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and regularly maintained. Still, beyond of God.

One of the men ran away, a willing attendance on these means of apparently afraid.

Our prayer-meeting grace, we saw no other result until our did not break up till about eleven o'clock. passage home, and in the neighbourhood Many were rejoicing in a Saviour's love. of the Western Isles; when the following The steward and Deason, Mr. Daniel and striking and most blessed incidents oc- the boy Bob, professed to have found a curred, which exceeded all

Saviour All them engaged in prayer, ventured to anticipate.

and all seemed to have the spirit of On Monday, May 20th, 1861, the Mate prayer, especially the boys. Hearing of having in the morning heard one of the boys their earnest and eloquent prayers, we threatening to revenge himself effectually remembered the word of our Saviour: upon another who had given him some “Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings offence, shortly afterwards found him in the Thou hast perfected praise.” It was a long-boat, -which, being placed on deck, glorious night, rich in blessing to all our was in common use as a retreat and souls, except poor Black, who was in general lounge-opened his Bible, and despair: there was no mercy for him, he directed his attention to the passage, said. In the evening I expostulated with Rom. xii. 19, “Avenge not yourselves,"

those who would not attend our meeting, &c.; when the lad burst into tears, and entreating and warning them; but they began very earnestly to cry to God for did not come. During the time of our mercy on his soul. The other lad had in meeting, Mr.

Heans went forward, the meantime also entered the boat, and sounding his wild notes of warning to the joined in prayer for the forgiveness of his impenitent, while they still kneeled on sins. One or two of the crew followed,

deck, and prayed. and, as they approached, each appeared to Wednesday, 22d, was set apart for feel the power of the Holy Ghost, and to special prayer. In the morning I went yield to His soul-subduing influence.

forward, and expostulated with those who This occurred in the forenoon. I was

would not attend our services; warning informed of it at dinner; and in the

them of the danger of resisting God's evening we held a prayer-meeting. The Spirit, and inviting and entreating them two boys, Archie and Jack, and some

to come to our meeting. We began about others, were present. A good influence nine o'clock, and our meeting lasted till rested upon us, but there was no outward

There was a good influence, but manifestation. Jack prayed aloud, and no fresh cases. We met again about two both he and Archie were set free from the o'clock; and, on about four, the Spirit came burden of their guilt.

down in rich effusion : two of those who Tuesday, 21st. — During the day they

did not attend the previous night were held a prayer-meeting in the boat. In now crying for mercy, and professed to the afternoon, one of the seamen, named

have found a Saviour before we dismissed. Black, came down to my room under Poor Black, also, found relief: thus were conviction. I prayed with him long and three added to our number. Of another earnestly. He was in great distress. ordinary seaman we did not feel quite While praying with him, I heard the Praise the Lord, O my soul, for steward in the pantry crying for mercy.

His wonderful works unto us poor At half-past six o'clock a prayer-meeting

sinners! began. The third chapter of St. John Thursday, 23d.—I got up shortly after was read: the carpenter then prayed, and

five this morning, and knelt in prayer; next Mr. Heans, the chief officer. While but I felt I must go and get some of them Mr. Heans prayed, his voice was drowned down to pray with me. I went on deck by cries for mercy. Jesus was in the for the carpenter to come; he was in the midst of us; some crying for mercy, and long-boat. I went forward, and found others weeping for their sins against a the boat full, praying and praising; and loving Saviour. It was truly affecting to the very man that ran away yesterday was witness it, and to see the little boys and engaged in prayer, having found a Jack kneeling over their shipmates, and Saviour. endeavouring to point them to the Lamb found one of the men who did not

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attend our meetings. I told him he must o the wonders of redeeming grace, to come down with me to the cabin to pray; hear the bold blasphemer pleading for and he came; also the carpenter. We mercy, confessing his heinous sins! and, 0, engaged in prayer for him; and we were what a joyful sight to see so many faces not long engaged when the steward beaming with joy, and happy in a Saviour's brought another of the non-attendants. love ! to see the boys holding each We engaged in prayer for him; and, with other's hands, weeping and saying, “We humility would I say it, the spirit of shall not fight any more; we shall love prayer was poured upon us, and we soon each other. Glory to God !" Three heard the joyful sound of another sinner to-day professed to have found a Saviour. crying for mercy in the name of Jesus. Friday, 24th.-Another blessed day. The first that came down ran away. Some met in the cabin, and some in the After breakfast there was another lad boat. In the morning, we in the cabin prayed for in the cabin; and of him I had a rich blessing poured upon us. We trust it might be said, “Behold, he all met in the afternoon in the cabin, prayeth.” The meeting was still going when another, who would not attend our on in the boat, and it had begun about meetings, came and knelt with us, and one o'clock in the morning. I went there prayed for mercy: he professed to have for a little while, and found there was a found Jesus. He is a Swede, and prayed happy influence ; but I did not stay long. in his own language. We then sang the I went into the forecastle, and found a paraphrase, “ From every kindred, every man without hope. He felt he was too tongue,” &c. After six o'clock I had great a sinner to be saved. I endeavoured a meeting in the cabin, when Mr. Heans, to tell him of a gracious Saviour, and the carpenter, and the rest of the converts prayed with him. I asked for his Bible, went into the forecastle, and pleaded for a that I might point out a chapter for him hardened sinner, and got him to his to read; but he had none, having lost it in knees. Twice he endeavoured to deceive a recent gale. I invited him down to the them, as he afterwards confessed. After cabin to give him a Bible. When we our little cabin-meeting broke up, we came down, we found a meeting going went forward: all were around him, and on of the boys and some of the men. I God magnified His own

We gave this man a New Testament, and told heard the penitent cry for mercy; and him he had better stay where he was, and before we left him he professed to have read it; and I went on deck into the found a Saviour. This man ran from the carpenter's house. I found him praying; presence of God twice ; yet he was brought I joined him. After awhile we went to repent. “() my soul, for ever praise, down to the cabin, and found the man for ever love His name !"' None but God who & little before had no hope, now such grace can show. All appear to be telling all he had found a Saviour.

growing in grace ; many of them have In the afternoon we had a meeting, delightful, and all have penitent, prayers. and all were present except two Swedes. Saturday, 25th.-A day of rich blessHowever, two of them ran away terrified, ing. We met in the cabin in the morning, and nothing could induce them to come and enjoyed much of God's love: all the back. Mr. Heans followed them, and converts joined in prayer; many of them they ran from him terrified. I shall never are growing fast. The afternoon was set forget the solemnity of that afternoon. apart by all to plead for the only Before the meeting began, it seemed as if hardened sinner left. All but one now we were in the immediate presence of profess to have found a Saviour; but I God. Yes, our God was near us, to trust our prayers will yet be answered for bless us, and protect us; for Satan him. Our ship has now become a house seemed to rage, seeing his strongholds of prayer; the songs of Zion are night pulled down. But our God was for us; and day ascending from some part of and who could be against us? Our

her. meeting went on, and it was truly a Sunday, 26th.—Another happy day. blessed time. Well might we exclaim, We had service in the forenoon and after“I'm lost in wonder, love, and praise." noon. In the evening, there were a few

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down in the cabin; at eight o'clock, an I am enabled to record the mercy of God old man of fifty-three, who had resisted in giving us reason to believe that eighevery entreaty, now came down, and knelt teen conversions took place on board the with us; and it might be said, “ Behold, ship in the course of one week; and that he prayeth.”

the whole ship's company, of twenty-two, Our meetings after this were continued are now following the Lord Jesus toward day by day; and the result is, that on the rest which remains for the people of arriving in London, on Sunday, June 23d, God.

The Montls of tậe Year.

FEBRUARY

gloomy, the trees still appear like life“ Then came old February, sitting less skeletons, the skies are cold and their In an old wagon, for he could not ride,

hue is grey, our favourite country-walks Drawne of two fishes for the season fitting, Which through the flood before did softly slyde

are miry and uninviting, and the air is And swim away; yet had he by his side

either damp and foggy, or cold and keen. His plough and harness fit to till the ground, If, as it sometimes happens at this time And tooles to prune the trees, before the pride of the year, the ice and snow are sudOf hasting prime did make them burgeon round."

denly melted by a thaw, accompanied by SPENSER.

a south wind and much rain, great injury Before the time of Numa Pompilius, is done to the country by torrents of this month was with the Romans the last water from the hills, whereby brooks and of the year, in which they endeavoured rivers are swollen beyond the limits of to atone for their twelvemonths' sins by their beds; the ice is broken up with offering expiatory sacrifices, called Feb. great violence, and borne along by the rualia. The name of the month was flood, or dashed against barges and probably derived from this circumstance. bridges, sometimes to the destruction of By our Saxon ancestors, February was both; the fields are often inundated, trees called “Sprout-Kale," or the month in and embankments, and sometimes cattle, which young cabbages, or colewort, began washed away, and, in the course of a few to sprout. They afterwards changed it hours, great losses of property sustained. into “Sol-Monath," or sunmonth, from The thaw is often succeeded by frost and the then returning sun, or the approach snow, and the alternations from cold to of spring; when seeds and plants begin mild weather are frequent. Snow, sleet, to vegetate by the gradually-increasing and rain generally establish for this warmth of the season.

month its claim to the ancient epithet of The common emblematic representa- “February fill-dike;" and stormy gales tion of February is, a man in a dark or are also prevalent towards the equinox. sky-coloured habit, bearing in his hand As the month advances, we observe the astronomical sign of Pisces, or the many harbingers of spring, both in the Fishes. In the ancient Saxon pictures, a animal and vegetable world. The sweet yine-dresser was shown in the act of notes of the woodlark are heard, and the pruning his trees ;-in others, a man, in raven and the rook begin to repair their a jacket, buttoned up close, striking his nests ; geese begin to lay, and the thrush arms across his body, in token of the early and the chaffinch are already tuning part of the month being generally the their sweet pipes; the wood-owls are most inclement portion of the year. ready with their hoot, and towards night February has also been represented by a partridges begin to be heard making man clad in a white robe, with a wreath their well-known harsh noise; the missel, of snowdrops round his temples, and blackbird, wren, and robin are in song, holding a burning candle in his hand. and may be heard even in frosty weather.

Although the cold is now considerably In warm days the bees begin to show diminished, and the ice everywhere begins signs of their active industry, and gnats to melt, yet the aspect of nature is and some other insects commence their

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sports; the hedge - sparrow chirps his and devouring flower-roots; and in the ineffectual song; and the lark enlivens fields, by rendering the surface of the soil the stubble-fields with his brilliant notes. unequal by their hillocks, which obstruct

“ As soon as the earth is softened," the scythe in mowing. They are also says Aikin, “ moles go to work in throw- accused of piercing the sides of dams and ing up their hillocks. Under some of the canals, and letting out the water. The largest, a little below the surface of the strong muscles of their fore-feet, together ground, they make their nests of moss, in with their hand-like form, admirably fit which four or five young are found at a this animal for swimming; and it has time. These animals feed on worms, lately been observed, that in this way, beetles, and the roots of plants. They do moles pass from the shore to the little much mischief in gardens, by loosening islands in some of the Scotch lochs."

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STRENGTII IN WEAKNESS. God's workmen are men of a peculiar caste. They are strong, by being weak; wise, by being fools. And their training He takes into His own hand. When He has a work to be done, He prepares the man to do it: and one of the great elements in the training is, to teach him to be willing to be nothing. The work is to glorify not the worm, but Jehovah; and the worm must cease to glory. “The platform,” as one well said," must be cleared of man, before God can show Himself.”

God is choosing the weak things of the world to confound the wisdom of the wise. We live at a time when the weakest and humblest effort is blest. Therefore, let us be up and doing, and quit ourselves like men. We want to get hold of God; and then, worms as we are, we shall become ourselves almighty. It was no figure of speech, buta plain fact, which Paul uttered, when he said, “I can do all things, through Christ which strengtheneth me."

The time is short, very short. Not a moment is to be lost in seeking to win souls to Christ. Let us arise, “strengthened with might by the Spirit in the inner man.” Thus shall we be fitted for God's service.

youth and leisure-hours; who cheers and amuses us, and sweetens to us the enjoyments of life : a man who loves us, who pities our faults, hates and reproves our sin, does not flatter our vanity; who is not afraid of our displeasure, but is afraid of our falling into snares and temptations, and yielding to evil; who looks upon us as children of God, and heirs of heaven; and who looks upon friendship as a blessing and fellowship for eternity, and not merely for time. Such a friend would be a friend indeed ; faithfulness is in his heart, his word, his look, his prayer with and for us; faithful in prosperity and adversity, in good report and evil report; jealousy, envy, malice could never take up their abode in such hearts : and this fellowship would not be interrupted by death, but continue even throughout the endless ages of heaven. Such a friend had David in Jonathan; and such a Friend may we all have. One who knows us, and loves us, though He hates our sin ; who seeks our peace and blessedness; who regards our good works with delight, encouraging us with His approving smile; who remains faithful, though we deny Him; a Friend who sticketh closer than a brother, who layeth down His life for His friends.

THE TRUE FRIEND. What a blessing is a true friend! One who is more than the companion of our

Memorials of the Departed.

ANN TRIFFITT died at Killinghall, in the Ripon Circuit, August 10th, 1858,

in her sixty-ninth year. For nearly thirty years she meekly adorned the

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Gospel of her Saviour in connexion with cause of God. A wider field of usefulness the Wesleyan Society. She was first having opened up to her husband in thoroughly awakened to a painful sense America, the long cherished desire of his of her condition under a sermon at heart to be devoted exclusively to the Stainley, from, “Remember therefore work of God could now, with her conwhence thou art fallen, and repent,” &c. currence, be realized. Many and strong Up to this time she had expected salvation were the ties which bound her to the land by her own righteousness; but now she of her nativity; kind brothers, and affecdistinctly felt that Christ alone could save tionate sisters; a widowed father, whose her. She received the simple teaching in declining years she had fondly hoped to that text, “There is none other name under soothe and cheer; and a mother's grave, heaven, given among men, whereby we around which clustered life's earliest and must be saved;” and shortly afterwards fondest memories, all must be relinfound peace with God, through our Lord quished. Great as was the sacrifice, it Jesus Christ. Now she could joyously tes- was cheerfully made; and with unwavertify that “there is no condemnation to them ing trust in God she gave the parting which are in Christ Jesus.” A few years hand to her husband, who was obliged to afterwards, the happy death of an amiable precede her several months, in order to son, in his sixteenth year, led her to seek secure his admission into the Canadian and to secure the blessing of entire sancti- Conference. After the necessary arrangefication. From a variety of causes, hers ments had been made, she committed was a rugged path; her trials were of

herself and two little ones to Divine no ordinary description ; yet by incessant protection, and embarked for America; prayer, and the perusal of Divine truth,

feeling, as she afterwards remarked to a her mind was delightfully sustained and friend, that she “would rather share & comforted.

crust and cup of cold water with the

chosen partner of her life in his labours MARY FISH, daughter of Edward and for Christ, than partake of earth's richest Hannah Wilkinson, was born in Leeds, luxuries apart from him." Being the only September 9th, 1820. Being blessed with

female passenger on board, and suffering that richest earthly boon, a pious mother, much from a tempestuous voyage, “ weariher youthful mind was early impressed some days and nights were allotted her;" with the necessity of an interest in Christ. yet she murmured not; and even when a In addition to maternal precept and ex- watery grave seemed inevitable, her ample, our departed sister enjoyed the heart's submissive language was, " Thy privilege of Sabbath-school instruction ; will be done." As her health began to to which she was deeply indebted for those decline, the thought of leaving her family clear understanding views of Bible-truths, alone to contend with the ills of life which, in subsequent years, gave stability caused her many a heartfelt struggle ; but to her Christian character, and unwaver

grace at length triumphed. The last ing trust in God under every 'adversity. words she distinctly uttered were, “ Angels At the age of nineteen she was led, -wait-to-welcome!" After speech through the instrumentality of a faithful failed, she opened her eyes, and fixed a Class-Leader, to consecrate herself to the look of plainest recognition on some service of God. In 1842 she was united object beyond the limits of mortal vision; in marriage to her now bereaved com- then waving her hand repeatedly, as if to panion ; who, in all his labours, both as a say, “I come,” closed them for ever on Local and Itinerant Preacher, found in her earth, March 27th, 1859. The ladies of a judicious counsellor, and a devoted wife ; the Methodist Society in Picton testified one willing to submit to any sacrifice, or their affectionate regard for their departed relinquish any enjoyment, if in so doing sister, by erecting a beautiful marble slab she could contribute to the good of others, to mark her last earthly resting-place. but especially to the furtherance of the

ROCHE, PRINTER, 25, HOXTON-SQUARE, LONDON.

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