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THE NEW YU:.
ASTOR, LENOX AND
PUDNEY & RUSSELL, Printers, 79 John-street
MORAL AND RELIGIOUS
Going to School.....
The Orphan's Friend.....
Letters from Adina......
.242, 307, 334, 354
Legend of St. Cuthbert.....
Sketches from the Diary of a Parish Clergyman,
I. The One Sin.....
Select Orations of M. Tullius Cicero.... 351
E V ER GREEN.
NARRATIVE OF A CONVERSION TO THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH.
BY LAICUS IN RURE.
ed in cities and villages for social intercourse,
and for acquiring a smattering knowledge Introductory.
upon almost every subject by means of popular lectures, they are, on the other hand, less
liable to vice and immorality, which in their t is well known that in many very nature are contagious, and, like pestiparts of New-England the lential diseases, prevail most in thickly inpopulation, though pretty habited districts. Nor are they deprived of evenly scattered over the the means of acquiring solid information ; for country, is yet quite thin there is scarcely a neighborhood which is
The country is too unsupplied with a library of valuable books uneven and rough to admit of such upon many branches of human knowledge; easy tillage as to render the raising and their long winters, in which they are in of grain very profitable, and there- a measure relieved from their cares, enable
fore to admit of a very dense popu-them to make improvement of their advanlation, except in the numerous villages where tages. I think I do not err in saying that
water-power has induced numbers to collect there is not a more intelligent or virtuous for manufacturing purposes. The people, people on the face of the globe. Were they therefore, confine their attention principally only brought to feel the influence of the docto the management of cattle, to the grazing trines of the Holy Catholic Church, instead of of which their farms are peculiarly adapted, being subjected to the miserable influence of and to the making of butter and cheese; and sectarianism, none would be more united and to the raising of such fruits, grains, and veg- happy. And I am happy to add that the former etables as will not interfere with the other, influence is, in some small measure, beginning as being their main occupation. A reflective to be exerted, and that the leaven is now mind cannot but infer at once that such em- working which is to leaven the whole lump. ployments are in their nature calculated to Instances of conversion to the true faith are render a people contented, virtuous, and now becoming numerous, and the record of happy. Such is in reality the case. If the them cannot but interest those who are peasantry of these rural districts do not pos- expressly looking for the extension of the sess the advantages of those who are collect-Redeemer's Kingdom. If the following nar
TOL. VII.NO. I.
rative, which is strictly true, does not possess i Christian man to give a reason for the hope the enchantment of fiction, I trust it will that is in him, and I know that there are serve at least to cheer the hearts of some times when the layman can inculcate truth who in like manner have been led out of as effectually as a clergyman, without usurpdarkness into marvelous light.
ing any of the functions of the latter. In Living in a region, such as I have described, this sense, every Christian is a missionary, many miles distant from any church, and in and has a duty to perform to those who come a neighborhood where the crudest and most within the sphere of his influence, the responabsurd notions were entertained of our belief, sibility of which he can in no way shake off. business led me one cold winter day to the In the present instance, I endeavored to exhouse of a neighbor at the distance of half a plain, as clearly as I was able, the views mile. The weather being so severe that l which the Church entertains of her constitudid not wish to resume my walk homewardtion. The point to which I endeavored parimmediately after accomplishing my purpose, ticularly to direct the attention, was the orI readily accepted an invitation to seat my- ganization of the ministry in its three-fold self by the blazing fire upon the hearth, and form, deriving its authority from Christ have a little visit with the family. Mean- } through an unbroken succession of Apostles while, I had been introduced to a lady who or Bishops. I made this the principal subject, was present, a friend as I learned of the because I have ever found it to make more family, who was spending a few days with j impression upon the minds of dissenters than them on a visit. She was affable and grace- any points of doctrine could do. Once conful in her manners, and, though by no means vince them that their ministry is unauthorwhat would be termed talkative, was fluent ized and invalid, and the work is done. in language, and I soon found myself deeply They have no place of refuge but in the engaged with her in conversation. The in- \ Holy Catholic Church, with her line of telligence she manifested upon whatever topic Bishops reaching even to the Apostles of our we talked of surprised me, and I was not long Lord. Convince them that they are the auin discovering that her mind, besides being : thorised teachers, and they will not be slow highly cultivated, was in itself of a superior in learning doctrines from their lips. stamp. By degrees, we came to talk upon It is not my purpose to give the details, or religious subjects, when I was still further even to recapitulate the substance of the long surprised to find that she had, during a brief conversation which we had. It could not be stay in one of our cities, become some expected that she should find full satisfaction what acquainted with the Church, and the from it upon so important a subject; but it fact could not escape my observation that she gave direction to her thoughts, and suggested felt deeply interested in it. I could hardly , to her mind the proper topics of inquiry when restrain my feelings at this discovery; for in she had the means of making it, and ended all my intercourse with mankind I have in a promise from me of a loan of books—a found that though ever ready and anxious to promise which I was not slow to fulfil. obtain information upon other questions, that I subsequently learned, partly from herself, of the constitution of the Christian Church and partly from her friends, some particulars has rarely been able to excite in them any of her history, which shall be given in the honest spirit of inquiry. Now, however, I following chapter. found one ready to listen with absorbing interest to whatever I had to say upon this mighty theme; and if her mind suggested difficul-. ties in regard to the great truths which are Early Education and Subsequent Religious most firmly believed among us, I was
History. happy to perceive that it was in no cavilling or uncandid spirit. Mere layman as I am, I. The individual with whom I had thus have ever felt it to be the duty of every become acquainted, was a native of Vermont,