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health and strength, she was generally found ready to devote her energies to the best interests of the Church; and in supporting its institutions, I am disposed to think she did more than some of her most intimate friends were ever made acquainted with.
She studiously preserved the tone of her piety by a proper attention to those means which are provided for our edifica. tion and instruction in righteousness. She loved the Scriptures, and no doubt read them daily, and with care; and I believe she was regular and conscientious in her attention to her closet. In the social means of grace she took great delight; and her habitual attention to the services of the sanctuary bespoke her intense desire to know and do the will of God. It was pleasing to see her when under the word ; and I have often remarked with what eagerness she appeared to drink in the water of life, and how sweet and refreshing it seemed to be to her mind.
In a word, there was a degree of ear. nestness and uniformity about her reli. gious character which did honour to her profession, and sufficiently proved that she had not received the grace of God in vain.
But for a long time, perhaps two years, our dear friend was severely afflicted. I believe but few individuals had a proper idea of what she suffered.
In this protracted affliction I visited her regularly, and was perhaps quite as well acquainted with her peculiar situa. tion, state of mind and general conduct, as any individual could be. At times she appeared to be of rather a hasty and irritable temper, which betrayed itself by short and somewhat unguarded expressions. There were those who could hardly excuse this, and I could generally excuse those who might not ex. actly excuse her. But what I heard, or saw, during that tremendous afflic. tion, in no way changed my estimate of her moral worth, or in any way lowered her in my esteem. And for this reason I found, from close observation, that that which might appear to a superficial observer as a fretful spirit was really the effect of intense suffering. She was often in agony. Her sufferings were extreme. This shook her nervous system, and produced those results to which I have adverted. Such being my views, I must remark
That I always found her ready to acknowledge the hand of God in her affliction. She received it as "from the Lord"not as coming from one who might err
in his dispensations, but as inflicted by a fatherly and compassionate hand. She evidently felt that in love and tenderness he had afflicted her.
She was humbled before God in her affliction. She felt her unworthiness, and daily deplored it. I shall never forget how feelingly she once confessed to me that she felt her heaviest afflietiong were needful to humble her proud spirit and lay her in the very dust before the Lord.
She was patient. It would be too much to expect from human nature to suppose that an individual could endure all that amount of suffering which our dear friend passed through, without giving expression to one single remark which might be construed into an indication of impatience ; but, all things taken into account, I do not remember having seen an individual who endured so severe & trial with more entire submission to the will of God.
She was fully resigned to Jehovah's rule. She could not but apprehend that her affliction would end fatally ; but, so far as she was concerned, I believe she had no anxiety about that. I know she had a wish to live, if it were possible, on her dear partner's account. All the tender feelings of her heart gathered round him, and she dreaded the idea of his being left behind in this vale of tears. Had not that tie existed, I believe she would have felt perfectly free from the world, and not have cherished so much as a desire to remain in it for one single day. But, taking both her own state and that of Mr. Hawkins into account, I believe that, much as she felt for him, she was quite prepared and fully resigned either for life or for death. Her language appeared to be, “Not my will but thine be done."
In her affliction she cultivated a devotional spirit, and thus kept near to God. She loved prayer.
She lived by faith. Her mind was much engaged by divine things. Her estimate of the Saviour and the efficiency of his sacrifice were of the highest order; and her devout mind clung to that cheering and soul-reviving truth, “He loved me, and gave himself for me."
She cherished the most exalted anticipations of future bliss. Heaven and heavenly objects were much in her thoughts ; and the prospect of seeing God and being eternally happy in his presence, did not merely reconcile her to her change, but it rendered death an object of desire. She longed to "depart and be wit Christ, which is far better."
I had many pleasurable interviews with our dear friend, and had the fullest opportunity of becoming acquainted, not only with her prospects of eternal life, but with the grounds on which those prospects rested ; and you may be assured that “the Rock of Ages" was her only hope.
If she erred and pray who has not some faults?-I say, if she erred, it was in burying herself too much in the world. She made a slave of herself. Providence smiled on their industry, and she kept close enough to her work. Perbaps that might be accounted for from the fact tbat she had a sort of business of her own; and, like many others similarly situated, she tbought nobody could do it so well as herself. And it was quite clear that nobody was Allowed to do it, whilst she was able to give it attention.
But, though Martha-like, I believe she was a great favourite with our Lord. She loved him supremely, and rejoiced to follow him in the regeneration.
Our dear Sister Bradburn told us how she died-it was just such an end as I expected. Her precious dust sleeps in peace, but her deathless spirit is now as. sociated with a Beswick, a Taylor, a Bopney, and many others, who are gone from Oxford-street Chapel to glory. Dear Crofts, may you and I meet them there, and be for ever with the Lord. Remember me kindly to your family, Mr. Hawkins and the friends : and believe me Yours affectionately,
committed to their care. “ Anxious to check the first appearance of evil, I took him into a room and endeavoured to show him the evil nature of sin, and especially that of lying ; bis whole frame shook and he was covered with perspira. tion, whilst with faltering voice and heart-felt sorrow he said, 'Father, you may correct me now, but you shall never have to find fault with me again on this account.' And by divine grace he was enabled to keep his vow."
About this time he became a scholar in our Sabbath-school, Bethesda Chapel, Gateshead. His propriety of conduct, and his rapid progress in knowledge, soon won for him the approval and admiration of bis teachers; and at the age of ten he was advanced to the select class. In two years after this he was appoiuted to take the charge of a junior class, and he performed the duties thus assigned him with punctuality and zeal.
In the December of 1848 he became a candidate for Church membership, and not many weeks passed away before his soul fully entered into the glorious liberty of the children of God. Respecting the fact of his adoption into the divine family through faith in the blood of Christ, he testified in his cla38, with great confidence and delight. No sooner had he found the grace of life himself, than he began to manifest a strong desire for the salvation of others. His younger brothers were the objects of his special solicitude, and his Christian deportment and earnest intreaties were not without effect upon them. Alluding to the time when one of his brothers accompanied him to the class-meeting, bis leader observes, “ Long shall I remember the night when he entered the class-room followed by a younger brother, whom his affection and piety had won to the pursuit of religion. Oh, it was a lovely sight to behold one so young himself leading a younger brother to the fountain where his own sins had been washed away, thus combining the affection of a brother with the care of a spiritual father.”
Like many others, during the first impressions of divine love, and the first gushings-forth of the "joy unspeakable," he spoke, and rejoiced, and triumphed as if all his spiritual conflicts were terminated, and all his difficulties vanished, and as if nothing remained but uninterrupted sunshine and calm. But he soon found that tbe Christian's life is a constant warfare, and that he who would “fight the good fight of faith and lay hold on eternal life," must put on the
JAMES LANCELOT IREDALE. JAMES LANCELOT JREDALE, the eldest son of our esteemed friends, Lancelot and Ann Iredale, was born in Newcastleupon Tyne, Nov. 2011, 1833. When a child he was remarkable for the serious turn of his mind and his great love of reading. The time that is usually spent by children in frivolous amusements was devoted by him to the perusal of interesting books and the preparation of his school exercises. From the earliest dawn of reason upon his understanding, his heart seems to bave been peculiarly sus. ceptible of religious impressions. His parents state that they never knew him, except on one occasion, to utter a falsehood; and that when he was betrayed into this evil by the instigation of a ser vant-girl, he evinced deep compunction of heart, though only six years of age. In reference to this circumstance his father makes the following remarks, which we earnestly commend to the at tention of all those who have children
whole armour of God and give himself to unslambering watchfulness, unwearied self-denial, and unceasing prayer. To these iinportant exercises he devoted bimself with the utmost decision and earnestness, until he was called away from the Church militant on earth to the Churcb triumphant in heaven.
Considering bis yonth, his views of Scripture truth were singularly elear and comprehensive. This is readily accounted for by his intense love of reading, and by the character of the books which he read. He was not satisfied with those flimsy and frivolous productions in the perusal of which too many young persons waste their time, corrupt their tastes, and enfeeble their minds. He loved the Bible, regarding it as the perfection of Divine wisdom ; and many of his evenings were spent in searching its sacred pages. And next to this book of books, he prized the works of religious authors. He carefully read the new edition of the Rev. T. Allin's “ Discourses on Modern Atheism ;" the Rev. W. Cooke's “ Christian Theology" and "Theiotes" (the latter he read through three times); the Rev. P. J. Wright's "Study of Creation;" the Rev. W. Hamilton's prize essay on “Missions, their Divine Authority, Scope, and Encouragement;" Bishop Berkeley's Works; the American pe. riodical entitled, “ Bibliotheca Sacra," &c. We mention these works because he bad read them with special attention and interest. He was a member of our Young Men's Improvement Meeting, where he proposed his inquiries and stated his opinions with a degree of modesty highly commendable in a youthful inquirer after truth, and dis. tinguished himself by a courtesy and kindness which endeared him to all our hearts. My late colleague, the Rev.
T. D. Crothers, who had many opportu. nities of intercourse with bim, thus writes respecting him : "He was a yonth in whom all the graces that adorn the Christian character and shed a fragrance on this passing scene clustered and shone like a morning without clouds." His life was indeed like a sweet, tranquil, lovely morning, which passes away regretted as it was admired. He was amiable, intelligent and pious. His intellectual faculties, happily combined, as they were, with the graces of the spirit, gave promise of future eminence in the Church of God.
But the fond expectations of his friends and the sanguine hopes of the Church were not to be realized. He was destined to finish his course in the
morning of his days. In December last he was seized with an illness which in a few days was found to be typhus fever. He had two medical attendants, yet their skill was unavailing; but while the power of medicine failed to restore his body, the influence of religion sus. tained and comforted his soul. For several days after he began to be ill, he was almost continually engaged in prayer, praising God and singing some of his favourite hymns, such as, “On Zion we shall stand," or "When I can read my title clear," &c. After bis complaint had assumed a severe fora, he was visited by our excellent friend, Mr. Holliday, his leader; and, in answer to the question, “Is all well, James ?" he said, “All is well," and added, “ Precious Jesus!" On being asked if he had any fears in regard to the future, he emphatically replied, “No; I rely on the atoning blood." To his father he said, “ Father, I hope Christ will strengthen me to do and to suffer his will, and that he will be my refuge and support in this affliction." And on being reminded that God had promised never to leave his children, and to give them grace accord. ing to their day, he responded, in a tone of confidence and satisfaction, “Oh, yes !" When his father quoted the words which Job was enabled to utter under bis accumulated trials, “ I know that my Redeemer liveth," &c., he replied, with peculiar emphasis, “ Yes, and I know that my Redeemer liveth too." On one occasion he remarked to his leader, “A great change has come over me since I saw you last; I hope, I wish now to get better.” And when asked why he desired to recover, he answered, " That I may do something for God;" and then added, “but the Lord's will be done !" I saw him a few days before his death, and whilst speaking to him respecting the precious promises of God, and the delightful prospect of his people, he fixed his eye upon me, and said, “ 'Tis like a little heaven below."
His short but severe affliction was ter. minated on Saturday, January the 17th, when his spirit took its flight from this sinful and suffering state to a world of perfect holiness and joy. His death was improved by the writer of this brief me. moir, in a discourse from Ecclesiastes, xii. chapter and lst verse, delivered in Bethesda Chapel to a densely crowded and deeply affected audience.
Though taken away at so early a period of his life, he has not lived in rain. He will be remembered as a brigbt and bean. tiful example of youthful piety; as #
young disciple in whom humility and rod and calmly said, “ It is the Lord, let gentleness of spirit were combined with him do what seemeth him meet.” strength of principle and stedfastuess Her last afliction, though short, was of purpose. Our hope is that his death very severe ; she had been ailing for a will be instrumental in warning and few days, but continued to attend the saving many whom he was not per- Lord's house up to the Sabbath evening mitted, to the extent of his wishes, to be- prior to her departure into a world of nefit by his life. The circumstance of his spirits. On the Wednesday she became early departure gives a new interest, and so much worse that it was deemed necestherefore additional force, to his lovelysary to call in medical aid ; still no imexample. Death has preserved the bloom mediate danger was apprehended. During and beauty of his character. "Just at that day and the following the symptoms that age when the painter would have became more alarming, and late on the wished to fix bis likeness, and the lover Thursday evening her now bereaved hus. of poetry would delight to contemplate band requested that I would call and see him; in the fair morning of his virtues, in her. I went immediately, and found her the full spring blossom of his hopes, hath suffering the most excruciating pain of Death set the seal of eternity upon him body, but calm and serene in spirit. I and the beautiful hath been made perma- said, “ Mrs. B., what a mercy it is that nent." In regard to his bereaved pa- you have not religion to seek now!" She rents and friends, our prayer is, that the promptly replied and said, “Oh, yes, it is loss of one in whom there was so much a mercy—it is a mercy !" “ Then you to engage their affection and to excite now feel your feet to be firmly fixed on their hopes may be abundantly sanctified Christ the rock of ages ?" "Yes, yes! to their good, and that it may be their bless the Lord !" I gently intimated that happiness to meet him in a better world. to all appearance her affliction would
W. COCKER. terminate in mortality, when she emGateshead, March 18th, 1852.
phatically replied, “The will of the Lord
be done." A female friend repeated the ELEANOR BUTTLER.
beautiful words of David, “Though I Died at Hull, on the 30th January, walk through the valley of the shadow 1852, after a few days' illness, Eleanor of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art Buttler, aged fifty-two. Our departed with me; thy rod and thy staff they sister had been connected with the Church comfort me." She said, “Oh, that's a and congregation worshipping in Bethel firm staff, and I am leaning upon it, and Chapel for upwards of thirty years. The it sustains me." particular circumstance connected with I called to see her the next morning, her conversion to God I have not been and found her still suffering most acutely, able to ascertain ; but if it be true that and little able to converse; I therefore prothe tree is known by its fruit, we have posed to pray with her. She said, “Oh, had ample evidence that she was made a yes, pray, pray, pray always, without new creature in Christ, and that old ceasing and without fainting!" While things were done away, and all things in engaged in prayer the pain appeared to her had become new. It may be said abate, and I afterwards said, “You seem that she had the root of the matter within a little relieved." She immediately reher. To God be all the glory!
sponded and said, “Yes, bless the Lord ! The grace of God implanted in her bless the Lord ! bless the Lord for all his heart generated a strong attacbment to mercies, both of providence and grace !" the Church and all its holy ordinances, I then said, “I hope you have peace with and an ardent desire to be useful to her God, through our Lord Jesus Christ." family and neighbours. In the early She said, "Bless the Lord, I have." part of her Christian life she became a She made many other remarks, all Sabbath-school teacher, and was also as; tending to show that the anchor of her sociated with the prayer-leaders in con soul was cast within the vail, whither ducting the prayer meetings held in pri Christ her forerunner had entered, and vate houses on the Sabbath evenings; that she could rejoice in hope of the and to the end of life would willingly, glory of God. She died shortly after I either by night or by day, go to any part left her. of the town to do good to those in need. Who can witness or read of such scenes
She was frequently the subject of se- as these without exclaiming, “Let me vere affliction, and more than once or die the death of the righteous, and let twice, to all appearance, was brought my last end be like his !" down to the verge of the grave; but she
T. SCATTERGOOD. never complained or charged God fool Hull, 1852. ishly. On the contrary, she kissed the
sion, her soul was filled with thanksgivSARAH REEVES, of Burslem, departed ing to God. On her way home she rethis life Feb. 23rd, 1852, aged forty marked, very likely it would be the last eight years. She was brought under the time she should be so favoured. And influence of saving religion at the early so it proved; for on Wednesday, March age of fifteen, and maintained a steady, 17, 1852, the King of Terrors came and Christian deportment through life. Her claimed her body; but her spirit, being end was triumphant. Just before she ex- liberated from its cumbrous clay, rose to pired, she repeated the following lines: the mansions of light, and life, and
If this be death, I soon shall be, peace, aged seventy-six years,
Died on the 4th instant, Hannah All is well.
Brooks. She was one hundred years old, April 21, 1852.
had stood identified with the Christian DIED at Laney-green, Cheslyn Hay, Church for seventy years, and been a in the Wolverhampton Circuit, Elizabeth, member of the Methodist New Conthe wife of George Adams, after having nexion from its commencement. She been a member of the Methodist New was useful in her sphere and generally Connexion for more than fifteen years. beloved. Her life of virtue was crowned In early life, and during the meridian of with a triumphant death, and life, she rested on her own good works
Her happy spirit took its flight, as the ground of her acceptance with
From Calvary to Sion's height. God; but about fifteen years ago her mind was effectually enlightened to see May all thus triumph in the hour of that salvation is by grace, through faith death. Amen.
T. W in the Lord Jesus, and she received Christ
.R. into her heart, the hope of glory. Since Died at Burslem on the 22nd of March, that time she has been an ornament to 1852, Miss Harriett Rowley, aged fiftythe cause which she so heartily espoused, three years. Our late sister had been an affectionate and faithful wife, a kind among our friends at Bethel from her and strictly honest neighbour, and a very childhood. In the neighbourhood lover of our Zion. Though suffering where she was best known she was the for some time past from paralysis, the most esteemed and beloved. Her death last Sabbath of her earthly existence was sudden and unexpected; but after a found her in her usual place in the house whole life of devotedness to God, and to of God. The quarterly tickets being re the service of the Church militant, there newed, she was remarked upon for speak- can be no doubt respecting her having ing with more than her wonted energy; joined the service of the Church triumand being gratified with the number of phant.
T. G. brethren and sisters present on the occa- April 21, 1852.
FRENCH NEWS-LOSS OF THE “BIRKENHEAD." On Tuesday, the 30th March, 1852, right. Thus arranged and arrayed, the the newly-constituted functionaries of hall delighted and dazzled the eye of the the French Republic were formally in- spectator. But what of the speech of augurated to office by the Prince-Presi. the President in such a place and at such dent. The Salle des Maréchaux, in the a time? Of course, the extraordinary centre of the Palace of the Tuileries, position taken, and the despotic power was variously and elegantly prepared for claimed, by the policy of the 2nd of the ceremony. At one end a platform December, received a passing remark was raised about four feet. On it stood and an attempted defence. The cause the fauteuils (elbow chairs) of the sena of that step was attributed to bickerings tors, Council of State, &c. Above the and divisions in society, not to outPresident's fauteuil was & canopy of goings and aspirations of the President. crimson velvet, and a large golden eagle “For a long time," said Louis Napoleon, with wide-spread wings. The diplomatic “ society resembled a pyramid attempted corps were placed on the right, and the to be turned upside down, and set on its Council of State on the left, of the Pre- summit. I have replaced it on its base." sident; the legislative corps on the left Nor did the President congratulate him. centre, and other functionaries on the self less on the supposed effects of his