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if it were not for the blood of Christ, which ist, “ How amiable are thy tabernacles, O was shed for their redemption, they must Lord of Hosts! One day in thy courts is bave perished for ever. They therefore better than a thousand. I love the habitalook upon Jesus as their greatest friend. tion of thy house, and the place where All their happiness and all their, hopes thine honour dwelleth *?" Are we daily arise from the knowledge of his salvation making advances in the divine life; becomEvery one of them (even the best and most ing more and more holy; hating sin with a moral) disclaims all pretensions to happi- perfect hatred; and fighting resolutely ness on the ground of his own goodness, against the world, the flesh, and the devil ? and rests his hopes on Christ alone. Each, Do we disregard the scoffs and sneers of the with the Apostle Paul, will acknowledge ; ungodly and profane, and resolve to pursue “What things were gain to me, these I the paths of holiness and religion, notwith counted loss for Christ. Yea, doubtless, standing the reproach and the cross which and I count all things but loss for the ex- attend it? Do we feel ourselves prepared cellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus to endure afflictions and sufferings, with a my Lord; and I desire only to be found in pious resignation, becoming those who have him, not having my own righteousness, a foretaste of the joys of beaven in their which is of the law, but the righteousness hearts? And can we look forward to the which is through the faith of Jesus Christ; time of our death without terror ? Can even the righteousness which is of God by we say with David, “ Though I walk faith*.” And this love of Christ is the through the valley of the shadow of death, spring of all their holy obedience and de- I will fear no evil; for thou art with me, votedness to his service. « The love of thy rod and thy staff they comfort me t?" Christ constraineth them : because they Then happy are we. If we have these thus judge, that if one died for all, then marks of our being born of the Spirit, we were all dead: and that he died for all, have great reason to be thankful, and to that they who live should not live unto praise God that he has visited our souls themselves, but unto him who died for with his salvation. them, and rose again t."
But if not, we ought to be alarmed at Let us then examine ourselves, whether the great danger in which we stand, and we are born of the Spirit. Our happiness give no rest to our souls, nor rest to God, or misery in the eternal world turns en- till we are brought under the influence of tirely upon this point. It has been too his Spirit; -till we have obtained forgivemuch the custom to ridicule the new birth; ness of our sins, and the hope of eternal but whaterer men may think of it, we are life, by faith in the death and sufferings of expressly told by our Saviour himself, that his Son Jesus Christ. We ought not to be without it “no man can see the kingdom content without this change which is spoken of God.". It is, therefore, a matter of the of in the text. It is absolutely necessary to greatest concern. And it behoves us to be our salvation; and nothing is more certain particularly careful, that we rest not satis- than that we must perish without it. May fied without it. Do we, then, ever re- the Lord grant us all the grace of his Holy member the time when the Spirit of God Spirit, to renew our souls to repentance;convinced us of sin ?--when we ever saw, to lead us to Christ for pardon and salvaand felt our danger?--when we ever had tion;—to purify our hearts, and sanctify any earnest desires after the salvation of our natures ;-to make us boly, and obeour souls ?-or ever made any efforts to dient to his will upon earth; that so, at the obtain the hope of eternal life? Let it be last, we may be found meet for his kingremembered, if we are indeed born of the dom in heaven. Amen. Pp. 228-234. Spirit, we shall be made new creatures. The following striking expostuWe shall no longer be satisfied to have our portion in this life; hut our hearts and our
lation, from the close of the first of treasures will be in heaven. Now, are we
three sermons On Walking with convinced of the vanity of earthly things, God, may well conclude the preand of their insufficiency to make us happy? sent article. —and do we seek our enjoyments and pleasures from God alone? Do we delight to
But are there not some présent, wbo read his word? Do we take a pleasure in
never address themselves to God in the withdrawing from the world, to hold con
morning of each succeeding day? Do they verse with our Maker; and to make our
not rise from their beds as unconscious of humble approaches to him in fervent pri- of his protecting care over them, as the
their dependence on God, and as insensible vate prayer? Do we love the ordinances of beasts, which bave no understanding? his house, and attend them with constancy Allow me, my brethren (if such there be and pleasure? Can we say with the Psalm* Phil. iii. 7-9.
* Psalm lxxxiv, 1. 10; xxvi, 8. + 2 Cor, y. 14. 15.
of Psalm xxiii. 4.
among us), to ask you, where is your rea- Advices to the Young at the outset son ? Have you lived so long in the world,
of Life: with an Appendix, conand never yet inquired, “ Where is God, my Maker?" Have you still to learn who
taining some interesting Anecit is that gave you your being—that pre
dotes, illustrative of the Utility serves you from day to day-that provides
and Advantage of Sabbath you with food and raiment, and all the Schools. Edinburgh, 1823. Pp. necessaries and comforts of life that has 134. sent his Gospel to you with the offers of pardon and salvation through the sufferings This is a well-written series of and death of his own Son? It is God-tbat admonitions to young persons,
when God whom you know not whose face and leaving School, on the sanctificafavour you give yourselves no concern to seek-to whom you pray not, nor return
tion of the Sabbath;--the importhim thanks. His temporal mercies you re- ance of reading the word of God; ceive; but his spiritual and eternal bless- the importance and advantage of ings you utterly despise. O, think, I entreat you, what will be the event! Ere brothers and sisters ;-to masters;
their duties to parents ;-to long you will be summoned to the awful bar of that God whom you thus treat with
-with reference to various temptaindifference. And what will you answer tions, as swearing, drunkenness, him, when he charges you wit your in- inconsideration, &c. with a suitable gratitude ?
conclusion and various interesting You think it unnecessary to pray to him anecdotes. We think its price now, and therefore you neglect it. But, remember, if you pray not to him now, it (2s. 6d.) will very much impede its will be of no avail to entreat him in the circulation among that class for day of judgment. The season of prayer whom it is especially intended; an will then be over. His bowels of mercy evil which, we trust, will be remewill be shut against you for ever; and you died in the next edition. must yield yourselves up to eternal despair. But if you proceed a little longer in your
The following extract may afford present course, the season of being heard a specimen of the author's style : may perhaps be past even before you die!
Again, be not given to change, for there God threatens those who neglect to pray is nothing so unseemly in a young person to him whilst in health and strength, that
as the love of novelty and change in the be will cast out their petition in the time
business of life. You may be justified in of their affictions! And who knows but quitting a place in which you cannot enjoy this may be the case with you.
healtb, nor obtain reasonable support and the Lord, therefore, while he may be
comfort; but prudence requires you to be found; call ye upon him, while he is
cautious how you change your place, mereRise every morning betinies, and
ly for the sake of a greater income. Many plead humbly and earnestly with God. And
a one hath sold health, comfort, and chalet not your morning petitions suffice; but
racter, yea, the safety also of the soul and cry day and night unto him, until he vouch- body, for a paltry consideration in this resafe you an answer of peace. Nerer suffer
spect, and learned, when, alas ! too late, that awful threatening to be fulfilled in you—“ Because I called and ye refused, much better (all things considered) than
that one place, with small wages, is often I stretched out my hand, and no man
another with still greater. regarded; but ye set at nought all my
Much less ought a hasty word or a mocounsel, and would none of my reproof; I
mentary vexation induce any to leave their also will laugh at your calamity; I will place. This is acting more like a passionate mock when your fear cometh ; when your
child than one who ought to be under the fear cometh as desolation, and your de
guidance struction cometh as a whirlwind; when
Wbatever is done in distress and anguish cometh upon you.
passion, will afterwards be a subject of
deep regret. It is always folly, often Then shall they call upon me, but I will madness. “ No government," says an able not answer; they shall seek me early, but writer, “could subsist for a day, if single they shall not find me t."-Vol. ii. Pp. 15
errors could justify defection." They who -17.
would throw up their post for an error's
sake, will in all probability have occasion * Isaiah, lv. 6. * Proverbs, i, 24-28.
to repent of their rashness.
“ Seek ye
near * "
CITY OF LONDON BIBLE SOCIETY. The eleventh Anniversary of this Insti- years he was permitted to retire to a peacetution took place at the Mansion House, ful bome. But he had especial reason to on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 1823; when the congratulate them on the progress of the Egyptian Hall was, as usual, filled with a Bible cause during that period. The Bible numerous and highly respectable assembly. Society was then, comparatively speaking,
The Lord Mayor opened the business of in its outset; it was assailed with violent the day by a short speech; in which he in- opposition; we were told, when we talked timated, that it was not necessary to enter of communicating the Scriptures to the into arguments in defence of Bible institu- world in thirty or forty languages, that our tions; the whole case was now before the hopes were exaggerated, and that we were public; and they had decided, that any only imposing on the public. Whereas, we mistakes which might have occurred in the now know, that editions in no less than management of the Institution admitted of one hundred and forty languages are in proan easy explanation; and that the distribu
gress. The extension of Bible Societies in tion of the Scriptures was the greatest pos- our own country had been exceedingly sible blessing to mankind. His Lordsbip great;-at the former period, the Auxiliarexpressed himself happy, that his official ies were very few, and Associations were situation enabled him to render assistance almost unknown; while,at present,there were to so valuable an Institution, and then no less than eight hundred Auxiliaries, comcalled upon the Rev. J. Clayton to read the prising two thousand Associations. But, Report.
rapid as had been our success at home, the The Report stated, that the receipts of cause bad met with even more than proporthe past year were upwards of nine hundred tional success abroad. At the period before and twenty six pounds, of which seven referred to, there were only six foreign Socieburdred and fifteen pounds had been paid ties; there are now ninety-six principal to the British and Foreign Bible Society; National Societies, comprising six hundred so that no less than fifteen thousand nine Auxiliaries; all in a greater or less degree hundred and twenty one pounds have been connected with the Parent Society. Much, paid to the parent Society from this one indeed, still remained to be done in foreign Auxiliary. In the last year, 1043 Bibles countries; but at home, Associations apand 622 Testaments bave been issued from peared in every direction. Amidst this the depository; making, with those issued splendid galaxy, the City of London Auxilin former years by this Society, 81,752 iary shone conspicuous ; and it was highly Bibles and Testaments, the greater part of important this should be the case, in order which have been distributed among the dif- to shew that commerce might be applied to ferent members of the Association ; wbile more important purposes than the mere acsome have been deposited in prisons, lock- quisition of national wealth; employed not up bouses, hospitals, &c. The Report in ostentatious display, but for the diffusion tben noticed the exertion of the Ladies' of truth and righteousness; and it thereAssociations, and pointed out a few in- fore became all who desired the welfare of stances of usefulness; at the same time their country,-all who desired her to be justly remarking, that the mass of good rich without envy, to support such instituproduced must necessarily exceed concep- tions, whose object is the benefit of the tion.
world. Lord Bexley congratulated the Chairman Mr. Favell expressed great pleasure in on the appearance of the assembly; their seconding his Lordship on the present ocnumber afforded a plain proof, that the casion, as he had had the honor of doing cause of the Bible had not lost its influence. at the formation of the Society. He had His Lordship then adverted to the first great satisfaction in knowing, that there formation of the Auxiliary eleven years were occasions, on which they could merge before, which be bad the bonor of attending; every difference of opinion, and engage hearhe felt much in reverting to the period tily in the same cause. He congratulated which had elapsed, both as affecting his own the Lord Mayor, the Citizens, the wives and situation, his country, and the cause of the daughters of Citizens, on celebrating the institution. The Auxiliary was formed just Bible banquet in the Egyptian Hall. They at the crisis, when this country was engaged had, indeed, the disadvantage of losing in the struggle for liberty, and when the novelty; but they had acquired, in return, Conqueror of Europe was going forth in that experience which might well compenthe attempt to vanquish the North. His sate for the loss. At the formation of the Lordship had just then entered on the du- Society, they could only hope and trust that ties of an arduous office, and could now, it would prove beneficial; they could now with gratitude, reflect, that after eleven appeal to the demonstration of fact that
such was the case. The institution was not station in society, he should recommend only an Auxiliary to aid the Bible Society, them to join the colony going out to Persia, but it was also an Auxiliary to diminish the where they would soon learn how deeply labours of magistrates, and prevent the they were indebted to the Bible. Adverting commission of crime: sure he was, the to the smuggling, in ancient times, of preventive service was of the utmost im- Bibles into Scotland by the Dutch skippers, portance; and those benevolent individuals he remarked, that many of the present who were so actively and usefully engaged Scotch pulpit Bibles had been originally in promoting the prison discipline, would obtained in this way. It was to the diffumost cordially rejoice if the commission of sion of Scriptural light in Scotland that its crime could be so prevented as to render superiority to the sister island was very their service unnecessary,
Mr. F. then much owing; and in proof of this, he readverted to the striking fact, recorded in marked, that in those parts of Ireland the Report of the Society for improving where one person in twelve could read, the Prison Discipline, that, of one hundred country enjoyed peace ; while in those and nineteen female convicts in Newgate, where only one in nine hundred could avail not more than three or four bad ever been themselves of this privilege, all was tumult at school-had ever received the benefit of and disorder. Mr. L. closed an interesting instruction ; and then concluded by ex. speech by contrasting the difference between pressing his happiness at seeing the Lord the families of profligate and pious laMayor, several Aldermen, the Sheriff and bourers, as actually existing in the metroSheriff Elect, all present, actively engaged polis, and thence deduced a powerful moin such a cause, and referred, in an impres- tive to exertion in this great cause. sive manner, to the contrast exhibited by The Lord Mayor, in acknowledging the the scene before him to that of former vote of thanks, intimated, that while it times, when Protestants were dragged to was with the utmost pleasure he rendered the Poultry Compter for daring to read any assistance in such a cause, he had only the word of God.
imitated the example of his predecessors ; Peter Laurie, Esq. the Sheriff Elect, re- an example which he trusted would long marked, that, had he consulted his own in- be followed : for while it was most clear, clination, he should certainly have remain- that the Bible is the only book which can ed in the back ground; but he considered afford adequate direction and support, both himself called upon by his situation to ap
in prosperity, and adversity, it unquespear before them. The Lord Mayor and tionably tended to diminish the labours of the Sheriffs could never do themselves more
those in official situations. If the Bible honour than when supporting religion; nor was duly attended to, criminal laws would could any cause be so important as that of
be unnecessary, and the office of magisthe Bible. The Bible was the rock upon
trate little more than a sinecure. which all must rest: the fountain from His Lordship being obliged to withdraw which all must drink. Mr. L. then advert- on account of business, Aldermanı Sir C. S. ed to his never having taken a public part Hunter kindly occupied the chair, at a Bible Society before, though long a
Mr. Alderman Brown, Mr. Alderman subscriber; “ But,” said he, “could I be- Thompson (one of the Sheriffs), and Mr. gin better than at this place, at a house
Alderman Key then addressed the assembly; which changes its master every year; and speaking highly of the Institution, and which thus affords an apt picture of human pledging themselves to its support. life: long may this Hall be devoted to such We have not room to notice the eloquent a cause, and those seats filled by a succes
and able addresses of the Rev. Messrs. sion of persons engaged in this great work." Hull, Fletcher, Boiceau, Hillyard, Venn, He next noticed the exertions of the City
Dr. Macbride, Saunders, Mr. Allen, &c. of London in support of the Bible in former
Mr. Boiceau, Minister of one of the French times, and related the interesting anecdote Protestant Churches, related an interesting of Queen Elizabeth's receiving the Bible in
anecdote of the ardour with which copies of Cheapside, and clasping it to her bosom as the sacred Scriptures were received abroad; the most valuable gift. Mr. L. hoped the
and the Rev. Mr. Venn ably exposed the ladies then present would, in like manner,
fallacy of the Abbe Dubois's objections to clasp the Bible to their breasts. They were
the East Indian Versions, by recounting pot now called to buckle on their armour some striking and well-attested facts, which and assume the Cross, and thus manifest occurred in the very part where the Abbe their zeal; but he hoped they were still
had resided; and thus clearly evinced bow zealous in a good cause; and if females little dependence could be placed on his rewere not zealous in support of that Book, presentations. which had advanced them to their proper
ANTI-SLAVERY SOCIETY. The Committee of the Society for miti- mode of proceediog by Parliamentary enactgating and gradually abolishing the state of ment, in effecting the colonial reforms slavery throughout the British dominions, which have been recognised as necessary, bave recently published a Brief View of their should not have been preferred to that of Progress and Prospects, with some sugges- leaving this great work to be carried on tions as to the further measures to be through the medium of the colonial legisadopted.
latures. Past experience, to say the least, Such appears to have been the effect pro- discourages any sanguine hope of their duced by the exertions of this Society, aid- prompt, cordial, and efficient co-operaed, in some slight degree, perhaps, by other tion; and the Committee, therefore, lag causes, that previous to the discussion of their account in meeting with much delay the question, no fewer than two hundred and disappointment, as the consequence of and thirty petitions were addressed to Par- this arrangement. liament, praying for the mitigation and “ But, besides this disadvantage, it must gradual extinction of slavery.
be recollected, that there are some points of The Brief View notices the motion of Mr. great and vital moment, on which no dis. Buxton, on the 15th of May, and the spe- tinct hope of reform has as yet been given. eific objects with which he intended to fol- It has not been declared, that slaves shall low up that motion; and recounts Mr. Can. cease to be chattels; that they shall no ning's amendments, which are inserted in longer continue, in this respect, as well as our Number for June, p. 240; and next for every other purpose of sale or transfer, states a general outline of the present pur- on the same degrading level with the beasts poses of His Majesty's Government con- of the field. They are still liable to be cerning slaves, which are as follow: transported, as the master's interest or
“ That the existing obstructions to ma- caprice may dictate, from one island to numissions, arising from stamps or fines, another, and separated for ever from their or other fiscal regulations, shall be re- families and dearest connexions, and from moved.
their native home. It has not yet been “ That the slaves shall be protected by settled, that their testimony shall be relaw in the possession, and also in the trans- ceived in courts of law, although without mission, by bequest or otherwise, of any this the value of many other provisions in property they may acquire.
their favour must be greatly diminished. " That ineans sball be provided of re- No expectation has yet been given, that ligious instruction for the slaves, and of they shall enjoy facilities for obtaining Christian education for their children. their freedom by their exertions.
“ That the driving system shall be pe- And, above all, their progeny are still remptorily and entirely abolished; so that doomed to be born to the same wretched the whip shall no longer be the stimulant inheritance with their parents, notwithof labour.
standing the undeniable injustice and cru6. That an end shall also be absolutely elty of such a destination. And with reput to the degrading corporal punishment spect to the points on which a more faof females; and that measures shall be vourable decision has been signified, they taken to restraip, generally, the power of are yet to be fulfilled; and that in the face, arbitrary punishment, and to prevent its it is to be feared, of many unappreciated abuse.
difficulties. " That the means of religious instruction “Let not, therefore, the friends of our being provided, the Sundays shall be given enslaved fellow-subjects assume that their up to the slaves for rest, recreation, and work is accomplished. In fact, it is only religious instruction and worsbip (Sunday begun. We are only entering on the field markets being abolished); and that equi- of our labours. We hare made, it is true, valent time shall be allowed them, on a fair and hopeful commencement. The inother days, for the cultivation of their pro- fuence of the public feeling, wbich has vision grounds.
been so remarkably displayed, bas effected " That the marriage of slaves shall be much. But the ground we have already authorised, and sanctioned by law; and gained may be lost; and, still more, our that they shall likewise be protected in the further progress may be delayed, or eren enjoyment of their connubial rights." wholly obstructed, if we should remit our
Several other points bave been admitted efforts. Nothing which has occurred ought as highly important by His Majesty's Go- to have the effect of relaxing, in the very vernment, and arc still under consideration; slightest degree, our vigilance and acso that the Committee express great satis- tivity. On the contrary, the success alfaction in reviewing the resolutions of Par- ready obtained should only stimulate us to liament, and the intentions of Ministers. At increased exertion; for whatever measures, the same time they deeply regret, “ that the with a view to the ultimate attainment of