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church and congregation into their new of flowers and shrubs with the graves of the place of worship. Mr. Wilkin, who occu- departed, tends so much to relieve the sadpied the chair, briefly traced the rise and ness of the scene. Devout men carried an progress of the cause, showing the great old disciple to his burial, and made great necessity for the promulgation of the Gos- lamentation over him. vel in the large and rapidly increasing In addition to bereaved relatives and neighbourhood. The report of the Sun immediate connections of the deceased, the day-school was presented by Mr. Coles. procession consisted of a goodly number of Addresses were delivered by the Revs. Dr. citizens, and especially of a large body of Price, of Aberdare; E. Parker, of Fars- superintendents and teachers from the difley, Yorkshire; J. Stock, of Devonport; ferent Sunday-Schools of the Lincoln Union. W. Norton, of Egham; C. Woollacott, and On the ground itself many of the inhabitants W. Trotman. On Sunday, April 24th, had assembled, and among them appeared two sermons were preached by the Rey. not only Nonconformist ministers, but also David Wassell, of Bath.

the large-hearted and liberal-minded rector WINSLOW, Bucks. — The foundation

of a neighbouring village. And all this to stone of a new Baptist chapel was laid at

attend to their last resting place the reWinslow on Tuesday, May 3rd, by H.

mains of the Senior Deacon of the Mint Kelsall, Esq.; the Rev. C. H. Spurgeon

Lane Baptist Church, in the City. The preached. Addresses were also delivered

deceased was worthy of the respect thus by J. Olney, Esq., of London, and by the

manifested. In every transaction of life he Revs. C. H. Spurgeon, and H. Killen, of

had been an eminently upright man. No Bedford. It was stated during the pro.

one more completely than he answered to ceedings that the well-known Benjamin

the description given in the 15th Psalm of Keach was formerly pastor of a church in

a true citizen of Zion. Nor was he only an Winslow. He was afterwards pastor of the

upright man-he was emphatically a good church over which Mr. Spurgeon now

man; ever ready to help the poor and

needy, a generous supporter of many of the presides. BROMSGROVE.—The church in this town,

local charities, and officially connected as in consequence of its increasing prospects,

treasurer with one of the most important has resolved on the erection of a new place

benevolent institutions of the country. of worship. A meeting, presided over by

Although during a long life actively enthe Rev. Charles Vince, was accordingly

gaged in extensive business transactions, held on May 9th. Addresses were given

Mr. Doughty found ample time and energy by the pastor Mr. Macdonald, Mr. J. H.

for useful labour in the cause of Christ. Scroxton, Mr. Tuck, and Mr. Wilmot.

The Sunday-School was his chosen sphere

of effort. From the commencement of his Promises were given of amounts to the extent of £750.

Christian career to within a few years of

his death, when afflictions and infirmities EBENEZER CHAPEL, SOUTHSEA. —The

debarred him from active service, he dechurch worshipping in this building has for many years laboured under a debt of

voted himself with zeal to this work in £800. During the ministry of their present

connection with the church to which he pastor, the Rev. J. Tollerfield, they have

belonged, and during the greater part of

that time discharged with unfailing regumade strenuous exertions to pay it off, and

larity and punctuality the duties of superin this good work they have to a great

intendent. While necessarily limiting his extent succeeded; but having exhausted all the resources of their own locality, they

labours to one particular school, his sym

pathies were widely extended, and many of are about to appeal for help to friends at a distance. We believe Mr. Tollerfield and

the Sunday-Schools in the neighbourhood his friends to be thoroughly deserving of

found him a cheerful contributor to their help, and hope to learn shortly that the

funds. Thus, when the Lincoln Sunday.

School Union was formed, he was apamount they require has been obtained,

pointed one of its officers, and hence the

large number of labourers in this imporRECENT DEATH S.

tant field of Christian effort, who followed

his remains to the tomb. MR. J. G. Doughty.

Ilis connection with the Mint Lane On the 9th of April last, a funeral proces- Church dated back exactly forty-four years sion of unusual length directed its course to from the day of his burial, and until death the Lincoln Cemetery, one of those modern severed the bond, the connection thus substitutes for the old pariochial and chapel formed was uninterruptedly and honourburial grounds, in which the intermingling ably maintained. For nearly forty years

of that term he used the office of a deacon well," discharging also for a lengthened period the duties of treasurer to the church. His conduct in these relations was exemplary. When circumstances permitted, he was always present at the appointed services of the church, and this, not only on the Lord's-day, but also during the week. His fervent supplications at the throne of grace when leading the devotions of others at the social prayer meeting will not soon pass from remembrance. It is believed that never but once during his long connection with the church was he present at any other place of worship in the city while service was being conducted in his own, and on that occasion it was to witness the reception into church fellowship of an early friend, in whose spiritual welfare he had felt peculiar interest. His conduct in thus "dwelling among his own people" was dic. tated by no narrow-minded exclusiveness, but by a delicate regard to the feelings of those appointed to minister in holy things, and a wise solicitude that his example might tend in all things to strengthen the Christian Society to which he was united. Thus closely associating himself with the church, he felt the liveliest interest in all its concerns, and a warm attachment to all its members: an attachment regulated, not by their outward circumstances, but by the degree of interest they felt in the prosperity of the cause to which his own heart and energy were so largely devoted.

And while by his presence and prayers, his counsels, influence, and labours, our departed friend sought to promote the interests of the church, he did so also by his liberality. On this point it is worthy of notice, that as treasurer he always met at the appointed day the church's liabilities It was a point of honour with him, that all who had pecuniary claims upon it should have them discharged with the strictest punctuality: a course this, which, if universally imitated, would probably relieve the mind of many a pastor of a considerable amount of anxiety, and save him from much inconvenience. It is further worth mentioning, that if at any time unavoidably detained from the sanctuary, when a collection was made, he was care!ul that the object shonld not suffer through his absence, but faithfully added his contribution to the amount gathered. He felt himself a reward in respect to what was entrusted to him, and desired to be found faithful. Thus he expressed himself on the very day before his closing illness, in connection with an act of kindly consideration for a Christian friend in circumstances of need-character

istically, almost his last conscious act. Under the influence of this conviction, and of the interest he felt in their operations, he was a stated subscriber to many denominational societies, and in the disposition of his property, has given to several of them an ex. pression of his regard.

Our departed friend loved to act the part of Gaius, and many a ministerial visitor to the church in Lincoln has proved the respectful and hearty hospitality both of Mr. Doughty and of the now widowed companion of his lengthened pilgrimage. He i esteemed such very highly in love for their work's sake," and felt it an honour and privilege to welcome them under his roof. For the last few years of his life, the deceased was to a great extent withdrawn from the scenes and activities which had formerly afforded him so much delight. But amidst many infirmities and frequent safferings, there was an uncomplaining submission to the divine will, accompanied by a grateful sense of God's goodness, and an humble hope of his “mercy unto eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” His very humble view of his own spiritual state sometimes made him almost fearful to claim the promises: and vet he clung to the cross with such simple and strong dependence, that he could still say, “I will trust, and not be afraid." About a week before his removal it became evident that the end was approaching. Though from that time unable to say much, the responses he made to remarks addressed to him, were such as to indicate his sense of Christ's preciousness and his enjoyment of Christ's presence. The very day before his death, when the power of distinct utterance was gone, he made the friends around his dying bed understand that he desired them to sing; and when a few verses of one of his favourite hymns, the beautiful and familiar hymn of Newton's,

* Begone unbelief, my Saviour is near," &c. were sung, the expression of joy on his countenance was such as will not soon be forgotten by those who beheld it. The dark valley had often been contemplated by him with apprehension, but now, its darkness was dispelled. “At eventide it was light."

On the Sabbath evening following his decease the event was improved by the pastor from the words of Psalm xxxvii. 37; and not only was the chapel densely crowded in every part by representatives of almost every Christian communion in the city, but very many more were unable to gain admission.

May the Supreme Head of the Church, who from time to time calls useful servants from their labours on earth to their rest in heaven, make their memory stimulating to those who survive, and raise up many others who shall “ be followers of them who now through, faith and patience, inherit the promises."

MRS. JEMIMA CARVER, The venerable subject of this brief notice died in the eighty-seventh year of her age, on the 1st of May last, at Lynn Regis, in Norfolk. Gathered into the heavenly Tarner, as a shock of corn in its season fully ripe, for more than three score years she had made a public profession of religion, and during the whole of that period, had maintained a character of exemplary excellence, highly esteemed by all that had the privilege of her acquaintance. Her late revered husband, was the much respected pastor of the church at Necton in this county, over which, at his death, which occurred on the 3rd of September, 1840, he had presided upwards of thirty-six years. Soon after his death she removed to Lynn. Though at that time a great invalid, so much so, that her removal was regarded as a somewhat dangerous undertaking, yet it pleased God further to extend her life to a period of above twenty years. This unexpected and totally unlooked for mercy was a subject she frequently referred to, with feelings of deep gratitude. For some years past her strength was gradually failing. Rarely had she been able to attend public worship; but in her retirement she found that God confines not His presence and His blessings to temples made with hands. In her own experience she knew that

“Where'er they seek Thee, Thou art found,

And every spot is hallowed ground." Her last illness was not of lengthened continuance. It did not assume any alarming symptoms till within a few days of her death. It was thought indeed by those around her, and even by her medical friend, that she probably might survive the attack, as she had done so many previous ones: but from the first, her own impression seems to have been otherwise. She regarded it as a summons from the invisible world. But her faith and trust in God remained unshaken—" She held fast her confidence, and the rejoicing of her hope firm unto the end." She fully knew in whom she had believed. Moreover, "she was persuaded that he would keep that which she had committed to Him against that day."

At various intervals during her last affliction, she adverted to her approaching departure with a calmness and a composure, and even with a dignity, that greatly surprised and astonished all that saw her. Numerous were the portions of Scripture that from her constant perusal had become familiar to her mind, and treasured up in her memory, that now were to her a source of great comfort. The promises of God, more especially those applicable to her own circumstances, were repeated by her with an aptitude and appropriateness that surprised and delighted those that heard her. These were the foundations of her hope. and sources of her consolation. Without hesitation she applied them to her own case, and derived from them the support and comfort they are intended to impart in the hour of need. Hence, on one occasion, she said: “ Thou wilt be with me when I walk through the valley and the shadow of death. Yes," she repeated, with much feeling, “ Thou art with me. Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me!One of her children anxiously watching at her bedside, noticing her extreme feebleness, taking her by the hand, observed how exceedingly low and weak she had become. “Yes,” she exclaimed, with a roused and somewhat elevated voice, “I am weak, and yet I am strong. Strong in faith, but giving glory to God." On another occasion, being asked if she were happy in the prospect of death-"Yes, yes,” said she," I am not afraid to die. Christ is precious to me. More precious than gold or silver; more so than the riches of the whole world. There is no other name given of God among men, by which we can be saved. He is the only safe foundation on which to build our hopes.”— " How firm a foundation ye saints of the Lord Is laid for your faith, in His excellent word; What more can He say, than to you He hath said, You, who unto Jesus, for refuge lave fled !" Thus calm was she, even to the end. All her children had the privilege of being with her at the last, and of witnessing her peaceful death. Aware fully of her ap. proaching departure, she spoke of it without alarm, not by any means in the language of presumptuous assurance, but with grateful, humble, peaceful confidence. It was, she said, a solemn thing to die; but she had an unshaken reliance in God her Saviour. He only,” she said, “ He is my rock and my salvatiou. He is my defence; Í shall not be greatly moved." A few hours only before her death, one of her sons arrived from a distance, who having previously visited her, had been obliged to

return; she immediately recognized him, and expressed the pleasure she had in thinking her children were now all present She spoke of her absent grandchildren, and thought of some kind message for all. But not a tear fell from her eyes. All was tranquil and serene. Her manner was touching and impressive. There was nothing assumed about it. It was genuine, sincere, real. She felt herself standing on the brink of eternity: and seemed like one about taking a distant and important jour. ney, and was desirous that nothing might be forgotten that she ought to remember. Every needful arrangement was made by her, not only without perturbance, but with unmoved tranquillity and composure. One of her daughters, all of whom tenderly watched her dying moments, expressed her deep concern at the thought of for ever parting with her; but she checked her grief; bid her not be distressed ; urged her rather to thankfulness, from the recollection of how long God had already spared her; encouraged her to put her trust in Him; hoped that they might all yet meet in Heaven, and dwell together eternally at God's right hand, where are rivers of joy and pleasures for evermore.

Thus peaceful was her end. It was literally without a struggle, and without a groan. Even some minutes elapsed before it was known that the vital spark had fled. Faithful unto death, she has received the crown of life. Who would not say, “ let nie die the death of the righteous." Emphatically her end was peace.

whose obituary we noticed in our Magazine for 1862. For some years there was nothing memorable in our friend beyond great success in all earthly enterprises, but in 1814 it was the will and purpose of all-ruling heaven to make the death of a sister of Mrs. G's the turning point that guided upward him and his activities for evermore. At this period there was no possible provision or sustenance for a soul in that condition in the Church as by law established. It was at this crisis he accompanied Mrs. G. to the Baptist Chapel in Towcester, where the Rev. John Barker had la. boured with signal success in the word and doctrine.” Here he found "all his salvation and all his desire, even the everlasting covenant ordered in all things and sure." From this time his attachment to Nonconformity was open and avowed, and suffered no abatement or diminution as temporal, earthly, and corporeal possessions accumulated on his hands. On the 25th of August, 1816, Mr. G. in connection with his wife, was baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. In 1823 he was elected deacon with considerable exultation on the part of the Church, who expected great things from the practicalness of his judgment. We can look back into many “difficult and sad times," and remember the high valuable wisdom which was then, and always, available for the exigencies of the day. The lower wisdom-as the object is low-ris occasionally seen to advantage in the higher departments. This was signally the case with our friend, who will in this respect be long remembered. For several years Mr. G. had to endure afflictions, which were borne with more than resignation-we might say with habitual acquiescence and undisturbed repose. He never appeared dubious as to being “accepted in the beloved.” “The gift of the grace of God given" in the conversion had been so palpable, that the “ full assurance of hope unto the end " accompanied it. It was but occasionally for several years he was able to appear in the Sanctuary, and that only on warm days during the summer months, in consequence of bronchial disease, and recently that was impracticable from extreme lassitude. For some tin:e this was so great, that it was with difficulty he could communicate orally with friends. The descent was so gentle as scarcely to be perceived, and the nearest relations could not but rejoice at the quiet. ness of the passage from death unto life, which occurred on the 2nd of December, 1863, in his 82nd year.

RICHARD GALLARD, Esq. The subject of our brief notice was born at Yardly Gobion, in the parish of Potter's Pury, Northamptonshire, in 1782, and was a descendant of a Flemish family that set tled in Norfolk in the reign of Edward the Third, by invitation of that monarch. He was early apprenticed at Towcester to a druggist, and his business habits were even then so much appreciated and approved that on the death of his master, which took place some time before the expiration of his apprenticeship, he was requested by the friends of the widow to manage the business, which at the death of the widow he purchased. At this time Mr. G's religious associations were all in connection with the Established Church ; notwith standing which he married out of a family that had long been distinguished for its Nonconformity-Miss Sarah Cooper Tite,



PRAYER MEETING. We have often heard pions and intelligent friends remark that in public worship, and for aught they could tell in private too, there was less of thanksgiving than is meet and proper. In their view of it, prayer was almost exclusively asking for the gift of blessings, without a due mingling of gratitude and praise for those already given. No doubt there is some truth in this allegation. We have often noticed the same thing, and could not help thinking of the words of the Psalmist, It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High. Yet the propriety of offering up special thanksgiving to God is frequently recognized by private individuals who come into “the House of the Lord,” after some season of severe trial, or deliverance from a great or impending danger. And no one who has lived in the rural districts can fail to have been struck with the propriety, as well as the devout joy of an assembly of God-fearing people, at a thanksgiving harvest service. The praise so fervent! The gratitude so strong and deep! And the devout acknowledgment of dependence on God so simple and sincere! If there were more of this it would be well for us. What daily and hourly blessings we receive from the hand of God! Pity that any should pass unheeded. Surely the apostle must have had this duty, and this privilege in his mind when he wrote, In everything, by prayer and with thanksgiving let your requests be made knoun to God.

Now, we think, the goodness of God to our Mission during the past year, especially in helping His servants to give so freely of their substance, ought to have a fitting commemoration. In this spirit we therefore venture to suggest, that the next monthly missionary prayer meeting be employed in thanksgiving. Even if it is, as is the case in many places, a united meeting, our friends of Sister Societies will gladly join in such an exercise. We hope this suggestion will be adopted by all our churches. It will be a thrilling fact, to see as it were, on that Monday evening, one entire section of the Church of Christ engaged at the same time, and in the same act of devout and hearty thankfulness. The movement to keep the Society out of debt began in prayer,- let its success be consum mated in praise !



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