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couragement derivable from such a subject was the more necessary to me from the temptation to despondency which, in common with many of my fellow-Christians, I have of late experienced, on the very painful and awful prospects which appear to us to threaten the National Church and the British public, in an hour of darkness, when “the sea and the waves are roaring, and men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming upon the earth.”

In reference to the importance of intercessory prayer, I am old enough to remember many seasons of great anxiety and danger, during the war, not merely with regicide and revolu. tionary France, but with the Popish and Infidel powers which that nation brought into the field against our religion and existence. On those oc. casions, as they arose, a Government which had not cast off the fear of God, called upon the nation to observe many solemn days of fasting and humiliation: and it is well to remember that the Almighty was, again and again, entreated for the land, and repeatedly turned aside the wrath which so frequently impended over us. I know that many prayed most earnestly on the eve of the decisive battle of Waterloo, nor need they be afraid or ashamed to confess it. Being now at peace with the whole world, we have no such grateful calls of authority as we once had, to deprecate the Divine wrath, although I apprehend that no enlightened mind can doubt for a moment, that our dangers, as a professedly Christian nation, are multiplied in an indefinite ratio beyond those of the period when we were at war with the whole world. Far, indeed am I from underrating the Scriptural assurance that “the Lord reigneth ;” but such a conviction is not merely consistent with the vigorous use of

all appointed means, but will chiefly honour prayer as one of the principal, seeing that the Almighty will be "enquired of” by his people to effect deliverance for them. Now, with the single exception of an invitation by one or two ministers of the Establishment, at the opening of every year, we are absolutely without any thing in the shape of an appeal to the duty of public intercessory prayer.

Will you, Sir, or perhaps, rather, such of the Evangelical Clergy, (I do not renounce this phrase at the bidding of Puseyism) as can feel for the Church and country, be pleased to take this subject into consideration; and strive to obtain some understanding upon the propriety of naming a day when all that can be effected for us without public authority (for which we should, I apprehend, now look in vain,) may be generally agreed upon; as we now find occurring in the case of the new year, to which I have already alluded, and which is now at some distance.

I remain, Sir,
Your most obedient servant,

June 10, 1845.

The Bishop of Exeter has recently delivered his Visitation Charge. We can only hope that the Newspaper accounts of it are incorrect: otherwise, it is not easy to conceive a document more awfully faulty in matter, or more disgracefully unchristian in spirit.

We are glad to hear by a letter from a friend, dated Philadelphia, May 27, that after a strenuous effort on the part of the Tractarians to appoint a Bishop of Pennsylvania of their own sentiments, Dr. Potter, a truly sound and devotedly pious man, has been chosen.




AUGUST, 1845.



(Concluded from page 290.)

Occupying an humble station, received very pleasing testimonies,* being only a curate of a retired it was ever with mingled feelings country church for the greatest part of his life, and having no ad

* As an instance of this, I give the folventitious circumstances in his

lowing portion of one of his letters to an

afflicted friend at Cheltenham, one of the favour, he produced works which a family with whom he resided. Its date large portion of the religious public, is, May 23, 1835 :

" While I was at dinner to-day (Saturhigh and low, learned and unlearn

day), in came the Rev. Mr. W and ed, do highly approve and greatly staid only to give me this account of a value. Though not distinguished

sister-in-law of his, who lately died.

. She was in great darkness and distress for genius or learning, he undoubt

of mind, but very anxious to obtain assuredly had both to a considerable ex- ance that she was in a state of salvation. tent. Ofthis, were thereno other evi- In reading the “ True Christian,” a flood

of light broke in upon her soul ; her fears dence, the popularity of his works

and darkness vanished, and she was filled would be quite a sufficient proof. with holy confidence, that her soul was They have been greatly blessed to

safe ; which filled her with joy and peace

that continued habitually for two months, the good of many.

Several testi- when she died very happy.' monies to this effect have at vari- “ This account is somewhat similar to ous times been communicated to

what another clergyman gave me, when

at Aberystwyth, of his own sister on her himself. To some they have been death-bed. What a high favour to be inthe means of conversion, as testi- strumental in administering consolation fied by the individuals themselves ;

to any of the children of God, when trem

bling on the verge of eternity.' and many have been by them in

In another letter of a prior date, Dec. 3. structed, comforted, and strength- 1834, he says—"The Rev. Mr. Graham, ened. When he spoke of his


York, has publicly recommended my

*True Christian' to his people.” writings, respecting which he often In a letter to the same friend, sent AUGUST-1845.


sage is this

of gratitude and humiliation. That The Reports of the local branch God should own his efforts and belonging to the Church Missionary bless them, seemed not only to Society were written by Mr.Jones, make him thankful, but also greatly as long as he exercised public duto humble him.

While over

ties, and were deemed very interwhelmed almost with gratitude, he esting, all of them containing some evidently felt himself wholly un- new topic on the subject of Misworthy of being so honoured. sions, and displaying a most catho

He had a particular talent for lic spirit. There is in the second, condensing things, for reducing published in 1820, one very fine them to a small compass; and by passage, which shall be quoted; it thus conveying important senti- is very happily conceived, and ments, he rendered them more beautifully expressed. The passtriking and more easy to be retained. When his very kind and “For this extraordinary work it liberal friend, Mr. Ramsden, re- hath pleased God to raise up extrasided at Spratton, and had an ordinary men to carry it on. The annual Missionary Sale on his primitive Swartz appeared on the grounds, there was nothing so unhallowed plains of Hindostan. much coveted by many of those Like another John the Baptist, he who came to buy, as the cards on called on kings, princes, and peowhich Mr. Jones had written some ple, ‘Repent ye, for the kingdom of his moral and evangelical ax- of heaven is at hand.' The Lord ioms. Several of these were pre- is coming with ten thousand of his pared and readily disposed of every saints. This faithful herald of the

Lord of Hosts published the Gos

pel of the kingdom with great from Barmouth, August, 1834, are these fidelity and success.

After him, passages :

There is one thing I would mention with diffidence, because it may have the others of late. It occurs to me that it is appearance of boasting and vanity: it is a duty in such cases to aim at doing good : however my wish to mention it with grati

and I shall write for this amiable young tude to God, who alone should have all lady on the grace of faith: a very wonthe praise of all that is good. I go no

derful grace indeed! in its nature, operawhere without having many testimonies to tions, benefits, and blessings. In its the good effects of my plain publications, nature it is a divine principle, the breath Two ladies came to me on the shore, and of the Holy Spirit, the life of the soul, and acknowledged much benefit. One was a the commencement of eternal happiness. Miss who said, that my book on

" What is faith? It is soul-reliance on 'the Prodigal' was the means of restoring Christ; it is confidence in God; it is the her to God, and of turning her from Soci- root and parent of every other grace ; it is nianism to the faith of Christ. The other the bond of union between the soul and was a Mrs.

who had been a Christ, and the seed of eternal life. Governess in Mr. T. G 's family, and “ It is a powerful principle and mighty afterwards had a school. She said that in operation ; it has power with God, and my ‘Scripture Directory' had been made can obtain any thing and every thing it extensively useful to a considerable num- seeks, as contained in the promises and ber of her pupils. You know that I wrote covenant of Salvation; it conquers the that book for your instruction."

world, subdues sin, foils Satan, and treads

on death. * It appears that Mr. Jones wrote cards “ It is a most blessed principle; it realso for his private friends, as the follow- stores the soul to God; it teaches subing letter will show; its date is May 10, mission to God in all things, and to be 1834 :

willing to endure what he appoints, and to ** Miss H- is so kind as to come, be deprived of what he takes away, and to about twice a week, to read to me. She

be thankful for all his gifts, mercies, and is now just gone out of the room, and in blessings. O then let us have faith in the leaving requested me to write on a card God of all grace: the Lord increase our for her i which I have done for several faith and love."


other way

Carey, like one that attended on to resist our sinful self; ought we the day of Pentecost, and then en- not, in everything we think, say, dued with the gift of tongues, took and do, to ask ourselves, 'Why do his Station at Serampore. From I think, say,or do this?' We should thence Parthians, Medes, Elamites, do nothing but for the glory of God. Cretes, and Arabians, have heard We connect happiness with heaven; him speaking in their own tongue can we be happy in any the wonderful works of God. than by doing as they do there?" Then Buchanan broke forth, like a When travelling together, we brilliant star in the east, pointing came to a part of the country which the wise and the foolish to Beth- commanded a very extensive view. lehem, saying, there was He born Mr.Jones said, “There is not a twig who brought salvation down. One growing within this wide compass day as he passed an infernal prison, which has not an owner, one to called the Court of the Inquisition, say, “Thou art mine. There is at Old Goa, his spirit was stirred not a twig growing in any part of up within him. He planted against creation that I can call mine." it the great artillery of the Gospel

Gospel “You never purchased any land, and blew it up, and let the prison- Mr. Jones?" 'No; nor had I ers go free.

One more bright ever a wish to do so. It would luminary must be mentioned, for only be a temptation to me. If I his name will be had in everlasting had a spot of ground, I should be remembrance; he was called here

in danger of being too fond of it." below, Henry Martyn, but in the “ From the little I know of heavens has ‘received a new name, worldly affairs, I am sometimes which no man knoweth saving he astonished how those much enthat receiveth it.' This man of gaged in them can retain any grain God was more like a flying meteor of religion.” “Why,” said he, than a fixed star. He flew over our farmers, in general, have very divers countries in a short space of little religion. The cobbler has time, and illuminated them as he much more chance of having reliwent. He left behind him a burn. gion than the farmer. He has ing lamp in Persia, which shall only one thing to attend to; his never be put out.”

routine of business is the same. There are a few more striking But the farmer has a great many observations besides those already things to engage his mind; and given, recorded in my memoranda, variety of things dissipates all which shall be here introduced. thoughts about eternal concerns.

While at a friend's house, Mr. Whatever it be that constantly enJones read a very fine passage from gages the mind, it assimilates the the Life of Dr. Williams, on self- mind to itself.” annihilation, and then spoke thus During the same journey the on the subject:

wise and gracious provision made “Self is the ruin of our happi- by God for irrigating the earth by There is the greatest folly rain was noticed.

" What a wonin it. The wisest man is the hum- derful contrivance," observed Mr. blest. You will find some of the Jones; “indeed all is wonderful, greatest Christians among our cot- We see and know but little yet, tagers, who know scarcely any- compared to what may be seen and thing but the Bible. They are known, and with what will heresimple, humble, and devoted to

after be seen. We are yet but on God. Ought we not continually the threshold of being. God will


for ever, I think, manifest new and the greatest works. Mr. Jones was increasing wonders.

He is a

also a warm advocate, and a liberal source of such immensity, that supporter of the Church Missionary there will be no end of his wonder- Society, and of other similar instiful discoveries; new things will be tutions. And there is another ever opening to the view; new Society, which must not be left scenes of wonder will be for ever un.. unnoticed, though it regards only folded to his astonished creatures."* temporal wants, as he was its sole

At the time that what was call- founder, and it has now extended ed “Catholic Emancipation" was through several counties ; I allude brought forward, the conversation to the Clothing Society, The last turned on the character of Popery. time I saw him, he referred to this He had the same abhorrence of it with peculiar delight, and said, as our Reformers, and had the that when he was warm in bed at same views of its real, though dis- night, it gave him often great pleaavowed opposition to the Gospel. sure to think that many poor people He said, I hate Popery first, the were so too, through the means of Devil the second, and slavery the this Society. third.” What is the fourth, His loyalty was of a very high Mr. Jones?" "Myself."

order. He was a genuine Briton, He very zealously assisted those a most faithful subject, and really Societies which are engaged in

honoured his sovereign. Speaking doing good to the world in general. of King George the Third, a few He had the honour and the privi- years after his death, he said, lege of bearing a prominent share “Dear old George! I venerated in the originating one of the most him. Though I never saw him in illustrious of them-The Bible So- my life, I loved him as my father. ciety. It was he, in connexion Some said that he was deficient in with Mr. Charles, that proved and understanding: the only thing. I brought to light the necessity of can say is, he acted like a wise such an institution, and his sug


· Were you such an adgestions, accompanied with other mirer of Pitt as Robinson was?” circumstances, led eventually to its Yes, quite so. I always thought formation. God often employs the him a phenomenon. We never humblest instruments in effecting had such a politician. Whatever * The same thought occurs in one of

people said of him, all thought him his letters, dated December, 1837:

to be the greatest of men.' “ In the midst of the infirmities which The following remarks do not attend old age, I spend my days here (at apply so generally now as when Spratton) in dead solitude very comfortably, and trying to learn my lesson more they were made, in 1829. A great perfectly; but I make no great progress. improvement among the rich and A little knowledge of divine things kindles a thirst for more; and in my opinion the

the great has taken place; but soul will never say—'I wish for no more

still there is much room for imknowledge.' It appears to me that the

provement. As we were walking happiness of the future world will greatly consist in pressing forward in the know

along the street at Barmouth, Mr. ledge of the glory and mysteries of Christ.

Jones said, “I am much more On this interesting subject Miss P- pleased with the sight of the poor and I are always at odds. She pleads that the soul on its arrival in glory will be

woman yonder with a bucket in at once perfect, and therefore can rise no one hand and a pitcher in the higher. `I, on the contrary, maintain, that the progress of the soul in the know. lady who walks along with the

other, than with the sight of that ledge of the divine mysteries will always and for ever increase.

parasol over her head; for employ

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