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Three centuries before the Christian tra

era, the conquests of Alexander pro DISCOVERIES.

duced a greater revolution in the commercial channels of the world:

the successive events which effected We are commanded to give unto it, were the taking of Tyre, —the cong the Lord the glory due unto his quest of Egypt,- the subjugation of name, both in the natural and moral India,—and, the discovery of the world. I propose, in the following

sea, south of that country lines, to pay a tribute of veneration

No person of serious and reflectto the Divine wisdom and goodness ing mind can contemplate the disof God, who has caused the most covery of the Magnet, without advaluable discoveries to be made, at miring and adoring a wise and be different periods of time, for the be

neficent Providence; who, in the nefit of mankind; and, no doubt, I creation of our globe, has not omitultimately to promote his designs of being of society; and when the time

any thing necessary to the wellmerey to a lost and ignoraạt world. shall come, that the population of

the world shall require more room,

the intercourse of the different naMAGNET.

tions of men will be such, as to The Magnet, commonly called exchange the produce of their climes the mariner's compass, is not amongst and industry, that a considerable the least favours of Providence to part of the human race will be found mankind; so great is its use in na- living on the sea; which occupyvigation.

ing, as it is known to do, two-thirds It is probable, that the Chinese of the surface of our planet, is sufiwere acquainted with it many cen- ciently extensive to accommodate turies before the western nations. It and enrich a large portion of the hử is useless now to attempt to settle the man race. dispute between the Venetians and Neapolitans, as to the discovery:

MENS the former claim the honour, in Eu

PRINTING rope, about 1260, and the latter, The next and most valuable disa about 1302, but though so benefi- covery, was that of Printing, which cial in its application to the purposes began to appear between three and of navigation, as to facilitate the in- four centuries ago ; and which an tercourse of nations, the most dis- all-wise Providence caused to come tant, as well as the various islands forth, in

the cause of the Reformation. effected the ruin of Egypt, as a com- The observation of Dr. Knox, in one mercial nation, which, till then, was of his essays, is too pertinent to be the grand emporium of the East and omitted here: "To the art of PrintWest; where the merchants of Asia ing, it is acknowledged, we owe the and Europe brought their natural Reformation. It has been justly reand maufactured productions; and, marked, that if the books of Luther by barter, accommodated their re- had been multiplied, only by the spective countries; but which ceas- slow process of the hand writing, ed to be the case after the passage they must have been few, and would to India, by the Cape of Good Hope, have been easily suppressed by the was known. How unstable are all combination of wealth and power human plans and arrangements! but, podred forth in abundance from YOL. X.

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the press, they spread over the land tirely taken off, then universal ternwith the rapidity of an inundation, perance, health, and longevity of which acquires additional force, from mankind, will usher in the glorious the efforts used, to obstruct its pro- appearing of the Son of God, to gress. He who undertook to pre-consummate the work of redempvent the dispersion of the books, tion in the midst of the paradise once issued from the press, attempts above. ed a task no less arduous than the hydra. Resistance was vain, and religion was reformed: and we, who

EDUCATION OF THE POOR. are chiefly interested in this happy FINALLY, the modern invention revolution, must remember, amid of the popular Education of the the praises bestowed on Luther, Poor must be regarded as a blessing that his endeavours had been inef- of the most extensive kind. Seeing fectual, unassisted by the invention that the poor form the great majority. of Faastus.'

of mankind, among whom a melanBesides, the important services choly and shocking reign of ignowhich it has rendered to the arts

rance has hitherto prevailed, and and sciences, and to every species of who, from their poverty and the bad useful knowledge, places it in the state of political society in the world, rank of an ally to the universal dif- generally speaking, misery, servility; fusion of improvements and happi- and vice, are the deformities of hisness; so that, excepting the articles tory, from the earliest periods of au. oratóry and poetry, the last three thentic document. The only radical centuries have witnessed improve- and legitimate way to make the poliments equal to three thousand tical institutions and governments years previous.

of all the nations of the earth good, is to make mankind good. Now,

universal education, and equal acVACCINATION.

cess to the holy Scriptures, and that VACCINAtion appears to have the which we may fairly expect to acnext claim on universal admiration, company such a diffusion of divine The name of Dr. Jenner will be knowledge, the gracious effusion of ranked, by the historian, amongst der his own word effectual, opeus.

the Spirit of the living God; to renthe greatest friends to humanity; and if a fair estimate could be made such prospects to our hopes, as have of the prevention of misery, and of been reserved, by the Providence the saving of human lives, to the These are not the dreams of false

that rules the world, for our age. end of time, though we could not strictly call him another Noah, the philosophy, nor the reveries of suparent of a world, yet perhaps the perstition or enthusiasm. majority of buman beings would be fact, that we live in a middle state found to have advanced to the full and wretched state of human so

of the world, between the iguorance age of man, in consequence of the expulsion or eradication of the ciety, that is past, and passing away,

and the glorious and approaching We are taught, in Holy Writ, to state of all that is good ; the past, we look forward to a state of things so

rolt up as the parchment of sad, but different from what the history of salútary history; the future, Provithe world presents, that the various dence is unrolling to us, partly in inventions, and important discove the prophecies, and in the moral ries, which have been made in theo change which the world is now unretical and practical science, appear. dergoing: and though we shall not to be approaching, in their mutual

see more than the dawn of this day, and dependent operations, to contri- yet we will hail its approach; and, bute, as far as they go, to the hap- leave the world, saying, We die, but

when our time of departure is come, piness of the world: and as it is

God will visit you.

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affected with the sighs and groans AFFECTION

of a son expiring in torture to save his life. He could beær it no longer;

but quitting the place of his conQUINTUS AND HIS SON. cealment, he presented himself to

the assassins, begging, with a flood of tears, to put him to death, and

dismiss the innocent child, whose A ROMAN STORY.

generous behaviour the triumvirs themselves, if informed of the fact,

would judge worthy of the highest " AMONG the number of persons approbation and reward. But the who were proscribed under the se- inbuman monsters, without being cond triumvirate of Rome, were the the least affected with the tears of celebrated orator Cicero, and his either the father or the son, answer : brother Quintus. When the news ed,' that they both must die; the

the proscription was brought to father, because he was proscribed, them, they endeavoured to make and the son, because he had contheir escape to Brutus, in Macedon. cealed his father.' Then a They travelled together some time, contest of tenderness arose, who mutually condoling their bad for should die first; but this the assastune; but as their departure had sins soon decided, by beheading been very precipitate, and they them both at the same time." were not furnished with money, and From this short and affecting other necessaries for the. voyage, it story, much may be learned: was agreed that Cicero should When the Divine Spirit does not make what haste he could to the influence the heart, and the sacred sea-side, to secure their passage, oracles regulate the conduct of and Quintus return home to make | man, how covetous, ambitious, . more ample provision. But, as in false, and savage, he becomes ? most houses, there were as many Reader! fervently pray that the informers as domestics, his return Purifier may live in thy soul, and was immediately known; and the cease not to study the law of God. house, of course, filled with soldiers

How great are the wisdom and and assassins. Quintus concealed goodness of God, in planting the himself so effectually, that the sol- paternal and filial affections in the diers could not find him; enraged at human breast! May parents and their disappointment, they put his children cherish and exhibit these son to the torture, in order to make generous tempers ! bim discover the place of his father's God is the universal Creator, concealment; but filial affection was and, through the mediation of Jesus proof, in the young Roman, against Christ, he adopts believing sinners the most exquisite torments. An into his family. Now, if a Roman involuntary sigh, and sometimes a youth would endure torture and deep groan, was all that could be death to express his love to an imextorted from the generous youth. perfect, earthly parent, what devotHis agonies were increased, but, edness to the service and glory with amazing fortitude, he still per- of God should not creatures and sisted in the resolution not to betray Christians be willing to manifest? his father, Quintus was not far off';

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MISS BUCKLEY.

with Christ, which is far better." Her eldest sister, who was truly

endeared to her, by her most tender ELIZABETH BUCKLEY was born at concern for her welfare, was also Shetton, near Newcastle, in Stafford frequently employed in reading to

of Hymn lxxv. earliest years she had a very deli- Book ii. Dr. Watts’s, was very precate constitution, but more especious to her: cially from the age of seven or eight “ Haste, my beloved, fetch my soul she was severely afficted with

Up to thy blest abode ; asthma, which the best medical Fly, for my spirit longs to see. assistañce failed to remove. As she My Saviour and my

God. advanced in years, she made many The fifty-fifth chapter of Isaiala resolutions to serve God; which, but also afforded much support to her too frequently, were abandoned on mind; but some papers found since a partial recovery from her disorder. her removal will best describe the On this account, she had afterwards state of her mind. On one of these much sorrow, and cast many bitter papers, without date, she thus reproaches on herself during her last writes:-“I am just awoke from a affliction, In the early stages of her comfortable sleep, and feel myself affliction, her mind was much agi- very much refreshed. I feel better tated and distressed; and the tears | than I have done for some time past, of holy contrition were frequently If it be the will of God, may I con: observed chasing each other down tinue to get better; but not my hier pale cheeks. In the mouth of will, but thine be done.' How January, 1817, she caught a violent thankful ought ļ to be that I am cold; from this she so far recovered still in the land ofthe living, that I am as to be able to leave her room, and still on praying ground! Had I been walk out a few times: but she soon dealt with as my sins deserve, I relapsed, never more to return to should this night have been where. health. Her distress of mind, how- hope never comes. O distressing, ever, in a little time, in a great yet delightful thought! Distressing, measure, subsided. Her faith was to think that I deserve to be lost for directed to the Lamb of God; and, ever; and yet delightful, to think as a poor sinner, she sought and ob- that God has been merciful to me, tained mercy. Our adorable Re- and that there is a Saviour who says, deemer has said, " Ask, and ye He will in no wise, cast out him shall receive.” He heard the sin that comes unto him.' 'Oh! may ! cere requests of her soul, and grant- be enabled to humble myself in dust ed those happy assurances of his and ashes, relying entirely on tbg. pardoning love, which alone can merits of a CRUCIFIED REDEEMER ! cheer the dying Christian, and af- My dear friend B*** has lent me ford those consolations to bereaved the life of Mrs. Newell; 1, have read friends, wbich nothing else can be- part of it this day. How meanly do. stow, The Rev. Mr. Newland, of 1 think of myself on reading the life the Tabernacle at Hanley, frequent of such a woman! When will the ly.waited on this dying Christian, to time come for me to put off this speak to her of the things of God, earthly tabernacle? May my merci. and to offer up prayer on her behalf. ful Father take me to himself, to On one of these interesting visits, join that immortal throng who sing he asked her, “ What she wished praises to God and the Lamb for him to ask of her Lord?” She re- ever.". In a paper, written afterplied, “ That I may depart, and be wards, she tbus speaks: “O, may

my last afliction make a suitable | ley: the Rev. Mr. Newland offiimpression on my mind! May I be ciated at her funeral. On the Lord's enabled to see the hand of God, and day following, Mr. Taylor addressed with resignation submit to all his a funeral discourse, from Phil. i. 21, will. Tis true, I have richly de-For me to live is Christ, and to die served all I endure. How ungrate is gain,” to a crowded congregation, ful have I been to the Father of all in the Baptist meeting-house at mercies, for his great love towards Newcastle-under-Line. me, when in his infinite mercy and Youthful reader! suffer the congoodness towards me, he raised me cerns of your immortal soul to arrest from a bed of affliction, and enabled your attention in your early days. me, in a great measure, to perform God commands you to remember the common duties that fell to my him in the days of your youth. You lot! Did I then, as a creature de- must die: and you MAY. DIE YOUNG! pendent on his goodness and grace, If your hearts are not renewed, if fall down upon my knees, and return you possess not the grace of God, thanks to my great Preserver, for you are lost for ever. If you fear his unbounded goodness towards and love the Lord, if you trust in me? To my shame I confess, that the Redeemer, and walk in his instead of doing this, I went care ways, whether you die young or old, lessly about, and never thought of your end will be everlasting peace. the hand that preserved me, or the Shipley,

J.M. infinite goodness which raised me up. How often have I arose in the morning, spent the day in thought

MARY ANN JELLYMAN. lessness, and returned in the evening to my rest, without returning thanks to the most high God. 1 MRS. MARY ANN JELLYMAN, wife, truly returned thanks with my lips, of Mr. Joseph Jellyman, of Downbut how far was my lieart from thee. ton, died October 9, 1817, aged 31 Oh! what a vile creature have years. been! I have, surely, been worse While, beneath the cypress shade, than any of my neighbours. I some- we mourn the loss of beloved friends, times look upon myself with horror, it must yield a kind of melancholy as one not fit to live: even the pleasure to trace the excellencies of very kindness of my friends to so their character, and those virtues unworthy a creature, is a source of which marked their path while pass, grief to me. With what anxiety do ing through this vale of tears: and my ever-dear father and mother may we not hope that the heart thus (and they seem more dear to me affected will receive the impress of now than ever,) inquire more times their virtues. Mrs. Jellyman posz a day than I can enumerate, Are sessed, in no ordinary degree, the you any better? And shall I say things which are lovely and of good. less of my dear sisters? By no report; the remembrance of which means they are kind to me beyond will be long cherished in the minds all my desires." ***

of her friends, for their own solace The paper above seems to be the and profit. And may they not be last Miss Buckley ever wrote. Soon spoken of for the benefit of others ? after this, her weakness became ex- I might be content to leave her vir.. treme, and death rapidly approach-tues, to sink silently with her into ed. Her resignation to the Divine the tomb, until they appear openly, will was entire, and her longings when her Father and her Judge shall after the enjoyment of Christ were make up his jewels, were it not for ardent. At length it pleased. God the hope that the mention of those to release her spirit from its confine-amiable graces which adorned her ment in its house of clay, and re- character may excite emulation in ceive it to himself, on the first day the mind. of August, 1817. Her mortal re- However highly I might extol her mains were laid in the grave-yard character, she stands still higher in belonging to the tabernacle at Han- the esteem of all who knew her. In

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