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of salivation, and then discharged cured. In five years afterwards, during almost every day of which I saw him, he remained free from the complaint, and proved an excellent servant, often expressing his gratitude to his master in warm and simple terms.- My father in Africa,' he would say, sold me; you are my father, I love you best!' I have pleasure in adding that I met with the lad in Paris in October, 1819, and that he continued perfectly well; I believe, he is now, June 21, 1820, at Buxton.” .

We have copied the preceding account into this Miscellany, not merely because it relates to an extraordinary and very distressing disease, the description of which, we are sure, will excite in our young friends the liveliest gratitude for their own exemption from such painful maladies--the sad fruits of sin, "by which came death into the world, and all our woe,” but also, as an impressive specimen of the shocking want even of “ natural affection” in many parts of the Pagan world. This hapless Negro Boy, being diseased, and deemed incurable, was thereupon sold by his own parents into slavery; and his price was two yards of Checked Linen! Hear this, ye Christian Children and Youth ; and be thankful that you were born in Britain, a land in which the benign and hu. marizing influences of the blessed Gospel have so extensive an operation on the feelings and habits of society, and not in those dark places of the earth, which Bibles and Missionaries have not yet visited, and which are full of the habitations of cruelty. Pity, from your hearts, the wretched slaves of superstition and barba. rism; pray for the conversion of the Heathen; and, to prove the sincerity of your pity and of your prayers, join yourselves, without delay, as Subscribers and as Col.

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lectors, to some of the Juvenile Missionary Societies in your respective neighbourhoods. “With such sacrifices, God is well-pleased.”

A SISTER'S TALES.

. No. I.
(To be continued Monthly.)

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INTRODUCTION. JANE L- was the eldest of six children. I shall · leave my young readers to fancy what sort of faces and forms they had ; and as to their tempers, minds, and manners, they will be sufficiently displayed in future Papers, and, therefore, need 'not be described here. JANE had serious, intelligent, and kind parents; and she very much resembled them ; as much as a pencilled outline does the engraving from which it is taken. She had her mother's smile, and her father's forehead; and what is of much more consequence, her mother's sweetness, and her father's sense.

Mr. and Mrs. L— had educated their children entirely at home, and their style of living was perhaps · rather homely: but it was suited to their circumstances; for AGUR's desire had been granted to them ; they had 6 neither poverty nor riches,” but were “ fed with food convenient for them.”

The old family-house was situated at a long distance from any town, and a still longer one from London. A small village of scattered houses was within a mile of them ; but its inhabitants were very poor, and there was not a family among them with whom the L- 's could associate, but for the purposes of kindness and benevolence. Their only friends were the clergyman of the parish, and his large little family ; but they lived

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three miles off ; and though, during the fine seasons, they had many a pleasant visit at the parsonage, in the winter this was iinpossible, unless they could have skaited like little Dutch girls.

When the heavy rains of November and December came down and overflowed the valley they inhabited, they could almost fancy themselves to be like the family in Noau's ark,-alone in the world. If they were dull and tired, as the liveliest people sometimes will be, no friendly neighbour popped in to enliven them ; no child on her way from school came to show her new doll, or baby-house, or book, 'to raise their admiration or excite their wonder.' "Few, and far between,” were even the postman's most welcome visits; and when he was beheld in the distance, his red jacket was hailed as a signal of approaching delight. If anyone called, it was only Gold Mrs. " for her weekly soup, or some poor brown gypsey, who cheated the deluded servants out of their money by pretending to tell them their fortunes. The family of L— were therefore obliged to seek all their earthly enjoyments among themselves. Perhaps some young persons who live in London, or any other city, town, or village, and who, when at home, can always amuse themselves with counting the carriages, and gay people that pass, or when out, with peeping into the splendid shops, will ask, “What could those girls do, in an old house, surrounded by brown hills, and grey valleys, and black naked trees, and a dark misty sea in the distance, all the winter long, with no companions but one another?” Now to this question, I mean all my future Papers to be an answer.

I must return to Jane, of whom I have not said enough yet ;--- but if any, who read this Paper, have an elder sister whom they love very much, and who is very kind to them, they can imagine what sort of a person this was, better than I can describe her. If they must, however, have her picture, here it is. She was sixteen years old, and “neither handsome nor plain;" but she had good sense and a good temper ;--these made her (and will make every one who possesses them) very good-looking. She was pious too; and

she remembered, that one fruit of religion is, “ to · do unto others as we would they should do unto us." ; Now when she was a child, she was very fond (as

indeed most children are) of reading stories ;-in fact, she liked no other kind of reading ; -and she often crept into her father's study, when he was away, and, for entertainment, got at some old books that contained tales more calculated to frighten, than amuse. They did frighten indeed, as her beating heart told her when bed-time came; but she said nothing of it, for she knew it was her own fault. Jane, however, was determined that her sisters should never be obliged to have recourse to stories of that kind to interest them; and therefore she told them some more instructive, and, perhaps, more pleasing. What they were, my readers must be so kind as to wait another month to learn.

O.

MEMOIR OF SARAH RAWLING,

LATE OF MANCHESTER.

(By a Sunday-School Teacher.) SARAH RAWLING was born at Flibsby, in York. shire. While she was yet young, she began to seek after God; and, under the instruction of a pious aunt, was directed into the way of life, and joined the Methodist Society at Leeds, in the year 1818.

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In February, 1820, she came to reside in Manchester; and was admitted as a scholar in the David-street Sunday School, in which she became an ornament to the class in which she was taught, and an example to all around her. Her serious and Christian behaviour gained her the respect of the conductors and teachers; and to her fellow-scholars she was as “a city set on a hill which cannot be hid.” Her piety was deep and sincere, not showy and ostentatious; so that while we saw her light, and beheld her - good works, we were led to glorify our Father which is in heaven. She was introduced to the Methodist Society in this town by a note of recommendation from the Rev. R. Reece, then stationed at Leeds; and it is worthy of remark, that on the day when her class was to assemble, she was observed to go through her ordinary work with more than usual celerity and cheerfulness, that she might, without neglecting any worldly duty, have time to attend the meeting in the evening. From the period at which she first joined the Society here, to the close of her life, it appeared that she was weekly “ growing in grace," and increasing in the knowledge and love of God.

She was very conscientious in her observance of the LORD's day; always making every possible preparation, that she might not be occupied in secular things on the Sabbath, nor be hindered in 6 observing the day unto the Lord.” A young man, who resided under the same roof, was in the habit of cleaning his shoes on the Sunday morning: knowing that this practice was a violation of the precept, “Remember the Sabbath-day to keep it holy," she very gently and affectionately reproved him. Her admonition had the desired effect; and from that time he ceased to make. the day of rest a day of labour. This young man had once made a profession of religion ; but, 6 in some unbless'd hour,” had forsaken the good and the right way. At length, however, by her pious example and earnest entreaties, she was made the instrument of inducing him to turn his feet again towards the testimonies of God, and he is now a member of

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