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if you would allow me, bring you to our heart, and scarcely knew how to brook common Saviour, and see you again united the evils.which she suffered. Old Mr. to his fold. What, my dear Henry, shall Raymond often groaned out, “ Poor Harry I say to prevail upon you to forsake your is ruined—and, I fear, will never be recovruinous course, and return to your duty ? | ered.” But there was one heart that held Let me assure you that prayers and tears out-supported by faith and hope-graces will follow you to the last. God grant which had been tried as in the fire, and that they may not be swift witnesses which, at this period of life, had ceased against you in the day of judgment. to falter. And whose heart was this but
“ As ever, your affectionate brother." that of the mother of the unfortunate and
As Henry's eyes ran hastily over the apparently ruined victim of a monster lines of this letter, his heart palpitated, vice? The heart of the mother felt most his countenance changed, first being deep- keenly the fearful situation of the object ly flushed, then turning as pale as a of her solicitude—she was not blind to his corpse—and when he had read the last dangers nor his faults—she saw the imword, his hand which held the letter fell potency of human resolutions, and all mointo his lap, and the tears coursed down tives founded upon mere self-respect or his cheeks. He rose up, and walked off worldly prospects in a struggle with an to a retired spot, where he alternately overpowering appetite for the intoxicating wept immoderately, and made strong efforts draught; but she knew full well the effito brace himself up, and recover his wont cacy of prayer. Her dependence was upon ed indifference. He, however, resolved God alone, and not upon plans of man's that he would never again be seen intoxi- devising. She never, for a moment, gave cated,
up “poor Harry ;" but despite of all the This purpose was adhered to for several discouraging circumstances which arose, months; but, in an evil hour, he was again she persisted in believing, and in declaring, overcome, and now he seemed more fatally that “her prodigal son would finally reprostrated than ever. The efforts of turn." friends were again renewed, and they final In the mean time, no efforts were spared ly succeeded in prevailing upon the object to awaken the conscience, to alarm the of their solicitude to “ sign the pledge." fears, and to rekindle the domestic feelStrong hopes were now entertained that ings of the inebriate. Whenever he came Henry would not relapse. For months he home-at whatever hour of the day or was sober and industrious as ever, and the night-under whatever circumstancesfamily seemed to think the danger had however degraded and disgusting his appassed over, and felt their hopes assured. pearance, he always met a kind reception,
The consternation of the Raymond fam- and found prompt provisions made for his ily, and of their sympathizing friends, may pressing wants. When he had recovered be better imagined than described, upon himself from a state of entire or partial the dreadful event of another lapse of intoxication, he was then kindly expostupoor Henry. Circumstances transpired, lated with, and urged to “ stay at home,” which are so common and well known that and give the family the pleasure of his they need not be described, which proved company, and the benefit of his help upon more than a match for the strength of pur- the farm. These “cords of love" would pose and the power of conscience, which, restrain him for a while ; but the stern dein this case, had been too much relied mands of a morbid appetite would finally upon, and down went the unfortunate vic- break them asunder, and the victim would tim of a rampant appetite, deeper than again find himself bound within the folds of ever, into the mire of intemperance. Henry the monstrous serpent, whose coils are as now lost his self-respect, and, to a most crushing as those of the merciless anaconfearful extent, his respect for the feelings da, and whose venom is cruel as the
grave. and admonitions of his friends. He spent Prayer was made unceasingly for poor days and weeks from home-he lounged Henry. He was formally remembered in about rum-shops and country towns, until the morning and evening sacrifice. His he became an object of general commisera case was carried to God in secret by a tion.
large circle of relatives and acquaintances; Many now gave up Harry Raymond for and often in the social prayer meeting was lost. His youthful companion almost lost | fervent intercession offered up to God for
the same object by a score of earnest, be They were seated when Henry enlieving Christians.
tered; and it was to them the signal of a Several of Mr. Raymond's family were fervent ejaculation to God, that the wanlocated in the neighborhood, and Catherine derer might be awakened and reclaimed. Dunbar was one. It happened that on a The discourse was appropriate, and sank beautiful morning, Henry Raymond came down into the hearts of many ; and Henry to his sister's house unusually sober, es- Raymond was among those who felt "the pecially considering that he had heen word of God, like a hammer, breaking in absent from home for a week or more. pieces the rock.” He, however, managed While a breakfast was being prepared for to hold up his head until the social prayerhim, he sat in the corner in a pensive meeting came on. At a particular stage mood, and, after he had taken his breakfast, of the exercises, old Mr. Raymond, with he resumed the same position, and seemed his melodious, tremulous voice, struck lost in thought. Catherine finally inter- uprupted his revery with a proposition which
“Come, ye sinners, poor and needy" seemed to astonish him. Harry,” said she, “come, go with me to the meeting when, quick as a flash of lightning, a this morning; we are having very inter- thousand old associations were revived in esting services at the church."
Henry's mind. His heart began to melt ; with you to church!" answered Henry: and when the old gentleman poured out a " that would be of no use—nobody cares
flood of melting melody upon the linesanything about me."
“ Dear Henry,” re “ If you tarry till you 're better, joined Catherine,“ how can you think so !
You will never come at all; have we not all given you evidence enough
Not the righteous,
Sinners Jesus came to call"of our regards, and our anxious desires for your welfare ?" Henry hung his head, the fountains of grief were unstopped, and with quivering lips and broken utter- and poor Henry wept and sobbed aloud. ance, rejoined: “I am not fit to be seen in A few encouraging words were whispered decent company ;” and looking upon him in his ear; and, after the service had self as though until that moment he had closed, he returned with Catherine, silent been perfectly insensible to the condition and sad. of his person, added : “ Kate, I have yet a The circumstances had electrified the little too much pride to show my head in assembly, and constituted the principal the church in such a condition as this.” topic of conversation on the way home. “ You are right, Harry, perfectly right,” | The pious hoped, and the careless were answered Catherine, " and I can help you astonished : but none uttered a contemptout of the trouble at once-wash yourself uous word. One of Henry's companions, up, and I'll furnish you with a good suit who was present, seemed to partake of the of clothes. You and Thomas”—her hus- sympathies of the occasion. “Now,” band" are just of a size.” “I do n't said he, “ if Harry should take a religious know about borrowing a suit of clothes to turn, blame me if I think it would hurt wear to meeting,” answered Henry. “My him—for the fact is, he's getting a little dear brother,” rejoined Catherine, “it is bit too bad.” Another rejoined: “If he no time for you to indulge in such foolish should come out strong, won't they have a pride ; this may be the last of your day of time over at the old man's? I should like grace. Come now," said she, taking him to be there, and see them carry on about by the arm,“ do please me this time, and five minutes.' I will promise you that you will never re Old Mr. Raymond and his consort went gret it.” Henry sat dumb for a moment, home with an unusually quick step ; and and then began to move as though he had upon entering the cottage, the old lady consented. The suit was soon in readi- said to Harriet, (who had remained at ness, and he was washed and shaved. The home, brooding over her troubles,)“ Dear next hour he walked up to the church by Harriet, what do you think? Henry was the side of Catherine; and no little sur at meeting, and seemed much affected. prise was occasioned by his appearance. 'Henry at meeting !” exclaimed Harriet,
The pious old couple had been beard, and leaning her head upon her hand, she that morning especially, to pray that God sighed, and said no more. would reach the heart of their miserable When the tide of Henry's feelings hai
subsided a little, he was the subject of ings of godly sorrow, while he audibly
all the barriers of feeling. * What!" said He went to the meeting; and there she, “God not willing to forgive you, were all the connections and neighbors in when we, poor creatures, so little like a state of breathless anxiety to see how him, could not have it in our hearts to repoor Harry Raymond would shape his tain the slightest sense of the wrongs you
Harriet, pensive and trembling, have done, only as they affect your happitook her seat in a retired place, as much ness? This cannot be, my son. Like the out of sight as possible, and waited the father who ran to meet his poor, miserable issue. The matter in Henry's mind was son, while a great way off, your heavenly now settled.
He had already broke Father will meet you in mercy, and freely ground, and he must go on, or, in all cer- forgive you all. Yes, he will ; I know he tainty, be a fresh occasion of grief to his will ;” and turning to the old gentleman, friends, be jeered by his companions in sin, she respectfully, but earnestly asked, and probably be forsaken by God, and soon “ Father, shall we not have prayers ?" plunged into irretrievable ruin.
The old gentleman instantly bowed suitable time he arose, and, with a tremb down, and all followed his example. He ling voice, confessed his sins, and express- prayed in tremulous and plaintive tones, ed his purpose to lead a new life. His but in the language of assurance. When story was brief, but it produced a wonder- he had concluded, the venerable matron ful effect upon the audience, and marvel-followed, in much the same strain, with ously strengthened his own resolutions. the additional circumstance, that she He knelt down, and gave vent to the feel- | humbly asked God now to fulfil the prom
ise which he had so often brought home muttered out—"It is an ill wind that to her sorrowing heart, that he would blows no good. I shall now be likely to " bring home his banished.” When the get my grog bil, for Harry will go to old lady had earnestly and solemnly said work, and he's as honest a fellow as ever
Amen,” after a brief pause she said lived." “ Now, Harriet, child, can you not pray ?"
now right in the cottage. Harriet uttered a few words and broke Henry set himself at work to improve the down.
condition of things upon the premises, and “Dear Henry," said the old gentleman, to provide himself with decent apparel, now pray for yourself.” Henry ejacu- while he lacked no aid which his wants lated, “Save, Lord, or I perish. O my required. His debts were soon discharged, sins-my sins press me down like moun and almost before he was aware of it, he tains! Canst thou have mercy upon such had gained universal confidence. He was a wretch as I am ?" and ended with bro soon called upon, in turn, to lead the famken utterances of sorrow, and some ex- | ily devotions, and to take an active part in pressions which indicated an approach to social meetings; and when he opened his despair.
mouth to speak or pray, all were silent All retired; but there was little sleep and solemn. Many who, on other occafor the inmates of the cottage during that casions, showed little regard for religion, memorable night. In the morning old were moved to tears by his affecting apMr. Raymond chose for the occasion the peals, and were often heard to remarkone hundred and sixteenth psalm. It was Harry is now sincere, anyhow, whatever a perfect expression of the feelings of the he does hereafter." penitent Henry. When all bowed down All Henry Raymond's friends rejoiced in prayer, the patriarch addressed the at the marvelous change which had taken throne of grace in importunate and confid- place in his life and conduct, but they ing language, particularly pleading the “ rejoiced with trembling.” They did promises made to those who are of “a not immediately spread the matter abroad, contrite spirit.” This went to Henry's by writing letters to distant members of heart, and he arose from his knees with the family, but prudently set themselves hope springing up in his soul; he saw to surround the object of their solicitude “men as trees walking.” Light increased with every encouragement and help to through the day, and the following night constancy. found Henry Raymond a calm, confiding In the mean time James, with a portion disciple, at the feet of Jesus.
of his family, came to visit his parents, Now the joy of the pious exhibited not knowing whether he should find Henry itself in the most free and tender congrat- with the heart of a brother, if even alive. ulations. Henry Raymond was welcomed On reaching the neighborhood he met a to the religious circles of the village, and friend of the family who, after identifying all the privileges of the Church. All James Raymond, earnestly asked, “ Have were glad, and all most cordially sympa- you heard from Henry lately ?" thized with the Raymonds. Even a cer- word,” was the reply. “Well, then,” tain class of wags seemed delighted, and rejoined he, “I have good news for you. often would remark, “A happy turn this He is clothed, and in his right mind. He for poor Harry.” “Yes," another would has experienced religion, and for the last add, “and I hope he will stick to his six months has been as sober and respecttext.” The news soon spread throughout able a man as there is in the town." the neighboring towns, and it was, of This was “good news," indeed. What course, matter of remark with the differ- the character of the meeting and the visit ent classes of persons, according to their was, the reader may judge. tastes and moral sentiments. Some pre And now I end my story by saying that dicted that his religious career would be Henry Raymond was assisted in the matshort, while others ardently hoped for ter of improving his education by his bro. better things.
thers. He entered the ministry in due The tavern keepers, for the present, at time, and, at the time of this present writleast, had lost a constant visitor; and one ing, for thirteen years has been a faithful of these heartless men, upon hearing of and successful laborer in the vineyard of the conversion of Harry Raymond, dryly the Lord.
“ Not a
[For the National Magazine.)
Ferry was one of the most romantic that
I ever saw. REV. RICHARD M'ALLISTER.
In some spots it was truly
sublime, the towering mountains rising ANY pleasing facts connected with abruptly from the water's edge. I say
the early history of Methodism are, was; for the Pennsylvania Canal, made no doubt, embalmed in the memories of its since that day, has very much changed older ministers. They delight to relate its character. But it is wildly grand still ; them as illustrations of the work of God and no doubt many a voyager on the canal in its origin and early progress, and they has felt his mind elevated to sublimity as, generally interest, and not unfrequently passing between the mountain base and the edify their hearers. One such incident noble river, he has seen the immense is in my possession, and I communicate it masses of rock jutting out high above his for the reader's entertainment, and per- head, threatening to fall upon him and chance instruction.
crush him and his frail craft at once. Within the bounds of the Philadelphia It was but a few years before I resided and Baltimore Conferences, many yet re there that Methodism had been introduced member the devoted Richard M'Allister. into that neighborhood. I found two memI knew him well. It is more than thirty bers of Mr. M'Allister's family (nieces) years ago that I had the privilege of form- members of the Methodist Church; and ing his acquaintance. Nearly three years also a daughter, but she was married I lived in his father's house, and the inci- and had removed to the state of Newdents I shall relate I received directly York. Richard had already commenced from the family or himself.
his ministry. It is of this fact in his hisArchibald M'Allister, Esq., the father tory that I am about to speak. of Richard, was a man of note in his When the Methodist ministers first neighborhood. He had been an officer came into his neighborhood, Mr. M'Allisin the revolutionary army, and had some ter was strongly opposed to them. Nevthing of the military in his character. To ertheless, he at length yielded so far as a genial warmth of feeling, ease, and cor to allow them to establish meetings on his diality of manner, and real kindness of property, his tenants, and work people, heart, he added a considerable share of and servants forming a considerable part self-will. He was easily excited; but his of the congregation. At length his oldest passion soon died away, and left him sub- daughter and youngest son united with ject to the kindest feelings.
this flock, at that time so feeble and lightly His residence was at Fort Hunter, on esteemed in the circle of his acquaintance. the east bank of the Susquehanna River, This was far from being agreeable to the six miles above Harrisburg, where he father's wishes ; but he was not implaowned a handsome property, which still cable nor unreasonable. In fact he found remains in the family. It is a romantic that these people were not as he at first region. On the one side the majestic supposed, "setters forth of strange gods," Susquehanna rolls its ceaseless tide of but only “preached unto them Jesus and waters, which, chafed and irritated by the the resurrection.” A decided change in numerous rocks against which they per- his views took place, so that he at length petually beat in their passage, send forth gave land upon his estate to build a church, a constant murmur, amounting in damp and contributed a large part toward the weather even to a roar. Some distance expense. Many still remember the old above the house, the river breaks through Fishing Creek Church, on what was then, a spur of the Blue Mountain and makes a and for many years afterward, Dauphin rapid descent, forming what are called Circuit. An unostentatious church, to be Hunter's Falls. The channel of the river, sure, it was, nestling there in the valley, though the stream is a mile wide, is very with the mountain streamlet gurgling by narrow, and is navigable for rafts and arks its side ; yet to many souls is that little only a few weeks in the year; that is, in church dear, for it was radiant with more the freshets of spring and fall. The farm than wordly charms. To many it was as is surrounded by mountain ridges, green the gate of heaven. and well wooded to the top. The entire Yet was Mr. M'Allister still far from scenery is beautifully picturesque and wild. possessing a sanctified or Christian spirit. The road from Fort Hunter to Clark's | This was a great grief to his eminently