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this magnitude necessarily occu- minutes only elapsed, when he pied a considerable portion of Mr. slipped from his chair-his knife Satchell's time; and it was not and fork falling from his handswithout great satisfaction that he and expired! Upon being raised, completed it, which he did on the his countenance assumed a deathvery day he died.
like paleness, and his arms fell lifeSince Mr. Satchell's residence less by his side. Surgical aid was in London, he enjoyed excellent instantly obtained, but it was in health, and although a decline in vain. The vital spark had fled, and his bodily powers was at times the disembodied spirit had winged visible, yet his family little ex- its happy Aight to the mansions pected that they were so soon to prepared for its everlasting habitalose him, still less that his death tion. would be so sudden; for his ab- Whether the deceased had any stemious mode of life, and his previous expectation that death constitutional habit rendered such was so near, it is difficult to say. an event extremely improbable. At the commencement of his indiša But death often comes at a time position, he intimated to Mrs. and in a form the least expected! Satchell his belief that he should Early in February last, and for a not get better; adding, “ that he week previously to his death, Mr. thought his illness was a summons Satchell had been confined to his from eternity.” And shortly afterhouse by rheumatism in the chest, wards, he said to one of his daugharising from cold; and was under ters, Behold, I stand at the door the care of his medical attendant. and knock ;" * without adding any Though this illness immediately thing further to explain his meanpreceded, it is believed to have ing. There was something strikbeen unconnected with, his death. ing in these observations, and they Indeed, he seemed to be gradually might possibly be occasioned by a regaining his health, and was en presentiment of his approaching gaged during part of the last three dissolution. At the same time they days of his life in writing a preface may be attributed to a nervous deto the Atlas. This he completed jection, which he was subject to the night before his death ; but on even in slight indisposition. Be the following morning, February that as it may, it is confidently the 14th, he proposed making an believed that death to him, though alteration in it; and rose rather sudden, was not unwelcome. The earlier than on the previous days, great business of his life had been to mention the subject to his eldest a preparation for death; and he son. This was the last conversa- has been known to contemplate tion that passed between them. In with great composure the possithe course of the morning he sent bility of its being sudden. the preface to the printer, accom- But it is necessary that we should panied by a note, in which he ex- take a more detailed review of Mr. pressed his great satisfaction at Satchell's character, both as a man having quite finished the work. and as a Christian; and in doing Shortly afterwards, whilst at din- this, occasional extracts will be ner, referring to the Atlas, he said, made from a diary which he com“How glad I am I have got through that work; I thought it never would
Rev. iii. 20. From this text a very aphave been finished.” These were propriate funeral sermon was preached by the last words he uttered. A few Mr. Ivimey.
menced nearly fifty years since, ( for a thousand worlds. At other and continued to the day of his times, however, his prospects of death.
future glory were bright and unAs a scholar, his attainments clouded; and he was enabled to were of no mean character. In look forward with
and an accurate knowledge of the Latin even joyful expectation, to the language, he was, it is believed, period when he should bid adieu to excelled by few. He was very time and all its interests. familiar with the French, and had His humility was very great; it a tolerable acquaintance with the was observable in his daily interHebrew, Greek, and Italian lan- course with mankind, but more guages. He possessed an accu- especially in his approaches to the rate and very extensive knowledge divine throne. His sense of the of history, in its various branches, importance of this virtue is appaand a general acquaintance with rent from the following prayer, natural and moral philosophy. His which is extracted from his diary, mind was strong, and plentifully and was written in bis 29th year. stored with the fruits of a long- Heavenly Father, I feel sencontinued and well-directed study. sible that humility is the true road His ardour in the pursuit of know- to happiness; not humility in the ledge was unwearied; and in all external deportment, although that that he undertook, whether of a is becoming and necessary, but a literary kind or not, he acted up to humbleness in disposition, which the full meaning of the Scripture is the root and foundation of the precept, “ Whatsoever thy hand other. With exterior humility only, findeth to do, do it with thy might.” if contumely or any other injury is
He inculcated, both by precept offered to me; if others excel me and example, the importance of a (as thousands do); or if my pride due improvement of time. Rising in any respect be wounded; howearly, generally between five and ever I may externally appear besix, and often earlier, he was rarely fore men, my mind will be afflictseen unemployed during any part ed. But internal humility will of the day, with the exception of prepare me for enduring whatsoever a quarter of an hour's repose after thou shalt impose upon me, and dinner.
will teach me that I am less than As a Christian, he was remark- the least of all thy mercies; for I able for his humility and integrity. bave no right to expect any thing He had a deep sense of the heinous from thee but deserved punishnature of sin in general, and of his ment. If thou shalt distinguish own sins in particular; accompa- me by thy favour from others of nied by a solid, though not always my species, it ought to excite my untrembling hope of pardon,through gratitude ; but if I am the object the atonement of the Saviour. A of thy special favour, that is the short time previously to his death, only thing necessary. O, merciwhen under great dejection of mind, ful Father, give me humility of he was heard to say, that though, heart I beseech thee, in the name owing to his sinfulness and un- of thy beloved Son!” worthiness, bis hope of pardon was so feeble, that he almost feared * Part of the diary is written in Latin. whether he should be finally happy, tracts, it has been endeavoured to preserve
In translating this and the following exyet that he would not part with the the strict meaning of the passage, though little hope which he did possess, at the expence of elegance or diction.
Mr. Satchell had a great abhor-, here upon earth, that we may be rence of pride in every form. The instruments of much usefulness, least appearance of ostentation or that we may subserve the good, display was immediately detected the happiness, the comfort, and the by him, and always received his spiritual improvement of thy church, unqualified censure. In his inter- and may at length adore thy name course with the world, a strict in- in heaven for ever. tegrity, and a scrupulous regard "I acknowledge myself to be a to veracity, were distinguishing guilty and polluted sinner; but I features in his character, and ob- come unto thee, O God, for partained for him the unhesitating don, in the name, through the meconfidence of all who knew him. diation, and pleading the atoneIu the first page of his diary is ment and the righteousness of thy contained a resolution by which beloved Son. I accept him as my his conduct was ever regulated. prophet, my priest, and my king. It is expressed thus :
o merciful Father, I hereby pro“ With the assistance of the mise, in the strength of Christ, to Most Highi, I will pay an invio- obey thy commands, and to walk lable regard to truth, by avoiding in the fear of the Lord continually. not only direct falsehoods, but all Enable me, I humbly beseech thee, deception, and the most indirect from henceforth to walk before departure from truth. Upon the thee in tenderness of spirit, to altar of truth, or rather of the God avoid unbecoming levity, to mainof truth, I will always willingly tain the dignity of a Christian, and and joyfully offer my temporal to make it my continual study not interest and reputation. With be- to grieve the good Spirit of God. coming firmness I will disclose
may I be constantly concernimperfections to men, if truth in ed to walk in wisdom towards the least degree require it; for God those who are without, that thy sees, and who are men ? Any dis- name may not be dishonoured by advantage which I may sustain by my profession ; but, on the consuch conduct is not worthy of con- trary, may be thereby magnified, sideration. Great is celestial wis- and made honourable, and may
be dom, and will finally prevail over extolled. the policy of this world.”
“ And now, O my God, I give An opinion may be formed, by myself up entirely to thee. Inthe following self-dedication, which deed, I was already thine by creais taken from his diary for the year tion, by preservation, and by re1796, (eighteen years after his first demption. Let me be no longer profession of religion,) on bis join- mine own; I will be thy steward ; ing Mr. Fuller's church, as already living for thee, eating and drinking mentioned :
for thee, improving my mind for “On Friday next, Mr. D., Mr. thee, frequenting the house of God B., and myself, are, if God permit, and the assemblies of the saints for to be added to the Baptist church. thee, dispensing those blessings And now, () my God, I desire unto others for thee with which more humbly and earnestly to pray thou hast entrusted me; and, if I unto thee that thou wilt be with can think of any way whereby I each of us and bless us, and also can glorify thy name more than with my dear father, whose junc- I do, doing it with all my might. tion with us herein is delayed by Let me reserve no
more of any absence; that we may glorify thee worldly good for myself than religious (not worldly) prudence re- by making the word of God my quires. May I not act deceitfully principal study. And 0, Father of herein, for the heart is deceitful; lights, illuminate my mind, and but let prudence direct me to keep grant that like a new-born infant I for myself only so much as the may desire the sincere milk of the glory of God actually requires me word, and that I may grow thereto retain. For in truth, all that I by. Bestow upon me thy favour, am, and all that I have, and all O Lord ! and may thy spirit dwell that I expect, flows from sovereign in me, that the seed sown in my grace through Jesus Christ.
I heart may bring forth fruit aboundmerit nothing at all. Gracious ing in my life, through Jesus Lord, I commit myself wholly to Christ." thee, beseeching thee to guide me It is not, however, to be supthrough this sinful world by thy posed, that a man of so much excounsel, to preserve me from the cellence was free from all imperwiles of Satan, and finally to re- fections. In the present state of ceive me into everlasting felicity, existence, this cannot be expected. through Jesus Christ, my dear Re- But bis failings were far outweighed deemer. Amen."
by the numerous virtues which Mr. Satchell's filial affection was adorned his character. In his very strong. He thus writes in his friendships he was sincere and disdiary for 1797, on the death of his interested. His affection as a husfather :
band and a parent has embalmed “ Thus have I lost a tender pa- his memory in the recollection of rent, a wise cour
unsellor, a cheerful his family. Benevolence in him and instructive companion, and a did not exist in name only, but was faithful friend. But my heavenly manifested by numerous acts of Father remains, and I trust that I charity. He was a loyal subject, shall see my earthly father again, and a true lover of his country; in that world of glory where sin and it is confidently believed that and sorrow shall never enter. Per- all who knew him will unite in haps his spirit (my guardian angel) saying—he was a good man. may now be near me, and
be His active and useful life was the first to welcome me into the terminated on the 14th of February, abode of the blessed. May the 1829, in the 72d year of his age. Lord grant that I may set my affec- As the way-worn traveller, after a tions increasingly on heaven, which long and tedious journey through is rendered dearer to me on account an uncongenial clime, arrives at of its being the residence of my his home, which he views with beloved father.”
feelings of greater pleasure and And during the remainder of his satisfaction, on account of the danmother's life, his endeavours to
and misfortunes that have atrender her declining years easy tended his journey, so our deand comfortable, are discovered parted friend, after a life protracted from several passages in his diary. beyond the ordinary term of human
He attached great value and existence, has now arrived at that importance to an acquaintance with eternal home to which he had been the Scriptures, as is evident from long looking forward; and his enjoy the following passage taken from ment is doubtless enhanced, if that his diary:
be possible, by his attainment of it “I propose henceforth to draw at an unexpected moment, and by water from the wells of salvation, a retrospect of all those scenes of
trouble and disappointment through dom be comparable to ten virgins which he had previously passed. at the proclamation of the sumPerhaps on his arrival, his father mons, “ Behold the bridegroom was the first to welcome him into cometh; go ye out to meet him." the abode of the blessed. How Mat. xxv. 1, 6. pleasing the interview with him, By a retrospective contemplaand with others of his relatives and tion, however, the parable of the friends who had preceded him, and ten virgins is so extended as to subsequently with some who have give us an affecting view of the followed him to that happy place! visible church from the time when He is now able to realize the sen- He who is King of kings began to timent contained in one of his fa- collect a people for his kingdom, vourite hymns
till he “ shall send his messengers " There is a land of pure delight,
to gather out of his kingdom all Wbere saints immortal reign,” &c.
noxious individuals and those who and, in the language of another of Thụs our attention is directed to a
practise iniquity.” Mat. xiii. 41. them, can join in the song of countless multitude who, in diffe• Worthy the Lamb,” in which he rent ages of the world, come out had often joined on earth, with from the general mass of mankind feelings of unmingled rapture and and profess to be subjects of the adoration.
heavenly king : and, for this rea
son, the whole body of religious May it be the happiness of all professors is introduced to our nowho read this memoir, " to obtain
the kingdom of heaven," like precious faith” with him, and or “ the people of the heavenly finally the fruition in which his kingdom.” Different, therefore, as has terminated.
the times of individual profession “ Bless's Jesas, ever-living Friend,
may be, our Lord has so associated Be thon our hope and staff,
his professed subjects in his deAnd slow or sodden prove our end, scription, that we view them as O may we find it safe.”
acting simultaneously : and, in this process of assimilation, the parable
of the ten virgins presents to our ON THE PARABLE of the Ten VIR- contemplation
First, a diversity of procedure In the parable preceding that of in a time of probation; the Ten Virgins we first behold the
Secondly, a similarity of state faithful servant in the regions of in a period of suspense; and the perfected just; and then the Thirdly, a development of real perfidious servant is presented to character, and an appropriate reour view in that place where de- tribution. parted spirits are experiencing the
That true Christians and false beginning of sorrows. Like Pha- professors should be associated in raoh's chief baker, that degraded the time of probation is no more servant is sent to the gloomy pri- than our Lord taught his disciples son as a preparatory measure : and to expect when, for their instruc“then," says the Saviour, will the tion, he delivered and interpreted candidates for the heavenly king- the parable of the wheat and noxi
ous plants resembling wheat growSee the Baptist Magazine for Jane, ing together till the time of harves 1828, page 247, &c.
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