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The Value of the Art of Printing, as it respects the Spread of
the Holy Scriptures, is strikingly evident, from the following Memoranda of Antiquity:
In the year 1272, the pay of a labouring man was three halfpence per day*. In 1274, the price of a Bible, with a Commentary, fairly written, was thirty pounds +. That precious volume which may now be obtained, by many labourers, for one day's pay, would then have cost them more than thirteen years labour to procure.
It is further worthy of remark, that, in the year 1240, the building of two arches of London Bridge cost twenty-five pounds †; five pounds less than the value of a Bible! Ilow great are the privileges of British Christians! We now enjoy the blaze of gospel-day; the lines are fallen to us in pleasant places, yea, we have a goodly heritage. God grant that our ancestors may never rise in judgment against us for the abuse or neglect of the Scriptures!
The above statement will also serve to shew, that the honour of distributing the holy Scriptures extensively, has peculiarly devolved upon the present day. The labour of writing them is no more. Their price now is very reasonable. The papal prohibition against reading them has lost its foco, and multitudes, with outstretched arms, are earnestly imploring them.
To the Editor. Should you think the following Observation of the late Dr. Fothergill on
the Books read in our Public Schools, deserving the consideration of religious parents, I should be glad to see it inserted in your valuable Magazine. The tendency of most of the Roman Classics to injure the morals of our youth, has lately been submitted to the public, and, I think, upon good grounds: indeed some masters draw their pen across objectienable passages; but this only tends to raise the curiosity of the scholars to enquire into their meaning.
“There is nothing tends so much to keep alive the spirit of war as our education. We take part in all the spirit of heroism displayed with so much elegance by the Greek and Roman historians, till the spirit of Christianity, meek, humble, patient, and forgiving, is obliterated from our minds: -- a woeful exchange for a system replete with good-will to all men ! I am not censaring others, I am pleading for ourselves ; and most fervently wish the day may be fast advancing when wars will be no niore. I am the brother of all mankind. I know I am
* See Dugdale's Warwickshire. + See Stowe's Annals, pangre 416. | See Maddox's History of the Exchequer.
writing to a gentleman who has charity enough' to enter fully into my sentiments, and to wish there was not a classic extant capable of producing, cherishing, or confirming such sentiinents."
Letter to a Gentleman in Massachusetts.
TIIE SPIRITUAL CABINET.
ABP. LEIGHTON. 6 Ir is a very difficult work to draw a soul out of the hands and strong chains of Satan), and out of the pleasing entanglemicuts of ihe world, and out of its own natural perverseness, to yield up itsell unto God, to deny itself, and live to him; and, in so cloing, to run against the main stream, and the current of the ungodly world without, anl corruption within.
“ The sirongest rhetoric, the most moving and persuasive way of discourse, is all too weak: the tongue of men and angels caanci prevail with the soul to fre itself, and shake off all that detains it. Although it be convinced of the truth of those things that are represented to it, yer still it can, and will, hold out again tit.
Scane hand of man is too weak to pluck any soul out of the crowd of the world, and set it in amongst the select number of believers. Only the Father of Spirits hath absolute command of spints ; viz. The souls of men, to work on them as he pleaseth, and where he will. This powerful, this sanctifying spirit knows no resistance, works swectly and yet strongly; it can come into the heart, whereas all other speakers are forced to stand without. That still voice within persuades more than all the loud crying without; as he that is within the house, though he speak low, is better heard and understood, than he that shouts without coors.
When the Lord himself speaks by this his Spirit to a man, selecting and calling him out of the lost world, he can no more disobey than Abraham did, when the Lord spoke to him, after an cxtraordinary manner, to depart from liis own country and kindred * “ Abraham deparied, as the Lord had spoken tæ him.” There is a secret but very powerful virtue in a word, or look, or touch ofthis spirit upon the soul, by which it is forced, not with a harsh, but by a pleasing violence, and cannot chuse but follow it: prt unlike thiat of Elijali's mantle upon Elisha +. How easily did the disciples forsake their callings and dwellings to follow Christ!
“The Spirit of God draus a man out of the world by a sanctified light som into his sind, discovering to hiin,
1. How base and false the sweethless of sin is, that withholds
and amuses them, that they return not; and how true and sad the bitterness is, that will follow upon it!
2. Setting before his eyes the free and happy condition, the glorious liberty of the sons of God, the riches of their present enjoyment, and their far larger and assured hopes for hereafter.
3. Making the beauty of Jesus Christ visible to the soul; which straightway takes it so, that it cannot be stayed from coming to him, though its most beloved friends, most beloved sins, lie in the way, and hang about it, and cry," Will you leave us so ?” It will tread upon all to come within the em. braces of Jesus Christ, and say with St. Paul, “ I was not disobedient to (or unpersuaded by the heavenly vision.”
It is no wonder that the gorlly are by some called singular and precise ; they are so singular, a few selected ones, picked out by God's own hand for himself. « know that the Lord hath set apart him that is goilly for himself, therefore (saith our Saviour) the world hates you, because I have chosen you out of the world;" for the world lies in unholiness and wicke i ness, is buried in it: ånd as living. men can have no pleasure among the dead, neither can these clected ones amongst
the 111. godly; they walk in the world as warily as a man or woman neatly apparelled would do amongst a multitude that are all sullied and bemired.
Endeavour to have this sanctifying spirit in yourselves, --pray much for it ; for his promise is past to us, that“ he will give this Holy Spirit to them that ask it.” And shall we be such fools as to want it for want of asking? When we find licavy fiters on our souls, and much weakness, yea, averseness to follow the voice of God calling us to his obedience, then let us pray with the spouse, 65 Draw me.'
She cannot go, nor stir, without that drawing ; and yet with it, not only goes, but runs,“ we will run after thee.
* Psaln iv. 3.
[From an oll Author.] PRAYER, because the most easy of duties, seems, with many, the hardest to be performal. li costs them so little pains, they think they may as well let it alone. Whereas it is the supreme, the great mother duty; all other duties and virtucs are its progeny, - are brought forth, nursed, nourished, and sustained by it. Devotion is the sole asylum of human frailty, and sole support of heavenly perfection: it is the golden ch' in of union between Heaven and Earth; and it keeps open the blessed communication. He that has never prayrol, can never conceive, and he that has prayed as lle ought can never forget, how much is to be gained by prayer!
of Jesus Christ." “ These ligbt afAGED TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS,
flictions which are but for a moment, Dien March 10, 1906, at Great work out for us a far more exceedBowder, in Leicestershire. He was
ing and cternal weight of giory." ihe son of Mr. and Mrs. Kestin of on the precious blood of Christ, that thai, place. From his infancy he cleanseih from all sin!” Observing was brought up under the sound of his wife filled will grief, he said, the gospel, but without any parti- “Do not grieve for me ; trust in the cular impression till about two years Lord, and, I hope, we shall meet before his death. About the year again in glory. it is ovr duty to 1999, he came to reside in London, submit to the wiil of God.” On ard generally attended the ministry being asked if the word of God should of the Rev. Mr. Braithwaite; and he be read to him, he desired that they has since declared that, through his would read of the precious blood of instrumentality he was led to see Christ. On the Sabhath-day morp. more of the efficacy of Christ's blood, ing he desired jo get up : he sat up which cleansell from all sin. He about four hours, and feeling himequght a evld in October 1803 ; and self quite exhausted 'in body, he said, from that period his bodily health « I feel I am worse; I find this body declined. About two years after,. fast dissolving; I do not think I he burst a blad vosal; but, thro' shall recover now; indeed, I do not medical assistance, he was resiored, wish it. “ 'Thanks be to God that so as to be able to work at his giveth us the victory through our business; but he was strongly re- Lord Jesus Christ.” On the succeed. commended to leave London, and ing Sabbath he was evidently aptry the effect of his native air: proaching the confines of the grave. Though this, with every inedical He desired his wife to read a hymn assistance, was afforded him, yet a of Dr. Waits. Within a few hours fingering decay was visilie, which of his di-parture, his wife went to soon rendered him incapable of his bed-side, and observed his lips work. Duing the period of his
move as though in fervent prayer. illness, when any une enquired re- He soon after opened his eyes, and speciing the siate of his mind, he with eagerness addressed her, “Oh, would answer, “I feel resigned to my dear, I am going to glory, the will of God. I have no parti- happy, happy, happy. I am going cular fear of death." One of his
to sing praises to God and the Lambs friends observed to him, how need.
I am goius to Abraham, Isaac, and ful it was that he should call often Jacob. I think I can see my Jesus upon the Lord Jesus to support him. without a glass between. I can, I He answercii, “Yes; and I desire feci
ca!, discern“ my tiile clear to be thankful that I have been to mansions in the skies.” Come, enabled, before I was so weak in Lord Jesus, come! why are thy body, to commit my all into his chariot-wheels so long delaying?” Almighty hands.
What a mercy He desired his mother might be callthat I have not now a God to seek ! ed, of whom he took å last fareI find enough to do to struggle with well, and said, “I hope to meet you a distempered frame. All my de- in glory.” He then addressed those pendence is ca Christ; I find bim an around him with this awful admoall-sufficient Saviour. If I had not aition, “ Prepare to meet your God: the grace of God in my heart, I should it will be but a short period before never feel so resigned and happy as the youngest of you must exchange I nofy do.
I find great support time for an eternity.” He prayed under my bodily afflictions, from ihat for bis dear partner, and exhorted covenani-God who hath promised, her to put her trust in the Lord. nicre he hath begun the good He observed, it was a mercy that he
had been africted: “What have my spirit which the gospel inspires, he sufferings been, whea compared to
endeavoure: to promote the hapa those of my Saviour!” When the piness and harmony of all around enemy of souls made his last aiterapi him. to distress him, his wife obse ved, To his tutors he always paid a that his views of glory were not so
deference and respect ; which proved bright as before: he said, “ I cer- at once his readiness to learn, and tainly have bad clearer vie but his gratitude to those who assisted I believe there is a mansion prepared him in his studies. His inind was for me above;" and then repeated,
humble and ieachable, and formed Lord, I believe thou hast prepai'd,
for obtaining a rapid and extensive Unworthy tho I be,
acquaintance with the various subForme a bijvú-bought free reward ;
jects of literature. in his attention A goldeu harp for me.
to study the was ardent and perseverAfter this, he could not be held ing; in ozis piety hé shewed an habito speak; bui by the inovcinent of 200, by the whoie of his deportment,
tual consistency and serious033-; his lips it could be perceived he was
he indicale:!, tono common degree, saying, “ Coupe, coue, cume;" when his redeemed soul f.ed from its
the deep conviction he had of the eartily iabernacle, io er joy that importance of his situation as one eternal rest that is prepared for ihe sparaled to the work of tire sarcive
Much were his tutors and people of God. “And there shall ary. in nowise enter into it any things toms of a cousumption began to
fellow-sludents affected wåen syiapthat actieihi, neither what gerer workein abomination or maketi a
appear. Though in aileront places
round the metropolis he tried to oblie, but they which are vatten in
tain reliet by the change of air, his the Lamb's book of life.”
health continued to decline. After Mr. Gill, of Market Harborough, frequently visited him during his house of bis parents, al leyburn,
a few months, he returaed to the confinement, to the great satisiaction
near Leeds; and from thence the of himself and friends, and preach- following brief account of the few ed his fuueral sermon from I Cor.
last months of his life xv. 57.
During his illness of fourteen MR. JOHN BELL,
months,” says his affectionale sister,
my brother was never heard to Late Student in Hoxton Academy. ,
uiter a murmur or a complaint. This amiable and promising youih Whenever asked by any friend how was brought to an early acquaint. he felt himself, he always replied ance with the gospel, and received with a smile, ihat he was tolerably much spiritual good rider toe miuis. well. He seemed desirous thai his try of Mr. Parsons, of Leeds. Some sutterings should be feit by none but time after this, he devoted himscif himself. My mother frequently to the important work of the minis- asked him how he feit with regard try, and was admitted as a student to drail; and his answer always was, into Hoxton Academy. For about “Quite happy, and perfectly retwelve months he pursued his studies signed to the will of God.”. For with great diligence and success; above two months before iis dicatii, and, while he increased his literary he was nearly deprived of his speech, attainments, he neglected not to wing to some disorder in his tiroat. cultivate a close and growing ac- He uiteu expressed a great desire to quaintance with divine things. His talk, but could not Sometimes, teinper and conduct were exemplary however, we couid near imm disa to a high degree. To his feilow- ticily, by laying our ears close to sluden is he shewed the afection of his lips; bui this generally brought a brother. No disposition manifest- ou nis cough, hii, towards ine ed itself which could for a moment last, was very violent. The question excite a painful feeling in any breast. which had been often asacü mum, Enjoying the happy and peaceful and as oficn answered, with great