Little Henry and his bearer

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Little Henry and his bearer
Series Title:
Little Alice's library
Sherwood ( Mary Martha ), 1775-1851 ( Author, Primary )
Thomas Nelson & Sons ( Publisher )
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London (Paternoster Row)
New York
T. Nelson and Sons
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64 p. : ill. ; 16 cm.


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Conversion -- Juvenile fiction ( lcsh )
Juvenile fiction -- India ( lcsh )
Baldwin -- 1881 ( local )
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England -- London
Scotland -- Edinburgh
United States -- New York -- New York
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LITTLE HENRY AND HISBEARER.ENRY L-- was born at Dina-pore in the East Indies. Hispapa was an officer in the Com-pany's service, and was killedv in attacking a mud-fort belong-ing to a petty Rajah, a fewmonths after the birth of his son. Hismamma also died before he was a year old.Thus little Henry was left an orphan whenhe was a very little baby; but his dyingmother, when taking her last farewell ofhim, lifted up her eyes to heaven, andsaid, " 0 God, I leave my fatherless childwith thee, claiming thy promise in allhumility, yet in full confidence that my

6 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS will never be left destitute; for inthee the fatherless find mercy." The pro-mise to which she alluded is to be foundin Jeremiah xlix. 11: "Leave thy father-less children, I will preserve them alive;and let thy widows trust in me."As soon as Henry's mamma was dead,a lady, who lived at that time in a largepuckah house near the river betweenPatna and Dinapore, came and took littleHenry, and gave him a room in her housegiving strict orders to her servants to pro-vide him with everything that he wanted.But, as she was one of those fine ladieswho will give their money (when theyhave any to spare) for the relief of distress,but have no idea how it is possible for anyone to bestow all his goods to feed thepoor and yet want charity, she thoughtthat when she had received the child, andgiven her orders to her servants, she haddone all that was necessary for him. Shewould not afterwards suffer Henry to giveher the least trouble, nor would she endurethe smallest inconvenience on his account;SThe meaning of uackah is ripe or strong; it here means brickor stone.

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 7and thus the poor child, being very small,and unable to make known his wants,might have been cruelly neglected, had itnot been for the attention of a bearer,*who had lived many years with his papa,and had taken care of Henry from the daythat he was born.When he was a very little baby, Boosy(for that was the bearer's name) attendedhim night and day, warmed his pap, rockedhis cot, dressed and undressed and washedhim, and did everything for him as ten-derly as if he had been his own child.The first word that little Henry tried to saywas Boosy; and when he was only tenmonths old he used to put his arms roundhis neck and kiss him, or stroke his swarthycheek with his little delicate hand.When Henry was carried to the lady'shouse Boosy went with him; and forsome years the little child had no otherfriend than his bearer. Boosy never lefthis choota sahib,t except for two hours inthe twenty-four, when he went to get hiskhauna.+ At night he slept on his mat* A servant, whose work is to carry a palanquin; but who isfrequently employed to take care of children.t Little master. t Food.

8 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS the foot of the child's cot; and when-ever Henry called he was up in a moment,and had milk or toast-and-water ready togive him to drink. Early in the morning,before sunrise, he took him out in a littlecarriage which was provided for him, orcarried him in his arms round the garden.When he brought him in, he bathed himand dressed him, and gave him his break-fast, and put him in his cot to sleep; andall the day long he played with him, some-times carrying him in his arms or on hisback, and sometimes letting him walk, orroll upon the carpet. Everybody who cameto the house noticed the kindness of Boosyto the child, and he got buclcshish frommany people for his goodness to Henry.When Henry was two years old hehad a dreadful illness-so alarming, indeed,was it, that for many days it was thoughthe would die. He had afterwards avery severe illness when he was four yearsold, for he was never a very healthychild. During the height of these sick-nesses, his bearer never left him; norwould he take any rest, even by the side* A present.

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 9of his bed, till he thought the danger wasover.These things considered, it cannot be amatter of wonder that this ittle boy, as hegrew older, should love his bearer morethan all the world besides; for his bearerwas his best friend, no one else taking anythought about him. He could not speakEnglish, but he could talk with Boosy inhis language as fast as possible; and heknew every word, good or bad, which thenatives spoke. He used to sit in theverandah,* between his bearer's knees,and chew paun,t and eat bazaar, sweet-meats. He wore no shoes nor stockings,but was dressed in pangammahs, andhad silver banglesll on his ankles. No onecould have told by his behaviour or mannerof speaking that he was not a native, buthis pretty light hair and blue eyes at onceshowed his parentage.Thus his life passed till he was fiveyears and a half old; for the lady in whosehouse he lived (although he was taught to* An open gallery or passage.t An intoxicating mixture of opium and sugar, &c.t A market. Trousers.II Ornaments, generally worn round the wrists and ankles.

10 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS her mamma) paid him no kind .ofattention, and it never occurred to herthat it was right to give him any religiousinstruction. He used to see his bearerand the other natives performing pujah,*and carrying about their wooden gods;and he knew that his mamma sometimeswent to church at Dinapore; so he be-lieved that there were a great many gods,and that the God that his mamma wentto pray to at Dinapore was no better thanthe gods of wood, and stone, and claywhich his bearer worshipped. He alsobelieved that the river Ganges was a god-dess, and called Gunga, and that the waterof the river would take away sins. Hebelieved, too, that the Mussulmans wereas good as the Christians, for his mamma'slchaunsummawnt had told him so. Be-sides these, he was taught by the servantsmany other things which a little boyshould not know; but the servants, beingheathens, could not be expected to teachhim anything better, and therefore theywere not so much to be blamed as the"* Ceremony; offering.t A kind of house-steward.

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 11lady who had undertaken the charge ofHenry, who might have been ashamed toleave the child of Christian parents underthe care of such persons.When Henry was five years old, a younglady, who was just arrived from England,came to reside for a while with his mamma.She was the daughter of a worthy clergy-man in England, and had received fromhim a religious education. She hadbrought with her from home a box ofBibles, and some pretty little children'sbooks and pictures. When she saw poorlittle Henry sitting in the verandah, ashis custom was, between his bearer's knees,with many other native servants surround-ing him, she loved him, and was very sorryfor him; for, indeed, it is a dreadful thingfor little children to be left among peoplewho know not God. So she took someof the prettiest coloured pictures she had,and spread them on the floor of the room,the door of which happened to open intothe verandah near the place where thelittle boy usually sat. When Henry peepedin and saw the pictures, he was temptedby them to come into the room; but at

12 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER.first he would not venture in without hisbearer.Afterwards, when he got more accus-tomed to the lady, he was contented thathis bearer should sit at the door, while hewent in; and at last he quite lost all fear,and would go in by himself-nay, henever was more happy than when hewas with this lady, for she tried everymeans to gain his love, in order that shemight lead him to receive such instruc-tions as the time of her intended staywith his mamma would allow her to givehim.She was very sorry when she foundthat he could not speak English; however,she was resolved not to be checked by thisdifficulty. She taught him many Englishwords by showing him things representedin the coloured pictures, telling him theirEnglish names, so that in a short time hecould ask for anything he wanted inEnglish. She then taught him his lettersin one of the little books she had broughtfrom home, and from his letters she pro-ceeded to spelling; and so diligent wasshe, that before he was six years old he

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 13could spell any word, however difficult,and could speak English quite readily.While this young lady was taking pains,from day to day, to teach little Henry toread, she endeavoured, by word of mouth,to make him acquainted with such partsof the Christian religion as even theyoungest ought to know, and without theknowledge of which no one can be a Chris-tian; and she did not like to wait untilHenry could read his Bible before shewould instruct him in subjects of so muchimportance.The first lesson of this kind which shestrove to teach him was that there wasonly one true God, and that he made allthings; namely, the glorious heaven, towhich those persons go who have beenmade the children of God on earth; andthe dreadful hell, prepared for those whodie in their sins; the world and all thingsin it; the sun, the moon, the stars, andall the heavenly bodies. And she wasgoing to teach him the following wordsfrom Colossians i. 16: "For by him wereall things created, that are in heaven, andthat are in earth;" but no sooner did little

14 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER.Henry understand that she meant to teachhim that there is but one God, than hegot very angry, and told her that she didnot speak a true word, for his mamma hada God, and his bearer had a god, and therewere a great many gods; and he ran outinto the verandah, and told his bearerwhat the choota beebee* had said, anddown he sat between his bearer's knees,and would not come again to her thatday, although she brought out her finestpictures and a new book, on purpose totempt him.The young lady did not fail to prayvery earnestly for little Henry that night,when she was withdrawn to her room, andher door shut; and her Father, on whomshe called in secret, heard her prayer, forthe next day little Henry came smilinginto her room, having quite forgotten hisfit of ill-humour, and she was now enabledto talk to him with advantage on the samesubject; and she made him kneel down,and pray to God to give him sense tounderstand the truth. She had also pro-vided herself with one of the Hindu gods,"* Young lady.

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 15made of baked earth, and she bid him lookat it and examine it well. She then threwit down upon the floor, and it was brokeninto an hundred pieces. Then she said,"Henry, what can this god do for you ?It cannot help itself. Call to it, and askit to get up. You see it cannot move."And that day the little boy was convincedby her arguments.The next discourse which the younglady had with Henry was upon the natureof God. She taught him that God is aSpirit; that he is everywhere; that hecan do everything; that he can see every-thing; that he can hear everything; thathe knows even the inmost thoughts of ourhearts; that he loves that which is good,and hates that which is evil; that henever had a beginning, and never wouldhave an end.Henry now began to take pleasure inhearing of God, and asked many questionsabout him. He next learned that Godmade the world in six days, and restedfrom his work on the seventh; and thathe made man and woman innocent at first.He then was taught how our forefather

16 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER.Adtam was tempted, with Eve his wife, toeat the forbidden fruit; and how by thismeans sin entering into the world, and thenature of Adam becoming sinful, all wehis children, being born in his likeness,are sinful also.Henry here asked what sin is."Sin, my child," answered the lady,"is whatever displeases God. If yourmamma were to desire you to come intoher room, or to do something for her, andyou were to refuse, would she not havereason to be displeased with you ?""Yes; I suppose so."" Or, if you ask Boosy to fan you, orto carry you in your palanquin, and Boosydoes something quite different; or if youdesire him to carry you one way, and hecarries you another,-would he not dowrong ?""Yes; to be sure."" Well, then, whatever you do contraryto the commands of God displeases him,and is sin."But the lady still found great difficultyin making Henry understand the natureof sin, for he had been so neglected that

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 17he did not know right from wrong. Hedid not consider a lie as sinful; nor feelashamed of stealing, unless it was foundout. He thought, also, that if anybodyhurt him it was right to hurt them inreturn. After several days, however, shemade the subject clear to him, and thenfurther explained how sin has corruptedall our hearts. And she made him repeatthe following words till he could say themquite well: " The Lord looked down fromheaven upon the children of men, to seeif there were any that did understand, andseek God. They are all gone aside, theyare all together become filthy: there is nonethat doeth good, no, not one" (Ps. xiv.2, 3).She next made the little boy under-stand that eternal death, or everlastingpunishment, is the consequence of sin;and he soon could repeat two or threeverses to prove this. One was, "The un-righteous shall not inherit the kingdom ofGod" (1 Cor. vi. 9); and another, "Theyshall look upon the carcases of the menthat have transgressed against me: fortheir worm shall not die, neither shall2

18 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER.their fire be quenched: and they shall bean abhorring unto all flesh" (Isa. lxvi. 24).And now the lady had brought Henryto know that he and all the world weresinners; and that the punishment of sin iseternal death; and that it was not in hispower to save himself, nor for anything onthe earth to wash him from his sins; andshe had brought him several times to askher with great earnestness what he mustdo to be saved, and how his sins could beforgiven, and his heart freed from eviltempers. Her next lesson, therefore, wasto explain to him what the Lord JesusChrist had done for him-how " God wasmade manifest in the flesh, justified in theSpirit, seen of angels, preached unto theGentiles, believed on in the world, receivedup into glory" (1 Tim. iii. 16); and how"we have redemption through his blood,he having made peace for us through theblood of his cross" (Col i. 14, 20).Little Henry was particularly pleasedwhenever he heard of our Saviour, andby divine grace his heart seemed to bewonderfully filled with love for his Re-deemer; and he was so afraid of offending

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 19him, that he became careful of every wordhe said and of everything he did; and hewas always asking the young lady if thiswas right, and if that was right, and ifGod would be angry with him if he didthis or that: so that in a short time hiswhole behaviour was altered. He neversaid a bad word, and was vexed when heheard any other person do it. He spokemildly and civilly to everybody. Hewould return the salam* of the poorestcooliet in the bazaar. If anybody hadgiven him a rupee,+ he would not spend itin sweetmeats or playthings, but he wouldchange it into pice, and give it to thefakeersli who were blind or lame, or suchas seemed to be in real distress, as far asit would go.One day Henry came into the lady'sroom, and found her opening a box ofbooks. "Come," said she, "Henry, helpme to unpack these books, and to carrythem to my bookcase." Now, while they" Health; salutation.t A kind of low caste of men who have no trade, but work atany kind of common employment.t A gold coin. Pence.II Beggars; a religious order of men, something like monks ordervises.

20 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER.were thus busy, and little Henry muchpleased to think that he could make him-self useful, the lady said, "These bookshave different kinds of covers, and someare larger than others; but they all con-tain the same words, and are the Book ofGod. If you read one of these books, andkeep the sayings written in it, it will bringyou to heaven-it will bring you to whereyour beloved Redeemer is-to the throneof the Lamb of God, who was slain foryour sins.""Oh, I wish," said Henry, " that I hadone of these books! I will give you allmy playthings, ma'am, and my littlecarriage, for one of them."The lady smiled, and said, "No, mydear, keep your playthings and your littlecarriage too; you shall have any one ofthese books you like best."Henry thanked the lady with all hisheart, and called Boosy in to give hisadvice whether he should choose a bookwith a purple morocco cover, or one with ared one. When he had fixed upon one, hebegged a bit of silk of the lady, and car-ried it to the tailor to make him a bag for

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 21his new Bible; and that same evening hecame to the lady to beg her to teach himto read it. So that day he began, and hewas several days over the first chapter ofGenesis; but the next chapter was easier,and the next easier still, till very soon hewas able to read any part of the Biblewithout hesitation.With what joy and gratitude to Goddid the young lady see the effect of herpious labours She had, in the space of ayear and a half, brought a little orphanfrom the grossest state of heathen dark-ness and ignorance to a competent know-ledge of those doctrines of the Christianreligion which are chiefly necessary to sal-vation. She had put into his hand theBook of God, and had taught him to readit; and God had, in an especial manner,answered all her prayers for the dearchild.The time was now coming on very fastwhen she must leave little Henry, and thethoughts of this parting were very painfulto her. Some days before she set out onher journey, she called him into her room,and questioned him concerning the things

22 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER.which she had taught him, directing him,as often as he could, to give his answersfrom the Bible. Her first question was," How many Gods are there ? "Henry. "There is one God; and thereis none other but he " (Mark xii. 32).Lady. Do we not believe that there arethree persons in this one God ?Henry. "There are three that barerecord in heaven, the Father, the Word,and the Holy Ghost: and these three areone" (1 John v. 7).Lady. What do you mean by the Word ?Henry. The Word is the Lord JesusChrist.Laidy. Do you know that from theBible ?Henry. Yes; for St. John says, in thefirst chapter of his Gospel, " In the begin-ning was the Word, and the Word waswith God, and the Word was God. Hewas in the world, and the world was madeby him, and the world knew him not."Lady. Did God make man good atfirst ?Henry. Yes; for in the first chapter ofthe Bible, the last verse, it is written,

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 23"God saw everything that he had made,and, behold, it was very good."Lady. Are men very good now ? Canyou find me one person who deserves tobe called good ?Henry. I need not look into the Bibleto answer that question. I need but justget into the palanquin, and go into thebazaar, and show you the people there. Iam sure I could not find one good personin all the bazaar.Lady. But I think, Henry, you mightspare yourself the trouble of going into thebazaar to. see how bad human creaturesare. Could you not find proofs of thatnearer home ?Henry. What! our servants, you mean?Or, perhaps, the ladies who are in the hallwith my mamma ?-they laughed at theBible at breakfast. I knew what theymeant very well; and my mamma laughedtoo. I am sure nobody can say that theyare good.Lady. No, my dear, those poor laalesare not good; it would be misleading youto say that they are. But as we cannotmake them better by speaking ill of them

24 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS their absence, it would be better not tomention them at all, unless it were inprayer to God that he would turn theirhearts. But to return to my question.You need not go so far as the hall for ananswer to it. There is a little boy in thisvery room called Henry; can he be saidto be a good boy? A very few monthsago that little boy used to tell lies everyday; and only yesterday I saw him in apassion, because the sais would not lethim get on the back of one of the coach-horses,-and I think, but I am not sure,that he gave the sais a blow with hishand.Henry. I know it was very wicked;but I had no stick in my hand, and there-fore I hope I did not hurt him. I hopeGod will give me grace never to do soagain. I gave the sais all that I had leftof my rupee this morning, and I told himthat I was very sorry.Lady. I mentioned it, my dear, thatyou might know where to look for ananswer to my question.Henry. Oh, I know that I am notgood. I have done many, many naughty

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 25things which nobody knows of-no, noteven Boosy; and God only can know thenaughtiness of my heart.Lady. Then you think yourself asinner ?Henry. A very great one.Lady. Where do sinners go when theydie ?Henry. "The wicked shall be turnedinto hell, and all the nations that forgetGod" (Ps. ix. 17).Lady. If all wicked people are turnedinto hell, how can you escape ?Henry. If I believe in the Lord JesusChrist, I shall be saved. Stay one moment,and I will show you the verse: " Believeon the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shaltbe saved " (Acts xvi. 31).Lady. What! if you believe in theLord Jesus Christ, shall you go to heavenwith all your sins ? Can sinful creaturesbe in heaven?Henry. No; to be sure not. God can-not live with sinners. He is " of purereyes than to behold evil" (Hab. i. 13).But if I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ,he will take away my sin, for his " blood

26 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER.cleanseth from all sin " (1 John i. 7); andhe will give me a new heart, and make mea new creature, and I shall purify myself,as he is pure (1 John iii. 3).Now the lady was pleased with littleHenry's answers, and she thanked God inher heart for having so blessed her labourswith the poor little boy. But she didnot praise him, lest he should becomeproud; and she well knew that " God re-sisteth the proud, but giveth grace untothe humble " (James iv. 6). So she re-frained from commending him; but shesaid, "What do you mean, my dear, bybeing made quite new again? "Henry. Before I knew the Lord JesusChrist, I used to think of nothing butnaughty things. I loved myself morethan anybody else. I loved eating fruitand sweetmeats, and was so greedy ofthem, that I would have told a hundredlies, I do think, for one mouthful of them.Then I was passionate and proud. I usedto be so pleased when anybody bowed tome and said, " Sahib." And you cannotthink how cruel I was to all kinds of littlecreatures I could get hold of, even the

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 27poor cockroaches; I used to kill them justfor my own pleasure. But now I dothink my heart is beginning to change alittle-I mean a very little-for I gave allmy last sweetmeats to the matre's boy.But still I know that my heart is far frombeing clean yet; but God can make itwhite and clean when he pleases.Lady. You must pray every day, andoftentimes in the day, and in the nightwhen you are awake, my dear child, thatGod will send his Holy Spirit into yourheart to make it clean and pure, and tolead and direct you in all you do. Blessedare those, my dear child, who love theLord Jesus Christ, for unto them "theSpirit of truth " shall be revealed; and it" shall dwell with them, and be in them "(John xiv. 17).She then shut the door of the room, andshe and the little boy knelt down togetherand prayed to God that he would, for hisdear Son's sake, "create a clean heart " inthe child, "and renew a right spirit"within him (Ps. li. 10). When the younglady arose from her knees she kissed little"* A sweeper-a person of low caste, who eats everything.

28 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER.Henry, and told him, not without manytears, that she must soon go away fromhim.When Henry heard this news, for somemoments he could not speak; at lengthhe cried out, "What shall I do when youare gone? I shall have nobody to speakto but my bearer, for my mamma doesnot love me; and I shall spend all mytime with the natives. I shall nevermore hear anybody talk of God. Oh, Ivery much fear that I shall becomewicked again !""My poor child," said the lady, "donot doubt the power of God. When ourSaviour was going to leave his disciples,he said, 'I will not leave you orphans; *I will come to you' (John xiv. 18). Anddo you think, my child, that after theblessed Lord God has made himself knownunto you, and adopted you as a dear son,that he will leave you comfortless ? Thinkhow good he was to call you from thepaths of destruction and from the way ofhell. You knew not so much as his holyname, and were living altogether among* The word is orphans in the original

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 29the heathens. It was by his providencethat I came here, that I remained here solong, that I loved you, and endeavoured toteach you, and that I had a Bible to giveyou. 'Faithful is he,' my beloved child,' who called you. He will preserve yourwhole spirit and soul and body blamelessunto the coming of the Lord Jesus '" (1Thess. v. 23, 24). She then sung a verseof a hymn to him, which he often repeated,and would try to sing, when she was faraway from him,-"Jesus sought me, when a stranger,"Wandering from the fold of God;He, to save my soul from danger,Interposed his precious blood."*Now it would take more time than 1have to spare to repeat the several conver-sations which this young lady had withlittle Henry before she went away. Hecried sadly the day she went. Hefollowed her down to the river-side, forshe was going down to Berhampore, whereshe was soon afterwards married to a verypious young man of the name of Baron.Henry went on board the budgerow -f"* Sung to the tune of the Sirilian Mariners' Hymn.tA kind of barge.

30 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS take leave of her. She kissed himmany times before they parted, and gaveBoosy, who was with him, four rupees,buccshish, that he might continue tobehave well to his little sahib. The lastwords, almost, that she said to Henry,were these: "You must try, my dearchild, with the grace of God, to makeBoosy a Christian, that he may be nolonger numbered among the heathen, butmay be counted among the sons of God."When the budgerow was ready to sail,little Henry took his last leave of the ladyand came on shore, where he stood underthe shade of a Braminee fig-tree,* watchingthe boat as it sailed down the broad streamof the Ganges, till it was hidden by thewinding shore. Then Boosy, taking himup in his arms, brought him back to hismamma's house; and from that time hewas as much neglected as he had beenbefore this good young lady came, withthis difference only (and that, indeed, wasa blessing for which, I doubt not, he willthank God to all eternity), that he wasnow able to read the Book of God, whereas,"*A tree that takes root downward from its branches.

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 31before, he knew not even God's holyname.Sometimes his mamma would let himeat his tiffin with her; but as shealways employed herself at table (whennot actually eating) in smoking herhookcah,t and as most of her visitors didthe same, the tiffin-time was very stupidto the little boy; for instead of pleasantand useful discourse, there was in generalnothing to be heard at these meals butthe rattling of plates, and knives, andforks, the creaking of the punkah +, andthe gurgling of the water in the hookah-except his mamma (which not unsel-dom happened) occasioned a little varietyby scolding the servants and calling themnames in their own language.So poor little Henry found no bettercompanion than his bearer; and he neverwas more pleased than when he wassitting by him in the verandah, readinghis Bible to himself.And now the young lady's last wordsSLuncheon.SA kind of pipe, the smoke of which is drawn through water,und the motion of the air through the water causes a bubblingnoise.t A large fan suspended from the celling.

32 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER.returned to his mind-namely, " You musttry to make Boosy a Christian." But hedid not know how to begin this work; itseemed to him that the heart of poorBoosy could only be changed by the im-mediate interference of God, so fondwas he of his wooden gods and foolishceremonies, and so much was he afraid ofoffending his gooroo.* And in this respectHenry judged rightly, for no one can cometo God without the help of God; yet hehas pointed out the means by which wemust endeavour to bring our fellow-creatures to him; and we must, in faithand humility, use these means, prayingfor the divine blessing to render themeffectual.The first step which Henry took to-wards this work was to pray for Boosy.After some thought, he made a prayer,which was much to this purpose: "0Lord God, hear the humble prayer of apoor little sinful child. Give me power,O God, for thy dear Son's sake (who diedfor us upon the cross), to turn the heart ofmy poor bearer from his wooden gods, and*A religious teacher, or confessor

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 33to lead him to the cross of Jesus Christ."This prayer he never failed to repeat everynight, and many times a day; and fromtime to time he used to talk to Boosy,and repeat to him many things whichthe young lady had taught him. Butalthough Boosy heard him with good-humour, yet he did not seem to paymuch heed to what the child said, forhe would argue to this purpose: "Thereare many brooks and rivers of water,but they all run into the sea at last;so there are a great many religions, butthey all lead to heaven: there is theMussulman's way to heaven, and theHindu's way, and the Christian's way;and one way is as good as another."He asserted, also, that if he were tocommit the greatest sin, and were to goimmediately afterwards and wash in theGanges, he should be quite innocent.And a great many other foolish thingshe had to say to the same purpose, so thathe sometimes quite out-talked the child.But Henry was so earnest in the causehe had undertaken, that, although hemight be silenced at one time, yet he3

34 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER.would often (after having said his prayer,and consulted his Bible) begin the attackagain. He would sometimes get closeto him, and look in his face, and say,-"Poor Boosy! poor Boosy! you aregoing the wrong way, and will not letme set you right. There is but one wayto heaven; our Saviour, the Lord JesusChrist, is 'the way' to heaven, and 'noman cometh unto God but by him'"(John xiv. 6). Then he would try toexplain who the Lord Jesus Christ is:how he came down to the earth; thathe took man's nature upon him; sufferedand died upon the cross for the sins ofmen; was buried, and arose again on thethird day, and ascended into heaven;and is now sitting at the right hand ofGod, from whence he will come to judgethe quick and the dead.In this manner the little boy proceededfrom day to day; but Boosy seemed topay him little or no attention-nay, hewould sometimes laugh at him, and askhim why he was so earnest about a thingof so little consequence. However, todo Boosy justice, he never was ill-

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 35humoured or disrespectful to his littlesahib.Now it happened, about this time, thatHenry's mamma had occasion to go toCalcutta; and as she went by water, shetook Henry and his bearer in the budge-row with her. Henry had not been well,and she thought the change of air mightdo him good. It was at the end of therains, at that season of the year whenIndia is most green and beautiful, althoughnot most healthy. When the budgerowcame to anchor in an evening, Henryused to take a walk with his bearer; andsometimes they would ramble among thefields and villages for more than a milefrom the river. Henry had all his lifebeen confined to one spot; so you maybe sure he was well pleased to see somany different countries, and asked manyquestions about the things which he saw.And often, during these rambles, he usedto have an argument with Boosy concern-ing the great Creator of all things; andHenry would say to his bearer, that thegreat God, who made all things, could notbe like the gods which he believed in,

36 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER.which, according to his accounts of them,were more wicked and foolish than theworst men.Once, in particular-it was in one ofthose lovely places near the Rajamahalhills-Henry and his bearer went to walk.Henry's mamma had during the day beenvery cross to him, and the poor littlefellow did not feel well, although he didnot complain; but he was glad when hegot out of the boat.The sun was just setting, and a coolbreeze blew over the water, with whichthe little boy being refreshed climbedwithout difficulty to the top of a littlehill where was a tomb. Here they satdown, and Henry could not but admirethe beautiful prospect which was beforethem. On their left hand was the broadstream of the Ganges winding round thecurved shore, till it was lost behind theRajamahal hills. The budgerow, gailypainted, lay anchored just below them; andwith it many lesser boats with thatchedand sloping roofs. The dandies* andnative servants, having finished their* Boatmen.

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 37day's work, were preparing their khauna,in distinct parties, according to theirseveral castes, upon the banks of theriver,-some grinding their mussula, *some lighting their little fires, somewashing their brass vessels, and otherssitting in a circle upon the groundsmoking their cocoa-nut hoolahs. Beforethem, and on their right hand, was abeautiful country, abounding with corn-fields, topes of trees, thatched cottageswith their little bamboo porches, plantainand palm-trees; beyond which the Raja-mahal hills were seen, some bare to theirsummits, and others covered withjungle, +which even now afford a shelter to tigers,rhinoceroses, and wild hogs.Henry sat silent a long time. At lasthe said,-" Boosy, this is a good country-that is, it would be a very good country,if the people were Christians. Then theywould not be so idle as they now are;and they would agree together, and clearthe jungles, and build churches to worshipGod in. It will be pleasant to see the* A general name for spices, salt, medicine, &c.t Uncultivated waste land, overrun with brushwood or reeds.

38 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER.people, when they are Christians, all goingon a Sunday morning to some prettychurch built among those hills, and to seethem in an evening sitting at the door oftheir houses reading the shaster,*-I donot mean your shaster, but our shaster,God's Book."Boosy answered that he knew therewould be a time when all the worldwould be of one religion, and when therewould be no caste; but he did not knowwhen that would be, and he was sure heshould not live to see it."There is a country now," said Henry," where there are no castes, and where weall shall be like dear brothers. It is abetter country than this: there are noevil beasts; there is no more hunger, nomore thirst; there the waters are sure;there the sun does not scorch by day, northe moon smite by night. It is a countryto which I sometimes think and hope Ishall go very soon; I wish, Boosy, youwould be persuaded either to go with meor to follow me.""What !" said Boosy, " is sahib going to*The Hindu religious books.

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 39Willaet ? " And then he said he hopednot, for he could never follow him, as noHindu can go to sea.Henry then explained to him that he didnot mean England, but heaven. "Some-times I think," said he, "when I feel thepain which I did this morning, that I shallnot live long; I think I shall die soon,Boosy. Oh, I wish! I wish I could per-suade you to love the Lord Jesus Christ! "And then Henry, getting up, went to Boosy,and sat down upon his knee, and beggedhim to be a Christian. "Dear Boosy," hesaid, "good Boosy, do try to be a Chris-tian!" But poor little Henry's attemptswere yet quite ineffectual.In little more than a month's time fromtheir leaving Dinapore they reached Cal-cutta, and were received into the house ofa worthy gentleman of the name of Smith.When Henry's mamma was settled in Mr.Smith's house she found less inclination, ifpossible, than ever to pay any attention toHenry. According to the custom of India,she must pay the first visit to all her ac-quaintances in Calcutta. Her dresses, too,* Country ; but generally applied to Europe.

40 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER.having all been made at Dinapore, did notagree with the last European fashions whichwere come out ; these were all to be altered,and new ones bought, and it was a gooddeal of trouble to direct the tailor to d6this properly. Her hair was not dressedin the fashion; and her ajah was verystupid-it was many days before she couldforget the old way, and learn the new one.So poor Henry was quite forgotten in allthis bustle ; and although he was for severaldays very ill, and complained to his bearerthat his side gave him great pain, yet hismamma never knew it.Mr. and Mrs. Smith once or twice re-marked, when they looked at Henry, thatthe child was very pale, and that his eyeswere heavy; but his mamma answered,-"'Oh, it's nothing; the child is well enough.Children in India, you know, have thatlook."It happened one afternoon, as Mr. andMrs. Smith and Henry's mamma were inthe drawing-room after tiffin, while theladies were giving their opinion upon amagazine, which contained an account ofSA waiting-maid.

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 41the last European fashion of carriages anddresses, &c. (for I am sorry to say thatMrs. Smith, although she had the best ex-ample in her husband, had still to learn notto love the world), Mr. Smith, half angrywith them, and yet not knowing whetherhe should presume to give them a check,was walking up and down the room withrather a hasty step, when his eye, as hepassed the door, caught little Henry sit-ting on the mat at the head of the stairs,between his bearer's knees, with his Biblein his hand. His back being turned to-wards the drawing-room door, Mr. Smithhad an opportunity of observing what hewas about without being seen. He accord-ingly stood still and listened, and he heardthe gentle voice of Henry, as he tried tointerpret the sacred Book to his bearer inthe bearer's own language.Mr. Smith at first could scarcely believewhat he saw and heard; but at last, beingquite sure he was not dreaming, he turnedhastily towards the ladies, exclaiming,-"Twenty-five years have I been in India,and never have I seen anything like this.Heaven be praised! truly it is written, 'Out

42 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER.of the mouth of babes and sucklings thouhast perfected praise' (Matt. xxi. 16). Forshame! for shame, Mrs. Smith! will younever lay aside your toys and gewgaws ?Do give me that book, and I will let thecook have it to light his fire with. Hereare two persons, who have been nearlyfifty years in the world, sitting togethertalking of their finery and painted toys,while a little creature, who eight years agohad not breathed the breath of life, is en-deavouring to impart divine knowledge tothe heathen. 'But God hath chosen thefoolish things of the world to confound thewise; and God hath chosen the weak thingsof the world to confound the things whichare mighty'" (1 Cor. i. 27)"My dear," cried Mrs. Smith, "surelyyou forget yourself! What can you mean?Toys and finery!-my dear, my dear, youare very rude ""Rude! " said Henry's mamma, "rudeindeed, Mr. Smith And pray, sir, whatdo you mean by saying, 'Fifty years'?Do you suppose that I am fifty years old ?Extraordinary, indeed!""I beg pardon," said Mr. Smith. " I

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 43did not mean to offend; but there is thatlittle boy trying to explain the Bible tohis bearer.""But surely," said Henry's mamma,"you do not think that I am fifty yearsof age ?-you are mistaken by twentyyears."Mrs. Smith. O my dear madam, youmust excuse my husband. Whenever heis a little angry with me, he tells me thatI am getting old. But I am so used to itthat I never mind it.Mr. Smith. Well, my dear, leave me, ifyou please, to speak for myself. I am nota man that disguises the truth. WhetherI speak or not, time runs on, death andeternity approach. I do not see why itshould be a matter of politeness to throwdust in each other's eyes. But enough ofthis, and too much. I want to know themeaning of what I but now saw: a littleEnglish child of seven years of age endea-vouring to explain the Bible to his bearer.I did not even know that the child couldread." Oh," said Henry's mamma, " this mat-ter is easily explained. I had a young lady

44 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS my house at Patna, some time since,who taught the child to read; for this Iwas obliged to her. But she was notsatisfied with that alone; she made aMethodist-a downright canting Metho-dist-of the boy. I never knew it till itwas too late."Mr. Smith. A Methodist! What doyou mean, madam ?"Indeed," said Henry's mamma, "thechild has never been himself since. CaptainD-- of the -- native infantry, whenthey were quartered at Dinapore, used tohave such sport with him! He taughthim, when he was but two years old, tocall the dogs and the horses, and to swearat the servants in English; but I shalloffend Mr. Smith again," she added; "Isuspect him a little of being a Methodisthimself. Am I right, Mrs. Smith? " Andshe laughed at her own wit. But Mrs.Smith looked grave; and Mr. Smith liftedup his eyes to heaven, saying, "May GodAlmighty turn your heart! ""0 Mr. Smith," said Henry's mamma,"you take the matter too seriously; I wasonly speaking in jest."

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 45"I shall put that to the trial, madam,"said Mr. Smith. "If you really feel noill-will against religion, and people who callthemselves religious, you will not refuse tolet me consider Henry as my pupil whileyou remain in my house, which I hope willbe as long as you can make it convenient.You have known me some years (I willnot say how many, lest you should beangry again), and you will make allow-ance for my plain dealings.""Well," said Henry's mamma, "we knowyou are an oddity; take your own way, andlet me take mine." So she got up to dressfor her evening airing on the course; andthus this strange conversation ended ingood-humour, for she was not, upon thewhole, an ill-tempered woman.The same evening, his mamma being goneout, Mr. Smith called Henry into his ownroom, and learned from him all that he couldtell of his own history, and of the younglady who had taught him to read his Bible,and had advised him to try to make Boosya Christian. I will relate to you the lastpart of this discourse which passed betweenMr. Smith and Henry.

46 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER.Mr. Smith. Do you think that Boosy'sheart is at all turned towards God ?Henry. No, I do not think that it is,although for the last half-year I have beenconstantly talking to him about God; buthe still will have it that his own idols aretrue gods.Mr. Smith. It is almost dangerous, mydear little boy, for a child like you to dis-pute with an heathen; for although youare in the right, and he in the wrong, yetSatan, who is the father of lies, may putwords into his mouth which may puzzleyou, so that your faith may be shaken,while his remains unchanged.Henry. 0 sir, must I give up the hopeof Boosy's being made a Christian? PoorBoosy he has taken care of me ever sinceI was born.Mr. Smith. But suppose, my dear boy,that I could put you in a better way ofconverting Boosy-a safe way to yourself,and a better for him. Can Boosy read ?Henry. Only a very little, I believe.Mr. Smith. Then you must learn to readfor him.Henry. How, sir ?

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 47Mr. Smith. If I could get for you someof the most important chapters in theBible, such as the first chapters of Genesis,which speak of the creation of the worldand the fall of man, with the first promiseof the Saviour, and some parts of the Gos-pel, translated into Boosy's language, wouldyou try to learn to read them to him? Iwill teach you the letters, or characters asthey are called, in which they will bewritten.Henry. Oh, I will learn them with joyMr. Smith. Well, my boy, come everymorning into my study, and I will teachyou the Persian characters, for those arewhat will be used in the copy of the chap-ters I shall put into your hands. Sometime or other the whole Bible will be trans-lated in this manner.Henry. Will the words be Persian, sir ?I know Boosy does not understand Persian.Mr. Smith. No, my dear; the words willbe the same as those you speak every daywith the natives. When you have as muchof the Bible as I can get prepared for youin this manner, you must read it to yourbearer every day, praying continually that

48 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER.God will bless his holy word to him. Andnever fear, mydear, but that theword of Godwill do its work: " For as the rain comethdown, and the snow from heaven, andreturneth not thither, but watereth theearth, and maketh it bring forth and budthat it may give seed to the sower, andbread to the eater: so shall my word bethat goeth forth out of my mouth: itshall not return unto me void, but it shall ac-complish that which I please, and it shallprosper in the thing whereto I sent it"(Isa. lv. 10, 11). But do not, my dearboy, argue and dispute with your bearerabout religion; you are not Onlyread the Bible to him, and pray for himcontinually, leaving the rest with God.But not to make my story too long.While Henry's mamma remained at Cal-cutta, which was more than a year, Henryreceived a lesson every day from Mr. Smithin his study, and Mr. Smith taught him thePersian characters, and provided him withas many chapters in the Bible in Hindus-tani as he could get properly prepared ina short time: these he had bound togetherin red morocco, and presented them to

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 49Henry, not without asking the blessing ofGod upon them.How delighted was Henry when he re-ceived the book, and found that he couldread it easily! He was in his place onthe mat between Boosy's knees in a minute,and you might have heard him readingfrom one end of the house to the other,for he could not contain himself for joy.Nor was he content with reading it him-self, he must make Boosy learn to read ittoo. And this was brought about muchsooner than you would have supposed itpossible; for as Henry learned the Persianletters from day to day of Mr. Smith, hehad been accustomed afterwards to writethem on a slate and make Boosy copythem as they sat together; and so, bydegrees, he had taught them all to hisbearer before he was in possession of theHindustani copy of the chapters."Now, my boy," said Mr. Smith, "youare in the safe way of giving instruction, inan ancient path cast up by God (Jer. xviii.15). Do not trust to the words of yourown wisdom, but to the word of God.Hold fast to the Scripture, dear boy, and4

50 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS will be safe; and be not impatient, ifthe seed you sow should not spring up im-mediately. Something tells me that I shallsee Boosy a Christian before I die; or if I donot see that day, he that outlives me will."Now the time arrived when Henry'smamma was to leave Calcutta. Indeed,she had stayed much longer there thanshe had at first proposed; but there were somany amusements going forward, so muchgay company, so many fashionable dressesto purchase, that she could not find in herheart to leave them, although she washeartily tired of Mr. Smith's company.She respected him, indeed, as an old friendand worthy man; but he had such par-ticular ways, she said, that sometimes shehad difficulty to put up with them.She proposed, as she went up the country,to stop at Berhampore to see Mrs. Baron.When Henry heard of this he was greatlypleased; yet, when he came to take leaveof Mr. Smith, he cried very much.As they went up the river, Henry tookevery opportunity of reading his chaptersto his bearer when his mamma could nothear him; and he had many opportunities

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 51early in the morning, and in the afternoonwhen his mamma was asleep, as she alwaysslept for an hour after tiffin.And he proceeded very well indeed,-Boosy daily improving, at least, in hisknowledge of the Bible; till the weathersuddenly becoming excessively hot, Henrywas seized with a return of violent pain inhis side and other very bad symptoms.He became paler and thinner, and couldnot eat. His mamma, having no companyto divert her, soon took notice of the changein the child, and began to be frightened;and so was his bearer.So they made all the haste they couldto Berhampore, that they might procureadvice from the doctors there, and get intca cool house, for the boat was excessivelyhot; but, notwithstanding all their haste,there was a great change in the poor littleboy before they reached Berhampore.When they were come within a day'sjourney of the place, they sent a servantforward to Mrs. Baron's, so that, whenthe budgerow anchored the next day nearthe cantonments, Mrs. Baron herself waswaiting on the shore with palanquins

52 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER.ready to carry them to her house. Assoon as the board was fixed from the boatto the banks of the river, she jumped outof the palanquin, and was in the budgerowin a minute, with little Henry in her arms." 0 my dear, dear boy !" she said,-" my dear, dear boy! " She could say nomore, so great was her joy; bu6 when shelooked at him, and saw how very ill heappeared, her joy was presently damped,and she said, in her haste, to his mamma,"Dear madam, what is the matter withHenry ? He looks very ill.""Yes," said his mamma, "I am sorryto say that he is very ill; we must loseno time in getting advice for him.""Do not cry, dear Mrs. Baron," saidlittle Henry, seeing the tears running downher cheeks; "we must all die-you knowwe must-and death is very sweet to thosewho love the Lord Jesus Christ.""0 my child," said his mamma, "whydo you talk of dying ? You will live to bea judge yet, and we shall see you withseven silver sticks before your palanquin.""I do not wish it, mamma," saidHenry.

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 53The more Mrs. Baron looked at Henry,the mre she was affected.For some moments she could not speak,or command her feelings at all; but, afterhaving drunk a little water, she becamemore composed, and proposed that theyshould all immediately remove to herhouse. And when she found herself shutup in her palanquin, she prayed earnestlyto God, that whether the sweet boy livedor died, he might not be taken from herin his sickness; but that she might, withthe help of God, administer holy nourish-ment to his immortal soul, and comfort tohis little, weak body.When they were arrived at Mrs. Baron'shouse, she caused Henry to be laid on asofa by day in the sitting-room, and atnight in a room close by her own. Thechief surgeon of the station was immedi-ately sent for, and everything was donefor little Henry that the tenderest lovecould suggest.Berhampore happened at that time tobe very full; and Henry's mamma, find-ing many of her old acquaintance there,was presently so deeply engaged in paying

54 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER.and receiving visits, that she seemed againalmost entirely to forget Henry and allher concern about him-comforting her-self, when she was going to a great dinneror ball, that Mrs. Baron would be withhim, and he would be well taken careof. But it is a poor excuse to make forour neglect of duty, and one, I fear, thatwill not stand at the day of judgment, tosay that there are others that will do it aswell for us.Notwithstanding all the surgeon coulddo, and all the care of Mrs. Baron, Henry'sillness increased upon him; and every onehad reason to think that the dear littlefellow's time on earth would soon come toan end. Mr. and Mrs. Baron were byturns his almost constant nurses; whenone left him, the other generally took theplace by his couch. It was very interest-ing to see a fine lively young man, likeMr. Baron, attending a little sick child,sometimes administering to him his foodor medicine, and sometimes reading theBible to him; but Mr. Baron feared God,When Henry first came to Berhampore,he was able to take the air in an evening

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 55in a palanquin, and could walk about thehouse, and two or three times he read achapter in the Hindustani Bible to Boosy;but he was soon too weak to read, and hisairings became shorter and shorter. Hewas at last obliged to give them quite up,and to take entirely to his couch andbed, where he remained until his death.When Boosy saw that his little sahib'send was drawing on, he was very sorrow-ful, and could hardly be persuaded to leavehim night or day, even to get his khaucna.He did everything he could think of toplease him (and more, as he afterwardssaid, to please his dying master than hisGod); he began to read his chapters withsome diligence; and little Henry wouldlie on his couch, listening to Boosy as heread (imperfectly, indeed) the Word of Godin Hindustani. Often he would stop him,to explain to him what he was reading;and very beautiful sometimes were theremarks which he made, and better suitedto the understanding of his bearer thanthose of an older or more learned personwould have been.The last time that his bearer read to

56 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER.him, Mrs. Baron sitting by him, he sud-denly stopped him, saying,-"Ah, Boosy, if I had never read theBible, and did not believe in it, what anunhappy creature should I now be; for ina very short time I shall 'go down to thegrave to come up no more' (Job vii. 9),-that is, until my body is raised at thelast day! When I was out last, I saw avery pretty burying-ground with manytrees about it. I knew that I should soonlie there-I mean, that my body would;but I was not afraid, because I love myLord Jesus Christ, and I know that hewill go down with me unto the grave; Ishall sleep with him, and 'I shall besatisfied, when I awake, with his likeness' "(Ps. xvii. 15).He then turned to Mrs. Baron, andsaid,-" 'I know that my Redeemer liveth,and that he shall stand at the latter dayupon the earth: and though, after myskin worms destroy this body, yet in myflesh shall I see God' (Job xix. 25, 26).O kind Mrs. Baron! who, when I was apoor sinful child, brought me to the know-

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 57ledge of my dear Redeemer, anointing mewith sweet ointment (even his preciousblood) for my burial, which was so soonto follow.""Dear child " said Mrs. Baron-" dearchild, give the glory to God ""Yes, I will glorify him for ever andever," cried the poor little boy, and heraised himself up in his couch, joining hissmall and taper fingers together; "yes, Iwill praise him, I will love him. I was agrievous sinner; every imagination of thethought of my heart was evil continually;I hated all good things; I hated even myMaker. But he sought me out; he washedme from my sins in his own blood; hegave me a new heart; he has clothed mewith the garments of salvation, and hathput on me the robe of righteousness; he'hath abolished death, and brought lifeand immortality to light'" (2 Tim. i. 10).Then turning to his bearer, he said, "0my poor bearer what will become of you,'if you neglect so great salvation' ? (Heb.ii. 3). O Lord Jesus Christ," he added,"turn the heart of my poor bearer!"This short prayer, which little Henry

5,8 LITTLE IENRY AND HIS BEARER.made in Hindustani, his bearer repeated,scarcely knowing what he was doing.And this, as he afterwards told Mr. Smith,was the first prayer he had ever made tothe true God-the first time he had evercalled upon his holy name.Having done speaking, little Henry laidhis head down on his pillow and closedhis eyes. His spirit was full of joy,indeed, but his flesh was weak; and helay some hours in a kind of slumber.When he awoke, he called Mrs. Baron, andbegged her to sing the verse of the hymnhe loved so much, "Jesus sought me," &c.,which she had taught him at Dinapore.He smiled while she was singing, but didnot speak.That same evening, Boosy being leftalone with his little master, and seeingthat he was wakeful and inclined to talk,said, " Sahib, I have been thinking all daythat I am a sinner, and always have beenone; and I begin to believe that my sinsare such as Gunga cannot wash away. Iwish I could believe in the Lord JesusChrist !"When Henry heard this he strove to

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 59raise himself up, but was unable, on ac-count of his extreme weakness, yet hiseyes sparkled with joy; he endeavouredto speak, but could not, and at last heburst into tears. He soon, however, be-came more composed, and, pointing to hisbearer to sit down on the floor by hiscouch, he said,-" Boosy, what you have now said makesme very happy; I am very, very happyto hear you call yourself a sinner, and sucha one as Gunga cannot make clean. It isJesus Christ which has made this knownto you; he has called you to come untohim. Faithful is he that calleth you. Ishall yet see you, my poor bearer, in 'thegeneral assembly and church of the first-born' (Heb. xii. 23). You were kind tome when my own father and mother weredead. The first thing I can remember isbeing carried by you to the Mlangoe topenear my mamma's house at Patna. No-body loved me then but you; and couldI go to heaven, and leave you behind mein the way to hell? I could not bear tothink of it! Thank God! Thank God!I knew he would hear my prayer; but I

60 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER.thought that perhaps you would not be-gin to become a Christian till I was gone.When I am dead, Boosy," added the littleboy, "do you go to Mr. Smith at Calcutta.I cannot write to him, or else I would;but you shall take him one lock of myhair (I will get Mrs. Baron to cut it off,and put it in paper), and tell him that Isent it. You must say that Henry L--,that died at Berhampore, sent it, withthis request, that good Mr. Smith wouldtake care of his poor bearer when he haslost caste for becoming a Christian."Boosy would have told Henry that hewas not quite determined to be a Christian,and that he could not think of losing caste;but Henry, guessing what he was going tosay, put his hand upon his mouth."Stop, stop " he said, "do not saywords which will make God angry, andwhich you will be sorry for by-and-by;for I know you will die a Christian. Godhas begun a good work in you, and I amcertain that he will finish it."While Henry was talking to his bearer,Mrs. Baron had come into the room, butnot wishing to interrupt him, she had

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 61stood behind his couch; but now shecame forward. As soon as he saw her, hebegged her to take off his cap and cut offsome of his hair, as several of his friendswished for some.She thought that she would endeavourto comply with his request. But whenshe took off his cap, and his beautiful hairfell about his pale, sweet face, when sheconsidered how soon the time would bewhen the eye that hath seen him shall seehim no more, she could not restrain herfeelings, but throwing down the scissors,and putting her arm round him, " 0 mychild my dear, dear child " she said, "Icannot bear it I cannot part with youyet !"The poor little boy was affected; buthe gently reproved her, saying, "If youlove me, you will rejoice, because I go tomy Father" (John xiv. 28).There was a considerable change in thechild during the night; and all the nextday, till evening, he lay in a kind ofslumber; and when he was roused totake his medicine or nourishment, heseemed not to know where he was, or

62 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER.who was with him. In the evening hesuddenly revived, and asked for hismamma. He had seldom asked for herbefore. She was in the house; for shewas not so hard-hearted (thoughtless asshe was) as to go into gay company atthis time, when the child's death mightbe hourly expected.She trembled much when she heardthat he asked for her. She was conscious,perhaps, that she had not fulfilled herduty by him. He received her affection-ately when she went up to his bed-side,and begged that everybody would go outof the room, saying that he had some-thing very particular to speak about. Hetalked to her for some time; but nobodyknows the particulars of their conversation,though it is believed that the care of herimmortal soul was the subject of the lastdiscourse which this dear little boy heldwith her.She came out of his room with her eyesswelled with crying, and his little well-worn Bible in her hand (which he hadprobably given .her, as it always lay onhis bed by him), and shutting herself in

LITTLE HENRY AND HIS BEARER. 63her room, she remained, without seeingany one, till the news was brought thatall was over. From that time she nevergave her mind so entirely to the world asshe had formerly done, but became a moreserious character, and daily read littleHenry's Bible.But now to return to little Henry. Thenext day at twelve o'clock, being Sunday,he was delivered from this evil world, andreceived into glory. His passage was calm,although not without some mortal pangs.Mr. and Mrs. Baron and his bearerattended him to the last moment; andMr. Baron followed him to the grave.Some time after his death his mammacaused a monument to be built over hisgrave, on which was inscribed his name,Henry L--, and his age, which at thetime of his death was eight years andseven months. Underneath was a part ofhis favourite verse from 1st Thessaloniansv., altering only one word-"Faithful ishe that calleth me." And afterwards wasadded, by desire of Mr. Smith, this verse,from James v. 20 : "He which converteththe sinner from the error of his way shall

64 LITTLE HENRY AND HIS a soul from death, and shall hide amultitude of sins."Every person who reads this story will,I think, be anxious to know what becameof Boosy. Immediately after the funeralof his little sahib, having received hiswages, with a handsome present, hecarried the lock of hair, which Mrs. Baronsealed up carefully, with a letter from herto Mr. Smith. He was received into Mr.Smith's family, and removed with him toa distant part of India, where, shortlyafter, he renounced caste, and declaredhimself a Christian. After due examina-tion he was baptized, and continued tillhis death (which happened not very longafter) a sincere Christian. It was on theoccasion of the baptism of Boosy, to whomthe Christian name of John was given,that the last verse was added to themonument of little Henry.

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