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How many a preacher's heart will respond to all the sentiments here expressed! 13th. "Sunday, 6 p.m. Had a pleasant time this morning. Felt considerable tenderness of spirit, although not that deep and powerful energy I wished. It is with trembling solicitude I view the time of evening service approach. My heart tells me I shall fail. But my soul waits upon God. The night is rainy, and I fear the congregation will be small. Never felt my emotions to be

of so mingled a character. I feel I am not worth the notice of God, and yet I cannot forbear entreating His assistance.” It was during this visit to Northallerton that he wrote the interesting letter from which so large an extract was given in the former chapter. The remaining portion shall be supplied. "When I review my short religious career I see great reason for humility and self-abasement. God has been peculiarly good and I have been peculiarly thoughtless and ungrateful. Of late, I hope my mind has been raised from the lethargy into which I had fallen; but, I feel a proneness to slumber again. I trust that God will make you instrumental in urging me forward in a career of usefulness. I cannot now express my feelings on this subject. Perhaps I may disclose them in conversation. A wish something to this effect has often come with startling power across my spirit—that not a single blessing may be withheld from the world which, by the utmost intensity of effort, I can be the means of communicating. I wish my life to be crowded with action, and that action directed to the best and noblest ends. My dearest C-, I conjure you by everything that is tender, affecting, and solemn, in our present circumstances and future prospects, that you pray for me. Remember you cannot pray in vain. The influence of your prayers must be felt in my character, labours, and enjoyment. By the very constitution of our Redeemer's government it must be so. I thought of your prayers last Sunday, in the pulpit. I thought I felt them mingling with my

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own, adding strength to every desire, and energy to every petition. This gave new impulse to my mind, and I trust a divine power was felt in the congregation. I thought the evening service peculiarly solemn, and I have no doubt strong impressions were produced upon the minds of many. May they be lasting!

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"I should like our intercourse to be carried on with childlike simplicity, being convinced that the nearer we approximate to our blessed Redeemer the more we shall become as little children.' In order to secure a lasting mutual attachment we must each strive to be amiable and lovely; and we can only be so as we resemble Him. Conformity to Him is the ground of my hope of happiness, and if I did not think it was yours also, I hesitate not to say, the sooner our connection is dissolved the better. Let not my dear C— imagine that a single suspicion has crossed my mind. No, I am persuaded better things of you, and I hope, with all your 'weaknesses and faults,' (for I am not one of those gallant knights who would suppose you have none,) you will be a help meet for me.' I am glad your standard of connubial happiness is high. I want you to be a companion; and I cannot but regard with a pity bordering on contempt those individuals who seek in a wife only a convenient piece of household furniture.

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"Permit me to recommend a new mode of letter-writing. I should like you to have a Journal, and whenever you have any thing to say to me write it down while your views and feelings are fresh. Tell me your cares, great and little, your joys, and sorrows, and difficulties. This is far better than sitting down to write a letter. similar plan. I am convinced that this mode will not only be more pleasant but more profitable. Give full expression to your feelings. Surely now you dare venture to repose confidence in me. This will be the means of exciting our sympathies, and cementing our attachment.

"In my next I intend to give you an outline of my plans for future life. We ought to have clear and intelligent views of the objects of our existence, and pursue them with untiring industry.

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"You tell me not to flatter you. think I can be guilty of flattery? I have told you what I thought was truth; and I must now tell you, that much as I admire you, I think you susceptible of great improvement. I have no doubt we shall be mutually useful. It is your province to cultivate my finer feelings; it is mine to raise your intellectual character. You must create beauty and inspire warmth; I must impart energy and strength. I think you will not find fault with this division of labour.

"I intend us to read much together. I have got Hannah More's Poetical Works, and before I send them to you, I shall read them, and point out what I deem beautiful or useful. This I would especially remark, that if you would secure mental improvement you must make extensive use of your pen. Depend upon it, it is the grand instrument for teaching us to think. If possible, never let a day pass without some exercise in composition. Mere desultory reading will do you little good; writing will be the grand means of causing you to reflect upon what you read. It will call your powers into action, and cause you to enjoy an intenser life.'

In a letter to me, written about the same time, he says: "Ever since I left you I have been in a state of intense mental excitement. I have studied hard. My frame is almost worn down with work. This affair, instead of proving a hindrance to study, appears to have given a new impetus to my energies. I now feel I have a double care, a double responsibility, a double motive for exertion. I feel that I have taken another being beneath my protection, and am bound by the tenderest and most solemn obligations to place her interests on the same footing with my own. The

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world is before us, and Providence our guide. It is the latter part of this sentence which affords me support and consolation, and I am certain it is the ground of her dependence. I must confess that when imagination puts on her sable vestments, as she often does, I feel great anxiety. I know it is wrong to yield to it, but in those seasons I cannot help it. What, if I should be thrown into some obscure place that would not yield a comfortable subsistence! What, if pale and meagre poverty should stare me in the face! How could I bear the idea of bringing my dear C― into such circumstances? Or if I should become the victim of a premature grave, and leave her with a helpless infant to brave the powers of this cold-hearted world? These are not very pleasant thoughts, and if it were not for religion, they would, in those seasons of depression, rend every fibre of this too susceptible heart. O that I could always charge my soul to wait only upon God!'

"I have just come from the chapel where I have been preaching upon 'growing in grace.' I hope the seed will not be scattered in vain. It is a solemn thought that every sermon we preach will have some influence upon the audience, and that influence will be recognised in the decision of the last day. I do hope, my dear Priestley, that God is bringing me into a better way in every thing. I think I see more than ever the importance of having our eye' single.' It is only when this is the case we can reasonably expect to do good. If we do otherwise confer any benefit upon our fellow-men, we shall receive no reward for it. How fearful the thought, if after all, we should serve but as scaffolding to the great spiritual temple God is erecting in our fallen world!

"I do not remember that I ever felt myself more loosened from the world than now. I hope that C- is not a tie to this world, but that, under God, she will be the means of sweetly wooing me to another. But still I see the necessity

of watching over my heart, lest, unperceived, it should entwine itself too much around the creature. I have told her that in order to give permanency to our attachment, we must each strive to be amiable and lovely, and that we can only be so by bearing the image of the Redeemer. Moral beauty must be the grand reciprocal attraction by which our hearts are united. And the bonds of this love cannot be made too strong.

11th. "I find I must give up to-day to recreation, for I feel so weakened through the exertions of the last five days, that I am certain I shall injure my health if I am not cautious. Writing, although one of the finest mental exercises, nevertheless exacts a dreadful tribute upon the bodily energies. I could soon write myself out of existence. I never before felt so much the force of those nervous lines of Mrs. Hemans :

"Yet have I known it long,

Too restless and too strong

Within this clay hath been the o'ermastering flame;
Swift thoughts that came and went

Like torrents o'er me sent,

Have shaken, as a reed, this thrilling frame.'

"I have tried our plan of studying the Scriptures with the most abundant success. Although I have written twelve pages, I have got only to the 9th verse of the 15th of John. I need not tell you I am much pleased, but I have also been much profited. My experience has falsified the statement that devotion cannot be carried into Biblical criticism. I am aware that the mere apparatus of criticism is not adapted to excite, but rather to repress, the feelings; but I am convinced that in the application of that apparatus devotion is the best guide. The mind that is smitten with a hearty love of truth will delight to view her temple, not only in the distance, where the eye can grasp the stately grandeur and fair proportion of the whole, it will find a

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