THE LAME, BUT USEFUL,
MUBLIBUHD BY THI GEN. PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL
Hamnn Manuta. was a bright little fellow; shbo
ten years old. He had a fall when quite a child, which
broke his leg; and he wore irons on that leg; so that
he could not run about like his brothers and sisters.
Henry would often see them go out for a nice long
walk, or enjoy a good game of play, while he was left
at home, or could only sit in his chair and look on.
Henry's papa hladived a great man4 years in Indis;
and he, his brokers and lssters were all born there.
They were sent over to England when very young, to
schools where they took none butlittle children. Gene
ral and Mrs. Marshall were sorry to part with them I
early; but the weather in India is so hot, that English
children grow very tall, and weak, and often die.
When Henry's papa and mamma came over tol.
land, they bought a large house in the country, wi*
gardens, pleasure-grounds, and a handsome park. They
took all their children from school, and had a lady in the
house to teach the girls, and a tutor for the two boys.
When Henry was brought over to England, he came
with a black nurse, and was not put to school on
account of his leg; but sent to a widow lady, whogrew
as fond of him, as if he had been her o- child. Henry
was just as fond of his kind friend as f she were his-
mother; and when he was sent for to join his papa ad I
mamma, there was a sad parting between him and th
lady. You will perhaps think that Henry often fk *
sorry and lonely, wNen he eould not run and i
e iout, like his brothers tad sisters; and you may per-
t haps think he would complain it was stupid to lie so
Song on the sof, and hard he could not enjoy himself
like other children: but you are quite wrong. Little
Henry was of a happy temper. The lady be had lived
so long with, used often to tell him what St. Paul mid;
SI have learned in whatsoever state I am therewith to
be Mtent;" and she would say to Henry; "My dear
little boy, if GoD takes such care of helpless sparrows
thathe knows all that happens to them, do you suppose
your leg was broken without his knowing of it ? Per-
hap your tender, heavenly iFther knew, that you
would be a wicked head-strong child, and so permitted
you to be lame to make you humble and meek."
She tried to make Henry love reading, and taught
him to draw, and cut out in paper. He could net too;
and sometimes he used to employ himself in making
nets for the old lady's fruit trees.
When Henry went to live with his parents, his
, brothers and sisters were not verykind to him. They
all been at the same schools; but as Henry was
bought up by the widoe eied aif b el
not belong to them. His tutors same wa Mr. Iladisap
and he soon foundthat Henry was an intelligent though
Ml boy; learnt his lemons quickly, and did not forget
what was said to him.
In play hours, while the other children were jump.
ing about, Henry used to be taken out in his chair, and
placed under a fine large oak tree on the lawn. He bh ,
a little dog called Dido, which was very fond of I.
young master, and almost always went out with him
and laid at his feet. If you saw Dido, you might be
sure Henry was near; and if you saw Henry, Dido was
not far off. Henry was very fond of drawing Di4
and sometimes he would take her picture as she wa
gnawing a bone, sometimes as she was asleep.
Henry had no paints; but his way was, when he had
drawn the outline with his pencil, to color his drawing *
with the juices of leaves and flowers.
One fine day in summer, Henry was sitting under his
oak tree, when he heard a noise of birds chirping rWL
his head; and on looking up, he saw a nest, with ikr
little birds' heads peeping oat of it, and the parentbid.
feeding them. He began to watch the mother bird, "
she was busy picking i food for her young: he as
so struck to observe how she fed the little ones, each i|
their turn as they each thrust forward their gaping
mouths for the next bit. For a long time, he got the
servant always to place him in the same spot, that he
might still watch his birds; but he never told hipb4
brothers of the nest, for he feared they would climb th
tree, and take it down. But one day he told 4r. Lid-
my; and asked how t was, that the mother bid nevsr
hfed to feed all its young by turns ? Yousay, Ir,"
aid Henry, that dumb animals hae not a Ilke
human beings; and yet my bird seems to have reason,
for she seems to think a a nurse would do." Mr. Lind-
lay told him what he had seen in the bird was called
" instinct;" and was given to all creatures, instead of
reason, by their Great Creator. This instinct" teaches
both large and small animals, even to the least insect,
wha food to choose, and also what they must not eat,
h ear of being hurt by it. This same instinct
teaches thousands of birds to find their way across the
wide ocean; and when the season is too warm or cold
for them in one country, to fy to another better suited
This account of instinct led Henry to think a great
deal; and he wished as long as the weather was fine, to
be always out of doors, that he might find out some
other creature with instinct. One day Dido would not
eat his breakfast; and seemed quite ill; but when
Henry was taken out, Dido ran away into some fields;
and though Henry called Dido, Dido," very often, the
little dog stopped where he was smelling in the hedges,
and eating something, whbk Henry, who was a good
way od, took to be grass.
When he saw Mr. Lindlay, he said; O, Sir! I fear
poor Dido has not instinct, for he has been eating grass,
and he will perhaps die." "No, no, my boy," said Mr.
Lindlay, very likely Dido felt ill, and looked for a sort
of grass which acts like physic, and it was instinct
taght him to seek and to know it."
A little while after this, Henry saw one of his
brothers try to catch a butterfly of a reddish color; it
wa sporting from Me pretty oewer to another; bit
whm th boy went dft tr away few the bumtelW
Ml they would not think when it was goe dil at last
tey spied it on the gravel walk. Henry's brother ti
tried to seize it, but in vain; it flew from one purt (
the walk to another, still keeping on the gravel, Ma
Mr. Lindlay told Henry it wu instinct which taught S
butterly to keep on a color like its own wings, that i
might not be so soon seen. "And," said Mr. Idali
many insects are the color of the plant they feed
which often prevents their being seen and hurt byoi
Henry had a sister called Jane, who was mow
thoughthl and steady than the others, and she would
often take her doll and dress it beside him, and liked to
see him draw. Now Henry loved Jane's company, and
as she was only a year younger than himself, the
suited very well. Often when the other children wes
running about, and noisy in their play, you might see
Henry, Jane, and Dido together under their favor
tree. Jane used to love to hear her little brother talk,
and he would tell her all his new discoveries. BI
these two dear children di not confine themselves to
play, or to mere human l|rledge; no they would
read the Scriptures together, get off verses by heart, sog
hymns together, and Jane never failed to bring Henry
home an account of the sermon, when she had been to
church. Thus Henry and Jane helped to improve each
other in all ways, and if Henry found out any thing
new, he never rested till he had told his sister of it.
She would do him many useful little jobs with her
seedle and thread; such as stitching him his books,
mending his gloves, &c. And doe would pick him his
flowers, when she went out wakig wither gov.nr8
that he might get the juice to peat his pstunres.
Whew Hery was eleven yeas od, nis -gpe gas
am a wark in for volumes, called Naturl Hstorp
It was full of accounts of birds, beasts, insects, sheat
Ae. &c., and had a number of pictures. Now when
Henry's papa gave him these books, he could not jump
for joy as you would do, or run up and down stair to
shew his present to all he met; but his eyes sparkled
and told how pleaded he was; and he clapped his hands
and rubbed them again and again. Henry was now
happy indeed; always reading; and one day he said to
Mr. Lndlay, 0 Sir, what a nice book this is; it just
slits me: and this morning I was reading za ible,
when I found out this text, Lo, these are pafts of his
ways: hM how little a portion is heard of him.' Now
4ot you think, Sir, that verse looks as if Job read and
thought a great deal of what are called nature's works?
I think every time I open my new books, this vers
will come to my mind."
You must not think that Henry had nothing to do
but to amuse himself; he learnt Latin, and other lessons,
just the same as his brothers did ; and indeed Mr. Lind-
lay had scarcely ever to find fault with him, for he got
all so perfect.
By and by winter came on; and Henry could not
sit out of doors as he did inwarm weather. The church
was nearly three miles off; and though most of the
family went there on Sundays, Henry was always left
at home, because the riding was bad for his leg. One
day our little boy said to Mr. Lindlay; "It is a sad
-thing to tell you, but I feel Sunday such a long day,
when you are all away at church Though I read the
psalms and lessons, and sing hymns by myself, still I
often wish the clock would go faster that you might
aerad holy am Mh or A
(Mhred I a l vtolt a p PapO's om "10 M ,
Ig the sabbath in this world, by I ar IS l
payr and holy things, I should never beg*r heaves
where it is always Sunday. I wish I had something to
do to make the time pam quickly, and yet, a it saboM
do. ast Sunday, I amused myself with makai a
hymn; will you take the trouble to read i, Sir? It w* '
on eaing the carriage drie off with you all to ureh.
And now I'm left alom
A little helpess boy;
What hall Ido till they com ham
The wery time eampoy~ i
How I should Sl to go
To chrch nd joining pray;
But if my G won't have it ,
1 'l try to mser him her.
I fnt will ing a hymn,
And this my eart may moe,
To weep and griee f all my in,
And help me Crurr to liew
My Bibe the Ill d,
Swiln tel me ore oheaven;
T wiD tn me too, how Cum did ble4
That I might be forgien.
And the I'll trive to pray,
And fix my thoughts above;
Illak to emmr GOD wy day,
And prai his bouadl la.s
Aud I dglied ind
That GOD win Des. &WAeM *e 11%
Ib t o *glass oed.
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His tutor wa mueh pleased with HIber attempt at
mered poetry; and told him often to amne himself in
this way: and after thinking a few minutes, said;
"Well, my little fellow, I will think of something to
The next day, this kind tutor came in from a long
walk and said; Henry, I have a bit of news to tell you,
which I think you will like to hear. Your papa has
given leave for you to have some poor children to teach
on Sunday; and I have been to several cottages this
morning, where I found the parents willing and thank-
ful to let their children come up to learn to read, an
hour in the morning, and an hour after the dinner."
This was indeed good news for Henry. He thanked
his papa, and he thanked Mr. Lindlay; and the very
next Sunday morning, six little boys, with clean hands
and faces and straight combed hair, were brought into
the room where Henry was sitting. He began to try
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and ad o t wat they knw; and when he m-das
four could imft lmn word in the spe lnbook, is .
the other two dd not know their letts, he put them
Into two classes.
In the course of three or four months, his schali
could my a great many hymns by heart, and som
bts of Scripture. When they read well enough to
manage the Testament, his mamma made him a presmt
of half a dozen for their use.
But I must not forget to tell you, that Henry thought
he should have some rewards for his boys; and be
got his mamma's maid to teach him to knit. When be
could manage a stocking, he was so pleased I and now
all his pocket-money went to buy worsted. Befe
January was over, Henry had knit four pair of stock-
ings, which he gave to his four best boys.
There is another thing too, I must tell you of Henry;
he felt it was a great honor and a great charge to teash
these children; and on a Sunday morning, he always
said a little prayer which he had made for himself -1
learned. Perhaps you would like to hear it.
LoaD, send thy Spirit to teach me, that I may know
how to teach others. May I always feel what a power
helpless little child I am myself; that I may be kept
humble, and often looking up to thee for a blessing."
A long winter soon passed away; but as springer
on, Henry often complained of a pain in his sid 'The
doctor who lived in their village, wished Henar papa
to take him to London. It was a sad trial to Henry,
giving up his Sunday scholars; but a bed was made
for him on one side of his papa's coach, and he get t
London very nicely. General Marshall had a sltM
surgeon to see his little boy; who seemed to think te
pil la his ide wrs fom want of exerme. He looked
at his leg, which he thought so much better, that he sid
he might leave off his irons, and walk about a little at a
time. Henry was then sent to the sea-side, and his
mamma, brothers and sisters joined him there. He
rode out a great deal upon the sands; and was out
and late in a little donkey cart, which his papa hired
purpose for Henry's use.
Henry had now a new object to employ him; he
used to busy himself in collecting shells, and by the
time he left the sea, he had such a number of different
sorts, that he saved up his pocket-money and had a box
made for them, with a number of divisions and little
drawers. By the help of his papa's book on natural
history, he contrived to class and sort his shells. Thus
you see, this little fellow was like the busy bee, and
"improved each shining hour;" for let him be where
he would, he was always gathering honey" of some
lnd of knowledge or other.
'"When Henry had been some months at the sea, he
grew so much stronger, that he had leave to go to a
, ehool where the master took only a few boys. The
reason for taking him from his brothers was, because
bis new master lived near the sea, and General Mar-
shall's house was in one of the inland counties.
Henry soon found himself quite in a new situation;
but to his great joy and gratitude, he met there with a
young gentleman, three or four years older than him-
self, who took a great fancy to him, and became his firm
fMend. Arthur Carter was much more advanced in his
tudies than Henry, and was indeed preparing for col-
lege; but he wasso struck with our little Henry's reflect-
tag mind perseverance and piety, that he found him
qite a eompamon above his yea. TIhse tw l
were now always together, and helping aseh otlr L.
ward in the beet things
When Arthur left the school for college, Henry ha
a pat los; but they met again, for General Maaa
alf often to invite Arthur to pass the holidays at hiL
boue; and when Henry was old enough to go t ecol
lege, he and Arthur were as great fends as ever.
Year passed, till by hard study, and "owning the
Loan in all he undertook," Henry Marhball became one
of the first scholars of his day; and he often referred to
his early fiction, as the greatest blessing which coul
have befallen him.
When Henry was old enough to form an idea of
what calling he should pursue in life, he fixed upeq
being a clergyman; and some years afterward toek
The clergyman of the parish in which %e reside
dying soon after, Henry Marshall became the minlom
of the church there. Henry was now more active hie
ever: he visited his poor from house to house; ha
taught in his large Sunday School; and his sermon .
were full of that Saviour, whom Henry loved himsef
and wished all his people to love also. His own parts
soon found the blessing of having such a son for their
minister: for his preaching and his life led them to
"search the Scriptures" for themselves: and through
these, they were made "wise unto salvation."
But we must not forget to tell you something more
of Henry's favorite sister. When he entered on hi
living he wanted some one to keep his house; so '
thought how very nice it would be, If hisJather ad
mother would consent to Jane's living with I '
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Geerl and Mrs. Marshall knew well how attached
their two children were to each other, and could ot
withhold their consent, nor did Jane feel at all inclined
to withhold her's. She loved her brother Henry; she
valued him as her minister; and she felt it would be
quite a pleasure to help him in his parish duties. As
soon s Jane got to her brother's village, she took the
charge of the girls' Sdnday School. She had also a
large sewing school which she went to, almost every
day; and bundles of baby-linen, shirts, shifts, &e. Ae.,
always by her, ready made. But Miss Jane Marshall
did not rest satisfied with these outward acts; she tried
to set an example in her own behavior of meekness,
self-denial, and moderation in her dress. She was very
careful never to go to church, or the Sunday School in
any dress which would attract notice or call forth the
surprise of the children: her aim was not to consider
how fine she might venture to appear as a Christian,
but how plain she could dress as a gentlewoman. Many
years did this brother and sister live together, comforts
to each other, blessings to the parish, and ornaments to
the Church of Cnaurr.
And now I hope, all young persons who read this
little book will remember and imitate the example of
Henry Marshall! How very severely afflicted was he,
and yet how patient! He never complained, was never
fretful, but was always thinking how he might do good.
In his little school, he found so much pleasure that be
quite forgot his pains. Though confined to his chairby
reason of his lameness, still his mind was ever actively
employed. And let my little readers observe how very
nseM be was, even in that situation, in which many
other children would have thought they could do
nothing, and would have wanted some one to wait upon
them all the time, and perhaps would have been repin-
ing and finding fault because they could not run about
and play like other children.
How many children will hereafter "rise up and call
Henry Marshall blessed And if he was so happy
while instructing them here in his room and in the Sun-
day School, and afterward preaching to them as a min-
ister, how happy, how unspeakably happy, will he be
hereafter, should he meet in the kingdom of glory, the
little lambs that he thus fed with food convenient for
them, while they were on earth together! Here he de-
lighted to sing with them the praises of that dear Saviour
who has said, "Suffer the little children to come unto
me, and forbid them not." And there, if they paid pro-
per attention to what he told them, they will all stand
together around the throne of GOD will see GOD and
JESUS CHRIST, and the HOLY SPIRIT, and with all the
company of heaven, will laud and magnify the great
JEHovAn for ever and ever. 0 my children, strive to
enter in at the strait gate which leads to eternal life!
Strive also, as Henry Marshall did, to persuade others to
enter. Remember the instructions you receive at your
Sunday Schools. Behave yourselves reverently in the
church, love your Saviour. Ask your parents and min-
isters and teachers to lead you into the right and good
way." Think more of heaven, than you do of earth.
You must soon leave this world for ever. But once
received where we trust Henry Marshall has gone, once
admitted into heaven, you will "go no more out."
"None shall be able to pluck you out of your heavenly
Father's hand." You will serve him day and night in
his temple. Day and night, you will be heard, ioininx
wh a great multitude whom no r een nmbi
seribing blsing and hoaor uad tluv ghaf ml
power unto Him that hitteth upo th.ehroo rnd
untole Lamb for ever.
Thik then, my dear children, r this, and the ask
ymrselTve whether it be not w~ pour while to serve
Gon now, that you may be so happy hereaterI o-
ilder what Solomon the wise king of Isel saye, "ThoM
that seek me early shall And me. Receive instruction
and not silver, and kmwl e rather than choice gold.
Wisdom the prinbipal thihg. Her way are ways oi
plesamntnee, and all her paths peace." May the Lowa
give you grace so to proft by these remarks, that each
one of you may be found among those who shall shinw
like the sun in the kingdom of our Father