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for his troubled spirit; and creeping unobserved, he slunk into a secret corner, and eagerly listened to the words of the missionary. That day, Mr. Kicherer addressed the natives from these words,-“ Lovest thou me?" “ Is there no poor sinner,” said be, “ who can answer this question ? not one poor slave who loves Jesus Christ? no one who dares to confess him?" Here the poor slave boy, unable to restrain any longer, sprang up, and holding up both his hands, while the tears streamed down his cheeks, cried out with eagerness, “ Yes, massa, me love the Lord Jesus Christ; me do love him, me love him with all my heart." The master was still more astonished, and he went home convinced of the blessings the Gospel brings, and became a decided Christian.

Chap. iv, ver. 5.-Redeeming the time.

Mr. Locke, having been introduced by Lord Shaftesbury to the Duke of Buckiogbam and Lord Halifax; these three poblemen, instead of conversing with the philosopher, as might naturally have been expected, on literary subjects, in a very short time sat down to cards. Mr. Locke, after looking on for some time, pulled out his pocket-book, and began to write with great attention. One of the company observing this, took the liberty of asking him what he was writing. “ My Lord,” said Locke, “ I am endeavoring, as far as possible, to profit by my present situation; for having waited with impatience for the honor of being in company with the greatest geniuses of the age, I thougbt I could do nothing better than to write down your conversation ; and indeed, I have set down the substance of what you have said this hour or two." This well-timed ridicule had its desired effect, and these noblemen, fully sepsible of its force, immediately quitted their play, and entered into a conversation more rational and better suited to the dignity of their characters, and it may be added, better fitted to improve time, than so unprofitable a dinersion.

I THESSALONIANS. Chap. i, ver. 5.—For our Gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance ; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

A short time since, a gentleman of Barton-uponHumber, received a parcel by the Hull boat, which on opening was found to contain an ancient manuscript music book, map of Europe, plate of the system of heraldry, plate of helmets and crowns, with four shillings in silver, and an anonymous note inclosed, of which the following is a literal transcript; - An individual sends you this, sir, who was at your house some years ago, and took these things, and now the Gospel having come with power, has shown him his error, and he now restores them, humbly entreating your pardon, and begging you not to make it public.” The above articles, being of small value, bad not been missed; they are known and recognised by the owner as old acquaintances, and in future will be preserved and esteemed as valuable records of reformation to his conscientious correspondent. By the same tide, another parcel containing some silver, and numerous proofs of a renewed mind, was addressed to another person, but neither can recollect nor discover from whom they have been received.

Chap. i, ver. 10.--And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

Little more than half an hour before Dr. Watts expired, he was visited by his dear friend Mr. Whitefield. The latter asking him how he found bimself, the doctor answered, “Here I am, one of Christ's

waiting servants." Soon after, some medicine was brought in, and Mr. Whitefield assisted in raising him up in the bed, that he might with more convenience take the draught. On the doctor's apologizing for the trouble he gave Mr. Whitefield, the latter replied with his usual amiable politeness, “ Surely, my dear brother, I am not too good to wait on a waiting servant of Christ's.” Soon after, Mr. Wbitefield took his leave, and often afterwards regretted, that he had not prolonged his visit, which he would certainly bave done, could he have foreseen bis friend was but within half an hour's distance of the kingdom of glory.

Chap. ii, ver. 4.–But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the Gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.

It happened that at some public solemnity where the celebrated Hume was one of the audience, Mr. Brown of Haddington, was preceded in ministerial duty by an ambitious young man, who delivered a very eloquent and florid address,--the old divine following is one equally remarkable for its simplicity and earnestness. “ The first preacher," said the sceptic to one of his friends, “ spoke as if he did not believe what he said; the latter, as if he was conscious that the Son of God stood at his elbow."

Chap. ii, ver, 19, 20,-For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing ? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming ? For ye are our glory

and joy.

Archbishop Williams once said to a friend of his, "I have passed through many places of honor and trust, both in church and state, more than any of my order in England these seventy years back; yet were I but assured that by my preaching I had converted but one soul to God, I should take therein

more spiritual joy and comfort, than in all the honors and offices which have been bestowed upon me.”

Chap. iii, ver. 10.--Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith.

Mr. Hervey's man-servant slept in the room immediately above that of his master. One night long after the whole family had retired to rest, he awoke, hearing the groans of Mr. Hervey in the room beneath, who seemed to be in great distress. He went down stairs, and opened the door of his master's room, but instead of finding him in bed as he expected, he saw him prostrate on the floor, engaged in earnest and importunate prayer to his God. Disturbed by this unseasonable appearance, Mr. Hervey with his usual mildness said, “ John, you should not have entered the room, unless I had rung the bell.” Communion with God in prayer, will turn night into day.

Chap. iv, ver. 6.—That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter, because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.

The following letter was put under the shop door of a druggist at P- “A few years ago I bought a bad shilling, I gave sixpence for it, and I came to your shop and got it changed for a very small article, and at first I rejoiced at my bargain. But I do assure you, sir, I have suffered more since, on account of my fault, than all the money in the world is worth. I have many times tried to think I had done no harm, because you were not a poor man, but yet my conscience accused me that I had done wrong. Many times, when I have bowed in secret before the Lord, it bas come with such power that I have had no peace in my mind. But, sir, as I now send you a good shilling, with the acknowledgment of my fault, I hope you will forgive me, even as you would wish to be forgiven of that God whom you serve."

Chap. iv, ver. 13.—But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep; that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

“ It is stated in the history of England,” says Dr. Philip, in an address delivered at one of the London Anniversaries, “ that when the first missionary who arrived in Kent, presented bimself before the king, to solicit permission to preach the Gospel in bis dominions, after long deliberation, when a negative was about to be put upon his application, an aged counsellor, with his head silvered over with grey hairs, rose, and by the following speech obtained the permission which was requested. Here we are, said the orator, 'like birds of passage, we know not wbence we come or whither we are going; if this man can tell us, for God's sake let him speak.' I say, if there are six hundred millions of our fellowcreatures, who like birds of passage, know not whence they came, nor whither they are going, for God's sake let us send them the Gospel, wbich will tell them whence they came, and which is able to make them wise unto salvation."

Chap. v, ver. 17.–Pray without ceasing.

A sailor who had been long absent from his native country, returned home, flushed with money.Coming to London, where he had never been before, he resolved to gratify bimself with the sight of whatever was remarkable. Among other places he visited St. Paul's. It bappened to be at the time of divine service. When carelessly passing, he heard the words, “ Pray without ceasing," uttered by the minister, without having any impression made on bis mind

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