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Our thioughts have run in this train, I was present in eighteen engagements, because we feel that there are those who served under Lord Nelson in several would reject the book before us as com- battles, and at length became master of paratively valueless, through its not His Majesty's ship Enchantress. coming up, in all particulars, to their “ There is a chapel in Bristol which standard of opinion. They would seem originated with the era of George to forget that it is professedly only pas- Whitefield, and in which he frequently sages from the history of a young per- preached. The pious man who led the son ; that she died at three-and-twenty. singing there some fifty years ago, for And are there not many that die at and his skill in music was called by courtesy under that age? And doth not the Dr. Phillips, and composed" the tune Holy Ghost work before persons arrive known by the name of “ New Sabbath." at that age ?
And are there to be no He, and his equally excellent wife bad a records of such teachings--no helps by daughter, Ann, to whom young George
for young converts-no renov- Harris, when visiting Bristol, became ing the stumbling-blocks from the way attached. Her parents at first objected of young pilgrims?
to his suit, but his piety and exemplary Personally we testify that we read this character overcame their objections, and book as a book for the young; we read lie was married to Ann Phillips in 1806. it as a parent, intensely anxious about Their eldest child was named Henry; the spiritual welfare of his own children; the second, Nelson, after the great and, we are not ashamed to say, that we commander under whom Mr. Harris had never recollect to have wept over a book served; and the third, John. The as we did over it. Moreover, we have fourth was a daughter. About the year since felt a sacred pleasure in recom- 1814, Mrs. Harris spent a week with mending it; and, as we have elsewhere her husband at Portsmouth, and she stated, it was with no small degree of often spoke subsequently, with pleasure pleasure we heard of a dear young friend and pride, of the perfect order mainlately desiring it to be read to him, tained on board the ship which he when he was in the
article death, lated. An oath was never heard, and and within a few minutes of his falling he had procured Bibles for all his men asleep in Jesus.
a point not then so easy of attainment asBut now to the book. Our notice now. must be brief, but we shall append a “Happy in his wife and childrenfew extracts, to enable the reader to with youth, health, and energy--with judge for himself of its merits. It is the esteem of men, and the favour of divided into the ten following chapters: God-the master of the Enchantress had Previous Travellers--the Broad Road
a fair prospect of rising to wealth and the Narrow Way-the Religion of Com- distinction. He had already begun to mon Life-Indications of the Inner Life make provision for those dear to him on -a Home Mission—a Social Mission-earth. Well was it that he had not Companionship by the Way--the Last neglected to lay up treasure in heaven! Stage of the Journey—the City Gate. In December, 1816, he was sent to
Upon the threshhold of the history of Ireland in the ship Greyhound, with the dear young person on whose account despatches from the Government. On these pages were written, we meet the 24th-Christmas Eve-he wrote to with the following painfully-striking his wife from on board the vessel, exincident, and yet in it see the wondrous pressing his hope of being with her on power and divine faithfulness of a cove- New Year's day; but if any unexpected nant God:
hindrance should arise, he reminded her During the lengthened national that they could take comfort in meeting struggles of the last century, a fine at the throne of grace, to pray for each young man, of the name of George other and for their children." On the Harris, was pressed on board an Eng- 29th the welcome letter had reached lish man-of-war. He distinguished him- her, and, with a wife's thoughtfulness, self in the service on which he had so she was engaged in various domestic unwillingly entered, and was rapidly preparations for his eagerly anticipated promoted for his good conduct." He return. While thus occupied, a friend,
who lived in the Hotwell Road, a short revered relative, she talked to them, as distance from her, beard some men was her wont, of the love of Jesus, and crying in the street. He listened, and asked them if they did not love Him? caught the words, “ Lost, on the Nass George, with filling eyes, answered, Sands, his Majesty's ship Greyhound, Yes, while Eliza replied, 'No, grandand all on board perished.” With mother-not a bit !! There was no thoughtful sympathy, he went out to evidence of her heart being less open to stop the men, bought their silence, and impressions of gratitude or sympathy, sent them away, while he went to than those of other children ; but, unable request the kind offices of the widow's to realize the circumstances, she shrank pastor, in breaking the sad tidings to not from an avowal which many chilher. She received the intelligence more dren, and probably as many grown percalmly than had been anticipated, and sons, would have hesitated to make; expressed her thankfulness that she still and with the fearless truthfulness which had children to love and to live for even at that early age marked her treasures bequeathed to her by her character, refused to acknowledge one departed husband. Referring to this feeling of which she was unconscious. period in after years, she said that the “In 1839, when little Eliza was five text, “I shall yet praise Him for the years old, this excellent woman was light of His countenance," often suddenly removed by a fit of apoplexy, recurred to her mind during that all and many years passed before the wishes but overwhelming sorrow. She was of her heart were realized. That they then thirty-three years of age : her hus- were realized, after fifteen years' interval
, band three years older. He had re- may be an encouragement to similar ceived considerable sums in prize-money, faith and prayerfulness in the case of which he had placed in the hands of á other Christian parents and relatives.” ship-agent, as provision for his family in
Whilst one cannot but be humbled in the event of his death. A week after the contemplation of the hardness and the event, the widow wrote to the agent, desperate stoicism of the human heart, and found that he had absconded with one cannot but at the same time admire the whole, and left her penniless. Every the honesty of this dear child. There effort to trace him failed; and in about was no hypocritical assumption, but the four months, her maternal responsibili- simple, straightforward acknowledgment ties were increased by the birth of of the truth. It is far easier to deal another daughter."
with such, than to be thrown off one's The writer proceeds to state, guard by mere wordy, heartless pre
" Mrs. Harris's youngest son, John, tences, to a something that is neither married at an early age. His first little personally known nor felt. daughter, Eliza—the subject of the honesty of this child prepared us for following sketch-was born in the year some after development of a very differ1834. She often went to see her grand- ent power, spirit, and teaching. mother, accompanied by her little cousin Take another glimpse of the girl of George. Sometimes the children re- sixteen : mained several days. Their grand- It was at the age of sixteen that mother was specially pleased to have Eliza was sent to a boarding-school. them with her on Sundays; and, after Mrs. B- who conducted it, was a they left, made them the subject of kind, conscientious, and pious woman, earnest prayer. She felt considerable and was much distressed by the inveteanxiety in regard to Eliza, predicting rate dislike which her pupil manifested that she would be no negative character, to everything of a religious character. but distinguished by pre-eminence either A high-spirited girl, impatient of conin good or evil. The ardour and in- trol, and disliking all serious things and genuousness of the child's disposition serious people, she appeared to be, of encouraged her hopes, while her self- all her pupils, the least accessible to willed and passionate temper awakened admonition and instruction. On one her fears.
occasion she called Eliza into her room, “On one occasion, when George and and talked to her earnestly and affectionEliza were spending the day with this 'ately on the themes, so all-important,
and yet so unwelcome, to young persons | her lips. Her manners were exuberantly --the value of the soul, the uncertainty gay, and her conversation was frivolous of life, and the possibility of an early in the extreme. She could not endure grave. At length Eliza wept, said that the slightest check or opposition. Her she would really think over what had one object was self-gratification, and she been said to her, and promised to begin realized the description of the apostle, to pray. She returned home for the She that liveth in pleasure, is dead holidays, and appeared to be slightly while she liveth.” influenced by the conversation with her governess. But, long before the holi- One more proof of the vanity, and days were over, all impression had passed worldliness, and hardness, of the human away, and she went back to school as
heart, that grace may afterwards the thoughtless and irreligious as before.
more conspicuously shine forth by con“Weeks passed on; the recess ap; proached, and again Mrs. B- called
“Her dislike to religious subjects Eliza aside, and tried to win her to
and religious people, amounted to rethoughtfulness and prayer, but on this pugnance. She had a pious aunt, whose occasion with very different effect. She society she uniformly shunned. One was excessively annoyed and offended, day, when unavoidably brought into said that her governess bad no business contact with her, she endeavoured to to interfere with her thoughts and feel prevent any serious remark by rattling ings, and carried her displeasure so far; &c. Her aunt's look of distaste brought
on in her usual style about balls, dress, that on her return home she entreated her father not to allow her to go to her to a stand. . “You do not like to school again, as she did not choose to hear of these things, aunt ? No, my be talked to in that style. She gained dear, and I think a day will come when her point, and returned to school no you will not like them either.' 'Oh, more! She took lessons at home in aunt, that day will never come to me! music, singing, and dancing; also in I always intend to go on as I do now.' dress-making, 'not as a business, but Now for the changesimply with a view to being useful in “A circumstance and a crisis in her her family; and here, with the addition history approached, suggestive of the of a great deal of light reading,' it visitant who came to Christiana in may be said that her education for this Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. It was world ended. Her mind was, to a great in the year 1854. Cholera had re-apextent, undisciplined and uncultivated, peared, especially in Bristol. One and her thoughts being ever employed morning Eliza felt slightly indisposed. about the most frivolous subjects, she She imagined her symptoms to be those was as unaccustomed to mental effort as of incipient cholera, and she thought it to self-restraint.
was come to her. She awoke from her “Thus ‘finished, according to her dream of pleasure, and her awaking was own views of education, Eliza plunged instantaneous and complete. She awoke into the world with a heartiness and to the consciousness of a wasted life, of energy which could scarcely be surpassed. a neglected soul, of an offended God, of Her first thought on Monday morning a despised and insulted
Saviour. She was, 'How can I amuse myself this believed that she was about to be sudweek?
To what parties, concerts, denly called into His presence, and into dances, can I go on Monday, Tuesday, a world for which she had not made the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday? The slightest preparation, with the weight large workshop, in which her father's of unforgiven sin and rejected mercy on men worked, was occasionally extem- her soul. The indisposition which bad porised into a ball-room. Dress occu- alarmed her, did not prove to be the pied a good deal of her attention, and cholera, and she soon recovered; but much of her time, and more than her she had had such a sight of herself, such
were spent in devising pretty a look into the eternal world with all its and tasteful dresses. She had a sweet overwhelming realities, that the question voice, and sang and played with taste, of a little time, more or less, seemed but no hymns of praise were heard from nothing to her. Was the respite of a
few years, if such should be granted her, unwell. 'Not unwell,' she said, bursting. again to close her eyes to the for ever into tears, but very, very unhappy? which lay beyond? Appetite and sleep Her aunt said a few, soothing, words, forsook her. By day she wept, and by and, taking up a little book, read to her night she paced the floor of her chamber the history of Old Narquois, the Negro in restless agony of mind. She made no Driver,' as suited to her case. A kind secret of her anxiety. Diffident and friend gave her a Bible, which she began retiring as was her subsequent religious to search with eagerness. The Pil. course, she afterwards said, that it grim's Progress, James's 'Anxious would at that time have been to her a Inquirer,' and other pious books, were matter of indifference, if the whole lent and read in succession. world had known and talked about it. “She who awakened so much anxious She cared not, so that she could but sympathy was slow to take comfort. obtain the faintest ray of hope—the How can I tell,' she would say, hope of salvation.
whether this is anything more than Her friends began to feel for her mere fright-an impression which may health or her reason. The medical pass away as did the first warnings of attendant of the family was consulted, my governess ? I want to know that I but she might have said to him in the am really converted. If I am not born words of the good old hymn,
from above, I cannot see the kingdom o • The help of men and angels joined
of God.' Her characteristic energy and Can never reach my case.' decision were brought to bear upon
new object of her life. She gave up all One day he took his young patient out her old companions and amusements, for a drive, and did everything he could and determined to know nothing but to divert her attention from melancholy Jesus Christ and Him crucified." subjects, but she afterwards said to a friend, I could take no part in the to our mind, is the lack of a clearer,
The most defective part of the book, conversation. One all-engrossing thought, fuller, more decided description of the Shall I ever be a Christian ? was continually present to my mind.'
way and manner in which pardon and " Then her father, though himself peace were bestowed and enjoyed. We unable to enter into the cause of her could have desired that the writer had distress, went to Christian friends, and dwelt more upon this, as exhibiting the begged them to come and comfort his sovereign power and efficacious blood daughter. They saw her often, and tried and righteousness of Jesus, as brought to direct her to the Lamb of God, who and agonized soul of a poor, guilty,
the sin-smitten conscience taketh away the sins of the world. Just so much of latent hope was enkindled Spirit-awakened sinner. But we can in her mind, that she repaired frequently
account for this defect upon the princito them in return. She would steal in ple, that the work before us is from the quietly, when she found them alone, and pen of an observer, rather than from the sit by them, and weep in silence as they actual partaker in the case referred to. talked to her of Jesus, and told her that Moreover, the extreme diffidence of the when He said, 'Him that cometh unto party in question would lead to such a me I will in no wise cast out,' He never
deficiency. She might bave been—and could have intended to leave HER out!
---extremely tenacious of It mattered not how humble the position speaking of herself; and from one senin life of her new associations might be, timent, as expressed by herself, it is Dor how much she had formerly despised clear that
she was apprehensive as to the them: she clung to them with inexpres- genuineness and stability of the work of sible reverence and tenderness now.
in her soul. Whilst, therefore, The dear aunt, whose company she had
the narrative may lack more definitive once shunned as the dullest of all dull particulars of the fact, we must seek for things, was sought out. It was the
the effects. "By their fruits shall ye evening, and her aunt was alone. Eliza know them.” came in, and sat down evidently much depressed. Her aunt asked if she was
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THE GOSPEL MAGAZINE.
“Comfort ye, comfort ye, my People, saith your God." “Endeavouring to Keep the Unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace.” Jesus Christ, the same Yesterday, and To-day, and for Ever. Whom to know is Life
BELOVED, how precious are the Psalms of David'; but remember, in order to feel their preciousness, and really to enjoy their savour, and power, and suitability, you must be brought where David wasmaye, and David's Lord, too-into trouble. The Psalms have been called the very heart of the Bible; to get at that heart, then, and to draw it out, you must, in some way or other, be the subject of trial-conflict-real heartfelt trouble. The plains of ease are soon passed over, and, considering a child of God is what he is, and where he is, it is well it is so. Carnal security soon follows carnal ease; and it is now as in good old Bunyan's day, the meadowy pathway lies hard by Doubting Castle, where lives Giant Despair. If, then, Zion's pilgrims would have nothing to do with him or his dominions, let them be contented to pursue the old beaten track, tribulation, knowing it is written, “ Through much tribulation ye must enter the kingdom ;” and “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
When a child of God is the subject of sorrow, or afresh brought into trouble and difficulty, how quickly he flies to the Psalms, and there, in the very language of David and of David's Antitype, pours out his heart before the Lord. And how well may he be comforted by the thought, that if he is not only brought into a practical understanding of David's language, and if nought could so well express his feelings and condition, may he not reasonably expect the same support and the same deliverance as David had, seeing he has to do with Him who is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever ?""
Surely the Lord's dear people are far too apt to overlook this twofold precious and distinguishing mercy. How different were the case, did the words of the prophet apply to them as well as to the people of whom he spoke. See last verse of the 20th chapter of Ezekiel, “ Then said I, Ali, Lord God! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables ? Have not some of us known what it was, month after month, and year after year, to minister