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minutest and original atoms of made the shade of the mite 100 material substances.
feet in length, &c. He then put In short, he could meet with in its place a small particle of no curious piece of mechanism gutter water, about as long, but he could readily see its defi- broad, and thick again as the ciencies, make one like it, and mite, and it projected a thin happily improve. At one time, shade, which looked like a mighhe told me, it seemed as if we ty lake, wherein were swimming might magnify almost unbound- with inimitable life and swiftness edly, or as far as the rays of light a number of extremely small anpreserved their properties and imalcula, whose shade was but could be visible. At another half an inch long, and about protime, that he saw a way of bring- portionably broad as in the mite, ing sun-beams in such a manner but less in thickness; by which and number into a room in the } .then computed thus. coldest day of winter, as to make
The shade of the mite it as warm as he pleased, without
216 half inches long any other medium.
120 half inches broad I earnestly urged him to write down, delineate and publish his discoveries, for the instruction of
25,920 square half inches su
perficies men and glory of God: but his
120 half inches thick excessive modesty hindered him, and now they are gone without recovery. I can only relate a 3,110,400 cubica] half inches in specimen or two which once he
• the whole. showed me, as follows.
By which we clearly see, that The first of which I remember 25,920 of those half inch ani. was, he put a small live louse in- malcula could lie side by side to his Microscope, and project- on the back of that one mite ; ed the shade on the wall....... and that 3,110,400 of them toBy the beating of the collec- gether would not make a body ted sun-beams on him through so large as his.' the glass, we presently saw his We also saw the animalcula fluids boiling, and his muscu- overcome with the collected heat lar parts excited to universal, of the sun beams, and die in violent convulsions, which in struggles ; before which their creased till he died in an in- motion was so extremely swift, stant.
our sight was unable to define The other, yet more wonder their dimensions with any exactful, I took down at the time in ness. writing, viz. April 18, 1744, as This observing young gentle. follows. He put in the place man told me, that about a fort. thereof a mite of a cheese ; and night before, or the beginning of it projected a shade 216 half April, when these animalcula inches long, 120 half inches were so much nearer their fætal broad, and about as thick as state, they were so small as at broad. If the room had been the same distance to project a 100 feet square, he could have shade of byt a tenth of an inch
in length ; by which I then com.. sion, and therein contract a con. puted thus.
tamination with him.*
But those observations served The shade of the mite
to convince me of what the 108 inches, i.e. 1080 decimals of
wonderful Sir Isaac Newton has inches long
sagaciously premonished ; that 60 inches, i. e. 600 decimals of
upon the improvement of mi. : inches broad
croscopes, material substances 648,000 square dec.
would appear so transparent, as
to prevent our perfect discovery imals of inches superficies 600 decimals of
These are but two or three in. inches thick
stances of the many entertain. 588,800,000 decimal
ing discoveries of this extraor.
dinary youth, who I doubt not cubes in the whole.
has now the discerning powers By this we may see, that of angels ; capable of seeing 648,000 of those decimal animal. without instruments or rays, cula could lie side by side on the even the finest parts of material back of the mite; and that substances, with all their created 388,800,000 of them in a heap beauties and the wondrous ope. together would not amount to rations of their Maker in them; the bigness of his single body. and yet entertained with sublim, Yea, as the half inch animalcula, er views. As there was such a and consequently the decimals, conjunction of ingenuity and pi. were not half so thick in propor. ety in him as is rarely seen tion as the mite, it would take up among the sons of men ; so his more than double of those cubi- ingenuity sanctified, became an cal numbers to equal his body. - instrument to promote his pie
Marvellous are the works of ty ; either to advance his knowl. God! Yea, they are honourable edge and veneration of God, or and glorious, as the inspired help excite, and fit to adorę, writer tells us ; and therefore serve and honour him.' In a sought out by all those that have very tender and weakly body, he pleasure therein.
had an indefatigable soul, was a By the observations above, es, wonderful redeemer of time, pecially considering he could ea- and the above were some of his sily have magnified the shade of recreating exercises, which he the mite to above a hundred feet, made subservient to the glory of yea, in a manner unboundedly, God, when he found it needful &c. methinks I can easily con- to divert from his intenser stu.. ceive, how all the children of dies of divine Revelation, and men from Adam, might, in their his own conformity to his Crea original stamina, be enclosed in
.... 098. their parental stamina ; and so in the loins of their primitive The reader will consider these ancestor be actually united to
as the philosophical speculations of him, as his living members, atness of which the editors do not hold
the Rev. Mr. Prince, for the correctthe time of the first transgres. themselves responsible.
tor, Sanctifier and Saviour; to to their perfect and perpetual the latter of which, he, by divine pleasure and admiration. grace, was turned in an eminent
THOMAS PRINCE. manner about six years ago. Since which happy change within him, nothing seemed to en LIFE OF SARAH PORTERFIELD. gage his soul and draw his at. tention so much as the study of
Written by a female friend from Christ, that most admirable per
her own lips.* son, above all created beings, I was born in Ireland, in the and the most wondrous work of county of Donegal, in the parish redemption in its various pro- of Raphe, Aug. 13, 1722. I gressive branches, from their had pious parents, who instructfirst original to their eternal ed me in the Christian religion, consummation. And could the and set good examples before key of his characters be perfect- me. When I was about 11 years ly discovered, it is hoped a re- old, I trust God was pleased to markable delineation might be al- effect a work of divine grace in so given of his experimental and my soul. After my first expeactive piety.
rience of the truth of the gospel, "I would on this occasion beg I was for some time left in the the reader's patience for one ob- dark, and greatly feared that my servation more ; viz. that as be
e. viz. that as be change was not real. At length, sides the moral qualities of se
I was brought to see that I had renity, kindness, prudence, gen. neglected a duty in not giving tleness and modesty, displaying
myself up to the Lord in a public in his very countenance; there
manner. Being about seventeen appeared especially in the air years old, an opportunity preand look of his eyes the strong. sented, and I offered myself for est signatures of a curious and examination to the church in accurate genius, that I remem. Raphe, of which the Rev. Daber ever to have seen : from this vid Farley was pastor. The and other remarks in others, I church, after examination, saw am apt to think, that even every fit to receive me into their comquality of the human mind, and munion, and I cannot but hope even in their various measures, God was pleased, at that time, to may, by the operation of God, grant me tokens of his saving at least, become even visible in love. A blessed season it was the human countenance and eye to me. I sat under his banner to near spectators; and as the with delight, and his fruit was appearance of the evil qualities sweet to my taste. 'Never before of malice, madness, rage, &c. were such clear discoveries made among the damned, will eternal- to my soul of the love of Christ, ly excite their mutual horror; 50 the amiable "excellencies of * It is testified of Mrs. Sarah Por. the saints in light, and above terfield, by a judicious friend, that them all, of the most glorious sh
Gloricnie she was for many years an ornament
to the church in Georgetown, Maine, Son of God, will eternally blaze and died much esteemed by her out in the countenance and eye, Christian acquaintance.
and of my union to him. I great satisfaction of many on found him a safe resting place, board. and could trust my all in his When we had been about hand. O it was good to be there. 'three weeks at sea, a very mortal One hour with Christ is better fever broke- out, and spread than a thousand elsewhere. I through the whole ship's comnow began to live anew. My pany. In this melancholy situalove to Jesus was such, as to tio:2 we were reduced to great overcome all other affections. distress. It is enough to make But this comfortable frame, af- one's heart ache to think of our ter some time, subsided, and I condition. Not one was able to was left in darkness, under the help another. My mother and hidings of God's face. I never her children were preserved and questioned the foundation of my restored to health. Thanks to hope, yet I often grieved after God for such a mercy, when so my absent Lord, who for wise many were daily dying around and holy ends withheld from me us. sensible communications. At But God, who knoweth all one time in particular I was things, and never does any brought into great darkness, and wrong to his creatures, did not overwhelmed with grief. But, suffer us to rest here. Sorer blessed be God, I was not left to trials were appointed for us. give up my hope, nor to quit my When we had been as much as relation to him. To him I cried, ten weeks at sea, we were visit. as my God and Father, who piti- ed with a violent storm, in which eth his children. How soon did our ship was much wrecked, and he come to my relief. os debo we were all very near being lost. ., When I was about nineteen The Captain at that time thought years old, my father went to we were near land, and expected Pennsylvania, in America, and every day to make it, and to get finding a plantation suitable for into port soon. But God had his family, he wrote over for my different purposes in view. The mother and the children to take violence of the storm drove us passage in the first vessel and to the eastward. The sea raged come to Pennsylvania. Accord - greatly. Our masts gave way; ingly my mother with three and we were in a distressed situdaughters took passage on board ation, . even at our wit's end. a large ship, which was going Then we cried unto the Lord, . with passengers to Philadelphia. and he heard us, and came down • July 28, 1741, we sailed from for our deliverance. O that I Londonderry, Captain Rowen could praise the Lord for his being commander. For some goodness, and for his lovingtime after we sailed we had pleas- kindness unto us. : ant weather, and every thing was At that time the Captain agreeable, excepting our sea- thought proper to put all hands sickness. The ship's company on allowance, as he did not know daily assembled on the quarter- where the ship was, or how long deck for prayers, which were we should be continued in our performed alternately by four or present situation. His reckonfive of the passengers, to the ing was out, and he knew not