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succeeded to the crown of these realms, through the West Indies, to reward “ This case has been read with equal those able to read, and to stimulate interest by the Princess Victoria." others to learn: and thus, at the time

Mr. Sims never gave the least inti- they became emancipated from slavery, mation to Adelaide, that he had made to impart to them the means of becomapplication on her behalf, until he had ing acquainted with the nature of an received the pleasing assurance that the unspeakably greater deliverance. Mr. application had been successful. When Sims stated to her the intention of the he had the happiness to announce to her Society, and asked her if she would wish that he was permitted to receive the to contribute by re-paying the amount of sum of £6. every quarter, to supply her her Bible. She gladly acceded; and her wants from time to time, she asked him pastor wrote in her name a letter, of what suitable portion of the Holy Scrip- which the following is an extract :tures she should read that night; and " The Committee of the British and be pointed out the 103rd Psalm. The Foreign Bible Society were so kind, a expression of her gratitude, however, few months ago, as to present a French was not delayed till the time of her de- Bible to Adelaide, a native of Guadavotions at night, for almost as soon as loupe, and once a domestic slave in that the grant was mentioned to her, she had island. She requests me to return her kneeled down that her pastór might thanks for the French Bible, and at the offer up their united prayers for the tem- same time to re-pay the full value, poral and eternal welfare of her illus- twelve shillings ; for, having been told trious benefactresses.

that the Society is occupied in supplyBeing thus relieved from the pressure ing the Negro population with New of want, she gave two tickets for coals, Testaments, she is desirous by this re. at Christmas, which had been offered to payment, that as many copies of the her and accepted, to two widows more New Testament as it will purchase may destitute than herself : but she thought be added to those sent or about to be sent it better to continue to receive the allow- to the West Indies. By debarring berself ance of one shilling per week from the of a few comforts, and by exercising workhouse till the end of the quarter economy and industry, she is able to (but no longer), on account of the ex- make this small offering out of the 'inpenses incurred during her illness, when come which, by God's providential goodunable to work; especially as she knew ness, she enjoys." This letter was that her receiving the allowance would inserted in an appendix to the Society's not diminish the relief given to other Report; but the good woman never persons. It was indeed a great source knew that her grateful generosity had of pleasure to her, that she was now in been published to the world. The sum circumstances not to receive but to thus returned amounted to one-tenth give a little on charitable occasions; but, part of her quarter's income. Being on hearing of the Duchess of Kent's now in possession of a Bible, with kindness, she said, in a very cheerful large type, she became a very diligent manner, she hoped that she should not reader, when time could be spared from be found like the young man in the Gos- the work of the day. She worked and pel, who would not be a follower of read daily; neither neglecting work Christ because he had great riches. that she might read the Bible, nor omit

One of Adelaide's most delightful em- ting to read the Bible on account of ployments was to read the Holy rip- work. Every Friday or Saturday, tures when not engaged in work; by when Mr. Sims called to pay her part which means she acquired much reli- of her pension, he mentioned one or gious knowledge, and found the ways more of the chapters wbich would be of wisdom paths of pleasantness and of read on the following Sunday at church, peace. So highly did she value her New that by perusing them in French she Testament that she said to Mr. Sims might more fully understand the meanone day, that it was her “compagnon de ing when read during Divine service. voyage,”—her travelling companion on For the same reason she often read the her journey through this world to that Epistle or Gospel for the next Sunday, above. Her Testament being printed in the French translation of the Church in very small type, Mr. Sims applied to of England Book of Common Prayer. the British and Foreign Bible Society “ She had also the advantage of for the gift of a Bible; which request knowing a member of the congrewas cheerfully granted. Many months gation (Miss Margaret Forster, who bad not elapsed from the time she re- intends to proceed shortly to Ceylon to ceived this present, before a resolution promote the Christian educatiou of fewas adopted by that Society to furnish males among he Cingalese), who used, thousands of copies of the New Testa- in the kindest manner, to sit with her af. ment to the Negro population scattered ter the Sunday evening service, to con

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1940.] Obituary :- Adelaide Zaire, an Emancipated Negress.

447 verse on religious subjects, and read to were mentioned or read during this last her portions of the holy scriptures. The week of her life. practice was very favourable to her ad- The expectation of her speedy disso. vancement in Christian knowledge. She lution created, apparently, no terror in understood and remembered much that her mind ; and, relying on the faithful she had read. During her last illness, Redeemer and Shepherd of her soul, when Mr. Sims was sitting by her bed- she could adopt the words, “ The Lord side, and had read the account of our is my Shepherd,” as expressive of her Saviour's agony, in St. Luke's Gospel, own feelings. Once when Mr. Sims upon his closing the Bible, she stretched cited to her, “ We have an Advocate out her arm, put her band on the cover with the Father, Jesus Christ the of the holy book, and said in a humble righteous, and he is the propitiation for tone of voice, “ How often have I re- our sins," though too weak to speak, joiced in reading this Bible!” She re- Miss Forster observed that she pointed peated the words, “How often have I to her heart, intending to express, by rejoiced in reading this Bible !" and that silent but significant action, " He kept her hand upon the Book, and seem- is also my Advocate with the Father ed reluctant to remove it.

He is the propitiation for my sins.” During the month of April 1838, she On Sunday, the 20th of May, she complained so much of a pain she suf- expressed her wish to partake of the holy fered in the chest, that it was deemed communion; and early in the week, the proper to seek medical aid from the Rev. Mr. Page, curate of St. MargaCharles-street dispensary, Westmin- ret's, Westminster,administered it to her. ster, and an order was obtained from

The weary pilgrim was now near the a lady who was a subscriber. Notwith- gates of the holy city, the heavenly standing the very kind attentions of a Jerusalem. She was however able to physician who called to see her occa- listen while Mr. Sims read and prayed sionally, her weakness increased, and with her. Soon afterwards she clasped medicines afforded but slight temporary her hands together, and applied her relief. After lingering in this state for mind, it was evident, to private devomany weeks confined to her bed, at- tions. Her lips appeared to indicate tended by day and night, she became that she was praying to the last; and, so ill, that on Saturday, the 19th of at ten o'clock she expired, in the most May, Miss Forster, who had long gentle and placid manner. esteemed Adelaide for her unfeigned At the time of her death, Adelaide piety, resolved to remain with her till was sixty-eight years of age. During a the hour of her dissolution, which severe illness of two months, she retook place on Friday the 25th of the quired the constant assistance of attendsame month.

ants both by day and night. That exDuring the last seven days of her tra expense, as well as the expense of mortal career, Adelaide was unable to “ a plain and decent funeral,” her Matake any food except barley-water ; but jesty, the daughter of the royal prince, she was evidently much employed in her former illustrious master, was graprivate devotion.

ciously pleased to defray. Her remains usually half shut when she was not were interred in Broadway churchyard, asleep; and, her strength being much Westminster, the funeral being attended exhausted, she very seldom spoke to by a few widows, and others who reany persons,—even to those for whom spected her as a kind neighbour, a sinshe had much regard. A slight degree cere friend, and a devout Christian. All of impatience had been sometimes the articles of wearing apparel and fur. noticed in an earlier stage of her illness; niture she possessed, were distributed but now, as her sufferings increased, her amongst them, according to her wish. patience increased also. She had com- Some were accepted as useful to supply municated to Miss Forster, some time necessities, others as little memorials before, all her wishes with regard to of a departed Christian friend. Her the distribution of the different articles much-valued French Bible Mr. Sims she possessed ; her thoughts were now intends to present as a Church Bible, to almost wholly fixed upon eternity and be used in congregations of Negroes its concerns ;-but with calm composure who speak the French language, with a of mind. She was happy to hear, from short manuscript preface explanatory time to time, what was either said or read of the chequered life and happy death respecting the Saviour in whom she of Adelaide Zaire. trusted ; and many important passages

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VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS. PUBLIC attention has been absorbed tailed circumstances, which upon the this month more with the annals of crime doctrine of chances would be incredible, than even with the most important ques- no trial for many years has more striktions of politics; and the names of ingly proved the truth of the inspired Gould, of Courvoisier, and of Oxford, declaration, “Be sure your sin will find have obtained a fearful notoriety. The you out;"-a passage indeed true of first had been tried for the murder of every sin; and if not always in this Mr. Templeman at Islington ; but had world, yet awfully true to the unrebeen acquitted for want of conclusive pentant and unconverted in another. legal evidence against him, rather than * Repent and be converted, that your from any reasonable doubt of his cri. sins may be blotted out." minality; but through a series of cir. The trial of Oxford for the intended cumstances which strikingly mark the assassination of the Queen is postponed providence of God in often bringing the till next session; and in the mean time consequences of sin upon the perpetra. the Chief Justice Tindal has expressed tor even in the present world, this har- “ his earnest hope that till the trial the dened criminal has, by means of the cor- public prints will upon this case main. roborations brought to light by his own tain a profound silence.” We feel it our testimony, been found guilty of the hur- duty to obey this direction. The main glary and robbery which accompanied defence to be set up is, that the man was the murder, and condemned to a punish- labouring under insanity; and should ment which to a man reckless of another this fail it is conjectured that advanworld, is far more terrific than the mo. tage will be taken of no bullet having mentary horrors of the gibbet itself. been found, to deny that the pistols were The case of Courvoisier is still more re- loaded with bullets, as averred in the markable, as shewing the interference of indictment; and to assert that the whole Divine Providence in the detection of was only a wild frolic. Though im. atrocious crimes, especially murder. He plicitly obeying the learned and humane had murdered his master, Lord William judge's direction, we cannot allow our. Russell, in the dead hour of night: no selves to say that we think the latter human witness was present; the weapon plea in the least wise credible; nor with of destruction was not identified ; no regard to the former, do we see any evidence of blood was traced to the mur- reason, from what appears of the man's derer; and he had planned everything conduct at the time, to believe that he with a view to leave an impression that did not so far know what he was doing the house had been broken open and as to be a moral agent. If, however, robbed. But his cunning out-cozened upon the trial it be proved that the achimself; for he overlooked many cir- cused was not conscious of right and cumstances which proved that such was wrong, it will be a cause of just rejoicing not really the fact, but that the perpe- both as respects himself and society; trator wished to convey the inference and though in this case the word “ trai. that it was so. He was suspected, and torous," as used in the form of Thanks. various articles of property were found giving, will scarcely be appropriate, yet concealed in his pantry; but still it was the national gratitude for the providenwithin the bounds of possibility, however tial deliverance of our graciousQueen from improbable, that another hand might the hand of an assassin, will not be less have placed them there; or it might have fervent; and notwithstanding the above been argued that he would not have judicial caution, we cannot think that placed the stolen property where the those thanksgivings and congratulations rigid search consequent upon the mur. ought to have been postponed, to await der would have connected him with both the very improbable event of its being crimes; but the links wanting were most decided that the pistol was not loaded. remarkably supplied, by the discovery, At the same time, in thanksgivings to after his trial had actually commenced, God, in addresses to the Queen, and in of other missing articles of value; which the remarks in sermons, it is very imhe had previously left at a hotel, where portant to tread on sure ground. Any his real name was not known. With remarks therefore which we have to perhaps the exception of the discovery offer upon the subject, and it leads to of the mangled remains of the woman many, both religious and political —we murdered by Greenacre at very distant

postpone till after the trial. places, and under a complication of dove.

ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS. H. W. W.; W. B.; Delta ; C. C.; W. W.; E. W.; M. M. H.; Mathetes ;

Index; F. H.; A sincere Protestant; Anglicanus; S. B. ; G. W.; W. H. B. ; G. D.; and notis; are under consideration.

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NHE great purport of Revelation is to make known the mind of God

to man: and the different degrees of light, from the patriarchal dawn of obscure prophecy, to the meridian splendour of the consummated Gospel, which, in its different dispensations, revelation has shed upon the Unchangeable Mind, were not the result of arbitrary appointment, but of the counsel of God's will; and were accurately proportioned, by Divine wisdom, to existing circumstances; and to the different degrees in which the human soul, collective or individual, was, at those different periods, able to bear it. It is the same “God, who at sundry times, and in divers manners, spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets; and in these last days unto us by his Son :" and His message has been at all times substantially the same.

Whether his appeal be made, as in the patriarchal days, to the social and domestic affections; and its object be to develop the amiability and benevolence of the natural heart, by promises of length of life, and prosperous days, and numerous offspring; then to sanctify the soul, thus softened and prepared, by revealing to it the God of nature, and of providence, as a God of purer eyes than to be. hold iniquity; righteous to punish, yet mighty to save ; abundant in mercy; long suffering, and of great goodness; and hence appeasable by an instituted typical sacrifice; or whether, as amid the “ blackness, and darkness, and tempest" of Sinai, He thunders to the guilty conscience and reluctant heart the holy precepts and awful sanctions of his eternal law, “ This do, and thou shalt live : but, cursed is every one that continueth not in all things that are written in the book of the law to do them :" thus making the law a school. master to bring us unto Christ that we might be justified by faith; or whether, in a state, as that of the Baptist, intermediate between that of the law and the gospel, He summons to glooms of solitude, and deep abstraction, and austere self-denial, and penitential sorrow, and moral reformation, and works of righteousness; or whether He introduces his first-begotten as “the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world :" by the spirit of adoption and holiness Christ. OBSERV. No. 32.

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emancipates the soul from the chains of slavish fear and the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God; and proclaims, “ Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ-believe only, and thou shalt be saved ;" in all these varied aspects, under which Revelation has exhibited the Divine Mind, God's character and nature are unchanged—“God is love :" God's will and message are unchanged.“ Be reconciled unto God.”

I. Let me then call to your recollection the nature, character, and conduct of that glorious Being, as the ambassador of whom I address you ; and whose message of love I now deliver.

II. Let me not only remind you of the relation which originally subsisted between God and man; but also of the peculiar circumstances in which man's apostacy has placed him ; and the stupendous means provided for his recovery.

III. Let me deliver to you God's message of love :-assist you in examining whether you have already accepted the gracious offer which it proposes :-and, if not, “ beseech you, in Christ's stead, Be ye reconciled unto God.”

I. It is the object of every ambassador from an earthly potentate to magnify the master whom he serves : to enhance the dignity of his character ; the resources at his command; the services which he has already performed; and the benefits which it is still in his power to confer. But does the ambassador of Christ, charged with a message from God to man, need to preface its delivery by a declaration of the character, and an assertion of the authority, of God, as though God's name were unknown among his own people-among the creatures of his omnipotence, and the recipients of his overflowing bounty? Do not the character and the claims of God find a witness in every awakened conscience, a response in every regenerated heart ?

It was God who created you : who called you into existence by his word : who breathed into your nostrils the breath of life. He rescued from the waste and desert realms of vacancy, and constructed, from out the wide and shapeless elements of primeval chaos, this solid earth, laying the beams of its chambers in the waters, and hanging it upon nothing. He canopied it with the glowing firmament of Heaven. He gave to light its many mansions, by day the sun travelling in the greatness of his strength: by night the moon, a gentle, peaceful queen, “walking in brightness amid her tributary stars. He clothed its woods with a rich drapery of varied and luxuriant foliage. He carpeted its lawns with verdure : He studded its azure canopy with sparkling gems. He furnished it throughout with every requisite for the comfort and accommodation of man—with all that was pleasant to the sight, and good for food. In this mansion, fitted for the abode of angels, He placed man, as His vicegerent and its sovereign lord ; and gave him all things richly to enjoy. In him, too, we live, and move, and have our being; and from him we daily derive life, and breath, and all things. His unsleeping providence incessantly watches over us : orders and disposes the circumstances which relate to us with such minute observance that the very hairs of our head are all numbered.

II. Against this Being, thus infinite in power and in love, you have madly as well as ungratefully rebelled. You have daringly rejected his authority, saying in every sentiment of your carnal heart, in every action of your ungodly life, “We will not have this man to

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