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chis confidence, by his recovery, that time in the habit of working in that I could but think there was the woods near Stoke, and a minis„something peculiar.” Mr. S. adds, ter passed them, who was going to * On this recovery, this man for a preach at that village, his compa

time went on very well; but after- nions made use of some contempwards he gave up all attention to tuous expressions which directed religion, and became very wicked; his attention to the minister. His and, when I reminded him of what conscience smote him, and the rehas been now related, he treated solved on leaving the company of the whole with indifference, not to these sinners, and following to the say with profane contempt. But I house of God the object of their "have since learned, from very good contempt; thinking, as he said, authority, that, after I left that that the should be better employed part of the country," the neighbour- sin hearing a sermon, than in spendhood of Olney, “ he was again ing the evening of the Lord's day in brought under deep conviction of drinking. He did not, however, sin; recollected and dolefully be- venture into the chapel, but listmoaned his conduct towards me, ened at the window. It pleased and with respect to his dream; and God to apply his word with powet became a decidedly religious cha- to the man's heart; his former con*racter."

"victions returned, and he resolved This narrative is transcribed for on hearing the Gospel again. The the purpose of annexing a very following Sabbath he came over to gratifying confirmation of the cor- Newport, and heard my late dear rectness of the latter part of it, father* ; whose subject was, the which has lately been furnished to insufficiency of our works to justify the compiler of the Life by a very us before God. This discourse, as respectable dissenting minister, the he expressed it, ' threw down the Rev. T. P. Bull, of Newport Pag- Babel he had been building. From nell.

that time he renounced all dependHaving alluded to the anecdote, ence upon the merit of his good Mr. B.

says, “ This person I well works, and read his Bible with peknew; and I cannot resist the dis- culiar diligence and much prayer. position I feel to communicate to In 1805, he became united to the you his subsequent history. His Christian church of which my father name was

After his was then the pastor, and adorned recovery from the sickness referred the profession he made, holding to, though he never became grosstyforth in his conduct; "the word of immoral, yet he discovered a re- life.' "The latter years of his life, markable enmity to the Gospel; he suffered extremely from a negloried in his own righteousness, phritic complaint, which rendered and · despised others.' On one it very painful to him to walk. He, occasion, after hearing your good however, persevered in going on father preach a sermon, in which foot every Sunday eighit or nine he spoke in very strong language miles (going and returning) to hear against the doctrine of justification that 'Gospel which was by good works, he came from dear to him; 'till at tength, comOlney church very indignant, and pelled by the severity of his disdeclared he would go no more. In order, in 1814, he' very reluctantly this state of mind he continued for gave up his attendance at Newport

, some time, till a change was ef- and went as often as he was able fected under the following circum- to the chapel in his own village, stances: one Lord's day evening, where religious opportunities were as he was sitting drinking with some men with whom he was at * The well-known late Rer. W. Bull.

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enjoyed on a Lord's day evening. lage; and thus an interview was As his complaint increased, he prevented which no doubt would seemed evidently to grow in grace. have given much pleasure to both His conversation was remarkably parties. spiritual and edifying; and having 66 In the same house with this scarcely ever read any book but good man lived his daughter and the Bible, and having read that her husband, both of them strangers incessantly, he had acquired a very to real religion, and the latter of accurate and extensive acquaint- them immoral. The affectionate ance with it. In his conversation, exhortations, the holy life, and the there was a continual reference to prayers of the old man,

which were the Scriptures; he was eminently offered every day in the presence a Bible Christian. Amidst the se- of this son and daughter, as often verest bodily afflictions, his soul as he could prevail upon them to was refreshed with the consolations come to his bed-side, produced no of the Gospel, and he expressed effect upon them. A child, who himself on all occasions in the most boarded with them in the cottage, interesting manner. • The Lord never failed to attend on these ocafflicts me,' said this suffering man, casions; and on the evening of the .but I feel thankful for his strokes; day on which the old man died, the they are the strokes of a Father, child said to his daughter, Mother, who scourgeth every son whom he for so she usually called her, though receiveth. He often spoke of the no relation, we shall have no days of his apostasy, and of his prayer to-night, now grandfather spiritual pride; and in the strongest is dead: will you not pray?-I language expressed his thankful- cannot,' was the reply. The child, ness to God for showing him the with much simplicity and fervour, plague of his own heart. I bless urged her request. At length the the day,' he said, 'that ever I went poor woman, overcome by her ento Newport to hear your father! treaties, and her mind perhaps Many, many years I lived in the somewhat softened by the loss she service of sin; and still my cor- had that day sustained, made her rupt nature is not destroyed. I first attempt to call on the name of should think it was, if it did not the Lord. The result was a happy sometimes make a movement.' one; for she has been a praying

“ At length this excellent old person ever since, and consistent man was released from the most ex- in her conduct. Her husband soon cruciating agonies, by falling asleep after became convinced of sin, in Jesus, in November 1818. and of righteousness, and of judg

I ought to have mentioned, ment' to come, and is, I have that he frequently lamented his un- every reason to believe, a truly grateful behaviour towards your fa- pious man. A powerful encouther, and especially the enmity he ragement the case surely affords, discovered to the scriptural doc- to parents to persevere in offering trines he preached; and expressed up fervent prayer for the converan earnest desire to ask his forgive- sion of their children, in the hope ness: but an opportunity never oc- that their petitions may be heard, curred. Your father came to Stoke though they may not live to witness only once after this happy change the answer of them.” had taken place in his views and Such is Mr. Bull's account; from conduct, and called at the house which it appears that this person, of a pious man, who immediately who so sinned against both the went in quest of

: but judgments and the mercies of God, unfortunately he was that day gone who seemed to have had the warnto work at a distance from the vil- ing of the parable of the barren fig

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own case.

tree almost supernaturally applied presume upon meeting with in his to his own case, and all without

If any one is disposed effect, became eventually not only thus to “harden his heart,” he has a sincere, but even an eminently no right to expect that God will pious Christian; and, after having soften it, but rather that he will died without seeing any success at- “ swear in his wrath that he shall tend his endeavours to promote the never enter into his rest.” But good of his family, proved, and the sincere Christian will not conthrough means at once affecting, template such a history without the instructive, and encouraging to deepest sympathy. He will be contemplate, a blessing to those ready to weep with the returning belonging to him!

penitent while he looks back over To Mr. Scott's narrative it is the long, dark period in which all subjoined, “ If what I have heard God's goodness was forgotten, and be true, his case certainly furnishes the strivings of his Spirit resisted: a most striking instance, as of the and assuredly his heart will melt in force of human depravity, so also unison with this now happy man's, of the long suffering and tender while he looks up with him, and mercy of our God.” This will ap- says, in grateful admiration, Who pear still more strikingly, when it is is a God like unto thee, that parconsidered for how long a period doneth iniquity, and passeth by the he was

as a sheep going astray," remnant of his heritage? He rebefore he was brought back to taineth not his anger for ever, bethe Shepherd and Bishop of souls." cause he delighteth in mercy. His illness and dream were about Neither will the feelings excited the year 1778; he did not join the by this narrative be damped, I late Mr. Bull's church till 1805; hope, by the circumstance of its and the writer of the above letter giving the honour, or must we not states, that it was “ but a short rather say by God's having given time before that event that the the honour to our dissenting brechange took place in his character. thren of finally recovering this poor For twenty-six or twenty-seven sinner“ from the error of his way." years, therefore, he forgot all his No; let us be assured, that the impressions, and went on fro- time is coming when all who have wardly in the way of his own been sincerely employed, though heart; and yet, after all, was amid many minor differences, in recovered and blessed! I surely the blessed work of “ winning need not warn any reader, that souls” to God, shall for this is not what may ordinarily be joice together." I am, &c. expected in the course of God's

J. S. dealings; not what any one may April 14, 1823.





"I AM THINE, O SAVE ME!”-DAVID, Psalm cxix.

Holy Jesus! blest Physician *!

Dear to every wounded heart,
Pitying its profound contrition,

Healing its afflictive smart;
Barbed arrows fly around me,

Fraught with anguish, fraught with woe;
Death, without thy aid, awaits me,

Shield me, shield me, from the foe.

# " Is there no balm in Gilead?.

Is there no Physician there?"-JER, viii, 28.

MEMOIR OF MARY CRICK. MARY CRICK, the subject of lighteth in all them that fear him. the following memoir, was born of They will see here, that though respectable parents, at Haverill, in poor in this world, they may be rich the county of Suffolk. In the au- in faith, and heirs of an eternal and tumn of the year 1818, it pleased incorruptible inheritance. Such as .God to visit her with an illness, occupy similar situations in ife which, after a period of nine weeks, with herself may also learn, by her terminated in her death. Her de- example, what a Christian servant portment at the close of a life which ought to be," and how truly rehad been early devoted to the ser- spectable they may become by vice of God was so exemplary and conducting themselves with like encouraging, and manifested such propriety, fidelity, and diligence. clear tokens of divine love and fa- " The faithful domestic to whom vour, that it has been thought some I allude, was one who had the fear account of her latter days, extract- of God always before her eyes, ed from a Sermon preached by the and therefore she conscientiously clergyman in whose family she had performed her duty to man. If lived for the space of eight years, this principle be not rooted in the may, by the blessing of God, be heart by the power of the Holy rendered useful and edifying. Spirit, there will be no constancy

Having taken occasion, from or perseverance in good works. the animating words recorded in That true love of man which inRev. xiv. 13, to show the neces- fluences us to do as we would be sity of a higher principle than mere done by, proceeds from the love nature is possessed of, in order to of God implanted in us by divine disarm death of its terrors, and en- grace. Such as possess it not may able us to meet it not only with do well occasionally, and firmness but with joy; and having in some particular instances; but spoken of the blessedness of those their fidelity cannot be depended who die in the Lord, and henceforth upon, for they will only do so to rest from all the labours which are serve their own purposes, not for occasioned by the sorrows and suf- their Master's or for conscience ferings of this life, and by their sake. But she was obedient to own corrupt and sinful hearts, the her superiors according to the preacher proceeds to say,

flesh, with singleness of heart, as • Into that blessed rest, I am unto Christ, not with eye-service fully persuaded, and upon the best as one that pleased men; but as grounds, has that excellent person the servant of Christ, doing the entered, whom I have had in view will of God from the heart, with in making this address to you, and good will doing service as to the of whom I shall now speak parti- Lord and not to men, knowing cularly. In giving some descrip- that whatsoever good thing any tion of her character, I trust I shall man doeth, the same shall he reedify every member of this congre- ceive of the Lord, whether he be gation (for every one must be in- bond or free.' The word of God terested in the graces and triumphs was at all convenient opportunities of the true Christian), but chiefly her daily study. She read it with those of inferior rank among us, prayer, and therefore she read it who

may take especial encourage- with profit. She read it with ment from the blessings she re- view to regulate her conduct by it. ceived, to trust in that God who She did not look into that perfect regardeth not the persons of men, law, and then go away and forget but looketh on the heart, and de- what duties it pointed out to her;


but she took it as . a lamp to her leaving us an example, that we feet, and a light unto her paths.' should follow his steps; who did She looked there to see, not what no sin, neither was guile found in other people were to do, but what his mouth; who when he was rewas her particular duty in her situ- viled reviled not again; when he ation. According to the precept suffered he threatened not; but of the Apostle, then, she obeyed committed himself to Him that her master and mistress with a re- judgeth righteously.' You are to spectful deference to their persons be obedient to your own masters, and authority; she feared to dis- and to please them well in all things, please them; but she feared still not answering again, not purloinmore to offend and dishonour hering, but showing all good fidelity, Lord by any improper behaviour. that you may adorn the doctrine of Christ was her supreme Master, God our Saviour in all things.' and the only master she was im- Remember too, that these injuncplicitly to obey, and her main de- tions were given not to free men, as sire and endeavour was to please you are, not to the happy servants him in all things. She did her in our land of liberty, but to slaves: work, not as an eye-servant, who to uch as were the property of is diligent only in her earthly mas- their masters, who often treated ter's presence, but as the servant them with great severity ; yet even of Christ her heavenly Lord, whom they were required, for the sake of she knew and felt to be always Christ, to obey without murmuring present with her. Whether her the often unreasonable commands fellow-creatures saw her or not, of a severe and perhaps idolatrous made no difference in her conduct, tyrant. What excuse can you have because she at all times said to then for not fulfilling your duties, herself, “Thou, Lord, seest me.' even under the most trying circumLiving, therefore, with a sense of stances ? Very few, indeed, have his all-seeing eye upon her, and here any just subject of complaint, with a view to his authority and fa- and the greater advantages you enyour, she did his will in all her se- joy the more cheerfully and faithcular employments, and thus her fully should you yield obedience. business became her delight. I Should you ever fail of pleasing would here observe to such of you, your earthly masters, you

will my friends, as fill similar situations, sanctify thereby all your employthat even if you are called to serve ment, and secure to yourselves at harsh and tyrannous masters, your last an ample and gracious reward duty, whilst you continue with from your Master which is in them, nains the same. You are heaven. not to suppose, that the ready and It is acting from a principle of faithful service of which I have duty to God that will render men been speaking is to be paid only to universally conscientious. Thus the good and gentle, it must be did our late faithful servant act, rendered also to the froward; ‘for and thereby obtained a comfortable this is thankworthy, if a man for and well-grounded assurance that conscience toward God, endure she was a child of God, and theregrief, suffering wrongfully; for fore interested in all the inestiwhat glory is it, it when ye be buf- mable benefits and blessings sefetted for



shall take cured to his children and-servants it patiently? but it when ye do well, through the blood of Christ. From and suffer for it, ye take it patient- the age of fifteen, she had been a ly, this is acceptable with God; devoted servant of God. At that for even hereunto were ye called : early period, when she was going for Christ also suffered for us, to her first place of service, though

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