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Six V/ecks in the Potomac Army;
HOW THE OIOX MAN GOT WELL
Try, try again!"
What, in. Alommodria yet !
Not yet, but again.
I supposed you were off "for the field."
And so we were : but " there's a Divin
ity that shapes our ends, roughhew them
a. 4 we will." In the ." rough"we intended
to go on, but the ohizping has brought us
back to our Starting point.
Come, quit your philosophizing, and let
us have the foots.
Well, at nine o'clock in the evening on
which we bade you good-by. in Washing
ton, we reached this place, and by midnight
bad packed the balance of our stores in the
wagon, and were ready for sleep. We
were up early next morning, and by eight
o ' c lock were under way, our company num
bering nine in all. Our hope was, that
after getting out of town we could find an
escort in some passing regiment. By the
time we had traveled an hour or so, and
reached a point just beyond Fairfax Semi
nary, we were snwell warned as to guerril
las infesting the next woods, that we did
not dare to proceed farther alone. So we
halted on a pretty grins plot by the road
side. Here we ate the first dinner of our
own preparing. And here—as nearly as
we can recollect—we had our first intro
duction to the poor little load of wood,
ranked upon a poor little wagon, drawn
by a poor horse, driven by a very poor
looking man—the whole affair looking rath
er primitive, making the impression of
"hard to do," and being, we take it, one of
the Southern "institutions." We waited
here, while our Agent Went out' on 'short
excursions in search of an escort—to no .
After a time, according to orders, we
drove up to the Seminary, " under difficul
ties," for this "meted soil" is deceitful;
it may look , dry and firm on top, only,
when tried, to let you sink into mire be
neath. Our orders wereoto'camp at the
Seminary, but these we found counter
manded by others directing us to select, by
a neighboring fort, some spot that would
command a good view of the road, and so
enable us to keep watch the better for a
passing regiment. But just as we were
about to pitch tent, our Agent rode up and
hurried us off, at donble-quiek, to Bailey's
Roads, in hope of falling in with an es
cort, expected to pass that way during the
afternoon. But six o'clock in the evening
brought us no esoort p and being still warn
ed of guerrillas ahead, we turned within
the guarded lines, and pitched our tent for
the night. Here, in the rain, and *with
considerable of general discomfort, we pre
pared our first supper "in the field."
Wood was so scarce, that some of us, by
dint of sundry oseilations and heavy lifts,
Fthacted from the earth ends of fence
posts—all that the desolations of war had
left of former enclosures. In the darkness,
we heard approaching the tramp of, horses
and the rattling of sabres,.and feared some,
lest a detachment of Illoseby's rnightbe at
baud; nor did it relieve our minds to see a
dozen cavalry rein hp in order before our
tent, until we learned, that they were Lai"
We were evidently not expected jus k t thau_..
and there ; and bisider Mile, drew upon
no two small squads of patrol pickets, on
missions of inquiry. At .lepgth all was
quiet, and after " " worship, we set
our guard and " turned in." This was our
first experience,in sleeping.= the ground.
We succeeded — only tolerably well that
night—had been a little too, much over
taxed for days and nights preceding,- to
sleep soundly, in so unaccustomed a man
ner, at least. No doubt we will learn by
and-by, Next- morning afforded us no
better prospect of an escort, and hearing
that a colored regiment was to go down
by rail that day, in hope of getting trans
portation with them, we drove back, to Al
exandria. And so it is not still, but again,
that we are here. Bat we failed to get on
with the colored regiment. We watched
its movements by the hour at the depot,
only to find that we -could not go along.
We are now to ship,
_early this morning,
with Backley's Rhode Island Battery, for
Warrenttn Junotien, where - the Ninth
Carps is in camp. But while we are to get
aboard—men, horses, wagon and stokes—
it is "at a venture." So stringent is red
tape just now, that though our• Agent has a
telegraph order from Gen- -Burnside for
transportation to his corps by railroad, he
says that he deems it altogether uncertain
whether we will be allowed to, pass out of
the city or not. We-are about to try, how
ever, and we shall see what we shall see.
The next time we meet, we will be able to
tell you the result. But hold! we had an
episode this morning. A colored girl,
once in " our " employ at home, on snitable
ore tsiin said, " There's no 'pendence OR
alor rs !" She was herself an illustration';
and this morning we had another. Get
ting up at two o'clock, to be ready for our
early start, we found " 'William.," the cook
at our Rooms here, missing, and so had to
prepare breakfast ourselves. He evidently
uuderstood last evening what would be ex-
Peeted of him—probably did not fancy be
jou., disturbed at so unseasonable an hour,
aid so chose lodgings for Vie-night at other
q tarters, May - he go withaut his break.
annoying, to-be sure ;.but it will
be well if "no 'pendence on niggers" shall
have no more serious illustration before
this war ends. -
True !—but good-by I—if we get of
ler the Presbyterian Banner.
Happiness is desired by all. Many the
roads taken and the plans tried, and march
-04 made for its acquisition. Varro enume
ra es two hundred and eighty•eight opinions
01 happiness. Not one of them is correct.
There is nothing in this world which can
g;v o peace to the soul. If man could pos
sess all the honors, pleasures and riches of
the world, he would wish foi something
more, The pursuit of happiness is vain
while traveling in the ways of the world.
Its path is that which " no fowl knoweth,
aid the vulture's eye bath not .seen.. The
d 3pth saith it is not in me, and the sea smith
it is not with me. The topaz of Ethiopia
shall not equal it." They who grasp wealth,
grasp a shadow, or perhaps a serpent, which
glides smoothly through the hand and
leaves a sting behind.
They who attain to places of worldly
hiller, have nothing but the adulations of
the world. When they are laid in the bal-'
once, they are vanity. Some live only for
worldly pleasure, yet they , never find an , -
thing to satisfy the soul. A certain mail,
after hiving tried every source of pleasure
of which he 'had ever heard, offered a re
ward to any one who would invent another
mode of enjoyment.
SClomon was possessed of honor, riches,
and sources of pleadure, yet they did not
give 'him happiness. The Queen of Sheba
was f►rong wheg she pronounced. his men
and !mutts fiaipy. Solomon did not
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think the possession of these things afford
' d happiness. His own words are : "Then
looked over all the works my bands had
wrought, and behold all was vanity and
vexation of spirit, and there was no profit
under the sun." The soul is spiritual, and
it would seem reasonable that the things of
the world should fail to give it satisfaction.
The soul is from a higher source than the
earth, and all the world cannot satisfy it.
The beast is satisfied when full, but the
soul of man never says, I have enough.
After all his conquests, Aleiander was not
satisfied ; he wept, that there was not ano
ther;world.to.conquer. the miser cannot
sleep for his riches. His name signifies a
miserable man. See the devotee of pleas
ure indulging in gay amusement; follow
him to the place of solitude and hear the
agony of his soul, and then judge of his
happiness. • Follow the man of worldly
fame to his place of , exaltation, then come
down with him to the grave, and tell us if
be has ever possessed enjoyment. " , There
is no peace to the wicked." " Thou wilt
keep him in perfect peace whose mind is
stayed on thee." God is the source of hap
piness, and only they possess ,it.who con
tain God in the heart. Sin brings punish
ment, but holiness brings joy. "In thy
presence is fullness of joy, and at thy right
hand are . pleasures forevermore." Sinnerl
when Thou shalt stand before the judgment
seat of Christ, would'you prefer the things
of the world, or Jesus.? H.A.B.
Bor. the Presbyterian Banner
The, effectual, fervent , prayer of a
righteous man availeth much, and will
prove 'so to every one that prays in earn
est, with faith in Christ, believing him to
be willing and able to, grant our requests,
if it is for our good and his glory. But
what a lack of fervent prayer there is in
these days of national distress and trouble
True, there are some who are trying to live
lives of prayer, and sincere devotion to
God; for A.-Christian can no more live with
out prayer, than the natural body can sub
sist, without food ; the soul requires spir
itual food at all times. And if we are
Christ's, we will take up our cross and MR
low him • we will go to hint for that coun
sel and direction which we so much need.
To know his will, will be our great object
and aim, and his service will be the sweet
est employment that we can wish to engage
in. Our Father in heaven requires the
service of our hearts; bit instead of serv
ing him, we are serving mammon, thus dis
obeying him and losing the sweets of
heavenly joy that would be ours if we were
faithful to his commandmenti. And, more
than this, we grieve him on account of our
unfaithfulness. Our Father in heaven has
laid down his laws, and bids us -seek his
face, to love'him with all our hearts, and to
watch and pray without ceasing. Bat,
alas I how many among professed Chris
tians at the present time, instead of pray
iog without ceasing,- have ceased. to pray
entirely. They go to the house of God on
the Sabbath, hear the sermon, go home and
by-their actions say that is all they have
got to do. The great truths that they
should talie home to the heart to practice
upon, they forget; and the duties that are
resting upon , them to perform, they think
not mt. Has not God endowed each and
every one - of us with reasoning faculties
, 71: • • lll l avracree va ' I
where we can be of some use, and not liTe
and die like the brutes.-
Christian friends, we must unite to
gether in prayer for the support of each
other, and the spiritual advancement of the
Church. What aiack of interest is mani
fested on our part toward maintaining our
weekly prayer meetings I, Ah, yes, we
could lighten the toils of our pastor,, and
gladden his heart, if , we would come up
boldly to the help of the Lord against the
mighty. He would not gb so often to his
study with a troubled mind and brain, con
fused with a thousand thoughts, for the
want of some Aarons and Burs to help
him bear the heat and burden' of the day ;
and from thence he would come forth with
a light heart and buoyant step, to' present
to us the great truth's of the Bible.
Bat the majority assert a lack of gifts to
pray; they can serve mailmen easy enough,
but not their God. To such, let me speak
a word. What gift of speech suppose you
the poor publican thought he wanted when
he felt his need of Christ? He could cry
from the depths of his soul, "'God be mer
ciful to' me a sinner." Let' us, following
the same exaruple, cry aloud to God to be
merciful tons, to save us or we perish, and
that he would give 'to each one of us a
spirit of prayer. For prayer is the Chris
tian's vital breath; when we begin- to live
, for God, we will learn to pray, by the
teachings of his Holy Spirit.
Let us, then, who have named the name
Of Christ, see to it that we neglect not any'
longer this all-important duty ; but taking
up our pross, may we follow on to know
Christ, whom to know is life from the dead.
Then shall we have peace within. that the
world knows not of, flowing gently as the
murmuring streams on to the ocean of
eternal bliss, *here our fettered souls will
be tree, and we can feast on Jesus' charms.
M. J. P. .
FROI 01111.101 DON CORRESPONDENT.
LONDON, July 22, 1864
and' the country at ldrge have
been convulsed by a terrible murder, per
petrated in a railway carriage. An elderly
gentleman, an official,in the Bank of Enf•
land, seems to have been watched as he left
the establishment -- carrying a banker's
leather bag and being follb e wed to the
station, and observed to enter a railway
carriage alone, a German tailor went in
after him. In passing round the northern
circle of the metropolis, and between two
stations, not five minutes apart, he was at
tacked, wounded to death, and then thrown
out on the railway 1 The murderer got
out at the - next station. For days no clue
could be found; at last it is discovered
that be sailed for America from the Thames
a few days ago, and instantly the officers of
justice repair to Liverpool, in a steam ship;
they .willlarrive long before - the slow-sail
ing ship which bears him. across the At
This incident has led to a great outcry
for c ommunications to be established .be
tween.every carriage and the guard. Un
happily, as a rule, the English railways
have close, separate carriages, and are not
like those of America and the Continent.
The expense of alteration would be very
great, but something must be done for the
better, security of human life, and also for
the;protectiori of helpless women and oth
era from outrage. Some time ago the wri
ter, with two others, was shut up for two
and 2 half hours in an express train, with
a violent and drunken soldier; and the
greatest watchfulness was necessary to pre
vent him, in hie madness, from inflicting
injuries on those who travelled with him.
A VlSlT—first to Belfast, and afterwards
to Glasgowi has put me among that multi
tudinous class .of Londonere L who at this
season are. 'out. of: town," Of Belfast, .I
_ need only say, thatitia-at, onee,the•-Liver.
F pcsid and Manaheatfir Qf Ireland. While I
PITTSBURGH, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST, 17, 1864.
was there, the General Assembly held its
annual meeting—a very happy one. To
kens of spiritual prosperity were not want
ing. Financ ally, all the missions prosper,
and the sttadard of ministerial support is
rising. A fresh start is being made in the
completion of manses, and of paying off
building debts on churches.
The Irish Presbyterians are very fully
represented in Belfast and the suburbs.
The new College at. Derry is not yet open-,
ed, time being allowed for the accumUlation
of funds, in order to enable its promoters
to appoint a full professional staff. Its
great rival will, be the Queen's College at
Belfast, as also the Assembly's Theological
College in that tewn.....
The letter to the IriSh Assembly, from
the Old School Assembly; Was admirable
in itself, and elicited a most affectionate
and sympathetic response. Dr. Samuel
Dill, who was some years ago one of an
Irish Deputation to America, moved a res
olution very earnestly expressing heartfelt
sorrow at the trials and sacrifices involved
in the war, and strongly declared himself
for " freedom and the North."
GLASGOW bas a growing population,
which 'will soon .reach
. half a million of
souls. It has suffered less from the cotton
crisis than almost any other_ great manu•
featuring town, and is at present very busy
and prosperous. It is famous for its pro
ducts, and the ship-builders on the Clyde
are celebrated all over the world, •
I arrived in the , city. at the annual'period
of the "Glasgow Fair." This is an.institu
don as old as Popish times, in connection
with Saints' Days, &c., and like most
"Holidays," has ever been too much like
the Saturnalia of ancient Rome.
For a whole week the people are com
paratively, and as a matter of choice, idle
and free from work. 'Avery large bodyof
them use the lesson wisely and well; and
it is a beautiful sight to see, under a lovely
sky, a great steamship laden from stem to
stern,_with hundreds of both sexes passing
away to Rothsay, Arran, Danoon; some
toward Oban, Staffa and lona, and others
on excursions to Dublin, Belfast, the
Giant's Causeway, or the Isle of Man.
Very pleasing is it also, to see in the rail
way trains, happy fathers, mothers t and
children, all "out" for an innocent holi
At this season, Edinburgh and Glasgow
are almost emptied of their better Class of
citizens. The merchants and their families
. protessors in colleges and the
clergy, " go down to the coast," in -one or
other of the beautiful watering places on
the shores of the Clyde. The churches, on
the Sabbath are consequently half empty,
but in the 44 coast" towns you will find
large and devout congregations.
As to Glasgow, its public buildings are
very fine, and the dignit,y of fine cut stone
sets both it and Edinburgh far above the
brick-disfigured metropolis. As to Glas
gow College, I regret to say it is about to
be taken down to make room for a railway
passing that way. When Dr. Candlish, of
Edinburg, heard of this ' he—an alumnus
of the venerable Alma Hater—rushed 'to
Glasgow, to ,ineeting of parties inter
ested, in order to prevent, if possible, what
he regarded as a desecration. But the fiat
had gone forth; his proposal that the build
ings should be retained for an Educational
Institute for the sake of the cit was 'de-
ask. I reply that a magnificent, Park, to
the west of Glasgow ,
has been purchased,
and that there (Ph oniz rediuivus .0 the
College is to rise from its ashes more glo
rious than, ever. But for a time it will
want the prestige of the glorious memories
which, from the Reformation downward,
clustered around the venerable walls of the
old Glasgow College.
THE REV. JOHN CAMPBELL, D.D., of
London, editor of the British Standard, is
about to be presented with a money testi
menial by numerous friends throughout
the United Kingdom. He is one of Sco
tia's sons, and his hisiory is a remarkable
one. Ile was once a journeyman black-
smith. Almost self-taught, in the face of
pecuniary difficulties,. and the support of a
widowed mother, he fought his way first to
the University, and then to the Tabernacle,
Moorfields, London. He embalmed the
memory of Williams, the celebrated mis
sionary, in his " Martyr of Erromanga."
While retaining his pastorate, he edited
" The Christian Witness," " The Christian
Penny Magazine," and a weekly newspaper,,
with great ability. The two first of these
publications were conducted with the
benevolent object of securing aid for aged
ministers and others in distress, and large
sums were thus obtained. Dr. Campbell
rendered important, service in rebuking and
opposing the rising Rationalism which be;
gin to show itselfin certain . Nonconformist
quarters some seven or eight, years ago.
He writes (or rather dictates to an aman
uensis,) stirring editorials to this day. Ile
is on the verge of threescore and ten, and
is still vigorous both in body and. mind
X 4,000 has already been raised toward the
testimonial, and Scotland is being moved
to add to that sum.
THE FREE CHURCH has lately lost two
illustrious supporters—William Campbell,
Esq., and William Tennant, Esq. A Dis
ruption minister, .the Rev. W. Wallace
Duncan, of Peebles, son of the late Rev.
Dr. Duncan, of Mid-Oalder, the founder of
Savings Banks, and whose first'wife was
the sweet-poetess for children—Mary Lun
die Duncan—has been also taken away.
I am sorry to add that the well known John
1 enderson, Esq., of . Park, near Glasgow,
the munificent patron and friend of evan
gelistic enterprises--gentle, lovjug, quiet,,
and meek—is now very ill, and it is feared
that he, will appear no more
.in the astern
blies of the faithful on earth. Thus , !' star
by star declines;" thus heaven is growing.
richer with the spoils, of earth's best ,and
noblest; thus the living are reminded that
they too must die, and the cry comes dis
tinct and clear, " Work while it is day."
WE HAvE had heat followed by bounti
ful showers, and ere lona harvest will be
ripe. The political world is quiet, and an
armistice between the Danes and the Ger
mans is likely to be followed by peace.
But not long, I fear, will the sky be cloud
less; even as it is,' we have our "little
war" in New Zealand, and ominous signs
of a rising among the Caffres of the Cape
Colony. May the good Lord send deliv
erance speedily to the United States I
LORD PALMERSTON'S Government has
been saved from threatened destruction, and
the Tories have damaged themselves im
mensely by D'lsraeli's forces having been
partly made., up of Popish members, who
desired to . ruin the Premier, the foe of spir
itual despotism. The Irish Protestants
are scandalized at this "Pitramontane Al
liance," and say that it means " a Papal pol
ioy for Italy, and a Papal, policy for Ire
land." The twenty men thus secured by
Disraeli yould—if he, were in office—
compel him to grant many concessions, or
0103 vote against him. •
TuEnElatire been great Rifle competition
matches et-Wimbledon, near London. The
"Lords boitettled i against= the Volinifons," by
nominated champions, and the Peers won
this year, as they did the last. In the gen
eral competition, a private in the volunteer
farce won a prize. of £250. At the West
of Scotland meeting, a volunteer named
Bruce; in ten shots, made eight bull's eyes
and two centres. But the Enfield Rifle is
to be superseded by breech loaders, or to be
altered so as to receive this improvement.
This is one of the lessons enforced by the
effects of the Prussian musketry in the
. TENNYSON, the Poet Laureate, is coming
out 'soon, with a new volume of poems. '
One piece is called " The : Northern Farm
er " written in the. Lincolnshire, dialect,
the poet's, own county. Not long since,. t
WO in South . Lificolnabire, and loCked with
meat interest on the old grammar school
where Tennyson received his early educa
tion' and upon the play, ground where he
had disported himself.
" MANHATTAN, — the late correspondent
of the London Slandarcl, was a great fa
vorite with some but he wrote so as to
please the Tories. it)XaAnatb.at New-York
in his fiftieth yearAtifter, rAceiy,iftg a 4 f l p p .
ing " from General mt,,,,aRER ,
tribute& by the Stcinitiarcetethewo e
suffered. from thattiiitinitHild. " *- IC-liohk of"
his was lately publijibed;here; very
al in, its tendenciesranci yet thefi‘andard
speaks of him as a person of-" lofty virtue."
" This," says the London Review, ", is not
the general opinion*:" The Standard,
coarse and virulent; will suffer much in
circulation by'" Manhattan's" death.
M. GUIZOT is about to publish a new
work—" The Essence of the Christian Re
ligion." Dariom's ~4 4 Origin of Species,"
has appearedin Fretioh..
For the Presbyterian Banner
What is Prayer !
'T is not the flowery form of Ipeeoh
Which we So often hear;
'T is not those, lofty toues that reach
Our God's all-gracious ear.
'Tie. not the self-complacent word,
The "God I thank thee" strain,
Claiming a well-deserved reward,
Jehovah's ear will gain.
It is the penitential cry,
Be merciful to inv.!.
The vilest of the vile, am L
But Jesis' loie•is free."
It is the helpless wail of want,
Of Thirst, and hunger too;
To Him who rich supplies . eatrgrant,
And daily strength renew:,,
It is the exercise of faith,
" 0 Lord, would
Resting on whatmylssas saith,
His word of truth receive."
It is the glance of hope and love
To worlds of bliss on high
The lifting of the thoughts above,
Beyond the starry sky.
,Spirit of supplication I breathe
Within this heart of mine :
That I may daily grace implore,
And feel that I am thine.
—Emlenton, July, 1864
The Vanity of Literature
We take the following from the Record:
A distinguished contributor to the Edin
burgh Review inserted in that publication
some years since, an article on " The Vanity.
a 117'. ur e :
that which is Marked by genius Undatoi
of no mean order, is merely the creature of.
a day ; so few are there among the great
multitude of accomplished writers, the
productions of whose pens will, twenty
years after their death, make, any figure
in the world. Qn the ether side, there
were reasons -given—thOugh we need not
here enter into them—for maintaining that
there - is aglory connected with this fading
and ephemeral literature, in many ways
probably superior to the fame resulting
from authorship of a more enduring char
acter. The title of the article seems, how
ever, to suggest other thoughts respecting
literature, in its relation to its authors—
thoughts in which the glory appears to
come first, and the vanity afterwards. Nur
do we see how it can possibly be otherwise,
if men are willing to look skate subject in
the light of reason and revelation—if, turn
ing aside the prejudices engendered by long
'deference to the baseless opinions of a God
forgetting world, they are content to listen
to the decisions of that truth which is sure
to . " make its way and vindicate its claims,
whatever opposition it may happen to meet
It is easy 'to enumerate a host of literary
men win either are now, or have very re
cently been, passing through their career of
" glory." If glory consists in a wide celeb-.
rity, a name admired or envied by myriads
of their tellow-men, a popularity that has
traveled over every part of the intellectual
world, then this portion of their 'worldly
godds has been a large one. It is not the
part of a true Christian,philosophy' to deny
that such glory should ever be prized by its
possessors. A fair appreciation, of the
grand resulte achieved by genius, learning
and high mental endowments of every char
acter, is fully consistent with that noble
sobriety which teaches every man, " not to
think'of himself more highly than he ought.
to think," and; while reasonably enjoying
the gifts of heaven, to do so in the spirit of,
humble gratitude to the Almighty Giver.
But it would be a strange and unwarranta
ble exercise of chality to ignore the fact, that
this way of dea'ing with worldly repletion
is not, and never has been, much in fashion
with what are called literary celebrities.
And when we hear of one after another .
paseing away to the spiritland, , ,giving up
on .a sudden their pursuit of fame, their
gaily-intellectual banquets, their all and
everything which they had apparently re
garded as the charm and beauty of their
being, we cannot but see how nearly, this
glory is allied to vanity—vanity passing.
even the power of language to express.
We are yet more forcibly reminded of
this by, the manner in 'which literary men
are' for the most part accustomed to speak_
of those of their, fraternity who are now no
longer among the living. It may be grant
ed that were nothing more pretended than
to speak Of:them in their mere professional
chareetw,Tbeir silence upon all those.g sad
questions relating to, the future and the
eternal would be natural enough. They do
not, however, confine themselves within
such limits. Character, net mere genius,
is the theme on which they love to expa
.tiate. Every trait and lineament of the
moral features on which reeniery.loves to
dwell is . recalled with a poviar'and fidelity
such as nothing but warm friendship can
command. And when the ful.Wength
sketch is finished,
.what is the conclusion
to which the reader is expected to arrive ?
Evidently this—that one who has,passed
through life so amiably, se generously, so
full of all that could endear him to a large.
and warmly attached: circle of friends, las
certainly answered the great end of, exist
ence, and that any doubts or fears, respect
ing his future condition Must be idle and
Let ,rta on such a, question, as this be fully
understood unsrae,ione.work efpais ?
rug judiment on the destiny of any man not
plainly shut out from the pale of Christian
charity, is what we utterly repudiate. All
we maintain is this,that when the biogra
pher's evident design is to leave us under
the impression that the object of •his eulogy
was a person well fitted_ for 'either world,.
such conclusioes can only be admitted
when supported bythe firin and intelligible
basis of eternal truth. For men wh.) pro
fess to believe the .volume in which that
truth is contained, and who would indig
nantiy.spurn.the imputation of denying its
sacred deeisions—for such men to dismiss
their heroes safely and honorably from the
stage of life, without the'slightest reeogiii-
Con .of what the Scriptures lay down as the
grounds • of a good hope, in death, is worse
than, frivolous and childish._ It, is virtual
ly assuming . that the most solemn and tn.:
mendouS question `that can engage' the
thoughts of men, may be practically settled
by the etiquette of society, the code oft po
liteness,.or the amenities of friendship. ,It
throws into "oliscurity and .. insignificance
every grand and fundamental doctrine re
lating to man's acceptance Maker,
and caw ea the whole of his future condition
,toihang,upon a few accomplishments of a
1 40944 ., i9tivrperk yhichr, though perfectly
gdc4 anttexcellettiln#eir owia_place,lave
'net Abeireistfiy; 'ebrinectien
4ttlt those hunitaihirleetr that Sedential
to salvation. Vitt. inerafilitto4
questioa not,Aether a man has eker
mood repentance toward god, and.-faith -in
the Lord Jesus, whether lie has Hied and
walked by faith, whethei he has made it
the great finsiness ot his life to serve God
and his generation; no, •but whether
has been a kind friend, a generous
ion, and a sworn foe to all,eant and hype.:
Individual-fpßogiation of the 'cross.
Paul says " Christ loved me, and gave
himself for me." The words present a
glerioris-truth, too feebly realized by most
Christians for their 'own peace and joy.
The truth that Christ loves believers indi.
viduOly--tln4 he loves. each: of his,people
with an eternal, infiniteoinchangeablo per-,
sonal affection, and that, he gave himself as
a substitutefor: hiti people individually--
that is, indtead. of each one of them.. This
statement- is not in opposition to other
statements, ; but_ their complement. He
loved sinners; he died for the ungodly;
"He loved the .ohurch, and gave himself
for are equally .true; but'-the
broad and more general aspects'of -his love,
and of the sacrifice to, which it led, are too•
often allowed to eteltide the more special
and personal one. The full sweetness of
being loVed by Jesus, and the full comfort'
and peace - of knowing him as`a substitute,
are lost in consequence. -
Scripture elsewhere asserts,. that .Christ
loves individuals, , " Jesus roved Martha, '
and her sister, and Lazarus;" " He calleth
This own sheep by name ;" " The disciple
whom Jesus loved,"- and other passages;
prove it. • And yet we find it hard to think
that he loves us as individuals with such
an affection ,as to give himself to death for
our,sakes. Whence this difficulty . ? Trace
it to its true source, dear - reader, and you
will find: t springs frongietbelief. " Christ'
love me-in particular, andi dieter-me as an
individual ? Impossible ! I am not war-,
thy I" That is want of faith in the free
and Perfect grace: of - the Lord je,SuS Christ;
i shad fter'th'uti odly, be loved the lost.
unworthiness never, can be !
Again, " How can I know he loved me,
and dted foi Me Paul and Jelin, and Mar
tha and Mary, had seen and heard hini, and
received proofs of: his love he knew them,
and they ,know him. It wonld.be tt very
different 'ease it he.. were here ; but, it is
long since he dwelt among men-he is in
(' n tely distant now." Ah; beloved' reader;
if you feel so much-of -a strarigeitn Christ
as this, it •must be owing to want of= habit
ual and. intimate communion with him; And
that, again, must be owing to want of faith
in his continua[ presence with yea—in his
own - promise, "1 will lovelini, and mani
fest myself unto -him. , My 'Father will
love him, we will come Aci him, and make
our abode with him.": Does he intend his.
friendship to be unfelt, his indwelling to,
unknovin ? NO, no ! ",,,A:t that day ye
shall know that I am in my Father, and - ye
in me, and lin you." Surely we shorild
he as intimate with an' indwelling 'Saviour
as were Martha; and her sister,And Laza.
rrts, With an occasional guest ?, Unbelief,
feels as if he were absent, far off, intangi
ble ; but to faithhe is ever Present, ever
mar, a most real and precious friend And
companion, : whose - personal love. mak a
itself felt too plainly to be doubted.
Again, "1 am but one in a multitude no
man can number ; oriel dr9p in an ocean ;
one star in a galaxy. Ilow cad I flatter
miself to have been distinguished by espe
cial lover or .mado; - the special object' of -a
rale= ,which avails for-many ?" This is
unbelief in,tiie infinite ability of God, or
in the divinity of - Christ,ene or other ; it is
Making our capacity the' standard of his I
Is anything too hard for the Lord? Are
not the very hairs of, each of his .people
numbered ? Dear Christian reader, silence
all such objections; quench such-fiery darts
of the wicked one; take to you the shield
of - faith, and say, "Unworthy as I 'am,
difficult as it is to prove it to others,- un-•
likely, impossible as. it seems, yet, I' know
CaltIST LOVES ium.",. Then, remembering
that love leads to Communication of good,
according to the greatness of the' love, the
of the loVer, and the' need of the'
object; and knowing Christ'slove to be in
finite, his resources infinite, sad your need
beyond description vast and endless, you
will"feel'no incredulity 'concerning the im
mense. gift bestowed on you, but be able' to
add with joy and confidence, "He gave
himself for ,me Oh, wondrous ransom
how.thoroughly I:myst, be redeemed I Oh,
righteOus substitute I how completely. I
must be just?: fled! Oh, peeriesS, priceless,
unmeasurable gift! how truly Christ mist
Love me I—British .Herald:
The Kingdoms that Caniot :Moved.
Amid the shock of arMs, while the land
is full of agitation, and the hearts of many
are failing them .for fear of thetie things
whictinre coming on the earth, the .clevout
and humble believer finds relief and com
fort in lookieg upward, and thinklig. of
that kingdom which is illove allthetuabilt'
and jar of this world, unshaken by war's'
alarms—a kingdom which cannot:be moved;
but which a3ideth forever. ,W.e, -poor
creatural of a day, are apt to think our,
.petty' interests dr supreme . concern,in&
what upsets our calculations is as if it rant'
the globe asunder: pasSiiirclond shuts
out t he , sun,'
_Won, and stars ; ,and there
seems tube nothing but a rolling mass, of .
valoora. 'Yet how litte doe's all this, phatige
the fixed order bf things. Through these
clouds the planet still holds on its course,
sweeping.through• the heavens at the rate
4_70,000 miles an honr,uor can,the shock
of armies, of mighty hoits rushing. to
gether to battle, cause it even to tremble in
its place, Or stay - its• course. '
So; we assured„it'lwithAilatc
great plans of the Almighty—plans which
embrace not only this country, but all na-
WHOLE NO. 617.
tions ; net only this world, but the whol e
boundless universe. Those plans, so vas t
and majestic', cannot be thwarted or eve n
hindered by the evil passions of me n.
Men may die, but. God lives from eve r
lasting to everlasting he is God, and h is
purpose& are rolling on to their COMM= a^
tion even the planets 'keep their swi ft
and flaming pathway round the sun. Let
this thought be our stay and confidene e.
In times of trouble let,us fly to ,that
refuge y Jet tis hide, under that pavilion,.
and repose in that blessed security.
'Bless God for the Blessed Bain.
BY 01301tGE BIIIICIAY.
" Bless God for rain !"- the 'good man said,
And brushed away, a, grateful tear,
That we may have our daily bread,
He diops a Shower upon us here.
Our Father Thigh enthroned, in heaven,
We thank thee :for the, pearly shower,
The blessed rairt4ift thou hest given.
To man, and beast, and bird and flower.
The dtisty earth; with lips apart,
Looked up where rolled an orb of flame,
As though.s prayer mitme i trom its heart
For watArolouda andrain that came,
The Indian -"corn with silken. plume,
AnAlloyers with , tiny, pitohers
Banditti) their praise of sweet perfume
Wit'piqefoue'dropir the clouds distilled:
'TM modest grass is fresh and green
The hrooklet swells its song again,
An, angel's Welcome wing is seen
In every ; that brings us rain;
There is ahainboir in the's*,
Upodthe arch where,tempests trod;
God wrote it with his hand , on high—
It is the autograph of Gqd.
Up where the heavy thunders rolled,
And clouds of flame were swept along,
The sun rides in a oar of iold,
And soaring, larks are lost in song;.
The rillsthat pulse from mountains rude,
Flow, throbbing, to the verdant base;
While flow the tears of gratitude
In streams. down many a joylit face,
giest, King of'Pesee; deign now to bless !
„ The windows.of the sky , unbar!
ShoWet do*n rain of righteousness,
' .2 And .wash from us the stain of war ;
And let the radiant bow of love
In heauty mark 'the moral sky,
Like that fair sign unrolledkatove—
A promise writ do light on, high.
—IV Y. Post.
Sowing Beside Waters.
••• Lady Huntington used to put her Sum•
mer recreation to good account, by taking
with her in excursions some of the Most
eloquent preachers -of London, and hiving
them preach on their journey in chapels or
the open , air, as they could find -accommo
dations or hearers. .These excursions were
greatly 'blessed in bringing;hundreds and
-thousands to'a personal knowledge of Christ.
Some ef the incidents - connectedwith these
tours were very cheering- We give a sin
gle specimen ; •
One of .the gentlemen"of Lady Hunting
ton's party rambled one day among the
grand and beautiful scenes of the famous
Derbyshire peaks. Weary with his' wan
derings, he sought rest . and refreshment in
a humble cottage among the heights. Be
ginnina a talk with the woman, he was,
surprised to 'find . her an intelligent end
warnillearted Christian. He asked if there
were many like-minded, and if the Gospel
were often preached in her .neighliorhood.
" Alas, no," she replied, "I have not a
°rem:n - 1 T Aft ald_to.ennVATACl wdth.
With know Aft a t ri e grace or tio in
Christ "`: , •
44 And; pray, haw came you to know it ?"
asked the gentleman.'..
m Why, sir," she answered,_" some time
ago there was a . famous man down in the
:country; called Mr. Romaine. He preached
soiree miles+ off. and many of the neighbors
want to hear. him: So I Viought, I would
go too. ACcordingly away l e trudged, and
he hid no sooner began his disceurse than
it all seemed directed to me; he opened the
depravity of 'my heart, convinced my con
science of any sins, showed me the wages'
of death which :were due to me and the
truth of it I felt in my own soul. He
then opened the fulness and glory_of Christ,
deseribad his sufferings and death,- display
ed the;riches of his grace to the miserable,
and .invited , them to embrace it and be
blessed. Sir, you can . ricpt, think the instia
' tanedea and wonderful effect it had on Me.
ivais convinced of sin, Sanctified by faith,
and came home rejoicing. 'From that day
to this I have never lost the sweet savor of
.these truths.. , I long to see ,that gen
tleinan again i Do you know him? I
thin k they "said he came from London."
The gentleman and the Peer cottager
were no.longer strangers. They were or
the same.spiritual household, and beheld in
.each other the likeniss of their Lord.
TRUTH always fits. 'lt is , alway songrtt
oni, and agrees, with itself. Every truth
in the universe also agrees,w;th all oilier&
In the school of Christ the first lesson
of all is seltdenial and humility ; yes it is
Witten above the door, as the rule of entry
or admission,Learn of Me ; Mr I --am
•nidek• and lowly in heart."— -And out of 911
questions, that is truly the humblestleart
that has the , most of Christ in it.;—.Leigh
Somuirofessors pass for . very meek, good-.
natured people till you displease them.
They-resemble a pool or pond :'while you
let iL alone, it looks clear and limpid; but
if you stir toward the bottom, the. rising
sadiments soon discover Vie impurities.that
lurk beneath.— . Toplady
MERIT AND OENSTIRS.—It is folly for an
eminent man to think of escaping censure,
and a weakness to be affected with it. All
the illustrious persons of antiquity, "and
deed of every - age in the .world, have passed
through this fiery. persecution.. There is
no defence against reproach,but obscurity;
it is a kind of concomitant to greatness, as
satires. and invectives were an essential
~ p art .of a Roman tfiumph.—Addison.
EFFECT or rzusEcimos . .--When the
&dillies of the Reformation first gathered
head in Europe,..-the Belgian provinces
were among the, foremost to give ,them a
w,el43 , nie reception, and. Brussels promised
to becoine another. Geneva. Bufthe bloOdy
urissecres of Alva and the RegirdAreh
duchess did their werk,rand completely ex
terminated Protestantisdrin that unfortu&
natuceuntry; a fact_thstshould never ,be
forgotten when we. are tempted _ to :believe
in the once fashionab c le doctrine,
le that per
cution never injured the truth.
'Since: that .event, Belgium has been the
most t ßomish„conntwim Europe, next to
Ireland, and writ rentiqns to this. day
G9on AtiN.IN BAD TINEB.—It
is very neeesssary that good men guild
live in very bid times, not only to, reprieve
a wicked world, that `God may not utterly
destroy it,,inS once 'did in the dips of
Noah, when all flesh had. corrupted its ways;
but also to Seil4o4. human , conversation; to
give check to wickedness, and : to. revive.
the practice of virtue .by some greet, and
bright etirarliticaild 4 teleal . ess thane vio-
letioes and injuries which are done under
the sun; at least to struggle and contend
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with a corrupt age, which will put some
s op to the.growing evil, and scatter such
seeds of virtue as will spring up in time.
It is an argument of God's care of the
,world, that antidotes grow in the neighbor
hood of poisons; that the most degenerate
ages have some excellent men, who seem:
to be made on purpose for such, a time, to
stem the torrent, and to give some ease to
the miseries of mankind.—Dean Sherlock.
. WORK Otto----. Men who have half a dozen
irons in, the, fire are not the ones to go
crazy., " It is the man of voluntary or com
pelled' 'claire- who mopes, and pines, and
Winks hiniself into the madhouse or the
grave. Motion; is all nature's law. Action
is, man's salvation, physical and mental.
And yet, nine men out of ten are wistfully
looking forward to the coveted hour when
they shall have leisure to do nothing, or
s,omething only if they feel like it, the
fiery.. siren that has lured to death many a
"'successful" man. He only is truly wise
who lays himself out to work till life's
latest *hour, and that is the man who will
live the longest and live to the most
WriVIILITY.—There is many a one who
has beerrsaved from unchristian pride by
some feebleness of body, infelicity of tem
erament, infirmity oteharaeter, which has
• wed him down to the earth, and which
he has thought.his sorest trial and greatest
enemy, while it has been his best friend,
and has done him a service which he shall
know how to estimate rightly only in eter
nity. It perhaps not only' saves him from
pride, but inspires a subdued, a chastened,
gentle spirit, which makes his character
more hively, more truly Christian, and so
more 'beneficent. How much, perhaps,
Paul owed, and so how much the world
owes, to that "thorn in the flesh" which
kept him humble, spiritual, heavenly
MEMO,Rt OF WRONG.-A rich landlord
once oruelly oppressed a poor widow. Her
son a little boy of eight years, saw it. He
afterwards beeame a painter, and painted a
life-likeness of the dark scene. Years after
he placed it where the man saw it. ,_ He
turned pale, trembled in every joint, and
offered any sum to purchase it that he
might pit it out of sig,ht. Thus there is
an invisible painter drawing on flte canvas
of the soul a life-likeness reflecting correct
ly all the passions and actions of our spir
itual Atistory on earth. Eternity will reveal
theth to every man. We must make our
earth life live again.
tot OD -,
BCHOSEN ONES.—If, in any case,
God does set aside for a spiritual work, one
from , the ranks - of earthly greatness and
endowed' with extraordinary gifts, he pre
pares him for it by,a correspondingly deep
sense of the we,akness which is by the side
of those endowthents; appointing him a
long struggle with some' obstinate infirm
ity, or With some harassing doubt;: or with
some indescribable suffering- and darkness
'of soul. Ever he holds back his favorite
children from presumption, by some trial,
pre siltj uron , them a sense of their weak
ness. But oftenest . God takes those that
are •feeble' in 'all respects—so feeble that
they are constrained to see that their only
strength is in him, and with these,- work
ing quietly, working . obscurely, working
humbly, he blesses the world.
.131 . ,EAR, W 1741 . THE LITTLE ONBB.-.-Chil.
out doubt, be taught not to interrup eon
venation in company. But, this reserve
tion_made,.we question the policy of with
l►dlding.;. an answer at any time from the
'active, mind which must find
~so many un
,explaine'd daily and hourly mysteries. By
giving Atm attention to those troublesome
questions, a child's truest education may be
carried on. Have _a little patience, then,
and sometimes, think how welcome to you
would be a translator, if you were dropped
into Some - foreign country, where the 1 trt
,guagelor the most part was• unintell Bible
to you, and; you were bursting with curio
ity about every strange object that nut
RNLIGION Powor,,Foßrx —Probi big
all will concede that a sense of right ani
wrong is essential to the well-being of any
community. ' The protection of charectv,
-prelArty and life is dependent not so much
on pollee regulations, as on the sentiment
of ,right and wrong. Physical force is with
the multitude, and it they were releas3d
front'all Bente of moral responsibility, the
property and life of every individual would
be,at their merey; and there would be no
internal motive to restrain them from 'rand,
theft, robbery, arson and murder. Law
penalties courts and prisons may luep is
cheek individual felon's, provided the mas
the core of society,li sound; but, as the
mass-make 'the laws- nd tribunals, no police
can protect rights-against universal moral
'abandonment. He, then, that asks for per
sonal safety, for the protection of his fami
ly, bas,an interest in keeping by in the
.eommunity a sense of religious accounts
bility.--Rtv. Dr. Brainerd.
Grvs us This DAv."—Give us. Then
we are nee y. As children, we are hap
less. Wants and necessities goad acs, but
we are helpless. The deliverances of life
are from above. Our comforts in sorrow,
our strength in failings, and all we have
comes down from 'the Father of mercies.
RoVriileasant that confidence which looks
up into the face of God and confidingly
asks, -Give... It is a blessed thing to feel
one's weakness, but it is a joyous privilege
'to raise the hands toward the ti ec of life
for that fruit who's+) flavor is swept and
healing. " Give us " belongs to man in all
the spheres 'of life, but to give is the pleas
ure of the Lord.
" This day." This day new temptations
arise. This day new hunger retinni This
day new sorrows fall upon tlf . This day
we are -more :than ever sei Bible of that
weakness which must be strengthened by
DiVine, power. -" This day," " this day,"
Should be the rule of prayer all the way of
life—this is the day we need the bread of
BIRTH-DAYS,—Keep the birth-days re
rimply ; they belong exclusively to, and
are treasured among, the awe etest memories
of home. Do• not let anything prevent
some token; be it ever so small, that it be
remembered. .7. For one day they are heroes.
The special pudding or cake i 3 made for
them; a new Jacket or trowaers, with pock
ets, or the first pair of boots are donned;
and big brothers and sisters sink into insig
nifteange beside little Charlie, who is "six
0-4 y," and is "going to be a man." No
' there who have half a dozen little ones to
eirgfOr, are apt tO neglect birth-days; they
come too often—sometimes when they are
nervous—but if they only knew how much
, such souvenirs are eherishel by their pet
Susy or, Harry, years afterward when away
'from the hearth-stnne, and they have none
to remind them that they have added ore
more year to the perhaps weary round of
life,- or to wish them, in old-fashioned
PhrA B( b "JP.MYIVaPP7 rotwl l3 to their .birthl
day,.' l they would never permit any cause to
step between them and. a mother