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Still do you hesitate ! When the terrors of meek and lowly), and ye shall find rest, not only the Lord have driven you so far from hell, that from fear of punishment, but from sinning, which you are come closer to the gate of heaven, can causes that fear.” “ Unto you, God having raised you not find courage to knock, though this be up His Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, with written there, with the very sun-beam of God's rest and peace in this life and the future, hy grace,
" To him that knocketh it shall be turning away every one of you from his iniquiopened.” And though He stands and invites you, ties." For the Son of God hath come even from beseeches you by his incarnation and all his humi- heaven, and assumed the form of man, to take us liation, by his life of sorrows, by his temptations, by the hand, and keep us out of this slough of by his hunger and thirst, by his mockeries and iniquity. He comes to give us power to become bloody sweat, by his agony, his crown of thorns, sons of God; He takes away the slavery to evil his wounds, his cross, his grace, by his passion, passions, and the badges of it, giving us the liberand all his love stronger than death,—by his many ty, the name, the station, the privileges, the spirit sighs, his many tears and many prayers, oh, when of the sons of God, and the sure hope of the eterHe who endured them all, beseeches you by all nal inheritance which is reserved in heaven for these, is it obstinacy, is it blindness, or is it that us, who “ are heirs of God, and joint heirs with disbelief which makes Him a liar, that hinders you Christ,” and are “ kept by His mighty power coming and finding that rest, which the Prince through faith unto salvation.” Seek then to of Peace alone can give, and which is the fore- know Christ in the saving power of His cross. taste of that rest " which remaineth for the peo- By it be ye crucified unto the world, and let the ple of God?” You are heavy laden with guilt. world be crucified unto you.” Seek to have “the Scared with visions of punishment, the terrors body, laden with fleshly sins," nailed to the tree of wrath take hold upon you, and your frighted whereon Christ made expiation for the sins of conscience cries out, « Oh, how shall I appear ?" the world; thus shall you know Him in the fellowLet the word of God be heard. “ Through this ship of his sufferings,” thus shall your old man be Man is preached unto you the forgiveness of destroyed, that you should not serve sin ; thus, sins.” “ There is, therefore, now no condemna- having with the apostle cried out, “ Oh wretched tion to them that are in Christ Jesus, (even to man that I am, who shall deliver me,” you will them that believe on his name), who walk not af- with him exclaim, “ Thanks be to God that give ter the flesh, but after the Spirit.” “ Therefore, eth us the victory,” a present and real conquest being justified by faith, we have peace with God, over sin, through Jesus Christ. Love is stronger through Jesus Christ our Lord.” . And if you ask than all chains, more powerful than all reasons, Jesus Christ, whether He will or can pardon and arguments, inducements, and the cross is theredeliver you, he will answer as he did to a certain fore the power of God for saving men; because half faithless man, “If thou canst believe, all things therein God commendeth his love to us, even (promised) are possible to him that believeth." when we were yet sinners, and the cross is thus
But perhaps, the service of sin is your plague. the mightiest instrument of salvation, because it You are groaning like the Israelites under the is the strongest argument of God's love to us. Egyptian task-masters, and crying out with St. Oh may
the love of God subdue us, Oh
the Paul, “ 0, wretched man that I am, who shall love of Christ constrain us, to love Him who first deliver me from the body of this death !” It is loved us, and to secure that belief, that peace, no wonder the sinner groans, when his eyes are that rest which consists in being so actuated, peropened to know good and evil, for he there dis- vaded, filled with love, as not to live to ourselves, covers, that he is an abused slave of a tyrant, who but to Him that died for us and rose again. And repays his labour with more labour, and moreover, so may the Holy Spirit of God, who is the comchastises him with scorpions. How can he en- forter, and whom the Lord sent from the Father, joy any rest, who is under the dominion of evil to secure and increase that peace which He bepassions, tempers, habits ? As impossible as to queathed to his disciples, fill us with all joy and have quietness in the midst of a battle, or to be peace in believing, that the rest which we seek, we cool among flames of fire. Anger, envy, pride, may find and enjoy, now and through eternal ages. lust, ambition, avarice, will suffer those in whom He that committeth sin, is the slave of sin." they reign to have rest, when they change their “ If the Son shall make you free ye shall be free nature and cease to be evil. For this burden, indeed.” Jesus Christ prescribes the same remedy as for Now, to the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, one the former, “ Come unto me, learn of me, take eternal God, be honour and glory, for ever: Amen. my yoke upon you ;" for this yoke, our Master, whose name be blessed for ever, bath made his
A WALK TO CALVARY.
PART I. own, in that He himself condescended to bear it for our instruction and encouragement. He was
BY THE Rev. MARCUS Dods, not like the Pharisees, who laid heavy burdens Minister of the Scotch Church, Belford. and grievous, on other mens' shoulders, but could Let us take a walk to Calvary, where three crosses not themselves touch them with one of their display the last earthly agonies of three persons. Wc tingers. Oh no, “take my yoke, which I not shall not at present direct our attention to the middle only impose on others, but bear myself; (I am cross, and Him who hangs upon it, for this would en
But she sees,
gage us in the consideration of the ancient prophecies The one has had her heart torn by the course which which were there fulfilled,-in unfolding the revelations she had seen her son follow, after having taken all pains of the divine character which were there made,—and to instil into bis young mind a sense of his duty to in tracing the privileges, the duties, and the hopes which God and to man,-after all her instructions, and all her flow from thence to the fallen sons and daughters of prayers; and now it is torn by seeing him perishing by men. We shall turn our view, therefore, for the pre- a painful and shameful death. Probably she had often sent, to a subordinate, but by no means uninstructive besought him, with all a mother's love, and a mother's portion of the scene.
tears, to remember the instructions of his youth. But Let us look to the two thieves. The first thing that in vain. She sees bim brought to a premature end by strikes us here is, that two men may be associates in his crimes, and she feels like a mother. guilt, and may be brought into condemnation for the too, that the misery of his fate has awakened all those same crime, and yet may be men of very different cha- principles which his guilty career had weakened, but
These two thieves were condemned for the had not extinguished. The trial which unfolds to the same crime, and it is distinctly admitted that their con- world his guilt, the fatal sentence in which it termidemnation was just. Yet it is clear that there was a nates, and the awful scene which carries that sentence very wide difference between the men. The one seems into execution, all wring even to bursting a mother's to be completely hardened in guilt, suffering, as he is, breast, and make her wish she had never been a mother. all the pain and the infamy which he had brought upon
But then she has much consolation. She can aphimself by his guilt, he yet feels no compunction what-peal to God that her son has not been lost for want
He is only anxious to escape from his punish- of careful instruction. She has done her duty; and ment; while, at the same time, he manifests a disposi- that, in every situation, is a gratification of the highest tion just to plunge again into a fresh course of iniquity. kind. But this is not all. She sees that her son's He has apparently no fear of a judgment to come, but sufferings have revived, in all their strength, those prinjoins in the scoffs which the persecutors of the Lord ciples of piety which she had early taught him, but were uttering against Him. He dies while his heart is which bis intercourse with the guilty had for a time yet burning with all that intensity of passion which had stifled. She hears him reverting now to those Scripurged him on to the commission of those crimes that tures in which she had early instructed him, and earbad brought him to this fearful end.
nestly calling on that Saviour to whom all the prophets The other, on the contrary, seems to be impressed bore witness, and whose coming had long been the with a very proper sense of the awfulness of his situa- prayer and the hope of the pious in Israel. His cross tion. He looks not on his executioners with the in- has accomplished what her remonstrances had been dignant ferocity of an untamed savage, but acknowledges unable to accomplish. It humbles him in the dust that his punishment is just. He looks not forward to under a proper sense of his guilt,-brings him back to futurity with reckless disregard; for he feels that when his God, and she retires, sorrowing, it is true_deeply his crimes against society have been expiated on the sorrowing, but still richly consoled with the assurance, cross, he must appear before another tribunal, when that if her son has perished in blood, yet he has been the sufferings which he has endured, however painful, recalled to a feeling of genuine repentance; and that can form no expiation, and when he needs the interest now, she could meet him in judgment, with all the joy of a powerful advocate. He feels all the impropriety of a mother who could say, “ This my son was dead, of his associate's sentiments and conduct, rebukes him and is alive again ; was lost, and has been found.” for them, and turning to his other fellow-sufferer, makes When she thought of her son's agonies, she would this request, “ Lord, remember me when thou comest think also of the blessed result in which they had issued, into thy kingdom."
-when she mourned over his errors, she would be What instruction either of these men had received, consoled by the recollection of his dying prayer,—when we are not informed, but it is certain that there must she thought of the pain and the infamy of the circumhave been a cause for the very remarkable difference stances in which she had parted with him, she would in their characters; and that, too, a cause not springing also think of the happy and glorious meeting with him up at the moment when its effect became apparent, but there, where guilt and sorrow are no more. Yes, she a cause which must have been of long standing, and is a mourning, but still a happy mother. must have been in active operation at the time when Let us look now for a little to the mother of the the principles which distinguished their characters were other criminal. The view is too painful to be dwelt first formed. In short, it is obvious, that as in their upon. She sees the sufferings of the son for whom she riper years they had been associates in crime, the dis- had felt all that foolish fondness which made her spoil tinguishing features of their characters must have been him by fatal indulgence. She sees him perish like a impressed in childhood. The one had evidently had wild beast which gnaws its chain in its agonies; and good principles instilled into him in childhood ; for it she justly recognises in this the work of her own hands. is absurd to suppose that they sprung into being all at His sufferings serve only to exasperate his ferocity. once on the cross. The other, apparently, had never They cannot awaken in his breast any dormant princireceived any instructions whatever.
ples of early piety, for no such principles has she ever This scene then may afford a most instructive and attempted to plant there. She sees him perish in all impressive lesson to parents. The mother of Jesus was the exasperation of rage against those who have brought there; and we may, without any violence, suppose the him to punishment, but utterly insensible to the guilt mothers of the other two sufferers to have been there of his crimes. She retires from the bitter scene, but also. Let us consider the different feelings with which not with any feeling of consolation. She retires only they would conteinplate the death of their offspring. to brood in secret over the melancholy recollection of
her own want of real love to her child, and over the template them without alarm ; and thus composedly fearful anticipation of meeting him in judgment, and of we descend into the grave without one serious thought hearing him accuse the author of his being, as the guilty of that judgment to which we are hastening. If such
be the sinner's death, where can be his repentance ? cause of all his crimes and all his sufferings.
There may be anxiety, there may be fear-deep anxie. Being bound to economize our space, we shall occupy ty, trembling fear—without one emotion of godly grief; little of it, in pointing out to parents the important les but there can be no true contrition without something sons which result from the scene we have been placing of anxious and fearful thought. And the careless sin. before them, and which they can hardly fail to draw ner is deceiving himself, not only in counting on dying for themselves. We shall therefore do no more than repentance and faith, but in counting on death-bed simply request them to think of the deep responsibility awakening or alarm. If he is anxious now, be may
reckon indeed on being anxious then, whether penitent that rests upon them, and press upon their attention
or not; but if he is careless now, he may reckon, not the two following remarks :
indeed with certainty, but with strong probability, on First, That in this land of Bibles, no man can perish being then equally devoid of care and fear. through ignorance, without somebody, and especially Eighteen months have not yet elapsed since the fishparents, being guilty of his blood.
ing village of was visited with cholera, a disease Second, That neither the care of parents towards which more than almost any other seems to suffer the their children, nor their neglect of them, can fail, sooner
mental faculties to continue in full operation. One of
the victims was remarkable for his bodily strength, and or later, to produce its proper fruit, and to meet its
not less remarkable for having lived alike fearless of due reward.
God, and regardless of man. In a state of society We propose, next week, to return to the same scene, where right is frequently measured by force, he was a which is still rich in important instruction.
man not lightly to be accounted of, possessing as he did
muscular powers above all his comrades, many of DEATH-BED SCENES.
whom might have been reckoned men of might. His No. II.
strength, however, was but that of the savage, una
dorned by any ennobling qualities of mind. Even As men live, so do men die. We are often warned
courage did not characterise him. It was neither his against relying on a death-bed repentance, by the un- skill nor his prowess in combat, that his companions questionable fact, that such repentance is rarely found feared to encounter; but they shrunk from the grasp to have been genuine where we have the means of of his mighty hand, with which, if he once seized testing its sincerity by the unexpected recovery of the them, they had no chance to contend. His slouching apparent penitent: returning life usually bringing along gait, 'and the sideward and downcast glancing of his with it a fatal return to vanity or to vice. This consi- eye, with which he seemed afraid to meet you full in deration ought to prove alarming to those who are the face, pourtrayed his mental features. In a word, living secure in present impenitence, and comforting as his bodily strength was compared to the tiger's, so themselves with the expectation of repenting before were also his inward dispositions : cruel, cunning, they are summoned into judgment. But they have cowardly, fierce, dogged, revengeful, untractable. He the reply, that late repentance is not necessarily insin
was formidable to all, but chiefly to his friends; and cere, and some may even suppose that the sorrowing some idea both of his superior strength and savage fe. sinner would then have been fit to die, although the rocity may be gathered from the circumstance, that result has proved that he was not fit to live. There when at one period of his last illness hopes were enis, however, another truth with which the careless tertained of his recovery, his nearest relatives did not must be plied, more alarming than the mere insincerity hesitate openly to express their regret.
He possessof dying contrition ; a truth more frequently overlooked resolution and firmness of purpose, which might ed, and which, when stated, sounds more harshly in have been available for much good, had they beca their ears, and is more ready to startle them into directed to worthy objects. On one occasion, when thought. It is, not simply that death-bed repentance I pressed on him the necessity of his making a decidis rarely sincere, but that such repentance, whether ed effort against intemperance, to which he was a sincere or insincere, rarely occurs. If we except the slave, he told me that he had once abstained from children of God, and along with them those who have every thing stronger than water, during a period of been habitually more or less anxious about their souls' six weeks. I was curious to know his reason for salvation, we believe we may safely conclude that such self-denial, and to my question on this point the death, when it has fairly drawn near, seldom awakens reply was most characteristic of the man, “ Just beeven anxiety in the minds of men ; and that the at- cause I took it into my head;" and acting according to tendants on the dying bed are usually more solemn, the same rule, when he took it into his head again, he more sorrowful, and more afraid, than is the dying man returned to his former habits. His intemperance, himself. We are aware that death, at its first approach, however, had neither impaired his constitution, for almost always produces a transient alarm, as in the malt liquor formed his principal beverage ; nor wasted threatening or commencement of deadly disease ; and his little patrimony, for he was laborious, and spent that where the final stroke is sudden and instantaneous,
no more than bis daily earnings. Another and rather as when life is forfeited to the laws of the country, this annoying instance of his self-will and firmness of pur, alarm may frequently continue to the last.
But in pose I encountered in reference to the Sabbath. I most other cases, whenever the work of death com- was endeavouring to impress the fishermen with a sense mences, the fear of death ceases. The culprit trem- of the impropriety of casting their herring-nets on the bles for a moment, and resists the grasp of the officer day of rest, and to obtain their consent to refrain from of justice; but when he finds resistance vain, he walks the practice in future. Many earnestly desired the requietly along, and even enters into friendly colloquy formation, and all seemed willing to comply; only they with the man who is conducting him to the judge. And wished that it should be matter of general agreement just so we tremble for an hour, and struggle with death, and compact. Having succeeded thus far, I entertaintill finding that he has indeed laid his hand upon us, ed little doybt of carrying the measure; there being and that we cannot escape, we coolly yield to his sum- usually such a feeling of union amongst them, that a mons; we gradually become acquainted with his fea- small minority was almost sure to accede to the wisbes tures, which seemed strange at first, and learn to con- of the majority. The person we have been describing bap
pened to be at sea at the time, but being anxious to have necessary in recovering from so severe a disease ; and the point settled, I waited for his landing, and after talk- he was too self-willed besides, to think of obeying the ing over some other matters, told him that the desire on prescriptions of the physician, except, at least, in his the subject was general, and the consent hitherto unani- own presence. As gently as they could they pressed mous, and that it only required his concurrence to have the on him the importance of complying with the orders arrangement completed. He answered very coolly, and that had been given him. He bore their remonstrances for him very civilly, “ They may all do as they please, for a little, but it was more than could well be expectbut if there is anything to be got, you may depended that he should bear them long, coming, as they did, upon it I'll go off on Sabbath.” Not without bitter- from men whose wishes he was not wont to gratify. ness of spirit I learned at his lips the meaning of the At length he broke out into passion, got hold of a knite, proverb, “ One sinner destroyeth much good." The and, with oaths and curses, swore that he would stab Sabbath indeed to him, when not a day of work, was them if they offered any further interference. This was but the rest of the drunkard, for during many years he the last act he essayed to do, and these the last words he had never entered the house of God-except, how- uttered; or if he spoke any more it was in grudged and ever, that on a few occasions he might have been pre- monosyllabic replies to the physician's enquiries, and sent at our evening meeting. His conduct in this re- these were the latest spontaneous effusions of his heart. spect he did not defend on general principles, or con- Self-will, impiety, revenge, formed the leading features tend that there was no obligation to frequent the place of his character in life; the apparent cause of his death of prayer; but in his own individual case he held him- was his own wilfulness, and his dying words were exself amply justitied. The officiating clerk of the pressions of blasphemy against God, and of hatred tochurch was his cousin-german; and for any one to be- ward brother and friend. long to the circle of his kindred, was in itself sufficient Even his iron frame could not long endure the to mark him out as an enemy; but to him personally, treatment to which, by his stubborn heedlessness, it over and above the common enmity of kinsmanship, was now subjected, and his strength speedily sunk. I he bore a grudge peculiarly bitter. So situated, and visited him the following morning, and found him supconsidering that it was impossible for him to enter porting bimself on his hands and knees, tossing and church without seeing that man whose presence could rolling about, and growling with pain and rage. He not but most keenly excite his spleen, he looked on had said with Sampson, “I will arise and shake myself;" his attending as out of the question; and, moreover, but he wist not that the great strength wherein he trustas he had resolved never to suffer his hatred to be ed was gone; and when he found that he was weak as lulled asleep, he had determined, that during the life other men, he seemed mortified and mad at the distime of his cousin, he should not set his foot within covery. The utterance of his feelings was like nothing the house of God.
I had ever heard—like nothing human, but rather the When cholera began to prevail in the village, and he growling of some savage beast ; and it sounded not so saw neighbour and companion cut down, one after an- much like the expression of agony, as of anger and vexother, he seemed to be panic-struck, and trembled for ation. If he might have been likened to a tiger before, himself. He was soon seized, however, and there was in ferocity and strength, it was impossible to see him manifested no more anxiety or thought of death. He now without imagining a tiger chained and wounded. was more favoured than many others, in having several The Almighty had pierced his frame with a dart wbich days to prepare for his danger ; but although I conversed he could not pluck out, and bound him with a secret with him two or three times a-day, on his state and fetter which he could not break; the wound was gallprospects, I could not perceive the slightest awakening ing him sore, and he murmured and bit the chain. It of desire for the salvation of his soul. He appeared to was vain now to ask any one to help him ; not a creaknow his danger, and “ went as an ox to the slaughter, ture would enter the dwelling, and the wretched family or as a fool to the correction of the stocks." There was left alone; the father and mother were both given was something of unusual and awful interest in seeing up as hopeless, and the children sat watching the dreadthe King of Terrors make his assault on such a man, in ful progress of the scene. In making the last round of the prime of his life, and the fulness of his strength. the patients with the surgeon at night, we found the And it almost seemed for a while as if Death bad mis- boy and girl both fast asleep on the hearth, worn out taken his victim, and attacked one whom for the pre. with watching, and fear, and sorrow. It seemed need sent he could not overpower. The malady was viru-less and cruel to awake them ; we left the children to lent, and even his might appeared to have sunk beneath sleep, and the parents to die. it ; but under seeming weakness there was latent vigour. Meanwhile the necessity of providing sick-nurses had At a stage of the disease which is usually characterised become increasingly urgent; the nearest town at which by the complete prostration of strength, his wife, who they could be procured was twelve miles distant; and attended him, was suddenly seized, and sunk helpless ill as I could spare the time, I determined to set out for on the floor. He sprang up immediately, caught and them on the following morning. Before starting I recarried her in his arins, laid her on another bed, and visited the patient, and with mingled feelings of peace then, exhausted by the effort, threw himself back on and awe, I contemplated a different scene. The statue his own! At length the medical attendant pronounced of an ancient warrior seemed reposing before me. The the disease overcome, and said that nothing but atten- sufferer having apparently put forth an effort which he tion was requisite to ensure his recovery. But who was could not repeat, had thrown himself on his back, and to pay him that attention? In the midst of numerous stretched to the uttermost every limb and muscle of his relatives, some of whom expressed their sorrow at his athletic frame. The height of his figure, and bis amazapprehended restoration, he had not a single friend. ing muscular power, which had both been partially conHis eidest son and daughter, of thirteen and fourteen cealed by his habitual slouch, were now fully develop, years of age, were in the house ; but even had their ed. His head, covered with dark bushy hair, he had years been less tender, they could not have waited night thrown quite back upon the pillow, he had uncovered and day on both father and mother. After much per- his neck and breast, and from side to side of the couch suasion, one of his brothers, who was himself, alas ! | bad stretched, to their full length, his powerful arms. soon to be numbered with the dead, together with a There was awful grandeur in the spectacle. I stood companion, was prevailed on to sit up with him for one over him and gazed with wonder, as he lay motionles: night ; and there was certainly kindness in the deed, the model of Herculean strength. How is the terrible. but how did he requite it ? He had never known what one brought low! How has the oppressor ceased! Is sickness was, and could ill conceive the care that was this the man that made the people tremble! The vital spark was not yet extinguished, but the struggle was ness." Still the faithful missionary persevered, travellover, and in so far as regards this world, “ the wicked ing from one Indian town to another, with great fatigue, had ceased from troubling, and the weary was at rest." visiting the Indians daily in their huts, shewing them I returned in the evening with two sick-nurses, and their guilt and their depravity, and extolling the excelfinding that our physician, who for several weeks had lency of Christ. No one would receive him to lodge rarely enjoyed two or three hours of unbroken rest, was in bed, worn out and unwell, I proceeded to conduct in his house, so that, as he said, he was always seek. them to their respective destinations. One I left with ing and never finding. But all his pains were forgot, a patient who was within a few bours of death, and re- when, one day, Choop—the greatest drunkard of them pairing with the other to the shunned and desolate all,—the most outrageous in every vice,-and one who dwelling, I stood again by the bedside of the dying man. had actually made a cripple of himself by his irregulaBut the couch was forsaken and empty; the eye which rities,
was powerfully awakened, and enquired, with had seen him saw him no more; the grave was now his intense anxiety, “what effect the blood of the Son of bed; the green sod had covered him; his body had returned to the earth, and his spirit to God who gave it.
God, slain on the cross, could have on the heart of man ?" The heart of the missionary was turned within
him whilst he testified of the power of the blood of THE FIRST FRUITS.
Jesus. Soon after, Shabash was also awakened, and the By the Rev. ROBERT M'CHEYNE.
work of grace became remarkably evident in the hearts There is something peculiarly interesting about the first of these two savages. Their eyes overflowed with tears fruits of a work of grace in a heathen land. Even the whenever Brother Rauch described to them the sufferings first ripe bunch of grapes, and the first ripe sheaf of corn, and death of the Redeemer. These were the first fruits bring with them peculiar emotions of joy and gratitude, of Christ among the Wahikander Indians. Both became -how much more where the fruit is that of souls ga- preachers of righteousness to their heathen brethren; thered into the garner of the Saviour !
Choop, especially, had a peculiar gift of expressing himThe missionary went forth weeping, bearing precious self plainly and convincingly. The following is his own seed,—long and anxiously he sowed, watering the seed account of his conversion :-"Brethren, I have been a with his tears, and seeking the sunshine of God's coun- heathen, and have grown old among the heathens, theretenance with his prayers, and now, in the few blades that fore I know how heathens think. Once a preacher came begin to rise above the ground,—“first the blade, then the and began to explain to us that there was a God : we ear, after that the full corn in the ear,"—we behold with answered, “Dost thou think us so ignorant as not to exultation the work of God begun, and, with quickened know that? go back to the place from whence thou hope, we look for the time when the believer "shall camest.' When again another preacher came, and began doubtless come again, bringing his sheaves with him.” to teach us, and to say: 'You must not steal, nor lie,
The first fruits of the Moravian Brethren's mission to nor get drunk,' we answered: “Thou fool, dost thou North America are of this most interesting character. think we don't know that ? learn first thyself, and then Brother Christian Rauch was one of the first who re- teach the people to whom thou belongest to leave off solved to leave Herrnhuth, to venture his life in preach- these things; for who steals or lies, or who is more ing Christ to the American Indians. He arrived in New drunken than thine own people ?' and thus we dismissed port in July 1740, and having heard that an embassy of him. After some time Brother Christian Rauch came Wahikans were in the city, he went in search of them, into my hut, and sat down by me. He spoke to me and, to his great joy, found that they understood Dutch. nearly as follows: 'I come to you in the name of the Their appearance was ferocious, but he addressed two Lord of heaven and earth. He sends to let you know of them, Choop and Shabash, asking whether they that he will make you happy, and deliver you from the wished a teacher, to instruct them in the way of salva- misery in which you lie at present. To this end he betion? Choop answered, “that he often felt disposed came a man, gave his life a ransom for man, and shed to know better things than he did, but knew not how his blood for him.' When he had finished his discourse or where to find them, therefore, if any one would come he lay down upon a board, fatigued by the journey, and and instruct him and his people he should be thankful. fell into a sound sleep. I then thought, 'what kind of They were all poor and wicked, yet he thought it might man is this ? there he lies and sleeps ; I might kill him, answer a good purpose if a teacher would come and and throw him out into the wood, and who would redwell with them." Shabash also consented, and, with gard it ?_but this gives him no concern. However due Indian solemnity, they declared him their teacher. I could not forget his words; they constantly recurred Rauch rejoiced to hear this declaration, and considered to my mind ; even when asleep I dreamed of the blood it a call from God. On the 16th August he arrived at of Christ shed for us. I found this to be widely different Shekomeko, and was received in the Indian manner, from what I had ever heard, and I interpreted Chriswith much kindness. He immediately told them the tian's words to the other Indians. Thus, through the aim of his visit—that “he had come to them from be- grace of God, an awakening took place among us. I yond the great ocean to bring unto them glad tidings of say, therefore, Brethren, preach Christ our Saviour, and a divine Saviour, who became man, died, and rose his sufferings and death, if you wish your words to gain again, and all this for us." They listened, were silent, entrance among the heathen." and went away seemingly impressed. The next day he The following letter, which he addressed to the spoke again, but his words only excited derision ; and Brethren in the colony of Pennsylvania, possesses at last they laughed him to scorn. Satan seemed to the same marks of a mind taught of God:-“I have grasp his prey all the more, finding now that a hand been a poor wild heathen, and for forty years as igwas stretched out to save ; drunkenness, and every vice, norant as a dog. I was the greatest drunkard, and the prevailed more and more, so that "they loved the dark- | most willing slave of the devil; and as I knew no