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Bristol and its vicinity. The rupture of them that fear him : for be knoweth a blood vessel, however, on the 7th of our frame, he remembereth that we are September, prevented this journey, dust." which was to have commenced on the On Saturday, the 8th of March, he 11th. How natural it is to exclaim, “0 was remarkably heavenly minded. He spare me, that I may recover strength, said to some friends who visited bim at before I go hence and be no more !” this time, “ I thought this would have From this time, I may venture to say, been my last day on earth, but I now that thongh he had desires to recover, fear I shall be disappointed.” A friend he had no sanguine hopes of ultimate replied, “ Well, my dear Sir, you must recovery. That he should have had wait with patience the Lord's time.” desires for a continuance in this world He said, “Yes, yes; if it be a day, or is by no means surprising, when we a week, or even a month to come, I consider the tender ties that were to be will wait my Father's time. But were rent asunder by his death. In such an it his will now, I should be ready to affliction, would no anxieties arise re- say, 'Lord Jesus, come quickly!'” specting the future welfare of his en- His medical attendant called to see deared companion and his beloved in him at this time, and said with deep fant? O, ye affectionate husbands and feeling and evident concern, “ Sir, I tender fathers, what would be your wish I could do more for you; yours is desires in similar circumstances ? And a wretched kind of existence.” When was it surprising that a strong desire this gentleman had left him, he smilfor recovery should arise in the mind of ingly said, “Perhaps I shall not be a young man only twenty-eight years disappointed now, but shall spend the of age, having just entered upon the Sabbath above;" and adverting to what work of the Christian ministry, to which had been just said respecting his comhe had consecrated his time and attain- plaint, he exclaimed, " It is wretched ments ? Was it surprising, I would ask, to the flesh, and appears grievous," that these desires should at times rise adding, into hopes of recovery, when we con. sider the nature of the complaint,

“ Though painful at present,

T'will cease before long; always flattering to those who at length And then, O bow pleasant become its victims?

The conqueror's song!" The state of his mind during his affliction was in accordance with the After this, he said, “I think now I amiableness of his disposition and de- shall not be disappointed, I shall spend portment when in health, and clearly the Sabbath above. A crown! a crown, evinced the reality of his religien.- to lay at the feet of Jesus !” He was, Amidst all his desires to recover, he however, disappointed, and passed two manifested Christian resignation to the more Sabbaths on earth. About this will of his heavenly Father; a firm and time, speaking of himself, he said, “I unwavering confidence in the atonement feel myself to be a poor wretched sinmade by Christ, and a peaceful serenity ner-O amazing grace to save a wretch of soul, foreboding his entrance into like me!" rest.

On the Friday evening preceding his Towards the middle of his affliction, death, being too weak to read himself, he said to a friend, “I have no hopes he requested a kind friend (now herself of recovery, but it is the Lord, let in glory) to read to him the 301st hymn him do what seemeth him good.' He in Dr. Rippon's Selection, beginning does all things well.” At another time, when suffering under great bodily weak

“ Rise, my soul, and stretch thy wings,

Thy better portion trace ; ness, he said, “I would not bear one

Rise from transitory things, pain less than my heavenly Father

Towards heaven, thy native place :" please;" adding, “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth and ending with these lines


" Yet a season, and you know,

that cometh to me I will in no wise cast Happy entrance shall be given ;

out." All your sorrows lest below,

So far as the writer of this memoir And earth exchanged for heaven.”

had opportunity of knowing Mr. Ward, On Saturday his mind was calm and he always appeared to be a young man fixed on heaven. He said to his near- of a social, free, unassuming, kind, and est earthly friend, “ In my Father's sympathizing disposition. Into wbathouse are many mansions, and there is ever company he came, there room for you.” Then with faltering something in his manner and conversaaccents he said, “Behold what manner tion pleasing and attractive. of love the Father hath bestowed upon As a Christian, he felt himself inus, that we should be called the sons of debted entirely to rich and sovereign God!”

grace, for all his desires and expectaOn the Lord's day evening he was tions. He viewed himself as a poor evidently drawing near to death ; on ruived sinner without Christ, and all his being told that he was dying, he said hopes (as has been shewn), even to the with a smile, “I am glad, if it please last, were fixed on oaths, and promises, the Lord. Dying is but going home."

and blood. On Monday morning, March 17, he As a Christian minister, Mr. W. was intimated that his sufferings were very highly respected by judicious hearers. great. A friend said to him, “The He had not, it is true, the manner of time is short, and you will soon be with pleasing the vitiated taste of popular Christ.” With feeble voice, but with a audiences; but he possessed that which heavenly fervour, he said,

is of infinitely greater worth, a sound “ Christ and bis cross is all our thume."

knowledge of the truth, combined with

faithfulness and affectiou in proclaiming At about a quarter before one o'clock it. His style was chaste; never filled this day, he sweetly and serenely fell with unmeaning epithets and pompous asleep in Jesus, having suffered much expressions. He did not attempt to from extreme weakness during the two shine as an orator, but as a humble preceding days. Thus did he enter into preacher of the gospel, his aim was to the presence of angels and the spirits benefit immortal souls by directing them of just men made perfect, to unite in to Christ. celebrating the praises of redeeming

From the establishment of the Soham love and of pardoning grace, for ever and Newmarket Branch Bible Society, and for ever. He died before he had Mr. Ward was one of its Secretaries. reached the meridian of life.' His sun The interests of this Society lay near went down ere it was noon, but not his heart; he faithfully served it as long before he was matured for glory.

as he was able. He has now entered On Monday, the 24th of March, his into the company of many of the advomortal remains were deposited in the cates of the British and Foreign Bible vestry of the Baptist meeting house in Society, to watch with them the prothis town. The ministers from all the gress, and to rejoice with them in the neighbouring churches, both Baptists success of that Institution, which so and Independents, were present, to adınirably distinguishes the present age. manifest their respect to our departed To shew the esteem in which their Sebrother. Two addresses were delivered cretary was held, the Committee passed at the interment in the afternoon, by the following resolution on the Friday Mr. Woodford, then supplying at Soham, after his interment:-and by Mr. Cater, of Newmarket. In “ Resolved – That this Committee the evening a funeral

was contemplate with regret the removal, by preached by luis friend, J. Reynolds, of death of their late Secretary, the Rev. Islebam, agreeably to his request, from J. C. Ward, who departed this life John vi. 37. “ All that the Father March 17, 1828. In recording upon giveth me shall come to me; and him their minutes this afflictive dispensation


of Providence, they desire to offer a this young minister as a perfect charac-
tribute of respect to the memory of one ter; he was not insensible of his im-
whose unassuming deportment, aud perfections, and frequently mourned
Christian character, rendered him the over them ; but they are all removed
object of general esteem; and whose now, and he shines, and will for ever
valuable and disinterested labours in shine, in the perfect righteousness of
the cause of the Soham and Newmar. Christ, his Redeemer.
ket Bible Society, deserve to be had in

J. R. grateful remembrance."

Isleham, Feb. 7, 1829. This record is not intended to exhibit



69; for many years past a highly respect.
able deacon of the Baptist church at Ash-

ford in Kent. “ He was a faithful man,
Recent Deaths.

and feared God above many."

Died, early on Lord's-day morning, April Died, on Saturday, the 18th of April, at 12th, 1829, at his house at New Miller Kettering, in the 430 year of his age, the Dam, near Wakefield, mach respected and Rev. John Keen Hall, A.M. the beloved lamented, aged 56, the Rev. John Hatters. pastor of the Baptist church in that town. ley, pastor of the Baptist Church, CriggleDuring several weeks of painful illness, he stone, where he had preached the gospel, manifested exemplary resignation, and en- and at the surrounding villages for apwards joyed in a peculiar degree the "peace of God of years. A brief memoir of him may which passeth all understanding," grounded be expected in an early number. on the discoveries of that gospel which he had faithfully and successfully preached to others for nearly twenty years.

CATHOLIC EMANCIPATION. Died, on Saturday, the 11th of April, the

On Thursday, Feb. 5, the King came Rev. Jacob Martell, pastor of the Baptist down to the House to open the Session church at Deal

, Kent. Further particulars of Parliament, and to deliver the Royal of this excellent individual we hope to be able to give in an early Number.

Message. The following is a part of Died on the 31st of March, in the 66th His Majesty's address year of his age, the Rev. William Winterbottom, pastor of the Baptist Church at “ His Majesty recommends that when this Horsley in Gloucestershire, to which place essential object, (the pntting down of the he removed from Plymouth in April 1805. Catholic Association,) shall bave been acHis remajns were interred in the family complished, you should take into your delivaalt in Shortwood Chapel Burial Ground, berate consideration the whole condition of on the 6th of April. Upwards of twenty Ireland, and that you should review the ministers of different denominations were laws which impose civil disabilities on His present to pay their respect to the memory Majesty's Roman Catholic subjects. You of the deceased. The Rev. Mr. White of will consider whether the removal of these Cirencester prayed ; the Rev. Mr. Waters disabilities can be effected consistently with of Worcester, delivered the address on the the full and permanent security of our estabsolemn occasion, and the Rev. Isaiah Birt, lishments in church and state, with the of Hackney, at the request of the family, maintenance of the reformed religion, estabpreached a funeral sermon on Sabbath after- lisbed by law, and of the rights and privi. noon, at Shortwood Chapel, to a crowded leges of the Bishops and of the clergy of audience, from Rev. xv. 13. middle clause, this realm, and of the churches committed “ That they may rest from their labours." to their charge. These are institutions which

Pied, March 14, Mr. William Clark, aged must ever be held sacred in this Protestant

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kingdom, and which it is the duty and the “1, A. B. do declare, that I profess determination of His Majesty to preserve in the Roman Catholic religion. I, A. B. violate. His Majesty most earnestly re- do sincerely promise and swear, that I commends to you to enter upon the consi- will be faithful and bear true allegiance deration of a subject of such paramount to his Majesty King George IV. and will importance, deeply interesting to the best defend him to the utmost of my power feelings of his people, and involving the against all conspiracies and attempts whattranquillity and concord of the United King- ever which shall be made against bis persou, dom, with the temper and the moderation crown, or dignity; and I will do my utmost which will best insure the successful issue endeavour to disclose and make known to of your deliberations."

His Majesty, bis beirs, and successors, all In accordance with this recommenda- may be formed against him or them. And

treasons and traitoroas conspiracies which tion from the throne, a Bill was sub- I do faithfully promise to maintain, support mitted to the House of Commons by aud defend to the utmost of my power the the Right Hon. Secretary for the home succession to the crown, which succession department (Mr. Peel), in a very lumi- by an act entitled, 'An Act for the further nous and statesman-like speech, which

Limitation of the Crown and the better

securing the rights and liberties of the suboccupied upwards of four hours in the ject,' is and stands limited to the Princess delivery. The object of the proposed Sophia, electress of Hanover, and the beirs measure, to use the Secretary's own of her body, being protestants ; hereby language, was, " to set at rest a ques. atterly renouncing and abjuring any obetion which had occupied the attention dience or allegiance under any other person of Parliament, and which had distracted of this realm. And I do farther declare,

claiming or pretending a right to the crown the councils of the King, for now nearly that it is not an article of my faith, and that thirty years ;" and he proceeded to 1 do renounce, reject, and abjure the opinion propose, “ That the House resolve itself that princes excommunicated or deprived by into a Committee of the whole House, Rome, may be deposed or murdered by

the Pope, or any other authority of the See of to consider of the laws imposing civil their subjects, or by any person whatsoever. disabilities on his Majesty's Roman Ca- And I do declare that I do not believe that tbolic subjects.”

the Pope of Rome, or any other Foreign The Bill subsequently introduced has Prince, prelate, person, state, or potentate, for its basis the abolition of civil disa- hath or ought to bave any temporal or civil bilities on 'account of religion, and the jurisdiction, power, superiority, or pre-emi

nence directly or indirectly witbin this equality of political rights ; and its di- realm. I do swear that I will defend to rect object is to render Catholics eligible tbe utmost of my power the settlement of to all civil and political offices, with the the property within this realm as established exception of that of the Lord Chan- by the laws. And I do bereby disclaim, cellors of both countries, and the Lord disavnw, and solemnly abjare any intention Lieutenant of Ireland; and these, not as settled by the law within this realm. And

to subvert the present church establishment, as a mark of disgrace, but on account 1 do solemnly swear that I never will exerof the church patronage which they cise any privilege to which I am or may exercise. As a precautionary part of become entitled, to disturb or weaken the the Bill, it is also further provided, that Protestant religion, or Protestant governCatholics be excluded from

ment in this United Kingdom. And I do office every

solemnly in the presence of God, profess, connected with the church; and that testify, and declare, that I do make this denone of the laws of the universities or claration, and every part thereof, in the ecclesiastical schools, which prohibit plain and ordinary sense of the words of their admission, be altered. There is this oath without any evasion, equivocation, to be no reto iu the appointment of the or mental reservation whatsoever." Roman Catholic bishops; but the ex- In connection with the measure for tension of the monastic establishment is the relief of the Catholics from civil to be checked, and the order of the disabilities, but in the form of a separate Jesuits gradually suppressed. The fol. Bill, it was proposed to raise the qualilowing oath is also required to be taken by Catholics, previous to their admission These words the Right Hon. Secretary into Parliament :

afterwards omitted.

seven over.

fication of the Irish freeholder from gress through the committee were mostly 40s. to £10, thus reducing the numbers negatived. entitled to vote for the return of Mem- The Bill was read a first time on bers to Parliament, to the more inde- Tuesday, March 10, without a division, pendent and enlightened party of the The second reading was on Wednesday, Irish population.

the 18th, when there appearedThese are the leading provisions of


353 the measure, towards which, during its Against ..

173 progress through Parliament, the eyes Majority..

-180 of all classes of the community were Two to one in favour of the Bill, and turned with intense anxiety.

After a very animated discussion of It was again discussed on the 23d the principle of the Bill, which occupied and 30th, when the result on the third several evenings, the strength of the par- reading wasties ranged on each side of the question For.... was evinced in the following divisions : Against

142 Majority.....

-178 House of Commons, Friday, March 6.- Two to one in favour of the Bill, and 36

For going into a Committee 348
Against it ...

160 The present House of Commons conMajority......

-188 sists of 656 members, (the representaTwo to one in favour of the question, tion of East Retfurd being in abeyance,) and 28 over.

and the votes on the 6th and the 18th The amendments proposed in its pro- have been as follows :

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The Catholic Relief Bill was carried (Contents....149, Proxies 64—213 up to the House of Lords on Tuesday, Non-contents 76, Proxies 33—109 March 31st. It was introduced to


-104 their Lordships by the Duke of Wel. Giving a majority in the House of lington, whose determined energy tend- Peers of nearly two to one in favour of ed greatly to secure its success. The the measure. principal discussion of its claims was The Bill received the Royal assent on the Thursday, Friday, and Satur- on Monday, April 13, which enactsday following, of which the results are “That the Act shall commence and thus given :

take effect at the expiration of ten days Saturday, April 4, on the second from and after the passing thereof;" reading of the Bill -

consequently it became an operative law Contents....147, Proxies 70—217 on Thursday the 23d of April, St. Non-contents 79, Proxies 33--112 George's day, so that all the English Majority....

-105 Catholic Peers may henceforth take On Friday, April 10, the Bill was their seats in the House of Lords. read a third time, wlien there ap- They are eight in number, viz. the peared

Duke of Norfolk, the Earl of Shrews.

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