alone that he derived istraction. He was a spiritual bee, He gathered honey rom every flower. Take the following as a specimen. Doce when I was preaching to young people, I recomheaded them to treasure up in their memory that beautiful ymo which begins with
" Not all the blood of beasts.
On Jewish altars slain,
Or wash away the stain.
Takes all our guilt away,
And richer blood than they." Le old man took the hint, and learned it, and then called ame, saying, “I have learned the hymn."? “ What hymn ?" Why that hymn which you recommended to the young peo. le; and I thought if it is good for them, it must be good for le also. Shall I repeat it?" “ If you please." So he egan and proceeded very courageously with the first and cond verses, but in repeating the third his voice faltered, od when he was repeating the fourth,
“My soul looks back to see,
I'he burdens thou didst bear,
And hopes her guilt was there,"--+ burst into tears, and could proceed no further. This as to me an overpowering sight: his hoary head, his emulous voice, his blind eye, his flowing tears, his holy al, all combined to make it one of the most interesting iettarles I had ever witnessed. I should wish now that my reader beheld him engaged the hallowed work of circulating Divine truth. It is en said that charity begins at home, but it does not op there. This was the case with Mr. B. Hisfirst e was to give all diligence to make his calling and ction xure. Next came his household, then came the Agregation, and then came all within his reach. To
meet the last class, he employed himself a good deal in the distribution of tracts and portions of the Bible, and was ingenious in finding out ways for their circulation.
On certain days it is usual for the trades in the imperial city to meet at the Guildhall to transact the affairs of their various guilds. These were harvest days for the good old man. A day or two previous to the meetings, he would come to me, saying, I want some tracts in different languages. We are going to have a great day at the Guildhall, and I wish to improve the opportunity. Let me have as many tracts as you can for an imperial," (about a guinea.) Then, after the business was over, he would come to me and report: “ Dreadful work yesterday, sir, at the Guild. hall." " What was it?" Some people took tracts and tore them in pieces, and trampled upon them before my eyes. Others took the tracts and threw them in my face, saying, What have you to do with my religion? while some threw them into the fire: but I am not discouraged, sir. I will try it again next meeting. I will never give up. Ono ! There is not one of them who bas been so great a sipner as I have been. And if the Lord Jesus Christ could condescend to take hold of such an old rebel as I am, and change my heart, do you think I'll be discouraged, sir ? No. I will work for Christ till my dying day!"
Was not this apostolic ? He knew that the same mercy wbich had been bestowed on bim was sufficient to soften the hardest heart, and to purify the most polluted heart; therefore he was never discouraged. Indeed he became quite an auxiliary for the Tract Society, and for the Bible Society also.
His kindness towards me was great and unabated. He invariably made me an annual present of a new coat, and the last he gave me was accompanied with this remarkable expression, “ There, Sir, take it as a token of my love ; and remember it is as much a tropby of the grace of God, as the idols which were sent home from Tahiti.”
Oh with what joy will the Tahitian converts meet this good old Rusian tailor before the throne of God! With wbat rapture will they unite in singing, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. For he hath redeemed us to God by his blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation !”.
How many lessons may be learned from the short history of this good old man!
I. It affords encouragement to those who are endeavouring to lead aged sinners to repentance. To convert a sinner from the error of his way, and thus save a soul from death, and hide a multitude of sins, is a great work, but there are formidable difficulties in the way. Can the Ethiopian change his skin? Can the leopard change his spots? Can those who have long been accustomed to do evil, learn to do well? Can the habits of threescore years be entirely cbanged, and the old man become a new creature ? Oh what a work! who is sufficient for these things ? To all who see these difficulties I would say, “Take courage." Bebold this aged sinner, and go forward in your endeavours, nothing doubting. You cannot find a man more unlikely to become a devoted Christian, than he once was. Think of the hardness and blindness of his heart, wben he said to me, “ Have you ever seen God?" and then view him instructing his workmen, combating the Socinian, and trying to convert hundreds at once, and say, is anything too hard for the Lord ? Oh no! Therefore seek out the very worst characters in your neighbourhood, and point them to the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world. Remember that the worse any man is, the more he needs your help: and the more aged a sinner is, the more need there is of immediate help. If you were to see a man sinking in a river, you would perceive that if you wished to do him good, you must do it quickly, or it would be too late. So it is with aged sinners. It is now or never. They will quickly be gone.