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is an individual living who approves of drunkenness; this is now out of fashion, and moderation stands in its place. But instead of railing against the effect, (drunkenness), I would point out the cause, (intoxicaring liquo's) and the amount of evil produced by this ever-acting cause is at once fearful and extensive. It produces four fifths of all crue, two thirds of all pova erty, one half of all suicides, two thirds of all madness, and a great proportion of all shipwrecks. The Parliamentary comınittee on shipwrecks have stated nine tenths. Of how imuch idleness, sabbath breaking, lying, swearing, disease, uncleanness, and accidents by fire and water, flood and field, it is the direct or in. direct cause, I leave it to every observer of passing events to say. The evil is by no means confined to any one class or condition of men, it extends from the higliest to the lowest, and very inany who were never observed to have passed the line of strict moderation, have by a continuous use of the article, brought theinselves to poverty, and shame, and premature death. But to produce the evidence of fact, Judge Hale has remarked, that "it all crime were divided into five parts, four of they would be found to be caused by intemperance." Mr. R. G. White, who was High Sheriff of Dublin in 1818, states, that in the month of October in that year, twenty two persons were condemned to suffer death, of whom one was a femnale; and that every one who was executed declared that drunkenness had been among the chief causes of their ruin.

The Recorder of Dublin has declared that “out of fifty cases of crime that came before him weekly, foriy he believed were tracible lo intemperance.”

But lo coine nearer hoine, very lately I heard the Chaplain of the City Gaol say, that her Majesty's Inspector of Prisons who had been visiting our city, declared it to be the result of his observation througbout the kingdoin, that nine tenths of all the prisoners confined in England are brought into prison for crimes committed under the effects of intoxication. Where does the dishonest poacher meet to plan his schemes of robbery, but where intoxicating drinks may be procured to drive his clagging courage, and stimulate his fainting heart. What nerves the assassin's arın to take a brother's life but this fiendish Alcohol, which mixed with water and some pleasant drug for favour is nevertheless swallowed by the gentlest and the greatest. O that I could believe it is only the most abandoned that hurt themselves by wine and strong drink. I will ovly say in the words of the Holy Writ. “The priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink, they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.”

I have stated above that strong drink is the producing cause of two thirds of all poverty. I think there needs not much evidence upon this part of Mr. Alcohol's trial, for the whole experience of poorhouses goes to prove the fact : but it is exactly fulfilling the words of God's blessed Book, that thus it should be ; Solomon says, “the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty," and it would be strange indeed if that text were not fulfilled. But drunkenness, says a reader,

no one defends, that is the abuse; true, but drinking begets idleness, and the habit becomes so much the nature of the man, that he cannot be industrious when he is sober. I know a case of a young man, who now lives in this city, who was once as industrious and attentive to his business as any man could be, and up to the time of his forming a liking for strong drink was exemplary in his conduct, and happy in his mind : but now he is not only idle when drinking, but he is idle when sober; and his temper which once was cheerful and lively, is now morose and churlish. But an authenticated fact or two upon this head may not be out of place. Mr. George Hewish, of St George's, Southwark, says, “I have stationed persons at well known ginshops to observe the number of paupers that canie in, and the money they spent; and from all such statements I have drawn the conclusion, that out of every £100 of the money given as out door relief, £30 is spent in thc ginshop !" How is it possible to relieve the wants of those who spend one third of their parish relief in the purchase of the very agent of their poverty?

“ Who lost to sense of shame, and more than poor,
Drest up in rags besiege the ginshop door ;
Who madly rush on ruin, grief, and pain,
And drink to drown their wretcheduess in vain."

The Rev. H. S. Joseph, who is Chaplain to the Liverpool poor house, declared in this city, thut nine tenths of all the paupers in that house were brought there by drunkennes3. It is some consolation to the 50,000 Liverpool Tee-tot:lers, that, though they now pay at least 17s. 6d. in the pound inore than they would if tenperance universally prevailed, perhaps their children may reap the benelit of present exertionis to rid the country of intemperance, and the few poor who shall neyer cease out of the land, will oniy need 2s. 6d. in the pound for their comfortable support.

In the year 1328, Professor Edgar made a calculation that the Irish people alone spent six millions three hundred thousand pounds in whisky, and other strong liquors! When we take into account that it is said two millions three hundred eighty-five thousand of the Irish people are destitute of the means of subsistence during 30 weeks in the year, the above enormous sum spent for at least a useless article, is alınost too monstrous to be true! But true it is, and the annual cost at this present time is estiinated at eight million pounds.

I am really afraid of tiring your patience, and occupying space better filled by some abler pen, but if you do not consider me tiresome, I may re-ume my evidence at soine fut::re time, if the Lord will.

I remain, Reverend Sir,
Your most obedient Servant,



To the Editor of the Christian Beacon. REVEREND SIR,—The announcement of your intention to commence a periodical for the Godly purpose of counteracting the daringly impious opinions propagating around you by a sect calling themselves “ Socialists,” gave me much pleasure, and I doubt not that there are many who enjoy the power of Godliness, in these days

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of “rebuke and blasphemy," that will be encouraged by fast in thc laith. (1 Peter v. 8, 9.) Doubtless it was ; but your timely and important undertaking. The active the same word declares with equal clearness, “ The time energies of every man of God are called for at this mo will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; ment. The foes of his faith are gathering thickly, de- but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves termined upon nothing short of the utter annihilation of teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away that which is alone the origin and the barrier of those from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.(2 Tim. principles which have for so long a period been the dis iv. 3, 4.) The character of the people of these “ last tinguished honour and happiness of our nation. I beg days," is strikingly described in one of the foregoing leave to place before your readers the following short but chapters, as “ Lovers of pleasures more than lovers of important narrative :

God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power Rather more than twelve months have elapsed since I thereof,” from “such” we are warned to "turn away;" but visited Manchester, which is my native place, for the first how little is the gracious counsel regarded. time since my departure from it. A circumstance was What multitudes do we find ready in these “ perilous then related to me which I think affords so clear a testi times” to be “carried about with every wind of doctrine.” mony to the practical working of the “ Social System," (Eph. iv. 14.) “Ever learning, and never able to come to that the relation of it may be useful. A Teacher of the the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Tim. iii. 7.) Sunday School, with which I had been associated up to In all my experience in Sunday Schools, I never found the time of my leaving Manchester, had died, and the | a negligent Teacher a prosperous one in the things of circumstances prior to, and at his death, are as follow : God; but ever the contrary; and I am sure that the He quitted the school through some trilling cause, and more devoutly and self-denyingly any one pursues this soon afterwards joined himself with the Socialists. God, Godly vocation in love to Jesus, and in love to souls, achowever, did not permit him to remain long in their companied with a devout and diligent study of the Word society. He was seized with a serious sickness, which of God, as the foundation and source of all his teaching, terminated in his death. Finding all hopes of recovery he will have more exalted views of it, and great will be unavailing, the Clergyman, whose faithful ministry he his joy and happiness therein. Of him whose melancholy had forsaken, was sent for, who endeavoured in vain to end I have just described, I would just further observe, administer the consolation of that blessed Book which he that for some time I entertained a favourable opinion of had contemptuously rejected. The interview was one him, which arose principally from his serious deportdoubtless deeply affecting to his pastor, of whose faithful ment ; but his attendance began to be irregular, which ness as a “ Watchman in Israel,” I most gladly at this finally issued in nis withdrawal, as before mentioned. distance desire to bear a grateful testimony. To behold May it please Him, with whom is the preparation of one of his “ pastoral care" in so fearful a state, that his soul the heart, to dispose the reader to ponder well upon these seemed closed to all consolatory impressions, must have remarks, that he may draw his inferences, not according been to him a source of the deepest concernment. The to man's vision, which is foolishness with God, but acwickedness of the “ Social System" had been faithfully cording to that which is from above, that the heart may exhibited to all his flock, leaving none of them unwarned be savingly affected with their momentous truth. And of the dangerous character and tendency of its principles, may the great Head of His church draw together His opposed as they are in every part to that Holy Word of own people into one holy and united band, so that there God, of which the individual in question had been for may be no schism, which may leave an inlet for the adsome time a Teacher. May the sequel enter into the mission of the combined and mighty force which is now ears and heart of every votary to this accomplished deceit brought against it. Every day brings with it fresh of Satan. Nothing bearing the least feature of hope, warning and counsel to us to be at our posts, watching could be gathered from his look or expressions. A strong every movement of the enemy. The time is one for dedelirium had overwhelmed his immortal soul, and his cision, and well will it be if we are not found among the last exclamations, uttered in the deepest anguish of spirit, “outer court worshippers." were, O the Social System ! O the Social System !

In the next number I may, probably, give some further Such were the last moments of my once fellow-labourer illustration of the practical working of the “Social in the Sunday School. How momentously instructive to System.”

I am, Rev. Sir, professing christians! How fraught with warning to the

Most respectfully yours, unstable! Ah! little did he think, in the evil moment of

B. T. S. his withdrawal from the school and his class, that he was placing his soul in such jeopardy. Little did he con


Rev. Sir,-If it is time to fire at the approach of an enemy, sider that the enemy of his soul was so effectually throwing

it must be high time when he has forced his way into out his bait for his ruin, in the shape of pleasure. The

our City under the name of Socialism, which is in fact allurement was too successful, the “unstable soul" was

Atheism; to attack this God denying, and soul destroy. beguiled. Could he have seen, at this moment, with the ing system, I must leave to the leaders of the army of vision of Elisha's servant (2 Kings 6. 17.) the terribleness the living God, the Ministers of the Lord Jesus Christ, of the foe that was against him, how would he have but though I leave the work of attacking in the hands shrunk with horror at the sight! and fled for refuge to of those who are better qualified, yet I may, under the Him whose service he had so treacherously forsaken.

divine blessing, be of some service, if I can place before But there needed not such a vision or revelation. Was

your readers, any thing which may deter individuals

from inclining towards a system, so calculated to pronot the counsel sufficient? Be sober, be vigilant; be

duce misery here, and ruin--irretrievable ruin--hereafter. cause your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, wa]keth I beg to hand you the following extract from an old about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist stead author, as being well adapted for the present time.

following short extract a place in the next number of the BEACON' and allow me to assure your readers, that it is only a fair speci. men of their general way of dealing with those texts of the Bible which so unanswerably assert the “ Unity in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity," of the Eternal Godhead. Praying that your publica. tion may indeed be made a Witness for the Most High, and a safeguard from the quicksands of infidelity, and all the channels which lead to them. I am, Rev. Sir, most respectfully yours,


THE INCLINING ATHEIST. « FIRST, he quarrels at the diversities of religions in the world. Complaining how great Clerks dissent in their judgments, which makes him sceptical in all opinions. Whereas such differences should not make men careless to have any, but careful to have the best religion.

“He loves to maintain Paradoxes, and to shut his eyes against the beams of a known truth; not only for discourse, which might be permitted: for as no cloth can be woven except the woof and the warp be cast cross one to another, so discourse will not be maintained without some opposition for the time. But our inclining Atheist goes further, engaging his affections in disputes, even in such matters where the supposing them wounds piety, but the positive maintaining them stabs it to the heart.

“ He scoffs and makes sport at sacred things. This by degrees abates the reverence of religion, and ulcers men's hearts with profaneness. The Popish Proverb well under-, stood has a truth in it. Never dog barked against the crucifix but he ran mad.

“ Hence he proceeds to take exception at God's Word. He keeps a register of many difficult places of Scripture, not that he desires satisfaction therein, but delights to puzzle Divines therewith; and counts it a great conquest when he bas opposed them. Unnecessary questions out of the Bible are his most necessary study, and he is more curious to know where Lazarus' soul was the four days he lay in the grave, than careful to provide for his own soul when he shall be dead. Thus it is just in God that they who will not feed on the plain meat of his Word, should be choked with the bones thereof. But his principal de. light is to sound the alarm, and to set several places of Scripture to fight one against another, betwixt which there is a seeming, and he would make a real contradiction.

“ Afterwards, he grows so impudent as to deny the Scripture itself. As Sampson being fastened by a web to a pin, carried away both web and pin; so if any one urge our Atheist with arguments from Scripture, and tie him to the Authority of God's Word, he denies both reason and God's Word, to which the reason is fastened.

“Hence, he proceeds to deny God himself. First, in his Administration, tben in his Essence. What else could be expected, but that he sbould bite at last, who had sparled so long. First, he denies God's ordering of sublunary matters. Tush! doth the Lord see, or is there knowledge in the most High? making bim a maimed Deity, without an eye of Providence, or an arm of Power, and at most restraining him to matters above the clouds. But he that dares to confine the King of heaven, will soon after endeavour to depose him, and fall at last flatly to deny him."

How descriptive this is of the downward march of those, who, unhappily, embrace the baneful, unsocial, unscriptural system of the Owenites; let all beware of the first step, and watch and pray against the temptation, and if tempt. ed, for power to resist it. Imploring the blessing of God upon the work of your hands,

I remain, Rev. Sir,
Yours, very respectfully,


He retire with unshaken fortitude within the citadel of his philosophic convictiou, and under its impenetrable cover bids defiance to the utmost force of bis adversary's argument. Of this let Dr. Priestley furnish an instance in his own words. Endeavouring to prove, in opposition to Dr. Price, that the expressions in John vi. 62. What and if ye shall see the Son of Man ascend up where he was before ? supply no argument in favour of Christ's preexistence, he uses the following remarkable language : though not satisfied with any interpretation of this extraordinary passage, yet rather than believe our Saviour to have existed in any other state before the creation of the world,or to bave left some state of great dignity and happiness when he came hither, he would have recourse to the old and exploded Socinian idea of Christ's actual ascent into beaven, or of his imagining that he had been carried up thither in a vision; which, like that of St. Paul, he had not been able to distinguish from a reality : nay, he would not build an article of faith of such magnitude, on the correctness of John's recollection and representation of our Lord's language : and so strange and incredible does the hypothesis of a pre-existent state appear, that sooner than admit it, he would suppose the whole verse to be an interpolation, or that THE OLD APOSTLE DICTATED ONE THING, AND HIS AMANUENSIS WROTE ANOTHER." (Letters to Dr. Price, pp. 57, 58, &c.) Thus is completed the triumph of Unitarian philosophy over revelation : aud thus is the charge of incredulity against the pretended philosopher of the present day refuted! For what is there too monstrous for his belief, if you except only the truths of the Gospel ? Magee on the Atonement, 5th edition, Vol. I. pp. 86, 87.

“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth : but the word of our God

shall stand for ever.”—Isa. xl. 8. Hast thou deem'd sweet beauty's brow

Fairer than its wreathing roses ?
Pass a few short years—and now

What a change that brow discloses :
Form so bright can care invade ?
Yes-the sweetest flower must fade.
Hast thou marked the warrior's eye

Brighter than his glancing crest?
Look again—the last saint sigh

Issues from his dying breast!
Can Death steal the hero's crown?
Yes--the grass is soon cut down.
Hast thou thought the Christian's heart

Weaker than the cross ordain'd him;
See-he falters 'neath the dart ?

Noan Arm Divine sustains him :
Fresh grass wither, fade sweet flower,
But the Word of God hath power.
Since then youth and strength must wither,

May our hearts above them rise ;
Earth in vain would chain them hither;

Let us follow to the skies :
Death from flower and grass must sever,
But God's Word shall stand for ever.

The Paith of a Socinian or Anti-Trinitarian.

To the Editor of the Christian Beacon. REVEREND SIR,–While hearing from the pulpit proofs of the Divinity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, I have often won. dered, by what means they who have so unjustly appropriated to themselves the name of Unitarians, could satisfy themselves in believing the palpable contradiction, That the Bible is true, and that Jesus Christ is not God. My course of study has, however, of late, led me to an examination of their reasons for so contradictory a course; and I should bo very glad if you would give the

Temperance in the United States of America. the grog-shops in that state at a single blow. A similar

measure has been adopted by the state of Tennessee, in BY JOHN C. WARREN, ESQ. M.D.

the west, at a distance of 1000 miles from Massachusetts, Professor of Anatomy in Boston.

wbich is in the east, and other states will probably follow

their example. IN 1813 a society was formed in Boston, called the Massachusetts Society for the suppression of Intemperance.

The Servants' Home and Registry. The individuals who combined for this object were distinguished statesmen, clergymen, and physicians. The

“ Whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive

of the Lord, whether he be bond or free."--Eph. vi. 8. means employed were the annual distribution of discourses showing the great evils produced by the use of alkoholic I WOULD advise you, said a lady, addressing two young drinks. The efforts of this society were met with ridicule women to wbom she bad just paid some wages, and who and abuse for some years; their opinions, however,

stood ready equipped to say farewell to a very kind misgradually extended among the people, and in the year tress, I would advise you, immediately upon your arrival 1826 the American Temperance Society was formed in at Chester, to repair to the Servants' Home; you may the same city, and immediately began a train of active there enter your name in the Register Book without pay. operations. In the year 1827 the Massachusetts Medical ment, be lodged and boarded at a very moderate rate, Society passed three important resolutions, almost unani

until you succeed in finding situations; and what is of still monsly-1. That the use of ardent spirits was not neces. greater importance, you will be free from those snares and sary to health and strength. 2. That the employment of temptations to which, in large towns, young women from alkohol and alkoholic medicines in fever had been carried the country are generally exposed. I do trust that you to a peruicious extent. 3. That the most salubrious drink

will both arail yourselves of the friendly shelter held out was water.

for your acceptance by this excellent society. • About this period medical men, generally, in the Thank you, ma'am, said the elder of the young women, northern states, united in opposition to the use of alkohol. in a confident tone; a tone which had in it nothing of that The clergy attacked it from the pulpit; the judges and a lowliness and diffidence which is at least as lovely and benumber of lawyers made use of official situations and coming in a Christian servant, as it is in a Christian public occasions to give expression to opinions urfavour- .| master or mistress. Thank you, ma'am, but I do not able to the influence of ardent spirits. The results of all like a home of other people's choosing. I dare say I shall these movements appeared in the year 1835, from the be able to find'a home for myself during the short time I following facts :- About 2,000,000 of persons who had shall be out of place, and as for snares and temptations, been in the habit of using alkohol, bad abandoned it. More she added, looking offended and angry, what do you know than 8000 temperance societies had been formed, em of me, ma'am, to make you think that I cannot take care bracing 1,500,000 members. Of these societies twenty. of myself? three were state societies, comprising all the states in the Margaret, said the lady, and she spoke seriously, and union but one. Four thousand distilleries had been even solemnly, I know that you have a "heart" like my own, stopped. More than 1,200 vessels sailed without ardent « deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked." spirits, and the price of insurance lessened on these vessels. Nay, do not be angry, she continued, observing the young About 12,000 drunkards had been reclaimed, and more woman about to reply in no very gentle strain, you must than 200,000 persons had abandoned the use of all in not dare to gainsay these words; they are not mine, toxicating drinks. Since the year 1835, the numbers they are the words of Him“ unto whom all hearts are above stated have been increasing, and other important open, and from whom no secrets are hid." I know, for results have shewn themselves. The bills of mortality God Himself bas told me in His boly word, that you have exhibit a decrease of deaths in the places where reform not only a deceitful, but also a wicked heart. I know, has been extensive. The inmates of poor-houses, com likewise, that you, in common with every human being, pared with the increase of population, are diminishing; are a weak and helpless creature. I know that of yourthe amount of crimes is decidedly less, and it is a frequent self you cannot even think a good thought, much less can occurrence to notice in the news-papers, that a county jail you stand firm to your duty throughout all the temptations is without a single tenant. Alienations of property from that may assail you. Hitherto you have not been tempted families, whose beads had become drunkards, have lessen. to that love of dress beyond your station—that inclination ed in a very remarkable manner in almost every town; for rambling--that desire to frequent play-houses, and the use of wine is diminished among the frich, and instead races, and wakes, and many other practices which are of the strong Spanish wines, the light wines of France and beyond all doubt contrary to the will of God, but which Germany are getting into general use. In consequence at present so unhappily prevail in our towns and villages. of this tbe chronic affection of the stomach, commonly You do not know what it is to be surrounded by giddy called dyspepsia, which was very prevalent, has almost and thoughtless and wicked companions persuading you disappeared, and gout is scarcely heard of.

that there is no harm in strolling about the street and The disuse of ardent spirits in the northern states is be walks of the city on the Sabbath Day, violating its sacred lieved to have increased the physical power of this section rest, taking your own pleasure on that day which belongs at least one-sixth, so that if we allow for its population to the Lord, and madly breaking the plain command of abont 5,000,000, the force of a million of persons will have our God, “ Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath been added, wbile the expense of supporting the 5,000,000, Day.” My poor Margaret, you will doubtless find these instead of being increased, has diminished by the appro temptations too strong for any self-grounded resolutions priation of that grain for nutrition which was employed to withstand. As a friend who would wish you well, I for distillation.

entreat you to put yourself out of the way of them by The public sentiment is so strongly in favour of prose joining the society of those better conducted young women cating the temperance reform, that it called on the legis , who pledge themselves to abstain from these open sins. lature of Massachusetts to probibit the sale of ardent Remember that holy prayer with which we daily conclude spirits on Sundays, about a year since; and this law has our family devotions. Remember the petition, “ Lead as operated so satisfactorily, that in the present year (1838,) not into temptation ;' it has proceeded out of your lips a law has passed probibiting the sale of ardent spirits in erery day since you have been under this roof. Take care less quantities than fifteen gallons, thus annihilating all that you do not now lead yourself into temptation. “Be pot deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners." I to apply declared they intended to bave the vacant situawarn you that it is written, “Thou shalt not follow a tions in their households filled by members of the Female multitude to do evil. A companion of fools shall be de. Servants' Society. Magaret tossed her head, and once stroyed;" you will find the words in the twenty-third her pert and haughty spirit discovered itself so far as to chapter of the book of Exodus, the second verse, and in cause her to quit the room almost before the lady, who the thirteenth chapter of the book of Proverbs, the was addressing her, had done speaking. What business twentieth verse.

is it of any Society, thought she, how I dress, or where I Will you be so good, ma'am, as to tell me wbere the live. If Mary Dalton is so foolish as to mind them, I Servants' Home may be found ? said the young woman choose to have my own way. Alas! she lived to know who had not yet spoken, but who had been listening very that her own way was not a right way. attentively to the preceding conversation.

At last Margaret obtained a reference to a Mrs. I will give you the necessary information with much Moreton, and she was engaged as housemaid. She did pleasure, returned the lady, you will find the house No. not, however, remain long in this place. Her consequen10, Egerton Street; but I should tell you that, as this tial airs were extremely displeasing to her mistress. You society is intended exclusively for well-conducted young must provide yourself with another situation, said Mrs. women, your character will have to undergo some scrutiny Moreton to her about six months after her entrance into before you will be allowed to enrol your name as a mem tbis family. You cannot bear to be spoken to. You ber. I have the pleasure of numbering among my friends have always some pert answer to make when I explain to one or two of the ladies under whose superintendence you the manner in wbich 1 desire any thing to be done. this establishment is conducted; I will write to them, and I will not allow so self-conceited a young person to reI make no doubt but that the character which your or main in my service; and remember, added Mrs. Moreton, derly conduct and respectful bebaviour since you have been that when I am called upon to give you a character, I am in my service empower me to give you, will be sufficient to bound to give you a just one. 1 dare not tell an uptruth. admit you as a member of the Chester Female Servants' Owing to this conscientious determination Margaret lost Society. I am sorry, continued the lady, that I cannot a very excellent place, as under-housemaid in the family say thus much of you, Margaret, I can say every thing of a gentleman who resided in the neighbourbood. On with respect to your honesty, and your orderly conduct, this situation Margaret had set her heart. She went to but I cannot say that your manner has been altogetber, the Hall an hour or two after the housekeeper had waited and at all times, such as is becoming in a Christian serrant. upon Mrs. Moreton for her character, not doubting but I am sorry that my letter, if you wish me to write one, that she should be hired. Tte reply which she received must speak with some degree of hesitation on this point. was, however, fatal to her expectations. The ladies of this committee act upon Bible principles, I have not received a satisfactory answer to the first and aud with that text of scripture before their eyes, " Exhort only enquiry wbich I have made concerning yon, said the servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to respectable old housekeeper. I have lived at Greenbridge please them well in all things, not answering again," Hall more than forty years, she continued, and during the Tit. ii. 9. They would not dare to do otherwise than last twenty years it has been my invariable custom, when most decidedly to discountenance every species of im I have waited upon a mistress for the cbaracter of a pertinence. I will not give your want of humility and servant, to commence my enquiries with requesting to submission, she added, so barsh a name as impertinence, know the reason of the young woman's leaving her place. but I will connsel you not to forget how mild, “and gentle When the cause appears to be a just one I proceed with and easy to be entreated” ought the followers of Jesus my enquiries, when, as in your case, it is unsatisfactory, I Christ to be. Nothing in the conduct of a master or never give the lady any further trouble. I should be sorry mistress can ever excuse a tone of disrespect and im to disturb the tranquillity of my master's bousehold by patience on the part of those who are commanded to admitting into it those who give way to bad tempers, and scount their own masters worthy of all honour.” The who think tbemselves too wise to be taught. Margaret true Christian servant who is seeking to know and to per began to make many excuses and many promises, but the form the duties of the station in which God has seen fit to housekeeper interrupted her. You would not suit me, place ber, will surely never cease to remember that she is she said, if I were to accept you; I should conceive that it commanded to be subject not only “to the good and would be my duty to command, and yours to obey ; there. gentle” master or mistress, “but also to the froward." fore, I should expect things to be done according to my For tbis is thankworthy, says the Apostle Peter, in bis orders, even if you were to think yonr own ways the best. first epistle, second chapter, nineteenth and twentieth These orders might not always suit your fancies, and I verses, this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward assure you it would not suit my fancy to have pert answers God endure gries, suffering wrongfully. For what glory and sullen looks. On the contrary, a willing and cbeerful is it, if, when ye be buffetted for your faults, ye shall take service is very pleasing to me, and I shall seek for a civil, it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye obliging, and teacbable young woman to all our vacant take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. I speak to place. I have no hope of conceited persons, she added, you in the spirit of love, continued the lady, remembering as the disappointed applicant was preparing to withdraw. that I myself have a Master in heaven to serve, and I read my Bible, and I find written in the twenty-sixth earnestly desiring both of you to join in the blessed ser. chapter of Proverbs, the twelfth verse, “ Seest thou a man vice. Remember that poor as you are in this world's wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than goods, the true and lasting riches may be obtained by the of him.” poor, as well as by the rich ; by the servant, as well as by Margaret was again some weeks out of place. Tohis lord. How humble soever may be the station in which wards the end of November, she was hired by a widow an infinitely wise God has seen fit to place you, never for lady who was an excellent and a kind mistress, but whose get that it cannot be so humble nor so obscure, but that service she quitted in less than one month. It was a you may let your light shine before men in a holy life, and rule of this house to have the back door locked at the so “ glorify your Father which is in Heaven."

hour of four during the winter months. Margaret had The young women arrived in Chester. Margaret promised obedience, but she found that it was more Harris did not obtain a situation quite so soon as she had troublesome to answer the front door than the back, and expected. She remained some time at a small lodging | she had besides other reasons for wishing the back door house, for several ladies to whom she had been directed to remain unlocked, so she determined on leaving it open

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