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in the Bible cause, and so active a member of this committee.

"That while we bow with humble submission to the Divine will, we would express to the afflicted parents and friends of the deceased our sincere sympathy, commending them to the consolations of Divine grace, and praying that they may all meet in glory an unbroken family.

"That these resolutions be forwarded to the parents and friends of our lamented fellow-labour in America."

The above resolutions were moved by the Rev. Dr Schauffler, of the American mission, and after an expression on the part of the various members of the committee present, of their high esteem for Mr Righter, they were unanimously adopted.-Attested,

CONSTANTINOPLE, Jan. 23, 1857.

EDWIN E. BLISS, Secretary.

FROM HON. CARROLL SPENCE, UNITED STATES MINISTER FOR TURKEY.

"CONSTANTINOPLE, Jan. 7, 1857.

"MY DEAR SIR,—I have just received your note informing me of the unexpected decease of Mr Righter. The very kind personal relations which have existed between Mr Righter and myself, since his stay in this empire, causes me to lament sincerely his untimely death. My intercourse with him for the last two years enabled me to form a correct opinion of his worth as a man, and his piety as a Christian; and while his bland and amiable manners secured for him my friendship, his zeal and

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energy in the prosecution of the pious task in which he was engaged elicited for him my sincere respect. Pious, without being austere a sincere believer in the doctrines of the religion professed by him, without being intolerant -he gained the friendship and esteem of many, and avoided the enmity of all. His good common sense, his winning manners, his religious zeal, tempered by Christian charity towards all, his energy and perseverance of character, peculiarly fitted him to discharge the duties of the calling to which it was his intention to have devoted his life.

'Although his stay here has been short, his efforts in behalf of Christianity have been untiring, and the good he has done here, by the distribution of the Word of God, will remain behind him as a monument of his pious exertions, and will, as it develops itself in coming years, keep alive his memory in the recollection of those who were witnesses of his Christian labours.

"If it be a consolation to his relatives to learn that, in fighting the great battle of Christianity, he died upon the field of his struggle in its behalf, still longing to continue the conflict, that consolation is theirs; and may the knowledge of that fact, if it does not reconcile them to his loss, at least soothe them with the hope that their loss in this world will be his gain in heaven.

"I beg you, should you write to his relatives, to unite my condolence with your own upon this melancholy occasion, and to express to them the deep regret I feel at the death of one for whom I entertained a sincere friendship. -I am, my dear sir, truly yours,

"Rev. H. G. O. DWIGHT, Constantinople."

"CARROLL SPENCE.

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Rev. Henry Jones, his travelling companion, writes:

"There was everything in his life and death calculated to afford comfort. He was a faithful and zealous servant of God, sincerely and earnestly desirous of promoting His glory and the salvation of souls, by disseminating that gospel which is the power of God. As an agent of the American Bible Society, no one could labour more devotedly or with more untiring zeal. Wherever we journeyed, in every village, or city, or by the way, however wearied he might be, he lost no opportunity of promoting the most blessed object, so dear to his heart. Scarcely had we arrived at any mission station, when his inquiries would be for the Bible store, if there was one, and what arrangements could be made for the distribution of the Word of God, and his anxieties would never cease until he had accomplished his object. Nor did he confine his labours to those who were likely to appreciate them. would spare no pains to obtain an entrance for the Bible when all others had failed to procure one. Well do I remember his dragging me over many weary miles to give the Bible to the Yezidees, or Devil-worshippers, and when he had succeeded, by dint of most judicious management and prayerful anxiety, in obtaining a promise from the Yezidee chief and his priest, to read the Word of God, his joy was unbounded, and his prayers most fervent that God would bless it to the conversion and salvation of that benighted people. Such was his life; and his death, though it occurred in a far-off land, and far away from the home of his fondest earthly affections, was attended with many circumstances which cannot fail to afford

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satisfaction and comfort to the friends who loved him so dearly."

The correspondent of the London Christian Times makes the following record of the event in a letter to that paper :

"CONSTANTINOPLE, Jan. 8, 1857.

"News has just reached this city of the sudden death of the Rev. C. N. Righter, at Diarbekir, on the 16th ult. He was the agent of the American Bible Society in Turkey, and the corresponding secretary of the Constantinople branch of the Evangelical Alliance. He left this place in September last, in company with the Rev. Henry Jones, secretary of the Turkish Missions' Aid Society, for a tour in Asia Minor and Armenia, for the purpose of visiting all the missionary stations of the American Board. They proceeded as far as Mosul, and came, on their return, to Diarbekir, where Mr Righter sickened of fever, and died within a very few days. He was, in many respects, a rare man, and his loss will be most deeply felt in this country and in America. He was, emphatically, ‘a burning and a shining light,' labouring with untiring zeal, for the spread of God's Word among all classes of the population of Turkey, and at the same time endeavouring, by all means, to promote throughout this land the great objects of the Evangelical Alliance. And I may mention, for the interest it will excite in Britain, that during the war Mr Righter was unwearied in his endeavours to furnish the soldiers of the allied armies, and also the Russian prisoners, with the Bible in their own vernacular tongue; and with this end in view, he even went to the Crimea, during that first winter of horrors, and was the means of

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administering comfort to many a poor sick and dying soldier, thus literally inheriting the blessing of him who was ready to perish.""

The following was furnished to the New York Observer by Wm. C. Prime, Esq., Mr Righter's travelling companion in Syria:—

"RECOLLECTIONS OF RIGHTER.

"MY DEAR BROTHER,-I feel deeply the loss of our friend Righter, and I cannot avoid giving you some of my personal recollections of him, as the companion of my last year's wanderings. He surprised me one evening at Thebes, by entering the cabin of my Nile boat, when I did not dream of an American being within a hundred or many hundred miles. My beard and bronzed face were as strange to him as his to me. We did not recognise

each other.

"I saw an American flag, and came over the river, hoping to meet an American,' said he.

"You are right. I am from New York. My name is Prime.'

"Is it possible? and mine is Righter.'

"I need not tell you my delight at this meeting. He passed the evening with me, and we talked over his adventures with you two years before, as we strolled by moonlight through the vast corridor of the temple of Luxor, under the side of which my boat lay.

“I met him again at. Cairo, and he went with me to Jerusalem. It was not till after our arrival in the Holy City that he made up his mind to accept our invitation to

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