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&c. That discourse seemed to 'lave pool and Birt of Manchester, with been greatly blessed to him; and to primerovs other neighbouring ministers use bis own words, it " brought him assisting in the services of the day. In to begio to pray." After this be was this place they continued to assemble mueh harassed by a temptation of the till the congregation so increased as to enemy, who suggested to him that, as render it necessary to build a more he bad so long slighted the means of commodious place of worship. On grace, and neglected bis immortal in- Lord's-day, May 26, 1822, be and one terests, all bope was gone it was now of bis children were baptized by the too late to begin to seek and serve the Rev. John Jackson, of Hebden Bridge, Lord. It pleased Him, however, who and on the same day united to the knows“ how to deliver the godly ont church. On this public dedication of of temptations," gradually to remove himself to God, he often reflected with his sears, and give him a “ strong con- peculiar satisfaction, as being, in bis solation and good hope through grace." view, one of the most interesting events From this time it seems bis Christian of his life. character became more decided and In the course of his earthly pilgrimsteady. In a paper of his own band- age, our dear brother had many interwriting left behind him, it appears that rüptions to his peace, from various dohis mind was much affected by the mestic trials ; one of the heaviest and baptism of his beloved and amiable most pungent of which was, a long and wife, with whom he lived upwards of severe affliction with which it pleased forty years in the tenderest affection - God to visit his beloved partner. enjoying an uncommon share of do. During that trying dispensation be mestic comfort and conjugal felicity. was frequently heard to say, that it was From that time bis mind became more his earnest “ desire and prayer that habitually serious, and he was led to God would prolong ber life beyond the think about following ber steps, and term of bis own, lest he should be complying with bis Lord's command; swallowed up of overmuch sorrow"but from a modesty and dinidence that in this his desire was granted. To. were natural to bim, he was long pre- wards the latter part of his earthly vented from putting on the Lord Jesus course his path was marked with much Cbrist by baptism. His great fear was, tranquillity, and a bope was cherished as he expressed it, some time before that he would be long spared to conhis baptism, to the writer of these lines, tinue in his laudable coursc of Christian " that he was not a fit subject for so generosity, a comfort to an affectionate holy an ordinance-and that he was family, a support to an infant church, afraid lest he should by any means and a blessing to the neighbourhood bring a disgrace on the cause.” Such around. But that God, whose thoughts was the sense he had of his own weakand ways are not as ours, had otherness, and so bamble the views he en- wise determined. A disorder, of which tertained of his own character. Early he bad had frequent symptoms, gained in the year, 1821, in consequence of ground on bis constitution, and after some unhappy differences that occurred lingering and suffering for nearly two in the church and congregation where years, it pleased bis heavenly Father he bad many years attended, he found to take bim from a world of sin and it necessary to withdraw. Perceiving sorrow, to an inheritance in the skies. that several members had left, that + The illness that terminated in his many of the congregation had been death was slow in its progress, but of scattered, and what was to him most such a nature as entirely to exclude serious of all, that his own numerous him from the public means of grace; family were driven away, he opened a yet be loved the pious conversation of room for occasional preaching. The Christian friend, and several times first place becoming too small to admit had prayer-meetings in bis own room, the congregation that would have at- and family-prayer in bis chamber, as tended, he fitted up a much farger long as he was able to bear the presence room, at his sole expense, in which a of the household. In the first stage of church was formed December 5, 1821: his sickness he seemed somewbat de Messrs. Steadman of Bradford–Hyde sirous of getting better. This indeed, of Salendine Nook-Fisher of Liver for a person in his circumstances, and surrounded as he was by a numerous is all of grace--from first to last it flows and promising family, was a very na- from sovereign, free, unmerited mercy." toral wish; but as the disorder pre. He had too clear a view of the divine vailed, and be grew weaker, this desire character, of the law of God, and of continued to decrease, till it was ex- buman depravity, to suppose that be, changed for a wish to be with Jesus.- or any other human being, could merit The frame of bis mind did not seem to salvation as a reward of good works. vary much doring the last six months “ As for me," he would say, "I am a of his life. When first confined to his poor, guilty, helpless sinner Lord room, a cloud frequently hung over his save, or I perish.'” At the same time mind, and be often expressed bis con- he was well assured, that without holicern to bave a clearer perception of noss no man shall see the Lord. He bis interest in Christ: he was solicit- knew that the law was “ holy, just, ons to attain a stronger assurance of and good," the only standard of genuine salvation. He complained that his perfection-the only rule of moral ob. faith was but small, bis mind dark, and ligation. he most feelingly expressed his anxiety The subject of this hasty sketch, tn" lay hold" on the divine promise. during his long affliction, bad a blessed He would often say, “ I want to feel experience of the consoting influence of more fixed, and stayed, and settled on the Gospel. He derived especial com. the foundation of the prophets and fort from that class of scriptures which apostles, Jesus Christ. I want to have speak of the Diviue veracity, immutamore sensible evidence of my accept. bility, &c. Those which represent God ance with God." His fears, however, as a “ rock, a fortress, a biding-place, were in due time removed. That gra- a strong tower;" as "he who changes cious Being, who bears the sighing of nollhe same yesterday, to-day, and the prisoner, and who apportions the for ever:”--these, and others of a simistrength of his cbildren to ibeir time of lar kind, gave him the most stable supnced-was Jehovah-jireh to our dear port, and were, for a long time, bis sobrother gave bim " grace sufficient," lace and his joy.-His attachnient to the and favoured him with a clearer sky as house and worship of God was very ardent. his sun was about to set beneath the He could say, “ I love the babitation horizon of time...
of thy house." The sincerity of this Notwithstanding the occasional de love was evinced by the silent drops jection of our friend, it was easy to dis- that trickled down his pallid cheek, as cern, even in the most gloomy season the family, one after another, came into of his confinement, that there was a the room to see him before they went uniform and determined resolution to up to the sanctuary. If ever there were cleave to Christ. Repeatedly, in answer any thing like a complaint, it was when to inquiries made by the writer of this, the tribes went up to the holy place, he exclaimed, with hands clasped, and and he was detained a prisoner at home. countenance expressive beyond des- Then, indeed, he was sometimes beard cription, “ Christ is my only hope to say, “ O, tbat I were permitted to have no other resting place- no other go with you! to worship in his courts refuge; and what should I now do in unite with his people-O! that 1," my affliction were it not for this strong tears spake the rest. consolation-to whom else can I go. The prosperity of Zion lay near his bow is it with those who deny the deity heart. The inconsistencies of somó and atonement of the Saviour, I know professors were to 'bim a source of not. From hence alone does all my heart-felt sorrow ; and as for those concomfort spring." He was often afraid ceited, cavilling, captious men, wbos Jest, through his protracted affliction, ther ministers or private members, who he shonld disbonour God by impatience; delight to throw the firebrands of conbut a more patient sufferer was scarcely tention among Christian societies, be possible. His pains were very acute, held their principles and their conduct yet never did a single word that indi- in the utmost abhorrence, justly concated a murmur drop from bis lips. sidering such characters to be the veriThe alone foundation of his hope was est plague that ever can befal the church the blood and righteousness of Jesus of God. He took a great interest in Christ. “I see (said he) that salvation whatever concerned the welfare of the cause of Christ in gencral; the success to escape his lips. When asked if he of Missionary efforts was especially the felt support, he would reply, “Christ object of his ardent desire. The Baptist alone-Christ is all-Christ is preMissionary Society had few more cious." In the morning of the day on steady friends, or more liberal sup which he died, he suffered much, and porters, as may bo seen from a perusal spoke but little. He had nothing to of its Annual Reports. Indeed, while do but to die. Once on his dying day, his heart and his flesh were failing-if with all the strength he could collect, any thing was communicated to him he faintly articulated the words that that related to the good of the Re- often fall from the lips of dying saints, deemer's cause-especially if among his “Come Lord Jesos, come quickly"own people-his countenance bright. repeating the latter part “ quickly, ened into an expressive smile, that quickly, come quickly;" and so he did, clearly indicated the “beartselt joy." for soon after the poor sufferer gently He felt no ordinary degrec of solicitude fell asleep in Jesus, without a struggle, for the welfare of that church, of which and without a sighi, he was so distinguished an ornament. Ho
? « His God sustain'd him in his final bour,
vie who is now penning this paper, saw him nearly every day during the last
loot His final hour brought glory to his God.” three months of bis illness, anil he. This died the kindest of husbands, scarcely ever entered into conversation the most affectionate of parents, the without dropping something that was steadiest of friends. This loss will be long expressive of his anxiety on that head. and extensively felt in the family, in Often did he send up to heaven the the church, and in the neighbourhood. prayer of the Psalmist, “ Build thou But, “ blessed are the dead that die in the walls of Jerusalem.” As my limits the Lord-even so saith the Spirit, for will not allow me to say much more they rest from their labonrs, and their respecting my dear departed friend, I works follow them.” Dr. Steadman have just one thing more to state, improved the solemn occasion by a which ought not to bo omitted, be- sermon from Psalm xlii. 11. “Why art cause it was oppermost in his thoughts thou cast down,"&c.; worils that had -tbe anxious concern he felt for the been chosen by our friend while living, spiritual interests of his own children. as being expressive of bis own state of Many, many prayers have ascended to mind. God on their behalf, from one of the Few persons have been more exbest of fathers. How earnestly did he tensively and deservedly esteemed and desire that they might all be made the beloved than the person to whom the subjects of saving grace, walk in wise above lines relate. In looking at his dom's ways, and tread the path to hea. general character, we do not say he ven! May a gracious God fulfil all was perfect; but we onbesitatingly say, those petitions! It might truly be that we have seldom met with persons said of him, that he had “no greater having so much to applaud, and so little joy than to see his children walking in to blame. Some men have good chaihe truth.” In this respect the desires racters only when they are dead; but of his heart were, in some measure, James Greenwood, of Bridge-house, granted. Before his death, four of his had the affectionate regards of multichildren had been baptized, and united tudes while living. to tbe church. This was to him an oc- In bis disposition the prominent trait casion of the most solid pleasure. was goodness in his manners gentle
As be drew near to the closing scene ness. The distressed and the poor, of bis mortal existence, the steadiness always found a friend in him. His of bis faith and hope were more appa- house will be long remembered by rent. He was generally in a state of many who have been there kindly reundisturbed composure. He could ceived, and hospitably entertained. look upon the king of terrors without It was remarked by Dr. Steadman in dismay. Nature felt the pang, but the funeral sermon, that “ he had often grace could say in triumph, “ O death applied to him in urgent cases, cases where is thy sting?" His bodily pains connected with the cause of Christ, were great, and sometimes forced him and never applied in vain." Doubtto cry out, but not a murmur was heard less others might use similar language.
He was peculiarly a man of peace, you have just perused? Alas! it may though he was neither imbecile vor be, your life testifies that you are yet a indecisive. He practically exempli. distance from God. Go, sinner, go; fied Suaviter in modo et fortiter in re. enter into thy closet, bow your knees Whatever he was, his race is now in secret before your offended Soveron-and reader, what sayest thou? reign, and cry for mercy before your Have you as good a claim to the damnation is sealed, character of a Christian as the in
M. S. dividual, an imperfect sketch of wbom
Six Lectures on Popery; delivered in the servant of Christ aim, as it is bis
King-street Chapel, Maidstone. By bounden duty, to be “ gentle towards William Groser. London, Holds, all men;" but let him not indulge a worth. 12mo. Pp. 274. 5s. Boards. morbid dread of discussion; for, in
Sir Henry Wotton directed the fol- the present imperfect and sinful state. lowing inscription to be engraved on a
differences of opinion, and dispute rebis tomb:-Hic jacet hujus sententiæ specting those differences, cannot posprimus author-DISPUTANDI PRURITUS,
sibly be avoided. Not to mention the ECCLESTARUM SCABIES. Nomen alias
many petty squabbles in which proquære:"-i. e. · Here lies the first au
fessed christians engage, there are some thor of this sentence--THE ITCH OF DIS
great topics on which totally opposite PUTATION WILL PROVE THE Bane or
sentiments are held. Here a consciThe church. Seek his name elsewhere."
entious man cannot be ucutral; he That Sir Henry was in the main right must be decided, and, if necessary. will, we presume, be generally admit- prepared to defend his decision. Whented. Religious controversies are often
ever the meaning of scripture is misvery injurious to those who are en.
taken or perverted, no christian should gaged in them. They engender a mu
be deterred, by the fear of being acroseness of temper, under the baleful
counted uncharitable, from exposing influence of which brotherly love wi
error and vindicating truth. These are thers and dies. The mind, inured to
occasions when he is called “earnestly speculation and dispute, becomes bar
to contend for the faith once delivered ren; spirituality declines; devotional
to the saints." ardour flags; and the character ac
The controversy between Roman quires a stern, unyielding cast, very
Catholics and Protestants is one of the unlike the “ meekness and gentleness
most important of all controversies, of Christ.” Not unfrequently, preju
Let no one think it to be a mere logodice in favour of opinions prevails over
machy, an idle, useless dispute. It the love of truth; words are regarded
involves the essential truths of Chrisrather than realities; and the hostility
lianity—the object and means of wors which is borne to principles is trans
ship, the ground of acceptance before ferred to those by whom they are main
God-the legislative authority of the tained. “ From questions and strises
Saviour--the right of personal inquiry of words cometh envy, railings, evil and private judgment
ce evil and private judgment and the design surmisings.” I Tim. vi. 4.
and tendency of the whole christian But we must remember the ancient
member the ancient system. It must be granted, theredistinction between the use and the
fore, that an accurate acquaintance
with the principles of popery, and a abuse of things. The evils above menlioned do not necessarily result from
familiarity with the arguments on each controversy, but are to be considered
side, are highly desirable, especially as the fruits of our depraved nature at the present time, when the points which defiles whatever it touches. Let in dispule have been dragged into notico by the Roman Catholics them against every jesuitical artifice. And in. selves, and unwonted zeal has been terpret the word of God according to its manifested in the propagation and de. plain, insophisticated meaning. Refence of their peculiar tenets.
member it is a revelation from him who Many useful works have been pub
puh. is infinitely wise, with none of whose lished on this subject, without exhaust
sayings it is safe to trifle. In no case
venture to put an interpretation on his ing it. So much scope is afforded for
r words which they will not spontaneously variety of illustration and argument, yield. Adduce no passage in support of and the controversy itself is so much any favourite doctrine, which does not affected by difference of times and really appear to you to teach it. Reject circumstances, that new publications with pious horror that allegorizing sys. cannot be deemed superfluous. Several tem, which under pretence of extracting valuable treatises have recently ap- a spiritual sense, amuses the fancy and peared : among them the volume now bewilders the understanding, subv erts before ns will claim a respectable rank, the authority of the venerable record, and especially as an introduction to larger
er accustoms men to regard' it as a book of
« 'riddles." and more expensive works.
P. 259, 260. Mr. Groser's volume contains six To our readers generally, and espe. lectures. In the first, the principles of cially to the young, we beg leave to popery are considered; the second recommend a careful perasal of this treats of its worship and authorised cus.' volume. It abounds in interesting intums; its tyranny is described in ile formation and sound argument, ex. tbird ; the fourth (which, in our opic pressed in perspicuous and 'forcible nion, should bave been the first) traces language. Though avowedly a conits gradual rise; in the fifth its tendency troversial work, it has the merit of beis pointed out, and in the sixth we are ing entirely free from disingennous. directed to the means which should be ness, asperity, and slander, and is of adopted to subvert it..
decidedly practical tendency. Mr. G. * We had marked for quotation seve. is well entitled to the: thanks of the ral interesting and striking passages; Protestant community. but as we hope that many of our read. We have observed a few typograers will purchase the volume for them- phical errors, and here and there a selves, we shall only give the following carelessly-written sentence; these will extract, which we select on account doubtless be corrected in another ediof the usefulness and importance of the tion, which wo bope will be soon remarks contained in it:
called for. “ Cleanse yourselves, I beseech you, from every vestige of popery. If one The Mourner's Companion: with an inshred cleaves to you, cast it away, for it troductory Essay by Robert Gordon, is infectious. . Take the scripture, and
D. D. Edinburghi , the scripture only, as your rule; conform yourselves in doctrine and in practice to This is an admirable work, and it is its dictates. What has been customary well introduced by the essay of Dr. in this church, or in the churches of the Gordon. No' one who is desirous of a neighbourhood, is no rule to you; that is competent acquaintance with the imProtestant tradition. What some learn- portant purposes which afflictions are ed doctor may have written, or some fa- made to answer in the divine economy, vourite preacher may have taught, is no
can read the introduction to the vorule to you ; that is implicit faith. What
Jume before us without great advantage. pleases your fancy, what accords with your taste, what imparts pomp and secu.
Here are seen in a clear light the wislar dignity to christian worship, is not
dom and mercy of God in the employ. the legitimate object of your pursuit; the ment of afflictions, for here are well subservience of scriptural directions to stated the great benefits resulting from human improvements is the vivifying spi. them, both to those who suffer, and to rit of popery itself. The only consistent all with whom they are connected. '. religion for Protestants is the religion of The work, of which we are giving a the first churches. Your strength in the short account, contains five treatises : Romish controversy lies in direct appeal A Token for Mourners, by the Rev. to the apostolic writings. Train your John Flavol-Afriendly Visit to the children to this, and they will be guarded House of Mourning by the Rev. Ri