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hibition, to know what the forbidden fruit can be. It was so with this young man. For some time he remembered and rigidly regarded the paternal injunctions ; but, bis curiosity increasing, he thought upon the subject, and considering himself safe, he at length ventured to hear Mr. Murray deliver a lecture. The young man was much disappointed. He had expected, according to the assurance of his father, to hear every thing bad ; but nothing fell from the lips of the venerable speaker which was not, on the contrary, very good. So agreeable was his disappointment, that he renewed his attendance on Mr. Murray's meeting ; till at length he became a believer in the final restoration, and joined Mr. Murray's society.

“ The father, hearing of his son's alteration in his views, harnessed his horse with all possible haste, and drove, like Jehu, into town. It was on Saturday night that he arrived, and he hastened to accuse his son of infidelity, and to warn him of his eternal danger. After considerable conversation on the subject of doctrines, which had the effect to make the enraged father a little conciliatory, it was agreed, on the morning of the Sabbath, that the father should attend the son's meeting in the forenoon ; and in the afternoon, the son should attend his father's. The son's meeting was Mr. Murray's ; and the father's, Dr. Stillman's. Accordingly, at the proper time, they both set out for Mr. Murray's place of worship; but, as the father was a stranger in town, the son succeeded in conducting him to Dr. Stillman's meeting—wbich the former supposed, all the while, to be Mr. Murray's. On returning from meeting, the young man inquired, -'Well, sir, bow did you like my minister?'

i Oh,' said the father, · he was most abominable ; there was not one word of truth in all he said ; don't, I conjure you, go there again.'

According to agreement, the son was to accompany the father in the afternoon. Now,' said the old man, * we shall have something from Stillman, by which, I pray, you may be benefitted. The son conducting him to Mr. Murray's meeting, the father, supposing Murray to be Dr. Stillman, swallowed every word most eagerly, occasionally calling the attention of his son to the animating speaker. After their return, the old man was again interrogated. How did you like the discourse ? Most excellently,' said the father. That is what I call.

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truththe bread of life. If you would be wise, my son, attend where we attended this afternoon, and believe the docirine there preached; but beware of the doctrine of Universal Restoration- it will ruin your soul.'

“ The son smiled at the prejudices of his father, saying—' how totally does prejudice blind us. This day, my parent, I have caught you with guile. The sermon you heard in the morning, and which you so much abominated, was not delivered, as you supposed, by that dreadful Murray, but by your idol, Stillman. He it was whom you just charged me to avoid; and he who preached this afternoon, whose doctrine you so eagerly swallowed, and so zealously extolled, was the very Mr. Murray, whom you so much' despised. Henceforth, let us learn to abate the violence of our prejudices, and condemn no wan in his sentiments unheard."

NOTICE OF BOOKS. “ MATERIALS FOR THINKING," or Questions and Hints

respectfully submitted to the consideration of British Christians. By an Admirer of Pure and Undefiled Re

ligion. pp. 16. We have never seen, in the same compass as this little tract presents, so much material for the thinking Christian. The chief errors that prevail respecting the doctrines of the Gospel are strikingly brought before the mind in the Queries of which the book consists. A question seasonably asked often awakes attention and excites inquiry; and we conceive that these “ Materials for Thinking,' which are merely questions, are well adapted to promote investigation in the mind of many who may peruse them.

As a sample of the contents of this book, we shall extract the following:

Why is it so often and confidently asserted, that because sin is committed against an infinite Being, its demerit must therefore be infinite? Is it not equally logical and scriptural to argue, that because it is committed by a finite being, its demerit must therefore be finite ? Certainly, we ought not to represent that as a light and trifling matter, which is alike opposed to the will of God, and our welfare ; but, why cannot we be contented to speak of it as the scriptures do ? See Isaiah lix. 2 ; Jeremiah ii. 19; Ezekiel xviii. 4; Romans ii. 8, 9.”

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Is it consistent with either scripture or reason, to represent God as having suffered and died? Can God suffer? Can that which is immortal die? If not, why do various bodies of Christians in this country give countenance and currency to such expressions as the following ?

God, who did your souls retrieve,
Died himself that you might live."
“ See ! the suffering God appears !"
“ The immortal God hath died for me !"

Here at thy cross, my dying God.”
“ God, the mighty maker, died.”
“ The eternal God comes down, and bleeds,
To nourish dying worms.”

See Watt's and Wesley's Hymns.

The Vital Principles of Christianity, as revealed in the

Holy Scriptures, exhibited in a series of extracts from

various Works of Eminence and Merit. Part 1. UNDER this title a small pamphlet has just appeared; it is dedicated to the Working Classes, and its object is to direct the attention of the public from the speculative doctrines about which the most ignorant are generally the most prone to wrangle and dispute, and lead them to dwell more on those · Vital Principles' of Christianity, the benificent character of God, and the duties of holiness and charity which are required and enforced in the Gospel of his Son,

The Editor justly observes that Christianity is a practical system, and it is therefore only useful, in so far as it bears on our walk and conversation, and makes us better men, and better members of society.

The present, which is the first part of a contemplated series of pamphlets, is chiefly occupied with extracts (the Editor has not told us from what author) on the power, wisdom, and goodness of God, as they are displayed in the works of creation. We are happy to see Attention drawn by any means to a consideration of Nature, as we believe that the more we examine it in even one of its departments, the more we will feel the truth of the apostle's declaration that · God is LOVE.

OBITUARY. Death of Dr. Nelson, Died, in Downpatrick, on the 28th January, the Rev. James Nelson, D. D. in the 70th year of his age, and the 47th of his ministry in the First Presbyterian Congregation of that place. Educated by his father, the late Rev. Dr. Nelson, of Redemon, whose name will be long remembered in the county of Down, as a most efficient teacher, he was, at a very early age, qualified for entering Glasgow University, where he was eminently distinguished for assiduity and talent. Having passed through the usual college course there, and being licensed as a probationer by the Presbytery of Antrim, his father considered him too young to undertake the charge of a parish, and sent him to be head Classical Assistant to Dr. Crombie, in the Belfast Academy; and such was the high estimation in which his abilities and conduct, at that early age, were held, that, on the death of that gentleman, he was entrusted with the entire management of that large establishment, until the appointment of Dr. Bruce. During his continuance there, besides teaching classics, he gave several courses of lectures on Astronomy, and Natural and Experimental Philosophy, of which sciences his knowledge was accurate, extensive, and profound. In the 23d year of his age, he was ordained to the pastoral office in Downpatrick, by the Antrim Presbytery. Among his brethern he was highly distinguished as a divine, and as a scholar of the first order; and his Alma Mater, Glasgow College, conferred upon him the unsolicited honour of D. D., on account of his critical and accurate knowledge of the Holy Scriptures in their original tongues. He was, truly, a man void of guile, and perfectly unsul. lied by that common and besetting sin, “the love of money," Like many men of real genius, he was almost modest to a fault.

To all, he set the christian example of that charity of judgment, and good will to men, which are the evidence of faith unfeigned in the Gospel of God's blessed Son. He died full of years, and hope in the Lord. He rests from his labours, and his works will follow him. Long may his precepts be remembered and his example followed by the many friends he has left behind him.

TO CORRESPONDENTS.
Various poetical and other communications are received.

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DR. CHANNING. (From Miss Martineau's Retrospect of Western Travel.) DR. CHANNING is, of all the public characters of the United States, the one in whom the English feel the most interest. After much consideration, I have decided that to omit, because the discussion is difficult to myself, the subject most interesting to my readers, and one on which they bave, from Dr. Channing's position, a right to information, would be wrong. Accounts have already been given of him,-one, at least, to his disadvantage. There is no sufficient reason why a friendly one should be withheld, while the account is strictly limited to those circumstances and appearances which might meet the observation of a stranger or a common acquaintance. All revelations made to me through the hospitalities of his family, or by virtue of friendship, will be, of course, carefully suppressed.

Dr. Channing spends seven or eight months of the year in Rhode Island, at Oakland, six miles from Newport. There I first saw bim, being invited by him and Mrs. Channing to spend a week with them. This was in September, 1835. I afterwards staid a longer time with them in Boston.

The last ten miles of the journey to Dr. Channing's house, from Boston, is very pretty in fine weather. The road passes through a watery region, where the whims of sunshine and cloud are as various and as palpable as at sea. The road passes over a long bridge to the island, and affords Sine glimpses of small islands in the spread. ing river, and of the distant main with its breakers. The stage set me down at the garden gate at Oakland, whither

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host came out to receive me. I knew it could be no other than Dr. Channing ; but his appearance surprised me. He looked younger and pleasanter than I had expected. The common engraving of him

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