« PreviousContinue »
for they got so much for every tent, put a stop to that abominable system.'
* And you ascribe that to the effect produced upon them by the scripture education that you had introduced ?'— Exclusively.'
By scriptural instruction operating upon the adults,—from their being brought to a knowledge of the scriptures, by your making the scriptures the subject of your comments to them?'_' Yes.'
• Did you find that there was connected with this a great attachment to the scriptures on the part of the Roman Catholics ?'- I never met with a Roman Catholic that came to have any knowledge of the scriptures, but that knowledge increased beyond any thing we see amongst Protestants.'
• When were those scenes of debauchery that were stopped ?'—"It was between 1816 or 1817, and 1824, but I cannot exactly tell the year.'
• Was that in your parish ?'- I had no parish then; I resided on a little property of my own.'
During this period, you, by your exhortations, and advice, and instruction, prevailed upon the people to discontinue those bad practices ? '-' I did not prevail upon them, but I gave them the instruction that enabled them to see the evil and abomination of those things, and they put it down of themselves: all that I had to say to it was giving them a better notion of right and wrong than they had before.'
• You gave them this better notion of right and wrong by speaking to them?'—'Speaking from morning to night.'
Preaching to them upon the subject?'—'I cannot call it preaching: speaking to them in their houses.'
Another lively instance is given farther on, in answer to a question that related to it :
* In the first curacy that ever I had, I established a very nice school, and had a great number of very nice little girls in it. I left it, and this girl was then only twelve years; I never saw her again till a few days before I left my parish in the south. A new detachment of soldiers had come in that morning : I was riding past the barrack, and an elderly woman of about forty or fifty, out of the top barrack, roared out, “If my old minister is living, there he is :' and she came running down, and I was afraid she would salute me, she was so glad to see me. Said I, • Come up to the Glebe-house, and we will have some talk about it; and she came up: and she told me that some time after I left that parish she married a soldier, and that she accompanied him throughout all the Peninsular war, and ended her military career upon the field of Waterloo: that passages of scripture that were committed to her memory when a child supported her in trials and difficulties that human nature would shudder under. And I can go further: an officer of the detachment dined with me that day, and I asked him after dinner, What kind of a woman is the colour-sergeant's wife?' Says he, “ What do you know about the colour-sergeant's wife?' I said, “I just asked you the question.' He said, “She is the best woman in the regiment; and I will tell you a circumstance with respect to her. On the morning of the battle of Waterloo, the major of our regiment had an impression upon his mind that he should fall that day in the field ; and he went to the rear of the camp, and gave his watch, and a large sum of money, and other valuables to this woman, saying, 'If I fall to-day, bring that to my wife in Brussels. He did fall; and she brought the entire sum the next morning to the lady in Brussels."
We hardly know how to quit this interesting, unadorned evidence of what some of God's dear servants are doing for the souls of their poor country people : we must, however, conclude this extract; first giving the dean of Ardagh's opinion, solemnly declared on his oath, as to the system which some mistaken good persons have the madness to eulogise.
‘Do you think it possible that the word “ sin ” can be applied to the act of uniting with this Board of Education ?' *I do; I think sin is the transgression of the law, and any thing that trangresses that law in thought, word, or deed, is sin ; and if that is a thing evil in itself, it is sin to encourage it.'
'Do you mean a transgression of the divine law?' 'I mean a transgression of the divine law.'
"How is the divine law transgressed by a person uniting with this system of education ?' *If it is a thing evil in itself, it is a transgression of the law.'
• How is it evil?' 'In my mind it is a very great evil excluding God's word from the education of the rising generation in a nominally Christian country.'
• Do you consider that the word of God is excluded by this system?' 'It is.'
• Do you think it a sin to have any thing to do with this system of education?' 'I do.'
NUMEROUS and interesting have been the death-bed accounts presented before the readers of the Christian Lady's Magazine, and sweet are the recollections of those faded flowers in the garden of grace, of wbich those alluded to, from time to time, in that of nature, are so touchingly emblematical. And without encroaching on the office of her who delights to make choice of these lovely yet perishing emblems, I would introduce my readers once more into scenes of humble life, to trace the spiritual culture of one who has but just passed from the seed-time of grace to the fruition of glory.
There is a peculiar charm in the society of those who give evidence from their very birth of spiritual regeneration having passed apon them. In childbood, so different are they from the children of the world, that those around them cannot resist the conviction that “ of such is the kingdom of heaven.” And this reminds me of that affecting narrative which parental affection has long since made familiar to the public, under the title of “The Infant Brothers;' a work I would take this opportunity of humbly recommending to Christian parents as well as to Christian children. In maturer age, such persons seem to be of another world; the influence of those principles which have grown with their growth, and strengthened with their strength, is manifested in a character
i parese prepare
woman, saying, 'If I fall to-day, bring that to i wife in Brussels.' He did fall; and she brought entire sum the next morning to the lady in Bruss
We hardly know how to quit this interesting adorned evidence of wbat some of God's dea vants are doing for the souls of their poor c people : we must, however, conclude this e first giving the dean of Ardagh's opinion, s declared on his oath, as to the system whi mistaken good persons have the madness to
“Do you think it possible that the word be applied to the act of uniting with this Education ?' 'I do; I think sin is the tra of the law, and any thing that trangresse istudar in thought, word, or deed, is sin; and is thing evil in itself
, it is sin to encourage it! ' Do you mean a transgression of the di “I mean a transgression of the divine law
How is the divine law transgressed uniting with this system of education? thing evil in itself, it is a transgression of
How is it evil ?' 'In my mind it is evil excluding God's word from the edu rising generation in a nominally Christia
Do you consider that the word of God by this system?' It is.'
'Do you think it a sin to have any thi this system of education?' 'I do.'