« AnteriorContinuar »
You have heard some of the deliver-| preaching. The late steps which have ances which have been wrought for us, been taken by us, and concerning us,
since our arrival in India by some of have excited much attention; and I 2 our former communications. We hope will be the means of opening the
have been several times on the point door to more usefulness. We have of leaving for England, and Mrs. Nott many very kind friends, who have was on the point of going-alone after stood by us in all our trials. We have
our departure from Bombay in the been much interested by two Lieuts, i month of October.t
in the army lately become serious and I have not time to tell all the partic- who seemed peculiarly devoted. They ulars of our very varied course. We have promising talens, and bid fair bave been very minute with the Board for usefulness. One of them is now of Commissioners. Behold what God sitting by me making a copy of some hath wrought!! He hath not dealt of our papers. GOD has in this shown
with us after our deserts-May be us a token for good. There are some 1 teach us to glorify Him, for what He others we hope, devoutly interested in #
has graciously done. I may almost say our staying here. During our late wan
that, humanly speaking, there is now derings, we have made, (not indeed of 27
no doubt of our staying in Bombay. our own accoral) a most interesting Our friends at Calcutta have obtained visit to Cochin, on the Malabar Coast
. the sanction of Lord Minto, the late This is the place where Buchanan al
Gov. Gen. to our stay, and likewise of|| was: and in the neighborhood of which Lord Moira, tke present. All that is he saw the Jews and Syrian Christians.
now wanting is a formal order, which We intend to send home an account 1
Lord Moira said would be very soon of vur visit to Cochin, but hurried as issuesh. As to this Govt, our leaving we now are, we cannot do it, and I Bombay in October, just as they were hardly dare to touch upon the subject about to send us to England, and in this haste. The Syrians seem a (which was not learnt by thein till very poor people; but live in villages
they had paid 4000 Rupees for our neat and regular, in comparison with 7
passage) was displeasing to them.- those of the Natives. The Church The Gov. has become more favorable which we saw, was large and handof late; and in allowing us to stay af- some. There were three Priests beter having ordered us to go, he had longing to it, whose business seems to given a proof of this. He now implies be principalls to chant the Liturgy, that should commumications from Ben-|| (which is in Syriac, a language not ungal be favorable we should remain. derstood by the people) and perform
We have made uo progress in the the prostration, and other ceremonies Mahratta language of late, but hope of their worship. Except on great soon to recommence the study of it Holidays they do not speak to the with renewed vigour. Our varied trou-people. The people can but few of bles have been a very great hindrance them read; and besides they have no to our studies, Hitherto we have not books of religious instruction in the preached in Bombay though we have Vernacular tongue: The only book usually had a very small meeting on the of the kind in the village was a translaSabbath in our own family. Should we tion of a few forms of prayer; a book reinain here, the way will I trust be of the size of a New England Primer. open to do much good by English Untaught, how can they understand ?
Boil in my haste I should not enter on Messrs. Nott and Hall attempted an esca subject Cochin is a most exceltu Ceylon in the month of October on ace of the severe opposition made to their
place for mission.-Indeed there Bombay, but were brought back M
any at places in this land. particularly notices this even
ir of another arrival friends.
I hope you are all well, that Gods most perfect health. Pain prevented has not diminished your number.- her return until the next evening. In We are all tolerably well. Yoar future the night following, she was taken ill. letters may be sent to Bombay. You Every thing that could be thought of, will however need no directions: if from which there was any hope of benthey are sent to the Commissioner's efit, was applied but to no purpose. Agent in London, he will send them At day break, medical aid was obtainhere. If they coine by American ed, but to as little effect. By noon, ships they must first come to Calcutta. she was materially changed. Every Your dutiful Son,
symptom indicated the most violent SAMUEL NOTT. attack, and denoted approaching
death. But not knowing the real na
ture of her disease, we yet indulged Died, at New-Hartford, (Oneida hope of her recovery. From the coinCounty) on the 25th of July last, Miss mencement of ihe attack, she had been Harriet Wells, aged eighteen years, tortured with the most excruciating the youngest daughter of the late Mr. pain. Writhing in agony, with scarce Samuel Wells.
an interval of ease, every breath was The following account of the re-l attended with a groan; but this exmarkable incidents attending the sick-tremity of distress, did not extort from ness and death of this amiable young her a single complaint. The sun lady, is chiefly taken from a letter, ad- rose on Saturday morning, and Harridressed, by a sister of the deceased, et was no better. Seing the danger of to her Aunt.
her situation, we had great anxiety for A righteous dispensation of Almigh-her immortal soul. ty God, has removed one of opr fami- I put the question,“ my dear Harly into the eternal world. It is my riet, what do you think of your condidear sister Karriet. The grave hastion ?". She replied, " I don't know !" closed over her. Her mortal remains From this anstrer, which was not atnow lie by the side of those of our be-tended by any plainer expression of loved Father in the cold and silent her feelings, we were fearful her mind tomb. Does this intelligence shock had continued as unaffected, during you? I will endeavor to give you her sickness, as we supposed it had an account of her sickness and death. been before. Oh! it is impossible to Oh! may the Lord enable me to do it describe my feelings at this juncture. in such a manner, as sball deeply im- Imagine them if you can. Apparentpress our minds, with a sense of the ly on the verge of the grave, and her justice, patience, inercy and grace of peace with God certainly not made: our God!
now was the trial whether I could acFrom the time sister Harriet re-l knowledge God's justice, and submit turned from school, at Hartford, (Con.) | to his will in the infliction of eternal Jast spring, she had, been apparently punishment, when the subject of it, as indifferent to religion, as before, but must be a dearly beloved sister. To it now seems she had been for a short have done so, I know would have time previous to her death, engageil been my duty. If I could, it must in reading Baxter's Call, her Bible i have been through the powerful assisanı) the Hartford Hymns. It appears tance of divine grace. That I do hope, she read with some attention, for she would have been sufficient for me, and has turned dowu leaves where proba-would have enabled me to have said, bly the passages struck ber iniyd with “ It is the Lord, let him do what seemmore than common force.
eth him good.” On the 20th of July, she visited her We had repeatedly the attendance friends a few miles distant, and was, to of physicians, who made every effort all appearance, enjoying, as usụal, the to arrest the progress of her discase,
At one time her symptoms appeared and besought him to have mercy on a little more favourable, but we were her. told, we must take no encouragement During this time she was greatly &
- the event of her sickness was very | gitated. After a little interval of quidoubtful.
etness, some time in the evening, I said At the disclosure of her danger, to her, “ Harriet, do you yet think your Harriet did not appear much alarmed, | sins are too great to be pardoned ?" but what must have been her views " Oh no; the blood of Christ is suffiand feelings at the near prospect of cient to clean-e from all sin.” This eternity! She was convinced she was the first ray of hope she manifestprobably must soon enter it, and had ed. After this slie conversed much, not a gleam of hope of future happi- and spoke often of Papa, and express
Yet, my dear Aunt, precious ised a great deaire to meet him in heathe truth of the maxim, “ Man's ex- Not a groan escaped her till she tremity is God's opportunity.” Let died. She spoke with the greatest us view with astonishment and grati-composure and cheerfulness of death tude the unbounded goodness, the in- and eternity. All fear was gone; her expressible love and grace of God. mind was perfectly tranquil. To the We do hope there was mercy for her. questions, Are you willing to die ? she
Saturday afternoon, Mr. SNOWDEN, answered, “ Yes, if it be God's will." our former clergyman came, having Do you wish to recover ? "No." She heard of sister's sickness. In her con- said to her mother, " I hope you feel versation with him we were happily resigned to God's will in taking me surprised to hear her confess the sin from you." To her elder brother she of her past life, her great criminality said, “ Do, ny dear brother seek, that in not devoting it to the service of you may find,' the one thing needful, God, and acknowledge the vanity of and give the remainder of your days this world, the necessity of preparation to God. He is deserving of your whole for death, the iusufficiency of her own heart and life. Now, youth is the best exertions to merit salvation, and the time to attend to the concerns of your justice of God in casting her off for-soul; which, alas ! I have spent in folever. It was quickly apparent, that ly and vanity.” she was under the most pungent con
Her pain, with little intermission, viction. To the remark that her bod. continued to be very great till about ily pains were great, she replied, “Yes, two o'clock Sabbath morning. Morbut they have been nothing in com- ||tification was supposed to have comparison with the distress of my mind. menced, and the time was fast apI fear my sins are too great to be par-proaching when we must part to meet doned." The conversation was pro- no more on earth. From this till near tracted. He endeavored to impress her death she was almost free from her mind decply with a sense of the bodily pain, and her mind remained evil of sin, the necessity of repentance, perfectly placid and happy. Her views and directed her to rely solely on appeared constantly bright and animatChrist for pardon and salvation. We ing.–At one time, when it seemed she joined in a fervent prayer to the throne was just dying, she was asked if sho of grace for mercy for her. Mr. S. I did not think she should leave us 300n. left her: yet we had no hope. She had She said, not immediately, but before not yet cast 'her burden of sin upon the long I shall go. Lord.
She expressed a confidence thai her After this, we had frequent, and in- peace was made with God, and exdeed, almost incessant conversation of claimed, “ O how thankful I am that similar import, with her. Our souls I have been permitted to enjoy my were drawn out in prayer to God for reason that I might have an opportuher; we plead his gracious gromises nity to make my peace with God, while others more deserving, have not unchangeable the love and faithfulness had this blessing.
of God. Between three and four, Sabbath The Physician who had attended morning, some friends came in; sheher most, found it necessary to leave seemed very glad to see them ; desir- | her; in bidding her farewell, he said, ed to have prayers, and said, " I hope I Harriet I hope we shall soon meet in am sincere, I hope my heart does not Heaven. She cheerfully replied, " I deceive me." To her youngest broth- trust we shall.” lier life was prolonger she said " Brother do you know led beyond expectation. Her trials am dying ?” Once she expressed a lit- were not yet at an end. It pleased tle fear that she had been brought to the Lord, in compassion to us, to suffer submission from a dread of future pun- her to give still further assurance that ishment. This fear wholly left her she was prepared to appear at the tribefore she died.
bunal of her God. Mr. S. had the opAbout day break, it was thought she portunity to witness the manifestation was dying. All the family was pres- of God's goodness. He came, and ent, and while all around her were.in from a long conversation with her, sobs and tears, she without the least which she sustained with ease and emotion, but with the most perfect cheerfulness, to our unspeakable satiscomposure and apparent complacen faction, we received additional assur. cy, took-the band of each one and by | ance that the Lord had been gracious a most endearing token of affection, to her soul. He interrogated her closetook a final farewell. For her young|ly. She said she relied for pardon and friends, she expressed great anxiety, | salvation on the blood and merits of and said, “Do entreat them not to be Jesus Christ. “ My sins,” she said, £o foolish as I have been, to put off have been innumerable, but he is apreparing for death till they come up-ble to wash them all away. My suffer. on a dying bed; it may then be too late.ings have been great, but nothing in
Some one said, “ Jesus can make a comparison with my Saviour's. Were dying bedl,” Harriet immediately re- it his will I could pass through double peated the residue of the serse. A. / what I have already endured.” She bout sun rise, it was remarked that it said Christ appeared to her infinitely was Sunday. She replied, I had not lovely, and God infinitely glorious.thought of it. Her Álother said, 1 After much conversation, Mr. S. asked hope it will prove a Sabbath day's if it would not be proper to joio in y hlessing to your soul. She replied, prayer of thanksgiving to God. Har
: with a smile, I hope it will. Her dis- riet observed," Oh, Yes." solution not appearing so near, at her posal was grateful to the feelings of all. importunate request, Mr. Snowden We all united around the bed of a dywas sent for. Before he came, she ing daughter and sister, in praising God called for the Hartford Hymns, and for rescuing her from eternal misery. immediately selected the 253d desiring Was such a scene ever witnessed ? It to have it read. It seemed to express will be impossible for you to realise her sense of the greatness of the atone- || the deep feeling of Mr. S. But the afment. At her request, a number more ternoon before, he had left her forwere read, one of which, the 207th, niented with the extremest anguish, she asked to have repeated. On read from a conviction of sin and guilt, ap. ing the last verse,
parently about to be ushered, without The soul that on Jesus hath lean'd for repose,
repentance and without hope, into the I will not, I will not desert to his foes ; awful presence of an offended God.-That soul, though all hell should endeavour The thought was too dreadful for con. to sliake,
templation. The shock of feeling was I'll never, no never, no never forsake
almost beyond endurance. Now he She exclaimed, how unbounded, how li saw her, in the full possession of her