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silence and darkness of the night, though ISABELLA deprived her of sleep; though she must carry her about and gently dandle ber on her weary arms, Lizzy's tenderness and good nature were invinciblc : and when a very old woman in her last illness, she said to her grand-daughter, that the recollection of her self-commanci, and conscientious gentleness to her charge, revived her fainting spirits.

While Lady L’s. hectic 'nalady was sapping by alniost imperceptible approaches her corporeal strength, the mighty Shield of Faith defended her mind from participating in the decay. She wrote farewell letters to her sons in America. After exhorting them with all the fervour of maternal fondness, to keep in view the three great concerns of human-nature-Death, Judgment, and Eternity, her Ladyship recommended the Irish family to their

pro. tection ; particularly Lewis. The rest had firmness and vivacity—but he seemed to live only for others, and to bave no care for himself. Before these letters reached America, TERENCE, with his wife and four children, were on their return to Europe. Having been dreadfully hurt by a fall from his horse, he never entirely recovered the use of his left arm and leg. His master parted from him as from a friend. Major L. did not stand in need of an humble monitor like his brother ARCHIBALD--but a faithful attached domestic is invaluable to all who remove to foreign lands, especially to naval or military officers, in sickness or wounds. Major L. had been twice severely wounded; which gave TERENCE occasion to evince how affectionately his services rose in proportion to the call for exertion. Indeed, though he had loved the Major less gratefully, a regard to the duty he owed his Supreme Master in heaven, would have prevented him from being dissipated or neglectful. When he was disabled, Major L. wished to take a young soldier ; but his brother the Captain

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insisted, that as he; was now restored to health, and the
Major in want of an experienced attendapt, LEWIS must
be with him to superintend the soldier. Alas! this noble
youth was soon to be far above all human aid. He was
killed in the defence of a redoubt, five days after TERENCE
set sail for Europe. The next morning Major L. received
accounts of lis mother's death, and her affecting valedic-
tion inclosed in the same packet. He struggled manful-
ly to lose his private woes in the duties of his profession
but every hour of retirement was spent in the deepest af-
diction, in which LEWIS sympathisel in silent tender-
ness, that whewed itspf in assiduous endeayours to soothe
anal.cheer the mouruer by humble aitentions.

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Book of Nature laid open

IN A CURSORY AND POPULAR SURVEY OF SEVERAL STRIKING

FACTS IN NATURAL HISTORY, AND IN THE PLIENOMENA
AND CONSTITUTION OF THE UNIVERSE, , IN WHICA, THE
WISDOM OF GOD, AND HIS GOODNESS IN THEIR SUBSERVIEN-
CY TO MAN ARE DISTINCTLY TRACED AND POINTED OUT.

Such treatises as display the excellencies of the Great Creator,

compose one of the noblest and most acceptable Hymns. To acquaint ourselves with his sublime perfections, and point out to others his infinite power; his unerring wisdom, and his boundless benignity; this is a more substantial act of Devotion than to slay

Hecatombs of victims at his altar, or kindle mountains of spices Yiriinty incense."

GALEX,

Aby the Sea reflected is the Sun,

All Nature is a glass reflecting God,

Too glorious to be gaz'd on in his sphere.
The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all then that
have pleasure therein.

Psal. cxi. 2. ALL Nature is á Book, and every page of this huge volume is fraught with instruction. Not only do the azure

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canopy of the leavens, and those oumerous luminous orbs which bedeck the glowing hemisphere on a clear frosty evening, shew forth and declare the glory of God; but the whole of created existences, however insignificant, simple, or minute they may appear, plainly evince to the contemplative mind, the adorable perfections of the great Creator, and speak forth the wonders of his love to man.

That we do not receive more information from the crea-tures of God is not their fault, but our own. Their language is not dull and languid, but loud and incessant; while we, alas! remain deaf to the reiterated cries of nature; and although “ day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge,” we continue to post on in our heedless and inconsiderate career, or are drawn aside by the tempting and lying vanities of life, without once reflecting on the importance of NATURE'S UNIVERSAL CALL to:

Stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God. The task, therefore, Le mine, on the present occasion, to make an humble effort to arrest the attention of some of my fellow-travellers in the journey of life, and, by pointing out a fer striking passages in this stupenduous volume wbose line has gone forth to the ends of the earth, endea. Your to excite their adoration, love, and gratitude to HIM who gave them being, and has so abundantly provided for all their wants; that, in the sublime language of scripture, bis" tender mercies” may be said to be. "

over all his works."

But where, in the midst of this multiplicity of nature's. works, shall I begin ?-From what spot of this prospect vast shall I set out ?

-Where find a title ? when every. page is emblazoned deep with gigantic characters, wrote by the finger of Omnipotence itself, and "All things speak of a God.B 3

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Struck with religious awe, I stand, as it were, in the Temple of the Universe, insensible to every thing but my insignificance and want of capacity, and know not how to proceed to unfold the wonders of the teeming page, till l'oused from my stupor by the myriads of busy beings around me, who, whether in the form of things animate or inani mate, and existing in the heavens or on the earth, in the waters or in the air,,conspire with one accord to sing forth the praises of their Maker, and point out his Almighty power, lis consummate wisdom, and the infinitude of his goodness to the children of men, I an enabled to go on, inspired with those delightful sensations which fill the devont admirer of the works of Nature, and wrapt in that happy frame of mind in which the poet* sung, when he penned his beautiful hymn on the providence of God.

As the traveller in setting out on a voyage of discovery takes his departure from his native land, and should, at least, before visiting regions more remote, first make himself a little acquainted with those nigh bome, I shall, previous to extending my researches to more distant bounds, first indulge myself with a cursory głance of what we may call the ground floor of creation, and see what commodities are provided and laid up for the use of its inhabitants in THE İNTERNAL STRUCTURE OF THE EARTH.

Thus in thy world material, Mignty MIND,
Not only that which solaces and shines,

The ROUGH, the GLOOMY, challenges our praise !" In these dark and subterraneous magazines I find veins fraught with the richest METALS-- from hence comes that which gives value to the monarch's crown, and weight to his sceptre ; which formed into coins, gives energy and life to traffic, rewards the toils of labour, and puts it in the power of the affluent to warm the bosom of adversity and

make

* ADDISON,

make the widow and the orphan sing for joy-or beaten ont into an inconceivable thinness, is made to cover with a transcendant lustre some of the coarsest of nature's produce tions, and render them ornamental in the palaces of the great.

Here also is laid up the pale brightness of the SILVER, which formed into a variety of domestic utensils sets off witis peculiar lustre the choicest dainties of the rich man's table and here is found the ponderous LEAD, from which the cool and clean cistern is formed, as well as those conyenient and safe aqueducts by which the useful element of water is conveyed into the very hearts of our dwellings. Here too are stores of COPPER, and Tin, by which sundry utensils formed of the former metal are rendered more safe and fit for use : and here do I find in profuse abundance Mines whose contents, although they may not be reckoned of equal value, have been found to be more beneficial in their services to man than any of those already mentioned. IRON furnishes the mechanic, the artist, and the labourer with their most useful implements and tools—by Iron the farmer is enabled to tear up the most stubborn soil-Iron secures our dwellings from the midnight thief, and confines, by its massy bars, the disturber of our peace to his gloomy cell; by means of Iron, the vessel tossed with tempest is firmly attached to a place of safety, or prevented from being broken up by the raging elements, when overtaken by a storm in the midst of the watery waste.

In these dark vaults are also found that subtle iesinuat, ing metal*, which so much resembles a fluid--the uses of which in philosophy and medicine are so well known, as well as its importance in various arts and sciences.

From hence, also, are extracted a multitude of MINERAL SALTS and SALINE SUBSTANCES, together with a variety of

Sulphureoiks * Quicksilver, or Mercury.

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