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the inexpressible privilegeofknowing, from Divine Revelation. the only living and true God. "He who was in the bosom o! the Father bath dceland hiin; and this is lite eternal, to know hin the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom he hath sent.' To whom be glory, world without end! Amen.
FREE GRACE PREACHERS
To the Editor. It is known that some enemies to the excellent Mr. Her. vey's doctrine, profess to have taken strong exceptions to lus writings, from an apprehension that liis principles-lead to antinomian licentiousness. This consideration has probably kept wany from reading the works of this excellent author. His leading theme, Grace reigning through righteousness to eternal lite to the worst of men, is the vital spring of true holiness. His enemies being judges that his own lite was em nently holy, I have carefully examined his works; wherein te always appears a strong advocate for gospel holiness. After he knew the truth, he could never view good works as necessary to qualify us for receiving the Saviour, - io found our title to Christ's righteousness, or what is thereby purchased, whether grace or glory: yet die apprehended these absolutely necessary in the saved. Practical godliness stood high in his esteem, and was in public and private often and earnestly inculcated by him. Ne bave many instances of this. À Christian must esercise himself in all good works. We must as carefully maintain good works as if our salvation was the purchase of them. I would incessantly inculcate both the indispensable necessity and manifold uuility of holy obedience. Holiness is one of the most distinguished blessings in our system : nay, it is the very central blessing to which they all verge,- in which they all terminate. Far, very far fioin discarding sincere obedience, we would introduce it, under its true character as the fruit, not the cause, of our interest in Christ's righteousness, and in its due order as follos. ing, not preceding, the gift of righteousness: 'besides, l' understood tis his letters, be much wished to publisti a ''Treatise on Gospel lloliness, in its Veture and Exient;' and had sketched out a plan for this; but his death prevented its execution. I trust the above will convince all, that this celeLrated preacher and writer on the riches of grace, was one of the treest friends to the doctrine ot' holiness.
AN QRIGINAL LETTER, FROM THE LATE REV. D. JONES, OF LLANGAN,
A FEW MONTHS BEFORE HIS DECEASE.
* Very dear Sir,
February 6, 1810. IF you knew how much I have been hurried from place to place, since the receipt of yours, I am certain you would most readily pardon me for my long silence. In the latter end of last year, the Lord enabled me to travel many hundred miles, in endeavouring to exhibit my blessed Master's treasures of love to the best advantage I could ; and although I told poor mortals that these vast treasures are all freely bestowed, yet, after all my toil and labour, there were but few indeed who would stoop to receive them. Many would come andtoffer kome dunghill rags, for pearls of more value than all the mines of India: but some poor ruined guilty creatures here and there, in my round, would draw near, and cry out,' Oh, the depth of infinite love! that I, who deserved nothing but hell, should be so freely and fully enriched with such treasures as you venture to speak of, in a poor and almost worn-out broken vessel! Had there been a penny to pay,' such poor creatures added,' we could have no hope; for we are nothing but Poverty itself; but we find these treasures are free to every beggar that ever walked the earth. And indeed to tell you tbe truth, my dear Sir, none love to draw near my standjing, but such as have nothing to pay; and I have nothing to dispense but to the empty and miserable; and what is very singular, on they come; and, upon a sense of their sins, they chailenge some right to the most precious jewels I carry in my box; and nothing will do for them short of that invalıable pearl, - Mercet. Thus the poor glory in the gospel; and here let us be glad also, my dear friend, and let us never fear that its comforts will be exhaused while there is a thirsty wal left on earth!
I humbly hope this will find you well in health. As for my, self, my health of late has been indifferent. The gout langs about ine; and I am tried with severe fits in the night, which I suppose to be some attacks of the goul in my stomach. Then those fits come on, I am obliged to get out of bed with all speed, and pant for breath, perhaps for a whole hour, before "the fit is over. I am in good hands. We have committed our cause to a faithful Advocate; let him take care of we shall do weli.
la llim, yours,
Alading, Mr. Editor, I suppose, to his exhibitions of gospel truths, in bis public preaching froin place to place. † Psalmu xli, 4,
Evangelicana. ILLUSTRATION OP I SAMUEL XXVI. 12. So David look the spear and the cruse of water from Saul's bolster, &c.
It has been supposed, that the cruse of water here mentioned, was : clepsydra, or one of those water-watch measures used by the antients in their camps. The use of clepsydræ is of great antiquity: they were invented in Egypt, under the Ptolemics, as were also sun-dials. The Romans generally adopted then. There were several sorts of thein; but this was common to all, – That water ran by gentle degrees from one vessel to another, and rising by little and little, lifted upon its surface a piece of cork, which, according to its different altitudes, shewed the different hours. They had two great defects: the one, that the water ran out with a greater or less facility as the air was more or less dense ; the other, that the water ran more readily at the beginning than towards the conclusion. They were principally used in the winter. The orators, in their pleadings, were liinited to a certain measure of tiine; and had one of these clepsydre standing by them, to prevent them from running berond the prescribed length: - See Encyclop. Brit. art. CLEPSYDRA and HydroSTAZICS, plule 243, fig. 7, where a representation of one is given.
S. B. Sreord-Fish. A sulp sailing from Jamaica to Baltimore, in September, 1809, felt a violent shock about midnight, which astonished all the erew, and which they could not account for. At length it was discovered that she had been struck by a sword-fish, which was unable to extricate itself, being fastened in the timbers. The vessel sprang a moderate leak immediately. The length of the fish was 25 feet, and seven in circunference. It remained fastened to the vessel sir or seven hours; and wher broken off, was apparently dead. — 'This fact 11.7s been formally certified at Baltimore, by N. J. Cracklow, captain of the vessel called Sarah Millner. Is a Catholic book, LATELY printed in London, the following is one of the Regulations respecting the proper reception of the Sacrament :
• When the priest gives you the blessed sacrament, receive it with the most lively sentiments of devotion. If the sacred fost should stick to the roof of your mouth, you must not put your finger into your mouth to remove it, but gently move it with your tongue, and so convey it down. Abstain from spitting for a quarter of an liour.!
Lions in India. It has been generally supposed that lions are not known in India; but it appears that, in the begiunioy of March, 1810, five borsemen, stationed at a village sear Hansi, baving heard that a pig had been carried awavby a tyger, went to the spot on foot, when they found a lion and liones, feeding upon it. The lalier, on the patch of grass being set on fire, went off; but the former advanced slowly, with his main and tail erect; when the mon fired with so good an eflect, as induced thein to go up and destroy him with their swords; which was accomplished after one man had been severely wounded. The animal appeared to be a full grown lion, in most respects like the African one. A lioness, a few days previous, had been sent'in from Nissan, having been killed by a party of korsemen. These facts prove that lions are to be found in India as well as Africa.
A GENTICAN once said to the Rev. Moses Browne, who was by me means in atfuegt circumstances, “Sir, you have a very large family: you kave as many children as the patriarch Jacob.' • I'rue," answered the Divjue," and I love Jacob's God to provide for them."
Ax Arabian once, in a mosque where Ali was present, said his prayers in such an improper inanner of pronunciation, as enraged the caliph; who, when he had ended, reproved him; and hurling his slippers at his breast, commanded him to repeat them ; which he did, with great propriety of tone and emphasis. After he had done, says Ali, . Surely, thy last prayers were better than the former.' By no means," replied the Arab; the first I said from devotion to God, but the last from dread of thy slippers!"
A Jew said to the venerable Ali, in argument on the truth of their religion, • You had not even deposited your prophet's body in the earth, when you quarrelled among yourselves.' Ali'rcplied, “ Our divisions proceeded froin the loss of him, not concerning our faith; but your feet were not yet dry from the mud of the Red Sea when you cried unto Mosco, saying, Make us gods like those of the idolaters, that we may worship them." - The Jew was confounded. Oriental Collections, No. IV,
Mr. R. Rogers, an old Non-conformist minister, being once in com- . pany with a gentleman of very little seriousness, he told hiin, · Mr. Rogers, i like your company very well; but you are se precise!' Ob, Sir," replied he, “ I serve a precise God."
MR. Adams, of Falkirk, said, in the prospect of death, ' I am not anxious either to live or dic; for if I die I shall be with God; and if I live be will be with me.'
SELECT SENTENCES. A REAL Christian, while on earth, has his affections much in heaven; but were it possible for an unconvcrted man to be in heaven, kis affections would still be set on earth.
We are never beneath hope while we are above hell, and never above hope while we are beneath heaven.
That the thoughts of a natural man are only evil, see Gen. vi. 5; that his words are such, see James iii. vi. 8; that his works are such, see Ps. xiv. 3; and that his thoughts, words, and works are such, see Rom. iii. 9.
He that hath tasted the bitterness of sin, will fear to commit it; and he that hath felt the sweetness of mercy, will fear to forfeit'it.
Contention in religion is never more hot than when the love of professors is most cold.
Formality in prayer is content with only asking; but Faith will pot he well satisfied without hope of receiving.
MARY GALE. In the year 1804, a few friends taking into consideration the manner in which the poor children of Hammersmith spent their Sabbath-days, opened another Sunday-School,—that of the Establishment not being large enough to admit the vast number of children in that populous village. Accordingly, 50 children were admitted members of the Sunday School at Mr. Fryer's Meeting; of which Mary GALE, the subject of the following account, was one. She was the daughter of profane, irreligious pa
and her natural disposition was cxtreme reserve, Great difficulty was experienced in reducing her to discipline,' which no private
means could effect; and she, with six more, were publicly reproved foir the pulpit. The affectionate address she received, and the sense of the public shiame melted her rebellious spirit, and she ever after became tractable and attentive.
For the first two years of her being in the school, there were no particular evidences of any serious impressions on her mind; but shortly aiter, lowing the use of her limbs during a severe winter, her love to the means of grace began first to appear, by her being so anxious to be brought to the place of worship before she could well walk. Froin this time until her death, she was the Child of Affliction. One of her little playmates, upon her complaining of cold, her mother being from home, got her some shavings and chips, and set light to them, that she miglit warm herself; and intending to frighten her only with the fire, unhappily set fire to her clothes, and burnt her dreadfully; from which time she was nerer, properly speaking, well; and was observed to be very thoughtful. A Christian friend pitying the state of the child, and know. ing the character of her parents, has had many interesting conversations with the girl, and was highly pleased therewith. The school at this time increasing so fast, one room was found insufficient to hold thein ; and another place being hired, Mary was allotted to the upper room; which being, as well as the lower, divided into classes, the writer knew but little of her conduct until the following winter ; when she again was brought to the school-room at her own request, to sit and hear the children catechised, examined, and the Scriptures read. At one of these opportunities, the person who generally examines the children every three months, speaking to them of the importance of prayer, turned to her, and said, • Do you ever pray, Mary?* “ Yes.” And what do you pray for?", "Blessed Jesus, I desire to be one of thy lambs.” In the spring of 1809, she again lost the use of her limbs ; and has suffered almost a martyr.' doin from the surgical operations, which she endured with Christian patience and fortitude, having at the same time ber peace disturbed by the profane language of her family. On the Saturday night before her death, she heard her father swearing at her mother; which she entreated him to leave off, telling him she should shortly die, and be out of the way of it; but begged him to consider where she should then be, and pot swear at her mother any more. She was continued to be visited by the lady to whose class she belonged. Being visited at her own request by the person who had questioned her respecting prayer, on the day before her death, after some conversation respecting her illness, the visitor said, 'You are very bad, Mary: To which she replied she was very bad. * And should you like to die?' " Yes." • Why so? “ To go to God." "How do you know you shall go to God? “ Because I love God.” • But you can only, go to God tvrough Jesus Christ, as a sinner. “ I know that, but in one of my hymns I read,
• Remember all the dying pains
• That my Redeemer felt;
• Ard answer for my guilt.' She wished to repeat three of her favourite hymns ; but was too weak. One day, upon her weeping, she enquired for her book : her mother said, •She is everlastingly wanting that book, — never satisfied without she has it by hier; and then began to murmur at her path in life: working so hard, yet always being pulled back by something or other; — when she replied, Pray don't murmur, mother; but be thankful to see me as I am!' She continued patient until Tuesday night, August 1, when, I doubt not, she left this world for the mansions of bliss. Her death was in proved the Sunday foliowing, from Isaiah xl, . He shall gather the lambs in his arias,' &c.