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JANUARY, 1823. [No. 1. Vol. XXIII.
Tothe Editorofthe Christian Observer. those graces which the providential
ample wealth, exercising in private I AM induced by the desire of dispensations of an all-wise and
some friends, to submit the gracious Father did not allow her following narrative to the public
to exhibit in the more busy scenes through the medium of your mis- of public duty and bodily exertion. cellany. I am sensible that it has Permit me to add to this list the no claim to merit, but such as arises name of an obscure individual, who from its being an authentic record exemplified how contentedly a Chrisof several rare Christian virtues in tian can suffer, how humbly he can a very humble walk of life. Some deport himself, and how diligently, of your late Numbers have contained in the most abject circumstances of interesting notices of departed Chris- life, he can cherish feelings of love tians, illustrative of true religion in and gratitude, making the Bible the various aspects. Among others, we companion of his weary hours, and see in Mr. Hey a zealous layman, the temple of God a refuge from his steady in his Christian course, and
cares. I wish that I had enjoyed an unwearied in doing good, under the opportunity of knowing more of the pressure of an extensive and ex- exact religious sentiments of the hausting secular profession; in Mr. subject of my narrative, and of conTownshend, a clergyman of high versing with him more fully on the birth and expectations, humbly con- peculiar doctrines of the Gospel, and secrating himself to the service of their power over the human soul: on God, and the temporal and spiritual these points the memoir is less cowelfare of mankind; in Mr. Scott, pious than I could have wished: but another faithful minister of Christ, in the practical illustration of these strongly contrasted with the last principles, I trust it may be found mentioned in all the subordinate interesting and useful; and it is in circumstances of birth, education, this 'view chiefly what I offer it for and outward fortune, but united insertion, adding only my firm conwith him in faith and spirit, and viction, grounded on the whole evilabouring in his study with a dili- dence of the case, that my humble gence and success which almost friend was not a Stoic, or a mere make us undervalue his extensive moralist, but a true, faithfui, and utility in his pulpit and his parish ; in affectionate servant of Jesus Christ, Dr. Dehon, a prelate of deep devo- trusting wholly by faith in his atonetion and active charity, adorning his ment for salvation, and looking up high order in the church of Christ; for the blessed guidance of his Holy in Mrs. Hoffman, a Christian female Spirit, while he evinced in his life of middle rank and easy circum- much of the patience and contentstances, living a life of disinterested ment of his Great Example. self-denial, and unwearied exertion I am, &c.
W. R. for the benefit of the widow and the Stoné Easton Lodge. orphan; and in Lady Eleanor King, another female, of high station and On Sunday the 9th of January, CHRIST. Observ. No. 253.
18, as I was proceeding in the standing by the side of the forge, services of the day, my attention was putting some links of iron wire toattracted by a wretched object seated gether, to form a chain to suspend in the nave of the church. There scissars. The impressions of wretchwas an air of devout seriousness edness excited by his first appearabout him, under all the disadvan- ance, were now greatly heightened tages of tattered garments and by the soot, which, from the nature squalid appearance, which afforded of his occupation, had necessarily a favourable presentiment to my gathered round his person. After a mind. When the service was over, few general observations, I went to the stranger disappeared.
Mr. H. S., the master of the shop, Conceiving that he was some poor and from him learned some particupassing beggar, who had been allured lars of the poor man's history. He within the precincts of God's temple informed me, that on Tuesday the by the fire in the stove, I made nó 4th of January, in the severely cold inquiry about him. To my astonish- weather which then prevailed, this ment, however, on the following destitute object came to his shop, Sunday the same object presented almost exhausted with cold and himself, and took his station, as be- fatigue. In his passage through the fore, near the stove. He seemed neighbouring village of Phe to be a man decrepit with age : his had been inhumanly pelted with head resting upon his bosom, which snow-balls by a party of boys, and was partly exposed, betokened con- might probably have perished, but siderable infirmity. Under a coarse for the humanity of some respectand dirty sackcloth frock was to be able inhabitants of the place, who seen a soldier's coat patched in vari- rescued him from their hands. Havous places, which was strangely con- ing reached Mr. S.'s shop, he retrasted with the cleanliness of his quested permission to erect, in a shirt. His whole appearance was shed which adjoined the shop, his that of the lowest degree of poverty. little apparatus, consisting of a slight The same devout attention to the table, with a box containing his services of the day which I had tools. The benevolent master of remarked on the previous Sabbath the premises very kindly desired him inspired in me a hope, that he was to come in, and stationed him near a spiritual, though humble, wor- the forge, where he might pursue shipper of that common Father, à his work with advantage by the side disciple of that common Saviour, at of the fire. In the evening, when whose footstool we were prostrating the workmen were about to retire, ourselves in united adoration. Mr. S. asked him where he intended
When the service was concluded, to lodge that night. The old man I inquired who the old man was. inquired if there were any ox-stall “Sir," replied my informant, “ he is or stable near at hand, which he a person who works at the black- might be permitted to occupy. His smith's shop; he is a remarkable kind benefactor offered his stable, man, and carries about with him a Accordingly the poor creature, with Bible, which he constantly reads.” his box and table upon his back, A secret pleasure stole through my accompanied Mr. $. home, where heart at this delightful intelligence; as comfortable a bed as fresh straw and I could not but feel gratified at and shelter from the inclemency of the prospect of seeing a man who, the weather could afford was made under such appearances of misery, up. One of Mr. S.'s children after, made the word of God his com- wards carried him some warm cider, panion and guide.
which he accepted with reluctance, Having taken an early oppor- expressing his fears lest he should tunity in the course of the week of be depriving some part of the family paying him a visit, I found him of it,
Early the next morning Mr. S. soon as he was satisfied respecting went into the stable, and asked the his principles. He daily pursued poor stranger how he was. He with exemplary diligence his humreplied, “I am very happy.” The
The ble employment of making chains thermometer, during the past night, and skewers, although, as I afterhad been as low as 6 deg. or 7 deg. wards learned, he was unable, even Fahrenheit. Having risen from his with success in disposing of his straw bed, and dressed himself (for wares, to earn more than sixpence he always took off his clothes at or sevenpence a-day. A cup of tea night, and wrapped himself in a in the morning, for which he paid blanket, which had been given him twopence, and some bread, or cold by the Dowager Countess of C-), potatoes, if any remained from his he soon joined his hospitable friend, dinner the preceding day, formed and resumed his post by the side of his morning's repast. At dinner he the forge. This station Mr. S. had some hot potatoes, or bread humanely allowed him to retain as and cheese, with occasionally half long as he needed it; and, to his a pint of beer. If at any time solihonour be it spoken, contracted so cited to take some additional regreat a regard for the good man as freshment, he would decline it, sayto be unable to speak of him, even ing, “ I am thankful for the kindness at this time, without emotion. I but it would be intemperate.” have heard him declare, that he Mr. S. further added, that he never learned so complete a lesson believed him to be a sincere Chrisof humility, contentment, and grati- tian; that he always carried a Bible tude as from the conduct of this with him, which he used attentively man. Little did he think, at this to read when least. liable to intertime, how soon his lowly guest was ruption; and that he never partook to become an inhabitant of that of any of his slender meals, without blissful world where there is nei- first taking off his hat, and, as was ther sighing nor sorrow, “where judged from his attitude and the the wicked cease from troubling, motion of his lips, imploring the and the weary are at rest.” Little blessing of Him who clotheth the did he think that so soon that un- lily, and feedeth the young ravens; sightly and despised body should be but whose especial mercies are regathered to its dust, to be fashioned served for those who put their trust ere long “like unto Christ's glorious in him; and who not only commands body," a fit casket for the inesti- us, whether we eat or drink, or mable jewel of a soul cleaned in the whatever we do, to do all to his blood of the Redeemer from all glory, but encourages even the most earthly impurities, and made “meet afflicted and indigent of his faithful for the inheritance of the saints in followers to be “ careful for nothing, light." What a lesson this on the but in every thing with prayer and duty of prompt and cheerful atten- thanksgiving to let their requests be tion to the wants of the stranger and made known unto him," and that he the destitute! What a comment on will supply all their needs, both for the gracious declaration of our Savi- body and soul, if not in the way our, “ Forasmuch as ye did it unto most congenial to their wishes; yet the least of these little ones, ye did in that which shall most conduce to it unto me."
their spiritual and eternal welfare. The poor creature's days and This poor man's conduct was nights continued to be passed much uniformly consistent with his Chrisin the manner above described; with tian profession. Never does his prothe exception, that he had exchanged tector recollect. hearing an angry the stable, at night, for the shop, word, or a murmuring expression which was warmer, and in which from his lips ; although, in addition Mr. S. permitted him to remain, as to his bitter poverty and privations,