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tured to believe that she might one day enter into the joy of her Lord. For there was a singleness of eye, and sincerity of purpose, as well as an humility of deportment in all that she did on behalf of religion and humanity, which were the pledges of her heart being right with God, while it was kindly affectioned towards her fellow-creatures of every kindred and colour and clime. Worm, but never weary ; faint, yet pursuing, she continued patient in well-doing to the end : for when the flesh was weakest the spirit was most willing; and when the outward man was visibly decaying, so as to cause those who loved her to look upon her as one whom they could hope to see but for a very little while, her conduct and conversation, tempered with meekness and fear, proved to all that she was daily renewed in her mind to know what was the good and acceptable and perfect will of her heavenly Father concerning her. At length, under His mysterious permission, she might be said to disappear from among the living. Her surviving friends may well cherish a good hope, that since she “walked with God’ she was not, for God took her.
“Thy light, dear saint, put out in darkness, sleeps
“Hidden, but not extinct, below the dark
“Feb. 3rd, 1835.”
Some estimable friends of the Society of Methodists, to which she was first united in religious communion,
and who were intimate with her for more than forty years, give the following testimony to her character: — “Whilst in connexion with our Society, it was no small privilege to be associated with her in visiting the poor. The fervour and affection with which she poured out her soul in the abodes of wretchedness cannot easily be described, and will not be forgotten. The intensity of her feelings for the suffering poor could only be understood and appreciated by those who were her companions ; and the remark made by one who highly esteemed her, that her “very happimess was agony’ is the nearest description we can give of the state of her feelings. “When she removed to the New Connexion of Methodists, although our judgment differed from hers, our friendship was not changed, for that was based on Christian love. Those who knew her best. and loved her most, gave her credit for purity of motive. Sincerity was ever a prominent feature in her character, and we believe there was no declension of piety at that time. “Hundreds in Sheffield could testify how her whole soul entered into plans for the poor, and how indefatigable and unwearied she was in her efforts to mitigate the various sufferings of human nature. She was held in high estimation by characters of the first respectability in her native town, and she possessed an almost unlimited influence when she advocated the cause of the poor, an influence which at all times was subservient to public good; for she, by her modest eloquence, always showed self was put in the background. “The last time she visited us we were united in the observation of her growing spirituality, and the remarkable benignity of her mind and deportment, so that we were constrained to conclude she was ripening for heaven, and could not but fear it would be our last interview on this side eternity.
“Our dear friend was identified with the commencement of some of our most useful and social institutions in this place, and in connexion with them her memory is, and will be blessed l’”
THE COVENANT HYMN,
God of my life, to Thee
A clod of living earth,
Long as I live beneath,
My soul and all its powers,
I wait Thy will to do,
Then, when the work is done,
Reflections on various Subjects, copied from her
1. “It is not past resolutions, but the present subjugation of the soul to a higher power that prevents us from falling into trifling folly. 2. “Let all who would do good to their neighbours secure their own independence by contracting their wants. 3. “To encourage an opinion of any one which is too favourable to be consistent with truth, in order to avoid a painful feeling, is in that measure to sacrifice what is eternally valuable to the enjoyment of present ease and gratification. “I will think well of people because it is pleasant to think well of them,” is very decidedly opposed to that prayer, “Only seeing in Thy light!’ 4. “In receiving the communications of Goodness, in imparting those communications as directed, and in uniting with goodness wherever we behold and feel it, in this we feel the end of our existence is promoted ; in this alone we enjoy that happiness which is worthy the name of happiness.
5. “My temper, my spirit, my judgment must be subjected to truth. I am naturally disposed to melancholy; another is equally by nature given to liveliness and vivacity of spirits. Similar circumstances in the experience of each will affect us differently; and what is still more to be noticed, our matural dispositions, so far as they are suffered to take their own course, will induce in us a different, perhaps an opposite judgment respecting the same object. Opinions totally opposed to each other cannot both be right. Is it not probable that both may in some degree be erroneous ! 6. “In judging and in acting, I believe those who are truly good will seek not to do their own will, but the will of their Divine Master. They will wait and watch in their spirits for direction from Him, and will be afraid to move except by His command and guidance. 7. “Pure, enlightened, and strong affection leads us to desire the present and eternal good of its object. The love of God is infinitely pure, enlightened and great. He hateth nothing which He hath made 8. “Finite beings as we are, is it possible that we can have more than a negative idea of infinite duration : Have we in the Scriptures any word which conveys more than a negative idea of eternity ? 9. “The different powers and dispositions of men and their various degrees of advancement in truth cause them to dissent from each other in modes of worship, and in many other things. 10. “Christians must obey the command of their Divine Master; they must give themselves up for the good of mankind. In thus living in the spirit of sacrifice they will not only experience the returns of joy and peace resulting from obedience to Him, but they will find it is their happiness to have the dearest and best affections of the soul called into exercise. 11. “May we not be resting too much in negatives? 12. “There is in the world a grievous perversion