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EXTRACTS FROM SCRIPTURE READERS.
July 31, 1832.
July 1st.-Went to a Roman Catholic woman's wake, and read the 4th Chapter of Mark in Irish, to about twenty Romanists, who appeared to be very glad to hear it, saying, “ Glory and praise, and thanks be to Jesus, who has left us the meaning of the parable of the sower."
Before day I was desired by her son to read the same parable to another party that came in, and did so, and read to them, in the Irish tongue, the same words over again, which made three Catholic women say, “ Oh, Lord ! enable us earnestly to bear the word and receive it."
July 8th.Went to another Catholic's burial. Immediately I entered the house, his widow asked me if I had brought my Testament. I said I had; when she requested me to begin. I opened the book at the 13th chapter of St. Matthew, and read in the Irish language to about thirty people, mostly Catholics ; they were all very attentive until I finished it, when a man looked up to heaven, and smote upon his breast, saying, “ Oh, that I may find out God, the treasure, and pearl, of great price.” In about two hours after, before they brought out the corpse, the woman of the house came to me again, and told me to read the same Chapter in Irish, “ for," said she, “ I delight in hearing it.” I began and read to her and five Catbolics that sat beside me, who listened with much attention.
Jan. 25, 1833. Since I last wrote to you, I am happy to assert that the best effects are produced in this neighbourhood by the reading of the Scriptures. Many in this place acknowledge, that had it not been for the reading of the Testament in the Irish language, they would have still been in darkness. Hitherto, I have thought it a great privilege to be admitted in one, out of every ninth house, to read a chapter ; even in the villages about me, I was threatened to be treated with boiling water if I should make an attempt to go into their houses ; but, at present, it is no strange thing to find whole families meet together in the afternoon, to hear the Word of God, and to converse about the same. I am satisfied, that many, in this place, will, and do bless God, for the efforts of the London Hibernian Society, as the instrument in first sending the Scriptures into this country,
May 1, 1833. This day, I was called to visit poor J. H- , before mentioned in my last journal; at my entering his place there were four men and women on their knees, repeating the Rosary, as they called it. I came over to him, and said, J--, you are just departing out of this world : he made signs to me, because he could not speak, for to pray for him. I then knelt down, accompanied by my wife, his wife, and the rest present, and prayed, “Oh! Lord God, with whom the spirits of just men are made perfect, enable this poor man, now going into thy presence, to depend on
nothing but the all-atoning blood of Jesus; for neither Saint or Angel can save, neither Pope nor Priest ; none but the precions blood of Jesus can wash away his sins; and now, Oh! Holy Savionr, claim him for thine own, in spite of men and devils, and give bim to know, by a living faith in thee, that he is accepted, baving no dependence of his own, but trust. ing in thy blood and righteousness alone.” He lifted up his hands and eyes, and groaned an Amen, and departed this life; his wife also crying for mercy. Neither Priest nor people attended ou the poor widow. I then went and got a Protestant man, and a Roman Catholic, and went about and collected £1. 58., which enabled his wife to bury him, and have expenses to go to England. There was neither mass nor images hung over him, nor performed for him. I had to contend with four men, prepared to argue with me at the wake: our discourse lasted five hours. I proved from the Scriptures, that the plaus laid down by the Church of Rome was unsafe for poor creatures to have their souls saved by; and how Jesus saith, " Whosoever believeth in me shall never die ; he that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life ; but he that believeth not shall be damned;" and again, “ This is life eternal, to believe on Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.” Again, from the latter part of the 16th Chapter of Luke, no use in intercessions after death. Again, 1st Chap. of John, Ist & 7th verse, “ And the blood of Jesus Christ, bis Son, cleanseth from all sin”. M. L- , W. M , P, C- , and J.J- , were the four, whom, under God, I beat down with the Scriptures, offering them before all persons, that, on the Sunday following, I would speak to them before the congregation; and if I could not prove from the Scriptures their doctrine wrong, that I would go to mass with them, and they to bring their Doway Bibles, and for the Priest and Minister to be present; this they declined before the whole wake people : many present shook hands with me, wishing me every success.
May 12th.-Read to M. M- , E. D , and others. I read the 3rd Chapter of James, on envying and railing; the woman being very turbulent, the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th verses, had great effect on her; for scarce a day but she was at strife with her neighbours, and took de. light in the same; but ever since is quiet, and seems to guard herself more than before : she has told many it was a good day that J. Bread the Scriptures for her ; however light this may be, it may have some good effect on her ; God grant it.
April 25, 1833. Encouraged by Mr. D--, one of your Inspectors, I have commenced reading the Scriptures to my neighbours after School hours, in this remote and unenlightened part of the country. What first caused me to think of it was, a boy, of about the age of 12 or 13, who was half a year at School with me. Having been taken from School and put to work, it happened, that by a bite of a dog on his leg his life was in great danger, and his mind in great trouble, and thinking that bis latter end was approaching, he felt that the usual preparation afforded by his Church was not sufficient for a dying sinner, or capable of affording any consolation whatever. In reading the Scriptures in the School, and answering the questions usually put to the children, he had, by the bless
not think of trusting to the ceremonies performed at such a time by his
Clergy. It pleased God to restore him to health ; and before he was well able to walk, he came to me, and related all this, and a great deal more; thanked God that he had a Testament, and that he was spared to read it, which he said he would do as long as he lived.
This day read a few Chapters in the house of one D , a Roman Catholic ; he was just recovering from a long and severe illness ; he told me he had never read a word in the Bible or Testamept, nor had he ever seen one in bis father's house, nor did he think it right for such as him to read the Scriptures.
April 26th.-Read in the house of M. C-, a very poor man; he cannot read ; his son, a boy of 10 years old, is at School with me, a Schoolbook Reader; he earnestly requested that I would give his son a Testament, that he might read to him every evening, which I have done, and am glad to know that he reads a part of it every day; he is going on to read from the beginning in regular order.
April 28th.-Read in the School house to thirty-seven, of whom twenty-three were adults ; some of them professing Protestants and Presbyterians, shamefully ignorant of the Word of God, although they have the Bible in their houses. In this neighbourhood I think the words are verified, “ My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge,” as I find Roman Catholic children who attend the School have as much knowledge of the Word of God as some of the neighbouring Protestant Adults who have the Bible in their houses, but, I fear, seldom read it.
May 5th. Read in the School house to sixteen adults, besides children, some of whom shewed that they had, during the week, been reading the Scriptures, and now seemed anxious to have conversation on what they had read. They asked a good many questions as to the meaning of some passages of Scripture, for which I have directed them to the context, which has, for the most part, satisfied them, and they have thought it strange that they could not see it themselves.
May 19th.—This day the School house was nearly full; there were above forty adults from four o'clock, until we could not see to read. M. C., above alluded to, thanked me and the Society for the Testament given to his son, which he reads with great pleasure to the family ; it is all new to them, he says, and some parts very beautiful. Christ's sermon on the Mount, he thinks, quite different from what is now taught and practised.
June 2d. -Read in the School house to forty-three, seventeen adults, eight Roman Catholics. Continued to read the Gospel of St. John, which some of the Roman Catholics seem to prefer to any other part of the Testament; for what reason they will not tell, nor do I know. One of the people present said, if they all knew, by experience, as well as he did, the benefit of the reading of the Scriptures, and of having their children at a School where the Scriptures are read, they would prize it more : he has seven children, three of whom were educated at the Society's School, and are exemplary for their obedience to their parents, industry, and good conduct: the rest of them are as different from them as if they were not of the same family, which, he says, he attributes wholly to their being taught at a different School, where the Master was careless, and suffered them, as he said, to sit idle, and talk about things which were unprofitable and vain.
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