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ever wiped away!"-But, this is solemn, speaking, providence ; not his voice. His lips are sealed and to you, above all others, up in the silent grave. You will who have recently made profesa hear him no more.

You will see sion of religion. One of the him no more, till you have passed most precious and distinguished these borders of mortality, and of your number is gone, gone to are yourselves ushered into the that world from whose sad invisible and eternal world. bourne traveller returns.

“ Call to mind, my dear breth. His dust lies mouldering in a ren, what you can recollect of land of strangers. His spirit his virtues. Imitate the meek. is returned to the God, who ness and the gentleness of his gave it. Are you prepared to spirit ; and, especially, the sim. follow him ? Shall you meet plicity and the fervor of his him on the heavenly plains, when prayers. God speaks loudly to your spirits, like his, shall be us all in this providence, and bids unclothed of their earthly taber. us hasten in our preparation for nacles? He often wished it. He death and eternity ; seeing no often prayed for it. May God degree of worth can save us, of his infinite mercy hear his pray. when once the voice of the eter- ers and prepare your souls to nal Judge shall call.

meet him, and to rejoice with him “ But to you, my dear young in the regions of eternal bliss and friends, this is an unusually glory. Amen.”



That the deaf and dumb are

persons about her. She had capable of being taught, will hardly been four months in the appear from the following in. house, when I understood her teresting account of the success signs so well, that I could carry which attended the teaching of a on a conversation with her more young lady by the Rev. Mr. intelligibly, and with greater Datens, which I send you in his facility, than I could in any own words, if you think it deserve other language but my own in ing a place in your very valua. the same time; and having made ble work.

this progress, I took singular “ Having never received any pleasure in conversing with her. instruction, her opinions were I'o me it was a sort of a study not affected by the customs and of the book of nature; and she, prejudices of the times ; she who had never before met with judged of every thing by her any one possessed of sufficient reason only: she was therefore patience and complaisance to astonished at all she saw, and

converse with her, evinced inex. was utterly unable to compre- pressible satisfaction. She had hend the conduct of most of the many inquiries to make; and

her questions were so pertinent never offended him ? He has sent that they opened my eyes to a me into the world imperfect! thousand things to which I had He has never loved me from my never attended, and which then, birth; and I cannot understand for the first time, appeared to me why.” It was impossible for to be absurdities. I endeavored, me to lay before her all the rea. as well as I could, to solve the sons which might have satisfied difficulties which she on all occa. her objection; but she acqui. sions suggested ; but that was esced in what I said, and replied not always in my power : and that since it was so, she was con. those which were founded upon tent, as all had their lots assign. her ignorance of our principles, ed to them. At another time, gave me greater embarrassment when the night was uncommonthan such as arose from her own ly fine, she came running to me, reason. One day, for instance, took me by the arm, led me to a we were reasoning upon the sub- window, and making a sign for ordination necessary to good or me to look up to the sky, joined der; and from one thing to her hands, and entreated me to another, she led me, in spite of do the same, and adore the moon myself, to the Supreme Being, and stars. I was greatly surwho governs all. I tried to avoid prised at this idea, and begged this subject, as too sublime for her to explain herself. She gave her capacity ; but she possessed me to understand, that when her a natural logic, which never suf. mother took her to church, they fered her to abandon a question bid her join her hands, look up, that she had not almost solved. and pray; and that seeing nothShe therefore gave me no rest, iog above her but the sun, moon, till I had explained to her the and stars, she had imagined that nature of the Supreme Being the prayers were addressed to I told her, that He is the author them, and in consequence of of all that exists : that it is He that had always addressed herg who governs the universe, regu. accordingly. I assured her it lates the course of the stars, and was to that Supreme Being who is the first cause of all that hap- made and who governs all things, pens; who created man, sus. that men offered up their vows; tains his existence, judges his and that those objects which she actions, and rewards or pun. worshipped, were the work of ishes him. All this was com. his hand. She asked, why he municated to her by signs, did not allow himself to be seen: corresponding in her mind I replied, that I would explain to these expressions; and she that hereafter, but that I first understood tolerably well every wished to enable her to under. thing that I had said. She askstand me better; and I began to ed me, whether this Being was consider what means I could good ? for that was the charac. adopt to facilitate still further ter which she valued most. I the interchange of our ideas. aoswered, “ Yes.” “Ah! why I applied to a professional man, then,' replied she with quick. named Baker, who by a method ness, «c has he caused me to be of his own had taught lady In. bora deaf and dumb; me, who chiquin and her sister, and some

other pupils.

I saw some of “My young pupil evinced the his scholars; and was astonished strongest desire for instruction. at the facility with which they She felt that, by adding to her understood what I said, by ob- ideas, she enlarged the sphere of serving the motion of my lips. her existence.

It was no easy They also answered me. Though task for me to solve all her not perfectly satisfied with my doubts, and to explain difficul. progress, I was not discouraged; ties which had occurred to her and resolved to begin by com- before she knew me. She fre. municating ideas to Miss Wyche. quently recurred to our former She was not long in learning to conversations concerning God. write; to her, it was, at first, She always testified the most nothing but drawing. I after. profound respect in naming him, wards made her understand the but as constantly wished to know meaning of words, by placing why he would not allow himself objects before her, and writing to be seen. I told her, that he their names at the same time, is present every where, though shewing her that one was the invisible to us. This astonished sign of the other. She wrote her much : she considered a long fan, and a fan was brought; time; and concluded by thinkwatch, and I drew out mine; ing the thing impossible. She feather, hat, &c. In short, informed me of her doubts; and every thing which strikes the I endeavored to direct her attensenses was easily learnt. Such tion to the mental part of her. verbs as to walk, to run, to jump, self; but she could not under. to touch ; and such adjectives as

stand me.

I placed myself in bung, short, straight, &c: all the attitude of a man when he is these required only the trouble thinking, and made a sign to her of representing each of those ac. to do so : then touching her tions or qualities, and writing forehead, I asked her if she did its name at the same time. But not find that something was passwhen my object was to make her ing in her different from bodily comprehend general and com- action; if she did not perceive plex terms, I felt myself greatly in her head feelings quite different at a loss. Duty, obligation or from any thing she ever felt in faith could not be expressed by her hands and feet. She under. signs; and I was obliged to find stood, however, nothing of what occasion for the use of them, in I said : and fearing that it was order to make her understand her own fault, she became ex, the words. I borrowed money tremely uneasy; she entreated of her, to give her ideas of loan, me, with clasped hands, not to debt, and payment. I affected be discouraged ; and putting hernot to put faith in what she had self into the same attitude as be. told me, to explain the word be. fore, with her head leaning on

lieve; and by small degrees I her hand, and her looks fixed in · increased her dictiovary so much the air, she begged me to pro

that in six months she was able ceed. 'Still that day we made to niake herself understood, by no progress. writing, to those who were not what she imagined was her fault familiar with her signs.

and went to bed in the utmost

She wept much at

affliction. The next day, after volubility of signs, that she perbreakfast, she told me that she fectly understood me, and immehad dreamed all night that we diately gave me fifty unequivocal were walking together in Ken. proofs. She recollected all that sington gardens. I instantly Î had said and done the preced. seized that opportunity of con- ing evening, and applied it most tinuing my lesson of the evening ingeniously to her present situa. before. I made her understand tion. When I perceived that that there was no reality in that she understood the matter clearidea, as we had been separate all ly, I substituted :he words to pight. She was convinced of think, instead of to imagine this. I then wrote down the when awake, which I told her name of imagination, or dream, had the same signification ; and for what had passed in her mind added the word mind, as equiva. during the night: she understood lent to thought. She was not long this perfectly, and immediately in accustoming herself to these related to me all the extraordi. ideas : she shewed unwearied at. nary

dreams she had had for ten tention to all the operations of years past. I listened to her with her mind. I afterwards made patience, delighted with having her remark the prodigious quickfound the thread which was to ness with which her thinking fac. lead me from the labyrinth in ulty, or mind, could fly from which I was involved ; and when one place to another, &c. She she was completely familiarised admired all this, and was greatly with the idea of dream and surprised that she had never bedreaming, imagination and im. fore reflected upon it. She then agining, I told her, that to understood how great a differ. dream was

to imagine when ence there was between the ope. asleep, and to think was to im. rations of the body and those of agine when awake. She had the mind; and she was sensible scarcely seized this distinction, that there must be also a differwhen something extraordinary ence in their patures. These appeared to be passing in her principles being thus thoroughly mind. She became absorbed in established, we returned to the thought; but by her counte. consideration of the nature of pance, which

the Supreme Being. I told her, pressive, I easily perceived that God is a mind, or spirit, but what was the cause. I never one of infinite perfection ; that any thing

inter. there are no limits to his power, esting and more animated than &c. She approved what I said; her face at that moment. The and seemed deeply affected with ecstasy, the rapture that she felt, love and respect, for a Being as she was suddenly struck with all powerful, and no less good this ray of light, which illumin. than mighty.

than mighty. It will be easily ed her mind, can neither be paint. perceived, that this conversation ed por described. She gave way did not pass without difficulties: to expressions of joy amounting and that, on a subject so ab. almost to transport. At length, struse, it was necessary to emfixing her attention upon me, ploy all imaginable means to she told me, with an incredible make myself understood. My Vol. II. New Series.



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pupil lost no opportunity of con. the drunken carousals of the vincing me that she comprehend. criminals singing and dancing in ed me; and I found myself am. their chains, and the infatuated ply recompensed for the zeal levity of some of them even to which I had shewn for her in the very moment of execution. struction, by the progress she But the believer has another made, as well as by the pleasure prospect opened to his view; he I received in tracing her ideas on is indeed a criminal, but he is all subjects. She possessed a pardoned and reconciled to his natural good sense, which guid. prince; a few days he must abide ed her admirably well in all in his prison, previously to his points of reason and justice ; regular discharge; but when the but she had so little idea of the other criminals shall be led to laws of civil society and morali. execution, he will not only be ty, that it was not easy to make set at liberty, but admitted to her comprehend the improprie- the presence and full favor of ty of any thing that was in op. his gracious Benefactor, enpo. position to her inclination.”

bled with the greatest dignities, Ch. Obs. and enriched beyond expression.

In the mean time, the hopes and

earnests of such felicity support ON MAN'S SITUATION AS A SIN. and solace his mind, and he

knows amidst his pains and sor,

rows, that “ blessed is he whose The inevitable certainty of iniquities are forgiven, and whose death, the uncertainty of the sins are covered.” time and manner in which each The uncertain continuance of person shall die ; with the mani. this vain life is the

space allotted fold troubles and sorrows of life, to us, by the long-sufferiugs of the turbulency of the passions, our offended God, to seek the the remorse, and terrors, and an. reversal of that sentence which guish of the closing scene of relates to our final condemnation. wicked men, bear no faint re. To direct our course in this im. semblance to the confinement, portant pursuit, "unto us are chains, and tortures of a con. committed the oracles of God;" demned criminal, terminating on. "which are able to make us wise ly in his execution. The mise- unto salvation by faith in Jesus ries, which they occasion to each Christ.” Information, counsels, other, aptly represent those invitations, warnings, and prom. scenes, that meet the observation ises, suited to our case, are there of such persons as are conversant given us; means of grace are apwith prisons; in which wretch. pointed, in which we may apply ed men have little relief from the for every needful blessing ; and anguish of their own minds, ex. especially the Holy Spirit is cept in reproaching and plaguing promised to all, who humbly de. their companions in guilt; while pend on his gracious teaching, the dissipated, sensual, and noisy sanctifying, and comforting in. pleasure, by which at times they fluences, and seek these blessings stun reflection, and excite tran. by earnest prayer; so that no sient, turbulent joy, resembles man, (whatever his sins may be,)

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