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preserved her from his fiery darts the | a certain sound, in whom we have perremainder of her short time. She often fect confidence, as being sent of God to cried out, “Dear Lord Jesus, come, come preach. quickly;" and would beckon with her My soul was much comforted and rehand, look upward, smile sweetly, and freshed by reading the piece in the exclaim, " Come, oh come, and take me March Magazine, headed “ Christian to thyself !” and then would turn to me, Communion, and signed with the and say, “Can it be that I want to be initials “T. M.,” from Chatham. It is out of my pain, that I have this intense my feelings, experience, and belief, to desire to be with my dear Redeemer ?” the very letter. Oh! what heart-felt She had a kind word and appropriate communion I have with that person. remark for every one who came in, and What is there said of free will, and not left her love and farewell for every one free grace as the idol of the times, is as she could not see; and told me every true this side of the water as the other. thing she wished to have done. The union that is there spoken of is just

She sweetly fell asleep, on the 16th the same here as there ; and of course of March, 1857, repeating the twenty- brings the same results. third Psalm. The last words we could You have heard of the great revivals hear her say were,

* Though I walk that have been all over this country, the through the valley of the shadow of daily prayer-meetings, &c., &c., and death, I will fear no evil, for thou art calling on so many to make a profession with me; thy rod and thy staff they of religion, as I call it, and not converted comfort me.

She was interred, like to God, for I believe they are few dear old Dr. Hawker, whom she dearly among the multitude. It is thought to loved, on her birth-day, aged 72. be one of the greatest revivals the Church

It would take too much of your time ever saw ; but how they can call it a rewere I to tell you of the goodness of the vival I know not, as that means reviving Lord to me under this sore trial, leaving something that was there before; and, me alone, the last of a large family. instead of reviving the Lord's dear The thought of the blessed Lord watch- people, it only goes to show them that ing, over His people night and day, the fulness of the Gentiles coming in which includes all time, has been a great by filling the churches with dead procomfort and support to me.

fessors. Instead of being the brightest, You may think it strange the way I think it is the darkest day the Church my dear sister speaks of the want of ever saw; midnight surely is coming on good preaching in this great city; but fast, when the blessed Lord will come it is even so, and getting worse every in His glory, and reign triumphantly. day. You will, no doubt, be surprised Dear sir, I was really grieved, even to to hear that there is but one minister tears, when I heard of your having to the few Christians I know can hear with leave Ireland ; perhaps more so than comfort and profit. None of them some of your friends, because I feel a preach like dear Mr. KRAUSE; his great attachment to it, as I was born in writings have been a great comfort to the next county to where you laboured. me. He says, “Woe be to the man who I did endeavour to beg the Lord, in my presumes to proclaim a gospel clogged weak petitions, to keep you in that with bargains and conditions." There field of usefulness, and not let the are few here but have bargains and con- enemy triumph by your having to leave ditions for the poor dead sinner to it. No doubt your work was done there, perform.

or it would have been otherwise ordered. The gospel ministers we used to hear Your dear wife's anxiety must have been with pleasure and profit have been great while in that field of persecution; taken home. The Lord appears to be and you must feel greatly relieved on transplanting His lilies from their earthly her account, and gratified at your garden to the one above, and raising up present situation, as it is evidently the none in their stead. There is a man of work of the Lord to take you there. I God, who comes twice a year one hun- trust He will be with you, and make you dred and fifty miles to preach to a hand- useful

, and I have no doubt He will. ful of Christians, who gives the trumpet I have the Christian experience and

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the letters of dear old JOHN KEYLS; ; of them. What a mercy the Lord has if

you would like them to publish in the been pleased to enable His servants, Magazine I can forward them to you; TOPLADY, GOODWIN, and many others, they contain some very blessed Scrip- to write so much to comfort His people tural truths. You know he was a member in these dark times. of Mr. HUNTINGTON'S, whose writings New York.

M. M. G. have also been a great comfort and blessing to us.

[We shall be glad to receive the I get Mr. PHILPOT's sermons, and / papers mentioned by our Correspondent. "Gospel Standard," and think very highly 1 --Ed.]

FRUIT THE CONSEQUENCE, AND NOT THE CAUSE, OF

CONVERSION.

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MY DEAR BROTHER, -A Christian Pathetic exhortation; and t address member of my congregation informed me The skittish fancy with facetious tales, the other day that he had been lately | When sent with God's commission to the attracted to a church in his neighbour

heart." hood, through sheer curiosity to hear

But to my story. My friend went, some "Lenten lectures.' He had ob- and was disgusted, for the lecturers did served placards upon the walls of his their best to warp the Scriptures from locality, with such announcements as their intent. these, viz., “ The Woman and her

The woman of Samaria, for instance, Waterpot. “The Little Man in the was represented as an example of freeSycamore Tree,” &c., as the subjects of will power to believe; and Zacchers those lectures; and he said to himself

, was held up as a good man, though a "I will go hear what the preachers have publican! "My friend is an old and exto say upon these subjects." He went; perienced Christian ; so there was no and was thoroughly disgusted. I need fear of him being carried away by the hardly tell you that the preachers or subtlety of the devil in this case ; but lecturers were Arminians, for I don't

still, I question whether he was able to suppose that any Calvinist would con overturn the arguments of the minister descend to pander to the gross and to the satisfaction either of himself or of vulgar taste of the multitude, by putting inquiring hearers. forth Scriptural subjects in such a form For the sake, then, of your young as the above, even with the hope of readers, I would, with your kind per, doing some moral good. By the way, I consider this much used culpable ignorance of the lecturer upon

mission, expose the barefacedness and plan of modern times to catch crowds the character of Zaccheus. (I mean the plan of giving racy and The lecturer's statement was this,irreverent titles to professedly religious that Zaccheus's penitence prepared the addresses) as most reprehensible. To way for the Lord's recognition and salsay the least of it, it is low, and can vation of him; and the confession in only be countenanced by low minds. It the 8th verse of Luke xix. was the basis is what Paul would not have done; for though he could be all things to all upon which he built his arguments.

Now, in refutation of this assumption, men, we never find him cracking jokes I aver that there is not a particle of to gain the joker, or lowering the sub- evidence in the narrative to show that limities of the gospel to win anybody. Zaccheus was a penitent man, or an

I would that Cowper's lines were ever anxious seeker of salvation, before he before the minds of certain preachers of climbed the sycamore tree.

Carnal the present day :

curiosity alone urged him to see Jesus. s'Tis pitiful

That the man was a sinner, and a hardTo court a grin, when you should woo a soul; ened sinner, is manifest from the fact of To break a jest, when pity would inspire his occupation. He a Jew) was the

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chief of a band of broken down and I The real fact is this, viz., the eighth desperate characters, employed in col-, verse contains the confession of Zaccheus lecting an odious impost from their after his call and change. The meaning fellow-countrymen; and not only in is: Zaccheus stood forth before them collecting what was legal, but in extort- all, in the presence of the whole coming, by lying and violence, more than was pany, and announced this as his resolurequired by the Roman Government. tion. It is as if he had said, “This is

How could such a man be a penitent my determination : from this moment I man, or a man seeking salvation ? devote half of my goods to the poor,

But our lecturer asserted that the and in all cases of my dishonest or confession in the eighth verse really fraudulent dealing, I am purposed to shows what Zaccheus was.

restore fourfold, according to the precept Let us examine this assertion. (And I of the law of Moses." recommend all men to examine asser- Yes, this is the true solution. The tions. Let them not be afraid to test Spirit of Jesus had operated upon Zactheir ministers' assertions ; and where cheus's heart, and had begun to bring ever common sense and common logic forth “ fruits meet for repentance." are available, let them be used). The man was so grateful for what Jesus

Now, Ist. If this were Zaccheus's had done for him, was so truly thankful practice before he saw Jesus, how could for the undeserved favour he had rehe have been a rich man? We are told ceived-in short, was so influenced by in the narrative that he was “rich." | the Holy Ghost, that his first impulse If the richest of us all were to give was to make every effort to put to rights half of our wealth to the poor, and were what he had done amiss. to restore fourfold in all cases where we I believe this to be the case with suspect we have not done strictly justly, every converted man. Reformation is a I fancy that no one would esteem us necessary consequence of conversion. A - rich."

desire to do altogether differently is the 2ndly. If this were Zaccheus's prac- natural result of that change which the ice before he saw Jesus, he certainly Lord effects. Had Zaccheus thus was an upright, honourable, and chari- spoken of his doings before he saw table man; but then the question pre- Jesus, he would have stamped himself a sents itself, how could such a man take deluded Pharisee; had he determined anything from any man by “false accu- otherwise after he had seen Jesus, he sation ?

would have proved himself a contempti3rdly. If this were Zaccheus's prac- ble hypocrite. tice before he saw Jesus, this confession I trust I have made this plain to your of his would in no wise differ from the readers; and, in conclusion, let me assure Pharisee's in the parable, which confes- them that repentance is not to be estision the Lord deprecates.

mated by fears, or terrors, or groans, or 4thly. If this were Zaccheus's prac- sighs; but by fruit-bearing to the honour tice before he saw Jesus, then we might and glory of God. reasonably conclude that he was a con- The Lord can take a thief to Paradise verted man; and to a converted man, to-day, who had been a thief yestersalvation is already come. But Jesus day; but, most assuredly, if the thief says of Zaccheus, " This day is salvation upon whom the Lord looks lives in a come to this house," &c.

time state, he will be a thief no longer. The lecturer's assumption, then, has

I am, yours faithfully, not a leg to stand upon. It is not only

WILLIAM PARKS. unwarranted, but highly absurd.

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CARIST A LADDER.—Christ is Jacob's given under heaven among men, whereladder that reacheth up to heaven, and by we must be saved. There is none other he that refuseth to go by this ladder sacrifice for sin than this; He also, and thither, cannot by any other means get He only, is the Mediator that reconup so high. There is none other name cileth men to God.-Bunyan.

THE DEATH OF THE POOR BLIND WARWICKSHIRE WIDOW.

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It has pleased the Lord to remove from we did not feel prepared for the question; this vale of tears this poor afflicted but a worse perplexity arose in our creature, who has been chiefly supported, minds when we were ushered into a for three years past, from a fund re- room to wait for the appearance of the ceived by simple means, well known to lady in question. Ah! beloved, we many of the readers of the Gospel Maga- shall not easily forget that room and zine; and, in order to record the good that season, for Satan set upon us with ness of our God, and to show how all his vile suggestions, and seemed to wonderfully He works, we think that say, Well, here's a pretty affair! this would be a fit season to run through Whatever have you come here for ? the details of this interesting case. Why, how can you expect, as a perfect

1st. Let us refer to the way in which stranger, to be treated well? And to this poor creature lost her sight. It say the least of it, it is a great piece of was in early life; as she was returning impudence." Ab? Satan, there was from the corn harvest, some young another defeat at hand for you; for, workmen, by way of what they called a although when our unknown friend apjoke, threw some wet lime into her face; peared, there was consistent reserve, she immediately experienced acute pain when the name and fame of Jesus was in her eyes, and became darkened. A touched upon, all melted; heart reseries of operations, performed at Co-sponded to heart; notes were alike when ventry, gave her no relief, and she was compared ; and we found ourselves sent to a practitioner in London. Here fellow-members of that blessed family of again she passed through great suffer- which Jesus is the head. And here we ing, and had her eyes lanced an in- must pause to remind you, dear reader, credible number of times; and although, of the value of such a Magazine as the during that period, she could see the one now in your hands : it is not merely light occasionally, looking of a pink for the sake of the reading and the colour, the attempts to restore to her spiritual information therein, that it is sight were unavailing. The burning so valuable, although this renders it, caustic which was applied to them she doubtless, chiefly so; but it is, and described as producing the most intense has been, ofttimes the means of drawagony. And now, dear reader, we must ing the children of God together; brecall your attention to the way in which thren in the faith, unknown before, have we became first acquainted with this been well known since; and God has poor creature. Having occasion to go made the Gospel Magazine a means of to the village of

Supon business, connecting the links in the chain of His when we had fulfilled our duties, having providences, which have resulted in half-an-hour to spare, we pulled out of honour to His great name, and soul our pocket a Number of the Gospel benefit to the Christians thus brought Magazine, and, as some would say, we into contact. It is not possible to happened to hit upon the name of a imagine the benefit that results from our subscriber to the Bonmahon Schools, family Magazine. But to return: the who lived in that very village; a feeling result of this interview was, that our immediately arose in the mind, how friend, whose habit it was and is to much we should like to pay this person visit the fatherless and widows in their a visit. She surely must be a godly affliction, invited us to S again, to person, and who knows but what we visit the cases of affliction she had in might gain a profitable season ? With hand. Thither we went the first opthese feelings we determined to go, and portunity, and among those cases was having a certained the whereabouts, that of this poor blind widow, the subcame to the desired residence of our ject of these tracings. Never shall we unknown friend. Making bold to knock forget our first visit. Though outwardly at the door, the servant courteously blind, it was blessedly light within, and asked us, our business, and we confess out of the abundance of the heart the tongue told of a precious Jesus, who had moved our poor widow to her new abode. for years been her only comfort and One great advantage was achieved by solace. Well, dear reader, these happy this movement, for our poor one had visits were continued until, in the order been totally deprived of the means of of God's providence, we were removed grace for many years, and we now apfrom that part of England to the neigh- pointed a person to lead her to a place bourhood of the great metropolis. Never of worship, and otherwise attend upon shall we forget our last interview before her. This filled her heart with joy, and leaving. “God bless you, dear sir, God made her gratitude abound. Well, time bless your dear lady, and God bless your rolled on, and subscriptions rolled in, dear children; He will bless you wher- when one day we received a sum from a ever you are,” said this poor creature, as Mrs. G- of S--, stating that, as her we left the cottage. Our reply was, “ And daughter was going into the neighbouryou also, poor widow F. ; and deperd / hood, how much she should like her to upon it, when we are far away, we visit the poor widow. We immediately shall not forget you.” Nor did we for- responded, “By all means, and if she does, get our promise, for upon writing our let me introduce her to the family of next “Wayside Notes, we just threw M- who will take her to the poor in the following simple note, the result creature's cottage." It is impossible to of which you shall further read :- run through the details of this visit.

“Dear reader, have you any interest Suffice it to say; that a member of this in the Aged Pilgrims' Asylum ? Here family became struck with Miss Gis one of the Lord's living family, quite the result of which is one of the happiest blind, and otherwise bodily afflicted, and marriages we know of. We have visited living in great discomfort, her income them since, and, God be praised, they being two shillings and sixpence per are fellow-members of Christ's mystical week from the parish. If you would body, growing up together in that union assist the writer in obtaining an asylum which can never be dissolved. Thus for her, you would bestow a lasting has the poor widow been the unconbenefit

upon this poor enfeebled one, and scious instrument of working wonders. in the name of Jesus we would thank you.” Nor is this all; other striking circum

Now, see how the Lord works. We stances have sprung from these wheel laad asked for votes for the Aged Pil- within-wheel movements, one of which grims' Asylum, instead of which the next is (mark it !) a life spared which must post brought us a note, inclosing a post- have been sacrificed. To God be all the Office order for two sovereigns, from one praise! Well, the time at last arrived “R. H., Liverpool.”. Thinking this a when our dear Lord had done all He handsome donation for this object, we required with this poor widow, and she immediately acknowledged the receipt, received a solemn warning to prepare for and addressed our unknown friend as a better and brighter world. On the R. H., Esq. ; but mark, dear reader, he 10th of March we received the following responded, Pray don't address me as note :Esq., I am but a poor working man.

“MY DEAR CHRISTIAN FRIEND, I am Keader, has the Lord blessed you grieved to tell you our poor blind widow had with an abundance of this world's goods ? a fit yesterday, fell down, and broke her arm; What a lesson here! A poor working she now lies in a rery sad state of bodily man sending two sovereigns to relieve suffering: She passed a very restless night, the necessities of a poor blind widow ! but is quite sensible to-day, and is, she says, Well

, to proceed; other donations happy in the Lord. I did wish yesterday flowed in, when we had not asked for a God in the fire, that He had bid her to

could have seen her. She was praising penny; and the conclusion we came to know and love Him before she was laid on was, that the Lord meant this depen- a bed of pain and languishing; expressing dent one should thus be supported to her love to her Saviour with such energy the end of her days. We therefore, in and warmth, that her sincerity could not be company with our dear friend at s

doubted by those who heard her. Her took a little cottage, had it whitewashed favourite verse was often on her lipsand done up, and after overcoming hot | Jesus to know, and to feel His blood flow, hostility from certain quarters, re- Is life everlasting, is heavon below.'

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