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And own and bless this band, this zealous band,
And other happy bands, and other men,
Who on thy strength relying, now exert,
Immanuel's kingdom to exalt, and thee to praise."

The following are a portion of the lines which he entitles, " Reflections at a pleasant country seat, whose owner had lately sunk into the grave."

“Ah solemn thought! these scenes, so calm and lovely,
Once, as beauteous and as calm, were view'd
By eyes that now in cold oblivion rest !"

“ Death has been here !
He's torn away a gem, but not destroy'd,
A little moment hidden in the dust,
Soon with bright dazzling lustre will it shine,
And shame yon orb of day!"

Thus I have been led to make a number of extracts from this volume, as it is the first of my brother's publications given to the world under truly interesting circumstances; and as the desire has been so often expressed among his friends to possess the work. I trust, also, that the spirit here breathed will be enkindled on the altar of other hearts.

This volume must have been favourably received, as we find, in a few months, a second edition called for. And February 1st, 1812, my brother is charged, by the printer, with printing 3000 copies.

To dispose of his books, and exchange them with the booksellers, he was led to spend considerable time in travelling among the chief cities and towns included between Albany, Boston, and Baltimore.

The grand object which my brother had in view, in his untiring efforts, was the glory of God, and the salvation of immortal souls. In the fall of 1811, an afflictive Provi. dence occurred, which gave an opportunity for this disposition to unfold. By a fall from the third story of a store, my leg was fractured, by-which I was confined to my bed for about three months. This renewedly awakened up my mind on the subject of salvation ; and by the blessing of God, operating through the affectionate solicitude and salutary counsels of my brother, I was finally led to enter the Hudson Academy, and engage in a course of instruction, with some reference to the ministry. And in this movement, my brother cheerfully engaged to defray all the expenses of my education.

He endeavoured to enlist the mind and heart of our cousin, the only son of Aunt Mann, on this important subject, under the intention of defraying the expenses of his education likewise. But in this case he did not succeed.—His own eye was steadily fixed on the ministry of the Gospel as the scene of his labour, and his bosom was ardently panting for the favoured moment to arrive, when he could thus spend his strength in his dear Redeemer's cause. And such were his views of the fact, that the field was whitening on every hand for the harvest, and that the labourers were indeed few, that he endeavoured so to enlist those around, that they might feel, and think, and act with him.

I close this chapter by giving an extract of his letter to me, which displays the same affectionate and pious solici. tude in my happiness.

“ August 13th, 1811. “ Dear Thomas,

“ You must, by this time, be sensible what a privilege you have enjoyed, in being permitted to taste and see that the Lord is gracious. Oh, my dear brother, look not back, but go on.

Let not the trivial things of this world draw you aside from your duty. 'Tis but a little time we have to stay here; then we shall mount on wings of angels, to meet our God, our Father, and our Friend, face to face. Oh,

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my brother, could mamma have been allowed to look forward to this moment, when both her children are thinking of meeting her in Heaven, how would it have filled her heart with delight. Well, though she is not living, still we know not but she is now noticing us, and that every prayer we address to the throne of grace, and every attempt of praise we make, adds a particle to her happiness. My dear Thomas, stand fast—the Lord is on your side-do not forget him, but seek the way of duty daily, and then you may expect happiness. How pleasing will it be to us, even in this world, if we live to a good old age, to look back upon life spent in his service. Oh, I had rather, I had rather have such a retrospect, than ten thousand Indies. The way of the Lord is the only way of delight, and he that walks therein, may expect peace, joy, and consolation. If we are at any time in affliction, God will comfort us; he will raise our eyes beyond this narrow vale, and show us the prospect of Heaven. Eternity will one day unfold before us, and then, if we have been truly pious, how happy shall

we be.

“See the poor miserable multitude going on in sin, what delight have they? Ah! none.-Do not be discouraged and think the road is long—think what your Saviour suffered for you; think what a happiness there is in store for you, if you are truly pious, and gain that change of heart. Oh, my brother, it gives me joy now to call you my brother. What happiness shall we not enjoy with the pure society in Heaven. Look forward to it often. There is mamma; there are the Saints, the Seraphs, the Cherubs; there are the Apostles and the Prophets; there is Daniel, and Joseph, and Isaiah, and David, and Solomon, and Lazarus, and they will all be our dear companions. Prepare for it, my brother; do all you can for the glory of God, and the good of his kingdom, and then, when death arrives, mount and be happy. Whether I go first, or you go first, 'tis of little

consequence; in a few years we shall soon meet there; and then, adieu to pain, to disappointment, and all the train of trials here—we shall be happy. Pray, my dear brother, for assistance-pray and not faint. Remember the example of our dear Saviour ; and may God bless you, and all whom we should hold dear, for ever, for our dear Redeemer's sake. Adieu, my dear brother. I commend us to him.

“ Tomorrow I start for Philadelphia. I expect to return in about a fortnight. We are both in our Maker's hand, and he will take care of us. " Aunt was very thankful to hear the state of your

mind.” “I hope you have found some good society in Canaan, religious I mean. Be careful of other; and if you mix in that, that is respectable, remember the treasure you have to guard."

B. ALLEN, Jr."

CHAPTER IV.

THE PUBLICATION OF HIS SECOND VOLUME OF POENIS-HIS

MARRIAGE-HIS CORRESPONDENCE, &c. DURING 1812.

During the months of March, April, May, and July, of 1812, my brother spent much of his time in the different cities,-Boston, Hartford, Philadelphia, but especially in New-York,-labouring in his book concern.

As a devoted Christian and a true patriot, he endeavours to improve every surrounding circumstance to the benefit of his fellows.

Thus, in July, he gives another volume of seventy-four pages to the public with this title, “United we stand, divided we fall.-A Poem, by Juba, New-York.”

This was about the time of the declaration of war with England, when party spirit had risen to such a height, as to call loudly for a division of the states. His “advertisement” to this volume is as follows—“ Elegance in poetry is always desirable, and were the only object in publishing this little volume the acquisition of fame to the author as a poet, he would be culpable for issuing it hastily. But a nobler object is in view; one to be immediately attained, and one, towards the attainment of which, it is the duty of every American to contribute his warmest exertions. Party heat is increasing among us, and our enemies are taking advantage of it.”

We add a few extracts, as descriptive of his views and feelings at this important crisis.

“ Observe the glories of our favoured land,
Religion here her lovely sceptre sways,
Unawed by power, untrammell’d by control :"

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