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last. Will you not serve him valiantly? | looked at me, and, smiling, commenced Go forth, fearing nothing but your own singing, quite loudly, “Oh I shall soon be hearts. Speak good of Christ to all your dying." She then said, “ Can this be dying? associates. Encourage the dear young peo. They call it suffering death ; but don't call ple; speak kindly to the poor sinner; tell it suffering. No, it is not. I did suffer on him of his danger and loss in keeping from that couch, but there is no suffering, no Christ. I cannot tell you how I desire pain now; it is all pleasure, all delight. your prosperity. You see how little I have Here I could sit and sing myself away to done for the Saviour. I grieve, I mourn, everlasting bliss.'” She then began to sing, when I think of it. But he has had mercy “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is on me. How much he has had to forgive; | within me bless his holy name." She therefore I love him-I love him. He will paused suddenly, and said, “Now, my make up for all my deficiencies."
dear friends, help me; you must help me to About eight o'clock in the evening of the bless his holy name. Now do help me to day before she died, she appeared well, as sing." I told her we could not possibly usual. Breaking off suddenly from the sub sing. She said, “No, it is not to be exject of conversation, she said, “My dear,pected ; but I can." And then she combright is the night, is it not ?" On being menced againasked what she meant, she replied, “The
“Jesus can make a dying bed Lord is coming for me to-night, ; do you
Feel soft as downy pillows are." not think so ?" I said, “I could tell." She said, “Oh! yes he is : I think so."
and added, “You see the Saviour does not She conversed sweetly on the Saviour's pre
leave us at last in trouble to sink." "Oh! sence with his people in the hour of death,
precious, precious Jesus! thou art mine." and said, “Though wretched and sinful, yet
Then, gazing upward, she exclaimed, " How the Saviour takes us just as we are."
bright! how bright! Don't you see him? While enjoying a little secret communion
There he is-see the angels! and tbere are with God, she stretched out her hand, and
one-two* little angels, and my dear mospoke. I asked what it was. She said,
ther! No!" (pausing for a little, as if not " Satan! Satan! but the Saviour appeared,
certain, and then, smiling, exclaimed, “Yes ! and he was gone that instant. All my
there is my dear mother! I am coming! I doubts and fears have vanished. Jesus is
shall soon come. Hark! Hark! Don't my all in all.” Turning to me, she said,
you hear? Oh ! how sweet! How beau"My beloved husband, how happy-happy
tiful !" - happy we have lived together; we have
A few minutes before her happy spirit nothing to look back upon with regret, but
took its fight she said, “ Farewell, my dear that we have not served the Saviour better."
friends! Farewell my love! I shall soon
be gone." I asked her, when not able to “ Now we are going to be separated. My
speak, to raise her finger, if she felt Christ heavenly Father is calling me home, and
precious. She raised both her hands many you will soon follow. I can leave you, (for
times, and once stretching out her arm as the little time it may be,) in the hands of your
high as possible, said, “I cannot reach it dear, dear father. And my precious chil.
high enough." After a little while she said, dren, I have not one anxious thought about
" All's well. Precious, precious, come, them; I know you love them, and I feel
Lord Jesus, come !" And, on seeing us confident the Lord will take charge of their
shed tears, she said, “Don't Feep for me."
On a friend repeating the verse, hearts." A little before eleven we thought her dying ;
" After death, your joy shall be . but she revived with quite a fresh supply of
Lasting as eternity;
Be the living God your friend, strength, and said, “Oh! am I coming
Then your bliss shall never end," back? I do not wish to come back ; but
she turned to me and said, “Oh! my dear, thy will be done, my Saviour. Oh! he is precious, sweetly precious to me. How de
how sweet! blessed be his holy, holy name!" lightful to fall asleep in Jesus! to breathe
and then, appearing to be in prayer, though my life out sweetly then! Oh that all the
we could not tell what she said, she laid ber members of this family may be privileged as
head on one side, and, in about two minutes,
sweetly fell asleep in Jesus. I am, when brought into these circumstances. I wish every one to know the Lord, to love him as I do.” Many times during the evening she was unable to speak,
MR. FREDERICK MARSHALL RABAS. and could only make signs. But shortly The subject of this brief sketch was the before her death remarkable strength was second son of the Rev. S. Raban, of Hatgiven, which startled all present. She said, field. From a child, his ruling desire was ✓ Point! point to the Redeemer's blood,
| * Alluding to two infant children whom she had and say, Behold the way to God!"" She lost."
the Christian ministry ; towards this, as to. | privilege to be treated as the friends of wards a centre, his studies, and his move. Christ, to share in his secrets, to enjoy his ments verged, but his heavenly Father confidence, to live in his presence. But designed his study to be affliction and his how surpassing the distinction to be called pulpit an early grave.
the "glory of Christ," to be enabled in For the last eight months, he was princi. some degree to exhibit the purity of his pally confined to his bed, by sufferings and law, the perfection of his example, the weakness, and here it was that the sustaining blessedness of his service, and the efficacy power of religious principles shone forth, of his grace. Of the subject of this short His delightful theme was the blood and righ notice it may be truly said, that she was an teousness of Jesus Christ ; here was his honour to the Redeemer and his cause. Her sheet-anchor,-here bis dependance ; this devotedness to Christ in health, her calm was the secret spring of that patience and submission in sickness, and her holy triumph self-possession of soul, so strikingly dis. in death, attest most clearly the value and played by him during bis illness. He would excellency of the principles she had imbibed. often say to his friends, “I am nothing The late Miss Holdsworth was born April without Christ, but everything in him." 27th, 1817. She was instructed in the
He had a particular wish to reach his 21st Scriptures from her earliest years, and found year, which he did July 31st, and as soon as great delight in committing to memory conhe entered on the day, he exclaimed very siderable portions of the word of life, tofervently, “ Lord, now lettest thou thy ser. gether with many hymns, the Assembly's vant depart in peace, according to thy word ; and other Catechisms. It does not appear for mine eyes have seen thy salvation." that she gave any decided evidence of a “ I am now," he said, “ of age;" and the change of heart previous to the time of her reply made to bim was, “ Yes, and of age being at school at Peckham, near London ; in grace.” “Ah!" he responded, “this is when the very sudden death of the father best." Death stamped his image upon him of the lady under whose care she was placed, from that day. He lingered till early on became the means of awakening her to a Monday afternoon, August 2nd, aged twenty | sense of sin, and to an earnest desire for one years and two days. Three hours before the salvation of her soul. She gave herself he died, fixing bis eyes on his father, he to the Lord, and subsequently made a said, “ I feel that Christ is my all, this is public profession of her faith in Christ, by all I am able to express.” More was not joining the Congregational church assemrequired; there was
bling in York-street, Dublin, under the "A mortal paleness on his cheeks,
pastoral care of the Rev. Dr. Urwick. The But glory in his soul."
profession then made she was enabled con
sistently to maintain, till it pleased God to Half an hour before he died, evidently
visit her with lengthened affliction, when bearing in mind the last verse of Paul's first
feeling convinced that this sickness would chapter in his epistle to the Hebrews, he
be unto death, she resigned herself into the cried out, “They are come, they are come!”
hands of the Lord, anxious to bear as well When asked if he meant the angels, he sig
as to do his will. About five weeks before her ritied his assent. Soon after, with the word
dissolution she expressed an earnest desire • Saviour" on his lips, and peace in his
to feel more confidence in the promises, countenance, he breathed his last, and en.
more love to Jesus, and more joy and peace tered into a glorious immortality.
in believing: for these blessings she prayed, He was bigbly esteemed in life, and deeply
and often requested others to pray for tbem lamented in death. By his wish, his funeral
also. These petitions were not presented sermon was preached by the Rev. James
in vain: she realised the fulfilment of the Raban, his affectionate relative, to a large
promise, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect audience, from Rev.xiv. 13; and the sabbath
peace whose mind is stayed on thee;" and afterwards, in accordance with his request,
rejoiced in hope of the glory of God. his respected friend, the Rev. T. Ray, im
In the morning of her last sabbath on proved his death to young people from
earth, she suddenly complained of great Isa. xl. 7th verse, the former part, - May his
weakness. Her friends met around her bed death prove the life of many."
in deep distress, thinking their beloved one was about to be removed. She, however,
gradually revived, expressed her readiness MISS HOLDSWORTH, EGREMONT, CHESHIRE.
to depart whenever the Lord saw fit, and
repeated those verses— It is an unspeakable privilege to be em.
“ Jesus can make a dying bed ployed as the servants of Christ, to be per
Feel soft as downy pillows are;" mitted in any way to show our gratitude for
and alsohis mercies, our love to his truth, and our
“A guilty, weak, and helpless worm, delight in his ways. It is a still higher
On thy kind arms I fall;" VOL. XXV.
With several precious passages of Scripture., and many others. Complaining of great In the evening the eighth chapter of the faintness, her sister said to her, "Dear Epistle to the Romans was read, and, at her Elizabeth, Jesus is coming to receive you to own request, part of the last chapter in himself;" when she immediately added, Pike's " Guide; or, Heaven the Christian's “ Come, Lord Jesus ; come quickis." To Home," when she exclaimed, “How very her brother she said, “I am going home; beautiful! Oh, how much happier we should dying is but going home to the true bebe, if we lived more in anticipation of liever." On the day of her death she spheaven as onr everlasting home." "She now | peared to be gazing intently on one part of sunk rapidly, and seemed to be ripening the room. After a little she said, “Oh, I apace for glory. Having confessed with see such a light there; it is getting brighter deep humility her own sinfulness and un and brighter.” She continued thus for worthiness, and referring to the finished more than an hour, apparently uncon. work of Christ as the only ground of her scious, but gazing as if beholding somebope, she said, “I know he will never thing exquisitely beautiful; ber eyes be. leave me nor forsake me. He that be coming almost too dazzling to look upon. lieveth shall be saved'—that is what I rest Reviving a little, she said, "I have seen on; I cannot go wrong there."
such glory; you never saw such a light; On Thursday, feeling her end approaching, it was brighter than the sun ; and I have she solemnly exhorted each one around her seen crowds of people ; but I could only to "live near to Christ, and to meet her in see their shadows; now I will wait for glory." Throughout the night, being very my Saviour; I know he will soon come for restless, she asked, if that restlessness was me." She then relapsed into unconscious. not often a precursor of death. About ness, her breathing became very much op. three o'clock A.M., she said, “Oh, I cannot pressed, every breath being accompanied rest; I am afraid I am very impatient; I by a groan, till half past three in the think we should find comfort in prayer." afternoon of Friday, the 27th of August, Those present then knelt down, and by turns 1847, when her happy spirit winged its committed her to the care of their blessed flight to that blessed world, where tbera Saviour, entreating that she might be sup shall be no more sorrow, and no mori ported while passing through the dark valley. death, and where sbe now beholds her Sa. She then offered a beautiful prayer for her viour face to face. self and for each member of the family,
"So fades the summer-cloud away: committing them all to God. Afterwards
So sinks the gale when storms are o'er; she appeared more comfortable, and re. So gently shuts the eye of day: quested her attendants to repeat some
So dies the wave along the shore." hymns, among which were: "Jesus, lover
Liscard, Lirerpool, of my soul," « Rock of ages, cleft for me," || Nov. 2nd, 1847.
NOTICE TO THE RESPECTED WIDOWS OF
THE “BRITISH BANNER." OUR BRETHREN RECEIVING AID FROM
Dr. Campbell is assuredly one of the THE EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE.
| boldest men of his age. But for his unes. We would again repeat our notice to the ampled success, in reference to the Christian widows of our deceased friends receiving aid Witness and Christian's Penny Magazine, from the funds of the Evangelical Magazine. | we should tremble for his present position. We beg respectfully to inform them that | His prospectus of the British Banner is nos their applications must be made in writing, before us, and who would dare it but Dr. by themselves personally or their friends, on Campbell ? With his other literary labours, or before the 25th of December. No grant l' how strong must be his confidence in his can be made without such application, and | own powers, and in the favour of that no widow can receive assistance who had a public which has so nobly responded to his gratuity voted to her at last Midsummer. part efforts! He has a right to be meekly
We have to regret that some of our mi. confident ;-for God bas made him the innisterial brethren omit to forward applica- | strument of a great achievement for the Relitions entrusted to their care. May we gious Periodical Press of our country. "We entreat that this unpardonable neglect may cheerfully acknowledge our debt of obliganot be repeated,
tion; and we are confident that posterity will gratefully own the claim. Nor are we'l press, as the most important. It has been less sensible of the immense value of Dr. too much allowed to have its own way ;-the Campbell's labours, because we have not foes of God and man have had the field too always been able to sympathize with his much to themselves ;--the lions and the modes of dealing with particular ques tigers have never been thoroughly bearded tions. Such a man must have large scope, in their own dens. It will be otherwise in generous freedom of action, kindly inter- | future; and many, we trust, of their depretations of his motives, and, withal, candid luded victims, by God's blessing, will be allowance for the difficulties which beset rescued from their cruel grasp. Dr. Camphis path. He has a more benevolent heart bell can scarcely devote too much attention than many who write blandly and simper- to this department of his labours. ingly, while bitter malice lurks within, and The movements, too, of Popery, semitheir lives are spent in "scattering fire. Popery, and High.church bigotry, he will brands, arrows, and death." If we are to watch with eagle-eye; and, by force of have an antagonist, let him be honest, reason and scriptural authority, dislodge straightforward, and undisguised ; and, them from every position of national confi. with truth on our side, we have nothing to dence, and pour the full tide of Protestant fear. We dread nothing in controversy but light and liberty upon the darkness in whichi cant, hypocrisy, secret conspiracy, and mis they love to dwell. chievous one-sidedness. Of these Dr. Camp But we turn with sanguine hope to the bell will never be guilty; he has too much British Banner, as the strenuous and powermanliness of cbaracter even to resort to ful advocate of all our evangelical schemes them; and he will never tolerate them in for the spread of vital Christianity, both at the contemporary press.
home and abroad. To Dr. Campbell our In all this we discover the materials of Home and Foreign Missions may confidently hope for the British Banner. It will be look for a continuous and efficient support, edited by a bold and honest man--by a | We know his deep-seated convictions on writer of uoflinching integrity of character, this subject, and we are sure that, with the who will not scruple to call things by their publication of the British Banner, will proper pames, and who will be able to dis commence à new era in the history of our pose of all the petty skirmishing of unwor missionary institutions. They require, with thy or mistaken adversaries.
the mighty fields now opening before them, We hail this great undertaking, (for such in all quarters of the globe, a species of ad: it assuredly is) with unfeigned satisfac. vocacy which can never be realised but in tion ; because it will be a clear gain to the pages of a newspaper, stamped with the cause of virtue and religion. Dr. ability, and having firm hold of vast masses Campbell's plan is large and compre of the people. hensive--a sort of encyclopædia of science, But we dare not enlarge : less, however, politics, religion, and general knowledge ; we could not say, on an occasion of such but we have full confidence that he will be immense importance to the interests of truth, able practically to realise it. His energy holiness, and benevolence. We welcome the and resources, if God should spare him, are British Banner to our firesides, and to fully equal to the task which he has im those of our friends. We say to all whom posed upon himself. Should his demand we can influence by our favourable opinion, for a hundred thousand of a circulation of | let the publication day of this desideratum the British Banner be somewhat extrava. in our newspaper literature be one of such gant, (though we admit that his calculations decisive omen, as to convince the Editor, the would fully justify it,) we are confident that Committee, and the community at largé, the project is now happily more than safe, that it is placed beyond the reach of harm. that it will far outstrip the circulation of every Let orders be forwarded immediately to the other religious newspaper in the empire. proper quarters, and let there be not fewer
When we reflect on the appalling success than 25,000 of a sale to commence with, to of newspapers devoted to the interests of proclaim the triumph of the undertaking, practical infidelity, which sneer at religion through the infirmities and crimes of its hypocritical adherents, and which minister, in so fearful a degree, to the baser passions
RE-OPENING OF ORANGE-STRERT CHAPEL, of our fallen nature, we cannot but “thank
LEICESTER-SQUARE. God, and take courage,'' at the prospect of
This place of worship has long been ena newspaper organ of sufficient power, and deared to Protestant Christians by its intersufficient circulation, to counteract, in some esting associations. It was originally built measure, this "aboniination that maketh de. for the refugees from France. On the revo. solate." Of all the departments in the British cation of the Edict of Nantes, in 1685, Banner, we shall regard that which relates several thousands of these persecuted stran. to the exposure of the infidel and licentious gers came to London ; and a large colony of them was located at Charing-cross, then It is due to the owners of the chapel to situated in open fields. Government as state, that, although they are members of the sisted them in building Orange-street chapel, Established Church, they have yet acted and the congregation continued large for throughout the negotiations with great cour. some years. During this period, the most tesy and liberality to the congregation, and distinguished Protestant preachers from the have acceded to terms which are not only Continent occupied the pulpit ; and, from just, hut moderate. Nor ought the kindness 1700 to 1705, the eloquent Saurin was a of the Directors of the “Dissenters'andGene. frequent supply.
ral Life and Fire Assurance Company" to pass The French congregation having subse unnoticed. A considerable portion of the quently declined, the friends of the Rev. valuable organ belonging to the chapel as Augustus Toplady arranged with the trustees destroyed at the recent fire which consumed for the use of the chapel on Lord's day Mr. Walker's manufactory; and althongh evening and Wednesday evening. The the Company were not liable to any portion chapel was licensed by Dr. Jerrick, then of the loss, (as the damage did not occur on Bishop of London, and Mr. Toplady regu- the premises where the organ was insured,) larly officiated from April, 1776, to bis the Directors presented the Committee with death, the French congregation still meet. a donation of 101. towards the extra expense ing on the sabbath morning. Mr. Toplady which this unforeseen occurrence bad en. was seized with his last illness in the pulpit,
tailed. and was carried from thence to his house, The re-opening services took place on where his valuable ministry soon terminated. Thursday, the 23rd September last, when
On the decease of Mr. Toplady, the the Rev. Dr. Hamilton, of Leeds, preached chapel was occupied for some time by the to large congregations in the morning and Rev. Richard Cecil and the Rev. J. Foster, evening; and the Revs. Dr. Morison, Dr. of the Established Church ; and, on their | Jenkyn, S. Martin, and 0. Clarke engaged removal, the congregation finding some | in the devotional parts of the services. difficulty in their attempt to have the Rev. Nearly forty ministers were present, a Mr. De Coetlagan, a pious clergyman, large number of whom, with the deacons settled over them, in consequence of the and officers of the church and congregatica, interference of the vicar of the parish, they dined together in the interval. determined to open the chapel under the The opening services were continued on provisions of the Toleration Act; and on sabbath-day, September 26th; when the the 25th March, 1787, it was re-opened as Rev. Samuel Luke, (late of Chester,) minia Dissenting place of worship, the Liturgi. | ster of the chapel, preached in the morning; cal service of the Church of England being and the Rev. George Clayton, of Walworth, retained ; and for many years it was supplied in the evening. The chapel was filled on by a succession of the most eminent Dis. each occasion. senting ministers of different denominations, The whole of the engagements connected until, in 1830, the Rev. J. P. Dobson with the re-opening of this commodious became the regular minister of the chapel; place of worship awakened the deepest inand under his pastorate a Congregational terest; and the indications of revival and church was formed.
spiritual prosperity are most hopeful and A variety of circumstances and changes encouraging. had, however, recently occurred to depress the congregation; and as the lease was about to expire, it was feared that this im. LATIMER CHAPEL, MILE-END. portant place of worship would pass away The recoguition of the Rev. John Hall, from the Congregational body. The friends as co-pastor with the Rer. R. Saunders, connected with the place have, however, took place on Thursday, September 2nd, been encouraged to undertake a new lease. | when the Rev. R. Saunders opened the The Liturgical service of the Church of proceedings with a short prayer; the Rev. England has been discontinued, and the Thomas Aveling, of Kingsland, read a porchapel has undergone substantial repairs tion of Holy Scripture, and offered another and improvements, the total cost of which prayer ; the Rev. George Smith, of Poplar, has been about 8001. Of this sum the con. delivered the introductory discourse; the gregation, assisted by friends connected Rev. Thomas James, of Highbury, asked with other churches, have raised 7501., the usual questions ; the Rev. J. Kennedy, leaving only the small balance of 501. To M.A., of Stepney, offered the designation this must be added a previous debt of 1701., prayer; the Rev. Dr. Burder, of Hackney, and it is intended to make an immediate gave the charge to the minister; and the effort to raise this amount, in order that the Rev. H. Ainsley preached to the people. present attempt to revive and perpetuate the The Revs. Arthur Tidman, J.J. Freeman, congregation may not be encumbered by any Dr. Ferguson, C. Dukes, and many others, pecuniary difficulties.
o together with the neighbouring ministen,