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obeying of the truth. And does heareth say COME : and let it become you to grieve those him that is athirst, come : and benevolent spirits, who are as whosoever will, let him take it were, your appointed guar- the water of life freely." dians; who delight in doing Your best friends on earth, good offices for you,. in con. as well as in heaven, will be formity to their charge ; and rejoiced to see you wise and who would be so rejoiced at virtuous ; and grieved to see your conversion to God ? you foolish and profligate. I
Other of your friends, some may here particularly mention of whom were probably once your pious and good parents, known to you, though now re. who have done so much for moved out of your sight, and you, and whose love you canwhom you would please by be- pot doubt.
A wise son, says ing sober minded, are “just Solomon, maketh a glad fathmen made perfect;" the noble er; but a foolish son is the army of martyrs, and of the heaviness of his mother. Evwhole church of the first born ery virtuous and good parent, which are written in heaven. could sincerely address his Amongst these are all your pie child in the language of the ous ancestors who have died same wise king" my son, if in the Lord, and who now live thine heart be wise, my heart with him be holding his face in shall rejoice, even mine ; yea righteousness. Amongst them my veins shall rejoice." -All are also, probably some of your good men would far rather other near relations and co- see their children sober-mind. temporaries, those whom you ed, the friends and followers lately knew and conversed of Jesus Christ; than beautiful, with. All, all these as well as rich, and prosperous in this the innumerable company of world. And whom, upon angels, wish to see you truly earth, should you be so desi. wise and virtuous ; that so in rous to please and gratify, or due time they may hail you to so loth to grieve and disquiet, those blissful regions; and as those to whom, under God, that you may forever be asso- you owe your very being ? ciated with them in one glori. those who have brought you ous society," a kingdom that up with so much care and cannot be shaken." Yea, my tenderness, taking unwearied young brethren, methinks, al- pains for you ; and whose most I now hear them calling chief worldly concern is probto you from the celestial man- ably, to see you well provided sions, in the same words the for, virtuous and happy ? two witnesses heard from hea- But you have many good ven, when a great voice came friends besides your parents, to them saying,
who would sincerely rejoice HITHER !” For the bride the
to see you truly religious. All Lamb's wife (the church tri- your acquaintance in general, umphant) as well as the spirit that fear God, would be pleassaith, “ COME, and let him that ed to have proper evidence of
your doing the same ; and I to be studious of gratifying in know one in particular, that every reasonable way ;
and would be so. He shall be very loth to disoblige, offend, nameless ; only I may tell you, or grieve, by any ungrateful he is one that, if his own me- and unreasonable conduct." diocrity of years would allow This volume was published him to use the paternal style in the year 1763. I add from with reference to you, could, the DEDICATION, a little cir. with great sincerity, adopt cumstance quite characteristhese words of the apostle tic. Addressing the young John in his third epistle-I men of his charge, in relation have no greater joy, than to to their deriving improve. hear that my children walk in ment from his labours, the au. the truth. Let me just add, thor observes, with affection. that he is one who claims some ate simplicity : “ This agreea. sort of interest in you ; as ble prospect has much allevi. hoping to have you for his ated the trouble I have been joy, glory, and crown of re- at in reviewing, correcting, joicing in the day of the Lord and transcribing them ; which Jesus.
would otherwise have been a These then, my beloved tedious labour to me, especialyoung brethren, are the friends ly in so cold and severe a sea. whom
will certainly please But if they are only a by being sober-minded, and quarter part so useful to you displease by going on in the as I pray God" to make them, paths of folly and vanity, vice I shall be very amply rewardand misery. Think, whether ed.”.
A. they are not such as you ought May 11, 1818.
ISLAND OF LEWCHEW, AND ITS INHABITANTS. The following particulars Lord Amherst was in China relating to the Island of Lew the frigate and the brig visited chew have been collected from the island of Lewchew; of an English publication enti. which a concise account is now tled a “ Narrative of a Voy. to be given : age in His Majesty's latc ship * “ The Island of Lewchew is Alceste, to the Yellow Sea, about 60 miles long and 20 &c. By John M'Leod, Sur- broad ; Nopa Kiang, our pogeon of the Alceste." The sition, and within 5 miles of Alceste was a frigate of 46 Kint-ching, the capital, lying guns, fitted up for the recep- in lat. 26° 14 N.-long. 127° tion of Lord Amherst, as Am- 52 TE. This is its Southbassador to China, commanded West point; the main body of by Capt. Murray Maxwell, ac- the island extending from companied by the brig Lyrá hence north, a little eastwardand the General Hewet. The ly.” “ The island itself is sita ships sailed from Spit-head on uate in the happiest climate the 9th of Feb. 1816. While of the globe. Refreshed by
the sea-breezes which blow o. to have altered but in a very
been visited by any European “ Nature has been bountiful ship prior to the arrival of the in all her gifts to Lewchew ; Alceste and Lyra.
" On the for such is the felicity of its approach of these ships says soil and climate, that produc. Mr. M'Leod, the astonished tions of the vegetable king- natives were perched by thoudom, very distinct in their na. sands on the surrounding rocks ture, and generally found in and heights, gazing on the regions far distant from cach vessels as they entered. Soon other, grow here side by side. after, several canoes came aIt is not merely, as might bo longside, containing some peoexpected, the country of the ple in office, who wished to orange and the lime, but of the know to what country we bebanyan of India, and the Nor.' longed, and the nature of our wegian fir, the tea plant and visit." Being informed that the sugar cane. In addition the ships had been with an to many good qualities, not of Ambassador to China-that ten found combined, this isl. they needed repairs, &c. ; the and can boast its rivers and natives immediately sent car. secure harbours ; and last, penters to assist, but were asthough not least, a worthy, a
sured that there were carpenfriendly, and a happy people.” ters on board, “and that an asy
66 The natives trace their lum was all we required durhistory back to a period long ing the time of repair, with anterior to the Christian era ; permission to take on board but their first communication some fresh provisions and wawith the rest of the world, ter of which we stood much in when their accounts became need. fully corroborated, was about “ An immediate supply of bulthe year 605, when they were locks, pigs, goats, fowls, eggs invaded by China, who found and other articles, with abunthem at that time-al time dance of excellent sweet potawhen England and the greater toes, vegetables, fruit then in part of Europe were immers- season, and even candles and ed in barbarism the same fire-wood followed this intima-'. kind of people they are at the tion. Supplies of the same present day, with the excep- description being sent on board tion of a few Chinese innova- as often as was necessary for tions; or at least they appear about six weeks, the period
of our stay in the island-those long side, singing their usual who brought them taking a boat-song, which had a very receipt to show they had been plaintive and pleasing effect.”' delivered safely ; but the chief “ Many of these islanders authorities, who sent them, displayed a spirit of intelli. obstinately refusing any pay. gence and genius, which seemment or remuneration what.. ed the more extraordinary, ever."
considering the confined circle It was
intimated to this in which they live ; such con, people that it was necessary finement being almost univerto have a party on shore, such sally productive of narrowness as ropemakers and smiths, of mind. Our friends here where they could have more were an exception to the genroom to work, and thereby ex- eral rule. They all seemed pedite our refit. They re- to be gifted with a sort of poquested this might not be done liteness which had the fairest until they heard from their claim to be termed natural ; king, it being an unprecedent for there was nothing coned case, in which they were strained, nothing stiff or studiincompetent to act without ed in it." orders." But after a visit
" These islanders are repfrom one of the chiefs, several resented as being remarkable officers went on shore to an for their honesty and adher-entertainment provided for ence to truth, and to this charthem.
acter they appear to be fully 6 About this time a mutual entitled. That proud and friendship began to exist be- haughty feeling of national tween us ; confidence took superiority, so strongly existplace of timidity; and now, ing among the common class instead of permitting only a of British seamen, which infew to visit the shore at a time, duces them to hold all foreignthey fitted up the garden of a er's cheap, and to treat them temple as a general arsenal with contempt, often calling for us.
The habitations of them outlandish lubbers in the priests were allotted as an their own country, was, at this hospital for the sick, whilst island, completely subdued other temporary buildings of and tamed by the gentle man. bamboo were erected for the ners and kind behaviour of reception of our powder, which the most pacific people upon required airing, and for vari. earth. Although completely ous stores wanting inspection intermixed and often working and repair. They continued together, both on shore and on their usual supplies, bringing board, not a single quarrel or us even fresh water on board complaint took place on either in their boats; and understand- side during the whole of our ing that we required some stay. On the contrary, each wood for spars, they felled succeeding day added fir-trees, floated them down friendship and cordiality.” the river, and towed them a- 66 On our arrival at Lew
chew, our cases of sickness observing the order of prer though not numerous were cedence to be inverted, without severe; and to the kinduess the least hint being given, but of the natives may, in a great with that unassuming modesmeasure, be attributed i heirly and delicacy which characrecovery. They were not terize them, when the -proonly comfortably lodged, but cession began to move, placed the higher classes of people themselves in front of the cof. daily attended, inquiring into fin, and in this order marched their wants, giving additional slowly to the grave. The ut. coogas or eggs, and other most decency and silence predelicacies, to those whose ca- vailed whilst the funeral ser, ses more particularly requir- vice was performing by the ed them, and paying a cheer- chaplain. ing attention to the whole ; “ The day after the inter: for theirs was a substantial, ment they went to the tomb not a cold
ostentatious with their priests and perform: charity.
ed the funeral service accord, " A young man whose case ing to the rites of their own had long been hopeless, died religion. There is not an act here. On that night a coffin of these excellent and interest, was made by our carpenters, ing people, which the mind whilst the natives dug a grave has not pleasure in contemin the English manner, in a plating and recollecting. Not small burying ground under satisfied with having smoothed some trees near the landing - the path of death, they carried place.
their regards even beyond the “ Next morning we were grave." astonished to find a number
“ Crimes are said to be very of the principal inhabitants unfrequent among them, and elad in deep mourning-white they seem to go perfectly unrobes with black or blue sash- armed; for we observed no es-waiting to attend the fuo warlike instruments of any neral. The captain came on description ! Not even a bow shore with the division of the or an arrow wus to be seen ! ship's company to which the and when they observed the man belonged, and proceeded effect of fowling pieces in the to the garden where the body hands of some of the gentlclay. His messmates bore the men, they begged they might coffin, covered with the colors ; not kill the birds, which they the seamen ranged themselves were always glad to see flying two and two in the rear of it; about their houses ; and if we next were the midshipmen, required them to eat, they then the superior officers ; would send in their stead an and last of all the captain, as additional quantity of fowls on is usual in military ceremonies board every day.-An order of this kind. The natives was immediately issued to de who had been watching atten- sist from this sort of sporting." lively this arrangement, and “The period of our depar