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eagerly inquired,“ Sir-how?-where?-by what means !---pray inform me what I must do; I am willing to undertake any thing within any abili. ty, in order to be restored.” • As to your doing,' replied he, it is impossible, from the situation in which you are, to obtain relief from any thing which you can do. There is but one way in which you can safely hope for deliverance from your misery; and, by attending to my advice, you will assuredly succeed. He then observed “ There is now lying'at this port (for the town of Desperation is a sea-port, from whence thousands in a year embark, and sail down the channel, wbich einpties itself into the Gulpb of Hades, or Hell) a ship called " The Good Hope ;" she is commanded by “ Captain Salvation,” and is destined to the Celestial Lands. Go then iminediately to the Captain, make known all your case to bim, and implore his assistance : ask him to take you on board bis ship, “ for now is the accepting time, and he bath given me full authority to declare, That whosoever makes application, he will in nowise, on no account wbatever, reject."

This unexpected intelligence much surprised me ; nor could I easily persuade myseli that all I bad beard from Evangelicus was true. I felt many objections, which I stated to him ;-as that I had no money to pay my pássage. “That,' replied be,' is no ground of objection, for his terms are “ without money and without price.” Again I objected ; that my clothes were so inean, so ragged, and filthy, that my appearance would disgust the Captain, and disgrace tbe ship's company. To wbich he replied, 'Let not that discourage you; for he does not take the decent and respectable, but mean and despised persons; whom, as soon as he receives, he always clothes in garments of his own providing.' In short, Evangelicus answered every objection I could bring, in such a satisfactory man. ner, that I at length came to the resolution, and said, “ I will arise and go" to this Captain ; " who can tell" but I may be accepted, and taken under his protection to the desired haven. Noi tbat I expected to be received as a passenger; but I was determined, it he would only adunit me as a menial servant, not to lose the opportunity. Accordingly I went; but how difficult did I find it to reach the ship! At length, between hope and fear, I arrived, and inquired for the Captain, and was directed to “knock” at his cabin door, and it would be opened. I did so, but with a trembling band ; and, to my great surprise, the Captain himself came to speak with me. It is ilo possible to describe what I felt the mornent I beheld him ;, the majesty and beauty of his person overpowered me. Never before bad I such a view of my own meanness! l'appeared so deformed, so filthy, and contemptible, that I said within myself, “ Behold, I am vile.” Notwithstanding the vast disparity between us, he condescended to speak to me! and O what gracious words Rowed from his lips ! Looking at me with so much tenderness as would have broken the hardest heart, he said, “What wilt thou that I should do for thee?" Witb my cheeks covered with tears, and my heart palpitating with lear, I tremblingly replied, " Be not angry with me, good sir for my boldness in coming bitber: I am a poor miserable creature, who bave reduced

self to the greatest necessity and wretchedness by my wicked conduct, and bad even preineditated my destruction ; when one whom you bad commissioned met with me; and by his advice, Lam come to eutreat your pity, and beg a passage on board the sbip wbich you command, as 1 an told she is - hound to that haven of rest which I carnestly wish to reach. I have no money, nor any thing to recommend me. I lbrow myself on your mercy, dear Captain; "save me, or 1 perisb!"



Can you believe what I am about to relate ? He made not the least objection to my request, nor did he at all reflect on we for my past folly, but immediately said, Come, for all things are now ready." I was now clotbed with the richest robe you ever beheld; I sat down at a delightful repast with the rest of my fellow passengers, whose joy appeared much increased by my coming on board. After being refreshed, and hovoured with our Captain's company, we could not suppress' our feelinys, but began to sing, “Jesu, at thy comtnand, we launch into the deep,” &c. Ah, my dear friends, now it was. I began to be bappy; and o, how earnestly I wished for you on board. Othat the day may soon come, when you will petition our gracious Captain to take you, being willing to "leave the world and sin behind !"? Since I have been at sea, I have experienced much distress : Indeed, sometimes, I hate been greatly afraid that, alter all, I should perish; yet, praised be my gracious Captain, his skill and kindness have hitherto been equal to all my dangers and necessities. I intended to have given you some account of the trials I have experienced on iny voyage, arising from sickness, tempests, and the attacks of epeinies; but this must remain for my, next, which I shall embrace the first opportunity of sending. At present I conclude, wishing you all desirable blessings ; and am, my dear friend,

Your's affectionately, At Sea, on board the Good Hope'.


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Extract from a metrical Epistle, written some years ago by the Rev.

Charles Wesley, to the Rev. George Whitefield.
Whitefield, since our contention's at an end,
And in each other we can greet a friend,
Our hands, and hearts, and counsels let us join
In mutual league, t advance the work divine.
Let this be now our strife, our single aim,
To pluck as brands poor sinners from the flame;
To spread the vict'ry of Immanuel's cross,
And spend our days in his most worthy cause.
Too long, alas! we gave to Satan place,
When party zeal put on an angel's face;
Too long we list'ned to the crafty fiend,
Whose trumpet sounded—“For the faith contend!"
With hasty, blindfold rage, in error's night,
How did we with our fellow-soldiers fight!
We could not then, our Father's children know,
But each mistook his brother for his foe.
“Foes to the truth, can you, in conscience, spare ?"
“Tear them,” (the Tempter cry'd,)“ in pieces, tear!”.
So thick the darkness, so confus'd the noise,
We took the Stranger's for the Shepherd's voice :
Rash nature way'd the controversial sword,
Inflam'd to fight the battles of the Lord ;


Fraternal love from ev'ry breast was drivin,
And bleeding charity return'd to heaven.
The Saviour saw our strife with pitying eye,
And cast a look that made the shadows fly.
Soon as the day-spring in his presence shone ;
We found the iwo fierce armies were but one,
Common our hope, and family, and name;
Our arms, our Captain, and our crown the same :
Enlisted all beneath Immanuels sign,
Bought with his blood, the seal of love divine.
Then let us cordially again embrace,
Nor e'er by strife the gospel cause disgrace;
Let us in Jesus' name to battle go,
And turn our arms against the common foe;
Fight side by side, beneath our Captain's eye,
And more than conqu’rers in his service die.
Can we forget from whence our union came,
When first we simply met in Jesus' name?-
The name mysterious of the God unknown,
Whose secret love allured and drew us on,

Through a long, lonely, legal wilderness,
To find the promis'd land of Gospel peace.
True yoke-fellows, we then agreed to draw
Th' intolerable burden of the law;
And jointly lab'ring on with zealous strife,
Strengthen'd each other's hands to work for life :
To turn against the world our steady face,
And, valiant for the truth, enjoy disgrace.
Then, when we serv'd our God through fear alone,
Our views, our studies, and our hearts were one:
No smallest variance damp'd the social flame;
In Moses' school we thought and spake the same.
And must we, now in Christ, with shame confess,
Our love was greater when our light was less ?
When darkly through a glass, with servile awe,
We first the spiritual commandment saw,
Could we not then, our mutual love to show,
Through fire and water for each other go?
We could :-we did :-in a strange land I stood,
And beckon'd thee to cross the Atlantic flood;
With true affection wing'd, thy ready mind
Left country, fame, and ease, and friends behind,
And eager all God's counsels to explore,
Flew through the wat'ry world, and reach'd the shore..
Nor did I linger, at my friend's desire,
To tempt the furnace, and abide the fire :
When sent into the hedges and highways,
I called poor outcasts to the feast of grace ;

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Urg'd to pursue the work by thee begun,
Thro good and ill report, I still rush'd on;

Nor felt the fire of popular applause,
Nor torture fear'd in such a glorious cause.

Ah! wherefore did we ever seem to part,
Or clash in sentiment, while one in heart?
What dire device did the old Serpent find,
To put asunder those whom God had join'd?
From folly and self-love opinion rose,

To sever friends, who never yet were foes;
To baffle and divert our noblest aim,
Confound our pride, and cover us with shame :-)
To make us blush beneath his short-liv'd power,
And glad the world with one triumphant hour..

But lo! the snare, is broke, the captive's freed,
By faith on all the hostile powers we tread,
And crush, through Jesus' strength, the Serpent's head.
Jesus hath cast the curs'd accuser down,
Hath rooted up the tares by Satan sown;
Kindled anew the never-dying flame,
And re-baptiz'd our souls into his name.
Soon as the virtue of his name we seel,
The storm of life subsides

the sea is still
All nature bows to his benign command,
And two are one in his Almighty hand.
One in his hand, O may we still remain,
Fast bound with love's indissoluble chain;
(That adamant which time and death defies,
That golden chain which draws us to the skies !)
His love, the tie that binds us to his throne

His love, the bond that perfects us in one ;
His sacred love constrains our hearts t'agree,
That love shall last throughout eternity!

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PHILADELPHIA CHARITY SCHOOLS. In Report of the Board of Managers of the Philadelphia Society

for the establishment and support of Charity Schools. The Board of Managers in presenting their Annual Report, congratulate the Society on its growing prosperity, and extended usefulness. From an income of less than twenty dollars per annum, it has increased its revenue sufficiently to maintain two schools, in which more than three thousand poor children have received the rudiments of an English education. From the number of nine or ten: members at its foundation, it has witnessed an increase to four hundred; and a disposition manifested by the benevolent, to fill up the places of those whose labours have ceased.

Within the last year a measure long contemplated by the Society, has been accomplished. The liberal donation of the executors of

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Robert Montgomery, deceased, mentioned in our last report, has
enabled the Board, with the assistance derived from scholars paid
for by the county commissioners, to open two schools, one for boys
and one for girls, on the Lancasterian System, in the District of
Southwark. In these schools are three hundred and fourteen chil-
dren, of whom two hundred and thirty-four are paid for by the Coun-
ty Commissioners, and the remaining eighty educated out of the funds
of the Society.
The annual expense of educating the children of the

poor, returned by the assessors to the County Commissioners, had become so enormous as to awaken the attention of the Board as well as that of very many of our fellow-citizens. It was believed that these children could be cducated at about half the sum then paid; and the Commissioners, anxious to lighten the public burthens, agreed with the Board, to pay six dollars per annum for every child sent by their order to the Southwark Schools, to a number not exceeding three hundred. The prices heretofore paid by the Commissioners, to all the teachers employed by them, have in consequence of this arrangement been much reduced.

All the Schools under our care are now conducted on the Lancasterian plan; and the Board on this occasion, renewedly approve of this system, and testify to its beneficial effects, as well as to its superiority over every other system hitherto known for the education

Pursuant to a resolution of the Society, the Manual of the Lancasterian System published by the British and Foreign School Society, has been republished, with a concise history of our own Society prefixed, and also the Lancasterian Lessons, very much amended and adapted to the Schools of this country, both of which are now offered for sale.

From the re-publication of this book, highly beneficial results will be likely to ensue. The details of the Manual are such as to enable a person of moderate capacity to establish the system in places where a regularly instructed Lancasterian teacher could not be procured, and it is hoped from the general concern manifested by the friends of education and sound morals, that ere long every village in our country will contain a well arranged Lancasterian School.

The Board have the pleasure to state, that in the Walnut-street schools, there are 268 boys, and 182 girls, and in the Southwark schools, 194 boys, and 120 girls, making the total number of scholars at present under the care of the Society, 764. ...The teachers in the schools in Walnut-street, are Thomas Walter and Elizabeth Wilson-those in Southwark, are Samuel F. Watson and Sarah Morton.

The Board have now closed their seventeenth Annual Report. They rejoice to see the views of the founders of the Society accomplished. A general attention seems to be excited in the public mind on the subject of the education of the poor. Charity schools, on enlarged and liberal principles, have within a few years past,

of the poor.

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