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Lo, all these things worketh God often- cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I times with njan, to bring back bis soul will, but as thou wilt.—Matt. xxvi. 39. from the pit, to be enlightened with the Lest I should be exalted above mearight of the living.-- Job xxxiii. 30. sure, through the abundance of the reve
VIII. · Impatience under afflica lations, there was given me a thorn in tion, eats out the life and comfort of
the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet
mes for this thing I besought the Lord all our mercies.'- Anonymous. thrice, that it might depart from me.
Me have ye bereaved of my children: 2 Cor. xii. 8. Joseph is not, and Simeon is not; and XIII. · When troubles are not re
will take Benjamin away. All these moved but increased, it becomes us things are against me.-Gen. xlii. 36. Jonah said, I do well to be angry, provoked God under them.'-Rer.
to look, and examine if we have not even unto death.-Jorah iv. 8.
IX. Despair of relief is as high John Brown. a reflection upon God's
For all this they sinned still, and be power and
lieved not for his wonderful works.grace, as įmpatience is on his
good- Psa, lxxviii. 32. ness and wisdom.'-Rev, J. Brown.
I hid me, and was wroth, and he Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and went on frowardly in the way of his speakest, Israel! My way is hid from heart.- Isa. lvii. 17. the Lord, and my judgment is passed XIV. The removal of the sense over from my God.- Isa. xl. 27. Zion said, The Lord hath fursaken me,
of God's displeasure, must be more and my Lord hath forgotten me.- Isa. earnestly desired than abatement of, xlix. 14.
or relief from sufferings.' – Rev. X. When afflicted, we should John Brown. enquire if there be not some ac- We are chastened of the Lord, that cursed thing in the tent; and fer- we should not be condemned with the Tently beseech God to detect and world.- 1 Cor. xi. 32.
O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath, destroy it.'- Anonymous.
neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. I will say unto God, Do not condemn Psalm xxxviii. 1. me: shew me wherefore thou contendest
XVI. “As the mariner, whose with me!-Job x. 2.
Search me, o God, and know my voyage has been most tempestuous heart; try me, and know my thoughts: and difficult; and whose vessel is and see if there be any way of evil in me; all but a wreck, must feel the greatand lead me in the way' everlasting. est pleasure at safely entering the Psa. cxxxix. 23, 24. XI. “The more we are affected haven; so must the most tried and
buffeted Christian feel satisfaction by, and humbled for, our sins, the less we shall murmur under our
on entering the heavenly port.?afflictions.' - Rev. John Brown. I will bear the indignation of the Lord, for
a moment, work out for us a far more
These light afflictions, which are but because I have sinned against him. exceeding and eternal weight of glory. Micah vji, 9.
2 Cor. iv. 17. Wherefore doth a living man complain
There remaineth, therefore, a rest to man for the punishment of his sin ?
for the people of God.'-Heb. iv. 9. Lam. iii. 39. It is good for 'me that I have been
XVII. «The glory and felicity of afflicted. Before I was afflicted, I went heaven very far exceeds, and counastray, but now have I kept thy word.— terbalances all the persecutions and Psa. cxix. 67, 71.
sorrows of the present age.'--Anor. XII. - We may lawfully wish to In thy presence there is fulness of be delivered from trouble, to enjoy joy; and at thy right hand there are composure and cheerfulness of mind; pleasures for evermore.--- Ps. xvi. 11. but we must ask with submission, tribulation, and have washed their robes
These are they who came out of much leaving it entirely to God to give and made them white in the blood of or to withhold them, as seemeth the Lamb. The Lamb, which is in the good to himself.'- Mrs. Hannah midst of the Throne, shall feed them,
and shall lead them to fountains of living Moore. O my Father, if it be possible, let this from their eyes.-Rev, vii. 13---17.
water: and God shall wipe away all tears
MEMOIR OF THE LATE MR. riage state, at the advanced age of
FRANCIS GREASLEY, sixty-two years! This was to him one
of the most iniportant events of his life,
shewing, in the strongest light, the (The memory of the just is bloss- all-wise" and gracious providence of ed,' the recollection of which is not God, who worketh all things after unfrequently the occasion of many the counsel of his own will." He had comforts and blessings to surviving hitherto lived a total stranger to the Christians. To familiarize the worthy Gospel and the grace of God, without actions, holy lives, and happy deaths concern for the salvation of his soul; of good men, cannot fail of securing but the set time was now approaching,
vantage to every pious mind. To great inercy. He had, indeed, been excite this interest, and promote this constant in his attendance at the parish advantage, are the important objects of church, and for many years was in most of our Biographical delineations,' the office of churclı-warden ; but the
Mr. Francis Greasley, the subject mere moral preaching on which he of this brief memoir, was born De- attended, made no favourable imprescember 18th, 1735, at Wingerworth, sions on his mind. He lived without near Chesterfield, Derbyshire. His hope and without God in the world. parents maintained a reputable charac- "Being ignorant of God's righteous, ter, in the situation allotted them by ness, and going about to establish his Providence, though it does not appear own righteousness, he submitted not that they made any particular profes- himself to the righteousness of God.'' sion of religion. Nor were they in In the year 1797, he married Miss wealthy circumstances; yet they af. Ann Davenport, daughter of the late forded their children a good education, Rev. Jon. Davenport, vicar of Willingto qualify them for mechanical em- ton, and curate of Sutton on the Hill, ployment. Their son Francis, upon in Derbyshire. This lady becoming leaving school, was apprenticed to a eminently pious, about this time felt mill-wright at Derby, and after serv- deeply concerned for the best interests ing his time, entered into partner- of her husband, and of the benighted ship with his master. In this sphere inhabitants of the place. Tutbury, it he continued to move for inany is well known, had for a long period years, working with his own hands; been ill-furnizhed with religious inand having a constitution remark- struction; and the people, in general, ably healthy and robust, he had few were notorious for ignorance and proequals at enduring long and laborious faneness. Mrs. G. having favourable exercise.
influence over her husband, directed The period at length arrived for his attention, in connexion with one changing both his situation and em- or two others, to the introduction of ployment. Having, by industry, and the stated ministry of the Gospel ; and, economy, saved a little property, he principally by her munificent exerembarked in the corn-trade, and re- tions, a neat little chapel was fitted up, moved to a corn-mill at Tutbury, in which was opened for divine worship, Staffordshire. Placed among new con- in the year 1799. This was a pecunexions, engaged in fresh pursuits, liarly gratifying event, and by the the providence of God greatly smiled blessing of God, was followed by reupon him; and, having entered into sults the most grateful and joyful to other commercial engagements, and her pious heart Recollecting Mr. accumulated a pretty comfortable for- Greasley's worldly connexions, his tune, he at length retired from busi- strong attachment to the Established ness.
Church, the general stigma then cast About the time of his retiring from upon Dissenters, and his self-righteous business he adventured upon the mar- spirit, it could not be anticipated as an
event at all probable that he would one of its first members, and was attend much, if at all, upon the mi- afterwards chosen one of its deacons; nistry of the Gospel, and the worship in which office he continued to his of God, in a Dissenting chapel. It death. At the time of his entering was, however, a very favourable cir- into this Christian Society, he precumstance for him, that his mind was sented a written account of the state not inflamed with enmity against any of his mind, from which the following denomination of Christians, which, sentiments are extracted :alas! is not unfrequently the degrading 'I desire, with thankfulness, to accharacter of country gentlemen: it knowledge the goodness of the Lord, was no part of his religion to oppose in bringing me at the age of sixty-FOUE or interrupt the religion of others. years to the knowledge of myself as He, therefore, commenced his attend- a guilty sinner, both by nature and ance at the chapel, on the day that it practice: and also to reveal unto me, was opened: he cordially espoused by the teaching of his Holy Spirit, the the cause; and he never forsook it to way of salvation through a precious the day of his death. From this favour. Redeemer, on whose atonement I place able conimencement, his mind was all, my hopes for the pardon of my gradually enlightened by the Gospel; sins; and in whose righteousness alone his prejudices yielded to the force of I earnestly desire to be justified in the divine truth; his own righteousness sight of God. The means by which was rejected as insufficient; his deo the Lord has been pleased, of bis dispendence was placed on the atonement tinguishing mercy and goodness, to of Jesus Christ; and, being born again effect this important change, was the when upwards of sixty ycars old, he public ministration of his holy word; became humble as a little child. by which I have been gradually led to
From this important period, the a satisfactory view of, and, I trust, an change in his principles and intentions, experimental acquaintance with, the his spirit and the whole tenor of his precious Gospel of Jesus Christ.' behaviour became strikingly manifest In this Christian communion, Mr.G. to all who knew him. With unshaken found himself comfortable and happy. firmness, he relinquished the vain and From this period, he considered the vitiating associations of a fashionable care of his soul as the one thing needworld, and openly avowed himself a ful; and accordingly made it the prindisciple of Jesus Christ. He carefully cipal business of his life. His wise embraced every opportunity of resort- calculation was favourable to mental ing to the house of God, and was enjoyment ! his soul was richly replenscarcely ever known to enter after the ished with the comforts and blessings commencenient of divine worship. of divine mercy. The Sun of Righte
As a new-born babe, he desired the ousness shone upon his path. The sincere milk of the word, that he might period, however, at length arrived, grow thereby ;' and he shared an when trials and afflictions were awaitabundant recompence of reward. He ing him. He endured great sutiering, could adopt the language of the Psalm- occasioned by a continued pain in his ist, and say—Lord, I have loved the head, which he experience for upHabitation of thy house, and the place upwards of twenty years; but the where thine honour dwelleth.' Though source of his most exquisite suffering he was plucked from the fire at so was the protracted affliction and death advanced an age, he obtained clear and of his beloved partner. Mrs. G. lancomprehensive views of the great doc- guished, for a long period, under elle trines of the Gospel; and, which was treme nervous debility, requiring his far better, he felt their holy and happy affectionate and unceasing attention, influence on his mind, enjoying those which he withheld not to the last, blessings and consolations which they Her disorder at length overpowered invariably administer when received her feeble constitution-and, sinking by faith.
under the weight of her debilitated On the formation of a Christian frame, her happy spirit departed W church, by those of the Independent triumph, December 2d, 1814. denomination at Tutbury, wir. G. was Mrs. G. was a person of superius sense, exquisite feelings, enlarged be with a view to praise the dead, but to nevolence, and exemplary piety: but honour the grace of God that appeared_. was snatched from his endeared at- in him, and to stimulate others to tachment, when, to human appear, similar love and good works.' Though anće, these amiable qualities seemed Mr. G.'s natural temper inclined ramost 'necessary to sooth the sorrows of ther to that which might be consihis old age. The stroke was heavy dered as penurious, the efficacious and painful! but, as one that feared power of divine grace softened his God, he used to say, 'Shall not the heart, and disposed him to the most Judge of all the earth do right?' and worthy acts of benevolence. To his committed the keeping of his soul unto numerous relations, he was a kind God, in expectation of soon following friend for many years; and the poor her to the world of spirits, where they of the neighbourhood always found in should meet to part no more.
him a sympathizing heart, being conThe subject of this memoir, after stantly ready to relieve them under this painful bereavement, lived much their privations and afflictions ; so secluded from society, devoting the that by his death they sustained a remainder of his days to a preparation heavy loss. A few ycars ago, when a for the coming of the Son of God. new chapel was built at Tutbury, he For six months previous to his death, contributed nearly all the expense,“ he employed much of his time in readl- giving the ground on which it was ing the pious and excellent works of erected; and afterwards he attached an Archbishop Leighton; whence he de- endowment to the place, as a permarived many feasts of holy and heavenly nent auxiliary to the salary of the miconsolation. He frequently spoke of nister. He was a warm friend and his death with great composure, and patron to numerous public institutions, as an event at no, great distance; whose object was the promotion of desiring to be made meet for the king- human happiness, and the advancedoni of heaven. The last time he ment of the Redeemer's kingdom. attended the house of God, was the His house was always ready for the public prayer-meeting; after which he reception of the servants and ministers returned home, apparently as well as of Jesus Christ, who were treated with usual, and went to bed- to rise no the utmost kindness and hospitality.
The attack, with which he was Poor ministers seldom retired from seized during the night, baffled the his house without receiving the preefforts of medicine; and after strug- sent of a pound note; nor did he gling only four days, nature being over- ever withhold his pecuniary assistance powered, he gradually sunk under the from the numerous cases recommended heavy shock, and died in peace, on by his minister. He contributed five Friday morning, June 12th, 1818, in guineas annually to each of the poor the eighty-third year of his age. He congregatious in the neighbourhood, conversed
very little during his short in aid of the salaries of their ministers. illness; but his mind was peacefully How much good might persons do composed, his confidence firm, and his in these various ways, who, alas! prospects clear. Behold the upright 6 withhold more than is meet, and it man ; for the end of that man is tendeth to poverty ! How much they peace. On Lords'-Day, June 24th, a deprive themselves of the satisfacticn funeral sermon was preached for the of doing good, and even of the blessing deceased, to a numerous and affected of God on their souls, by only laying audience, at the Independent chapel, up for themselves treasures on earth!' Tutbury, from the following words, What a signal advantage would it be, being those of his own choice :—This if persons of property would assiduously is a faithful saying, and worthy of all look around them, and, out of their acceptation, that Christ Jesus came abundance, afford their pecuniary aid into the world to save sinners, of whom to poor congregations in the country, I am chief
where the people are unable to support It will be proper to direct the read their ministers! By pursuing this er's attention to one leading feature in course, they would consecrate the the character of this good man, not surplus of their property to holy pur, XXVIJI,
poses-promote the prosperity of Zion, England for education, in the Arniston. where their assistance was most wanted 'sloop of war, which was wrecked on —and, in this honourable employment, the coast of Africa. From that pebecome distinguished blessings to co- rion, Mrs. Chater's health became so ciety and the church of God. much impaired as to destroy her public
Mr. G.'s liberality formed a striking usefulness, and oblige her to relinquish contrast to that of many persons in a school which she had, till then, cona, wealthy circumstances, which not in- ducted in Colombo, for the benefit of frequently consists in faint resolutions, the missionary funds. vanishing like snioke. He did not In March last, having already borne deceive himself by deferring the exer- ten children in India, and being again cise of his benevolence, till the shades in a state of pregnancy, her physicians of death were upon him, which, alas ! recommended her return, for one year, is the awful delusion of ioo many; but to her native land, assuring her, that he made the subject familiar to him they believed two months at sea would through life, and it forsook him not in restore her to her original health. The death In his last will and testament, embarkation of herself and 7 children, he made the following bequests:—To leaving her husband at Colombo, on the London Missionary Society, 10001. accountof his missionary engagements, —to the British and Forei n Bible was the last important effort of her Society, 7001.—to the Society for the firm and courageous mind. On their benefit of the widows and children of arrival off St. Helena, being in a state dissenting ministers, 7001.- to Rother- of such extreme debility as to make it ham Academy, 6001.-- to floxton Aca- necessary to the saving of her life that deiny, 4001. -- and to the Moravian she should land, and await there her Missionary Society, 4001 Though he delivery, she did so, retaining her two thụs extended his liberality to promote youngest children, while her five elder the kingdom of Jesus Christ, both ones were separated from her, to proliving and dying, this was not the ceed, under the care of the captain, to foundation of his acceptani e with God, England. On the 18th of May, four and final admittance into heaven. He days after their departure, she was rested his soul on the alonement of delivered of female twins, and her Jesus Christ for pardon and salvation. constitution being now in a state of In one important point, his case was rapid exhaustion, she expired on the not much dissiinilar from that of the 5th of June, leaving an interesting venerable patriarch, of whom i: is family of nine children, the eldest of said, “Seest thou how faith wrought whom is but just turned of nine years. with his works, and by works was the four intants at St. Helena were faith made perfect.'
instantly after her death taken under B. B. the protecting care of the Rev. B. J.
Vernon, officiating episcopal ciergyman DEATH OF MRS. CHATER. of that place, whose attention to Mrs. Mrs. Ann Chater, wife of the Rev.Js. Chater during her last sufferings, and Chater, one of the Baptist missionaries subsequently to her children, and his at Ceylon, lately died at -t. Helena, on Christian conduct in oiher instances of her voyage home for the benefit of her personal suffering abroad, entitle him health.
to the respect and admiration of every Mrs. C. appears to have been con- Christian community. Torted under the ministry of Mr. Although Mrs. Chater died in cirThomas, one of the first Baptist Mis- cumstances of almost unparalleled trial sionaries in India. In 1806, she mar- in a land of strangers, and severed ricd with the express design of becoming from every eartbly friend, her lamentpersonally useful to that mission. But ing relatives have consolation in bes a fast increasing family, together with lieving, that as she lived in the fear declining health induced by a destruc- and the service of God, she died in tive climate, caused her some disap- the exercise of that faith which, realpointment, as it regarded this object. izing the Divine presence, makes the
In 1815, she suffered the loss of her chamber of death the gate of hea two elder sons, on their: passage to ven.'