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ledge of divine things; such privileges as was first proposed by my friend he enjoyed; such love as he had slighted; I nourished the thought with fear and such goodness as he had abused ; such trembling. It was no sooner proposed by experience of thy favour; and such vows, us to the subscribers than assented to. promises, and resolutions as he had made? They all contributed cheerfully, to all ap- Good God! what a pattern of thy pearance, who did contribute any thing; mercy is here !-Forgiveness! Who, who and the Lord loves a cheerful giver. How is the subject of this forgiveness ? Not reasonable, how becoming is it, that the fallen angels, but fallen man. While thy eterual Owner of the universe should have holy law curses for the least sin, tby Gos such an acknowledgment paid him by his pel proclaims mercy to the chief of sin. creatures, for he has given us body, soul, ners, such as David, Paul, and 1, the chief and every comfort.-- (1) Some have wished of the three ! - Ab, so there is, David, us embarrassed in money matters; thank there is forgiveness with God; I have God they are disappointed ; and I pray sought it and found it, and need it, and my God to impress the sin upon their seek it again. Notwithstanding sins, re minds, and then forgive it for ever.-peated, unequalled, and enormous sins, (2) The builder, himself a subscriber, enough to drive millions to despair, there and long a professor, has acted in an arbiis forgiveness with thee, forgiveness for trary, ungrateful manner; bas led us to sioners as vile as I."
many unnecessary expenses; and, had he Notwithstanding the many trials ther.
not been opposed, would have gone fur
This proves, that though God's from false friends and open ene children should be barmless as dores, mies which attended Mr. Cooke's they ought to be wise as serpents. Carnai early labours at Maidenhead. vet professors will cheat real Christians. As God made his way prosperous.
soon as the building was finished, this
man lost the job of building a private Some forsook him, some received dwelling-house, through his unprecedented his faithful addresses with cold. conduct. This was God's requiring band. ness, and many were roused by -(3) Two of the subscribers to the old the fidelity of his reproofs to se
meeting refused to subscribe to this. No
work for God meets with the approbation cret or open opposition against him. of all. - (4) One of the subscribers to the But still the cause of the Re- old meeting opposed us at every step, from deemer flourished, the truth gained
first to lust, and pleaded that the old friends, and they rallied round the
meeting would last our lives. The Lord
change and forgive his narrow mind, and young preacher and the infant grant him a greater regard for God, bis cause. After about two years' re. cause, and posterity. This man has shown sidence in the town, it was deemed
me bow little be believes his Bible, and desirable to erect a new meeting
has made me pray much for him and the
church, especially while the building bas house. The following are the ob.
been goiug on.- (5) The men employed servations relating to this event, in the work were very dishonest. Almost recorded in his Diary, dated every meal tbey stole time--twice, nay
three times their allowed time. We or Sept. 18, 1785.
the master must be cheated. Poor souls, “ Sunday.-This day our new meeting. I pity them, and think of the reckoning house was opened, having been completed - day they bare to meet.-- (6) It cost half in less than a year. How many fears pos- as much again as was supposed. How sessed my throbbing heart! I reasoned, few count the cost before they begin in I prayed, I strove, and all tou little to soul matters! How liable to mistake on embolden a mind sensible, deeply sen
this side death and eternity !--(7) The sible of its own weakness, and the greater weather was exceedingly favourable, espe. talents possessed by those I expected cially at first, and seemed to say, go forwould bear me. Let me enrol this con- ward.'-- (8) One poor wicked man in venient place for the worship of my God the town, who euried us the place, among my many favours from heaven. found bis envy and inalice increasing Let it be as another cord twisted with the every time he passed the meeting, and rest to bind my soul to the warınest grati. at last wished somebody would join with tude and the most cheerful obedience to him, and he would burn it to the my Maker's laws. The place is not for ground. I bless the Lord that he preman, but the Lord God. The materials, vented him, and brought the man to the the money, all were the Lord's. Of his old meeting, and seized his rebellious own bave we given him. I bless the Lord heart. He now sees, feels, and tremblis for blessing the people with a willing under bis guilt. He is pricked to the heart. May they never be one farthing heart. The Lord forward his work in the poorer for wbat they have given. It him !--(9) My soul often feared the people would be too much elated with it; but and especially to the esteem of his I think the fall of bas made us walk ministerial brethren In many in. with fear, and rejoice with trembling : 1 am sure it bas me at least.--(10) How stances, it was attended with the oftes wben walking by it bave I thought -- happiest results Indeed, useful. well, if God sbould take me to a house ness to men's souls may be said not made with hands, eternal in the bea- to have been the prevailing, the inreas, bow cheerfully should I sacrifice my wish of preaching in this new meeting! creasing thought of his heart. It --(11) In the morning, it was opened guided his studies—his readingat ibe prayer meeting.. Three engaged in his conversation-his preachingprayer, and all shut up through fear. bis pravers. It was the chief feaThis rather added to my discouragement. -(12) After reading a' chapter, I found
ture in his character, and it will much liberty in my first public address to be the chief glory of his nameGod in that place. But such an effect the odour of his memory for had my fear, and the smell of the paint
many, many years to come. He on my body, tbat bad not God sent a neighbouring minister to engage for me
has preserved hints and memo. in the afternoon, I doubt whether I could randa of many of the most remarkhave gone through the day's work. Many able instances of bis usefulness, came wbo nerer heard before. God will and from these we shall now prebe just in their aggravated ruin, if they never hear again. I hope the poor ?
sent one or two extracts, which huilders won't be shut out of the ark. will, we have no doubt, gratify Nor the subscribers to the meeting be a our readers. The first is the case mere scaffold to God's church! May the of a boy, who came to the town inhabitants of Maidenhead never find their bell the botter for this convenient place of
from the Bluecoat School, for the worship."
benefit of his health, and to whom
Mr. C.'s kindness, conversation, For about ten or twelve years and ministry were blessed. It is after our friend's settlement, he thus introduced among Mr. C.'s continued at short intervals to papers. make notes of the state of his religious feelings, accompanied with
" OPPORTUNITY IMPROVED. such reflections on the passing " As ye have opportunity do good events of life, as were natural to
unto all men.' Young Master P
caught a cold at the Bluecoat School; and a pious mind. ilis observation
although wet to the skin, was not allowed of character was shrewd and close; to change his clothes. The cold seized his and many of bis private remarks Jungs, and he was sent to Maidenhead for show how diligently he studied
change of air. He robbed my garden of
its fruit daily; and when detected, enthe state of bis flock. It was not
deavoured to conceal the thest by lies. I a show of friendship to himself, or convicted him, and he was overwhelmed of attachment to the Gospel, that with the loss of character which he anticould hide the unjust or unholy
cipated. I assured him of my forgiveness, professor from his scrutinizing eye.
and directed him to pray to God to for
give him, for Christ's sake. I treated him When he heard of the false weight kindly, and gained his ear and his heart. and measure, of secret slander, of He took every opportunity of being in the oppression of the poor or the my company; and came to hear me. His
attention was fixed-his understanding hireling, of removing a neighbour's
was opened his memory filled with the land-inark by any of his professed truths be heard, and his conscience was friends; he would go with the awakened, and his heart won to Christ, word of God in his hand, and with He returned home--was confined to his the integrity and fearlessness of an
bed, and, in a short time, died. I met
his father, who with a full heart and ancient prophet, reprove the rich broken sentences, thanked me for my ator the powerful sinner. Though tention to bis little son. • Nerer before,' this course often exposed him to
said he, did I see religion so lovely. the malice of the hypocrite, it
it My dear boy talked of you, your sermon,
the Saviour, and heaven, with such hope, commended him to the affection and joy, and patience, and thankfulness, and gratitude of all faithful men, and resignation to God, as I shall never
forget. He feared not death--bad no always abound in this work of the wish to live.'-His mother visited me. Lord." With tears of grateful joy, she bowed to the will of God. whose wisdon) and One of the most memorable ipmercy had rendered so painful and so stances of his success, in the conspeedy a cbange, the greatest blessing of version of profligate sinners, ocher dear little boy's earthly existence, as curred in the case of a tradesI had assured him it would prove. May
man, who was the member of a its effects be found an eternal memorial of the grace of God in the souls of his re most notorious and vicious assolations !".
ciation, denominated “ the Hell
Fire Club." It may startle some Another instance of ministerial
of our readers to hear, that a comsuccess he has recorded thus:
pany of dying men could com« On Thursday, I was sent for by bine together for the express pur
, a well educated, sensible, amiable pose of ridiculing, and setting at creature. Alarmed at my entering the defiance the most fearful terrors room, she turned pale, and assured me,
; of their Almighty Maker, and to
their that she had always lived a good life. I asked what she meant by a good life ? stimulate and excite each other She answered, a moral life. I asked her, in the practice of every thing if the law of God--the ten commandments, which could tend to harden their formed the standard or rule of her mora
moral feelings, and familiarize lity ? Certainly, she replied. I then opened the law in its purity, spirituality,
them to the slavery and degradaequity, goodness, and perfection, and the tion of vice. Yet it is the fact, consequence of transgressing it, and after the humbling fact, for human napraying with her, left her. Friday, on tu
ture, that such an association did seating myself by her, she exclaimed, 60, Sir, if the law of God is the rule of exist, not many years ago, in a morality, I have never been even moral. large and populous town. Mr. I confined my notions of goodness, mora Cooke's narrative of the case, lity, and religion to outward expressions; to which we refer is contained but this law requires my heart, all my heart; and condemns every thought, word,
in the following brief extract from and act that is sinful. I feel convinced, his diary :that I am a sinner, a condemned sinner.' Never did I see the rapid progress of “Called to preach in Lady Huntingdon's saving knowledge equal to her own. She Chapel at the opening. A tradesman needed it : for I found she had a cancer heard and lived. Six years afterwards he in her mouth. All her teeth came out, came into the vestry, at Bristol Tuberat 23 years of age. Two holes were nacle, after partaking of the Lord's Supfound at the bottom of the lower jaw, so per with 500 souls, and related the folthat she retained liquid in her mouth with lowing facts. He began, • Dear Sir, you do difficulty.
not know me; but I know you. Six “My future visits were peculiarly in years since, I belonged to the Hell-fire teresting. On entering the room one day, Club, at , in shire. We al. she said, I pity you, my dear Sir, the ways endeavoured to coin a new oath for room must be so very offensive from my the evening, and the cbairman decided breath ; but I bless God for this afflic. who had the pre-eminence. As I was tion. It is very great, and through the walking from home in my way to the grace of the Saviour, very light. I envy club, I was asking myself what sin I had not the most healthy, wealthy, or honour. not committed, and I would commit it able. Now! now!
before I went to bed What new onth I r.I can read my title clear,
sbould gwear? Passing on I saw a light,
and beard your voice from the pulpit in To mansions in the skies ; I bid farewell to ev'ry fear,
the street. 'I paused. Went on, saying, And wipe my weeping eyes.'
I would return after the club-meeting.
Second thoughis prevailed, and I went "• There is not a fellow creature on into the chapel, fearing that on my reearth, with whom I would exchange condi. turn, the service might be over, and I tions. God is gracious, the blood of Christ should have no sport. I entered. You is my refuge, I am very happy; my trial is repeated your text, All manger of sin short--| cheerfully resign my life--I fear and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto not death-- it will be my short passage to men; and whosoever shall speak a word heaven." Thus my encouragements to against the Son of Man, it shall be forvisit the sick multiply; and bid, me, given him ; but whoso blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven little distance, two persons walkhim, neither in this world, nor that wbich ing away from him. On silently is to come.' You described the nature of the sin--the reason of its being unpar. approaching nearer he saw sympdonable. Secondly, showed who had runt toms of intoxication, and discerned committed it, and proved their sin--all that they both wore a genteel appardonable. Instead of going to the club, pearance. He followed them at I went home, entered my bed room, locked myself in, fell on my knees,
a little distance until they entered tbanked God that I was out of hell, and one of the principal inns in the that it was possible I might escape it for town. Having watched for a short erer, All my sins were pardonable! This time, and found that they remained was good news indeed, after a full persuasion, that bell would be my portion, and
in the house, he proceeded no fura frequent wish to die, that I might know ther with his investigation, but rethe worst. I read, prayed, heard the turned home and quietly retired to Gospel, looked by faith to Christ, and
rest. At a suitable hour in the soon enjoyed pardon, peace, and liberty
morning he went to the inn, and of access to God. I now enjoy coinmunion with God and his church, and in me,
being well known to the proJebovah here resolv'd to show,
prietor, he readily obtained all the What bis Almighty grace can do.' information that he needed, reHallelujah."
specting the parties in question. These are but a few cases out He ascertained that one of the inof many contained among his me- dividuals was a Captain, then remoranda, of the rich reward which siding in the town, and that the he reaped, even on earth, in the other was the officiating clergyman service of his divine Master. We of a parish in the neighbourhood. would gladly make many more Having thus prepared bimself by extracts from his papers, but as a what information he could collect, volume of his remains will be he went forthwith to the gentlegiven to the public, we shall re- man of the sword, and found him frain, for the purpose of inserting just preparing to take his breakhere a characteristic anecdote, fast. He commenced the interview which came to our own knowledge, in words to the following effect. and which singularly illustrates his “ Sir, my name is John Cooke : great presence of mind, tirmness last night, at a very late hour, a of character, and desire to be window was broken in my house, useful.
by a large stone which endanMany years ago, about inid- gered the life of my wife, I have night, he happened to be engaged some reason to think that you in his study in reading ; Mrs. C. can give me such information, as had retired to the bed room, which will enable me to bring the ofwas in the front of the house, and fender to justice.” At first the was upon the point of getting into captain appeared exceedingly inbed, when suddenly a very large dignant, and rudely desired Mr. stone came through the window Cooke to begone, for that he knew and fell upon the bed where she nothing of him or his window. was about to repose. Mr. C., Mr. Cooke, however, was not to alarmed by the noise, started from be frowned away; he persevered his seat and ran to the bed-room. in assuring the gentleman that he Finding that Mrs. C. was unin- should not have troubled him, if he jured, and that the outrage had had not possessed strong reasons been committed from the street, for thinking that he could impart he hastened down and went quiet- some information upon the subject. ly out, and from his own door He therefore appealed to his feelproceeded towards the town. He ings, as a man of honour and a had not gone far before he per- gentleman, to say, candidly, wheceived, by the light of a lamp at a ther he could assist him in this painful business. The military Mr. C. then withdrew. The apgentleman, however, persisted in pointed hour came, and passed, denying all knowledge of the affair, bringing no answer from the parties and appeared at length wrought concerned. Mr. C. then went to up to great wrath: he again order- his solicitor, in the town, and beed Mr. Cooke to begone, but he gan to tell him the story. He remained like a rock, in the presoon perceived that the professence of the warrior, unterrified by sional man was indisposed to adhis anger, and unmoved by his vise any legal measures. Upon resolute denial. At length he this discovery he said, “ O, I said, “it is of no use, Sir, for you perceive the gentlemen have alto put yourself into a passion, and ready been with you and confessed storm at me. If you will sit down the whole business; you are too and hear me calmly, we will soon honourable a man to deny it; bring this business to a close.” The should I want evidence you cancaptain found he had no ordinary not refuse to acknowledge that man to deal with, and at last seat you are acquainted with their ed himself on a chair, while Mr. guilt. Good day, I have nothing Cooke took one and placed him- more to say." The result of this self before him. He then said, interview was, that the legal man “ Now, Sir, since you will give advised the gentlemen immediately me no information respecting this to accede to Mr. C.'s proposals, business, I must inform you of as the best way of preventing a what I know and can prove. It public exposure, assuring them at was yourself, in company with the the same time, that “ Mr. C. had Rev. Mr. - , who broke my them as fast as a nail.” The offending window last night.” At this dis- gentlemen then made application to closure the captain was silent, and be permitted to comply with his gave symptoms of conscious guilt terms-the time was fixed-not and fear, which Mr. C.'s keen eye their time, his own, and one that soon detected. He then proceed. would suit the convenience of his ed, “ Now, Sir, I have nothing friends. The parties met, the exmore to say, but merely to inform pense of repairing the window you of the conditions on which I was readily defrayed, the apology shall overlook and forgive this was made in polite and suitable outrage. They are three. 1. You terms, and “ Now gentlemen," must repair the injury done to the said Mr. Cooke, laying his watch window. 2. You and the Rev. on the table, “ you are each to
, must offer an apology to me hear me for the space of five mibefore a few of my select friends; nutes." He first addressed the and, 3. You must each of you military man, and reminded him consent to receive an address that his commission imposed on for five minutes upon the subject him the obligation of protecting from me in my house before those the lives and property of his mafriends. You will inform Mr. jesty's peaceable subjects. He
of these terms, and let me showed him the crime and disgrace know your determination before of being the first to break the such an hour this evening. The peace and endanger life. He captain, finding that Mr. Cooke faithfully admonished him of the was in the possession of all the guilt of drunkenness and disorder facts, now appeared completely in a man of his profession. He calmed, and very polite. He re- then turned to the clergyman, and plied that he could say nothing to with a power of description and it until he had consulted his friend, feeling peculiar to himself, and which he should do immediately. strikingly appropriate, he exhi