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time was spent in fervent prayer. " When I can read my title clear," &c. He said : « I find it best with me when I can have communion

During the night, he frequente

ly wrestled most powerfully with God.” Two days before he suffered, his own sins, and pleading the

with God in prayer, confessing his friends met for the condemned room in New- exceeding great and precious gate. After five ministers had promises of the gospel, besides severally prayed, Harland kneel- uniting with his friends in varie ed down, and offered his fervent ous and successive acts of de and solemn supplication to the votion, often repeating: Father of mercies. His manner “O for an overcoming faith! was peculiarly affecting and To cheer my dying hours, impressive. On the following

To triumph o'er the inonster death,

With all his frightful powers * afternoon, they met again for the same purpose. These were In the last hour, several mi seasons of remarkable solem- nisters were admitted to be with nity; every heart appeared deep him. They found him, still ly affected, and every mind de- cleaving to the Saviour, and voutly engaged with God. His trusting in him for present supe relatives now, (painful task!) port, and future happiness: af took their final farewell, ter a little interesting conversatouching scene. Clasping the tion, he was requested to en: hand of one, he said, -- When gage in prayer with his friends you see my wife, let all your At this time, he confessed his conversation be about Christ.” highly aggravated sins, and, adTo a friend". Pray for me verting to his former attendance that I may not be deceived." at the house of God, begged

At'ten o'clock that evening, most affectingly, that the Lord à minister and another friend would pardon the injury that. came to spend the night with his wicked conduct had done to him. As soon as the cell door the cause of Christ. He also was locked, he expressed a wish besought God, most earnestly, to pray. They kneeled down, to search and try, his heart, that and he poured out his soul to if he had been deceiving him God in a very feeling and fer- self until that hour, Christ vent manner, and appeared to would, even then, come and hold intimate communion with take full possession of hiş soul heaven. He rose from his knees And, with great fervour, pleaded with a more comfortable assur-that gracious promise, which ance of an interest in Christ had often encouraged his mind Jesus than he had previously Him that cometh to me, I possessed, and, at the same time, will in no wise cast out.” He, exclaimed, Blessed be God afterwards appeared in a state for this opportunity: I feel he of pleasing serenity, and united is with me.". Soon afterwards, with his friends in presenting contrary to all his former feel the following prayer to God, ings, he proposed å byma, and in very solemn sounds, (Qld. selected the following:



Free me from death's terrific glooin, I for which he suffered, had borne And all the guilt which shrouds the tomb;

a good character. But his Heighten my joys, support my head, Before I sink among the dead.

transgression, brought an ignoMay death conclude my toils and tears,

minious death upon himself, death destroy my sins and fears, shame upon his relatives and May death through Jesus be my friend, Máy death be life, when life shall end.

friends, and involved his family Crown my last moments with thy power,

(consisting of an afflicted wife, The latest, in my latest hour;

in a state of pregnancy, and Then to the raptured heights I soar, two young children) in the utWhere sin and death are known no‘more.

most distress. Rippon's Selection, Hymn 551, 2d part.

It is hoped, that this awful When the ordinary, announ- case, will produce a due effect ced the arrival of the sheriffs, on the minds of all who read Harland lifted his hands and it, and that youth; in particular, eyes, saying: " Lord Jesus re- will watch against pridea member me, now thou art in worldly spirit--and the first thy kingdom:” adding, “ my soul appearance of evil, fòr, “Beis open to receive Christ," Rev. hold, how great a matter a ai. 20; and, turning to his little fire kindléth.”. Rememfriends, he said, “ I am very ber who hath said: “ Göd rehappy.”. With a mind, sup- sisteth the proud, but giveth ported by the grace of Christ

, grace unto the humble." he proceeded to the scaffold, “Those that walk in pride, he which he ascended with a firm is able to abase.”, step, and then offered his last

Jos. BROOKSBANK, prayer, in a very audible voice,

T. VASEY, saying: “Lord Jesus, thou didst

·A. AUSTIN, once hear the prayer, and for

T. Wood.. give the sins of a dying thief!! The above-named 'ministers, hear my prayer, and forgive my also, particularlŷ réconimend sins, now thou art in thy king- the affecting, and very distressdom. Lord Jesus, art thou ed'case of Mrs. Harland, to the not exalted as a Saviour! Oh! kind attention of every humane save . me, a. wretched sinner! person. See the Cover. didst thou not say, when on earth, him, that cometh- to me, I will in nowise cast out,'

ANECDOTE Lord, I come to thee, now receive me to thyself

COLONEL GARDINER. :-- The drop fell.-

It is said Colonel Gardiner Truly, “sin, when it is finish- always gave up two hours in a ed, bringeth forth death.”

morning to the word of God Thus terminated the life of and prayer. He determined E. W. Harland, in the thirtieth that nothing should rob him of year of his age.

a his precious time for devotion; young man..of pleasing ap- if his regiment had to march pearance, and extraordinary en- at six, he rose at four; if he dowments of mind; and previous had to march at four, he rose at to the commission of the crime, two.


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The Bishop of St. David's on the Bri- The members of the Bible Son

tish and Foreign Bible Society, and ciety ought to be better judges on Mr. Norris's Attack upon that than others, who do not belong Institution ; as contained in hisWork, to it

, upon what principle the Soentitled, The Bible, and nothing but the Bible, the Religion of the ciety is founded, and upon what

Church of England,and extracted principle they act. The rejection from Mr. Dealtry's Vindication of of the Common Prayer Book nevet the Bible Society from the Aspersions could come within the view of the of Mr. Norris.

Society. And this will be the I HAVE declined a topic, to more obvious, if we bear in mind which the general subject of my the general objects of the Society tract, and the obligation of a for promoting Christian Know former promise, invited me the ledge. That ancient and veneravindication of the Bible Society, ble Society distributes Bibles, from what I hold to be a most un- Prayer Books, and other religious justifiable attack, by the Rev. H. tracts, that are in conformity Norris. The immediate purpose with the doctrine and government of these pages occupied me too of the established church. IC fully to allow me to enter on a would be desirable, if the whole subject which deserved a larger Christian community of these-do.consideration than I could here minions could be united in forgive it. I cannot, however, dis- warding these plans. But it was miss this tract to the public, obviously impossible, that the without, in some degree, acquit- dissenting part of the public ting myself of my promise. The should co-operate in all the obwork alluded to is, indeed, so des- jects of the Society. Nor, indeed, titute of the demonstration which would it have been consistent it professes to give, so defective with its constitution to admit such in its premises, so inconclusive associates. But, in the distribuin its inferences, and so repre- tion of the Bible, the first and hensible in its calumnies, respect- great object of the Society, all ing the Church Members of the Christians could concur without Society, that I might leave it to being members. This first prinits own refutation, and spare my- ciple of the Society for promoting self the trouble of making any re-ing Christian Knowledge, is the ference to it, if I was not desirous ground of the Bible Society, and of obviating two objections, which has succeeded beyond all calcuare frequently brought against the lation or hope. It is a principle principle of the Bible Society, which militates against no form of viz. that it is founded on a sys- church government: it neither tematic rejection of the Common advocates nor interferes with any Prayer Book, and that the uni- peculiar interpretations of scripversal distribution of the Bible ture: it accepts the scripture as supersedes the regular ministry its own interpreter. But it rejects of the church, or (as it sometimes nothing, it undervalues nothing, expressed) “discards the minis- it discourages nothing that can try from the word.”

serve to explain the scriptures: VOL. VII.

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it proceeds on the principle of R. Hepburn, Esq. of Clarkington, the authorized version, and dis one of the vice-presidents, in the tributes the Bible without note or chair. The report of the comcomment; but it does more: it mittee was read by the Rey.James upholds the authority of that ver- Peddie, one of the secretaries; sion by confining itself to it. With from which it appeared, that the the first great principle of the So- following donations had been ciety for promoting Christian voted during the past year, viz. Knowledge, it co-operates most powerfully: it promotes Christian British and foreign Bible Society knowledge, by distributing the Oriental Translations of Sacred Scripture

Naval and Military Bible Society pure word of God to an infinitely

Hibernian Sunday School Society greater extent, both at home and

Hibernian Society of London abroad, than could have been Society for Native Irish Circulating Schools done by any society, not acting Society for Gaelic ditto upon the single principle of dis- The four last-mentioned sums tributing the Bible.

were voted, to further the circuThe Bible Society does not pro- lation of the English, Irish, and fess to sell the Common Prayer Gaelic Scriptures, through the Book: it was impossible that all medium of these schools. The Christians should concur in such above donations, being 22501. a purpose. But, by not selling are independent of the sum paid the Prayer Book, it no more re- in the course of the year, on acjects it, than it rejects the Homi- count of Bibles and Testaments lies. Before the publication of the for distribution in Scotland, which version of King James's translators has not been less than 9831.48.6d. the authorized versions were usu- Among the receipts, the annual ally accompanied with notes. Eras- subscriptions, donations, and colmus's Paraphrase was ordered to lections, amounted to above 550l. be kept in churches. But the And it appeared, by this report, omission of notes, by king James's that there had been received, translators, was not a rejection or since last annual meeting, 105 doreprobation of notes and com- nations from 59 distinct auxiliary ments ; nor was the discontinu- societies,amounting to24191.10d. ance of Erasmus's Paraphrase, a viz. 8751. 17s. from those in Edincensure on the Paraphrase.

burgh, and 15431. 38. 10d. from The objection, that the univer- those in the country. sal distribution of the Bible su

The total amount of the Sopersedes the regular ministry of ciety's donations, since its comthe church, is, I am persuaded, mencement, was stated to be the very reverse of the fact. Our above 89001. sterling, viz. reformers had certainly no such

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collection of Arabic books; and I made him quite happy by adding an Arabic New Testament to the number.”

June 16. “ Just as the people MUNGO PARK's last mission to

and asses were gone, the good the interior of Africa, was under- old schoolmaster, whom I men

tioned in taken in 1805. The biographer


former travels,* came of this celebrated man informs us,

up. Gave the schoolmaster. five that we must be content to re

bars of scarlet, one bar zaloolo, main in ignorance of the precise fowling-piece,) ten bars of beads, circumstances of his melancholy

fourteen of amber, and two dolfate. But that he was attacked lars, which made him completely by the natives, on his voyage, happy. I likewise gave him an from Sansanding, eastward ; that Arabic New Testament, which he was overpowered by numbers,

he promised to read with atten

tion." and that he perished on his passage down the Niger, cannot rea

It is very pleasing to observe, sonably be doubted.” Life of that he was so willing to give, and

that the Mahometans of Africa Park, p. 86, In a letter to Earl Camden,

were so willing to receive, the dated November 17th, 1805, he

Book of Life! May a host of

men arise, 'with Mungo Park's says, “ I am sorry to say, that of forty-four Europeans, who left zeal and perseverance, to labour

in a better cause. the Gambia in perfect health, five only are at present alive, viz.

Stepney. three soldiers (one deranged in * See Park's Travels, p. 257. his mind,) Lieut. Martyn, and myself. My dear friend, Mr. Anderson, and likewise Mr. Scott,

QUERIES TO THE DEIST. are both dead; but though all the Europeans who are with me MR. EDITOR, should die, and though I were BEING, very lately, in commyself half dead, I would still pany with a young gentleman, persevere; and, if I could not suc

son of a pious and able minisceed in the object of my journey, ter, of your denomination, deI would, at last, die on the Niger." ceased, it was with considerP. 80.

able regret I observed, that he The following extracts will gra- had received impressions unfatify those who are anxious to have vourable to religion, and adoptthe scriptures circulated : ed, in its stead, the more fashion1805. June 4.

“ Baniserile is able dogmas of deism. a' Mahometan town. The chief Being informed, that my young man, Fodi Braheima, is one of friend was intimate with, and frethe most friendly men I have met quently visited, the well-known with._I gave him a copy of the Peter Pindar, I conceived myself New Testament, in Arabic, with no longer at a loss to account for which he seemed very much these impressions. My object, pleased.

therefore, in requesting a place June 11. “ Went, in the af- in your Magazine for the follow. ternoon, to see a brother of Karfa ing queries, is, that it may, if pos. Taurai. He had a very large sible, excite in the mind of the

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