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quence of the course of life at Squire Burton's. The park. Mr. Arnold walked off to the West end of the company talked, and eat, and drank eagerly, and Town to call on some of his friends, and Thomas Arroared with laughter. But, here were a set of decent, nold gallopped off also by the New Road to the quiet, grave gentlernen, getting solemnly and stupidly Park. They returned home through the dark drunk. I was quite surprised by the particular affection and silent streets to dinner. In the evening a sermon which one gentleman took for every one around him, was read by Susan or Julia, to which Mrs. Arnold alone he would lean across the table and shake hands with attended. Thomas often got out of the way, and Mr. me, as he told a long and tedious story, in which every Arnold yawned or fell asleep, and shook himself as now and then he quite forgot what he meant to say, soon as the sermon was over, and then took up the and stared at me with his mouth open, but he was in newspaper, as if heartily glad to have done with so terrupted by a song, such a song! Love, and honour, irksome a duty. and woman, were each eulogized, or I should say each The Sunday before I removed to my lodgings, Mrs. insulted in vile rhyme. The song ended, and the singer Arnold declared her intention of going, after church, bowed his head, as if affected by the sentiments which he to pay a visit to an Aunt of her's who resided in the had himself expressed. “By Jove, how fine'' exclaimed neighbourhood of London, I had heard but little of the young solicitor; and he was not alone in his opinion, Mrs. Aspen, and I soon found by the remarks of her a sudden and rapturous enthusiasm seemed to kindle in younger relations, that she must be a very repulsive every countenance, and expressions of delight burst sort of personage. When the carriage came to the forth all round the table. . I was appealed to by my door, Mrs. Arnold asked, in vain, who wished to acneighbours on each side, as if the delight they felt was company her ? Susan was really unwell, and could not too exuberant to be restrained. One old gentleman go. Julia said she could go, if her mother desired her, melted into tears, and sat speechless, either from excess but that if the choice were given her, she would cer. of wine or of feeling. I judged of the latter, when I be tainly rather stay at honie, dull as home was, than go to held the large tears roll out from his swimming eyes, that gloomy house. Thomas would willingly have gone, but a moment afterwards a long deep hiccough unde but he had promised to meet his friend, Sir Charles ceived ine. I must own that I now began to feel Preston, in the Park, at three o'clock. Mr. Arnold had indignant at the absurdities of those about me. I knew already gone out. “Well then, I suppose, I must go that many of those very persons, who in their sober alone,” said Mrs. Arnold, “ unless,” turning to me, as senses, would have laughed to scorn the slightest ex. she spoke, “ you, John, will go with me.” I could pression of innocent, and I may even say noble enthu not say “no," and I went. I remember yawning as siasın, were now lifted up by a mere sensual excitement, we stopped at the door of Mrs. Aspen's liouse. Her to a state of idiotic rapture. I soon became more and abode was an old red-brick mansion, with a profusion more heartily out of humour, as my companions grew of narrow casement windows. A small court-yard more and more drunk, particularly when about inid. paved with flag-stones, before which were high iron night the gentlemen stumbled up to the drawing-room. gates, divided the house from the road. The door was All the ladies looked either cross or grave, and Julia opened by a thin, tall old man, with a peculiarly long and her sister had already retired to bed. I remember solemn countenance. He made a low bow on perceivbeing struck with seeing the young solicitor attempt ing Mrs. Arnold, and we were soon after ushered by to return to his former conversation with the lady who him into the presence of Mrs. Aspen. At the farther had listened to him before with so much interest and end of a large apartment, furnished just as rooms were pleasure. He now could scarcely balance himself as a century or two ago, sat the old lady in a high-backed he stood before her, and though she looked up with an ebony chair. A little girl was sitting at her feet on a expression of much attention, he could not make him low stool, reading aloud from a small quarto bible, self understood, and at the end of his attempt to make which lay on her lap. " There, that will do, little himself understood was his emptying a cup of hot Miss," I heard the old lady say as we entered. Sthe coffee over her delicately white dress.
took the bible very gently from the child, and placing Of all days in the week the Lords Day was always it on the table near her, took off her spectacles, and the dullest in Mr. Arnold's family; at that time, I and laying them quietly on the open book before her, scarcely knew why, I only knew that it was so. On she advanced to Mrs. Arnold. She curtseyed slightly, Sunday morning every one rose later than usual. We and then leading her friend to a chair, kissed her Went to moruing service at a church where the prayers cheek and sat down beside her. “How do you do, were carelessly read, and the organ vilely played to my love ?" said Mrs. Arnold, to the little girl, and I screaming charity children, and a short sermon preached, could not help smiling, when little Millicent made a which was so utterly without interest, so dull, and so low curtsey. But I was pleased with the blush that heavy, that it was as tedious as a very long one. The spread over her face, as she looked up, and with the congregation consisted of a sprinkling of sober look sweet but very mild voice, with which she enquired ing persons, wlio instead of kneeling during the service, after Julia and Su-an. I was then introduced to the generally lolled back in their pews, and seemed to be old lady, who received me with much form. Millicent, glad when the time came for thein to walk out of the at Mrs. Aspen's desire, shook hands with me, and while church again. After church we met at luncheon, and the two ladies were conversing, she shewed me Cal. then separated till dinner. The carriage rolled a way | met's Dictionary of the Bible, and some large books with Mrs. Arnold and one or both of her daughters, full of prints on scripture subjects. I was much struck either to pay visits, or to idle away the hours in Hyde- by the appearance of this little girl, who seemed to have no companion but her grandmother. Her manner and " Remeniber to keep holy the Sabbath day," stands her language were like those of a grown up and well unaltered and unrepealed on the Holy Tables of the educated person, and her dress was uncommon, and moral law. The ceremonial law of the Jew, has unlike that of most persons of her age, indeed it rather been fulfilled and done away. The moral law is no resembled one of the portraits of her grandmother or longer the covenant between God and man, but it is great aunts, painted in their childhood, which adorned still our standard of life, our rule and conduct, and the room, where I first saw her. With all her prim Heaven and earth must pass away, before one tittle ness of dress, however, there was a total absence of shall pass from that law. personal affectation, the little girl seemed artless and good tempered, and was certainly very obliging.
AN APOLOGUE.* We remained nearly two hours with Mrs. Aspen, and I could not help frequently listening to her conversation
The rainy season had left a large pool in the desert close with Mrs. Arnold. “ I almost wonder to hear you speak
upon the banks of the mighty river Euphrates. In a of it as a dull day," the old lady exclaimed, “ pardon
day or two it's waters settled into the most limpid clear. me, my dear Mrs. Arnold, but I must say, I did not
ness, and gently ruffled with the wind, and reflecting the suppose that you found the Sabbath so dull a day.
blue sky, it promised most agreeable refreshment to the You are nit ignorant, I think of the enjoyments of
thirsty neighbourhood. Accordingly, attracted by both religion. I know that you have many hindrances in
novelty, and also wishing to save themselves the trouble your family, too many, fur though your husband is a
of going farther to the river, a troop of wild asses made it great favourite with nie, he thinks of little beyond this
their watering place. For many days it supplied them world. I have not scrupled to tell him so. I fear
to their hearts content. At length, however, the sun that religion in many families is rather known by a
began to have a visible effect. It grew more and more
shallow, and its waters more and more tepid, until, one few unpleasant restrictions, than felt as the inspir. ing spirit of life, and joy, and peace. It has been
day, the whole troop of wild asses, disappointed and dissaid, that the way in which the Sabbath is kept, may
gusted, pawed up the muddy bottom, and rolled in the be made the test of the real state of religion in a family.
tepid waters, and having reduced it to the state of a foul I ain not surprised, that with many it is the most
puddle, deserted it. In a few days more it was dried irksome day of the week. What can be more tedious
up, and its place could no more be found. Meanwhile to a mind that has no holy dread of sin, no delight
the broad, deep, unpolluted Euphrates again became the
watering place. in prayer, or in the prospects of happiness beyond this world, than to be not only without employments,
Like to this pool are all the systems which human un
| derstanding sets up for truth. And for a while they are but without amusements. If the mind cannot find employment and delight in spiritual pursuits on the Sab
resorted to as the wells of true knowledge. The deep,
clear, and never-failing stream of the Gospel is deserted bathi, and has yet too strict a sense of the demands of the Most High, to give itself up to its usual wordly
for them by the lovers of idleness and novelty, and
paradox. They are found to be more and more shallow, occupations, then indeed the Sabbath must be a weari.
and at last are rejected in disgust and contempt, and ness to it. I can only compare its state to that of a
vanishes away. The Gospel is again sought, and is found person, who has set his feet within the boundaries of a
to be the only true stream of the waters of life, and on land of celestial enjoyments, but who turns away from
it flows from age to age, from land to land, administering the contemplation of them, who will not even taste and
to generation after generation, from its inexhaustible see how full of delight they are, but who stands looking
springs of heavenly truth, joy, and comfort. back with anxiety, and sighing for the poor pleasures of the land he has left. Depend on my words, my dear friends, you will not find the yoke of Christ easy till
We received the above Apologue from a highly valued you try to wear it. You will not find the services of
friend, and we give the following extract from the letter the Lord a joyous freedom till you seek to love Him,
which accompanied it. with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your soul. Certainly the Lord's day should not be
... The following A pologue has just come into my
head. Perhaps something may come into your head to made a dull and gloomy day. The countenance should
point and extend the application, and show how the be more cheerful, the heart more contented, than on | Owenites are wild asses. any other day. The day on which God rested from the
We find, as a case in point, the following account in work of the creation, and which He sanctified, should
The Christian Spectator, which, however, had reached us be a day of calm happiness. The day on which Jesus
before it appeared in print. At the Annual Meeting of Christ rose from the dead, and triumphed as the son of
the Religious Tract Suciety, in Birmingham, the 22 of man over sin and the grave, should be a day of grateful
January, a deeply affecting fact was relat d of a man who adoration. The meaning of the word Sabbath, is rest,
had once been a Sunday School Teacher, but had been and we should endeavour to look upon the Sabbath as
ensnared by the principles of Socialism. “ These," he the figure, and its peace as the foretaste of the eter
said, “made me more like a devil than a man.” During nal rest which is reserved for the people of God. The
his last illness he returned to the “Fountain which was temper and tone of mind must be acquired here, which
opened for sin and for uncleanness." begin the enjoyment of heaven, or there can be no fitness for heaven hereafter. And as to the command.
* “ Apologue, a Fable or Story contrired to teach some moral ment, you must agree with me, my dear friend, that truth.”
“You have been used to 'take notice of sayings of striving after and pressing forward to higher degrees of dying men,” said Matthew Henry, not long before he holiness and virtue than those to which they bave hitherto entered into that rest which remaineth for the children of
attained; and the best safeguards against failure-we are God. “This is mine : that a life spent in the service of
told, are constant vigilance, sobriety, and prayer. Now
ask your own conscience whether your attendance on the God, and communion with Him, is the most comfortable
race ground is in accordance with these directions of the and pleasant life that any can live in this world.”
sacred oracles of God. What is there in the atmosphere of the place, in the character of the majority of those
present, in the general tone of the conversation, always Hints to the Upper Classes on Race-going.
frivolous, if not something worse, that is likely to promote To the Editor of the Christian Beacon,
spirituality of mind, or to aid your advance in holiness of
heart and life? As Christians apply the apostolic REVEREND SIR,--As the season for the annual races in injunction, “pray without ceasing," as a test for ascerthis city with their accompanying scenes of ungodliness taining the propriety of your conduct. Dare you offer up a and dissipation is fast approaching, I feel desirous, through prayer to God immediately before repairing to the racethe medium of your Christian Beacon, to address a few
course for his blessing on your proceedings there, and for words of affectionate, though at the same time most bis special protection and guidance during the day? I solemn warning to a certain class of persons, who, from i think you dare not.--and when on tbe ground, in the noise, thoughtlessness or want of due reflection are in the babit
the bustling gaiety and excitement of the passing scene-... of countenancing these meetings with their presence.
would you not deem the very idea of raising your heart to One word only, in passing, to the avowed votaries of him in prayer a solemn mockery of religious worship? pleasure-to those who in the full enjoyment of youth and You must confess that you would.--and tbis very confes. spirits would, perbaps, sneer at the serious caution of more sion proves that to you the attendance on such scenes can experienced friends, as arising solely from their inability no longer be innocent; for whenever, be it only for an to enter into such amusements with the keen relish of hour, you cease to live in the spirit of prayer; you bave former years, and would thus furnish themselves with an quitted that high vantage ground, which, as Cbristians, you additional argument for “making the best use of the are privileged to occupy, and are come down to cope in short time before them." The writer of this (and his your own strength with enemies far too strong for you ; years are not many) has tried the same experiment that and though you may not be inclined to believe it at the they are now trying-of seeking for happiness in scenes of time, you are helping to strengthen that dangerous love worldly amusement. Naturally possessing a high flow of of worldly things, which is a natural principle in our animal spirits, I eagerly sougbt for pleasure in the theatre, desperately wicked hearts, and are creating a distaste the ball-room, the opera, the bunting field, and the race for all the rational employments of life, but especially course; and all that I ever gained from these pursuits, and for those spiritual exercises and devotions wbich are insepdearly bas this experience been purchased, was momentary arably connected withthe Christian profession. And these excitement, attended with great elevation of spirits for impressions, faint and imperceptible as they may be at first, the time, and how wretched generally was the reaction | must in the nature of things be strengthened by every on the morrow ;) but happiness or rational enjoyment I | repetition of them, till they terminate in settled habits of never found-no, not for an bour. But I am not now worldliness and irreligion. addressing myself to persons of this description, but to those (2.) But if you are startled by the strong light in which of whom we hope better things," who profess themselves I have thus set before you the dangerous effects arising to really anxious to keep their garments unspotted from the yourselves, you will be induced to think me an unwarrantworld, and who therefore should receive with thankful. ably severe censor. When looking to the demoralizing reness any advice that may be calculated to preserve them sults produced by these amusements on society at large, I from inconsistency in their Christian walk. Now to accuse you of countenancing and encouraging vices which deal plainly and honestly with you, my friends, I tell you have ruined, and still are ruining many thousands of imat once, that your attendance upon the races is totally mortal souls. I do, however, make the charge advisedly inconsistent with your profession, which I trust will appear and deliberately. Many of you, particularly those of the from the following remarks; and for the sake of perspicu gentler sex, may not indeed be brought into contact with ity just let us consider (1), the pernicious effects produced the things to which I am alluding. You drive in your by them on your own minds; and (2), the demoralizing carriage to the stand, see and converse with your friends influence on all who are brought into contart with them." on the news or “fashionable scandal” of tbe day, make a
1. The moral effect which is necessarily produced in few trifling bets, just to create, as you say, a little inyour minds by attendance on such scenes is in the last nocent (?) excitement in the passing scene, and then redegree dangerous. Perhaps you have never considered turn home. But what is going on around you ? Turn to the subject in this point of view before, but have been the betting-ring, where are congregated all the noble and accustomed to reason in somewhat of the following man. fasbionable supporters of the turf; there are thousands ner. You are convinced that the human mind must not and ten thousands of pounds rapidly changing owners, and always be kept on the stretch, that innocent recreation is sums of money, which if distributed in judicious and disabsolutely necessary to the preservation of its bealthy criminating charity, might go far, with the blessing of tope: and moreover, occasional intercourse with our heaven, toward ameliorating the temporal and spiritual disfriends and neighbours is not only a very rational pleasure, titution of those around us, are daringly risked on the event bnt a positive obligation; and, therefore, you settle it of a horse-race. What shall we say to the cruelty towards with your conscience that you ought to go to the races, the noble animals themselves? or the moral cruelty toand to the races you go. Now your premises are admira wards the riders, wbo, from the temptation of the large ble, but your conclusion is woefully false. The races are sums which they receive, voluntarily submit themselves to not a species of innocent recreation, and this is the point a most unnatural and unhealthy abstinence during one in which the whole strength of your argument lies. Turn part of the year, to be succeeded by excess and intemperfor a moment to the word of God; it represents the state ance during the remainder. Nor bave I yet done with this of the Cbristian here as one of trial or probation, a con painful subject. Reflect, before you again join in these stant unabating warfare with Satan and the world-a race, amusements, on the ruinous temptations you are throwing in which those who would win the prize must be constantly in the way of the lower orders, on whose moral condition,
whether for good or evil, the influence that you exercise is almost unlimited. Little, perhaps, do the great and the noble, as they roll along in their splendid equipages, and intent only on the pleasures of the moment, think of the misery, and domestic discord, which they are the indirect means of introducing into the hitherto happy cottage of the honest mechanic, or hard-working labourer ; tempted in an unlucky hour to witness the amusements of the day, he is easily led to join some more designing companions in the exciting speculations of the petty gambling tables, with which the place abounds, and being well plied with spirits by the liberality of his friends," he too often leaves the ground, to return to his family dependent on bim for support, without a farthing of his wages; and this course once begun, it is easy to foresee the probable result. Many a once respectable family can trace their ruin and disgrace to such commencements as these. I have neither time or inclination to enter into the detail of some of the more revolting immoralities which often disgrace the raceground. Let it, however, be remembered, that this too, as well as all other places of exciting amusement and dissipation, is the resort of the most abandoned characters of both sexes, in hopes of finding opportunities of pursuing with advantage their degrading professions; by your at. tendance on these occasions you are investing with the appearance of outward respectability all that is immoral and unchristian in its nature; and persons of the most un. impeachable honour, and the most scrupulous delicacy are the unsuspecting patrons of those vices in others, from the bare imputation of which in themselves they would shrink with the most unaffected horror.
In the sincere hope that these plain remarks may not be without their use, allow me to subscribe myself
A SINCERE FRIEND TO INNOCENT RECREATION.
speak up to another class, a very large and a very common class.—those who make no profession of unbelief, but while they bear the name of Christians, live without God in the world. Whose religion is gathered up from the idle prejudices, aud the loose moralities, which float on the surface of worldly society. You will find among them, not only youths, but grown up men, and grown old men, as trifling, as foolish, and as profligate, as any of the thoughtless youths in their employ. Masters, Masters, be consistent yourselves, set a good example, or do not dream that your good advice will be attended to!
Now, Reverend Sir, who is to speak to these persons, if you and your fellow ministers do not ? Don't be afraid of them.--Don't be afraid of consequences They may be angry with you, however courteous, however kind you may be in the spirit and they manners of your expostulations and reproofs, the may look shy or sulky when you meet them face to face, and abuse you in good set terms behind your back, but they will respect you, and perhaps after all their anger and insulting abuse, they will attend to you, that is, if you are consistent.
Reverend Sir, I beg your pardon, I call myself to order, I am doing what no man in my place has a right to do, preaching to a preacher, but you will be so good as to pardon me, you know what I mean, and what I wish. You will not take offence when I had no wish to take a liberty.
Readers, I may speak to you, If you call yourselves Christians, stand forth boldly, and let it be seen that you act upon a priuciple of Christian manliness. When a question of downlight principle is concerned, have nothing to do with expediency. Is the thing right, or is it wrong? that is the real question, and when the fact is known, then either do what is right, or if you determine on the opposite course, if you will do what is wrong, be manly about it. Don't talk of expediency, don't say It is good for trade, or we must live-Remember we must also die, and after death comes the settling of accounts with the final judge, and the full conviction of defaulters.
“ It is better," said a poor fatman upon one of the canals in this country, who threw up his employment at the apparent risk of his livelihood, because he would not profane the Lord's Day, “ It is better to want bread on earth than to want water in hell."
The fact, however, is that godliness has not only the promise of the life which now is but of that which is to come. The great body of facts on the subject prove the truth of this remark. When it is not so, however, it is proof that the sufferer is highly honored by God," for whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth.” Let then your address to the great Giver of all be like that of the Christian Poet,
« Give what thou wilt, without thee we are poor,
And with the rich take what thou wilt away." Dr. Owen has well said, “Gifts are given to trade with for God”—“ opportunites are God's market days."-Re member this, and as a steward use your master's gifts, trade with them for Him, till He shall come.
Yes, and remember also, that when opposed to the word of God, the argument, It is good for trade, is an argument which is good for nothing.
Your humble Servant, THOMAS HUNKS.
It is good for Trade. Reverend Sir,-I am an old-fashioned man-one of the old school, and I heartly dislike what is expressively called “cant", whether among religious professors, or indeed wherever I meet with it. There is a species of cant which I would here protest against most earnestly—the watchword of some persons, the excuse ever uppermost is this, It is good for trade.—The assertion is turned into a knock-down argument against the expostulations and the restrainings of conscience, against the plain sound wisdom of the word of God, and in the very face of common everyday experience. When the public house and the beer shop are kept open in defiance of the laws of the land, and the laws of fair dealing with regard to every honest neighbourwhen an attorney's clerk, such a youth as was lately sentenced to transportation for defrauding his master, or a shopboy saunters into some low tavern, and calls for his cigar and his glass of brandy and water, and tosses down bis payment in silver night after night, and week after week, and month after month, with what kind of feeling is it that the master or mistress of the said tavern gathers up the stolen money? and how is the misgiving, or the suspicion stifled, that all is not right, that there is a till in the counter, or a desk in the office, where that boy is employed, which has furnished the silver in the receiver's hand.--then the whisper of conscience is answered with the whisper, Well, well, it may not be quite right or quite fair, but It is good for trade-We must live.
Sir, you have lighted up a beacon fire against Socialists or Owenites and Unbelievers, but if I remember you said in your introduction paper, “It will be our object to look round the whole horizon of society, and wherever we see mischief coming, wberever we see Irreligion, Infidelity or Vice invading the land, the world sball bave notice given, the sleepers shall be awakened, the weak shall be told to fly, the bold and the manly shall be called out to resist the nemy, and to protect themselves.” Speak out, Sir, and
The Ancient People of God. The expectation ofthe appearance of their Messiah, seems almost every year to be more anxiously entertained; I have seen a young person who was expected by some of the Jews to prove the Messiah. To bim were the hopes of many aged Israelites directed, as “ 'I he Wonderful, the Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Offerings of every kind were sent, and presents tendered with an unsparing hand. The
Redeemer who was to lead them to their much loved assisting to remove the burden from the Israelitish nation, Jerusalem, was to be honoured with every mark of we are by spreading the Gospel of our Saviour in this respect and awe from old and young. But where have manner, performing a holy work, perhaps more especisuch hopes ended ? and where will such hopes ever end ? ally pleasing to God, than any other.-But neglecting the in futility.-The Messiah if not received by them as come, present, how dare we trust to the future for the oppormust still be looked for, to add each time a more tunity of benefiting the Jew? Already is the horizon darbitter disappointment than the last one, and how kened with the aspect of great and mighty events at hand, earnestly do they pray. “The year that is coming, Oh! avd who dare say that the Protestant Nation of England, bring us to Jerusalem."-But though they in a great de shall for a longer space, or if for a longer space, who can gree burst the bonds which the Talmud so strictly enjoined, say that England sball for a lengthened time have the they are still in a most superstitious state, of which one privilege granted, shall have it as she now has in her instance alone will afford ample proof; at the approaching power to devote the time, the talents, the wealth of her feast of Pentecost, which is observed by them with great people to the welfare of the Jew ? and deeply indeed will solemnity, it is the custom with some Jews to make a very she have cause to lament her lukewarmness to the cause of thick cake, consisting of seven layers of paste which they Israel, if that very lukewarmness shall turn against herself call “Sinai;" the seven layers being intended to represent in the shape of dark and fearful Infidelity; nor let this be the seven heavens, through which they think God, was slipposed a vain notion. Some of the most learned divines obliged to re-ascend from the top of mount Sinai. -Mr. in our own country fear it, some of the most devoted Myers, in bis interesting work,-“ Both one in Christ," de Christians of our own land dread it, and some of the conscribes their superstitious observance of the word of the verted Jews dwelling amongst us having seeu it, speak command to keep holy the sabbath day!" however with a warning voice to tell us, that as we care so little severe the weather no fire can be lighted upon that day, for the seeds of infidelity being sown, so must we also exthe breaking of the seals of letters, and the lighting of pect to reap the produce of them, and wbat if that shall candles are considered to desecrate it. To obviate the prove an abundant harvest! In this age of knowledge annoyances which must frequently occur, a Gentile ser ought we not to tremble on the brink of the precipice rant is almost always engaged, sometimes indeed to which lies yawning beneath our feet; for seek knowledge attend upon several families, the work in one not being in the present day all will, and the Jew amongst the rest; sufficient to occupy the whole of her time; and in this whether we assist him to procure that knowledge which case should a spark from the fire or candle cause any ob maketh“wise unto salvation,” let each Christian ask himject upon which it may alight to take fire, while the ser self.--Infidelity has indeed already spread its poison in many vant is in another house they must look on and see the directions, and if the opportunity of counteracting its bane. blaze increase until she is able to come and extinguish it. ful effects be lost now while the desire for information is The Author alluded to relates, that one sabbath evening so prevalent among the Jews, our efforts hereafter may sitting at supper with his family, sparks from the candles prove useless, the poison may have sunk too deeply, and fell upon the table cloth, which was soon in flames; all spread too quickly to be eradicated. Kidder said with started from their seats but none durst extinguish it, and much truth more than a century ago, “ The Jews are, of before the Gentile servant could arive from a neighbour's all men in the world the most considerable enemies of house the cloth and many other things upon the table were Christianity. The Deists among us, who would run down our consumed. I have myself frequently spoken with a Chris revealed religion, and those among us who oppose many tian servant engaged by a Jewish family, who were of its fundamental articles, are but underworkmen to the sufficiently wealthy to employ one Gentile servant them Jews; their tools and instruments with which they labour selves ; upon their sabbath her chief occupation was to are to be found in the shops of the Jews, who are geneperform those services which except for her attendance rally more dexterous in using them, than those men are a. they must have gone without; repeatedly was she summoned mong ourselves who trade under them. And Dr. Mc to stir the fire ; should the fire-irons fall,her services were Caul adds, « The truth of this remark is fully borne out again required to place them aright, in fact for every by the stress wbich the infidels of our own times lay upon trivial thing wbich but for her must have remained undone the assistance of the Jews. An infidel bookseller in Lonintil the sabbath had closed. But how did they spend don, has publisbed an English translation of the “ Toldoth our sabbaths, ? remembering that we too are enjoined to Jeshu," and promises translations of several other Jewish keep boly a sabbath to their and our God, should they at books, which, he says, have never been refuted. Jf we then all absolve her from her daily service ? no; our sabbath do not come forward zealously and efficiently to lead the was to them a festival devoted entirely to amusement; Jews to Christianity, it is my own conviction that we may music and dancing were the usual accompaniments of the live to see Jews instrumental in leading many to a rejecreturn of this day, and gambling was also carried on. tion of the New Testament." Shocked and afraid she remained for a few weeks uncer. It should be remembered, that though scattered through tain if such was usually the case, but at length, so terrified the world, and possessed of no country of their own, yet did she become at being obliged to make no difference be by conversion the Jew becomes assimilated in some detweep this and any other day, that she durst no longer gree to the people whose faith he has adopted, and among emain, and left them in terror.
whom he dwells, and that in the course of years bis descent Who can read the accounts now so continually publish may be entirely overlooked. Several of the most intelligent do the sufferings of the Jews, without desiring to help travellers of late years who have diligently considered in the different methods for their relief which have been the subject, give undoubted proofs from ancient customs degan so many years; the words of scripture are as true still remaining, names, superstitions, and other circumlow as they were when penned by the inspired writers, stances, that in many countries long distinguished by the herefore we may take its promises to ourselves when in the name of Christian there are descendants of Jews considered he path of duty, and the words, "Blessed is he who blesseth as a part of the people with whom they dwell, and subhee," contain an encouragement to overcome every diffi jects of the same government, and it has been ably agreed alty; and if we daily pray, “ Thy kingdom come,” is it by a writer of the present day, tbat such is the case in cot strange that we use no means, or very slight ones, for England; and judging from the number whose families he advancement of that kingdom ?-Of this scripture are known (though perhaps not generally so ) to have beeaves us no room to doubt, that by neglecting to aid the come Christian in the last and preceding centuries only, onversion of the Jews, we become the people against and who are now esentially considered the subjects of whom the prophets were commanded to denounce judg- I Great Britain as other Christians, the inference does not nents which 6ill us while reading them with awe; and by seem too difficult to obtain belief.- When then our