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SARAH H. TOOME.
suffered in this poor body; my sufferings are SARAH Hannah TOOME, a member of the great; but what did my Saviour suffer for Baptist church meeting at Mount Zion Chapel, sins are all forgiven, and I have no fear of
me? I have no great joys; but I know my Chadwell Street, Clerkenwell, departed this
death !” life, aged twenty-four years. At twelve years of age she was awakened to a knowledge of
These were nearly her last words, as she her lost and undone state as a fallen sinner. gradually sank during the night, and on TuesBeing brought under the sound of a free day morning, at half-past sis, January 29th, grace gospel by her parents, she, after some 1856, her ransomed spirit took its wished-for time, found that which she was led to seek, flight, to those blessed climes where sickness, viz., pardon and peace in the Person, work, sorrow, pain and death, are felt and feared no
more. blood and righteousness of the dear Redeemer;
Her mortal remains was deposited in and being constrained by his love, she felt it Kensal Green Cemetery, on Monday, Febher peculiar privilege to follow her Lord in ruary 4th, upon which occasion her pastor, his own appointed ways. She was baptised Mr. Hazelton, attended, and spoke a few by Mr. Jones, at Jireh Meeting, Brick Lane, consoling words to her relations and friends. St. Luke's, on Lord's-day evening, February
Mr. H. also improved the solemn event of her 27th, 1848 ; she was added to the church, and death on Lord's-day evening, February 10th, through rich and sovereign grace was pre: apostle Paul, “ Having a desire to depart, and
from the most appropriate language of the honourable and consistent member, to the day to be with Christ, which is far better.” of her death. She had been in a declining state of health for a considerable time, but
Our sister's gone, and nature weeps,
But cheering truth, she only sleeps for the last five months she had not been
Till Christ her Lord shall come. able to attend the public ordinances of God's Her body rests in sweet repose house at all: this was a great trial to her, for Till death, the last o all our foes, she loved the habitation of God's house, but
Receives its final doom. desired in submission to say, “Father, thy Death's mighty conqueror will appear, will be done."
Death and the grave his voice shall hear, About three months ago she was removed
And hearing must obey ; into the country, hoping that the change
O Death ! give up thy sacred trust!
And every ransomed grain of dust might prove beneficial, but her God had
Shall rise to endless day. designed to remove her to more healthy and happy climes. She began more rapidly to
Her body there in weakness sown,
Dressed in immortal health and bloom, sink, and oft expressed a desire, if her hea.
Shall leave its gloomy bed ; venly Father's will, to quit her trembing Joined with ber spirit mount on bigb, house of olay for her house eternal in the No more to suffer, sin and die, heavens. One morning, when her cousin was
When death itself is dead. assisting her to dress, she said, “Thank you; O how consoling is the thought, I have helped you before now, but shall never Christ will bare all his blood has bought: do so again." Her mother, in reply, said,
Her body is redeemed ; “Our loss will be your gain.” She replied,
The body perfect and complete
Her ransomed spirit soon shall meet; “Yes ; I long to be gone!" At another time
Both dearly are esteemed. she said, “How I wish to be at home, but my
But 01 the disembodied soul, Father's time is best. Do pray my dear Lord
In seas of endless bliss doth roil, to give me patience,” At another time she
In seas of endless love. said to her mother, “How I wish I could feel O could we look from scenes of night, as I did once." It was observed, “You must To those sweet realms of pure delight, not expect to be always on the mount; you
To glorious scenes above : are as safe now as then.” She said, “Yes; How we should long to drop our clay, but not so happy!”. About a fortnight before And with our sister soar away, her death, she said, “I fear you think me
To join the blood washed host;
To be at home in love's embrace, very impatient, but my sufferings are very
Bask in the sunbeams of his grace, great; but they are nothing compared with
In rapturous wonder lost. what my dear Lord suffered for me.”
There vieing with the ransomed throng, About a week before she returned home
Our sister sings in sweetest song, she complained of darkness. Her mother
To bim that loved and died ; repeated
All swallowed up in bliss complete,
She casts her crown at his dear feet, “His way was much darker and rougher than
For ever satisfied. mine, Did Christ my Lord suffer, and shall I repine ?"
No tempting foe, no dreary night,
No doubts or fears, or inward fight,
Pleasures without the least alloy;
Through endless ages reign. night previous to her death, when asked as to Then, fellow pilgrim, dry the tear, the state of her mind in the immediate pros
Look homeward, we shall soon be there,
Our friends in Christ to meet; pect of dissolution, she said, “I know that my
Soon shall the family of love, departure is near; I have no desire to return
Be gathered round the throne above, to the world. No one knows what I have Unbroken and complete.
THE LATE MR, WHITEMAN, but not so as to perceptibly affect his minisLATB OP
terial labors. On Wednesday, the day pre
ceding his death, I, my daughter, and another FYRTEB, OF UNICORN YARD, AND BOSTON.
sister in the Lord, met, by invitation, our The following letter was addressed to Mr. friend Mr. W. and his family, at our veneraRees, a member of the church at Unicorn ble and kind brother deacon's, Mr. Holland, Yard, Tooley Street; and through his kind of Kirton-four miles distant. Whilst there ness, we are permitted to furnish the pain. he twice experienced a return of the pain, in ful intelligence.-Ed.]
both of which he was relieved by a moderate
dose of ether. He observed that if he did not DBAB SIB-It has pleased the Sovereign meet with something effectual, it would kill Ruler of the skies to remove, by sudden death, him. Before parting, our brother spent a this morning, our dear brother in the Lord, long time in prayer, during which it was reMr. C. M. Whiteman-by spasmodic affection markable, that with more than usual earnestof the chest, of which he had several sharpness he pleaded for each, kneeling with him attacks in the last fortnight, but not so as to singly, according to our several relationships prevent his ministerial duties. Being blessedly in the church, the family, and the world; and assured that to our departed friend to live was also for his absent sons, one of whom is in Christ, to die was gain: sudden death, sudden India. At the station, whilst waiting for glory; I trust the bereaved will, through him the train for Boston, he was cheerful, and who comforts the mourners, (after the deep seemed well; was so during the ride; and Sorrow into which they are so suddenly plung. when we parted at his own door; slept well ed, has, through divine aid, in a measure sub; during the night; rose rather earlier than sided,) be enabled in the ever to be remembered usual next morning, partook breakfast, after words of the deceased, "look up! look up! which he was seized with excruciating pain, there's always a way upwards! and be en; writhed in his chair, exclaiming, “I am being abled to cast their burden on the Lord, and torn to pieces !" Going
up to bed, he yielded feel his merciful and sustaining goodness, and to calling in medical aid, but countermanded see his will respecting them-to
be able to say, it to try domestic remedies-mustard plaister, " He doeth all things well.” I am, dear sir, hot water, fermentation. During their appliyours in the Lord, J. ASHWELL, Deacon. cation, the affectionate father, casting a partSkirbeck Quarter, Boston,
ing glance at his daughters, (one on each side Lincolnshire, March 27, 1856.
the bed), sank lifeless, without a sigh or a Our brother's remains were interred on the struggle, on the arm of the oldest, which was End April, in the new Cemetery, by Mr. W. beneath him as a support.
Our dear friend's discourse on the Lord's. Bull
, of Burgh; a large concourse of friends and spectators assembled on the solemn occasion, day, evening before his death, from 2 Cor. iv.
5, and were greatly affected.
“For we preach, not ourselves, but Christ On the 15th, Mr. Bull baptised and re- the Lord's blessing and presence, and pro
Jesus the Lord," was manifestly attended with ceived into the church at Ebenezer, three fe duced a striking and deep impression. males-an aged, a middle-aged, and a young sister. How little we know what a day may course of the sermon, used these words—“We
It is remarkable that our late friend, in the bring forth! Our late brother. W. had the know not how soon we may turn our pale pleasing prospect of ministering in these ordi. faces to the wall." It has been ascertained
Whatever part he and former pas- since his death, that he was in his 71st year, tors had in planting and watering these plants of the heavenly Husbandman's right something better expressed, and more ready
Regretting my inability to furnish you with hand planting, glory to God in the Highest, and brief for your purpose, I am, dear sir, for thus honoring their labors with an in
J. ASHWELL. and grace in our precious Lord and Master for the £2 from himself and friends. crease, according to his own eternal purpose your's most respectfully,
P.S. Kindest acknowledgments to Mr. Rees Christ Jesus! Mr. B. in the evening delivered an impres
Skirbeck Quarter, Boston, April 19. sive discourse on Phil. i. 21. “For to me to Live is Christ, to die is gain.” The collections
“To the chief singer on my stringed instru
ments.”-Habbakuk iii. 19. made morning and evening towards the fund for Mrs. Wightman and her daughter in their willow; and now the night is past, let the
My soul! take down thy harp from the bereft and trying condition, amounted to first of the morn find thee going forth, in the £12 10s. 7d.
matin of praise, to the Chief Singer on all the Boston, April 17.
instruments of his grace, which he hath strung thine heart to use to his glory. And who is this Chief Singer, but Jesus? Doth not the prophet say,
vi The Lord God is my (To the Editor of the Earthen Vessel.)
Strength, and he will make my feet like
hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk in DEAR SIB-I am obliged hastily to for- mine high places ?” Surely he that is the ward further particulars relative to our bro- Lord God of my salvation is the Chief ther W. Rather more than a fortnight pre- Singer, and the Chief Musician, of my song, vious to our brother's decease, (Thursday, And he that will be my portion, my everlastMarch 27th), he was attacked with spasmodic ing portion, in the upper world, will be my affection of the chest, which at times recurred, I strength and song in this.
BRIEF ACCOUNT OF
THE LAST DAYS OF ME. WHITEMAX.
OUR BRITISH BAPTIST CHURCHES.
THE OLD CHURCH BOOK. the sending for Mr. Gill: these brethren had
a meeting too, in opposition, they passed a No. I.
motion, that Mr. Gill be sent for immediately.
After Mr. Scurney had preached his month, UNICORN YARD CHAPEL, they ordered another letter to be written, and SOUTHWARK.
signed contrary to the only deacon present.
Mr. Gill was sent for by them, and came up THE old church book contains minutes and from Kettering, in Northamptonshire, and records from 1790 to 1820. It is the inten- preached to the people about six weeks. Mr. tion of the Editor to give out every month in Gill's party then proceeded to elect him pasthe VESSEL, some account of the principal tor, and taking female's votes—which had not events which took place under each successive been allowed for thirty years obtained a mapastor. A church that has been in existence, jority. from records, 136 years, and must have been The following Friday," the deacons and a in existence for some considerable period pre- considerable number of the brethren met, and vious to the building of Unicorn Yard - for consulted what was best to be done to save the when this chapel was built, it was in conse- church from what they considered impending quence of the lease of the chapel where they ruin. The church meeting being the followpreviously worshipped having run out, (in ing Tuesday, they determined to give in their which, afterwards, the celebrated Dr. Gill protest, signed with their own hands, against preached,) - this church which must have ex. the pretended election, viz. : that Mr. Gill's isted, at least, above a century and a half, friends had chosen him illegally, contrary to must, necessarily, be connected with many im- the minds of the deacons, and majority of the portant events that may be helpful to the brethren. Mr. Gill's adherents utterly rechurch of God in the present day. It, per- fused to take the matter into further consider. haps, is the oldest church in existence could ation, affirming his election to be valid. The it be traced to its first formation. It has been women's votes not being allowed, it was voted the subject of dissention, alternate prosperity that all the former proceedings respecting and adversity; and amongst other things, the Mr. Gill's election were void. Brother Atkins solemn manner of induction of deacons into proposed a scrutiny, but the opposing party office, the cautious and careful anxieties res- retused. The church therefore proceeded to pecting those to be united in church-fellowship, provide a ministry for the future, and appointthe great solemnity attending the ordinationed two brethren to let Mr. Gill know the of ministers, and the constant perseverance in result. Sad altercation and strife ensued. prayer when destitute of a pastor, until God Those who adhered to Mr. Gill, read a paper was pleased to send them one these things to the church and congregation; the others, are what the church may safely imitate and another Lord's-day, did the same. They each return to in the present day; for it must be appealed to ministers of the same denomina. acknowledged that Zion is in this day, in these tion, but all means failed. Mr. Gill's friends matters, almost destitute of that feeling our rent themselves from the church, met for wor. father Jacob had when God appeared to him ship at Mr. Crosly's school, till the old church at Bethel, when he said, “how dreadful is this removed to the new meeting house, Unicorn place, this is none other than the house of God, Yard, and Mr. Gill and his friends afterwards and the gate of heaven."
occupied the old chapel. Ninety-nine memThe old church book begins with a brief bers left to follow Mr. Gill; One hundred and statement of the affairs of this church from twenty-two remained behind, including all the the death of the late pastor, Mr. Benjamin deacons. Stinton, of the old chapel, to the settlement in The contract for building Unicorn Yard the new meeting house, under Mr. William Chapel, was closed January 9th, 1818; AbraArnold.
ham Atkins, Esq., on behalf of the church, and Mr. Benjamin Stinton died, February 11th, Francis Randall, builder; the cost amounting 1718. After several ministers had occa- to £350. All that is recorded of their first sionally supplied the pulpit, the church cast opening the place, is —“Lord's-day, June 26. their eyes on two, more than the rest likely to We met at our new meeting place, and Mr. serve them; they were to preach to the church Owen preached in the morning, Mr. Harrison a month each ; and in this important business, in the afternoon." a serious division took place, and painful for REMARKS. This first extract contains a the time, were the circumstances into which subject of a very unpleasant nature. It might they were plunged.
be thought best to have passed it over, and so The church was stayed, June 28th, 1819. it would, were it not that the circumstances of It was agreed that Mr. Scurney should be sent the present day in many of the churches, are for first; a letter was ordered to be written by similar.
The wise man says,
“The thing the deacons, and laid before the church the which hath been, is that which shall be done : Tuesday following, signed by all present; but there is no new thing under the sun." Disthere was n jealousy on the part of some of the sensions will arise; even a Paul and Barnabas brethren, supposing it was designed to put off could not set their horses together, but were
compelled to part asunder. "Offences will respondents of this periodical. We are
As many communications are reaching us, pleased to maintain a church, which though expressive of unhappy feelings in the minds often in contention, has not fallen to pieces of some in Plymouth against us, we answer many times of revival and prosperity hath once for all
, – the only reason on earth why been her lot. Perhaps, not a better bistory Charles Waters Banks did not fulfil bis of this church could be given, than is recorded engagement in preaching in How Street, in the 107th Psalm.
during the month of April, was, because Alas, what imperfect creatures are the best neither his circumstances, nor the present conof Christians ; short comings and blemishes dition of the Church at Unicorn Yard, would will attend, more or less, all the living family, suffer him to leave London. His previous while here below. Well might the church ex. visits to Plymouth have been mutually happy claim, “0, give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good, for his mērcy endureth for ever.'
ones; and as regards his promised reo nt lostability, weakness, unmindfulness of our
visit, the deacons and committee at How mercies, is what we must all plead guilty to
Street, behaved in the kindest manner poslike those whose lot fell this side of Jordan. sible ; — When the church at Unicorn Yard, There was poor Reuben, “ unstable as water,” wrote them begging them to release their yet divine life was there; and Moses says, pastor from his engagement to serve them, ** let Reuben live and not die, and let not his they did with sympathy, and in a most honmen be few." “Gad, a troop overcomes him ;” ourable manner : and deeply grateful we so the Christian often falls, if not outwardly, feel to them; for, although, we should have he does inwardly, before his foes ; yet triumphs been truly glad to have spoken to the friends in Christ Jesus, and by faith believes. “Though at How Street, for another month, yet being I fall, I shall arise again, and shall overcome at the last.” And the half-tribe of Manassah prevented by adverse winds, it was charitable forgetfulness — unmindful of his mercies, a
in them to give a release; and we sincerely want of dependence upon his faithfulness_o pray that Mr. Ball, who is chosen as their will stick to us like burs, while here below. future pastor, may labour among them for All prove we have no continuing city here. many years, with great success; and much
How many churches have risen and disap- to the comfort of the multitude of dear
Mr. Samuel Nicholson was born at Devonther many precious souls, who shall declare port, on the 28th of April, 1801, where his in Zion the goodness of the Lord.
father, who was a respectable man, carried One remark more.
There is no account of on business. (His venerable mother still seeking the Lord by prayer in this
As the eldest son in a large respecting the choice of a pastor ; the next family, Mr. Nicholson, after receiving the rutime they were destitute of a pastor, we shall diments of general education, was at an early find them seeking the Lord's direction by per- period taken from school to enter upon his severing prayer and watchfulness, and no dis. father's business — but the work of selfsension ensued: and that thing which is begun improvement still went on. His father was in prayer, attended with a watching the Lord's a deacon of the Baptist Church assembling in hand, shall not meet with disappointment.
Pembroke-street Chapel, under the care The next extract will contain interesting of Thomas Wilcocks, and at an early age Mr. erents under the pastorate of Mr. Arnold, who Nicholson became a member of the same laboured in this church 14 years, and died church. Whilst still very young he took part happy in the Lord. AARON MILLER. in its public services, preaching in the vil
lages ; and at the age of nineteen, he occa
sionally supplied the pulpit for Mr. Wilcocks HOW STREET CHAPEL, PLYMOUTH, in his absence from home. At this time Mr.
Wilcocks, who was a man of considerable acLATE MR. SAMUEL NICHOLSON.
quirement and much mental culture, engaged
his young friend to assist him in the duties A PERSON, signing himself “ A Baptist, preparing him by suitable instruction, for the
of his school, principally with the view of How Street, Plymouth," has been indus- work of the Christian ministry. triously employed of late, in writing letters After Mr. Nicholson had remained for some to different ministers, criticising and con- time with Mr. Wilcocks, he was invited as an demning the Editor, and some of the cor- occasional supply to preach at How-street
THE PROGRESS OF TIIE BAPTIST CAUSE AT
Chapel, in Plymouth, which was then with express in words the assurance I have of my out a pastor, and his services were so accept- salvation and union to the Lord Jesus Christ. able that, after a lengthened but most satis. I feel within me now the germ and the prinfactory probation, in 1823, he was solicited by ciple of eternal life. It is not life for me, but the church and congregation to become their eternal life within, and I know that because stated minister. Previously to this, the at- my Redeemer liveth I live also.” And so he tendance at the chapel had been very much passed over to the other side, and they saw diminished, but in a short time the congrega- ( him no more. Mr. Nicholson died at four tion increased, and in this important position o'clock in the afternoon of March 13th, and Mr. Nicholson found his appointed sphere.- the general expression of sorrow which this In 1822 he married Miss Jane Nicholson, and event has occasioned shows emphatically that by this marriage there were twelve children, consistent and holy conduct has the promise of whom nine survive. Mr. Nicholson's min of the life that now is, as well as of the life to isterial ability soon attracted attention not come. only in Plymouth, but amongst the churches On Wednesday morning, at half-past ten of his denomination elsewhere, and he was o'clock, "devout men carried him to his more than once solicited to leave the congre- burial.” His church-christians of all de. gation in How-street for other stations, nominations-christian pastors--the old and which, in a worldly point of view, offered the young-followed his mortal remains to greater advantages. At one time he was the chapel in George-street. Several minisearnestly entreated to take a prominent place ters of the town and neighbourhood took part in the management of the Baptist Missions in in this solemn service. His old and attached Calcutta, and subsequently to become the suc- friend, Thomas C. Hine, of Sydenham, adcessor of the late Robert Hall, in Bristol. dressed the congregation and Thomas Horton, But Mr. Nicholson believed that God had of Devonport, committed the body to the dust, given him a work to do which would fully a glorious trust—“in sure and certain hope reward his most stedfast and diligent care, of a joyful resurrection, Well was it said, and so he remained firm at his post, often, in- Let me die the death of the righteous, and deed, rendering temporary and valuable ser- let my last end be like his. vice elsewhere, but still returning with undi. minished interest to the people of his charge, and under such affectionate care they grew and prospered. The congregation consoli- BETHEL CHAPEL, LEIGHTON, dated, the church increased, until at length, in 1814, the spacious and' noble chapel in AND TIE REMOVAL OF MR. JOSEPH WILKINS, George-street was begun. The members of the church and congregation exerted themselves with most zealous liberality, and al
DEAR BROTHER BANKS.- When God was most without debt, this fine building was pleased, in the order of his providence, to opened for Divine Worship in 1845.
deprive this church of its pastor by the sudden Pre-eminently he was a good man, tho- death of the late much-esteemed Mr. William roughly earnest and sincere. His religion Roberts, you kindly directed the friends to was not assumed for Sabbath-days and public our much-beloved friend and brother, Mr. services, but was the mainspring of his being. Joseph Wilkins, as a suitable person to sucIt was not a thing that could be taken up or ceed him. Aster he bad preached a few laid down at pleasure, but the inwrought weeks, there was but one opinion among the conscious experience of a heart at peace with brethren, and he received an unanimous invi. God. He was a very diligent student of the tation to the pastorate. The Great Head of Scripture, and from its constant and careful the church has from the commencement giren perusal had derived unrestrained sympathy his sanction and blessing to the means used. with the doctrines of the gospel, as the ef- The congregation has gradually increased ; ficient cause of practical holiness.
the church bas been edified and built up; has As he lived so he died. The truths that he dwelt in peace and lore; and the God of had commended from the pulpit, and illustra- peace and love has dwelt in the midst of it. ted in his life, were with him to the very The Word preached has been attended by the last; and as he drew near to the dark river. almighty energy of the Holy Spirit. Sinners his feet almost touching the brim, there was have been converted to God, and frequently no cloud upon the spirit, nor even the shadow additions have been made to the church. The of a cloud. He saw the Cross still, as he had chapel has been enlarged and beautified, at Been it when in health and vigour, only that the cost of near £170. There has been no acit seemed nearer and more precious. Give cumulation of debt, but an annual reduction my love,” said he to one of his early and at- of it of nearly £20. In February last, Mr. tached friends, " to all the brethren. My Spurgeon presched; the clear proceeds were strength is hourly, diminishing, tut say to £27. This, wil £3 since, raised by private them, 'all is well.” What may be the state subscription, bad enabled the trustees to pay of the disembodied spirit I know not, but I off £30 owing on a note of hand; so that the know that my trustee has the full confidence chapel funds are in excellent condition; the of the Father, and that he has power, and whole debt on the chapel being only about grace, and love sufficient to carry out his en- £19, and that they have without interest. gagements, even to the very end."
During the three years Mr. Wilkins resided still more dearly beloved he said, only a very here, he was almost universally respected ; little before his death, “I almost hesitate to and his people often said, “How beautiful