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scourged, beat, stoned, left for dead; expecting, wherever he came, a renewal of the same treatment, and the same dangers, yet, when driven from one city, preaching in the next; spending his whole time in the employment, sacrificing to it his pleasures, his ease, his safety; persisting in this course to old age, unaltered by the experience of perverseness, ingratitude, prejudice, desertion; unsubdued by anxiety, want, labour, persecutions; unwearied by long confinement, undismayed by the prospect of death. Such was St Paul. We have his letters in our hands; we have also a history purporting to be written by one of his fellow-travellers, and appearing, by a comparison with these letters, certainly to have been written by some person well acquainted with the transactions of his life. From the letters, as well as from the history, we gather not only the account which we have stated of him, but that he was one out of many who acted and suffered in the same manner; and that, of those who did so, several had been the companions of Christ's ministry, the ocular witnesses, or pretending to be such, of his miracles, and of his resurrection. We moreover find this same person referring in his letters to his supernatural conversion, the particulars and accompanying circumstances of which are related in the history, and which accompanying circumstances, if all or any of them be true, renderit impossible to have been a delusion. We also find him positively, and in appropriated terms, asserting, that he himself worked miracles, strictly and properly so called, in support of the mission which he executed; the history, meanwhile, recording various passages of his ministry, which come up to the extent of this assertion. The question is, whether falsehood was ever attested by evidence like this. Falsehoods, we know, have found their way into reports, into tradition, into books; but is an example to be met with, of a man voluntarily undertaking a life of want and pain, of incessant fatigue, of continual peril; submitting to the loss of his home and country, to stripes and stoning, to tedious imprisonment, and the constant expectation of a violent death, for the sake of carrying about a story of what was false, and of what, if false, he must have known to be so?

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FOR THE USE OF THE SUNDAY SCHOOLS IN CARLISLE.

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I. Let the child pronounce every syllable articulately : that is,

clearly, distinctly, and fully. For this purpose let him op

en his mouth freely. II. Let his voice be soft and gentle, not loud or boisterous. III. Let him read slowly and deliberately, carefully observing

every stop, and every emphatical word. IV. Let him relieve his voice at every stop; at the same time

support his voice steadily and firmly, and pronounce the

concluding words of the period with force and vivacity. V. Let him begin gently, slide over every insignificant parti

cle; such as and, but, if, or, as, so, &c. and reserve the stress

of his voice for words of more importance. VI. Let the tone of his voice in reading be the same as it is in

speaking. Let him not change the natural and easy sound, with which he speaks in conversation, for that formal and

unnatural tone, which some people assume in reading. VII. Let each lesson be read over and over, till the child be

perfect in it, and able to read a line in a breath.

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