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countenance. “ Cannot you give Who died at St. Columb, in Corn- ne," said she, some encouragement Wall, March 26, 1804, had laboured that my time is near at hand: 'I have for eight years under a painful affic
been just thinking of the Conquertion, which she bore with remark
or's song. Do repeat those lines to able patience and resignation ; and, me," alluding to the hyin which at last, was enabled to kiss the rod concludes with these words: wherewith she was chastised ; being “ Tho' painful at present, sensible of the goodness of God in
'Twill cease before long; thus bringing her to see her own
And then, ( how pleasant vileness, and enabling her to say,
The Conqueror's song!”. “ It was good for me that I have On tlie 24th, she said, “ I am now been afflicted!”
passing over Jordan : I have been Jan. 11th, a friend who visited praying to the Lord, not to leave me her, found her in a very suffering in my last moments; surely, he will state of body, but comfortable in not leave me now!" her soul, which arose from a belief On the 25th, she said to a friend, that all was working together for “Do you not perceive I ain dying?" her good ; and that she was near
To which the friend replied, Yes; her heavenly Father's house. She but I trust that Death is no King of also spoke of the passage of Scrip- 'Terrors to you.' “ O no," said she, ture she had chosen for her funeral “ he is.a kind messenger, to take ine text; adding, that she was a filthy bome to my Father's house;" and on worm ; but that she trusted she her friend leaving her, she said, should be found washed in the blood • The Lord bless you! I shall get and clothed in the righteousness of safe over Jordan ! Just before she the Saviour. On visiting her on the died, on being asked to take a little 17th, found her inind stayed on God, wine, she said, " I shall soon drink though at times a cloud darkened at the fountain head. Come, Lord her ssky; yet she said she hoped this Jesus, cone quickly!"
She was would leave her before death: that 'then asked, If the Lord was still with she fcared not the valley of the.. her? " yes,” said she,
" Jesus shadow of Dealh, since God had said is precious, - God is good !" and in his rod and stait should comfort her. a few minutes before she departed, “ I am sometimes ked," said she, she cricd out, " I shall soon drink at "s to meditate when alone; and find the fountain head; I shall soon be sweet communion with Jesus : I de- clothed in white robes. Come, Lord sire to press forward towards the Jesus, come quickly!” On which mark;" and then exclaimed, “ Bless- she sweetly fell asleep in Jesus. Her ed be the Lord for all his inercies! funeral sermon was preached at St. Blessed be his holy name for all his Columb Chapel, from Rev. vii. 14, chasienings!
15, hy J. Davey, one of the Corn“ A feeble saint shall win the day,
wall itinerant ministers. J. D. Tho' Death and Ilell obstruct the way!” Christ is a full and finished salvation !
DAVID HORNE I am willing to wait longer; but, Diep at Preston, March 20, 1806, 0 1 an willing to go, if it is his will! at the advanced age of eighty-six. I can leave my husband and children He was born in Scotland; and in his with Israel's God, who is merciful youth served as a private in the and kind!"
army. Being dismissed from the March 23, fornd her praising God service, he married, and had a fathat her time of departure was so mily of seven children. All these Dear al hand; desiring her husband years, however, were spent in sin to hold the candle forrard, that her and folly; but when he was about friere might see the alteration in her forty, it pleased God to awaken hiin
to a serious concern for the salva- could not work, - he had no place tion of his soul, chiefly by means of of settlement, to beg he was not soine awful providences. One of ashamed. His wife made laces and these was as follows: Being at a fair, shirt-buttons ; and by this, together he called at a public-house for re
with the almus of charitable persons, freshment. There he observed a he was supported for some years, be-, young man, of dissolute character, ing literally a pilgrim-and a stranger who was drinking with others. This on the earth; but during all this unhappy man, who had then a severe time, it appears that he walkedi cold, being about to step out at the closely with God, and enjoyed mucha front door, one of the company, the of his supporting presence. But now day being snowy, called to him to his end drew near: he came to Presput on his hat, or he wonld catch ton, and was taken ill. For some more cold. To this he replied, with days he languished till he was rea dreadful oath, " I shall be hot duced to extreme want; but that enough in the north corner of liell promise, “ the Lord will provide," by to-morrow.” The next day he was siill his support ; and the truth died. Verily, there is a God that of it was manifested in his own exjudgeth in the earth.” So thonght perience. He lodged in the house David Horne ; and his mind became of a woman who was a Papisi; yet, deeply impressed with the thought, by the over-ruling providence of * What, if I were thus called away God, she was the means of introto ineet the holy and the just God!" ducing to him a friend, whose hapFrom that time he found no peace, piness it was to minister to him both till, by divine grace, he was enabled in spiritual and temporal things. to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. David Ilorne had lodyed there twice The people of God, however, have before; and his whole deportment, often to pass through the fire and so different from that of any other the water in their way to their Fa- lodger she had ever entertaineu, had ther's house ; and so he found it. strongly impressed her mind. After some years, a season of deep this moment of extremiiy, instead distress commenced. His comforts of attempting to introduce a priest,
he was assaulted with à thing very usual with the Catholics, the most dreadful temptations, and she herself, having enquired of him particularly urged to destroy him- to what denomination he belonged, self, Pariwo years he continued in proposed to send for a minister of this state; and yet a ray of light the gospel, whose name and place of shone through all the gloom : " le abode she happened to know. To was cast down, but not forsaken.” This he assented; and the interview "That gracious word,” said he,“ Be- was highly satisfactory. A collection lieve on the Lord Jesus Christ, and was immediately made for his supthou shalt be saved,” still followed port; the sole use of the apartment inc: it never left me.” Some time in which he lay was secured to him ; after this, he was deprived of his and, through the kindness of fricods, wife and five of his children. А every comfort was provided. 'The heavy trial! which gave him such a minister visited him almost daily for distale to the place of his abode,
three weeks; at the expiration of that he left it, and became a kind of which he departed to glory. In fiewanderer on the face of the earth, queat conversations he discovered an working here and there at various intimate acquaintance with the Scripkin's of labour, till his strength tures, and clear views of the gospel. failed hiin.
In his old age, frieud. lie knew who had made him to difless, and in want of some one to mi. fer, and delighted ta describe all mister lo his necessities, be married a the praisc to free How often woman past llie middle of life, wbri, did he adore thatilistinguishing love, though she did not appear to tinder
he said, plucked me, a $:40: the gospel, yet enleriained vile sinner, like a brand out of the Son veneralion for him on account burning !" Being one day asked of liis piety. Old age and intirini- what he now thought of sin ? - le tics lipis pressed hezij on bina ;--- c waid, "I have all my sins in abhor
ence; and though I cannot remem, for a little while ; and then I shall ber them all, yet I desire to repent have a long eternity to enjoy God of them all before God; and yet,” in!”. He enjoyed, during the whole he added, “ I feel I cannot live with. of his sickness, a peculiarly happy out sin whilst I am here; but glory frame of mind. " Never,” said he be to God for a precious Saviour !" to the minister, " did I enjoy such How often did he exclaim, “0, he uninterrupted pleasure in religion as is a precious Saviour to me!" One since I lay down on this bed, so free day, when the minister was speak from darkness and temptations; but ing of passing through the dark val- the enemy is chained, --- he cannot ley, he said, “ ( what comfortable touch me Glory be to God for it!" words are those,” Rey. i. 18! It Shortly before his death, he had & being once observed, • Satan would most lively exercise of soul in prayer, fain worry those whom he cannot by which his confidence was greatly devour,' he said, “ Yes; he would be strengthened. " The Lord hath asaccusing us to our own consciences, sured me,” he said, “ that I shall and even before the throne of God; have the victory over all my enebat when he comes there to accuse mies! I shall praise my Redeemer his people, Jesus frowns him away,
I want to see him face to and says, “Satan, I have shed my face ! -I am longing to be gone,” blood for these !” He often desired was his frequent salutation to the to have the Scriptures read to him; minister when he entered the room : was much cheered with the precious “ but,” he would add, " I will wait, promises they contain, especially with I will wait!” At times, his heart that passage,
“ Fear thou not, for I appeared to be full of adoring gratiam with thee.” He was much in tude to his God and Saviour. Whilst prayer; and during a painful any one was speaking to him of distruggle, which lasted twenty-four vine things, he would frequently cry hours, he seemed to be engaged in out, “ Glory to God! Glory to my prayer nearly the whole time. His Redeemer!Indeed, he struck an thankfulness for every temporal awe upon all who beheld him, even mercy was very great. “ Did not though not serious characters themI tell you,” he would say. to his wife, selves. As he drew vear his end, he “ that the Lord would never suffer took up, apparently with much holy me to want?" He blessed God that, joy and triumph, the Christian Conamidst all his poverty, he had been queror's song : “ O death! where is enabled to hold fast his integrity. thy sting? O grave! where is thy “ The way of sinners," he said, "I victory?” And thus he glorified his hated, and with the scornful I could God and Saviour till the day before not sit.” He manifested much con. he died, when he became delirious, cern for the spread of the gospel, and continued so till he departed. often expressing bis ardent wishes for “God hath chosen the poor of this a blessing on the ministers of Christ. world to be rich in faith, and heirs of He sometimes lamented the state of the kingdom which he liath prepared the world at large ; and would say, for them that love him." “ Why did the Lord pitch on me?”
W. M: W. His patience was most exemplary; there was no a "pearance of murmur. ing, though his sufferings were se
MRS. GUMMER. “ į ain conteut," he said,“ to Dred, Nov. 24, at Ely Place, St. bear this; - my sins, have deserved George's Fields, aged sixty-two, Mrs. Hell !” He saw plainly that all he Gummer, wife of the Rev. Joseph endured was inflicted by a father's Gummer, Dissenting Minister. Blesshand, and was persuaded it would ed with the privilege of a pious eduwork for good : iofiuenced by this, cation, she early imbibed the prin. he frequently repeated, “ Let hinciples of evangelical religion, by smite, and spare not!" It being ob- which her deporiment was habitually served to him one day, 'You are in governed ; and from which she devery miserable circumstances now?' rived support and consolation under " Yes," he said; “ but this is only long and successive afflictive trials.
In social intercourse she was a sincere friend, - in the church a devout
MARY STEPHENS, worshipper, and in the family, an AGED THIRTEEN YEARS, affectionate wife and parent. Under the influence of the principles by
Was, on the 8th of October, 1806, which her life was governed, she seized with the measles ; which, howevidently possessed to the last that ever, did not threaten any danger tranquillity of mind, which was the until the 13th, when a surgeon beresult of a good hope thro' grace,” ing seat for, pronounced ber case to till by a calm dismission (apparently be highly dangerous; so that it was without a pang or fear) she resigned judged proper to inform her of her her spirit into the hands of her Re- serious situation. On receiving this dcemer, and entered into the rest. important information, she was not remaining to the people of God.” — at all alarmed ; the Lord graciously Her funeral discourse was preached
supported her heart, Death was by the Rev. Mr. Humphrys, from
disarmed of all his terrors, and she John xii. 26, “Where I ain, there
exclaimed, “ The Lord's will be sball also my servant be."
done!” After this, her father prayed some tiine with her; and the
whole family joined in singing,“ BeMRS. AGUTTER.
fore Jehovah's awful throne. She Dec. 5, at Deptford, died Mrs. was then left alone, that she might Sarah Agutter, aged sixty-nine. She get some repose; but her father en. was for near forty years an orna tering the room some time after, to mental member of the congregation see if she was asleep, found her in pow under the care of Mr. Barker. deep thought. On enquiring into She might truly be called a Mother the subject of her meditations, she in Israel, as her chief delight was to inforined hiin, that she was thinking promote the cause of Christ by her on that state into which she was property, her advice, and her ex
er advice, and her ex- about to enter. They then disa ample. As she exemplified in her coursed soine time together on the life the power of the gospel, so she Lord's goodness, on future rewards died under the full persuasion of its and punishnients, justification by truth; and though she was not fa- faith, &c. Her father then read the youred in her last moments with thirty • first Psalm, and concluded triumphant extacy, yet she enjoyed with prayer. a firm faith in the blood of Christ The next morning a very great waiting and submissively wishing, alteration appeared to have taken to be dismissed from the body, that place; and Death was hastening to she might enjoy the full fruition of throw his veil over her face. She God in glory. She had suffered much could now only articulate a few for some months with a bowel com- broken sentences of Scripture, which plaint, which she bore with great pa- could scarcely be understood. About tience and fortitude, till at length it half past nine, her soul took its terninated in a mortification, and flight froin its prison of clay, " to quickly translated her from a world soar to mansions of eternal bliss." of sin and sorrow to the everlasting The last words she uttered were, as mansions of bliss and glory. Her nearly as they could be understood, remains were interred in a fainily- “ Lord Jesus, receive me to thy vault under the Meeting: and on bosom!” Throughout her illness, the following Sabbath a funeral dig the only thing that seemed to render course was delivered to a crowded her uneasy, was the affliction which anditory by Mr. Barker, on a text her parents discovered ; and often. chosen by herself near thirty-seven when she saw the silent tears rolling years ago, froin 1 Col. ii. 10,“ Ye down their cheeks, would reinind are complete in Him." She has left them, that "the Lord giveth and behind her a large family of children the Lord taketh away," and that it and grandchildren. - May they be was their duty gally to lubiinit, enabled to follow ber as sbe followed without murmuring, to his holy Christ!
- J. P. , wild,
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.
A Charge, delivered to the Clergy of
f The publication of a new catechian · the Diocese of Norwich, at the
in France has established the fact, as Primary l'isitation of that Diocese
far as it respects that country. . in 1806. By Henry, Lord Bishop
If his Lordship is favourable in his of Norwich, Ato, Is. 64
sentiments towards the Catholics, be
is however sufficiently severe toIn the prefatory part of this wards Protestant Dissenters; althu' Charge, his Lordship takes occasion here, he is certainly milder than to state what he thinks are the prin- most of the modern churchmen who cipal parts of the episeopal duty at a have introduced them into their ser. visitation, and very properly inen; mons. “That these misguided en: tions enquiring into the state of the thusiasts," says the Bishop, “ are diocese, and giving advice to the more ni-mcrous now than ever, is a clergy. The first of these duties fact which admits of very little we cannot but think will be very doubt. The additional licences unperfectly accomplished, by mere- granted within these few years, in ly receiving answers to a printed almost every part of England, clear, set of questions taken from the ly prove the truth of it.” Again, canons, the mode adopted by this the Bishop says, “ If every clergyprelate.
man of the Established Church, in Speaking of the Roman Catholics addition to his public preaching, of our time, his Lordship says would follow the example of St.
Their conduct upon some recent Paul, and !: teach from house to occasions, and the requivocal der house,” within the precincts of his clarations made by them in a variety own parish, and among those conof publications, are strongly expres, initted to his care, I firmly believe, sive of their total disapprobation of that the numerous conventicles, discompulsion in religion; and also persed over every part of the coundecidedly prove, that they disclaim try, would soon be deserted; and many of those highly exceptionable we should hcar no more of those illitenets which were once a part of terate enthusiasts, who now so muchi their creed. - It would therefore be disturb the order, the unity, and the very unfair to involve in the guilt of peace of our church." His Lordship the misguided zealots of former is very free in charging the gene days, a body of men of a far ditter, rality of licenced teachers with be ent character, and to whom it is our ing misguided enthusiasts, illiterate, duty, and should be our inclination, and disturbers of the order and peace to show every mark of benevolence, of the church, From wbence does both as Christian brethren and as his Lordship derive this description deserving fellow-subjects." We can of them ? Does he personally know have no objection to the worthy pre- them: has he heard them? is he sure late shewing every suitable token of that he has not been imposed upon kindness to the Catholics, whom ho by si me prejudiced persons ? There calls his Brethren ; nor will we dis- maybe some such persons wha: pute whether some of them may not: preach in converticles, there are have abandoned some of the most men, in every profession, and in obnoxious tenets of that church ; every church, who are a disgrace to but we are of opinion, that this is them; and even his Lordship's own far from being any thing like univer- counexions are not exempt from this sal: on the contrary, we are satis- charge : but as it respects the body fied that if the heads of that com- at large, it is neither liberal nor just inunity were to publish a new cate- thus to represent them. chisin for the use of their churches, We consider the Bishop as equally we shonld 'find that modern Popery nistaken in supposing, that if the differs much less from the apcient clergy were faithful and diligent in than his Lordship seeins to imagine. the discharge of their duty, the con- .