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comparative rubbish, real religion was necessary refreshment for all this mental scarcely, if at all, discernible. And I have and bodily exertion and labour of love. much reason to fear that those seminaries | Let me then ask you, can you bear to wound which, if well conducted, would be highly the feelings of such a man, by receiving calculated to promote the interests of true | him in a cold distant manner, inquiring of religion, are, in a considerable degree per- him why the superintendant did not come, nicious to the souls of many who enter | or why some other travelling or local them. Leaving this in the hands of the preacher was not sent? Is it likely that great Governor of the universe, allow me, after such a reception the good man should Mr. Editor, to address a few words to the feel either liberty to preach or that affecleaders and principal friends in our con- | tion for his hearers which is so essential to gregations, relative to that class of men | his preaching with comfort to himself or whose cause I am advocating. Recollect, with a probability of his being useful to his my dear friends, that from the number of audience! Add to this, perhaps, he sees preaching-houses and chapels in each cir- | many of the usual hearers absent themselves cuit, if you do not encourage your local rather than hear him. Judge of the painpreachers, you will soon have little or no ful feelings that must agitate the breast of preaching at all. Your travelling preachers this worthy man, thus circunstanced, as he exert themselves in general to the utmost takes his solitary walk home at night, and of their ability, and some of them exhaust ask your own hearts if he is likely to imhealth and strength in your service. Did prove under such depressing circumstances ? you know the very great difficulty a super | He is not; and, doubtless, many useful laintendant has in forming a plan so as to bourers are thus prevented from entering divide the labours of the travelling preach- the vineyard, and others discouraged from ers among the various places, you would, I persevering; and many souls may now be am convinced, abstain from those pressing perishing in ignorance through the chilling applications for the travelling preachers; fastidiousness of some nice-eared critics; which, though proceeding from the best who, because the heavenly bread of life is motives, only contribute to embarrass the not presented to them in such a vehicle as superintendant, and, when known to the they approve of, will not only not taste local brethren, must hurt their feelings. themselves, but do their utmost to prevent
My dear friends, let me beg of you to those from feeding who are not so fashionconsider more attentively than you have able and so nice in their ideas. Ye that do ever yet done, the situation of your local thus are no true Methodists.-J. COLLETT. preachers ; many of them busily employed all the week in the manufactory, warehouse, or behind the counter; stealing from their sleep, their meals, or their domestic enjoy
[Mr. Gilpin's Ministry.] ments, all the time they possibly can, to “Tuis desolation of the congregations prepare for the Sabbath, besides abridging appeared most of all in Northumberland themselves of many of the comforts of life and the parts adjoining which are called that they may purchase a few necessary Kiddesdale, and Tindale. For in these books; and that, on the only day in which quarters especially in that time, the word they can remain at home in the bosom of of God was never heard of to be preached their families, and enjoy domestic peace amongst them but by Mr. Gilpin's ministry. and comfort, in all seasons and all weathers, So that once a yeare it was his custome to they often walk five, ten, or even twenty make a journey amongst them. For which miles, and preach two or three times, re-l purpose he would usually take the opporceiving no other emolument than a little tunity of Christmass holidayes, when in re
spect of frost and snow other men were shall have such a storm of thunder and loth to travell. That time he liked best, lightning, as you never had before since because then there came many holy-days you came into Flanders. I give you a together, and the people would more usu- second sign: as little as any of you expect ally assemble upon the holy-dayes, where any such thing, as little appearance of it as as at other times they neither would come there is now, you shall have a general entogether so easily, nor so often. He gotgagement with the French within three himself a great deale of estimation and re- days. I give you a third sign: I shall be spect amongst this people both by preach- | ordered to advance in the first line. If I ing and by distribution of monies to the am a false prophet, I shall be shot dead at poore in his journey, being sometimes be- the first discharge. But if I am a true nighted before he was aware, and forced to prophet I shall only receive a musket-ball lodge in the snowe all night. In which ex- | in the calf of my leg. At twelve the next tremity, he commanded William Airy, day there was such thunder and lightning who for the most part attended upon him, as they never had in Flanders. On the to trott the horses up and downe, and nei- | third day, contrary to all expectation, was ther to permit them nor himself to stand the general battle of Fontenoy. He was still, whiles he himself, in the meane while ordered to advance in the first line. And did bestirre himselfe sometimes running at the very first discharge, he received a sometimes walking, as not able to stand still musket-ball in the calf of his left leg.' for cold.”—Life of Gilpin.
“And yet all this profited nothing, either for temporal or eternal happiness. When the war was over, he returned to
England; but the story was got before [Story of Jonathan Pyvah.]
him : in consequence of which he was sent “ A LITTLE before the conclusion of the for by the Countess of St-s, and several late war in Flanders, one who came from other persons of quality, who were desirous thence gave us a very strange relation. I to receive so surprising an account from knew not what judgement to form of this, his own mouth. He could not bear so much but waited till John Haime should come honour. It quite turned his brain. In a over, of whose veracity I could no more little time he ran stark mad. And so he doubt, than of his understanding. The continues to this day, living still, as I apaccount he gave was this : Jonathan Pyvah prehend, on Wibsey Moonside, within a few was a member of our society in Flan- miles of Leeds."- Quære? WESLEY, vol. ders. I knew him some years, and knew | 10, p. 163. him to be a man of unblamable character. One day he was summoned to appear before the Board of General Officers. | [Mr. Howel Haris's Family at Trevecca.] One of them said, “What is this which we “During my travels in these parts, I hear of you? we hear you are turned pro- had an opportunity of visiting the late Mr. phet, and that you foretell the downfall of Howel Haris's family at Trevecca; the the bloody House of Bourbon, and the house stands at a little distance from Lady haughty House of Austria. We should be Huntingdon's School, and although it has glad if you were a real prophet, and if your the appearance of a gentleman's seat, yet prophecies came true. But what sign do is a place of great industry. The family you give, to convince us you are so; and consists of about one hundred and twenty that your predictions will come to pass ?' persons; they occupy a farm of four or five He readily answered, “Gentlemen, I give you hundred acres; the women are employed a sign. To-morrow at twelve o'clock, you in making flannels and the men in various
branches of business. They follow the ex- | uniformly; without becoming oppressive to ample of the Primitive Christians in having some or affording laxity to others. In both all things common. They have but one these cases the end is defeated by the very purse, and all eat at the same table, only measure which was instituted to secure it; the men and women are in different rooms. the law becomes tyrannical, and in proporThey are remarkably prudent, industrious, tion as it is thus applied, is manifestly unsober, and temperate; their clothes are very | just."-Doctor COKE. plain, but decent; and the decorum and regularity observed by them is almost inconceivable. They rise every morning at five o'clock, and spend an hour together, in
[Take care of Aged Ministers.] singing, prayer, reading or expounding the “ This forms a new era in the life of a Scriptures. At eight o'clock they break- Methodist preacher, which all other minisfast, and employ the remainder of the hour ters of the Gospel are unacquainted with. in religious exercises, as they do likewise When his strength for labour fails him, he from one to two o'clock, when they dine. no longer draws his support from any cirAt eight o'clock in the evening they assem- | cuit, or society, but is made a supernumeble again and unite in the worship of God, rary, and derives a small assistance for his till ten, when they retire to rest. They future support from a fund to which he have also fellowship meetings. The whole paid, during his health, one guinea per anfamily evince a high degree of the fear of num : (now a guinea and a half.) When in God, and many of them experience a large his regular work, he found a house in every measure of divine peace and happiness.”— circuit, to which he was appointed, ready Z. YEWDALL.
furnished for the accommodation of himself and family; but no sooner does he cease to fill the place, as an effective man, but he
quits his house, and leaves all the furniture, (Question of Public Schools.]
which is the property of the society, to his “ The public schools have their excel. successor. lencies no man can doubt; but that they “ Thus when his head is silvered by age, have their evils also, it would be folly to or his strength gone by affliction, he has to deny. It is deemed a branch of common begin the world again. At that period of politeness to study the appetite in subor- | life, after long arrangements, the successful dination to the health of a person advanced tradesman retires to reap the fruits of his to a state of maturity. But in most public industry. The worn-out servant of God, seminaries rigid discipline predominates in the evening of life, has every thing to over all. Fettered with an inflexible rule provide, and, in some cases, very little to which refuses to bend to any circumstances provide with; and while the minister in the or conditions, except those of imperious establishment, settled in his parish, can call necessity, the governor and governess deem in the aid of a curate when he is no longer it no contemptible virtue to disregard the able to do the duty of his station and yet feelings of such as are committed to their retain his living; and the aged minister care. Tenacious of their rights, pre-esta- over a dissenting congregation, has his asblished usage determines every case. The sistant while he continues to exercise the robust may conform, but the infirm must | pastoral care over his flock; the itinerant, sink beneath the exercise of authority to worn out in the service of his blessed Maswhich their strength is wholly unequal. ter, is placed in circumstances directly opIn every department of life, we behold va- posite to these. riety. No human law can enforce discipline “If I might be allowed to advocate the
cause of such, I would say to the friends of any concern for religion, but as it is a piece itinerancy, look well to your aged minis- of grandeur something above keeping a ters, particularly at the time they are quit- coach ; it looks creditable and great in the ting active service; make it your business eyes of the world; though in such cases he to enquire into their circumstances, that who serves at the Altar, has generally as you may help them. Some of you can call | much contempt and disdain passed upon to recollection that under the word of truth him, as he who serves in the kitchen, spoken by them, you were first convinced though perhaps not in the same way; if of sin ; that to them you made known your any regard be had to him, it is commonly views and feelings; that they directed you such an one as men have for a garment (or the way to God through Christ, and that rather a pair of shoes) which fits them, viz, when they were holding up the ability and to wear him and wear him, till he is worn willingness of Jesus to save sinners, you out, and then to lay him aside. For be the were encouraged to trust in Christ; and grandee he depends upon never so powerful, were saved. Some of your dearest rela- he must not expect that he will do anytives have gone to glory, through their thing for him, till it is scandalous not to do ministry. Have not these a claim on your it. If a first or second-rate living chance to bounty? Forget them not in their old fall in his gift, let not the poor domestick age.”—Quære? WESLEY.
think, either learning, or piety, or long service, a sufficient pretence to it; but let
him consider with himself rather, whether [Painful Treatment of the Christian Mi
he can answer that difficult question, 'Who
was Melchisedeck's father? Or whether in“The Christian Ministry is a trouble stead of grace for grace he can bring gift some and a disgusted institution, and as for gift, for all other qualifications without little regarded by men as they regard their it will be found empty and insignificant."souls, but rather hated as much as they | South, vol. 4. p. 136. love their sins. The Church is every one's prey; and the shepherds are pilled, and polled, and fleeced by none more than | [Unprepared Ministry under the Usurpaby their own flocks. A prophet is sure to
tion.] be without honour not only in his own "It is observed of the Levites, though country, but almost in every one else. I much of their Ministry was only shoulderscarce ever knew any ecclesiastick but was work, that they had yet a very considerable treated with scorn and distance; and the time for preparation. They were conseonly peculiar respect I have observed shewn crated to it, by the Imposition of Hands at such persons in this nation (which yet I the age of five-and-twenty; after which dare say they could willingly enough dis- they employed five years in learning their pense with) is, that sometimes a clergyman office, and then at the thirtieth year of their of an hundred pound a year has the honourage they began their Levitical Ministration; to be taxed equal to a layman of ten thou- / at which time also our Blessed Saviour sand. Even those who pretend most re- began his Ministry. But now under the spect to the Church and churchmen, will Gospel, when our work is ten times greater, yet be found rather to use than to respect (as well as twice ten times more spiritual them; and if at any time they do ought for than theirs was) do we think to furnish them, or give any thing to them, it is not ourselves in half the space ? There was because they are really lovers of the Church, but to serve some turn by being thought 1 A question very hardly solvable by a poor so. As some keep chaplains, not out of | Clergyman, though never so good a divine.
lately a company of men called Tryers, | That the best sermons that were ever read, commissioned by Cromwell, to judge of the were never preached.” — IZAAK WALTON'S abilities of such as were to be admitted by Life. them into the Ministry: Who (forsooth) if any of that Levitical age of thirty, presented [Notion of Jacob Behmen that the Earth is himself to them for their approbation, they
to become transparent as Glass.] commonly rejected him with scorn and dis
“Not that I can believe that wonderful dain ; telling him, that if he had not been lais
| discovery of Jacob Behmen, which many so lukewarm, and good for nothing, he would
eagerly contend for, that the earth itself have been disposed of in the Ministry long
with all its furniture and inhabitants, will before; and they would tell him also, that
then be transparent as glass. There does he was not only of a legal age, but of a
| not seem to be the least foundation for this, legal spirit too; and as for things legal, (by
either in Scripture, or reason. Surely not which we poor mortals, and men of the
in Scripture: I know not one text in the letter, and not of the spirit, understand
Old or New Testament, which affirms any things done according to law) this they
such thing. Certainly it cannot be inferred renounced, and pretended to be many de
from that text in the Revelation, chap. iv. grees above it; for otherwise we may be
v. 6, And before the throne there was a sure, that their great master of misrule
sea of glass, like unto crystal. And yet, if Oliver would never have commissioned them
I mistake not, this is the chief if not the to serve him in that post. And now what
only scripture which has been urged in a kind of Ministry (may we imagine) such
favour of this opinion ! Neither can I conwould have stocked this poor Nation with,
ceive that it has any foundation in reason. in the space of ten years more. But the
It has been warmly alledged that all things truth is, for those, whose divinity was
would be far more beautiful, if they were novelty, it ought to be no wonder, if their
quite transparent. But I cannot apprehend divines were to be novices too ; and since they intended to make their preaching and
this: yea, I apprehend quite the contrary.
Suppose every part of a human body were praying an extemporary work, no wonder
made transparent as crystal, would it apif they were contented also with an extem
pear more beautiful than it does now? porary preparation." — South's Sermons,
Nay, rather, it would shock us above meavol. 4, p. 63.
sure. The surface of the body, in particular.
The human face divine, is undoubtedly, one Dr. Sanderson's Visitation and Assize of the most beautiful objects that can be Sermons.
found under heaven. But could you look
through the rosy cheek, the smooth, fair “ Though they were much esteemed by
forehead, or the rising bosom, and distinctthem that procured and were fit to judge
ly see all that lies within, you would turn them, yet they were the less valued, be
away from it with loathing and horror." — cause he read them which he was forced to do; for though he had an extraordinary
Quære? WESLEY, vol. 9, p. 252. memory (even the art of it) yet he was punished with such an innate, invincible fear and bashfulness, that his memory was
Respecting the King's Recovery. wholly useless, as to the repetition of his “One of the most remarkable answers to sermons, so as he had writ them; which prayer that I ever was a witness of, was at gave occasion to say, when some of them, the time of his majesty's sore affliction, which were first printed and exposed to about fifteen years ago, when I was stacensure, (which was in the year 1632,) | tioned in the Leeds circuit. As I well knew