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not come till again called. But finding the ointment quite ineffectual as to the substance aforesaid, I was forry I had prevented his coming up. In these heavy circumstances that week, the Lord comforted me more ways than one.
On the Monday there had come to my door a begging cripple, who seeing me without, begged of me a book of my own compofing. I told him I had none but fingle copies, except of the Fourfold State, value 4s. Sterling : and he insisted not for one of them. I gave him some. thing out of my pocket; but he told me, he would rather have had a book. Surprised with this unusual request from such a sort of person, after he was gone away I called him back, and told him, I would think of a book for him, bidding him call fome other time. Thinking on this matter, and taking it for a call from the Lord himself, I resolved to give him a copy of the Fourfold State, not knowing but God might have something to do with it, by that means, among the vagrant poor. So on Monday, Oct. 18. while I was fitting with my fore leg in my closet, he came back; and calling him up to me, I gave him the book, taking him engaged not to thew from whom he had it, but to read it occasionally among his fellows, and was concerned for a blessing on it. This afforded me a fatiffaction far beyond what money could have done : and before that, on occasion of giving of them away, I had a fatif fying view of that as the very best I could make of them, having got two dozen of them, and fold one half-dozen of them, few being then left.
From the time I read the aforementioned paper, I was so taken with it, that I cried earnestly again and again unto the Lord, that he would vouchsafe to put the honour on me to be instrumental, in the way defired, towards its public usefulness; and on the Wednesday and Thursday, while I sat in my bed, by reason of my leg, the Lord gave me fomething by way of recommendation of it. Herein my soul rejoiced. And by the time that I was near the close of it, on the Thursday, the surgeon came. And I was the more comforted, in that I saw the Lord had sent him, having got the contrary word, as above faid. He opened the side of the callous substance with the point of his fciffars; then pulled it up with pincers, which I was helped to bear; and what was raised of it, he clipped away : but near a third part of it remained, which he
prehended was not then ripe. And thus I was more comforted.
The hand of God was eminent in bringing this trial on me. I was not seeking cure of my knee by medicine, or any such way, having, from a continued tract of experience, little or no hope at all that way; but I was put upon it by those concerned for my welfare. Providence, by a repeated incident, frowned on it from the beginning; which I faw, and created me thoughts of heart. There was hardly a step of the management of the pea, wherein there was not an error committed, afterward discerned by the effects. This not being fairly acknowledged, and duly regretted, while my leg appeared to be in danger, ruffled my spirit; but it was calmed, ere Providence fet on the way of help by a surgeon; who, when he came, discovered one false step more, viz. that the pea had been put in the belly of the muscle, not between two muscles.
About that time I observed, on a particular emergent, what I had often observed before, the neceffity and advantage of a principle of justice and reason, and acting therein, in cases where fofter principles have no ground left them to stand on.
Mean while the catechifing of the parish was interrupted; and I fat in the pulpit when I preached. But my soul rejoiced to observe, how my gracious God and Master still timed the hardest of my trouble, so as it had been defigned, that it should be over before the Sabbath should return. But with this trouble of my leg there was joined fore cyes, occafioned by my fitting in the bed writing, in the fun-light, on the Tucfday before the surgeon came: so that, for tome nights, leg and eyes were to be buckled up with their respective appplications at once; and one night a dint of the toothach joined them. The callous fubitance was got away by degrees; and on Nov. 7. at night, what day I had intimated from the pulpit a diet of catechising again, the fore appeared closed.
That weck the tranfcribing what I had written on Gen. xxiii. being ended; that I might afterward proceed as I should have access, I set myfelf to fill up the pasfiges and account of my life froin where I had left off,
While I was going on in that, there came to my hand on Saturday, Nov. 13. a letter from Mr Hogg, bearing, his writing once more to Mr G. and intreating his friends at London to get the MS. on the covenant from him; and proposing to me to review the notes on tie
Crook in the Lot, for publication *, and advising of a motion to call me to Jedburgh, which he had heard ; and withal obfcurely hinting fomething of carrying me to a more healthy air, out of Etterick. As for the proposal of new work for me, I found myself content to be employed whatever way the Lord himself should point out. As to that relating to Jedburgh, I neither hoped nor feared it, considering my circumstances. But the last did touch me very near, being ignorant of the particular, or what might be of it: I considered how matters were, in all outward appearance, making towards my transportation to the grave; and having a terror of making a stumble near the end of my journey, I cried from the bottom of my heart, - Wilt not thou who haft saved me from death, keep my feet from falling?' I could not but observe the rnercy, that I was not quite forgotten and overlooked in the world : but I found the weight of the thought of parting with the parish of Erterick, otherwise than by death, or civil violence, unless I faw them com. fortably provided.
I observed the diet of catechising aforesaid: but the day was fo very bad that few came to it, being at Kirkhop. The week following I had another at Buccleugh.' Confidering my frailty, the feafon, and how Providence had, by the above-mentioned trial, carried me by the time I thought fittest for the utmost corners of the parish, I laid the matter before the Lord. And rising early in the morning, I got a good feafonable day, vitited a fick man by the way, had a full allowance of strength for my work of catechiling, without failing of my fpirits, and got home again with day-light. This merciful conduct of Providence was big in my eyes.
That week I finished filling up thus far; my eyes being now somewhat better, and the fore in the leg almost whole; but the knee always fwelled, and the leg twelling somewhat in the day, and falling again in the night, the lameness continuing, and the stai still needed, and used. On the foregoing Sabbath I stood lecturing; but delivered
Mr Boston, in compliance with this proposal, did, rome time before his death, begin to transcribe, and prepare for the press, his sermons on this subject; but was prevented by his growing fraiity from finishing the trinfcript. What remained, was transcribed from the originai Ns. by 21other hind; and they were published in 1737, with an excellent picace by his dear friends niet. Coideo', Wilson, and Davidlon.
the fermon sitting. But from the time I fell under the fore leg, I was freed from an oppression of my fpirits in the morning, as to such a degree thereof as i laboured under before that time. “ He doth all thilgs well.”
[Thus far the author proceeded in his narrative in Nevember 1731, without resuming the subje£t; owing, no doubt, to his growing frailty. We now for a conclufion, add the several paragraphs formerly omitted, and reserved till now.]
And now, as for the state of my body, it was never very strong; yet, considering my manner of life, there seems to have been something in my conftitution, bona ftamina vitæ, that has worn pretty well. A sharp cold, if withal I was dry, was agreeable to, me, making me more vigorous than at other times. I had a very strong voice, till the notable breach in my health. I cannot say that ever I took very well with riding; but I could have fupped better, after fitting all day in my closet, than after coming home from the presbytery at Selkirk. I remember not to have had, all my life, any formed fickness but twice; once when I had the small pox; and none at all since I was a boy. However, I have often been, fince that time, in apparent danger of death, and under languishing indispofition; and could hardly have thought to have seen so many years, as I have now by the mercy of God passed : but was never to this day, that I remember, kept from preaching through indifpofition ; which, with my utmost thankfulness, I desire to record, to the praise of free grace I took very little care of my diet, ate whatsoever was laid to my hand; only for many years very little falmon, being frighted from it by the effects it had on me in my youth, having unwarily mixed milk with it in my stomach: and this, as to my diet, till of late years, that I began notably to decline. I do not remember myself ever to have been fenfibly the better of medicine, except the wormwood mentioned p. 41. I have now much given o. ver the use of it; and do not bind up myself fo ftrait, even in point of diet, as for some time after the notable breach in my health. My eyes do yet serve me pretty well ; only I have, about a year or two, read my chapters in the morning with preferves : for many years I have used to waih my eyes, opening them in the water, which I conceive may have been profitable. But it is now long since ! had teeth, wherewith duly to get my meat chewed ; and
there are at this time fifteen of them, and a piece of one, laid up in a box, for confervation till the due time of difposing of them otherwise. Many years ago, I found the spring-feafon weakening to me, even when I was in Simprin.
But the last spring  was the heaviest that ever I faw. As the summer went on, I became more easy : but still a lowness of spirits seized me, and I ran out like a watch, after six o'clock at night; whereby it came to pass, that I had much ado, oft-times, to be in case for the evening-worship in the family. Since the autumnal equinox, , I think I have been better, even in that point. I had also a great difficulty in paffing urine ; but ihat also of late seemed to become more easy. I have slept well since the time I fell ill in March last . In October I was brought to the gates of death, in Galafhiels, by a sudden illness seizing me there in the night, as narrated above, p. 477. At present, I am, by the mercy of God, pretty well; having some hope, I may yet, through his favour, have some access to return to my beloved study of the facred Hebrew text.
That cast of temper, whereby I was naturally flow, timorous, and diffident, but eager in pursuit when once engaged; as it early discovered itself, lo, I think, it hath spread itself all along, through the whole of my course. It hath been a spring of much uneasiness to me, in the course of my life; in that I was thereby naturally fond, where I loved. Yet I cannot but obferve, that my
God hath made a valuable use of it; especially in my studies, combating special difficulties therein, till surmounted by his favour. Agreeable unto it, I was not of a quick apprehenfion; but had a gift of application: and things being once discovered, I was no more wavering in them. I was addicted to filence, rather than to talking. I was no good spokesman, but very unready even in common conversation; and in disputes especially at a loss, when engaged with persons of great assurance: the disadvantage of which last I often found in Etterick, where an uncommon assurance reigned. The touching of my spirit, so as to set me above fear, the moving of my affections, and be. ing once well dipped into the matter, were necessary to give me an easy exercise of my faculties, in these and on ther extempore performances. My talent lay in doing chings by a close application, with pains and labour. I had