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A friend having left 4000 Spanish dollars, for the purpose of erecting, at Malacca, an Anglo-Chinese college, it was resolved that Dr. Milne should superintend the building,

Mr. and Mrs. Milne returned to Malacca with improved health, on February 17, 1818, and found the Chinese Mission strengthened by the accession of the Rev. John and Mrs. Slater. On the 14th of September, the Rev. Samuel Milton, Thoroas Beighton, and John Ince, with the wives of the two latter, also joined the mission. Mr. Beighton devoted himself to the study of Malay, and the others to Chinese. The latter were assisted by Dr. Milne.

On the 10th of November, the foundation of the Anglo-Chinese College was laid, on which occasion the principal Dutch and English authorities attended.

On the 6th of February, 1819, was born Farquhar Milne. This birth was the death of Mrs. Milne. Her constitution decayed; and she expired on the 20th of the following month. This excellent woman was amiable in her temper, useful from ber education, domestic in her habits, frank and dignified in her manners, and pious in her principles. She had lived to God from her early youth, and died in humble hope of eternal salvation through the merits of Jesus Christ.

During the spring and summer, Dr. Milne translated into Chinese the 1st and 2nd Books of Chronicles, also Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther, and also wrote a new tract, entitled “The Duty of Men in Time of Public Calamity.' Dr. Milne, at various times, also wrote several other tracts, a sacred history, and a volume of 12 practical sermons; the latter he intended as part of a set of 52, one for every day in the week.

We are not aware of any thing remarkable or peculiarly interesting in the life of our Missionary, between this period and that of his death. His health was for some time in a declining state, and we believe that it was supposed his liver was affected, but, on inspecting the body after his death, it was found that bis disease was wholly pulmonary.

The directors of the Missionary Society were desirous that Dr. M. should visit the Cape, or England, in order to restore health, but he was unwilling to quit his station till he could leave it without the special need of his superintendance. He, however, took a voyage to Sincapore, and then proceeded to Pulo-Penang, or Prince of Wales's Island. But finding the heat too great and debilitating, he removed into the country, attended by the missionaries Ince and Beighton alternately. Here he had the best medical aid, but it was unavailing. His cough and difficulty of breathing continued to increase, and, as no vessel was ready to sail for Malacca, to which place he wished to return, and prepare for a voyage to England, application being made to the governor, his Excellency, the Hon. W. E. Phillips, he very handsomelv granted the loan of the government cruiser, the Nautilus, to convey Dr. Milne to Malacca, and at the same time assured the applicants of his cordial satisfaction in having it in his power to accommodate so good and useful a man as Dr. Milne.

On the 16th of May, 1822, Dr. M. therefore, returned to Malacca, accompanied by Mr. Beighton, and reached his home in eight days. He was now much worse, and fears had been entertained that he would not live to touch the shore.

Prior to his leaving Penang, he wrote a letter to the Missionary Directors, dated April 17th. In this he said, “As to my own case, I think a great and peculiar uncertainty hangs upon it; there is a complication in my disorder. Thelieve that a long sea-voyage would be useful; and yet I am so tied at Malacca that I cannot take it. I must hang on till I see persons able to carry on the work, Make haste and send them, or I shall be gone before they come. • When heart and flesh fail, be thou, O God, the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.'

In his passage to Malacca, while stretched upon his couch, he was frequently engaged in prayer. On one occasion, his petition was, O God, prepare me for life or death, adding with peculiar emphasis · but death-death! that is the thing!

Dr. M. had made bis will, so that all his worldly affairs were settled, and he had but to wait his departure. His mind was calm, and its sentiments were expressed in repeating these words

• If I am found in Jesus' hands,

My soul can ne'er be lost.' The day before he died, being in extreme pain, he cried out; • My God, my God, help me!"he now gradually grew weak, and on the ad of June expired, having just completed his 37th year.

Dr. M. has left four children, who are deprived of a tender father, and whose affectionate regret for the loss of their mother, is considered to have hastened his dissolution.

The Missionary Society have lost a most able and zealous labourer, but he had not laboured in vain; he saw the fruits of his mission before he departed, and left it in a flourishing state. The printing establishment is active, the native schools prosper, and the Chinese youth attached to the college are on the increase.

For the Christian's Pocket Magazine.

A BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

OF THE LATE

MASTER EDWARD-LUKE BOOKER, Son of the Rev. Dr. Booker, Vicar of Dudley,

who was accidentally drowned at Eton, December the 9th, 1822.

That those allusions to the pure mind and early wisdom of this amiable and much-lamented youth, which appear in the elegiac lines of an afflicted father, * are not unfounded, the following simple and unadorned particulars, selected from many others, will prove. Destined, not more by that fathers's wish, than disposed in his own heart, for the clerical profession, from a child' he was so familiar with the Holy Scriptures,' that often would his admiring friends ask him questions concerning various characters and events, recorded in the sacred volume; and, seldom indeed, for an answer to any question, whether relating to the Old or New Testament, did he pause a moment, before an accurate one was given ; while his own questions, for information on sacred subjects, were frequently of so extraordinary a kind, as not only to astonish, but to confound. For instance, when not quite four years of age, earnestly desiring information concerning the Almighty Being whom he was taught to address in prayer ; after illustrating to him the goodness and purity of God, His Omnipresence was adverted to, by a quotation of this 'text of Scripture, the eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good :'

* See our 'Consecrated Muse' of the present month. when the child exclaimed, as God is so very good and pure a Being, how grieved he must be to look into bad places to notice wicked and naughty people?" At another time, pursuing a regular chain of questions, relative to objects in the visible creation, and receiving those answers which were calculated to lead his enquiring mind .from Nature up to Nature's God,' he said,

well, I am sure that none but an Almighty Being could make such wonderful things! but, Papa, who made God? Did he make himself On telling him that, in a manner, past our finding out,-God was self-existent from all eternity; and that He would continue so to exist, when time shall be no more, he seemed lost in immensity, remaining thoughtfully silent some moments—his fine eye expressing what passed within him ; at last, with great emphasis, he said, • Well! I cannot understand this now; but perhaps I shall, when God takes me to heaven.'

During the last Eton vacation in August, walking with his mamma from Richmond Church, with a small Bible in his hand, be expressed some fears that “when a clergyman, he should not be able to compose sermons :' and this topic lasting till they entered the house, she said, my dear boy, I think your fears are unfounded. Come, here is paper; and you have the Bible in your hand. Now, take the first text that offers; and try if you cannot compose a short sermon.' Without any premeditation, in about a quarter of an hour, the following was literally the re

The iii chap. Proverbs, part of the 13 ver. • Happy is the man that findeth wisdom.'

• Wisdom is a faculty of the mind, given to man by his creator, to guide him through all the difficulties which are attendant upon life. It is

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