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bosom of many an infidel to an He saw bis heavenly Father waiting examination of the sacred truths of to be merciful to him. He had Christianity, and to persuade the scarcely time to offer up his supplithoughtless and profligate, that, cations, when he found, that before unless they abandon their danger. he called God had answered, and ous course they will be doomed to while he was yet speaking He had inextricable destruction.”
heard. There was one circumstance But it may be interesting to lay connected with the visit of this day before your readers the last com- which is, in itself, striking. The munication of this kind friend at. last trial was to take place on the tendant upon the prisoner, when he morrow. He had, I apprehend, at was about to be executed. It was the instigation and under the direcin a letter to one of the ministers tion of his legal adviser, prepared a then with him in the prison. paper, which was to be read to the
“St, Saviour's, Oct. 3, 1829. jury. There was still, therefore, a
“9 o'clock in the morning. Possibility of his escape from the “Sir,—The deep, the Christian punishment of death. This latter interest, which I feel for our de« circumstance became a subject of parting brother induces me to write conversation, and an earnest hope you a short note. Tell him that I was expressed on the part of his pray that the strength which is visitor, that, if he was set at liberty, imparted from on high may not fail he would be supported by Divine him in his last hour, and that the grace, and that he would be enabled sufferings of the Saviour may in- to live to the glory of God. His spire him with religious courage to answer to this observation clearly bear his sufferings. Tell him also, shewed how well he understood the that since we are not to meet again power of the grace of God, and how on earth, he departs with my bless- entirely his heart was stayed upon ing and my prayers; and that, I that as his only support in every trust, we shall meet again where emergency of his life, whether he every tear shall be dried from every were to escape from prison, or be eye. The sixteenth chapter of St. led to the scaffold. He observed, John is most particularly adapted “Sir, the man that is fit to die, is to his awful situation. The thirty- fit to live. I have known what it third verse is a glorious précept and is to have a heart as hard as a example for him: • These things diamond; but I now feel I have a have I spoken to you, that in me heart of flesh."
His persuasion ye might have peace. In the world was thus very clearly expressed, ye shall have tribulation : but, be that the same power which had of good cheer, I have overcome the changed his heart from stone to world.'
flesh, could and would keep him “I am, sir, your's truly, on his way; and that, depending
“E. DURELL." upon Divine grace, he need not fear On the last Sunday of his life whether life or death were presented Jolin had many visitors. His mind to him. In this calm and recumseemed gradually to ripen. He bent posture of mind, he seemed gained every day clearer views of continually to rest. All his hope, himself-of the power of Divine all his confidence was grounded on grace, of the nature of faith, and of his Saviour. He had come to the the length, and breadth, and depth, full experience of the Psalmist; “ It and height of the Divine love. He is good for me to draw near to could now trace very clearly the God." manifestations of the great mercy A hymn of Cowper's which had of Christ in his favour. The re- been given to him, seemed very turning prodigal (Luke xv.) be felt much to have arrested his attention more and more to be his own case this day. It is known to most of your readers, and I need not tran- would admit. All these subjects scribe it. The first two verses will had been before alluded to, if they be enough to point out the hymn, were not now again pointed out. and to shew the state of Jolin's Monday, the 28th, was the day mind.
fixed for his second trial, and here “ There is a fountain filled with blood, he exhibited the character of a real
Drawn from Immanuel's veins; Christian. His defence he had And sinners plunged beneath that flood Lose all their guilty stains.
written before, and it was as folThe dying thief rejoiced to see
lows:-“Gentlemen, whatever may That fountain in his day;
fate, I shall not die without And there have I, though vile as he, having to reproach myself for not Wash'd all my sins away."
having quitted my father's house. This hymn he was very fond of, By so doing, I should have avoided and he repeated it on his way to being the victim in different un. the scaffold. It had been an ob- happy affairs that often took place ject to store the mind of Jolin with between my father and mother, in subjects which might, by the Divine which I was generally the object blessing, be sources of encourage- upon which the weight of their disment and of comfort to him when content fell. I was often obliged left alone with his Bible. The fol. to submit to being beaten most lowing points had been dwelt upon, severely, and to hear language unin addition to those which have worthy of being uttered by either been before mentioned; and now, father or mother. Now, left to as the opportunities for visiting his myself in the solitude of a dungeon, prison by the individual who pro. I reflect on times gone by, rememposed them had drawn to a close, bering that I was the only child, many of them were earnestly press- abandoned to the most deplorable ed upon bis attention. They were fate. Yet I ought to have been the “ tender mercy" of God (Luke wiser, and not followed the example i. 78) by which alone the Day of my nearer relations, the source spring from on high had visited this of my misfortune. But now that young man's soul, and by which he respectable ministers of the Gospel was so remarkably distinguished; have taken the trouble to visit me, the view of Christ, touched with and point out my duty towards God. the feeling of our infirmities (Heb. and towards man, I rest contented. iv. 15, 16), and encouraging us to I pray to God to pardon the horgo with boldness to the Throne of rible, but never premeditated crime Grace; the invitation to ask with of which I am guilty. If I ever had importunity for the Holy Spirit an intention of killing my poor (Luke xi. 1-11); the intercession father, I had a very favourable opof Jesus for his people (Rom. portunity of doing so, when he was viii. 34); the promise that God who stretched upon a bed of sickness, had not spared his own Son would unable to help himself. I was then with him freely give us all things the only person who took care of (Rom. iij. 32); the remedy against him, and administered to his wants, all trouble (John xiv. 1); the part. as there was no other person besides ing address and prayer of Christ myself in the house." I beg pardon (John xiv., xv., xvi., xvii.); and the of all those whom I may have engagement that nothing should willingly or unwillingly offended. separate him from the love of Christ Gentlemen, after this declaration, (Rom. viii. 35–39). To this was I submit myself entirely to your added, as much examination as to wisdom. It is you who are going the working of these doctrines on to decide my fate. I am ready to bis heart, the degree in which they meet it, and I will submit to your were felt, and their practical beare judgment without a murmur. ing, as the time and circumstances
“PH, G. JOLIN.”
It is said, that during his trial, his He was so obviously taught by the calmness was remarkable. His lips Spirit of God and the testimony apparently were employed in prayer, of his word, that man's help, aland this he afterwards confessed though most serviceable as well as was the case. He prayed for him- agreeable to him, did not seem to self, that he might be strengthened be the strength on which he at all to go through his trial, and also for depended. It was on this account his judges and his jury. There that he was perhaps able to bear was no effrontery in his look ; but, the multifarious instruction which on the contrary, the appearance of he received. The dean, in kind. deep humiliation. For four hours, ness no doubt to Jolin, and at during which time his, trial lasted, the same time to the clergy, had, he never lifted his eyes from the as Mr. Durell reports, wished the ground. On his return from the beneficed clergy to visit him, each trial, he had to encounter the indig- one day in turn. The effect of this nation of the populace against his system of visiting, although not apcrime. On the former occasion, a parently carried through, appears woman had cried " Ah, le scelerat !" in Mr. Durell's account; and Jolin which had a good deal affected him. must have been living under a This time he addressed the people better dependance than man's infrom the prison gates, and when struction, or he would not have been they observed that he was half dead #ble to bear it, and get out of it so from fatigue, he said, amongst other clear as he did. He always spoke things, " I have a strength within of the salvation procured for him as me ye know not.
a free unmerited gift of God, and me. Weep not for me, weep for he dwelt upon the peculiar mani. yourselves."
festation of God's grace to himself, During the following days of bis inasmuch as he had twice saved him life, he received continual visits from shipwreck when he was in an from a variety of persons. Many entirely unprepared state to meet ministers and others very kindly death, and now he had been brought came, desiring to impart to him to that prison that he might learn some spiritual gift. He received the way of salvation. His expresall gladly; but more especially sions of the sense of his own unthose whom he could feel from their worthiness were very clear and conversation, came to him in the strong. He told one of his friends fulness of Christian love. His dis- that he had nothing to offer to God, cernment on this point was a strik. but his heart; that all his repenting evidence of the clear views of ance, all his resolutions, all his doctrine which he had attained. He short conflict with the carnal heart perceived, and felt the statements could never expiate his sin. On of those whose religious system led another occasion, he said that he them to combine merit with Divine was not worthy to pick up the grace in the work of salvation, and crumbs under his Master's table ; who looked to any conditions on the and on another, that Christ was part of man but what God gives bis only hope ; that he had paid him the grace to fulfil. With a his ransom, and that he would resense of gratitude for the instruments ceive him into glory. With another made use of in enlightening his class of visitors, those of his family mind (and Mr. Durell mentions this and friends, he was equally decided circumstance with a somewhat in. in declaring what great things God cautious, and certainly too partial had done for his soul, and what zeal), Jolin appeared remarkably necessity there was that they should independent of any outward help. turn and repent if they would be He was by no means like a man saved. Indeed, a discourse of this who hung upon another's teaching. kind had made some of them think him insane. He had told some of his have just alluded to. His relations, relations who had come to him two not understanding the nature of the nights before his execution, that he change which had taken place in was formerly unclean and unholy; him, and, judging from reports of that they were so at that moment. blows which he had received and He therefore entreated them to other circumstances, endeavoured apply to Him who had cast out the to appeal to the plea of insanity; unclean devils into the swine, to and they brought a very eminent cleanse their souls. On all occa- medical practitioner to examine into sions, when he could, he manifested his state. But this was mercifully the same desire to instruct others. ordered: for, whilst on the one hand Twice on the scaffold he addressed it was clearly ascertained that Jolin the people, and this address he pre- was in no state of derangement, or meditated and spoke of before he delusion, or enthusiastic fervour; on approached it. He exhibited the the other, the clearest and most deepest sense of gratitude to all satisfactory evidence was given of about him. Mr. Durell informs his real state of mind. After this, us, that in his last interview with the Dean of Jersey kindly attended Mr. Hammond, his counsel, Jolin to administer the sacrament to him. sat up in his bed, and clasping both Before he received the holy comhis hands together, said most ear- munion, he underwent an examinestly, “Mr. Hammond, I thank nation; and to the dean, and three you, over and over again, for the other clergymen, he gave, in answer pains you have taken for me. I to their questions, a reason of the regret that I have nothing to give hope that was in him. He exto reward you as you deserve." To plained with such clearness the his gaoler too he constantly express-object and the nature of his faith, ed his thanks; and those who were testified so deep a sense of his own often going in, and out can testify unworthiness, and shewed so good to all the kindness and humanity of a feeling towards all his fellowMr. Babot and of his whole family, creatures, that they had not, any of during this season of distress. them, a doubt of his fitness to parAlone, Jolin was employed in stu- take of the feast prepared for the dying his Bible, or in prayer. "As penitent sinner. This examination, we approached the passage," says which was peculiarly imposing to Mr. Durell, “we could hear the Jolin, looking, as most of the poor loud ejaculations of the prisoner's people of that island do, with deep prayers." The gaoler observed, veneration to the high office which ibat he always found him thus em- the dean holds, was remarkably cal. ployed when he was left alone in culated to detect any thing which the cell. Indeed, the concurrence might be suspicious in his views, or of testimony as to his conversion is in his real state. Throughout this very remarkable. The acting lieu- day, Mr. Hall reports, Jolin was tenant-governor, the dean, the mayor, longing to depart, and to be with a leading medical man who came to Christ, saying,
Christ, saying, “The hours pass inquire into his insanity, clergymen, slowly." It was remarked that he dissenting ministers, his advocate, must wait God's time; that he had his relations, his attendants, all yet work for him to do in his vineappear to have come away from yard. And God worked indeed the prison with a common convic. mightily in him; so that he exhorttion, that the power of God had ed all who came, to love the Lord been at work in producing the Jesus, and to continue no longer in wonderful change which they wit- sin. He said he thought it would nessed.
be better for him to die on the On the day previous to his exe- scaffold, than quietly in his cell (as cution, the event occurred which I the report was that he had done), as he would thereby glorify God first visited him in the prison, and by his patience, and be an example brought him the first message of to all of the effect of indulgence in salvation, in bringing him the New sin.
Testament, and Mr. Gallachin, an Mr. Durell has given an interest- excellent minister of the church sat ing account of his last visit to Jolin up with him. They sang a hymn, and on the evening of this day. He in the imperfection of the service chose a very valuable portion of he was led to say, “ To-morrow I Scripture to read to him. It was shall join in very different singing Luke xxiii., the account of our from this.” At half.past one in Saviour's crucifixion. During the the morning, the prisoner, Mr. reading, Jolin's sensibility was Durell reports from unquestionable greatly excited, and his half-broken autbority, fell into a kind of dozing sobs were heard. Mr. Durell, thinks stupor for an hour, but did not ing it proper to check this state of sleep. During that time he was mind, pointed out the sufferings of heard repeating the fifty-first Psalm Christ as a matter of holy joy, and without missing a word. Mr. Galthreatened to lay down the book, lachin also heard him, during that and read no more, if Jolin continued period, say repeatedly, “Glory to to feel so much. Mr. Durell wished the Lamb ! glory to our Lord Jesus to avoid any thing which might dis-Christ !” And when he awoke, compose Jolin, and therefore care- he said that he had seen glorious fully omitted making any comment things in a dream. He also said, on the most afflicting part of our as they judged, in his sleep, “There Saviour's sufferings. He,on the other is now, therefore, no condemnahand, sought to comfort him by an tion for them that are in Christ application of the promise, that Jesus." At waking he requested “ they who sow in tears, shall reap that a hymn might be sung to bim. in joy;" and by the prospect of The next morning Mr. Hall went paradise held out to the penitent to him at half past six o'clock. thief. He adds, in conclusion, “In When he entered his cell, Jolin the course of my profession I have said, “Oh, Mr. Hall, I am so glad to seen many individuals on the brink see you; I am so happy. I have of the grave; but never before did slept four hours, and the rest of the I witness such coolness, and such night we have spent in such delightself-command,-a scene so holy, so ful conversation. I feel so strong, edifying, so sublime. Had he been
Had he been but I will wait patiently the Lord's in the full bloom of human prospe time." The day before, I have obrity, and with the prospect of add- served, he thought the hours passed ing half a century longer to his slowly, he was so anxious to depart existence, he could not have been and to be with Christ. Mr. Hall more collected. I was myself al- took occasion to warn him, that he most falling into a delusion contrary had still a work to do. He must to the evidence of my own senses. not only glorify his Saviour by his I could not believe that one so near conduct, and by his patient resignahis end could retain so much cour. tion, but he must again speak a age, or such contempt of ignominy word of warning to those about and death. I could not believe him. And he assured him that he that one so gentle, and now so well might be able to do more for the instructed in religious duties, could praise and honour of his Master have been ever capable of commit- in his death upon the scaffold, by ting a crime for which he deserv- bearing testimony to bis own exed to die,- that he could have been ceeding wickedness, and to the una murderer.”
searchable mercy and love of Christ, On the night previous to his exe- than if he had died in a more pricution, the kind relation who had vate manner. To this he assented,