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believing Jews for the cessation and apparent failure of the Law of Moses; which would be as great a trial of their faith, as, in its time, the Captivity of Babylon had been, and under which this Epistle would prove as great a help and comfort to them, as the prophecies of Ezekiel, Daniel, or Jeremiah, to their forefathers. But let us go on.”

“ After this Epistle it is certain that St. Paul travelled eastward; and though we are not told that he reached Jerusalem, it seems far more likely than not: and on the way he might conveniently stop in Crete, found the Churches of that island, and ordain Titus to look after them. From thence, or from the Holy Land, he might visit Asia Minor; might leave Timothy as Bishop of Ephesus, while he himself went into Macedonia ; might write from Macedonia to Timothy for the first time, and to Titus. Thus he is brought down to the winter preceding his last voyage, which he spent at Nicopolis, a city of Ephesus. Early in the year 65, we may fancy him setting out on his last circuit, which must have included Troas, Miletus, and Corinth, for he left a cloak, and some books and parchments, at Troas, his friend Trophimus sick at Miletus, and another friend, Erastus, at Corinth, of which town he was treasurer. And so the Apostle · returned to Rome not very late in the year, for he wrote to Timothy at Ephesus, so as to allow time for him to receive the letter and come to him at Rome before winter."

“And how did he find things going on at Rome ? ”

Here Mr. Jones broke off, and said, “I see I must take another time to finish this


goes more into particulars than I expected ; but I believe you are right in setting it all down, for history, except it be particular, can hardly be interesting”

“ Not to me at least, Sir,” said Butler ; “ my chief delight all along is to trace some one great person, as here St. Paul, through all the events of his time, and consider how they would affect him.”

An excellent way,” said Mr. Jones: “I only know of one that is better, and that is, (when it is given,) to trace in some measure the

ways and designs of Him who orders all things in all times: as perhaps we may in this part of Church History. But now, good bye for the present.”

yours : it




A heathen king caused a holy When Halton, one of the officers bishop to be brought before him, of Charlemagne's household, went and commanded him to abjure his on an embassy to the Byzantine faith and sacrifice

to the false gods. court, he was invited by the Greek Emperor to dinner, and placed by

But the bishop answered—“My him in the midst of his nobles. Lord and King--this may not be.”. There was

Then the king was wroth, and established law among the Greeks, that no one at life is in my hands, and that I have

“Knowest thou not that thy

said, the prince's table should turn over

power to kill thee? I have only to the body of any animal that was served up, but that they should eat give the sign, and it is done.” of the part that was uppermost. On “ but I beseech thee first to hear a

“I know it,” answered the bishop, this occasion, a fresh-water fish was brought up, garnished with various parable, and answer one question. sauces. The ambassador, who knew Suppose one of thy most faithful

servants should fall into the hands nothing of the customs of the country, unfortunately turned the fish seek to move him to infidelity and

of thine enemies, and they should over, upon which the courtiers, treachery against thee. Suppose, filled with indignation, arose, and, addressing the Emperor, said, “ Do too, thy servant continuing steadnot suffer yourself, O Emperor, to him and strip him of his clothes,

fast in his loyalty, they should take be treated with a disrespect which and hunt him with mockery from was never shown to any of your ancestors, command that this stran- , among them. Say, O king ! if he ger, who has broken your laws in and nakedness, wouldst thou not

came back to thee, thus in shame your very presence, may be instantly put to death.” The King and recompense his shame with

give unto him of thy best raiment, answered, turning to Halton and

honour?" sighing, “I cannot refuse the re

Then said the king—“Yea, truly; quest of my lords, but ask of me other boon than that of your has the like come to pass ?”

but what meaneth this, and where any life, and I will grant it.” Halton reflected for a moment, and then thou also canst strip me of this

The holy man answered—“See, said, “I will only ask of you a small favour, grant, most gracious Master who will clothe me anew

earthly clothing, but I have a sovereign, that all who saw me

with honour. Shall I then take turn the fish over, may have their thought for the raiment, and for it eyes put out.” The Emperor as. tonished at the strangeness of this

give up my faith ?”

Then said the king -“Go, O request, swore that he had not seen

faithful servant. I it done, and had only pronounced life.” -- From the German.

give thee thy upon the word of others. The Empress also called heaven to witness USE OF PICTURES. that she had seen nothing of it; and “At Chapel my soul ascended to the nobles one after ancther made God, and the sight of the picture the same declaration, with the most at the Altar, of John the Baptist terrible oaths. The wise Frank, preaching in the wilderness, anihaving thus humbled the proud mated me exceedingly to devotedGreek in his own country, returned ness to the life of a missionary.”— home safe, sound, and triumphant. Journal of Henry Martyn.


The following summary, just issued from the Census Office, shews the comparative population and number of housos in Great Britain according to the last Census, and that of 1841. The Returns for Ireland are not yet completed :

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1851. 307,722 16,889 4,817 2,363,141 1,104,356 1,258,785 Do.


4,032 1,948,369 912,001 1,036,368
Note.—The Army in Great Britain, and the Navy, Merchant Seamen, and other persons on board Vessels in the
Ports, are included in the Return for 1851; the Navy, Merchant Seamen, and persons on board Vessels, were not
included in 1841.

The apparent decrease of Houses in Scotland, between 1841 and 1851, is attributable to the fact that in 1841 flats or stories were reckoned in many places as Houses;” in the present Census tho more corroct definition has been employed. Census Office, Craig's Court, London, June 14th, 1851; George Graham, Registrar-General.


COURAGE AND SELF-POSSESSION. The Voyage from California. and courageous conduct it is deMy readers will perhaps remem

signed to commemorate, he will not ber that I promised to tell them

be offended at the liberty that has another seaman's story. If they been taken, in thus holding up his are disposed to listen, I am pre

example as worthy of admiration

and imitation. pared to redeem my promise. Before I begin, however, I must recall My object in writing these tales, to them my object in bringing these is to illustrate a truth, allowed by facts (for facts they are, not fictions)

all in theory, but too much overbefore their eyes. My desire is not

looked in practice, namely,--that to write a panegyric on the cha

virtues will not grow of themselves, racter of our seamen. As a body

but that they require to be cultivated of men, they certainly have a claim in their proper field, if we would upon the gratitude and regard of all acquire them in any degree of perfecEnglishmen. To the seamen of

tion ; that danger must be faced in our Navy we owe protection and

order to make us courageous ; that safety, and to our Merchant sea

exertions must be made if we would men we are indebted for the en- have energy; that self-denial and joyment of most of those comforts privations must really be practised and luxuries, which, to many, in

and undergone in detail, if we would our days, have become absolute in good earnest learn forgetfulness of necessaries ; but, recruited, as they self and acquire vigour, and strength mostly are, from a sadly-neglected of character. I have chosen the class of society, without education,

seaman's life for my subject, as often totally uninstructed in the being particularly calculated to very rudiments of religion, witness develope the whole class of manly ing, perhaps, from their infancy and bardy virtues.

My present scenes of drunkenness and depra- tale will bring before the reader an vity, it is not surprising that there example of cool courage and selfshould be many bad, and even des- possession in a most trying and perate characters among them, perilous situation. rather it ought to move our astonish- And now I must transport you, ment that even amongst this un- good reader, to the far-distant Čalitutored class, we so often meet with fornia. California, thou land of deeds of heroic courage and disin- golden dreams! Who, in these days terested self-sacrifice. With proper of the worship of Mammon, does moral and religious training, what not feel an interest at the mention might not such a body of men of thy name? On thy shores the become ?

God of this modern world has set The main facts of the following up his altars! How thickly throng narrative are strictly true. The his votaries ! What painful sensanames of the various actors in it | tions does it not excite to behold have been changed, and the details such numbers of miserable men, have been slightly altered to admit who are daily rushing westward, of their being woven into a con- urged on by the insatiable thirst for nected story. Should it meet the gold! How many of that wretched eye of the individual whose noble crowd, think you, return with what they went to seek? How many, Captain Ramsay to do without a think you, return at all? The crew ?

He had only four men left, demon of covetousness requires namely, the two mates, the carhuman sacrifices. It is a land of penter, and the steward. Certainly guilt and woe. I saw but a short it was not a promising state of time ago, one who had just returned things, for who could be induced to from thence. He had gone as a supply the place of the deserters, surgeon to San Francisco, hoping and to leave this tempting land to find practice, which had been Yet to navigate so large a ship as slack at home. Nor was he dis- the Falkirk with only four hands appointed; patients were not want- was an impossibility. It is said to ing, and they had the means of be a matter of consolation, to have paying. He might have amassed a companions in misfortune. If so, fortune there, but his words to me Captain Ramsay had the satisfacwere, “No sum of money would tion of knowing, that there were have induced me to remain another several hundreds of other vessels in year in such a Pandemonium. It the same predicament, their crews is indeed a very hell upon earth !" having deserted and run off to the

It was, however, from no thirst gold country; but in the present for gold, but in the honest pursuit instance, this only made affairs of his calling, that Captain Ramsay, much worse, since the demand for commander of the ship Falkirk, seamen was thereby increased, and entered the port of San Francisco, seamen, it appeared were not to be in the summer of 18- He had

Captain Ramsay, neverthetaken out a cargo of passengers less, did succeed in getting a crew, from Great Britain to New Zealand, and in a much shorter time than and from thence he had proceeded he had anticipated. The motives, to China, where he had expected to unknown, of course, to Ramsay at take in a cargo of tea, but being the time, which induced these men disappointed in this, and finding to ship themselves on board the passengers offer themselves for San Falkirk, will throw light upon their Francisco, he thought to employ the characters, and prepare the reader time profitably for his owner in for the events that follow. conveying them thither, with the Numerous cargoes had lately intention of returning to Canton in been imported from China, and it time for the season of shipping the was pretty generally known in San tea. Very few days, however, had Francisco that but a small part of elapsed after his arrival at San their value had been returned. Francisco, ere the gold fever seized Under the impression that gold in upon the greater part of his crew. large quantities would be sent away Regardless of their duty, and of the in some ship or other, indirect in. strait in which they left their cap- quiries were made as to which tain, who, from the uniform kind- would be the vessel taking it. Not ness, and, at the same time, firmness many days after the desertion of of his conduct, had ever been a the crew of the Falkirk, Captain deservedly popular man, they yielded Jones, the master of a brig then to the irresistible spell, and deserting lying in the harbour, was taking the ship one dark and moonless his evening stroll along the pier, night, ran off to the “diggings," as which has been built out into the the ravines where the gold is found Bay of San Francisco. It was the are called. Thither we shall not close of a very sultry day, the pursue them. But what was poor cloudless sky had become suffused


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