The Earl of Aberdeen
LORD HADDO, M.A., Fifth Earl of Aberdeen, Royal
Academician, etc., was born again in Brighton.
Here is the story of how his instantaneous transformation
"It was about seven o'clock in the evening of
1848, that I received such a deep impression of Eternity
that the effect has continued to the present day--and, by
the blessing of God, will remain to my
dying day. I had
just dressed for dinner, when the sight of the clothes
which I had thrown off suddenly impressed me with the
thought of dying--of undressing for the last time; of being
unclothed of this body. . . I felt the terrors of dying un-
prepared in a degree approaching to reality. In short,
the prospect of death was impressed on
with overwhelming force; and not of death only, but of
Eternity, the day of Judgment, an
offended God, and the
sentence to eternal punishment. I felt the
necessity of preparing for death at any cost and any
sacrifice. . . . Safety was all I aimed at, and I grasped at
it with the feelings of a drowning man.
"When I went to dinner, some musicians came as
at this hour, before the house. Their tune seemed to me
utter discord, and they were sent away in disgust. What
madness, I thought, to be fiddling, when Heaven and
Hell are immediately before us!"
It was after an experience like this that the question
of his life's work presented itself solemnly to Lord Haddo.
"what wilt [T]hou have me to do[,]" became the ever-
recurring thought of his quickened
soul to the end of his