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wisdom, power, truth and love, we power of thine enemies, and tremcertainly exhibit more dependance ble lest thou shouldst“ make shipon the word of a creature like our- wreck of thy faith” at last ? “ As selves, than on “ Him who cannot thy day so shall thy strength be: lie,” and whose“ promises are all " He is the author and finisher of yea and amen in Christ Jesus.” our faith.” Does the carelessness Did we indeed believe the word of and sin of those around you, weigh God, what a different aspect would down your spirits to the dust? the Church of Christ present; how Commit them also into the hands simple-minded, how meekly-confi- of an all-wise, just, and merciful dent, would its members be! for Creator. Do they reproach or perwhile the promises of God point the secute you? “ He that keepeth believer to the glories of immor- Israel, shall neither slumber nor tality, to the bright crown and high sleep : " He will not suffer the destiny of the glorified spirit, their righteous to be moved.” Or does chain extends itself down to all thy last enemy appall thee, and the varied blessings of mortality, his dark wings cast a broad shadow nor leaves one link unbroken. over thy soul? O pierce beyond,
Doubting pilgrim! art thou and rest thee on the sacred word, burdened with sin, and almost “ When thou passest through the tempted to despair of health ? Look waters I will be with thee :" on the suffering Saviour: “If any though I walk through the valley man sin, we have an advocate of the shadow of death I will fear with the Father, Jesus Christ the no evil for thou art with me, thy rod righteous." Art thou afflicted ? and thy staff they comfort me. “ The Lord loveth whom he chas- But where is the limit to the teneth.” Art thou in circumstances promises of God ? they have none, of doubt and difficulty ? “ Conimit until the ransomed spirit, sustained thy way unto the Lord :” • In all in its mortal conflict by their thy ways acknowledge him, and he power, rests at last in the full shall direct thy paths.” Art thou
fruition of their blest enjoyment. troubled with the many cares and And nothing is wanted now but perplexities of mortality ? remem- experimental confidence to make ber the injunction of the Apostle, the Christian's life one of real peace
Casting all your care upon him, and joy : our deficiencies do not for he careth for you.” Hast thou alter the word of inspiration ; the been deprived of thy dearest light beams on its pages still, ready Christian friend ? “ Sorrow not as to diffuse itself over the path of others which have no hope," for the pilgrim, as soon as he opens “ those who sleep in Jesus, will his eyes and heart to receive it: God bring with him.” Has the sun they have comforted thousands of of life set upon one whom thou weary travellers through many lovest, without one ray of the Sun centuries, until the last link of the of Righteousness to gild the “ dark chain, sometimes unseen, which valley of the shadow of death ?” bound them to the throne of God “ The Lord doeth all things well.” was reached in safety, then firmly Art thou tempted to distrust grasped, nor loosed again for ever. the providence of God concern- Let us then pray daily for an ining the future provisions of thy crease of our weak and wavering pilgrimage ?“ No good thing shall faith, and we shall receive an he withhold from them that walk answer of peace. uprightly." Dost thou fear the
THE LATE REV. SAMUEL LOWE, M.A.
RECTOR OF DARLASTON, STAFFORDSHIRE.
It is our melancholy duty to an- the present Archdeacon of Stafford, nounce the death of another valued the venerable G. Hodson. Mr. friend, and occasional correspond- Lowe then retired to Long Sutton, ent, the Rev. SAMUEL LOWE, M.A. where he remained some time as late Rector of Darlaston, Stafford- Curate, and afterwards to Duxshire.
ford, and Chesterton, near CamMr. Lowe was educated at bridge. Having married Miss Trinity College, Cambridge; and Marianne Maddox, daughter of displayed during his early residence Benjamin Maddox, Esq. of Notin that University, a lively, cheerful tingham, he engaged with great disposition, combined with consi- activity in his Clerical and Pastoderable talents, and an agreeable ral duties, and found in Mrs. Lowe, address. His company was there- who still survives to lament his fore eagerly sought by many of the loss, a zealous and affectionate higher ranks in society, and espe- fellow-labourer, whose benevolent cially by those who, though not exertions will long be remembered under the influence of religious
the sick, the poor, and the principles, and warmly attached to young, in the different places worldly pleasures, were yet merci- where Mr. Lowe was called to fully preserved from vicious and minister. About the year 1814, disgraceful pursuits. In
Mr. Lowe was presented by his quence of his amiable disposition affectionate friend, the Rev. and distinguished attainments, he Charles Simeon, to the Rectory was elected Fellow of Magdalene of Darlaston; a large and popuCollege, though a severe illness at lous place, containing near 7000 the time, when in due course inhabitants, who are chiefly en- . he would have been examined in gaged in the low and poor employthe Senate House, prevented his ment of nailers. Soon after Mr. obtaining those honorary distinc- Lowe commenced his residence at tions to which he might justly have Darlaston, in consequence of the aspired. While resident at Mag- disturbance of our commercial dalene, and diligently engaged in relations with America, and the his official duties as Tutor, &c. his changes which occurred at the mind became deeply impressed with cessation of hostilities, vast numthe importance of religion, and a bers of these poor people were decided change took place in his thrown out of employment, and sentiments and conduct, which ex- reduced to very abject distress. posed him in some instances to Mr. Lowe immediately exerted severe trials and undeserved re- himself with the utmost activity proach. His principles, however, on their behalf: he visited Camcarried him above all opposition, bridge and various other places, and his upright conduct and con- where he could obtain versation conciliated many who had to those who possessed wealth been once determinately opposed, and influence; he appealed to the and induced some to inquire into public through our pages, and those the nature of those principles which of similar publications, and suche had embraced, and to follow ceeded in collecting, at different him as he followed Christ. After times, above £3000. which he some years he left College, and was distributed with the most rigid and succeeded in his office as Tutor, by
and was thus en
abled very materially to alleviate College, before that letter reached the distress of immense multitudes, its destination, the writer had a large proportion of whom were entered into eternal rest. deeply impressed with his devoted
Mr. Lowe had been for many and self-denying exertions. Lest
years a martyr to the gout, which however he should be exalted above crippled his exertions and enfeebled measure with the success which at- his frame. In April last, as he tended his benevolent efforts, some was returning with Mrs. Lowe from thorns were allowed to spring up; Darlaston, where he had taken the and a few who could not conceive whole morning service, and adof any one labouring from pure ministered the sacrament, he suddisinterested benevolence, attri- denly exclaimed. The carriage is buted to him views and motives going over,' and immediately sunk wbich his soul abhorred, and the on one side, so that Mrs. Lowe was very insinuation of which occasion. obliged to support him. After ed him for a time deep distress. remaining a few moments insenThe principle however of holy love sible, he recovered his recollection, triumphed over every discourage- and said, “This is apoplexy, -a ment, and led him to seek with all warning to prepare for death.' earnestness for the welfare even of From this period he never rallied, his most determined slanderers ; and though enabled in September nor were his labours in vain, for to visit some beloved friends and many were added to the church relatives in Nottinghamshire, he who we trust shall be his crown of was evidently drawing near his rejoicing in that day.
end. On his return home, a After labouring beyond his lethargy made great inroads both strength at Darlaston for some on body and mind. About three years, he was presented to a lec- weeks before his death, he said to tureship at Walsall, where he re- his affectionate partner, 'I cannot sided during the latter period of read, I cannot think ; I feel unhis life ; going over incessantly to equal to any mental effort, all I Darlaston to preach and visit the can do is to rest on Jesus.' numerous flock entrusted to his On Sunday, November 9, Mr. charge. Nor did he lose sight of Lowe preached at Darlaston for the various benevolent institutions the last time, and concluded his which, through God's mercy, are ministry among his beloved people established among us; the Bible, with the words, " Whatsoever thy the Church Missionary and various hand findeth to do, do it with all other societies, found him an able thy might, for there is no work, advocate, and liberal supporter, nor device, nor knowledge, nor and he gladly embraced every op- wisdom in the grave whither thou portunity of pleading their cause. goest.” He was very desirous of
As increasing infirmities curtail- preaching again on the following ed his more active exertions, he Sunday, and left in his Bible more delighted to communicate counsel than half a sermon prepared for and advice to those amongst whom the occasion, but his medical athe resided, and to all who applied tendant dissuaded him from the to him; nor will the kindness of effort. On Thursday the 21st. he his manner and the wisdom of his visited Darlaston, and conversed suggestions be easily effaced from with several of his people, and on the memory of multitudes; and the Friday he was able to write a very last day of his life he exerted letter of recommendation for a bimself to the utmost in replying young clerical friend, who had to a friend who desired his advice requested a testimonial from him with respect to entering a son at respecting a Grammar School, for
which he was a candidate. On ter was closed, and curtains drawn Saturday the lethargic symptoms
before the windows of the poorest greatly increased, and his medical cottages. The whole population friend informed Mrs. Lowe, that seemed assembled to testify their from the altered state of the pulse, mournful respect; and though aldissolution was very near.
Still most all the inhabitants are of the Mr. Lowe remained cheerful and poorer class, the utmost order and sweetly complacent, and expressed quietness prevailed. The streets his enjoyment of the portion of were lined with mourning spectaScripture which was read at their tors, the children hushed to silence; morning family worship. On that and one feeling of sorrow and symday he was visited by several pathy for the afflicted family seemed friends, and in the evening, a valued to prevail. On the following Sunfriend, formerly his curate, called day, almost the whole congregation to take leave, and being greatly appeared in mourning, and even agitated, Mr. Lowe complacently the poorest were anxious, by soine put out his hand, and with the crape or black ribbon on themgreatest composure said good selves or their children, to show bye.' After supper he observed, that they felt they had lost a friend. • I am sure I am better, you are And a friend indeed they have too anxious about me.' Soon lost; and his family, his parish, after, he walked up stairs without his neighbourhood, may well lament assistance, and when in bed, imme- the separation; yet still let them diately fell asleep. Mrs. Lowe not sorrow as those without hope. watched him through the night, The servant is removed, but the and about four o'clock lay down great Head of the Church is still to rest. Awaking about six, she
He who called and was startled at not hearing him raised up, and fitted our departed breathe, and without raising her friend for his work, has still the head from the pillow, gently residue of the Spirit, and if only touched his face it was cold in the afflicted and bereaved fervently death; the spirit had tled, but no unite in prayer to the great Lord struggle had marked the passing of the harvest, to send forth lamoment. The Lord had heard bourers into his harvest, their loss and answered prayer, and his end will be supplied, and their afflicwas peace. Thus died in faith and tions will terminate in joyful praise. hope, in the 58th year of his age,
close this brief our beloved and valued friend. notice of our departed friend with
The painful intelligence produced out expressing our gratitude to a striking effect. His family, his God that he has still spared the people, the whole neighbourhood, life of his eminent and faithful were deeply impressed; and all servant the patron of Darlaston, were anxious to testify their esteem and that our revered friend the and affection. On the morning Rev. Mr. Simeon has selected one of the funeral, the clergy of Wal- to supply the vacant post, who sall and the adjoining parishes, has already been found a workman together with many other persons, that needeth not to be ashamed, assembled in mourning, wearing and we trust that the inhabitants hatbands, &c. and preceded the of Darlaston will find that their body on its way to Darlaston, in new rector, the Rev. Mr. Fisk, mourning coaches and other car- is indeed a follower of their deriages provided at their own ex- parted pastor Mr. Lowe, pence. On the melancholy pro- word, in conversation, in charity, cession arriving at Darlaston, every in spirit, in faith, in purity.' house that possessed a window shut
Review of Books.
RUSSIA; or Miscellaneous Observations on the Past and Present State of
that Country and its Inhabitants, compiled from notes made on the spot, during travels at different times in the service of the Bible Society, and a residence of many years in that Country. By Robert PINKERTON, D.D. 8vo. Pp. xii. and 486. Seeleys.
JOURNAL OF A THREE YEARS' RESIDENCE IN ABYS
SINIA, in furtherance of the Objects of the Church Missionary Society. By the Rev. Samuel GoBAT, one of the Society's Missionaries : to which is prefixed a Brief History of the Church of Abyssinia. By the Rev. PROFESSOR LEE, D. D. i2mo. Pp. xxiv. and 388. Seeleys.
The eminent services which Chris- mense territory is inhabited by a tian philanthrophists have rendered population of FIFTY-FOUR MILto the cause of science and litera
LIONS ; its army amounted in ture, has been very much lost sight 1812, to one million three hundred of by many who yet have derived thousand men; it possesses a naval important advantage from their force of about fifty ships of the labours. It can scarcely be denied line, forty frigates, and nine hunthat of late years a considerably dred smaller vessels, carrying about increased attention has been paid six thousand guns, and manned by in this country to Biblical research eighty thousand sailors, while the and oriental literature ; and we annual revenues exceed eighteen are fully convinced that no small millions sterling. And this imshare of this increased attention is mense empire, with all its vast to be ascribed to the stimulus af- resources, is placed nominally at forded by the Bible Society; while least, under the control of one the researches of the officers of that individual, the Emperor Nicholas; institution and of the agents of the we say nominally at least, for even different Missionary Societies, have the most absolute autocrat is revery largely contributed to
strained and influenced to a constores of geographical and historical siderable degree by the mighty information; and more especially chiefs with whom he is surrounded ; with respect to some countries to and the Russian Sovereigns have which access has long been diffi- in various instances met with a cult and our intelligence very sudden and violent transition from scanty. Among such contributors the throne to the grave, to the cause of science and lite
Our object however is not to rature, both Dr. Pinkerton and enlarge on the power, or discuss -Mr. Gobat are justly entitled to the prospects of this mighty empire. be enrolled, and their interesting The most powerful states not unvolumes well deserve attention frequently carry within them the from all who desire to be ac- seeds of weakness and decay, and quainted with the existing state of the progress of civilization, the Russia or Abyssinia.
emancipation of the slaves, and The slightest glance at a globe various other causes may, very of any magnitude, shows the enor- possibly, ere long, either divide mous extent of territory under the this immense empire, or interpose dominion of Russia, while the such powerful checks on its nomiconnexion between the different nal head, as may prevent any very provinces of that mighty empire, sudden, violent, or formidable enables each to afford support and
exertion of his power.
On these protection to another. This im- points indeed Dr. Pinkerton touches FEBRUARY 1835.