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the result? Did the fruit corres- his means had fed and clothed their pond to the culture ? So much we bodies. Many a midnight visit can at least affirm, that Mr. Mort- did he pay to the sick and dying ; lock found the village rude and for he encouraged their applications ignorant, and he left it civilized to him at all hours, however unand enlightened. Vice and sin seasonable, and rose cheerfully were put to shame. • Light is light from his bed to relieve their suffernow-a-days at Morcott,' said a ings or their
ears. He knew every woman of immoral life, who at- person in the parish by name, even tempted to force her way into the the little children, and was never clothing club, and was gently sent so hurried but that he had a kind away.
Sin must hide its head greeting and a ready smile for the now.'
one, and a pat on the head for the I have heard that in actual con- other, as he passed them. Here versions, Mr. Mortlock's ministry my child,' he would say, if he saw was more useful to the people of a child with a dirty face, “here's a other villages than to his own parish. penny for your mother to buy The great day will declare. But soap; ' and a penny always wrapMorcott knew at least so far the
ped up in a tract carried to the cotblessing it enjoyed in such a cler- tage a lesson of cleanliness and a gyman, that it would have been lesson of godliness; the one being difficult to surpass the affection next to the other, as the proverb with which he was regarded. The says. He was in fact in his parish Rectory garden, bounded by a low as a father in a large family, and wall and adjoining a lane, used to they looked up to him as to a be stripped every year by nightly father. depredations. But now, though A friend, who lived in his conthe walls were not raised higher stant society at Morcott for five and the lane had the same traffic years, has told me, that she never as before, it was as secure as if once saw him out of temper. This centinels had guarded it day and evenness and calmness of disponight. His centinels were the ad- sition was the work of grace, and miration and love of his parish. not of nature: for I have heard Whenever he went with his family his brother say, that as a boy, at on a short absence to seek recrea- Bury School, he had his passionate tion and health elsewhere, the moods like other boys. Self-demerry bells, not hired and not paid, nial was a distinguishing feature of welcomed him back to his home; his character. His circumstances and when, in consequence of a new were narrow, but his heart was Rector's resolution to come and large, and yearned over the poor reside, Mr. Mortlock prepared to and needy. To give an instance remove to Hastings, an unanimous that occurred at Morcott, he was petition, unknown to Mr. Mort- urged for his health to take wine. lock, besought the Rector to leave · No,' he said, “I can't do that, the parish in the Curate's hands. for then I shall have none to give When at last they found he could to the poor.' no longer be retained, they pre- To assist his narrow income sented him with a silver coffee pot too narrow for a sickly and in-- bought with the free-will offer- creasing family--he took pupils at ings of his parishioners, consisting Morcott, and he continued them to only of labourers and farmers. It the last at Brighton. Did he sink was but natural that the pastor
the minister in the tutor ? the messhould be beloved, who, for nine sage of the Gospel in classic or years had diligently taught their Indian literature ? No. The mansouls, and with a bounty beyond ner of his taking pupils was strik
ingly indicative of his conscientious remarkable that, proceeding with regard to his ordination vows. The this simple faith, and refusing to first thing that he did, after coming confer with flesh and blood' in to the conclusion that it was his the matter, though sometimes the duty to take pupils, was this : he vacations came with scarce a pupil sent to the Christian Knowledge, returning, and none engaged to to the Church Missionary, and to replace those who left, during the London Missionary Societies, eleven years his number was always to offer to instruct gratuitously in full. It was full when he died. the languages of India any mis- On such occasions he would say, sionaries they might wish to send Our faith must not fail : the him: an office for which he was Lord will provide.' His aim with eminently qualified. For, in fact, his pupils was not merely to teach a proposition was put before him them the perishable languages of to take a professorship of Gentoo, the East, but the imperishable at Haylebury College, with a knowledge of their God and Sahouse and 4001, a year; but as
viour ; so
that they became a soon as he found that the ministry branch, and not the least importwas to be given up in the profes- ant branch of his ministry. I sorship, he requested his friends to know from their own testimony proceed no further in the business. that he was greatly beloved and At first he received the missionary esteemed by them. It could not students into his house, treating be otherwise : but, what is of them exactly as he treated his much higher moment, I understand other pupils; but afterwards, think- that his example and instruction ing that the liberality of his pupils' were blessed in the case of several table was perhaps not the fittest of them to an entire change of preparation for missionary habits, heart and life. he judged it better to have lodgings One more point remains, too for them in the village; but the characteristic to be omitted. Where time he gave them, which
the love of Christ constraineth,' a never less than two hours in the minister will not limit his exerday, was not abridged. Mr. Cal- tions to set times and places, but throp, a valuable missionary of the he will “ be instant in season and Christian Knowledge Society at out of season," seeking Christ's Tanjore, was one of his pupils, and sheep in this naughty world, to preached his first sermon in Mor- strengthen the diseased, to heal the cott pulpit.
sick, to bind up the broken, to In the second place, he resolved bring again that which was driven from the first that he would have away. He will be the messenger a classical coadjutor, to relieve of peace and mercy, not only in him from the consumption of all his own pulpit and his own parish, his time in teaching pupils : and but in all places; not only on the thus he constantly secured six Lord's day, but at all times; not hours a day for his ministerial only to the souls expressly comduties.
mitted to him, but to all those in A friend expostulated against whom he can find a listening ear. his plan of a coadjutor, urging He will even gather up the fragthat it would disseminate the idea ments of time, and watch for spirithat he was unable to teach them tual opportunities, that nothing himself. It will not keep from may
be lost. How well this seme pupils of God's sending,' he cret principle of zeal and love for answered; "and if they are not of perishing souls was kindled in Mr. God's sending, I am sure I am Mortlock's breast, may be faintly better without them.' And it is inferred from a few facts, little in
themselves, but still conclusive of him to the rectory of Farthingthe source from which they were stone, in Northamptonshire, to derived.
which he was instituted April 7, He attended, once, a sick friend 1828. But the living having no on a journey out of town, and house upon it capable of receiving arrived at Barnet at seven in the himself and his large family, his evening. Late as it was, he went children also requiring sea air, he down, according to his custom, to appointed to it an excellent and speak to the ostlers, “They have laborious curate; and what with souls,” he used to say,
" and I curate's salary, schools, and other want to see whether they know it.” demands of charity and kindness, Returning to the inn, he went up he not only derived no emolument to the chamber of the sick lady from Farthingstone, but was every whom he was escorting, and prayed year a loser. Farthingstone, thereby her bedside with inore than fore, could not help him in this common solemnity. Something season of increased expenditure has happened, I am sure,' she said: and diminished income : and I • what is it?' She learnt that, by know now, what I did not know the ostler's direction, he had been at the time, that his faith was to the death-bed of a poor creature much tried by these pecuniary whom he found on the verge of difficulties. eternity, yet ignorant of Christ, In the month of January, 1837, the only hope of glory.
his friends began to entertain The last six months of his life, serious alarm at his altered apespecially, were a continued series
Dr. Todd, the physiof afflictions. Malignant scarlet cian who, during all his residence fever broke out in his house : six at Brighton, had attended him and of his eight children, seven ser- all his family with an unwearied vants, and a dear friend, who in and brotherly kindness, became their hour of sorrow
to also uneasy, suspecting the latent nurse them, took it; some in its mischief which afterwards proved
some in its milder fatal. At the earnest request of form. One of his children died Mrs. Mortlock, he was induced of it; and so great
the to make his patient acquainted terror inspired, that they expe
with his critical state. The intelrienced considerable difficulty in ligence was received with the most procuring either lodgings or at- Christian com posure, as it regarded tendants for their sick. The ex- himself: he was a little moved pense of such a house of illness when he heard that it had previweighed heavily on him; and the ously been communicated to his more, because, having no source of wife, from whom he was tenderly income but his own exertions as anxious to ward off every pang ; tutor, the scarlet fever cut off in and then he desired to be left part his only revenue. For, of alone, I doubt not, to pour out course, he wrote to his pupils to his soul before God in reference to apprize them of the state of his his great change. His manifold family; and though he was pre- afflictions, indeed, had for some pared to receive those who came time before this quickened him to in the house adjoining his own,
search out the end which his Heasome would not venture so venly Father intended by them. the contagion.
“ Shew me wherefore thou conWhen I say no source of income, tendest with me,” was his prayer. I must mention that his brother- Now came the answer to that in-law, the Bishop of Lincoln, had prayer : “ We must through much in the kindest manner presented tribulation enter into the kingdom SEPTEMBER, 1838.
But the pa
of God.” The tribulation grew into a fainting fit, he could not sharper and sharper. Once he was recover from it.
The night of heard faintly to utter, in his pain, death suddenly overshadowed him; the word 'intense.'
but there was in it the light of his tience with which he was enabled Redeemer's presence, and a voice to bear his trials, being all pa- speaking to his soul, “ It is I: be tience'— patience derived from the not afraid." At dawn of day, on might of Christ to meet all exi- the 13th of February, the spirit, gencies -- as the trials rose, still wearied of its dilapidated tenerose above them; nay, to the very ment, took to itself wings, flew last, had for its companions joy away, and is at rest. and thanksgiving.
Perhaps the severest part of his last trial, the bitterness of death, Mr. Mortlock's death was imwas parting with his wife and chil
proved by his valuable friend and dren. How sensitively he felt the biographer, the Rev. H. V. Elliott, parting, may be inferred from his by a sermon preached at St. Mary's, desiring his children, a little before Brighton, from Rev. xiv. 13, and he died, to be brought in to his subsequently published with a brief bedside, and offering a short and
Memoir, from which most of the silent prayer for each; but when preceding narrative has been exthe youngest, a babe in arms, was tracted.* In delineating the chabrought in, he covered his face
racter of his deceased friend, Mr. with both his hands, as if he could Elliott observes : not look upon its helpless infancy
• The last point that I shall mencommitted to the winds and waves tion at present is, that he was a of this troublesome world without
prayer. a father's guiding hand. So, me
• He was often on his knees, and thinks, shrank a daughter of Levi
referred little things as well as when she left her babe in its ark
great things to his heavenly Father. of bulrushes. May the God of He had received, and he acted on, the one babe he the God of the
his Lord's rule, “ Continue in other babe !
prayer, and watch in the same, In my own interviews with him,
And while his extreme debility led me he thus continued instant in prayer, much as possible to prevent his
he counted upon a faithful God to speaking, and simply to read and
grant answers to prayer. My pray with him. He said he thought soul, wait thou only upon God, no one knew how weak he was.
for my expectation is from him," Such were his manifold trials;
was the language of his heart; yet, I thank God, to the very last, and, from what I have heard him patience with thanksgiving abound
say, I believe that he considered ed. The disease suspected had that even in this life his" confidence come on, in an unequivocal form,
had great recompence of reward.” and with a violence which at once
On the last Lord's day, when indicated that the assault was made
we had the privilege, as a congreagainst the citadel of life. It was
gation, to pray for him, (it was a deep-seated and large internal abscess. Once it broke in such a
* We strongly recommend this Sermon manner as to revive our hopes;
and Memoir to our readers, who will there but gathering again, when it burst find some very interesting and instructive the second time, it either suddenly anecdotes, every way deserving of exteninterrupted the vital functions, or
sive circulation. Any profits arising from else it had reduced him to an ex
the publication will be given to St. Mary's
Hall, Brighton, an institution for the haustion so extreme, that, falling Education of Daughters of Poor Clergy.
the last day of his life) he desired from first to last, full of meek the Church service to be read to thanksgiving. bim at the hour in which we were • Called at an early hour of life's engaged in it, saying cheerfully short day, and with brief notice, to from his dying bed to his beloved leave seven young and beloved and watchful wife, Let us, too, children, and a wife with whom go to church ;' but afterwards, he had lived in uninterrupted and finding himself through weakness uncommon unity of mind and affecunable to attend to the whole, he tion, not one word of repining ever selected the confession and thanks- escaped him.
• The Lord's will giving, saying, “These suit me the be done,' was often on his lips. best.'
evidence of an inte• His last illness, which was at- rest in Christ be clear,' he said to tended with much bodily suffering, • Pray for me, my friend, and, on our part, with many
alter- that it may be clear.' nations of hope and fear as to its . And it was clear. No doubt issue, came not on him unprepared. clouded his evening sky. His sun For himself, from the beginning he set in peace, to rise again, not in had little hope of recovery, and he
this world of labour and sorrow, set his house in order that he might but in a world wherein dwelleth
righteousness. • It was a death-bed, my brethren,
In the mean time,“ the memory not of high joys, but of most pa- of the just is blessed.” tient suffering ; of peaceful trust May the Lord grant us grace and hope in Christ, as an almighty to follow him as he followed and all-sufficient Saviour; and, Christ!'
A REST FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD.
“ There remaineth therefore a rest for the people of God."
(From the Philadelphia Episcopal Recorder.) Rest from the toils of life,
Rest on that peaceful shore
Where storms may never beat, Rest from the spirit's strife
Where tears are known no more, With-sin's deceitful snares.
Where the lov’d, the parted meet. Rest from all sorrow, pain,
Rest in the Saviour's fold,
The bosom of his love,
Rest with the saints of old,
The blessed host above.
Rest that no change can know,
No foe can e'er invade,
Rest that will ever flow,
Lasting, eternal made.
Rest that more sweet appears
Each step of life's lone way,
While faith the spirit cheers,
And points from earth away.