Excerpt from Manna-Crumbs for Hungry Souls: Consisting of Excerpts From the Letters
Among those who, since apostolic times, have towered high in devotional ﬂights, or gone deep into the mines of spiritual wealth, the Rev. Samuel Rutherford of Scotland will always be named with affectionate reverence by those familiar with his writings.
Born in the year 1600, and sinking to sleep in 1661, his life was passed amidst political and ecclesiastical agitations well calculated to develope a masculine piety, and polish it to a lustre of more than ordinary glow.
This memorable parenthesis of British history, saw James the First put on the English crown, and transfer it to Charles the First. It saw this Charles sink under the wrath of an indignant nation into a grave of blood. It em bosomed the memorable period of the Commonwealth under Cromwell. And a year before the death of Rutherford, it saw the triumphant march of Charles the Second from Dover to London, and the inauguration of those Bacchanalian revelries in which all virtue and decency were well nigh drowned.
This period was marked by unusual violence, in that long war which the heroic, bleeding church of Scotland had to wage against the profane, persistent, and merci less encroachments of the civil power. Into this war Rutherford threw himself with all the energy of a high and heroic nature, and more than once found himself in the relentless clutches of persecution.
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