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his numerous posterity. Though descended f'roin th-> same Original stock, they are often at variance with one another, as they are divided into distinct classes or tribes, who regard eacli other with the greatest antipathy; so that the world has frequently been disturbed, and whole nations desolated, through the attempts that have been made by one or other of the tribes to exterminate the rest.
Some, perhaps, may be ready to esquire what religious sentiments they profess, it would be very difficult to give a satisfactory answer to this question, since it might easily be proved, that there is'no sentiment in religion, either true or false, which has not been fiercely contended for by some of their tribes. It may be remarked, however, that let the particular denomination be what it may, the distinguishing characteristics of that denomination, have always been considered.by thein as fitter objects of religions zeal than the fundamental truths of the gospel, or the common interests of Christianity ; and they would rejoice more at the success of their efforts in making a proselyte from one tribe to another, than in converting a sinner from the error of his ways: nor would the news of a whole nation of heathen embracing the gospel, give them so much pleasure as to hear of the spread of their own peculiar sentiments, and the increase of their party. This being the case, we need not be surprized that Missionary efforts have never met with their cordial approbation. As the principal promoters of such benevolent attempts utterly disclaim all party-views, they present nothing that can appear sulliciently interesting to Narrow-souls; some of whom go so far as to say, that the gospel ought not to be preached to sinners at all; in direct opposition to the commission of our Lord, and the example of his apostles. "As well," they will say, " may you preach to the dead in the church-yard as to those who are dead in trespasses and sins:" as if carnal reason should be attended to rather than the command of Christ, who has positively said," Preach the gospel to every creature." Thus do they err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God, who can and will, when it is his pleasure, give efficacy to his own word, and cause the dead in sin to hear the voice of the Son of God and live.
In commercial concerns, there are none who have met with aTeater success than the Narrow-souls. Among those who have acquired large fortunes from small beginnings, there are many who belong to this family; nor is it to be wondered at, ibr the powers of the mind, like streams of water confined within a narrow compass, and directed to a particular object, exert themselves in pursuit of that object with a force and impetus which is not to be expected in those whose views ara more enlarged, and the objects of their attention mere diversified.
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There being so many various classes of Narrow-souls, it is impossible to give a particular description that would exactly suit them all; for, in many instances, they materially differ from each other, yet, in the general outline of their character, there is a very striking resemblance. As for example, they are universally contracted in their views, selfish in their aims, mean in their pursuits, and miserable in their tempers; unhappy in themselves, and the source of unhappiness to all about them, especially their inferiors and dependents. Is it.
TO MR. S. SHEAPE, LONDON.
Very dear Sir, The generous present of books sent me by the Society* and yourself, demanded my grateful thanks long ago. But, partly, 1 was hindered by an extraordinary work; and, partly, I was willing to communicate something of the success of that work, when I should be acknowledging the reccjpt of those books, which came so providentially to help me in it. It was but a week after the books came to iny hands, that there was a very singular call for them; and I was particularly pleased that it had been so seasonably put in my power to give every soldier a "Compassionate Address:" a tract, for size, matter, and address, the fittest in the world for their use. You perceive, the work I mean has been among soldiers; three companies of whom, amounting to about lt>(> men, wej-e sent to winter with us the beginning of November. I endeavoured to lose no time with them; but, without delay, preachtd a sermon extraordinary on their account, the Lord's Day afternoon, called by the people here, The Soldiers' Sermons. There was great difficulty to get their attendance to hear it: for, though they are ordered to be at church in the morning, and brought thither by their officers, yet their manner has been to turn off at the door. In this point I was helped by the zeal of my dear people of the society, who made it their business to speak to these poor creatures; giving them proper advice, and prevailing with a few of them to be at church, as was wished. They soon became a large number: and our labours were so blessed to them and us, that in less than three weeks a full hundred of them came to my house, asking what they must do. This was what I aimed at, an opportunity of personal and free application. The effects have been very striking. One or two of the whole ouly excepted, you would have seen their countenances changing,
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tears often bursting from their eyes, find confessions of their exceeding sinfulness1 and danger breaking from their mouths. I have scarcely heard such a thing as self-excusing from any of them; while their desire to be instructed, and uncommon thankfulness for the least pains used upon them by any of us, have been very remarkable. Such promising symptoms gave me great confidence it would come to something; and more so, when I found that many of them were greatly stirred up to prav. Many of them, as was to be expected, soon went back. Nevertheless, thus far both they and the others, who never came near me, are plainly influenced, that a certain fear has restrained them from swearing and cursing (which, when they came hither, was universally their practice); has engaged them to attend public worship; and at least so far biassed their couduct, that military punishments are grown much less frequent among them. There are about twenty who have kept close to the means; and concerning whom 1 have encouraging hope that a good work is begun in them. Indeed, conviction of sin appears to have gone deep with them; and they are crying after Christ with such marks of godly sorrow, as make me hope it is, indeed, sorrow which worketh repentance unto salvation.
These, 1 intend, shallj be united together when they leave us, under the name of The Soldiers Society; having already drawn up regulations for that purpose, in such a latitude as will consist with their being of different communions. While here, they make part of our society; by the exercises of which, as well as by meetings I particularly give them for their use, they seem to be much established. What such a society of soldiers may produce amongst that body of men, God only knows. Yet I would comfort myself with the hope, it may please the Lord it shall go farther.
It may be observed, that seven of these, viz. six Scotchmen and one English Dissenter, have enjoyed the benefit of religions knowledge in their youth: the rest I find totally ignorant of every thing relating to Christ, except two. Concerning the former, I cannot but admire the mysteriousness of God's ways, in leading them from one end of the island quite to the other, to do his work upon them. Yet, withal, there is an evident reasonableness in this procedure; for by some unaccustomed outbreaking* in their conduct, since they have been soldiers, they were become more open to conviction. The ignorance of the others has furnished me with a new and more enlarged ground of lamenting the superficial n*e, or total neglect, of catechizing among us; to which, I must think, is to be singularly ascribed our sad estate respecting practical religion.
Such a display of divine grace as I have been representing, ought it not to be regarded as a token for good? It is plain, Sir, the Lord has not forsaken us utterly. And may we not reasonably hope he will be with our armies, it' his servants fight in the battles? I can enlarge no more at present. I beg you, dear Sir, to present my respectful thanks to the society, and that you will inform them of the use made of their bounty. I beseech you remember us at the throne of grace; and be assured that J am, very sineerelv, i
Your atl'ectionate friend
and servant in the Lord, Truro, Jan. 6, 1756. S. Walker.
II. LETTER OF THE REV. DR. CONYERS.
As scarcely any remains of the late Rev. Dr. Conyers, Rector of St. Paul's, Deptford, arc in possession of the public, we trust that the following letter, written by him to one of his spiritual children, will not be unacceptable..
Mv dearest and best beloved Child,
I Received your kind and very affectionate letter; but have been prevented answeiing you, time after time, by indisposition, fatigue, and the daily calls of my ministry. I perceive, that when you wrote to me, you were still labouring under your usual deadness of soul: it. is a heavy trial, but God will appear for you. I would recommend, and you have often heard me recommend, a serious meditation upon the sufferings of our Lord • I would set before your eyes that eternal life which is with him, and in him; 1 would point out to you a thousand lovelinesses in our great Deliverer; I would set before you delicious fare; but, my child knows 1 cannot provide him an appetite; yet, at the same time, he knows who can, and who will. O call upon him, cry mightily to him, give him no rest, till you are made a living temple of the Holy Ghost,—till you are baptized with fire from above,—a fire that will burn up all your dross. Your Lord has long delayed his coining, but glorify his name by a steady trust in him; let not an unbelieving thought enter into your heart; - the strength of Israel cannot lie. Look to it, that you stumble not at your own infirmities: his mercy is undeserved mercy; his grace is free grace. Labour not for qualifications: I know of none we have, except misery and helplessness, and wretchedness and sin; the rest is absolutely all his own. Labour after a will swallowed up in the will of God; labour after holy and sanctified affections; call for grace, to enable you to mortify the corruptions of the flesh, and to bring your passions into a svvee tibedience to the Lorn Jesus.
I long after you,
in. the bo\vels of Jesus Christ,
THE GREAT ASSIZE.
There is scarcely anv situation or circumstance in and from which (when in a suitable frame of mind) we may not derive instruction. 1 have lately been a witness of the solemnities and proceedings of a country assize; and as they much interested me, I shall, without reserve, communicate to you my reflections upon the occasion. When the trumpets proclaimed the approach of the Judge, with bells ringing, &c. I could not help thinking of that solemn, yet joyful period to the believer, when he shall be caught up to meet'the Lord in the ah; " whom having not seen, he has loved, and in whom, though now he sees him not, yet believing, he has oft rejoiced,with joy unspeakable, and full of glory." ph, who can speak the rapturous delights of such an interview! •' Lo !" (says the redeemed soul to an assembled universe) "this is my God! 1 have waited for him! this is my Beloved, and this is my Friend!" Oh, the triumph* ot such an exclamation !" And thou" (says the Lord of glory, in return) " ai t all fair, my love ! there is no spot in thee f While the aforementioned circumstances of joy attended the entrance ot the judge into the town, 1 c«uld not help contrasting them with the doleful situation of the poor prisoners, who. confined in the gaol, were awaiting their expected trials. With what trepidation, methoughr, would they hear rhe trumpets sound! the approach, not of their friend, but of theirjndge; not of their deliverer, but of him whose office, probably, soon it would be to condemn them to banishment, cr to death! But ■with what awful dismay and terror, thought I, will the unconverted sinner, in the last day, hear the loud trumpet sound,— "Awake, ye dead, and conic to judgment!" and to this both saint and sinner must be called; for we " must all appear before the judgment-seat of Christ." Oh, ,my soul! fix first thy thoughts upon thyself: art thou prepared to meet thy God? is thy lamp trimmed and burning against the bridegroom comesr Art thou not only a professor, but a possessor? Hast thou trot only a name to live, but a name likewise written in the Lamb's book of life? Hast then evidences of an interest in his lover Art thoa dying daily to the world, to thy sins, to thyself? Are thv proud thoughts humbled in the dust? Art thoa content to be'nothing" that Jesus may be all? Art thou satisfied that n« other name is given among men whereby thou canst he saved, but'the name of Christ alone? Art thou not only conscious of inward depravity, but mourning over it, and longing for deliverance from it? and that, not only from its apprehended consequence, the wrath of God; but also because it has pierced the heart and occasioned the agonies of thy Redeemer? Art thou panting tot holiness, not with a view of thereby justifying thy