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that love him," I Cor. ii. 9. But in represents the spirit as a pilgrim and what sense are they absorbing ? surely a traveller, then informs us that he they do not absorb their love, for God has passed through the valley that is is love; and the nearer they approach between, (the valley of the shadow of to God, the more they assimilate to death, I suppose,) then, that he aphim. The love of our neighbour is a proaches the gate of heaven, and necessary consequence of the love of finally, wishes to persuade his readers God, and therefore this cannot be ab- that this mere approach is the end of sorbed by the things of their eternal the Christian's faith, and that here, state. And is this love shewn by con- during the countless ages of eternity, sidering what great happiness their in this spacious void the soul is to refriends will be sharers of, should they main.- Is this the end of Sprigg's chance to arrive in heaven, and in faith? Is this the perfect day to which taking no share in guarding them from the path of the just tends? Is this evils, offering no alleviation to their Abraham's bosom, where the beggar distresses, and in administering, no was conveyed when he died? Are supply to their necessities? The things these the mansions which Christ went of the eternal world do not absorb the to prepare for his followers? Is this memory of those resident in it, for in the city out of sight? Is this the situaheaven they sing, “ To him that hath tion of those treasures, where moth loved us, and washed us from our sins nor rust corrupteth not? Finally, Is in his own blood,” &c. Rev. i. 5. plain- this the inheritance incorruptible, unly proving that they remembered the defiled, and that fadeth not away, process they underwent for the pur- reserved in heaven for the followers of gation of their iniquity. Those good Christ? No: the Christian will enter principles which we possessed on earth those everlasting habitations, and will remain unabsorbed by the things of sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and the eternal state. Among these we Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. may class gratitude to benefactors. Sprigg inquires, whether a person “Make to yourselves friends,” (saith thus situated, can be attracted by the Christ,) “ of the mammon of unrigh- trifling scenes on earth? Certainly teousness, that when ye fail, they may not: But what does your corresponreceive you into everlasting habita- dent mean by trifling scenes? He extions,” Luke xvi. 9. ; that is, distri- plains himself in the next sentence, bute your goods to the poor, that by saying, “ Can the soul, present when you die, the sharers of your with the Lord, ever look off from beneficence, who have passed into the him, to converse with those below ?" skies, may receive you with open That is to say, Christian converse is a arms, into that state of eternal trifle!“ No," says Sprigg, (answering bliss.
his own question, and then, as if S. inquires, in the next place, “Is thinking that a little too confident, as it possible that the heaven-bound he had only commenced with considepilgrim, who has been conducted by ration, continues,) " it is best to supthe Shepherd of the flock, through pose that spirits departed have no the valley that lies between—who ap- concern about the trifles passing here." proaches the gate of heaven, and real. True, but are all terrestrial occurizes the end of his faith-can be at- rences trifling? Is the salvation of so tracted by the trifling scenes on many millions of souls of no imporearth ?"-A pilgrim is one who travels, tance? Is all the economy of proviusually, journeys of devotion; the dence, into parts of which angels have adjective, heaven-bound, intimates desired to look, is it all non-essential ? the place of its destination, and in- Jesus says, that a sparrow shall not forms the reader that this journey is fall to the ground, without the obserstill in continuation. Were I not vation of the Father of the universe; rather inclined to believe that latterly yea, the very hairs of our head are the ideas of Charon, Styx, and Cer- numbered. If such circumstances as berus, had been abandoned, I should these are not beneath the notice of be inclined to consider this sentence that Being, who is the great, the holy, as having reference to the valley and the high; occurrences between where the Canes abide, and where which there is such an amazing diffeNox and Erebus hold their doleful rence, and events of such great imabodes. In the first part of it, Sprigg portance, will not be deemed trifling, 1213
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nor overlooked, by the blessed in Christ is “ God over all,” it is utterly heaven.
impossible that it can be a truth of Sprigg observes further: “ The soul subordinate magnitude. The simple reaping the sad reward of its unrigh- statement of it is enough to show that teousness, may desire to look out of it must rank as a first principle; an its burning lake towards the carth article of prime importance, -a founagain, but its intense pain will not dation-stone in the temple of truth: grant it permission.” Incorrect again; a star of the very first magnitude in for the rich man in the gospel regard- the hemisphere of Christian doctrine. ed his five brethren, and recognized for my own part, I believe it to be even the beggar in Abraham's bosom. But more than this: a kind of central sun, why should such a soul desire to look around which the whole system of out of its burning ? Can this afford it Christianity, in all its glory, and in all any pleasure? Can such souls regard its harmony, revolves. On this prinwith satisfaction a life of iniquity ? ciple we cease to wonder at the seeming And is it a gratifying reflection to ob-contrarieties. If, then, this be a key serve many in a state of salvation, which fits all the wards of this seemwhose opportunities were not more ingly intricate lock, turning amongst extensive than their own? to consider, them with hardly a touch of interrupthat had they accepted the offers made tion, catching its bolts, and laying them of mercy, by God, they would open to us, in the easiest and comhave enjoyed the felicity of eternal pletest manner, the treasure of division? Alas! this must increase vine truth ; if this be a principle, their torment, this must cause addi- which, in fact, does produce harmony tional weeping and wailing. To sum and consistency in the word of God, up the whole :- Is it best to suppose while the rejection of it, on the conthat the cold hand of death will dis- trary, gives rise to difficulties without solve the tenderest ties of nature ? Is number : is not this, of itself, a strong it best to suppose that the epicurean presumptive evidence that the princiworm, when he feeds on the inanimate ple is correct, and well founded?” corpse, will also devour the recollection of the dearest friends ? Is it most reasonable to imagine that the OBSERVATIONS ON SOUTH SHETLAND. attachments connected with the names of father, mother, brother, sister, &c.
(With a Sketch.) will all be forgotten ? If they be, how can they ever again be united ? The Since the discovery of these distant eternal separation of the affections is and desolate islands, many accounts an idea at which the heart revolts. have been published respecting them. Bad as human nature is, there are But from what source soever the infew, very few,who do not feel the bonds formation has been derived, they all of consanguinity. If your correspon- concur in describing them as barren, dent's soul is of such a description as uninhabited, and in every respect to feel no regret at the idea of death dreary. being an end of all earthly ties, be
It was our good fortune to be possesmust indeed be an anomaly. I leave sed of all the leading facts which rethis subject with your readers, and lated to them long before their existbegging your forbearance with my ence was announced to the public ; prolixity, I remain, your's, truly, but at the particular desire of our cor
RICHARD. respondent, who was in the first vessel Truro, Nov. 23, 1821.
that ever touched on these inhospitable shores, we omitted giving it publicity
until several weeks had elapsed ; and MR. EDITOR.
it was not until some reports had Sır,-If the following extract from found their way into the world, that Wardlaw meet your approbation, its our embargo was taken off.
This insertion in the Imperial Magazine circumstance enabled the conductor of will oblige, your's respectfully, a weekly journal to announce the ex
P. V. istence of these distant lands to the Penzance, Nov.5, 1821.
public, just before the day of publi
cation with us arrived. Of this ina If it be indeed a truth, that Jesus dent he has readily availed him
Observations on South Shetland.
and in a recent number, has claimed with frozen snow; and to add to its the exclusive honour of having fur- desolation, you will hear every now nished the first public notice of this and then a dreadful crash from the discovery.
fall of the rocks and frozen snow, like The map which accompanies the distant thunder. following observations, was sent us by “ Being near to these detached Mr. Richard Sherratt, who command rocks, of which the north side of this ed one of the vessels which sailed to archipelago has a great quantity, it South Shetland, on the seal fishery, in is necessary to keep a very good look the autumn of 1820, which vessel was out, and to ascertain as soon as posunfortunately wrecked on that danger- sible what part of the land you are off, ous coast. His observations are there- so that you may come to anchor in one fore founded on an actual survey of of the different bays or barbours. this stormy range of sterile rocks, and Esther Harbour is known by Round so far as his examination could ex- Island lying off it. The entrance of tend, the account may be considered Parry's Straits is known by Table as authentic.
Land to the eastward, and Table " The first intimation you have of Island to the westward ; both of these being near South Shetland, is meet- Tables are of similar appearance, and ing with a great quantity of whales, of you may see them both at the same the black kind, and what are called the time. Esther Harbour and Clothier fin-back ; you may thence conclude Harbour are the two best anchorages you are about 150 miles from land. on the north side, but Potter's Cove is Standing on to the southward, you will the best harbour in the whole group meet with innumerable penguins, so that is at present known. I think there many that you would almost conclude is safe anchorage in the inlets to the the sea was animated. Continuing to eastward and westward of Potter's stand to the south, and at about 20 Cove, but I had not an opportunity of leagues from land, you will meet with going into them. Ships may bear the seal, in shoals of hundreds toge- down either in Esther Harbour or ther, and, as you approximate to the Potter's Cove with safety. The difJand, the seals and penguins are more ferent anchorages to the westward are numerous, but the whales more scarce. very poor, but it is the best place for The first sight you have of the land, is seals; in fact the seal appears to make at a distance of about 15 leagues, and for the most dangerous places, either its appearance is similar to a white for the approach of ships or boats. cloud, ranging along the horizon from There are few or none that come on N.E. to S.W. Still standing on, you shore on the south side of the land, gain the land, until some parts touch but great quantities of sea elephants the clouds, the whole being covered come on shore on the different points of with eternal snow, save here and there land on the south side. a bill in the form of a cone or sugar- “ This archipelago has every aploaf, which is of a very dark colour, pearance of a volcanic eruption, and the and these dark spots are generally on higher you get upon the land, the more the tops of mountains. Three of this conclusio is confirmed. The these are very remarkable ; one over cones, of which I made mention, apEsther Harbour, one over the Bay of pear to have a large trench or ditch Destruction, and one over Potter's round them, from which I would infer Cove.
that they may heave out lava at times, “ Potter's Cove has on the east side or it is probable that they may have of it, three remarkable hills, somewhat been heaved up with the whole of the resembling three joints of the fingers land, not many years since, by some when the hand is closed. These are great convulsion in nature. In fact, called the Three Brothers, and they i think it strengthens this assertion, furnish an excellent mark for the when I can aver, that not only the Cove. (Vide the Chart). However, frozen snow, but the rocks themselves, still approaching nearer the land, you are continually falling and tumbling will meet with detached rocks at from away, and in such quantities, that 3 to 5 leagues off ; and the land wears you would conclude the whole of it now a most desolate and solitary ap- must be levelled in 40 or 50 years. pearance, nearly the whole of its front “ There are, on the top of some very, being immense precipices, covered ( high land which I have visited, threo