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low, who ran away from his apprenticeship in London, for the sake of plunder and dissipation. This fellow was obliged to be in the fashion. Being one day ordered out upon a skirmishing party, or to attack some fortress, he returned back to his quarters in the evening without hurt. When he was going to bed, pulling the Bible out of his pocket, he observed a hole in it. His curiosity led him to trace the depth of this hole into his Bible; he found a bullet was gone as far as Ecclesiastes xi. 9. He read the verse, "Rejoice, O young Man, in thy youth, and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thy heart, and in the sight of thine eyes; but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment." The words were set home upon his heart, by the divine Spirit, so that he became a sound believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, and lived in London many years, after the civil wars were over. He used pleasantly to observe to Dr. Evans, Author of the Christian Temper, that the bible was the mean of saving his soul and body too.


[London Magazine.]

During the persecution of the Protestants by the Roman Catholics in the seventeenth century, some children were playing on the banks of the Suir, near Golden, in the county of Tipperary, when a man came up to them, knowing them to be born of Protestant parents and with a pike, threw most of them into the river, where they were instantly drowned. One of the childern, however, a girl about eleven years of age, ran off and escaped to Clonmell, thirteen miles distant.

At Waterford a ship lay bound to America, taking in servants and passengers: An agent of the Captain's was at Cronmell, who, finding the child unprovided for, took her as an indented servant, with many others in equal indigence. The Captain sold her time to a planter, a single young man. The rectitude of her conduct, her amiable disposition, and comeliness of person, so attracted her master's affections, that after her time was expired, he proposed to marry her; which proposal she, at length acceded to, and they lived together in much happiness for several years, during which she brought him six children. She then declined in health and spirits; a deep melancholy overspread her mind, so as greatly to distress her husband. He observed her, particularly when she thought him asleep, to sigh deeply, as if something very weighty lay upon her spirits. Af

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ter much intreaty and affectionate attention, she related to him what she saw when she was a girl in Ireland, and said that scarce a day or night had passed for the last twelve months, but she had felt a pressure on her mind, and had, as it were, heard distinctly a voice, saying, "Thou must go to Ireland, and bring the murderer of the children to justice." This, at times, she be lieved to be a divine intimation, yet on reasoning about it, she thought the effecting of it by her to be impossible, and consequently that the apprehension of its being required by God must be a delusion. Thus she was tossed to and fro in her mind, uncertain how to determine, and her agitation was such, that it was apprehended her dissolution was near at hand. Her husband strongly encouraged her to fulfil, what he had no doubt was a divine injunction; and as the Governor's brother was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, he thought it a suitable season then. He waited upon the Governor, who obliged him with letters of recommendation to his brother and such gentlemen as would enable her to bring this man to justice; whose name she did not know, but whose person was indelibly stamped on her memHer kind husband prepared every accommodation for ory. the voyage, encouraging her by his sympathizing tenderness, so that in a few weeks she recovered her former health and spirits, and embarked with suitable attendants on board a vessel for Dublin.

On her arrival, she waited upon the Viceroy at the castle, and delivered her letters. He entered warmly into the matter, as worthy of public concern; yet he thought great secresy and prudence requisite to effect the desired purpose. The Viceroy, as a wise man, sent for the Judges,, just then appointed for the Munster circuit, and shewed them the letters she had brought from his brother, and requested they would interest themselves in this business. The Judges treated her with great respect, and assured her of their vigorous assistance to bring the murderer to justice; but as she did not know the man's name, nor where he now dwelt, if living, they saw much difficulty in the matter: However, she was desired not to communicate with any one but the Viceroy and themselves; and as the assizes for the county of Tipperary were very numerously attended, they would take care she should be placed in such a convenient part of the court-house every day at Clonmell, that, if he should be there, she could not but have an opportunity of seeing him.The day after her arrival there, and during the first of their sitting, she was placed by the direction of the Judges to the Sheriff, in a commodious place for her purpose. With anxious solicitude she watched for the person. At length a Jury was returned to try a cause. On their names being called over to be

James's uneasiness increasing, his mind became closely engaged to seek for the cause, and for divine counsel how to act.— Under their exercise he was induced to believe, that if they kept close to the divine intimation, they should be preserved, and a way would be made for their escape. On this, he inquired about their lodgings, saying they had to write, and should want candles, and proposed to retire soon. They were shewn into a chamber, on the side of the Yard, with two beds in it, but without any bolt to the door. Observing a form, they tried it, by setting one end to the door; it would just wedge in between it, and the foot of one of the beds. Being thus secured, Jane sat down on one of the beds, and manifested her distress; wringing her hands, and saying, she believed they should in that house lose their lives. James sat down by her, desired her to be still; told her he had been under similar apprehensions, after they had entered the house, but that after deep exercise, and seeking for divine direction, his mind had been favoured with that which had never deceived him, and believed, if they carefully minded its pointings, they should be directed how to escape. On this they sat in perfect silence some considerable time, attentively waiting for light how to act. At length James told her, the time for them to fly for their lives was now come; and having observed a door opposite to that they came in at, which led to a pair of stone stairs on the outside of the house next the road, they believed that was the way for them to escape. They pulled off their shoes, and softly opened the door, when they perceived by a light through a chink, between the first stone and the house, a woman sharpening a large knife: They went softly down the steps, and forward on the road, until they were out of hearing. They thus walked away as fast as possible. When they were distant about half a mile from the house, under very heavy rain, they discovered a hovel, where they tried to rest themselves, but found, by the painful impressions renewed on their minds, that this was not safe.Then, notwithstanding excessive weariness, Jane being ready to sink also, through discouragement, James urged the necessity of exertion, under the firm hope that they should be preserved. They proceeded until they came by the side of a stream, the course of which they followed to a bridge, over which they attempted to pass, but were restrained when upon it. James said that was not their way. So they returned, and went down the course of the water, which, as they proceeded widened greatly. James stopped at about the distance of half a mile from the bridge, and told his companion, they must cross at that place which exceedingly alarmed her, having given way to so much discouragement, that she could scarcely lay hold of any

of an arrow, and never allowed the dogs to come too near him. One morning he came to the cottage of some workmen, and one of them endeavouring to catch him by the leg, he laughed heartily, and then made his escape. He seemed to be about thirty years of age. As the forest is very extensive, and has a communication with a vast wood that belongs to the Spanish territories, it is natural to suppose that this solitary, but cheerful creature had been lost in his infancy, and had subsisted on herbs.

A remarkable providence demonstrated in the deliverance of two of the people called Quakers, from robbers.

[Arminian Magazine, London.]

On the borders of Scotland, James Dickinson and Jane Fearon were travelling, on religious service, with a person who attended as a guide to a town, which they proposed to reach that night. But the weather being very inclement, and Jane much fatigued, they were desirous of accommodation, short of the distance which they had at first intended to travel that day.— Their guide assured them no such Inn would present itself: But, being weary, and coming to a decent looking house, James rode up to it, and inquired if they could be accommodated. They were told they could. This determined them to alight, contrary to the wish of their guide, who, with a heavy heart, took leave of them, saying, he could not be of further service to them. He had remonstrated strongly against their calling there at all, before they went up to the house; but did not choose to speak in the hearing of the family. They were introduced into a small room, with a fire in it, which opened into the common room where the family dwelt. There was every appearance of tolerable accommodation; the horses were taken care of, and their wet things put to dry. A posset was made, and a cold meat pie set for their supper: But, on their first sitting down, they became very uneasy, which, however, each of them not knowing how the other felt, they kept to themselves: until, at last, Jane said her apprehensions were so great, and her opinion of the family so bad, that she verily believed the pie to be made of human flesh, which, however, J. Dickinson did not think was the case, as he had eaten of the pie, and thought it good. As they sat, Jane observed three ill looking Fellows come in, and, in a low voice, tell the Landlady they had good horses: she answered, "Aye, and good bags too."

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