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decided for God. Upwards of twenty years he lamented this, and said, " If I had reliago he removed to Diss, Norfolk, on the occa- gion or a Saviour to seek now, I could not do sion of a second matrinionial alliance, and the it." Let this be a warning to all, not to put firm religious decision of the family with which off the concerns of the soul, and preparation he allied himself, was mainly instrumental, for eternity, till they come to the chamber of under God, in leading him so steadfastly to sickness or the bed of death, for that is the renounce the world, and identify himself with worst place and time to attend to the most the people and cause of the Redeemer. This important of all concerns, those of the imhe acknowledged and feelingly said during his perishable soul. But our departed brother, last illness, that he “should have to bless having sought and found a Saviour, could, in God to all eternity that ever he came to the extremity of his weakness, rejoice in the Diss."
thought that “Like as a father pitieth his About fifteen years ago, he united with a children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear few others in originating the independent him ; he remembereth their frame, he knowcause in Diss, and on the formation of the eth they are but dust." One evening, after church was chosen one of its deacons. After having poured out his soul in fervent prayer, a few years he withdrew, and attended, with and repeated many passages of scripture, he his family, the ministry of Mr. Lewis at the feelingly exclaimed, baptist chapel. Having embraced scriptural views of the ordinance of Christian baptism,
“Other refuge have I none,
Hangs my helpless soul on thee, in the summer of 1847 he was baptized, to
Leave! oh! leave me not alone, gether with his only child, on a profession of
Still support and comfort me." repentance and faith, when he addressed the crowd of spectators at the water's side, stat- He told his pastor on one occasion, that he ing the way by which he had been led, and thought the Lord would not have given him giving a reason of the hope that was in him. an inclination, as he had done for the greater About two months after this he was taken ill, i part of his life, to associate with his people, and lingered for twelve months, gradually and linger, as it were, about his sanctuary, if growing weaker to the day of his death. he had not had some designs of mercy toDuring the whole of this long affliction his wards him, “Surely,” he said, “ he will not great delight was in the holy scriptures ; no cast me out.” It was replied in the words other book was of equal interest or gave him of the Saviour, “ Him that cometh unto me, the like satisfaction. “ Let me have the I will in no wise cast out." word of God,” was his general request. His The unremitting kindness of a beloved weakness was extreme, and, therefore, he relative who attended him professionally could read but little, but he derived much through his long illness, was often referred to comfort from religious conversation, the repe- by him with much feeling, as well as the tition of hymns and texts of scripture, and constant visits of his dear pastor, which he the prayers of his Christian friends. When daily looked for with much interest, and when these exercises were concluded, he would referring to the kindness he so often received often say with tears, “Bless the Lord, O my from friends, he would say, “ It is the Lord's soul.”. One hymn, each verse of which ends goodness to me," and would then offer up with the words,—
earnest petitions to the throne of grace on
He gradually acquired increasing confidence
in God as his latter end drew nigh, so that he My Saviour see,'
could and did adopt this verse as his own, he liked much, and would say, “ That time
" And when I'm to die,
Receive me, I'll cry, will soon come.” Many of Watts's lyric
For Jesus hath loved me, poems were precious to him, particularly that
I cannot tell why ; entitled, “A sight of heaven in sickness."
But this I do find, Worldly or trifling conversation he would
We two are so joined, seldom allow, but to converse on such things
He'll not live in glory
And leave me behind." as pertained to the kingdom of God, always gave him pleasure.
When, the last sabbath he spent on earth, Though he generally felt he could trust the it was said to him, “Do you not want someSaviour, he could scarcely be said to possess thing to take ?" he replied, "I want Christ.” the joy of faith through the greater part of His request was then to have some verses or his affliction, for he often deplored the dark scriptures repeated to him, which being done, state of his mind, and would say, “ I want a he said, “ I do thirst and pant for Christ.“ view of Christ." During the latter part of Though his decline had been very gradual his his illness bis weakness became so great that change at last to the circumstances of death he suffered much from a lethargic state of was rather sudden and unexpected. But mind, so that he could only attend to read feeling the sentence of death in himself, he ing, conversation, and prayer, at intervals ; said,
* Oh for an overcoming faith,
In afliiction's dark day
The Lord was his stay,
Of suffering he never complained : The last hour or so of his life, his breathing Resigned to God's will, only allowed him to utter a short sentence at
He bore every ill, a time ; looking at a friend in the room, he
And a bright crown of life has obtained. said,
The angel of death
Quickly took his last breath,
And bore his blest spirit away :
Where, redeemed from hell,
In bliss it will dwell, He began, but could not finish,
With the ransomed for ever for aye.
Let survivors press on,
To gain that blest crown, together with many other short sentences,
And join those once mourners below:
The rest that remains, indicating the happy state of his mind, Makes amends for all pains, breathing after heaven. Presently, awaking There fountains of pleasure still flow. from a short dose, in which his spirit seemed
The conqueror slain, to have intercourse with the unseen world, he Even death will be gain, said, “O! I have been in such a happy, A joyful and blessed release : happy place.” “ Blessed are the dead which In bondage no more
Of the flesh as before, die in the Lord,” but could not finish it.
The heir of a kingdom of peace. Again he exclaimed, “ Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear To my brother farewell,
With him it is well: no evil, for thou art with me.”
God will bring him again to our sight, but going home," and continued, “ My in- When he comes in the air, ward foes shall all be blain," and said, His dust to repair, * Finish it,” which a friend did, by saying,
And clothe him in garments of light. “ Nor Satan break my peace again.” After There all tranquil he lay, this he became speechless, and was soon re- As he sighed away, leased from the suffering, sinful body, to be
His breath like a soft zephyr breeze :
So calm and so still, present with the Lord. A more peaceful,
He seemed taking his fill, easy, happy death could not be desired.
of the river of life at his ease : Who is not prepared to say, “Let me die
Whose waters glide on, the death of the righteous, and let my last
Near the heavenly throne, end be like his ?" but in order to this he
To gladden the circling band, must live the life of the righteous. Were it of the faithful around, desirable to exhibit the life and character of In the book of life found,
And who nearest the Lamb ever stand. the departed, no words could more appropriately do so than those of Paul to the Colog. They hunger no more, sians, “ Since we heard of your faith in Christ Nor thirst as before, Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all
And never again shall the sun
With parching heat emite, the saints," for he thought well of, and felt Nor the pale moon ere blight, kindly towards, the followers of Christ of They have fought-and the battle is won. every denomination. His house and his
S.S. heart were always open to the servants of his Lord, especially to ministers, who were always welcome to the kind hospitalities of his establishment. He was interred in the
MR. JONES, HARLOW. family vault at the baptist chapel, Eye, where
The subject of this brief notice finished his his father-in-law, the late Rev.w.w. Simp, earthly course in peace, November 25, 1848, son, exercised his ministry; and his funeral in the eighty-first year of his age. From his sermon was preached at Diss, by his pastor, profession as a schoolmaster, his long connecRer, J. P. Lewis, to a large congregation, tion with the church at Harlow, Essex, and composed of different denominations, from the deep interest which he took in public 2 Cor. v. 8.
psalmody, Mr. Jones was well known to On looking at the remains of my dear many of our readers in London and the ad
jacent counties. His fondness for music, and departed brother-in-law, Edward Mines,
his fine powerful voice, so greatly admired by which he forsook, October 4th, 1848.
his friends, were equalled only by his correct - The soul was gone before we knew
sense of harmony and his readiness to assist The stroke of death was passed.”—Nevton. others. This talent he cultivated, however, Released from all care,
not as a profession with a view to gain, but as Our brother lies there,
a native passion, a constitutional enjoyment, Unsbaken by sorrow or pain :
which sometimes rose even to enthusiasm. Wrapt in slumber profound, Tull the trumpet shall sound,
As the fruit of this endowment, he began And awake him to rise there again.
while a youth to officiate as clerk, and to con.
duct the singing at the old general baptist | tionate appeals, with fervent prayer for their chapel in his native town of Maidstone. welfare, were the means of spiritual good to Having obtained an appointment in the many of his scholars, some of whom still excise he was stationed at Folkestone, where cherish and express a grateful remembrance for the first time he witnessed the ordinance of his instructions. For several years past of baptism, as administered by our denomi- while our aged friend retained much of his nation, which made a deep impression upon innate cheerfulness, he was evidently rising to his mind, and seemed to have a salutary in the maturity of his spiritual life, and anxious fluence on his future course. After a short to be ready for the final change. During his stay at Folkestone, he was stationed succes. last illness, and a rapid decay of strength, sively at different places in the neighbour-which continued about seven weeks, he found hood of Harlow, where his musical talents, ample comfort and support in the promises sociable disposition, and the exuberant vivacity and hopes of the gospel. The desire of life of his natural temperament, brought him into and the fear of death were overcome by a general notice and gained him many friends ; stronger desire, which he often expressed,“ to while his frequent attendance upon divine depart and to be with Christ, which is far worship and assistance in the singing secured better.” And when the last hour came, and the acquaintance of the ministers and leading he could no longer expect or wish to spend members of the congregations where he was another sabbath on earth, he was cheered by situated.
the hope that he was going to join the loftier After some years, wishing for a more settled songs of the redeemed above, and to spend an home, Mr. Jones resigned his office in the eternal sabbath with them in glory. excise; and having entered the married state While then the bereaved widow and family with every prospect of happiness, he settled of our departed friend must feel their loss, at Harlow, and established a school for the they have abundant cause for thankfulness board and education of young gentlemen, that he was spared so long, that his powers of which, for many years, was large and flourish- body and mind, even at the age of eighty, were ing. Though he knew the truth, and for the so little impaired, that he was enabled to bear most part felt a powerful sense of its im- his affliction with Christian meekness and paportance, that power was for a long time tience, and that when the final stroke came he neutralized by the extreme vivacity of his was favoured with an easy change, and calmly animal spirits, the charms of the festive circle, fell asleep in Jesus. Thus having served his and the mirthful song. Hence his faith and generation in some happy measure according piety did not assume a decided character, or to the will of God, “ he came to his grave in induce a public profession till he arrived at a full ripe age, like as a shock of corn cometh middle age, when he was baptized and com- in its season.' menced that Christian fellowship which continued till his decease. He was forty-six years an inhabitant of Harlow, and during
MR. HENRY QUANT. the greater part of that time conducted the Mr. Henry Quant, more than forty-eight public psalmody of his fellow worshippers. years a member, and more than thirty-three He was forty years a member of the church, 1 years a deacon, of the baptist church, Bury and eighteen one of its deacons, and to all St. Edmunds, Suffolk, died “in the Lord," his fellow members was uniformly affable and December 16, 1848, and in him was fulfilled affectionate. Though firm and consistent as that scripture, “ Thou shalt come to thy a protestant dissenter, he was always candid grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn and respectful to members of the established cometh in its season. He had, for many church, and to persons of all persuasions, years, read with interest the obituaries of this wishing others to enjoy the same liberty which magazine, and his services to the cause of he claimed for himself. Hence he was much Christ, entitle him to a record among the esteemed by the congregation at large, by his many worthy deacons who have had a neighbours in general, and by a numerous memorial in its pages. circle of relations and friends. And for more Our departed and beloved friend was born than thirty years his pastor found him to be a in the village of Whissonett in Norfolk. steady, warm-hearted friend, who filled his When quite a young man, divine Providence place with regularity in the house of God, led him to this town, and although he was was always ready to encourage every good destitute of “the one thing needful,” some word and work, and was anxious for the peace impressions from a pious aunt, who had given and prosperity of the interest.
him a bible, and prayed with and for him, In the tuition of youth, Mr. Jones always were not wholly effaced. In consequence of endeavoured to impress on the minds of his this, he occasionally attended the Wesleyan pupils the primary truths of religion as an es- and independent chapels. sential part of Christian education, often re- At this time there was no baptist cause in minding them that youth is the seed-time for Bury, till about fifty years ago a baptist riper years and for eternity. And we have family came to reside in the town, and opened reason to believe that his solemn and affec- their house for preaching, in which the late
Messrs. Hoddy of Bildestone, Browne of object for which he was solicited, nor did he
sabbath morning, and on all the week-day
“A guilty, weak, and helpless worm,
On thy kind arms I fall ; cumstances, would have turned away. But
Be thou my strength and righteousness, the writer has often heard him remark, that
My Jesus and my all." the words of our Lord, “Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations,” his home, he said, “ I can say with Mr.
His end was peace. One day, when near Luke xxii. 28, always held him firm to the Fuller," i have no raptures, and no despond. cause which he at first espoused,--an example Forthy the imitation of all, especially of ency, but a hope fixed on Christ my rock. ” deacons and pastors, who ought not precipi- It may be recorded for the encouragement of tately to leave the ship in a storm, or to turn others, that although he had all his life feared their backs in the day of battle. One saying ed, and his frequent language was, “ Come,
the article of death, this was entirely removof his, illustrative of this trait in his character, Lord Jesus, come quickly.” These and many frequently elicited a smile — “ Have what ministers they may, if they do not swear in other precious scriptures and hymns he rethe pulpit, I will stand by the cause and wait peated at intervals, and the last words he was for better days.” Nor did he wait and pray in things and sure.” Thus, in the 73rd year of
heard to articulate were, “ Ordered in all rain, the Lord sent prosperity in his own good time, and the faithful deacon rejoiced will be held in grateful remembrance by his
died this servant of God, whose worth that he had not prayed and waited in vain.
bereaved widow and family,pastor and church,
Bury St. Edmunds.
C. E. open for godly ministers, and to the full extent of his means he cheerfully afforded his pecuniary aid. To the poor he was a constant friend ; and to the missionary and kin
Died, on the 20th of December last, at dred institutions a generous contributor. It High Wycombe, Bucks, in her sixteenth is pleasant
for a pastor to be able to say what year, Mary Lee, the youngest daughter of may be affirmed of him, that he never re
the Rev. J. H. Thomas, baptist minister, fused, during twenty-six years of that pastor's
Milford Haven, connexion with him, to contribute to any one
last year raised the rent £20, and now deDied, December 26, 1848, Ann, the belov- manding an additional £10 per annum. ed wife of Mr. John Chappell, baptist minis
For Mr. Cater, as well as the church, much ter, Long Parish, Hants. It pleased God to sympathy will be felt, parting, as he does, call her to the knowledge of the truth before from a little flock who entertain for him the she was fourteen years of age ; and during kindest and most affectionate feelings.
The nearly forty years she enjoyed much of the little flock from whom Mr. Cater is thus presence of God. Called to experience an separated, entertain towards him the most affiction of more than ten years' duration, she kindly feelings, and earnestly hope that found God faithful to his promises. The last Providence will overrule his removal from two years and four months she was confined
Brompton for abundant good, and guide him to her dwelling. “ This,” she often said, “is to a sphere of more extensive usefulness. a Bethel, for here I enjoy the presence of the The farewell services of their last sabbath great Refiner.” Her end was peace ; her evening were most affecting, and will be long last words being, “Perfectly happy."
remembered. The text was Isaiah xxi. 12. Mr. Cater's address is 4, King Street, Chelsea.
REV, J. WILKINSON, Died, January 8th, in tranquillity and The Rev. W. Hamilton, intending to repatient hope, the Rev. Josiah Wilkinson.
move from Ballina, where he has for some This estimable minister undertook the pas- years occupied a station in connexion with torate of the baptist church, Saffron Walden, the Baptist Irish Society, requests us to say, Essex, in October, 1809. His labours were
that he is open to an invitation from any very successful for many years; but having strict baptist church which may be in want combined the work of a schoolmaster with of a pastor. that of a pastor, his constitution gave way when he was about sixty years of age, and he became inadequate to public exertion. He will be long remembered with affection by the
COLLECTANEA. inbabitants of the town in which he resided.
THE BRITISH BANNER.
As all our readers do not see this paper, MRS, MINNS.
it is probable that some of them would like Died, January 17th, Ann, the beloved wife to see a specimen. We will give them one of Mr. James Minns of Chelsea. Her case
which we find in the number for January 3, was remarkable. Above eleven years ago,
1849. she was seized with a peculiarly distressing
“ The Baptist Magazine opens with a good malady, for which science could afford no re.
* Address' to the baptist churches, which it lief, and from that time forward the work were well that every baptist should read. assigned to her was to glorify God by the pa- The first question is, 'Do you take the tient endurance of bodily agony.
A firm Baptist Magazine?' This is capital ! Let faith sustained her spirits; and her conversa
the minister put it, the deacons, the visiters, tion exhibited babitually an extraordinary and the sabbath-school teachers, and every combination of submission to the divine wili, baptist to his fellow. Why ought not this with ardent desire for removal to the better magazine to be in every baptist family? The world, in which she looked for a far more ex- portrait of the ever-to-be-remembered William ceeding and eternal weight of glory.
Knibb is very properly prefixed to the first number of the year. The articles are various,
instructive, and edifying; at the same time, MISCELLANEA.
there appears to us to be greatly more space
devoted to the thing called Intelligence,' BROMPTON,
than is for the real good of the churches. Many readers of this magazine will learn This horse leech cry for News!' News!' with regret that the interesting cause at ought to have limits set to it by the public Alfred Place, Brompton, which has struggled press. What the world wants is, we think, through many difficulties, is at last obliged to not so much. News,' as more solid informabe abandoned.
tion, - more intellectual culture, - more It was hoped that under the pastoral care thorough-going, bracing instruction. Here of the Rev. Philip Cater, who has laboured we have twenty-two pages consecrated to there for the last two or three years, it would general matter and notices of books, and be maintained; but the loss, by death and re-twenty-two pages to Intelligence,' so called, movals, of those members most able to assist -that is to say, half and half; and this inin its support, has so reduced the numbers telligence is exclusive of Missionary Herald that they are unable to meet the heavy and and the Irish Chronicle. We should say, increasing liabilities; the landlord having were we in the place of the excellent editor,