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scribed. It made an impression on me I could never forget.'. Upon this double discovery, Mr Rogers and Mrs Tooley found they had a new tie of affection beyond what they had possessed before.
“Mr Rogers and Mr Bradbury were now desirous to know how Mrs Tooley, who had been brought up with an aversion to Dissenters and to serious religion, had been led to a knowledge of the grace of God in truth. She said, that after her grandfather's death she was left sole heiress of his great estate, and being in the bloom of youth, and having none to control her, she pursued all the fashionable diversions of the time in which she lived, without any restraint. But, in the midst of all, she felt a chilling dissatisfaction, both with herself and them, which she vainly endeavoured to remove by running the same fruitless round again and again.
“Having contracted some slight illness, she thought she would go to Bath, as a place adapted for pleasure as well as health. When she arrived, she was providentially led to consult an apothecary who happened to be a very pious man. He asked her the nature of her complaint. • Why, doctor,' she said, 'I ail little as to my body; but I have an uneasy mind, which I cannot get rid of.' "Truly,' said he, 'I was so too, till I met with a book which cured me.' • Books !' said she, 'I get all the books I can place my hands on-plays, novels, and romances; but when I have read them, my uneasiness is still the same. * That may be, miss,' said he, nor do I wonder at it. But I can say of the book I speak of, what I can say of no other, that I never tire of reading it, but can begin it again and again, as if I had never read it before; and I always see something new in it.' 'Pray, doctor,' said the lady, what book is it?'
Nay, miss,' answered he, that is a secret I don't tell to every one. But could I get a sight of it ? ' said she. • Yes,' he said, 'miss, if you speak me fair, I can help
Pray, get it me, then, doctor, and I'll give you any thing you please.' Yes,' said he, 'if you will promise me one thing, I'll bring it to you; and that is, that you will read it over carefully; and if you should not see much in it at first, that you will give it a second reading.'
“She promised faithfully she would; and after raising her curiosity by coming once or twice without it, he at
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last brought it, took it out of his pocket, and gave it her. It was a New Testament. When she saw it, she said, 'Pob! (with a flirt), I can get that at any time.' "Why, miss, so you might,' replied the doctor; but, remember, I have your solemn promise that you will read it carefully.Well,' said she, “I never read it before, but I will give it a reading now.' Accordingly, she began to read it, and it soon attracted her attention. She saw in it what gave her deep concern; and if she was uneasy in her mind before, she was ten times more so now. She did not know what to do with herself; so she got away back to London, to see what the diversions there would do again. But all was in vain.
“She lived at the court end of the town, and had a gentlewoman with her as companion. One Saturday evening, she dreamed that she was in a place of worship, and heard a sermon of which she could remember nothing when she had awaked save the text; but the dream made such an impression on her mind, that the idea she had of the place and of the minister's face was as strong as if she had been acquainted with both for a number of years. She told her dream to her companion on the Lord's day morning; and after breakfast, she was resolved to go in quest of the place, if she should go from one end of London to the other.
“ Accordingly they set out, and went into this and the other church as they passed along, but none of them answered to the one she saw in her dream. About one o'clock they found themselves in the heart of the city. They went into an eating-house and had dinner, and then set out again in search of the place she had seen in her dream.
“ About half-past two they were in the Poultry, and she saw a great many people going down the Old Jewry. She determined that she would see where they were going. She mixed herself among them, and they led her to the Old Jewry chapel. So soon as she entered the door of it, and looked about, she turned to her companion and said, wit some surprise, 'This is the very place I saw in my dream; and if every part of it hold true, the preacher will take for his text Ps. cxvi. 7,
Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.” When he rose to pray, she was all attention, and every sentence went to her heart. Having finished prayer, he took that for his text; and there God met with her. She was led to trust in Jesus, and thus found what she had so long vainly sought for—rest unto her soul.
“Who can read this account, and look back at the state of the country here referred to, without being filled with holy gratitude for the
privileges we now enjoy ? No more ministers are in danger of being imprisoned for preaching the gospel, or others of being subjected to the same punishment for hearing it, but every man is permitted to worship God according to his conscience, while there are none who may lawfully disturb him or make him afraid. May we all feel our high responsibility, and improve to the utmost our distinguished advantages !”
On looking over the pages of a Bible Society report the other day, we found it contained a great many cheering facts bearing on the all-important work of circulating the Holy Scriptures among the nations on the Continent. Part of these we now give for the information and encouragement of all our young friends who may take an interest in the progress of Messiab's kingdom. The demand for Bibles is very pressing in many parts of Italy. One distributor, writing from Leghorn, states he had been able to dispose of about 500 copies. A poor man to whom he had sold one met him some days afterwards in the streets, and, drawing out his book from the breast pocket of his coat, showed how far he had read, exclaiming at the same time, “This is the treasure of human life !” From Malta the cry comes, “ I hope you will see it right not to wait for a sailing-vessel, for this may lead to a delay of months; send them (the Bibles) at once by steam from Southampton.” The agent at Florence is equally urgent: “ I fear that it may be long before another steamer leaves for this port; may the Lord mercifully direct you to the quickest conveyance !" In this same city of Florence an edition of the Italian Testament was printed ; and, in connection with the printing of it, we are told that the humble workmen, arrested with what for the first time met their eyes, came forward when the book was completed, soliciting each a copy; while one, more zealous than the rest, actually purchased the requisite paper, and, before the types were taken down, struck off two copies for himself.
You may have heard that the celebrated Arab chief, ABDEL KADER, after having successfully resisted the French armies, was at length taken prisoner, and carried captive to the land of his enemies. He is confined at a place called Pau. Well, a gentleman, interested in the captive's eternal welfare, called upon him one day, and asked if he were acquainted with the New Testament. “ Very little, and only by hear-say,” he replied;" “ I have always wished to obtain it, but have never been able to do so.” You will be glad to learn that not long thereafter eight Arabic Bibles were forwarded to Pau, for the use of the prisoner and his family in the land of their exile. And then we have news in this same report all the way from South Africa, from our old friend Mr MOFFAT. He says: “The following, which occurred a few days since, will show the value which is put on the Inspired Volume. Nine young women came to my house, and stated that they could all read well, and that they desired to have the New Testament and Psalms; that they had no money to purchase, but were perfectly willing to purchase by the labour of their hands, in the field, garden, or at any work I thought they could perform. This was an application I could not refuse; when their service was accomplished, and each had earned as much as would purchase superiorly bound copies, they received them with as much pleasure as they could have done had they been presented with the gift of a splendid dress. One, gazing on her treasure as she walked away, added, with an expressive interjection, “I shall not sleep this night!”
After reading these extracts, who would not with all his heart join with the universal Church in singing Heber's hymn
« Fly forth, thou mighty Gospel ?" “ What is the chaff to the wheat, saith the Lord ? Is not my Word like as a fire, saith the Lord, and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces ?"
SIMPLE FAITH IN A CHILD.
A little boy, the only child of his mother, and she was a widow, after lengthened-out affliction, died at the age of six years. On one oocasion his mother asked him what he was thinking of? His reply was, “I was thinking how good God was to us. He was willing to give up his only and well-beloved Son for us; and I see you do not like to give me up." On another occasion, his grandmother being afflicted with severe rheumatism, he said, “Oh, grandmama, if Jesus Christ were on the earth at present, I would soon bring him. I know he would come, for he never refused to come to any that asked him."
Here was a fine specimen of genuine faith. There was no perplexing inquiry into the state of the mind, whether he had faith or not. Its reality was manifested, as in all other cases it must be, by its effects,
A YOUNG INQUIRER IN SKYE,
MANY years ago, and long before any awakening took place in Skye, a young girl of little more than childish years, residing in a glen, which, during the revival between 1812 and 1814, was distinguished by much Divine