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." This tree may be called the Emperor's great military magazine. In a solution of the poisonous gum which exudes from it, his ar. rows and offensive weapons are dipped : the procuring, therefore of this poisonous gom, is a matter of as much attention as of difficulty. Criminals are only employed in this dreadful service. Of these several every year are sent with a promise of pardon and reward if they procure it. Hooded in leathern cases, with eyelet holes, and secured as much as possible from the full effluvia of the air they are to breathe; they undertake this melancholy journey, travelling always with the wind. About one in ten escapes, and brings away a little box of this direful commodity !"
GRATEFUL POVERTY Is exemplified in a singular and striking manner on some occasions; the subsequent pleasing detail of what took place on the Continent will evince.
" WHY should I not mention even the marks of affectionate regard and respect which I received from the poor people for whose happi. ness I interested myself, and the testimonies of the public esteem with which I was honoured ? Will it be reckoned vanity, if I mention the concern which the poor of Munich expressed in so affecting a manner when I was dangerously ill ? that they went publicly in a body in pro. cession to the cathedral church, where they had divine service performed, and put up public prayers for my recovery? that four years after. wards, on hearing that I was again dangerously ill at Naples, they, of their own accord, set
apart an hour each evening, after they had finished their work in the Military Workhouse, to pray for me?
“ Will it be thought improper to mention the affecting reception I met with from them, at my first visit to the Military Work house upon my return to Munich last summer, after an absence of fifteen months; a scene which drew tears from all who were present? and must I refuse myself the satisfaction of describing the fête I gave them in return, in the English gar. den, at which 1800 poor people of all ages, and above 30,000 of the inhabitants of Munich assist. ed ? and all this pleasure I must forego, merely that I may not be thought vain and ostentati. ous ? Be it so then ; but I would just beg leave to call the reader's attention to my feelings upon the occasion; and then let him ask himself, if an earthly reward can possibly be sapposed greater-any enjoyments more complete than those I received. Let him figure to himself, if he can, my situation, sick in bed, worn out by intense application, and dying, as every body thought, a martyr in the cause to which I had devoted myself; let him imagine, I say, my feelings, upon hearing the confus noise of the prayers of a multitude of people, who were passing by in the streets, upon being told, that it was the poor of Munich, many hundreds in number, who were going in procession to the church to put up public prayers for me :-pub. lic prayers for me !-for a private person-a stranger!-a protestant II believe it is the first instance of the kind that ever happened ; and I dare venture to affirm that no proof could well be stronger than this, that the measures adopted for making these poor people happy, were really successful ; and let it be remem
bered, that this fact is what I am most anxious to make appear in the clearest and most satisfac. tory manner !"...Count Rumford.
THE CHRISTIAN SYSTEM Is in itself the most beautiful thing in the world ; being a transcript of the perfections and government of the Supreme Being ; let us never corrapt its simplicity, or sully its divine glory; it is peace on earth, and good will to mankind.
“THE absurd and inconsistent representations which have freguently been given of the Chris. tian System, by its mistaken friends, appear to have done it more real disservice than all the writings of the deists. The opposition of the deists, has in some respects been very service. able to Christianity ; it has occasioned the evi. dences of its divine origin to be more diligently inquired into, and more clearly pointed out. And it has shewn, that the gospel is superior to all the attacks of its keenest adversaries. But the absurd notions which have been propagated of the Christian religion, by many of its professors, have prevented it from having its pro. per effect upon inany of those who did profess a belief in it; and have been a great means of adding strength to the attacks of its adversa. ries. For, indeed, many of the arguments of the deistical writers are levelled, not so much against Christianity itself, as against some niis. taken representations of it ; but which they, as it best answered their purpose, thought proper to regard as the real doctrines of Christi. anity.
“The religion of Jesus, when it is impartially
examined, and distinguished from those absurd additions with which men have frequently ob. scured and disfigured it, must excite the approbation and the reverence of every man.
Were it always represented in its genuine, its native beauty, religion could never be made the subject of raillery and ridicule. The Christian reve. lation exhibits the deity in the most endearing and engaging characters; as the God of love, and the Father and Friend of the whole human race. It teaches a piety and devotion, not confined either to time or place, nor composed of super. stitious and external rites and ceremonies ; but pure, spiritual, and rational. It enforces the utmost purity of heart, and the greatest simpli. city, integrity, and rectitude of manners. And it inculcates a benevolence not confined either to sects, or parties, or countries ; but of the most diffusive and disinterested kind. In short it is the design of Christianity to promote whatsoever is really noble, excellent, amiable, and praise-worthy ; whatsoever can refine, perfect, ennoble, and dignify humanity.
“ The professors of Christianity should be extremely careful not to corrupt the simplicity of the gospel by human additions. It should ever be remembered, that all those who con. tribute any thing towards rendering its excel. lency and its reasonableness less apparent, do in fact, however different may be their intentions, strengthen the cause of deism, and shar pen the arrows of infidelity !”.--Dr. Towers.
CHARACTER OF DR. ROBERTSON DRAWN by an intimate friend, will be perased with interest; his historic fame is spread
far and wide, and he was an ornament to the republic of letters.
“ THOUGH Dr. Robertson, from his earliest to his latest years, devoted much time to thinking, to reading, and to composing ; yet, this did not sour his temper, blunt his relish of social and domestic comforts, or unfit him for the common duties of life. To his family and friends, he was the delight of their cheerful hours, and the soother and comforter of their sorrows. They gratefully remember what they once enjoyed in him, and deeply lament what they have lost. His learning had no tincture of pedantry. Far from affecting to know what he was ignorant of, or vainly aspiring after universal learning, he confined his studies to branches of science, for which his genius best qualified him, or which his station and office in life rendered necessary. He enjoyed the bounties of Providence without running into riot; was temperate without austerity ; cheerful without levity; condescending and affable, without meannëss; and, in expence, neither sordid nor prodigal. He could feel an injury or affront, and yet bridle his passion ; was grave, not sullen ; steady, not obstinate; friendly, not officious; prudent and cautious, not timid. He bore the severe and tedious dis. tress which issued in his death, with remarkable patience serenity, and with expressions of gratitude to God, for the many comforts with which, for a long series of years, he had been blessed. Among these, he mentioned to me, with peculiar emotion, the tender affection of his wife and children'; their kind and sympathizing atten. tion in his hours of languishing and pain ; their