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friends; but, beside these, he had of them who, through faith and pas much anxiety arising from his con- tience, inherit the promises. nexion with the church of Christ.
Thos. THOMAS. The cause of God lay very near his Wem, May 20, 1818. heart, till the day of his death. The church in Shrewsbury was very low when he joined it.
He was patient and resigned to HARRIET SKELTON. the will of God in all bis afflictions. Of late years be suffered much, but his patience was very great; ho ne
Tothe Editors of the Baptist Magazine, ver uttered a murmuring word, but The following account of the young constantly said, the will of the Lord woman who wasexecuted on the 24th be done ; though he would add, “if of April last, in the Old Bailey, and I were to have my own will, I would whose case excited so much attenrather go than abide in the flesh.” tion, is submitted to your inspecHe triumphed 'over his enemies tion; and, if thought suitable, through the cross of Christ, and gave place is requested for it in your Ma. thanks unto God for victory, "He gazine. fought the good fight, he kept the faith, he finished bis course, He
Yours cordially, was strong in faith, waiting for the
C.T. MILEHAM. coming of the Lord Jesus; the Lord Highgate, June 9, 1818. was his helper, le raised him high out of the pit of corruption, he set February last, of uttering and
Harriet Skelton was convicted, in his feet upon the rock of ages,
and established bis goings. His hope of England notes. Her case hav
ing in her possession, forged Bank as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, entering in unta ing been mentioned in the public that which is within the veil.” The prints, and also in the House of Comenemy was not permitted to distress mons, as bard and pitiable; great his soul, nor did any fears beset him; exertions were made to obtain the
commutation of her sentence to his mind was calm and serene, even transportation for life, by Mrs. Fry, to the hour of bis death. Though the Ladies' Committee, Mr. Alderm. he was aware of the near approach Wood, Mr. Bennet, and others. His of his dissolution, and said he should Royal Highness the Duke of Gloube but a short time here, he had a full assurance to be soon with Jesus sester visited her on the Wednesday to see him as he is. He waited for previous to her execution, conversed the salvation of God with patience, and having made himself acquainted
with her for a considerable time, and longerl to be with Christ, be with the particulars of her case, procause he knew it would be far bet-mised to use his utmost efforts to ter. He looked forward with delight, and spoke with rapture of the
save her life. He waited upon the time when he should leave this trou- principal officers of the Bank, and blesome world, and all his enemies,
afterwards repaired to the seat of troubles, and afilictions; yea, his royalty itself. But all the efforts
made were ineffectual. “But when earthly tabernacle, and enter into the house not made with hands. He to use her own words, in a letter ta often said that,
Mrs. Fry) all mercy failed on earth, heaven denied it not.”. There is
ground to bope, that she died truly “ To dwell with God, and feel his love, penitent; not only on account of the Is all the heaven enjoy'd above; crime for which she suffered, but And the sweet expectation now,
also for her sins in general. The Is the young dawn of heaven below.!!
religious instruction she received
from Mrs. Fry and the Ladics' Com“ Mark the perfect man, and be- mittee, and some other persons who hold the upriglit, for the end of that visit the prisoners on Lord's day afman is peace.? Let us bę followers ternoons, under a divine blessing, Were the means of leading her, I the same; for without that fear we trust, to an acquaintance with her- can never do well, or live happy. self, and with the Saviour. I am “I have had great trials since my led to think so from the following confinement. I have, in the cell, circumstances.
had great struggles; as I was borne 1. She confessed her guilt, rela- down with the weight of my sin, tive to the crime of which she was fearing God would not forgive me, found guilty; and sincerely lament- but that is over. God in his mercy ed that it was not in her power to has heard me, and given me faith to make restitution to those whom she believe in lris only begotten Son, who had defrauded.
came juto the world to save sinners, 2. She also confessed and bewail- of whom I am the chief.--Oh, what ed herself as a sinner in the sight of a rock of rest!" God. To one of the friends already 5. She died as became a penitent referred to, she stated that she criminal. Mr. Fuller has remarked, thought all the sins she had ever that “the boasting language so comcommitted were brought to her re- mon ainong convicts who profess to membrance, and were a great weight repent and believe the gospel, in our indeed upon her mind.
times, has caused some to ask, 3. She often expressed to me, in “ whether the gallows was not the affecting terms, the deep regret she surest way to heaven?” There was felt for her neglect of the religious no ground for this remark, with readmonitions she had received a few ference to H. Skelton: the disgrace years ago. “ Oh, had I taken your of an ignominious end she deeply counsels, what distress, disgrace, felt, and could scarce bear up under and misery should I have escaped !” | the thoughts of it. She conducted was her frequent exclamation. herself, in her last moments, with the
Let those in early life, and who utmost decorum; and, as far as the are favoured with religious counsel- agitation of her mind, in such afflictlors, mark this.
ing circumstances, would permit,
manifested deep contrition and fera 'Twill save us from a thousand snares
vent devotion. The last words she To mind religion young."
uttered were those that best became
her, “ God be merciful to me, a 4. Her repentance towards God sinner.” May we not say, was accompanied, I trust, with faith this a brand plucked out of tho fire?" in our Lord Jesus Christ. An extract of a letter to a person who had the charge of her for some time after her mother's death, affords, I think,
MARY HOUSE. pleasing evidence of this, in addition to the satisfaction wbich I received MARY House, the subject of this from her own lips.
memoir, was born in the parish of
South Huish, four miles from Kings“ Condemned Cell of Newgate, bridge, Devon. Her parents were April 22, 1818. respectable, occupying their own
estate; and, being members of the “It grieves me much to write to you established church, and steadily aton this solemn occasion, but it is a tached to its forms of worship, edumercy I have been brought to a cated their children in the same clear sight of that Saviour that alone attachment. But when, about 18 can give me rest. Oh, that I had years of age, she and a younger sisseen him before; but, thanks to the ter were induced to attend on the Almighty, it has not been too late, preaching of some Baptist ministers though very late.
from Kingsbridge, who had, for seve.“ have had great assistance in the ral years, occasionally preached the spiritual way, and that is better than gospel in that neighbourhood; they all the riches of the earth.
heard with attention, and were to live in the fear of pleased and affected with the plainGod, and bring up her children in ness and simplicity of the worsliip;
“ Is not
and the impressive manner of the dismissed to the church in Kings preachers. The truths they now bridge, and gladly received by them; heard were such as they had not she still persevered in her Christian been aocustomed to hear in their course, walking in the ways of plean parish church; but their attention santness, and the paths of peace. La
so engaged, that they went December, 1807, she became the again and again; and the more they wife of Mr. Philip House, pastor of heard, the more their minds were the Baptist church in Ashburton, affected, the Lord having opened and was received a member of that their hearts to attend to the things church by a letter of dismission from that were spoken by bis servants, so Kingsbridge, that they could no longer with satis- On May 27, 1817, she had a faction attend at the established violent attack of a painful and charch, where the distinguishing and fatal disorder; her speech alterfundamental doctrines of the gospel ed, and she appeared near death, were not exhibited.
but by immediate assistance she But, as the opportunities they had obtained temporary relief; but of hearing the gospel in the villages soon after she had an
apowere not very frequent, the earnest plectic fit, which rendered her desires of their souls were not satis- speechless, and almost insensible. fied, and they determined to attend She continued in this state, with in Kingsbridge, where the gospel some intervals of relief and senwas regularly preached; and, not- sibility, several months. A few withstanding the distance, they at- days before her death, she spoke tended with constancy and pleasure. very distinctly these words: .“ Lord To the honour of their parents it Jesuş, into thy hands I commit my should be mentioned, that though spirit-glory, glory, glory.” These undoubtedly they would have pre- were her last words; and though ferred their remaining in the estab- she afterwards attempted to speak, lishment with them; yet, knowing she was unable to articulate. And that the consciences of their children on the 29th of November, 1817, she were sacred to God and themselves, breathed her last, in the 57th year and being persuaded that their of her age; thus finishing all the daughters' motives were pure, their trials and aftlictions of life, and the minds were satisfied; and they ma-exercises, doubts, and fears of 38 nifested so much good sense and years devotedness to the service of liberality, as never to lay any impe- God; 34 years of which she contidiments in their way, but rather as- nued in union, peace, and harmony sisted them in the accomplishment with the church of God in the wil of their desires.
derness: and, we doubt not, she is The subject of this memoir ac- entered into the everlasting joy and knowledged, on her death-bed, this glory of the Lord. kindness of her parents with grati- On Dec. 3, she was buried.at Pen, tude and praise to God.
near Kingsbridge. Mr. Nicholson Mrs. House was baptized on the spoke at the grave; and Mr. Sprague 30th of August, 1783, with three of Bovey preached her funeral serothers, who were the first baptized mon, from 1 Cor. v. 1-5. by Mr. Penn, this being about two months after his ordination; and continued a member of the church in Kingsbridge, with a conversation ANN HEADDING. becoming the gospel, and adorning the doctrine of God our Saviour, till On Thursday, June 19, 1817, died February, 1800 ; when she was dis- Mrs. Ann Headding, of Bourn, in missed to the church, meeting in the countyof Cambridge, wife of Mr. Pernbroke-street, Plymouth-dock, Wm. Headding, of Bourn, Farmer; then under the pastoral care of Mr. and daughter of Mr. Osborn, late of (now Dr.) Steadman.
Willingham, and who was many Removing her residence from years a much-respected member and Dook to Kingsbridge, she was again deacon in that church. Mrs. Head
ding had been an honourable member constancy at the house of God beof the church of Christ at Gransden, came a proverb; and it was as much for 19 years. She was a pious and in- expected that she should be there, telligent woman,possessing a general as that there should be a minister to knowledge of human nature, and a preach. During the last two or deep sense of her own depravity. three years of her life, her end was She was not in the habit of speaking kept in view. Her conversation much of her own exercise of mind; commonly turned upon the subject but when this was the case, it was of her decease, and she became anxmost commonly evident, that she ious that the Lord would prepare laboured under many doubts and and call her home: as she was weary fears about her own interest in the of, and emptied of love to the world. Lord Jesus Christ. She had passed As her end drew nearer, her hopes through many and great trials, but became brighter; her“outward man" it was remarkable how diligent and became weaker, but the “ inward how constant she was at the house man” waxed stronger and strongers of God; though her distance was The Lord favoured her to partako across the country some miles, and of the ordinance of the supper the bad roads, extremely difficult for a last sabbath she was at his house ; person in years to travel. Her heart when it appeared she was much afwas in the service of God and at his fected, and said she should not be house, and she brought her poor af- | long here. flicted body afterwards to present as She took her farewell of her a living sacrifice. Till the last two friends; and that day being her last sabbaths of her life, she came to that she spent among her Christian God's house; though then in the friends, she returned home with dif 71st year of her age, riding a single ficulty, through great weakness. horse, when she appeared like a sha- Nature was breaking up. She condow indeed! Her friends consider-tinued, however, to sit up, till the ing her distance, weakness, and last few days, when she retired to age, urged the necessity of her stay- rise not, till the heavens are no more. ing at home, fearing some accident -The ord was pleased to indulge might attend her on her journey, as her much. Upon visiting her on she had not sufficient strength to the evening of the Lord's day preguide the horse; which, however, vious to her dissolution, she told me had been so long accustomed to the she had heard the text, and how road, that the horse brought her much the words had been to her for with the greatest safety, through the some days past: indeed it was well kindness of divine Providence, on known by many, that she had felt which she was taught to rely. But much of the painful part of the text, her reply was, that her sabbaths 1 Sam. xxiii. 5, “My house is not were her best days; and she never sỌ with God.” So far was her grief perceived that she took any cold, or and sorrow. received any injury, from the air or But," says she," he has made, ah! exercise on the Lord's day; though made with me; I never could say it it is well known in the neighbour was with me till now, But he has hood, that, during the week, it has made with me an everlasting coyebeen attended with great difficulty nant, ordered in all things, and sure. for her to pass from one room to an- Its blessings," added she, other! Her coming to meeting at- mino: it is well ordered. tracted the attention of many to as- leave all and every thing from this tonishment; some saying she would consoling thought. Oh the grace, die on her journey; others, that the sovereign and free grace of God though they made no account of re- to me." That passage in Gen. xv. 1, ligion themselves, yet they believed, appeared much to support her, “Fcar from her example, as frequent read- not, I am thy shield, and thy ex. ing the scriptures,occasionally speak- ceeding great reward." On this ing on the subject of religion, that she dwelt with a divine triumph : if there was a reality in religion, she Eccceding and great reward, and must undoubtedly possess it! Her all my fears," says she, " are gone.
I need not fear, my God bas told me my soul is happy. I think, I long for so; what can hurt me, he is my my dear Jesus, my precious Jesus: shield.”
I know that my Redeemer liveth; The Lord favoured her with much there is no condemnation, no scpa. of bis presence, and though her af- ration." Sometimes she would say, diction was severe, yet she found so My pains ate great;" but then much comfort from that passage: would chide herself, and say, "what 2 Cor. xii. 9, “My grace is sufficient did my dear Lord suffer and endure for you.” In this she was made to for me? what's my suffering ? Ol, triumph with an holy joy, express- nothing, nothing. I shall see him, ing “she thought she had seen a his wounded hands and side; I shall beauty, and felt a pleasure, from the praise him for ever, for ever. text before; (it being blest to her almost at home now; do not weep when first labouring under concern for me, be glad, I am going home to of soul) but now," to use her own see my Christian friends, to see my words," the abundance of grace; dear Lord Jesus!" With but short it is sufficient, oh what a mercy, for intervals, she enjoyed, to the last, all I am to suffer, to help to bear, the most unshaken hope and confifor all I can want, to render medence of her safe and happy arrival bappy, to save me for ever!" upon to her heavenly Father's kingdom. which she dwelt with a peculiar em- How wonderful are the ways of phasis. “ Christ,” says she, “ is God: though all her life time subject precious to my soul.” ' Her chamber to great fears and doubts, she leaves appeared next door to heaven. “I them long before she leaves the now can,” says she, see my dear world! Thus died, much respected Lord, my precious Jesus.” One of in the neighbourhood by churchmen her children, hearing her expressing and dissenters, lamented and beherself with such an air of triumpli, loved by her friends, the subject of and knowing her to labour with so this short memoir, in the 71st year many doubts and fears before, said, of her age. How calm her exit! “ Sure my dear mother is not mis- night-dews fall not more gently to taken.” Upon which being spoken, the ground, nor weary worn though in a low tone of voice to one winds expire so soft.' High in her that stood by, she heard and said, faith and hope, she reached af“ Mistaken, no! I have had my ter the prize in view; and, like a fears, but they are all removed; Í bird that is hampered, struggles to have now no doubts nor fears, now get loose."
A Letter addressed to His Royaltiers of King Henry VIII, for having
Highness the Prince Regent ; oc, exposed, in a sermon, the abounding casioned by the Death of Her Royal vices of tho court and the country Highness the Princess Charlotte of at that corrupt period. The king Wales, of the Church of England, having been informed of this sermon, &c. &c. By a Clergyman. Seeley. commanded that Latimer should
The style and spirit of this letter preach in his presence, and retract reminded us strongly of an anecdote what he had before uttered. Latiwhich is told of Bishop Hugh Lati
mer attended to the royal message, mer, justly celebrated for kris plain and thus introduced his sermon: and faithful preaching at the period
Remember, Hugh, that thou art of the English Reformation. It is in the presence of thy sovereign, said, that the good bishop had given that hath power to bring thee to great offence to some of the cour-prisou aud to death; but, theu, recol