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well-selected tracts in a kind and friendly manner, and particularly to children and young people. The variety will please, and persons of judgment, discretion, and piety may use their leisure and retirement to excellent purpose, in making a judicious selection of instruction to pour into the domestic circles of many little families for good.
“4th mo. 28th. “And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and His rest shall be glorious.” These words are contained in a page of Holy Scriptures, on which I have this morning opened, and how precious is the prospect of such a state as they represent. May all our desire be to lead those, whose everlasting welfare we seek, to this sacred ensign of the people, and to His glorious rest; the rest in Him and in His heavenly guidance, and may we as a society do our part, especially by the influence of Christian education, in leading others to that rest which remaineth, even in this life, for the people of God.'
Her second Voyage to Africa—Arrival at SierraLeone—Engagements whilst there—Illness — Returns to England.
“1827. 9th mo. 14th. My way has been prepared beyond my most sanguine hope for the desired object of African instruction in Sierra-Leone, and now it is expected in the course of next month we shall be moving on the great deep, in hope to be permitted ere long to be on the scene of action in this heart-interesting cause. I go alone, as to our own society, yet with the affectionate desires of my friends for success in the engagement, and shall have the company of the Church Missionary Society’s agents, and of several going out as missionaries to Liberia. “10th mo. 3rd. Our places are now taken, and although we have not had the equinoctial winds, we must hope that all will be ordered well, and seek to be prepared for what may be permitted. Watchfulness is needed, that the day's work may go on with the day, and no hours be lost. I sensibly feel this morning that my time is precious, and should be occupied in a steady, self-denying pursuit of duty, and that in every place I should be desiring to see the arisings of truth, and an acknowledgment of the excellency of the Redeemer's kingdom, and a desire for its prevalence on earth. I feel humbled in the sense, that these desires have not been so prevalent as could have been wished. In association with our friends we have not been enough anxious for our own and each other's advancement in the truth. The position in which I stand feels awful, and the thought of an engagement, which may be for life or for death, renders it my incumbent duty to inquire, before I leave these shores, whether I have discharged the trust to those dear friends around me, which has been committed to me, as a messenger of truth to the assemblies of Christian professors with which I am united. The truth must be avowed, and whether myself or others be convicted by it, we must be careful not to enter into unauthorized accommodations, or to lower the standard, but strictly to follow as our Heavenly Master shall be pleased to lead and to open the way. “My mind has been drawn toward little children, in whom reason and reflection are just beginning to dawn, and I think we want some outward and attractive means of drawing the mind to devotional feeling. This, even in regard to little children, should have the pious and good for its agents, and such as act in it from the purest and most disinterested principles. As soon as the mind is capable of receiving heavenly truth, and how very early has the infant-school system proved that to be, children should, I think, be assembled occasionally to endeavour to seek the Spirit of prayer, and to be instructed in such Christian doctrines and precepts as their opening minds are prepared to receive. Oh! might we meet such little assemblies in Sierra-Leone, and be guided by true Christian love and feeling in leading them to the knowledge of such important points of reli
gious truth, as might seize upon the first feelings of their hearts, and become, through Divine aid, the means of directing them, even in this early stage of their existence, to the love of God, and of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. “26th. I have been induced to look at the possibility of the time of remaining being prolonged beyond what was at first seen. This has been accompanied with some feelings of close trial, in the inquiry of, will it be right to remain another year in Africa o And although the prospect of not returning next summer is one that I believe should not be given way to without a clear persuasion of its being right to remain, my mind has at length been brought to a degree of quiet hope, that if it be right to remain I shall be permitted to see it clearly when in Africa, and that it would be best to go under a feeling of resignation, unreservedly to devote myself to the object before me, until what appears to be required shall be accomplished, should life be given, whether it be for a shorter or a longer season; and although, owing to the liability in my constitution to suffer from damp, gloomy weather, and particularly also from want of air, which we are informed is so prevalent in the rainy season, I still feel that, if it be right to remain, these considerations should not have undue weight. My life will be preserved if it be best that it should be, and I now feel quiet in the thought of going without any certain prospect, and but little expectation of coming back before the rains. May I be strengthened to feel that I can, in the moment of departure, resign my near relatives, my friends, and my all into His ever-bene
ficent care, and desire from day to day to find in Him my life and my all. “My calling is for the present much with the poorest, and youngest, and most untaught of the people; and it is right that my mind should be brought into sympathy with their state. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment P still it has pleased Divine Wisdom to appoint the maintenance of life and the shelter of the body, by such outward and tangible means as are suited to our present state; and as in the natural, so also it may be permitted in the spiritual. “11th mo. 4th. ‘O that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men.” It is in the alienation from Him, or in the want of entire subjugation to His heavenly will, that the disorder and misery of mankind consist; and whatever approaches there are, to a submission to His Divine government, these, as they are yielded to, introduce to harmony, to order, and to happiness. Why then should we have any other thought or care, in comparison of the desire for entire redemption in Christ Jesus—that redemption of the soul and of the heart, which will bring forth its influences in and upon the whole body of thoughts, and converse, and conduct. How grateful would I feel that my way is so clearly open for engagement in Africa. One desire yet remains, which is for a willingness unreservedly to surrender my life on the great waters with cheerfulness, should that be required of me, and no entrance given to the land of my attraction, but in the resignation of my will to go there. Although with the prospects before me, it may be