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lity ?-So soon as I hear from you, I shall write again. May Jesus preserve you every where, and fill you with that peace which passeth all understanding. What a letter is this ! I scarcely know what I have been writing; an aching heart, a weeping eye, and a trembling hand, make bad work upon paper. dear friend, blessed be God for Jesus Christ; he can wipe all tears from our eyes-to him I most earnestly recommend you."
Lady Glenorchy having left Taymouth, after spending some time with her mother, went to Bath unaccompanied by Lord Glenorchy. While there, Miss Hill wrote, and expressed her anxiety, lest her spiritual interest should suffer in a place so dangerous to the religion of young persons of rank and fortune.
“June, 1767. ...“ I had the very great pleasure yesterday of receiving your letter ; but in the midst of the joy I feel on the recovery of your health, and the hope of seeing you soon, I grieve exceedingly at the distressed circumstances in which you appear to be, both spiritually and temporally Would to God
could live more by faith on his Eternal Son! O pray, pray without ceasing, that he would give you that spirit of adoption by which you may be enabled to cry, Abba, Father, and so reveal himself to you as to enable you and feel that your sins are blotted out by the reconciling blood of the Lamb, and that you are really engrafted into Christ, the living Vine.
I fear that you are infected with a very legal spirit-nay, your letter assures me that you are so; and instead of living wholly on the finished salvation which is in Jesus, you are looking for some recommendatory qualities in
yourself—tell me, is not this the case ? It is this which bars your access to God, and renders you so dead, dry, and lifeless in duties, and, together with the temptations of Satan, makes you ready to doubt of the love and mercy of God to your soul. It is owing to this also that you are in the dark concerning your interest in Jesus, and all the benefits of his active and passive obedience which are offered to you. I know well how to pity your situation. It is indeed a trying one, but far from desperate, and abundantly more to be desired than that lukewarm security by which millions of souls are destroyed. He who has promised not to break the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax, will in his own good time help, relieve, heal, and comfort the soul that waits on him. May the Lord Jesus look upon you in mercy! may he not lay more upon you than he will enable you to bear! 0
up the light of his countenance upon you, give you strong faith in his merits and promises, a comfortable affiance in him in all your troubles, and the witness of his Spirit with your spirit, that you are. a child of God; and though you now walk in darkness, yet may you trust in the name of the Lord. May he who has in wisdom showed you great and sore troubles, in mercy look down upon you and revive you again, that you may rejoice in him, and have knowledge of his salvation.
“I hope your stay at Bath will be short.-I cannot conclude without beseeching you once more to cast all your care upon the Lord. May you enjoy abundantly the blessed fruits of faith and union with Christ here, till
you go to be ever with him.”
may he lift
In the month of July following, Lady Glenorchy seems to have returned to Taymouth, which, although she could there enjoy but few means of grace, Miss Hill considered as upon the whole a more favourable place for her in a religious point of view, because it exposed her to less temptation. To this effect she writes.
“ July, 1767. “ I trust you will find the advantage of being another year at Taymouth, and that the Lord will more abundantly bless you with the immediate supplies of his grace and Spirit, as you are out of the way of means; for though they are the ordinary method in which he has appointed that he should be found, yet he does not confine himself to them.
I see Satan has thrust sore at you, by endeavouring to draw off your trust and confidence in the Saviour of sinners. These are subtile arts and wiles by which he ever strives to distress the children of God, and he never fails to take advantage when we cease to rely every moment on the arm of Jesus, or suffer the world to catch us in its destructive snares. Our business is, in fact, every instant with Jesus. I would recommend to you to be much in prayer, and attend to the leadings of divine Providence, who, I trust, will make your path of duty clear, not perhaps all at once, but by degrees, so that after you have been exercised with uncertainties for a season, you shall find that he is overruling all to bring about what he has already appointed for you. Commit yourself therefore to him, act so far as he affords you an opening, consult him step by step follow closely the leadings of his providenice. In the Lord's dealings with his people, there are usually a praying time and a waiting time. He often even brings a seeming death upon our hopes and prospects just before he is going to realize them, and thereby we
[Aged 26.] The beautiful and sublime scenery of the wide extended domains of Taymouth, and of the surrounding country, has, for time immemorial, attracted the attention of strangers. Several of the clergy both of England and Scotland were then, as now, frequently to be found among those numerous parties, who, in the summer season, visited this delightful region. Those clergymen whose talents and character were known to, and approved of by Lady Glenorchy, she invited to the castle, and employed in giving family worship, and in preaching on the Lord's Day, after canonical hours, to her household, and to as many of the neighbours as were disposed to attend. She had great pleasure in these occasional exercises of religion ; and to one of these, from which she had derived peculiar satisfaction, Miss Hill refers in the following letter.
September, 1767. " I am very thankful that the Lord has so abundantly blessed Mr M.'s ministry and conversation to you. May the impression dwell long on your heart, but remember, my friend, to look through all means to Jesus, without whose gracious presence every thing will be vain and unprofitable. I often think that your being in your present situation, has proved to you one of the greatest blessings that could have been conferred on you ; since, perhaps, had you swam smoothly down the stream of prosperity, and drank more deeply into the cup of worldly felicity, you had not known Jesus, nor felt the power of his love upon your soul. When we are most easy and happy in things that are seen, the consequence too often is, an hearty acquiescence in present situations, and a total neglect of the things that
are not seen; and the stupifying potion of worldly ease lulls the soul into a profound sleep, and into a fatal forgetfulness of that God and Saviour, whom to know is better than life, and at whose right hand are pleasures for evermore. It is said of Archbishop Usher, who enjoyed much uninterrupted prosperity, that he was on that account under sad apprehensions least God had forsaken him, and given him over to a reprobate mind. He feared, because his heavenly Father spared the rod, that he hated the child.”
Lord Breadalbane's first wife was Lady Amabella Grey, daughter and co-heiress of Henry Duke of Kent. The issue of this marriage was Henry, who died a few weeks after his mother at Copenhagen, where Lord Breadalbane was then in the capacity of ambassador from the British Court, and Jemima, who upon the death of her brother succeeded him under the title of Baroness Lucas of Crudwell, and Marchioness of Grey, and who, a few weeks prior to her father's death, had married the Earl of Hardwicke. With these relations, Lady Glenorchy always lived on the very best terms. Her first visit, however, after her avowed change of mind, must certainly have been very trying, and in some respects even unpleasant. Miss Hill, anticipating these circumstances, wrote her the following letter, in the close of which she gives a very interesting account of the death of Mrs Venn, wife of the late celebrated Rev. Mr Venn of Huddersfield, and author of the Complete Duty of Man.
“ October 10, 1767. “ I fear the meeting with your friends at will be a severe trial to you. I pray earnestly that our merciful Lord may give you strength proportionally