Billeder på siden

But these

thing well known, that Canaan had been from the be- to guide the stranger in his journeying, and which in ginning the lot of their inheritance. Consider the those days, as in the present, were a sea of land, and years of many generations : ask thy father, and he will the compass unknown.” show thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee,- When The enterprise of the giants in heathen mythology the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, appears to be a mutilated record of the tower of Babel. when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the Ovid represents this as before, instead of after the bounds of the people according to the number of the deluge ; but such confusion, under the uncertainty of children of Israel." Many learned men are of opinion tradition, and the want of chronology, is quite natural. that some of the families of Noah dispersed in an

And, that high heaven no more secure might feel orderly manner to their respective settlements; and that Than earth, the giants the celestial realm attempt ; this was the first dispersion, related in the tenth chapter

And raise a pile of mountains to the stars.

The sire Omnipotent Olympus clave, of Genesis. The whole of the earth was at this time

And with his thunderbolt threw Pelion down of one language, and of one speech."

From Ossa's top ; the horrid form beneath

Their own vast heap lay buried. Earth, 'tis said, Nimrod, whose name is said to mean a rebel, is by

Was soaked with blood impregnated with life, profane authors named Belus, signifying Lord; the The warm gore of her sons. Lest no remains first being bis Scripture name, on account of his re

Of this her savage progeny exist,

She turned it to the form of men. bellion against God, and the last his Babylonian name, Alike defied the gods, and furious were, on account of his empire there. He was the son of Cush

Greedy of cruel slaughter.-Offspring of blood

They seemed. and the grandson of llam ; and “he began to be a mighty one in the earth." “ And the beginning of his Babylon became the capital of Nimroa's dominions, kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Cal- -the Babylonian or Assyrian monarchy. This was neh, in the land of Sbinar."

the first empire established in the world. Erech, one The identity of the land of Shinar with that of of the cities which Nimrod built, is supposed to be the Babylonia, may be said to possess all the certainty same which occurs in Ptolemy under the name of which can be desirable for an inquiry referring to times Araca. Accad lay northward of Erech, and both of such remote antiquity. The physical characters of places were near the joining of the Tigris and Euthe country,—the ineffable impress of the hand of phrates. Calneh is supposed to have been the same nature,-every existing monument, and all the tradi- with Ctesiphon on the Tigris, as the country around it tionary and valid records which have been saved from is called Chalonitis, a name which appears to have been the scythe of time, unite in determining the land of derived from the Scripture word Calneh. Shinar and of Babylonia on the alluvial plains of the The great mounds of Erech are called by the nomad Euphrates and the Tigris.

Arabs Irák, Irká, and Senkerah, and sometimes El T'here Nimrod and his followers determined to build Asayah, “the place of pebbles." This interesting a city and a tower which they vainly boasted should ruin, wbich has been identified by Colonel Taylor with reach to heaven, to make themselves a name, and to the Erech of the Scriptures, is surrounded by almost prevent their being scattered abroad upon the face of perpetual marshes and inundations. In the territory the earth. While they were building this tower, which of Sitacene a remarkable pile of buildings is still met they intended as a monument of their glory, they were with. It is one hundred and twenty feet in height, dispersed by a miracle ; for the Lord confounded their and the brick-work is about four hundred feet in cir. language, so that they could not understand each other, cumference. Its structure of sun-burnt bricks and and they were scattered over the face of the whole layers of reeds announce it to be a Babylonian relic. earth. On this account, the place was named Babel, The embankments of canals and of reservoirs, and the a word signifying confusion, because the Lord did remnants of brick-work and pottery occupy the surthere confound the language of all the earth."

face of the plain all around, wbile the name bears a Josephus says that “the place where the tower was close affinity to that of the Accad of Scripture, which built is now called Babylon," and that “traditions of ought by force of circumstances to be in the same the building and overthrow of it and of the division of neighbourhood with Babel and Erech. language which then took place, were contained in the At the same time that Moses relates the account of books of the Sibyls (or heathen oracles) preserved at Nimrod, he adds, “ Out of that land went forth Asshur, Romne." And it is recorded by most of the ancient and builded Nineveb, and the city Rehoboth, and Cahistorians, that an immense tower was built by gigantic lah, and Resen, between Nineveh and Calah.” “ It men at Babylon, at a time when there was but one appears indubitable that Assyria owes its name to language among mankind, and that the attempt dis- Asshur, and was also called Aturia, by the transmutapleased the gods, who therefore demolished the tower, tion, according to Dion Cassius, of the s into t by the overwhelmed the workmen, and dispersed them over barbarians. Benjamin of Tudela corroborates the fact the face of the whole earth.

that the great Nineveh was called the great Asur.' About six miles distant from the site of ancient Hyde says that Assyria was first named from Ashur, Babylon, a vast heap of ruins is still to be seen, which and Abu-el-Fedah notices Nineveh as the capital of the is with probahility conjectured to be the remains of the domain of Atúr.” And Mr Rich mentions that the tower of Babel. It is nearly half a mile in circum- better-informed Turks who reside at Mousul, say it ference, and about two hundred feet in height; on the was El Athur or Ashur, from whom the whole country summit is a solid pile of brick, broken at the top, and was denominated. There is a town in the same situarent by a large fissure. Around it lie immense frag, tion as Rehoboth, called by Ptolemy, Birtbæ, which ments of brick-work, of no determinate figure, tumbled signifies streets in the Chaldee language ; and as Rebotogether and converted into solid, vitrified masses, as both has a similar meaning in the Hebrew, it is conif they had undergone the action of the fiercest fire. jectured to be the same city. Resen is supposed to be It is known by the name of the Birs Nimrood.

the same with the Larissa of Xenophon, the situations Its situation in a vast and dreary solitude, in a desert being alike between Nineveh and Calah, and described of immense extent, is very striking; and “the idea by him, as well as by Moses, to have been "a great entertained by the first of the nations of men, of pre-city.” Mr Rich, who visited this spot in 1820, gives venting their being scattered abroad upon the face of a very interesting account of these venerable ruins, the earth, by building a lofty tower which should reach which lie "four horseman's hours from Mousul,” the to the high heavens, is applicable, in the most remark. ancient Nineveh. A pyramidical mound stands on an able manner, to the wide and level plains of Babylonia, oblong platform, and round it are traces of ruins like vestis re scarcely oʻle object exists different from another those of a city, which spread to a great distance east

ward. Fragments of burnt bricks with cuneiform | utter them, must be of the most injurious nature. It inscriptions on them are scattered about, thicker than is no doubt true, that the spirit in which such remarks those of Babylon, and much resembling the Nineveh

are made, may often proceed from the natural hostility bricks.

About a quarter of a mile from the ruins, is the large of the unrenewed mind to what is good. Even the most village of Nimrod, sometimes called Diraweish, and it amiable to outward appearance, may have a deep-rooted is curious that the villagers still consider Nimrod as

aversion to the doctrines of the Gospel. But admittheir founder. The village story-tellers have a book ting this, how does it become Christians to give no which they call • Kesseh Nimrod,' or Tales of Nimrod, occasion for suspicion being cast on their profession ! with which they entertain the peasants on a winter Taking the very lowest view of the subject, it is an night. Near this place there is a dam built across the

easy thing surely for a reasonable being to maintain Tigris, constructed of large hewn stones, cemented with lime, which at low water stands considerably

that courtesy with his neighbour, without sacrificing above the river, and which the inhabitants attribute to

any principle, which may lead him to be respected by Nimrod. These anecdotes would be of small import- that neighbour. It consists with our own experience, ance in themselves, did they not serve to show that that when such a one has been removed from this tradition still preserves the memory of the immediate lower world, men of all classes with whom he has indescendants of Noah in the country which, as Scrip-tercourse, have joined in one common feeling of regret. ture instructs us, they first inbabited.

But if a Christian, who is beset with many infirmities

so long as he is in the body, still feels the risings of ON COURTESY.

natural passion within him, where is his confidence ? AVIDST the spiritual knowledge which abounds in the He surely cannot be ignorant of that. Will He, in present day, it is to be feared that many of the relative whom he puts trust, not direct him to a way of escape? duties and graces which belong to the Christian charac- Assuredly he will. “Set thou a watch upon my lips," ter are in danger of being overlooked. One may be said the Psalmist,“ that I sin not with my tongue.” Fery sound among his fellows upon the great doctrines So may every Christian, so should every Christian, of the Gospel, and it would be a want of that charity pray, every morning that he rises, that in his daily which thinketh no evil to say, that be was not fully business and intercourse with his fellow-men, he may persuaded of their truth in his heart. From sad ex- show all the graces of the Christian character, perience, however, it may be otherwise : for we are Courtesy costs little trouble to any one,-it should told, that even Satan can transform himself into an cost none to the Christian. He should lay account with angel of light. But take the most favourable view of trials and afflictions which await him in passing through tbe case, it becomes a subject of inquiry, how the doc- the world. His course here cannot be always smooth. trines of the Gospel affect the every day practice. To Let him, therefore, as the Apostle says, “ as much as in guide us in this inquiry, let us look to the third chapter him lieth, live peaceably with all men;" and wžether of the First Epistle of St. Peter, where the Apostle in his dealings in business, or in the retirements of do. concludes a long list of Christian graces, by calling on

mestic life, let him exhibit that meek and quiet spirit, the believer, amongst other things, to “be courteous." which, in the sight of God, is of great price. Thus

“ Courteous,” in the ordinary meaning of the word, will he exemplify, in his conduct, the influence of those applies to that civility which should subsist between man

higher principles, which will not only command the and man in their intercourse one with another. How

esteem of all around him, but may also lead others, from often it has been shown in the conduct of men of the his good conversation, to search for themselves that world, must be familiar to all who have had dealings Word, which has made him wise unto salvation. with them. If this disposition proceeds from the mere impulse of good feeling and good manners on their part,

CHRISTIAN TREASURY. how much more ought it, as a matter of higher and The iniquities of the Fathers visited upon their Chil. nobler principle, to actuate the conduct of those who call dren.-God has declared, that he will visit the iniquithemselves Christians! An opposite behaviour not only ties of the fathers upon the children. The enemy of injures their own peace,-it gives occasion to those divine revelation may find this declaration incompatible who have intercourse with them to consider their with his views of justice, and may found upon this asChristian profession as consisting merely in words, and in which the declaration is made. But what shall be

sumption an objection to the divine origin of the Book having no meaning. Such a consequence is deeply to said of the validity of this objection, when we find the be deplored, and bewilders those who otherwise might fact itself broadly and prominently meeting us, in the have been desirous to attain to the knowledge of the administration of the divine government ? To follow truth. It is no uncommon thing to hear the remark,

out the objection consistently now, it will be necessary "Oh, so and so, I dare say, is a very good man in his

to conclude, that the world is not governed by a being

of infinite perfection; nay, that the Ruler and the Judge own way; but I wish to have no business transaction

of all the earth, if such there be, is deficient in justice, with him. He is void of all courtesy, and I cannot and does not do that which is right. But this is a conmeet him even on the terms of ordinary civility.”- clusion at which Deism itself would shudder, and which Again, if another be a Christian, it is remarked some- can find admittance only into the cold and the dark times, “ He is a very ill-natured one, harsh to all with bosom of Atheism. Where then does the fact meet us? whom he has any thing to do. I would rather deal | Every where : in the history of nations and individuals, with one who would knock me down, than with him and in our own daily observation. In the history of the

Jewish monarchy, we find the guilt visited apparently who professes religion, and does not act up to it."

less sometimes upon the actual transgressor, than upon These, and similar remarks, are of more frequent his descendants ; so that, in his day, were "

peace and occurrence than professing Christians are at all truth,” while captivity and its worst evils awaited them. aware of. Their influence on the minds of those who 1 (2 Kings xx. 19.) And without going remotely into


antiquity, who knows not of whole nations suffering, | him to form a favourable opinion of us or of our creed. in various respects, for successive generations, on ac- It is, no doubt, far more congenial to the spirit of a count of crimes and profligacy, committed before they | Christian, to associate only with such as are like-minded ; were born ? Take next individual human beings, and but if he restricts himself exclusively to their society, is mark che effects of the good or evil of their conduct and character upon their children. Take, first of all,

he not seeking his own gratification rather than his a dissolute parent, and let him be one that moves in Master's glory ? Surely, having himself received grace, the lower ranks of life. The first form, in which his he ought to go forth into the world, not to partake of children suffer for his misconduct, is that of hunger and its evil, but to show, in his own deineanour, the truly cold; while they are obnoxious to the diseases which amiable and delightful character of the religion of Jesus. often arcompany these privations, and not seldom fall their victims. Again, they are exposed to the two-fold (Matt

. v. 15, 16.) In his words, his actions, and his

countenance, should be seen, as in a glass, the attractive evil, which arises from misgovernment, on the one hand, and the contagious example of vice, on the other. beauty of holiness, that spectators may be made to feel Another consequence of the dissolute father's conduct the desirableness of a religion that enables its followers is, that there is withheld from his children the educa- to subdue irregular passions, calmly to bear afflictions tion necessary to their acting a useful and respectable and injuries, thankfully to enjoy the common blessings part in life; as well as the yet more needful and im- of Providence, and joyfully to look forward to a scene portant instruction in religious faith and duty... Then, of bliss beyond the grave, without fear of nature's last with what peculiar disadvantage does the child of an

enemy. immoral and dissolute parent, compared with that of

Our blessed Saviour prayed, not that bis dis. the virtuous, enter upon the business of life? Do we

ciples should be taken out of the world, or how could want a servant? There are few situations, and these they shine as lights in it? The habitual conduct and the very lowest, which his neglected education enables conversation of the pious and highly gifted individual him to fill; and, even for these, we are desirous, if who forms the subject of the following narrative afford. possible, to obtain the child of religious and virtuous ed a lively commentary on this most blessed and invita parents, who has never been familiar with vice, and ing passage of Holy Writ. The child of distinguished has been taught at least a sacred regard to truth and the rights of bis neighbour. Thus it appears that God

Christian parents, his mind became early instructed in has, in point of fact, so connected the fortunes (if the

the lessons of piety. In advancing years, he discovered word be allowed) of children with their parents, that

an intense thirst for general knowledge, and a versathey must suffer for their iniquities.—Rev. DR COR- tility of talent rarely equalled. Deeply versed in litera.

(Inquiry into the Doctrine of Original Sin.) ture and the sciences, refined even in thought, and posThe Gospel a trial of men's spirits.- The Gospel sessing all that is most attractive in mind, manners, and becomes a trial of men's spirits, and by it“ the thoughts person, his society was anxiously sought and duly apof many hearts are revealed.” The man who loathes his preciated. The buoyancy of his spirits, and playfulness dungeon will gladly take this lamp and explore his way of his humour made him the darling of youth and age; to liberty; while another who loves his bondage will children hailed his appearance with rapture, and the old only dispute or slumber by it.-Cecil.

caressed him with parental affection. With babitual cheerfulness there was blended a beautiful propriety of

deportment, creating in bebolders so much respect that THE REV. JAMES B. HOWISON. his presence was at all times a check to unbecoming

levity. The following Sketch of one whose many estimable

The man of the world has forborn to scoff at things qualities endeared him to all his acquaintances and friends, sacred, and the infidel to avow his impious creed, awed we have received from a highly respected minister, to by the presence of this young but established Christian, whose care it had been committed by the author. We and there is reason to believe that his example and give it insertion all the more cordially, that we can

conversation were eminently blest to several such char. ourselves attest, from personal knowledge, the fidelity acters. To do good in a quiet unobtrusive way was with which the character of this amiable and pious his constant aim. Sin was never committed in his young man is drawn.

presence, in word or deed, without a reproof, yet so Speaking of the happiness accruing to believers from delicately was that reproof administered that the offender religion, the wise man says, “ Her ways are ways of plea- never thought of resentment, but eyed his monitor with santness, and all her paths are peace.” To the truth complacency, not unmingled with gratitude and selfof this declaration of Scripture every Christian will be condemnation. Few better understood or practised the ready to set bis seal. Yet, it is to be lamented that apostolical precept, “to become all things to all men, many, who not only bear the Christian name, but whose that he might win some.” No one abhorred more the faith and practice afford hopeful evidence that they have pharisaic spirit; no one was ever more truly imbued emerged from darkness into light, should do so little to

with that of the publican. Conscious of his own shortprove to "them who are without,” the easiness and comings, and knowing who had made him to differ from lightness of their blessed Master's yoke. Too fre- others, he regarded his fellow-creatures with a lenient quently do we see even such persons betraying a want eye; and, while he never spared the sin, felt a tender of charity and fellow-feeling, both in speech and con- compassion for the sinner. Instead of shunning and duct, towards those on whose souls the clear light of despising the fallen, biz endeavour was, by the most Scripture truth does not appear to have arisen. And gentle attractive means, to awaken him to a sense of what is likely to be the result of this unseemly deport- bis guilt, and point out the way of return to God. ment? To despise or shun one from whom we differ, They who knew him personally, and may peruse this --to meet him with a severe or gloomy countenance, humble tribute to the memory of departed excellence,

surely not using the most probable means of inducing will be able to call to mind his habitual self-denial,


Give me pa

patience, gentleness, compassionate disposition, and of sweet communion with God, resigned himself endelicate regard for the feelings of others. No one could tirely to his will. His desire, however, once more to be long in nis society without perceiving that he was commemorate his Saviour's dying love, at a communion

blest with no small portion of the spirit that marks the table, was at length gratified, and frequently afterwards ! followers of Christ. Worldlings, ignorant of the opera- he was heard to express great thankfulness that he had

finns of restraining or sanctifying grace, wondered to see been enabled to attend upon that sacred occasion, in one in the prime of life abstaining, and that without any bodily and spiritual comfort. In the beginning of apparent effort, from irregularities which are commonly August he was removed to Edinburgh, and thence to tolerated, if not approved, in youth, and felt that there the south of Perthshire, where it was hoped he might 1.ust be a pleasantness in wisdom's ways,” which derive some benefit from the mild climate, but vain are Puey had in vain sought in those of folly. There are, all the efforts and plans of friends, when the decree has perhaps, few afflictions incident to mortals, under which gone forth, “ Thou shalt die." The dear sufferer be36 Howison bad nut been called to suffer, yet was he came rapidly weaker, yet, though his outer man was ust rast down. He who had taught him to do his will visibly decaying, his inner man received strength equal eubled bin also to bear his will. He had mourned in to his day. He spoke of his departure as an inevitable biteness of spirit, yet in joyful hope, over the remains event, and meekly resigned himself and all his concerns par touch his parents, and bad seen a numerous family of to the care of a covenant-keeping God. When sufferbrothers cut down in their bloom by consumption, the ing severely he would sometimes exclaim, “ O for faith feeds of which insidious disease were but too deeply and patience,” or, “When will this struggle be over?" tooted in his own constitution; he was himself seldom Then, as if speaking to himself, he added, “I am most free from indisposition, and had experienced many mercifully dealt with,” or, “How thankful I ought to severe al.acks of illness, yet a complaint never escaped be for this affliction! I fear I was in a very worldly bis lips; bis mind appeared at all times in the frame of frame when it began; my proud heart required to be doh, when he said, “ Shall we receive good at the hand abased, and my merciful Father laid me in the dust." of God, and shall we not receive evil also ?" Passive His sufferings at times, from cough and breathlessness, ander his own afflictions, deeply did he sympathize were dreadful; and the enemy of souls appeared to with those of others. No personal interest or con- take advantage of his great weakness, to suggest fears venience were ever sufered by him to interfere with and doubts as to his spiritual state. Upon such occathe calls of friendship, or the duties of humanity. sions, he observed, “Ohl how sad to be distressed in Many affecting instances could be mentioned in proof body and, at the same time, afflicted with the absence of these assertions, did not the limits of this narrative of God's countenance ! Lord help me! prevent their insertion. More than once he was instru- tience,” or, “Give me a sweet text, I am very low iomental in saving the lives of individuals, at the imminent day, O for another sight of his blessed countenance." risk of his own. From the period of his being licensed | In the evening of a day on which he had been visited as a preacher of the Gospel, his greatest delight was to by two pious friends, he expressed himself thus : “ I deliver from the pulpit bis Master's message to lost have had some sweet thoughts to-day, the Almighty Einers; and this he always did in the language of so- has been very kind to me; he sent two of his servants lemn, yet sweet persuasion, and holy boldness. Con- to minister to me. I was much comforted by Mr vinced himself of the great importance of Scripture W.'s prayer, he is a good man. To be called a child truth, he longed to recommend it to others; and, had of God, what a privilege !” Being asked bow he felt it pleased God to spare his valuable life, there is little after a day of comparative ease, he said, “ I trust I have doubt but that he would have been a burning and a been enabled to throw myself more than ever on the shining light in the Church of Christ. But the time Saviour ; my mind bas enjoyed a sweet peace.” That was approaching when, alas ! too soon for those who his love to the Saviour was ardent and habitual, the loved bim, he was to be removed to a temple “not following observations may bear some testimony: made with hands, eternal in the heavens." Though ** Read to me from the Gospels, in them I can more suffering from a severe cold, he could not be dissuaded perfectly realize a Saviour's presence, using his own from preaching, whenever an opportunity occurred, dur- sweet words.” “O to be with Jesus! to serve him ing the stormy winter of 1836. His indisposition in without sin." " Avoid vain disputations, and look erensed, and before the end of February, an attack of constantly at the Saviour. Keep him, his offices and inflammation confined him to a sick-bed, whence, it his words, constantly in view, whether reading the Old was feared, he would never arise. Ho'vever, by the or the New Testament.” “ O how I hope in the last blessing of God upon the means prescribed, a temporary struggle, that there will be some one near to whisper to ebeck was given to the disease, he rallied a little, and me the name of Jesus !” On regret being expressed at & spring advanced, was able to enjoy the fresh air in a the prospect of losing him, he observed, “ It is cruel of garden chaise. But the hopes raised by this circum- you to wish to detain me here; is it not better to be with stance proved fallacions. To use the language of one the Saviour ? The dark valley must be passed through of his affectionate attendants, “ he drooped like a flower some time, and why not as well early as late ?” When having a worm at the root." From the first it does not about to separate from a friend, whose blessed privilege appear that he entertained any very sanguine expecta- it was to attend upon bim almost hourly, during some lions of being restored to health, yet the prospect of of the last weeks of his life, he said, "Well, dear E., being cut off from the land of the living in the prime of God be with you! never lose sight of the cross of life

, at a time, too, when his prospects were brightening Christ ; keep close to it, it leads to glory; and let your on all sides, caused him no concern. He mourned his prayer for me be, that I may have a speedy dismissal.” absence from Church privileges, but, enjoying seasons | Though his habitual conduct through life bad been,

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]



[ocr errors]

humanly speaking, in the sight of man, so pure and or observations bearing the same import, were frequently blameless, that, compared with the mass of his fellow addressed to individuals around him. On the doctrine creatures, he may be said to have been, like Nathaniel, of assurance, bis expressions were guarded. * Judge without guile, he disowned all dependence for salvation of your state,” said be,“ by yonr love for the Bible and on any thing short of a Saviour's merits; and sought for prayer; if that is cold, take the alarm.” On one for that salvation, to use his own words, as a “miser- occasion, when suffering much from fever and breathable sinner at the foot of the Redeemer's cross." His lessness, he exclaimed, “ O, when will this struggle be only source of hope and comfort arose from the fuluess over! 0, for patience! patience is more difficult to and freeness of the Gospel provision and promises. attain than resignation. O, if the old Adam were to He delighted to dwell upon such passages as the fol- arise now and get the better of me, what should I do?" lowing: God so loved the world, that he gave his The respective merits of different ministers and sermons only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him being discussed in his hearing, he said, “ O, what should not perish, but have everlasting life.” “Ho!! would I give to hear but the poorest sermon," alluding every one that thirsteth come ye to the waters, and to style, &c., “that ever was preached within the walls whosoever will let him take of the water of life freely." of God's house." Referring to his own ministerial Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, duties, he said, “I would gladly bave spoken again in and I will give you rest." “ Him that cometh unto my Master's behalf, but His will be done.” Among his me, I will in no wise cast out.” Precious to his soul latest remarks were the following: Being asked if he was the doctrine of justification by Christ, and most enjoyed a sure hope, he replied, after a pause, “ I am warmly did he recommend it to others. One instance

enabled to lie at the foot of the cross.' At another may be mentioned, among many, in which the Lord time, “ I have no fears as to the Almighty." On bear was pleased to bless his efforts for the good of souls. ing Dr A.'s opinion that he could not live long, he exCalling one evening on an acquaintance, the conversa-claimed, “ He is a messenger from heaven ! an angel to tion assumed a serious turn, and in the course of it Mr tell me that I shall soon get rid of this shell, this useless Howison discovered that his young friend was suffering body.” He then spoke of the blessed feeling of being a under the terrors of a broken law, and appeared to be child of God; said he“ had not a Saviour to seek now; totally ignorant of the way of salvation as provided by had no fears, none.” For some time preceding his dethe Gospel. Here was an opportunity of " speaking parture, he lay motionless, and apparently free from for his Master,” which Mr Howisor. gladly embraced. suffering, when, suddenly, as his friends were watching He proceeded to unfold the glorious scheme of justifi. round his bed, be made a sign to one of them to stoop cation, through faith in the Son of God; the infuence down, upon her doing which, he feebly pressed her of that blessed Spirit accompanied the words of instruc- hand between both his, and, applying it to his lips, tion ; light broke in upon the mind of the astonished and kissed it several times; soon afterwards he became indelighted youth, and they parted not till, like the Ethio- sensible, and the gentle happy spirit was peacefully dispian Eunuch, he was prepared to go on his Christian way missed, leaving many a heart to sigh, many an eye to “rejoicing.” Two years after this happy event took weep; for if ever mortal may be said to have possessed place, a lingering disease brought the young disciple to the power of attaching to himself the hearts of his fel. an early death-bed, from which he wrote to his beloved low-creatures, it was he, and long will his memory be spiritual father in the language of exulting hope and cherished, bis instructions be remembered, and his say perfect peace; thanking him as an instrument, under ings repeated, by all who knew him. In summing up the God, of bringing him to the knowledge of a Saviour's character of this dear departed saint, much might be said matchless love, and rejoicing in the prospect of soon of his natural talents, which were of the highest order, enjoying the purchased possession in the presence of his and of his extensive acquirements, the result of an ardent adorable Redeenier.

thirst for knowledge, and the most persevering industry. Mr Howison survived his return to Edinburgh only a To him all the works of creation were objects of the few weeks. To the last he suffered much, and could deepest interest, and every science by which an acquaintspeak but little. His mind, however, seemed at peace; ance with them could be cultivated, afforded food for no word of impatience or of murmuring escaped him. study to his active mind. Bu is especially as an In nothing was the sweetness of his disposition more enlightened devoted disciple of the Lord Jesus, that he exemplified, than in the grateful manner in which he is presented to the general reader. Genuine piety, and received the attentions of those who waited upon him. its attendant-peace, may be said to have accompanied He frequently expressed, in short but endearing terms, him almost from the cradle to the grave. Lovely in his affection for friends, both absent and present. To life, tranquil in death, the Saviour, to whom all his two young ladies whom he had known from their powers were consecrated, prepared him early for a more early childhood, and in whose spiritual welfare he was exalted sphere of action than this infant state of man much interested, he sent a message in the following presents, and removed him to the full enjoyment of the words: “Tell them I shall never see them again in the rest that remaineth for the people of God," on the body, but I hope to meet them in heaven." To a little 14th of October, 1836. “He is no longer here, but is boy, to whom he had for years acted a parent's part, he risen!” said, “ Dear boy! never forget your God, and He will never forget you; pray to Him with your heart, and never Published by JOAN JOHNSTONE, 2, Hunter Square, Edinburgh :

J. R. MACNAIR, & Co., 19, Glassford Street, Glasgow ; JAMES NISBET forget your prayers.” Speaking of an absent friend, he & Co., HAMILTON, ADAMS, & Co., and R. GROOMBRIDGE, London said, “ Tell her to mix cheerfulness with religion.” He

W. CURRY, Junr. & Co., Dublin ; and W. M'COMB, Belfast; and

sold by the Booksellers and Local Agents in all the Towns and vas very desirous to cherish a spirit of humility in himself Parishes of Scotland; and in the principal Towns in England and

others. “ Remember you have nothing of your own," Subscribers will have their copies delivered at their Residences,


« ForrigeFortsæt »