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about a month. One of thicin owned the hand of something pretty to set off with; but the of the Lord was upon him, and besought Him, | Lord so confounded me, (as indeed it was in the bitterness of his soul, to prolong his meet, for I was seeking not His glory, but life, vowing to hear Mr. B. himself; but the my owu,) that I was in a perfect labyrinth. Lord would not be entreated.
and found if I did not begin immediately, I “The violent struggling of many in the must go down without speaking; so I broke above-mentioned churches has broke several out with the first word that occurred, not pews and benches; yet it is common for people knowing whether I should be able to add any to remain unaffected there, and afterward more. Then the Lord opened my mouth, drop down in their way home. Some have enabling me to speak near an hour, without been found lying as dead in the road; others any kind of perplexity, and so loud that in Mr. Berridge's garden, not being able to every one might hear. The audience behaved walk from the church to his house, though it with great decency. When sermon was over, is not two hundred yards.”
I found myself so cool and easy, so cheerful in
spirit, and wonderfully strengthened in body, This very remarkable narrative must
I went into a house, and spoke again near an be left to tell its own tale. Shortly after,
hour, to about 200 people. In the morning I Wesley received from Mr. Berridge a let
preached again to about 1,000. Mr. H->
engaged to preach in Orwell-field, on Tuesday ter, of which the following is a copy : evening. I gave notice that I designed to
preach on Monday sennight, at Granchester, "On Sunday sennight, a man of Wybersley, a mile from Cambridge. a Nathaniel indeed, was so filled with the love
“Mr. H----s and I have agreed to go into of God during morning prayer, that he
IIertfordshire; afterwards to separate, and go dropped down, and lay as one dead for two
round the neighbourhood, preaching in the hours. He had been so filled with love, all the
fields, wherever a door is opened, three or four week before, that he was often for a time un
days in every week. able to work.
"Believe me, . "On Sunday night last, as I was speaking
“ Your affectionate Servant, in my house, there was a violent outcry.
* J. B." One soul was set at liberty. We sung near an hour, and the Lord released three more out For several years he continued a very of captivity. - On Monday sennight, Mr. Il--ks ac
rigid Arminian. Nor was it by argucompanied me to Meldred. On the way we
ments in debate upon the subject of called at a farmer's house. After dinner I
controversy between Arminians and went into his yard, and seeing near 150 people, Calvinists, but by a long confinement I called for a table, and preached, for the first from preaching, occasioned by a nervous time, in the open air. Two persons were
fever, that he was led into more consisseized with strong convictions, fell down, and cried out most bitterly. We then went to
tent views of Divine truth, and in the Meldred, where I preached in a field to about
firm belief of which he ended his days. 4,000 people. In the morning, at five, Mr. In this long and severe affliction, the H- ks preached in the same field, to about Lord led him into a path which he had a thousand. And now the presence of the
not known, and taught him many useLord was wonderfully among us. There was abundance of weeping and strong crying; and,
ful lessons to which be had been altoI trust, beside many that were slightly
gether a stranger. Hitherto he had wounded, near thirty received true heartfelt learnt to be an active, but not a passive conviction. At ten we returned, and called servant of the Lord. To be laid aside again at the farmer's house. Seeing about a in the plenitude of his success was so dozen people in the brewhouse, I spoke & few words. Immediately the farmer's
irritating to his nature, that, like Jonas, daughter dropped down in strong convictions ;
his heart fretted against the Lord, and he another also was miserably torn by Satan, but
wished he had never been employed in the set at liberty before I had done prayer. At work ofthe ministry. To such a pitch of four, I preached in my own house, and God criminal exasperation was he carried gave the spirit of adoption to another
against the government of God, for mourner. 66 On Monday last I went to Shelford, four
checking his ministerial career, that he miles from Cambridge, near twenty from Ever could not even endure the sight of his ton. The journey made me quite ill, being so Bible, nor bear to hear the people sing in weary with riding that I was obliged to walk bis adjoining church. But how vain is it part of the way. When I came thither, a
to lift up the heel against the God of table was set for me on the Common, and to my great surprise I found near 10,000 people
the universe, and repine at His wise round it, among whom were many gownsmen
dispensations, especially when subsefrom Cambridge. I was hardly able to stand quent experience proves, that they were on my feet, and extremely hoarse with a cold. all designed to answer the most valu. When I lifted up my foot, to get on the table, a horrible dread overwhelmed me; but the
able purposes, in preserving from the moment I was fixed thereon, I seemed as
dangerous elevations of popularity, in unconcerned as a statue. I gave out my text,
fitting for a sphere of action equally (Gal. iii. 10, 11,) and made a pause, to think successful, and in leading the mind into
more enlarged views of the abounding , signalized by his interviews with the members grace of the everlasting Gospel !
of the Provisional Government of France, We must reserve the remaining facts,
especially Lamartine and Arago, on the sub
jects of peace and slavery, resulting in the which are full of interest, till next
decree which abolished slavery throughont the month.
French colonies. One of the best-known incidents of Mr. Sturge's public life was his .
visit to the Emperor of Russia in February, MR. JOSEPH STURGE.
1854. Accompanied by two friends, Mr.
Charlton and Mr. Pease, M.P., he formed a The death of this well-known philanthropist
deputation from the Society of Friends, to is deeply and generally lamented. His depar present an address of remonstrance against ture was sudden and unexpected. He had
the war, solely on religious grounds. risen at his usual early hour, about half-past The remains of Joseph Sturge were borne six o'clock, and his voice was heard cheerfully to their last resting-place, the graveyard or calling his children to join him in riding out the Friends' Meeting-house in Birmingham. before breakfast, in accordance with their or The simplicity of Quaker fashions forbade an dinary practice in fine weather. On returning
opportunity of a public funeral. The inhabito his chamber he complained of a severe pain tants of the town in which Joseph Sturge had in the region of the heart, which lasted about for nearly forty years resided were anxions twenty minutes, when it appeared to abate, that his funeral should be a public one, withbut his strength was utterly prostrated, and at out display, but simply expressive of affectionabout a quarter past seven o'clock he breathed ate regard. The Mayor (Sir John Ratcliff) his last.
waited upon the next brother of the deceased, Mr. Sturge was born of Quaker parents, at Mr. Charles Sturge, and consulted him on the Elberton, Gloacestershire, on the 2nd of Au
subject; but the family were opposed to ostengust, 1793, and was in his sixty-sixth year at
i tation of any kind. In these circumstances the time of his death. He was the sixth nothing was left but for the inhabitants to member of the family, bearing in direct suc show their respect in their own way, and that cession the name of Joseph, which he now took so natural and simple, yet spontaneous transmits to his son, a boy of twelve years of and genuine a form, that there was no mistakage. Ile first established himself in business ing its intention, or the motives which at Bewdley, as a corn merchant, on arriving
prompted it; in fact, it has been truly said at his maturity, and afterwards, in 1822, that such a funeral was never seen in Bir-settled in Birmingham. Here, and at Glou
mingham. cester, in partnership with his brother, Alder The mourning procession left Mr. Sturge's man Charles Sturge, he continued to carry on late residence at a quarter past ten o'clock, business until his death. In 1834 he married
the distance to the place of interment being a Eliza, daughter of Mr. James Cropper, of | mile and a half. It was followed by nearly Liverpool, and thus became related to the ex
forty carriages, containing the relatives and tensive philanthropic family circle of which
friends of the deceased, and after it left the that eminent man was the centre. This union
gates it was headed by a procession of more was, however, of very brief duration, and Mr.
than three thousand gentlemen, three abreast, Sturge afterwards, in 1846, married IIannah,
men of all ranks, creeds, and shades of distincdaughter of Mr B. Dickenson, of Coalbrook
tion in the town. This procession was headed dale, who survives him, and by whom he
by the Mayor, and by the Rev. Dr. Miller, leaves one son and four daughters.
rector of St. Martin's, the mother church of From early life he actively participated in
the town. In the midst of a heavy rain, the the various philanthropic movements of the
shops being closed, the procession moved day, but specially devoted himself to the slowly to the Friend's Meeting-house. Before Anti-slavery cause. The Anti-corn Law
it reached ther, more than twenty other carLeague, in its early days, was deeply indebted
riages had joined the mournful cavalcade. The to Mr. Sturge. Immediately on his return
burial-ground was thronged by members of from America, at the request of the Anti-corn
the Society of Friends from all parts of the Law League, he took up the subject of an ex
country. Mr. Bright, M.P., was present at tension of the suffrage, and the following year
the funeral. contested the borough of Nottingham.
Among the many tributes which have been In 1840, Mr Sturge had been solicited to
paid to the worth of Mr. Sturge, the first place stand as a candidate for Birmingham, but did
is due to the sermon of the Rev. J. A. James, not go to the poll, having been withdrawn upon
between whom and the departed a most intian understanding that the whole liberal party
mate friendship existed for more than thirty would support him at the next vacancy. In
years. Mr. James's delineation of his friend's 1844, upon the death of Mr. Joshua Schole
character is alike worthy of the orator and the field, he was again brought forward, but the
philanthropist. arrangement which had been previously made was not carried out. The following year, when all Europe was
DEATH OF DR. MORISON. convulsed with revolutions, he attended at Brussels the first of that remarkable series of We have this month to record the death of Peace Congresses which continued to be held our honoured and beloved brother, Dr. Moriannually in the principal cities of Europe son, of Chelsea ; and we do so with peculiar. until 1852, and at all of which he was present, feelings of sympathy for his bereaved partand had a principal share in the guidance of ner, and regret for the loss which the church their proceedings. The year 1818 was also of Christ has sustained by the removal of one
who has been so extensively useful and so universally beloved. The removal of such a man reminds us forcibly that the great and good with whom he was contemporary have one by one gone to their rest and their reward; and now he who was beloved by them all has joined their rank in the kingdom of heaven. It is not our intention, however, to give any delineation at present of the character of our departed friend ; an opportunity for this will soon occur. But our hearers will like to hear something from reliable authority as to his last days on earth.
For upwards of three years Dr. Morison was confined to his house, and the greater part of the time to his bed. In December, 1855, he preached his last sermon at Trevor Chapel; and since then his bodily sufferings have been continuous and acute. The constitution has been gradually weakening, and disease at length gained the mastery. The medical certificate of Dr. Anderson states that his death resulted from spasmodic asthma and disease of the liver.
Though his sufferings were so great, he bore them with Christian resignation. His religious peace was unbroken; he remarked to Mr. Statham, his successor, more than once during his illness, that he felt the consolation which resulted from resting on the Rock Christ Jesus, and from holding steadfast to the sound theology which he had faithfully preached during his long, laborious, and successful ministry.
For the last fortnight Dr. Morison's strength had been much weakened. Dr. James Legge, | his son-in-law, whose passage was taken in the ship “Dora,” with his daughters, for China,
before the aggravated symptoms came on, saw during the last few days of his stay that the dissolution of his revered father was nigh at band. Necessity, however, was laid upon him, as the ship sailed on the Monday.
This is one of the inscrutable mysteries of the providence of God. Dr. Legge sailed at noon, and Dr. Morison died at night! Our readers may imagine how sad was the departure, rendered necessary at such a time; but it was the will of God, and was submitted to as such.
Mr. Statham called in the evening of Monday, about ten o'clock, and found the Doctor very much weaker. Mrs. Morison, two of the grandchildren, and a friend, with the domestics, were in the room. At about half-past ten, as he lay on his pillow, he fell asleep in death; and so calmly did he die that the actual moment of his departure was unknown. He had been painfully struggling for breath the greater part of the day, but the last hour was like an infant's sleep.
Thus died our beloved brother, in his 68th year, and, we believe, the 45th year of his ministry. The intelligence of his death has produced a general sensation.
Our readers may well imagine that these lines have been indited with a full heart. Who could help loving the noble-hearted, the generous, the magnanimous Morison? He was emphatically a good man, and a lover of good men. His tongue and pen were ever ready to act in the cause of religion, humanity, and freedom. His charity was co-extensive with the Universal Church, and his deeds harmonised with his feelings.
Lessons by the Wday; or, Things to Think On.
LUTHER'S PRAYER FOR MELANC- and laboured, for years afterwards, in the THON.
cause of the Reformation. And when Luther On a certain occasion a message was sent to
returned home, he said to his wife with joy, Luther to inform him that Melancthon was
“God gave me my brother Melancthon back dying. He at once hastened to his sick bed,
in direct answer to prayer.' and found him presenting the usual premoni
THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST. tory symptoms of death. He mournfully bent over him; and, sobbing, gave utterance to a
Most of our young readers have read of the sorrowful exclamation. This roused Melanc rock of Gibraltar. It is a high, rugged rock, thon from his stupor-he looked into the face being connected with Spain only by a low, of Luther, and said, “O, Luther, is this you ? narrow isthmus. This isthmus, and the Why don't you let me depart in peace ?"
whole rock, are completely undermined, so as We can't spare you yet, Philip," was the to form underground magazines and batteries. reply. And turning round, he threw himself Two soldiers were one night guarding the upon his knees, and wrestled with God for his passage under this isthmus, when an officer recovery, for upwards of an hour. He went returned from the mainland, and demanded the from his knees to the bed, and took his friend watchword. One of the sentinels had just by the hand. Again he said, “ Dear Luther, become a Christian, and deeply absorbed in why don't you let me depart in peace ?"
his meditations on the love of Christ, ex"No, no, Philip, we cannot spare you yet,”
claimed, “The precious blood of Christ.” was the reply. He then ordered soup, and Then immediately recollecting himself, he when pressed to take it he declined, again replied correctly." But his words, " the presaying, “Dear Luther, why will you not let cious blood of Christ," were not lost on his me go home and be at rest ?" .
companion. They brought relief to his bur“ We cannot spare you yet, Philip," was the dened heart, he found the Saviour, and soon reply. He then added, “ Philip, take this after, being sent to Ceylon, he obtained a dissoup, or I will excommunicate you."
charge from the army, and completed the He took the soup; he commenced to grow translation of the Bible into the language of better ; he soon regained his wonted health, ! the Ceylonese.
Ah! to how many aching hearts have these spendest thy time?" "Sir," said the cobbler, words, “ the precious blood of Christ," brought "as for me, good works have I none, for my relief! When the soul has been wrung with life is but simple and slender. I am a poor anguish on account of its sins, when it has cobbler; in the morning, when I rise, I pray quailed before its offended God, and nothing for the whole city wherein I dwell, especially seemed left but despair-despair, how have for all such neighbours and poor friends as I these words, " the precious blood of Christ," have. After, I set me at my labour, when burst in like sunshine through the clouds, and I spend the whole day in getting my living, diffused a peace passing all understanding! and I keep me from all falsehood, for I .. Tell us that again.” cried the Greenlander, as hate nothing so much as I do deceitfulness ; the faithful Moravians preached to them of wherefore, when I make to any man a prothis precious blood. "Oh, that is the very mise, I keep it, and perform it truly, and thus Saviour I have been all my life seeking,” ex I spend my time poorly, with my wife and claimed the Hindoo, who for years had rolled children, whom I teach and instruct, as far as himself on the ground, and now first heard of my wit will serve me, to fear and dread sin. Jesus from the lips of Schwartz. The pre And this is the sum of my simple life.” cious blood of Christ! How many sins has it In this story vou see how God loveth those covered, how many sorrows wiped away, how that follow their vocation and live upright, many tear-streams dried ! What but this without any falsehood in their dealing. This * can do helpless sinners good ?”.
Anthony was a great holy man, yet this cobTHE WORLD'S ONLY HOPE.
bler was as much esteemed before God as he.
-Latimer. If a reformation is to take place on earth, and the world to experience a golden age,
DEATH FROM WANT OF SLEEP. Christianity alone can produce it. For, tell The question, How long can a person me what is wanting to make the world a king exist without sleep? is one oftener asked than dom of heaven, if that tender, profound, and answered, and the difficulty of answering the self-denying love, which we see Jesus practise
question by experiment would seem to leave and recommend, were paramount in every it for ever unsolved. A communication to a human heart! But the whole of religion con
British Society would seem to answer the sists in this, that Christ performed in every
inquiry, in a description of a cruel mode of individual. Think what it would be if every
punishment peculiar to the Chinese. A Chione exhibited a living mirror of " the fairest of
nese merchant had been convicted of murderthe sons of men," and loved God and the
ing his wife, and was sentenced to die by brethren like Him! Oh, really, the loftiest
being deprived of sleep. This painful mode of and most glorious idea of human society
death was carried into execution under the would then be realised. Be convinced, there
following circumstances: -- The condemned fore, that you are invited and allured by Jesus,
was placed in prison under the care of three not merely to be happy in heaven, but that
of the police guard, who relieved each other the earth may be again transformed into a
every alternate hour, and who prevented the paradise : for you see, in John's case, that he
prisoner from falling asleep, night or day. who casts himself by living faith on Jesus's
He thus lived for nineteen days without enbreast, soon imbibes from thence his love.
joying any sleep. At the commencement of the Krummacher.
eighth day, his sufferings were so intense, that A LIVELY EMBLEM OF HEAVEN.
he implored the authorities to grant him the
blessed opportunity of being strangulated, O what cheerfulness, strength, and plea guillotined, burned to death, drowned, garroted, sure did the primitive Christians reap from shot, quartered, blown up with gunpowder, the unity of their hearts, in the way and or put to death in any conceivable way which worship of God! Next to the delight of im their humanity or ferocity could invent. This mediate communion with God Himself, there will give a slight idea of the horrors of death is none like that which rises from the harmo from want of sleep. nious exercise of the graces of the saints in their mutual duties and communion one with
FINE THOUGHTS. another. How are the spirits delighted and
Nobody is so weak but he is strong enough refreshed with it! What a lively emblem is
to bear the misfortunes that he does not there of heaven! The courts of princes afford
feel. no such delights.-Flavel.
No man's religion ever survives his morals.
That is not wit which consists not with THE SAINT AND THE COBBLER. !
wisdom. We read a pretty story of St. Anthony, No man shall ever come to heaven himself who, being in the wilderness, led there a i who has not sent his heart thither before very hard and strait life, in so much as him. none at that time did the like ; to whom came That man will one day find it but poor a voice from heaven, saying: -“ Anthony, gain, who hits upon truth with the loss of thou art not so perfect as is a cobbler that charity. dwelleth at Alexandria." Anthony, hearing Christ saves the world by undeceiving it, this, rose up forthwith, and took his staff and and sanctifies the will by first enlightening went till he came to Alexandria, where he the understanding. found the cobbler. The cobbler was astonished If we justly look upon a proneness to find to see so reverend a father come to his house. faults as a very ill and a mean thing, we are Then Anthony s:id to him, “Come and tell to remember that a proneness to believe them me thy whole conversation, and how thou is next to it.
This happiness does Christ vouchsafe to all him. The clergyman let the story travel His, that, as a Saviour, He once suffered for along, until he had a fair opportunity to give them, and that, as a friend, He always suffers it a broadside. Upon being charged with with them.
the offence, he replied as follows:-" In the A blind guide is certainly a great mischief; first place, I never have attempted to influence but a guide that blinds those whom he should my wife in her views, nor a choice of meetlead is undoubtedly a much greater.-Til ing. Secondly, my wife has not attended any lotson.
of the revival meetings. In the third place, I
have not even attended any of the meetings A SLANDER REFUTED.
for any purpose whatever. To conclude, A clergyman was charged with having neither my wife nor myself have any inclinaviolently dragged his wife from a revival | tion to these meetings. Finally, I never had meeting, and compelled her to go home with a wife."
ANALYSIS OF TIIE CHURCII OF
rican brethren are“ not a model for ENGLAND.
Englishmen.” In many things they A CLASS of Churchmen are always are, but in some they are not. They taunting Dissenters with being selis
are much given to whims, oddities, and matics, clearly unmindful of the proverb
freaks. They profess to “ go ahead" of about "glass houses.” An able foreign mankind, and they do so; but their rail writer thus sketches the parties in the | has many “sidings," or ratber branches, Anglican church :
where they have it all to themselves, 1. Romanists—150 to 180— mostly sons of and their trips are curiosities. None Low Church parents and Dissenters.
go before, and none are likely to follow. 2. Romanizers in doctrine and practice, and Referring to “ Surprise Parties," an especially in church ornaments, postures, and
American Journal says :phraseology. Silent as to Roman errors and corruptions. Mostly officiating in churches
Notices of these agreeable performances from which there have been both clerical and
reach us froin every quarter. As evidences of lay successions to the Roman schism, and
parishional affection and appreciation, they are many of them in the habit of using Roman
very acceptable to their objects, and in many Catbolic devotional works, and attending Roman Catholic services.
cases aid materially to eke out an insufficient
salary. 3. Semi-Romanizers, or fraternizers with or
We neglected to state last week that Rev. apologists for Romanizers. Seldom alluding
William S. Mikels, pastor of Sixteenth-street even to dangers from Rome.
Baptist Church, on returning from a wedding 4. Consistent Anglicans, anxious, but hope
on 30th ult., found that a number of people ful and active; protesting against Romanism,
had taken possession of his house, and were Romanizing, and Puritanism, in doctrine and
bent upon doing in it what they pleased. practice. 5. Wavering Anglicans, apathetic or dis
Happily for Mr. Mikels, they were pleased
not to take anything which was not their own, appointed, alarmed and disheartened, mainly
but to leave behind them the substantial by secession to Rome and Romanizing.
amount of three hundred dollars in cash. 6. “ Old-fashioned High Church men," " Church and State” men.
There are many others, we fancy, to whom 7. Neutrals-routine men-quiet and timid
such a robbery would be most acceptable.
The church and congregation of Rev. Dr. -isolated-keeping almost entirely aloof from
Murdock, pastor of the Bowdoin-square " parties" and " movements."
Church, Boston, paid him a visit on Thursday *8. Broad Churchmen, having intellectual
evening of last week, and presented him with sympathies with intellectual liberal men of all
a well-filled purse and a variety of other parties. 9. Tolerant “ Evangelicals," recognizing as
On the evening of the last day of the old brethren all those who are free from Roman
year, Rev. Erastus Andrews, pastor of the izing and Rationalism, and admitting that
First Baptist Church of Suffield, Conn., rethey may hold baptismal regeneration without
ceived a call from his parish, who left "matePopery.
rial aid” in generous profusion, thus showing 10. Intolerant " Evangelicals"-exclusive-
their high appreciation of their pastor, and Puritans- suspecting and denouncing all “Iligh" Churchmen.
sustaining their former reputation as a gene
rous people. 11. Semi-Dissenters, or fraternizers with
While taking his coffee, New Year's mornand apologists for Protestant Dissenters.
ing, in Buffalo, Rev. Montgomery Schuyler, of 12. Rationalists, or Latitudinarians.
Rochester, received a note, opened it, read it,
smiled, and put the contents, two thousand "SURPRISE PARTIES."
dollars, in his vest pocket. He was formerly
pastor of St. John's Church, in that city, but It has been often said that our Ame- is now of Christ Church, St. Louis. Several