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who is born of God “keepeth him into our heart, and there learn of self,” (1 Johny. 18,) by keeping with Him, who is meekness and gentle. in himself; and so “ that wicked one ness itself. It is not what we hear toucheth him not.” But all who with our ear that profiteth. We dwell in the world of fancy, and in think we know the truth, because the world of reason, he can touch; perhaps we can speak and write and his touch ever defiles. He can about it. But to know the truth in come ; ( yes, he can, and touch our reality, is to know it in the power of bone and our flesh. He can come, Christ's resurrection; and in the and scare us with visions, or delude fellowship of his sufferings ; and in us with dreams, painting the walls the conformity of his death ; and in of the fancy, and making it a cham- the hope of his glorious appearing to ber of imagery. He can come, and be admired by all them that believe. make the worse appear the better If we know him thus suffering, bleedreason, having all the arts of the so- ing, and dying for us, we are satis. phist at command, and being in pos. fied, and at rest in bim. We seek session of a logic superior to any in nothing, we desire nothing, we make the schools. But into the “ hidden choice of nothing, we have nothing, part” he cannot corne. Ono, he but one. The world, the flesh, and cannot; and abiding there, he Satan, all in arms, are weakness itself toucheth us not. He cannot force in the presence of such a soul, abidthe heart, the secret place of the ing with God, who is its strength, soul, or know what passes there in What shall harm it? Who can draw our intercourse with God. We keep nigh to it? Can any overcome it? the heart then with all diligence, But let us not suppose this religion while we keep within it, along with will at all suit those in the church, God, who will not suffer the adversa. whom the Apostle has denominated ry to draw nigh to our hurt. (1 John "carnal.” (1 Cor. iii. 1-4.) Such perv. 18.) Communing there with Love, sons trust to what they experience, seated on the throne of the affections, and not to the power of Christ. They we learn the secrets of Wisdom to be draw their support from what is seen above all our conceptions, and find his and temporal, and not from what is joy fulfilled in ourselves. The pure unseen and eternal, while they live heart, thus seeing God, revealed in among the pictures and shadowy rethe midst of it, is satisfied. There presentations of religion, afraid of is nothing apart from him worth a walking with Jesus in the more exthought; and looking ever upon cellent way. The centre of this reHim, it is made pure even as he is ligion is self; and though God bear pure. To such a soul, “ unspotted with many of us a long time, in tenfrom the world,” all things are pure. der mercy, looking over all we do; Every labour is a labour of love; yet bis final intention is to reduce us every work is a work of faith ; every to himself. The idols shall be utsuffering is a suffering patiently en terly abolished; and every thing is dured in hope; every service is the an idol which serves in any way to service rendered by a child, a son, hide him from us. They are dreadan heir ; every deed is an act of de- ful ruins in very deed upon which votion; every word is spoken from his temple is reared: the ruins of the law of kindness dwelling on the every thing dear, and precious, and lip ; every cross is pleasant, as af- delightful, and desirable,-the flesh, fording a trial of affection ; every and blood, and bones, and life, and creature is a minister of good sent in soul, and all of the old man of sin, mercy; every wind serves to waft it which is corrupt. In one word, every to the “ fair havens," the port of thing which is not God, and from God; peace, the harbour of everlasting re- for he alone will be exalted in that pose.
day; and his work only will stand the How, then, shall we obtain this "crush of atoms, and the wreck of pure and undefiled religion, so god- worlds.” His work is perfect, and like and divine? By obeying the will remain, to give him pleasure truth. Jesus Christ calls us to enter through eternity. Let us, then, since
he made us for himself, return to good to edification ; let every one him, as obedient children; giving study to approve himself to God, up ourselves to his gentle hand, that who knoweth the secrets of the we may be led into all the truth, heart, and how soon would the Yielding up all is the only way to church present a different aspect ! find all, when we stand in need of it; The Christian world, as it is called, and to live unspotted from the world. pulled down one Pope at the ReforI write in all simplicity what occurs mation, and set up many thousands ; to me.
for now every man will have you see Still, as this life, unspotted from with his eyes, and hear with his ears, the world, is “hid with Christ in or you are in his mind wilfully blind God,” it is a life unknown and much and deaf. I say no more; for the mistaken by the world, and worldly prudent (Amos tells us) shall keep hearts, and all who have not yet silence in the evil time. attained it. To them the things of Farewell. May the Spirit of the the Spirit will appear foolishness in- Lord, that free and noble Spirit, deed; wbile at the same time they deign to lead you into the land of profess to be led by him. But he uprightness; so that in your flesh ever teaches the same truths, and you may see God! When in the shows himself by the same token, brightness of his countenance you godlikeness,- a universal charity. vail your face with your wings, you Let all disputation be avoided ; let all shall know as you are known. Amen, contention between brethren cease ; Jesu. let each please his neighbour for his
CHINESE JUSTICE. “Ler Kinming-kwan be delivered imprudence in giving unasked-for over to the criminal court for trial. advice, their decree that he shall Respect this." So said His Majesty receive one hundred blows with the the Emperor of China. And what large bamboo, and be transported for had this person done? He presented three years, would not have been a sealed memorial to the Emperor, passed. However, he set up as a showing his opinion how to rid the plea, that he was the only son of an nation of rebellious banditti, of aged mother. The Court, therefore, thieves, gamblers, and prostitutes. directed that, in the first instance, Being a man devoted to letters from he be sent back to Gan-hwuy, the his childhood, he had more know- green tea country, whence he came, ledge of the ancient classics than of that the local Government may asmodern manners, and wished to re- certain the facts of the case ; and if vert to those happy days in which the his allegation be true, to put him in land was cultivated by the united la. the pillory, and hamboo him, before hours of the Government and people; they send him to his mother, but if when“ hunger and starvation,” the false, to transport him as before dicauses of all social evils, were un- rected. The Court in their memorial known. These and similar vagaries add, that his suggestions are impracwere the head and front of the old ticable; and recommend His Maman's offending.
jesty to dismiss the subject without The Court says there was nothing further consideration.- Chinese Rerebellious or disrespectful in his pa- gister. per. But for his presumption and
NOTICES CONCERNING NORTH AMERICA.
LETTER IV. To the Editor of the Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine. As an idea very generally prevails with the neighbouring republic is in England, that the union of the one of those events which is almost, British provinces in North America if not altogether, unavoidable, it inay surprise some of your readers of a doubt. There is a period when when I state, that in my judgment, the colonial branches of an empire, it is not even a very probable one. like the different members of a faJudging from the ill-concealed jea. mily, come of age, and grow impa. lousy which already exists between tient of that constant supervision the slave-holders of the south and and control on the part of the pathe Yankees, as the Virginians call rent State to which, in their infancy, the people of the north,-jealousy, they readily submitted ; and when originating in a dissimilarity of the this is the case, enlightened reason views and interests of the cotton and sound policy require that their growers of the Carolinas and the position should be changed, and that manufacturers of New England, -it the mother country should enter into is much more likely that the present new engagements with her grown-up United States will be separated into offspring, by which course she would two distinct and independent em- secure advantages to herself far more pires, than that our transatlantic valuable than any that she could depossessions will ever be added to rive from any attempt that she their already over-grown territory; in might make, even if it succeeded, proof of which I need only refer to to enforce an unwilling subjection to the attitude of hostility which was her authority. assumed by a large and powerful No country, either in ancient or in State, when the late celebrated Tariff modern times, ever exercised a sway bill was adopted by the general Go- so extensive, or wielded an influence vernment, and to the haughty and so powerful, as England does at the menacing terms which were em- present period. The sun never sets ployed in some of the public docu on her dominions. Her ships visit ments issued by the authorities of every sea; and her flag floats triumphthis State 'on that occasion. AC- antly in various and distant climes. cording to them the federal union is The magnitude of her commercial little, if any thing, more than a po. transactions astonishes the nations litical firin and co-partnership, from of the earth. Her language is spoken which any of the members may with. by millions in America. It is spreaddraw, when they deem it expedient ing throughout her Indian empire; and necessary to do so, with or and is taking root in Australasia, without the consent of their confe- and in the islands of the Pacific, as derates : so that, according to this well as in extensive districts of Westdoctrine, instead of the inany States ern and Southern Africa. She has in one, constituting a body as com- derived, and still derives, numerous pact and well-knitted together in all political advantages from those counits parts, as it is vast in its dimentries that acknowledge her sovesions, it is but an ill-cemented struc. reignty; advantages which have ture, in which there is no internal greatly assisted her in the acquisition principle of adhesion, and the dura, and maintenance of the high rank tion of which in its present form is wbich she holds in the scale of naexposed to various contingencies tions. This mighty empire is enwhich may at any time occur, and trusted to Great Britain for other occasion its disunion. In the case and more important designs than the now under consideration such a re- diffusion of literature and science, or sult was avoided; not, however, I be- the increase of trade and commerce. lieve by the adoption of any fixed These are objects of secondary imprinciple or the enactment of any portance. It has been committed to her law adapted to such an emergency, for a season by the Most High, that but by a mere compromise. The she may impart to every portion of State halted in its career of contu. it the Gospel of salvation, with its macy; and the obnoxious Tariff was rich and varied blessings, in return modified at Washington. That our for the political advantages which foreign dependencies will not always she derives from it, and as the agent maintain their present relation to of mercy make known the word of Great Britain, does not even admit life to all people. Whatever else she may do for the millions that Are such persons as sure that they own her sway, if this be left undone, are right in the course which they if she look with indifference on the pursue, as it is certain that the Lawwretched condition of that portion giver of the church has directed us of her subjects who dwell in the dark to go “ into all the world, and places of the earth that “ are full of preach the Gospel to every creature?” ihe habitations of cruelty," instead And this royal decree shall be acof honestly endeavouring to en. complished; for, whether ambitious lighten and save them; if, instead of Monarchs, or fanatical religionists, exbibiting and inaintaining the sound take counsel to prevent its fulfilment, principles of the Reformation, she He that sitteth in the heavens will do should act as the protectress of every all his pleasure ; and his pleasure is, system of religious error established that the Gospel shall be preached to in the countries that are subject to all nations. her authority, she will bring upon In the present unsettled state herself the displeasure of Heaven, of public affairs, it is difficult to and her very blessings will be made say what changes may, or may a curse to her. While, then, men not, speedily take place; but unwho look only at the things which less I am greatly mistaken in the are seen, direct all their attention to opinion which I have formed, it will matters of worldly policy, let British be long ere our colonies in America Christians awake to a sense of their will renounce their allegiance to the responsibility, and seek the highest British crown; and when they do good of their colonial fellow-subjects, so, it will not be, I repeat, to beby introducing amongst them the come a part of the United States, kingdom of God, that they may be but to live under their own political made the partakers of its peace, and institutions as a free and independ. joy, and righteousness. Whatever ent nation. Judging from the inothers inay say or do, let them at temperate, if not seditious, state. least be consistent; and by their ments and proceedings of a few holy enterprise, their adventurous political leaders, and their violent zeal, their generous sacrifices, and partisans in two of the provinces, it their fervent prayers, seek the good would seem that they are ripe for reof their country, by promoting the volt, and on the very verge of revosalvation of the world. Something lution; but happily for the public has been attempted and accom- tranquillity, in this as in many other plished; but, О how little, in compa- cases, the noisy party is the most rison with the magnitude of the powerless. A strong attachment to work, and the weight of our obliga- the crown of England exists in both the tions! And yet there are persons to Canadas, as well as in the neighbourbe found, who profess to have a zeal ing colonies. There are thousands for God, who would divert the at- of individuals scattered over those tention of our churches from the extensive regions, whose hearts are great business of human salvation to imbued with feelings of loyal and dequestions of doubtful disputation; voted attachment to our Sovereign who would interrupt the flow of and his dominions, and who are well Christian liberality, if by that means satisfied with the shelter and protecthey could carry measures, which, tion that the British oak affords them. however important in their estima. Long may they dwell beneath its tion, are of little or no consequence branches! to the church or to the world. Judg But I will not now pursue this ing from their proceedings, the settle topic, as I may have ocacsion to ment of a question of ecclesiastical advert to it again, and shall only polity is of more importance than observe, that, whatever changes ihe conversion of men to the faith of may take place in the relation of Christ; and idolatry should conti- those provinces to this country, or to nue to insult Heaven and blight the each other, the geographical position earth, until difference of opinion of Nova-Scotia, its extensive coast shall cease to exist in the church. and nunerous harbours, will secure
for it great and manifold advantages. having been divided into extensive The island of Cape-Breton is now lots, which were appropriated to those placed under the same government, civil and military servants of the and in fact constitutes one of its Crown who were deemed worthy of counties. By this arrangement it such a reward ; for, though one of possesses the command of a safe and the conditions on which they were convenient entrance into the Gulf of bestowed, was that the proprietors St. Lawrence, and will be enabled should place a certain number of at any future period to exercise great settlers upon them within a certain influence over the commercial inter- given period, this was long disregardcourse of Canada. The island of ed; and as the proprietaries were Prince Edward, which is within a persons of great influence they sucfew miles of the northern shores of ceeded, at different periods, in obNova Scotia, though at present taining such modifications in the placed under a Legislature of its own, terms of the grant, as enabled them will, in all probability, be annexed to retain possession of the land not. to that province, and be identified withstanding their non-observance with it. Though but little is known of one of the original conditions on of Prince Edward Island in this coun- which it was conveyed to them. try, for natural beauty and fruitful. The price required for uncultivated ness, it is not surpassed by any part of land from purchasers, and the British America. It is one hundred and terms on which it is offered on lease, twenty miles in length, and its aver prevent persons from settling upon age width may be estimated at from it, while land is to be obtained elsetwenty-five to thirty miles. The soil where on far more advantageous is very fine, and is nearly all of the conditions. He who clears a part same quality. It varies in depth of the forests of America, and prefrom four to twelve feet; and, being pares the ground for the plough, free from stones, is easily cultivated works out for himself a strong claim In its natural state, it produces large to the possession of it; and no prutimber of various kinds, and of dent man will expend his strength good quality ; and when cleared and in improving the wilderness as the improved by the industry and skill tenant of another, when it is in his of the husbandman, wheat and other power to obtain, for a trifling sum, a grains of an excellent description portion of it as a freehold which he grow and ripen upon it in great may cultivate for the benefit of his abundance. It is said, and I believe own family. The dissensions which with truth, that, before it fell under a few years ago so frequently existed the dominion of Great Britain, and between the different branches of the while in common with Lower Cana- Legislature acted most unfavourably da it was subject to the govern on the interests of the colony by ment of France, it was regarded as nourishing a fierce party-spirit the granary of Quebec. The air is amongst many of the inhabitants, and pure and salubrious, it abounds with by preventing the execution of plans brooks and streams of the finest for its internal improvement. In water, and it is so level, that, though spite of the existence of these and gentle declivities and rising grounds other difficulties, several settlements here and there present themselves to have been formed in various parts of the eye of the traveller, neither a the island, and the population may mountain nor a high hill is to be be safely estimated at sixteen thou. seen on the surface of this lovely sand souls. It is a remarkable fact, island. The waters that encompass that, notwithstanding its insular siit abound with a great variety of fish tuation, the atmosphere is by no of the best description, and it is, in means humid, and that it is entirely all respects, well situated for the free from those disagreeable fogs, security and comfort of its inhabit which, during certain seasons of the ants. It is to be regretted that its year, visit Nova Scotia and Newimprovement has been greatly re- Brunswick. It is a place ondeared tarded by the circumstance of its to me by the most pleasing reminis