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discriminating tencts of each subdivision of Chris. their interests, it is worth while to conciliate Ireland, tians may be fixed upon this general basis. To say to avert the hostility, and to employ the strength of this is not enough, that a child should be made an An- the Catholic population. We plead the question as tisocinian, or au Antipelagian, in his tenderest years, the sincerest friends to the Establishment -as wishmay be very just; but what prevents you from mak: ing to it all the prosperity and duration its warmest ing him so ! 'Mr. Lancaster, purposely and intention. advocates can desire,—but remembering always, what ally, to aliay all jealousy, leaves him in a state as well these advocates seem to forget, that the Establish
pied for one creed as another. Begin ; make your ment cannot be threatened by any danger so great as pupil a firm advocate for the peculiar doctrines of the the perdition of the kingdom in which it is estab English church; dig round about him, on every side, lished. a trench that shall guard him from every species of We are truly glad to agree so entirely with Mr. heresy. In spite of all this clamour you do nothing; Parnell upon this great question ; we admire his way you do not stir a single step; you educate alike the of thinking; and most cordially recommend his work twineherd and his hog—and then, when a man of real to the attention of the public. The general conclugenius and enterprisc rises up, and says, Let me dedi. sion which he attempts to prove is this ;-that relicate my life to this object; I will do every thing but gious sentiment, however perverted to bigotry or that which must necessarily devolve upon you alone ; fanatieism, has always a tendency to modcration ; you refuse to do your little, and compel him, by the that it seldom assumes any great portion of activity cry of Infidel and Atheist, to leave you to your an. or enthusiasm, except from novelty of opinion, or from cient repose, and not to drive you, by insidious com- opposition, contumely, and persecution, when novelty parisons, to any system of active 'utility. We deny, ceases ; that a goverment has little to fear from any again and again, inat Mr. Lancaster's instruction is religious sect, except while that sect is new. Give a any kind of impediment to the propagation of the doc- government only time, and, provided it has the good trines of the church ; and if Mr. Lancaster was to per- sense to treat foliy with forbearance, it must ultiish with his system to-morrow, these boys would pos- mately prevail. When, therefore, a sect is found, itively be taught nothing ; the doctrines which Mrs. after a la pse of years, to be ill disposed to the govem Trimmer considers to be prohibited would not rush in, ment, we may be certain that government has widenbut there would be an absolute vacuum. We will, ed its separation by marked distinctions, roused its however, say this in favour of Mrs. Trimmer, that is resentment by contumely, or supported its enthusiasm every one who has joined in her clamour, had la- by persecution. bored one-hundredth part as much as she has done in The particular conclusion Mr. Parnell attempts to the cause of national education, the clamour would be prove is, that the Catholic religion in Ireland had much more rational, and much more consistent, than sunk into torpor and inactivity, till government roused it now is. By living with a few people as active as it with the lash: that even then, from the respect and herself, she is perhaps somehow or another persuaded attachment, which men are always inclined to show that there is a national education going on in this coun- towards government, there still remained a large try. But our principal argument is, that Mr. Lancas. body of loyal Catholics; that these only decreased in ter's plan is at least better than the nothing which pre- number from the rapid increase of persecution ; and ceded it. The authoress herself seems to be a lady of that, after all, the effects which the resentment of the respectable opinions, and very ordinary talents; de. Roman Catholics had in creating rebellions had been fending what is right without judgment, and believing very much exaggerated. what is holy without charity.
In support of these two conclusions, Mr. Pamell takes a survey of the history of Ireland, from the conquest under Henry, to the rebellion under Charles the
First, passing very rapidly orer the period which prePARNELL AND IRELAND.. (EDINBURGH RE- ceded the Reformation, and dwelling principally VIEW, 1807.)
upon the various rebelions which broke out in Ireland
between the Reformation and the grand rebellion in Historical Apology for the Irish Catholics. By William Par- the reign of Charles the First. The celebrated conquest
nell, Esquire. Fitzpatrick, Dublin, 1807. of Ireland by Henry the Second, extended only to a If ever a nation exhibited symptoms of downright very few counties in Leinster; nine-tenths of the i bole madness, or utter stupidity, we conceive these symp- kingdom were left, as he found them, under th:e domitoms may be easily recognized in the conduct of this nion of their native princes. The intiuence of example counıry, upon the Catholic question. A inan has a was as strong in this, as in most other instances ; wound' in his great toe, and a violent and perilous and great numbers of the English settlers who came fever at the same time; and he refuses to take the over under various adventurers, resigned their pre. medicines for the fever, because it will disconcert his tensions to superior civilization, cast off their lower toe! The mournful and folly-stricken blockhead for. garments, and lapsed into thé nudity and barbar. gets that his toe cannot survive him
;—that if he dies, ism of the Irish, The limit which divided ihe posthere can be no digital life apart from him; yet he sessions of the English settler from those of the lingers and fondles over this last part of his body, native Irish, was called the pale; and the expressions soothing it madly with litile plasters, and anile to? of inhabitants within pale, and uithout the pale, were mentations, while the neglected fever rages in his the terms by which the two nations were distinguish. entra'ls, and burns away his whole life. li the comed. It is almost superfluous to state, that the most paratively little questions of Establishment are all bloody and pernicious warfare was carried on upon that this country is capable of discussing or regard the borders--somet mes for something-sometimes iug, for God's sake let us remember, that the foreign for nothing most commonly for cows. The Irish, conquest, which destroys all, destroys this beloved over whoin the sovereigns of England affected a sori toe also.' Pass over freedom, 'industry, and science-- of nominal dominion, were entirely goremed by their and look upon this great empire, by which we are own laws; and so very little connection had they about to be swallowed up, only as it affects the man with the justice of the invading country, that it was ner of collecting tithes, and of reading the liturgy- as lawful to kill an Irishman, as it was to kill a still, if all goes, these must go too ; and even, for badger or a fox. The instances are innumerable,
where the defendant has pleaded that the deceased * I do not retract one syllable for one iota) of what I have was an Irishman, and that therefore defendant had a said or wiitten upon the Catholic question. What was right to kill him ;--and upon the proof of Hibernicism wanted for Ireland was emancipation, time and justice, acquittal followed of course. abolition of present wrongs;, time for forgetting furt When the English army mustered in any great wrongs, and that continued and even justice, which
would strength, the Irish chieftains would do exterior hoquilize Ireland, before emancipation it was impossible. As mage to the English Crown ; and they very frequent. to the danger from
Catholic doctrines, I must leave such ly, by this artifice, averted from their country the apprehensions to the respectable anility of these realms. I miseries of invasion : but they remained completely will not meddle with it.
unsubdued, until the rebellion which took place in
the reign of Queen Elizabeth, of which that politic armies; for, where there was no improvement or tillage, woman availed herself to the complete subjugation of war was pursued as an occupation. Ireland. In speaking of the Irish about the reign of
• In the early hi swry of Ireland, we find several instances Elizabeth, or James the First, we must not draw our beth's reign, Moryson savs, that Sir Neal Garve restrain
of chieftains discountenancing tillage; and so late as Elizacomparisons from England, but from New Zealand ; ed his people froin ploughing, that they might assist him to they were not civilized inen, but savages; and if we do any mischief." |--(P. 95–102.) reason about their conduct, we must reason of them as savages.
These quotations and observations will enable us to state a few plain facts for the recollection of our Eng.
lish readers. 1st, Ireland was never subdued till the re. • After reading every account of Irish history,' (says Mr. bellion in the reign of Queen Elizabeth. 2d, for four Parnell,) one great perpiexity appears to remain: How hundred years before that period, the two natious had till the reign of James I., Ireland seems not to have made been almost constantly at war; and in consequence of the smallest progress in civilization or wealth?
this, a deep and irreconcileable hatred existed between *That it was divided into a number of small principali- the people within and without the pale. 3d, The Irish, ties, which wagel constant war on each other, or that the at the accession of Queen Elizabeth, were unquestion. appointment of the chiertains was elective, do not appear ably the inost barbarous people in Europe. So much suflicient reasons, although these are the only ones assigned for what had happened previous to the reign of Queen by tn ise who have been at the trouble of considering the Elizabeth : and let any man, who has the most supertisubject: neither are the confiscations of property quite sufficient to account for the e:fect. There have been great cial knowledge of human affairs, determine, whether conti cations in other countries, and still they have flour national hatred, proceeding from such powerful causes, Ished: the peity states of Greece were quite analogous to could possibly have been kept under by the defeat of the chiefries (as they were called) in Ireland; and yet one single rebellion ; whether it would not have been they seemed to flourish almost in proportion to their dis- easy to have foreseen. at that period, that a proud, sensions. Poland felt the bad eftects of an elective monar: brave, half-savage people, would cherish the memory chy more than any other country; and yet, in point of ot their wrongs for centuries to come, and break forth civilization, it maintained a very respectable rank among the nations of Europe; but Ireland never, for an instant, into arms at every period when they were particularly made any progress in improvement till the reign of James exasperated by oppression, or invited by opportunity.
If the Protestant religion had spread in Ireland as it • It is scarcely credible, that in a climate like that of Ire- did in England, and if there never had been any differ. land, and at a period so far advanced in civilization as the ence of faith between the two countries,-can't be be. end of Elizabeth's reign, the greater part of the natives lieved that the Irish, ill-treated, and infamously gov. shoul i zo naked. Yet this is rendered certain by the testi. mony of an eye witness, Fynes Moryson. “În the re- crned as they have been, would never have made any mote parts,” he says, where the English manners are un. efforts to shake off the yoke of England ? Surely there known, the very chief of the Irish, as well men as women, are causes enough to account for their impatience of go naked in the winter time, only having their privy parts that yoke, without endeavouring to inflame the zeal of covered with a ray of linen, and their bodies with a loose ignorant people against the Catholic religion, and to mantle. This I speak of my own experience, yet remem- make that mode of faith responsible for all the butche. by the north parts of the wild Irish, told me in great ear- ry which the Irish and English, for these last two cen. nestness, that he, coming to the house of O'Kane, a great turies, have exercised upon each other. Every body, lord amɔngst them, was met at the door by sixteen women of course, must admit, that if to the causes of hütred al. all naked, excepting their loose mantles, whereof eight or ready specified, there be added the additional cause of ten were very fair, with which strange sight his eyes being religious distinction, this last will give greater force dazzled, they led him into the house, and then sitting down (and what is of more consequence to observe, give by the fire with crossed legs, like tailors, and so low as a name) to the whole aggregate motive. But what Mr. could not but offend chaste eyes, desired him to sit down Parnell contends for, and clearly and decisively proves, with them. Soon after, O'Kane, the lord of the country, came in all naked, except a loose mantle and shoes, which is, that many of those sanguinary scenes attributed to he put off as soon as he came in; and, entertaining the the Catholic religion, are to be partly imputed to causes Baron atter his best manner in the Latin tongue, desired totally disconnected from religion ; that the unjust in. him to put off his apparel, which he thought to be a burden vasion, and the tyrannical, infamous policy of the Eng. to him, and to sit naked.
lish, are to take their full share of blame with the soph. *" To conclude, men and women at night going to sleep, isms and plots of Catholic priests. In the reign of feet toward; it. They fold their heads and their uper Henry the Eighth, Mr. Pamell shows, that feudal sub parts in woollen mantles, first steened in water to keep mission was readily paid to hiin by all the Irish chiers; them warm; for they say, that woollen cloth. wetted, pre- that the Reformation was received without the sight. serves heat (as linen, wetied, preserves cold,) when the est opposition; and that the troubles which took place smoke of their bodie: haz warmed the woollen cloth." at that period in Ireland, are to be entirely attributed
• The cause of this extreme poverty, and of its long con to the ambition and injustice of Henry. In the reign tinuance, we must conclude, arose from the peculiar laws of Queen Mary, there was no recrimination upon the of property, which were in force under the Irish dynasties: Protestants ;-a striking proof, that the bigotry of the These laws have been described by most writers as similar to the Kentish custom of gavelkind; and indeed so little Catholic religion had not, at that period, risen to any attention was paid to the subject, that were it not for the great height in Ireland. The insurrections of the va. re-earches of Sir J. Davis, the knowledge of this singular rious Irish princes were as numerous, during this usa e would have been entirely lost. • The Brehun law of property, he tells us, was similar to a circumstance rather difficult of explanation, if, as
rcign, as they had been in the two preceding reignsthe custom (as the English lawyers term it) of hod: e-pod.e: is commonly believed, the Catholic religion was at to his sons, but were divided among the whole sept: and, that period the main spring of men's actions. for this purpose, the chief of the sept made a new division
In the reign of Elzabeth, the Catholic in the pale of the whole land: belonging to the sept, and gave every regularly fought against the Catholic out of the pale. one his part according to seniority. So that no man had a O'Sullivan, a bigoted Papisi, reproacbes thein with property which could descend to his children ; and even doing so. Speaking of the reign of James the First, be during his own life, his possession of any particular spot says, " And now the eyes even of the English-Irish.' and chan red by new partitions. The consequence of this (the Catholics of the pale) were opened ; and they was that there was not a house of brick or stone, among cursed their former folly for helping the heretic.' The the Irish, down to the reign of Henry VI.; not even à English government were so sensible of the loyalty of garden or orchard, or well fenced or improved field, neither the Irish-English Catholics, lhat they intrusted them village or town, or in any respect the least provision for with the most confidential services. The Earl of Kil. posterity. This monstrous custom, so opposite to the feel. darc was the principal instrument in waging war ings of mankind, was probably perpetuated by the policy against the chieftains of Leix and Offal. William of the chiefs. In the first place, the power of partitioning O'Bourge, another Catholic, was created Lord Castle of tyrants, being the dispensers of the property as well as Connel for his eminent services; and MacGully Pa. of the liberty of their subjects. In the second place it had trick, a priest, was the state spy. We presume that the appearance of adding to the number of their savage this wise and manly conduct of Queen Elizabeth was
utterly unknown both to the Pastrycook and the Secre. METHODISM. (EDINBURGH REVIEW, 1808.) tary of State, who have published upon the dangers of employing Catholics, even against foreign enemies ; Causes of the increase of Methodism and Dissension. By and in those publications have said a great deal about
Robert Acklem Ingram, B. D. Hatchard. the wisdoin of our ancestors--the usual topic whene
Tus is the production of an honest man, possessed ver the folly of their descendants is to be defended. of a fair share of understanding. He cries out lustily, To whatever other of our ancestors they may allude, and not before it is time) upon the increase of Methothey may spare all compliments to this illustrious dism ; proposes various remedies for the diminution Princess, who would certainly have kept the worthy of this evil; and speaks his opinions with a freedom contectioner to the composition of tarts, and most pro- which does him great credit, and convinces us that he bably furnished him with the productions of the Right is a respectable man. The clergy are accused of not Honorable Secretary, as the means of conveying those exerting themselves. What temporal motire, Mr. juicy delicacies to an hungry and discerning public.
Ingram asks, have they for exertion? Would a curate, In the next two reigns, Mr. Parnell shows by what who had served thirty years upon a living in the most injudicious measures of the English government the exemplary manner, secure to himself, by such a con. spirit of Catholic opposition was gradually formed; for duct, the slightest right or title to promotion in the that it did produce powerful effects at a subsequent church? What can you expect of a whole profession, period, he does not deny; but contends only (as we in which there is no more connection between merit have before stated), that these effects have been much and reward, than between merit and beauty, or merii overrated, and ascribed solely to the Catholic religion, and strength? This is the substance of what Mr. when other causes have at least had an equal agency Ingram says upon this subject; and he speaks the in bringing them about. He concludes with some truth. We regret, however, that this gentleman has general remarks on the dreadful state of Ireland, and thought fit to use against the dissenters, the exploded the contemptible folly and bigotry of the English ;*
clamour of Jacobinism ; or that he deems it necessary remarks full of truth, of good sense, and of political to call into the aid of the Church, the power of intócourage. How melancholy to reflect, that there lerant laws, in spite of the odious and impolitic tests would be still some chance of saving England from the to which the dissenters are still subjected. 'We believe general wreck of empires, but that it may not be saved, them to be very good subjects; and we have no doubt because one politician will lose two thousand a year by but that any further attempt upon their religicus it, and avoiher three thousand-a third a place in re. liberties, without reconciling them to the Church, version, and a fourth a pension for his aunt ! --Alas! would have a direct tendency to render them disat. these are the powerfui causes which have always set. fected towards the State. tled ile destiny of great kingdoms, and which may level
Mr. Ingram (whose book, by the by, is very dull O'd England, with all its boasted freedom, and boasted and tedious) bas fallen into the common mistake of wisdom, to the dust. Nor is it the least singular among supposing his readers to be as well acquainted with the political phenomena of the present day, that the the subject as himself; and has talked a great deal sole' cousideration which seems to influence the un. about dissenters, without giving us any distinct notion bigoted pari of the English people, in this great of the spirit which pervades these people—the objects question of Ireland, is a regard for the personal feels they have in view-or the degree of talent which is 10 ings of the Monarch. Nothing is said or thought of be found among them. To remedy this very capital the enormous risk 10 which Ireland is exposed, - defect, we shall endeavour to set before the eyes of the nothing of the gross injustice with which the Catho. reader a complete section of the tabernacle; and to lics are treated, -nothing of the lucrative apostasy present him with a near view of those sectaries, who of those from whom they experience this treatment"; are at present at work upon the destruction of the or. but the only concern by which we all seem agitated thodox churches, and are destined hereafter, perhaps, is, that the King must not be vexed in his old age. to act as conspicuous a part in public affairs, as the We have a great respect for the King; and wish him children of Sion did in the time of Cromwell. all the happiness compatible with the happiness of
The sources from which we shall derive our extracts, his people. But these are not times to pay foolish are the Evangelical and Methodistical Magazines for compliments to Kings, or the sons of Kings, or to any the year 1807; works which are said to be circulated tody else : this journal has always preserved its to the amount of 18,000 or 20,000 esch, every month; character for courage and honesty; and it shall do so land which contain the sentiments of Arminion and to the last. If the people of this country are solely Calvinistic Methodists, and oi' the evangelical clergyoccupice in considering what is personally agreeable men of the Church of England. We shall use ile to the king, without considering what is for his perma-term Methodism, to designate these three dasses of nent good, and for the safety of his dominions; if al fanatics, not troubling curselves to point out the finer public men, quitting the common vulgar scrainble for shades, and nicer discriminations of lunacy, but treat. emolument, do not concur in conciliating the people of ing them all as in one general conspiracy against com. Ireland ; if lhe unfounded alarms, and the compara- mon sense, and rational orthodox Christianity. tively triffing interests of the clergy, are to supersede
In reading these very curious productions, we seemed the great question of freedom or slavery, it does ap. to be in a new world, and to have got among a set of pear to us quite impossible that so mean and foolish beings, of whose existence we had hardly before enter. a people can escape that destruction which is ready to tained the slightest conception. It has been our good burst upon them ;-a destruction so imminent, that it fortune to be ucquainted with many truly religious can only be averted hy arming all in our defence who persons, both in the Presbyterian and Episcopalian would evidently be sharers in our ruin,—and by such churches; and from their manly, rational, and serious a change of system as may save us from the hazard of characters, our conceptions of true practical riety being ruined by the ignorance and cowardice of any have been formed. To these confined'habits, and to general, by the bigotry or the ambition of any minis. our want of proper introductions among the children ter, or by the well meaning scruples of any human of light and grace, any degree of surprise is to be atbeing, lei his dignity be what it may. These minor tributed, which may be excited by the publications and domestic dangers we must endeavour firmly anu before us; which, under opposite circumstances, would temperately to avert as we best can ; but, at all haz. (we doubt not) have proved as great a source of in. ards, we must keep out the destroyer from among us, they are to the most melodious votaries of the taber.
struction and delight to the Edinburgh reviewers, as or perish like wise and brave men in the attempt.
nacle. * It would be as well, in future, to say no more of the
It is not wantonly, or with the most distant inten. revocation of the edict of Nantz.
tion of trifling upon serious subjects, that we call the attention of the public to these sort of publications. Their circulation is so enormous and so increasingthey contain the opinions, and display the habits of so many human beings--that they cannot but be objects of curiosity and importance. The common
and the middling classes of people are the purchasers;
An interference respecting Cards. and the subject is religion-though not that religion
• A clergyman not far distant from the spot on which these certainly which is established by law, and encouraged lines were written, was spending an evening-not in his by national provision. This may lead to unpleasant closet wrestling with his Divine Na te. for the communicacircumstances, or it may not; but it carries with it a tion of that grace which is so peculiari, necessary for the sort of aspect, which ought to insure to it serious faithful discharge of the ministerial function-not in his attention and reflection.
study searching the sacred oracles of divine truth for maIt is impossible to arrive at any knowledge of a reli. feed the tiock under his care-not in pastoral visits to that
terials wherewith to prepare for his public exercises and gious sect, by merely detailing the settled articles of flock, to inquire into the state of their souls, and endeavour, their belief: it may be the fashion of such a sect to by his pious and affectionate conversation, to conciliate insist upon some articles very slightly; to bring for their esteem, and promote their edirication, but at the card ward others prominently; and to consider some por- table.' After stating that when it was his turn to deal, ne tion of their formal creed as obsolete. As the know. dropped down dead, • It is worthy of remark (says the wriledge of the jurisprudence of any country can never be ter, that within a very few years this was the third character obtained by the perusal of volumes which contain card table to the bar of God.'—Ev. Mag. p. 262.
in the neighbourhood which had been summoned from the some statutes that are daily enforced, and others that have been silently antiquated: in the same manner, Interference respecting Swearing-a Bee the instrument. the practice, the preaching, and the writing of sects, are comments absolutely necessary to render the pe. the bees with his hat, utierin at the same tiv.e the most
A young man is stung by a bee, upon which he buffets rusal of their creed of any degree of utility.
dreadiul oaths and imprccations, It is the pract:ce, we beliere, with the orthodox, one of these little cobaiarits stun: li upon the tip of
in the midst of his fury, both in the Scotch and English churches, to insist very that unruly member (nis tongue.) which was then employed rarely, and very discreetly, upon the particular in. in blaspheming his maker. Thuj can the Lord pnga: e one stances of the interference of Divine Providence. of the meanext of his creatures in removing the bola transThey do not pretend that the world is governed only ressor who dares to take his name in vain.'--Ev. Mag. De
363, by general lawsmillat a Sirperintending Mind never interieres for particular purposes; but such purposes Interference with respect to David Wright, who was are represented to be of a nature very awful and sublime-whea a guilty people are to be destroyed,
cured of Atheism and Scrofula by one Sermon oj Mr.
Coles. when an oppressed nation is to be lifted up, and some remarkable change introduced into the order and This case is too long to quote in the language and arrangement of the world. With this kind of theology with the evidences of the writers. The substance of we can have no quarrel; we bow to its truth; we are of it is what our title implies.---David Wogli was a satisfied with the moderation which it exhibits; and man with scrofulous legs and atheistical principles ;we have no doubt of the salutary effect which it pro- being with difficuity persuaded to hear one sermon duces upon the human heart. Let us now come to from Mr. Cole, he limped to the church in extreme those special cases of the interference of Providence pain, and arrived there after great exertions ;-during as they are exhibited in the publications before us. church time he was entirely converted, walked home An interference with respect to the Rer. James Moody.
with the greatest ease, and never after experienced • Mr. James Moody was descended from pious ancestors,
the slightest retum of scrofula or infidelity:-Ev. Mag.
p. 444. who resided at Paisley ;-his heart was devoted to music, dancing, and theatrical amusements; of the latter he was so fond that he used to meet with some men of a similar) The displeasure of Providence is expressed at Captain cast to rehearse plays, and used to entertain a hope that he Scott's going to preach in Mr. Romaine's Chape. should make a figure upon the stage. To improve himselt in music, he would rise very early, even in severely cold
The sign of this displeasure is a violent storm of weather, and practice on the Gerinan flute: by his skill in thunder and lightening just as he came into town.music and singing, with his general powers of entertaining, Ev. Mag. p. 537. he became a desirable companien : he would sometimes venture to profane the day of God, by turning it into a Interference with respect to an Innkeeper, who was de. season of carnal pleasure: and would join in excursions on stroyed for having appointed a cock-fight at the very the water, to various parts of the vicinity of London. But
time that the service was beginning as the Methodist the time was approaching, when the Lord, who hat designs of mercy for him, and for many others by his means, was
Chapel. about to stop him in his dain career of sin and folly. There * Never mind," says the innkeeper, "I'll get a greater conwere two professing servants in the house where he lived; Igregation than the Methodist Parson;-we'll have a cock. one of these was à porter, who, in brushing his clothes, fight." But what is man! how insignificant his designs, how would say, “Master James, this will never do-you must impotent his strength, how ill-fated his plans, when opposed he otherwise employed-you must be a ininister of the gos- to that Leing who is infinite in wisdom, boundless in power, pel." This worthy man, earnestly wishing his conversion, put terrible in judginent, and who frequently reverses, and sud. into his hands that excellent book which God hath so much ueoly renders abortive, the projects of the wicked! A few owned, Allein's Alarm to the Unconverted.
days after the avowal of his intention, the innkeeper sickened,' 'About this time it pleased God to visit him with a disorder &c. &c. And then the narrator goes on to state, that his in his eyes, occasioned, as it was thought, by his sitting up in corpse was carried by the meeting-house, on the day, and the night to improve himself in drawing. The apprehension exociiy at the time, the deceased had fixed for the cock-fight.'of losing his sight occasioned many serious retlections; his Meth. Mag. p. 125. mind was impressed with the importance and necessity of seeking the salvation of his soul, and he was indu to attend In page 167, Meth. Mag., a father, mother, three the preaching of the gospel. The first sermon that he licard sons, and a sister, are destroyed by particular inter. with a desire to protit, was at Spa-fields Chapel; a place position. where he had formerly frequented, when it was a temple of
In page 222, Meth. Mag., a dancing master is devanity and dissipation. Strong convictions of sin fixed on his mind and he continued to attend the preached word, parti
; at a cock-fight-and a third for pretending to be deaf
stroyed for irreligion-another person for swearing his sorrow and grief that he had not earlier sought the Lord. and dumb. These are called receni and authentic ac. It was a considerable time before he found comfort from the counts of God's avenging providence. gospel. He has stood in the free part of the chapel, hearing So much for the miraculous interposition of Provi. with such emotion, that the tears have flowed from his eyes in dence in cases where the Methodists are concerned : torrents; and when he has returned home, he has continued a we shall now proceed to a few specimens of the energy great part of the night on his knees, praying over what he had of their religious feelings. ħeard.
“The change effected by the power of the Holy Spirit on Mr. Roberts's feelings in the month of May, 1793. bis heart now became visible to all. Nor did he halt between two opinions, as some persons do; he became at ouce a de But, all this time, my soul was stayed upon God; my decided character, and gave up for ever all his vain pursuits and sires increased, and my mind was kept in a sweet praying amusements; devoting himself with as much resolution and frame, a going out of myself, as it were, and taking shelter iu diligence to the service of God, as he bad formerly done to him. Every breath I drew, ended in a prayer. I felt folly.'-Ev. Mag. p. 184.
myself belpless as an infant dependent upon God for all
things. I was in a constant daily expectation of receiving ous appearance. I heard things unutterable. I heard their all I wanted; and, on Friday, May 31st, under Mr. Ruther songs and hallelujahs of thanksgiving and j.raise, with unford'; se.mon, though endly independent of it, (for I speakable rapture. I feit joy unutterable and fulici glory. coulú not give any account on what he had been preaching I then applied to my conductor, and requested leave to join about,) I was given to feel that God was waiting to be very the happy throrg."-Ev. Mag. p. 251. graciouz to nie; the spirit of prayer and supplication was given me, and such an assurance that I was accepted in the The following we consider to be one of the most Beloved, as I cannot describe, but which I shall never for- shocking histories we ever read. God only knows how get.'— Meth. Mag. p. 35.
many such scenes take place in the gloomy annals of
to a late eminent Dissenting minister, and brought up by "A few nights before her death, while some neighbours and him, came to reside at K -8, about the year 1663. He her husband were sitting up with her, a sudden and joyful attended at the Baptist place of worsbij, not only on the sound of music was heard by all present, although some of Lord's day, but frequently at the week-cay lectures and them were carn il people; at which time she thought she sau prayer-meetings. He was supposed by some to be seriously her crucified Saviour before her, speaking these words with inclined; but his opinion of himself was, that he had never power to her soul, “Thy sins are forgiven thee, and I love experienced that divine change, without which no man can thee freely.” After this she never doubted of her acceptance be saved. with God; and on Christmas day following was taken to However that might be, there is reason to believe he had celebrate the Redeemer's birth in the Paradise of God. been for some years under powerful convictions of his misMICHAEL Cousin.'-Meth. Mag. p. 137.
erable condition as a sinner. In June 1506, these convic
tions were observed to increase, and that in a more than T. L., a Sailor on board of the Stag Frigate has a special common degree. From that time he went into no company, revelation from our Saviour.
but, when he was not at work, kejt in his chamber, where
he was employed in singing plaintive hylins, and bewail. October 26th, being the Lord's day, he had a reniai kable ing his lost and jerishing state. manifestation of God's love to his soul. That blessed morn He had about him several religious people; but could inz he was much grieved by hearing the wicked use profane not be induced to open his mind to them, or to impiant to lan suage, when Jeus revealed himself to him, and imįres- any one the cause of his distress. Whether ibis contributed sed on his mind those words, “ Follow Me." This was a to increase it or not, it did increase, till his bealth was precious day to him.'-Meth. Mag. p. 140.
greatly affected by it, and he was scaicely able to work at
his business. The manner in which Mr. l'homas Cook was accus. • While he was at meeting on Lord's day, Septembe: 14th, tomed to accost $. B.
he was observed to labour unde; very preat enotic of
mind, especially when he heard the following words. “Sin • Whenever he met me in the street, his salutation used to ner, if you die without an interest in Christ, you will sink be, "Have you free and lively intercourse with God to-day: into the regions of eternal death.” are you giving your whole heart to God?" I have known On the Saturday evening following, he intimated to the bim on such occasions speak in so pertinent a manner, that mistress of the house where he lodged, that some awful I have been astonished at his knowledge of my state. Meet-judgment was about to come upon him; and as he should ing me one morning, he said, "I have been praying for you; not be able to be at mecting next day, requested that an atyou have had a sore conflict, though all is well now.". At tendant might be procured to stay with him. She replied, another time he asked, "llave you been much exercised that she would herself stay at home, and wait upon him ; these few days, for I have been led to pray that you might which she did. especially have suffering grace.” '-Meth. Mag. p. 247. On the Lord's day he was in great agony of mind. His
mother was sent for, and some reli; 20us friends visited Mr. John Kestin on his death-bed.
him; but all was of no avail. That night was a ni hit
dreadful beyond conception. The horror which he en""Oh, my dear, I am now going to glory, happy, happy, dured brought on all the symptoms of naging madness. Ee happy. I am going to sing praises to God and the Lamb; 1 desired the attendants not to coine near him, let they am going to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I think I can see should be burnt. He said that the bed-curtains were in my Je-us without a glass between, I can, I feel I can, dis- tlames,--that he smelt the brimstone,- that devils were cern, my tiile clear to mansions in the skies.' Come, Lord come to fetch him that there was no hope for him, for Jesus, come! shy are thy chariot-wheels so long delay- that he had sinned against light and conviction, and that he ing?" '-Ev. Mag. p. 124.
should certainly go to hell.” It was with difficulty he could
be kept in bed. The Reverend Mr. Mead's sorrow for his sins. * An apothecary being sent for, as soon as he entered the • This wrought him up to temporary desperation; his in- had not been bitten by a mad dog. His a pearance, like.
house, and heard his dreadful howlinge, he irguned if he expressible griet poured itself forth in groans: "Oh that I wise, seemed to justify such a suspicion, his countenance had never sinned avain-t God! I have a hell here upon resembling that of a wild beast more than of a man. eartls, and there is a hell for me in eternity!" One Lord's day, very early in the morning, he was awoke by a tem- 150 in a minute. To abate the anania, a quantity of blood
Though he had no teverish heat, yet his j ulse beat above pest of thunder and lightning; and imagining it to be the end of the world, his agony was great, supporing the great shaved, cold water was copiously poured over him, and
was taken from him, a blister was aplied, his head was day of divine wrath was come, and he unprepared : but fos-glove was admini-tered. By the e iLeans bis fury was happy to find it not so.'—Ev. Mag. p. 147.
abated ; bat his mental agony continued, and all the sympSimilar case of Mr. John Robinson.
toms of madness which his bodily strength, thus reduced,
would allow, till the following Thursday. On that day he • About two hours before he died, he was in great agony mind. In the evening he sent for the apothecary; and
seemed to have recovered his reason, and to be calm in his of body and mind; it appeared that the enemy was permit. I wished to speak with him by himself. The latter, on diis out, “ Yepowers of darkness, begone!" This however did coming, desired every one to leave the room, and thus adnot last long : “the prey was taken from the ini:hty, and mind?" " Ay," answered he, 's that is it!" He then ac
dressed him : “C-, have you not something on your the lawful captive delivered," although he was not permit-knowledged that, early in the month of June, he had gone ted to tell
of his deliverance, but lay quite still and com- to a fair in the neighbourhood, in company with a number posed.'-Er. Mag. p. 177.
of wicked young men : that they drank at a jubiic-house The Reverend William Tennant in an heavenly trance. thence they went into other company, where he was crima
together till he was in a measure intoxicated; and that irem «“While I was conversing with my brother," said he, inally connected with a harlot. "I have been a miserable u on the state of my soul, and the fears I had entertained creature," continued be, " ever since but during the last for my future welfare, I found myseliin an instant, in an-three days and three nichts, I have been in a state of de. other state of existence, under the direction of a superior speration.” He intimated to the aj othecary, that he could being, who ordered me to follow him. I was wafted along, not bear to tell this story to his pinister: **But," said he, I know not how, till I beheld at a distance an ineffable do you inform him that I shall not die in de air; for glory, the impression of which on my mind it is impossible light has broker in upon me; I have been led to the great to communicate to mortal man. I immediately reflected on Sacrifice for sin, and I now hoje in bım for salvation.” my happy change; and thought, Well, blessed be God! I • Froin this time his biental distress ceased, his « ounte. am safe at lest, notwithstanding all iny tears. I saw an in- nance became placid, and his conversation, instead of numeralile host of happy beings surroinding the inexpressi- being taken up as before with fearful exclainations conble glors, in acts of adoration and joyous wor:hip; but I cerning devils and the wrath to come, was now.coufined did not ee any bodily shape or representation in the glori- I to the dying love of Jesus! The apothecary was of opi.