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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. pel 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 Rev. 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 Bedsord. 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 presides.

needy, a generous supporter of many of the 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 accordinglygaged 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 church worshipping in this building has

debarred him from active service, he de

voted himself with zeal to this work in for many years laboured under a debt of

connection with the church to which he £800. During the ministry of their present pastor, the Rev. J. Tollerfield, they have

belonged, and during the greater part of made strenuous exertions to pay it off, and

that time discharged with unfailing reguin this good work they have to a great

larity and punctuality the duties of super

intendent. While necessarily limiting his extent succeeded; but having exhausted all

labours to one particular school, his symthe resources of their own locality, they are about to appeal for help to friends at a

pathies were widely extended, and many of distance. We believe Mr. Tollerfield and

the Sunday-Schools in the neighbourhood

found him a cheerful contributor to their his friends to be thoroughly deserving of

funds. Thus, when the Lincoln Sundayhelp, and hope to learn shortly that the

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 DEATHS.

tant field of Christian effort, who followed

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

His 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 istically, almost his last conscious act. Under well," discharging also for a lengthened the influence of this conviction, and of the period the duties of treasurer to the church. interest he felt in their operations, he was His conduct in these relations was exemp- a stated subscriber to many denominational lary. When circumstances permitted, he societies, and in the disposition of his prowas always present at the appointed ser- perty, has given to several of them an ex. vices of the church, and this, not only on pression of his regard. the Lord's-day, but also during the week. Our departed friend loved to act the part His fervent supplications at the throne of of Gaius ; and many a ministerial visitor to grace when leading the devotions of others the church in Lincoln has proved the reat the social prayer meeting will not soon spectful and hearty hospitality both of Mr. pass from remembrance. It is believed Doughty and of the now widowed comthat never but once during his long con- panion of his lengthened pilgrimage. He nection with the church was he present at " esteemed such very highly in love for any other place of worship in the city while their work's sake," and felt it an honour service was being conducted in his own. and privilege to welcome them under his and on that occasion it was to witness the roof. For the last few years of his life, reception into church fellowship of an early the deceased was to a great extent withfriend, in whose spiritual welfare he had drawn from the scenes and activities which felt peculiar interest. His conduct in thus

had formerly afforded him so much delight. dwelling among his own people" was dic- But amidst many infirmities and frequent tated by no narrow-minded exclusiveness, safferings, there was an uncomplaining subbut by a delicate regard to the feelings of mission to the divine will, accompanied by those appointed to minister in holy things, a grateful sense of God's goodness, and an and a wise solicitude that his example humble hope of his “ mercy unto eternal might tend in all things to strengthen the life through Jesus Christ our Lord." His Christian Society to which he was united. very humble view of his own spiritual state Thus closely associating himself with the sometimes made him almost fearful to claim church, he felt the liveliest interest in all

the promises; and yet he clung to the cross its concerns, and a warm attachment to all

with such simple and strong dependence, its members: an attachment regulated, not that he could still say, “I will trust, and by their outward circumstances, but by the not be afraid." About a week before his degree of interest they felt in the pros- removal it became evident that the end was perity of the cause to which his own heart approaching. Though from that time unand energy were so largely devoted.

able to say much, the responses he made to And while by his presence and prayers, remarks addressed to him, were such as to liis counsels, influence, and labours, our de- indicate his sense of Christ's preciousness parted friend sought to promote the inter- and his enjoyment of Christ's presence. The ests of the church, he did so also by his very day before his death, when the power liberality. On this point it is worthy of of distinct utterance was gone, he made the notice, that as treasurer he always met at friends around his dying bed understand the appointed day the church's liabilities.

that he desired them to sing; and when a It was a point of honour with him, that all

few verses of one of his favourite hymns, who had pecuniary claims upon it should the beautiful and familiar hymn of Newhave them discharged with the strictest ton's, punctuality: a course this, which, if uni

* Legone unbelief, my Saviour is near," &c. versally imitated, would probably relieve the mind of many a pastor of a considerable were sung, the expression of joy on his amount of anxiety, and save him from countenance was such as will not soon be inuch inconvenience. It is further worth forgotten by those who beheld it. The mentioning, that if at any time unavoidably dark valley had often been contemplated by detained from the sanctuary, when a collec- him with apprehension, but now, its darktion was made, he was careful that the ness was dispelled. “At eventide it was object should not suffer through his ab- light." sence, but faithfully added his contribution On the Sabbath evening following his to the amount gathered. He felt himself a decease the event was improved by the reward in respect to what was entrusted to pastor from the words of Psalm xxxvii. him, and desired to be found faithful. Thus 37; and not only was the chapel densely he expressed himself on the very day before crowded in every part by representatives his closing illness, in connection with an of almost every Christian communion in act of kindly consideration for a Christian the city, but very many more were unable friend in circumstances of need-character- 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,

at Lynn Regis; in Norfolk. Gathered into the heavenly garner, as a shock of corn in its season fully ripe, for more than three score years sbe had made a public profession of religion, and during the whole of that period, bad 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 oceurred 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 in valid, 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 ain 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 fith, in His excellent word ; What moro can He say, than to you He hath said, You, who unto Jesus, for refuge have 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: I 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

It was

return; she immediately recognized him, whose obituary we noticed in our Magazine and expressed the pleasure she had in for 1862. For some years there was nothinking her children were now all present. thing memorable in our friend beyond great She spoke of her absent grandchildren, and success in all earthly enterprises, but in 1814 thought of some kind message for all. But it was the will and purpose of all-ruling not a tear fell from her eyes. All was heaven to make the death of a sister of tranquil and serene. Her manner was Mrs. G's the turning point that guided touching and impressive. There was upward him and his activities for evernothing assumed about it. It was genuine, more. At this period there was no possible sincere, real. She felt herself standing on provision or sustenance for a soul in that the brink of eternity: and seemed like one condition in the Church as by law estab. about taking a distant and important jour- lished. It was at this crisis he accompanied ney, and was desirous that nothing might Mrs. G. to the Baptist Chapel in Towcesbe forgotten that she ought to remember. ter, where the Rev. John Barker had la. Every needful arrangement was made by boured with signal success in the word and her, not only without perturbance, but doctrine.” Here he found "all his salvawith unmoved tranquillity and composure. tion and all his desire, even the everlasting One of her daughters, all of whom tenderly covenant ordered in all things and sure." watched her dying moments, expressed her From this time his attachment to Noncondeep concern at the thought of for ever formity was open and avowed, and suffered parting with her ; but she checked her no abatement or diminution as temporal, grief; bid her not be distressed ; urged her earthly, and corporeal possessions accumurather to thankfulness, from the recollection lated on his hands. On the 25th of August, of how long God had already spared her ; 1816, Mr. G. in connection with his wife, encouraged her to put her trust in Him; was baptized in the name of the Lord hoped that they might all yet meet in Jesus. In 1823 he was elected deacon with Heaven, and dwell together eternally at considerable exultation on the part of the God's right hand, where are rivers of joy Church, who expected great things from and pleasures for evermore.

the practicalness of his judgment. We Thus peaceful was her end.

can look back into many “ difficult and sad literally without a struggle, and without a times,” and remember the high valuable groan. Even some minutes elapsed before wisdom which was then, and always, availit was known that the vital spark had fled. able for the exigencies of the day. The lower Faithful unto death, she has received the wisdom-as the object is low-is occasioncrown of life. Who would not say, “ let ally seen to advantage in the higher denie die the death of the righteous.' Em- partments. This was signally the case with phatically her end was peace.

our friend, who will in this respect be long remembered. For several years Mr. G. had

to endure afflictions, which were borne with RICHARD GALLARD, Esq.

more than resignation--we might say with The subject of our brief notice was born habitual acquiescence and undisturbed reat Yardly Gobion, in the parish of Potter's pose. He never appeared dubious as to Pury, Northamptonshire, in 1782, and was being "accepted in the beloved.” “The a descendant of a Flemish family that set- gift of the grace of God given" in the contled in Norfolk in the reign of Edward the version had been so palpable, that the “full Third, by invitation of that monarch. He assurance of hope unto the end ” accompawas early apprenticed at Towcester to a nied it. It was but occasionally for several druggist, and his business habits were even years he was able to appear in the Sancthen so much appreciated and approved that tuary, and that only on warm days during on the death of his master, which took place the summer months, in consequence of some time before the expiration of his bronchial disease, and recently that was apprenticeship, he was requested by the impracticable from extreme lassitude. For friends of the widow to manage the busi- some tin:e this was so great, that it was ness, which at the death of the widow with difficulty he could communicate orally he purchased. At this time Mr. G's reli- with friends. The descent was so gentle gious associations were all in connection as scarcely to be perceived, and the nearest with the Established Church; notwith- relations could not but rejoice the quietstanding which he married out of a family ness of the passage from death unto life, that had long been distinguished for its which occurred on the 2nd of December, Nonconformity-Miss Sarah Cooper Tite, 1863, in his 82nd year.



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, 0 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 consummated in praise !


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