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be first satisfied. Have the witnesses been politically killed, as predicted in Rev. xi. 7? - that is, have they been so deprivedi of their political and religious rights, and has persecution so supá pressed and silenced them in the territories of the beast, that they have been no longer able to continue their prophecying, even in sackcloth, nor any longer suffered to enjoy the common rights of humanity *? Having thus suffered, have they, by any change in the policy of their governors, or other circumstances over. ruled by the providence of God, been again restored to their political existence, and to the power of again bearing their witness, symbolically represented as rising from the dead †, similar to what is predicted of the Jews I when they shall be again gathered to their country, and restored to political existence among the nations? Has that great political earthquake been realized, in which the tenth part of the great city, one of tbe principal kinga doms (the platen) of the beast's empire, was to fall, and in which 7000 names of men were to be killed ? Are there any rational grounds for concluding that all which is here (Rv. xi.) depicted by the pencil of inspiration, relative to the resurrection of the witnesses, and of what was to follow, bas had its accomplishment in the events of a great revolution in one of the chief kingdoms of Europe ? At least, does the agreement extend so far as is sufficient for determining the essential facts? for, by anticipation, much is often admitted into these scenic prophecies, which extends much beyond the limits of the maio matter in tended to be represented, as in ver. 15. The principal matter may have had its accomplishment, so as sufficiently to determine to what the prophecy refers, though some other remoter parts of it may long remain unfulfilled. But further :Has all this been followed by any series of public calamities, wars, and revolutions, which appear to bear the character of the third wo2 the judgments of which are not to terminate till the cause of the inspired martyrs of Jesus has been rejudged, and their destroyers destroyed ? Has also the second woe been brought to a conclusion, that is, Has the Turkish power ceased to be the terror and scourge of the Anti-Christian kingdom of the west, which ticy were appointed to torment for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year? that is, for nearly 400 years ş. Finally, Has the temple of God been already opened ? - that is, Has con-. science (within the scene of the vision) been liberated from the terror of human laws ? - and is the worship of God and the propagation of the truth as it is in Jesus, treed from those restraints so long imposed by the party of the beast, who have occupied the outward court || ? for this is to take place carly in the great convulsion, as appears from chap. xv.5; but, though the temple or church of God was thus to be opened by the lies.

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dom to be given to religious opinion and worship, yet no man was to enter therein till the seven plagues of tbe seven angels were fulfilled.? No particular revival of religion, no general improvement of the liberty granted was to be seen, till the season of war and calamity (symbolized by stroke) should terminate; and consequently not till the sanctuary should be cleansel. --A discriminating prophecy this, and well worthy of particular attention at the present moment, when religious liberty is proclaimed in almost every country where the beast has heretofore ruled with pitiless intolorance; but few scemi to improve the liberty they are invited to exercise, and no revival of religion is seen. At most, political life alone seems as ģet to have entered into the witnesses. Their faculties are still benuinbed; but we may be sure, that He who hath caused political life to enter into them, will soon animate them with more sacred influences ; and they shall prophecy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. But to return. If all the above enquiries terminate in a conviction, that although we may not be able to solve every difficulty, nor know how to unriddle every enigma, which some of the symbols or numbers may present, there are, nevertheless, sufficient reasons for concluding that those events, which were to precede or accompany the sounding of the seventh angel, have had their accomplishinent; then we shall have no reason to doubt that the grand attack on the beast and his party is already begun, and that the end of the papacy is at hand.

My opinion has long been, that all the foregoing predictions have been realized, either altogether or in part, and hence I con. clude, that the third woe has commenced, and that the seven last plagues, which are to issue in the utter ruin of the Anti-Christian cause, have, for some years, been pouring out; and most of the angels bearing the vials,' or bowls of wrath,' appear to me to have already commenced the execution of their mission. The argument in support of this conclusion cannot be detailed in a letter, nor need they, as I have nothing particularly new to add to what you may find either in 'The Signs of the Times, 'The Destiny of the German Empire,' or, in " The Restoration of the Jews." I said, conimenced the execution of their mission; for we are not to suppose that one must have exhausted his vial before another begins to pour out his; for though the commencement of the judgments is doubtless successive, yet all their streams may mingle and flow on together as they succeed, till, joined by the seventh, the whole work of judgment is completed ; and as I think that there are good grounds for concluding that most of the vials of wrath, even to the sixth, have already begun to be poured out, so I also think there are not wanting reasons to induce us to apprehend, i hat things are fast hastening to an issue; preparatory to the seventh angel pouring out his vial into the air (the symbol of universality) when the effects of those on the earth, the sea, the rivers, the sun, the seat of the beast, and the

great riyer Euphrates, will all be united to finish the mystery of God, in the entire overthrow of all those politics of the nations, civil and ecclesiastical, which, on account of their corruption, and for the support they have given to the great monster of superstition, persecution, and bloodshed, are the objects of the divine vengeance; - and then will great Babylon be thrown down, and be found no more at all."

{To be concluded in our next.),


MARIA ELIZABETH BUCK (daughter of the Rev. C. Buck) was of a delicate habit from her birth, but it did not appear, till within the last two years, that there was any serious disorder in her constitution. Proin that time, however, her health evidently declined, until at last symptoms of dropsy and consumption made their appearance; which terminated in her dissolution on the 18th of August last, at the age of 8 years an:) é inonths.

From a very carl.y period she discovered a love to serious things; and was remarkably circumsperi in her cosduct. Her conversation and ques. tions sometimes surprized thos: about her. Her understanding was overa whelmed with che consideration of the existence and greatness of God She clearly understood deel that God was the Maker of all things; but, as she once expressad bi zseif, 'How did God Almighly make himself ??

Children, it is truly said, go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies. She was, however, early taught to abhor lying, and was remarkable for speaking the truih. She did not take that delight in play which most children do; and, when she saw rude children in the street, she would say, * What a miercy it is that I know better! If they had good parents,' she added, they would not play about the elreet on a Sunday, but would be taken to meeting, as I am.'

She was always fond of going to hear, and was singularly attentive dur. ing the service. A sermon preached by Mr. Salt (now of Litchfieid) from, Psalm cxxi. l., left a strong impression on her mind. She often recollected and spake of it with great pleasure, and said she should never forget it. Since that period, nowever, she discovere) some doubts and leais as to her safety, and said she was afraid of dying, lest she should not go to God; but, on conversing with her on the way of salvation, and the willingness of Jesus to save them that look to bion, her mind became more seliles and calm. She confessed herself to be a sinner, and acknowledged her dependence on Jesus for salvation; and that it was not any thing she could do.' by which she could merit heaves. As the above-mentioned text im. pressed her mind, so likewise Dr. Walls's Version of the 122d Psalm was one of her favourites; and she would often say, when going to worship, «Now, I hope the clerk will sing that sweet psalm, “low pleas'd and bless'd was 1,” - for I am sure I am pleased in goingi' - and, when eine fined, she would often say, I should be glad to go to the house of the Lord, if I were able

When she was spoken to concerning her dissolution, and asked if she thought she should live, she said, I think I shall die rather. If I were to live, I mighị grow up to bę naughty.' When asked by her falhor if she knew she was a singer, she said, 'Yes, we are all sinners. “Do you know for what Jesus Christ came into the world ?" "Yes,' said she ; ; He came to save sioners' “ Do you think he will save you ?" "I løpe he wil. . I hope I shall go to God: I think I shall. I pray to him to give me a new heart, and to pardon y siry. I am not so much afraid of death as I was,

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as I think nothing will hurt me.' At another time, she said, “We shall always be happy in Heaven! -- how I shall like to go there! There will not be a moment we shall be unhappy in Heaven ! We cannot describe how happy we shall be, and that for ever and ever! I wish I was there !

She was very punctual in her morning and eveniog devotions. The doctor coming one morning sooner than was expected, and before she had prayed, she asked whether God would not be angry, if she saw the doctor before she had said her prayers; -- and, when she was too weak to kneel, she said, “Will God be displeased with me if I sit to pray?' On being informed that God looked at the beart more than to the bodily posture, she seemned quite satisfied. Mr. B. saying to her ore day, after she had heen at prayer, “ My dear, what have you been praying for?” she said, "I have been praying that God would yive me a new heart; that he would pardon roy sins, and that, when I die, he would lake me to Heaven. I bave beon praying too for you, and for all of you.' At another time, she said it gave her great confort that she had the prayers of so many of God's people : she hoped the Lord would hear and answer them Again: she said, " I always pray for every body, and especially for them that I know, Whenever,' she added, 'I awake out of my sleep, I find myself praying.'.

She was particularly fond of reading; and her general request was for books, rather than toys. Daring her illness she read the frollowing works : . Mr. Wille's Spiritual Register, Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, Divine Breathings, The Youn. Christian's Guide, The Treatise on Christian Experience, Hendley'a Menorial for Children, Janeway's Token, Experience of liss Towe, and all but a few pages of the Abridgement of Baxter's Saint's Rest, which she did not live to finish. Such was the satisfaction she derived from Janeway's Taken, that she said she should wish to die with it in her hand. Obituaries were her favourite reading, especially of children ; and, when she way too weak to read herself, she heard, at dif. ferent times, with great pleasure, llie Obituaries read to her out of the Evangelical Magazine. When she was asked by Mrs. B. if she was tired of hearing them icad, she said, no! do read some more! they are so sweet!'

Her mind seemed wonderfnlly supported under her affliction. Ilow thankful,' said she, 'I ought to be that I have not so much pain as some bave! When she was asked if she did not feel very poorly, No,' said she'; 'I am very confortable.' Her apparel being changed, she said, • I like to be decent; but when I get to Heaven, I sball have better clothing, far nuore white and beautiiul than can be got here! When her sister said, how happy she should be to see her father come home, ---So,'. said she, “shall I; but that is nothing to the happiness I shall have in Heaven !'

By her great carefulness, she had saved up exactly the sum of twenty'one shillings, and which she ordered to be given for the benefit of the Sunday School at Wilson Street. On being asked what hymns she should like to have suny when her funeral-sermon should be preached, she mentioned the folowing of Dr. Watts : -- How pleas'd and bless'd was 1,' &c. ; .. When I can read my tille clcar'&c.; and, • There is a land of pare deliyhl,' &c. For some time she had fixed upon Psalm cxxii. I, as her, funerai-text; and also mentioned who should engage in the service.

She appeared to be much in prayer during the night before she died ; and a little before the crant took place, when the pange of death were wpon her, as if sensible of her departure, she elevated her voice, and, with a peculiar sinile and tonc of voice, she said, “Pa, do you love me?' “ Yes, My dear,” said he ; 6 and Jesus loves you too!" So,' said she, and I love you! Toen turting to Mrs. B. she said, Ma, and do you love me too ? * Yes, my rear,” said she. “And so I love you,' she rejoined. Thus she took leave of her parents (as these were the last words which Rogla be distinchy hearil) and shortly afier, her soul took its fight to a balter world.

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ages have rolled along, a thought , died April 20, 1809, aged 24. could enter the inind that, at aoine 0 :: her return home from Totten

very distant period, there would be

an end of the felicity, the idea would ham Court Chapel, Lord's Day even

make me miserable,- Heaven would ing, April 9, she found herself un

be no Heaven to me; but it will well; and continued thus till the

continue for ever! for ever! for following Wednesday morning, when

ever! O think of the words for she was seized with a fit, which

ever! O what a blessed season has greatly alarmed her friends. , Media cal assistance was immediately called

this been to my soul! I have had : in ; and little hope appeared that

many happy hours before, but none

like this. she could recover. A young friend

I am going to joid the ealled to see her, who found her

church above, where the assembly mind quite resigned to the will of

will never break up. . . God, expressing the most lively gra

Soop I shall bathe my weary soul titude to her heavenly Father for In seas of heavply rest ; .' the grace of patience which' she pos

And not a wave of trouble roll sessed, and was enabled to exercise. Across my peaceful breast!' Her young friend said to her, 1 What should I now do, if I had not a hope you can adopt St. Paul's lan. Gárd to look to! what misery wouid guage :--.I know in whom I have fill my iniau ! 0 I cannot be sufbelieved,' &c.' She replied, “ Yes, ficiently thankful for the mercies I can : that portion of Scripture has with which I am indulged! I want been much on my mind."

more gratitude : I feel :10 pain ! : Lord's Day morning, April 16, she have ofter wondered what dying was remarkably favoured with the way, when I have heard ministers manifestations of her Redeemer's speaking of it, and saying, “That grace and mercy, and was enabled none ever returued to ihis world to to express the feelings of her heart, give us an account of dying.' I feel to the astonishment and joy of those my soul separating from my body. who were present with her. Hear and iny life drawing gently from ing Miss B. in an adjoining room, me. The Lord favours me wondershe said, “ B, come in, and I will fully! -- my illness short, and my tell you what the Lord is doisg for pain but little! Poor Mary B. has me. I never thought dying was been suffering sixteen weeks; and like this! O'tis glorious dying! I yet I shall he gone first ! -- My am going to Heaven but do not dear mother, I desire to bless God grieve for me: I am happy in and do you bless him too, that Christ! He is precious to my soul! ever you brought me into the world! I am going to glory, - I shall soon Don't grieve for ine, it hurts me be there !

now to see it ; but I shall shortly be Jegus can make a dying bed

permitted to look down and see you Feel soft as downy pillows are,

mnourn, and not be affected. When While on his breast I lean my head,...

you look into my yrave, don't grieve And breathe my life out sweetly there! for me ; but look up and rejoice tbrite Her sister said to her, “My dear,

I am safe arrived in Heaven! I wish I could go with you; she “My name from the palms of his hands replied, “I wish I could take you - Eteruity will no! erase; ull with me; but you must wait the Impress'd ou his beart li remains, Lord's time : I am going only a lie In marks of indelible grace! tie tiine before you - 800n we shall - Yes. I to the end shall endure meet again, and part no more fun

As sure as carnest is iva; ever !" Speaking of eternity, she More happy, but not more secure, exclaimed, “ If, after m.ilious of Thau gloridy'd spirits in Heav'a

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