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parlour, and he seemed to enjoy the season very much. A portion of Scripture having been read, he united with us in singing the 402d hymn of the 'Temple Melodies,' commencing
"How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!' As he sang the last verse, I could not but feel that no one could sing it with the heartfelt confidence he evinced, unless he had in exercise a strong and living faith in Christ. That day Mr R. appeared so decidedly better, that we began to hope that my previous conclusion in regard to his disease was incorrect, and that he would recover. think also that he had hope that he would soon be well. Mr Jones was very anxious to prosecute the journey as soon as possible; and he asked Mr R. if he should contract with a muleteer to be ready to start with them on the following Monday for Aintab. He replied, 'Yes, I think it would be well to do so.' That night he had more fever than during the day, but not as much as the first nights, and during the greater part was in a gentle perspiration; yet he was rather restless and did not sleep, as I hoped he would. Saturday morning, instead of finding him better than the previous day, he did not appear quite as well, and our hopes were somewhat lessened. In answer to Mr Jones' inquiry, he said that the contract had better be made for Tuesday instead of Monday. His fever began to appear more like a hectic than a remittent fever. Still he seemed very cheerful and hopeful. That evening, thinking that it was very important that he should sleep, I gave him a powder of morphine.
Sabbath morning, when I asked him how he was, he replied, Much better, doctor, I slept a part of the night,
and oh, it was such a refreshing sleep! I am all right now, doctor-all right.' Not long after this, as he was apparently waking from a nap, I heard him utter these words, Who doeth all things well.' He slept considerable during the A. M. In the P. M. he said he thought a warm bath would do him good. I was then just going to meeting, and told him that on my return I would see about his having a bath. When I returned from our place of worship, I found he had ordered the servants to bring hot water, &c., and had taken his bath. He told me it was the most delightful bath he had ever taken—' such pleasureable physical sensations.' Mr and Mrs Walker called in after meeting, and he seemed very happy to see them. He said that that had been the happiest Sabbath of his life-so quiet, so peaceful, so joyous, so glorious.' Soon after he heard us inviting Mr Jones to preach that evening to the members of this station, and he said, 'Oh, yes, friend Jones, do give them a sermon!'
"Mr Jones, Mr and Mrs Walker, Mr and Mrs Knapp, Mrs Nutting and myself, met in our dining-room at seven o'clock; and after the usual introductory exercise, conducted by Mr Jones, he preached a very excellent sermon from the seventh verse of the 57th Psalm. After that we sang several hymns, accompanied by the melodeon. In the meantime Mr. R. was attended by the two servants. At nine o'clock
I went up to his room, and found him apparently very happy, and inclined to talk much. I told him we had enjoyed our meeting exceedingly, and felt sorry he was unable to be with us. I asked him how he had been. 'In a delightful state, doctor; oh, such glorious views as I have had!' Soon he began to sing
"Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve,' &c.
and parts of several other similar hymns. I noticed that he appeared very much excited, and threw his arms about in a restless, nervous way, and I was not long in coming to the conclusion that he was delirious. We tried to keep him calm and quiet, but he grew worse for several hours. Mr J. and Mrs N. were up till after midnight, and (with two servants) I was standing by him all night. Frequently, after a few moments of sleep, he would break out in singing, and would speak as if preaching, or making an address. Once or twice he said, 'Oh, I see the glory of the Divine nature, nearer and nearer it comes-how beautiful-how glorious!' The latter part of the night he began to be more quiet, and in the morning, Monday, he slept considerable; and during the day he seemed nearly free from delirium, and always answered our questions intelligently. His pulse was quicker and weaker than the preceding day, owing, I thought, in part, at least, to the excitement of the night before. Towards evening, Mr Jones having gone over to Mr Walker's, Mr R. requested me to send for him, and said he had something to tell him. 'I want to tell him of the glory of God.' In the evening Mr Walker came, and kindly offered to sit up with Mr R. that night, and give me an opportunity to rest. Having given direction in regard to the medicine to be given, before ten I retired. Just before Mr R. requested Mr W. to wind up his watch. During the night he was somewhat delirious, but not nearly as much so as the preceding night. He was in a gentle perspiration most of the time, and in the morning, at five o'clock, when I came into the room, he seemed very quiet, but extremely sensitive to cold, and frequently repeated the words— 'Keep me warm-keep me warm.' I found his pulse
He said he After break
much weaker than it was the preceding day. had no pain, and was very easy and quiet. fast, as I was by him, I inquired whether any of the letters he had just received were from his father or mother; and he said there was no letter from them, but two were from his brothers, and when he became stronger he would write to them. I told him I would not tire him with questions, for he needed rest. 'Yes,' he replied, 'after I have rested awhile, I shall be better.' Sometimes he would say 'God is good;' and several times he prayed-Lord, deal gently with Thy servant.' He continued quiet, and sleeping much of the time, till half-past ten. I was with him all the time, and knew he was gradually growing weaker, but did not think he would leave us so soon as he did. I found at that time his pulse no longer perceptible, and his breathing was short though easy. I went and told Mr Jones that I feared he would not be long with us, and when I returned to the bedside, I found his eyes open and fixed. I spoke to him, but he made no reply, though he continued to breathe till about eleven, when his spirit quietly left the frail body, and soared away to the blessed mansion where sickness, suffering, and sorrow are no more. So his prayer was answered. The Lord did deal gently with him, and his end was perfect peace. I have not time now, my dear friends, to write more. I deeply sympathise with you in your loss. I, as well as the others of our station, became very much interested in Mr Righter; we loved him as our brother. We still love to think of him as our brother a brother not lost, but before us gone to a happy land, where, after a few years, at longest, we hope again to meet, and never part."
LETTER FROM REV. GEORGE C. KNAPP.
"DIARBEKIR, TURKEY, WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 1856.
"DEAR AFFLICTED FRIENDS,-You will learn from the particulars of accompanying letters from other members of this mission station of the Board such intelligence as will cause your heart to bleed. Dear friends, it is a sad as well as an unexpected task that we are called upon, by the inscrutable ways of Providence, to perform, while we think what must be the anguish of spirit we shall occasion to each one who reads. May the Lord grant you His grace to comfort and strengthen your hearts under the present bereavement!
"Yes, your beloved son and brother, Chester N. Righter is no more! This day it has been our mournful duty to commit his remains to the grave.
"Little did we think eight weeks ago, when he spent several days with us, the very picture of health, exhibiting so freely his characteristic cheerfulness and resolution, that we should ever be called to perform so sad a duty. Here ended his earthly pilgrimage in a twofold sense. How true that the Lord's ways are not our ways, and it is not in man to direct his steps!
"In anticipation of your wishes to learn the particulars respecting the burial services of our departed brother, I will endeavour to give you them as faithfully as my time will admit.
Our brother died about noon of yesterday; and we chose to depart from the established custom of this people of burying the dead on the same day of their decease, that