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Saviour, and tried to awaken in Naturally mild and affectionate, M. the conscience of those with whom de Stael had in his character a he conversed, repentance unto life. mixture of firmness and delicacy,
His conduct, so different from of sedateness and freedom of interthat of other political men, produ- course, which rendered him emi. ced much wonder. It seemed nently fitted to embellish domestic strange to some that a layman life. “I know not,” he wrote unshould show so much ardour, so der those circumstances, “by what much zeal for the things of religion. way it will please God to lead us, But as he honoured his faith by if through prosperity or through his humility, by his candour, and affliction; but at least I hope we his good works, he gained, in a shall always go hand in hand.” little time the esteem of all; and Alas! after some months only of infidels themselves could not but marriage, the 17th of November, render a tribute of respect to his 1827, M. de Stael left this earth noble character. No one knows for a better world. The nature all the good he did by his conver- and progress of his disease preventsations with worldly men. How ed his manifesting so much as he many who were heedless have been would have wished, his confidence awakened, and will acknowledge at in the promises of the Saviour; the last day that M. de Stael was but every time he had strength, he the blessed instrument of their employed it in prayer. The night conversion.
of his death, in spite of his extreme In 1826, he returned to Swit- feebleness, he raised himself in bed zerland, and on his arrival received and made for himself, for his wife, the sad news that a part of the his relatives, and his country, a building which he was to occupy fervent prayer, which drew tears was destroyed by fire. Consider- from all the attendants. able sums were needed to repair His sudden and unexpected dethis disaster. He resigned himself cease was felt as a public calamity. to the calamity without a murmur. The peasantry and the labouring
I was at first,” he says, in a people of the vicinity suspended letter to a friend, "a little perplex- their toil; it seemed as if death ed; but I recollected soon that all had visited every family.
The the events of our lives are ordered effect was the same wherever the by a Father who knows better than news spread. Rarely have been ourselves what is for our good. I seen so many regrets, so many am now happy. Yes, surely we tears accompanying a man to his must thank God every moment of last home.
concourse our lives; for if he treated us ac- assembled to render him funeral cording to our deserts, and not honours; and when the Reformed according to his goodness, how Churches of France learnt that M. many chastisements would be our de Stael was no more, there was a portion! All the trials he calls us universal cry of grief.
of grief. Every one to endure have one aim full of love, felt that a great void was made which, though not known to us among us. now, will be one day revealed.” M. de Stael was, in the full sense
In the month of February, 1827, of the expression, a man of prayer. he married an amiable and pious “ I find,” he said to a friend, " that lady of Geneva, who promised to only by prayer can I live in peace bring him all the happiness com- with myself; only by it I do sucpatible with this world of sorrow. ceed in subduing to a certain de
gree the imperfections of my na- dejection, not to speak at all, rature. When I can, several times ther than express the least thing a day, pray to that Infinite Being which he did not feel. He was an who considers our miseries, hope enemy to affected piety, and that and gratitude seem to come to my conventional language called cant. support in the path of life.” Words repeated with an air of
He had uncommon modesty. studied humility were offensive to Commendation caused him evident him; he sought always what was pain. “It is a sad thing," he simple and true. said, “to be regarded as better He avoided dispute on doctrines. than you really are. If you accept Having heard a discussion on grace such testimonies from others, you and free will, he said,
- In two feel that you are hypocritical; if words, my creed is, that we must you reject them, others take for labour as if we could do something, humility the expression of the sim- while we know we can do nothing. ple truth, and nothing is gained.” He trusted wholly in the mercy
He was so sincere and upright of the Lord. “ It seems to me, in his words, that he always feared
so that I am a child who representing in too favourable terms may offend his father, but who can his true spiritual state. He pre- never be abandoned by him.” ferred, in his hours of gloom and
FROM THE AUTHOR OF “CHRISTIAN RETIREMENT.”
MY DEAR FRIEND.
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defeats will show us, that He only a delightful sight it is to see and can effect it, who said to the leper, hear ministers from the north and “Be thou clean,” and to the raging south, east and west, all bearing winds and waves, “ Peace, be still.” their testimony to the Great Shep- Let us, then, my dear friend, look herd, and witnessing to the efficacy unto Jesus. He is the Shepherd of the blood of Jesus, and the of the sheep. A sheep is a weak, power of the Holy Ghost. Oh, defenceless animal. Its safety conthat we may be more bold in con- sists in abiding under the shepfessing Christ before men, and herd's care, and not straying from drink deeper into his Spirit. The the fold. Divine grace can keep work of regeneration is indeed a us near to Jesus. We are, indeed, work which Omnipotence alone prone to wander; but, through the can perform. Those, I am per- love of Him who drew us to Himsuaded, have no adequate idea of self, we shall be kept from the jaws the greatness of the work, who of the lion, and the snares of an have never attempted to curb the evil world. Oh, for a stronger secret and subtle corruptions of faith! Oh, for a more ardent love! their own hearts. Let us only Oh, for a more simple, child-like fairly try to restrain all motions to dependance upon Jesus! sin for one day, and our frequent Well, let us not despond! He <? by
hath said, “Ask, and ye shall sons he has clearer and more aphave." He delights to bestow his propriating views of his loveliness blessings. His name and nature and grace. In seasons of affliction, are " Love." We dishonour him, when creature-comforts prove to when we think hardly or meanly us their inefficiency to support the of him. Is He not as worthy of soul, how precious is the Saviour, credit as an earthly friend? Do I when apprehended by faith, in all doubt the sincerity of my dear the fulness of that precious Name. friend's invitation to C
The Name of Jesus is like ointment no means. Then ought I for a poured forth—at once healing and moment to doubt the willingness fragrant. Happy the soul which of Christ to save, when he hath can live upon him daily by faith, declared that all who come unto and to whom he manifests himself, him, he will in no wise cast out- as he does not to the world. when he hath so lovingly said, I rejoice to hear that Miss F“Come unto me, all ye that are is so graciously supported under weary and heavy laden, and I will her heavy trial. Surely we must give you rest.” Unbelief is a sin acknowledge (and oh, may we ever dishonourable to a God of truth, do it with gratitude) that the Lord and destructive to the soul. The does not, yea, will not forsake his least particle of this sin brings people. When they pass through darkness and distress into the be- the water he will be with them, &c. liever's mind; and lamentable ex- And in all ages this blessed truth perience proves, that there are sea- has been verified—that no one ever sons when even God's dearest trusted in God and was confoundchildren are harassed with unbe- ed. I earnestly hope that He who lieving doubts and fears: as if so providentially opened a way for infinite love had forgotten to be the poor girl's escape from the gracious, or infinite power had dreadful evils of prostitution, will ceased to operate. Prayer, how- graciously bless the instructions ever, soon dispels the cloud; not she will receive to the everlasting the formal prayer of a mere pro- good of her soul. It is quite defessor, but the ardent breathings lightful to hear continually of the of a wrestling Jacob. Oh for bloodless victories of the Bible the spirit of prayer--the form will Society. Emperors and kings are profit nothing
now become its nursing fathers. Remember me, dear friend in But I was much distressed at the inyour prayers; and may the blessed
telligence in the Leeds paper of this Jesus be our Advocate on high. day, stating that the great printingYours very affectionately, house at Serampore has been de
T. S. B. READE. stroyed by fire. 2000 reams of paper Leeds, 22nd July, 1812.
from England, and founts of type in 14 languages, ready for printing the Holy Scriptures, has been consumed.
It is supposed to have NO. XV.
been set maliciously on fire. The
damage is estimated at £12,000. MY DEAR FRIEND._* * * * *
The money is nothing compared Promises are never so sweet as with the value of the materials. when applied in an hour of need. Oh, my dear friend, how this proves Christ is precious to the believer at the importance of the Bible Society. all times, though at particular sea- The great enemy of mankind begins to tremble for his eastern posses
is boasting? It is excluded. sions; and he has been permitted, Jesus came to save his people as with Job in former days, to burn from their sins, and to make them and to destroy. But the end of a peculiar people zealous of good Job was more glorious than his works. Mere forms and ceremobeginning, and so I trust it will be nies will avail nothing, if faith with the interests of the Bible So- working by love be wanting. The ciety in India. This painful catas- pure in heart shall see God; and trophe will call forth the anxiety, if any man be in Christ Jesus, he the aid, and the prayers of every is a new creature. A new heart sincere member of this Institution. and a new spirit were the great The breach made in its ramparts blessings promised in the New will, I trust, soon be repaired, and Covenant. If any man, therefore, types for 28 languages be cast, for pretends to know Christ, whilst in 14 destroyed. However, this must works he denies him, that man's be a work of time; and when we religion is vain. consider the death of Dr. Leyden What great need is there then in conjunction with this recent for watchfulness and prayer—for calamity, it forms a dark cloud prayer, that we may draw from over that glorious sun which was the fountain of grace, continual so beautifully rising in the east. supplies of strength into the soul ; Still the Lord is sufficient, and He for watchfulness, to guard against will prevail.
the deceitfulness of sin, the depraHow sweet, my dearest friend, vity of the heart, the subtilty of is Christian friendship! May ours Satan, and the allurement of the every year become more rooted and world. I daily feel the force of all grounded in love. Christ being these combined enemies. Often, our bond of union, and loving each my dear friend, do I groan, being other in him, we shall, I trust, burdened. But Jesus ever lives! with all our nearest connexions, Oh! that I had a stronger faith, meet around the Throne, lost in and more ardent affections. The wonder, love, and praise. Your fountain is open. I am invited to letters are always cordials to my draw water out of the wells of heart; let us pray that we may al- salvation. What kindness ! Ah! ways write to each other with a sim- nothing but unbelief! Jesus is as ple view to the glory of God and our willing as he is able to save. Oh! spiritual good. The more we look then remember me in your prayers, to Jesus, and the more good we that I may partake richly of all his shall do each other. He can im. spiritual blessings, and with an part holy thoughts to the mind, enlarged heart run the way of his and enable us, whilst writing, to commandments. speak a word in season,
Your eyer affectionate friend, haps, we know it not to be so. I
T. S. B. READE. perfectly agree with you respect, Leeds, 19th Sept., 1812. ing the danger there is, of lowering the standard of works, from a mistaken idea lest man should be elevated, by elevating the standard of holiness. When we consider Many thanks MY DEAREST FRIEND that all good comes from above, for
welcome and affectionate and that we have nothing excellent
letter. * that we have not received-where occurrences,
* Those which appear
tous in respect to us, are fore- the Saviour. Thus the leaven of ordained by that infinite Wisdom, self-righteousness, often keeps us which knows the end from the be- from closing in, by simple faith, with ginning. It may often be said :- Jesus. But as the Israelites were - What thou knowest not now, commanded to purge their houses thou shalt now hereafter." The of leaven, before the celebration of promise is, that all things shall the Passover, so must this leaven work together for good to them be purged from the heart, before that love God, to them who are we can truly receive Christ, our the called, according to his pur- Passover, who was sacrificed for us. pose. Now this could not be, if And when he is received by simple daily passing events were the effect faith, oh! what joy and peace fills of mere chance. The doctrine of the believing soul, through the an over-ruling Providence is most
power of the Holy Ghost. You comfortable to that soul which has live, my dear friend, in the enjoyintrusted all its cares and concerns ment of this blessedness. You into the hands of Jesus. Be the can sing of abounding grace. How day smiling or gloomy, all is well; loving is the Saviour in his dispenfor Jesus guides the stupendous sations towards you and your dear machine, and is continually making family; let me join you in heartall things, both prosperous and ad- felt praises, and adore that Jesus, verse, work together, to advance that almighty Saviour, who does the interest of his Church. Oh, all things well. When I look at my dear friend, how wonderful is my own mercies and privileges, the Covenant of Grace. It is oh! how great is the sum of them ; indeed ordered in all things, and if I should count them, they would sure—yea, it is an everlasting be more than I am able to express. covenant; and those happy souls, The manna falls daily round my who are brought, by converting habitation. The waters of life are grace, into the bonds of it, were flowing in a continual stream. The loved with an everlasting love. sweet trumpet of the Gospel is How clearly the Scriptures define sounding every Sabbath in my ears, the character of such blessed souls. calling me to Jesus, to happiness God bestows upon them, through and to heaven. Surely all this his Son, a new heart, and admits demands the most lively gratitude them through faith in the blood of and unceasing praise. But, my Jesus, into fellowship with himself. dear friend, when I compare my All is of
have returns with my mercies, I am the glory of all !
sickened at the review. I am well When I look at myself, and into assured, that the divine mercies myself, what do I behold ? A will for ever infinitely exceed worm of the earth-a rebel! and
any poor returns of love which I yet free grace offers even to me, can make; yet I want to feel a eternal life! saying :-"Believe on warmer glow of affection in my the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou heart; a more entire surrender of shalt be saved.” Here is no ex- myself to Jesus ; and a stronger ception, then why should I except and more abiding sense of my oblimyself? But, ah! the cursed
gations to a crucified and exalted pride of fallen nature, is desirous Redeemer; and where can I obtain to patch up the old Adam, and all this, but at the hands of Jesus ? make him appear somewhat come- without him I can do nothing. His ly, in order to gain the favour of Spirit alone can shed abroad this