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diate death, and the despair of future happiness, filled him with that alarm which is painted on the countenance in ghastly horror. So true it is that vice, in the hour of safety and prosperity, may appear gay and pleasant, but when danger and death appear, that gaiety and pleasure is changed to fear and horror. In the course of a few months more they reached Port Jackson in safety, having performed the voyage in about ten months. Soon after their arrival, the convicts were sent to the places destined for them. Charles was sent to a new plantation, where he was to work hard for his daily bread; but in a short time, from the change of climate, and his broken constitution, his fever returned, and he died on the ninth day, lamenting, with his last breath, his first deviations from the paths of religion and virtue.
Thus prematurely died a young man, who might have proved a comfort to his parents and friends, and a most useful and respectable mem ber of society.
From the above narrative, it would appear, that the whole scenes of his calamities and crimes originated from bad company, and an early profanation of the Lord's day. By these his mind was gradually hardened, and the good
early impressions which he had received from his parents effaced, and thus he was led into vice and misery. Let the
above, and be on their guard.
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Let them guard against the company of the wicked and profane. Let their companions be the virtuous and good, such as fear God and keep his commandments. Let them also guard against profaning the Lord's day by idleness, improper recreation, or any other way: for the profanation of it leads to a train of consequences of the most ruinous nature. Let that day, sacred to redeeming mercy, be spent in the public and private worship of God, and in acquiring a proper knowledge of the principles of religion. Thus shall they find favour with God and man. Their lives shall be amiable and useful, and their death happy.
"Wisdom's ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace."
THE BENEVOLENT ORPHAN.
"Silver and gold have I none: but such as I have give I unto you."-ACTS.
I SPENT the end of the year 1801 with my friend Mr. Meek, an amiable man, whose delight it was to promote the comfort and happiness of his flock, who took particular pleasure in visiting the more respectable families in his parish, and was always a welcome guest. When I speak of respectable families, I do not mean those which were high in rank, or overflowing with wealth, but those whose moral and religious characters were entitled to respect from the wise and good of every station. Hence, you were always much surer to find Mr. Meek in the house of a worthy farmer, than at mammon-hall.
Through his means, I was introduced to several families, from whose acquaintance, I trust, I have derived both pleasure and instruction; for our visits were not formal, and their conver sation was at once cheerful and rational. Mr. Meek's manner was sufficiently dignified; and