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dust, whose breath is in his nos- tablished for life, and you cannot trils, and who with all the skill neglect these arrangements to atand efficiency of his plans, is the tend to religion. At present, you sport of every breeze, and as are amassing wealth, and you cantransient as the vapour wbich ap- not allow your attention to be peareth for a little time, and then diverted by eternal things, from yanisbeth away.

things which are seen and temWhen our hearts are inordinate. poral. Now, is it not obvious, ly occupied with our enjoyments, that these very excuses for not and plans, and prospects, it is evi-' attending to the concerns of the dept we are boasting of to-mor. soul, are built on a vain conrow. We should not allow our- fidence in to-morrow? If you selves to be enraptured with sub- knew, that to-morrow you would lupary joys, and counting on long be visited with a disease that years of pleasure while eternal would terminate in your death, realities are shut out from the if you knew that death itself scene, if we were not boasting of would knock at your doors, and to-morrow. When we manifest demand, and gain admittance, an envious spirit, and cannot bear and seize you as his victim, would that others should participate in you now put off the things which the ease, or wealth, or honour, make for your eternal peace? which does not fall to our lot; Would you still prefer the vanities when we repine at the providen- of a moment, to the sublime reces of God, and are dissatisfied alities of eternity? And yet, with our condition, it is evident bow do you know, but that tothat we have made improper cal. morrow you may be summoned calations concerning the future. into the eternal world? ToCould we envy the prosperity of morrow you may be called others, or murmur in affliction, if to appear before your offended we bad our minds justly impress. Judge, and your state be irreed with the fleeting nature of vocably fixed. Many, as young earthly good! It is a forgetfulness and vigorous as any of our readthat time is short, that life is fluc- ers, and as full of hope and tuating and uncertain, and that we promise, have been suddenly cut are strangers and pilgrims on off by death. He, then, who puts earth, which occasions our envy- off religion, with the resolution, ings and regrets.

that he will attend to it on some We boast of to-morrow when future day, is guilty of the preour plans cause us to put off re- sumption against which we would ligion to a future day. Perhaps caution all our readers. He is there is not one of our readers, trusting to a period which may who does not admit the import- never arrive. Between him and ance of religion, and the neces. that period death may intervene sity of an attention to the concerns to blast his hopes forever. of the soul. Perhaps there is We harbour an improper confinot one, who does not intend on dence in to-morrow, if we vainly some future to-morrow to begin imagine, that it will find our hearts in eamest to seek after God. more favourably disposed towards But at present you are young, religion than they are to-day. and you think it would be unwise Religion is now neglected, beto deny yourselves of the pleas. cause you are unwilling to give ures, and amusements of youth. up your sinful pleasures, your

gay At present, you are making ar- associates, and your love of the rangements to be settled and es- world : And when conscience



Have you

lifts up its voice, and becomes ing intelligence, that your stay your accuser, you still its mur- and support, the dearest earthly murs by promises of amendment object of your affections is no to-morrow. But what strange more. To-day, perhaps, you may virtues will to-morrow possess, be living in the neglect of religthat you expect so much from it? ion, with the hope, that to-morWill it not exhibit the same round row you shall repent. But, your of pleasures ? will it not introduce reason may be taken from you, yon to the same gay companions? or you may be given up to hardwill it not hold up to your view the ness of heart. Having despised same glittering, fascinating world? the blessings of the gospel, the will it be more easy to relinquish Lord may swear, “you shall not sinful pleasures, when by repeti- enter into rest.' tion they have become confirm- You do not know that you shall ed habits ? will it be more easy live till to-morrow to tear yourselves from your made a covenant with death, or friends, after you have long asso- an agreement with the grave, so ciated with them, than it is now ? as to be sure you shall live a sidwill it be less difficult at some fu- gle day? If you have not, why tore period than at present, to should you boast of te-morrow, as to hate that world which has though you were certain that grown upon your affections with you shall live to see it? why each returning day!—your calcu- should you put off to the future lations are presumptuous.

You, what is of eternal importance, are rejecting religion to-day, be. when you know that before cause you expect to-morrow will that future arrives, you may perform miracles. O! then be numbered with the dead?

It is probable, tiiat at the com

mencement of the last year some And to the mercy of a moment leaves

of our readers said, “ We will Tbe grand concerns of an eternal scene.” go into such a city, and continue

there a year, and buy and sell and Our ignorance of what shall get gain," and return home laden happen on the morrow should de- with spoils. But the pestilence ter os from boasting.

that walketh in darkness, and To-day, perhaps, we are en- rageth at noon day, pervaded joying all that our hearts can their frames, and they sunk in wish, we are firm in health, our death. Instead of parents and spirits are active and vigorous, friends giving them a cordial weland our prospects in life are flat- come home, nothing has been tering. Perhaps, some are ready received, but a solitary letter, to say to their friends, “Come written by some unknown hand, ye, I will fetch wine, and we will announcing the tidings of their bll ourselves with strong drink: death. and to-morrow shall be as this day Let us then request our readand much more abundant.” But ers to consider their Jatter end. to-morrow may bring with it evils To-day, while it is called to-day, of which you have no conception. harden not your bearts, lest, It may lay all your hopes pros- while you are saying, peace and trate in the dust. Your bodies safety, sudden destruction come may be racked with pain, and upon you.

We would entreat your property consumed to ashes. our fellow christians not to act as The next post that arrives, may though they boasted of to-mor. bring with it the heart rend row. This year, to some of you,.

* Be wise to-day-'tis madness to defer, Next day-the fatal precedent will plead Thus on-till wisdom is push'd out of life,

may probably be the last. Work high time to awake out of sleep: then while it is called to-day, for for now is our salvation nearer the night cometh in which no man than when we believed. The can work. Endeavour to find night is far spent, the day is at out in what way you can most hand: let us, therefore, cast off glorify God; and whatsoever your the works of darkness, and let us hand findeth to do, engage in it put on the armour of light.” with all your might. The apos- Happy will it be for us, if, when tle urges the shortness of life as a our divine Master comes, he shall powerful reason why christians find us acting like the children of should be diligent in the discharge light. He will then say to each of every social and religious duty. of us, “Well done, thou good and Rom. xiii. 11, 12. " And that faithful servant, enter thou into knowing the time, that now it is the joy of thy Lord.” (Editors.



Late Pastor of the Baptist Church and Society in Warren, (Maine.)


The subject of the present mediate bearing upon their future Memoir was born in Middlebor- characters and usefulness, both as ough, (Mass.) May 18, 1761, of members of civil and religious pious and respectable parents. society. He was a zealous patHis father dying when he was ron and promoter of the literary young, his advantages of educa- and theological institution estabtion were small. He has often lished at Waterville ; of which been heard to say that he was in- he was one of its Trustees from debted for all the learning he ac- the time of its institution until his ' quired in his youth, to Mr. - death. a gentleman of liberal education, In the year 1783, he came into who had married his sister, and the District (now State) of Maine, who sometimes taught a school, and became a resident in the town and in whose family he occasion- of Bristol. The next year, which ally resided after his father's completed 23 years in his life, death. The want of an early ed. constitutes an important epoch ucation, such as was adapted, and in his biograpby. It is the date of suitable, to the duties of the his conversion-the first year of sacred station to which he was grace and spiritual life in his soul. destined by Providence, was a Saul of Tarsus (after receiving subject of deep regret to him, af- a pharisaical education at the feet ter he became a public speaker. of Gamaliel) when on his way to It was then that a painful sense of Damascus, to execute a cruel the want of education made him commission against the unoffendmore fully realize its value and ing christians, was, according to importance.

human probability, a very unlikeNo man could more duly ap- ly candidate for the renewing preciate or more highly recom- grace of God and the honour of mend the advantages of learning apostleship. to the young and rising genera- John Newton, after his long tion, considered as having an im- and dreadful apprenticeship to ir

religion, profaneness, and every his conscience and heart, and species of hardened wickedness, made him feel, as a sinner in bis usually practised on ship board, circumstances ought to feel, both and in distant, foreign countries, towards his Maker and himself. was a very unpromising candidate In giving a detailed account of for the new birth of grace, and bis conversion, he was wont to admission into the gospel minis- dwell mostly on the new views try. So Mr. Fuller, after the im- which he had of the transcendent pressions he had received, and the excellence and purity of the dihabits he had contracted during vine character and law, of the 7 years spent within the contagi- infioite evil of sin, of the manious and contaminating influence fold abominations of his own of a camp,* was a very unpromis- heart, and the aggravated transing candidate for that station gressions of his life-views which which he has since filled to such stript him of the covering of his general acceptance. But“God's own righteousness, stopped his ways are not as our ways, oor his mouth with conscious guilt, and thoughts as our thoughts.” li silenced every sin extenuating, pleases sovereigo grace, now and self-justifying plea: Views, ia then, to arrest one of the chief of short, which placed God on the sinners, a veteran in the ranks of throne, and brought hiin, with satan's emissaries, in his career shame and confusion, to take his to hell, and to make him a sub- place at the footstool. ject of the all-quickening Spirit When brought to this state of of God, an everlasting monument mind, he said that the opposition of mercy, an heir of the glories of his heart to the divine characof heaven. Such an affecting in- ter, and to the demands and sancstance of the power of sovereign tions of the divine law, in a great grace we have now presented to measure ceased ; and that he felt our view. Mr. Fuller, at the pe- reconciled to the divine guvernriod just referred to, was hope- ment, and willing that God should fully and savingly converted from sway the sceptre of the universe, the error of his former ways, to and dispose of him, and all bis, the wisdom of the just. The creatures, just as his infinite wiswhole of his subsequent life has dom and goodness had predeteruniformly borne testimony to the mined to do. This view of the genuineness of the work which divine law and government prehe then professed to experience. pared his mind to behold He was always ready, on proper and transcendent beanty and glooccasions, to " give a reason of ry in Christ, and the mediatorial the hope that was in him ;" in give scheme of redemption and salvaing an account of his first experi- tion, which had till then wholly ence of religion, he mentioned no escaped his notice and attention. extraordinary external circum- However characteristic such stances, no remarkable providen- views may be of a real change of ces, in short, no human means or heart, Mr. Fuller was at the time, agency, as instrumental in bring- far from drawing the happy coning about the great revolution inclusion, that he was born again. his mind.

Some space of time intervenIt was the " still, small,” buted between his first experiencing irresistibly powerful “ voice of this deep humiliation of soul and the spirit," which addressed the submission to the justice of God, known truths of God's word to and his receiving the full mani


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« Great is the change, his neighbours cry'd And own's the power divine."

festation and evidence of the tion were secluded from attend. special love of God to him. The ing upon public ordinances elsetime came, however, when the where. Their sabbatical exermighty change was made sensible cises consisted of prayer, singing to himself, by the inward sealing, the praises of God, and reading and witnessing of the Spirit, his word, or some well selected by the love of Christ shed abroad sermons, or pious and practical in his heart; and, perhaps, thro' treatises, in all which Mr. Fuller the course of his christian pil. was wont to take the lead. grimage and warfare, he enjoyed Ever after his own experience as much assurance and as much of religion, he felt a deep interest sensible communion with his bless- in every thing which related to ed Head and Master as usually the welfare of Zion, and the hon. falls to the lot of christians of the our and glory of Zion's King. first eminence in modern times. Arrested, as he bad lately been, The great alteration which in his career to ruin,

plucked converting grace made in him, as a brand from the burning,” was strikingly visible to all who brought out of darkness into were conversant with him, and God's marvellous light," and from at once arrested their attention. being plunged " in the horrible The mighty change was por- pit and the miry clay,” mercifully trayed and visible in his counte. delivered and made to rest on nance-in his language-in his Christ, the rock of salvation ; whole deportment.

his soul overflowed with love and gratitude to his heavenly Father and dear Redeemer, and at

the same time with the most inIt was not long after this happy expressibly tender and ardent event, that he formed a malrimo- love to the souls of his fellow nial connexion with Miss Hannah sinners and concern for their Richards of Bristol, who still sur- salvation. Notwithstanding his vives to lament the loss of a most own spiritual views and enjoyfaithful and affectionate friend ments might be interrupted, and, and companion, her associate and at intervals, suspended; yet, guide in the paths of religion, and his travail of soul for poor, her sympathetic counsellor and graceless sinners, that “Christ

, pattern in sustaining those heavy might be formed in them the domestic afilictions, with which it hope of glory," and his earnest pleased God, in bis wise and ho desire to be instrumental in some ly providence, to try them. way or other, in bringing them to

Mr. Fuller, on entering upon that serious consideration, and the duties and cares of domestic anxious inquiry what they should life, settled, as a farmer, on an do to be saved, wbich might finally island belonging to the town of issue in their saving conversion, Bristol, where he lived nearly 7 became habitual and abiding. years. A few other families re- He often felt that the parrow sided on the same island with limits of a small island were too him; and snch was the influence circumscribed for the exertions of his example, his counsel and which he wished to make, as a persuasions, that a religious soci- private christian, to promote the ety was soon formed

amongst salvation of his perishing fellow them, and social worsbip, on creatures. Lord's days, instituted and regu- At first, however, and for serJarly and statedly maintained by eral years after his conversion, these islanders, who by their situa- he had no idea of attempting to

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