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SACRED POETRY.

My terrors all vanished

Before the sweet name;

My guilty fears banished,
ECHO.

With boldness I came

To drink at the fountain I stood on the banks of a swift-flowing river,

So copious and free, While I marked its clear current roll speedily past,

Jehovah Tsidkēnu is
It seemed to my fancy for ever repeating

All things to me.
That the dearest enjoyments of life would not last.
Oli! tell me, I said, rapid stream of the valley,

Jehovah Tsidkēnu, my
That bear'st in thy course the blue waters away,

Treasure and boast, Can the joys of life's morning awake but to vanish,

Jehovah Tsidkēnu, I Can the feelings of love be all doom'd to decay ?

Ne'er can be lost.

In Thee I shall conquer, An Echo repeated—“ All doomed to decay."

By flood and by field, Flow on in thy course, rapid stream of the valley,

My cable, my anchor, Since the pleasures of life we so quickly resign,

My breastplate and shield ! My heart shall rejoice in the wild scenes of nature,

Even treading the valley, And friendship's delights while they yet may be mine.

The shadow of death, Must all the sweet charms of mortality perish,

This Watchword” shall rally And friendship’s endearments Ah! will they not

My faltering breath ; stay?

For while from life's fever The simple enchantments of soft blooming nature,

My God sets me free, And the pleasures of mind-must they too fade away?

Jehovah Tsidkēnu my The Echo slow answered—“ They too fade away."

Death song shall be. Then where, I exclaimed, is there hope for the mourner,

Larbert.

R. M'Ch. A balm for his sorrow, a smile for his grief ?

Collins the Poet.-Collins is well known as a celeIf beautiful scenes like the present shall vanish,

brated English poet. In the latter part of his life, he Where-- where shall we seek for a certain relief?

withdrew from his general studies, and travelled with Oh! fly, said my soul, to the feet of thy Saviour, Believe in his mercy, for pardon now pray,

no other book than an English New Testament, such With him there is fulness of joy and salvation,

as children carry to school. When a friend took it into Thy gladness shall live, and shall never decay :

his head to see what companion a man of letters had The Écho said sweetly—“ Shall never decay."

chosen, the poet said, “ I have only one book, but that

book is the best." Anonymous.

True Independence.- When Mr Campbell went upon his first mission to Africa, the Bible Society sent along with him a number of Bibles, to be distributed to a Highland regiment, stationed at the Cape of Good Hope.

Arrived there, the regiment was drawn out, in order to JEHOVAH TSIDKENU.

receive the Bibles. Mr C. and the box which contained " The Lord our Righteousness."— The Watchword of the Reformers. them were placed in the centre, and on his presenting I ONCE was a stranger

the first Bible to one of the men, he took out of his To grace and to God,

pocket four

lings and sixpence for the Bible, saying, I knew not my danger,

“ I enlisted to serve my king and country, and I have And felt not my load.

been well and amply paid, and will not accept of a Bible Though friends spoke in rapture

as a present, when I can pay for it.” Of Christ on the tree,

Beza. - It is related of Beza, one of the Reformers, Jeliovah Tsidkēnu was

that when he was old, and could not recollect the names Nothing to me.

of persons and things he had heard but a few minutes I oft read with pleasure,

before, he could remember and repeat the epistles of To soothe or engage,

St Paul, which he had committed to memory when he Isaiah's wild measure,

was young And John's simple page ;

Printed and Published by JOAN JOHNSTONE, at the Offices of the But ev'n where they pictured

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32, Glassford Street, Glasgow ;-JAMES NISET & Co., and R. H. Jobovah Tsidkinu seemed

Moore, London ; J. DAVENPORT, Liverpool; D. R. BLEAKLEY

Dublin; W. M'Comb, Belfast. Nothing to me.

AGENTS.

Aberdeen, PETER GRAY. Kilmarnock, CRAWFORD & Sox. Like tears from the daughters

Arbroath, P. WILSON.

Lerwick, W. R. DUNCAN. Of Zion that roll,

Ayr, J. Dick.

Londonderry, D. CAMPBELL. Carlisle, H. SCOTT.

Manchester, BANCKS & Co. I wept when the waters

Duinfries, M'KIB; & Anderson. Montrose, J. & D. NICHOL. Went over his soul;

Dundee, F. Shaw.

Newcastle, FINLAY & CHARLTON; Yet thought not that my sins

Elgin, ForsYTU & YOUNG. and CURRIB & BOWMAN.
Greenock, J. FLISLOP.

Paisley, A. GARDNER.
Had nailed to the tree

Inverness, J. Smith.

Perth, J. DEWAR. Jehovah Tsidkēnu_'twas

Kelso, J. RUTHERFORD.

Wick, P. Reid.
Nothing to me.

And sold by the Local Agents in all the Towns and Parishes of
Scotland; and to be procured of every Bookseller in England and

Ireland.
But when free grace awoke me
By light from on high,

Subscribers in Edinburgh and Leith will have their copies de.

livered regularly at their own residences, every Saturday morning, Then legal fears shook me,

by leaving their addresses with the Publisher, or with John Lindsay I trembled to die;

& Co., 7, South St Andrew Street.-Subscribers in Glasgow will,

in like manner, have their copies delivered, by leaving their addresses No refuge, no safety,

at the Publishing Office there, 32, Glassford Street. In self could I sce

Subscription (payable in advance) per quarter, of twelve weeks, Jehovah Tsidkēnu my

Is. 6d.-per half-year, of twenty-four weeks, 3s.-per year, of forty

eight weeks, 6s. --Monthly Parts, containing four Numbers cach, Saviour must be.

stitched in a printed wrapper, price Sevenpence.

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THE VALUE OF THE SABBATH. and inability to obtain the co-operation of others,

which, on the Sabbath, is not to be commanded. BY THE Rev. ARCHIBALD BENNIE,

The mind, it is true, will be active on that day Minister of Lady Yester's Parish, Edinburgh. as well as on others, but it will not be active We may illustrate the value of the Sabbath, by according to task. Its activity is voluntary, considering it, first, as a day of rest ; and second unforced, and, if we may so speak, non-exhaustly, as a day of religious duty and privilege. ing. There is something in the very repose of 1. That occasional intervals of repose are ne

the Sabbath, which has a refreshing effect upon cessary for the healthy and vigorous action both the mind. The city is at rest. The plough lies of the mind and the body, is felt by the most un

motionless in the field. If a man goes abroad, he thinking. We cannot continue long at any pro- sees not the stir and crowd of other days. He cess of labour without pausing to recruit; and it feels that there is a respite from the ordinary law has generally been observed, that when any one and tax of humanity. Even the brute-beast is has attempted to dispense with repose for a con- spared. Though all the great processes of nature siderable period of time, the unnatural attempt has are going on, yet such is the effect of association, issued either in premature decay, or in some vio- that the very aspect of the scenery around us lent shock to the system, which has unfitted him seems to partake of the stillness which rests upon for further exertion. The regular return of night, the works and the ways of man. The poet of the though a most wise provision in the divine eco Sabbath has very beautifully expressed this :nomy, does not altogether meet our need of rest. “ How still the morning of the hallowed day! It repairs the exhaustion of the preceding day, and Sounds the most faint attract the ear,—the hum efreshes for the toils of that which follows. But,

Of early bee, the trickling of the dew, besides that night, as a season of rest, is often

The distant bleating mid-way up the hill.

To him who wanders o'er the upland leas, abridged by our carrying the labours of day into

The blackbird's note comes mellower from the dale; it

, there seems to be a necessity for occasional And sweeter from the sky the gladsome lark pauses, over against wbich no labour is to be set, Warbles with heaven-tuned song; the lulling brook during which, the constitution, like the soil, Murmurs more gently down the deep-worn glen.” may lie fallow, and both mind and body, freed from Nor is it to be overlooked, that there seems to all labour and restraint, may be invigorated for be a peculiar felicity in the appointment of each that alternation of toil and rest, which makes up seventh day to be a day of rest. Habit, no doubt, the ordinary day of life. The mind, it is true, is has a great influence on our feelings with respect capable of much longer, and more intense labour to this. But there is a general feeling that a than the body, and does not stand so much in need longer term of business and toil than six days, of relaxation and relief ; but even it, though the would be oppressive, and that a shorter would be better, the far nobler part, may be overstretched; a hurtful interruption to the necessary avocations and though scarcely ever totally inactive, nor is it and pursuits of life. Even men who are not in desirable that it should be so, it requires a cessation the least alive to the religious sanction and design from its ordinary pursuits, a variety in its exer- of the Sabbath, appear to be willing to admit this cises and engagements, in order that it may main- view of it. For though some, in their idolatrous tain its vivacity and vigour unimpaired.' Now, pursuit of wealth and other objects, often break the Sabbath, as a day of rest, completely answers in on the rest of the Sabbath, and, in practice, lithis end. It is a pause in the rapid flow of life. terally blot it out of many weeks in the year, yet It is an interval of withdrawment from its business even these persons are conscious, sooner or later, and cares. It is an interruption to the bustle and that they have bent the bow too far ; while all who hurry, by which both body and mind are often reflect calmly and comprehensively on our nature worn out, and utterly enfeebled. Even when and condition, will be ready to allow, that as inthere is no real religion, it causes a man to stand terrupting the drudgery and care of life, which, in still from want of scope for worldly transactions, many cases, are little better than a grinding at the mill, the Sabbath justly claims to be considered as and it only answers its high end, when it helps a most wise and beneficent institution. In those him on in his preparation for eternity,—in that countries in which it has been unknown, men, work of salvation, which, under grace, is his highunder the conviction that occasional rest is indis- est employment on earth. pensable, have felt the necessity of holidays and fes- The worship of God, both in public and in pritivals to break the tedium and the monotony of life. vate, forms the most prominent duty of the SabThese, however, have afforded a poor substitute for bath. It is the only day, indeed, on which public the Sabbath, both because they have been rare, and worship can be conveniently and efficiently perbecause, partly owing to their rareness, they have formed. Private worship belongs to every day; been too often marked by an intemperance and but public worship requires men to assemble in excess, which, in a great measure, have counter- considerable numbers, and for a considerable period acted their beneficial effects. If a sagacious states of time; and hence, it is peculiarly appropriate to man or monarch were to propose to himself the a day on which the ordinary employments and question, What institution of a general kind is cares of life are laid aside. This great branch of best adapted to promote the health, the bodily duty invests the Sabbath, to the sincere Chrisactivity and comfort, and the mental vigour and tian, with a deep and holy charm. In one sense, enjoyment of a people ? he could think of none that day has a value to the impenitent, though so simple, so wise, and so efficient, as the institu- they are insensible to it. As a divine institution, tion of the Sabbath. He could not issue a more it is an appeal to a lost world, on the subject of arimirable proclamation, than that each seventh their highest interests. Its very solemnity comes day should be a day of rest ;-a day, on which the upon mankind like a voice of power. Its peacefulhand of the mechanic should cease from its labour, ness, the cessation of toil, and bustle, and merchanand the foot of the pilgrim pause in its travels ;

-dise, has something religious in it. Besides, the a day, on which the silence of repose should come Sabbath places the means of grace within the reach down on city and plain, the business of life be of the careless and profane. The sanctuary is open; suspended, and its cares forgotten.

the devout are seen hastening from their hoines, II. The Sabbath is a day of religious duty and in decent attire, that they may join in worship; privilege. This is its grand distinguishing cha- the Word is publicly preached, and sinners are inracteristic, to which the rest of the body is design- vited to partake of salvation. But the true value ed to be subservient. For though rest in itself is of the Sabbath belongs to the believer. Conceive salutary, yet the rest of mere idleness, particularly a man, pursuing.salvation with intense earnestas respects the mind, would be attended with per- ness,—deeply alive to spiritual excellence,—reanicious effects. The body is respited from toil, lising things unseen and eternal—and feeling from and the mind from its ordinary pursuits, that duties day to day the common concerns and engagements of the most sublime spirituality may be engaged of life to be comparatively sordid, as well as to be in. These duties give to the Sabbath its peculiar accompanied with much to grieve, annoy, and sanctity. It is a day set apart fur religious me- hinder the soul in its upward progress--its aspiraditation and devotional exercises. During the tions after purity, peace, and love :--Conceive the piher days of the week, religion may be said to value of the Sabbath to such a man. He welhold a divided empire. It is but one element, even comes it as a refuge from distraction and care. It when it is supreme, and all-pervading; and is as a haven after a storm. Its quiet comes down though its influence should be powerfully felt, the like sunshine upon his soul. It invites him to mind is necessarily occupied with a variety of in- duties the most delightful and reviving. It brings terests and cares, which exhaust its energy and him into the full presence of the God whom he consume time. But the Sabbath-day is designed loves, and the Saviour in whom he trusts—with to exclude other things, that religion may bave no cloud or shadow intervening to impair his joy. the whole tield of thought to itself,—that it may It banishes all that is low, frivolous, and earthly. be considered in its vastness and glory without | It calls him to the house of Prayer,—the scene of distraction, and that by calm meditation upon his dearest associations, his most exalted pleasures, its truths, and the exercise of the affections in and his holiest desires. It spreads out before bim devotion, whatever injury, in point of clearness or the richly furnished table of divine provision, and influence, it may have sustained during the week, supplies the food by which he is to be nourished may be repaired, and a fresh impulse given to our and refreshed. It lifts him to a noble elevation diligence and zeal in the performance of its duties. above the world and its cares. When fully enThis is what is implied in keeping the Sabbath joyed, it is heaven upon earth.

« One day in thy holy, the language of the Fourth Commandment. courts is better than a thousand.” For mere rest is not holiness,-pastime or amuse- Private worship, we have said, belongs to every ment is not holiness; and hence they who would day. But the Sabbath affords peculiar advantages interpret that commandment as only implying for observing it, both in the family and the closet. thiese, do most entirely mistake its import and de- | There is not only more time, more freedom from sign. To keep it holy, is undoubtedly to spend all disquietude and interruption, but public duty it in religious duty. It is the “ day which God comes in aid of private, and attunes the mind to it. has made.” He made it for man,—to meet the The train of pious thought being longer contigreat and urgent wants of his nature and condition; I nued, the mind has time to kindle into a glow upon it, as well as to avail itself of those helps to Christian poet, Cowper, on the right observance devotion, which reading and meditation supply. of the Sabbath :Family worship is observed with more interest and

" What says the prophet ? Let that day be bless'd solemnity than on other days. The members of

With holiness and consecrated rest. the domestic circle can then be all assembled. Pastime and business both it should exclude, Worship comes not like an intrusion on what is And bar the door the moment they intrude ; secular. There is no violent transition to it. It Nobly distinguish'd above all the six, fows naturally and easily from the design of the

By deeds in which the world must never mix.

Hear him again. He calls it a delight, Sabbath. It is closely allied to its public duties.

A day of luxury, observed aright; The Bile, in one sense the book of every day, is When the giad soul is made heaven's welcome guest, emphatically the book of the Sabbath. Family Sits banqueting, and God provides the feast !" Forship, too, beautifully crowns the lessons of

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF rental a lvice, and the work of parental instruction. Izen the father has been imparting counsel,

JOIN FREDERIC OBERLIN, warning against temptation, and encouraging to Pastor of Waldbach, in the Ban de la Roche., piety and virtue, it is a most appropriate close to

(Continued from page 38.) his task to worship God. There is not a more The spirit of industry being thus awakened in the Steindelightful spectacle, than is exhibited when a thal, Oberlin was not the man to let it sleep. To Christian father sits on a Sabbath evening in the enable the people to carry on efiectually further iinmidst of his children, explaining the wisdom of provements, he erected a depôt for agricultural tools the precious Word; or kneels with the young wor

and implements of husbandry—for whenever any of

them were lost, broken, or out of repair, two whole days shippers around him in fervent reverential prayer.

were lost in going to Strasbourg to get them replaced. Sach domestic scenes are the proper and hopeful | He established, also, a lending fund, for those who had no nurseries of the Church.

ready money; but under such strict regulations, that those

who did not repay the sums they had borrowed at the sti"O Scotland ! much I love thy tranquil dales :

pulated period, were deprived for a certain time of the But most on Sabbath eve, when low the sun

privilege. As there had been no mechanic of any deSlants through the upland copse, 'tis my delight,

scription, he made provision for introducing trades Wandering, and stopping oft, to hear the song Of kindred praise arise from humble roofs ;

among the people, by choosing some of the readiest and

most promising lads, and sending them to Strasbourg, Or, when the simple service ends, to hear The lifted latch, and mark the gray-haired man,

to serve a short apprenticeship, with various artisans

so that, by this wise expedient, the Ban de la Roche was The father and the priest, walk forth alone

soon supplied with masons, carpenters, glaziers, cartInto his garden-plat, or little field, To commune with his God in secret prayer,

wrights, blacksıniths, and workmen of every art, withTo bless the Lord, that in his downward years

out the people being subjected to the trouble, expense,

and loss of time which they had previously incurred; La children are about himn :"

and the money wlich had formerly been spent at a disCloset or secret prayer has also peculiar advan- tance, was circulated freely among themselves. He tazes on the Sabbath. A day, with so much of carried his improvements into their dwellings, which

were formerly, most.of them, nothing more than wretch. heaven in it, prepares the Christian for the most

ed lovels, hewn out of the rocks, and without any cel. endearing communion with God. The whole day

lars to preserve their potatoes, which formed their prin. has a parer atmosphere than the other days of the cipal food, from the intluence of the frost. He was anxi. Feek. The closet is a bright and hallowed spot. ous, also, to improve their agriculture; but the people, The Christian enters it with his mind serene, spi

supposing that, from his habits and mode of life, he could ritually sensitive, and more than usually elevated

not have so much knowledge on that subject as they

themselves bad, resisted all his attempts; and he, wisely in its thoughts. The great truths, heard or read

judging, that an appeal to themselves would be the most during the day, hare imparted to his views an ex

certain way of convincing them, resolved to put his traordinary vividness. As he communes with God, theories in practice, on a small piece of ground belongit seems as if the realities of faith stood personi- ing to the parsonage. Having dug trenches, four or Eed before him, and he felt the blessedness and joy

five feet deep, he planted various slips of apples, pears, of their presence. The closet is Bethel; and the

plums, cherries, and walnuts, and made a large nursery angels of God ascend and descend on the ladder of neglected, from the supposed sterility of the soil; and,

of a piece of ground, which had been hitherto totally the New Covenant.

in due time, the peasants, astonished at the rich proSuch is a faint illustration of the value of the duce of their minister's ground, compared with the Salbath. When thus spent, and thus enjoyed, scanty return of their own, flocked to enquire by what it is indeed a day of high and holy privilege,—a

methods he had met with such abundant crops. In foretaste of heaven,-a cluster of grapes from the

answer to their inquiries, lie, according to custom, after

having directed their minds to Him, " who causeth the vines of that promised land. It soothes the cares

earth to bring forth her bud, and crowneth the year of discipline, and refreshes after the fatigues of with his goodness,” gave a minute explanation of the pilgrimage. It repairs the injuries sustained in mode, by observing which, they would ensure themthe spiritual conflicts of the past, and prepares for selves, by the blessing of Providence, crops equally the hazards and hardships of trials yet to come.

strong and abundant as his own. This experiment was It is as a green spot in the wilderness, with the attended with a result more important to his parishfreshness of a flowing stream, and the shelter of ioners, in its iminediate effects, than the taste for plant

ing trees, which was universally diffused. They lived an overshadowing rock. We conclude this paper almost entirely upon potatoes; but owing to various with the following lines of the inimitable and truly causes, this root lad degenerated so much, that about

the time of Oberlin's arrival, in 1767, fields that had a collection of all sorts of observations that promised formerly yielded from 120 to 150 bushels, furnished to be useful. The grand object which he had in only between 30 and 50. The people imputed this to view in all these, was to inform their understandings, the poverty of the soil ; but Oberlin, perceiving the and to impress them with a sense of the wisdom and cause, procured some new seed from Holland, Switzer- goodness of the Creator; and so much did he endeavour land, and Lorraine, which, being well adapted to the to make them connect their diligence in business with sandy soil of the mountains, produced potatoes supe- religion, that he made it essential to receiving the rior in quality to any that had ever been known in the rite of confirmation, that the young candidates should district. He taught them the importance of manure, bring a certificate from their parents, that they had and the means of enriching it by fermentation, en- planted two young trees, or contributed something couraging them to collect all sorts of refuse, the leaves to the general good. And this he did, not for the purof trees, stalks of rushes, fir-tops, old rags_everything, pose of conferring a temporal benefit under the sanction as furnishing materials for a useful compost. And, of a religious ordinance, but on the broad principle of "lastly, with a view to complete those agricultural im- the apostle, “ that whether we eat or drink, or what. provements, as well as to promote new ones in his soever we do, we should do all to the glory of God." parish, he formed a society, consisting of the more in- The principles of religion, Oberlin taught thein to telligent farmers, among whom were included people of carry into practice in the minutest affairs of life—to taste and knowledge from other quarters, and excited take, for instance, a stone out of the way, if it were the spirit of industry and experiment among them, likely to incommode a traveller, on the principle of love by the distribution of prizes, periodically, to those who to their neighbour. Things, which done by other men, reared the best cattle, or exbibited any new contrivances would be only matters of convenience, he always taught of mechanical skill.

should be done as a religious duty; and all the instituThese various improvements, however, which he in- tions of that society which he formed and established troduced among his people in agricultural gardening, and among the rude people over whom he was placed, were the other useful arts of life, were only parts of the sys- conducted on this principle. From the year 1782, when tem which he had sketched for the benefit of his pa- the social improvements of his people were so far adrish; and while he was indefatigable in his exertions to vanced that they did not need so much of his attention, improve their temporal condition, he was never, for a he directed himself almost wholly to their religious inmoment, unmindful of the spiritual services, to which terests. He formed a society, denominated “ The they had a claim, and which he felt to be the principal Christian Society," for which he drew up a set of rules, and proper part of a minister's duty. Various were the and the object of which was, the promotion of the spirit plans he adopted for this great end. In 1779, he print- of prayer and of religious conversation ; but owing to ed and circulated an address, at the beginning of the much violent opposition, it was not of long continuance. year, among the people of the Steinthal, in which he He next caused a circular to be sent to every cottage in reminded them of the blessings and privileges they had his parish, calling upon his people to join him in the es. long enjoyed-impressed upon them the increasing re- tablishment of a monthly prayer-meeting for the spread sponsibility they thereby incurred to improve them to of the Gospel, and the stability and success of missiontheir spiritual advantage--called upon all to embrace, by aries engaged in that cause; and also that every one faith, the overtures of reconciliation with God, made should, on Sunday and Wednesday, at five o'clock in through a crucified Saviour, and exhorted them, in the the evening, prostrate himself before God, in the name of most earnest and affectionate manner, to let their walk Jesus Christ, and engage in prayer, first for himself, and conversation be becoming the Gospel. The young then for every member of his household, mentioning the of his flock particularly engaged his pastoral solicitude. names of each--then for all the friends of God of his For their benefit, he procured subscriptions among his acquaintance—then for all in authority; and that on friends, to erect a school, of a commodious and perma- Saturday evening they should, at a certain hour, pray nent description, each of the five villages of his pa- God to bless the preaching of the Gospel on the ensurish-trained up several intelligent young men, under ing Sabbath. his own eye, to the theory and practice of intellectual About this time, and after sixteen years' unintereducation, and founded institutions of a humbler kind, rupted happiness in the married state, Oberlin was deunder the management of conductrices, or female super- prived of bis beloved wife; and ever after, says his intendents, for the reception, and preparatory tuition of biographer, the passive graces shone as conspicuously in infants, whom he had often seen neglected, while their his character, as the active virtues had done before. parents were at work, and their elder brothers and sis. The first intelligence of the event, for it was very sudters were at school. From these schools, the infants den, threw him into a stupor; but recovering in a little, were removed, at a proper age, to the higher seminaries, threw himself on his knees, and returned thank: where they were instructed in reading, writing, arith- God, that his beloved partner was now beyond the metic, geography, the principles of agriculture, as- reach or the need of prayer. They had prayed, at the tronomy, sacred and profane history—the pastor hav- commencement of their union, that they might live toing a general superintendence over the whole, and gether as the people of God. And he now prayed, reserving solely to himself the department of religious it be a thing which we may ask of Thee, O grant that instruction. Every Sunday, the children of each vil- we may not be long separated.” The desire of departlage, in turns, assembled at the church to sing the ing and being with Christ, which had always been a hymns they had learned, to recite tbe lessons they had strong principle of his mind, and the belief that he would prepared during the week, and to receive an admonition not be long in following his wife had taken such hold from the lips of the minister. Such an impression was of him, that in the firm persuasion of his death not being made by these benevolent and useful exertions, that far distant, he composed a long paper of directions, admofunds poured in upon him from various quarters, in nitions, and warnings, to all classes of his people, which such abundance, as enabled him to establish a library he carefully laid aside, with orders that it was not to for the adults, and one of a simple kind for the scho- be opened till after his decease. But Providence had lars—a museum, consisting of a collection of indigenous still much for him to accomplish in the world, and with plants and objects in natural history, and of philosophi- that composure and resolution which was the fruit of his cal and mathematical instruments. With part of these faith, and which so remarkably distinguished him, he funds, he drew up, printed, and circulated among his continued in the midst of his people, labouring among people, an almanack, containing a list of all the popular them in word and doctrine more zealously than ever. superstitions, with an exposure of their absurdity, and Meanwhile, the loss of his wife was in some measure

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