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BY E. THOMSON.
He had recently come up from the chambers of death, A SISTER'S LOVE.
where he had deposited the mother of his child. As he turned his eye to the seat where the dear departed used to listen to the Gospel, a tear issued, unbidden,
from its spring, and his countenance seemed to say, 0, Seated last Sabbath in the altar of a crowded church, Mary, Mary, would to God I had died for thee! But and sympathizing with a large assembly which was what kind bosom receives this motherless babe, and rather impatiently waiting for the arrival of a distin- what soft hand wipes away its tears? These inquiries guished preacher, my attention was suddenly attracted were readily answered. A blooming maiden, clad in by a gentleman who advanced slowly up the aisle. deep mourning, followed the old pilgrim's footsteps. Time had whitened his temples, care had ploughed his She was no sooner seated than she received the lovely cheek, and affliction had evidently opened the fountain infant to her arms, and bending, as if to escape obserof his tears, and spread over his countenance that soft- vation, pressed it to her lips; and then her eye gazed ened expression on which the eye of the musing soul intently upon its playful features, and her soul grew loves to rest. He bore in his arms an infant wrapped enraptured by its smiles. Though deeply interested with unusual care. Throwing one covering after an- with the discourse which followed, I could not forbear, other over his arm, he at length disclosed the treasure occasionally, to survey the countenances of that lovely so carefully concealed. It was a babe of extraordinary and interesting group. Never did mother's countebeauty. Its brow was of marble whiteness, its cheek nance more vividly represent maternal tenderness, nor of rosy hue, and its sparkling eye of almost unearthly helpless infancy more clearly portray filial dependence, lustre. How beautiful, thought I, is the human form! contentment, and affection. I had often seen the triThis is an abode worthy a new made angel-this is a umphs of a sister's love—I had often witnessed and temple fitted for the indwelling of the Holy Ghost.experienced a mother's unfailing, intense attachment, How innocent the human infant! No unholy thought but never before had I beheld the blended influences of has disturbed this intellect—no unworthy purpose has a sister's and a mother's love. What, thought I, will agitated this bosom-no transgression has polluted this be the affection of this pair, should Providence spare character; and though "engendered of the offspring of them until the infant ripens into manhood. Adam,” yet, thanks be to Jesus Christ, the “ free gift” The sermon being ended, the candidates for baptism descends upon it, and, if translated to heaven, it could were invited to come forward. The first who stepped share the bliss, and swell the song of the upper sanc- i within the altar was the aged patriarch, bearing his intuary. Were the Savior in this temple, doubtless he fant boy, and followed by his lovely daughter, who, inwould take it in his arms and bless it, saying, “Suffer | stead of the mother, stood at the baptismal font. I inlittle children to come unto me, and forbid them not; voluntarily recurred to the mountain of Moriah, and for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” How dignified thought of Abraham offering his son Isaac, and then is the human infant! Here is but a little particle of my imagination advanced a little, and painted the sister perishing dust, yet who can tell what destinies it may of Moses watching her brother in the bulrushes; but wield. Within its bosom there slumber passions, whose the real exceeded the beauty of the imaginary picture. outbursting may convulse the nations. Beneath its skull I had seen woman, lovely woman, at the hour of there lies an intellect that may illuminate the world, danger, and on the day of trial-I had witnessed her comprehend the universe, adore its Author, inseribe its at the cradle of her first-born, in the chamber of the name in eternal histories, and shine in everlasting and sick, and by the pillow of the dying--I had attended progressive glory among the highest order of the heav- her as she followed the departed partner of her bosom enly hierarchy. No wonder that it has an angel, who to “the house appointed for all the living;" yet never beholds the face of its Father in heaven continually. did I behold her in a more interesting attitude than on And can we, on earth, behold it with indifference? | that day. Blessed creature, thought I, I will pray for thee, that thou mayst be guided by a Divine hand through this world of sorrow to the realms above. How helpless the human infant! All other creatures have some He that has never suffered extreme adversity knows ability for defense or escape, some judgment in relation not the full extent of his own depravation; and he to nourishment and danger; but man, the lord of the that has never enjoyed the summit of prosperity, lower world, comes into existence entirely dependentis equally ignorant how far the iniquity of others can upon the ministry of others.
go. For our adversity will excite temptations in ourI perceived that this child had been clad with unu- selves, our prosperity in others. Sir Robert Walsual care-its unstained garments were as snow—its | pole observed, it was fortunate that few men could head-dress evinced a taste and care quite remarkable- be prime ministers, because it was fortunate that few exhibiting a striking contrast with the coarse and care men could know the abandoned profligacy of the less garments of the father. Alas! here is the father, human mind. Therefore a beautiful woman, if poor, and there is the babe, but where is the mother? The should use a double circumspection; for her beauty scarf of the old gentleman answered the question. Il will tempt others, her poverty herself.
betwixt us and our God-who alone is able to “hide CONTENTMENT.
us away in the day of his wrath,” and can cause all CONTENTMENT is often inculcated upon us, and the griefs of “this present evil life," to seem to us as never more frequently than when we are suffering under if “they were not."
C. M. B. the pressure of accumulated evils. That we should submit to the consequences of our own ill course of imprudence, indiscretion or impatience, is but proper,
Original. as to the thing itself. That we should resign ourselves
MRS. JUDGE M'LEAN. to inevitable evils, and most of all, that we should ac Mns. M'LEAN was born in South Carolina. Her quiesce in the decisions of Providence, is claimed at father, Dr. Edwards, and also her mother, were natives our hands both as an act of piety, and of common sense. of Virginia. While she was quite young her parents
Perhaps we may do all this, and yet not be essentially removed to Kentucky, and settled in Scott county. contented. That we are placid and resigned under an. They were both members of the Baptist Church. Dr. noying, nay, distressing circumstances; that we neither Edwards, having a delicate constitution and being in cherish nor indulge the thick-gathering humors of bile feeble health, lived only a few years after this removal. or of passion; that we make no resolve against our After the lapse of some years his widow was married own self-possession, is, perhaps, as much as can imme- to Dr. Stubbs, an Englishman, of somewhat eccentric diately and at once be expected from the victim of dis- | habits, but of great learning. He had been regularly appointment and chagrin. And it is only those who ordained as an Episcopal clergyman, in England; but have never suffered, or never suffered alike, the accu- | after his migration to America he was principally enmulated evils that follow in the train of adversity, who gaged in teaching the languages, astronomy, and the will urge the hard condition upon us.
various branches of the mathematics. Under his direcWhat is contentment? It is the satisfaction of our tion Miss Edwards acquired an accurate knowledge of nature in her own proper enjoyments. And what is the English language, and of some other branches of our nature ? Firstly, most immediately and impera-education. tively, it is the claimings of physical existence of food Mr. Stubbs removed from Scott to Boon county, and and raiment and habitation, and so much of ease as thence to Campbell, in the neighborhood of Newport. exonerates us from continual, and fatiguing and disa- It was there, in 1803, that Miss Edwards became acgreeable employments: these, as superadded to the quainted with Mr. M'Lean, her future husband. He common gifts of health, sanity of mind, capacity of studied the languages under Mr. Stubbs. At this time advancement, &c. Next come the cravings of the they were both young, he being eighteen and she sevmoral sense, including the social, (which, indeed, is a enteen years of age; but an attachment was formed half mixed principle of the former classification,) with which continued through life. friendship and fair appreciation as manifested by acts; In March, 1807, they were married, and shortly afterand participation in all proprieties of intercourse, the wards fixed their residence in Lebanon, Ohio. Mr. interchanges of regard and beneficence, as also the M’Lean the succeeding fall commenced the practice of equal dealing of business, and of the eligible and the the law, and had no other reliance for the support of expedient, without let or hindrance. Even leaving out his family. At that time a more rigid economy was the refinements of taste, which nevertheless do either observed than at the present day, without any restricthrill with delight, or grate harshly upon those chordstion on social enjoyments. near and about our hearts, with yet some more extend A few years after their marriage, through the instrued influence upon our mental perceptions also; either mentality of that excellent and pious minister of God, aggravating our sense of evil, or else inducing and the Rev. John Collins, they were brought to think affording a larger harmony of contentment. And the seriously of religion. And they agreed with each other yet full demanding of an intellectuality, which at every to seek for it earnestly and perseveringly, in the way accession of light, gives us substantially and vitally, a recommended. This was no hasty decision produced keener perception of whatever destitution exists within by momentary excitement. It was formed most deliband about us.
erately, after many conversations on the subject. Some Under circumstances of disaster, the accumulated weeks after this determination, in the fall of 1810, at evils of our manifold being throbbing in our nerves, the house of Mr. Anderson, in Lebanon, an invitation beating in our hearts, and glancing its lightning rays being given, by Mr. Collins, after sermon, they apathwart our mind, pointed as it is by the index of a proached him together and joined the Methodist self-love inwoven with all; it shall not seem surprising Church. On the same day another couple and several to any one, or of any one, competent to entertain the other persons joined. From this time a revival in whole idea, that with the light of truth in our bosom, Lebanon commenced, which increased the Church in apon these conditions only, that we disdain to name that place, from a small class, to one of the most reour suffering and our philosophy, by the blessed name spectable societies in number and character in the state. of contentment. A name which is of regeneration-a The days of this revival have long since passed, and name which, in its advent of peace, has no other spon- many of its subjects have gone to their final account. sor than that of Jesus Christ the holy-the mediator || Very few of them are now to be found in Lebanon.
But those of them who still live, can never fail to retain || her intercourse, she never compromitted the dignity and the most lively impressions of this memorable period. circumspection which belonged to a professor of relig. The members of the Church saw eye to eye, and were ion. In the spring of 1829, her husband having been truly as a band of brothers. Those who were not of appointed to the supreme bench of the Union, removed the Church took knowledge, that the members of it had his family to Cincinnati. Mrs. M'Lean left, at Washbeen with Jesus. Great numbers attended on the ington, a numerous circle of warm friends, and, it is preaching of the word, and many remained to pray. believed, not an enemy. The only pain which resulted More excitement may have been often witnessed, in a from this change was the separation from her eldest revival, but such was the spirit of love and of faith, of and third daughters. They were both married; the joy and of triumph, that no one could attend the relig- former remained at Washington, and the latter in Philious exercises of the society without receiving the most adelphia. But this pain was mitigated by the considsolemn impressions. Mrs. M'Lean engaged most heart-eration that she should spend her winters at Washing. ily in the cause of religion and of the Church. From | ton, with her husband, at her daughter's; and pay an the first, under no circumstances was she ashamed of annual visit to her daughter in Philadelphia. the Gospel of Christ; and it was not long before she In December, 1829, the first stroke of death was felt was enabled to say, from her own experience, “it is the in her beloved family. Being of a delicate form and power of God unto salvation."
constitution, she had experienced, in her own person, She was not enthusiastic in her feelings, but her sus much affliction, which she uniformly bore with uncomceptibilities were acute, and there was an unsurpassed mon fortitude and resignation. But her children had depth of sincerity and firmness of purpose in her soul. generally been healthy, though not robust. Her youngAt the time she became a member of the Church, est son, near nine years old, contracted a severe cold, almost all her associates were irreligious, and many of which fell upon the brain, and which the skill of phy. them entertained strong prejudices against the Metho- sicians could not remove. He died after an illness of dists. But this had no weight with her on so momen- little more than a week. The hearts of his parents tous a subject. She deliberately counted the cost, and were bound up in this boy. He was exceedingly promhaving taken the first step, she cheerfully and joyfully ising and amiable, and their hopes were fixed upon bore the cross. In the religious intercourse of her new him. The hope of meeting him in heaven, after his friends she found a sweetness and consolation, which death, was the only consolation left to them. Mrs. the world could not give, and to which she had before M’Lean in this, as in every other trial, showed a firmbeen a stranger.
ness in her nature and a confidence in God which could The public duties of her husband, first as a member not be shaken. Like David, the child being dead, she of Congress, and then as a judge of the Supreme restrained her sorrow and submitted with a calm resigCourt of the state, left her nearly half the time alone, nation to the afflictive dispensation. with her little family, to which she was much devoted. In the course of a few years the health of Mrs. But her religious associations cheered her solitude, and Weed, her eldest daughter, of Washington City, bemade her happy. At length in the spring of 1823, her came very precarious. In a short time her disease husband having received an appointment at Washing- assumed a pulmonary character, and her physicians adton, that city became her place of residence. Here a vised travel as the best means to protract her life and new and an interesting scene opened to her view. She afford any hope of improving her health. With this was thrown amongst strangers, and connected with the view Mrs. M'Lean remained with her, and spent the highest political circles. And among those most dis- spring and summer in travel, and at the Red Sulphur tinguished, there were very few who had the form of Springs of Virginia. These means may have prolongreligion, much less its power. They were generally ed the life of Mrs. Weed for some months; but as the gay, fashionable, and intelligent. Their entertainments cold weather of the fall and winter approached, she bewere frequent and brilliant; and her position required came worse, and died late in December. that she should attend, and, to some extent, reciprocate Through all her sickness, night and day, Mrs. M'Lean them. The ambition and aptitude of her nature soon was with her, administering to the comforts of the body placed her at ease in these associations, and she concil-' and the instruction of the soul. The body sunk under iated the good will and respect of all with whom she the pressure of disease, but the soul triumphed. While had intercourse. Her acquaintance thus formed, during dying, Mrs. Weed retained the full vigor of her mind, a six years' residence at Washington, embraced the and was perfectly calm and collected. She sent rememmost distinguished persons of both sexes in every state, brances of love to her friends, and consoled her distractof the Union, and all the ministers, their ladies and ed husband: “Why,” said she to him, “do you mourn legations from foreign courts, resident at that city. at my loss? I am happy. I shall soon be in heaven.
But she did not give her heart to these things. They If you could feel as I now feel, you would not fear were submitted to from a sense of duty, and this would death. O seek religion!” Her last hours were thus not admit of her falling behind the courtesies of others; i employed. but in the bosom of the Church she found her chief This heavy affliction was borne by Mrs. M'Lean, as enjoy ments. These were cherished with a sacredness she had borne the loss of her youngest son. The dewhich nothing was permitted to violate. And in all ll stroyer had taken her first and last child. He had
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broken the family circle, and left a vacuum which was blooming with hope. It is thus that sorrows come neither time nor circumstances could fill.
when joys are anticipated. How wisely is the future After the death of Mrs. Weed, Mrs. M’Lean's jour-covered from our view. Could we see events in time neys to Washington were discontinued. The delicacy to come as in time past, we should have little or no of her health and the unavoidable exposures in crossing relish for life. Our social enjoyments would be mar. the mountains, in the winter, rendered this necessary. red, by the certainty of an approaching separation.
In the course of a few years her third daughter, Mrs. The beauties of nature and the gayeties of life would Richards, having removed from Philadelphia to New be shrouded in the gloom of death. York, became ill, and was threatened with the same The lovely and afflicted little grand-daughter entwindisease of which her sister died. In hopes of arresting ed herself closely around the heart of Mrs. M'Lean. the progress of the disease, she sailed in the fall to the Her disease rendered respiration difficult, so that her West Indies, and spent the winter at Santa Cruz. Her life was a continued struggle for existence. But her health was greatly benefited by this voyage and resi-| sufferings and her most endearing qualities, took hold dence; but on her return the vessel encountered, in the of the deepest affections of the soul. Her extraordinabay of New York, a storm which continued several ry precocity and beauty of countenance, excited the days, from which she contracted a severe cold. This admiration of all who saw her. But she, too, was desbrought on a relapse of the disease, with increased vio- tined to fall by the hand of the spoiler. Ere the bud lence. Hearing of her return and illness, her parents, had unfolded its beauties, it fell into decay. in great haste, visited her. They found her wasting In the summer of 1841, whilst Judge M'Lean was by disease, but cheerful and resigned. After the lapse absent on his circuit, this beloved child took the meaof some days, the public duties of Judge M'Lean re-sles, which in a short time proved fatal. quired him to return to the west, but Mrs. M'Lean During the winter of 1841, Mrs. M'Lean had a remained.
severe cough, and was greatly reduced. Indeed, for The disease continued to advance, and in the course some years before, during the cold weather, she had of a few months, Mrs. Richards became its victim. had a cough which was attended with more or less deShe died as her sister had died, in great peace and tri-bility. Still she was not depressed under her sufferumph. She left a most interesting little daughter about ings. And although her frame was slight, yet in her two years of age, which she consigned to the care of nature there was so much buoyancy and firmness, that its grand-mother. A sudden indisposition of this child, some of her friends persuaded themselves she would be and the entreaties of its bereaved father, induced Mrs. spared many years. But those who knew her best and M'Lean to return to the west without it. Mr. Rich-| loved her most, saw with the deepest anxiety and apards engaged to bring her to the west in a short time. prehension that her system was sinking. Of this she But this child was destined to be, indeed, a child of was fully sensible. As the warm weather approached affliction. She was the most beautiful and fascinating in the spring of 1841, her cough gradually subsided, little creature that the writer ever beheld. She was as and in the summer it entirely left her; but her strength delicate as the flower that grows in the shade. In a did not much improve, and she was impressed that her short time after the death of her mother, she was seized end was nigh. This did not affect her spirits, and she with a disease of the spine, which for many months uniformly exhibited her usual cheerfulness to her friends. prostrated her, and from which she never recovered. For the last two years of her life she was prevented
About a year after the death of his wife, Mr. Rich- from attending public worship, regularly, by her infirm ards ruptured a blood vessel; and so great were the health and the remoteness of her residence from the discharges of blood that his system gave way, and in a church. But this did not deprive her of communion few weeks he was numbered with the dead. His with her God. In her last illness she remarked, "Last afflicted little daughter, as soon as she was able to winter I was always anxious for the return of night, travel, with a careful and affectionate nurse, was brought that I might retire early and in its silent watches, on to the arms of her grand-mother. For a year or more my bed, hold communion with my own soul and with this beloved child seemed to acquire strength; but the God." ravages of the disease continued, and greatly injured As the cold weather approached in the fall Mrs. the beautiful symmetry of her form.
M'Lean's health became worse, and her cough returned In the fall of 1840, Mrs. Hayward, the fourth daugh- with increased violence. Palliatives were used, and it ter of Mrs. M'Lean, and who resided at Boston, was was thought that the symptoms of her disease were suddenly attacked by a disease which proved fatal in somewhat mitigated. But a little exposure made her some eight or ten days. In May preceding, this daugh-|| decidedly worse. On Monday week preceding her ter, having spent a year with her parents in the west, || death, while at breakfast, she was seized with a severe left them for home in good health and spirits. This chill, which lasted nearly two hours. She drank but blow was the more distressing as it was so unexpected. part of a cup of coffee, and, with her husband, retired The last words of Mrs. Hayward were, “I leave all to her chamber. This was the last time she filled her suddenly, but I shall be happy."
seat at the family table. The last time—what weighs Thus four of the beloved children of Mrs. M'Lean more heavily on the heart than this! And yet there were cut down in the morning of life, whilst the future must be a last time to us all. The last time at
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church-in friendly intercourse-in family worship- of her grand-children, were standing around her bed, at table,
with hearts broken with unutterable sorrow. To her In a few minutes after they entered the chamber eldest son, who stood near her pillow, she said, “My Mrs. M’Lean observed to her husband, “I have been son, my dear son, I have endeavored to make my callooking for this. Last winter when I was extremely ling and election sure: and through the assisting grace ill I felt some reluctance to die, on account of my be- of God, I have accomplished it. I am prepared to die. loved and afflicted little grand-daughter, who looked up I have no doubt of my acceptance. And now, my to me for protection and support; but a wise and mer- dear son, will you promise to meet me in heaven? ciful God has taken her to himself, and by this he has | Four of my children, I have every reason to believe, opened the way for me. I am now perfectly resigned are now in heaven; and I shall soon be with them. to his will. I am safe in Jesus. I have no doubt of But I feel deeply for the three I shall leave behind me. my acceptance.”
I want to meet you all heaven. Seek religion, my Her chill was succeeded by a high fever, which re- son, and God will bless you. Without the religion of mained for many hours. The skill of physicians was Jesus, what would now be my situation?" exerted with but little effect. As the fever subsided, To her son's wife, Mildred, who stood next to him, she suffered under extreme debility. In a conversation she said, “My dear daughter, I love you much. Earnshe again remarked, “I know in whom I have believ- estly seek religion. God is merciful. He will pardon ed. Jesus has pardoned all my offenses; he is my your sins, and at last take you to himself. And my surety; in him I am safe, and in this I rejoice.” A dear Eva, my precious daughter, will you promise to remark being made to a friend who had called to see meet me in heaven? Let nothing hinder you in makher, that she had no fears beyond the grave, she observing a preparation for death. You must die—and you ed with emphasis, “ No, not a fear.” To her physi- cannot die in peace without religion. Seek the Lord cian she said, “Doctor, I am not afraid to die. My and he will be found of you.” To her other son she way is bright. I rejoice in my Savior.” When all observed, “And you, too, my son; will you promise to had retired from her chamber one night, except her hus-meet me in heaven? God will pardon your sins and band, she observed to him, “This is a sacred place. I bless you, if you will only approach him as your Bible hope, my precious husband, that you are determined to directs. O seek religion, and persevere until you oburge your way to heaven.”
tain it." To her little grand-daughter she said, “Read She made her arrangements in regard to giving me- your Bible, and ask instruction from Miss Mary, (her morials of her affection to her friends with as much teacher.) She will explain many things which you minuteness and composure, and as free from any ex- cannot, of yourself, comprehend. Don't suffer your citement, as if she were only about to take a journey. attention to be withdrawn from the subject of religion. Nothing seemed to escape her memory on the occasion. It will enable you to live well and to die in peace.” She observed, “I was astonished while sitting near the Her little grand-son she addressed in the same affec. death-bed of our dear Arabella, (her eldest daughter,) tionate manner, asking him and his sister to meet her to see how she could with so much calmness distribute in heaven. various articles of property among her connections, These are substantially her remarks; but they are and send to them messages of love while dying; but far less pointed and affective than the words used. now I understand it.” To her husband, who was They were spoken in a slow, distinct, emphatic and deeply affected by her conversation, she observed, “You affectionate tone of voice, that would have melted a must not give way to such feelings; man up; our sep-heart of stone. Every word was most appropriate, and aration should have been looked for. You have too seemed to fall from the lips of inspiration. The elomuch sense to sink under this trial. God is wise in quence appeared to be angelic. all that he does, and we should submit to the dispensa Sometime after this, a person came into the room tions of his providence. It is much better that I should nearly connected to her, and in whose welfare she felt be taken than you. You can be of great service to deep interest. She took him by the hand and said, our dear children, but I, if spored, could do them but This is probably the last visit you will ever pay me. little good.”
I love your soul. Will you not promise me to meet On the abatement of her fever a trembling hope was me in heaven? I have taken Jesus for my portion. cherished, that the crisis of her disease was passed; In him I have peace, and I have no doubt of heaven. but it returned, and it was apparent that there was an Seek religion: it is the only thing worth living for, and inflammation of the stomach, which, unless arrested, it will be hard dying without it." must prove fatal. But the skill of her physicians was These scenes were so solemn, so deeply affecting, exerted in vain.
that they can never pass from the memory. Her Early on Monday evening week after her first chill, remarks were concluded by a prayer that God would she observed, “This is my last night:" and it was at give the desired effect to every word spoken. She had a late hour on that night, that one of the most solemn taken some medicine to remove the phlegm from her and impressive scenes took place which has ever been throat, but she had not strength to throw it off. An witnessed. Her three children, (a daughter and two opiate was administered which afforded some relief. sons,) her husband, the wife of her eldest son and two || She perfectly understood from her own feelings and