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without such an investigation as
for little with many, but it is may lead to a full conviction, that nevertheless true, that the servants no object of human effort is so im- of God are by far the happiest of portant as that which fully engages human beings: Should any one the divine mind. In any imagin- object that all this depends upon -able case of a reasoning person,
the taste of individuals, thereby the decision must be, no course intimating that in his own case this of life can promise such valuable argument is vain, allow me to ask, results as
one of entiré devotion is he willing to cultivate a taste or to the service of God.
set of dispositions that will not Thirdly. This employment of our allow enjoyment in the service of various powers of being, will be God? The happiness of which I found the most congenial of all to speak is in kind that of heaven ; it the original constitution of our must be found happiness here, or souls. Concealed under the ruins it can never be shared hereafter. of our nature in its present condi- Fifthly. " The love of Christ tion may still be found the elemen- constraineth us,
because we thus tal parts of a constitution in the judge, that if one died for all, then image of our Maker. All sin does were all dead; and that he died violence to that constitution—the for all, that they which live should struggle is misery ; a discord that not henceforth live unto themselves, can only be removed by our return but unto him who died for them, to the original purposes of our and rose again." If you live, it is existence. This topic, however, in consequence of the Saviour's can only be made intelligible to death, and hence any course of life those who have experienced the be- that he would not approve must ginnings of a new and spiritual life ; be palpable ingratitude, --in realothers must take those upon trust ity, sin of the most malignant kind. who affirm, that harmony between To continue in such a state of mind ourselves and the other portions would be inconsistent with salvaof the universe, moral or natural, tion from sin, so that any life, can only be restored by our union except one of devotion to the serin action with our Creator and vice of God, must, in reality, prove God.
that you are the enemy of the Fourthly. Connected with the Lord Jesus Christ. But are you preceding argument, but in some willing to continue his enemy who measure distinct, as we are situated died for you? Considering, too,
in a world of sin, is the remark that that he alone could save you by tu happiness in this life is chiefly his death? Will you not at once 9 si attainable in the service of God. yield to the constraining influence 3. Gratification, passing pleasures, of his sacrifice of himself for ruined inn may be found elsewhere; but no sinners! If not, vain would be
permanent happiness. No intelli- the effort to remonstrate upon the gent creature can be permanently wickedness or folly of your conhappy while' a 'rebel against his duct. All other arguments must Maker. « There is no PEACE to be lost upon the heart that is not
the wicked.” But the Christian moved to actual gratitude by the 60. has great peace, for he delights in consideration of a Saviour's dying
the law of his God, in all the - love,--all other motives 'must
C. S. A.
It may indeed
rs ago LETTER AT THE CLOSE OF THE YEAR.
MY DEAR FRIEND,Let me ex- and God has been dishonoured, press a hope, that you are going souls ruined, and the regions of forward in the way to heaven – misery have received additions of enjoying prosperity of soul your- victims, who went to “that place self, and seeking to take many of torment” unwarned, unreproved, others with you to the kingdom uninvited, uncared for, by us,
- this is a great honour, and the though we have borne the name distinct
prospect of it should make of Christ, and have avowed our I us prompt, prayerful, diligent and love to him before the church and
persevering in endeavours to do the world. Ah, dear friend, such good in the world. Ah, dear things ought not so to be. No, we friend, are we indeed doing all the should strive with both hands good we can ? Are we labour- earnestly to pluck sinners as brands ing to the extent of our abilities from the burning-we should exand opportunities for the 'good of hort our perishing neighbours to souls? If you and I were called
flee from the wrath to come'; we this night to give an account of should invite them, yea, beseech our stewardship,' how would it them, to go with us to hear the be with us? Would it be said, gospel ; we should address to
She hath done what she could ?' them affectionate letters of inor, would it appear to our shame treaty and invitation;
treaty and invitation; urge the gosand disgrace, that we had con- pel on them for their acceptance, cealed the one talent, because we
and by every means in our power, had not five or ten ? it is worth try to save some.'-Yes, to save while for us to investigate this some, and to be instrumental in matter, and to see whether we are seeking to save the meánest or the loiterers or labourers in the Mas- vilest, will be an honour indeed ; ter's vineyard—the great uncer
and acknowledged before an assemop tạinty of our lives should be a bled world when the honours of
powerful motive to promptness this present state, and the opinion and diligence, and this returning of our fellow-creatures, will be season should be regarded as an forgotten and unknown for ever. enforcement of the command,“ Go, Oh, let us not be wearied in doing work to-day in my vineyard.” good; and if our efforts should Many years has the great husband- call forth reflections from our man borne with us; yes,
with friends, or attract the finger of short-comings, lukewarmness, and ridicule or scorn, let us remember indifference in his service- he has that the opinion and favour of God “ had long patience” with us; is of more importance than that of year after year
have we beheld the the whole world beside. The moral desert covered with thorns Redeemer who suffered for us, and briars; but how little we have was not ashamed to suffer singular done towards rooting up these, and reproach, contempt, and planting the seed, the incorruptible Our obligations to him are inexseed of the kingdom in its place. pressibly great, and if he was not Oh, this should fill us with sor- ashamed to suffer“ even the conrow, deep sorrow, for while we tradiction of sidners against himhave been neglecting to do this, self,” for our sakes, we should neglecting to plant the gospel in shrink from the thought of denying the wilderness, the enemy hath him before
an ungodly world. been “ sowing tares,” which have Rather let us be stimulated to again increased the fruits of evil, imitate him, 66 who went about
doing good ;” and who hath
God to spare us to enter on anoleft us an example that we should ther, our hearts may thereby be follow his steps.” Let us aspire to warmed, and our faith and zeal the honour of being “labourers increase, and our holy fruits and together with God," and of sharing active labours bring increased with those who turn many to righ- glory to him, whose we are, and teousness the splendour of shining whom we serve.” as the stars for ever and ever. P.S.- In the tract on the in: Let me draw your attention to the fluence of pious women, you
will little tracts I enclose. I have see just what I wish you to attempt read them with deep interest, to a to engage in, namely, reading to circle of praying friends, and hope those who will not come to the you will circulate them to the sanctuary. I hope the fact here extent of your influence; the price stated, with its delightful effects, is small; and the distribution if a blessing to so many, will do of them may become a great
you like service.
The other on blessing. They may stir some up the claims of our unconverted by way of remembrance, and draw relations, is alike solemn and edifyforth their efforts for the divine ing; may we, dear friend, read to glory and good of souls. This profit, that the world and the will be a good work to close the church may be the better for our year with, and if it should please having been in it,
SLEEPING IN JESUS.
FROM THE CHRISTIAN REMEMBRANCER.
ASLEEP in Jesus! blessed sleep!
Asleep in Jesus ! oh, for me,
Asleep in Jesus ! time nor place
Review of Books.
THE LIFE OF THE REV. T. T. THOMASON, M. A. late Chaplain to the Eust India Company. By the Rev. J. SARGENT, M. A. Rector of Lavington. 8vo. Pp. xii. and 334. Seeleys.' 1833.
BIOGRAPHY may be regarded in a what is honourable, to esteem that two-fold point of view, either as which is vile and base ; to call evil affording a memorial of a departed good and good evil ; to put darkfriend, or an example deserving of ness for light, and light for darkgeneral attraction and imitation. Whereas the productions of It is possible indeed to conceive of the late Rev. Mr. Sargent-- the a third case, where the life of an lives of Martyn and of Thomason abandoned profligate is published are calculated to promote in no by way of warning; but the com- mean degree the cause of religion, pilers of such records usually defeat of peace, of piety and happiness, their professed intention, by pre- both in this life and a future. senting the supposed object of Morality and religion would susaversion in a favourable point of tain no loss were every line of Sir view, and clothing him with Walter's works sunk in ocean's adventitious excellencies, until (as depths, while the annibilation of is known to every reader of the the memoirs of Martyn and of Newgate Calendar, Rob Roy, and Thomason would be deeply deEugene Aram) the housebreaker, plored by every Christian who is freebooter, and murderer, become acquainted with their contents. objects of interest, lively compas- Of Martyn's life it is not our sion is excited on their behalf, intention to speak.
Ten succesand the young, instead of de- sive editions in the course of a testing their crimes, are only led few years have rendered our comto commiserate their melancholy mendation of it of no importance. end, and lament that so much Nor is it our intention to institute a feeling, spirit, and manly decision, comparison between the memoirs of should be terminated by the vile Martyn and Thomason, or to assert hands of a public executioner. that the latter is equal to the forWhile those who judge more cor- mer ; but we must maintain that rectly, can only regret the mis- both Martyn and Thomason were chievous effects of the misapplica- eminent in their day and generation tion of such talents as those of the were distinguished for piety, late Sir Walter Scott, in embalm- talents, and attainments--and have ing the memory of the disgraceful, left behind them memorials which and exhibiting vice and immorality may not only gratify a weeping under an attractive aspect.
friend, or soothe the sorrows of a With what different feelings bereaved relative, but which are however must the Christian regard calculated to instruct, console, or the literary labours of the late Sir edify every attentive reader. Walter Scott, and the late Rev. The Rev. Thomas Truebody John Sargent. The splendid and Thomason was born at Plymouth, voluminous productions of the for- June 7, 1774, and having lost his mer produced for him fame, and father when only a year old, was, rank, and fortune; yet what after by the affectionate care of his all are they but perversions of fact mother, who still survives, placed and history, and repulsive carica at school in Greenwich, where he tures of right feeling and religious continued till the age of thirteen, principle- leading men to despise when he was removed to Deptford,
and in the year 1789, when only the second, one hundred; for the third, fifteen years of age, accompanied he shall be whipped, his goods confiscated, the Rev. Dr. Coke on a mission
and he banished. If a coloured person to the West Indies in the capacity shall be found praying, for the first of his French interpreter.
offence he shall receive thirty-nine lashes;
for the second, he shall be fined, whipped, A youth between fifteen and sixteen and banished : but if a slave, he shall be (says his biographer) in the West Indies,
whipped every time. could want no topics of excitement by
Notwithstanding this atrocious law, it day or by night. The wonders of another
is delightful to know that the party were hemisphere would not allow his curiosity
received into the house of one who was and surprize a moment's slumber. Cocoa
willing to risk his character and means of nut trees and humming-birds by day, subsistance, out of love to his. Saviour, fire-flies and musquitoes by night, were and to those who appeared in his name. either his pleasure or torment. But these
'Surely,' said one of those who were obtained the least portion of his regard.
received under his bospitable roof, 'the Matters of higher interest rivetted his
Lord will prove his rock and shield, and attention, and awakened his concern.
will abundantly reward him in the day of
account at the end of time. To the Dr. Coke and his young inter
blacks who crowded about the house a preter visited the Caribbs in St. sermon was delivered, on the text, "I am Vincent's, and then sailed for not ashamed of the gospel of Christ ;." Dominica.
but the preacher was soon obliged to quit
the island.-P.9, 10. Here (says Mr. Sargent) the sight of the slave population called into painful
The party then visited St. Kitt's, action the passions of pity and righteous
Saba, and Jamaica. At this latindignation in one to whom scenes of
ter island oppression being new, were therefore the more revolting. He thus winds up his
A sight was witnessed from the recitat comments on the state of his degraded
of which, making as it does part and fellow-creatures. There is, it is true,
parcel of a system of atrocity, one 'turns
for relief to some ordinary wickedness." some alleviation of their misery: they are not sensible of their unhappy condition ;
• We breakfasted at the plantation on
balm tea and Indian bread, a repast at the but this insensibility increases, or ought to increase, our compassion. How came
best not very agreeable. But how was they to be insensible of their condition ?
my appetite lessened by what happened they were born 80-How came they to
during the meal! The overseer had or be born so ? Their parents were slaves :
dered a slave to walk our horse till we went away.
He did so, and permitted, and so the genealogy proceeds till at last the unhappy creatures are found to have
him now and then to crop a mouthful of, been torn from their native country, and
grass. The overseer observing him, called deprived of friends and happiness.'
the under-overseer, and ordered him a The following exhibition in Antigua
dozen lashes. Detestable cruelty! how proved a balm to Christian feelings
did it shock my feelings! I could hear wounded deeply by the
the whip resounding from afar, whilst the
wrongs of humanity.
miserable sufferer gave à loud and heartBy noon we arrived at our destined
rending groan in the intervals of striking. place, where was a congregation of 1200
I hastened to leave the hated spot, and blacks. They were seated on benches on
my return was attended with as much a small declivity. The Doctor stood on a
melancholy as my departure was attended chair under a shed, and preached to them
with pleasure.'-Pp. ll, 12. on Phil. iii. 20. The negroes wept much. Visiting the Dutch island of Eustatius,
We quote these passages as they encountered an edict worthy of the
illustrating the aetual state of days of Dioclesian. This was its tenor :
West Indian slavery above forty If any white person shall be found praya: years ago, while the slave trade ing with his brethren, for the first offence, i still existed, and when the efforts he shall be fined fifty pieces of eight; for
for its abolition had scarcely com