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longer met theirs. Instead of this they found her with Jesus. If you have not, ah! do it now. Jesus body laid out on a bed in the house next to the is waiting for you, ready to receive you, and to cast school, with her little sister sitting beside it, weeping, your sins behind his back into the depth of the sea, but not able to speak.

ready to blot out the hand-writing that stands against Such, my dear children, is a short account of this thee in God's book. O think what a blessing it will affecting scene, one which will long be remembered. be if, when your soul is required of you, you shall be A question suggests itself here. There were other able to say, “ I've laid my sins on Jesus." boys ard girls at that school besides Janet: why was she the only one that was taken away? Perhaps

THE FULNESS OF JESUS. Janet was the only one that was resting her soul on

I lay my sins on Jesus, Jesus. Perhaps she alone was ready to go, and the

The spotless Lamb of God; others were left in this world a little longer, that they

He bears them all, and frees us might repent and believe the gospel; for you should

From the accursed load. know that God has no pleasure in the death of the

I bring my guilt to Jesus, sinner, and this is just the reason why you are spared

To wash my crimson stains day after day. He is, by Jesus Christ, asking you

White in his blood most precious, every day, “ Why will you die?" O take warning, then, and flee to Jesus: baste! haste!

Till not a spot remains. Janet died reading her Bible. Perhaps you often

I lay my wants on Jesus;think that is a dull book, only fit for melancholy

All fulness dwells in him. persons, or for a sick-bed. But Janet was not on a

He heals all my diseases, sick-bed when she died. She was in the purple

He doth my soul redeem. bloom of youth and health, and yet she was reading

I lay my griefs on Jesus, sweet words out of her Bible. No, it is a book of

My burdens and my caresglad tidings to those who believe it. Ob, then, often

He from them all releasesread it! How unexpected was Janet's change! At

He all my sorrows shares. one time standing in the school, repeating her hymn, and then, in a little, standing before the throne of

I rest my soul on Jesusthe once crucified Jesus, with the palm branch of

This weary soul of mine; victory in her hand, and singing the song of Moses

His right hand me embraces, and the Lamb; at one time upon the earth, sur

I on his breast recline. rounded by her little playmates, confessing her

I love the name of Jesus, Saviour there, and then, in a twinkling, standing in

Immanuel, Christ, the Lord, beaven, surrounded by hosts of angels, and Jesus con

Like fragrance on the breezes, fessing her before his Father, and the spirits of the

His name abroad is poured. just made perfect. The people residing in the neighbourhood of the

I long to be like Jesus, event were all much affected with Janet's death, and

Meek, lovely, lowly, mild; many have possessed themselves of a copy of the

I long to be like Jesus,

The Father's holy child. hymn, which is now called Janet's Hymn. Ah!

I long to be with Jesus little did I think, when I put that lovely hymn into

Amid the heavenly throng, her hand, that she was so soon to enter the unseen world. Little did her parents think, when she and

To sing with saints his praises, her little sister left their home in the morning, that

To learn the angel's song.

Rev. H. Bonar, she would enter it no more. Little did Janet think, as she stepped lightly along the road that morning, that she would never tread that road again. And

MINISTERIAL VACATIONS. little did she suppose, as she met her companions, It is the custom of ministers, especially the pastors thet they were to have such a speedy and awful part of city churches, to absent themselves from their ing. Little did she think that she had entered that fields of labour at this season for health and recreaschool for the last time, and would see teacher and tion. There is an obvious propriety in this practice; companions no more.

indeed there is commonly a necessity for it. No And it may be that you, dear children, are think class of men need the weekly rest of the Sabbath so ing very little of the time when you also shall die. / much as those who are devoted to constant intellecWho can tell but you may be the next who will be tual labour. Wilberforce attributed his own mental summoned into the world of spirits. Oh, then, let and physical vigour during a laborious public life to me ask you, Are you ready to die? O put not away his regular repose on the Sabbath; and he has from you this solemn question ! Better to ask your chronicled the melancholy fate of several of his comself now than when death comes. If you say, How peers at the bar and in Parliament, who died premay I know this? I ask you, my dear child, Have maturely, or sank into mental imbecility, through you laid your sins and your wants on Jesus? Do you the neglect of that weekly repose. But the minister now trust your soul on Jesus as that Saviour who cannot rest on the Sabbath like other men. To him, died for you? If so, you will love the name of Jesus; both physically and mentally-especially if he is a you will long to be like Jesus; you will desire to be man of strong emotions—the Sabbath is a laborious

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day. And if he applies himself faithfully to his that you are going away from care. It is right. Take studies during the week, in addition to the fatigue warning by me. Don't work too hard. Take rest; of visiting and lecturing, how and where is he to ob ministers need it." tain that compensation for the drain on the vitality That congregation best consults its own interests of his system which is necessary to keep up a healthy which accords a vacation to its minister, and even and vigorous circulation ? Most ministers endeavour facilitates his going upon an occasional make Monday a leisure day-a day of rest from Independent, mental labour. But for a city minister who has a large congregation, and who is actively concerned in

GREAT CURE BY RELICS. the benevolent societies, this is wellnigh impossible. When the Reformation was spreading in Lithuania, With parish calls, committee meetings, and the odds Prince Radzivil was so affected that he went in person and ends of a whole week crowded into it under the to visit the Pope and pay him all possible honours. delusion that it is a leisure day, Monday has often His holiness, on this occasion, presented him with a proved to us one of the most fatiguing days of the box of precious relics. Having returned home, the week. This incessant mental activity is almost a report of this invaluable possession was spread; and necessary condition of ministerial life in a great city. at length some monks entreated permission to try the

But there must be compensation somewhere. A efiect of these relics on a demoniac who had hitherto man may live for years on this high-pressure scale, resisted every kind of exorcism. They were brought and his constitution seem to be unimpaired; but by into the church with solemn pomp, deposited on the and by an explosion comes and he is left a miserable altar, and an innumerable crowd attended. After the wreck. It is like straining a cord constantly to its usual conjurations, they applied the relics. The deutmost tension; it holds the weight till we cease to moniac instantly became well. The people called apprehend danger; the most practised eye cannot out, “ A Miracle !" and the prince, lifting up his

tect a sign of breaking; but of a sudden it snaps. | hands and eyes to heaven, felt his faith confirmed. Perhaps we grow presumptuous, and add to it grain In this transport of pious joy, he observed a young by grain, till it is broken by a feather's weight. Or gentleman, who was keeper of this rich treasure of if it should not break, we may find, on removing the relics, to smile, and appear by his motions to ridicule weight, that the cord has lost its elasticity and the miracle. The prince, with violent indignation, strength, so that it cannot be trusted for further use. took our young keeper of the relics to task; who, on It is like one more strain after the watch is wound promise of pardon, gave the following secret intelliup; the chain breaks, the spring snaps, and it runs gence concerning them :-He assured him that in swiftly down.

travelling from Rome he had lost the box of relics; To compensate for the want of a Sabbath, a rest and that, not daring to mention it, he had procured day, ministers seek recreation and rest at intervals a similar one, which he had filled with small bones for several days or weeks in succession. They enjoy and other trifles, similar to what was lost. He " a month of Sundays " for the year. This is per hoped that he might be forgiven for smiling, when haps the best substitute that the case admits of, and he found that such a collection of rubbish was the change of scene and occupation, with the relief idolized with such pomp, and had even the virtue from pressure thus secured, has commonly a marked of expelling demons. It was by the assistance of benefit. On the same principle, a man of habits of this box that the prince discovered the gross impoclose mental application, by resting in middle life sition of the monks and demoniacs, and he afterwards for six months or a year, and journeying among new became a zealous Lutheran. scenes, may, humanly speaking, add ten years to his life.

EVERY CHILD GOES HOME AT NIGHT. The late David Hale, when in full vigour, used to l Though the children of different families are say that some city ministers seem to care more for mingled together in play or at school during the day, their own health and comfort than for the welfare yet when night comes they all go home to their of their congregations; that he worked as hard as

father's house. So now the righteous and the wicked, they, and never wanted a vacation; and that there

believers and infidels, are mingled together; they sit

in the same sanctuary, live in the same houses, and was no place preferable to New York in the summer

partake of many of the blessings of God together; season. But what was the consequence of his unre but when the night of death comes, every one will mitted toil? Though blessed with a vigorous con go to his own home. The children of the devil will stitution, and capable of extraordinary and pro- go to their father's dark and horrible abode, and the tracted mental labour, a single blow prostrated him

children of God will go to their father's light, joyful,

and glorious mansions. Dear reader, whither will beyond recovery. Had he yielded to the solicitations

you go? Remember the words of Jesus : “ If ye beof his friends a few months previous to the fatal

Jieve not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. attack, and taken a voyage, his valuable life might Whither I go ye cannot come." Come to Him now, have been prolonged for years. He died at fifty- and ye shall find the way to God and heaven. -Nero seven, though all who knew him supposed he would | Orleans Presbyterian. Jive to eighty. His disease was without doubt the result of mental labour and excitement too continu

A MAN OF ONE IDEA. oug and protracted. This he fully realized in his / LUTHER, like all vreat reformers, was a man of o last sickness. He then remarked to the writer who idea; but that one idea was not what historians have was setting out on a summer's journey, “ I am glad generally supposed. It was not civil liberty, nor Saviour.

liberty of opinion, nor opposition to forms, nor any | There are but two kingdoms.—Who is your king ? abstract love of truth, but the one idea was, Jesus Who is your lawgiver? Who is it that reigns in you

and over you? 11 No human being felt with deeper anguish what it! There are but two ways.-In which are you walkwas to be lost. Language cannot have a more ter ing? rible earnestness than that wherein he passed when Two kinds of clothing, the old and the new.-What he felt his sins, and the majesty of God, and the des- is your covering, your dress ? Is it one which the perate hopelessness of any effort to approach him, or eye of God can look upon and see no spot, no blemish; bring his fallen nature up to that immeasurable height or does it need to be cleansed ? Is it one that must of purity. “It was all over with me," he says; " the be changed; or will it last for ever? Is it one of sin of my nature tormented me night and day, and which you would be ashamed; or is it that which there was no good in life; sin had taken possession of God has provided for all who are to stand in his me; my free will hated God's judgments; it was dead presence-one of glory and beauty, pure as the light? to good; anguish drove me to despair: nothing re There are but two families.- Who is your father? mained but to die and sink into hell."

Happy the soul who by faith in the Lord Jesus “Let them threaten me with banishment and Christ and the indwelling of his Spirit can say-I death, with the torture and the stake," he says in a serve the Lord Jesus Christ. He is my master, the letter;" what is all this to me? It makes no impres- | Holy One of Israel. He is the King of kings whose sion on me; it is all the merest trifle to the agony Ilaws I obey. I am walking with Him who hath led endured in my religious life before I found a Saviour." me out of darkness into his marvellous light-the

Now, to a soul in this state of religious anxiety the light of life. I am clothed in the righteousness of whole Catholic system is one great and gloomy bar | my Redeemer, in the garment of his salvation, pure rier, standing between it and its Redeemer. Luther as the light. By faith in Christ I can look up to struggled like a giant, he fought as if for life, and God and say, “ Thou art my Father, my God, and the broke through the dark obstacle, and found a Saviour; | Rock of my salvation." « Therefore goodness and he found, he embraced, he believed, he felt, he knew mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I that he was saved, and he felt it with a joy as mighty | shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever." and overwhelming as had been his anguish. 1 Thenceforth, there was to him but one mighty idea-salvation and a Saviour.-Stowe.


This is a subject of increasing difficulty, because the SUDDEN DEATH.

age is becoming more and more hard to please. John READER! did you ever see a friend drop instantly Wesley often preached but fifteen minutes. Whitefrom time into eternity ? Four years since, I saw field is reported to have said that a sermon should the body of a friend whom I loved deposited in the seldom exceed forty-five minutes. The best preacher grave. It was that of a merchant, who retired to I ever heard habitually preached one hour or more. rest at a late hour in sound health and was found | Samuel Davies commonly preached from one to two dead in his bed in the morning. Beside that grave hours. The Covenanters often preached from two stood a young man in the vigour of health. The next to four hours, in the times in which their history is

day that young man while at work suddenly stopped, most remarkable. Luther, I believe, has somewhere i and in five minutes he was in eternity. The writer | said, that “one qualification of a good preacher is. i was commissioned to carry the sad intelligence to his to know when to stop." Another has said, “ Better

wife. Never will he forget the scene that followed. | leave your audience longing than loathing; abstiIt was nearly night; the sun was just setting on a nence is less burtful than repletion." Prolix discourses lovely summer evening. The wife sat watching at on any subject are commonly useless. Yet there is her door her husband's return. I tried to prepare great danger of seeking brevity at the cost of tho her for the bereavement of which she was yet igno- roughness and clearness. “ Dum brevis esse studeo rant, but when it was made known a long time passed obscurus fio(while I study to be short I become before a soothing word of consolation could be heard. obscure), is a maxim of great weight. The habit Within two months from that day that young widow of preaching two or more sermons on one text is was called into eternity almost as suddenly as her of very doubtful utility. It may sometimes be done husband. And why may not the reader be called as to advantage, but not often. What then shall be suddenly? Are you prepared for such a result ? Is done? In answer, let it be said, that no preacher your treasure laid up in heaven? Have you a hope, should feel obliged to say one word more than is called a good hope, that will be as an anchor to the soul, for by his subject and the occasion. If he is done both sure and steadfast, in a dying hour? If your in thirty minutes, let him stop. On the other hand, hope is one that purifies the soul, yet have you done let him not sacrifice a subject to a watch. If he all for Christ and his cause that you wish to do? | transcends the time usually allotted to such a service, Have you done all you desire to do for the salvation let him show by the vigour and terseness of his of your friends who are on the road to death? thoughts, that there is a call for unusual length.

But let not our preachers yield to the current of

popular feeling, which has made sermons in some REMEMBER

pulpits mere short essays or exhortations, in no case

hardly exceeding fifteen or twenty minutes in length. | THERE are but two classes in the world, the righteous and the wicked.-To which do you belong?

No congregation can be well instructed under such . There are but two masters; they each give their

discourses. Have something important to say. Say servants wages according to their work.- Which do | it clearly and connectedly. Then stop.- Presbyteyou serve?

rian Treasury.





1. We should never take offence at a well-meant How to hold intercourse with the world without effort to reform our vices. He is our best friend who giving or taking offence is a point worthy the study | would cure us of a vice which sullies our character, of all. As it is the duty of all, as far as possible, to

injures our influence, and destroys our hopes of heamitigate the evils of human existence, and to contri ven. If it would be friendly in any one to underbute to the aggregate of human enjoyment, it is a | take to cure some fatal malady in us, or to rescue us duty to avoid all unnecessary collisions with the in from a fatal fall over a precipice; how much more is terests, feelings, and tastes of others, and to be so he to be regarded as our friend, who undertakes the guarded against all undue excitement or disturbance godlike work of saving us from some delusion of our own passions, that our happinesss shall not be whicn endangers our higher and more enduring ininterrupted or abridged by such opposition, collisions, terests? And what though the effort should be or rebuffs, as we may chance to meet.

made in an awkward and imperfect manner? The 1. We must not wantonly assail the feelings, nor only consideration which should come into question, even the prejudices or errors, of others. When we

in relation to all such efforts, should concern the undertake to show any one that he is in the wrong, it

object had in view. The only question with you should be for the purpose of conviction and amend. should be, What would he be at? What does he ment. If we keep this object steadily in view, we

intend? If his object is kind-is brotherly--this shall not be likely to fall upon him with withering settles all questions of personal feeling. sarcasm or unmingled censure. Our effort will be 2. We should not be offended at etforts to correct to interest, to awaken the conscience, without pro our manners and habits. One who is offended at voking resentment, or destroying self-respect. Should corrections, even in the smallest things, betrays a there be aught of severity in our measures, it will want of good sense, or an excess of self-esteem. Such appear to be a necessary resort, and not a matter of l a one is not likely to reach great excellence in perchoice. There will be no gratification in the halt- sonal acomplishments, or a perfection of manners ings, no exultation over errors which we would which will secure commanding influence.

3. Candid criticisms should never be regarded as 2. We must not manifest contempt for their opi offensive. Undue sensitiveness under criticism, nions, their reasoning, their character, or their person. wherever it is found, always is supposed to imply Every man demands due consideration. He claims both pride and irritability, as well as a sense of the attributes of a man-a man of intelligence and vulnerability and weakness. A feeling of strength in of honour. No man is to be reformed from an error our general position will be very likely to preserve in opinion or in practice by being called a fool or a us from too great a degree of concern for our reputaknave, or being treated as such. Contempt, either tion, although we may be the object of criticism, real or affected, offends the most undeserving and

either ill-founded or otherwise. The true course really contemptible, and puts them beyond the sphere

doubtless is, always to endeavour to improve by critiof our influence,

cism upon our conduct or compositions. Whether 3. We must not trifle with innocent prejudices or such criticisms are well or ill founded, friendly or personal peculiarities. Every man has an identity hostile, they will suggest something which we may of his own; and it is difficult for one to consider turn to good account. himself, in point of manners, far from the standard of

4. We should not take offence at carelessness, excellence. He may acknowledge himself a sinner, thoughtlessness, errors in judgment, or mere want of and may endure to be told that he is such; but to be practical wisdom or taste, however it may affect us told that he is deficient in good sense, or good man

personally. These things are the offspring of ignoners, is a little more than he can well bear. He may

rance, inexperience, bad education, bad examples, or sometimes be mortified with his own blunders, and obtuseness of perception, and are mere infirmities, to his want of ease in good company; but should he be regretted indeed, but not to be made matter of se. hear that he had been an object of criticism, he is rious offence. An old heathen philosopher, having stung to the quick, and finds great difficulty in over once been assaulted by a stupid fellow, was asked coming the prejudice which he immediately imbibes why he did not resent it. His reply was: “ If an ass against the officious individual who presumes thus to

kicks me, is that any reason why I should kick trifle with his name.

him?" 4. Few persons will endure ridicule without offence.

5. We should never be offended at a retaliation Among intimate friends, a sound rallying for some

upon us for an offence which we have committed, weakness or absurdity sometimes strengthens friend wittingly or otherwise, against others. A fair reship, and increases the pleasure of social intercourse. tort should never disturb us--a just punishment for But in all such cases there is evidently no reckless | any obtrusiveness, or for an assault upon a friend, ness of the feelings, or derogation of the character of or indeed an enemy, should always be borne with: him who is the object of the raillery. Ridicule will out complaint. never be well received, unless it is so tempered with respect and kindness as to leave in the mind of the object of it his self-respect, entire and unaffected.

SCHILLER'S ESTIMATE OF NOBILITY. To perpetrate ridicule so modified and characterized, is not always an easy matter.

Schiller, the German poet, had a patent of nobility We may, yea, we ought, to be offended at every

conferred upon him by the Emperor of Germany, thing morally wrong. Christ was both “ grieved " and “ angry" at the “hardness of heart "manifested

which he never used. Turning over a heap of papers by the Jews. We may feel decided and strong dig.

one day, in the presence of a friend, he came to hig pleasure at indecencies, or any glaring offence against patent, and showed it carelessly to his friend with common propriety or good taste. We are not re this observation, “I suppose you did not know I was a quired to be entirely insensible to personal wrongs,

noble;" and then buried it again in the mass of miscelwantonly inflicted. Our dissatisfaction, under all these circumstances, must be temperate and properly

laneous papers in which it had long lain undisturbed. expressed. The difficulty is, to determine when it is

Schiller's friend might have angwered after this right to be offended, and when it would be positively action, “If I did not before know you were noble, I wrong.

know it now."



If you listen even to David's harp you shall hear as THERE are seasons and occasions when a particular

many bearse-like airs as carols; and the pencil of the text or a single phrase arrests the attention of the

Holy Spirit hath laboured more in describing the Bible reader, and opens to his view a train of thought

afflictions of Job than the felicities of Solomon, exceedingly rich and interesting. My own mind was

Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; thus peculiarly affected by reading Job xi. 13: “ If

and adversity is not without comforts and hopes. We thou prepare thy heart and stretch out thy hands

see, in needleworks and embroideries, it is more towards him."

pleasing to have a lively work upon a sad and solemn How natural it is when one who is near us has

ground, than to have a dark and melancholy work any thing we desire, and which we presume he is

upon a lightsome ground: judge, therefore, of the ready to give, to stretch out the hand when we make the request, as though we were sure it would be

pleasures of the heart by the pleasures of the eye. granted. If I say to a companion, “Let me take

Certainly virtue is like precious odours-most fra

grant when they are crushed: for prosperity dotb that book or that cup," my hand is extended to

best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover receive it: 80 the Christian, when he prays to God,

virtue.-Lord Bacon. must approach the mercy-seat with an outstretched hand a very expressive sign of his earnest desire for the thing for which he prays, and of his expectation THE CHRISTIAN'S HUSBANDRY. of receiving it. We are required when we pray to stretch forth our hands to God, that is, truly to de

That the mind of man may be worthily employed sire the thing for which we ask, and confidently to

and taken up with a kind of spiritual husbandry, believe that God is able and willing to grant our re

God has not made the Scriptures like an artificial quest, provided we ask for that which is good.

garden wherein the walks are plain and regular, the Christians pray; but do they pray with an out

plants sorted and set in order, the fruits ripe and the stretched hand, with an expectation of receiving ?

| flowers blown, and all things fully exposed to our Would they not many times be very much disap

view; but rather like an uncultivated field, where, pointed if the thing asked should be granted ? There

| indeed, we have the ground and hidden seeds of all is reason to believe that the disciples of Christ often

| precious things, but nothing can be brought to any meet and pray for the outpouring of the Spirit when

great beauty, order, fulness, or maturity, without

our industry--nor indeed with it. unless the dew of their hearts are unprepared to receive such an influence, and when they are in no state of preparation

his grace descend upon it, without whose blessing this |, to be co-workers with the Spirit. It is important sp

spiritual culture will thrive as little as the labour of that we prepare our hearts, and pray with an out

the husbandman without showers of rain.-Henry stretched hand.

More's Mystery of Godliness. In the 15th verse, it is said, “ Then shalt thou lift! ANOTHER in our own day has expressed himself up thy face without spot”- that is, without a blush like manner: “Scripture cannot, as it were, be of shame, and without turning pale through fear. If mapped, or its contents catalogued; but after all our we ask and receive not, we have a consciousness that dilligence, to the end of our lives, and to the end of we are in fault, and approach the mercy-seat with a the Church, it must be an unexplored and unsubdued sense of guilt, and in a formal and soulless manner. | land, with heights and valleys, forests and streams, When we shall have learned to pray with an out- l on the right and left of our path, and close about us, stretched hand, we shall lift up our faces without full of concealed wonders and choice treasures." spot.-D.


If there were not some singular glory in grace, why Do not both ministers and churches too generally

does every one covet to be reputed gracious ? Nay,

the devil himself baits many of his hooks of temptaconsider the conversion of sinners as a result of the

tion with a show of grace ; for he knows sin has no preaching of the gospel not to be ordinarily expect native beauty of its own to entice, and therefore he ed ? If men come to inquire what they must do to borrows the paint and pretence of holiness to cover be saved, is it not rather an agreeable surprise than

it. But o, what a dilemma will the hypocrite be the pleasing realization of cherished anticipations ?

posed with at last! If grace were evil, why didst

thou affect the name and reputation of it? and if it And does not this state of mind exert an injurious

were good, why didst thou satisfy thyself with the influence both upon the prayers of Christians and

empty name and shadow of it only ? upon the preaching of ministers ? If we expected more from God would we not be encouraged to more earnest prayer, and to more pungent preaching? Is

Fragments. it not true, that if we would accomplish great things, “For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before we must expect great things ? The fact that we do thine eyes ; nevertheless, thou heardst the voice of not expect conversions under the ordinary ministra my supplications when I cried unto thee.” No, no. tions of the word and ordinances of Christ, prevents

Christian; a prayer sent up in faith, according to

the will of God, cannot be lost, though it be delayed. the prayerful inquiry why no conversions occur.

We may say of it, as David said of Saul's sword and We are then at ease in Zion, when we ought to be Jonathan's bow, that they never return empty.alarmed at our barrenness. Does not the word of | Flavel. God authorize his people to expect the conversion of PRAYER is not eloquence, but earnestness; not the men when that word is faithfully preached, and definition of helplessness, but the feeling of it; it is when the church is faithful to her Lord ? Does not the cry of faith to the ear of mercy.-H. More. our Lord say—“ Go, disciple all nations, and, lo, I am He who teaches religion without exemplifying it, with you always."— Presb. of the West.

loses the advantage of its best argument. -Gilpin.

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