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she said, “O! do not weep! Why do you weep? This is no tine for lamentation. I am just about to exchange a world of pain and sorrow, for a world of infinite and everlasting happiness; therefore, I beseech you, do not weep.'
The next day, which was Sunday, about 8 o'clock in the morning, she said with a smile,“ This is a blessed Sabbath of rest, and I think I shall this day enter into a Sabbath of eternal rest to my longing soul.” Shortly after, she cast an inquiring look around her bed, and being asked if she wanted any thing, she replied, “I was looking to see if all the members of the family were present,” and then quickly added, “Where is my dear mother?” Her mother, who had just recovered from a fit of fainting, was led to the bed, when she threw her arms around her neck, embraced her tenderly, and said, "Farewell, my ever dear mother, farewell! I must now leave you and go to my Saviour, who is waiting with open arms to receive me.” She next called her husband, and after embracing bim with a look of fond affection, she said, “Farewell, my dear husband, we have been permitted to live together only a little while, but do not grieve ; for though I must shortly be taken from you, let it be your consolation, that I go to a place of endless rest, where I hope I shall see you again.
She then called every member of the family to her separately, took each one by the hand, and bade them all an affectionate and solemn farewell, charging them in the most impressive manner to prepare for death and meet her in glory. After resting a few minutes, she requested her sisters to sing the hymn, beginning with
“How happy ev'ry child of grace,” &c. and when they came to the line,
"We feel the resurrection near," she raised her feeble hands in a transport of joy, and exclaimed, “Glory, glory, eternal life, eternal life.”
She now ceased speaking, her pulse fluttered, and was scarcely perceived to beat; her eyes grew dim and glassy, yet she appeared to turn and fix them upon the faces of two young women, who were excellent singers, sitting by the side of her bed. Believing now that the breath was fast departing from her body, they began to sing in a soft and solemn tone,
“ Happy soul, thy days are ended," and by the time they had finished the second verse, which was exactly half past 10 o'clock, her head fell from the edge of the pillow that supported it, and she breathed no more. Thus gloriously terminated the life and sufferings of sister FRANCES Cook, who was happily reclaimed from the paths of vice, and brought back to the fold of Christ by the rod of afiliction. She felt, and VOL. VII.
acknowledged the goodness of God, in thus snatching her froris the brink of ruin. Let all who have forsaken the fountain of lin ing water, be encouraged to return again to the Lord, that they may in their last moments find the same comforts and support, and breathe out their lives in the full assurance of a happy and blessed immortality.
SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF PAUPERISM
(Concluded from page 72.) After stating a variety of facts and arguments to illustrate and enforce the general views submitted in the Report, it concludes in the following appeal to the inhabitants of this growing city
“ From the views which they have thus laid before the society, your Committee eannot but cherish the lively expectation, that when the public mind comes to be impressed with the nature and importance of these various considerations, there will be but one opinion of the necessity and expediency of providing a place in this city, which shall serve as a real penitentiary to the younger class of offenders; as a refuge for the forlorn and destitute, who are on the confines of gross criminality; and as a temporary retreat for the discharged criminal, where he may find shelter, labour, and religious instruction, until some way can be pointed out to him of obtaining subsistence, without a recurrence to dishonesty and crime. If the actual situation of these several classes of criminal and destitute beings in this city, does not open a door for Christian benevolence, as inviting in its promises of good, as any of the various kinds of charity, either at home or abroad, which claim the attention of our citizens, your Committee think they might in vain seek to explore the miseries of their fellowcreatures, with the hope of exciting the feelings of commiseration, and the energies of active and unwearied humanity. Can it be right that we should extend our views to the wants of those that are thousands of miles from us, and close our eyes upon the condition of the worse than heathen, that wander in our streets ?Shall our hands be opened, with distinguished liberality, to the means of civilizing and reforming whole nations in the remotest quarters of the globe, and closed to the obvious necessities of the outcasts of our own society? Your Committee mean no reflection whatever on the schemes so actively prosecuted of doing good in distant parts of the earth ;-but surely, if this we ought to do, the other we ought not to leave undone. As members of this great community, we ought assuredly, to be vigilant in applying the most effective remedies to our own evils, ere our strength is wasted
in healing the moral diseases of those whom we do not know. Shall it be said, in objection to the erection of another public edifice, that the funds of the corporation are inadequate to the undertaking,--that the city is embarrassed with a debt which its income is insufficient to extinguish? Is there no resource then in the public spirit of our citizens ?-Is the safety of our persons and property,—is the tranquility of our streets,--are the decency and good order of our population,--are the wisdom and humanity of our penal statutes,--the promptitude with which crimes are justly punished, and the guilty made to atone by penitence and labour for the injuries they have committed, --are these no motives to the liberality of our offerings-10 stimulus to wealth, to impart from its superfluous stores that which will diminish nought of its own enjoyment, but which will stand as a monument of its beneficence to future ages ? Shall it be said of the city of New York that it is either too poor, or too contracted, to erect such a monument to justice and humanity? Shall the metropolis of a state which stands foremost in the great American confederacy, for its enlightened and liberal policy, and at a period too, when its high toned muội. ficence is the theme of universal applause ? shrink from such a discharge of duty to its poor, and of duty to itself? Your Committee cannot but believe that there are many, very many of their fellow-citizens, whose worldly exertions have been blessed with success, and who, regarding themselves as stewards of the gifts which a bountiful Providence has bestowed upon them, need only be convinced of the beneficent nature of such an institution, to bring forward, with unstinted sufficiency, the means of its ample establishment. Neither can we have a doubt, that when this question is proposed to the guardians of our city, and to the Legislature of the state, those bodies will promptly perform all that to them belongs, to encourage a measure, fraught with the salvation of hundreds and thousands of our common race ! “We have no belief that the contemplated institution need to
very costly. But whatever might be the expense of its erection and maintenance, we cannot doubt that in a short time it would prove to be a source of real economy to the city. No less a sum than $85,000 was last year expended in the support of the poor, and in the conviction and maintenance of criminals. Every culprit
, convicted in our courts, and confined during twelve months in the prisons, subjects the city to an expense of $150; and while we have before us the fact that two hundred children are annually arrested and confined, and reflect for a moment on the inevitable connexion which subsists between public vice, and public poverty and misery ;--no one, we think, who duly considers the proposition in all its bearings, will question the soundness of the opinion, that few of the eleemosynary institutions of the city, will more positively tend to alleviate the increasing burden which pauperism is enforcing, than an asylum, in which those
degraded outcasts from society--the juvenile depredators upon the property and the morals of the innocent, are coerced into habits of industry, -where their bodies and their minds may be so trained, as to justify the hope, that when discharged, they will become useful and respectable characters.
“ We venture upon those remarks and indulge these anticipations, under the strongest impression of the importance of the subject upon which we have undertaken to dilate. Much more might be said in the way of elucidation and argument, but this is deemed unnecessary ;-and we cannot terminate our report more to the satisfaction of our own minds, than by quoting the conclusion of the last year's report of the London Committee for the improvement of Prison Discipline and the reformation of Juvenile Offenders. We live in times in which extraordinary efforts are in action for the moral welfare of mankind; when the state of Europe opens channels of extensive usefulness, and presents occasions for immediate exertion, which could scarcely have been anticipated, and which it would be criminal to neglect. There seems, too, at the present time, to prevail among the benevolent of different nations, a unity of thought and design, which cannot fail to strike a considerate beholder; and he must be dead to sensibility who can contemplate, without emotion, the intercourse which now subsists between men of various countries who are labouring for the public good, and whom national differences have too long kept asunder. Enlightened principles and practical benevolence are taking deep root. Associations, originating in public feeling, and sanctioned by public authority, are forming in countries, where co-operation in deeds of mercy, has hitherto been but little known. The moral effects of these institutions will be vast, and indeed incalculable, not only by the accomplishment of that which it is their professed object to promote; but such associations call into action the latent seeds of public virtue,-bring together the pious and the good of every religious sentiment and political opinion, and eradicate those prejudices which too often alienate affection, and separate man from man.
In the exercise of their duties, prison societies bring into benevolent contact the educated and the enlightened, with the ignorant and the debased; the great and the powerful, with the lowly and the oppressed; the pure and the elevated, with the abject and the guilty. They supply an important chasm in the widely extended circle of human charities; connecting those who most need, with those who most effectually can dispense mercy. To behold nation after nation thus catching the spirit, and engaged in the arduous struggle, of self-improvement; to trace the progress of civilization and refinement, by the establishment of institutions which have for their direct object the reformation of the vicious and the succour of the oppressed; to observe the rigour of antiquated custom, and the relics of barbarism yielding before the
advancement of knowledge, and the humanizing influence of Christian principles--this is a moral spectacle which it is indeed a privilege to witness, and in which it is a glory to share.
"To diffuse principles, and cherish feelings, which are directly calculated to insure respect and obedience to the laws,-meliorate the state of society, and promote the present and eternal wellbeing of man-is the aim of the society for the improvement of Prison Discipline; and surely an object of greater importance cannot engage the attention or impress the heart of the various obligations due to the community, the prevention of crime, may be ranked among the most sacred whether regarded as a duty enjoined by religion, urged by enlightened policy, or impelled by benevolent feeling, it is one which involves the great interests of human nature, and demands exertions from which no man is entitled to consider himself exempt.'
ON THE CIRCULATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, AND THE PAPAL
BULLS AGAINST BIBLE SOCIETIES.
By the Rev. JAMES TOWNSLEY.
(Continued from page 69.) I now proceed to lay before the Reader the curious Documents, --so illustrative of the spirit of the Romish Church, and of its continued hostility to the free and unfettered circulation of the pure Scriptures,-to which I have referred in the preceding portion of my communication. They are
They are as follow.* 1. Bull addressed to the Aarchbishop of Gnezn. « Pope Pius VII. « Venerable Brother. Health and apostolic benediction.
“ In our last letter to you we promised, very soon, to return an answer to yours; in which you have appealed to this holy See, in the name also of the other Bishops of Poland, respecting what are called Bible-Societies, and have earnestly inquired of us what you ought to do in this affair. We long since, indeed, wished to comply with your request; but an incredible variety of accumulating concerns have so pressed upon us on every side, that till this day, we could not yfeld to your solicitation.
“WE HAVE BEEN TRULY SHOCKED AT THIS MOST CRAFTY DEVICE, BY WHICH THE VERY FOUNDATIONS OF RELIGION ARE UNDERMINED; and having, because of the great importance of the subject, convened for consultation our venerable brethren, the Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, we have, with the utmost care and attention, deliberated upon the measures proper to be adopted by our pontifical authority, IN ORDER TO REMEDY
* We omit the Latin Originals of the first, second, and fourth of these Documents, with which our Correspondent has furnished us; and content ourselves with printing the English Translations which accompanied them. EDITOR.