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ed rae to eternal life before the foundation of die world; for, felessed be his glorious name, he has paid my ransom-price, and become my surety of the better testament, and fulfilled the law which I, through sin, have broken; he has magnified the law and made it honourable, and brought in an everlasting righteousness, and has imputed that righteousness to me, and taken all my iniquities upon himself; by which means I stand as complete before the throne of his glory in my covenant-head, as if i had never sinned; for which i humbly pray I may be kept bumble while in this time-state, knowing that a man's pride shall bring him low ; but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit, Sec. &c
f~<" i 1 ■, 1 * ■' MISSIONARY RECANTATION.
•'The following Declaration, voluntarily made by an Evangelical Clergyman of th« Church of England, in the near views of death and eternity, does much honour to his integrity and candour; and was communicated by him to the Editor, with a particular Request that it may
he inserted iu this Work."
"A Cleegyman, the author of a pamphlet, the outlines of .which were written about the time that the Missionary Society was formed (though published after that event) after fourteen weeks illness, in the supposed prospect of dissolution, bewailing his short comings, it was, powerfully brought to his raind, with much sorrow, that he had not been in union with his brethren in promoting the Missionary Cause; but the consideration of his having, nine years since, indirectly at least, opposed the business, as being then " unseasonable," caused unspeakable regret. Now, as before he never thought he had done any thing but what was his duty, this unexpected conviction is manifestly from God; therefore he retracts any and every thing which seems to oppose the Missionary Cause in his publication, or separate pieces inserted in any Magazine; wishing he had been contented with the first part of his work, viz. "The Duty and Obligation of Ministers and People to endeavour to spread the Gospel throughout the Kingdom,1*" without touching on Foreign Missions, which indeed was 110$ meant as opposing Missions absolutely, but only in the then " present juncture." However, the cause is ffye most glorious of any, and too sacred to be thought lightly of. "He therefore expresses his sorrow lor any inadvertent opposition, asking pardon of God for the same; and hereby pharges his Son to pay to the Treasurer of the London Missionary Society QOl. out of the first dividends he shall receive of liis Father's estate, as a token of his love to the cause, and to the Members of the Society, and desires that this declaration may be published in ilie Evangelical Magazine for an admonition to others who are hike warm in, or disaffected to, the Missionary cause."
P. S. Since the above was s<mt to press, another Letter has been received, together with the money promised; which the writer, on second thoughts, wished to be paid in his lifetime.
And the children of Israel stripped themselves nf their ornaments by the Mount lloreb. — Exod. xxxiii. 6.
The denunciation of divine anger was the reason why "the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments." A similar indication of fear is observable in tbe general practice of the Romans: a day was fixed for the trial of the accused person; in the mean time lie changed his dress, *' laid aside every kind of ornament," let his hair and'beard grow; and in this mean garb, went rouud and solicited the favour of the people. S. B.
A IN EC DOTES.
A Minister being in Loudon with a case from the country, solicited a mite from a lady, whom I shall call Mrs.
After hearing the particulars of the case, Mrs. X. very handsomely gave a 5/. note for it; presenting the minister with another note of the same value, to be distributed among the poor of his Hock; and a ll. note for a suffering individual; He was preparing to return suitable thanks, when he was prevented by Mrs. X.'s desiring him to accept of a 10/. note for his wife. Such benevolence from a stranger, such unexpected favours, so overpowered his feelings, that he could only exess his acknowledgments by grateful flowing tears. Mrs. . then crowned the whole by saying, " Sir, the distribution of my little donations will occasion you some trouble; to compensate which, permit me to beg your acceptance of this trifle." Upon examination, he found it to be another 5/. note. — The sensations of our country friend, at the close of this remarkable inter view, can be much better conceived than exp pressed. <.» . Veritas*
' MAGNA EST VERITAS ET PREVALEBIT. ..
Upon the trial of the six students, who were expelled from Oxford University, on the 8th of March, 17618, Dr. Dixon, who was Principal of Edmund-Hall, took out his PocketBible, in order to produce texts of Scripture in defence of the tenets which those young men were accused of holding (But what is one Methodist among a host of divines !) Dr. Nowell perceiving his intention, cried out, “ Put up your Bible; put up your Bible, Doctor : - no Bibles here!” — Note. Nothing but truth will stand the test of the word of God!
Three or four years ago, there having been a great deal of rain in bay-time, a certain woman in a hay-held threw a quán. tity of wet hay upon an bedge: being asked why she did so, she replied," to shame God Almighty !"-Awful blasphemy! - yet, under the influence of vexation or disappointment, sucha is always the language of an unregenerate heart, though there are few so during as thus deliberately to cry shaine on * God Most High, who performneth all things for us” in mercy and love.
Did the Second Commandment prohibit the Jews froin the use of images, likenesses, &c. for curiosity, ornament, and pleasure, - or only from a religious use of them in the way af v:orship?
1 If Faith and Repentance be the duties of man (as I admit they are) how can that Idea be reconciled with those passages ot' Scripture, which speak of them as graces, or the gifts of God, Acis v. 31, and Eplies. ii, 8. ?
Sir,. . : To the Editor,
In the course of Providence, I ain called to ininister to a congregation where there are many too fond of tancifully ine terpreting texts of sacred writ: and being very desirous of giving no turn to passages which I think was not intended by the sacred Spirit, I sliould be glad to see inserted in your va. luable Magazine some General Directions how we may best understand the mind of God in his word, particularly in the more obscure and intricate parts of it; and whether Dri Owen's Piece on the subject, may be generally attended to with safety?
Sir, jours, Ducilis
£Lf2AB£TH FULLILOVE. .
The following account of this Voting person is given, not because her experience was very extraordinary, but with a view to- call the attention of young persons, particu. larly those in a state of servitude, to profitable refloctions, and an imitation ol the deceased in many commendable qualities. In the year 1796 she was taken into the family of the Rev. Dr. Williams, near Roiherltam, Yorkshire, as a parishapprentice, who had lost both father and mother. She entered this family when about seven years of age, and continued there till her death, April it, 1*05.
In Sept. last she was called to visit a dying brother, whose religious views and character she had had but little opportunity of being acquainted with: she found him in a state of insensibility ; and upon her return home, expressed herself as concerned chiefly to know how his heart stood towards God, saying, She should be happy respecting him, if she could be assured of his happiness in God. As this brother was always of a very moral and upright character, it may serve to shew ■ hat she saw religion and the know, ledge of God as distinct from and far above mere moral conduct. From this time her health, which before was not strong, apparently declined. In the beginning of her illness, she was frequently reminded of the uncertainty ct life, and the Vast importance of preparation for death; to which she always lent an attentive ear. Being naturally of an industrious turn of mind, when she wis not able to pursue her usual business, she requested that she might be supplied with needlework ; but being told that she might better employ her time in reading for the improvement of her mind, and that this should be the business ot herlife, she readily fell in with it, and employed her time chiefly in reading such byoks as were recom.
mended to her for her religious improvement, particularly Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, — Doddridge's Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul,---and remarkable Obituaries. The life of Catherine Haldane, in particular, was recommended to her; and herattem ion called to "the one desire," as so reniarkablv expressed by that young lady, fora new heart. Ever after, during the whole of her illness she would frequently say," I often think of Catherine Haldane's desire for a new heart; Oh, that I had a new heart I" From conversation had with her, it was fully evident, that by anew heart she understood a heart to love God supremely. On being asked what she thought of the probability ot her own recovery, she replied, " I sometimes think that Providence may raise me up again; but more frequently that I shall not recover." She was then asked how she felt her mind when she thought she should not recover: she replied, "I am sometimes very unhappy, for 1 think I am the worst creature in the world, and it makes me afraid." At another time she said, she had not the least desire to live, if the Lord would graciously fit her for himself. She would often say, *• I have no good work to bring, no not one.'" She was always very regular in her conduct, took great delight in learning hymns, catechisms, and, texts of Scripture ; would sometimes weep when repeating passages of Scripture which contained tender expressions of God's love to sinners, such as, "The Lord God, gracious and merciful, pardoning iniquities," &c. As a servant, tho' so young, she appeared to possess desirable qualifications, being orderly and regular in her conduct, not forming idle unprofitable acquaintance : the ruin of so many. When sent out upon business she was quick in her return, not sauntering and trifling away her time, nor spending it in idle chit chat; her mind was therefore at liberty to attend to the bustncss she had in lund, and she was punctual in its execution. She did not forget her errands, tho' they might be numerous; and was- re. markablyexact in alt hcrieckonings. Honesty marked all her conduct; integrity, regard to truth, and the interest of those she served, with ge. neral and universal kindness. She was grateful, and moderate in her expectations, possessinga contented thankful mind. About seven weeks before she died, when the physician had just left her, she asked »hat he thought of her case. When she was tenderly, but plainly told, what her state was, she evidently felt her Circumstances; but with renewed firmness and composure said," Well, not my will, but thine be done." 6he was then reminded of the Apostle's state of mind, who desired -'to depart and be with Christ;" and asm red that the same grace was able to fill her mind not only with composure but with holy longing to be with Christ; and advised to look to God by special prayer. She then reclined upon the sofa, and appeared composed and cheerful thro' the evening. The next day she requested that she might be buried iu the chapel-yard, as all her "best friends," as she called them, came there; and then said,41 If my master should like to say any thing about me when I am dead, I should wish it to be from " Having a desire to depart and he with Christ, which is far better ;" but modestly added, "perhaps he will not think it right to say uny thing about me when I am dead." She was then asked if she really felt the sentiment to be her own; when slit replied," J hope I do." She frequently spoke of her own sinfulness and unworthynets before God, and that her only hope was in pardoning mercy, thro' the death and merits of the Redeemer. Not long after this she said, "I did not sleep much last night; but I had such a pleasant night as I cannot de-tribe to you, in thinking of those two lines of a hymn,
"rtockof.\ir^«, clef* for me. Let aw httiv luyseU' ia 'Utcc."
They filled my mind before I waa well awake from my fir»t sleep, and followed me all the night very sweetly." Upon being questioned, in order to try if she entered into the sentiment they conveyed, it was evident she did fully, and with great enjoyment. At another time, when speaking of the general state of her mind, and of having occasionally been in the way of hearing fooU ish songs sung, she said, *• Sometimes I could hear them without regarding them, but at others I have felt my mind carried away by them | but oin thing I am sure of, 1 have not one line of any I have evet heard in my memory: 1 don't remember one." Divine Sotigv she Could have repeated many. A friend who visited her asked her once, what she thought of the Trinity, and if she had any difficulty upon her mind respecting it: she immediately replied, " I have often heard my master speak of it as three persons in one essence; and I believe that this is the truth." She frequently spoke with gratitude of the privileges of her situation, and of being preserved lrom the temptation to w hich many were exposed. On Saturday (being the day before she died) she said repeatedly, "Oh, what a blessed day shall I have tomorrow if the Lord should graciously take me to himself I" Being asked if she shourc rejoice if she knew it would be so, she replied, " Yes, with great joy." Thro' Saturday night she appeared to fink very fast; and on Sabbath morning being asked if she had any thing she wished to *ay to a sister, who was sitting by, she replied, "No, 1 cannot speak ;" but immediately appeared thoughtful, and in a few minute* spoke with strength of voice, and, looking earnestly at her sister, said, "Remember thy Creator' in the day* of thy youth." She then recovered her breath, and with a sweet composure and smiling countenance added,
There's uothinar here deserves my care j There's nothing line my d'od!
Soon after, being isked if her master sbvnild r>ray with her a tew minutes,