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pleased with America, and that he was very desirous that we should all go to live there, Miss Levi exclaimed, Oh, how greatly I should rejoice if that were to be the case : it would also afford inexpressible pleasure to my dear parents, and to Mr. and Mrs. Bethune.
My dear Miss Levi, replied Eusebia, to live near such highly beloved friends would afford me equal pleasure : but the leaving of our country is a matter of serious con. cern. What do you say to it, my dear father?
I am too far advanced in life, answered Mr. Neville, to take such a voyage. Besides; if I were there, I should never think myself at home; so great is the attachment which I feel to the land of my nativity, and to that part of it in particular in which I spent the years of childhood and of youth. I think also that, on many accounts, it would be wrong for us to leave our country.
To this we all assented.
Just as we were going to tea, a carriage drove into the court. Our dear Eusebia and I were near the window, and saw Mr. Charles Clifford stepping out of a postchaise. This sudden and unexpected appearance of a person whom Eusebia considered as her partner through life, and for whom she had a great esteem, overpowered her spirits. Seeing the colour leave her face, I hurried her into another room before he came in, and, by applying hartshorn and a little cold water, prevented her from swooning He soon learned where she was, and came to pay his respects. I left them together, after he had told us that he had had a very disagreeable passage.
At the entreaty of his friends in America, he had almost determined to stay with them through the winter ; but hearing that a vessel was to sail immediately from Boston to Bristol, he could not resist the desire he had to see Eusebia. During part of the voyage there was considerable danger; but he was supported by reading and meditating upon the 107th psalm. He reflected that he was in the Lord's hand, and that no real evil could befall him while he made God his refuge.
My dear aunt, we begin to be very impatient for you to isit us. It will give us very great pleasure. But it would give us much greater if you would come and reside among is. Pray be so kind as to consider of it seriously. I hope ind believe it would be for our mutual happiness. There s a pleasant house in Thornton unoccupied. But if it ihould be equally agreeable to you to reside at the Abbey, ve have plenty of room. When we were lately talking ibout it, Mr. Neville remarked, that the society of the riends of the Redeemer is the greatest blessing which can je enjoyed in the present life. One misfortune would be, --the breaking up of our correspondence; but almost evey earthly good has its alloy.
Mr. Charles Clifford unites with all my friends in kind-st respects to you.
I am, my dear aunt,
Fron Mrs. Worthington to Mrs. Neville. MY DEAR NIECE, I CONGRATULATE you and all my good friends at the Abbey on the arrival of Mr. Clifford. Should
union cake place between him and Miss Eusebia Neville, I hope hey will be happy. Marrying in the Lord is the best security for mutual happiness. It is safe, however, for Christians not to expect too much happiness in the married state: it rather becomes them to lay their account with finding some imperfections in those with whom they are anited, who will in their turn find some imperfections in hem.
I am very much obliged to my friends for their invita
tion. I think it would increase my happiness to reside near those whom I so greatly esteem : and I intend, with the divine permission, to take measures for my removal. It is my intention to pay you a visit at the Abbey, and there to come to a determination whether to reside with you, or at the house you mention at Thornton.
I am truly sorry for Mrs. Barnwell. I gave her the best advice in my power. I exhorted her, as there was little probability that she would derive much more happiness from the things of time, to seek her consolation in the things of eternity. I remembered that our Lord did not despise the outcasts of mankind. She was very thankful for my advice, and for the trifle which I gave her, and shed Alany tears. Whether her sorrow was on account of her guilt, or of her punishment, is best known to herself.
Miss Levi's wish to have her friends near her was very natural, and proceeded from the best of motives; but I cannot advise you to leave your native country. Europe is undoubtedly in a disagreeable situation, and I do not say that it is impossible for great evils to befall this kingdom. It must also be admitted, that in times of public calamity, God frequently permits the righteous to fall indiscriminately with the wicked : it ought not therefore to be expected that they should be without fear. Yet I am persuaded that, in a day of general distress, my God would either preserve me from the hurtful sword, or give me fortitude, and resignation to his will. We have not a high priest who cannot be touched with a feeling of our infirmities : let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
The vessel is indeed in a storm ; but the Redeemer is in it; and many thousands of his friends are embarked with him, who weep in secret on account of the sins of the nation, and of their own personal transgressions. Who can tell but the Hope of Israel, who bestows upon his people the pardon of their sins, and who has promised that he will never leave them nor forsake them, will also hear, in
heaven his dwelling-place, their prayers for the preservátion of their country?
Remember me affectionately to my kind friends at Thornton Abbey. I ever remain,
My dear nicce,
From Mr. Levi to Miss Levi. MY DEAREST SOPHIA, YOUR mother and I remained on the wharf, and pursued the vessel with our sight till it was no longer visible. From that time you have been continually upon our heart ; every thing reminds us of you; and it is our prayer day and night that our beloved daughter may be preserved from all evil, and may be the object of the gracious regard of our heavenly Father.
Till we had parted with you, we did not know how much we loved you. At some times your mother almost regrets that she consented to your leaving us; till I remind her that you are under the care of your dear sister, and that, under her kind tuition, you will enjoy every advantage that can be desired for improvement, both in human accomplishments and in Christian graces.
Since you left us, I have been much employed in reading the prophecies concerning the Messiah. I will select, and send some of them in this letter; for although it is a subject in which we have endeavoured to the utmost of our ability to instruct you, the importance of it is such that you cannot be too well established in it.
This exalted Personage was predicted to Adam under the name of the Seed of the Woman.' Also the enmity of unbelievers against him ; 'I will put enmity between thy seed and her seed;'-his crucifixion; thou shalt bruise his heel,' (his human nature ;) but yet his final victory ; ' it shall bruise thy head," Gen. iii. 15.
He was to descend from Abraham, Gen. xxii. 18 ; and from Jacob, Gen. xxviii. 14.
Jacob prophesied of him on his death-bed, Gen. xlix. 10.
Moses prophesied, that God would raise up a prophet from among their brethren like unto him; and that whosoever would not hearken unto him, God would require it of him, Deut. xviii. 18. It is added, probably by Ezra, • There arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses,' ch. xxxiv. 10. This honour was reserved for the Messiah.
He was to be of the seed of David. "Once have I sworn by my holiness, that I will not lie unto David. His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me,' Ps. Ixxxix. 35, 36.
Solomon was a type of Christ, and many things are said of him in the 720 psalm which will apply in their full sense only to the Messiah ; among others the following:
They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.-All kings shall fall clown before him : all nations shall serve him.-His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him : all nations shall call him blessed.'
In the days of Isaiah this descendant of David was not come, for he thus prophecies concerning him ;
-And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; and shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither.reprove after the hearing of his ears; but with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins,'-The prophet pro