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ague. I went to the pond and feet again; and if ever ye can repay stript my coat and vest, and cleansed me, gude and weel; but if not, there's me as best I might. Luckily there be nae mair about it, and sae ye were nao banes broken, nor a drap hae my gude will."

“ Hoot, awa', o'bluid shed. I then lifted the auld deacon, says I; "it's come to creels and placed them tentylie on muckle, but it's no come to that. I the cuddie's back, and walked am greatly obliged to ye for yer quietly up the old burgh, where I truly friendly offer, but I have a met wi' muckle sympathy, for ilka proxy here which the thieves have ane said, " Eddie, you are an ill. not lighted on. My siller is a' safe, used man ;” and some strakit and It is not much, to be sure ; but clappit the donkey, and others held still it serves my turn. And, be. a whisp o' new hay to the craiter's sides, I hae something in the hands mouth. At last I came on wi'a heap o' a worthy man in Douglas Water o bairns following, till I reached on which I can fa' back if need be." deacon Weir's door, when the “Indeed, Eddie,” said he, “I am honest man much bemoaned me, glad to hear it, and I shall be ready and kindly treated me. I was his to supply ye wi' the articles ye lodger and the cuddie had its stance require.' in the byre. When he had closed And so ye see, I bought new the shop, and drawn round the creels and got them weel packit wi' ingle in the dusk, he said, “ Eddie, gudes, and paid ready siller for the ye hae met wi' a sair misfortune, whole; and so I owe no man a plack. and muckle ill-usage, and I had a I placed the poother and the shot mind to gi’e ye a lift out o’yer among the packages in the bottom, difficulties. I'll gi’e ye a pair o' and set out again on my travels new creels and fill them wi' a' that glad to escape without mair scathe.' ye hae lost, and set ye fairly on yer



RISE, O my soul, with thy desires to heaven,

And with divinest contemplation use
Thy time, where time's eternity is given;

And let vain thoughts no more my thoughts abuse;
But down in midnight darkness let them lie:
So live thy better, let thy worst thoughts die.
And thou, my soul, inspired with holy flame,

View and review, with most grateful eye,
That holy cross, whence thy salvation came,

On which thy Saviour and thy sin did die;
For in that sacred object is much pleasure,
And in that Saviour is my life, my treasure.
To Thee, O Jesu! I direct mine eyes,

To Thee my hands, to Thee my humble knees;
To Thee my heart shall offer sacrifice,

To Thee my thoughts, who my thoughts only sees;
To Thee myself—myself and all I give;
To Thee I die, to Thee I only live.

b. 1552; d. 1618.

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A TALL broad-chested man, with an He only needed a wider range of oval face of strongly marked knowledge to deal more telling and features, thin short hair parted triumphant blows. Even good old down the middle, deep-set eyes, Dan Taylor and he broke several overhung with thick shaggy brows, lances together, and it is hard to broad unclassic nose, and full upper say whether in clearness of statelip-such was Andrew Fuller as he ment, force of reasoning, and sat before the easel of ‘R. Bowyer, suavity of temper, Agnostos or Esq., Portrait Painter to his majesty Philanthropos can claim the palm. King George the Third; ' and such He was bold and fearless in his he now appears to us in an admir: promulgation of the broader views able engraving of the original of Christian doctrine which came picture.

as the result of his own independent Nearly two generations have thinking: Weaker men would have passed away since his death, and it faltered in their public enunciation need not therefore awaken any great of truths that might sever friendsurprise if the present generation ships and empty pews. Fuller was is as ignorant of his worth and a man of another mould, and not work as it is of his personal easily intimidated though appearance. And yet he was a personal losses might ensue. His foremost man in his day, and de opinions had not been adopted with serves to be known and honoured out the most careful thought, and by every lover of good men. It were too deeply rooted to be blown will not be his grandson's fault if down by the first rude blast that the young men of our churches still might sweep over them. remain ignorant of Andrew Fuller's With the same energy that marked abundant claims on their admiration all his course, he threw himself into and respect. He has given us by far the missionary cause. The times the most readable sketch of his were unfavourable, and the opposigrandfather's inner and outer life tion strong, but Fuller proved more that has yet been published, and than equal to his self-imposed mishas offered just morsels enough of sion. He had not only to face an his varied writings to whet the ap- unwilling and credulous public. He petite for something more.

had a still more difficult task—the John Foster happily described arousing of a sluggish and apathetic Andrew Fuller as the short-armed denomination. He wrote, talked, giant, and in truth strength, of which travelled, preached, and prayed for his masculine and firmly-set frame the Baptist Mission as no other man was no unworthy symbol, appears ever did ; and it is more than probthe most prominent quality of his able that his earnest advocacy did character. When he takes hold of not a little towards awakening that the truth at the outset of his career religious fervour in other denominait is with the grasp of a man and tions which made the period itself not of a babe; and once having ap- the great era of missions. prehended that for which he was also From the very strength of his apprehended of Christ Jesus, he be- nature he loved work, and was comes its valiant and uncompromis- happiest when he was busiest. Even ing advocate and defender. He in the days of his declining vigour,

took opinions at second though suffering from previous hand, and was therefore never dis- illness, he worked at his desk posed to shrink before an antago- twelve hours in the day. His only nist. He entered the lists with men like Paine, Priestley, and Toulmin, Andrew Fuller. By his grandson, Thomas

A Memoir of the Life and Writings of and suffered no discomfiture in Ekins Fuller. London: Heaton and Son. these toughly-contested encounters.' (Bunyan Library, Vol. XI.)


recreation was change of work ; a theological kind. Books on general and when gently remonstrated with literature had not been cheapened by his wife who shared his toil, he in those days, and libraries were slowly and solemnly replied—I few and far between. Besides all cannot be worn out in a better this Fuller himself confesses to a cause : we must work while it is day.' | distaste for literature except such Three months before his death he as bore directly upon his favourite writes to his brother to say 'what science. He was once travelling in it is in his mind to do,' if he is able, a stage coach with a Prussian noblethe following summer, and pre- man, when his companion asked scribes a tour for the mission in the him if he had read Junius's Letters. Eastern counties. But he adds, To which he replied-'that he had * Perhaps I may prove like another heard pretty much of them, but had Samson who went out to do as at not read them, as they were not other times, and wist not that his particularly in his way. This does strength was departed from him.' not mean, so we think, that Fuller Yet on he worked as if his strength undervalued general literature, since still remained. But two months even his present biographer tells us before his death he was preaching that he had an inkling (query, at Clipstone, at the ordination of liking) for metaphysical inquiries, as Robert Hall's soldier-convert and far as they affected Divine prob. sometime most intimate companion lems.' It simply means that he had -Rev. John Mack; and but one no natural taste for literature. It month before the day of his death needs not, however, that we point he conducted the ordinary services out the certain narrowness which at his own chapel at Kettering, and must always mark the spirit and presided at the Lord's-table. He thought of a man whose whole at. died on 7th May, 1815, aged 61. tention is absorbed by any one

The deficiency which doubtless thing, even by that which is highest led to John Foster's aptly-worded and best. Whatever natural en. criticism is frankly acknowledged dowments he may possess, he could by his grandson. We refer to his adopt no more effective way for im. very partial acquaintance_with poverishing his mind, or for deterio. general literature. Mr. T. E. Fuller rating the quality of any work it thinks the solution is to be found in may attempt than the exclusive cul. his grandfather's 'absorbed atten- tivation of but one branch of knowtion to spiritual and eternal things.' ledge. The mind is like the soil, We are neither disposed to accept and should be treated accordingly. the explanation, nor yet the legiti- If you would have large and valuable mate deduction from it. Both returns-seek variety in your crops. Foster and Hall, his contemporaries, But Fuller was not so narrow in showed how the largest acquaint- his range of view as some suppose,

with ancient and modern nor even as this attempt to account literature was compatible with the for his limited reading would sug. profoundest regard for the claims gest. He was a Christian citizen of revelation, and supply the best and a true patriot. Nothing that refutation for the erroneous idea concerned either character was to that the highest culture is impossible him without interest. Newspapers to the devout mind. In our judg. were dear, and in such out-of-thement the explanation is rather to be way places as Kettering, only arsought in the cast of Fuller's mind rived on particular days. But these and in the deficiencies of his early things did not prevent Fuller from education. His intellectual life was keeping himself well informed upon first awakened by religion, and for the chief events of his own and many years the only resources avail. other countries. His letters to the able to the minister of Soham who Serampore missionaries, was starving on £15 a year were of selections from which are given in His Keen Interest in Passing Events.





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this volume, abundantly show that this I say, Blessed be God! Slavery he took a keen interest in passing will soon be abolished! America events, and that he had very decided has resolved to abolish it in less opinions about them. Here is an ex- than two years ; and if the British tract which shows the breadth of Parliament does not unite, the slaves his charity not less than the con- will liberate themselves when fidence of his faith.

liberty comes to be spread all around ‘Dr. Priestley has this week sailed them.

Robespierre is for America. I do not blame him. about head cock of the walk' at He bas printed his farewell sermon, this time. He is another Dr. Johnin the preface of which he assigns son for temper. Thousards court the reason of his going. Some his favour, while he seems to court have accused him of timidity on

no man's, but is more frequently account of the reasons he gives, but employed, like a bull with his tail, I consider such accusations in wbisking the flies from off his brutal and malevolent. It is to the back.' disgrace of England to have driven him Here is another extract, this time away! Such treatment is enough about Trafalgar. to make a bad cause appear a good

• We have hitherto been merci. one. I am glad he is gone to fully preserved as a nation. The America. He will have justice ranging Bear (Napoleon) is now done there. There let him write, gone into Germany-has entered and if our cause cannot stand in the Vienna. All Europe is, in a manner, fair field of argument, let it fall.' up in arms. We know not what

will be the end of these things. On Again, writing of the French Re- October 21st, a terrible battle was volution, he says :

fought at Trafalgar, near Gibraltar, • Public affairs wear a dark aspect between the British and combined to a political eye; but to the eye fleets—twenty-seven of the former of faith it is otherwise. In France, against thirty-three I think of the the Mountain (or Marat's) party are latter. Nineteen of the ships-of-theuppermost, and have guillotined al- line were taken or destroyed; but most all the rest. Brissot and his Lord Nelson, the commander-inparty were, twenty-one of them, chief, was shot in the action. Al. guillotined together last October. most all the French and Spanish Among them were Rabaut and admirals were taken. Four of the Lasource, two Protestant ministers, ships which escaped, were met and and men whom I always esteemed taken by four British under Sir of great virtue. No, I mistake; Richard Strachan, a few days after. Rabaut was executed by himself a Afterwards we had a day of public while after.

The com- thanksgiving, on December 6th, on bined powers are about done over. which I preached from Psalm Old Catherine is a baggage. She lxv. 5. Awful as these events are, talked all along, but never meant to they may contribute to prevent what do anything. She looked on while would be more awful-an invasion.' Prussia, Austria, and England were We should like to have referred weakening themselves, and has re- more at large to many things about served her strength to obtain the this remarkable man suggested by Turkish empire without interruption the volume before us; and among from them, at which her mouth has other things to traits of character been watering for years.

that crop out in ordinary incidents, The Convention, to counteract us, as when he slept through an earthhas laterly passed a decree utterly quake which was felt in 1793, the abolisbing slavery in all their family at whose house he lodged islands; and admitting the blacks arousing him to report the dreadful to sit in their assembly as repre- news, and, Fuller replying, Very sentatives of the islands. For all I well: I must sleep;' and with per

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fect composure again nestling down the meaning of Scripture as to rest while the whole family were whole, and thus frequently destroys filled with consternation; to the the most glaring and yet most blended sternness and sensitiveness popular misuses of particular texts. which all who knew him recognized, Andrew Fuller thus writes in and which is shown in the reports illustration of the advantages of of his discussions with men of op- such a system, especially in helping posite opinion; to his yearning af- to keep well in view the connection fection for his children and his un- of one verse with another, without happy method of training them, which not only isolated passages, especially seen in the case of one but even whole chapters may be of his sons, his conduct being misunderstood :likened by his biographer to a • The reasonings of both Christ careless sculptor who begins at and His apostles frequently proceed the wrong side of the marble, and not upon what is true in fact, but comes upon a dark seam which mars merely in the estimation of the parties every feature; to his conscientious addressed; that is to say, they self. examinations, which to the reason with them on their own princi. superficial men of the present day ples. It was not true that Simon seem so like morbid and sickly the Pharisee was a little sinner, nor monasticism, the more remarkable a forgiven sinner, nor that he loved in his case as he was so eminently a Christ a little ; but he thought thus man of action; and to the noble of himself, and upon these princihumility which he displayed when ples Christ reasoned with him. It he twice refused diplomas from was not true that the Pharisees America, the second diploma coming were just men, and needed no refrom Yale College and being pentance; but such were their offered in the most kindly terms thoughts of themselves, and Christ by Dr. Dwight. But enough. suggested that, therefore, they had We shall content ourselves by noneed of Him; for that Hecame, not calling attention to one peculi. to call the righteous but sinners to re. arity in his ministry which marked pentance. Finally, it was not true it for eighteen years, and which we that the Pharisees who murmured yet hope to see common in every at Christ's receiving publicans and dissenting chapel in the kingdom--his sinners had never, like the ninetySunday morning exposition of some nine sheep in the wilderness, gone one of the books of the Old or New astray ; nor that, like the elder son, Testament. It is lamentable that they had served God, and never at in these days of popular preaching, any time transgressed His command. when, to use Fuller's phrase, so ment, nor that all which God bad many whip the word of God into was theirs ; but such were their own froth'—the taste for exposition is views, and Christ reasons with them declining There are many ad accordingly. It is as if He had vantages in this method over the said, “Be it so that you are rightordinary style of preaching. It eous and happy; yet why should furnishes the speaker an opportunity you murmur at the return of these of denouncing particular sins with poor sinners ? Now, to mistake out the charge of personality. It the principle on which such reasonaffords every needful sustenance to ings proceed is to lose all the the earnest and devout mind. It benefit of them, and to fall into supplies a just acquaintance with many errors.'

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