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and he always expressed a confidence, that him with surprise, evidencing, as he did,
with another medical friend. I found he “ The diseases which occasioned these had passed a dreadful night suffering the attacks, were ultimately ascertained to acutest pain in the back in unusual comhave been a softened, and consequently bination with the most agonizing distress weakened state of the muscular structure in the chest. The two affections were in of the heart, and a chronic inflammatory their results most torturing; the one reprocess, going on in the interior mem quiring constant recumbency, which dibrane of the great arterial trunk." pp. rectly aggravated the other; wbilst the 12, 13.
erect posture necessary to a mitigation of "On Thursday, February 10th, Mr. Hall the agony of difficult respiration, was inwas attacked with a very severe pa
compatible with his sufferings in the back. roxsym, by which he was prevented from Having been kept, for many hours, in preaching the usual sermon preparatory constant vibration between these opposite to the ordinance of the Lord's Supper ; efforts at relief, and unrelieved by the and with this attack commenced that usual, and even unusual, doses of opium, tendency to augmentation of disease he was dejected and sunk to an alarming which so rapidly hastened his dismission. degree. Painful as it was to see a great He appeared as well as usual on the pre- and mighty spirit so prostrated by bodily ceding part of the day, and had not long infirmity, it was nevertheless edifying to before received the visit and executed the witness the divine efficacy of Christian request of a friend, whom, on leaving, principle in sustaining an undeviating he attended in his customary manner to
composure of mind.
There was no the door, and handed to her carriage. murmuring, no repining, no irritable I spent an hour or two with him subse expression; but the most patient endurquently to this seizure; which I found, on ance of the aggravated sufferings. To inquiry, had commenced whilst he was in a friend, who visited him this day, be his study, preparing for the evening service. said, “Oh, my dear sir, I have suffered He sustained it for some time, expecting i:itense agony; but I have received unit might subside. On attempting, at length,
speakable mercies--mercies unspeakable to come down to the parlour, the symp -unspeakable. I am the chief of sinners, toms were greatly aggravated by the ex and yet I have received the most abun. ertion, which necessitated him to remain dant mercies.' For many hours, during half-an-hour on the stairs before he could the day, he suffered dreadfully, feeling as acquire power to proceed. He had en
if he could not long survive. He was, dured the whole of this paroxysm alone, in however, relieved, towards evening, from the hope that he should recover without the violence of distress; but being unable alarming his family, or disappointing his to exert himself without exciting a parcongregation; and had not some of his oxysm, it became necessary to prepare a family discovered him, in the painful bed for him in the parlour, whence he situation in which he was placed, it is was never more to pass, till borne by his probable that no one would have been afflicted people to the tomb. aware of its occurrence.
Mr. Hall was much relieved on Mon“Our beloved pastor had for some day, but remained exceedingly weak. time past, evinced a peculiar anxiety re
On Tuesday, he had so revived that our specting the poorer part of his flock, and hopes were sanguine, expecting that, as on on a recent occasion he had publicly ex
former occasions, his paroxysms would pressed his concern that they did not subside, and leave him in a short time make themselves more familiar, by giv again capable of public duty.” pp. 18_23. ing him more frequent invitations; tel “ On Wednesday, he was evidently not ling them that he should feel so well; and on Thursday his attacks greater pleasure in visiting them than augmented, both in frequency and force. others, who could afford him
He this day expressed his doubts whether substantial entertainment. He referred he should preach the next Lord's-day; to this subject with me, and spoke at
and that he did not know whether he some length, begging he might be in should ever preach again, but that he formed of any whom I knew to be ill or
remained in God's hand; that he was in trouble, and expressed in general his
thankful it was so, for he would do every full intention of visiting the sick and af. thing he thought best ;-adding, “I am flicted more assiduously. As he lay be God's creature, at his disposal; and that fore me, scarcely rallied from a violent is a great mercy.' attack of unusual duration, talking with ** On Friday, he remarked to the friend his usual fluency, and in a remarkable who sat up with him through the night, strain of humility, I could not but view in reply to a qnestion, “I have not one
anxious thought, either for life or death. during which our Lord hung—the exWhat I dread most are dark days. I have haustion occasioned, &c.
He then renot had any yet: I hope I shall not have marked how differently he had been situathem.'
ted; that though he had endured as much “On Saturday evening, we were all or more than fell to the lot of most men, summoned to witness a more violent at yet all had been in mercy. I here retack than any preceding. From this state, marked to him, that with most persons however, he was gradually recovered; but the days of ease and comfort were far remained a long time much exhausted. more numerous than those of pain and His voice was very feeble, often inaudi sorrow. He replied, · But I bave been ble; but when heard it was generally to a great sufferer in my time: it is, howexpress his thanks to one and another of ever generally true : the dispensations of his family and friends, for their attentions. God have been merciful to me.' He then
“It having been deemed unsafe to leave observed, that a contemplation of the sufhim this night merely in the hands of ferings of Christ was the best antidote friends, I remained up with bim. About against impatience under any troubles we twelve o'clock he went to bed, and soon might experience; and recommended me passed into an apparently tranquil sleep. to reflect much on this subject when in In this state be remained very quietly till pain or distress, or in expectation of towards one, when I perceived his chest be- death.” pp. 24-28. ginning to heave. In a short time he awoke, “ The subsequent part of the night and arose on his elbow, saying he must was passed more quietly; not, however, get up, and instantly sprang out of bed to without other attacks, but they were of obtain the relief which the standing a much slighter description. Towards attitude was necessary. Almost imme- morning he again went to bed, and passed diately after gaining his usual position, as into a quiet sleep, in which he remained. near as possible to the fire, a seizure of undisturbed for a considerable time. great severity, threatening to be suddenly “ During the Lord's-day, he had sevefatal, succeeded. Becoming for a few ral sections read to him, from Campbell's moments insensible, bathed in cold per- Gospels—a book he had with him the spirations, and pulseless, he sank down whole of the week, and with which he against me, sliding to the floor ; so that seemed particularly pleased, taking great I feared he would not rise again : but, delight in hearing one or another of his having been with difficulty elevated on family read. On being informed, in the his feet, he recovered his recollection and evening, that the afternoon had been devolition, and threw his arm and weight voted by his church to special prayer on across my shoulders, by which I was ena his behalf, he expressed great pleasure, bled to support him through an hour of saying, “ I am glad of it, very glad of itintense suffering. When he was a little I am glad for their sakes, as well as my recovered, I asked him whether he felt own.” Towards night, there was a great much pain. He replied that his sufferings alteration : his strength was much sunk, were great : . but what (he added) are my and his countenance altered. He exsufferings to the sufferings of Christ? his pressed to the friend who was with him, sufferings were infinitely greater : his suf- his simple reliance on his Saviour, and ferings were complicated : God has been repeated nearly the whole of Robinson's very merciful to me—very merciful: I am hymn, . Come, thou Fount of every blessa poor creature-an unworthy creature ; ing,' &c. During one of the paroxysms, but God has been very kind—very mer he exclaimed to a friend,
Why should a ciful.' He then alluded to the character living man complain ? a man, for the puof the sufferings of crucifixion, remarking nishment of his sins ? I think I have not how intense and insufferable they must complained—have I, sir?--and I won't have been, and asked many minute ques- complain.' tions on what I might suppose was the Monday, February 21st, he seemed process by which crucifixion brought about much more composed. On my entering death. He particularly inquired respect his room early in the morning, he rose on ing the effect of pain—the nervous irrita- bis elbow, and immediately asked me, tion—the thirst-the oppression of breath (not knowing that I had remained up,) if ing—the disturbance of the circulation I had been well provided for, and if I had and the hurried action of the heart, till passed a comfortable night. He was thus the conversation gradually brought him to attentive, in his inquiries, to all who a consideration of his own distress ; when waited upon him, frequently expressing he again reverted to the lightness of his the most anxious concern for their comsufferings when contrasted with those fort. In addressing one of his family, of Christ. He spoke of our Lord's en- he said, “ Seek first the kingdom of God, during the contradiction of sinners against and his righteousness; then all other himself-of the ingratitude and unkind- things will be added. Yes, he will never ness he received from those for whom he leave you—he will never forsake you. went about doing good of the combina He bad Campbell on the Gospels placed tion of the mental and corporeal agonies before him, in which he read to himself, sustained on the cross--the length of time in his usual recumbent attitude. I left
him between one and two o'clock in this Chandler, being in striking con:
spirit. It is enough to know that
the end is peace;" that to live the sudden impression that he was dying, being Christ, to die is gain : and and exclaimed in great agitation, “ This gain unspeakable, we doubt not, can't be dying !' when he replied, " It is through the infinite merits of his death—it is death-death! Oh the sufferings of this body! Mrs. Hall then Saviour, was it to this much beloved asking him, “ But are you comfortable in and respected servant of Christ. your mind ?' he immediately answered,
Very comfortable—very comfortable :' and exclaimed, • Come, Lord Jesus Come' He then hesitated, as if incapable of bringing out the last word; The Alpenstuck ; or Sketches of Swiss and one of his daughters, involuntarily Scenery and Manners, in 1825, as it were, anticipated him by saying,
1826. By C. I. LATROBE. I vol. Quickly!' on which her departing father
Svo. 125. London. 1829.
Protestant Vigils ; or Evening Re“ On entering his room, I found him cords of a Journey in Italy in sitting on the sofa, surrounded by his
1826, 1827. By Harriet Mor lamenting family; with one foot in hot water, and the other spasmodically grasp
TON, 2 vols. 8vo. Il. 4s. London. ing the edge of the bath ; his frume waving
1829. in violent, almost convulsive heavings, sufficiently indicative of the process of It may be that some of our readers dissolution. I hastened, though despairingly, to administer such stiinulants as
are at this moment luxuriating in might possibly avert the threatening ter
health and spirits, amidst the "Swiss mination of life ; und as I sat by bis side scenery and manners described by for this purpose he threw his arm over, Mr. Latrobe; or that some others my shoulders for support, with a look of evident satisfaction that 1 was near him. deprived of those blessings are hoping He said to me, * I am dying: death is to recruit them by a winter's resicome at last: all will now be useless.' dence in the more balmy clime of But whatever might be the degree of his Miss Harriet Morton's “ evening resuffering, (and great it must have been,) cords.” We who remain at home there was no failure of his mental vigour must console ourselves the best we or composure.
Indeed, so perfect was his consciousness, that in the midst of may for not being parties in their these last agonies, he intimated to me delightful wanderings; and as we very shortly before 'the close, with his
cannot follow them in person, we accustomed courteousness, a fear lest he should fatigue me by his pressure ; and shall glance at their footsteps in when his family, one after another, gave idea, and invigorate a sultry August way in despair, he followed them with with thinking on the peaks and snows sympathizing looks, as they were obliged of Alps and Apennines. to be conveyed from the room. This was his last voluntary movement; for
Journals of tours on the continent immediately, a general convulsion seized abound to satiety; and several, likely him, and he quickly expired.” pp. 29–38. enough, have been published, before
Mr. Hall appears to have died we in our old-fashioned pace, could from a failure of the vital powers overtake those now before us'; in of the heart, amidst the most vi. truth, we laid them by in the serious' gorous energies of consciousness hours of wintry study, awaiting the and volition ; his placidity and lighter mood of summer, when our complacency of spirit, says Mr. pages reach many of our readers inCHRIST; Observ. No. 355.
their annual pilgrimages, little dis- the character of the mind that deposed, perhaps, for abstruse disqui- picts them, and render the general sitions, but willing to receive instruc- impression such as a Christian would tion and recreation duly compounded, wish to cherish. We shall confine and in a gentle form. Our chief reason the extracts in our present Number for selecting these two tourists, we to Miss Morton's Vigils; and Mr. may add, is because they are Chris- Latrobe will, we feel sure, be quite tians, which, we lament to say, all content to rest for another month their fraternity are not; we mean upon his Alpenstock, as becomes a in any distinctive and specific use of gentleman and a pedestrian, while a that term, and in the spirit in which lady takes precedence, in due trait was first appropriated at Antioch. velling equipage, and bound for the Now the same scenes strike a Chris- more classical latitudes of Naples tian mind in a manner so far re- and Rome. moved from that in which they ap Miss Morton spares us the acpear to a man of the world, that count of her journey from England even the narrative of a tour bears a to Switzerland, and supposes us different aspect : and though there fairly arrived with her at Brigg, the is much that is trite and common last town in the valley of the Rhone, place in most of the narratives of whence she proceeds in the ordinary journeys over hackneyed routes, yet route by the Simplon on to Milan; there are some things which none thence to Rome; thence to Naples ; but a Christian mind inquires after, then back to Rome, and then homeor a Christian eye detects; and yet to wards by Florence, Genoa, Nice, a reader of congenial mould these and Turin. As the route was trite, are among the chief memorabilia of so also the journey was for the most moral scenery.
We will undertake part with a traveller's ordinary speed; to point out twenty sketches. of the so that it cannot be supposed that theatres and public buildings and our tourist has added much to the gardens of Paris, for one that tells stock of information extant relative us what is going on beyond mere to the objects usually noticed in the visible spectacle in matters of reli- line of her journey, or had much gion; and would adduce a dozen ex- opportunity for new researches. She patiators on glaciers and avalanches, does not profess to have done so. for one that has penned or publish- Her plan is rather to catalogue, each ed the record of a sermon in a night, such objects as her gazetteer, Swiss church. Our current litera- tourist's companion, guide books, ture, either purposely or heedlessly, and similar helps had led her to look shuns all such topics; the local for during the day; sometimes interscenery, the fashions, the politics, spersing religious reflections or other the watch-word of the day, engross useful interesting remarks; at others, the whole attention, so that we may briefly and rapidly, presenting little read volume upon volume without more than a dry list of names, places, obtaining the slightest information and trivial occurrences, which the relative to innumerable points most reader, unless about to track the worthy of anxious and interesting same route, may scarcely have painquiry. These, however, usually tience to master. A traveller in a demand more accurate information well explored country, in making than can be picked up in a hasty his selections for the public—unless tour; but even casual visitors, like he intends his volume for a mere those whose works are now before road-book-should strike out a large us, may afford occasional hints; and, part of the non-memorables, which what is still more important, their would only perplex his reader by reflections upon those passing scenes their minuteness and multiplicity, which are the common staple of such and dwell chiefly on such select narratives, will take a tinge from points as he can hope to encircle
with novelty or interest.
In a new
“ went to the church of San Petrocountry almost every particular de- nius ;” that " it (what ?) poured serves to be recorded; but to write down rain in torrents ;" that “ it down under the head of a well- was the vigil of the saint;" and that known place, just what is said of it the people were attentive to the in any gazetteer, is tedious and un- music, which was good, but that the necessary. If the dry facts can be tourist “ did not recal the master;" taken out of the gazetteer style, and we suppose composer. This is all made picturesque, or if valuable re- well enough in a journal or private marks are hung upon them, this letter, but hardly worth publication. alters the matter. Every tourist in What we want from a lady who sitting down to write his travels for can write and think like our author, the public, ought to ask, “ Is my is her own thoughts and observamatter original ?" Lander, and tions; and not what guides and roadClapperton, and Parke, and Bruce, books tell her, and may sometimes and Parry, are original, because the tell her very unsatisfactorily, -as for countries explored by them are new; example : “ We were told that the but tourists in well-beaten roads caverns of Monte Terminello keep in must get originality elsewhere. And solution the carbonated lime by the get it they may, if they addict them- quantity of acid gas exhaled from selves to one object, which they un- them.' Whoever told Miss Morton derstand thoroughly; and make their so, must have been no chemist himhobby. Howard's tours were ori. self, or relied upon her not being ginal; for he told us what we should one ; as we judge to be the case not have learned from a hundred other from other remarks, as where she travellers who never dived into the says that on some volcanic ground depth of dungeons; and in the same a strong smell of nitre is emitted.” manner a geologist, an agricultural. The writer should have said, ist, a statesman, a poet, a physician, were told;" for she must have known a botanist, a political economist, a
that nitre has no odour; as she may sentimentalist, a moralist, or a theo- ascertain by the specimens of it under logian, may each give us much that the name of salt-petre in her kitchen, is original, if he avoids hackneyed or sal prunel in her medicine chest. compilations, and narrates chiefly AU this however, is very harmless, the results of his inquiries in his own and it is not necessary that a lady favourite department.
The title should be a chemist; nor should we of “ Protestant Vigils ’ seems to have noticed the point except from announce what our authoress meant its reference to the foregoing remark to be her department, and there she of keeping in a good measure to most excels; and we shall chiefly those departments of writing with select such extracts as may be thus which an author is familiar; and we classified. If these were fuller, and may add, conveying his thoughts in the miscellaneous parts wereabridged, a manner convenient to his reader. and many small items omitted, the Miss Morton, we fear, sometimes whole would gain a character of offends against this last rule by unity that would add greatly to the giving us shreds of Italian and interest and value of the book. We French, and sometimes whole pase submit this suggestion to the good sages of the former, without any taste and well-judging mind of the shadow of reason, and where English authoress. We had ourselves well. would have answered far better. nigh laid down her volumes, on Where a foreign phrase is more hapopening them near the beginning pily turned, or in any way means at Bologna, and finding no one cir- something, let us have it; but a cumstance that was not given almost magpie patch-work of English, in fac-simile in the first gazetteer we French, and Italian, where one lanturned to, except that the writer guage would give the whole matter