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so well of himself as to expect that self-love as poison.

With holy God should bestow upon him a place Job let us not shrink from arowing. in heaven as the just reward of his 1 Behold, I am vile;" with Isaiah, virtues.

“I am a man of unclean lips ;" To conclude: let me seriously with the Psalmist, “Mine iniquiegree the consideration of this sob- ties are a sore burden for me, too ject, as the means of rendering 'us beavy to bear;" and, with St. Paul, humble, Every man's ways are “O wretched man that I am, who Tight in his own eyes, but God pon-shall deliver me from this body of deretb the heart. Let us not say, sio!" - Following this course, we that "Though I have been guilty shall be led to pray earnestly for of some venial sins, yet I have not deliverance, and shall obtain salva. much to answer for. On the whole, tion through Jesus Christ. my condoct is unexceptionable; at Let, then, this view of the subJeast there is no reason to be much ject shew us all the magnitude of a dissatisfied with it." Do we not Saviour's mercy. As our sins are

Perceive that all men are ready to infinitely more than we conceived, speak favourably of themselves, 80 also is our obligation to Him

those who have been guilty of the who cancels so much guilt. We most flagitious crimes, as well as ought to feel as debtors for tea the more decent. Nay, it often thousand talents; for he will love bappens, that the most flagitious most who has the deepest sense of are the most confident, while the the-guilt that has been forgiven. upright are remarkable for confess. How, thankful should we be, that ing their unworthiness.

Let us,

we may venture to look upon so then, be persuaded to suspect our. much guilt without absolute despair! selves; to believe that our hearts If we truly believe in Jesus, instead may not be so pure as we think of being overwhelmed with terror, them, and that we may have many we shall only prize more and more secret faults to answer for, of which highly that blood which we every we are not aware. The Church of day perceive to be more and more Laodicea was satisfied with the necessary to us. Let, then, that sal. goodness of her state; but He that vation be endeared to us, which is searches the heart, and tries the by_grace and not by works. reins, formed a very different opi- Let the consideration of this subnion. The tsuth is, ihat every man, ject, also, niake us watchful. This

he closely examines his heart is a great part of Christian wisdom. and lifę, trying it by the standard A man who knows not himself apof the pure word of God; if he proaches the brink of sin, and trifles watches his thoughts, and in ear- with temptation. Though he should nest labours to bring them into obe- admit that he has fallen into some

dience to the Divine law; will find transgressions, he will assume that himself to be a miserable sinner. I'' he is in no danger of others. Hence press this point the more, because he is negligent in his daily conthe want of a proper knowledge of duct, negligent in self-examination,

qur sinfulness, makes us ignorant negligent in prayer. sof our deed of a Saviour, as well as And finally, let us not forget that

conlent with a partial and defective inference from the subject which righteousness.

was made by the Psalmist : '* Who Let us pray, therefore, and labour can understand his errors? Lord, e to be deeply convinced of our sin: cleanse thou me from my secret fulness, and let us dread flattery and faults.


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young people. A few examples, Aftes the admirable treatise on observation, may serve to illustrate Christian Education which has late- the subject. ly issued from the press, and which A. is a man of correct habits and had previously adorned your pages, strict piety; strongly attached to it seems, unpecessary, if not pre- bis family, his grand object through sumptuous, to offer any remarks on life has been to train up his chile ihe subject. The following obser-dren for a happier world. As the vations are made, in the hope of leading feature of his religious cha. drawing the attention of your able racter is a deep conviction of the correspondent to a point to which, heinousness of sin and our native though frequent allusions are made 'depravity, he naturally endeavours to it in the course of his work, he "to instil into their minds the same has not, perhaps, given sufficient at. sentiments. All this is perfectly tention; probably, because his in- right: his plan is good, but he is structions are only intended for the deficient in his mode of carrying earlier stages of life. I allude, sir, it into execution. His admonitions to that want of confidence, I may are all reproofs : his children regard say friendship, which we too ofien him rather as a censor, thao as witness between young people and friend. They have been accustomiheir parents, even where their mu- ed to hear from his mouth repeated tual duties are discharged not only instances of God's wrath, but few with cheerfulness, but affection, and of his love; and to hear them menwhere we might have formed very tioned with such warmth of feeling, different expectations from our that their young minds have mise knowledge of their respective reli- taken parental anxiety for anger, gious principles,

and their fear of their Creator is There can be no pleasure so gra- 'exceeded by that of their father. tifying to a man of feeling, as to see ļt is needless to add, that. A. comhis children voluntarily step forward plains of the hypocrisy of his chile to make him the depositary of their dren, and finds them as well versed secrets, the confidant of their hopes, io dissimulation as Mazarine, and the comforter of their sorrows. B. was a character of a different But, delightful as this confidence is, stamp: he also possessed an almost how frequently do we find in its morbid anxiety about the spiritual place efforts to conceal the real and temporal welfare of his childfeelings of the heart, a dissembled ren. Being a man of strong pascheerfulness perbaps assumed to sions, he experienced in his own

hide the pains of conscious guilt case the advantage of having a s from bim whøse, admonitions are parent, who knew how to guide a

best calculated to prevent their re- family with a powerful band. B. currence. This unfortunate dis- therefore determinéd, when he betrust, it is true, often, most com. came a father, to regulate the conmoply perhaps, arises from bad dis- duct of his children with equal se


But are not these dispositions fre- duty upon which

he most strongly quently superinduced by an erro, insisted. He married early in life; neous education, or by the neglect and conscious of his own correct of the most judicious means of re- views upon religious subjects, and moving the reserve habitual to many supported by extensive experience

in the ways of the world, he ima- fects, nor, were that my object, to gined that as long as he lived to point out many other evils arising guide them, his childrer could not oot' of those I have mentioned. I commit any irremediable error ei will rather describe a father of a ther in morality or business, provi- different character, whose success ded they would always submit to may do away be impression that his guidance. Though, as I have mistrust and dissimulation are alsaid, a man of ardent passions, B. ways the fruit of bad dispositions. forgot to calculate upon meeting.D. is a nian equally formed by with the same in his children. But nature and stady to become the he committed a still greater error bead of a family. All his wishes, than this, in expecting that they and all his business in life, bave a would be restrained by habitual de principal reference to the happiness ference to his will, even if vot ac- of his children. ”His whole contoated by the higher motive of duty duct is regulated by love to them, towards God. The consequence of unalloyed with any mixture of austethis system was, that he became the rity, and his love' is-repaid with the master, and not the friend, of his fa- most open and ingenuous confidence. mily: they submitted to his will in Has a child committed a fault, he is all points that came under bis know. not afraid to declare it; for he knows ledge, but they concealed from him his father loves the offender, though all that they were able to conceal. he bales the offence. Has be any Knowing that they should not be grief at heart, where can he find a permitted to use their own discre- more soothing friend than in the tion in the most trivial circum- author of his being? Does he labour stances, they took every nieans in under any diflìculty, or suffer from the their power to keep him in igno- conséquence of his youthful folly, be rance of their pursuits and inten: meets with one who will enter with tions; and never consulied his opi- ardour into his juvenile distresses; nion, because it left them no alter-' who will quit without impatience the native. They loved him, because most interesting occupations; to wipe his conduct was evidently the result away the rear of shame; who will of an anxious regard for their hap- share his joys and participate bis piness; but their love never opened sorrows, while he mingles admonitheir hearts nor overcame their ba- tion with sympathy, and softeas rebitual reserve. B. discovered his proof by the most condescending error when it was too late to repair kindness. But though indulgent, it, and died Jamenting, that out of D. is not a foolish father: bis ab. six children, he never was blest with horrence of vice is great, and how one of an ingenuous disposition. ever he loves, he never spares the:

Though the objects of C. were : sinner. Still, he has had less oocanot: of sach an elevaled character, sion to call in chastisement in aid: he followed a course similar in prin- of his autliority than most parents: eiple, though less dangerous in prae- this may arise partly from the amirice, to the first chat i have mena, able tempers with which he has tioned. Ridicale was the weapon had to contend, but principally! he employed, and it produced simí. : from the system he has uniformly Jar effects: he rather wished his pursued. Before their infant underchildren to rise above the follies standings could fully comprehend than the sins of the world, and his the meaning of love to an unknown children not only dreaded bat (not : object, he endeavoured to restrain to use a stronger expression) qever his children, by a sense of gratitude loved him. Hinir virs.. and atfection to himself. A fear 3. It would not be difficult to enu." of wounding his feelings was the merate many other plans of educa- first principle by which they were dien that have produced similar ef guided. As their faculties expande

ed, it was not difficult to change the 1018, had the rectory of Wooley in object of their regard, by display Huntingdonshire, a living of no very ing to their view the love, the considerable value, being rated ats holiness, and divine attributes of less than 10l. in the king's books. their Saviour. - It was not difficult, Here he did his duty with great * because they had not to imbibe new cheerfulness and alacrity; and, not? principles, to form new habits, or to withstanding he was twice invited submit to unaccustomed rules. They back to his natire country; by some pictured to themselves a lively who would have ventured their use? image of their heavenly Father, most to have set him on the throne from their keen sense of the excel of his ancestors, yet he chose rather lencies of their earthly parent: the to remain with his flock, and to Jove, the confidence, they had al- serve God in the humble station of ways placed in the latter prepared a parish-priest. them for the same lively emotions « In 1643, he underwent the se towards their Maker. D. and his verest trials from the rage of the beloved assistant in this delightful fanatics; who, not satisfied with dework are now descending in the priving him of his living, insulted vale of years, happy in the enjoy. him in the most barbarous manners: ment of the affectionate friendship for, having procured a file of mosa of their children, but happier still queteers to pull him out of his pulin having led them to a due sense pit, as he was preaching on a Sun of the value of an eternal and never- day, they turned his wife and small failing Friend.

children out into the street, into G.

which also they threw his goods. The poor man, in this distress, raised.

himself a tent under some trees in To the Editor of the Christian Observer. the church-yard, over against his The following Memoir will fit is house, where he and his fainily lived presumed) appear peculiarly inlem for a week." One day, having proresting 10 most of your readers at cured a few eggs, he picked up some this moment, when the present ex- rotten wood and dry sticks; and with cellent Emperor of Russia has but these, made a fire in the churchrecently lett our shores.

porch, in order to boil them. But “ Mekepher* Alphery was born some of his adversaries, to show how in Russia, of the imperial line, far they could carry their rage. When that country was torn in against the cburch (for this poor pieces by intestine quarrels in the man was so harmless, that they' end of the sixteenth century, and could have none against him), came the royal house, particularly, was and kicked about his fire, threw dowo: severely persecuted by impostors, his skillet, and broke his eggs. " this gentleman and his two brothers After this, having still a little." were sent over to England, and re money, he made a small purchase in commended to the care of Mr. Jo- that neighbourhood, built a house, seph Bidell, a Russia merchant. Mr. and lived there some years. He Bidell, when they were of age fit for was encouraged to this by a Presthe university, sent them all three : byterian minister who came in bis : to Oxford, where, the small-pox room, who honestly paid him a fifth unhappily prevailing, iwo of them part of the annualincome of the live died of it. We know not whether ing, (which was the allowance made : this surviving brother took any by the Parliament to ejected mi. degrees or nots but it is very pro- nisters), created him with great hu« : bable that he did ; since he entered manity, and did him all the services i into boly orders, and, in the year in his posver." It is a great misfor

* Sopronounced, though properly spele tune that this gentleman's name isu Nikephor (Nicephoras):

20t preserved; bis conduct in this: respect being the more laudable, definition of the term, as given by obecause it was not a little singular. Johnson in his Dictionary. I have Afterwards, probably on the death often thought, that mucb peror removal of this gentleman, Mr. plexity has been introduced into Alphery left Huntingdonshire, and discussions on important subjects resided i at Hammersmith, till the by a close adherence to an exact Restoration put him again in pos- definition of the true and tegiusession of bis living. He returned mate meaning of a word, while the on this occasion to Huntingdon- common acceptation of it has been shire, where he did not stay long; overlooked. That is, in fact, the for being upwards of eighty, and proper force of every term, which exwithal very infirm, be could not presses the idea immediately excited perform the duties of his function. in the mind of those who are accus. Having, therefore, settled a curate, tomed to bear and lo use it in conhe retired to bis eldest son's bouse versation. at- Hammersmith, wbere, sbortly

Usus after, he died, full of years and of Quem penes arbitrium est, et jus et 1707 honour.

loquendi. * It must be owned, that this ar. Your valuable correspondent, B. T. ticle is very imperfect : but the sin- whose essays on Education bare en gulacity of a Russian prioce being a ricbed your excellent miseellany, apcountry minister in England will, pears to me to bave properly used the we hope, atone for those deficiencies term Emulation in its popular sense, which it was not in our power to and to have as properly protested avoid.”

against it as a principle employed in The above Memoir is extracted education. I am not, however, going from a biographical dictionary, enr to enter the lists with Vindex, who titled,« Biographica Britannica," has far more powerful antagonists in fifteen volumes 8vo., printed in to contend witb, but I make these London, in 1798. The following observations, merely to introduce a pole is subjoined by the editors of passage from Dr. Johnson himself, lhe work.'.)

which will shew-in what ligbe tbat "Mrs. Alphery, the last descend- great moralist-looked on the prin. ant of the family, married one Mr. ciple, and employed the term emuJohnson, a culler, at Huntingdun. lation in conversing with his friends. She was living in 1764, and had The extract came accidentally in eight children. By her, the facts con my way, on an odd leaf-of an old tained in this article were confirm- magazine, containing “ anecdotes ed in, lord Sandwich, and were like and observacions of the late Dr. wise known to be true by old people Johnson". The quotation is, I supin the neighbourhood. His lordship pose, from the << Tour to the Heinformed Dr. Campbell, that such brides;" but as I have not the work was ibe respect paid this woman, on at band, and it is many years account of her illustrious descent, since I read it, I must rely on the that no persons, let their station be fidelity of the editor: what it would, chose to be seated 13.45. Mr. Boyd told us, that 'Lady in ber presences on the contrary, Errol was one of the most pious and they rose and remained iso, till tsbe sensible women in the island ; had had taken her chair.” 19. ve a good head, and as good a bearta 01007 4789 Q! VicLii334 994 E. N. He said, she did not use force of 151 ជប

fear in educating her children. To the Editor of the Christian Observer, rather have the rod the general ter

Johnson : Sir, she is wrong. I would Fre writer of a bez papereriono the ror to alt, to make them learn, than principle of Emulation, who sigus tell a child, If you do thús or thus, Bimself SELNDEX, has referred to the you will be more esteemed tban



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