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leading principle of this system was verified in prime, and down into the evening of his my own mind to the life. I did not become a days; death in the camp, from sore disease Christian by my own effort, but by the free and venomous infection; death on the march bounty and choice of God.”

from hard fatigue and wasting toil and ser. This is a witness to the fact that in the vice; death in the trenches, from the cold and conversion, and in the preservation of the damp and griping weather death in the de. character of some of the vessels of mercy" thirst; death on the field, from wounds and

,,sert, from the heat, and dry and parching the Almighty is pleased to work in a way gaping gashes from the foeman's sword; both mysterious and marvellous.

death in the garrison, from the gaunt grip of We heartily wish we could give the details Famine, when the granaries were low and of Havelock's conversion as clearly; and his succour far away; death in the hospital, wbere decision for New Covenant Truths, as bril- the groans of dying veterans echoed from the liantly, as that of Rhodes appeared; but gory beds; death in the hot fight, where the although we cannot, we dare not think that young and brave poured out their blood as a anything short of 'invincible grace in his libation at the shrine of freedom, and where heart, could have produced those fruits and the warm tide of life spirted from many a evidences of godliness which ever and anon beneath an Indian sun; death written in white

valiant heart, and glistened in a ghastly pool in his life appeared.

and purple cbaracters on the upturned brow John Marshman, Esq., the brother of the of young and old, staring from the eyeballs deceased Major's widow, has written the of yonder fallen officer upon whose manly best Sketch of Havelock's career, that we breast the stars of honor gleam, death here, have seen ; but even this is much more full death there, death everywhere this has been of his life as a warrior, than of his life as a Havelock's companion through bis three-score Christian. The March and April numbers years. He saw how soldiers died; he saw of the Baptist Magazine, published by Pew- the brave meet death without a shudder;

he tress and Co., 4, Ave Maria Lane, contains saw the proud and noble sons of England this Sketch, and with the April number the front, and bare an unfuttering heart to the

walk to the cannon's mouth with dauntless have given a first-rate excellent likeness of keen blade of cruel foes; he saw how cowards Henry Havelock, engraved by Cochran, from died, for he heard the craven Sepoy, whose the original portrait belonging to Sir William, foul' hands were already fuming with the Norris ; and we do not suppose a better his-') warm blood of little children and of helpless tory of Havelock's career will be given than women, shriek for mercy from his scawling the Baptist Magazine has given ; but the conquerer, before the avenger's sword diswhole of what may be termed proofs of his missed him to the shades below. And he Christianity are so generally known, that we showed how Christians die, as well as how consider it useless to quote them.

heroes live, for in that room at Lucknow-the A zealous young Lecturer - Arthur Mur- garrison he defended so well—the scene of his sell, of Manchester has published"

An last struggle, when the relief he had been Oration” on Havelock's death, in which longing for has come with the Highland files there is much that is wild and irrelevant; Lucknow there stands beside the hero's bed a

of conquering Campbell, in that room at still, upon the whole, it is an out-spoken messenger with a happier relief and a more argument in defence of the great fact, that welcome deliverance; once more the General Major-General Havelock was not only a looks at death, his old familiar comrade, and noble and honourable warrior, but, better now its bony finger points at him; he meets than all—he was in heart and life, in soul, the summons with a smile, for behind the and in undaunted service, a follower of, and monster who is beckoning to him be can see a true believer in, our Lord and Saviour a Saviour's beaming face; and calling to his JESUS CHRIST.

son who stood beside him, he exclaimsHavelock's thirty years' association with Come here, my son, and see how a Christian death, and the cause of his triumph in death man can die. Aye, England ! thy cherished is spoken of by Mr. Mursell in the following reviled, nor let any take the brightest gem

hero was a Christian. Don't hear his name terms :

out of his crown! “We all know the true and lion-hearted “Look at him with his regiment, calling character that he maintained throughout his them to prayer; look at him training them life, and the faithful trust in Christ he shewed like children to sobriety and virtue; look at in death. He had been staring right into the him trusted by his leaders in all straits, and grinning teeth of the grim monster during trusted as a saint, and as a leader of a band thirty years, seeing the imprint of his hoof of saints. An emergency arose, and the corps upon the stark faces of a thousand gory car- whom the General demanded, were reported cases as they lay bleaching in the field; but to be too drunk for action. “Call out Harehe ever leaned upon the arm of Him who lock's saints, (says he,) they are always ready, abolished death, and while he purchased im- and his men are never drunk.” All honour mortality on earth with the prowess of bis to Saint Havelock the man who walked trusty-sword, he looked beyond the medal, or humbly with his God, despite the revilings of the cross, or star, to the brighter immortality a dissolute fraternity. All honour to Saint of heaven. Death in a thousand ghastly Havelock! Every inch a Christian, despite shapes had been his comrade through his the idiot pamphleteers who ask the question, “how could Havelock be every inch a Christ- send me a few EARTHEN VESSELs, and some ian?" O, shame upon the men who dare to of the “Good Old Wine,” by W. Gadsby, I say, that because Havelock was a soldier, he should be happy. could not be a Christian! Out on the thought that the avenger, in the name of God, of the new station to be more easy and suitable to

My dear father, I hope you will find your honour and the blood of England's daughters your day; and for you, my cousin, I hope you could not be a Christian! David less a Christian because he struggled make yourself as settled as you can, for we for the ark of God, and battled for the Lord's have no abiding city here. That for us to anointed? And shall Havelock be denied the look for sympathy from the dead, is name? Havelock, who quelled the fury of folly, but have all patience. Oh, that we the miscreant band, and tamed the robber may remember grace has caused us to differ. crew? Havelock, whose conquering sword was I am glad to find my poor sister Caroline is drawn in freedom's cause, and on whose banner well. It comforts me to hear the good work shone the smile of the great God he wor- is begun. My love to her, and to my cousin shipped ?”

Simon, and wife, I am glad the light of life

has shone into their hearts. I hope you LETTER FROM LUCKNOW. will attend together

for worship at all oppor.

tunities, May the Lord be in your midst to CAMP ALAUMBANGI, LUCKNOW. bless his word of life to your souls.

I am MY DEAR, AGED, AND MOST AFFECTION- glad to find Laphath and wife and child, are ATB FATHER, and beloved Cousin,and Sister well. You call his name Arthur, but I hope in the Lord-By the tender blessing of the not sprinkled, for that is a lie of Satan. My same, I will once more attempt to pen you a love to all the family. few lines, for doubtless you will have begun I will now attempt to give you a little to think something has befallen me; but news upon this dreadful war. In my last, I thanks to our blessed Lord, more than I can named to you my not being able to advance give, I am well in health of body, and still with the army to Lucknow, but since then I am mercifully upheld by the sovereign good have been up to Lucknow; twice the small ness of God, to trust by faith in the precious army that was stationed there was blocked merits of Jesus. Thus, I am oft as poor in, and the army of which my poor regiment David was of old, my house is not as it ought formed a part, after going up to release them, to be, yet the Covenant is ordered in all were also hemmed in, and were worse than things and sure; yea, though iniquity do so the first; but the Commander-in-chief came rage, your head shall be covered, for none is up with a good force, and released them all, able to pluck the redeemed from out of the after four day's bard fighting. Two companies eternal hands of God; and he, the Most of my regiment were also present. We susHigh, will do all his pleasure. Yea, thus tained a great loss, but we had to retire to saith the Lord, “A Mother may forget, this camp, until an army is formed, and it yet will not I.” Now, my father and be will be a few days, and I expect an army of loved one, what do we experience of these 25,000 or 30,000 will be drawn up, and it will blessed soul-cheering truths ? Surely, we be such as have not been heard of for many may confess with the beloved Peter, "Lord, a day. Lucknow is about sixteen miles thou knowest.” Is this not the desire of our round. The fighting has been fearful : two poor drooping souls, though so oft cast down, thousand were supposed to be killed in one as to conclude with the aged Patriarch, “ All place; the like I never saw before. My these things are against me,” forgetting we father, I cannot attempt to give you any have to pass home to that eternal rest that more news of this kind; I am disgusted at awaiteth the redeemed of God. By it may it, but I hope two months will nearly comwe know not—the depth of sin in us we will plete this, as far as my regiment will be in never know. (Jer. xvii. 9.)

it. My dear father and cousin, I am thankful I have now to tell you my poor brother to inform you I was again somewhat com- Allen is wounded through the leg. Brother forted a few days ago by receiving a few lines Bulgar, of the 84th, is very unwell, and is from you, and to find you were well ; but sent to Cawnpore with the sick. He is surprised to learn you are gone to London- another poor sinner whom I hope the life of a town of hateful vice ; yet it comforts one faith is in. He is wounded in the knee, but to find there is a few Lots, a few Marys, and is doing well. I must conclude for this there is a good few Peters, boldly declaring, time, hoping all is well with you all. I long “There is no other name but Jesus whereby to hear from you again. I am your loving poor fallen sinners can be saved, yea, he is son,

A. BAKER. Lord of all.” If ever you see James Wells, Dec. 1st, 1857. and C. W. Banks, do tell them a few poor soldiers cry for them in India, under the burning sun, that the God of Jacob may As a good soldier of Jesus Christ, desire bless their labours, and bring his sons and to fight the Lord's battles, to his praise and daughters out of this Egypt. If you could 'my comfort.- Romaine.

“A Mother's Prayer for the Conversion of her Son;"



With Notes upon the Religious Awakenings, now spreading through America,

We have the fullest details of the such a religion will never do a soul any real great awakening - and the marvellous good. meetings for preaching and for prayer; Among a large quantity of other reading now holding in all parts of America ; matter on the subject, I find the following which we shall (D.v.) issue in a Supple- cheering article, entitled mentary Number for one penny. We

“A SAILOR'S STORY.” can only give the following remarks, and one case of conversion, which is The following is a verbatim report of the Saiworth a million worlds. We call special lor’s conversion :attention to this

At one of the recent prayer-meetings in

this city, a sailor rose and narrated to the MR. BANKS.-DEAR SIB.–For the last few congregation the circumstances of his convermonths, there has been a great stir among re. sion, as follows. He was a young man, s ligious professors, of different denominations, native of England, with an intelligent face

and an impressive manner of speech ; and in this country, on the subject of revivals; his remarks were received with great attenand if the accounts published be correct, there tion. He said: has been a great accession to their numbers.

“I am a stranger here, and such a scene as A stranger reading the statements of what is this is one that until 'very recently would

have been altogether new to me. Nine weeks called the “Religious Awakening," would ago I was converted, and since then have bebe almost ready to conclude, that nearly all come in some degree familiar with prayerthe inhabitants of the American Continent meetings and church-services, though before were being converted and getting religious: been a very wickéd man. For one so young,

that I knew very little of either. I have indeed, in one place in Connecticut, one of I have gone into great dissipation, and bave the New England States, it is said that “the committed almost every known sin.

I can entire adult population, without exception, hardly imagine a person to have gone a greater

round of wickedness than I. I am the have embraced religion.”

youngest of a large family of children. My It is a remarkable circumstance, to see men of father is dead, but my mother is living. She business, during business hours, in the middle is an old woman, now more than 75 years of of the day, leaving their different avocations, age. She is a devoted Christian, and has al

ways tried to bring up her children to be like to attend what is called a "union prayer her, and some of them have followed her exmeeting," in a City like New York, and that ample. Several of my brothers and sisters day after day, and week after week, and her, have oftentimes at home prayed for my

and sincere Christians, who, with month after month, and for aught I can see salvation. But I could never endure a single at present, it may continue for year after thought of religion. Whenever the subject year; although, I must confess, I have but was mentioned to me, I immediately repelled very little expectation that any lasting benefit it, and repelled it often with an horrid oath,

The thought that the members of the family will attend this undue religious excitement prayed for me always made me angry. I was I shall be greatly mistaken if the major part warned against my dissipation, but went more of those, who are said to be converted at these into it the more I was warned. I grew more prayer meetings, do not need to be converted I tried to be a great sinner. At last I deter

and more wicked every day, out of spite, and again. So far as I can judge from what I mined to leave home. I wanted to get away have heard, read and seen, (I have attended from the influence of a praying mother. I several of the meetings for my own satisfac- I might indulge myself in whatever I chose,

wanted to free from all restraint, 80 nat tion in the matter) it is all depending on the to my own satisfaction. My mother implored will of the creature, and you, Mr. Editor, very me not to go. I told her I was going to well know that a religion which a man can

sea, and would go. Her eyes filled with take up just when he chooses, a man can whatever sins I had, I had some love for my

tears, and she could say nothing more. With throw down again, just when he pleases; and mother, and I gave way before her tears. She asked me to promise her that I would never go One of my messmates came at the call. I to sea until I could first obtain her consent. asked him to get a lantern, and to go to my I assented, and remained awhile at home. A trunk and get a Bible with a letter in it. 'Ah, young man, who was my companion in dissi. said he, with a sneer, 'now you're sick, you pation, left England and came to this country, begin to be a coward; what do you want with and after he had been here a short time re- that book?' 'I don't want that book, but the turned in the same ship. He told me that I letter in it,' I replied. In a few minutes he could enjoy myself grandly if I would go away brought a lantern, opened my trunk, and from home as he had done, and that there was handed me the Bible and letter. He then all manner of pleasure in New-York. I again left the lantern on my bunk and went away. determined to go to sea in company with him. I sat up a little in the bed, and opened the My mother seeing that I was bent on going, sealed package. The very first words that I could not bear the thought that I should leave caught brought tears to my eyes. They were without her consent, and so she gave it. I my mother's words—My dear Tom.' 'I read accordingly made preparations to ship at Liv. the letter carefully from beginning to end. erpool. Just before I started, which was It was a mother's prayer for the conversion of about the first of last December, my mother her son. I had been miserable before, but gave me a sealed letter and a small Bible to those words made me more wretched 'than put in my trunk, and told me not to open the ever. I then began for the first time to feel letter until the 21st of December.

That was remorse for my sinfulness, and to have a fear her birth-day, when she would be 75 years old. and dread of judgment. I turned about in She gave me her blessing, which I shrank my bunk in agony which I cannot describe. I from receiving, and I went off. As soon as had been told that I could not live, and now I I got clear of home I felt at liberty. I said was afraid to die. What could I do? I beto myself, . Now there will be no one to pray gan to pray! This was what I had always for me, and I sha'n't be annoyed with Bibles had a horror of before, but I was forced to and texts.' I left home without any sadness, come to it at last. I prayed to God to let but rather with a kind of wicked pleasure; me get well again, and made a solemn proand when I got on board ship, I soon forgot mise to Him, on my bed, that if he would all about mother, and brothers, and sisters. only raise me up I would reform my life. _The After we had set sail, and were well on with burden of my sins almost crushed me. Even the voyage, a storm arose that was very vio. if I had not been sick, it seemed as if I should lent. Just about this time I was taken very have died of these. I continued to pray, and sick—not with sea sickness, but a dangerous when it was expected that I would die, I was fever. I lay in my bunk, tossing about with still alive, and I was kept alive, and instead of the ship, as wretched and as miserable as a growing worse I grew better. The doctor man could be. The doctor told me that I was told me then that I had had a narrow escape, at the point of death, and that if I had any and that I had been lying at death's door. preparation to make for eternity I had better As I got better, I got more and more comfort. make it, for I had not long to live. This he The light gradually dawned in upon my dark repeated also in the cabin among the passen- soul, and its darkness was dispelled. Át last, gers, one of whom, an aged man, came to see one day there came a sudden joy—a sweet me. I remember his face; it was all kindness; peace-that wrapped round me like sunshine. but I hated the sight of him. He came with My heart was happy, and while I was won. a book in his hand, and said to me: Young dering what it was, the mercy of Christ was man, you are almost gone; I have come to made known to me. I felt the consciousness read to you something out of the Word of that my sins were pardoned. I began to be God.' I looked up at him a moment, and stirred with a new life, Whereas before said in a rage: 'İand me the book;' and I hated my home, now my heart yearned when he offered it to me I took it and put it toward it. My mother-oh, I wanted to see to my lips, and made a solemn oath that I her, and to put my arms around her neck. would have nothing to do with God or with I wanted to tell her that I had read her Teligion. I told him that if be read to me I letter, and what I had found in it. would not listen, and bid him with an oath to brothers and sisters-I had no more desire to leave me alone. He then went away, and I be separated from them, but with my whole lay stark alone in my bunk. It seemed to soul I longed to see them, and to tell them me that I was at that moment more miserable that I had found the Saviour. My joy conthan I had ever been before in all my life; I tinued, and I told my shipmates of it. Some do not refer to my bodily sickness, but to my of them laughed at me, but I didn't care for distress of mind. It was evening, and there that; I knew in whom I believed. At last was no light near me, but all was as dark we came into port ; it was on a Saturday as midnight. Suddenly the thought came morning. On the next day I found the Mac over my mind that it was the 21st of riner's Church, and, my kind friends, I have December, and I remembered my mother's been here ever since. I am happy to be here, letter. I could not rise and get it, for I was and can only thank God that he has led me not able, and my first impulse was to call one to himself, and bas led me to you in 80 wonof my messmates to get it for me. But I re- derful a way. I am waiting here to go home, membered that it was between the lids of my and see my aged mother. She is very near Bible. I was ashamed to let any one know the grave, and I want to throw myselt upon that I wanted the Bible ; and I did not want her neck before she dies, and thank her, and that, but my mother's letter. I lay for some thank God for her prayers for a wayward son." time, and at last determined to call some one.

And my

If all the experiences corresponded with the its attack, he was a silent, lifeless corpse. young Jack tar’s, I would rejoice and give His age was somewhere about 65. The church God the glory; but alas! alas! instead of it, over which he has been pastor for twenty, there is little else than do, do, do, held forth, four years, was deeply attached to him; and and if a poor sin-sick soul should be found this sudden stroke is to them a great trial. among them, who feels that he can do nothing, Mr. Bowes stood among that class of men wbo he is puffed at, and told it is not so, and his set out fairly and fully in TAR TRUTH ; but feelings are scoffed at in the following man. did not, in later years, give that prominence ner :-“ Now I suppose I must be three or to those great doctrines of Divine grace which four days serious, and then I suppose there are specially the comfort and strength of the is about a week's time in which I shall be afflicted in Zion. There are three things to very anxious, then I shall go through hell- which, sometimes, these gradual withholdings gate, and come out into a safe anchorage, of essóntial gospel principles, are to be attrihaving a Christian hope." I say it is a shame buted. First, and principally, it will be found that any man should lay out such a course as that many young men set out preaching the that, for the work that ought to be done in a truth, because they have been brought up to moment, in the twinkling of an eye.” “Every hear it; they have received it in their judge one who chooses may be converted before one ments; they have become zealous for it in golden hour rolls round; don't wait to be a their feelings ; and being favoured with good Christian ; say it, and be one. You may be- natural parts, off they go with the sound of come a Christian now, and go home to your truth, while the solemn substance of it, by an household to-day, and stretch forth your ALMIGHTY POWER has never been, we fear, hands to the amusement of your wife and wrought in their souls. They have no experichildren, and like a Christian man, ask a mental knowledge of it; no overwhelming blessing on your dinner.” (This was said at heart and soul baptising love to it; no heavena mid-day meeting, in New York City.) illuminating apprehension of it; consequently "Lord, what is man! he would be wise, by and by, they become more general, more though he be born like a wild ass's colt." compromising, more cool, calculating, and ac

But I have not so learned Christ. I read in commodating, Alas! they do. We by no contradistinction from this, that it is “not by means say this was the case with Mr. Bowes. the will of man, nor by might, nor by [hu- We believe he was a devoted pastor, and a man power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord good Christian, but that he did alter in his of Hosts."

manner, and in the matter of his preaching, “ Gird on thy sword, victorious King, no one who knew him from first to last, will Ride with majestic sway;

deny. He is gone to bis rest; to his reward ; Go forth, sweet Prince, triumphantly, to his long-loved Master's happy home, where, And make thy foes obey.'

without one sorrow,he bows before the throne, So prays your's in hope, J. AXFORD. and uniting in the songs of millions, (among

Mr. Banks,—Dear Sir,-One of my sub- whom he meets not a few of ministers and scribers to the VESSEL and Standard-Mr. C. members with whom he worshipped on earth) Dann-in the State of Wisconsin, has sent me he sings again,4s., desiring me to forward it to you ; for what “Worthy the LAMB, our lips reply, purpose you will learn by the following short For Hš was slain for us." extract from his letter, by which you will also The thought of such amazing bliss, and ascertain the state of things religiously in his sometimes, we hope, it is more than thought part of the country :—"You will oblige me with us, almost persuades us to linger in conby sending it to Mr. C. W. Banks, towards the templation around the blood-washed throng: Redemption Fund of the EARTHEN VESSEL, but we must descend, and observe,—we fear as I hope he will be able to continue publish- there are not a few ministers who are now ing glad tidings to poor sinful worms like me. going forth with the moonlight notions of I have been in this country more than sixteen truth, while the power of life divine is years, and have not heard one gospel sermon wanting. Was it not so, why, with every yet.” I would here take occasion to state, little wind, are they driven bither and thither? that if any others in America would wish to Ah! we are reproached and condemned by aid in the redemption of the VESSEL, I shall these speculators; but, when we have seen the be most happy to forward to you any amount wreck they have made in churches, our very they may be pleased to entrust me with. hearts have bled within us. God is our wit168, Bowery, New York. J. AXFORD. ness, when we say we want a Paul to come

again, with, "I will know, not your speech,

but the power.” The large amount of fashion THE LATE MR. BOWES, able profession of the gospel, and the base

conduct of some great talkers, have been also

causes leading many sincere good men (like Death has suddenly taken_home another the deceased) to retire beneath the wings of long-standing pastor of the Baptist denomi. more“ respectable" communities. Our deep nation. We were present at the chapel in concern for the permanent well-being of all Bland ford Street, on Wednesday evening, faithful gospel ministers, must be our apoloApril 21st, 1858, and there learned from the gy for giving vent to these feelings here. The best sources that Mr. Bowes was seized on the mortal remains of the deceased were laid 'in previous Friday with a violent internal disease, the grave at Abney Park Cemetery on Friday, which some think has been of long standing, April 23rd ; of which we may give further and in four-and-twenty hours from the time of particulars next month.



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