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dered harmless; it becomes a chained foe. / we to account for this unwillingness? Is the It is but a sleep, a rest, until the resurrection- subject beyond his comprehension ? No. Is morn.
it one beneath his notice? No. Is it one in (3.) Once more; it is Christ who offers which he is not personally interested ? No. life to man; who proposes it for his accept- | Is it one which may more conveniently be ance; who calls back wandering sinners from deferred to future consideration ? Alas, no! the path of sin and ruin. “Turn ye, turn It is most pressing and urgent. How is it, ye,” is his language, “why will ye die ?" then, that he refuses? Tender love and afïection actuate his breast. (1.) The first obstacle to man's embracing What the Saviour's feelings were when walk- the Gospel is, that he will not give the subject ing this earth, and beholding a world sunk in its due attention. He devotes to other objects ruin, lying in wickedness, hurrying to de- of pursuit that degree of care and thought struction, we may gather from his touching which their importance demands. He refuses and affecting appeals,—" Come unto me, all it to this. Its infinite magnitude he does not ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will dispute, but it does not arrest his attention. give you rest." “ How often would I have He treats it with comparative contempt. The gathered thy children together, and ye would meanest trifle is allowed to divert the thoughts not!" " Ye will not come to me, that ye might from spiritual and eternal things. Beloved have life.” All his instructions tended to this brethren, I appeal to yourselves. Put the point, the communication of life. He offers question to your own consciences. Does the it freely, without money and without price. Gospel of salvation in Christ so occupy your We have only to come to Christ to obtain it. minds as to become the one paramount object To draw nigh, that is, in faith; to approach of pursuit? Is it the one thing needful ? Is in the spirit of the sick man, “Lord, if thou it uppermost in the thoughts? Is time so wilt, thou canst make me clean." This is the husbanded for purposes of devotion, and are cry of faith. It shall assuredly be answered, the hours of the Sabbath so highly prized, “I will; be thou clean." Such, my brethren, that it is evident to all that your eternal inis the Gospel-offer of salvation. It proposes terests engage the first place in your affecto you life. It offers to you salvation. It | tions? Alas! is not the opposite the case ? brings you the news of pardon, of grace, of Is not religion confessedly and avowedly too acceptance in Jesus Christ.
much slighted and despised? If so, can we But I hasten to consider,
anticipate the divine blessing? Can we exII. The obstacles which exist to man's recep- | pect that God should regard us as sincere in tion of the Gospel. These originate entirely our desires to serve him? Are we not rather in himself. He is most unwilling to admit dissembling with him, and acting the part of this fact; but it is nevertheless true. Fain hypocrites? May not our Lord justly say to would the sinner throw the blame on his fel us, as to the Jews, “ Ye will not come to me, low-creatures, on his ministers, on his teachers, that ye might have life ?" on the circumstances of his birth or education, (2.) Again : not merely does man refuse on the obscurity of Scripture, on the differ- attention ; he also objects to several of the ences of human opinion respecting religious | leading doctrines of the Gospel ; not, perhaps, truth, yea, even on God himself, rather than | openly, but secretly and inwardly. He obascribe the fault to its true cause : for therejects to the place which Christ holds in it. is nothing which man understands less accu- He objects to the humiliating doctrine of jus. rately than his own heart. He can under- tification through faith in a Saviour. If you stand languages, arts, and sciences. Nothing will allow him to alter, and amend, and frame is too grand, nothing too minute, for the ac- the way of salvation to suit his own pride and tivity of the human mind: but he is blind to prejudice, he will not object. But he shuns himself, to his own heart, and to the hin- the cross. He loves not a religion which is derances which exist there to his reception of every where spoken against. He cannot the Gospel. But the truth must be told. It brook inward contrition for sin. External rests on the word of him who cannot lie. | acts of penitence and sorrow he is forward to The sole impediment is in the mind of man. perform. They gratify pride, and make a Christ is willing to receive the returning peni- merit of his humility : but when you come to tent. Heaven is ready to burst forth into a insist on the interior doctrines of Christianity; new song of joy at the restoration of the lost when you bid him go to a Saviour's cross, and sheep to the fold. But man refuses. He will look upon him “whom he has pierced," and not hearken. He declines the offer. He mourn, he starts back. This is contrary to shuts his eyes and hardens his heart, and will nature. Pride is offended. He withdraws in not return. The Saviour of love himself is disgust. compelled to confess, “ Ye will not come to (3.) A third obstacle is this : man will not me that ye might have life." But how are apply to God for that assistance of his Hely
Spirit, without which he can never acceptably religion; he confesses that he is neglecting serve him. Independence is strongly stamped it; and yet he will not attribute his refusal of upon his mind. He loves to be free. He it to its true cause. He pretends that he is loves to be his own master. It is offensive to only deferring the subject to a convenient him to be indebted to another. He would time; that he is only putting it off to a rather trust to his own powers than seek new period of greater leisure; that he is making ones of God. In one word, he refuses those some advances to it, and relinquishing this means which are purposely provided to enable and that evil habit. What, I ask, is this but him to come to God. Not merely is he un deceiving his own heart? What, but a willing to give God his heart, he is also miserable artifice of Satan to lull man asleep unwilling to adopt the appointed method by in his sins ? Brethren, go to the root, and which the natural bent of his affections may | examine the real motives of your conduct, and be altered. God offers his grace; promises you will find our Lord's solution of it correct; his Holy Spirit to illuminate, to guide, to in- “Ye will not come to me, that ye might have struct, to lead into all truth. But who seeks | life.” it? Who asks in faith and humility to be Allow me, then, in conclusion, once more taught of God? No. The Saviour's appeal to press upon you this solemn subject. Let still holds true,"Ye will not come to me, the unwilling heart which now refuses to that ye might have life." Nay, more than hearken, bear in mind that a time is hastening
on, when all these fallacies and this self-de(4.) Man is pursuing a course directly cal- lusion will be swept away, and the sinner be culated to lead him further and further from condemned out of his own mouth. Now he God. Not only does he refuse the way of refuses to hearken. The call of mercy comes, life; he deliberately pursues the path of de- and he rejects it. The invitation of love is struction. He walks contrary to God. Every offered, and he puts it from him. Hereafter, year at its close finds him further from God he will himself be compelled to renounce all than at its commencement. And will such these refuges of lies, and to confess himself persons pretend to say that they are seeking condemned. At the last final account, conGod? Will they presume to make flimsy science will itself speak, and bring him in excuses for neglecting religion? Will they guilty, and pronounce his final award. What complain of its mysteries, its difficulties, the will be the lost sinner's feelings at that awful want of education, or time, or opportunity ? moment, I leave you to imagine. The proThe fact is, they have never once approached spect of judgment will of itself be sufficiently the subject. They have never given it one | fearful; but how deeply will his distress be moment's solemn consideration. They are aggravated by the reflection that the punishmocking God. They are inwardly opposed ment is self-inflicted! Call after call has to his service. They will not come to Christ, sounded in his ear; warning after warning that they may have life.
has been given; and all have been rejected. (5.) Once again ; there is another fatal ob God will now himself become the unwilling stacle which the world are backward to admit, party. Repentance is too late. Before, the but which lies at the root of all this unwilling sinner would not come to Christ. Now, Christ ness to come to Christ, viz.: the secret love of will not accept the sinner. “ I know you sin. The natural heart of man being under not,” is the reply. The door is closed. The subjection to Satan, has become habituated to offer of mercy terminates, and eternal misery iniquity. The sinner delights in it. It cor impends. My beloved brethren, fly to this responds with his depraved taste. He “ loves gracious and compassionate Saviour, who now darkness rather than light, because his deeds holds out to you the offers of mercy. Imare evil.” It is not that he does not under- prove the present moment--the next may be stand and appreciate in some measure the im- | too late. The answer may then be, not, “ Ye portance of the Gospel, but he dislikes its will not come to me, that ye might have life;" requirements. It demands holiness. It de- but, " Because I have called, and ye refused; mands purity. It enjoins self-denial. It calls I have stretched out my hand, and no man refor the cross. All this is directly opposed to / garded ; I also will laugh at your calamity; I human nature. Each individual has also some will mock when your fear cometh.” “ Then besetting sin to which he clings, which he shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; cannot resolve to relinquish, and he would they shall seek me early, but they shall not rather reject the Gospel than surrender it. | find me.” God is here, you observe, the unAnd therefore he refuses to hearken. He will willing party, and refuses to hearken. But we not come, that he may have life.
must not close without reversing the picture. (6.) Add to all this, that man uses every While there are those who will not come to means to conceal from himself the real state of Christ, that they may have life, there are also the case. He assents to the importance of those who will. There are those who, when God calls, “ Seek ye my face," respond to the invi- | them such advantages in the eyes of the simple multitation, “ Thy face, Lord, will I seek.” Mark
tude, as were able to balance the other honours of the
Dominican order. In short, the two orders were enthe contrast. All excuses vanish; all ob
gaged in a high rivalry; but the devotion towards the stacles give way. They are made willing in Virgin being the prevailing passion of those times, the day of Christ's power. They come to the Franciscans upon this had great advantages. The Christ in the spirit of the broken-hearted
Dominicans, that are all engaged in the defence of prodigal, “ Father, I have sinned against
Thomas Aquinas's opinions, were thereby obliged to
assert that she was born in original sin ; this was proheaven and before thee, and am not worthy posed to the people by the Franciscans as no less than to be called thy son." Or in that of penitent blasphemy, and by this the Dominicans began to lose Israel, “ Behold, we come unto thee, for thou
ground extremely in the minds of the people, sbo art the Lord our God :" and lo, a Father's
were strongly prepossessed in favour of the immacı
late conception. arms are open to receive them. They find About the beginning of the fifteenth century, i pardon, and acceptance, and eternal life, in a Franciscan happened to preach at Frankfort, and one Saviour's blood. Here is a practical refuta
Wigand, a Dominican, coming into the church, the tion of all the pretended excuses made by
cordelier seeing him, broke out into exclamatione
praising God that he was not of an order that profaned hardened sinners for not coming to Christ. the Virgin, or that poisoned princes in the sacrament; Men do come, and can come, and have come, (for a Dominican had poisoned the emperor, Henry and are now coming to him. Converts are
the Seventh, with the sacrament). Wigand being flocking to the cross, the stony heart is being
extremely provoked with this bloody reproach, gave
him the lie; upon which a dispute arose, which ended changed for the heart of flesh. Christ is able,
in a tumult, that had almost cost the Dominican his by his power and grace, to subdue every ob life, yet he got away. The whole order resolved to stacle. Why, sinner, cannot you come? Only take their revenge ; and in a chapter held at Vimpsen, listen to the voice of mercy ; repent of sin;
in the year 1504, they contrived a method for sup
porting the credit of their order, which was much sunk seek God's face; renounce known sin; give
in the opinion of the people, and for bearing down to religion the attention which it demands; the reputation of the Franciscans. Four of the junto seek earnestly the grace of the Holy Spirit; undertook to manage the design; for they said, since discard your own strength and wisdom: and
the people were so much disposed to believe dreams
and fables, they must dream of their side, and endeaall is possible, all is easy: Satan cannot retain vour to cheat the people as well as the others had you. Divine grace is all-sufficient. Christ done. They resolved to make Bern the scene in is both able and willing to receive all who which the project should be put in execution; for come to him. You also shall be accepted in
they found the people of Bern, at that time, apt to him. You shall obtain salvation ; become an
swallow any thing, and not disposed to make severe
inquiries into extraordinary matters. When they had heir of immortality, and pass from death unto formed their design, a fit tool presented itself, for one life-life immortal, unchangeable, in the pre Jetzer came to take their habit as a lay-brother, who sence of Him “whom to know is life eternal.”
had all the dispositions that were necessary for the execution of their project; for he was extremely
simple, and was much inclined to austerities. So, EXTRAORDINARY INSTANCE OF ROMISH
having observed his temper well, they began to exeIMPOSITION.
cute their project the very night after he took the
habit, which was on Lady-day, 1507. One of the The second church is the Dominicans' chapel, where friars conveyed himself secretly into his cell, and apI saw the famous hole that went to an image in the peared to him as if he had been in purgatory, in a church, from one of the cells of the Dominicans, which strange figure, and he had a box near his mouth, upon leads me to set down that story at some length: for as which, as he blew, fire seemed to come out of his it was one of the most signal cheats that the world has mouth: he had also some dogs about him, that apknown, so it falling out about twenty years before the peared as his tormentors. In this posture he came Reformation was received in Bern, it is very probable near the friar while he was a-bed, and took up a celethat it contributed not a little to the preparing of the brated story that they used to tell all their friars, to spirits of the people to that change." I am the more beget in them a great dread at the laying aside their able to give a particular account of it, because I read habit, which was, that one of the order, who was supethe original process in the Latin record, signed by the rior of their house at Soloturn had gone to Paris, but notaries of the court of the delegates that the pope sent laying aside his habit, was killed in his lay-habit. The to try the matter. The record is above 130 sheets, friar in the vizor said, he was that person, and was writ close and of all sides, it being indeed a large | condemned to purgatory for that crime; but, he added, volume; and I found the printed accounts so defective, that he might be rescued out of it by his means, and that I was at the pains of reading the whole process, he seconded this with most horrible cries, expressing of which I will give here a true abstract.
the miseries in which he suffered. The poor friar The two famous orders that had possessed them Jetzer was excessively frighted; but the other adselves of the esteem of those dark ages were engaged vanced, and required a promise of him to do that in a mighty rivalry. The Dominicans were the more which he should desire of him, in order to the deliverlearned, they were the eminentest preachers of those ing him out of his torment. The frighted friar protimes, and had the conduct of the courts of inquisition, mised all that he asked of him; then the other said, he and the other chief offices in the Church, in their knew he was a great saint, and that his prayers and hands. But, on the other hand, the Franciscans had mortifications would prevail, but they must be very an outward appearance of more severity, a ruder habit, extraordinary. The whole monastery must, for a week, stricter rules, and greater poverty: all which gave together, discipline themselves with a whip, and he From Letters containing an account of what seemed most
must lie prostrate in the form of one on a cross, in remarkable in Switzerland, Italy, &c. by G. Burnet, DD,
one of their chapels, while mass was said in the sight Amsterdam, 1686.
of all that should come together to it; and, he added,
that if he did this, he should find the effects of the they set on the altars on the great holydays. There love that the blessed Virgin did bear him, together was also a pulley fastened in the room over his head, with many other extraordinary things; and said he and a cord tied to the angels, that made them rise up would appear again, accompanied with two other in the air and fly about the Virgin, which increased spirits; and assured him, that all that he did suffer for the delusion. The Virgin, after some endearments to his deliverance should be most gloriously rewarded. himself, extolling the merit of his charity and disciMorning was no sooner come than the friar gave an pline, told him that she was conceived in original sin, account of this apparition to the rest of the convent, and that Pope Julius the Second, that then reigned, who seemed extremely surprised at it. They all was to put an end to the dispute, and was to abolish pressed him to undergo the discipline that was en- the feast of her conception, which Sixtus the Fourth joined him, and every one undertook to bear his had instituted, and that the friar was to be the instrushare ; so the deluded friar performed it all exactly in ment of persuading the pope of the truth in that one of the chapels of their church: this drew a vast matter: she gave him three drops of her Son's blood, number of spectators together, who all considered the which were three tears of blood that he had shed over poor friar as a saint; and, in the meanwhile, the four Jerusalem; and this signified that she was three hours friars that managed the imposture magnified the mi- in original sin, after which she was, by his mercy, deliracle of the apparition to the skies in their sermons. vered out of that state. For it seems the Dominicans
The friar's confessor was upon the secret, and, by were resolved so to compound the matter, that they this means, they knew all the little passages of the should gain the main point of her conception in sin; poor friar's life, even to his thoughts, which helped yet they would comply so far with the reverence for them not a little in the conduct of the matter. The | the Virgin with which the world was possessed, that confessor gave him an hostie, * with a piece of wood, she should be believed to have remained a very short that was, as he pretended, a true piece of the cross, time in that state. She gave him also five drops of and by these he was to fortify himself, if any other blood in the form of a cross, which were tears of blood apparition should come to him, since evil spirits would that she had shed while her Son was on the cross. certainly be chained up by them. The night after And to convince him more fully, she presented an that, the former apparition was renewed, and the hostie to him, that appeared as an ordinary hostie, and masked friar brought two others with him, in such of a sudden it appeared to be of a deep red colour. vizards that the friar thought they were devils indeed. | The cheat of those supposed visits was often repeated The friar presented the hostie to them, which gave to the abused friar; at last the Virgin told him that them such a check, that he was fully satisfied of the she was to give him such marks of her Son's love to virtue of this preservative.
him, that the matter should be past all doubt. She The friar that pretended he was suffering in purga | said that the five wounds of St. Lucia and St. Cathetory said so many things to him relating to the secrets rine were real wounds, and that she would also imprint of his life and thoughts, which he had from the con | them on him. So she bid him reach his hand; he had fessor, that the poor friar was fully possessed in the no great mind to receive a favour in which he was to opinion of the reality of the apparition. In two of suffer so much; but she forced his hand, and struck a these apparitions, that were both managed in the same nail through it, the hole was as big as a grain of peas, manner, the friar in the mask talked much of the and he saw the candle through it. This threw him Dominican order, which he said was excessively dear out of a supposed transport into a real agony; but she to the blessed Virgin, who knew herself to be con- seemed to touch his hand, and he thought he smelt an ceived in original sin, and that the doctors who taught ointment with which she anointed him; though his conthe contrary were in purgatory: that the story of St. fessor persuaded him that that was only an imaginaBernard's appearing with a spot on him, for having tion: so the supposed Virgin left him for that time. opposed himself to the feast of the conception, was a The next night the apparition returned, and brought forgery: but that it was true that some hideous flies some linen clothes, which had some real or imaginary had appeared on St. Bonaventure's tomb, who taught virtue to allay his torments, and the pretended Virgin the contrary; that the blessed Virgin abhorred the said, they were some of the linen in which Christ was cordeliers, for making her equal to her Son; that wrapped, and with that she gave him a soporiferous Scotus was damned, whose canonization the cordeliers draught; and while he was fast asleep, the other four were then soliciting hard at Rome; and that the town wounds were imprinted on his body, in such a manner of Bern would be destroyed for harbouring such plagues that he felt no pain. within their walls. When the enjoined discipline was But, in order to the doing of this, the friars betook fully performed, the spirit appeared again, and said he themselves to charms, and the sub-prior shewed the was now delivered out of purgatory; but before he rest a book full of them; but he said, that before they could be admitted to heaven he must receive the sacra could be effectual, they must renounce God; and he ment, having died without it; and that he would say not only did this himself, but by a formal act put in mass for those who had, by their great charities, res writing, signed with his blood, he dedicated himself cued him out of his pains. The friar fancied the voice to the devil : it is true, he did not oblige the rest to resembled the prior's a little; but he was then so far this, but only to renounce God. from suspecting any thing, that he gave no great heed The composition of the draught was a mixture of to this suspicion. Some days after this, the same friar some fountain-water and chrism, the hairs of the eyeappeared as a nun all in glory, and told the poor friar brows of a child, some quicksilver, some grains of inthat she was St. Barbara, for whom he had a particular cense, somewhat of an Easter wax-candle, some condevotion, and added, that the blessed Virgin was so secrated salt, and the blood of an unbaptised child. much pleased with his charity, that she intended to This composition was a secret, which the sub-prior come and visit him. He immediately called the con did not communicate to the other friars. By this the vent together, and gave the rest of the friars an account | poor friar Jetzer was made almost quite insensible : of this apparition, which was entertained by them all when he was awake, and came out of his deep sleep, with great joy; and the friar languished in desires for he felt this wonderful impression on his body, and the accomplishment of the promise that St. Barbara now he was ravished out of measure, and came to had made him. After some days the longed-for de fancy himself to be acting all the parts of our Saviour's lugion appeared to him, clothed as the Virgin used to
passion : he was exposed to the people, on the great be on the great feasts, and indeed in the same habits; altar, to the amazement of the whole town, and to the there were about her some angels, which he after no small mortification of the Franciscans. The Dowards found were the little statues of angels which minicans gave him some other draughts, that threw • The consecrated wafer.
him into convulsions; and when he came out of those, a voice was heard, which came through that hole year after that, a Spanish bishop came, authorised which yet remains and runs from one of the cells with full powers from Rome; and the whole cheat along a great part of the wall of the church ; for a being fully proved, the four friars were solemnly defriar spoke through the pipe, and at the end of the graded from their priesthood, and eight days after, it hole there was an image of the Virgin, with a little being the last of May 1509, they were burnt in a Jesus in her arms, between whom and his mother the meadow on the other side of the river, over against voice seemed to come. The image also seemed to the great church. The place of their execution was shed tears; and a painter had drawn those on her shewed me, as well as the hole in the wall through face so lively, that the people were deceived by it. which the voice was conveyed to the image. It was The little Jesus asked why she wept ; and she said it certainly one of the blackest, and yet the best-carried was because his honour was given to her, since it was | on cheat, that has been ever known ; and no doubt said that she was born without sin. In conclusion, had the poor friar died before the discovery, it had the friars did so overact this matter, that at last even passed down to posterity as one of the greatest mithe poor deluded friar himself came to discover it, and racles that ever was: and it gives a shrewd suspicion resolved to quit the order.
that many of the other miracles of that church were It was in vain to delude him with more apparitions, of the same nature, but more successfully finished. for he well nigh killed a friar that came to him personating the Virgin in another shape, with a crown on her head. He also overheard the friars once talk
ALL NATURE PREACHES TO US. ing among themselves of the contrivance and success
In the Quarterly Journal of Agriculture, under the of the imposture, so plainly, that he discovered the whole matter; and upon that, as may be easily ima
head of what the writer calls, “The Waste of Seedgined, he was filled with all the horror with which
Corn," these observations occur :-"It is calcusuch a discovery could inspire him.
lated that only one-third of the seed-corn sown on The friars, fearing that an imposture, which was the best land grows; the other two-thirds are decarried on hitherto with so much success, should be
stroyed. The quantity of seed annually sown in quite spoiled, and be turned against them, thought the surest way was, to own the whole matter to him,
Great Britain and Ireland amounts to seven miland to engage him to carry on the cheat. They told
lions of quarters. Two-thirds of this quantity are him in what esteem he would be, if he continued to rendered unproductive by some agency which has support the reputation that he had acquired—that he hitherto been uncontrolled. Thus four million, six would become the chief person of the order; and in
hundred and sixty-six thousand, six hundred and the end they persuaded him to go on with the imposture: but at last they, fearing•lest he should discover
sixty-six quarters of corn are annually wasied; a all, resolved to poison him; of which he was so ap
quantity which would support more than one million of prehensive, that once a loaf being brought him that | human beings." But is it strictly correct to say that all was prepared with some spices, he kept it for some | this is wasted? Are human beings the sum-total of time, and it growing green, he threw it to some young
God's creation here below, and are there no other penwolves' whelps that were in the monastery, who died
sioners on the Divine bounty? Who, then, has made, immediately. His constitution was also so vigorous, that though they gave him poison five several times,
and who supplies, the ravens, the sparrows, and the he was not destroyed by it. They also pressed him other multitudinous tribes of busy life? All are God's earnestly to renounce God, which they judged neces creatures, and our heavenly father feedeth all. He sary, that so their charms might have their effect on
feedeth them by man's instrumentality, rendering the him ; but he would never consent to that. At last
necessities of man instrumental to the supplies of the they forced him to take a poisoned hostie, which yet he vomited up soon after he had swallowed it down;
inferior creatures; and then, turning his all-working that failing, they used him so cruelly, whipping him | hand, he renders the inferior creatures so supplied with an iron chain, and girding him about so strait subservient to the necessities and accommodation of with it, that, to avoid further torment, he swore to mankind. The agriculturist sows for the harvestthem, in a most imprecating style, that he would never discover the secret, but would still carry it on; and
this is his one design; but, in so doing, he is overso he deluded them till he found an opportunity of
ruled of God to accomplish a number of collateral getting out of the convent, and of throwing himself designs. Under the secret control of the beneficent into the hands of the magistrates, to whom he dis design of the Creator, the farmer sows for the raven, covered all.
for the sparrow, for the fly, for the slug: he cannot The four friars were seized on, and put in prison ; and an account of the whole matter was sent, first to
help himself. If, by a parsimonious sowing, he should the Bishop of Lausanne, and then to Rome; and it
attempt to defeat the benevolent designs of God, he may be easily imagined that the Franciscans took all would defeat his own design as regarded his harvest ; possible care to have it well examined: the bishops and, on the contrary, if, by a liberal hand in sowing, of Lausanne and of Zyon, with the provincial of the he would secure his own object in a plentiful harvest, Dominicans, were appointed to form the process.
he cannot but choose to accomplish, passively and The four friars first excepted to Jetzer's credit, but that was rejected. Then being threatened with the
undesignedly, the bountiful designs and objects of the question, they put in a long plea against that; but Creator of all. It is delightful to consider how even though the provincial would not consent to that, yet the very covetousness of man is made subservient to they were put to the question. Some endured it long, the bounty, of God; how the sower is forced, by his but at last they all confessed the whole progress of
own interest, to be lavish, to be profuse. Man must the imposture. The provincial appeared concerned ;
eat; in order to eat, he must reap; in order to reap, for though Jetzer had opened the whole matter to him, yet he would give no credit to him: on the con he must sow; in order to reap plentifully, he must trary, he charged him to be obedient to them; and sow plentifully, nay, he must sow profusely; for, as one of the friars said plainly that he was in the whole the Journal of Agriculture observes, "two-thirds of secret, and so he withdrew; but he died some days
his seed is destroyed by an agency hitherto unconafter at Constance, having poisoned himself, as was believed. The matter lay asleep some time; but a
• From Rey. Hugh M'Neile.