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MISS ELIZABETH THOMAS.
she had believed, even Jesus, the Author and shall be going home to the purified saints in Finisher of her faith. And now the "golden glory." About one o'clock, P. m., she exbowl was broken," and "the pitcher broken claimed out triumphantly, “Christ is all in at the fountain," and the aged saint gained all,” which were her last words that could be the victory over death; rested for ever from intelligible. She beckoned to her father to her labours, and entered into the “joy of her come to her, who knelt by her bed-side, but Lord.” So calm was her dismissal, that could not understand anything more, when a those who stood around her hallowed death- visible change took place, and she continued bed could not believe all was over.
to breathe quietly till three, when her immor"One gentle sigh her fetters broke,
tal spirit took its flight to the mansions of We scarce could say she's gone,
bliss, without a struggle or a groan. This Before her happy spirit took
solemn occurrence has overwhelmed the family Its station near the throne."
in sorrow and tears, for the desire of their Thus, on the 21st of October, 1848, at the eyes has been taken away with a stroke, and good old age of eighty-one, this honoured they are ready to exclaim, “Oh master, she disciple passed from earth to heaven,
was a borrowed one." It is true she has slept the sleep of death, but she has slept in Jesus, and their loss is her eternal gain, and though they cannot help sorrowing, yet they
sorrow not without hope, and wish to be the On Wednesday the 22nd of November, followers of them who through faith and padeparted this life, aged 24 years, Elizabeth, tience inherit the promises. On Monday the the beloved and youngest daughter of the 27th of November, the funeral took place, Rer. Timothy Thomas of Newcastle Emlyn. when the Rev, E. Roberts of Drefach read She was baptized by her father, with four and prayed at the house, and afterwards a others, on the 21st of August, 1842, and from
concourse of many hundreds of people folthat time to the day of her dissolution, she lowed the corpse to its long-appointed home, lived an ornament to her profession, and a to the burial place of the ancient church at very useful teacher in the Sunday school. Cilfowyr, where the Rev. R. Jones of Trewen During her affliction, which she bore with the read the 23rd Psalm and prayed. The Rev. greatest resignation and tranquillity, she N. Thomas, minister of the place, delivered a would often dwell on the honour she had of most impressive sermon from 2 Tim. iv. 7, 8. professing religion so young, and that eternity The body was then deposited in the silent would not be too long for her to praise and tomb, and the Rev. D. Rees of Cardigan dethank the Lord, for the night that she came livered a most affecting oration to the weeping to the determination to present herself before multitude, and prayed. We then parted in the church of God. On Monday night pre- full and sure hope to meet her again at the vious to her death, she called all the family glorious resurrection morn. to her room to bid them adieu, and addressed them very pathetically, saying, that her faith Caiff cymdo gaeth hen Gilfowyr in Christ was very strong, and waving her
Yru en ceirt a thrin y byd
Gyru r y chain i aredig band, she cried out, “ I have often sung
Ond hi yn ddis taw ac yn fud.
My strong and sure bold.' I really find him to be so to-night; he is very Died, on the 8th of September, 1848, precious ; recommend him to all my friends.” Frances, the wife of Mr. J. Vince, deacon of She pointedly addressed her youngest brother, the baptist church, Swaffham, Norfolk, aged the only one of eight children who had not fifty-five years, greatly and deservedly reput on the Lord Jesus Christ, to beware not spected by all who knew her. to come to eternity, without first taking up the cross, and obey the ordinances of the great bead of the church. She again rallied a little, and was easier the following day, but on that night she again requested to see all
Died, on Saturday, October 7, 1848, after the family, and beholding them bathed in
a long and painful affliction, in the sixtytears, she desired them not to weep, that she sixth year of his age, Mr. William Savage, of was very happy, and that the struggle would Swaffham, Norfolk. The deceased was for soon be over, and said, “We bad a long time
more than twenty years one of the deacons of to live together, and now I am the first to the baptist church in this town. His remains part, and you will soon follow, when we shall are interred in the chapel where he had so meet in a better world.” The following long and constantly been an attendant, morning, Wednesday, she was told that her sister had arrived from Cardigan to see her, "Oh, very well,” she said, very placid and composed, "you are all here to-day, and I Ashford, Kent, November 5, died suddenly,
MR. W. SAVAGE.
REV. J. C. WYKE.
aged sixty-three, Ann, the beloved wife of About the time that the Doctor resigned Thomas Clarke, pastor of the baptist church. his official connexion with the college, an She was a Christian distinguished by her application was received by him for a supply symplicity, humility, and love, all of which with a view to settlement, from the baptist were pleasingly exemplified in her character church, Hunmanby, Yorkshire. The result as a wife, mother, and friend; whilst to the was, that in April, 1836, he received and aclast she conscientiously and unremittingly cepted a call to the pastorate, and on the discharged her duties as a member of the 22nd of June following, he was ordained. church of Christ.
His deservedly esteemed tutor, the Doctor, delivered the charge on this interesting occasion.
Here he laboured for four and a half years
honourably and successfully ; many, through Joseph Caldwell Wyke was in childhood his instrumentality, were added to the Lord, the subject of a tender conscience, and of and the church was edified and quickened. religious convictions, but the work of grace But he had his “thorn in the flesh,”upon his heart was so gradual in its opera- melancholy and depression of spirits arising tions that it was not known at what precise from dyspepsy—made him peculiarly sensiperiod he was “ born again." He was, more- tive of every little difficulty and discourageover, of a retired and reserved disposition, ment which came across his way in the with a somewhat melancholic cast of mind. prosecution of his ministerial engagements. The former trait concealed from his friends Thus tried, having received an invitation to his inward emotion, and the latter led him to take the oversight of the church at Shelfanger, doubt his personal and saving interest in Norfolk, and being at the same time strongly Christ.
recommended by a neighbouring minister to But in process of time it became manifest undertake the charge, he accepted the call. to all associated with him, that his love to Finding himself, however, not so happily Christ, his people, and his cause, was such as circumstanced in his new sphere as he anticito admit of no question that he was one pated, his connexion with the people of God chosen of God with an effectual calling. He here ceased at the end of twelve months. was, therefore, when about eighteen years of His next field of labour was at the Heath, age, invited to Christian fellowship. After near Whitchurch, Shropshire. Here he had considerable hesitation, arising from his fears the charge of a school, and preached twice lest he should not walk worthy of the high every Lord's day, but was exempted from
ocation, he followed his divine Master in the the pastoral care. ordinance of baptism ; on which occasion, For four years he discharged his several his joy was unspeakable, and he felt almost duties in this place, with advantage to his constrained, then and there, to
young pupils, and with profit to those who
were favoured with the ministry of the word “Invite the strangers all around,
from his lips. At the end of this period he His pious march to join."
was afflicted with a severe nervous attack, He was baptized, and received into the which obliged him to give up his engagements, communion of the second baptist church, and to leave the neighbourhood. His exAbergavenny, Monmouthshire, by Mr. Charles perience, at this time, resembled that of the Evans, late missionary in Sumatra, and who pious Cowper in his seasons of melancholy. was then the pastor. His after conduct For about nine months from this time he was proved how“ holily, and unblameably,” and unable to engage in public duties excepting usefully, he maintained his Christian profes- very occasionally. Well was it for him that sion.
Providence had directed him to the choice of It was not long before it was discovered a wife whose temperament was such as fitted that he possessed talents which eminently | her to meet this as well as every other visitaqualified him to dispense to others what he tion, with fortitude and calm submission; and had himself “ tasted, and handled, and felt, being also possessed of every essential qualifiof the word of life ;” and he was urged by cation to constitute a good nurse, under the competent and judicious Christians to devote blessing of God, her kind and judicious treathimself entirely to the work of the ministry. , ment served materially to bring about his Self-diffidence, coupled with a weakly physi- restoration to health and spirits. He was cal constitution, presented a formidable united in marriage to Miss Savina Clarke, of barrier to his making up his mind to this Diss, Norfolk, the 22nd of May, 1839. important step; but at length his scruples Recovered from his mental depression, he gave way ; he received a regular call from was induced to make, at the request of the his church to exercise bis gifts, and in Febru- Norfolk and Suffolk Home Mission, an at. ary, 1833, he entered Horton College, Brad- tempt to establish a baptist interest at Long ford, then under the presidentship of the late Melford. He was engaged for twelve months, venerable Dr. Steadman, preparatory to his but, seeing no prospect of success, he relin: taking the pastoral office.
quished this department of labour at the end
REV. W. FISHER.
of six months. During this season he en- “In the frame of his mind, the upward di jored a greater share of cheerfulness and rection of his eyes, and the expressions he vigour than had fallen to his lot for some gave utterance to, his end was like to that of years.
Stephen, 'He being full of the Holy Ghost, His next remove was to Chenies, Bucks. In looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw April last be visited this place, and having the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the supplied for four successive sabbaths, his term right hand of God, and said, Behold, I see the of probation being ended, the church here heavens opened, and the Son of man standing gave him a unanimous invitation to become on the right hand of God.' Thus lived and their pastor; he complied, and entered upon died this saint of God, affording a noble proof his stated labours the second Lord's day in of the credibility of the gospel. •We have May. He had previously taken a violent not followed cunningly devised fables, but cold, which so far debilitated him, that it was “have a more sure word of prophecy wherewith considerable difficulty he completed the unto ye do well that ye take heed as unto a engagements of the day.
light that shineth in a dark place, until the From this time his health irrecoverably day dawn, and the day-star arise in your gave way; and, after patiently enduring the hearts.' will of God," he fell asleep in Jesus," the
This lamp through all the tedious night fifteenth of November, 1848, in the thirty
Of life shall guide our way; eighth year of his age. He was born March
Till we behold the clearer light 20, 1811. His medical attendant has given Of an eternal day.' the cause of his death to be pulmonary con
The funeral of Mr. Wyke took place on sumption. In relation to his last illness, his widow formerly pastor of the church at Chenies, of
Friday the 24th of November, Mr. Lewis, penned the following memorandum: “My ficiated on the occasion. On the following dear husband during his illness was troubled sabbath a funeral sermon was delivered by with doubts and fears respecting his interest Mr. Salter, of Amersham, from Gen. v. 24. in Christ, not being favoured with those consolations the gospel is adapted to impart to the suffering Christian.
"On the 26th of October, when I took him up his dinner, he said he did not intend to
The Rev. William Fisher, pastor of the have any, as he had been praying hard, and baptist church at Padiham, and previously he wished to fast as well as pray; I however for many years at Bromley, Northumberland, prevailed on him to take a little in conside. died, November 21st, 1848, in the 58th year ration of his great weakness. He then re- of his age. quested me to let no one go into his room, as he wished to be alone.
“He afterwards told me, that having Testled hard in prayer, the Saviour ap
On November 25, 1848, died Mr. Abraham peared to him, and, still praying, he told him Prickett, aged 67, foreman to Mr. John that he had had no comfort or consolation to George of Brimscombe Post, Gloucestershire. support his mind during his aftliction, and He was for many years a member of the cipline appointed him. The Redeemer then baptist church, Eastcombs, distinguished for gave him to enjoy what he had been praying hope, in the hour of nature's dissolution, w
humility, benevolence, and sincerity. His for; he availed himself of the privilege granted fixed’upon the blood and righteousness of the him, exercised faith upon the Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ ; thus he lived and died, realized a sense of pardon with all its accom- and, doubtless, his liberated spirit is now panying blessings. From this time he was
among the glorified in heaven, enabled to
S. P. Read his title clear
To mansions in the skies.' With calm and peaceful acquiescence he said with Job, “All the days of my appointed Died, at Tregonissey, in St. Austell, Corntime will I wait, till my change come;" and wall, November 29th, aged thirty-one, Mary, it last cheerfully welcomed the messenger the beloved wife of J. H. Osborne, baptist leath, triumphing in those glimpses of heaven minister, Wells Town. She was an humble he was favoured to behold, ere yet he and devoted follower of the Lord Jesus reached the place.'
Christ, and her end was peace. Being asked “For some time before his death his speech by a beloved friend a little before she died, if for the most part became unintelligible; yet Jesus was precious to her soul, she instantly Was he much engaged in prayer, and in en- replied, “ Yes, never so precious as now ; deavours to represent to those around him death has lost its sting-I am sheltering in what he saw and felt of the glory and happi- the bleeding side of my Saviour.” Her last ness upon which he was about to enter, words were, “ The Spirit and the bride say
MR. A. PRICKETT.
Come, and whosoever will let him come, and Association, addressing their communications take of the water of life freely." “ Blessed to Mrs. Reed, Cambridge Heath, Hackney ; word,” she exclaimed," whosoever will, let Mrs. Matheson, 1, Barnsbury Street, Islington; him come.”
Mrs. Meredith, 3, Durham Place, Lambeth.
societies, the following list of the subjects REY. D. DENHAM,
for conference, that there may, as much as Died, December 8th, 1818, the Rev. Da- possible, be preserved a unity of spirit with vid Denham, pastor successively of baptist kindred associations. churches at Margate-Unicorn Yard, London, - and Cheltenham.
REGULAR MEETINGS FOR 1849.
Held at the Vestry of New Broad Street
Subjects for Conference. cember 15th, aged sixty-three, Mr. Henry Thursday, January 18. Address to chilCollier, bookseller ; thirty-eight years a mem- dren by Rev. W. Jones of Stepney College. ber, and nineteen years of that time a deacon Friday, February 2nd. How may children of the baptist church in that town.
be brought to feel that divine truth can only be studied with success by dependance on
divine aid ? MISCELLANEA.
Friday, March 2nd. What are the best means we can adopt to induce habits of
reflection and self-examination in young The Committee of the Young Men's Asso- people ? ciation has arranged a series of meetings for
Friday, April 6th. The importance of Parents and Children to be held during the training children to those habits of self-denial next three months. Those for January are
or self-control, which will tend to fit them for as follows.
the privations of foreign service in the cause Jan, 2nd. New Park Street School Room,
of Christ. Southwark.
Friday, May 4th. How can we account 4th. Vernon Chapel, Pentonville.
for the indifference to religion manifested by 8th. Shouldham Street Chapel, Edg- many young persons who have been piously ware Road.
educated ? 9th. Lion Street School Room, New
Friday, June 1st. In what way may the Kent Road.
sympathy of children be so drawn to the 9th, Devonshire Square School Room, abounding objects of sin and misery at home Houndsditch.
and abroad, as will most effectually qualify 10th. Keppel Street Chapel, Russell them to carry out the great purposes of
Friday, July 6th. Meeting postponed.
Friday, August 3rd. What is to be
Friday, September 7th.
How may we 18th. North London School Room, Cal inspire our children with proper confidence,
thorpe Terrace, Gray's' Inn and at the same time discourage self-conceit? Road.
Friday, October 5th. What are the best 22nd. Buttesland Street Chapel, Hoxton. methods of conveying religious instruction to 23rd. Horsley Street School Room,
children under six, and from that period till Walworth.
they are fourteen or fifteen years of age ? 25th. Cotton Street School Room, Pop- tions in a parent or teacher are likely to
Friday, November 2nd.
What disposilar. 26th. Islington Green Chapel.
operate to the permanent disadvantage of a 26th. Lewisham Road School Room,
child ? Greenwich.
Friday, December 7th. What are the evils arising from unsanctified intellect, and
how may they be guarded against ? LONDON MATERNAL ASSOCIATION. The meetings of this association, held on the first Friday of every month, at eleven o'clock, are always open to ladies from the The Rev. E. Le Fevre of Hail Weston, country, and the wives of missionaries. St. Neot's, Hunts, thinking it probable that Ladies forming local associations, either in he shall resign his pastorate there, requests us town or country, are requested to open a to say that he is open to invitation among a correspondence with the London Maternal pious and devoted people.
proposal of removing them in mass from the
house of God? After all, and we do not SEPARATE SERVICES FOR CHILDREN. speak in ignorance of facts, there is a large In the last number of the Evangelical body of children, both in the families of our Magazine, there is a paper, written by the friends and in our Sunday-schools, deeply editor, which we recommend earnestly to the interested in the services of the sinctuary, attention of all who are disposed to hearken and affording ample proof that they love the to the advice of Mrs. Davids, and others, pastor, that they listen with deep attention " that the practice of taking children to
to his discourses, and that they wi uld republic worship may be entirely abandoned by gard it as nothing short of a calamity, were all parents and in all schools.” It may be the plans now in agitation carried into effect. remembered by come of our readers that when We believe sincerely that this class of children the Prize Essay on Sunday Schools by Mrs. may be almost indefinitely increased, if paDavids was first published, we did not unite in rents, and Sunday-school teachers, and pasthose expressions of approbation with which tors, will combine to discharge their duty it was honoured by most of our contem- towards them. As far as our observation has poraries. We then thought, after a careful extended, the evil complained of so bitterly, perusal of the work that some of the opinions and for the removal of which we are to run advocated by that lady were exceedingly mis- such tremendous risks, is but of very partial chievous; and we are glad to find that one of operation. Very few children belonging to them is now taken in hand by Dr. Morison, the regular families in our places of Worship, and repudiated earnestly and effectively. For misconduct themselves in the way complained the sake of those of our readers who have of; while the great majority of them are pot opportunity to read the whole article, we exemplary in their behaviour, and afford will extract three or four paragraphs. pleasing indications of attention to the word,
and tender regard to the pastor. And as it “ •What habits,' asks our intelligent and re- respects any well-conducted Sunday-school, spected friend, Mrs. Davids, are really formed the instances of bad behaviour in the house by this practice !'—that is, the practice of of God are, we thoroughly believe, the exceptaking little or ignorant children to the public tion and not the rule. We well know that services of the sanctuary?' Mrs. D.'s reply is some schools are most disorderly in the as follows: “The habits of sleeping, of inat-Christian sanctuary; but in such cases the tention, and listlessness, of day-dreaming and remedy wanted is not to be sought in the vain thoughts, and of dislike and aversion to removal of the children from all the hallowed the sabbath and the sanctuary!' Now we associations of our Christian pastrocy and are bold to say that all these phenomena are assemblies; but in a vastly improved mode of to be seen, in full perfection, in many adult conducting the exercises and discipline of the bearers of the gospel. What preacher has Sunday-school. Here, in our humble judgnot been afflicted with the sight of them ? ment, lies the great and crying evil, the And what careful observer of facts has not impression of which may be suffered to die beheld the sleeping, inattentive, listless, day- away by the adaptation of the plans now dreaming, vain-thought stage, issuing in con- under discussion, without the evil itself being tempt of the sabbath, and neglect of the in the slightest degree remedied. In wellsanctuary? Yet who ever has ventured to conducted schools, where there are pious propose that such adult hearers should be teachers, and a wise and energetic superinencouraged to withdraw from the public mi- tendent, instances of bad behaviour, or exnistry of the word, because the habits they treme listlessness in the house of God, are are yielding to are so injurious in their ten- but rare, and are largely confined to a few deney! The advice we should rather tender mischievous children, who ought to be prewould be that ministers should adopt a more vented from mingling with their fellowe, fousing style of preaching, that they should unless they can be reduced to order and be less dry and consecutive in their modes of propriety. instruction, and that they should, by every "We fear that other more malign causes possible ingenuity, endeavour to fix the wan than the fact of having frequented a place of dering thoughts of careless listeners.
worship in early years, must be assigned for “Doubtless there is a certain number of the wandering thoughts, distracted attention, children now attendant upon the sanctuary, and incapacity of attending to preachers consbelonging to our schools and to the families plained of by pious people. We should be of members and hearers, who are all that relieved of many painful impressions, if we Mrs. D. describes them to be ; but is the could trace them to so innocent a source. remedy not rather to be sought in the in- We should fear that the cares of life, that a creased conscientiousness and assiduity of worldly spirit, that a feeble and indistinct parents and Sunday-school teachers, and in sense of religious obligation, that neglect of the better adapted services of the Christian mental culture and studious habit, and that pulpit to the capacities and wants of little Satanic temptations had far more to do with children, than in the alarming and hazardous the causes of such complaints than the olu
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