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son's remark on the subject-Patient of Dr. Kirkbride

in the Pennsylvania Hospital—Four cases of mental dis-

order within the sphere of the author's pastoral expe-

rience—The mistake of imputing to Satanic agency what

is dependent on bodily disease—Case of the wife of

Rev. John Newton-Case of John Bunyan-of Martin

Luther-Opinion of Richard Baxter - Injurious influ-

ence on the mind ascribed to Calvinism-Opinion of a

writer in the Encyclopedia Britannica-of Esquirol-

Macaulay_Haley's insinuation in relation to Cowper

unwarranted - Judicious remark of Dr. Cheyne-Case of

an injured wife in London. Pages 112—131.

USE FOR CONSOLATION—Doctrine of physical influences

liable to be perverted-It suggests many questions not

to be solved by referring them to conscience—Case of a

young man preparing for the ministry-Of others who

had made whimsical vows-How far the exercises of

Christians in their morbid states are moral, a very per-

plexing question-Moral qualities hereditary-Opinion

of Dr. Rush-An innate tendency to evil not an apology

for yielding to the inclination-How the doctrine is a

source of relief-Exclamations of a soul in giving vent

to its spiritual anguish-Case of a clergyman in New

England-Gloominess consistent with a regenerate state-

An opinion from the highest medical authority-Obser-

vation of Mr. Pearson in his life of Mr. Hay—The

Saviour's declaration-Payson's Biography—Private dia-

ries of Christians—Error in publishing Cowper's during

the period of his gloomy aberration—The doctrine of

physical influences not to be used as an excuse for wilful

delinquency-If rightly considered, may minister relief

and make us watchful—Extract from Mason's Spiritual

Treasury. Pages 131-143.

MENTAL INTROSPECTION—Remark of Rev. Mr. Spencer-

Indulging in melancholy meditation does no good—Dr.

Chalmers' letter to Mr. Anderson. Pages 163—167.

TEMPTATION TO “MAKE AN IDOL OF COMFORT”-Obser-

vations of Dr. Harris—Many mistake an abatement of

comfort for its removal-Christians often make the same

mistake as did the sons of Zebedee-Extract from Wil-

liam Mason. Pages 167–170.

TEMPTATION TO DESPAIR—The climax of morbid spiritual

disquiet-in most cases evidently the result of bodily
disease-Apt to be promoted and nurtured by perverted
views of truth-Some morbid Christians afraid to pray-
Others fear that they have eaten and drunk damnation
to themselvesCase of an interesting female—Distress
caused by endeavouring to harmonize the decrees of God
and his foreknowledge with free agency-Such cases
closely analogous to the temptations of those who imagine
themselves guilty of the unpardonable sin-Persons ex-
posed to this temptation are apt to neglect the means of
grace--Despair never made a human being better-Re-
markable case mentioned by Rev. Mr. Spencer. Pages
170—177.

DESPONDING CHRISTIANS SHOULD ASCERTAIN THE CAUSE

OF THEIR RELIGIOUS DISQUIETUDE— Baxter's opinion-

Should not chide themselves for faults which are charge-

able to bodily disease-Counsel on this subject attended

with more or less danger-Many of our sorrows of soul

retributory, and we are only made to possess the iniquities

of our youth— The subject guarded against perversion-

Remark of Dr. A. Alexander-Some predisposed to think

that their gloom proceeds from a culpable cause-In-

quiries into our personal state should be pursued dili-

gently-Despondency may be produced by false views of

religion, or it may cause them—Not always easy to deter-

mine which is cause and which effect-A good rule for

guiding the judgment-Religious vapours. Pages 180-

186.

THE DESPONDING SHOULD AVAIL THEMSELVES OF JUDI-

CIOUS MEDICAL ADVICE-Case of Dr. Rush-Baxter's
counsel-What a well instructed physician can do-
Every physician not competent to treat the cases of the
desponding-Physicians often betray a culpable igno-
rance of the reciprocating relationship between body and
mind-Book of the heart-Sentiments of an eminent
lecturer in a medical school-Advice of Mr. Rogers-
Change in the character of diseases in later years—
Nervous diseases the most numerous-Sydenham's esti-
mate of fevers at the close of the seventeenth century;
Dr. Cheyne’s of nervous disorders; Dr. Trotter's
Deaths in England during 1856—No opinion expressed
as to the accuracy of these computations-They show
that the subject of nervous disorders importunately de-
mands the attention of physicians-A morbid mental
state often removed by a drug–Case of a lady in Phila-

delphia-Another mentioned by Rev. M. B. Hope, M. D.

-The poet Dryden-Descartes-Plutarch's saying, Not

tamper with drugs—Case of Rousseau. Pages 186—200.

THE DESPONDING SHOULD SEEK SUITABLE SOCIETY-Re-

mark of Mr. Locke—Story of Cæsar-Proverb of Solo-

mon-Often good to compare exercises -Hard to dis-

abuse the mind of the desponding of their erroneous

opinions concerning their state - Remark of Mr. Rogers-

Mr. Robert Bruce, of Edinburgh, relieved after having

been twenty years in terror of conscience-Such sufferers

do not receive sufficient sympathy-Captain Benjamin

Wickes, of Philadelphia, and Rev. Joseph Eastburn-

Cowper and the Unwins-One of four cardinal rules-

Company of cheerful Christians recommended to the

melancholy-Avoid that of the gloomy-Dr. Hufeland's

opinion - Counsel of Dr. Everard Maynwaring in his

Tutela Sanitatis-Advice of Seneca—Teachings of St.

Paul - Compare our state with that of others in a condi-

tion far less desirable – Two cases mentioned by Dr.

Hall-A lady helpless by palsy-Archdeacon Paley on

the goodness of God-Digestion aided by laughter -

Solomon on cheerfulness. Pages 200—211.

THOSE WHO WOULD ENJOY SPIRITUAL COMFORT SHOULD

BE TEMPERATE—Dr. Johnson's opinion of water-Hip-
pocrates—Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy-Dr. Rush
on the effect of diet on the moral faculties–Dr. Paris
on animal food - Dr. McNish, of Glasgow-The effect of
living solely on beef, Hon. C. A. Murray—Dr. Arbuth-
not on vegetable regimen — Payson's excessive absti-
nence-Nervous disease caused by excess-Dr. Combe's
opinion-An eminent physician of London on the effects
of the luxurious habits of the people—Persons subject

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