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It was in the summer of 1831, that, on a profes. sion of faith and repentance, he became connected with the First Presbyterian Church of Baltimore, of which he remained a consistent and exemplary member until his death.

Shortly after his union to the church, the writer of this received from him a letter, from which he thinks it will be gratifying to the Christian public that he should make the following extracts. They show, among other things, what views this great man had been taught by the Spirit of God to entertain of the human character and heart. He writes from the Sweet Springs of Virginia.

“My mind has been too much occupied by the petty every-day cares of a residence at a public watering-place, or traveling and tossing over rough roads, for that continuous and systematic meditation and cultivation of religious feelings which I know to be my duty, and which I think I should find a delightful duty; but perhaps I deceive myself in this, for I have no faith in the fair dealing of this heart of mine with myself. I feel the want of that

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God and Savior for which I pray. I feel the want of that warming, purifying, elevating love, that sanctifying and cheering spirit which supports the Christian in his warfare with the world, the flesh, and the great enemy of our souls. Yet let me not be ungrateful. I have some sweet moments. My affections do some

times take wing among these great works of God that surround me, and rise to their Creator, and I think with gratitude on that transcendently greater work of his, the salvation of a guilty and fallen world by the death and mediation of his only Son. But indeed I am an exceedingly poor and weak Christian; and I often fear, too often for my peace, that there is at least nothing of the vitality of religion about

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have mistaken the burning of some of those vapors that fume from an ardent imagination, for that strong, steady and ever-during fire which animates the Christian, and bears him triumphant on his course. God only knows how this matter is. I think I am endeavoring to be sincere. But I

may be mistaken, and it may turn out at last to be only one of those stratagems which the arch-enemy plays off upon us to our ruin. But even this apprehension again may be one of his stratagems to make me despond, and thus defeat the operation of the Spirit.

Alas! with how many enemies are we beset treachery within and without. Nothing remains for us but to watch and to pray, lest we enter into temptation. God forbid that the public profession which I have made of religion should redound to the dishonor of his cause. It is the fear of this which has so long held me back, and not the fear of man. I am grieved to learn that my having gone to the Lord's table has got into the papers. It is no fit

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subject for a paper. Owhat consequence is it to the cause of Christ that such a poor reptile as myself should have acknowledged him before other worms of the dust like myself. I feel humbled and startled at such an annunciation. It will call the eyes of a hypercritical and malignant world upon me, and, I fear, tend more to tarnish than to advance the cause."

In another part of the letter he writes: " I long for more fervor in prayer-for more of the love and Spirit of God shed abroad in my heart—for more of his presence throughout the day--for a firmer anchorage in Christ, to keep this heart of mine and its affections from tossing to and fro on the waves of this world and the things of time and sense

for a brighter and a stronger faith—and some assurance of my

Savior's acceptance and love. I feel as if he could not love me—that I am utterly unworthy of his love that I have not one loveable point or quality about me—but that, on the contrary, he must still regard me as an alien to his kingdom and a stranger to his love. But, with the blessing of God, I will persevere in seeking him, relying on his promise, that if I come to him, he will in no wise cast me off.

It may not be uninteresting to mention that the favorite religious authors of Mr. W. were Watts and Jay. More recently he became acquainted with the writings of Flavel, and the subject of the last

conversation I had with him was Flavel's “ Saint Indeed," which he had just been reading with great interest.

20. Traveling on the Sabbath.

How few men act from principle! How few have any rule, by which they uniformly regulate their conduct! Fewer still act from christian principleregard a rule derived from revelation. It makes my very heart bleed to think how few, even of civi. lized and evangelized men, regard divine authority. And

yet it is the disregard of this which constitutes the sinner and the rebel. Some disregard one expression of it, and some another. He who, whatever respect he may profess for God, practically disre. gards any expression of divine authority, is a re volter—a rebel ; is up in heart, if not in arms, against God; is engaged in a controversy with Jehovah.

What has let me into this train of reflection, is the general disregard that I observe with respect to the sanctification of the Sabbath. He who made us, and who, by constantly preserving us, when otherwise we should relapse into non-existence, may be said to be continually renewing the creation of us, and has

beyond all question a right to control us, did long ago, from Sinai, distinctly express his will with regard to the manner in which the seventh portion of time should be spent, and how it should be distinguished from the other six portions. He reminded his creatures of it, and declared it to be his will that it should be kept holy; that six days we should labor, and therein do all, our work, leaving none of it to be done on the seventh, because the seventh is the Sabbath of the Lord our God. It is his rest, and therefore should be ours also. In it he has sig. nified it to be his will that we should not do any work; neither we, nor those who are subject to us as children or as servants, nor even those transiently domesticated with us, the strangers within our gates. Nor should man alone rest, but the beast also. Then he condescends to give a reason for this enactment, in which all mankind, whenever and wherever they live, are equally interested—a reason which was valid from the creation of the world, and will hold good as long as the world lasts; "for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day; wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.”

Now, God has never revoked this expression of his will. He has never repealed this law. If he has, when did he it, and where is the record of its repeal ? Ile has not taken off the blessing which he laid on

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