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REVIEW.

The History of Little Henry and his Bearer.

p.p. 13.9.—G. <S> S. Robinson.

WE remember Ihe time when books for children (serious one> in particular) were as scarce as good ones are now. Wheu we were young, after we had read Janeway's Token, Familiar Dialogues, and a very few'more, all our religious stock was expended. At present we are goinL' into an opposite extreme. The juvenile library is immensely enlarged, and the religions part of it (owiag to the attention Sunday Schools have drawn towards youth, and the generation of readers they have raised up) is increased in equal ratio. We cannot, however, say. that the quality is in any proportion to the quantity; and even now we think it the most difficult task we know, to find suitublc serious books for children. We stated in a former review the various qualifications they ought to unite, and after having read through hundreds, we can confidently pronounce this, among the few, to be one that holds a distinguished rank in the list of books which come up to our idea of a proper present for children. Easy in its language, evangelical in its doctrines, and entertaining in its story, it combines every requisite to make it interesting and beneficial to chddren. As we have no doubt but that our readers either have seen it, or will procure it, we shall content ourselves with a short outline of the story, and two or three extracts, which will more powerfully recommend it than all that we could say in its praise.

. Henry L was horn at Dinapore in the East-Indict. His papa was r.»

officer in tiic Company1*service, and was killed in attacking a mud fart belonging to ap-tty Rajah, n fen months after the birth of bis son. His mamma also died before he was a year nld. Thus lit.le Henry was left an orphan when he was a very little baby; hut his dj ing mother, when Hiking her last farewell of him, tiffed up h i ey:-s to Heaven and said " O God, I leave ray fathcriess child w ith thee, rlaimin; thy promise in all Immility, yet in full confidence that my baby will nev. r be left destitute; for in thee the fatherless find mercy." The ■romise to which she alluded, is to be f.iund in Jerenii .h xlix. 11. " Leave thy fatherless children, I will preserve them alive; and let thy widows trust ia »ie."

When his mamma was dead, he was taken into the house of a fiue lady, who, occupied with dress, visiting, and other concerns of equal moment, contented herself w ith ordering that be should want nothing, and left him to the care of her servants. He was intrusted to a native "bearer" named Boosy, who was affectionately attached to him, having lived with his father. He took cart of him day and night. Boosy, however, could not teach him more than be himself knew, and therefore till he was five years old, he could not speak English, and knew of no God, except the wood and stoue idols the natives worshipped. At this time * young ladv came to live with his mamma, (as he called the lady he was brought up with,) . w^r> feared God, and was pained to see a child of christian parents educated as ;i heathen. She, therefore, instructed him, not ouly in English, hut in the principles of religion, and, before she left the house, had the unspeakable satisfaction of seeing him able to read the Bible, and receiving the truth in the love of it. All the conversation between this lady and the child is most happily conceived and expressed, and a perfect model for talking with children. After the departure of the young lady, Henry endeavours to make Boosy a christian, and talks to him coutrnually, but without effect; assuring him that all his idols are vanities, and that there is one only the living and true God. He afterwards, at the recommendation and by the assistance of a Mr. Smith, learns the Persian character, tliat he aay teach Boosy to read the Bilde, and Mr. S. procures a part of the Scriptures in the Hindoostanee language in the Persian character, that his bearer may read in it. Heury soon after falls «ck, and long as the account of his last illness is, we can neither resist the temptation of giving it to our readers, nor omit any part where every thing is so inimitably affecting.—

V\m Henry Srst came to Berhamphorc, he was able (o take the air in an •teaiet in a palanquin, and could walk about the bouse; and two or three Inis hr read a chapter in the Hindoostanee Bible to Boosy: But he was soon loomfiltu read, and his airings became shorter and shorter: he was at last obted tome them quite up, and to tnlje entirely to his couch and bed, where WuRined until his dcat>i.

ttken Uoosy saw that his little sahib's end was drawing on, he was very sor"»»fiL and could hardly be persuaded to leave him night or day, even to get kniiim. He did every thing he could think of to please him, (and more, as •r iftervrards said, to please his dying master than his God :) be began to road Ma chapters with <oi« diligence, and little Henry would lie on bis couch, lis'eiinr, to Boosy as be read (imperfectly indeed > the word of God in Hindoostan*er. Often he would stop hint, to explain to him what he was reading ; jind »er» beautiful, sometimes, were the remarks wbicb he made, and better suited the raderstandiug of bis Bearer, than those of an older or more learned per*ra would have been.

The la«« tine that bis Bearer read to him, *Mrs. Baron sitting by him, he suddenly topped him, saying, " Ah, Boosy, if I had never read the Bible, anil did mat believe in it, what an unhappy creature should I now be! tor in a very short time 1 shall •* go down to the grave to come up no more Job vii. 9. that is, wail my body is raised at the last day. When 1 was out last, I saw a very pretty buryiae; ground w ith many trees about it. I knew tliat 1 liouM soon lie tut; 1 mean that my body would > but I was not afraid, because I love my Lord Jems Christ, and I know that he will go down with mc unto the grave; f •sail sleep with him, and I "shall be satisfied, when I awake withhis likeness." Pol. mi. 15. He then turned to Mrs. Baron, and said " I know that my Redeemer livcth, and that he snail stand at the latter day upon the earth: and feaaffc, after rov skin, worms destroy this body, yet in my Ucsh I sliajl sec God.'* J«b lii. 85,36. "O kind Mrs. Baron 1 who, when I was a poor sinful chad, brought mc to, the knowledge of in. dear Redeemer: anointing me with •weet ointment (even bis precious blood; for toy burial, which was so soon to

* Tot lady who taught Henry to read bis Bible, and to love its contents

"Dear child !" said Mrs. Baron, hardly able to preserve her composure, "dear child! give the glory to God." ji

"Yes, I will glorify him for ever and ever, cried the poor little boy; and he raised himself up in his couch, joining his small and taper fingers together: "yes, I will praise him, I will love him. I was a grievous sinner: every imagination of the thought of my heart was evil continually; I hated all good things; I hated even my Maker; but he sought me nut; he washed me from my sins in his own blood; he gave me a new heart; lie has clothed me with the garments of salvation, and put on me the robe of righteousness; he " hath abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light." 8 Timothy i. 1Q, Then turning to his Bearer, he said, " O my poor Bearer! what will become of you, if yon neglect so great salvation?" Heh. ii. 8. "O Lord Jesus Christ", he added, " turn the heart of my poor Eearcr !'• This short prayer -which little Henry made in Hindoostanee, his Bearer repeated, scarcely knowing what he was doing. And this as he afterwards told Mr. Smith, was the lint prayer he made to the true God—the first time lie had ever called upon his holy name.

Having done sneaking, little Henry laid his head down on his pillow, and closed his eyes. His spirit was full of joy, indeed, but his ilesh was weak; and lie lay some hours in a kind of slumber. When he awoke he called Mrs. Baron, smd begged her to sing the verse of the hymn he loved so much, "Jesus sought me, tec." which she had taught him at Dinapore. He smiled while she was staging but did not speak.

That same evening Boosy being left alone with his little master, and sveinj that he was wakeful and inclined to talk, said, " Sahib, I have been thinking all day that I am a sinner, and always have been one j and I begin to believe that my sins arc such as Gunga cannot wash away. 1 wish I could believe in the Lord Jesus Christ I"

When Henry heard this, he strove to. raise himself up, but was unable, on account of his extreme weakness; yet his eyes sparkled with joy: he endeavoured to speak, but could not: and at last he burst into tears. He soon, however, became more composed, and pointing to his Bearer to sit down on the 8oor by his couch, he said, " Boosy, what you have now said makes n'e very happy: 1 am very happy to hear you call yourself a sinner, and such a one as Gunga cannot make clean. It is Jesus Christ which has made this known to yon, he has called you to come unto him. Faithful is lie that calleth yon. I shall yet see you, my poor Bcnrer, in "the general assembly and chnrch of the first bom." Heb. xii. 83. "Yon were kind to me when my own father and mother were dead. The first thing I can remember, is being carried by you to the Monger, lope near my mamma's bouse at Patna. Nohody loved me then but you • and could I go to Heaven, and leave you behind me in the way to hell? I could not hear to think of it! Thank God! Thank God! { knew he would hear my prayer; but I thought that, perlutps, you would not begin to become a Christian till I was gone. When I am dead Boosy", added the little boy, "do you go to Mr. Smith at Calcutta. I cannot w rite to him, or else I would; but you shall take him one lock of my luiir, (I will get Mrs. Baron to cut it off, and put it in a paper,) and tell him that I sent it You must say, that Henry L , that died at Berhampliore, sent it, with this

request, that he would take care of his poor Bearer, when he has lust east for becoming a Christian." Boosy would have told Henry that he was not quite determined to be a Christian, and that he could not think of losing cast .-but Henry guessing what he was going to say, put his hand upon his mouth. "Stop! stop I he said, "do not say words which would make God angry, and which yon will be sorry for by and by s for I know you will die a Christian. God has begun a good work in you, and I am certain that he will finish it."

While Henry was talking tohis Bearer, Mrs Baron had enroe into tlie room; but not wishing to interrupt him, she had stood behind his couch: but row she came forward. As soon as he saw her, he begged her to take off his cap, and cut off seme of his hair, as several of his friends wished for some. She thought (liat she would endeavour to comply w ith his request; but when she took elf bit cap, and his beautiful hair fell about his pule ewect face; when she considered. hair soon the time would fee when the rye ih;:t lath seen him will see b'a no

axire; the roulJ not restrain her feeli; but throwing down the Ktsars, and putrine Jut ana toaod him, "O my ch id! uiy dc .r, dear child! she said I cannot bear it! I cannot part with you yet!"

The poor little boy was averted; but be gertly reproved her, saying, "If yuaiovrme, you wijl rejoice, because I go to iiiy father."' .Ii.hn liv. xH.

There was a considerable change in the child during the night; ;u. l zlltbe fvext day, till evening he lay in a kind of slumber; and v hen he was roused to take be medicine or nourishment, he seemed not to know where he was or who was with him. Id the evening he suddenly revived, and asked for hi* mamma. Me bad seldom asked fur her before. She was in the house: for rbe vras not so hard-hearted (thoughtless as she was) as to go into gay ornpsny at this time, when the child's death might be hourly expected, ghe trembled much when she heard that he asked for her. She was conscious perhaps tint she hid not fulfilled her duty by him. He received her affectionately, when she west ap to bis bed-side, and begged that every body would go out of the room, sayis* that he had something very particular to speak about. He talked to her for use time, but nobody knows the particular., of their conversation: though, it is believed, that the care of her immortal soul w.-.s the subject of the last discourse which this dear litt'e boy held with her. She came ont of his room »uh her eyes swelled wish crying, and his little well-worn Bible, in her band, iwhich he bad probably given her, as it a!wa>s lay on his bed by him ;> aad shotting hervlf in ber room, she rciiained w ithout sreinp any one, till the sews was brought that all was over. From that time, she never gave her Subs so entirely to the world, as she had formerly done: but became a more serous character, and daily re;id little Henry's Dibie.

Uut now to return to little Henry, As there are but few persons who love to s-cl-.tate upon scenes of death, and too many arc only able to view the gloomy vl* ef them, instead of following, by the eve of faith, the glorious progress of tbr iepanint, saint; I will hasten to the end of my story The next day at twelve » i lock, heing Sunday, be was delivered from this evil world, and received into rfary. His passage was calm although not without some mortal p:n£>. *• Aiay we die the death of the righteous, and may oar U.st end be like his!" takers ixiit. 10.

Mr. and Mrs. Baron and his Bearer attended him to tbe last moment, and Mr. Baron followed him to the grave.

J^iaietime after bis death, his mamma caused a monument to be built ov«*r his

pave, on which was inscribed his name, Henry L , and his age,

»BKh, al tbe time of his death, was eight years and seven months. Underneath »» a part of bis favourite verse, from 1st Thess:tloniatis v. altering only one »ord, " Faithful is he that called nre,' And afterwards was added, by desire of Mr Smith, this verse, from James v. 20. "He which converted! tbe lumrr from the error of his way, shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a na tit ode of sins."

When I first visited Berhampore, I went to see little Henry's monument. It was then white and fair, and the inscription very plain: hot I am told that the damp of that climate has so defaced the inscription, and blackened the a hole monument, that it cannot be distinguished froai lite tombs that surround

A. Bat this is of li'tle consequence, as all who remember Henry L—— •

have long ago left Berhampore; and we are assured, that this dear child has himself received "an inheritance that fadeth not away." 1 Peter i. 4. Tbe worid pafsetb away, and the lust thereoft but he that doetb the will of Uid, abvdrth for ever." 1 John it. 17.

Every person who reads this storv, will be anxious to know what became cf Roov Immediately after tbe funeral of his little s/jAi*, having received his waga, w ith a handsome present, he carried the lock of hiir, which Mrr. Haras sealed up carefully, with a letter from her to Mr. Smith. He was re. cemd iato Mr. Smith's family, and removed with him to a distant part of India, (•sere shortly after he renounced cnil, and declared hims-lf a Christian. After dw rlamination, he was baptized, and continued till his death (which happened wwt vers la. g after; a sincere Cnrittia*. It vtas on the occasion of the baptism of Boosy, to whom Jhc Christian name of John was given, that the last Tfne was added to the monument of little Henry.

From Mrs. Baron and Mr. Smith, I gathered most of the anecdotes relative to the history of Henry L .

Little children in India, remember Henry L , and "go and do likewise." Luke x. S7. For "they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that tum many to righteousness, as the stars for ever andcTer." Daniel xiii 3.—P. 113.—139.

The author of this beautiful little history has not gratified us with his name, and we have heard no guess who he is, but we hope the public will soon know him better. He possesses talents which fall to the lot of a very few, and these are sanctified by a knowledge of the gospel, and a desire to communicate it to others. And we hope that his signal success in the difficult task of alluring young minds to religion, will induce him to employ his distinguished endowments where theyare likely to be so eminently useful.

We hope to see this book in every Sunday School library; we wish we could add as a reward book in every Sunday School, but this brings us to the only fault in the book, viz. its price. It is very well printed and embellished with a neat plate; but if it was-printed in a smaller type, on common paper, it might be reduced to a price which would ensure it a very extensive sale. And we cannot forbear recommending to the benevolent author to make an alteration, which would, we are persuaded, make the book a favorite in every Sunday School in the empire.

We would also suggest, that in the next edition an explanation of the Hindoostanee words, at the commencement of the hook, would he found very useful for reference.

David Dreadnought, the Reformed Sailor; or Nautical Tales, in Verse A new edition for Sunday Schools. % Samuel Whitchurch. Kent, High Holborn. pp. 126.

A TASTE for reading and a love of books are exceedingly useful, and should always be encouraged. It is the tendency ot human nature, especially among the lower orders, to debase the intellectual and'immortal powers, by rendering them subservient to sensual indulgences; books arc happily adapted to couuteract this evil bias, and to elevate the mind above corporeal gratifications. Pious books are eminently calculated to engage both the intellect and (he spirit in the service of God, and preparation for eternity—while they enlighten the mind, they warm the heart —and while they charm the imagination, they transform the character. Every individual has some moments unemployed—how important that they should be spent in an innocent and useful manner! How dangerous if there be, in the season of relaxation, no source of enjoyment but sensual gratifications! The man who loves reading, has always an amusement, a profitable amusement, at home; he has no occasion to scekthe company of the depraved, or the haunts of vice for his pl»asures.

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