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But there appeared to me fome, uniting, in the worship of God, difficulty, in giving such a state are full of delight. When the ment of this fort, as would com- friends of the Redeemer attend the pass the most desirable objects of memorial of his death, they find the attempt, without furnishing the themselves in the banqueting house, probable occasion of fome evil. and that his banner over them is love. Others may find a different meth- It is peculiarly animating and imod the most eligible.
preslive, to fee such numbers ad. How the things above stated will ded to the visible family of the appear, when examined, by the Redeemer, and among them, so light and evidence of future days, many promising and dear young and whether the hopes of Chris. people, hopefully redeemed from tians will be fully realized, in the lin and death, by his biood, and precious and abiding fruits of the approaching his table, to commemwonderful things they have seen, orate the wonders of his love, and and heard, muft be left to future real their engagements, to be his. decision. Whether all those, who The idea is cherished, with anima. appear to have set out, and to ted hope, that they will be to his run well, for the present, will hold praise, in the earth, and the hapon their way, and obtain the prize py instruments of extending his of their high calling, must be final kingdom among men. Of him, ly known, by the event. If some, and thro' him, and to him are of whom the best hopes have been all things, to whom be glory foi. conceived, should make shipwreck ever. Amen. of the faith, return again to folly,
Asahel Hooker. and thus evince, that they were Gofhen, November 17, 1800. never cleansed from their filthiness, it will determine no characters, but
(To be continued.) their own.
Some may have de. ceived, both themselves, and oth
TO THE EDITORS OF THE Cox. ers, and their last state be worse
NECTICUT EVANGELICAL MAG, than their first. So long, howev.
AZINE, er, as numbers continue to exhibit, in their lives, the excellent fruits GENTLEMEN, of the spirit, the evidence will re INSTANCES which have main, that this is the Lord's doing, clearly shewn the fallacy of india and ought, as such, to be marvellous del principles, and their infufficien
It is certain, that cy to support the anxious mind in great things have been done for us, the near view of death, whether whereof we are glad. Such as they have fallen under our own obwere in Christ before, have really fervation, or have been fatisfactoenjoyed a time of refreshing, from rily attested by others, to have re. the presence of the Lord. They cently happened, have a mighry seem to have greatly renewed their tendency to impress our minds with spiritual strength, and to have set a sense of the value and importforward, with enlivened steps, in ance of revealed truth. the race set before them. They If the following narrative, giv. are still glad, with exceeding joy, en at the request of one of your when it is said unto them, “We committee, shall be thought wor. will go into the house of the Lord." thy a place in your useful MagaSabbaths, and other seasons of zine, you have liberty to publish ita
in our eyes
parishioner of mine died. dental vist, I complied with her His name I omit to mention. In request, and went to his house. the latter part of his life he had When I entered his chamber, and professed himself a Deift, though enquired respecting his health, he he had no: been educated in that held his eyes closed, and told me way. He was a person fond of that he was very ill; that he felt company, addicted to ridicule and unhappy that he could have no banter ; and most of all delighted conversation with me ; but that it to deride the Christian religion and was a fact, that he could neither facred scriptures. Being infirm converse himself, por hear me conand unable to labor, he employ- verse. I replied that I was equally ed niore time than usual in reading unhappy on the same account ; for His taste, however, was vitiated ; having known his sentiments on reli. and his books were chosen accord.gious subjects, for years past, I was ing to histaste. Hisreading served anxious to know whether the awonly to poison his principles, and ful realities of the future world aprender his conversation more dan peared to him now in the same gerous to society. His favorite light, in which he had fancied volunes were Allen's Oracles of they would appear, in such an heur reason, Paines' Age of reason, I as this ?* and others of the like kind. These After pausing for some time, he he had so attentively perused, that said, “I do not see any reason, as he was able to repeat from his yet, for altering my opinion." memory a great proportion of each. Well fir, said I, to your own malWhenever I occahonally called at ter you stand or fall. I then took his house, he was bospitable and leave, or was about to retire from civil ; but always ready to lavish the chamber : Upor which his encomiums on the writings of Vol. wife fpoke ; “Sir, said she, I hope taire, Allen and Paine. He would you will not leave us, till you shall say that he thought their reasonings have prayed with my husband." to be unanswerable; that the Chris. He then opened bis eyes for the tian fyftem was well calculated for first time ; and reproved his wife old women ; that had he a family for interesting herself in any matof children, he believed that he ters which concerned him. I then thould enjoin them to attend on told his wife that her hufband bad Ministers, in public ; but with no faid that he was so unwell, that he other view, than to educate them could not hear me converse: I sufto order, and make them better pored be must have the fame objecmembers of society. After much tion to hearing me pray. Begging conversation with him, on this sub- ber for that refon, to excuse me, ject, I ventured to express my I made a second attempt to retire. opinion, that should I survive him, His daughter and only child, then I hould find bim to entertain sen troci berween me and the door ; timents very different froni thefe, and with tears in her eyes, “inin the closing scene of his life. treated me not to leave the chamTo this he replied, “no fir, you ber, till I had prayed with her Shall find me die like a hero." father.” I made the fanse objec
After a few months, hearing that he was very lick, and that it * It was thought by his friends thai was the request of his wife that I'he would not live through the night
tion to the daughter which I had mountain was covered with small before made to the mother. He • bushes. I was propelled to afthen opened his eyes again, and after 'cend this mountain, by the riva dropping some tender expressions er’s bank, as difficult and desperespecting his child, Laid that since rate as such anı attempt appeared it was her degre, that I should "
to be. With great fatigue and make a prayer, at that time, he difficulty I ascended as far as I would not object.
was aided by the bushes; though I prayed with him; and in the frequently, through weakness, prayer, used fome expressions which treajor and the frightful view of might naturally bring to his view the hideous gulph below, my those awful and interesting truths, heart and strength nearly failed which I had not the opportunity to • me ; and I felt myself to be on express in conversation. When I 'the verge of destruction. I had prayed, I took leave, and retired. I thought with myself, whai Mall I
On the next morning, or the do now? It has been with great second morning after, (I am difficulty and hazard that I have certain which of the two) a mel ascended so far, with the feeble senger was sent to me before fun 6 afisance which I have had ; but rising, requesting me to visit this how is it possible that I can pro
as speedily as posible. ceed further ? However, I must The messenger told me that the go forward. Casting my eyes on man was anxious to see me before one part of the mountain and ahis death. Accordingly I went; nother, I discovered lome small and when I arrived, found him on bushes growing out of the moun his feet, supported by two men. "tain at the northwest direction. The muscles of his face were dis. I thought that if I could pollibly torted; death was depicted in his • climb a smooth place until I could countenance ; and his whole yif. • seize the bushes, I could be sup age exhibited a ghostly appearance; ported by them till I could take yet his understanding was clear. breath, and be prepared for a furSir, said he, “ I am glad to see ther exertion. I summoned up you once more ; I have had a sin • all my resolution ; ftuck ny feet gular dteam the night palt, and am into the earth, as far as I was able; anxious to hear your interpreta. “ took the advantage of an oblique tion."
• direction, and at length reached He then related the dream, the bushes ; which I no sooner which was in fubstance, as follows. seized, than they immediately " I had, in Neep,” said he, “an broke, and exposed me to instant idea that I was upon the side of a destruction. My difficulties and river opposite to that on which I hazards increasing every moment, * lived : how I passed the same, I I anxiously fought for something
do not remember. On the brink to support me ; for I could not re• of this river (which exhibited a 'main in my then present situation * shocking prospect ; was rapid, for more than a very short time. rocky and black as hell) there To my great joy, I spied a stone was an exceeding high mountain, shooting out of the mountain, in in the Shape of a tea cup inverted, a southeast direction. I thought, ' and apparently of as smooth a If I couid but ascend to that, I * furface, from about the middle might be secure enough. With upwards; the lower part of the caecion Iturned, shifted my course,
& exerted myself to the utmost, whereyer writers made use of fod
and reached the stone. As soon a fimilitude, they doubtless bad a " as I bore upon that stone, it rol. meaning very different from tha : • led from its bed, and descended which he had supposed; and intes
to the bottom, into the hideous ded thereby to represent the * stream, threatening to take me a strength and stability of the Chriflong with it. Frightened and tian's hope ; founded in the mercy
astonished, at my marvellous el. of God, and the merits of the Re cape ; at the prospect below me ; deemer. . and the desperate attempt of ma I told him, however, that while • king further advances upward; he was telling his dream, it ap• finding nothing to afford ine the peared to me probable, that the • least aid or support; yet unable to dream was occasioned by some ex• hold that situation more than a pressions that he had heard me use,
moment longer, I thought that I when I prayed with him the other • muft now throw myself on fate, evening. It appeared to me that • leap for my life, and if I failed, certain ideas had the impressed • I must fail. I accordingly exer-liis mind, just as he was going to • ted my whole strength, and reach- Deep; which furnished his imagied the summit of the mountain. nation with matter for the dream
“ After a little respite, reviews which he had. But however that *ing the dargers, which I had es might be, his dream had, by a
caped, and the horrid appearance very apt fimilitude, represented of the black gulph below, I be the conduct of finners, when they gan to question myself respecting are under convictions from the spir'my object in going to that place; it of God. They are usually from what motives, and for what found to pursue every wrong course,
end ? Astonished at my infatua. before they can be prevailed with * tion, and blaming myself for my to take the right way. • mad prefumption, Í said with Now, my friend, said I, you must * myself, what remains for me to be sensible, that your conduct for . attempt next ? To think of con
years, has been greatly to the pretinuing here for any time, upon a judice of your spiritual interest. smooth surface, on a small fum- | You ftrove to your utmost to rid
mit of a mountain, without the yourself of those religious princi• least support, or shelter, would ples and impresfions which were o be madness in the extreme ; to early fixed and made by your edu
attempt to ascend higher, would cation ; in the belief of which • be vain ; to think of ever return you grew up to manhood.
You ing by the course, through which have been assiduous in seeking for
I advanced hither, would be the vicious and prophane publications ; " height of presumption.
with intent to poison your own “ In this dreadful fituation, mind, and the minds of all, to through anxiety of mind, I a. whom you had access. The con
woke; and found that the whole sequence of which is this, that was a dream.
those prophane writings have preju" Now Sir, I have somewhere diced your mind against the word 'read of a mountain of hope; I of God, and the methods of his
did not know but this might be grace. When your conscience has that mountain."
admonished you of a judgment to I replied to this effect ; that come, you have had recourse 20
Ethan Allen for relief; but have, of natural religion, but discards
he desired me to read it a second You then eagerly seized hold of time deliberately. I did so. AfThomas Paine, expecting a sup- ter which he exclaimed, Alas! port from him, but like the stone Alas! Why have I never which you thought you saw aloft, with this Author before? Whence on which you no sooner leaned, is it, that in all my reading, I have
than it rolled from its bed, and never found truth exhibited in such : threatened you with instant death, a point of view ? I do not know
so are you now left without the that I ever, for once, doubted the least support, and are forced to sufficiency of nature's light. Unquit your hold.
happy for me, if I have been misYou have sought one creature taken ! refuge and another ; but find them He then desired me to pray with all to be refuges of lies. Having him; bat to pray"only toone God.” toiled in vain, until your ftrength My friend, said I, will you act is exhausted, and life is nearly clo- the fool at this late hour, and juffed, you are really in a forlorn tify the Infidel in reproaching the ftate, which was in fo lively a man- sacred Trinity? Who but Thomner represented by your imagination as Paine, and his Infidel associates in the dream. You are left at the ever thought of Christians praying summit of your hopes, in a con- to more than one God? If you obdition, in which your foul mast je&t to my mentioning the Saviour, perish : Or you have to undo all and going to God in his name, that which you have done. you may be assured that I shall not
Judge now for yourself, wheth- pray with you. He replied, in er the light of reason alone, in great agony, "for God's sake, which you have boalted, has been pray with me speedily, and pray sufficient to show you the hope of in your own way." I then pray, everlasting happiness, equally with ed with him. After prayer he apthe atonement of that Saviour peared perfe&tly calm until I left whom you have denied and re- him. proached ?
Afterwards his attendants in. I then told him, that I had with formed me, that his mind was reg. mea volume of Dr. Lathrop's Ser. ular, for the greatest part of the mons, in one of which Sermons, day: Though for short intervals, was a paragraph which applied so fomewhat deranged. That in his aptly to his case, that I wished calmest seasons, he would exclaim, him to attend while I fhould readit. “ Ob the Saviour of lost finners!
The Reverend Author, in de Oh Jelus Chrift, how precious art scribing the “ obscurity and uncer- thou ?” tainty of the way of the wicked, He took opportunity to recondoth, in a very striking manner, cile himself to those of his conrepresent how the way of that nections with whom he had been at wicked man is covered with dark variance ; and died that evening. ness, who believes the great truths This instance, added to the