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MISS MARY WELLS.
Towards the close of 1819, some painThe relatives and friends of the sub- ful circumstances occurred in the church ject of the following brief memoir trust, to which she belonged, which led to her. that in placing it on public record, they attendance at the Independent chapel are influenced neither by feelings of St. Albans, and ultimately to her entire vanity nor mere affection, but by the removal thither. While this separation hope, that while its preservation will was on many accounts to be regretted, be gratifying to them, its publicity may
it is due to her to say, that to the day be instructive and profitable to others, of her death the most cordial friendship and productive of praise and glory to and affection subsisted between her and God.
her former connections. Miss Mary Wells was born at St. Al.
Our departed friend was much fabans, Herts, in the year 1796. Blessed voured by the kind providence of God, with pious parents, she was of course and expressed frequently and consistbrought up in the “ nurture and admo- ently her lively sense of his goodness in nition of the Lord;" but little abiding this respect. In her employment as an concern respecting divine things appears instructress of the young, for which her to have been produced until she was superior natural talents eminently fitted about eighteen years of age. As is her, it was her happiness to afford peoften the case with persous educated as culiar satisfaction, and to enjoy remarkshe was, there do not appear to have able success. But while surrounded by been any very noticeable circumstances the various and pressing avocations of a attending her conversion to God. She large and rapidly increasing boarding was accustomed to refer to the conver- school, she was enabled to maintain a sation of a pious female friend in Lon-happy spirituality of mind, to evince don, as having been particularly useful exemplary Christian diligence, and to to her, and also to the very powerful engage with activity in various works of effect produced upon her mind on hear- Christian benevolence. Indeed, during ing sung in public the 285th hymn of the last two or three years of her life, Rippon's Selection. The 4th verse par- there was such an evident advancement ticularly attracted her notice, and in- in the humility, devotion, and benevopressed her heart:
lence of her character, as was freqnently “ 0, make but trial of his love,
the topic of private remark while she Experience will decide,
lived, and is the subject of sweet reHow blest are tbey, and only they, membrance now she is no more. A few
Who in his truth confide." extracts from her correspondence and In October, 1818, after many mental private memoranda will illustrate these conflicts on the subject, she was ena- remarks, and perhaps afford matter for bled publicly to avow herself “ on the interesting reflection. Lord's side;" and in company with a Writing to a friend a few months beloved relative was baptized, and re- since, she observes—“ Some persons ceived into the Baptist church at St. talk of heaven upon earth. Surely the Albans. This profession, tremblingly only heaven that can be enjoyed on made, the Saviour assisted her to adorn, earth is to glorify God, and enjoy Him and though her subsequent experience a little. But this heaven, that thiet, the was marked by many vicissitudes of joy world, breaks into; in the heaven above and sorrow,
she bore frequent testimony we shall glorify Him always, and enjoy that the paths of religion are “paths of him for ever.” pleasantvess and peace."
On another occasion she writes_1
have great occasion to read David's , walting for the coming of the Lord ? 0 psalms of praise. I thank God that in grave ! where is thy victory ? May we this uncertain world he certainly gives not reply, Every where ? Death is so ine much of his goodness. It not only solemn, no wonder we feel an irresispasses before me, it abides. But I have tible dread. Dr. Watts had very exstill an unsatisfied wish ; with his fa- alted and exhilarating views of future vours, I want more of Himself-more of felicity, and yet he sings, that spirit which has the most powerful That awful day will surely come, &c. and divine influence over the heart.”“ I sat down late the other night, with I wonder that the mysterious and awful no other object than to think for a few future does not seize on the minds of minutes on the peculiarities of my lot, men, and hold them in constant and and constitution of my mind. Consti- fearful anxiety; may I not add, if tutional sins were soon the subject, and without a well-founded hope, in horror ? I concluded that few, perhaps none, had I am frequently writing bitter things more sins to mourn over and contend against myself, because I do not find with than myself. I mourn that I mourn
the bias of my heart and affections not."
spontaneously towards God; and forOn the subject of prayer and divive get (though I would not remember it as ordinances she writes—“ So much are
an excuse) that the flesh warreth against we the creatures of habit, that we can
the Spirit—this clog of clay which I dare
not lay down. O my friend, sin so mars scarcely think we pray, unless we enter into our closet and pray in secret; but
and spoils, that we need something more while this is so desirable, let us rejoice purifying than nitre to cleanse away the
subtle intermixture. The Mahomedaos that in every place we are within a sigh's reach of heaven, and that there use frequent ablutions of water in their is no place in which our hearts inay not religious exercises; the Christian has
far oftener need to use the ablution of be pervaded by a spirit of prayer."
the blood of Christ.” Every retiring Sabbath seems to have increased solemnity added to its
Again she writes—“ I used to think
these lines extremely beautiful, and so departing hours, leaving one less for religious improvement and preparation they are poetically, but not practically; for an eternal state. But in the midst
There is a calm for those who weep, of unimproved means and slighted best
A rest for weary pilgrims found,
They calmly lie and sweetly sleep days, we may still say
Low in the groundTbine earthly Sabbathis, Lord, we love!
but now I do not think it so calm to
feel nothing-so very sweet to sleep I really could not help feeling happy to- with corruption. The Christian dreads day, from enjoying some sweet hope death, yet longs for happiness. O that that the sacrifice for my sins, which I fearful launch
the river of could not make, is made for me. Every death!” thing which Christ did and suffered I During the vacation at Christmas, feel I require. He is my dearest Lord, 1828, she paid a visit to some beloved and I desire to love him more.”
relatives at Hastings, hoping that change Our departed friend was frequently of scene would tend to benefit her then depressed by the prospect of death, and rather declining health. She seemed in her later correspondence and conver- revived and benefited thereby, and on sations made frequent allusions to it, her return, though still unwell, prepared although she does not appear to have for entering on her active duties again ; had the least presentiment of her own but God, in his mysterious, though allapproaching departure. Referring to wise providence, had otherwise detersome recent instances of death, she mined. inquires of a friend, “And who is led At this period she writes --“I lately by these events to prepare, and to live spent an evening at Mr. U.'s. He in
vited us to realize the future meeting in, afterwards referred as consolatory to heaven, abont which we had been sing. her mind, and in some degree realized ing. He spoke of our meeting there in in her experience. terms which afforded me sweet antici. Unceasing prayers were offered for pation. I could not then, nor can I her recovery, but her time was come now restrain the tear. It is a theme to die. On Friday afternoon, Feb. 27, which reaches the well-spring of my 1829, her afflicted relatives witnessed feelings ; my hopes and fears are bound her departure from this vale of tears, up in it.”
they doubt not, to “enter into the joy Little did she imagine she was so soon of the Lord." to be there! Her indisposition increas- She was interred in the burial ground ed, made rapid strides, and soon confined of the Baptist meeting, St. Albans, her to her room. Her disorder (typhus March 4, and on the following Sabbath fever) was of that distressing nature funeral sermons for her were preached which deprived her friends in great to crowded auditories; in the morning, measure of opportunities of conversa- at the Baptist chapel, by Rev. W. Uption ; but while sensible she was calm, ton, from Isaiah xxvi. 3., and in the and no repining word escaped her lips. evening at the Independent chapel, by On the last visit of the writer, she asked her pastor, Rev. J. Harris, from Gen. him to remind her of some passage of xviii. latter part of 25th verse,
“ Shall Scripture on which she might meditate not the Judge of all the earth do right?" in her affliction. He mentioned, “Thon “ The memory of the just is blessed." wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose St. Albans.
W.U. mind is stayed on thee;" to which she
Died June 28, after a short illness, aged 63 years, Mr. William Wilkins, of Dilton's
Marsh, Wilts, and member of the Baptist Recent Deaths.
church at Westbury Leigh. Seldom, per
baps, bas any private member of a Christian Died on Tuesday the 21st inst. at Chard, church been more signally useful. From aged 66, the Rev. John Toms, nearly 30 the period be first felt the value of his own years the beloved pastor of the Baptist soul to the time of his dissolation, he was Church in that town. The life and labours engaged, as opportunities occurred, in reof this excellent man terminated together. commending to others that Redeemer wbo He preached twice as usual on the pre-was so precious to bimself. He sowed by ceding Sabbath, and while returning home the side of all waters, and the great Husfrom bis chapel, was seized with apoplexy bandman did not suffer him to labour in of which he expired in 48 hours. It is vain. As his life was eminently useful, so remarkable that his morning's discourse was bis end was emphatically peace. founded on Matt. xxiv. 44. “Be ye also ready,” in improvement of the sudden re
THE WELSH CALVINISTIC METHODISTS. moval of a lady in bis congregation.
On Monday the 29th July, died at Cran- We have received a letter from Mr. W. brook in Kent, Mr. Thomas Ollive, for Jones of Pulbely, complaining that the acnearly forty years a member and officer in count of Mr. W. Jones' ordination at Llanthe Baptist Churcb there. His integrity and gefni, in our last Number, “contains an benevolence were highly respected, and the unmerited stigma cast on the Welsh Cal. intelligence of his death produced in the vinistic Methodists.” neighbourbood an almost universal expres- In opposition to the statement that." they sion of esteem," he was a good man.” His are instructed by an uneducated ministry," funeral sermon was preached on the ensuing be aflirms, “ that some were educated at Sabbath by Mr. Exall of Tenterdeu, from Oxford, and very many indeed are good Isa. xxvii. 5. to a crowded congregation. Welsh and English scholars, and that there is as much scholarship amongst the Calvi - sent occasion, and to know the love of God nistic Methodists as there is amongst the shed abroad in our hearts, through Jesos other sects."
Christ our Lord. We have been favoured That so far from “ the spirit of antino- to proceed with the usual, yet important mianism pervading the country," be ob- business of this meeting in brotherly barserves, “ that there are antinomians in North mony, and have felt that our spiritual strength Wales preaching with the Calvinistic Me- has been renewed by thus uniting in religious thodists ; this I flatly and fearlessly contra- travail for the best welfare of our Society. dict."
Amidst the ordinary engagements of this And that they are not under the influence meeting, we have received accounts of the of "prejudice against other sects," or sufferings of our members, in support of destitute of " the social virtues,” be bears our Christian testimony against tithes and the following pleasing testimony :
other ecclesiastical demands, as well as in “ They also join hand and heart with the consequence of a few claims for military other sects, to carry on the object of the parposes; the amount thus reported is upBible Society, and I can speak from re- wards of 13,8001. peated and constant experience of the town In proceeding to unfold the Christian where I reside, that they are as liberal in solicitude which has prevailed in this meettheir donations towards the mission, and ing, we would express an earnest desire that building cases of others, as others are to the confidence of all our dear brethren and them. Further, did not the Calvinistic sisters may be humbly, yet firmly, fixed upon Methodists at Llangefni prove themselves God. He changeth not; bis compassions possessed of the social virtues, in their “are new every morning ;" bis promises kind and liberal entertainment of our minis- are sure ; and “bis kingdom ruleth over ters and others, at our yearly Association all.” His “ word is settled in heaven," which was held in June last in their town ? and his “faithfulness is anto all generaAnd I will also observe that our yearly As- tions." His name " is a strong tower; the sociation for Carnarvonshire, was held in righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” the same month in our town, and several It pleased the Father, in his abandant respectable families of the Calvivistic Me- mercy and love to the human race, in their thodists sent to me, as it is customary with fallen and lost estate, to give bis only bethem on similar occasions, to offer beds and gotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, that entertainment for our ministers. Last year " whosoever believeth in him should not our yearly Association for this county was perish, but have everlasting life.” Oh! held at Carnarvon, and the Calvinistic Me- then, that not one amongst us may, by negthodists kindly lent us their commodious lecting or undervaluing this blessed means, chapel on the occasion."
come short of that rest which is prepared It is no part of our design to ascertain for the people of God. May we all, in true the precise point of correctness in these and living faith, accept the Saviour of men counter statements of our correspondents as our Redeemer and deliverer from the with respect to the above particulars ; but thraldom of sin. “ In Him dwelleth all the we think it our duty to state that we regretfulness of the Godhead bodily;" He is that the insertion of the obnoxious paragraph. eternal Word which in the beginning was The paper was received jast at the close of with God, and was God ; and who was made the month, and in the hurry of var editorial flesh, and dwelt among men. He offered duties, a thing well understood by those who himself a sacrifice for our transgressions, are in the habit of conducting a periodical “the just for the unjust ;" "we have repress, it passed through our hands without demption through bis blood, even the fordue notice, or we should certainly have giveness of sins." He, our ever-living drawn our pen over it.
Intercessor and “Advocate with the Fa. It is neither consistent with our princi- ther, Jesus Christ the righteous," " is ples, nor, we trust, with our practice, to passed into the heavens,” and “sat down make the record of the divine goodness to at the right hand of the Majesty on high." our own denomination, the medium of con- These sacred and essential truths of the veying to the public an unfavourable im- Christian religion were the faith of our pression respecting others, towards whom early predecessors, and have been uniformly we hope ever to stand, not in the attitude of upbeld by our Society, from their day to the rivals and censors, but of friends and bre- present period. It is a cause of thankful. thren, and workers together with God.- ED. ness to us, that we can entertain the full
persuasion that these truths are dear to THE YEARLY EPISTLE OF THE SOCIETY Friends in this land, in Ireland, and on the
American continent; although we have to DEAR FRIENDS,
mourn over many on the other side of the We are reverently thankful that we have Atlantic, once in fellowship with us, who been permitted to meet together on the pre- bave widely departed from the truth of the