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man; “I can read this,'- church, who sat in the gallery, « Well,” said the Doctor, “ read he asked him this question aloud, that passage," pointing to the “ Brother, do you repent of your third commandment. Here the coming to Christ ?" “ No, Sir,” gentleman was so struck, that he replied, “I never was happy he immediately desisted from till then ; I only repent that I swearing.-"A word, fitly spokdid not come to him sooner.” en, is like apples of gold in pic. The minister then turned totures of silver.” Prov. xxvii. 11. wards the opposite gallery, and and, “ A word spoken in due sea- addressed himself to an aged son, how good is it !” Prov. xv. member in the same manner, 23.

“ Brother, do you repent that you came to Christ ?” “ No,

Sir," said he,“ I have known the OF MR. DOOLITTLE. Lord from my youth up." THE Rev. Thomas Doolittle, He then looked down upon M. A. one of the ministers in the young man, whose attention England, who were ejected from was fully engaged, and, fixing their charges in consequence of his eyes upon him, said, “ Young the act of uniformity passed in man, are you willing to come to the reign of King Charles II. Christ ?This unexpected adwas minister of St. Alphage, dress from the pulpit, exciting London-wall. After he was the observation of all the peoobliged for conscience' sake, to ple, so affected him, that he sat resign that charge, he continued down and hid his face. The to exercise his ministry in a person, who sat next him enmeeting house, first at Bun- couraged him to rise, and answer hill-fields, and afterwards in the question. The minister reMonkwell-street, where he la- peated it, “ Young man, are you boured with much acceptance willing to come to Christ?” and success to the time of his With a tremulous voice, he re

death, which happened on the plied, “ Yes, Sir.” “But when, · 1st of June, 1707. He was a se- Sir,” added the minister, in a solwould turn him out of doors. on my going to see what had Having now heard them, and un- happened. “ Yes," said I careable to conceal the feelings of lessly on coming to the spot," I his mind, he was afraid to meet see it is so :" “ But what is his father. The minister sat there in this worth notice ; is it down, and wrote an affectionate not mere chance ?” and I went letter to him, which had so good away. He followed me, and an effect, that both father and taking hold of my coat, said with mother came to hear for them. some earnestness, “ It could not selves. The Lord graciously be mere chance, for that somemet with them both; and father, body must have contrived matand mother, and son, were to- ters so as to produce it." gether received with universal “So you think," said I,“ that joy into the church. Relig. Mon. what appears so regular as the

rious, animated, and useful emn and loud tone. He mildly preacher; and much respected answered, “ Now, Sir.” “ Then by all who knew him. The fol- stay,” said he, “and bear the lowing very remarkable anecdote word of God, which you will find is told concerning him.

in 2 Cor. vi. 2.” “ Behold, now One Sunday, after he had fin- is the accepted time ; behold, ished the first prayer, on look- now is the day of salvation." ing round the congregation, he By this sermon God touched observed a young gentleman just his heart. He came into the shut into one of the pews, who vestry after service, dissolved in discovered much uneasiness in tears. That unwillingness to that situation, and seemed to stay, which he had discovered, wish to go out again, Mr. Doo. was occasioned by the strict inlittle, feeling a peculiar desire to junction of his father, who detain him, bit upon the follow. threatened, that if ever he went ing expedient. Turning to- to hear the fanatics, as he called wards one of the members of his the non-conformist ministers, he

letters of your name, cannot be by chance ?” “ Yes,” said he,

with firmness, “I think so." OF DR. BEATTIE AND HIS SON. “ Look at yourself," I replied,

It is much to be desired (ob- « consider your hands and finserves one) that in lessons to gers, your legs and feet, and children, matters of fact, and ex- other limbs ; are they not reguamples taken from visible ob- lar in their appearance and usejects, should be made use of. ful to you?” He said they were. This wise method of instruction “ Came you then hither,” said I, was, perhaps, never more forci. "by chance ?” “No," he anbly and more usefully employed, swered," that cannot be, somethan in the following instance thing must have made me.” of Dr. Beattie's son. The Doc- “ And who is that something ?” tor, speaking of his son, thus ob: I asked. He said, “I don't serves : He had reached bis fifth know.” I had now gained the or sixth year, knew the alphabet, point I aimed at, and saw that and could read a little ; but had his reason taught him (though received no particular informa- he could not express it) that tion with respect to the author what begins to be must have a of his being. In a corner of a cause ; and that what is formed little garden, without informing with regularity, must have an any person of the circumstance, intelligent cause. I therefore I wrote in the mould with my told him the name of the great finger, the three initial letters of Being, who made him and all his name, and sowing garden the world, concerning whose cresses in the furrows, cov- adorable nature, I gave him such ered up the seed, and smooth- information as I thought he ed the ground. Ten days after could in some measure comprehe came running to me, and with hend. The lesson affected him astonishment in his countenance, greatly, and he never forgot eitold me that his name was grow. ther it, or the circumstance that ing in the garden. I laughed at introduced it. the report and seemed inclined Anecdotes of Children and to disregard it ; but he insisted

Young Persons. Vol. II. No. 8.

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Review of Dew publications.

Messiah's Throne, a Sermon which it is composed, and for the

preached before the London abundant evidence in favour of Missionary Society, at their Christ's divinity, which it so eighth annual meeting, in Tot- brieily, and with such an imprestenham-court Chapel, on the eve- sive novelty, exhibits. ning of Thursday, May 13, “I'cannot find, in the lively oracles, 1802. By John M. MASON,

a single distinctive mark of deity A.M. Pastor of the Associate

which is not applied, without reserve

watc. or limitation, to the only begotten Son: New-York. London. Biggs hath, are his. Who is that mysteri. and Cottle. 1802.

ous WORD, that was in the begin.

ning, with God? Who is the Alpha This discourse is founded on and Omega, the beginning and the the sublime address of the eter

ending, the first and the last, the Al ss of the eter- mighty? Who is he that knows nal Father to the Lord Jesus what is in man, because he searches Christ; Heb. i. 8, But unto the the deep and dark recesses of the Son, he saith, Thy throne; O God, heart! Who is the Omrripresent, that is forever and ever. In the in- has promised, Wherever two or three

are gathered together in my name, troduction the author makes this

there am I in the midst of them! observation ; that the apostle is the light.of whose countenance is, at “ Under no apprehension of betraving the same moment, the joy of heaven, the unwary into idolatrous homage, and the salvation of earth? who is by giving to the Lord Jesus greater encircled by the Seraphim on high, glory than is due unto his name;" and walks in the midst of the golden * An observation, which we may candlesticks? who is in this assemwith evident propriety make, red, bly; in all the assemblies of his peo

ple? in every worshipping family?

in every closet' of prayer? in every The general plan of discourse Doly heárt? whose hands have stretchis, to consider Christ's personal ed out the heavens and laid the glory, which shines forth in the foundations of the earth? Who hath name,“ O God," by which he replenished them with inhabitants, is here revealed ; and his sov

and garnished them with beauty,

having created all things that are m ereign rule thy throne is for both, visible and invisible, whether . ever and ever. ,

they be thrones, or dominions, or After noticing an attempt of principalities or powers? By whom those, who controvert the essen- do all things consist? Who is the tial Deity of Christ, to pervert

goverior among the nations, having

on his vesture and on his thigh a the phraseology and change the name written, King of kings and Lord sublime meaning of the text, the of lords. Whom is it the Father's preacher, bold in the truth, savs: will that all men should honour, even

" The crown which flourishes on as they honour himself? Whom has Messiah's head is not to be torn away. he commanded bis angels to worship! nor the anchor of our hope to be Whom to obey Before whom do the wrested from us by the rude band of devils tremble? Who is qualified to licentious criticism."

redeemn millions of sinners from the The following passage de

massacre de wrath to come, and preserve them, serves to be quoted entire, both

by his grace, to his everlasting king

dom? Who raiseth the dead, having for the animated eloquence with life in himself, to quicken whom he will, so that at his voice all who are him, as God manifest in the in their graves shall come forth-and flesh, and as the Mediator of the death and hell surrender their numerous and forgotten captives? Who shall new.covenant.

new.covenant. weigh, in the balance of judgment, Under the second general the destinies of angels and men ? head the author with true Chrisdispose of the thrones of paradise ?

tian oratory, insists upon the and bestow eternal life? Shall I submit to the decision of reason? Shall

stability of Messiah's kingdom, I ask a response from heaven? Shall I arising from his omnipotence, and

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of darkness? The response from hea- upon his administration, bearing, ven sounds in my ears; reason ap- in the highest degree, the characproves, and the devils confess-This, O Christians, is none other than the

ters of mystery, wisdom, and GREAT GOD OUR SAVIOUR!

righteousness. " Indeed, my brethren, the doctrine In his enumeration of the of our Lord's divinity is not, as a means, which Messiah employs fact, more interesting to our faith in the administration of his kingthan, as a principle, it is essential to our hope. "If he were not the true dom, the author mentions the God, he could not be eternal life. gospel, the agency of the Holy When pressed down by guilt and lan- Ghost, and the resources of the guishing for happiness, I look around thysical and moral world. In for a deliverer, such as my conscience and my heart and the word of God as

treating the last particular, he sure me I need, insult not my agony, shows how extensive his views by directing me to a creature-to a are of the sovereign dominion of man, a mere man like myself! A crea- Christ. ture! a man! My Redeemer owns "Supreme in heaven and in earth, my person. My immortal spirit is his upholding all things by the word of property. When I come to die, I his power, the universe is his maga

t into
nds. My

zine of means. Nothing which acts soul! My infinitely precious soul

or exists, is exempted from promoting, committed to a mere man ! become in its own place, the purposes of his the property of a mere man! I would kingdom. Beings rational and irra. not, thus, entrust my body, to the tional ; animate and inanimate; the highest angel who burns in the tem- heavens above, and the earth below; ple above. It is only the Father of the obedience of sanctifred, and the spirits that can have property in spir- disobedience of unsanctified, men ; its, and be their refuge in the hour all holy spirits; all damned spirits of transition from the present to the in one word, every agency, every eleapproaching world. In short, my ment, every atom, are but the minis. brethren, the divinity of Jesus, is, in ters of his will, and concur in the the system of grace, the sun to which

execution of his designs. And this all its parts are subordinate, and all he will demonstrate to the confusion their stations refer, which binds of his enemies, and the joy of his peothem in sacred concord; and imparts

ple, in that great and terrible day to them their radiance, and life, and

when he shall sit upon the throne of vigour. Take from it this central his glory, and dispense ultimate jude. luminary, and the glory is departed.

ment to the quick and the dead.” Its holy harmonies are broken. The elements rush to chaos. The light

From this exalted station, to of salvation is extinguished for which the preacher has happily • ever.”

raised us, we are invited to surBut the author well observes, vey the prospects of God's church; that it is not the Deity of the 1. prospect of preservation ; 2. of Son, simply considered, to which increase ; 3. of triumph. On the text confines our attention ; each of these topics the author that it leads us to contemplate expatiates like one who is filled

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with the language and spirit of revolution Interspersed with inspiration.

biographical, political, and mor. His address to his auditors al observations. In three vole. with reference to the object of By Mrs. Mercy Warren. 8vo. Missionary Societies must not be Boston. E. & J. Larkin, 1806. wholly omitted. “All scriptural efforts to evangelize the hea- In an "address" prefixed to then,” he says, “ contribute their the work, the historian informs share" to the triumph of the “the inhabitants of the United gospel. :

States of America" what were « But let us pause ;" he subjoins, her inducements to engage in

you exult, perhaps, in the view this undertaking, and the advanof that happiness which is reserved for the human race : you long for its lages she possessed for that purarrival ; and are eager, in your place, pose. She was apprehensive to help on the gracious work. It is that " when every manly arm well. But are there no heathen in was occupied, and every trait of this assembly? Are there none, who,

talent or activity was engaged in the midst of their zeal for foreign missions, forget their own souls ; nor either in the cabinet or the neid, consider that they themselves neglect many circumstances might esthe great salvation? Remember, my cape the more busy and active brethren, that a man may be active members of society," and therein measures which shall subserve the conversion of others, and yet perish in

fore she determined to employ his own iniquity. Tlat very gospel, her leisure hours in recording which you desire to send to the Hea- events as they occurred. “Conthen, must be the gospel of your salva. nected by nature, friendship, and tion ; it must turn you from darkness every social tie, with many of the to light, from the power of satan un. to God; it must make you meet for

for first patriots, and most influenshall fearfully aggravate your con- and in the habits of confidential demnation at last. You pray, thy and epistolary intercourse with kingdom come. But is the kingdom of God within you? Is the Lord Je.

several gentlemen employed sus in you, the hope of glory! Be not

abroad in the most distinguished deceived. The name of Christian stations, and with others since will not save you. Better had it been elevated to the highest grades of for you not to have known the way of rank and distinction,” she “ had righteousness-better to have been the most idolatrous Pagan-better,

the best means of informainfinitely better, not to have been born,

tion.” than to die strangers to the pardon of It is very evident that the bis. the Redeemer's blood, and the sanc- tory before us is the product of tifying virtue of his Spirit.”

“a mind that had not yielded to

am It is with reluctance that we

e the assertion that all political atforbear to transcribe still larger ter

tertentions lay (lie] out of the road portions of this sermon. It is

of female life :" every page afso admirable throughout, that

fords a proof of this; yet,“ doubtwe hardly know which part to

less it is the more peculiar provprefer, or what property most

ince of masculine strength, in highly to commend.

the nervous style of manly elo

quence to describe the bloodHistory of the rise, progress and stained field, and relate the story

termination of the American of slaughtered armies."

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