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how soon the time would be when the eye ihat liath scen him will see him no more; sze could not restrain her feelii «s, but throwing, so wa the scissars, and putting her arra ronnd him, “O my child ! my dear, dear child! she said I cannot bear it! I cannot part with you yet!"

The pour little boy was a flected; but be gertly reproved her, saying, “ If Fou love me, you will rejoice, because I go to my faiber," oha xiv, 28.

There was a considerable change in the child during the night ; al all the bext day, till evening he lay in a kind of slumber; and vlua he was roused to take his medicine or nourishment, be scemed not to kyow where he was or who was with him. In the evening he suddenly resived, and asked for his samma He bad seldom asked for ber before. She was in the holee; for she was not so hard-hearted (thoughtless as she was) as to go into gay "onpasy at this tiine, when the child's death might be hourly expected. She trenbied madeben she heard that he asked for her. She was conscious perbapes that she had not fulfilled her duty hy him. He received her affectionately, when she went ap to his bed-side, and begged that every body would go out of the roora, saying that he had something very particular to speak about. He talked to ber for e time, but nobody knows the particulars of their conversation : though, It is believed, that the care of her immortal soul was the subject of the last discourse which this dear litt'e boy held with ber. Sbe came ont of his room with her eyes swelled with crying, and his little well-woru Bible, in her hand, (which he had probably given her, as it always lay on his bed by hiin ;) and setting herself in her room, she remained without seeing any one, till the bews was brought that all was over. From that time, she never gave her mind so entirely to the world, as she had forinerly done : but became a more xrious character, and daily read little Henry's Bible.

But now to return to litile llenry, As there are but fes persons who love to meditate upon scenes of death, and too many are only able to vicw the gloomy side of them, instead of following, by the eye of faith, the glorious progress of the departing saint; I will hasten to the end of my story The next day at twelve o clock, being Sanday, he was delivered from this evil world, and received inta glory. His passage was calm although not without some mortal panys.

Biay we die the death of the righteous, and may our list end be like his!" Numbers wiii. 10.

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

Sometime after his death, bis mamma caused a monument to he built over his grare, on wbich was inscribed his name, llenry L- -, and his age, which, at the time of his death, was right years and seven months. Underneath was a part of his favourite verse, from 1st Thessalonians v, altering only one word, " Faithful is he that called me,' And afterwards was added, by desire of Mr Smith, this verse, from James v. 20. “ He which converteth the sinner from the error of his way, shall save a soul from death, and shall bide a multitude of sins."

When I first visited Berhampore, I went to sce little Henry's monument. It was then white and fair, and the inscription very plain : but I am told that the damp of that climate has so defaced the inscription, and blackened the whole monument, that it cannot be distinguished from the tombs that surround it. Bat this is of little consequence, as all who remember Henry Lhave long ago left Berhampore; and we are assured, that this dear child has himself received “ an inheritance that fadeth not away.” I Peter i. 4. The world passeth away, and the lust thereof; but he that doeth the will of God, abideth for ever." I John ii. 17.

Every person who reads this stor', will be an sions to know what became of Boosy. Immediately after the funeral of his little sahib, having received his wages, with a handsome present, be carried the lock of hair, which dirk. Baron sealed up carefully, with a letter from her to Mr. Smith. He was received into Mr. Smith's family, and removed with him to a distant part of India, wbere shortly after he renounced cast, and declared himsoli a Christian. After Ane etamination, he was baptized, and continued till his death (which happened pool very long after) a sincere Christiaa. It was on the occasion of the baptism

of Boosy, to whom the Christian name of John was given, that the last verre 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 1.—.

Little children in India, remember Henry L- , and “ go and do like. wise.” Luke x. 37. For “ they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firinament; and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars for ever and ever." Daniel xiii 3.-P. 113.-139.

The author of this beautiful little bistory has not gratified us with his name, and we have heard no guess who he is, but we hope the public will scion 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 they are 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 book, would he found very useful for reference.

David DREADNOUGHT, the Reformed Sailor; or Nautical Tales, in Verse

A new edition for Sunday Schools. By 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 of human nature, especially among the lower orders, to debase the intellectual and immortal powers, by rendering them subservient to sensual indulgences; books are happily adapted to coulteract this evil bias, and to elevate the mind above corporeal gratifications. Pious books are eminently calculated to engage both the intellect and the 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 seek the company of the depraved. or the haunts of vice for his plaasures.

While it is acknowledged that a taste for reading, if not perverted, is likely to be very beneficial, it must certainly be necessary that the instructors of the young should endeavour to excite and promote an attachment to this empioyment among their pupils. To this end, it is essential that they should connect pleasing associations with reading, and that books for young people should be very interesting; their path must be strewed with flowers-milk must be administered to babes, they cannot receive or digest 'strong meat." Books in the narrative form are most suitable for children; they soon feel interested in a story or anecdote

, and retain the moral instruction which is interwoven with the tale. The imagwations of the young require something new, and are powerfully excited by relations of adventures to distant countries, or voyages on the mighty ocean. The history of a British sailor, if well written, cannot fail of exciting the attention of British youth, and we rejoice that our author has favoured us with a nautical tale in verse, which, we trust, will not only please, bat profit those who may read it.

Our limits will only allow us to sketch the early part of the History of David Dreadnought; we shall, therefore, content ourselves with a few extracts from the first book, which will speak for themselves. The following is part of the picture of Dreadnought in his unconverted state:

Valiant was Dreadnought, and of pow'rful arm;
His soul, unconquer'd, never felt alarm.
Traia'd up in danger's school, by practice taught,
Skilful he acted, and as bravely fought.
The foremost post, where ventur'd men of might,
To face grim death amid the hottest fight,
He ever claim'd..thoughtless alike was he
Of present risk or future destiny ;
Still unregarded that eternal doom
Awaiting man beyond the silent tomb:
And though God's providence preserv'd his life,
And brought him harmless through war's dreadful strife ;
Though neier once by foemen's strength subdu'd
For life preserv'd he felt no gratitude:
Ne'er was his Saviour's all-protecting care
By him acknowledg'd, or in praise or prayer ;
Nor from his heart was free-will off’ring giv'n,

By love enkindled, to the God of Heav'ni.
It appears that Dreadnought's father was a pious man:-

Dreadnought was taught at home to read and write,
And kneel at worship every morn and night;
His valu'd father was a man of pray’r,
He train'd his David up with pious care;
Oft ran the big tear trickling down bis face,
When wrestling for him at the throne of grace :
But soon by evil company undone,
The sire's advice was slighted by the son.
His father died, and entered into rest;
Yet ere he died made one devout request;
Put up this last sbort pray'r in spirit mild:

Convert, O God, and bless my wand'ring child !

“ In mercy stop him in his mad career,
« And drait the Sinner to his Saviour near !"
Heard was that praver-he slumber'd in his grave,
But God most merciful still liv'd to save.
God ne'er forgot the dying sain 's request;

la his own time the wand'ring child he blest. Dreadnought's first attention to serious subjects was awakened by bearing a sermon froin “Pray without ceasing

About seven years after this event, the precept still dwelling in his mind, excited unusual emotions. He searches for the bible which his father gave him—this he finds beneath the lumber of his chest, and peruses with attention:

Dreadnought reads on--his Heav'n-taught mind expands ;
The more he reads, the more he understands :
Low on his stubborn knees, unus'd to bend,
He falls to supplicate the sinner's friend,
With broken heart devoui, and streaming eyes,
“O save a guilty sinner Lord !" lie cries.
Forthwith to Heav'n recording angels bear
The humble penitent's soul-breathing pray'r;
All Heav'n rejoices! holy seraphs praise
The God of mercy in exalted lays!
The sainted spirit of his father hears
How God hath answer'd all his pray’rs and tears;
And thus he sings, “ Praise, kindred saints, the Lord !
“ He hath my son from death to life restor'd:
“ With lasting praise, let Heav'n's high roof resound ;

“ My wand'ring child was lost, but now is found !"- P. 14. Dreadnought thus becomes an altered character, and in his future life, and diversified adventures, he shews tliat it is possible to be at once a sailor and a christian. We trust this little book will be very useful anong sailors; and if any Sunday School children should engage in a sea-faring life, we hope their teachers will not fail to furnish them with the History of David Dreadnought. It will be a suitable present when they enter on the sea-service, or when they return from a voyage and revisit their Sunday Schools, and their endeared instructors.

As it respects the general readers of this work, among Sunday School children, we have to regret that the language, similies, and allusions, are often not sufficiently simple for the youthful poor. The work appears not to have been originally composed for children, and, therefore, many of the expressions are too elevated. We are aware that it is extremely difficult to compose poetry exactly adapted to youthful minds; but we still hope that in the next edition for Sunday Schools, a nearer approximation will be made to that simplicity, which is essential in children's books.

Upon the whole, we feel pleasure in recominending David Dreadnought, as a work suitable for the Sunday School Library; and we trust the excellent writer of this little work will experience the Divine blessing, and great success in this, as well as his other arduous exertions to promote the prosperity or extension of Sunday Schools.

MEETING of the Portsea SUNDAY SCHOOLS. ON Good-Friday, March the 24th, the Rev. John Griffin preached bis Annual Sermon, at King-street Chapel, Portsea, to the Sunday School Children of Orange-street, and the different Schools in the neighbourhood of Portsmouth and Portsea. Nearly Two Thousand children were present on this interesting occasion, and but for the weather proving very unfavourable, a much greater number would have attended. The text was selected from Ast chap. Matthew, 15—16 verses.

It was observed, that the text intimates that when the children
cried Hosanna, Christ manifested his kindness and condescen-
şion in listening to their praises, and reproving those who had ex-
pressed their anger: he appeared pleased by the worship of these
children, and encouraged them to come to him—those who
are Christians, that is, like Jesus Christ, love to instruct children
and see them attentive to the worship of God, we will, therefore-
1. The reasons why good people wish children to be religious,

1. Because there are so many children not religious,
2. Because wicked children will be miserable.
3. Because they may


very soon. 4. Because if religious, they will, while children, be very

happy.." 5. Because by their good tempers and conduct they will

make so many happy,
And lastly, Because they will be the means of making

others religious.
II. The proofs of children being religious.

1. When they believe what God says.
2. When they shew love to God.
3. When they are afraid of sin and dging eyil,

And lastly, When they have done wrong to be sorry for it,
III. The encouragements children have to be religious,

1. Because God and Christ delight in such.
2. Because so many promises are given them.
3. Because there are so many persons that were religious

in childhood, that are now honoured in manhood :-
some are Ministers, Deacons, and useful active mem-

bers of Churches, And lastly, Because such that honour God God will

honour, and bestow upon them his spirit and grace. After the Sermon, there was collected from ihe Teachers and the Congregation, upwards of £28, for the support of the three Schools, in connection with the Church at King-street.

Το encourage the Spirit of Union, and brotherly love among the Teachers, immediately after the service, they met at the School Rooms, in Orange-street, where tea had been provided for hear two hundred Teachers, and their friends.


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