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for sale, acquire additional touches nalised may depend much upon the of sublime atrocity from the period constitution of the select committee, at which they are enacted. The un- but rests still more with the sense of fortunate animals and their scarcely, decency which has usually enlisted more civilised attendants leave their public sympathy and controlled pubnative hamlets in the “stilly calm- lic bodies. Whatever we may think ness" of a Sabbath's close, and are of Sabbath-observance bills and the soon transferred to a scene which for machinery by which their provisions demoniac wildness and torturing could be enforced upon a mixed cruelty presents an analogy on which community, no man can regard the we are unwilling to dwell." The heart appointment of Monday's market as of the greatest metropolis, and the otherwise than a monstrous crime, most sacred of all days in the week, and its urgent repudiation by

the performance of these atrocities. How those who possess the means of arlong it will continue to be so sig- resting it without a word of excuse.”

IRELAND.

We continue to receive most appal- whether it be for the affording of ling accounts from Ireland, not temporal or spiritual succour, our only of the unabated prevalence of readers must not think that they have famine and disease, but of the death done enough, and suffer themselves of faithful ministers, schoolmasters, to become weary in well-doing. The &c.

state of the converts in the city of Yet the work of grace is prospering Cork is specially critical. in the soil of this deep affliction; and

TRACTS IN DEFENCE OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND,

We strongly recommend to our readers the Tracts in defence of our Church, advertised

on the Cover. We greatly regret the necessity for such defensive

measures.

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THE CHRISTIAN GUARDIAN,

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CHURCH OF ENGLAND MAGAZINE.

JULY, 1847.

MEMORIAL OF A LAST INTERVIEW.

"The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more'unto the

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of God.

If it is interesting to watch the pro- train of reflection-"The path of the gress of the morning light, from the just is as the shining light, that scarce perceptible streaks of earliest shineth more and more unto the perdawn, to the unclouded brightness

fect day. of noon-day; if it is pleasant to trace The prevailing characteristic of her the seedling, through its successive mind through life, as is well known stages, to the full-blown flower or to her friends, was truthfulness shrub; if the expansion of the bodily combined with an uncommon warmth or intellectual powers, from infancy of natural affection. “ The good and to ripe age, be a subject worthy of true-hearted Henrietta," is an exattentive study: it surely cannot be pression which has been applied to otherwise than instructive and delight- her by more than one

who knew her ful, to contemplate the workings of a in her earlier days. Connected with kindred principle to recognize the this, we feel assured, though at that footmarks of the same divine wisdom period less prominently, was the fear and beneficence, in the first dawning,

“Henrietta,” her mother the gradual, though it may be silent once said to her, when a child of six development, and the ultimate matu- years old, “I am afraid you do not rity of the Christian character-a love God”--the words cut her to the process terminating in results, be- heart, and she burst into a flood of yond comparison more momentous tears. As she grew up, the extreme and enduring

gaiety of her temper, and the exuThe following Memorial, intended berance of her animal spirits, was for the consolation of her bereaved frequently a matter of annoyance to friends, and comprising little more her governesses ; but they never than & simple rehearsal, in her own prompted a wish to participate in the words, of the thoughts and feelings dissipations of the world; so that of one so dear to them, in the pros- when a companion once expressed a pect of her removal from this world, desire to go to places of public appears (especially when viewed in

amusement, she felt much surprised connexion with her character from and grieved by the circumstance. childhood) well fitted to illustrate the About the age of seventeen her divine sentence which suggests this great natural vivacity of temper be

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came for a season overclouded, by distressing doubts and difficulties on the subject of religion. When these subsided, her mind settled into a deeper habitual thoughtfulness and piety. Naturally reserved on experimental topics, and latterly much hindered in her plans of active usefulness, by a nervous complaint of frequent occurrence, and attended with a degree of languor and debility, the depth and solidity of her principles were little known, perhaps, except to those few, to whom in conversation she at times unbosomed her inmost feelings. Those who knew her best can testify, that like the sun-flower, which ever maintains the same heaven-directed aspect, and, through clouds and sunshine, averts not its fixed gaze from the glorious luminary which is said to attract its regards—from the dawn of life to its closing scene, she was not only marked by a beautiful ingenuousness of character, but she evinced a growing familiarity and communion with “whatsoever things are true, honest, just, lovely, and of good report." And in the rectitude of her life, and the exemplary fulfilment of every relative obligation, whether as a wife a mother-a mistress—a sister-a daughter-coupled with the eminently blessed character of her last hours, she strikingly confirmed the truth of the inspired saying—"Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace.'

Yes, blessed be God! his rich grace has enabled her to bequeath to her heavily afflicted family, a consolation which enables them to “rejoice,” if not " from their sorrow,” yet amid their tears. We are made to feel that our beloved one is “not lost, but gone before”-gone where we hope, in God's good time, and through his unspeakable mercy, to rejoin and rejoice with her for ever.

Upon our being permitted, after a considerable interval, to approach her bedside, she gathered from the tenor of our remarks, what she appears to have had no idea of previously, that she was in all probability approaching her end; and her first words were, “Am I going to die?” Upon this sudden intimation, when

told to trust in her Saviour, her reply was,

“ Oh! but I am not sure-I have been such a sinner." For a few minutes she could not stay her mind upon her Redeemer; she was afraid of deceiving herself by a false hope, and said two or three times, “ I have lived so little to God; I have had doubts, too-and my children, my children!” We set before her some of the more direct promises of God's word, and her mind seemed to be engaged in grappling with them—assenting to them as true and faithful, but not able to appropriate them, with a tranquillizing assurance, to herself. Her mother, reminding her of the thief upon the cross, appealed to her, at the same time, as to whether she had not long—for many years—been serving her God? She said, “Yes--but” - recurring again to the same objections. Still she appeared to be in a state of uncomfortable suspense. In much anxiety her husbsnd hastened off for our valued friend, the Rev. Mr. , whom he knew to be at that time at Dr. S-'s, where some ministers of the Gospel were assembled for prayer, with reference to the prevailing national calamity; and begged him to

come and help to comfort his dying wife.” Mr. mended her case to the prayers of the clergy there, and in a few moments they were both at her bedside. Her mind had, in the short interim, under the blessed teaching of the Holy Spirit, been making a very sensible progress; the passages of Scripture adduced, had been telling upon her with astonishing quickness of effect; and already she was beginning to feel much more composure, when Mr. arrived. She took his hand, and looking up in his face, said, Am I safe?-are you certain of it?” He replied, by mentioning a few passages exhibiting the grace of the Saviour, upon which she said, “I do believe; but I should like to live a little longer, that I might live more to God, and be more active in his service.” Mr. - prayed; and on our rising from our knees, a sweet, calm happiness illumined her whole countenance. Every shade of misgiving--all her natural reserve was

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now over ; it was as though she had with words of comfort or counsel, thrown off an encumbering garment ; and pointing out what she saw amiss, truly, as our friend said at parting, in a manner that came home to the “at evening time there was light.' hearts of each, (and it is hoped that She said, “I do believe-I am sure- her words are embalmed there, so as I am so happy; and it came so sud- never, never to be effaced !) To an denly. He is such a Saviour--none affectionate relative, who was deeply but Jesus.” She begged that texts moved indeed, she said, “I was afraid of Scripture, and verses of hymns to speak out, but I have been unmight be repeated to her. When happy about you;” urging it imone of her friends repeated the lines: pressively and affectingly upon him, “ There is a fountain fill'd with blood,

to study his Bible, and to profit by Drawn from Immanuel's veins;

it, &c. Another kind friend, a And sinners plunged beneath that flood,

minister of the Gospel, she solemnly Lose all their guilty stains :"

cautioned against worldly cares. To

her brother, who suffers severely she accompanied him all along, add- from depression of mind, she said, ing, “even such as I.”

“I believe you to be a child of God, When expressing about this time, though you do not know it; a voice the pain of separation from those so from the grave is, you know, said to dear to her on earth, upon being be a voice from heaven; believe me, asked if she was not willing to part we shall meet in heaven." She after with them, she said, “Pray that I wards enquired if he was shedding may be so;" and we shall soon see tears, which she thought would rehow graciously our prayer was an- lieve him. To a lady, in a similar swered. Indeed she now began to state of mind, she said, “ Cast away express, in a manner to which no

your fears, and trust in Jesus; your language of ours can do justice, her health, indeed”-At this time, happiness in going to heaven-her overhearing one of her relations love to her Saviour-her deep con- speaking of the amiability she had victions of sinfulness. She then bade

shown through life, and calling her her sister good-bye : saying, “my an angel, she said, “Oh! I can't sweet sister, and gentle nurse, you bear that I can't bear that I have have been like a servant to me--you been such a sinner-I wish to hear will, I know, watch over my children, about my sins.” She said she ought and be often at C-" She said

to say a word to her nursetender, to her mother, “Come to me, my whom she warned against false secuprecious, my lovely mamma, who rity and self-righteousness; and upon taught me the way to heaven when I

the nurse replying, “I hope to meet was a child, and who has been every you in glory,” she said, “Try and thing to me ever since I was born;

find out the way there.” Several how sure I am of your following me times she said, • Come to Jesus there!” “My sweet, precious hus- live to Jesus; tell them--tell every band-my darling children, how I one-to come to Jesus, to live to love how I have loved you-no one Jesus. Oh! it is an awful thing to knows the love I had for you; but die; and were it not for the Saviour, had I ten times as many, I would what would become of any of us ?” give up all to go to Jesus!” Her

She repeated the lines husband she charged to bring her children to heaven-to be sure not

“He will send down his heavenly pow'rs, to leave one of them behind; and

To carry us above,' said, “ how I will run to meet and asking to have the hymn said in embrace you, when you come there;" which they occur. And she joined and she asked if it was wrong to pray in repeating that, and almost every that that happy day might be soon. other hymn and text which was

She took a particular leave, also, spoken, making short and beautifully of her other friends and relatives, (of jūst_remarks-dwelling with much whom there were a good many pre- emphasis on the words, “perfect sent,) addressing them respectively peace-stayed--stayed upon thee;"

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and upon the text, “underneath thee ney-telling them to “speak the are the everlasting arms,” saying, truth, to read their Bible, to attend “how wonderful! the arms of the to their papa’s instructions in it, and great, the Almighty God.”.

Then to love Jesus.”. May each of her enquiring, what was the text that had dear children, through life, often given comfort, to an acquaintance in think of this her dying charge to a dying hour-“His left hand is them! Then bidding their goverunder my head, and his right hand ness good-bye, she begged her to doth embrace me.” She was de- bring them up for God. On the lighted with this, “both both his youngest girl being brought to her, arms !” She spoke of the blessed- she said to her, while the dear child ness of being one with Christ; in- laughed in her face,“ darling, there deed she was as one who almost is no use in speaking to you ;" but realized the beatific vision; for in- addressing the nurse she said, “ Oh, stance, in allusion to a passage in nurse, never leave

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and Revelations, she exclaimed “What will you promise to come to family a harp; oh, what a harp.” And in prayers, and attend to your master's dwelling on the prospect of shortly teaching, and do trust in the Saviour? seeing her dear Redeemer face to

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to the Virgin; put away face, she said, “Do you think I shall your idols; and give up depending see the very wounds He suffered for on saints. What should I now do

She spoke at the same time if I had not the Saviour to trust in with gratitude of her earthly portion, alone. Nurse, if you continue to “I have had a very happy life”- trust in saints, I shall not meet you and expressed her thankfulness for a in heaven. Oh! do meet me there. religious husband, remarking that Do come to Jesus.” had she been united to a worldly She had in the earlier part of the person, she might have been led day spoken of a cousin of whom she away. Upon his remarking to her, was very fond, and sent this message that we had had many happy days to him, “Give my love to Wtogether; but that brighter scenes

tell him I expec

to meet him in far awaited herm-awaited us both, heaven.” She now spoke again of than any we had witnessed on earth;" him, and said to his sister, “ will you she replied, “Yes; oh, yes; and not speak to him? tell him I was often in travelling was it brought thinking of him when dying. He forcibly home to me, what must be once said, he felt no desire for the the surpassing glory and beauty of love of God. I think he now doesthe heavenly world?” (or words to does he not?” Then hearing one of that purpose.) One or two minor her relations say how much she should points may be noticed, as evidencing miss her, she took her hand, and her calmness, and self-possession, said, “We have been sisters in love. the absence of everything like enthu- I have no fears for you, dear siasm ; and also her kind thoughtful- Go on as you are doing, with more ness about every one. She took her steadiness." To another she said, wedding ring from her finger, and “Will you not be more energetic ? placed it on her husband's, saying, do, dear; and do not be discouraged “We have often been pleasant about by fancied difficulties. Will you prothis ring.” She also begged him to mise me this, dear?” She asked tell her aged aunt, “how much com- two or three times “when will it fort her eau de Cologne afforded her.” be?"--alluding to her death—“shall During this time she often whispered, I suffer much pain?” She feared that “Do not let me deceive myself—pray if she suffered much, she might lose for me; do not cease to pray for me” the comforting presence of her Saviour. -such was her holy jealousy over “What a mercy it is,” she said,“ that herself. Having expressed a wish to I was not taken in one of those see her children, they were brought paroxysms of pain, when I could not to her, one after another, and she pray !” She often repeated, “I hope bade them each good-bye, as if she you are praying for me, that I may was going a short and pleasant jour- clasp the cross when dying. I should

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