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gave way to his old propensity, and once a ponitent,t rather than live on in brought repeated misery to his family i sin. He had often had these peniten? and friends, many of whom loved him, tial seasona sin whichi his ingratituderi dearly, because in his sober moments to God, and the ruin. (of bimself and ho was disposed to do-good to overy family stared him fearfully in the face!! creature within his reach. One dark í He had y resolved randi rø-résolved, he night, being in the neighbourhood of had prayed and wrestled against his Stourbridge, he had been drinking tol sin with groanings unuttérablé. Stitles excess, and in a state of intoxication'after a comparatively brief pause,

wandered di out of the house, -ands his old enemy owercame thimji andrat) staggered amongst the cod-pits, which such times his despair was well-nigh are in many places left open and ex- unfathomable. Toil the memorable : posed! These he passed in safety, day on which sucht solemnl interbuty, the road her took went over ail cession was made on this behalf, Mr. camal i he missed the bridge, and Hall thus alludés,rin the 1 speech rolļed over the brink to the edge of already referred to iwe change the the water. And here be seemed to third into the first person. 1941 Afteru have arrived at the end of his wicked; an indulgence;iņ drinking some days, , course, but God, who is rich in mercy, i having come to my senses; I began to had caused a stone ito lie directly in i reason with myself upon my guilt and his path, and thus spared him in this I folly, surrounded with blessings, yet/t. the apparently last hour of his mors abusing the whole toranid in, an angry tal existence : one, turn more and he and passionate manner, I'muttered,i! would have sunk into eternal rain, and oh, it's no use for me to repent's my his disembodied spirit been ushered sins are too great to be forgiven.'i-FI into the presence of the Judge of all, had no sooner, uttered these words: The Arm of Merdy, however, inter: than a voice seemed to say with strong posed; his senses returned for a mo- emphasis,' If thou wilt forsake thy ment; he saw the water beneath him, sins, they shall be forgiven.' I started he crawled back again into the road si at what I believed to be a real sound, there he was pieked up, and lodged and hastily tuming vound, but seeing ių a publiehouse for the night.' It to no one, I said to myself, " Surely I .

5 And yet after & Warning thus have been drinking till I am going solemn, though conscience / upbraided mad. I stood paralysed, not knowing and friends tenderly (entreated, the what to think, till, welieved by a flood anthor jof the Simer's Friend,"s of tears, I exclaimed, Surely this is i viewed this deliverance from death as the voice of mercy calling me once simply a lucky escape, and pursued more to repentance. I fell upon my his career of sin as ardently as before e knees, and, half suffocated by my At length there came a day in which feelings, I exclaimed 1 God be merciful one who loved him better than life, to me a sinner, I was broken-hearted, and to her with all his relapses het and now my besetting sin appeared was ever one of the mosti i tender of, more horrible than every; but it must husbands, tearnestly prayed to God be conquered or I must perishee Then that he whose life and love were commenced a contest, more terrible dearer than all the world might die at than that of conflicting armies, thaus

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Waterloo oriall other battles whatever, habits vexed him night and day, but I the soul was at stake; an impetuous the longer he lived the further was he torrent was to be turned into an getting away from their old tyrannys opposite course.Ila wal tsit To temptations the most flattering

So dreadful was his despair, that at that would have, alluringly brought one time he topls the razor into his him face to face with his old enemy hand to end his wretched life! At he always gave a firm but courteous. length in deepest agony he exclaimed, refusal ; whether the invitation was to "what profit is there in my blood join a dinner party of grand jurymen, when I go down to the pit? Shall Orå -select party in which he wasi to: it declare thy truth ? Heart

, O Lord, be chiefly honoured, the answer was and håve mercy upon mel: Lord, be the same, rm"No." . To have praised thou my helper.'l1 He sank down exor him for this would sin his ears have. hausted; he could say no more. That sounded like blasphemy, and he would prayer was heard, and a voice from have answered. I will praise THEE, heaven seemed to reply, "I acill help O Lord, for Thou hast delivered my thee, I have seen thy struggles, and I soul from the lowest hell. His home will now say to thine enemy, hitherto was made completely happy, and his thou hast come, but no further." Our bodily health, which was a daily space will not allow our entering upon burden to him, if we can use such an the nature of the fearful conflict upon, expressions with regard to healthmi which Hall entered at this time. For became superlatively good. For this. this we must refer the reader to the loving-tender care over his childrens autobiography itself. Suffice itu to his interest in all -their clittle wants, say that he gained a complete victory and the manner in which he trained over

his besetting sin, that heremained l them for heaven, --in brief, for all a total abstainer from all intoxicating that shows him the Christian father drink from the latter end of the year and one of the most affectionate of 1816, that though often tempted, and husbands, we must again direct the urged at last by physicians to. usej reader to the autobiography, itself stimulants, he died an abstainer, and while in the space that remains to us grateful that he could do so, in 1860, we allude to the steady purpose with iņ bis eighty-seventh years for all whioh he laboured to mark his i sense

It isis very pleasant to turn to the of the grace and mercy he had second portion of Vine Hall's life, and received

see "!!!! I through his autobiography to glide Beginning with those of his own over the hallowed tract of more than household. he manifested deep forty years' most jönpretending, but interest in the spiritual welfare of his most fervent zeal in the kingdom of servants and workmen, and for some Christ.ss! As a converted man, her at i time was diligent in /his efforts to once began very earnestly to lay him benefit the prisoners confined to Maidself out for the good of others. Of stone County gaol. In connexion course, as was to be expected, the with the Church of which he was ; force of his old life followed quickly deacon, he was his minister's fellow. after him in the new path on which he helper, always being in his place at. had entered, the power of his former the week evening prayer-meeting and

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God firstl.business next_pleasurelt stance he had not thought of printing faster. He was a constant visitor bf more than five hundred copiesbut : the poor, and never empty-handed. i thinking that he should find the When he gave tracts to the poor hoft number insufficient for giving away, wrapped up penee in them, and after he went to press with a thousand, and his death bis coat pockets were found on the 29th May, 1821, his little booki stored with this ammunition of love," appeared, in a neat blue cover, bearing without which he never went out of i, the title of “THE SINNER'S FRIEND!" the house." Deceived many times in. On the morning of its publication her the objects of his generosity, he never set out for the purpose of distributing theless i continued most willing to the tract. Her pat three dozen in his render service to others until the day pockets and ho presented the first copy of his death. While always courteous, to an old associate at cards and dissi-. he was instant in season and out of pation. The next wag to a poor séason in speaking to l'others, about womanwho received the tract with their eternal welfare, now in the stieets - kindliness in hercountenance, and whol and Janeš, now in omnibuses and promised to deliver ten copies to her steam-packets, and again by letters to' neighbours. He soon got rid of all private individuals, written in the most his stock, and returned home for more moving and convincing language. We which in the course of the day he disa are told, indeed, that all his letters tributed to advantage.t. This one day except those of a merely businessi in Mr. Vine Hall's life is a specimen : character contained some holy counsel, í of many, many such dayglin a long op devout sentimentu In regard to life spent in the service of his Masters the publication si of of the Sinner's! It was through the instrumentality of Friend,': a work which, however un- his little book that he became in his pretending, must be regarded as the own circle of influence a most energetic most important of his life when the and successful missionary of thel resultis attached to it are taken into truth.')It was an appeall that he consideration, the origin of its i com- placed without hesitation in the hands position we feel sure will not s fails to of rich and poor, learned and ignoranti interest the reader. A favourite book The book was composed, publishedyi with him wasBogatzky's Golden distributed, and its advancing circulaTreasury." Reflecting upon the tion witnessed with many oano anxious benefit be had himself received from yet believing prayers. The first edition the perasal of this book, he was was given i away, and o applications deeply concerned that books of this poured in for another- edition, which nature were not more easily attainable was soon issued. As the tract became by the poor. -. After hesitating several more and more public, gradually its days, ånd searching his own heart that author withdrew the passages from what he mights resolve to do should be Bogatzky and added portions of his with a single eyle; to the glory of God, own, until at last, with the exception her fixed uponathirty portioris, from oft 16 år word to the poor," the tontiroi Bagatzky, waiting two portions hin-composition could be regarded tas this: sólf by way of introductions and puti: Owar beart stirring appeal to the discí

tressed and careless. This little The number of its readers who can missive of mercy, as we have said, he compute ?

Its usefulness who can himself would distribute everywhere, tell ? During many years its pious and by every available means. He author received the most gratifying gave them to servants, to coachmen, testimony that the work which had to soldiers, sailors, to poor old been begun and continued with so travellers whom he might meet on the many prayers, was directing the disroad side; he would drop them on the tressed and conscience-stricken of London Road while taking an evening many lands to the Sinner's Only walk ; he would have them placed in Friend. And we doubt not the little the hands of constables and convicts; book is doing its gracious work still, he would present them to the lame and will continue to do so in every and the dumb; he would not omit circle and in every land where its Rowland Hill himself, to whom he simple message of mercy comes. presented twelve copies ; neither When we have alluded to this imshould Wilberforce be forgotten, who, portant work of Mr. Hall's, and having received a copy of the tract, pointed out his labours amongst the shook the author kindly by the hand poor, the criminal, the formal, and as a brother in Christ. As edition self-deluded, day after day, we have after edition multiplied, it is extremely indicated the sum and substance of interesting to note the humble and his converted life. We might speak devout spirit of the author. “ This of special efforts and of special morning,” he writes in his diary, instances of good, of intercourse with “ the eighth edition was published. ministers, noblemen, and church digni. I laid the first copy before the Lord, taries; but his whole life after his con pouring out my heart before Him in version was simply the life of a thankfulness for past mercies, and en- Christian man of business, who while treated Him to keep me exceedingly diligent in business was fervent in watchful and humble, that I might not spirit, serving the Lord. For its be lifted up with pride and self-com- usefulness and thorough devotedness placency, and thus forfeit His future to the cause of Christ, one day in his protection of my little book, which I life closely resembles another until the had dedicated anew to His tender care. tranquil close of all. The autobio. O may His Holy Spirit ever preserve graphy of Vine Hall, while it shows us me in a humble, watchful, penitent what the grace of God can do with the and believing frame of mind, that I weakest will and foulest heart, shews may live unceasingly to His glory." us as clearly what any Christian may

The prayer we believe was abun. hope to be and do, when, forsaking his dantly answered. Translations of his sins, he gives himself unreservedly simple words to sinners have been to the Saviour. In closing the book, made into nearly thirty languagos - we feel that while we may not be languages spoken by millions of people. taking leave of a man of brilliant It has been adopted by both the powers and gifts, we are parting comLondon Tract Society and the pany with one far more useful to us American. It has reached a circula- than many such,—"a good man, full tion of nearly two millions of copies. of faith and of the Holy Ghost," with and labours.

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