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study the word of God, when they let earlier than her sisters, and was found fall upon the holy page eyes bright by them, when they came down to the with the dewy light of health yet unde- parlour, leaning back, with a smiling caying, it was now more than delight- face, on the sofa, with a few lilies in her ful-it was blessedto peruse it now hand, and never more to have her head together, when they had to give the Bi- lifted up in life. ble by turns into each other's hands, The youngest had gone first, and she that their eyesight might not get dim; was to be followed by Emma, the next nor their voice falter, which would have in age. Emma, although so like her been, had the same dying Christian sister who was now dead, that they had read aloud one chapter to the end. always been thought by strangers to be When the old minister visited them, he twins, had a character altogether differfound them always cheerful and com- ent. Her thoughts and feelings ran in posed during his stay they were even a deeper channel; nature had endowed joyful in their resignation; and, at her with extraordinary talents, and parting, if tears were ever shed, it was whatever she attempted, serious acquiby the aged for the young who weptsition or light accomplishment, in that not for themselves, except when they she easily excelled. Few, indeed, is the thought how that benign old man had number of women that are eminently stood by their mother's death-bed, and distinguished among their sex,and leave when she had lost her utterance, let her names to be enrolled in the lists of fame. spirit ascend upon his prayers to heaven. Some accidental circumstances of life or
Caroline was the first to die. Her death have favoured those few; and character, unlike that of both her sisters, their sentiments, thoughts, feelings, had been distinguished by great spirit fancies, and opinions, retain a permaand vivacity, and when they were pre- nent existence. But how many sink sent, had always diffused something of into the grave in all their personal beauits own glad light over the serene com- ty, and all their mental charmis, and are posure of the one, and the melancholy heard of no more? Of them no bright stillness of the other, without seeming thoughts are recorded, no touching emoever to be inconsistent with them; nor tions, no wild imaginations. All their did her natural and irrepressible buoy- fine and true perceptions, all their in ancy altogether forsake her even to the stinctive knowledge of the human soul, very last. With her the disease as- and all their pure speculation on the sumed its most beautiful show. Her mystery of human life, vanish for ever light blue eyes sparkled with astonish- and aye with the parting breath. A ing brilliancy- her eheeks, that had al- fair, amiable, intelligent young maiden ways hitherto been pale, glowed with a has died and is buried. That is all. rose-like lustre. Although she knew And her grave lies in its unvisited rest. that she was dying, and strove to sub- Such an one was Emma Beatoun. Her due her soul down to her near fate, yet, mother, her sisters, and a few dear in spite of herself, the strange fire that friends, knew what treasures of thought glowed in the embers of her life, kindled were in her soul-what gleams of genius it often into a kind of airy gladness, so -and what light of unpretending wis
, that a stranger would have thought her dom. But she carried up her pure and one on whom opening existence was high thoughts with her to heaven; nor just revealing the treasures of its joys, did any of them survive her on earth, and who was eager to unfold her wings, but a few fragments of hymns set by and sail on into the calm and sunny fu- herself to plaintive music, which no ture. Her soul, till within a few days of voice but her own, so deep and yet so her death, was gay in the exhiliration sweet, so mellow yet so mournful, could of disease; and, the very night before ever have fitly sung. she died, she touched the harp with a The sufferings of this sister were playful hand, and warbled, as long as heavy indeed, and she at last prayed to her strength would permit, a few bars be relieved. Constant sickness, interof a romantic tune. No one was with rupted only by fits of racking pain, kept her when she died, for she had risen the fair shadow for the last weeks of
her life to bed, and nothing seemed to sire life, even after her mother and sisdisturb her so much, as the incessant ters had been taken away. For she care of her dying sister, who seemed to had been betrothed, for a year past, to forget her own approaching doom in one who would have made her happy. the tenderest ministrations of love. He received an account of the alarming Emma's religious thoughts had long state of the sisters at Pisa, whither he been of an alınost dark and awful cha. had gone for the establishment of his racter, and she was possessed by a deep own health, and he instantly hurried sense of her own utter unworthiness in home to Scotland. Caroline and Em. the sight of God. It was feared, that ma were in their graves; but he had as her end drew near, and her mind the mournful satisfaction to be with his was weakened by continual suffering, own Louisa in her last days. Much her last hours might be visited with vi- did he, at first, press her to go to Italy, sions too trying and terrible; but the as a faint and forlorn hope ; but he soon reverse was the case, and it seemed as desisted from such vain persuasions. if God, to reward a life of meekness, The thought iş sweet to lay our humility, and wisdom, removed all sear bones within the bosomn of our native from her soul, and showed her the lov- soil. The verdure and the flowers ! ing, rather than the awful mysteries of loved will brighten around my grave her Redeemer. On her dead face there the same trees whose pleasant murmurs sat a smile, just as pleasant and serene cheered my living ear will hang their as that which had lighted the counter cool shadows over my dust, and the nance of Caroline, when she fell asleep eyes that met mine in the light of affecfor ever with the lilies in her hand ţion will shed tears over the sod that The old 'nurse, who had been with covers me, keeping my memory green them since their infancy, alone observed within their spirits!" He who had been that she had expired, for there had been her lover-but was now the friend and no sigh, and the pale emaciated fingers brother of her soul, had nothing to say moved not as they lay clasped together in reply to these natural sentiments: across her breast.
After all, they are but fancies.com Louisa, the eldest, was now left, Henry--but they cling to the heart and although her health had always from which they sprung—and to be been the most delicate, there seemed, buried in the sweet church-yard of hope that she might yet recover. The to my soul ow a thought most pleasant fatal hectic flush did not stain her In dry summer weather, a clear rivucheeks; and her pulse, although very let imperceptibly shrinks away from its faint, had not the irregularity of alarm- sandy bed, till on some morning we ing fever. But there are secrets known miss the gleam and the murmur altogebut to the dying themselves; and all ther-and find the little channel dry. the encouraging kindness of friends Just in this way was Louisa wastingwas received by her as sweet proofs of ånd so was her life pure and beautiful affection, but never once touched her to the last. The day before she died heart with hope. The disease of which she requested in a voice that could not both her sisters had died was in the be denied, that her brother would také blood of her father's family, and she her into the church-yard, that she never rose up from her bed, or her might see the graves of her mother and couch, or the gray osier-seat in the sun sisters all lying together, and the spot ny garden, without feeling a deathlike whose daisies were soon to be disturbed. lassitude that could not long endure. She was carried thither in the sunshine Indeed, she yearned for the grave; on her sick chair, for the distance was and her's was a weariness that could only a very few hundred yards, and only find entire relief in the perfect her attendants having withdrawn, she stillness of that narrow house.
surveyed the graves with a beaming Had Louisa nor felt death within her countenance, in presence of her weepbosom, there were circumstances that ing friend. « Methinks," said she, “I could not have failed to make her de hear a hymn--and children singing in
the church! No-no-it is only the and under the present unfortunate cirremembered sound of the psalm I heard cumstances of the serious indisposition the last Sabbath I had strength to go of the head of the church, which have there. Oh! sweet was it now as the incapacitated his lordship from the efe reality itself!” He who was to have fectual discharge of many of his duties, been her husband was wholly overcome, this province was altogether deprived and hid his face in despair. “Igo-my even of the very forms of church gobeloved to that holy place where vernment. Influenced by these motives, there is neither marrying nor giving in and considering that much benefit would marriage—but we shall meet there, pu- be derived from connecting with the rified from every earthly stain. Dry visiting missionary the ecclesiastical up your tears and weep no more. Kiss authority, the society recommended to
-Oh kiss me once before I die!" He the bishop the appointment of Mr. stooped down, and she had just strength Leigh as commissary for the affairs of to put her arms round his neck, when, the church, and he is now empowered with a long sigh-she expired. to act accordingly.
It is due to the character of Mr.Leigh
to publish the certificate which was The following interesting particulars relating to submitted to the board on his return to Newfoundland, Nova-Scotia, and the Canadas, England last July, as it speaks the sense are extracted from the Christian Remem: entertained of his services by those who brancerforOctober and November last, where they appear as parts of the last report of the were best qualified to estimate their vasociety whose name stands at the head of the lue. It is signed by the churchwardens, article.
and more than sixty of the most respecte Society for the Propagation of the
able part of his mission, and dated May Gospel in Foreign Parts.
28, 1821, and addressed to Mr. Leigh :
** We the undersigned inhabitants of The many and very important bene- Harbour Grace, having heard of your fits that have been derived from the intention shortly to visit England, canappointment of visiting missionaries in not refrain from expressing our regret Canada and Nova-Scotia, have strongly at your departure, although for a limitrecommended the adoption of the same ed time; and we beg to assure you of measure in Newfoundland, where the
our unteigned gratitude for the unremitcircumstances of the country, and its ting zeal and assiduity with which you scattered population, point out its pecu: have discharged the important duties of liar expediency. The indefatigable zeal your mission to this extensive and po. manifested by Mr. Leigh on various pulous district. It will be a source of occasions, the local information of that consolation to us to reflect on the purity gentleman, and the high sense enter of your doctrines as a minister of the tained by the governor of his extended gospel, and the excellence of your exusefulness, pointed him out as a fit per- ample as a member of our society. We son on whom the appointment should cannot suffer the present opportunity to devolve, and from whom the society pass, without declaring the satisfaction might expect to derive the various be. we all experienced during the time you nefits which the experience of other filled the arduous duties of resident sure provinces had proved might arise from rogate for the administration of justice, such a commission. The want of eccle- and the regret which we felt at hearing siastical authority had often been felt of your determination to resign it. In as a great discouragement to the labours taking leave of you as our valued pastor of the society; and although the island and friend. we have to wish you a safe is considered as forming a part of the and agreeable passage to England, and diocess of Noya-Scotia, yet its geogra- to hope that you will soon be enabled phical situation would naturally deprive to return amongst us. We now conclude it of many of those advantages which with wishing you health and happiness, an active and vigilant superintendance and with respect subscribe ourselves, alone would secure to the religious con- &e. cerns of a newly-established colony; In bis last communication, the Rer.
John Leigh reports, that he arrived at present to suggest any remedy for this his mission at Harbour Grace on the serious evil; but as its magnitude is 10th November last, after a fine passage daily increasing, it seems necessary to from England of 29 days: nothing ma- think seriously of some cure; for its terial had occurred during his absence, longer neglect will inevitably diminish with the exception of the death of Mr. the attachment of many persons for the Lampen, an old and valuable servant church, and gradually withdraw them to the society for thirty-six years, as a from her communion. schoolmaster in Harbour Grace. Great The expectations which had been indeed was the number of those who formed of Mr. Gore's capability to conreceived their sole education from him, duct the national school at Halifax, have and his memory will long be retained been fully realized : upon the resignawith respect and gratitude.
tion of Mr. West, and the establishment Nova Scotia.
of a school upon similar principles, un
der the direction of Roman catholics, a The Rev. Dr. Inglis, ecclesiastical considerable diminution had taken place commissary, continues his unwearied in the number of scholars; but when it exertions, and with equal success both was seen that the present master was in the discharge of the duties of his ex- fully equal to the arduous task he had tensive parish, and in the active super- undertaken, the parents readily availed intendance of all ecclesiastical affairs, a themselves of the advantages the instiduty which has devolved upon him by tution offered, and it has become equally the unavoidable absence of the bishop popular and flourishing, as in the days of the diocess. His reports assure the of its first establishment. It may be society, that he derives unmixed satis- said, indeed, that it now offers advantfaction from the spiritual state of his ages which are seldom if ever found in parish, where, though the population similar foundations in England. The has suffered some diminution, the cir, rich, as well as the poor, eagerly avail cumstance has not affected his congre- themselves of its means of education. gation. The galleries which were erect- The instruction embraces a wider scope ed in the church have been enlarged, than is the practice in England. The and now contain two hundred children. higher branches of arithmetic, and the The parsonage house has been repaired practical branches of mathematics, at the expense of the parish; and more grammar, and geography, are taught by than three hundred persons communi- the present master, without which excate at various times throughout the tension of its advantages, it would lose year.
much of its respectability. The exa Although there is nothing to justify penses of the buildings have exceeded or encourage the least diminution of that 2000l.; and the unavoidable outgoings constant labour, and watchfulness, and which attend the conduct of the school prayer, which are necessary to the dis- amount to 2001. per year, independentcharge of the numerous and heavy du- ly of the salaries which have been paid ties of the missionary, there is no abridg- by the society. Since its establishment ment of the comforts which, by the eight hundred and eighty-one children blessing of God, have constantly attend- have been received into the school, of ed the performance of those duties, and whom five hundred and five have atlightened their burden. The attendance tended the church, one hundred and fifof the children upon public worship ty-seven the Catholic chapel, one hunhas been more regular, and evidently dred and fourteen the Presbyterian more satisfactory to the children them- meeting houses, one hundred and sevenselves. St. Paul's church, though large, ty-five the Methodists, and thirty the is quite insufficient to accommodate the Baptists. More than one hundred chilcongregation, and he has the mortifica- dren have within the last
received tion to hear, every week, of persons who rewards for regular attendance at school neglect public worship, solely because and public worship. they cannot obtain room for themselves Thirty-three schoolmasters and seven and families. He cannot venture at schoolmistresses have been instructed
in the system, and are now teaching in principles of religion. She professed a various parts of the diocess, and the firm attachment to the church of Engwhole system is evidently gaining land. Her library consisted of a bible ground in the public estimation. and prayer book. As he could not but
The society also have endeavoured deplore the wretched state of those fato meet the wants of the growing popu- milies, ignorant of religion, and with lation, by encouraging the establishment nothing to distinguish the holy Sabbath of schools in every part of the country, of the Lord from any other day, he rewhere the state of the population would quested this poor woman to assemble admit of the children being collected to- as many of her neighbours as would atgether in sufficient 'numbers for such a tend at her tent on Sundays to read to purpose ; a measure which they have them the holy scriptures, and to offer every reason to believe will be produc- up some of the prayers in the liturgy. tive of most essential benefit to the He also gave her a volume of sermons, country, more especially since the in- and asked her to read one of them at troduction of the national system of the same time. She seemed much education has increased the means, and pleased with the proposal, which was given greater facility to the general in- most acceptable to many others in the struction of the people.
settlement. He conceives that this simThe Rev. Gilbert Wiggins, who is ple mode of instruction, where no other now officiating as missionary at Rawo way could be provided for their spiridon, upon his return from Quebec, whi- tual improvement,' might through the ther he had proceeded to obtain holy blessing of God, be productive of good orders from the hands of the bishop of effect, and the means of ļeading some of that diocess, traversed that tract of those ignorant beings to the knowledge country which lies between the river St. of divine truth, and the Father of merLawrence and St. John's, New-Bruns- cies might, even by the instrumentality wick. The porterage, which extends of this solitary individual, raise up chilfrom the aforesaid river to the Timis. dren to himself in the wilderness. On couata lake, a distance of thirty-seven his way to Frederickton he performed miles, presents many difficulties to the divine service at the Great Falls, and travellers, as in places a single log is preached to a small congregation of the only means of conveyance over the eighteen, consisting of persons who had swamps of the country. On reaching accidentally met there, passing up and the river De Verd, about nine miles down the river. During his stay in from the St. Lawrence, he found a smal! New-Brunswick, he occupied himself settlement of eight or nine families, con- in visiting several settlements, where sisting of disbanded soldiers, who had the people seemed much devoted to received from the provisional govern, their religious concerns. ment grants of the land they occupied,
Canada, and had been encouraged to cultivate The bishop of Quebec, during the them, by an allowance of provisions to preceding year,completed his visitation, assist them at the commencement of and held a confirmation at 'every place their labours. Upon inquiry, he found, in which a missionary was established. with much concern, that there was only He was much gratified at the pleasing one person among them who could appearance of many churches begun, read: this was a fernale. He immedi- and some handsomely finished. In ately went to see her, and was highly January, his lordship ordained Mr.Tay. pleased to discover in her not only a
lor for the mission of Eaton; and, in sound understanding, but apparently a the following month, he held a confir
a mind piously disposed. She informed mation at that place, when many perhim that she took as much pains as the sons of a mature age, who before were little time she could afford would allow, Lutherans, having united themselves to (for they were extremely poor, and she the church, presented themselves to rewas obliged to work very hard with herceive the benefit of that rite. Two husband on the farm,) in educating her churches were building at Eaton, one children, and instilling into their minds of which was in great forwardness. As