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most furious battle took place that I | in the minds of a considerable portion have ever witnessed. Not thunder and of mankind, to receive their opinions lightning could excel the report and at second-hand, without bestowing on flash of the cannon, which might ap- them that rigid investigation which is pal the most dauntless heart. The requisite to the attainment of truth, uproar was, horrible; and it seemed as there is reason to believe, that the if all hell had broken loose, and was above incorrect representation has raging over the Channel. With un- / greatly contributed to prepare the equal forces we oppose the enemy, minds of many for rejecting the subbut, in spite of the disproportion, I lime and salutary doctrines of Chrisdo not believe there was a single tianity. Briton who did not believe us certain I do not mean, at present, to ex. to conquer the Spaniards. The en- amine the various motives by which thusiasm of the men was beyond de those men may be actuated who prescription; and when one of the sailors sent the worlù with this repulsive chafell, his wife rushed on to fill bis post,racter of our holy religion. To prove, and actually fired the death-dealing however, how little credit deserves to gun.
be attached to their opinions regard“I must leave off, for these are ing it, it may be sufficient to state, busy times, and there is no room to that this unfavourable portraiture is write a long letter. The first leisure invariably drawn by those who have hour I have, I shall put pen to paper, never experienced its influence on and so, my dear Mary, farewell, their own hearts; and, as in every “Your affectionate Husband, other case, it is absolutely pecessary
“RICHARD Everett." that a man, previously to his proAnother number of the “ Manuscrip
nouncing his decision, be intimately tomaniac" will finish Everett's ac
acquainted with the merits of the count of the defeat of the Spanish
question under consideration; it is
obvious, that such individuals can be Armada; an event, the mere mention of which must warm every English
but badly qualified to decide, whether man's bosom. ARTHUR HOWARD.
its influence on the minds of others be of a favourable or of a pernicious pa
ture; for, in this case, an experimental, SOLITARY HOURS. as well as a speculative, acquaintance (Continued from col.730.)
with it, is indispensably necessary. No. IV.-On the Pleasures to be derived “The natural man receiveth not the
from an Experimental Acquaintance things of the Spirit of God, for they with the Christian Religion.
are foolishness unto him; neither can “ Pleasure, we all agree, is man's chief good;
he know them, because they are spiOur only contest, what deserves the name. ritually discerned.” Give pleasure's name to nought but what hath The religion of Jesus, instead of fill. pass’a
ing the minds of those who have emThe authentio seal of reason, and defies
braced it with morose and melancholy The tooth of time: when passed, a pleasure
dispositions, hath an unavoidable tenstill; Dearer on trial, lovelier for its age,
dency to produce the very reverse. It And doubly to be priz'd, as it promotes will be readily allowed, that the man Our future, while it forms our present, joy." whose mind is beginning to experience
those serious impressions by which It has been the peculiar fate of the he is convinced of sin, may labour for Christian religion, ever since it pro- a time under an uneasiness of soul, to ceeded from the mouth of its great which he was formerly a total stranpromulgator, to be the object, not only ger; but this is only the sure prelade of the most malignant ridicule, but of a long and delightful tranquillity. likewise of the grossest misrepresenta: / It will be further conceded to the option; and hence, one of the many un- ponents of our heavenly religion, that founded accusations which infidels the follower of Jesus may, owing to have brought against the religion of a variety of causes, during his ChrisJesus is, that it has a tendency to tian journey, have his feelings agitated, generate and cherish, in the minds of and his mind considerably pained; its possessors, the most morose and but what are these few casual intermelancholy dispositions. Now, as ruptions of his joys and peace, to those there is a strange propensity existing | sublime delights, that inward uput
terable happiness, which it is his dis- that'state of dignity and happiness in tinguished privilege to enjoy, during which he was originally created, is a the far greater portion of his residence fact which both reason and revelation in this terrestrial scene of existence! | concur in demonstrating. There is a And what are all the severe trials to faithful monitor in every man's bosom, which a Christian can possibly be ex- | which, if not seared as with a hot iron, posed while in this world, when con- | or violently smothered in its workings, trasted with that eternity of ineffable will unite with the solemn attestations felicity, which, in the gracious ap- of the Most High, in bringing this appointments of Jehovah, is reserved for palling doctrine to his frequent rehim in heaven? The Christian has membrance. Hence it is, that almost only, by the eye of faith, to penetrate every nation under heaven, even though the skies, and, surveying the glories of not visited with the light of the glorithe unseen world, to reflect that he | ous gospel, presents us with so many shall soon be an eternal inhabitant instances of sacrifices being offered ap, there; and all his trials and troubles under the mistaken idea, that such will completely vanish,-leaving no- sacrifices could atone for their sins. thing but the name,
We have only to cast our eyes over The philosopher, while successfully those parts of the world which are traeing the progress of nature through still enveloped in spiritual darkness, all her varied and intricate processes, to be convinced of this fact; and our may feel his mind exulting with emo- minds will sicken at those dreadful tions of exquisite delight, while he scenes which are there exhibited. We pauses to contemplate her wonderful may there behold innomerable inoperations; the mind of the artist may stances of infatuated beings, prostratbe bighly gratified, while his eyes are ing themselves at the foot of those inintently gazing on some admirable animate deities which their own hands production of human ingénuity; the have formed-yoluntarily subjecting man of science may feel his mind themselves to the most excruciating glowing with delight, in proportion as pains, in all their possible shapes and he becomes acquainted with those varieties-immolating themselves on subjects which engross his attention ; the funeral pile-and anxiously courtand the poet may be the subject of ing the supposed honour and benefit very pleasurable emotions, while,waft- of being crushed to pieces by the ed on the wings of his airy imagina-wheels of some mighty car; and all tion, he makes some lofty excursion this they suffer and do, from a firm into the regions of fańcy ;-but all conviction of their guilt, and under an of these fall infinitely short of those erroneous impression, that they are pure enjoyments which are to be de- thereby atoning for their transgresrived from an experimental acquaint- sions. ance with the religion of Jesus. Nor If we look into our own, and other need we be surprised at those èx-Christian countries, how many are quisitely delightful enjoyments which there, who, while they affect to disbethe followers of Jesus derive from an lieve the Christian revelation, feel experimental acquaintance with his such remorse of conscience on acreligion, if we consider the doctrine it count of their sins, and such fearful inculcates-the duties it enjoins-and anticipations of future punishment. the prospects it presents to the minds that they betake themselves to acts of of its possessors.
charity and benevolence, from a deluThe doctrines inculcated by the sive persuasion, that they thereby Christian religion are sources of un-pacify an offended Deity, and render speakable joy to the mind of the be an atonement for their sinful actions. liever. And among these, the atone Now, does not all this corroborate ment-restoration to the lost favour the language of Scripture, which asand love of God, the promise of the serts, that man has violated the holy influences of the Holy Spirit to the and righteous laws of the Supreme soul-and the intercession of Christ, Being; and has consequently renderhold a prominent place.
ed himself justly amenable to his The doctrine of the atonement is eternal displeasure; and at the same fraught with joy to the mind of the time prove the indispensable necessity Christian. That man had, by his of a satisfactory atonement for sin apostasy from his Maker, fallen from being made, previously to the sinner's escaping that punishment which his interests,-he can now behold him in gailt has merited ?
the endearing relation of a reconciled The Christian is, of all others, the God and Father in Christ Jesus. The most deeply alive to this. He knows, contemplation of those attributes of that by his sin be has offended his the Deity, the recollection of which Maker; but he is, at the same time, formerly filled bis soul with terror, is as fully convinced, that it is not in his now the source of his unceasing and power, nor in the power of any created highest delights. Secure in the enjoybeing, to repair ibe breach of God's ment of the favour and love of the violated law, or to offer a satisfactory Most High, he can regard with the atonement to the injured claims of his utmost indifference, the frowns and justice. It is no wonder, then, that to reproaches of the world. He perceives, such a man, the doctrine of the atone- and rejoices in, the presiding agency ment through the blood of Christ, of Omnipotence over the various move. should be the most joyful and consol- ments of nature, and is pleased to ing intelligence which was ever utter- “See God in clouds, and hear him in tbe wind.” ed in his hearing. While he reflects Even from those dispensations of on the blessed truth, that for his sake his providence which would overthe Son of God did, for a time, aban-whelm others in wretchedness, he don the presence of His Father-fore- derives some of his choicest pleasures; go the glory and felicity of heaven for in them he recognizes the hand of appear in our nature and world-sub- a kind and indulgent father; and the mit to such privations, reproaches, and inspired observation is ever present pungent sufferings-and, at last, give to his mind, “Whom the Lord loveth himself up to an ignominious and ex- he chasteneth, and scourgeth every cruciating death; wbile, I say, the son whom he receiveth.” He knows Christian contemplates all this, and that all things, whetber to his natural hears Jesus triumphantly exclaiming, feelings they be joyous or grievous, in his expiring moments, “It is finish- are expressly intended to work toed," and has so many undoubted tes-gether for God's glory, and his good. timonies of the approbation with which If an obscure peasant were to reGod has regarded his finished work, ceive the most affectionate regards of he feels himself transported with a some illustrious monarch, would not holy joy and complacency of soul, of his mind beat high with exultation ? which the world can form no concep- Unquestionably it would. And has tion.
not the Christian infinitely more reaRestoration to the lost favour and son to rejoice, who has an express love of God, is another doctrine of the assurance from Scripture, of being Christian religion, which is a source the object of the peculiar love of him, of inconceivable joy to the mind of the who is the Parent of the universe; believer. There is nothing of more and on whose vesture and thigh are frequent occurrence among men, than inscribed, in indelible characters, for one individual to execute legal“ King of kings, and Lord of lords ?” vengeance on another, who is his legi. The promise of the influences of the timate debtor ; but who, from the very Holy Spirit, to enable the Christian to: moment some friend interferes in his persevere in the righteous ways of the behalf, and discharges the debt, ap. Lord, is another doctrine, from the pears no more in the character of an contemplation of which he derives enemy, while, at the same time, he unspeakable consolation. It is to be cherishes no favourable or friendly lamented, that there are thousands in disposition towards him. Happily, the world, who at once deny the nesuch is not the case with God towards cessity of the Divine Spirit to comthe subjects of his mercy. In conse. mence the work of saving grace in the quence of the incalculable value at- soul, and likewise overlook the neces-, tached to the atonement of Christ, the sity of his continued assistance to sinner is not only delivered from the carry it on until the day of complete consequences of his moral turpitude, / redemption. Many there are, who but he is also restored to the lost fa think they are in a fair way for heaven, vour and love of God. Instead of re- provided they cherish in their minds garding the Supreme Being in the the kindlier dispositions of their nafearful character of an avenger,-orture, and that there be nothing grossly in that of a being indifferent to his l inmoral in their external conduct.
S urrendernemercrome Such characters oannot but disclaim , duties may be considered in two lights: the necessity of divine influence in the first, as they regard God; and secondwork of salvation.
ly, as they regard our fellow-men. • Widely different, however, is it with From the former, his mind derives inthe genuine Christian. He knows, | describable pleasure. Is be called to that unless he advance in grace, he engage in private prayer, bis mind must retrograde towards perdition. beats high with delight, at the return He knows, that witbout holiness of of those stated periods in which he heart, as well as of life, no man can was wont to be so engaged. - While see the Lord; and he is deeply con- | he humbly prostrates himself in the vinced, that the aids of the Spirit are presence of bis Maker, he feels. his as indispensably necessary to bis pro- soul fired with devotion, and his lips gress in the divine life, as they were touched as with a live coal from off the in accomplishing his regeneration. altar; and, in the overflowings of his He is well acquainted with the frailty heart, he scarcely knows how to exof his pature-the strong propensities I press bis grateful acknowledgments existing in his mind to the commission to him, for all the tender mercies he of sin- the number, the resources, and has received at his hand. While the stratagems of his spiritual enemies worldly minds are chained down by
and that, from these causes, if left to their sensual propensities to earthly himself, he would infallibly become objects, the soul of the Christian, in the child of eternal destruction. It is the season of unrestrained prayer, when his mind is thus exercised, that soars up to heaven on the pinions of the promises of the Saviour recur to faith and love, pierces the skies, and him,-in those passages of Scripture explores the regions of bliss and imwhere this comfortable doctrine is mortality. Ask the experienced man clearly inculcated. His mind eagerly of God, in what way he was employed ruminates on this blessed theme, and while spending the happiest hours. of from it, as from a fountain, he draws his life; and he will, without any abundantly the waters of consolation. | hesitation, tell you, it was when en
The doctrine of the continued inter- gaged in the exercise of private prayer cession of Christ, likewise administers - when enabled by the aids of the Dithe highest delight to the mind of vine Spirit, to pour out his soul to his the Christian believer. Jesus, who Creator, in holy thanksgivings and in was the atoning high-priest of his fervent supplications. In seasons of people, is now their interceding high- prayer, the Christian is earnestly enpriest. He sustains the character of gaged in expressing to the Most their advocate within the veil. Christ High, those emotions of praise and Jesus is set down at the right hand of gratitude which fill his soul, for that God; and while there preparing man- tender care which he hath manifested sions of glory for his people, is, at the towards him--for all those mercies same time, unceasing in his interces- which he hath conferred on him-but. sions with his Father, that they may especially for revealing to him, and be prepared for the full and eternal giving him a saving interest in, the enjoyment of those mansions. The glorious work of human redemption. Christian has often to bewail the num- Heis, at the same time, earnest in his ber and the aggravated nature of those supplications to a throne of grace, sins which mingle with his devoutest that the same goodness and mercy prayers; and has oftentimes reason to may follow him all the days of his fear that they will exclude their en- | life; and that abundant supplies of trance into heaven. But when he grace may be communicated to him reflects, that however defective, and from on high, suited to his varied circharacterized by sin, his best services | cumstances ; and that he may be en-, may in themselves be, they are pre-abled to hold on until the end of his ; sented by Christ Jesus, sprinkled Christian journey. And while he thus, with His blood; and that God heareth presents his praises and his prayers him always; then he rejoiceth with to the throne of God, in the full conjoy unspeakable and full of glory. fidence, that, through the all-prevailing
The performance of the duties which merits of Christ Jesus, they will be the Christian religion enjoins, adminis- | accepted, and answered, his mind. ters mach joy and consolation to the glows with the purest and most elemind of the believer. Now, these | vated rapture.
The Christian derives much joy from midnight will I rise to give thanks searching the Scriptures. “Search unto thee, because of thy righteous the Scriptures daily,” is the command judgments, (precepts.) The law of thy of our Saviour; and with the spirit, mouth is better unto me than thouas well as the letter of this command, sands of gold and silver. Unless thy the Christian is careful to comply.law had been my delights, I should The man who has never been the sub then have perished in mine affliction. ject of regenerating grace, can see no O how love I thy law; it is my medibeauty-no attractions—no meaning, tation all the day. How sweet are thy in the word of God. To him it is words onto my taste! yea, sweeter indeed a sealed book; and he may than honey to my mouth! Thy testifeel so strong an aversion to it, as to monies have I taken as a heritage for be greatly punished when an anxiety ever; for they are the rejoicing of my to obtain or preserve a good name, heart. I rejoice in thy word, as one may induce bim to read a portion of that findeth great spoil."-Psalm 119. its important contents. Not so, how-| Eloin.
J.G. ever, with the genuine Christian. . He rejoices when an opportunity is afforded him of perusing the oracles of truth. HISTORY OF SYLVIA, OR THE FATAL
EFFECTS OF YIELDING TO THE INderives a knowledge of himself; that FLUENCE OF EVIL PASSIONS. he becomes acquainted with his own
MR. EDITOR. spiritual wants and weaknesses; and
Sir,-Should you think the following it is through the same medium, that the way is made known whereby those
history worthy of insertion in your in
teresting and useful miscellany, it is wants may be supplied, and divine strength communicated. It is, too,
quite at your service. As to its aufrom the dictates of inspiration, that a
thenticity, you need not have the least
doubt; I pledge myself for it. Three the Christian derives his valuable knowledge of God. He may, indeed,
years have not elapsed since the event learn something of a Divine Being
transpired; and which, I have no from the light of nature ; but the
doubt, is yet fresh in the memories of greatest attainments which man, un
those amongst whom it happened. assisted by the light of revelation, June 24th, 1825. AMICUS Virtuti. has ever been able to make in divine knowledge, is but dark and superficial, Whether the pen be employed in compared with that resplendent illu- rescuing from oblivion the wisdom of mination which shines thronghout the the monarch, the feats of the hero, the pages of truth. It is in the volume of principles of the philosopher, the exinspiration only, that the Deity has ertions of the legislator, the researches proclaimed himself to be “the Lord, of the man of science, the productions the Lord God, merciful and gracious, of the divine, or the effusions of the pardoning iniquity, transgression, and muse,-to each of these several tasks sin;" and it is only such a revelation is there assigned a pleasing interest; of the Supreme Being as this, that can and more particularly so, when such administer joy and felicity to the sin- records have a tendency to place virner's mind.
tue on a more solid basis; and to shew The royal psalmist, in delineating the amiability of religion, and the the pleasure which he derived from deformity of vice. To the last genus, searching the word of God, presents the bistory of Sylvia may be said to us with a faithful portraiture of he joy- belong; and doubly requited will its ful experience which every Christian writer be, if, by it, a useful lesson be obtains from the same employment; inculcated, or the least general good and in his words I shall conclude this effected. branch of my Solitary Hours.
Sylvia was born in the year , at In addressing his Maker, he thus a delightful village, in a sequestered expresseth himself:-“Thy testimo- part of the West-Riding of the county nies, O Lord, are my delight, and my of York. Her parents, poor, though counsellors. Thy word is my comfort somewhat creditable, were regular atin mine affliction ; it hath quickened tendants of the Establisbment, and, me. Thy statutes have been my songs according to its injunctions, they enin the house of my pilgrimage. At deavoured to bring up their offspring.'