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always in want, now we all work hard and have plenty. Instead of cursing and blasting each other's eyes and limbs, when together, we are living in love; at breakfast, one of the lads reads a chapter, another at dinner; and then, after supper, I generally, in the best manner I am able, read a psalm, or a chapter, and when we have prayed together, we go to rest in peace. This is the life we are now living-and, oh, glory, be to God for ever bringing me among you! I wil pray for your prosperity-I can do no more. Shame! oh, lasting shame to myself for neglecting, till my eyes are become dim; but ihanks be to God for his long-suffering njercy towards me, the chief of sinners."

TO attempt to describe the sensations this simple, though energetic, speech produced on the minds of from seven to eight hundred persons who were present, is impossible. At intervals, for sone seconds, sighs and broken sobs vous the only language heard, while eyes, bathed in joyful lears, were the visible effects of this artless tale of gratitude to God and man. Frequently was the heart of the speuker too full to proceed without very considerable einotions.- Isaac is now an ornament to the school, and to that body of people to whom he is united. His love for others' welfart was planifested a short time since, when he heard of a poor mar tho wished to attend the Sunday School, but owing to his hating ng shoes was prevented; with all the generosity of a great mind, though Isaac himself is poor, he immediately sent him a pair of his own shoes, and begged that nothing might prevent his attendance. Accordingly, the next Sabbath, the giver and receiver both met at the Board of Instruction. Isaac has since found the truth of that passage verified, that It is more blessed to give than to receive,as the recipient of his bounty has since been awakened, and both having " received the Kingdom of Heaven as little children,will, I doubt not, erelong, enter therein."

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ADULT Schools at COLLUMPTON. HAVING been frequently delighted with the contents of your valuable Repository (which I recominend to all the MaDagers of Sunday Schools I meet with, as a work calculated to invigorate the zeal, and direct the efforis, of all who are engaged in that inportant work and labour of love), I feel it my duty to cast my mite into your treasury,

It is now about nine inonths since I left Coventry, where the happy effects of Adult Schools are very conspicuous, and on my arrival in Devonshire, I lost no time in recommending the establishment of such schools; and in this place especially our success has far exceeded our expectations. Sunday, June the 4th, sarinons were preached and collections made at the Methodist Chapel ir this town, for the Adult and Children Schools. The statements then given, shew that our labour has not been in vain in the Lord.

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There are in tliese Schools 20 men, and 43 women, and, in general, they make very great improvement; several, who six months ago did not know the Alphabet, now read in the Testament; but none have yet been dismissed. The greatest part of these did not previously attend any place of worship, but now they appear to take great delight in the duties of religion. There are four men and five women who give evidence of a work of grace in their souls, four of these are become members of our Society, and also the wife of one of the men, to whom hve has been useful. : A young woman, who; froin the time of her attending ihe Adult Schools, was much concerned about her soul, is gone from time into eternity, and she had hope in her deatli.

A woman who lives about a mile fiom this town, heard of the Adult Schools and resolved to attend, bur her husband'. violendy opposed it, protesting, that if she went he would lock her out; regardless of the consequences she attended, and he was as good as his word. Finding, on her return, that she could not get in; she took her school-book and began practising her lesson under the hedge. About half an hour after this the husband returned, and, seeing her tlius employed, declared he would go to the Adult School too, if he might be admitted. Since that time he has regularly attended, and there is a great change in his conduct; the woman declared at School, with tears, that in their house things are quite changed, and she was never before so happy.

When searching out for Adult Scholars, one was met with upwards of 60 years of age, whose case was considered almost hopeless, but it was resolved to invite her; she received the invitation with gratitude, saying, “ By the blessing of God I will attend." "She has attended regularly, learns rapidly, and is become very serious. The change in her inoral character astonishes all who knew her.

One of the scholars in the Childrens' School, about eight years of age, was accustomed to go with lier book to the place where her father was at work, that he might assist her in learning to read, not suspecting that he could not read himself; for some time he deceived her by telling her some word,

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right or wrong ; but finding she was not satisfied with his answers, he refused to tell her any more. “ But why, father," said she, “ will not you tell me?" To her repeated enquiries, he at length replied with tears, “ I cannot read!" "What," said the child,“ such a great man as you not able to read! why, if I had known that I would have taught you myself," This remark from his own child, pierced him to. the very soul, and he resolved to learn to read. At this very time the Adult Schools in this town commenced, and he gladly attended. Since that time he has regularly prayed with his family, is become a member of vur Society, and has also the bappiness to see his wife turn to the Lord.

Ii is very desirable that the attention of the benevolent should be more generally directed to these Schools. No one would suppose the great number of Adults which, on a carefol enquiry, will be found unable to read, and therefore in general have scarcely any sense of religion, And how much sooner are persons rewarded with visible success in teaching adults than in teaching children! they learn to read is about one-fourth of the time, and almostimmediately on their attending, a change in their moral conduct is generally observed; and Adult Schools are established with very little trouble and expense. Our's are all in private houses, belong. ing to respectable, if not religious persons. The men and · women of course are in different houses; from 10 to 20 of the neighbours attend each school, these are divided into two classes, and two Teachers are appointed. One of the Teachers is generally an Assistant Visitor, to call on absentees; and the Visitor for the day attends all the schools, to mark the number of teachers and learners present; to enquire the cause of former absence; to receive and class those who apply for admission, and give advice, as may be necessary. The Teachers have to open and close with prayer; the schools at Coventry are on the same plan, in which, I ain happy to learn, there are now 103 learners, besides 45 who have learnt to read the Testament, and are dismissed. The learners are very fond of the Bristol Spelling Book for adults. Wishing for the extensive circulation of your Magazine, as 2 stimulus to active benevolence,

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The History of Little Henry and his BEARER.

. p.p. 139.-G. & S. Robinson. WE remember the time when books for children (serious ones in particular) were as searce as good ones are now. When we were young, after we had read Janeway's Token, Familiar Dia. logues, and a very few more, all our religious stock was expended. At present we are going into an opposite extreme. The juvenile library is immensely enlarged, and the religions part of it (owing 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 suitable 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 disa tinguished 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 children. 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 born at Dinapore in the East-Indies. His papa was a officer in the Company's service, and was killed in attacking a mud fort belong. ing to a vetty Rajah, à few months after the birth of bis son His mamma also died before he was a year old. Thus litile Henry was left an orphan when he was a very little baby; but his dying mother, when taking her last farewell of him, lifted up her eyes to Heaven and said "O God, I leave my fatheriess child with thee, claiming thy promise in all humility, yet in full corifidence that my baby will never be left destitute; for in thee the fatherless find mercy." Tbe promise to which she alluded, is to be found in Jeremiah xlix. 11. " Leave thy fatherless children, I will preserve them alive; and let thy widows trust in

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When his mamma was dead, he was taken into the house of a fine lady, who, occupied with dress, visiting, and other concerns 'of equal moment, contented herself with ordering that he 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 care of bim day and night. Boosy, however, could not teach him more than he himself knew, and therefore till he was five years old, he could not speak English, and knew of no God, except the wood and stone idols the natives worshipped. At this time a young lady came to live with his mainına, (as he called the lady he was brought up with,) who feared God, and was pained to see a child of christian parents educated as a heathen. She, therefore, instructed him, not only in English, but 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 continually, but without effect; assuring him that all bis 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, that he nay teach Boosy to read the Bible, and Mr. S. procures a part of the Scriptures in the Hindoostanee language in the Persian character, that his bearer may read in it. Henry soon after falls sick, 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:

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When Henry first came to Berhamphore, he was able to take the air in an Frening in a palanquin, and could walk about the house; and two or three times be read a chapter in the Hindoostanee Bible to Boosy : But he was soon too weak to read, and his airings became shorter and shorter : he was at last obliged to give them quite up, and to take entirely to his couch and bed, where be remained until his death.

When Boosy saw that his little sahib's end was drawing on, he was very sor. rowful, and could hardly be persuaded to leave him night or day, even to get bis khauna. He did every thing he could think of to please him, (and more, as he afterwards said, to please bis dying master than his God :) he began to read his chapters with some diligence, and little Henry would lie on his couch, listening to Boosy as he read (imperfectly indeed ) the word of God in Hindoostansee. Often he would stop him, to explain to him what he was reading; and very beautiful, sometimes, were the remarks wbich he made, and better suited to the understanding of his Bearer, than those of an older or more learned perSOR would have been.

The last time that his Bearer read to him, *Mrs. Barop sitting by him, he sudGenly stopped him, saying, " Ah, Boosy, if I had never read the Bible, and did not believe in it, what an unhappy creature should I now be! for in a very short time I shall “ go down to the grave to come up no more ;" Job vii. 9. that is, until my body is raised at the last day. When I was out last, I saw a very pretty burying ground with many trees about it. I knew that I should soon lie there; I mean that my body would ; but I was not afraid, because I love my Lord Jesus Christ, and I know that he will go down with me unto the grave; I shall sleep with him, and I " shall be satisfied, when I awake with his likeness." Psal. xvii. 15. He then turned to Mrs. Baron, and said " I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and thongb, after my skin, worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh I shall see God." Job xix. 25, 26. “O kind Mrs. Barou ! wbo, when I was a poor sinful child, brought me to the knowlcdge of my dear Redeeiner : anointing me with

reet ointment (even his precious blood, for my burial, which was so soon to follow,"

'The lady who taught llenry to read his Bible, and to love its coulents.

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