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A REMARKABLE PROVIDENCE.
[ From the New York Christian Magazine for August, 1811.] SOMETIME in March, A. D. 1811, a pious young man, of one of the episcopal churches this city (New York) said to a young lady, there are two poor women, who live near me, that are objects of charity, Have you any thing to send them' The enquiry was enough to move a benevolent heart. The young lady, who had lately entered into the connubial state, sent them, from her own stores, some of the conveniences of life, and soon after visited thein in person. She found two maiden females advanced in life, inhabiting a small apartment in a cellar. - One was afflicted with the slow consumption; and the other was under the necessity of devoting her time to her apparently dying
so that neither of them being able to earn any thing, they were miserably destitute. The young visitant found them in want of all things but confidence in God, and hope in his mercy; and, as it became one of the followers of the benevolent Jesus, took effectual measures to provide for the necessities of the afflicted sisters.
In one of her visits to this abode of misery, the young lady learned that the persons whom she relieved by her bounty, had once the pleasure of adıninistering relief to the necessitous. Once they were rich ; once they visited the poor, fed the hungry, and supported the sick ; -- but, in the late revolutionary war between this country and Great Britain, they lost their father, - lost their property in the general disorder of the times; and they, when young ladies, with their mother, were compelled to keep a boarding-house for their own subsistence. Some of their boarders were soldiers ; and one of them, a young man from Connecticit, who, in the hard times which our fathers saw, with his soidier's pay, never paid, was unable to discharge even the bill for his board.
When thus poor he was taken sick; and for five or six weeks these reduced young ladies attended upon him gratuitously, with all the kindness which he might have expected from the daughters of his mother. They cast their bread upon the waters.'
Buť who was this soldier? Who was this young person that was providentially sent to relieve those who had formerly relieved others ?
It is not expedient to give naines. The soldier having fought all the battles to which he was appointed, has laid aside his armour, and now sleeps in Jesus, 'A son of the soldier is still alive, and the young lady is liis bosom companion :-- yea, it was the good pleasure of God, that the wife of the son of the sick soldier should comfort those who comforted him. The aged females have been assisted as many months as they assisted the soldier weeks. After many days, the bread which they cast upon the waters, is, returned to them. They had pity on the poor ; and now the Lord, according to his gracious obligations, is pleased to pay them with interest.
Reader, Go thou and do likewise. Then, should you be sick and brought to a piece of bread, may the son of some widow, whom you have befriended in your more prosperous days, furnish you with a few sticks to warın yonr blasted frame, with a covering for your couch, with suitable beverage for your parched tongue, and prevent you from saying, Alas! I die friendless in my native land !'
EVANGELISTARIUM. A VERY curious manuscript, called Evangelislarium, or Collection of Gospels, read in the public service of the church, which was written by order of the Emperor Charlemagne, about the year 781, has lately
been presented to Bonaparte, by the city of Toulouse, This manuscript tas given by Charlemagne to the Abbey of St. Servin, at Toulouse, when the Emperor was travelling that way. It is adorned with miniatures, which exemplify the state of the arts at that early period.
ON THE SOURCE OF INFIDELITY.
FROM BISHOP PORTEUS.
It is not, in general, the want of evidence, but the want of virtue, that makes men infidels; let them cease to be wicked, and they will soon ccase to be unbelievers. " It is with the heart,' says St. Paul (not with the head) • that man believeth unto righteousness. Correct the heart, and all will go right: Unless the soil is good, all the seed cast upon it will be wasted in vain. In the parable of the Sower we find, that the only seed which came to perfection was that which fell on good ground, - on an honest and good heart. This is the first and most essential requisite to belief. Unbelievers complain of the mysteries of Revelation ; but we have the highest authority for saying that, in general, the only mystery which prevents them from receiving it is -- the mystery of iniquity.
Bishop Porleus's Third Leciure. .
HENRY LANGTREE Was born in Oldcastle, in the county of Meath. It was the privilege of this child to be born of religious parents, who thought it equally their duty and their privilege to offer up their children to God in prayer, that they might become partakers of his Spirit. With regard to the deceased, their supplications were not in vain. Parental instruction and examples were sanctified to his early conversion. When between four and five years old, he was one day observed to weep bitterly. On being asked,
Henry, what's the matter : --why do you weep?' He answered, cause I ani a sinner, and have need of pardon.” He was always grave and solemn; his countenance expressive of a settled peace of mind. A friend saw him one day, when about eight years old, going to school, when some foolish boys, (knowing his seriousness) threw clods at him: he turned about, and, without any emotion, spoke seriously to them, and went on his way; while they appeared much ashamed.
About this time he had very impressive views of his character; and, possessing just sentiments of gospel truth, he never indulged a hope of reconciliation to God, but through the blood of the cross. He could talk of the plan of salvation with great clearness ; and with gratitude would often speak of the love of God to man, in sending his Son to redeem a perishing world.
He would by no means associate with ungodly children, knowing their company was dangerous, and might prove infectious. Only once, in all his life, he thought to divert himself like other children with some plaything; but, feeling dissatisfied, he threw it from him where it could not be found again, saying, “ It could not satisfy an immortal soul.' He saw his necessity to watch and pray; and three or four times a day retired for devotion : this he steadily attended to ; and at these seasons his mother often came into the room without his knowledge, such was his earnestness at the throne of grace. He sometimes prayed in the family (when requested) with great earnestness, and in such language as discovered his deep piety and devotion to God.
The love he had to his parents was remarkable; which he proved by strict obedience to their commands. He felt what they felt, by tender sympathy with them in all their troubles. Some time before his last sickness, bis father was dangerously ill, and there remained but little
hope of his recovery. Seeing his mother's anxiety, he said, Mother, don't be uneasy, God will provide. He will be faithful to his promise ; and, if I live, I will take care of you, and strive to make you happy.' Some months prior to his last affliction, he was seized with a severe ill
The Lord was his help, who strengthened him to endure great and continual pain with a great degree of patience and submission.
A little before his last illness he appeared stronger, and his health more established than usual; but, like a fading flower, he was brought low by consumption, which soon wasted him to a skeleton, and terminated in death. He bore his affliction with cheerfulness and fortitude of soul, even to the last. He was entirely confined to his bed ; and much afflicted with a cough. Once, after a painful fit, he said to his mother, What are my sufferings to what the Lord Jesus suffered for me? They are not to be compared with the glory which shall be hereafter revealed.'
Through the whole of his illness he was never known to murmur. When receiving refreshment, he expressed much thankfulness to God. To those who enquired how he was, he used to answer cheerfully, being unwilling to complain of what he suffered.
When any of his school-fellows came to see him, he warmly advised them to flee from the wrath to come ; particularly one of them. He asked him, ' How often do you pray in the day? He answered, “ Once." * That,' he returned, " is not enough; your soul has need of spiritual food : nor can it be sustained without it, any more than your body with natural food. Beseech the Lord to teach you how to pray, and what to
pray for, and to live to him who died for you.'
A few days before his death, he was so low that he appeared as if unable to survive any longer. His soul was happy and without a cloud, Recovering a little strength, he said to his father, ' I thought I should have been ere now with Jesus.' He asked him, “ Do you long to be away?” He answered, - I dare not choose any thing; he knows best what to do with me: the will of the Lord be done? Perceiving his mother weeping, he said, “ Do not weep, for me; I shall soon be happy with the Lord, where my Sabbaths shall never end, and where I shall drink, never to be dry again, of that fountain which makes glad the city of God.'
Three days before his departure, he was exceedingly weak, and unable to speak as usual. When asked the state of his mind, his answer was, • Blessed be God, I am happy. His mother speaking to bim on the terrors of death, he replied, i have no fears of death. She asked him why? The answer was, • I have an interest in the blood of Christ.' She asked, “ Would he not be sorry to leave her and his dear father.” “No,' said he ; ' I have a greater prospect in view than any thing here ; I hope to be soon singing the praises of the great Three-One above; and shall have a blessed convoy of angels to conduct me to the realms of day.” It might be truly said, that he lived and died, waiting for the salvation of the Lord, and resting upon the Rock of Ages.
On the morning before he died, his father spoke to him of the goodness of God in calling him to seek his face, fitting him for himself, and promising hin' a crown of life. yes, father,' he replied with joy, ' I shall soon wear it.'
On the day of his death he could only speak in broken accents ; but evinced by his looks and gestures a happy mind, elevated above the world, and fixed on things above. Just as his happy soul was on the wing for eternity, being asked respecting his state, he said, “ All is well' These were his last words. He lay motionless, with a sweet serenity on his countenance, breathing shorter and shorter for about ten minutes and then, without the least struggle, fell asleep in Jesus. Thus died Henry Langtree, in hoary youth,' aged nine years and a half! Dublin.
wards to encourage many a droopMRS. BURN.
ing spirit, under similar circunThe memory of the just is pre
stances. cious, after they have changed the She was spared several years after Society of the church militant for her children were grown up, and that which is triumphant, and left not only enjoyed it as a season of their slumbering dust under the exemption from the bustle of charge of Jesus, to be deposited in worldly business, but most care. the silent grave until the morning fully improved it in private devoof the resurrection.
tion, and in reading pious authors ; Mrs. Barbara Burn, the subject but especially the word of God. It of this memoir, and the only daugh- was often observed by her friends, ter of James and Margaret Cun- with what delight and refreshment ningham, was born at Borrowstown- she read all accounts relative to ness, near Edinburgh, November the spread of the gospel in the 29, 1734.
world; and with what cheerful At seven years of age she re- readiness she came forward with moved with her parents to Sheffield, her subscriptions to the Missionary, in Yorkshire; where they became the Tract, British and Foreign Bible, members of the church, under the and other Societies, which she pastoral charge of the late Rev. thought calculated to further the John Pye. His ministry, connected Redeemer's interest in the world. with the holy example and conver: Such was the profit that she sation of her parents, were blessed found in the ways of God, that she to her early and experimental ac- was never absent froin his house quaintance with the great truths of when she could attend; and was the gospel : so that, almost from a often found there when very wcak child, she inight be said to love as in body; even a very short time well as know the Scriptures. When ' before her final remove, she was very young, she was admitted a heard to exclaim, o how amiable member of the church to which are thy tabernacles!' how I long her parents belonged, and walked again to visit the sanctuary of my in sweet fellowship with the saints. God!
She was afterwards married to She was truly a mother in Israel; Mr. William Burn of Hull, an ex- and her spiritual, lively, and encouemplary and honourable deacon of raging conversation was rendered ibe church there, under the pasto- very profitable to the young ral charge of the Rev. G. Lambert: while with her aged fellow -travelin whose introduction to that place lers, she would often look back, he was also one of the principal in- and help them to record many a struments.
past mercy; for mercy was her de. After a most affectionate and lightful and darling theme. happy union with her beloved hus- The humility, meekness, and patiband for 22 years, he was taken ence of her dear Lord and Saviour away from her by death ; and she were studied and copied by her; and was left with the care of six chil- the graces be bestowed upon her dren. Great and many were the were improved and increased by a trials brought upon her by this be- close and careful walk with God. reaving dispensation ;-but she was Her last illness, though it conwonderfully supported, and amply fined her to the bed four months, supplied by that God, who has and was accompanied with extreme styled himself the Father of the weakness and much pain, was fatherless, and Judge of the widow.' boşne with that humble patience
His many and gracious interpo. and holy resignation which God sitions in her behalf not only caused' alone could impart. She was conher admiring heart to overflow stantly admiring his mercies bewith praise, but enabled her after- stowed upon her, and recommend.
ing the love of her dear Saviour to solemn and numerous congrega. all around her. This was her pre- tion, by Mr. Smellie. vailing subject; and, as long as ske Mr. White possessed great tawas able to speak, her lips over- lents and pure benevolence; and flowed with the high praises of her was indulged with peculiar usefulGod. Her cominon answer to any ness, &c.; was a man of considerfriend who asked her how she did, able ability in the original Scripwas,
"I am a miracle of mercy; I tures ; a judicious preacher, and a am fixed upon my God, and he is disinterested labourer in the vinethe Rock of iny salvation.'
yard of Christ *. He has left a One of her sons being abroad, voluminous account of his experia foreigner called upon her a few ence and life from 1757 to 1785. days before she died, to inform her He was truly Calvinistic and indethat he had lately seen that son in pendent in his sentiments and congood health.
After several en- duct. In hin the church and conquiries, she desired the gentleman gregation at Huttoft and Mableto give her love to him, and to tell thorpe have lost a great character, him from a dying parent, to re- the Lincolnshire Association a stedmember and serve the God of his fast brother, and the Missionary Sofathers; and then added, I pray to ciety a constant supporter. myGod to bless him. The foreigner said, with much apparent feeling,
MRS. MARY HOBBS . There is no fear of death here! What a good thing it is to be re
Was removed from this world ligious !' Thus she continued trust
May 29, 1811. She was a constant
atiendant at the Independent Church ing and rejoicing in God as long as
at Pile St. George, where she found she had strength. I'wo days be
Christ precious, and his word sweet to fore her departure, speech failed ; her taste. Her health was visibly debut even then the composure and clining for two years, but she was not placidity of her countenance indi- copfined to her house till within three cated that God was with her of a months of her death. During this time truth, and that in him she enjoyed her bodily sufferings were very great; peace.
yet she would often exclaim,' Lord, After a pilgw image of 76 years,
how shall I praise thee!' she finished her course,
full of days,
On observing her youngest daughter of faith, and of consolation, in the
in tears, she said, Don't grieve for me,
hut turn your sorrow into prayer. She evening of December 18, 1810, and
had no desire to continue in the flesh. went to heaven, accompanied by
She frequently was speaking of the the prayers and tears of her affec
felicity of those who had past the tionate relatives and friends, who verge of Jordan to the land of Canaan witnessed her departure.
above. The last nine days of her life in A funeral sermon was preached which she was confined to her bed, were by her affectionate pastor on the
made up of humility, gratitude, and Lord's Day following, from Psalm
love. She cominended her two daughxxiii. 6.
ters to God, who alone could keep
them; and begged they would live in REV. T. WHITE.
his fear, saying, All will then be well
with you. After which she seemed NOVEMBER 28. After two years unconcerned about and quite disenof painful afflictions, died the Rev. gaged from any thing in this world, as T. White, the founder, and nearly one that'had taken her leave of every Church at Huttoft, in the county tions. After lying a short time she 50 years pastor of the Independent thing here below; and was at leisure
for nothing but beavenly contemplaof Lincoln, in the 62d year of his
broke out in these words, ' Lord Jesus life. His remains were interred in
receive my spirit.' Soon after, her willa the chapel - yard ; and a funeral- ing spirit took its flight into the arms sermon was preached on Mo of the Redeemer, without a struggle, evening, from 2 Tim. iv. 7, at his -This solema event was improved by new chapel Mablethorpe, to a very the Rev. Mr. Thorpe, from 2 Tim. iv. 6.
* Mr. White was a farmer and grazier on his own property.