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gislative Body in France. He announced a diminution in the taxes. He concludes by observing that “every thing announces that the modifications operated in our electorial system will lead to the advantages which I anticipated. Whatever adds to the strength and independence of the Chambers, adds to the authority and dignity of my Crown. This session, will I hope, achieve the work happily commenced in the last. In strengthening the necessary connection between the monarch and the chambers, we shall succeed in founding that system of government which so vast a monarchy must always require, and which the actual state of France and Europe most imperatively commands.

“It is to accomplish these designs that I desire a prolongation of the days that may yet be reserved to me. It is also in order to their accomplishment, that we ought to depend—you, gentlemen, upon my firm and inviolable will, and I upon your loyal and constant support.”

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atic to Trieste, whence he expected to proceed to Laybach. The London Courier says, “The course which it is intended to pursue towards Naples by the Allied Sovereigns, is clearly defined. ... They will not negociate with the prevailing party at Naples, because it would be recognizing the right of insurrection, the instigators of which were a secret political sect, and whose instrument was the army.” The Courier further states, that the journey of the King of Naples to Laybach was probably required, as a proof that he was in a state of liberty.

The attention of the Legislature of the State of Rhode-Island, has been directed to the subject of establishing free schools.

JAMEs BARBour, of Virginia, has been re-elected a Senator of the United States for six years from the 3d of March next.

Mr. Forsyth, late minister of the U. S. at Madrid, has returned to this country.

MARTIN VAN BUREN, of New-York, has been elected Senator of the United States, for six years from the 3d of March next, in the place of Mr. Sanford.

David Holmes, of Mississippi, has been re-elected a Senator of the U.S. for six years, from the 3d of March next.

The number of inhabitants in the State of Connecticut is 275,248; increase in 10 years 13,275. The number of free coloured persons, is 7,870; the number of slaves, 97. There are 50,518 persons engaged in agriculture; 3,581 in commerce; 17,541 in manufactures.

The number of inhabitants in the city of New-York is 123,706; increase in 10 years 27,333; increase in 20 years 65,217.

The number of inhabitants in the city and suburbs of Philadelphia, is 129,273; increase in 10 years, 25,063.

Ontario County in the State of NewYork, contains 88,267 inhabitants; in

crease in 10 years, 46,241.

The Census of the state of Maine is completed. The number of inhabitants in 1810 was 229,705, in 1820, 297,839; increase in 10 years, 69,134. The French Minister to Brazil, M. de Neuville, is in the city of Washington, where he is occupied in negociations with government.

The Legislature of the state of Delaware has laid a tax of 25 cents each,

on the passengers in stages and steamboats.

It has been ascertained that the Esquimaux, (chief he has been styled) brought to this country by Capt. Hadlock, has received instruction from a Moravian missionary, can read his own language printed in the Roman letter, and is not ignorant of English. Capt. Hadlock has been held to bail for bringing this man and a woman away, as it is alleged in opposition to their wishes.

We take from the N. Y. Advertiser, the following statement, respecting the Thermometer, in different places, on some of the coldest days in January.

Place. Date. Hour. Deg. Cold.

Saco, Jan. 19. morn. 23 below 0 Portland, 24, 11 do. 25, 17 Amherst, N. H. 24, 18 Mt. Vernon, N.H. 24, 19 Concord, N. H. 25, morn. 28 Newburyport, 24, 10 do. 25, 18 do. 26, 9 Salem, 25, 16 do. 25, even. 4 do. 26, morn. 5 Concord, Mass. 25, 14 Springfield, Mass. 19, 23 Monson, 19, 17 Northampton, 19, 26 Providence, R. I. 25, 10 do. 26, 7 Newport, R. I. 24, even. 8 do. 25, morn. 6

New-Haven, 25, 16 1-2

Hartford, Con. 25, 17
Norwich, 19, 26
New-York, 25, 10
do. 25, even. 14
Philadelphia, 25, morn. 6

Baltimore, 24, even. 9

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Dieb—At New-Haven, Sabbath morning 4th inst. SusAN B. MARBLE, second daughter of Mr. Simeon Marble, in the 14th year of her age.

She was o: of an amiable disposition, agreeable in her person and manners, ardent in her feelings, very active in her habits, with a countenance peculiarly interesting. She was of an inquisitive mind, and quick perception; and possessing good advantages, profited by them beyond most of her age. She was early instructed by her parents in the doctrines and duties of the christian religion, and dedicated to God in baptism.

The revival of religion, which commenced in this place, early in July, 1820, did not particularly interest her feelings until the middle of the month following. She had always heard the preached word with atten tion; but about this time she was awakened to a sense of her sinfulness in the sight of God. She felt that she was depraved, and although she had not to accuse herself of the commission of crime, or violation of the rules of morality in the view of men, she knew that her heart was opposed to God. It was peculiarly interesting to converse with her at this time. A person ignorant of the natural character of man, as delineated in the scriptures, would think that one so young and amiable could need nothing new ; yet according to the estimate of the Saviour of sin

ners, she still lacked one thing. This she felt and deplored. What chiefly distressed her was the sinfulness and hardness of her heart, and its opposition to God. Though subject to the restraints of a religious education, she acknowledged herself to be a great sinner, and that it would be just in God to punish her forever for what she had done. A new heart she confessed to be necessary to the enjoyment of heaven, and that without it she must perish. Her troubled spirit, like the dove which fled from the ark, and wandered over a world of waters, found no rest until she was finally brought to submit herself as a lost sinner, unconditionally, to God. In prostration of soul at the foot of the cross, she experienced peace, and hope, and joy, agreeably to the invitation and promise of the Saviour, —“come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” The day on which, as she supposed, she gave her heart to God, fifteen others indulged the hope of having been made the subjects of the same change ; most of whom were her school mates. She now became more interesting than ever. Religion not only clothed her with additional ornament, but increased her natural agreeableness. The sprightliness, and activity which before characterized her, received a new direction. Prompt yet bumble, active yet unassuming, decided yet docile, the great ultimate end of all she said and did seemed to be the salvation of souls, the honour of Christ and glory of God. In the pursuit of these, she exhibited a propriety of deportment, a strength of intellect, and a maturity of character rarely belonging to a child of her age. From the commencement to the close of her short, but luminous career, she continued in the exhibition of the christian character, to give satisfactory and increasing evidence of a real change of heart. Early in December she was propounded for admission into the Church. She was to have been received into the Church, on the first Sabbath in January, and had evidently set her heart very much upon it, as a most solemn and affecting season; but on account of the severity of the weather, on that day, it was judged best to defer the expected exercises. The admission of members and the administration of the Lord's Supper, were postponed, the next Sabbath for the same reason. The first Sabbath of February was now fixed on, as the day for the performance of the services which she aaticipated with so much interest. Monday evening of the week preceding, she attended a prayer meeting, and returned home very much animated. After this, she appeared indisposed; still, as late as Thursday or Friday, thought she should be able to attend public worship on the Sabbath. The next day she said nothing on the subject; and at 6 o'clock on Sabbath morning expired, not being supposed dangerously ill, more than ten minutes be: fore her departure. “Papa, I san't see, I feel strangely,” was all she said, and fell asleep. The day in reference to which, she had made many prayers and been twice disappointed, at length came—a day long to be remembered by her friends and the people of God. It came not, however, to witness her admission into the Church on earth, but to translate her immortal spirit from its tenement of clay into the kingdom of the redeemed in glory. On that day, one hundred, principally young persons, were admitted into the Church. But one dear lamb of the flock was absent. Was she disappointed 2 Glorious disappointment! inestimable gain thus to exchange communion with christians here below, for the society of saints and angels above. The tidings of her death, excited unusual sympathy. An unprecedented number of the young especially, assembled to pay their last tribute of respect to her remains, and having followed as mourners in the funeral procession, amid a profusion of tears committed their departed friend to the grave; while a select company sung:

“Unveil thy bosom faithful tomb, Take this new treasure to thy trust, And give these sacred relics room

To seek a slumber in the dust.
So Jesus slept; God's dying son,
Pass'd thro' the grave and blest the bed;
Rest here blest saint, till from his throne
The morning break and pierce the shade
Break from his throne, illustrious morn,
Attend O earth : his sov’reign word,
Restore thy trust, a glorious form ;
She must ascend to meet her Lord.”

The journal which she kept during a few of the last months of her life, and which she never intended should be seen by any eye but her own, is the best exhibition that can be given of the state and exercises of her mind.

The day on which she suppposed her heart was changed (and the evidence of which every subsequent day increased) she wrote the following, which begins her journal.

“Having employed the first thirteen years of my life in sin, folly, and vanity, I hope the remainder will be devoted to the service of my Lord and master. I once was ashamed of my Saviour.

Asham'd of Jesus that dear friend,
On whom our hopes of heaven depend ?
No! when we blush, be this our shame,
That we no more revere his name.

I now hope that I have been brought from nature's darkness into marvellous light, at least I trust so ; but yet I have my doubts and fears. Last week I thought my sins were so great that they could not be forgiven ; but yes, the worst of sins can be pardoned through Jesus Christ's blood alone. Now let me begin to consecrate my life to God. It seems as if I could love every body, especially christians. I am almost afraid that I am toe happy.” The next evening she records—“My

joy is inexpressible; never have I experienced so happy a day since my existence.”

Her happy experience, like that of every true christian, only made her more watchful over her own heart, more solicitous to ascertain the real state of her soul. After

uoting the following lines in contempla. tion of the Sabbath,

“There is a land of pleasure,
Where streams of jey forever roll;
'Tis there I have my treasure,
And there I hope to rest my soul.”

She subjoins—“but should I be deceived : I pray thee O Lord to search my heart, and if I am deceived, acquaint me with the worst of my situation ' If I am one of thy true followers, thou knowest it.” And again, “I can't help having my doubts and fears. (But it is all for the best.)” She seemed, with a true christian spirit, to be afraid of being lifted up, or of growing secure, in consequence of the enjoyment of the divine favour, and therefore prayed “gracious God ' wilt, thou make me humble in spirit and holy in life, that I may be one of thy true followers.” In another instance, having cited Luke 18, 13th she added. “O Lord my heavenly father I beseech thee that thou wilt make me more humble, and wilt thou make me feel that I am not worthy of a place at thy footstool. May I be as the poor publican.” Under the date of January 7th, the first Sabbath on which she expected to have been admitted into the church, she wrote, “it is so stormy that we are deprived of going to the house of public worship.– Though we are deprived of making a prosession, and sitting at the table of Christ to commemorate his death, may we, O our heavenly Father! be better prepared when we are called.” Being disappointed in the same manner the next Sabbath, she cheerfully submitted, and resolved thus to imE. the dispensation——“As we have en deprived two Sabbaths in succession of attending God's sanctuary, it being very stormy and blustering; yet may I rejoice that I can praise God, and have sweet communion with him in my chamber when by myself.” The return of the Lord's day used to dilate her heart with joy. “Sabbath, Aug. 27th.—I can now say with Mr. Newton and Mrs. Newell,

‘Day of all the week the best, Emblem of eternal rest.’”

“Sabbath, Sept. 10th.-I think I can say this morning that I feel a greater wish sor the prosperity of Zion than ever; and

May He, by whose kind care we meet,
Send his good Spirit from above;
Make our communications sweet,
And cause our hearts to burn with love.”

In her notice of times and seasons, she mentions the beginning of a month, and particularly the commencement of the new year. “This day a new month commences; I hope that it will be devoted to the service of my Lord.”

“As this day is the first of the year, may I begin it well ... O Lord, if thou art pleased to spare my life to the close of this year, may I not look back upon it with regret; may it be spent in worshipping and adoring thy holy name; and may this glori. ous revival be greater than it ever has been Wilt thou make thy professing people more active in this great work,-may the time soon come when Christ shall have the heathen for his inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for his possession.” What simplicity is there in the following, observations, and how easily do they find their way to the heart. ." Took a walk up to the burying-ground: it ought to inspire solemn thought, for we shall soon lie there; soon we shall die, and if we are good, we shall go im

mediately to heaven, if not, to the place of everlasting torment.” “This week i have heard many times the bell [toll] for some youth, and Oh! heavenly Father, wilt thou help me to realize the shortness of Iny time, so as to number my days, and apply my heart to wisdom." “I cannot help saying, what a great deal I have to do, and how short my time is—it is but a vapour; but short as my life is, it may be devoted to the service of my God.” “While others are sick and dying on my right and left hand, I am spared—but for what Am I of any service to my Lord and master 2 I have health and strength, but what service am I to my Lord 2 I can but answer, not any.” The interest she felt for the progress of the revival, may be learned from the fo!. lowing extract: “It is with inexpressible joy that I hear that this glorious work, which God has commenced, goes on with great rapidity. Sinners fly to Christ as clouds, and as the doves to their windows; also this evening (Thursday) I was informed that twenty precious souls (since Monday) had gone to Christ, and found res. uge.' She often expressed a strong desire, and offered up servent prayers for the salvation of others—of sinners in general, as well as of her particular acquaintance. “What a desire I have that my classmates, would seek the Lord.” “O Lord may thy word preached this day, be the means of convicting and converting many poor souls, who are far fron thee, and wilt thou send an arrow of conviction into their hearts.” She formed a proper cstimate of the value of the truth, while sensible of th: Holy of divine influence to give it et. ect. ‘This day I commenced reading the holy bible." (Her plan was to read three chapters every day, .# five every Sabbath, and so go through the whole in the course of a year.) “And, my heavenly Father, wilt thou be my guide, and explain it to me as I read, may ; not let one verse pass by without being acquainted with it." Actuated by a o principle, she aimed, on all occasions, to bridle her tongue, and watch over her thoughts. “Wilt thou, O Lord, forgive all that we have said amiss this evening ; may we for the future have our conversation more upon holy things.' She felt a strong desire to do something for the instruction and salvation of the heathen. Reflecting on the time and money spent in the ball-room, and in arties, ‘I cannot (she said,) help asking myself if I could not make better use of my money; and I can answer, yes! yes! the money that has been spent in such employments, how much better

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