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conscience. Oh! pray for the dear girl, and treat the question with sacred cheerfulness. My visit to Glasgow was blessed to the cultivation of pure regard and esteem with all the M-s. I can resign her, with full hope and confidence, into God's hands. Do you the same; and when we return home, seek more opportunities of useful conversation. Attend, in the course of every day and hour, to the growth of your best and most ennobling principles of action. Muih, very much time, which might be employed in an increasing meetness for the inheritance of the saints in light, is, I fear, lost. These things ought not so tube, my dear child.

Lime is short, eternity is at hand. It is a hard thing to be saved at all; and every lost hour, every idle word, every neglected opportunity, makes it more hard. It is a strait gate and narrow way to heaven, and (comparatively) tew there be that find it.

“Never be withvut a book, in daily reading, of a direct spiritual and devo:ional tendency; one that will make the vanities of time and sense appear unworthy of your notice. Always maintain with some one, if possible, a truly religious correspondence, calculated to bring Christ to the soul. Keep in hourly recollection that you are a great sinner, unworthy of all the comforts and enjoyments which you possess; and that without a Saviour inwardly known, all is as nothing. Examine for the proofs oi a converted mind, in the grand act of faith on Jesus Christ. I cannot recommend you a more lively example than Mrs. Isabella Graham, the admirable aunt of Mr. M. Learn to love true religion in others, whoever they may be. judice, as the bane of charity and the curse of the church. God's love is not limited to us, and our division of the church of Christ; why then ought ours ? Far be it from us to feel alienation from any whom He is leading heavenwards.

“ Pray think of the general tenour of this letter, for my sake, and for your own sake. I have much spiritual uneasiness about all my children, and most anxiously wish to see them grow in grace.

Without this, all is dead. I want to see them useful to others around them, and patterns to one another, and comforts to me in all things.”

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The union took place at Turvey, in the spring of 1822 ; and the writer of this Memoir had the pleasure of officiating on the occasion. On the day of Miss Richmond's marriage, her father addressed to her the following interesting letter :

" I this day consign you, my beloved daughter, into the hands

of one whom I believe to be a man of God, and who will watch over your eternal as well as your temporal interests. I trust that your

union is formed in the simplicity of faith, hope, and love. Give yourself up, first to God, and then to your husband, for Christ's sake. Pray for grace to conduct yourself aright, in the new stations of wife and mistress. Never depend for a single moment, on the strength of your own feeble nature. Live faith on the Son of God; relying on him for the graces of domestic life, as well as those of a more general character. Endeavour in all things to please God, and


will be sure to please all whom you ought to please.

“ Expect the trials and crosses incident to the earthly pilgrimage ; but expect also by the mercies and merits of Jesus Christ, to be enabled to pass through them with safety and peace.

“ Love, honour, and obey your husband, for the Lord's sake. Do it upon deep conscientious principles, as in the constant sight of God. Think much on the love of Christ to poor sinners; and live upon this love, as food and medicine to your own soul.

“ Be cheerful without levity ; be grave without moroseness ; be devout without affectation ; be firm without obstinacy; be diligent in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord in all things.

Although you leave your father's house, I know you will not leave its principles, any more than its love. Though separated, we shall be closely united,--though out of sight, yet never out of mind : you will think of us, and we of you, with affections tender, rational, and abiding. We shall often meet at the throne of grace, and welcome each other, and be welcomed there ; we shall often meet in the correspondences of heart and pen.

We shall, if God permit, sometimes meet in sweet personal intercourse again ; we shall often meet in the affectionate reveries of imagination. And oh! may we at last meet to part no more, in the house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

“Study your own and your husband's dispositions, that you may cultivate true conjugal peace and love.

Ever be ready to open your own heart to him on things spiritual as well as temporal. Disappoint him not herein, for he will watch over your soul, as one that must give account. A minister's public labours are intimately connected with his private and domestic consolations. A minister's wife may be a main-spring of encouragement or discouragement to her husband, in all his arduous and anxious occupations for the good of his flock.

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ple and demeanour very much may often depend. Keep this always in mind, and look up to Christ for gracious help. Feel with, and for your husband, in all his parochial and congregational interests, as well as in those which are simply domestic they ought to be inseparable. Cultivate a deep and personal piety. . Imitate the holy women of old, and let your adorning be like unto theirs : St. Peter can tell you what that is.*

“ I rejoice in your lot; I can see the hand of God in it. This is a token for good to us all. Go, dear Mary, to your husband's house; and may


presence and blessing of the Lord go with you: I commend you to his holy keeping, with confidence. Faithful is He that hath promised, and He will do it. We shall have pledged our vows at the table of the Lord, at this interesting period : may this strengthen and animate our hearts to serve and trust him. On this day the Spirit was poured out on the primitive church with great power,---may we this day receive the earnest of bis love in much simplicity.

mercy, be with

my beloved daughter, and with her affectionate father,


66 Grace,

peace, and

The year after the marriage of his daughter, Mr. Richmond availed himself of a visit to Scotland, to make a short tour to the North of Ireland. We can furnish the reader with no other particulars than are contained in the subjoined letter to his friend Mr. Higgins, of Turvey Abbey.

“ My dear Sir,—.Owing to some domestic circumstances connected with our dear daughter's confinement, indisposition, and recovery, we have been detained here beyond our expectations ; but in our absence, we think and talk much of our 'Turvey friends, and anticipate the restoration to their society with much pleasure. During my wife's more retired occupation of nursing and superintending household affairs in Glasgow, I have had interesting opportunities of seeing districts of much beauty and curiosity. I have again visited Staffa and Iona, and several other of the Western islands. I have also seen the Giant's Causeway, and the bighly romantic and sublime coast of Antrim in Ireland, including a journey of seventy miles by land to Bel. fast. I was very glad to find that amidst all the misery and mischief of many other parts of Ireland, one district in the North is very quiet, and comparatively comfortable. I travelled in an open vehicle until midnight, without fear or danger. But not so, had I traversed the territories of Captain Rock. The North of Ireland is chiefly Protestant, although not exclusively so. I had the opportunity of observing there, as in Scotland, that in exact proportion to the universality and superiority of the school education of the children of the poor, good or bad conduct prevails in the different districts. With mental attainments and useful instruction, an elevation and stability of character, and a happy adaptation of mind to circumstances is generally formed. Subject to occasional exceptions, I feel confident that the three kingdoms will owe their future and final prosperity to the great advances and improvements made in general education. Nothing can more illustrate this fact than the comparison between Scotland and Ireland, and the contrasted districts of educated or uneducated Ireland and Scotland with each other. For in some of the remote islands and Highlands of even Scotland, much is yet to be done. You would not be sorry that the Popish question was lost in parliament, neither was I : I am convinced that we are safer as we are, although equally convinced that many good men most conscientiously think otherwise ; but I was glad when I saw the result.

* 1 Peter iii. 3, 4, 5.

“ From my children's account, the boys are going on very well with Mr. Ayre, and I trust will improve much under his tuition. May God be pleased to enable us to bring them up in

the nurture and admonition of the Lord;' and to see them, as much as possible, preserved from the abounding snares and evils of the corrupt world in which their lot must be cast.

6 We have had recent accounts of, and from Nugent;* and all very satisfactory. That subject, my dear Sir, was a bitter, but is turned into a cordial. I feel great reason to be thankful. We have often drank from your cups, so kindly given to Mrs. Marshall, † and the remembrances of Turvey have sweetened the draughts. She is most happy in her husband, a man and a minister of sterling worth ; they are most comfortable in each other, and live in much respectability and domestic love. I must also gratify the feelings of a newly made grandfather, by praising little Mary Marshall the second, and observing that she is a very nice little girl.

“ The beauty of nature, and its accompanying scenery, is now great indeed. I cannot convey to paper the magnificence of the mountains, the loveliness of the plains, the sublimity of the rocks, the splendour of the ocean, the diversity of the islands, the wonders of basaltic columns, the awfulness of the caves, nor the combinations of effects produced by them all together. I cannot depict the numerous ivy-girt ruins of feudal castles, nor the groves

* His eldest son, then in India.

† His eldest daughter.

and woods of the mansions and villas of lairds and lords ; but you know something of them, and must conceive in imagination what your friend is unable to describe. My great desire is to seek and find God in them all, and to adore him there.

“ You will present my kind regards to Mrs. H., in which all here unite. 'To your children likewise give every good wish and blessing. Accept the same for yourself, and be assured of my friendly and Christian desire that you may, through the blessing of God and his crucified Son, ‘so pass through things temporal, that you finally lose not the things eternal.? Such wishes and prayers become us whilst we are here, and their

answers may

be our crown of glory when we depart hence, and are no more seen."

About this time, the church at Turvey was inspected by the ‘archdeacon, who expressed his approbation of the neatness and good order with which every thing appeared to be conducted.* The church is a singular building, having three chancels annéxed to it. In one of these are the monuments of the Mordaunts; the middle chancel contains the font and communion table; and the third was used for the evening instruction of the schools, where Mr. Richmond catechised and preached to the children. A most appropriate selection of texts is inscribed on the walls of each of these chancels, as well as in the body of the church, chosen by Mr. Richmond with great care, and they exhibit a complete system of divinity. “I wish,” said our excellent friend, “ when I can no longer preach to my flock, that the walls should remind them of what they have heard from me. The eye, though wandering in thoughtless vacancy, may catch something to affect the heart."

We regret that we cannot convey to the reader an adequate representation of the interior of Turvey church. The admirable order of the texts, which display both the taste and piety of

* We feel called upon, in this place, to bear our testimony to the zeal and persevering labour of Archdeacon Bonney, in restoring the churches, under his superintendence, to a state of order, decency, and necessary repair, which was greatly needed. They now exhibit the appearance becoming the character of the Christian Sanctuary; and we cannot but express our wish, that so laudable an example were generally imitated.

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