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tionate in his correspondence with them; he was grateful for their attentions and kindnesses; he entered into all their circumstances and feelings; by the tenderest sympathy he made their trials his own; and was sure to know their souls in adversity. His friendship was the most pious, the most durable, the most disinterested. Nothing was too costly for him to sacrifice, nothing was too arduous for him to undertake, nothing was too humiliating for him to undergo if a friend was to be served. "He pleased not himself."—He never thought of his own advantage or convenience.-He breathed for others. Hence what he says in a private letter, he might have published to the world without any danger of contradiction."I am happy that God has given me not only contentment with such things as I have, but also an accommodating turn of mind, so that I am desirous to make all about me happy, and am happy in their happiness." Indeed he was the Apostle's representation of love alive.
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, be
lieveth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things."
This leads me to remark that nothing characterized Mr. Winter, more than Beneficence. His life was an intire conformity to the example of our Lord, who went about doing good. This was his study, his business, and his delight. His bounty was not pressed out of him by violence, like sourness from the crab; it dropped like the honey-comb. It was not an occasional effusion like a summer-shower, but a perennial spring, the streams of which made glad the sons and daughters of affliction, alk around him. And no being since the days of Job, according to his sphere and his capacity; could, with more truth adopt the exquisitely tender language: "When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me,
gave witness to me: because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me : and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy. I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame. I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.
Benevolence is to be judged of by proportion, by income, by self-denial. Hence the most
liberal are often those who give the least. Our Savior himself declared that the poor widow had given more than all the rich. They cast in much, she only two mites; but they gave of their abundance, and she of her penury; they could go home after all their bounty to a table spread with profusion and dainties, but she cast in all that she had for the day, even all her present living. A period is approaching that will develop character, and weigh motives; and then shall every man have praise of God. The hero shall be applauded who went boldly to the stake as far as he was actuated by a coneern for the divine glory: but that female sufferer in yonder obscure dwelling, montb after month, year after year, devoured by the cancer, consuming the ear, the eye, the forehead, till it penetrated the brain; cheerfully enduring the anguish, without one murmuring word; retaining her confidence in God, and loving him under all the severity of his hand; talking of his goodness all the day long, and lamenting her own ingratitude; longing to be gone, yet willing to be detained*—She will be
* This representation is drawn from the life and was exemplified in a good woman, whom the Author buried the morning he wrote this. it was from Mrs. Bailey.
the martyr! The trial of the one was short, but that of the other protracted; in his case there was every thing to rouze courage, in her condition every thing to repass it; he was attended with a multitude of spectators, she was unobserved -here all was pure principle unaided by any extrinsical influence. So it is here. We are far from wishing to detract from the generous exertions of any; at the same time we must not separate principle from practice. It may be charitable to give what we do not want, and cannot use but surely this is not the criterion of charity; it is not the charity of him who though he was rich, yet for our sakes came poor, that we through his poverty might be rich. Mr. Winter's resources, were comparatively very limited and uncertain; by a little common reasoning, especially by the help of that catholic argument, charity begins at home, he might have justified the application of the whole of his income to himself; but his case was to separate every thing superfluous from what was really needful; and gratifications in books, conveniences in situation, accommodations in travelling, and indulgences with regard to a thousand nameless things, he refused himself, in order to possess some ability to be serviceable to others. And, his circum
stances considered, no one can imagine how much good he accomplished.
We read of the alms deeds which Dorcas did, and one is specified-her making garments for Some who abound in wealth will perhaps consent to devote the time, and to take the trouble that is requisite to put their hand into their pocket, and even to bring it out again-but Mr. Winter was a benefactor. He was seen visiting the fatherless and the widows in their affliction; he was seen in the chamber of sickness, and by the bed of languishing; he was seen wherever disappointments and losses had left nothing but the attraction of misery; he and the selfish crew were sure to meet very near the door; they leaving their friends when they found nothing more was to be enjoyed; and he hastening thither as soon as he found something was necessary to be done the image of him who has said "I will be with thee in trouble." Is it too minute to mention that his students knew what it was on a Christmas eve, as soon as it was dark, to accompany him with large baskets of meat to drop in the houses of the poor; and then return for more, and take another route; and thus gratuitously furnish those with a comfortable meal, who notwithstanding all Paley's "Reasons for contentment,