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him lord; who, from the narrowing spirit of property, is circumscribed and hemmed in by the possessions of his more opulent neighbours, till there is scarcely an unoccupied spot of verdure on which he can set his foot to admire the beauties of nature, or barren mountain on which he can draw. the fresh air without a trespass! The enjoyments of life are for others; the labours of it are for him. He hears those of his class spoken of collectively, as of machines, which are to be kept in repair, indeed, but of which the sole use is to raise the. happiness of the higher orders. Where, but in the temple of religion, shall he learn that he is of the same species? He hears there (and, were it for the first time, it would be with infinite astonishment that all are considered as alike igno. rant, and to be instructed; all alike sinful, and needing forgiveness; all alike bound by the same obligations, and animated be the same hopes. In the intercourses of the world the poor man is seen, but not noticed; he may be in the presence of his superiors, but he cannot be in their company. In every other place it would be presumption in him to let his voice be heard along with theirs; here alone they are both raised together, and blended in the full chorus of praise. In every other place it would be an offence to be near them, without shewing in his attitudes and deportment the conscious marks of inferiority; here only he sees the prostrations of the rich as low as his, and hears them both addressed together in the majestic sim. plicity of a language that knows no adulation."
A NOTORIOUS robber in Scotland, known by the name of John of the Score, happening to meet with a poor man travelling with two horses, forcibly took them both away, regardless of the entreaties of the distressed countryman, who, fall. ing on his knees, begged him, for Jesus Christ's sake, to restore one of them, as the maintenance of his family depended on his horses.
The thief, having returned home, became from that day dull and melancholy, unable to rest at · home, or pursue his depredations abroad; for which he could assign no cause but this, that the words which the poor man had uttered concerning Jesus Christ (which, by the way, he was so ignorant as not to understand) laid like a heavy weight upon his spirit. Desiring, therefore, his sons to shift for themselves, and secretly restrain. ed from attempting to escape or hide himself, he was apprehended by the ministers of justice, imprisoned in Edinburgh, tried, and condemned to die.
Being visited by the Reverend Mr. Blyth, and a Mr. Cunningham, who had formerly known him, he was exhorted to consider his miserable and dangerous condition as a dying sinner, and to fiy for refuge to Jesus Christ. Hearing that name, he suddenly cried out, “ Oh! what word is that? for it has been my death! That is the word that has lain on my heart ever since the poor man mentioned it, so that I had no power to escape." The minister took occasion to preach to him JESUS, as the only and all-sufficient Saviour. “ But will he,” said the relenting thief, “ will he ever look upon me? will he ever shew mercy to me,
who would not, for his sake, shew mercy to that poor man, and give him back his horses ?”
After farther instruction, a real and most gra. cious change appeared in him, of which he discovered the most convincing evidence: he attained to a happy assurance of his interest in Christ; and, on the scaffold where he suffered, spoke so wonderfully of the Lord's dealings with him, as left a conviction on the spectators, and forced them to acknowledge a glorious truth and reality in the grace of God.
" It was my lot, a few years ago," says Dr. Lettsom, “ to be attacked on the highway by a genteel looking person, well mounted, who de. manded my money, at the same time placing a pistol to my breast. I requested him to remove the pistol, which he instantly did : I saw his agi. tation, from whence I concluded he had not been habituated to this hazardous practice ; and I added, that I had both gold and silver about me, which I freely gave him, but that I was sorry to see a young gentleman risk his life in so unbecoming a manner, which would probably soon terminate at the gallows; that, at the best, the casual pittance gained on the highway would afford but a precarious and temporary subsistence; but that, if I could serve him by a private assistance more becoming his appearance, he might farther command my purse; and, at the same time, I desired him to accept a card containing my address, and to call upon me, as he might trust to my word for his liberty and life. He accepted my address, but I observed that his voice faltered. It was late at night; there was, however, sufficient starlight to enable me to perceive, as I leaned towards him on the window of my carriage, that his bosom was overwhelmed with conflicting passions; at length, bending forward on his horse, and recovering the power of speech, he affectingly said, I , thank you for your offer— American affairs have ruined me-I will, dear Sir, wait upon you.' Two weeks afterwards, a person entered my house, whom I immediately recognised to be this highwayman. “I come,' said he, “ to communicate to you a matter that nearly concerns me, and I trust to your honour to keep it inviolable.' I told him that I recollected him, and I requested him to relate his history with candour, as the most effectual means of securing my services; and such was the narra. tive, as would have excited sympathy in every heart. His fortune had been spoiled on the Ame. rican continent, and, after a long imprisonment, he escaped to this asylum of liberty, where, his resources failing, and perhaps with pride above the occupation of a sturdy beggar, he rashly ven. tured upon the most dreadful alternative of the highway, where, in his second attempt, he met with me. I found that his narrative was literally true, which induced me to try various means of obviating his distresses. To the commissioners for relieving the American sufferers application was made, but fruitlessly : at length he attended at Windsor, and delivered a memorial to the queen, briefly stating his sufferings, and the cause of them. Struck with his appearance, and pleased with his address, she graciously assured him of patronage, provided his pretentions should, on enquiry, be found justified. The result was, that, in a few days, she gave him a commission in the army; and, by his public services, twice has his name appeared in the gazette among the promo.
tions. Afier some years' employment in the ser a unha vice of his sovereign, this valuable officer fell a' bg him. victim to the yellow fever in the West-Indies. "
" A second time I was attacked and robbed, and at the instant seized the criminal, whom I knew. He fell on his knees, returned the money he had taken from me, and prayed forgiveness. I told him that I could not coinmute felo. ny; he must instantly. depart; and advised him to go to sea, and never suffer me to see him again. About two years afterwards, on visiting a person in the country, I met with this offender; upon enquiring into his situation, I found he had since been married, and was become a respectable farmer.” . Dr. Conder, during his residence at Cambridge, having taken a ride to Peterborough for the be. nefit of the air, on his return, he saw a gentle. man in a private lane, at some distance, standing by his horse. As he approached, the supposed gentleman mounted, and, coming up to him, de manded his money. The doctor (then Mr. Con. der) immediately recognized him as a foriner inhabitant of Cambridge, but thought it prudent to conceal his knowledge. Not satisfied with receiving all his cash, to the amount of several guineas, the highwayman asked him for his watch. This being a family piece, he pleaded hard to re. tain it: but the man persisting in a menacing tone in his demand, he surrendered it, though not without strong symptoms of reluctance. CIOUS
The doctor was a man of tender sympathy. impla This amiable quality' soon suppressed all concern roul. for personal safety, and the property thus violently or wrested from him ; and led him to conimiserate men