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“THE REDEMPTION FUND." mo, some from Staley Bridge, and others : and

not only gave me kind words, but the fol

lowing donation toward the Redemption Some contributions have not been noticed. Fund, namely, Mr. John Standever, 2s. 6d.; They are few. We did not

feel happy in pub. the aged and much esteemed brother Roberts, lishing this every month. We found, --we still 2s.6d.; brother George Woods, Staley Bridge, find, the burden hangs amazingly heavy. Our 23. 6d.; brother w. Woods, 2s. I felt deeply hearts have been made to bleed again and grateful, because the friends did all this with again. We have been overwilling, and over. hearty good wishes for my deliverance; and zealous, no doubt. We have been involvd ; but when I know how bitter many of the as fast as is possible, the mountain is melting. Churches of Truth in this northen part are A great deal remains to be done ; and if we find against The Earthen Vessel, a little kind it cannot be done without personally visiting sympathy becomes doubly dear. I wish some the many friends who bave said, come and see true Jerusalem blade '--made fit for Gospel us, and preach to us :' if we find that, after work by Zion's Covenant Head-could be sent labouring as we have done these last few to Staley Bridge. As I sat in the Vestry, just years in London, and in all

parts of the before evening service, a friend came in, and country, that we cannot be helped to remove put into my hand a sealed up paper, directed the dificulties, we certainly feel strongly . W. Banks. I thanked him; and placed it moved to travel into those parts of the king in my pocket; and went into the pulpit to my dom where the gospel is not preached; and work. I was favored with some holy and there, (God helping and teaching,) endea happy feeling, I believe Jacob's God was poured to plant the Gospel of Christ, as we there: all seemed happy. When I retired to have been taught it. Never, in any part of our my room, I opened

the packet-a piece of life, have we had more holy liberty in preach- paper was there, on it was written : ing Christ, than we have had this year; never Manchester, Sept. 19, 1858. To Mr. Banks. were we more fully and constantly engaged. Sir, I beg your acceptance of the enclosed to. And, yet, after all, we are groaning under a wards the Redemption Fund for the EAB: burden which, (with reproaches and unholy THEN VESSEL. From A CONSTANT READER. smitings,) often threatens to crush us com- On opening the packet further, I found in pletely, 'yet have been upheld till now. But, it five sovereigns. "Who this kind friend is, I never, we fear, until we obey the secret im- cannot tell. I felt my heart moved gratefully pulse, and listen to the voice without, shall to heaven; aud tried to thank my gracious we obtain deliverance. We expect, next God: and I do pray that He may bless the month, to render an account of all received donor; and make the EaKTHEN VESSEL since last list; but we write this in Manches. great instrument of good to precious ransomed ter: we are never scarcely at home; and it souls. Thus encouraged, I feel emboldened will take time to examine letters and report to believe the Lord will get fulfil the promises progress. Those who have sent, but have in Psalm the 91st, so specially given to C. not been acknowledged, must forgive us. We W. B. in brother Smith's room at Grittleton. hope the Lord's promise given us in the Amen. end of Psalm xci, will yet be fully realized ; and that although we walk in the midst of trouble, yet that the LORD will arise for our

ENQUIRIES help; and plead our cause.—THE EDITOR.

DEAR SIR–My mind having been exercised Manchester, Monday, Sep. 20, 1858.

on that passage in 16th chapter of John 2nd The above was written here on Saturday much rejoice to see a few words from you, or

every branch in me,' &c., I should evening, in brother Samuel's study: I had some friend, in next month's number. My own travelled all day; and in mind and body was thoughts upon it is in him professionally

, as weak and weary: feeling very unfitted to the meaning, but the Wesleyan says it is an preach three times the next day. Before I evidence of an elect vessels insecurity. retired to rest, the words of Jeremiah (xx. 9,) Your's truly,

ENQUIRER. fixed on my mind, Then I said, I will not make mention of HIM, nor speak any more in his

Sep. 9, 1858, name. But his word was in my bones: I was weary with forbearing; and could not stay.' Why is the Gospel to be preached univerI certainly did not wish to preach from

sally? these words; but I could obtain no other: although, to me it was a heavy time, still, to

DBAB MR. EDITOR-I shall take it as a one long afflicted minister it was made a great favour, if you or any of your corresponspecial blessing: Who therefore, can tell, but dents will reply to the following query, which that our blessed Lord might have brought me

I beg you will insert in your VESSEL. here on purpose to be a comfort to that poor gospel to all men, and all men have it not in

Query.—That if, there is no offer in the aged servant of his ? Through the mercy the Lord, I was helped to speak three times

their power to receive it, is not the message, in his dear name: and I do hope a bless. : preach the Gospel to every creature,' a taning was in it.'

I have the honor to be your's I must acknowledge with talizing one? gratitude the following facts. On leav

faithfully in Christ ing the chapel after afternoon service, there [We leave this open to correspondents was a cluster of dear friends gathered'round I first.-Ep.]




“The Greatest Sinner ever Saved by the Precious

Blood of Christ,"


In a Letter to Samuel Foster, of Sturry, next Canterbury.

MY LONG AFFLICTED, HIGHLY PAVOURED | Samuel, if we had nothing but these FEARS, BROTHER IN CHRIST—I write these few lines we should drag on a miserable existence; but to you on the coast of Essex, and I address bless the Lord, Love comes in again, and so them to you, particularly, for two special equally balances us, that we move safely, and reasons :-first, because I wish the churches go on from strength to strength, until I hope, of Christ to know that you are still in the through the mercy and the merits of a dear furnace and fire of deep afflictions, hoping Redeemer; the teachings and trainings of the thousands of praying hearts may be moved Holy Spirit; through the trials and triumphs toward the mercy-seat on your behalf; and, of a heaven-born faith ; through the all-presecondly, because, yesterday, an extraordi- vailing intercessions of our glorious Advonary sermon, preached in Reading, by our cate on high, we shall, at length, be brought much esteemed brother, Benjamin B. Wale, into the desired haven ; and if the Lord will came into my hands, and an extract from give me an honorable issue out of earthly wbich I believe wiil, in the Lord's mercy, be trials, and a happy entrance into his kingdom, a great comfort to your mind, as on your I know it will be great grace indeed ; and I bed of sickness you are tossing to and fro. shall have great cause to sing as loud as any, Let me first open my own heart's feelings to " unto Him that loved us ! &c., &c. you; and then I hope to lay before you some- In this time-state, it is possible for Love, thing much more valuable than anything I in the heart of a pardoned sinner, to act uncan write. I assure you while many are wisely ; and Satan, seeing he cannot drive disputing in hard, cold, controversies, I am us back from the Truth, will even aim to generally so deep in tribulation's path, and pitch us headlong into some over-zealous so closely pressed in gospel work, I con- course of action, which may teach us that stantly feel a great necessity for looking to there is a need be for those sharp reproofs, heaven for help. I would never countenance chastenings, crosses, and woes, which bring the thought that the Lord has led me into up Fear in our spirits, amd bring our spirits any of the difficulties in which I have strug- down into that contrition, reverence, and earngled. No, the Lord forbid, but I will tell est seeking the Lord, which worketh for us a you one thing which once a little relieved far more exceeding and eternal weight of my spirit; the Master said, ' where much is glory, while we look not at things seen by forgiven, the same loveth much :' and it has nature's eye, but at those seen only by faith's been said again by some of the Master's ser- | eye, which are eternal, and well secured vants that the two wheels which carry the to them who, by the power of God, are kept. church of Christ safely

through this wilder- The two wheels I have referred to, LOVE ness, are LOVE and FEAR : if there be and FEAR, both came to my door, and into nothing but LOVE, then, we fly too high for my heart too, before I left home yesterday our present condition; and Satan, and the morning. Fear came in a letter from my flesh will take advantage of such a condition kind and faithful brother Jobu Bosworth, of of soul ; and perhaps fill you with pride, pre- Manchester, who, as a Christian man, wrote sumption, self-confidence, and a measure of me a faithful reproof, which I hope to profit recklessness; which may be followed by by; for I am sure John Bosworth, only seeks many days of heavy sorrow; because there to do good; and the strongest feeling in my is a difference between having the Love of soul is to prove to him that a righteous ReGod shed abroad in the heart, by the Holy deemer will in his time, raise up in honor Ghost given unto us; and that love to the and in holy freedom my long-oppressed spirit. truth, and to the Lord's people, which may I say no more on that head now; because sometimes flow out of our own hearts. Now, just at the moment when Fear was fighting if I have had forgiveness at all, I have had hard to unfit me for my work, the other inuch forgiven; albeit Satan has tried to wheel, LOVE, came to my help, in a letter make a great market of me; hence, my love from brother Wale, of Reading; which lethas frequently been greatly checked by fears ter contained a sermon preached by him, of a frightful kind, for often, indeed have I bearing this title, The Cloud of Witnesses ! heard the whisper in the secret chambers of and from whence I desire to draw an extract my soul, saying, Ah! these good men who 80 or two for the happy refreshing of yourself, oppose are right ; and you are wrong. Oh, and the thousands who now read the pages

Vol. XIV.-No. 162


of this little work, Mr. Wale’s sermon, ' The seeism is respectably attired.) He is arrayed Cloud of Witnesses' has been published by in priestly robes ; he has had a collegiate the request of those who heard it. Identified training; be dwells in a mansion, where as I have been with Mr. Wale's settlement much piety is professed; he is supported by at Reading, I am free to confess that his ex- a huge mass of Nonconformist preachers; ceedingly happy success as the Minister of Missionary advocates ; teachers, intelligent Christ's gospel in London-street Chapel, dames, respectable trades-people; and a Reading, and the steady expansion of his long train of I know not who all-enough to mind in the public dispensation of the Word daunt the Pleader, but nothing daunted, he of Life, are facts productive of such pleasur- cries out, Modern Phariseeism, what is able feelings as I am not careful to describe, your chargeľ I answer, Jesus Christ canbecause the sky scrapers' on the one hand, not save these sinners, unless they can bring and the mud-larks' on the other, are sure to something as their part of the corenant. be angry. I spare them; and ask the same Then the witnesses are called. I must not favor at their hands. But to the sermon it- describe them all; but after Jonah, Asaph, and self, the text is a part of Heb. xii. 1. After David, have given in their evidence touching taking a hasty review of the apostle's drift the greatness and completeness of Christ's in his epistle to the Hebrews, Mr. Wale finds salvation, then, among others, we have Eliin his text a junction, with two lines running jah from the Old Tesatment; and Mary in different directions, on one is written, a Magdalene from the New; and these I give Comparison— a cloud :' on the other a Char- as I find them written down in this sermon. acter. a cloud of witnesses. With much or- They are beyond all praise. Here they are. iginality of thought, the preacher gives three illustrations of the cloud, and then proceeds

Now from this 'cloud of witnesses 'we to work out the second title of this sermon,

want one who can bear testimony to God's * Jesus Christ tried and acquitted! In per- providential care of his children while on their using this second part of the discourse, way to a Father's house. Many of them can

trust God with the salvation of their souls which I read carefully while travelling to and the great interests of eternity, but the Woodham Ferriss, (and where last evening I food and raiment of the present life seem to had a solemn season in preaching to a crowd be beneath his notice, or beyond his power, of people,) in attentively going over the pages The God of providence is too old-fashioned of this sermon I was surprised, edified, and for our modern notions ; the God who com. made glad. No one will question Mr. Wale's manded the gushing stream from the smitten originality of style, when I affirm that in rock to follow the Israelites through the this discourse he puts Jesus Christ on his parched desert; that gave them shoes that trial. The trial of Christ goes on; the neces

wore not out; that miraculously increased sity for this trial is shewn in that there are feed Elijah-the God that our fathers wor.

the widow's oil, and commanded the rarens to three great accusers, the Devil ; Unbelief ; and Modern Phariseeism, who are always

raising shipped, is no longer believed in by us, their false charges against the Saviour; and are

degenerate children.

Brother Elijah, you seem anxious to speak, perpetually hurling these charges at those and as you were one of the destitute of persons whose hearts are stirred up in then whom the Apostle spesks, we should be glad to seek salvation in the Holy Person and to hear how the Lord appeared for you in the work of the Son of God. Mr. Wale seems hour of your destitution. During a time of to have suffered so much from these charges great famine and drought, you had lodgings that he determines to expose them ; and, if in the wilderness of Damscus, by the brook possible to raise the minds of the Lord's people Cherith, had you not ? « Yes,' Will you tell above them. The preacher allows the three me how the Lord provided for you there? great accusations to be brought into court. ther was not my own choice ; it was at the

• First of all you will observe that going thiThe glorious God-Man, Jesus, the Saviour of Lord's bidding I went, and he told me that sinners, is present, sitting on the throne of his he had commanded the ravens to feed me Mediatorial kingdom. Now listen to the there. I reached the brook in the middle of Pleader who stands between the Saviour, the the day, and sat down to rest ; how anxiously multitude of sinners who are seeking pardon as the day wore away, and the evening came at his feet, and the trinity of opposers who on, did I look at every bird that flitted past, are labouring to drive back these Comers unto or sped home to its nest in the lonely crag. Christ. 'Satan, what have you to say?" The at length, as hope grew tired of waiting, adversary answers, the sins of these poor they came the promised ravens-the two wretches are too great to be pardoned by mysterious birds ; one laid at my feet the Jesus Christ.' The Pleader turns to a second, bread, the other the meat, and cawed and Unbelief! what have you to say! I

croaked and pranced so proudly, as if glad to

be employed in God's service. My heart say, Jesus Christ

not willing to save seemed ready to burst with wonder, love, these chief of sinners!' the third enemy and praise. How many tears of gratitude is appealed to: — Modern Phariseeism ? mingled with that evening meal. But at last What can you dare to say ?' (Modern Pbari. I grew so used to the coming of these blaek messengers, that I ceased to wonder at it; it beings whom he has sent his Son to redeem, Beemed so natural that they should come and his Spirit to sanctify ? hath he taken his and so natural too that the brook should con- name off the gateway of creation ? are his tinue to flow, though there had been no rain granaries exhausted ? or hath he lost the keys ? for a year-that I ceased to look at either as a or hath he made over the stores of his promiracle of mercy, or an evidence of my hea- vidence to some deputy God who can see the venly Father's providential care.

righteous perish without laying it to heart? • Then Elijah you were like the rest of us, A sparrow cannot fall to the ground without you had witnessed so much of the Lord's him ; let his children be of good cheer, they goodness so long, that you began to hold it are of more value than many sparrows. cheap, and to think lightly of it: but what That will do, Brother Elijah ; yours is a did your heavenly Father do then? begin to warm defence of his providential care; may stir up your nest? make you less comfortable we ever realize it in our own experience. It in your desert home? He did. One morn: hath been well said, that'he who watches proing I went as usual to the brook to drink, and vidence, shall never want a providence to the brook was dried up. I stood for a mo- watch.' ment amazed and bewildered. Was it my The next accusation lodged by the devil, in lot after all to die of thirst in the wilderness the court of the believer's conscience, is, that I turned my face enquiringly to the sky-no his sins are too great to be pardoned, that the cloud shadowed its terrible brightness. An- blood of Christ can never atone for his sins, xiously I waited for my friends the ravens; nor cleanse his conscience from its guilt. they came not; hungry and faint my soul dieå Who among this 'cloud of witnesses, can within me. Doubt and fear assailed my come forward to rebuff the accuser, and prove heart, my God hath forgotten me, said I, he that the blood of Christ can save even to the hath brought me into the wilderness to kill uttermost? And remember we must have me.'

none but great sinners here, the very worst • Then it appears, brother Elijah, that you we can find. Who is that woman pressing so were like the rest of us, as brother James says, hastily forward? The cloud of witnesses' ' a man of like passions with ourselves,' while smile' as they see her eagerness to speak. the bread and meat are placed every morn- Woman, what hast thou to say? That I am ing in our cupboards, we can trust God too, here to bear witness to the all-atoning and all. but the moment the supplies cease, we begin cleansing power of the blood of Christ, and to to grumble and despair, like yours, our faith hurl back into his face the evil report that dries up with the brook. But tell us, did not the accuser brings against my Lord.' He was the Lord appear for you in your distress? 'a liar from the beginning, and I am here to yes, for though we believe not, yet he abideth prove that he is a liar still. Well said, sister, faithful. He sent me to Zarephath, a city of you don't mince the matter, but we should Sidon, and told me that a widow should sup- like to ask you a few questions. First of all, port me there. I did not much like being de- where were you born? In Jericho, the pendant upon a poor widow, it seemed rather accursed cityOf what country are you? humbling, especially when I found her ga. I am a Canaanite.' What was your religion ? thering two sticks to prepare the last ineal for Idolatry.' What your profession? A harherself and son. But still by another miracle lot.' What is your name? Rahab. Rahab! of mercy the Lord provided for me there, and why that is the name that the prophet Isaiah sustained her soul alive as well.'

gives to the old dragon, the devil, is it not? Then he always provided for you, Elijah, "yes.' Then if I understand you rightly, you though not till the moment of extreme neces- were accursed in birth, a heathen in nation, sity when you were literally brought to your an idolator in religion, a harlot in trade, and wit's end, and then by the most unlikely and a devil ? 'I plead guilty to all. Well, you bumiliating means? Yes.' But the accuser had not muchto recommend you to Jesus Christ, of our God in the court of conscience says in certainly; but what have you to say to the reply to your statement that that was the age power of his love and blood ? “What? why of miracles, that God has changed, and does that he shewed me that the way from the not take so much notice of his children now. accursed city, from the power of sin, the de. Have you any reason to think that he has pravity of an evil heart, and the damnation of changed, brother Elijah ?. Changed ? bath hell

, to the promised land, to a dwelling place he not said I am the Lord, I change not ?' Let with his children, and himself, was by the God be true and every man a liar. Doth he scarlet line of Calvary, that the whole way not still clothe the grass of the field which to was tracked with blood; and having placed day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven the clue in the hand of faith, it held fast that still provide for the raven his food, when his clue, till by that cord of love he drew me home. yoang ones cry unto God and wander for lack And by placing that clue of love in the hand of meat? what then? has he forsaken his of the poor barlot, he shewed that he was no children to bestow all his care upon the beasts respecter of persons, that there was no depth of the forest, and the birds of the air ? he of misery which his long arm of mercy could careth still for them, and are not his children not reach, no hardened heart nor rebellious of much more value than they ? does he cause will, that his transforming grace could not his rain to fall upon the wilderness wherein subdue.' there is no man, to satisfy the desolate and Well done, sister, yours is a good testimony: waste ground, and to refresh the lonely flower, but who is that woman by your side, so which blossoms unseen by any eye save his, anxious to get into the witness box? Is she a and can he be indifferent to the souls of those' relative of yours? There seems to be a strong

family likeness. '0! it is sister Mary: a forgiven thee.' 0, the unspeakable joy of sister' in sin, and a sister in mercy; she too that hour ! poor Mary, the harlot, got the was a great sinner. All right sister Rahab, start of Simon, the Pharisee, and went away but we would rather hear her speak for her with the full discharge of all her sins in her self.

bosom, and the peace that passeth all under'I could hardly contain myself while sister standing in her heart. Rahab was speaking; my sins so far outstrip

Well Mary. your's is a glorious testimony ped her's. I am the greatest sinner ever saved to the unspeakable love of Christ. It seems by the precious blood of Christ.' I say sister, to make the accuser himself uneasy, he stands if brother Paul were here, he would deny that, there trembling in his shoes. *And well he for he lays claim to the title of the chief of may, for he knows how many lies I've found sinners, and, I think, by the looks of some of him out in, he was a liar from the beginning, our friends present, they feel disposed to dis- and is so still!! By the by Mary, do you know pute it too, but go on. What is your name?

that ugly looking fellow by his side, him with Mary Magdalene. Magdalene P why that sig.

the hang-dog countenance ? "Why that is nifies the great sinner,' does it not ? Were Unbelief, I knew him well, too well, be nerer you then infamous for sin ? · Yes, the boys spoke the truth of Jesus yet, I shall never for. and girls in the streets of Jerusalem used to get how he tried to deceive me on the morn. hoot me as I passed, and say, 'there goes ing of the Saviour's resurrection, he told me Magdalene, the great sinner.' The Pharisee that I should never see Christ alive again gathered his long robe tighter and closer

round that I should find his dead body in the grave. him, lest I should touch his broad phylactery And I, fool that I was, believed him, and as I passed. So vile was I that everybody while it was yet dark took a box ointment despised and loathed me. My body belonged to the sepulchre to anoint his corpse. But he to any son of Belial, and as for my soul, the

was gone. The tomb was empty. Even then devils made so sure of that, they waited not Unbelief denied his resurrection, and told me till death to claim it, but took possession of it the gardener had taken him away. I looked while living-made it their house, went in and hurriedly round, and seeing him whom I supout as they pleased. Till one day, as I sat by posed to be the gardener, I begged him with the roadside weeping, I saw a crowd approach, many tears to tell me where he had laid my and enquiring what it meant, they told me Lord. He said, Mary, it was he himself

. that Jesus of Nazareth passed by. `Moved by I had been seeking a dead Christ, and I had an impulse which I could not control, but found a risen Saviour. I sprang to his feet, which the devils within me tried to prevent, but with a look of love he said," Touch me I rose and looked over the heads of the crowd not, for I have not yet ascended to my Father, to see him. His eye met mine; it was a look and to your Father-to my God and to your of compassion. I cried out, Jesus, thou Son God.' Yes, all that he said of himself he said of David, have mercy on me.'

The devils of me, that his God and Father were ing tried to drag me away, but I cried all the Father and my God! poor Mary the harlot, more. At last he turned and said, “Come one with Jesus Christ! Unbelief fled away out of her, ye foul spirits.' Casting me down confounded, and left me alone with Jesus.' in their rage, at his bidding they fled. I rose

Well, after such a testimony as thine, Mary, and followed the crowd, mingle with it I could none need despair. Such love and grace can not, for they all knew how vile I was. I waited indeed save to the uttermost. till I saw them disperse, and then I followed him. He entered the house of Simon, the tract from Mr. Wale's sermon, which is pub

Dear Foster-in thus giving you this er. Pharisee. I looked eagerly after him as he lished by Mr. Barcham, of Reading, I bare entered, but Simon frowned me back. gered round the door. I heard his precious You will wish with me, that this discourse

I lin. done as you wished,–given you a long letter. voice speaking so sweetly of mercy and of be spread far and wide, and that it may be tered. The Pharisee scowled upon me, and I greatly owned of the Lord.

May HE, was afraid that he would scowl upon me too; who called you at the first, and thus far 80 vile was I, I dared not look him in the face, belped you, still sanctify your great afflic. 80 I went behind him, sat down at his feet. It tion; and when before the throne you come, was heaven to be near him, though he spoke do, if you can, remember your old pastor, no word to me. But my heart was nigh to

C. W. BANKS. breaking and the tears flowed down my cheek in a flood-they fell upon his blessed feet, and I took the hair of my head and wiped them;

THE COMET, and still he spurned me not; with passionate sobs I kissed them and he spoke no word of AND “THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM." anger-though as yet he spoke no word of comfort. But they that sat near him at meat

“ We have seen his star."-Matthew ii. 2. scowled still more savagely; and then he spoke, and spoke of me! he said, "This wo- DEAR SIR-Travelling about the country man!" Oh, how my heart held its breath to as I generally am, I have had a favourable hear him! Was it to be a word of condemna- opportunity of seeing and hearing about the tion or pardon P My sobs and tears had not Comet, or rather Comets, for as most of your been unnoted by him. He turned and said, readers must be aware, there are troo, one Woman, thy sins, which are many, are all visible in the day-time,' and the other at

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