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NOTICE OF MARTYRS OF LYON.
Un monde à apprehender, A world to fear, chairs. A most eminent female martyr, BlanDes demons à combattre Devils to combat, dina, was four several times tormented in the most Des passions à abattre, Passions to subdue, savage manner. Once she was suspended from Et, peut-être, la mort á And, perhaps, death to a stake in the form of a cross, and exposed as food soutirir,
to the wild beasts, none of whom however at that Et le judgement à su And judgment to un- time touched her; on another day she was first bir.
scourged, then torn by the beasts in the amphi
theatre, then placed in the scorching iron chair, Upon further talking with her, she seemed and lastly, enclosed in a net and thrown to a bull, really impressed with the importance of the truths which having tossed her for some time, she contained in the paper, and to be endeavoring to breathed her last in the firm faith of Christ. practice them daily. I cannot describe the plea- Under all these sufferings the martyrs remained sure which such individual facts afford me. The unmoved, yea, rejoiced in the name of the Lord load which weighs upon my mind when I reflect Jesus, and were filled with the comforts of the on the system of Popery, is sensibly lightened Holy Ghost, and the hopes of a blessed resurrecwhen I find that by a happy inconsistency (which tion. I really cannot divest my mind of the assois not confined to the Roman Catholic commu- ciaticns awakened by these affecting circumnion)-the hearts and lives of many are so much stances, connected with my visit to the very spot better than their creed would lead one to expect. where they occurred. May God increase tne number !
The second persecution took place when Irenæus was bishop, in the year 202, about thirty or forty years after the first, and under the emperor
Severus, who is generally thought to have been Upon looking carefuly into Milner's Ecclesias- governor of Lyon during the preceding one. Our tical History, since I came home, I find there accounts of it are slender. Gregory of Tours were two early persecutions of the Christians at and the ancient martyrologists inform us, “that Vienne and Lyon (neighboring French towns,) after several torments Irenæus was put to death, one about the year of our Lord 169, under the and together with him almost all the Christians emperor Marcus Antoninus ; the second under of that populous city, whose numbers could not Septimus Severus, about the year 202. The first be reckoned, so that the streets of Lyon flowed of these is best known, and the accounts in Mil- with the blood of Christians.” Mr. Milner thinks ner refer to it. The scene of its cruel executions this statement may be somewhat exaggerated : was the amphitheatre which I visited as I have but he considers that there is no circumstance of above mentioned. The second is not so credibly improbability in the fact itself, and that the known attested, but at the same time may on the whole cruelty of Severus, and his former connection be believed to have taken place. The church of with Lyon, gives to the persecution a strong deSt. Irenie relates exclusively to it. Pothinus was gree of credibility. It is to this second persecubishop of Lyon during the first cruelties; he had tion that the subterraneous church of St. Irenie, been a disciple of the blessed Polycarp, the con- and the inscription concerning the nineteen thoutemporary of the apostle John. He perished sand Christians, refers. Milner says nothing of about the year 169, being upwards of ninety years the vestiges and records of these two fiery trials, of age; he had been sent, in all probability, by still subsisting at Lyon. But I cannot help thinkPolycarp from Smyrna to found these French ing they add some weight to facts already attested churches; for the merchants of Smyrna and Lyon by the evidence which I have detailed. At were the chief navigators of the Mediterranean least to my mind the connection is most instruc
This could not be very long before the per- tive and affecting. secution burst out. He was accompanied in his We find that about the year 250, the Gospel apostolical labors by Irenæus, an Asiatic Greek which had so gloriously begun in Lyon, was also, who wrote the interesting and authentic ac- flourishing and diffusing itself in France. A bicount of the first acts of the martyrs, preserved shop named Saturninus was then at Thoulouse. by Eusebius, and given so well by Milner. Ire. Several other churches had been founded, as at næus succeeded Pothinus as bishop, and suffered Tours, Arles, Narbonne, and Paris. The bishops martyrdom in the persecution of 202.
of Thoulouse and Paris afterwards suffered for In the first persecution of 169, the power of the faith of Christ ; but they left churches, in all divine grace appeared little less than apostolical probability, very flourishing in piety, And France in the church of Lyon. The Christians were ex in general was blessed with the light of salvaposed not once only, but several times to the wild tion. beasts in the very amphitheatre over which I I say nothing here of Peter Waldo, the celewalked--one day extraordinary of these brutal brated Reformer, of Lyon, because he did not shows was given to the people, for the sake of flourish till the twelfth century. But I cannot exposing a great number of Christians. Some altogether omit the name of Agobard, archbishop were previously led round the amphitheatre, a of Lyon, in the ninth century, who wrote against tablet being carried before them, simply with the the abuse of pictures and images, and boldly words, “ These are Christians ;” for the term maintained that we ought not to worship any Christian was then used instead of arguments, image of God, except that which is God himself
, just as the words Lollard, Puritan, Pietist, Metho. his eternal Son; and, that there is no other medist, Calvinist, Evangelical, Saint, &c. have since diator between God and man, except Jesus Christ, supplied its place. The Christians, if the beasts both God and man—an early and clear testimony failed to destroy them, were placed in hot iron against Popish corruptions.
church also there are doubtless many, many
real servants of Christ who do the same. But Lyon, September 20.-Geneva, October 6th, 1823. speaking generally, the Sabbath is utterly lost on
the continent-it is no longer the Lord's day, but Second Sunday at Lyon-Library–Hotel Dieu, the day of the GOD OF THIS world. A new re
Hoiel de la Chariie-Sick Family-Journey to formation is wanted. The spirit of the martyrs Geneva--Professor of Lausanne--Perle du Rhone of Lyon is extinct. May the same grace which L'Ecluse – Ferney-Voltaire-Catholics at Ge- formed that noble army in the early ages of Chrisneva-Fine Walks- Translation of Scoti---Sa-tianity, descend again on Lyon in these latter tigny-Rejected Regent-Religious Doctrine- times? And may England avoid, as the most Plan of Central Switzerland-Cathedral-L-fatal of downfalls, the desecration of the holy Sabbrary-English Clergy-Sunday at Geneva-Minister from Les Cevennes-Reglement-M. Si- bath! Our Sunday travelling, Sunday visits, and mond's defence answered.
above all, Sunday newspapers, terrify my mind.
I cannot conceive how it is that the mere mask Lyon, Sept. 28, 1823, Sunday evening.
of loyalty and church principles, assumed by some
of these demoralizing journals, should blind the MY DEAREST SISTER-Our sermon this morn- j:dgment of any sincere Christian to their most ing, at the Protestant church was good; but not pernicious tendency:-We have had our two priso simple and awakening as the vast concerns of vate services. My heart is at St. John's. eternity demand at the hand of the minister of
Monday, September 291h.-I have but little to the Gospel. I spoke, after service, to a respect- say to-day; indeed, my letters must, of necessity, able gentleman near me, who turned out to be a become dull and uninteresting now we are all minister, the former pastor of a French Protest- stationary in a town. My eldest son and I have ant church; for it is a curious thing, that after a visited this morning the public library, which concertain age the Protestant clergy, though in the tains one hundred and twenty thousand volumes, possession of all their powers, and in tolerably the largest provincial collection in France. It good health, retire, as no longer capable of ex- occupies a fine building on the right bank of the citing that effect which depends on powerful and Rhone. We saw a part of a bomb which, in energetic voice and action. This is quite shock- 1793, had been thrown by the mad revolutionists ing. It makes preaching a sort of rhetorical de into the library. It penetrated a large globe; the clamation, instead of the simple and authoritative part of the bomb, as well as the hole it made, remanifestation of the truth of the Gospel. It com- main unaltered. mends itself to the taste, rather than the con We went next to L'Hôtel Dieu, an immense sciences of men. It relies on “ the enticing words hospital, one of the honors and ornaments of of man's wisdom,” rather than the grace and de- France. It was first founded in the sixth cen. monstration of the Holy Spirit. In short, it tury; the chief rooms are divided into four com“makes the Cross of Christ of none effect.” This partments, with an altar in the middle, from which minister informed me there were five or six thou- the prayers may be heard by all the patients. sand Protestants in and about Lyon; and yet only There are eleven hundred beds, one hundred and one church, and one service in that church. fifty nurses, eight physicians, and a laboratory for There is a Bible Society which he tells me is not medicines. The nurses are called “ Les Sæurs very flourishing. The government now is not de la Charité.” They form a religious order, and favorable to the Protestants.
entirely devote themselves to attendance on the In the Catholic churches I could find out no sick in the hospital. They wear a dress of brown sermon. I sent out a servant to inquire with stuff—their crucifix hangs low from the neckmuch care; I also searched myself; but in vain. their whole appearance is clean and respectable. The interesting discourse of last Sunday, made 'This is a religious body, like that at Great St. me quite eager to hear a second. Thus, one Bernard, really useful to the community ; and it hundred and seventy-five thousand souls were, I gives me sincere pleasure to recognize the fact. fear, without any public instruction to-day on the Would to God there were more such institutions doctrine of salvation, except the few hundreds at as “ the salt of the earth,” amidst the corrupt the Protestant church. In fact, the Sabbath, mass of Popish errors ! The front of the hospital which should be “our delight, holy of the Lord facing the Rhone is magnificent, and is now nearly and honorable,” is lost on the continent. When completed. The bedsteads of the patients are of it is spoken of, it is called a fête or holy-day, in- iron, and every thing had the appearance of cleandiscriminately with the nativity or assumption of liness and comfort. the Virgin Mary; and these fètes are the regular The hospice de la Charité next attracted our seasons of public processions, and celebrations. curiosity; it is quite a separate thing from the Nay, the newspapers, the theatres, &c., are ac- former. It is a religious establishment, consisting tually suspended on St. Francis' day or the feast of fifty sisters, and twenty brethren, de la Chaof the Virgin; but on the Sunday are regularly rité; these superintend the house, which receives carried on, and more eagerly followed than ever. three or four hundred old persons above the age The Sunday is, in short, the day for shows, of seventy, who are entirely supported, clothed, amusements, dissipation, vicious pleasures of every and fed in the hospice. It maintains also seven kind.
or eight thousand foundlings or orphan children, There are, of course, thousands in the Pro- chiefly at nurseries in the country. It admits testant churches who keep sacred this holy day, also des filles enceintes, for their lying-in. This and rejoice in its blessed services as much as the part of the plan fills ine with great apprehension most devout Englishman can do. In the Catholic as to its moral tendency. It seems to me to be ??
premium upon vice. The fearful numbers of ex- ment to discover, after a while, that it was a faposed or foundling children is a mournful proof of mily who had lived in the very house in which I degenerated morals; one thousand three hundred was born, in London! They have been three and eighty have been here received this year, years at Lyon. They are extremely well spoken that is in nine months; a large proportion, I should of. The father died yesterday afternoon. The think, of all the births at Lyon.*
visit, though short, seemed much to relieve them. I am quite sure that the licensing and raising Thus, in a foreign land, some little duties of cha. taxes from gambling houses, and other places of a rity present themselves to those who are willing profligate character, must directly tend to counte- to perform them. If God had pleased, the afflicnance and increase fatal immoralities. How infi- tion and death might have been in my own house! nitely preferable is the honest integrity of our My son Daniel is to attend the funeral for me toEnglish laws, which connive at no species of vice, morrow; for I am obliged to go off, for a few days, much less attempt to raise taxes from the com- to Geneva, about Scott's Bible. I should have mission of gross crimes against society. The gone last week, if my son's illness had not prewhole system must be rotten to the core to admit vented me. My friends are waiting to hold the of this recognition and encouragement of the very promised meeting. I intend rejoining my family worst evils. It is a still viler practice to suffer on Tuesday at Dijon, on the way to Paris. wretches stationed within houses of the most aban.
Geneva, 116 miles from Lyon, Wednesday eren. doned description, to be inviting passengers to enter, with a loud voice, and in the middle of the ing, 7 o'clock, Oct. 1, 1823. — I set off in the mail day. What a falling off, since the noble spirit of rived here at half past three this afternoon. This
from Lyon at three yesterday afternoon, and arpiety in this very town could induce so many thou, said mail coach is a heavy, lumbering carriage, sands to die as martyrs for the name of the Lord with an infinity of luggage, travelling four miles Jesus! What a difference between the second and three quarters in the hour. I was in the caand the nineteenth century! Then men were ready to suffer death rather than sin against God: briolet, a sort of outside seat, in front of the car
riage, with the prolonged roof of the coach to now they tolerate the most open seductions to vice and iniquity.
cover me, and a good leather to draw up in front;
so that I paid the same as for an inside place, testant minister residing at Lyon, called on me and fine, and the morning was charming. The Tuesday, one o'clock, noon.—A respectable Pro-| twenty-two francs, about seventeen shillings for
The evening and night were warm yesterday. I had a long conversation with him, country which we passed before night-fall was in which he endeavored to excuse, though he beautiful, on the banks of the Rhone, which you could not defend, the règlement at Geneva. This remember flows from Geneva to Lyon. We had morning I went and breakfasted with him and his wife and family; all amiable, obliging; but I supper at ten o'clock, at Pont d'Ain, and I acshould have rejoiced to have seen
something more tually dozed and slept all the night afterwards, and
a good part of to-day. of the spirit of real Christianity. He had the finest collection of engravings of Swiss scenery that I walked to see what is called La Perte du Rhone
We breakfasted at Bellegarde at eight, and have yet seen; and no wonder. When a youth, he ascended Mont Blanc with his father and M.
-the Loss of the Rhone; a most curious phenoDe Saussure, in 1786. In the course of conver
The Rhone flows majestically from Gesation he expressed great surprise at the state of neva, in a bed of two or three hundred feet, till it Ireland—at our refusing the Catholics civil privi- Vouache, where it has only from sixty to one hun
reaches a defile between the inountains Jura and leges—at our want of church room—at our ne- dred and twenty feet width. The rocks then be. glect of the education of our poor-at the disturbances and riots in England. I made such an
come narrower and narrower, till such huge and swers as I could on these points. He informed insuperable masses present themselves, that the me also of his intention of visiting London at the river
, unable to break through them, has made time of our great religious meetings. This is not
itself a passage underneath. The Rhone disapthe first occasion I have had to observe the many | about fifteen feet. It then rises again, and soon
pears for sixty feet. Its breadth at this point is incidental but important benefits of our public anniversaries. They attract the regard of foreign all resembling it: you stand upon the bridge, and
resumes its noble tide. I never saw any thing at ers; and are the means of encouraging or kindling a spirit of piety in those who attend them at and on the other side, where you expect it to con
view on one side of it the fine river flowing along ; first chiefly from curiosity! Before Ì left him, he requested me to visit an bed of rocks perfectly dry. The fact is, the river
tinue its course, there is nothing to be seen but a English family in his neighborhood which had just lost its father. I went. I found a widow and four engulphs itself under the ruins of the masses fallen
from the neighboring mountains; so that you may grown-up daughters. What was my astonish
go down by a ladder and examine the vast defile,
the walls of which are 150 feet deep. At the * The moral state of the population of Paris is point where the rocks first narrow themselves a not better. I observe in the statistical tables of that strong fort is built, L'Ecluse, between the mouncity, that out of 27,070 births in the year 1823, 9,806 tains Jura and Vouache, which Julius Cæsar dewere of natural children, being rather more than a Third part of the total number. The union of mi- scribed one thousand eight hundred years ago.* sery with vice may be inferred from the fact, that as nearly as possible, the same proportion of persons * Iter angustum et difficile inter Montem Jura et died in the public hospitals of that city ; i. é. 8,227 flumen Rhodanum, vix qua singulares curri duceout of a total of 24,500.
rentur. De Bell. Gall. 1. i. c. 6.
It is the only entrance into France from the French I am now at Geneva, for the purpose of inquirpart of Switzerland.
ing after the translation of Scott. It is quite painAs we drew near Geneva we passed Ferney, ful to me to be thus separated so often from my and I ran up to see the château where Voltaire dear family; but circumstances of duty render it lived, and the church which, in hypocrisy the most indispensable. Before I finish to-night, tired as I detestable, he built near it. The church is low am, I must tell you what peculiarly agreeable and mean, the shelving roof reaching almost to companions I had on the road; a professor of dithe ground. It is inscribed to Almighty God. The vinity at Lausanne, a great friend of the Bible Sousual sort of crucifix is within. Still it was some- ciety, and his family. We soon became acquaintthing for Christianity to have forced such a man ed, and had a great deal of interesting conversato acknowledge in any way her importance and tion. I tried to do some good to a pious, but aptruth.
parently timid man. It was an occasion, which I One of the first effects of the revival of true re- endeavored to use to the very best of my judgligion, or even of sound learning, in France, I ment, especially in the way of removing prejudice should think, would be to lower the credit of this and stimulating to zeal. I could not but observe profligate, crafty, superficial, ignorant, incorrect the marked respect which he paid to our English writer. What plea can the poignancy of wit, or episcopal church. Indeed I have often noticed that the force of satire, or the talent of ridicule, or the the most enlightened and best informed ministers possession of a fascinating style, or the power of of the foreign reformed churches, have no dislike brilliant description, or an extensive superficial to the episcopal model; but, on the contrary, preknowledge of sciences, or an affected humanity fer it to their own, as more scriptural in itself, and on a few popular occasions, form, in a Christian as clearly supported by antiquity froıq. the very country, for a man who employed them all, with age of the apostles. One most pious minister told a bitterness and ferocity of mind amounting almost me, that he believed if Calvin and Beza had adoptto madness, against the Christian religion and ed the wise and moderate course of our English the person of the Saviour ? It is an unhappy cir- Reformers, on these points, the whole of France cumstance that the present French government would have been Protestant. In fact, I think it is has mingled party politics with his name, and thus now admitted generally by the most competent attached a new popularity to his impious works. judges, that the violent rejection of the ancient Twenty years ago he was comparatively forgot- ecclesiastical government by bishops, and an eager ten. No new edition of his writings was thought interference in secular disputes and affairs apperof. At the restoration, in 1814, his tomb was taining to the state, were amongst the chief exdisturbed, and indignities offered to his remains. ternal hindrances to the progress of the ReformaThe consequence of this ill-judged and petty re- tion. But I must really wish you good night. venge has been, that ten or more large editions Geneva, Thursday, October 2, three o'clock. of his works have been sold since; some of them Thank God I slept twelve hours last night. This in the form of small pamphlets, by a weekly pub- morning I have been walking about the town, lication, for the cottages of the poor.*
partly on the affair of the translation, and partly
to obtain further information as to the moral and • When I arrived at Paris, one of the first things religious habits of the town. In passing along I heard was, that a Bible Society had been formed the streets, I observed a procession of Catholic at Ferney, chiefly by the aid of the baron de Stael. priests, and followed them into the Catholic What a noble iriumph for Christianity over the church. They were celebrating mass for the remost daring infidelity! It is delightful for me to be able to add, that a kind of tomb was erected in the middle of the
pose of the soul of the late Pope. An immense Protestant church is about to be built at Ferney; and church, with inscriptions on each side, and bougies that so little have the principles of Voltaire succeeded in permanently effacing the memory of Chris- lighted all around. Printed papers were given tianity from the minds of men, even in his own vil- about in the church, with a copy of the inscriplage, that a contest is likely to arise amongst the two tions, and an extract from an artful seductive letgreat bodies of Christians in France, as to which ter, of the late Pope, relative to the Genevese. shall have the honor of raising a second edifice there One of the inscriptions was the famous text, for the purposes of public worship in the name of “Thou art Peter, and on this rock I will build my Jesus Christ the Lord. I give the following extract church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail with peculiar feelings of joy. The patronage of the against it ;"—quite forgetting, or perverting, the French government is a most gratifying circum- whole scope of the passage ;-for every candid stance indeed.
" It is intended to erect a Protestant church at reader sees that our Lord spoke of Peter, not perFerney, which will
be at the same time a monument sonally, but instrumentally, as confessing the deity of the iriumph of Christian principles, and of the and mediation of Christ, and about to preach this progress of religious liberty.' The French govern- for the conversion of mankind; and that those ment has granted one hundred Napoleons for that can claim the promise, and those only, in each purpose. The king of the Netherlands has given a succeeding age, who answer to the character to donation of fifty Napoleons, to promote the object. which it was made. But any thing serves for a
“Since it has been announced that a Protestant pretext where the holy Scriptures are unknown. church is in progress, the Roman Catholics have de- What most struck me was, to see this in the termined to erect a splendid structure there; and it is greatly to be feared that the completion of the heart and centre of a Protestant city. It was, Catholic church will reproach the tardiness and in- however, the French who first compelled the Gedifference of Protestants in affording the means of nevese to admit the Catholics. completing the yet unfinished erection designed for In coming from Lyon to Geneva, I noticed the Protestant worship.”
that the postillions and common people rather ri
diculed the priests than otherwise. At dinner to- Scott's Bible. My friend from Hamburgh has day, at the table-d’hôte, I met three French gen- agreed to undertake the translation of Milner's tlemen, pretty well informed ; Bonaparte was the Church History, and thus relieve my chief transtopic of their admiration; they also much praised lator of a work for which he was engaged, and England for the unity which animated it the mo- leave him at liberty to decote himself to Scott. ment any common danger threatened; this formed, We returned from Satigny about four, and as in their view, the greatness of our nation.—The soon as I had dined, I went to hear a. excellent environs of Geneva are very fine. I walked to- minister, who was some time since removea from day, on the bastion, or promenade of the Rhone, his office in the college at Geneva on account of at the end of which there is a charming view of his evangelical sentiments. I was pleased. His the lake and adjoining country. La Treille is manner was so pathetic, so calm, so persuasive, another beautiful promenade of a similar kind. and his matter, upon the whole, so edifying, that But the town itself is crowded and mean, except I have scarcely heard any thing like it since I left the upper streets and buildings on the summit of London. He is a valuable man, a deeply pious, the hill, which are noble and handsome. The spiritually-minded Christian, and a preacher of weather is cold—a good deal of snow fell last first-rate powers: there is an inexpressible uncnight on the Jura, over which I passed on Tues- tion in all he delivers. Still his doctrine is a little day; and on Mount St. Bernard, I understand, it too high, in my opinion, to be quite scriptural or lies four feet deep, with so strong a wind as al. safe in the long run ; he does not sufficiently unite most to carry away the traveller.
the perceptive and cautionary parts of Holy Writ Eight o'clock.--I have had a meeting with the with the consolatory and elevating—a fault not translators of Scott, and have been delighted. All important in a single discourse, but momentous is going on well. The chief translator has a se as extending over the whole system of a minister's cretary to copy the manuscript-every thing pro- instructions ; and more especially if he stand al mises that St. Matthew will be ready for the press most alone, or be watched and suspected by his in a few months. I was introduced to a French superiors in the church, or attract particular obminister of Hamburgh, of rare talents, and as rare servation on account of the difficulties of his sipiety, who will, I trust, help me. I shall, however, tuation. have enough to do, both here and at Paris, to ar It is one thing to preach the fall of man, his range details
. As I went to the meeting, I called impotency and ruin, justification by faith only on a gentleman to whom I had an introduction. adoption, salvation by grace, regeneration by the I was grieved at the spirit of prejudice and bigotry Holy Spirit, the joy and comfort of communion which he showed against all sorts of evangelical with our heavenly Father, the merciful will of God truth—a harsh, violent, unpracticable man-con- in our election and in the power
and grace which fessedly a Socinian in principle. He really preserves to everlasting life-in connection with frightened me by his fierce attack on spiritual re- the warnings, alarms, cautions, threatenings, preligion. What a blessing to have been educated cepts, and general commands of God, as they lie in sounder views of the Gospel of our Lord and in Holy Scripture: and to preach these doctrines Saviour, and to have some hope that we know and without such authoritative and indispensable aclove that Saviour in sincerity of heart! If any companiments. The two things are quite disthing can be wrong, it must be that unrelenting tinct. The one produces the real fruits of huly proud spirit which aims at dishonoring the Lord consistent love and obedience; the other is most Jesus—io exalt whom, in his deity and atone- defective in this important respect, as well as in ment, was the great scope of the apostolic wri- many others. In short, the one is scriptural, un
erring truth; the other a human, fallible system. I forgot to say, that my friend, the professor of I am sure the Reformers well understood this disLausanne, told me that he had distributed near tinction. It is quite surprising to observe the eight thousand Bibles in his canton, and finds that wisdom and moderation of their writings. It was six thousand more will be wanted, in order to sup- not their manner to push any one particular docply the whole deficiency; he has also nearly trine to excess, much less to exclude the practical raised a fund, the interest of which will supply parts of Christianity. Let any one read the pubthe poor of the canton de Vaud with Bibles in lications of Luther or Melancthon, Calvin, or perpetuity. How much solid good may one man Beza, Zuingle or Bullinger, Cranmer or Jeweldo, and a man who, in some respects, may be especially let him peruse the Book of Homilies of deemed too fearful; and what a public benefit is the church of England, and he will be convinced the Bible Society, to present a suitable object to of what I say. In fact, one of the sorest causes such a man ; and what a seed of future blessings of grief to these holy men was the appearance, does the permanent circulation of Bibles in a whole from time to time, of indiscreet and unscriptural canton, cast in the earth, as it were, and leave teachers in the Protestant bodies, who • drew there to vegetate, and to produce, by the grace of away disciples after them.” God, in after years, an abundant harvest !
Still the sermon, which has drawn forth all Friday evening, half-past nine, October 3.- these remarks, did me good. I passed over what This morning, at nine, I accompanied some pious I thought less scriptural; and was edified, anifriends to Satigny, about six miles from Geneva. mated, cheered by the general tenor of the adThe morning was wet; but the ride was through dress. Whilst I was with my friend and transa fine conntry, Satigny contains about one thou- lator, I looked for a minute into Milner’s History, sand two hundred souls; towards whom the mi- and found, to my delight, that the martyrs at Lyon nister I went to visit is a true shepherd. We had were amongst the most holy of the primitive a little committee for four hours on the affair of Christians. I now look back on Lyon, its amphi