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Jane paused for a moment, but there was no wavering in her resolution" No, Mr. Erskine; we must part now; if I loved you, I could not resist the pleadings of my heart."

'Erskine entreated-promised every thing; till convinced that Jane did not deceive him or herself, his vanity and pride, mortified and wounded, came to his relief, and changed his entreaties to sarcasms. He said the rigour that would immolate every human feeling, would fit her to be the Elect Lady of a Shaker society; he assured her that he would emulate her stoicism.

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"I am no stoic," replied Jane; and the tears gushed from her eyes. Oh, Erskine! I would make any exertions, any sacrifices to render you what I once thought you. I would watch and toil to win you to virtue--to heaven. If I believed you loved me, I could still hope, for I know that affection is self-devoting, and may overcome all things. "Edward," she continued, with a trembling voice," there is one subject, and that nearest to my heart, on which I discovered soon after our engagement we were at utter variance. When I first heard you trifle with the obligations of religion, and express a distrust of its truths, I felt my heart chill. I reproached myself bitterly for having looked on your insensibility on this subject as the common carelessness of a gay young man, to be expected, and forgiven, and easily cured. These few short months have taught me much; have taught me, Erskine, not that religion is the only sure foundation of virtue-that I knew before -but they have taught me, that religion alone can produce unity of spirit; alone can resist the cares, the disappointments, the tempests of life; that it is the only indissoluble bond-for when the silver chord is loosed, this bond becomes immortal. I have felt that my most sacred pleasures and hopes must be solitary." Erskine made no reply; he felt the presence of a sanctified spirit. "You now know all, Erskine. The circumstances you have told me this evening, I partly knew before."

"From Lloyd?" said Edward. "He then knew, as he insinuated, why the treasure of your cheek had faded.'"

"You do him wrong. He has never mentioned your name since the morning I left my aunt's. I heard them, by accident, from John."

"It is, in truth, time we should part, when you can give your ear to every idle rumour;" he snatched his hat, and was going.

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Jane laid her hand on his arm, "Yes, it is time," she said, "that we should part; but not in anger Let us exchange forgiveness, Edward." Erskine turned and wept bitterly. For a few gracious moments his pride, his self-love, all melted away, and he felt the value, the surpassing excellence of the blessing he had forfeited. He pressed the hand Jane had given him, to his lips fervently, "Oh, Jane," he said, "you are an angel; forget my follies, and think of me with kindness."

"I shall remember nothing of the past," she said, with a look that had less of earth in it than heaven,' " but your goodness to me-God bless you, Edward; God bless you," she repeated, and they separated-for ever!" -for ever! pp. 204–215.

We should be glad to quote something, if our limits allow ed, of Crazy Bet,-John's story of the law suit-Jane's gift of the hundred dollars-another scene between Jane and Edward, and between Jane and David. Our readers, however, must be satisfied that the pen which wrote the passages quoted above, deserves praise and encouragement; and will join us in the wish that it may not lie idle, but go on to further labours in the cause of manners, morals, and religion.


Cambridge Theological School.-In our last number was noticed a circular letter which had been issued with the purpose of procuring a sufficient sum for the erection of a building for the use of the Theological students at Cambridge. We understand that the design of soliciting subscriptions for this object is, for the present, postponed. But we desire that it should be well known that it is not given up. The object is so important that we feel ourselves called upon to keep it before the public; and though the peculiar state of the times has prevented the immediate adoption of any active measures with regard to it, we trust that it will not, on that account, lose its interest, or be forgotten. Even now we regard the Theological School at Cambridge, as offering advantages far superior to those which can be obtained at any other similar institution in the country. We should be rejoiced to see those advantages multiplied. They will be greatly so by the accomplishment of the present design. The literary facilities which may be enjoyed there are unequalled. But if they were equalled, or even surpassed, at any other place, we should still think that the freedom from sectarian influence, and technical theology, existing there, would throw an incalculable balance in favour of Cambridge. The great advantages of an edifice devoted to the accommodation of the students have already been ably stated in the circular, and in the article alluded to above. Let those who are desirous that religious examination should be unfettered, and religious discussion unconstrained, who wish to see truth established

by its own power, and christianity adorned with its own beauty, let all such exert themselves according to their opportunities and means, in assisting an institution, at which the instructers are chained to no long creed, and the pupils are subjected to no improper influence.

It has appeared to us, that beside the proposed subscriptions, it would be well that contributions should be collected in those congregations which favour the design. An opportunity of doing good will thus be given to many who do not feel able to put their names on a subscription list. And who more interested in the prosperity of the Theological School at Cambridge, than those who expect to call from it their religious guides?

Conversion of a Baptist Missionary in India.-Intelligence has been received, that one of the Baptist Missionaries in India, has been led to perceive the error of the doctrine of the Trinity, and reject it. We publish here, extracts from two letters on the subject. The first is from a gentleman of Boston, to one of the ministers of the city.


By the last arrival from Calcutta, I received the accompanying Sermon, which, as you will perceive, was delivered before. an Unitarian congregation in Calcutta. It was occasioned by the first establishment in this Society, and pronounced at its first meeting.

When in Calcutta, it was my good fortune to enjoy an intimate intercourse with the author-[Mr. Adam.] He was sent to India as a Baptist Missionary, by the Society in London, and had, subsequently to his arrival, proved himself to be judicious, well-informed, and pious. About six months prior to my departure he engaged with Rammobun Roy, as an instructer in the Greek and Latin languages; but being at the same time employed with him and another gentleman of the same mission, in preparing a translation of the New Testament into the Bengalee, the subject of his conversation with Rammohun Roy alone, was most frequently one which had been suggested, or discussed at the other meetings.

'In consequence of these conversations, the instructer was led to doubt, to examine, and at length, to renounce his previous opinions; and on the occasion above named, he made his first public confession of the change which had taken place in his belief.

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The Society is not regularly organized, nor have they a proper place of worship; but Mr. Adam intended to appeal to the benevolence of the public for aid in erecting a chapel.

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'It would give me pleasure to be able to state, that this dif ference of opinion had not affected his standing in the good opinion of his brethren of the mission, and the public: but, in this as in almost every other instance, a difference in religious opinion has succeeded in destroying christian charity.

'A letter from a friend, himself a Missionary, and a Trinitarian, speaks in the highest terms of Mr. Adam, acknowledging that, in his view, he appears to be as pious, and as sincere as at any former period of their acquaintance.'

The other is part of a letter from Mr. Adam himself, to Dr. Channing.

'You are desirous, however, no doubt, of knowing who is writing to you. I came to India, as a Missionary from the Baptist Society in England. About three years and a half after my arrival in this country, that is, about five or six months ago, the convictions of my mind rendered it necessary for me to renounce Trinitarianism. I found, from that intercourse with the natives which I constantly cultivated, that on the ground of reason, (the only ground which it is possible to assume in propagating any religion,) I could no better maintain a three fold distinction in the divine nature, than the Hindoos could a distinction of many millions. You will not suppose from this, that when a Trinitarian, I made the trinity a frequent subject of discussion with natives. On the contrary, I, like others, avoided it as much as possible; but when they brought it forward as an objection, or endeavoured to draw a parallelism on this ground, between their own system and ours, I was compelled to meet the attack. With the assistance of friends, a house has been rented, in which I preach every Sunday, to a small congregation of Europeans, country born, and natives who understand English. The principal of these last, is. Rammohun Roy, of whom you have no doubt heard, and whose writings you perhaps have seen. One of his late publications will accompany this, together with a few copies of a sermon which I lately published. I have in view, to commence a periodical work, which will include both a selection from European and American Theological publications, as well as original communications from friends and supporters in this country. I shall be glad to receive from you, with a view to the former of these a list of the most approved and liberal works conducted periodically in the U. S. together with specimens; if these, can be conveniently procured. It will give me pleasure to receive from you, whatever may illustrate the actual state of religion amongst all classes and denominations, and particularly the progress of Unitarianism, and the diversity of sentiment which may exist among those who in common reject the doctrine of the trinity.

"May I beg the favour of your accepting the accompanying pamphlets, and of your forwarding the rest to the gentlemen whose names they respectively bear with my sincere regard. I am my dear sir, yours very truly, WILLIAM ADAM.'

Calcutta, December 19, 1821.

Annual meeting of Ministers in Berry Street.-According to appointment, the meeting was opened at half past eight o'clock on the morning of Election day. Prayers were offered by the Rev. Samuel Willard, of Deerfield. The Rev. Dr. Ripley was chosen moderator, the Rev. H. Ware, jr. scribe.

The annual address on the given subject, was delivered by the Rev. Joseph Tuckerman.

The following addition was made to the rules of the meetingNo question relating to the private concerns of any minister, shall be discussed, until a vote has been taken without debate, whether the meeting will consider it or not.

Voted, that this meeting be known by the style of the Ministerial Conference in Berry Street.

Met again in the evening. The Rev. Messrs. Tuckerman, Pierce, and Walker, were appointed on the standing committee, for the ensuing year. Inquiry was made, agreeably to rule, concerning the state of religion in the land; and the meeting was addressed on this subject, by Mr. Goodwin, of Sandwich, Mr. Bates of Bristol, R. I. Mr. Walker, of Charlestown, and Dr. Ripley, of Concord.

A committee was appointed, to consider what methods may be adopted by this Conference for the more effectual extension of religious publications; to report next year.

The meeting was then adjourned, to the morning of Election day, 1823.

Unitarian Defendant.-We have seen the first number of a small publication bearing this title, issued at Charleston, S. C. and intended to be continued occasionally.' We learn from it, that the same method of ungenerous and slanderous attack is commencing in that place, which has been elsewhere prevalent, and that the Unitarians of the city, have been compelled to resort to public self defence. We cordially wish them success, and the divine blessing. Let them return decency for indecency, fairness for reviling, and argument for scurrility and defamation-and they may trust to see the gospel triumph against all the arts of mistaken and violent men. And if still assailed as emissaries of Satan, let them remember the words of their Lord--' if

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