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ceeded in reading the Lord's Prayer, tures in both the ancient and modern which he had just penned in his living Syriac--the latter, in several editions, tongue, without realizing the magnitude and one edition with references. Other of the performance. The associations excellent books and tracts have been of reading, among the people, were all multiplied : Bunyan's “Pilgrim's Proand altogether with an ancient unknown gress,” Baxter's “ Saint's Rest,” “ Call language.
to the Unconverted,” and “Reformed Such was the humble commencement Pastor;" Doddridge's “ Rise and Proof writing the modern Syriac, an under gress," “ The Dairyman's Daughter," taking which was for some time the “The Shepherd of Salisbury Plain," marvel of multitudes, both to the sight “The Young Cottager,” a Church hisof the eye and the hearing of the ear. tory, and other books of this general
It was several years after we com description now have a place in the menced writing the modern Syriac, “family library” of many a handsome before a printer and press reached us. Nestorian dwelling, by the side of the The first press sent out was found to be Scriptures, though always far below too heavy for transportation on the them in the reverential regard which this backs of horses over the lofty mountains primitive people ever cherish toward of Old Pontus and Armenia, and we the inspired oracles. We have pubwere consequently obliged to order lished å book of hymns, containing another to be so constructed that it could about three hundred, consisting mainly be taken into smaller pieces. This diffi. of translations of the richest and sweetest culty obviated, our printer, Mr. Breath, hymns in our own language. Our first finally reached us, with a press, seven edition of this hymn-book, in our day of years after the commencement of the small things, consisted of only half-aMission. Meanwhile, we had furnished dozen hymns. Each successive edition our schools with reading matter by the has increased till the book has assumed slow and laborious motion of the pen in the handsome size I have mentioned. the form of manuscript cards, consist. The hymn-book, next to the Bible, we ing mainly of portions of the Holy have found an instrumentality of unScriptures,
speakable interest and importance in The first matter printed was also the the evangelization of the people. I Lord's Prayer, as had been true of the now have in press a second edition of a first experiment in writing. I shall Sabbath-school hymn-book, prepared by never forget the scene in our printing. an associate, Mr. Cobb. It possesses office on that auspicious day. A large great attraction and power among the company had been drawn together by children, who gladly pledge themthe fame of the marvellous engine which selves to commit the whole book to had just arrived from the New World. memory, and promptly do it for the As it was put in motion, and the leaves sake of coming in possession of a copy. of the tree of life, set up by the prac. We have also published excellent school. tised hand of the American printer, who books, and scientific text-books, and an as yet barely knew the letters, were able treatise on theology, prepared by taken rapidly from it, the whole as the acute and erudite Mr. Stoddard, sembly were unconsciously bowing whose early death we were called to around it, while gazing with the most mourn seven years ago. And during eager interest, and as unconsciously re- the last fourteen years, our press has iterating “Glory to God! glory to God!” given to the Nestorians its monthly not that they would worship the press, periodical, made up of the various debut their profound astonishment and partments of religion, education, sciadmiration could find no other so na ence, miscellany, and poetry, which has tural and spontaneous an expression. been highly useful in our schools and And verily the press was a worthy ob- among the people, as a vehicle of re. ject of their deepest admiration, as it ligious truth and general intelligence. first took its position in the heart of this The printing-office has thus risen dark continent; a harbinger of light among this fallen people in a dark em. and salvation to multitudes. Such it pire as a stately tree of life, striking its has emphatically proved itself to be. roots deeper and deeper, and sending its It reached us. twenty-four years ago. branches farther and farther, to drop Since that time, it has given to the hun its healing leaves over every village and gering Nestorians a very precious Chris every dwelling, even in the remote hamtian literature of a hundred thousand lets of the Koordish mountains. volumes, comprising near 20,000,000 It is grateful to recognise in this conof pages, containing the Holy Scrip- nexion the important agency of Mr.
Breath, our talented and very estimable an evil eye upon it. While it has often Asberican printer, who went to his rest been threatened with restriction, it has and reward more than two years ago, as yet held on its way undisturbed, after being the instrument for a score owing not a little, during the past few avears of sending abroad among the months of threatened assault, to the Storians a Christian literature so rich presence there of an English official, ed varied in kind, and generous in ex Consul Glen, which has imposed an im at ns that here indicated. His death portant check on our enemies, for the yus rery deeply and widely deplored. time at least, and hitherto prevented I adituato superintending the press them from carrying their threats into 3Lr. Breath cut many founts of beautiful execution.-- Dr. Justin Perkins, “ Chris, Syriac type, with a hand before unprac. tian Work.” tised in that art ; and he long and ably bite our monthly periodical.
WEST AFRICA.-There is a most comSinoa the removal of Mr. Breath, our mendable movement in connexion with area has been worked solely by Nes the Baptist Mission at the Cameroons Brian vrinters, who were taught by him, River. The church-members there have - that department being now under the established a small fund to redeem from drama sinervision of clerical members slavery any of their number. An aged
Mision. The large bold form of woman (an inquirer, and the wife of one of Sutine character, as found in Nes the members) has thus been rescued. tarin manuscripts, which we closely eral in our type-cutting for some POLYNESIA. -- An important letter
has been cradually diminished, from the Missionary of the London to the type is now not much larger Society stationed at one of the Loyalty so that ordinarily used in printing Islands, describes a most unwarrantable
tolea and our issues are of a and cruel aggression upon the natives, eurresponding size. This is a great point ending in usurpation of their little island. gained, both in the matter of conveni.
home, the loss of life, the suppression of 3 and of economy.
Protestant worship, and the destruction It is not strange that so momentous
of Mission-property. The French autho, S EDEy as the press should come to rities in the South Seas are the instrn.
e rbended in some measure by ment in the commission of these evil what
of the truth in this dark deeds; the propagandism of Popish Land, and that both French Jesuits and
at both French Jesuits and priests, working according to its acCarian officials should fix customed methods, the motive power,
tionate father, in his sixty-fifth year; it is, certainly, the most important of
an amiable and pious daughter, Emma, This brief existence is but the beloved wife of Samuel Shaw, Esq., introductory to another and immortal
whose end was a scene of holy triumph; life. It is soon gone ; but its influence
and the subject of our present record. extends on and on for ever. How im.
The family of the Walkers has sus: portant, therefore, to begin this one life
tained an honourable and useful place Tell: The figure of a tree is determined
in Methodism for three or four genera: by the direction first given to its tender
tions. branches ; and so, in regard to the moral
Tuition and discipline are necessary and spiritual growth.
to prepare the young for the duties of ** Jast as the twig iz bent, the tree's in
adult life ; and an early conversion tends chinel."
to the attainment of eminent piety and b iect of this sketch began well. extensive usefulness. How few, indeed, W
JAM SUGDEN was the eldest have risen to distinguished influence in
of Mr. and Mrs. Sarnuel Wal- the Christian church without it! Mrs. o the eldest but one of a family Sugden was converted in childhood.
or children. She was born at She had the advantage of a religious Seninland. near Halifax, on the 8th of training at home. She was watched Ine 1822. Her parents were per over by & prudent and pious mother,
itete gee all their children arrive at who strove by prayer, counsel, and naturity. Death has since thrice visited example, to lead her to Christ. When the family, removing from it an affec. very young, she was sent to school in Halifax, and whilst there resided with one youth and one life; that these, once her maternal uncle, the late Mr. Ben- gone, were gone for ever. Her attenjamin Milnes,-a true Christian, a true tion was not limited to one particular Methodist, and beloved by all who knew department of service, but embraced him. His consistent piety won the several. She laboured earnestly in the admiration of his niece, and made a Sabbath-school, in the distribution of deep impression on her youthful heart. religious tracts, in visiting the sick and In her eleventh year she was led to poor, in inviting persons to the sancseek religion, and entered into the tuary, and in collecting for Missions. liberty wherewith Christ makes His To these, and to other acts of Christian people free. She joined the class of duty and benevolence, she was prompted the late Jonathan Saville, a lively and not by irregular impulses, but by an popular Local preacher, whose pulpit abiding conviction of the claims of and platform services were in demand Christ and His church. far beyond the limits of his own Circuit. In the year 1851, she was married In following years, she referred with to Mr. James Sugden, of the firm of grateful pleasure to the kindness and Jonas Sugden & Brothers, Oakworth, salutary advice received at that period near Keighley. In taking this step, from a beloved and useful minister, the she happily had only to exchange one late Rev. A. E. Farrar. Subsequently Christian home for another. In some to the happy change, she continued to respects, Stainland and Oakworth very approve herself a sincere and earnest much resemble each other. Both are Christian. She loved her Bible, fre. situated on the side of wild moorland, quented the place of secret prayer, and and are remarkable for the combination was faithful in the important duty of of natural sternness and spiritual beauty. self-examination; while she was also The industrial habits and general chadiligent in her attendance at the public racteristics of the population are also and social means of grace. Whilst similar. Oakworth is about three miles naturally cheerful and witty, she was from Keighley, and one from Haworth; free from foolish levity, and the spirit of separated from the latter place by the sarcasm. In speaking of absent per valley of the Worth. Haworth will be sons, she was governed by high moral long remembered as the residence of the principle and Christian prudence. Cha apostolic Grimshaw; and it is now known, racter was, with her, à sacred thing. far beyond the circles of Methodism, as She was glad to commend the excel. the home of the late Charlotte Bronté lencies of others, and to cover their and her literary sisters. weaknesses with the mantle of “charity Previously to Mrs. Sugden's marriage, which “never faileth.” In her choice her health had so far given way as to of religious books, she selected those in occasion serious anxiety to her friends. which the enjoyments of a high spiritual She, however, sought, by earnest life are set forth. She read the bio. prayer, the guidance of Him who chooses graphy of the holy dead, that she might the inheritance of His people ; and her make them models for her own imita married life, though marked by much tion ; and, amongst the living, she sought personal affliction, was in every other the society of those from whose conver. respect a very happy one. Her husband sation she could derive instruction and survives, or a more distinct tribute would profit. She was dear to the pious poor, be paid to his excellence. Mrs. Sugden who often hailed her as an angel of was unable to resume her former habits mercy.
of Christian activity. Her nervous In every conversion which takes system, which had been for some time place, Almighty God designs to effect impaired, seems never to have recovered two important purposes; the personal its tone. To say, with Job, “Though happiness of the convert, and the well. He slay me, yet will I trust in Him," being of those around. To a most this is the faith which God especially serious extent, He has made the mem- values. If believers are “in heaviness bers of the church responsible for the through manifold temptations,” it is conversion of the world. “For none of " that the trial of their faith, being us liveth to himself, and no man dieth much more precious than of gold that to himself.” Christianity enlarges the perisheth, though it be tried with fire, heart. It kindles on that altar a flame might be found unto praise, and honour, of charity which it is impossible to con and glory, at the appearing of Jesus ceal. Thus it was with Miss Walker, Christ.” At such seasons more real as long as health and opportunity work may be accomplished in the soul, favoured. She felt that she had but than during seasons of abounding joy.
Faith is not only tested, but strengthened, will of her heavenly Father. Her sufby the ordeal. Thus was it in the case ferings were great; and she did not
Mrs. Sugden. If her religion was escape temptation. Her faith was at less emotional and demonstrative, it times violently assailed by the adver. became more practical and matured. sary. This led her to say, “I fear I Chad to pass through the fire, she was shall not have power to overcome ; pray
slone. She had a companion, and for me, that my faith fail not.” Prayer Bissform was like the Son of God." Was anşwered, and her peace and con. She enjoyed the fulfilment of the prayer, tidence abounded. In death, as in life, often uttered :
she relied, humbly, but fully, on Christ. *Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
“I have not that ecstatic joy,” she For good remember me !
said, “which some appear to have ex. Me, whom Thou hast caused to trust, perienced in siinilar circumstances; but Fe more than life on Thee :
a calm, settled peace.” About a fortWith me in the fire remain,
night before her death, one of her sisters, Til like burnish'd gold I shine, in drawing up the window-blind, said, Yet, through consecrated pain,
“It is a beautiful morning ; but you To see the Face Divine.”
will not need the sun in heaven.” She Next to the claims of God, this ex. replied, "No; there will be no night there." ellent woman acknowledged those of Asher end approached, she said, “ Death be beloved family. The husband's is very near; but He will not leave me. bneward journey, from mill or market, My Jesus! my Jesus!” Again: “ Pray salsays the happiest event of the that He may come quickly.” A few de She dedicated her children to moments after, she was “absent from Gal, and both by precept and example the body, and present with the Lord.” Lasght them the way to heaven. What
ELIJAH JACKSON. iz vorldly good they might or might W hope to possess, she was anxious Mrs. BROWx, of Benton-Square, in that they should become heirs of "a the North-Shields Circuit, died in March. better and an enduring substance." As 1863.–She was the child of godly soca as they were capable of understand. parents, nurtured in the fear of the in the meaning of such exercises, she Lord. The piety of her father, especi. met them into her closet, and in their ally, was of an exalted kind. At the being pleaded with her heavenly age of eighteen, our deceased sister. Pathe in their behalf. All the relations with simplicity of heart, (a trait promi. ebe sastained, she was enabled also to nent in her through life,) connected adom Few parents have been blessed herself with the Methodist people.
the more dutiful daughter than she. Her experience was like the Psalmist's. W at made her father's roof, her good at the time he uttered the words.
na nd judgment often caused “When Thou saidst, Seek ye my face : berto be consulted on important mat. my heart said unto Thee. Thy face. tar She was always ready to weep Lord, will I seek.” She at that time when those around her wept, and to re- commenced to meet in class ; and it is cice when they rejoiced. Her affection remarkable that her now bereaved hus
Juin the circle was tender and con- band did the same that same night. This atent. Her consistent piety was greatly was not by concert, their residence sanctified to the spiritual welfare of her being some miles apart. She was brothers and sisters, most of whom are gradually brought to the saving know
bers of Christ's church ; and they ledge of the truth, and was enabled. benih profound and tender respect after instruction and earnest seeking, for the purity of her principles, and the to realize her acceptance with God. Loveliness of her Christian character, through Christ; which confidence she
Although her health had for some strongly retained, until faith was lost time been feeble, it was not until the (as we have every reason to believe) in sotumn of 1862 that serious fears were sight. Entertained in regard to her ultimate Many years her house was open for recovers. As the season advanced, it preaching, no matter what might be the became painfully evident that the sands
amount of inconvenience involved. As of her class were rapidly running out. many as ther
many as there went in and out, on such She would gladly have lived longer, for
occasions, can remember with what
occasions. ca the sake of her husband and little ones; cheerfulness she received the messenand the prospect of leaving them cost gers of mercy, and how greatly she her painful struggle. But she gained rejoiced when a good congregation at. the victory, and meekly bowed to the tended her cottage-services; and all
who were intimate with her can refresh him, henceforth to surrender himself to their spirits with the thought of her happy the claims of religion. And, when rereligious experience. Her relish for the stored again to health, he performed his means of grace was abounding. Her vows, and united himself to the church, zeal made the zeal of others burn afresh; saying, of the Methodists of his time, so that many could say, "Master, it is “This people shall be my people, and good for us to be here."
their God my God." This was upwards Truly did “the heart of her husband of fifty-three years ago ; and during so trust in her.” She lived to be a bless. long a period was our brother enabled to ing, and was in every sense "a help witness a good confession. His modesty meet for him." She died at the age of and humility were so great, however, seventy-seven, having been in church that few, excepting the members of his communion, uninterrupted, for the long own family, and those with whom he term of fifty-nine years. During her met in Christian fellowship, would oblatter years she had to pass through serve anything to distinguish from sore domestic trials. Five only of her many others in the same sphere of life. twelve children survive her ; two of the But in his closet the fervour and earseven lived to years of maturity, and nestness of his devotional exercises were died in the Lord ; two of the five that such as to arrest the attention of the remain are in Christian communion. members of his family, and impress upon May they all be saved !
their minds the importance of the work For some time the tabernacle gra- in which he was engaged. To those dually gave way, but her confidence in whose privilege it was to meet in class God was unshaken. She seemed, in- with him, he appeared, as he really was, deed, to increase in strength in the inner an humble, devoted, happy Christian. man, as she drew nearer and nearer to Among these he felt at home, and gave her permanent home. About a month free expression respecting the rich combefore her decease, she had a very special munications of the Holy Spirit in which manifestation from God, and testified, he rejoiced from day to day. Never “ I never was so happy in all my life.” were the words of the pious Psalmist After this she sank rapidly. The Sun- more applicable than in his case : “My day night before she died, her husband heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed." said he hoped she was prepared for In all the changing circumstances of heaven ; when her cheering reply was, life, his language was, “I am deter“ Long since, George," expressed with mined to be on the Lord's side.” His that firmness which told you that her feet whole life was a confirmation of this were steadfast on the Rock, even Christ. purpose. While some wavered and Happy they who so live, that, when they others halted, John Guard, sustained by are gone from earth, a vacancy is not the grace of God, held on “the even only seen, but felt.
J. P. H. tenor of his way." He was not without
severe exercises of his faith in God ; To speak of those who have departed having to follow two sons in the prime of this life, leaving to their families and life, as well as his pious wife, to the friends undoubted evidence of their final grave. But none of these things moved safety, is both a pleasure and a duty. him: while he felt as a husband and a Of this class was our recently deceased father, he bowed as a Christian to the brother, John GUARD, of the Bodmin Divine will. Circuit. In his case we have a proof It was, however, in the latter part of that religion adorns and beautifies the his long pilgrimage, and at its close, character of those who move in the that the reality of his religious life was humbler walks of life, as well as of those still more brightly manifest. Notwith. who occupy more exalted stations and standing the bodily infirmities incident possess greater capabilities.
to fourscore years, his mind, under the He was not, it appears, favoured in elevating influence of daily communion early life with the benefits of religious with the Holy Spirit, exhibited even the instruction, or with godly parental ex- buoyancy and cheerfulness of youth. ample. Neither was he favoured with During the last year of his life, while the blessings of education ;-a loss he engaged in solitary walks, or in such mourned through life. The means light labour as his diminished strength which God used, in His infinite wisdom permitted, so rich and frequent were and goodness, to induce him to seek re. the blessings vouchsafed from heaven to ligion was a severe affliction. Under his soul, that he was constrained to speak the fearful apprehension of dying unpre. of them to his intimate friends. His pared, he resolved, if God would restore last days were his best days; and, as he