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tfcat when I wag about 7 or 8 years of age, I Vat deeply impressed with my lost state as a sinner, by reading Janeway's Token for Children. The address at the beginning of the book, and the example in the first part, made a deep impression on my mind. I frit myself to be in the same deplorable state and exposed toeternal wrath."
- Soon after his ordination Mr. May embarked for India, having previously (on Christmas- day of Ihe year 1810) preached a farewell sermon to the children at Gosport. A memorandum on the occasion, made by the Author himself, will shew his peculiar turn of mind; how eminently he was qualified for promoting the best interests of the rising generation; and how reciprocally children were the object of his warmest attVctiou, and he of theirs. The memorandum is as follows. ,'' But few either of parents or children were not in teats i after the sermon they Docked, around me to take their last farewell, while the tears rail down their cheeks; it was au affecting scene indeed. I.mingled my tears and my advice together, as I parted, with tlie dear children, whom I had so long instructed."
In bis way to India, where he was allotted his station by the Directors of the Missionary -Society, lie stopped in America, and circuin -stances occasioned him to stay there about -a twelve month. In that period his exertions amongst the young were very extensive and -Xemarkably successful; the following extracts from letters subsequently received by him in India, will at once pohir' '^nf1 anaprot* how much he was blessed ofGbD in bis labours in that quarter of the Globe. l'J"'' s. '- -; . . - Wis' f'i :v itv
Extract of a letter dated Philadelphia,' October, 1816. rt Ever since theSuhday Scl(Oo\ commenced, the whole aspect p'^our'cjty is. changed. I really had no idea we we're srt indolent as we were when you were-IrefV;- nor wonder you were so anxious about the pwrt'r children; they were in a deplorable situation,' but your prayers are answered and ' I look hack and thmk of you as the forerunner of' all this good." - i
Exfracts from another' letter, dated Pfiila* delphia, 24th Nov. 1817. "Your two letters from Ciiinsurah, were received in due season* and were often read in the school, and when omitted a short time, would be called for again by the children,"—" The result of the! whole has been that upwards of 1800* children, have been instructed upon your plan in this scho'bl, and nearly forty have made a public profession of religion principally in the Presbyterian Churches; and the greater part received their first impression under your particular instruction when here. They are a delightful company of young Christians, and seem to be growing in grace as they grow in years. One of them, James Weatherby, w now educating for the Ministry, and may possibly go to India as a missionary. Hew wonderful are the ways ofGoD ! Some of them are now teachers in the Sunday Scheols."—"Indeed it way be said, tlrat all the Sunday Schools ia
Extracts of a letter dated Chittsu»ah, 17th July, 1818. "1 was thinking about tke^e instructions last evening till neat 12 o'clock1; and at the same time prayihg for "their* success. O that God mfcy -Tsdpport onr we A endeavours to promote 4)is glory."—" Iadefcd I feel myself at times so totally unwV>r*hy','6if being employed in the Lord's vrorkithfrt*! am, surprized that he continues to spare me, when lam only as a cumberer of the ground. O fdt the fruits of holiness! Iam but a barren Fig-tree, leaves In plenty, but no frttit. I often fael dead, dull, lifeless, and wonder that I am permitted to open my month at all for him. <) for that blood of sprinkling that speaketh better things than that of Abel ;that peace whieh passeth all understanding, and that faith which; exalts the mind above the world; pray for me, that my faith fail not. I am often afraid, ;my strength is weakness. My easily besetting sins impede-my journey, they keep me. from running so swiftly as I might otherwise do, if I would lay aside every, weight. Gox> knows what is best, he. is greater than our hearts, better than our fears, stronger than pur strength, wiser than our wisdom, higher than pur thoughts.'' ., , 1(< . ,
During his illness the spirit of self abasement, manifest in the latter -extinct, was much increased even to such a degree that at limes he doubted, he said, whether one so unworthy as himself could be accepted. But towards the close pji the disorder dcr which terminated his life, his mind was comtqrud, mid 'he found joy and peace in believing. ,'' 1 build upon the foundation, Christ," said he. " Oh the value of a preached Christ."—" Jesus is precious to my soul." -And to the afflicted partner of his joys and cares lie wit li tender earnestness said, "Oh, live near, to Christ." Such was the tenor of his expressions during the last hours of intellectual composure that the disorder granted hint, and even after his mind became delirious, the bent of his soul towards the Lord Jesus was manifest: imagining in his delirious moments that some one bad brought him a present of gold and silver, he said "I want not gold and' silver, it is the Lord Jesus Christ whom I wanU"
To shew the esteem in which Mr. May Was held by all denominations of Christians, f-the three following Extracts from letters of condolence received by the writer of this- preface, shortly after the afflictive event, may be inserted. - - ' \
*' Extract of a note from the Revd. Mr. Ward of Serampore. "Be assured, we all very deeply feel for the loss the rising' geneTation have sustained- iii the removal of youf and our d«ar brother May. Who should how -say, - ' I am secure';' Who shall say that he has a minute of Missionary time to spare,? Oh that we may feel the rod and hear the voice that speaka to us from the grave of our dead brother*" '. - , v . i
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