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For one to experience a little more of this awful enmity against God, would make life unsupportable. I feel it to be so, almost as it is.” How pitiable is the condition to which an irrational and unscriptural system thus reduced its victim. Calvinism is truly as destructive to human peace, as it is of the holy and benevolent character of our beavenly Father. Her “morbid delicacy and tenderness of conscience,” realised, in fact, the hell she dreaded.

Another revulsion of feeling was the consequence. She wandered from the haunts of her race, “abhorred all manner of meat,” gave up reading the Bible, abandoned prayer, feared to fall asleep, and when about to do so, " she would start from her pillow, terror seizing upon her, lest her awakening should be in the place of torment." From this state she again gradually recovered, and resolved to receive the Sacrament, being then about seventeen years of age. She ate, however, the body and drank the blood of the Lord, without realising what she had been anticipating!” Reader, this language is not from a Catholic manual, but from a Protestant work. It is used by one, who can talk, as some of his brethren are wont, of poor deluded Papists.

Her hours of agony were not yet passed. Night after night the voice of her lamentation resounded. Often, at dead of night, had her mother to rise and leave the house, and search for her in the fields, or where she often found her, and that during the depth of winter, careless of any of its storms, weeping and praying in her little garden." At length she is described as resting all her hopes on the Great Physician, and in his ineffable love, finding the consolation she had long so vainly sought.

Mr. Story remarks, “ During the whole of the process which has been briefly detailed, the agency of the Holy Spirit is exclusively apparent." And another divine, Dr. S. is represented as affirming ber's to be an exact exemplification of Effectual Calling, as described in the AssemLly's Catechism.

The remainder of Miss Campbell's life was passed in rapturous emotions, in the happiness which a similar Effectual Calling in the soul of her sister Mary, imparted to her, in receiving numerous visits from those of the like opinions, in earnest strivings for the spiritual regeneration of others. “Language, she felt, could not express her emotions, and latterly they found vent, by using the beauti

ful imagery of the Song of Solomon!” Her bodily pains impaired not her confidence in heaven, and she triumphed amidst all her tribulation. On the 1st Nov. 1827, aged twenty, she expired. “I was with them,” says a young woman, " for two or three days, assisting to make their mournings, and truly I thought them most wonderful people. Instead of mourning, Miss Campbell [Mary] and some of her friends who came to visit her, seemed to be rejoicing in spirit; and I actually heard them say, that they thought it ought to be white, instead of black, that Mary should wear for her.”

When the name of Jesus is mentioned, they are filled with raptures of love, and their love to one another seems to burn with fervency; and, in a word, they seem to be altogether lifted above the world, and to live only for God.”

Such is a short abstract of a Memoir, wbich has been making fearful ravages in this part of the kingdom. There was something so captivating to minds of a peculiar class, in the character of Isabella Campbell, that it is no wonder that others should have been looking for similar agonies as marks of their conversion, and longing for similar raptures as the signs of their acceptance. And if, as Mr. Story affirms, her condition was to be traced to the exclusive agency of the Holy Spirit, and if, as Dr. S. declares, she manifested a perfect instance of Effectual Calling, according to the standards of the Church of Scotland,—then, it is the bounden duty of all who belong to that Establishment, to pray for those agonies and those raptures. · Nay, Mr. Story declares, “What she was, each of you may be. He who bestowed his gifts so liberally upon Isabella, is no respecter of persons; and whatever was admirable in her piety, is to be attained from the same divine source, by you and your children. The stream of his love is continually flowing around the hearts of you all; Oh let not any exclude such a holy felicity, or remain in disquietude and misery, while their joy, like hers, may be full.” And if this be truth, though it be opposed to the doctrines of Election and Reprobation, and even to the statements of the power of the Spirit, and man's incapacity and worthlessness, then, is it time for all who believe in such opinions, to awake from their lethargy, and to seek for salvation.

No one can read the life of Isabella Campbell, without being struck with her simplicity and purity. That she was sincere, is without question. But compassion mingles with admiration, on beholding one so virtuous, deeming herself to be loathsome; and she who had bathed her spirit in the surrounding loveliness, regarding that spirit as a “hell of pollution.” Unnatural must be the system which teaches its disciples to call good evil, and execrable in its tendencies that theology, which causes its votary to rush in affright and aversion from God and from bis works, that in solitude it may be goaded to madness and despair. Well has it been observed in “ The Natural History of Enthusiasm," on the subject of Divine influence, “ The other form of this delusion should excite pity rather than provoke rebuke, and calls for the aid of the physician, more than for the instructions of the theologian. The limits of insanity bave not yet been ascertained, perhaps it has none; and certainly there are facts that favour the belief, that the interval between common weakness of judgment and outrageous madness, is filled up by an insensible gradation of absurdity, no where admitting of a line of absolute separation. Where, for example, sball we pause and separate the sane from the insane, among those who believe themselves to be favoured perpetually with special, particular, and ultra-scriptural revelations from heaven? The most modest enthusiast of this class, and the most daring visionary, stand together on the same ground of outlawry, from common sense and scriptural authority; and though their several offences against truth and sobriety may be of greater or less amount, they must both be dealt with on the same principle; for both bave alike excluded themselves from the benefit of appeal to the only authorities known among the same part of mankind, namely, reason and Scripture. Those who reject both, surrender themselves over to pity and compulsion.” The truth of this passage bas been manifested not alone in the case of the Campbells, but in many who have embraced the views which they professed. It has proceeded to such an excess, as to occasion that paragraph in the Report of the Directors of the Glasgow Lunatic Asylum, recorded and commented on in my fourth paper, pages 250–255, in which are pointed out as “ fruitful causes of insanity,”: “long protracted meditation on abstruse points of religious doctrine, or on prophetic mystery; remorse in highly sensitive minds on account of supposed unpardonable sins;" issuing in “a sudden transition from the

deepest self-abasement to triumphant confidence, with belief in supernatural communications, miraculous gifts, and all the phantasies of an insane mind.”

Nor bas the evil rested there. Mr. Story, in bis Memoir of Isabella, speaks of her sister Mary, as, “from her greater liveliness of fancy and acuter sensibility, more likely to be passionately affected by the composition of the Song” of Solomon, than even her sister. The result has verified the accuracy of the observation. Her “liveliness of fancy and acuter sensibility,” have not contented themselves with tracing descriptions of Christ, and of his love for the Church, in what was originally penned with far different and less hallowed feelings. Mary Campbell has become the Pythoness of the district, and pours forth her rhapsodies as the immediate inspirations of heaven. Nor are the believers confined to the ignorant and illiterate; clergymen and members of the law, merchants and tradespeople, alike are flocking to this standard of the cross, which she and her admirers have reared. She has received the gift of tongues, and the power of working miracles! Nor are these powers confined to herself. The brothers of a family at Port-Glasgow, are also partakers. One of these individuals said to bis sister, who had been confined to her bed twelve months, “ Rise up and walk, your Father has need of your services!" and she did so; and has continued better ever since. Beholding the success of his experiment, he wrote a letter to Miss Mary Campbell of Fernicarry, commanding her also to do the

And so confident was he of his success, that he went to meet her at the steam-boat. Nor did she disappoint his expectations. She was there. These two occurrences were sufficient to establish the claims to inspiration and miraculous agency!

Their gift of tongues is equally firmly maintained and believed, the clergyman exclaiming, “It is written, pray that ye may interpret.” A corresponding alphabet accompanies the gift, the characters of which are not very easily traced; and after application to the learned in this city, it is said that portions have been sent to the orthodox University of Oxford, to determine to which ancient tongue it bears the most resemblance. We give a specimen, premising that the Macdonalds bave both visited India.



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Several individuals, possessed with these ideas, are preparing to leave this country, and are going to meet Christ, either in Palestine or Otaheite! Marý Campbell is allowing her hair to grow, that she may be able with it to wipe the feet of Jesus. Persons have sold their property, in order to embark on this expedition. The lady of a military officer bas subscribed forty pounds, to transport Mary Campbell to the Levant. About £11,000 bave been realised. The whole matter is to be brought before the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, this month.

Such are the current statements of the day, and they altogether present a melancholy and fearful exhibition of mental derangement and presumptuous infatuation. Strange would it be, that such absurdities should gain credence in an age boastful of its light, were not the foundation of those absurdities laid in the Confession of Faith, particularly in its 3d, 6th, 10th, and 18th chapters. The infant mind, early imbued with these mystical and mysterious dogmas, is easily led to erect upon them a superstructure of fanaticism. Let those clergyınen and members of the Establishment who deplore these evils, and whose minds are too enlightened to be held in trammels by formularies enacted in ages of darkness, earnestly strive for their repeal. Let them not, whilst scoffing at these abominations, uphold as the tests of discipleship to their Church, articles, whose direct and legitimate result is the gross and impious fanaticism at which they rail. But if, unmindful of their duty to God and man, they content themselves with ridicule, instead of reformation; let them know, they are accessaries to the mischief they despise; and, that at the door of the Kirk of Scotland, lies the sin of that awful perversion of intellect, which incapacitates alike for the duties of life, and the enjoyment of the mercies of heaven.

And let those who have been emancipated from the thraldom of national bierarchies, feel impelled, in gratitude for that emancipation, to exert every power of their natures, in vindication of the character of God their Father, and in the dissemination of the plain and simple truths of Jesus, his anointed. They are called to stand between the dead and the living, to stay the plague which rages among the people. May they obey the call. Their duty

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