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In claims of peerages in Ireland, gister for themselves, which may be ** where there is a great deficiency of as regularly resorted to as the Pa
Registers, they frequently form the rochial Registers are in respect of
principal evidence. A consideration others. est of these circumstances bas suggest
G. ered to the minds of some, the expe August 8, 1825. A diency of making their Wills the i Registers of their families, by enu
merating the names of their chil. In addition to the above importdren, with the dates of their births, ant observations, we would advise, and the marriages (if any) they have that parents should not only carecontracted: the Wills ihus made fully register their children in their will be at all times accessible, and own Family Bibles, but also have will require no further proof. them registered in the Book belong
I am aware that a difficulty will ing to the Congregation where they still occur in respect of those who attend, and insert in their Bible a are in circumstances of poverty; Memorandum, stating that their but I believe there will be few in- children are so registered; or, in stances found where, with the habits case of their being registered at Dr. of industry and economy which re- Williams's Library, which place is
ligion promotes, two successive much used for that purpose, partiche a generations will become parents, and cularly by Dissenters residing in
yet have nothing to bequeath. If a London, let it be so expressed in parent shall not have left a Will, the Memorandum. This, in our the deficiency may probably be view, would add a collateral evisupplied by his son reciting himself dence to the Register Books of the to be the son of such and such pa. Dissenters, which would tend to inrents, and to have been born at stich crease their credit and importance, a period; and thus in the course of whenever a case requiring such a time, if no general Register shall be comparison should be brought forprovided, in which Dissenters may
ward. be included, they may form a Re
joined by a Mr. Korf, whose wife is one of Mr. Hookstra's sock, though
Mr. Korf is of the reformed church. LETTER, No. IX.
He is equally well-disposed, neverthe
less, to the objects of the Mission. His The Helder, Sept. 30, 1820.
aid, if we shall be so fortunate as to It was not many minutes after my obtain it, will, in all probability, not be arrival here, before I saw the Mennon- small; as he is, both for property and ite Baptist minister of this place, Mr. for character, one of the most respectHookstra, who bad, it appeared, re able in the Helder. Mr. Hookstra's ceived a circular from Amsterdam, and church does not exceed fifty members, was, therefore, the more ready to enter who are, as this world's goods, for with me upon the merits of the Mis- the most part poor, so that great things sion. We had not proceeded far in in the way of funds are not to be exour conversation, before we were pected. After conversing at somo
longth upon topics connected with the nearly all the time in & Missionary
der graini Mission, Mr. Korf invited Mr. Hook channel. Many flattering things were stra and myself to pass the evening said about the fine efforts that were with his family. When we went, there making in England for the spread of was a party much larger than I had the greatest of all blessings both at
27 TAI, looked for; Mr. Korf had engaged se- home and abroad. Our party did not
met orber veral gentlemen to meet us, whom he break up without leaving the pleasing judged friendly to Missionary undere hope upon my mind, that we had not takings.
come together in vain, and that some In the course of the evening Mr. good woald result to the best of all Korf gave us rather an agreeable sur causes on earth another day. There are prise. He stated, that he had a legal several Mennonite Baptist Churches claim upon the British Government for laying in the vicinity, of still minor in£500 sterling, being an amount for ma- portance than that over which Mr.
R arough rine stores supplied to one of His Bri- Hastra has the care; with these he will
and a tannic Majesty's ships during the last communicate on the subject of my vi
us be ask expedition to the Helder. The docu, sit, and see what can be done. I parments necessary to prefer the claim in pose setting off for the Texel to-morrow question, Mr. Korf committed for that morning by the packet, which crosses purpose into the bands of a house of from the Helder every day, wind and business in Goodman's Fields. The weather permitting; believe me in the business, however, experienced a meantime, shameful neglect; and the firm, in the
Yours always, nicantime, became insolrent. After
W. H. ANGAS the failure of the expedition referred to
na as he above, means of communication between the two countries became every day more difficult, owing cbiefly to the Familiar Illustrations of the sacred continental system; and, what was
Writings. worse, no account at all could be ob. tained from Goodman's Fields. Through the medium of another firm, Mr. Korf
No. IX. succeeded at length in recovering his John xii. 24. * Verily, verily
, 1 set credentials for the claim out of the unto you, Except a cori of wheat full hands of the first. The time, however, into the ground and die, it abideth alone; already elapsed being beyond that al- but if i die, it bringeth forth much lutted by our act of limitation, the fruit." claim, when preferred, was rejected on Go forth, and behold the process of that ground. Now Mr. Kort thought vegetation--take a corn of wheatthis extremely bard, not to say unjust, how small, how insignificant it appears! as there had been nothing wanting on Bat it is extremely valuable, and with his part to expedite the business, and
care may be made to stock a fieldthat the fault of delay lay with agents country. But how does it thus multiin England, and not with him, and on- ply? Keep it in the granary, and it ing to circumstances over which he remains the same. It must be somn, had no controul. But it bad come to to fructify and increase. Let it be the knowledge of Mr. Kurf, that simi- buried under the clods, and perish as lar claims had been received, and un- to its present form and appearance, der similar circumstances; he was of and, lo, it springs up, and brings forth opinion, therefore, that if proper steps in some places iliriy, in some sixts
, were taken, bis might also meet with and in some an bundred fold. And the like good fate. Be this as it may, behold the mystery of the cross. It was be thinks the thing worth a trial, and equally necessary for our Saviour to with this view he will furnish the need- sufler and die. In death he becomes sul vouchers, and should we think fit the principle of our life. By this be to go into the business, all that may fills beaven with praise, the church be saved from the wreck shall be for with blessings, the world with folthe Mission.
lowers. This is the fruit, which, by Oureveving at Mr. Korf's passed very dying, be brings furtka immense agreeably, the conversation flowing number of Christians. For you know,
a grain of corn multiplies by yielding Rom. vii. 24. "O wretched man that other grains like itself. “ Tbat which I am! who shall deliver me from the tbou sowest is not quickened except it body of this death ?" die; and that which thou sowest, thon The image in this text seems to be, sowest not that body that shall be, but that of a living man walking about hare grain, it may chance of wheat, or with a rotten nauseous carcase tied some other grain; but God giveth it a fast to him, which oppresses him, and body as it bath pleased him, and to be cannot, with all bis cfforts, cast it every seed its own body.” If, therefore, off; but it is heavy upon bim wherever Jesus be compared to seed, and be be he goes, which constrains him to cry sown to multiply, he will produce other out, “O! who shall deliver me from like himself. Il barley be sown, barley this dead body?” This is the character comes up; if wbeat be sown, wheat of the soul sick of sin. appears; if Christ be sown, Christians
PRESIDENT DAVIES. are brought forth. This is a very strik
J. B. ing, and a very useful thought. For it Folkestone. may be asked, “What are Christians ?" and we answer, “What was Christ ?" They are predestinated to be conform. Apparent Cntradictions reconciled. ed to him: and as they have borne the image of the eartby, they must also In comparing Gen. xxiv. 3, xxvi. bear the image of the heavenly. Here, 22, and xxviii. 16, with Exod. vi. 2, 3, indeed, the likeness is not complete; there seems, at first sight, to be a conbut it will be perfect in due time: they tradiction. For, according to the He“sball be like him, for they shall see brew, we read in the first passage that him as he is."
Abraham said to the eldest servant of JAY. bis house, “ I will niake thee swear by
JEHOVAH, the God of heaven, and
, I through the valley of the shadow of death, the God of the earth;"—in the second I will fear no evil; for thou art with me, said, "Now JEHOVAH bath made
passage we are informed that Isaac thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." To apprehend the scenery in this the land;" and in the third passage wc
us, and we shall be fruitful in' verse, we must conceive the church militant and the church triumphant, as
read, that “ Jacob awaked out of his two mountains between which lieth the in this place, and I knew it not:"-and
sleep, and said, Surely JEHOVAH is valley of the shadow of death,” ne- yet in the fourth passage it is said, cessary to be passed by those who God spake unto Moses, and said would go from one to the other. Over unto him, I am JEHOVAH: and I all that region of dreariness and desolation extendeth the empire of the king and unto Jacob, by the name of EL
appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, of terrors; and the believer alone SHADDAI, but by my name JEHO“ feareth no evil" in bis passage through val was I'not known to them.” it; because he is conducted by " that great Shepherd of the sheep, whom triarchs, it should, however, be borne
Ju reading the lives of these paGod brought again from tbe dead,” in mind that they themselves were not Heb. xiii. 20, and who can, therefore, the writers. For had they been their sbew us the path of life, through the vale of death. In all our dangers and own biographers, and especially if they distresses, but chiefly in our last and sacred penmen of later ages might
had written in Hebrew poetry, the greatest need, let "iby rod,” the scep- have transmitted to us Abraham's extre of thy kingdom, O Lord, protect us, pressions in Abraham's style : and their and thy pastoral “staff" guide and support our steps; till, through the
own interwoven phraseology would, of dreaded valley, we pass to the heavenly own style. On this principle we per
course, have been a specimen of their mountain, on which St. John saw “the ceive two styles in the Hebrew of the Lamb standing, with a great multi- Book of Job. Thus in the more ancient tude redeemed from the carth.” Rev. style of that book, the word SHADDAI xiv. 1.
and other ancient names of God are Bishop HORNE.
used, whilst, in the stylc of the sacred VOL. XVII,
darrator, toho lived in a later age, the plishment of prophecy, and accompe name JEHOVAH and the Hebrew of nied by diversified means of illustre later times are adopted. On the same tion; and both these auxiliaries of Diprinciple too, there are actually two vine truth have multiplied their aid langriages in the seventh of Daniel, the more and more, as the age of miracles introduction being written in Hebrew, has been receding. and Daniel's dream itself in Chaldee, The apparent contradictions, then, will å language which that prophet had at once disappear, if we advert 10 a been taught by the command of Ne- very simple circumstance: namely, bucbadnezzar.
that the writer of the Book of Genesis It does not, however, appear to have lived after God was called JEHOVAH, been an invariable object of Provi- and that he wrole in the language of dence to preserve the original distinc- his own times, and not in a dialeet that tions of language and idiom : but the had, like Wickliff's English, become Jess has often given way to the greater. antiquated: and, consequently, the For God's great benevolent maxim bas word Jehovah is not intended to furnish bcen,
“ Write the vision, and make it us with the identical word used by the plain upon tables, that he may run that Patriarchis, but it occurs in connexion realcih it."+ An inflexible adherence with other words where the objeet is to to the dialects of antiquity might, in- give the sense. That this is the true deed, like the pyramids of Egypt, lave state of tbc case may be seen from do transmitted to posterity what is truly seph's language in his first interviews venerablo. But what would bave been with bis brethren; for bad it been the onr condition if the scriptures bad been object of the sacred writer to record as dillicult to be understoorl as the the words actnally used, the whole of Egyptian records! God, however, has Joseph's conversation at that period pot left us thus to sit in darkness and must have been written, not in the in the shadow of death. For, during language of his brethren, but in the the time the Sacred Books were acco- Ancient Egyptian. Thus we read, mulating, they were under the superin: “ They knew not that Joseph nodertendence of Him“ without whom even stood them; for be spake unto them by a sparrow cannot fall to the ground." an INTERPRETER." Gen. xlii. 23. Under such care and direction, the That the sense, and not the words, earlier records were so transcribed, in- was intended to be conveyed in Genecorporated, and transmitted, as to be sis, may also be shown by a reference INTELLIGIBLE from generation to to tbe language spoken al Padan generalion whilst Hebrew was a living Aram. For we should not even have language; and this procedure brought been aware of any difference between the Hebrew Scriptures, at last, to a the Aramitish dialect of Laban, and the state in wbich they might be UN- South-Canaanitish dialect of Jacob, if DERSTOOD after the ancient He- some proper name bad not, like a mobrew had ceased to be spoken, and in numental pillar, transmitted the iden. which they will be intelligible even to tical words to distant generatious. Thus the end of time. For if any writings in Gen. xxxi. 47, we are informed that are intelligible at any particular stage the same object that Laban called of a varying language, such writings, JEGAR SAHADUTH-A was by Jaif extensive, remain intelligible when cob denominated GAL-A-'AD, or, the language itself is dead, as the re- according to the pronunciation of later spective words mast, generally speak. times, GALEED. ing, occur so repeatedly, as to be abon It is obvious, then, that the Book of dantly illustrated by a comparison of Genesis is uniformly written in the dia. the different passages in which they lect and style of the Inspired Narrator; are found. Thus Divine truth, though and thus what was foreigó or antiwritten with perishable materials, and quated was expressed by syponymous in the vacillating languages of mortals, words. Hence, if Abraham, Isaac, or bas, nevertheless, reached us not only used the word ON for the same unimpaired, but corroborated by new Divine Being that was afterwards accessions of proof from the accom. called JEHOVAli, the latter name
was used: and there was as much pre* See Daniel i. 4. + Hab. ii. 2. priety in thus substituting JEHOVAH
for ON, as thero is when we ourselves Mr.Flavel's manner was remarkably
express the sayings of Alfred the Great, affectionate and serious, often exciting i or of William the Conqueror, in words very powerful emotious in bis bearers. e which those monarchs never used. On one oceasion ho preached from
That ON had been ased in the days these words : “ If any man love not the of the Patriarchs, as a name of the Lord Jesus Christ, let bim be anatbetrue God, is evident from its being ma maranatha." The discourse was used as a substitute for EL, Godl* even unusually solemn, particularly the exin Jacob's own name. For this wont planation of the words anathema maraIsra EL wbich means a prince with natha—“carsed with a curse, cursed of GOD, is sometimes changed into God with a bitter and grievous curse.” IsraON, or, according to the pronon- At the conclusion of the service, when ciation with which we are familiar, Mr. Flavel arose to pronounce the beJeshur UN and JesurUN. Thus in Isa. nediction, he passed, and said, “ How
xliv. 1, 2, we read, “Now hear, 0 shall I bless this wbole assembly, when + JACOB my servant, and IsraEL every person in it, who loveth not the | whom I have chosen : Thus saith Je- Lord Jesus Christ, is anatbema mara.
hovah that made thee, and formed natba ?" The solemnity of this address thee from the womb, who will help deeply affected the audience, and one thee : Fear not, O JACOB, my ser- gentleman, a person of rank, was so vant; and thou, JesurUN, whom I overcome by bis feelings, that he fell bave chosen."
senseless to the floor. With respect to the perpetuation of In the congregation was Sacred Truth among the Jews, it is named Luke Short, then about fifteen abundantly evident ibat some parts of years old, and a native of Dartmouth. the Old Testament were transcribed Shortly after the event just parrated, from earlier writings. Thus in Prov, be entered into the sea-faring line, and xxv. 1, we read, “These are also Pró- sailed to America, where he passed the verbs of Solomon, which the men of rest of bis life, first at Marblehead, and Hezekiab king of Judali COPIED afterwards at Middleborough, MassaOUT.” All transcriptions, however, chusets. that affect the Old Testament stand on Mr. Short's life was lengthened moch as solid a basis as the quotations in the beyond the usual term. When an hunNew Testament. For our Lord him- dred years old, he had sufficient strength self gave his hearers to understand to work on his farm, and his mental that the Jewish Scriptures were all of faculties were very little impaired. Divine authority, and that there was Hitherto be bad lived in carelessness not any exception to be made even and sin ;~he was now a " singer an with respect to one jot or tittle of the hundred years old,” and apparently law. Tlie Apostle Paul also has ex- ready to " die accorsed.” But one pressly said, "" ALL SCRIPTURE is day as he sat in his field, he busied given by INSPIRATION of GOD." himself in reflecting on bis past life. 2 Tim. ii. 16.
Recurring to the events of his youth,
J.P. his memory fixed upon Mr. Flavel's Bromley, Middlesex.
discourse above alluded to, a considerable part of which he was able to recol-'
Ject. The affectionate earnestness of REMARKABLE CONVERSION.
the preacher's manner, the important trathis which he delivered, and the ef
fects produced on the congregation, ABOUT the middle of the seventeenth were brought fresh to bis mind. The century, the venerable John Flavel, blessing of God accompanied bis mediwhose excellent practical writings are tations: bc felt that he had not “ loved known to many of our readers, was the Lord Jesus Christ;" he feared the settled at Dartmouth, where his la- dreadful “ anathema ;" conviction was bours were greatly blessed.
followed by repentance, and at length
this aged sinner obtained peace through * For the meaning of El, and the early the blood of atonement, and was“ found age in which it was used, see the Baptist in the way of righteousness." He joined Magazine for April last, page 163.. the Congregational Church in Middle