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means, he became exposed to the snares and temptations with which the metropolis unhappily abounds. His temper was so very lively, unsuspicious, and pliable, that it soon appe red unequal to meet the dangers which surrounded him ; while unavoidable exposure to fatigue, late hours, and the changes of this uncertain climate, added to his own inattention to his health and many indiscretions, made a serious attack on his constitution, and coupletely undermined it. All this time he retained his respect for religion, and, however inconsistent himself, admired consistency of character in others. His religious principles remained unshaken, although constantly exposed to the attacks of sceptics and infidels. He always discovered the highest respect for the Bible, and was never willingly absent from public worship. His errors and irregularities were a constant subject of his deep regret; frequently would he make the ulost serious resolutions to renounce them; and, though nothing could cxceed the amiableness of his conduct, when at house, and the tender affection he always maniested to his parents and sanity, yet, when exposed to the temptations and enticeiuents of the gay and dissipated, he, alas! as requently violated his resolutions, and brough "sh lull and distress upon his conscience; yet still hoping, one day, to gain the victory over himself. The circumstances which immediately occasioned "is death, were peculiarly affecting-On the 17th of rast October, he came to spend a mouth with his father, at Drayton Beauchamp. His health appeared much recruited, his spirits in their usual high tone, and his filial affection marked with more than counon attention. His parents observed, with great satislaction, a growing steadiness of conduct, a great deau of returni: E to the temptations of London, a very close application to study, and an increasing Pleasure in religious duties, and profitable conversation. - His mind appeared to have gained great improvenieut trom a visit to a pious clergyman, the preceding August, and pateutal tenuerness was beginning to anticipate with treuibling joy a rest trum anxiety, and a recompence to past solicitade, aud that great* joy of our children walking in the truth. Alas! Daut late, nec ultra 'sse sinunt. On the 0 , of November, his very triendly disposition, always ready to allige, exposed him to voy oupestuous weather and a se*** *rth-east wind ; he got wet through, und neglected to change his clothes. On the Aloisy following, in order to serve and accoulmodate a friend, he got out of a hot
coach and travelled twenty miles on the outside; he received by this kind, though imprudent conduct, a severe chill, and when his family returned to Paddington, at the end of the week, he was contending with a violent inflammation of the lungs. This, in the course of a fortnight, proved a decided pulmonary consumption, and terminated his life on the 19th of March last. From this period, as the progress of the decline was awfully rapid, so the religious growth of his mind as rapidly advanced. His outward man decayed, but the inward man was renewed day by day. Soon after his lather's return to town, taking hold of his hand with great filial affection, he said, “ By this illness, I am losing as to medical knowledge, but I am gaining heavenly wisdom."—When his father expressed concern that a visit to him should prove the immediate occasion of so very severe an illness, he observed, “I look upon it as a great nercy; had I come to town, and got among my former companions, I might have gone on with them, and have been suddenly cut off, with no opportunity of reflection. It is a great mercy that this cold has attacked my lungs; it gives me time for prayer and repentance, and I hope never to forget the lesson of this dispensation.” At another" time, as his father was standing by his bedside, he said, “My dear father, your kindness and affection have been the greatest restraint and controul I have ever known. How often have they brought me back to your home. I think my situation very critical. I hope, if it please God, I shall recover; but if not, we shall meet again in a few years, and what is time, when compared to etermity!—I sometimes think God will raise me up, and shew the change which
his grace hath wrought in me.—I have been
most indulgently treated; I have been bought back to my God with mercy, not with terror. I souetimes fear that my convictions of sim have not been sufficiently deep; I certainly do grieve for my past conduct, and ille anxiety I have given you." December 22,-He said, speaking of his removal to a warmer climate, “h believe but one journey remains for me, that is, to the church-yard; but I feel cheerful and willing, is God appoints it.—I have most tenderly loved you as my lather; but what is time compared to etermity ? I had much rather die, than recover and return to my former habits.” January 6.—He read the Rev. B. Whitaker's Reflections on the Progress of Consumption: vide Christian Observer, 1806.
January 14–His father told him, without any reserve, that the faculty thought him worse, and that there was little or no hope of recovery. He observed with a Christian dignity, “Well, I hope I shall feel this an additional stimulus to prepare for eternity; I certainly wish to live, if it be the will of God; at the same time, if I am but fit to go, the prospect of heaven is far beyond any prospects of this world. I have no desponding fears of death, and God will do what is best for me.”
He had fine talents for music, and played the orgau in the true cathedral style. His remarks on music were very striking. “I am extravagantly fond of music; it has been a great snare to me; nothing is more injurious than light music. I perfectly approve of your wishing to keep songs entirely out of the house; music ought to be very select— music insinuates dissipation, and bad sentiments, by the vehicle of delightful harmony, before it is suspected. Nothing is more injurious than Bacchanalian songs. I have felt worked up by them, till I have forgot all my religious principles, and broken all my resolutions.” And, again, speaking to one of his sisters on the same subject, he said, “I do not consider songs merely in this injurious point of view; but light airs, even without words, tend greatly to dissipate the mind; and we do not need any thing to do that, prone as we are to forget God.” He retained his love of sacred music to the very last; had constantly a psalm or hymn played on a piano forte in his chaniber, every day, till the Saturday before he died; and, as long as his strength admitted, joined in singing at family prayers.
At another time, he said, “Whether I live or die, I desire to be a true penitent; whe
ther I go to heaven or not, I desire to die a
penitent; and I desire to die as a sinner, gazing on the cross of my Saviour.” He manifested a very earnest desire for the spiritual welfare of others: with this design he selected an epitaph for his tomb, had it pinned up over the chimney-piece in his chamber six weeks prior to his death, and used frequently to read it. He entreated a companion in former dissipations, to read the Bible, and set apart time for prayer. He prevailed on him to promise so to do. His friend was deeply affected, remarked that he had never had such a parting with any one before, and hoped he should never for£etit. After this, addressing his father, who ** waiting on him, he said, “I am quite grieved that you should have all this trouble. I have most dearly loved you; though, I con
sess, I have acted a most ungrateful part toe wards you. It was not designed ingratitude, although it might appear so. I was hurried away by temptation. Ah, I have had many miserable hours! what a mercy to be delivered I hope my conversation will be of use to my poor friend.”
Feb. 28.-He appeared to be dying, but revived. His father said to him, “Though it is agony to my feelings to see you in this declining state of health, yet I see you with far greater pleasure than I did a twelvemonth ago. I remember that I one day said to you, ‘You are in the broad way that leadeth to destruction; you will bring me to my grave; we shall part to meet no more; but now, I trust, we shall part to meet again.” He replied, “Yes; 1 doubt not you feel much happier now ; we shall meet again, never to part; no, never to part; never to part—an eternal interview O blessed thought !”
March 4.—During the night, his father observed, while supporting him, “My dear, how very thin you are when will you get strength f"—He replied, after a pause, with a nost lovely countenance of peace and joy, “In another world.” His father wept, and said, “I can scarcely bear to hear that.” After another pause, he looked at him very affectionately, and said, “Would you not have me go to heaven?—Oh, if it was you ! if you were dying, I should so rejoice to think of your happiness! I should say, My dear father is, I trust, going to everlasting glory. I should not mourn over you, as you do over me." He could only speak with difficulty, but his mind seemed much engaged with this subject, and, after a pause of some time, he proceeded, “I often sit, and think of leaving you and my family, and many whom I love.” Then, lifting up his eyes to heaven, full of tears, yet smiling, he said, “O, I think, with such pleasure, how I shall meet you all at the right hand of Christ! When you come to heaven, with what pleasure shall I come and meet you ! with what pleasure shall I welcome your arrival!"
March 5.—He remarked, “I think it a great blessing that I have had so good a inother; I have not been able to appreciate her worth ; I think I am only doing myself justice to say, that I have always avoided any thing that I thought might hurt her. I shall be glad to see her in the kingdom of glory. It is a great mercy that we have had so inuch family harmony;” and then, addressing his brother, said, “If ever we treat her with unkindness and disrespect, the blessing of God will not follow us.”
Sunday, March 10–When his lather returned iron the monthly catechising of the children at Bentinck chapel, he said, “It is ten years since you began these public catechisms; how time flies' well, in twenty-five years, we shall probably meet again, and all that I love: Oh, what a sweet thought, to part no more for ever"—After this with tears in his eyes, he said to his father, “I wish you to live—I hope your lite will be a great blessing to the children in the schools and in the congregation. I wish you to live as long as you can be useful, and then I hope you will be removed without a lingering illne-s.” Again he said, “My death also may be a mercy of great extent—so many of my acquaintance will know of it;-in the vast circle of our connections among children, and in the schools, it may be of great use.” He alluded to the muniber of 400 children, who usually attend at the chapel. March 13.—He remarked, “It has been a great mercy that I was a medical nam; it has made me aware of my danger; otherwise I have felt occasionally so revived, that I should have imagined that I was on the point of recovery. It has kept me from deceiving myself. As Cowper says, “There is mercy in every state,” &c. About this period, the prominence of the bones of his back was so great that there was a necessity for the application of plasters. He bore it with great patience, but could not help exclaiming, “O what an I come to . I little thought that I should ever come to this; but what a mercy is it, that I am surrounded by kind friends..... Pray for me, that I may have grace to help me in time of need.” March 15.-Addressing a younger brother, he said, “Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of God. That is the best lite; I know it by experience;" and again said, “I hope my death will prove his life. Should my death prove life to his soul, I shell think it an object worth dying for.” His father had been speaking to him on the subject of receiving the holy communion, and it was proposed that he should begin to communicate on the approaching Easter, being one of the three grand church festivals, if his life was spared till that time. He signified his wish and intention to receive it, and observed, “I feel the same high reverence for all church institutions as you do. I think of all days, Good Friday seems especially suited for the communion, being the commemoration of the very day when it was first instituted, lut I should not think of delaying it on that account.” After com
menting a short time on the words, “ Dthis in remembrance of me," he said, “We ought to bear in mind this mercy more frequently. Whenever we partake of the boonties of Providence, whenever they gratify our taste or our sight, I mean every counion mercy we partake of, it ought to be, with remembrance of him.” “O how happy would our lives be, if we always felt so " After this he repeated an hymn translated from a German version of the 63d Psalm, and which often, when in health, he would sing while he dressed himself. “In blessing thee with thankful songs, My happy life shall glide away; The praise, which to thy name belongs, Daily with lifted hands I pay." March 19.-In the morning, being greaty oppressed with convulsive faintings, he said, to his constant attendant, E. D. “This is hard work, hard work indeed; but God will support me through it.” After the physicians had been with him, his father said to him, “O how should Irejoice to see you recover! but I cannot see you suffer without suffering myself.” He waved his hand and said, “Do not talk of my sufferings. My sufferings are light. and just; my sufferings are not more than I deserve: my sufferings are less than I deserve. I have acted very wrong; after such an education, and such fiends, and so many; but I acted as if I had been possessed by the devil, and hurried away by him. I have acted like a madman.” His father said, “What a mercy that you have now escaped the snare? I feel that I owe an etermity of praise to God for his gooduess towards you." He replied, “Yes; you must see me now with far greater pleasure than formerly; how would you have felt had you seen me sinking, and without any just sense of religion." His father said, “What a mercy is it, that you feel so calm and happy what is it, my dear boy, that you derive this comfort fron?" He replied, “I cast myself, as a sinner, on the cross of my Saviour: I rely on him alone; and I trust I have repented truly of all my sins.” His father, after this, shewed himu the dying prayer of the venerable Richard Hooker; and, upon his expressing his wish that he would introduce it in prayer with him, kneeled down by his bed-side, and used it as a form of prayer. He repeatedly said, “How beautiful '" After which his father proceeded with tears and prayers to implore, if it were the will of God, he might yet be restored ; but, if not, he commended his child to his God and Saviour, praying for aa.
cious God. Now is the time to look up to your.
Saviour.” He smiled and said, “I do indeed." His father added, “You have bless“d prospects: all is glory, glory, before you.” He said, “O yes; I trust so.”—Then listing "P his dying eyes, he said with a faint "oice, “My mother!” These were his last "ords. He just looked at her; then dropped li eyes—drew three long breaths, at long "ervals—and at a quarter before four expired. The writer of this memoir, tenderly feeling * the temporal and eternal welfare of *ng people, cannot refrain from the fol*ing short observations.—He trusts this "arrative will admonish them to remember hi Creator in the days of their youth, to avoid bad company, to fly from the avenues
of temptation, to live soberly, righteously, and godly: then will they be fit to live, and fit to die. He trusts that they, who have the care of young people, will, as much as possible, learn to keep them out of the way of temptation. Though the remark does not immediately." apply to this case, he cannot forbear observing, that the Prevalent custom of masters of families sleeping at country-houses, when no confidential person is left at home to controul and watch, the youth ; and that pupils living at lodgings, where no superintendant eye presents the least restraint, is an evil to which thousands have fallen victims. O let compassion and religion make some sacrifice for unsuspecting youth! He trusts also that this narrative will stimulate parents early to sow the seeds of religious knowledge. The deceased youth had been accustomed, at an early age, to repeat the Catechism with Scripture Proofs; Bishop Gastrell's Christian Institutes,&c. and to compose, once every week, on a religious subject; the gratitude with which, on his deathbed, he acknowledged the blessing of a religious education, was quite overwhelming.: He trusts also, that should such parents, after all their care, experience disappointment, they will be encouraged by this narrative still to persevere, and wait and hope for the divine blessing. During the period when the deceased was unhappily led astray by the deceitfulness of the world and sin, his father appropriated more time than usual for prayer on his behalf; conversed with him as formerly on religious subjects; remonstrated with him on his conduct; always treated him with kindness; wrote to him, when absent, in an affectionate manner; and persisted in using every means to catch his attention, conciliate his affections, and win his heart back to the ways of God. This plan, by the Divine blessing, appears to have succeeded. When religion resumed its influence, his immediate language was, I will arise and go to my father. In reviewing the short and affecting history of a most tenderly beloved child, the father, whose heart bleeds over his tomb, feels apprehensive lest he did not sufficiently guard against the avenues of danger, watch the first rising of the root of bitterness, or lest he failed in the affection which he now indeed deeply feels was due to his child. One grand solace, however, still remains: “This my son was dead, and is alive again; was lost, and is found.” “Vale, vale, at non in eternum." The Rev. Joshua Mann, on the 31st of March preached two sermons at Bentinck chapel, on the occasion of this yonth's decease; the one on the duties of parents, the other on the duties of youth; in which these important subjects are discussed with equal discretion, delicacy, and piety. They have since been published.
MICHAEL DAINTRY, ESQ.
Died, April 5th, at his seat, Byron's House, near Macclesfield, in the 78th year of his age, Michael Daintry, Esq.; and on the 9th his remains were interred at Leek, in Staffordshire, of which parish his father, the Rev. Michael Daintry, was many years Vicar. Designed for the ministry of the Church of England, which he afterwards declined from an apprehension of the high responsibility attached to the sacred office, a classical education had cultivated strong native talents, and formed a taste for general literature, by which he was distinguished through every period of life. Having relinquished the purpose of taking holy orders, he engaged in the button and twist trade, in his native town of Leek, on the slender sum of one hundred guineas, and, under the blessing of Providence, was the architect of his own princely fortune. In this respect he was not only one of many examples of the truth of the Scripture apophthegm, “Seest thou a man diligent in business? He shall stand before kings, he shall not stand before mean men:" but afforded a practical confutation of the vulgar prejudice, that liberal education and literary pursuits are incompatible with a commercial life. The soundations of his fortune, which were solidly laid at Leek, were prosperously built up in the flourishing town of Macclesfield, where, about thirty years ago, he entered into partnership with the late John Ryle, Esq., a gendeman of many virtues, and, like himself, the friend of religion and morals. This connection, carried on under the well-known firm of Daintry and Ryle, was maintained with an amity, highly honourable to them both, to the period of Mr. Ryle's death, in the year 1808; and proved the establishment of one of the first houses in Europe, in a line which, by its extensive manufactories, has given bread to thousands. In this connection he realized an ample fortune; and if superior talents, directed by integrity of mind, sustained by unremitted industry, and adorued with the utmost suavity of manners, are worthy of success, he was entitled to unenvied prosperity. His mind, early embued with a sense of religion, would not allow him to live without God in the world;
yet penetrating, comprehensive, and inquisitive, it could not receive partial accounts, and aarrow systems, with easy faith and vulgar acquiescenee. He read, he inquired, he thought, and be decided for himself, as became a man and a Christian: throughout the whole of this investigation hambly imploriug those inspirations of the Holy One which give understanding, and which, though concealed and inexplicable in their modes of operation, are ever found, by those who diligently seek them, to be effectual for the production of the Christian temper and conversation. The result of this inquiry was such as might be expected. Having taken comprehensive views of the evidences of Christianity, he was the more satisfied of its high credibility and superlative worth. Acquainted with the merits of those controversies which agitated the Christian world, he learned to be moderate and candid, without imbibing a spirit of latitudinarian indifference, or being tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine. Preserving a catholic love for all who founded their hope on a crucified Redeemer, as their sacrifice and peace; yet, in point of church order, he preferred the moderate episcopacy of his country, as approaching the nearest to apostolic usage, and he cordially embraced her doctrinal Articles and Homilies. His warm attachment to her devotional Liturgy was evinced by his eatly and regular attendance on her services, trom which he never absented himself until prevented by those increasing infirmities which terminated in death. A few months before his decease, he had occasion thus to write:– “I am not ashamed to avow, that I believe a Trinity of Persons in the Godhead; the fall of man, and his restoration to the forfeited favour and image of God by the atonement of Christ; and the influences of the Spirit of God to produce the fruits of a holy life; and these doctrines I conceive to be those of the Church of England, as well as of the New Testament.” These were the doctrines, together with others connected with them, which had his marked approbation and public patronage, whether preached in the church or in the meeting; whether indiscriminately rejected and degraded as methodistical or Calvinistic; for he justly considered them as the peculiarities of no sect, but as forming the high ground of our common Christianity. Is these doctrines prevailed and flourished, if religion was respected, if vice was discoraged, if general peace and amity were malotained between churchmen and dissenters, in the town of Macclesfield, it was very much