Page images
PDF
EPUB

the God of Sabaoth, whose wrath was not a little kindled. And when "He ariseth to shake terribly the and, who shall stand before his indignation ?

Hiere, passes the gilded coach of the Lord Mayor, drawn of six white steed, richly ornamented with crimson plumes, blankets, &c.-next moves, with solemn procession, the hearse, in great magnificence for the burial of those of noble line;--then follow in train, thousands of the oppressed, emaciated poor, who would thankfully grasp one crumb of bread! Oh, what abominations are these, which are practised in this land! Who can wonder, at the insurrection of multitudes who have not the fear of God, throughout this country?--or who can wonder that thousands put a period to their own wretched existence, who are doomed to endure such aggravations as these. Did Almighty God, make mortals thus widely to differ? No. “But woe be to those rich, they have trodden down the poor, and they have kept back by fraud, the hire of those, who have reaped down their fields, 8c Let them therefore weep and howl for the miseries that shall come upon them. Their gold and their silver is cankered, and the rust shall be a witness against them, and shall eat their flesh, as it were fire."

I improved the opportunity of visiting several times, the famishing manufacturers of Spitalfields and Bethnal-Green. Oh! the situation of thousands there, language would fail me to describe! What death could be more terrible than that of starvation, with bread enough in full view! Even the most wretched criminal upon the gallows, might have hundreds to sympathize with him; who suffers indeed, justly, for his own misdoings;--while here, are thousands pining away and dying with hunger, who have done nothing worthy of their miseries; toward whom no lenient hand is extended-no yearning bowels move.--But every eye, toward them is dry; and every heart, is callous to their woes!

[graphic]

. But where might I look throughout this land, and the most deplorable distress, did not prevail; and more especially, in what street, of this populous city! How many alas might we meet, in every street or lane, with pale looks, hollow eyes, and meagre limbs; or creeping up and down' like walking shadows. Complaints the most bitter were in every mouth; and multitudes were not only deprived of bread, but were bereft of their senses. Wide-spread poverty had produced wide-spread lunacy, hence the mad-houses were filled with lunatics;--and the most shocking murders were committed daily--parents inhumanly butchering their children, and children their parents--husbands their wives, and wives their husbands; and multitudes, foreseeing the evils that were coming upon them, hung, drowned, poisoned, shot, &c. themselves. Oh,

said I, “Might I weep day and night, for the slain of the daughter of my people.But all these appeared, howbeit, as the beginning of sorrows. The blackness of darkness, I saw, as a curtain hanging over the nation;--and not unfrequently I declared to them in public testi. mony) that “ The day of trouble was near.” The sin, I conceived, for which God was about to visit them, was a national sin, consequently, must be punished with a national evil: but what that

[graphic]
[ocr errors][merged small]

evil would be I did not pretend to say: whether the sword, famine, or pestilence --Howbeit, dmidst complicated miseries, I saw them, as it were, a nation descending; and that the glory, which had, in a measure, departed from them, other nations, more deserving, would richly enjoy.

A paper, was handed me in London, shewing what events were about to be accomplished, from the memorable year 1830. Signs and wonders, (in evidence thereof) had appeared in the heavens.--The moon's disk, had been seen to divide asunder, for the space of several feet; and in each division appeared, the bust of a man, with a crimson girdle about the waist, and each, with sword in hand, uplifted against his fellow. The veracity of this, howbeit, we have no authority to assert; except from the remarkable incidents which have since been fulfilled in different parts of Europe--and that commenced quickly after; more especially among the French nation. In the political world, despotism, monarch, and aristocracy must fall! And in the religious world, priestcraft, bigotry, and superstition must have an end.

And then shall the REDEEMER's Kingdom, which is "righteousness and peace,” he victorious over all, and fill the whole earth.”

If the tender mercies of the Most Higu, do not excite men to the practice of virtue; nor His judgments have their designed effect; then has He said, “Will I make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh.Now is the time, we very well know, when the Nations of the East, yea, of the whole earth, are greatly

[graphic]
[ocr errors][ocr errors][merged small][ocr errors]

convulsed; and does it not betoken, a storm more terrible at hand? While the judgments of God, are thus abroad in the earth, happy for all such as learn righteousness thereby--but those who will still refuse and rebel, shall be devoured with the sword, for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. We rejoice that tyranny, either civil or religious, shall not long prevail in the earth,--but that the Lord shall overturn, and overturn, until at length liberty both civil and religious shall be established in all the world.

I felt interested in surveying some of the artificial curiosities of the Metropolis; such as the Tunnel, (called) or arched street, beneath the river Thames; the Church of St. Paul, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Hall, the Museum, the Monument built in commemoration of the fire, which happened in 1666, &c In observing these, I was constrained to say again, “How much more wise are the children of this world, in their generation, than the children of light." In these things, what remarkable enterprise and perseverance have they displayed, to obtain the object of their pursuit: while on the other hand, the men of grace who have "the exceeding great and precious promises” of God, to encourage and urge them forward, in the path of duty; (and who especially profess to have respect to an Eternal Inheritance)--how "double-minded are they often found, and unstable and remiss in all

their ways.'

Having spent three months in the city of London, I began to be much exercised about return. ing to America. The cruel oppression and distress of this land, I could no longer endure; noto withstanding many dear christian friends, urged our longer continuance here.

Some besought that I might pay them a visit, in the north of England. But I laboured under great heaviness, and continual sorrow. Of my bread I could not partake in quietness, while sensible that hundreds of every description, surrounded me, that were perishing for food.

As many of the poor were anxious to accompany me to America, I imagined that from some of the rich I might solicit aid, in their behalf; accordingly I drew up a paper for subscription, (which I handed to some in affluent circumstances) that read as follows:

*

TO THE TRULY BENEVOLENT.

From

a

I am a foreigner. A few months since from the United States of America.

sense of duty have I come to this country, (and if any are concerned to know) with necessary credentials. In travelling through different parts of England, I have witnessed very sore calamity, especially among the poor inhabitants of the land--many of whom are actually in a perishing condition.

Being myself about to return to America, and knowing that they there may be useful and happy, I have thus undertook to solicit, in their behalf, the charitable assistance of the humane: and I anticipate the pleasure of seeing them, at some future period, (not a few,) comfortably situated in my own native clime. - He that hath pity upon

lendeth unto

the poor,

« PreviousContinue »