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father, he discharged the duties of his sacred office for the long period of forty-one years, with singular assiduity and fidelity. Possessed of a vigorous and highly cultivated mind, of deep and affectionate piety, and of a lively imagination, all controlled by studious habits and intimate acquaintance with the sacred oracles, his public and private instructions were, in an eminent degree, edifying and interesting. His various publications have met with the approbation of all parties in the Christian world, and are uniformly devoted to the promotion of the best interests of men. Through his valuable writings he, “ though dead, yet speaks, and
will do so, we trust, to "generations yet unborn. Scottish Guardian.qilona
bis bon TO THE READERS OF THE ORTHODOX PRESBYTERIAN,
POLUB CONDUCTED With the present Number we cose the sixth year of our labours. Nor can we do so without noticing some reasons for congratulation and suggesting a few hints for the greater efficiency of our humble publication. We are thankful that God has given as the desire and the opportunity to prosecute our gratuitous labours during so long a period. Little could we have expected, at the outset, to have been continued so long and uninterruptedly in the field of labour; and we do unfeignedly raise our Ebenezer, saying, “ hitherto the Lord hath helped us.” Nor is it a small matter, in our estimation, that we now pursue our labours in circumstances so much more peaceful and congenial to our feelings than those in which we commenced. on Our little work was cradled in a storm. It was needful that some should stand up for the defence of Zion, and with humility, but readiness of mind, we put on our armour. Happily the din of controversy has much subsided, and we are now far more content to lend our aid to the build. ing up of our Zion, and the extension of its boundaries, than to wage perpetual war with the enemy. Instead of polemical violence and debate, it is our purpose and desire to prosecute in peace the instruction of the ignorant, and the edification of the enlightened. We enter afresh on this labour, under the pleasing impression that our periodical may now be said to be established. During the last year there have been evidences of permanence and support, greater than ever before attended iti-At the first there were more subscribers, but the novelty might be expected to pass away with a reduction of these. So it did, and for a time the reduction was considerable ; but for a considerable time its friends and supporters have been growing more numerous, steady, and interested. We trust
pared with what is yet the modelet effected by it is small, com
this is increasing evidence of its usefulness, as well as its ac, any good yet
the same time, we will not conceal that there are many ways in which the publication might be rendered much more effective than it has yet, been. Its subscribersi might be greatly increased. Not more than one-half of the ministers of the Synod receive it. And when the minister ja so neglectful, it is not to be expected that the people will know or care much about it. Surely there is no minister of the Synod who ought not to take it himself and disperse it among his people, while it is the only periodical closely connected with the body. It is far otherwise with publications connected with others bodies no more than it is with the Synod. The contributors to its pages might be greatly increased. For the last few years, the labour of the work has fallen almost exclusively on one individual, and he already more than sufficiently occupied, without it. Many may complain that it is defective, but how much better if they would contribute their aid to improve and advance it. Surely, it is a work in which alle should vupite. It has studiously avoided whatever might be offensive to any members of the Synod, and confined itself to questions of general interest, in which all the (friends of religion and the Synod must feel themselves concerned, and, therefore, it has a claim upon all. We trust this claim will be considered and met more than it has ever yet been. On the whole, the Orthodox Presbyteriap is now confessedly an instrument of no little powery put
into the hands of the Synod of Ulster and the friends of evangelical religion ; it is, therefore, not only a privilege but a duty to beware how we use it or neglect it, and however it may be applauded by some, or opposed by others, we doubt not it will be the means of producing and promoting a revival of religion in the Presbyterian churches, in proportion to the diligence
and fidelity with which it is conducted. Sometime ago, a proposal was made to alter, its form, and the mode of its circulation; but on mature consideration, we have resolved to continue it as hitherto; and we enter upon the labours of the next year, entreating the countenance, and support, and prayers of
all our readers.
* Even in Belfast, the circulation is much more limited than it might he, and, we are persuaded, than it would be, were its claims only a little considered. Such of the inhabitants as do receive and read it, will see that there are peculiar reasons arising out of their connexion with its condactors, which renders it doubly instructive and interesting to them,
END OF VOLUME VI.
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14* 11. SI GUST of you gwo me out in 79,50 6/WHAT stuff b' said my companion, as he tossed over, in a contemptuous manner, the books, mostly of a religious character, that lay upon my table irsi sa
“What stuff! Have you read the new novel by the author of Waverly At There is a treat awaiting you in Moore's new poem. I wonder how you can ever think of reading books such as these, full of dulness and hypocrisy. 0, how I ad* mire the power of thatjauthor who carries this readers along with him, with a bride of interest which trouses them from their prosing lethargy, which makes them kindle at deeds of valour, or weep at the tale of woe.'IdX 1993 do ia irans - Thas did he run ony triumphing with cevident delight, in the satisfaction he derived from his superior discrimination, as he judged it, and his better reading.beAt length he allowed me an opportunity to reply, and it was in nearly the following terms." pie "costanie o 4 lata tot inclined to coineide with you in your ill-judged applause, and your contracted views. Experience, the touchstone oftall opinions, has by this time assured me, that the excellence, for which you are inspired with such enthusiasm, is exercised about mattere purely ideal, seldom or never to be met with in real life, and that your gratuitous assumption of the hypocrisyiland dulness of the writings of religious men, arises from unfounded prejudice, from a strange perversion of tasteland narrow mindedness; limiting your contemplation of man to the things of this world, and leaving out of sight the grand ideatof his immortality. Do not imagine that it is ta were sentimentality, zamere constitutional affection, which gives my thoughts this turn; this would be an impulse no wise differing from yours in kind, but only in direction. If I do not deceive myself, I think I could assign for it many an urgent argument, and the matter
of wonder to me is that by others they are overlooked, or not looked upon in the same light. muralivené
I am this day especially affected with a sense of the importance of these things, for I have just returned from attending the funeral of a young man, whose story, if you will lis. ten to me while I relate it, will perhaps serve to convince you, that I have reason for
my opinions and
tastes. About six months ago, I called upon N. R. the individual I have referred to, at the request of a lady, a collector to a Bible Society. Her acquaintance with him was formed in the following manner. Going the round of the district allotted to her, she one day observed a young man, of an interesting but unkealthy appearance, sitting reading at the door of a house she was visiting :-he frankly entered into conver, sation, and was not slow in this, as in other interviews, to communicate or receive information, as to himself or other matters, which I will anon detail. The book he was reading was the life of Buonaparte; but he was by no means reluctant to profit by other books as well as by conversation. He received with readiness some of those books you despise so much. The sight of one of his eyes had almost entirely failed him, and the other had become weak, so that he readily accepted a new Testament of larger size than his own.
The infirm state of his health, the reading of the Scriptures, and the books he received, as also the conversations of his kind visitor, interested him, and gave him a knowledge of a future world.
My visits to him were for the purpose of obviating the loss he sustained from weakness of sight, by reading to bim from the Scriptures, or other books; an acquaintance was soon formed. At first our conversation was on general topics, as my chief object at that time was to become acquainted with the disposition, the mode of thinking, and the capacity of the yöning man.
The conclusion that I came to was, that his judgment was ready and correct; that though he seemed recently to have begun inquiring into religious matters, he was imbued neither with superstition nor fear.
The topic on which we at that time chiefly conversedy was the Irish insurrection in 1802, at some of the scenes of which'he was présent. Herelated the circumstances attending the barbarous murder of the O'Shea's in Cork, with dis, tinctness and accuracy, and made such remarks as were pertinent and just." He was rather reserved in manner and in conversation ;-- he was not the first to make any remarks upon religious subjects, which may convince you that he was
not borne away by enthusiasm, or any thing else; when they were introduced, however, he joined readily, fell in with that strain of reflection and of speech.
At the time of which I speak, he was in a state of declining health, not however confined to his bed or his room ; his trouble was calculated to excite anxiety, for it had every symptom of consumption ;mstill he indulged hopes of recovery. 5. My object in calling on him was not to gratify my curiosity, but to discharge, so far as was within my humble ability, any office of kindness. Still I learned from this and other visits, somewhat of his history.
He was the child of poor parents; his father had died while he was young, but his place was afterwards, nominally at least, supplied by his mother's marrying a second time; but his step-father was an individual not much disposed, and just as little able, to promote his welfare, either by instruction or example. He was favoured, however, in his youth, to receive what is called a common education; he had been instructed in the truths and duties of religion, and was able to read as well as to write.
His youth was spent in thoughtlessness and folly; in a way. ward disregard of all the kind desires and endeavours of those who felt interested in him; of those habits and acquisitions that would promote his happiness in this life, as well as in another. At the age of seventeen, he had joined the army, in which he spent ħfteen years of his life, during the period of our hottest war. He had been sixteen general engagements, and one of these was at Waterloo. In each of these the work of carnage went on furiously around him, and he was himself every moment exposed to death ; but he never received even a wound. Frequently, however, he made very narrow escapes,-once a ball was shot through his hat,
little higher than his head. While he was in the army, according to his own acknow. ledgment, his life was spent in a manner far from being conformable to the laws of God, and subjected to no restraint. His mind was in a state of almost continual unconcern, engrossed entirely with the pursuit, the pleasures, or the pains of a day; the affairs in which he was occupied, and which hurried him from one country to another, utterly banished from his thoughts, all concern about his happiness in this life or another : he soon became the slave of drunkenness and other vices; in short, he seems to have very nearly accorded with