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united with him in prayer at their meeting. | forth in her; and the Divine support she expeThe emperor remarked that he should never rienced in the extremity of her afflicting illness forget the opportunity, and as the deputa- proved in the most convincing and sustain. tion withdrew he took each of them by the ing manner to her bereaved relatives, 'that hand, and said, “I part with you as a friend the Lord was her strength and song, and is and a brother." Subsequently, during an become her salvation.' Everlasting praises interview with the late Thomas Clarkson, be unto Him who feeds bis flock like a Esq., in Paris, the emperor very kindly in- shepherd, and wbo gatbers the lambs with quired after Mr. Wilkinson and the two his arms and carries them in his bosomn.'" friends who formed the deputation to wait In the autumn of 1832 Mr. Wilkinson on him in London, and said the two hours' delivered four discourses in London, which conversation that he had held with them were taken down in short band, and pub. were among the most agreeable hours he lished without his cognizance, as the editor had spent in Englaod, that the religious | very justly remarks, " for their intrinsic opportunity which he then had with them excellence.” There were also two sermons made a very serious impression on his delivered by him at the Friends' Meetingmind, such a one indeed as he believed he house in Manchester, and one at Liverpool, should never forget, and he could not but and published under similar circumstances, have a high regard for the Society to which which alike breathe a spirit of deep-toned three such good men belonged.

piety and ardent zeal for the conversion of In the year 1829 it pleased Almighty God his fellow-sinners. to visit our dear friend with an overwhelm. In addition to Mr. Wilkinson's intimate ing afliction, in the removal by death of an acquaintance with the classics, few men only, beloved, and most interesting child, at were more conversant with theology, ancient the age of thirteen years and eight months, and modern history, and general literature : which he bore with Christian fortitude and he also possessed no mean knowledge of the sweetest resignation to the Divine will. arts and sciences. He was distinguished by

“ It may not be uninteresting to add,” a noble and generous spirit, an enlarged observes her bereaved parent, (and the and benevolent heart; he was blest with a digression, we feel assured, will be readily placidity of temper, of most gentlemaply pardoned,) " that from a very early age she and urbane manners, and endowed with a showed a remarkably kind, generous, and mind of a superior order, abounding in in. affectionate disposition; and although she tellectual resources, delighting in the bear. had much susceptibility and quickness she ties of nature, but, above all, adorned with took unwearied pains with herself, and was humility and that Christian love which hal. favoured to acquire a noble and forgiving lowed all the other gifts and graces Provi. temper. She was of a delicate constitution, dence had so liberally bestowed on him. but when in health she was full of vivacity In the month of February, 1836, Mr. and activity. She had an uncommonly pene. Wilkinson seceded from the Society of trating mind and a very fine understand. Friends, and published his “ Quakerism ing. She possessed a remarkable facility in Examined,” in reply to a letter of Samuel making herself acquainted with the marrow Tuke, in wbich he displayed the powers of of a book, and when requested she could his well-cultivated and vigorous mind. Subreadily give an account of its contents. sequently he became a member of the She made considerable progress in the ac. Established Church. He was no bigot, but quisition of the English, Latin, and French revered good men of every denomination. languages, and shortly before her last illness He was a liberal supporter of all the various she gave an elegant translation of part of societies having for their object the spread the first book of the Æneid; but for some of the gospel and the improvement of the months before her death her mind was so moral and religious condition of his fellow. much occupied with scriptural and devo. creatures. Love to all mankind was deeply tional reading, that other studies were very engraven on his heart, and his charity little attended to. Amidst all her liveliness towards every class was commensurate with her sense of religion never seemed to be the dictates of his liberal soul, which ever laid aside; the tenour of her conduct was devised liberal things, so that it may justly such as to show that religion had become a be said of him as of the patriarch of old, living principle in her. From an early age “ When the ear heard him, then it blessed she was in the practice of seeking some him ; and when the eye saw him it gave place of retirement for the purpose of pour. witness to him, because he delivered the ing out her soul in prayer to that adorable poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him Being who might truly be said to have been that had none to help him. The blessing her morning light. That her humble and of him that was ready to perish came down earnest supplications were graciously an- upon him, and he caused the widow's heart swered there can be no doubt, because the to sing for joy." That imperfections mingled fruits of the Spirit were abundantly brought in his character we cannot doubt, for be

was human ; but surely of him it may with blessing of the adorable Head of the church, truth be said,

Jesus Christ, been made the means of bring“E'en his failings lean'd to virtue's side.”

ing tens of thousands to an acquaintance

with himself, who were (and for anything we All who had the bappiness to share his in. can see or know to the contrary must othertimacy will readily unite in this testimony. wise have continued) in absolute and bope. His friendships were those of the heart. less debasement and darkness ; and as I He has left behind him an example that cannot doubt the institutions I have named may instruct and encourage others. His will continue to be made subservient in praise is in all the churches, and his memory their various degrees to the same blessed purwill long be embalmed in the recollection pose, I consider a contribution towards the of his many and sincerely attached friends. support of them to be the best use to which He died to live the life enjoyed in the para. the bulk of the property I am entrusted dise of heaven, and this life our departed with can be applied, because I know of no friend has obtained. Let the assurance of persons who can fairly be said to have any it be the solace and joy of his surviving and datural claim upon me beyond what this highly-esteemed widow, family, and friends. my last will provides for." To him to live was Christ; to die has been " To do good and to communicate forget gain.

not; for with such sacrifices God is well On the 2nd of January last the mortal pleased." remains of the dear departed were interred in a brick grave in the churchyard attached to the newly-erected church at Hazlemere,

CHARLES KENNEDY, ESQ. in the presence of a large assembly of his towns-people who had congregated to wit.

Died, at New York, U.S., February 1st, ness the mournful scene.

1847, Charles Kennedy, Esq. Mr. Wilkinson's will has been proved by Of the early part of the life of this "man his executors in the Prerogative Court of of God” there is nothing particularly to reCanterbury under 18,0001., and which con- mark, excepting that having several times tains, subject to Mrs. Wilkinson's life in. gone to New York on business, he had un. terest, the following munificent bequests :

bappily fallen into that kind of society

which fastened ipfidel notions of religion in British and Foreign Bible Society

£3,000 his mind, although without interfering with London Missionary Soc ety

2,000 Church Missionary Society

his accustomed moral conduct.

1,500 Baptist Missionary S ciety

1,500 His scepticism, however, was a source of Wesleyan Missionary Society

1.000 constant anxiety to the well-regulated family Relivious Tract Society

1,000 London Association in Aid of Missions of the

of which he was a member. But God had United Brethren called Moravians

1,500

designs of mercy towards him. He was a Pastoral-Aid Society

chosen vessel made to honour, and to be Irish Society of London for promoting the fitted for the Master's use at an earlier

Education and Religious Instruction of the Native Irish, through the medium of

period than his friends anticipated. About their own language

five years ago he was first introduced to

Miss A, B., an intimate friend of his sister's. Mr. Wilkinson, in making these bequests, This acquaintance, after some lapse of time, observes : “Now, although to some persons becoming more intimate, at length, towards it may appear that the proportion of my the beginning of last year, proposals of the personal property which I have directed to most serious kind were made by Mr. K. to be ultimately applied to uses connected with this young lady. Knowing, as she did, bis the propagation of the gospel is too large, infidel principles, she felt it necessary to be I must offer as a reason for these bequests, firm and explicit on so momentous a subthat I view the great cause of the gospel as ject. Her reply, therefore, at once was, of paramount importance, since I daily and " I honour your talents as a man of eduhourly feel that, were it not for the hope of cation; I respect you as a member of a the gospel, life would be little better than a family with whom I have long been acburthen to me, notwithstanding that (en- quainted ; and I also esteem you as a friend; tirely beyond my desert) I am surrounded yet if our friendship is to continue, let the with every outward comfort that a reason- subject of a nearer connection nerer be able person could desire. I consider it again named to me. I can never give my therefore to be my present duty to endea. | hand to a man who despises that which to vour to show my gratitude to God for his me is an anchor of the soul, sure and sted. unmerited mercy to me in making me a fast.' "" The acquaintance was accordingly partaker of the faith and hope of the gospel broken of; and Mr. K. made preparations of his beloved Son, by giving both coun- for returning to America. tenance and support to those institutions The thoughts and ways of God essentially which I do in any heart believe have, by the differ from those of men. Several well.

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educated and pious persons were destined terminated in his death. He expired last to be Mr. K.'s companions during his voy- Monday, the 1st of February, leaving be. age. The leisure and necessary intercourse hind him satisfactory assurance that though of cabin passengers frequently brought them absent from the body he is present with the together; and religion on these occasions Lord.' No one who witnessed his calm and was the prevailing topic of conversation. peaceful exit from this world of sin and To perceive the mind of an estimable young sorrow, could wish to recall his spirit back; man alienated from God, and without the and when comforts of religion, sat heavily on the minds of Mr. K.'s new friends. The evi.

We think that all his pains are fled,

His toils and sorrows closed for ever; dences of religion became the reiterated While He whose blood for man was shed subject of their conferences. Books, and Has placed upon his servant's head especially the Holy Scriptures, were referred

A crown that fadeth never!' to ; and many a petition was put up to Perhaps few things are more calculated to “the God of all grace." The mind of Mr. interest our warmest affections, or excite K. received a favourable impression. That the tear of sympathy, than the early death hand which opened the heart of Lydia, of an amiable young man, whose affable, Paul's hearer, was pleased to open his. gentle manners and highly cultivated unMr. K. was brought to see himself a sinner. derstanding have endeared him to all with He was likewise a suppliant at the feet of whom he was acquainted."

“ From that gracious Saviour whom he had so long the beginning of my dear friend's illness, despised and rejected. His soul was in he apprehended a speedy dissolution, though bitterness, but the pardoning word at length he made no direct allusion to it till after came, I am thy salvation," and he re- the receipt of Miss A. B.'s letters. He joiced in God his Saviour. On his arrival was deeply affected by their contents; and at New York he was introduced by one of turning to me soon after reading them said, his fellow.travellers to the minister of a *B-, man proposes, but God disposes.' church in that city, and of which he soon He then adverted to the probability of his became a member.

death with a calmness and composure which His heart thus delivered from the thral- | indicated that all was right within. He spoke dom of Satan, he again turned his thoughts of Miss A. B. in most endearing terms, and towards his beloved A. B., in England. extorted a promise from me that I would The acquaintance was renewed, and such write and offer her consolation, should he not proofs were given of Mr. K.'s sincerity that recover. The few last weeks of his life were very not a doubt could remain of his conversion bright and luminous; they shone resplendent to God. The family of each party acquiesced with heavenly light and love. The things in what was proposed to be done. The day of the kingdom of heaven appeared to bim for the intended union was fixed, and active infinitely glorious ; and even when delirium preparations made for the expected marriage. prostrated his mind his heart overflowed

Mr. K.'s arrangements being completed in with happiness, and his lips were tuned with the United States, according to letters receiv- praise." ed from him, he was fully expected in Eng- Readers, especially among the young, land not later than the first week in March of how many important lessons does this short the present year. The arrival of this period narrative teach us! Is it true that man was anticipated with some solicitude. The proposes, but that God disposes? Then, time stated having arrived, every coming indeed, are our lives in his hand; and it hour was looked forward to as that, when becomes us so “to number our days that expectation should be turned into reality.

we may apply our hearts unto wisdom!" God, however, had determined otherwise.

ΔΙΑΚΟΝΟΣ. . In the midst of this anxiety a letter was received from an intimate friend of Mr. K.'s giving information of his death; and hereby overwhelming the family most interested in the expected event, together with a numer- On Wednesday, January 25th, were in. ous circle of friends, in the deepest sorrow. terred in the burial ground adjoining the Yet this severe visitation was mingled with chapel, amidst unusual demonstrations of great consolation, arising from the testimony esteem and friendship, shown by the memof this dying Christian. A short extract from bers of his church and congregation, by his the letter itself will suffice. “ It is with brethren the ministers of the county, and inexpressible pain," says the writer, “ that also by some of the most influeptial of his I am under the necessity of reporting fellow-townsmen, the mortal remains of the mournful tidings. On the 6th of January late Rev. David Smith, minister of the InMr. K. was attacked with scarlet fever, dependent chapel, Brentwood, Esses. which, after an illness of nearly a month, For nearly half a century, in this town, (which he bore with Christian patience,) he "served God in the gospel of his Son."

REV. DAVID SMITH.

By the amiableness of his disposition ; by Christian church in this town; having prehis unimpeachable fidelity in the proclama. served in it, during a long series of years, tion of the truth ; by his exemplary deport- unbroken peace and harmony; having raised ment, and uniform exemplification of the it to such a state of vigour and influence as moral excellence of the gospel; and by his to render indispensable the erection of a new unsectarian spirit, which, overlooking party place of worship ; and having, by "works distinctions, delighted in the fellowship of of faith and labours of love,'' for the geneall who “hold the Head," and embrace the rål as well as for the local good,“ served his essentials of our common Christianity,--he generation according to the will of God,”— acquired for himself, from all classes of the on Monday, January 18th, "he fell asleep, community, the renown of being “a good and was gathered to his fathers," having man," and received from all the religious been seized by a violent inflammation of the parties to whom he was known, the most bronchial tubes, which, in a few hours, tercordial expressions of Christian regard. minated his mortal career, and introduced

Having in the face of many difficulties, his sainted spirit into the presence of his involving serious self-denial, founded a Lord,

Home Chronicle.

FINAL APPEAL.

DR. REED'S BRIEF AND

stitutions cannot be effected even by the

author of the “ Appeal” himself, we are “ Brief ?" Yes, five and a half more disposed to press the question, Who is Dr. columns of newspaper scandal! “Final ! Reed that he should take upon himself the Well, there is some comfort in that word. task of treating the Board of London Direc. But what can honest Christian men think of tors as if they were either knaves or fools ? the “Appeal ?" One writes to us,

" Can

We could name many on that Board, always Dr. Reed be in his sober senses?" Another, at their post, whose age, experience, educa* Has be pot some secret reason?” А tional advantages, piety, practical wisdom, third, “What a sad figure he cuts him. and punctual attendance to duties which self, and makes others cut with him!” A Dr. Reed has totally neglected, entitle them fourth, “ The poison of asps is under his to a standing in our Society which he has lips, and his mouth is full of cursing and never reached, and which he was never so bitterness." A fifth, “How sad that a far from reaching as at the present moment. Christian man should so abuse his powers !The author of the “ Appeal" is obviously And multitudes of the most venerable and inflated with a feeling of his extraordinary experienced of our brethren, in town and discernment and penetration. No one has country, express their strong conviction that such a sound judgment as his. All must the author of the " Appeal” must repent be wrong who cannot indorse his extreme bitterly of his sin, before he can die in opinions. The Directors are all, and have peace. It is certainly a gross libel on men been, asleep at their posts. Their action is whose reputation, individually considered, weakness and feebleness itself. Nothing can is quite equal to his own, and who, in their restore them to right reason but submission aggregate and associated capacity, must be -absolute submission-to the counsels of as fifty to one. And who is Dr. Reed, after their gifted brother. all, that he should thus deal with his breth. Now, to this tyranny of individual opinion ren and with the cause of Christ ? Does he and will, we never intend to yield ourselves. centre, in his own person, all the wisdom Dr. Reed must first convince us that he is and all the virtue of the Congregational ' right, and that we are wrong; he must do body in London? We protest, that we this, as a Christian brother, with a little have seen no one, in or out of the Direction, less assumption, and a little more charity ; of our own denomination or of any other, he must come on board the missionary who thinks that, at the present moment, ship, and lay his hands about him like the Dr. Reed occupies either an honourable or rest of the crew; he must keep his watch, an enviable position.

and stand at the helm, and unfurl the sail, If, indeed, extreme self-complacency and endure fatigue, as many good sailors could be substituted for matured wisdom, have been doing on board this noble vessel and if newspaper assaults on his brethren for the last thirty years,-and then may he could supply the place of hard labour in the hope to acquire influence, and that his counduties connected with the Mission House, sels will have weight, when his motives and then Dr. Reed would be a man of first-rate conduct are entirely freed from all suspi. qualifications. But as such miraculous sub- cion.

men.

Hitherto, Dr. R. has been acting the part | behalf of the Missionary Board. It is comof an aristocrat, looking down upon his posed of imperfect and erring men; and, working brethren in the Direction, as from had Dr. Reed made his appearance in it, it some imaginary height; but never stoop- would only bave been a little more impering to mingle with them, to identify him- fect than it is. But, upon a most deliberate self with them, to exchange thoughts and solemn review of all the matters in with them, to take part in their toils and which the Directors have been accused, in auxieties, to subject himself to the censures this controversy, from a thorough knowledge of discontented, bilious, and self-seeking of the entire case, we give it as our settled

He has been, at best, but a sort of conviction, a conviction which death itself amateur Director of the Society, looking in will not, cannot disturb, that their conto the Board once or twice in a year; and sciences may be calm and unruffled, though then we have always perceived that, when he their hearts may be sad. has deigned to utter anything in the pre- No man will ever be able to deprive them sence of his brethren, it has been with an of the conviction, that, as a Board of Direcair of oracular dignity which could not fail tion, they did all for Tahili that the course to impress them with a feeling of the vast of events enabled them to do; and it is for importance which he attached to these his a lamentation that any man, calling him. angel.visits. Now, against the dictation of self a brother in Christ, should attempt to all aristocratic and amateur Directors of our force an opposite conclusion upon the several societies, we enter our loud and public mind, at this late period, merely earnest protest ; we neither want aristocrats because he thinks that, by certain methods nor amateurs, but hard working men, who of his, he could have saved our missions in will come and do their duty, attend to the that island. It may be so, but he can order and succession of mission business, never prove it; and if it be really a fact that labour, instead of criticise,--and by such he did nothing worth namiog, at the time, men we will consent to be taught, and, if to realize his own fond conception, how sad need be, to be corrected and reproved, pro- is it now to come forward as the accuser of vided they do not forget the Christian and his brethren, who laboured, with the utmost the gentleman, and rebuke us, first of all, earnestness, to discharge a difficult, anxious, in the pages of a public print.

and almost overwhelming duty? We have glanced at Dr. Reed's “ Final The Jubilee, too, is gone, and cannot be Appeal” with exquisite and unutterable recalled. But those of us.—and they were pain, and deem it a hopeless thing to pro. many,—who worked hard for many months, long controversy with an antagonist who late and early, far and near, to make it prooverlooks all the facts and all the arguments ductive, need be but little troubled by a adduced by those whom he has publicly charge of failure from Dr. Reed, who did accused, and who introduces new matter of nothing literally to make it what he comcomplaint, at every stage of the unhappy plains it was not. It surely required a concontest, to give plausibility to his original siderable measure of that coolness and selfunprovoked and gratuitous attack. We may possession, for which our brother is so renow defy any man to conquer Dr. Reed markable, in his circumstances, to prefer in an argument. He will take care that no such a charge. logical arrow shall get between the joints of And, China! blessed be God, without his armour. He writes for effect; and ad. any material change in the course of the verse facts and posing statements are nothing Directors, begins to look up. The public to him. He gives the go-by to them all, mind is stirred, and in the right quarters without seeming to think that he has done too. Young men of great promise are any thing strange. He has not, in this par. i coming forward to offer themselves to the ticular, the perceptions of ordinary minds, work. It required a season to spread inbut is, in all respects, a law unto himseif. telligence, to impress the rising ministry He appeals to the prejudiced and the dis. with the new and imposing claims of the contented, and he well knows how to do it Chinese mission, and we are now looking with effect. But, after all, will be like his forward with more than ordinary prayer and new company ? And, should he succeed in hope. We shall soon look to Dr, Reed for forming a party against our noble Society, his 3001. per annum for China, for the will this prove a comfort to him in a dying amount which he intended to have raised hour? He has wounded and grieved four- when China was opened, and for the arrears fifths of his ministerial brethren, in town and kept back by bim for the last two or three country, and for what? Why, for the sake years. Less than 10001. will not relieve his of telling the world, in rather a forbidding conscience. way, that he is a wiser and better man than As to the Secretariat of the Society, in any of them.

its present most efficient condition, it can Truly this whole matter is a very afilictive afford to be calon under all the provocation

We urge no plea of perfection on to which it has been subjected for many

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