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him to be by his voice). He happened to be going on business for the company to which he belonged, not to C- , where the mail car was going, but to Roundstone. He had been in Mr. R— 's employment for two years; he knew him well; the place, its population, their callings, &c. He seemed to be one whom the Lord had taught. He gave me much information about the place, and cheered my desponding heart. He was a Presbyterian: with regret, but by command, he had left Galway on this day (Saturday); he was to spend the Sabbath where he would not hear (he thought) the sound of the gospel proclaimed-where the Lord's vineyard remained untilled. I told him what I bad come for; his eyes brightened: thus were we made mutual comforters to one another. My weak heart, my weak body, needed strength; it was desponding, but the Lord raised me up.
But I must hasten on. Mr. R- received me very kindly. He is a very intelligent, clever, zealous man. We discussed my plan, and I soon retired, to thank the Lord for his mercies, and to refresh myself by repose, and thus prepare for the Sabbath. The Sabbath camera wild, stormy, rainy day, like its predecessor. Mr. R- told me that they always meet together to read the Liturgy, and join in prayer and praise for mutual edification, and asked me, would I assist them? I complied with his request, and at twelve o'clock we repaired to an upper room in a small house, lately occupied as an inn, but now untenanted. Here, notwithstanding the wetness and wildness of the day, there was a nice little congregation assembled. They did not expect any one, so my presence was a surprise. I read the
morning service, and we sang three times. The attention of this little company was great indeed. We met again in the evening, and certainly my heart was filled with praise to the Good Shepherd who had guarded these few stray sheep in the wilderness. Delighted were they when I told them that I thought the time was not far distant when a house would be built for the glory of the Lord, and when a minister should be appointed over them to guide them to the feet of Him who came not to be ministered unto but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for sinners.
• The next day I visited some of the members of the little flock; and by a lady was taken to a poor cabin, where I found, lying on a wretched bed, a young woman, apparently in great suffering and weakness. She is the daughter of a Protestant woman by birth, but who conformed to the religion of her husband shortly after marriage; the children were brought up Roman Catholics, following their father's creed. The young woman of whom I am writing went to service to an English lady, I believe an officer's widow, who invited her to family prayer; she attended; her heart was touched, and “ Kitty" became anxious to hear more and more of Him who had poured out his blood a ransomi for her. But the lady left the county, and “ Kitty” sought another situation. She was again in service, but in a family which did not care for her soul. She therefore left them, and engaged with the wife of a clergyman as child's maid. Her little charge, a young girl, died. She grieved greatly for her. The Lord was teaching her, and preparing her to confess him publicly before men; as yet she had not done so. At length she could no longer refrain from shewing to the world that she would follow her Lord. She now attended Protestant service when performed at Roundstone, and met with insult and persecution. But her mind was fixed on God, and she feared not the wrath of man. One day, in returning from drawing water, she was waylaid by a man, and so dreadfully beaten (she believes with stones in his fists), that she was not expected to live. But for near four years has the Lord left her upon her bed of pain, to declare that his compassions fail not, and that mercy and truth have followed throughout her life. She can forgive her enemies, and pray for her persecutors. How earnestly did I long that she had the consolations of a minister's visits! May the Lord feed her, and comfort her with the comfort which he reveals only to his cbildren?'
The day following this Sabbath in the wilderness, one of the little flock put into our friend's hand these simple and appropriate stanzas :
• Amidst the wilds of Erin's isle
A feeble flock were left to stray;
Could these poor wanderers pray!
Their mountains form'd a barrier rude,
O'er which few cared to roam;
'Midst rocks and billows' foam.
At length a pitying stranger came,
Inspired with holy love:
Our heavenly Friend above!
No longer feeble, faint, and few,
Without a home or guide!
His mercy shall provide.
But He thro' whom these gifts were sent,
Oh! may his path be bright;
Be his “ a shining light!”
Memorials? of his visit here
Our grateful hearts shall prize;
Shall prayers for him arise !
Roundstone, Cunnemara, Sept. 2, 1839.
NOTES ON GENESIS.
These notes, written for the use of an only son, then in childhood, were undertaken under the impression that religious writers in general are too much guided by authority; and in the consequent desire to derive every idea solely and exclusively from the word of God. Commentators, of course, have not been consulted ; and hence it is probable that some ideas may be here put forth with hesitation as original, when perhaps they have been generally received, or perhaps examined and rejected.
GENESIS-CHAP. I. Some philosophers have taken upon themselves to contradict the account Moses gives of the creation, because they calculate that it is impossible that the elements and heavenly bodies were created in the order of succession he assigns to them. However just may appear the arguments on which this opinion is founded, I hope my beloved child already knows which to prefer—the word of God or the vain reasonings of man. And that the Bible is the word of God is established by evidences too strong to be shaken by arguments and assertions which have again and again been brought forward in different forms, and have as often been ably refuted. Some objections have been urged against its authority, which betray the weakness of the cause they are