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declined the proposal, and to have referred the choice enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all" to his uncle. But, forgetting the convenience of his the spoils captured from the enensies. generous relation, and, as it seems, somewhat in- “And the king of Sodom went out to meet him, after fluenced by a covetous spirit, “Lot lifted up bis eyes, his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer and the and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well kings that were with him.” Filled with gratitude to watered everywhere, even as the garden of the Lord. his deliverer from so merciless a tyranny, and adıniring Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot the noble-mindedness of the patriarch, who laid out journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one the recovered property before all, “the king of Sodom from the other. Abrain dwelled in the land of Canaan, said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched goods to thyself.” With a spirit of generosity worthy his tent toward Sodom. But the men of Sodom were of the religion of Abraham, and unparalleled in the wicked, and sinners before the LORD exceedingly." records of the heroes of profane antiquity, he refuses Ver. 10-13.
to retain a single article. He replies to the proposition For Abraham, so good a man and so kind a relation, of the king of Sodom, in language the most solemn and to part with his nearest kinsman, a servant of God, devout, commanding the admiration of all ages. “I must have been exceedingly painful. But he had the have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the Most High consolation of reflecting, that the loss was not sustained God, the possessor of heaven and earth, that I will not through any fault of his own; and whatever blank was take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldst say, I made by the failure of creature comforts, was have made Abrain rich; save only that which the young than supplied by the presence of God the Creator, by men have eaten, and the portion of the men who went the gracious promises of Him “who sticketh closer with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take than a brother.” “And the LORD said unto Abram, their portion.” Ver. 21 —24. after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now The conduct of Abraham in this affair was truly thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art, generous; but at the same time it was strictly just; and northward, and southward, and eastward, and west- while he nobly relinquished his own right to an interest ward. For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I in the recovered property, he would not require that give it, and to thy seed for ever. And I will make thy his confederates should make the same sacrifice. Aner, seed as the dust of the earth; so that if a man can Eshcol, and Mamre might still take their share: hut number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also possibly, after the example of their friend, they also be numbered.” Ver. 14–16.
inight forego their claim upon the recovered goods of While Abraham dwelt in the plains of Mamre, enjoy- their neighbours. The king of Sodom led back his ing fellowship with his God, Lot, vexed with the people to their city, and Lot accompanying him, confilthy conversation of the wicked,” was involved in the tinued to sojourn in his land. miseries of a dreadful war. Chedorlaomer and Amra- The Sodomites continued “wicked, and sinners' bephel, the kings of Persia and Chaldea, with their allies, fore the LORD;” and Lot was dwelling among them. invaded the land, defeated the kings of Sodom and On account of their abominations, God, in righteous Gomorrah, and ravaged the country. “ And they took judgment, resolved utterly to exterminate thein from Lot, Abram's brother's son, who dwelt in Sodom, and the earth. But he remembered Lot, and revealed his his goods, and departed.” Gen. xiv, 11, 12.
awful purpose to Abraham. The tender affection of The news of this calamity soon reached the ears of the patriarch for his unhappy kinsinan, is beautifully Abraham : “for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the illustrated by his conduct on that memorable occasion. Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner: and “ And the LORD appeared unto Abraham in the these were confederate with Abram.” Calling in the aid plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the of these three brothers, “he armed his trained servants, heat of the day; and he lifted up his eyes and looked, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen," and lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw and pursued the host of marauders. He overtook, sır- them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and prised, and destroyed them. “And he brought back bowed himself to the ground, and said, My Lord, if all the goods; and also brought again his brother Lot, now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I and his goods, and the women also, and the people." pray thee, from thy servant. Let a little water, I pray
In courage and energy, Abraham is here seen by no you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest your. means inferior to those heroes of antiquity, Alexander selves under the tree : and I will fetch a morsel of and Cæsar; but the motives by which he was induced bread, and comfort ye your hearts, after that ye shall to engage in this military expedition, had no place in pass on : for therefore are ye come to your servant. the bosoms of those imperial scourges of the world. And they said, So do, as thou hast said." Gen. xviii, The fear of God and the love of man ruled in the mind 1-5. of Abram; and he was prompted in this affair by Genuine hospitality and pious benevolence reigned justice, benevolence, and sacred friendship. The battle in the heart of Abraham; and this lovely picture is was of the Lord, who honoured him to succour the drawn from the habitual practice of his kindness to the afflicted, and to be the avenger of oppression against weary traveller, and the unknown stranger. To this the ruthless barbarity.
apostle refers, as a worthy example to us, when he exhorts, Lot and his fainily, the captives and their property, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby being all recovered, together with considerable spoils, some have entertained angels unawares.” Heb. xiii, 2. Abraham returned in triumph. With exultation, his Two of the apparent strangers were angels, and the neighbours came forth to greet the conqueror, and third was “the angel of the LORD,” the Lord of angels, among them is distinguished Melchisedek, a venerable the Son of God. He rewarded the hospitable patri. personage, a royal priest. But little is here said of arch, with the renewed promise of a son by his beloved that excellent person, yet that little must not be passed Sarah.
“And Melchisedek, king of Salem, brought These extraordinary visitors rising to depart, their forth bread and wine,” to refresh the weary aruny. delighted host accompained them part of the way. “And he was the priest of the Most High God, and he “And the Lord said, Shall I hide from Abrahamo that blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abrain of the Most thing which I do; seeing that Abraham shall surely High God, possessor of heaven and earth: and blessed become a mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth be the Most High God, who hath delivered thine shall be blessed'in him? For I know hin, that he will
further extension of the forbearance of God. Yet so Elobe. On the holiness of God
, and on that alone, our
command his children and his household after him, endeavour to find out what the sacred Scriptures reveal and they shall keep the way of !he LORD, to do justice on this subject, convinced that in them alone we shall and judgment, that the LORD may bring upon Abra- be able to understand what the true nature of God's ham that which he hath spoken of him." Ver. 17–19. holiness is.
The dreadful purpose of a sin-avenging God being Perhaps it is impossible to furnish an accurate defini. thus communicated to the patriarch, the two celestial tion of a term so little understood, and so difficult of messengers “turned their faces from thence, and went explanation ; and since it will be the business of elernity towards Sodom : but Abraham stood yet before the to address God under the appellation of Holy! it will LORD." Filled with compassion for his fellow-men, be well, while we continue here below, to fill our minds and all the pious sympathies of his soul moved on with such representations of it as are recorded for our behalf of his nephew Lot, " Abraham drew near, and instruction, without striving to reduce it into any given said, Wilt thou destroy the righteous with the wicked? | form of words. Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city : 1. Holiness is essential to the very nature of God: so wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the that we cannot form the idea of God without including fifty righteous that are therein? That be far from that of perfect holiness. This it is that gives Revealed Thée to do after this manner, to destroy the righteous Religion such an infinite superiority over all the idle with the wicked; and that the righteous should be as imaginations of fallen and untaught men; and the dif. the wicked, that be far from Thee. Shall not the ferences of opinion concerning the holiness of God Judge of all the earth do right?” Ver. 23-25. which civilized and Christian people entertain, will be
The merciful mediation of Abraham was accepted of found all to hinge upon the nature of that boliness, but the LORD, and he assured the intercessor, that if he not at all on the fact whether God possesses it in an found the nuinber proposed, he would spare the whole infinite degree. Let us for a moment contemplate what on their account. The intercession of the holy nian would be the state of the universe, if in its Ruler there was encouraged, and prolonged until the number was should happen to be the least variableness or shadow of reduced to tei. “ And the LORD said, I will not de- turning. That he wields the sceptre of unbounded stroy it for ten's sake." Ver. 32.
power, is clear from the manifestations of it which The patriarch dared not to proceed further. Admir- everywhere abound; and thus we might expect the ing the condescension of the Divine Majesty to sinful poor and trembling creatures of earth to be crushed dust and ashes," and penetrated with a consciousness beneath a despotism more horrible than ever has dis,
graced long as the pious patriarch persevered in his supplica- safety tion, God in mercy yielded to his request. “And the all the earth could do otherwise than right, then might LORD went his way, as soon as he had left coinmuning the very heavens themselves put on sackcloth, and the with Abraham; and Abraham returned unto his place. inhabitants of the earth mourn and howl, at beholding Ver. 33.
themselves placed for ever beneath the government of What encouragement is here aff. rded to us to plead one, whose power could accomplish all that his male. for sinners in the all-prevailing name of Christ our ad- volence might suggest. True it is that infinite benevovocate with the Father. We see that “the effectual lence may be traced in each production of the Almighty's fervent prayer of a righteous inan availeth much ;" for hand; and this renders it therefore antecedently pro“it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the bable, that infinite holiness is an attribute of his nature; plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot for since the object of religion is to reduce us to the out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew frame of mind necessary for the full exercise of such the cities in which Lot dwelt." Gen. xix, 29.
benevolence, the manifestation of this benevolence by any one in an unbounded degree, goes very far to prove
that the excellencies of religion abound in his heart. ON THE DIVINE ATTRIBUTES.
It will now therefore be useful to point out, that
JI. Holiness is impressed on all the works of God. No. VII.-THE HOLINESS OF GOD,
By these we are to understand, not merely the material
structure of our world, but likewise the systems which LICENTIOUSNESS and vice are the features which cha- he has adopted for its government, and those instituracterize the deities of heathen worship, and the ac- tions of which he has been the author. Let us glance counts that are furnished to us of the course of conduct briefly at a few. they pursued, are alike disgusting to reason and de- 1. The Creation, in itself presents us with the full structive of morality. Now every nation in which the assurance that its author was the Holy One of Israel. light of revelation has not shone, in a greater or less Now, in order to establish this declaration, I must call degree is addicted to the adoration of beings such as attention to the invariable effects of evil dispositions. these, and we shall find that their conceptions of the If we look into the distribution of worldly honour and Ruler of all, having no firm basis to proceed upon, very renown, we shall find in too many cases, that the motive much reseinble their own wickedness and vice, with which influenced the mind of the giver was some prethe addition, however, of greater power and more ex- judice in favour of the person on whom the gift is tensive opportunities of indulging in gross and sensual bestowed, and not any peculiar fitness in hiin to receive pleasures. This being the case, the inhabitants of the such an appointment. And even in the more restricted realms of peace being made to resemble those of the circles of domestic life, we find that fatal preference of lower creation, it follows as a natural consequence, that one child to another, which darkened the character of Those who are striving to become sharers in iinmortal the early patriarchs, and has ever been abhorrent in the bliss will feel no need of piety or virtue as preparatives sight of God. We find also, that the possession of for their future state. It can only be explained on the power is frequently coveted in order to revenge some principle of universal depravity, how men coine to real or fancied injuries, and that the benefits which form such erroneous ideas of their Maker, who in no result from being endowed with superiority, are but too age or country has left himself without a witness. And when we reflect on the mistaken notions of so many, it
frequently overbalanced by the dangers it is sure to
entail. But how different is the aspect of things under should be with feelings of unaffected gratitude that we the Divine government. He who could have exerted his unbounded power in torturing his creatures, and 4. The Christion Dispensation, is the greatest possible causing all their limbs to move with pain, and the display of this attribute of the Divine nature. Its funactions necessary for the sustenance of life to be accom- damental doctrine, we are well aware, is that of the panied with excruciating anguish, has evidently laboured atonement made for our sins by the death of Jesus with the greatest assiduity to produce as large an Christ; and I should think it impossible for more deci. amount as possible of happiness and contentient. sive testimony to be furnished of the abhorrence in This I apprehend to be a proof of great iupportance ; which God holds every thing that is sinful. Had it for though most frequently cited to prove the goodness been possible at a less price to secure our forgiveness, of the Deity, it will be seen to establish the absence of we may be sure that the Eterval Father would not have all malevolent dispositions, and consequently the pre- consented to what we have every reason to beliere was sence of holiness. I have only space just to quote the the greatest sacrifice that could possibly be made. And words of Jehovah himself. "And God saw every thing yet we find that the death of the Saviour was the only that he had made, and behold it was very good.” terms on which an infinitely holy
God could provide 2. The Moral Law. Whether we view this as the redemption for his sinful people. But it is not only in revelation made by God on Sinai, or as the inward mo. this, bat in every doctrine, that the same distinguishing nitor implanted in every bosom, it will alike establish features may be traced. The Holy Spirit is offered to our our point. There is no requirement of the Decalogue acceptance, and we are repeatedly urged to pray for his which does not approve itself to the mind as reasonable abundant influence, that we may abound in all good and good; and when we bear in mind that it has refer- works. The fruits of this Spirit are represented in the ence to the thoughts as well as the actions of men, and most inviting descriptions of virtue and benevolence; and forbids the indulgence of evil desires, we shall feel the it is expressly declared, that without them no man can full force of the apostle's declaration, “ The law is holy, properly call himself a servant of Christ. The world and the commandinent holy, just, and good.” Rom. is represented as sinful, and Christians are cominanded vii, 12. But I search not the records of Scripture to to be separate from it; by which we are to understand tell me that there is in man a monitor, whose admoni- the habitual pursuance of a course of rectitude and tions are ever on the side of virtue. I read it in the virtue, from the high principle of love to God, which care-worn countenance and haggard eye of him who has is as much opposed as possible to the time-serving exforsaken the paths of virtue, and chosen those of ini. pedicncy of the mere inan of the world. Herein therequity. I read it in the specious arguments of him who fore we behold the holiness of God distinctly mani. is labouring hard and striving much to quell the tuinult fested,
B. Z. and the storm, which the indulgence of vice has occa
(To be continued.) sioned within him. I hear it in the awful exclamations of the dying man, who feels that he will soon be in the presence of his Maker. I charge each man to deny its
Lotters to a Mother, upon Education. existence, if he dares; and I forewarn him, that though by much iniquity and many crimes he may have Inlled
LETTER XL, the secret counsellor, so that its admonitions are faint and few, yet he shall feel its sharpest stings, he shall
Religion. endure its bitterest reproaches, and it shall arise like a Dear Madam, gigantic stature in the twilight, besetting his path and
In considering how I shall best render any filling him with terror. "The wicked" are like the advice I may have to offer upon the subject of religion troubled sea, whose waters cast up mire and dirt." available to you, I perceive that the most eligible
3. The Mosaic Economy. The apparently, cuinbrous method will be to set down in order the chief topics and unmeaning ceremonies of the Mosaic ritual, will, connected with the subject, and to offer you, in a few on inspection, be found to be well calculated to impress observations under each, my latest aud best sentiments, the miuds of the Jewish people with the conviction, both theoretic and practical. This I shall endeavour to that He, before whom all things are unclean, must effect in one continued Letter, upon which I now enter, himself be infinite in purity. The peculiar laws con- intending to add to the whole three or four additional cerning cleansing, the absolute necessity that every Letters upon the chief peculiarities which ought to disthing connected with the Tabernacle service should un. tinguish the cducation of females ; and with which my dergo frequent ablutions, and the numerous causes (to advice to you, by letter, upon the subject of Education, us insignificant) which were considered enough to ren- will have terminated. der a man unclean, must have been directed with refer. Since the time at which a parent ought to begin to ence to some greater object than the apparent one. It teach religion to her child, and the time at which each will be remembered, as an illustration that these require- separate doctrine ought to be taught, and each precept ments were observed, that our Lord ridiculcs, or rather put into practice, will be different in different children, rebukes the Pharisees, on account of the numerous being regulated by their circumstances, and by their times they washed their hands; and also, when at the natural and acquired ability, I shall leave the question marriage of Cana in Galilee, the large water-pots, which of time entirely to be decided by the circumstances of were provided doubtless for the use of the guests, and your own individual instance. which were competent to hold about 123 gallons, are The first of these lessons is the existence of God. said to have been placed there after the manner of the “The inost valuable of all our habits of observation," purifying of the Jews. We find nothing disgusting says Paley, “is that of referring all the external phethough tedious in the Mosaic ritual; nothing of the nomena of nature to the Supreme Intelligence. The impurity and blasphemy which characterized the cere- world thenceforward becomes one temple, and life a inonies of the heathen world: but all eininently calcu- continued act of adoration.” It is then of the greatest lated to produce un abhorrence of sin, and a sincere importance that your child should acqnire this habit ; and anxious desire to avoid it on all possible oecasions. and you can communicate it. You are, I know, a I conceive this of itself to be a good and decisive argu- reader of Dr. Paley's Natural Theology: you underment in favour of its divine origin; for it seems quite stand the argument, and you are familiar with the inabsurd to suppose that the Jews were competent of stances. Your own observation will suggest to you a their own wisdom to invent a system so infinitely pre- multitude of others, and will render interesting many ferable to that of every surrounding nation.
a walk into the country, and many a winter evening.
Point out then to your child the nature of the argu- ceives everywhere is most true, and is all that is gene. ment for the being of a God, as derived from the design rally meant by the doctrine of the Divine omnipresence. evinced in the works of nature. Explain to him the But the doctrine too often taught amounts to the Pandifference between organized and unorganized matter; theism held by some ancient philosophers, which dogma, that the former consists in a complication of parts, put you are aware, goes to establish the doctrine that together with a view to produce a purpose, a valuable every thing is God. Teach your child that God in es. use, such as is exhibited in the bodies of all organized sence resides in heaven, and that heaven is above him, beings, and especially of animals; and that the latter and that it is so vast a region, as that from whatever consists in the mere existence of matter, without any quarter of the globe the inhabitants of the earth look useful purpose through this adaptation. Of the former, up, they look towards it; and that God from heaven, a watch is a proper instance, a stone of the latter. which is his throne, operates and perceires universally; Explain to your child, that specimens of the former of which capacity of the Creator, your child's own nature, as far as they occur among the works of men, faculty of sight will afford an accurate though a very can never be referred to any thing short of an intelligent limited illustration. The writers of Scripture univer. mind as their origin; and that the saine origin can sally inculcate this doctrine, and our blessed Redeemer alone be assigned for the organized beings which abound continually spake of "our Father who is in heaven.” in the natural world. Illustrate your argument by the Thc omniscience of God must be taught as meaning wondrous mechanisin exhibited even in his own hand, the consciousness of the lofinite Mind of every thing its adaptation to its office, the increased sensibility given that exists or is done everywhere. to the ends of the fingers, the defence afforded by the His omnipotence, as the capacity of doing every nails, the flexibility produced by the different joints of thing, which does not involve a physical impossibility the fingers, the station of the hand at the end of the or a moral impropriety. arm, the flexure of the arm at the elbow, so convenient His independence, as not being obligated for exist. for the achievement of innumerable purposes, the posi. ence to any being. tion of the hands to work in the same condition as the His benevolence, as his disposition to communicate eyes look and the feet walk. You will not scruple to the greatest ineasure of happiness to his creatures of entrust him for an afternoon to some intelligent and which they are capable. This truth will need all your pious surgeon of your acquaintance, and whom you ability in order to inculcate correctly. You will need will have desired to explain to him the mechanism of clearly to understand yourself, that it is impossible the human skeleton, with a view to the illustration of that creatures like mankind can, in the infancy of their this argument. But your acquaintance with Paley will being (and such is our present state), be capable of enable yourself to do much. The wings of an insect, moral happiness, which is the most exalted species of the legs and feet of animals, and the relation of one it; that the only method whereby they can be prepared part to another in the construction, will afford you a for it is the acquisition of habits, and which necessarily boundless source of profitable, and in the best sense involve the pain and suffering consequent upon acquir. amusing conversation.
ing those habits; and that such being the condition of It is related by one biographer of the inestimable mankind in the present life, all that is suffered by any writer whom I have quoted, that he would often take of them is plainly benevolent, when contemplated with a boue of a fish or animal which had been picked at the a view to the end. Still you will do well to point out table, into his study, and examine and reflect upon it the peculiar instances of happiness already apparent ; for the hour together. I mention this to show how such as, for instance, the happiness of young children, abundant the opportunities will be for you to furnish so evidently provided for them; the happiness of the his wind with illustrations of the arguinent. The re- vast proportion of all the inferior creatures, and the sults will have a value literally intinite : you will thus unquestionable preponderance of ease and pleasure in strengthen immensely all the truth of the being of a the vast majority of mankind, over those portions of God, in his mind, by enabling him to understand the their life which have been spent in sufferiug. Next to overwhelming power, both as to number and clearness, the habit of recognizing the Divine hand in every of the proofs by which it is attended. In the course of object, I could desire for your child that he should be a short space of time you may initiate him into the taught to recognize the Divine love in every event. knowledge of the book to which I have alluded.
You will find in Butler's admirable book, entitled, The unity of God, the great truth of Judaism and of The Analogy between Natural and Revealed Religion, Christianity, should frequently be a topic of your in- every consideration stated which tends to the establishstructions, and the proofs of which, as derived from ment of this inestimable principle. I could wish every the sacred Scriptures, should by you be so frequently mother acquainted with it, and able, after that invaluarepeated, as that he may soon be able to know where to ble method by which a mother alone can teach, to simfind them in the Scriptures, and apply them to the sub- plify the argument and to teach it to her infant. ject for himself.
The Divine justice must be taught as meaning the It will be proper to explain to hin the eternity of the dictate of his nature to render to every being the exact existence of the Supreme Being, which means, that desert which his moral conduct may have demanded. there never was a period when he did not exist, and His fidelity, as his inviolable disposition to the perthat there never will be a period when he will not formance of every engagement, promise, and coveexist.
nant. You will have abundance of opportunity of illustrating His mercy, as the quality of his nature which induces the immutability of God, as taught not only in the him to extricate miserable beings out of every degree Scriptures, but by the appearances of nature, which of disadvantage (rather than inflicting it), to which are inflexibly uniform; that is to say, that the same their own misconduct may have reduced them. precedent events are ever followed by the same conse- His wisdom, as his capacity of perceiving the best quents, except in the case of miracles, which your ends and purposes, and of adopting the best means for prior explanation as to the immutability of God will their accomplishment. enable you more clearly to illustrate.
(To be continued.) I am fully of opinion, that much mischief has been produced by wroog statements respecting the omnipresence of the Deity. That the Deity acts and per. The word of God is the nurse of faith. - Romaine.
his funeral. And he made a new will, with soine
alterations, inuch to his owo satisfaction, and that of COLLECTED BY THE LATE REV. WILLIAM BUTTON.
his family, about ten days before his decease.
On the Lord's day wherein he was taken to rest, he No. X.
appeared very well" in the morning, went into the
meeting at the usual time, and preached froin John iv, REV. ROBERT HALL",
10. He had been on the former part of the verse the Thirty-seven years Pastor of the Baptist Church, at
preceding Sabbath ; " If thou knewest the gift of God,
and who it is that suith unto thee, Give me to drink, thou Arnsby, Leicestershire. Died March 1791.
wouldst have asked of him.” He now considered the Spasus, or fits of the cramp, attended him for some time latter clause : “He would have given thee LIVING before his death. In his last letter to his son-in-law WATER.” It was a pleasing circumstance to some, that (the late excellent Mr. Isaac James, of Bristol), he says, this subject led him to mention what they had never "In point of health, when my fits are off, I am as well, been told before, viz. that the first text he preached almost, as I could wish, and as to my state generally, froin at Arnsby was, Prov. xxv, 25, “ As cold waters to rather happy in my mind.
a thirsty soul, so is good news from a fur country.” * The Gospel bears my spirits up;
Many thought he spoke that inorning with uncommon A faithful and unchanging God,
vigour, beyond what they had remembered for years ; Lays the foundation of my hope,
and at the close he gave out the hymn, “ The fountain In oaths, and promises, and blood.'
of Christ, Lord help us to sing,” &c. He ate his dinner This verse is, and long has been, precious to me. I
as usual, and then lay down for some tiine (as he had have you all more in remembrance than ever. May
been accustomed to do of late years), and slept so the Lord say to each, * Thou shalt not be forgotten by
soundly as not to be awakened by Mrs. Hall going into the room. About five he arose, drank his coffee and
At lu a letter a few days after to Mr. Evans, of North
ate his toast as well, or rather better than usual. ampton, he expresses himself thus : “Sometimes I
six he retired into the little parlour and stayed nearly preach with much difficulty, and on the last Lord's day
half an hour ; when he came out again, Mrs. Hall first but one, not at all, having a fit upon me from morning
perceived him to be indisposed, he asked for some till night. I have many that are soon over, but several
camomile tea, being very sick. Just at this time his have of late bafiled all means for a long time. The few
sou and daughter-in-law came in, not knowing of his
illness. He seemned to be no worse than he had frelast have been very different from what they used to be. My head has not been affected, nor my breast
quently been before under similar attacks of his dis. in much pain, but I have been very sick, and inclined
order. He had given notice at noon, that he should to swoonings. I have generally been very happy in my
preach in the evening, so that a considerable number mind. Last Lord's day I had a very severe fit, but of
of persons were assembled in the meeting, where they four hours' continuance only. They called my son
engaged in prayer. His wife, son, and daughter, stayed Jolin out of bed. I was happy beyond expression in
with him. A friend coming in to inquire how he did, my mind. It was a night of sorrow deluged with joy.
he seemed at first not disposed to say much, but wished What dear wife and son feared, that I in a measure
him good night, when he was going away; but prelonged for. I say in a measure, because though greatly
sently, as if suddenly recollecting himself, he called afilicted, yet my comforts were so much superior, that
him back, and said, • Friend Luoms, fear nothing. Do I thought and said, I cared not how long I lived, though
not be afraid of trouble, trials, nor even death. If the I had fits every day, if the Lord continued me his
Lord is but with you, you will do.” This he said in a heart-melting, heart-strengthening presence.
very animated manner, and cheerful tone of voice; then general pain, but I could not forbear saying, Pain was
wished him good night again, and let him go. Two pleasant, and sickness sweet, when the Lord is near. I
other of his people then came in and stayed some ti:ne. thought of you, brother Ryland, and others, with great
One of them wished him to have inedical advice again, delight, and that if the Lord spared me, I would write
as his disorder seemed to be different lately from what a few lines on God's behalf, viz. To request you not to
it had formerly been. He however signified that he dread any thing but sin. I am sure the Lord can make
was not inclined to try fresh medicines ; But," you most happy, when afflictions are most heavy. He
added he, “I have not lived so long in the world as to has really done so to me, poor me.
And if so, can you
be weary of it; nor am I afraid to die. I do not care distrust? One time (a while ago) those words, Fear
whether I live or die.” About eight, he wished to go not, worm Jucob,' &c. were so much to me, that I told
into the parlour again. Mrs. Hall took the candle to the Lord it was enough, I wished, I wanted no more.
go before and light him, and his friends took hold of But last Lord's day night my cup rau over. O take
him as he rose, to lead him along more safely; when care, dear brother, and never dishonour God as I have
he said, “I shall swoon ;" and sunk down to the ground, done, by slavishly dreading old age, sore diseases,
and expired without a groan or a struggle. devils, and death. But here it becomes me to stop. I am yet in the body, have an evil heart, and I know not how I may be yet; I therefore almost repent having written what I have. However, I must and will say, if
Make use of time, if thou lovest eternity: know, the Lord be with me I will fear no evil. After all, I
yesterday cannot be recalled, to-morrow cannot be know not the day of my death; the Lord may spare me
be assured; to-day is only thine; which if thou proto drag on for years. But none of these things move
crastinate, thou losest; which lost, is lost for ever. me, so that I may (be when it will) finish my course
One to-day, is worth two to-morrows. with joy.”
Quarles' Enchiridion, chap. xcv, cent. 4. In one of these violent fits of the cramp, about two
Let the ground of all thy religious actions be or three weeks before his death, he and others think.
obedience : examine not why it is commanded, but ing it would end in his dissolution, he gave very par. observe it because it is commanded. True obedience ticular directions concerning all the circumstances of
neither procrastinates nor questions. # Father of the late eminent Rev. Robert Hall, of Bristol,
Id, chap. xxix, cent. 4.