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in that he gives to all the means of he happy. But, perhaps, like the securing what is truly and everlast Apostles, we may be poor, able to ingly good !-We see in the world do little or nothing towards feeding what appears to be great inequality the hungry, or clothing the naked. in the distribution of secular pos. Let us visit, in imagination, the sessions. There are many to whom “ beautiful gate of the temple," he has not given (to use his own when the poor, helpless cripple was language by Moses) “ the power to lying there.

Two men come up, get wealth."

But what then? and observe him; and he, in his With wealth happiness may not be turn, looking to them, expects an by any means connected ; and soon alms from them. For a moment shall the grave close all earthly en. the chill of disappointment comes joyments, and all earthly trials too, over his spirit; for he hears them and level all earthly distinctions. say, “Silver and gold have 1 none." But he has given, without exception, But the feeling soon passes away, the power to obtain “ the true dispelled by the wonderful words, riches;” or, if exception to any _Such as I have, give 1 unto extent exist, it is all in favour of the thee. In the name of Jesus of Na. poor. If they have fewer earthly ad. zareth, rise up and walk.” They vantages, they have fewer earthly gave him better than gold and sil. hinderances.

ver; for he straightway sprang up, What, then, ought to be our own and accompanied them into the ternconduct ? By too many who call ple, rejoicing in using the new themselves Christians, has the hea- strength he had received, "walking, then maxim, Post nummos virtus, and leaping, and praising God.” “ Money after virtue,” been practi

When we look abroad on human cally perpetuated. Such wisdom is distress, and long to relieve it, do folly indeed. Religion should be we wish that we had the silver and everything with us; and will be so, the gold, that we might gladden the if we wisely regard our real inter- hearts of the afflicted and sorrov. ests. We are better without all that ful? Are we grieved that we have we may lose by the application of them not? Yet there is one thing this rule. And in seeking these that we can do, and in reference to true riches, as God has placed us which we may say, “Such as I under no restriction, but called us have, give I unto thee." We may to an abundant, overflowing posses- become the means of bringing men sion, let us place no restriction on to the true riches. Though poor, ourselves. Let us be willing even we may make many rich. Opportuto be less rich with the perishable nities of the highest and best usewealth of the world, that we may be fulness are confined to no particular more rich towards God. If the pre- situation. By the great force of a sent circumstances of society call steady, unsuspected example; by for the decided exemplification of seasonable visits and exhortations ; any one branch of Christian vir- by such combination with others as tue more than another, it is of that shall greatly increase the power of spirituality which results from an individual contribution and influ. entire persuasion of the truth of the ence; by various means, such as Bible ; and which is manifested by Christian wisdom, prompted by pursuing steadily, and most evident- Christian love, will readily discover ly, that line of conduct which, if the and apply; the humblest Christian Bible be indeed true, is man's great may be an instrument of saving his duty and interest.

fellows from the greatest of all miseAnd thus, too, we see how all may ries, and of bringing them to the become public benefactors.--The heart possession of true and undecaying of the Christian is tender and sym- blessedness. And every Christian pathizing. A genuine conversion should cultivate this temper. The breaks up the frost and incrustation movement of the heart in a right of selfishness, and produces an ear- direction is only kept up when atnest, active desire that others may tention is paid to it. Selfishness is

so natural to man, that, unless the actually being so. He believes the warmth of holy affection be cbe truth of Christianity, and has experished, we shall easily cool down to rienced its power : let him seek to the temperature around us. Be be a living example of its beneficence. cause, then, the Christian may be

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(To the Editor of the Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine.) The following letter was tran did much good in my life, when in scribed from the original manuscript the best health and vigour; and, more than twenty years ago. It was therefore, I think it would be prewritten while Mrs. Wesley was con- sumption in ine to hope to be useful fined to her room by a cold, fol It is more than I can well do lowed by pleurisy. The last para to bear my own infirmities, and graph shows how reluctant she was other sufferings, as I ought, and to communicate “those rules she would do. All inordinate affection observed in educating her family," to present things may, by the grace and which Mr. John Wesley with of God, and a close application of some difficulty obtained, and af our spirits to the work, be so far terwards published: these, since conquered, as to give us very little his death, have been often re or no trouble; but when affliction published :* respecting them Dr. comes once to touch our purely Clarke also observes, that, “after natural appetites, which we such management, who needs won never put off, but with the body der at the rare excellence of the itself; when every member of the Wesley family ?” It is much to be body is the seat of pain, and our regretted we have not a more en strong, and, I think, innocent, prolarged memoir of this extraordinary pensities to ease and rest are crossed

in every article; then comes on the THOMAS MARRIOTT. severity of our trial; then it is not City-Road,

an ordinary measure of divine sucSeptember 2d, 1844.

cour and support that will enable us to continue steadfast in the spirit

and disposition of Jesus Christ. Monday, Feb. 21st, 1731–2.

This was the very case of our dear Dear Jacky,–1 thank God I am Lord. He had no irregular pasmuch better than I have been, sions or spiritual appetites ever to though far from being in health ; combat with ; but he had what was yet a little respite from much pain infinitely harder to be sustained, esteem a great mercy. If you had the greatest contradiction of sinners any design to visit our family this against the purity of his nature to spring, my health or sickness will undergo, and all his innocent natube of little consequence: your enter- ral appetites voluntarily to sacrifice, tainment would be the same, and I in a death exquisitely painful, and am no company.

attended with circumstances very I have time enough now, more grievous to be borne by human than I can make a good use of; nature, though in its utmost perfecbut yet, for many reasons, I care

tion. not to write to any one.

I never

I ain heartily sorry for Mr. Mor.

gan. It is no wonder that his ill* See Wesley's Works, vol. i., pp. 386, 387; Dr. Jackson's Lise of Charles Wesley, vol. i.,

ness should at last affect his mind :t pp. 2–7; and Dr. Clarke's Wesley Family, vol. ii., pp. 9-15.

+ See Moore's Life of Wesley, vol. i., p. 186.

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it is rather to be wondered that it itself, and comprehends in his most has not done it long ago. It is a pure nature absolute perfection and common case, and what all who are blessedness,-that must necessarily afflicted with any indisposition a be infinitely happy in and of himgreat while together experience as self; that such a Being should in well as he. Such is our make, such the least degree regard the salvation the condition of embodied spirits, of sinners; that he himself, the that they cannot act with freedom, offended, the injured, should proor exert their native powers, when pose terms of reconciliation, and the bodily organs are out of tune. admit them into covenant upon any This shows how necessary it is for conditions ; is truly wonderful and people (especially the young) to im- astonishing! As God did not make prove the present blessing of health the world because he needed it, so and strength, by laying a strong neither could that be any reason for foundation of piety towards God, of his redeeming it. He loved us besubmission, patience, and all other cause he loved us; and would have Christian virtues, before the decline mercy because he would have mercy. of life,-before the shadows of the Then the manner of man's redemp. evening lengthen upon them, and tion, the way by which he conde. those years draw nigh in which, scended to save us, is altogether in. without solid piety, they can find no comprehensible. Who can unfold pleasure.

the mystery of the hypostatic union? The young gentleman you men or forbear acknowledging, with the tion seems to me to be in the right Apostle, that “great is the mystery concerning the real presence of of godliness, God manifest in the Christ in the sacrament. I own I flesh?” That the divine person of never understood by the “real pre- the Son of God should (if we may sence," more than what he has ele. be permitted so to speak) seem so gantly expressed, that “the divine far to forget his dignity and essennature of Christ is then eminently tial glory as to submit to a e of present, to impart, by the operation poverty, contempt, and innumerable of his Holy Spirit, the benefits of other sufferings, for above thirty his death to worthy receivers.” years, and conclude that life in inAnd surely the divine presence of expressible torments; and all this our Lord, thus applying the virtue to heal and save a creature that was and merits of the great atonement at enmity against God, and desired to each true believer, makes the not to be otherwise. Here is public consecrated bread more than a sign and benevolent affection in its utof Christ's body; since, by his so most exaltation and perfection. And doing, we receive not only the sign, this is the love of Christ; which, as but with it the thing signified, all the Apostle justly observes, passeth the benefits of his incarnation and knowledge. passion! But still, however this I have been led away so far by divine institution may seem to this vast subject, that I have hardly others, to me it is full of mystery. left myself time or Who can account for the operations more. of God's Holy Spirit, or define the The writing anything about my manner of his working upon the way of education I am much averse spirit in man, either when he en to. It cannot, I think, be of service lightens the understanding, or ex to any one to know how I, that cites and confirms the will, and have lived such a retired life for so regulates and calms the passions, many years, (ever since I was with without impairing man's liberty? child of you,) used to employ my Indeed, the whole scheme of our time and care in bringing up my redemption by Jesus Christ is be- children. No one can, without reyond all things mysterious. That nouncing the world, in the most God, the mighty God, the God of literal sense, observe my method ; the spirits of all flesh, the possessor and there are few, if any, that would of heaven and earth, who is Being entirely devote above twenty years

room to add


of the prime of life in hopes to save I fear poor Patty has several enethe souls of their children, which mies at London, and that they have they think may be saved without so put it in her head to visit us this much ado; for that was my princi

I am apt to believe, that pal intention, however unskilfully if they get her once out of my broor unsuccessfully managed.

ther's house, they will take care to Dear Jacky, my love and blessing keep her thence for ever.

It is a is ever with you. Adieu.

pity that honest, generous girl has SUSANNA WESLEY. not a little of the subtlety of the

serpent with the innocence of the dove. She is no match for those

who malign her; for she scorns to On the same sheet as the letter to John Wesley, and of the same date, fore believes every body else does so

do an unworthy'action, and thereappears the following :

too. Alas! it is a great pity that

all the human species are not so Dear Charles,– Though you good as they ought to be. have not had time to tell me so

Prythee what is become of John since we parted, yet I hope you are

Whitelamb? is he yet alive? Where in health; and when you are more is Mr. Morgan ? If with you, pray at leisure, I shall be glad to hear give my service to him. I am sorry you are so from yourself. I should

the wood-drink did him no service. be pleased enough to see you here I never knew it fail before, if drank this spring, if it were not upon the regularly; but, perhaps, he was too hard condition of your walking far gone before he used it. I doubt hither ;* but that always terrifies

he eats too little, or sleeps cold, me; and I am commonly so uneasy which last poisons the blood above for fear you should kill yourselves all things. with coming so far on foot, that it

Dear Charles, I send you my love destroys much of the pleasure I and blessing.

Em., Matty, Kez., should otherwise have in conversing send their love to you both.

SUSANNA WESLEY. * See Moore's Life of Wesley, vol. i., p. 177.

with you.


GREEK NEW TESTAMENT, AND DR. WISEMAN.* It is notorious, that from the era edition of the original New Testaof the origin of printing to the pre- ment; that is, the Greek. This is sent hour, has issued from the Ro. certainly a very remarkable and man, or even Italian, press, not one mysterious fact, especially when con

nected with that of the overwhelm* We are indebted for this article to the amia- ing number which every other porble and reverend writer of it himself, whose ao tion of the Christian globe bas prequaintance with every part of the controversy sented to a grateful public. with Rome is at once deep and extensive; and whose numerous and powerful writings on this

The fact is still more remarkable, topic are worthy of a place among those which

because efforts have at different appeared previously to the accession of William times been made by scholars in the III. to the throne of these realms, and which bosom of the Roman communion to considerably advanced the expulsion of a Po- roll away the reproach to their pish Monarch, and the establishment of the Protestant constitution of Britain.

Church, of so apparently dishonourject of this article is important: & careful

able, as well as singular, an omission; perusal of it will show, that Dr. Wiseman efforts which, by their failure, have is neither so much to be respected nor feared, imprinted the disgrace more deeply, as his friends thoughtlessly imagined. A great indeed indelibly, upon the defaulter. parade was made in the beginning of the last year of the Greek text (edition and fac-simile)

No less a person than Cardinal Belfrom Rome : we think the present actual state larmine made the proposal to Pius of things should be made equally public.-EDIT. V., but it came to nothing.

The sub



1783, as we learn from Dr. Marsh, for that will be sufficient, (except (afterwards Bishop of Peterborough,) some inferences deducible from the in the second volume of his “ Trans phenomena of the second,) we learn, lation of Michaëlis's Introduction to in his own words, writing of the the New Testament,” part ii., pp. Vatican ms. of the Greek Scriptures, 642, 643, application was made to -the principal, for there are several Pius VI., by Spaletti, to publish a other mss. of the same,-that it is fac-simile of the Vatican Ms. But “the most valuable ms. of the Sep, this, likewise, came to nothing. tuagint version and New Testament

Within the last ten years, how now in existence;" adding, imme. ever, great expectations have been diately, “ It is known by the name excited, that the desired work would of Codex Vaticanus, and was puh. be executed, and executed on lished in 1587 by order of Pope magnificent scale ; that the learned Sixtus V." + Christian world would be gratified, It is no object to dispute the prenot only with a fac-simile of the ference given to the Vatican abore original, the most celebrated of the other mss., such as our Alexandrine, Vatican Biblical mss., but with a or the Cambridge with the Clermont critical edition likewise of the same, of the New Testament. The great by the practised pen of Dr. Wise point in controversy, or to be proved, man; or, as the announcement was is, whether or not the Greek New altered, by Professor, now Cardinal Testament was printed together with Mai, and lately made Prefect of the the Septuagint, both of which are S. Congregation of the Index; a contained, and acknowledged to be man of well-earned and still growing contained, in the Vatican ms. This reputation for editorial talent. is the fact to be settled. Let us

The grateful announcement took now, then, examine the grammatical something of an official shape, when declaration of Dr. Wiseman. He Dr. Wiseman, in the first edition of affirms, that the Vatican ms. contains his “ Lectures on the Connexion

the Septuagint, (or Greek Old Tes. between Science and revealed Reli- tament,) and the New Testament, gion,” vol. ii., lecture x., pp. 187, &c., the Greek original. He adds, “It gave a very precise and minute, but is known by the name of the Codes not very intelligible, account of the Vaticanus.' What is meant by the actual undertaking, and considerable

pronoun it a little word, but which advance of the work ; together with often, as here, purports great things some strictures of a remarkable cha. and with reason.

It follows, " And racter. This was in the year 1836 ;

was,” that is, it, namely, the a year which must be remembered.

Septuagint, together with the New Since that year, silence seemed to Testament, — " it was published in prevail on the interesting subject, 1587,” &c. : in other words, and in till the commencement of the year 1843, when newspapers and other

* The learned Doctor has strangely forgotten

himself in the note, p. 360, (second edition,) periodicals, particularly “ The Com.

when, in order to depreciate the late edition of plete Catholic Directory,” (Annual) the Septuagint with various readings by Dr. by W. J. Battersby, gave the intelli Holmes and his successor, as being essentially gence a run like that of wild-fire defective, because it wanted the eollation of the

Vatican, which collation had been commenced, through the country. A year since

and when interrupted had not been resumed, then has passed, 1844, in which ex he has brought a charge which could be sub pectation still continues unsatisfied. stantiated in no other way than by affixing a

But, in order to understand as disparaging stigma to the edition of the Sepmuch as is allowed to us, we must

tuagint issued by the authority of bis own return to Dr. Wiseman, and make

Church, with the Papal sanction of the time. the best of the notice given by him

Dr. Wiseman could hardly be ignorant that the in 1836, now eight years past.

Vatican Ms., as represented in the Sixtine edi

tion of 1587, forms the text of Dr. Holmes's Following so competent a guide,

edition. Even a Protestant heretic would have in the place which has been pointed

treated, and has treated, the Roman edition out, meaning of course, and care

with more respect, or rather justice. But an fully, the first edition of his work; always see where he is running

eager polemic, on tempting oceasious, does not

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