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compared to the favour of God. When I was encircled by the gaieties of the world, an inward uneasiness embittered my hap. piest moments ; and my conscience continually whispered to me, that I was guilty and wretched, Here I begin and finish the day with the sweet imprelions of that felicity, which is undanbiedly a foretaste of what will be unmingled and undecaying. Far different from that Julia, who dreaded solitude as inupportable, I long for the delightful moments when I can enter into myself. My thoughts are raised to the sublime and affecting views of im. mortality. I throw myself on the divine goodness, humbly trusting that my forrow, my tears, and my unfeigned love of the best of Beings, will yet expiate my guilt. May I die in this humble hope ! I am impatient to rejoin my father : and, Oh, my brother! I fall yet see bim. God will reward his virtues and his sufferings with the gracious pardoa of her, whom dying he forgave."
Such were the new life, and the heavenly conversations of Julia. One day a person came to the convent, and defired to speak to her. She was inquisitive to know who this person was; but the stranger had refused to mention his name, or the reason of his visit. She hesitated at first, whether he luuld be admitted. A fudden impulse determined her. “ Perhaps," said she," it is some unfortunate person, who has need of consolation. If I cannot render him quite happy, I may wipe away a few tears at least, and make him feel the joys of our holy re. ligion.”
When the stranger was admitted, what a pale, emaciated, de jected form, did Te behold! It was the marquis de Germeuil, the wretch who had triumphed in innumerable seductions." What !” exclaimed Julia, starting back with terror,“ is your perfidy to pursue me into this facred retreat ?".“ I come (an: swered the marquis) to implore your pardon for my basenels to you. In me you behold the vile author of your misfortunes. I employed every guilty art to accomplish my views. Your ex. ample has taught me what happy realities are religion and bea. ven. I tremble at my danger, and I hasten to some religious retreat, where I may incessantly deplore my guilty life. I will give my whole fortune to my relations ; but I could not think of bidding an eternal adieu to the world, without first seeing you, to tell you that my conversion is your work." Oh, my God!" faid Julia, lifting up her eyes to heaven, " thou crowneft mc with thy loving kindness ! With what joy, Sir, (added the, ad
convent of carmelites. When this lady, fo celebrated for her penitence, was informed of the death of one of her sons by the king, the exclaimed, “ It is his birih, not his death, chat ought to grieve me."
dresiog herself to the marquis,) do I perceive you penetrated by these sentiments ! But, if you will be advised by me, dare to read main still in the world, that you may be an example ofi eminent piety and active goodness. You, Sir, are known, and have an ample fortune. I was an unfortunate woman, without a name that could invite respect. I had no other part to take, than to retire from the world ; but it is your duty to be an object of inAtrodion to all around. You talk of giving up your fortune to your relations ! 'Ah, Sir, do not put fo low a value on the hapa piness of being able to relieve the wretched. Your family are in affluent circumstances. Relieve those unhappy persons who may lay their distresses before you ; the orphans, who demand a father in you ; the unfortunate young women, whom cruel ne. ceflity" Here Julia ftopped, unable to refrain from tears. “ Go," she resumed, " and learn the spirit of pure and undë. filed religion. Let beneficence be added to prayer, and be afo fared that the Father of Mercies will not fail to regard that con. trition, of which this is the best evidence you can give.”
The marquis was in a kind of ecstacy: He embraced the life which Julia recommended. He lived fome years a sublime example of every virtue. A fatal disease at length' attacked him, and he died with all the piety of a Christian, that has made his peace with God; not by a few tranfient resolutions, bat by a continued series of active virtue. Before he expired, he wrote a letter to Julia, which she had ever after before her eyes. Never wag religion expressed with such fervoar, with fuch energy, and with fuch a charm.'!
Julia persevered twenty-five years in this course of piety, so much the more admirable in her, as with whatever feverity chis: worthy non regarded herself, the created all others with indulgear mildness. This is the character of true devotion. False piety, on the contrary, is diftinguished by an unsupportable fero. city, devoid of all tenderness towards the frailcies of others. A stranger to that spiritual pride, which would render virtae héro self unlovely, Julia practised all the humility that her outward demeanour announced ; and at the end of many years of ex. emplary penitence, the fill recollected her errors, and deeply dee plored them.
The awful moment at length arrived when every thing difapa pears from mortal vision. Marianne performed the last offices, to her dying miltress, now her after, her friend, and soon to be her fellow angel. The nuns, all dissolved in tears, watch her expiring looks her words-her happy exit. Julia alone dis. played that magnanimity which springs from a more sublime rea, ligion, and which the wisdom of the world can never give. She VOL. I. 26.
expired in the arms of her faithful Marianne. Her brother was inconsolable, and Marianne soon followed her mitress to the grave. Herend was equally edifying.' Devoid alike of weakness and oftentation, she died as every true Christian ought to die.
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og the CHARACTERS of Lord Bacon, the Right Honorebka
ROBERT Boyle, John Locke, Esqi and Sir Isaac New, "Ton. Written by the late Bihop Newton THE forf was, perhaps, the most universal genios that ever
1 appeared in this country, or in any other. He made the laws of his country his particular ftudy ; and was promoted, by his superior merit in his profession, to the highest employment in the state : but his active, comprehensive foul, was not con fined or limited, there. He ranged, through all arts and scis ences, Shewed wherein they were defective, and cbalked out the method how they might be improved ; and the advancement of learning that hath been made since his days, hath been chiefiy owing to a pursuance of his fchemes, by freading in his footfeps, and tracing and deducing the rivers, whereof be discovered the Springs and sources, His writings (ther principal of them being writfen in the learped language) have done infinite honour to the nation, and in all of them, even those of them which are not professedly written upop divine subjects, there is yet a great spirit of piery and religion ; and we plainly see his reverence of the scriptures, by, his frequent allusions to them, and citations from them. His noted axiom was, “ That a litue philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheifm ; bøt depth in philosophy, bringeth men's minds about to religion ;” and he places theology at che head of all learning, as the higheft pera fedion and attainment of human nature. . The second was of a robte family, and applied him felf chiedy to experimental philofophy; and what was the consequence of His-searches into nature; bat having a more profound reverence for the God of nature ? It is related of him, that he never mentioned the name of God, without a solemn pause ia bis dis. course; so far was he from treating it lightly or irreverently i fo full was his mind of pious love and veneration. A'midd his numerous philosophical writings, he found time also to write upon religious subjects. He wrote a treatise particularly on the excellency of theology, compared with natural.philofophy, and Another of the Nile of the scriptures, with admiration and rap
ture. He was at the expence of large impressions of the bibles and translations into several languages, for the use of the poor, both at home and abroad. Having employed his whole life in doing good, he extended his benevolence and charities to mankind after his death, and founded an annual lecture, with a handsome salary, for the proof of natural and revealed religion, agains atheists, deifts, and all other infidels. whomsoever.
The shird was a most excellent metaphysician, and enquired particularly into the powers and limits of the human underftanding; an author, happy in a wonderfully clear vein of thinking and reasoning : drew his materials not so much from books as from his own thoughts and reflections, and knew how to dress thcfe thoughts in ealy and agreeable language ; a friend to liberty, both civil and religious, but an advocate for revela tion ; wrote fargely of the reasonableness of christianity ; made a moft excellent paraphrase and annotations on the principal of St. Paul's epiftles, wherein he hath done more towards clearng and explaining their sense and meaning than any commentator, I had almost said, than all the commentators before him ; and, doubtless, would have obliged us with more such writings, if he had lived longer, having dedicated the remainder of his days wholly and solely to these studies, . ..,
....!! The fourth was á prodigy indeed of mathematical know. ledge! There was none like him before him; and it may be questioned whether, after him, there will any “ arise like unto him.” It is said by Dr. Keil, that if all philosophy and mathe. matics were considered as consisting of ten paris, nine of them are entirely of his discovery and invention. And his modesty, humility, and other virtues, were as great and conspicuous as his learning and knowledge. He spoke always of the Supreme Being in a manner becoming a philosopher'; attempted to settle the chronology of antient kingdoms conformable to scripture, and wrote observations, on some of the most difficult parts of holy writ, the prophecies of Daniel, and St. John's revelation ; making thus the word of God the port and haven of all his labours, and doing as every wise man should, beginning with philofophy, and ending in religion. .
A N epistle having appeared in several of the papers, figned H by William Tooke, purporting to be the epifle from our yearly meeting ; it feems but justice to ourselves, and the public, that they should be informed that the said epistle is fpurious
and was published before the conclusion of our yearly mecting, as may be seen by comparing the dates. I enclose the genuine cpistle, which was not published 'till late last night.
Printer to the Society called Quakers. George-yard, Lombard-Areet, 1856 of the 6th month, 1783.
Tbe Epifle from the yearly Meeting in London, beld by Adjourt
ments, from the geb of the fixth Month, 1783, 2o tbe 1616 of i tbe fame, inclufive. To the quarterly and monthly Meetings of Friends in Great Britain,
Ireland, and elsewhere, ? Dear Friends and Brethren,
We have renewed cause of humble thankfulnefs to che God and Father of all our mercies, for the gracious afiftance he hath vouchsafed to afford us, in transacting the weighty concerns of this large and folema assembly, whereby we have been preserved in much brotherly love and condescension ; and under a comfortable sense of the love of the gospel, we dearly falate you, earnestly defiring that it may be the constant care of every indi'vidual, in lowliness and meekness, daily to feek an encrease in the knowledge of God, and of our Lord and Savioas Jesus Chrift; whom, to know, is life eternal. : By accounts brought in this year, the sufferings of friends, be. ing principally for tythes, those called church-rates, and the mi. litia, amount, in England and Wales, to four thousand three hundred and 'forty-one pounds; and those in Ireland, to obe thousand thsee hundred and seventy-seven pounds. - By advices from the several quarterly meetings in England, and by epiftles from Wales, North-Britain, Ireland, New Eng. land, New York, 'Pennsylvania and Neiv. Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia, we under.
Atand that friends appear to be generally preferved in love and .unity ; thaj diyers have been added to our society in various parts "by convincement, more especially on the contioent of
America, where many bave been conscientiously led to onik ia : religious fellow hip with us ; and though deep have been the exercises, and painful the sufferings of our faizhful brethren om chat continent lince the commencement of the late troubles, per