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off'; and I trust to enjoy a glorious immortality.” Looking round upon his relations who were in the room, he said, “ God bless you all!" and further expressed his strong hope of approaching bliss. After a little rest, he broke out in these
“ He was wounded for our transgressions, and I have wounded him by my sins; but now he comforts me.” After lying still for some time, he repeated those words in our Saviour's prayer, (John xvii.) “ Father, , I will that those whom thou hast given me be with me where I am, that they may behold my glory which thou hast given me ;" and added, * This prayer, I trust, Christ is now making for me.
Before I left him he said, “ Father, I should like once more to receive the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord ;" alluding to the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, which he had before received in his chamber.
In the evening we joined with him in that holy ordinance, and as soon as his friends had left the room, he said to me, “ With rerespect to the state of my mind I cannot now say much, I am so very weak; but I trust I am going to sing the song of Moses and the Lamb.” Then reposing himself a while,
he uttered these words with great emphasis ;
Eye hath not seen, nor ear beard, nor hath it entered into heart of man, to conceive the goodness -" his weakness prevented him from proceeding
To his cousin J. S. who came up to see him, he said, “ Farewell, I shall see you no more. God bless you. May we meet in heaven.”
Friday. In the morning he found himself extremely weak. Having usually prayed with him morning and evening, I desired him, as I sat by his bed, to tell me if he found any interval in which he could wish me to pray with him. He answered, “I cannot attend.” Upon my saying, “ Then we will pray for you.” He replied eagerly, “ Aye, do." He was not forgotten at our family worship, and the Rev. Mr.—, who happened to be with us, recommended him to the protection of our Heavenly Father in that affecting form of worship in our Liturgy, called the “ Commendatory Prayer.” (Visitation of the sick.)
I sat by his bed the greatest part of the day; but his weakness did not permit him to hold any conversation. At one time, after lying still for about half an hour, he lifted up his eyes as in an act of devotion, and cried
out,-“ When I wake up after thy likeness, I shall be satisfied.” After this he spoke no more, except in asking for a little refreshment, or the like; and in the evening, when he seemed to be asleep, he expired without the least emotion.
O BI TU AR Y.
(SOMETIMES CALLED LISSY.)
The kind reception which you have given to the short history which I transmitted to you, of my eldest son, encourages me to proceed in sending you some anecdotes of the rest of my children, whom it pleased God to remove from this state of trial, during the vigour of their youth.
Five years after the death of that son, it seemed good to the wise Disposer of all events, to deprive me of one of my daughters, by the same disorder which had proved fatal to her brother.
My daughter Alice was impressed from her infancy with a serious sense of eternal things, so that the work of grace upon her heart was such as our Lord describes in one of his
parables. “ So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground, and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring up he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself, first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear." Mark iv. 26.
Here it may not be improper to remark, that when the Spirit of God makes use of education as the means of producing sound conversion, we are not always to expect such a sudden change of conduct as we see happily to take place in some who have lived in the contempt or neglect of religion. The seed instilled by the care of a parent or guardian, and watered with daily prayers and instructions, groweth up we know not how, but bringeth forth in the end the genuine fruits of righteousness. Those who have been thus gradually led to a right faith in Jesus Christ, and a sincere dedication of themselves to his service, ought not to be disturbed because they cannot fix on any distinct periods of their lives, when their views and tempers were suddenly changed. If such persons, from a