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careless Christian add to his stock? Did you brother's keeper; this well considered, would ever go by the sluggard's field, and not find it make thee, first, watchful to promote his glory overgrown with thorns ? Wouldst thou but that so carefully provides for thy safety. What make it thy business daily to watch thy heart, put David into such a rage against Nabal, but how thou prayest, and how thou walkest after the disrespect that his servants found at his prayer, thou shouldst find a blessed change in hands, to whom he had been so serviceable ? chy spiritual affairs; this strictness will at first “In vain have I kept all that this fellow be ueasy, but every day will wear it off, and hath.” Secondly, it would make thee the a sweet facility follow, when thou shalt see thy more watchful over thy own soul, if thou hadst rains come rolling in by it. He that finds how so much ingenuity as to fear grieving of thy well he is paid for his diligence, by the increase God, who expresseth his tender care over of his estate, will not envy the sluggard his thee. What greater grief can the indulgent ease, when he shall see him walk by his door parent have, than to see his child not mind in rags. It was the saying once of a rich man, his own good, after all his care and cost upon who by God's blessing on his diligence had um? raised a vast estate, that at his first setting up in the world, he got a little with much trouble;

THE TRUE VALUE OF DYING TESTIbut afterwards he got his great gains with little

MONIES." trouble. And thou, Christian, wilt find the same in thy spiritual trade; thy trouble will be NotWITHSTANDING the solemnity which usually at

tends the death-bed utterances, it is of great immost at first, but thy gains most at last; because

portance that they do not mislead us. We must, the way of godliness, by use and experience, therefore, endeavour to discriminate between the will become easy and delightful. Sixthly, spurious and the real, and to point out some con

siderations caiculated to diminish the force, or to Consider what others lose by thy not watching;

regulate the direction, of dying testimonies. he that lives in a town, wrongs his neighbour Death is certainly simply regarded no perfect test as well as himself, by not looking to his fence. of truth. Sentiments uttered in such moments, are

not infallible records of inspiration. Thus one Christian may injure many, by not

Death is a

natural, not a supernatural event, and it imparts no keeping his own watch. First, Thy very ex. gift of omniscience to its subject. The contrary ample is a wrong to others, for this sleepy dis- supposition misleads many. But all varieties of

opinion, the false as well as the true, have received, ease is catching; thy loose conversation may

in turns, support from dying testimony. Our bemake others do the same : it is no small bless lief of truth must rest upon evidence, and evidence, ing to live among active Christians, whose zeal

not only of the convictions of others, but of the facts

themselves of which truth is the summary. A sick. and forwardness in the ways of God is exem

bed has indeed some advantages for the utterance plary; this puts courage in those that follow of opinions; but it is obviously, from its seclusion them; the heavenly, holy conversation of a and mental weakness, unfavourable to the accumula

| tion of those facts which are necessary in the purmaster, is a help to the whole family. Secondly, suit of truth. It may be open to Christian instrucThou indisposest thyself for doing thy duty to tion, or it may be without it; and may even be surthem. We are commanded to watch over one

rounded by lessons defective and pernicious. What

is there in death to convince an idolater that the another in love, as those that are concerned in

gospel, of which he has been hitherto ignorant, is our brethren's welfare. Now, how unfit is he true? Or what to furnish an unbeliever with the

abundant attestations derived from miracle and proto watch over others, that doth not watch him.

phecy, testimony and history ? Approaching death self-to provoke others to love and to good

may restore the balance of the heretofore defective works, who needs himself the spur! Lastly, I judgment; it may predispose to candour and inquiry:

but it will not accumulate the materials on which Consider Christ's watchful care over thee.

alone a correct decision can be founded. It clears Look upon him in his providence; that eye the glass through which obiecte

the glass through which objects are viewed, but it which neither sleeps by night, nor slumbers by does not of itself present all the objects on which it

is necessary that the eye shall rest. day, is thy constant keeper : consider him in

When, for instance, the notorious EARL OF ROCHEShis intercession, there he prays for thee, watch: TER, who had been celebrated in the days of Charles ing thereunto with all perseverance; " for he II. as a wit, a genius, and a profligate of the lowest lives to make intercession for his saints." Con- and death, the rapid progress of dissolution stimu

order, was laid prematurely upon a bed of sickness sider him in his Spirit; what is he but Christ's lated him to thought and inquiry upon subjects which messenger, sent as our guardian, to take care he had hitherto neglected. He saw the madness of his

past course, and became suspicious that his system of of the saints in his absence ? Consider him in the gospel ministry, which is set up for this

• We take this article from a very useful and impressive little work recently published by the Religious Tract Society,

under the title of Life's Last Hours. It forms one of their every private saint hath a charge to be his admirable series of sixpenny volumes.

very Pu

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infidelity was untrue, because it was wanting in sub- death, his countenance would suddenly change, and be stantial consolations at life's last hour. Yet his very horrid to look upon; he himself was conscious objections to true Christianity remained; and it was of it, and would go to the glass, and would then turn not till after many long and elaborate processes of and say to his wife, Now, look at me-now will you argument, conducted by Dr Burnet, then bishop of believe!' In a short time he was confined to Rochester, that he was driven, step by step, from his bed, and was visited by several ministers and the “philosophy and vain deceit" in which the peril others (and among the rest by the gentleman to of his life had consisted, and brought, as an humble whom the writer is indebted for this awful memoir); penitent, to receive the doctrines he had heretofore but their admonitions and prayers seemed to be rejected. And, had such a friend been wanting to fruitless. After this, he one day feigned himself his last pillow, he would never have apprehended asleep, and Mrs D. and her companion, that he those real consolations which render the change might not be disturbed, left the room. Perceiving which passed on him one of the most satisfactory that they were gone, he put forth all his strength, instances of death-bed conversion. COUNT STRUEN- and rolled himself on the floor; on hearing the noise, SEE of Denmark, furnishes another illustration of they instantly returned, and, fearful to relate, found the same remark. In both cases, the death was not him dead." in itself the enlightenment; that enlightenment was In cases in which there can be no imputation of derived from the body of truth which was then ex- actual insincerity, death often prompts to a new and trinsically brought before the mind, and which, sent final estimate of the past life, made with a candour 'bome by God's Holy Spirit, was apprehended to the and impartiality very different from the views in man's salvation. A death-bed is only favourable to which the individual has previously indulged. The such results as it stimulates its subject to read, to death-beds of monarchs have furnished many illusinquire, and to judge, or surrounds the pillow with trations of this fact. Edward III. departed in Christian instructors.

great compunction. " What for weakness of body, 1 The greatest influence of death is, in correcting contrition of heart, sobbing for his sins, his voice and man's conscious errors. It is thus a rectifier of evils speech failed him; and, scarce half-pronouncing the which arise from insincerity. Though the instances | word 'Jesu,' he, with this last word, made an end of of confessed hypocrisy, in dying moments, are com- his speech, and yielded up the ghost." TI paratively rare, partly owing, without doubt, to the beds of WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR, ELIZABETH, and indisposition of friends to record them, they are by Louis XIV. of France, were those of gloom and reno means absent. That notorious impostor, JOANNA morse. SOUTHCOTE, as she drew near her last moments, “Gentlemen," said the departing Dr M ALL to seemed more than once on the point of confessing his medical attendants, “ I am no fanatic; rather, I how much her followers had been misled, and ap have been too much of a speculatist, and I wish to pears, in deceiving others, to have been self-deceived, say this, which I hope you will forgive me for utter* My friends," said she, “ some of you have known ing in your presence. I am a great sinner; I have me nearly twenty-five years, and all of you no less been a great sinner; but my trust is in Jesus Christ, than twenty; when you have heard me speak of my and in what he has done and suffered for sinners. prophecies, you have sometimes heard me sav that I

u have sometimes heard me say that I Upon this, as the foundation of my hope, I can condoubted my inspiration. But, at the same time, you fidently rely, now that I am sinking into eternity." would never let me despair. When I have been Here, in the last emphatic words of a good man, alone, it has often appeared delusion; but when the was an entire renunciation of what he felt might communication was made to me, I did not in the have been the erroneous tendencies of his past least doubt. Feeling, as I now feel, that my dis course; the needle vibrated away from every other solution is drawing near, and that a day or two may point, to fix, with an untrembling steadiness, upon terminate my life--it all appears delusion." She the polar one of salvation by Christ. was by this exertion quite exhausted, and wept To regard a death-bed aright, we must look upon bitterly. The assurances of her attendants, however, it as a branch, positively or negatively, of Christian recovered her spirits, and she died in her guilt. experience; and in each case it appropriately forms

Knox relates, with some circumstances not neces- a part of what Joseph John Gurney (who learned Il sary to be recounted, the last confession made by the phrase from Dr Chalmers) calls the portable

THOMAS SCOTT, a privy councillor to James V. of evidence of Christianity.” It is not distinct from Scotland, and a violent enemy of tbe reformed re the evidence of the life, but is its last scene--its ligion. When the monks began to comfort him, he closing paragraph-the illustration of the man's said “ Till now I never believed there was God or opinions in near approach to a future world. It is devil, heaven or bell. I acted only as a politician, therefore moral evidence, or the evidence of probato get money, and for that purpose I joined the bility; not demonstrative evidence, or the evidence bishops' side. All your masses can do me no good." of certainty. Its main value is, that it is the estiHe died the same night.

mate which a man forms of himself in the most † The following case might be morbid excitement, solemn hour of his earthly existence. or the conviction of real hypocrisy. It is cited, in Such an estimate, it is very obvious, will be greatly the annals of early Methodism, as the latter. It is regulated by previous habits of thought and characcertain that Mr Wesley refused to read the burial- | ter. To say that circumstances make the man is not service over the grave. PETER DEAN, after having true; but it is true that, whilst they impose no nebeen a preacher for a year in the Norwich circuit, | cessity how man shull act, they indicate the probawhere he married a rich wife, was taken ill and died. bility that man will act in a given direction. We When on the verge of eternity, he confessed that, in constantly meet with instances in which persons die his profession of religion, he had been influenced by | as they have lived, in ignorance of the most imporno other motive than the desire to obtain riches. tant truths. Talma, the French tragedian, during “The Lord," said he, “has given me my desire, and his dying moments, continually called on the name his curse with it; and now I am ruined for ever." of Voltaire, as if he knew no higher divinity. Nel* from that time a proceeds the account. “ he re- son, a name which every British seaman is taught to fused to be comforted, would take neither food nor | reverence, died, after being mortally wounded by a medicine, abandoned himself to black despair, and musket-ball, amidst demonstrations of the same seemed resolved to die. For some time before his ignorance. In reading his words, one for a moment euspects that he was not perfectly collected, especi. of prejudice and partiality, as to have seen nothing ally when his affecting complaint is remembered, | fairly-nothing fully. Their mental judgment has O victory, victory, how you do distress my poor become perverted through the influence of long and head!”* But every account represents him as per- evil habit. With enough of opportunity to render fectly calm and collected. What were the last words them fully responsible, they have never seerned to

ho had renounced his own amiable and feel that they are responsible. How will such men unoffending consort, and attached himself to another die ? Most probably, by assuming that they are man's wife, to whom he had just been transmitting altogether right. We must not be surprised if, in his last messages?“ Doctor, I have not been a such cases, there shall be no awaking up of congreat sinner. Thank God, I have done my duty." science-no lightning flash of truth, to make the Judging the hero by some of his letters, which ex- forgotten start up with terrible distinctness. Where hibit his moral delinquencies by the side of the most the superficial observer might expect a death-bed of 1 fervent appeals to God, it is to be feared that he agony, there is no such result; some of the most ; ? knew no better than he said.

cruel persecutors have departed from life in the utMournful also was the ignorance of the most vital most tranquillity. Their conscience, because unretruths of the gospel apparent in the dying words of gulated, became malignant; but that conscience William Pitt. He had, indeed, never been able soothed them at the last. Even HenRY VIII., whose clearly to apprehend what experimental Christianity libidinous and tyrannical life might seem to progmeant, and had previously expressed his inability to nosticate departing terrors, died in quiet a quiet 11 understand the language of Mr Cecil, the very prince which few around him would venture to disturb by of simple preachers, when taken to Bedford Row religious admonition, so much did they dread the Chapel by Mr Wilberforce. On his death-bed he fangs of that dying viper. It is ea represent said to the Bishop of Lincoln, “ I have, like too such cases favourably; but the conclusion is as false many other men, neglected prayer too much to have as it is easy. any ground of hope that it can be efficacious on a It is important also to observe a fact, which bedeath-bed. But I throw myself on the mercy of longs to a different class of opinions. Many proGod through the merits of Christ." Alas! how fessing a religion, miscalled in them evangelical, incomplete the knowledge of Christ which attached have taken views of it which are absolutely false and no obligation to prayer even at the last hour! dangerous. Religion with such, is not so much a

GEORGE BRUMMEL, well known by the name of practical truth as a plaintive emotion. Repentance Beau Brummel, was, in the days of George IV., then is rather a passion than a principle; a poetical senPrince of Wales, a votary of fashion, and ultimately sibility rather than a hatred of sin. Such men its victim. Disgraced at court, and the prey of large never took a single vigorous grasp of the principles pecuniary embarrassments, he retired to France, and of the gospel. Familiar as are its words, they know died at Caen, in Normandy. Misery, incarceration, nothing of its spirit. What they call an awe of and destitution, attended, during his last years, the God, has always died before it could be brought heartless sinner. We quote the report of his death into action, and it never regulated the temper, and bed from an English clergyman, who visited him : subdued the life. They saw, to some extent, that

“ Mr Brummel was in an imbecile state of mind diseased members must be cut off, and they bandwhen I arrived at Caen, and remained so till his aged the limb, and sharpened the blade for the death, incapable of remembering any occurrence five operation, but they never could perform it-yet that minutes together, but occasionally recalling some momentary inclination was their comfort. If they anecdote of days long since passed. He appeared were not saved, they were at least, they thought, quite incapable of conversing on religious subjects, 1 very near to salvation. And if death, arousing them I failed in every attempt to lead his mind (if he can once more, shall terminate their career in the midst be said to have retained any power of mind) to their of similar resolutions, they and those around them consideration. I never, in the course of my attend- I will be apt to conclude, that “all is well." Fatal ance upon the sick, aged, and dying, came in con- | error! As “ repentance" with them never previ. tact with so painful an exhibition of human vanity, ously represented a great principle, so neither does and apparent ignorance and thoughtlessness respect it now. It is rather sensitiveness than health. Yet ing a future state; for I have before visited persons how many death-beds, often displayed and much whose mental powers were equally shattered, but vaunted, have exhibited nothing more! Had the still it was possible to touch some chord connected subjects lived, the excitation would bave gone off with religion to which they responded, though, per- "in air--in thin air ;" there is nothing in death to haps, weakly and imperfectly. With him there was give weight to its inherent worthlessness. some response when sounded on worldly subjects; It is here the place to observe also, that such none on religious until a few hours before he died, modes of religion as rest unduly on the external and when, in reply to my repeated entreaties that he the sensible, are largely calculated to pillow the would try and pray, he said. I do try; but he added mind in a false security. It is one of the fatal tendsomething which made me doubt whether he under- encies of all false teaching, to delude in a dying stood me.” Nor was this dreary scene of spiritual hour; and the forms and appliances of superstitious vacancy relieved by any thing except that which may religion, especially if daringly administered, are be drawn from the following passage:-“I requested | beset with the greatest evils. him to repeat after me," says the same authority, The following passage occurs in the Memoirs of “the acte de contrition of the Roman ritual, as in BENVENUTO CELLINI, who lived in the sixteenth our Prayer-books; he immediately consented, and | century, and was one of the greatest artists of his repeated after me, in an earnest manner, that form day; he was at the time imprisoned in the castle of of prayer.” It would appear from his life, that, till St Angelo, at Rome, expecting instant execution. his last moments, one serious thought of the future “I continued part of that night in the utmost anxiety had never dawned upon his mind !

of mind, vainly endeavouring to guess for what cause There are again others who, though being in less | it had pleased God to afflict me, and, not being able ignorance, and placed in positions which might be to discover, I beat my breast with despair. ... supposed to be more favourable to the acquisition of Though I had sometimes been guilty of man-slaughtruth, hare been surrounded by such an atmosphere ter" (the writer was notorious for stabbing men on Letters and Despatches.

slight causes, in his fits of passion), " yet, as God's

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vicar on earth had recalled me from my own country, | ferment, or undertake a pastoral charge till towards and confirmed my pardon by his authority, and all the end of his life, was still instant in season and out that I had done was in the defence of the body which of season in preaching the gospel. It is said that his Divine Majesty had given me, I did not see how, in any sense, I could be thought to deserve death."

more than two thousand persons were converted How fatally has Popery often interposed between

through his instrumentality. “During his long life the guilty sinner and his God! When we remember he never seemed to lose one moment of time in idlethat the sacrament of extreme unction is declared by ness. As a wise man, he spent all his leisure hours the Council of Trent, “ to impart grace to the soul, in providing for immortality. He rose early, both and to wash out the remains of sin," we can scarcely

winter and summer, and spent the whole day in wonder if, whatever the saving clauses by which the Church of Rome limits its efficiency, it should appear

reading, meditation, prayer, and the instruction of to common minds invested with a power to take away

others. His whole deportment was as if God, his " the sting of death.". The practice of a corrupt holy law, and the day of judgment, were constantly Church may foster a thousand evils which are not before him." avowed in its creed !

He was faithful in reproving sin. “His reproofs," (To be continued.)

said one, “ were dipt in oil, driven into the heart,

and received with all acceptation, because of the THE WINDOWS.

overcoming kindness with which they were atBY REV. GEORGE DUFFIELD, JUN.

tended.” On a certain occasion, he was in company I LOOK'D on the dead, and bethought me

with several persons of wealth and distinction.

When he was alone with one of them, he took occaOf a story strange and wild, That has haunted my wayward fancy

sion to reprove him, with all seriousness and affec

tion, for using profane language at the table. “ Had Since e'er I was a child.

you reproved me at the table," said the man, “I Six windows a prisoner counted

would have stabbed you, but now I thank you." As he enter'd his spacious cell;

When his eldest daughter, to whom he was strongOn the beams of the sunset in-streaming, ly attached, was taken away by death, he preached He guzed, and he said, “ It is well.”

her funeral sermon. “He preached as a man who He sleeps, and his dreams are of freedom,

had not lost his God, though he had lost his dearest Till the clock of the castle strikes one;

child." He died in 1648, aged seventy-four years. 'Tis an earthquake! the prison is moving !

PREPARATION OF SERMONS.
He wakes—and a window is gone!

THE Rev. Thomas Shepard, who fled from persecuFrom morning till eve, in his terror,

tion in England in 1635, and settled at Cambridge, He ponders this mystery o'er:

Mass., was one of the most effective preachers of his 'Tis midnight again. Hark! a jarring !

day. He took great pains in his preparation for the of the windows there only are four !

pulpit. He used to say, “ God will curse that man's

labours, who goes idly up and down all the week, and Now nearer the floor and the ceiling,

then goes into his study on a Saturday afternoon. And nearer the walls get to be;

God knows that we have not too much time to pray The door where he enter'd has vanish’d,

in, and weep in, and get our hearts into a fit frame That night he counts windows but THREE! for the duties of the Sabbath." The sweat on his brow cold and clammy,

When he was lying upon his death-bed, several Oozes thick as the new-fallen dew;

young ministers called to see him. He addressed With fear and with trembling he watches,

them as follows: "Your work is great, and requires In vain! there are windows but two!

great seriousness. For my own part, I never

preached a sermon which, in the composing, did not He lays himself down (not to slumber),

cost me prayers, with strong cries and tears. I never The fatal sound cometh once more;

preached a sermon from which I had not first got The ponderous walls crush together,

some good to my own soul. I never went up into the A shriek- and his sorrows are o'er !

pulpit, but as if I were going to give an account of This story long slept without moral,

myself to God." Yet one raiseth it now from the past :

THE SOLDIER TURNED PREACHER, Though the earth seems at first a large prison, John GIFFORD was a major in the king's army during To the coffin we come at the last.

the civil wars. He was concerned in an insurrection Each year as it closes around us,

in his native country, on account of which he was

arrested, and, in company with eleven others, was Unto death more and more gives control;

condemned to death. The night before the day apOh! his grasp to the body is fearful,

pointed for his execution, his sister came to visit him. Then, what must it be to the soul ?

She found the sentinel who kept the door of the

prison fast asleep, and his companions in a state of ANECDOTES OF THE PURITANS.

intoxication. She urged and assisted him to make A SUCCESSFUL PREACHER.

his escape. He went into the fields and crept into a RICHARD BLACKERBY, though on account of his non- ditch, where he remained for several days, when he conformity he did not receive any ecclesiastical pre- succeeded in getting to London. He led a very dis

solute life, being guilty of drunkenness, profanity, When the above-mentioned sentence was passed, gambling, and other immoralities. One night he Laud made a speech to the court, in which he rehappened to take up a book written by Rev. Mr turned them his “ hearty thanks ” for what they had Bolton, and an arrow was fastened in his conscience. done. He was brought under deeper conviction, and in When Mr Burton was brought to the pillory, he about a month was led to indulge a hope that his said, “ Shall I be ashamed of a pillory for Christ, sins were pardoned.

who was not ashamed of a cross for me? I was He then proposed to join himself to the people of never in such a pulpit before. Little do you know God whom he had persecuted, but, for some time, what fruit God is able to produce from this dry tree. they were suspicious of his sincerity. After a suffi Through these holes (referring to the pillory) God cient trial, they embraced him as a disciple and a can bring light to his Church. I bless God who brother, and he began to preach among them. Ere bath accounted me worthy of these sufferings. I long he formed a church, of which he became the bless God I am full of comfort. The truth which I pastor. It was the church of which the celebrated have preached, I am ready to seal with my own John Bunyan was afterwards the minister.

blood, and this is my crown, both here and hereA CHURCH WITHOUT A BIBLE.

after." WHEN Rev. Robert Harris, who was afterwards

When he was taken out of the pillory, he was president of Trinity College, Oxford, preached his

brought upon the scaffold, and his ears cut off in a first sermon at Campden, there was no Bible in the

most barbarous manner. While the blood was church, and it was with much difficulty that he

streaming, he manifested great composure, and said, found one to carry with him into the pulpit. The

“Be content: blessed be God, it is well." vicar of the parish had a Bible, but it had not been

In a few days he was sent to Lancaster Castle, to seen for many months. It was found at length, and

suffer“ perpetual imprisonment, and not to be

allowed any use of pen, ink, or paper." As he passed taken to the church. Mr Harris was settled at Hanwell, where God so

out of the city, about one hundred thousand persons blessed his labours that there was but one prayerless

assembled to witness his departure. Large sums of family in the place.

money were thrown to his wife as she passed along

in a coach. This manifestation of popular favour In the time of the civil wars he had some soldiers quartered upon him. They were very profane, so

enraged the archbishop. He caused Burton to be that he could not forbear preaching from the text,

removed from Lancaster Castle to the Isle of Guern“ Above all things, my brethren, swear not at all.”

sey, and to be shut up in a low, narrow, dark room, They were so angry with him, that they swore they

and allowed no person to see or speak to him. would shoot him if he preached on that subject

In 1640 the parliament set him at liberty, and again. He preached from the same text the next

voted that he receive six thousand pounds for damSabbath. One of the soldiers present prepared his

ages received. This sum was never paid. The people musket as though he meant to shoot, but Mr Harris

of London gave him a triumphal entrance on his rewent on without fear, and was brought to the end of

turn to the city. He established a congregation,\! his discourse without molestation.

and continued in the faithful exercise of his minisHe used to say, “ A preacher hath three books to

try till his death, which took place in 1647. He study, the Bible, himself, and his people.” Also,

was then sixty-eight years of age. * the humblest preachers convert the greatest number of souls."

THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN. When he was near the close of life, he was asked A MINISTER, if he would be faithful to his calling, how he felt; he said, “In no great pain, I praise God, | must mark the signs of the times, and endeavour so only weary of my useless life. If God hath no more to shape his addresses that they may meet and ex. work for me to do, I would be glad to be in heaven,

pose the prominent errors. Now we think that,, in

our own day, there is a strong disposition to put where I shall serve him without distraction."

aside the Bible, and to seek out other agency in acHENRY BURTON.

complishing results which God hath appointed it to HENRY BURTON was the author of several books

effect. We fear, for example, that the intellectual

benefits of scriptural knowledge are wellnigh enagainst Popery and the corruptions of the Church, tirely overlooked; and that, in the efforts to raise and in consequence fell under the displeasure of the standard of mind, there is little or no recogniArchbishop Laud. He was arrested and imprisoned, tion of the mighty principle, that the Bible outweighs and prosecuted in the Star Chamber, for writing and ten thousand Encyclopædias. And we are fearful publishing seditious, schismatical, and libellous books

on your account, lest something of this national sub

stitution of human literature for divine should gain against the hierarchy, and to the scandal of the

footing in your households. We fear lest, in the government. He was condemned to pay a fine business of education, you should separate broadly of five thousand pounds, to stand in the pillory that teaching which has to do with the salvation of at Westminster, to have his ears cut off, and to the soul, from that which has to do with the imsuffer perpetual imprisonment. Previous to the

provement of the mind. We refer to this point

because we think ourselves bound, by the vows of execution of this cruel sentence, his parishioners sent a petition in his behalf to the king. It was

our calling, to take every opportunity of stating the

duties which devolve on you as parents or guardians. presented by two of their number, who were com There is a sense in which it may be affirmed that mitted to prison for their audacity!

souls, those mysterious and imperishable things, are

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