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No. XLIX.-JANUARY, 1849.


TAE following interesting narrative was communicated to Dr. Cumming by the Countess of Ducie, who contributes liberally towards it.

Her husband died in Jamaica, Oct. 20, 1846, (being sub-collector of the customs at Port Maria), of yellow fever, leaving three children, two girls and one boy. The boy will be eight years old the 29th of October, 1848. He has been placed at the W- Roman Catholic School, by Dr. Wiseman, with a view to his being a priest. The eldest girl will be six years old July, 1849. She has been placed by her father's relations in a convent in Belgium. The youngest girl is sixteen months old, and is placed out at nurse by Mrs. M - During her husband's life Mrs. M—, though bred up a Protestant, followed her husband's religion, he being a Roman Catholic; she has lately been led to think more seriously on religious subjects, and having read Dr. Cumming's Lectures for the Times, she has seen the hollowness of the Roman Catholic religion, and has become most uneasy in her mind as to the future prospects of her children. Mrs. M—was left by her husband penniless, and was only enabled to reach England by the kindness of friends in Jamaica. She earns a precarious livelihood as a medical rubber; she is most anxious to remove the boy from the Catholic school, but she is aware that were she to do so, her connexion's would

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