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these words have been applied to me with peculiar power, • Return to thy father's house, and tell every one the great things which the Lord has done for thee.' This impression was soon realized; and our young brother Newman bath been a successful missionary in this place, not only with the English who had any intercourse with him, but also with the inhabitants at whose house he had his quarters.

“ The day preceding his death I found him very weak; with great difficulties and agonies of body he was gasping for breath, and with the most pathetic and ardent tone exclaimed, that all the world would gasp after Jesus Christ as I do for breath!' After a short but solemn pause (the presence of God filled the room) he said, "The Lord has done great things for me. Pray that I may answer his gracious designs; pray that I may enduro to the end. After prayer I shook hands with him, and bid him farewell. It was the last time I saw him.

The morning following, (Monday 13,) a short time before he expired, his mother having in some way or other expressed her concern for the great agonies he laboured under, with a heavenly smile upon his countenance be said, • Jesus is mine, Jesus is mine;' and into Jesus's hands he delivered his soul, and breathed his last between eleven and twelve.

“ On Wednesday evening the 15th we committed his mortal part to its native dust. We sang a hymn; and after addressing a few words to those present, on the solemn occasion, I prayed. We then accompanied the tender and pious mother to her abode, and then commended her to the gracious support of our heavenly Father.

" In this trying circumstance she has been favoured with much Christian fortitude. May she, when life shall be at an end, join her dear son in eternal glory! Some time previous to his death, the young man expressed a wish that you should have his hymnbook, in remembrance of him; we shall embrace the first opportunity of sending it to you.' Pray for us, my dear brother, we are but a few sheep surrounded by ravenous wolves.--I am, though a perfect stranger to you in the flesh, your affectionate brother,

A. DE KERPEZDRON."

MISCELLANEOUS.

To the Editor of the Methodist Magazine. DEAR SIN, “ Slavery” is justly styled “the leprosy of the United States-a foul blotch which more or less contaminates the entire system, in publick and in private, from the President's chair to the calin of the hunter.” Io the British Review for the present month there are some excellent

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observations " op the state of Literature, Religion, Slavery, &c. in
the United States of America.” On the snbject of Slavery the Re-
viewers have given the following extract from “ the Travels of Lieut.
Francis Hall, in Canada, and the United States, in 1816 and 1817."
I was so much affected with the perusal of the melancholy narrative,
that I resolved to send you a copy of it, not doubting but you will
favour it with insertion in the Magazine at the first convenient oppor.
tunity. Any observations which might be made on the subject would
only weaken the effect which the perusal of the extract will undoubt
edly produce iu the miods of your numerous readers.-With siacere
regard, I remain, dear Sir, your's most respectfully,
Full, 281h August, 1819.

Jonn NORTH. “ A man died on board a merchant ship, apparently io consequence of poisón mixed with the dipper served up to the ship's company, The cabin-boy and cook were suspected, because they were, from their occupations, the only persons on board who did not partake of the mess, the effects of wbich began to appear as soon as it was tasted. As the offence was committed on the high seas, the cook, thoogh a negro, became entitled to the benefit of a jury, and, with the cabin. boy, was put on his trial. The boy, a fine looking lad, and wholly unabashed by his situation, was readily acquitted. The negro's turn was next. He was a man of low stature, ill shapen, and with a countenance singularly disgusting. The proofs against him were, 1st. That he was cook; so who else could bave poisoned the mess? It was indeed overlooked tbat two of the crew had absconded since the ship came into port. 2d. He had been beard to utter expressions of ill humour before he went on board ; that part of the evideoce was indeed suppressed which went to explain these expressions. The real proof, however, was written in his skin, and in the uncouth lines of his countenance. He was found guilty.

“ Mr. Crafts, jun. a gentleman of the Charleston bar, who, from motives of humanity, had undertaken his defence, did not think a man ought to die for his colour, albeit it was the custom of the country; and moved, in consequence, for a new trial, on the ground of partial and insufficient evidence; but the Judge, who had urged his condemnation with a vindictive earnestness, intrenched bimself in forms, and found the law gave him no power in favour of mercy. He then forwarded a representation of the case to the President, through ons of the senators of the state ; but the sepator ridiculed the idea of interesting himself for the life of a negro, who was therefore left to his cell and the hangman. In this situation, he did not however, forsake himself; and it was now, when prejudice and persecution had spent their last arrow upon him, that he seemed to put on his proper nature, to vindicate not only his innocence, but the moral equality of bis race, and those mental energies which the white man's pride would deny to the shape of his head and the woolliness of his hair. Maintaining the most updeviating tranquillity, he conversed with ease and cheerfulness, whenever his benevolent counsel, who continued his kind attentions to the last, visited his cell. I was present on one of these occasions, and observed his tone and manner, neither sullen nor desperate, but

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quiet and resigned, suggesting whatever occurred to him on the cir. cumstances of his own case, with as much calmness as if he had been uninterested in the event; yet as if he deemed it a duty to omit pone of the means placed within his reach for vindicating his innocence. He had constantly attended the exhortations of a Methodist Preacher who, for conscience sake, visited those who were in prison, and having thus strengthened his spirit with religion, on the morning of his execution, he breakfasted, as usual, heartily; but before he was led out he requested permission to address a few words of advice to the companions of his captivity. I have abserved much in them, he added, which requires to be amended, and the advice of a man in my situation may be respected.' A circle was accordingly formed in his cell, in the midst of which he seated himself, and addressed them at some length, with a sober and collected earnestness of manner on the profligacy which he had noted in their behaviour, while they had been fellow-prisoners ; recommending to them the rules of conduct prescribed by that religion in which he now found his support and consolation.

6. Certainly, if we regard the quality and condition of the actors oply, there is an infinite distance betwixt this scene and the parting of Socrates with his disciples ; should we, however, put away from our thoughts such differences as are merely accidental, and seize that point of coincidence which is most interesting and important, namely, the triumph of mental energy over the most clinging weakness of our nature, the negro will not appear wholly unworthy of a comparison with the sage of Athens. The latter occupied an exalted station in the publick eye, though persecuted even unto death and ignominy, by a band of triumphant despots; he was surrounded in his last moments by his faithful friends and disciples, to whose talents and affections he might safely trust the vindication of his fame, and the unsullied whiteness of his memory; he knew that his hour of glory must come, and that it would not pass away. The negro had done of these aids ; he was a man friendless and despised; the sympathies of society were locked up against him; he was to atone for an odious crime, by an ignominious death; the consciousness of his innocence was contined to his own bosom, there probably to sleep for ever ; to the rest of mankind he was a wretched criminal, an object, perhaps, of contempt and detestation, even to the guilty companions of his prison-house ; he had do philosophy with which to reason down those natural mis. givings which may be supposed to precede the violent dissolution of life and body; he could make no appeal to posterity to reverse an unjust judgment. To have borne all this patiently would have been much; he bore it heroically:

“ Having ended his discourse, he was conducted to the scaffold, where having surveyed the crowds collected to witness his fate, he requested leave to address them. Having obtained permission, he stepped firmly to the edge of the scuffold, and having commanded silence by his gestures, “ You are come,' said he, "to be spectators of my suf. ferings; you are mistaken, there is not a person in this crowd but suffers more than I do. I am cheerful and contented, for I am inno

cent.' He then observed, that he truly forgave all those who bad taken any part io his condemnation, and believed they had acted conscientiously from the evidence before them, and disclaimed all idea of imputing guilt to any one. He then turned to his counsel, who, with feelings which honoured humanity, had attended him to the scaffold; * To you, Sir,' said he, I am, indeed, most grateful; had you been my son, you could not have acted by me more kindly ;' and observing his tears, he continued, “This, Sir, distresses me beyond any thing I have yet felt; I intreat you will feel no distress on my account, I am happy: then praying heaven to reward his henevolence, he took leave of him, and signified his readiness to die, but requested he might be excused from having his eyes and hands bandagcd, wishing, with an excusable pride, to give this final proof of his unshaken firmness ; be, however, submitted on this point to the representations of the sheriff, and died without the quivering of a muscle. The spectators who had been drawn together partly by idle curiosity, and partly by a detestation of his supposed crime, retired with tears for his fate, and exe crations on his murderers."'-Hall, p. 433—438.

OBITUARY.

To the Editor.

probable. Knowing that his life was in Oa Friday morning, October 1st, about the hands of God, and that He had apten o'clock; our brother RICHARD Ro- pointed the use of means, my dear de BARTS, departed this life, in the full parted brother ava:led himself of the assurance of faith, aged nearly 34 years. skilful advice of Dr. Fox, under whose The disorder which terminated in death, direction he moved about to Flushing, was a pulmonary consumption. The Truro, and other parts of Cornwall, for foundation of this was laid in the year the benefit of change of air. Though 1810, when he was severely afilicted his complaint was evidently gaining with the measles. His constitution, ground, and he was frequently thought which before was sound and robust, re- to be near death while ai Truro, he had ceived a shock from which it never fully a very strong desire to cross the Channel, recovered.

and iry once more the effect of a short At the Conference of 1814 his health voyage, and the air of Guernsey. This was so much impaired, that his friends step was taken in July, with the advice, prevailed on him to retire from his re- and by the concurrence of his Physieian. gular labours for one year, and act as a For this purpose a small vessel was hired, supernumerary. Being recommended to and as the river came up to the door of spend the ensuing winter in this island, his lodgings, he was got on board with the salubrity of the air was of use to him ; very little fatigue. He often said, “ If and, together, with a journey he took to any thing can do me good this will I Brussels, at the request of the Missionary wish much to try it." The voyage was, Committee, was the means of restoring on the whole, pleasant and comfortable; him to some degree of health, so that at and for some weeks after his arrival in the ensuing Conference he was thought Guernsey, his strength gradually returned, equal to the labours of a circuit. He so that he was able to walk and ride cat continued in his work until October, whenever the weather did not prevent. 1818, when bis complaint again returned But alas ! this was of short duration. with symptoms more alarming than had On Sunday, Sept. the 12th, Mr. Robarts ever before appeared. Notwithstanding the was considerably worse, and gradually affectionate desire of many of his friends, declined until his freed spirit took its that he would desist from the arduous Hight to the Paradise of God. duties of the superintendency of the Pen- It is reasonable and scriptural to exzance Circuit, he still continued struggling pect, that a life of genuine piety, spent against the disease, until January last, in preaching the everlasting gospel of when he began rapidly to decline, and the blessed God, should terminate in a his recovery became daily less and less peaceful and happy death. But the long

and severe affliction of my dear brother venly things. In the niglit bir said, “ I was marked with more than ordinary have had a conflict with satan, and felt manifestations of the cheering presence my mind in some measure embarrassed; of his Lord, and the lively and vigorous but noro the Lord appears; O yes, I shall hope of everlasting life. In pain and be with Jesus for ever. I depend on him anguish he was calm and resigned--a alone for salvation. murmuring word never escaped from his "I the chief of singers am, lips; and his placid, smiling countenance

But Jesus died for me.'fally indicated that all was peace within. Knowing that it will be gratifying to said, “O rejoice with me

Seeing the family much affected, he his brethren in the ministry, as well as to his other particular friends, to know the morning of Saturday the 18th his the state of his mind during some of the cough was very troublesome, but he was last days of his pilgrimage, I take the very happy, and exclaimed, “ The Lord liberty of giving a few brief extracts from the alternoon he said, “O my dear sisters

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will take me up-up-to heaven." In the memoranda I made from day to day. him very much, and the pain in his chest would not desire it if it were contrary to Monday, Sept. 13. The cough affected my dear brother--pray if it be the

will of God, that he may relieve me. I and side was great. At his own request his will; but you know the Lord Jesus I read to him the following passage from Dr. Young's Night Thoughts:

prayed, saying, “ Father, if it be pos

sible, let tliis cup pass from me.” In the " At thy good hour, evening, waking out of a short slumber, Gently, ah, gently lay me in my bed, he said, “I thought I was gone.” Again, My clay cold bed,” &c.

he inquired of the doctor how long he I then read the 17th chapter of St. John's thought he should be here, as he wished Gospel, and St. Paul's prayer for the to depart; but he added, “ The will of Ephesians. We prayed, and were much the Lord be done.”-Sunday 19. He sufblessed. He said, If I were to speak fered much, and often said, “ Come, my of the pleasures of religion now, I could Lord, come away.” This morning, his not refrain from weeping tears of joy."- highly esteemed friend, Mr. Fishi, arrived Tuesday 14. A friend calling to see him, from England, to whom he said, (pointing he said, “ I am much reduced in body first towards heaven, intimating he was since Sunday, but thank God, in spite going there, and then to himself,)“ my of my languor and pain, I can rejoice in poor body-I hope I shall be released to him as my Saviour and my all.” Then, day; but I am quite resigned to the will turning to me, he said, “O brother of God.” In the course of the day he was Toase." -Here his heart was so full in an extacy of joy. Mr. Fish and Mr. of holy joy, that he could not express Dowdney prayed with him. He was bis feelings.-Wednesday 15. Mr.Burgess very fervent, and clapped his hands and calling to see him, he wrote, “All is well, said, “ Glory, glory, glory be to God, my dear brother, 1 bope the mortal con- come, Lord Jesus' In the evening, after flict will soon be over ; but if the Lord a severe fit of coughing, he said, “On the sees fit to prolong my sufferings, I hope whole, I have not suffered so much toto bear them with Christian resignation. day as I did yesterday.” Observing Mrs. Hitherto the Lord has been very gracious Robarts weep, he looked at her with a to me, and my peace and joy have been cheerful countenance, and said, “ The abundant. Surely he will support me in Lord will be your portion, niy dearthe last hour, and give me the final vic- never mind-it is only for a little whilem tory.” He then added, “ you remember you will be more and more happy in Dr. Young's description of the Christian's communion with him.” death-bed. Sublime as it is, it does not He continued in much the same state reach the reality of the glory and felicity of body and mind till Thursday the 30th, which the Christian experiences while which day he spent in comparative freepassing through the agonies and sufferings dom from pain. He was also able to articuof dissolving nature.”—Thursday 16. late his words better than he had done for The pain and suffering considerably some time, and frequently spoke of his abated. He was very weak, but prayed happiness. By his desire, Mr. Fish read much, and was happy and joyful. During to him the 23d Psalm in Addison's, and the whole of Friday 17 he was exceed- the 118th in Mr. Wesley's version. To ingly happy, and prayed distinctly for a friend who called to see him he said, some minutes. He then repeated, “ God “ Happy, if with my latest breath, 80 loved the world,” &c. In the evening I may but gasp his name ; he requested me to repeat“ Vital spark, Preach' him to all, and cry in death, and appeared entirely taken up with hea- Behold, behold the Lamb."

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