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of cold water, are exceedingly melancholy. We are fully persuaded that something more than cold water, however, has an agency in these sudden and often fatal affections of the sanguineous system. So far as our own observations have extended, labouring people are the most liable to injuries from drinking cold water in hot weather; and a majority of those who have died have been grossly intemperate, or were strongly inclined to it. There is a mistaken notion pervading the labouring part of the community, that if the weather is excessively warm, it is necessary to take the more spirit. Nothing can be more erroneous, nor any practice more pernicious. The less spirit a man drinks, the better it is for him, under all circumstances. A constant use of liquors, of a stimulating nature, deranges, by a slow but certain train of operations, all the animal functions, and places the nervous and circulating systems in that peculiar condition, that any extraordinary excitement has a constant tendency to explode the powers of life in an instant. Such, we believe, was the state of those who have been the victims to an im moderate use of cold water; they have carried on the excitement, by a steady and habitual course of tippling, till a sudden change in the secretory organs, by a draught of water several degrees below the temperature of their own bodies, produces an instantaneous apoplexy, or induces the most aggravated spasms in the stomach and bowels, which quickly terminate the life of the unhappy victim.—From the Boston Medical Intelligencer.

New Weights and Measures.-It seems important to call the attention of our Readers more particularly to this subject than has been done before. The farmers, especially, ought to know, that from the first of January, the new corn bushel will contain one quart and a fraction more than the present bushel, so that a quarter of corn will be more by one peck and a fraction than the present quarter. This difference is equal to 31. 2s. 6d. per cent. all which difference will be against them, unless they obtain a correspondent addition in price per quarter. The difference in wine measure is greater still, being 201. per cent. For one hundred and twenty gallons and one gill of the present measure will be equal to one hundred gallons only of the new imperial standard. The beer measure, on the contrary (for wine and beer measure are henceforth to be the same), will be 13 pints less than the present measure in every hundred gallons.—All weights and measures sold after the 1st of January must agree with the new regulations; that is, the sellers of weights and measures must sell no others; but parties may buy and sell by

the old ones, by special agreement, else the new weights and measures will bind the parties in their contracts; but then, the old weights and measures must all of them be painted or marked, shewing the proportion they respectively bear to the new standards.-It seems to us, that there will be great trouble and perplexity in doing this, and that the best way. at once is to adopt the new weights and measures. But there should be a general and perfect understanding and agreement about this matter, and perhaps the merchants and farmers, and other parties in like manner interested in the change, had better hold public meetings, and agree upon what is best to be done. The object of the Act is clearly a good one. It is essential-certainly most highly desirable that weights and measures should be alike through the whole kingdom.—Morning Post.

Children Burnt. In the course of one fortnight, seven children were brought to the Bristol Infirmary, so dreadfully burnt that four of them died. These and a great variety of other distressing accidents constantly happening to the children of the poor, furnish a very powerful appeal in favour of infant schools, which afford a happy asylum for infant children during the working hours of their parents.

NOTICE TO CORRESPONDENTS.

We have received the Communications of G. H.; T.; S. M. V.; X. Y; and W. Z.

THE

Cottager's MonthlyVisitor.

FEBRUARY, 1826.

REMARKS ON THE TWENTY-NINTH CHAPTER OF GENESIS.

(Continued from p. 4, vol. 6.)

V. 1. "THEN"-his feet being "shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, and having for a helmet the hope of salvation"-" Jacob went on his journey.'

V. 12. "Her father's brother."-Jacob was nephew to Laban; but, as we have before remarked, collateral relations are frequently called brothers, in Scripture.

V. 20. "But a few days," &c.-" Love beareth all things.”—If we felt as we ought to do the happy influence of the love of Christ; the days of our pilgrimage here, whatever we might be called to do or to suffer, would not seem long or wearisome. Jacob thought nothing of his long and hard service, under a rigorous master, for the love he bore Rachel.

V.21-25. "Jacob had obtained the blessing by subtlety; and now the very same kind of deception is practised upon him by Laban, with a view, in part, of securing his services for another seven years,

*The Reader is reminded that he should read these remarks with the Bible before him.

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and also of providing a settlement for both his daughters.

V. 30. When Jacob had been married seven years to Leah, Rachel was given to him, and he then served seven other years for her.

V. 31. "Hated." That is, loved in an inferior degree to some other object-as the word is used, Luke xiv. 26.

On the Thirtieth Chapter.

V. 2. Anger is not always a sinful passion. It is said of our Lord, that "He looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts."-Sin, as in this instance, should excite in us a holy indignation. Not to be moved at the dishonour done to God by sin, argues an insensibility to his attributes and rights; but if our own interests be in any degree concerned, we ought to be particularly careful to be on our guard, lest selfish wrath infuse itself into our zeal for God. "Be ye angry, and sin not," says St. Paul; which proves, that, though anger is not always sinful, yet in creatures corrupt as we are, there is need to watch over our tempers with the most anxious care; as we are, in this way, constantly liable to offend.

V. 22. It appears from this verse, that Jacob's reproof was effectual; and that Rachel, recollecting that children are "an heritage and gift that cometh of the Lord," had, by prayer and supplication, made known her requests unto Him.

V. 27. "I have learned by experience that the Lord hath blessed me for thy sake."-"Thou shalt be a blessing," said the Lord to Abraham, in a promise which also extended itself to his seed, and of which we have here the fulfilment. To learn by experience, is to learn the truth of a thing by feel,

ing it for oneself, not by what others tell us about it. Thus the true Christian knows by experience, that peace and rest are only found in believing;

but no other can.

V. 25-36. Jacob now requested of Laban to dismiss him, that he might provide for his own numerous family, at the same time modestly representing his services; but Laban-having experi enced the difference between an eye-servant and one who laboured heartily, as to the Lord, and not 、 unto men-desired to retain him; and it was settled between them, that Jacob having removed all the speckled and spotted cattle from the flocks under his care, and given them into the charge of Laban's sons, (v. 35, 36.) all such as should hereafter be produced of these colours, should be his hire. By this arrangement, the possibility of any dispute or unjust charge was prevented, for he declared, that any animal among his flocks which did not bear the assigned marks, should be accounted as stolen with him.

(To be continued.)

T. B. P.

MANY SAY THE LORD'S PRAYER WHO DO

THEY say,

NOT PRAY.

"Our Father."-But if God be their Father, where is His honour?

They say, " Which art in Heaven."-But, if they believed it, how durst they sin, as they do, upon earth?

They say, "Hallowed be thy name."-Yet they often take God's name in vain, in their common conversation.

They say,

"Thy kingdom come."-Yet, by their sins, and their impieties, they oppose the coming of His kingdom.

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