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come out with great substance."

When the time arrived

for the commencement of this bondage, a famine overspread the land of Canaan, where Abram dwelt, and "his seed" resort to Egypt to obtain food. There they remain the predicted years, and are severely afflicted. Then Moses was raised up to deliver them: "the nation whom they had served was judged, and they came out with great substance.”

In a subsequent period the inhabitants of Judah were told, that their sins should be punished by a seventy years' captivity in Babylon, after which they would be liberated by Cyrus, a Persian prince, not born within two hundred years after the prophecy. Nebuchadnezzar, the great warrior, invaded Judea, and carried the whole population into Babylon: thus he fulfilled the decree respecting the captivity. At the expiration of the seventy years, Cyrus, a just and amiable prince, is seated on the throne of the kings of Chaldea. Within his dominions he found a nation of aliens. He was probably ignorant of the repeated rebellions against their Sovereign, which by a righteous judgment had at length sent them into banishment, and permitted their country to be desolated; but he generously liberated them, and sent them to their long-lamented home.

It is unnecessary to multiply proofs of an acknowledged fact that the divine decrees are usually executed by human means. We trust, we are authorised in believing, that the associations for the diffusion of christian knowledge, which are now in operation in every christian land, is the instituted mean by which "every knee shall be brought to bow at the name of Jesus." Missionaries are preaching to the ignorant and the superstitious-the Bible is put into the hands

of the heathen in his own language-he is casting away his idols, and the praises of Jehovah are ascending from every quarter of the globe! Can we contemplate without rapture, the beautiful earth we inhabit converted from brutality and vice, to christian light and liberty--and every creature confessing, "the Lord is our judge-the Lord is our lawgiver-the Lord is our king, He will save us;" when "the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it,"—and will not every hand and every heart contribute to the glorious work, as God has given ability?

Women, as we have attempted to show, in their capacities of wives or mothers, may contribute to the cause of christianity. In the latter character, especially, they may rear subjects for that "kingdom which shall have no end." Nor do we absolve them from the duty of extending their influence wheresoever Providence shall give the direction.

But to those who are not embarrassed with the cares of a family, it chiefty belongs to sustain those beneficent societies, which are the glory of the present age. By their charities, thousands are fed and clothed-thousands are provided with Bibles, who, from ignorance or indolence, would never have sought the blessing-and tens of thousands are taught to read its saving doctrines. As teachers in Sunday schools, our young ladies are exhibiting the influence of their sex, with a patience and perseverance, not to have been expected in the season of youth.

Tracts, those cheap and convenient little lessons, are, we hope, doing much good; and ladies are active in distributing them. They have received, both in Europe and Ame

rica, the support and approbation of many whose sagacity may be trusted-of men and women who would not waste their time and money in unprofitable speculations. They have proved the benefits, and are pursuing the work.

Some eminent ladies have enriched the British societies by their writings. We say enriched—because, the female style-simple and unpretending—is adapted to the comprehension of all classes; and females have the best opportunities of knowing the characters of the persons for whose use these popular sheets are principally designed. Among these, public gratitude has recorded the name of Hannah More. This lady has added tracts, to the previous long list of her writings on moral and religious subjects. Why should not our females emulate such examples? Many, have both leisure and ability, and there is no danger of overstocking the fund. Vast numbers are wanted for our western country, which the society has most laudably undertaken to supply. Tracts must be particularly acceptable in those districts where gospel ordinances are not yet established. Variety in composition too, is desirable, that, like Paul, we may be "all things to all men," that, "by all means" we "may save some."

Let not diffidence withhold the female pen. We know not what we can do until we assay our strength. Let every one then remember, that no talent must be hidden, that can in any way subserve the cause of christianity.


It has long been an obvious truth that a spirit of discontent is inherent in our nature. No man is satisfied with the measure of wealth of happines which Providence has allotted to him, but toils on to the end of life, to increase his stock. Do these remarks apply exclusively to the male part of the creation? Let us see if she, who is called the more meek and amiable portion, does not participate in the disease.

There was a time when the female mind was consigned to a state of darkness, unenlightened by a single ray of science; knowledge, beyond the mere elements of a primary school, was denied her; or, if by some accident she should surreptitiously obtain a branch of the forbidden fruit, she must enjoy her feast in secret: for she who would have the temerity to exhibit her acquirements in conversation, would become an object of ridicule or disgust. But this unhappy state of things has passed away; men have discovered that women can learn and that they may learn, and they are now admitted to the benefits of mental cultivation. The father's money is not now expended exclusively on the son; but the daughther receives a liberal share. Girls are now instructed in grammar, geography, history, the modern languages, and some branches of the natural sciences, besides, the more elegant accomplishments. This capacious store does not satisfy their ambition. They would read Greek and Latin! why

should we not? they ask. Do men fear that if we are lalowed to read Homer and Virgil, we might leave them ingloriously behind, in the race for power? We are not raising a slander against our sisterhood; we have seen the demand of which we speak, in a late New York paper, and we are about to tell the fair petitioners, that their demand is irrational because there are sufficient reasons, why they may not learn the dead languages. It is not because there is any dread of their turning the world upside down by a more highly cultivated intellect, but simply because the Greek and Latin tongues, would not do them any good.

The writer of the proposition alluded to is sure that she can refute any pretended reasons in favour of the prohibition. Let her then try the following:

What is the end of education? It is to qualify us to act with propriety the part assigned to us by Providence. The duties of individuals in a state of society, being very various, instruction or knowledge, in the same kind and measure, is not necessary or proper for all. Refine the porter, and he will no longer be willing to carry his load Teach your cook the art of drawing, and she will let the turkey burn whilst she is making pictures on the kitchen walls.

Every thing animate and inanimate, has its proper place in the wise and beautiful order of created being; but in nothing is it more obvious than in the different destination of man and woman; moral duties they have in common, but in the application of the leading principles, their walk is distinctly separated. The superior strength of man declares that he is designed to wrestle with the world. He meets the storm; he endures fatigue; he is not appalled

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