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roalativcs, the Mortons, of Roanoke Bridge. Mr. Davies desired to preach at their house. Mr. Morton, who was a rigid churchman, was reluctant to consent, but after consultation with liis wife he yielded; a messenger was sent, around to the neighbors, and a congregation assembled. Dr. Alexander states that 'Mr. Davies made such an impression on both, that when he departed, they accompanicl him to Cumberland (more than thirty miles) to the administration of the sacrament. His wife had become deeply impressed from the first evening, itii?I was very anxious about partaking of the Lord's Supper. But she was afraid her Imshand would not agree to it. She, however, broke the matter to him on Sunday morning; though surprised, lie told her to do as she thought proper. In the intermission, after the action sermon, he called out Dr. Davies and told him lie wished to join in communion with the church. Mr. Davies. after a little conversation, gave him a token of admission, and the husband and wife went together to the Lord's table. "From this pair sprang a large Presbyterian population, spread far and wide through Prince Edward and Charlotte counties. Not long after, he and a number of others united in building a house of worship at Briery, and in a short time tbey obtained one-half the labors of the Rev, Robert Henry. When there was no sermon, Mr. Morton regularly attended, read a discourse and catechised the children. So consistent was his character and so beneficial 11is influence that he was a blessing to the wliob community in which he lived." (Life of Dr. Alexander, pp. 180-81.) The records of Rriery show that he was one of the first elders of the church which was organized some time between the year 17f?f> and 1760; that he died in 1782. Mr. Morton's wife, Agnes, survived him for twenty years, and died in 1802. Dr. Alexander says she "lived to the age of ninety-two?that she was a very pious woman, whose house was always open for ministers and religious people, and for the preaching of the Gospel." From this pair has sprung a large connection of Presbyterian people, which for more than a hundred years, has been multiplying and giving their children to the service of God nt of these children were members of the Briery church. Three became ruling elders. The children of this family have now for four, and even five generations, been brought into the service of God by Christ, the covenant-keeping Head of his Church. Their daughters and granddaughters have intermarried with the Venables and Watkins, the lloges, and Carringtons and the line of these faithful servants of God has contributed to the strength of the church a long roll of pious ministers, elders and consistent members. The records of the Briery church give us the names of some thirty of their descendants who became communicants there in less than seventy years from its organization, and many more were afterward added to this number the large emigration to other churches within and beyond the limits of the Synod of Virginia. John Morton, mentioned as the guide of Mr. Davies on his visit to Charlotte, whose mother was a granddaughter of the "Little NightCup," likewise became the ancestor of a large I'resbyterian connection. One of his granddaughters married Dr. John IT. Rice of Union Seminary, Virginia. The memory of her beautiful Christian character is still fresh in the minds of the people of Hampden-Sidney. PRESBYTERIAN OF THE SO And now, my dear children, let me remind you that you too have a high claim upon the precious privileges of this covenant line. Your parents have dedicated you to God, and the earnest prayers for your salvation so often uttered in your hearing by your aged grandfather came from a great-grandson of Agnes Morton, the ''Little Night-Cap's" granddaughter. During all her persecutions and trials in France and Holland, God was ever with her, and he has been with her chidren through the meliorations since, saving and sanctifying them by his grace. And while I would warn you against a reliance for salvation upon a mere Christian lineage, let me say that reflect ions upon the divine goodness to your fathers, and these evidences of Cod's faithfulness to his everlasting covenant, should persuade and embolden you to come and give yourselves away to Jesus with a confident faith that lie will bless and save you in the arms of his eternal love. Affectionately W. D. Morton, Morganfield, Kv. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH YOUR LIFE? By Mrs. Rosa T. H. Gray. Wh n t hu VP vnu /Iaiio urtlh * 1 *?? -- ' rt . ?. - nun ,?wui 11 ic, my inena: What have you done with your life? What kind of a child to your mother were you? Honest and faithful, loving and true? Tender and thoughtful, filling with joy Her heart when she thought of her "little hoy?" What have you done with your life, my friend? What have you done with your life? The early days of your manhood's prime. When the hells of the years rang a joyous chime Of glowing hope, and growing fame. Did you keep a pure, untarnished name? What have you done with your life, my friend? What have you done with your life? Unto completion your aims have come. Husband, father, owner of home. Do you keep your niche in the house of time Clean from evil and sin and crime? What have you done with your life, my friend? W hat have you done with your life? cuucu. iuur neaa is white With the touch of time. Your failing sight Tokens the coming of sure decay. Where will you go when you "pass away?" What have you done with your life, my friend? What have you done with your life? Is there a hand at the helm to guide Ycur lifeboat safe through the swelling tide? Who is your pilot over the bar. Shining dim in the distance far? When death says, "come" in your ear, my friend. And voiceless, helpless you wait the end What will become of your life? Ashland, Va. UNEMPLOYED MINISTERS. Rv "\iilfrne " ? ^ V/*J* To be efficient, an organization must wisely utilize its power. If its power ami resources are only partly utilized and are permitted, to a considerable extent, to run to waste, there is weakness. And this is one point of weakness and inefficiency in our Church. Many of its ministers, upon whom much time ami money have been spent to equip and prepare them for the work of the ministry, and who have been called and ordained to the work and have proved their fitness by years of service, are now without employment, and there is no agency for supplying them with work and for keeping them always employed. ? This is a day of change, frequent changes in the pastorate seems to be desired. How are UTH. (211) 5 those changes to be accomplished? Some ministers find little difficulty in effecting changes. Others who are just as good workers, but loss showy, and who arc meek and quiet and not so gifted in exhibiting their own desirable qualifications, do not find it easy to effect those changes. They are capable of doing excellent work, if there were some agency to place them properly. But as there is no such agency in our Church, there are many good ministers who get out of the work, a circumstance which is a srreat e-riof to tlu?m sm.i great loss to the Church. There arc more than eighteen hundred ministers in our Church. Fifteen hundred and twenty four (1524) of these are engaged in ministerial work as pastors, stated supplies, missionaries, evangelists, editors or seminary professors. Fifty-eight are infirm. More than two hundred are not engaged in ministerial work. Some of these have not yet- turned aside to other work, being anxious to continue in the work of the ministry, They are using up their small savings while they wait and hope and pray. Their faith is greatly tried. Their families are in want. They are without work,?the work that they love, to which they have devoted their lives. The work day is passing; the night is coming 011 when they can not work. Vacancies occur that they could well till, hut others step in before them. Men are moved from other field to take the places, and they are passed by. No one cares: no one gives the helping hand they need. Who cares for the unemployed minister? They can not make known the pain, the anguish, the anxiety, the need, the distress of their lives to those around them. It, is a secret agony, but their cry goes up to heaven. What will become of the Church that does not care for its unemployed ministers? Is there an over-supply of ministers? That question we will not discuss at present. But why should we have such active recruiting agencies, and have no agency at all for keeping all available workers fully employed in the work of the ministry? When more than two hundred ministers, more than 12 per cent, of the available ministers of our Church, are not engaged in ministerial work, though at great expense they have been prepared for it is u gooa economy to go on calling for others and spending money preparing them for the work, without taking steps to utilize all the workers already prepared, and experienced in the work? Will our Church take such steps? There is no more important problem of administration pressing upon us. Will our Church take it in hand ,seek to solve it, ami provide an agency to keep all available workers employed all the time? Sympathy for distressed, unemployed ministers requires such action on the part of our Church courts speedily. Economy of administration demands it. IF I KNEW YOU AND YOU KNEW ME. W. A. Garrabi'ant. If I knew you and you knew me, 'Tiu anldimi wa '1 But never having yet clasped hands. Both often fail to understand That each intends to do what's right. And treat each other "honor bright." How little to camplain there'd be If I knew you and you knew me. Then let no doubting thoughts abide Of firm good faith on either side; Confidence to each one give? Hiving ourselves, let others live. But anytime you come this way That you will call, we hope and pray. Then face to face, we each shall see. Then I'll know you, and you'll know me.