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in India, the Lord had most predecessor at Appii Forum - I probably been gradually influenc- doubt not that they too thanked ing his heart long before; calling God and took courage. him, as He called Samuel, though But his views of religion at this he knew it not. When he left period will best be given by an England he had certainly the fear extract from one of his private of God before his eyes ; for in part- papers, written in 1811, and found ing with the lady, whom nine sealed up at his death. years afterwards he married, and
paper on the third of St. John. who then possessed his affections, After a prayer for the great change he said to her ; • There are only of heart described in that chapter, two promises which I have to ask he writes, “Let me remember that of you; that you will not read this is novels,' (which indeed was not not an indifferent, but an imher habit) and that you will portant change. never laugh at religion or religious not merely an outward, but an people. And she recollects that, inward change. as she suddenly met him one Sun- not a natural, but a spiritual day in the garden of her father's change. house, as she was gaily singing a not a partial, but an entire favourite air, he said, Eliza, I change. think we forget whose day it is.' not a secret, but a visible change. Now this is the more remarkable, not a transient but an abiding because never was there a man change. who more promoted or enjoyed lastly, not a mournful, but a every kind of innocent festivity. happy change.' He was the soul of a day of plea- To this he subjoins : sure ; and the promise of his pre- “ A rule and help for myself in sence was received by all young daily seeking this change of heart. people who knew him with a burst I. Begin the day with God.
1. By devotional thoughts when Mr. Mortlock, whenever and rising : however he received the grace of 2. By private prayer, offered up God, “ received it not in vain." in sincerity, love, and well directed His profession of religion at Mad- faith : ras was open and decided, and his 3. By embracing the first oplife adorned his profession. The portunity of studying the Scripbenighted heathen amongst whom tures, under the Holy Spirit's he lived, had his prayers and his
influence. purse, in every effort made to en- II. Continue the day with God. lighten them. Of the Church Mis- 1. By keeping Christ incessantsionary Society he was Secretary; ly in view, and making his glory and with him the office was not the principle of every action. nominal : but the same spirit which 2. By doing unto others as I in England taught the Mission would they should do unto me. aries, in India carried him down 3. By guarding the tongue from to the surf on every fresh arrival yain and sinful conversation. to look out for them, and to wel. 4. By suffering Scripture alone come them to his house and his to be the rule of
conduct. heart. He had once thirteen of 5. By improving every opportheir party (wives and children tunity for actual intercourse with included) in his house at one time. God. And I doubt not that these Mis- III. End the day with God. sionaries, when they saw him, and 1. By a review of the events of received a greeting not less cordial the day and the state of my
soul han that which met their great during it.
2. By commending myself to uttered one sentence and no more. Him who is able to keep me from “ Blessed is the man that trusteth all evil, with confession, repent- in the Lord.” Not another articuance, faith, and hope, humility, late sentence did he utter for ten and gratitude.
days. The physicians met: the It is an easy thing to write a major part pronounced the case paper in this deep tone of piety; hopeless: one advised that he but the difficulty is to confront the should be put on board the only life with such a paper; and to vessel then in the roads and about leave a testimony in the consciences to sail. This was on the Wednesof those who know us best that we day; on the Monday all their have lived according to our pro- goods had been sold by auction ; fession. Mr. Mortlock's life, in every preparation was completed ; the honest and deep conviction of and he was put on board speechless those who knew him best, exhi- and insensible; his face drawn bited a sincere and earnest effort to aside, as it was thought, by a stroke walk by this “rule and help.” of palsy. The ship sailed to
At Madras, after a few years, Macao, where, in five weeks, the his health began to suffer from the thermometer was down to 60. climate. After recruiting it twice During the voyage he began by voyages to St. Helena and the
slowly to give indications of reCape, he returned to England, and turning health. First he regained was married in September, 1817, the use of his hands; then of his to Miss Eliza Thomas. In 1818 speech; and then his strength. he returned with Mrs. Mortlock to When he reached Macao he was Madras, and resumed his official able to walk about on shore. I duties till 1822. It was then that mention these circumstances at the will of his heavenly Father was large to show what was his rock made manifest to remove him from and defence in this crisis. The that sphere of usefulness under very
onset seemed to be the onset of remarkable circumstances, and to death: it was sudden as the wbirlopen a way for his taking holy wind and as violent. These are orders. During the season of the the assaults which reveal the real bot land winds that year, the ther- state of the soul. The mind has mometer stood at 120 for three no time to look abroad for new weeks. His strength fell under allies, or to intrench itself in new the parched atmosphere. One principles. It must stand by its Monday morning Mrs. Mortlock, previous strong-holds, and have alarmed at his looks, entreated him recourse to its familiar hopes. The not to go down to his office; but terrified child runs into his mo. his sense of public duty would not ther's arms. So when sudden permit bim to subject himself to
" the name of the any suspicion of self-indulgence. Lord is a strong tower, the righHe ordered his palankeen to be teous runneth into it and is safe.” yot ready, and walked into another “ Be not a terror unto me,” he room for a bath before he set out. says to his God, “thou art my Suddenly Mrs. M. heard him fall; hope in the day of evil.” and, rushing into the room, saw her In his last illness, when for an husband lying insensible on the instant the evidence of divine floor. Is it the cholera ?' she grace in his soul was darkened, exclaimed, as she raised him up in this decisive testimony was menher arms- for the cholera was tioned to him, and gave him comraging around them ; — Speak, fort. It was just when he had Henry. Are you happy ?' He said, with some anxious searchings gasped convulsively for breath, and of heart, It is an awful thing to
die; at such a moment we had in taking this solemn step, and of need to have the work of God his literary proficiency, which, be within us very clear.'
it remembered, it was absolutely In the voyage home the ship necessary to establish by undoubttouched at St. Helena ; and there
ed proof. Mr. Mortlock's thoughts took a more decided turn towards the
Stansted, near Emsworth, Susser, ministry. He was cut off from
26th February, 1824. India and his former occupations; • My LORD, and during the voyage, and in the absence of any chaplain or regular clergyman, he instructed the poor Your Lordship will receive hereignorant sailors in the salvation with two letters—the one from the offered to perishing sinners in the Rev. Mr. Vernon of St. Helena, gospel. The Rev. Mr. Vernon, the other from the Rev. Mr. perceiving what manner of spirit he Marsh of Colchester: in whose was of, proposed to him his own names I intreat your Lordship’s curacy of St. Helena, if he should attention, and the indulgent consitake orders--an offer which had deration of my case. this recommendation to his delicate • I am the sixth son of the late mind, that he thought no imputa- Mr. Mortlock of Cambridge, and tion could lie against his motives had been for some time entered at in entering the church, if he took that University, when the offer of a a duty so far removed from the writership on the Madras estadiocese of his brother-in-law, Dr. blishment induced
father to Kaye, then Bishop of Bristol, and alter my plan of life : but not until now of Lincoln. It could not be I had completed my education said, in that remote island, that he under the late Rev. Dr. Raine, was influenced by any expectation and the present head master of the of preferment in the church. So Charter-House School, the Rev. far" did this negotiation proceed, Dr. Russel. At this school I obthat he took steps to take a lease tained the highest rank; and if of Longwood, the celebrated resi- necessary, I could produce such tesdence of Napoleon; as proved by
timonials as would justify the prea letter found the other day among sent application in point of clas
sical learning Circumstances however occurred *I was then nineteen years of age, to break off this intention, and he and, on being examined by the returned to England in January, late principal of Hertford College, 1824. The offer of a title from I was found so far proficient in the Rev. H. Phillips, his brother
my Greek and Latin studies, as to in-law, then resident at Milden- be allowed to proceed at once to hall, in the diocese of Norwich, India, without passing through seemed to open the readiest door that institutionanexception which into the ministry. To wait three has, I believe, been made in but years for an academical degree, one other case besides my owu. would involve the loss of much On
On my arrival in India, I volunprecious time, and he could not tarily entered the College of Fort but be conscious that he was much William in Calcutta, for the purmore highly educated than the pose of qualifying myself for a generality of University candi- better discharge of my official dates. He therefore wrote a letter duties, by the study of the oriental to the Bishop, a large extract from languages; and, within fifteen which will present the reader with months, I left the Institution holdsome account of his religious views ing the highest rank in the Persian
and Hindostanee classes, with two the place of better qualified and gold medals, and a degree of ho- duly ordained instructors. nour; and on proceeding to Madras • I must intreat your Lordship’s and undergoing a further examina. kind forbearance for what I have tion, I obtained two premiums for thus unavoidably stated concerning proficiency in the above languages, my former life and attainments; amounting to £800—and within a not, I trust, from any feeling of year or two I passed a successful self display, but simply to make examination in another of the your Lordship in some degree oriental languages, and obtained a acquainted with the character of third premium of £400— being the your applicant. only Company's servant who has • The favour I beg to request at ever gained the like distinctions to
your Lordship’s hands is that I this extent.
may be allowed to offer myself as "I am aware that such know- a candidate for holy orders at your ledge forms but a small part of the Lordship’s next examination, on necessary qualifications of a minis- my furnishing the requisite testiter of the gospel; and my sole monials and title within your Lordobject in bringing these things to ship’s diocese.' your Lordship’s notice is, to satisfy With this application his Lordyou that the person now address- ship complied, and on June 24, ing you is not destitute of literary 1824, Mr. Mortlock was ordained attainments.
Deacon, and licenced to the curacy • There is another point, however, of Mildenhall, being then in the of much importance, to which I beg thirty-fifth year of his age. to bespeak your Lordship's atten
And here we cannot but express tion. My desire of entering the mi- our deep sense of tbe obligations nistry has not arisen subsequent to
conferred on the cause of religion in my leaving India; neither from want general, and the interests of our own of employment in any other mode church in particular, by the wise of life. After repeated attacks of and considerate conduct of the late illuess, from the disagreement of a Bishop of Norwich on this and hot climate with my constitution, many similar occasions.
Instead I have lately returned from India ; of assuming by an arbitrary act of having on three successive occa- authority to exclude persons from sions made voyages, twice to St. the ministry who had arrived at a Helena, and once to England and certain age, or been engaged in any back, without deriving any mate- other occupation, an exclusion rial benefit. My quitting there
which is sanctioned by no canon fore
my former mode of life will or constitution of any Christian not seem, I trust, uncalled for ; church, and is diametrically openforced as it is, by the certificate posed to scriptural precedent; his of a medical man on oath, as to its Lordship only took care to subject apparent necessity.
such candidates to a more minute · But I can truly affirm that for examination, with especial refermany years, prior to the abandon- ence to the grand doctrines and ment of my Indian prospects, it duties of Christianity; and the has been my heart's desire to result was that after many years become a labourer in the Lord's experience his Lordship declared vineyard : and that, when placed concerning this class of clergymen. among the aged, sick, and igno- •They are the best, the most exrant, as has repeatedly been the emplary, and regular clergy in my case, I have from time to time, diocese. depending upon the Lord for his Mr. Mortlock preached his first blessing, endeavoured to supply sermon at Bidborough church, near
Tunbridge Wells, and on entering curacy of Morcott, in Rutlandon his curacy at Mildenhall en- shire. This was his chief sphere gaged with the utmost diligence of ministerial duty, and he applied and assiduity on the work to which to it his best energies, as one who he was called. His labours among knew in whose services he labourthe poor, and more especially in ed. On the Sunday it was his West Row, a large and neglected custom to rise earlier than on other hamlet of Mildenhall were emi- days. Immediately after breaknently successful. He truly went fast he went to the Sunday-School, about doing good.
and remained with the children, In the Autumn of 1825 he visit- hearing and teaching them till just ed Yaxham in Norfolk, the living before divine service. In the afterof Dr.Johnson - Cowper's Johnson. noon he returned to them for about His visit was only for one day ; in two hours more. He had two full the course of which, however, he services in the church; morning contrived to see several poor per- and evening in the summer, and sons, and to speak to them of the morning and afternoon in the winthings of the kingdom of God. •I ter; and the winter evenings, thus have never seen any thing like bim set at liberty, he devoted to visiting before,' said Dr. Johnson to my the sick. The Sabbath therefore informant, “how Cowper would was to him, not a day of rest, but have loved him! He is the man of hard labour, to which few to win souls. I mention the im- bodies and few minds are equal. pression which he left on Dr. But he accounted it a delight and Johnson's mind, because it was not honourable. Every hour of it had a solitary instance: I know that its allotted office : and to redeem other accidental meetings produced a little time for his own privacy, a similar effect, for he had a sin- he was often obliged to have his gular power (the result, I think, of
dinner sent him from the family great simplicity and humility, table into his study. combined with an open and oblig- Eye-witnesses tell me, that seling disposition,) of winning confi- dom have they seen a more interdence, and of leaving with others esting sight than Morcott church the stamp of his character in very on a Sunday, while Mr. Mortlock brief intercourse. Wbat others was its minister - the church fullequally devoted would take months many worshippers from a considerto achieve was done by him in a able distance-all silent and all single conversation. He had also
intent. It was a picture of devout a happy art of introducing religion village worship. and religious conversation without In addition to his Sunday duties exciting any aversion. The intro- he had once a week full service in duction was quick, and without the church, and once a week a loss of time, yet it was not forced missionary meeting. He establishor indiscreet.
ed a clothing club and lending especially he had an
library; and two week-day schools, sweetness of manner peculiarly one for boys, the other for girls, persuasive, so that a door of utter- with a regular master and mistress. ance was ever open to him. The Both these, as well as the Sunday truth was spoken, and the hearer school, he carefully superintended was not offended ; but by mani- himself; looking to the next genefestation of the truth he commended ration as his great hope. himself to every man's conscience The question may be asked, in the sight of God.
with so much effort to do good – In 1825 Mr. M. removed from with all these various means zeathe curacy of Mildenhall to the lously put into action, what was
With the poor