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can enjoy it. The Scriptures accordingly assure us, that those who love the way of wickedness, cannot enter into the kingdom of God, and show us that our hearts must be renewed by God's Spirit, and thus brought to love Him, and His service, whilst we are upon earth. Watch then. Prepare to meet thy God. Pray for His Spirit, that you may be ready. "Watch and pray, for ye know not when the time is." V.

(district Visiting.)

After visiting three families in this house, I was informed

that Mrs. W was dangerously ill: accordingly I

asked, whether I might see her. I was introduced by one of the lodgers. After a few introductory remarks, I asked her, "what she thought of death?" she replied, "Oh I am very comfortable, God is merciful." She was quite insensible to her state, as a sinner in the sight of God. I endeavoured to show her that God was just as well as merciful; and that God was only merciful through Christ; and that she must come as a poor condemned sinner to Christ for salvation. I visited this person again; she is recovering from her illness. I had some conversation with the other branches of the family, and found that not one of them attended a place of worship. The husband had brought them to poverty by intemperance. They have not read the Bible for years: their ignorance is so great that it is very difficult to make them understand the nature of religion. Another day I called to see the husband, to have some conversation with him; but found him in such a state of intoxication, that I was compelled to retreat. I called again in a few days; and the wife informed me that, the day after my last visit, he was taken dangerously ill. I found the father and son, both on one bed, the father was delirious, the son could not speak. I called again to see the father, but found him a lifeless corpse; his wife informed me that he expired on Monday evening about half past ten. I had visited him every day for the last week, but he was deprived of his senses soon after he was taken ill. I was never able to hold any 1838.] FRUGALITY. 33

conversation with him. How true it is, that Satan blinds the eyes of them that believe not: thus this unhappy man was called, in this awful state, to stand before his Maker and his Judge! Sent by F. N.


I'm a little husbandman,
Work and labour hard I can:
I'm as happy all the day,
At my work as if twere play:
Though I've nothing fine to wear,
Yet for that I do not care.

When to work I go along,
Singing loud my morning song,
With my wallet at my back,
Or my waggon whip to smack,
Oh, I am more happy then
Than the idle gentleman.

I've a hearty appetite,
And I soundly sleep at night;
Down 1 lie content, and say,
I've been useful all the day:
I'd rather be a ploughboy than
A useless little gentleman.

Select Rhymes for (he Nursery.


Twelve months and more affliction's path I trod,
Th' appointed path to lead my soul to God;
When from on high the heavenly message came,
That bade me rise to bless my Saviour's name.
Kind parents, all is well! Oh, weep no more,
Rejoice to think my pains and griefs are o'er:
In heavenly joys your darling now is blest,
Prepare to follow to eternal rest.


This virtue is so nearly allied to industry, that without it, labour is but vain. As the art of saving depends much on habit, and good habits cannot be begun too early, children, so soon as they can earn any thing, ought to be encouraged by having a part of it, if it be only a few halfpence, to set aside every week, which they may call their own; for these two words contain more magic in their sound than many have an idea of. We may observe, even in fancy, how fond a child is of a plaything, if it be called his own; and this from a principle of self-love, one of the strongest in nature. A boy of fourteen, accustomed to save 2d. a week, would soon feel a pleasure in the habit of saving; and at fifteen he would, of his own accord, lay by 6d. a week, and so on, progressively, until he saved I*. weekly. Let none be discouraged by the smallness of the sum, provided the habit be preserved. It is said, that "to save a pin a day, is equal to 4e?. a year;" but a man who spends 4d. a day unnecessarily, throws away 61. Is. 8d. a year. "A constant drop of water will wear a hole in the hardest stone." Let us now hear what poor Richard says in his almanack, or "Way to Wealth." "A man who knows not how to save what he gets, may keep his nose to the grindstone all his life, and die not worth a groat at last." "Your expensive follies are the chief hindrance to saving; for what maintains one vice, would bring up two children." "Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship." Again, " Who dainties love, shall beggars prove." "Fools make feasts, and wise men eat them" "Be sure never to buy what you do not want; if you do, you will, ere long, have to sell your necessaries." And again, "Always pause before you buy cheap bargains; for they often prove dear ones in the end." Lastly, "Take care offarthings; and pounds will take care of themselves." "Save up your money, for that will be a friend, when other friends fail, in old age." As much as possible, avoid going on trust for what you buy; be assured it is the dearest way of purchasing your necessaries. The huckster and the publican will be paid for their trouble of keeping your scores.—From a Newspaper.

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The great mistakes of life, and the cause of all the wickedness and misery in the world, is looking for happiness here, and especially in outward things, where it never will be found. If we were in a state of diligent preparation and patient waiting for it in another life, we should have nothing to scramble or quarrel for, nor ever ,] EXTRACTS FROM NEWSPAPERS. 35

be disappointed; we should be freed at once from all vain anxiety, bear crosses, help one another in love, rejoice in hope, and welcome death.—Adams.

When we speak of a " profane" person, we are apt to suppose that this only means an open scoffer at religion; but the Scripture considers a profane person to be one whose mind and thoughts are not fixed upon heavenly things; Esau is called " profane" because he thought lightly of his spiritual advantages.—A.

Esau is called "a profane person," only because he preferred earthly before heavenly things. And so whosoever has any real love of this world, and values it so far as to make it his great business to get riches, honours, or the like ; whatsoever pretences he makes of holiness, he is, like Esau, an unholy and profane person: for true holiness always implies the soul's freedom from, and advancement above, whatsoever is unclean and common. Bp. Beveridge.

"Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord." The Apostle does not say, without which "peace,"—but without which "holiness" no man shall see the Lord. Without peace, some man may, having faithfully endeavoured it, though he cannot obtain it; that is not his fault; but without holiness, which if any man have not, it is his own fault only, no man shall see the Lord. Bp. Sanderson.


A Coroner's Inquest was lately held at Up-Somborne, near Stockbridge, on the body of Moses Jewell, 42 years of age, the keeper of a beer shop in that village, who met his death in an awfully sudden manner on the Monday preceding. From the evidence at the inquest it appears the deceased had been spending the day at Crawley and Littleton, with one of his companions, drinking freely at the public house, and beer-shops of the former place. On his return home in the evening, being very much intoxicated, and within a few yards of his own house, the deceased fell from his horse, and immediately expired, his neck being dislocated by the fall.

Sagacity of an Ass.—In March, 1836, an ass, the property of Captain Dundas, R.N., then at Malta, was shipped onboard the Isterfrigate, Capt. Forrest, bound from Gibraltar for that Island. The vessel having struck on some sand off the Point de Gat, at some distance from the shore, the ass was thrown overboard to give it a chance of swimming to land,—a poor one, for the sea was running so high, that a boat which left the ship was lost. A few days afterwards, however, when the gates of Gibraltar were opened in the morning, the ass presented itself for admittance, and proceeded to the stables of Mr. Weeks, a merchant, which he had formerly occupied, to the no small surprise of this gentleman, who imagined that from accident the animal had never been shipped on board the Ister. On the return of this vessel to repair, the mystery was explained ; and it turned out that Valiante, as the ass was called, had not only swam safely to shore, but, without a guide, compass, or travelling map, had found his way from Point de Gat to Gibraltar, a distance of more than 200 miles, through a mountainous and intricate country, intersected by streams, which he had never traversed before; and in so short a period that he could not have made one false turn. —Dr. Jarrold's Reason and Instinct.

The Importance of Time-Keeping.—The topography of watch-making, at home and abroad, would present a vast number of curious and interesting facts. In consequence of the minute subdivision of labour in this trade, it is said that there are only three places in the United Kingdom where a complete watch can be mannfactured—London, Liverpool, and Coventry. The business has been introduced at the latter place entirely since the year 1800, and the number of persons employed in it there is now supposed to equal the number in the metropolis! There are innumerable places, besides these, where some part of the manufacture is carried on: the town of Whitchurch, in Hampshire, for instance, is employed entirely on the making of hands !Mechanics' Magazine.

National Benefactors.—The name of those who have enriched our gardens with useful and valuable plants are deserving of record and remembrance. Sir W. Raleigh introduced the potatoe! Sir Anthony Ashley first planted cabbages in this country—a cabbage appears at his feet on his monument; Sir Richard Weston brought over clover-grass from Flanders in 1645; figs were planted in Henry VIII.'s reign at Lambeth by Cardinal Pole; it is said the identical trees are still remaining. Spelman, who erected the first paper-mill at Dartford, in 1590, brought over the two first lime trees, which he planted, and are still growing. Thos. Lord Cromwell enriched the gardens of England with three different kinds of plums. It was Evelyn, whose patriotism was not exceeded by his learning, who largely propagated the noble oak in this country ; so much so, that the trees he planted have supplied the navy of Great Britain with its chief proportion of that timber.

Among the curiosities at Apsley House is the truckle-bed in which the Duke of Wellington sleeps. "Why is it so narrow 1" exclaimed a friend, "there is not even room to turn in it!" "Turn in it!" cried his Grace; "when once a man begins to turn in his bed, it is time to turn out."

It is worthy of notice, that Alfric, who was Archbishop of Canterbury in the eleventh century, makes mention in his writings, that the English church had not yet adopted the Romish error of transubstantiation, which had made considerable progress on the continent. Speaking of the bread and wine used in the sacrament, he says, "It is the body and blood of Christ, not in a corporeal, but in a spiritual manner. The body in which he suffered, and the eucharistical body, are widely different."—Record.


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