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and then you will not be surprized at my debt. Wheat before harvest was 11. 7s. and 11. Ss. per bushel. Barley 155. and 16s. per bushel : and now wheat is at 11. 3s. and il. 45. per bushel; barley at 14s. and 15s. per bufhel; butter in the market, 19d. and 20d. per pound; falt butter in the shops at 14d. and 15d. per pound; cheese in the market at 8d. 'and 9d. per pound, and in the tops at 11d. and 12d. per pound; potatoes 7s. and 8s. per bushel.---
The Lord have mercy on the poor, and take away all our fins, which are the cause of all our sorrows !--- Dear friend, the poor are familhing to death! and now its no wonder I am so much behind hand in the world ; “but I hope the Lord will deliver me.” Psalm xxxiv, and xxxvii, ver. 3. and two lait, with many more of the Lord's bank-notes, he will surely accomplith. Now, my dear friend, I have given you a true state of all my affairs, and the Lord knows it is true.
My wife and children join in love and thanks to you. and all our dear friends in the Lord, praying God to bless you in all things and reward you. Such is the earnest prayer of your's, dear Sir, in the bonds of eternal grace.
Signed C. and A.
ECONOMY OF CHARITY.
To the Editor.
ERHAPS it may not be thought unsuitable to the sub
ject proposed in the Supplement of your last volume, under the title of “ The Economy of Charity," to suggett a hint respecting what are commonly called “ The Ways and Means," the raising of which, at the present time, will undoubtedly require every aid. In the best times, it must be confessed, Economy well becomes the professors of religion ; but in these, to us unexampled days of diftress, it will not, I hope, be deemed unreasonable, if they be expected to deny and restrict themselves the ufe, not only of what are usually esteemed superfluities, but also of conveniencies, and even necessaries; that they may thus " bear each other's burdens, and weep with them that weep :" it is presumed, that even to those who only make pretensions to humanity, it will be more gratifying to feed the hungry, to cloathe the naked, and to visit the fick and distrefied in their afflictions, than to indulge. themselves
with any thing that may be dispensed with; and a benevolent mind will, no doubt, chearfully attend to every hint that may tend to anfwer such an end.---Suppose then, by way of outline, that, exclusive of their usual beneficence, to meet the present exigencies of the poor, those persons who drink wine were to abridge themselves of only one glass each day, which is equal to a pint a week, and if rated at only one shilling and lixpence the pint, the amount of the fame for the year is 31. 185.----Perhaps some retrenchment may be also made in the supplies of their tables, say only to the amount of two guineas for the year, and by wearing their apparel rather longer than usual, probably a saving of another guinea might be added : and in further aid (as it could not be injurious here to look forward) might not a few journies to the country, and especially the intended excursions in the ensuing season to watering places, be put off at least one year, or till the times bear a more favourable aspect; it is likely that, upon the lowest estimate, we might add to the account in that particular, five guineas for each person. The liberal will easily improve such hints, while another description will endeavour to object, perhaps, that it is impracticable, and particularly as it relates to cloathing, that it would defeat the purpose by injuring trade, and eventually the poor manufacturer: but let it be recollected, it is not proposed to make these savings that they may be hoarded in a coffer, or lent upon ufury: in fact, a transfer only is proposed, and trade upon the whole will be as much, if not more promoted, by supplying the poor from such savings, with coarse garments to wear, or blankets to cover them, as by manufacturing for the higher ranks in life a superfine coat, a superb carpet, elegant silks or mullins, and expensive lace.
Poslibly it might help the generous in the disposition of what they deyote to charitable purposes if they had a specific plan, which in most cases is very ufeful, if not necessary to the proper performance of any design; by it they could act with more certainty, and perhaps it might be adopted with utility to their general benevolence. What is here oifered is intended only as an example, as it rcfpects what, it is hoped, will be the extraordinaries of the year, it has in fome measure been tried and acted upon, and, is now submitted by a friend to the poor, and,
Your humble servant,
ECONOMY OF CHARITY,
3 18 o
Dec. 20, 1800. k. s. d.
Loos. . To proposed savings of By increase of subscrip- 7 wine as above, 52 pints
tions to Soup Sociat is. 60.
eties, &c. To ditto fupplies of the
25. By relief to a poor table
minister; wife ill; To ditto of wearing ap-}
7 children ; salary parel
per Toditto, for two persons, )
26. By two families almost 7 ?, by deferring an ex
Starving curlion to a
28. By two ditto. ing place, including Jan. } 26 pocket expences, car
man very ill, aged 74. riage &c. but exclusive of loss to business there. from, walte at home,
By balance remaining to
12 10 6 &c.
17 ILO * Our Correspondent has been very moderate in his estimate, or we conceive he might have added leveral items to his favings; as for inttance, in excursions of pleasure, public dinners, entertaininents for company, coachhire, &c. &c. and among his articles of charity, he might have included benevolent focieties for visiting the sick, Sunday schools, religious tract fociety, &c.--Editor.
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To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine.
DEAR SIR, The enclosed letters were written to a member of the
church, which I have the happiness to serve. It having pleased the Lord to make them useful to his soul, he has deliberately renounced the erroneous sentiments which he had imbibed, and folemnly declared his belief of the truth herein pleaded.for. If you judge them calculated to promote the glory of Christ, and the good of his people, and are willing to publish them in your Magazine, they are at your service. I sincerely pray that the Lord may crown your labours with his blefling,
and remain yours affectionately,
MY DEAR FRIEND),
tents of your letter : yea, I have mourned over it, and prayed earnestly in fecret, that the Lord would enable me
to write in reply, what is agreeable to his sacred word, and what inay, through a divine blessing, be for the present, and everlasting good of your soul,
I desire to address you in a spirit of love, and with meekness, “ if God peradventure, will give you repentance, to the acknowledging of the truth.” * The subject appears to me to be of the most interesting nature ; it relates 10 the object of our worship, the foundation of our hope, and the fource of all our happinels.
I would just premise, that I firmly believe there is but “one only living and true God;" for though I believe, “ There are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost,” yet “ these three are one." + And
you and I were baptised“ in the name," not names,“ of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost." Nor do I attempt to deny that Jesus Christ, who really became man, and took upon him the form of a servant, is, in this view, inferior to his divine Father. He said “ My Father is greater than I.” I But remember he became man, was made under the law, and died for his people, as the effect of his amazing love. § Shall we then think less of his dignity on that account? the Lord forbid! the question therefore now to be considered, is not, “is Jesus Christ the mediator ? is he the servant of God ? is he as such inferior to the Father? has he a glory which was given to him ? ” All these things, I very readily grant.
But the important question is, whether he who was manifett in the Aeth, was a divine person, and as such equal with his eternal Father? and this queition strikes my mind with deep folemnity. If he be really God, he is the object of divine worship ; if not, it must be idolatry to treat him as such. || You expressly fay, you do not believe that he is the true God. Let me beseech you attentively to consider the following passages of the sacred word. Consider the names which Jesus Chrift bears.
16 Unto us a child is born, unto us a fon is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulders, and his name Thall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting l'ather, the Prince of Peace.” It appears to me also, that he is expressly called the true God. ** " We know that
* ii Tim. ii, 25. f I. John. 4, 7. I John. xiv. 28. § Gal. ii. 20. H öi Thef. ii, 4. Rev. xxii. 2. Isaiah, ix. 6.
i John. V, 20.
the fon of God is come, and hath given us an understatiding, that we may know him that is true : and we are in hrini that is true, even in his fun, Jelus Chrift. This is the true God, and eternal life." Seriously reflect on this verle, and compare chap: i. 2. wliere he is expressly called “ that eternal life, which was with the Father," because he bestows that greatest of all blessings on his people. My theep hear my
voice, and I know them, and they follow me, and I give unto them eternal life, &c. * And I presume, he who beftows this must be the true God. + Again, he, who is faid, as concerning the flesh, to be of the Jews, is also said to be “ over all, God blefled for ever.” I Now can you, my dear friends in the face of all these passages of God's most holy word, say, that Jefus Christ is not reprefented as the true God?
Farther, is not the blessed Redeemer represented as poffeffing divine attributes ? Is not eternity ascribed to him, where he is called the first, and the last. Is not he almighty who is able to subduc all things unto himself. ff Is he not represented as omniscient, and is not omniscience peculiar to the true God? Consider these words of Solomon: “ Thou, even thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men!" yet doth bot the Son of God fay: “All tlie churches thall know that I am He, which searcheth the reins and hearts??" **
Once more, Is not Jesus Chrift spoken of as immutable, and his love as unchangeable ; and is not immutability, or unchangeableness; peculiar to Jeliovah, the true God, the God of Ifrael? “ I am the Lord, I change not.” ++ Also the Pfalmift, when speaking of the changing nature of all things liere below, favs " But thou art the fame, and thy years shall not fail.” [ Yet these words, when quoted by the Apostle, are applied to Jesus, the Son of God. “ Thou Lord in the beginning haft Jaid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish ; but thou remainest: and they all shall wax old, as doth a garment; and as a vesture thalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed; but thou art the fame, and thy years thall not fail. s Again he declares " Jefus Christ, is the fame yetterday, to day, and for ever." !!!
* John. X, 27, 28. 7 Rom. vi, 23. $ Rev. i. 1!, 7.
# Phil. iii, 20. Rev. i, 8. ** Rev, ii, 23. See verse 19. ++ Mal. iii, 6. 9 Heb. i. 10, 11, 12,
dill Heb. xiii, 8.
1 Rom. ix, 5. 1 Kings, viii, 39.
11 Pial. cii. 27.