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settlers met with many difficulties and MATT. XIJ. 21. “ By and by he is hardships, as is generally the case offended." when a civilized people attempt estabJishing themselves in a wilderness
A Hint to Church Members. country. Being men of piety, they sought relief from Heaven, by Jaying in these words, a “Jitile cloud, the size
" By and by he is offended."-I see their wants and distresses before thie of a man's hand :"Lord in frequent set days of fasting and
an ox-eye cloud prayer. Constant meditation and dis.
a brooding storm-a tempesta hur
ricane-a moral Turnado! course on their difficulties kept their by he is offended.” And what then?
* By and minds gloomy and discontented; and, Then he changes countenance-then like the children of Israel, there were he frowns-Then bis voice alters, it bemany disposed to return to that Egypt, comes barsh-iben his words differ, which persecution had induced them become offensive-then he absents to abandon. At length, when it was himself from private fellowship meets proposed in one of their assemblies to ings--then he withdraws, occasionally, proclaim a fast, a farmer, of plain from the public means—then from the sense, rose, and remarked, that the Lord's-talletben for good, and all, inconveniences they suffered, and con- So much, and more, is contained incerning which they had so often wcaried Heaven with their complaints, were
" By and by he is offended.” My soul not so great as they might bave ex. in no present professions, however so
depend ou no present smiles confide ; day as the colony strengthened; that lemnly averred. the earth began to reward their toil,
Cong. MAG. and to furnish liberally for their subsistence; that the seas and rivers were
Deur. XXIX. 12. “ That thou shouldfull of fish, the air sweet, the climate est enter into covenant with the Lord thy healthy, and, above all, that they were God." These words in the original in the full enjoyment of their civil and have a peculiar energy, and signify religions liberty, he, therefore, thought,
" that thou shouldest pass into covenant," that reflecting and conversing on these &c. laterpreters think that they refer subjects would be more comfortable, to a ceremony formerly practised in as tending more to make them con contracting covenants. On immolating tented with their situation; and that it the victims, they divided the flesh into would be more becoming the gratitude two parts, placing the one opposite to they owed to the Divine Being, if, in the oiher; the contracting parties then stead of a fast, they should appoint a
olher in the open space thanksgiving. His advice was taken, consent to be slaughtered, as those
between them; thereby testifying their and from tbat day to this, they bave, victims were, if they did not religiously in every year, observed circomstances of public felicity sufficient to farnish confirm the covenant entered into in so cause for a thanksgiving day; which solemn a manner. The 15th of Genesis is, therefore, constantly ordered, and affords an example of this nature. religiously observed.
SAURIN. Dr. B. FRANKLIN.. Folkestone.
Obituary and Recent Deaths.
enjoyment. of those pleasures and
amusements peculiar to ber age and Died, at Worlingham, near Beccles, situation; but was bappily preserved Mrs. Lenny, wife of Mr. S. G. Lenny, from conduct which too often stains on the 14tb of March, 1824.
the fair fame of the rising generation. Mrs. Lenny, io her early days, en- Abont sixteen years ago she attended tered on the stage of life by a l'ancied the preaching of the gospel at Lax
ficld. She appears to have been gra- incurable, and it was thonght advisadually brought to a knowledge of ber ble that other opinions should be taken, state by vature under the word, and, A consultation took place, and it was also, tỏ some degree of enjoyment of the
unanimous opinion that no effecthe blessings of the gospel; she'rnited tual relief could be afforded, and all with tlie Baptist Society at Laxfield in that could be done would only make to?2. For some time she continued lier dying pillow more soft and easy.
enjoy the of God, and his or- After the gentlenien had retired, dinances, but she had often 'doubts Mr. Lenny entered her room. With respecting her spiritual slate, because a degree of anxiety, she thus addressed she had not felt those strong convic, bim : " What is the doctors' opinion of tions which accompany the conversion' me?" He hesitated to tell her. of some Christians. It, however, need not be afraid to tell me," she pleased God 'afterwards to give her said; “I am prepared for the worst.” such views of her own unworthiness, He stated their opinion.“ Well," said and the purity of his holy law--as she, “I should like to have lived toʻsco made her exclaim in the language of my children brought up, and settled holy writ,"] abhor myself, and repent in life; but as God has determiped iu dust and ashes." During her pil- otherwise, his holy will be done." She grimage she had to encounter many then made arrangements for her funefiery trials. The enemy of souls would ral, and advised respecting the future assail her mind with principles of infi- management of her family with much delity; so that she was sometimes composure. Sometimes tears would tempted to doubt not only her posses- steal silently down her pale cheeks; sion of Christianity, but the trutb of and when we inquired the reason, she Christianity itself, and even the exist. would say, “ I feel no anxiety on my ence of a Supreme Being. These trials own account, but it is bard work for brought her with more earnestness to řature to surrender my husband, and a throne of grace, where she poured my dear children.” out her soul before God in the name of Shortly after Mrs. Lenny knew the Clarist; and not upfrequently found opinion of the doctors, she said to a her burdens - removed, and ber mind female friend, who was much with her, stayed on the divipe promises. These, “ You remember the promise I have and other painful circumstances, often mentioned to you, which so concaused : ber graces to take deeper soled my mind before we left Laxfield; root, and fixed her faith more firmly on I trust 1 bave at times enjoyed the the Rock of Ages. After it was known Presence of the Lord, but hitherto I tbat she was about to leave Laxfield, have not been able to see in'wbat way to reside at Worlingbam, her mind was he would give me Rest; now I know peculiarly tried; the idea of taking a what that rest will be; it will be an larger business, and the depression of eternal rest; a rest that will never be the times, filled her mind with strange broken by pains, sorrows, or trials." At forebodings; and her language in another time she said, “I feel it indeed prayer was, "If thy presence go not a heavy trial to part with my family. with us, suffer us not to go up bence.” Ob! if I could indulge the hope that After repeatedly wrestling with God, they would all follow me, how much the following passage was consoling it would lessen my sorrow at leaving to her mind; "My presence shall go them; but the Lord is all-sufficient : with you, and I will give you rest.” he can turn their hearts, as well as With this promise in her beart, she supply all their wants, spiritual and went to Worlingham; but God, whose temporal; and should I never live to ways are in the sea, and whose foot- see that bappy change, it may please steps we cannot trace, wisely conceal- God to work it in their hearts after I ed from licr view the rugged and am gone ; bow often is the deatb of tb path in wbicb he was about to one made the life of others. She lead ber. About March, 1823, she was would often bave her children with her seriously indisposed, and medical aid alone, to speak to them respecting was procured. After a short time the their temporal and eternal interests. medical gentleman wbo attended her After she became so weak that it apprebended that her complaint was was fatiguing for her to be dressed, she wppld, after a few minptes rest, spend for some time; but from extreme a short time in prayer: and
at such weakness was not able to speak long Sensops, her supplications for her hus- so as those aronnd her could distinband and children were so earnest and guish what she said. Shortly after, affectionate, that the heart must have Mr. Lenny said to her, "You have been bard indeed which could refuse been praying, I think.” She replied, to sympathize with her. When the "Yes." He then said, “ Did you pray sevonth chapter of Revelations was for me?". “ Yes; for all;" was her read to her, after hearing that verse, reply. When it was said that her trials “ These are they which came out of and sufferings had been very great, great tribulation, &c. she said, " Ab! and that nothing but the power of Diwhen shall I be one of that number? vine grace could have supported her bat I would patiently wait the Lord's mind as it had been; to the sarprise time. I bave long felt assured that of all present, who knew not that sho there is a white robe for me, and when was listening to them, or was conhe sees fit, I shall sland before his scious of what they were saying, she throne, clothed in it.” At one time, joined the conversation, and said, when sbe was about to take some lau. « « Grace all the work performs.”” danum, the friend who gave it to her
. She then inquired if it were not Sabsaid, This is a bitter dragght." hath morning, and was informed it was. • Yes," she replied, “ but this is not It was then said to her, “Perhaps you the worst bitter I bave;, yet, blessed will this day begin an eternal Sabbe God, there is no wrath mixed with
bath;" she said, " I pray God, I may: it.
I think so." When asked how she Though painful these trials,
felt her mind, she replied, " ComfortThey'ii ceașe before long.""
able;" and to the question whether it
was still fixed on the Rock of Ages! On one occasion sbe said to ber she answered, " Blessed be God, it is." busband, “My dear, when you have A friend coming into the ronm, inshilling to spare, give it to the poor of quired if Christ were still precious to Christ's Rock, they are the excellent of her; she answered, "Yes;" and scarcethe earth."
ly spoke after. Though she appeared During her afiliction she was visited to wish to take her leave of those preby many of her neighbours, with whom sent, she could only give them her skie freely conversed on the state of hand; and' by an affectionate look, their souls. It was said to ber, ": You took her last farewell of them till time are not ashamed to speak of Jesus shall be no more. She expired almost Christ
at Worlingbam." She replied, immediately.; and nearly without a "If I were to hold my peace, the struggle, her happy spirit took its light stones would cry out; and added, to realms of everlasting blessedness.
In conclusion': it is to be remarked "Asham'd pf Jesps, that dear friend, On whom my hopes of heaven depend :
that her experience during her afilicAsham'd of Jesus ! yes, I may
tion may justly be compared to that When I've no sins to wash away.' beautiful prediction of Zachariah, 14th
chapter, 6th and 7th verses: " And it I wish to sow the seed; who can tell shall come to pass in that day, (of afbut God will perfect the harvest when fiction) that the light shall not be clear I am dead."
nor dark: bat it "sball be one day On the morning of the 14th instant whieh shall be known to the Lord, not she was taken worse, and to those day nor night; but it shall come to about her she appeared to be dying ; pass, that at evening time it shall be but she revived again, so as to be able light." Her death was improved at to give her sorrowing partner and Beccles by the Rev. Mr. Wright; and friends an assurance of the peace and also at her request by the Rev. R. Rocomfort she then felt. She was sensi- binson, of Cratfield, (Independent) ble that her end was fust approaching, from 2 Cor. v. 1, a passage chosen by and as soon as she could speak, said, berself. “Lord Jesus, into thy hands I com. May we be enabled to follow those mend my spirit--Come, Lord come who, througli faith and patience, inquickly!--She continued in prayer herit the promises.
MRS. GRACE HAINES. lived nearer to God than whe' had
On tbe following Lord's-day mornMrs. Grace Haines, daügliter of ing, she was much in prayer, and havMr. Joseph Waybran, lato a
ing ceased, she requested her friends factor in Mark-lane, was born Decem. to read Rev. xxii. 17, " The Spirit and ber 18, 1783. By her father she was
the Bride say, Come,", &c. she thon early instructed in tlic principles of re- exclaimed, “There, Mary, the Lord ligion, and with him, during her child has given me the wbole of what is hood, constantly attended the ministry therein contained, and now I can say, of the truly Rev. Abraham Booth,
His love in times past, In the year 1807, she married Mr.
Forbids me to thisk, R. J. Haines, of Ratclil Highway, by He'll leave me at last whom she had three children, who are In trouble to sink.' loft to deplore her loss. After her marriage sho attended the ministry of the
In the evening one of the Deacons Rev. Wm. Shenston, in Little Alie- of the Church called, and engaged in street, through which the Lord was prayer, wben she expressed herself as pleased to bring her to the knowledge being much refreshed. On Monday, of himself. In 1812 she made a good when her cough was distressing,a friend profession before
remarked, that it was hard work; she witnesses ; and
many for twelve years her walk and conver- replicd, “Yos; it is; but sation were uniformly, through grace, as became the gospel. It may,
• Jesus can make a dying bed without
Feel soft as downy pillows are;' the least grain of flattery, be said of ber, that she was patient, peaceable, Yes, and he does it for me." And now pradent, and diligent in following her ber mind was filled with love and divine Lörd; so that, by her conduct, peace. Late at night she expressed å she daily adorned the doctrine of God wish to see 'her pastor, who instantly her Saviour in all things.
went. She was then sinking in the The complaint by which her mortal arms of death; and unable to say much; career was terminated, was a decline, she was, however, enabled, willi hér the gradual approach of which was, dying breath, to testify that though she for some years, witnessed with pain by had no ecstacy: she had a solid reliance all her friends. On the 2nd of April, on the Lord Jesus, she knew in wliom 1824, she took to her bed, wben, being she bad believed, and was happy in the in violent pain, she said, “Not so great prošpoot of sbon being for ever with as I deserve, and nothing when com- bim whoin her soul loved. During tlie pared with what my dear Lord suffered night her breathing became more diffifor me."
calt, when she just articulated, " It is About this time her mind was be all over." Her friend asked, Can clouded, and the Valley of the Shadow Jesus save you now?" She answered, of Death appeared truly terrific. A with an emphasis, “ Yes, it is a'finishrelative, who attended, endeavoured ed salvation." 'About four o'clock her to console ber mind by referring her to pain was violcnt, but her mind was the faithfulness of God, to his promises, calm, and for every little attention and that he had said, “I will never paid her she was exceeding thankful. leave thee,” &c. She roplied she knew Her friend repeated those words, it well, and had been much refreshed
“Cease, fond nature,cease thýstřife,"&c, by reading Booth's Reign of Grace; particularly that part where pardon and added, When the strife ceasos, and justification are treated on; and then you will sing, “O Grave, where is added, she saw cloarly they could not thy victory? O Death, where is thý be separated; they must go together. sting?!” She replied, for the last time,
On one occasion, she lamented not “0, yes, very soon :" and after a few having made the word of God a. more moro struggles, she fell asleep in Jesus. constant companion, and said, she April 6, 1824. "Let me die the death thought laer present darkness aruso, io of tho righteous; and may my last end a grcat degrec, from her uot baving be peacc."
REV. JOHN HARTNALL. lost its mother a few months after its The Rev. John Hartnall, of Ipswich,
birth. died May 21, 1825, leaviug four orphan 21st of May, 1825, after a period of
“Mr. Hartnall died on Saturday, the children in destitute circumstances. We rejoice to find, that several clergy
extreme suffering from an internal men and Independent ministers, at cancer. His income had been small; Ipswich, have exerted themselves with hut to his honour and the credit of religreat success for the children; the con- able to discharge. He felt the keenest
gion, he contracted no debts he was not gregation, also, we are informed, bave, to their power, if not beyond it, contri anguish on his death-bed, when he rebuted to their support. The three eld. Hected on the destitate condition in est children bave been taken into the which his children would be left; but the church : the youngest was previ- friend, who visited bim, that exertions houses of different persons belonging to the burdened heart of the dying Parent
was relicved, by the assurance of a ously out at nurse.
One of the Deacons of the charch should be made on their behalf; which, thus writes:
in conjunction with the assistance af. “ Mr. Hartnall departed like a good which ho was a member,) would uvert
forded by the Benevolent Society, (of soldior of the cross, in full confidence the poverty and wretchedness he antisupported by the gospel which he had preached: committing his children to cipated for bis helpless offspring.
"This affecting case is earnestly reGod, and encouraged by the promise of the Rev. Mr. R. and other friends, commended by the following gentlethat they would use their best endea- men, who are constituted a Commitvours for them. After this he felt no
tee, to make a proper application of distress of mind, but prayed earnestly whom subscriptions will be received,
the fund which shall be raised; by to be released. I heard bim challenge and at the Banks of Messrs. AlexanDeath, exulting in the love of Christ in
ders and Co.
• Rev. I. T. Nottidge,
Rev. I. Charlesworth, his flock. Come, Death, execute thy
R. D. Alexander, Esq. commission; I dread not the gloomy
Mr. Wm. Goodchild,
Mr. Joseph Chamberlain, valley of thy dark shadow! I will not
Mr. Wm. Pollard, fear thy envenomed dart. Thy dark
Mr. Shepherd Ray." mansion, the grave, shall be po terror
Ipswich, May 28th, 1825." to me. I know whom I have believed.
N.B. The Rev. Joseph Ivimey, 20, He has conquered thee, and all thy Harpur-street; or the Rev. John Dyer, host of terrors.' " He suffered for twelve hours the will receive any Donations for this af
Mission House, Fen-court, London, most extreme pain. The Rev. Mr. Atkinson (Independent) preached bis
fecting Case. funeral sermon from a text of bis own received :
The following sums have been already selecting. 1 Peter ii. 6." J. C. Rev. Mr. Hughes
£o The following is the
REV. JOHN LIDDON.