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time he made his visit; and, the tea table being removed, she addressed him as follows: "My long illness has occasioned you a number of journies; and I suppose, doctor, you have procured my medicines at considerable expense." The doctor acknowledged that good drugs were not to be obtained but at a very high price. Upon which she replied, "I am extremely sorry that I have put you to so much labor and expense; and also promise, that on any future indisposition, I will never trouble you again. So, you see that I both repent and reform, and that is all you require." The doctor, immediately shrugging up his shoulders; exclaimed, "That will not do for me." "The words of the wise are as goads."
A REMARKABLE DREAM.
ABOUT three years before the gospel was first preached
and thought a strange man came out of it, and perceiv. ing her concern, offered her the New Testament, saying, "Take, read, and pray over this, and it will teach you the way of salvation." Immediately she thought the clouds dispersed, and the darkness disappeared, and all was calm again. This dream made no impression, except upon her memory; and, for some time after, the place was first opened for worship there, she seemed determined never to attend; but, or the contrary, persecuted those who did; till, on a certain day, she was intreated to go once, merely out of curiosity. Soon after she was seated, the minister rose up in the pulpit, and proved to be the person of whom she dreamed; the remembrance of which, together with the subject of his discourse, touched her to the very heart, and drew floods of tears from her eyes. From this time, the Spirit of God seemed to work powerfully upon her soul, a renovating change took place in all her powers, and, having gone through much persecution, she still appears a striking monument of saving mercy.
Such is the power of Almighty Grace!
THE DIGNITY OF HUMAN NATURE IN THE ARTICLE OF DEATH.
IT has frequently been observed, that however men may cry up the dignity of human nature, and dispute against the doctrine of sovereign grace, in the hour of health and prosperity, such principles will not do to die with,
A physician, who imbibed Socinian principles, made it his chief concern, in matters of religion; to degrade the character and diguity of Christ. Such was his contempt of VOL. I.
him, that he seldom spake of him in conversation under any other name than that of the carpenter's son. At length, he was seized with an affliction, which terminated in his death. A while before his departure, the servant who attended him, on entering his room, found him in great agitation. On inquiring the cause, he answered, "I am a dying man, and that which most of all affects me, is, that I must be judged by the carpenter's son!"
AN AWFUL INSTANCE OF WILFUL APOSTASY.
AMONGST the variety of subjects which engage the study of ministers, and which are edifying to private Christians, are those which relate to the privileges of the godly. They are unsearchable in their nature, inexhaustible in their extent, and useful in their application. It is a pleas. ing theme on which believers exercise their thoughts and meditations, with increasing delight and satisfaction; but, how awful the state of those, who, though speculatively acquainted with the nature of spiritual enjoyments, are stran. gers to the experience and power of them upon their hearts, because of their depravity and unbelief! Many persons have a common persuasion on their minds, formed from a knowledge of their own character, that they are excluded from having any share in such blessings; but, how shall we give credit to a narrative, which is designed to induce a belief of extraordinary agency in producing this awful persuasion? In proof of it, receive this testimony:
"As Dr. Doddridge was once discoursing on the dignity of the Christian's calling, and his glorious hopes and prospects, he had accidentally a man for his hearer, who, after
worship, went into the vestry, and addressed him in the
son have you for saying so?' replied the doctor; 'Jesus
came of age; but I expended the money, and debauched the girl. Still I was sensible how far preferable a virtuous and good life was to vice and profaneness, and I was careful to instruct my children in the principles of religion; and, on the sabbathday would give them portions of scripture to commit to memory. When I returned one evening from the sinful amusements of the day, I asked them, as usual, if they could repeat their lessons: 'Yes,' says the youngest child, ‘and I have a lesson for you, too, papa.' 'Well, what is that, my dear?' She opened the Bible, and read to me that awful passage in Ezekiel, xxiv. 13. 'In thy filthiness is lewdness; because I have purged thee, and thou wast not purged, thou shalt not be purged from thy filthiness any more, till I have caused my fury to rest upon thee.' This I received as the seal of my irrevocable doom, and I now know there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins; but a certain fearful looking for of judg ment, and fiery indignation which shall devour the adver saries."
We may perceive, from this affecting anecdote, how much a man may do in religion, and yet at length come short of the kingdom of heaven; it is not prayer; it is not hearing sermons; it is not a form of godliness, however consistent it may be with the written word, or how exact soever men may be in their support of it, that will interest them in the Divine favor. All this may subsist without that internal change of heart and universal holiness of life, which consists in, and establishes a conformity to the im age of God. Many run well for a time, who afterwards fall to rise no more. Then guard well thine heart. Stifle the first inclinations to apostasy, which begin with the neg