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Remarkable Dream, or Vision of the Night. and esteem. But however respecta- | I trust that faith in a wonder-workble he has been as a citizen, yet he in-Jing God, will admire and adore. I forins me that in early life his mind | leave it with you, and with him who was contaminated with deistical senti- I trust has already answered importments, received from a library rather | ant purposes by it in this place. And of that cast. Through the space of that he may make it further useful about sixteen years he lived a deist, to shake the pillars of infidelity, to though his moral habits were less im- the comfort of his dear people, and paired than might have been expect- | the glory of his great name, is the de. ed from such corrupt principles. A-vout wish of, Dear Sir, bout five years ago be removed into
Your long and attached friend, this congregation, and became a con
G. WILLIAMS. stituent member. Not only public, but private means were employed to A REMARKABLE DREAM; OR, VISION OF impress his mind with a sense of the
On the evening of the 27th of truth and importance of the Christian Religion, and though I trust these October, 1799, it being the Lord's were not without some effect, yet no
day, I T**** F********, after spendthing seemed to strike deep convicing the day with a worshipping astion, until that God, who chooses his sembly, returned home, and, at my
usual hour retired to rest. From some own ways and means to accomplish his purposes, added his blessing to particular circumstances, I lodged athis vision of the night. For a long lone, and, in a vision of the night, my time he endeavored to conceal the mind was impressed in an extraordinanguish of his mind: but in vain! ary manner, with the things I shall God's truth was like a fire and a ham
now briefly narrate. mer within him, till he made known
I thought I was away west of the his situation. Some time after he Mississippi river, in Louisiana, comjoined in the communion of the ing eastward to the Ohio country. It Church; and has ever since appeared appeared to me that I was quite in a to have an increasing attachment to wilderness, and had only a blind
footthat cause which he once despised.
path to direct my way, until at length
it closed in with a similar one, out of These things cheered the hearts which came an old grey-headed genof God's people here; roused the tleman, who walked on in company thoughtless, and cast a gloom over with me. I asked him if that was the the face of infidelity. The hope of road to the Ohio country. He replied, similar effect in some degree abroad, No: this is the road to eternity. Well, to the advancement of God's praise, but I am going to the 0. country,said I. and the good of souls, has at length No repliedhe, you are going to eternity. prevailed over every opposing consid- I noticed that on each side of the way eration, and I am allowed to offer the small foot-paths entered, and that out dream for publication in your very of each one came a single traveller, useful Magazine, if in your judgment and that they all went on the same it may subserve the grand and pious
At length we came into objects of that work. I have no doubt a very broad and level road. This but infidelity will despise the dream, I was crowded with all descriptions of and all who aid its publication. It will people, young and old of every na be pronounced untrue, and the peculi: tion, and every color. I asked my arities, particularly its regularity, will aged companion, whether that was the be artfully plead as evidence against it. broad road to destruction. He repliHowever extraordinary it may appear, led, it is. I remarked to him that we
Remarkable Dream, or Vision of the Night.
also read of a straight and narrow path || and I was left standing on one single that leads to life, & asked where thatbeam supported by two posts in the was. He said, we should come to that| middle of the river. That I need not presently: We had not travelled far, fall I reached my hand down to the before the broad road came up to the beam, and sat down upon it. Castbank of the Mississippi. Here I ing my eye forward upon the eastern thought it turned and ran a due northshore, I beheld a city, far surpassing, course on the bank, by the side of that in magnificence and beauty, any thing river. We travelled this course, but that I had ever before seen, or that a short distance, before my venerable the highest flights of my fancy had companion, pointing forward, asked ever reached. The description I can me if I did not see yonder a narrowhere give of it will be but faint. It was foot-bridge, leading over the river. I laid out very regularly, the streets told him I did. That, he said, was crossing each other at right angels, the narrow road that leads to life, and of a good width. The houses & asked me, if I had a pass or certifi-| were all built three stories high, with cate, to go over. I told him, I did not a handsome portico built out between know; but I recollect, distinctly, of the 1st and 2d stories, enclosed with putting my left hand into my jacket elegant banisters, adorned with the pocket, on that side, taking out a par- green wood-blind in front. This, from cel of papers, and examining them, un- the uniformity and nearness of the til, as I thought, I found one. I then houses, afforded two delightful walks, told him I had a pass, & asked him, if | the one above and the other below, he had one. He said he had. When from one end of the streets to the othwe came up to the bridge, our pas- ||er. The houses were all painted sage was obstructed by a narrow and white, and the bạnisters of the walks high gate, just within which stood a
were a bright green. Just in front of keeper, clothed with a long white these porticos there was, on each side robe. His countenance was majestic of the streets, a delightful walk of a and forbidding, and impressed my green grass plat. Between this and mind with an idea of his being more the pavement there was a row of elethan mortal: My aged companion gant trees clothed in verdure. The handed him his certificate through middle of the streets were paved in an the gate; he read and returned it, 0-1 extraordinary manner, with white and pened the gate and let him go on. I clouded marble, laid in the form of then handed him my pass: he read & diamonds, interspersed with somereturned it, saying it could not carry thing that was transparent and had me over; that I could pass there, but the appearance of gold as to its color with that could not get more than half and lustre. I saw the inhabitants way across. In the spirit of confi- walking the streets very pleasantly, dence, I told him that I could get a- and they appeared to be infinitely hapcross as well as that old gentleman, py. They were all clothed with long who had just gone over. He again robes, as white as the driven snow, told me I could not get more than and on their heads they had crowns half way over with that pass. I re- | adorned with glittering diamonds. I plied that I would risque it, if he saw their golden barps and heard would allow me to pass there. He them unite their vocal and instrumenthen opened the gate and let me go tal music, in singing an anthem,
When I had come to the middle which I myself once learned, and of the bridge, both ends thereof gave which was set to the following words. way, fell and parted from under me,
Remarkable Dream, or a Vision of the Night.
Lo! he cometh, countless trumpets blow be. ficent building, adorned with lofty
fore the bloody sign; Midst ten thousand saints and angels, see the pillers curiously wrought, and large crucified shine, &c.
brazen or golden arches. In short,
it just answered to the idea I had beI heard them distinctly, and the fore formed of Solomon's Temple. music was harmonious and transport- | There the angel said the Saviour came ing beyond all description. While 1|and worshipped twice a day, and those thus gazed with admiration on the a- who conducted well should after one bove objects, one of the inhabitants, thousand years he admitted to dwell whom I shall call an angel, drew nearlin his own immediate presence in the and stood upon the bank of the river. || third heavens. I asked him if the I thought that the river was quite nar-trees we saw were those we read of row, though its channel was vastly in the Scriptures, the leaves whereof deep, and that I was very high above are for the healing of the nations. He the surface of the stream, for its banks said they were. I remarked to him appeared to be solid rocks, and to rise that I saw nothing answering to the perpendicularly from the river to the description given us in Scripture of a height of eighty or one hundred feet. place of torment for the wicked, and As the river was narrow and I half || asked him where that was. Pointing the distance across it, the angel who with the hand he says, Louk to the stood on the bank was not far from north and you
I looked and me.. I asked him if he would help beheld a more awful smoke, than I He said he could not; but had ever before seen.
It rose thick if I would go to V T-, the and black as from a volcano, and astanner, (who is a neighbor of mine, & cended in large columns rolling and in the communion of the Church,) he curling in a tremendous manner; and would give me advice whereby I night it extended east and west beyond the come there at a future period. I re reach of sight. But, said I, there is marked that this was like St. Paul's no fire appears. Look down low, conversion, and then asked him if that said the angel, and you will discover city was the new Jerusalem which we it. I did so, and beheld a great burnread of in the Scriptures. He said, ing lake, so extensive that no opposite no; that was only the first heavens. 1 || shore could be discerned. It had the inquired if there were in reality a Sa- appearance of red-hot melted iron, viour, informing him that I had for- and was exceedingly troubled. It rose merly disbelieved it. He assured me in great surges of liquid flames and there was a Saviour, and that I mightsunk in large whirlpools. I observed rely on it as a fact, that Jesus Christ to the angel, that as it burned so fuhad been in the world and had suffer. | riously it appeared to me that it must ed for sinners.
I inquired whether be exhausted in time: No, said he, it the Saviour resided in that city. He is supplied with rivers of fire. Rivers said, no; he resided in the third hea- || of fire! said I, where can they come vens, of which this is but like the su- from? He replied, Look to the south burbs, but comes down here to meet and you will see. I looked and saw the worshipping assembly twice every two very high mountains, out of the day; and asked me if I saw a large tops of which issued flames & smoke. building in the midst of the city. °1 What, said I, these are Mount Etna looked and beheld two very broad and Mount Vesuvius, are they not? streets crossing each other at right an- No, said he, there are such inountains gels in the centre of the city, and on earth, but these are not those there stood a very superb and magni- mountains. On earth! said I, why we
Hints on Praying for the sick.
HINTS ON PRAYING
ILLUSTRATED BY AN ANECDOTE.
are on earth. No, said he, this is only || bor for advice, as directed, though he a vision. Well, but this is a reality, | lived at the distance of two miles. said I, for I am awake as much as everBut considering that the vision was I was. No, said he, this is nothing more striking to me than a relation of but a vision. But where, said I, can it would be to any others, that to some these inountains communicate with it might appear unimportant, and by the lake, seeing that lies to the north others be made the subject of derision, & they to the south. He replied, Look I revealed it to no one but my wife un beneath
I cast til more than six months had elapsed. my eyes down and beheld the river The effect it had on my mind was truthat flowed beneath ine was a liquid ly wonderful. For some weeks I could Hame of the same appearance as the scarcely think of any thing else & was lake above described. This alarmed hardly capable of arranging my own ine, and I felt as one standing on a business. At length I opened my mind slippery place and fiery billows roll- to the *Rev. Mr. and after fre
|| ing below. I thought it would burn quent converaations with him and othe bottoms of the posts off and let thers, during the space of some weeks, me down, but after viewing it a little || I obtained a consolation which I trust while and not experiencing the fate I the world can neither give nor take had expected, my fears began to sub-away. side. I then asked the angel what
POR THE SICK, had becoire of the multitude I saw in the broad road. He told me they had
A VAGUE and indefinite all plunged into the great lake, for praying for the sick, may be produc
way , those who passed the narrow gate | tive of the most alarming consequenccould in no way avoid it.' As I was very anxious to get across, not only fears are alive and active, and the
es; while, at such a period, when on account of my unhappy situation, unhappy patient is eager in the obbut more on account of the loveliness
servance of every thing that may of the place presented before me, I
seem to throw light upon his condirenewed my request that he would help me over. He said he could not || throne of grace on his behalf, may, if
tion, the manner of addressing the but if I would pursue the advice which he gave me before, I should judiciously adapted to his case, by the come there at a future period. I told useful to his soul. An anecdote to this
blessing of co b.rende ed eminently him I would. The beam I sat on then moved gradually back with me, till it (formerly of N.Y. now of Carlisle Pa.]
effect, is related by the Rev.Dr.Mason gently struck the western shore, and He was requested to visit a lady, in
] I stept off and awoke. I inmediate
dying circumstaces in that city, who, ly rose up in my bed, and so strong together with her husband, openly were the impressions on my mind, that I still supposed myself to be on they attended on his ministry. On
avowing infidel principles, though the bank of the Mississippi, and actually turned round to look for the approaching her bedside, he asked ally turned round to look for the her, if she felt herself a sinner, and beautiful city I had just seen on the ber need of a Saviour. She frankly opposite shore; but the clock striking || told himn she did not-and that she two, I recognized the bell, and was
believed the doctrine of a Mediator thus brought home. I inmediately to be a farce. “Then,” said the rose and dressed myself, thinking to doctor, “I have no consolation for you go directly, though at such an unsea
not one word of comfort. There sonable hour of the night, to my neigh
*Minister of the parish.
The Christian Reproved.--Good Humor. is not a single passage in the Bible, || the account which the doctor receivthat warrants me to speak peace to|ed froın her attendants was, that his one who rejects the Mediator pro- prayer fastened upon her mind that vided: you must take the conse- shortly after he had left her, she bequences of your infidelity.” So say-|| came alarmned about the state of her ing, he was on the point of leaving soul—that such at one period was her the room, when some one said, “Well, || agony, that although on the Sabbath if you cannot speak consolation to her voice was so feeble that she could her, you can pray for her.” To this scarcely be heard, yet her cries were he assented, and kneeling down by distinctly heard from the second stothe bedside, prayed for her as a guil- |ry to the cellar of the house, and that ty sinner just sinking into bell--and she at length found peace in believthen rising from his knees, he left the ling in Christ, as he is exhibited in house. To his utter astonishment, a | the gospel. This anecdote will af. day or two after, he received a mes- || ford both instruction and encouragesage from the lady herself, earnestly ment.
Glasgow Recorder. desiring that he would come and see her, and that without delay. He | THE UNREASONABLE immediately obeyed the summons. But what was his amazement on en
A good woman, in consequence of tering the room, she held out her hand to him, and said with a benig: child observing it, cried out, “Moth
some severe amiction, wept. Her nant smile, “It is all true all that you said on Sabbath is true. I have er, what is the matter; is GOD deadps
The woman felt the force of the seen myself the wretched sinner you question, and her serenity of mind have seen Christ to be that all suffici
It will immediately occur to the ent Saviour you said he wasmand God has mercifully snatched me from reader, that the child knew that the
constant the abyss of infidelity in which I was mother flowed from her habitual con
peace and happiness of his sunk, and placed me on that rock offidence in her Heavenly Father. ages.
There I ain secure -there I Shall remain-I know in whom I have | was departed, the child could impute
When, therefore, her peace of mind believed.” All this was like a dream l it to no other cause than the death of to him. But she proceeded, and | him in whoin she trusted. displayed as accurate a knowledge of the method of salvation revealed in the gospel, and as firm a reliance on it, as if she had been a disciple of It is much more easy to observe Christ for a half a century.' Yet than to define the presence of good there was nothing like boasting or humor. Tho', and of itself, not formpresumption--all was humility, re-ing the perfect character, tho' when
’ signation, and confidence. She call-existing, not always noticed, we ed her husband, and charged him to deeply lament its absence. Though educate their daughter in the fear of many qualities are mere useful, none God, and, above all, to keep from her is more interesting: we may be soon those novels and books of infidel sen-dazzled by the blaze of beauty; we sibility, by which she had so nearly may be soon wearied by the exercise been ruined; and on the evening of of talents; but the mind is never the same day, expired, in fulness of wearied, never dazzled by the light joy, and peace in believing.–And of good nature-a light