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carriage under this bereavement, she recited with much emphasis afforded an edifying instance of and appropriate application; and the manner in which a Christian her whole appearance and deboth bends before the storm, and portment that of a venerable rises above it.
Christian lady. About two years after this Some time before this period event, she left the neighbourhood she had become very deaf; but of Reading, to reside in the though she felt it to be a great family of one of her daughters trial, it made scarcely any perat Tottenham. By this circum- ceptible abatement of her cheerstance she was necessarily brought fulness; nor did she allow it to into new scenes both of domestic prevent her attendance upon the and social life; and they served house of God. In proportion as still further to elicit the graces of she was shut out from the pleaher matured and now venerable sures of conversation, she seemed character. For to the visitors, of to find an increasing delight in all ranks, she recommended the secret devotion. “ Let us call religion of the Bible; but with those our golden hours," she says such propriety, that she never in a letter to a friendl, “that are gave offence ; and most tenderly spent with God. May we be and intimately did she participate found much in that excellent in the diversified feelings of her duty of self-examination.” And grandchildren, evincing her affec- at a subsequent date she writes tion for them, by her earnest and in her diary, “My hearing is in ardently expressed longing that some measure restored ; of which Christ might be formed in their I can give no account from natuhearts, the hope of glory. It ral causes or medicinal art. O was about this time, that the Lord, my healer, thou canst do writer of this brief tribute to her every thing. the riches of memory had the happiness to immortal grace! If I outlive my form her acquaintance; and the senses, I cannot outlive my well remembers the impression of graces. O how beautiful, how respectful admiration which that honourable, how durable! I ear. first interview produced on his nestly plead with God for his mind. She
" well church and ministers, in faith and stricken in years.” Time had hope, for what I am not likely mellowed the naturally sweet ex- to live to see. Dear Lord, let me pression of her countenance, depart and join the holy society without much impairing its viva- above. Amen!” city. Her silvery locks shaded a It is often observed, that as brow imprinted with the wrinkles Christians draw near to heaven, of age, but intelligent and serene. their desire increases to enter Her eyes were yet bright, and upon its holy joys. They present glanced upon her friends with a delightful contrast, in this rebenevolent complacency. Her spect, to those unhappy persons form was unbending and about whose old age is chilled with the the middle stature; her manners infirmities of decaying nature, dignified, yet free; her conversa- and never warmed into the glow tion cheerful, affectionate, and of celestial aspirations by the eminently spiritual ; her memory presages of a blessed immortality. richly replenished with the word The natural desire of life is felt of God, and with hymns, which by both, and the uncradicated
remains of our ancient and inve- “ Haste, my beloved, fetch my soul terate depravity will sometimes,
Up to thy bless'd abode ; even in aged Christians, repress
Fly, for my spirit longs to see
My Saviour and my God.” the risings of the soul towards her native skies. But the pre- She had outlived nearly all her vailing tendency of the desires contemporaries. Most of her will be upwards. “Tolive is in- friends had preceded her to their deed Christ; but to die is gain.” rest, and sometimes she would Hence their conversation will chide herself for still lingering in take its complexion and character, her upward flight, among the rather from the things which are chilling clouds of these lower eternal, than from the transactions regions, when she thought her or interests of this present world. wings should have borne her more Such was eminently the case with rapidly onward to join the comthe subject of this memoir. She pany of the blessed. Thus she seemed to live much, in the secret expresses herself in one of her meexercises of her mind, upon the morandums: “O Lord, when I invisible glories of that region of look around me, and feel I am blessedness towards which she bereaved of human joys, and bewas fast approaching. Never hold the ravages which thou hast was her countenance lighted up made among my dear, beloved with a more cheerful beam of friends and kindred in the flesh, piety, than when, after she had I am astonished at the strength of been occupied awhile in silent that depravity, which leads me musings, she would break forth in still to cling to this dying world. the joyful exclamation of the Why, oh, why do I not rest my patriarch Job, “I know that my weary soul on the unchangeable Redeemer liveth, and that he realities of heaven? There shall shall stand at the latter day upon I meet those very dear ones who the earth: and though, after my sleep in Jesus. Animating hope ! skin, worms destroy this body, Oh, then, let me march boldly on,
flesh shall I see God; nor faint in the day of rebuke; wliom I shall see for myself, and but may I be enabled to yield up my eyes behold, and not another; all my earthly comforts when though my reins be consumed Jesus calls and demands, that I within me.” This was indeed a
all in him.” very favourite passage with her, It was her privilege often to and was selected by herself for climb to the summit of Pisgah ; her funeral text, But “ the word and when she descended again into of Christ dwelt in her richly;" the plain, how delightfully would and it was sometimes equally she talk, and
as in the very astonishing and delightful to hear dialect of the country, of that with what copiousness, accuracy, land of fair and beauteous prosand animated expression, at more pect which lies beyond the Jordan. than 80 years of age, she would There were seasons when no other pour forth, like a sparkling stream, subject seemed welcome to her a long series of beautiful quota- thoughts. She would sit at such tions, her feelings at the same times watching the countenances time kindling into celestial rap- of her friends, and at a break in ture, and the whole perhaps the conversation, which she could finished with that ecstatic verse of not hear, drop a short sentence Dr. Watts.
full of the love and joy of heaven.
She seemed to have an inward and, her translation was to take place; divine light which shone through but had she foreseen it, scarcely her soul, and made it a region of could she have passed the day in pure and celestial thoughts ; no communications more fitted to her doubts were permitted to disturb near approximation to eternal joy. the composure of her mind, no The next day she returned to temptation to trouble and over- Tottenham, not so well as she cast the serenity of her cloudless had been, yet there seemed no sky. Her days moved
cause for immediate alarm; but tranquil succession, each renew in her last words, as she was taking ing and passing forward to the leave of her daughters, there was next, the sunshine of its prede- something almost prophetic of the cessor. Only, indeed, as her orb event which was soon to take descended to the horizon, the place. Clasping the hand of one of light seemed more to concentrate them, as she was about to step and to soften ; just as the even- into the carriage, she turned to ing sun gathers back into him-her, and said, “I shall soon self the radiance with which he mount on eagles' wings; I shall had illuminated the world, and sets run and not be
I shall amidst the chastened splendours walk and not faint." On Wedof his own accumulated glory. nesday, her indisposition consiHer tabernacle, which had been derably increased,
and her often shaken, was at length taken strength began rapidly to decline. down. No fierce disease was It soon became impossible to hold commissioned to inflict the final any conversation with her beyond stroke. Till the last week she a few short and detached senwas permitted to continue in the tences at intervals. In reply to society of her children. Two of inquiries, she still expressed her them reside at Camberwell ; and faith in the Lamb of God, and they reflect, with grateful plea- spoke of his preciousness to her sure, that some of her last days soul. But the power of articulawere spent with them. She left tion failed, and this circumstance, them the Monday, after joined with her deafness, precluhaving passed the whole of the ded the further interchange of preceding month in their com- sentiment with
the departing pany. It was not then appre- saint. She continued to lodge on hended that her end was so near, the banks of the Jordan a day or but her conversation was sweetly two longer, till about noon on tinctured by a vein of ardent and Lord's day, June 30, 1833; when elevated devotion. Her mind she passed through the river with was eminently spiritual; she a gentle and quiet motion, and seemed to be living in an element was lost to the sight of surroundof prayer and love. It was the ing attendants, amidst the dishappiness of the writer to spend tant groves of Eden, on the opa short time with her during the posite shore. last week; and in her pocket
“ No pain she suffered, nor expired with book she has noted the comfort noise; she derived from the devotional Her soul was whispered out with God's
still voice : exercises in which they then en
So softly death succeeded life in her, gaged. The Sabbath day was a
She did but dream of heaven, and she season of great delight. She did
was there." not know that on the following 'Camberwell.
SLAVERY IN AMERICA.
A LETTER FROM THE BAPTIST BOARD OF FOREIGN MISSIONS IN AMERICA,
IN ANSWER TO ONE FROM THE BOARD OF BAPTIST MINISTERS IN AND NEAR LONDON, DATED DECEMBER 31, 1833.
(See our last Number, p. 534.) Baptist Missionary Rooms, them to your candour, with a con
Boston, Sept. 1, 1834. fident belief that you will do jusDear BRETHREN,
tice to the views and feelings of Your communication, dated London, December 31, 1833, was tion, associated for the exclusive purpose received some time since, by one
of sending the gospel to the heathen, and of the officers of the Baptist Ge
to other benighted men not belonging
to our own country, we are precluded neral Convention; but as the by our constitution from taking any Convention, to which it was part in the discussion of the subject chiefly addressed, will not con proposed in the said communication. vene till April, 1835, the commu
They, therefore, recommend the adop
tion of the following resolutions : nication was, after some delay, Resolved. That the Board reciprocate, presented to the Baptist Board of with great pleasure, the assurances of Foreign Missions, as the execu
respect and affection which our bretive of the Convention.
thren, “the members of the Board of organ
Baptist Ministers, in and near London,” The board referred it to a Com- have uttered in their communication. mittee, and we now communicate Resolved. That the Board earnestly deto you a copy of their Report,
sire a closer intimacy with their Baptist and of the Resolutions adopted
brethren in England, believing that the
cause of truth in both countries, and by the board.* We commend
throughout the world, would be pro
moted, by a more cordial union and * The Committee, to whom was re- co-operation of the two great branches ferred a communication from “ the Mem. of the Baptist family. bers of the Board of Baptist Ministers Resolved. That the Board have viewed, in and near London," directed to “ The with grief and anxiety, the calamities Rev. Spencer H. Cone, President; the which have befallen the Baptist Mission Board of Managers; and the Delegates in Jamaica ; and they rejoice that the of the Baptist Triennial Convention, Mission has been resumed, with cheerUnited States, North America ;" and ing prospects of success. addressed to "The Pastors and Minis. Resolved. That while, as they trust, ters of the Baptist denomination through- their love of freedom, and their desire out the United States of America ;" the for the happiness of all men, are not principal object of which communica- less strong and sincere than those of tion is, to express the views of the their British brethren, they cannot, as a writers “ respecting the character of Board, interfere with a subject that is negro slavery, and as to the course en
not among the objects for which the joined by religious principle on the Convention and the Board were formed. household of faith ; " present the follow- Resolved. That the preceding Resoluing report:
tions be communicated to the “ Board That they have examined the com- of Baptist Ministers, in and near Lonmunication with much care, and have don,” together with the subjoined letter, been gratified by the spirit of Christian to be signed by the acting President, affection, respect, and candour, which and the corresponding Secretary of the it breathes. They receive it, as a pleas- Board. ng omen of a more intimate corre- (Signed) DANIEL SHARP, spondence, and a more endeared fellow. First Vice-President of the Baptist Bourd ship, with our Baptist brethren in Great of Foreign Missions in the United Britain. The Committee, however, are
States. unanimously of opinion, that, as aBoard,
Lucius BOLLES, and as members of the General Conyen
the board, encompassed as they holders themselves are the only are by difficulties which cannot men who can act definitively on be fully understood by persons this subject; and the only proper in other countries.
and useful influence which the It may assist you to form a friends of emancipation in other more correct opinion of the whole State can use, consists in argusubject, if we allude to a few of ment and entreaty. The existthe circumstances which make ence of our union, and its manislavery, in this country, a matter fold blessings, depends on a faithof peculiar difficulty, and which, ful adherence to the principles consequently, require those who and spirit of our constitution, on would promote the real welfare this and on all other points. of the coloured race, to act with This view of the case exonegreat caution.
rates the nation, as such, and the In the first place, the political States in which no slaves are organization of the United States found, from the charge of upholdis widely different from that of ing slavery. It is due, moreover, England; and this difference to the republic, to remember, that makes it impossible to adopt here slavery was introduced into this a course similar to that which the country long before the colonies British Parliament have adopted became independent States. The in reference to slavery in the slave trade was encouraged by the West Indies. This country is Government of Great Britain, and not one State, with an unrestricted slaves were brought into the coloLegislature, but a confederacy of nies against the wishes of the coloStates, united by a Constitution, nists, and the repeated Acts of some in which certain powers are grant- of the Colonial Legislatures. These ed to the National Government; Acts were negatived by the King and all other powers are reserved of England; and in the Declaraby the States. Among these re- tion of Independence, as origiserved powers is the regulation of nally drawn by Mr. Jefferson, it slavery. Congress have no power was stated, among the grievances to interfere with the slaves in the which produced the Revolution, respective States; and an Act of that the King of England had Congress to emancipate the slaves steadily resisted the efforts of the in those States would be as wholly colonists to prevent the introducnull and void, as an Act of the tion of slaves. Soon after the British Parliament for the same Revolution, several of the States purpose. The Legislatures of the took measures to free themselves respective States cannot interfere from slavery. In 1787, Congress with the legislation of each other. adopted an Act, by which it was In some of the States, where laws provided, that slavery should never forbidding emancipation exist, the be permitted in any of the States minority cannot, if disposed, give to be formed in the immense terfreedom to their slaves. You per- ritory north-west of the Ohio ; ceive, then, that the National in which territory, the great States Government, and the people of of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, the Northern States, have no have since been formed. There power, nor right, to adopt any
thirteen out of the direct measures, in reference to twenty-four States, in which slathe emancipation of the slaves in very may be said to be extinct. the Southern States. The slave- Maryland is taking measures to