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The Rose of Ashurst

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Pages: 110

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Anne Marsh-Caldwell

Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. " Now in light and now in shade, By the spirit's sunshine made, That from thee did emanate." Mariana—John Edmund Reade. There is so much to be done in trying to improve this best of possible worlds of ours, that a man with an honest desire to be as useful as he can, finds it difficult to know what first to set his hand to. Mr. Strickland had set his mind upon visiting the colonies—that wide and, at that time, much- neglected field. They are greatly better, in many respects, it is to be hoped, now, than they werethen: but that they are better—that there are missionaries and bishops, regular churches, schools, and libraries, in what was lately so mere a wilderness, moral and spiritual, is, in great measure, owing to those active and ardent spirits ever in the van of human progression, who will not, where abuses exist, rest satisfied with plausible reasons, or be silenced with excuses. They, fearing no lion in the way, and despising interested opposition, are determined to see for themselves, and have the courage to undraw the curtain and disclose what they have seen. Mr. Strickland had done much in his own country, and his field of labour was now pretty well occupied by others, and that had been done which needed to be done. He could not be reproached with that doubtful philanthropy which loves to run far and wide, extending its circle, while things nearer home are crying out for its services. He had done all that at present offered in his own country, and he was, with his usualzeal and alacrity, panting to be doing something elsewhere, and most especially in Australia. Ellen, as I have before related, felt very differently. The state of her health—a nature singularly gentle and retiring, a heart which fastened its affections upon all with whom she...  


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