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grave without seeing any good fruit from the plants which they nourish and water with prayers and tears. But long after they are gone

their prayers are answered and their labors blessed. Let no praying mother doubt that her prayers will finally be answered. He is mysterious, too, in that he raises up instruments apparently fitted for great usefulness, and then cuts them off just when they promise to be most useful. But his own glorious plans will go on, and he will raise up others to take the places of those who are dead. All shall be for the glory of God! O! the blessedness of belonging to a kingdom which cannot be injured by any changes among such beings as we are. Reader! if you belong to this kingdom, be up, be doing, be vigilant, be faithful. Your crown is near, it is sure. If you do not belong to this kingdom, come at once and give yourself to the work of serving God. Repent of all sin, forsake all sin, and that same Redeemer who saved the dear youth of whom I have been speaking, shall be yours.

For the Mother's Magazine.

OBITUARY NOTICE OF MRS. LOUISA CLIFFORD WHITE.

Miss Louisa Clifford Payson was born and principally educated in Boston, Massachusetts; and in 1830, during a temporary

residence at Andover, she became interested in the truths of the Bible, and connected herself with the church of Christ. In the spring of 1832 she was united in marriage with Rev. Morris E. White, of Southampton, Mass.; and leaving all we could say of her when she graced the refined and festive circles of her youth, we will pass to some account of her in the relations she then sustained as the companion and help-meet of her chosen friend and partner through life's pilgrimage.

The sphere of her labors was not untrodden ground. The wife of the former pastor, Mrs. Mindwell Gould, whose praise

is in the churches, there labored and died, and many active and efficient ladies still survive, and secure for themselves a good report. To these in a great measure she confided the more active direction of the benevolent associations of the place, and with untiring efforts devoted herself to the early training of the children of the parish. Her labors for them in the Sabbath-school have already been extensively known and imitated, and in this brief record I will only say, as the inhabitants were not compactly settled, and many mothers must be detained from public worship with the care of their young children, she conceived the benevolent project of collecting them in a Sabbath-school during the afternoon service, thus giving mothers an opportunity of hearing the preached word. She received all those who were too young to profit by the exercises of the pulpit, excluding none who were old enough to lisp the name of the Savior; and although such a school could not be punctual in attendance, yet we understand sometimes numbered more than a hundred. A school-room near the church was the place where she usually met them, but when her health rendered it inexpedient, she received them at her own house, and from year to year did she thus feed the lambs of the lock.

A popular writer, after describing her labors, has said, “I doubt not she is doing more for the good of the human race than many who wear plumed hats, and swords by their sides." She had also a juvenile sewing-circle, to which she devoted much time and attention, until her increasing family cares rendered it inconvenient for her to attend upon it.

But these efforts did not satisfy a mind that was deeply impressed with the importance of first impressions. She saw and felt that with parents, and especially with mothers, rested the character and in a great measure the destiny of their children, and that they must themselves be what they wish their children to become. With these views she united with the ladies of the parish in a Maternal Association for mutual benefit, and after she became a mother she identified herself particularly with this institution. For this she read, for this she labored, and for this she prayed; and considering the obstacles that are ever thrown in

the way of new associations, she accomplished more than could have been anticipated. The monthly meetings of the Association were designed especially for mothers, but at the quarterly meetings the children assembled with them, and so deep was her conviction of the importance of those meetings, and her own responsibility in connection with them, that it frequently caused complete exhaustion and an entire prostration of her delicate frame. She interested the ladies deeply in periodicals designed especially for their benefit as mothers, and at one time, as your records will testify, there were about twenty copies of your Magazine taken in the parish.

The mothers were also influenced to purchase a library for themselves and families. It was her custom to peruse the books before purchasing them for the Association, and thus they were volumes of her own selection and approval, and that library is said to be one of the choicest collections of its size and kind ever made. Her list of books has been extensively copied for similar use, and thus many mothers are reaping the fruits of her researches, and being dead, she yet labors in her chosen sphere.

Although for the last three or four years of her life her health would not allow her to engage with former energy in her favorite plans, yet she had the satisfaction of frequently hearing, from different and distant places, of the influence her example had exerted in the formation and sustaining of similar associations.

In the management of the two children she has left behind, her practice and theory were happily blended; so much so, that since her death many a young mother has acknowledged with tearful eye how much she had depended on her precept and example for aid in training her offspring.

She succeeded in making herself the confident and companion of her children. She interested herself in all their little toys and sports, and particularly was she successful in cultivating their consciences and creating within them a reverence for the God she loved and the Sabbath she honored. Her whole course with them, her prayers with and for them, and the records she has left behind of her secret wrestlings on their behalf, show that their spiritual interests lay nearest her heart ; and may we not

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hope that in many circles of mothers, when these institutions are commended to God, these motherless ones will come up in remembrance in their prayers ?

Mrs. White's attachment and devotion to her husband was proverbial among her acquaintance, and as the wife of a pastor she was in many respects a model for imitation. When she entered that important relation she incorporated herself emphatically with the work of the Gospel ministry, and in all the cares, toils, trials and councils of her husband, she bore a part. She was indeed a help meet for him; and his brethren in the ministry remember her as one who participated in their joys and shared their sorrows.

She cultivated a deep interest in the people of their charge, and a parishioner always found a ready welcome at her fireside, let her circumstances or company be what they might. She was frank and ingenuous almost to a fault; yet courteous to all, and never ready to impute a wrong motive for insult and abuse.

She had no sympathy with the noisy efforts that have distinguished some females of the present age. On the contrary, her efforts were all noiseless and unobtrusive, and like the hidden rill, traced only by the verdure that springs up in its

It was her belief that home is the circle where the virtues of woman should shine, and that any attempt at public teaching, display, or general admiration, was unsuited to the female character.

That inimitable description of a wife by Pollock, could well be applied to her:

course.

“Best pleased to be admired at home,
“ And hear reflected from her husband's praise
“Her own. She sought no gaze of foreign eye,
“ His praise alone, and faithful love and trust,
“Was happiness enough for her.”

As a christian she was consistent, exemplary and cheerful. Religion with her was not a gloomy subject; she looked and spoke naturally when it was the theme of discourse, and all her modes of manifesting religious feeling were such as accorded with her temperament and taste. It rendered more attractive to her all

the enjoyments of life, and she loved God in his works as well as in his word. She was very conscientious in the performance of religious duties, nothing being permitted to interrupt her seasons of retirement. She has been known to withdraw from the social circle to observe the consecrated hour. At some seasons of the year she would rise earlier than the time for commencing her daily domestic duties, that she might enjoy the first quiet fresh hour after waking in meditation and communion with her Savior.

She possessed a deep reverence for God, his word and Sabbath, and her whole deportment was a commentary on the religion she professed. Still she made no pretensions to a life of uncommon piety or usefulness. She was not one to speak of her religious affections and exercises ; on the contrary, she was distrustful of her title to a heavenly inheritance, and not until a few months previous to her death was she enabled to say, “I knovi in whom I have believed.” Still there are many who have witnessed the fervor of her prayers, and felt on their own hearts the persuasive influence of her entreaties to walk in the paths of righteousness.

But she has ceased from her labors, and we delight to think of her lovely spirit that has rested on our pathway in its heavenward journey. Her early character had been cultivated under those influences which soften, refine and render attractive the domestic virtues, and a well-balanced and highly cultivated mind, united with superior personal attractions, made her the idol of her friends and family.

The circumstances of her departure were peculiarly afflictive to her bereaved friends. She died very suddenly, at New-Haven, Connecticut, while on a journey for health. Her husband left her on Wednesday, and returned to their home. On the following Saturday a messenger summoned him to her dying-bed. He hastened thither, but arrived only to behold the tabernacle of clay which the freed spirit had left. Her remains were carried for interment to the scene of her labors, and the ladies of the parish have expressed their respect for her character by placing a marble over her grave.

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