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presenting our Lord's three injunc.' dity of Christ's infant followers was tions in a compact body, and as encouraged, and the scepticism of keeping distinct two separate grounds prayerless rationalists was met by of encouragement to obey these in- anticipation. A bare inspection of janctions. In the first triplet, it will the context is enough to confute be observed, the encouragement is RosenMULLER, and others ejusdem individual, or, at least, specific: farina, who would fain restrict the " it shall be given unto you; ye shall promises here made, to the Apostles find; it shall be opened unto you.” alone. In the second triplet, the encourage- Commentators have variously exment is generic, or, rather, univer- plained the terms ask, seek, knock. sal: "every one who asketh, who The explanation of Euthymius Zigaseeketh, who knocketh.” May not Benus is worthy of attention : “ He this advance, from promises to prin- commanded us to ask, and promised ciples, from particulars to univer- the gift: not, however, simply to sals, have been designed, at once to ask, but with perseverance and alaelicit the faith of our Lord's imme- crity; for this is indicated by the diate followers, and to establish the word SEEK : and not only with perconfidence of all succeeding gene- severance and alacrity, but with rations? Had the assurance been fervour also, and vehemence; for merely of a general nature, bad it this is the force of the word Knock : wanted the personal specialty of the an interpretation, it must be observfirst triplet, sufficient provision might ed, which EUTHYMIUS extracted and not have been made for the doubts abridged from St. Chrysostom. See and besitancies of early converts, of this Father's twenty-third homily on whom it is repeatedly asserted, that St. Matthew. they were dull in apprehension, and Perhaps, without doing any vioslow of belief: had the assurance lence to the moral meaning, the conbeen merely specific, had it wanted tinuity and progress of the metaphor the principled extension of the se- may be tbus exhibited: cond triplet, it might, in after-ages, have been difficult to prove, that it Ask the way, and information shall be was not a peculiar privilege of our Lord's original disciples: as the Seek the house, and ye shall find it ;
given to you; passage stands, both purposes have Knock at the door, and it shall be been abundantly attained the timi
opened unto you.
AWFUL DEATH OF A PREVARICATOR. To the Editor of the Wesleyan-Methodist the correctness of the following painMagazine.
ful detail. An awful death took place at Sher- A female of tolerably respectable burn, in this neighbourhood, on Satur- appearance dined at a public-house day the 221 instant. Being at the in Sherburn, about half past one same place myself on the Sunday o'clock on the day above-mentioned. evening and Monday morning fol. She called at the same house again lowing, I made very particular in- about four o'clock in the evening, quiry respecting the truth of the fol. and ordered and drank a pint of ale, lowing circumstances. They may which she refused to pay for, saybe regarded as a solemn admonition ing she had no money in her pocket. against prevarication, and that im- The landlady said to her, “ I wonder pious taking of the name of God in how you can say so, when I saw vain, (especially by horrid impreca- several shillings in your hand.” The tions, which too frequently wounds unhappy woman replied, that she moral feeling, and affronts the right- had bought some articles after dinner; eous Governor of the world. I have and profanely added, that she wished undeniable documents to vouch for God might 'strike her dead, if she
100 Providential Interposition in behalf of the Early Christians. had one farthing in her pocket. She was found: there was a little water walked off from the bouse, and about in the place at the time when I saw seven o'clock the same night, was it; one of the Coroner's Jurymen found lying dead beside the foot sounded it at the same time, and, inwalk, on the bighway, at the end of cluding mud, it appeared to be about the village, having seventeen shil- four or five inches deep. It is prolings in silver, and threepence in bable she was intoxicated, and died copper, in her pocket, when the corpse by suffocation. was taken up by the Constable.' I Selby,
THOMAS INGHAM. examined tbe place where the body Dec. 29, 1821.
PROVIDENTIAL INTERPOSITION IN BEHALF OF THE EARLY
A Rescript of the Emperor Max. for bis Church, and he did so in the IMIN, (who ruled over part of the following manner. While the mesEastern Roman Empire after the sengers were on the road with Reresignation of Dioclestan,) nailed to scripts similar to that at Tyre, a a post at Tyre, manifests with what drought commenced, and famine pleasure and joy he had received unexpectedly oppressed the Jomià Petition from that city against nions of MÁXIMIN; then followed a the Christians. In it, he venerates plague, and inflamed ulcers: the Jupiter and the rest of the gods, as disease spread over the body, but the authors of all good, appeals to chiefly affected the eyes, and blinded the experience of the inhabitants many. And the Armenians, the how happily their affairs had pro- allies and neighbours of the Eastern ceeded since the worship of the an- Roman Empire, entered into a war cients had been restored; bow they with MAXIMIN ; they were disposed were now blest with good harvests, to favour the Gospel; and MAXIMIN, had no plagues, earthquakes, nor by extending his persecution to them, tempests, and enjoyed peace through drew on their hostility. Thus were the empire; and how opposite to all the boasts of MAXImin confounded. this the case had been, while the The plague and famine raged in the Christian Religion prevailed. He most dreadful manner, and multitudes desires that such as persisted still in Jay unburied. The Christians, whose their error, should be banished from piety and fear of God were stirred Tyre, according to the prayer of the up on this occasion, were the only Petition. This Rescript was a speci- persons who employed themselves men of the rest.
in doing good, every day busying Never were christian minds so themselves in taking care of the sick, dispirited and clouded. Thus low and burying the dead; whereas did God suffer bis Church to fall, to numbers of Pagans were neglected try its faith, and to purify it in the by their own friends. The Chrisfurnace. Very remarkable, however, tians, also, gathered together multiwas the divine testimony to his tudes of the famisbed poor, and disChurch. At this time, man's extre- tributed bread to all; thus imitating mity was the opportunity in which the their heavenly Father, who sendeth truth and goodness of God appear- rain on the just and the unjust.ed most conspicuous. There were, (Milner's History of the Church of doubtless, many true Christians Christ, Cent. IV.) wrestling with their God to appear
ORIGINAL LETTER FROM THE LATE REV. W. GRIMSHAW, A.B.
Minister of Haworth, Yorkshire,
[For this interesting Letter, written matters. Here, I hope, all things in the early times of Methodism, by go pretty well. How go they where the venerable MR. GRIMSHAW, the you have been ? Our congregations EDITOR is obliged to the kindness of have been for some time, and still the Rev. WILLIAM Myles, whose are, in several places of this round, interesting account of the “Life and large. Several souls are added, and Writings" of that most zealous and some are, seemingly, just now successful Clergyman, well deserves awaking. James Opdie and Jonathe perusal of our readers. MR. THAN Maskew have been our PreachGRIMSHAW lived and died in close ers for some time. James is gone to connexion with MR. WESLEY and his the Conference; and JONATHAN, if he Preachers. The following document recover not, will shortly go to heaven. proves that he was, in an extraordi- I hope your bow abides in full nary sense, “a Jabourer” in the strength, and that you can preach vineyard ; for it is well known that twenty times a week. If you can he himself practised the unwearied preach oftener, do. Preaching is diligence which he recommended 10 health, food, and physic to me, and his friend. Few men, indeed, are why not to thee, my Brother ? able to act altogether as he did; Besides, there is very great but bis exhortations cannot fail to be need of preaching now. For ini. a useful stimulant to all who “love quity aboundeth, the love of many their Master and his work.”] grows cold, and God's judgments
are abroad in the earth.
preach four times a day, or thirty DEAR BROTHER,
Haworth, times a week, whether you please or
July 31, 1757. can better bear. It will be all little Is it about two years since I wrote enough! Our Master well deserves to you? How fast does time slide it; yea, and infinitely more. away! My long silence, however, that we may spend and be spent in has not been owing to any disrespect preaching his everlasting Gospel, in that I have for you, God knoweth; converting sinners, and confirming but to neglect of writing chiefly ; believers. You will remember me for which I must beg your pardon. kindly to Rebecca, but, especially, My heart is as cordially knit to you kindly remember me at the footstoob as ever, if not more so. I respect of grace. I have done so daily for sincerely your soul, your body, you above two years. May the LORD your doctrine, your labour, your bless you, yours, and your labours. conduct, &c.
What can I do Pray, therefore, for me, and I will more?
pray for thee, being your affectionate But let us talk no more of these Brother,
DESCRIPTION OF THE SURINAM FROG. The following Description is taken till it becomes a perfect animal: from the first Number of the “ Jour- by W. M, IRELAND, Esq., Member nal of Science and the Arts,” edited of the Royal College of Surgeons." at the Royal Institution of GreatBritain. The Paper is entitled, “ It is a curious circumstance that “Some Account of the external it has never been in the power of any changes which take place in the Naturalist at Surinam, from his own Surinam Frog, (Rana 'Paradoxa of observations, to ascertain the changes LINN.EUS) from its earlier stages from the tadpole to the complete
frog of that country. Fortunately, mouth above the surface, for the during my residence there, I was purpose of breathing atmospheric not only enabled to collect specimens air; but the moment it perceives any of the tadpole, in what is called the thing move, it dives to the bottom, state of a fish, but likewise in all its where it remains a few minutes, and intermediate changes to that of a then returns to its former position. frog, and have succeeded in bringing from this period till about the sixth to this country specimens in each of week, the animal is always seen with those states, for the examination of part of its head above the surface of persons skilled in comparative ana- the water, and is extremely active tomy, so as to enable them to confirm and strong, so much so, that should or refute the observations I have the vessel be left uncovered for half a 'made on the subject.
minute, it leaps out and jumps from “ LINNÆUS himself, at one time, six to eight feet at a time, with such considered the animal to be a species quickness that it is with great diffiof lizard, and arranged it under the culty caught again. During this last genus Lacerta ; afterwards be placed period of the change, the tail, or it under the genus in which it now that part which is behind the legs, stands, with the specific name Piscis, partly sloughs off, and is partly ab(Fish.)
sorbed ; that is, the outer and thin “By others, it has been considered part of the tail gradually falls off by not to be the larva, or tadpole, of a bits, while the inner and thicker part frog, but to change from a frog to a is absorbed; till the whole is gone to fish: this diversity of opinions first the lice marking the part which is to induced me to attempt the solution be separated. of so curious a phenon
"This process being completed, the “It affords me peculiar gratification animal is a perfect frog, and leaves that I am enabled to offer some facts the water, never to return. which will tend to throw light on “The transformation of the tadpole this part of Natural History, the to a frog, seems to be one of the subject of which has caused so much never-erring laws of nature to prodiscussion among the learned. pagate and preserve her progeny;
“I was some time in Surinam, where for at the beginning of the dry seathese animals are indigenous, before son, the tadpoles are to be found in I could obtain a specimen : at length, most of the swamps and muddy however, I procured a number of creeks; but as the dry season adthem in the fish state ; and as they vances, and the water begins to evawere brought to me alive, I confined porate, those tadpoles, wbich must them in a tub in order to watch their inevitably die (if they remain unchange, and contrived to have vege- altered) when their habitation is tables growing in the water, for the changed to dry land, gradually bepurpose of renovating the air.
come animals fitted to exist in these “When they first came into my new circumstances. possession, I could, upon narrow ex- “ It must be observed, that the amination, perceive the two small tadpoles cannot follow the waters as legs immediately behind the head, they retire, in the same way fishes which are to become the hind-legs do in our small brooks in a dry sumof the frog
mer, owing to their being many “ In about a fortnight these little miles from any communication with legs arrive at the mature size, and the rivers, so that when the enclosed the body of the animal is very much waters are evaporated by the intense enlarged : during this change the heat of the season, the bottom of animal remains at the bottom of the those ponds and creeks are left a vessel in a torpid, dormant state. perfect dry land.
“ In about three weeks the animal " These tadpoles are considered by becomes more active and lively, the natives of Surinam as a species the fore-legs make their appearance, of fish, and denominated by them and the head becomes distinct. Dur. Jackies. They are frequently brought ing this period the animal remains to market in the beginning of the suspended in the water, with its dry season, and generally regarded as a great delicacy for the table. cannot forbear seeing his hand in Tbe size is commonly from six to the “ never-erring law of nature" eight inches long. None of the mentioned by Mr. IRELAND. It is Datives seem to be acquainted with true, we are left in the dark as to the their transformation, and those who use of this and other reptiles; yet we saw them in their different stages of are assured that God has created actual change, could never afterwards nothing in vain. In our present state, be persuaded to eat them.”
we can only wonder and adore ;
whilst we continue to look for that Although no reference is made, glorious period when we shall have in the above account, to the good- all the mysteries of nature, of proness of that God who careth for vidence, and of grace, laid open to all his creatures, a reflecting mind our astonished view. M. M. M.
ACCOUNT OF A LATE EXTRAORDINARY SHIPWRECK.
(From the New-South-Wales Paper, dated Sidney, June 9th, 1821.) Just as CAPTAIN RAINE was on beings had been sacrificed, to afford the eve of leaving Valparaiso for sustenance to those who remained ; New Holland, he was informed of a and on the day on which the ship strange affair, relating to an Ameri- encountered them, the Captain and can whaler, which bad been attacked the boy had drawn lots, and it had by a whale at sea in so violent and been thus determined that the boy dreadful a manner, as to occasion the should die. But, providentially, a vessel to founder, and most of the ship hove in sight, and took them crew eventually to perish. Some in. Mournful in the extreme as it is particulars of this disastrous history to bear such things, and painful as are as follow:-CAPTAIN RAINE re- it is to relate them, it is nevertheless ceived information that there were asserted as a fact by CAPTAIN Raine, three men on Ducie's Island, who that the fingers and other fragments had preferred remaining there rather of their deceased companions were than venture across the ocean in a in the pockets of the Captain and boat, to which the crew had been boy, when taken on board the Whaler. impelled to take, in order to escape The Commander of the Surrey, from the ship. The boat to which becoming opportunely acquainted these three men belonged, had been with these distressing circumstances, picked up by an American Whaler. humanely determined on calling at About sixty days after the melancholy Ducie's Island, and endeavouring occurrence, another boat, in which to restore three unfortunate fellowwere the Captain and the remainder creatures to society, and very posof the crew, soon parted company, sibly to rescue them from a miserable and were also fallen in with by ano- end, particularly as this Island was ther American Whaler, which vessel no great distance out of his track was the bearer of the intelligence to from Valparaiso to New Holland. Valparaiso; and the account given On Thursday, the 5th of April, by the two survivors in this boat was Captain Raine, considering himself truly deplorable. They had been within a very short distance of ninety days at sea before they were Ducie's Island, which is laid down, taken up, and had experienced the in Norie's Epitome, to be in lat. most dreadful of all human vicissi. 24 deg. 40 min. S., and long. 124 tudes : from the extremity of hunger, deg. 37 min. W., kept a good lookthey had been reduced to the painful out. At about two, P. m., land was necessity of killing and devouring perceived, which turned out to be an each other, in order to sustain å island, in lat. 24 deg. 26 min. As wretched life, whose termination was the vessel neared the land, a gun was hourly expected. Eight times bad discharged, and, shortly after, the lots been drawn, and eight human three poor' men were seen to issue