Page images

shun them; and, least of all, should they covet equality with the great of this world in the external circumstances of wealth and power. Their influence will be most extended and most benign, when, in character and labours, they are most like Christ;

and when they partake most largely in the spirit of Him who “rejoiced in his sufferings for the brethren, and in filling up what was behind of the afflictions of Christ, for his body's sake, which is the Church.” (Col. i. 24.)



my dreams."

In one of Scotland's northern towns, “Then what has happened to make a family were seated round the break- you look so sad?” He slowly raised fast table, waiting for “ the father,” himself up, and looking earnestly at and wondering why he was later than her said, “I have had a most extrausual. At length be appeared; his ordinary dream.” step was heavy, and his brow cloudy. The look of anxiety vanished from Having asked the blessing, he sat his wife's face as she said, with a resting his head on his hand, wrapped smile, “Why

smile, “Why you, always laugh at in melancholy thought.

“Yes, but mine was This unhappy looking man was so remarkable. I dreamt I was at one of the elders in a neighbouring the bottom of a steep hill, and when chapel: he possessed much energy I looked


I saw the gate of heaven and zeal, and it was hoped real piety; at the top; it was bright and glorious, but alas! he was governed by a and many saints and angels stood naturally bad temper, and too often there. Just as I reached the top of forgot the words of the wise man- the hill, who should come out to meet “He that ruleth his spirit is better me but our aged minister! and he than he that taketh a city;" and in held out his hand, crying, Come consequence of his unrestrained tem- awa, John, come awa, there's nae per, the meetings for the chapel strife here. And now I cannot help business were the constant scenes of thinking of the grief, my contentious anger and noisy strife.

spirit has given to the dear old The venerable minister being a true disciple of the Prince of Peace, The husband and wife sat for some deeply lamented his elder's unchris- time in mournful silence, which was tian spirit. On the previous day broken by the entrance of a servant, a meeting had been held, which was with a letter. The elder hastily read even more contentious' than usual; it, whilst an expression of the deepest for the elder had been particularly grief overspread his face; then dropangry and quarrelsome.

ping it from his hand, he covered his The good minister's heart sunk face, as if to hide from those around within him while he sat amidst this him the bitter anguish of his soul. strife of tongues, and most thankful His wife took up the letter, which was he that evening to retire to a was from the minister's host-its confriend's house some miles from town, tents were as follows: for the peace

and quiet of the country “My dear -,-We had the is soothing to a wounded spirit. great pleasure yesterday of receiving

It was on the following morning, our dear minister, little thinking it that the elder came down to break- would be the last time we should fast in so melancholy a mood. His welcome him to what he called his wife, after looking anxiously at him peaceful retreat. for some minutes, said, “Are you “When we sat talking together in ill, my dear?”

the evening, he spoke with much “No,"

grief of the chapel meeting. 'In

> man.

rested on his placid face, and his snowy locks lay unruffled on the pillow; but he slept in Jesus; for his dear Lord had taken him home.”

deed, he added, I am so tired of all this strife and turmoil, that I wish my dear Lord would take me home.'

"In the morning, as he did not come down to breakfast, I ran up and knocked at his door, but receiving no answer, I went down stairs again, thinking a longer rest than usual would do him good.

“After returning to his door once or twice, and hearing no sound, I went in. He was in bed, and apparently asleep. I spoke to him, but received no answer. Yet it was long, very long, ere we believed it to be the sleep of death; for a heavenly smile

The elder never recovered this shock. He sorrowed for his friend, but still more for his sin. He gradually sunk, and in three weeks was laid by the side of his aged minister. “O then the glory and the bliss, When all that pained or seemed amiss Shall melt with earth and sin awayWhen saints beneath their Saviour's eye, Filled with each other's company, Shall spend in love the eternal day.”



(Extracts from the Speeches of Mr. Brotherton and Sir James Graham, in the

House of Commons on the night of the 4th of March, 1847.) Mr. Brotherton said :-“If all men were men of humanity and justice there would be no need of legislation ; and if the people employed in the manufactories were merely created to eat and drink, and work and die, the question might be argued on commercial principles, and on the abstract principles of political economy. But he (Mr. B.) believed they were created for nobler objects, and it was important for statesmen tó consider their physical, and moral, and social condition."

Sir James Graham said, in referring to Mr. Brotherton :-"Shall it be laid down as a principle that to eat, to drink, to work, and to die, shall be the lot of a large proportion of our fellow-countrymen ?' Alas! I am grieved to say—but truth com pels me to say—that not only in this country, but throughout the civilized world, eating, drinking, living, and dying, is but the scene of human life decreed by the Almighty.' It would give us real satisfaction to if he is to be gainsayed and silenced find that the newspapers have mis- by the cold, heartless, ungodly sentiquoted Sir James Graham's observa- mentality which Sir James Graham tions on Mr. Brotherton's speech. If uttered. If the Hon. Bart. had we are constrained to take the senti- merely said, throughout the civilized ments as they stand in the Morning world too many so lived and died, he Herald, we have no hesitation in say- would have said the truth ; but when ing that a more heathenish and infidel he states that they do so “by the decree avowal could not well have been of the Almighty,” he betrays as gross made. Mr. B. may not have been and as mischievous an heterodoxy as sufficiently explicit regarding the a professing Christian can be guilty nobler ends for which he believed of. Is it possible not to be carried that man was created than eating forthwith from his statement to and drinking and dying; but it is 1 Cor. xv., in which the Apostle, in our duty in charity to believe that he defending and proving the doctrine comprehends all that Scripture sug- of the resurrection, observes, that if gests, and his sentiment is beautifully there be no resurrection, why then we feeling and becoming. Indeed, the may as well agree with those whose whole of his speech is in an excellent very creed and motto is, “let us eat spirit. But, alas! for our legislators, and drink, for to-morrow we die !"

Is it possible to do otherwise than such a place. If those words stand fear that Sir James Graham thus vir- recorded against him, and unretracted, tually falls in with the libertines and Sir James will need nothing else to infidels to whom the Apostle is refer- plant thorns in his dying pillow, and ring? What! Has the Almighty make his deathbed terrible. decreed nothing better than this for May he yet rise to a nobler view of the creatures of his hands ? Are they God's gracious decrees for sinful designed for no nobler end than this? man, and of man's capacities and Alas! alas! Sir James gives the lie to destinies. He well knows those who the whole testimony of Scripture. have done something more than eat, He forgets that God has decreed that and drink, and toil, and die. May man, o whether he eats or drinks, or he rise to higher expectations for whatever he does, shall do all to the himself ! With such sentiments, glory of God," and that having so prompted one fears by his own lived, and so died, he should pass to melancholy experience, he must, of those mansions of rest which Christ all men, be most miserable; but let has decreed and promised to give to him seek for the converting grace of all his true disciples. “ Father, I will God, to make all new, and then he that they whom thou hast given me will be blest with spiritual perceptions, be with me where I am, that they may which will enable him to realize an behold my glory.”

elevated and blessed position of adopOh that the house of Netherby, so tion into God's family, of restoration sound and Scriptural in its former to the divine favour, of interest in the generation, should have thus de

precious promises—all that grace can teriorated! Sir James was not so do now, and all that glory can confer taught his Christianity; and we can- hereafter in the inheritance of heaven. not but hope that the prayers and ex- But alas! for our poor nation, if ample, and early teaching of his ex- our senators thus express themselves, cellent mother, will lead him bitterly and that unanswered! Well may we to regret that he should impart such fear, indeed, that the “glory is dean abominable and fatal poison in parted."

DUSSELTHAL ABBEY. Our readers, no doubt, are acquainted with this interesting institution, and with the fact, that the excellent Count and Countess Von der Recke have for many years devoted their time and property to the care of nearly two hundred orphans. They are now in extreme distress, from the scarcity and dearness of provisions. We subjoin two letters from an English lady who resides at the abbey, and takes charge of the sick; and we earnestly request the pecuniary aid of our readers for this interesting object, which we shall thankfully forward.

“Dusselthal, Jan. 20, 1847. before I proceed further. The text “I must tell you of an occurrence, was from Gen. xxii. 8–14. My which I know will interest you. One son, God will provide himself a lamb evening lately we were assembled, as for a burnt offering,' &c. Abraham usual, to family worship—the count, supposed this lamb to be Isaac, who his family, and myself. He is ac- was a type of Christ; but the angel customed to read a chapter out of the of the Lord called to him, not to lay Bible;

then one from an old work his hand on the lad, when he had alof Bogatzky's, where a section is ap- ready raised the knife. And Abraham

ed for every morning and even- looked, and behold behind him a ing in the year; he then concludes ram caught in a thicket by his

horns. He offered this, and called “The section marked for that even- the place Jehovah-jireh; that is, 'The ing was beautiful, and so remarkably Lord will see.' The Lord seeth all appropriate that I must translate it our wants and temptations, but will

with prayer.

also see and provide us all that is lieving hearts. As we could not raise necessary for our relief, even if the so much money amongst us, the trial, like Abraham's, has reached the count went next morning to the town, highest point, and we see no help and on his earnest entreaties our good before our eyes. 'God dwells,' as banker lent him 100 thalers to stop Luther said, 'in darkness, and does the execution, saying, however, he not let us look beforehand into his must have it again very soon, having council-chamber.' That does not just then large payments to make. happen which we foresee; but such The dear count brought the post-bag help comes as no one foresaw or could back; and, after remarking with a foresee. He who has given us, once sigh that there were no money-letters for all, the true Passover Lamb, will in it, he opened it, and one which he he not with him freely give us all thought from the post-mark was on things else that are needful, and pro- uninteresting business, contained the vide for our spiritual and temporal information, that a rich merchant, necessities?

who died lately in Bidefeld, had left " Lord, give us Abraham's faith the institution 1,000 thalers! Thus and obedience, with Isaac's patience, was the means of satisfying the imthat in every distress we may say,

patient creditor provided, without in“The Lord will provide. Yes, 0 curring a new debt, and, after that Lord! thou seest all our troubles, business is settled, leaving above 400 and knowest all our concerns, when thalers for other necessaries. Nor we cannot help ourselves, and do was this all: a servant brought, the not even understand how we can be same afternoon, a letter containing aided. Thou knowest how we can ten Louis d'Ors, with the words, 'a and shall be relieved. We, too, will mite to buy food for the orphans in say, 'The Lord will provide ;' he will Dusselthal, and for the strengthening care for us, and procure help where of faith, with the fervent wish that we see none; for, from all eternity, the Lord may bless this trifle.' The thou hast determined how we can be kind and generous donor remains succoured. Strengthen our faith in unknown to us, but not to our heathy providence and protection, and venly Father. Has not the Almighty let us not despair in the greatest dis- thus appointed means and persons to tress, but be obedient, and hold fast aid us, of whom we could not think? the promises of thy word as Abraham Is not our God indeed a God that did. Give us the firm faith of Abra- heareth prayer; are not all his proham, with the perfect peace of Isaac. mises Yea and Amen? Oh! be is May we close our eyes, that we, too, very, very good; his name is indeed may be led by faith instead of sight, wonderful and mighty. My heart believing thou wilt conduct us well, was filled with awe and thankfulness. and furnish us with all things need- What were the good count's feelings, ful, and appoint the means and per- you may best conceive. His silent sons to bring us aid, though we may tears, and look of deep emotion and not know them, as we have often ex- gratitude, spoke plainer than words. perienced; for it is written, 'I will *Lord! he exclaimed, “what am I, lead them in paths that they have not and what is my house, that thou hast known:' thou wilt therefore continue brought me hitherto ?'to support us, till we are guided to thy everlasting kingdom. Amen. “The distress in this country aug

“After prayer, the count took up ments from day to day, in a fearful the post-bag, which was just brought degree, caused partly by the failure in, and his eye fell first on a letter of the crops, partly by the total stagfrom a solicitor, requiring the imme- nation of trade; add to this the sediate payment of 531 thalers, which verest winter that has been for many, was due by the institution, and many years. The excessive heat of threatening, in no gentle terms, an last summer dried up the smaller instant execution in case of non- streams; and the frost has set in with payment. We parted for the night such severity, that in the manufacturwith aching, but, I trust, not unbe- ing places the deepest suffering is the


This sad state of the count is obliged to entreat the aid of country has naturally a similar influ- his English friends to obtain bread ence on this institution.

for his numerous household. I know “Of 300 thalers which are long our countrymen may say, “We have due to the establishment for printing enough to do with our own poor in bookbinding, books, pension for England and Ireland.' Ah! there is, some few of the children, not a far- indeed, distress enough; but have thing can be obtained. All declare the rich in our still favoured land their utter inability to pay; and the nothing remaining for their poor post, in the last few days, has brought German brethren? Are they not, innothing but excuses, instead of mo- deed, our brethren-children of the ney. You will easily conceive the same heavenly Father? Have those distress this disappointment occa- who live in affluence, nothing left for sions. The count hoped to have re- such an institution as Dusselthal ? ceived at least a part.

nothing to procure bread for the 160 “ Besides the failure of the potatoes, poor

children who have found a rethe rye, which is the principal food fuge there, and who, if they were here, yielded last summer only one- turned abroad into the world, must sixteenth of the usual quantity. This perish, or obtain their subsistence as is exhausted, and more already so many do now by crime? bought, which will not last longer Forgive my pressing the cause of than the end of this month. How Dusselthal so warmly: it lays heavy more is to be then procured, God upon my mind. The faith and hope knows! There is no money in the of its benevolent founder have often purse, and no prospect at present- been severely tried. The institution no hope, humanly speaking, of a has experienced many storms and supply-as the subscriptions and many trials, but none more threatendonations naturally fail, from the ing and more painful than the present, same causes which render those in- when the state of the country predebted to the institution unable to cludes the hope of help from those discharge their debts.

who are near. “ In this painful situation, the dear

[ocr errors]

IRELAND. The position of Ireland altogether is Britons ? availing themselves of their most singular and most perplexing. influence in the Relief Committees, With all the unfathomable and appa- and the Board of Works, and in every rently interminable distress, we hear possible way crushing and ruining from all quarters only one and the those who venture to think and to act same testimony borne to the general for themselves in religious matters ? spirit of religious inquiry and awaken- Will no Member of Parliament ing. It is evident that the Roman become, in the best sense of the term, Catholics are ready by thousands and the bold and enlightened advocate of tens of thousands to shake off the the liberties of British subjects? All Papal yoke, but the system of tyranny that we want is fair-play. We would and barbarous oppression pursued by oppress no one who conscientiously the priests alone prevents it.

revokes and renounces Protestantism Can nothing be done to extend to for Popery, however greatly

we should the poor

Roman Catholics of Ireland pity him: we have a right to demand the common privileges of British sub- the same at the hands of the priests. jects? Is it to be endured in these Is there no one in either House of days, that men, calling themselves Parliament who will take this importhe ministers of religion, shall resort tant matter in hand ? Would it not to the most savage and bloody means be well to make it the subject of to impose upon the free agency of petitions ?

NOTICE TO CORRESPONDENTS. Several valuable articles prepared for the press are obliged to stand over till next month. Ineligible, " Agile.” -Received, “X."

« PreviousContinue »