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be ready, at the shortest notice, to surrender up to him that life which I have twice received from him. Whether I live or die, I desire it may be to his glory; and it must be to my happiness. - I thank God that I have those amongst my kindred to whom I can write without reserve of sentiments upon this subject, as I do to you. A letter upon any other subject is more insipid to me than ever my task was when a school-boy; and I say not this in' vain-glory; God forbid! but to shew you what the Almighty, whose name I am unworthy to mention, has done for me, the chief of sinners. Once he was a terror to me; and his service, oh what a weariness it was! Now I can say I love him, and his holy name; and am never so happy as when I speak of his mercies to me. Huntingdon,
Yours, W. CowPER. Sept. 3d, 1766.
certuin man made a great supper, and bade many; and sent his servants, at supper-time, to say to them that were bidden, Come, for all things are now ready. -- Luke xiv. 16, 17.
There is a striking conformity between the circumstances intimated in the introductory part of this parable, and the ceremonies attendant upon a Chinese entertainment. Among this people, “ an invitation to an entertainment is not supposed to be given with sincerity, until it has been renewed three or four times in writing. A card is sent on the evening before the entertainment; another, on the morning of the appointed day; and a third, when every thing is prepared *."The invitation to this great supper is supposed to have been given when the certain man had resolved upon making it; but it is again repeated at supper-time, when all things were ready. Now, as it does not appear that the renewal of it arose from the refusal of the persons invited, of which no bint is yet given, we may suppose it was customary thus to send repeated messages. The practice was very ancient among the Chinese ; and if admitted to bave prevailed among the Jews, certainly gives a significancy to the words not usually perseived.
REFLECTIONS, The repetition of gospel-invitations does not arise from the want of sincerity, but from the earnest solicitude of the
See Goldsmith's Geography, p. 117.
489 Founder of the feast to bring sinners to partake of it. How happy are they to whom these calls are addressed ! But how is that felicity augmented when they effectually reach the heart, and are followed by a believing approach to the Lord Jesus Christ! Let the men of the world enjoy its vain deliglits : su
as have tasted that the Lord is gracious, can no longer relish them. Let the religious formalist satisfy himself with customary duties and services, the lively Christian seeks - to obtain the provisions of God's grace, through the medium of ordinances. He is not satisfied to neglect the means, but he cannot be comfortable till he enjoys the blessing promised to be thereby communicated. St. Albans.
A GENTLEMAN of my acquaintance was asked in conpany, What led him first to embrace the truths of the gospel, which formerly he was known to have neglected and despised? He said, “ My call and conversion to God our Saviour was produced by very singular means: - A person put into my hand Paine's Age of Reason: I read it with attention; and was very much struck with the strong and ridiculous representations he made of so many passages of the Bible. I conless, to my shane, I never had read the Bible through; but fron what I remembered to have heard at church, or accidentally on other occasions, I could not persuade myself that Paine's report was quite exact, and the Bible quite yo absurd a book as he represented it. I resolved, therefore, that I would read the Bible regularly through, and compare the passages when I had done so, that I might give the book fair play. I accordingly set myself to the task, and as I advanced, was so struck with the majesty which spoke, the awfulness of the truths contained, and the strong evidence of its divine original, which increased with every page, that I finished my enquiry with the fullest satisfaction of the truth as it isin Jesus; and with my heart penetrated with a sense of obligation I had never felt before, resolved henceforth to take the sacred word for iny guide, and be a faithful follower of the Son of God. But, judge of my surprize! I no sooner began to avow' my sentiments, and to change my course of life, than those who never reproached me for my ignorance and infidelity, branded me as a Methodist!--: Will any of you, my friends, let me know the real meaning of this term, and what are the characteristic marks of this re. proachful term, Methodism?"
tion respecting thein, which to the AN OTAHEITAN YOUTH.
ap, cared of so satisfactory a nature Mynow and OLEY, two Otahei. (istir as related to their best inter. tan youths, were brought to England' esi) that I was going , on Saturday about two years ago, by a South morning, tu make it the subject of Whaler, and, from motives of Chris. another letter to you or Mr. Hardtian compassion, were taken under castle, when I received a letter from the wing of the Missionary Society, Dr. Okely, by express, requesting, who committed them to the care of that if I had not settled otherwise, the Brethren's Society in Yorkshire. I might return to Misfield and at. The climate appears to have disa- tend the baptismi of Oley, and fune. greed with them; and it was in the ral of Mydow. contemplation of the Society to In this letter he informs me, that send them back, if possible, to iheir ever since I left Yorkshire, Mydow own country. In this, however, they had been growing weaker ; that have been disappointed ; but it af. there seemed a gathering in his fords much pleasure to perceive neck, which put him to great pain some hopeful appearances of the and inconvenience; and that, on power of Divine Grace in their Wednesday and Thursday, it had hearts; and that Mydow, who is plainly appeared that his dissolution dead, was thought by the Brethren was approaching; in consequence of to have died in the faith and hope which his repeated urgent request of the Gospel, as appears by the fol. to be baptized had been taken into lowing letter to the Secretary:- serious consideration by the minis. Rev. and Dear Sir,
ters of our Yorkshire congregation,
who happened to be assembled at Yesterday evening I returned Misfield on that day, to hold the from Misfield, whither I had been customary half - yearly meeting cailed by an express, on Saturday with that congregation. The bapthe 24th
tism was resolved to be adminis. My last to you was of the 31st of tered in the afternoon of the same August, writien just before my de, day; and many of our brethren parture from London, in which I from our other Yorkshire settle. once more made what observations ments being present, all took a most I then could do, concerning the pro- lively interest in the transaction. posal of the Directors of the Missi
At first, it was intended to have onary Society to bring the Otahei. baptized him on his sick bed, in his tan youths to London, with a view apartment; but a general wish beto their return to their native ing expressed that it might be done island. When I came to l'ulnec, I in the chapel, hc was carried in his exainined into their situation, and, bed into the chapel, and placed in according to the wish of the Din the middle, the bed-stead being rectørs, made a report of it to Mr. covered with a white cloth; the Hardcastle, who no doubt has come congregation sat all round; the chil. municated to you what I wrote. dren in the inner rows. After the When I left Fulnec, Sep. 16ill, they singing of some verses, and an ap. were both at Mirtield ; where I had propriate address, the situation of visited arid taken leave of them.
the patient not adinitting of the use I expected sirortly to hear, that of the liturgy, usual on such occasi. either Mydow or Oley was worse ; ons, -Mr. Benade, a bishop of our but a brother frem hence having church, and minister of Fulner, de. paid a visit to Fulnec and Mistield clared in the name of the candidate, last week, I obtained from him on his often repeated request to be ad. Friday night, 23d, some informia. mitted into the church of Christ by
491 holy baptism; his faith in Jesui , as and I begged that his name might be the only Saviour; his conte;sion of called Joseph, which he tin:elf bis being by nature under the power much approved ot, in token of rem of sia and the Devil; and also, his gard to Mr. Hirdcastle. Six brea hopes of pariion and deliverance, ihren were witnesses. I believe no thru the biood of Christ, &c.; all one present will forget what was which Myduw had often herore felt and enjoyed on this occasion. most unequivocally and spontane. The fervency with which the canOllly declared to b. his heart's diilate answered, “ O yes, I certainly wish and hope ; and the baptized do !" to the question in our litur. him into the death of Jestls, calling sy, "Don't thou desire to be baphim Christian, six brethren being lized, and washed from thy sins in witnesses, and standing around the the blod of Jesus?” &c, was very bed, four of whom were ministers, striking, and drew tears from all and joining in the imposition of eyes, hands. The wiu!e congregation was
The funeral of Christian was apexceedingly affected ; and even the pointed for the afternoon, as, from children sned many tears during the ihe nature of his complaint, the solemn transaction, and most fer- body seemed fut to decay ; and a vently jurned in singing that verse, very numerous auditory crowded
the chapel, to whom I was desired The Sav'our's blood and righteousness to speak; which I did from the Thy beauty are, ihy glorious dre.s. words contained in the two texts upThus well arra 'di, chou needst not fear
pointed for the day on which he de. Soon in his presence to appear."
:-" Praise the Lord all ye
natiois, " &c.; and" he shall have The following morning, about dominion from sea to sca, and from four o'clock, this dear soul took the river to the ends of the earth ;" fight; and, we firmly believe, is which were remarkably suitable. now singing the praises of the Limb The crowd in the burying-ground before the throne of God. Oley was so great, that the procession was present at the baptism, though could hardly move to the grave ; very weak and much affected; and but all was order and sile:ce. Oley immediately after, repeated his re
(now Joseph) frequently desired to quest to be baptized. For this be led into the room where his bro. long time past there appeared a ther Christian lay a corpse ; and great change in him ; his naturally once more, before the coffin was haughty spirit seemed subdued by shut, he stood and conteinplated God's grace: he confessed himself him'in silence, and often declared a sinner, sought pardon, through that he himself was not afraid to die, the merits of our Saviour ; and de. but resigned to the will of the Lord. clared his faith in and love to him, “A more pleasant looking corpse I in terms that left no doubt of his
never saw ; a sinile seemed to rest sincerity; and his baptism was there.
upon his countenance. fore appointed for Sunday morning.
Thus departed into eternal bliss As soon as I had received the letter, I set out, on horseback, and crossed to this country by what the world
a poor Otaheitan, who was brought the hills to Misfield, thirty-two miles. calls accident, led to the knowledge Oley was very much reduced; but of his Saviour and Redeemer by was supported by two brethren, and your instrumentality, and that of a led to a chair, covered with a white few friends, who providentially cloth, in the midst of the chapel: met with him, and provided the the other arrangements as before means of his instruction, in humble described. A great many of our reliance upon the Lord's blessing and brethren and sisters froin our fire
support, in which we have not been congregations in Yorkshire, had as.
disappointed.--) expect very shortly sembled, and many friends with
to hear that Joseph has followed them, who were spectators at this his brother into the realms above. solemn transaction. Mr. Benada was
A more detailed account of their again desired to administer baptism; proceedings amongst us, I have
drawn up, from Dr. Okely's ine- feel the same. Of the care, attention, morandus; and you shall have it love, and faithfulness, 'shewn them in time. They stood the severity by the brethren at Misfeld, I can of the weather last winter, in York- not speak in terms sufficiently shire, very well, and were scized strong. with their last illness during sum.
C. T. LATROBE. mer ; which made even Yorkshire Fairfield, near Manchester, appear like Ota heite. Thus it has
Sep. 27, 1803 pleased the Lord to remove them, and, in some respect, to disappoint their kind benefactors; but we have more cause for joy than grief; On the 3d of October died the and I was delighted to hear the ob. Rev. E. D. Jackson, of Warmin. servations made by our brethren ster. He had been indisposed and at Misfield about it, both there unable to preach for some weeks and at Fulnee. Joseph and Chris- past; but was not, in the appretian were great favourites, and every hension of the physician or his body had a love for them. Their friends, so near his end as the event departure (though I am inadvert. proved him to be. By the death ently led to speak of Joseph as of this able and exemplary minister, though lie were already gone, which the Christian world at large, and is perhaps not the case) caused pain his own church in particular, hare to many; butall declared, that to see sustained an affecting loss. It is this conclusion of their abode with our intention, as soon as possible, to us, afforded a joy far overbalancing present our readers witli a Memoir all our grief; and I dare say you will
of this excelleno man.
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.
The Divine Glory displayed by tive. It is an indisputable fact,
the Permission of Sin : < Seymon that moral evil exists; and we preackerl at a Monthly Meeting of must consider it either as occurring the Society for the Education of young by chance, or ás falling under the Men for the work of the Ministry superintendence of God. The fora among Protestant Dissenters, April ner would not only be inconsistent 7, 1803; to which are alded, Co- with infinite wisdom and knowledge, pious Notes and Roferences. By but would leave us in a state of John Pye Smith. 8vo, 25. dreadful uncertainty as to the issue ;
for that which was introduced by The anthor of this discourse in- chance, might, perchance, prove forms us, that “ The subject of it eventually successful, and the was not selected by his own choice, vernment of Heaven itself be ulti. but by the appointment of others.” mately overthrowa. As to the lle feels it to be profound; and ma- latter, the principal, if not the only nifests great moderation, care, and objection to it, arises from the attention in treating it.
danger of undermining the accountSome have considered all such ableness of sinners, of transferring discussions as improper, and sa- their blame- worthiness to their vouring of that spirit which as. Maker, and so of hardening them pires to be wise above what is in their sin, The doctrine of phiwritten. We grant, that in inves: Josophical necessity, as beid by rigating subjects so much beyond modern infidels, and some who call our comprehension, there is danger themselves Rational Christianis, we of erring in this direction ; but we are persuaded, is of this tendency, cannot allow that the subject itself The truth of God, however, is not, is unrevealed, or, merely specula- on this account, to be relinquished;