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gled with blessings and enjoyments. Her real afflic- concluded by imploring her mediation with the tions began with the war between England and the Queen. Burman Empire in 1824. On the suspicion of being The lady's feelings were touched, and she promised spies, paid by the English government, Mr Judson, 1 to use her influence. But the hopes thus excited and several other individuals, were imprisoned and were dashed to the ground by her Majesty's cool treated with great severity. The weight of this cala- answer--" The teachers will not die; let them remain mity was increased by separation from their friends as they are." and fellow-labourers; for they were at Ava, while In the mean time, the property of the foreigners the main body of the missionaries were at Rangoon, was confiscated. Mrs Judson, being forewarned of
On the 8th of June, Mr and Mrs Judson were pre- this, secreted as many articles of value as she could. paring for dinner, when in rushed an officer holding The officers conducted the business with more regard à black book, with a dozen Burmans, among whom to her feelings than she expected. Seeing her deeply one with a spotted face was immediately recognised affected, they apologized, by reminding her of the as "the son of the prison," or the executioner. This obedience they owed the king, assuring her their duty man threw Mr Judson violently on the floor, and be- was a painful one. They left the books, wearinggan to bind him with cords.
apparel, and medicines. When they had taken ail Mrs Judson begged him to be merciful, promising the money they could find, they asked, “Is this all to give him money. “Take her too,” exclaimed the the silver you have ?" Mrs Judson would not resort brutal officer; "she also is a foreigner." Her hus to a falsehood even in these trying circumstances, band, with an imploring look, entreated that she she simply replied, “The house is in your possession; might remain, at least till they received further or Bearch for yourselves.” ders. They consented to this; and having bound his Even the sad interviews at the prison gate were fetters very tight, they dragged him off, she knew now forbidden; and a man wbo was discovered carnot whither.
rying letters was beaten and put in the stocks. His She followed, offering them money, and entreating release could not be obtained under ten dollars. With then too loosen the cords a little. Finding her et. the rapacity of despotic governments, every pretext forts unavailing, she sent Moung Ing (a native convert was seized upon to extort money from the unfortuto whom they were much attached) to make some nate sufferers; and difficulties were multiplied, for the further exertions for the benefit of the prisoner; but express purpose of irying how much they would give the unfeeling jailer only drew his cords the tighter. to be extricated. Moung Ing returned with the information that the The governor of the city was exceedingly angry foreigners had been thrown into the death-prison. when he found Mrs Judson had told of the sum she It would be an idle attempt to describe how the had given him and his officers for a slight amelioranight was passed by that wretched wife. A guard | tion in her husband's condition. “You are very
ten ruffians was placed round the house, who bad!” he exclaimed; “why did you tell of that?" spared no pains to insult and terrify her. Their loud | “ The royal treasurer asked me; and what could I carousings and fierce language tormented her till say?" she replied. “Say you gave ine nothing." morning, when her worst fears were confirmed by " My religion forbids a lie. Had you stood by me with hearing that the prisoners had each three pair of your dagger raised, I could not have said what you iron fetters, and were fastened to a long pole. Her suggest.” Upon this, the governor's wife immediategreatest source of anguish was her inability to make | ly took her part, saying sbe liked such sincerity. any exertions in their behalf. In vain she begged This lady ever after continu and entreated permission to state her case to some Judson; and the governor was pacified by the present officers of government. At last she wrote a note to of a beautiful opera-glass, which had lately been sent the king's sister, but received it again with the cold from England. reply that the princess could not understand it. For the seven succeeding months, Mrs Judson Another wearisome day and sleepless night passed daily continued her importunate entreaties to diffeheavily on, and brought to her no hope. On the rent members of the royal family, and various third day she begged to wait upon the governor of branches of the government. Sometimes she was the city with a present. This was touching the right cheered with a ray of hope, which only made the key. The governor received her graciously, and succeeding darkness more insupportable. During heard her earnest expostulations against imprisoning this period, she sutfered under every species of opAmericans, who were a people distinct from the pression: all the officers, from the highest to the lowEnglish, and entirely unconnected with their wars. est, taxed their ingenuity to invent schemes of exHe said it was out of his power to release her hus tortion, band: be however promised to make him more com Liberty to go to the prison was gained by reiterated fortable, and referred to his head officer for the l presents to those in authority; but often, for days ir means. The officer demanded a secret bribe of one succession, she was not allowed to go till after dark, hundred dollars, two pieces of fine cloth, and two although it was two miles from her residence. pieces of handkerchiefs. The money was paid, and In a letter to her husband's brother, after relating the other articles excused, because she did not own these particulars, she says: “0 how many, many them. This fee gave her access to the prison, but | tines have I returned from that dreary prison at dine she was not allowed to enter. Mr Judson crawled o'clock at night, solitary and worn out with fatigue to the door and talked with her a few minutes. and anxiety, and thrown myself down on that same Even this poor consolation was grudgingly allowed rocking chair which you and Deacon L. provided for by the jailers, and they soon ordered her to go away, me in Boston, and endeavoured to invent some new telling her they would drag her off if she did not. scheme for the release of the prisoners! Sometimes,
Again Mrs Judson sought an interview with a fe- for a moment my thoughts would glance towards male relative of the royal family. With heart-stir- my beloved friends in America; but for nearly a year ring eloquence she represented the extreme injustice and a half every thought was so entirely engrossed of her husband's case; begged the lady to imagine with present scenes and sufferings, that I seldom rewhat would be her own wretchedness in a similar flected on a single occurrence of my former life, or situation-alone and unprotected in a strange land, recollected that I had a friend in existence out of daily expecting the death of the friend she best Ava." loved, and that friend innocent of any crime; and The only commander who had any success against
the British forces was Bandoola ; and he, conse- This was indeed a moment of despair. Even the quently, had almost unlimited influence with the miserable little bamboo prison had become an object king. As a last resource, Mrs Judson resolved to of love and pleasant association; now all within it apply to this officer for the release of the missionaries, was silent and cheerless. The melancholy occupaalthough some cautioned her against this step, lest, tion of watching the invalid, of preparing his medibeing reminded of them, he should order their instant cines and food, had ceased. He was carried off, she execution. The petition was received graciously; but knew not whither, nor for what dreadful purpose. her excited hopes were soon dashed by a message, It can easily be conjectured what resolution was stating that the city of Rangoon must be retaken taken by a woman of her strong heart. She deterbefore Bandoola could attend to her cause.
mined to follow her husband. The governor's The unhappy wife was, however, allowed to make charge to take care of herself implied personal dana little bamboo room within the prison enclosures, ger; and this became more evident by his wish that where she could sometimes spend two or three hours she should not leave Ava until after dark, when he with her husband.
promised to send a man to open the gates. The birth of a little daughter interrupted these She sailed for Amarapora in a covered boat, with visits; and as she could not, during her illness, make | her little infant, two adopted Burman children, and daily presents, and offer daily petitions, the cause of Bengalee cook. The day was dreadfully hot, but the prisoners lost ground. Besides this, the total they proceeded in tolerable comfort till within two defeat of Bandoola exasperated the government still miles of the government house. They were then more against all foreigners. The missionaries were obliged to take a cart and jostle over the dust under removed to an inner prison, in five pair of fetters a scorching sun. When they arrived there, they each, and deprived of their mats, pillows, &c.
found the prisoners had been sent on two hours beMrs Judson's babe was not two months old when fore ; and it became necessary to go four miles farshe received these tidings. She immediately repaired ther, in the same uncomfortable manner, with a to the governor, but was sent away with the assu baby in her weary arms.
ould not help her. But she perse- On her arrival at Oung-pen-la, she found Mr Judvered until she obtained an audience. With pathetic son in a state of deplorable misery. The prisoners eloquence she reminded him of his former kindness, had been tied together two and two, and driven along of his promise to stand by her to the last, and never, in the heat of the day, till their feet bled at erery under any circumstances, allow Mr Judson to be put step. One of them died in consequence of this treat
old man melted into tears, as he list- ment. Mr Judson, still suffering under the remains ened to her impassioned entreaties. “I pity you," of his fever, narrowly escaped death. His anxious said he, “ I knew you would make me feel; and there wife, almost exhausted with fatigue and wretchedfore I ordered that you should not be admitted. ness, could obtain no refreshment for him or herself. Believe me, I do not wish to increase the sufferings His first words were, “I hoped you would not
When I am ordered to execute follow me : for you cannot live here." The corner them, the least I can do is to keep them out of sight.of a filthy hut furnished shelter for the night, and Three times have I received intimations to murder after drinking a little half-boiled water, Mrs Judson them privately; but I would not do it. And I now lay down upon a mat and slept. repent it, though I execute all the others, I will save In this abode she spent the next six months: withyour husband. But I cannot release him, and you out any furniture, even a chair, or a seat of any must not ask it."
kind. It was the hot season of that burning climate, and The very morning after her arrival at Oung-pena multitude of prisoners were confined in one room. la, the Burman child, who was able to assist in the The consequence was universal debility and loss of care of the babe, was taken with the small-pox. No appetite. Mr Judson was seized with a fever which assistance or medicine could be procured. All day threatened to terminate his life.
long Mrs Judson was going from the prison to the Mrs Judson entreated permission to attend upon but, and from the hut to the prison, with her infant him; and the governor, worn out by her importuni. in her arms. Sometimes she obtained a little relief ties, consented that he should be removed to a little by leaving the child asleep with its father. The little bamboo hut, where she could nurse him. The hovel | Burman was delirious with a raging fever, and the was too low to admit of standing upright; but to babe took her dreadful disorder. This was a load of people in their circumstances it seemed a delightful misery that seems almost too much for mortal abode. She was sometimes driven out by the brutal strength. The children at last recovered ; but Mrs jailers, but in general she was able to stay two hours Judson sunk under her extraordinary exertions. together with her suffering companion.
She became so weak as to be scarcely able to walk to This gleam of consolation soon vanished. At the the prison. In this debilitated state she set off in a end of two or three days, the governor sent to call cart for Ava, in order to procure some medicines sbe her from one of these visits. Much alarmed, she had left there. There her disorder became so violent hastened to obey the summons. He said he only that she had no hope of recovery. She says: "My wanted to consult with her about his watch; but she only anxiety now was to return to Oung-pen-la, to afterwards found that his object was to detain her die near the prison." Frequent dozes of laudanum until the white prisoners were carried away from the so far subdued the disease, that the sufterer was city.
enabled to set off. It was in the rainy season, and For many months her feelings had been disconso- | the oxen that dragged the heavy cart were buried in late enough; but when she heard of this new afflic- mud. tion, her agony amounted almost to distraction. She Nature was almost exhausted when she arrived at ran hither and thither, inquiring of every one she Oung-pen-la. The good native cook was so much met; but no one would tell where the prisoners had affected by her emaciated appearance, that he burst been conveyed. At last, an old woman said they into tears. This faithful creature seemed to be the were to be carried to Amarapora. The governor only solace left in their forlorn condition. The babe, confirmed this, pleading the necessity of obedience deprived of her usual nourishment by her mother's to the king, and his ignorance of the intentions of illness, was a source of constant anxiety, particularly government. “ You can do no more for your hus- | as no nurse could be obtained. By making presents band," said he; “ take care of yourself."
to the jailers, Mr Judson obtained leave to carry the
poor famishing thing round the village, and appeal that you see ; and take care of all things till he reto the compassion of mothers. Sometimes, too, the turns." When unable to notice any thing else, she almost dying wife was indulged in the “ unspeakable still asked to see her child, and charged the nurse to consolation of seeing her husband for a little while, indulge it in every thing until its father came home. But, in general, they sutfered under the same system At eight o'clock on the evening of the 24th of Deof extortion and petty tyranny.
cember, with one exclamation of distress in the BurThe execution of the prisoners was prevented by man language, she expired. the death of the king's brother, who had sent word | In letters written soon after her decease, Mr Jud. to keep them till he came to witness it ; luckily for son says : “ The news of the death of my beloved their peace of mind, they did not know of this cir- | wife has thrown a gloom over all my future pro. cumstance till the danger was past. At last, the spects, and for ever embittered the recollection of the hour of deliverance carne. The English, uniformly present journey, in consequence of which I was victorious, compelled the Burmans to submit to such absent from her dying bed, and prevented from terms as they proposed; and their first demand was affording the spiritual comfort her lonely circumthe release of all English and American captives. stances peculiarly required, and of contributing to How joyfully these tidings must have sounded, after avert the fatal catastrophe, which has deprived me such a long dark season of despondency! Mrs Jud. of the first of women and the best of wives. son says : “ It was on a cool, moonlight evening in | “It affords me some comfort that she not only the month of March 1826, that with hearts filled consented to my leaving her, but uniformly gave her with gratitude to God, and overflowing with joy at advice in favour of the measure, whenever I hesiour prospects, we passed down the Irawaddy, sur. tated concerning my duty. The doctor thinks her rounded by six or
or eight golden boats, and accom- / last illness was occasioned by the severe privations panied by all we had on earth. For the first time, and long protracted sufferings she had undergone. for more than a year and a half, we felt that we were With what meekness, patience, magnanimity, and free."
Christian fortitude did she endure those sufferings! Sir Archibald Campbell, the English commander, But can I wish they had been less ? Can I wish to treated them with the utmost respect and attention. rob her crown of a single gem? Much she saw and A tent near his own was erected for them while they suffered of the evil of this evil world; and eminently remained in the camp, and a large gun-boat was pro- was she qualified to enjoy the pure and holy rest into vided to convey them in safety to Rangoon.
which she has entered. True, she has been taken It may well be imagined that their friends received from a sphere in which she was singularly qualified them with great joy, after being entirely ignorant of by her natural disposition, her winning manners, her their fate for nearly two years. During the latter devoted zeal, and her perfect acquaintance with the part of their captivity, Mrs Judson had twice been language, to be extensively serviceable to the cause brought to the very brink of the grave: indeed, once, of Christ; true, she has been torn from her husband's after their removal from Oung-pen-la, before they bleeding heart, and from her darling babe ; but incame under the protection of the English, she was finite wisdom and love have presided, as ever, in supposed to be quite dead. These shocks had en l this afflicting dispensation." feebled her constitution ; but she was restored to! One of the English prisoners who had been contolerable health, and was able to nurse her feeble fined with Mr Judson, pays the following tribute to little infant.
the memory of this excellent woman:Soon after their return to Rangoon, Mr Judson “Mrs Judson was the author of those eloquent and was obliged to leave her for a short time on business forcible appeals to the government which prepared connected with the missionary establishment. In a them by degrees for submission to terms of peace, letter to her mother he says: “Our parting was never expected by any who knew the inflexible pride much less painful than many others had been. We of the Burman court. had been preserved through so many trials and vicis. “ The overflowing of my grateful feelings on besitudes, that a separation of three or four months, half of myself and fellow-prisoners compel me to attended with no hazard to either party, seemed a l add a tribute of public thanks to that amiable and light thing. We parted, therefore, with cheerful humane woman, who, though living at a distance of hearts, confident of a speedy reunion, and indulging two miles from our prison, without means of confond anticipations of future years of domestic happi- veyance, and very feeble in health, forgot her own ness. In a letter to me, dated 14th of September, comfort and infirmity, and almost every day visited my wife wrote, For the first time since we were us, sought out and administered to our wants, and broken up at Ava, I feel nyself at home. Poor little contributed in every way to alleviate our misery. Maria is still feeble. I sometimes hope she is getting *** While the government left us destitute of food, better; then again she declines to her former weak- she, with unwearied perseverance, by some means or ness. When I ask her where papa is, she always other, obtained for us a constant supply, When our starts up and points towards the sea. May God pre tattered clothes evinced the extremity of our disserve and bless you, and restore you to your new and tress, she was ever ready to replenish our scanty old home, is the prayer of your affectionate Ann!'" wardrobe. When the unfeeling avarice of our
This was the last letter the wanderer received. keepers confined us inside, or made our feet fast in The home to which he returned was desolate indeed. / the stocks, she, like a ministering angel, never ceased
Early in December Mrs Judson was attacked with her applications to the government, until she was & violent fever, which continued more or less severe authorised to communicate the crateful ne until she died. During her illness, she expressed enlargement, or of some respite from our galling opregret at leaving her schools before other missionaries pressions.". . . . . . . arrived; but her head was much affected, and for the In a few short months, good angels carried the last few days she said but little. Once she murmured, little orphan Maria to the mother by whom she was “The teacher is long in coming : I must die alone, so fondly loved. They are placed side by side i
ide in that and leave my little one; but I acquiesce in the will distant land, under the wide-spreading branches of of God. I am not afraid of death, but I am afraid I the Hope-tree, shall not be able to bear these pains. Tell the teacher the disease was most violent, and I could not write; tell him how I suffered and died ; tell him all
| to you," said he; “ get you about your business." AN OLD STORY OF GOD'S PROVIDENCE.
“But I won't," she exclaimed, “he tells me that Sir Richard Cradock, a justice of peace in the reign
you are going to send him and his friends to jail; and of Charles the Second, who was a violent hater and
if you send them, I'll drown myself in the pond as persecutor of the Puritans, and who exerted him
soon as they are gone: I will indeed." When he self to enforce all the severe laws then in being
saw the child thus peremptory, it shook his resoluagainst them, happened to live near Mr Rogers, to
tion, and induced him to abandon his malicious dewhom he bore a particular enmity, and whom he sign. Taking the mittimus in his hand, he went wanted, above all things, to have in his power. down into the hall, and thus addressed these good Hearing that he was one day to preach some miles | men: "I had here made out your mittimus, to send distant, he thought that a fair opportunity offered you all to jail, as you deserve; but, at my grandfor accomplishing his base design; and in order to child's request, I drop the prosecution, and set you i accomplish it, he hired two men to go as spies, and all at liberty.” They all bowed, and thanked his! take down the names of all the hearers whom they worship. But Mr Rogers, going to the child, laid 1. knew, that they might appear as witnesses against his hand upon her head, and, lifting up his eyes to both them and Mr Rogers. The plan seemed to heaven, said, “God bless you, my dear child! May succeed to his wishes. These men brought him the the blessing of that God whose cause you did now names of several persons who were present at the plead, though as yet you know him not, be upon you meeting, and he summoned such of them as he had in life, at death, and to all eternity!” He and his a particular spite against, together with Mr Rogers, friends then went away. to appear before him. Knowing the violence of the What follows is yet more remarkable, as containing ! man, they came with trembling hearts, expecting to a striking proof of the answer which was returned to be treated with the utmost severity. While they good Mr Rogers' prayers for this child, and the were waiting in the great hall, expecting to be called blessing which descended upon her who had been the upon, a little girl, about six or seven years of age, instrument of such a deliverance for these persecuted!! who was Sir Richard's grand-daughter, happened to servants of God. A Mrs Tooley bad listened with come into the hall. She looked at Mr Rogers, and uncommon attention to this narrative, when related was much taken with his venerable appearance. He, to a company of which she was a part, by the son of being naturally fond of children, took her upon his the Mr Rogers just mentioned; and when he had knee, and caressed her, which occasioned her to con ended it, she asked him, “And are you that Mr ceive a great fondness for him. At length Sir Rich- | Rogers' son ?" He told her he was ; upon which ard sent a servant to inform him and the rest that she said, “ Well, as long as I have been acquainted one of the witnesses, being taken ill, was unable to with you, I never knew that before. And now I will attend, and that therefore they must come again tell you something which you do not know. I am another day. They accordingly came at the time the very girl your dear father blessed in the manner appointed, and, being convicted, the justice ordered related; and it made an impression upon me which I their mittimus to be written, to send them all to
could never forget.”
After this she cheerfully gave prison, Mr Rogers, expecting to see the little girl them the following narrative :again, brought some sweetmeats with him to give After her grandfather's death she became sole her. As soon as she saw him, she came running to heiress to his estate, which was considerable. Being him, and appeared fonder of him than before. This in the bloom of youth, and having none to control child, being a particular favourite of her grandfather, her, she ran into all the fashionable diversions of the had got such an ascendency over him that he could age without restraint. But she confessed that when deny her nothing; and she possessed such a violent the pleasurable scenes were over, she found a disspirit, that she could bear no contradiction, so that satisfaction both with them and herself, that always she was indulged in every thing she wanted. At one struck a damp to her heart, which she did not know time, when she had been contradicted, she run a how to get rid of any other way than by running the penknife into her arm, to the great danger of her same round over and over again; but all was in vain. life. This bad spirit, in the present instance, was Having contracted some slight illness, she thought overruled for good. While she was sitting on Mr she would go to Bath, hearing that it was a place for Rogers' knee eating the sweetmeats, she looked pleasure as well as health. Wben she arrived in that earnestly at him, and asked, “ What are you here city, she was providentially led to consult an apothefor, sir ?" He answered, “ I believe your grandfather | cary who was a very worthy and religious man. is going to send me and my friends to jail.” “To When he inquired what ailed her, she answered, jail !” says she, “why, what bave you done?” | “Why, Doctor, I don't ail much as to my body, but “ Why, I did nothing but preach at such a place, | I have an uneasy mind, that I cannot get rid of." and they did nothing but hear me.” “But," says “Truly, Miss,” said he, “ I was so too till I met with she, “my grandpapa sha'n't send you to jail." “Ay, a certain book, and that cured me." “ Books!” bu: my dear,” said he, “I believe he is now making said she, “I get all the books I can lay my hands out our mittimus, to send us all there." Upon this, on-all the plays, novels, and romances, I hear of; she ran up to the chamber where Sir Richard was, and but after I have read them, my uneasiness is the knocked with her hands and heels till she got in, and same.” “That may be, Miss," said he," and I don't said to him, “What are you going to do with my wonder at it. But as to this book I speak of, I can good old gentleman in the hall?" "That's nothing say of it what I can say of no other I ever read, that
I never tire in reading it, but can begin to read it blessing of God, was made the means of her suvine again as if I had never read it before; and I always conversion. see something new in it." “Pray, Doctor," she replied, “what book is that?” “Nay, Miss," answered he," that is a secret I don't tell every one.” “But
BE CHEERFUL. could I not get a sight of that book ?" she inquired. You have trials. They are the common lot of mi“ Yes," replied he, “if you speak me fair I can help kind. Bear them patiently and with unquestion you to a sight of it.” “Pray, then, get it me, Doc submission. Think not that they are needless. Fail tor, and I'll give you any thing you please.” “Yes," not to derive good from them. You have liet with said he, “ if you will promise me one thing, I'll bring disappointments. And who has not? Before you it you, and that is, that you will read it over care. allow yourself to complain, pause, and reflect. 1: fully; and, if you should not see much in it at first, the past, can you not see many instances in which is that you will give it a second reading." She pro was merciful that you had disappointments? Had? mised faithfully that she would. After coming two your desires been gratified, you now see that you or three times without it, to raise her curiosity, he must have been greatly injured. You are glad and at last took it out of his pocket, and gave it her. thankful that God crossed your purposes. Wait
This book was the New Testament. When she patiently, and you shall soon see that your heavenly looked at it she rejected it with contempt; by his Father never gave one disappointment that was not persuasion, however, she was induced to give him a needful and good. solemn promise carefully to read it. When she com- You have sustained losses. It was best that you menced its perusal, it soon engaged her attention. should. In the end you will see it. Even now you She saw something in it wherein she had a deep con may derive great gain from every loss, if you will be cern; but ber mind became ten times more uneasy led by them to find consolation in God. One smile than ever. Not knowing what to do, she soon re from him compensates for every worldly loss. You turned to London, resolved to try again what the are poor. Not poorer than one who, though he was diversions there would do to dissipate her gloom. rich, for your sake became poor, that you through But nothing of this kind answered her purpose. She his poverty might be rich. He had not where to lodged at the court end of the town, where she had lay his head. Your dwelling may be comfortless; with her a female companion. One Saturday evening your children poorly clad; you may be unable to she had a remarkable dream, which was, that she educate them, or even procure for them all the newas in a place of worship where she heard a sermon, cessaries of life. It is a trial. But be cheerful in it. but when she awoke she could remember nothing The Lord can raise up friends for you and your little but the text. This dream, however, made a deep ones. He can give them what is unspeakably more impression upon her mind; and the idea she had of precious than silver and gold. They cannot long be the place and of the minister's person was as strong in want. He who hath numbered the hairs of your as if she had been long acquainted with both. On head knoweth that you have need. His resources the Lord's day morning she told her dream to her are infinite. Trust in him. Speak to him of all you companion, and said, that after breakfast she was need. He can make your cup overflow with blessings; resolved to go in quest of the place, though she or, if he with holds some, he can give others more should go from one end of London to the other. | precious in their stead. They accordingly set out, and went into several You have sickness and pain. It is a great afflicchurches as they passed along, but none of them tion. Be cheerful. Show to those around you what answered to what she saw in her dream. About one power religion has to sustain, comfort, and bless, and o'clock they found themselves in the heart of the to make a Christian joyful even in the midst of pain, city, where they dined, and then set out again in languor, and disease. Be not anxious about the search of this place of worship.
event. All things are ordered wisely and well by Being in the Poultry, about half an hour after your heavenly Father. He does not afflict willingly. two o'clock, they saw a great number of people He has good and gracious purposes to secure in the going down the Old Jewry, and she determined to afflictions which he visits on his people. Perhaps see wbere they went. She mingled with the com you never received from his hand any providential pany, and they conducted her to the meeting-house dispensation which was more needful than this sickin the Old Jewry, where Mr Shower was then minis- ness. Let your solicitude respecting it be that you ter. As soon as she entered the door, and surveyed | may improve it to the Divine glory, and for your the place, she turned to her companion and said, spiritual and eternal good. with some surprise, “ This is the very place I saw in | You have had bereavements. Loved ones have my dream.” She had not been long before she saw been taken from your embrace, and you will see Mr Shower go up into the pulpit, and, looking at them no more here. “The heart knoweth his own him with great surprise, she said, “ This is the very bitterness." No man who hath not tasted the bitter man I saw in my dream, and if every part of it hold cup, can tell what your sorrows are. But there is true, be will take for his text Psalm cxvi. 7, 'Return One who knows. In all the afflictions of his people unto thy rest, O my soul! for the Lord hath dealt he is afflicted. He can be touched with the feeling bountifully with thee.'" Having finished his prayer, of our infirmities. He knows every pain, every sigh, every sentence of which went to her heart, he took every grief-he sees all your desolateness, and knows tbe very text in question, and the discourse, by the bow dark the world has become to you. And he