with her, in the early part of her affliction. Her kind and affectionate mother did her best to promote her spiritual and eternal welfare ; and her fond father was pot wanting in his endeavours, to conduct his beloved child to the shores of bliss.

Some few days before her death, her father asked her, if she could give herself into the hands of God. She replied, “ Yes.” He then asked her, 6 Do you believe that, through the merits of Christ, you shall be saved ?” She answered without hesitation, “ Yes.” At another time, he asked her, if she felt the LORD with her, supporting and comforting her in her affliction. She answered, “ Yes." He asked her, if she felt a wish to be restored. She replied, " If it were the will of God, I should wish to live, but if not, I am willing to die.” On the Saturday before her soul took its flight, she was extremely ill; and appeared to be near death, not being able to speak. The family, overwhelmed with sorrow, were standing round her bed. But though deprived of speech, she was perfectly sensible; and willing to afford them all the satisfaction in her power, she beckoned to them, and, with her finger, pointed to heaven. On Sunday morning, a female friend, who was sitting hy her bedside, said, “ You were very ill yesterday, and we all thought you were dying; had you any fear of death?". She replied, “No, not the least.” On Wednesday afternoon, the day before she died, her mother read to her several of our beautiful hymns describing heaven ; to which she listened with great attention and pleasure. When her mother ceased to read, ELIZA pointed upward, and sweetly said, “Mother, heaven is not very high!" Her mother replied, “ No, my dear, if love reigns in the heart, there is heaven.” She instantly exclaimed, “ Amen! Amen!” She languished till Thursday, when she gently breathed her soul into the hauds of God. ;

From the commencement of her last illness, till her soul returned to Gon, she was highly favoured with spiritual support. Her sufferings were great ; but she bore them with patience and resignation.




Not a murmuring word escaped her lips; not a peevish thought was expressed in her countenance. Blessed with the comforts of religion, and adorned with the graces of the Holy Spirit, her whole aspect was interesting and lovely even upon a death-bed.

The following is a short sketch of Miss WINTLE's character. She was affectionate and dutiful to her parents: she abhorred duplicity, falsehood, and deceit of every description : she was particularly upright in her conduct; and if she saw a fault in her sisters or acquaintances, she would reprove them warmly, and sometimes roughly. Such conduct, in the estimation of some persons, seems to be rude and unamiable; and I confess it has that appearance : but ELIZA had never learned how to dissemble ; she knew not how. to conceal the feelings of her mind. But if she was warm and open in her temper, she was also ready to forgive, even under circumstances. by which she had been highly irritated and grieved. That she had her faults, I readily acknowledge; but while they exhibited the depravity of human nature, and showed her to be a fallen creature, they evidenced at the same time that she was a fallen creature under the restraints of grace. My dear young reader, consider the shortness and frailty of human life : prepare to meet thy. God..


DESCRIPTION OF THE COFFEE-TREE. The Coffee-Tree is a native of the Indies, grows surprisingly quick, and its body is naturally of an upright form, from fifteen to twenty feet in height. The leaves are four or five inches long, and two inches broad, smooth, green, and glossy on the upper surface; and the flowers, which grow in bunches at the base of the leaves, are white and sweet-scented. The berries or fruit are of a somewhat oval shape, about the size of a cherry, and of dark red colour when ripe. Each of these contains two cells, and each cell has a single seed, which is the coffee as we see it before it undergoes the process of roasting. The blos. soms first appear in July, when they show themselves

in bunches at the joints, wear the ends of the branches; they are much like the flowers of the jessamine, but have the addition of some yellow apices, which are loose on the top of the blossom, and a style which shoots out near half an inch above it. The fruit appears about October, but hangs on the tree till next July before it is ripe : it is then gathered and prepared for the market, or for propagating other plants. When the fruit has attained its maturity, doths are placed under the trees, and upon these the labourers shake it down. They afterwards spread the berries on mats, and expose them to the sun to dry, The husk is then broken off by large and heavy rollers of wood or iron. When the coffee has been thus cleared of its husk, it is again dried in the sun, and lastly winnowed with a large fan, for the purpose of clearing it from the pieces of husks with which it is intermingled.

Coffee is, perhaps, one of the greatest blessings, among those that are not really necessaries of life, which Providence has indulged to mankind. Considera ing its beneficial qualities in use, as well as its agreeable properties, it should be classed among the most elegant plants, in foliage, in blossom, and in fruit.



(From Time's Telescope for 1822.") « NOVEMBER is usually a very gloomy month, yet there are some intervals of clear and pleasant weather : the mornings are generally sharp, but the hoar-frost is soon dissipated by the sun giving a rich tinge to the autumnal colouring of the decaying foliage, and affording a fine open day. At other times, Novernber

Chills, with dense fogs, the cheerless, tardy morn,
Wraps soon-invading night in pall forlorn,
And, till December and his train appear,

Pours the loud urn on the expiring year. ** The earth is now surcharged with moisture, and the state of the ground is well suited to new planting; the mild rains and even the winds consolidating the earth round the roots of the young plants, and favouring the action of their fibres, before an entire suspension takes place by severe frost.

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“ The foggy mornings of November are favourable to the growth and appearance of mushrooms; and to range the reeking meadows in search of them, at an early hour in the morning, is the occupation of nany of the village children. The fungi or mushroom tribe are very numerous, and of singular construction : their various species abounding at this season offer to the naturalist a wide scope for observation; they attract the notice of every one ; even children admire them, and they afford to the philosopher a subject of interesting speculation.

« The naturalist, who lately contemplated the trees and shrubs in all their beauty of outline, foliage, blossoms, colours, and lights and shadows, must now contemplate them in their ramifications, sprays, buds, and barks, in which he will still find abundance of beauty and wonder.

“ Small birds begin to congregate, to pass the winter months in associated bodies; the stock-dove, one of the latest winter birds of passage, arrives from more northern regions, towards the end of this month.

“ Moles now make their nests, in which they lodge during the winter, and which are ready for depositing their young in the spring. These are distinguished by being of a larger size than the common mole-hill, and are lined with dried grass, leaves, &c.

“ The farmer usually finishes his ploughing this month. Cattle and horses are taken into the farm-yard ; sheep are sent to the turnip-field; ant-hills are destroyed; and bees are put under shelter.

“ The gardener sows peas and beans in a warm situation for an early crop, if happily they may survive the frosts of winter.

" Violent storms of wind are not uncommon in October and November, but the partial injury which they occasion is amply compensated by the benefits derived from them in purifying the atmosphere."

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FOR NOVEMBER, 1822. The Moon rises, on the 1st, about six at night, under the Pleiades to the west of her, and is soon followed by Jupiter, also to the west of her ; she will form, with the Pleiades, Jupiter, and Aldebaran, a pleasing groupe. On the 13th is new Moon, at thirty-six minutes past six at night. . On the 16th, the crescent of the Moon is sech at sun-set near the horizon in south-west-bysouth. On the 28th is full Moon, at forty-two minutes past seven at night; she rises, in the evening, more than half an hour before sun-set; and will be seen, when the stars appear, to the east of the Pleiades, having beneath her Jupiter to the west. On the 29th, she rises about a quarter of an hour after sun-set. Jupiter, the Pleiades, Aldebaran, with the Hyades, will be distinguished to the west of her.

" MERCURY will be a morning star after the 5th, and before that time, from his nearness to the Sun, invisible.

« Venus is a morning star, “ Mars is an evening star.

" JUPITER rises about six at night on the Ist, and on the 20th about sun-set. He is first seen above and near to the bighest star of the Hyades, affording a constant opportunity of comparing his splendour with that of Aldebaran.

" SATURN is on the meridian at six minutes before midnight on the 1st, about eleven on the 13th, and ten on the 27th.

“ HERSCHEL is an evening star." (Evening Amusemenls.)


Beneath iny shade repose, and hear my voice !
Ere last eventful century sprang to light,
I stood where now I stand. Spring siniles as fair,
And summer laughs midst all the flowery train,
As beautiful as when, at first, my youth
Flung forth the fairest foliage ; but not so
With him who placed me here: he long ago
Was gathered to his fathers; many a son
Of Adam since, hath sighed beneath my shade,
My dainties tasted, and with hoary head
Descended to the grave. My branches now
Remind me of my fate ; my withering limbs
Portend my ruin near, and tell the tale
That all of earth must perish! Yet, o man !
Thy fate for thee a happier doom hath fix'd:
I fall to rise no more ; but thou shalt rise,
And be thou grateful to the King of kings,
To live for ever in the realms of light.


I LOVE to rove amidst the starry height,

To leave the little scenes of Earth behind,
And let Imagination wing her flight

On eagle pinions, swifter than the wind.
I love the Planets in their course to trace ;

To mark the Cornets speeding to the Sun,
Then launch into immeasurable space,

Where, lost to human sight, remote they run.
I love to view the Moon, when high she rides,..

Amidst the heavens, in borrowed lustre bright;

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