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that ever I had in my life, I am sure. || Thursday prayer meeting. We proposed God bless you.” This was a terrible to observe the season by his bedside, night of constant uneasiness and delirium. I supposing him to be too insensible to be

Thursday morning, 20. It being evi- either gratified or disturbed by it. On dents that he was much reduced since | asking him, however, if we should once yesterday, and would, perhaps, be unable | more pray with him, to our surprise he to sustain a single additional paroxysm of answered, “ Yes—but first I wish you to fever, we consulted whether it would not read me some portions of Mrs. Graham's be best to disclose to him our opinion of “ Provision for passing over Jordan." his case, and suggest the propriety of his We read, and he made suitable remarks. completing whatever arrangement re Where it is said, “ To be where thou art, mained to be made of his worldly con to see thee as thou art, to be made like

We were the more decided to do thee, the last sinful motion forever past,” this, as he had expressly wished us to -he anticipated the conclusion, and said, deal faithfully with him, and tell him, / with an expressive emphasis, “that's without flattering his desires,, whatever heaven.” We then each of us prayed we thought of him. He received the with him, and he subjoined his hearty commnnication with grea: composure

“Amen." We had asked, what we expressed a hope in Christ-said his should pray for, as it concerned his case. views were not so clear as he could wish, “ Pray,” said he, “that, if it be the but intimated that he was not afraid. So Lord's will, I may get well, pray

with far as he was acquainted with himself, he you, and labour with you a little longer; thought he could safely say, that his if not, that I may die in possession of my great, commanding object of life, for the reason, and not dishonour God by my last seventeen years, had been the glory || dying behaviour. "He afterwards begged of Christ, and the good of the Church. to hear the hymn, which he had formerly Mr. Goodell asked, if he had any particu- | sung at the grave of Mr. Parsons. lar word of comfort, or of exhortation for

“ Brother, thou art gone before us, his family friends, his brothers, sisters,

And thy saintly soul has flown father. At this last word, he was sensi Where tears are wiped from every eye,

And sorrow is unknown." &c. &c. bly moved ; “ Oh, brother Goodell,” said

See Miss. Her. vol. xx, p. 170. Ed. he, raising bis hand to his eyes, my

father, my father,--my father--(he paus The devotions of the evening were ated.) But he'll bear it. He knows what tended in his room. He united in them such afflictions are. When he hears the with evident enjoyment. Afterwards he news, the tears will roll down his furrow- | begged one of the sisters to go and try to ed cheeks, but he'll not complain—he get some rest, bade her good night, intiknows where to look for comfort.” Here mated it might be their final parting, he stopped, saying lie hoped to renew the commended her " to Him that was able subject, when he should have had a little to keep her.” Similar expressions of space to collect himself. After we had

concern for us, and of gratitude to God, read, at his request, the fifty-first Psalm, | frequently fell from his lips, such as, and both prayed by his side, he himself “ The Lord bless you for all your kindadded a short prayer, in which he con ness.”_" I shall wear you al} out.”fessed his sins, and resigned his soul and “ Were it not for these kind friends, I body into the hands of God.

should already have been in my grave.” Hoping that he might yet continue a _" How different is this from poor B. day or two, we dispatched a messenger (an English traveller who lately died,) to Sidon, to a physician with whom Mr. | how different from Martyn, how different F. had some acquaintance, and in whose from brother Parsons in Syra.” skill he expressed some confidence.

The fever fit proved much wilder than At times he lay in a state of stupor, and the night preceding-scarcely any apseemed near death. In such a state he pearance of delirium. He repeatedly was, when the hour arrived of our usual || said, “ The Lord is more merciful to me

O yes,

than I expected." "Perhaps there may Saturday, 22 He was able to returni be some hope of my recovery—the Lord's the morning salutation to those that name be praised.” He often checked came in. When the physician entered himself for sighing, and speaking of his the room, he immediately recognised pains, saying, “ I know it is weak, and him, and conversed a little with him in foolish and wicked."

Once, after a Italian-passed the day quietly--said aldraught of water, he said, “Thanks be most nothing--tongue palsied. to God for so much mercy, and let his

The sun had set, and no appearance of name be trusted in for that which is fu- his usual paroxysm. His strength was ture.” On two or three occasions, he such, that he could still raise himself 'on exclaimed, “God is good-his mercy | his elbow, and nearly leave his bed, endureth forever."

without assistance. Our hope had not, At midnight he asked the time-hop- for many days, been higher, that he ed it had been later-and, at three A. M. might yet survive. The fever came on, (Friday 21,) his fever gave way to a little however, at 8 or 9 o'clock, but so gently quiet sleep. During the whole forenoon, that the physician repeatedly assured us he remained so' quiet, that we hoped his he apprehended no danger from it. We disease might be breaking away. In the therefore retired to rest, leaving him, for afternoon, however, it was discovered re the first half of the night, in the hands of turning with all its alarming symptoms. the physician and a single attendant. He was asked, if he had been able during Scarcely had we closed our eyes in sleep, the day to fix his thoughts on Christ. | when we were awaked to be told, that “Not so much as I could wish–I am ex all hope concerning him was fled. We tremely weak.” But when you have hastened to his bed side, found him pantbeen able to do so, has the Saviour ap- | ing for breath, and evidently sinking into peared precious to you?


the arms of death. The physician imme0 “ One of the sisters," continued diately left him and retired to rest. We he, " has been reading to me some pre

sat down, conversed, prayed, wept, and cious hymns respecting Christ and his watched the progress of his dissolution; glory;" then fixing his eyes steadfastly until

, at precisely 3 o'clock on the Lord's towards heaven, he repeated the words, day morning, October 23, the tired “Christ and his glory.”

wheels of nature ceased to move, and the At 6 o'clock he had rapidly altered, soul, which had been so long waiting for and the hand of death seemed really deliverance, was quietly released. upon him. We repaired to the throne

It rose, like its great Deliverer, very of grace, commending his soul to him early on the first day of the week, triumthat gave it. He had inquired anxiously phant over death, and entered, as we beif the Doctor had not come. He came

lieve, on that Sabbath, that eternal rest, at 8, but Mr. F. was insensible. He ap

that remaineth for the people of God. proached the bed side. “ Here is the doc We sung part of a hymn, and fer tor,” said we. He raised his eyes, fas. | down to give thanks to Him that liveth tened them a moment on the stranger, | and was dead, and hath the keys of hell and sunk immediately into his former | and of death, that he had given our dear stupor. The physician, on learning what brother, as we could hope, the final vichad been his symptoms, expressed little story over all disappointment, sorrow, and hope of saving him ; but not to abandon | sin. him entirely, he ordered new mustard

As soon as the news of his death was poultices to his feet, and warm wet

heard, all the flags of the different Con

His funeral cloths to his stomach, with frequent suls were seen at half mast. draughts of rice water. One hour after,

was attended at 4. At his grave, a part to our no small joy and encouragement, of the chapter in Corinthians respecting came on a free perspiration, the paroxysm

the resurrection, was read in Italian, and of fever was arrested, respiration more

a prayer offered in English, in presence free, and the remainder of the night | of a more numerous and orderly concomparatively quiet.


course of people, than we have ever wit- || number Mr. --, another Missionary and nessed on a similar occasion. His re his wife. The vessel in which they emmains sweetly slumber in a garden con- barked, called at Montserat; the number nected with one of our houses.

of the mission family, at that time, amountAs for us, we feel that we have lost | ing to thirteen souls, as above, including our elder brother. Our house is left one servant. At Montserat, their friends unto us desolate. To die, we doubt not, || advised them to leave the vessel in which has been infinite gain to him, but to us they were, (being a dull sailer,) and go the loss seems at present irreparable. on board the mail boat Maria, then ready He cheered us in the social circle, he re to sail for this island. They did so; and proved us when we erred, he strengthen- || a young lady also took passage with ed us by his prayers, exhortations, and them. The schooner which they had left, counsels.—The Board of Missions will arrived here seasonably, and brought the feel the loss, perhaps, not less than we. baggage of the mission family, which they Another servant, with talents like his for did not think best to take out, the ordinaexplaining and enforcing the doctrines ofry passage being only a few hours. Some the Gospel, and who shall be able to alarm (after the schooner's arrival) was preach fluently in most of the languages || felt for the safety of the mail boat; but as heard in this country, will not soon be the wind was very high, it was supposed found. But the Lord of the Harvest has that she had probably lost some of her resources of which we know but little. || sails, and put back. On Friday, P. M. the To him let us still repair, and pray in | 3d inst, however, word was brought to hope.-Your unworthy, afflicted servants, || town, that part of the wreck was seen on Miss. Her.]


the Weymouth,* with two persons on it. W. GOODELL. Two or three boats immediately went

down to her, and found it to be the wreck

of the mail boat Maria, and the only surMETHODIST MISSION. vivor of twenty-one souls, was Mrs. Jones

in a state of insensibility. It appeared

that she had been placed by the captain We have been favoured with the fol- | where she could not wash away. She was

(Whitney) between the bowsprit bitts, lowing extract of a letter, from a respect. || in her night dress only, with her husband's able ship-master of this port, giving an account of the destruction of the whole cloak or coat on, and a sailor's cap on her of the Methodist Missionary family, loca- head.—The body of capt. Whitney (and ted at the island of Antigua, by ship- || the only one found) was lying near the wreck.--New Haven Herald.

wreck. He was buried yesterday. He Antigua, March 5, 1826.

had not been dead probably more than an A most distressing and melancholy || hour,as he was seen on the bowsprit about shipwreck occurred near this island the two o'clock in the afternoon. Mrs. Jones, past week, attended with such circum- | it is hoped, is slowly recovering, and so stances as seem almost incredible, and far restored to her recollection, as to say, we can only say, that, for the wisest pur- | that she knows all the circumstances of poses, though often to us inscrutable, the the shipwreck; but the doctors forbid her Lord has done it."

being questioned, at present. The followAbout four weeks since, there was a || ing circumstances, however, have been yearly general meeting at St. Kitts, of communicated by her:—The vessel struck the Methodist Missionaries from the neigh- || on the reef in the night.— Three or four bouring islands: from this place went the days had elapsed when she was taken off. Rev. Mr. White, wife, three children, and | Mr. White, his wife, three children, and servant; Rev. Mr. Hilliar, Rev. Mr. Oake, || servant, were all swept away together, Rev. Mr. Jones, wife, and infant child.

* A shoal about four miles from the har. They left St. Kitts a few days since, to || bour, and only half a mile from a small return to this island, having added to their || island called Sandy Island.


clinging to each other; Mr. Hilliar at the haven of bliss. Dark, deep, and mystempted to swim to Sandy Island, and was terious are the ways of a righteous and drowned in her sight ; her infant was wash- || and unerring Providence! With wonder ed away from her arms; her husband died | and astonishment, we behold a delicate, in her lap, the night before she was taken slender woman, of twenty years, for four off, and was washed away. As returning || days without sustenance,exposed to the inrécollections open to her the horrors of clemency of the weather, supported ; the scene she has witnessed, I am told | while hardy seamen were dying round her, she often exclaims, “O, captain Whitney, and finally, the sole survivor of twentywhy did he save me !” She must indeed, || one persons! We see, in a few short be an unhappy, lonely woman ; and time hours, the whole mission family of this can never efface from her remembrance || island, called from their earthly labours, this mournful event. She is undoubtedly || but to receive, as we trust, a heavenly remost to be pitied, for we have good rea ward. But who can stay his hand ? or sons to indulge the hope, that her kind who shall say to the Supreme Governor friends are in heaven—that the scenes of of the Universe, what doest thou? Shall Weymouth shoal were but a passage to not the Judge of all the earth do right?"

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ticle from Ava says, that the English,

American and Armenian prisoners had Calcutta papers to Dec. 21, have been

been in great distress for want of food, and received in this city per ship BEVERLY. Il that some of them had died from trouble, The Burmese war was still going on, with. || broken hearts, and ill usage. out any very clear prospect of a speedy termination. The principal British army was still at Prome, Nov. 16, where it was rumoured that the Burmese were preparing an attack upon it. The troops had been impatiently expecting orders to advance, and probably hostilities commenc The last number of the United Brethed soon after the above date. A portion | ren's Missionary Inteligencer contains an of the British force were at Arcana, where

account of the proceedings of the General it was very sickly. The Burmese army Synod of the United Brethren's Church, had been recruited with great industry, which held its meeting at Herrnhut, in and its force was variously estimated from Saxony, from May 30th to August 18th, 70,000 to 110,000 men strong. A confer- || 1825. This body is the highest ecclesiasence had been held for proposing terms of | tical authority in the Moravian church. peace, and in the mean time there was an

It consists of the Bishops, Civil Seniors, armistice of a month from Sept. 16 ; but || and deputies from the different establishthe proposals made by the British com

ed congregations, together with the Board mander were rejected by the king of Ava | of Elders of the Unity, to whom the genwith great indignation, and he ordered eral superintendence of the church is comthe war to be prosecuted with vigour. I mitted in the interval between the GenThe armistice was subsequently extend- || eral Synods, a period usually of long dued to Nov. 2, to enable the Burmese com ration, as the last Synod met in 1818, and missioners to consult their government. the next will not meet till 1836. In the They agreed to an exchange of prisoners; following extracts a summary account is and the Burmese commissioners promised | given of the efforts of the Brethren to that the whole of the British and Ameri: | spread the knowledge of the Gospel ato the British head quarters without de- || mong the heathen, and to promote the

'cause of education in civilized countries. lay. It does not appear that the promise of the release of prisoners at Ava had been The reports communicated from our complied with. ‘On the contrary, when different missions in Greenland, Labrador, the King heard the terms of peace de- North and South America, the West India manded by the British, he ordered them Islands, and South Africa, were almost into close confinement. A subsequent ar." universally calculated to inspire us witb

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the warmest gratitude towards our God, || is the day on which he consults his Bible who so signally supports and prospers a at greater length, and on which he devotes work, the extent of which to appearance, more time to that communion with which would evidently transcend the means of the Father of spirits condescends to ina society so small as ours. More than dulge him. Having shaken off the slumthirty-three thousand converts from heath-bers of the night, he approaches God, as en nations, are at this time in different re on other days, with this language, My gions under the special care and guidance voice shalt thou hear in the morning, of the Brethren ; and seven new establish- | Lord; in the morning will I direct my' ments for missionary purposes have been prayer unto thee, and will look up.” But effected since the last Synod. No less he adds, “I will come into thy house in than one hundred and twenty-seven per- | the multitude of thy mercy, and in thy sons, during the same period, received and fear will I worship toward thy holy temaccepted, calls to the service of our missi- | ple.". He will say also to his children jons. Unexpected and unsought, but al and household, “O come, let us worship together most essential aid has been re and bow down, let us kneel before the ceived from Christian friends of other de- || Lord our Maker. Let us enter into his nominations, towards a cause, which oth- l gates with thanksgiving, and into his erwise could have scarcely been sustained. courts with praise. This is the day the The assistance of several particular asso Lord has made, we will rejoice and be ciations among our own members, such glad in it.” When the public services are as the Societies for the furtherance of concluded, he recalls the substance of the Gospel among the Heathen, at London | them to the remembrance of those around and in North America, has become more him, and having renewed those admoniand more efficacious. Unto the Lord be | tions, which neither tire by their extent, rendered praise, for it is of his mercy that nor provoke by their spirit, he commends this has been done..

his listening family to the protection and In like manner the Synod found great | blessing of his father and their Father, of reason to be grateful for the signal bless- his God and their God. ings which the Lord continues to bestow on the different seminaries for education, through means of which we strive to render ourselves useful to our fellow Christians. A number of pupils, exceeding

REVIVAL. thirteen hundred, committed to the care of the Brethren in the different boarding schools established in our congregations,

MERRIAM, TO ONE OF THE EDITORS, on the European continent, in the British Islands, and the United States of America, are, we trust, for the most part now im

Eastport, April 4, 1926.

Rev. Sir, proving in useful knowledge, and imbibing principles of religion and morality, I have the pleasure of informing yod of which will one day prove invaluable to the further progress of the revival in Luthem.

bec, Maine, of which some account has There are now living nine Bishops of work has continued until the present time,

sometime since been given. The good the Moravian church, of whom four reside

and is still extending: The Congregain Germany, two in the British islands, |tional church under the pastoral care of and three in the United States of Americ

the Rev. Mr. Bigelow have received about ca.—In our next we propose to publish | thirty, if I am informed correctly, and the some extracts from the admonitory epis-Baptist church has also been increased. tle addressed by the Synod to the differ

Rev. Nathan Cleaveland baptized twentyent congregations upon their internal state. This document breathes a spirit of great | January last, where he had been some,

one, previous to his leaving that place in simplicity and true piety.

time labouring, assisted by Rev. Edward Harris, a licentiate from the province of New Brunswick, who is still supplying

them. The labrurs of Rev.John Roundy How A GOOD MAN SPENDS THE LORD's

were also useful in calling up the attention of the people at the commencement

of the work. A truly pious man consecrates the I have visited them a few times, and whole Sabbath to the Lord, nor thinks it preached and also baptized thirteen, so long. It fills him with great ideas, it ex that this church has received thirty-four cites his best principles to vigorous exer- | by baptism, since the 19th of November cise, it bears him forward in his spiritual | last, and the prospect is still encouraging, career, and it forms a welcome prelude and more are expected to come forward. and preparative to that everlasting rest, || I have been reminded of the joy with which remains for the people of God. It ]] which the eunuch went on his way, when



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