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dren, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life."

When he felt himself the subject of spiritual languor, he would frequently write such sentiments as were fitted to quicken his emotions. The following two extracts were evidently written for such a purpose :—


"Jesus my Saviour knows as much of me, and takes as much care of my soul, as if I were the only sinner whose salvation He is effecting. He is not a moment absent from Not a thought arises in my heart that He does not see. Not a prayer do I offer which He does not hear. When I walk in His way, He is pleased with me; when I depart from it He is displeased. These are all certain truths. Let me live in the constant recognition of them."

17th. “Jesus has all power in heaven and earth. He is able to save to the uttermost all that come unto God by Him. He was manifested to take away my sins. He is faithful and just to forgive my sins, and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. He has promised to give me a new heart. The law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus shall make me free from the law of sin and death. I shall have that perfect love which casteth out fear; the peace which passeth all understanding; and rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory."

"If the mind be in the least disposed to shrink from the truth, a thousand influences are ready to bear it to the region of doubt and error. False doctrines of every shade and hue, dressed up by the father of lies to resemble the truth, will be presented to the wavering and unwary. One false notion prepares the way for another, until the soul is cheated of its treasure, and having thrown away the truth of God, spends its strength in nourishing and propagating a lie."-The influence of the heart upon the operations of the intellect, while admitted as a general truth, is far from

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being practically recognized to the extent its importance demands. One of the first principles instilled into the youthful mind should be loyalty to truth, especially revealed truth. Solomon had doubtless proved the value of this counsel: "Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life."

"It has been suggested that I shall be able to prepare a better sermon to-morrow morning. That may be, but it shall not prevent me from preparing it now."

21st. "I must follow out my own principles, and not burden myself with the plans of other men. There is a light which will lead me to the shortest and best way of doing the utmost good. Let me steadily follow that, and all will be well. I am sure it comes from God, and it will therefore lead to Him. I had rather be William Carvosso than the most learned man or popular preacher in Europe. Faith infinitely surpasses in value the largest accumulation of human knowledge."—And who was William Carvosso, some readers will probably inquire? He was a small Cornish farmer, possessed of neither genius nor talents. He could not boast an ordinary education, for he was sixty-five before he could write. The highest honour he attained or coveted was that of being a Methodist class-leader, though he occa sionally gave a public exhortation. His name, during his life, was known in few circles beyond the boundary of his native county. But there he was extensively known and greatly loved. His views of the power of faith were so luminous and vivid, and his experience of it so palpably rich and blessed, that thousands through his simple instructions and prayers emerged from moral gloom into sunshine. His usefulness, as set forth in a small biography, entitled "The efficacy of Faith in the Atonement of Christ," excites astonishment. As he advanced in life his services were sought extensively in various parts of Cornwall. "At one

place, Cambuslang, where he went from house to house during the day, and held class-meetings at night, seven hundred or more were hopefully converted to God. A simple circumstance induced him to make an extraordinary effort to learn to write. He mastered the art and used it too. His letters and his autobiography are quite voluminous, and very respectable in style; and what is more than all, have been the means, perhaps, of more good than his personal labours during all the sixty years of his distinguished usefulness." It evinces the thoroughness of Mr. Hessel's subjection to spiritual influences that he should prefer to be William Carvosso than the most learned man or popular preacher in Europe.

"But few seem to understand the power, perhaps I may say, the omnipotence of faith. Few are aware of the stupendous results it is capable of effecting when exercised upon the glorious verities of redemption by Jesus Christthe wonderful transformation it can produce on the soul of man, and the mighty control it can exert over the circumstances of life. The man who is full of faith exerts a mighty energy, and scatters invaluable blessings. Many Christians little know how great a loss they and the world sustain by their feebleness of faith. This robs them of enjoyment, paralyzes their efforts to do good, and imparts a dwarfish character to their virtues. We ought not to rest until our faith is in a state of constant vigour. In order to attain this we must keep the word of faith present to our minds. Let us also seek the company of faithful men, for beyond a doubt the spirit of faith is communicated. The power possessed by men full of faith of dispelling the doubts and fears of weak believers, is truly astonishing."

"A religion which does not lead to purity of heart is worthless-a mere form. From the heart proceed the words and actions, and if it be not pure, or desiring purity, in vain shall we look for purity of life."



Here is evidence how constantly his mind was on the alert: 27th. "I am convinced it is better to have some usual place for prayer. We are much affected by association, and the remembrance of past blessings will often draw me to the place of prayer."

"I have got wrong; I have been fighting against the carnal mind with its own weapons. Ridicule, sarcasm, and scorn, are not for a soldier of Jesus Christ. They may provoke and irritate but they cannot conquer. Simple truth and fervent love are the only weapons I must employ. And they are mighty through God."-Undoubtedly sarcasm, ridicule, and scorn have a use. The two former may sometimes be appropriately directed to persons, the latter must be restricted to things. Meanness and dishonourableness of conduct may justly provoke scorn. But when may sarcasm and ridicule be employed? Our Saviour's conduct supplies a partial answer. All mental and moral forces were at His command, and He did not hesitate to employ sarcasm. But it was against incurable perversity only that he employed it. When we encounter this foe we may safely wield this weapon. Insufferable egotism may be deemed a fit subject for ridicule. The power of ridicule and sarcasm, it must be confessed, is a perilous possession. Great vigilance and self-control are requisite to prevent their misuse.

"I see more than ever the necessity of self-denial in the service of God. A life of godliness is incompatible with sloth and self-indulgence. Self-denial in little matters is useful it prepares for greater exercises of it. A habit of self-denial gives the spirit a mastery over the flesh. There is frequent occasion for it-in food, in sleep, in conversation, in reading. In conversation one is often tempted to tell amusing but unprofitable tales. Ministers should be eminently self-denying, spiritually-minded men. Their voca

tion imperatively requires these things,—without them they will be powerless. An effeminate coward is more suitable for a soldier, than a slothful, self-indulgent man for a minister of Jesus Christ."

"If the force and meaning of any part of God's word is to be explained away there will not be wanting some plausible comment, exhibited with the artifice of worldly wisdom, and sanctioned by the authority of a great name. Men have never to go far in search of error as a quietus for the conscience."

"I feel determined to follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. I do not ask, 'where wilt thou lead me?" "

Jan. 1st. "I have not that solemnity of feeling which the beginning of a year ought to inspire. In my enfeebled state all I can do is to cleave unto the Lord. The crown of life is worth striving for, and if I endure to the end I shall most assuredly obtain it."

A circumstance occurred on this day which testified affectingly, that though Mr. Hessel was one of the undemonstrative, he was not cold-hearted. Mrs. Priestley had been ill two or three days, and at her request he visited her. On he and I jointly entering her room, to our unutterable surprise she appeared in the act of dying. On the arrival of medical aid we left her. Our grief smote us with dumbness, and to my regret he soon left me. He retired however only to plead with God on her behalf. He spent most of the evening in prayer, and begged that if her restoration could be granted on no other terms, he himself might become the sufferer. Whatever explanation may be given of the facts, she began to recover, and he was seized with a violent attack of tic-doloreux, which, in spite of powerful remedial means, continued several days, and threatened to consign him to the grave. His Journal contains this record on the event: "Five p.m. To all appearance Mrs. P- is near death.

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