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Captain Libbey, about to sail direct for Philadelphia tomorrow, or, as is much more probable, on the 16th or 17th, the tides being very unfavourable for getting out earlier than the latter day. She is a good brig, of two hundred and ninety-eight tons, stands A. 1; has no other passenger, and the Captain belongs to Portland.
“Mr. A. Hodgson has concurred with me in this arrangement, and been a party to it. I have reason to believe all my friends who know Mr. A. equally approve of it.
“ I have had a long conversation with Mr. A.'s physician, in company with Captain L. in order that the latter might, from the details thus given, be the better able to pay every possible attention to his patient; and in addition to these verbal instructions, I have given a note to Captain L., of which I enclose a copy, calling his attention more immediately to those points which seemed to me of primary importance. Withi this, I address a few lines to Mr. Farr, to the same effect.
“I have to acknowledge your obliging favour of the 22d September, and to thank you for the interest you have taken in this affecting case of aggravated affliction. It affords me an additional confirmation of the opinion my partial acquaintance with your character led me to form, from
many sources of information; and I feel assured, you will derive no small satisfaction from the consciousness of having aided in soothing the soriows poured on the head of a mother and wife, on whom the hand of the Lord, no doubt, for both wise and gracious purposes, presses with peculiar weight.” “ Believe me, dear Sir, very truly and respectfully, Your's,
SAM’L. HOPE. “ ROBERT RALSTON, Esq.”
The kind solicitude of our benevolent friend, Mr. Hope, is further displayed in his letter of instructions given
to Captain Libbey, who was entrusted with the care of my brother: a copy of a part of which follows
“ LIVERPOOL, November 15th, 1828. Capt. Libbey, brig Edward, for Philadelphia-
“Sir :- In confiding the Rev. Mr. Allen to your care, to be delivered to his afflicted family and friends at Philadel. phia, I am confident I need not remind you of the claims his unfortunate situation has on your tender feelings as a man and a Christian: but it may be desirable to trouble you with a few observations for your general guidance.
“ The directions verbally given by Dr. Traill this morning when you were with me, were so ample and explicit on all points, that I don't need to recapitulate them. One or two of them I must, however, beg the favour of your bearing in mind as of leading and indeed indispensable importance.
“Myself and friends having taken charge of Mr. A. some time ago, without any request from his family or relatives, but solely from a sense of duty, we feel a peculiar responsibility in having him safely conveyed home.”_"The more he can be brought into pleasant conversation, and made to interest himself in what is going on about him, the better.”—“ It will be very proper to allow Mr. A. to go on deck when the weather is moderate.”—I must beg you, on arrival, to send word either to Mr. Farr, or to Robert Ralston, Esq. in order that they may inform Mrs. A. and adopt proper measures for Mr. A.'s removal.
“ Wishing you the satisfaction which will be justly due to the conscientious and proper discharge of your trust, and wishing you also a safe and prosperous voyage, I
am, respectfully, Sir, your obedient servant,
SAMUEL HOPE.” Mr. Hope also wrote to my brother's wife
“LIVERPOOL, November 15th. “Dear Madam :-I feel very sensibly your kindness in acknowledging the few attentions myself and friends have been able to pay to your respected husband, in his forlorn and afflicted circumstances. Viewing him, as he was, the victim, in some degree, of an excessive desire to promote the best interests of his fellow men, in connexion with the glory of his exalted Redeemer ; deprived of the power of properly controlling his own proceedings; far from his home, his kindred and friends: the heart must have been hard indeed, that could not feel for his truly melancholy condition; or that would have prompted one less effort than has been made for alleviating its sorrows.
“I have, in concurrence with some of my friends, made arrangements for his return, which will, I confidently trust, restore him to his home in a fortnight, or at most, three weeks after the receipt of this letter ; and I trust, it may yet please God so to overrule this severe trial, both to his eventual good and yours, that you may both join in a grateful acknowledgment of praise to Him, who doth according to his will in the armies of Heaven and amongst the children of men; and who often
Behind a frowning providence,
Hides a smiling face.' “It would afford me real happiness to learn that you are again permitted to enjoy your husband's society, and the smiles of a gracious Providence, without any thing to impair the delights of either; and in this hope, I remain, dear madam, your unknown, but assuredly sincere friend,
SAMUEL HOPE. « Mrs. ALLEN." Mr. Hope also wrote to myself
" LIVERPOOL, November 20th. My Dear Sir: I yesterday received your favour of the 19th ult. per Tuscarora. You will, ere this, I doubt not,
have learnt, that the wish it expresses for the speedy return of your afflicted brother, has been anticipated by his embarking in the Edward, Captain Libbey, for Philadelphia, which vessel is expected to leave by this or the following tide.
“ Ever since the receipt of Mrs. Allen's letter to myself, about three or four weeks since, my friends and myself have been actively engaged in inquiries for a suitable conveyance.
“We consider ourselves, therefore, fortunate in the arrangement we have made, and hope and pray that the great Disposer of all events, may so prosper our endeavours, feeble and imperfect as they have been, as to restore him in due time, not only to your care, but eventually to your society."
“I now feel peculiarly anxious to know the result of our exertions, and shall be most happy to learn that our best hopes are realized. I trust, therefore, yourself or Mr. Farr, will have the goodness to give me the earliest possible intimation of the Edward's arrival. I beg you will present my Christian regards to Mrs. B. Allen, and subscribe myself, my dear Sir, your's, with sincere sympathy,
SAMUEL HOPE. " Rev. THOMAS G. ALLEN.
- P. S. I find the Edward is not sailing to-day, and as the wind is strong from the west, she may be some time detained.”
The foregoing display the anxious solicitude and kind attention to our dear afflicted friend and brother.
The blessing of Heaven rest upon all our friends in England. Amen,
HE SAILS FROM ENGLAND-THE LAST FRUITS OF HIS PEN
HIS CLOSING SCENE-HIS DEATH-NOTICES AND ANTICI
PATIONS OF HIS DEPARTURE.
Our dear brother Wilson favoured me with a letter, which refers to my brother's sailing.
“ My Dear Sir:- I have to thank you for the letter which I have safely received. I do very sincerely sympathise with you all, in the heavy affliction of your poor brother's illness, and I pray God to vouchsafe bis promised and needful succours, especially to his poor wife and children.
“I have this day heard of his having set sail for America. I fear, not with much promise of amendment. But if it please God to preserve him on his voyage, it will be a satisfaction to you to have him amongst you.
“ It would be a great comfort to hear from you in a few months, of the safe arrival of your brother; and may it please God to enable you to announce his amendment. I steal a hurried moment from my pressing avocations to write this, and remain, dear Sir, your's, with Christian regard,
WILLIAM CARUS WILSON. “Whittington Rectory, Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmoreland, November 220, 1828."
My brother went on board the brig at Liverpool, November 17th, 1828, but they did not sail till the 23d.
After he came on board, he was much occupied with his books. Many of his thoughts he put to paper. As perhaps he had not other conveniences, he wrote with a pencil on