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MRS. MARY WILCOCKS. friend whạt she must do in order
to come acceptably to God, for
she was convinced, that, of her AMIDST the aboundings of sin, self, she could do nothing: was it is peculiarly pleasing to see entirely lost, and without strength. that divine grace is rescuing some Sometime after this, Mss. Wilpoor sinners, on all hands, from cocks heard the Rev. William the ways of perdition :-The sub-Walton, then a student under the ject of this memoir appears to be Rev. William Steadmạn, at Bradone so rescued, by the gráce of ford, from Psalm lxvi. 16. That the Redeemer.
sermon was the first means of enMary Wilcocks was born at lightening her mind, and giving Gilstead, in the parish of Bing-her a correct view of the way of ley, Yorkshire, in the year 1778. salvation. She , afterwards re. Her early life was spent in es- marked to the writer of this patrangedness from God, and in a per, “O! that was a precious marked attention to gaiety; nor discourse to my soul, I can never does it appear that any evidences forget it.” She now became a of seriousness were manifested constant hearer of the word at until towards the latter end of her the Baptist meeting-house, in life, On July the 24th, 1797, Shipley, near Bradford; and a she entered into connexion with change was discovered in her dea respectable family in the vici- portment by all her acquaintance. nity of her birth-place, by mar- In August, 1814, the pastor of rying Mr. Thomas Wilcocks. She the baptist church', there, first appears, in her marriage state, to formed an acquaintance with her; have conducted herself with much and rejoiced to see, on every freshi propriety in her attention to the occasion of converse with her, things of time, but the realities more pleasing, evidences of a of eternity were too little regard- genuine change of heart. She ed. About the year 1812, how- now had fully, determined to ever, 'her mind was stirred up to unite herself with this society, pay more regard, than formerly, but before she could do this, she to the welfare of her immortal was confined by affliction in soul. At this period :she began which affliction, she frequently to think seriously, and mentioned regretted her neglect of publicly her concern, in the first instance, avowing her fạith in the Lord to some of her acquaintance in Jesus, by being baptized in bis the Wesleyan methodist connex- name. About the beginning of ion. She found something want the present year, she seemed to ing to give her inward peace, and be hastening to the grave, by a satisfaction of conscience;' but consumption. Of this, however, knew not where to obtain it. she was not so, sensible, as to be Though she had frequently at- apprehensive of danger: A good tended divine worship, yet her husband, and three lovely chilmind was in the dark how she was dren, were țies not easily broken; to be accepted with God. Her and her desire to amend was friends, at this period, did not great. But grace sanctified the discover to her, clearly, how she affliction, gently loosened the ties, was to obtain help; or point out, and enabled her to say to her with sufficient accuracy, the only heavenly Father, “Not my will; refuge. It was in vain to tell our but thine be done." VOL. VII.
On March 30th, she said, a bad effect on my mind. I wish “ Come unto me all ye that labour to deliver up all in to his hands : and are heavy laden, and I will My times are in his hands ; give you rest" this promise has nor could I wish it were otherwise. given me great comfort. One He can raise me up again if he evening, when in bed, and in will; he only can give me health much darkness of mind, that came and strength. 0! what a blessto my recollection, and afforded ing that I was led to think of great relief ;-and also that pas-Christ before my affliction; and, sage_“I will never leave thee, when in a dull and heavy frame, nor forsake thee.” What! will I then think, He will never leave he never forsake me; then I have me, nor forsake me.” On the 12th all that I can want! Í had rather she said, “I feel many a pang at live in poverty with my children, the thought of leaving my chiland enjoy the love of God in my dren. I have never murmured in heart, than have all the world my affliction, unless it has been at without that. O the love of God! the thoughts of leaving my husI remember when once at prayer, band and children; and I fear I that was shed abroad in my heart I have murmured about them. to such a degree as I had never However, I can venture my all felt before. I can live and die in on Christ, and my all For Christ. the faith of Jesus Christ. He is Had I the whole world, I could my all, and in all.”
give it all up at his call; yet I On one occasion, the minister want to be drawn more to him. on whom she latterly attended, to feel more of his love. I would had been preaching about blind also freely resign my children and Bartimeus; she remarked some husband up to him; but cannot time after to Mrs. M. that she without his help. But he can could truly say with the blind make me as willing to give them man, “Lord that I might receive up, as now I feel reluctant. I my sight,” and added, that when often think of poor Joseph, (the opposed by sin and Satan, it only youngest child) he has tender led her to cry out so much the eyes, and is weakly. But his more for Jesus. On April 4th, father will look after them all ; Mrs. M. asked her how she felt as and God is able to do all they to the state of her mind; she then need for them. I must leave it complained, that her memory was there." somewhat impaired by affliction; The spirit of resignation, she and that she had to moum over now so earnestly desired, she her own dulness: It was answer- afterwards felt in an eminent deed, " It is a great blessing, that gree. April 19th, Mrs. W. said, you have not now a Saviour to “ I have found it very difficult seek in your affliction.”—“ Yes,” | to be resigned to the Lord's said she, “ It is so indeed; I often will ; but I feel more so than think so." It was said, that great before. I have graven
thee upon men, as well as good men, were the palms of my hands; that has sometimes in darkness. That,” | much comforted me. I wonder she replied, “encourages me.” how it is that we should feel so
April 7, she said, " I desire reluctant to die. But I begin wholly to submit to the Lord's now to be fully reconciled. I will, I have had too great a de- hope I have an interest in Christ; sire to amend, and it has had and he is able to save me, I
have a long journey before me, her, have lost an affectionate but I dare follow my guide." companion in the way to glory. April 27th. - She remarked,
I. M. That she had been much harassed with many fears lest her
Shipley, July 8th, 1815. soul should be lost, and could not, as yet, remove from her mind the painful idea. The minister
RECENT DEATH. present, suggested to her, That the grace of Christ was all-sufficient :-- that unbelief was ON Tuesday morning, June great sin;—and that after the 13th, at the early age of twentyLord had had mercy on her, it five, died Mr. John Rippin, of was very improper to dispute bis Titchmarch Mill, Northamplove. She seemed much more tonshire ; his first serious imcomfortable than before, and
pressions were received at the said, “ I hope I shall not distrust him any more.
Baptist Meeting, Thrapston: I know that he is able to save.
he was distinguished in a very May 3d." I have fully re
considerable degree, by simsigned myself to the will of God,
to the will of God, plicity, humility, sincerity, and and am willing to go home at
ardent attachment to the cause
any time. I am afraid that I am im- of religion. In the affliction, patient. I feel that, without which terminated in death, he Christ, I can do nothing, I am expressed pious resignation to a poor lost sinner; but I believe the will of God, and with flatin him. I have, however, many tering prospects in life, and temptations, but we cannot al- surrounded with endeared conways enjoy the love of God here." nexions, with firm confidence Her ability to converse was now and with humble hope, comnearly over; but her faith andmitted his soul into the hands love towards the person and work of Christ continued, and of Christ to participate in the triumphed.
glories of an eternal world. On Thursday, May 25th, look- His funeral sermon, was preaching upwards, she said, " I hope ed at Titchmarch church, also Jesus is my refuge.” Miss M. R. by the Rev. William Ragsdell, said, “How is it with you now?” at Thrapston. -She replied, “O! I feel bim.” Her last words were, “I feel glory-glory!” and immediately expired. Thus fell a devout
ON DEATH. Christian, May 26th, 1815, in
God is he, from whom to deOn Lord's day, July 2d, Mr. part is to die; to whom to repair Mann preached her funeral ser- is to revive, and in whom to mon to a very large assembly, dwell is life for ever.
Be not from Phil. i. 23; a text which she then of the number of those that 'chose as expressive of the feel begin not to live till they be ings of her own mind. In her ready to die, and then, after a departure, her family, her ac- foe's dessert, come to crave of quaintance, and the pious around God a friend's entertainment.
her 37th year.
A Narrative of the late Mr. W. D. this topic. Query, What is the dif
Sandys, of Trinity College, Cam- ference between inoral and practical bridge, fc.
uses? p. 33. The term moral is of
ten used by preachers so as to be perThis is a well-written narrative, fectly unintelligible: in this case it and will produce a strong and bene- appears. to be superfluous. It is ficial impression. It exhibits a high- thought by many, that Baptist mispirited, hardened, profligate youth nisters dwell too much, or advert -brought to repentance: a prodigal too often, by far, to the institute, brought back to his father's house. from which they derive their distinWe hope it will have an extensive guishing denomination among Chris circulation, especially among those tians. Zeal, without knowledge, is who live at college. Many pious dangerous. It deserves, however, parents, who have graceless children, to be considered, that this ordinance will read it with peculiar interest
. occupied a very prominent place in "5To you, Christian parents,' the the apostolic preaching: “It would departed youth seems still to say, be very difficult, I conceive, for any •What an encouragement to parentsone to point out a single instance of never to cease praying for their chil- the gospel being preached in the dren. Many prayers had ascended days of the apostles, when baptism up as a memorial, before God, on his did not constitute a part of the disbehalf; many precepts and admoni-course." P. 10. tions had been urged upon him. The seed was pure, but it seemed utterly to come to nought. The A brief Answer to the Charge against heavens were shut, and no gracious rain descended during a long night;
the Bible Society, recently delivered yet, at length, the showers were
at Bedford, by the Lord Bishop of poured forth in rich abundance, and weeping was turned into joy.” P.65.
This appears to be the production of a sensible and candid churchman,
and contains a good defence of the An Answer to the Question, Why are
constitution of the British and Foyou a Baptist? By a Baptisť Mi- reign Bible Society. We insert one nister.
short extract.' “ Your lordship will
remember, I doubt not, the anecdote * A GREAT book," the proverb of general Wolfe. When the enesays, " is a great evil.” This tract mies of his rising fame represented has four qualities which powerfully, him to his sovereign as a madman: recommend it: it is cheap, concise, • It may be so,' said the king; but clear, and comprehensive. The to- I wish'he would bite some of my gepics discussed, are, the meaning of nerals.' I believe, my lord, if some - the term Baptism; the example of of the dissenters were to bite some Jesus Christ; his express command; of us churchmen, we should not be - the practice of the first disciples; much the 'worse for it." P. 9.
the perpetuity of the ordinance, and its practical uses.
We apprehend the unknown 1- Arabia; "a Poem: with Notes, &c. thor is mistaken, in supposing that to immerse, to dip, and to plunge, are
By Johnson Grant, M. A. Second
Edition. not strictly synonimous. In the next edition, we should like to see a This is an elegant and entertainJittle alteration in p. 4, relating to ing poem, very creditable to the all
· shall sound,
thor's piety as a Christian minister, cause of protestantism and toleration and his taste as a man of letters. by his determined resistance of The notes supply some valuable the aggressions of infidelity-by his illustrations of passages in the Old regular observance of the public orand New Testament. The con- dinances of the gospel-by his unicluding lines will be acceptable to form consistency and integrity of our readers.
conduct- by his steadfastly dit “ Yes, thou shalt reign, dread Pow'r! thy praise countenancing every appearanoe of From Jordan's stream to earth's remotest bound; his generous encouragement of every
flagitiousness in his court, and by O'er Tarshish and the isles, from sea to sea, All at thy name shall bend th' adoring knee! humane or patriotic institution reYes, all-subjecting! deathless thou shalt reign, While thy fallu foes gnaw impotent their clain! commended to his attention, he has Thee saints shall hymn; to thee shall gifts be acquired a name, among the mopour'd;
narchs of Christendom, of 'pre-emiTheme of all praise, by bending worlds ador'd! Beyond time's bounds, Prince, Saviour, God nent excellence; which the breath
of malice cannot tarnish, and which Source of all good, all blessing, and all bless’d.”
will be held in veneration, while Several of the smaller pieces have there is a British heart to feel, and .considerable merit. The author while the truth-telling page of his needs not deprecate the severity of tory preseves it on record. Alcriticism ; we may remark, however, mighty God has seen meet to spread that he has given a hint to the critical a gloom over the evening of his days. corps, in the last page
He lives; but the lamp of reason is From the Greek of Alcæus and Leoni- extinguished, and he sits in dark
das, Antholog. book iii. ch. 25. ness, unconscious of the blessings ** Here lies a critic: let no willow wave,
that are poured, by Heaven, on his -But emblem thorns grow thick to fence his grave; subjects; insensible to their testiNo bees make honey near, on active wing; monies of undiminished attachment; But hornets, like himself, buz round and sting." and incapable of participating in
their felicities. But still he is their
beloved sovereign. An historical Sketch of the Transla- crown and the sceptre, and all the
Though the tion and Circulation of the Scrip dazzling insignia of royalty be with tures, from the earliest Period to drawn, he retains what these cannot the present Time, &c. By the Rev. command, the profound veneration, W. A. Thomson, and the Rev. W. and affectionate regards, of a free Orme, Secretaries to the Perthshire born and an independent people." Bible Society.
P. 94, 95. An admirable pamphlet, to which we cannot but wish the widest possible circulation. It contains a mass of valuable information on a most | The Validity of Baptism by Sprinkling, interesting subject; and exhibits,
and the Right of Infants to that with elegance, the fruits of the most
Ordinance, &c. by David Osgood, elaborate inquiry. Many extracts D.D.; and a Church of God de might be made, which would enrich scribed, Sc. by Joseph Lathrop, D.D.
recommended by the Rev. Messrs. our pages: one only must suffice. “Nor ought it to be overlooked,
Clayton, Goode, Ford, Humphrys, that, in the present very gratifying
Burder, and Dr. Winter. and encouraging state of religion in MANY of our readers remember a this nation, much has been owing to book, published some years ago, onthe personal character of our excel- titled “Candid Reasons for renounc. lent and revered King. Since the ing Antipædobaptism.”. When that memorable day he ascended the performance was first announced in throne, he seems never once to have the United States of America, it exviewed himself in any other light cited great expectations among the than as the father of his people; and, Pædobaptists in that country. They as a Christian father, he has never conceived, that an advocate, appear Jest sight of their Christian interests. ing under such novel circumstances, By his unshaken adherence to the must be able to furnish them with