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has manifested a great degree of mental aberration. I am minister of a parish thirteen miles north of Lancaster, and after he had been on a visit to me, and my father, for above a fortnight, he went to Kendal, where his unsettledness came on, and I was sent for, express, last Thursday. He seemed not too ill to effect his voyage home, and I brought him on Friday to Liverpool, finding that a vessel sailed for Philadelphia to-day.

“ The probability is, that he will not be well enough to sail, and we shall then put him under proper medical treat. ment, in the hope, that, in a week or two, it may please God to restore him, so as to enable him to return to you in health.”

“ You will use your discretion as to communicating all or any part of this to his wife, whom I pray the Lord to support under this affliction. He has many kind friends here, who will be sure to do all that the tenderest relative could wish to do.

Your faithful servant, WM. CARUS WILSON.”

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I also give the following from a friend in Liverpool, addressed to Robert Ralston, Esq., Philadelphia

“ LIVERPOOL, July 19th, 1828. “Dear Sir:-Although personally a stranger, I need make no apology for addressing you on the present occasion.

“ The Rev. Mr. Allen, of your city, of the Episcopal Church, has been, ever since his arrival here, engaged with his wonted ardour of mind, in the cause of the Bible, Mis. sionary, and other religious Societies, endeavouring, to the utmost of his ability, to serve the cause of our common Master. Unhappily, these efforts were entered upon

whilst his health was, as has been since learnt, very unequal to the task; and instead of its being recruited and re-established, as his friends had doubtless hoped it would be, by his visit to Europe, he now returns with it greatly impaired. “ In addition to great general debility of body, the mental excitement brought on by his more recent exertions, has visibly produced a slight aberration of mind, which shows itself in incoherent fear of his having deserted the path of duty, of being unfit for the pastoral office, &c. &c. All, in the opinion of our ablest medical men, clear indications of a tendency, at least, to the misfortune I have referred to.

“ Under these circumstances, my friends, those in concert with whom Mr. A. has been most actively engaged, after consulting with an eminent physician, have concluded it would be best to further the inclination of his own mind, in favour of his immediate return to his family and friends; and they have engaged his passage in the Ann, to sail on the 21st.

“ The Rev. William Carus Wilson has accompanied him from Kendal; is staying in lodgings with him, and will not leave him till the vessel is under weigh. The Captain has had suitable instructions given him, and seems disposed to pay Mr. A. every possible attention.

“ The immediate object of my writing, as I do not know any of Mr. Allen's congregation, is, to ask the favour of your breaking to his family the circumstance of his expected return, and under circumstances of unimproved health ; and further, to beg the favour of your asking some of his friends to meet him on the arrival of the vessel, and to pay him all needful attention.

“I remain, dear sir, with the esteem due to every faithful and zealous friend, to the best interests of our fellow men, “ Yoar's, very truly,

SAMUEL HOPE.”

Again he writes

“July 21st. +" Dear Sir: I wrote you by the Liverpool, requesting the favour of your apprising the family of the Rev. Mr. Allen, of the Episcopal Church, of his intending to retura home by the Ann, under circumstances of impaired health

in body and mind. I now write a hasty line, in the prospect of the vessel being about to sail in a few hours, two at most, to say that Mr. A. seems at present determined on staying a little longer, and allowing this vessel, therefore, to proceed without him.

“ As his mind is incapable of any healthy exercise under its present painful excitement, even the present determi. nation may undergo a change in the short time allowed for a final decision. I beg, however, to assure his friends through you, that, in any event, our esteemed friend is receiving, and will receive, all the delicate and affectionate attention his situation requires. I will not fail to write you fully by the next vessel, to apprise them of any change that may take place, either in Mr. A.'s health, or in his intentions. Believe me, dear Sir, your's with much esteem,

SAMUEL HOPE. “ ROBERT Ralston, Esq.” I also add the following of

“July 24th. “Dear Sir:-) wrote you by the Liverpool, via Boston, and by the Ann direct, respecting the distressing circumstances in which Mr. Allen, Rector of St. Paul's in your city, was. After closing and forwarding the letter, my friend, Mr. William Carus Wilson, the Rev. Mr. Bicker. steth, brother to the Secretary of the Church Missionary Society, and myself, thought it best frankly to tell Mr. A. our opinion of his case, and ask his as to the course to be pursued; suggesting that the alternative seemed to be, his proceeding by the Ann, under the special charge of the Captain, or his undergoing a regular course of medical treatment, with the view to the restoration of his mind to its wonted calm. His reply coincided with the leanings of our own mind, and at length decided our choice. He told us, he was quite sensible that his reason was disturbed, and that he was not fit to be the master of his own actions ; that he had no 'objection to be placed under restraint for a time, with the hope that it would bring about the object he was sensible we had in view, solely for his good. Having then consulted Mr. Bickersteth's brother, an eminent sur. geon in this town, (who had previously given a decided opinion as to the propriety of some such procedure,) as to the choice of a situation, we placed him under the care of a gentleman whose qualifications are thought highly of, and who gave us every assurance we could wish, that he should receive all the attention which could be desired for a gentleman in his situation.

“Messrs. Wilson and Bickersteth saw him on Tuesday, and found him comfortable. He spoke with great satisfaction of the surgeon, who, he said, seemed to have a very accurate knowledge of his case ; and at his request, I am to call upon him in about an hour or two. Mr. Buddi. com, the Clerical Secretary of the Liverpool Bible Society, and my colleague in his service, has kindly promised me also to visit Mr. A. occasionally, as well as some other of his clerical friends ; and this circumstance affords myself and friends an additional assurance, that he will receive every requisite attention. I trust, therefore, that Mr. A.'s friends will feel satisfied that he is where, under all cir. cumstances, it is best he should for the present be. What course his complaint may take, or how long his retirement may be, it is of course impossible even to conjecture. "Your's very respectfully and truly,

SAMUEL HOPE.” After the Rev. Mr. Patton, of the Presbyterian Church, returned to this country, he wrote a letter to my brother's wife, in which he states

“New-YORK, October 2d. “ My Dear Madam :-I have supposed that it would contribute to your consolation, to hear from one, who is your dear husband's brother in the ministry, and who has visited him in his affliction, that every thing is done for his recovery and comfort that you could desire, or Christian sympathy impart. He is calm. He is exceedingly cautious in conversation. I have seen him several times, and upon the whole, I do not think that he is so much exercised as when I first saw him. He knows every person with whom he has been acquainted, and is aware of his situation. His health, I do not think, is any worse than when I saw him in Lon. don in May. I visited him a day or two before sailing from Liverpool.

“In this hour of deep trial, your confidence must be in the Lord. There you may repose it, and be assured that it is all right. This is a trial by which God would prove the submission of your own heart. No earthly comforter can reach half way to your present extremity; but the Lord has comforts for his own children, no matter how heavy and dark the night may be. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. “ Your's, &c.

WILLIAM PATTON."

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In another letter to myself, Mr. Patton observes further

Upon most subjects he converses rationally, though with very great caution and reserve. He is not so much excited as you would imagine. There is, indeed, a great degree of indifference in his whole manner, and this great want of excitement is viewed as a very discouraging symptom.-October 9th."

My brother remained under medical treatment for upwards of four months, and very little change was effected in his case.

It was finally deemed important, that he should return to the bosom of his family and friends, under the fond ex. pectation that this change in his circumstances might prove beneficial. Consequently, arrangements were made by the friends in Liverpool, as appears by the following

“LIVERPOOL, November 15th, 1828. “Dear Sir :

-After many disappointments, I have obtained a passage for our afflicted friend, Mr. Allen, in the Edward,

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