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dence may have guided us. This will appear from the following cases which I shall produce, in order to illustrate tlie point in hand; and with these conclude, as the ingenious querist may Țeadily suppose others of a similar kind.

I have wished to engage in some trade or profession :- I seek God for direction in this, -- and Providence presents an opening; which, after mature deliberation, I embrace. But when I am fixed therein, I perceive, from better acquaintance with affairs, that I am incompetent to continue in it, or an likely to injure my circumstances, or may be exposed to sin by remaining in my post: - in either or all of these cases it is both lawful and expedient to recede.

I will suppose another case : I am called to be a pastor over a congregation; in the introduction to which, I endeavour to follow the leadings of Providence. I obey the call; but when settled over the flock, circumstances may alter, so as to render the situation unfriendly to my peace, or prove inadequate to my support in life. in this case it'is lawful, after due trial, to embrace another opening in Providence, and quit my present sin tuation. Warwick.

J. M.

THOUGHTS ON 1 JOHN V. 14, 15.

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask any

thing according to his will, he heareth us; and if we know that he heareth us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Prayer is the breath of the heaven-born soul, and may proá perly be called the breath of God in the soul;- inasmuch as it comes from and leads to him.

It is an expression of our thoughts of God and to God, in either silent desires or vocal sounds. It is an acknowledgment of our dependence, necessity, and hope, or expectation. If it be asked how are we to pray? we answer, With the Spirit, and with the understanding also; as in 1 Cor. xiv. 15. - In faith; as in James i. 6.--In submission; as in Matt. xxvi. 39. With perseverance; as in Luke xviii. 1, &c. · With a view to the glory of God; 1 Cor. x. 91. Phil. iv. 6.-Whoever is found in the exercise of prayer in this way, may be assured that he asks acco:ling to God's will; because it is agreeable to his direction in his word, which is his revealed will; and also it is the work of his own Spirit, who maketh intercession for (or in) us, according to the will of God.-This, therefore, is the confidence that we have in him, That if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us; he never shuts his gracious ear against the voice of his own Spirit. And if he hear us, we know we have the petitions answered which we desired of him.

ANECDOTES.

253 If it be asked, How do we know that we have these petitions ? we answer by making another enquiry: Do we know that we pray according to God's will, as before-mentioned? If so, we have these petitions granted, even in the present world.

The praying soul, who has a feeling sense of these privileges, will say, in confirmation of this truth, — " I know that I have petitions that I desired of him." Gornel.

J. W.

ANECDOTES,

INFIDEL WIT REPELLED. A GAY young spark, of a Deistical turn, travelling in a stage-coach to London, forced his sentiments on the company, by attempting to ridicule the Scriptures; and, among other topics, made himselt merry with the story of David and Goliath, strongly urging the impossibility of a youth like David, being able to throw a stone with sufficient force to sink into the giant's forehead. On this he appealed to the company, and in particular to a grave gentleman of the denomination called Quakers, who sat silent in one corner of the carriage. “Indeed, friend," replied he, “ I do not think it at all improbable, if the Philistine's head was as soli as thine.”

It was an excellent reply of a friend of mine (said Mr. E-) when à gentleman took him up on the leads of his house, to shew him the extent of his possessions :- Waving his hand about, “ There,” says he, “ that is my estate.” Then pointing to a great distance, on one side,“ Do you see that farm: • Yes.' — « Well, that is mine." Pointing again to the other side," Do you see that house?” “Yes.' " 'That also belongs to me.” — Then, said my friend, 'Do you see that little village out yonder ?' “Yes.”

“ Yes." "Well, there lives a poor woman in that village, who can say more than all this.” “Ah! what can she say?" Why, she can say, Christ is mine.'— He looked confounded, and said no more.

THE MAN OF THE WORLD AND TIIE CHRISTIAN. Capt. Macnamara, who lately killed Col. Montgomery in a duel, intimated on his trial, that he could have overlooked the conduct of his antagonist, if the public would have overlooked his in doing so. The public opinion, therefore, was his God. Religion and humanity, as he in effect acknowledged, might require bim to act otherwise; but he was a gentleman, and public opinion must be obeyed !

Col. Gardiner received a challenge ; but Col. Gardiner was a Christian, “ I am afraid of sinning," said he ;“ but you know I am not afraid of fighting ;” and thus declined the challenge: Query, Did this answer imply that he was a coward ? G.

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JOHN WHITEHEAD, each of them, that they were very Of Thornborough, near Buck. zealous, and constantly attended all ingham, died Nov. 1, 1802, in the the means. But their happiness on 59th year of his age. He was born earth was not to continue long, for at Leckainstead, a village in that very soon, the health of the de. county, and was brought up to hus. ceased began to decline. At first, bandry. As his parents were 1100 his disorder affected his head, then serious, they did not bring him to it turned to a fever, and at last to a hear the gospel ; so that he had no dropsy ; which put an end to his na spiritual advantages in the early tural life. part of his life. When coine to In the life and death of John manhood, he continued to attend Whitehead there are some remarka. the parish-church at Thornborough, ble circumstances. He was for many to which village he was removed. years a strong Pharisee. He was He married a woman much preju. near fifty-seven years of age before diced against the gospel; and al- he knew the power of the gospel, though it was preached in a neigh. and lie did not live two years afterbouring church, and by Disseniers wards. Thus the Lord cut short once a month at Thornborough, yet his work in righteousness. He had neither of them heard it often. It no learning, nor fluency of speech; is true, indeed, that the husband .but yet, there was something was never a persecutor; but he was sincere and savory in his way of so much a Pharisee, that he es- speaking concerning experimental teemed the gospel unnecessary for godliness, which was very pleasing such a mort and religious man as to those gracious persons who were he then thought himself. Thus he intimate with him. He also knew continued until some time in 1799, more of the peculiar doctrines of when his first wife died; and about grace

than could have been supposed, a year after, he married again. His from the short time he lived after second wife was inuch younger than his conversion. The manner in himself; and, when they were mar. which he behaved during his painried, she was so given up to vain ful illness, plainly proved that he aniusements, that she had no re- felt the supporting consolations of lish for real religion. However, be- the Spirit. The nearer he came to ing acquainted with some Dissen- his death, the more earnest he was ters, and as she was fond of their to give his dying advice to several singing, she occasionally heard the who came to see him,-and the preaching at Thornborough. After clearer his evidences seemed to him. she had heard Mr. Scragys several self and others. Some visited him, times in the village, it pleased the whom he believed were depending Lord to make his preaching the on their works for justification in the means of her conversions; and some sight of God; these he solemnly months after, she joined his church warned not to rely on their duties at Buckingham. The wife being for salvation ; but to trust only, as thus spiriterally changed, induced he did, to the inerits of Christ. A her husband to attend constantly on short tiine before his death, ho the villige-preaching; and after- conversed very sweetly respecting wards he was prevailed on, though Christ, and his free grace; and with some reluc:ance, to hear the took leave of his wife, charging her gospel at the meeting to which she to cleve close to the Lord. He belonged; and, in a few weeks, was favoured with the use of his ilse preaching was made citectual to senses through the greatest part of Huis saivarion. The husband and his illness; and some hours before wite now began to find great com- he died, a serious friend said to him, fori in serious conversation; and “ I trust you have reason to hope ide cuspeh sec.ned so delighiful to that your sins are pardened, through

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2.55 Christ!" To which he immedi- surprized if she appeared some. ately answered, “ I not only hoje, times harrassed with the fear of but I know that they are all for. death. After she was removedito given, through Christ.”

the habitation of one of her friends, Mr. Scraggs preached two fune- she expressed a strong confidence ral sermons on his death; one at that all would be well; thongia Thornborough, from Prov.xiv. 32. she did not enjoy that comfort she and another at Buckingham, from wished. On the Sabbath morning Ps. xxxvii. 37.

before her departure, she replied to Buckingham.

G. G. S. a friend, who enquired as to the

frame of her mind, “I an caim LUCINDA WHITE. and serene, ard have no cause to From a manuscript paper, which doubt." Soon after she remarked, has been found since her death, " Though I have been jealous that containing an account of her rcli- my desire to depart arose from the gious experience, it appears that pain I suffer; yet, I rejoice to feel a she received her abiding impres. wish to depart, and to be with sions from the last sermon preached Christ, because I love him.” On by the late Rev. Mr. Philip Oliver, the same evening, about twelve at St. John's church, Chester, when o'clock, she was deprived of her she was then in the 16th year of her speech; and her friends expected age. To use her own language, her death every moment. "The word was clothed with divine desired, if happy in her mind, to power; and she felt a strong desire express her feelings by lifting up to turn her back upon the world, her hands; which she repeaiedly and serve the Lord." Her own art- did, and clasped then with the dess narrative simply describes those warmest emotions to her breast. vicissitudes of hopes and fears, joys When her speech returned, she said, and sorrows, which usually cha- “ I shall not go yet." racterize the experience of every The next morning she was asked Christian. Her subsequent conduct how she felt; she replied, “ I am was consistent with this profession. disappointed, I thought to have been She first joined the Methodist So with Jesus before now.” On Tuese ciety; but soon after withdrew from day morning she asked a friend the connexion, and becane decid- “How long do you think I shall be edly Calvinistical in her sentiments. before I am with God?" The reThough she moved in an humble ply was, 'Not long-how do you sphere of life, in which she was de. feel yourself?' She answered, pendent upon others, yet the in- " As to Heaven, I have no more stances of her liberality and charity doubt of being there, than if I were to those who were in inferior cir- there. I have not those raptures cumstances, were uncommon. Like some experience; I had rather another Dorcas, her leisure time have confidence that God is God, was employed in making garments and that he is my God.” Soon for the poor. In this respect, she after, she said, “ I trust in Christ! was an example worthy imitation, I can do nothing.” She was asked, particularly to the daughters of af. • Do you think Christ a sufficient fluence and prosperity. But I hasten Saviour?' “ Yes,” said she, “I to that period, the most interesting know in whom I have believed." and important.

She was taken It was observed, “You don't rest dangerously ill on the 13th of De- anything you have done." cember last, in consequence of an No;" she answered, “but be. emetic which operated 'too power- cause Jesus haih loved me, and fully, and brought on a bilious fe given himself for me." She fres Ver. She entertained hopes of re. quently remarked, What a mercy covery till the evening of Christ. it is, that I have not to attend to mas-day, when she observed to a the concerns of my soul along with friend, that it was impressed up- the pain of my body! hut,” added on her mind that she should die. she,'" if I were to suffer as many She desired one who attended her years as I have days, I shall not during all her illness, not to be say, when I get to glory, that cry

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and speech, after having lost the On January the 12th, just before use of them for thirty hours; and her departure, she was tempted to almostimmediately exclaimed, " The think that it would liave been bet- Lord help me! what poor misera. ter for her to have destroyed her- ble wreiches are we!” She re. self, than to endure such pain and quested a hymn-bcok; and, after surferings; but, said she, " I know reading a little erein, she sung, that the temptation comes from Sa- in a very strong manner, the first tan: and Christ has conquered Sa. verse of the hymn beginning “ Day tan; and I long to be- I shall be of judgment, day of wonders," &c. with Christ soon.” Her desires which she was very fond of: and were speedily fulnlled ; and her then exclaimed, “Christ's precious spirit fied to the enjoyment of that blood cleanseth froin all sin ;” and precious Saviour, whom on earth to her mother, she said, “ Watch she so ardently loved. Can wc for. and pray!" In the evening, she bear exclaiming, “Here is the faith begged her mother to forgive her; and patience of the saints. Let me \ to which her mother answered, die the death of the righteous!” “ You have not oftended me; beg

Her funeral sermon was preached of God, my dear, to forgive you. on the Sabbath weck following, at When she quickly replied, God the Independent chapel, Queen- has forgiven me!" Several times in street, by Mr. Ebenezer White, the night she was observed to lift froin Psalm xcvii. 12. “ Light is up her lianuis and eyes, and to say, found for the riglteons, and joy My God, my God!" after which for the upright in heart."

she sung the first part of the 77th Chester.

Ps. new version. On Friday morning her mother asked her if she was

afraid to die; to which she answer. MISS ELIZABETH CULLIS.

ed, “No, I had much rather be On Monday, the 7th of February, gone than stay here ;' and then died, aged fourteen years, Miss şung part of that hymn, “ Ah! Elizabeth Cullis, daughter of Mr. lovely appearance of death!” &c. John Cullis, ship-broker, on the In the eveuing, it was observed to Broad Quay, Bristol. She had en- her, -' Christ says, Him that joyed the privilege of hearing the comcth,'-“ Aye,” said she, ingospel, and of receiving religious terrupting the speaker, “ Him that instruction from her parents, which, cometh to me I will in nowise cast through the blessing of God, pro

out!. The whole of Saturday and duced a lappy effect on her mind, Sunday she was very weak; yet still and rendered her a truly amiable, repeated many broken sentences, tender-hearted, and dutiful child. which could not be perfectly under. Before the commencement of her stood. On Monday morning early, last illness, she appeared to be con shie sung the first verse of Dr. siderably impressed with a sense of Watts's hymn, “Why do we mourn divine things, and especially of the departed friends ?" &c. and at half day of judgment, and the future past six fell asleep in Jesus.-On state. While lying upon her death. the Sabbath following, at her partibed, being, at her own request, cular request, the solemn previ. visited by the Rev. Mr. Wait, se. dence was improved over her, at St. veral times during her confinement, Mary le Port church, by the Rev. the grace of God wrought in her Mr. Wait, from Phil. iii. 20 and a complete resignation to his sorc- 21st verses, sclected by herself; at. reigo will. She shewed a willing- ter which she was interred in the ness to die, rather than live in this same church. The pall was borne miserable sinful world, because she by six young ladies, near her own loved Jesus Christ, and was satis. age, dressed in uniform white. The fied she should be with him in glo hymns, above cited, were sung ai ry; but at all times desired that his intervals during the service. will, not Ners, might be done. — On the Thursday preceding her dis. Erisiol.

J. R7

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