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As we looked down on the parish church, he stated the traditions of the country concerning the Druids and the Papists, who formerly worshipped near.

On Tuesday 24th, rode through this district of vil. Jages filled with manufacturers, four miles to Sawerby. There I spent the day with a warm-hearted Christian brother and his wife, and, our Church Missionary-meeting over, walked to H. along with the Secretary. Wednesday, rode in a chaise from our friend's door in Halifax, to a namesake's, adjoining Huddersfield. This gentleman is a most amiable Christian. His house beautifully situated amidst elegant grounds, tastefully laid out. A large gothic church, built by him, is not far from his house. His brother-in-law, Whitaker, has erected another church, a mile and a half distant. In the evening, held our Missionary-meeting at H. Thursday, went in a chaise to Hanley, four miles, where a clergyman, lately a naval officer, presided. Friday, rode eight miles to Liversedge, and attended a meeting: in the evening of the same day another, near Huddersfield, at Mr. W.'s new church, where another military officer from the army now is ordained and officiates. Met a minister of the Protestant Episcopal Church, Mr. Raynold's, of Maryland, originally from this neighbourhood. Am delighted at finding so many spiritual, evangelical minis. ters all over this country. My time passes most pleasantly, and my health is improving. My"

The Journal closes thus abruptly. I have not been able to find any thing further among my brother's papers, in a journal form. A passing regret may cross our bosoms, but it is all right; the Lord our Heavenly Father has ordered all for the best.

I rejoice, with adoring gratitude, that we have been kindly favoured with so full an account of his movements, and especially that such continued and satisfactory evidence

arises, at almost every turn of his path, of the genuine work of piety in his soul. In fact, it appears as if a gracious Providence conducted him from those scenes of painful excitement and effort, which almost overwhelmed his soul; and placed him in the midst of that peaceful calm, where nature and art combine all their loveliness, and invite to serene enjoyment, in order that he might be enabled more satisfactorily to dress his soul for the skies. Blessed be God, the golden opportunity was not afforded him in vain. We behold the mind unfolding its strength, the fancy playing in the sun-beams of nature, and the affections fastening themselves more securely on the Heaven of Heavens: yea, we see the sinner in the dust of self abasement; panting after the Holy Spirit and the glory of God :-We behold the anxious solicitude of a parent and husband reaching forth for health, but every feeling resolved into the good pleasure of the Lord. Though in many respects a conflict was carried on in his bosom, yet, by the grace of his blessed Redeemer, see his new man triumphing in every conflict, with the glorious assurance, The good Lord reigneth.Oh! do we not discover, in this my brother's closing experience, the cheering declaration verified, Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is staid on thee; because he trusteth in thee ?May all who read, be therefore encouraged to “ Trust in the Lord for ever ; for in the Lord Jezovan is everlasting strength.”—Isaiah, xxvi. Amen.

CHAPTER XXVIII.

EXTRACTS FROM HIS ADDRESSES BEFORE THE BENEVOLENT

SOCIETIES OF ENGLAND.--EXTRACTS FROM HIS

CLOSING

CORRESPONDENCE.

Anxious to present as full an account as possible, of the closing labours of my brother in the cause of the blessed Redeemer, I arranged considerable extracts from some of his addresses at the anniversary meetings of the Benevolent Societies of England. As, however, this volume is so unexpectedly increasing before me, I am constrained to omit a large proportion.

The following is retained as illustrating his manner; as recording important facts, and unfolding his sentiments and devotion in the cause of the Gospel.

In the English paper entitled “The Record,” of May 9th, is given an imperfect account of his address before the British and Foreign Bible Society. They represent him as saying—

“ Some time ago, in the interior of New York, it was thought desirable that every family in the state of New. York should have a copy of the Bible. A resolution was passed to supply every destitute family with a copy, and that resolution was carried into effect. In New-Jersey, a similar resolution was carried into complete effect. In Philadelphia, the same resolution was adopted for the State of Pennsylvania, and the great work was in progress. The venerable Bishop, the last of those who had been ordained in England for the Episcopal Church of America, was the

President of this Society. Resolutions, similar to that he had stated, were taken, year after year, and by state after state, until it embraces those states containing a majority of the inhabitants of the United States; and he believed before long it would embrace the whole of the United States. In the city of Philadelphia, the destitute families were supplied with Bibles, in about six weeks. The resolution was taken about the middle of January, and about the first of March the work was done, and easily done. The young men divided themselves into sub-committees, and when the work in hand was finished, they inquired whether there was any thing else to be done, and actually formed themselves into an association, for co-operating with the Society for distributing the Word of God in South America. This he called a new æra, and he was sure the Society would hear with delight what they were enabled to do in America. Might they not divide the world between them. It was a bold thought, but he conceived not impracticable. England had its peculiarities, and so had America ; but here they had but one object, and those he addressed he was sure would bless God for what they heard. There was enough to require the exertions of the friends of the Gospel, in both countries. In the voice of a stran. ger he might be allowed to say, "Go on, Christ is your Captain ; on your sword his name is written. Go on, until the kingdoms of the world are kingdoms of the Lord.' A cloud of witnesses surveyed them from above and cried, • Onward.'

“ From Greenland's icy mountains,

From India's coral strand,
Where Afric's sunny

fountains
Roll down their golden sand;
From many an ancient river,

From many a palmy plain,
They call us to deliver

Their land from error's chain.

Shall we, whose souls are lighted,

By wisdom from on high,-
Shall we to men benighted,

The lamp of life deny ?

Salvation ! oh salvation!

The joyful sound proclaim-
Till each remotest nation

Has learnt Messiah's name;
Till o'er our ransom'd nature

The Lamb for sinners slain,
Redeemer, King, Creator,

In bliss returns to reign.” In conclusion, he observed, that he had at first addressed the Chairman by the simple title of Mr. President. That title he had chosen, not only because it was more suitable to the habits of the country from which he came, but because he thought the title of President of the British and Foreign Bible Society was the most honourable he could address him by, or that it was possible to bestow on him."

Another paper, “ The World,” in giving an account of the same meeting, puts the following in my brother's mouth:

“ There was a period when it would have been a modern phenomenon to see dignified lay members of the Church uniting with dissenting ministers in promoting a common object. But, thanks be to God, this was no longer a phenomenon. Through the British and Foreign Bible Society, a moral change had been produced.

Who could see the spirit exhibited to-day, without exclaiming, How good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! He hoped this feeling would increase more and more, till the armies of Immanuel should no more be divided, but should all be united in one common bond, to obtain one common object; namely, the conversion of the whole world to the Christian faith. Mr. A. then gave a detailed account of the Auxiliary Societies, formed in dif.

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