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answered well with tickets of merit. Op one of these occasions he mentioned to them an anecdote of Marshal Turenpe. “ On a fine summer's day,” said he," while the Marshal was leaning out of his window, the skirts of bis coat hanging off from the lower part of his body, bis valet entered the room, and approaching his master with a soft step, gave him a violent blow with his hand. The pain occasioned by it, brought the Marshal instantly round, when he bebeld bis valet on bis koees imploring bis forgiveness, saying that he thought it had been George, bis fellow servant.” The question was then put to each of the scholars, “ What would you have done to the servant had you been in the Marshal's situation ?"! A baughty French boy who stood first, said—“Done! I would have run him through with my sword.” This reply. filled the wbole school with surprise, and the master sentenced the boy to the forfeiture of his tickets.After putting the question to the other children, and receiving different answers, he came, at length, to a little English girl, about eight years of age. my dear, and what would you bave done, on this occasion, supposing you had been Marshal Turenne?" She replied, with all the sedateness of her nation, “I should have said, suppose it had been George, why strike so hard?” The simplicity and swcetness of this reply drew smiles of approbation from the whole school, and the master awarded the prize and all the forfeitures to this little girl.

Chap. vi, ver. 17.—'The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Admiral Count Verhuel attended the Anniversary of the British and Foreigo Bible Society in London, in 1824, as the representative of the French Bible Society, aud occupied a seat next to Admiral Lord Gambier. He was asked, some time after, by a reverend gentleman, what were his feelings on that occasion. He replied, “I remember the time when Lord Gambier and myself could not have stood so

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near each other, without each holding a sword in his hand. At this time we did not feel the want of our swords; we suffered them to remain in the scabbard; we had no sword, but the sword of the Spirit, and the sword of the Spirit is the word of God.” “ Would it not,” the minister added, “ be a matter of regret to you to be again engaged in a war with Great Britain?" 56 I should always," he answered, “ regret to be at war with a country that is so pobly engaged in sending the Gospel of peace throughout the world."


Chap. i, ver. 18.-What then ? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

A very pious, but weak man, being ordained minister in Fifesbire, about 1650, some of his people left off hearing him, and went to other churches in the neighborhood. One day meeting some of them, he asked, W bither they were going? They replied that they were going to hear such a one of his brethren, as his own sermons did not edify them so much. He said, with great beartiness,“ O yes; go always where your souls get inost edification; and may God's blessing and mine go with you.” The people were so affected, that they resolved rather to trust their edification with the Lord, than desert the ministry of such a holy and humble man.

Chap. i, ver. 21.–For me—to die is gain.

“I am no longer disposed," says a Jew, in writing to another, “ to laugh at religion, or to plead that Christianity has no comforts in death. I witnessed the last moments of my worthy gardener, and wish I may die his death; and if there is bappiness in another life, this disciple of Jesus is assuredly bappy. When

the physician told him he was in extreme danger, • How,' said he,'can that be, when God is my Father, Jesus my Redeemer, heaven my country, and death the messenger of peace! The greatest risk I run is to die, but to die is to enter into complete and endless bliss.' His last words were, “I die, but wbat needs that trouble me?' My Jesus is the true God, and eternal life.'-I could not but impart, what, according to your taste, must be interesting. You see I can be serious.”

Chap. ii, ver. 4.-Look not every man on his own things, but every man on the things of others.

Of the benevolent temper of the Rev. Mr. Gilpin, the following instance is related. One day, returning home, he saw in a field several people crowding together; and judging something more than ordinary had happened, be rode up, and found that one of the horses in a team had suddenly dropped down, which they were endeavoring to raise, but in vain, for the horse was dead. The owner of it seeming to be much dejected with his misfortune, and declaring how grievous a loss it would be to him, Mr. Gilpin bade bim not be disheartened ; “ I'll let you have,” said he,“ honest man, that horse of mine," pointing to his servant's. “ Ah! master,” replied the countryman, “my pocket will not reach such a beast as that.” « Come, come,” said Mr. Gilpin, “ take him, take him, and when I demand the money, then thou shalt

pay me."

Chap. ii, ver. 12, 13.-Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling : For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

It is but too common with some professors, under a pretence of magnifying the grace of God, to excuse their want of zeal, and their negligence in the duties of religion, by pleading that they can do nothing without the sensible influence of grace upon their miods. - I once heard,” adds Mr. Buck, “ a zealous minister (now with God) talking in his sleep, which was a very customary thing with him, and lamenting this disposition in some professors, which he thus reproved : I am a poor creature, says one; and I can do nothing, says another. No, and I am afraid you do not want to do much. I know you have no strength of your own, but how is it you do not cry to the strong for strength ?”

Chap. iii, ver. 8, 9.--Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.

An Indian and a white man, being at worship together, were both brought under conviction by the

The Indian was shortly after led to rejoice in pardoning mercy. The white man, for a long time, was' under distress of mind, and at times almost ready to despair, but at length he was also brought to a comfortable experience of forgiving love. Some time after, meeting his red brother, he thus addressed him :-" How is it, that I should be so long under conviction, when you found comfort so soon ?" - Ob brother,” replied the Indian, “me tell you ; there come along a rich prince, he propose to give you a new coat; you look at your coat, and say I don't know ; my coat pretty good; I believe it will do a little longer. He then offer me new coat; I look on my old blanket ; I say, this good for nothing; I fling it right away, and accept the new coat. Just

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so brother, you try to keep your own righteousness for some time; you loth to give it up: but I, poor Indian, had none; therefore I glad at once to receive the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Chap. iii, ver. 12.-I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

Mr. John Welsh, grandson of Mr. Welsh of Ayr, being pursued with unrelenting rigor, was one time quite at a loss where to go, but depending on Scottish hospitality, and especially on the providence of God, he in an evening called at the house of a gentleman of known hostility to field preachers, and particularly to himself. He was kindly received. In the course of conversation, Welsh was mentioned, and the difficul. ty of getting hold of him: “I know,” says the stranger, “where he is to preach to-morrow, and will give you bim by the hand." At this the gentleman was very glad, and engaged the company of his guest with great cordiality. They set off next morning, and when they arrived at the congregation, they made way for the minister, and also for his host. He desired the gentleman to sit down on the chair, where he stood and preached. During the sermon the gentleman seemed much affected : At the close Mr. Welsh gave him his hand, which he cheerfully received, and said, “ You said you were sent to apprehend rebels, and I a rebellious sinner have been apprehended this day."

Chap. iv, ver. 11.-I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

To a clergyman who once visited Mr. Newton when confined by weakuess, he said, “ The Lord has a sovereign right to do what he pleases with his own. I trust we are his, in ihe best sense, by purchase, by conquest, and by our own willing consent. As sin

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