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And it was, I presume, to make trial of the effect this repri. mand had had upon me, that the execution of this cruel order was committed to me. As I could by no possible means de cline it, I summoned all my resolution, after passing an hour by myself, I may say in the agonies of death, and set out a little after two in the morning, for my unhappy friend's house, at. tended by a notary of the Inquisition, and six armed Sbirri.

We arrived at the house by different ways, and, knocking at the door, a maid servant looked out of the window, and, inquiring who knocked, was answered, the Holy Inquisition, and, at the same time, ordered to awake nobody, but to come down directly and open the door, on pain of excommunication. At these words, the servant hastened down, half naked as she was, and having with much ado, in her great fright, at last opened the door, she conducted us, as she was ordered, pale and trembling, to her inaster's bed chamber. She often looked very earnestly at me, as she knew me, and shewed a great desire of speaking to me; but, of her, I durst take no kind of notice. I entered the bed. chamber with the notary, followed by the Sbirri, when the lady, awaking at the noise, and seeing the bed surrounded by armed men, screamed out aloud, and continued screaming, as out of her senses, till one of the Sbirri, provoked at the noise, gave her a blow on the forehead that made the blood run down her face, and she swooned away. I rebuked the fellow very severely, and ordered him to be whipped as soon as I returned to the Inquisition.

In the mean time the husband awaking, and, seeing me with my attendants, cried out, in the utmost surprise, “ Mr. Bower !!! He said then no more ; nor could I, for sometime, utter a single word; and it was with much ado that, in the end, I mastercd my grief so far as to be able to let my unfortunate friend know, that he was a prisoner of the Holy Inquisition. “Of the Holy Inquisition!” he replied, “ alas ! 'whai have I done? My dear friend, be my friend now." He said many affecting things; but, as I knew it was not in my power to befriend him, I had not the courage to look him in the face, but turning my back to him, withdrew, while he dressed, to a corner of the room, to give vent to my grief there. The notary stood by him while he dressed, and, as I observed, quite unaffected.' Indeed, to be void of all humanity, to be able to behold one's fellow-creatures groaning and ready to expire in the most exquisite torments cruelty can invent, without being in the least affected with their sufferings, is one of the chief qualifications of an Inquisitor, and what all

, who belong to the Inquisition, must strive to attain to. It often happens, at that infernal tribunal, that, while an unhappy, and probably an innocent, person is crying out, in their presence, on the rack, and begging by all that is sacred for one moment's

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relief, in a manner one would think no human heart could withstand, it often happens, I say, that the Inquisitor and the rest of that inhuman crew, quite unaffected with his complaints, and deaf to his groans, to his tears and entreaties, are entertaining one another with the news of the town; nay, sometimes they even insult, with unheard-of barbarity, the unhappy wretches in the heights of their torments.

(To be concluded in the next.)

WOMAN.THE CONTRAST.

An Extract.

In the codes of modern infidelity and licentiousness, as well as among uncivilized nations, woman is exhibited as the mere servile instrument of convenience or pleasure. In the volume of Revelation she is represented as the equal, the companion, and the help-mate of man. In the language of worldly taste, a fine woman, is one who is distinguished for her personal charms, and polite accomplishments. In the language of Scripture, she is the enlightened and virtuous mistress of a family, and the useful member of society. The woman who is formed on the principles of the world, finds no enjoyment but in the circles of affluence, gaiety, and fashion. The woman who is formed on the principles of the Bible, goeth about doing good : she visiteth the fatherless and the widows in their affliction : she stretcheth forth her hands to the poor, yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. The one dresses with elegance, and shines in the dance : The other “opens her mouth with wisdom ; in her tongue is the law of kindness, and her most valued adorning is not gold, or pearls, or costly array; but good works, and the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit." The hours of the one are divided between routs and assemblies, and visiting, and theatres, and cards: the other looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. “ The business of the one is pleasure; the pleasure of the other is business. The one is admired abroad; the other is beloved and honoured at home.” “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman that seareth the Lord, she shall be praised.”

ANECDOTE.

The wife of Phocion, an Athenian general, entertained in her house an Ionian lady, one of her friends: the lady showed her her bracelets and necklaces, which had all the magnificence that gold and jewels could give them. Upon which the good matron said, “ Phocion is my ornament, who is now called the twentieth time to the command of the Athenian armies."

REFLECTIONS.

Should not the Christian matron say, when presented with, and tempted by the pride and vanity of dress, Christ is my ornament, Religion is my ornament? Let them learn to make as much of Christ and his holy religion, as the heathen matron did of her husband.

A professor of religion, whether male or female, following the fashions of the world is a most pitiable object. Can we be transformed by the renewing of our mind, and at the same time be conformed to the world? Can we seek the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, while we seek the outward adorning of ruffles and rings, curling the hair and costly apparel ? Have we learned the art of being the disciples of Christ without the pain of self-denial; without bearing the cross? Do not many congregations appear more like a flower-garden than like a Christian assembly? Do we not, in conforming to the world, seek the friendship of the world? And do we suppose that we can be friends of the world, and not the enemies of God?

But in the finery and extravagance of dress, there is not only a sinful and deadly conformity to the world; but there is also of necessity a shameful neglect of the most important Christian duties. For while time and money are lavished in adorning the body, the hungry are not fed, the naked are not clothed, and the sick and prisoners are not visited. In the fond hope of pleasing the world, we gratify our pride, wound the cause of Christ, and excite the enemies of the cross to neglect and ridicule that religion which, while it professes humility and meekness, presents little more than the garb of pride and ostentation. Many are led astray by enquiring, what harm is there in this or that? You dress like the vain world, you must act like the world, walk, talk, and visit like the world. Is there no harm in all this! Rather enquire what good is there in this or that? Is this the way to be holy? In this do I act like a disciple of Jesus Christ? Is this the way to be more crucified to the world ? In so doing, do I walk in the path of self-denial-in the way of the cross? The professors of religion should ever consider themselves under discipline for the kingdom of heaven, and should therefore do every thing to the glory of God. There is a simplicity that should mark the followers of Christ, and distinguish them from the world. The road of fashion is the way to de:th. Let us not be deceived. The world smiles, but it is only to betray. If we would be holy, if we would be Christians, we must be singular : we must be separate from sinners in our spirit, tempers, words, actions and dress : we must not be conformed to the world. A marked distinction must be kept up between them that love God, and them that love him not.

S.

To the Editors of the Methodist Magazine. Messrs. EDITORS,

If you think the following example of Christian courage, which was common in the first ages of the church, worthy of a place in your Magazine, you will, by its publication, oblige

À SUBSCRIBER. December, 1819.

" When Modestus, the Governor under Valens the Arian Emperor, could not by any means bring over Basil to their party he threatened him with severity; Dost thou not fear this power that I have? Why should I fear? said Basil ; what canst thou do, or what can I suffer? The other answered, the loss of thy Estate, Banishment, Torment, and death; but threaten us with something else if thou canst, (said Basil) for none of these things can reach us ; confiscation of estate cannot hurt him that has nothing to lose, unless thou wantest these tattered and threadbare garments, and a few books wherein all my estate lies; nor can I be properly banished, who am not tied to any place; wherever I am it will be my country, the whole earth is God's, in which I am but a pilgrim and a stranger: I fear no torments, my body being not able to hold out beyond the first stroke ; and for death, it will be a kindness to me, for it will but so much the sooner send me unto God, for whose sake I live, and am indeed in a great measure already dead, towards which I have been a long time hastening. And there is no reason to wonder at this freedom of speech : in other things we are meek and yielding; but when the cause of God and religion is concerned, overlooking all other things, we direct our thoughts only unto him; and then fire and sword, wild beasts and engines to tear off our flesh, are so far from being a terror, that they are rather a pleasure and recreation to us : Reproach and threaten and use your power to the utmost, yet let the Emperor know, that you shall never be able to make us assent to your wicked doctrine: no, though you should threaten ten thousand times worse than all this,"

“ The Governor was strangely surprised with the spirit and resolution of the man, and went and told the Emperor that one poor Bishop was too hard for them all. And indeed.se big were their spirits with a desire to assert and propagate the true faith, that they would not hide their heads to avoid the greatest danger."

Cave's Primitive Christianity,” part. ii. p. 137, &c.

Religious and Missionary Intelligence.

To the Editors of the Methodist Magazine,

Lynn, (Mass.) December 6, 1819. DEAR BRETHREN,

The following extracts from two letters, addressed to the Methodist Missionary Society of this place, by the Rev. J.A. Merrill, who was appointed missionary for the New England Conference last June, are forwarded for publication in your Magazine.

E. MUDGE.

E. HEDDING. “ After my appointment I spent two Sabbaths at Concord, N. H. with brother Brodhead. The people appeared deeply affected under the word, were very anxious for Methodist preaching, and pressed me hard to make them another visit. I'arrived home the 3d of July, and after spending about four days with my family, set out for the Upper Coos, and had the happiness of seeing that my labour in the Lord was not entirely in vain. I am sorry to say, that in many places there is a famine of the word. The people on both sides of Connecticut river, for a distance of sixty or seventy miles, are in a very destitute state. On New-Hampshire side, from the town of Bath to Canada line, there is but one settled Congregational minister; and on Vermont side, from Barnet to the line, only one : and of our order, from Littleton to the line, on what is called Stratford circuit, but one travelling preacher. Through all this extent of country there is scarcely a town where God is not now pouring out his Spirit in a greater or less degree. A large portion of the people are looking to us, saying, come and preach to us : and, seeing their eagerness to hear, and the spirit of awakening among them, I could not but spend some time with them. One Sabbath that I preached at Guildhall, in the Court-house, God manifested his awakening and consoling mercy; many were pricked in the heart, and enquired what they should do ? One man professed to find peace that day, and another shortly after, and a general seriousness rests upon the minds of the people. To give you a just idea of the great earnestness of the people, perhaps I cannot; but many assembled from the adjoining towns

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