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I go as the Society's representative. I am to go again to York, in a short time. The roads are so fine, and all conveniencies for travelling so abundant, it is delightful travelling. Were you only where we might see each other :-more and more I wish to see you, and the dear children, but all is for the best. I thank my Lord that George is serious. May a good work go on in him. I received Thomas' letter, dated 12th April, in London."
“ A few pamphlets are put up to go along with this letter, for the Magazine, directed to Thomas, and some pretty little books for the dear children ; kiss all of them for me.
“ Tell Mrs. Perit, I am unable yet to procure the prints, &c., there being no one deposit, some difficulty exists. Lord Bexley's sister, Mrs. Vansittart, promises to help me on my return to London. I have not yet drawn the money.
“ I am called upon to put on paper a few letters describing our Bible-class system. The clergy here are anxious, very anxious to know all about it. “I
pray the Lord to bless you all.” Relative to the above, he also wrote to the Rev. Thomas Woodruff, London
“My Dear Brother:- My time has been occupied here in writing a description of the mode of carrying on the Bible-class of St. Paul's Church. Affectionately your's,
BENJ’N ALLEN. • At. W. C. Wilson's, Esq., near Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmoreland.” He wrote to me
“May 31st. “ Dear Thomas :-May the blessing of God be with all of you. At present I can say little more. My returning strength affords reason to hope I may be enabled by and by to see, or write to you fully. I pray you let the Lord be your confidence in every thing. Providence provides me exercise in travelling all over England, without any expense
of my own; and friends in the greatest abundance. Business I must leave in your hands. Scott's work will, I hope, help in various matters. Affectionately yours.”
On the same day he wrote to his wife
“ENGLAND, May 31st. “ Dear Harriot :-I am in the enjoyment of every comfort; with Christian friends in the county of Westmoreland, whose country-seats combine in and around them the utmost rural felicity; and even the luxuries and elegancies. Still, my love, you and the children are not here. The Lord, I trust, is gracious to you ; nothing equals the love He has to you, and the prayer of my heart is to him continually for you. I hear with great joy, by Thomas' letter, that George is more and more Christian in his heart.
“ May the Holy Spirit come upon you all. Dear wife, may my Harriot, and John, Mary Ann, and Benjamin, and Henry, every one be filled with the influences of the Holy Spirit. There is nothing else that can make any one truly happy. I am now in this most delightful retreat, under the assiduous attention of Christian friends, growing stronger. My side is a little troublesome; but very little. I feel better in every other respect every day. I sometimes am tempted to fly to Liverpool, and get on board the first packet, and go home; but that would be very far from being right now. August, you know, my love, would be a trying month to me in Philadelphia. And if I were to go now, I should leave my designs unaccomplished; and I have at present a very fair prospect of succeeding."
My love, the above had been written and I went down stairs; and then the wealthy clergyman with whose kind family 1 now am, made arrangements for all my manuscripts to be brought here from London; and he intends publishing all on his account, and sharing the fruits with me. The profit he receives will be given to a Christian charitable purpose. The prospect, therefore, is of something for this world, and the next too. I am more and more convinced the Lord led me to England for good. This, then, promises to be my head-quarters, at least for some time. They say they will make health return to me. 'Tis a delightful land; every comfort abounds to me. Oh, if all of you were with
“SAWERBY, YORKSHIRE, June 24th. “Dear Harriot :-I feel so much better this morning, and have felt so much better for a few days past, that really it seems to me as if a new lease of life had been granted. Really, my strength co returns to me, it appears as if I were to continue many years on earth; and that, instead of leaving you and our dear children, I am to be allowed to remain with you. I feel very thankful. You ask, per: haps, why I speak so confidently? The spitting of blood I had before I left home, I had, you know, twelve years since; and as I had it so long, it seems not to be very
seri. As I have lived with it so long, it may be the Lord's will to allow me to live with it to a very old age. Care in future, avoiding great effort, may lengthen my earthly date I rejoice, for your sake, and the children, though I desire in every thing to exclaim-The will of the Lord be done.
“I have not been troubled with raising blood once since I left home. My spirits are returning—my strength return. ing—and really—thanks to a gracious Lord for his abounding mercy-I feel myself again. Goodness and mercy follow me still.
“ You want to know how I got into Yorkshire. I left London to visit some places, Liverpool, &c., for the British and Foreign Bible Society. That left me at a charming place, with delightful friends, in Westmoreland, in the most beautiful vale of Loon. The Church Missionary Society engaged me to accompany their Secretary to certain places; this led me on to the city of York.
“I am avoiding preaching-only talk at public meetings, and travelling, in delightful society, from one Christian friend to another; seeing the most interesting and curious scenes, ruins, cathedrals, &c.—full of the receipt of Chris tian hospitality, kindness and love: thousands of friends, if I needed them; why should I not get better?
“Places visited this journey, York, Ripon, Balton Abbey, Skipton, Keighley, Halifax, Sowerby, near Halifax: To visit this, and next week Cartisle, &c. &c. &c.-on as far as Glasgow in Scotland. Perhaps from Edinburg I may go to London.
“ Your letter of April 30th, and Thomas' letter of May 3d, reached me at York. For extract you gave me from dear George's letter, I thank you most heartily. When you next write to George, give my love to him; tell him he
« The Infant School, I trust, goes on well. I wish it to go on, for dear little Benjamin's sake. I perhaps can take some things home to help the school on.
“ This is to me a charming land, and its Christians to me a delightful people.
“ As to my expenses, they are next to nothing. I am not allowed to pay any thing for travelling expenses. I wish to say, concerning every thing the Lord does-- What thou wilt-when thou wilt-how thou wilt.-Amen."
“LANCASTER, July 5th. “ Dear Harriot :-For want of paper, I take this piece and write on it, to inform you of my continued improved health. I hope ere long to see Scotland, the land of Mrs. Sawer. The trust in God which I have, makes me rely on his providing for, and graciously taking care of, my children and you, dear Harriot. The confidence which Thomas has inspired me with, causes me to think that the congregation goes on well, under him as the instrument. May the Lord bless, protect, and visit you all."
His last letter to us is dated
ENGLAND, Sunday, July 13th. “ Dear Love :-I have read, and am thankful for the short letter of your's, accompanying so many others. I doubt not the gracious Lord will keep, preserve, and bless you, and that all of us may meet in peace and safety. I came to this place about eight days ago; being a little, as usual at home, at this season, unwell. I continued in the families of very kind Quakers, friends and relations of Anna Braithwaite : I went to meeting last Sunday afternoon. In the morning, went to the parish church, and heard a very good sermon. H. E.'s letter, tell her, has given me great satisfaction. It was read at dinner table to-day at the house of my particular friend.”
“ Bless little Henry. The Thorntons, in London, were pleased and surprised at the natning him. May the Lord bless all the children. May your soul experience more and more renewing grace, and Ann, and Mary Ann, and Kitty too. George's letter delights me. I hope Harriot will follow.
“Take care of the seed in this letter, plucked in the hot-house of Benjamin Haigh Allen, Esq. of Haddersfield. A beautiful running vine and flower. Plant the seed in a pot. Be careful of them. B. H. Allen is marked upon his table cloths, towels, &c. &c. He has erected a fine large Church at his own expense.
“A box of religious books, presents to me, &c. &c., went by the July packet, directed to me. Friend Crewdsen, at whose house I am, with her husband, desires her Chris. tian love. Friends here take very good care of your hus. band. Ost do they speak of you and the children. They are very affectionate. One presented me ten pounds for travelling expenses, and as a return, I gave him a Poem, entitled, Tamba or the Slave Trade.