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consure one particle of time before so be accepted at least in part I call upon you to do it.”---Page 11. for Christ's sake; if the attitude,

In defence of this plan, he which Mr. Chalmers would put says, Page 10.

his readers into, be that of the “ It is rery true, that a man

hymn, may do an outwardly good thing, “ Then see the sorrows of my heart, and rest in what he has done.

Ere yet it be too late: But it is as true, chat a man may do And hear my Saviour's dying the outwardly good thing he is bid

groans, den do, and, instead of resting, may To give those sorrows weight.”— Jook forward with diligent striving, and earnest humble prayer, to some

If this be the attitude intendgreater things than this. Now this cd, (the principle of which we last, my brethren is the attitude I conceive to be," my own things want to put you into.”- Page 10.

the first plea, and the things of Now, granting that the second. Christ the second”), nay, if a man case may happen, in the most shall beencouraged to make things favourable sense,

we conceive of his own a plea for acceptance at that tie man's not resting in all, although only in the second what he does, is the consequence and lowest place ;--then, we not of his doing the ontwardly must say, God may deliver such a good thing, but of his being pre- man from resting in himself; he vented by God from resting in it, may bring him to Christ; he may which otherwise he would have teach him to follow holiness withbeen disposed to do. What then out which no man shall see the was gained by putting him into the Lord; but the attitude which that attitnde ? But, further, he has been put into, has no tenwhat is meant by, « instead of dency to issue in these happy reresting, looking forward with dili- sults. His restlessness is the gent striving and earnest hum- conscious failure of the legalist ble prayer, to some greater things terrified by the prospect of judgthan this?" If it mean the case ment, and his looking forward to of a leliever renouncing his own greater things, is the mere obstirighteousness for the rightousness nacy and infatuation of the legal of Christ, and at the same time, spirit, still hoping to establish a forgetting the things that are be- righteousness of its own. hind and reaching forth to those Mr. Chalmers conceives his that are before, we admit the

plan to be countenanced by the meaning, while we regret thet it ministry of John the Baptist. is not more plainly expressed. - People on his call," says he, But from the connexion we fear

page, 17,

gave up

their violence that this is not the meaning. If, and their extortions, and the evil then, the meaning of the passage of many of their cloings, and were be a sinner's consciousness that

thus put into what God in his he does not do enough yet, but wisdom, counted a fit state of prehis hopes and endeavours and

paration for the Saviour.” Webeearnest desires, that he may do lieve that there was nothing pebetter and better, and at last culiar in the plan of John's mieither do enough, or get his sin- nistry. From his days the kingcere though imperfect doings eked dom of heaven was preached, and out by the doings of another, and every man pressed into it; he called the people to repent, by does not appear to be satisfied the motive of the glad tidings himself, “ but,” says he, which he announced, that “ the

“Let us not throw any impedia kingdom of heaven was at hand.”

ment in the way of these first moveThose who asked him, what they ments—let us have a practical outset should do, were persons, who in - let us not be afraid of giving an the belief of the gospel, as he immediate character of exertion, to preached it, had come to his the very infancy of a christian's ca

reer.” baptism confessing their sins ; he was not, in their case, raising

Now surely in the case, he the first blow of his trumpet, a

so well describes, we have the gainst visible iniquities, and for principles of these first movethings obviously right; but the ments, and to begin with them, second blow of it, to exhort per

cannot be throwing an impedisons, who had been warned to ment in the way; we alreadyhave a flee from the wrath to come, to practical outset, and far be it from bring forth fruits, meet for re

us to fear giving an immediate

character of exertion to the inpentance.

fancy of a christian's career, for Mr. Chalmers speaks of texts which “serve to establish, that, foilowing the birth of that ca

this must apply to exhortations, the right attitude of a returnattitude of service and expecta- it may commence. ing sinner, is the compound reer, or at least supposing the re

ceprion of the principles by which tion”, page 28

Here, although he does not set service before ex- enemies of evangelical truth, set

Mr. Chalmers thinks, that the pectation in the order of time, he does it in the order of nature; sive advocates of morality, bea

themselves forward as the exciuwould it not be more scriptural, and equally practical, to reverse

cause its friends “ are positively the order, and to call the attitude afraid of placing morality on the that of expectation and service. foreground of their speculations", He says well, page 45.

page 47; we are not very sure “ I am willing io concede it, for

what may be here meant by “ their it accords with all my experience on

speculations." But surely the the subject, that some anticipation, friends of evangelical truth place however, faint, of the benefit to be Jesus Christ on the foreground of derived from an offered Saviour; their creed ; and when they say some apprehension, however, inilis- of the enemies of that truth, as tinct, of the mercy of God in Christ Young does, Jesus; some hope, inspired by the peculiar doctrines of the gospel, and

" Talk they of morals? O thou which nothing but the preaching of

bleeding Love! that gospel in all its peculiarity will Thou maker of new morals to manever awaken in the mind, that

kind ! these are the principles which

Thegrand morality is love of Thee.":

preside over the very first inovements - They do not flinch from inculof a sinner casting away from him cating on believers the principles, his trangressions, and returning un- and the precepts, and the examples to God.'

of the highest morality. EneHere, although we are satisfi- mies to the gospel will pretend to od and delighted, Mr. Chalmers be the exclusive advocates of

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morality, do what we will. By are not a few who rejoice to meet all means let us put them to si- him, and respectfully to offer him lence by well doing, and by ex- the right hand of fellowship. hortations to well doing. But si I have now got upon ground let us not hope to please them by on which many will refuse to go athe arrangement of our specula- long with me. I can get their testions ; let us not speculate on a timony to the spectacle of a reformsupposition, that we can lawfullying people putting the visible iniquiaccommodate to their taste the ties of stealing, and lying, and evil

speaking, and drunkenness, away preaching of the gospel.

from thom; but from the moment we We have more than once ac

come to the only principle which knowledged that we may have confers any value on these visible misunderstood our author; if this expressions, even the willing homage is the case, we ask his forgive of the heart to God, and to his law ness, and shall thankfully receive in all its spirituality and extent; and

from the moment that we come to his correction, our mistakes may the only expedient by which such a be owing to ignorance or inatten- principle can ever obtain an estation. Perhaps they may also be blishment within us, (and we chal1:1 some measure, occasioned by a lenge them to attempt ihe establishdiffuseness of style, which is very

ment of this principle in any other apt to perplex us. All that we way,) even the operation of that Spicontend for is, that “ the busi- rit which is given to those who acness of the christian life”, must in the gospel; then, and at that mo

cept of Christ, as he is laid before us follow the existence of it ; and ment, are we looked upon as having that its existence arises not from entered within the borders of fanatiworks of mere men (whether our- cism; and, while they lavish their selves or others), but from the be- superficial admiration on the flowers lief of the work which Jesus Christ of virtue, do they refuse the patience finished on the cross.

of their attention to the root from

Let pre. which they spring, or to the noucepts accompany promises ; let rishment which maintains them. them do it as iminediately as pos- And here I cannot but record sible; but let them do it in the the effect of an actual though undeorder of the holy scriptures. The signed experiment, which I proseapostolic discourses and epistles cuted for upwards of twelve years do not begin with precept and among you. For the greater part conclude with promise, to pro- the meanness of dishonesty, on the

of that time, I could expatiate on duce “ the compound attitude of villany of falsehood, on the despicaservice and expectation." They ble arts of calumny,--in a word, begin with promise and conclude upon all those deformities of characwith precept, to produce the ter, which awaken the natural indigcompound attitude of expectation nation of the human heart against and service.

the pests and the disturbers of bu. We are happy to conclude by the strength of these warm expostu

man society. Now could I, upon quoting a most interesting pas- lations, have got the thief to give up sage, in which, we believe, the his stealing, and the evil speaker bis excellent author lays open his censoriousness, and the liar his deviown heart, and opens to embrace ations from truth, I would have felt him the hearts of thousands. It all the repose of one who had gotten is ground, indeed, as he himself red to me that all this might have

bis ultimate object. It never occura says, on which many will refuse been done, and yet every soul of to follow him, but on which there every beaver have remained in full

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alienation from God; and that even scriptural way of laying the method of could I have established in the bo- reconciliation before them; it was not som of one who stole, such a princi- till the free offer of forgiveness througk ple of abhorrence at the meanness of the blood of Christ, was urged upon (lishonesty, that he was previiled their acceptance, and the holy spirit upon to steal no more, he might still given through the channel of Christ's have retained a heart as completely mediatorship, to all who ask it, was unturned to God, and as totally un- set before them as the unceasing object possessed by a principle of love to of their dependence and their prayers ; him as before. In a word, though I it was not, in one word, till the con might have made him a more up- templations of my people were turnright and honourable man, I might ed to these great and essential elehave left him as destitute of the es- ments in the business of a soul prosence of religious principle as ever, viding for its interest with God, and But the interesting fact is, that dure the concerns of its eternity; that I ing the whole of that period in which ever heard of any of these subordia I made no attempt against the na- nate reformations which I aforetime tural enmity of the mind to God, made the earnest and the zealous, while I was inattentive to the way in but I am afraid at the same time, the which this enmity is dissolved, even by ultimate object of my earlier minisine free offer on the one hand, and the trations. Ye servants, whose scru. believing acceptance on the other, of pulous fidelity has now attracted the the gospel salvation ; while Christ, notice, and drawn forth in my hearthrough whose blood the sinner, who ing a delightful testimony from your by nature stands afar off, is brought masters, what mischief you would near to the heavenly luwgiver whom have done, had your zeal for doctrines he has offended, was scarcely ever and sacraments, been accompanied spoken of, or spoken of in such a hy the sloth and the remissness, and way as stripped him of all the impor- what, in the prevailing tone of moral tance of his character and his offices, relaxation, is counted the allowable even at this time I certainly did press purloining of your earlier days. But the reformations of honour, and a sense of your heavenly Master's eye, truth, and integrity among my peo- has brought another influence to bear ple; but I never once heard of any upon you; and while you are thus such reformations having been ef- striving to adorn the doctrine of God fected amongst them. If there was your Saviour in all things, you may any thing at all brought about in poor as you are, reclaim the great this way, it was more than ever I ones of the land to the acknowledggot any account of. I am not sen- ment of the faith. You have at least sible that all the vehemence with taught me, that to preach Christ is which I urged the virtues and the the only effective way of preaching proprieties of social life, had the morality in all its branches, and out weight of a feather on the moral of your humble cottages have I gahabits of my parishioners. And thered a lesson, which I pray God I it was

not till I got impressed may be enabled to carry with all its by the utter alienation of the heart in simplicity into a wider theatre, and to all its desires and affections from bring with all the power of its subGod; it was not till reconciliation to duing efficacy upon the vices of a him became the distinct and the pro- more crowded population.”-Pages minent object of my ministerial ex- 40,--43, drtions; it was not till I took the

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nent.

Some account of a visit lately made to to be a call in providence, to accome Hamburgh by Messrs. Aikman and

pany my Brother Dick on this imDick, in a letter from Mr. A. to the

portant and benevolent errand. Editor.

We sailed from Leith on Thurse MY DEAR SIR,

day the 28th September, and arriv

ed at Hamburgh on Wednesday the In the month of August last, a let- 11th October. Welanded at Altona, ter was received by a gentleman in about a mile from Hamburgh, and this neighbourhood from a friend

there had the pleasure of meeting who had recently visited the city of with Mr. G. V-, the gentleman Hamburgh, in which, after referring referred to in the beginning of this to the very destitute condition of our letter. I had long known his chacountrymen in that city, who were

racter from our friends Paterson utterly unprovided with the means

and Henderson, in whose labours he of religious instruction, he stated has taken a lively interest from the that a worthy character at Altona, time of their first arrival in Denin conversations he had had with mark. He received us with every him, had expressed the greatest sure mark of brotherly affection, and exprise that amidst all the exertions

pressed the greatest satisfaction in that were making by the inhabitants the object of our visit to the Contiof Great Britain for the spread of the gospel, the necessities of our own countrymen at Hamburgh ap- and met with several of our coun

We then proceeded to Hamburgh, peared to have occr pied no share of their attention.

trymen, to whom we had letters. The contents of this letter made a kindness, and appeared to be great,

They all received us with much deep impression upon the minds of ly pleased with the prospect which several Christian Brethren to whom

our arrival afforded them of having they were communicated, and Mr. Dick, who had been for several years preaching of the Word in their own

an opportunity of attending the a missionary at Quebec, having been tongue on the first day of the week, spoken with on the subject, express

a privilege which had not been ened a willingness to go to Hamburgh, joyed since the time of the return of and spend the ensuing winter in the English to Hamburgh. Having preaching the gospel to his country- obtained on the following Saturday men in that city. It was thought; an eligible place of meeting, we however, incxpeclient, that he should preached on the Lord's day to a go alone, and as it had frequently occurred to me, during the course of about 60 persons, including, as we

very respectable congregation of a long and severe return of the com

had reason to believe, the greater plaint in my eyes, with which I have part of those who had obtained intithis year been visited, that a sea mation of our meeting. voyage might, by the divine bless

On the two following Sabhaths ing, prove useful in promoting my that I spent at Hamburgh, the conrestoration : a concurrence of cir- gregation, regularly increased, and cumstances in union with the gene

on the last Sabbath, all the eats in ral approbation of my friends, deter, the room were occupied, and some mined me, tho’ late in the season, to

persons stood during the whole of comply with what appeared to me

the service. Their external deport

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