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give. Fairs, races, theatres in fact, all places of worldly amusement, which do harm, and no good-she sets her face against; and teaches her children that all sinful pleasures turn into bitterness hereafter.

11. If she sees her child growing up in the fear of the Lord, she encourages her to go and publicly dedicate her self to God in the rite of confirmation. She teaches her, that there she goes to say that she will become a servant of God, a soldier of Christ, and that she promises, by God's help, to walk in the narrow way.

12. Nor does she rest here, She trembles, lest her child should approach the Lord's Table from wrong motives. But if she sees her anxious about her soul, and longing after grace, she is only too happy to encourage her to go and remember her Saviour's dying love. They meet at the Lord's Table on earth, and hope hereafter to meet at that table where there are "pleasures for evermore."

of feasting, merriment, and pleasure; thinks there is no harm in fairs, races, theatres, and sinful places of amusement; and if she has not time to go to them herself, she thinks it hard to keep her children away, therefore lets them go alone.

11. If her girl wishes to be confirmed, she lets her do as she likes; at the same time, she does not talk to her about the solemnity of it. She thinks her child is of age to judge for herself; and she lets her go because others go. Perhaps she is decked out in flowers and ornaments. In the morning, she appears in public to say that she will follow the Lord, and renounce pomps and vanities; and the rest of the day she spends in feasting and folly.

12. She never mentions the Lord's Table to her child. She cares not for a Saviour herself, and she turns her back on it; or, if she goes, she goes because others go, and perhaps her child goes with her. They meet to betray a Saviour on earth, and, hereafter, they must meet to wail and lament that they have both lost a Saviour and lost their souls for




The Israelites of old are a striking type of every believer in Christ. Like them groaning under the cruel bondage of Egypt, we, when slaves to the world, in the service of Satan, finding ourselves opprest and afflicted, are moved by grace to cry unto God: he hears our cry and delivers us. Our deliverer is mighty-the Lord Jehovah! Many obstacles, that seem impossible, are in the way to the promised land; but the Lord God bids us to go forward; and the roaring waves of the deep sea divide, and its waters are even made a defence to us on either side, that the ransomed may pass over! Let us stop here to sing aloud, like Miriam, the song of thanksgiving. But we have not yet reached the land of


We are now travelling through the wilderness, and the path is often rough and thorny; nevertheless it is the way to Cannanto heaven. Yet we are often tempted to think the way too rough; the privations too great, and too many; and to look back sometimes with longing desires for the things of the world, as the Israelites did for the cucumbers and the melons, the leeks and the onions, and the flesh pots of Egypt. Let us beware of this, and take cheerfully what the Lord provides. He provided for the Israelites a daily supply of manna-it never failed, neither were they to take thought for the morrow. They were commanded to gather a certain portion every day, according to their families, and he that gathered more, contrary to the commandment of God, found that it was corrupt. Take, then, cheerfully, the portion that is allotted thee, and believe that if thou dost covet more, and obtain it, it will do thee no good. All that is needful is provided; take thine allotted portion, and be thankful. Do not ask for more: remember the quails that were sent in anger to the Israelites, and what did it prove? a deadly food! so may abundance to thee, feeding the deadly plague of sin. Now when the Israelites drew near to Canaan, Moses sent spies to see the country, and they brought back an evil report. They were dismayed at the sight of the men they had to conquer, saying, "We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger we." Is it not so with us? When we look forward to the end of our journey, we see so many formidable enemies to conquer that we are tempted to say the same, "They are stronger than we." But what said Joshua and Caleb? "The land which we passed through to search it is an exceeding

good land: if the Lord delight in us he will bring us into this land -a land which floweth with milk and honey: only rebel ye not against the Lord; neither fear ye the people of the land, for they are bread to us, their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us, fear them not." These are the feelings of the true Israelite; the believer in Christ Jesus; the good soldier, who fights the good fight of faith, and lays hold on eternal life: who enters like Caleb and Joshua into the land of Canaan, and overcomes in the strength of the Lord Almighty.


Pastor S., of B., writes: "In a village twelve miles from the Church three brothers live, and support themselves by making charcoal. They were known as drunkards, and had fallen deeply into sin of various kinds. When, by the generosity of the British and Foreign Bible Society, this parish, in the whole of which not a hundred Bibles could be found, received a fresh supply, these brothers were among the first to purchase; and oh, rejoice, ye benevolent friends of fallen humanity! your gift, in this case, produced fruit that has caused joy in the presence of the angels of God. These poor men felt the power of God's word; and proofs, not to be mistaken, testify that these brothers now seek those things which are above. In the humble cottage, where the intoxicating drink was the evidence of hospitality, and the card-table the instrument of recreation, the Bible has displaced both, and neither the one nor the other is any longer allowed there. An important indirect fruit of the Society's labours appears in this parish, and doubtless in every other to which those labours have extended. In the greatest number of cases, where the Bible was formerly possessed it lay in some neglected corner; never resorted to: but the stir made now has occasioned the searching up of many a longforgotten copy; and I know of several cases in which God has blessed this to the conversion of souls-a fruit which must be attributed to the British and Foreign Bible Society. Three other charcoal burners are, in this parish, living evidences of the happy results of a diligent and prayerful use of God's word. They were not, like the three first-named, drunkards; yet the cares of this world had long choked every good thing in their hearts. Now they have a living practical faith in Jesus and him crucified; and, that good might be done in their neighbourhood, they have, at their own expense, reared a little place for prayer out of church hours, and with their own hands made a kind of barrel-organ, by which the daughter of one of them leads the psalmody. The children of this world call them, in contempt, "Readers;" but the master of the house was called Beelzebub. A cottager, P. C.,

furnishes another encouraging example. He lives thirty miles from the parish church, and seldom indeed did he appear there. In his house the demon of drunkenness raged, and in his heart dwelt legion. His whole deportment was that of a savage heathen. In the good providence of God, the Bible entered his house, and, behold! the den of thieves is become a house of prayer, the wolf is changed into a lamb: sober and serious, he is, through mercy, now an example of godliness and honesty. Another cottager, N. O., has, by means of the Bible he received, been delivered from a popular scepticism, alas! but too common among the lower orders. The number of cases might easily be added to from this parish: I only name one more. Cottager O. N., with his God-fearing wife, and eight children, has had to contend with difficulties which have made many sympathize with him, and he has manifested a spirit which has caused all who love God to rejoice on his behalf. The Bible has been to him what it ought to be to all, a heavenly store. house, accessible to God's children on earth, though the only key' which can open its closed door is the childlike faith of the heart.


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An English merchant resided many years at Canton and Macao, where a sudden reverse of fortune reduced him from a state of af. fluence to the greatest necessity. A Chinese merchant, named Chinqua, to whom he had formerly rendered service, gratefully offered him an immediate loan of ten thousand dollars, which the gentleman accepted, and gave his bond for the amount; this the Chinese immediately threw into the fire, saying, "When you, my friend, first came to China, I was a poor man, you took me by the hand, and assisting my honest endeavours, made me rich. destiny is now reversed; I see you poor, while I am blessed with affluence.' The by-standers had snatched the bond from the flames; the gentleman, sensibly affected by such generosity, pressed his Chinese friend to take the security, which he did, and then effectually destroyed it. The disciple of Confucius, beholding the increased distress it occasioned, said, "he would accept of his watch, or any little valuable, as a memorial of their friendship." The gentleman immediately presented his watch, and Chinqua, in return gave him an old iron seal, saying, "Take this seal, it is one I have long used, and possesses no intrinsic value, but as you are going to India to look after your outstanding concerns, should fortune further persecute you, draw upon me for any further sum of money you may stand in need of, sign it with your own hand, and seal it with this signet, and I will pay the money."



I wish to address you all-and through you those who may hear me in this court-and would to God I could be heard by all those who, like yourselves, have been carrying havoc and desolation through the homestalls of this previously happy country! Would that my voice were heard by them, as well as by you and the persons in this court, that it might warn them of the consequences to which their career tends! Depend upon it, that though the season of retribution may arrive slowly, it will come surely! In your case it is come-in theirs it is not. It is probable it will arrive to them in this world, and assuredly it will arrive to them in the world to come-most assuredly! What you have done, as you thought, in the darkness of night some of you-others when no eye saw you when no ear heard you the providence of God has made as manifest as the light. Here you stand to answer for it. You thought yourselves secure-but here you are! They think themselves secure, but here they will probably be! And what profit had you in those things whereof you are now ashamed? Other crimes have at least some miserable palliation, in that they give to the person who commits them some pleasure or some advantage in life; but you-what pleasure have you? What advantage have you found from the gratification of your unmixed malignity of passion? Did you gain anything by it? Was the destruction of your neighbour's property-was the ruin of his children-was the destruction of all belonging to him and all around him—was the happiness you destroyed in his homestall and his house was that of any advantage to you? Or think you that you can have any pleasure in the remembrance of the unoffending animals sacrificed to your feelings of revenge? of the horse that perished in his stable, the kine that died in the stall, the sheep that perished in the fold, and the faithful dog, the guard and companion of his master, destroyed in the kennel? Think you these things will not rise up against you on Almighty God's judgment-day hereafter; when you will have to answer at that tribunal, where there will be no doubt-where there will be no dispute-where this and all other crimes you have committed in the flesh will be made manifest as the sun at noon day? I beseech you, think of these things while you live, in the time spared to you, lest you think of them only in the awful day of God's judgment! But in this world you must abide your punishment, and that will be very, very, very severe! You may think, and people like you may think, that the punishment of transportation, which alone the law allows us to award, is a light punishment; but you are mistaken, fearfully mistaken: it is a punishment which I fear to contemplate, and which makes my blood run cold when I think of it. In the punishment which you will have to undergo, you will be excluded from your

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