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in the immediate draught, all thoughts of the impending future. - How Hifferent Eternity! There nothing hangs in suspense:each knows his doom. Religion no longer trembles with anxious fears, nor guilt tastes any more delusive hopes! All are occupied in gathering what they have sowed. In Heaven they recall their former faith and hope, joys and sorrows, prayers and hymns, and now faste the sweet fruits of grace exercised in long past ages! In Hell they feel again stings which they thought blunted, and are haunted with recollections for which they hoped to have found Lethean draughts. Time, though such an evanescent drop, has dashed with gall of bitterness the cup which eternity shall not exhaust.
Time, as he flies, seems to recall the pleasure he brings; and says to the righteous, “ Ye must only taste of the brook by the way; I am bearing you on my wings to that fountain whence you may drink immortal draughts!" With equal force he says to the holy sufferer, “ Each pang diminishes the tale, and every throb becomes more tolerable as it announces the approach of ease." It is Eternity which makes pleasure pleasure indeed; for no bitter expectation of reverse harrasses the mind; but the thought that an unalterable futurity of bliss is all my own, gives the exquisite taste of Eternity to every sensation of delight. But in the stag. nant lake of endless woe an unknown aggravation is thrown into each pang, from the consideration, “ This must last for ever.”An eternal tooth-ache only would be a Hell!
Will Time thus deeply affect Eternity, and should not Eternity influence Time? Let me “now in the accepted time," believe in him who will freely bestow on me eternal life. Let me begin this year with the resolution of Edwards, so worthy of his er. alted and pious mind:-“ Resolved, That I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God's glory, and my own good profit and pleasure, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or ever so many millions of ages to come.”
OF THE REV. JOHN WESLEY.
From the life of him, by Dr. Cook and Nir. Noore. MR. WESLEY, when he was about six years of age was remarkably delivered from fire.
" By accident, as all that have written concerning it have supposed, but, according to his own account, by the wickedness of
some of his father's parishioners, who could not bear the plain dealing of so resolute and faithful a pastor, the parsonage-house was set on fire.”
The following letter from Mrs. Susannah Wesley to a neighbouring clergyman with Mr. John Wesley's additions, affords full information on the subject.
« On Wednesday night, February 9th, between the hours of eleven and twelve, some sparks fell from the roof of our house on one of the children's feet. She immediately ran to our chamber and called us. Mr. Wesley, hearing the cry of fire in the street, started up: (as I was very ill, he lay in a room separate from me) and opening his door, found the fire was in his own house. He immediately came to my room, and bade me and my two eldest daughters rise quickly and shift for ourselves. Then he ran and burst open the nursery door, and called to the maid to bring out the children. The two little ones lay in the bed with her. The three others in another bed. She snatched up the youngest, and bid the rest follow, which the three eldest did. When we were gotten into the hall; and were surrounded with flames, Mr. Wesley found he had left the keys of the door above stairs; he ran up and recovered them a minute before the stair-case took fire. When we opened the street door, the strong N. E. wind drove the flames in with such violence that none could stand against them. But some of our children got out through the windows, the rest through a little door into the garden. I was not in a condition to climb up to the windows, neither could I get to the garden door. I endeavoured three times to force my passage to the street door, but was as often beaten back by the fury of the flames. In this distress I besought our blessed Saviour for help, and then vaded through the fire; naked as I was it did me no farther harm than a little scorching my hånds and my face.”
When Mr. Wesley had seen the other children safe, he heard the child in the nursersy cry. He attempted to go up the stairs, but they were all on fire, and would not bear his weight. Finding it impossible to give any help he kneeled down in the hall, and recommended the soul of the child to God.”
Mr. John Wesley adds.
“ I believe it was just at that time I waked, for I did not cry, as they imagined, unless it was asterwards. In'emember all the circumstances as distinctly as though it were but yesterday. Seeing the room was very light, I called to the maid to take me up; but none answering, I put my head out of the curtains, and saw streaks of fire on the top of the room. I got up and ran to the door, but could get no farther; all the floor beyond it being in a blaze. I then climbed up on a chest, which stood near the window. One in the yard saw me and proposed running to fetch a ladder, another answered, there will be no time, but I have thought of another expedient. Here I will fix myself against the wall. Lift a light man and set him on my shoulders; they did so and took me out of the window. Just then the whole roof fell in, but it fell inward, or we had all been crushed at once. When they brought me into the house where my father was, he cried out, come neighbours, let us kneel down, let us give thanks to God; he has given me all my eight children, let the house go I am rich enough. The next day as he was walking in the garden, and surveying the ruins of the house, he picked up part of a leaf of his polyglott Bible, on which just those words were legible: • Vade, vende omnia quæ habes, et attolle crucem et sequere me!" “ Go, sell all thou hast, and take up the cross and follow me."
The memory of Mr. Wesley's escape is still preserved in one of Mr. Wesley's early prints; under his portrait there is a house in flames with this inscription:
IS NOT THIS A BRAND
PLUCKED OUT OF THE BURNING.
The above recited anecdote of Mr. Wesley is but one of a thousand illustrations of the great truth, “ that when God has a work for a creature to effect, that creature is immortal till the work is accomplished. The renowned Columbus was once saved from death, by swimming, with the aid of an oar, six miles from his sinking ship. The author of the Pilgrim's Progress, in his early life was twice saved from drowning. When, being a soldier in the parliamentry army at the seige of Leicester (in the year 1645) he was drawn out to stand centinel, a comrade, at his own pressing request, took Bunyan's place. The comrade, shortly after assuming the post, was shot through the head, and fell to the ground lifeless.
A man, once given to intoxication, but afterwards savingly converted to God, happening to fall in company with his former associates; they begged of him to cast away religious impressions and drink with them; at least, they said, a draught of liquor could do him no harm. The good man answered, “ I am as a brand plucked from the burning; but as a brand that has once been in the flame, may easily take fire again, I will keep myself, in God's name, from the danger.
RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. Account of a settlement of the Moravians of the Lower Country. He had formed in the south of Africa.
an acquaintance with the Brethren Rose [Continuel from page 544.] and Kuehnel in Mr. yon Mist's house at On their return, we entered into a Cape-town, and declared his great regard consultation, how to make it practicable for us and our mission. to comply with the wishes of government In the middle of July, our friend Peter in the best manner. We felt it our duty D. and his brother Daniel, ent a day not to refuse, especially as we are ex- with us, and gave us some instruction in pressly called, to improve every oppor- the manner of treating our vineyard. The tunity of instructing the Hottentots, and latter called upon one of our oldest Hotpreaching the gospel to them. The text tentots, and addressed him thus: “ I reof scripture appointed for that day was member having been brought up by you, also deeply impressed upon our minds: and therefore still respect you; but I Thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, could not have supposed, that you would and whatsoever I command thee, thou shalt attain to such an age.” The Hottentot speak. Jeremiah, i. 7. We were thereby was much affected by this friendly speech, greatly encouraged to place our whole and answered: “Yes, Baas, this God has trust in the Lord, and to commit this im- done for me, out of love and mercy. He portant matter to Him, assured that He spared my life, that I might become savwould help us in all difficulties. Brother ingly acquainted with his son Jesus Rose, therefore, was commissioned to Christ, and be baptized and washed from write to the commissary-general, and ex- my sins in His precious blood. Nothing press our willingness to comply with the but the power of His blood could change desire of government, and to appoint a my bad heart. But Baas must not supmissionary to attend the Hottentot soldi. pose, that now all is complete;- O no, sin ery, and preach the gospel to them. We lurks on the outside, and sometimes de requested, however, that the name of mands entrance; and old as I am, I feel chaplain might not be given him, but that that much is wanting to make me what I he might be considered only as a missi. should be.” Daniel D. listened attentively onary of the Unitas Fratrum, with per- to the venerable old Hottentot's account mission to regulate bis pastoral labours of himself, and could not refrain from according to the manner usual in our tears. church, and to be subject to our own July 22d, four adults were baptized rules, so as to be called home, in case the into the death of Jesus. It was a solemn plan did not answer the proposed end. A transaction, accompanied with a powermessengerwas dispatched with the letter, ful sense of our Lord's presence with us, and by the answer we meant to be di- of which, in the following days, the newrected in our future deliberations. ly baptized testified with great gladness.
This year was distinguished by an ex. One of the communicant sisters, related, traordinary drought. The country was that, on the evening previous to its being so parched, that it could not be plough- announced, that the above-mentioned ed, and large tracts remained uncultivat- four persons should be baptized, she went ed. There was consequently a rise in into her garden, and prayed unto the the price of corn, and frequently not a Lord: “O gracious Saviour! though I grain was to be had at the farmers. The and my family are such ungrateful beings, grass in the meadow-lands withered, and do not let others in the congregation rethe poor cattle, in many places, died with main behind. Now,” added she, “ I perhunger.
ceive, that He does not despise the prayOn the 9th and 10th of June, we had ers of a poor sinner!” a terrible storm, which rose to such a July 5th, we received a letter from Mr. pitch, that our roofs suffered damage. von Mist, in answer to our above-menWe were obliged to stop short during the tioned proposals, all of which he agreed sermon on the 10th, and the Hottentots to, and again urged the sending of a mishad enough to do to secure the roof of sionary to the Hottentot camp as soon as our church against the violence of the possible, for whose maintenance provision wind. In this, however, they succeeded, was made. Brother Kohrhammer, having and in the following days diligently ex- received and accepted this call, comerted themselves to repair the damage mitted the school to the care of Brother done to the dwellings.
Kuehnel. This was made known to the June 12th, Mr. Alberti called upon us. children, by brother Rose, on the 27th, He has lately been appointed Landdrots and it is impossible to describe how they VOL. II.
were affected. They came and expressed me, a miserable creature, encourages me their thanks to Brother Kohrhammer for to hope, that you have not forgotten me his love, and the pains he had taken to but still remember the distressed state of teach them, in strong language and with my soul. I can only send up sighs and many tears, and promised anew to use cries of anguish, with bitters tears, to all diligence, in future, to learn their our Saviour, and this alone seems lessons.
afford my wretched mind some relief. Brother Kohrhammer and his wife But, alas! I am often almost driven to could not set out as soon as was expect- despair. Pray for me to Him, from whom ed, on account of great inundations, oc- all help cometh, and who knows our ne. casioned by torrents from the mountains, cessity. O that I had always continued in in this rainy season.
the way of His gracious purposes with August 24th, the waters having abated me, then I should not have been plunged a little, they left us in two waggons, two into this dismal state. I beseech you, redraughts of oxen having been sent half- ceive these open-hearted confessions in way to relieve the first, as the poor crea. love, for I find some comfort in complain. tures are at present so weakened by bad ing of my distress to others, especially to food, that one draught could not travel such, who live in communion with God, from hence to the Cape. We commend. and are His servants. ed our dear fellow-labourers in fervent September 5th, captain Paravicini de prayer to God, and Brother Rose gave Capella, adjutant to governor Jansen, the Them letters of recommendation to Mr. the gorernor's son, and some other offvon Mist, Governor Jansen, and Captain cers, called upon us. They are travelling Lesueur.
through the country to make everywhere September 3d, the waggons returned, the needful arrangements for defence, in and brought is very agreeable accounts case of an attack. At their request, of their safe arrival at the camp, and the several of our school children sang himins friendly reception they had met with from during dinner, which gave great satisfacall ranks. Brother Kohrhammer inform- tion. At taking leave, the gentlemen cd us, that, shortly before his arrival at gave us ten dollars, to be spent in some Cape-town, nine missionaries had arriv. rewards to the children. We therefore ed there from Copenhagen, on their voy- distributed a quantity of dried peaches age to the East-Indies. Among them to above eighty children, which were were Messrs. Ringeltaube and Voss, the particularly acceptable at this time of latter having been formerly stationed general scarcity. here at Rodesand as minister. This cir.
Some days after, captain Paravicini cumstance had given rise to a report, sent us an order from government, to sent us express by a farmer's wife, that keep some of our most intelligent and two teachers had arrived from Herrnhut, trusty Hottentots in readiness to be sent, who were already engaged in the camp, at the shortest possible notice, to Zoete and that Brother Kohrhammer, there. Melks valley, where they were to be em. fore, need not go thither.
ployed in conveying powder from the new Brother Rose received, by this oppor- magazine to different places, where it tunity, a letter from a German soldier might be most wanted. belonging to the garrison at Cape-town, Towards the close of September, the a native of Suhla in Thuringia, educated whole country was thrown into great conin the brethren's school at Ebersdorf, sternation, by a communication on the and there received as a member of the part of government, that a British fleet congregation and a communicant. His was expected on the coast. Several farmstep-father, however, prevailed upon him ers in our neighbourhood received orders to quit our connexion. He afterwards to repair to Cape-town to do military went to Holland, where he fell into the duty, and our Hottentots were afraid, hands of Seelenverkaueffer (a species of that they should be obliged to follow crimps), and into the utmost wretched. them. ness. He lost all his property, and lay On the 29th, we received, by express, for six weeks in a state of delirium, but a letter from governor Jansen, to the fol having recovered a little, was shipped off lowing effect: That the present circum. for this country, after the Cape had been stances had rendered it necessary to prorestored to the Dutch by the English. vide some safe place for the women and Brother Rose being at Cape-town last children belonging to the Hottentot corps spring, this poor man made search for his now serving with the army, where they residence, and poured forth his distress might be provided for, to the satisfacof mind more by tears than words. His tion of their parents or husbands; and letter was as follows: “ The sympathizing that, in his opinion, there was not any partirination, with which you attended to place so eligible as Bavianskloof. He had,