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WESLEYAN METHODIST ASSOCIATION
MEMOIR OF THE LATE MRS. JANE RUTHERFORD.
By Mr. Robert Rutherford.
JANE, the beloved wife of the Rev. D. Rutherford, was born of respectable parents, at Edinburgh, in November, 1812, and was the only child of her parents. From her earliest days she was favoured with religious instruction, which was enforced by the exemplary Christian conduct, and fervent, ceaseless prayers of her truly affectionate and deeply pious father ; who was one of the excellent of the earth. This course of early training produced in her the most salutary effect, -it restrained her from indulging in the numerous follies and vices of youth, and gave to her mind a high tone of moral feeling, and a scrupulous desire to regulate her conduct according to the strictest moral principles. Being from her childhood regularly led to the sanctuary, her admiration of, and attachment to, the tabernacle of God grew with her growth, and strengthened with her st
!; and although for some years she only possessed the restraining grace of God, by which she was kept from indulging in sinful practices, yet such was her love for the sanctuary that she would frequently exclaim
“ How pleasant, how divinely fair,
O Lord of hosts, thy dwellings are."
Under the faithful proclamations of the Divine will by the Wesleyan ministry, her heart at length, like the heart of Lydia, was gently opened, and her mind gradually enlightened, to discern the true nature of the Christian religion in its experimental and practical power. Regarding it as her duty to unite herself more closely with the people of God, and conscious that it was a most inestimable privilege to share
in the communion of saints, she, in the year 1830, joined the Wesleyan Methodist Society; and continued to be a consistent member of that church, until, from principle, she felt compelled to unite herself with the Wesleyan Methodist Association, of which she remained a steady and consistent member, until raised from the toils and sufferings of the church militant, to the joys and glories of the church triumphant.
Although she was the subject of an evident change of heart, and had received the pardoning grace of God, yet she could not refer with accuracy to the time when, and the place where, she received the pardon of sins and the Spirit of adoption. However, the reality of the divine change wrought in her was most strikingly displayed in her steadfast and scrupulous adherence to Christian principles, her ardent love to, and pleasure in, the means of grace, which became a source not only of admiration, but real spiritual profit, her love to all the saints, and utter detestation of all dissimulation.
Naturally possessing a melancholy and desponding disposition, her joy partook not of an extatic character. Her mental constitution frequently exerted a lessening influence on her spiritual enjoyments, and excited in her such an amount of anxiety, lest she should be found deceiving herself, that the time of her sojourning was passed, most emphatically, in fear. Her rejoicing was mingled with trembling to an extent, as was uncomfortable to herself, and to some persons, possessing a less tender conscience, highly unaccountable.
For some weeks prior to her death, she entertained a strong presentiment of her approaching dissolution, under the influence of which impression, her deep humility, her exemplary deadness to the world, her anxiety to be fully prepared for her Master's coming, became daily and increasingly evident. She dreaded not the consequences of death, knowing, that when absent from the body, she should be present with the Lord, which she regarded as bliss to be infinitely desired. She was assured of obtaining a victory over death and the grave; yet she feared the pains of dissolution, the conflict with her final foe.
On Tuesday, October 16th, 1843, she complained a little of illness, but strove to bear up under it. On the following day she was confined to her bed. Medical advice ing obtained, she was pronounced to be suffering under a severe attack of typhus fever. The fever continued to prey upon her system with alarming rapidity and force. The third night prior to her dissolution, she was asked, • Can you now confide in God?' To which she replied, “yes, all I want is every moment a sense of his pardoning love.' Shortly afterwards she became insensible; in which state she remained until her death. Her strength gradually declined, and the symptoms of her disease became increasingly alarming ; until the 27th of October, when, without a lingering groan, her spirit forsook its prison of clay, and was gently wafted home to God. Her mortal remains were committed to the dust in the Cemetry adjoining the Wesleyan Methodist Association Chapel in Bury. The Rev. J. Molineux, of Manchester, and the Rev. J. W. Gilchrist, of Hull, conducted the funeral service in a most solemn and impressive