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of the school. Never let it be said, that a Sunday School scholar was heard to tell falsehoods, curse, swear, or use any wicked language; for every one must believe that such are a disgrace to a Sunday School, where they are taught to fear and serve the Lord, and forbidden to take his name in vain. Never be found in company with children of such bad character, for evil communications corrupt good manners; but cultivate truth, honesty, meekness, kindness; for be assured, that such virtues will always make you amiable, and will not fail to procure you many friends. And let me request you to behave to your Teachers with the greatest respect, attention and affection. These friends of yours sacrifice their time and labour from pure motives of benevolence, purposely to instruct and do you good. Not a child present but what must in a moment be convinced, how much you are indebted for their kind and assiduous attention : and it is seriously wished that to them you may prove obedient, thankful, and affectionate children.

Perhaps you know, that Sunday Schools are supported by the contributions of our CITIZENS without any expense to your parents; of course, their expectations are fixed upon your present and future good conduct. Our hopes are indeed founded upon the virtue of the rising generation, to produce good and valuable members of society. We know not what path you may tread, nor what part God, in his providence, may design you to perform; yet you must be convinced that the public, who are so generous as to provide the means for your instruction, have a right to expect from you a virtuous course of conduct, that you may prove yourselves to be sober, faithful and industrious; and in this we hope not to be disappointed.

I cannot but, upon this occasion, press upon your tender minds the great importance of obedience to your parents. This is one of nature's first dictates, and there are very few children but what are convinced of its propriety, however they may act disobediently. But remember, it is the command of God who made you. Honour thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land, which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Exod. xx. 14. Solomon says, Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. Prov. xx. 11. Nothing so much proves the character of a child, whether he be good or bad, as his temper and conduct towards his parents. And it is equally true, that a child who disobeys his parents will be found capable of almost every other wicked action. On the contrary, you will scarce ever find a child, who loves and obeys his parents, but what is virtuous in all other parts of his conduct; and assuredly gains the esteem of all good men.

The principal book used in the Sunday School is the BIBLE. This sacred volume is put into your hands, because it is designed, with the blessing of God, to make you wise unto salvation through faith as it is in Christ Jesus. Any other book might be sufficient in which you may learn to read; but this reveals a Saviour, and contains the necessary religion for sinners. Though you are now young, you are sinners, and need a Saviour. Your minds are ignorant, and your hearts are depraved; and it is by the word of your God, you can be instructed and renewed; for, said David, Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto, according to thy word, Psalm cxix. 9. Here too, you will be directed to the cleansing blood of the Saviour ; find those invaluable precepts to direct you in your future paths, and those promises of God, which are calculated to support you under all the afflictions of your lives.

I shall conclude my address by enjoining you to remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. This is God's command; and is designed, not only for the purpose of devotion, but, by the discourses you may hear, to improve your minds, guard you against vice, stimulate you to virtue, and lead you to that compassionate Saviour, who took little children in his arms and blessed them. I assure you, that a neglect and violation of the Lord's day, has been the means of a vast many children forming wicked connexions, cultivating vicious habits, and eventually to commit those crimes which conducted their feet to the dreary shades of a prison. Should you forget every thing else I have said to you this evening in presence of this large assembly, remember, that it has been, and still is, on a Sabbath day, and in a Sabbath School, that you receive your learning, and perhaps the only education you ever received. Should you therefore, hereafter, despise or neglect the duties of this holy day, the recollection of it will produce the keenest regret, and add to your punishment. You are not, even now, too young to die. Walk among the tombs of the dead, and there you will perceive graves shorter than yourselves. Instances of mortality have already occurred in our Sunday Schools; and we are informed, that some of those children have died happily in the embraces of Jesus. You are now addressed by the oldest standing minister of any religious denomination in this city; and whose eyes may soon be closed in death. Your kind benefactors and teachers, now assembled with you, must also pass the Jordan of death. While, therefore, we live in the land, our efforts for your instruction are affectionately extended for your benefit; and our prayers are directed to the throne of our God for your interest and happiness.-Amen.

The Stranger.

He did so,

The following occurrence took place while I was on a visit to a neighbouring city. The only inducement to its publicity is, it may possibly fall into the hand of persons under similar painful impressions ; nd, through the smiles of a compassionate Saviour, be the means of their instruction and relief.

On the morning of May the 28th, 1821, as I was walking up one of the principal streets, a well dressed gentleman, apparently about twentyfive years of age, suddenly came to my side and said, “ Sir, are you a minister ?”—Yes, Sir.—“ Are you in the habit of praying for the distressed ?” — Yes, Sir, it is my pleasing duty.-" Then, Sir, will you, as you journey, pray for me ?” By this time, coming to the corner of a street, and perceiving a shady place, I invited the stranger to step aside for a few minutes, and inform me the cause of his distress. and said, “the cause of my trouble is the anger of God against me for my sins. God has cast me off in wrath, and hid his face from me." How long, Sir, have you been under this painful apprehension ? " About two years. I have read the Bible very frequently, but to me it has no light, no life-affords me no relief." Your case, Sir, is certainly severe; yet, you must not consider yourself singular in affliction. Job, with tears confessed, I went mourning without the sun, xxx. 28.; but, the sun of mercy arose again upon him, and his latter end was twice better than the beginning; and I hope the sun of righteousness will arise and shine upon you. You certainly, Sir, said right, that the Bible could give you no light, or life ; for, it is only as the glass of the window which admits the light; and that light must shine, or certainly the window itself cannot give any. The Spirit of light and life from Christ must shine upon your mind through the medium of the Bible; then, all your clouds of thick darkness will vanish away, and in God's light you will see light. Perhaps you may not have sufficiently thought on this way of God's giving light and life to the soul of man; if so, you may now perceive your duty and privilege, under the pressure of your darkness, to pray for the Spirit of light to shine upon your heart. “ Indeed, Sir, said he, I have not thought that this was the way for my relief. I am confused. The wrath of God upon me is so heavy that it bears me down. I have not a single spark of light; no, not one thing to give me hope. 0, God, what shall I do!!!_Looking at this gentleman's person, and perceiving him greatly debilitated, I inquired concerning the state of his health; to which he replied, "My health is greatly reduced; I dare not eat animal food; when I take a refreshment, which promises nourishment, it speedily produces an effect which agitates my whole frame; and, for aught I know, it operates on the mind, and makes me much worse; so that I may well confess that I am a very miserable creature.” Sir, may I ask where you attend religious worship? “I sometimes go to the Moravian church. Last Sunday morning I was so distressed that I did not dare attend any place. In the afternoon it was the same, and shut myself in my room. I opened the Bible to read it, but to me it was all dark. In my distress I directly fell down on my knees and wept prayer, for I could not speak, for a feeling of the wrath of God pressed me down. Indeed, I expect no other than to go down to the blackness of hell for ever. Did you, Sir, ever meet with a case like mine?" It is a little singular that you should have addressed your inquiries to me this morning; for I can assure you that I have met with many cases like your own. I have the charge of two public institutions in the city of New-York, in which such cases frequently occur; so that you may take full liberty in making to me whatever communications your inclinations may dictate. Your painful apprehension of suffering the wrath of God in hell for ever is capable of relief ; for, it is positively asserted in the Scripture, that Christ, our great High Priest, and continual Intercessor, is able to save to the uttermost, them that come unto God by him. Heb. vii. 25. Now, Sir, the great thing for you to determine is, whether your soul, with all its sins and cares, does most sincerely and ardently desire to come to God only by Christ; then the conclusion is easy. For, Christ is able to save you to the uttermost, notwithstanding all your apprehensions of future misery. Likewise, be assured, that if the misery you feel should exceed the bounds of the ability of Jesus to relieve, then he cannot save to the uttermost; which, you must be disposed to confess, would upon Him be the highest reflection! To this the stranger replied, " What you say, Sir, is conclusive; but, what shall I say, who cannot take comfort from this, or any thing else. I often read such passages, but they are not for me. I take up the Bible, and constantly read it, and yet to me it is a dark and sealed book. Tell me what I shall do ?" Suppose I recommend you to read, what I am in the habit of calling my favourite Psalm ; it is the 103d. It may be to your advantage to confine yourself to the reading of this psalm only for some days, as it is frequently the case that persons under distress of mind turn from one passage of scripture to another without fixing upon any to their advantage. I will repeat three or four verses to you out of this excellent psalm : The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide ; neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins ; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust; 8–14. Sir," said the gentleman, “I will read the psalm, for I know that I am but dust indeed.” I assured him, that if God had dealt with us according to our sins, and rewarded us according to our iniquities, he might justly have doomed all mankind to the depth of hell; he would not have given his son Jesus to die for our sins; no throne of grace would have been opened for us; nor would he have given one encouraging promise to approach his presence. At these sentiments he sighed, and appa



rently wiped away his silent tears. Will you be willing, Sir, said I, to tell me what sin in particular most weighs down your spirits ? He replied, “ I do think I have committed the unpardonable sin against the Holy Ghost, which will not be forgiven in this life, nor in that which is to come. This, with all my other sins upon me, make me distracted. Can you give me any advice?" I must inform you, Sir, that in my long intercourse with persons under great mental distress, I have generally found that when Satan, their great adversary, was about to fill up

their cup of sorrow, he injected into their minds the apprehension of having that unpardonable sin; for this gives aggravating bitterness to all the rest. Although I strongly question the possibility of any person being capable of committing that sin, since the ascension of Jesus to glory, I will just say, with a view to your relief, that, if your soul be impressed with a sense of its sins in general, the necessity of a Saviour's mercy, and, as you have informed me, make strong efforts in prayer to your offended God, for light, through his word, to shine upon your heart, these lead me to indulge a persuasion that you have not committed the unpardonable sin against the Holy Ghost; and that your apprehensions of it arise merely from the force of temptation. I hope the Lord will grant you speedy deliverance of this evil snare, and visit your breast with the riches of his mercy! Besides, if you had committed that sin, you would now be careless both of its nature and its consequences; and, so far from a fear or dread, you would pursue a course of stupidity, hardness, and disobedience, and most certainly would not have possessed those feelings which you have this morning so freely described. To this statement, the stranger made no reply. I took the liberty of saying, Sir, may I ask your name? He replied, “ I would rather withhold it; principally for the sake of my family connexions." He presented me his hand, while his heart appeared to be full of grief; thanked me for my advice, and we parted, possibly never to meet together again on earth. I regret that I did not solicit the favour of this gentleman to forward me a letter, should the Lord restore his mind to peace, though he should still choose to conceal his name.

JOHN STANFORD. New-York, June 26, 1821.

A similar case to that of the afflicted STRANGER, is poetically described by Dr. Watts, in his 38th Psalm.

Amidst thy wrath remember love,

Restore thy servant, Lord;
Nor let a Father's chastening prove

Like an avenger's sword.
Thine arrows stick within my heart,

My flesh is sorely press'd;
Between the sorrow and the smart,

My spirit finds no rest.
My sins a heavy load appear,

And o'er my head are gone ;

Too heavy they for me to bear,

Too hard for me tatone.
My thoughts are like a troubled sea,

My head still bending down;
And I go mourning all the day,

Beneath my Father's frown.
My God, forgive my follies past,

And be for ever nigh;
O Lord of my salvation, haste,

Before thy servant die.

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