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ments; men who knew its virtues, and bles. sed the soil from whence it sprung !

Stop thee, then, thou poisonous breath of Envy,and I will point out a few of the kind Friends of Universalism--and doubt not but hereafter, more will come to light.

In early Ages--Clemens Romanus, Tertul. lian, and Origen : the numerous disciples of the latter particularly, were not destroyed by persecutions till the end of the seventh century ;-re. proached by the name of Merciful Doctors.

Dr. Henry More ; Dr. Rust, Bishop of Dro. more; Peter Sterry, and Jerem. White, Chap. lains to Oliver Cromwell ; Winstanley ; Salmon ; Gordon ; Webster ; Erberry; Roach; Muralt; Dr. Burnet, Master of the Charter. House ;* Doctors Cheyne and Hartley ; phy. sicians; Dr. Sykes ; the celebrated Chevalier Ramsey; the Rev. William Law; Di. Ner. ton, late Bishop of Bristol ; Rey. Geo. Stone. house ; Richard Clarke, and Petit Pierre, of Neufchatel, now living; Mr. Whiston ; Dr. Chauncey, of Boston an Independent ; Dr. Smith, of New York, physician ; Paul Siegvolk, of Germany ; Mr. Purves, of Edinburgh; Rev. Messrs. Winchester, Leicester, &c. &c. with many scores Anonymous.

* Author of The great Love of God to all Mankind. I APPREHEND, that in the different controversies which have been held, concerning the meaning, or limitation, of the words forever, kucrlasting, &c. more pains has been taken than

was needful ; for nothing seems so easily established as this point. - When we want to be at the justimport of a word,the way is not(as some novices do) to fathom the sound, & measure the cir. cumference, but to enquire the usage of language, and the common acceptation of phrases. Now, at the very time the New Testament was a writing, the written indentures of the Greeks contained the very words, which some of our merciless Divines have strained to signify the never-ceasing misery of their fellow-sinners : i.e. Forever, the period of seven years; forever-and-ever, fourteen ; forever-and-everlasting; twenty-one ; which was the ultimate link of bondage to the poor slave.

J. W.

A CONTRAST.
ADAM.

CHRIST. Adam, by his transgression, Jesus Christ, by our Redemphas been to all men, the source tion, has been to all men, the of all evil.

source of all good. In Adam all men have sinned, In Jesus Christ, all men have except one ; he who has not sin-been justified, except one ; he ned in Adam, is Jesus Christ. who is not justified in Jesus

Christ, is Antichrist. Adam, the transgressor, has Jesus Christ, the Redeemer, subjected all men to two sorts of has brought to all men, two sorts death; the one real, and the of life ; the one by the Grace of other mystical.

Redemption, and the other by

Grace super-abundant. All men are dead in Adam, of All men are made alive, in Je. a mystical, or imputed death. sus Christ, of a life mystical, or That is to say, without personal-imputed ; that is to say, without by consenting to the sin that lost the necessity of their personally them ; because they are repated consenting to the grace of their to have consented io it, in the Redemption ; because they are will of Adam, as the progenitor reputed to have accepted of it,in of all human nature, and who the will of Jesus Christ ; for he Pas involved' us all in his con- became security for all men. And demnation.

who has made a full and perfect

satisfaction to his offended Fath[Hegren open to all men.] cr, for the sins of all mankind.

The WORTH of RELIGION in a DYING

Hour.

SALMASIUS, the famous French scholar, af. ter his many volumes of learning, by which he had acquired great veneration among men of books ; confessed, so far to have mistaken true learning, and that in which solid happiness consists, that he exclaimed thus against himself :

"Oh! I have lost a world of time ; time, that most precious thing in the world : where. of, had I but one year more, it should be spent in David's Psalms, and Paul's Epistles. Oh! Sirs, (said he, to those about him) mind the world less, and God more. The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom ; and to depart from evil, that is understanding."

CARDINAL Wolsey, was highly famed for worldly wisdom, and the best erudition of his time ; and, besides, figured in as high a station as almost any subject in Europe ever did. Yet this man lost the favor of his prince, and was forsaken by all his friends,except his faithful servant Thomas Cromwell, afterwards Eart of Essex. It is worth the pains to enquire, what he thought (then) of religion and profaneness of the service of God and the world, the favor of Jehovah and the favor of princes. When

the splendor of courts and earthly grandeur, did not dazzle his eyes, he could see truth, piety and virtue, in all their native beauty and heav. enly lustre. Hear, O fluttering world ! what this ambitious, but now degraded prelate says, addressing himself to his servant and only friend -in the style of the prince of dramatic poets, (SHAKESPEARE)

Cromwell, I did not think to shed a tear,
In all my miseries ; but thou hast forced me,
Out of thy honest truth, to play the woman.
Let's dry our eyes, and thus far hear me, Cromwell.

Mark but my fall, and that which ruin'd me!
Cromwell, I charge thee, fiing away ambition,
And every vice that with profaneness dwells.

O Cromwell, Cronivell,
Had I but serv'd my God, with half the zeal
I serv'd my King, he would not, in mine age,
Have left me naked to mine enemies !

These words are enough to draw tears from every feeling heart : and they bear a noble testimony to the honor and excellence of Religion; given at a time when men are the least used to flatter or dissemble.

It is appointed unto Men once to die.

CARDINAL Mazarine, reputed the most consummate statesman any age ever knew, but whose great aim in life was, the grandeur of the world; when somewhat awakened by the smart

lashes of conscience, with astonishment and tears he cried out, “O my poor soul! what will become of thee? Whither wilt thou go? And turning to the Queen Mother of France, said, “ Madam, your favors have undone me Were I to live again, I would be a Capuchis rather than a Courtier."

THE Emperor Adrian (of whom it is reporied that he possessed the faculty of memory to so extraordinary a degree , as to be capable of repeating a whole book by heart, however dif. ficult, only by once reading it) previous to his death, entertained apprehensions of the immortality of the Soul, &c. and trembled at the approaches of Death, having never trembled before. He says, My little soul, my dearest dar. ling: 0, guest and companion of my body :whither, ah, whither art thou now going ?

CHARLES V. Emperor of Germany, after many pitched battles, many triumphs and king. doms conquered, &c. resigned up all his pomp, and betook himself to retirement ; leaving this testimony behind him, concerning the life he spent in the honors and pleasures of the world, and in the little time of his retreat from them all ; “ That the sincere study, profession, and practice of the Christian religion, had in it joys and sweetness for our days of life, and gave a blessed serenity in the hour of death, which courts were strangers to, and guilty pleasures could never produce.”

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