LIGHT AND TRUTH.
died in 1784, aged about 31 years. Her name has ob¬
tained an honorable place in the most respectable bio¬
graphical dictionaries; and those works would probably
be searched in vain for an instance of equal improvement
under equal disadvantages.
It is not improbable that some native poet may yet
strike the lyre in Africa, with a note as much more ele¬
vated than that of Phillis, as the opportunities for im¬
provement there are likely to be superior to those which
she enjoyed. In that interesting country intellectual and
moral improvement should go hand in hand; and a com¬
munity may yet arise which the people of the United
States will delight to acknowledge as founded by their
benevolence, and reared by their exertions. Many Afri¬
can minds are capable of high cultivation, and may yet
be made to send out from Africa the cheering radiance
of intelligence and virtue in a region now overspread
with an intellectual and moral midnight.
Maria Stewart, whose talents and love of virtue, digni¬
fied air, and amenity of character procured her many
friends; and whose mind being awakened with the sense
of duty she owed to God, wrote a powerful appeal in be¬
half of the degraded and oppressed people which are in
this land of Christianity ; saying, Come ye poor and
needy, despised, and afflicted outcast people unto God.
" Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excel-
leth them all. Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain;
but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
Give her ofthe fruit of her hands, and let her own work
praise her in the gates."
BURNING OF THE LIBRARIES.
It has already been said, that in very early times
Egypt was the land of science; it was a great character,
therefore, to give Moses, when it is said of him, Acts vii.
22, that " he was learned in all the wisdom of Egypt."
When the Ptolemies, descendants of Alexander's fa¬
mous general, ruled in Egypt, they brought all the taste
and elegance of Grecian philosophy into the country.
One of them, Ptolemy Soter-. founded a library in Alex¬
andria, and gathered a hundred thousand volumes; to
which were added, in the course of years, so many as