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had made an exception in favour of travelling,-forbid. | be taken up with the glory of the earthly structure." ding every other species of secular employment on the There are various means of maintaining and promoting day of rest, but allowing men to journey on it. They a spiritual mind. Vain company will injure the mind; that would not do any other labour on the Sabbath, carnal professors of religion especially will lower its will nevertheless travel on that day. The farmer who tone; we catch a contagion from such men. Misem. would not coil on bis field, the merchant who would ployment of time is injurious to the mind. Avoid all not sell an article, the mechanic who would not labour, idleness ; exercise thyself unto godliness; plan for God. the mistress of the family who scrupulously avoids cer- Beware of temptation; the mind which has dwelt on tain household occupations on the Sabbath,—will yet, sinful objects will be in darkness for days. Associate all of them, travel on the Sabbath ; and that, whether with spiritually minded persons; the very sight of a the object of their journey be business or pleasure. good man, though he says nothing, will refresh the They would not on the Sabbath do other work, appro- soul. Contemplate Christ; be much in retirement and priate to the six days— that would shock them! but to prayer; study the honour and glory of your Master.-commence, continue, or finish, a journey on the Sab- | Cecil. bath, offends not their consciences in the least. I am
Sin weakens Faith.-Bold sinning doth afterward acquainted with many persons who would not for the make faint believing.-FLEMING. world travel to a place on Saturday, accomplish their business, the object of their journey, on Sunday, and employment too entirely secular.
Study in Faith.-We are apt to make study an
We are apt to return on Monday; but these same persons will, without any hesitation, go to the place on Friday, do their gion. It is one of those subjects on which we do not
consider it as something wholly apart from relibusiness on Saturday, and return on Sunday! Now, perinit ourselves to converse freely with our heavenly I would do the one just as soon as I would the other, Father. To apply to him at every step for assistance and should consider that I desecrated the Sabbath by and counsel, would convey to us an idea of presumptravelling to and from the place of business on it, just tion. We are afraid to trifle with the majesty of God, as much as by accomplishing the olject of the journey by expecting that he will take an interest in the mere on it. According to the theory, that it is lawful to earthly improvement of our intellect. But in this journey on the Sabbath, a man may so arrange it as never to be under obligation to keep a Sabbath. tion. Reason, as it is the noblest of our faculties, so it
timid reserve, I perceive no marks of genuine veneraNeviss.
is the most capable of being conducted to a high degree “ I am the vine, ye are the branches."- A Christian, of perfection; and God is glorified in the perfection of for the sweet fruit he bears to God and men, is com- bis works. When, therefore, you cannot confidently pared to the noblest of all plants—the vine. Now, as look for communion with God in the exercises of your the most generous vine, if it be not pruned, runs out into understanding, the hesitation proceeds either from the many superfluous stems, and grows at last weak and absence of religious motives, or the infirmity of faith. fruitless, so does the best man, if he be not cut short of If you are seeking to cultivate your understanding with his desires and pruned with afflictions. If it be painful a single eye to God's glory, you may so conduct each to bleed, it is worse to wither. Let me be pruned that one of your literary employments as to enjoy his preI may grow, rather than cut up to burn.-BISHOP sence all the time you are engaged in it. He will not Hall.
despise any thing you do for bim. To study in faith “ To be spiritually minded is life and peace.”—The
removes every perplexity and temptatiou. - M. J. spiritual man is born, as it were, into a new world.
Graham. (Memoir.) He has a new taste; he savours the things of the Spirit ; he turns to God, as the needle to the pole. There are various characteristics of a spiritual mind. Self-loathing is a characteristic of such a mind,—the axe is laid | THE LATE REV. ALEXANDER WAUGU, D.D., to the root of a vain-glorious spirit. It maintains, too, MINISTER OF WELLS STREET CHAPEL, LONDON. a walk and conversation with God,—“Enoch walked
BY THE Editor. with God." There is a transaction between God and the spiritual mind. If the man feels dead and heartless,
Part I. that is a matter of complaint to God for the day, for the hour, for the business in hand. A spiritual mind This excellent minister of Christ was born on the 16th refers its affairs to God.-—-“ Let God's will be obeyed of August 1754, at East Gordon, a small village in the by me in this matter; his way may differ from that parish of Gordon, Berwickshire. His parents were of which I should choose, but let it be so." have behaved, and quieted myself as a child that is upright Christian character; and his father was nomiweaned of bis mother; my soul is even as a weaned nated an elder in the parish of Gordon, but declined to child.” A spiritual mind has something of the nature accept the office, both from bis own deep impression of of the sensitive plant," I sball smart if I touch this his inability to discharge its duties, and also from his or that;" there is a holy shrinking away from evil. dissatisfaction with the violent settlements which were A spiritual mind enjoys at times the influx of a holy at that period too often sanctioned by the General Asjoy and satisfaction, which surprises even itself.— When sembly. So keenly did the good man feel on this latter bereaved of creature-comforts, it can sometimes find such a repose in Christ that the man can say, “ Well, point, that he deemed it right to quit the Established it is enough, let God take from me what else he pleases."
Church and join the Secession. The character of Dr A spiritual mind is a mortified mind. There is a sort Waugh's mother is thus briefly delineated by him :of hypocrisy in us all-we are not quite stripped of all “ Through life she maintained the character of a disguise; one man wraps round him a covering of one godly, modest, and inoffensive woman. Her devotions kind, and another of another. They who think that were regular and fervent: the law of kindness to all they do not this yet do it, though they know it not. was on lier lips; but towards her children her affection Yet this spiritual mind is a sublime mind. It has a was uncommonly strong, and her religious principles vast and extended view; it has seen the glory and directed her affection into the path of tender solicitude beauty of Christ, and cannot therefore admire the goodly about their eternal welfare. By prayer, by exhortabuildings of the temple; “ As Christ,” says Fenelon, tion, by example, and by many tears, did she study to “had seen his Father's house, and could not therefore advance our knowledge of the true God, and Jesus
Christ whom he hath sent. She bad herself experienced | cil the lovely scene around us was drawn, and by whose the sweetness of unaffected godliness, and was greatly breath the flowers among our feet were perfumed. On concerned that her children might also taste and see our knees have we many a time in succession lifted up that the Lord is gracious.”
our hearts to him,- for knowledge,—for pardon,-for Blessed with the example, and counsels, and prayers,
the formation of his image in the soul. We looked of such parents, Dr Waugh's mind was early imbued forward to the days of coming prosperity, and for:dly with sentiments and feelings of the warmest piety. To hoped it might please God that, hand in hand, we should his mother, particularly, he felt and acknowledged the pass through life to that world we were taught to love
and aspire after; but Heaven thought otherwise, and deepest obligations to his dying hour. He was the by a consumption carried my friend to the grave in the youngest of the family, and was devoted by his parents, bloom of life. I cannot, even at this distance of time, whilst yet a child, to the office of the Christian minis. read his letters, but the recollection of the past over. try. After remaining at the parish school of Gordon comes iny soul with weakness. till he was twelve years of age, he was sent to the pa- mildness of soul, with most becoming softness, inhabited
“ John Anderson had a sister: if ever piety and rish school of Earlstoun, in the neighbourhood, prepara
a female form, it was the form of that excellent young tory to his being transferred to the university. This
Through solicitude about her brother, she event was thus noticed by him many years after :- caught his disorder. I hurried to Earlstoun the mo
January 1, 1766, entered the grammar school of ment I heard of her danger. She made an effort to Earlstoun, in the county of Berwick, -Jolin Mill, mas. rise up to receive me. * My brother, my brother, le ter. The providence of God directed my worthy father whom you so loved—is gone! I heard the trampling to send me thither, by the good character which the of the horses' feet as his funeral passed by the door. i schoolmaster bore, and by its nearness to Gordon. shall soon be with him. My God will supply all my Though the progress we made in the Latin language wants out of his fulness in glory by Christ Jesus.' Her was slower than what is usually made in the grammar strength was spent: in four days after, I held the cord schools of large towns or cities, yet the simple and which let her down into the grave! She was buried innocent manners of the place, the regard to the duties in the grave adjoining to her brother's, and but ten of religion, which was universal, and the wild and pleas- days after bis interment. They were lovely in their ing scenery of that part of the country, brought advan- lives, and in their deaths they were not divided.' They tages to my heart which in many other places were not were the boast of the village. Their memory is stil to be expected. cannot recollect the manners of that fragrant; reproach could not sully their fair character; happy village, and the innocent pursuits of former days, I do not remember of an enemy they ever bad. Their especially when I coinpare them with the far other religion was truly like apples of gold in pictures of manners which prevail in London, without sighing and silver. Farewell, my earliest friend! I will bold up longing for the past. Goldsmith has in his · Deserted your image to my heart, and trace on my own the siaVillage,' touched those days with so happy a pencil that cerity, friendship, love, and goodness of yours." it needs little more but to change the names to make his poem a description of Earlstoun; with this differ- fers, he read the Scriptures frequently and devoutls,
During the period of life to which this quotation reence, that it is not yet, and I trust never will be, a • deserted village.' But Goldsmith's minister, schools and delighted in secret prayer. With his companions master, and publican, were the minister, schoolmaster, he was accustomed to engage in devotional exercises, and publican of Earlstoun, when I first knew it. under the shade of an elder-tree in the neighbourbood
“ The people of Scotland reap important advantages of the village ; and he occasionally attended a fellow. from the establishment of parochial schools in all parts ship meeting, which was held in a private house in Ex«. of the nation. This, depending not on the precarious Gordon. In 1770, when sixteen years of age, he joined charity of the times, but on the authority of Parliament, will continue to be a source of knowledge and instruc- in communion with the Secession congregation of Stition for youth, I trust, to late ages. By the care that is chell. In the course of the same year he entered the taken to make thein at school acquainted with the doc- University of Edinburgh, where he pursued bis literary trines of the Assembly's Catechism, they are prepared for studies for four years with marked success. He appeaos taking a repectable part in the annual parochial examina- to have had a strong predilection for moral philosopčs, tion, and fitted for understanding the public instructions which he attended for two sessions under the celebrated which, on every Lord's day, are given to the people. Dr Adam Ferguson. At the end of his classical and The cheapness of education, also, brings it within the reach of the poorest labourer. One shilling a quarter literary curriculum he commenced the study of theology for reading; one shilling and sixpence for reading, writ- under the care of the eminently pious John Brown of ing, and accounts; and half-i-crown for Latin and Haddington. As an instance of the faithfulness with Greek, were the stated wages! The care which the which this excellent divine was accustomed to address worthy master took of us, his joy at our proficiency, his students, we may quote a passage of one of the corand his uneasiness at our sloth, were truly parental. 1cluding lectures of the session :shall reverence his memory while I live.” To the friendships of his early days he often looked
Thinking this morning on your departure, two pasback with a melancholy pleasure. On this subject he well to take them into your serious consideration :
sages of Scripture came to my mind, and you would co speaks in the following terms :
* Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is 3 “ I recollect the friendships of youth with reverence. devil ?' One may be called to special service, way fi. They are the embraces of the heart of man ere vice has a public station in the Church, may be a preachel, polluted or interest diverted its operations. In the may go abroad into the world and address people do churchyard of Earlstoun lies the friend of my youth. things of deep and everlasting importance, and
yet bes John Anderson was a young man of the gentlest man- devil; may be under the power of Satan, in a state of ners and of unassumed piety. Often, when the public enmity against God, may be a traitor at heart, and act service of the church was over, have we wandered the part of an open traitor at last-may betray the Mas among the broom of Cowdenknows, and talked of the ter he professed to serve, and come to shame and dispower of that Being by whose hands the foundations of grace ] Jesus knows all things; he searches the heart the mountains we beheld were laid, and by whose pen- and tries the reins of the children of men : what state
you are in, what are the reigning principles in your waiting for his self-condemning reply, or unnecessarily breasts, what are the motives you are influenced by, and exposing him, Mr Waugh stated, that be bad lately met What the ends you have in view; whether you are in- with a Christian professor, apparently so zealous for the deed what you profess, and what your outward appear- honour of the Church, as to walk fourteen miles with ance would indicate,-all is known to Him, To com- no other object than that of making known to his mi. mend a Saviour one has no love for ; to preach a Gospel nister the failings of a brother-member. He then, in a one does not believe; to point out the way to heaven, warm and impressive manner, enlarged on the praise of and never to have taken one step in that way; to en- that charity which covers a multitude of sins ; which force a saving acquaintance with religion, and to be an rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth.' entire stranger to it one's self, how sad ! how prepos
While Mr Waugh was zealously labouring at Newterous ! Tremble, O my soul, at the thought, still more at tbe thing! Better follow the meanest occupa
town, the congregation in Wells Street, London, had tion, than enter into the holy ministry solely or chiefly
not lost sight of him. The impressions made by his to serve some secular, some selfish design. While í brief ministrations among them still remained, and they would be far from setting limits to the Divine sove invited him to become their pastor. The offer was a reignty, I am afraid it but seldom happens that a per- tempting one; but, weighing the matter calmly, he son is converted after he has become a preacher. Was deemed it his duty to remain among his attached fock at there a Judas, a devil among the twelve ?—what if Newtown. A second call, however, was tendered in a there should be one for every twelve among you ? Lord, few months, which was again declined; and in the folis it I?_is it I?-is it I ?
The effect of such an address must have been almost lowing spring a third call was laid before the Synod, overpowering. The most profound silence reigned in when it was decided that Mr Waugh should be transthe class-room, and the whole audience were dissolved lated to London. The station which he was now called in tears. Under the wise and judicious instructions of
to occupy was one of great difficulty and responsibility, Mr Brown, the subject of our present Sketch made and his mind was filled with deep anxiety; but he knew rapid progress in the knowledge of divinity; and, to
well that he was not called to go a warfare on bis own complete his acquaintance with Biblical criticism and charges. “ The joy of the Lord was his strength.' ecclesiastical history, he attended, during one session, Entering upon his duties in such a spirit, le proved the able and instructive prelections of Dr Campbell of himself a most laborious and faithful pastor. He had Aberdeen; at the same time availing himself of the three services every Sabbath ; and during the week, lectures of Dr Beattie and Dr Gerard. It was at the besides his preparations for the pulpit, he spent much close of the session to which we refer that he obtained of his time in acquiring that vast and varied informathe degree of Master of Arts. Next year he was licens- tion for which he afterwards became so conspicuous. ed to preach the Gospel in connection with the Seces- Little more than a year had elapsed after Mr Waugh sion Church. His pulpit appearances were at once
commenced his labours in London, when the mournful creditable to himself and acceptable to the people. In intelligence reached him of the dangerous and (as it about two months after receiving license, Mr Waugh proved) fatal illness of his revered father. On receive was appointed to supply the Secession congregation of ing the melancholy tidings he bastened to Scotland, but, Wells Street, London, then vacant, This he continued alas ! he was too late to witness the last moments of to do for ten Sabbaths to the high gratification of his his beloved relative. On this subject he thus speaks audience. On his return to Scotland he was appointed in his diary :to supply, for two successive Sabbaths, the congrega. “ It was six hours after his departure that I arrived tion of Bristo Street, Edinburgh, then vacant by the
at Caldron Brae; where I found my dear, my excellent dea th of the Rev. John Pattison. Here his services mother, with my brother and sister, dissolved in grief, were also acceptable, and a large part of the congrega- holy religion. This was on Sabbath ; and on Tuesday
yet wonderfully supported by the consolations of our tion were disposed to call him as their pastor. In the following, according to the usage of the country, he wag meantime, a unanimous call was given him by a con- buried in the churchyard of Gordon, and his funeral gregation in Melrose, Roxburghshire. After calm de- attended by a large and respectable number of the liberation and earnest prayer, he accepted of this call, friends of the family. It happened, providentially, that and was ordained to the office of the holy ministry at
the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was dispensed on
the following Sabbath at Stitchell; the solemn ser. Newtown, Melrose, on August 30, 1780. The con
vices of which were found strengthening to our hearts. gregation over which Mr Waugh was thus placed was
And now, blessed God, when my earthly father is resmall and poor, and be was under the necessity of re- moved from me, do thou take me up.' Under thy siding at his father's, which was distant about twelve wise, and kind, and powerful administration, I shall enor fourteen miles. His people were remarkably at-joy more safe guidance, more tender care, and more tached to him, and hung upon his lips froin Sabbath to sure protection, than from any created relation I could Sablath with intense delight. As an instance of his
ever receive. I look up to thee; on thine arm will I ty in reproving vice, we may quote the following terwards receive me to glory. Be thou the husband of
lean. Guide me with thy counsel while here, and af. anecdote :--
my widowed mother, and the father of her children. " One of his people had travelled all the way from Bind us together with the cords of love, and enable us Newtown to his father's, where he usually resided, to to soften and to smooth the rugged paths of old age to communicate to him an unfavourable report concerning her feet.” another member of the congregation. Some friends
Mr Waugh had not been long in London when lie being with him, this person was requested to stay and dine with them. After dinner, he took occasion, in a sought and obtained the friendship of Mr Newton. The jocular manner, to ask each person, in his turn, how far following is a characteristic letter from that eminent
he bad ever known a man to travel to tell an evil report servant of God:· of his neighbour; when some gave one reply, and some “ REVEREND AND DEAR SIR,--I heartily thank you
anotber; he at last came to this individual, but without | for your acceptable present of your ordination scrmon,
which I have read with pleasure. May the Lord make / voice exclaimed : If you love your mother more than a deeper impression of the great truths and motives you the Lord Jesus Christ, you will not do for us.' Abasbed propose upon my heart ; and may his blessing rest upon and confounded, the young man was silent. Some you and upon your friend, and upon your respective murmurs escaped the committee ; and he was directed congregations.
to retire while his proposal was taken into consideration, * I trust that you and I, though there is some differ- On his being again sent for, the venerable chairman, ence in our regimentals, belong to one army, under the (Dr Waugh,) in tones of unaffected kindness, and with onc Captain of Salvation. Our weapons, our resources, à patriarchal benignity of mien, acquainted him that our aims, and our enemies, are the same; and while the committee did not feel themselves authorised to the good soldier is concerned to maintain his own par- accept of his services on a condition involving uncei. ticular post, he feels an equal concern with the rest for tainty as to the term; but immediately added : . We the success of the whole. On whatever side the foe is think none the worse of you, my good lad, for your pushed, and advantages gained to the common cause, dutiful regard for your aged parent. You are but acting he will rejoice, whether it be effected by those who do in conformity to the example of Him whose Gospel you or who do not wear exactly his own uniform. My wished to proclaim among the beathen, who, as be heart and hand, dear Sir, are with you, and with all hung upon the cross in dying agonies, bebolding bis who love the Lord Jesus Christ, and go forth under his mother and the beloved disciple standing by, said to banner!
“ Woman, behold thy son!” and to Joha, “ When the campaign is happily terminated, the mi- “Behold thy mother !” My good lad, we think none nisters and people of the Word will be found the worse of you.' than conquerors,' and shall assemble to join in the songs of triumph. Then all our present petty distinctions Dr Waugh's noble spirit we may quote a brief address
As a specimen of the bigh and holy enthusiasm of shall cease, and we shall be perfectly and for ever united in one heart and one mind. "The more this delivered by him at one of the annual meetings of the spirit of union prevails at present, the more tbe Church London Missionary Society. militant will resemble the Church triumphant. In the “ Could I this day remove the veil that covers the meantime, the same Lord of all is rich in mercy to all heavenly world ; could I place you upon the summit of that call upon him.-Your obliged and affectionate one of the luminous hills of paradise'; could I impart friend and brother,
" JOHN NEWTON." vigour to your visual faculties, and extend their power When any of Mr Waugh's friends came from Scots to the almost interminable regions of the blessed; could land he was accustomed to introduce them to Mr New. I raise your eyes to the Lamb in the midst of the throte,
from whose countenance beams the felicity of the re. On one of those occasions Mr Waugh said, deemed; could I open your ears to the songs of the ** Well, Sir, I have brought another of my northern conquerors, and the acclamations of the martyrs, which, friends to see you." " Ah, my brother,” said the swelling in the majesty of thunder, ascend through the venerable Newton, “ I was once a wild lion on the expanse of heaven, and fill with acceptance the ear of coast of Africa ; there God took me and tamed me,
God; could I cheer your hearts with the sight of mul. and brought me to London; and now you come to see
titudes entering, in blessed succession, through the
mediation of Jesus, froin Hindostan, from Africa, and me as they do the lions in the Tower !"
the islands of the Southern Sea,-the trophies of divine In the institution of the Evangelical Magazine in power, the purchase of the Saviour's blood, the gets 1793, Mr Waugh took a lively interest, and contributed that shall ever sparkle in the Mediator's crown, the first to it many valuable papers. In 1795 he was one of fruits of the missionary labours-what inspiration would the min ers to whom, under providence, the Christian the glorious objects impart to your souls! Work, O world is indebted for the original formation of the Lon. work while it day! Whatever your minds find to don Missionary Society. This he justly termed a new
suggest, whatever your hands find to do, do it now.
No device, no work in the grave! Turn your moistened era in the history of the Christian church, and never were
eyes to my yet recent grave, and let the sight arouse, his energies more powerfully called forth, or his heart animate, and sustain your exertions. I did a little; warmed into more elevated piety than when advocating and if my constitution sunk under the pressure, I regret the cause of the missions to the heathen. He often that my nerves were not nerves of brass, and my limited alluded to the subject in his public discourses, and in measure of three score years and ten did not extend to
an antediluvian age. his private conversations, and on various occasions he
Should your hearts ever feel was selected by the society to itinerate in their behalf Calvary. There, redeeming love will invigorate you
languor invading their powers of action, hasten të in England, Scotland, Ireland, and different parts of fading faculties, and constrain you to put forth all you! the Continent. As a member of the Board of Direction strength in the cause of Him who bled for you. Look his services were warmly appreciated, and his amiable forward, each of you, to the eventful hour when the kindly deportment marked him out as the fittest person Son of God shall pronounce over you the sentence that to act as chairman of the Committee of Examination. shall ever form your destiny of blessedness : Wel How tenderly, and yet how faithfully he discharged done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the jer
of thy Lord.'' the duties of this latter office let the following beautiful anecdote suflice as an illustration.
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CONTENTS. 1.--The Death-oed of c. Hess, as Related by his friend J. 4.--Biographical Sketch. The late Rev. Alexander Waugh,
Gaspard Lavater. Translated from the German, Page 817 D.D., Minister of Wells Street Chapel, London. By the 2.-Sacred Poetry. “ Praise for the Loving-kindness of God."
Editor. Part II.,
Page 823 By Davies,
820 5.-Sacred Poetry. “ Master, where dwellest Thou?"...... 825 3.-Sketch of the History of the Jews, from the Destruction of 6.--A Discourse. By the Rev. John Hunter, A.M.,
ib. Jerusalem down to the Present Time, and Onwards to 7.-Christian Treasury. Extracts from Stewart, Graham, and their Final Establishment in their own Land. Part V.
829 By the Rev. George Muirhead, D.D., ib. 8.- Revival of Religion in the Isle of Skye,
THE DEATH-BED OF C. HESS,
AS RELATED BY HIS FRIEND J. GASPARD LAVATER.“
TRAYSLATED FROM THE GERMAN.
On the morning of the 7th of January, 1769, be- that pass over our hearts,—to commit the same fore I was awake, an express had arrived from my to paper, quite undisguisedly, the first moment of friend Hess, summoning me to come to him with cool reflection,—for it is not the knowledge of out delay, as he was dangerously ill. The in- the surface of the heart that profiteth, it must be formation startled me; nevertheless, a certain sounded, probed to the very core, if we are ever pleasing sensation stole over me at the same time, to arrive at a proper estimate of ourselves. I and yet, God knows, how sincerely I loved my hurried the arrangements for my departure, and friend, and what a wound his death would inflict was shortly seated in the carriage. I was alone, upon my heart. This is not, however, the first -it was cold, I pulled up the glasses ; some poor time that I have observed, that a secret feeling of children followed the coach as it drove along, pleasure is apt to mix itself with the first sensation crying for alms, and rubbing their cold hands. I of surprise, even when the surprise is caused by allowed them to run awhile,—was it indolence, melancholy intelligence. I remember, on one not to be at the trouble to lower the glass ? was it occasion, when a sudden report of fire was spread avarice, not to give the poor children a few pence ? through the town, experiencing the same feeling, At last I aroused myself and threw a pittance into at which I trembled wben left coolly to reflect the snow, where they had to seek for it with their
Is it, perhaps, the love of novelty and chilled fingers:- This I did on my way to a dying change, that gives rise to this contradiction in our man! I soon felt ashamed of the uncharitableness natural feelings? Or the anticipation of the in- of my conduct, and endeavoured to get rid of this terest which we are likely to excite in those with feeling by thinking of my friend ; but instead of whom we may have occasion to converse on the praying for him, and considering what I might yet subject, a circumstance always in some degree have to say to him, and how might make, what flatiering to the narrator ? Or is it the inter- would probably be our last meeting on earth, a ruption it causes to the monotony of every-day blessing to us both, I allowed my imagination to life, and the different direction it gives to the dwell on the many delightful days which I had course of our thoughts? I should like to know spent with this excellent man ; till all of a sudden, how others, more experienced Christians, and truly the thought of his sufferings, and the prospect of philanthropic hearts feel, when some important losing him, struck me to the heart, and I cried, melancholy intelligence reaches them unexpectedly. Oh my God, preserve him, preserve the best of I fear few men pay attention to the workings of friends, take him not from my side! let the tears their hearts under similar circumstances, or, if of his wife be precious in thy sight!” Putting my they do, they hide their feelings from others, and hand into my pocket to take out my handkerchief, often from themselves. However, it seems to I laid hold of the New Testament, and opening it, me, that it would be profitable, particularly to ex- my eyes fell on the words, “ Whatsoever ye do in amine oursel ves under all circumstances, and in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord order to be able, afterwards, to recollect the most Jesus Christ !”—and in my prayer there was not secret emotions, the faintest lights and shadows the least reference to the Lord Jesus Christ ! I
. It was by the aid of Hess that Lavater had many difficulties seemed to have forgotten that I was privileged to removed, which stood in the way of his yielding an implicit assent to the divine inspiration of Scripture.
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