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good works; such as employing their sabbaths in the distribution of religious tracts, forming and attending sunday-schools, or giving religious instruction, or exhortation in the more rural parts of the country. Often. times has a glorious summer sabbath, from four o'clock in the morning to nine or ten at night, been thus em. ployed, and although we might return with weary limbs, yet with the voice of song and holy gladness, we have reached our homes. As iron sharpeneth iron, so doth, not only, the countenance of a man his friend, but also his sentiments. This was the case with the little company here referred to. By mutual counsel and frequent review of each others' sentiments and feelings, such an edge was put upon the desire of all about nine in number besides their families), as could only be satisfied by an actual emigration to the land which they regarded in an earthly sense as the “better country."
Leaving many inviting prospects of worldly consideration, we committed ourselves to the care and guidance of our heavenly Father. So to the land of Canaan we
After our merciful preservation from the dangers of the ocean, well might one of our number when her feet rested once more firmly upon the earth, gratefully exclaim, “ Is it land? It is land!”,
O, how sweet, in the accomplishment of life's pilgrimage, to enjoy repose upon the bosom of Christian fellowship; such a precious privilege was permitted us, upon our introduction to the church of God in this happy land. Here we have been sustained and encouraged.
Four of the company referred to above, have found the repose of the grave, and several of the dear companions of those who are left, have followed them in peace and hope. The other five of us still enjoy an honorable relation to the church of God.
But I have wandered from the point I more especials intended to present as an incident in my own experienc: connected with my character and position as an eworthy minister of Christ.
In the summer of 1831, our removal from the city Albany to New York, occasioned a separation from early and cherished friends; we felt ourselves lonely a sad. Soon after our arrival, my beloved companion ha: 1 a second severe attack of sickness. This led us to form the opinion that the climate was unfavorable, and would soon prove fatal to her health and even life! With the gloom of sickness and loneliness gathering thick around us, far from home and friends, and no on on this half of the world in whose veins any of ou blood flowed, except some unknown and distant reia. tions in the city of Philadelphia, and two dear children. the one a son four and a half years old, the other s little daughter about one and a half, we had about made up our minds that the “ Lost Eden” was not to be found on this western continent. We began not only to think but to talk about recrossing the perilous Allantic, and of passing the future of life in our fatherland.
Here the crisis of our history was forming. After various reflections on the subject, we finally concluded to prepare for our homeward voyage. In returning one day after calling on the shipmasters to ascertain when a vessel would sail, I turned my eye towards a pillar on which was posted a placard as though it were there for my especial benefit, I read, “For Liverpool, The Ship Salem, Capt. Richardson, to sail on --" That, said I to myself, settles the question.
What gave interest to this notice was, the Salem was the noble vessel which had brought us safely here, Capt. R. was a noble Christian commander and had
shown us great personal attentions. Hence, our feel. ings became much excited on reading the above notice.
After communicating the joyful tidings to my wife, I hurried down to one of the docks where the Salem was then lying. The captain was absent; I saw the first mate who told me when they would sail, and that if I would call the next day I could see the captain and make my final arrangements.
Little did I think then of what that day would bring forth; or of the close alliance of present plans and expectations with near disappointments and changed position, affecting the whole future of my history, perhaps both for time and eternity. For once, I was in a poor mood to attend to the advice of the Savior, To take no thought for the morrow. In was indeed an anxious morrow to me; for by its revealings the bal. ance of life's purposes was turned, and indicated a far different future from what had been anticipated.
The eventful morrow came, and with it came its revelations and decisions. But how great my surprise to learn, that, on that very day, my good friend, the captain, had gone on board another vessel, that the ship also had been sold, and instead of going to Liver. pool was going to Havre in France. Here was the pivot upon which Providence turned my course, and although the whole of life's anxieties appeared to be crowded into the pending moment, yet from it, as a new starting point in the remainder of the journey of life, to the present time, every purpose and indeed almost every desire to return from these happy shores, has been abandoned. We saw and acknowledged the hand of God, and with a resigned cheerfulness fell in with the arrangements of Divine Providence.
After spending the winter, with improved health, in the enjoyment of Christian society, and with the most
promising prospect of temporal comforts in our present relation, in the spring of 1832 I was called out froin the local into the itinerant field of ministerial labor. I was received as a member of the New York Conference, at its session in June, of the above year, and as the Troy Conference had been constituted by the General Conference just before, when the appointments were read out I fell into that division, from which time to the present, I have, through the abundant grace and providence of God, and the kind forbearance of my brethren enjoyed an uninterrupted effective relation.
Of my beloved class mates who started together in 1832, only one (Rev. J. Belknapp) besides myself remains in the effective ranks. One (J. W. B. Wood) is still effective in the N. Y. East Conference. Three have their names on the superannuated lists (Smith, Brown and Amer) and from their infirmities have long been under the seal of silence. One has located (Rev. J. Caughey), while the balance of our number (Rev. Wm. Richards and Rev. Wm. D. Stead) have long since gone to the peaceful rest of the grave. In the recollec. tions of precious memories connected with many of my dear ministerial brethren, who have fallen in the glorious conflict, in view of their useful life, and happy death, I would conclude this paper by saying:
“O may I triumph so,
When all my warfare's passed,
Under my feet at last.
Just as the port is gained,
I have the faith maintained.'"
THE IDENTITY OF THE HUMAN BODY IN THE
BY REV. J. M. WEVER.
The caption of this article suggests the following inquiry: Is the resurrection body composed (in part or wholly) of the same particles of matter that composed man's body in this life? In this paper I will endeavor to establish the affirmative of this question, by the following reasons:
1. The idea of a resurrection necessarily implies the reproduction of the same substance. As the soul never dies, if the same animal body that died be not raised to life, there is nothing raised to life. There may be another material body, which has life given to it, produced; but if so, this will be a creation, and not a resurrection. Hence, if the same body that was laid in the grave be not raised, an essential part of man is lost.
2. It is suitable and proper, that the same body which has been a companion and instrument of the soul, in labors of piety and benevolence, should arise and share with it in the rewards of heavenly bliss; and that the same body, which has been a source of temptation and an instrument of sin, should also arise to share the punishment due to transgression. It is true, the body alone, separate from the soul, is mere insensible matter, capable of neither pleasure nor pain; but when united with the soul, it is evidently capable of ministering to both. It has been remarked, that this reasoning can not be valid in the case of the righteous, from the fact that many who have lived long in wickedness, are converted but a short period before death, as in the case of the