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acknowledge, almost enthusiastically, his indebtedness to the efforts of his self-possessed and persevering wife for the returning blessing. His pleasure, however, was abated, as he fancied he saw the naturally delicate appearance of his endeared Lucy increase, from week to week. Her constitution was slender, and she inherited a strong predisposition to consumption from her father, who died of that fatal disease.

She engaged, however, in the active duties of life almost daily, and seldom, if ever, complained of indisposition. After the illness of her husband, during which her strength had been severely tasked, she sometimes spoke of experiencing a feeling of lassitude, which at times nearly unfitted her for taking care of her children.

· Her friends felt extremely anxious, lest she was destined to sink prematurely into the grave. All means were employed which could be suggested by physicians the most skilful, calculated to enable Mrs. Otis to regain her strength.

Her doting husband spared no trouble or expense in endeavoring to restore her health. He could not, even for a moment, endure the idea of a separation from her who had been, though only for a few short years, the delight of his eyes and the joy of his affectionate heart; yet as week succeeded week, it was evident that her strength was gradually declining.

• A cough soon came on, accompanied by a slight degree of fever, symptoms which, to the practised eye of her distressed mother, betokened approaching death. At times, however, sweet soothing hope, that treasure lent us to gild our pathway to the tomb, told a flattering tale ;

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and as her friends were willing to believe what they so much wished to be true, they sometimes thought she might yet live many years to gladden the hearts of the many by whom she was beloved.

* Mrs. Otis thought otherwise. She realized her situation, and calmly looked forward to the time when she should be called to bid adieu to all terrestrial objects. In view of her death, an event shrouded with gloom to her husband and other friends, she would cheerfully say to them, “Let us not embitter the few weeks we may be favored with the society of each other, by indulging in despondency; but let us rather feel grateful to our Father in Heaven that we have been permitted to enjoy so many very happy seasons together. . Grieve not that I am first summoned from this dear family, but rather rejoice that for the sake of our dear Savior, my sins, as I trust, are all freely pardoned, and I shall soon be permitted to join in the everlasting song of praise to Him who hath loved me, and washed me from my sins in His blood !'

· Ever after becoming a mother, Mrs. Otis had fondly hoped she might live to train up her children; still, when she was obliged to feel that she must soon leave them motherless, she said, in the fulness of her soul, 'God's will be done. The Lord was pleased, however, to remove her babe by death, some time previous to her dissolution. When she saw death's icy hand upon her darling infant, maternal fondness bade her weep; her tears flowed

) freely, yet she did not repine, but with a holy confidence went to that sympathizing Friend who wept when on earth over the grave of one beloved. To Him she told her grief.

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• Her sorrow thus was hushed, and she enabled to rejoice that she had ever been so blessed as to become the mother of a child, early removed from her embrace to join the high and holy throng above.

• She often looked upon the child that remained, with indescribable tenderness, and remarked, If dear little Emily may but live to bless the world, I shall joy to leave her behind me. I have desired, if it be best, that she may be spared to do good ; if she may not be destined to exert a good influence, I pray my heavenly Father may

Ι soon take her to Himself. One of these desires she felt confident would be granted, and she sweetly acquiesced in the will of her Father, God.

• Mrs. Otis was confined many months in the room of sickness, but always exhibited a temper of mind that could not fail of hallowing the feelings of all who were permitted to spend even a few hours with her. So grateful and affectionate was she to all who attended her, during her protracted illness, that they felt it to be a great privilege to be allowed to take care of her.

The dreaded hour drew near which was to remove from her friends one whose presence, even in suffering, cheered and supported them, as they watched beside her couch. At this solemn crisis, the virtues of this lovely woman shone with unearthly lustre; her countenance wore an expression almost angelic, and all around her felt that the chamber of death, from which her emancipated spirit took its upward flight, was not only devoid of gloom, but illumined with radiance celestial.

"" 0," said Mrs. Otis, a short time before her purified soul left the frail tenement it inhabited to dwell with kin:

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dred spirits in a fairer realm,“ it is sweet to die ! I love to think that I was born to prepare for this hour!”

“O, who would live alway, away from his God,

Away from yon Heaven, that blissful abode !”

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• To her husband, she bade a most tender and affectionate farewell, saying, “ I shall expect to meet you in Heavendo not disappoint me.” She kissed her dear child with much affection. To her widowed mother she expressed the liveliest emotions of love and sympathy, saying, “ If I may but meet you in Heaven, I shall love you as I wish.”

• When the pale messenger had near arrived, she exclaimed, “ Can this be death? O, how bright does eternity appear!” then with a smile of ineffable sweetness, in the words of the poet, added,

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“ Short is my passage, short the space

Between my home and me.”

• Soon after, her disembodied soul was escorted by ministering spirits to that rest prepared for those who strive to imitate the example of their heavenly Leader.

• The friends she had left, stood for a while in silent admiration, gazing upon the lovely remains of one too bright to be long beheld by mortal eyes — too fair for earth. Those who loved her, could not but feel, though deeply afflicted, that God, in love, had removed her to Heaven.'

CHAPTER VIII.

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Removal Simon Legacy - Mr. Oliver and his Aunt - Will altered by stratagem Simon and his nautical friend - Mrs. Nel

her visit to Brookfield.

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A WANT of fixed moral principle in Mrs. Nelson, tinged almost all her actions with a hue not calculated to please.

After her last marriage, she removed to a place a short distance from that in which she had for some years resided, taking with her two or three, only, of her children. Loraine and Benjamin were abroad at this time ; her eldest daughter married, and settled near the town her mother left; and the reader will recollect that when we last spoke of Simon, we left him in Brookfield, with the kind lady who took care of him from infancy. At the time to which we now allude, he was still with her; and remained there until her death, which occurred when the youth was about fourteen years old. At this crisis in the history of Simon, his thoughts very naturally reverted to his mother.

He had only a faint recollection of her, as it had been long since he had seen her; but his foster-mother had conscienciously taught him to regard his only remaining parent with a feeling of reverence becoming a child. Still, this kind and truly christian friend could not but

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