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Rector and the Curate much trouble, and then he Providence which they wished to consult, now was as sincerely rejoiced to be employed in doing marked out the way, A nice shop with a very congood, it was so evident that he was not actuated by venient house was taken in the High Street, and the desire of pleasing men, his little history set him under the superintendance of the Rector, and still so entirely free from the suspicion of making reli more aided by the good taste of Mr. Mellersh, it gion a ladder whereby to climb to worldly prosperity, was nicely stocked, with as good a selection of that entire confidence could be reposed in him, even books, &c., as most country booksellers display. by those who from having met with abundance of This indeed was entirely to be attributed to the aid mere profession eleswhere were cautious of yield of the two clergymen, for Walters as yet, notwithing to it. Walters was not a man of profession, standing his bookselling ambition knew little of indeed he never professed anything, Esther could books. The subject, however, on which he was speak better, but both of them spoke more by actions left to suffer most perplexity was to form some. than by words.
thing suitable for a sign. Esther most strenuously Walters now seemed to have lost the prospect of protested against his calling it again, a “ Bookbeing a bookseller, he seemed to be drawn into a selling and Stationary Establishment," and indeed new line of life, he was deeply thankful to the he felt so little wish to revive his former events that Father of Mercies, and knowing that He would do he yielded; he consulted, however, with the new what he would with His own, he desired to be just schoolmaster, whom the Rector had brought from a what he was made to be.
fashionable town, and who devised the inscripHowever, not more than two weeks had passed tion—66 Theological, Biographical, and Literary over when the Rector came to him one morning, and Library,” Walters consulted his wife, told him he really wished he was in a more conve. "I do'nt know, William,” she said after gazing nient situation, that he often wished to see him some moments at the words, “it sounds very grand, when he did not like to send for him, and make him I hardly think you are come to that yet. But after · leave his business, and yet it was very inconvenient what we have seen, who can say—will you ask Mr. to him or Mr. Mellersh to come so far, besides he Mellersh?" knew that when he recommended tracts and books Walters did so, Mr. Mellersh laughed, called it to his parishioners, and told them where to get them, “ Honson's nonsense,'' and advised him to put over he should find it difficult to desire ladies and gen-1 his door, and every where else where it was neces. tlemen to go to that out-of-the-way place; he, sary, " William Walters' bookseller." This was therefore, strongly advised him to remove to a better exactly to Esther's taste, and from that time she situation.
bad a still higher opinion of the Curate than before. Walters' face brightened once more at the idea The first evening that closed in their new abode, of rising after all in his trade, of commencing as it Walters read the thirty fourth Psalm. It was apwere anew, under such favourable auspices. But plicable, they had endeavoured to “ bless the Lord the flush of hope quickly faded, for he knew he had at all times,” in sorrow, trial, poverty, reproach, not the means of doing what was pointed out. “ His praise had been in their mouths,” even
His good Rector saw the rising flush, and its quick before those that blasphemed bis Holy name. subsiding; he was not one merely to point out what They came to the verse they had once quoted would be advantageous, he was ready to aid as well for support and encouragement. 66 Tbe young as to counsel. He saw how matters stood, and lions shall lack and suffer hunger, but they who knowing that Walters would bave every probability seek the Lord shall not want any good thing;" of success ifthe fault was not his own, and from what they looked in each others' eyes, they clasped each he saw and heard he thought that not likely to be the others' hand, the tears that could not be restrained case; be considered that prudence and caution did alone spoke their feelings, their little child at that not prevent him from proposing to advance him his moment crept over and threw itself on its Father's year's salary to enable bim to begin. He, therefore, knees, they raised and kissed it, and Esther's asked him if he thought he could without involving streaming eyes beamed joyfully as holding it up, himself venture on a removal under these circum. she said, " The righteous shall never be seen forstanices. Walters had too often and too deeply saken, nor bis seed begging their bread.” Much re. considered the subject not to be able at once to reply, mains to be told, but must be left to another occasion, that in dependance on the blessing of God, he was when I may resume Esther's bistory, and now I willing to do so, if his wife agreed with his own must bere take my leave of the Bookseller of Alleropinion, He gratefully promised to call on his ton, merely observing for the satisfaction of my kind patron the next day; and Esther and be com readers, that appearances did not deceive them nor mitted the matter that evening in prayer and suppli their good friends, but that by industry, attention cation with thanksgiving to the God, who had in and prudence, under that blessing of the Lord His own time and way heard and answered their which alone maketh rich, they found at the end of former requests. In short all was finally settled, the year that their temporal hopes were abundantly the Rector thought as there was no other bookseller verified, and the practical piety which marked their in his line in the town the opening was most desi: days of disappointment and distress, was not laid rable, and they themselves were o opinion that that aside in those of prosperity.
THE MERCHANTS' CLERK.
more pallid than before. My dear fellows, he said at
last, I am afraid I inust ask one of you to take my oar. PART VIII.
I find that it is too much for me to-day. As he said Angus MURRAY, notwithstauding his strict notions,
this he laughed, but in another minuite he fell back in had some very agreeable qualities. He was open
a fainting fit. He soon recovered, and though he seeined hearted and sweet tempered, and always ready to do a
ill and exhausted, he would not hear of our turning kindness. We were thrown much together, and I was
back on his account, he wrapped himself in his large beginning unconsciously to feel the influence of his
roquelaure, and leaning back on the cushions which principles and exainple, when I made the other acquaint
which we placed behind him, the fresh air and ance of whoin I spoke. Some of my fellow clerks, and
the rest soon revived himn. We dined, I reinember, several other young men, clerks in other counting
in our boat on the Twickenham side of Richmond houses were accustomed to meet together in boating
Bridge, and Desmond Smith and some of the party parties on the river. During the long summer evenings
sauntered about in Twickenham meadows, or threw we found the coolness of the fresh winds which played
themselves down upon the soft dry grass, while Murray over the broad current of the Thaines delightful, and
and I started off to see the view froin the top of Richthe manly and bracing exercise of rowing was a
inond Hill. As we care back we met Chillingworth pleasant change after the energating confinement of
and Harison at the door of a low tavern, and in a loud narrow streets and heated offices. Angus often made
and angry dispute with the keeper of the house. They one of our parties, and he was perhaps the best and
had accused him of trying to cheat them, and one of most elegant rower among us. His active habits from
them had struck him, and he was sending off a pot-boy his earliest youth among the mountains and lochs of for a constable just as we came up. I was astonished at his native highlands, had given unusual strength to his the calm and simple manner in which Angus interposed, slight frame, and a well poised share of inuscular vigour
and succeeded in restoring something like order, and a to all his limbs. He enjoyed the recreation as inuch
good understanding between the parties. With gentle as any of us, and was so unpretending and obliging that
authority he quieted our two drunken companions, and he soon became a general favourite.
called back the pot boy, and then taking the landlord Occasionally we were able by turns to have a whole
aside, in a few words, full of good sense and feeling, day to ourselves, and we then made a party to Kew or and spoken with great kindness, he appealed to his to Richinond, or soine other place on the banks of the
head and his heart, giving him at the same time a mild Thames. On these occasions, however, Angus wars
rebuke for allowing the young men to drink as they had never present but once. Upon that excursion Chilling
done. He offered his own money instead of the inoney worth and another youth named Hanson got intoxicated,
which they would not pay, and he inade the apology in a tavern at Richmond, and behaved in a very dis which they would not make, for the blow which they had graceful way, not only in the boat, but on shore. It was
given, and he even prevailed with the man to assist us in on that day that a young man who had been absent
getting them down to the boat. We had a good deal for some inonths, rejoined the party. Neither Angus
of trouble with Chillingworth on our way back, and he nor I had ever seen bin, though his name had been re so nearly overset the boat more than once, that at last peated often enough in our ears, and some of our com.
we all agreed to tie hiin hand and foot till we got to panions had been constantly expressing their wish that
town. He then poured forth his abuse of us in no meaDesmond Smith would come among us again. I thought
sured terms, and every now and then shouted out murthen, and I think still, that I never saw any one so
der, till he tired himself out and went to sleep. We handsome as that young man. He had been ill, and
had but little trouble with Hanson, for he was stupified was then only just regaining his strength, and was there.
and heavy with selep from the time he took his seat fore very pale and thin; but his features and his figure
in the boat. were like those of some exquisite statue; and there
“I have quite done with those water parties," said was a noble and manly grace about his every gesture
Angus Murray, to me, in reply to a question which I which it was impossible not to admire. The ex
put to him, a few days after that excursion to Richpression of his smile, when he did smile, had a mond; “I shall be glad to go out with you or with Stankind of fascination about it; and his voice though deep
ley on the river, but not with the others.” “O, I will and manly, had a sweetness in its mellowed tones,
| allow," I said, “that Hanson and Chillingworth made which made it fall like music on the ear.
their society as unpleasant as it was disgraceful; but We had rowed up from Queenhithe stairs, but he came
don't you like Desmond Smith, Angus?" He inade no on board our boat at Whitehall. We were almost tired reply, and I thought at first he had not heard me, for of waiting for hiin, and were just returning to the boat,
he began to talk on another subject. I repeated my (I should have said that most of the party were loung
question, and then he said at once,“ I do not like Desing about on the shore when Desmond Smith made
mond Smith; first impressions may be wrong, but you his appearance; he came on horseback cantering slowly,
know we have seen hiin since. I hope my judgment and his servant, a slight stripling of a boy, running by
may not be a correct one, but I fear that such an assohis side. As soon as he entered the boat he threw off
ciate would be as dangerous as he is agreeable. I have his coat and insisted on taking an oar, but we soon saw
little to judge by but trying his words, and the spirit that the exertion was too great for him. At first the of what he said and did by the plain rule of right and colour came so brightly into his pale cheeks that it looked | wrong, I found enough to make ine dread any further like the glow of hi a!th, but after a little time he became intercourse with him. The danger of such companions
as Hanson anii Chillingworth, is that habitual inter. of rich brocaded silk thrown round him, and Monsieur course with men of intemperance and profligate lives Achille-a guant ferocious looking puppy of a hair may by degrees wear away the aversion which we dresser was frizzing and powdering his hair. “Vrament," must as first feel to their vices. The danger of intiinacy said Monsieur Achille, as he lified up one of the fine with such a man as Desmond Emith is that there is dark curls, und looked at Angus, quel dinimage de something to captivate the taste and blind the judgment. souiller une chevelure si magnifique avec cete vile I nay be wrong about himn, I hope I am; but I would poudre de farine, et cete detestable graisse."'* It is have you keep on your guard, as I intend to d.. I felt unnatural enough,” said Angus, “ but many that I when in his presence as one does in an atmosphere love wear powder.” “ That man" said Desinond where he cannot breathe freely.
Smith, “as the hair dresser quitted the rooin. “is a Angus here alluded to a visit which he and I had remarkable person, he is a great politician. He came paid to Desmond Smith one evening after the party, to me as a favour this evening, for he is about to to Richmond. We were on our way to execute a return to his own country in a few days, you would coinmission for Mr. Arnold, at the west end of the not think it, but he has been recalled."' « Ah, well," town, and we overtook Desniond Smith, who was also said Angus bluntly, “ perhaps he will be no great lo-s, walking thither froin the city. He pre-sed us so and will lose little in leaving our island. His trade is earnestly, and with so much kindness of manner to come a more flourishing one ibere, I hope.” “Ne does not to his lodgings and take coffee with him, that I willingly return to any trade," replied Desmond Smith, gravely; and at once ::ccepted the invitation. “You forget," it has been privately intimated to him that there are said Angus quietly, turning to ine, “ that we have to openings at present for political advancement to men go to the further end of Piccadilly for Mr. Arnold, and of talent and enterprise at Paris, a wonderful cra has that we promised to deliver the packet to Lady S lately commenced there." Angus smiled. “Do you before six o'clock.” “Well, iny dear fellow,' re. feally mean what you say, Mir. Sinith ?” he said, “I plied Desmond Smith, putting his hand on Angus's should be sorry to speak uncharitable of any one ; and hand, “ that arrangeinent will just suit me; I could not | a hair dresser, if a good and wise man, is a credit to give you coffee much before seven för I have one or two his country; but, is that grinning, il-looking man a calls to inake. You will find Jermyn Street, quite in your wise man, letting alone his being a good one?" "To way as you return, and so good bye,” he added, shaking say the truth," replied Desmond Smith, “I may tell the hand of Angus, which he still grasped -- you both you with confidence that Achille is not the very best of proinise to come." I said, “ Yes ;" but Angus hesi. characters; it has been said that he left his own tated. Afterwards however, he also proinised, and we country because he was branded for some crime or parted, Desinond Smith calling out “ you walk too fast other, and could not shew his face there. However, for me, for I am not quite the man I was before my lie has been unrivalled here, and they do say that he illness, even yet.”
left not his equal even in Paris. I could not have It was before seven that we entered the room of our gone to night to that masquerade, that is, I mean in the new acquaintance. I almost started back at the character I have chosen, if Achille had been unable to elegance and luxury of everything before me, and dress iny hair.” As he spoke Angus rose up. "You foolishly expressed my admiration of what I saw. are goirig out," he sail, - and we must only be in the Angus said riothing, and there was a coldness about his way, so good night to you. “I can't hear of your manner (usually so hearly) that I had never seen going," replied the other. Why my good friends, my before. You must excuse my getting up to shake evening will not begin till you are both in bed and hands with you both, glad as I am to see you, and fast asleep, now do sit down. Rush will be here in admiring as I do your more than inercantile punctualio one moment with the coffee, and I wish you to taste it. ty, but I thought this would be over before you caine. No less a person than Achille himself langht the boy I am going, to tell you the truth, to Lady Sussex's to make it.” He rang the bell, and Rush, his young masquerade to-night, and I sent for Isidore to dress servant lad iminediately made his appearance with the my hair at half-past six, that I might be able to pass steaming coffee, and biscuits, and a little bolile of the rest of the evening with you. I hate powder and liqueur on a silver waiter. “ You told us that you never wear it, but I don't wish to be known this even- were to be at Lady Sussex's to-night," I now remarked, ing; and I am going in the character of a French “how odd; we have just taken a packet to her from gentleman of the ancien regino, a sort of gentleman Mr. Arnold.” “Why," he replied, colouring slightly, that I hate as heartily as I hate powder. A better and hesitating, “it is a most mysterious circumstance reign of things has commenced in that “ beau pays de that a ticket was sent to me, and I can't tell by whom. France, n'est ce pa, Achille ?"** Monsieur Achille However, here it is," he added, carelessly tossing it to shrugged his great shoulders, and made a sort. of me, for on these occasions every one nuut have a tichet, grimace, which was intended for a smile, as he said, and so I mean to go. I have met Lady Sussex often, "Pour moi je deteste la poudre, et les petits martres but I have never been introduced to her.” et je dis á bas l'un et l'antre." +
“ And do you mean," said Anguz, with a glow of All this time Desinond Smith was reclining care honest warmth, “to put a ma-k upon your face, and go lessly in a large arın chair, with a loose dressing gown among your betters, when you have not been even
* Fine land of France, is it not so, Isidore ?
† For my part I detest powder, and fine gentlemen, and cry, down with them both.
• Truly, said Monsieur Achille, it is a pity to defile such & magnificent head of hair with this vile flour, and this detestable grease.
asked. Surely you will do up the ticket in paper and seal it, and send it back to her Ladyship, and explain that a mistake has been made.” Desmond Smith threw himself back at the risk of discomposing his dress and powdered head, and laughed aloul. "My dear fellow, he said, I love your honesty, indeed I do, qu te admire it, and here again he laughed as if unable to suppress bis laughter. I wish I had the same inimitable simplicity, but I know the world, and you do not
What you say about my betters, however, I don't exactly understand-a mere title does not make any man or woman my betters, and I rejoice to think that the new era which has already coinmenced in France will soon dawn upon our own country, an era of glorious independence and equality when the rights of man will be pot ouly understood but allowed.--" Here," he added, handing to Angus a pamphlet which he had laid down as we entered, “here is a new play by Monti-full of the bold and new-born freedom that I adore."
I do not forget the countenance of Angus, the look, calin, noble, but searching, which he fixed on Desmond, - You are but a youth," he said soleinnly, “and I am no more ; but I should be false to my God and to you, if I did not tell you to your face that you have entered upon ways, smooth and pleasant as they are perhaps to you now, which, unless you turn from them at once, and for ever, must end in eternal inisery. As for the world, I kuow that we are both pledged to renounce it, if I had not understood its dangers before, I have heard and seen enough this night, to do so."
The Duties of Young Men..--No. 1.
bound within him, when,-conscious that he has done bis day's work,---he rambles forth to enjoy a calm summer's evening; or directs his steps to the House of God to pur. take of a week-evening service. If he is a full-grown man, and at the head of a family, what sluggard's heart can feel the intensity of his happiness as he approaches bis little cottage after bis day's labour; and wbere au industrions and God-fearing wife has made bis home the very model of neatness and order; and wbere he expects to meet the mirthful welcome of his prattling little ones. And then his sleep. Ah! how sweet, how composed! He lies down with a clear conscience, which is by far the easiest pillow on which the head of man can be laid ; and after one sound sleep he wakes at an early hour, from habit,---and having bent his knees in prayer, and read it may be only one verse in the Holy Book of God, be walks forth with a stock of strength for a new day's labour, to be rewarded by the same necessary results.
Industry brings with it its own reward, an industrious youth is usually a happy youth, wbilst an idle youth is seldom happy ; his very idleness is a grievance to bimself as well as to others, and being dissatisfied with himself, he cannot speak in peace or good humour to any one. His idleness will not suffer him to do even what his mind approves, and if he even makes an effort, it is with so little beart or energy, that his efforts and his failure nsually go together. In fact, he always fears a failure, or sees a « lion in the way” and so never succeeds. Sucb idle, and consequently worthless young men, never yet accomplished any thing good or great. All the physical strength they possess is ailowed to flow in the channel which requires no effort of mind, not to say of principle; and an inglorious, upmanly, and unchristian sloth hangs about them like a cloak. Useless and unprofitable, they drag. on a weary existence. If the commercial greatness, or philantbropic benevolence of our beloved country were left to such spirits the son of our prosperity would quickly go down for ever.
The richest people among the Jews, brought up their children to some honest trade, and the governments of the ancient Greeks and Romans were so convinced of the evils of sloth that they appointed officers to inform against those who spent their time in idleness.
It is recorded of Queen Mary, who was the eldest daughter of James II. and consort of William III. and who died in 1694, that by her example it became as much a fashion among the ladies of quality to work as it had been formerly to be idle. She had no relish for those indolent diversions which are the too common consumers of most people's time, and which make as great waste on their minds. Bishop Burnet says, “ she was a perfect pattern of conjugal love, chastity, and obedience. Sbe read the best books in English, French, and Dutch, which were almost equally familiar to her; but gave the most of her retired hours to the reading of the Scriptores and books relat. ing to them."
Dr. Fothergill, an eminent Quaker Physician who died in December 1780, said of himself, “I endeavour to follow | my business, because it is my duty rather that my interest,
the latter is inseparable from a just discharge of my duty: but I ever look at the profits in the LAST place. I endea. vour to do my duty with all the diligence I can as a present duty."
" Whatsoever thy hand findetb to do," that is, whatsoerer is a proper object of labour,“ do it with thy might:"' and let that commaud of thy Saviour be thy first principle of action, “ Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endareth unto everlasting life, wbich the Son of man shall gire unto you: in all things seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness."
INDUSTRY. THE wisest man that ever lived, has said, “ The band of the diligent maketh rich." And perbaps there is no moral duty wbich is more earnestly insisted on in the Bible than that of industry or diligence. Take the following examples,_"He that gathereth in summer is a wise son," « The hand of the diligent shall bear rule, but the slothful shall be under tribute." " The soul of the diligent shall be made fat.” “Seest thou a man diligent in his business ? he shall stand before kings, he shall not stand before mean men." "Not slothful in business, fervent in spirit serving the Lord.” “We hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but as busybodies. Now them that are such, we command and exhort by one Lord Jesus Cbrist, that with quietness they work and eat their own bread."
It is the order of Divine Providence that man shall labour; and whatever some may think to the contrary, there is no state in the world more happy than that wberein we have to earn our bread before we eat it.
Witness the labouring man or mechanic who truly loves God and works for his living. Look at his honest and happy countenance. See bis grateful sense of a merciful Providence in giving him the reward of bis labour. See his uplifted hand, and hear his short, but fervent petition, ere he partakes of that food' which his industry has pro. cured. Look with what satisfaction he eats, it may be bis “ dinner of herbs,” and think bow little he feels of dys. pepsy, or the hundred of bodily complaints which amict the idle, not to say the dissolute. View him returning from his labour in the evening, and if you are an idler in creation, envy, as you well may-bis real enjoyment of the short time he has for recreation previous to his going to rest. If he is “but a youth," bow will his happy spirit
The late Miss Bird, of Calcutta,
glory of the Giver, and to obey that command, " Occupy WHILE We feel a melancholy satisfaction in calling to re till I come.” membrance the lives and deaths of the dear friends we have In the year 1823 she was induced, by the affection she lost, the Christian has a higher motive of traciog the cha. bore to a widowed brother in India, to leave her beloved racter of departed believers. He would do it to shew forth home for the alleviation of his trial; and in taking this step His glory whose Gospel they adorned, and who has com she was not a little influenced by the hope, that she might in manded us to “ be followers of them who through faith and some way be useful to the ignorant and degraded female patience inherit the promises.” It is with this feeling that population in India. With this idea she commenced the the following memoir is drawn up; and with an earnest study of Hindoostanee during her voyage, and diligently wish that it may be blessed of God in stimulating Flis peo. prosecuted it after her arrival in Calcutta, till she attained ple to active exertion in his service, when they see how much such proficiency as to be enabled to compose and converse may be effected by a private individual ; and, above all, in the language with great facility. Providential circumin setting forth His praise who made the subject of it wbat stances some time after, rendering her abode in India no she was.
longer necessary, the question arose, whether she ought not Miss Bird, daughter of Robert Bird, Esq., of Taplow, to return to her native land; but, after serious deliberation, Bucks, was born in London, May 29, 1787, and entered her she resolved to remain, for the purpose of devoting herself heavenly rest in Calcutta in the month of Mav 1834, a vic to Missionary labours. In the pursuit of this object, the tim to that mysterious pestilence which, after desolating the path which she marked out for herself was peculiar. The East for several years, has gradually, though with mercifulis. particulars are so well narrated in a paper published in the mitigated ravages, swept over Europe,and found its war even Calcutta “ Christian Intelligencer” for June 1834, from the across the vast Atlantic to the Western World. Her early pen of a lady in Calcutta, a particular friend of the deceased, years were passed in the bosom of her family. While a chili that we cannot do better than make the following extracts she manifested no anxiety upon spiritual subjects ; nor was from itit till the age of seventeen or eighteen that the religious " Miss Bird arrived in this country in 1823, and proceeded character for which she was afterwards so eminently dis to her brother, R. M. Bird, Esq., of the Civil service, then tinguished began to dawn. There was nothing remarkable stationed at Goruckpore, a place well suited to her taste. A that is, specially so, for every thing connected with the ope- | mission of the Established Church had already been formed rations of God's mercy to fallen man is remarkable, and there, in which she immediately became warmly interested ; infinitely memorable..-in the first openings of Divine grace and, besides assisting in superintending the boys' schools, in her soul. She often spoke of the early instructions which she collected one on her own premises for native females. she had received from her mother; adding, that it was the She was thus occupied in the same benevolent way she had observing how much she desired for her children the salva been in England, visiting and instructing the young and tion of their souls, beyond any carthly good, that led her to ignorant. Nor was this all, for here she commenced transconsider her own eternal interests to be a matter of deep lating elementary works into Hindoostanee, and continued personal concern. At this period she with her family
to devote some portion of her time daily to this useful empassed some years at New York. There she became ac ployment till her lamented death. In this interval she paid quainted with the venerable Mrs. Graham, whose conver. some short visits to the neighbouring missionary stations, sation and instructions were much blessed, in leading and also to Calcutta, for the purpose of contributing to the on her mind, and in forming and maturing her spiritual comfort of a younger brother, suffering severely under the character.
bereavement of an amiable wife, who fell a victim to cholera Her zeal to be useful to others, and her perseverance in the same frightful disease that so suddenly terminated the carrying on her plans for their good, began to be apparent life and labours of his admirable sister. at this time ; for though much engaged in the instruction “In 1830 she finally quitted Goruck pore and came to . of some of the younger members of her family, she yet Calcutta, with the intention of remaining as long as she laboured diligently among the poor and ignorant ; and her could be useful ; and, with a courage which those only who delight and activity in these employments induced her to knew the real sensitiveness of her nature could estimate, she carry them on to the injury of her health.
commenced seeking where she could do good ; and when Returning to England in 1812, she was for some years once this was found, nothing could deter her from prosegreatly afflicted by bodily weakness, and more than once cuting her labours till fruits of success were visible. was brought near the grave. This, which was peculiarly a | “No power but love could thus have animated a feeble trial to one of her active 'habits and ardent disposition, and and delicate female : love to God in the first place; love to was accompanied at times by such mental conflict, was made her fellow beings in the next. Though most acutely alive to the means in the hand of God of greatly deepening and the opinions of those among whom she lived, she still strengthening the work of His grace in her heart, and no pursued her way through evil report and good report. The doubt of preparing her for future usefulness.
path she marked out for herself, new, and hitherto untrodden, For the last seven years of her abode in this country she was to visit in their homes the numerous females descended , was diligently engaged in the instruction of the poor in from Christian parents, with whom Calcutta abounds, who the neighbourhoods in which she resided ; and there are speak Hindoostanee, but are totally unable to benefit hy innow some rejoicing with her before the throne of God,'to struction in English, or to read any language at all. To whom she was blessed, as tbe instrument of opening their these persons Miss Bird was the messenger of glad tidings, eyes and turning them from darkness to ligh: ; and not a few, explaining and teaching the Gospel of Peace, with such it is believed, are on their way to heaven who will be her! earnestness and sincerity that she seldom failed to make a crown of rejoicing in the great day.
deep impression. She devoted Thursday evening in every But Miss Bird's character was not formed only for useful week to the instruction of these Hindoostanee females at her ness among the poor. God had given her natural abilities own residence. By degrees the number inereased ; and in of a very enlarged character, and these she had diligently cul- the afternoon of Sunday, for two years past, they were joined' tivated, and this, together with the influence which a spi- by a few native converts, under the instruction of a Christian ritual mind always gives its possessor, made her society not Mouluvee, who assisted, by reading the prayers and exposi. less acceptable among those of her own class than to those tion of Scripture which Miss Bird had previously prepared. who were the objects of her charitable care. But her At the time of her death there were no less than fifty females earnest desire and endeavour were to use every talent to the who were thus receiving instruction in the way of life