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The town of Zofingen is in Argovie, and is Pro- always do,) but heard the glorious Gospel of the testant; it contains about two thousand souls. A blessed God," as St. Paul expressed it, from the house was destroyed by lightning, in the storm of lips of his ministers. The difference between a Wednesday night. The women in Lucern wear, cold harangue on ethics, and the gracious message not caps, but immense straw hats, with very small of peace and joy in Christ Jesus, is immense. flat crowns, and four bows of ribbon, two green Duty must follow, not precede, much less exclude, and two red, with sometimes a bunch of flowers. salvation by faith. The morning subject was Our voiturier (for we were obliged to hire one at John, v. 44. “ How can ye believe, which receive Lucern to take us back to Bern) feeds his horses honor one of another, and seek not the honor that with bread; when we stopped yesterday, we saw cometh from God only?”—the afternoon, Heb. x. a boy with a loaf of bread, (of the same sort as we The church was crowded in the morning, and the ad ourselves,) cutting it with a knife, and giving attention of the congregation most pleasing. Noirst one horse a slice, and then another, which tice was given of a public fast for Sept. 11, “ On they seemed to eat with much pleasure.
account of the sins of the people, and in order to Herzogenbuchs, seventeen miles from Zofingen, render thanks to God for his benefits.” The lantvelre at noon.-We have had a pleasing drive of guage of the notice was very pious and appropriate. four hours through a fruitful country. The village After recounting the various public blessings of is neat and clean, and the whole place is crowded Almighty God to the republic of Bern, it proceeded
with men and women who have been attending a to mention “the most excellent of all God's gifts, ! funeral, and are now going to dinner. We are the holy religion of Jesus, which is an inexhaustiI in a Protestant canton, and within seven leagues ble source of truth, virtue, and consolation, to so
of Bern. The village contains about five hundred many thousands of souls." It then dwelt on the | inhabitants; two or three hundred of whom are ingratitude and sins of the people, and exhorted dining, or about to dine, at this funeral.
them "to fly to the grace of God in Jesus Christ, Bern, Saturday evening, half-past seven.- Thank and seek from Him the pardon of their sins by unGod, I find myself again with my dear Ann; and feigned repentance, a lively faith, and a true conthank God also she is remarkably well. The fort- version." It ordered, lastly, that all the shops night's entire quiet, though dull to her in some should be shut after three o'clock the preceding respecte, has restored her to wonderful health and day. strength. She has also now become accustomed At half-past four we had our private service. to the food and place, and knows better what she Three English families joined us ; so that we were is about, and how to manage the people and things eighteen in all. I was not in the least acquainted in Switzerland. How great a blessing is this ! even with the names of my auditory; but an opWe had a beautiful ride from Herzogenbuchs to portunity occurring, I had just mentioned to two Bern, twenty-one miles. Almost all the country families, at the table-d’hôte, that I was about to from Lucern to Bern is well cultivated, the views have English service; and, as we were beginning, beautifully mild, herds of cattle feeding in different a third family, a clergyman's, begged permission spots, the meadows yielding four or five crops a to come in. They all seemed intensely attentive. year, the farming buildings large and convenient, My subject was from 1 Thess. i. 5, “For our Gosthe whole reminding us of beloved England— pel came not unto you in word only, but also in which could not, of course, be the case in the power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much asmountain regions we have left. As we approached surance." I hope some good was done. One Bern, a noble range of Alps stretched themselves family was, at the least, better employed than on before us. We passed Hofwyl, the celebrated the preceding Sunday, when they were at a play spot where M. Fellenberg has his school and his at Lausanne. This the father of it had told me establishment for agriculturists; but it was too with perfect sangfroid ; adding, that he had been late to stop.
properly punished; for they were late, and could We have been in this Oberland tour, three hun-obtain no good sittings. It was this conversation dred and fifteen miles in twelve days, and above which led me to propose to them to join our Engtwo hundred of it on mules. Never did I derive lish service. How lamentable is it that British 80 much benefit to my health, as by these moun- travellers have so slight a sense of the obligation tain rides. We propose now to go on to Lausanne of keeping holy the Sabbath ! on Monday. We shall set off for Paris (please So far as I can learn, there is much of true reGod) by the 1st of October, at latest; stay there ligion in this important canton. It quite delights till the 23d, and be at home on Friday the 31st. me to be able to say this. I have so often had to I had the particular pleasure of finding a letter give you unfavorable accounts, that I have a doufrom you, dated August 6th, and received August ble pleasure, when truth allows me to unite with 21st, on my return here. Your account of our charity in my reports. The education of the childear relative grieves me to the heart. My prayers dren is strictly attended to–indeed every parent shall be united with yours, that these severe and is compelled to send his children to school and repeated afflictions may become real blessings to catechism. In this respect the Swiss governments hum, by awakening him to more seriousness, de- possess a real moral power. In the police of the termination, and earnestness, in seeking the sal- towns; the suppression of vice; the prohibition of vation of his soul, which is the grand concern of theatres ; the banishing of bad persons at once, man, and without which we are lost and miserable, and without ceremony; the laws against luxury, though in the utmost outward prosperity. &c.; it is amazing what a salutary influence some
Bern, Sunday evening, August 24, 1823.–We of these states exercise over their comparatively have had to-day a delightful Sunday ; twice have diminutive territories. I not only attended public worship, (which we The town of Bern contains about a ninth part
of the population of Liverpool or Manchester; and Christian nations and churches, yea, on all manall the canton not a fourth part of the population kind ! of London--indeed the twenty-two Swiss cantons
I am your affectionate brother, D. W. are not much more populous than that one immense city.* Every thing therefore falls imme
P. S. As I have been speaking on the subject diately under the notice of the magistrates, and of strangers' books, I cannot close my letter may be checked at its first appearance. And this without mentioning the two ingenious sentences sort of paternal, though perhaps somewhat arbi- which were written in the time of our James I. trary, restraint, being connected generally with by the celebrated Sir Henry Wotton, whose adthe faithful preaching of the Gospel, all seems to vice to Milton I noticed in a former letter. be done, that any government can do, for the sup The first is a keen satire; and would have pression of public immorality and the encourage- been more complete if the ambiguity of the Engment of piety and virtue.
lish word, lie, could have been expressed in the Whereas in England things are on a very dif- Latin : ferent footing. The overgrown population of the An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie metropolis, the extent of the other commercial abroad for the good of his country.”—“Legatus towns and cities, the jealousy of their civil rights est vir bonus peregrè missus ad mentiendum rewhich pervades all ranks, the measure of political publicæ causa," and religious liberty which they claim and enjoy, The other is more grave, but not without a the influence of public opinion on parliament and touch of humor; for I suppress the long solemn ministers of state, the tone of religious sentiment list of Sir Henry's titles, and of his various emgiven by the bishops and clergy, all combine to bassies, which precedes it: prevent the interference of an arbitrary discipline, “ Henricus Wottonius, &c. &c. &c. tandem hoc and to leave things at the disposal of law and the didicit, Animas fieri sapientiores quiescendo.” general feelings of the nation. Undoubtedly this "Henry Wotton, &c, &c. &c. at length leamed has degenerated too often into negligence and dis- this, That souls are made wiser by being quiet. order, especially in the permission of blasphemous The first was written early in Sir Henry's life, and seditious publications, in the neglect of the and was printed from the Latin copy, eight years education of our poor, and the inadequate provision afterwards, and maliciously transcribed on several for the public worship of God. Nor has the faith- glass windows at Venice, where he then resided ful preaching of the reformed doctrines in their as English Ambassador. The other was the cool simplicity and vigor, been always so general with and weighty result of experience, after a long life us, as it seems to have been in the Swiss churches. spent in diplomatic services.
Still, in England there is a principle of renova I wish all the sentences written now were as tion implanted, and concealed, as it were, in all well worth remembering. our free institutions, which revives whenever the mercy of God visits our country, and which was
NOTICE OF THE PUBLIC FAST AT BERN. never, perhaps, more powerfully at work than at present. The standard of religious sentiment is This public religious service is annual in the i rapidly advancing, our clergy are rising from their Swiss churches, and is attended to with much torpor, and are preaching and living according to solemnity by all classes. Surely other churches the Gospel; the influence of public sentiment is might do well to imitate so good an example. turned, in a considerable degree, to the side of what cause have we in England, at the time I piety and good morals; our government favors am writing this, (February, 1825) for thanksgiving the progress of this mighty change; Parliament as well as for humiliation--for thanksgiving on itself begins to move ; our Bible and missionary account of the unnumbered blessings which God institutions are in some proportion to our wealth has vouchsafed to us ; blessings almost unparaland commercial greatness. Now, in the small leled in the history of nations for humiliation on governments of Switzerland, I suspect that much account of our, alas ! too flagrant and aggravated more must depend on the personal character of national sins. Surely the growing sense of reli- ja the members of the government, and much less gious obligation which marks the general body of on public opinion. And if a spirit of negligence people in England, would support the venerable as to morals, or of persecution as to religion, heads of our church in so seasonable an appointshould pervade the minds of the chief persons in a ment. The highest pitch of public prosperity alcanton, there would be far less hope of a recovery ways touches on the most fearful reverses, by than in England.
leading to pride, luxury, vice, and forgetfulness of But I am indulging too much in this sort of re- God. I insert the whole of the valuable document flections, for a stranger; the state of things in the from which I have given a passage or two above. canton of Bern is at present delightful; and, after I never saw a copy of it in this country. all, under every form of government, the extent of real spiritual religion in the heart and life, must
Nous avoyer et conseil de la ville et republique ever depend on a higher cause—the pure preach
de Bern, assurons nos chers et fidéles ressoring of the doctrine of Christ, and the grace of
tissans de notre gracieuse bienveillance, et leur God's blessed Spirit. May that grace descend
faisons savoir : more and more on our own happy country and all
Que, de concert avec les autres Etats réformés * Switzerland contains 1,750,000 inhabitants ; de la Confédération, nous avons arrêté de faire céLondon, 1,274,800; Bern 13,340; Liverpool, 118,972 | lébrer, Jeudi 11 Septembre prochain,u n jour sothe canton of Bern, 215,000
lennel d'actions de grâces, de jeûne et de prière.
Et qui de nous, chers et fidèles ressortissans, Mais pour prévenir autant que possible tout ce ne se sentirait avec nous porté à remercier Dieu qui pourrait troubler la devotion pendant ce jour publiquement, et du fond d'un cæur touché, en ré- solennel de jeûne, nous ordonnons enfin sérieuseAléchissant à tous les bienfaits qu'il a répandus sur ment, que durant tout ce saint jour, et la veille nous pendant cette année si pleine d'évenemens ? depuis les trois heures de l'après-dîner, toutes les Une paix profonde régne au sein de notre patrie, et auberges ct pintes soient fermées pour chacun, dans les contrées qui nous avoisinent; tandis que excepté pour les voyageurs étrangers; nous dédans d'autres pays plus éloignés le fléau de la fendons en même temps les courses indécentes guerre trouble la prospérité des peuples : et de d'une paroisse dans une autre, et entendons que cette tranquillité découlent pour la vie domestique chacun fréquente l'église de sa paroisse. et publique d'inombrables bénédictions qui s'éten Veuille l’Auteur de toute grâce lui-même faire dent sur tous les états et sur tous les âges. La servir cette institution à sa sainte gloire, á la prosterre a été fertile au-de là de toute espérance, et périté de la patrie, et à l'avancement du bonheur par ses riches productions a confondu les inquié- de chacun en particulier. tudes de ceux, auxquels la température variable Donné le 18 Août, 1823. et pluvieuse de l'été faisait craindre le retour de
Chancellerie de Berne. la disette. Et si par-ci par-là des orages ont occasionné quelque perte, que ce dommage est peu de chose en comparaison de tout le bien que nous avons reçue de la main du Seigneur! ce n'a été
LETTER X. en quelque sorte qu'un avertissement pour nous rappeler pu'il est en sa puissance de nous donner Morat, August 25.—Lausanne, August 31, 1823. ou de nous enlever ce qui nous est le plus nécessaire.
Et pourquoi ne ferions-nous pas mention du plus Battle of Morat-Avenche-Payerne-Lausanncexcellent de tous les dons de Dieu, de la sainte Reformation-Translation of Scott-Lake of Gereligion de Jésus, qui est enseignee purement dans
neva - Lodgings-Calvinism-Nion-Coppet
M. Neckar-Madam de Stael-Geneva-Rhonc les églises et dans les écoles, et qui est une source intarissable de vérité, de vertu, et de consolation
-Steam Boat-Death of Missionaries Johnson
and Palmer-The Pope-Ferney--Voltairepour tant de milliers d'ames ? Si l'expérience journalière de cette grâce du
Sunday at Lausanne-Preachers—Persecution
Calvin's Will-Arrete at Lausanne. Seigneur qui se multiplie sur nous de tant de manières, doit à juste titre nous animer à la célébrer
Morat, canton of Friburg, 15 miles from avec joie; nous ne saurions cependant vous le ca
Bern, Monday, August 25, 1823. cher, un regard jeté sur l'état religieux et moral de notre peuple, dévoile une grande corruption, MY DEAREST SISTER, —At length we have left qui en vérité nous rend indignes d'une telle grâce. Bern, eighteen days after our arrival. We have Une légèreté sans bornes se manifeste dans les been driving to-day through a sweet country, villes et à la compagne sous une multitude de though of necessity less striking than the Oberformes; dans l'indifference thouchant la connais- land, which still captivates my imagination. On sance et l'adoration de Dieu, chez plusieurs dans reflection, I feel more and more gratified at havun total abandon des temples du Seigneur, dans ing had health and strength to visit it. The l'oisiveté, le goût du luxe, et une vie déréglée, qui Jungfrau, the Avalanches, the Giessbach, the Giaentraînent la ruine de familles entières, comme cier of the Rhone, and the valley of the Reuss, aussi des indi lus en particulier. Et à cote de seem quite to fill and overwhelm my mind. Even cette déplorable et criminelle légèreté, n'avons- the Righi, bad as the weather was, has left a nous pas la douleur de voir dans quelques contrées strong impression on my recollection. Next to a des hommes pervers continuer à faire un horrible perfectly clear day, I conceive nothing could have abus des choses divines, de tout ce qu'il y a de plus been finer than the beholding the tremendous saint, pour tromper les simples, pour séduire les storm gathering in the horizon, hours before it faibles, et se livrer à la plus grossière immoralité? burst upon us, contrasted with the sweet sunshine Des iniquités aussi graves ayant lieu, ainsi que on the opposite side. I must tell you, that good tant d'autres transgressions qni minent insensible- old Mr. Wyttenbach called on us before we left ment la prospéerité publique et domestique; le soin Bern, and gave us his blessing: and that three paternel que nous devons prendre du salut de nos re- young ladies out of our congregation yesterday, Fortissans nous oblige à les exhorter sérieusement, seemed a good deal affected with the discourse ; de recourir à la grâce de Dieu en Jésus Christ, et they spoke to us this morning with evident intede chercher auprès de lui le pardon des péchés rest and anxiety. It is impossible to reckon on the par une repentance non feinte, une foi vive, et une impressions made by a single sermon; but attenconversion véritable, se rappelant soigneusement tion to truth is always a hopeful sign, and may qu'il ne faut pas s'en tenir à la simple promesse lead on to consideration, repentance, conversion; de s'amender, mais que le sacrifice agréable au —"faith cometh by hearing.” Très-Haut, c'est une vie Chrétienne selon la vérité, It is, perhaps, scarcely worth adding to what I la pureté, et la charité,
have said about Bern, that the founder of the town Nous attendons avec confiance, que quiconque was a duke of Zæhringen. He is represented desire le bien de la patrie, et son propre avantage, over one of the gates, in a colassal form, twenty ne manquera pas au jour de jeûne prochain, d'im- feet or more high. In all these towns and canplorer pour cet effect de l'amour éternel le secours tons, you should know, that the walks and varied d'enhaut, et la conservation des biens précieux dont beauties of nature are opened to the public, and nous jouissons.
you are sure to find shady paths and convenient
seats for your repose ; nothing is usurped as of remarkably confirms this historical fact. It is an private use. I forgot to say, that at Lucern, all epitaph, most simple and touching, on this very the dogs in the town are secured with muzzles of daughter, and supposed to be written by herself
. brass or iron, placed loosely over the mouth; no- , " I, Julia Alpinula, here lie, the unhappy offspring thing could be more curious, than to meet ten or of an unhappy father. I could not avert by my twelve of these poor animals in every street, thus entreaties the death of my father; the fates had deprived of liberty.
appointed him an evil death. I lived XXIII. Morat, where we now are dining, is beautifully years.
"* It is thus that incidental circumstances situated on the lake of that name; it is one thou- corroborate the truth of history. The Scripture sand four hundred and sixty feet above the sea, annals have been confirmed a thousand times in a and has a thousand inhabitants. It is celebrated similar manner; and though they embrace a pefor one of those great battles, by which a small riod of several thousand years, and touch on the number of Swiss heroes overcame France and history of all countries, and have lain open to the Austria, and established their independence. The misrepresentations of unbelievers in every age, battle of Morat was fought June 22, 1476, against nothing has ever been established to weaken their Charles duke of Burgundy. Two thousand heroes authenticity. kept an army of seventy thousand French in Moudon Tuesday morning, August 26.-We check, at Morat, till the Swiss confederates could set off this morning at half-past eight. Before arrive-Couriers were despatched in all directions breakfast, we went to see the church of Payerne, to hasten their march–In three weeks thirty-five where there is a tomb of queen Bertha, who built
, thousand men were collected— They at once re- in 962, the cathedral, from the ruins of Avenche; solved to attack the enemy's camp, and they the edifice is now used as a barn. We saw also, gained a complete victory. Three-and-twenty the curious saddle which she used, made of wood thousand of Charles's army perished on that day; cased with iron, and with a high framework, like and the duke escaped with difficulty, with three a child's go-cart, so as to defend and fix the whole thousand cavalry, to Morges. The Swiss loss body. We are now at a small town called Mouwas four hundred killed, and six hundred wounded. don, twelve miles from Payerne-one thousand
The lake of Morat, is only six miles long, and four hundred souls-built by the Romans, on the two broad; but abounds in a fish called sabet, Broie river, which joins the lakes of Morat and said to be the largest of all the fresh water kinds. Neufchâtel. The country here is much more We have had a fearfully hot ride of four hours tame than in the Oberland (indeed you must exand a half. This is the fourth fine day we have pect dull letters after the wonders of the Alps,) had in succession.
but still fruitful, variegated, agreeable. Payerne, Canton de Vaud, half-past nine, Mon Now let me answer your inquiries about the day night.-We left Morat at half-past six, and beds in the Pays Bas and Germany (for my letters soon came to the spot where the battle of Morat are miscellanies indeed :) Ist. We were in danwas fought. A building formerly stood there, ger of rolling out, from the inclined, shelving form forty-four feet by fourteen, containing the bones of of the high, thick, awkward, trebled mattresses ; the Burgundians who fell, with this truly Swiss the beds inclined both from one side to the other, inscription : "The army of Charles, duke of Bur- and from the head to the foot. 2d. If you kept gundy, besieging Morat, was slain by the Swiss, in bed, then you were in danger of losing all the and left behind them this monument, in 1476"- scanty clothes at once, by the slightest change of “hoc sui monumentum reliquit.” The building position. 3d. If you laid hold of the clothes to was destroyed by the French, in 1798. A new prevent this, then you infallibly uncovered your and simple column was erected last year, with feet; and in rising to adjust the clothes, the whole this inscription, “ Vicioriam, 22 Jun. 1476, patrum bed became deranged. 4th. When other things concordia partam, novo signat lapide Republica were settled, you had to search about with your Fribourg, 1822.” “ The victory obtained by the hands in the straw of the mattresses, and push union of their forefathers, 228 June, 1476, is down some of the principal bumps as well as you marked with a new column by the Republic of could. 5th. The curtains being suspended on a Fribourg, 1822—a simple and sublime record ! ring or hoop, from the top of the room (the beds
About half-past seven we passed through having no posts,) you were in danger of pulling Avenche, the ancient Aventicum, founded 589 down the whole canopy upon you, if you drew the years before Christ, and a most flourishing city curtains round you. 6th. All these dangers beand a capital of Helvetia, under the emperor Ves- ing over, you were exposed every minute, till the pasian, from A. D. 69–77. It was destroyed by house was quiet, to persons of all descriptions Attila in the fifth century. We saw the ruins of coming into your room ; for the lock would somethe Roman tower, walls, amphitheatre, altars, times not turn, and you had no bolts. Then, temples; and drove for a mile over what formerly 7th. The servants knew not one word of French; constituted Aventicum. An inconsiderable vil- | and, lastly, the beds themselves were so small, lage is all that now remains of what was once the and so beset with hard wooden sides and ends, metropolis of Switzerland. Thus the glory of that you were infallibly exposed to injuring your cities passes away. The spot abounds with an- hands, or arms, or head, by violent blows. Now we cient inscriptions; one is too curious to be omit- are in Switzerland, the beds are generally better. ted. Tacitus relates, that Julius Alpinus, chief magistrate of Aventicum, was massacred by or
*" Julia Alpinula hic jaceo infelicis patris infeder of Aulus Cæcina, in the year 69; in spite of lix proles. Exorare patris necem non potui; male the yers of his daughter. An inscription has mori in fatis illi erat.' Vixi annos, XXIII."-Grut. been found in the antiquities of the town, which Inscrip. Tac. Hist. L. 1 et 2.
Lausanne, capital of Pays de Vaud, Tuesday Thursday, 6 o'clock, morning, August 28.s night.-We arrived here at eight o'clock. The Lausanne is by no means a fine town in itself
, but drive of twelve miles was fine and beautiful. We it is most beautifully situated. It stands above crossed Mount Jorat, two thousand seven hun five hundred feet above the lake, and is a fine dred and seventy feet above the sea. The moun-object from a distance. There are charming tains on the other side of the lake of Geneva walks just beyond it, on one of the hills
, commandwere clearly visible; but Mount Blanc (the great ing a view of the lake, and of the part of the popular curiosity of Switzerland, or Savoy, pro- town which stands upon a second and nearly paperly speaking) was obscured with clouds. As rallel hill. The intermediate valley is filled with we approached Lausanne, the lake and adjoining vines. Noble trees and seats increase the pleacountry opened beautifully before us. The pea- sure of the promenade. It was amongst the carsants have here a new variety of bonnets—a straw liest towns to embrace the Reformation in the sixone, rising above the head in turrets, and ending teenth century. The proverbial dissoluteness of in a sort of handle at the top, something like a manners of the Popish clergy of that era, is still bell. Lausanne is a town of eleven thousand talked of in Lausanne. The church of St. Anne, souls ; Protestant; one thousand six hundred and and the houses of the priests, were, in fact, turned eighty feet above the sea. It is situated on three into places of the grossest and most abandoned hills with their intermediate valleys, so that many profligacy. It was thus, that the enormity of the of the streets are steep. It is filled with voitu- evil, prepared men to receive the remedy. riers and carriages of all sorts, and claims a kind Never was any point of history more clearly of privilege of furnishing travellers, who com- made out than the necessity of the Reformation. monly enter Switzerland by way of France, for Christianity was almost forgotten, both in its doctheir Swiss tour in the summer, and their Italian trines and duties; and a frightful code of superin the winter. The lake of Leman, or Geneva, stition, united with manners the most corrupt, was on which it stands, is the largest in Switzerland, rapidly obliterating every trace of its genuine chaafter that of Constance. It is above forty miles racter. Even as the Roman Catholic religion exlong, and ten broad; forty small rivers, besides ists now, a reformation would have been indispenthe Rhone, fall into it; Geneva is at the other sable. But we are to judge of the importance of end of it. A steam-boat has just begun to sail in that great event, not by what Popery actually is, it, for the first time in Switzerland.
after the tacit influence on it of three centuries We heard yesterday and to-day of the effects of evangelical truth, in the Reformed churches ; of the dreadful storm on Wednesday night, when but by what it was before Martin Luther sepawe were on the Righi: seven houses and many rated from it, and by what it would have been, heads of cattle were destroyed. What thanks do long before the present day, if that heroic Rewe owe to a good Providence for preservation ! former and his noble associates had not acted as One stroke of lightning might have summoned they did. And we are to recollect, that besides the crowded guests of our inn, and us amongst the gross errors, both in faith and practice, which them, to their eternal account ! You have no disgraced it then, and which disgrace it still, it idea, in England, of the storms in these warmer cherishes a spirit of persecution, insists on all its climates.
absurdities as matters of faith, imposes its iron Lausanne, Wednesday, 3 o'clock.-We have yoke on the conscience, and will hear of no retaken lodgings for a month, with liberty to quit at monstrance, no advice, no correction.* a fortnight. A kind, excellent Swiss friend, whom The Panorama in London gives an accurate we knew in London, has been indefatigable for and pleasing view of the entrance to Lausanne our comfort. We have a suite of four rooms on from Geneva. In the evening, the dear children the first floor, looking full on the fine Lake of Ge- and I spent all the time in our sweet little garden, neva; a sitting room about twenty-five feet square; three bed rooms, and a cabinet ; all neat, and garden of four acres has been laid out by the taste even elegant; with an approach through a gate- of M. Deyverdun; from the garden a rich scenery way and yard, from the main street; so that we of meadows and vineyards descends to the Leman have the most exquisite view imaginable on the lake, and the prospect far beyond the lake is crownone side, and all the comforts of a town on the ed by the stupendous mountains of Savoy." other. We have a nice little garden, to which we of the fallen
church of Rome. “We offer the Pa
* This tyrannical dominion is one characteristic descend from our parlor ; from this we look down upon a sweet garden belonging to another house; pists every thing
more than we ought,” from which the vineyards begin still lower down says Luther," we only
claim to ourselves the liberty the hill, and these vineyards extend to the lake will not be compelled or bound in conscience to any
of conscience, which we have in Christ Jesus. We itself. We pay two hundred and forty francs a work, so that by doing it we should be righteous, by month, about two pounds ten shilling a week.-omitting it condemned. We will willingly use the It is no recommendation to us, but we are inform- same meats with them, and observe the same feasts ed, that Gibbon inhabited our lodgings for six and fasts, if they will only permit us to keep them . weeks, before his own house was ready for his re- of our free choice, and cease from these threatening ception.*
words, by which they have hitherto terrified and subjecied the whole world: 'We command, we in
sist, we excommunicate,' &c. Here we will, and Gibbon thus describes the situation of his house; onght to be rebels, and pertinacious; otherwise we which is quite appicable to our charming lodgings: should lose the truth of the Gospel, and our liberty, “I occupy a spacious and convenient mansion, con- which we have, not in Cæsar, in kings, in princes, Dected on the north side with the city, and open on nor in the Pope, the world, and the flesh, but in the south to a beautiful and boundless horizon. A Christ Jesus." —Comm. in Gal. p. 71. Wittenb. 1536.