Samuel Harris's Lawsuit, And How The Lord Settled It For Him.

"When Samuel Harris, of Virginia, began to preach, his soul was so

absorbed in the work, that he neglected to attend to the duties of this

life. Finding, upon a time, that it was absolutely necessary that he

should provide more grain for his family than he had raised upon his own

farm, he called upon a man who owed him a debt, and told him he would be

glad to receive the money.

"The man repl
ed: 'I have no money by me, and cannot oblige you.'

"Harris said; 'I want the money to purchase wheat for my family; and as

you have raised a good crop of wheat, I will take that of you instead of

money, at a current price.'

"The man answered: 'I have other uses for my wheat, and cannot let you

have it.'

"'How then,' said Harris, 'do you intend to pay me?'

"'I never intend to pay you until you sue me,' replied the debtor, 'and

therefore you may begin your suit as soon as you please.'

"Mr. Harris left him, meditating. Said he to himself, 'What shall I do?

Must I leave preaching, and attend to a vexatious lawsuit? Perhaps a

thousand souls may perish in the meantime, for want of hearing of Jesus!

No; I will not. Well, what will you do for yourself? Why, this will I

do; I will sue him at the Court of Heaven.' Having resolved what he

would do, he turned aside into a wood, and on his knees laid the matter

before the Lord. Mr. Harris felt such an evidence of Divine favor,--he

felt, to use his own expressive language, that Jesus would become

bondsman for the man, and see that he was paid if he went on preaching.

Mr. Harris arose from prayer, resolved to hold the man no longer a

debtor, since Jesus had assumed the payment. He therefore wrote a

receipt in full of all accounts against the man, and dating it in the

woods, where he had prayed, signed it with his own name. Going the next

day by the man's house, on his way to meeting, he gave the receipt to a

servant, directing him to give it to his master. On his return from

meeting, the man hailed him, and demanded what he meant by the receipt

he had sent him in the morning.

"Mr. Harris replied: 'I mean just as I wrote.'

"'But you know, sir,' answered the debtor, 'I have never paid you.'

"'True,' said Mr. Harris, 'and I know you said that you never would

unless I sued you. But, sir, I sued you at the Court of Heaven, and

Jesus entered bail for you, and has agreed to pay me; I have therefore

given you a discharge!'

"'But I insist upon it,' said the man; 'matters shall not be left so.'

"'I am well satisfied,' answered Harris. 'Jesus will not fail me. I

leave you to settle the account with him at another day. Farewell.'

"This operated so effectually on the man's conscience, that in a few

days he _came and paid the debt_."