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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, i and its ' urgent repudiation by the have been hitherto reserved for the members of the Farmers' Club leaves 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.”
We continue to receive most appalling accounts from Ireland, not only of the unabated prevalence of famine and disease, but of the death of faithful ministers, schoolmasters, &c.
Yet the work of grace is prospering in the soil of this deep affliction; and
whether it be for the affording of temporal or spiritual succour, our readers must not think that they have done enough, and suffer themselves to become weary in well-doing. The state of the converts in the city of Cork is specially critical.
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.
THE CHRISTIAN GUARDIAN,
CHURCH OF ENGLAND MAGAZINE.
MEMORIAL OF A LAST INTERVIEW.
“The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the
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,
of God. 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 a 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
came for a season overclouded, by told to trust in her Saviour, her redistressing doubts and difficulties on ply was,
“ Oh! but I am not sure-I the subject of religion. When these have been such a sinner.” For a subsided, her mind settled into a few minutes she could not stay her deeper habitual thoughtfulness and mind upon her Redeemer; she was piety. Naturally reserved on experi- afraid of deceiving herself by a false mental topics, and latterly much hope, and said two or three times, hindered in her plans of active use- “I have lived so little to God; I fulness, by a nervous complaint of have had doubts, too—and my chilfrequent occurrence, and attended dren, my children !” We set before with a degree of languor and debility, her some of the more direct promises the depth and solidity of her prin- of God's word, and her mind seemed ciples were little known, perhaps, ex- to be engaged in grappling with cept to those few, to whom in con- them-assenting to them as true and versation she at times unbosomed faithful, but not able to appropriate her inmost feelings. Those who them, with a tranquillizing assurance, knew her best can testify, that like to herself. Her mother, reminding the sun-flower, which ever maintains her of the thief upon the cross, apthe same heaven-directed aspect, and, pealed to her, at the same time, as to through clouds and sunshine, averts whether she had not long--for many not its fixed gaze from the glorious years—been serving her God? She luminary which said to attract its said, “Yes-but”-recurring again regards—from the dawn of life to its to the same objections. Still she closing scene, she was not only appeared to be in a state of uncommarked by a beautiful ingenuousness fortable suspense. In much anxiety of character, but she evinced a grow- her husbsnd hastened off for our ing familiarity and communion with valued friend, the Rev. Mr. “whatsoever things are true, honest, whom he knew to be at that time at just, lovely, and of good report." Dr. S-'s, where some ministers And in the rectitude of her life, and of the Gospel were assembled for the exemplary fulfilment of every re- prayer, with reference to the prevaillative obligation, whether as a wife- ing national calamity; and begged a mother--a mistress-a sister-a him to
come and help to comfort daughter-coupled with the eminently his dying wife.” Mr. blessed character of her last hours, mended her case to the prayers of she strikingly confirmed the truth of the clergy there, and in a few mothe inspired saying—“Mark the per- ments they were both at her bedside. fect man, and behold the upright, for Her mind had, in the short interim, the end of that man is peace.'
under the blessed teaching of the Yes, blessed be God! his rich Holy Spirit, been making a very sengrace has enabled her to bequeath to sible progress; the passages of Scripher heavily afflicted family, a conso- ture adduced, had been telling upon lation which enables them to her with astonishing quickness of joice,” if not " from their sorrow, effect; and already she was beginning yet amid their tears. We are made to feel much more composure, when to feel that our beloved one is not Mr. arrived. She took his lost, but gone before”-gone where hand, and looking up in his face, we hope, in God's good time, and said, Am I safe?
-are you certain through his unspeakable mercy, to of it?" He replied, by mentioning a rejoin and rejoice with her for ever. few passages exhibiting the grace of
Upon our being permitted, after a the Saviour, upon which she said, considerable interval, to approach “I do believe; but I should like to her bedside, she gathered from the live a little longer, that I might live tenor of our remarks, what she ap- more to God, and be more active in pears to have had no idea of previ- his service.” Mr. prayed; and ously, that she was in all probability on our rising from our knees, a sweet, approaching her end; and her first calm happiness illumined her whole words were,
Am I going to die?” countenance. Every shade of misUpon this sudden intimation, when giving--all her natural reserve was
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,
to study his Bible, and to profit by “There is a fountain fill'd with blood,
it, &c. Another kind friend, a Drawn from Immanuel's veins; And sinners plunged beneath that food,
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 afterwith 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 just remarks--dwelling with much whom there were a good many pre- emphasis on the words, “ perfect senty) addressing them respectively peace-stayed--stayed upon thee;"
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
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 Don't pray 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 us?” 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 expect to meet him in far awaited her-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
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