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of giving entertainments, was the Sabbath, this did not prevent the female part of his family from attending pretty frequently on, at least, one service of public worship; and when a public collection of charitable institutions, (not missions, or such like), was taken, he was regularly in his place, and subscribed liberally, especially if he was a collector. His household servants were allowed to attend public worship every third Sabbath ; and on each Sabbath evening, unless when there was company, a chapter and prayer, and sometimes a short discourse on morality, were read. Nevertheless he hated “ the Saints," and trained
his family to hold them in abhorrence.
Nature had conferred upon his daughter many attractions ; and often had her mother exerted herself to set them off to the best advantage, when preparing her for the front box of the theatre, or the most conspicuous place at the ball. At the close of an unusually gay winter, she went, with a sad heart, on a visit to a relation, for she had heard that her friend was one of “the Saints,” and expected nothing but psalm-singing and gloom. For some time she felt quite out of her element. She could not, however, but observe the happiness which reigned in the family, and the peace and order which pervaded the whole household. The loveliness of religion, as illustrated in their character, attracted her attention ; she was delighted with the placidity of their temper, their self-command, and cheerfulness; she was won by their continual exertions to make herself and all around them happy; though she had no relish for their Sundayschool teaching, and distribution of tracts, and visiting of the poor, yet she could not but sympathize in the pleasure which such exercises afforded them. She began to entertain a more charitable opinion of their motives, and to think favourably of the religion which influenced them. The minister, too, on whose preaching they attended, had nothing of that repulsiveness which she expected to find ; on the contrary, his manner was pleasing—his elocution graceful, and most serious—the whole external service was attractive and impressive; and there were in the devotions of his people a zeal, and energy, and satisfaction, to which she had been previously a stranger. Her prejudices were gradually dispelled; her attention was fixed by what she saw and heard; and what she saw and heard induced her io read lier Bible, and pray for understanding and feeling while reading her Bible. The result was simple-she returned to her home a changed character,--the objects of her love and of her hatred, of her hope and of her fear, all changed; and not long had she been at home till her parents, with a harshness which they had never previously displayed towards her, pronounced her to be "a confirmed Saint." They expostulated, they threatened, they drew mirth and folly round her, to dispel what they called her gloom ; they tried change of air and scene for banishing what they supposed to be melancholy; and when, at length, they pronounced her incorrigible, their whole manner towards her changed; and she now lives in the family almost as a thing forgotten, a disgrace, as her mother says, to her connexions, and whose funeral she would rather have attended than see her as she is now; and all this, not because she is disobedient-for never before did her parents find her so aimable—not because her disposition has undergone any change for the worse, on the contrary, mildness and sweetness of temper, aud unaffected kindness, in a remarkable manner, adorn her, and all the domestics would do any thing to please her; yet, in her father's family, she lives as an alien and an outcast, because, according to the language of the day, she is one of “the Saints."
The case thus given for illustration is by no means rare. I know a number
WE LOOK FOR THE SAVIOUR.
of similar instances, giving triumphant refutation to the doctrine so sedulously propounded by some, that few or no conversions need be expected in these “last days,' when the Gospel is represented as being preached only as a witness against those who refuse to receive it. I remember well what the characters of these same individuals were a few years ago. How vain and giddy was that thoughtless young thing that is now so humble, so serious, yet so cheerful; and with what contempt, a few years back, did that interesting young man talk of “the Saints,” whom I found yesterday reading the Bible to the poor dying widow, to whom and her helpless family he has been, for some time, the only support! What wonderful changes does the religion of the cross produce, when received by faith into the heart! What all the power of compulsion could not effect; what the whole philosophy of ancient or modern times never could accomplish, follows, in the most natural manner, from the belief of a few simple truths brought home to the heart with demonstration of the Spirit, and with power.
The Scripture Character of the Divine are shut; the soul is dead. The Holy Spirit Being
must open the eyes, and bid the sinner live.
Those who thus look for Christ, are “begotThe eternal, independent, and self-existent ten again." Being; the Being whose purposes and ac- A happy acquaintance with him. We do tions spring from himself, without foreign not look with much desire for the coming motive or influence; he who is absolute in of a person whom we do not know or dominion; the most pure, most simple, and esteem. Hence so few think of Christ's most spiritual of allessences; infinitely bene- coniing. But Christians look to Christ as volent, beneficent, true, and holy; the cause their “all in all.” They know in whom of all being, the upholder of all things; in- they have believed, and hence, they arfinitely happy, because infinitely good, and dently desire to behold him. eternally self-sufficient, needing nothing A diligent research. We shall search the that he has made; illimitable to his immen- scriptures, to ascertain the nature of his sity, inconceivable in his mode of existence, coming, and the nature of the country to and indescribable in his essence; known fully which he will take us. We shall love to only to himself, because an infinite mind meditate on all the important realities can only be comprehended by itself. In a which await us. word, a being who, from his infinite wisdom, A serious preparation. We shall “examcannot err, or be deceived ; and who, from ine ourselves whether we be in the faith," his infinite goodness, can do nothing but and ascertain if we have a clear evidence what is eternally just, right, and kind. for heaven. We shall maintain a lively
Yet infidels would persuade us, that the faith in the all-sufficiency of Christ. Nóvolume which exhibits to us this sublime view thing will appear so dreadful to us, as going of Deity, is a fiction—the work of weak or forth to meet the bridegroom without the designing men ! O Christians, pity them, oil of grace in the lamp of Christian pray for them. And while you bind the profession. sacred record more closely than ever to An eager expectation. We have a great your bosoms, rejoice that through grace work that we expect him to do for us. you can say—"This God is our God for Christ is coming to change these vile bodies ever and ever; he will be our guide even -to break our chains—to enable our happy unto death."
souls to spring into the full liberty of the
children of God. We look with eager exWe look for the Saviour. pectation to “the end of our faith,” even
the complete “salvation of our souls," at LOOKING for the Saviour implies,
this coming of Christ. A spiritual awakening. The mind is not Let us always maintain this posture of naturally turned to this object; the eyes mind; and “ seeing that we look for such
things, let us be diligent, that we may be
The following is from a letter of John
lady, who had suffered many bereavements. Dangerous Predicaments. “I have before me two stones, which are in
imitation of precious stones. They are both DANGEROUS predicaments are the brinks perfectly alike in colour; they are of the of temptation. A man often gives evidence same water, --clear, pure, and clean : yet to others that he is giddy, though he is not there is a marked difference between them, aware of it perhaps himself. Whoever has as to their lustre and brilliancy. One has been in danger bimself, will guess very a dazzling brightness, while the other is shrewdly concerning the dangerous state of dull, so that the eye passes over it, and such a man.
derives no pleasure from the sight. What A haughty spirit is a symptom of extreme can be the reason of such a difference? It danger. A haughty spirit goeth before a is this. The one is cut but in a few facets; fall."
the other has ten times as many. These Presumptuous carelessness indicates dan- facets are produced by a very violent opeger.
“ Who fears?” This is to be feared, `ration. It is requisite to cut, to smooth, that you feel no cause of fear. Such was and polish. Had these stones been endued Peter's state: “Though all men forsake with life, so as to have been capable of feel. thee, yet will not l.”
ing what they underwent, the one which Venturing on the borders af danger is has received eighty facets would have much akin to this. A man goes on pretty thought itself very unhappy, and would well till he ventures within the atmosphere have envied the fate of the other, which of danger, but the atmosphere of danger having received but eight, has undergone infatuates him. The ship is got within the but a tenth part of its sufferings. Neverinfluence of the vortex, and will not obey theless, the operations being over, it is done the helm. David was sitting in this atmos. for ever : the difference between the two phere on the house-top, and was ensnared stones always remains strongly marked: and fell.
That which has suffered but little is entirely An accession of wealth is a dangerous eclipsed by the other, which alone is held in predicament for a man. At first he is estimation, and attracts attention. May stunned, if the accession be sudden: he is not this serve to explain the saying of our very humble and very grateful. Then he Saviour, whose words always bear some begins to speak a little louder, people think reference to eternity: Blessed are they him more sensible, and soon he thinks that mourn for they shall be comforted?. himself so.
-blessed, whether we contemplate them? A man is in imminent danger when, in apart, or in comparison with those who suspected circumstances, he is disposed to have not passed through so many trials equivocate; as Abraham did with Pharoah, O that we were always able to cast ourand Isaac with Abimelech.
selves into his arms, like little children,Stupidity of conscience under chastise- to draw near to him kke helpless lambsment-an advancement to power, when a and ever to ask of him patience, resignation, man begins to relish such power, popularity, an entire surrender to his will, faith, trust, self-indulgence, a disposition to gad about and a heart-felt obedience to his commands like Dinah ; all these are symptoms of which he gives to those who are willing to spiritual danger.
be his disciples! The Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces."
Rev. John Venn, A.M. fest, and that the supports and consolations
of Divine grace are most abundantly vouchThe hours of sickness and the bed of safed to the faithful servants of Christ. It death are the times which more especially was thus with the pious and excellent subtry the stability of the foundation on which ject of these remarks. Living, as he had the Christian's hope is built. It is then done, the life of the righteous, it could that the real character appears, that the scarcely be doubted that he would in sickgenuine dispositions of the soul are mani- ness possess his peace and comfort, and in
death enjoy his blessedness and hope. Ac- persuaded that he was able to keep that cordingly, he afforded the most animating which he had committed to him against and edifying example of the faithfulness of that day; that though heart and flesh were God to his promises, of the triumph of the failing, God was the strength of his heart gospel of Christ over all the miseries of and his portion for ever. The language of nature, over sin and sorrow, and over the praise was indeed almost constantly heard last enemy, even death itself. Mr. V. was from his mouth. Though so frequently exercised during his illness with long-con- tortured with pain and exhausted with tinued and excruciating pain; yet amidst weakness, these were the strains in which his severest suffering, no impatient or com- he often expressed his gratitude and love to plaining words were heard to proceed out his God and Saviour: of his lips. His language was uniformly expressive of patience and resignation to " I'll praise him while he lends me breath; the holy will of God; and once, in the very And when my voice is lost in death, words of a most devout and distinguished Praise shall employ my noblest
powers. Christian, the learned, pious, and judicious My days of praise shall ne'er be past, Hooker, whom in many respects he so While life and thought and being last, nearly resembled, he exclaimed, “Since I Or immortality endures.” owe thee a death, Lord, let it not be terri. ble; and then take thy ow time; I submit After several weeks of great suffering, to it ! let not mine, O Lord, but let thy will he finished his course in the morning of be done.” Thankful for the abundant the first of July, 1813, aged fifty-four blessings he enjoyed, full of consideration, years. tenderness, and love to all around him, he looked forward to the hour of his dissolution, not only with dismay, but with hope Wilberforce Richmond. and joy. He declared the light affliction he was then enduring was working out for WILBERFORCE, the son of the Rev. Leigh him a far more exceeding and eternal Richmond, two hours and a-half before his 'weight of glory ; that the sting of death death, went to bed and laid his head upon was taken away; that although he walked the pillow. His father said, “So He giveth through its dark valley, he feared no evil ; his beloved rest.” Wilberforce replied, that the rod and staff of his heavenly “ Yes, and sweet indeed is the rest which Shepherd supported and comforted him ; Christ gives.” He never woke from this that he knew whom he believed, and was sleep.
Friendly Monitions to Parents.
A Word to Mothers.
walk along the sea-shore when the tide is
out, and you form characters, or write words Each mother is an historian. She writes or names in the smooth sand which it has not the history of empires or of nations on spread out so clear and beautiful at your paper, but she writes her own history on feet, according as your fancy may dictate; the imperishable mind of her child. That but the returning tide shall in a few hours tablet and that history will remain indelible wash out and efface for ever all that you when time shall be no more. That history, have written. Not so the lines and characeach mother will meet again, and read with ters of truth or error which your conduct eternal joy or unutterable grief, in the far- imprints on the mind of your children. coming ages of eternity. This thought There you write impressions for the evershould weigh on the mind of every mother, lasting good-will of your child, which neiand render her deeply circumspect and ther the floods nor the storms of earth can prayerful and faithful in her solemn work wash out, nor death's cold fingers erase, of training up her children for heaven and nor the slow-moving ages of eternity obli. immortality. The minds of children are terate. How careful, then, should each very susceptible, and easily impressed. A mother be of her treatment of her child! word, a look, a frown, may engrave an im- How prayerful and how serious, and how pression on the mind of a child, which no earnest to write the eternal truths of God lapse of time can efface or wash out. You on his mind,-those truths which shall be
MORAL INFLUENCE OF THE WIFE ON THE HUSBAND.
his guide and teacher when her voice shall if we may believe his own story, owed no be silent in death, and her lips no longer small share of his greatness to the assistmove in prayer in his behalf, in commend- ance and influence of his wife of this, the ing her dear child to his covenant God. following extract from a letter of his to a
friend, describing her character, after her
decease, will most abundantly prove. The Moral Influence of the Wife on last clause includes, it will be seen, a passing the Husband.
tribute to another person — probably his.
mother-which doubles the value of the EVERY wife has it in her power to make extract I have made, in exhibiting the inher husband either better or worse. This fluence ef two females in the formation of result is accomplished, not merely by giving character, instead of but one:advice and instructiön alone-both these “ Allow me, in justice to her memory, to have their influence, and, as means of im- tell what she was, and what I owed her. I provement, should not be neglected; but it was guided in my choice only by the blind is by the general tone and spirit of her affection of my youth. I found an intelliconversation, as manifesting the tone and gent companion, and a tender friend, a disposition of the heart, that she makes the prudent monitress, the most faithful of most abiding impressions. These are mo- wives, and a mother as tender as children difying his character daily and hourly; ever had the misfortune to lose. I met a sometimes even when absent.
women, who, by the tender management of It has been said of the wife of Jonathan my weaknesses, gradually corrected the Edwards, that by enabling him to put forth most pernicious of them. She became pruhis powers unembarassed, she conferred a dent from affection; and though of the greater benefit upon mankind, than all the most generous nature, she was taught frufemale characters that ever lived or ever gality and economy by her love for me. will live. A similar remark might be ap- During the most critical period of my plied to the mother of almost every great life, she preserved order in my affairs, from and good man. Woman's true greatness the care of which she relieved me. She consists, so it seems to me, in rendering gently reclaimed me from dissipation; she others useful, rather than in being directly propped my weak and irresolute nature; useful herself. Or, in other words, it is she urged my influence to all the exertion less her office to be seen and known in that have been useful or creditable to me society, than to make others seen and and she was perpetually at hand to admo' known and their influence felt.
nish my heedlessness and improvidence“ I might give numerous examples and To her I owe whatever I am; to her, what.. illustrations of the principle I am endea- ever I shall be. In her solicitude for my vouring to sustain, both in this country and interest, she never for a moment forgot my elsewhere. I might speak of the mother feelings or my character. Even in her ocand wife of Washington, of the mother of casional resentments, for which I but too Dwight, Franklin, Wilberforce, Whitfield, often gave her cause (would to God I could Timothy, and hundreds of others; for it recall those moments!) she had no sullenwas by the exercise of the duties, not only ness or acrimony. Her feelings were warm of the mother, but of the wife, that these and impetuous; but she was placable, tenillustrious characters were brought forth to der and constant. the world. But I will confine myself to a “Such was she whom I have lost: and I single instance; and that one in which the have lost her when her excellent natural influence upon the husband was direct. sense was rapidly improving, after eight
The case to which I refer is that of Sir years of struggle and distress had bound James Mackintosh, whose fame as a jurist, us fast to each other, when a knowledge of a statesman and a writer, is well known, not her worth had refined my youthful love into only in Europe and America, but in India; friendship, before age had deprived it of and whose efforts in the cause of science much of its original ardour. . I lost her, and humanity bave rarely been equalled. alas! (the choice of my youth and partner Few men have done more, through the pro- of my misfortunes) at a moment when I had gress of a long life, than he; and few have, a prospect of her sharing my better days." at any rate, been more distinguished for Who—what wife especially-can read extensive learning, large views, and liber these paragraphs, without feeling a desire principles, in law, politics and philosophy, enkindled within her to be distinguished in but especially in his favorite department of the world, not so much in her own name, as the law. It was he of whom Sir Walter by her influence on her husband and family, Scott said, on a certain occasion, that he and through them on others? She thus made“ the most brilliant speech ever made becomes not so much the instrument of at bar or in forum." Yet this great man, human amelioration, as the moving agent.