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Spirit. He has given you rules, by which to regulate your conduct, and is able to punish every deviation from them. And can you recollect that such a Being is constantly noticing your conduct, and still persist in disobeying his commands? God is also your Heavenly Father; and why can you not go to him, as such, with the same confidence, which you would exercise in an earthly parent?"

In explanation of the command to glorify God-“It may seem strange and presumptuous, to speak of such poor, sinful, worthless beings, as we are, as glorifying, or as capable of glorifying God. But the perfect Christian may be compared to a perfect mirror, which, though dark and opaque of itself, being placed before the sun, reflects his whole image, and may be said to increase his glory, by increasing and scattering his light. In this view, we may regard heaven, where God is perfectly glorified in his saints, as the firmament studded with ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands of mirrors, every one of them reflecting a perfect image of God, the Sun in the centre, and filling the universe with the blaze of his glory."

"Whenever you feel any thing within you, my dear young friends, urging you to attend to religion, it is the Spirit of God; and if you refuse to comply, you will grieve him away. Suppose God should let down from heaven a number of very fine cords, and if any person should take hold of one, it would continue to grow larger and stronger, till at length he is drawn by it into heaven. Great care would be necessary, especially at first, not to break it, for if once broken, it might never be renewed. careful should we expect the person to be, to whom one of these cords was extended, not to break it, to avoid all violence, and follow wherever it led him. Just so anxiously ought you to cherish those good impressions, which are produced on your minds by the Spirit of God, for if you once grieve him, he may never return."

How

"Suppose a man builds a temple, with one seat in it very high and much ornamented; and another very far

below it. You ask him, for whom those seats are designed, and he replies-"Why, the most elevated one is for me, and the one below it is for God." Now, in this case, you can all see the horrible absurdity and impiety of such conduct; and yet each of you, who continues impenitent, is doing this. You have given yourselves the first place in your affections; you have thought more of yourselves, than of God, and have done more to please yourselves, than to please God; in short, you have, in every thing, preferred yourselves before him."

"Suppose there was a book, in which the whole of your life was recorded, each page of which contained the events of a day. At the beginning was written, "This is the life of a rational, immortal, accountable creature, placed in this world to prepare for eternity." Then commences a long catalogue of sins; every page is successively covered with blots. Besides all these, there are the sins of omission, or duties neglected, which swell to a still greater amount. There are more than fifty commands binding upon you every moment; such as, to repent, to believe, to love Christ, to watch, pray, &c. none of which you perform. Thus you commit, to say the least, fifty sins in a moment. Add to these, the first mentioned class of transgressions, and, O, what an amount of guilt does the record of each day present! At the bottom of every page, it is written, did this person love God, to-day? No. Did he feel any gratitude for mercies? No. Did he obey any of God's commands? No. Did he perform any part of the work for which he was created? No."

One of his most acceptable methods of communicating instruction, and exciting a religious interest, was by visits to the families of his parishioners; and though he speaks of himself, as living extempore, they will cheerfully give him credit for system in this branch of duty. It was a custom which he commenced almost simultaneously with his ministry, to give notice from the pulpit, that the families in a particular district, or street, might expect him at a given time, in the course of the following week, and to request, that, if consistent with their engagements, they would all be at home; he wished to see the family togeth

er. Accordingly, when he entered a house, he usually found all in readiness for his reception, and could proceed, without the loss of a moment, to deliver his message. The time he spent in a family did not usually exceed twenty or thirty minutes; but it was completely filled up with religious conversation and prayer. He could say much in a short time, and never failed to 'divide a portion to every member' capable of receiving it. His "often infirmities" compelled him to relinquish this practice, and, for some years before his death, to limit his visits principally to houses of affliction. But these, in a parish, comprising thousands of souls, were, necessarily, very nu

merous.

He did not decline occasional invitations to evening parties, as he had given his people to understand, that he desired none to send for him, who did not wish him to come as a minister of Christ. In this character, however, he was usually a welcome guest; for though he was invariably serious and faithful, he was neither abrupt nor forbidding in his manner of bringing forward religious topics. The divine model he had so diligently studied, taught him how to avail himself of passing observations and occurrences to introduce and enforce man's obligation to attend to his highest interests. He always seized the right moment to bring forward and urge his Master's claims; and when he had obtained the ground, he was certain not to yield it -indeed, none could wish to dispossess him. The subject which he so naturally and easily introduced, he would expatiate upon, and illustrate, and hold the listening company in fixed and solemn attention, from one to three hours. Here were witnessed some of the most enrapturing and powerful strains of his sacred eloquence. A visiting party, whose conversation was conducted by him, had all the advantage of a religious meeting in the article of instruction, and fell scarcely short in solemnity. To him it was often as laborious, as a public lecture, as it regards both preparation, and the exercise of speaking. He usually commenced and closed the interview by prayer.

It is obvious, how much such a manner of conducting social visits must tend to cultivate and cherish a religious spirit in society. Every one has observed, that, as they are often conducted, a single visit supplies matter for a

month's gossip and scandal-evils, which infect not only the individuals who were present, but their families and associates. But social intercourse, conducted on Christian principles, precludes thése and similar evils, besides effecting positive good. The party separate with salutary impressions upon their minds, and carry more or less of a holy savor into their respective families. Religion becomes the subject of domestic conversation, which is rendered more intelligent and profitable by the very means, which too frequently operate as a disqualification for the duty. In truth, no finite mind can trace all the happy consequences which flow from the habit of associating religion with all the intercourse and occurrences of life.

That it was a leading object with him to introduce and extend this habit among his people, appears from almost every act of his official life. It accounts, in part, for his remarkable circumspection, and unfailing care, to set an example, in his own person, of doing all things to the glory of God. It was not without reference to this, probably, that he dedicated his own private dwelling to God; or rather, that when he did this, he called in some of his neighbors, to participate in the solemnities; and it was not without its influence. He was called, in his turn, to officiate on similar occasions for them. A scene of this kind is still recollected with lively interest, by the members of a numerous family. In his prayer, he anticipated almost every possible circumstance in their future history with that reverent particularity, in which he was, perhaps, unrivalled; and in such select, appropriate, and vivid expressions, as gave the very walls of the habitation a tongue that has not since ceased to speak. The thought, that it is a consecrated house, is suited to check all tendencies to sinful levity. One of the events anticipated in the prayer has already taken place; and the children of the family, who now are all members of the visible church, could tell with what comforting and sustaining power it was brought home to their hearts, while surrounding the triumphant death-bed of an invaluable mother.

From the most casual interview with him the Christian could not separate, without being instructed, humbled, and revived; nor the impenitent sinner without a topic for reflection-perhaps an arrow in his heart. He exemplified

one of his own remarks-"Our unconverted friends should feel that our whole deportment, and even our very silence declares, that we earnestly seek their salvation."

A circumstance which gave to his company one of its most attractive charms, was his great condescension and affability, which entirely relieved the interlocutors of all embarrassment. No matter how awkwardly or defectively they expressed their difficulties, or proposed their queries -it was enough for him that he knew their meaning. He took no advantage of these defects to mortify them, and show off his own superiority; he never asked them to repeat, and "define precisely what they wanted,"-a chilling practice with some affectedly wise and accurate men, which must effectually silence the weak and illiterate, and cut off from them all hope of improvement :-he took this labor upon himself. If he perceived them in danger of embarrassment, he would interpose and help them out. The most broken and imperfect expressions were sufficient to indicate to him the exact wants and feelings of the speaker. So truly was this the case, that his knowledge of others' thoughts would appear to a witness almost intuitive; and he was equally prompt to apply the appropriate counsel. It was from ignorance of his power of perception in this respect, that some have spoken of his inquiry meetings, during the latter half of his ministry, as more properly entitled to the appellation of lectures, or meetings for exhortation. But his remarks were as really predicated on the known states of mind in the assembly, as they ever are in any inquiry meeting, however conducted. The truth is, besides watching the individual characters of his charge for years, he had so thoroughly studied the moral and spiritual nature of man, in connection with the scriptures, that he could 'istinguish the symptoms, which indicate the state of the heart, with as much readiness and certainty, as the most skilful physician can those of bodily disease.

It was not to man in one attitude or situation only, that he could adapt himself; but to men in all situations, and of every variety of rank and character, and every degree of intellectual culture. A bereaved husband, in another town, to whom he was known only by report, but whose wife's obsequies he providentially attended,-inquired,

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