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total abolition of American slavery - Memorials of Departed Žaints.
LATE MR. JAMES RAYNSFORD.
We have received the following from Mr. Before closing these brief remarks with re- Henry Watmuff, of Brighton : ference to “ Our present condition," we must notice the urgent appeal laid before us by an widow of the late James Raynstord a month
The subjoined letter I received from the elderly Christian matron, touching “the deceptire philosophy" which now stands in the after his death. Only seven weeks elapsed room of "plain gospel truth," in some of our before she is called to tread the same path. largest metropolitan and provincial places of On the 19th of February, she entered into worship. We could demonstrate tbis; but rest, in her 64th year. On her last Lord’s. we will rather beseech our ministerial breth-day morning on earth she had some conversaten who know, love, and have bought the tion with her beloved minister: his subject TRUTH, to do their utmost to promote union, that morning being -“The saints in light,” strength, peace, and prosperity, in the midst their inheritance, their meetness, &c. Mrs. of our churches. These are not times to let Christian, of a meek, humble, and quiet
Raynsford was, in her sphere, a shining shadows divide us.
spirit; throughout her life, she endeavoured
to do what good she could both to the bodies DICTIONARY OF THE BIBLE. and souls of all that came within her circle, No. II.
without exception; and that with compara
tively nothing, in the shape of money; but ANATHEMA—The Hebrew word, Cherem, she possessed" the good treasure," and that and the Greek Anathema, which our version very largely (Luke vi. 45), and from her often renders accursed, signifies anything devo- abundance gave what she had. Her benoted, dedicated, or separated from common to holy Volence reached to wherever she met an obuses. Lev. xxvii, 28; Num. xxviii. 14; Deut. ject of distress; and would not forget to warn rii. 26. The word Chorem is often used for des- her neighbours, by sending them little pieces troying a thing utterly as accursed. He that of poetry-written in homely verse, but from sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the Lord a warm and affectionate heart either on only; he shall be utterly destroyed, be accursed, their state as sinners, or on the character of anathematized, devoted to destruction. Exod. Christ's kingdom, &c. It being also her usual xxii. 20. The cities of king Arad, and the pratice, in writing to friends, to send poetry even nations of Canaan were also anathema- along with it. I enclose the last to me, in her tized; Num. xxi. 1-3; Deut. vi. 2, 26; xx. last letter, which will speak for itself of the 17: and for forfeiting goods, Ezra x. 8. The nature of her faith, without one word said of hanged malefactors were all under God's her. Those who knew her best prized her anathema, Deut. xxi. 23. On behalf of his worth. Her husband had nothing to leave brethren, the Israelites, Paul wished himself her, but on his dying bed supplicated the best accursed from Christ ; not to be eternally, of blessings might rest on her, and commended separated from Christ — not to be eternally her to the Church of Christ. A kind friend of damned, that they might be saved, but excom- brother Moto's Church, to whom she belonged, municated from the church, the body of Christ; | took her in, and with somo other little assistRom. ix. 3. Paul pronounces an anathema ance, as her letter to the writer states; she was on all preachers of righteousness by the works with Mrs. Manvil till called from the lower to of the law; Gal i. 8, 9. To call Jesus accurs- the celestial city.
H. W. ed, is to separate his proper deity from his humanity, as the Socinians do: to deny his DEARLY BELOVED in our glorious risen full satisfaction for sin, as the Arminians do; Head, Jesus, the Captain of our salvation ; to detest the doctrines of his grace, as the through whose mercy and goodness I have Pharisees do; to excommunicate him out of been upheld through all the trying scenes of our sermons, as the Corruptionists do; to my poor unworthy life. How much of his trample on his blood, as Infidels do; and to goodness and mercy have I seen! Oh! that eruciiy him afresh as Apostates do. Paul says, I could love and praise him more. ““ if any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, Beloved in the Lord, I humbly beg your let him be anathema ;" let him be separated pardon for not writing before. But I will tell from the church, and rejected by the saints. you, in the first place, I had to move, then to The Apostle doubtless refers to the false attend to my parish business; and all this, preachers who have denied the resurrection, with breaking my rest so much before, and and those fallen professors who had been guilty taking a heavy cold I sank down so low, that of incest, and other impurities;
but he adds I kept my bed for many days, not able to think * maranatha,” which being joined to the other aright or see any one ; and my cough so bad word, intends their final separation from that I could not read, or writo, nor hardly Christ
, who cometh to denounce on all the un- speak sometimes. godly, " go je cursed." 1 Cor. xvi. 22. S.C. Please to give our kind love to Mr. John
Leaves and tell him we shall be very glad to seen in her constant attendance as long as she hear from him at any time. I hope these few was able, and also by her noble gist of £200 lines will find you all quite well. The parish to pay the mortgage on the New Chapel. has allowed me 2s. Od. per week, which is When the writer was sent for by her, she about enough for rent and firing; I am not stated her intention, and added, the Lord gave able at present to earn anything if I had it to me strength and health to work and save this do. But Jehovah is my Shepherd, therefore money, and now I desire to give it to his cause, I shall not lack : God feedeth the ravens for his great love to me. I need not say this when they cry; and he can make the ravens evidence of the constraining love of Christ foed me, if need be; they fed the prophet endeared her to all the members. Elijah. young lions do lack, and suffer The last year or two she did not get out hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not much ; her affliction (paralysis) at last renderwant any good thing.” And while I have got ing her very helpless, yet at times she would one single promise, I have no cause to fear. speak of her Mizar's Hill and Hermon's mount. “I will trust, and not be afraid. Though Her religion began well, she felt what it was the hills may depart, and the earth be removed, to be regenerated; to have life divine implanted, yet God will never cease to care for his dear which could not die: hence, though ́ disease suints; for he is a stronghold in the day of impaired her faculties at last, yet God's fire trouble; yea, a Refuge in distress.”
in her soul would burn, and at times blaze Beloved in the Lord, I must now close, forth: that light could not be extinguished, wishing, you much joy in the Lord. Ali and the savour of truths were at times felt. friends join with us in our kind love to you
On the 7th she had another fit, and expired all; and I remain your aflicted sister in gos. carly on the 8th, to go home to her Father, to pel bonds, SARAI RAYNSPORD. see him as he is, and ever there to stay.
“Oh! what enlargement, who can tell A PRAYER FOR PEACE.
The overwhelming glory given,
When once the soul
has burst its cell,
And finds itself in heaven po!
Dear reader, you see the power of grace in
but look at her love to God's house, and his With every bitter deed;
people. Do you place beyond dispute your The swearer and the liar,
profession of Jesus? Do your acts speak that And every cruel deed.
you“ seek first the kingdom of God? What
does your attendance say? What does your Oh cause the evil beast
subscription say? What does the world, you To pass out of the land,
have professed to leave, say! You, perhaps, Then shall we be at peace,
may sing loud enough sometimes, Boneath thy bounteous hand.
“ Where the whole realm of nature mine, Reign, thou almighty King!
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.”
But do you feel what you sing? What has
most of your time? When the cause you have Their Shield, and mighty Tower. espoused needs collections to carry it on, are When thou dost shew thy face, you doing what you can? Calculate how much That shall thy foes dovour.
your quarterly subscription does towards furnishing your pastor's table, or helping the
You had better have a little MRS. ANN SCRAGGS.
reckoning now, for what God gives, is not On Friday, the 8th February, 1856, Mrs. our own; and what is done for him cannot Aun Seraggs, of High Wycombe, departed be thrown away or lost; neither can witholdthis life.
under the ministry ing enrich us, or make us happy. “Ye canof Mr. Tiptaft, of Abingdon, the Lord in not serve two masters; and his servants ye are mercy made her feel her state as a sinner, and to whom ye obey.” We want more heart the worth and preciousness of Christ. She religion amongst us; more of Christ's conwas baptised and added to the Church there straining love to every good word, and work. in 1842. Of Mr. Tiptaft, she would speak very
May the Lord in mercy grant us all more of highly as an instrument used by her covenant his Spirit, that we may not be dead while we God; the truth she heard met her case, and live; but lively, zealous and happy in Zion's refreshed her soul.
ways, so prays, yours truly,
R. C. In Providence she was removed to Wycombe,
The funeral took place on Wednesday, the and feeling a union to the members at New 12th, when Mr. Miller, of Penn, gave a very Land Chapel, she joined the church Septem- appropriate address in the chapel and at the ber, 1818. Abundant evidence was afforded grave, and several of the members followed that she loved the doctrines of free and the remains of our sister to the New Cemetery; sovereign grace, and her only hope of salvation “ There she will slumber in the ground, was built upon Christ, the Rock. She loved Till the last trumpet's joyful sounà ; the cause of which she had become a member, Then burst the chains, with sweet surprise, not merely in words but in actions. It was And in her Saviour's image rise."
desire; as on the 25th December, 1854, one MR. JAMES RAYNSFORD. blessed in Charlwood pulpit, while the first
year exactly before his death, his soul was
hymn in Dr. Watts's hymn book (book i.) was DEAR BROTHER.—Should you not be fur- being sung, with a most ravishing vision of nished by any abler pen than mine with an the account of the death of our departed brother,
" Glories of the Lamb,
Amidst his Father's throne;". James Raynsford, of Horsham —your active
so that he could have agent for many years, and whose loss the churches have now to lament-will you be
“ Sat, and sung himself away
To everlasting bliss." kind enough to give the following bare outline of him in your next number?
Most painful were the last few days of his
laborious life ; and great was the dread of James Rafnsford, who might be justly his mind, lest any murmuring should escape termed the Evangelist of Sussex and Surrey, his lips under his sufferings, which were, as - having travelled, since the year 1830, and one of his keenest pangs was, that he
he said, as though he were “shot to shivers ;" abore eighteen thousand miles on foot; be honored his Lord so little. While sitting in sides of late years, through bodily infirmity, his chair in the afternoon of December 25, making use of every available means of trav- talking to brother Mote, he said, “If I were elling, from the railway to the huckster's able, and had to preach to-night, my text eart, many thousands more, to some of the must be, 'It is finished! Finished, (said most desolate and destitute spots in nine he), to the satisfaction of God the Father; counties of our land, to proclaim a full, free finished, to the satisfaction of the dear Reand finished salvation, in all the sovereignty deemer; finished to my satisfaction; and a and glory of it, as the one determination of few hours after, without a struggle or a the Eternal Jehovah from before all worlds, groan, passed to behold the glories of the for the salvation of the beloved of God the Lamb, in his 62nd year. On the last SabFather, by the mediatorial work of God the bath in the year his remains were brought to Son, through the constant and continued Charlwood, where he had often labored; and teaching of God the Holy Ghost-witnessing though in ill health, I dared not resist the dein them the Father's love, the power of the sire to view the last resting-place of my toilRedeemer's blood, and his own holy, regene- worn brother, and found myself most unex. rating, sanctifying, supporting and irresistible pectedly called upon to testify at the grave's grace.
mouth, to the grace of God in the dear de. Our brother was one (of the few) who was parted; and did so from the words he wished determined to maintain the necessity of a vi- to use for his last text " It is finished !". tality in religion to be the surest proof of its and such a finish of such a life, at the close of reality; not a mere wordy religion, but an such an eventful year, I have not before witaetive one; yet not a do and lide-but a lide nessed. It was indeed a solemn and a sacred and do: one to be known by its fruits. time; surrounded by the weeping family, Vuch and deeply had he learned the plague by some devoted, weather-beaten sons of toil, and rottenness of his own heart; and solemn some of whom had come miles to pay their and weighty were the warnings he gave tribute of honest affection to one who, more against those who declared themselves to be than any other, had entered into their pery righteous, and despised others. But, like a hearts, and knew how to speak a word in true Shepherd, he did carry the lambs in his season to them in particular. And my own bosom, Rot thrusting with side and shoulder, reflections on one who to me had been a brobut rather healing. As one who knew him ther beloved, a friend pure and sympathetic, Well, I can bear my hearty testimony to the and a father in love and watchfulness over sincerity of his love, the fidelity of his cha- my ministerial career-I had no ordinary or racter, the wisdom of his counsel, the encour- painful task; yet, as my day, so was my agement of his experience, and the untiring strength; and we committed our dear broanxiety of his soul for the welfare of all those ther's remains to the silent tomb, while singwho stood manifest to his conscience as the ing those sweet verses of dear Hart's, sheep of God's fold; while a wolf in sheep's clothing, however elevated his position, either
“ Earthly cavern, to thy keeping
We commit our brother's dust," &c. ministerial or private, escaped not his keen perception-nor, if opportunity presented, his
May the chief Shepherd constrain more of equally keen rebuke.
A kindred spirit to feed his sheep and lambs, Our brother was considered as very unchari. is the prayer of your's in the Lord, table: but twenty-five years' labor in thevine
R. S. BIRD, yard had taught him that all is not gold that
Wandsworth Road, Feb. 3. glitters. Having labored (more particularly) in the east of Sussex, at Warbleton, he had
THE LATE JOHN HOAR, himself conveyed there to bid them a last farewell, in great bodily suffering, about six The fifth and last of my dearly beloved comweeks before his death, when it appeared too panions, who were either seals to my minisevident his days were fast drawing to a close fry, or children whom
the Lord had given me, an event to which he had looked forward to be a comfort to my soul in the midst of for the last twelve months with much earnest I my many enemies, afflictions, distresses, and
troubles, was John Hoar. John Hoar had, by of others-resist, sigh, mourn, look up for the help of the Lord, witnessed a good pro- help and cry, through the oppression of his fession for more than fifty years. He was enemy, and desire one more look from the one of many who were awakened under the God of his salvation inwardly; for well he preaching of Mr. Cicial, at Chobham, Surrey; understood and under his preaching he sought in vain for
" With sin and guilt poor Zion toils, healing for his wounds, or comfort to his sin
And labours hard for peace; sick soul. Mr. C. was that kind of preacher that can wound, but not heal-distress, but
But till the Lord, her Saviour, smiles,
Her conscience gets no ease.' not comfort. I knew another of these useful men in their place at Blackwater, in the year His new master, whom he loved to serve, had 1830; and when a man went to him to speak given him some good things inwardly; and of his pains, or fears, or distresses, or soul amongst them, were some precious promisestrouble, he used honestly, to recommend exceeding great and precious—that by these them to go to Mr. B., the Baptist minister, he might be a partaker of the Divine nature. as he was a good man, and would help him in Now to will was present with him, but how to his soul matters. Mr. B. used to remark, his perform he could not find; but the more opfriend beat the bush, and he caught the posed by his old master (sin), the more he to seek the bread and water of life elsewhere. grew in strength inwardly, so that he actually He went to Woking, with a “Who can tell p; groaned out-thou hast said, “Thou wilt seo
me again;" and thou hast said, “I will not There the Lord was pleased to bless the min- leave thee, nor forsake thee; and thou hast istry of Mr. Wm. Meyrett to his soul: the said, “I will be with thee." Every breath wonders of the gospel to the needy “ who can that he could so breath seemed to give fresh tell " The sweetness and richness of the sound, who can express? The change from of John's new Master to give the conquest to
power and strength, for it is the absolute will guilt, fear, burden, darkness, and sorrow, the weak and tread their foes to hell. into joy, peace, light, and liberty, who can utter? He loved Mr. Meyrett deeply and the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
Now, the Lord is that Spirit; and where truly-esteeming him very highly for his Before that liberty is realised in the soul, work's sake. The day before he died he re- what a sore conflict in doing the thing we hearsed calmly the Lord's dealings with him
hate ! throughout his life, and his love to his dear old pastor; and the Lord's servants, whose
“ How small our faith appears !". testimony had been blessed to his soul's help, If any in appearance. How small our reand you amongst them.
sistance ! how many our fears! how strong John Hoar was as consistent a man as our foes ! how bitter our afflictions! and how ever I knew; but he was not all perfection : hard our lot while in this captivity! But John did not know any man baser than him when Jesus, with his mighty love, visits our self; the times he was taken captive in fifty troubled breast, our doubts remove, our fears years he said could not be numbered, they subside, and we are completely blest. In were more than the hairs of his head; the the former struggle we are ready to say “Is Lord's mercy in keeping him, when the law his mercy clean gone for ever? Will he be had made him prisoner, and his mercy in favorable no more? Where are thy former losing his bonds, caused him to thank his loving-kindnesses?". My Lord has forgotten God through Jesus Christ his Lord—“So, me: my God has forsaken me; we stagger then, with the mind I myself serve the law of like drunken men, and are at our wits' end. God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” In Many things we fear, and many things we the latter place, in his captive state, he seemed say, or are ready to say, and dreadful things a bad singer, a bad talker, a bad walker, a bad we feel we cannot say, and some things we worker, and a bad sleeper; do what he would, are afraid we have said, and some things we or be where he may, he was not a wit better fear we shall say. It was not Jesus Christ than, “O wretched man that I am.” He our Lord in the history that would do for seldom or ever got into this place without his John, in such a fix of captivity, however old master calling upon him, and he never true; but Jesus's name as ointment poured came to him without bringing something, and forth, that he needed. almost sure to be something new, but all with Hé learned the work of Christ Jesus his ill intent to him ; sometimes he would wear an Lord in every name he bore, and office he angel's form of sanctity, and tell John, it was filled, by his grace, love, mercy, compassion, very wrong that a man of his morality and power, and kindness, made known to him in consistency of character, should have such his aftlictions; so he heard him, and so was afflictions; and many he knew all his life had taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus. He been free and was free; and his outward man then put off the former, the old man with his and his old master always seemed to agree. deeds, which is corrupt according to the deHe got so grieved in his heart at the si: ht of ceitful lusts; could, by God's help, shake him. himself, and the good looks of others, that he self from the dust, and loose himself from the seemly would have done something, but he bands of his neck; put on his beautiful garwas in a fis, and more like a wild bull in a ments, or be renewed in the spirit of his net than anything; so foolish and so ignorant mind. “ The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, was he, he seldom saw the snare till he found peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, the smart. John's hidden man could scarcely faith, meekness, temperance : against which be heard to speak or breathe, so loud the din' there is no law; but a deal of envy, wrath,
known to say,
hatred, malice, ill-will, and evil speakings, His trials are over; I am passing through : and workinge against the chosen seed. Dead
“ Companions if we find, or alive, they are in the wrong place, and do
Alas how soon they're gone! and say the wrong things; and none mani
For 'tis decreed that most must pass fests it against them so much as those who have a form of godliness, and deny its power.
The darkest paths alone." They that are Christ's, have and do crucify
I would say, the flesh with its passions and covetings, “ Cheer up, ye travelling souls, and do verily reap of the Spirit life everlast
On Jesus' aid rely ; ing. And they that do sow to their flesh shall
He sees us when we see not him, reap corruption.
And always hears our cry.” He had not laid down in his bed for years; but although so near death his old
I had parted with him, as I thought, but he
I asked, “Do master was never long from him; nor his sent for me early on new Master never forsook him at all, or it you want to say anything?" "No, (he anWould have been bad for John. His old swered,). I wanted to see you once more;” and master wanted his service to the last; and then he just lispedhis new Master would have it; fulfilling this: “Kind are the words that Jesus speaks, " This man I have formed for myself: he To cheer a dying saint: shall shew forth my praise.”.
My grace, sufficient is for thee_"" sweet employment for John; he had been when his voice failed -- he dropped his head
and died-without a struggle. I tied his fall. « When shall the day, dear Lord, appear,
ing mouth, with hands of love, and blessed That I shall mount to dwell above,
God for the sufficiency of grace bestowed upon And stand, and bow among them there,
him. And see thy face, and sing, and love"
He communed with the brethren and sisters
on the first Sabbath in June-(and was buried And this :
on the second.) To the person who carried “My willing soul would stay
him the elements, he said, “Ah, my dear sisIn such a frame as this ;
ter, the last time, the last time on earth; next, And sit, and sing herself away
it will be in heaven--our home.” It was upon To everlasting bliss."
the Tuesday following, that he died.
Respecting the usage I had received, in As his days and nights were wearisome, his being turned out of the chapel, he said he was old master proposed ease by the blade or sorry for that, though the Lord's goodness in cord, or other things, presented very suitably it appeared all for him; as by that means, he and secretly, that it would never be known, was favoured to hear the Gospel to the last or, if he would but speak loud or low, and Sabbath of his life, as I preach the Gospel in curse-putting the word or words into his the house where he lodged. I very much miss mouth; so that at times he did not know where he was, or what he had done; 80 that my old companion, and am watching, like a he has many times said, " Ah, my dear what shall befall me, or what a day will bring
sparrow alone on the house-top; not knowing friend, my precious Lord and Master,
forth : trying to keep still, and watch the hand " He sees me often overcome,
of the Lord. Every thing outwardly says, And pities my distress,
“ Depart, this is not your rest;" but no voice And bids affliction drive 'me home
or word from the Lord can I get whether to go To anchor on his grace.”
or to stay. My enemies seem to prosper in More than ten years rolled over, with days all they do ; "they have lifted up their head and nights, cold and heat, summer and win. 1- they covet, and possess." They took the ter, seed time and harvest, in our vain life, house, the garden, and the grave of my old and in our weeping and rejoicing, living and friend, soon after his
death. Some men are in refraining, talking and keeping silence to the wrong place, dead, or alive ; some are said gether; he, a help and blessing to my soul, to do right, and be right – do what they may, and I, through the Lord's mercy, a help to and be where they may. “Behold, the Judge his. I had his complaint, and he had my standeth before the door.” All things work poverty, trials, and enemies before our God; and together for good to them that love God, and the more tears we sowed in winter, the best are called according to his purpose. harvest time, he generally had. Some of our “ When all the chosen seed brightest days followed our darkest nights ;
Shall mect around the throne, some of our sweetest spring times followed To bless the conduct of his grace, our coldest and hardest winters; and our
And make his wonders known." richest harvests followed our coldest sowing
" To our hedeemer, God, times; and our hardest, coldest winters fol. lowed our richest summer weather; and both
Wisdom, and power belongs; of us together have tried, and were not able
Immortal crowns of majesty, to bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, por
And everlasting songs.” loose the bands of Orion. We could neither Ripley.
HENRY ALLNUTT. bring forth nor guide, nor could we alter the Divine change; for
MRS. MARGARET HOWARD. “ All must come, and last, and end, On Tuesday, January 1, 1856, at No.
As shall please our heavenly Friend.” Marlborough Place, Walworth Road, aged 71