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your whole duty to God, to your 13. Do you desire and endeavour to neighbour, and to yourself? Do you grow in grace, and in the knowledge of perform common and relative duties Christ your Savionr, more and more! conscientiously, as part of the duty Are you willing to sit at his feet as a which you owe to God?
little child, and to submit your reason 7. Do you make conscience of secret and understanding, implicitly, to his prayer daily? Do you not sometimes teaching; imploring his Spirit to gaide feel a backwardness to this duty? Do you into all necessary truth, to save you you at other times feel a great delight from all fatal errors, to enable you to in it? Have you a set time, and place, receive the trath in the love of it, and and order of exercises, for performing to transform you, more and more, into a this duty ? , ni . ..s likeness to himself? 8. Do yon daily read a portion of the
Counsel. hnly Scriptures, in a devout manner 1. Remember that these questions are Do you love to read the Bible? Do you intended to point your attention to subever perceive a sweetness in the truths jects of inquiry the most important, of holy Scripture? Do you find them Do not, therefore, content yourself with adapted to your necessities, and see, at a careless or cursory reading of theic. times, a wonderful beauty, excellence, Read and deliberate, and examine your. and glory in God's word? Do yon maké self, closely, on the questions under each it theman of yons counsel, and endeavour head : and let your heart be lifted up to have both your heart and life con- to God, while you are considering eack formed to its doctrines and requisitions particular question, in earnest desires
9. Have you ever attempted to cove- that he may shew you the very truth. tant with God? To give yourself away You cannot ordinarily go over all these to him, solemnly and irrevocably, hop questions at. ode tine. Divide them ing for acceptance through Christ therefore, and take one part at one alones and taking God, in Christ, as time, and another at 'another. But try the covenant God, and satisfying 'por. to go over the whole in the course of a tion, of your sout?
week; and do this every week, for some · 10. Does the glory of God ever ap- months. When you find yonrself doubt. pear to you as the first, greatest, and ful or deficient, in any point, let it not best of all objects? Do you desire to discourage you; but note down that promote the glory of God, as the chief point in writing, and bend the attention object of life? ;
of your mind to it, and labour and pray 11. Do you feel a love to mankind till you shall have made the attainment such as you did not feel before you bé- which will enable you to answer clearly. came religious? Have you a great de. It is believed that you cannot fail to sire that the souls of men should be see how each question ought to be ansaved, by being brought to a genuine swered. faith and trust in the Redeemer? Do 2. Remember that secret prayer, you love God's people with a peculiar reading the word of God, watchfulness, attachment--because they bear their and self-examination, are the great Saviour's image, and because they love means of preserving comfort in religion, and pursue the objects, and delight in and of growing in grace. In proporthe exercises, which are most pleasing tion as you are exact and faithful in and delightful to yourself? Do you, from these, such, ustally, will be your inward your heart, forgive all your personal peace, and the safety of your state. enemies, and refuse to cherish or enter. Unite them all together, and never tain any sentiments of hatred or re- cease to practise them while you live. Yenger If you have injured any person, Think often of the character of Enoch, have you made reparation; or are you and try to walk with God." Read Ma rendy and willing to make it? ... son's little book on Self-knowledge: I
12. Do you feel it to be very import- recommend it as excellent. ant to adorn religion, by a holy, exem- 3. Besides the Bible, have constantly plary, amiable, and blameless walk and in reading, at yonr leisure hours, some conversation? Do you fear to bring a author of known piety and excellence. reproach on the cause of Christa Does Read Owen's works, Baxter's Saints this appear to, yon extremely dreadful? Rest, Doddridge's works, Watts's works, Are you afraid of backsliding, and of Witherspoon's works, Newton's works, being left to return to a state of care. Scott's works, Veon's Whole Duty of lessness and indifference in religion?! Man, The Christian Observer, &c. &c.
children to support; and in order to pro- seasonable visits that had been paid to vide them the necessaries of life, he had them; and were at length thankful for sold almost the whole of his furniture the ability and opportunity of subscriband clothes. A visitor found the man ing to a Bible Association, for a copy of in the most deplorable state of wretched the holy Scriptures."
1993 ness, lying in a corner of the room on the 4. - Humphreys, and his wife, floor, on a few rags, which formed the No.1, Coram-place, Little Coram-street; only bed for this distressed family. His a very aged decent conpleed He had wife appeared far advanced in preg- been a gentleman's coachman. His wife naney, and was in consequence unable and daughter took in washing. They to continue her feeble efforts in earning had lived very comfortably ; but the man occasionally a loaf of bread, from whicli and his wife had been past work for they had hitherto derived a scanty sup- more than a year. The dangliter, their port. At the time the visitor called, only support, had literally worked night the man had just parted with his coat, and day to maintain and attend her pa. which sold for no more than sixpencerents in their old age and sickness. and this was the last of the few tattered The mother when first visited lay very shreds he possessed, that were at all ill in the daughter's bed on the ground saleable. This sum being expended, floor, and the old man appeared to be his last earthly dependance vanished. dying in the room up stairs. While the It was truly affecting to witness the visitor was inquiring into their circumanxious looks which were visible on the stances, the daughter wept, because shel countenances of the hungry children, could do no more for her parents, and when they saw the visitors offer a little said it was very hard to part, after living money to their parents to obtain food so many years very happy together. for the family, which was thus rescued Her mother commended her to the Al. from absolute want."
mighty, and said, He would reward her 2. “ Elizabeth Owen, Short's Yard, for all her dutiful and kind attention, Lambeth Butts, was visited when lying, and told the visitor that there could not in with her fifteenth child; six of whom, be a better child than her daughter had and all young, were then living. Her hus, been, and that she had done all in her band obtained a livelihood by selling power to serve her parents. The visitor.. vegetables about the streets, but which first called on a Sunday afternoon, and barely enabled him to provide the ar. found the daughter reading the Bible to ticle of bread, and not having recovered her mother. It was an affecting scene. the shock which the severity of the last As the daughter's time had been so much winter had produced, this family was taken up by attending her parents, and brought into the greatest distress. When some families for whom she used to work the visitor called, the poor woman had had been ont of town, she was in great cut up her only gown to make a tem- want of a little money for absolute ne porary covering for her infant."
cessaries, and to pay the rent. She was 3. “About the middle of last Septem- relieved in this time of deep affliction. ber, a visitor was requested to go to No. The parents died soon after. They were : 5, Castle-court, Kingsland-road, where both buried in the same grave; and the an affecting scene presented itself. aid of this Society to a dutiful and af Thomas Evans, wife, and child, were fectionate daughter, proved a very pro confined to their bed by a dangerous vidential supply in the time of distress fever, quite incapable of assisting each and sorrow." other, and destitute of common neces. 5. “Respecting the following, the visaries. On inquiry, the visitor learned sitor writes, I this day visited Susannah they had subsisted nine days on one Green, No. 12, Gray's-buildings, whose shilling and sixpence! and had at that case is truly distressing. On entering time but a small bit of bread in the a kitchen I found her lying on the floor house. Through the timely assistance upon a miserable flock bed, her bus. afforded them by the Society, they were band sitting near with an infant in his restored to health. When first visited, arms, and a little girl standing by. On they were deplorably ignorant; the inquiry, I found that the husband had visitor, however, has the satisfaction to suffered much himself from sickuess: 1 state, that their ignorance was removed The goods they had previous to coming by means of the instruction given: and where they now reside, had been sold, with tears of gratitude they acknow. so that at present they have po furoitara ledged the obligations they felt for the but what has been lent them by A fex
kind neighbours, who know him to be from time to time, until she had fully an honest, sober man. The woman's recovered her strength." illness was brought op by a premature la 7.“ Jolin Chandler, a whip-maker, bour, and having caught cold: she has lost was formerly a house-keeper, and in a the use of her limbs, in consequence of respectable way of business, in Turn. being so destitute of clothing and other mill-street, Clerkenwell, for several necessaries. In one corner of the kit. years, and bore a good character for chen was anotber miserable bed, where sobriety and industry. Trade at length five of their seven children sleep. I falling off, he became so much reduced,
thought proper to give you the earliest as to be under the necessity of selling 'account of this most deplorable case; as I most of his furniture and apparel; and
can assure you 'my heart bleeds at not the landlord seizing the rest for the ar. having it in my power sufficiently, to rears of rent, his family were obliged to alleviate their distress. This case was leave the house, and take refuge in a particularly attended to, and every confined lodging in the same neighsuitable help afforded.". .
bourhood. The family did not long re. 6. “M. Rowe, No. 1, Crown-court, tain their health here, but were afflicted Sun Tavern Fields, near Radcliff High- one after another with a bad fever, way, was 'recommended to the Society until at last the father was confined to as in great distress. The visitor found his bed, and the family entirely de. her lying-in with her fifth child, and all prived of his assistance. In this junc, were living. Her husband having died. ture the wife was at a loss what to do, suddenly a fortnight before, she was her children starving, and (as she left quite destitute. She had been thought) her husband dying. She combrought up in credit: her children, municated their circumstances to one her room, and what articles of furniture of her neighbours, who informed her she had, were remarkably clean, The of the Strangers? Friend Society, and next visit she was somewhat better, and directed her to the house of one of the a more minute inquiry was made con. , visitors, wliq, went to their abode, and cerning this family. She said they had found them in a state of deep affiction. lived in credit in the country for some The man was in bed groaning under years: her busband being out of employ pain, having two of the children with and not able to support bis family, they him; the other four were standing came up to London; and after some time, , round a small fire, having no food in he got work as a coal-heaver, which ena- the liouse, and no change of linen for any bled him to provide for them comfortably of the family. The visitor gave them till May 1814, when he was seized with a few shillings. At the second visit . a paralytic stroke, which deprived him some linen was sent for the man, and of speech, In this deplorable state, he some small articles of wearing apparel lay four days, when it pleased God to for the children, which were received remove hiin hence. The anguish and with unspeakable pleasure. They were distress of the poor womau's mind at continued on the books of the Society this period can scarcely be described. and relieved several weeks, until a Her husband a corpse, and four small visitor was informed, that the man be children around her bewailing the loss longed to a benefit,, society, but was of a kind father, and herself very near excluded from any relief until his arthe time of delivery, without support rears of monthly payments were made or any prospect, she being partly a good;, and althougla the sum did not stranger in London. On Sunday, June amount to many shillings, they could 6th, by the blessing of God, she was not possibly raise it, Upon reporting safely delivered of a boy. Application this to the Committee, it was resolved being made to the parish, they humanely that proper inquiries should be inade, allowed her five, shillings per week. and the arrears discharged; which were And the visits of the Strangers Frieyd accordingly, done, and they became Society were made a blessing to her entitled to twenty shillings per week, mind, so that she is enabled to rely on which they coutinued to receive until the faithfulness of that God who hath the family were all recovered, and the said, ' Call upon me in the day of trou. man again able to follow his employ. ble, and I will deliver thee.' The visits went, a nd regard were continued, and relief attorded by 31 24.67 time
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