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and woman, where whiskey had been times till nearly frozen. During most of previously carried, and there they per that winter she felt such uneasiness of suaded her to drink with them. In this mind, that, not daring herself to look drunken frolic the woman fell upon her to God for mercy, because she was such a and wounded her nose, which being the sinner, she felt it a relief to overhear the greatest disgrace, in her estimation, she worship of others; as if God might poscould possibly suffer, for a long time her sibly hear their prayers, though she was friends had to watch her to prevent her unworthy to be present. destroying her life. Once she tried to " During the spring, while at the sugar hang herself. At another time she threw camp, she was greatly distressed. When herself into the lake, but an Indian caught gathering sap, she often had thoughts like her by the hair and drew her again into these :- Here I am going the same the canoe.
After this she began to think round daily from tree to tree, and can find that the unknown Indian, who as she no relief; I must always carry this wicked supposed had the care of her life, was heart, and when I die be miserable for unwilling that she should kill herself, and ever.' A pious Indian woman who had she gave up all further attempts to effect charge of the sugar camp, used to conit. Having but one child left, she remain verse with her; and after praying, would ed sometimes on the island of Mackinaw, perhaps ask her if she did not feel the imand sometimes on the main land, with no portance of joining in heart with her. She fixed object but to get whiskey by every said she did: and though there was to her possible means.
mind no prospect of ever being better, yet "I first became acquainted with her about she would, as she says, forget herself
, and five years ago. Soon after our family was feel strong desires for mercy. After her open to receive children, I one day met return, she thought that every one must her boy, and on ascertaining who be was, look upon her condition as hopeless; and I went with an interpreter to the lodge of as before, she often staid away from Divine the mother. A wretchedly destitute and worship because she thought it unfit for her miserable scene we witnessed. At that to be there. Most of the following summer time no persuasion could induce her to she spent at the farm, where at times she let me have her son. But going the second seemed to awake to an affecting view of time, and the boy himself being willing, her religious state, and with such feelings she at length reluctantly gave her consent. that she would go off from the house and The following spring, more out of pity pray, and weep much alone : but for the than for our convenience, I employed her, most part she indulged in despair witbout first in the kitchen, and afterward at the relief. sugar-camp, on condition that she would "The next autumn we had unusual sickdrink no whiskey and conduct herself ness in the family, and Eliza, and her son properly. By much counsel and care she Joseph, were left at the farm alone for two did so much better than my fears, that I or three weeks. They also were both finally told her, that, provided she would taken ill; and probably suffered somebe steady and do such work as she was what for want of nursing, before we were able, she might have a home with us. aware of it and could bring them home. From that time, I believe, she was never In reference to this time she says, that she intoxicated more than three or four thought with herself, that she had found times.
no relief to her mind in our way, meaning “ About three years since her serious that of Christians, and that she would attention to religion commenced, but for again try her old way of medicine songs ; some time was very fluctuating: While and that she spent the greater part of under the sound of instruction she would several nights in songs and her formei be affected, sometimes to tears. For Indian mummery. After she was brought several years, during the hours of the home she discontinued this; but she thinks Sunday-school, we have had a separate she nearly lost all anxiety about her soul, school for Indian women and others, for and seemed to have no feeling further than the purpose of reading and explaining the to take care of her son. He spoke to her Scriptures, and distributing tracts. At much ; but she said she was like one who these meetings Eliza was often affected; had lost her senses, and nothing seemed though afterwards, as she says, she would to move her feelings. A few days before throw the subject off arrd become in a Joseph's death, he had a long conversation measure indifferent. Again, impressed with her; told her that he should die sool, with the idea that there could be no and that he wanted her to promise him mercy for such a creature as she was, and never to drink any more whiskey, to rethe thought of her religious state making main with the mission family, listen to her unhappy, she would avoid being pre.. their instructions, and pray every day to sent at the meetings, or family worship. Gud: then, when she died, she would go , Yet she says she often felt so strong a to God with him. At first she told him desire to hear the sound of prayer and that if he died she would die too. But singing, that she has gone to the door and Joseph said that was wrong; for that God remained there as long as she thought she only had a right to have her die when he could without being discovered--some saw fit. At length she promised him that
she would remember and do as he had “On being particularly questioned, she requested.
related three instances when for a time • During the whole scene attending her mind was troubled. A year ago she Joseph's death and funeral, her behaviour was reduced quite low, and one evening was singularly calm and solemn: so much word was brought us that she was so, that it was noticed by all. When she dying. On going to her room she was perceived that his spirit was really gone, found to be very languid ;
but after some the tears rolled down her face, and she time she revived, so as to be able to conexclaimed, in Indian, . My son! my son!' verse. She was questioned relative to her but further than this, not a complaint or views and feelings; to which she gave groan was heard to escape her lips. answers expressive of joy in the prospect
" After the funeral I sat down with of being soon with God. She answered her, and had a long conversation. Among one of the sisters to this effect, I long other things, I asked her why it was that to be gone: I want to have the time she appeared as she had now done; and come.' Afterwards she felt that she had whether it had been so at the death of her expressed impatience, and it grieved her other children. She said, no : for that she exceedingly ; so that she had several seahad, as is common among the Indians, sons of weeping between that and the wailed and mangled her body in her aflic- following Sunday morning, tion. I have no such feelings now " Another time to which she referred, God is good, and I feel that what he has she had gone to bed, and, as she supposes, done must be right.' Although she ex had not slept long when she awoke and pressed no consciousness of the love of felt a desire to pray. She arose and knelt God in her soul, yet she furnished evidence down, but in a few moments she fell that her feelings were under the sanctify- asleep. This occurred again; but awaking ing influence of the Holy Spirit. Nor the second time, she feared that her love was it long before, through the mercy of to God was decaying. With fears and a her heavenly Father, she began to expe- burdened heart she set about prayer in rience peace and joy in believing. Her earnest; nor did she leave it till her tears soul was also so filled with love to all the of sorrow were turned into tears of joy. members of the family, that she says she
“ The other instance was on an occasion felt that her own children had never been when the children had made some remarks so near her heart as they. At times her to her, froin which she thought the family mind would recur to the scene of her considered her burdensome, and wished her son's death ; but, to use her own expres, away. This made her feel unhappy sions literally interpreted, 'I felt as if I few hours ; but before night she obtained was in a narrow happy way; and if a that relief in prayer which restored peace thought came to me about Joseph, it to her soul. seemed like being drawn out of this way,
“ 1 afterwards put several questions to and I longed to get back immediately. her: You have said that before you found With these feelings toward God and peace in Christ, you for a long timeChristians, she now became very anxious for many months--felt yourself miserably for the souls of her own people': 'Oh if wretched, and that you often prayed: they could only see as I do, how happy
was it for the merits of these prayers that they would be !!
God gave you peace? “No: it was be"Whenasked about the state of her mind cause of Christ's pity to my soul ; because afterwards, she said, 'I have always been he died for poor sinners; and it was of happy in God since then (since her con God's mercy that missionaries were sent to version). The more I have had a view of teach me.'-Do you mean that you never the love of God in Christ, and the longer had any fears that you were deceived ? I I have lived, the more I have desired 10 have always felt sure that God has had love him, and to love him more and more, mercy on my soul; and the more I have and to be more and more like him in my thought on my old wicked life, the more soul. I do not know that I have since it has drawn me nearer to God: it has ever had any sorrow of soul so great as I made me feel more humble in myself, and have had for those who are ignorant of a strong desire to live only for him.'God. Sometimes when going into church, But should God take away his Spirit from or while there, it has made me weep to your heart and leave you to yourself, think of those who do not love God. what do you think would become of you? There has never been one day since I 'I should be good for nothing.' Ilave found peace to my soul, when I did not you any fears that God will ever take feel that God was with me.' The reason
away his Spirit from your soul ? 'No.' which she assigns for this mercy is, that - Why? From what I have heard of God will soon take her out of tlie world, his word, he has promised to keep those and that he is pleased to be thus preparing that trust in him; and I believe he is her for his presence.
Every Sabhath, faithful to his word.'— There have been she says, “ I have felt that this leaves me several times when in your sickness you one Sabbath less to be in this world, and have been very low, and have had reason brings me one Sabbath nearer the time to think you would live but a few hours or when I shall be with Christ.'
days; have you at none of these times been
unwilling or afraid to die? No.'-Have near and happy in him.'-What good do you you always felt, if it were God's will, that think that baptism or the Lord's Supper it would be a privilege to die, and you could do you, without a heart to love the would be glad to have the hour come? Saviour? None. There would be no · Yes; I have. This fall, when I was joy to my soul in them.'-Could you very sick for two days and nights, and felt have this joy and peace of which you that God only could make me better or have told me, if you did not as far as you take me away, I thought, if it were his know strive to serve God in all things ? will, how glad I should be to be sure that "No; I could not. Though unable to do I was dyingthat I might be with God.' any thing with my hands to help the family A year ago last spring you were baptized and to labour for God, it is my sincere and received into the church ; can you tell desire daily to have my heart much in me any thing of your feelings at that time prayer for them, and for the salvation of about the ordinances ? • After I under their souls; and because God lets me stood their design, that Christ had.com live, I believe he wishes me to be devoted manded them, and why he had done it, I în spirit to this.' - Do you think you had a very strong desire to be baptized and love God and souls as much as you ought? to receive the sacrament ; nor is there any “No : I try to love, but do not feel so thing in this world that I have felt to be so much as I ought.'-When do you expect great a privilege. When I was baptized to have perfect love to God and souls ? At and promised solemnly to be for God, I first she answered, “Never; thinking really felt in my heart every word, and that I meant while in the body. Afterthat I was now all the Lord's, and no wards she said, “When I get to heaven.' more for myself or for any other. I was “I have written the above partly as taken happier than I can express, in the privilege from the woman through an interpreter, of being there with the love of God in and partly as having fallen under my own my heart; and when receiving the bread observation. I have scrupulously avoided and wine, I felt that I could not be any thing like a more favourable colouring thankful enough to God for bringing me
than facts would justify. In respect to to his table once, I thought I should uninterrupted peace and spirituality of come there no more ; but that the next mind, the case of this woman is unlike time I should be at God's table in hea- any other which I ever knew. She is ven.'-You see that it has not been as indeed a privileged child of God ripening you thought. You have communed several fast for glory: sick or well, in pain or at times : have those always been precious ease, she always meets us with a placid, seasons to your soul ? Yes, every one and most commonly with a smiling, counof them.'--Have they been as precious tenance. She is afflicted with consumptive as the first one ? · Yes, as I have heard complaints, has expectorated blood conmore of the Saviour, and have learnt tinually, and we have expected that before more of his love from the Bible, I have this she would have been at rest.” felt each time, if possible, more and more
VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.
A TREATY of peace has been concluded modern statesman, we presume, would between Russia and Turkey, on terms think it necessary to go to war in defence dictated by the former, and not a little of the once-favourite theory of “the bahumiliating to the latter. Turkey is to lance of power,” unless in case of actual pay a large pecuniary indemnification; aggression. Whatever may be the course the free navigation of the Bosphorus of justice or policy between Turkey and and Dardanelles is mutually guaranteed Russia, or the immediate commercial or to all nations at peace with the contract political interests of these nations, we ing powers; Russian subjects are to be cannot but regard the weakening of the permitted to reside and traffic where Ottoman sway in Europe as a public blessever they please in the Ottoman empire, ing; and we would trust, that the way under the exclusive jurisdiction and police will
, before long, be open for the influx of of their own consuls; Turkey agrees to European civilization, and the blessings of make an arrangement with England, France, Christianity, into that bigoted and barbaand Russia, respecting the Greeks; and rous Mohammedan empire. It is an unRussia is to occupy the Turkish territory precedented circumstance, and one for till the indemnity has been discharged. which we feel truly thankful to God. that The opinion of our own government re amidst all the recent confusions of Turkey, specting these stipulations has not trans. and the exasperation of the people against pired; but there is nothing in them which the Russians, the persons and property of calls for our hostile interference; and no Christians resident in Turkey, have been
free from molestation. This of itself, being wholly sophisticated by injudicious however accounted for, indicates an ad- legal interference, as well as by the poor proach to new habits, which may lead to laws, which give the poor man the power the most important results.
of dipping his hand into his neighbour's We have no important domestic intelli- purse, not as a matter of Christian charity, gence to announce. The trade of the but of legal right. The matter of combimanufacturing districts seems to be im- nations will soon balance itself, if left proving ; but much distress still continues alone, only affording protection to the inamong the workmen, who, in many in- dustrious workman, and preventing his stances, are tumultuously combining to being ill-treated by his conspiring brethren. keep up the rate of their wages. The riots A remarkable correspondence has comand bloodshed which have occasionally menced between Lord Mount Cashel and taken place, are often attributed to the the Bishop of Ferns, in consequence of repeal of the laws against combination ; the extraordinary meeting lately held on but they are rather the result of former the state of our National Church Estahabits antecedent to that repeal. The blishment. We have not been in different workmen were formerly goaded to com to this momentous subject; but it is bine illegally in their own defence, their matter too high for a sentence or paramasters being protected by law; their graph, and we shall have ample occasion notions respecting the rights of property for returning to it.
ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS.
L. G. ; A, MOTHER; H. B.; J. H. R. ; A. R. Y.; GERMANY; TheoGNIS; M. P.;
T. B.; are under consideration.
pained at any remarks in our Article on the newly-discovered Apocryphal Book
result of our re-examination.
for saying that Sir Walter Scott uttered falsehoods, when by his own confession he
Scotland better than the truth?"
inclusion of his initials, which he recognized in several of our Numbers, in
Our respected correspondent complains, in his letter before us, that the Quarterly Reviewers have charged him with “incompetence ” and “ignorance ;" whereas his work, he says,
“ is a work which all the learned, wise, and scientific men of the age cannot answer, containing a scheme consistent in all its parts, philosophical in all
its operations, &c. &c." all the other geological theories being “absurd, inconsistent, unphilosophical, and impracticable ;” and he considers, that as Christian observers, we ought to entertain the saine estimate of his volumes. But the Quarterly Re. viewers are not alone; for all the scientific journals hold the same language, plainly stating, that the reason they do not answer Mr. Bugg's book, is, that there is nothing in it to answer; nothing really tangible and solid. If we had reviewed it, we could only have said in brief, that the modern geologists may be, and probably are, wrong --that the science is but in its infancy; but that Mr. Bugg's book is more unsatisfactory still: and if we have not said this before, and only say it now, when Mr. Bugg obliges us to express our opinion, it was because we perceived in the writer a man anxious to support the truth of Divine revelation, and deserving that honour for his motives which we could conscientiously give to his scientific speculations. We do not often quote the Cnristian Remembrancer as our authority; but we should be at a loss to exhibit a more correct view of the work in question, than the following which appeared in the last Number of that periodical :-" It must not be imagined that because geology improperly pursued, or hastily taken up, has given occasion to sceptical notions, that consequently every geologist is necessarily a sceptic; but this appears to have been the idea of Mr. Bugg, who in his Scriptural Geology has laid about him, right and left, as if he were the avenger of Scripture, and cared not what he said about geologists, so that he vindicated the sacred writings from what he imagines to be affronts offered to them. Perfectly misunderstanding the value, as well as the errors of geology, he has confounded right with wrong, and wrong with right, and has increased confusion which he doubtless intended to clear up. His labours, therefore, though praiseworthy in purpose, are useless in execution. Had he written less obstinately, he would have written more effectively."
SUPPLEMENT TO RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.
BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY. In addition to various interesting details of village and other local Bible-Society proceedings in our own country, we find an affecting account of the sufferings and constancy of the converted Jews in Turkey. We rejoice to learn that there are thirteen Jewish Christians in Cæsarea, who are likely to announce the Gospel, and kindle a zeal for the conversion of the Jews in distant parts; and in the endeared scenes of some of the early Apostolical labours.
ANTI-SLAVERY SOCIETY. The Reporter details the speeches al the late Dublin and Cork Anti-Slavery meet. ings. It is a new feature in the history of Ireland to see such men as Mr. O'Connell, and Mr. Burnett, the well known zealous Presbyterian minister at Cork, meeting on the same platform, for the same object, and with mutual expressions of good will and co-operation in this work of humanity and Christian duty. We have before alluded to the circumstance, and exhorted our readers not to allow party-feelings, either in politics or religion, to interrupt their harmonious efforts in this common cause, which furnishes neutral ground for all who are not willing abettors of cruelty, injustice, and irreligion. The friends of the Anti-Slavery Society view this absence of party-spirit in Ireland, on a question where party has no concern, in so auspicious a light, that in a very interesting pamphlet just published by the society, entitled, “ The Death Warrant of Negro Slavery,” they enumerate it as one among several causes which intluce them to hope, that the extinction of slavery is very near at hand. Their other concurrent reasons will be found in that pamphlet, to which we shall probably again allude, having only space at present to recommend it to the perusal of our readers. The general sertiments of the Edinburgh and Westminster Reviews (of extracts from which the pamphlet chiefly consists), we need not say, are not to our taste; but on this question at least, they are right; and their arguments are as weighty as their talents are great, though we may not admire every weapon they may employ in defending even a good cause.
But even the Quarterly Reviewers, as our readers have seen, have turned their backs upon their West-Indian clients.
LONDON HIBERNIAN SOCIETY. Our readers will perceive, in reading the Society's paper appended to this Number, that great exertions are needed by the friends of the institution to promote its objects at the present moment. We refer to the paper for the details; and earnestly hope they will not plead in vain.