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never more seasonable than in times sanctification by bis Holy Spirit ; of spiritual trouble. When St. Paul and a hope of glory through his was troubled " with a thorn in the exaltation, are not things indifferent, flesh”-an acute trial no doubt, but should be sought with “ weeping whatever the thing was itself-he and earnest supplication.” We 66 besought the Lord thrice," or must for these “cry day and night" frequently, “ that it might depart unto that “ Lord over all, who is from him." Creature comforts may rich unto all that call upon him.”— be exhausted; circumstances like Above all, we must persevere in our those of Jacob, or Job, or David, application. This spirit also Jacob may surround the believer in Jesus; had received : “ I will not let thee but his God and Saviour does not, go except thou bless me.” And cannot change. “ God is love." it is remarkable how he reminds Jesus, the great High Priest over the Lord of his former promises : the house of God, pleads the cause “ Thou saidst, I will surely do thee of his people, and presents their good.” Abraham, interceding for prayers. He truly sympathizes guilty Sodom on Lot's account, with them in their sorrows. He drops not his suit without obtaining wipes away their tears; and satisfies several renewals of Jehovah's prothem that present afflictions are in- mise. And a daughter of Abraham, deed working together for their wrestling with our incarnate Regood. He shews them what need deemer, seemingly repulsed by him, they have of his chastisements; and reminded that she was an alien promises never to leave nor to form from the Jewish church, would not sake them; and assures them that draw back, but said, “ Yet the all their petitions shall be heard, dogs may eat of the crumbs which accepted, and answered. “Let us fall from their master's table.” Her therefore come boldly to the throne faith, we know, was tried; it was of grace, that we may obtain approved ; it was highly commended. mercy, and find grace to help in Oh, then, distrust not God when time of need."

he does not immediately answer 3. The Christian is instructed your prayers. Despair not at one how to wrestle with his Saviour in failure or two or twenty. If prayer.-A humble mind is of pri- you are truly seeking Jesus and his mary importance-a deep and salvation, despair not at all. He abiding conviction of our own will in due time answer your reweakness. We shall lean most on quests, and enable you to believe Almighty Grace when we feel how that “ blessed are all they who wait weak we are. This spirit Jacob for him,” for “ He hath not said possessed: “I am less than the to the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me least of all the goodness and of all in vain !” the truth which thou hast caused to Lastly. The Christian may here, pass before me.” David also con- by faith, behold the happy end of fesses, “ I was shapen in iniquity.” spiritual conflicts.Could we hear Job exclaims, “ Behold, I am vile;” the patriarch Jacob speak from and St. Paul declares, “ In me, heaven of that happy morning when that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no he wrestled with his Redeemer and good thing."- Earnestness likewise his God on Peniel, methinks it should characterize our prayers. would be in the full spirit of the The blessings sought in prayer are Psalmist's words : “ It is good for all-important. Pardon of sin me that I have been afflicted;" and through Christ's atoning blood ; that was indeed the happiest period justification by faith alone in his of my life. Such will believers spotless righteousness; peace with ever find seasons of special commuGod through his finished work; nion with God. The memory of

these is sevenfold sweeter, because venly light over our benighted souls. they are chiefly enjoyed in the time This Angel of the Covenant will of distress. - The end of these redeem us from all our troubles and things is peace ;” and “ tribulation iniquities, administer to us " an worketh patience" under Jehovah's abundant entrance into the kingwill. By these we are brought dom" of our Father, and “ present nearer to God, and nearer to the us faultless before the presence of mercy-seat; and after the night of his glory," that we may for ever our affliction, the day of comfort adore and love and praise the name and joy will come, and the Sun of of the Lord. Righteousness will diffuse his hea

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SUPERSTITION OF THE IRISH ROMAN CATHOLICS... We have been favoured with the I know nothing of it; but I believe following extract of a letter from I could prove that priests anoint Ireland, addressed to the London persons, who are insensible, or even Hibernian Society, in reference to dead, providing the warmth is still Mr. O'Connell's confident assertion in the body. that the Rev.Mr.M'Neile hadgrossly “ In Parliament, reporters attrislandered the Roman Catholic clergy bute (falsely of course) the most of Ireland, by stating that they were unprincipled statements to certain in the habit of giving out charms persons. You may remember, a for various diseases, and in particu- session or two since, that a Mr. lar for the tooth-ache.

Brownlow, then supposed to be a

representative of Protestant feeling, “ I fear it will be long before the presented a petition from certain English public in general will know Protestants of Armagh against Jeenough of Irish affairs and the spirit suit societies or establishments in of Popery, and of its Protestant Ireland and England. Either Sir abettors, to set a proper value on John Newport or Sir H. Parnell, the daring confidence with which along with Mr. Spring Rice, were the most notorious falsehoods will stated to have branded the petition be advanced; a confidence ground- as bigoted and false, inasmuch as ed on the unavoidable ignorance of there were not any Jesuits in Irethe English on such subjects, and land. It was then notorious, to every the wilful ignorance of Irish gentry person interested on such subjects, who are too liberal, or genteel, or that Jesuits were in Ireland; and this profligate, to look to the working of is now admitted, in O'Connell's, and Popery among the middle and lower Doyle's evidence before the Com classes here. It is a notorious fact, mittees. You may couple with the that the Irish Popish priests have above the evidence of Colonel Rochfrequently been in the habit of sell- fort, shewing that Doyle ordered the ing or giving charms for diseases. priests to promote the return of one The seculars are now more cautious; of the above persons to Parliament. but I believe it would be easy to “ If any person had complained, prove it respecting regulars up to three years since, that Irish priests this day. I know many ignorant professed to work miracles, there Protestants and Presbyterians who would have been men, in and out of have been turned to Popery by ima- Parliament, to deny it boldly; Hogined cures of epilepsy by Popish henlohe and Doyle, &c. have set priests, secular and regular. “As that at rest.” to flogging a grave, or dead body,


For thou wert born of woman! thoù didst come,
O Holiest! to this world of sin and gloom,

Not in thy dread omnipotent array;
And not by thunders strew'd was thy tempestuous road;
Nor indignation burnt before thee on thy way.

But thee, a soft and naked child,

Thy mother undefild,
In the rude manger laid to rest,

From off her virgin breast.
The heavens were not commanded to prepare
A gorgeous canopy of golden air :

Nor stoop'd their lamps th' enthroned fires on high :
A single silent star came wandering from afar,
Gliding uncheck'd and calm along the liquid sky;

The eastern sages leading on

As at a kingly throne,
To lay their gold and odours sweet

Before thy infant feet.
The earth and ocean were not hush'd to hear
Bright harmony from every starry sphere;

Nor at thy presence brake the voice of song
From all the cherub choirs; and seraph's burning lyres
Pour'd through the host of heaven the charmed clouds along ;

One angel troop the strain began :

Of all the race of man
By simple shepherds heard alone,

That soft Hosanna's tone.
And when thou didst depart, no car of flame
To bear thee hence in lambent radiance came;

Nor visible angels mourn'd with drooping plumes : :
Nor didst thou mount on high from fatal Calvary
With all thine own redeem'd outbursting from their tombs.

For thou didst bear away from earth

But one of human birth,
The dying felon by thy side, to be

In Paradise with thee.
Nor o'er thy cross the clouds of vengeance brake;
A little while the conscious earth did shake

At that foul deed by her fierce children done ;
A few dim hours of day the world in darkness lay ;
Then bask'd in bright repose beneath the cloudless sun :

While thou didst sleep beneath the tomb,

Consenting to thy doom:
Ere yet the white-rob’d angel shone

Upon the sealed stone.
And when thou didst arise, thou didst not stand
With devastation in thy red right hand,

Plaguing the guilty city's murtherous crew;
But thou didst haste to meet thy mother's coming feet,
And bear the words of peace unto the faithful few.

Then calmly, slowly didst thou rise

Into thy native skies,
Thy human form dissolved on high
In its own radiancy.


REVIEW OF BOOKS. Memoirs of the Wesley Family; among the members of the society;

collected principally from original and those who have it in their Documents. By Adam Clarke, power, understand very well that it

LL.D. London. Pp. xviii. and is expected of them to become · 543.

. purchasers. The Life of the Rev. John Wesley, This system owed its origin to

A.M. in which are included the the desire of Mr. Wesley to provide Life of his Brother, the Rev. for his preachers a selection of Charles Wesley, A.M. and Me- works on the most useful topics; moirs of their family. By the and it has since been continued Rev. Henry Moore. 2 vols. and regulated as an important 1824. Pp. xiv., and 571, and measure of finance, by which the viii. and 578. .

temporal interests of the society The Wesleyan Methodist Magazine have been promoted. How far it

for July and August, 1825. conduces to the literary or spiritual THE system adopted by the Me- improvement, may admit of dis. thodist body, with respect to their cussion. Its tendency doubtless publications, has been productive has been to exclude many improper of consequences which most pro- and injurious publications from obbably never entered into the con- taining admission into the Methodist templation of Mr. Wesley, and societies, and to employ the surplus which are but imperfectly under- money and the spare time of the stood either by the Methodists majority of the members in circuthemselves or the public at large. lating and perusing authorized and Authors in other denominations attested publications. prepare their different works, and A less favourable effect, however, publish them through the usual has been the confining of the medium of the booksellers; occa- literature of the Methodists within sionally promoting their sale by very narrow and scanty limits. The applications to private friends for Methodist system of class meetings, subscriptions, &c. The sale, there- prayer meetings, &c. is more calfore, of their productions, depends culated to produce a talkative principally on the character of the than a studious and contemplative author, the intrinsic merit of his religion ; and tends very much to work, or some accidental and ad- occupy the time which might be ventitious circumstance: nor does devoted to reading, and to indispose there appear any regular system by the mind for what many consider which that sale can be materially as a somewhat dull employment, promoted. The Methodist plan is When, therefore, the choice of widely different. The works written books is confined to a series pro, by their preachers, &c. and adopted vided according to one pattern, by the proper authorities, are regu, and rigidly pared down to the same larly issued from their book-room standard, it is not surprising if the to the different circuits. The student is soon satiated, and if the net profits of these publications members of the Methodist society form a considerable source of in- should possess less information, on come, and are appropriated to either literary or theological subcertain determined and approved jects, than is generally to be found objects; and, in consequence, it in pious individuals of the same becomes a part of the duty of their rank in life in other denominations, preachers, or other agents, to pro- And, consequently, when any inmote, as far as may appear prac- dividual of a more studious dispo.. ticable, the sale of these publications siţion, or with more favourable SEPT. 1825.

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opportunities, advances beyond the Among other curious circumprescribed limits, he is very apt to be stances, Dr. C. has inserted a long regarded as somewhat of a literary account of certain extraordinary or theological prodigy, when, per- noises, &c. which disturbed the inadventure, his real attainments are habitants of the Rectory at Epnot deserving of any very extraor- worth, in December and January dinary distinction. Hence certain 1716, and which have by many of the Methodist preachers and been regarded as supernatural. We writers are spoken of in the most suspect, however, that the real exalted terms, whose productions mystery is developed in the followobtain very little attention among ing extract; since, if an individual persons of other denominations, and could obtain ingress into an old would have been long since for- parsonage by some unknown means, gotten, had they not appeared in the he might disturb the peace of the Methodist connection. This, in- family with very little danger of dedeed, would be a small matter, were tection. it not accompanied with another This is the latest information I have résult. The flatteries received by

ceived by concerning Jeffrey and his operations. It some of these individuals, from the seems he came to Emily to give incrowd with which they are sur- timations of approaching afflictions or rounded, have so exalted them evils, just as Socrates informs us his above measure, as to produce a high

dæmon was accustomed to apprize him

of any evils that were about to happen. degree of irritability; and have led But who was this dæmon ? and what them to speak and write, concern was the cause of his troubling this family? ing those from whom they may

. We find that for a considerable time

ay all the family believed it to be a trick : differ in opinion, with a degree of but at last they were all satisfied it was petulance, peevishness, and acri. something supernatural. Some supposed mony, very inconsistent with Chris- it was a dæmon, others that the whole tian charity.

was the effect of witchcraft. Mr. John · These hints may for the present

Wesley believed that it was a messenger

present of Satan sent to buffet his father for his suffice. They have been not unna- rash promise of leaving his family, and turally suggested to our minds by very improper conduct to his wife in conthe publications before us, which we sequence of her scruple to pray for the shall proceed to notice in their order.

Prince of Orange as King of England; to

in their order. which title she fully believed he had no The first is the Memoirs of the legal nor constitutional right. On which Wesley Family by Dr. Clarke. This we find that he left her for a year, to the contains brief narratives of all the neglect both of his family and his church. individuals of that family, as far as

That God should have resented this rash

conduct is not to be wondered at: but they can be traced, beginning with whether Jeffrey was the instrument of the Rev. Bartholomew Wesley chastisement will be a question with many; Rector of Catherstone in 1650. With others, the house was considered but the larger part of the volume is

as haunted. For this I have heard a

me 15 - reason assigned, which I shall introduce, occupied with the lives of Mr. because it has been stated to me by reWesley's father and mother; and spectable authority as a fact. the whole is lengthened out with The family having retired one evening poems, letters, &c. which are far

rather earlier than usual, one of the maids,

are tar who was finishing her work in the backfrom being generally interesting. kitchen, heard a noise, and presently saw A considerable mass of documents a man working himself through a trough is, however, here collected, which

which communicated between the sinkà more skilful biographer may turn

stone within, and the cistern on the out

side of the house. Astonished and terto good account; and, accordingly, rified beyond measure, she in a sort of we observe that Mr. Moore has, in desperation, seized the cleaver, which lay about 100 pages, comprised almost on the sink-stone, and gave him a violent, every thing of importance in the

and probably a mortal blow on the head;

she then uttered a dismál shriek, and fell 540 pages of Dri Clarke.

senseless on the floor. Mr. Wesley being

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