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HOPE IN DISAPPOINTMENT.
truth, that none of them that trust in Him shall be desolate. Psalm xxxiv. 22.'
IN compliance with the order of Senex, I drew a check on the bank of Newark; and gave it to a gentleman, to whom I communicated the reason of my drawing it, that he might forward it for acceptance. He presented it to the Merchants' Bank of this city, with his own name on the back of it, and received the money, which he paid into my hands. Yesterday the check was presented at Newark, and the Cashier returned it with his protest, and a written declaration that I had no authority for drawing it.
Thus I stand, at present, impeached before two banks, with the intention of gaining money by fraudulent measures. The letter of Senex I have enclosed to the President of the bank of Newark, that he may clear my character of the unhappy imputation, which for a moment rests upon it. Still I believe, with equal confidence, that none of them that trust in Him shall be desolate.
On the 8th instant, two athletic men were brought into the Hospital, who were taken sick five days before, at the same hour. They lay beside each other for two days; and this morning died within five minutes of each other. It was a solemn lecture from the king of Terrors, especially to those who were occupants of the same ward. One who wit
A GENUINE CATHOLIC.
nessed the scene is a Catholic, who was a short time since in the hourly expectation of death from the rupture of a blood-vessel. This man deserves the name which I have given him; for although of the Romish religion, yet he is so catholic as to believe, in spite of his former prejudices, that all who are in Christ Jesus, of every denomination, shall be saved. When I saw him, the other, day, he was spitting blood profusely; and after I had prayed with him, he lifted up his hands to Heaven, and uttered, in the presence of all, a very solemn and affecting address to the Saviour of sinners. Not far from his side lay, at that time, one of the same persuasion, who had often turned away his ear from me, because I had no lighted candles and wafers; but he was finally disposed to listen, and even desired me to pray for him. He too is now gone to dust and silence, darkness and the tomb.'
• Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.'
ISAIAH lxvi. 5.
WHAT will finally result from the letter of Senex, it is impossible to say. If the Lord intends a favour by it, he must intend also to humble me, that I may be prepared for the reception of it. The cry seems almost breaking from the lips of some, who must misconstrue the circumstancs, Stop thief! Stop thief!' It will yet be well (but how I know not) and enemies shall not triumph over the cause which
SUSPICION OF SWINDLING.
I would seek to honour. Dr. Samuel Miller was so kind as to call on me to-day, and presented the fol lowing communication:
'I have this moment received a letter from Mr. Richards, of Newark, which, among other things, contains the following paragraph. I hasten to communicate it to you :
'A circumstance occurred in the Newark bank yesterday, which has caused some speculation. A check, drawn upon this bank by Ezra Stiles Ely, for fifty dollars, and which, at the recommendation of Jesse Baldwin, has been paid to Mr. Ely by one of the banks in your city, was presented here for payment. The check was not good; and the cashier of the bank assured me, that Mr. Ely never had any dealings with the bank, nor yet with the State-bank, newly established in this town. I should like to know whether Mr. Ely is yet in the city. If he is, probably he will be able to give an explanation, which will relieve the feelings of some people in this place. I rely on your prudence to keep this statement where it ought to be.'
'I have not imparted, and do not intend to impart, the above to any human being but yourself.
'I am, Sir, your fellow-labourer in the 'vineyard of Christ,
Rev. Mr. Ely.
Here comes the explanation, and with it the donation of fifty dollars. Surely, I had something in bank, upon which I could draw!
Of a Letter from the President of the Bank.
'I had received, on Wednesday morning, notice of your being authorised to draw for the fifty dollars. I immediately went to the bank, left the check for that sum drawn in your favour; but as it was not to be used until your order came, the cashier laid it on one side; and when your draft came, in the multiplicity of business, he had forgotten the name, until I sent to him this morning. He exceedingly regrets the mistake; but I hope no injury has resulted to you from it.
'I am, Rev. Sir,
'Your most obedient servant,
The cashier took the trouble to send to the State bank, and inquire if the writer had any account there, and then proclaimed what, if true, would have proved me a swindler; when he alone, by his negligence, was the author of all my trouble, and his own future mortification!
A CASE OF SEDUCTION.
Her heavy eyes are half-closed; the blood pours from her side. Son of Morni, she said, prepare the narrow tomb. Sleep comes like a cloud on my soul. The eyes of Oithona are dim. O had I dwelt at Duvranna, in the bright beam of my fame! then had my years come on with joy; and the virgins would bless my steps. But I fall in youth, son of Morni, and my father shall blush in his hall!'
MANY young men, like the son of Morni, have directed the fatal arrow to the heart of Oithona; but none of them can console themselves with the reflection, that they were ignorant of what they did. Let me lead them to the Hospital, and I will show them the victims of their murderous seductions! There one lies in the agonies of death, who is young, and who, five years ago, was ignorant of their devices. Then she was beautiful, and the object of parental solici tude. She was of a genteel family in Baltimore; was addressed by a young Englishman of fortune; and in an unguarded moment, by the promise and expectation of marriage, was deceived. To retrace her steps, and recall the past, was impossible.
'Time's a tell-tale!"
Her infant child was received and caressed by her parent; but with cold disdain the erring daughter was driven from the mansion which she had fondly thought her home. The unrelenting severity of those who were accessary to her life, induced despair. With her deceiver she fled to New York, and for a considerable time was under his' protection.' His promises, however, were soon out of date; and he left the mother of his offspring, still young and beautiful, to the mercy of the merciless world!