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truth; for he hopes thus to secure his "Satan trembles, when he sees victims.
The weakest saint upon his knees.” It is only when the truth of God in You ask me, how is he to be resisted ? its entirety enters and abides in the I reply, not by your own power; by heart of a man, when it has produced a nature you are as feeble and helpless as change in the life, that he rages and is a child; but “in the faith,” « by the violent.
armour of righteousness on the right Reader, if it ever be so with you, you hand and on the left," with “the sword will understand the expressions and of the Spirit, which is the Word of appreciate the promises in such Scrip- God;" above or over all, taking the tures as these, viz: -"When the enemy shield of faith.” When Satan beholds shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of a warrior thus clad, he flees! (See the Lord shall lift up a standard against Eph. vi. 13–18; and Jas. iv. 7). him” (Isa. lix. 19). Kept by the Child of God, stand up, then, in the power of God, through faith unto salva- might of your glorious and resistless tion” (1 Pet. i. 5). They shall never Head! If you can only stammer out, perish, neither shall any man pluck them "Lord, undertake for me!" and you out of
my hand” (John x. 28). And in know who and what the Lord is, you all cases, remember that
must be conqueror through Him who loves you!
To the Editor of the Gospel Magazine. DEAR BROTHER IN THE LORD,-1! I commend to T. B. L. the prayerful did not, for your readers' sake, regret study of 1 Pet. iv. 8. your decision, that my letter should terminate the controversy between T. [From what we know of “T. B. L.," B. L. and myself. As the defendant, it we feel assured he would not intentionwas my undoubted right to close, and ally lay such charges as those alluded to I am therefore somewhat surprised against so old and valued a corresponthat you should, contrary to your dent as W. MaudE. By the same post expressed determination, have admitted “T. B. L.” sent the letter which was another letter from my opponent, par- inserted, he forwarded one for W.M., ticularly a letter of such a character. desiring us to peruse it. Absence from
Had T. B. L. contented himself with home delayed the letter in question, and expressing the inconclusiveness of my prevented our reading it. Upon its arguments to his own mind, I should not receipt, we are sure W. M.” will see have objected; nor would his bare as that “T. B. L.” entertains the highest sertion, that “the subject of the blessed opinion of his principles, and the kindest Spirit's personal presence in the mystical feeling towards him. We need not say, body of Christ, and in each of His mem- beloved, differ and agree to differ upon bers in particular, is one of infinite im- minor details
, but still we know you are portance," have troubled me much. in the strictest sense "brethren, and
But his letter contains a charge of will love as such, “not falling out by the practical dishonesty-a charge of gar- way;" and if there has been any overbling my quotations ; this I solemnly and sight, or apparent indifference or favouritindignantly deny, and I rely on your ism on our part, pardon what has candour, I will not say friendship, to been purely unintentional, for we love give this denial the same publicity you you both equally, in the Lord. -Ed.] have given to the charge. Believe me, dear brother,
Yours faithfully, Liverpool
PRECIOUS IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD IS THE DEATH OF
On Friday afternoon, April the 15th, was able, with the sword of the Spirit, after a painful affliction of asthma, to do battle against the evils of a corborne with Christian fortitude for seven rupt nature, whether attacked by gears, sweetly fell asleep in Jesus, in full Pharasaic pride on the one hand, or the assurance of a glorious resurrection unto gaunt figure of despair on the other. eternal life, Mr. William Batterson, of Christ was his hope, his song, his confiWood House Lodge, Histon, near Cam- dence, his all. The beautiful lines of bridge, at the advanced age of 79. He Watts upon the Christian's course, were was a lover of divine truth as couched truly applicable to him, as he neared the in the sacred oracles, and briefly summed mansions of glory. up by an inspired apostle in Rom. vii. 29, 30, “For whom He did foreknow, “And when he comes nearer to finish his He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might Like a bright-setting sun, he looks richer be the first-born among many brethren.
in grace; Moreover, whom He did predestinate, And sweetly foretells, at the end of his days, them He also called ; and whom He
Of rising in brighter array.” called, them He also justified; and His conversations were solid and rewhom He justified, them He also glori. freshing. He spake as one who had fièd.” Thus there is a precious golden handled and tasted the precious truths chain, which no contingencies of time can ever sunder or break, between the upon which he loved to dilate, and which
were the sheet-anchor of his soul. foreknowledge of a sinner, in the pur
His end (as is often the case with poses of Jehovah, and the glorification of that sinner in the regions of everlast- persons of his disease) was somewhat
sudden; he continued to sit up some ing day; and having this precious truth engrafted into his soul by God the Eter- part of the day, to the last, and as he nal Spirit, the dear departed was sweetly having sat up some time in his room, a
was about being removed to bed, after enabled to bear up under the difficulties dear son, who has been the solace and and trials of the way, and daily feeling comfort of his declining years, perceivthe law in the members warring against ing a great change, said, “My dear the law in the mind. A covenant, father, you are dying ! are you afraid to “ordered in all things, and sure, was die ?”' He said, “No, my dear, I am the source of his hope, bis solace, and not afraid to die. The Lord has dealt his joy, amid the painful vicissitudes through which he had to travel to his very bountifully with your
poor father;" Father's house above. As far as worldly cious confidence, he exclaimed, “ I know
and with very slow articulation, in prematters went, our dear brother was that my Redeemer liveth.” And with this hearen, having but little
to try his faith happy testimony, without a struggle or in these matters, and in consequence near the throne, to sweep the golden lyre did not forget the beautiful injunction to everlasting days, "Unto Him that of the apostle, “ To do good and to com- loved us, and washed us from our sins municate forget not, for with such sacri- in His own blood, and hath made us fices God is well pleased.”. As the fruit kings and priests unto God and His of the grace communicated, and not as a Father; to Him be glory and dominion merit of the creature, was this injunc- for ever and ever. Amen." tion heeded. With his feet thus firmly
J. F. fixed
God sets the Christian at work, and meets him in it.-Garrall.
(Concluded from Page 212.) She one day expressed a wish that her ! us; at other times she always said, father and mother would sing a hymn; clothe me, &c. they complied, though reluctantly, fear. Two or three days before her decease, ing it would be too great an excitement she expressed a wish to take leave of all for her, and sang the first verse of her friends, remarking that it would be KENT's 95th hymn, viz.
the last opportunity she would have of “Beneath the sacred throne of God,
doing so. She then kissed her father, I saw a river rise;
mother, and nine brothers and sisters, The streams were peace and pardoning repeating the same words to each blood,
of them in succession, viz. : Good Descending from the skies.”
bye, I hope I shall meet
in When they had finished this verse,
heaven;" at the same time placing her they stopped, but she eagerly said, "Go hands on their cheeks, and gently strok
The whole of this on;" so they went through the whole ing their faces. bymn, with which she appeared much solemn scene passed without the slightdelighted
est emotion on her part; indeed, from In allusion to the coldness of her the commencement of her illness she body, from which she suffered consider- was never seen to shed a tear. ably, she said, “Ah! my poor cold
The following conversation passed feet: I soon shall have done with them." between her and her father, on the sub
ject of her burial :"Shrinking from the cold hand of death, C. Where shall I be buried, father? I, too, shall gather up my feet ;
F. Where would you like to be buried, Shall soon resign this fleeting breath, And die, my Saviour God to meet.
C. I think I should like to lie near “Numbered among thy people, I my_grandfather and grandmother Fagg. Expect with joy thy face to see :
F. Well, my dear, you shall then. Because thou didst for singers die,
C. Shall I have a head-stone ? Jesus, in death, remember me.”
F. Yes, my dear. Her father once standing at the foot
C. What shall you have put on it ? of her bed, perceived a most heavenly who died on such a day.
F. To the memory of Caroline Fagg, smile on her countenance, to which, in
C. That will do; that's enough. a whisper, he called his wife's attention; the child over-hearing bim, immediately
When her departure was rapidly apremarked, “I smile because my Jesus proaching, and her strength was sunk
so smiles on me.”
low as for her voice to be scarcely On another occasion she said to her audible, she whispered in the ear of a mother, “I know my Jesus, but Mary friend, “Thy rod and thy staff they com
Another heard her say, 0 Magdalene didn't, for she supposed Him to be the gardener.” Seeing her father my Saviour.” cry, she said to him, “Don't
cry, father; three o'clock in the morning (she having
On Wednesday, February the 4th, at what do you cry for ?" adding
spent a restless night, and required to be “ He will all our wants supply ;
frequently turned in the bed), her disem. He will wipe each weeping eye: bodied spirit quitted its clay tenement Clothe us with His heavenly dress, for its “mansion in the skies," absent His imputed righteousness.”
from the body, to be for ever with the This verse she often repeated, but Lord. A few minutes previous to this only now, when she addressed her event, she said, “Now, mother, turn father, did she use the plural pronoun I me;" which being done, she said, “That
will do, mother;" and never spoke more, | period of her mortal existence, they had but soon after drew her last breath, no idea of her possessing such informawithout a struggle or a groan.
tion, and even whence she obtained some It was observed at the beginning of to ascertain. When she did not address
of her poetry they have not been able the memoir, that this glorified saint had, herself to any person, or explain the some time previous to her illness, been occasion of what she uttered, she conin the practice of secret prayer. This tinued in the same heavenly strain, and, was discovered by her saying to her with her eyes directed upwards, would father, in reference to an illness that he be continually repeating portions of had bad about two years before, “When Scripture and hymns, or ejaculatory ex: you were ill, father, I prayed most pressions, of which the following will earnestly to God for your recovery." form a specimen :And to her eldest sister, who was an invalid, and with whom she usually slept, "O my father I'my father! that rock! that “ You don't know, Ann, how often I
rock / have knelt down by your bonnet-box, and prayed to God for you.' The
Peace, pardoning blood, and righteous. subject of her frequent and earnest petitions for herself appear to have been,
In His dear name you'll find.” that the Lord would pardon her sins, Wisdom is far better than riches, and then take her to Himself. She told she leadeth in the right path ;. Oh, forher friends, that only the Saturday even-sake her not! If sinners entice thee, ing before she was taken ill she had consent thou not."" spent an hour or two praying to her heavenly Father to take her out of this the first verse of which is as follows
The whole of Kent's 121st hymn, sinful world. She also remarked, “I used to say for my prayers,” (probably “ In realms of everlasting rest, meaning the last thing before she went There lay a saint in Abraham's breast ; to sleep)
Released from sin and all its woe,
To dwell where joys eternal flow.” « If I die before I wake, I hope the Lord my soul will take."
“Oh! that strait and narrow path." This statement contains but a mere
6 "Tis the voice of my beloved,
His dear face methinks I see.” sample of the language of this dear little girl, as she lay on her death-bed; « Oh! those beautiful angels, I can for her parents and other friends, who hear them singing, 'Glory to God on were constantly with her, state, that if high.'' the whole of her sayings of this description had been preserved, they would fill
And now, reader, I know not what a considerable sized volume. She talked impression the perusal of this narrative incessantly, and when her friends (fear- may have produced on your mind, but I ful of the consequences) checked' her, feel desirous, before I close, to direct she would say, “Oh, do let me talk; Í your attention to the sovereignty of have nothing else to do but to lie and divine grace, as exemplified in this child's praise my God.'
history. It was altogether a superThe passages of Scripture and verses
natural work, of which she was the subof hymns which she repeated, were not ject; the hand of man had evidently only numerous, but singularly appro- nothing to do with it. We find her at priate to her case: in short, she dis- an early period of her illness, without covered a mind so richly stored with having had her attention drawn to the valuable knowledge, as (to use her subject by any around her, deeply imfather's own emphatic words) put them pressed with the sense of her state as a all to the blush; yet, until this late sinner. Mark the first open display of
this, in her simple, affecting, and anxious * The expressions of the child have been address to her mother. "I think,” said given throughout as nearly as possible in her she, “I never shall get better ; I hope I own words.
shall go to heaven. Do you think I am
safe, mother ? Lord be merciful to me a sand joy in the Holy Ghost” (Rom. xiv: sinner, and clothe my naked soul.” | 17). And this is life eternal, that they Then in the course of the succeeding might know thee the only true God, and night, we are told that she frequently Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” repeated the two first verses of Kent's (John xvii. 3). “ Who hath delivered 240th hymn, from which we may gather us from the power of darkness, and that she was led, under a feeling sense hath translated us into the kingdom of of her sinnership, to the mercy of God, His dear Son” (Col. i. 13). Spiritual and also to view His ability to save knowledge is the result of spiritual in
fluence; and the work of God the Holy “A sinner, Lord, as vile and poor, Ghost is to convince of sin, and of rightAs ever came to thee.”
eousness, and of judgment; so that By the following morning, the transi- without this teaching there can be no tion from darkness to light," from bond-right knowledge, either of self or of
God. This is clearly proved by the age to liberty, had been effected on her soul; and thus, literally was fulfilled apostle Paul, in the commencement of that portion of God's word, “For He the first epistle to the Corinthians. will finish the work, and cut it short in darkness to light ; from nature to grace ;
To bring the soul from a state of righteousness; because a short work wil the Lord make upon the earth.” of doubt and fear to assurance and con
from bondage to liberty; from a state Her language, then, and thenceforward, fidence, is altogether beyond the power was, "Oh! I am so happy! I never of man to effect, and is entirely a superwas so happy before: you all love me, natural work. And all this was, in the but God loves me much more than you most satisfactory way possible, accomdo."
plished in the experience of this dear Light, like a flood, bursts o'er my soul, child; so that we are constrained to acAs Jesus seems to say,
knowledge the finger of God in it, and I've blotted thy transgressions out,
“What hath God wrought ?" I've washed thy sins away.”
Not unto us, O Lord ! not unto us, If ask how this great change was
but unto thy name, give glory, for thy any effected, or what evidence was afforded mercy, and for thy truth's sake.". of its having been accomplished, her
As if to show us what His power and own words give an answer that I am grace can effect, the Almighty is pleased, sure will come home to the heart of now and then, to hold up unto the view
of the Church such a wonderful display every one who knows anything of a similar work on their own souls. He thereof, as this to which our attention (God) said she, “takes the heart of has been called. And I sincerely wi, h stone out, and puts the heart of flesh that the readers of this memoir ny
have their minds elevated to the can in." (Sée Ezek. xxxvi. 26.) This truly speaks volumes. “A heart of templation of Him, “who worketh
in all.” stone -a state of sin and guilt in
I do feel a confidence arise in my ignorance of Christ, who is the mercy
, mind, that such an illustrious testimony of God unfolded.
A heart of flesh cha state of peace in the knowledge of to the truth as it is in Jesus—such a
display of the sovereignty of divine " For the kingdom of God is not meat grace, as is exemplified in the case of and drink, but righteousness and peace, on the ground, which
cannot be gathered
as water spilt
up again;" but that it will prove like * God never beholds His children but in “bread cast upon the waters, which the person of Christ; and when they are shall he found after many days.” Aven, enabled by the eye of faith to behold them- Amen. selves as God beholds them, then, and then only, have they peace with God, and joy in "In hope of life eternal giv’n, the Holy Ghost' (1 Cor. i. 30; Col. ii. 10; Behold a pardon'd sinner dies; Rom. 1. 4, c. ii. 22; Eph. v. 27; Isaiah A legal blood-bonght heir of heaven,
Callid to her mansion in the skies.