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er in the Vineyard of the LORD. And would say, "Receive her in the LORD" and bid her speed!"
Editor of the Christian Herald.
A second, in Halifax, I also received; which read thus:
"This is to certify, that Miss Anna Towle, has been here, nearly four months, during which time, she has preached the Gospel with success, and profit to many: and we believe, that her views are confined to the promotion of human happiness, by diffusing a knowledge of the Christian religion. THOS. BRADY, Baptist Minister. WM. TOZEZ,
Halifax, Nova Scotia,
March 29th. We bade our kind friends and brethren of Halifax an affectionate farewell, and came in a Dutch vessel, 40 miles to Lunenbury. I had there the privilege of speaking at the Baptist M. house, and elsewhere, to some Arminian Baptists, Episcopalians, Lutherans, &c. Among the Baptists, I was highly gratified in hearing, both male and female engaged in prayer and exhortation; although, (it being a Dutch settlement,) their dialect was foreign: but the joyful sound of the Gospel is the same, let it be conveyed to us,
through whatever instrument it may. In their earnest ejaculations, the words, often repeated, "Leber Fader," (i. e. Loving Father,) were all that I could learn.
From this place, we travelled 20 miles by land; and held meetings in a number of Methodist chapels; then reached Liverpool. Here I heard of a ship, bound for Liverpool of England; the master represented a good man, &e.: in this ship, I was persuaded, I should cross the Atlantic: I therefore determined to continue in prayer and fasting, before the LORD, that if possible, I might know "His will," respecting this very "important undertaking."
I held meetings in a steeple house of Congregationalists, by night and by day, for the space of four weeks: except that their preacher occupied the pulpit, on Sabbath morning. (Respecting him, I had the pleasure of learning, that he was a brother-in-law, of the indefatigable servant of GOD, Henry Allen, whose dust now sleeps, near my native home.) Here we had the joy, also, of seeing much of the divine glory displayed, in the salvation of precious souls.
We visited likewise, Port Mutton and Port Midway: where the LORD was pleased to manifest His greatness, and His glory, in bringing many sons and daughters, to the knowledge of Himself. To one of those places I was favored of J. Newton, Esq. with the following note:
DEAR BROTHER:--The bearer of this is an elect lady, whom we love in the LORD! not only I, but all those who love the truth in Liverpool!! I be
lieve she is on a "mission for the LORD;" and as she is about to visit Port Mutton, we wish you to open the chapel to her; and trust the LORD will bless her labors of love among you! Any kind attention that you can shew her, and the amiable young woman, that accompanies her; I shall consider as done to myself.
Believe me, dear Brother,
Yours in the LORD,
From the time, I received an intimation of duty, to visit Europe; I felt my mind increasingly drawn that way; and my "faith,"I found, seldom to stagger at the greatness of the undertaking True, I had but a faint idea, of ever seeing again my kindred or my native land: and knew not but that I might find a watery grave; or even, suffer a violent death. But none of these things, however, moved me; neither counted "I my life dear to myself." I felt that it was well with me, come life or come death; and that, it would be well with my father's house, forevermore. I could, therefore, cheerfully leave them with the LORD, and resign the idea of ever seeing them again, in the land of the living. I strove to settle all my affairs in America, as for eternity, and wrote to my relations and friends a last farewell! shewing them, that it was a matter of uncertainty, whether they ever saw my face again, below.
My dear Elizabeth proved still, no less courageous, or willing than myself, to endure the hard
ships and perils of the contemplated voyage. found her remarkably resigned, for such a youth, to forsake her parents and kindred, and to sustain the privations of a missionary life. Amidst difficulty and sufferings, she was patient, and persevering. Amidst enemies, and opposition, she was bold and unyielding. Towards myself, in sickness and distress, she was ever a tender and sympathizing friend. For the salvation of souls; and in public testimony, oftentimes, she was zealous and animating in a very high degree. Our attachment towards each other, increased daily: and the most I had to fear, was that, of setting her up as an idol in my affections; and that in consequence, I should be obliged to part with her.
(Our kind friends of these regions, were pleased to defray the expense of our voyage; which was more than $120, inclusive of what was intended for our profit, on reaching the Eastern World.)
VOYAGE TO EUROPE.
June 22d, 1829. We embarked in the British ship Nautilus, (Wm. Jacobs, master,) for Liverpool in Great Britain.
That morning was clear and unclouded. sun had only risen, and smiling, as it were, to spread his cheering beams, over the Eastern World, and billows of the deep. Our ship was proudly waiting-her sails widely spread, and English colors flying, seeming, to bid defiance to the furious Atlantic.
Joshua Newton, and other dear friends, honored us with their company, to the ship, where we bade them an affectionate, and as we expected a final adieu-then, soon being under way, all behind, but the "azure sea and sky," was rapidly declining. As I cast the last glance, at the "lofty summit" of hills and mountains of America,-I could breath, with solemn joy,
"Farewell, again I say, farewell;
Our ship's small crew, consisted of English, Irish, Scotch, Dutch, &c., we two females, the only passengers, and myself, the only American.* The many dangers we had come forth to brave, began soon, in some degree, to appear: but notwithstanding, "all within," was hushed to peace.
Favored with a pleasant gale, in 20 days, we found ourselves sailing up the "St. George's Channel;" and with much joy, we espied, the high-lands of Ireland. Three days after, we were entering the beautiful harbor of Liverpool: and O, the scene, which then presented to view, was truly, grand and awful beyond description! We were immediately surrounded, of ships, steamboats, floating-lights, floating-chapels, coasting vessels, and crafts of various kinds: while to our still greater astonishment, an immense range of shipping, caught the eye, from the different docks, before, that resembled, some huge forest, stripped of its verdure, by the wintry blast; or, that had withstood the ravages, of some desolating fire!
* Native of the United States.