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To his sister M

July, 1821. * Perhaps you may wish to know how I have em ployed myself during the past session. O that I could tell you I had been faithful! But alas ! in all things I come short, and in many I offend. However, I have endeavored to do, at least, a little for my Redeemer, by visiting the people of this neighborhood, and conversing with them on the concerns of their souls. In several instances I have been encouraged. The prayer-meetings are continued every other Sabbath. I have also been engaged in several other places. I am about establishing a Sunday school for colored people at the village where I hold my meetings. I hope that you are actively engaged in your sphere. Our working days will soon be over, and the consideration ought to sink deep into our hearts. Souls may be waiting for us to be the means of their conversion. “UP AND BE DOING,' should be our motto."

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" October, 1821. “Knowing that you feel anxious about your friend, I give you early information of my safe arrival in L., and of the improvement of my health. I am nearly well of my cold-but alas! I am compelled to say that my heart is not warm on a subject on which I ought to be all on fire. Pray for me, that the Sun of righteousness may arise with healing in his beams; that my doubts and fears may all be removed ; that my sorrow may be turned into joy. You know how painful it is

to be under a cloud. But, blessed be the Lord, I know that I do want more religion, and that my chief desire is to be holy. Nothing can satisfy me but the eternal fountain of life and light.

"Return, O holy Dove, return,

Sweet messenger of rest;
I hate the sins that made thee mourn,
'And drove thee from my breast.'

• After I had written the preceding, (the other evening,) I laid aside my paper and took hold of Clarke on the Promises, when I met with the following hassage: "The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath thee are the everlasting arms. He shall drive out the enemy before thee; and shall say, Destroy them. From this I derived some encouragement. I have since found it good to wait on the Lord; and feel strengthened to persevere. Pray for me, that I may hold fast, and hold on to the end.

December 8.--I have reason to praise the Lord for his goodness to my soul since I wrote the foregoing. Last Monday night particularly was a season of enjoyment to me. I enjoyed a delightful “time of refreshing from the presence of the Lord. It was our monthly prayer-meeting. I trust that I have not lost the blessed Savior yet. The world and all its enjoy. ments appeared, and do still appear diminutive and transitory. I felt, and still feel determined, the Lord helping me, to live nearer to him-'O for grace to love him more."

To C

Lawrenceville, Dec. 1, 1821. “Since I wrote last, I have made quite a tour through Connecticut. The occasion was this. While going to New-York at the commencement of our vacation, on board the steam-boat between New-Brunswick and the city, I fell in with Major Ridge, an Indian chief, of the Cherokee tribe. My becoming acquainted with him seemed providential. I saw his credentials, which were very satisfactory, from our missionaries—and finding him a stranger in a strange land, without a guide, I offered to him my friendship. With this he seemed to be highly gratified. I conversed with him as much as I could about his country and its productions; about the missionaries, schools, &c. among the Cherokees. This rendered our trip very agreeable. I was particularly pleased to have beside me, from the wilderness, one of those for whom so much exertion had been made.

“On our arrival in New York, I conducted Major Ridge to my brother's, where the family immediately became interested in him.

“On Sunday he attended church and prayer-meeting. In the evening I concluded to accompany him to Cornwall, where he had a son at school. Accordingly on Monday morning we set out for New-Haven, where we tarried for the night. On Tuesday we weni to Litchfield. The country is beautifully diversified with hill and dale. I passed through the place where Mr. Newton formerly resided, who went with the last mission family to the Osages.

“I found Litchfield a beautiful place, situated on a

commanding eminence, from which one may look over a very fine range of country. There I saw Mr. Nettleton.

“On Wednesday we arrived at Cornwall. It is a small village on a plain surrounded with mountains. But to return to my companion. He manifested very great pleasure in meeting his son. Both parental and filial affection were strongly displayed. Tears stole gently down the cheeks of both father and son ; so that for some time they were incapable of much conversation. When they had become more composed, the father, through his son, began, apparently with much feeling, to express his gratitude for my unexpected attention. During the afternoon I had an interview with the son. He is nearly of my size, about eighteen years of age, possesses an intelligent mind, uses good language, and exhibits refined manners. He has been nearly three years at Cornwall, and has made rapid progress. He is regarded as a youth of first rate talents. But he appeared quite a stranger to his own heart.

“In the evening I attended a conference meeting conducted by the young men, and heard some of the heathen youth speak and pray ! David Brown is particularly interesting.

“Next day I had an interview with Major Ridge just before I left him. Mr. Brown was my interpreter. At the close, the Major gave me the assurance that he would hereafter give his whole mind to the subject of religion. His wife has become a member of the church in the wilderness, and he is desirous of becoming a member too.

“I left Cornwall on Thursday. Mr. Brown accom. panied me as far as the burying ground, to view the

stone erected to the memory of Henry Obookiah. Many pleasing and many painful ideas are associated with that place. It was there David Brown and I said farewell, and parted.

“It will be glad tidings to you to hear that my brother F. is expecting to study for the ministry. I have some hope that he will be with me soon. Is not this the Lord's doing? May it prove to be so !"

The following is from a letter to the Rev. Mr. H-, an aged clergyman, with whom he was in habits of friendly intercourse, and in whose family he was intimately acquainted :

"Is it well with your youngest daughter ; I mean, is she now rejoicing in that 'hope which maketh not ashamed, because of the love of Christ shed abroad in the heart, through the Holy Spirit given unto her ?! Such seemed to be her case when I had the pleasure of seeing her. And if it be really so, you are ready, no doubt, to bless the great Redeemer for his grace in thus visiting your house in the decline of life. May she grow daily in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! She has been the child of many prayers : may she love to pray, not only for herself, but also for others—may I not add, for me too, that the Lord would make me holy in heart and in life, to the praise of the glory of his grace!

“But when I was with you, your eldest daughter could not see that she had passed the line which separates Christians from the world. May I not hope that ere this she has submitted herself to Christ? It so, how blessed the change! a change which has not

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