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not in despair ; persecuted, but not for- until his decree has brought forth.-saken; cast down, but not destroyed." Isaiah saith, Verily, thou art a God that The promises are well calculated to hidest thyself, O God of Israel: And support the pious under their suffer- Solomon saith, it is the glory of God ings: but the history of God's care to conceal a thing. It is for the glory over his people, together with his pro-l of God often to keep bis particular demises, causes their consolations to a- signs bid and concealed, until they bound. And that part of the history of break forth into events. If God had the church, contained in the book now at first made known to Mordecai and under consideration, is as well calcu-Esther, and to the nation, the deliverlated to keep us from despair in times ance which he was going to work for of great darkness, as almost any part them, with all the methods of its being of it. In that time of uncommon dark- brought about, there would not have ness it would bave been unreasonable been that call for strong faith and trust for Mordecai and Esther, with their in Him, as there was upon the plan brethren the Jews, to have sat down which he actually took. Now they in sullen despair, saying, There is no were called, like Abraham, against hope for us in God: But it would be, hope to believe in hope. God had his more wicked for God's people to do it way in the great deep, and his footsteps uow; for surely the Lord's arm is not were not known. How help was com. shortened that it cannot save, nor hising to the afflicted church, they did not ear heavy that he cannot hear; and his know; but they believed in God.mercy is from everlasting to everlast- Mordecai first suggested the thought, ing upon them that fear him, and that that God might intend to effect the dehope in his mercy. And though God's liverance of his people by Esther's adlove to his church has not increasedvancement to the throne. After Hasince the days of Esther, yet the evi-man had procured the king's signature dence of his love and care has been to his wicked decree, he suggested it continually increasing. Among other to Esther; “ And who knoweth wheththings to encourage us to hope in God, er thou art come to the kingdom for we have the display which he then such a time as this ?" But if this were made in behalf of his people, which the case, still he could not tell how she display they could not see when they would be made the instrument of efcommitted their cause to God. If, with fecting it, against the influence of such all our additional light, we faint in the a great favorite as the son of Hammeday of adversity, it is because our datha. strength is small. Their confidence in The Lord's keeping his designs out God will condemn our unbelief. Let of sight, also left his enemies to act us put on the whole armour of God, themselves out fully, and without conthat we may stand in the evil day.-straint. Could Haman, from the beLet Christians say boldly, The Lord is ginning, have discovered the last scene our helper, we will not fear what man of that wonderful tragedy, he would not shall do unto us. Yea, let every true have acted the part in it which he did. son of Israel say, “ The Lord is my || Not that this foreknowledge of the isrock, and my fortress, and my deliver- su
sue of the event, would have made er; my God, my strength, in whom I him a friend to Israel, or to Israel's will trust; my buckler, and the horn of God: But had he known, when he was my salvation, and my high tower. I telling what would be done to the man will call upon the Lord who is worthy whom the king delighted to honor, to be praised : so shall I be saved from that Mordecai the Jew was the man, my enemies."
he would not have given such an anIV. In view of the history before us, I swer as he did. Had he known when we are led to reflect upon the wisdom | he was erecting the gallows fifty cuof God in hiding his designs from us, bits, that it was for his own execution,
he could not, without compulsion, the character which he maintained, have been made to erect it. The Most but the whole of the ship's company, High tells the wicked they shall not including the Royal Marines-the very prosper; but the time and circum- men who witnessed the transaction stances of their ruin, are not ordinarily expressed, by their representation to pointed out. And they commonly the Court-Martial, and their subscflatter themselves in their own eyes quent petition to the Prince Regent, until they are completely ruined. the affectionate attachment which the
SYLVANUS. uniform mildness of his conduct had [To be continued.]
Ricbard Steward Gamage, born at To the Editor of the Christian Observer. Walthamstowe, on the 29th of SepYou may depend on the truth of every cir.tember, 1785, was the second son of
cumstance in the following narration And Captain Gamage, who was more than it is particularly wished, by the family twenty years commander of an Indiaof the late Lieutenant Gamage, that the man, in the Honorable East-India memorial may appear thus circumstantial. Company's service. He entered the ly detailed in a publication of such res.
Royal Navy in 1801, on board the pectability as will, beyond any doubt, au- Goliath,having previously made a voythenticate it to the world. I am, &c.
age to India as a midshipman in the
Company's service. A short time be. J. E. T.
fore the commencement of the presACCOUNT OF LIEUT. GAMAGE.
ent war, he went on board the NepThe circumstances connected with tune, and from thence into the Loire, the unfortunate fate of Lieut. Gamage, and was in the boat commanded by of his Majesty's sloop the Griffon, are Lieutenant Temple, at the cutting out of very peculiar interest : they claim of tlre Venture gun-brig from under to be recorded in justice to the dead, the battery of the Isle of Bas. He af and for the benefit of the living. Ne- terwards went on board the Supe.ver, perhaps, was example rendered rieure, and was in her at the capture of so awfully impressive, in the execution of the laws, as by the humane and commits the dreadful crime of murder! benevolent character, contrasted with
“Let his example strike deep into the the dreadful and untimely end of this minds of all who witness his unhappy end;
and whatever their general disposition may lamented officer. Not only does the be, let them learn from him, that if they are Admiral's letter (addressed on the not always watchful to restrain their pas. melancholy occasions to the respect- sions within their proper buunds Olie moive Captains and Commanders of his ment of intemperate anger may destroy the Majesty's Ships and Vessels in the bring them to an untimely and disgraceful
hopes of a well-spent, honorable life, and Downs”*) bear a high testimony to death ; and let those who are to obey, learn,
The following is the admirable Circular from the conduct of the serjeant, the fatal Address sent by Admiral Foly to every ship effects which may result from contempt and in his fleet:
insolent conduct towards their superiore “ The Commander in Chief most earnest- | By repeated insolence, the serjeant overcame ly desires to direct the particular attention the kind and gentle disposition of Lieuten. of the Fleet to the inelancholy scene they are ant Gamage, and, by irritating and inflaming now called to attend,-a scene which offers his passions, occasioned his own death. a strong, and much he hopes, an impressive "The Commander in Chief hopes that this lesson to every person in it; a lesson to all|| aMicting lesson may not be offered in vain ; who are to command, and to all who are to but,seriously contemplating, the awfulexam. obey. Lieut. Gamage is represented by ev- ple before them, every officer and every man ery person who knew him, and by the unan-1 will learn from it, never to suffer himself to inous voice of the Griffon ship's company, be driven by ill.governed pussion to incat as a humane, compassionate man, a kind, in with cruelty or violence ttiuse over whom he dulg«nt officer: yet, for want of that guard is to command, nor by d-sobedience or dis. which every man should keep over his pas respect to roust the pissions of those vi hot!! sions, this kind, humane, compassionate man, it is his duty to obey and respect."
a French privateer, when the captain || subversive conduct of the serjeant, and fell, and he was mentioned in the pub-ordered him to walk about. He shoullic letter for his conduct on that occa- dered arms, and appeared to comply ; sion. It is rendered particularly re-upon which Lieutenant Gamage remarkable by the melancholy event turned his sword to its scabbard and which led to his own death, that, when turned to walk away ; but in the same on board the L'Eclair, he saved the instant he threw the musket down, life of a marine, by jumping overboard and, with a loud oath, asserted his deat nine o'clock at night, there being termination to persist in his disobediDo boat to send to him. In 1808, he ence. Lieutenant G. became infuriatwas made a lieutenant, by Admiraled; made a short thrust, which fatally Cochrane, in the West Indies. In 1809 taking an upward direction, entered he went to China in the St. Albans, and his body, and occasioned his almost afterwards served on board the Vigo instant death.” This statement delivand the Pompee. In June 1812, heered on oath before the Court Martial, was appointed first lieutenant of the corroborates the following passage exGriffon. Here, as in former situations, tracted from his defence. Here, bethe general tenor of his conduct was so fore God and my country, I most solmild and forbearing towards those un-lemnly disclaim any intention to ender bis command, that he obtained the danger :he life of the deceased; and respect and affection of the meanest in- declare, I meant simply to intimidate
I dividuals. The very action which so him, and enforce an obedience of early terminated his fair career, appears my order. Acting on this principle, to have originated in his humanity. I several times struck the musket “ The deceased serjeant, Lake, had which the deceased held in his hand, behaved in the most violent and mu-land desired him to walk about. This tinous manner, by threatening to beat | seemingly had the desired effect. He the carpenter of the ship, his superior shouldered arms, and my sword was officer, who accordingly lodged. a returned to its scabbard. But in the complaint with Lieut. Gamage, then very same instant, my soul still glowcommanding on board, who sent for the ing with indignition at his outragesaid Lake, and ordered him to walk the sous behaviour, he with a ferocious aic quarter-deck with a shouldered musk- and aspect, accompanied by imprecaet, as a slight summary punishment, to tions, again refused compliance, and which he was induced by a preposses- | dared me to the fatal act. The imposion in favor of the serjeant, and a con- sing attitude of the man, the firm arsequent wish to preserve him from rangement of his features, bis high incondign punishment, which must have gratitude and disdain, working on my been the certain result, if the steps au-imagination, already infuriate with rethorized by the service had been strict-literated exasperation, shot like a flash ly adopted. This order, the serjeant of lightning across my brain. Reason in a peremptory and insulting manner, forsook its seat-raging madness urepeatedly refused to obey. Mr. Gam-surped the sway; and my sword, obeyage, enraged by this flagrant breach of ing its horrid mandate, was passed all rules of discipline in the eyes of a into his body. Cruel, cruel sword ! whole ship's company, ran below for which, at once, plunged him into eterhis sabre; not with any intent to use nity, to appear unappointed before his It fatally, but to intimidate and enforce God, and me into the deepest gloom an obedience to his order. When he of misery and remorse. But, though eame again on deck, which was instan-impressed with the deepest contrition, taneously, the serjeant had so far com- my imagination revolts with horror plied, as to hold a musket in his hand. and indignation at the shocking impuMr. G. struck the musket with his tation of murder. Of a very different sword, expressed his indignation at the nature from the whirlwind of rage by
which he was swept from among men, “From my first interview with him, is the malice prepense of the deliber- Lieut. Gamage appeared, though deepate and insidious murderer.”
lý affected by the recollection of this The court-Martial accompanied their particular crime, not over-well acVerdict by an earnest recommendation quainted with the road to salvation. to inercy ; and the sentence formed He was not so humble as I wished him the subject of long and serious delibera- to be ; nor so penitent for all his sins, tion with the high authorities to which nor so fully convinced of the efficacy it was referred. The affair was made of the merits and death of Christ, as he a Cabinet question, and from thenee ought to have been. There was someput in reference to the opinion of the thing like pride lurking about his heart, law lords. Three weeks of corroding something bordering on self-justificasorrow and suspense to the unhappy tion; too much satisfaction in the supGamage were occupied with these posed goodness of his life and characevents. But, at length, the fatal war-ter. I strove hard to eradicate these rant arrived, which directed him to re-improper feelings by prayer and exhorcall all his thoughts from earth, and to tation, but in vain. The cherished confine his hopes to that mercy which | hope of a pardon from human clemenhas no control' but Infinite Wisdom, cy, augmented by delay, was the root and which is as free as it is infinite. of the evil.”
Being acquainted with the great ex- His friends were still, with agonizertions making to procure a mitigationing solicitude, exerting themselves on of his sentence, Lieutenant Gamage his behalf. But He, whose ways are could not but indulge, for a consider- not as our ways, had formed a deeper able time, the hope of its eventual re-plan of mercy, and was preparing their mission; hope in which he fortified relative for the promotion of death.himself by his conscious innocence of " About three weeks after sentence, he premeditated murder,and the high cha-received notice, from authority which racter he had deservedly sustained. he could not doubt, that it was impos The excellent clergyman who attend-sible to pardon him. The intelligence ed him witnessed with deep concern was too much for him :-it overpowthe effects of this, in diverting his mindered him!" from its more solemn and momentous All the disgrace and ignominy of concerns; and strove, though at first his sentence then appeared, for the ineffectually, to counteract the delu- first time, present to his imagination.sion. Perhaps his past life appeared to The undaunted mind, that had braved him the fairer, contrasted with the death in all the
terrors of the tempest shade this action threw over the pres- and the fight, shrunk from the voice ent. Perhaps the very remorse with which now personally summoned him which he contemplated this last fatal to appear before his God. deed, inight make him forget, that it “ The struggle,” it is added," was was not for this alone he stood as a sin- severe; but he rose from it triumphant. ner before God, in need of mercy and The Almighty touched his heart, as hc a Saviuor; that before the tribunal of said himself: and he became a conHeaven he could prefer no plea ofmer-|| vert to real Christanity and a thorough it, por rest any hope on human inter- penitent for all his past sins. From eession.
this time he improved hourly. He beI avail myself of the kind permis- came fervent in prayer, completely sion of the Rev. Mr. Elliot (Chaplain humble, resigned to God's will, and of his majesty's ship the Royal Oak) firm in the Christian faith ; confiding to whose affectionate services Lieut. for salvation in nothing but the merits Gamage was so infinitely indebted, in and passion of our Savior." All that extracting from that gentleman's let- now remained to agitate his mind ter the following particulars.
were cares of a relative nature. A
wish to live for these objects of effec-|| age's mortal existence is given by tionate solicitude, still disturbed the re- | affectionate and highly respectal signation of his mind." But it pleas- || friend, an officer on board the Griffo ed the Almighty to assist bim over who witnessed the melancholy, or i these difficulties, and some time be-ther awful scenes. Melancholy the fore his death he ceased to be uneasy would have been but for the brig on their account, committing them to hopes that rose on the darkness of t1 the care of an all-wise Providence.”
grave,--the promise of an etern The highly respected clergyman con- morning : awful they must have bee cludes his communication by stating, “No fears for himself shook the firm that “his last day was spent in acts of ness of his mind; but the regrets ar piety, gratitude and effection. I pas- sing from the sudden dismissal of t1 sed the night on board the Griffon ; unhappy Lake harrassed his boso was with his late and early ; yet I can with inextinguishable woe—and as a give but a faint picture of his happy emblem of his feelings towards him, l: state. He was composed, resigned, requested to be interred by his sid pious, and in charity with all men; and on the morning of Thursday the 191 on the morning he was to suffer seem- of November, the nature of his destin ed not to have a worldly thought. It was first intimated to him, and the sue is not for one mortal to penetrate the ceeding Monday was appointed for hi bosom of another; yet, at such a time, execution. As the time drew near, h the veil is undrawn; and I had reason evinced no symptom of alarm, but hi to consider him fit for the presence of fortitude and resignation seemed to ac his Creator, and to believe that his Cre-cumulate with every hour. On Sun ator, would pardon and welcome him.day night he sent for several of the He met his death with christian forti- ship's company, and in pathetic term tude, and I hope, when it is my turn to expressed his gratitude for the affec die, I may possess such thoughts, such tion they had shewn him, and bade resignation, such hopes as he did.” them a final adieu. The poor fellows That it was indeed, the fortitude of the melted by his touching manner and ap Christian, was the more evident from pearance, shed abundance of tears the previous agitation of his mind. It and, spreading the affecting tale among was a calmness which natural bravery their messmates, the whole ship preswas insufficient to support under suchented but one-scene of coinmiseration circumstances, and which can only be and distress. attributed to a strength superinduced
“ 'The residue of the night was spent upon the weakness of morality. in serious preparation for his awful and
If the hero and the veteran have now near approaching change. About confessed, that on the morning of bat-lone in the morning he fell into a deep tle they have had to struggle with agi. sleep, which continued tranquil and untation and fear, in the solemn and un-, broken till six. He then arose, and certain prospect, though these feelings | dressed in black. The time from six soon gave way, in the tumult, to the till nine was employed in earnest denecessity of occasion and the firmness votion. At nine a gun was fired, and of resolve; it surely calls for more than the signal for purishment hoisted at the courage of a hero to contemplate the foretop-gallant mast head. When with a steady eye, the measured un- this took place, I fixed my eyes steaderring approach of that enemy whom fastly on his countenance. It betrayevery man must meet in single com-ed no alarm, no anxiety;; but a heava bat, who now appeared with peculiar seniy serepety beamed in every feature. terrors. There is only One can give He observed my gaze, and, reading us this victory, and make the noro wore its inquiry, he exclaimed," Feel me: than a conqueror. The following ac=|| I do not tremble : Death has now Bo count of the last hours of Lieut. Gam-terrors for me. God is with me: Christ