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• Much to the credit of the corpora- on the spot. He well knew what tion of that city, that their pew is pleasure such intelligence would constantly entered; adding most have given to his friend; but he left heartily do I pray, that not one of their it to find its way to him by à cirbody may ever have to exclaim, like expiring Wolsey, Had I served my God cuitous and tardy channel, rather have served my King,
than he would bear testimony in not have forsaken me. No, may the any measure of himself. So, the peace of God, through the blood of the historical writers of the New Tesatoning Saviour, ever be theirs! As tament are usually discoverable, a young man, I should not presume to only by the suppressions of their dictate : but as a devoted servant of own share in transactions which the altar, I feel myself justified and authorized in asking, Can nothing
they record as eye-witnesses. more be done to preserve inviolate the
By the evidence of those who could sanctity of the sabbath, in this parish best judge of Mr. Humberstone's and city? Is it impossible to have private life, he generally walked the hours of divine service preserved with God, whom (with a filial revefrom the indecorum of marketing and rence) he feared above many:' but traffic?" If these peculiarly devoted they were struck, after joining him hours could be preserved from sordid at Kingston, with the peculiar spipurposes, then, indeed, would many rituality and humility of his domestic more join with us to deprecate the wrath of God. We complain of our
devotional exercises and conversa
tion. domestics. A lax theology and 'a lax
• We thought;' says one of morality ġo together: we cannot ex- them, that there never appeared pect better servants, till we have in- so holy a mortal mind; and but for structed them in the pure religion of our hope that the Lord had placed Jesus,
him in Kingston for extensive and We abstain from farther quota- continual usefulness, we
should have tion, although there are passages apprehended him, during the last that might be thought to have a yet four months of his life, to be at the stronger claim on our attention, verge of heaven.' În á printed These, also, by being detached, and Memoir which his sister hastily drew abbreviated, lose much of their ori- up at the request of his lamenting ginal force; but they may suffice to friends, she says, specify the strain of preaching, It was his small domestic circle which, with the advantages of a de- alone that truly knew him. At home livery testified to have been pecu- his superiority shone forth with a liarly impressive, became instru- simplicity, grace, and benignity pemental, in so short a term, to so
culiar to himself,—there he was the great spiritual benefit. When the delight (and, perhaps too much, the above-mentioned letter was written, indeed for us to know the bounds of
idol) of every heart. It was difficult the sermon referred to was passing affection, when we beheld him setting through the press at Kingston : but none to his endearing solicitude for our the writer made no mention of it. minutest comforts,' &c. Neither, in adverting to the suc- Mr. Humberstone's prospects and cessful labours of other servants of plans of usefulness imply that this Christ, did he intimate tlie public striking spirituality of mind arose acceptance of his own-nor, in re- from no habitual presentiment of membering the rapid improvement of his near approach to eternity: yet, morality of late years, did he suggest on the 1st of August, in a sermon, (what appears to have been simply he expressed his expectation of this the fact that this had been acce- event so strongly, as very much to lerated,' beyond all precedent, du- draw the attention of his hearers. ring the short course of his ministry His health appeared then to be firm; and the notes which he had prepared turned to Kingston. He was much for his use in the pulpit implied no rejoiced to see her, but expressed & design of giving such an intimation. desire for my arrival also, if able to It seemed, therefore, to be the ef
remove. On Friday the 6th, I reached fect of a momentary impression ; For some time after my arrival he held
this once happy, now mournful home. and this he might probably have my hand in his, fixed his eyes tenderly resisted had his family been present; on me, but spoke not.-Fell as is the but his sister, being attacked by nature of the yellow fever, God merfever, had been removed to the hills, cifully spared us the anguish of witwhere Mrs. Humberstone attended nessing those symptoms which gave it her. One person who had never
horror. He continued perfectly calm, before heard him preach, (the prin- other words than it was his only
and often smiled; but articulated no cipal portrait painter in the island) son, which he uttered with accents came to church that day, solely with of solemn joy, evidently contemplating the intention to catch a favourable the love of God to mankind in the unlikeness of so popular a minister: speakable gift of Christ. He knew, but he heard to so much better pur- and shewed appropriate marks of the pose as to forget that for which he tenderest affection to those around came; and he returned lamenting him, especially his wife and sister, that he had mis-spent so many sab- whose hands he joined together, exbaths; and declaring, that never pressively of resigning, and committing again, by his choice, would he be ab- them to each other, and to God. He sent when Mr. Humberstone should o'clock on the ensuing Monday morn
gently expired about half past two preach. The resolution, alas! wasing. About four in the afternoon of formed too late—at least for oppor- the same day, his body was conveyed tunity to act upon it. Neither the to its tomb.' preacher nor the hearer entered the church again! They expired within timonies of public and private regret
It may be doubted whether tesa few hours of each other. • What
for the loss of a minister ever were, soever thy hand findeth to do, do it
or ever can be, stronger than on with thy might!
occasion. The former strongly On the 4th of August,' says his sister in the printed Memoir
, "he had resembled what we have recorded proposed to join Mrs. H. and myself in (p. 190) of Dr. Kollock's funeral. Of the mountains, but clerical duty dis- private attestations, the number and appointed him. That afternoon he was diversity wholly preclude the inserattacked by the fever, which proved the tion, and their poignancy renders agent of death and' immortality. In abridgment or description impractithe course of the evening, after a se- cable; a correspondence from which cond copious bleeding bad in some very impressive extracts might othermeasure relieved his head, he said to
wise be given, multiplies the proofs who was kindly attending him, and evinces the permanency of Mr. a person that his work was nearly done on earth, H.'s usefulness. In addition to what but he should die in his Saviour's arms. Then praying that God would be
has already been adduced, we cancious to him to the end, he expéressed not forbear to notice that some Jews his full resignation and willingness to had become his constant hearers; die; and his strong, faith in Christ, and that, for several weeks before through whose propitiation he was
his death, the priest of a Roman humbly confident that a mansion was prepared for him in heaven. He
Catholic Chapel always closed his
had, he said, but
one anxiety on his mind public service in time to hear Mr. --- his wife. The next morning Mr. W.
Neither can we abkindly came to inform us of his illness; stain from remarking that his negroand of course Mrs. H. immediately re- boy would not quit the corpse till it was interred; replying, when which the Lord, the righteous judge, urged to take rest, * No, no: me shall give me at that day! and not tand here; me tink of masse's say; to me only, but unto all them also, me tink of masse's prayers.' At the that love his appearing.' S. G. grave his distress became insuppressible: and for more than a week
REFLECTIONS ON THE LATE after he daily met several other
MEETINGS IN MAY, &c. blacks who had attended Mr. H.'s
To the Editor ministry, in the room, and at the SIR, returning time of his dissolution, The spirit with which the recent spending even hours together in Anniversaries of various Religious prayer for that salvation which he and Benevolent Societies have been had zealously preached to sinners kept up year after year, is highly of every class. Happily the strange honourable to the state of religion prejudice which, in some of the in this country, and promises the United States, forbids persons of most beneficial effects, both to the different colours from joining to wor
Church and to the world. Having ship Him who has made all nations witnessed some of these, and having of one blood,' does not prevail at read the accounts of others, I beg Jamaica ! Otherwise, perhaps the leave to offer to your readers a few greater number of those to whom reflections, with a view of improving Mr. Humberstone's labours were the privileges which we so lately made most effectual, might never have enjoyed. have heard the joyful sound of the
The first circumstance which atGospel!
tracts my attention is the unity of May what is here recorded, ex- design which pervades these societies cite us to follow him as he followed -namely, the spread of religious Christ! It certainly exhibits no- knowledge. Whether there be Bithing disheartening to persons who ble Societies, Missionary Societies, are inclined, like him, to hazard a Tract Societies, or School Societies, threatening climate, inobur Lord's ---all have this great and important service, whether among nominal object—to enlighten mankind in the Christians, or Heathens. Who knowledge of salvation, and to would decline such a close of life spread the great fundamental truths as his! Short as was his labour, of the Gospel. Every work of God he may
have done, or laid a foun- commences with shedding down dation for greater good, than if he light, and is continued by its diffuhad spent forty years more in Eng- sion. “God, who commanded the land. It may surely be hoped; that light to shine out of darkness, hath a people who know so well how to shined in our hearts, to give the value the Gospel, while it was ad- light of the knowledge of the glory dressed to them, will not be left of God in the face of Jesus Christ.** destitute for the future, of its ines- And it is by the preaching of the timable benefits. A memorial like word of God, attended with a Dithe preceding (as a living coal vine power, that he hath 'shed forth from the altar) may touch many a
this which we now see and hear.'t lip, that will replý, “Here am I, Our duty is in every way to diffuse send me!' No one needs to put off knowledge: it is God's work to rethe happy season, when he may flect that knowledge internally on say, with the subject of this Memoir, the heart, and that from the face of I have fought a good fight, I have Christ, who is the ‘Sun of righteousfinished my course, I have kept ness.'# the faith : henceforth there is laid
* 1 Cor. iv. 6. + Acts ii. 33, up for me a crown of righteousness,
I 1 Cor, jx. 22,
2. I would remark the extent and country—others push their exertions 'diversity of operations' carried on to the antipodes. Among the former by these Societies. It is not by one some direct their attention to chilmeans, but by all means' that they dren, others to adults—some seek seek to save some'—to save all the conversion of sailors-others if it were possible. Thus one So- carry instruction to the army-and ciety gives the Scriptures-another yet others penetrate the asylums of says, 'How readest thou?' And if human misery, and the abodes of the answer be, 'I am not learned,' crime—to proclaim liberty to the I cannot read—the teacher presents captives, and to bind up the brokena spelling-book-sits down by his hearted. In foreign countries the pupil, and patiently deals out to objects of mercy and benevolence him the first elements of knowledge. are no less varied—the sophisticated He now begins to read, and another Hindoo, the degraded Hottentot, the messenger of mercy puts the ques- oppressed Negro, the long-neglecttion, “ Understandest thou what thou ed Jew-all, all become in turns, readest?' And if the answer be, and to different Societies or indivi• How can I, except some one teach duals, the object of the kindest me ? then he begins at the same sympathies — the most benevolent text, and preaches to him Jesus.' and disinterested exertions.
Or, perhaps, this benevolent man Among other countries I cannot has not the tongue of the learned, but rejoice that considerable exthen he puts into his hand a religi- ertions are directed to the instruction ous tract, and this dumb interpreter of neglected Ireland, and to the points out to him the way of eternal Highlands and islands of Scotland, life.
where, till lately (though our immeOr, it may be, the order is inverted: diate neighbours) the inhabitants
Bible in his hand, and shews it ‘No man careth for my soul!' to the heathen - translates it into 5. I remark the connexion of most their language-impresses its truth of these Sucieties, and the re-action upon their conscience — and ex- which takes place between them. hibits Him, who is promised to be, It is very true that their pecuniary not only the glory of Israel, but interests may sometimes interfere; salvation to the ends of the earth'. but the manner in which they
3. I observe the harmony of prin- stimulate and assist each other is ciple among them. Their object is far more remarkable. It was the not to make proselytes to a sect-- Bible Society which first taught not to serve a party-nor to spread Christians to be generous on a large a favourite sentiment --but to sup- scale-to do good by wholesale : port and propagate primitive Chris- but for this it is not likely so much tianity—the simple, but important would have been done for missions. truths of Scripture. With this view Missionary Societies have stimulathe Bible Society rejects every note ted each other. Churchmen, Methoand comment—the School Societies dists, Dissenters, have 'provoked confine their instructions to the each other to love and to good works.' Bible—the Tract and Missionary But there were some Christians Societies avoid every controversy whose scruples happily prevented on which evangelical Christians are their engaging in missions, I say divided.
their scruples (however unreason4. I would notice the variety of able they may appear) happily preobjects to which the public benevo- vented them from uniting with their lence is directed. Some confine fellow-Christians, because by this their benevolence to their own means new paths of Christian charity were traced out. The horrors come the daily occupation of ladies, of slavery harrowed up their feel- many of whom formerly supposed ings, and they rested not till the they were born only to dress and slave-trade-till domestic slavery- dance for the amusement of the received its death-wound, and the other sex. The system is spreadshout of liberty reached the shores ing into India, and through the East, of Africa. This was not enough. and must produce a revolution in They looked into the dungeon of the Society, the effects of which cannot criminal—they saw that the iron now be calculated. entered into his soul'—they heard I conclude with remarking the the sighing of the prisoner—they more immediate influence of these visited the fatherless and the widow Societies upon the religious world. in their affliction. They were eyes It must always be remembered that to the blind and feet to the lame ;' the best effects of the best Institu and the blessing of him that was tions must depend on the Divine ready to perish came upon them.' blessing. Paul may plant and They blended the objects of their Apollos water;' and it is unques, benevolence, they carried the Bible tionably our duty to plant the rose and the spelling-book with them of Sharon' in every country in the wherever they went, and with the lat- world. The waterer must follow ter they furnished the ability to read the planter-for it is a sad mistake the former.' Schools also were pro- to think that we must sit at home, moted and conducted on a large and water only with our prayers. scale by means of the Lancasterian We should imitate the ancients who system.
Benevolent churchmen watered with the foot,' and, by a were again provoked to jealousy.' tedious and laborious process, direct
They were alarmed lest the major- the streams of the river of life in ity of the nation should become rills of mercy through every land dissenters. The National Schools and clime. The first natural effect of were established, and more than a these Institutions, therefore, is to prodouble number of children are now mote activity and industry in doing taught. Religious instruction, which good-and God. is wont to bless the was growing out of fashion in our diligent. Schools, is now incorporated in all, Another effect no less certain and especially for the lower classes. unequivocal is the promotion of
6. These Societies have called Christian love and unity of heart. forth energies altogether new and Persons embarked in the same unprecedented. The system of cause—drawing in the same yokeSunday Schools has formed thou- naturally cleave together. How sands of gratuitous teachers; the many Christians have been delighted plan of mutual instruction' by and astonished to find those in zeameans of monitors, has done the lous co-operation with themselves, same ;' and there are now probably whom they had weakly supposed more teachers than there were scho- to have no zeal for God, or benevolars fifty years ago. The Auxiliaries lence to man-merely because they to the different Bible and Mission- did not know them. ary Societies have trained thousands The influence of these unions to the work of benevolence and extends still farther. Bigots have charity; and the employment of fe- been employed for ages in endeamales, in particular, in these blessed youring to reduce all Christians to services, has created a power in one standard of faith, and they morals analogous to the steam en- foolishly supposed that prisons, gine in mechånics—there is no li- racks, and flames must do this. miting its effects. Charity is be- But these Institutions all lead to