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tions, covetousness, as well as the violation of the barrier against the violence of passion and the rights of others. He, whose breast is filled with assaults of external temptation. Besides, men the love of God, glows also with kind affections are often prompted to the neglect and violation of to mankind; he is under the influence of prin- personal and social duties, by the false prospects ciples wbich not only prevent him from doing of some present gain or pleasure. The love of harm, but excite to noble exertions of beneficence power and of riches influences many to violate the and usefulness.
obligations of justice and humanity. Young perYou are surrounded, my young friends, with sons, with warm blood and strong passions, cannot many snares and inciteinents to sin. Multitudes bear these restraints which the divine laws imof youth are daily caught in these snares, and are pose. Many of them break through the most involved in guilt and misery. Not content with sacred ties, and seem to set all laws at defiance. ruining their own souls, you will find them eager They are restrained, perhaps, from those crimes to draw you into their criminal pursuits. They which are attended with present infamy and punishwill laugh at your scruples of conscience, and re- ment, but indulge freely in those vices which are present an attachment to religion as gloomy en- not usually punished by the sword of the civil thusiasm, or weak credulity. They will strive to magistrate. inflame your passions, and will set vice before you But, supposing their conduct should be blamein the most delusive form. They will endeavour less and decent, yet no obedience can be acceptable to persuade you that certain indulgences are light in the sight of God, but what is universal, and or trivial sins, and that you may enjoy them with flows from regard to his authority. Very different out bazard. Having prevailed thus far, they will from this is the character of those who fear God urge you forward in a vicious course, and seduce from their youth. They are inviolable in their you to overleap, on many occasions, the boun- adherence to truth, and upright in all their transdaries of duty.
actions, from delight in integrity and a desire to Resist, my friends, the first solicitations ; con- receive the approbation of Him who beholdeth tha sider what an evil and bitter thing it is to sin upright with a pleased countenance. They are against God. Habitually remember that God sees habitually chaste and temperate, from the influence you; that he is perfectly acquainted with all your of religious principles in moderating their affecthoughts, words, and deeds; and that he is oftions and regulating their conduct. The grace purer eyes than to behold iniquity. Never forget of God, which bringeth salvation, teaches them that
, as he is now your witness, so he is soon to to deny all ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to be your judge, and will bring every work into live soberly, righteously, and godly in the world. judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be They are diligent in business, and careful in disgood or bad. Preserve on your minds a lively charging any trust reposed in them, not from an sense of the authority of God, and of the sanctions | eager desire of fame or wealth, but from obedience by which his laws are enforced. Remember that to the will of God, and a worthy solicitude to be the violation of them exposes to future and ever- useful in their stations in society. They deny lasting punishments. If these and other sacred themselves every indulgence inconsistent with truths are habitually present to your thoughts, duty; they begin and prosecute every undertaking they will have the most powerful influence in with an honest zeal for the glory of God and the restraining your passions, and in enabling you to benefit of mankind. They are candid in their come off more than conquerors over all your judgment of others, compassionate to the disspiritual enemies.
tressed, and eager to do all the good they can, both II. Consider, in the second place, my young to the souls and bodies of their fellow-creatures. friends, the efficacy of early piety in fitting you The love of our neighbour is inseparably connected for the due discharge of the different duties of life. with the love of God; for how can we love God
I deny not that many have been honest in their whom we have not seen, if we love not our brother dealings, faithful in their engagements, humane whom we have seen? Piety is the only solid and beneficent to their neighbours, from the in- basis of morality. Truth cannot be genuine, unfluence of natural temper, of education, or of con- less it evidence itself by a universal conformity to victions of moral duty, though they have not been the will of God. He who fears God will view animated by the fear of God. I acknowledge that him as a legislator, whose laws are binding in some have been affectionate husbands and wives, every instance; he will consider all of them as datiful children, and useful members of society, entitled to a ready and unreserved obedience, and who have not been under the direction of religious that the breach of one implies a contempt of the principles. But this is far from being usually the authority which enjoins the whole. It is an ab
In general, it will be found that those who surdity of the grossest kind, to suppose that a man are destitute of the fear of God pay little regard should habitually fear God, or reverence him as to the duties which they owe to man. When an omniscient witness, and as his righteous lawtheir passions are keen, and wben suitable tempta- giver and judge, and yet live in the habitual netions present themselves, they will boldly violate glect and violation of his commands. As reverence the plainest obligations of duty. A regard to of a parent or sovereign inplies submission to character and present interest may have some parental and regal authority, so the fear of God force; but these considerations are but a feeble | is intimately and indissolubly connected with the keeping of his commands, and constitutes the which parses understanding. The youngest canwhole duty and interest of man. Contemplate not presume on the continuance of health or life the characters around you, and you will find none for a single day or hour. Our life is but a vapour so respectable and amiable for every virtue as the which appeareth for a little, and then vanisheth truly religious. They are persons who are away. Those who are in the vigour of body and most exemplary in performing the duties of private mind may very soon be arrested by the unrelentlife, and who are most distinguished for their pa- ing hand of disease or death. Consider, my young triotism and benevolence. As husband and wife, friends, who are the persons that will have the parent and child, master and servant, magistrate best support, the highest comfort, in such a situaand subject, in short, the duties of every relation tion. Is it those who have wasted their youth in of life are most fully and uniformly discharged by vicious pursuits? Is it the drunkard, 'the dethose who fear God, or live under the habitual bauchee, the profane swearer, or the Sabbath sense of his presence and authority.
breaker ? Is it those who have lived in the neHow powerful, my dear young friends, are these glect of prayer, and who have contemned the inducements to fear God from your youth. You institutions of religion? Is it the gamester, who are soon to fill various stations in society. Upon hath either amassed or squandered away his foryou the prosperity both of the Church and of the tune in play? Is it the dishonest, who have State essentially depends. If you enter upon life cheated their neighbours to enrich themselves? under the influence of religious principles, from you Is it the man whose affections are glued to the every thing that is excellent and praiseworthy enjoyments of a present world? Is it he who may be expected. The fear of God will give neglects or violates the duties of the different revigour and uniformity to all your exertions ; your lations of life, whenever they interfere with the constant study and endeavour will be to be useful gratification of his passions? No, my young in your stations, and to adorn the religion which friends ; in a cool hour, conscience loudly conyou profoss hy a holy life. Your example will be demns such characters, and testifies that God is of beneficial influence ; your prayers and endea- angry with the wicked every day ;—something vours for promoting the interests of religion in within whispers that, though hand should join in your families, and those with whom you are con- hand, the wicked shall not go unpunished. When nected, will be attended with the most happy the storms of adversity thicken, when death stares effects. The pious Joseph of old, when a servant | the sinner in the face, then he perceives, perhaps to Potiphar, obtained the just confidence of his too late, the dreadful delusion in which he hath master; God blessed the house of Potiphar for been involved, and the unsatisfactory nature of all Joseph's sake, and made every thing which he earthly enjoyments. Then conscience is roused; did to prosper. Obadiah, the minister of state to his past crimes crowd in upon his mind with all Ahab, a wicked prince, maintained his integrity, their aggravations. If not insensible throngh the and exerted his influence, with success, for re- nature of his disease, or by being hardened in straining the violence of his royal master. If a wickedness, he feels the direful anticipation of single individual could effect so much as Obadiah | future punishment; he views himself as imme. did, how extensively beneficial must be the united diately to be launched into a state of irretrievable efforts of many counsellers around the throne, and endless misery. The agony of such a mind who fear God and bate covetousness! Both in is more easy to be conceived than expressed. In public and private stations, you will always find death-bed scenes, melancholy examples of this that religious principles have the greatest efficacy kind have often occurred, especially amongst proin promoting a faithful and successful discharge fligate youth. But how different from this is the of every religious and moral duty.
condition of those, at that important crisis, who III. Early piety suggests the best consolation have feared God from their youth. In the hour under affliction and at the hour of death.
of distress, they view the hand of an infinitely Many and well-known are the sources of con- wise and good God as directing all events ; they solation which are peculiar to the truly religious. see all his dispensations to be perfectly just in God, whom they fear, is their reconciled Father themselves, and conducive to their advantage. through Jesus Christ. He pardons their offences, They are animated by the rejoicing persuasion receives them into his family, and bestows on them that God is their reconciled Father through Jesus the nature and privileges of his children. All Christ, and that the compassionate High Priest his paths are in truth and mercy to them who fear of their profession has a feeling of their infirhim and keep his covenant. Various and most mities, and is ready to succour them under all consolatory are the promises addressed to them in their trials. They have the high consolation of the Word of God, and they are adapted to every repairing to an almighty Friend, and pouring ont situation in which they can be placed. The sooner all their cares and sorrows to Him who does not they are devoted to the service of God, they will despise nor abhor the cry of the afflicted, hot not only experience more early, but feel more sendeth help from his holy habitation. God powerfully these divine consolations. Having set giveth them songs in the night of adversity, and out sooner, they are likely to make greater pro- in the multitude of their thoughts within them gress in the Christian life'; and in proportion to makes the comforts of his Spirit to rejoice their their progress will they enjoy that peace of mind / souls. He who hath been the guide of their
youth doth never leave nor forsake them. He | death, and that it secures the enjoyinent of a conducts them by his counsel, and will receive blessed immortality: them afterwards into glory. Those who have perse
Finally, I beseech all of you, my young friends, vered in a course of piety from their youth, have to chuse God for the guide of your youth, and commonly the largest measure of peace and joy he will be the staff of your age. They who seek in the near view of eternity. They have the tes- him early shall find him to be the satisfying timony of conscience that, in simplicity and godly portion of their souls. It is your duty, it is your sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the highest interest to fear God from your youth. grace of God, they have had their conversation in As for those who have already mispent their the world. Animated by the hope of a blessed youth in the pursuits of vanity and of vice, 1 enimmortality, they meet death with serenity and treat you to make haste and turn your feet unto joy; for they know that, when the earthly house God's testimonies. “ Now is the accepted time, of their tabernacle is dissolved, they shall have a and now is the day of salvation.” « Seek the building of God, an house not made with hands, Lord while he may be found, and call upon him eternal in the beavens.
while he is near.” Remember that death is advancIV. This leads me to the fourth and last argu-ing with hasty steps, and that if you continue in ment, by which I meant to urge early piety, impenitence and unbelief, God shall prove a connamely, the happiness in a future life, which is in suming fire to the workers of iniquity. Delay reserve for those who fear God from their youth. no longer attending to your most important con
But having spent already much of your time, cerns. One thing is needful. " What shall it I shall not enlarge on this argument. Be as- profit you, if you gain the whole world and lose sured, my young friends, that a firm adherence your own souls ; what shall a man give in exto the principles of religion, a cordial reception change for his soul.” Comply with the call of of Christ as your Saviour, and an unreserved the Gospel ; God is now waiting to be gracious, subjection to His authority, are indispensable none who come to him through Christ shall be qualifications for your everlasting welfare. Death cast out. shall soon terminate your state of probation, and fix you in a world of unchangeable happiness or
CHRISTIAN TREASURY. misery. Jesus shall be revealed from heaven in
Christ's suffering and death. What encouragement in flaming fire, to take vengeance on them that know duty may we derive from the sufferings and death of our not God, and obey not the Gospel, but to be glo- Lord! Pious and conscientious minds are apt to derified of his saints and admired of them who be- spond under a sense of their inability to conform, so lieve. How different in that all-decisive day shall fully and invariably as they ought, to the will of their be the condition of a Moses, a Samuel, an Abijah, heavenly Sovereign. Flesh and blood revolt against an Obadiab, and others who have feared Ged from that strict purity and self-denial which the laws of the their youth, from the state of those who have without, aided by our traitorous inclinations within,
Gospel require ; and the temptations that beset us from squandered away their time in rioting and drunk
too often lead us captive to the law of sin and death. enness, in chambering and wantonness, or in But let not the Christian be discouraged. The perfect making provision for the flesh to fulfil the lusts obedience by which Jesus, as our representative, has thereof.Whilst the latter shall be consigned by magnified the law, atones for every involuntary failure, the righteous Judge to inexpressible misery for comply with the will of our father in heaven. Nor their contempt of God and Christ, and violations shall we be left unsupported in the hour of trial. It is of righteous and moral obligations, the former
our unspeakable privilege, that we have a High Priest shall be admitted to the possession of the most who can be touched with a fellow-feeling of our inexalted happiness. Having, through Divine firmities; who struggled with every difficulty which we grace, bravely resisted the solicitations of the devil, have to encounter; and was, in all respects, tempted the world and the flesh, having persevered in a Lord regards with tender interest the conflict in which
From his throne in the heavens, our life of faith and obedience, they shall receive the his disciples are now engaged. He is ready to admicrown of life and inherit a glorious recompense nister relief whenever they are in danger of being batřed; of reward. “ To him that overcometh, will I “ to lift up the hands that hang down, and confirm the grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also feeble knees;" to support us in the good fight of faith, overcame and am set down with my Father in his till we become more than conquerors; and to carry us throne.” Though all the saints shall be happy, aids of his Spirit, till we reach the mark, and obtain
forward in our Christian race, strengthening us by the those shall be peculiarly blessed who have adhered the prize. Let us not, therefore, be weary in wellstedfastly to the cause of Christ from their early doing. Let us not faint under any discouragement to years, and whose path hath been like the shining which, in the course of our probation, we may be exlight, that shineth more and more to the perfect posed; but, in every situation of perplexity, let us look day,
up to Him, whose grace, if we implore it, will be suffi. Thus have I stated the principal advantages of cient for us, and whose strength, if we trust in it
be made perfect in our weakness.-STEWART. (Dis. early piety. I have shown that it is the best pre
courses.) servation from temptation, that it has the most
On the snare of self-indulgence connected with study. powerful influence on the proper discharge of the
-I have supposed you are studying with a view to the different duties of life, that it suggests the best benefit of others, rather than to your own gratification. consolations under affliction and at the hour of ( Yet, even in this case, self-indulgence may insinuate it.
self into your pursuits. If you possess a talent for these, of earthly things appear trifling and insipid in compe they will prove so attractive to you, that you will be- rison.-M. J. GRAHAM. (Memoir.) come attached to them for their own sake. An excessive fondness for abstruse meditations, a habit of indulging the other holy exercises of those that feared God and
Christianity opposed to Selfishness.-In proportion to them for their own sake will be as a worm at the root
were truly devoted to him, there is little account given of our communion with God. A lamentable declension
us of doubts, and fears, and troubled thoughts concern. from his ways will be the probable consequence. By ing their own interest in God in the sacred writings, insensible degrees, the thoughts of our literary pursuits and especially in the New Testament of our Lord ; an will begin to mingle with our serious meditations. Thus the hour of study will break in upon the hour of argument that those that were sincerely religious were
most taken up about the interest of God and Christ in prayer, and perhaps, in time, may totally interrupt or supersede it. Who can tell the train of evils which growth and increase, or in the hope and contidence that
the world, rejoicing either in the observation of its will follow? When prayer is omitted, study is unsanctified. Every selfish motive has free permission to about their own interest, yea, and that this course did
it shall grow; and that they were much less concerned enter; and with what impertinent excuses do we en
thrive best with them. While they were most intent tertain conscience all the time? I am just now so
upon the affairs of their common Lord, their own were occupied, I am scarcely in a frame for prayer. When
well enough provided for.- HOWE. I have followed out these investigations to some satisfactory conclusion—when I have considered this point been a pilgrim on the way to Zion for some sixty years,
The Reflections of an Old Disciple.--I have now a little more fully— when I have conquered this difficulty, or corrected that mistake, then my mind will be and have witnessed with delight the establishment of in a placid, uninterrupted frame; then shall be my hour Missionary, Bible, and other Societies, for the converof prayer. I shall then betake myself to my spiritual sion of the world to God; but have had abundant cause duties with tranquillity and delight, whereas now they to mourn that so many professing Christians should apwill be a weariness or formalityThus the hour of parently take so little interest in those glorious instituprayer is put off to a “more convenient season." Our tions. Now, Sir, it appears to me that it is the bouncontemplations detain us longer than we anticipated. den duty of all Christian parents who feel alive on this Midnight surprises us at our labours; and, at last, the subject, early to imbue the minds of their children with lateness of the hour warns us to repose, before we have
a missionary spirit; and train them also to habits of cheerfound time to pray. A sense of languor and drowsiness ful self-denial. I would also have preachers of the Gore either quite prevents our devotions, or compels us to pel to give such topics as these more prominency in their insult God with a prayer from which the heart is ab- discourses. I have reason to bless God that thus my sent. We retire to rest with the painful feeling that parents acted towards me. Not only was my youthwe have lost a day. Every Christian must be sensible ful mind richly stored with the truths of the Gospel,he cannot rob God of his portion of the day, without not only was I taught, both by precept and example, robbing himself of the whole. Still the deceitfulness to keep holy the Sabbath and reverence the sanctuary, of sin will follow us, with a lying consolation : It is — with no less urgency was I pressed “not to live into but one day; to-morrow I will awake refeshed, and my myself, but unto Him who died for me ;” and, by the first thoughts shall be with God.' Let us not silence blessing of God on their instructions, and in answer to conscience with this deceitful plea. If I am not greatly their prayers, I soon began to prize a halfpenny or a mistaken, this one day is the forerunner of many more.
penny more highly, because I could consecrate it to One foot has begun to slide, our steps to decline. The sin God, and assist in sending to young heathens the bread to which we have yielded to-day, will revisit us to-morrow
of life, than other children did, who knew no other use with more urgent solicitations. To make no more than of such trifles besides pampering their appetites and one deviation from the straight path is infinitely more strengthening the bonds of their iniquity. “My parents difficult than to make none at all. “ The backslider were in humble circumstances, and yet the sum raised in heart shall be filled with his own ways.” Perhaps by me in this way during the year was often considerthe very circumstance of having a religious motive for able; and I feel convinced, if Christian parents would study, may then be used by us as a cloak to hide de- but adopt my suggestion,—particularly those in afilufection : * All my pursuits are designed to fit for en
ent circumstances,—the offering their cbildren would gaging in God's service. My present diligence will one
in this way be able to present would often shame their day be turned to account in the cause of religion-it own annual contributions. Besides, let them consider cannot therefore be wholly misplaced.' Thus, in our
the saving there would be in the doctor's bills; as one plenitude of self-indulgence, we can talk about our zeal half, at least, of childish complaints are brought on by for the Lord of hosts.“ Hath the Lord as great de- the foolish way in which too many spend their pocketlight in” our worthiest pursuits, “as in obeying the voice money.-(Original.) of the Lord ?" We are told, “ to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams."
REVIVAL OF RELIGION ON THE poor worthless attempts in the cause of our Redeemer
CONTINENT OF EUROPE. can be of no value, but as they are accepted by God through his intercession. How foolish, then, to ima- The following account by Mr Haldane of his labours gine we can succeed, while we neglect tbus offering in the cause of Chrsst, in France and Switzerland, will them to God in frequent and faithful prayer? If we be read with interest. will work in our own strength, we must expect to be left For many years I had cherished the idea of going to to such success as our own strength is able to insure. | France, with the view of doing something to promote Are you even yielding in any way to this self-indulgent the knowledge of the Gospel in a country in which ! temper? Let me recommend a temporary cessation, if had been three times before as a traveller. Accordingly
, possible, from the employment that has ensnared you. when the return of peace rendered my design pracaA month, a week, in some cases a day, reserved from cable, I went to the continent. Being, however, unyour too fondly cherished occupations, and devoted to acquainted with a single individual there, and therefore earnest prayer for future preservation and direction, unable to arrange any particular plan of action, I feared may enable you to resume them without danger. But, that my object might prove abortive; and, in conseas you value your peace and spirituality of mind, be- quence, when asked, before I left Scotland, how long ware of returning to them till you experience so much I expected to be absent? I replied, “ Possibly only six sweetness in heavenly things as to make the very best weeks.” The Lord, however, was pleased to open a
wide and effectual door, leading me in a way that I l including M. Moulinié, who held the divinity of our Lord knew not, and my residence abroad continued about Jesus, and I believe loved and served him according to three years.
their light; but that light was so obscure, they were On arriving at Paris, involved, as it appeared, in on the whole so ignorant, so incapable of rightly divid. Egyptian darkness, I soon perceived that I had no means ing the word of truth, that their preaching was without of furthering the object of my journey in that great fruit. They preached neither law nor Gospel fully, metropolis. Unexpectedly, however, I met with Mr and their doctrine did not seem to affect the consciences Hillhouse, a gentleman from America, of whom I had of their hearers. A small prayer-meeting had for some not before heard. He had landed at Bourdeaux, and time been held, in consequence, I believe, of a visit of travelling through the south of France, had gone to Madame Krudner to Geneva ; and by one belonging to Geneva, and thence to Paris. Having passed through it I was told, that sensible of their want of knowledge, Montauban, where the French Theological Protestant they had prayed that an instructor should be sent to Faculty was founded by Napoleon, he had there, and them, and that their prayer, they now believed, was in other places, inquired respecting the Protestant mi- answered, nisters; and he communicated to me all his information Being unable to meet with any other person with on the subject. He told me, that at Geneva there were whom I might converse on the Gospel, I resolved to only two individuals to whom I could have access; the quit Geneva without delay and proceed to Montauban. one, a pastor in advanced years; the other, not a pas- The Lord, however, is often pleased to overrule our tor, but what is termed a minister ; and that nearly the purposes by occurrences which in themselves appear whole of the other pastors were Arians or Socinians. triding, and thus to bring about results that could not
Finding no opening at Paris, I immediately set out bave been anticipated. M. Moulinié had politely offered for Geneva, hoping that something might be done to conduct Mrs Haldane to see the model of the mounthrough the two individuals referred to by Mr Hill- tains, a little way out of town, and with this object he house. On my arrival I called on the pastor alluded promised to call on us the following day. In the mornto, (the late M. Moulinie,) and conversed with him on ing, however, we received a note from him, saying,
the Gospel. He was very kind, but appearing to ac- that having suffered from a severe headache during the & quiesce in all that I advanced, discussion on any point night, be was himself unable to come, but had sent a
was out of the question, and no progress was made. young man, a student of divinity, who would be our Being, therefore, unable to discover means of useful conductor. On this providential circumstance depended ness at Geneva, and finding, on inquiry, that the young my continuance at Geneva, which I had been on the man also spoken of by Mr Hillhouse, had some time point of leaving. With this student I immediately enbefore removed to Berne, I repaired to that city, where tered into conversation respecting the Gospel, of which I found he had been ordained a pastor. He was not an I found him profoundly ignorant, although in a state of Arian or Socinian, but although very ignorant respect- mind that showed he was willing to receive informa. ing the Gospel, he was willing to inquire and hear con- tion. He returned with me to the inn, and remained cerning the great truths which it reveals. I remained till late at night. Next morning he came with another in Berne about eight days, during which he came to me student, equally in darkness with himself. I questioned every morning at ten o'clock, and continued till ten at them respecting their personal hope of salvation, and night,-in fact, as late as it was possible for him, the the foundation of that hope. Had they been trained in gates of the city, beyond which he lodged, being shut the schools of Socrates or Plato, and enjoyed no other at that hour. During the whole day I endeavoured to means of instruction, they could scarcely have been set before him, as far as I was enabled, every thing re- more ignorant of the doctrines of the Gospel. They lating to the Gospel; and bave good reason to believe had, in fact, learned much more of the opinions of the that the word spoken was accompanied with the bless- beathen philosophers, than of the doctrines of the Saing of the Lord. I was afterwards informed, that sub-viour and his apostles. To the Bible and its contents sequently to my departure he conversed with his cold their studies had never been directed. After some league, the other pastor of the church, on the subject conversation they became convinced of their ignorance of our discussions, and that, in considering what had of the Scriptures, and of the way of salvation, and exbeen advanced, they arrived at the conclusion that it ceedingly desirous of information. I therefore postmust be the true doctrine of salvation.
poned my intended departure from Geneva. I hesitated whether I should return to Geneva, but The two students with whom I first conversed at last resolved to do so, having beard of two Prussian brought six others in the same state of mind with clergymen, who had recently been in England, and were themselves, with whom I had many and long conversapassing through that town, with whom it was supposed tions. Their visits became so frequent, and at such I might have an opportunity of conversing on the Gos- different hours, that I proposed they should all come pel,--and also of a pastor at a little distance in the together, and it was arranged that they should do so country, who, my new acquaintance at Berne informed three times a-week, from six to eight o'clock in the me, would listen to my statements, but would “draw evening. This gave me time to converse with others, himself up and not answer a word.” To Geneva I ac- who, from the report of the students, began to visit cordingly returned. With the Prussian clergymen I me, as well as leisure to prepare which might be profound no satisfaction in conversing; and although I fitable for their instruction. I took the Epistle to the subsequently did not experience the reserve I antiei. Romans as my subject; and this portion of Scripture pated in the pastor just referred to, yet I had not the I continued to expound to them during the winter, and gratification of meeting him till after the lapse of some to dilate on the great doctrines which it unfolds. time.
After having proceeded in this manner about a fort. I, however, again visited M. Moulinié, with whom I night with these eight students, I was earnestly solicited, had before conversed, who, as formerly, was very kind, in the name of the other students, to begin anew, in but with whom I could make no progress.
From all I which case I was assured that the rest of them would could learn from him, Geneva was involved in the most attend. I accordingly complied with this request, and deplorable darkness. It was, as Mr Burgess observes, during the whole of the winter of 1816-17, and until "an unbroken field of labour," with a “ fallen Church." | the termination of their studies in the following sumCalvin, once its chiefest boast and ornament, with bis mer, almost all the students in theology regularly atdoctrines and works, had been set aside and forgotten, tended. And God was graciously pleased to accompany while the pastors and professors were in general Arians bis own Word with power. In addition to the general or Socinians. Some exceptions among them there were, I knowledge which all of them acquired, a goodly num.