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the great God himself ; adding, that it would be a greater miracle still, if God would convert either of them. Upon this, old Spiteful cried, “ The great God! what do you know of the great God? I suppose Parson Lovegood has made you so wise, that you can tell us how great God is, and how little God is, and all about it.
Wor. To say the least of it, this sort of banter was horridly profane.
Consid. But Thomas's answer was remarkably to the purpose.—He paused and said, “ Yes Sir, I can tell you, both how great God is, and how little God is." Spiteful cried-Ah, I thought Lovegood had made a clever fellow of you : but let us hear it.”Thomas answered, “ Though he is so great, that even the heaven of heavens cannot contain him, being the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, and who dwelleth in the light which no man can approach unto, and which no man hath seen nor can see : yet he is so little, that he can dwell in the hearts of the humble and the contrite; and take up his gracious abode, even in such a poor unworthy sinner as myself.”
While Mr. Considerate and Mr. Worthy were thus in conversation, Lord Rakish's carriage drove up to the door, with their congratulations on this event. Mr. Worthy rang the bell immediately, and ordered his boots, that he might appear as if he were going out, that his Lordship might think it necessary to shorten his visit. Mr. Considerate was very glad to make his escape from the interview, while the poor flimsy conversation of his Lordship would be as uninteresting to the reader to peruse, as it would be unpleasant for the writer to relate. Nor has he time to give a minute account of what took place at the promised marriage feast at Brookfield Hall. Let it suffice, that it was conducted with that liberality, yet decency and sobriety, which are the
standing orders of the house. Some very appropriate hymns were sung; an exhortation was given by Mr. Lovegood, principally upon the duties of the marriage state; while he still kept up his constant rule, never to expatiate upon moral duties, but upon gospel principles. Thus the writer concludes the present Dialogue, with an additional request to his young readers, that whenever they may be called in providence into the marriage state, they would not forget (at least) to take this leaf out of his book; that their marriage may be conducted with the like solemnity, and equally in the fear of God.
MR, LOVEGOOD AND THE FAMILY OF THE WORTHYS
AN ACCOUNT OF THE MINISTERIAL CHARACTERS OF MR. DELIBERATE,
AND MR. LEGAL-DEFINITION : TOGETHER WITH A FURTHER NARRATION OF THE AFFAIRS OF MRS. CHIPMAN, AND THE RESULT OF MR. LOVEGOOD'S VISIT TO LOCKSBURY.
twice interrupted in the narration of the affairs of the unhappy Mrs. Chipman. It has been thought most adviseable to attend to the chronology of events rather than regularly to detail each subject by itself. Whatever is done by Providence, has in it abundantly more beauty of design, than that which is dressed by art. To refresh the reader's memory, he is requested to recollect the conclusion of Dialogue the Twenty-sixth : he will there find, that Mrs. Chipman was left perfectly deranged, in which state she continued for full six weeks.
After her recovery, she was still bent upon the idea, that she could never more make her appearance at Locksbury, where her notorious conduct had rendered her the object of universal disgust. She wished rather to keep a school where she was : but still the yearnings of a mother's bowels over the fatherless, and forsaken child, would not suffer her to be happy, till she had it under her immediate care. However, Mr. Reader was as unwilling to part with his grandchild, as his daughter was to live without it; and
other circumstances turning up in Providence, de demanded that Mrs. Chipman should ferego her feelings, and return to her native home. Mr. Chipman had a younger brother; an attentive, decent young man. The neighbourhood advised that the business should not be dropt; and Mr. Reader agreed that the deceased brother's property should be continued in the business, provided his daughter, for the sake of the child, should be a partner in the con
Matters being thus settled, she had no other alternative, than to leave Brookfield, and undertake the charge of the partnership assigned to her care.
Her father therefore, wrote to her after her recovery, begging her to submit to the plan; persuading himself that their happiness with each other, being now found on the solid basis of their union with Christ, and consequently on the best of principles, would be far superior to what can be enjoyed from mere natural affection, independent of the loving influences which are experienced in the hearts of all those, who “ love the Lord Jesus in sincerity.”
Mr. Reader at the same time strongly urged, that Mr. Lovegood should attend her, in order that he might accept Mr. Fribble's offer of the pulpit, that his neighbours might have an opportunity of hearing the same glorious truths, whereby such wonders of grace had been felt, not only on the hearts of his daughter and her husband, that he humbly trusted on his own heart so. Mr. Worthy was equally desirous that Mr. Lovegood should attend the call, though his congregation at all times parted with him with much regret; while Mr. Lovegood felt himself more at liberty to a second excursion, though so speedily after the former, under the consideration that a serious clergyman, Mr. Deliberate, was then upon a visit in that neighbourhood. Perceiving therefore, that he should not leave his beloved flock under the care of Mr. John Nokes, or Mr. Thomas Styles, provided he was but in holy orders ; he concluded it was again the call of Providence, that he should make his second excursion from his congregation, and family. He allowed him. self only one Sunday's absence for this journey, From this, his domestic disposition, may have lamented that one of the best of ministers has been
prevented from shining among others, equal to the full lustre of that character, which he ever appeared to possess, in the retired situation he filled with such dignity and devotedness of heart. Matters being thus settled, Mrs. Chipman, with many tears, and the strongest expressions of gratitude, and thankfulness to her kind benefactors, departed from Brookfield, in one of the stages which goes within a short distance of Locksbury, attended by Mr. Lovegood-giving leave for Mr. Spiteful to say, that Lovegood had left the country, and was gone nobody knew where, with the woman he had so marvellously converted: insinuing much by saying little. Such were the speeches of this wretched creature; himself being such a miserable composition of jealousy, craft, and spleen.
Mr. Lovegood's journey to, and from Locksbury, occupied near a fortnight of his time. The reader shall be acquainted with the result of this visit, in the conversation which took place between him and the family of the Worthy's at Brookfield Hall, on his return on the Saturday afternoon.
Wor. Well Sir, we are glad to see you home again, though we had two very judicious sermons from Mr. Deliberate : He is a serious and solid divine, yet I wish he was not so dry and formal.
Mrs. Wor. His sermons may be good ones, but I cannot admire for myself, such a formal, cold, systematic method of preaching
Loveg. Mr. Deliberate is an excellent chamber divine, if I may so speak, and capable of writing good sound lectures in divinity; but that which is deliver. ed with greater simplicity, and which comes more to