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Saviour in the sorrows and sufferings of the not find fault with the work. Others may saints, in those scenes of trial through which do that; we will simply select a specimen par. they have to pass on their pathway to heaven; agraph, and leave further notice for a more and in this Volume he has endeavoured to convenient season ; after a few introductory bring home to the minds and hearts of all pages, the writer says: believers, the consoling and sanctifying con. viction, that God's heart is ever full to over- “For the first time in my life, I am to preach flowing of affection for his people. The to-morrow in Liverpool, if the Lord will; and Writer knows from experience the tendency we are steaming onwards through wet and there is in the minds even of those who have wind : I will now, therefore, silently wait on been renewed by the Holy Spirit, to turn the Lord, hoping some vital message of love, away from God the Father, as if they dis- truth, and mercy may be given. cerned a perpetual frown in his face, and to “I was preaching at Wooburn Green, in seek for rest and repose in Christ the Son. It Bucks, last Wednesday; when those three is because he not only believes but knows things wbich David desired in Psalm evi.came that this feeling is deplorably prevalent even pleasantly to my mind-(I did not underamong the best of God's people, that he has stand them then, nor did I attempt to speak laboured with so much earnestness to point of them : but in travelling this morning they out the error, and to show how dishonouring have sprung up with a little more sweetness; it is to God, as well as subversive of the he says)— 0h, visit me with thy salvation, Christian's own peace of mind. The impor- that I may seo the good of thy chosen ; that tance which the Author attaches to the sub. I may rejoice with the gladness of thy nation; ject, will be his excuse for the frequency and that I may glory with thine inheritance.' emphasis with which he brings that peculiar Here are three distinct desires flowing from aspect of it before the mind of the reader. one New Covenant blessing-that is, God

" It may be right to remark, in reference to visiting him with his salvation. These things, the occasional instances in which he has twice 1 trust, may alone occupy my mind in Liverquoted the same passage of Scripture, that it pool to-morrow, that by them, under divine will be found

on every such occasion, that the unction, the souls of the people may be fed, second quotation has been given for the pur- united, and comforted. [It is is singular, that pose of illustrating an aspect of Divine truth, during the whole of my preaching tour, I different from that which the first was intend could not take these words as a text; although ed to establish.

they so much occupied my mind.] “If the work, in the Author's own estimation, * The first sentence appears peculiarly and possesses any merit at all, it chiefly consists in individually applicable to God's elect as disthe vast accumulation of conclusive Scrip- tinguishing them from all dead formalists, tural proof which it contains, of the great and and from all openly profane persons. There gracious fact,--that the heart of the Father are some things which may justly be called is at all times, and under all circumstances, the good of God's chosen ; which things infinitely full of the most tender love for his by an enlightened mind, and with the eye of saints.

pure faith, may be seen. As, first, for in“The Author has only further to state, that stance, to see a bold, unbelieving sinner never, perhaps, was a work of the kind written brought down into the dust of a deep and amongst so many interruptions, and under genuine repentance, and godly sorrow for sin, circumstances so unfavourable to that frame crying for mercy; is good. I remember well of mind which is necessary for the produc- two special times in tho early part of my life, tion of such a volume. This has arisen from when this was my case. I think the first the peculiarly distracting nature, and the ex- was at Rye, in Sussex. I was then about treme pressure of the professional avocations twenty years of age; I had finished my apof the Writer. Still

, with all its imperfec- prenticeship in Cranbrook, and was printing tions, he humbly hopes that the book may be a little weekly paper for a gentleman in Rye. owned and blessed of Him, to promote whose I was very unhappy; I was a poor, sinful

, glory, in conjunction with the comfort of His wretched creature. One Sunday I went, I people, it has been penned; and should it think, to the church in the morning, to the ever come to the Author's knowledge that a Baptist Chapel in the afternoon, and to the single saint has received the slightest benefit, Wesleyan Chapel in the evening; I had neior derived any measure of comfort from the ther felt nor found anything at the two first Volume, he will feel amply compensated for places; but in the Wesleyan Chapel, the minthe labour he has, at very great inconvenience ister thundered into my soul so dreadfully, to himself, expended upon it.”

that I could not sit; I crept out, went to my [We must add nothing this month. -Ed.] lodgings, retired to my room, and there on

my bed I groaned and sighed for mercy; but

none I found. In less than twelve months My Journey to the North : a brief review from that time, I was staying in my mother's of London, Liverpool, Manchester, the house; and my beloved brother John (who is Staffordshire Potteries, Macclesfield,

now Chaplain in Portsmouth; then a real &c. &c., London : Partridge & Co.

seeker;) was with me in our bed-room, and Tuis forms the third number of “ Words observing my distress, he pressed me hard to by the Way-side ;" and is descriptive of the pray. After refusing, I did fall on my knees, exercises both of mind and of body, exper- and groaned out a sigh and cry to God for ienced while travelling and preaching in mercy; but I found none at that time. To some parts of the north. Of course we shall be brought into such a state is good, for threo

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reasons-first, because none but the Holy opponents will not be satisfied perhaps, with Spirit can bring us there; secondly, because the evidences we may adduce; but we are there are many precious promises connected pledged to furnish the proof. If we fail to with such a condition; and thirdly, because fulfil the pledge, it shall not be for lack of he who brings us into that deep humility, will searching. But we hold on for a while. most certainly lift up and exalt

us in due time. Oh, yes: it is good to be brought down from Half-hours with our Metropolitan Minishigh and dangerous places; and when down ters." London : J. Stevenson, Paterit is good to have some one seasonable pro

noster Row. mise to come and speak to you; as Ananias The fifth number of this monthly serial procame to Saul of Tarsus, and said—"Brother fesses to give a likeness; and some account of Saul,” &c., and, then, such a state is good, the life of the Editor of the Earthen Vessel, because it is the certain prelude, and passage and a sermon by the pastor of “Unicorn Yard to a brighter and better estate; for, it is true, Chapel.” It is not for us to say whether the that “the Lord is nigh unto them who are of likeness is correct or not: we leave that for a broken heart ; and saveth such as are of a others to decide: but from the love that we contrite spirit.”

bear to the Editor of these “ Half-bours" we “ That I may see the good of thy chosen," hope that in his work of illustrating the min. says David ; " If by any means I may save isterial character, he may be instrumental in some,” cries Paul; and I think there are leading many to the Great Master of assemfew Christians who do not long to see proud, blies; our knowledge of ministers will profit ignorant, unconverted sinners brought down us little, if we know not him they are sent to to repentance, and to earnest prayer.. "To preach. see it," is expressive of a great desire; it also means, that the sight of one in soul-trouble, “The Saviour and his people. An Anniveris very precious to behold. Another “good

sary Sormon, preached at Walgrade : by belonging to God's chosen is that of a seeking W. Palmer, of Homerton, London: and waiting spirit. Some pretend, and per- Houlston and Wright. haps in a natural sense, they do wish, to be saved when they die; but they neither seek

Sixty-three closely printed octavo pages, after, nor do they wait upon, the Lord. exploding almost every known theological erWhen, then, you see souls in earnest, running ror, expounding every gospel principle,

and to hear the gospel, waiting on the Lord in furnishing illustrations and Biblical rendermeetings for prayer, and in searching his ings, from a variety of sources: all in one JESUS CHRIST himself is the good of God's not extravagantly-moro plain and powerful chosen. It was good of him to become their salvation-truth in this sixpenny book, than in surety to take upon him their nature to be Seekers after the good old paths, will heartily

thousands of things now called sermons. charged with the curse and condemnation of and crucified, that they might live. His

com; I think it his master-piece. a broken law for them to be smitten, bruised, thank Mr. Palmer for a body of divinity, so

compact, and yet so comprehensive! Wo plex Person and character-as Almighty God and perfect man-must be good. His obe- “Swedenborg's Writings and Catholic Teachdience and righteousness, as it freely and fully justifies all who do aright believe, must be

ing," fo. London: William White. good. His precious blood, as it works by the The sacred peculiarities and essential properŠpirit's power, both cleansing and cure, must ties of truth are sometimes more clearly disbe good. His intercession is good. His

covered by the exposure of counterfeits. We Spirit, giving life to dead souls, is good. His thirst for such a holy warfare, seeing the enemy Gospel, his Covenant, his Ordinances ; all he is rallying his forces, and dares to thrust himis, and has, is good. To see this, was David's self upon us. In this work Swedenborganism great desire that I may see the good of and Puseyism are at issue. The house is dithy chosen"—to see Christ come in the Gospel vided : down it must come; but from the -to see Christ come into the midst of our conflict between the Old Church Porch and the churches—to see Christ come by the Holy New Church Porch, we shall gather a lesson Spirit into the hearts of poor seeking saints or two for our readers by and bye. to see him keeping them from evil while they “ The Convict Converted : an Autobiograpky. live, and to see them comforted by him when

4 faithful and original narrative showing they die-this is indeed to see the good of the onward dangerous course of intemper. God's chosen. Oh, that I could believe and ance, and exhibiting the sovereign grace of pray to see this at Liverpool to-morrow; and God manifested through the gospel as in my own place for many years to come." preached by a Chaplain in a convict prison. A Biographical Sketch of Sir Henry

London : Partridge and Co. Havelock, K.C.B. By the Rev. William Tor author of this genuine narrative says, in

Brock. London: James Nisbett & Co. his introduction: “The Narrative and Letters TUIs handsome three and six-penny volume forming this tract, were written on a slate in contains a well written review of the external the Convict's cell, certainly without the ro. life of Henry Havelock, exhibiting him as a motest view to publication. But to withold noble warrior, and an undaunted professor of such testimonies to the power of divine grace, Christs's gospel. We are challenged to pro- would be a sin for which the writer of this in duce evidence of the vitality of his faith. Our troduction will not be responsible,"

Reflections on the Ramsgate Sands, during a Storm. ,

“The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the foods lift up their waves.”—Psalm xciii. 3.

Tuus spake the Psalmist, and thus I, long seeing thy face with joy, according thought while viewing the Ocean, dur- to thine eternal purpose, Holy Father, ing the late severe gales. It was truly which thou didst purpose in Christ a majestic scene ! the rolling billows Jesus, before the foundation of the lashing each other to fury, whilst rolling world; and evidenced in thy visiting forth (almost) in notes of thunder-the upon him, the iniquities of all thy elect; praise, power, and omnipotence of him, thus nuanifesting thy hatred to sin and love “ who holds the winds in his fist, and to the sinner, by pouring upon him the measures the waters in the hollow of his cataracts of vengeance, (due to thy peohand.”

ple,) bruising him instead of them. But what do my eyes behold ? Yon- Cheer up, then, ye Spirit-taught, lawder are two vessels in distress, close to wrecked, and broken-hearted sinners! the the harbour. See ! see them toss and felt sense of your ruin, fits you for the roll ! lashed by the angry waves, and reception, by faith, of the blessedness of drawn by the furious wind : they will Heb. vii. 25; 1 Tim. i. 15. · soon be wrecked. Yes! yes ! before Ye tried, buffeted, tempest-tossed I could reach the spot, their masts travellers to Zion! remember, no storm snapping like reeds, fell overboard, and can rise—no waves of sorrow can hurtthe crafts, but a few moments before nor can winds of adversity blow upon all right and tight, are now shivered, you, without the permission of him, scattered, wrecks !—What has become whom the waves and winds obey! Oh! of the crews -- Are they saved ? Yes! what a scene will that be, when Jesus all saved, but one poor boy. Over him shall “ a second time" come to take venthe waves rolled with relentless fury: geance upon all his foes, clothing them What a fearful storm! Yet, what, ab! with everlasting confusion! what is this compared with the rude In that great day of his wrath, when hurrican when Adam fellp when the rocks shall leave their seats, mountains Euroclydon of hell (with the rolling bil- their base, the sun and moon be darkenlows of temptation,) in Eden, shattered ed, setting to rise no more ;,— stars the human bark; engulphing in the ruin, falling from their orbits-the heavens the whole cargo of posterity with which rolled together as a scroll-the elements it was laden! (Romans v. 12—21.) This melting with fervent heat-the whole was, indeed, a tremendous wreck. And machinery of the universe be out of hath sin, guilt, and shame, swallowed gear: time's crazy wheels ceasing their up in irretrievable woe, the whole hu. motion; stopping to go no more : and all man race ? No! no!“Wonder, Ocreation become a wreck! In that great heavens, and be astonished, 0 earth!” day, how will it be with thee, my soul ? Jehovah eternally, absolutely, and un. Dear Reader, how will it be with conditionally, by his own act of sove-thee Canst thou by faith, now sayreign election, secured to himself from “ I know whom I have believed P”-hast this dire wreck, "a number which no thou the token? (Exodus xii. 12, 13 man can number,” IN CHRIST (the Ark 23.) Is it bound in the window ? (Josh. of the Covenant,) before all worlds. ii. 21.) Dost thou bear the mark? What matchless love and grace is this (Ezekiel ix. 4.) Possessest thou the in height, depth, length, and breadth, witness ? (1 John v. 10.) Art thou incomprehensible! Lord, let me know looking for Titus ii. 13? Then it is, it and feel it more and more, by the unc- must be, well with thee, (Isaiah iii. 10.) tuous shedding abroad of the same in My soul! what canst thou say in romy heart, by the Holy Ghost raising collection of thy sin, folly, and unworthime from all the depths of sin, wretched- ness — The shoals and rocks on which ness, and woe, in blissful hope of ere thou hast stranded ? (Lamentations iii.

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20,) and yet, through the rich mercy of may rejoice in the glorious prospect, a covenant God I know something of press forward towards the mark,' &c. Isaiah xli. 9, with Song ii. 16; Job xix. " looking unto Jesus the Author and Fin25—27 ; Gal. ii, 20, and Philippians iii. isher of our faith” who is the same yes8–13. And now, ye timorous, trembling, terday, to day, and for ever.” Heb. xiii. 8. bleating lanıbs! ye who love to think Our Father is at the helm to steer us, in upon th

precious name of Jesus, hear spite of storms, winds, waves, shoals, what he says to you (Malachi iii. 17,) rocks, sands, and every impediment of "and they shall be mine," &c. Then, whatever name, or form, in whatsoever surely, you will join with the poet: quarter they may arise (whether external

internal or infernal) safe into the baren “Jesus, thy blood and righteousness My beauty are, my glorious dress; 'Midst flaming worlds in these arrayed, " Where we shall batho our weary souls With joy shall I lift up my head."

In seas of heavenly rest,

And not a wave of trouble roll Come, blessed Comforter, come mag. Across our peaceful breast." nify thine office in our hearts; impart a

Isaac COMFORT. holy fervour to our love ; strength to our faith; stability to our hope, and God

Ramsgate, Oct. 25th, 1857. glorifying fear to our confidence.

Lastly. There is the wreck (2 Sam. THE SOLDIER OF THE QUEEN, xiv. 14; Hebrews ix. 27,) which fills many with dread; yea, they are in bond- THE SOLDIER OF THE CROSS ; age by reason of the fear it engenders. A Brief Roview of the Christian Character (Hebrews ii. 15.) Why this tremour,

of the late dread, and fear, ye blood-redeemed "sons MAJOR-GENERAL SIR H. HAVELOCK. and daughters of the Lord Almighty?" Although death's shock shall rend the Ve have referred to this great man's history union now subsisting between the soul before ; we have pledged ourselves to proand body, the disjunction will be for a duce evidences of the reality of his faith in short season only. Death may destroy, the grave may en

Christ, and of his saving knowledge of Jesus, close, corruption may mar, and worms

if those evidences were forthcoming in the feed sweetly upon these tabernacles of records given of him by those who had the clay; yet, be not dismayed; thy Jesus best sources from whence to compile their says, “He will be death's plague, and memoirs. the grave's destruction, and repentance shall be hid from his eyes.

We must confess that we cannot find any

He that satisfactory details of the time when, or of the raised up Christ from the dead, shall also manner how, he was specially and savingly quicken our mortal bodies by his Spirit called of God, out of nature's darkness into that dwelleth in us :" and the Holy the light of the gospel kingdom; but then, Spirit declares by the apostle, “ So when two things are to be remembered :-First this corruptible shall have put on incor- the Major either has not left any written ruption, and this mortal shall have put on has, it has not been clearly given in any of

account of bis conversion to God; or if he immortality, then shall be brought to pass the yet printed and published documents, the saying that is written, Death is swal- In the second place, the hitherto published lowed up in victory.(1. Cor. ar. 52-54.) memoirs of this great soldier have been comAnd then shall the Church triumphantly piled by persons whose state of mind lead exclaim, “O death, where is thy sting? them rather to hold back, than to give proO grave, where is thy victory ? how short- minence to, any spiritual, supernatural, and lived thy dominion and power; “ for we heaven-wrought declaration which, at any are more than conquerors through him time, he might have either written or spoken. that loved us," &c. With whom we

We are inclined to believe that the richest shall reign for ever and ever in that land and most powerful evidence of Major-General where the inhabitants shall no more sag his atoning and reconciling

God, and his own

Havelock's religion laid in secret between I am sick, yea, there shall be no more soul. We cannot think that a man whose death, curse, pain, sorrow, care or con- whole life gave expression to his faith in flict. For the former things shall have Christ, and his devotion to our Saviour's passed away."

name, could be destitute of the inner and of God grant that both writer and reader the spiritual life. “Some hearts (says the

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writer of the review of William Rhodes' life) Henry and his religion when I closed my eyes open to God suddenly, some lowly, in some in sleep were now completely gone, and I felt cases, the external means are violent as the an inexpressible longing to be religious. I earthquake which shook open the prison at felt as if I had been placed in a new world in Philippi ; in others, they are gentle as the clouded moonlight; all was new, strange, and

As I morning light upon the flower ; but how appalling; yet nothing distinctly seen. rarely do we hear of the Spirit converting : appeared utter vanity and sin.

looked back on the dismal past, all my life

This continsout without external agencies of some kind!” ued all the day; that was indeed a day of so, These words convey a large amount of deep lemn and awful musing, of solemn and awful truth. Divine sovereignty is as fully dis- emotion. Religion, though I did not underplayed in the manner of its working, as it is stand its nature nor how to seek it-religion in the kind of men it deals with. Therefore and eternity filled every moment of thought, rashness in judgment, and severity in criti- and appeared to me to be simply and subcism on the condition of such men as Have- limely my all. I determined to become a real lock was, is, to us, exceedingly dangerous, Christian, whatever that might be; to reif not most painfully anti-christian.

nounce everything that might hinder, and atWe believe there are thousands in our tend to every thing that might assist me in professed churches of truth, who can hardly to learn, all to feel, and all to do for the sal

the blessed attainment, I felt that I had all tell the when, the where; nor the how, of vation of my soul. their conversion, and yet, if truth be spoken “In a day or two the troubled amazement many of them are ranked among the most of my spirit considerably subsided, my views spiritual, the most consistent, the most became more clear and defined. I perceived useful, the most decided members of our dif- the nature of what was working within me, ferent Christian communities.

and felt sure that a new life of thought and The conversion of William Rhodes, of feeling had commenced. I longed for parDamerham, is a striking illustration of the don; the way of mercy through a Saviour silent, the sudden, the absolutely secret and began to open before

me with indistinct but sovereign way and manner in which some

delightful freshness. Oh, what divine rest and are called of God to a knowledge of himself. beauty I soon felt and saw in the simple plan Believing William Rbodes to have been a ing

Saturday I learnt a hymn, the first I ever

of salvation through his death! The follow. sterling Christian, we must confess that the learnt, and entered fully into its affecting im. following narrative of his conversion is to us

port; most delightfully grand. William Rhodes

* And now the scales have left mine eyes, descerded from two poor mortals, sunk in Now I begin to see.' darkness, poverty, and woe of every kind; and not until he had entered upon his teens, and on my way home in the dark, I, who had

“A spirit of prayer was poured upon me, did he ever have one word spoken to him never prayed without a form, prayed for an about his soul, nor did one ray of light enter hour in my own language, from the fulness of his mind; but at Ringwood, a young man my heart. tried to prevail upon Rhodes to go to meeting. Rhodes had a native hatred to the

The Editor of the Baptist Magazine, says, name of religion; and determined never to

“Such is his own report of this strange fact, look into it. One night, in this dark deter- and whatever may be thought of it by the mination, he laid him down to sleep. Hear mere student of mind and its phenomena, he what he says of it :

once assured a friend that his happy confidence

in being saved never had an hour's distur. " It is thirteen years on the second

Wednes. bance from this time. Before it his life was day of this month, since I became a Christian. one of darkness; after it, his path, though

On that Wednesday night, poor sometimes chequered and stormy, was the Henry again conversed with me on religious path of the just, shining more

and more unto topics, and invited me to go with him to meet- l the perfect day. ing on the morrow evening ; I was touched by!

Of his subsequent career, Rhodes says, his kindness, but felt utter distaste and contempt for his piety. I would not promise to

“ After I had been conducted into the way go when we parted, I mused upon it, and de- of peace,” said he, 'by a blessed and celestial termined never to go. In this temper I went hand, the service of God became my whole to sleep. This proved a memorable night to delight. I set myself to acquire religious me. The moment I opened my eyes in the knowledge with intense avidity. The New morning, I felt myself a new being. A fresh Testament I read through in about a week, set of sentiments and feelings rushed into my and almost every page was a page of light mind and perfectly amazed me. No language and beauty to my mind, so that my views of I have at command will fully convey to you divine things almost daily grew larger and what I felt.

All things appeared to me in brighter. At first I mixed with the Methoa new light; I felt most vividly concerned, dists, and was united to their society; but distressed, alarmed about my soul and God did not continue with them long; I loved The deep things of religion gleamed through them for their simplicity and affection, but the ignorance of my mind in dim, misty, fear could not accept some of their sentiments. ful colours. All the feelings of dislike for My own experience made me a Calvinist ; the

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