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ADVERTISEMENT by the Publishers,
1 Letter to Miss E. A. of Beverly, 21st Sept. 1806.
37 Journal, from 6th to 17th Sept. 1807.
38 Letter from Miss Atwood (afterwards Mrs Newell), to Miss Woodbury, Sept. 1807.
40 Letter from the saine, Sept. 1807.
41 Journal, from 19th Sept. to Nov. 14, 1817,
43 Letter from Miss Atwood to Mis Woodbury, Haverhill, 2d Dec. 1807.
47 Journal, 16th January, 1898.
49 Letter, Miss Atwoolt. Miss Woodbury, Feb. 1808. 49 Journal, 21st April 1808.
50 Letter from Miss Atwood to Miss Woodbury, 51 Journal, 10th May 1808,
52 Letter from Miss Atwood, on the death of her father, to Miss Woodbury, 24th May 1808.
52 Letter from Miss Atwood to Miss Woodbury, on the
death of Miss D. and her own admission for
40 Journal, from 15th May to 1st Dec. 1808.
53 Letter to Miss N. B. of Beverly, on the importance of personal religion,
55 Journal, from 18th March to 27th Aug. 1809. 56 Letter from Miss Atwood to Miss Woodbury, 1809. 61 Journal, 10th Sept. 1809.
63 Letter from Miss Atwood to Miss Woodbury, 1809, 64 Journal, 24th Sept. to 29th Oct. 1809, Letter from Miss Atwood to Miss Woodbury, 1809,67 Journal, 3d Feb 1810, Revival of religion, Manchester and Salem,
MISS FANNY WOODBURY.
To a truly Christian mind, genuine piety in youth presents an object of peculiar and most attractive interest. The season of life in which it appearsthe warmth of affection, and general cheerfulness and buoyancy of spirit, so characteristic of that season, with which it is united, the conviction, that the decided influence of religious principle alone could have formed and sustained it, amid the thousand alluring enticements to thoughtlessness and folly above which it has risen,--and the delightful anticipations of increasing excellence and distinguished usefulness which it holds out, are circumstances which combine in rendering it one of the most interesting subjects of contemplation that can be conceived. It is a tree in the garden of the Lord, planted by his own hand, beheld in the spring, not only putting forth its buds of promise, but already loaded with healthful and fragrant blossoms, and bidding fair to produce abundance of delicious fruit in its season.
And if this be true with respect to youthful piety in general, in whomsoever its growing influence is witnessed, it is still more particularly so with respect to its manifestation in those individuals who,
from the rank which they hold in society, seem peculiarly fitted to adorn the doctrine of our God and Saviour in a circle where frivolity and dissipation too often prevail. Yes; it is pleasing indeed to see the affections rising to the things that are above, in a station, and at a time of life in which the world, with its varied enchantments, so commonly and so fatally enslaves them to its powers; the passions controuled by christian principle, instead of being allowed to wanton in the indulgence of vain and unhallowed pleasures; the will bent in submission to the authority and grace of the Son of God, instead of seeking its own gratification, by yielding to the power of unchristian maxims and manners; retirement courted, that the Scriptures may be read, and solemn meditation on its truths engaged in ; and devout communion with heaven enjoyed and maintained by means of faith and prayer, instead of the scenes of vacant folly, or en. sharing amusement being sought after, and repaired to, in order that the impressions of serious godliness may be kept at a distance, and the thought of eternity excluded as much as possible from the mind :- This is a sight the most exhilerating and joyful to all who have themselves been made to feel the nothingness of the world, the value of salvation, and the momentous importance of preparation for eternity. Here the triumphs of the faith and hope of the Gospel over the natural corruption of the heart, and the predominant passions of the world, are most impressively exhibited; while, from the character that is so formed, as it advances to maturity, gradually acquiring additional consistency and strength, much is expected, by means of which