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quiries and explanations, the affair was, he removed to Cricklade, he was the faithended by letters, expressing high approval ful, affectionate, uniform, disinterested friend and commendation on the part of Lords and helper, in every good word and work of Auckland and Hood, and an interview with him who now sorrowfully pronounces this Bishop Horsley, in which his lordship made testimony to departed worth and goodness. personal apology to Mr. Dyer, and freely By the church and congregation in this acknowledged his regret that he had unin: place, by the teachers of tbe sabbathtentionally misrepresented the Secretary of school, by the scholars in the school, and by Greenwich Hospital. “His righteousness every person, of every class, he was most was thus brought forth like the light, and highly respected and esteemed, and, I might his judgment as the noon-day."
add, tenderly and affectionately loved. His The influence which Mr. Dyer enjoyed, condescension, his dignity, the ineffable in these official situations, he ever employed sweetness of his mind and manners, diffused in a manner the most just and benevolent, peace and concord, and a Christlike loveli. and many a tear will be dropped in silence ness everywhere around him. It was a dark by those whose introduction into useful, day to many when Mr. Dyer felt that he was spheres, and whose subsequent prosperity led by Divine Providence to another sphere and happiness in life are ascribable to the of duty and service, in his removal to instrumentality, name, and character of him i Cricklade. whose departure from among us we, on this But the highest point of all to be regarded occasion, so deeply deplore.
and rejoiced in was, the depth and tenderAfter a period of useful and laborious ness of his personal religion. His first public service, extending through forty | serious impressions were occasioned by a years, in the two positions which have been conversation which he overheard between mentioned, Mr. "Dyer retired from the two poor women in Somersetshire, who had weight and pressure of his official obliga. been attending a field preacher, and who tions, to the repose and comfort of a private were talking to one another about the joy in life. He left London, and all the wide and | heaven among the angels of God, over a attached circle of his friends, and went to sinner that repenteth. There the first beam reside at Cricklade, a village in Wiltshire, of light entered into his mind, and after this not far from Salisbury Plain. It was hardly be retired, for the first time, alone to pray. to be expected that a transition from a life From that small germ, how stately and 80 active, to one so perfectly secluded, and beautiful the tree which subsequently arose, almost solitary, should long accord with the and was developed! For he came to be a tastes and habits of his mind. He accord. man of enlarged knowledge, firm faith, and ingly returned, after a few years spent at great usefulness. In the last interview I Cricklade, to the neighbourhood of London, had with him, which I did not at all expect and selected for himself a residence at Clap- | to be the last, he said, “ All is safe with me, ton, from which he removed, as his last I am on the rock of ages; I simply wait the change, to the mansions of glory, which time when Christ shall call me to himself." Christ bas prepared for his people, and And the basis of what he believed, he knew from which he will go no more out.
to be strong and indestructible. He rested But our chief concern and interest is in on the spotless sacrifice, the perfect obedi. that part of the life of Mr. Dyer, which ence, and the priestly intercession of our may be regarded as religious and ecclesiasti. Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, for his cal. He was firmly, and from conscientious acceptance with God. He perfectly under. conviction, a Nonconformist, under every stood, and deeply sympathised with St. outward and worldly inducement to the con. Paul, when he said, “That I may win Christ trary, as is apparent from the facts already and be found in him, not having mine own stated. But as a Nonconformist, nobody righteousness, which is of the law, but that could be more free from bitterness or bigotry, which is through the faith of Christ, the or narrowness of mind, nobody more full of righteousness which is of God by faith." love and charity to all, of every name, who And again, " I know whom I have believed, call upon the Lord Jesus Christ, both our and am persuaded that he is able to keep Lord and theirs. For several years he that which I have committed unto him filled the important ecclesiastical function against that day." of deacon to the Congregational church at He was a man of prayer ; his attendance Greenwich under the pastoral superintend. was regular, exact, and punctual at the ance of the Rev. J. Chapman.
weekly meetings for that purpose, where In the year 1820 he removed from Green- services were held which are grateful to the wich to this vicinity. He was immediately recollection of many who are passed into requested to fill the same office at Padding- heaven, and of many who still remain in the ton chapel, which he had formerly occupied conflict and pilgrimage of the present world. at Greenwich. With this request he at Whoever was absent, Mr. Dyer was there-once complied, and, till the year 1833, when and the pressure of the public, and ofttimes vexatious and difficult duties of the Admi. | love and concord, of wisdom, of knowledge, ralty, was never pleaded as an apology for of holiness, and joy : Christ, in his presence, non-attendance ; on the contrary, he seemed diffusing over them the light of his glory, to find in the house of God his solace, and and, through them, the plenitude of his refreshment, and consolation, amidst all the bliss. They are all crowned, they are a trials and collisions of tbe world.
diademed assembly, they are a congregation He was a man of great benevolence and of the honoured, illustrious, and victorious ; public spirit. The Board of Foreign Mis. they are the first fruits of all creatures ; sions had, for a long series of years, the they are the flower and prime of the empire advantage of his knowledge, wisdom, and of Christ, who sits upon the throne, and will counsel; and although, in the later period sit in the midst of them for ever. May you of his life, his energy and aptitude for busi- and I make our successful progress through ness were not what they had been, yet bis this world of strife, and difficulty, and danfriends knew how to value and appreciate ger, to that condition of honour and repose, his influence and assistance in manifold of holiness and compensation, to which our forms not here to be specified, and well re- departed and glorified brother has already membered what they had been in the ripe. | attained. ness and vigour, the prime and maturity of "Now to Him who is able to do exceed. his days. He had been a mighty man of ing abundantly above all that we ask or valour in his time, though he lived to find think, according to the power that worketh the grasshopper a burden, and to feel that in us, unto him be glory in the church, by the head and the hand could not, as in the Christ Jesus, throughout all ages, world spring time and summer of his life, perform without end. Amen." their enterprise.
He cheerfully gave up a valued (an invaluable) son to the missionary work, who, after a career of twenty years of laborious,
MRS. ELIZABETH GERVIS OPIE. indefatigable, self-denying service, with a
"No fear! happy-perfectly happy!" blameless name, a character sweet and were amongst the last words which flowed lovely as the morning-star, has fallen on the from the lips of the subject of the following field of glory. And in whatever form of brief memorial. Possessed of good natural personal exertion, or pecuniary contribu ability, and generous disposition, a mind tion, aid was required, which Mr. Dyer which could not stoop to a mean act, and a could render, he was ready, prompt, and temper at once ardent and amiable, affeccheerful with his presence and his means. tions warm and strong, and manners vivaWhat his hand found to do, he did with his cious and agreeable, the late Elizabeth might, and he was blessed in his deed. Gervis Opie was a favourite in her family,
His end was tranquil and serene, clouded and among a numerous circle of young by no donbt, ruffled by no fear. After friends. Her personal attractions were of two days of bodily suffering, difficulty of no common order, and difficult is it for respiration, and other symptoms of his ap- | those who knew her in the days of blooming proaching decease, he made his escape to health and beauty, to realize that that lovethat world," where the wicked cease from liness is now consuming in the cold, dark troubling, and the weary are at rest.” grave. Her fondness for music was exces.
His last words were, “ Oh that that faith sive, and long will ber fine voice dwell in were exchanged for sight. Lord Jesus come the memory of such as were wont to listen quickly to receive my spirit.” He is gone, to its ricb, yet sonorous tones. Never earth is despoiled of a treasure, heaven is again will those sounds enliven the evening enriched with a gem. “The memory of the circle, or the domestic group; but the rejust is blessed;" there is a bloom and a grets which this reflection might awaken fragrancy in the name of John Dyer, which are hushed by the thought that that voice will never die. We shall ever pronounce now swells the anthems of the blessed, and that name but with respect, solemnity, and aids the triumphant song of Moses and the love. “We are followers of them who, Lamb. Mrs. Opie's early years were spent through faith and patience, inherit the pro- amid the fascinations of gay life. Refermises ;' and are all mortal; we are all pil. ring, when lying on a dying bed, to that grims and strangers upon the earth ; we period, she said, more than once, “ I would are seeking a city which endures, whose not exchange my couch of suffering for the Builder and Maker is God. Oh, thrice season of health, although I then thought I happy, thrice glorious is that world where was as happy as I could be, for at that time all the faithful, the wise, the holy, the I was without God, and without hope in the humble, and the good of all ages, all coun- , world. In a note which she wrote, during tries, and all times, have met, and shall last autumn, to a relative, she made this meet, in grand association and confederacy, acknowledgment: “Even when in the midst to keep together an everlasting festival of of gaiety, I often heard a still small voice, saying to me, What doest thou here?' and expiring sentences can here be given. “How when I have retired for the night, have re- guilty, how unworthy am I! O, how I tired to weep.” Thus it is evident that a pray for that purity of heart which will partially enlightened conscience would not make me more spiritually-minded, for O permit her uninterruptedly to enjoy the what a holy God must I appear before. I pleasures of sin. The voice of this inward tremble when I think of it. May I but be monitor was, however, unheeded, as were in the lowest mansion in heaven. I shall also the counsels of a pious mother and en- rejoice, for Christ is there ; and where he is, deared relatives. God's thoughts towards I must be happy. He is the light of the her were thoughts of good, and not of evil; ' world, the bright and morning star. Think, and, to accomplish his purposes of love, He dearest mamma, what a mercy it is that I, laid low this dear young friend. “I have unworthy as I am, shall form one of the chosen thee in the furnace of affliction," Saviour's jewels." Her dear parent said was the Divine message, to which the suf. to ber, “You suffer much," she immediferer would oft reply, “ I know, O Lord, I ately replied, “I deserve all, and much that thy judgments are right, and that thou, more; I bless God for this affliction. He in faithfulness, hast afflicted me." Whilst saw it was the only way by which I could be yet a youthful bride, evidences of consump brought to him." At another time she said, tion were exhibited. Even before her “ Now I can give up all for Christ; yes, anxious friends were fully alarmed, Mrs. even my sweet, dear mother and husband ? Opie expressed her belief that the sickness I should have been thankful, might I have was unto death. With a short exception, been permitted to show my love to Jesus by she continued to entertain this opinion labouring in bis vineyard here on earth, but throughout the remaining six months of her it is all right, God is about to remove me to earthly pilgrimage. What a mercy was it | more perfect work in heaven." About this that, instead of indulging the fallacious time a relative, to whom she was much athope of recovery, which generally charac. tached, visiting her, she said, “Ah, dear! terizes the disease under which she laboured, you used to ask me to sing to you. You she was enabled, yes, compelled, to keep will never more listen to my songs; but eternity in constant view. As must be the
never mindcase wherever the work is genuine, the
« Soon in a sweeter, nobler song, first evidences that the Holy Spirit was at. I'll sing Christ's power to save, tracting her from the path of destruction to When this poor lisping stammering tongue the path of life, were a deep conviction of
Lies silent in the grave." sin, and a low prostration of soul before a She remarked to a friend, that she frejust and holy God. For many weeks, nay, quently pictured to her imagination the months, such was her sepse of an evil heart, beautiful service of the Established Church, and of distance from her Maker, that she (beautiful, when associated with a departed could scarcely entertain a hope that she believer,) being read over her entombed reshould be saved. The Sun of Righteous. | mains. Death, once so unwelcome, and ness, however, dispelled these thick, dark dreaded, had lost its sting, and the grave clouds, and she was enabled to lay hold of was disarmed of its terrors. A few days the promises, and, taking her standing as a | prior to ber decease sbe distributed her lost sinner beneath the droppings of Cal. | books and clothes amongst her sisters and vary's cross, to cry, “My Lord and my some friends, after which she remarked to her God." She now began to live. Fresh hopes, fresh objects, fresh expectations, Saviour will give me." A nosegay of white burst upon ber view. She wondered that crysanthemums being sent to her, she se" she could have lived so long without seeing lected some of the finest flowers, which she a loveliness in Jesus to desire him." Chris. gave to a beloved cousin, saying, “Do you tian friends felt it a privilege to visit her. remember your dear mamma giving one to Amongst the most valued of these was the each of us as we surrounded her dying bed, Rev. Mr. Cowie, of the Scotch Free Church, and comparing the golden centre to the Sun who, whilst the spirit remained in its clayey of righteousness, and the white leares to the tabernacle, was assiduous in his endeavours multitudes arrayed in white robes ? Dear to assist its growth in the knowledge of aunt! I shall soon be with her, and, if we Christ and him crucified. Although Mrs. may converse, I will tell her that I have Opie's sufferings were at times very great, seen you." Soon after, she requested that her sick room was marked by an air of one of these flowers might be placed in her cheerfulness, which told how bright were hand when lying in her coffin, which request the anticipations of its interesting inmate. was complied with. Her Bible was her She would sometimes say, “I am sinking constant companion, and when too weak to fast, but do not grieve for me. God calls peruse its sacred pages, she would ask her me with the voice of love." Her maturity | mother to read to her. She spoke a faithful for heaven was rapid. A few only of her word to all who came near her, entreating
such as were strangers to vital godliness to
"* Nothing in my hand I bring, seek the Lord whilst in the possession of
Simply to thy cross I cling.' health and strength.
Blessed Saviour! what are my sufferings In the afternoon of Wednesday, Novem- when compared with his! O that I might ber the 15th, the dear invalid sat up for be permitted to communicate to you the some hours in an easy chair. Her mind joys of heaven which I shall so soon know !" was very composed. She asked her mamma Two or three hours of severe conflict sucto sing to her the Evening Hymn, and at. ceeded, during which the frequent assurance tempted to join in one verse, but was unable of "perfect happiness" was confirmed by to proceed. She then said, “Will you read the serenity which marked ber lovely counto me the 23rd of Luke?" After this wish tenance. About midnight she fell asleep, had been met she exclaimed, “O talk to me to wake no more until that glorious mornof Jesus, I want to hear of none beside." ing dawn, when the dead in Christ shall About five o'clock she retired to bed. For rise. Then, clothed in its Saviour's image, some time she lay still, without speaking. the immortal form shall rejoin the waiting Suddenly she screamed. Her mother, wbo disembodied spirit, and, fully satisfied, and was alone with her in the room, ran to her made perfect, the endeared subject of this side, and immediately perceived that the brief sketch shall enter into the joy of her king of terrors had indeed arrived. Fixing Lord. We sorrow not as those who have her eyes on her parent she said, “I am no hope—for those who sleep in Jesus will dying." Then gazing upwards with a smile God bring with him. of inexpressible sweetness, she uttered
THOUGHTS ON THE PRESENT SCARCITY We are not the interpreters of the ways of AND DEARTH.
God, and dare not pronounce upon the It cannot be questioned, by any right
specific intentions of the All-Wise and Allthinking mind, that God's judgments are
Perfect Being. But when great calamities abroad in our land. If this great and solemn
are sent to any people, we may assure oor. fact is overlooked, the moral and religious
selves that they are intended to chasten benefits of the visitation will be lost, and
them for their sins, to call them to repent
ance, to remind them that there is verily a other displays of Divine chastisement may yet be looked for. The thought of tens of depend on him, that be can bow down the
God that judgeth in the earth, that all thousands of our countrymen approaching hearts of the proudest and loftiest, and that the very verge of starvation, is a monitory and awful lesson of Divine Providence. We
when the poor and needy cry for help, be
can raise up benefactors for them in the cannot contemplate it without feeling that the Almighty Disposer of events is speaking
hour of their deep calamity. May He who loudly to all ranks and classes in the midst
has sent these national afflictions upon Great of us, to consider their ways, and to turn
Britain abundantly sanctify them to every unto Him that smiteth. How easy were it
individual apart, and every family apart 1 for God to make the case of the few that of the many-to cut off the staff of life from the people at large, and to send cleanness of
GOVERNMENT PROPOSALS FOR THE EDU. teeth into all our borders, with disease and pestilence, the ordinary accompaniments of famine.
We had fully intended, this month, to Surely the events which now demand our have continued our remarks on the controsympathy for multitudes of sufferers, call at versy which has arisen between Mr. Baines the same time for deep searchings of heart, and Dr. Vaughan, on the subject of national among high and low, rich and poor. Is education, with the view mainly of softening there not a cause in all for the distress asperities, and placing the facts of the case which now abounds? Have not our indi- in their true lights; but since the appear. vidual, our family, our national transgres- ance of our February number, the developsions provoked the Great Ruler of nations ? ment of the views and purposes of Go. Are not our pride, luxury, dissipation, infi- vernment, in reference to education, have delity, profaneness, and irreligion sufficient awakened such intense alarm, in many most to account for the threatening aspects of the enlightened quarters, that it becomes our times ?
duty to suspend all further remarks, at
CATION OF THE PEOPLE.
present, on the differences of our friends, such a vast extent the amount of Bible edu. and to address ourselves to the duty which cation, to be all at once arrested in their an unexpected crisis has devolved upon us. glorious career, by the adoption of Govern
We are, it appears, from the Marquis of ment plans, never fairly discussed in Par. Lansdowne's statements in the House of liament, nor subjected to the test of public Lords, to have a vast engine of national opinion ? Well may our friend Mr. Baines education set to work, grafted upon the appeal to the Marquis of Lansdowne in the "Minutes of the Committee of Council on following terms. His Lordship ought to Education, in August and December, 1846," | listen to the voice of a sincere friend. involving an enormous outlay of public | “And whilst you thus load the church money, the appointment of a vast multitude with influence and patronage, what effect of government agents, and intended to per will your measure have on dissenters and vade and affect the whole country, without their schools ? It professes impartiality. the formality even of a public bill, or any It offers belp to all schools alike. But opportunity being afforded to the friends what will be its practical working? You of education to express their concurrence or know that those who consistently hold dissent, except such as may be supplied to the Voluntary principle cannot receive any them when the votes of the year are placed | of the money which you so profusely scatter. before Parliament.
You know this, because in your speech you We do think, and we know we express alleged the scruples of the Voluntaries as the convictions of tens of thousands who one reason for not introducing an entire have made large sacrifices, in various ways, / system of Government education. Then if to promote the interests of sound scriptural dissenters refuse the grants of money, see education, that such a course on the part of the cruel position in which they are placed. Government, is very unfair, and is greatly | You lure away their schoolmasters, by your calculated to disturb the confidence, and to | grants, gratuities, and pensions. You lure wound the feelings of their best friends. away their scholars, by the advantages of We say it not in anger but in grief, they pupil-teachers, stipendiary monitors, Queen's ought not so to deal with a question which, scholars, appointments in the revenue deat the present moment, exercises the deep partments, school-gardens, workshops, kitchthoughis and the powerful determinations ens, and washhouses in the church schools, of some of the best and wisest men in the You lure their school.committees to desert country.
their principles, and accept your money. We are not alarmists, but we predict, You lure their subscribers to give up their from all we have seen of the working of the subscriptions, under pretence that Governcommittee of council on education, that if ment grants ought to be accepted. You the unconstitutional increase of power and may look with composure on these undermoney contemplated shall take place, in mining and sapping processes; but depend less than ten years the education of the upon it, my lord, there are scores of thoupeople will be in the hands of the clergy ; sands of dissenters, hitherto favourable to not, indeed, because they are more sin your party, who will regard the measure, as cerely anxious to perform their part in the | I do, with the liveliest indignation. great work of enlightened and scriptural “Every dissenter will see that this meaeducation; not that they originally took the sure is erecting a new religious establish. lead in those efforts which have so materi- | ment-a school establishment appended to ally improved the state of public education ; tbe church establishment. It is not a mea. but because they will one and all avail sure for secular education, but distinctly a themselves of the grants of money dispensed measure for religious education, and, in all by Government, and will, from the aristo- church schools, for education in the princi. cratic position they occupy, be able, upon ples of the Church of England, to which the plan pursued by the committee of you will compel the dissenter to pay, as you council on education, to command for now compel him to pay tithes and churchChurch of England training-that is, for rates. sectarian education – nine-tenths of the “Why should the Wesleyan, the Inde. money voted by Parliament.
pendent, the Baptist, the Quaker, and every Is it fair, we ask, thus to deal with the other nonconformist, be forced by a new great body of dissenters? Is it constitue law to pay for the teaching of doctrines tional to involve them in a heavy system of wbich tbey do not believe, and the uphold. taxation, the benefits of which they eithering of a system which they regard as uncannot or will not enjoy! Is all their self- scriptural ! sacrificing devotion, for the last forty years, “As the church are in general the richer to the cause of education to be thrown to class, and the dissenters the poorer, your the winds ? Are those philanthropic men, measure is one of aggravated cruelty to who have done so much to enlighten and the latter. Knowing as you do that they stir the public mind, and to increase to I cannot accept of grants for their own