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remember that in the cavity of the tympanum there were two openings, called the foramen ovale and the foramen rotundum, both of which lead into the labyrinth. The former leads also into the vestibule, and the latter into the cochlea; each of these has a membrane stretched over it. Thence sound passes through the various intricate canals I before described. The soft expansion of the nerve in the three divisions of the labyrinth receives the undulations of the contained fluids, and these motions give to the nerve and brain the sense of hearing.
Frank. I think in some respects this is more curious than the account of the construction of the eye, because through the eye we get impressions of things that really exist; but through the ear, of those which come from the minds of others, and go to our biains, and make us feel, and think of things, that we never felt before.
Mamma. Yes, this knowledge reminds us of what the psalmist says : “ It is high, I cannot attain unto it.” But you must always remember, my dear, that though outward things seem to you more real than those which are merely intellectual, and have only to do with the mind, that it is not so in fact; and by studying the anatomy of the ear we may learn this truth. There is another thing also which I should wish you to observe, and that is, that it is possible for the outward ear to look quite perfect, and to catch all the sounds which the vibrations of the air produce ; and yet if the inner and bidden parts of it are diseased or imperfect, no sensation will be communicated to the brain: this is the case with whom?
Mamma. Yes, and what scripture truth do you think this teaches us, with regard to ourselves ?
Frank. Do you mean, mamma, that merely hearing the gospel will not do us any good unless we receive it into our hearts ?
Mamma. Yes, my dear; all the Jews to whom Christ himself preached the gospel, heard him with the outward ear, but what good did some of them get by it? They merely increased their own condemnation ; because seeing, they saw, but did not perceive, and hearing, they heard, but did not understand. Let us therefore take heed how we hear, and remember that it is Christ in the heart, and not Christ in the understanding only, which will do our souls any real good.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE CHRISTIAN
MADAM, I SHOULD feel indifferent to the doubts expressed by your correspondent G. E. M. of the veracity of the detailed circumstances in the · Memoir of Little Annie,' did they not ondervalue the consideration of spiritual truths, of too much importance to be disregarded. And as you have become charged with impropriety or indiscretion, for having admitted it into the pages of the Magazine (though that was not the channel of publication contemplated by me), I feel it right and incumbent to give you the fullest assurance of the strict truth of every part of that memoir, and to subjoin, as a credential, the testimony of the favoured parents.
The memoir is neither a 'fictitious' nor highly wrought narrative, but the simple statement of facts: neither is it a miracle, but an evidence of the extraordinary influential operation of the Holy Spirit of Him who worketh as seemeth him good.- the Spirit that bloweth where it listeth. Neither is it a superstitious fancy of a fond imagination, desiring to create a phantom to uphold a system ; but an honest detail of a work and manifestation of grace, calculated to quicken parents to a more lively dependence of faith, and a more watchful attention to the answer of prayer, in readiness to foster the early tokens of divine influence, not grieving the Spirit by indifference.
This was the object of the writer of that memoir : and she assures G. E. M. and those of the same sentiments with her with whom she has conversed, that they commit an error, in forming to themselves a limit of the divine grace, and ventoring to make their calculation of a period before which they conceive such a work could not be so evidenced.
The memoir has now been given more generally to the public, and the author earnestly prays that its importance in the truth it displays may be impressed and blessed to all who read it.
I can pardon the temptation to discredit such facts --they are uncommon; but I shrink not, because they are difficult to believe, from declaring such facts, and am thankful for the opportunity of showing forth the grace and promise of that redeeming Lord, who, when he said, “ Suffer little children to come unto me,” neither prescribed a limited period or age, nor quenched the ardent hope and desire of parental love and duty, by saying when it would be too soon to show the power of grace wrought in their heart.
The hasty criticism of the circumstances has led to further error. I conceive the subject described, Luke i. 41, 44, 80, would most probably be one to develope the earliest influences, as perhaps also Jer. i. 5.
But the remarks respecting that sacred subject of the infantile state of our Emmanuel, the LORD OUR Righteousness, however they may sound to cold speculation, are, I am compelled to say, repugnant to my feelings, and offensive to my faith. “ The Son of the Highest," Luke i. 32; “That holy thing born of the virgin,” 35; “ The Son of God,” which was
“ conceived of the Holy Ghost,” Matt. i. 20; and who was, though in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin-must needs have developed his holy nature in infantile actions, and opening mind, from the first breath of human life.
Pardon the trouble I give you, my dear madam, to insert this testimony, and believe me to be with sincere Christian regard,
We, the undersigned, the father and the mother of the child Annie, whose Memoir, reduced into writing by a much-esteemed friend, has appeared in the Christian Lady's Magazine, of the months of August and September, 1835, having seen in the Magazine of the month of November, a paper seeming to impeach the validity of the facts detailed in the said memoir (precious realities, the subject of our humblest praise to the Sovereign Giver of Grace), we hereby tender our solemn declaration that the memoir with the facts detailed therein, are substantially and particularly correct and true, and really occurred in the blessed child's short mortal career, and to which more might also truly have been added.