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diligence, gave him a distinguished place in the affections of all, and gained him a good word even from the bitterest enemies of his cause. He was settled in the year 1655, five years previous to the death of Cromwell and the restoration of the Stuarts to the British throne. His senior colleague observes of him, "His intellect was solid, his memory strong, his affections lively, his learning much beyond the ordinary grade, and above all, his holiness eminent, his conversation exemplary; in short, he had a good head and a better heart.' The Act of Uniformity," which compelled all who did not conform to the religious ceremonies established by law, to desist from preaching, drove many of the best and wisest men from the public ministry, and the arm of persecution followed them in their private labours. This act went into operation August 24, 1662. But this faithful disciple of Jesus continued his services from house to house, till May, 1663, when he was apprehended and imprisoned, under a false charge of having violated this intolerant act.


His sufferings in prison were great, but his zeal rose higher, and the prison furnished but another sphere for Christian labours. His preaching was attended by hundreds, some of whom came the distance of 8 or 10 miles around the country.-The history of his sufferings and his labours here, is full of interest; a long imprisonment and subsequent fatigue

ruined his health. But his love for souls was irrepressible. His health declined however, and while taking leave of his friends in a Christian manner, when about taking a journey to try the efficacy of mineral waters, the house was broken into, and Alleine, with several other ministers, were cast into Illchester jail. His labours here were most devoted; and in his biography we have a sketch of an address to his fellow prisoners, singularly touching. His disease gained rapidly upon him under the severities of his imprisonment through the winter. The remainder of his life presents one of the most affecting instances of bodily suffering, and of heavenly, holy exercises of soul. On his release from prison, he repaired to the springs at Bath, and while here was eminent for his holiness of life and faithfulness in counsel. His cultivated intellect fitted him for associating with every class of people, and his zeal reached them all. Unable to walk, he was carried to visit all the schools, alms-houses, and the godly poor, especially the widows, to whom he would give money and with whom he would converse and pray"-buying quantities of catechisms and other small books to be distributed among them. He also had in practical operation a Sunday School; for he engaged the parents to send their children to him weekly; and his widow says "we had about sixty or seventy children every Lord's day at our

lodgings, and they profited much by his instructions."

At Bath he finished his earthly labours, in a triumphant death, at the early age of thirtyfive. His literary productions are numerous, and evince his industry and zeal under his severe afflictions and extraordinary ministerial duties. The ALARM TO THE UNCONVERTED, the most successful of all his works, was not published until four years after his death, in the year 1672; and in three years, editions to the number of 70,000 copies were distributed, and from that time to the present, they have been unceasingly multiplied.

The Memoirs of Joseph Alleine have been published by the American Sunday School Union, in a volume which cannot but prove interesting to those who admire the spirit which pervades the present work. They will,of course, desire to know how that man lived and acted, whose thoughts are so replete with holy zeal and anxious love for souls. The present brief notice does not allow us to give any thing more than a general outline as a preface to the work.





I. What Conversion is not, and correcting some mistakes about it.

II. What Conversion is, and wherein it consisteth.

III. The necessity of Conversion.

IV. The marks of the Unconverted.
V. The miseries of the Unconverted.
VI. Directions for Conversion.

VII. Motives for Conversion.

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