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herself with God's people. For more than forty Nov. Joth.--At Bristol, in the eighty-fifth year years she was a member; and such was her of his age, and the fifty-ninth of his ministry, the consistency, that all who knew her regarded her Rev. Robert James. He commenced his minisas a mother in Israel, and one that walked with terial labours in 1798, and continued them for God. She was held in repute for her faith's sake. only seventeen years, being then disabled from The last years of her life were beclouded by an injury, the effects of which he continued to bodily infirmities; but her confidence in God suffer through life. Such services as his infirm was unwavering, and her communion with Him state permitted, he continued cheerfully to render unbroken. For years she had ceased to gaze on to the cause of his Redeemer during a lengthened the beauties of the terrestrial world; but her eye period of seclusion and suffering. He was a man of faith grew bright as she viewed the celestial of unaffected piety and sterling integrity; a paradise. As her end drew near, she would fre- painstaking, instructive, and earnest Preacher; quently say, “ Come, Lord Jesus ! Come, Lord, and an example of submissive contentment under and lay me down to rise no more until the resur- severe suffering and the mental exercises incident rection-morning. I have a desire to depart, and to protracted affliction. His last illness was short, to be with Christ, which is far better." And though very painful ; and, with a bright prospect again : “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, of eternal glory, he died in great peace. where is thy victory?" Just as her spirit was
J, L. taking its flight, she was suddenly aroused from a state of stupor, as though some bright vision Nov. 21st.-At Bideford, Mr. Thomas Honey, had broken upon her gaze,-as though, with the In his twenty-eighth year. It was at a prayerproto-martyr, she had seen Jesus standing at the meeting, held after a sermon by the Rev. H. B. right hand of God to receive her. She exclaimed, Trethewey on Psalm xxxi. 3, about eight years “Hail, hail! Joy, joy!” and soon her spirit ago, that he was enabled to believe to the saving entered into rest. Few live so long, and few so of his soul. During the last six years he has been well.
J. W. a laborious and acceptable Local Preacher. It
pleased the Lord to honour him with several Nov. 34.-Aged twenty-six, Miss E. Drake, of conversions. Had it been the will of God, he Kingsland-road. Yielding to the influence of would have rejoiced to live in order to be useful; the Holy Spirit, at the age of fifteen she devoted but he was not afraid to die. He knew whom he her heart to God, united herself to the Methodists had believed. He had perfect peace. of Hoxton, (now worshipping in the New-North
T. H. Road chapel,) and joined the class in which she remained to the day of her death. Her attach- Nov. 28th.-At Alderney, Mr. Reuben Grigg, ment to Christ and His church was displayed by aged thirty-five. He had for many years been a unwearied diligence in the cause of Missions, the member among the Wesleyans in the Bideford Sunday-school, and the visiting of the sick and Circuit, and generally beloved. About three destitute. Her piety was cheerful: earth was weeks before his decease he visited Alderney in regarded not as a forsaken wilderness, but a scalo accordance with medical advice, hoping to recruit to heaven. Her last long illness was borne with his wasted strength. These last days were spent perfect resignation. When life was fast ebbing, at the house of his friend who pens this notice, her language was, “I have no fear of the dark to whom it was solemnly delightful to behold the valley; all is bright beyond. I am a helpless triumphs of Divine grace. Mr. Grigg had oftsinner, trusting alone in the merits of Jesus. times manifested a thoughtful shrinking from the Though all else seems gone, I am kept by Jesus.” final struggle: yot, when his end drew nigh, he The thought of re-union with departed friends felt no dread-no struggling into life. On the greatly cheered her; while her anxiety for those morning of the 28th he said to his friend, “ I am around her was expressed by solemn and earnest dying, but I have no fear. I have been a poor, requests to meet her in heaven.
M. weak Christian; but I trust in Christ. He has
said, 'Him that cometh unto Me, I will in no Nov. 6th.-At Hunslet, in the Leeds Fourth wise cast out.' 'I will heal thy backslidings, I Circuit, Mr. Joshua Schofield, aged fifty-six. will receive thee graciously, I will love thee Though born of pious parents, he did not seek freely."" Some of the great and precious sayings personal religion until his forty-second year, of “the Book " were then quoted, concluding when he was deeply awakened under the ministry with the Saviour's words, “I am the Resurrecof the Rev. W. Brailsford. For more than tion and the Life." With much fervour he fourteen years ho maintained an unblemnished responded, “Yes!" and then, with uplifted eye, character, and was distinguished by the simpli- as though he beheld the eternal gates unfolding, city of his faith, the fervency of his zeal, and the and Jesus waiting to receive him, he calmly earnestness of his love to Christ. In his last added, "• When Thou hadst overcome the illness, which continued for nearly four months, sharpness of death, Thou didst open the kingdom his great sufferings induced a longing to be re- of heaven to all believers :' and I believe"leased ; yet he was perfectly resigned to the will Having thus spoken, he fell asleep, and quietly of God. His last words, which were spoken in slept into the arms of death,-say, rather, into the midst of considerable pain, were, “0, how I the arms of Jesus.
F. C. H. love Jesus!"
LONDON :— PRINTED BY JAMES NICHOLS, HOXTON-SQUARE.
MEMORIALS OF EDMUND THOMPSON, ESQ.,
FORMERLY OF ARMIN, LATE OF SCARBOROUGH.
(Concluded from page 13.) The domestic life of Mr. Thompson was most peaceful and happy. He was married, in the year 1810, to his cousin, Anne Harrington, of Earlscolne, Essex. This was a union of mutual and uninterrupted happiness during forty-four years. Home was the centre of his most sacred joys. He was in every sense the parent of a large family, though he never bore the name : from that of a beloved brother he numbered his sons and daughters. From the “ Father of the fatherless” he took them as a solemn trust; and they only, by whom his name will never be uttered without a blessing and thanksgiving, can fully know how sacredly this trust was fulfilled. Each name was engraven upon the breastplate of his heart, and many times a day commended to the notice of the God of the families of the earth. Looking on the group assembled around his dying bed, he said with emphasis, "I have never prayed for myself but I have prayed for you."
The fidelity which characterized his home relations was no less marked in his friendships. With a heart sensitive as that of a woman to neglect or indifference, he had such a wellspring of affectionate solicitude for those whom he called friends, and they were many indeed,) that he could not be happy unless he had constant knowledge of their affairs.
It is considered by many who have had extensive opportunities for observation, that, as a Christian master, Mr. Thompson had scarcely a parallel. The motto he constantly impressed on himself, in the presence of his servants, had a literal fulfilment in him and in them ; “ A Christian ought to be the best master, and the best servant, in the neighbourhood.” His government was quite patriarchal. He never engaged a servant without prayer, in private and in the family-circle, for counsel from above.
the faithful of the land ;” and he would journey any distance to obtain religiouslydisposed persons. In this respect he was most successful, and they remained long in his service. In the space of forty years, only three were successively at the head of the female department, all women of high principle and established piety. The foremen, with few excep
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tions, were Christians, whose influence was most salutary on the younger men, many of whom came ignorant and careless, and left with minds enlightened and hearts renewed.
Like Abraham, the master did not fail to “command his household after bim.” His authority was paramount-he required diligence, activity, obedience, and respect. Himself an early riser, and remarkable for regular hours and habits of life, punctuality was the law; and thus order and comfort were established. From the day that new servants entered the house, they were made to feel that they were taken into a near relationship—that the master felt an almost parental concern in their welfare, both temporal and spiritual. Evening prayer was invariably held at a very early hour, to prevent drowsiness, and give time for rest proportioned to the daily labour. It was never allowed to degenerate into a mere form of worship. Each servant was required to bring his or her Bible, and to read aloud verse by verse ; thus attention was secured, and a powerful stimulant given to self-improvement. Passages that seemed obscure were explained, and practical remarks, short and pointed, enforced. It was a very usual thing with Mr. Thompson, after closing the book, to lean forward, and give a colloquial address to the domestic company, in which he showed an accurate acquaintanee with their state of mind and feeling, their trials and temptations; and convinced them that he considered them of equal importance with himself, in the sight of God. He spared no pains to induce them to read and think, telling them how many a great and good man had followed the plough, or been engaged in menial occupations. If any of them were beginning to seek the way to heaven, he endeavoured to improve the judgment, as well as to touch the heart ; that, when the first fresh feelings should subside, "an anchor, sure and steadfast,” might remain. He was never more successful than in his conversations with religious inquirers.
A young man who had lived in his service hired himself to a master who never bad family-prayer. The master, who valued his servant, was surprised at the end of the first week by receiving the intimation, “I am very sorry, Sir, but I must leave your service.” On an inquiry into the cause, he respectfully replied, that in Mr. Thompson's family there had always been morning and evening worship, and that he found it impossible to live where there was not. The master was rebuked, (he had known the way of righteousness,) immediately restored family-prayer, and retained the young man.—“My husband came to Armin,” says a worthy Christian lady, “a sincere seeker of salvation, but ignorant of the way of faith. At the family-altar he received power to believe with the heart unto righteousness, (your uncle the teacher,) and he went on his way rejoicing. Barnabas Shaw, too, was under serious impressions when he was hired by Mr. Thompson. He was instructed in like manner : and was Barnabas Shaw's conversion of little moment ?”
It will be well known that Mr. Shaw became one of the most laborious and useful Ministers in South Africa. Soon after his conversion he evinced a love for reading. His piety became so fervent,