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a spirit, of simplicity and de- be during your journey. To be pendence.- I was glad to hear of pulled up from Olney, where I had your recovery; and now I know been rooted sixteen years, and you are well, I cannot be sorry for transplanted to,,,

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late illness. I trust it was a soil as London, with all the premerciful dispensation, to revive and vious, concomitant, and subsequent heighten a sense of Divine things events and feelings connected with in your inind, when so inany out- so great a change, so much enward things were coaspiring (if I grossed me for a time, that I could way so say) to deaden it. I hope atteod to little more than the neyou will always believe I love you cessary and unavoidable concerns greatly. Whát I am going to say of every day. This great business, would by some people be thought through the guidance and blessing a very awkward proof of my re- of the Lord my leader, . was at gard; but indeed my heart feels length happily effected. I am now that I would rather hear of your in some measure settled, and ain being sick, or even that you were taking root again. He who led me banished into Siberia, than to be bither, is pleased to be with us told that you lived in all the tem- still.–Soon after I came to my new poral bonour and bappiness that habitation I dislocated my shoulder Rcan afford, except it could by a fall, which occasioned a new be added, lo the midst of her set of hindrances; and it was long prosperity she still feels that she before your favour (which I heard is a pilgrim and stranger upon again and again was somewhere earth; she still cleaves to her Sa.

upon the road) came to my hand. viour with simplicity of heart, is I then waited to inquire of Mr. Lstill devoted to his service, and if there was a better mode of constill seeks and finds her chief veyance than by the post; but he pleasure in the light of his counte- bad escaped out of town before I

saw him. I am frequently called My Letters (in two volumes abroad to persons in distant and 12mo.) will be published in about opposite quarters of London, and, a month. I shall send a copy for you, when at home, as frequently broken and one for Mr. W-, to Mr. L- in upon from morning to night. to be forwarded when opportunity But I must not enlarge this way, offers. Should I ever be asked for 1 love and respect you greatly, a third volume, I shall wish it may think of you often, and am glad to contain a part of my correspond be able to write now. Though my ence with you: and if you please letter is no further advanced, I to send me a transcript of such ex. began it three days ago. How can tracts as you think fit for publica. I but regret the loss of the leisure tion, I will thank you. Particular. I enjoyed at Olney! ly I should like to see that on the I hope I was thankful to hear subject of Chloe's dreams."

that you and Mr. W

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served through your long route, “If I confess this is my first let that you arrived in health and ter since I beard of your arrival at safety, and that

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will you not drop it upon situation agreeable. I have often the floor unread, and think me so prayed for a blessing on Mr. W—'s ungrateful and negligent aś to de- endeavours to make you happy, serve no further notice from you ? and that your intimate connexion My apology must be short, as I may be very comfortable, interestallow myself but a sheet when, ing, and bepeficial to you both. writing by the post. From Sep. You are still on a journey, though tember to March, I was in a state you seem stationary. The wheels almost as unsettled as you could and wings of time are carrying

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you on apace, not merely to another danger : two houses nearly adjoincountry, but to another world. ing ours were threatened ; and the The differences of climate, lap. mob came even twice into the square, guage, and custom at P- va- and a third time within forty yards nish and are imperceptible, when of it. The Lord preserved and compared with the inconceivable supported us; and Mrs. Newtoo, difference between the present though much alarmed, suffered no state and that unseen, unchange material harm, I believe, as our able state to which the moment of feelings at the time were bot so death will introduce us, that un- painful as since deliverance came, tried bourn from whence no tra- and we have more knowledge of veller returns. Ob! the amazing the extent of the horrible mischief transition, the important conse- intended, and more leisure to conquences ! May

y the thought be fa- template it. Now that the Lord has miliar to our minds! May it be our delivered, we seem like them that great aim to settle and maintain dream, and are in some degree a correspondence and intercourse sensible it was of his great mercy with him who presides within the that we were not utterly consumed. veil, and who keeps the keys of I believe the ann of our history that world, and awards the situa- will not afford such an instance ; tion of every traveller the moment and surely, except the Lord of he arrives within the confines! Hosts had had a small remnant

6. I hope you are bappy (in the among us who feared his name, qualified sense of the word) where and besought him for themselves you are ; and I' hope, whatever else and for tbe inbabitants in the time you have, you are chiefly happy in of trouble, we should have beep ere communion with our Saviour, and now, like Sodomi and Gomorrab, a have an abiding conviction, that wide scene of smoke and ruins. nothing independent of his favour,

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dear madam, bow very not the whole aggregate and com- precarious are all things here bebination of earthly good, can make low! How loudly does the Lord you happy.

call us to wean our affections from " It is, perhaps, a fortnight since the earth, and to seek our rest, I wrote the last paragraph. I treasure, and happiness, in a better met a new interruption, and a world! How much does it behoove dreadful one ; of which you will us to have our lives always in our doubtless hear much inore than I bands, to be prepared for sudden can inform you by letter. We have change, and to take beed Jest our had a most terrible commotion in 'hearts be overcharged either with London ; sudden in its rise, rapid the cares or the pleasures of this in its progress, awful in its con- world, and so a day of terror and sequences, yet light in comparison calamity break in upon us unwith what the event would have

awares ! O bow happy to be a bebeen, 'had not the Lord seasonably liever, to bave our dwelling in the interposed. For two or three days munitions of rocks, to be united to we were almost in a state of auar- the will of our Lord, and ready to chy; confusion in every street, resign or leave all at his summons ! consternation in every face. At In the midst of life we are in length, in the Lord's hour, the mi- death; in the unidst of seeming litary preserved us from ruin ; or safety we are always in danger; else, I believe, in the space of an- and so in the midst of the greatest other day, this great proud city, dangers, if we bełong to him, we that sat as a queen, and said : 1 are in perfect' sålety-that is, we shall see no sorrow,' would bave may be assured nothing shall befall been in asbes from end to end. us, but what he will overrule for As it was, we were in apparent our good, and that while he has any

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service for us to accomplish, we are their conduct to us, to remind us immortal, though thousands should of our conduct to bim. It is well fall around us. The angel of the when we are enabled to consider Lord encampeth round about those them all as instruments in his hand, who fear him, the very hairs of their and the afflictions they bring upon, bead are numbered, their enemies us as appointed by him, for our inare all under his control, and have sļruction, humiliation and benefit. bounds set to their greatest rage, “I knew that your friendship and beyond which they cannot possibly your persuasion of my good inpass. May you find his Name a

tentions would secure me from any strong tower, a biding place, and a hazard of offending you by the soresting-place, enjoy the light of his licitude I expressed for your spiritcountenance, the comforts of bisual welfare, and the suspicions Spirit, and the protection of his which my love for you, and my Providence !

views of your situation awakened “ This new and unexpected sub- in my mind. Still considing in ject has taken up much of my the friendship, and that paper. But I know you will be you will put the same favourable glad to hear we are safe and well. construction upon my freedom, I have a letter for you from dear I venture to inform you, that the Mr. Cowper, expressing his great suspicions I hinted are not per· sense of your kiod attention to him. fecily removed by your answer. But as it is solely to this purpose, I thought you in danger. You tell and short, I detain it till an op- me you are in no danger at all : portunity offers.

He is well in but I should have been better saevery sense but one; and in that tisfied, if your apprehensions bad sense much as when you saw him. coincided more with mine ; if you Mrs. Unwin likewise is well, and I had told ine, that you actually saw am sure would send her remem- snares and dangers all around

you; brance if she knew of iny writing. that you felt the weakness of your I know she remenibers you; and own beart, and should tremble for we often talked of you while we yourself every hour, only that you were together.”

found yourself enabled to cry con

tinually to Him who alone is able to “ The injury received by Mr. keep you from falling, and to hold W gave us real concern; you up that you may be safe. Then, though bis being able to use his indeed, I should have been easy band in writing a few lines him. for the event.

I should bave apo self, confirmed my hope that it will plied to you the words of Darius to not be of lasting bad consequence. Daniel, when they were about to Though instances of ingratitude cast birn into the lion's den; and abound amongst men, we seldom I should have comforted myself hear of a dog so ungrateful or with thinking, Though she lives insensible as to bite his master. upon enchanted ground, and But, alas! this is an emblein of the breathes infected air, yet her God conduct of us all at times towards and Saviour whom she serves conour great Master and Benefactor. tinually, and upon whom her eye We live upon his bounty, we pro- and heart are fixed, is able to fess ourselves to be his. At sea- deliver her. sons while be feeds and pleases “I am willing to hope the Lord us, we seem disposed to show guided my pen or my thoughts our thankfulness; but at other when I wrote last. How else seasonswe bave been too prone could I hit the case so exactly? to rebel against him. He some- I am not willing to give the times permits our fellow creatures, honour to any presentiment of my and even the brute creations by awn. But so it is, the account

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favour me with of the company (even , when I conceive myself you most prefer at P

lawfully called to it) without sufanswers, as the impression to the fering some loss, and feeling seal, to the idea 1 had formed of coldness and backwardness. conthem. One of them is an infidel tracted to better things. in principle, though his politeness “ That amongst those who bear restrains bim from saying what he the name of religious professors thinks. I could, for your sake,

tbere should be some who are but almost wish he were not so polite : pretenders, we are taught to exthen, perhaps, his sentiments might pect. It has been

It has been so from the bedisgust you, and put you more upon ginning.

ginning. But I would hope all your guard against him. But even ihe professors of religion at Pthe other gentlemen, if they have are not of this cast, so that you can no more to recommend them than find none deserving of your notice that they are decent, and dislike and acquaintance. Indeed, some the system

which opposes revealed of the best of them have not the religion, do not appear to me to advantage of a liberal education deserve the epithet of perfectly or fine abilities; yet in the scriptuinnocent company. Indeed, the ex- sense, those who are taught of pression, perfectly innocent, rather God are all persons of good unstartled me. It is a phraseology derstanding, and have a superior which neither you nor I have for- knowledge, which cannot be acmerly been accustomed to. Alas! quired in any other school. There what can we find that is perfectly are none, however, without their innocent in itself in a sinful world, incidental faults and blemishes. or that can be so to us wbile we An attention to what passes in our are sinners ourselves ? I do not own bearts disposes us to inake wish you to turn reelusę, to se candid allowances for human include yourself absolutely from such firmities; for we have all something company : it may be proper, it may wbich makes us debtors to the be necessary, that you should be candour of others, Tbere is a sometimes with them; but if it be danger in beholding the faults of not rather a cross than a pleasure professors with too strict a scru: to be much with them-if their de- tiny: it furnishes our enemy with licacy, politeness, and good sense, an occasion of raising surmises in can make you any tolerable amends our mind against religion itself. for the want of spiritual conversa

When the weakness of sincere tion-then I must fear that their persons is contrasted with the conversation is rather hurtful than adroit behaviour of many who are innocent. I am of opinion, that chargeable with little more than what the world calls respectable, that they live without God in the amiable people, are often the most world, if our spirits are not simply dangerous company Christians can dependent upon the Lord, and our keep. The dissolute and openly spiritual senses are not kept in profane shock us, and constrain lively exercise, we are prone to our thoughts to flee to the Sa. think too favourably of the latter, viour of our souls; but there is and to admit undue prejudices something in the conversation of against the former.

And I am the polished and agreeable (if ready to consider it as a symptom of they cannot talk with us about some tendency to a decline in the Him, or things relating to Him) spiritual life, when I see any perwhich strangely steals away our son of a religious character pleadhearts from Him, and assimilates ing the miscarriages of professors, us insensibly to their spirit. For in justification of their freely assomyself, I know

w that I seldom cialing with those who make no spend a few hours in such society pretences at all to religion.

* Excuse me, my dear madam. *** Our history, since I wrote last, If I had less regard for you, I could has been very uniform. New have written in a different inanner. mercies and comforts have been Perhaps my fears are groundless: afforded us every day, and some and you, who ought to be the best trialş bave been occasionally interjudge in your own concerns, may woven with them. But these havebe right and I mistaken, so far as been comparatively few and light. we differ. However, as you are en- I have no reason to adopt the Aposcompassed with people from whom tle's words, that “ we bave been you may daily hear handsome pressed above measure, beyond things, it may not, I hope, do you strength, so as to despair even of any harm if you continue to per- life.” Yet, had this been our mit me to be rather officious and lot, we could bave no right to importunate now and then in ex- complain—for we are

sinners : pressing my well-meant fears. My we therefore have great reason heart desires your prosperity.' But to admire the Lord's tender I know you cannot be happy in and merciful dealings with us. any other path than in the good **** is still very affectionate old way of simplicity, self-denial, and obedient to us. She loves and separation from the world, the ordinances of religion, has which has been so often the sub- a : tenderness of conscience, and ject of our conversation. It is is at intervals very serious and likewise my prayer, that you may thoughtful. I sometimes feel a not only be safe, but exemplary; little cencern in anticipating the a burning and shining light in the season, now not very distant, view of signers, a friend and pa. when she will begin to be thought, troness of that cause which, how- . and, perhaps, to think herself ever slighted now, will be found, in a woman. A young person comthe day of our Saviour's appearing, ing forward into life, in such a to have been well worth espousing. world as this, without experience, May I not hope the Lord had some appears to me an object of pity. important service for you, when he In the last letter I wrote to her, sent you so far from home? Our I compared her to a ship I lately continuance in this world is un- saw launched; so gay, so smart, certain, and cannot be very long. that by looking at her, you might Happy they, who while they do be sure she had never been tossed live have the bonour of being in- upon the sea, nor encountered a strumental in diffusing the savour single storm. But she was not of His Name in their connexions.” launched to lie always in port. She

must ere long traverse the ocean; “ Your last letter began with an and what enemies, tempests, rocks, apology. If you thought it neces- and shoals, may endanger her sary, you have a right to expect safety before she returns to 'port, in return that my answer, so long or whether she may return to port delayed, should be all apology from at all, who can tell ! Such a sea is beginning to end. But I'shall waive the world :--it sometimes, to those all the pleas I might derive from wbo are beginning to venture upon business, from indolence, from the it, shows a smooth and smiling face ; insensible lapse of time, and twenty but when they are embarked on it. : such topics which offer themselves, beyond recall, wbat changes do and shall proceed to thank you for they often meet with! Ah, my yours, and to assure you that I dear madam, my poor * **** continue to set a high value upon except the Lord is pleased to your friendsbip and Mr. W

's, visit her with his light and grace, notwithstanding my silence seems will soon be like a ship in a storm, to make so much against me. without rudder or anchor, com

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