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I returned my benefactress the most sincere thanks. And as nothing more occurred yesterday of sufficient importance to be related, I shall here finish this second letter.
I am, dear Madam,
From Miss Eusebia Neville to Mrs. Worthington.
DEAR MADAM, My
Y most kind friends, Mrs. and Miss Levi, employ almost all their time at their needle, in helping me to replace the articles which I lost through the treachery of Dangerfield and his daughter. One thing which they took I exceedingly regret the loss of, our correspondence ; which I had fairly transcribed. The originals, which I left at home, have probably before this time been burnt. I do not intend to send you these letters till I am fixed in some permanent situation, because I think it possible that my dear but mistaken parent may apply to you to know where I am. This ought at present to be kept a secret, lest fresh trials should be invited.
It gives me no small concern, that every thing which my friends have bought for me is too good for the sphere wherein I must now move. I said what I decently could to prevent it; but in vain did I try to keep their generosity from exceeding the bounds of moderation. Mrs. Levi and her daughter now go to the milliners without me ; for Mrs. L. says, that the trouble which I give them is more than the expense of the articles.-In all this I desire to view the hand of providence. Our heavenly Parent raises up friends to aid us in our distress; and when we can do nothing, he does every thing.
Mr. Levi çame home early in the evening.
that the bastile is destroyed, and that M. de Launay, the governor of it, has been beheaded by the populace.
My dear friend, said Mr. Levi to me this morning. I have had a great deal of conversation concerning you with Mrs. Levi and my daughter. I fear that the present cominotions in France are only a prelude to troubles, more widely extended, in which other countries will be involved. There is a considerable revolutionary spirit in my own country. I intend to remove either to New York or to New-England. We all wish to render you service ; but this cannot easily be effected if we are separated. Accompany us, and partake of our good and evil. You have lost one parent: I will endeavour in some measure to supply his place. I have but this one child to provide for ; and she already considers you as her sister.
Miss Levi arose and enabraced me, which token of love and friendship I most cordially returned. My dear Eusebia, said she, you must accompany us.
You are indeed my sister. I feel a growing affection for you ; and we shall all rejoice to make you as happy as you make us.
It would give me great pleasure to accompany you, said I ; but why, my dear friends, should I be an incumbrance to you? I can teach Italian, French, and Latin : this, I hope, with the divine blessing, will procure me a maintenance.
I doubt not but it might, answered Mr. Levi ; and if you prefer it, we will prefer it also for your sake. As to your being an incumbrance, that objection is provided against. I have a nephew, an heir to an ample fortune, who is an orphan, and under my guardianship He is nine years
I wish to have him instructed in the Latin and English languages. And we shall be 'obliged
will endeavour to improve your sister in the grammatical knowledge of English.
If I had had no inclination to take this voyage. I could scarcely have resisted these solicitations; especially when I perceived that I niight be of some use in this worthy family. I therefore returned them my sincere thanks, und
said that I would gladly accept the favour ; at which they all, but especially my young friend, testified no small satisfaction.
I am, dear Madam,
From Miss Eusebia. Neville to Mrs. Worthington.
DEAR MADAM, MR. LEVI returned from Brussels two days ago. "Tomorrow we are to leave this city, and to go to Dunkirk.
Yesterday we drank tea and supped at Mr. Asher's, when the following conversation; took place between that gentleman and Mr. Levi.
Mr. Asher. I am not in the habit, Sin, of attacking Christians, respecting their religion ; for I think that every man sliould continue in the religion to which he was brought up. But I am really, astonished, notwithstanding all you have said, that you should forsake a religion so well attested as ours, and become a follower of a man that was crucified.
Mr. Levi. You believe, Sir, the prophecies concerning the Messiah: what do you think he was or is to accomplish?
Mr. Asber. He will bestow great benefits, on the world at large, but upon us in particular.
Mr. Levi. Temporal or spiritual?
Mr. Levi. Which blessings are greatest, and would most redound to the divine glory; national prosperity, or soul prosperity ; the conquest of external enemies, or of internal depravity ; riches in the present world, or pardon of sin and eternal life in that which is to come?
Mr. Asher. The blessings, of eternity without doubt; for temporal blessings bear no proportion to them,
Mr. Levi. And yet our nation are looking for a Messiah, who they suppose is to procure them temporal blessings._Let me ask you again ; how are we to account for the early institution of the worship of God by sacrifice ? It seems to have been practised soon after the fall.
Mr. Asher. The guilt of the offender appears to have been transferred in a sort to the victim.
Mr. Levi. How then do you understand that passage in the fortieth psalm, Burnt-offering and sin-offering hast thou not required : then said I, Lo, I come ; in the volume of the Book it is written of me; I delight' to do thy will, O my God?
Mr. Asher. It is a difficult passage. I know how Chrisrian's understand it.
Mr. Levi. They understand by it, that the sacrificing of the brute creation was, in its own nature, unable to take. away sin ; and that, therefore, it was to continue no longer than till a body should be prepared for the habitation of the Deity. They also think that the command given to Abraham to sacrifice that son from whom the Messiah was to 'spring, was not intended merely to try his faith and obedience, but to prefigure what God designed to do. My son, cried Abraham, God will provide himself a lamb for a burntoffering. Abraham intended this as an evasion ; but we think that God intended it as a prophecy.
Mr. Asher. You cannot convert me to Christianity. I cannot so lightly abandon the religion of my ancestors.
Mr. Levi. I have not abandoned it. I glory in its truth. It is the foundation on which Christianity is built. But to return : you grant that the pardon of sin is the greatest of all blessings.
Mr. Asher. There can be no happiness without it.
Mr. Levi. Ought not this favour to be conferred in such a way as to make all intelligent agents tremble at the thought of offending God?
Mr. Asher. There scems to be a propriety in this.
Mr, Levi. Are there not many intimations and predictions that the Messiah was to be a great sufferer, and that he was to suffer on account of sin ?
Mr. Asher. I grant it. To reconcile these passages with others which speak of him as victorious and triumphant, you know that some of our people have thought that there will be two Messiahs, the one a conqueror, the other a sufferer. At present my mind is in a state of suspense about it
Mr Levi. The same Messiah who was a sufferer, was also a conqueror.-—But, my good Sir, since you acknowledge that our Scriptures predict a suffering Messiah, how can you prove that Jesus was not that suffering Mes. siah? Or why, when you know that I profess him to be the Messiah, do you mention his crucifixion as an objec tion?
Mr. Asher. Because I think it was blasphemous for a man who was crucified to call himself God. Jesus fre. quently asserted his divinity in language too obvious to be mistaken; and the writers of the New Testament assert it without disguise. Some Christians have endeavoured to recommend their religion to us by representing this doctrine as a modern invention : but this has no effect upon us; we know that it is explicitly and abundantly contained in the New Testament.
Mr. Levi. The New Testament, Sir, maintains the divine unity, at the same time that it declares that Christ was God. But you have retreated from the position which you at first took You no longer object to his being the Messiah because he was crucified. Your present ground of objection is, that you think he was a blasphemer. .
Mr. Asher. You mistake if you think that I have relinquished my first ground of objection. I continue to object to a crucified Messiah ; for of what use could his crucifixion be?
Mr. Levi. You may learn this by reading the prophet Isaiah, who informs us that the Messiah was to be wounded for our transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities; that the chastisement of our peace was to be upon him ; that with his stripes we were to be healed; and that the iniquity of us all was to be laid upon this despised, yet glo