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conduct might not discredit his new religion ; and it appeared to those with whom he conversed, that there was no personal sacrifice which he was not ready to make for the sake of Christianity. To have the honor of becoming himself a teacher of it, seemed to be the summit of his wishes..
In the month of June, 1793, he embarked on board of one of the Sierra Leone Company's : vessels, called from him, the Naimbanna after having taken an effectionate leave of his friends in England.
During the passage, his mind was almost conftantly employed in pondering over those diffi. culties which he thought he should have to combat on his return to Africa, and in devising the means of overcoming them. Numberless were the plans which he formed for the purpose of spreading the light of the gospel among his rude countrymen; though he seemed at the same time to suffer much uneasiness, from a fear of disappointment, which became stronger as he approached his native shores. He had left England in perfect health, but on reaching a warmer climate, he was much affected by the heat, and caught a violent cold, which began with pains in his throat and head, and ended in a fever, which the continual working of his mind had probably contributed much to produce. He was: frequently light-headed, and his intervals of sense were short and few, but they afforded to those around him striking proofs of a humble:
trust in the mercies of God through Christ, and of a perfect resignation to his will. During one of these intervals, he called to his bed fide a fellow passenger, and observing to him, that he began to think he should be called hence, before he had an opportunity of telling his mother and friends what mercies God had shewn him, and what obligations he lay under to the Sierra Leone Company, he begged of the gentleman to write his will, the substance of which was, that his brother should take charge of his property, till his son, then a child, came of age; and, in the mean time, should reimburfe the Sierra Leone Company for the fums advanced by them on his account.
To this he subjoined a strong requeft that his brother should as far as in him lay, oppofe the slave trade, and for the satisfaction of his friends, he added, “ That nothing may be imputed to the Sierra Leone Company by any evil-minded men, whose interest may oppose that of the wor. thy Company, I here declare, in the presence of that God, in whom I place my truft, that during my stay in England, I always enjoyed very good health, and received the greatest civilities from all those under whose care I was, and at my leaving England I was in perfect health.”
When the veffel got to Sierra Leone, he had become insensible to every thing that paffed around hiin except for very short intervals. He was taken ashore to the Governor's house at Freetown, where his mother with a brother and
fifter of his, and some other of his relations, to whom notice of his dangerous state had been fent, soon after appeared. The distracted looks
of his mother, and the wildness of his fifter's - grief, on seeing him, affected every one ; but
when at length they perceived that he breathed
This first was written in consequence of his falling into some company where profane and obscene conversation had passed, and was as follows:
"I shall take care of this company, which I now fall into, for they sware a good deal, and i talked all manner of wickedness and filthy.
All these things---can I be able to resist that temptation ?--No, I cannot, but the Lord will deliver me." • The other was weitten after he had been some time at sea, and had made some' unavailing remonftrances to the Captain on the profaneness į of his crew; and in it, he declared, that " if
the crews of other vessels should be like the crew of the Naimbanna, he should never think of coming to England, though he had friends there as dear to him as the last words of his father.”
May we not conclude, from the abové fiory, that God has given to the most rude and savage people, minds capable of knowing, loving, and serving him ? And may we not learn hence, to. cherish sentiments of kindness and affection towards all men, whatever be their color, or however low they may stand in the scale of human beings? Those, especially, who know how to estimate the blessings of religion, and who have a regard for the everlasting happiness of their fellow-creatures, will be encouraged by it, to. promote, with zeal, every plan which tends to introduce Christianity among the savage nations of the earth, or to remove the hindrances of its introduction. Happy, if through their instrumentality, those who now fit in darkness, should be brought, like Naimbanna, to know God and themselves, and to rejoice in hope of his glory.
Let us also learn from this story, that God's ways are not as our ways. Short-lighted as we are, we were ready to conclude, thật this young man had been sent by heaven to be a blessing to Africa, and to spread the Christian religion among his own countrymen. But God, who sees and knows all things, determined otherwise. He saw it right to take Naimbanna from the evil, to come; thus disappointing our hopes, but, at the same time, teaching us to check the dispo. sition we are too aplito indulge, of prying into the secrets of heaven, and to conduct all our plans and enquiries, under a sense of our own ignorance, and in a full dependence on the overruling providence and righteous government of God.
· May we not also draw a lesson from the conduet of the old king on this occafion? It was not the wealth, the grandeur, the learning, or the arts of England' which struck him as delirable, but the religion of England. He sent his fon thither, not to make a fortune, not to pro. cure an insight into trade, not to form great connexions, but to learn the christian religion, How many parents are there in this country, where it is so easy to attain the means of learn. ing the christian religion, who takes no pains to make their children acquainted with it?
But a still more instructive lesson, and one which applies more generally, may be drawn from the conduct of the black Prince, whole fory has just been told. He comes among us rude and ignorant, with no just ideas of religion, and after having been accustomed for twentythree years to indulge all his passions without any restraint. No sooner, however, is chriftianity placed before him, than he is struck with its truth and beauty, and embraces it with a
child-like simplicity. Às he views himself in i the glass of scripture, he perceives its account