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with pleasure and profit, his heart and hands engaged in every good word and work. Thus he continued until Thursday, the 3d of June, when by a sudden and sad calamity he was called home to glory."

The following article, from the pen of Mr. C. A. Richardson, will give one a very good idea of the manner in which the meeting is conducted. It also contains a number of interesting facts, and we insert it entire:—

Friday, December 17, 1858.—We enter the chapel, which is a small, neat brick building, and pass to the second storey, where the meeting is held. It is nearly time for commencing. The room will seat from one hundred and fifty to two hundred. The doors are so arranged as to open and shut noiselessly, and the aisles are thickly carpeted, preventing, as far as possible, any noise from the footsteps of late comers. The chapel is about half full. A well-known deacon of a Congregational church in the suburbs of Boston acts as leader this morning. The exercises are introduced with singing the hymn commencing,

"Blessed is the man who shuns the place
Where sinners love to meet."

The voices blend finely, and one begins to feel that it is good to be here. A well-known brother offers fervent prayer. The leader reads the first psalm, and, in brief comments upon it, says that when he had charge of a Sabbath school he used to request all the scholars to commit this psalm perfectly to memory. Another hymn is sung. The leader reads five requests for prayer: one asking the prayers of the meeting for an unconverted young lady, just gone to New York to engage in the festive scenes of Christmas; another for the town of Granby, and still another for a blessing upon the town of Littleton. Dr. Jenks, the well-known editor of the Comprehensive Commentary, in his clear, stentorian voice, offers prayer, remembering especially the requests that have been read. Meantime persons have continued to come in noiselessly, till the room is very nearly full. Another request is read, asking prayer for an unconverted husband. Brief remarks are made by a venerable clergyman. Another brother remarks that fifteen thousand persons are engaged in Boston this morning in dealing out intoxicating drinks to their fellow-men. Was not a remedy for this terrible evil an important thing to pray for? The chairman remarks, that, although this may well be referred to incidentally, yet the great object of the meeting, it must be remembered, is to pray for the descent of the Holy Spirit. Another prayer is offered, and a hymn sung.

An apparent stranger speaks of the Fulton Street Prayer-meeting in New York, and mentions the fact, that it is composed mainly of strangers from all parts of the country, thus becoming a kind of religious exchange. He had heard it stated there but a few mornings before, that twenty on board the receiving ship North Carolina, at Brooklyn, had recently been converted, and over one hundred, at a subsequent meeting on that vessel, stood up to express their anxiety for their souls. The same brother, in illustrating the power of prayer, relates an incident that occurred under his own observation in the family of an eminent teacher in the vicinity of New York. A little daughter, eight years old, a lovely child, was taken very ill. The physician despaired of her life. The speaker said it was agreed by various members of the family to pray earnestly, not simply that she might live, but that she might live to be a missionary. Some weeks afterward, he was in the same family, and found the little girl entirely recovered. He called her to him, and, in conversing with her, inquired if she loved Jesus. "Yes," said she; "I hope I gave my heart to Him three days ago, and I am going to be a missionary." This little anecdote was related in a very interesting manner, and many eyes are moistened with tears. Half-past nine has now come, and it is time to close. It is announced that, beside a female prayer-meeting of half-an-hour, to follow immediately, and the "Business Men's Meeting," from twelve to one, there is also to be a special meeting in the same room, in the afternoon, from two o'clock to four. The exercises are closed by singing,

"Jesus shall reign where'er the sun."

Kemember The Stranger.—A brother said that on Saturday night, as he was passing through Summer Street, on his way to a neighbourhood prayer-meeting at the north end, he was accosted by a stranger, who asked him for money to buy something to eat. He at first refused, but something in the manner of the mendicant arrested his attention. He pleaded that he had been at work, lost his wages, and walked thirty miles that day, with nothing to eat except a few crackers obtained at Dedham. Said the speaker, I told him he had spent his money for liquor. He confessed that he had. I told him I was going to meeting a considerable distance, but that if he would go with me I would try and do something for him afterward. It was very cold, but he said he would go. On the

/ way, called in at a shop and got him something to eat. Talked with him about his soul. Stated his case at the meeting, and he was fervently remembered in several prayers. When opportunity was given, he rose with five or six others for prayers; and also when those were requested to rise who were fully determined to serve the Lord, he stood up with three others. I took him, at the close of the meeting, to the sailors' home, to remain till Monday. Will you pray for him?

Answer To Prayer.—On Monday morning a paper was read, stating that, on the previous Monday, prayers had been requested there for the conversion of a person then present, rejoicing in hope, and desiring publicly to express thanksgiving to God, and afford encouragement to Christians to pray for the impenitent. A few mornings since, an incident was mentioned of a physician in this city who recently was instrumental in guiding a dying patient to Christ.

Conversion Of A Stable-keeper.—At one of the meetings a clergyman mentioned, among other classes to be made subjects for prayer, stable-keepers. In response to this, the next speaker said that a stable-keeper in Lowell, who had not been accustomed to regard the Sabbath, as he was driving about, one Sabbath morning not long since, was so struck by the crowds of people entering a church, that he tied his horse, and went in with the rest. He was considerably moved by the preaching, and the next morning called at the door of the minister, and placed five dollars in his hands, refusing to disclose his name. The man was subsequently converted; and it was further stated that he has been instrumental in persuading several engaged in a similar business to come in and habitually fill a pew in the church.

Brought Back.—An influential person in Boston had withdrawn from his church and religious institutions altogether. In a short time he dispensed with family prayer, and then with private devotion; finally he professed himself "free from restraint," and all religious obligation. He was called on by a friend, who kindly expostulated, pointed to his three little children, and asked what would be the natural effect of his present course upon their future wellbeing. Tears began to flow; he confessed he was in error; promised to retrace his steps, and seek immediately the good old paths of "righteousness and peace."

The Power Of The Grace Of God.—A Mr.

M went into one of the neighbourhood meetings,

and spoke as follows:—"Four months ago I was the most miserable man you ever knew. I was not fit to look upon, and I despised myself. I am thirtysix years old, and have not seen a sober Sabbath for thirty years. I began to drink when I was six years old, by going after liquor for my father. I used to drink out of the measure, so I was never sober. One night I had a dream. I dreamed that I died and went to the judgment, and was found on the left hand of the judge. I was ordered into another room to wait for sentence. A lady came into the room, took a card, and wrote on it, saying, 'Give this to Jesus to-morrow, and He will take you to heaven.' I awoke troubled, and in great distress. My wife B

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