Excerpt from The Life of Friedrich Albrecht Augusti: A Converted Jew
These things naturally gave great delight to his parents; but a serious incident had nearly changed their joy into mourning. Joshua, on a fine summer day, seeing some boys bathing in the river Oder, was induced to take part in their amusement. He plunged inconsiderately into the river, in a part that was very deep, and was immediately carried away by the current so rapidly, that every one who witnessed the occurrence, gave him up as irrecover ably lost. Providentially, however, he reached the opposite shore, where he took hold of the branch of a tree, until some persons came to his relief. This danger, and the unexpected deliverance, were perhaps intended to prepare him for the greater dangers which awaited him in the subsequent periods of his life; and to give him courage and firmness to endure them.
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