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We frequently receive Pieces from our Correspondents wliich we cannot
insert at length, but which contain useful hints that may be improved to general good. We purpose, therefore, occasionally, to select the most material. STEPnAnAs laments the condition of the poor boys in the metropolis who are employed in sweeping chimnies, most of whom are deplorably ignorant, and who can scarcely be admitted into Sunday-Schools. He observes, that too frequently they are found making depredations on the Public, having nothing to do in the evening, and being unable to employ their time in reading: He therefore proposes EveNING SCHOOLS for their instruction, which may be readily supported by pious young men of leisure, at a very small expence. We should be liappy to see some institutions of this kind established.
CAUTION AGAINST FIRE. Humanity induces us to in-ert the following Article of information,
which may happily preserve the lives of some of our readers:
That many ladies have been burnt, in consequence of the inflam. mability of their muslin dresses, is well known. We are informed that 'this danger may be prevented by rincing them out in alum-water; which may be made by dissolving a piece of alum, about the size of a hen's egg, or less, in a quart of water. An experiment may be made by burning a rag of muslin so rinced and dried, and then another rag unprepared : the first will burn gradually, and with difficulty; the second will blaze instantly, and be consumed.
TO PREVENT INFECTION IN SICK ROOMS. la compliance with the earnest request of a Correspondent, we insert the
following Method, published at Philadelphia, by order of the College of Physicians:
Put half an ounce of powdered saltpetre into a china or glass vessel, and pour upon it half an ounce of oil of 'vitriol : thie fume will be found beneficial in preventing persons from catching the infection.
1. Y. R. desires to know “ What constitutes an idol 3* or, “ How he may know when his love to any created good exceeds its propet bounds ?"
11. Another Correspondent proposes the following Query: -" Can a Christian be justified (considering the immoral tendency of Plays, Novels, &c.) in keeping a circulating library ?"
III. Suppose a minister to have been in a backsliding state, and by sovereign grace having been recovered, and giving evident proofs of his repentance and conversion, ought this to prevent the future exercise of his ministerial functions ? And are persons who witnessed his back. slidings justifiable in endeavouring to blast his present respectability, and consequently destroy his future uscfulness?
IV. Can that person who is continually offering up secret prayer to God for mercy, and desiring deliverance from the guilt and power of sin, be destitute of saving grace?
Her hand was always open to re. Mrs. Elizabeth Vernon, of Dray. lieve the necessitics of the poor, ton, in Shropshire, was the descend. and to support the case of religion, ant of respectable ancestors, but in a manner uncominonly liberal for moved in a humble sphere. When her situation in life, the whole she came to Drayton, about thirty being derived from the profits of a years ago, the gospel began to be little trade. preached in a private house, amidst In her early days her mind was a furious opposition from abandoned devoted 10 gaiety and vanity ; but men. A minister was one evening when she received the gospel in its expected to preach ; but his horse power, her whole soul seemed to be falling lame on the road, he was pre- engaged in the work of the Lord. vented. It is probable that he ihus She was invariably attentive to the escaped being murdered, as it ap- public preaching, and to meetings peared afterwards to have been the for prayer ; from which scarcely determination of the mob to kill any considerations could detain hier. him. The person who then re. Her constant study and prayer was ceived the preachers was so intimi. to be conformed to the holy josus; dated, that he advised the people to to extol him was her daily delight; depart, as the minister was not and, by every means, to engage sin. come. Mrs. Vernon, who was then ners to forsake their evil ways, was alınost unknown to the serious peo. her continual employment. Long ple as friendly to their cause, before a Traet Society was ihought to stood up, and invited them to her of, she entered into the spirit of own house." The invitation was that design, and would cause little accepted; but the few praying peo. Traçts to be printed, and sent to ple were followed by the mob with her customers, and others, with the clubs and staves; and, on their be. little parcels of tea, &c. which she ginning the worship of God, the sold. windows of the house were broken, For many years before her depar. and a violent riot ensued. Mrs ture, she sustained repeated avtacks Vernon and her friends, however, of violent diseases, but always resolutely persevered; and the seemed resigned to the will of Guil, preachers occupied her house for and ready for the summons of he's many years before the chapel was Lord, Death was her familias erected. She walked on foot to theme. She endeavoured always Shrewsbury to obtuin a licence; to improve the funerals of her and wherever her business led her, neighbours, and (like the Rev. Mr. she endeavoured to introduce the Jenks, author of the Prayers) to preaching of the gospel.
keep her coffin by her, which was The Rev. Mr. Scott (formerly reared up in her bed-room, having Capt. Scott) was the principal in this motto on the lid, -“ Prepare strument of the work of God in to meet thy God i" this place; at Wollerton, where he Having acquired, notwithstand. then resided ; and at many other ing her liberality, a little compe. places in Shropshire and Stafford. tency, and being rur advanced in shire ; where, by his zealous and years, without the encumbiance of gratuitous labours, many were a family, she retired from business brought to a knowledge of the to a quiet abode, where she adjust. truth as it is in Jesus. At length ed all her temporal concerns, and a chapel was built, to which Mrs. calmly waited for hier dismission, Vernon contributed to the utmost This she received after a shortiil. of her poner; as also to the erec- ness, which deprived her of tie tion of a convenient dwelling.house power of articulation; but her last for the minister some years after. hours were apparently full of peace
and composure ; and she gently slept deemer. Her amictions daily in. in the Lord on Tuesday the 26th of creased. When she experienced April, 1303. The Rev. Mr. Wil. any alleviation of pain, she free son, now the pastor of the church, quently expressed her thankfulness, preaclied to a crowded congrega- and lamented that the afflictions of tion on the occasion from Rev. xiv, her body su bowed her mind te the 13, a text well adapted to the case, earth, that she could not devote « Blessed are the dead which die herself to her Lord in prayer and in the Lord,” &c.
praise as she wished to do; but ex.
pressed a confidence of going to MARY TRUMBLE. glory, and of praising him there in MARY TEUMBLE was born at a perfect manner. Hull, of religious parents, and was
The first Sabbath in March was favoured with a religious educa. a day of great sorrow to her, thuugh tion; but for a considerable time not without many privileges. A manifested no inclination to bear friend called in the evening, and, the yoke of Christ. Her religious her, **My friend, you are going fast
finding her much worse, said to instructions, however, were entirely void of effect; she always to Heaven! It will not be longere manifested a degree of respect to
you will be before the throne! yox the followers of Christ, and pretty
will soon exchange the land of sor. regularly attended the public means
row for the land of songs !” She
then repeated these lines :On the first Sabbath afternoon in “ That blissful interview !'how sweet September 1803, being indisposed, To fall transported at his feet!! she staid at home, and entertained
Rais'd in his arms to view his face, herself with reading. The 273d
In the full bearings of his grace!" hymn, in Dr. Rippon's selection, and concluded, “ I long to depart, was made remarkably useful to her; and be with Christ, which is far and, under the sweet influences of better.". “ I love," said she, "niy the Holy Spirit, became instrumen- parents and dear' husband, but i tal in her conversion. This day love Christ far better." she began to pour out her so be. After service, the same evening, fore the Lord in prayer. Very soon she was visited by Mr. M--, a after, she becanie 'much troubled respectable minister in the town. about her state, and asked her mo. “Oh, Sir,” said she, “you find me ther how she ihought she should very weak in body, but strong in then appear before the tribunal of Christ! This has been a day of God, if called to it. “Oh mo- great privileges to you (it had been ther," said she, “ should I go to sacrament-day), but I hope to sit at * Hell?" Her relative gave her auch Christ's table, and see his divine encouragement; and these words face without a veil between! - Oh, afforded her much immediate re- what goodness! what kindness! to lief:
such a wretch as I am l" “ The deep-fetch'd sigh, the inward groan, On the Monday after, toward the Rises accepted to the throne."
afternoon, she seemed to enjoy
bright prosject of the promised From this time she became a land; and, quite in an ecstasy, cried praying soul! - The week after out, « o blessed Jesus! Precious This she was subject to the contin Jesus! See the kind angels!". and nual assauits of Satan. The busy then sang, in a loud tone of voice, enemy brought a long roll of
“ Lend, lend your wiugs; I inount, I dy! charges against her. Prayer, how.
Ograve where is thy victory !" ever, soun overcame the enemy, and put him to light. She would On the Wednesday after, a visible often repeat those words of the change took place about six o'clock apo:tle, “ My grace is suficient for in the morning, and at half past tiee.” A perfect calm succeeded nine, March 14, 1804, with serenity the tempest; and she frequently and composure, she fell asleep in expressed her confidence in the Re. Jesus!
MRS. ALICE JOULE. She was favoured, almost habi. On the 14th of April, 1804, died tually, with an extraordinary deMrs. Alice Joule, of New Wind. gree of confidence in God. One insor, near Manchester During many stance of this may be mentioned :years, after she had begun to hear After a long season of heavy rain, the go. pel, she manifested a strong a large body of water, just opposite eninity against its distinguishing the house in which the family then doctrines. The impressions which lived, burst its bounds in the middle she received, under a sermon presche of the night, and carried away ed in the open air by the Rev. Cor. hedges, trees, walls, &c. in its im. nelius Winter, subdued her preju, petuous course. It beat violently, dices, but the mean of her effectual against the house, filled all the conversion appears to have been a lower rooms; and the family ex. discourse delivered at Deiph, by the pected every moment that the walls Rev. Mr. Hunt, from Jolo viii. would give way, unable to resist 24.
“ If ye believe not init I am the force of the torrent. Whilst he, ye shall die in your sins.” Ever the orher members of the family after this, she was eminently distin- were distracted by alarming appreguished by an ardent attachment to hensions, she enjoyed a calm com. the gospel, and by a high respect posure; a delightful confidence in for its ministers. Concerning the her covenant God. She was exer. latter, it was her habitual practice cised with many and very severe ateither to speak well, or to be silent. tacks of bodily sickness; but in
lo religious opinion, she was what these trying seasons she was indulg. is generally termed a High Calvin- ed with such strong consolations, ist; but she was far from abusing that her afflictions appeared unto the doctrines of grace, as too many her only as a dream. Her last at. do;- while they adininispered com- tack was of such a nature as to pre. fort to her soul, they excited her to vent any particular expressions of diligence in duty. Her attendance confidence or comfort; but her end at the house of God was remark- was evidently peace. On the Fri. aply punctual. When indisposi. day morning she was seized with a tion rendered it almost imprudent violent pain in her right side and to stir out of doors, she could not breast: it was so excruciating, that be persuaded to neglect the means she could not rest in the saine posof grace. During upwards of twenty ture for one minute till six o'clock years, though her family was very in the evening. During these ago. numerous, she never suffered a nies, she was asked how she felt in daughter or a servant to stay at her mind. Her reply was, “ I have
home to prepare a dinner on the no more feeling than a stone, 'ex: Lord's Day, but left her own oven, cepe of iny bodily pain" When
or the pot, to perform the office of this was a little abated, the question a cook; remarking, that such din. was repeated; and she replied, ners on the Sabbath afforded the “Oh! I am very comfortable! most satisfaction. Her regular at- The Lord is very kind and good to tention to the season ct family- me, - His goodness is above all prayer deserves to be noticed. If praise." Her husband then asked a stranger or friend happened to her if the family should unire in visit them in the evening, she would helping her to praise the Lord, bring the Bible to her husband at “ () yes," said she, “ praise him, the usual time, apologizing by say. praise hin, praise him, for his ing, “ The children must go to bed; goodness to me!” After this she and it would be improper to let was scarcely able to articulate, and them go before prayer.” On such was only heard to say, occasionally, occasions as these, she would fre- “Very cumfortable! very confortquently remark, that parental ex. able!" About one o'clock on the ample might produce some happy Saturday morning she became ineffect on the children in future; sensible, and died about eight in and that, if they derived no benefit the evening. Those who were acfrom it, they should not have to say quainted with her will testify, that their parents lived without prayer. she was truly (a motherin leraal
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.
Four Sermons preached in London, at From the whole, the preacher inte
the Tenth General Meeting of the fers the excellence and truth of the Missionary Society, &c.
gospel ; our obligations to the dis. [Continued from our last.] tinguished goodness of God; and
the duty of giving a cordial acceptThe third of these Discourses ance to the gospel. The sermon was delivered at Tottenham Court concludes with a suitable applicaChapel on Thursday evening. Mr. tion to the Missionary Society. Dickson entitles his Sermon “ The The Fourth and last Sermon was principal subject, joyful import, preached at St. Saviour's Church, and glorious extent of gospel tid. Southwark, on Friday morning, by ings." These topics are derived the Rev. Thomas Scott, Rector of from Like xi. 10, 11, “ Behold, I Aston-Sandford (formerly Morning bring you good tidings,&c." In con. Preacher of the Lock Chapel.) sidering the principal subject of these The subject of this discourse is, tidings, he notices the character and
“ A call to prayer - for the sending work of Jesus as a Saviour; his forth of labourers," founded on appointment and qualifications as Luke x. 2.
" The harvest truly is Christ; his dignity and dominion as
great, but the labourers arefew,'&c. the Lord. The joyful import of these The preacher, apprehensive that tidings is considered in the follow. men of narrow minds might blame ing views: Because the subject him, having acted as the Secre. of them had long been the matter tary of a similar Society, for afford. of desire and expectation, - be. ing his assistance to this, comcause peculiarly interesting in their mences his discourse with an aponature, and because of their im. logy for luis conduct. “It has been portant consequences. The preach. asked,” saith he, “Why ! preach er then proceeds to notice their glo. for both Societies? To which I an. rious extent; these good tidings swer,– For the same reason that I “ shall be to all people,” - to peo. would preach for both the Westple of all descriptions, and of all na. minster' Infirmary and for Saint tions. This is argued from “the George's Hospital (contiguous chadeterminate, immutable purpose of rities, both for the same purpose); tood; – from his numerous pro- because both are needful and use. mises to his Son, and to his people; ful, and are entitled to support.”
from the many express predic. He afterwards observes, that the setions of his prophets, and of Christ veral Societies, established in the himself from the particular, though metropolis for Missions, may seem yet partial fulfilment of both, as a to crowd and interfere with each pledge that all the rest :hall in due other in London ; but there is no time be accomplished ; - - from the fear that their Missionaries will imextent of Christ's mediation, the pede each other's usefulness abroad. etticacy of his atonement, and the 1. Thus the ships, by which our prevalence of his intercession; extensive commerce is carried on, from his unchangeable faithfulness; are greatly crowded together in the
und, finally, from the power of river, but not so on the vast seas and which he is possessed, whereby lic oceans wfrich they severally navi. is able to subdue all things to him. gate. Nay (the case of war ex. scdf; to raise up proper instruments cepted) the sight of a sail is genefor carrying forward his own work; rally refreshing to scamen. When to remove every obstacle out of the vessels, even of diferent nations, way; to restrain his enemies; to meet a great distance from home, conquer the pride and prejudices of they relieve each other's wants, &c. depraved men; and to give such so, different Societies, if mutually abundant testimony to the word of aiding each other, will be found his grace, that a whole nation may more useful than any one which be bom at once!
could be formed out of them all."