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very kindly, and told me that he remembered my mother. The more I saw of this gentleman, the more pleased I was with him. He had many entertaining old stories to tell; and he spoke to every body in the kindest way possible. He often used to take me out with him a-walking, and shew me the flowers, and teach me their names. One day he went out into the town, and bought a beautiful little Bible for me; and when he gave it me, he said. • Read this, dear child, and pray to God to send his Holy Spirit to help you to understand it; and it shall be a lamp unto your feet, and a light unto your path.'” (Psalm cxix. 105.)

“ į know that verse, Mamma,” said Lucy: “ it is in the Psalms."

“ When he had been some days with us,” continued Mrs. Fairchild,

my aunts took

casion one evening, when I was gone to bed, to tell him the history of my being found in the cherry tree, and all that had passed on the occasion between us.

" The next morning he came to me, as I was sitting in the arbour reading my new Bible, "So, my dear,” he said, you are up very early-and reading your Bible !--that is well. Your mother was a pious woman: I knew her very well; God grant you may be like her!'

“! Did you know my mother, Sir?' said I: 'I wish I was more like her. I should then, perhaps, be able to please my aunts better than I now do: I make no doubt but that my aunts have long since told you what they think of me.'

« • Your aunts, last night, my dear, were telling me all about you,' he answered ; ' and I promised to talk to you this morning. Come,' said he,

let us take a walk in the fields, whilst breakfast is getting ready, and I will hear what you have to say.' So, the good man led the way, and I fol, lowed into the fields,

"Your aunts tell me, my dear,' said he,'' that you often say you wish to be good, but cannot.'

so It is very true, Sir,' answered I: I often determine to keep God's Commandments, and think I will be so good ; and perhaps at the very moment when I want to be good, I do something naughty.'

You have your Bible in your hand, my dear," said the old gentleman:' turn to the seventh chapter of the Romans, and read the 16th, 18th, and 19th verses: I think you will there find something like wbat you say of yourself.'

I turned to the place, and found these words : * For that which I do, I allow not: for what I would, that I do not; but what I hate, that do I... For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing; for to will is present with me, but how to perform that which is good I find not: for the good that I would, I do not; but the evil which, I would not, that I do.'

«i « St. Paul, my dear,' said my cousin, the writer of this--an exceeding holy man, and one as near heaven as, man could be; yet he felt, that when he wished to do well he could not; and for this reason, because there was no good in him.-If St. Paul, then, was so unable to do well, how can you expect a little silly girl as you are) to be able to do well?'

I looked very hard at the old gentleman, and could not think what he meant; for my aunts bad always told me that I might do well, if I would.

The old gentleman then explained to me what I never understood before that is, the dreadful change which passed upon Adam when he ate the forbidden fruit; and how his heart became utterly and entirely evil and corrupt; and how all bis children, being born in his likeness, were also utterly corrupt, and unable to do well. He then

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explained to me the wonderful scheme of man's salvation ; of which I have so often spoken to you before, my beloved children, but which I shall endeavour to state to you again, as nearly as I can, in the words of my pious old friend. :." And first he pointed out to me that doctrine of Scripture which I had never understood beforenamely, that there are three equal Persons in one God. And he made me acquainted with the names of these three holy Persons: to wit; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. He also endeavoured to make me understand how each of these Persons is engaged in the great work of man's salvation : he pointed out to me the exceeding love of God the Father, who sent his Son to die for the sins of the world ; and the tender mercies of God the Son, who came down from heaven, took upon him the body of man, and in that body éndured the punishment due to the sins of all mankind; and finally, he shewed me that of which I had not before the most distant idea-namely, the work and offices of God the Holy Spirit, who has undertaken to convince those who are to be saved, of the unbelief and hardness of their hearts, to bring them to a knowledge of their Saviour, and to enable them to keep God's holy Will and Commandments.

6. These doctrines were all so new to me, that I felt quite puzzled, and knew not what to think, or what to answer; whereupon, the old gentleman advised me to retire to my room,

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for light from on high, that I might be enabled to understand these things; and he promised to have a little more talk with me the next day. “ I did as I was requested : I went to my

little closet, and prayed ; after which, I was enabled to recollect much which he had said to me; and, the pext morning, we took another walk in the fields ;

and he asked me several questions, to prove if I understood any thing of what he had taught me the day before. I shall repeat to you the questions he put to me.

The old gentleman first asked me, By what I said to you yesterday, concerning your own heart, what did

you learn?' “I answered, “That my heart is wicked, and that I cannot do well.'

The old Gentleman: How came you to have a wicked heart?'

“ I answered : · When Adam ate the forbidden fruit, his heart became wicked ; and his children, being born like him, have bad hearts too.'

“ The old gentleman then said, “ You have beard of heaven and hell; and that one is the place where good people go when they die, and the other place is where bad people go; to which of these places do mankind deserve to go?'

“I answered, To a place of eternal punishment.'

So When men had by their sins deserved eternal punishment,' said the old gentleman, what method did God take to save them?'

“ I answered, 'He sent his Son to die for them.'

«. Very true, my dear,' said be. If you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, your sins will be forgiven you; and more than abis, power will be given you, by God the Spirit, to keep his Commandments. Whoever attempts to keep the Commandments without the help of God the Spirit, is labouring in vain : he is striving to do what he has po power to do. And here, my dear child, is the mistake into which you have fallen: you have been trying some years past to do well without God's help, and have never been able to do it: now try another way: go again into your own room, and there kueel down, and confess to God that you are a miserable sinner, fit only to go to hell; and entreat that you may be made to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and have a heart to love him ; that, through the merits of his death, your sins may be forgiven you, and you may receive the Holy Spirit of God in your heart.'

“ He then explained to me, that the work of the Holy Spirit is to cleanse our vile hearts ; and that he will give us power to keep the Commandments of God; which, without his help, it is in vain to attempt. The old gentleman then shewed me seve ral pretty verses, in the fourteenth chapter of St. John, which he made me learn: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me...He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father; and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him...Jesus answered and -said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words; and

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Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.' (ver. 6, 21, 23.)

“ The old gentleman staid with my aunts two months; and every day he used to take me with him, to walk in the fields, and woods, and in the pleasant ineadows on the banks of the Thames. His sweet discourse to me at those times I shali never forget: he, with God's blessing, brought me to the knowledge of my dear Saviour, and shewed me the wickedness of my own heart, and made me sensible that I never could do any good but through the help of God. He used also to talk to my aunts about these things. At the time, they did not seem much to attend to him ; but before they died, when they were in their last sickness, they told me that all his words returned

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