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many years, she was a regular aud | ligion was something more than form, efficient assistant. Often, after a day and that it was indispensably necessary. of labour and fatigue, she was To this circumstance she ascribed her walking a mile to render assistance, first decidedly religious impressions. with a cheerfulness truly delightful to Some time after this, she paid a visit to witness. As a collector for the Bible Saint Peter's, in the Isle of Thanet, Society, she rendered efficient local aid to where she heard two sermons from the that institution. Such was the course this Rev. Messrs. Cramp, sen, and jun., amiable young person had commenced, which were highly useful in deepening while she had as yet scarcely attained her previous religious feelings and conher fifteenth year, and from the uniform victions. In a correspondence which glow of health which her countenance had been carried on for some time with preserrted, we fondly hoped, she would a young friend of her own age, and have been spared, as some of her family which we have accidentally seen, we can had been, to shine as a light in the discover about this time indication of world for many years; but alas, “her great seriousress and spirituality of sun hath gone down while it was yet mind. By comparing the letters written day."
after this period, with those which were Much as Miss Harvey was esteemed written before, it is manifest her mind for her social and moral excellences, it had become changed and renovated, had not yet been ascertained, whether which barmonizes minutely with her she had been “ renewed in the spirit of own detail of her religious history and her mind,” or was, as a criminal, looking feelings, and proves the reality of the to Jesus for mercy. From what has work of grace on her heart. When it since transpired, we have however dis- was inquired why she had not spoken covered, that though we were ignorant on the subject of her altered views, she of the fact, there is every reason to be- said, she feared she should have been lieve she was a sincere Christian, that a professor only, and not a possessor. she had learned and experienced much, | Having lost a brother a short time before which her diffidence prevented her from her own removal, she was asked if she ayowing:
prayed for him, she replied, yes, she It was not long before her piety was prayed that, if it was the Lord's will to both ascertained and put to the test, and remove him, he would pardon his sins, found sufficient to sustain her in the and fit him for heaven. She particularly dark valley. The family, of which she delighted in the fifty-first Psalm, espewas the eldest, was visited by a species cially the seventh verse, as expressive of scarlet fever ; at length our young
of the desires of her heart. From the 'friend caught the disease. It assailed period of this conversation to the close her indeed in one of its mildest forms, of her life, her piety gradually expanded but it left the seeds of that disease itself, and shed a delightful influence which, in a few months, terminated her upon that close. The many pious, ferprobationary state. As the progress of vent, and sensible observations, uttered the complaint advanced, it was natural | by her, will be long embalmed in the for her pious parents to be anxious to memory of those who heard them, but ascertain the state of her mind, and her your limits forbid any considerable deprospects for eternity. They knew how
tail. to distinguish between morality of de- It was delightful to see so lovely a portment and renovation of heart; and young person yielding to the progress of they knew and felt that without the disease, not only without a murmur, but latter, there could be no admission into even with sacred joy and triumph. the kingdom of heaven, Impressed with With so much to make life desirable, these sentiments, her beloved father ap- she longed to depart and be with Christ, proached her bed-side, to subject her to &c. Fondly attached to the kindest a searching, though affectionate, ex- parents and kindred, she was enabled to amination. He was not long in discerning resign them at her heavenly Father's the evidence of an entire change of call. Repulsive as the grave naturally heart. She stated, that on a certain is to mortals, she could contemplate it occasion she and her next sister were with fortitude and pleasure. Some, about to retire to rest, when her mamma whose attention had not been directed to entered, and perceiving one kneeling on the subject of personal religion in this each side of the bed at their devotions. way before, wondered at that mighty said, I hope, my dears, you pray, as power which could invest emaciation well as say your prayers.”' 'This remark with a charm, and make more than happy. was the means of leaving on the heart the bed of death. To the minister who of Miss Harvey a conviction, that re- attended her, she said, “ I see and feel
I am a poor sinner, my whole depend- | assurance.
What should I do now, if I ance is on Jesus Christ. It was not had not a gracious God to look to? I always so with me.” She loved all sin- look for all I need in Christ. I long to cere Christians. She could not live go home, but must wait the Lord's time. without prayer, but lamented that her When shall I reach that happy place, and heart was not always disposed to the be for ever blessed? I hope I can say,I hail exercise. She observed, by the grace the happy day.” She sunk lower and lower of God she could see many things in every day, till at length she was an object which she had been made to differ. of the deepest commiseration, but her She once avoided those who were likely inner man grew stronger and stronger. to speak to her about her soul, now it was Night and day her friends watched by her delight to meet them. Sin appeared to her bed-side, expecting the approach of her exceeding sinful, and Christ very death ; but she lingered on, as if to precious. She said, she could never enjoy show survivors in how low a condition the pleasures of the world, she was Christianity was competent to sustain always unhappy when she returned from them. A young man died a few days the few scenes of this description at before her in similar circumstances. which she had been present.
“Poor Port is got home first,” she said. When any remark was made in her She was asked, “ How do you feel with presence, she would evince the spiri- regard to death ?” “ Very comfortable,” tuality of her mind, by turning it into a was the reply. “ You are not afraid to pious sentiment. Her medicine' was die ?" “Oh, no!” “ Is dying hard presented-she said,
work ?" "No," she said; “ How bitter that cup
6.6 Jesus can make a dying bed No heart can conceive,
Feel soft as downy pillows are.' Which he drank quite up,
I shall soon be with Jesus where he That sinners might live.”
is; I shall meet many departed saints, When a physician was spoken of, she and pious relatives, who died in him. observed, “Christ is my physician, who How much happiness I have and do cures my poor sinful soul.” When it enjoy! How kind and gracious in was said, a young friend was preparing Jesus to die for sinners !” She chose for marriage, she with the utmost the first and second verses of the 103rd composure replied, “And I am preparing Pşalm, as her funeral text. On its being for death.” The deep seriousness of remarked to her, that she could not sing her manner made her remarks very im- now, she replied, “ But I can pray.” She pressive. When a passage was read to retained her intellect almost to the her describing a self-righteous spirit, last. At length her desire was gratified, she shook her head and said, “Awful! and she gently fell asleep in Jesus. awful!” She spoke in the most depre. Such was the end of this estimable ciating terms of her own righteousness, young person. and with the most lively gratitude of Reader, Are you prepared for death? that Saviour who shed his blood for the Are your hopes founded on the Rock of chief of sinners. The flattering hope Ages? Are you separated from the common to persons in her situation, by world, and seeking the things above ? degrees gave way; when she said, “I “In such an hour as ye think not, the do not think I shall recover, but I am Son of man cometh." not afraid to die, yet I want a more full
Extract of a Letter from M. Lorriaux.
Quiery, Sep. 11th, 1834. July 3rd. This morning brother Thieffry and myself visited several sick persons, and offered to them the consolations of the gospel. We visited one
old woman, who pleased us much by her lively faith in Christ; she has not many days to remain in this world, but she sees the gate of heaven open to her. There were several persons in the same house, with whom we had serious conversation upon the nature of conversion, and the marks by which it may
be tained. In the evening we went to Aix, where we had an opportunity to
preach the gospel to thirty persons.
and a half in the Catholic cemetery. 6th, Lord's-day. In the morning we There was a crowd of persons ; nearly had a meeting for prayer in the chapel, at all from the neighbouring villages Nomain, at 8 o'clock; I preached to a attended. very large n umber of persons from Gen. 9th, Le Rosee. I left our good ii. 18-20. In the afternoon I went to brother Thieffry this morning, and Teintiguies : the place in which we met arrived at the house of a Protestant was quite full of persons from different family, in which I had a good opportuvillages; and I had the joy of remarking, nity of making known the gospel. We in general, an attention which indicate.) have had several serious conversations the great value they set upon the word upon the hidden life in Christ, Col. iii. of God. In the evening I preached at 3; and I hope my visit will be useful. Aix, in a small dissenting chapel, where After reading some portions of the word many young people were present, to of God, I requested to go to prayer. whom I addressed a serious exhortation These poor people were much astonished upon the necessity of leaving the world, that I asked to pray without having and becoming disciples of Christ. a book ; they do not know that prayer 7th. There is always something to be is the life of a Christiau.
In the evendone in the field of the Lord. Yesterday ing I had the boldness to present myself evening I was extremely fatigued ; I at the house of the unconverted pastor had walked twelve miles in bad weather, who lives in the town. I was surprised and much wished to rest myself, but the at the cordial welcome he gave me, for Lord who gives strength to the weary, he constrained me to remain the night Ps. xxviii. 14, had arranged otherwise ; with him. We conversed on several I was sent for to visit a young woman religious topics, and at night he asked dangerously ill. I went, and found
me to pray at family worship. 10th. I round her bed many persons who heard left this morning to go to the house of a me with pleasure. I spoke to the invalid, friend. He invited me to take a place in who, I trust, is a daughter of Abraham. his chaise ; this gave me an excellent When I asked her upon what she rested opportunity to preach the gospel to him, her hopes of salvation, she answered me which I embraced. I cannot give you in a very satisfactory manner, and all the particulars of our interesting conshowed that she had clear views of the versation, as it lasted several hours, but expiatory sacrifice of Christ. I hope I will give you the summary. I addressGod has made application of it to her ed him in this way: Do you not soul. She manifested great patience in think that religion is the only necessary her affliction, 2 Pet. i. 5, 6, and her pa- thing ?” “Yes; but every one cannot rents told me that they bad never re- be religious, especially in a world so marked in her, during lier long illness, corrupt as that in which we live.” The any signs of impatience. Upon leaving first thing I enforced and argued with this house, I went to Orchies, and there him was, that since religion is necessary met a lady who had heard me preach the to man, and a duty imposed by God, day before. After the usual salutations, there is no exception to the rule. I then she offered to take me to several houses showed him some of the advantages of whose inhabitants were desirous of a religious life, and read a hymn which hearing the gospel. I consented to her beautifully expresses the bappiness of proposal, and had the pleasure of visiting the pious soul. My friend was quite several interesting families. The fol- struck with the persuasive principles, lowing is my plan in these visits. On en- the sincerity and energy of thought, extering the house I open my Testament, pressed by the writer, and confessed and explain some verses. I then ques- that they proved the source whence they tion the inhabitants as to the state of flowed. He mentioned among other their souls, and give counsel or encou- things the doctrine of election, and enragement from the gospel, and finish with deavoured to draw from it the conclusion prayer. I left this good lady the same that it would be useless to lead a religiday, as I had to preach at a missionary ous life to obtain salvation, since perhaps meeting in a neighbouring village in the the eternal decrees of God irrevocably evening. My text was Isa. ii. 1-5. excluded him. I cited in answer to this
8th. I intended leaving to-day, but the opinion a series of Scripture passages, young woman whom I had visited had
which prevented his raising any more died, and brother Thieffry begged me to objections. As we approached the town, preach the funeral discourse, as strangers I assured him that I had not the have frequently the most influence. The least idea of blaming his religious interment took place in the afternoon, sentiments, but felt the desire to and I preached for more than an hour speak to him of the things relating to the
salvation of the soul. He said, that sure the churches never felt so deeply nothing I had uttered could offend him, their obligations. I confidently expect and said it would give him pleasure to to see, ere five years are gone, 5,000 offer me his chaise at any time. May men in training for the ministry. Powthe voice which speaks to the heart, erful influences are at work, wbich will without which mine is nothing, make develope mighty results. The benevoitself heard by this poor soul now wan
lence of our churches is increasing regu. dering in the labyrinth of this world, | Jarly ; it is becoming more and more a that it may soon be drawn to the fold matter of principle, and less of impasof Christ!
sioned appeal. It appears to me that God, in a wonderful manner, is martialling for conflict all the mighty moral
elements, and that soon wouderful deveBENEVOLENT SOCIETIES.
lopments will be made. Never did such The following Extract from a letter
a wave of excitement roll over this land, addressed to the Rev. J. A. James, Bir- and never were the most staid and wellmingham, supplies information which balanced Christian minds more roused cannot fail to interest our readers.
to attempt and expect great things. The
desire for the speedy conversion of the New York, May 12th, 1834. world is gaining ground rapidly. Much We have just closed our Anniversaries, prayer is offered-many hearts are enand have fresh occasion of thanksgiving larged--much, very much, wealth will to our heavenly Father. Notwithstand- roll into the Lord's treasury. Many of ing the year has been one of unprece- the rising ministers are devoted to the dented pecuniary embarrassment in our work, and ready to go forth anywhere. commercial affairs, still all our benevo- My heart is glad in God. I may yet, on lent Societies have recorded an increase earth, see my own land supplied with an of receipts. American Tract Society, efficient ministry, and a great company 66,485 dollars; increase, 4,000 dollars. of Missionaries in every heathen country. American Home Missionary Society, em- I feel a deepening anxiety that England ployed, last year, 672 Missionaries, re- and America should be more closely ceipts, 78,911 dollars ; increase, 10,284 | united in the work of the world's condollars. Bible Society, receipts 88,600 version. dollars. Education Society (i. e., for edu
W.P. cating young men for the ministry) assisted during the year 912, in 159 different li
DOMESTIC. terary and theological institutions. There were received of new beneficiaries dur. ing the year, 280, Sixty of our beneficiaries have entered the ministry during the year ; receipts 57,122 dollars. The I have been requested by some of my young men, in various ways, during the brethren to forward you the account of vacations, have raised towards their own a series of revival meetings that have support 26,174 dollars. Since the com- | just been held in the city of Lincoln. mencement of the Society, 18 years, we As I fully concur with my brethren in have aided 1,964 young men.
The first the opinion, that a concise and faithful year 4, the last 912. Rising 600 bave report of the meetings will prove intealready entered the ministry, having resting to many of your readers, and may passed through a course of classical and tend to advance the Redeemer's kingtheological study. More than 200 bave dom, I very cheerfully comply with been employed as Home Missionaries; their request. Being fully aware, that 40 are preaching the Gospel among the a very strong feeling exists in the heathen; 46 are employed as editors of minds of some good men against such literary and religious publications, or as meetings, I am not certain that the instructors in our seminaries of learning report will meet with your entire symand theology; the remainder are settled pathy; but I am willing to believe, that as pastors. Already has the Society whatever doubt you may entertain as to poweríully aided the cause of our dear the propriety of our proceedings, you Redeemer. One-sixth of all the ordina. will allow the report to appear in your tions of ministers in our land, during the pages, that your readers may have an past year, were beneficiaries of this so. opportunity of judging for themselves, ciety. The pressure is but just begin- whether such meetings be adapted to ning to be felt, that unless the education promote the glory of God, and the good cause is sustained, all the other benevo-- of immortal souls. I shall, first, give lent Societies will be retarded. I am the exact plan of our services, and then
state their result, so far as it can be , meeting, subject, “Scripture exhortaascertained.
tions ;' Isa. i. 18; Matt. xxvi. 41; We had twenty-one successive ser- Gen. xix. 17; Isa. lv. 6; Eccles. ix. vices, which commenced on Sabbath 10 ; Matt. v. 16. At half-past six, a morning, October 26, 1834, and ended public meeting, subject, " Addresses to on the following Friday morning. These different characters :-the careless sinner services were all previously arranged, -the serious inquirer—the true Chrisand were as follows: Sabbath morning, tian—the religious formalist-the backat seven o'clock, a prayer-meeting; at slider. This meeting was commenced half-past ten, a sermon on “ The nature with a brief exposition of the twelfth of a religious revival,” by brother Mar- chapter of Romans, by brother Stovel. gerum, of Spalding; at half-past two, a Friday morning, at seven, a prayer
The necessity of a religious meeting, to commend our brethren to revival,” by brother Moore, student at God, and implore a divine blessing to Bradford ; at six in the evening, a ser- attend the services.
• The source and means of a I have thus stated the particulars of religious revival,” by brother Stovel, of our services, because several of my Little Prescot-street, London, whose brethren wish to be in possession of connexion with the meetings proved a them; and also, because it is impossible gratification to all the parties concerned, for others to form a correct opinion of though it was not anticipated by any of the meetings, if they do not know the them, being, as to all human arrange- | plan we adopt. It is right, however, tő ments, perfectly casual. The services observe, that the arrangement is left of the Sabbath were closed by two or entirely to the pastor of the church; three of the members of the church and that the above is, in several reoffering solemn prayer to God.
spects, different from that which has Monday morning, at seven o'clock, a been adopted in other places. prayer-meeting ; at half-past ten, a ser- The meetings are not at all sectarian,
“ The nature, the necessity, | but devotional and practical; orthodox and the efficacy of prayer,” by brother Christians of all denominations nay Dawson, of Newark; after this and all ünite in them without any offence to the other sermons, except those preached their sectarian prejudices ; and this on the Sabbath, one or two short ad. union was happily seen in our meetdresses were delivered. At half-pastings. Neither are the meetings at all two, a sermon on « The nature and secular; no collections are made. The necessity of evangelical repentance,” hy travelling expenses of the ministers, brother Jones, of Horncastle. At half- and the expenses of printing, are depast six, a public meeting, subject, “The frayed by a private subscription among obligation of Christians to seek the sal- the members of the church. vation of sinners, and the means they There is one feature of the meetings should employ for its attainment." which I deem particularly important to Tuesday morning, at seven, a prayer
be stated, as there is reason to fear meeting. At balf-past ten, a sermon, many who have not had an opportunity
Religious decision,” by brother of attending them are much mistaken on Stovel. At half-past two, a public that point. A strict attention is paid to meeting, subject, Scripture qu the apostolical injunction, “ Let all tions;" Prov. xx. 9; Acts xvi. 30 ; things be done decently and in order.” James ii. 14; Heb. ii. 3; Matt. xx. 6; The speeches are characterized by deep Matt. v. 47. At half.past six, a public solemnity and tender affection ; equally meeting, subject,“ The vast importance remote from a dull prosing formality on of immediately seeking the salvation of the one hand, and a ranting vehement the soul.”
declamation on the other. The whole Wednesday morning,at seven, a prayer
services are conducted with so much meeting. At half-past ten, a sermon to seriousness and decorum, as to give no young people, by brother Margerum. offence to a sincere Christian of the corAt half-past two, a public meeting, sub- rectest taste and soundest judgment. ject,“ Scripture truths ;” 1 Cor. iii. 7; It is true, there is frequently considera1 Tim. vi. 6; John v. 40; 2 Cor. v. 10; ble excitement produced, but it is just Gal. vi 7; Prov, xiii. 4. At balf-past that kind of excitement which every six, a public meeting, subject, The sober-minded Christian loves to behold"; inestimable advantages of early piety.” the softening, melting influence of diThursday morning, at seven, a prayer
vine truth on the heart, prostrating the meeting. At half-past ten, a sermon to whole soul before God in deep selfthe aged, by brother Rowe, of Cilling- abasement. holme. At half-past two, a public In speaking of the results of the