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But the larger portion of their brightest days, religion had acquaintance gradually avoided never been swallowed up by and forgot them. They never " the deceitfulness of life." Its thought of complaining at this light had only served to mellow conduct, and, as we think, they and subdue the brilliancy which had no right to complain. It glistened from the sunshine of was impossible for them to reei- the world. Now that that sunprocate attentions according to shine had gone down there still the established forms of society, beained within their hearts the so that the visits and notice of same religiou-like the evening more prosperous persons could star which only seems to glow only have laid upon them a more intensely, from the come burden, which it was not in parative darkness around it. their power to discharge. Mur. Their days were now passed murings have been too frequent in labour. Instead of those beagainst the hard heartedness of nevolent projeets, those charithe world in this respect.

Un- table visits, those festive assemdoubtedly we can find too many blies, and that idly busy routine, instances for the honour of hu- with which their time was for. man nature of prood and haugh- merly measured and filled up, ty prosperity bat do we, on the they were constantly employed other hand, find too many'ex. in manual industry. But they amples of meek and, resigned were as happy as they were in. adversity ? And besides, we dustrious. One evening, when might perhaps discover, if we they were conversing on the Jooked into the breasts of the many resources which even the rich, that it is often rather a humbleness of their present site delicacy of mind than a triumph uation allowed them for happiof imagined superiority, which ness, Mr. Olney exclaimed, induces them to avoid their for. “ But for the best and richest mer friends when sunk into of all our comforts. Mrs. 0. we poverty. They may imagine are indebted to your care and that notice, under such circum- providence,

" Explain your stances, is oppression; that self, Mr. Olney," said she. condescension is insult; that “Why," replied he, have we, intercourse is intolerable, be. or eari we have a greater pleascause it is not equal; and in- ure on earth than we derive deed, if we may judge by what from our daily and punctual we have sometimes seen, their task of perusing a portion of supposition would not be far the holy scriptures ? When enfrom the right. But we are gaged over that sacred page, forgetting that our immediate what a contrast does the em business is narrative, and not ployment present to our occu, discussion.

pations abroad ? There, all is In proportion as Mr. and tumult, hurry, noise. Here, all Mrs. Olney became abstracted is peace, calmness, joy. In the from the rich and fashionable world, we see many examples world, they were compelled to of folly and wiekedness, by the seek for resources of felicity influence of wbich we are convithin themselves, In their stantly liable to be corrupted,

In the bible, we see treasures anger or regret. It had hithof heavenly wisdom, which so erto been her custom to reward far froin disgusting or making the virtues of her young family us degenerate, impart both to by allowing them to amuse themour intellects and hearts a de- selves over the plates in the lightful ebarn, and resist, as I family bible. The girt jost hope, the contaminating influ- mentioned was therefore punences to which we are exposed. ished for her misdemeanour hy How many times have I been an exclusion from the amuse. able to subdue a temptation, by ment during that day. She rethe recollection of some forcible ceived the punishment with sorprecept which I had read in the row, rather because it was an morning How oftep have I expression of her mother's disbeen cheered and sustained in pleasure, than for the sake of the my weary toil, by the thought trifling disappointment which of the single hour which I should she had incurred For that pass in the evening, either in very reason, however, so long reading that holy book, or par- as the exclusion lasted, so long suing those silent meditations, she felt unhappy; and while or joining with you in that sweet her brothers and sisters were converse, which its sublime engaged in admiring some new traths and doctrines suggested ! pieture which they had never Did I go then too far, in pro- happened to see before, or in nouncing you to be the immedi- tracing the history of another, ate author of our most valuable or eagerly pointing out beauties blessings : The eyes of Mrs. in another, perhaps for the Olney dropped, as she heard hundredth tine-our little culthis sincere and well-merited prit could no longer endure her praise. Her heart throbbed state of condemnation, but going with so much pleasure åt lister- with tears in her eyes to her ing to commendations from one, mother, said, “I remember, whom she had every reason to mamma, that you told papa what eherish ‘and respect, that she excellent command

you began to grow alarmed at her thought that one was, which he almost exulting self complacen- read this morning-Let not the éy. which she checked immedi. sun go down upon thy wrath. ately by the following reply: And when I asked

you

what * Rather, Mr. Olney, let us look wrath was, you said it was anup to a higher source for what. ger, and told me always to obever comforts and blessings we serve the command Now,mamare at present enjoying." They ma, I will confess I was 'a.hutile kneeled, and joined in their angry, though I had no right to evening devotions.

be, for not being permitted to On the next day, when her look over the pictures in the husband had departed for the bible ; but I forgot it all a gond scene of his daily employments, while ago, she was compelled, for some I must obey the command. reason or other, to chide a fine Now do, dear mamma, do the little daughter, who seldom in- same as I have done, and fordeed gave her parents cause of give me before the sun goes

an

because you

told me

my fault.”

down, since I am very sorry for band was unceasingly desiring

The enraptured her to inform him what could mother, as she clasped her child be done to afford her ease. But to her bosom, and exclaimed, I do she knew not how to satisfy forgive you, my daughter, lifted him. While the whole family up

her eyes to heaven, and si. with their friends were thus inlently breathed out her grati- volved in agony and apprehentude, that in the time of her sion, the daughter of whom we distress she had had it in her have just related a juvenile anheart to sacrifice a pair of pal- ecdote, and who had now arrivtry jewels, to procure a treasure, ed at the years of full discretion, whieb she was every day expe- silently went to the table, and riencing, in most unexpected taking the family bible, sut by ways, to be indeed of great her mother's bed-side. She price.

asked her no question ; she only Many years did not elapse, be- caught her eye ; that eye apfore new and unforeseen events peared to say, you are the best restored this humble, peaceable, physician, my daughte She happy family to the prosperity opened at the fifteenth chapter and splendour it had once en- of the first epistle to the Corinjoyed. Their trials had not thians, at the middle of which been inflicted upon them in vain. she began, and read in an audiThey had learnt a lesson of re- ble voice till she arrived at the ligion, and especially they felt fifty-fifth verse. She was about with so strong a force the value to proceed, when her dying of the word of God, that they mother caught hold of her arm, could not contemplate their late and said, Stop, my daughter, adversity with the least emo- let me repeat the next verse: tions of regret. They still con- O death, where is thy sting ? tinued in the daily practice of O grave, where is thy victory ? reading a portion of its contents; In a few moments she calmly the character of every member expired. of the family in consequence re- The daughter, who bore so ceived a higher tone of eleva- eonspicuous a part in this intertion, was imbued with more esting scene, is now in posses. seriousness, and enjoyed a rich- sion of her mother's bille, and er calm, than the influence of what with the impressive recolany other book could possibly lections connected with that bestow.

event, together with the unutWhen Mrs. Olney was at. terable value of the book itself, tacked with her last illness, she and the pleasure of following was one day so restless and agi- her mother's example, in ali tated, that no anodyne could that relates to it, she estimates soothe her to repose. The phy. “the family bible” far higher sician who was called, declared, than the rest of the portion 6. She has a fever, which I can- which fell to her lot. not allay." Her affficted hus.

PROGRESS OF LIGHT

ON THE CONDITION OF THE AFRICANS I

THIS COUNTRY. The apathy which has gen- entitled to their liberty. Under erally prevailed in regard to this impression many are disthe condition of that part of the posed to emancipate them, but population of our country which are not willing to turn them has been deprived of the rights loose without education upon of man and doomed to slavery, the community. The Societies must be astonishing to men of to which I allude seem to be in reflection and benevolence. Nor favour of colonization. To a can it fail to give them pleasure' petition circulated under the to know that the eyes of many auspices of the Abolition Sociare opening on this awful sub- ety of Tennessee to the legislaject. The following informa- ture of that state for some legistion has been collected from lative provision in the case, two letters, written by Evan there were upwards of 1500 sig. Thomas, jun. of Baltimore. natures ; and as an evidence of The first was dated in July, their earnest desire for the con1816, and addressed to Richard summation of their request, Phillips, of London. In speak. many of the slave-holders were ing of the salutary influence of so particular as to write oppoBible Societies in this country, site to their names "slave-holdthe writer observes :

er. In this state emancipation “ Amongst the numerons sal- seems to be the order of the day utary effects which result from - many families of the first rank the influence of gospel light, have recently manumitted their the meltoration of the condition slaves-few die now without of the enslaved Africans, and a making provision for their engeneral disposition to emanci- largement." pate them are conspicuous. 6 I expect very soon to have Not more than 40 years ago, it in my power to announce to when

my

father proclaimed lib. thee, the organization of a socierty to those in his possession, ety in this city for the meliorait excited the greatest alarm tion of the condition of the Afrithroughout the state, and every

can race.” effort which sophistry could sug. I regret that I cannot give gest was made to induce him thee an account of the last anto retract. Now emancipation nual exhibition of the African seems to engage the attention Academy in this city--but it is of all ranks. Societies are with much satisfaction that I forming in the midst of the can state that there is an evi. slave states, in some instances dent increase of attention to the almost exclusively by slave literary education of the black holders, for the express purpose and colored people."? of promoting that interesting “ Ever since my return from

Formerly the right England, I have reflected witla to hold slaves was scarcely ever surprise and regret npon the questioned ; now it is admitted continuance of the cruel unon all sides that they are justly christian penal code, which an

measure.

nually hurls into eternity so of Jan. 1817, from which we many of your athletic, ingenu- select the following passages : ous and enterprising young men, “ Some time last summer a who might under a more humane few individuals compassionatsystem have been made useful ing the deplorably neglected and valuable subjects. I wish condition of the numerous colthe people of England could oured people of this city, and take a view of our penituntiary, persuaded of the truth of the and see how we manage the scriptural declaration--He banditti, which are poured upon hath made of one blood all the oùr shores from all parts of the nations of them that dwell upon .world. It would be a spectacle the earth,' associated for the not easily effaced from their re- purpose of imparting useful collertion : instead of foul and learning to them. Three bungloomy apartments, and clank- dred pupils immediately preing chains, they would see open sented themselves. In a short and airy rooms, free from close time the number of pupils inoffensive smells, walls as white creased to upwards of one thouas snow, and floors as clean as sand. The association formed they can be scrubbed. On all itself into a society, assumed sides the busy artisans ply sed- the title of. The African Free ulously and silently at their School Society,' and adopted several occupations. Smiths, rules and regulations for the nail-makers, spinners, weavers, government of the Institution.” shoe-makers, tailors, and a long 66 Such has been the progress train of manufacturers in their of these pupils--such their de. proper apartments, present to .sire to improve their intellectual the eye of the spectator such a faculties such their attention scene of active industry, order to decorum and good orderand comfort, as to cause him to that a very lively interest has lose sight of punishment, and to been excited, not only in the consider himself in the midst, Society but amongst the differas it really is, of a very thriv- ent individuals who have visiting manufactory. They would ed the establishment.” also see that, notwithstanding “ Thus by the blessing of there is a regular and ample Providence a number of our felsupply of excellent provisions, low beings, who have been exsuch as beef, &c. furnished to isting in a state of deplorable the criminals, their labour is ignorance, in an age termed the found to be quite adequate to most enlightened, are about to their maintenance,-a fact of partake of one of the greatest the utmost importance, us it is hlessing, of civilized life-useconclusive evidence of the ex- ful learning." pediency of the institution, 66 Good fruits are already apThe state is not only at no ex- parent ; more than two thirds pense for their maintenance, of our pupils are rapidly adbut is actually benefitted by vancing in their studies, and extheir labours.

hibit in their deportment a conSecond Letter.

descension and decorum creditThis letter was dated the 12th able to any people."

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