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felt the most of my own weakness, then the Lord has given me the greatest liberty, though not when I have been the least concerned about preparation. Zeal for God and love for souls are the soul of preaching ! Seeing some persons in their shirts, at play, in the fields between Frome and Westbury, I thought duty called upon me to oppose this sin, which shewed its head in such an impudent manner. Accordingly I told them, that they ought to be ashamed of this profanation of the Lord's Day,
- it was a practice that led to Hell ! May the Lord set home the observation!
28. Preached at Southwick this morning, and had a comfortable frame ; as I had also at Trowbridge, in the afternoon, from the same text. When I went into the pulpit, I intended leaving this subject for the evening, and to insist on another text in tbe afternoon : but though some of the Southwick people were there, who had heard me from Mait. ix. 12, in the morning ; set as the audience was very large, there being no service at church, and I thought this subject was most likely to profit souls, I changed my mind while singing, and repeated the same discourse. The Lord only knows whether a good end will be answered by this change; but as it led ne to speak of Christ as a physician, and some persons were evidently affected, I hope his hand was in it. In the evening I had a very barren Sraine. Perhaps, the Lord koew I should have been too much elated bad I found enlargement all the day:
15. Heard Rev. Mr. Whitefield, at Kingswood, from Isa. xxxii. 17 : fuvud that an affectionate representation of the misery of lost sinners, and of the mercy of God to us, very inuch melled down the audicnce,
16. I saw in Pictelus a citation of Calvin ; in which he places a man as talking of justification before, the Lord ; - the reading of which was blessed to iny s ul, as well as reflecting on the Greek word for Gospel, as signifying a good Message! In an evening walk, my soul was drawn out to God in adoration and love, on account of his works of nature, providence and grace.
I stood siill under a hedge, and, with great earnestness, addressed God, felt ardent desire towards him, and zeal for his honour and had some satisfaction of interest in hiin. The pleasure was sublime and the effect holy, and therefore I conclude the experience was genuine.
27. I frequently propose in the morning some great things to be done in the day; but never in the evening, can reflect upon their having been executed. I wander from God; first in my heart, and then speech and actions follow. Saw the forwardness of a fellow-student justly blamed; aad that il greatly lesseaed his esleem in the hearts of the company.- Learn inodesty in all thy deportment.
May. 1. After meditating on three sulojects, on which I expect to preach to-morrow at Bath, I proposed meditating (1.) On my sins in preaching, in order for amendment; - (2.) My wants as a minister, in order to apply 10 my great Master for supplies. Sins appearing first, are preaching for self, --not for God and souls, and non-reliance on divine assistance. Wapis are, a much greater knowledge of divine things, greater zeal for God, and more love to Christ, a more just and affecting apprehension of the value of * soul, an habilual belief on the absoluile necessity of special influences, in order to my sermons doing good, &c. In order to rectify thy end, think of God's kuowing it, and of the great evil of acting wiili any sinister view. No end, but that which pleaseth God, will, if attained, do thy soul aay real service.
11. I find the greatest opposition in my heart to those duties which require the greatest degrees of spiriiuality, and in alter dance on which the honour of God is most concerned. I believe I should never be proud, could I always see my real self. The more I view God in his works, the more I Jove him; but the more I view my own works, the inore I hate myself,
3!1!!c 5. I have been ill for somedays with a fever and sore throat: I found myself, when at the worst, unfit for a religious exercises ; but now my disorder is removed, and I have been enabled to view it as coining from a wise God, to whom I tell my self resigned. - The Lord grant that, from the inea
pacity for 'duty, which I felt in my illness, my pace in the path of duty may be quickened now I am restored! No pleasure is equal to what is enjoyed in undisturbed and enlarged meditation on divine subjects. I trust my love to God's word increases. I know also inore of my need of assistance from the Lord'rightly to discharge any duty.
20. Conversed with a woman, who had been a sinner, but seems a true penitent, who dates her conversion from reading The Family Instructor, on a Lord's Day, when she staid at home, in order to perpetrate sin.
July 16. Prayer and reading the word was attended with peculiar de. light. I meditated on Christ, his excellencies, the kindness of his heart, words, and actions as man, his office as Mediator, and bis glories as God, which, I Trust, increased my love and zeal. My sins appearing numero!1s and aggravated, laid me low. Nothing affords any relief, save Christ cru. cified. Why, my soul, dost thou think so seldom of him? - why live so little to him?
July 23. This morning, in reading Isa. xlv. 20, I observed, that the Person to wbom every knee shail bow, and every tongue gwear, is called Gop and LORD: he also swears by himself (23) which is proper to God. This same person is said to be the Lord Jesus Christ. Rom. xiv. 11. Phi. ii. 10.-Let ibis confirm thy belief of the proper Deity of Christ; and so of his being, together with the Father and Holy Spirit, the only true Object of divine worship.
NUSTARD SEED. "A GRAIN of mustard seed' is said, in the parable *, to be the smallest of all seeds; but when it is grown up, it is the greatest among herbs ; and becometh a tree; so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.' The mustard of our own country is very far from answering this description, but there is, in the east, a species of the sinapi, to wbicb, no doubt, it alludes. It is called by Linnæus, Sinapi Eruvoides. Its branches are real wood, as appears from a specimen in the collection of Sir Joseph Banks. Lightfoot, Buxtorf, and others, quote the Jewish Rabbies to the same effect, whose testimony canyot be suspected of partiality to the New Testament. In the Talmud of Jerusalem +, it is said, “There was in Sichi a mustard-tree, which had three branches, one of which, being cut down, served to eover the hovel of a potter ; and yielded three cabs of seed.' The Rabbi Simeon, son of Chalaphtah, assures us, that he had in his garden a shoot of the mustard-tree, on which he climbed, as if on a fig-tree.' These statements are, at least, sufficient to shew, that we should not form a judgment of eastern herbs by those which are familiar among purselves. * Matt. xiii. 311.
+ Tract. Peah. f. 20.
AN INTERESTING ANECDOTE. .
Recommended to the Attention of Pious Youih. Events often occurs, which we are not prepared to expect. If they copsist with our ideas of virtue and goodness, they never fail to prove të us so many sources of genuine joy. One of this agreeable kiad the subsequeat statement records.
A little before nine o'clock, on a Tnesday evening, Maros 1805, as I was passing by a shed, erecled in a newly-!ormed street, on the south side of Edinburgh, for the purpose of sawing timber, my attention was attracted by the voice of a person within it, speaking in rather a low tone. Curios sity prompted me to ipake a nearer approach. I then heard, very dig.
tinctly, the terms Jews and Romans, in a combination of words, fluently pronounced. The first thought that struck my mind was, This is a young lad at college: he is a member of a Debating Society *. It will be his turn to deliver an essay at their next meeting ; and he is now attempting to repeat it. I shall advance a little nearer to learn the subject of the oration. I silently drew nigh,-I listened, I could hardly believe my ear to be correct! I felt the mingled sensations of surprize and pleasure, when I heard, — not a part of an oration, but — the voice of Prayer! This is a serious youth, thought I, apprenticed in some ungodly family. In his master's house he can find no opportunity for the purpose ; and, therefore, to this place he retires to pour out his soul unto God. I too, I called to mind, was once, before I had attained the years of twelve, in like manner deprived, in the house of a friend, of such a privilege. On the neighbouring hills I daily walked, and offered up the desires of my heart te God, the Guide of my youth :' but recollecting too, that the inconvenience of the situation occasionally interrupted the regular discharge of the duty, and gradually weakened the sense of the obligation to perform it, the ardent wish rose within, May the Lord preserve thee in the good
These thoughts had scarcely passed through my mind, when I found that he was just at the conclusion of the exercise. No sooner had he pronounced Amen, than, to my agreeable surprize, another began to pray, From the manner in which he expressed himself, I understood they had come together with the intention of uniting in this duty, in a social capacity. His voice and manner seemed to indicate that he was younger than the other. Fourteen years, perhaps, might be the age of the former ; ten or eleven that of the latter. He proceeded with less ease and fluency than his associate; but appeared deeply and seriously impressed. When drawing towards a close, be requested that the Lord would be with them, as they were yet to be engaged. This led me to apprehend, that, probably, according to the practice which generally prevails in Praying Societies in Scotland, they might now be going to converse on some religious topic for their mutual edification. Having finished, however, a third engaged in prayer. He seemed, so far as I was able to judge from his voice, to be older than the second, but youoger than the first, or about 12 or 13 years. He had a delightful liberty in the duty. He raised his voice rather higher than the others, though it was still much suppressed. His fervour was great. Several of his petitions pleased me much, being exceedingly appropriate to their condition:
;-"O Lord, whatever other children do, as for us, o may we serve thee, the Lord ! Lord bless us, and our meetings here from time to time ! Bless our teachers ! and let not their labours, with respect to us and the other children in the school, be in vain,” &c.
Had I thought sooner of committing the incident to writing, I could have preserved a greater pumber of their petitions. He proceeded to supplicate the blessing of Heaven to rest on all Sabbath-Schools; and that the children in them might be converted unto God. He prayed for their pa*rents, for their masters, for the ministers of religion, for the success of the gospel, &c. I now understood, that they were boys connected with sonce Sabbath-School, whe had agreed to associate frequently (once a week, probably) for mutual prayer; and wishing to conceal their pious exercises from the knowledge of parents and masters, met in this retired place, without the fear of being seen or heard. - God has his hidden ones in every period, and among persons of every age. How pleasiog the thought, That multitudes, not only of fathers, but of young men and little children, are often, though to us unknown, presenting their fervent supplications in our behalf, before their heavenly Father's throhe and ours.!
* It is very customary for young men at college to form themselves into Societies, for their mutual improvement. Every time they meet, the member who presides delivers an Essay, on a subject that accords with the design of the Society (Logic, Moral Philosophy, &c.); and after remarks have been had upon it, they proceed to some controverted point.
Religion is the same at all times; and to persons of every description, experiencing ils power, it has proved an invaluable benefit! As a cordial, it has often revived the sainting soul, -to the weak, it has communicaied strength, - and with courage it has inspired the fearful! Nere we see three children, laying aside the timidities of their years, and, in a dark :Winter night, venturing to resort to a lonely dreary saw-pit, in order to taste the pleasures and participate the joys which the ways of genuive wisdom ever impart! From the manner in which this boy concluded his praper, I learned that they were about to separate. May the God, who never leaves nor forsakes his people, be with you, was my earnest desire, from henceforth, whether together or apart!' I stepped aside as quickly and silently as possible, jest they should perceive themselves discovered, and thus be discouraged from assembling there any more. I placed myself in such a situation as I thought would secure a sigbt.of them when they should enter the street. I was however disappointed. Let the reader, in adni. ration and gratitude, exclaim with the psalmist, “Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings thou hast ordained strength!'
From this interesting little story, I would take occasion to recommend to the imitation of all my young readers, of a serious turn, this pleasing example of juvenile social devotion. Let parents and guardians also be exhorted to encourage young people under their care to form themselves betimes into little religious societies, in order to promote their mulual advancement in knowledge and grace!
This incident, in my opinion, is a very satisfying attestation of the great importance and utility of Sabbath-Schools ; and a strong escouragement to those pious and benevolent persons who devote a portion of their iime and pains, not to make, as I have seen somedo, an idle display of their speaking powers to gratify their own vanity and self-conceit, but to lead the minds of youth into an acquaintance with the doctrines, and to form in them a relish for the duties of Christianity,
to impress thein with the necessity of a divine change of heart and of a holy life, in order to admission into the kingdom of God !
* Might not societies, formed in various parts of the country, for the purpose
of promoting Sabbath-Schools, or generous individuals, cause this Anecdote to lie printed and dispersed among the young people attending them ?
AGAINST PRIDE OF BEAUTY.
When tempests threaten loud,
His rays of light he pours,
Dissolving soon in showers ! Yon lily of the vale,
· And shall a child be vain, Scaree peeping thro' the green
Less than the lily fair? That folds around her blossom pale, Can I so soft a tint obtain, Aspires not to be seen.
Or with the rose compare ?
The beauty of the mind
Let me then learn to prize;
The pride of flowers and lies 1
I am as frail as they.
W. B. C.
REV. S. GAFFEE.
compose himself to sleep; le reTas Rev. Samuel Gailee was edu- plied, “I must speak for Christ fated for the Christian ministry while I can: it wil soon be over, at the Independent Academy, How
and then my body shall have a long merton; and was aflerwards or
and comfortable steep; -- it shall dained pastor of the Church of sleep till the trumpet of God shall Christ at Hatfield Heath, Essex ;
sound: he will call and I shall answhere his labours were remarkably wer; and he will have respect to the successful; and he had the satis.
work of his hands.' Another friend faction of seeing a sinking church enquiring how he did, * Going to rise to a great degree of prosperity: He was compleiely resigned to the
as fast as I can. The doctrives of the gospel were the delightful theme of his ministry ;
divine will, heing', as he expressed and, while he never failed to en
himself, williog to live, and not force on the people their practical afraid to die.” He dreaded nothing tendency, his own conduct displayed
so much as being left to entertain a their vital and animating influence.
murmuriy, disposition. Whilot His spirit and temper became the
under strong convulsive agonies,
Mrs. G. said to him, “ It is sharp office he held, and procured bin the ardent affection of his people, and
work, my dear." • Yes,' he rest the esteem of all who kaew him.
plied, but it is all right work ;' He was, indeed, a solid, humble, adding, she answered, •* It is well.” holy minister of Jesus Christ, and
Addressing his servant, he said,
• Mind the best things, an affectionate, vigilant, faithful pastor of the church under his care.
to God, and set the best of examHis health, of late, was frequently
ples. interrupted; but he never omitted
When his cephew, from London, preaching whilst any ability of body ful some years before, entered his
to whom bis ministry had been useremained,
The first Lord's Day in Dec. chamber, 'he thus addressed him : 1808, was the last Sabbath he was
L'0! my dear son in the gospel, able to be in God's house; and then
it is all glory within ! - all Heaven he preached twice, and administered Hell, but to Heaven !
in my soul! I am not going to the Lord's Supper. During the
He chose a text for his funcral. month's illoess which preceded his death, he was richly favoured with
sermon, which indicated his affecthe consolations and hopes of the
tionate concern for those to whom gospel; and could speak of leaving for 30 years; and desired the fol
he had ministered the word of life the world with the greatest composure. The infinite grace of Im
lowing hymns might be sung : manuel, which he had gladly book of Dr. Waits.
138th, 100th, and 27th, in the first preached to others, and was the
To innumerable instances of his only source of his own hope, became the solace of his dying hours, sition towards the people of his
very feeling and affectionate dispo. and supported in him a placid ex. pectation of everlasting glory. He charge, this was added on his death
he desired his nephew to frequently said, “I am not afraid to die, for I kpow whom I have
write down, from his lips, a kind
farewell believed; and am persuaded that he
message to them; which is able to keep that which I havo
was read, as he ordered, at the committed to him against that day. by the Rev. W. Chaplın, of Bishop
close of his funeral-sermon, preached • Jesus, my God, I know his name,
Suortford, on Lord's Day afternoon, His name is all my trust,' &c.
Jan. 8, 1809, frum Gen. 1. former When a friend requested he would part of the 24th verse, “I die, and not fatigue hiinselt by talking, but God will surely visit you,' - The