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scarcely got disengaged from the crowd, on coming out of church, when he earnestly asked me whether I had seen the figure that stood behind Mr. Irving in the pulpit the greater part of the service. I felt a good deal astonished at the question, as may be supposed; and this increased as I gathered the particulars from his own account, and in answer to the various and minute questions I put to him respecting it, during a conversation of perhaps two hours-having walked home with me--and during which I could detect no discrepancy whatever.
"I may add, that Mr. Gray described the figure not as a dark shadow on the wall—such as an interposing body, between a particular light and it, would cast—but as luminous, and moveable; sometimes advancing, sometimes retiring backwards ; occasionally almost entirely hid by Mr. Irving's person, then appearing more on one side, then on the other, as Mr. Irving moved ; and continuing to be thus visible during the greater part of the service; and I think he stated having first observed it during the reading and expounding of the chapter, previously to the sermon.
“Mr. Gray also stated, that the figure rose several times slowly upwards; and that on one occasion he distinctly saw it above and behind Mr. Irving, when the whole head and down to the breast was visible; the eyes, mouth, and features being perfectly distinct, and the expression of the countenance placid, mild, and melancholy; being also surrounded with a bright halo, or glory; and the drapery, which appeared to rest on the head, flowed over the shoulders, and over the extended arms, downwards. He saw more or less of the countenance at different times; and on one occasion the figure was so close to Mr. Irving, and so directly behind him, with reference to Mr. Gray's position, that the halo seemed to surround the head of Mr. Irving, the rest of the figure being hid, with the exception, I believe, of the extended arms.
“ I shall only further remark, that this occurred in the forenoon, in broad day-light; that I sat in the same pew with Mr. Gray, and saw nothing whatever; but that I believe his statement, which he attested in the most solemn and impressive
“George Ogilvy." 15 Upper Baker Street, April 2, 1832.
We pointed in our last Number to the pestilence that is now ravaging Europe: we have but few remarks to add to it. This fearful disorder was accurately described, by M. Majendie, to begin with men where other diseases leave them that is, by killing them—while they are left to linger in unutterable agonies for a short season after; during the whole of which time the mind is unimpaired, and the power of thought undisturbed. Thus it is an exact type of the casting alive into the pit, the judgment which the Lord is coming to inflict: they are cast alive; so that they are first killed, and then left in torments, with their reasoning faculties and conscience in full exercise. A patient in cholera is the picture of a man in hell. It is the pestilence of Habakkuk iii., the “ burning disease,” which precedes the chariot wheels of Jesus: and it is the" pestilence that walketh in darkness” of Psal. xci., from which the Lord the Preserver can alone deliver. All human remedies are equally inefficacious; but the Lord has not been slow to reward all those who have placed their trust in Him.
Holland was the first nation to deprecate His wrath, and it has hitherto been spared altogether. Edinburgh prostrated itself before the offended Majesty of heaven, and the visitation there has been slight. London, more tardy than Edinburgh, and less contrite, has suffered more ; but still the Lord has graciously heard the prayers that were offered up to him, and has seen the humiliation, poor and wretched as it was: the infliction was chiefly felt on the Surrey side of the river, where the open blasphemies of the Rotunda have been unrepressed by the nagistrates. In Paris, which refused all reference whatever to God, the disease has raged with terrific severity ; for, while the greatest number of seizures in London never amounted to 100 in any one day, in Paris they exceeded 1000 for several days together.
We shall now give some private instances of the same uniform conduct on the part of the Lord, with individuals, as with nations, and shew, that where His arm has been acknowledged, He has given deliverance, and where He has been set at nought, fearful consequences have ensued.
Mr. Begg lost his uncle by the cholera, on a Saturday, after eight o'clock; and the four succeeding hours of the evening he spent in the necessary arrangements which the short interval for the funeral demanded. It was past six o'clock before he reached home, and, previous to his doing so, he was himself seized with spasms in the feet. He informed his family of the fact; went to bed; and made what arrangements of his affairs he judged necessary in the event of his decease. His father urged that a physician might be sent for, which he decidedly opposed ; saying, that, although his faith in God was weak, he had still less to place in surgeons, who regarded not the Great Physician. Shortly after this the cramps increased, ascending one of his legs, attended with cold shiverings over his whole
frame. Meanwhile he engaged in fervent prayer, that God, in the name of Jesus, would restore him, for His glory; and pleaded His promises to hear and to heal. The Lord did so; and in the morning following, and all the day, Mr. Begg was enabled to attend his church, and therein to give thanks, on the Resurrection morning to Him who has received the power over death. It was necessary to withhold all knowledge of his illness, as much as possible, until perfect recovery should have dissipated the fears for infection ; or he would have been compelled either to abandon his duties to his departed friends, or to leave his house. On the Monday morning his aunt was also seized : as soon as he heard of it, he engaged for a short time in prayer, and hurried away to her dwelling, although the spasmodic cramps had never entirely left his feet: the aunt died also, in the course of the day; and the cramps continued for three days afterwards ; never very violent, but sufficient to keep him in continual dependence on Him in whose hands alone are the issues of life.
Glasgow is one of the places in which the cholera has been very fatal, and in which some cases occurred of righteous retribution on those who mocked at the judgment of God, that could not fail to strike all who witnessed them. We forbear giving the names, for obvious reasons : they could be of no use to strangers, and they are unnecessary for those who are acquainted with the parties, since they are unfortunately too well known to them already. An infidel lady said, that if people were well-fed and clothed there was no danger : she purchased a gallon of wine; used it with freedom herself; and gave it freely to her neighbours : her gallon was but half finished when she was attacked, and died. Another lady, in good circumstances, and, it is believed, a Christian, sought not her safety in God, but in human means : she made extensive preparations for the disease: besides her regular family physician, she engaged another nearer her dwelling, to be ready at a moment's warning to attend her, if seized ; and on the very day that she was attacked she was engaged in heating blankets : at one o'clock she had eight pair so prepared; at two she was seized; at six the surgeon was sent for; at twelve the spasms were violent; and in twelve more hours she was a corpse. A milk-maid in the same entry denied this was cholera : she was likewise seized, and died. Her master denied also this to be cholera : he was seized, and died.
To the Editor of the Morning Watch. My dear Friend, -As you have asked me to give you an account of the gracious dealings of our Heavenly Father with me, his unworthy servant, on the occasion of my being seized with what, to all appearance, and to the conviction of medical men, when described to them, seemed to be that disease which has proved fatal to so many of our fellow-creatures in this and other lands ; I sit down to do so, with much gratitude of heart to my God, who enabled me to hold fast my confidence in him, and who did not forsake me when I trusted in him, nor suffer the adversary to triumph over me, but gave me power, through faith in Christ my risen Head, to overcome him, when he endeavoured, by his assault in my flesh, to shake my faith in my God, and to prevent me from fulfilling that day, to two different congregations, the office of a minister of Christ.- Praise the Lord,
0 my soul, and rejoice at the remembrance of his faithfulness. Oh, all that is within me be stirred up to praise and to magnify his holy name. He forgave thy sins, and healed thy diseases.
I feel I ought to mention, that, on the evening preceding my attack, I had preached from these words, in the xiith of 1 Cor. “ To another, the gifts of healing, by the same Spirit.” I was led in discourse to shew out to my flock that the standing of the members of the body of Christ was to be without disease, and that this had ever been the standing of God's people. See Exod. xv. 25, 26 : “ And he cried unto the Lord ; and the Lord shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them, and said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians :
for I am the Lord that healeth thee." And I added, that if disease did come upon them, as in the case of Job, it was either for chastening for some sin, whether in themselves or in the body of Christ, for God ever views us as one; or permitted as a trial of their faith. Having stated these things out fully, and shewn that this was in accordance with the whole tenor of Scripture, I exhorted the saints of God before me to live by faith continually on Jesus, for the body as well as the soul; and if any were afflicted, to seek that their merciful Father, who afflicteth not willingly, nor grieveth the children of men, would make known unto them wherefore He had this controversy with them; and which I felt the Lord would do, in answer to their simple faith on Christ Jesus, after having humbled themselves before the Lord their God, and having entered into the forgiveness treasured up for them in Christ;—then by faith to believe on him for health to their bodies, as we see that he ever, whilst on earth, connected the forgiveness of sins with the healing of the body. Or should their faith be put to the test by disease, I entreated them still to hold fast their confidence, and to plead the Lord's own many and gracious promises to the members of his church, and in faith to go about the occupations which in his providence they were called to perform ; ever bearing in mind, that whatsoever they did should be for His glory; and that I had no doubt but they would ever experience that the Lord honoured their faith on his word.
On the following morning I arose in perfect health at the usual hour, and was in the church by half past six o'clock. During the prayer-meeting I began to feel pain, but was able to go through the service. A number of friends accompanied me home to breakfast. On reaching home I became very chill, and had very severe pain in my stomach and bowels, and my bowels were much relaxed. I then seated myself before a large fire, and had some strong brandy and water, much stronger and hotter than in ordinary circumstances I could have drunk. After sitting awhile, I felt a little relieved, and entered the room where my friends were, and sat down by the fire, unable to taste any thing. The hour's pain I had endured, and the other trial of my constitution, had even then had such an effect on my frame that my appearance shocked my friends. I could take no interest in the conversation going forward, but endeavoured to lift up my heart to my God, having a presentiment that I was called upon to shew forth the faith which I had on the preceding evening been led to exhort my people to have in their Heavenly Father. In the strength of God I proceeded, when my friends had finished breakfast, to conduct family worship; which I was enabled to do, though my body was so enfeebled that I could neither kneel nor stand, having tried both positions, but had to sit whilst I prayed. I then retired to my own room, in order to search myself in the presence of God, to confess my sins, to cast myself entirely on the mercy of my Father, and to seek for strength to perform the duties of that dayhaving to preach that forenoon, at half past eleven o'clock, and again in the evening at seven. I was now very sick, with a feeling of wringing cr gnawing pain through my whole body, from the lowest part of my bowels to my throat. I then retched violently, and vomited much fluid : my bowels were also very much acted upon. A peculiar sensation came over my limbs, particularly towards the extremities. I was so weak that I could not sit up, and in sore pain, with a painful chill all over my body:I therefore wrapped me up in blankets, and laid me on my bed, refusing bottles of hot water, or any other application, and desiring to be left alone until a few minutes before the time for setting out for the house of God, where I should minister to his people. My orders were obeyed, and my wish attended to. My wife entered my room about a quarter past eleven o'clock. I
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