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with degradation only, others with a short suspension, Although Becket had obliged the king to pardon all or easy confinement. The Jaity were liable to the his coadjutors, he was not disposed to show the same most grievous outrages, which they durst not repel, for generous spirit. Before he left France, he obtained fear of ruinous expenses or severe punishment. It the pope's license to suspend the archbishop of York, was proved in the presence of the king, that during and to excommunicate the bishops of London, Durham, the eight years since his accession to the throne in 1155, and Exeter, whom he supposed his eneinies, and friendly above a hundred murders had been committed in the king- to the king. This license he put in execution imdom by the Ecclesiastics, of whom not one was punished mediately on landing in England, and carried himself so much as with degradation, the penalty enjoined by so haughtily towards all, even towards the king's eldest the canons. Astonishing as it may seem, the prelates son, who had recently been crowned by his father's gloried in this indulgence, supposing they could give desire, that it was not possible for his tyranny to be no surer marks of their zeal for religion and the service endured. The excommunicated prelates carried their of God, than by maintaining these immunities of the complaints to the king, still in Norniandy; when, ex

asperated at his insolence, he is said to have exclaimed, Offended with the haughtiness of Becket, the nobles I am an unhappy prince, who maintain a great number readily united with the king in the following articles, of lazy, insignificant persons, of whom none has gratitude as regulations necessary for the tranquillity of the or spirit enough to revenge the affronts I receive from a nation :

single wretched priest.. “I. No person shall appeal to Rome without the These indiscreet words of the king, were caught by king's leave. II. No archbishop or bishop shall four of the kuights present, who, reflecting on the reRome, upon the pope's summons, without the king's proaches of their royal master, conspired to free hiin leave. Ill. No tenant in chief, or any other of the from his enemy. They hastened to Canterbury, and king's officers, shall be excommunicated, or his lands taking the opportunity of the archbishop being at the

. cathedral, they entered the church armed with swords. Iv. All clergymen charged with capital crimes, shall be After reproaching him with pride and ingratitude to his tried in the king's courts. V. The laity, whether the sovereign, and with his various cruelties, they murdered king or others, shall hold pleas of churches, and tithes, him near the altar, and retired without molestation, and the like.”

A. D. 1171. The assassins, fearing they had gone too These articles, though signed by the temporal lords, far, dursi not return to the king in Normandy, but were rejected by the bishops and abbots, unless they retired to Yorkshire, where every one shunned them. were neutralized with this clause :-"

Saving the righis | They at length took a voyage to Rome; and being and privileges of the clergy and church.

admitted to penance by Pope Alexander III, they went Provoked by this refusal, the king threatened the to Jerusalem; where, by the pope's order, they spent clergy with some further abridgment of their powers, their lives in penitential austerities, died in the Black and they apologized and signed; and by their entreaty, Mountain, and were buried at Jerusalem, in the church Becket was induced to follow them : but the pope of the Templars. rejected them, as prejudicial to the church. The arch- King Henry was deeply affected at the intelligence bishop recanted, and took part with the pope; on which of Becket's death; and dispatched an embassy to Rome, Becket was prosecuted, and ordered to be tried as a to clear himself from the inputation of being the cause traitor. Supported by the pope, and encouraged by of it. Inmediately all divine offices ceased in the the king of France, Becket treated the king's courts church of Canterbury, for a year, except nine days; with contempt, and refused obedience to his sovereign; at the end of which, by order of the pope, it was reon which they declared him guilty of perjury.

consecrated. When he knew that the court of peers was assembled, It was the policy of the pope to aggravate the blame he went to church, and ordered the words of the of the king, as the occasion of Becket's death; and second Psalın to be sung,

The rulers take counsel Henry was summoned to meet the papal legates in Nor. against the LORD, and against his anointed.Then mandy, to be tried for that murder! Though the le. taking his cross in his hand, he daringly entered the gates had orders to grant the king absolution, they took room where the king and the lords were seated. The many depositions, endeavouring to prove him guilty, archbishop of York seeing him enter in that manner, in order to enhance the favour he was to receive from severely reprimanded him for his presumption in the his Holiness ! In short, he was permitted to clear royal presence, which was bidding defiance to the king: and bade him consider, that his sovereign's weapon was

himself by a solemn oath, that he neither commanded

nor consented to Becket's assassination. He publicly sharper than his. Becket insolently replied, that " It declared, that he was extremely sorry for having been was irue that the king's weapon could kill the body, but the occasion of his death, by the words he had imhis destroyed the soul and sent it to hell.For this prudently uttered, and was 'ready to undergo whatinsult he was ordered to be imprisoned; but after other ever penance should be enjoined by the legates. Upon provocation, as they feared the daring priests, he was this declaration, and his oath, he was absolved from the allowed to escape, and he departed in disguise to alleged crime, on terms denoting the favour of the Flanders. Becket was well received by the king of France and

pope more than the innocence of the king. To obtain

absolution, King Henry bound himself, -- 1. Never to by the pope; to resent which, Henry ordered to be



pope's will, so long as he was treated as a imprisoned or banished, all the relations of the arch- Catholic prince. II. Never to hinder appeals to the bishop, and of those who joined the traitor ; on which Holy See. III. To lead au army to the Holy Land Becket sent a threatening letter to the king. This against the infidels, and to remain there at least three dispute continued for six years; when Henry became years. However, he might send thither two hundred indisposed, and in the prospect of death, he desired to men instead, if he would rather go in person against be reconciled to the pope, and agreed to almost every the Saraceus in Spain. IV. To recal all that were baarticle required by the archbishop. Accordingly he swore to Becket that he heartily forgave him, and

nished on account of the late archbishop of Canterbury,

restoring them their estates and revenues. V. To abowould restore to him the same state he enjoyed before lish all laws and customs lately introduced to the preju. his banishment, and make restitution to all his relations dice of the ecclesiastics at Canterbury, or any part of and friends.

England. To these, which were made public,

a secret

article was added, by which the king obliged himself 10 decreed that a jubilee of fifteen days should be solemgo barefoot to Beckei's tomh, and receive discipline from nized in that church every fiftieth year. Gifts and The hands of the monks of St. Austin,

offerings the most costly were presented at the tomb of Dr. Southey gives the following account of King Becket, as plenary indulgences were granted to all that Henry's degradation :

visited the tomb; so that it is said 100,000 pilgrims “Landing at Southampton, he there left his court, and were registered at one time in Canterbury. The devothe mercenaries whom he had brought over, and set off tion towards Becket had qnite effaced in that town the on horseback with a few attendants for Canterbury. adoration of the Deity, and almost that of the Virgin When he came within sight of its towers he disinounted, Mary. Of this superstition the following may be taken laid aside his garments, threw a coarse cloth over his as illustrations. In one year the offerings were – shoulders, and proceeded to the city, which was three

£. $. d. miles distant, barefoot over the flinty road, so that in At the altar of God

3 2 6 many places his steps were traced in blood. He reached

At the altar of the Virgin

63 5 6 the church trembling with emotion, and was led to At the altar of St. Thomas

832 12 3 the martyr's shrine; there, in the crypt, he threw hiin. self prostrate before it, with his arms extended, and

But the next year the disproportion was still greater

for there was offered remained in that posture, as if in earnest prayer, while

£. 8. d. the bishop of London solemnly declared in his name, that he had neither commanded, nor advised, nor by

At the altar of God.

0 0 0 any artifice contrived the death of Thomas à Becket,

At the altar of the Virgin..

4 1 8 for the truth of which he appealed to God: but because

At the altar of St. Thomas

954 6 3 his words, too inconsiderately spoken, had given occa- Louis VII, king of France, made a pilgrimage to this sion for the commission of that crime, he now volun- far-famed tomb, and bestowed on it a jewel, which was tarily submitted himself to the discipline of the church. esteemed the richest in Christendom! The monks of the convent, eighty in number, and four These are the “cunningly-devised fables,” by which bishops, abbots, and other clergy who were present, religion has been brought into contempt in the nations were provided each with a knotted cord; he bared his on the continent. Soon may every vestige of such sushoulders, and received five stripes from the prelates, perstitions be destroyed by the light of the Holy Scrip. three froin every other hand. When this severe penance tures ! had been endured, he threw sackcloth over his bleeding shoulders, and resumed his prayers, kneeling on the

SIR MATTHEW HALE'S JOURNAL. pavement, and not allowing a carpet to be spread beneath him: thus he continued all that day, and till the midnight The rules by which this great man endeavoured to bell tolled for matins. After that hour, he visited all regulate his daily life, will be read with lively interest. the altars of the church, prayed before the bodies of all the saints who were there deposited, then returned

MORNING. to his devotions at the shrine till day-break. During 1. To lift up my heart to God in thankfulness for this whole time he had neither ate uor drank; but renewing my life. now, after assisting at mass, and assigning, in addition 2. To renew my covenant with God in Jesus Christ. to other gifts, forty pounds a year for tapers, to burn

3. Adoration and prayer. perpetually before the martyr's tomb, he drank soine 4. Setting a watch over my own infirunities and paswater, in which a portion of Becket's blood was inin- sions, over the snares laid in my way. gled. He then set off for London, where he found

DAY EMPLOYMENT. himself in a state incapable of exertion, and it was necessary to bleed him!” We leave our readers There must be employment of two kinds :to niake their own reflections on the terrible power of 1. Our ordinary calling, to serve God in it, and perthe Papal hierarchy!

form it with faithfulness, diligence, and cheerfulness. This prescribed humiliation was intended by the pope 2. Our spiritual employment, mingling somewhat of and his council to strike terror into the sovereigns of

God's immediate service in the business of the day. Europe, and to show how dangerous it was to contradict If alone :- Beware of wandering, vain thoughts; fly the pleasure of the blasphemous court of Rome, thus from thyself, rather than entertain these. Let thy soli. illustrating the prediction of the apostle Paul concern. tary thoughts he profitable: view the evidences of thy ing this Antichrist, who opposeth and exalteth himself salvation, the state of thy soul, the coming of Christ, above all that is called God, or is worshipped; so that

thine own mortality: it will make thee humble and he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself

watchful. that he is God.” 2 Thess. ii, 4.


:-- Do good to them. Use God's name

reverently. Beware of leaving an ill impression of evil CANONIZATION OF THOMAS 'A BECKET.

example. Receive good from thein, if more knowing Miracles were reported by the priests at Canterbury,

than thou.

EVENING. as having been performed at the tomb of Becket. Upon this the pope sent legates to Canterbury to inquire into Cast up the accounts of the day: Beg pardon for the inatter. To them the good people of the place every thing amiss. Gather resolutions of more vigitestified many prodigious things, of which they were lance. Bless the mercy and grace of God, which have persuaded by the priests, as miraculous ; upon which, supported and preserved thee. his Holiness passed the decree of canonization of the archbishop, by the name of St. Thomas of Canter

Perplexity.-He that taketh his own cares upon himIn 1221, fifty years after the murder, Becket's body self, loads himself in vain with an uneasy burthen. was taken up, in the presence of Henry III, and a great The fear of what may come, expectation of what will concourse of the nobility and others, and deposited in come, desire of what will not come, and infallibility a rich shrine, erected at the expense of Stephen Lang- of redressing all these, must breed continual tormcnt. ton, archbishop of Canterbury. This shrine was soon I will cast all my cares upon God; he hath bidden me; risited from all parts of Christendom, as the pope had they cannot hurt Him, he can redress them.—Bp. Hall.




The Jewish nation, for proof of the Scriptures, allege the great and wonderful antiquity thereof. For as God, say they, was before idols, and truth before falsehood; so was the Scripture, which is the history of the true God, before the writings of pagans and intidels. Also, that the greater part of the things reconnted in the Bible were done before most of the pagan gods were in existence; and that the very last writers of the Hebrew canon, which are Ezra, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi, were almost five hundrel years before the coming of Christ, when the second inonarchy (i.e. the Persian) was flourishing; and were before inost of the ancient heathen historiographers; to wit, Hellenicus, Herodotus, Pherecides, Thucydides, and Xenophon. And although the Gentiles had some poets befcre, as Homer, Orpheus, Hesiod, and Lycurgus the lawgiver, who lived some time after, yet the oldest of these went no further back than Solomon's time, which was five hundred years after Moses, who wrote the first four books of ihe Bible; after whose time it was that the most part of the heathen gods were invented, as Vulcan, Mercury, &c. as the Gentile genealogies corroborate. And as for Abraham, who lived five hundred years before Moses, he was not only older than these gods, but also before the most aucient of them, as Jupiter, Neptune, and Pluto, who were called the most ancient of the race of gods. And yet the Scriptures record events of more than two thousand years prior to these heathen deities bcing in existence. This proves that the Hebrew Scrip. tures are the most ancient writings or records known in the world, and were partly translated into various languages previously to the time of the Persian monarchy. See Eusebius, lib. ix, cap. ii, iii.

The first four books of Moses were written from the word of God himself as declared to Moses; but the following books, such as Judges, the Chronicles, &c. were written by general consent, to record the miracles done by God for the Jewish nation; the acts, whether good or evil, of the rulers aud kings; the prophecies, as to the future dealings, &c.; and were also written at the time when the events they record actually occurred, or at the time when the aforesaid prophecies were delivered.

When any thing was written or recorded, it was done with much care and extreme caution. For either the whole synagogue who had the approving thereof (and amongst whom were commonly divers prophets) did know inost certainly the things and miracles to be true (as did also all the people) that were recorded in these writings, or else they saw the same confirmed from God by signs and wonders, as in the books of the prophets, and of their lawgiver Moses.

When any thing was to be recorded, first there were made twelve authenticated copies for the use of all the twelve tribes; and then again in every tribe there were so many copies made as there were particular synagogues within that tribe : all was done by special persons appointed to that office, called scribes. These copies, after diligent review, were laid up by the whole congregation in the treasure-house of the synagogue, under divers locks and keys, not to be touched but by men appointed, and not to be used but with singular rererence. To add, diminish, corrupt, or alter, was present death by the laws of the nation. Thus, how could it be possible, say the Jews, that among these writings either falschood should creep in at first, or truth once received should afterwards by any means be corrupted ?

W. L.

" THE WORM THAT NEVER DIES." Several of our readers have expressed a wish to know the meaning of “that terrible expression of our Saviour," the worm that never dies," and the “fire that is never quenched," with which the wicked will be punished in a future world. See Matt. xxv, 41; Mark ix, 44; Isa. Ixvi, 24; Rev. xiv, 10, 11; and the “ second death," Rev. xx, 14, 15.

In reply we would observe, that it is not necessary, as some have maintained, to believe that a living and sensible worm, or real, elementary, material fire is intended. We believe that the expressions are allegorical and figurative. “I have used siinilitudes,” says God, " by the ministry of the prophets,” Hos. xii, 10. Jesus Christ also used similitudes, which are denominated parables. In this style the torments of hell are described by fire and the worm, both in the Old and the New Testament. Our Saviour makes use of this simili. tude, to represent the punishinent of condemned souls, Mark ix, 44. He also speaks of the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels, with which the reprobate wicked will be punished, Matt. xxv, 41. The sting and remorse of conscience will constitute the worm that will never die; and the wrath of God upon the whole persons of the lost will be the fire that is un. quenchable. Mr. Pollock describes these with much power of language.

“ One I remark'd
Attentively; but how shall I describe
What nought resembles else my eye hath seen!
Of worm or serpent kind it something look'd,
But monstrous, with a thousand snaky heads,
Eyed each with double orbs of glaring wrath;
And with as many tails, that twisted out
lo horrid revolution, lipp'd with stings;
And all its mouths, ibat wide and darkly gaped,
And breath'd most poisonous breath, had each a sling,
Forked, and long, and venomous, and sharp ;
And in its writhings infinite, it grasp'd
Malignantly what seem'd a heart, swoln, black,
And quivering with torture most intense ;
And still the heart, with anguish throbbing high,
Made effort to escape, but could not ; for
llowe'er it turn'd, and oft it vainly turn'd,
These complicated foldings held it fast.
And still the monstrous beast with sting of head
Or tail transpierced it, bleeding evermore.
What this could image, much I search'd to know ;
And while I stood, and gaz'd, and wonder'd long,
A voice, from whence I knew not, for no one
I saw, distinctly whisper'd in my ear

Eternal Death -- The Second Death.
“ Fast by the side of this unsightly thing,

Another was pourtray'd, more hideous still;
Who sees it once, shall wish to see 't no more.
For ever undescrib'd let it remain!
Only this much I may or can unfold.
Far out it thrust a dart, that might have made
The knees of terror quake; and on it hung,
Within the triple barbs, a being pierc'd
Through soul and body both. Of heavenly make
Original the being seem'd, but fall’n,
And worn and wasted with enormous woe.
And still around the everlasting lance
It writh'd, convuls'd, and utter'd mimic groans
And tried and wish'd, and ever tried and wish'd
To die; but could not die. Oh, horrid sight!
I trembling gaz'd, and listen'd, and heard this voice
Approach my ear – . This is ETERNAL Dearn.'

Make others to see Christ in you, moving, doing, speaking, thinking: your actions icill speak of him, if he is in you. -- Rutherford.

I never trusted God, but I found him faithful; or my own heart, but I found it false. -- Dyer.

Letters to a Mother, upon Education. ther piece I want another piece. No, George, I shall

not give you another mouthful. Go, sit down, you LETTER XVI.

naughty boy! You always behave worst when I am On Rewards.

going to have company.' George continued his teazing, Dear Madam,

and at last said, “If you don't give me another piece, The aspect of this subject is more in- I'll roar. This threat not being attended to, he kept viting than that of the last ; but proper views of its his word. Upon this, his mother seized him by the nature are equally rare. Reward, you know, signifies shoulder, and shook hiin angrily. 'Hold your tongue, payment for good conduct : it is therefore a species you naughty boy!' 'I will, if you will give me anof wages. Like wages in other instances, it need not be other piece of pie,' said he. Another small piece was a matter of precise stipulation, it may be only a tacit given him, after he had promised that he certainly expectancy; and, like wages in other instances, it need would not teaze her any more. As soon as he had not be paid in money. Hence then it appears to me, eaten it, he of course began again, and with the addithat a question of considerable importance arises ; tional threat, If you don't give ine a piece, I'll roar namely, will you reward your child for his good con- after the company comes, so loud that all can hear me.' diuct?" It appears to me to be decidedly objectionable The end of all this was, that the boy had a sound whipto do so, for the following reasons.

ping, was put to bed, and could not sleep all night, beIst. Whenever a child is rewarded, either with com- cause the mince pie made his stomach ache.” mendations or presents for his good conduct, an im. This, it seems, is a true story. To me it appears a pression is thereby communicated to his inind, that he perfect illustration of the whole system of rewarding a is to be good for the sake of what he can get by it. child for good behaviour in any way whatever, and equally Thenceforward, virtue and duty represent themselves to of the evil of offering him an inducement to be obedient. his mind as marketable commodities; and the result Yet how perpetually is this done in almost every will be, that when there are no buyers, he will become family. As soon as a child can understand, he finds indifferent to the possession of such wares. You are himself praised, or scolded and threatened. He accord

aware, that it is of the utmost importance to the excel- ingly learns to wait before he will act, till he is induced · lency of your child's character, and to his everlasting or driven. What numberless words are thus thrown welfare, that he should be taught to love propriety of away, and what lamentable consequences are produced. conduct from principle, and inclined to perform it inde- It appears to me that a child would never expect such pendently of a view to consequences. He may indeed things, if they were not offered to him ; but that a unibe taught that good conduct is attended with advantage, form system of judicious treatment being pursued, a but every thing which is calculated to make him pursue family of young children would be as manageable as a good conduct for the mere sake of advantage, or with a flock of lambs. considerable regard to it, should be avoided. Yet is not With what delight have I witnessed, in a well-regu. this the real tendency of the system of paying him, or lated family, a young boy coming to his father, and giving him presents, or taking him on an excursion, asking permission to accept an invitation to play, given becuuse he has been a good boy?

him by the child of a neighbour; and upon the parent, 2dly. The system of rewards for good conduct (1 after hesitating a few moments, mildly and without any speak simply of the system as applied to private educa- thing marked in his manner, saying "No,' - the child tion, and to that stage of it which falls under the imine- was silent. I looked at the expression of their couutediate superintendence of the parent), is calculated to

The father's was that of mild authority: the increase the difficulties of education. If once you begin child's that of unrufied cheerfulness. This was the reyou must go on with it. At the same tiine the appetitesult of good management, begun at the beginning, and for reward you have induced in the mind of your infant pursued without deviation. will increase, and you will find that your successive re- It appears to me that a parent should avoid the syswards must increase in value. Besides all this, it is tem of paying his child to be good, as the greatest of all troublesome to the last degree. How painful it is to evils. However kind she may be to him, whatever presee a parent purchasing the obedience of his child ! sents she may bestow upon him, never should she breathe How many words, and even hours, are wasted, in con- the contaminating secret, that it is because he has been ference with the wilful infant! the parent promising good. I disapprove of a parent giving her child many and threatening on her part, and the child remaining presents: let those few which she gives be apportioned reluctant or obstinate, till she has either bid high to his age and pursuits, and be very good of their kind ; enough, or threatened deeply enough, to induce him to but let them be tokens of her love, not wages for her act. How distressing to see a parent reduced to this child's obedience. Never should she kiss or caress her dilemnina, or the child becoming mercenary, and artful, child after he has pleased her: this is a reward. Never and disobedient!

should she praise him : this is of the same nature. Let Mrs. Child relates the following story in her book the structure of education be reared as silently as was upon education.

Solomon's temple. The materials were all prepared at A mother was very busy in preparing for company. a distance, and when brought to the spot were only Her children knew by experience, that when she was in adjusted ; and thus this most beautiful edifice daily a hurry she would indulge them in any thing, for the grew, but there was not the sound of an axe or a hammer sake of having them out of the way. George began heard within it. Education should be a noiseless process. • Mother, I want a piece of mince pie.' The answer When I hear a mother and her children debating, when was, 'It is nearly bed-time, and mince pie will hurt I hear her threatening or promising, and them entreatyou.' He repeated the request. You shall have a piece ing, even when I hear a command issued a second time, of cake, if you will sit down and be still,' was, at I feel persuaded that defective principles and practice length, the reply. The boy ate his cake; and liking of education have been pursued. Nothing, on the other the system of being hired to sit still, he soon began hand, is so delightful and beautiful as the tranquillity again : ‘Mother, I want a piece of mince pie.' The first of a well-disciplined household. This is indeed that answer was repeated. “Mother, I want a piece of inince

“ Dear retreat, pie - I want a piece of mince pie' — was repeated in

Where polish'd friends and kind relations cessantly. Will you leave off leazing, if I give you a

Meet, and mingle into bliss." piece?''. Yes, I will-certain--true.' Soon afterwards,

I am, dear Madam, yours, &c. with his mouth half full, he began again-- I want ano



A VOICE OF PEACE FROM IRELAND. allow subjects, comparatively of minor importance,

to sever that bond of Christian union so emphatically DISTRACTED IRELAND demands the kindest sympathy enjoined. “Let every man be fully persuaded in his of every Christiau throughout the British empire. With own mind ;” and where a difference of opinion does its complaints and wrongs, and their causes, we do not exist, Christians should especially guard against entermeddle: we are content to leave thein to the wisdom of

taining any thing like aniinosity or party spirit, so unthe Legislature and the Government, praying that the becoming the followers of the “meek and lowly Jesus." distressed clergy and the suffering peasantry may find If our hearts and minds were more engaged in the exerspeedy relief. While we are hearing such reports of cise of love to Him, and love to the souls of our fellow. cruelty, malevolence, and irreligion, prevailing in un- crcatures, there would not be so much schism in the happy Ireland, we are delighted to receive such a paper church of Christ; and the observation made during the as the following from one of our Irish Correspondents, primitive ages of Christianity, " See how those Chriswe believe a Lady, whose life is devoted to do good. It tians love one another!” would be as applicable to us, breathes the genuine spirit of the Gospel of Christ, and as it was to those who now surround the throne of the may be read with profit by British Christiaas.-Ep. Lamb. Praying that the Holy Spirit may "increase

your faith, and give you all joy and peace in believing," An Irish ADDRESS TO CHRISTIANS.

I remain, dear Christian friends, in the bonds of the

everlasting Gospel, Dear Brethren and Sisters in Christ,

Your Fellow-LABOURER IN THE LORD. Permit me to call your attention to a few im- Dublin, Jan. 16, 1833. portant facts at the present awful crisis. The enemy of mankind is abroad in the world, using every means in his power to deceive and ruin the souls of our unfortu. nate fellow-creatures. “ He hath blinded the minds of

BRITISH SOLDIERS AND SAILORS. them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious

LITTLE has hitherto been attempted to invite the atten. gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine

tion of British soldiers to the saving realities of the unto them :” and shall we, who by divine grace alone have been “made to differ,” shall we not employ the

Gospel of Christ. Appeals have been made to us retalents committed to our care for their spiritual welfare?

peatedly on their behalf, and we shall feel happy in It is alone in the power of God to convert the heart of

contributing by the CHRISTIAN's Penny MAGAZINE to

promote their spiritual welfare. We have before us a any human being, but He often works by means, and Hé has commanded us, “while we have opportunity, to

communication, in which the writer says

“I have the great satisfaction of informing you, that do good unto all men;" — let me then, as a fellowlabourer with you in the vineyard of Christ, earnestly

the Soldiers' best interests are not wholly neglected;

and I doubt not but you will feel a pleasure in making and aftectionately entreat you all, to unite your efforts

known the humble endeavours of a Society formed in in making known to them the Gospel of the Redeemer,

Westminster, called “The SOLDIER'S FRIEND SOCIETY which is “the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth." Time is rapidly passing; and while

for promoting the Knowledge of Religion in the British

Ariny. They have built for the Soldiers in London a we, alas ! are but too often spending it in trifles, the

convenient chapel, in White Horse Yard, Broadway, şouls of those around us are perishing, for lack of knowledge, ignorant of Jesus Christ, ns their only refuge

Westininster, where the Gospel is preached to them

three times every Sunday, and once in the week; and from the wrath to come. Oh! let us, iny dear Christian friends, with these awful considerations in view, be

many are in the habit of attending. This is the first more diligent than heretofore, in setting Him forth as

object of the Society: but they have adopted other the repentant sinner's friend. Let us, who have found

means, such as establishing Reading Rooms and Libra

ries for them; the distribution of Religious Tracts and Him precious, recommend Him to those who are unacquainted with his salvation. Let us

Books; and by encouraging Meetings for Prayer. These cast our bread

various means have been blessed by God to the converupon the waters, for we shall find it after many days." We know not where, with God's blessing, it may be

sion of wany Soldiers. The Society likewise employs 8 made instrumental in “ winning souls to Christ.”

Missionary, who devotes his whole time to the Soldier's We

cause; and as this is but an infant cause, and does not have many opportunities of imitating the example of

lend its exertions to the establishment of sects or parour Divine Master, who “ went about doing good.”

ties, but endeavours to act upon the broad principles of Many words might be spoken in season, where Christians

Christianity, they hope to meet with encouragement ure silent. The fear of inau, as well as the mistaken idea

from the Religious Public. Good men of all religious of wounding the feelings of our unconverted fellowsinners, prove too often a hindrance to the believer, to

denominations are more or less interested in our mili. speak the truth with all boldness. Let us then pray,

tary population. Infidels are sowing their poisonous that the Holy Spirit may remove every obstacle, and

productions among them: we hope, by being able to

distribute such publications as those of the Religious inspire our hearts with more love and zeal in the Redeemer's cause.

Tract Society, to counteract their wicked designs." Permit me to offer a remark with respect to that bond

We shall be glad to hear more particulars of this of Christian union, which should ever distinguish the

interesting Society, and to announce the publication of followers of the Lamb. It is very much indeed to be

a cheap little volume for Soldiers and Sailors, which is lamented, that the different opinions regarding the

now in the press, entitled, “The SAILOR AND SOL.

dier's CHRISTIAN FRIEND AND Pocket COMPANION." Millenium, as well as the variety of sects and parties which have for years distracted the church of Christ,

This work has been compiled by a well-known author, are great causes of separation among those who are

at the urgent request of several devoted friends of our

fellow-subjects in the Army and Navy. " born of the same Spirit.”. Dear friends, these things ought not so to be: for while “one saith, I am of Paul, and another, I am of Apollos, are ye not carnal ?" Why do I find such struggling in me, provoking me The new commandment given by our adorable Re- to sin, putting me back froin that which is good ? "The deemer was,

“that ye love one another, as I have lored answer is svou given – Thou art a wrestler, not a colla you ;” and are we fulfilling this injunction when we

queror. Gurnal.

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