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and who summoned all his powers to give efficacy to the last effort he could ever make to save the lost from interminable ruin ? Such was now the effort of our friend.
Let the youthful reader remember, that the motives she employed might be addressed, with equal force, to him. Your salvation is no less important and urgent, than that of the youths whom Mrs. A. so tenderly and faithfully instructed and admonished.
A friend, who was present, and witnessed what passed on the above-mentioned occasion, has kindly furnished the following remarks respecting it :
“The effect was great. It seemed like one speaking to us from another world. Every heart was melted. Every eye was suffused with tears. Many wept aloud, and it seemed as if they could not leave the house until they had secured an interest in that religion which had been so faithfully and affectionately recommended to them. It seemed to be the language of their hearts, -Shall our dear friend sacrifice so much to go and tell the heathen of a Saviour, and we have no interest in this Saviour ? Shall she be the instrument, in the hands of God, of saving their souls, and we, here, in this Christian land, perish in our sins? My own feelings were about equally balanced between hope and fear. I hoped that what had been said would produce an abiding effect, and result in the salvation of many of this interesting and intelligent circle of youth. I feared that the feeling then produced, would prove to be only the effect of sympathy, and that the youth would again relapse into a state of thoughtlessness and vanity. But it was not many days before hope began to prevail over fear. One had indulged a hope of pardon through the mercy of God in Christ Jesus. Others were anxiously inquiring to know what they must do to be saved. The work of God soon became general through the vicinity. It was a day of mercy, when all were constrained to say, that God had visited them of a truth. The result was, that almost all, who had arrived at the period termed youth, became pious, and united with the people of the Lord. When I last visited the place, I found, that, of the thirty-seven, comprising about the whole of those who were present on the occasion which I have mentioned, thirty were professedly the children of God. Your affectionate friend,
Not far from a hundred in the town became the hopeful subjects of divine grace, within a few months. A minister, in a letter sent to her after her arrival in India,observes,
-“ You will have heard, I dare say, that, since your departure, there has been great attention to religion, in Westminster, and that the fitting out of the mission is considered as the instrumental cause of producing it.” —“ Your heart has been rejoiced ere this,” observes another correspondent, “ to hear of the glorious revival in W. You will remember the meeting you attended at when you conversed with most who were present. That meeting, I doubt not, will be remembered in heaven, by many people in that neighborhood. I feared, then, that the feelings, apparently excited by what you sa'], would soon subside. But God caused th m to end in the settled conviction, and, i rust, real conversion, of many souls."
These facts abundantly manifest, that the Churches at home lose nothing by sending some of their best members to the dark places of the earth. Probably Mrs. A.'s departure did more good in her native town, than all she would have accomplished, had she continued there during the ordinary period of human life. This is a consoling consideration to the church and her friends, who mourn her early exit, and a signal fulfilment of the divine promises :" He that watereth shall be watered also himself:”— “Scatter thy bread upon the waters, and thou shalt find it after many days :”—“There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth, and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, and it tendeth to poverty."
Embarkation.-Extracts from her journal during her voyage.
MR. and Mrs. A., together with Mr. Stone and wife, and Miss Farrar, embarked at Boston for Calcutta, on the 6th of June, 1827, destined to the mission at Bombay.
It is a happy circumstance, that Mrs. A. was enabled to commit to writing the interesting events of her life. How she could have written so much, amid the ever-changing scenes, and perplexing labors and cares, which must have claimed her attention after reaching the place of her destination, must be a mystery to persons of less industry and activity of mind. As many of our readers are unacquainted with the incidents and dangers of a voyage at sea, copious extracts will here be given from the journal before us. It will likewise serve most effectually to show the sacrifices made, and the perils encountered, by many a dear missionary of the cross, from love to Christ and immortal souls. Her journal, ever after embarking, was directed to her parents, and