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7. Congregational Calendar for 1847. Jackson and Walford.
8. Letters to the Right Hon. Lord John Russell, First Lord of the Treasury, on Slate Education. With an Appendix, containing Correspondence with W. Ewart, Esq., M.P.; a Letter to the Rev. Dr. Vaughan ; and Replies to the Westminster and British Quarterly Reviews. By EDWARD BAINES, Jun., author of the “History of the Cotton Manufacture.” 8vo. Pp. 146. Simpkin, Marshall, and Co.
2. The Great Commandment. By the author of “The Listener," “Christ our Example," &c. Small 8vo. pp. 344. Seeley.
3. The Sunday-school Union Magazine. Conducted by the Committee of the Sunday-school Union. Vol. III. 1846. 12mo. pp. 528. Sundayschool Union.
4. A Voice from China and India, relative to the Evils of the Cultivation and Smuggling of Opium. In Four Letters to the Right Hon. Lord John Russell, First Lord of Her Majesty's Treasury. By JAMES Peggs, late Missionary at Cuttack, Orissa, author of “India's Cry to Humanity," &c., &c. 8vo. Pp. 90. Harvey and Darton.
5. Orissa : its Geography, Statistics, History, Religion, and Antiquities. By ANDREW STIRLING, Esq., late Persian Secretary to the Bengal Government. To which is added, A History of the General Baptist Mission established in the Province. By JAMES PEGGs, late Missionary at Cuttack, Orissa, &c., &c. 8vo. pp. 416. John Snow.
6. A Brief Memorial of the late Mr. Joseph Trumper, of Thorney, Bucks. 12mo. Pp. 60. Hamilton, Adams, and Co.
9. Popular Education in England. Reprinted from NO. VIII. of “ The British Quarterly Review."* With a Reply to the Letter of Mr. Edward Baines, Jun., on that article. By ROBERT VAUGHAN, D.D., 8vo. PP. 84. Jackson and Walford.
10. Equity without Compromise; or, Hints for the Construction of a just System of National Education; (third edition;) with Remarks on Dr. Hook's Pamphlet, and the Letters of Edward Baines, Jun., Esq., to Lord John Russell. By EDWARD Swaine, Member of the Congregational Board of Education. J.Snow.
led me into such terror of conscience, that Mrs. Barrett was the widow of the Rev. for some time I was afraid Satan would William Barrett, pastor of the Independent fetch me away in the night. I thought I chapel, Petersfield, in Hampshire. She was must make myself better before I could born at Basingstoke, May 31st, 1772, and hope for pardon; and I began to read many was first awakened to religious anxiety, prayers and meditations for the day-still when about seventeen years of age, by it did not come from the heart-I knew means of a Tract, or Godly book, as it was not what to do. About this time Mr. Ridg. then termed, which she bought of a travel- way, our minister, preached from those ling pedlar at her father's door, entitled words in Isaiah, xxvii. 13, “And it shall “ The Heavenly Messenger; or, the Child's come to pass in that day, that the great plain Pathway to eternal Life." It was an trumpet shall be blown, and they sball come account of a little girl under concern about which were ready to perish :' and under this her soul at nine years of age; it said she discourse my hard heart was melted into a was afraid she should go to hell. “I read flood of tears. I felt, unless Christ inter. it,” dear Mrs. Barrett says, “ again and posed, I must perish for ever — I could again, and was much affected by the thought then cry, with the poor publican, God be if such a child was afraid of going to merciful to me, a sinner.' How earnestly hell-how must it be with me, that was did I cry to God, that I might see my innearly as old again. I had such a dreadful terest in Jesus, when these words came to idea of the wrath of God, that I thought my mind with much power— Look unto there was no hope for me. I was a stranger me, and be ye saved.' I was sitting near to prayer, and the consolations the gospel a window in a flood of tears ; when I looked imparted; what to do I did not know; up, I thought I saw Jesus, with open arms I thought I would converse with a pious ready to receive me, and seemed to hear him aunt, and she directed me to her minister, say, Come, be of good courage, thy sins who gave me every encouragement to perse- are forgiven thee.' I cannot describe my vere, and said he trusted it was the first feelings ; I cried out, Begone, Satan, bestep to conversion ; he begged me to keep gone, I have gained the victory; Christ is close to God by prayer and supplication, mine and I am his '--Lord thou knowest that he would enable me to withstand the all things, thou knowest I love thee,' I temptations of Satan; then should I know fell on my knees, and blessed God for such if I followed on to know the Lord. Soon a manifestation of his covenant love. After after I left him, the thought came to my this, I felt peace and joy in believing. Oh, mind, it was time for me to think of reli- what beauty and loveliness did I then see gion, that I might pray and pray again, in the Bible, which I could see in no other and the Lord would not hear me. This book; the invitation of Christ to love him
touched my thoughtless and hard heart, | bave been many, but she says there was a that led me to think if I could love him I needs be for them all. should be the happiest being in the world;
"Oh 'tis in mercy now I see for every amusement appeared dull, to
Each woe is sent that troubles me; what I felt when reading the Bible and in "T is for some good, some gracious end; prayer; and the thought of being preserved
"T is from my Father and my friend.' from the temptations of Satan, and the “Yes, it is to bring me to the feet of allurements of a wicked world, and to have Jesus, to depend entirely on him, as my Christ for my friend in this life, and heaven all-sufficient and everlasting friend, and beyond the grave, was a subject that afforded blessed be his name, he has never forsaken the greatest delight; and as I grew in me, but with his compassionate arm upheld knowledge of myself as a sinner, and Christ me under all my trials, or I must have sunk as an able and willing Saviour, to pardon under them. But oh, how sweet have the all my transgressions, by suffering and promises been to my soul. It was, and bleeding on the cross to atone for my sins, I trust is to the present moment, my memelted me down into penitential tears, that ditation, day and night; and my prayer is, God should so love the world as to give that I may enjoy the power of them on my his only Son to die for sinners who hath dying bed, and that every fear of the artibroken the law of God, and who deserved cle of that trying hour may be removed, to die themselves. Now I began to be that I may feel the sting of death taken concerned for the souls of all I loved, my from me, and the rod and staff of my dear young friends, that they might be brought Saviour carrying me through the dark valley to love and learn of Jesus, who was to me of the shadow of death, conducting me to the chief among ten thousand and the alto. the realms of bliss, to sing the song of gether lovely; and I can say, under many Moses and the Lamb for ever, when sin, persecutions and oppositions, and the great Satan, and unbelief, will have no more est discouragements, I never repented hav. power over me. ing decided on the Lord's side; but could
"Oh to grace how great a debtor.' say with Moses, I would rather suffer affliction with the people of God, than en. “How good have I found it, to be under joy the pleasures of sin for a season.' Hav. the discipline of my dear heavenly Father ; ing Christ for my friend, I was enabled to not one trial, I trust, has been in vain, besubmit to the many trials and bereavements cause they drove me nearer to my God. Oh which I have been called to endure." that my mind may be continually staid upon
Him. I can now," dear Mrs. Barrett says, Dear Mrs. Barrett was much persecuted
“ enter into sweet intercourse with my dear by her friends, her own mother having died heavenly Father : Yes, I can say, Abba, when she was little more than four years of
Father, my God, and my portion." age, and her father, who was ungodly, Her anxiety for her children will be seen by having married again; but all her friends a note in her diary:~"Oh, how do I feel,'' on her own mother's side, were remarkably she says, “ for my beloved children, lest eminent for their piety and prayer. Some they should not be with me and their dear time after this she lost two very pious sisters Father in heaven. What! banished from by death, which was a very heavy trial to her. our God in the great day of the LordIn December 6, 1795, she married the Rev. (cutting thought)-I could say with the William Barrett, with whom she lived most prophet, “Oh, that my head were waters, happily, until December 6, 1807; and in and my eyes a fountain of tears,' if it referring to this event, our beloved friend would save them: I would weep and wrestle says, “I thought, under this most painful | day and night for their salvation ; but the dispensation of Providence, Oh that I had Lord's arm is not shortened that it canthe tongue of an angel, and opportunity, not save, nor his ear heavy that he cannot how I would declare to widows in particular,
hear ;' then while I have life I will pray of the faithfulness of God to me, his com and pray again, like the importunate widow ; passionate tenderness and love was beyond I will not let him go until the Lord has conception.
said thy prayers are heard, and thy request “To those who had no God to go to un shall be granted. To my God, the omni. der so pungent a trial, I earnestly entreated scient God, I can appeal; the thousands of them to make God their friend, to seek him tears I have shed on my bed and in secret, without delay; He was, indeed, a Father | because I did not see, for years, any evi. to the fatherless, a husband and friend to dence of a real change of heart in them ; the widow-not one word of all he has pro. but now"I hope, through Divine grace, I have
stand as an encouragement to my beloved children, and their children.”
Since this her trials and bereavements
God, and three beloved children with their Father in glory. Oh, that children, and children's children, may all be with me and
my precious Saviour for ever! If I were and motherly acts of kindness, will not be able, how would I declare for their en- soon forgotten by those who were privileged couragement of the faithfulness of my dear to receive her visits. heavenly Father, to me, that they may con- Her love to the house of God was very fide in him under all their trials ; for he will great. “I know not,” she said, “which never forsake them if they put their trust in of the services may be most blessed to my him." When speaking of some trial, she soul, so I always try to attend them all." says, “I cried to God, and though he In the early part of her widowhood, when saw fit to delay for a time, yet he gra. her time and thoughts were much occupied ciously answered. Oh, that my dear chil- with the cares of a young family, she had dren may remember, that in a day of trouble made it a matter of earnest prayer, that, their mother cryed to God in the midst of should the Lord spare her to old age, she her distress, and was heard. We will ap- | might have a quiet home, and time for reproach the throne of grace, and make known tirement, a situation near the house of God, all our wants ; for God is full of compassion, and a heart to relish it. “And oh!" she and will bless the seeking soul. I trust I would often say, “how good and faithful can say, no part of my experience has been God has been to me: he has more than anmore encouraging to me than the faithfulness swered all my prayers, for I have all that I of God in answering my prayers.” Six or could desire, and an increasing relish to the seven years ago, when dear Mrs. Barrett house of God, and to all the means of was suffering acutely under a severe-pecu- grace. I cannot tell you how much I do liarly severe-domestic trial, she was known enjoy dear Mr. Legg's sermons; they are to have spent-and that frequently, too – sometimes made the very gate of heaven to almost whole nights agonizing in secret my soul, and I have felt my beart at chapel prayer, often, often, did she spend three, so drawn out in prayer for His dear servant, four, or five hours at a time, on ber knees. that, while he is feeding others, the Lord
Nearly forty years of Mrs. Barrett's life may abundantly feed his own soul.” was spent in widowhood; and of her it might Our friend might be said to live upon the truly be said, she was a widow indeed, who word of God, so much did she delight in it. departed not from the temple, but served On a friend asking her how she liked such God with her prayers night and day. Her a book, Very well," she said, “but I do faith was strong and unwavering. Speaking not seem, my dear, to enjoy any book but to a friend one day, she said, “I have had the blessed Bible. I love it more and more ; many, many trials; but oh, what an un
it is becoming every day more precious to speakable mercy I feel it to be, that I have my heart. I cannot get enough of it; I never, for these many years, had one doubt wish to live and die by its truths, for not of my Saviour's love to me, or of my in- one word hath failed of all the Lord hath terest in him ; and I am determined to cling promised me." to him, to keep at his feet; I know he loves She was truly one who served God by her me, and will save me.
prayers night and day. In this respect her She had an integrity and simplicity of family, her pastor, and the church have sas. heart equalled by few. There are not many tained no ordinary loss : she indeed wrestled to whom the words of Jesus concerning with God in prayer for them all. Her mi. Nathaniel are more applicable: “Bebold nister's studying and preaching days were an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile.” never forgotten by her at a throne of grace. Our beloved friend had a large beart full of She could not live without prayer and comlove to the souls of men, and anxious to munion with her Saviour. While visiting promote the Redeemer's cause both at home from home, two or three years ago, where the and abroad, to the utmost of her power. family was large, she found she could not She was ever ready to contribute to every get that time and convenience for quiet and good work. She was a collector for the retirement which she would have liked, so, London Missionary Society from its very during her stay there, she was in the babit commencement; and the Bible, Tract, Jews', of getting up at five o'clock in the morning, Sailors' Society, &c., &c., had likewise all a and retiring into a place by herself, that she share of her labours and contributions. It might enjoy a little time of secret prayer behas been often remarked that persons who, fore the family arose. This, to one of her in early life, are generous and active, as advanced years and delicate constitution, they grow old, become more contracted, must have been no little sacrifice of bodily and desire to relax their energies ; but old comfort. age brought no such evil influences with it Great humility and a very meek, forgiving to her; the power of godliness prevailed, disposition were striking traits in Mrs. Bar. and her generosity and activity continued rett's character. “Lord," she would say, unimpaired to the end of life.
“ never suffer my dear children to think As a visitor of the sick, she excelled; her more highly of 'me than they ought. I very affectionate manner, earnest prayers, I would not deceive them for millions of
REV. ISAAC BRIDGMAN.
worlds, and if there should be the least be for ever with him whom she so much thing in me that may be thought worthy of loved, and so faithfully followed. example, I trust they will be convinced it is She died May the 8th, 1846, aged nearly of the grace of God I am what I am, and 74 years. Her precious remains were dedesire to be, in the sight of Him who posited in the chapel-yard, Broad-street, knoweth all things.'
Reading, when an affecting and affectionate A friend, whom she loved very dearly, address was delivered by her beloved pastor, whom she went to visit one day, took oeca- the Rev. W. Legg, who, on the following sion, from some very trifling, unjustifiable Sabbath, improved her death from those cause, to wound her feelings, and use ber words, in Luke ii. 37 : “And she was a very unkindly. She replied not, her heart widow of about fourscore years, which dewas full, and she quietly returned home, parted not from the temple, but served God when her sensitive heart was somewhat re- with fastings and prayers night and day.” lieved by a flood of tears. She thought, If there is joy in heaven over one sinner "Well, but I have often wounded my that repenteth, how much greater joy wben Saviour; yet he is still forgiving me, still one ransomed redeemed sinner reaches her giving me new proofs of his unchanging heavenly home.“ Precious in the sight of love. I must and will try to imitate bim ; the Lord is the death of his saints," he saw my peace of mind and prayers shall not be in our departed friend the travail of his soul, hindered by any retaliation on my part,” and was satisfied. She was “washed," and immediately she purchased, and sent, “ sanctified," “ justified," completed,” with a kind note, such a present as she “ready," "made meet for her heavenly thought her friend would like, taking care inheritance." at the same time to take no notice of the Let me die the death of the righteous, unkindness she had received.
and let my last end be like hers. As her life was holy, consistent, and exemplary, in a very eminent degree, so her latter end was peaceful and triumphant. When on her death bed, and conscious of increasing weakness, she said to her attend.
(Continued from page 703.) ant, " Tell all my friends I am happy. It is all love! it is all mercy! Oh how my
“ He that gives bad nights can give good Saviour loves me. Would that I could tell ones, or else songs in the night-oh, Lord, all the world of Christ's love to me for I will praise thee! We are first to live to nearly sixty years. Tell all my friends to Christ, then labour for Christ, then suffer seek the Lord, but they must do it earn- for Christ, then sleep with Christ. I have estly; it will not do to seek him by halves, no evil to anticipate ; with Christ in my he must have the whole heart."
heart, and heaven in anticipation, I am On May the 7th, the night before she happy! I have had a large measure of endied, her breath was distressing, but her joyment in singing hymns:" and then said, mouth was full of the praises of God; and " Support me, oh, God of my salvation, I oh, with what raptures would she speak of lift up my heart to the Thee; guide me, oh, the love of her dear heavenly Father, her God of grace, and bring me safe to beaeternal friend! “It is all love-all love- ven; Lord, take me, take me to thyself. infinite love-boundless mercy." A short
I want a guide now, to guide me in my time previous to her departure, she said to thoughts, to guide me in my affections, her son and daughter present, “My dears, to keep them where they ought to be." we must-we must-part; Jesus calls me; He was asked, “ Have you been enabled to I must go. Keep near to God, and he will realise the beauty of Christ ?” he replied, keep near to you."
“ I have in measure by the power of faith, The morning she died, she revived, and it which God has given me; as he is my life, was hoped by her friends she might continue I breathe in him, as he is my light, I walk a little longer ; but about half past twelve in him, and as he is my Saviour I shall live o'clock, at noon, sbe said she was thirsty, with him; and when the happy hour of and wished for a little wine and water, which death is come to set me free, help me to was given ber; and immediately after taking sing with parting breath, Dear Lord, reit, she said, “Oh, dear!" and drew a gentle member me. My chief prayer ought to breath or two, then fell “ asleep in Jesus ;'' be that I may glorify God in the fires." He not lost, but gone before. Gone to re- asked a friend to give out a hymn and sing alize the dearest hopes and holiest aspira- it; he joined, as he was able, in singing it ; tions of her soul. Gone to see that bright it was the following hymn : world, and to be with that precious Saviour
• There is a land of pure delight,' whose glories were the objects of her sweetest meditation. Gone to meet the welcome, After which, he requested the same friend which she had so often anticipated, and to to pray, in which he joined.
June 27th.-He said to his wife,
" The place of John I covet,
More than a seraph's throne, voice said, 'What dost thou want?' I
On Jesus my beloved, answered, Two things ; to love God more
To breathe my final moan; on earth, and to live with him in heaven
On Thee alone relying,
To lose my sin and pain, for ever;'" and then said, “ This is the
And on thy bosom dying, Lord's day, sweet day of rest !” He being
My life eternal gain.' very weak, and not able to lie down from
He continued, “Bless the Lord, oh! my his disease, and the large Bible being on the table, his wife said, “ Lean on it, my dear." soul, let me smile while entering an unseen
world, because I am nigh to thee; I come, He replied, “I should like to lean on its
dear Lord, I come, but not perchance to contents, and I have; for had I not, I
day; the Lord has waked me up to higher should be what the wise man calls a fool;
and better things than these ; he that hath but we are told not to lean to our own un.
begun a good work in me, will complete it." derstanding."
His wife said, “ My dear, do you feel To the daughter of a friend he said, “My desire to God is for your salvation ; happy,” he replied, " Safe, sometimes joy. many are brought up in the ways of reli. ful; look up, look up, there he sits all gion, but have not the love of God in their glorious : trust to Jesus, eat him as the
bread of life, drink him as the living hearts; you have lost two brothers and a
waters. I am happy in the Lord. It sister, and we trust they are gone to heaven;
is good to find the Lord in trouble; I you are living in a world full of evil, you need
have found him many a day past, and up to God to be the guide of your youth ; seek
the present moment; I know not, care not, the Lord while he may be found; there is
where I go, if Jesus be with me there." To no other name whereby you can be saved,
his wife he said, “ The best way, my dear, but the name of Jesus ; may God bless these
for you to look at it, is, as each day the exhortations to you; may you go from this
change seems to be for the worse, be wait. house of mourning seeking God; may you meet me in that better world.' I love to ing, be looking for my departure to be with see any of the congregation who love Jesus Christ, which is far better;" and added, Christ, and can talk of him; Christ in * Lend, lend your wings; I mount; I fly! his Deity made all worlds--they that trust Oh, Grave! where is thy victory? Oh, Death!
Where is thy sting?' in Jesus cannot perish-trust in Him, and do good; show your faith by your works, The sting of death is a mere sensitive leaf, walk holily with God." To a medical stu
harmless as it is weak to the believer." dent, he recommended religion as the truest
June 30th.-He again addressed his son and most divine philosophy, assuring bim John, as he supposed for the last time, exthat the possession of it would aid him in horting him first, to seek salvation through his studies, preverve him from all evil, and
Jesus; then to pursue those studies which admit him safely to heaven.
would make him useful to his fellow.crea. June 29tb.-To a friend, “ God has sent tures, conjured him to be obedient and kind a fine morning, but there is a brighter day to his mother; and then in prayer com. above. What can I say more to you than mitted him to God, expressing a good hope I have said from the pulpit-Satan has that through grace be should meet him in brought you low, but Christ has raised you beaven. His wife said, “Do you feel up; Christ is God's great prophet and happy to day?" “Yes, in the thought priest; we want the application of the that I, who deserved God's great judgment, Spirit day by day to lead us forth. I be
shall through Christ partake of his rich lieve I shall meet you and your dear family mercy." As a friend entered the room, he in heaven ; I am waiting for my heavenly said, " Is he come to say the Master cometh Father's coming, listening for the carriage and calleth for thee? if so I am willing; at the door, ready to step in; strength I but as long as breath remains, let us praise have next to none, but Christ will do all for the Lord; God has loved me, I need not me; Christ is the pearl of great price, full tell you again ; God has loved me, he has of pity, love, and power, to every soul that preserved me, he has sanctified me; and now wants him. · Where is thy hope ?' is the he is just taking me to himself; I am getquestion that now comes to ine; it must be, ting up Jacob's ladder." and it is in the Lord alone. The doctrines July 4th.—The day before his departure. of grace are good, we must draw out of Mrs. Bridgman (his wife) said to bim, them our experience, they are a structure to “Now, do you see Jesus ?"
" Yes, by build upon for eternity.' On this day he faith.” “ Are you happy?" He replied, was seized, as all thought, for death, but “ Yes, in the full enjoyment of bis love." recovered himself a little, when he ex- Hearing a friend and a relative speaking claimed in the second verse of the hymn together in his praise, he beckoned his wife before mentioned :
to him, and said (with much difficulty,) “I do not like to hear the creature extolled