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These words she expressed in a Rev. W. BRADLEY.
Died, on Monday, January 26, dear boy, remember the things 1818, at Oddington, near Stow-onwhich belong to your everlasting the-Wold, Gloucestershire, the Rev. peace; attend to the ministry of the W. Bradley, pastor of the Baptist gospel, and do not neglect the salva-churches at Naunton and Stow in tion of your precious soul; remem- the same county (formerly of Hackber the counsel of a dying sister, fol
ney, near London). His disorder, low the ways of God; let my death which was of a pulmonary kind, convince you that they are ways of
appeared to have proceeded from pleasantness, and paths of peace."
excessive fatigue and frequent exHer surgeon calling in, and ask
posure to the weather, in the dising how she felt herself? she replied, charge of his ministerial duties, and Oh, Mr. M- I am very low, I
other exertions he felt it necessary am getting through fast; blessed be to make for the support of a numerthe name of the Lord, I trust I am
qus family. During his last illness safe, and that is a comfort to me.
he was enabled to exercise an humI thank God I have strength to bear ble submission to the sovereign dismy troubles; I find it equal to my posal of Providence, and also was day, I dread being impatient. So favoured with the enjoyment of many mercies as I have been the much internal tranquillity, although subject of, ought I not to be con
he had been previously the subject tent, seeing they are all free gifts? of great mental anxiety, arising It has been a long storm; bless the from embarrassed circumstances. Lord, O my soul? while I am going. His talents were of a superior order; through the valley of the shadow of his sermons evinced sound judy, death, I fear no evil, for God is with
ment, extensive information, and me, and I know he will never leave vigorous intellect; they were also me, nor forsake me. I will yet enriched with the truth as it is in praise him, however adverse the dis- Jesus, the holy and practical in, pensations of his providence may fluence of which on the hearts and appear, he has promised that all lives of all true believers he never things shall work together for good. failed to assert, illustrate, and enI must bear it; it is nothing to what force. On his death bed he said to I deserve, and I have no more to come! I'shall have it all here! not been suffered to entertain a sin
a brother who visited him, “ I have Surely this is the last struggle! gle doubt either of the reality of the Dear Lord, cut the thread, but the truths of the
, or of my intercup which my heavenly Father hath mingled, shall I not drink it?" On est in its blessings; and it is my
peculiar consolation now to reflect, Monday, January 5, she became that conscious as I am of numerous quite lethargic, spoke very little, imperfections having attended my and, unless the returns of pain pre- ministry, I have never trifled with vented, was mostly asleep: she lin- sinners in the discharge of it. '! gered through the night till Tuesday know whom I have believed, and morning about six o'clock, when she
am persuaded that he is able to quitted the frail abode of mortality, keep that which I have committed and entered into the joy of the Lord. unto him against that day.” Her remains were interred in the
Mr. Bradley was 50 years of age. Dissenters' burying-ground, in Bos- His remains were interred at Stow, ton, January 9, amidst the tears of on Friday, January 30. Mr. Coles, many of her friends and acquain- of Bourton, preached on the mourn. tances. On Saturday, the 18th, a
ful occasion, from Lam. iii. 1; and funeral discourse was preached on
Mr. Gray, of Chipping-Norton, de-, the occasion, by her pastor, the Rev. livered the address at the grave. Thomas Thonger, to a numeroas
It is hoped in a short time to auditory, from a passage which she
send a Memoir of the deceased. had sclected some time before, viz.
This worthy, brother (adds our Psalm xxxiv, 17, 18, 19.
correspondent) has left a widow,
and ten children, the former with charms of earth were disregarded, five of the children entirely unpro- retirement and prayer were eagerly vided for. Mr. Bradley's talents songht after, the terrors of the Lord and usefulness as a minister-his made her afraid, a deep sight and afflictions and difficulties in private sense of her condition as a guilty life, are of course best known in the sinner filled her soul with agony, immediate circle in which he mov- and her chief inquiry now wased; but it is trusted, that the above “ What shall I do to be saved ?" simple statement will universally About this period she paid a visit to excite so lively an interest in the some friends at Bristol; while there, hearts of those who love the cause the Lord directed her to the mihe loved and served, as to secure a nistry of the Rev. T. Biddulph: liberal contribution for the support under his ministrations, together of his destitute family.
with the communion of the children The smallest donations will be of God which she sometimes enthankfully received by Mr. W. Gill- joyed there, the Lord the Spirit faman, at Messrs. Ladbroke and Co. voured her with that
peace that Bankers, Bank-buildings; the Rev. passeth all understanding," which Dr. Rippon, Grange-road, Bermond- was introduced into her soul by the sey; the Rev. W. Button, 24, Pa- blood of sprinkling. She now no ternoster-row; the Rev. J. Ivimey, longer groaned under the bondage 20, Harpur-street, London; the Rev. of sin, but experienced the glorious J. Hinton, Oxford ; and the Rev. liberty of the children of God. ReT. Coles, Bourton-on-the-Water, turning again to her earthly home, Gloucestershire.
and having herself tasted that the
Lord is gracious, her attention was MRS. COULTART.
directed towards, and her fervent'
prayers ascended to, the divine It pleased the great Head of the throne, in behalf of those around church about the year 1809 to draw her who were ignorant of that Sathe affections of this late excel- viour which she so ardently loved. lent female missionary, whose death Often has the writer of this paper we recorded in our Number for (from the endeared connection that February, (p. 65.) from the delusive subsisted between them) witnessed pleasures of a dying world, and to her sighs, her tears, and the servent fix them on himself. Placed in cir- wrestlings of her active spirit in bocumstances by no means advan- half of those who were dear to her tageous for the introduction of ge- by earthly ties. Secluded from the nuine piety, or for the increase of world, her companions were the exvital godliness, she found herself, cellent of the earth : with that deciwhile engaged in thc giddy vortex sion of character which ought ever of earthly pleasure, and in the con- to be conspicuous in the real Chriscerns of time, seriously concerned tian, she went forward, and with and alarmed for the welfare of her steady step trod the vale of tribulaimmortal soul. Without the use of tion through which she was called external means, did the divine Spi- to pass. With a mind possessed of rit of God graciously operate upon the most tender sensibilities of huher mind; she sought for happiness man nature, and feelingly alive to in vain in the pleasures which the the woes of her fellow creatures, world exhibited to her view; her while she laboured, and not without soul confessed a dissatisfaction in a blessed effect, in the sphere in the midst of all, while her ardent which she then moved, her thoughts, spirit sighed for that peace which and the subjects of her prayers, exearth had not to bestow. Entirely tended beyond her native land, even unacquainted with the children of to those“ dark places of the earth God, and having attended only that are full of the habitations of preaching of a moral strain, she had cruelty;" and while every way aprecourse to the volume of inspira- peared closed so as to exclude her tion: there, while she read, her ter- hopes with respect to ber entering rors and her fears increased, the upon the sacred work of a mission.
ary of Jesus, she zealously aided the day. Her husband, who was danwork of missions by her exertions gerously ill at the period of her and her prayers. For some time death, has been mercifully restored, prior to her departure from Eng- , and promises to be a faithful and land, the salvation of the heathen successful servant of Christ among engaged her warmest thoughts, and the degraded African slaves in a world lying in wickedness drew Jamaica. forth the commisseration and sympathy of her benevolent mind. With calm deliberation and composure she viewed the difficulties and pri TRIBUTE OF AFFECTION vations of a missionary life, and
OCCASIONED BY THE when God in his providence pointed LAMENTED DEATH out the way in which she was to
OF MRS. M. A. COULTART. walk, she entered upon it with firm reliance upon Him whe hath said,
“ All flesh is grass,” the voice proclaims aloud, “ Lo I am with you always, even “ All human strength and beauty must decay, to the end of the world.” This ani " The gay, the thoughtless, and the busy crowd,
“ Must die forgotten, as the winter's day." mating declaration she realized in
Blest saint of God! for ever freed from care, the heart-rending separation with
No more a sufferer in this world of woe; her friends in her departure from The heavy cross no longer call'd to bear, her native clime, while exposed to
Thy tears for ever now have ceas'd to flow. . the dangers of the deep, while en
The friends of missions must their loss deplore,
And western India mourn thy early doom ; gaged in the work of the mission,
While Ham's benighted progeny grieve o'er and in the solemn period while walk Thy sad, thy quick removal to the tomb. ing through the valley of death. | Thy steps we've followed thro' the thorny way The state of her mind a little be
Of tribulation, which thy feet have trod;
We now would trace thy flight to realms of day, fore her removal is best described And view thee happy in thy Saviour God. by her own words in a letter to a
There while thy friends on earth their loss friend in England, dated August bewail, 16: “ I have lately anticipated with |
Tesus shall feed thee with immortal food :
Tby Lord Immanuel shall thy soul regale, real delight that time when I shall With joys which he has purchas'd with his blood. see Him as he is--when I shall no Though in the silent dust unseen by those
Who siar'd thy love, thy faded form was laid,
Yet there's a truth should dissipate their woestransformed to his glorious image.”
Jamaica's land shall reuder up her dead. She had long anticipated the period
E'en now dear Mary's spirit reigns in bliss, when she should enter into rest, and Yet, mighty God, her friends thine aid require; when seized with the disease that Into their bosoms drop the balm of peace,
And may they join with her the heavenly choir. terminated in death, she assured her partner that she was confident
With grace sustain the partner of her soul,
Bereav'd of her who was in mercy given; of the favour of her God. Her hus may thy Spirit his torn mind console, band observes, that during the in And lead him forwards till he reaches leaved,
H. C. tervals of returning reason, which were short, she seemed to have forgotten him and all that was mortal, Rev. JOHN PENNY. and to be wholly absorbed in the joys of God's unfading kingdom.' DIED, on Thursday, Feb. 19, She was seized with a violent fever 1818, at the house of his son, Mr. on Sept. 28, while attending public John Penny, of Scotland-yard, Lonworship, which occasioned delirium, | don, the Rev. John Penny, late (except at intervals) in which stato pastor of the Baptist church in she remained until October 8, wlien White's-row, Portsea. He had eaten her weary spirit left mortality, and his dinner on Wednesday in good entered into the joy of her Lord. health, but during the afternoon Thus devotedly lived and gloriously complained of a violent pain in his died Mary Ann Coultart. Her sun head, and after a few hours' pain has indeed gone down at noon, but | died the next morning at seven it has set only to riso more bril- o'clock. “ Mark the perfect man liantly, and to shine unobscured by and behold the upright; the end of clouds in the regions of eternal | that man is peace.”
Pastoral Letters on Nonconformity; ad
We have not room in this review to dressed to a young Member of a Society of Protestant Dissenters. By the shew how completely the bistory of Rev. Dr. Winter. Black and Son.
the Establishment is against them; and how much more we
owe to We very much approve the de- statesmen than to churchmen for the sign of these Letters. Their worthy spread of liberal sentiments : but author says, " for many years he we will mention one observation of had observed, that the Dissenters our author which deserves their sewith whom he had been conversant, rious attention. He remarks, that had greatly lost sight of the genuine the Establishment“ holds no comreasons of nonconformity ;” and he munion with any other Protestant mentions various causes which have national church in Europe;"—and, contributed to produce this effect. it“ allows the validity of Romish, For the purpose of exciting the but not of Presbyterian or Congreyounger members of Protestant rational ordination.” Introd. p. xiy, congregations to attend to this 'sub- We are not surprised that the Esject, he has published these “ Pas- tablishment should look with too toral Letters.” In the course of his jealous an eye on any thing Congre. work, he draws scenes, and refers gational: this is natural. But when to events, which, whether altogether | Presbyterian ordination is denouncimaginary or not, keep the atten- ed, so that the ministers of the tion alive, and illustrate his reason- Scotch church, though it is estabing. The letters are in an easy, lished by our English legislation, familiar style ; the remarks, in ge- are deemed laymen, while a Roman neral, we think important; and the Catholic priestwho renouncesPopery author has our thanks for his ser- is ackuowledged to be a clergyman, vices in a common cause. Many | the sentiments of the English Es will read this little volume, who tablislament are clearly avowed. would not peruse works of a larger The first of these “Letters” shews size; and we trust that they will the “occasion of their being written; read to good purpose. Though the the second is on
the importanco expensive form in which these Let- of the subject;" the third and fourth ters are printed will prevent their are on“ order and discipline;" and circulation to any great extent, yet they all contain many observations we doubt not they will be purchased which deserve attention. The fifth and read, where a tract of equal is on “the communion;" in this value but of meaner appearance Letter the objections to the mode of would never gain admittance, receiving the Lord's supper in the
Much pains is taken by church- Established Church are slightly men to persuade us how tolerant mentioned, but not so strongly and liberal the Establishment is. pressed as they might have been, Farbe it from us to say a single We are surprised that the worthy word against many worthy indivi- author did not say more on the adduals who inculcate this sentiment. | mission of communicants of various We are willing to hope, that they characters without discrimination, plead for the liberality of their which is a general objection to church, because they feel liheral every establishment, and particu, sentiments themselves. They are larly strong in the present instance, convinced of the injustice, the folly, Indeed this is one of the turning and the irreligion of persecution; points of the controversy. and therefore they believe, that the Our author observes, that ob church of which they are members, jections may be raised against the and to which they are attached, plans adopted by Dissenters as not cannot be less liberal than they are.
scriptural; for instance, against the Yet they plead for infant baptism mode of “ admitting members to on grounds which suppose that by communion by means of a declara- baptism they are either introduced tion of faith and experience.” He into some relation to the church, or replies, we think very fairly,—that that some covenant relation before the rules for discipline in the New existing is then openly recognized. Testament are chiefly outlines ;—that In consequence, they baptize first, a church has a right to expect some and then enquire, many years after, evidence of a person's faith; and whether those who were baptized, that the method in which this is and who have long bad some relabest obtained, is left as a matter of tion to the church, are believers, and expedience. Farther,—that when- ought to be admitted as churchever a church, consisting of a vo- members. Now this state of things, Juntary society of professed believ- which is the unavoidable conseers, perceives that it has adopted quence of infant baptism, is so difan objectionable plan, it is at perfect ferent from any thing described in liberty to alter it; but in an esta- the New Testament, and puts such blishment every thing is fixed, no a new face on the Christian church, change can be admitted on any con- that we are surprised candid and sideration whatever, but by the au- thoughtful men should not see how thority which gives being and ope- / greatly it differs from the original. ration to the whole system.
We must, however, state, that we The sixth letter is on “ Baptism;" have no reason for being offended in which our author makes many by anything which the worthy author pertinent observations on the ex- has said in his letter on baptism: pressions used--in the xxvii article we only show our opinion. of the church-in the Liturgy-and
Here we cannot help asking, in the Catechism. Of course, the What can be the reason that so few writer takes his own ground as a
defences of Nonconformity begin Pædobaptist; for so doing we do with the inquiry, Who ought to be not blame him; but we see, or think the members of the church of Christ, we see, that our sentiments give us and how ought they to be admitted? a decided advantage over him in For if this single question is anthe controversy with churcbmen. swered satisfactorily, everything
“ The doctrine of baptism, else can be arranged with ease. But as it may fairly be collected from we cannot now enter into the subthe Articles and Formularies of the ject; nor ought we, in a review, to church of England, forms in my trouble our readers with our own mind so strong a reason for dissent, speculations. that if there were no other, I must The seventh letter is on “ the enter a protest and say, We must Liturgy,” and contains a neat short obey God rather than man.” p. 71. view of the leading objections to an So say we. We go farther: we also appointed form of prayer. Our ausay, that the baptism of infants, on thor might have pressed the subject any of the theories on which it is much farther, but probably he would popularly defended, connects them say, this would have been inconsistwith the church by some species of ent with his intended brevity. membership. In the Establishment The two succeeding letters are on this is clearly avowed; and hence “ Edification;" and present the readthe church of England exhibits an cr with many excellent remarks. appearance, which is widely differ- When persons go from Dissenting ent from that of the church of Christ congregations to the Establishment, in its primitive condition. Our Pæ- for the professed purpose of edificadobaptist brethren do, in part, re- tion, except they are impelled by cognize a different system; they imperious necessity, they either de admit to communion those only clare, that they think the constituwho declare their faith in Jesus tion of the Christian church-its Christ, and consider them, till they view of the ordinances of the gospel bave professed their faith, as not, -its discipline—and the principles strictly speaking, church members. of its communion, are of no import