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“ One thing is needful,” and that load that must be on your all things else are toys. Choose soul to all eternity. the better part, which shall never Sir, nobody shall know from be taken from you, Luke x. 42 ; me what I write to you, if you hate such a disposition as han- keep it to yourself and amend; kers after sensual, brutish de- and as long as no eye seeth it lights, and loveth pleasures more but your own, the plainest dealthan God; and had rather be at ing, in so great a cause, can be no sports or drinking, than in his injury to you. But let me tell service ; and loves the company you, if you shall go on in folly, of merry jovial fools better than and turn not unto God, and live of them that fear the Lord, Psal. not in his fear, perhaps I may xv. 4 ; and had rather sport and publish to the knowledge of the talk away time, than spend it in world the admonition, which I preparing for eternal glory ; for have given you, that ........it if this be the present frame of may appear, that if you were your mind, as true as the word disobedient to a dying mother, of God is true, you are dead in yet, I was faithful to the last sin, and an heir of hell ; and charge of a dying friend ; and if cannot be saved, unless convert- you durst abuse the Lord by sining, saving grace, do make you ping, so durst not I by letting a new creature, and give you a you alone. But God forbid that new heart, so that “old things you should put me to this ! I pass away, and all things be- cannot, I will not yet give up come new,” with you, 2 Cor. v. my hope, that God hath mercy 17.
for a son of so many prayers and Sir, I again beseech you to tears, which have been poured grant me these three requests that out for you by a saint now in I have made to you. It would beaven ; and which the Lord is rejoice me much to hear of your witness are seconded with the conversion, as it grieves me to tears of your surviving monitor, hear what you are, and fear what with which these lines were be: you will be. If you yield this gun, and are now ending; and much to God and me, you will which shall be followed with my have the everlasting comfort of prayers while God will give me it. If you will noi, I do testify a heart to pray, that you may to your face, that it is not your presently prove a returning fleshly pleasures, nor idle, delu- prodigal; that both your earthly sory companions, nor your un- and heavenly Father may rebelief, stupidity, false imagina- joice, and say, “ This our son tions, or childish folly, that shall was dead, and is alive again ; save you from the burning wrath was lost and is found.” (Luke of God; and I profess, I had xv. 32.) I pray you read the rather be a toad than you. And whole chapter. let me add, the words of a dying Sir, I remain an earnest desir: mother, and the earnest requests
er of your conversion and salvaof her and your yet surviving tion, friend, 'shall witness against you
RICHARD BAXTER. befoi the Lord, and aggravate
MISCELLANIES. at command was very agreeable
to me, as I have often observed, FRAGMENTS.
and lately a Norwich Hospital for Among many other charitable old people where many lodge in institutions in the city of Glas- the same room, that the infirmigow, Scotland, is “ a neat, quiet, ty, or peevishness of one person comfortable retreat for old people, has been the cause of half stilling which has this inscription over the rest for the want of the adthe gate.
mission of (that cordial of life) “ When this fabric was built, air.
Howard. is uncertain ; but in the year 1567, it was made an Hospital SEMINARIES of learning are for old people. The fabric be- the springs of society, which, as came ruinous in a great mea- they flow, foul or pure, diffuse sure, and some parts uninhabita- through successive generations ble. In the year 1726 the repa- depravity and misery, or on the rations were begun, and fifteen contrary, virtue and happiness. new rooms added by charitable On the bent given to our minds, donations, which will be suppli- as they open and expand, deed by old persons as the revenue pends their subsequent fate ; is increased by donations. Three and on the general management hundred pounds sterling entitles of education, depend the honour the donor to a presentation of and dignity of our species. a burgess, widow of a burgess,
Dr. Price. or child of a burgess, male or female ; and 3501. sterling “ It is the opinion of Dr. Argives the donor a right to pre- buthnot, that renewing and coolsent any person whatsoever, not ing the air in a patient's room married nor under fifty years of by opening the bed-curtains, age.”
door, and windows, in some cases In this hospital each person letting it in by pipes, and in has his own room, eleven feet general the right management by eight and a half, in which is a of air in the bed-chamber, is cupboard and window. These among the chief branches of rooms open into a passage regimen in inflammatory distwelve feet and a half wide, at eases, provided still that the inthe end of which is a sitting tention of keeping up a due room, for such as choose to as- quantity of perspiration be not sociate together.
A chaplain disappointed.” And Dr. Forreads prayers morning and eve- dyce adds, “ By the officious and ning. There is a garden and mistaken care of silly nurses in other conveniences. They have this respect, the disease is often roast meat three times a week, increased and lengthened, or and boiled three times, and even proves fatal. Numberless eleven bottles of good beer ; indeed are the mischiefs, which coals, clothes and linen are also arise from depriving the patient provided ; but the allowance for of cool air, the changing of washing is only sixpence a which, so as to remove the pumonth. The circumstance of trid streams, is most of all neeach person's having a window cessary in putrid diseases.” I
hope I shall be excused in adding, "In the beginning of putrid fevers (and many putrid fevers come upon full habit) the patient abhors, without knowing the reason, foods, which easily putrify, but pants after acid drinks and fruits, and such are allowed by some physicians, who follow nature. Oranges, lemons, citrons, grapes, peaches, currants, nectarines, are devoured with eagerness and gratitude. Can the distillery or the apothecary's shop boast of such cordials? It appears, then, on the whole, that the food, in a putrid fever, should consist of barley, rice, oatmeal, wheat bread, sago, salop mixed with wine, lemon, orange, citron, or chaddock juice, jellies made of currants, and other acescent fruits; and when broths are thought absolutely necessary, which probably seldom happens, they should be mixed with currant jellies, citron, lemons, and orange juices.".
Dr. Fordyce on inflammatory fevers.
-THIS great Athenian lawgiver, being present at the perform. ance of a tragedy by Thespis, who may be called the father of the stage, asked him, when he had done, if he was not ashamed to tell so many lies before so great an assembly. Thespis answered, it was no great matter, if he spoke or acted in jest. To this Solon replied, striking the ground violently with his staff, "If we encourage such jesting as this, we shall quickly find it in our contracts."
WE are informed of Dr. Marryat, that after he was somewhat advanced in youth, having a strong memory, he thought it his duty to make it a secret repository of the works of divine revelation.
Accordingly, "he treasured up," says one," a larger portion of the Scriptures than, perhaps, any one besides, whom we have known, ever did. For there are, some, who can assure us, they had the account immediately from himself, that he has committed to memory not a few whole books, both of the Old Testament and the New. When he mentioned this, he named distinctly, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Isaiah, and Jeremiah, with all the minor prophets: and every one of the epistles likewise in the New Testament, with the book of the Revelation. And that he might carefully retain the whole of what he had thus learnt, he declared, it was his practice to repeat them memoriter once a year. The
SOLON'S OPINION OF THE MORAL special reason or motive, which EFFECTS OF THE STAGE. he assigned for his entering upon this method, deserves a particular notice. He began it in the younger part of life, when, being under a deep sense of the evil of sin, and his mind sadly ignorant of God's ways of salvation by the righteousness of the glorious Messiah, or being in the dark as to his own personal interest in it, he was sorely distressed with fears, that hell must be his portion. At that time it was put into his heart, that, if he must go to hell, he would endeavour to carry with him as much of the word of God as pos
sibly he could. And it seems left off, to pursue it without into me to have been a secret la-terruption on his arrival. tent principle of the fear and love of God that established him. in this purpose. For it looks as if he desired to have a supply of scripture materials for his mind to work upon, choosing it should ever be employed in recollecting and reflecting upon those records, that thereby, if possible, it might be kept from blaspheming God, like the rest of the spirits in the infernal prison. Buck's Anecdotes.
"Frederic," says M. T. "divided his books into two classes, for study or for amusement. The second class, which was infinitely the most numerous, he read only once: the first was considerably less extensive, and was composed of books, which he wished to study and have recourse to from time to time during his life; these he took down, one after the other, in the order in which they stood, except when he wanted to verify, cite, or imitate, some passage. He had five libraries, all exactly alike, and containing the same books, ranged in the same order; one at Potsdam, a second at Sans Souci, a third at Berlin, a fourth at Charlottenburg, and a fifth at Breslaw. On removing to either of these places, he had only to make a note of the part of his subject at which he
No. 6. Vol. II.
The following was an humorous cure for unclerical practices.
THE CURATE RELIEVED.
A violent Welch 'squire having taken offence at a poor curate, who employed his leisure hours in mending clocks and watches, applied to the bishop of St. Asaph, with a formal complaint against him for impiously carrying on a trade contrary to the statute. His lordship having heard the complaint, told the squire he might depend upon it that the strictest justice should be done in the case; accordingly the mechanic divine was sent for a few days after, when the bishop asked him, "How he dared to disgrace his diocese by becoming a mender of clocks and watches." The other, with all humility, answered, "To satisfy the wants of a wife and ten children." "That won't do with me," rejoined the prelate, "I'll inflict such a punishment upon you as shall make you leave off your pitiful trade, I promise you," and immediately calling in his secretary, ordered him to make out a presentation for the astonished curate to a living of at least one hundred and fifty pounds per annum
Review of New Publications.
The Triumph of the Gospel. A sermon delivered before the New York Missionary Society, at their annual meeting, April 3, 1804. By JOHN H. LIVINGSTON, D. D. S. T. P. To which are added, an appendix, the an nual report of the directors, and other papers relating to Ameri, can Missions. New York, T. & J. Swords. pp. 97.
REV. xiv, 6, 7. And I saw another, angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, saying, with a loud voice, fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judg ment is come; and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of
THE design of the sermon is, first, to ascertain the object of this prophecy; secondly, to investigate the period of its accomplish
lapse of time, a singular movement
angel commence his flight?"
With a view to the object of the prophecy, or the event predicted, the author gives this explanation of the text.
"That John foresaw a period, when a zealous ministry would arise in the midst of the churches, with a new and extraordinary spirit; ministry singular in its views and exertions, and remarkable for its plans and suc cess; a ministry which would arrest the public attention, and be a prelude to momentous changes in the church and in the world."
This introduces the second bead, under which the author discovers great ingenuity, and advances sentiments highly interesting to the Christian world. Prophecy," he observes, "is fur. nished, like history, with a chronological calendar; and the predictions, with respect to the time of their ac complishment, may be referred to
He gives the meaning of the prophecy still more particularly in the following paragraph;
"John saw in vision, that after a
three distinct classes. Some expressly specify the period when the thing foretold shall take place.... Other predictions do not specify any series of years from which a compu tation can proceed, but connect the event with something preceding or