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by my new regimen. I dine about one ; and the principal part of my dinner consists of pudding and a bason of strong broth. I eat a great proportion of onions, turnips, potatoes, and other boiled vegetables, with my meat, and sometimes no meat at all. I think I am better those days that I do not eat it than when I do. I do not think that I ought entirely to leave it off, but I shall find by experience how often I ought to eat it. It is my intention never to eat it above once in the day, except upon some extraordinary occasion,

I drink tea at five, and sup at eight. For supper I have sometimes boiled milk thickened with an egg, sometimes wine and water with toasted bread, and sometimes water. gruel.

I find that I am now not so sinking, and that I have a better appetite. Beside better health, good spirits, and sound sleep, another advantage attends this way of living. I used to be at a stand what to have for dinner and supper ; I was first tired of this, and then of that; but now the plainest food is more grateful to me than the most dainty used to be.

I have consented, Madam, that my son and your niece shall be married on her birthday. My son has told you that the Mr. Cliffords, Mr. and Mrs. Barnwell, and Mr. Law are to dine with us. It had not been fully determined, when they were invited, that the marriage should take place on so early a day. My family unite in best respects to you, with,

Dear Madam,
Your sincere friend,

JAMES NEVILLE.

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LETTER LXII.

From Signior Albino to Mrs. Worthington,

DEAR MADAM,

YOU have heard of the wonderful change which God has wrought in this family, and of the almost unexampled mercy which has been shown to me, a most guilty sinner. The mercy of God in saving me through Christ Jesus is infinite mercy. God is indeed love. I now know him not only to be the greatest, but the best of beings. After me no one will be obliged to despair. The Scriptures have long been a sealed book unto me; but whereas I was blind, now I see,

The correspondence between you, Madam, and my young friends, convinced me of this important truth, that Christ's kingdom is not of this world, nor governed by worldly maxims; that the Christian religion is intended to save mankind, and not to aggrandize them; and that it has nothing to do with politics, or the government of kingdoms. Civil governors have corrupted it, and exposed it to the derision of infidels, who in deriding this corruption of Christianity, have fancied themselves to be deriding Christianity itself. My detestation of popery exceeds, if possible, the blind zeal I lately had for its propagation.

I cannot doubt that God, in every age, has had faithful servants in that corrupt church, who were not of it. I trust the time will arrive, perhaps speedily, when there will not be a religious establishment in the world. God-is proclaiming in the rising states of America, that true religion needs not civil aid. I believe he is there showing the nations of the earth his power to protect his own cause, and that it does not require to be propped by their unhallowed hands. In fact he has hitherto supported it in spite of all their opposition. I will not say concerning spiritual Babylon, as was said concerning the typical, Hanny shall he be that take ih and dasheth thy little ones against the stones. No, I hope they will be slain by the sword which proceedeth out of the mouth of him who is called the Word of may

God, and then they will have reason, like me, to bless the arm that smote them.

With what contempt have I formerly looked upon the humble Thomas Livingstone! What folly was it in me to slippose, because I understood Hebrew, Greek, and Latin, that therefore I understood Christianity better than he ! But my pride has been laid in the dust: there let it for ever lie! O my God, if I have one wish concerning myself, it is that I may be clothed with humility. I am nothing ; and I pray

that I be willing to be accounted the last and the least.

I rejoice that my beloved pupil is about to be united to 80 amiable a Christian as your niece. I hope I shall never forget the gentleness, the humanity, and the affection with which she treated me, even while I was her bitter enemy. Charity, Christian charity suffereth long, and is kind. She overcame me much more effectually than if she had opposed me with all the virulence which human nature in its worst state can show. I afterward plainly perceived, that I was the vulture, and she the dove ; that I was the lion, and she the lamb. It is my happiness that the lioit hath been made to eat straw like the ox. May that glori. ous prophecy be more and more accomplished to the end's of the earth.

I have written a desultory letter, and have poured out my whole soul. I know you will rejoice with me, that one who was mad against the servants of the Redeemer is now sitting at his fect in his right mind. I am, with great esteem, dcar Madam, Your friend and humble servant,

ANTONIO ALBINO,

LETTER LXIII.

Frenr Miss Barnwell to Mrs. Worthington.

DEAR MADAM,

WITH the divine permission before this arrives at Islington, I shall have entered into a new relation. This morning my dear Mr. Neville presented me with a ring, by which I am to be bound to be his loving and obedient wife. I am indeed under every obligation, as well as the divine command, to be so, and to study in every thing to render him happy. I hope, when the knot is tied, I shall not relax in my duty. I beg, my dear aunt, your prayers for us, that we may enter into this solemn and sacred en: gageinent in the fear of the Lord; and that we may endea. vour to promote his glory in every part of our conduct, and in every period of our lives. How has my gracious God favoured me! How ought I to remember his goodness and his mercy, which have been very abundant to me from my birth to this moment! I pray that my whole life may be dedicated to his service,

My dear Mr. Neville yesterday entreated his father to take a part in the ceremony, by presenting him with my hand. He desired to be excused, observing, that the guilty part he had acted toward his dear Eusebia had made him determine to go mourning to the grave; and that he could not take that pleasure in our nuptials which he should otherwise have taken, since every thing seryed to remind him of the treasure he had lost.

Yesterday afternoon Mr. Clifford and his son called at the Abbey, as they were returning home from Belcaster: They staid to tea, and the discourse turned upon the truth of the Mosaic history. Mr. Neville, since he dined with Mr. Clifford, had frequently lamented that a man of his. good sense should be so unwise as to espouse the cause of infidelity. He therefore determined to seize the first opportunity of endeavouring to show him the folly, as well as the guilt of opposing divine revelation. An opportunity Dow presented itself; for upon Mr. Neville's asking Mr VOL. II.

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Charles Clifford what Commentary on the Scriptures he had, and upon his replying that their steward, who is a very pious man, had lent him Henry on the Old and New Testaments in six volumes folio, the following conversation took place,

Mr. Clif. Six volumes in folio ! Certainly the Bible must be a very obscure book to need six volumes in folio to illustrate it: and yet I doubt, after all, whether the writer has proved the tale of Moses's dividing the Red Sea to be true,

Mr. Ney. It is very unfair, Sir, to carp at particular passages

in a historian, and to contend that this or that fact is incredible. We should first examine the character of the author, and inquire whether marks of veracity are visible in other parts of his history; whether pride and vanity were his prevailing passions; whether he had sinister ends to serve by propagating a falsehood; whether he appears to have feared God; and whether his history was well received by the people of his time. Now, Sir, you must acknowledge that the Jewish historian and legislator will bear to be examined by all these criteria. Why then do you reject his testimony?

Mr. Clif, I cannot think Moses was a wicked man; but indeed, Sir, I cannot believe in Miracles. Only prove to me that any one miracle was ever wrought, and I will grant the pentateuch to be true.

Mr. Nev. What kind of proof do you expect? If that which is admitted for substantiating every other historic fact be admitted in this case, I can furnish you with it in plenty.

Mr. Clif. Prove it to me by your own certain knowledge.

Mr. Nev. If that were in my power, you would have just as good a right to question my testimony as that of other men, and probably would do so, concluding either that I was deceived as to the fact, or that the division of the waters was a natural phenomenon.

Mr. Clif. You are about right.

Mr. Nev. With regard to myself, I have never heard por read of any thing more wonderful than the diurnal motion of the earth, and its annual motion round the sun. In these works and ways of God we see great wisdom and

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