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S C R A P-B O K;




"But to do good, and to communicate, forget not: for with such
sacrifices God is well pleased." Heb. xiii. 16.

'= As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men."
Gal. vi. 10.

" For of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh." Luke vi. 45.



No. 51 Washington Street.




Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1864, by


In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.





The object of this book is to encourage
more philanthropy, more confidence in Christ,
and perfect faith in prayer.

In order to make any Christian progress,
we must first consider the object of this Kfe,
— which is, to love and glorify God, and pre-
pare to meet him in heaven. Knowing our
duty, we next endeavor to learn Christ's ex-
ample, and follow in his footsteps. It is the
most difficult thing in this life to have our
mind fixed on divine things : the care and
confusion of this world choke the word. In
order to have our thoughts directed more
frequently in this direction, let us take the
example of Christ. To enable his disciples the
^^ better to understand the object of his mission,
he directed their thoughts to objects around



them. " I am the vine, ye are the branches."
" If ye had knoAvn who I was, ye would have
asked of me, and I would have given you liv-
ing water."

If we could properly realize this example,
and call to mind the objects that meet our eye
from day to day, they would preach a sermon
to us that would echo back from the eternal
world. Before ascending a tree to pluck its
golden fruit, let it remind us of the " tree
that bears its twelve manner of fruits, and
its leaves for the healing of the nation."
" Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear
much fruit." "Put not your hand to the
plough and look back." " The sower went out
to sow." " The field is alread}^ white for the
harvest." " Ye are the salt of the earth ; the
wise and foolish builder," &c. If we could
carry out suitable thoughts, with the objects
that meet the eye from day to day, what
a happy progress we should make towards
the better land. Look at the encouragement
for the believer : —

" Never has it entered into the heart of
man to conceive the things that are prepared
for them that love God." "Confess your


sins unto God, and he is faithful to forgive."
" He whose mind is stayed on God is kept in
perfect peace." " Every man is rewarded
according to what he does." " My yoke is
easy and my burden is light." " He that
doeth my will shall know of the doctrine."
" Know ye that your labor is not in vain in
the Lord." " Without faith it is impossible
to please. God." "Quench not the Holy

Perhaps some may think that they can
climb up some other way. "Be not de-
ceived ; God is not mocked." Pie maintains
your life. From him all goodness flows. To
know him, as revealed in Christ Jesus, is
eternal life begun on earth. Acquaint thy-
self with him, and be at peace ; thereby good
shall come unto thee. Honor the Son, even
as you honor the Father. Keceive the Holy
Ghost. Devote your life to doing good.
Your obligations to do good are perpetual,
indissoluble, and mighty. Nothing can re-
mit them. They result from your nature
and your relations to God and man. Be
humble. If you attain or accomplish any
thing, say, "It w^as not I, but the grace


of God."* Never forget tbe judgment-day.
Keep it always in view. Frame every action
in reference to its unchanging decisions.

If, under the blessing of God, this book
should be the means of bringing one be-
nighted, wandering soul to experience the
excellency and value of the knowledge of
Christ, or of confirming and consoling any
that have already believed through grace, the
editor will deem his feeble endeavors amply
rewarded. It is the sincere wish, and ardent
prayer of his heart, that every attempt to
difi'use the gospel and its blessings, maybe
crowned with success by the Great Head
OF THE Church.



George Washington, 1

Punctuality, 3

Battles of the Revolution, . 4

Don't be Selfish, 6

The Dying Soldier, . . . . . . . . 7

A Home Missionary Autobiography, .... 10

Dying Advice to Children, 22

The Sunday School, 28

The Actress converted, . 29

" No God To-day," 32

Be Truthful with Children, 33

Shall I be one of them ? 34

" Live near to God," . . 35

The Faithful Mt)ther, 38

Most Interesting Discovery, 39

How to make the most of Life, 40

Serenity in Danger, 48

The Christian Soldier, 51

Does the Bible grovyr old I 56

The Bible, 57

Great Reader of the Bible, . . . . . . .59

" Christ in Me," 60

Skepticism, .... * 63

Interesting Incident ; or, Bread upon the "Waters, . 64



To Christians preparing for their Summer Excursions, . 67

Sabbath Morning, 71

"Talk to me of Jesus," 73

You can never rub it out, ...... 74

Father, I can't tell a Lie, 76

"Out of the Mouth of Babes," 77

Resignation, .79

Child's Evening Hymn, 80

God does not forget, he only waits, 82

The Prodigal's Welcome, 85

An Example for Boys, 88

The Way to be saved, 89

The Wayward Son, 91

Hard Feelings, 93

Foretastes of Heaven at the close of Life, .... 94

The Christian's Crown, 100

A Meditation, 101

Mrs. Hemans, , . 105

How Revivals begin, ...*.... 106

Excavations in Pompeii, 108

A Thought for Every Day, 110

Never give a Kick for a Hit, Ill

Mount Ararat, 112

Self-Education, 115

Dr. Franklin as a Money-Lender, 116

Extent of the Universe, 117

The Blessedness of being Useful, 118

Write for Editors, 122

The most Beautiful Hand, 127

Ex-President Adams's Opinion of the Bible, . . 128

A Sister's Value, 129

Daily Duties, 130

The Revival advancing, . . . * . . . . 132

Answers to Prayer, 136

Unbelief, 138

Humility, 142

Remember the Children, 144


A Father's Counsel, 145

The Daughters' Lament for the Death of their Mother, . 147

Pouting Jeannie 150

The Spirit's teaching, 152

Pious Mothers, 158

A Mother's Influence, 159

Training of Children, 161

Fifteen Young Men, 167

" Thou, God, seest Me," 168

The Absent Daughter, 169

" Mother is not willing I should go," .... 172

A mother's Prayer answered, 174

The Mother's Faith. — A Fact, 176

Rev. Warren Burton's Questions, 179

Regeneration. "Written by a Litttle Girl, . . . 182

A Smile and a Tear, 185

The Unblessed Meal, 188

Evening Hymn of a Good Boy, 189

The Good Shepherd, 190

Young Men, 194

A Sermon remembered Eighty-five Years, . . . 196

How to make Home Attractive, 198

Domestic Education, 199

Value of Tract Operations, 205

The Singing Student Boy, 206

The Price of a Blessing, and the Means of obtaining it, . 209

An Encouraging Word for the Philanthropist, . . 212

Affliction, 214

Newspapers and their Influence, 215

The Messenger on the Prairies, 219

Blessed are they that mourn, 220

A True Gentleman, 221

The Angel of Patience, 222

The Landing at Cape Ann, 223

An aged Disciple, 227

Preparation for Death, 229

Counsel to a Clerk, . 230


Singular Recovery of a Young Lady given up to die, . 231

A Smart Old Man, 233

A Man killed by a Lion at Astley's London Amphitheatre, 234

Commercial Value of Honesty, 237

What is God? 239

The Tract Society and the Army, 241

The War 242

A Sea-Captain's Opinion of Novels, .... 244

A Useful Hint to Young Men, 246

Pray for Editors, 247

Be in earnest, 248

The Colporteur's Treat, 249

Influence of the Messenger, 250

One Voyage More, 251

The Family Rods, 254

The Mother's Last Lesson, 258

Destitution in New Y'ork, 261

Power of Religion, 262

Words Fitly Spoken, . . 266

Pride, . 267

The Novel Reader, 270

Fashionable Call, 273

The Best Sermon, 275

Daniel Webster on Preaching, 277

The Ministry we need, 281

Encouragement to the Afflicted, 284

Old South Chapel Prayer-Meeting, and its Influence, . 286

Specific Prayer, 293

The Bible, 297

The Bible in Turkey, ....... 299

The Old Family Bible, 300

Believe, 301

The Bible and its Influence, 302

Why I attend Church on Rainy Sabbaths, ... 305

Medicine for the Disconsolate, 308

Profanity 309

Adulterated Liquors, 310

Scene in a Grog-shop 312


A Visit to the Tombs, Court Square, . . ... . 313

Increase of Crime, and its Remedy, .... 317

The Little Ones at Prayer 324

Faith in God, 326

The State of Probation, 327

Eternity, 328

Divinity of Christ, ........ 329

Experience, 330

From Lavater, 331

A Fragment from Andrew Fuller, 332

Two Classes of Christians, 333

" My Life has been a Failure," 334

What pleases God will please Me, 336

Worthy of Respect, 337

Anecdote of Daniel Webster, 338

Be Social, 339

In the Garden, 340

Cheerfulness, 342

The Life-Preserver, 343

Doubt from Inactivity, 352

How to be a Man, 353

Causes of Failures in Business, 354

Selections from Scripture, 355

A short Sermon on Manliness, 358

Trees and Flowers, . - 359

Think, £60

Wear a Smile, 361

Do Good, 362

The Prevention of Crime, 363

God knows it All, . . . " 367

How to Live, 369

The Golden City, 371

Prayer, 373

Whitefield's Experience, 376

A Word from Old South Chapel, . . . . .378

Every Man's Life a Plan of God, 380

A Word to Mothers, . ... . . • .381

Conclusion, 382





There are few left among us who can
boast the remembrance of having seen the
living Washington. The recollections of him
by Rev. Dr. Ely, of Monson, which we re-
cently published, have been widely copied,
and have stirred up the youthful memories
of other ancient and venerable men. Father
Boylston, of the Amherst (N. H.) Cabinet, —
an honored native of our town, — recalls see-
ing Washington here in 1789, when a boy.

" Washington was on a visit to tlie ar-
senal, where his dignified and commanding


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appearance attracted the observance of all,
especially the boys. His cocked liat, from
under which protruded the staid ear-locks,
sind the stately .tie-behind, powdered white
as snow, in the ancient style, are perfectly
recollected, and are ever brought vividly to
mind whenever viewing the likenesses of
liim representing him in that costume. As
he walked round among the stacks of glis-
tening small arms and the grisly big guns in
the ' public stores,' he was closely beset by
the boys, as is their way, intensely gazing
in his face, eagerly catching every word,
and gleam of his benignant countenance, for
future remembrance. As an appendage to
the cavalcade which escorted him, the boys
rode on canes and sticks, following the pro-
cession, delighted as any in their part of
the grand exhibition, shouting, ' We've seen
him ! We've seen George Washington ! '
There were present in that procession many
revolutionary characters, in tlieir cocked hats
and other dress peculiar to the times."


Punctuality. — Washington was a minute-
man. An accurate clock in the entry at
Mount Vernon controlled the movements of
the family. At his dinner parties, he allowed
five minutes for difference of watches, and
then waited for no one. If members of Con-
gress came at a late hour, his simple apology
was, " Gentlemen, we are too punctual for
you ; " or, " Gentlemen, I have a cook who
never asks whether the company has come,
but whether the hour has come." Nobody
ever waited for General Washington. He
was always five minutes before the time ;
and if the parties he had engaged to meet
were not present at the season appointed, he
considered the engagement cancelled, and
would leave the place, and refuse to return.

Importance of Laughing. — Dr. Ray, super-
intendent of the Butler Hospital for the In-
sane, says, " A hearty laugh is more desirable
for mental health than any exercise of the
reasoning faculties."

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Short Speeches. — "I served," says Jef-
ferson, " with General Washington, in the
legislature of Virginia, before the Revolution,
and during it with Dr. Franklin, in Congress.
I never heard either of them speak ten min-
utes at a time, nor to any but the main
point which was to decide the question.
They laid their slioulders to the great points,
knowing that the little ones would follow
of themselves."



A CORRESPONDENT of the Norfolk Herald
has taken the pains to compile the following
table, showing the comparative losses of life
sustained in the battles of the Revolution.
He says that he may have made some trifling
errors, but that the statistics are mainly
correct to the figure. Tlie table should be
preserved for future reference : —

Lexington, April 19, 1775,
Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775,
Flatbush, August 12, 1776,
White Plains, August 26, 1776,
Trenton, December 25, 1776,
Princeton, January 5, 1777,
Hubbardstown, August 17-18, 1777,
Bennington, August 16, 1777,
Brandywine, September 11, 1777,
Stillwater, September 17, 1777,
Germantown, October 4, 1777,
Saratoga, October 17, 1777 (surrendered), 5752
Red Hook, October 22, 1777,
Monmouth, June 26, 1778,
Rhode Island, August 27, 1778,
Briar Creek, March 30, 1779,
Stoney Point, July 15, 1779,
Camden, August 16, 1779,
King's Mountain, October 1, 1780,
Cowpens, January 17, 1781,
Guilford Court House, March 15, 1781
Hobkirk Hills, April 25, 1781,
Eutaw Springs, September, 1781,
Yorktown, October 19, 1781 (surrendered), 7072

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Don't be selfish. — There is no virtue
which is more respected than unselfishness ;
and hence we find the man who attains the
greatest popularity in this world is not he who
amasses great wealth or stands high in the
temple of fame, but it is he who, like our
Great Master, went about continually doing
good, and by his philanthropic exertions has
effected a measure whereby the hungry are
fed, the naked clothed, and spiritual pro-
vision made for those who have been less
favorably situated than himself.

How FEW THINK OF IT. — A Stranger once
stopped a gentleman in London, and abruptly
asked him, " Did you ever thank God for your
reason ? " "I don't know that I ever did,"
was the reply. " Do it quickly then," said the
stranger, " for I have lost mine."

Millennium. — During this period, it will
not be needful for persons to engage in man-
ual labor more than will be required by the
health and vigor of the body.



It was just after the battle of Williams-
burg, where hundreds of our brave fellows
had fallen, never to bear arms again in their
country's cause, and where hundreds more
were wounded, that a soldier came to the
tent of a delegate of the Christian Commis-
sion, and said, " Chaplain, one of our boys is
badly wounded, and wants to see you right

" Hurriedly following the soldier," says the
delegate, " I was taken to the hospital, and
led to a bed upon which lay a noble young
soldier. He was pale and blood-stained from
a terrible wound above the temple. I saw
at a glance that he had but a few hours to
live upon earth. Taking his hand, I said to
him, ' Well, my brother, what can I do for

" The poor dying soldier looked up in my
face, and placing his finger where his hair

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was stained with his blood, he said, * Chap-
lain, cut a big lock from here for mother !
for mother, mind, chaplain.' I hesitated to
do it. He said, ' Don't be afraid, chaplain,
to disfigure my hair ; it's for mother, and
nobody will come to see me in the dead-
house to-morrow.'

" I did as he requested me. ' Now, chap-
lain,' said the dying man, ' I want you to
kneel down by me, and return thanks to God.'
For what ? I asked. ' For giving me such a
mother. chaplain, she is a good mother ;
her teachings comfort and console me now.
And, chaplain, thank God that by his grace I
am a Christian. 0, what would I do now, if
I wasn't a Christian ? I know that my Re-
deemer liveth. I feel that his finished work
has saved me. And, chaplain, thank God
for giving me dying grace. He has made
my dying bed feel soft as downy pillows are.
Thank him for the promised home in glory.
I'll soon be there — there, where there is no
war, nor sorrow, nor desolation, nor death, —


where I'll see Jesus, and be forever with
the Lord.'

'' I knelt by the dying man, and thanked
God for the blessings he had bestowed upon
him — the blessings of a good mother, a Chris-
tian hope, and dying grace to bear testimony
to God's faithfulness.

" Shortly after the prayer he said, '■ Good-
by, chaplain ; if you ever see mother, tell
her it was all well ! ' "

Ventilate your Bed-rooms. — It is stated
that a bird suspended near the top of a cur-
tained bedstead, in which people are sleeping,
will generally be found dead in the morning,
from the impure air generated by their respira-
tion. Small, close sleeping rooms are often
as dangerous as the curtained bedstead.

When the heart is pure, there is hardly
any thing that can mislead the understand-

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I LOVE my missionary field, for the reason
which, I hope, dear sir, you will excuse me
for giving ; although, by giving it, I must
give something of my early history, which will
partake somewhat of the nature of egotism,
and be also quite unusual in a missionary
report. The first two cents I ever remember
of possessing all at once, was when I was
about ten years old. On the first Sabbath
of June, there was to be a collection taken
up for foreign missions. The Tuesday follow-
ing was then the great spring holiday in Ver-
mont, 1. e., the '' June training." K I gave
my two cents to foreign missions, I must go
without my gingerbread on training-day. It
was a great sacrifice to give my all, but when
the hat came round, in they dropped. Train-
ing-day came, and boys of my age, who gave
nothing on the Sabbath to send the gospel
to the heathen, had their two, three, and six


cents' worth of gingerbread. I Ijogan to re-
lent, till taunted by one of my playmates,
with what he called my " folly," m giving my
money to tho heathen that I knew nothing
about. This aroused all my consciousness
of having done right, and revived the latent
notion, previously entertained, that, somehow,
those two cents would come back to me in
something far better than gingerbread, and
far more enduring. The regrets were all
gone ; the day passed pleasantly, though I
confess I ivas hungry before night ; but never
was a basin of bread and milk eaten witli
a keener relish than was mine that niglit,
sharpened as my appetite had been by the
day's fasting. During the winter of 1815 I
read the report of a missionary who had la-
bored a few months in the nortliern parts
of New Hampshire and Maine. The account
he gave of the moral desolations through
which he had passed drew tears to my eyes.
Though not then possessing any personal in-
terest in religion, 0, how I wished that God

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would convert me, that I too miglit become
a missionary, and labor amidst such moral
desolation. During the following year there
was a gentle outpouring of the Holy Spirit,
especially upon the youth and children. I
was the only boy in the part of the town
where my parents resided who became in-
terested in that revival. I hope that I then
became a subject of converting and regen-
erating grace. I immediately began to re-
volve in my mind the question how I might
get an education, so that I might preach
Christ and him crucified in some of the des-
titute portions of our country, but especially
in some poor place, whero no one with a more
thorough education than I could ever expect
to acquire, would feel willing, or be in duty
bound, to stop. I thought myself a very dull
scholar, for I had had a very poor cliance
for schooling, owing to the fact that my fa-
ther, who was a meclianic, was deeply in
debt, with a large family to support, and
therefore needed my work in the shop. Tliis


often took mo from the winter school more
than half of the time. I was, therefore, in
great fear that I conld not learn.

In the spring, a Sabbatli school was com-
menced. I entered the school, determined to
solve the question, whether I could commit
to memory my Sabbath-school lessons with
sufficient ease to justify me in entering upon
a course of study for the ministry. Eacli
child in the Sabbatli school was expected to
commit to memory as many verses in the
New Testament as they could, from week to
week, and to recite them to the teacher on
the Sabbath. With great effort I succeeded
in committing, perfectly, to memory nineteen
verses of the fifth chapter of Matthew, as
my first Sabbath-school lesson. When hay-
ing came, I took my Testament with my
scythe and rake to the field, read a verse,
then laid my Testament down at the end of
the swath, and repeated it over till I re-
turned to it. Usually, reading a verse once
or twice, would fix it in my memory. Once,

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during haying, I had a whole rainy day to
myself. AVith what I committed to memory
in the field, and during that glorious rainy
day, I was able to recite nine whole chap-
ters, and fourteen verses of the tenth chapter,
as my Sabbath-school lesson the next Sab-
bath. The whole was repeated with ease,
and with prompting in but a single instance.
The effect of this, in itself trifling circum-
stance, was to convince me that I could learn
as well as others, could I only have the time
for study. 0, how my poor heart leaped for
joy while I reasoned thus with myself: "If,
under such disadvantages, I could commit
to memory so many chapters in the Bible,
surely I can commit to memory the English
grammar, and the Latin and the Greek gram-
mars too, only give me the time ! "

Thus, the first great difficulty was removed.
I could learn. But could I command the
time and the means ? And would God ac-
cept of me ? These questions troubled me.
About this time an airent for ForciL>;n Missions


came into the place, and calling on the fam-
ilies, took a subscription for his object, to be
paid in two months. I subscribed thirty-seven
and a half cents. This was a larger sum
than I had ever possessed at a time. How
was I to get it ? I contrived a thousand ways ;
set ti-aps for muskrats, but caught only one
tail and two feet. I would borrow it ; but how
pay the borrowed moi:tey ? The two months
were nearly gone, and I almost began to

despair, when Judge L , who owned a

farm near father's, called at tlie shop, and
requested him to let one of his boys pull a
yard of turnips, and take them up to his
house, a mile and a half distant. I begged
the privilege of doing the job by moonlight,
that I might take the money and pay my
subscription to the Foreign Mission cause.

Father gave his permission ; and never was
the same amount of work done witli a lighter
heart or in a shorter time. I received for my
work two old-fashioned pistareens (twenty-
cent pieces) — forty cents! The same work

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could not be obtained now sbort of a dollar
and a half. But I was rich. I could redeem
my pledge to the Missionary Society, and have
two cents left. No, dear sir, never did one
of your merchant princes have more real joy,
when, as the result of some shrewd specula-
tion, or fortunate investment, or from the
timely return of a richly-freighted vessel, he
found himself enriched by additional thou-
sands, than I felt when I had those two

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