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up in his mind the truths he is taught, applying them to himself: and his spare moinents in the course of the week he spends in reading his Bible, and such good books as he knows his teachers will approve, applying in the same manner the instruction he gains to himself. But how different is this to the conduct of many Sunday scholars ! Ah! its a bad sign, when a teacher has to say to any of his scholars, “ Do attend !” But yet how often is this needful! When this is the case, I take it as a sure mark, that such are far from being in the way to the kingdom of heaven; and think if these children would only for a moment consider the solemn import of that passage of Scripture, "The one shall be taken and the other left;" they would indeed be led to amend their ways and their doings, and turn unto the Lord whilst there is hope, that they may be amongst those who are taken to dwell with the Lord for ever. My dear young reader, think of this, whenever your teacher has to say to you, “Do attend !"

But perhaps you may wish to hear something more of the last illness of this dear boy. To tell you even half of the sweet things he said, and the happiness be felt, would fill many pages. He was confined to his bed for about seven weeks; and during that time suffered severe pain. His desire was to feel resigned to the will of his heavenly Father; and often did he feel the comforting and supporting hand of God. One morning about two o'clock his pains were very great: his mother sat by his side, and could do nothing to give him any ease, but exhorted hiin to pray that God would enable him to suffer with resignation. He then lifted up his little heart in prayer, and soon after said, “Oh mother, how comfortable I feel, my pains all seem to be gone: it is the Lord's doing ; let us sing, Praise God from whom all blessings flow,' &c. which they did. He then said, “there's another hymn I should like to sing, but I don't know it all :-it begins

“Oh! for a thousand tongues to sing,

My dear Redeener's praise ;
The glories of my God and king,

The triumphs of his grace !" · He often expressed great thankfulness for the instruction he had received at the Sunday school, and said the remembrance of what he had heard there was sweet to his soul. To his teachers he expressed the greatest gratitude for their kindness in instructing him: and said, 'if God would permit, he should wish after death, to be sent as a guardian spirit to them.” His hopes of heaven were founded on Jesus Christ. He said he felt he was a sinner, and like other boys he knew he had done many things he cught not to have done ; but Jesus he knew died to save sinners, and he could believe Jesus would save him. When asked if he loved Jesus, he replied, “ Yes.” Why? “ Because he first loved me.” He said there was a time, when he felt he did not love Jesus.

Under all his sufferings, the comforts of the Gospel delighted and refreshed his soul. He spent much of his time in prayer, and found it good thus to draw nigh to God. In this way his days of affliction passed over, and on the morning of the first of March, 1826, bis spirit was dismissed from this earthly tabernacle to dwell with his Saviour in heaven.

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CORNELIUS THE NEGRO. In the island of St. Thomas, in the W'est Indies, there lived a Negro named Corne. lius: he was brought to a knowledge of the truth when young, and soon began to preach to his countrymen. He had great calents, and was able to speak and write several languages. For many years he was a slave. He first purchased the freedom of his wife, and then laboured hard to gain his own liberty ; which at last he effected, after much entreaty, and the payment of a large sum. By degrees, he was also enabled to purchase the liberty of his six children. When death approached, he sent for his family. His children and grand-children assembled round the bed of their sick parent: he summoned up all his strength, sat up in his bed, unco

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vered his venerable head, adorned with locks as white as snow, and thus addressed them :

“ I rejoice very much, my dearly beloved children, to see you together once more be. fore my death; for I believe that my Lord and Saviour will soon come, and take your father to himself. You know, my dear chil. dren, what my chief concern has been for you, as long as I have been with you ; how often I have exhorted you, with tears, not to neglect the day of grace, but give your

selves, soul and body, to your God and Redeemer ; to follow him faithfully. Sometimes I have dealt strictly with you in matters which I believed would bring harm to your souls, and grieve the Spirit of God; and I have exerted a father's authority to prevent mischief; but it was all done out of love to you. However, it may have hap. peried, that I have sometimes been too severe: if this has been the case, I beg you, my dear children, to forgive me; O forgive your poor dying father!"

Here he was obliged to stop, most of the children weeping and sobbing aloud. At length one of the daughters, recovering her. self, said, “We, dear father, we alone have cause to ask forgiveness ; for we have been undutiful children.” The rest joined in the same confession. The father then continued, “Well, my dear children, if you all have forgiven me, then attend to my last wish and dying request. Love one another; do not suffer any quarrels and disputes to arise after my decease. No, my children,” raising his voice, “love one another heartily: let each strive to show proofs of affection to his brother or sister: nor suffer yourselves to be tempted by any thing to become proud, for by that you may even miss of your souls salvation ; but pray our Saviour to grant you lowly minds and humble hearts. If you

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