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did not think them profitable sub- of them, in a profession of religjects.

ion. Not a few

more But the time had come when thoughtful; and one things were soon to assume a new became hopefully pious. Aod aspect. Two in the family were here it may be observed of him, much affected by what they saw that he afterwards received an in A..B. and in the course of a education preparatory, and is now year, hoped tbey had fouad mercy. a missionary among the Heathed, It may be observed here too, that uoder the patronage of the Amer. for aught that is known they both ican board. He lived in the same sustain to this day an irreproach- family with A. B.; and from about able christian character. But A. this time uncommon solicitude B. and these her two friends were was felt for the family, and especin the midst of a dark region. - ially for the heads of the family by Lightness and vaniiy had long had A. B. and pow by her three friends. possession of the minds of the They conversed and prayed over yoning throughout the place.- their state. And indeed religion Nor was the church, in many of was beginning to be more and its members, very spiritual. Many more prominent in the family.professors of religion lived with. But there was no special seriousout prayer in their families, or e. on the minds of any. more ven the reading of the scriptures of them for some time. At length, except on the Sabbath and very however, Mrs.--the sister of A. seldom perhaps on other days.- B. and wife of Mr.--became imIt was also the custom for persons pressed. And the praying memto make a profession of religion, bers of the family were of course or unite with the church, without encouraged. They resolved to pretending 10 have experienced set a part an hour for prayer for religion, in their hearts ; and as themselves without the knowledge it would seem merely to provide of the family, when the salvation for the more consistent baptism of of the family should be made the their children. But now the meal subject of particular supplication. had received the leaven. A. B. Mean while the husband became and her two friends made the place impressed; and but a few days a subject of constant prayer. One had passed, when, as they rose, more about this time, and much very early one Sabbath morning, in the same lonely way, became fortheir little meeting, who should serious and obtained hope. Things they meet, on going down stairs, continued in this stale four or five but Mr. and Mrs.----both re. years, though a considerable blow joicing in hope and praising the was struck by the change in these Lord. It was almost too much few and their coming forth, most for A. B. and her friends; and all


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miogled tears of joy. Then, his had been, to examine themwhich was new thing and a selves and make thorough work strange thing--Mr.-led in pray- of repentance. The few words

Though he had been a pro- he said had a powerful effect."'--fessor twenty years, be felt that He had been regarded as among he had never known the joys of the most religious of all the true religion before. So thought church ; and it such was found to also his wife, who had not been be his case, it was time indeed for a professor so long by two or three others to look around. Although years.

some scoffed, the consequence was The influence of A. B’s, con- as it has proved to this day in version had hitherto been compar. hopeful charity, that not less than atively confined; but now it was five or six who were with him to be felt more widely. Mi. members of the church, were her brother-in-law could not rest. brought to see themselves and reHe knew there'were others in the pent. church in the same stale in which But this is not all. One of A. B's he had been; and trusting in the friends had himself friends ; & they

i Lord, that his eyes had been open through him or oiherwise were ed, he wished some way to make several of them affected. Some his case known. Not many days of the children also of those wbo passed before he had an opportui- had been so long members of the nity to address a small neighbor- church, seeing their parents imhood assembly. He simply stated pressed, became impressed them. his case. "I did not make a pro- selves. Thus considerable serious.. fession thoughtlessly,' said he oness spread through the society. did it from a sense of duty. But On the whole, not to mention 0,' continued he, I never knew others who apparently became pithe depravity of my heart, and ous in consequence of A. B’s conhow much I needed Christ. I neve version, there may be reckoned er felt that I must be born again; as the fruit of it, first, one missionbut vainly trusted that somehow I ary among the Heathen ; second, had religion and did love God..- one pastor at home; third, two But, he added, "I have seen the females also sharing with their emptiness of it all. My heart has husbands the burden of the sacred appeared in a light in which I nev- calling; fourth, three candidates er saw it before--and now I hope looking forward to the ministry ; have truly found the Savior. He and, fifth, one other young man alis altogether lovely and precious. $0 who died in the midst of his Havng thus stated his case, he studies--not without leaving, howthen entreated any who might be ever, a lasting remembrance in in circumstances similar to what the minds of those who knew him

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of his sincere piety and his fer. the affirmative. His soul appear.
vent desire to serve God in the ed to be in agony.

Alter listening to the remarks
While be admires the sovereign- which were made, as applicable
ty and grace of God, let, then, to the case of awakened sinners,
every christian reader persevere be, together with the others re.
in prayer for those around him, tired. For several weeks in
even though all be darkness and succession, he was found in this
death, assured that though but meeting-still deeply exercised,
one be converted at first, many, but without having received any
and fome missionaries and pastors relief.
in the church, may at length be On one of tbese occasions, as
gathered to the praise and glory he was about to retire, he was
of the Redeemer. FIDELIS. asked why he thus delayed com-

plying with the terms of salva.
tion—why he declined throwing

himself upon the mercy of Christ, From the Philadelphian. by submitting unconditionally to A SOLEMN WARNING TO, MERCHANTS bis demands. Oibers who had

been awakened more recently During the progress of one of than bimself were daily fleeing the recent revivals of religion to Christ their refuge. within the bounds of the Presby. His case, in consequence of his terian Church among others who thus lingering, was continually beassembled in the weekly anxious coming more and more alarming. meeting, on a certain evening a He was therefore urged to lose no middle aged man in a genteel time in searching out that bitter habit entered the room and seated thing, (whatever it might be) himself in the midst of this en- tbat prevented bis finding mercy, quiring circle.

and that engrossed bis affections, The minister who used to con. to the exclusion of the Savior, verse with all present on such • What is there (said this minisoccasions, soon came to him and tering friend to bim,) with which taking him by the hand, affec- you cannot part for an interest in tionately inquired whether be un- the love of Christ ?" Said the derstood the object of this meet- gentleman in reply, “I cannot ing : and whether by his pres. now give you the particulars of ence he designed to signity his my alarming case, but I determination of immediately seek. thank you to call at my house to. ng an interest in Christ. To morrow, for I vish very much 10 these and other similar questions have conversation with you."'he answered with an emphasis in The next day, in compliance with

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this request, the clergyman called amount, I would retire from the on him. The gentlemap met him noise and business of the city,

and at the door, and immediately con- spend the remainder of my days ducted him to the parlour. After in prepariag for a better world signifying to his family that he than this. With these resolutions wished them to retire, he torned in.recollection, I have often felt, and addressed himself to the min. as you have urged me to an imister in substance as follows :-- mediate decision, that I had now 46 Mr.

, knowing that you do excuse remaining. were ignorant of the history of I have leisure and every conmy life, I have had a desire for venience for attending upon all some time to see you under fa- the means of grace. For several vorable circumstances for a free weeks past, my mind has been conversation. la regard to the more excited perhaps than it ever communication which I am now was before, on the subject of my about to make to you for the first, welfare in eternity. I have tendand for the purpose of obtaining ed your anxious meetings; I have your advice, I have to acknowl. attentively listened to your preachedge that I have resisted the dic- ing, and I see clearly the propritates of conscience, which have ety of immediately surrendering long urged me to this step, untill myself into the hands of God as can resist no longer. I am now, many others have done in the as you may be led to conclude, mean time. in easy circumstances as respects

I have examined myself, agreethis world. About one year since, ably to your request, I removed from the city of pose of ascertaining, if possible, to this country seat, with an ac- the obstacle in the



my cumulation of property which salvation; and I am now, for the would warrant me in retiring from sake of relieving my mind and the pressure of an extensive mer- knowing my duty, about to reveal cantile business for the enjoy- to you what I never revealed to meots of domestic life. My hap- apy man. piness since I left the city has While engaged in mercantile been uninterrupted until the com- business, as many others have done, mencement of this revival. The I allowed myself in the innocent scenes which I have since wit- practice, (as custom would seen nessed have very forcibly called to render it,) of misrepresenting to my mind the resolutions I often and over-reaching, not even exused to form, for the purpose of ercising bowels of mercy for the pacifying my conscience, wbile in poor, the widow or the fatherless. eager pursuit of the world, that And, in many instances, my eager after I had accumulated à certain grasp for gain has resulted in

for the purthe manner,

bringing poverty and distress into As he gave this relation it was many families

very apparent that there was an Wherever I could render a alirming struggle between the claim legal, the law of right or dictates of conscience and the unwrong was not consulied. And iņ yielding inclinations of a proud one instance, by failure in business heart. After a short pause, said to a large amount, I ruined cer. The minister, in reply --66 My dear tain individuals; and although I friend, I have listened with the have long since had it in my pow. deepest interest to your recital ; er to relieve them from distrese por can I wonder that a review of sing poverty, 1 hare until this day your life should fill your soul with been inexorable to their pleas. I anguish: but I was sorry to hear have, in short, discovered to you you say that you cannot make up

which myself, and your mind to do what both reason as I fear many others, bave secur- and cooscience decide to be an act ed the treasures of this world.-- of justice. Now, the question with which I Your case is indeed a peculiar have felt myself strartened, and for one, and I feel that it requires the the solution of which I ask your wisdom of some one more experiadvice, is this :-- Is it my duty so enced than myself, to designate to far as my recollection can make yon, in this awful dilemma, the discovery, to restore to the full path of duty. But remember! amount wherever individuals have no man can be saved until he places suffered loss through my injus- such a value upon his soul, that he tice? But, before you answer would be willing to make any and this question, let me apprize you every sacrifice for its salvation.* that, in so doing, I must probably Noman can be pardoned, until he surrender my property to the last is willing to perform ubatever farthing. And, in tell you the God commards however sell-deny. truth, although any conscience has ing and inconvenient it may

be." given me 00 peace for several With these remarks he left weeks pasi, in consequence of him : but, (as he asterwards said) my refusing to correct every act not without strong apprehensions of injustice, however trising it that, rather than perform evident might have appeared at the time duty, himself being judge, he of its occurrence; yet I cannot would cling to his possessions with make up my mind, as I am now an unyielding grasp, and risk the passing into the decline of life, fearful consequences. however reasonable it may be, to The minister embraced the surrender, a'liny possessions into first opportunity of consulting the hands of those whom I have of his most judicious brethren; injured."

and atier listening to the painfal



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