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and took the resolution of doing fourth verse of the twenty-third all in his power. “Great, indeed," Psalm, Yea,though I walk,"”' &c. Mr. says Mr. Hall, “ were the grace and Hall continues : “ The noise of the support which he enjoyed. He felt people prevented my being heard sick at breakfast time, and could by Jolin, who walked as firmly as not eat ; but to oblige me he said myself: I therefore opened my he would try. About nine o'clock hymn-book, and pointed out to bim bis irons were taken off; and I could the sufficiency of the Redeemer, in not help thinking of this as symbo- one of those hymns which I had lical of that liberty which soon, when previously chosen for his perusal. passed beyond this life, he would The hymn chosen was one beginnenjoy for ever in the presence of ingbis Saviour. Jolin immediately pro
“ He lives, the great Redeemer lives! posed to me to kneel down and
What joy the blest assurance gives !
And now, before his Father, God, thank God for what he had done
Pleads the full merit of his blood. for him; saying, “I have always be
In every dark, distressful hour, fore prayed in bed; now I can go on When sin and Satan join their power, my knees in the proper posture for Let this dear hope repel the dart, a sinner.' Ob at this time how deep
That Jesus bears us on his heart." were his confessions of sin, com. He told me, that he did not mind mitted both in thought, word, and the people, that they were poor deed ; bis acknowledgment of mercy worms; that he would endeavour through Jesus Christ; his express to warn them from the scaffold, for sions of dependence upon Him for they were standing on the brink of grace, to keep him in his fiery trial, the pit. We mounted the steepest and to open for him the kingdom of part of the gallows hill. He said, heaven! When he drank his milk his Saviour had toiled up Calvary he said, Oh God, I thank thee that with a cross, which he ought to be thou hast been so merciful and good thankful that he had not to bear; and to me, who have been so great a that Jesus Christ had done this for sinner!' His hand was never cold, his sake, whereas he was receiving and his pulse was always regular to the due reward for his transgresthe end. I never witnessed one to sion. This reflection seemed to whom the Lord was pleased to give give new wirgs to his exertions in a stronger faith, which was proved pressing up the rock, which this by his conduct to the last. He sat place literally is. I think that a calmly speaking and listening till worse place of ascent could not about half past twelve ; when he have been chosen. When we arrivleft the prison, leaning on me and ed at the summit, the Greffier read Mr. Gallachin. An immense con- his sentence aloud, and Mr. Gallacourse of people presented itself at chin prayed most fervently with him the prison gates; and their rush in French. After the prayer, he and noise were greater than we ascended the platform with Mr. expected. The newspaper account Gallachin and myself, and addresssays,— He was calm and collected, ed the people in French, as you will walked with steadiness, and evinced see by the account in the newsthroughout the most decorous firm- paper. But the account is deficient ness. We could not perceive that in one most essential point. He be trembled. His mind seemed urged the people by the love of quite absorbed in religious exer- Christ, whom he had crucified, and cises; and, from all we can learn, whom they were crucifying by their there was good and satisfactory evi: sins.” The substance of his warndence that he was a true penitent, ing was on the subject of intemperand relied on the Divine mercy.' ance, Sabbath-breaking, the neglect Mr. Durell says, “As he was leaving of God and of religion; and it was the gaol he was heard to repeat the addressed principally to parents and Christ. OBSERV. No. 338.
to the young. These warnings he sence of his Redeemer. The wo. twice delivered ; once before, and men around me screamed out, The once after the rope was fastened Lord have mercy upon his
soul!' round his neck. Although I do I could not but pray that their souls not accurately remember," Mr. might find the same mercy. He Hall continues, “ the words of any died without a struggle. I never saw of his speeches, I can safely say, him after I pressed his hand when that he expressed his conviction alive, as I ascended the hill through that the work which had taken the crowd, and was spared seeing his place in his heart had been effected mortal remains.” by no power or will of his own, but Thus ended the course of a young by a sovereign act of Divine grace. man, whose history stands an examJolin then read aloud some verses ple, not only of the awful effects of a from the Testament, which suffi- bad education, of the wretchedness ciently indicate the view which he and the reward of sin, but also of took both of the nature of his change, the wonderful grace and mercy of and of the source from whence it God. Much of what has been nar. sprang. They are taken from 1 rated may appear almost incredible Pet. i. 3–5: Blessed be the God to some readers; and many espeand Father of our Lord Jesus cially who are justly suspicious of Christ, which according to his abun- death-bed repentances, may be led dant mercy hath begotten us again still to doubt how far the work of this unto a lively hope by the resurrec- young man's conversionwasconiplete, tion of Jesus Christ from the dead, and whether, if he had been permitted to an inheritance incorruptible, and to live, he would have lived as he has undefiled, and that fadeth not away, died. If, however, he was really reserved in heaven for you, who are converted in heart to God, the obkept by the power of God through servation which he made himself faith unto salvation, ready to be re- must be applied to his own case : vealed in the last time. To these “ The man that is fit to die is fit to verses he was particularly partial. live.” The same grace which brought He then spoke to me, and told me him into the fold of Christ would that he had full confidence in the have kept him in all his way; so sufficiency of the blood of Christ to that the enemy of his soul should blot out all his sins; and that He not have overpowered him. The who had loved him so much as grace of God could alone do the work to shed his blood for him, and had in either case. And there is, as bekept him to that hour stedfast and fore mentioned, the most remarkable immoveable, would receive him into concurrence of testimony as to Jolin's glory. When the cap was drawn state at the time of his death. Not over his face, I told him not to only Mr. Hall, and Mr. Gallachin, dread the momentary pain, for soon and many others, bear witness to the he would be in the presence of his facts; but the public voice has deSaviour. He pressed my hand, and clared the wonderful change which said he was not afraid ; for he knew took place in him. And even one that He would take him unto him, who was not a believer in revelation, self. I told him that I would pray but who stood by Jolin on the galthat his sufferings might be short, lows hill and witnessed his conduct, and went down." Mr. Gallachin came to a minister, and acknowledgthen read a part of the Burial Ser- ed, that “there must be something vice, until the fatal moment. His in religion to support a man in such sufferings appeared not to be great, a manner; and that he had thereand were of brief duration. “Whilst fore determined to attend a place of I was in prayer,” Mr. Hall adds, worship, and to bring up bis children " the drop fell
, and our poor brother in the fear of God." Mr. Hall says, I knew had entered into the pre- "I have never had a doubt on my
mind as to the reality of the change. worlds was experienced. In his last His conduct in the court; his com- days Jolin evinced much solidity of plete deadness to the things of time mind on the subject most important and sense, and this even when bis to him : his conduct was marked by friends seemed so anxious to save the most becoming propriety; and him from an ignominious death,were if he expressed a confident hope of so many pleasing testimonies that acceptance before God, it was ache was really risen with Christ, and companied with humility, and, as far that his affections were set upon as man can judge, with sincere sorthings above. God did indeed work row for his offences.” The rapid mightily in him: though last, he was perception of Divine truth, its simple one of the first. He seemed so con- belief, and its consistent maintenance vinced of sin, and to have such sim- in all the points of his character, are ple dependence upon the truth and amongst those wonders which only firm foundation of Christ's promises, Divine grace can account for. But and he shewed so abundantly that where the Lord of all power and these feelings were not merely talked `might is pleased to exercise his Sointo his head, that I always returned vereignty, who shall say that the delighted with my visit to him. I work of many years may not be used to pray instantly with him that produced in a few weeks ; or, as in he might not be deceiving himself, the case of the thief upon the cross, nor be deceived by Satan, or any of in a much shorter time? The case us; and I can say, as far as I was of the thief on the cross is one of capable of judging, that his was a which it appears to me that the real work of Divine grace.” But probabilities before band, of rethe testimony of the editor of the pentance, were, humanly speaking, Jersey newspaper, while it is beyond not so great ; and the evidences all suspicion of enthusiasm, and does are scarcely more complete, except not even exhibit the proof of a tole- the incidental circumstance of the rably distinct view of the real foun- testimony of our Lord, than in the dation on which Jolin stood, is a case of Jolin. They both felt sormost satisfactory testimony of a row for their sins, confessed them to great and realand important change men, acknowledged them to God, having taken place in him. He says, turned from them, and owned the “We are not amongst those who justice of their condemnation; they would hastily give credence to the both testified their faith: but the thief genuineness of conversion in the did this under circumstances in the cases of great criminals, or who ap- situation of Christ, which made his prove of religious ecstasies in the adoration of him, and his belief in short interval between the commis- his kingdom, the most astonishing sion of dreadful enormities, and the exercise of this principle ; yet did violent death awarded by law; we the thief, with his own senses, witdo not think it desirable that, while ness the wonders that appeared at so many good men, after a long life the death of his Saviour, which of exemplary piety, approach their Jolin did not, and yet he believed last hour with solemn apprehensions, (John xx. 15). They both shewed such as have lived in a course of pro- the same humility; nor did they fligate vice should boast of triumph- seek for present relief, but for ant feelings and peculiar joy on their future blessings; they were each way to the scaffold, where they are to zealous in testifying of Christ, both be suddenly compelled into the pre- in love to him and for the benefit sence of their Creator and Divine of their fellow-creatures. I do not Judge;- but, in the instance before know that any mark of true conus, we have much satisfaction in be- version was wanting in Jolin's case. lieving that a real change of heart He possessed a faith which was not had taken place, before a change of vague in its object, nor small in its
degree ; which lifted him up above folly of men in putting off the the world, and which wrought by love work of religion, is only to be acunder all the circumstances which counted for on the knowledge of came before him. He spoke and acted the natural corruption of the heart, in the face of every one, as if he had and its tendency to evil, and not to the witness within him. He express- good. But as one of the Puritans ed contrition, not for one sin only, has observed, speaking of the rescue but for all the sins of his life; and he of the thief on the cross,
perhumbly confessed them before God verseness of our nature may be seen and before men. He went forward by this, in that this one (case of the always professing his entire depend- thief) serveth us to looseness of life, ence upon Divine grace, in a holy, in hope of the like: whereas we might humble, consistent course; and with better reason, that is but one, and the cap upon his head, and the rope that extraordinary; and besides this round his neck, he could say with one, there is not one more in all the calmness, that "he was not afraid, Bible, and that for this one that for he knew that bis Saviour would sped, a thousand thousands have take him to himself.”
missed: and what folly it is to put But it may still be said, How do ourselves in a way in which so many we know that Jolin was sincere in have miscarried; to put ourselves all that he said, or that he was not in the hand of that physician that under delusion in what he felt? To hath murdered so many, going clean this argument, I have endeavoured against our own sense and reason ! to reply already, not only by point whereas in other cases we always ing out the undeviating course of a Jean to that which is most ordinary, converted state in which he was and conclude not the spring from one observed by so many witnesses to swallow. It is as if a man should spur walk, but by endeavouring to unfold his ass till he speak, becauseBalaam's and to exhibit the secret workings ass did once speak, so grossly hath of his mind. Here we must leave the devil bewitched us. But whethe case, till the last great day : ther men deceive themselves, and at the same time, I cannot but deceive their minister, it is plainly think that a disbelief of such evi- his duty to proceed: to go with dence is not reasonable, is not in becoming care, but to go in the conformity with scriptural doctrine remembrance of God's almighty and example, and is scarcely con- power to turn the heart, and ani. sistent with the charity with which mated by the remembrance of inwe are taught to judge one another stances such as this which has been
In the meanwhile, let us learn recorded. The state of prisoners from this history, some of the les- is one which calls, as it has in sons which it is calculated to teach. general received, the peculiar com
The first of these is, that of en- miseration of countrymen. couragement in such cases as that Men are often to be found there, in of Jolin. I am fully aware of the Jolin's depraved state of mind. The trial which a first repentance in a prison is almost their first resting. prison, under the alarm of death, place in a course of ignorance and presents to a minister. He is un- sin and misery. The visitor may willing to trust in it, both because often discover the man, as Mr. Pinel he has been so often deceived in did Jolin, without hope for this the relapse of those who have re- world or the next, and may lead covered, and because he finds that him to discoveries of what perhaps men in general are putting off their never passed before his eyes, even own repentance, encouraged by in the example of others. At all cases such as this, hoping that they events, circumstances of trial and themselves niay have the same op- affliction are those which God has portunity at some future time. The appeared the most often to direct
as the means by which man is to affirm was the Holy Scriptures. brought to submit to his law; and It was the simple exhibition of the imprisonment, or affliction, or a fifty-first Psalm which seemed first situation of severe illness may per. to expose his own real state to him. haps be new to a man; and this may It was the promises of the New be the opportunity which it may Testament, and the types of the please God to use for his conver. Old, which seemed to give him his sion. The event is always in the first clear notion of faith, which hand of him who directs the heart. conveyed to his mind the way of But under all circumstances we pardon, and established him in work under the direction of the humble trust upon his Saviour. Almighty, and with his promise The Scripture, afterward, it may that our labour shall not be in vain be truly affirmed, was his meditation in the Lord.
day and night. It became a lamp But a second lesson is that of the unto his feet, and a light unto his sovereignty of Divine grace. This path ; a treasure more to be desired was frequently acknowledged, as it than gold, yea, than much tine gold, was continually felt, by Jolin. He sweeter also than honey and the perceived it in all the remarkable honey comb*. circumstances of his life ;-in his A fourth lesson from this history various escapes from death, in his is, the benefit of education. Here final allotment, in the events which was a young man little likely to . occurred in the prison, and whilst make use of any such possession all this mercy was poured upon for his profit, yet to what account him, he could trace nothing in him. did it turn! In his worst times he self which deserved any such re- was enabled to read the word of membrance at God's hand. Why God; and in his imprisonment, the was he called, and not his father, blessing of his previous learning was one of the points which first was incalculable. In his last ex. struck his attention on the visit of hortations on the scaffold, he presshis friends. But to those around ed upon his auditors the advantages bim, some other points were per- of attendance upon a Sunday-school haps more obvious than even to and the public means of instruction. himself. The manner in which he It is impossible to say how long, was enabled to receive the truths and in what degrees, the preparatory of the Gospel presented one of work of religion had, by means of these, and none more remarkably his education, been going on in exhibited the power of God. The Jolin's mind. But information had gift of spiritual understanding, the been given, a desire for instruction willing heart, the formation of the had been implanted, the wretchednew creature, were all points which ness of a sinful course had been felt, could only be reconciled in his own
The importance of Scripture will have mind, and that of others, by a refer- appeared in this case, not only in its own ence to Him who is found of them wonderful and unequalled clearness, but that sought him not, and who in the means which it presented of bringworketh in his people to will and ing subjects before his mind, with an to do of his good pleasure. “Oh
“Oh and made them like goads, and as nails
energy which fixed them on his thoughts, the depth of the riches, both of the fastened by the masters of assemblies. wisdom and knowledge of God! The texts brought before him were so How unsearchable are his judg- many distinct important propositions, so ments, and his ways past finding his attention ; and they proved themselves out!”
as seed cast into a good soil. He heard, A third lesson to learn from this and marked, and learned, and inwardly history is, the means by which it digested these truths, and by the blessing
of God, without which they would have pleased God to open this young been a dead letter, they instructed him in man's mind; and this I may venture making his calling and election sure.