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every trading city and town of the The tricks and dark contriva empire."
. . ances of villany were so numerous, It were endless to expatiate on and so dextrously managed, that the benefits, to be derived from if a narrative of them were faith. the balance above-described ; but, fully given, it would spread out to should it not come into use, some a great length, and wear the air of advantage might arise from study- fiction. ing the principles on which it is In a word, by a careful study constructed, and the results al- of the world, as it is, not as it ape ready stated. Those who failed pears to the careless eye, every through negligence, . as appeared man in business may acquire an from credible and numerous testi- experience which will approximonies, were remarkable for late mate, though never perhaps quite rising, lingering dilatory habits, equal, the wonderful balance fits of haste and impatience, suc- above-described. Where he sees ceeding seasons of lethargy and in- slothful and self-indulgent habits, action. What properly belonged or finds falsehood, or fraud, he to the principal had been often may well inagine he beholds the entrusted to subordinate agents. beam traversing the various de
When failure sprung from ex. grees of moral delinquency, and travagance, oral evidence, in am- should be on his guard. Nor will ple plenitude, came in to ratify he be often imposed upon by soft the decision of the balance. One smiling complaisance, orlofty had possessed two or three ex- daring pretensions, or subtle crafty pensive houses at the same time; artifices. His judgment, formed, another had 'figured away in the guided, and established by knowsplendid walks of fashion and ledge and experience, is the haamusement; a third had affected lance in which actions and chato be a connoisseur in the fine arts, racters are weighed; and though lavishing out money on the choice these results are not uniformly productions of the finest masters; correct, they will seldom be far à fourth had herded with pugi- from the truth.
J. T. B. lists, projectors, and gamesters. June 9, 1826.
XIX.--Rev. John Fletcher to Mr. settle. What you say about Mr. Wesley Ireland. Bristol.
adds weight to your kind arguments; Madeley, Sept. 21.1773. but supposing he or the people did not
alter his mind, this would not sufficiently MY VERY DEAR FRIEND. I thank turn the scale in point of conscience, you for your last. I do not hear from my though it is already turned in point of brother. My views of a journey abroad affection. My spiritual circumstances continue the same. I have considered are what I must first look at. I am what you say about the translation of brought to a point; I must have a deli. my Appeal; and, I think, I might from verance, into the liberty of a higher disit take the hini, and do it some day; pensation ; I tremble lest outward things Lay I tried to turn a paragraph or two should hurt me. The multiplicity of the day after I received your letter, but objects, circumstances, and avocations, found it would be a difficult, if not im- which attends travelling, is little suited possible work for me. I am sure I to my case. I think that, all things concould not do it abroad. On a journey sidered, I should sin against my conI am just like a cask of wine, I am good science in going abroad, unless I had a for nothing till I have had some time to call from necessity or from clearer provi. NEW SERIES, No. 20.
dences. Should Mr. W. find a desire writing to one whom I never had the of accompanying you, I think you may satisfaction of seeing, and the pleasure set out with a single eye according to of hearing from the pulpit, I have no your light and your faith; and I trust better apology to make for the giving the journey would be of service and you this trouble. comfort to both; and in that case my . I have not only heard much of you, heart shall go along with you. But but have seen some of your writings, and you must haste, for the roads of Bur- can't but adore that providence who gundy will soon be brokén. My request hath raised you up in the church, I hope is that you may see your way plain, be to be signally useful in your day, and fully persuaded in your own mind, and particularly to give a revival to doctrines be led and covered by the cloud of almost laughed out of countenance by a divine protection. If you go, pray pad vain and loose world, and to drooping out and converse with the Convul- vital religion, which has so sadly and sionaires. I wrote a letter to dear L. apparently sunk into formality and lukeH., * but have not sent it for fear of my warmness. meaning being mistaken. So long as I · I doubt not, but while God raises you am engaged in the controversy, I believe up many friends and admirers, and gives she thinks I am fighting against our you abundant encouragement, by favourdear Lord. I wrote to Mr. Hill that I ing you with no small success, you meet would send him my manuscript answer with some that do all they can by gainto his Finishing Stroke; but he has re- sayings to check you in your sacred amfused to see it. I have given it to Mr. bition, and oppose your pious intentions. Fawcett (who called here last week,) for But I hope, dear Sir, none of these things his inspection. I had rather the spot of move you; you have, I doubt not, sat M. Chester than Kingswood, both for down, and counted the cost, before you air and situation, but the objection of engaged; you know very well that the building is to me capital; there is no end cause of God hath, in all ages, met with of the trouble and expense it will involve but sorry quarter from a vain and evil. you in. I hope you and your dear minded world ; yet Satan owes them a spouse drop a tear of mournful joy over spight that appear vigorously for God; a little cherub in glory, without one re- and sure if they called the master of the pining thought. O my friend, how near house Belzebub, much more must they are we to eternity, how near the Lord; expect such treatment that are of his may our eyes and hearts open, that we household. may see the glory that shall be revealed . Your sermon upon regeneration gave without a veil of unbelief. Give my me a pleasing surprise; I thought it wonkindest love and thanks to Mrs. Piercy, derful (rara avis in terrá), that a and tell her, my best prayers attend her, young clergyman just come from Oxford, that she may have a full gale to make should see the necessity of preaching that the heavenly harbour. You need pati- doctrine, and should have the courage to ence and hope with your son; he may by tell the world, that he believed so stale and by return with the prodigal son. and obsolete a point, what has been for My kindest love and christian respects so many years banished the pulpits of wait upon Mrs. Ireland, Mrs. Norman, the generality of the clergy of the Church and Miss Brain. I hear that your sister of England. Blessed be the God and is settled at Aston, in Staffordshire, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the twelve miles off a place where I preach Father of lights, and the God of all sometimes; she keeps a boarding or grace, that hath thus signalized and boday school, and has many scholars. I noured you; that a spirit of wisdom and remain with brotherly and friendly af. revelation, the spirit of knowledge and a fection and gratitude, your's in Jesus. 'sound mind have been imparted to you;
J. FLETCHER. that he hath revealed his son in your หจพฯ
soul, while so many of the aged, the XX.- Rev. R. Pearsall to Rev.
wise, and prudent, and the disputers of
the world, are such babes in knowledge, G. Whitefield.
and so purblind in their conceptions of .. Warminster, Feb. 18, 1738-9. the great mysteries of the gospel; and
Rev. SIR,If my real and intimate that hath touched your heart with a live • respect for you will not excuse my coal from his own altar, and thereby
warmed and animated you with a lively • Probably Lady Huntingdon.. zeal, to spread the savour of Christ's
name among the multitudes round about profit. Mr. Newman had also given me you. I sincerely think that God hath an idea of your numerous and painful much more honoured you, than if you labours in the Gospel; under which I appeared wrapped in lawn, and were doubt not but that you have more of the raised to the best bishoprick in England. felt presence of Immanuel than servants
I congratulate you, and your friends of God who are less employed; and that upon your safe return to your native - his presence occasions your clearer country; I have read your journal, and views of your personal helplessness, was greatly affected with it; and should than they have who have not God so be highly pleased to have it continued near them : all Christians believe, and from the day you left off, by your land some of them know, that without Christ ing at Georgia. Many, I believe, as well they can do nothing. He is all in all; as myself, long to know how you found and burdens upon us prove that we are matters in point of religion, and what nothing in ourselves. reception you and the Gospel met with I wish every future writer on the in that infant colony; and whether those Revelations a faithful Charles to watch new planters received the word with his steps, with all the care of intelligent that gladness, as in some other places, benevolence. This has been my happiand whether the word hath run and been ness; and my heart thanks you for it. glorified there.
At the same time, when my brother I sincerely rejoice, dear Sir, in your Charles recollects that the church is good beginnings, and wish you a double called a woman, Rev. xii., through all share of the divine anointings, beyond the times of the serpent and the dragon, what you have experienced both in gift and yet that she is called two witnesses and grace, and those refreshing tokens a part of their time, chap. xi., I think of the divine presence, as shall not only you will see that the woman and the bear you up under your fatigues and witnesses must represent the same discouragements, but carry you on your church, at the same time, and in the way rejoicing.
same state, though not in the same . Go on, dear Sir, to spend and be employment; for witnesses testify couspent in your Lord's work, and may a rageously, but the woman is weak, yet renewal of bodily and spiritual strength brings forth children. . . still attend you; may your life be much I had scarcely finished my last pamlengthened, and your usefulness prove phlet, before I saw the necessity of very extensive. As you have in one of printing the inclosed twelve pages, to your sermons bespoke the prayers of complete my plan. I had not, howyour friends, I desire to join with many ever, light sufficient for the inclosed, who, I doubt not, are bearing you upon till some time after the pamphlet in their hearts before the mercy seat, where your hands was finished ; to which I entreat you will remember one that please to sew on these twelve pages, desires to be,
which, perhaps, would have been Rev. Sir,
more perfect if they had been honoured Your affectionate Friend, Brother, and with your corrections. I suppose I Servant, R. PEARSALL. have now done with printing upon pro
phecy; in which I have met with much I beg the favour of a letter from you,
discouragement, and expect more. as soon as your affairs will permit, and
But whatever is true, faith says, will be to have an account of God's kind ap
soon and long popular. If it would pearances in a way of providence and
contribute to the conversion of the grace, will be very acceptable, and the
Jews, to arrange the prophecies which larger the better.
in future respect that people, under their several heads and times, together with an explication of them, God will
stimulate some of his servants to this XXI.-Rev. Thomas Reader to work. I suppose, however, that God Rev. Thomas Charles, of Bala. will not find faith upon the earth, when
he comes to do this great work. ; . Taunton, Aug. 6th, 1785. At present I am thinking of putting REY. AND DEAR SIB — Your favour of a copy of my sermon, entitled The InJuly 6th, put an end to every painful curable Abomination; or God's asserting fear, whether I had not inadvertently that Popery never did, nor will alter for offended, where I longed to please and the better, into the hands of about a
hundred of the most thinking of our beast, till the words which God has British legislators of both houses of spoken upon this subject shall be ful. Parliament, and into the hands of Con- filled, Rev. xvii. 16, 17. In the above gress, if I can find a method of doing it. ideas I have aimed simply to mind noI design also to stimulate every borough thing but what God says; and if God's in my veighbourhood, to send up a pe- works seem to clash with bis words, by tition to Parliament, the next sessions, the latter I wish to regulate my ideas against the infamous Slave Trade, which about the former. . drags about 100,000 miserable Africans · I expect Mrs. Reader home from every year from their native shore; London in a few days. May the Lord which foments wars among them, that bless your babe and Mrs. Charles, whom the dealers may have captives to sell; I respectfully salute. I don't wonder and which, when these methods cannot you had pleasure in taking hold of God's furnish them with a sufficient number, covenant for your child. I have little burns towns and villages, that they may opinion of religion which is not relative, drive the defenceless inhabitants, men, however specious or noisy it may be; · .women, and children, perfectly naked, and the care of children implies hopes
to stow them on board our ships, where for them; and the former must be, in . 10,000 of them die, and another 20,000 some measure, proportioned to the latin the seasoning in the country, where ter. But I relieve your patience, when their hell-inspired masters practise every I have begged your prayers, and assured form of wanton cruelty upon them, you that God will, however, anon ship off preach
I am, dear Sir, ers to Africa, instead of devils to carry Your faithful, affectionate Brother them into temporal and eternal slavery.
and Servant, · Help us, Sir, in the above work. Mr.
o. Tuomas READER. Wesley's Thoughts on Slavery, price about 2d., sold by Mr. Astley, at the
vinnu . Foundry, London, and Benezet's Cau
XXII.- Rev. Augustus Toplady, tion against the Slave Trade, may give you the needful ideas. Humanity should
to Mr. Flower, London, * strive to ease itself of this burden as.
Broad Hambury, Jan. 10, 1771. soon as it hears of it.
Whatsoever we do, our successors VERY DEAR SIR-Your friendship and hereafter in the church of Christ must civility have, long ago, made me a letter - indisputably attend to the three fole in your debt. I should much sooner lowing prophetic thoughts : - viz. 1. have thankfully acknowledged that addi. That God has represented his church, tional obligation, had not a series of conin every period, by one independent stant study and parochial duty compelled ..church and minister; and this is true, me, in some measure, to trespass on your even if the Epistles are to be under- condescension. I am an enemy, you stood only prophetically, not literally; know, to the doctrine of merit; and, as for the prophecy is laid in the above form. such, am constrained to confess that I True, I apprehend, that if the Ephesian should hardly, even now, have given you period had not left its first love, some- this trouble, but to answer an end of my
thing like an apostolic character would own. Last Christmas day, I endea· have presided over every subsequent voured to retrieve the substance of two period; but those professors left it, and sermons, formerly preached in town. as God removed their candlestick out of One of 'em was from part of 1 Tim. bis place, men cannot shift it back • iii. 16, " Seen of angels.” The other, : thither, or substitute any thing more from Psalm viii. 4. I mean to print · than a shadow in its place.- 2. That 'em both; and my bookseller, Mr. Guru : God -never designed that either those ney, applauds the intention. I rememtwo olive trees, the magistracy and mi-. ber, dear Sir, that you could repeat a nistry, should ever grow under the sha- good deal of the former of these two dow of the other; though, like other discourses. If your friendship would divine ordinances, they are doubtless induce you to take a whole sheet of mutually and equally to protect each paper, and fill it with the outlines of - other. See Rev. xi. 4; Zech. iv. 2, such particulars as occur to your remem
3,11.-And, 3. That England, as well brance, I should esteem such a labour · as the other nine horns of the beast, as no small proof both of your patience ,,does' and will give its power to the and esteem.
Permit me to enquire after the wel- to the covenant care of Father, Son, and fare of dear Mrs. F. and your most amic Spirit, able daughter. They do not know how
I remain, dear Sir, much I value them. My affectionate Your obliged and obedient Servant, respects and best wishes attend them
A. T. and young Mr. Flower.
Mr. Hitchin has my kind and reHumbly commending you and yours *spectful remembrance.
THE VALLEYS OF THE VAUDOIS. When forth along their thousand rills
The mountain people come,
Join thou their worship on those hills By many a bright Egean Isle,
Of glorious martyrdom ! Thou hast seen the billows foam :'. .
And while the song of praise ascends, From the silence of the Pyramid,
And while the torrent's voice,
Like the swell of many an organ blends, Thou hast watched the solemn flow Of the Nile, that with his mantle bid
Then let thy soul rejoice! · The ancient realm below : .
Rejoice that buman bearts through scorn, Thy heart hath burned as shepherds sang
Through grief, through death, made
• strong, Some, wild and warlike strain, Where the Moorish horn once proudly rang
Before the rocks and heavens have borse Through the pealing hills of Spain :
Witness of God so lung.. And o'er the lonely Grecian streams
(New Monthly Mag.) Thou hast heard the laurels moan, With a sound yet murmuring in thy
mommun dreams, Of the glory that is gone..
PARAPHRASE ON REV, XX1. 4.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their But go thou to the hamlet vales. of the Alpine mountains old,
eyes; and there shull be no more death, If, thou wouldst bear immortal tales
* neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall "By the wind's deep whispers told !
there be any more pain, for the former
things are pussed away. Go, if thou lov'st the soil to tread
Where man hath bravely striven, And life like incense bath been shed,
Dismiss thy overwhelming fears ; • An offering unto heaven!
Anticipate the heavenly rest, For o'er the snowş and round the pines
· Where God shall wipe away thy tears. Hath swept a noble flood, The nurture of the peasant's viues
And though between that rest and thee ! Hath been the martyr's blood.
The bitter waves of Jordan roar; A spirit, stronger than the sword,
Cheer up, thy passage safe shall be, And loftier than despair,
To realms where death is known no Through all th' heroic region pour'd,
more.. Breathes in the generous air.
There not a sorrow left uncured, A memory clings to every steep
Nor mournful cry sball e'er dismay; Of long enduring faith,
There not a pain shall be endured, And the sounding streams glad record keep
• The former things are passed away.' Of courage unto death!
J'S. Ask of the peasant where his sires
For truth and freedom bled; Ask, where they lit the torturing fires, ON THE COVERS OF AN ANCIENT
Where lay the holy dead ? . And he will tell thee all around,
BIBLE, FOUND CHAINED AND On fount, and turf, and stone,
LEAFLESS IN A COUNTRY Far as the chamois' foot can bound,
CHURCH. Their ashes have been sown. Go, where the Sabbath-bell is heard The Truth and Grace from Heaven re
Up through the wilds to float, When the dark old, wood and caves are “ Free course" at length have found, stirred
In every land, and language too,
Is heard the joyful sound.