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After the usual incidents of a long sea-voyage, during which his health continued to improve, he was welcomed by a host of friends, some of whom, twenty-three years before, had witnessed his departure, and bidden him, as they supposed, a last farewell. To them it seemed something like a resurrection. They could scarcely, however, identify that young athletic form, and that look of sacred hilarity, which, as he waved them farewell, spoke of a heaven-inspired consecration. Disease and toil had made serious inroads on the physical man. He was bowed down under his infirmities, and called himself an old man when but little past fifty. But the same hallowed fervor spoke through his features, and the nearer vision of heaven likened him more closely to its perfected inhabitants. Trials had softened and sanctified his spirit, but had not abstracted one particle of his heroic self-denial. The writer can never forget the first interview after his return, when, having embraced each other with tears, he said, “Come, dear brother, let us retire together and give God thanks that, for more than twenty years, you and I have been kept from doing any thing that would bring reproach on the cause of our blessed Master.”
Preaching Tours for Children.—Reminiscences, etc.
HIS WORK IN AMERICA.
IT might be supposed that, coming home with broken health, Dr. Scudder would have retired to some quiet country place, and there endeavored to recuperate. But no! He must “work while the day lasted.” Still life was no life for him. His soul was full and overflowing with love to the souls of the heathen, and it must have vent in some way. He found that Christians generally, in this country, could not be made to feel the pressure of obligation to give the Gospel to the whole world, and that his only hope was to educate the next generation up to these important responsibilities. He resolved, therefore, that he would employ his remaining energies in preaching to the children of America, and so, if possible, and by God’s blessing, raise up a generation to serve the Lord in this higher and nobler department of Christian consecration. With this view he at once laid his plans, nor did he swerve for an instant until he had, in almost every important city and town, called around him the children, and instructed them as to the heart-affecting miseries of heathendom and their own contrasted privileges, laying upon them the obligation to pity the heathen, to pray for them, and, so far as they could, to send them the Message of Salvation. For three or more years this was his constant work, traveling from place to place, and every where received with open arms. From Georgia to Maine, from East to West, he prosecuted this mission, until he had addressed over a hundred thousand children and youth. By his conciliatory manners he fascinated them; by his loving spirit he drew them; by his touching appeals he melted them. He brought the living pictures before them—told them what he had seen; the representation making them shudder, as the reality had made him. He dwelt on the love of Christ, alike poured out on the heathen as upon us. Jesus loves you ; Jesus loves them. “IIe tasted death for every man.” This was the great argument which he used, alike cogent upon youthful minds as upon those of adult years.
PREACHING TOURS FOR CHILDREN.
The testimonials in this field are numerous. We shall select but a few. The following is from the Rev. B. R. Allen, of South Berwick, Maine:
“TEv. AND VERY DEAR SIR,-Your visit to us last winter is remembered with great interest, both by the young and the old. I write for the purpose of communicating some items of intelligence connected with that visit which I know will cheer your benevolent heart. And, first, the Juvenile Society, organized for purposes of benevolence just before you came, received from you a specific object and an impulse of a very important character. They were laboring industriously to do good, but had selected no one channel through which to operate. They have adopted the course you so nobly advocate, and to which your life is devoted, and are now laboring with increased efficiency for its promotion.
“Another result of your visit has induced a gentleman and his wife—Mr. and Mrs. H.-members of my Church, to undertake the education of a heathen girl under your supervision. They lost a daughter two years since, about sixteen years old, named Cynthia Ann, whose name they wish you to give to the girl, whom, for them, you will receive into the school. She died in the triumphs of faith. They will wish to hear from the child through you, and when she shall be able to write, a letter from her direct will do great good, not only in that family, but in others, leading them to adopt a similar course. The first annual donation for this object has been sent to the treasurer of the Board. But I have another item of news still more interesting. You recollect my little group of children and youth in the course of religious instruction in the Old Catechism, that you saw and addressed ? Well, God has, I trust, blessed that means of grace in the conversion of many of them to Christ. About the first of February I found several of them specially interested. The interest has continued to the present, and twentyfour or twenty-five have found salvation.”
“Putnam, December 1. “Dr. Scudder will please accept my mite by the hand of my brother. I have been keeping it for the purpose of buying a Geography; but, when I heard you preach yesterday, I thought I had better send it to you for the
poor heathen. SARAH F. B.”
“DEAR SIR,--I have often thought on the subject of heathenism; but this afternoon, since I heard you preach, I desire to become a missionary. If ever I grow up, I will be a missionary, if the Lord pleases. I feel deeply for the heathen. Oh that thousands may be brought to the Lord! I have always been fond of reading missionary books. Oh that we may be missionaries! “From your sincere friend, MARY PAINE.”
“DEAR SIR,--Your lecture this afternoon has made a deep impression upon my mind, more so than I have ever felt before. My companion and myself, that have written together this evening, have resolved to be missionaries if we live, and the Lord is willing. We have never experienced a change of heart yet, but we (hope) soon to join with the people of God. ELIZABETH SMITH.”
“New Albany, February 16, 1846. “DEAR SIR,--I would like very much to become a missionary, as I am named after one. I hope I shall be one. I have been saving a dollar for to buy myself some books, but concluded to give it to buy some books for the heathen children. My age is ten years. “HENRY MARTYN WOODRUFF.”
“Lexington, Feb. 9th, 1846. “DEAR SIR,-Inclosed you will please find five dollars, which I wish to give for the benefit of the poor degraded children of India. Yours very respectfully, “HENRY T. DUNCAN, aged nine years.”
“St. Louis, Feb. 23d, 1846. “DEAR SIR,--I am a Sunday-school scholar, and went to hear your address to the Sunday-school children yesterday, and was sorry to hear of so many children who