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him, till he shall remove us to glorify, and enjoy him for ever in heaven.
I am much pleased to hear of the hopeful beginnings, and promising prospects, of your Theological Institu. tion. Under the smiles and blessings of heaven, may it grow and flourish more and more!
We are very much gratified with the affectionate remembrance of our warm friend R. united with that of his parents. May the Lord bless the lad, and make him a blessing ! By his Bible, with the teaching of the spirit of truth and grace, I hope he will be made wise to salvation, through faith in Christ Jesus. Thus may he, and your other dear boys, be blessed indeed, and for ever. Let us be respectfully mentioned to all inquiring friends, and assure yourselves of your living in the hearts of
1. S. AND J. KEITH.
TO REV MR. P.
Charleston, AUGUST 6, 1810.
MY DEAR FRIEND,
Your favour, under date July 11th, was duly received, at the same time with one from Mrs. M. to Mrs. K. Mrs. K. will endeavour ere long to recip. rocate Mrs. M's favour. For yours, accept my sincere thanks. I was much gratified in receiving and perusing it ; and to both of us it was very pleasing to find that you and Mrs. P. with the children, had been favoured with so prosperous and expeditious a passage by sea, and journey by land, that in the space of a
fortnight after you left C- lon, you should have it in your power to write to me from C lown ; and there in the hospitable mansion of our mutual worthy friends, to tell us of their welfare, of that of their family, and that your own health is improving. Has your gratitude in all its proper feelings and expressions, kept pace with the rich variety; and rapid succession of the goodness and mercy of the Lord, which bare at. tended and followed you and yours? I presume you think that it is well for you, that though this is your most reasonable and pleasant duty, yet on this are you not to found your hopes, of the mercy and grace, which you still need to make the rest of your way prosperous and comfortable. Where you do not adequately praise, and love, and obey, you may acceptably repent and believe, and repenting and believing, you may still hope, in and through that divine Mediator, who is the Lord, your righteousness and strength. For his sake, may the God of your mercies still preserve your going out and coming in, and assure your heart that He is with you to keep you in all places, through which you pass, until he bring you again in peace to your home and church ; and then give you the disposition, together with the occasion for saying, “ Return unto thy rest, O my soul, for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee !”
The variegated, beautiful, magnificent scenery, through which you have passed, and with which you will be almost continually surrounded in the northern and middle Siates, must be highly interesting to your imagination and feelings; and the air and exercise, which you are enjoying on so agreeable a tour, will, I trust, have the most favourable influence, on the improvement of your health and constitution. If you find preaching does not injure yourself, be not reluctant to do all the good which may be in your power, in this way to others. But let not the easiness of your tem. per, be prevailed on by any importunity, to relieve any lazy brethren, especially by labours beyond your pres. ent strength, and which would prevent or retard that increase of strength, which you should endeavour to acquire while abroad, with the view of spending it again in the service, and for the benefit of your own people at home.
The season bere, excepting eight or ten days, about the middle of July, when the weather was extremely warm and dry, has been on the whole the most pleasant that I have ever enjoyed in Carolina ; and the city has continued hitherto very healthy. Ob, that we would praise the Lord for his mercies ; and render again to him according to the benefits received from him !
The affairs of our church remain much in the same state in which you left them. What the issue will be, is known only to the great Head of the church. May He bring good out of evil, and overrule all circumstances, however adverse and threatening they may appear, to work for the good of his church, which he has bought with his blood, and which he cherishes with the most watchful and tender solicitude as the apple of his eye. And we inay rest assured, that in his everlasting and unchangeable love to it, he will disappoint every weapon formed against it by its enemies; and correct every error of its friends, so that learning wisdom under the discipline of his hand, as well as by the teaching of
' . 427 his word and spirit, they may better understand the proper methods of promoting its interests.
Before you left this place, I believe, the constitution of the Bible Society was adopted. An election of the Board of Managers took place on the 10th of July ; the result of wbich you may probably see in some of the newspapers. On the several subscription papers, the names of about 300 members, and funds to the a• mount of about $2500 have been procured. There are about 20 life subscribers, of $50 each. On the list in my hands, there have been received twelve of these life subscribers, and about an hundred other subscribers, and cash to the amount of $1120; and all excepting the instances of a very few who sent to me their names and their money, within the limits of our own congregations, from whom I expect still some considerable additions. ' * * * * *
ISAAC S. KEITH.
REV. AND DEAR FATHER,
This is Jubilee week in Charleston. Almost all business is suspended, and joy and rejoicing universally prevail. This you would naturally expect on the present occasion ; when you hear that the illus. trious and beloved President of the United States is now among us. He arrived here yesterday about one o'clock. In his way he had to cross a ferry on Cooper river at its junction with the bay of Charleston, three miles wide from Haddrell's point to the city. Over this he was conveyed in an elegant barge, displaying a splendid flag of the United States, and rowed by thir. teen American captains of vessels, all dressed in a beautiful uniform of sky blue silk jackets. Their oars moved in concert with a band of music, playing all the way. Sloops, schooners, pettiaugers, and boats of various descriptions, to the number of perhaps two and three score, freighted with ladies, gentlemen, &c. &c. attended the barge that was honored with the important and distinguished trust of carrying the President, and constituted a fine fleet, which, in the eyes of the citizens of Charleston, appeared incomparably more glorious and charming, than all the royal navy of Great Britain, which filled their port and the neighbouring riv. ers, during the years of the late revolution. The atmosphere was clear and serene, the sun shone brightly, without any excess of beat; and the water was gently and agreeably moved by a sweet refreshing breeze. On turning a point of land near the city, which brought the fleet full in view of the inhabitants, a federal salute was fired by a ship prepared for that purpose in the barbour. All the vessels in the harbour, were dressed as gaily as their respective wardrobes would permit. The numbers and variety of people who filled the vessels, decks and tops, the wharves, the streets, the doors, the windows, the balconies, and even some of the roofs of the houses, you can more easily imagine than I can describe. When the barge arrived at the wharf, the President was received and welcomed on shore and in Charleston, by the Governor and Lieut. Governor, the principal officers of the Union and of