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to the very brink of the grave, and as often unexpect- matter from the lungs, there was none of that peculiar edly restored, not to strength, but to a state of compara- distress in the countenance, so uniformly seen in consumptive though suffering health. Through her various ill- tive persons. The countenance was peculiarly marked nesses, she hardly ever uttered one word of complaint, by an expression of peace. The day before her death but with her soul stayed upon Jesus was resigned to her upon some observation being made relative to her de. Fathers will, whether for life or death. Her last severe parture, she said “I thank God I am not afraid to die." attack, previous to her last illness, was in December Her last night was very suffering, the anodyne she took 1837, again and again the hand of death appeared to gave her no relief, and for the first time she lay be upon her, the damps of death appeared on her brow, till near noon. She was spoken to about three, but the breathing was laborious, the bodily suffering great- was unable to answer, owing to the distressing labut the soul at peace. Contrary to all expectation she bouring for breath, but still all was peace, her soul was arose from that sick bed, and for many months was able to fixed upon the rock of ages. About half-past nine at attend to the care of the children whose nurse she was. night, her breathing became easier, and she began to But there was a marked increase of spirituality from converse with a friend. She referred to her own sinthat time ; decidedly religious as she had been before, fulness, though seldom was there a more blamelese she became more earnest, more diligent for her soul's character. The observation was made to her, “but good, more humble; she appeared to be living day by you believe your sins are forgiven," "yes,” she replied, day, as she would like to die. The summer and autumn “ the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin, but of 1838 passed, and there was no apparent change in it is a very painful thing to look back and see my sic Mary S's complaints; she appeared feeble, but there was against God. But it is not only forgiven, but forgotten, the impression on her own mind that her time would be forit is said, "thy sins and thine iniquities I will remember short. On January 6th, 1839, the awful storm which de- no more.” She went on in this strain for some time vastated the Northern parts of England, blew down speaking with the sweetest faith, relying on God's word part of the chimney of the room in which she slept, and Her fellow servants caine in, and she addressed some she was obliged to rise in the night. Before a fire could cheerful words to them, and then lay down in bed say. be lighted in another rooin for her, she had caught a ing she felt so comfortable she thought she could sleep slight cold, which was the messenger in God's hand for and in about two hours breathed laboriously, and closed calling her to himself. Perfectly aware of her declining her eyes here, to awake in glory. state she looked forward into eternity with the most Such was the end of one, a seryant, yet above a ser blessed composare; not one doubt of her own accept- vant, a sister beloved, at the age of 26, the last sever ance was permitted to harass her, her soul was kept in years of whose life had been spent in the same family per fect peace. She continued her usual employments who were made the instruments of her conversion, an as far as strength allowed, attended to the children, wbo rejoiced and wept at her early though blessed depar. employed herself with a little needle work, but still to ture. Death was so robbed of its sting and its terrorsany enquiry which was made about her health declared it was a hallowed peaceful season. herself to be sinking, that her time would be short. On the Monday morning-devout men, communiAbout three weeks before her death, she employed a cants, carried Mary S. to her grave-her inortal re friend to write a letter to her mother to warn her of her mains (in the absence of her relatives) were followed to own approaching end. Her friend wept while Mary S. their last home by her fellow servants and a few Christian desired her to say her time must be short, upon which friends. The minister inet the funeral at the church Mary S, said, “why do you weep? I dont find a tear yard gate, when a train of the female communicants o near my eye.” She was asked about that time, “ You their own account joined the procession. How appro are looking forward to death, how do you feel in the priate the solemn services of the church were felt or prospect of it ?” She answered, “I know death is a this occasion—" Oh death where is thy sting ! oh grave erious ard awful thing, but I thank God I have not one where is thy victory! Many a tear was shed over thi fear." Occasionally she crept down stairs to join in the young stranger by these her christian friends--the fainily worship, though hardly able to go up stairs ininister's voice shook with solemn emotion. At thu again. She dragged her trembling limbs to Church the grave that beautiful hymn was attempted to be sung, first Sunday in March, and then for the last time joined
In vain our fancy strives to paint, the fanily of Jesus on earth at the Lord's table, but was
The moment after death, hardly able to return the few steps to her master's house.
The glories which surround the saint, When she recovered her breath, she said “Unless the
When yielding up his breath. Lord is pleased to take his hand off
' me, this is the last but the voices trembled too much be to able properly time I shall be at his house.” lier nights were dis- raise the tune. tu bed with incessant and wearying coughing, but still, There the mortal remains lie, the happy spirit is morning after morning, till two days before her death glory—she often drank of the cup of sorrow on eartin she rose early to pray and read the word of God before now all is over, no more pain or sorrow or sighing.-the children needed her care. She got weaker, her Valued as she was in her station, the grace of God mad breathing worse, but the strength of her mind kept her her what she was. Lamented as she was in her death up, and still she would employ herself in needle work, the love of a Saviour has removed her froin his family when her trembling hands would permit her. - Such on earth, to his family in heaven. was her calmness, that the medical attendant could Reader, will you die the death of the infidel or of thu not bring his mind to believe that she was near Believer? Live the life of the believer, so only shu. death. Though there was considerable discharge of
you die his death.
The Bookseller of Allerton, or Practical Piety. however now saw himself a man of business, and he By the Author of " A Visit to my Birth Place," Early Recollec
wished to bear bis anxieties patiently and his hono tions," Arnot and her Pupils,'" xc. sc.
ours meekly. Esther PENROSE was the daughter of a tradesman Esther, too, though of a different temperament in rather struggling circumstances, his death left
from her husband, was disposed to form expectaher destitute of almost all means of support, except
tions not likely to be realized, she had like many such as might result from a very prudent,-steady,
others been rather less prudent in forming this partwell-principled turn of mind. While debating the nership than she usually was in other matters, and subject of future occupation and the choice of a therefore she soon began to put that prospect at a suitable residence, it so occurred that a young man distance, look brighter than on a nearer approach; of the same town, with whom she had been for some
theine, for a couple of months, did not appear quite time acquainted, came to the conclusion that if so brilliant as they had done just before their little each must struggle through life it might be as well
shop was opened, and when they expected that all together as singly.
Waiters former acquaintances would immediately His reasoning was erroneous, but it had weight resort to it; Esther also, soon discovered that with Esther Penrose, and they were married. though she had been able to assist in her father's William Walters had held a subordinate situation
business she knew nothing at all of her husband's, in the employment of a bookseller. His depart
and if she did it was by no means too much for himment lay principally out of doors, but he occasion- self to manage. ally took his place behind the counter, by which Amid these new-born anxieties one painful fear means he acquired some knowledge of the business; haunted poor Esther's mind, it was that her husband and he always regretted the return of the shopman would find out that they could have better struggled from his dinner or other employment, because he
through life singly than together. This often made was anxious to learn it still more.
her secretiy uneasy, and once a remark from him led There were some circumstances connected with her to express ber fear; his reply uttered in his custhis situation that made it by no means a comfortable tomary reserved yet empathetic manner, set ber at one, and besides these, Walters who was an orphan rest on that subject, for she implicitly believed his and friendless, often felt that latent want which the sligbtest assurance “ I never did repent yet. Esther, heart of man without companionship experiences;
and come wbat will I am sure I never shall." So Esther Penrose had been his only friend, and it was
she was relieved from this fear, and resolved to set a heavy prospect for him when she was about to re- about her part of their mutual struggles with all the move. Two wishes divided and possessed the heart
alacrity in her power. of William Walters; one was to bave a home; the
Patience is required in the beginning of all atother to be a bookseller.
tempts. When Walters and his wife became better These objects seemed likely to be obtained, he
known in the immediate neighbourhood, they got thought, by his marriage with Esther Penrose. His many friends, as those who are kind and obliging, bome, at least was found, and he thought it would upright and bonest generaliy do, and many a man, be a happy one ; and for the other object, the sale
woman and child found out their need of little artiof her father's effects, together with the savings of
cles in his line, which they would never have dishis own frugal life, produced a sum which he con- covered if these articles were not sold by Mr. sidered sufficient for a commencement; it was suffi
Walters. Walters and his wite were indeed among cient after all the expenses were paid and a small
those of whom, at this time alt men spoku well, and balance retained for current expenditure, to stock
and it is well in cases where no principles are held with some cheap books, pamphlets, paper, wax and
but those wbich the world commends, that this wafers, a little shop in the most obscure part of the
should be so, but in cases where principles which town, which bore in immense capitals over the door the world condemns or opposes are held, then is the the inscription, “ Bookselling and Stationary Esta
i woe" pronounced by scripture applicable, for those blishment.” When it was all neatly arranged and
principles must be compromised if all men spake Walters felt himself the actual and independent
well of us. owner of the whole 'concern,' and saw the name of
Now Esther was not only what tbe world would William Walters painted on each door post, his denominate a steady, active well-principled woman, situations were certainly very happy, although his but her principles had a foundation ; they did not wife did discompose him a little by hinting that she appear the result of accident, education or disposiwould have left out the first designation of the
tion, nor did they rest on the maxims of morality; * Establishment."
they were really founded on religion. Her father Bat the feeling your possessions, brings with it a
was a pious man, but he had come, when she was proportionate feeling of care; there is something
about fourteen, to live in a town from where the to be sure in the possession of home and inde- light of scripture truth so far as public instruction pendence, very pleasing to one who had scarcely was concerned, was wholly excluded, and he had ever known wbat either ever meant, but a secret
fallen into that careless state which is so often dread of bankruptey is another sensation almost produced by a residence among the ungodly, and a sufficient to counterbalance this pleasure. Walters
separation from the means of grace. Yet he taught
bis only child what was right, she was brought up had been a stranger, he thought its longings after in what is termed a religious manner, that is she was good were gratified, and that Esther would yield the tanght even from childhood the relation that she satisfaction for which it panted. Such a state is hapand all mankind held in regard to God, she knew piness, while it lasts, but it is not designed to last. by that teaching, the scripture truth, “ that men are Man was formed by God, God breathed into man's born in sin, that there is none righteous, no, not nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living one;” she could therefore detect the fallacy in which soul, what came from God, aspires to God, God and arguments for the doctrine of human merit are God only is the home of man's heart. founded, and feel with regret, as well as pronounce His former situation allowed Walters some advanwith decision, that in her parish pulpit was preached tages, which, as the head of his own “ Establishment" another gospel from that left to us by those who he did not enjoy. Good air and exercise were come “preaching peace by Jesus Christ."
among these, and though the number of his cus. But here Esther's acquaintance with scripture ap- tomers might not entirely deprive him of the latter, peared to stop; she seemed habitually to overlook he was always to be found behind his counter, ready such passages as these-“ Faith without works is to attend the purebasers of a sixpenny or a threedead." “ I have ordained you that you should go penny book, a sheet of paper, a pen or pamphlet, and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should with the same assiduous courtesey which he had seen abound," and to forget that to her, the demand
practised to customers to a greater extent. This might be made" Shew me thy faith withont thy conduct would have been finally successful, and by works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works."' patience and perseverance Walters and his wife
It is true she did not do a great many things that would probably have attained their object, and inothers did, she led a very quiet, orderly, domes- stead of struggling through life together might so tic life; to which, perhaps, natural disposition in- far as teinporal things were concerned, have passed clined her, but her religion came little in contact comfortably and happily through it, enjoying the with it; she passed on so smoothly through it, that friendship of their neighbours and exempt from the the meaning of one of our Lord's sleclamations was enmity of any individual. quite unknown to her—" Whosoever will not deny But there is a secret disposal of all human events, bimself, and take up his cross and follow me, cannot that is not known or seen in the little busy scene be my Disciple,"
whereon those events take place. Man's life here Her faith interfered in general, but little with her is but the first germ of that which it is to be, and practice, or rather her practice was not the habitual sometimes that germ when first approaching, in apresult of her faith. She would shrink from any- parently the most favourable direction, is forced in thing that was plainly and palpably wrong, either an opposite way, appears crooked, distorted, stunted sinful in its nature, or proceedling clearly at variance in growth, but then the root is bid in the ground, with those of religion, but faith in her was not what we must not judge only by " what is seen and is it must be where duly exercised--the mainspring temporal." As Walters always had an idea that his which moves the wheels of life.
business would increase, and become rather overIn the consideration of some great affair, Esther powering, he had made a resolution to take a walk did indeed pause to consider in what manner reli. every day in the fields adjacent to the town, to ingious duty might be connected with it, in the case vigorate his frame under the expected cares and of marriage, for instance, she had felt it would not labours of his new “ Establishment.” This arrange. be right to unite herself to a man of different reli- ment for the first year, he regularly adhered to, gious sentiments; and so she had stated hers to and at such times his wife took his place with her Walters before she agreed to be his wife, and he work in her hand on the chair bebind the counter. told her he believed there was not a great difference It was on one of these occasions that an incident between them on the subject, and then all was occurred, which although apparently of a very triagreed on.
vial nature had a singular influence on the future Walters was a man of very reserved and quiet lives of herself and her husband. disposition, his words on any subject were few, so Esther had not long taken her post in the shop, it may be supposed they were fewest in one which he
when a young man who was employed in a large really knew nothing about. Esther wished to think neighbouring factory, came in and asked for one of he was of one mind with herself, therefore she was the small books, or rather pamphlets, of whict more easily satisfied than another might be. A sense, Walter's “ Bookselling Establishment” chiefly con however, of the importance of religion often pressed tained. Esther readily found it, it was in the nicht heavily on the mind of Walters, that feeling we wherein where deposited all articles most frequently possess in early life and greatly lose in middle age, called for. The youth paid the price and departed of the brevity and unsatisfying nature of this life, commencing the perusal of his purchase even before had often led him to wish that he was certain of a he left the shop. Esther knew his character, it wa more permanent and satisfying one to come. This one she disliked, the most dissolute and daring in feeling might be for a little removed after his mar. that part of the town, she wondered how be bai riage, it was natural that it should be so, for there adopted a taste for reading, and resolving the ques his heart was occupied by an affection to which it tion as she slowly rearranged the print, she glance
AN UNANSWERABLE ARGUMENT FOR ITS DIVINE ORIGINAL.
over another of the same hooks. ller first impulse it is that she now felt concerning her recent state, after a slight survey of its contents was to cast it that she had had a name to live and was dead ; that aside, but she was tempted to look on further. It she bad been among such as “ are at ease in Zion," was a profane and wicked tract, one of those miser- and therefore amongst those on whom the 6 woe” able productions with which profane and wicked is pronounced. men were at that time destroying the fairest parts But wben the fiery serpents bit the Israelites and of our land, insinuating them even with the mines the people were perishing, a serpent of brass was as well as the docirines, as if with the light of day lifted up on a pole to represent the well-beloved Son they would exclude the light of truth. Esther co- of God, who was made a curse for us that he might loured as she glanced over it, its words of daring deliver us from that “old Serpent," whose poison impiety, were offensive at the time, yet might not more deadly than the fiery one, had glided through be easily effaced from memory, and therefore she all our nature, and whom God the Father freely would read them no more, even through curiosity ; gave, that whosoerer believeth should not perish but and while she calmly tied it up again in the bundle have everlasting life. And thus, when the Lord from whence it was taken, in her usual contented sends the knowledge of the disease he always makes way she thanked God that she was not as other known the remedy. “ The precious blood of Christ." men, that the blessed day-spring from on high had is not only the fountain in which the sinner may at visited her, and guided her into the way of peace, first wash away all sin and uncleanness, but is also but swist as a ray of light darted into her mind the one that stands erer open, to which he may return saying of our Lord- No man lighteth a candle to and be made “ clean every whit.” put it under a bushel, but rather on a candiestick,
[To be continued.] that it may give light to them that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may
The establishment of Christianity. glorify your father which is Heaven. Esther felt very uneasy, she moved away and ex.
For the Christian Beacon. amined the nature of Walter's usual sales, they
ONE of the most convincing arguments, in proof of the vere almost all of a very light or impious, or positively wicked and profane class, including many of
divine origin of Christianity, is the fact of its entrance
in the world, and the extent to which it has been esthe infidel tracts and works which were then in such
tablished upon earth. It requires but a hasty cursory demand in that part of the country.
glance at the character of Christianity, and the circumA sense of responsibility as the medium of ad
stances attending its first appearance and promulgation, ministering poison to the mind, and soul of a fellow
to satisfy every unprejudiced mind, that the success of creature became very distressing to Esther, she such a religion, under such circumstances, can only be looked back to her own conduct, and a host of explained on rational principles, by the acknowledycondemnatory scriptures rose up against her. “ Do
ment of its truth, and the admission of divine power not even the publicans the same ?" she asked herself having been exercised to promote its progress-and as with humiliation, she called to mind how proud enable him to triumph over all the difficulties, with she had been of superior religious light. The de.
which it had to struggle, when first it claimed to itself claration, " By their fruits ye shall know them,"
the homage of every creature, to whom its celestial suggested now a doubt whether she bad ever had
message of inercy was made known. a part or lot in the things whereof she had gloried.
We might fairly challenge the infidel to account in " He that gathereth not with me scattereth,'' called any other way, reconcilable with the dictates of right up to view her manifold sins of omission ; Esther reason, for the original triumphs, and permanent estabegan to reflect how she had been living, the re- blishment of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. We trospect did not restore her peace, for a veil of seif- might ask hiin (and feel that the issue of the controversy, deception was now rent from ber heart, she was as to the divine origin of Christianity, might safely be truly disquieted, she wondered why her husband allowed to rest on a rational and honest answer to the delayed his walk, she longed to leave a place which enquiry.) If you deny that Christianity is a divine made ber so uncomfortable, but the arrow was sharp system, and that its success, in spite of the formidable in her heart, and had she taken the wings of the morn- obstacles by which it was opposed, is to be explained ing and remained in the uttermost part of the earth, by its having had the Omnipotence of God eric.ed on there should the hand of the Lord find her.
its behalf, how will you account for that success? Its When Esther was set at liberty she hastily retired existence is an unquestionable fact, and on every fair without saying anytbing of what had passed, and principle of reasoning, demands an explanation. We taking her Bible into her room, she knew where to say that the admission of its divine original will satisfind enough to condemn her former easy careless factorily (and nothing else will) explain this phenostate. Then were convictions of sin fully awakened
Since you deny that this is ihe true solution, in her mind, and like the prophet of old she was you are surely bound to supply some other, which ready to lay her hand on her mouth, and her mouth enlightened reason, or, I may indeed say, common in the dust and cry—“ unclean, unclean.''
sense will approve. Well then, what is your soluThat Esther had not been a true believer in the tion? How will you rationally account for the success gospel, I will not undertake to say, but certain of the Gospel ? Is it by the attractiveness of the story
it is set forward? Was that so calculated to captivate the that an imposter or an enthusiast would have attempted imagination, as to be likely to induce multitudes-or or could have succeeded, to persuade men to espouse even a single individual, to embrace it, on superficial evi- His Cause ? dence-or without having severely scrutinized its claim While the general impediment to the progress of to a divine original ? Precisely the reverse. For what was Christianity arising from this prospect of persecution, that story? That the Founder of Christianity, after disgrace, and death, is kept in view as rendering its sucbeing rejected, by His own nation, was publicly exe- cess so exceedingly marvelous, should the peculiar cuted, as an inpostor, and blasphemier, in company with obstacles to a ready reception of the Gospel, which both two malefactors, and we know what prominence the first the Jew and the Gentile must encounter, be overlooked, preachers always gave to this fact—“We preach," says in estimating the difficulties, with which, on its first St. Paul, “ Christ Crucified.” Surely-surely--it was promulgation, Christianity had to contend. In acknow not the captivating attractiveness of such a story, that ledging the claims of Jesus of Nazareth to be the procan satisfactorily explain the original or subsequent mised Messiah, the Jew had to abandon his darling success of Christianity! Was its success then owing to hope of an earthly deliverer, coming in all the pomp of its adaptation to the depraved passions, and carnal earthly power, to rescue his nation from the Roman principles of mankind? Was it by stooping to flatter yoke. He had also to give up the fondly-cherished the pride, or to foster the corruption of our fallen na- feeling on which the Jew so peculiarly prided himself, ture, that Christianity achieved her triumphs ? No! of being the exclusive favourite of the God of HeavenSo far from this, she proclaims irrevocable warfare and to see the Gentile, whom he was always liabituated with them all! She tells the man of pride, that he to regard with contempt and abhorrence, admitted, must become as a little child, or he can never enter when he embraced Christianity, to an equal participa into the Kingdom of Heaven.-She warns the sensual- tion of Jehovah's favour with himself. And, finally, he ist, that none shall inherit her promised glories, but the must consent, as it were, to sign the death-warraut pure iv heart.-She declares to the slave of angry pas- of the Mosaical dispensation of ceremonies and sacrisions, that he who deliberately cherishes a resentful fices, in which he gloried with such a devoted—such a feeling in his breast is a murderer, and that no mur- bigotted attachment, and to confess, that this long derer has an inheritance in the kingdom of blessedness, idolized system had comparatively no glory by reason to which she conducts her votaries! Thus she arrays of the surpassing glory of the Gospel scheme! For this every depraved passion of the human heart in deter- (a Jew must have painfully felt,) eclipsed altogether mined and desparate hostility against her! Aud surely the splendour of that preparatory dispensation, which then it cannot be pretended that it is by adapting the like Moses on the Monnt of Transfiguration, was comstandard of her moral requirements and promised re- missioned to appear, only to bear testimony and do wards, to the sinful propensities and principles of our homage to the son of God, and then having fulfilled its fallen nature, that she enlists their powerful patronage destined office, vanished away! Now surely, when we on her behalf! Surely her success cannot, (as that of view these circumstances, calmly and dispassionately, Mahometanism can be thus explained! No. (I re- we must feel, that there were with the Jew, suchpeat it for it is an unanswerable demonstration of her humanly speaking—insurmountable barriers to the redivine original)-her uncompromising demand is—that cognition of the Saviour's claims to be the Messiah every proud, impure, revengeful feeling must be cruci- promised to his fathers, that nothing but the admission fied ! and that hu nility, holiness, and love must not of the truth to their claims being supported by divine merely regulate the lives, but reign in the hearts, of power, can account for such multitudes of the Jewish her true disciples. Is this (I again ask the infidel) a people embracing the religion of the Gospel, disappointreligion, so suited to the appetites, and habits of the ing as it did so inany of their dearest hopes—and opgenerality of mankind, that you can find in that suita- posed to so many of their darling prejudices. And this bleness the solution of its success. Shall we then solve fact be it observed, rests not merely on the testimony of the difficulty by the display of the tempting bribes of Christian writers but, (what, with the infidelat least, will worldly wealth, and honour, and applause, by which have more weight,) on that of the heathen historian Christianity so dazzles the eyes of her deceived yotaries, Tacitus and Suetonius, who record the rapid progress as to blind their judgments; and seduce them into the of primitive Christianity. The answer to this statement
, profession of a faith, which so richly rewarded all who that the comparison between the prophecies of the Old embraced its creed. Indeed! Who does not Testament, and the Saviour's miracles and ministry, know that poverty, persecution, disgrace, death, in might persuade the Jew to acknowledge His claims, its most dreadful forms-these, these were the earth- will not suit the purpose of the infidel-since this is ly rewards distinctly set before the view, by the manifestly to admit the divine origin of Christianity, Founder of Christianity, as the inevitable recompense
as incontestibly proved by one of the most unanswerof attachment to His Cause." Ye shall be hated of able of arguments—the exact fulfilment of minute and all men for My Name's Sake-Yea! the time cometh, manifold prophecies, acknowledged on all sides to have when whoso killeth you, will think that he doeth God
been delivered hundreds of years before the period of service !"--Behold the language in which the author of
their accomplishment. Christianity proclaiins to all who professed to be willing Now look at the peculiar obstacles the Gentile to follow him, the certain consequences of their devoted
convert, had to overcome ! He must abandon the ness to Him, who was himself despised and rejected of religion of his country--and his fathers--(for christi men. And was it by holding out such a prospect,
anity admitted of no compromise on this point he must