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were embarked on board a very fine vessel, selected by the Earl of Dalhousie, whose paternal kindness of two years' incessant continuance terminated in providing for me every comfort that his thoughtful mind could devise. The time of sailing was fixed, but from some cause not necessary to investigate, I had been misled as to the precise hour; and having some message to deliver to the commanding officer, I was awaiting his reply, quietly seated with his lady in the drawing-room, when, thinking him a little dilatory, I requested a prompt answer, ' For the vessel is to sail in an hour,' I added ; ' and it is time that I went on board.'
Never shall I forget the start of surprise with which he stopped short in the middle of the room; then, seizing me by the arm, he drew or rather dragged me into an adjoining apartment, and from the window shewed me a sight that petrified methe ship, every sail set, and all filled with a favourable breeze, bearing on her rapid course towards the harbour's mouth. The first moment was one of stupifying astonishment and dismay; the next saw me descending the stairs ; and in the street I found my two soldier servants, the groom and footman, in a paroxysm of agony. They had just ascertained the fact; and they alone of all the conscript corps were left, while their comrades sailed away for the pleasant land of France. I wonder they did not bayonet me; they tore their hair, stamped and exclaimed in all the bitterness of that trying moment. “My poor fellows,' said I, all deserted; but lamentations will not help us now. Run for the little boxes that are left; call the dogs, and follow me. If there is a boat in Halifax we'll board that ship before she leaves the harbour.' Away
they ran for the light luggage, all the heavy articles being on board; and off we set on the most Quixotic expedition imaginable.
A Nova Scotian gentleman meeting us, and understanding the predicament we were in, volunteered his services; gave me bis arm, and accompanied us to three wharfs, in the hope of finding a boat, there was not one to be seen. At the fourth wharf we found a little crazy shallop, into which we threw ourselves and pushed off.
I was young, and by no means deficient either in enterprize or romance. The situation was calculated to call up every faculty into vigorous exercise, and to colour with no ordinary tints the exciting scene. There we reclined in a slender, diminutive boat, rocking on the fine swell of that noble water, the wooded heights rising on either hand, and before us the ship, the precious ship, bound for our home, then two thousand miles away, and mocking, as it seemed, our puny efforts to gain upon her track. soldiers were wearying themselves with shouting to the distant vessel, their features swollen, their eyes almost starting from the sockets, with the agonizing conflict of hope and fear; and certainly for the former there was slender ground; but the Lord, according to his wont, interposed : it was not his will that I should be left in a foreign land, to wring the heart of an expecting mother with anguish, or that those two poor war-broken soldiers should have their sad exile prolonged. On a sudden, the wind fell; the stiff breeze sank to a dead calm; every sail of the ship hung loosely flapping against the rigging, and beavily she tacked from shore to shore, scarcely making her own length at each turn.
We now neared her, and such a mass of anxious faces as thronged the side to which we approached I never saw. My soldiers, apprehensive that by some means the vessel would yet escape, seized the oars, and rowed so desperately that we were in no small danger from the violent shock with which we were likely to strike her keel. However, we ran safely alongside, and a chair was about to be lowered for me, when, infected I suppose by the nervous impatience of the soldiers, I seized a rope that hung above my head, and by some means, I never could tell how, mounted the tall side of the vessel, to the extreme terror of all on deck, and my own subsequent astonishment. It was an old weather-beaten naval officer who seized my wrists, and lifted me with a spring upon the deck; and strange it was to see the deadly paleness of his cheek, the actual chatter of his teeth, and universal tremor of his frame, while he continued to grasp my arms, as though not yet satisfied of my safety. The men who had formed our Annapolis and Windsor detachments had been in a state of excitement nearly approaching to mutiny, when they found that · Madame,' and Vanrohe, and Matthias were left ashore, and their delight was now turbulent. We needed not to have hazarded our lives in such a chace, for the lull of the wind was so complete that we lay becalmed within the harbour's mouth for more than twenty hours. How providential was that lull I have often since thought; for sure I am that nothing would have deterred the soldiers from urging our frail boat over the billows of the Atlantic, had the vessel held on her way, and preferring a briny grave to the agony of such a disappointment.
We were to call at St. John's, Newfoundland, to take in some military stores, previous to crossing the mighty ocean: and I think the incidents of that trip, with the picturesque scenery that now rises in review before me, may furnish matter for one more transatlantic reminiscence.
THE very dress, or rather semi-dress of the countrypeople is picturesque; the large blue cloak worn by the women is sure to be held round their well-made figures in folds so easy and so beautiful, as to furnish excellent models for the artist and sculptor. Their long beautiful hair is generally braided round their small heads with a taste and simplicity truly classic; and there is an ease and grace in all their movements which seem, I think, to denote a feeling of good taste and refinement far above the common level of their class in other countries. In an intercourse with the common people, a day, an hour, cannot pass, without being struck with some mark of talent, some display of an imagination at once glowing and enthusiastic, or some touch of tender and delicate feeling.–Rambles in the South of Ireland.
THE Trinity in Unity is a mystery quite beyond our finite comprehension. We can no more enter into that depth than we can unravel the mystery of our own mind, soul and spirit dwelling in the body. All which concerns ourselves is incomprehensible; and how much more incomprehensible the eternal Being by whom we are formed—the Three in One who works in joint agreement, our election, redemption, and sanctification !
Elect, according to the fore-knowledge of God the Father, througb sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience, and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter i. 2. In believing this, we have “ all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; for in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” Col. ii. 2, 9.
We are at no loss for passages in the scripture which plainly set forth that great leading doctrine of the Trinity in Unity. “ Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” Acts xx. 28.
Each person in the Trinity is engaged in the glorious work in and for man. The church elected by