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Jebilitating weight of her malady, firmer prop; religion cannot and that mind, which had been so number among its friends a more clear and vigorous, was occasion- rational, intelligent, consistent, ally bewildered. Life, for sever serious advocate and disciple. al days, seemed to be suspended Mrs. Adams was endowed by on a thread, which the motion of a nature with strong intellectual leaf might rend asunder. But powers. These were improved while reason was spared religion by a good education, and by the cheered and supported her soul. best use of the advantages affordShe expressed her perfect submis- ed by the distinguished station in sion to God's will, and her readi- society which, in mature life, she ness at his call to resign herself was called to occupy, and by that to his mereifu! disposal. Death extensive intercourse with mancame to her as the messenger of kind to which she was introduced, peace, to add another to the from her connexion with that countless multitudes of pure, and great and good man, who was happy, and immortal spirits. destined by Providence to per“ Blessed are the dead, which die form a most important part in the in the Lord; for they rest from affairs of human life; and who, their labors, and their works do by a faithful and inagnanimous follow them."
discharge of the highest duties of patriotism and philanthropy, is
privileged to be enrolled among The Editor of this work had the most distinguished benefacnot the pleasure of a personal ac- tors of his country and of manquaintance with Mrs. Adams; kind.--She might not, perhaps, but, relying on the testimony of be called an accomplished woothers, he believes that she was man, as we now use the term, for a person of distinguished worth. female education, at the period After assigning the preceding of her youth, was very dillerent testimony a place in the Disciple, from what it now is; but she was the following was received, we a truly enlightened woman, and presume from another intimate adorned with the most valuable friend of the deceased. By in- accomplishments of the underserting it we shall doubtless gra- standing and heart. Her mind tify many readers :
was richly stored from various
reading, and her taste in polite Obituary notice of the late Mrs. literature highly cultivated and
Adams, Lady of President refined. Her observation of manAdams.
kind was exact, and her acquaintIn the death of Mrs. Adams, ance with men and things extenher friends and society lament sive. Her perceptions were quick no ordinary loss. The grave has and penetrating; her judgment closed over the mortal remains of sound and mature ; her imaginaone, whose character combined tion brilliant; and the flashes of as much practical wisdom and her wit, which contined to burst substantial virtue as have ever forth even amidst the snows of been possessed by any individual. old age, rendered her the delight Society is not adorned with a of those who were honored with purer example ; virtue had not a her society. Her conversation was intelligent, frank and inde- her eminent virtues did honor to pendent, and her manners re- the holy s urce from which they markably kind and condescend- arose. She was a serious and ing, combining the greatest sim- humble Christian. Her religious plicity with a dignity and propri- sentiments were of the most enety which always command re- lightened and enlarged nature, spect.
truly worthy of herself; and were In her domestic character she of that practical character which shone preeminent. Never was gave them an habitual influence there a more affectionate and over her conduct: they afforded faithful mother, and never was a to her direction and support. woman more attentive to the ap- amidst the various trials of a long propriate duties of the head of a life ;-and, we humbly trust, she family. Ordinary minds, when 'has departed to enter upon the placed in situations such as she rewards of her faith and hopes. occupied, dazzled by the glare of The evening of her life was distinction, or inflated by the marked by a cheerful serenity, pride of rank and power, deem and her virtues, reflecting the the common, yet most important mellow tints and the rich lustre duties and cares of domestic life of mature age, exhibiting rather beneath their regard ; but her the beautiful scenery of autumn strength of mind, her excellent than the desolation of winter, imprinciples, her good sense and a parted delight and instruction to high sentiment of duty, preserv- all whose privilege it was to obed her from even the shadow of a serve her in this interesting and reproach of any neglect of this venerable period. kind. On the contrary, they led Greatness and goodness, intelher to be most assiduous and lectual superiority, and a correspunctual in the performance of pondent eminence in virtue, are her family duties and attentive to not always found united ;-in her every arrangement of domestic the combination was consistent economy; and her servants and and complete; and human nature dependants experienced her ma- has seldom, if ever, more fully or ternal care and kindness. As a
more beautifully displayed its nofriend and neighbor she evinced blest attributes. By those persons a cordial sympathy in the pros
who knew her, her memory will perity and adversity of all around ever be cherished with the highest her; administering to the relief of veneration. To the young, emuthe distressed whenever an on- lous of the best distinctions which portunity was presented, and ex- this life affords, her conduct may hibiting a tender concern in sor. be held up as one of the purest rows which it was beyond her models for imitation ; wisdom and power to remove or assuage. The virtue claim her as a favorite poor of her vicinity have lost in daughter; and, those who are caher a discreet and generous bene. pable of estimating the highest orfactor.
der of moral excellence, mourn in The excellencies of her cha- her death the removal of one of racter were consummated by re- the richest ornaments of her sex ligion ; this formed its basis ; this and species. The light and life, was the origin of her virtues; and long quivering in its socket, hasexpired on earth, but will be en- ute of gratitude and respeet from kindled anew, and burn with a one, who esteems it among the pure flame among the inextin- greatest blessings of his life, that guishable lights of the celestial he was honored with her friendworld.
c. Tlis imperfect and inadequate Nov. 12, 1818. sketch of her character is the trib
We all have a spark of the We welcome thee, thou Howy Eve'
To God and nature dear. imaginative in our system. All experience something of rev
But lo ! the rainbow waves along ERIE,
When the sun is go- Whose beauteous footsteps glow? ing down, and in the twilight Who spreads that soft material robe of a Sabbath eve, how refresh- Round Herrick's mount of snow ? ing to view the rosy clouds of
JEHOVAH's rich effusive smile the west; and while they flow
Illumes the billowy sky, along the expanse like waves, A gleam of heaven un veiling there 10 pause and listen, as if we
i'o man's believing eye. might actually receive some
Would He the blight of wo remove ? breath of their murmuring:
Our comforts are secure : But more often, like the en
O breathe upon our virtues' bloon, thusiast of nature so finely Their bloom to fruit mature. portrayed by Wordsworth,
Still bless our little number, Lord, we contemplate their notion
With mild composure's charmı ; as silent and dream-like :
Bright faith bestow, celestial beam, 'The clouds were touched,
Untrembling at alarm.
While we implore this light of life, none,
To soothe, or bliss impart ; Nor any voice of joy : his spirit drank
The healing ray diffuse afar The spectacle ! sensation, soul, and
To every friendly heart : form, All melted into him.
And as they view yon new-year How many associations, hopes,
throne, and remembrances awake in Where living glories dwell ; the mind! Some emotions of Let them, in sweet communion's this nature, produced by a re
With warm emotion swell. markably brilliant sunset, the author of the following Hymn All hallowed Eve ! beloved and pure attempted to embody, at the From heaven's etherial dome, very time of enjoyment. Form round their life the atmosphere SABBATH Eve, Jan. 1, 1815.
Of thine immortal Home. WHILE waves of light ụnmurmuring
But ah! thy hues in wayward lapse
Pursue their parent sphere ! flow Above yon western sphere,
Farewell to thee, thou Holy Eveg
To God and nature dear. Vol. VI. No. 12.
WISDOM THE PRINCIPAL THING. In his career the end of time An Ode composed by Mr. Montgome- Is but eternity begun!
ry for the Anniversary of the Lancasterian Institution.
What guides him in his high pursuit, OF all that live, and move, and Opens, illumines, cheers l.is way, breathe,
Discerns the immortal from the brute, Man only rises o'er his birth ; God's image from the mould of He looks above, around, beneath,
clay? At once the heir of heaven and
'Tis knowledge :-knowledge to the earth ;
soul Force, cunning, speed, which nature Is power, and liberty, and peace ; gave
And while celestial ages roll, The various tribes throughout her The joys of knowledge shall inplan,
crease. Life to enjoy, from death to save, These are the lowest powers of Hail to the glorious Plan! that spread man,
This light with universal bicams,
And through the human desert led From strength to strength he travels Truth's living, pure, perpetual on,
streams. He leaves the lingering brute be- Behold a new creation rise, bind ;
New spirit breathi'd into the clod, And when a few short years are gone Where'er the voice of Wisdom cries, He soars--a disembodied mind :
Man, know thyself and fear thy Beyond the grave, with hope sublime, God."
Destin'd a nobler course to run,
LETTER FROM REV. LEWIS WAY whom we conversed in Holland, TO THE BISHOP OF ST. DAVID's.
was a respectable and well inform
ed physician, a man of credit and The following extracts are from learning. I told him, that the oba letter dated at Moscow, Feb. ject of our journey was to carry 24, 1818. Mr. Way had been the New Testament in Hebrew travelling on the continent to ad- to his brethren. His observation vance the objects of the “ London was, “Sir, if that be your design, Society for Promoting Christiani- and your conduct is conformed to ty among the Jews.” At Moscow the contents of that book, you
will he wrote to the Bishop of St. Da- ultimately succeed. The only vid's, one of the patrons of the way to make converts of our nasociety, stating his prospects, and tion, is to show them personal the manner in which he had been kindness, and prove
Fou conreceived by the Jews and by oth- sider them as entitled to the comers in the course of his journey. mon respect paid to other people The pamphlet containing the let- of different nations. But while ter, and several other important christians are averse to receive documents have been put into our well disposed Jews into their gohands by the kindness of Miss ciety, as is the case with us, how Hannah Adams; from these we can they expect them to listen to shall present our readers with your religion. many interesting facts.
“I am informed by several per« The first person, says Mr. sons both Jews and Christians, Way, of the Jewish nation with that there are upwards of one
hundred families predisposed to been formed under the denominainake a profession of christianity, tion of Reformed Jews,' for whose which they believe and teach se- use a splendid synagogue has been cretly to their families, while some made at the expense of the most of them at the same time attend wealthy and respectable among the synagogue."
Russia. A number of Jews in the high- “ I presented the books and me. er classes have lately been baptiz- morials of the Society to his Exed in this place, but with few ex- cellency Prince Galitzin, on ceptions it is to be feared chiefly Christmas day, with other copies with a view of obtaining civil pri- for the use of his Imperial Majesvileges and admission into chris- ty. I am happy to assure your tian society,--a difficulty com- Lordship that our utmost expecplained of by Jews in other places tations are exceeded by the kind as much as at Rotterdam.
and Christian reception we have Prussia.
met with here." " The character and condition “ I cannot close
letter with of the remnant of Israel, resident out stating—that having been honin the capital of Prussia, exbibits vred with a personal interview an appearance altogetl:er dissimi- with his Imperial Majesty at his lar from that of any other place own apartment, I am, enabled to perhaps on the face of the earth. assure your Lordship, that the obThe rabbinical opinions and sys- ject of our visit to the Russian doten have almost disappeared, and minions has received the unqualithe commercial body is composed fied approbation of their sovereign. of men of more education and lib- And when it is considered that erality of sentiment than the cr- not less than two millions of the dinary class of trading Israelites. descendants of Abraham are thus, The origin of these distinctions rendered accessible to the operamay doubtless be traced to the tions of our Society, we ought character and writings of Moses surely to be thankful to Divine Mendelsohn, who passed his life Providence for this timely and efin Berlin, and rose by dint of in- ficient co-operation with our humdustry and the exercise of no or- ble endeavors for their welfare.” dinary capacity to a degree of lit- “ When I left England, I was erary fame and personal distinc. forewarned of many difficulties tion which no Jew. perhaps has at- which have vanished on approach. tained since the time of Abarba- I was gravely told that I should nel and Maimon. He is honored meet with enemies at every step: by his Jewish brethren as a Rc and it is but a just tribute of former, but a Christian would see thankfulness for the many mercies more of Voltaire than Luther in sve have experienced from Him, that part of his character." who has all hearts at bis disposal “ The
philosophical spirit they to state that we have found this have imbibed from the reasoning “ cvil report of the land, to be and principles of Mendeisohn, has perfectly groundless. From Jew led the greater part of the Berlin and from Gentile, from learned Jews to reject the use of the Tal- and uniearned, from Princes, Minmud, and a considerable party has isters and Ambassadors, Clergy