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To this it was replied, “ It is true their pumber is small: a few only have come now, the more fully to deceive. But soon many more will arrive, and your islands will be lost." The chiefs again answered, “ They say that they will do us good; they are few in number; we will try them for one year, and if we find they deceive us, it will then be time enough to send them away,” Permission to land was accordingly granted. Mr. Young, it is said, was the only foreigner who advocated their reception.
Chap. xxvi, ver. 24, 25.—And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad. But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.
As soon as the late Mr. Berridge, vicar of Everton, began to preach in a different strain from the neighboring clergy, it was observed, they found themselves hurt at the emptiness of their own churches, and the fulness of his. The squire of the parish, too, was much offended; he did not like to see so many strangers, and be so incommoded, and endeavored to turn Mr. Berridge out of bis living, by a complaint to the bishop. Mr. Berridge being sent for by his lordsbip, he was accosted in the following manner :-" Well, Berridge, they tell me you go. about preaching out of your own parish, did I institute you to any other but Everton?” “No, my lord.” “ Well, but you go and preach where you have no right so to do.” “It is true, my lord; I remember seeing five or six clergymen out of their own parishes, playing at bowls.” “ Pho,” said his lordship; “if you don't desist, you will very likely be sent to Huntingdon gaol.” “As to that, my lord, I have no greater liking to a gaol than other people; but I had rather go there with a good conscience, than be at liberty with a bad one." Here his lordship, looking bard at Berridge, gravely assured him,“ He was be
side himseif; and that in a few months time he would be either better or worse.” “Then," said he,“ my lord, you may make yourself easy in this business; for if I am better, you must suppose I shall desist of my own accord ; and if worse, you need not send me to Huntingdon gaol, as I shall be provided with an accommodation in bedlam.”
Chap. xxvii, ver. 20.–And when neither sun-nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.
In the year 1709, a packet boat returning from Holland to England, was so damaged by a tempest, that she sprang a leak, and was in the utmost extremity of danger; when all the mariners and passengers were in the last distress, and the pumps had been worked to carry off the water, but all to little purpose, by a good providence the hole filled, and was stopped seemingly of itself. This struck them all with wonder and astonishment. No sooner did they get safe into port, than they examined the ship to see what was the matter, and found a fish sticking in the
very hole, wbich had been driven into it by the force · of the tempest. But for this wonderful providence, they must all have perished.
Chap. xxvii, ver. 44.-And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship: And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.
In October 1811, a vessel was observed in great distress between Portreath and Hale. About 10 o'clock she went on shore, a little to the eastward of Hale bar; and shortly after, the captain, together with the mate and two boys, were washed overboard and drowned. Two men, all that remained of the crew, were observed, by the persons wbo assembled on the beach, to get into the rigging, one on the fore
mast, and one on the main mast. In this dreadful situation they remained for some time, every wave completely covering them. The main mast soon went over-board, carrying with it the unfortunate seaman who had taken refuge op it. Just at the time, a native of St. Ives, who was a very expert swimmer, stripped on the beach, and to the astonishment of all present, plunged into the waves, then going mountains high,carrying with him the end of a rope,which he purposed to fasten round the men on board, and thus enable the persons on shore to extricate them from their perilous situation. This intrepid and humane individual had nearly reached the vessel, when the end of the rope slipped from him, and he was seen for soine tine endeavoring to gain the wreck of the mainmast, to which the almost drowned mariner then clung. At length he reached it, and as each wave washed over them, he was observed cheering the poor fellow, by clapping bim on the shoulder. On seeing the danger to which all three were now exposed, a young man of Hale, named Burt, notwithstanding the entreaties of his father, who trembled for the safety of bis son, braved the fury of the storm, plunged into. the billows, and providentially succeeded in convey. ing the rope to the first adventurer, who immediately fastened it round the almost exhausted sufferer on the mainmast, and having also fastened to him a rope from the ship, he was drawn on shore by the people on the beach. The other seaman on the foremast was got on shore in the same manner; and lastly, their intrepid deliverers. Few actions recorded in history, will outsbine the fortitude and generosity of
these two young men, and every reader will be glad · to find that none of them perished in the humane attempt.
Chap. xxviii, ver. 20.–For the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.
Guy de Brez, a French minister, was prisoner in the castle of Tournay. A lady who visited bim, said,
" She wondered how he could eat, or drink, or sleep in quiet." “ Madam," said he, “ my chains do not terrify me, or break my sleep; on the contrary, I glory and take delight therein, esteeming them at an higher rate than chains and rings of gold, or jewels of any price whatever. The rattling of my chains is like the effect of an instrument of music in my ears; not that such an effect comes merely from my chains, but it is because I am bound therewith for maintain. ing the truth of the Gospel.”
Chap. xxviii, ver. 30.-And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own bired house, and received all that came in unto him.
Mr. Newton was in the habit of receiving his religious friends at an early breakfast; when many used to be gratified by his pious and instructive conversation, and esteemed it a privilege to unite with bim in family devotions. On one of those happy occasions, a friend introduced to him a young minister from the country, who had expressed a desire to see him. 66 Ab !” said Mr. Newton, “ I was a wild beast once, on the coast of Africa, and the Lord tamed me; and there are many people now who have a curiosity to see me!”
ROMANS. Chap. i, ver. 21.-Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God.
A gentleman, who seemed strongly impressed with the opinion, that in order to exalt revelation, it is necessary to maintain that there is no such thing at all as natural religion, visiting a celebrated public seminary in Edinburgh, on occasion of some mention of the ancient philosophers in a passage which the pupils were then reading, asked a blind boy the following questions : “ W bat did their pbilosophy do for them?" The boy returned no answer. “ Did it," resumed
the examiner, “ lead them to any knowledge of religion ?” “ They had do RIGHT knowledge of God." « But could they be said,” rejoined the visitor in a marked tone of disapprobation, “ to have any knowledge of God at all?" After a moment's thonght, the child answered, “ Yes.” “ That,” observed the gentleman to the superintendants, " is by no means a right answer." Upon which the pupil was asked whether he had any reason for making this answer, to which be replied, “ Yes.” “What is it?" “ The apostle Paul, in the first of the Romans, says, that when THEY KNEW God," laying an emphasis on these words, “ they glorified bim not as God.”
Chap. i, ver. 31.--Without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural aflection, implacable, unmerciful.
Mr. Ellis, in his Missionary Tour, relates the following shocking instance of infanticide. A man and his wife, tenants of Mr. Young, who has for many years beld, under the king, the sinall district of Kukuwaw, situated on the center of Waiakea bay, resided not far from Maaro's house. They bad one child, a fine little boy. A quarrel arose between them on one occasion respecting this cbild. The wife refu. sing to accede to the wishes of the busband, he, in revenge, caugbt up the child by the head and the feet, broke its back across his knee, and then threw it down in expiring agonies before her. Struck with the atrocity of the act, Mr. Young seized the man, led bim before the king Tamehameha, who was then at Waiakea, and requested that be might be punished.
The king enquired, “ To whom did the child he bas murdered belong ?” Mr. Young answered, that it was his own son. “ Then,” said the king,“ neither you nor I have any right to interfere ; I cannot say any thing to him.”
Chap. ii, ver. 23, 24.-Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonorest thou God? For the name