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30 or 40 years more, God can keep JANE LAYCOCK was born at you from sin, and take you to heaUpper-Shaw-Booth, near Ludden- ven as well then as now: do not den, in the parish of Halifax, June dispute him, he is faithful.” She 30, (0.S.) 1737. Her parents, was soon after led to rejoice in the William and Sarah Davison, were hope, that he who had begun a good regular, attendants on the ministry of work, would also perfect it. the Rev. Mr. Smith, of Mixcnden- In 1772, Jane was married to chapel. Jane considered her parents Jonas Laycock; and continued his as possessed of true piety. When wife for sixteen years. During this her father lay on his death-bed, Mr. period of her life, this good woman Smith observed to him, “ I have not resided at Heaton, near Bradford, a more upright Christian comes into and with her husband constantly my chapel." To this Mr. Davison attended on the public ministrations replied, “ I fear you have not a of the Rev. W. Crabtree. The lagreater hypocrite." These fears bours of this holy man of God were were, by all who knew him, consi- rendered of lasting profit to her dered as groundless : but the best mind. These years of her life were of men have their fears. Jane was, spent in great conjugal happiness; at an early age, instructed by her but in the year 1788, a painful proparents to maintain an inviolable vidence bereaved her of her hus. regard to truth. This preserved her band, and she was left a widow, from many of the extravagancies of After having spent thirteen years in youth. In her youth, our friend was her widowhood state, she was again warmly impressed with the worth of married in 1801, to a person of the her soul, under the ministry of that same name as her former husband, indefatigable labourer in the Lord's Jonas Laycock. Perhaps the piety vineyard, the Rev. G. Whitfield; of our late friend never appeared she also attended regularly on the more evidently in exercise than now, ministry of the Rev. W. Grimshaw, For many years her latter husband of Haworth. These apostolic men, was entirely deprived of his sight, Jane heard at every opportunity: and was not a little fretful in his she was diligent, serious, and exem- situation; but by attentions the plary in all her conduct. In 1769, most assiduous, Jane strove to she lived with Mr. Thomas Hill, of smooth his asperities, to cheer his Wilsdon-Hill: at this period it solitude, and to alleviate his bur, pleased God to visit her with an dens. Humble, obliging, courteous, alarming affliction. Her hopes, and gentle, she watched over her which it appears rested upon her partner with the tenderest care; own good works, now all forsook spent the little she had collected her, and fled. She thought death whilst a widow, on his support, and was at hand, and had no doubt but cheerfully laboured to prevent his her soul would be lost for ever. All necessities. Prior to this period, was dark as darkness itself; but it Jane and her husband had become pleased her heavenly Father to lead residents at Shipley, near Bradford, her to the Lamb of God. Her own At the Baptist chapel in this village vileness was clearly discovered, and she constantly attended; and in a a sight of the Saviour from sin was few years after her second marriage, unspeakably precious.
was again left a widow. But became concerned at the apprehen- though a widow, and in great posions of recovery, lest she should verty, her mildness of temper, and again return to folly. Mrs. Hill re- godly simplicity, procured so many lieved her anxious mind by obser- friends, that her wants were supa
plied abnndantly, and all the com- | Lord's-day afternoon, November 16, forts of life freely imparted. The to an auditory truly impressed that writer of this paper could mention, an exemplary Christian was were he not expressly forbidden, by moved from to her Father's the modest benevolence which co- kingdom. vets concealment, instances of atten- Shipley.
J. M. tion and profuse kindness to this poor woman, of a pleasing kind. In the year 1816, our aged friend
SARAH TITLEY. first expressed her strong desire to become a member of the Baptist SARAH TITLEY, of Bradford, church at Shipley. At the proposal, Yorkshire, died on the 23d of July, the pastor of that church hesitated: having entered the twelfth year of Jane was in her 80th year, so feeble her age. She was a child of great as to be almost incapable of standing simplicity and thoughtfulness, com, alone, and on the brink of the grave. bined with what was amiable and The good woman saw bis hesitation, engaging ; and when about eight and rebuked his timidity by the fol
years of age, she discovered evident lowing remarkable words, Are
iraces of a mind deeply impressed jou afraid that I should die in the with a sense of the reality and imwater? If I should do so, I shall portance of divine things. She read be as near heaven there as on my such pious books as were suited to bed; and, surely, it cannot be un
her years, such as Bunyan's Pilhappy to die in the way of duty! I
grim's Progress, Janeway's Token mast be baptized : unless you will for Children, and Rowland Hill's not baptize me; it is my duty to fol- Village Dialogues with great attenJow my Lord!” Accordingly she tion, but manifested a still greater was baptized, August 9, 1816. To delight in ber Bible than in any of ber this was a day of triumph; them, often repeating that line of a though weighed down with infirmi- hymn she had been taughtties, she rejoiced in the God of her
« Precious Bible! what a treasure !"* salvation. Her mind, however, was not always serene; she had fears, She often expressed to her mother and sometimes mourned in dark- her fears that her soul would be ness: yet for more than a year she gathered with sinners, and wished maintained this contlict in hope; to know whether Jesus Christ would but in September, 1817, she was save her; and on being told that he finally released from all her fears, came into the world to save sinners, and was never after harassed by and would save all that saw their them. She then remarked, “I be- need, and who applied to him for lieve God has given me true faith; salvation, the information gave and that he will never leave me, nor her great satisfaction. She disa forsake me. I am also persuaded, covered a strong and increasing athe will never suffer my mind to be tachment to godly people, and was beclouded again, but will keop me particularly fond of an aged memto the end. He has done much ber of the church to which her for me, both for soul and body; I parents belong. am truly thankful! Oh what friends From this period to the comHave I had : how am I blessed! I mencement of her illness she conhave done nothing in word, or in tinued to give proofs of the same deed, that can recommend me to pious temper, while she discovered God. 1. am a poor sinner, but I no traces whatever of affectation or trust in the Lord Jesus: he alone is singularity in her general deportmy hope, my only Saviour, and my ment, except what lay in a serious portion. Thus lived, and thus died, guard against whatever was evil. Jane Laycock, November 4, 1817. She was an attentive hearer of the Genuine' piety made ber happy in word, and when any thing was ads affliction, honourable in poverty, and vanced by the preacher particularly triumphant in death. Her pastor suited to her age and circumstances, preached her funeral sermon on it seldom failed to make a manifest
and deep impression upon her mind. he never, never will! Jesus lovos This was especially the case under poor Sarah. I long to be with him a sermon delivered by Dr. Stead- to be found one of his lambs" (alman a few weeks before her illness, luding to the sermon above-menfrom John, xxi. 15, “ Feed my tioned). She continued to discover lambs.” On her return from the a strong attachment to the house of house of God she expressed it as her God, often repeating the words of great concern and her humble hope David, “ I would rather be a doorto be found among the lambs of keeper in the house of God, than Christ's flock, and with them to dwell in the tents of wickedness, share in his constant and kind adding frequently, or in a king's attention.
palace." Her mind was much ocWhen her illness commenced and cupied with the thoughts of heaven became threatening, she expressed and the hope of going thither, as no wish to get better. Being asked was evident from many expressions how she felt in her mind, after that dropped from her. After drinkmuch deliberation she replied with ing a little water she said, “I shall tears—“ I fear I am not right; but soon drink of that water that springI beg of the Lord to give me a new eth up unto everlasting life.” Being heart.” And that text of scripture asked if her eyes wero dim, she gave her great encouragement smiled, and said in reply-" I shall “ Come unto me all ye that labour soon and are heavy laden, and I will
* See the Canaan that I love give you rest." On hearing it re- With unbeclouded eyes." peated she once addod, . And him that cometh unto me, I will in no She often spoke of the sufferings wise cast out.' I long to go
of her dear Jesus, as she delighted Jesus, and to be with him." Those to call him, admiring the love he words, also, were frequently re- manifested, and expressing her surpeated by her—“Suffer little chil. prise at the evil treatment ho eudren to come unto me, and forbid dured. She was patient under her them not."
pain, which at times was very seShe was visited during the whole vere. On her mother's telling her of her illness by the pious aged that she was pained to see her suffer member of the church above-men- so much, she replied, “ You know, tioned, whom she constantly re- mother, that whom the Lord loveth quested to pray with her; and, he chasteneth :" and added, “ Those upon her departure, would repeat are they that come out of great trithe request, saying, to use her own bulation, and have washed their language, “ Matty, pray for me.” robes, and made them white in the
As her illness increased, it be- blood of the Lamb. I shall never came still more manifest that her be weary when I get to Ireaven;" whole desire was to go to Jesus; repeating that verse of Dr. Watts but she often expressed a desire to he more fully assured that Jesus
“ There on a green and flowery mount, loved her. On that text being re
My weary soul shall sit;
And with transporting joys recount peated—“I love them that love
The labours of my feet.” me," she exclaimed—“I believe that Jesus Christ loves poor Sarah. Being told that the next Saturday I long to go to Jesus. If I had a would be her birth-day, she replied, thousand tongues, they should all “ Yes, I know it. I hope to spend be employed in .praising him.” At it with my dear Jesus; where there another time she repeated with will be no bead-aches, no sorrow, much energy those lines,
no sin.” She often expressed her
self in the words of the 23d Psalm“ Jesus, my God, I know his name;
“ Yea, though I walk through the His name is all my trust : Nor will he put my soul to shame,
valley of the shadow of death, I will Nor let my hopes be lost.”
fear no evil, for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort adding, with much animation,“ No, me." In the course of her illness,
she wished her eldest brother to expected, received a religious edacome to her bed-side, and entreated cation, and was always moral and him to read his Bible, and to pray sober; and though subject to the to God that he might be one of his common follies of youth, was kept dear children, and to look, as she from any gross acts of immorality. expressed it, what an afflicted state When a divine change was wrought she was brought into. She uni- in him, it was more imperceptible formly discovered a very strong at than in cases attended with great tachment to good people : and, as distress and horror which some ex. a striking proof of this, she, in the perience. This occasioned at times early part of her illness, made it her some painful doubts respecting the request, that if she should not re- reality of his religion. He was bapcover, her money which she had in tized January 12, 1781. It is so her possession should be given to long time since, that I cannot reChrist's poor, and would not be member the particulars of the exsatisfied until she bad obtained a perience he delivered before the promise in the affirmative. It is church, but he was not subject to scarcely necessary to say, that her great distress or depression of mind request was punctually complied on a religious account, nor favoured with. A few days previous to her with those assurances and elevadeath she was seized with a deli- tions of mind which some of the rium, which not only interrupted children of God express; but was the exercise of reason, but nearly in general in an even steady state took away her speech. But even of mind, relying on the free sovethen, at intervals, made it evident reign grace of God, through the to lier mother, that notwithstanding person, blood, and righteousness of the severity of her sufferings, her Christ. mind was tranquil and happy. As to his religious sentiments, Many other expressions were uttered they were what is commonly called by her during her illness, but the Calvinistic; and as a speculative above are selected as a specimen, man, he was in some things rather as they may be useful to such as particular, but was a strenuous ad. shall peruse this account; and in vocate for free inquiry, and exeraddition to the many others equally cised great candour and liberality satisfactory, they furnish evidence towards those who differed from to her bereaved parents, that though him, and was a firm friend to civil torn from their embrace, and re- and religious liberty. moved in early life, she is removed He was a rare instance of filling to a better world ; and though they up the various relations of life as a bave followed her cold remains to son, busband, father, brother, and the grave with weeping eyes and friend, being affectionate, tender, aching hearts, yet they have this kind, and faithful. As a neighbour, consolation, that according to the he conducted himself in such a tenor of those words uttered by our manner as to engage general regracious Redeemer over the corpse spect and esteem from people of all of the daughter of Jairus, which descriptions; was always ready to words were improved on occasion exercise kindness to all; and to of her death- “ The damsel is not the poor in particular, who looked dead, but sleepeth.”
up to him as their friend to settle their differences, and to assist them
in various ways, which he was alMR. DUNTON.
ways ready and exerted himself to
do;, and those high in life treated Mr. Joseph DUNTON was born him with marked respect. åt Bedford, November 1, 1755, of man of business, the strictest hopious parents, and descended from nesty and integrity marked his chapious ancestors: his venerable fa- racter; which, together with his ther was about sixty years a mem- uniform good nature aud pleasant ber of the church at Southill in this temper, procared him that portion county. Mr. Danton, as might be of esteem he so well deserved,
His capacity and information were the night of Lord's-day, Oct. 12, certainly above the common stan- 1817, aged sixty-two. dard. I am aware that much of Thus my valued and much rethe foregoing might be the fruits of spected friend lived beloved, and the gifts of Nature, but in him they died lamented, as was manifest by were, I trust, sanctified by the the abundant sorrow that was exa grace of God.
pressed at his funeral, by those who He passed through a long and testified that he was the most usepainful affliction of the dropsy: dur- ful individual they had ever known ing which he used to say, “ I feel in that neighbourhood. myself à poor, guilty, miserable Bedford.
M. M. sinner, and depend wholly on Christ for salvation;" with those expressions “God be merciful to me
MRS. M. A. COULTART. sinner”_"Save, Lord, or I perish.” Thus he lived, and thus he died: and during his long and heavy af- This holy, humble, and devoted fliction he was remarkably calm follower of the Redeemer, the wife and composed; not a murmur és- of the Rev. James Coultart, Baptist caped his lips, but was cheerfully missionary in the West Indies, resigned to the sovereign will of finished her mortal course on the God to the last. To which I may 8th of October, 1817, in the island add, “ Mark the upright, for the of Jamaica, whither she had accomend of that man is peace.” It is panied her husband but a few remarkable, that he often expressed months before for the express purhis dread of dying, and his heavenly pose of making known among the Father was pleased to prevent ail heathen the "unsearchable riches his fears, for he died while asleep, of Christ."-Some further particuwithout a groan or struggle, late in lars may be expected in our next.
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stances so favourable for the acThere is a subordinate sense, quisition of knowledge, they rethough by no means an unimportant main ignorant of almost every thing. one, in which it may be said to the which is worth knowing, there will young people of this highly-favoured be nothing to alleviate their comisle, Blessed are your eyes, for they fortless situation in old age, when see, and your ears, for they hear, they will find themselves destitute what has not been seen or heard in of those sources of rational enjoya any other country, nor witnessed at ment, and mental satisfaction, any former time, even in this happy which, by diligently attending to land. We refer to the unprecedent- those means of instruction which ed exertions which are made, and they possessed in early life, they the innumerable, and still-increas- might have secured. How pitiable ! ing, facilities which are adopted, for How deplorable to beg in winter! VOL, X