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in length"; by which I then com- šion, and therein contract a con= puted thus.
tamination with him.*.
But those observations served The shade of the mite
to convince me of what the 108 inches, i.e. 1080 decimals of
wonderful Sir Isaac Newton has inches long 60 inches, i.e. 600 decimals of sagaciously premonished ; that
upon the improvement of mi. inches broad
croscopes, material substances 648,000 square dec. to prevent our perfect discovery
would appearso transparent, as imals of inches superficies
of them. 600 decimals of
These are but two or three ininches thick
stances of the many entertain
ing discoveries of this extraor388,800,000 decimal
dinary youth, who I doubt not cubes in the whole.
has now the discerning powers By this we may see, that of angels ; capable of seeing 648,000 of those decimal animals without instruments or "rays; cula could lie side by side on the even the finest parts of material back of the mite ; and that substances, with all their created : 388,800,000 of them in a heap beauties and the wondrous opetogether would not amount to rations of their Maker in them; the bigness of his single body.. and yet entertained with sublim: Yea, as the half inch animalcula, er views. As there was such a and consequently the decimals, conjunction of ingenuity and pins were not half so thick in propor. ety in him as-is rarely seen tion as the mite, it would take up among the sons of men ; so his more'than double of those cubi. ingenuity sanctified, became an: cal numbers to equal his body. instrument to promote his pie-u
Marvellous are the works of ty ; either to advance his knowl, God! • 'Yea, they are honourable edge and veneration of God, or and glorious, as the inspired help excite, and fit to adore, writer tells us ; and therefore serve and honour him. In a sought out by all those that have very tender and weakly body, he : pleasure therein.
had an indefatigable soul, was a By the observations above, es- wonderful redeemer of times pecially considering he could ea- and the above 'were some of his sily have magnified the shade of recreating exercises, which hea the mite to above a hundred feet, made subservient to the glory of yea, in a manner unboundedly, God, when he found it needful &c. methinks I can easily con- to divert from his intenser stu: ceive, how all the children of dies of divive Revelation, and men from Adam, might, in their his own conformity to his Creaoriginal stamina, be enclosed in their parental stamina ; and so in the loins of their primitive The reader will consider these ancestor be actually united to
as the philosophical speculations of him, as his living members, at
the Rev. Mr. Prince, for the correct:
ness of which the editors do not hold the time of the first transgres- themselves responsible.
tor, Sanctifier and Saviour ; to to their perfect and perpetual the latter of which, he, by divine pleasure and admiration. grace, was turned in an eminent
THOMAS PRINCE. manner about six years ago. Since which happy change within him, nothing seemed to en. LIFE OF SARAH PORTERFIELD. gage his soul and draw his at
Written by a female friend from tention so much as the study of Christ, that most admirable per
her own lips.* son, above all created beings,
I was born in Ireland, in the and the most wondrous work of county of Donegal, in the parish redemption in its various pro- of Raphe, Aug. 13, 1722. I gressive branches, from their had pious parents, who instructfirst original to their eternal
ed me in the Christian religion, consumination. And could the and set good examples before key of his characters be perfect. me. When I was about 11 years: ly discovered, it is hoped a re. old, I trust God was pleased to
effect a work of divine grace in : markable delineation might be al50 given of his experimental and my soul. After my first expe- . active piety.
rience of the truth of the gospel, Iwould on this occasion beg I was for some time left in the the reader's patience for one ob dark, and greatly feared that my servation more ; viz. that as bea change was not real. At length, sides the moral qualities of se
I was brought to see that I had renity, kindness, prudence, gen. neglected a duty in not giving tleness and modesty, displaying myself up to the Lord in a public in bis very countenance; there manner. Being about seventeen appeared especially in the air years old, an opportunity preand look of his eyes the strong-' sented, and I offered myself for est signatures of a curious and examination to the church in accurate genius, that I remem
Raphæ, of which the Rev. Da.. ber ever to have seen : from this
vid Farley was pastor. The and other remarks in others, I church, after examination, saw
fit to receive me into their comami apt to think, that even every quality of the human mind, and
munion, and I cannot but hope even in their various measures,
God was pleased, at that time, io may, by the operation of God, grant me tokens of his saving at least, become even visible in love, A blessed season it was the human countenance and eye
I sat under his banner to bear spectators; and as the with delight, and his fruit was
Never before appearance of the evil qualities sweet to my taste, of malice, madness, rage, &c. were such clear discoveries made among the damned, will eternal- to my soul of the love of Christ, ly excite their mutual horror ; so the amiable excellencies of * It is testified of Mrs. Sarah Por. the saints in light, and above terfield, by a judicious friend, that them all, of the most glorious
she was for many years an omament
to the church in Georgetown, Mainoy Son of God, will eternally blaze and died much esteemed by her out itr the countenance and eye, Christian acquaintance.
and of my union to him.' I great satisfaction of many of
we were all very near being lost. When I was about nineteen. "The Captain at that time thought years old, my father, went to' we were near land, and expected Pennsylvania, in America, and every day to make it; and to gret finding a plantation suitable for into 'port soon. But Gout tad his family, he wrote over for my different purposes in view. The mother and the children to take violence of the storm drove us passage in the 'first vessel and to the eastward. The sea' raged come to Pennsylvania. Accord - greatly. Our masts gave ways ingly. my mother with three and we were in a distressed situdaughter's took passage on board átion,' eveir at' our wit's end. a large ship, which was going Then we tried unto the Lord, with passengers to Philadelphia. and he heard us, and came down
July 28, 1741, 'we sailed from for our deliverance. O that Londonderry, Captain Rowen could praise the Lords for Chis "being commander. For some goodness, and for luist doving. time aster we sailed we had pleas- kindness unto us. by ant weather, and every thing was At that time the Captain agreeable, excepting our sea- thonght proper to put all hands sickness. The ship's company on allowance, as he did not know daily assembled on the quarter- where the ship was, or how long deck for prayers, which were we should be continued in our performed alternately by four or present situation. His reckonfive of the passengers, to the ing was out, and he knew net
where to steer his course. One with land, and came to a place biscuit a day, a small portion of called Newharbour, about thirty meat, and a quart of water was miles east of Kennebeck. Gei. all our allowance. This was ting two small vessels there, continued for ten or twelve day's; they came back for the plunder then we were put on half allow. of the ship, which had been cast ance, excepting the water, which upon a small island and broken was .continued the same. Ten to pieces. They tarricd, until days after, we spoke a ship, they had collected what plunder which supplied us with provi, they pleased to take, with which sion ;, but our allowance was not they returned to Newharbour, increased. The storm was now taking with them a few of the alated, and we were relieved servants and passengers, that from some distressing fears. were on the island. These were
Oct. 28, made land on the sold for their passage ; but in eastern coast; found it to be a this way they were delivered desolate island, or neck of land from their distressing situation, inhabited only by a few Indians. The rest of the passengers were, The ship was anchored, and we left in the most melancholy cirremained a few days on board. cumstances ; but a kind Provi. The Captain and others took the dence furnished us with somelong-boat, and went, hoping to thing to support nature. We find some. French inhabitants; found some muscles on the beach, but returned without any success. which, with sea kelp and dulce, We were then ordered to land we boiled in a pot we had brought on this island. Accordingly on shore, and were nourished by many boats' load of people were them. This was all the food landed, and scattered round the we had for as much as two island, , without any provision. months. A distressing time! The number of people could not, But God supported me even at de presume, be less than a hund- that time, and gave me hopes of red. We were told, that the last relief, which I ever maintained boats should bring us some pro- in the very darkest hour. Evvision, but were disappointed. ery day more or less died around No provision was sent us.
It was observed that the ihe distressed situation ! some men failed sooner than the wocrying, some almost distracted, men, and that a greater propornot knowing what to. do. tion of them died.
There was Death seemed to stare, us all in scarcely one to help another, as the face, and very soon marked every one had sufficient to do out many for his victims. for himself. The provision of
After we were landed, twenty each day was to be sought in the or thirty of the passengers set day, as the manna was in the out to look for inhabitants, but wilderness. were never after heard of. Prob- The Indians soon visited us, ably they all perished. The and added much to our distress, Captain, mate, and seamen left robbing is of all they could find, the ship and went in search of which we had brought from the inhabitants. After a few days' ship. Io a severe snow storm vail to the eastward, they fell in we hung our clothes on trees to
shelter us. The Indians came The boy and child were soon afand took them down. When I ter found dead, lying together. offered to resist them, one drew A most sorrowful sight! his hatchet and attempted to I went to see a cousin of mine, strike me. I drew back and left who lay at a little distance in a them to take what they pleased. feeble state, unable to rise. I Among other things they took asked her, whether she had any our pot, in which we boiled our thing to eat. She said, yes, her muscles ; so that we were in a other shipmates gave her mus most distressed situation. At cles, when they got any for length I providentially thought themselves; but added, she of a sauce pan, which some of could eat some boiled dulce, if the passengers had.
I went she could get any. I told her I and found it lying on the ground, would get her some to-morrow, the owners all being dead. On the morrow returning to see
Some further particulars de- her, I found her dead, and severserve to be mentioned. I was al more by her.-Walking along landed in one of the first boats. the shore, I found a boy, about As my mother and sisters were seventeen years old, sitting very landing, one of my sisters died. disconsolate, with a book in his All being in confusion and trou- hand. I said to him, what do ble, there was none to bury her, you do here? He answered, 1 but myself. I performed that am looking for the captain, who service with great composure. is coming to carry me off the I then had to take care of my Island. I said to him, did he miother and other sister, who promise you that favour? Yes, were somewhat helpless. God he said. Well, replied I, don't gave me strength, so that I was depend upon it, for I don't be. enabled to do something for lieve he will ever come here them, as well as for myself. again. Upon this he cried For some time we appeared like bitterly ; but I could not pera very thick neighbourhood, be- suade him to give up his hope, ing divided into separate com- and do soinething for a subsispanies. Our company consisted tence. In a few days, he was of wine persons.
found dead, with his book open When the boats were landing, under his head. as I stood on the beach, a child The people began now to die about two years old was put in- very fast. There was no travel. to my arms. I looked round to ling any where, but dead bodies see who was to take it from me, were found, as few were buried. but found no one that would own Ali were so weak and helpless, it. I inquired, who takes care of that they had enough to do to shis child ? A little boy, about keep life in themselves. In this twelve years old, atîswered, no- distressing situation we remain. body, Ma'am, but 1. Oh how I ed, until every person, of whom feit, knowing that this child's we had any knowledge on the parents had both died in the ship. Island, was dead, excepting my I was obliged to lay down the mother, my sister, and myself
. child, and leave it to the care of At that time our fire went out, him, who had the care of us all. and we had nothing to strike fire