Chemung, Chemung co., N.Y., July, 28, 1842.
BROTHER BEEBE: – As I am now so far on my way home from the Allegany Association, and a northwestern tour, having a little respite from riding this hot afternoon, I would express a grateful sense of the kindness of my Master, in providing so richly in friends, relations, and brethren to entertain, and take care of a poor old worn out servant, who never was of any great service to anybody, and never deserved any kindness at the hand of the Lord; for he was a transgressor from his birth, and is still often, if not always found in transgression, and justly deserves to be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and the glory of his power. For he was born a sinner, and has lived a sinner all his days, and is at times sensible of its being a real truth, that he was made a sinner long before he was born; so he did not make himself a sinner, and sometimes hopes that he is one of that race of sinners that Jesus came to save; and knows for a certainty that if he is ever righteous, it must be by the works of another, as he has nothing more to do to make himself righteous, than he had to make himself a sinner. But as he has descended from a wretched sinful stock, and has companied with sinners all his days; truly sensible sinners are his chosen associates; with them he feels the most at home; takes the most comfort; enjoys the most freedom and the sweetest converse. Sometimes when with such he can feast in the light of the Sin of Righteousness, under the shadow of the apple tree, and regale himself in the company of mourning sinners, with the fruit of the vine, and drink the pure blood of the grape, in the enjoyment of the sensible presence of the King of kings, and Lord of lords: he can say he has a feast of fat things full of marrow, wine on the lees well refined. When his heart is thus raised, and his mind animated with such excellent spirits, he can look upon the poor whining, righteous, time-serving sycophantic race, which Jesus did not come to call with pity for their weakness; despising the source of their joys; rejoicing that God hath made him t differ from them; hoping in his salvation, since it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth; but of God that sheweth mercy and sent Jesus to call sinners to repentance. And since there is even at this present time so many that trust in themselves that they are righteous, that despise others because they oppose their working, boasting system; so many that flatter themselves righteous, who though they may plead their wonderful works before God, as a ground of their acceptance with him, will nevertheless be banished from his presence forever. What great grace abounds to the chief of sinners, through the medium which God has provided! in that he has distinguished the poor and needy, lest and wretched, helpless sinners, giving them to trust in Christ, that they peradventure may be sinners saved by grace.
Signs of the Ties.
Volume 10, No. 17.
September 1, 1842