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friends thought his influence with the viceroy was of the fate of this cruel viceroy affords a fearful exthe greatest moment to them all, they bore him close ample. to one of the windows, and scarcely had he begun to On the first of January 1757, a fleet commanded shew signs of animation, when the nabob awoke and by admiral Watson, having on board Col. Clive and was informed of the events of the night; upon which, a strong body of troops, appeared before Calcutta to he hastily demanded whether the English chief was avenge the cruel tragedy acted upon their countryamong the living; and being informed that he was, men the preceding year. Col. Clive landed and inand might possibly recover, he sent an order for vested the town under a brisk fire from the batteries. their immediate release. When the dungeon was The salute however was so warmly returned, that in unlocked, the dead were so piled one upon another less than two hours the guns were silenced, and the against the door, and the survivors retained so little fort abandoned. Capt. Coote with his Majesty's strength, that nearly half an hour elapsed before troops took possession of it, and found ninety-one their feeble efforts could make a passage between pieces of cannon, four mortars, abundance of ammuthe bodies so as to enable them to go out one at a nition, stores, provisions, and every requisite for time. Their liberation being at length effected, it sustaining a long siege. This brilliant achievement was then found, horrible to relate! that of the one was effected at the inconsiderable loss of nine seahundred and forty-six human victims who had been men and three soldiers. A few days afterwards, the immured the preceding night, THERE NOW BREATHED troops advanced to Hughley, a city of great trade BUT TWENTY THREE!
situated higher up the river Ganges; which city Nor was even this late deliverance the result of they quickly reduced and demolished; thus inflicting any compuction of conscience in the viceroy for the a terrible blow on the nabob; as here, his storemisery and death he had so ruthlessly inflicted. No, houses of salt, and vast granaries for the support of avarice had so steeled his heart that, though Mr. his army were entirely destroyed. Infuriated almost Holwell had immediately upon his release been to madness, he assembled an army of twenty thouseized with a putrid fever, he was in this miserable sand horse, with fifteen thousand foot, resolving to state dragged into the presence of the tyrant to be take ample revenge for the losses and disgraces he again questioned about the supposed concealed trea- had sustained, and wholly expel the English from sure. Seeing Mr. Holwell unable to stand without his dominions. Col. Clive immediately applied to support, he ordered him a seat and a draught of the admiral for a reinforcement, and six hundred water, but no other mark of compassion whatever men under the command of capt. Warwick were did he evince. In vain did Mr. Holwell solemnly drafted from the different ships. Clive then drew protest that he knew of no treasure: the inhuman out his forces and advanced in three columns on the tyrant discrediting these protestations, ordered him enemy, whom he attacked so vigorously, that the and three of his friends to be loaded with chains and viceroy after a feeble resistance, retreated with the conveyed to the Indian camp, three miles distant, loss of a thousand men, five hundred horses, great where they lay all night exposed to a heavy rain. numbers of draft bullocks, and four elephants. This The other survivors were set at liberty, while the engagement, though by no means decisive, so intihundred and twenty three dead bodies of their com- midated the viceroy, that he immediately opened a panions were with disgusting levity and brutality, negociation, and in a few days the following treaty thrown into a ditch. The following day Mr. Hol- was concluded; viz. That he (the viceroy) should well and his three fellow sufferers were carried back not disturb the English in any of their privileges or to Calcutta under such an intensely scorching sun, possessions granted by the Mogul. That all merthat they must inevitably have died had not nature chandize belonging to the company should pass and providentially expelled the fever through large and repass in every part of Bengal, free from duty. That painful boils which broke out upon them from head all the English factories seized the preceding year to foot. In this pitiable state they were transported should be restored, with money, goods, and effects in an open boat to Muxadavad. The relation of the appertaining. That all damages sustained by the the cruel treatment they received and the misery English should be repaired, and their losses repaid. they endured in their passage, is truly shocking to That the English should have liberty to fortify Calhumanity. Upon their arrival, they were led in cutta in whatever manner they thought proper. chains through the city as a spectacle to the inha- That they should have liberty to coin all the gold bitants, lodged several days in an open stable, and and bullion they imported, which should pass curtreated as the worst of criminals.
rent in Bengal. That he (the viceroy) should remain After a cruel captivity of several months, the in strict amity and alliance with the English, use grandmother of the viceroy, moved with compas- his utmost endeavours to heal up the late divisions, sion, interposed warmly in their behalf; and the and restore the former good understanding between tyrant at length convinced that the treasure existed them. only in his own imagination, signed an order for their liberation.
sealed with the nabob's own hand, the English comThe pious Christian, like the psalmist, is some- manders had too much discernment to rely on the times perplexed at beholding the oppression of the faith of the barbarian who had so perfidiously vioupright, and the prosperity of the wicked; and is lated former engagements; but they prudently conready with him to cry,
«i Awake! Why sleepest cealed their distrust, till they had thoroughly reinthou, O Lord.” While on the other hand, the repro- stated the Company's affairs, and reduced the power bate, presumptuously says in his heart, “ God hath of the French in the province. In order to adjust forgotten: he hideth his face ; he will never see it." the points that required discussion, Mr. Watts was Ps. 10–11. But though the vengeance of God may appointed commissary at the court of the nabob at sometimes appear to slumber, and the wicked for a Muxadavad. season triumph; yet, seldom do crimes of a die so The French having been subdued, the commanders black and deep as that above narrated, fail to awake now turned their attention to the fulfilment of the that vengeance, and, even in this life, bring down treaty; which as they had surmised, the viceroy was upon the heads of the remorseless perpetrators, a in no haste to complete. Mr. Watts from time to just and terrible retribution. Of such a retribution, time sent them intelligence of the viceroy's intrigues
th Though all these several articles were signed and
with the French, who cajoled him with promises Mr. Holwell on his return to Calcutta, not only that he should be joined with such a body of Euro- published an affecting narrative of his sufferings, pean troops as should enable him to crush the Eng- but erected a splendid monument forty-eight feet in lish; and although that faithless prince had publicly height to the memory of his companions. On the declared that the instant the English troops were front, he inscribed the names of the hundred and put in motion he would cause Mr. Watts to be im- forty-six unhappy prisoners, adding at the bottom, paled, yet did that gentleman bravely sacrifice his “This monument is erected by their surviving fellowown safety by earnestly exhorting them to proceed sufferer J. Z. Holwell.” On the reverse, with vigour in their military operations.
horrid act of violence was as amply as deservedly During these deliberations an incident occurred revenged on Suraja Dowlat, by his majesty's arms that determined the commanders to come to open under the conduct of vice-admiral Watson, and Col. rupture. The insolence and tyranny of the viceroy Clive. Anno. 1757.”
S. J. B***.. was not exercised over the English alone, but his own subjects also of every rank were exposed to such grievous and cruel oppressions, that at length THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY WOMAN a spirit of discontent appeared both among the chief
OF MODERN TIMES. men of his court, and the principal officers of his army; between whom a plan was concerted for de
MR. Editor.—Some time ago, I copied from an The conspiracy was conducted by
American newspaper a brief notice of the death of Jaffier Ali Khan, his prime minister and chief com
the “ Oldest Woman in the World," and which mander and a nobleman of great influence and autho
appeared in the Christian's Penny Magazine for rity. The project was communicated to Mr. Watts,
April 30. I rather doubted the accuracy of the stateand through his instrumentality, an alliance between
ment as she was said to have been 162 years of age: Ali Khan and the English was secretly concluded.
but in travelling with Rev. Dr. Cox soon after, he Mr. Watts having illuded the vigilance of the spies
assured me that he had seen her, conversed with her, set over him, escaped to the English camp. Clive
and believed that she was a Christian. I have since and his little army now took the field and marched found an account of her in his interesting volume, to meet the enemy. At daybreak on the twenty
“ The Baptists in America,” which I now extract, third of June, the viceroy advanced to attack him
assured that it will be regarded on many accounts as with fifteen thousand horse, thirty thousand infantry,
worthy of a place in your useful Magazine. and forty pieces of cannon officered by the French.
BENEVOLUS. After a short but severe conflict, the enemy fled; “ Slavery presents itself to our view in one of the leaving their camp and the whole of their baggage most extraordinary and offensive forms of which it and cannon in the hands of the English. Clive is possible to conceive, while we were in this city pursuing his victory, marched to Muxadavad, the (Providence). The name of Washington, the father capital, and was there joined by Ali Khan and the of his country, is revered by every patriot of every other malcontents. It had been previously concerted land. Our politicians, and even our princes and that this nobleman should be invested with the dig- captains, may have quailed before his surprising nity of nabob; accordingly the colonel proceeded genius; but his memory is enshrined in the hearts solemnly to depose Surajah Dowlat, and, with the of the wise and the good in both hemispheres. We like solemnity to substitute Ali Khan in his room ; had visited the sanctuary of his home, wandered who was then publicly acknowledged by the people amidst the decays of his domain, and paid our hoas suba, or viceroy of Bengal, Baha, and Drixa. mage to his worth before his unaspiring tomb. We Soon after, Suraja Dowlat was taken and put to here saw, still living, the very woman who nursed death by his successor. Thus, exactly one year his infancy; and she has worn the chain and badge after his perpetration of the horrid Black-hole out- of slavery from that hour to the present time! Britons rage, fell this tyrannical and powerful viceroy; thus, blushed for America, and were oppressed with a sickwere the fellow-countrymen of those he had so ness of the very heart, to think that for more than a cruelly murdered, made, by divine providence, the hundred years after the infant hero had been pillowed instruments of his deposition and final ruin; and on the bosom of this stranger, Joyce Heth should thus, did this “
Mighty man" in bitter anguish ex- have remained a slave. We were ready to ask, when perience that “ Neither his silver nor his gold was we visited her, where are the sensibilities of a people able to deliver him in the day of the Lord's wrath." who can tolerate so gross an outrage upon every soft Ali Khan readily and punctually fulfilled all the and holy feeling, as to allow this living mummy, conditions of his elevation. He conferred on the this breathing corpse, to be dragged through the English the most liberal rewards, and granted the country, exhibited to the idle gaze of strangers, and Company such extraordinary privileges, as fully de. often exposed to the rude, offensive merriment of monstrated how justly he had merited their assist- thoughtless youth? This mysterious antiquity, whose
The French were entirely excluded from the age we found to be 161 years, ought rather to have commerce of Bengal and all its dependencies; while been cradled in silk, and nursed, in her second inthe English commerce was restored and increased | fancy, with all the tenderness with which she watched Beyond their most sanguine hopes. A vast sum was over one of the greatest of men.
She was stolen paid to the Company and the sufferers at Calcutta, from Madagascar, and was owned by the father of the soldiers and seamen were gratified with six Washington at the time of his birth. It was evident hundred thousand pounds as a reward for their cou- that her person had been shamefully neglected, since rage and services. In a word, in the short space of she had sunk into the helplessness of an almost fourteen days, a great revolution was effected, and miraculous old age-her nails being suffered to grow the government of a country superior in wealth, till they bent, like bird's claws, and those of ore fertility, extent, and population, to most European clenched hand penetrated into her very flesh. She kingdoms transferred, by a handful of troops con- was left in the extremest destitution, and would have ducted by an officer untutored in the art of war, and died in Kentucky, had it not occurred to some keen a general by intuition rather than by instruction and and shrewd calculator, that something might yet be experience. “ The Lord is known by the judgment made by exhuming, as it were, this living relic of a which he executeth." Higgaion. Selah. Ps. 9–6. former age, to exhibit as a show! During many
months, she had been conveyed from place to place,
CHRISTIAN LADY'S FRIEND. as the last sands of life were thus running out, and more had been gained than the sum for which Washington's father sold her in 1727, when, as appears in REV. BASIL WOODD'S TESTIMONY CON. the existing copy of the bill of sale, she was fifty
CERNING HIS MOTHER. four years of age.
It was often necessary for her to be addressed in Mrs. HANNAH WOODD, mother of Rev. Basil Woodd, the authoritative manner with which a slave is com- an excellent clergyman of London, was born April manded, in order to rouse what remained of vital 19, 1736, married in July 1759, and lost her affec. energy, so as to gratify the curious; but, at other
tionate husband by death, Jan. 12, 1760, when they times, she spoke with vivacity. She has been the had been united only about six months. Having been mother of fifteen children, but all have died before acquainted at school with Mrs. Wilberforce and her, excepting two or three grandchildren.
Mrs. Conyers, she was now introduced to the acThis venerable slave is a Baptist, was immersed quaintance with Rev. H. Venn of Clapham, and in the Potomac, and received into a Baptist church Rev. Dr. Conyers of Deptford, by whom she became 116 years ago. She sings a few hymns, in a voice acquainted with the Gospel, and, under the blessing
of is often observed in prayer, and expresses herself, on 7 God, an eminent Christian.
Her son was born August 5; she devoted her life a few essential points, with great clearness. The to his welfare, and lived to see him an eminent and few sentences we heard, were in answer to our in
useful minister of Christ. quiries, at a time when she appeared greatly ex
Mrs. Woodd's piety will be evident from the folhausted. She said, she wished to die and go to
lowing meditation on her last birth-day on earth, heaven in that minute of time, but must wait God's April 19, 1784. pleasure, and dare not be impatient;' expressed her
"" This is the day of my birth. Oh, my gracious self very clearly in reference to the blood of Christ Lord, make me sensible of thy mercies ! I would be as her only hope, declaring that the happiness she
all praise and thanksgiving.' I would praise thee felt was of the Lord, through faith in Jesus.' In for my birth, for there thy mercies began, and they reply to some questions about her baptism, she said, have followed me all my days. Dearest Lord! I . it was in a river, and she was sure that it was the cannot express my thanks; but thou seest my heart, Potomac.'"-Baptists in America, pp. 450, 454.
and I trust seest me longing to be thankful ! Oh! that I could render praise and gratitude to thee,
who, I humbly trust, hast new created my soul. ILLUSTRATION OF ROM. iv. 8.
This, this alone, makes the day of natural birth to
be looked back to with comfort. Oh for a grateful “ Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute (or heart! Help me, gracious Lord, to praise thee for reckon) sin."
all that is past ! My heart is full
. I want words A MAN owes me a debt; I cancel it: I have now no oh, help me to look forward ! I have lived here a charge against him. Thus the blessed God acts long time; help me to look beyond the grave; to when he pardons a transgressor. He cancels the look to thy right hand. Increase my faith ; help sinner's debt. Pardon does not, in fact, make the me to believe that thou hast indeed called me by thy sinner no sinner, but it renders him free from the grace; begun the good work, and that thou wilt charge of transgression, as if he had never sinned. carry it on and keep me, that where thou, my blessed This forgiveness is most full, reaching to every Jesus, art, there thy poor unworthy servant shall be ! offence; and it is most free, “ Without money and Oh, glory be to thy name, the work is thine own, without price.” Many expressive images are em- and my trust is in thee! Oh keep me and save me, ployed in the Scriptures to represent the complete. blessed Lord! I give myself to thee! Oh bring me ness of forgiveness. It is said, “Thou wilt cast all to those blessed mansions of peace, where I shall be their sins into the DEPTHS OF THE SEA." Forgiven able to praise thee; where I shall be delivered from sin is thus removed and hidden as if buried for ever the painful clog of this body, which weighs down in the depths of the unfathomable ocean. God is re- my soul! Prepare me for thy coming! O make me presented as removing sin to the greatest possible watchful and ready to meet thee when thou shalt distance from the soul. “ As far as the east is from please to send thy messenger, death, for me-make the west so far hath he removed our transgressions the pain I continually feel of use to me. Sure I from us." In the most expressive of images it is cannot be long here! O quicken my soul! Fix said by God himself, “ Though your sins be as scar- my affections on heavenly things. Give me clearer let they shall be white as snow. Snow just fallen views. Oh give me a sense of pardoned sin! Wash from the clouds is whiteness itself, unsullied white- me in thy precious blood. Clothe me with thy perness;
presents to view only one sheet of dazzling fect righteousness. Conform me more to thy divine white. Thus completely pardoning mercy blots out image; and help me to meet death as a kind friend, transgression, and renders the pardoned soul as free come to fetch me home to thee! Amen, amen, thou from the charge of sin, as the newly-fallen snow dearest Lord !" from every darkening stain.
Evidences of the joyful state of her mind may be But where sin is thus forgiven the REIGN OF SIN IS collected from what she said on her death-bed. On AT AN END. Sin may harass the soul, and temptation her son's return from St. Peter's, Cornhill, five days may distress it, but sin no longer governs it like a before she died, she took hold of his hand and mighty tyrant driving at his pleasure his crouching seemed much animated, “ God," said she, “my slave. Let not sin, therefore, reign in your mortal dear, has been very gracious this afternoon; he sent body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof" my son from me, but he sent himself to me. O, I (Rom. vi. 12). “ For sin shall not have dominion am very happy! I am going to my mansion in the over you; for ye are not under the law but under skies. I shall soon be there: and oh! I shall be grace” (ver. 14). “But now being made free from glad to receive you to it: you shall come in, but you sin, and become servants to God, ye have your shall never go out: never." fruit unto holiness: and the end everlasting life" Pausing a little, she said : “ If ever you have a (ver. 22).
J. G. P. family, tell the children they had a grandmother
who feared God, and found the comforts of religion | fused, stupid, senseless, hypocritical self; but give on her death-bed. And tell your partner I shall be me some fresh strength, and let me be under the glad to see her in heaven : when you come to glory, effusions of thy Spirit, even the Spirit of light, life, you must bring her with you. Let me tell you by and love." your own experience, when you come to lie upon your death-bed, an interest in Jesus will be found a precious possession. O what a mercy of mercies, AMERICAN MOTHERS' HYMN. that we should be brought out of the bondage of
MATERNAL associations exist in some Christian circles Egypt, and united together in the kingdom of God's dear Son! I exhort you to preach the Gospel; preach
in Great Britain; and their fruits have been found it faithfully and boldly; fear not the face of man;
most delightful and beneficial. We wish they were endeavour to put in a word of comfort to the humble
universal. America is blessed with many of these believer, to poor weak souls. I heartily wish you
associations; and they meet for prayer in behalf of success : may you be useful to the souls of many."
schools, colleges, and seminaries of learning. The Dr. Conyers frequently said that he never saw
following is a hymn composed for their use; and it such an instance of maternal affection. Her son ob
will happily illustrate the spirit of these mothers of
the American Israel. served, This is a subject on which I hope I shall never think without heartfelt gratitude to her and to Wake, mothers in Israel! O hasten to plead God, who so favoured me. The whole of her deport- For the spirit of grace to descend ; ment was calculated to win my early attention to The word has gone forth, and the faithful have need religion. I saw in her what it could do; how happy! Of your prayers the great cause to defend. how cheerful ! how humble ! how holy! how lovely in life, and afterwards in death! how full of mercy
Let pure clouds of incense be wafted to heaven
From hearts all united in one! and good fruits it could render the happy possessor !
That wisdom and grace to our youth may be given, As I was the only son of my mother, and she a widow, she might, perhaps, lean to the side of over
And strength for the race they must run. indulgence. Yet, if my heart do not deceive me, in O'er the green hills of science, O Spirit, preside, trusting that I love the ways of God, I am indebted, And send down thy heavenly showers; through divine grace for that inestimable benefit, to Let holiest dews on those tendrils abide, the impression of her great and tender kindness, her And moisten the germs and the flow'rs. uniform example, and particularly her pious and affectionate letters, when I was about thirteen years
Pour salt in these fountains, shed light in these
halls, old. Such, indeed, has been the impression of her parental affection, that though my friends, I believe,
Bid Shiloh's pure waters arise ; have never charged me with filial negligence, yet,
Till the tide of salvation surrounding these walls, since her decease, I have regretted very frequently
Rolls high in the breezes of prayer. that in many little instances I conceive I might have From the youth of our country shall armies arise shown her still more respect and affection."
The gospel of peace to proclaim,
flies, MRS. HOUSEMAN'S REFLECTIONS AT
Shall re-echo Immanuel's name.
Wake, mothers in Israel, O wrestle and pray, “ JULY 22. I that have trifled away so many sab- While incense is wafted on high; baths have been intrusted with another. In the For the hands that in faith are uplifted to-day, morning when I awaked, I hope I was truly thankful Shall prevail with the realms of the sky. for the return of the Sabbath; and I was desirous to improve the prize put into my hands, and made it my errand at the throne of grace for his assisting and accepting presence. After I had read some part
NECESSARY ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN AN of God's word, I set myself to get a few serious
INSTRUCTRESS OF CHILDREN. thoughts; and they were led first to take a view of The following “Answer" was written by an eminent my present state, and in what relation I stood to
poet, addressed to a lady's inquiry respecting the God. I was enabled to discern the footsteps of the necessary accomplishments for an instructress of Spirit upon my heart, and that his real workings children. were after God and universal holiness. Methinks I could most feelingly say, Whom have I in heaven
O'er wayward childhood would'st thou bear firm
rule, but thee! and there is none upon earth that I de
And sun thee in the light of happy faces, sire like thee!'
Love, Hope, and Patience, these must be thy graces, “When I came to attend upon God in public ordi
And in thine own heart let them first keep school. nances, I cannot say I was without some serious
For as old Atlas on his broad neck places desires and affections in my first engaging. Mr.
Heaven's starry globe, and there sustains it, so Spilsbury preached: the word came in a most lively convincing manner to me, it reached my very case.
Do these uprear the little world below But in my return home I felt deeper touches. Such
Of Education; PATIENCE, Love, and HOPE. impressions it made, that I could scarce contain my- Oh, part them never! If Hope prostrate lie, self from the observation of others. I made all the
Love too will sink and die. haste I could to retire, that I might give myself But Love is subtle, and will proof derive liberty; and I think I never had more sensible im- From her own life, that Hope is still alive : pressions made upon me. O what was it? Mr. Spils- And bending o'er with soul-tranfusing eyes, bury preached from Rev. iii. 3. “Remember how And the soft murmurs of the mother dove, thou hast heard.” I begged these impressions might Woos back the fleeting spirit, and half supplies : not wear off, as others had done. It cost me some Thus Love repays to Hope, what Hope first gare tears. Lord, leave me not to my dark, dead, con- to Love.
Yet haply there will come a weary day
to show the utility of these institutions, surely here When overtasked, at length,
we have sufficient to convince the most doubtful Both Love and Hope beneath the load give way; mind, and every one present must feel grateful, and Then with a statue's smile, a statue's strength, acknowledge, that hitherto the Lord hath helped us. Stands the mute sister, Patience, nothing loth, -Although of minor importance, your committee And both supporting, does the work of both. think it worthy of notice, that many who received
S. T. COLERIDGE. their education in these schools have, by their own
industry and perseverance, raised themselves to affluence, and are now filling honourable and re
spectable stations in society. Your schools have INFLUENCE OF SABBATH-SCHOOL IN
always been remarkable for continuing the youth STITUTIONS IN BIRMINGHAM.
under their care to a more advanced age than similar BIRMINGHAM is eminently distinguished for the zeal institutions, and your committee observe, with feeland activity of Sabbath-school teachers; and, con- ings of satisfaction, that at the present time a system sidering the magnitude of that vast toyshop of of discipline is maintained which, under the Divine Europe," as a great statesman called it half a cen- influence, retains a greater number of youths from tury ago, though now it may with truth be regarded sixteen to twenty-one years of age than has hitherto as the “ toyshop of the world,” no system of instruc- been known in its history; and there are now under tion and inoral discipline CAN BE MORE admirably
tuition three hundred and twenty-five boys, one hunadapted to the children of the poorer classes of that dred and eighty-nine girls, and sixty female adults, populous town. In visiting several of the Sabbath- making a total of five hundred and seventy-four, out schools in that town, during the present month, I
of which number eight young men, all above twenty have been delighted with much that I saw and heard;
years of age, and thirteen young women, have reputand the following extracts from the Forty - first ably completed their education, and will, in the enAnniversary Report of the Cannon-street Sunday- suing month, at the anniversary sermons, be publicly schools, Birmingham, presented at the annual meet- dismissed, and each of them presented with a Bible. ing, held April 5, 1836, I have no doubt will be It affords your committee great pleasure to be able, perused with peculiar interest by the numerons Sab
after many examinations, to bear testimony to their bath-school teachers who read the Christian's Penny
excellent deportment and acquirements, and hope, Magazine.
that by their means, the influence of this institution
may be felt through the various families and manu“ Since the establishment of these schools thou
factories in which they may be called to move. sands of destitute children have been taught to read “ During the past year the Spirit of God has been that Word which is able to make them wise unto
manifestly at work, and eight of the scholars, after a salvation; and although many have withdrawn with profession of repentance towards God, and faith in out any visible change of character, your committee our Lord Jesus Christ, have been admitted members cannot but indulge in a confident hope, that the seed of the church." sown in their youthful minds does, in numerous instances, in their riper years, bring forth fruit to the praise and glory of God. Cases frequently come
OCEANIC WONDERS OF THE CORAL under their observation where youth have left your
INSECT. schools apparently unconcerned, but afterwards the THESE seemingly insignificant creatures are employed instruction they received has been savingly applied by their Creator to construct and rear mighty fabrics to their minds, and they have united themselves with in the bosom of the deep. Some by their union various Christian churches. Doubtless occurrences form a long narrow ridge or reef, which extends unof this kind are very frequent, but eternity alone will interruptedly several degrees, opposing an immovdevelope, to its full extent, the amount of good pro- able rampart to the great currents of the sea which duced by this and kindred institutions. Your com- it often traverses, the solidity and magnitude of mittee need not allude further to those who have left which increases daily. unconcerned, but would remind you, that for many Captain Beechey has given a most interesting years the schools have been a nursery for the church, account of the proceedings and progress of these hundreds who have been scholars in them have come minute animals in erecting these mighty works, and forward to declare what the Lord has down for their of the manner in which the sea forms ridges when souls, have been baptized in the name of Jesus, and the animals have carried their work as high as they admitted members of the church, many of whom, can; upon these, at length, a soil is formed beyond after a consistent walk and conversation, have been the reach of its waves : a vegetation next commences; called to exchange time for eternity, and are now in time plants and trees spring up, animals arrive, joining the heavenly choir in singing praises to Him and man himself finds it a convenient residence. that redeemed them, and washed them from their When the Creator formed the coral worms, what sins in his own blood. Your committee, for the want foresight, as well as power and wisdom did he mani. of any authentic document upon the subject, are un- fest! That a minute pouch of animated matter, with able to state the precise number of scholars who no other organs than a few tentacles surrounding its have been united with the church, but one of their mouth, should be fitted to secrete calcareous particles number, from recollection, is enabled to communicate from food collected by it, to transpire or regurgitate the pleasing intelligence that one-fifth of the present them so as to construct for itself a limestone house : members of the church in Cannon-street, were once
that it should be empowered perpetually to send scholars in your schools, viz. one hundred and thirty- forth germs that could also act the same part, and two, and they feel confident they should be able to thus, in process of time, by their combined efforts, report considerably more had they the means of build up in the midst of the fluctuating ocean-not ascertaining the exact numbers.
merely insignificant islets but whole groups of islands, Amongst the many animating symptoms that vital which, in due time, are rendered fit for the habita piety is rising in your schools, your committee would tion of man himself, and do, in fact, become his perrelate the interesting fact, that fourteen of the pre- manent abode ! sent scholars are now members of the church, and God's works, the wonders of his might one is waiting for baptism : were any thing wanting Are honour'd with his own delight,