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accomplishment of his dream, it ny hundred people; or who appears next to a miracle that he could have told him his characretained his reason in the most ter and state of mind. His asperfect state ; but this was to be tonishment was still more inexplained to him at a future pe- creased when he found him de riod. Some time after, he came scribe, as he thought, the whole out of Haslar hospital, capable of his life, and even his secret of walking by means of two sins. He could not account for wooden legs and two crutches ; it, why a minister should make but his spirits were sorely deject- a sermon all about him, a poor ed, from fearing that, as his sins wooden legged sailor. His sins had brought upon him the judge being brought afresh to his mind, ments of God in the loss of his filled him with horrors tenfold limbs, they would bring it upon more gloomy than before. Dehim in the loss of his reason, and spair for some minutes took a the loss of his soul.

firm hold on his spirits ; and he Having heard of Orange Street thought he was now going out Chapel, Portsea, he came on the of bis mind, should die and be first Sabbath evening after his lost; till the minister declared leaving the hospital. The text

The text Jesus Christ was as willing to that evening was Mark v. 15, save the vilest of sinners, as he 6 And they come to Jesus, and was to relieve this poor creature see him that was possessed with possessed of the devil ; and that the devil, and had the legion, sit. a man was restored to his right ting, and clothed, and in his right mind when he believed in him, mind.” The minister repre. He now began to understand the sented this demoniac as a fit em- true interpretation of bis dream. blem of sinners in general ; but He thought he had been out of especially of those who live his mind all his life, and that to without rule and order, drunk- love and serve Jesus Christ ards, blasphemers, and injurious would be a restoration to his to themselves and others; but right senses again. He was now his sitting at the feet of Jesus almost overwhelmed with please clothed, and in his right mind, as While hearing of the as, an engaging representation of tonishing love of Jesus Christ the sinner converted to God by to sinners, hope took the placo the gospel, made sensible of the of despair, and joy of grief and evil of sin, the value of his soul, horror! Those eyes which had and the necessity of salvation never shed a tear when he lost through a crucified Redeemer ; his legs, nor when the shattered enjoying peace of mind, having parts of his limbs were amputat, fellowship with Christ and his ed, now wept in copious streams, people, submitting to the author. flowing from strong sensations, ity of the scriptures, and receiv. of mingled joy and sorrow! ing instructions from Christ the Some weeks after this, he callFriend of sinners. Covey listen- ed and related to me the whole ed with attention and surprise ; of bis history and experience. wondered how the minister He was surprised to find that I should know him among so ma- had never received any informa


tion about him at the time the ister, I pray you, when I am sermon was preached, which so dead, to preach a funeral sermon exactly met his case. Some- for a poor sailor ; and tell others, thing more than twelve months especially sailors, who are as igafter this time, he was received norant and as wicked as I was, a member of our church, having that poor, blaspheming Covey given satisfactory evidences of found mercy with God, through being a genuine and consistent faith, in the blood of Christ! Christian. A few weeks since, Tell them, that since I have hearing he was ill, I went to vis- found mercy, none that seek it it him. When I entered his need to despair. You know betroom, he said, “ Come in, thou ter than I do what to say to man of God! I have been long- them! But, O! be in earnest ing to see you, and to tell you with them; and may the Lord the happy state of my mind. I grant that my wicked neighbelieve I shall soon die ; but bours and fellow sailors may find death now has no terrors in it. mercy as well as Covey !" He The sting of death is sin, but, said much more; but the last thanks be to God, he has given words he uttered were “ Halleme the victory through Jesus lujah! Hallelujah!” Christ. I am going to heaven!

[Ev. Mag. 0! what has Jesus done for me, one of the vilest sinners of the

ANECDOTE OF JUSTICE HALE. huinan race !" A little before he died, when he thought him- WHEN Lord Chief Justice self within a few hours of disso- Hale had finished a work on lution, he said, “ I have often atheism, he sent it by an unthought it was a hard thing to die, known hand to Bishop Wilkins, but now I find it a very easy to desire his judgment of it ; thing to die. The presence of but he that brought it, would Christ makes it easy. The joy give no other account of the auI feel from a sense of the love of thor, but that he was not a clerGod to sinners, from the thought gyman.

The Bishop, and his of being with the Saviour, of be worthy friend Dr. Tillotson, ing free from a sinful heart, and read it with much pleasure, but of enjoying the presence of God could not imagine, who could be forever, is more than I can ex- the author ; and how a man that press! O how different my was master of so much reason, thoughts of God, and of myself, and so great a variety of knowland of another world, from what edge, should be so unknown to they were when I lost my pre- them, that they could not find cious limbs on board the Vener him out by those characters, able! It was a precious loss to which are so uncommon. At me! If I had not lost my legs I last Dr. Tillotson guessed it should perhaps have lost my must be the Lord Chief Baron ; soul !"

With elevated and to which the other presently clasped hands, and with eyes glis- agreed, wondering he had been tening with earnestness, through so long in finding it out. So the tears which flowed down his they went immediately to him, face, he said, “0, my dear min- and the Bishop thanking him for

the entertainment he had receive in the business of the day. This ed from his works, he blushed he therefore recommended as extremely, not without some the best rule he could give ; for displeasure, apprehending that nothing, he observed, would tend the person he had trusted had, more to the health of the body, discovered him : But the Bishop than the tranquillity of the mind; soon cleared that, and told him,' and he knew nothing which could he had discovered himself ; for support himself or his fellow the learning of that book was so creatures, amidst the various various, that none but he could be evils and distresses of life, but a the author of it. [Life of Hale. well grounded confidence in the

supreme Being, upon the principles of Christianity.”



It was the daily practice of A STRIKING ADMONITION. this eminent physician, and no

It is related of a Christian of less distinguished Christian,

whom Satan had taken possesthrough his whole life, as soon

sion, and greatly terrified and as he rose in the morning, which

distressed her soul, that on his was generally very early, to re

being asked how he dared to entire for an hour for private pray- ter into a child of God ? He re, er, and meditation on some part

plied, I found her on my own of the holy scriptures. He often

ground, at the play

the play house; told his friends, when they asked therefore I challenge her as my how it was possible for him to go

servant." Whether the story through so much labour and fa

be true or not, the moral is extigue," that it was this practice, cellent.

. which gave him spirit and vigour

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Continued from page 183. Adoption, in theology, is al- ed more deadly malignity to the tered somewhat for the better by cause of truth than Gibbon. It the American publishers; yet is proper that young persons, eswe apprehend it might be still pecially, should know his charimproved by a more clear state- acter, that they may be on their ment of the doctrine, as it has been guard against his constant enheld by the Reformed churches, deavours to undermine, subvert,

The sneering remark of Gil- and destroy. bon, cited in the article Eneas of AFFịx has received the beneGazu, is very properly repri- fit of critical remarks on the namanded by the American editors. ture and use of the Hebrew par Perhaps no infidel ever discover- ticles.

Under the article Afghans, we

tained the kingdom he seized part of have some curious information

the territories of Jalut, or Goliath,

who assembled a large army, but was with respect to this tribe of Ma

killed by David. Talut afterwards hometans. They dwell in the died a martyr in the war against the northern parts of India, and be infidels; and God constituted David came more noted in the begin- king of the Jews. Melic Talut, they ning of the last century, than

say, had two sons, one called Berkia,

the other Irmia, who served David they had been before, as they and were beloved by him. The son of then invaded and conquered a Berkia was called Afghan, the son of great part of Persia, and were Irmia was named Usbec. The latter finally driven back by the arms

was eminent for his learning; and the

former for his corporeal strength, of Kuli Khan. They claim to

which struck terror into demons and be descended from the Israelites, geni. Afghan made frequent excurand Sir William Jones thinks sions to the mountains, where his their claim well founded.

progeny, after his death, established “ In tlie 2d volume of the Asiatic themselves, lived in a state of indeResearches we have some curious pendence, built forts, and exterminat.

ed the infidels. The late Henry Van. particulars relating to the Afghans : ihey call themselves the posterity of sissart, Esq. informs us that a very Melic Talut, or king Saul. In a

particular account of the Afghans has war, they say, which raged between

been written by the late Hafiz Rahmat the children of Israel and the Amale.

Khan, a chief of the Rohillas, from kites, the latter being victorious, plun. much information. They are Mussel

which the curious reader may derive dered the Jews and obtained posses. sion of the ark of the covenant. Cou.

mans, partly of the Sonnite and partly sidering this as the God of the Jews much of the antiquity of their origin,

of the Shiite persuasion. They boast they threw it into the fire, which did tot injure it; and having ineffectually other Musselmans reject their claim,

and the reputation of their tribe ; but endeavoured by other methods to de

and consider them of modern and stroy it, they placed it in their temple, and all the idols bowed to it.

even base extraction. From history, At

however, we learn that they have dislength they fastened it upon a cow, which they turned loose in the wil: tinguished themselves by their cour. derness. They are said to have ap. principals and auxiliaries. They have

are both singly and unitedly, as plied to Samuel

, after their defeat by conquered for their own princes and ihe Amalekites, for a king; and at this time the angel Gabriel descend.

for foreigners, and have always been ed and delivered a wand, with instruc. regarded as the chief strength in the tion, that the person whose stature

army, in which they have served. As

they have been applauded for their corresponded with the wand, should

virtues, they have also been reproachbe king of Israel. Melic Talut was

ed for vices ; having sometimes been then a herdsman of inferior condition; and having lost a cow, applied guilty of treachery, and even acted to Samuel for assistance to pay the

the base part of assassins. They coul

sist of four classes, viz. pure Afghans, owner. Samuel, perceiving his lotty

whose fathers and mothers were Af. stature, asked his name. He answered Talut. Upon which, having mea

ghans ; those whose fathers were Arsured him with the wand, he said to

ghans, but their mothers are of anoth

er nation ; such as had Afghan moth. the children of Israel, “ God has

ers, and fathers of another nation : raised Talut to be your king." How

and the children of women, whose shall we know, said they, that he shall

mothers were Afghans and fathers be our king? Samuel replied, they

or husbands of a different nation. should know that God had constituted

The above account is extracted Talut their king by his restoring the

from the Persian abridginent of a ark of the covenant. He accordingly

book called The Secrets of the Afghans, restored it, and they acknowledged

written in the Pushto language, a spe. him their sovereign.' After Talut ob

cimen of which is added. The work inhabitants, and the population, was communicated by Henry Van. sissart, Esq. to the late Sir William geography, natural productions, Jones, who was then President of the

&c. of those hitherto unexplored Asiatic Society. Although their regions. These additions are claim to a descent from Saul seems to very judiciously selected, neither resemble some of the fictions bor- perplexing the reader with a rowed by Mahomet from the latter

barren and naked list of names Jewish Rabbins, Sir William Jones has no doubt that the Afghans are

and places, nor wearying him descendants of Israel. " We learn," with the indiscriminate insertion says he, “from Esdras, that the ten of voluminous travels. tribes, after a wandering journey, We cannot take our leave of came to a country called Arsaxeth ; where, we may suppose, they settled.

this first number without again Now the Afghans are said by the best expressing our satisfaction at the Persian historians to be descended manner of its execution. The from the Jews; they have among type is neat, the ink and paper themselves traditions of such a descent ; and it is even asserted," that good, and fewer errors of the their families are distinguished by the

press remain than could have names of Jewish tribes; although, been expected. It is proper to since their conversion to the Islam, mention, that very many typothey studiously conceal their origin, graphical errors in the English The Pushto language, of which i

edition have been corrected in have seen a dictionary, has a manifest resemblance to the Chaldaic ;

this. There is, however, still and a considerable district under their room for caution. In ADOPTION, dominion, is called Hazareh, or Haza- principals is printed for princiret, which might easily have been ples ; in ADULTERY, & uxore changed into the word used by Esdras. I strongly recommend an inqniry into

for ab uxore ; in ÆROPHOBIA, the literature and history of the rapping for wrapping. Afghans.”

To AFRICA, an interesting article in the English edition, very considerable,

and ful additions have been made from the travels of Mr. Browne, In ALBANS, St. a township in and the journal of Mr. Horne- Veripont, we observe the numman, two intelligent and enter- ber of inhabitants is given from prising travellers; the former the census taken 17 years ago. had resided nearly three years

The American editors have, or in the kingdom of Dar-fur, in ought to have, constantly before the eastern part of this vast pen

them the last census. The leader insula ; and the latter, as an naturally expects the latest auagent of the African Association, thentic information with respect left Cairo for Fezzan, in Septem- to this country; and it is worse ber, 1798, and pursued a road than nothing to give a statement, hitherto very little known. These which every person, not elseextracts furnish the latest and where informed, will think cormost authentic, as well as the rect, when in reality it is founded most ample details of the man- on facts, as they existed many pers, customs, trade, manufac- years ago, and not at all on the tures, laws, and religion of the present facts.



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