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“ Mr. Lauchlan,” who had a great turn for for those who know anything of human nature poetry (or rather rhyming), composed a Gaelic are aware, that of all spiritual cases, the most ! song, in which all Kate's known sins were enu- utterly hopeless is that of one who has grown merated and lashed with all the severity of old in sin, whose conscience bas become imperwhich the composer was capable. This song vious to the truth, and whose whole soul is one Mr. Lauchlan set to music, and privately sending | impressible by either the Gospel or the Law. To for some of the young persons who were known awaken feelings that have been dried up by age to go on kailie” with Kate, he took great pains and sin requires a miracle in the world of grace. to teach them the song, instructing them to Kate's was, indeed, a special case; she was sing it in her hearing on the first opportunity. wonder to many”—a wonder to her neighbours, It was a strange, and, as some may perhaps a wonder to unbelievers, a wonder to the Church, think, an unwarrantable way of attempting to a wonder to her astonished minister, and, most of win a soul; nevertheless, it was successful. all, a wonder to herself. But all has not yet! The appeal went home to the old woman's con- been told. Are my readers prepared to hear science, backed with all the force of astonish- that she wept herself stone blind? Yet this was i ment; the suddenness of the stroke, coming as actually the case, without exaggerating by a it did from so perfectly unexpected a quarter, hair- breadth-she wept away her eye-sight! Poor gave both point and poignancy to the blow; the Kate! Those sightless eyeballs weep no more: shaft had found the joint in the harness, and, the wail of thine agony no longer rings amid driven hard home by the Spirit's own hand, it the solitudes of thy native hills; for God himsank deep, deep down into that old and withered self hath wiped away all tears from thine eyes: soul which had hitherto resisted every impres- and when the green graves of Lochcarron shall sion.
have disgorged thy blessed dust, thou shalt tune Kate's conviction was now as extreme as her with ecstasy thy voice to the harp of God, as careless hardihood had once been. Her agony thou standest on that crystal sea in the place of mind was perfectly fearful. The bleak where there shall be no more pain, neither sor. scenery of Lochcarron was in strange unison row nor crying, for the former things shall have with her feelings. Among the dreary moun- passed away, tains of that lonesome western wilderness runs The excellent minister on whose authority up the small estuary from which the parish I relate this story, stated that he was called on derives its name; and as the long Atlantic bil to assist in dispensing the Lord's-supper at low breaks upon its shores, and the brown hills Lochcarron on one occasion during Kate's stretch on behind in one interminable sea of long period of darkness. While walking with heath, the traveller scarce knows whither to Mr. Lauchlan among the moors, he heard at a turn that he may relieve his painful sense of distance the moanings of a female in great dissolitude-to the waste of waters that stretch tress. “Hush !” said the stranger minister,“ do before him, till shut in by the frowning heights you hear that cry? What is it?" Mr. Lauchof Skye, or to the lonely moors that undulate lan knew it well. “Never mind,” replied he, behind him, dark, and desolate, and bare. It “that woman has cost me many a tear; let her was among these dreary wilds that Kate now weep for herself now." He kept his eye on spent the greater portion of her time. And why her ever afterwards, however, and was exceeddid she seek these wilderness retreats ? “ She ingly kind to her, watching like a father over sought,” like Joseph, “ where to weep.” The every interest of the old woman, for time as solitudes of Lochcarron were heard to resound well as for eternity. for hours together with the voice of wailing, and During one of her visits to the manse kitchen, well did the inmates of the lone bothies amid the while waiting to converse with the minister, it hills know from whose lips those cries of agony is said that her attention was attracted by the were wrung. They were uttered by the solitary noise of a flock of ducklings which drew near mourner of the moors—the once hardened the place where she sat. Not aware of the pre“ Muckle Kate.” She had looked on Him whom sence of any other person, the poor blind woman she had pierced, and now she mourned for him was heard to exclaim, “O my poor things, ye're as one mourneth for his only son, and was in happy, happy creatures—ye have na crucified a bitterness for him as one that is in bitterness Saviour like me; it would be well for Muckle for his first-born,
Kate to be a duck like you: for 0 then she A long and fiery ordeal was appointed to the would have no sin to answer for-no sin, no reclaimed profligate. Deep as her conviction sin!” The anecdote may appear frivolous, if was, it never seemed to subside; weeks, months, not ridiculous; not so the feeling which it exand even years passed away, and still the dis- presses; for many is the awakened sinner tress of the convicted sinner was as poignant that has shared in blind Kate's desire, and and fresh as ever. “ Never breathed a wretch would gladly have exchanged being with a dog like her; there might be hope for others, but o or a stone, for then he would have had "no there was none for Muckle Kate!" This was sin to answer for-no sin, no sin !" wonderful, indeed, in one whose age was between In the third year of her anguish, Mr. Lauchcighty and ninety at the time of her conviction; lan was exceedingly anxious that she should sit
down at the Lord's table, and accordingly urged well what it was to have been humbled in the every argument to induce her to commemorate dust like Kate : “ This is a faithful saying, and the dying love of Christ. But nothing could worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came prevail upon her to comply. “She go forward into the world to save sinners, of whom I AM to that holy table ! she, who had had her arms up THE CHIEF.” to the shoulders in a Saviour's blood ! Her pre- The words which Mr. Lauchlan chose as the sence would profane the blessed ordinance, and subject of his address, were well-nigh as extrawould be enough to pollute the whole congre- ordinary as any part of the occurrence; they gation ! Never, never would she sit down were the words of Moses to Pharaoh (Exod. x. at the table; the communion was not for her !" 26): “There shall not an hoof be left behind"The minister's hopes, however, were to be realiz- a manifest accommodation of the sentiment, ed in a way that he never anticipated.
“ Those that thou gavest me I have kept, and The Sabbath had arrived, the hour of meeting none of them is lost.” I regret that I cannot drew nigh, but Kate's determination still re- furnish the reader with any notes of that wonmained unchanged. I am not acquainted with derful address, in which, however, the speaker the exact spot where the Gaelic congregation obtained most singular liberty. But the lead. assembled on that communion Sabbath; the ing idea was, that all who had been given tables were, however, spread, as is usual on such in covenant by the Eternal Father to the Son, occasions, in the open air among the wild hills were as safe as if they were already in heaven, of Lochcarron, Did any of my readers ever and that not one soul should be forsaken or left witness the serving of a sacramental table at to perish—“No, not so much as Muckle Kate !" which there sat one solitary communicant ? This extraordinary service was ever afterwards yet such a sight was witnessed on that long. known as “ Muckle Kate's Table," and it is remembered day, and poor Kate and Mr. Lauch said, that by that single address no fewer than lan were the only actors in the scene.
two hundred souls were awakened to spiritual The tables had all been served, the elements concern, which ripened in many instances into had been removed, the minister had returned to deep and genuine piety. The minister to whom "the tent,” and was about to begin the conclud- allusion has been made was himself acquainted ing address, and all were listening for the first with nine of these inquirers, who traced their words of the speaker, when suddenly a cry of earliest impressions to that table service, and despair was heard in a distant part of the con- all of whom were, at the time of his acquaingregation—a shriek of female agony that rose tance with them, eminently godly characters. loud and clear amid the multitude, and was “Muckle Kate” herself lived about three years returned, as if in sympathy, by the echoes of the after her first communion, possessed of that surrounding hills. It was the voice of " Muckle
peace which passeth all understanding," Kate," who now thought that all was over- and manifesting all the marks of a close and that the opportunity was lost, and would never humble walk with God. more return! The congregation was atuazed; hundreds started to their feet, and looked
“ PUSH IT ASIDE.” anxiously towards the spot whence the scream had proceeded. Not so the minister; Mr. “ Pusi it aside, and let it float down stream,” said Lauchlan knew that voice, and well did he the captain of a steamboat on a small western river, understand the cause of the sufferer's distress. as we came upon a huge log lying crosswise in the Without a word of inquiry he came down from channel, near to a large town at which we were about the tent, stepped over among the people till he to stop. The headway of the boat had already been had reached the spot; and taking Kate kindly checked, and with a trifling effort the position of the by the hand, led her through the astonished log was changed, and it moved onward toward the crowd to the communion table, and seated her Mississippi. On it went, perhaps to annoy others as alone at its head. He next ordered the ele- it had annoyed us—to lodge here and there until it! ments to be brought forward, and replaced upon becomes so water-soaken, that the heavier end will the table; and there sat that one solitary blind sink into a sand-bar, and the lighter project upward, being, alone in the midst of thousands—every eye thus forming a “sawyer," or a “snag.” It would of the vast multitude turned in wonder upon the have taken a little more effort to cast it high upon, lonely communicant-she herself all uncon- the land, but no one on board appeared to think of scious of their gaze. O for the pen of Bunyan doing that, or anything else, save getting rid of it as or of Boston, to trace the tumult of feelings easily as possible, for it had not yet become a forthat chased each other through that swelling, midable evil. By-and-by, if a steamboat should be bursting breast ! The secrets of that heart going down the river, and strike against it, causing a have never been revealed; but right confident loss of thousands of dollars, if not of life, hundreds am I, that if there be one text of Scripture will ask the old question, if something cannot be done which more than another embodies the upper- to remedy such evils, without stopping to inquire most emotion in her mind during that hour of whether they cannot be prevented. intense and thrilling spiritual excitement, it Now this is the way in which some of us work, must have been the sentiment of one who knew who profess to have a better knowledge than that
which belongs to the world. We forgot that old are not. The Scriptures of truth inform us that proverb, that an ounce of prevention is better than "there must needs be heresies, that they who are a pound of cure-that that is the truest wisdom which approved may be made manifest."
All the influences to which we are exposed, in the advises the overcoming of the beginnings of evil. It may cost us less seeming labour to“ push aside" the present life, are adapted to a state of probation, and
to do us good or harm according to the state of mind boy who stands at the corner of the street on the which we possess. We are not only fearfully made, Sabbath, with an oath on his lips, than to put forth but as fearfully situated. The evidence in favour of a little extra effort to get him into a Sabbath-school,
true religion is sufficient for a candid mind, but not and teach him, by the divine blessing, to keep
the simply to find out truth and obey it, we shall not be
for one that is disposed to cavil. If we attend to it fourth commandment. able evil to society, and so is left to float down with disappointed; but if our souls be lifted up within us,
the very Rock of salvation will be to us a stone of the current of vice-to continue his growth in sin, stumbling. The Jews required a sign in their oza and reach his manhood steeped in habits of evil, and way: “ Let him come down from the cross,” said fixed in a position that may work the ruin of more
they, “and we will believe him.” If he had publica than one soul. Speaking after the manner of men, I could have doubted it. Yet he neither came down
risen from the dead, say modern unbelievers, none greater efforts will then have to be made to save him, from the cross nor rose publicly from the dead; and to overcome his power for evil. Surely, if the Church let them say, if they please, that he could not, and vere wise there would not be such an apathy of feel that all his miracles were the work of imposture. It ing in regard to the moral condition of the destitute may be our duty, as much as in us lies, to cut off oc
casion from them who desire occasion; but God often children of our city, and our land. Their claims upon
acts otherwise. They who desire a handle to renounce its sympathy and labours would meet a more gene
the Gospel shall have it. Thus it is that men are rous response.
tried by false doctrine, and even by the immoralities
of professing Christians. When I was in Berlin, I went into the public pri- Í'he visible kingdom of Christ is a floor containing son, and visited every part of the establishment. At a mixture of wheat and chaff; and every false dec! last I was introduced to a very large hall, which was
trine is a wind, which He, whose fan is in his hand, full of children, with their books and teachers, and
makes use of to purge it. There are great numbers
of characters who profess to receive the truth, on having the appearance of a Prussian school-room. whom, notwithstanding, it never sat easily. Its holy! “ What!” said I,“ is it possible that all these chil- and humbling nature galls their spirits. In such dren are imprisoned here for crime?” “0, no,” cases, the mind is prepared to receive any represensaid my conductor, smiling at my simplicity, “ but if tation of the Gospel, however fallacious, that may a parent is imprisoned for crime, and on that account comport with
its desires; and being thus averse to the
truth, God, in just judgment, frequently suffers the his children are left destitute of the means of educa- winds of false doctrine to sweep them away. Such tion, and are likely to grow up in ignorance and is the account prophetically given of the chief instrucrime, the government places them here, and main- ments in the Romish apostasy. The introduction of tains and educates them for useful employment.” that mystery of iniquity is thus described: “Whose This was a new idea to me. I know not that it has coming is after the working of Satan, with all power,
and signs, and lying wonders, and with all deceivableever been suggested in the United States; but surely ness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because it is the duty of the government, as well as its highest they received not the love of the truth, that they interest, when a man is paying the penalty of his might be saved. And for this cause God shall send crimes in a public prison, to see that his unoffend them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: ing children are not left to suffer and inherit their
that they all might be damned who believed not the father's vices. Surely it would be better for the truth, but had pleasure in uprighteousness."
Not only is false doctrine permitted, that it may child, and cheaper as well as better for the state. sweep away hypocritical characters, but the discordLet it not be supposed that a man will go to prison ance which appears among the professors of Chrisfor the sake of leaving his children to be taken care tianity is itself a temptation to many, and that in of—for those who go to prison usually have little divers ways. Some, who consider themselves as alregard for their children. If they had, the
discipline with a plea for intolerance and persecution. In this
most if not altogether infallible, are hereby furnished of the Berlin prison would soon sicken them of such way it operated much in former ages, and a portion a bargain.-Professor Stowe.
of it is still prevalent among us. You see, say they,
whither this liberty of conscience will lead men. If “I would rather be taxed for the education of the they be left to themselves, and form their own notions boy, than the ignorance of the man. For one or the divisions, and to the sects that will arise out of them.
of religion, there will be no end to their errors and Other I am compelled to be."
Others, on the same ground, have rejected all religion. You cannot agree, say they, as to what is
truth: settle it among yourselves before you attempt REASONS WHY ERROR IS PERMITTED, to trouble us with it. Very well: if you can satisty (From the Works of Andrew Fuller.)
your consciences with this evasion, do so. It will
not avail you at death or judgment. You will then Why is it that the beauty of the Christian Church is be reminded that you did not reason thus in things to suffered to be marred and its peace invaded by a suc- which your hearts were inclined; but applied with all cession of perpetual discords ? This is an awful sub- your powers, and used every possible means, to asject; and if we were left to our own conjectures upon certain the truth for yourselves, and acted accordingly. it, it would be our wisdom to leave it to the great on your own principles, therefore, will you be day when all things will be made manifest: but we judged.
1. AT ROME.
Others, who have not gone these lengths, have others who may err: "In meekness instructing those yet been tempted to despair of finding out what is that oppose themselves; if God, peradventure, will the true religion. Amidst the opposition of opinion give them repentance to the acknowledging of the which continually presents itself before us, say they, truth.” how are we, plain people, to judge and act? If you Finally, there is an important difference between mean to intimate that it is vain for you to concern razing the foundation, and building upon that founyourselves about it, that is the same as saying, it is dation a portion of wood, and hay, and stubble. It vain to attempt anything that is accompanied with becomes us not to make light of either; but the latdifficulties, or to walk in any way that is attended ter may be an object of forbearance, whereas the with temptations; and this would lead you to stand former" is not. With the enemies of Christ we still in other things as well as in religion. But if it ought, in religious matters, to make no terms; but be the real desire of your soul to know the right way towards his friends, though in some respects erroand walk in it, there is no reason to despair. Follow neous, it behoves us to come as near as it is possible no man as your guide; but go to your Bible and your to do, without a dereliction of principle. À truly God, and there decide the question. You need not Christian spirit will feel the force of such language say in your heart, “Who shall ascend into heaven? as the following, and will act upon it: “All that in or who shall descend into the deep? The word is every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our nigh thee. To read controversial books may, in many Lord, both theirs and ours, grace be unto them, and cases, be useful; but seldom when it is done with a peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord view to decide the great question, What is the right Jesus Christ. Grace be with all them that love our way to everlasting life? A book, as well as a sermon, Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity!" may be the means of affording such direction; but when the mind is in a state of suspense, it is beyond all comparison the safest to consult the oracles of
THE SABBATH. God. To launch into controversy, without having Read the following, and see the results of beginning obtained satisfaction on the first principles of the the course of Sabbath desecration, which many doctrine of Christ, is to put to sea in a storm without Christian professors are now doing their best to a rudder. One great reason why men are carried bring upon our country : about with divers and strange doctrines " is--their “ hearts are not established with grace.” They have no principles of their own, and therefore are carried The profanation of the day of God is the practice away with anything that wears the appearance of of the pope. Thus although any one of the other six plausibility.
days would suit as well as the Sabbath to receive But one of the worst inferences drawn from the strangers visiting Rome, it is stated that the late pope discordant doctrines which abound in the world is, often selected the day of rest for this purpose. "The that doctrine itself is of little or no account. As in- following is the testimony of a lady, who recently tolerance and bigotry, under the specious name of published a book of travels in New York :zeal, distinguished former ages; so sceptical indiffer- “ Persons requesting a presentation, send in their ence, under the specious names of candour, liberality, names through the proper authorities, their respecand moderation, distinguishes this. This is the grand tive ambassadors, &c. It is made known to the pope, temptation, perhaps, of the present times. It would and when a sufficient number of names have seem as if men must either fight for truth with car- been received, so that he can lump them, and go nal weapons, or make peace with error; either our through with a good many at once, he names a religious principles must be cognizable by human day and hour for the ceremony. A friend who was legislators, or they are neither good nor evil, and God with us, had letters from the highest Catholic authorihimself must not call us to account for them; either ties in Canada, the superior of the St. Sulspice, to we must call men masters upon earth, or deny that the cardinal and clergy generally, here. These have we have any master, even in heaven.
acquired us greater facilities than we should otherIt is a favourite principle with unbelievers, and wise have had. It was announced to us that we were with many professing Christians who verge towards to have an audience on Sabbath, at three P.M. A young them, that error not only has its seat in the mind, Roman to whom we bore a letter of introduction, and but that it is purely intellectual, and therefore inno- who is the private secretary of the pope's secretary cent. Hence they plead against all Church censures, of state, was to present us to his holiness.” and every degree of unfavourable opinion on account Thus did this old man, tottering on the brink of of doctrinal sentiments, as though it were a species the grave, and pretending to be the vicegerent of of persecution. But if the causes of error be princi- Christ, give his official sanction to the crime of vio pally moral, it will follow that such conclusions are lating the sanctity of the Sabbath, God's appointed as contrary to reason as they are to Scripture. day of rest from worldly cares and pursuits, by con
The above remarks are far from being designed to verting it into a set day for seeing company. Of the cherish a spirit of bitterness against one another, as manner in which the affair was managed, we have men, or as Christians. There is a way of viewing the this narrative :corruption and depravity of mankind, so as to excite “ We each bent the knee on entering; but he imbitterness and wrath, and every species of evil tem- mediately motioned with his hands to have us rise and per; and there is a way of viewing them, that, with- come forward. We obeyed, bending and bowing as out approving or conniving at what is wrong, shall awkward as stiff-necked republicans might be exexcite the tear of compassion. It does not become pected to do. Mr. - being in advance, knelt at his us to declaim against the wickedness of the wicked feet, but the pope reached out his hand to prevent in a manner as if we expected grapes of thorns or him. He, however, not understanding it thus, took figs of thistles; but while we prove ourselves the de. hold of it, and rising, gave it a hearty friendly shake, cided friends of God, to bear good will to men. It quite a la American. We were introduced severally becomes those who may be the most firmly established by name, and the place each came from named. He in the truth as it is in Jesus, to consider that a por- then addressed each separately, asked questions, retion of the errors of the age, in all probability, at- | lated anecdotes, was perfectly affable and easy, and taches to them; and though it were otherwise, yet quite garrulous; conversing in Italian, though he unthey are directed to carry it benevolently towards derstands French.”
II. AT NEW ORLEANS.
III. IN GERMANY.
we shall all go to heaven or not." This plain erA very shocking exhibition of the violation of the pression occasioned a general seriousness and selfday of rest is found in the following illustration of examination. One thought, “If any of this company
The manner in which Roman Catholics keep the go to hell, it must be myself;" and so thought another 'sacred day in New Orleans. A handbill was paraded and another. In short, it was afterwards found, that n the streets, of which the following is a copy:
this sentence proved, by the special blessing of God “Philharmonic Ball Room. Orleans Street, oppo
upon it, instrumental to the conversion of several. site the Theatre, between Royal and Bourbon Streets,
What an encouragement is this to Christians to have Sabbath, March 30th, 1845.-Grand Attraction !- their conversation in heaven when in company! Catholic Orphans' Benefit.-A Grand Dress and Masked Quarteroon Ball. Doors open at 8 o'clock. Weapons are prohibited.”
Ar every swing of the pendulum a spirit goes into In direct opposition to the laws and the intent of eternity. Between the rising and the setting of every the Lord's-day, it is a season of worldliness and sin, sun, 43,000 souls are summoned before their Creator.', with the single exception of the observance of public Death is ever busy, night and day, at all seasons, and worship. Even the appropriate instructions of this in all climes. True, as well as beautiful, are those day, in many places are superseded, and the teachings of the sanctuary accommodated to the maxims lines of Mrs. Hemans of the world and the spirit of the age. In the cities “Leaves have their time to fall, and large towns, in noise and bustle, it is hardly dis- And flowers to wither at the north-wind's breath, tinguished from the other days of the week, and And stars to set-but all, scarcely recalling many even of the higher classes Thou hast all seasons for thy own, O death!" from their labour for the enjoyment of repose and He is supplied with a boundless variety of darts and worldly pleasures. The public officers of State, from the highest to the lowest, almost without exception, arrows, with which he accomplishes his work. Could and in direct opposition to law, disregard the day.
all the forms in which death comes to man be written The lower orders, even less restrained by the laws, together, what a long and fearful catalogue would it, imitate the demoralizing example of their superiors; make! Think of the innumerable number of diseases, and the more so, because the Lord's-day, greatly in all at the command of death. And, as though these creases their gains. Tobacconists, musicians, rumsellers, rope dancers, and all those whose business
were not sufficient, see how man is exposed to fatal it is to minister to the pleasures of men, respectively accidents on every hand, and at every moment. It depend on Sabbath as the best day for the exercise was a saying of Flavel, that “the smallest pore in of their craft. Accordingly every kind of business the body is a door large enough to let in death.” “The proceeds on this day as on any other, until suspended, least gnat in the air," says the same writer, “may so that the people may participate in the public choke one, as it did Adrian, a pope of Rome. A little amusements. The warehouses and stores are everywhere open; and the multitude of customers gives hair in milk may strangle one, as it did a councillor melancholy evidence that the tradesmen, in opening in Rome. A little skin of a raisin may stop one's their shops, do but accommodate themselves to the breath, as it did the lyric poet, Anacreon." spirit of the times. The noise of the work-shop, the rattling of machinery, the rumbling of mills, and the strokes of the steam-engine with its hoarse and heavy
SUPERFICIAL EDUCATION. respirations, everywhere disturb the stillness of the sacred day, here, alas! hardly known even by name. What knowledge they have gotten stands out, as it! Here is the blacksmith at his forge, and there a gang were, above the very surface of their minds, like of labourers upon the scaffold. In one direction, they the appliquée of the embroiderer, instead of having are busy in preparing their carriages for a party of been interwoven with the growth of the piece so as pleasure; in another, is the teainster with his weary beast toiling at his load; and on every side the post
to have become a part of the stuff.-Hannah More. coaches, pressing eagerly on in their destined routes. At the sound of fife and drum, the people are run
SENTENCES FROM MATTHEW HENRY. ning together at the corner of the streets to a beardance; the mendicant minstrel is wailing forth his What we win by prayer, we must wear with praise. music with his hand-organ in the courts and lanes; and multitudes of criers are calling out at the top of their voices, to draw the greedy crowd to come and fare is from the grace of God; and if all be from him,
All our sufficiency for our spiritual work and war taste of their dainties.
let all be to him. It is not enough that military parades, and public reviews of whole regiments, engross a great part of the day; not enough that the sound of the Sabbath. God has some work to do either by him or upon
Why should a man wish to live a day longer than bell mingles with the clang of martial music and the bim? roar of cannor; but the din of business and the pursuit of pleasure so disturb the rest, and desecrate the sacredness of this holy day, that what God ordained
If we would have God hear what we say to him by to be a blessing to man has been converted into a
prayer, we must be ready to hear what he says to us
by his Word. curse.-Bibliotheca Sacra.
With respect to those that make God their chief IT IS A QUESTION.
joy, as their joy may be full, so it may be constant,
even in this vale of tears. It is their own fault if A NUMBER of intimate friends being at dinner on the they are not glad all their days, for his mercy will Lord's-day, one of the company, in order to prevent furnish them with joy in tribulation, and nothing, improper discourse, said, “It is a question whether can separate them from it.