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Fearing that the constant attendance enable him to reduce its sacred injuncupon the sick, which, during nearly tions to practice, was now more precious three months had already devolved than ever to him. He invariably had solely upon his parents, might seriously it either in his hand or under his pillow. affect their health,—and especially, as The prevailing sentiment of his heart one of his sisters appeared to be at the accorded with a reference to Psalm point of death, - Thomas hastened on cxix. 9, which he wrote on one of the foot from Auckland to Waingaroa, a blank pages of his Bible, showing how distance of more than a hundred miles, anxious he was to be guided by the to do what he could for their relief. It mind of the Holy Spirit, as revealed in was contrary to the wishes of his parents, the word. From the day on which his that he should expose himself to the illness became alarming, to the day of danger of contact with a disease which his death, he was almost constantly in seemed to be hastening a sister and two a state of delirium. But, though unbr.thers to the grave; but, his generous conscious of what was going on about heart not allowing him to heed danger, him, he invariably recognized the sound be did all he could to help both the of the Saviour's name, and expressed a afflicted and the weary. In addition to full assurance of his right, by faith, to unremitting attention to their bodily the tree of life. Wanta, he endeavoured to be instru. About an hour before he died, he mental in conveying consolation to perfectly recovered his consciousness ; their minds. He persisted in this work and, turning toward his parents, who, of mercy, till it became apparent that with other friends, were weeping at his the disease had attacked himself. But bed-side, he said, “ My dear father and this gave him no painful concern. He mother, all is right-ail is right. I am felt assured that, whatever its issue Christ's--I am Christ's.” He then prayed, might be, he was in the hands of that but his speech was indistinct, except the gracious Being whom he loved and concluding words, “the inheritance of served, and whose favour rendered him the saints in light. I am Christ's~ unspeakably happy. Day after day the I am Christ's." With these words on syta ptoms of his disease became in his lips, he entered “ the palace of creasingly alarming, but his confidence angels and God," on Sunday, the 5th of in Christ remained unshaken. His October, 1862, aged twenty-two years Bible, which had long been his com and one month. panion, and which he had been accustomed to read on his knees in secret
"Not lost, but gone before." birge God, with prayer for grace to
RECENT DEATHS. TEBET ARY 28th, 1863.- At Tingley, in the into her heart the seed of Divine truth, and Ikäsbary Circuit, in his forty-sixth year, while young was made wise unto salvation. Mr. Tuomas Lumb. He was a member of For a time she remained a stranger to the the church twenty-two years, and during comforts and joys of God's pardoned people ; ne viral of these filled the offices of class but faithful preaching was made the means e vler, Sexiety-steward, and Sunday-school of deepening conviction, and private counsel tiaher, He also cheerfully and faithfully with the minister led her to exercise that firclaimed the Gospel of Christ, in the simple faith in Christ which is followed by eraaty of Local preacher. He was the peace which passeth understanding. Her stitutionally weak, and often suffered from light now began to shine, giving evidence of revere alMiction ; but, amid all the tribula the happy change. She loved to be a contions of life, he manifested a spirit of calm stant and an early worshipper in the sancresignation and strong confidence in the tuary. It was her delight also to labour for Depreer of all events. Just before his de God. She distributed tracts, invited her partare, le hul a special manifestation of neighbours to come to public service, visiter! the büsal presence of God; under the in the afflicted, and sought out and relieved such finner of which he exclaimed, “If I had as were in need. Many years she suffered strarth, I could shout the praise of Christ. greatly from a spinal affection ; but she bore
I shall see Him-I shall see Him - I all with fortitude and cheerfulness. lier sad e Him as He is !"
T. P. zeal and activity made her forgetful of her
own infirmities. As if knowing that her sun Apr. 20th. - Miss Catherine Burrows, of would go down while it was yet day, she Larghborough, aged forty-six. Favoured gave the more diligence to finish her work. with bristian instruction from early infancy,
When it became manifest that she could not atal led to the house of God, she received long survive, she said, with a smilc, “I rest
on the atonement. I can do nothing more. years he laboured diligently and usefully in I am a sinner saved by grace. I do not, the church. He was a most kindly, humane, cannot, wish to live, unless God give me a liberal, and conscientious man. As a minister, little more strength. He knows what is best. he was faithful and practical ; and at the I leave myself in His hands.” Thus meekly final day bis crown will be neither dim na suffering, and firmly trusting in her Saviour, starless. His last illness was sudden and she passed away from the trials of earth to severe. In the valley of death he enjoyed the raptures of heaven.
J. B. “perfect peace." When one said to him,
“The Lord will be with you," he replied, August 6th.--At Irchester, in the Wel “He is with me." When another asked, lingboro' Circuit, Mrs. Sarah Spencer, aged “ Does that religion which you taught fifty-nine. She had been a consistent others support you now?” he replied, with meinber of the church about forty years. great emphasis, “Yes-0 yes!” After She always felt deeply interested in the eleven days of suffering, he fell asleep. cause, and for several years was a faithful
W. L. W. and affectionate leader of a class. Her attendance on the means of grace was regular; October 8th. - In the Birmingham Second and her fervent prayers, attended by a gra Circuit, aged sixty-two, Mrs. Elizabeth Field, cions influence, were made a blessing to -in full maturity of Christian character. She many. Over her children she watched with was a member of the Bradford-street Society peculiar solicitude. Her counsels, and earnest upwards of forty years; sustaining, during prayers for their salvation, were not in vain : twenty-two of these, with great diligence for she lived to see most of them members of and success, the office of class-leader. In a the Society. She was an assiduous visiter of
long and painful affliction her mind was the sick; and her sympathy for the suffering supported, and eminently peaceful. She was led her to minister both to their temporal devout, trustful, and cheerfully resigned, and their spiritual necessities. Her last Her attachment to the house of God wis illness was long and severe, depriving her of strong: she was “rarely absent when its the public means of grace. But her mind doors were open either for public or private was comfortably stayed upon God. Several worship.” And her love for the fellowship times she repeated the following words : of the class was equally marked. Hers was “My Jesus to know, and feel His blood
not a religion of theories, or sentiments, or flow,
forms ; but, emphatically, a religion of the "Tis life everlasting, 'tis heaven below!"
affections. “She looked well to the ways of
her household ;" and pleasant it was to see Often did she express herself as being ready her, years gone by, in company with her for her change. At length, while supported husband and five daughters, bending at the in the arms of her children, she exclaimed sacramental board. She passed away yearnwith great energy,
ing after higher attainments in Christian “Lend, lend your wings ! I mount, I fly!
holiness. A few hours before her death () grave, where is thy victory?
her deep longings found expression in the O death, where is thy sting?"
beautiful and thoroughly evangelical lines, – Shortly after, her soul took its flight.
“O for a heart to praise my God, W. P.
A heart from sin set free;
A heart that always feels Thy blood September 24th. --Mr. Joseph Brougham, So freely spilt for me : of Fillingham, in the Lincoln Circuit. He was favoured with pious parents, whose
"A heart in every thought renew'd, Scriptural training and consistent example
And full of love Divine ; issued, under God's grace, in his early dle
Perfect, and right, and pure, and good, cision for Christ. More than forty-six years
A copy, Lord, of Thine!” he maintained a Christian profession distin
J. W. (. guished by holy zeal, love to God's people,
November 15th.- At Luddenden, in the delight in the means of grace, and a con
Hebden-Bridge Circuit, Mary Garnett, in scientious attendance upon them. He faith
her twenty-third year. In 1856 she obtaineri fully sustained the offices of leader, trustee,
a sense of acceptance with God, and hencestoward, and Sabbath-school teacher ; and
forth went on her way rejoicing. She pos. his memory is justly revered. He loved the
sessed the ornament of a meek and quiet Mission-cause, and liberally sustained it ; and was chiefly instrumental in raising the
spirit; and her attachment to the house of
God, the class-meeting, and the Sabbathbeautiful little chapel in his native village.
school, was strong and unwavering. A short llo sweetly fell asleep in Jesus, aged sixty time before her departure, she exclaimed, suven years.
H. H. C.
“But 0 when that last conflict's o'er, October 2d. -At Hinckley, the Rev. B. G. And I am chain'd to earth no more, Mitchell, in his fifty-fifth year. In early life With what glad accents shall I rise he was the subject of gracious impressions, To join the music of the skies!" and devoted himself to God. Twenty-five
THE FOUNDER OF THE FIRST BIBLE SOCIETY.* On the 23d of August, 1719, a funeral-procession was to be seen vending its way through the streets of Berlin' to St. Mary's church. It was that of the Baron of Canstein, who had fallen asleep four days previously. Among the mourners were more particularly remarked two sisters of the deceased ; his most intimate friend, Field-Marshal von Natzmer, the step-father of Count von Zinzendorf; Johann Rane and Johann Porst, the former of whom was the Baron's confessor ; August Hermann Francke, of Halle ; Julius Elers ; and Heinrich and Johann Rost, who were both connected with the Orphan-House in that town. The funeral-sermon, delivered by Rane, was on a text that the departed had himself chosen for the occasion :-“ For this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all long-suffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on Him to life everlasting." (1 Tim. i. 16.) ·
The man thus laid in the grave was one who had for five-and-twenty years devoted his life to the cause of Christian love. Such men there have been in every age of the church; but, in the progressive development of true Christian beneficence, there stand out with peculiar prominence certain men and women, who have been able to open out new ways and means of doing good, and to devise schemes for the advantage of the next generation, of which the last knew nothing. Baron von Canstein was one of them. When we compare his achievements with those of many others who pleaded the same faith, felt the same love, and enjoyed the same privileges, we must needs allow that Rane might have ventured to begin his sermon with the words,—". Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel ?” If there is ever written a faithful history of Christian love, the name of Canstein will be found shining brightly there.
The family of this good man came from Westphalia, and his father occupied a high position in the service of the State of Brandenburg. His mother had been three times married, but her children were the offspring of the second marriage. As she survived her third husband, they inherited her whole possessions. Carl Hildebrand, the subject of our sketch, was born on the ninth Sunday after Tripity; and the Gospel for that day bids Christians “make to themselves friends of the mammon of uprighteousness.” Whether he ever noticed the
• Translated from the Evangelische Kirchenzeitung, and republished in “Christian Work."
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