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ning of Oct. 31, 1837. When the clock struck seven he inquired the time, and
whether it was seven in the morning or evening. On being told, he expressed
his surprise that it was no later, and said, ' I hope that I shall be in Heaven be-
fore seven in the morning.' A friend replied, ' I trust you will.' He was ask-
ed if he should like to have prayer again. He answered very cheerfully, and
with a smile upon his countenance turned to a friend present, and said, '0 yes,
do.' A little before nine he requested that the death of Christ might be read
to him. He was asked where. He replied in Matthew. A turn of distress
prevented this request being complied with for some minutes, after which he
was asked if he could now listen; he said Yes,' and appeared to attend with
interest. This was his last request, and these were his last words.'

EXTRACTS FROM THE SECOND LETTER.

' In reply to my question, whether for the most part of his life, though then
so feeble, he had not enjoyed good health, he confessed that he had ; but stated
that an abscess, at about the age of seventeen, reducing him for a long period to
almost total weakness, and a dropsical affection of the legs in after life, from
which with great difficulty he recovered, had each nearly proved fatal to him.
In connection with these reminiscences, and while my thoughts were pursuing
the lamentable consequences to the community, of the death of such a man at
such a time, he added in substance the following anecdote.

' Soon after his marriage with his first wife, which took place on his 2lst an-
niversary birth-day, Nov. 25, 1779, important business called him to cross Mad
River, a branch of the Merrimack. Sudden severe frosts, and alternate thaws
had encumbered the river with huge masses of ice, high piled above a dam.
Over this dangerous sort of bridge it was necessary to pass, and with the reso-
lution and promptitude, or rather rashness, as he termed it, of incipient man-
hood, it was passed, and in safety. His business successfully transacted, in the
afternoon he attempted to return ; but the river, swoln in the interim, present-
ed a greater obstacle than before. However, remembering his duties at home,
imagining the anxiety of his new bride and his friends, should he remain till
next day on that side the river, and committing himself to God, he commenced
clambering over the ice ridges, now rendered so frightfully insecure as to make
him heartily regret, in the middle of the passage, that he had ever attempted it.
Habitual trust in God revived his drooping courage, and pressing on at -.xtreme
hazard, he at length stood upon the shore, and hardly had he reached it, when,



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looking back on his perilous path, he beheld with consternation, the whole body
of ice give way, and with tremendous noise, rush as in an instant down the
stream. Never was his consciousness of the divine goodness so intense, or his
grateful heart so full. He had well nigh fainted with excess of emotion, and
his friends found him scarcely in a condition to recount his deliverance.

'The venerable Dr Worcester lived to see the fourth generation, and died
aged 79. A few days before his death, he told me that his religious views
were unchan^d, and that he derived from them peculiar comfort ; and to the
Rev. Mr Lamson, who also prayed with him more than once, he said, " Pray
(hat I may have no will of my own/'



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