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Notwithstanding Rebekah's artifice, her son was obliged to leave the paternal tent. He was deceived by Laban in regard to his wife. On leaving his uncle, he was alarmed at having nearly met Esau, with his band of armed men; but his faith, being called into lively exercise, he was greatly honoured of his God.
As he proceeded on his journey, his daughter Dinah was dishonoured by Hamor; her brethren in revenge for the injury, murdered the Shechemites, and thus exposed their father, and his whole family to the resentment of the surrounding heathen.
In this extremity his God protected him, by causing a dread to seize the
Canaanites, and thus he came safe to Bethel. There he lost his beloved Rachel; there Reuben by his wickedness forfeited his blessing, and brought upon himself the future denunciation of his father. His darling son Joseph, was stolen by his brethren, and in process of time the famine took place, which produced those events to which the Camera has directed your attention; all which appear designed to teach us what we should constantly remember, that trials await the people of God, in every direction, and it is the divine determination, that the just shall live by faith.
Mrs. N.-You profess, Sir, to instruct the juvenile branches of our
families by your Camera, but I feel that their parents are not forgotten; if I do not make my congé, I must acknowledge the justice of your observations.
Ex.-I am highly gratified by your approval, Madam; the design of my exhibition is indeed, particularly intended to interest and benefit the young, but if its usefulness should exceed my expectation, I shall consider that an additional obligation in me to exert my every power for the general advantage of those who may honour me with their attention.
Now, young ladies, will you carry on the history, by describing the scene waiting your observations? O, Sir,
said Harriot, I think you have followed the corn purveyors to Canaan again, and if I am not greatly mistaken, the grievousness of the famine, has overcome Jacob's resolution; and he will now permit Benjamin to accompany his brethren to Egypt.
Amelia.-You are right, Harriot, but observe, and you will find Jacob does not yield the point without opposition that snatch of his handrubbing his forehead - stroking his hoary locks-those eye-brows nearly obscuring his glistening, though sunken eyes, directed with displeasure toward his sons; as he says, emphatically, "Wherefore dealt you so evil with me, to tell the man whether you
had yet a brother?"-They expostulate, point to Benjamin-one, whom I imagine is intended for Judah, by laying his hand upon his breast, appears to engage for the safety of his
They again unite in their request -show their father the empty sacks, and point to the waiting asses-Jacob relents, and weeps as he presents Benjamin to Judah.
They now harness the asses, and prepare for moving.
· Harriot. - What? what are they doing? Why, Sir, Jacob is stopping them! I am sure Scripture says expressly, that he let them go.
Ex.-My dear young lady, you