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thought I was going to die. A few days after this, a lady came to see me, and asked me to go to a prayer-meeting with her. She was the same lady I saw in my dream, Miss S , the city missionary. I went, and was much troubled about my soul; but it soon wore off, and I took to drinking again. I moved to the north part of the city. My little son was invited to go to the Sunday school. He went, and when he came home I asked him where he had been. He said, to Sunday school, and to meeting in North Street. I told him I did not believe it, for there was no meeting in North Street. He said there was, and that they talked about Jesus there, and that it made him feel good. 'I want you to go, father. This touched my heart, and I told him I would go. I had no clothes fit to wear, but I had a pair of overhauls, and an old ragged shirt, and I put them on and went. I stood up and told them I was a poor, miserable sinner, and asked them to pray for me; and I prayed for myself. I had been drinking, but I knew what I was about. I signed the pledge that night, and I thank God I have kept it ever since. I never have had any desire to drink since; God has taken the appetite away. I went home, and prayed to God to have mercy on my soul, and in a few days I found peace. I felt that God had, for Christ's sake, forgiven my sins. The ladies came to see me, and furnished me with clothes, and wanted me to go to Sunday school. I went, but did not know how to read, for I never went to school a day in my life. I did not know A from B, and began to learn my letters. In a short time I learned so fast they put me in the Testament. The teacher wanted me to learn two verses to repeat at the next Sabbath school concert. I thought I had a great task, but I said I would, with the help of God; and I did stand up, and repeated four verses, and did not miss a word, for God helped me. I could not have done it myself; He helped me in everything. I was poor, and had not anything to eat for myself or family, and I prayed to God to send me something to eat. I went out, and when I came home my wife said some one had sent us a barrel of flour; I told her it could not be for us. She said it was, and shewed me the bill of it. I never knew where it came from. You see how good God is; He has clothed me, and fed me, and raised up friends for me. I now have plenty of work, and carry my money home into my family, while I used to spend it for the worst of purposes. Now I am happy, and have a plenty. Now I can share my loaf with others poorer than myself, and I thank God I can do it. I thank Him that He has lifted me out of the gutter, and out of the drunkard's grave. I mean to serve Him all my days; I thank God I can go to meeting every day. I have one hour for my dinner, and I take half of it to go to meeting to stand up for Jesus.”
This man has united with one of our evangelical churches.
CONVERSION OF A MAN IN THE CHAPEL.-A man about fifty years old, seeing the people going into the Old South Chapel, morning after morning, said to himself, “ What do they go there for, to pray and to sing, every morning?” He thought that they had better be doing something else.
One morning, as he was going by Spring Lane, he saw the people going into the chapel, men and women, and he thought he would go in for a few minutes. As soon as he entered the room, he felt that God was there; he remained till the meeting was over, and left feeling that he was a great sinner. The next morning he went again, and heard them sing and pray. He felt that he was a lost sinner, and that there was no hope for him. He said to himself, What shall I do? He wept, and cried to God for mercy. An invitation was given for all that desired prayer, or wished to have personal conversation, to go into the room below. He went in, in great distress, the tears running down his cheeks. An invitation was given for all that desired prayer to rise. He stood up, and said that he was a great sinner, and that there was no hope for him, and sat down, covering his face with his handkerchief. He wept aloud. All knelt down and prayed to God to have mercy upon this man, but he went from the meeting bowed down on account of his sins. The next morning he came to the meeting again, and was in the room below, still bowed down under his sins. It seemed to him that he could not live. Four or five prayers were offered up to God, that He would have mercy on his soul. He gave his heart to Christ, and found peace to his soul. The next day he stood up at a prayer-meeting in Park Street upper vestry, and said, “I have found Jesus precious to my soul.” He was full of love to Christ and to all men, and has been rejoicing in Christ his Saviour ever since. He is often heard in the neighbourhood meetings relating what God has done for his soul, and inviting others to come to Jesus. He is often in the Old South Chapel, and says that that meeting was the means of saving his soul from death.
meeting in great distress. She had lost her child a short time before, and asked us to, pray for her. Prayers were offered up for her, and she also prayed for herself. In a few days she was rejoicing in hope. She wrote to her sister, who lives in the British Provinces, what God had done for her soul. Soon after her sister came to Boston on a visit to see her friends, and to go to the theatre and other places of amusement. She met her sister, and told her how happy she was, trusting in Jesus her Saviour. She wanted her sister to give her heart to Christ, that she might be happy ; but her sister told her that she did not want to hear about religion. “You will spoil my whole visit. I have come to Boston that I may go to the theatre and to concerts, and enjoy myself.”—“Well,” said the sister, with tears in her eyes, “I will pray for you.” She then left her. In a day or two she met her again, and all things had changed. She then wanted to talk about her soul's salvation, for the Lord had heard her prayer. They talked together about Jesus. They both knelt down, and in a few days the sister who came to Boston to attend the theatre found peace in believing in Christ her Saviour. She was so happy that she hardly knew what she was about, and before she went home she came with her sister into one of our neighbourhood meetings. Her whole soul was filled with love to God.
She has gone home to her friends, to tell them what great things the Lord has done for her soul.
STRIKING ANSWER TO PRAYER.—Answers to prayer are sometimes so striking and remarkable, that the glory of God requires that they be made known to the Christian public. Our faith is so weak and in
active that it needs this encouragement; and for this very purpose, we may suppose, the Hearer of prayer often grants full and speedy answers.
A case of this kind recently occurred in New York, with the circumstances of which the writer is intimately acquainted. It is the conversion of a young man, a student in New York University, who, though a son of pious parents, was at a distance from them, and exposed to all the temptations of city and college life. Three brothers, older than himself, members of churches, and residing in that city, often conversed with him on the subject of religion, and urged his immediate attention to his soul's salvation. He gave no evidence of heeding the admonition, but seemed more and more averse to the whole subject. The solicitude of the brothers increased, and one of them requested prayers for him at the morning prayer-meeting in Mr. Beecher's chapel, in Brooklyn. This was on Monday morning, and during the same week the young man and two college companions were walking the streets of New York, and called at an oyster saloon for refreshments. While awaiting their preparation, conversation turned upon the recent conversion of a fellow-student; and one of them remarked, in a casual manner, that he supposed they “ought to become Christians some time;" to which another replied, “Yes, and if some time, why not now ?” Each acknowledged the importance of this question, and confessed to some solicitnde lest the present favourable opportunity should pass unimproved. Their conversation grew more and more personal and serious. The Holy Spirit touched their hearts, impressed them deeply with a sense of their lost condition, and placed before them with great clear