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hopeful state of mind. For a year or and cartilage of the nose being consumed, more the world and Satan struggled to her face was covered with a band; one of the maintain their supremacy over her soul; livid, the roof of the mouth so injured that

eyes was lost, the forehead indented, the lips but in 1820 she gave herself up to her articulation was very indistinct, while God in a covenant never to be forgotten, her whole appearance was that of a person impelled thereto at the last, most ur

whose earthly. tabernacle tottered on the

grave's brink.” gently, by the happy death of a dear friend, who fell asleep in Jesus in that

Yet, notwithstanding she was in that

condition, with gradual steps and slow year.

About this period, the distressing was she brought to her grave, only todisease, that was inextricably rooted

ward the close of the year 1849, her path in her frame, had begun to extend its having been one of almost unexampled influence, and break out with greater suffering, its ruggedness smoothed by virulence over her entire

person.
Under

almost unexampled faith. Throughout date September 13, 1821, the poor

this lengthened career of pain, her sole girl thus records her melancholy con- support, except what the casual benevodition :

lence of Christian friends provided, was “I have this evening been for some time

an allowance of three shillings per week dressing my wounds, when I was told that from the parish, one of which was apthe whole mass of blood was so affected, that, as propriated to pay for her accommodasoon as it healed in one part, it would break out tion, in a cottage of the most humble in another. This I have often been told; but, kind. But, neat in her person and her my heavenly Father, how greatly has it overpowered my weak and unbelieving heart this surroundings, poverty and disease did night! O what a frail creature I am! How not make her sordid and repulsive. On often have I said, 'Do with me as it seemeth becoming a Christian, too, her education good in thy sight!' But have I used this prayer in sincerity and truth? If so, why

as a poor girl, which had been most am I so full of heaviness? Omy God, make limited, she endeavoured to improve by me duly submissive under thy hand! Give self culture; and, incapable of active me, thy unworthy creature, grace so to be occupation, she wrote much. Her exercised by my sufferings, that, instead of desponding under them, they may work in me the letters, many written in midnight hours peaceable fruits of righteousness, to the glory of pain that forbade sleep, were adof thy great name, and the benefit of my soul. dressed to friends in the Lord Jesus, May I remember that thou, my gracious and bespeak a religious experience, Saviour, hast suffered for me, and be ashamed to complain or murmur at these tokens of a clear thought, and a power of apt exFather's chastening love, to bring a rebellious pression of a high order. A kind friend, child home."

in humble life like herself, made her a “Before I knew the Lord, I used to think myself hardly dealt with, and I even wished, present of a neat deal writing-desk ; with all the horror of impatience, for death to and many a sleepless hour in bed did put an end, as I then impiously thought, to she beguile with correspondence, demy sufferings. The Lord is indeed long- scribing her trials, but, above all, her suffering, and bore long with me, a rebellious comforts. If the few passages we select sinner." That those sufferings were severe, let

are rather descriptive of her physical the picture of her mutilated frame, in sufferings, it must not be overlooked

that the year 1825, sketched by the hand of

many are of a more cheerful kind, the devout author of her memoir, show. how our gracious Lord magnifies his

and that these are presented to show The Rev. Thomas Curme, Vicar of Sandford, writes of her personal appear-enables to endure peculiar afflictions.

grace the patience wherewith ance then, when he first made this afflicted saint's acquaintance :

1825. “I bave for the last eight years

borne, or rather have been exercised with, a “She was as distressing an object to be threefold trial---a frowning world (I mean hold as can well be conceived. The bones | my former companions in folly), a painful

affliction, and deep poverty—that made me the time will come when the days of my feel I was an orphan. And during these mourning shall be ended.” years I have found a threefold mercy-God “ The wounds look better, but there is a as a Fatlier, Jesus as a Saviour, and the painful swelling in the knee within these few Holy Spirit as a Sanctifier and Comforter. days. I assure you, my heart failed when I But I have placed this wrong, because the discovered this, and tears flowed at the Spirit first convinced me of my state as a prospect of being a cripple. But faith set sinner; Jesus then revealed himself as my all to rights. God has said, “My grace is Saviour; then, being justified by faith, I ob-sufficient for thee.' Besides, God has done tained peace with God, as a reconciled Father so much for me already, that it is surely very in Him. And I can no more doubt these wrong in me for a moment to doubt." things (although I do not always live in the “I am happy to inform you that two pieces full enjoyment of them) than I can doubt of bone have been taken out of my leg by whether or no my kind friend has proved Dr. Harriet. I did not tremble during the himself interested in my present and everlast- operation; but was much agitated afterwards. ing happiness." “ Time with me will soon It is indeed awful to behold my frame in exchange for eternity. O, to be prepared to part dissolved here on earth! Ohow cheer. enter upon its glorious, awful, blissful reali- ing the anticipation of that hour when my ties! Shall we together live in the presence mud-wall cottage will entirely fall!” of our God? Shall we unite in praising 1829. “ This poor hand, now scribbling Him who hath loved us and gave himself for to you, is getting sadly diseased. You may us? or will our friendship cease on earth? recollect, the wrist joint was affected about The loss of the friendship of one of God's two years since, when I anticipated losing the dear children on earth would be to me a trial

use of it.

It is now much enlarged, weak, indeed; but to lose an interest in the sinner's and painful. But I feel that my tears ought Friend- the thought distresses me ; how to be exchanged for songs of praise. Look much more would the experience of it! Tears back, my soul,- nine years ago I could not close my sight: 0, my Saviour, leave me tie a string, or do any, even the least matter, not-my soul would cleave to thee. But when the elbow was diseased in the bone for Isaiah xli. 10, answers these thoughts, dis. fifteen months. Again, through the other honouring to God, and distressing to my own wrist, I could not use my hand for many soul: 'Fear thou not, for I am with thee: weeks. 'Thou hast been my help!' Leave be not dismayed, for I am thy God: I will me not now to give way to grief or murstrengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I muring at thy wise and fatherly corwill uphold thee with the right hand of my rections! Oh no! I will wipe away all my righteousness.

tears; or if they flow, it shall be for my dis" O, how blessed to have a covenant God position to grow faint or weary under thy to go to, saying, My Father, thou knowest rod. I look back, and during every repeated what is best for thy poor helpless child-trial I have been able to erect an Ebenezer, thou art the guide of my youth, thou art my and say with grateful emotion, 'Hitherto hath portion, my all in all, my more than all!' the Lord helped me!' Will this prove an O yes, I have, indeed, found this to be the exception?” case! You know, my sister, I have no father “I am learning to cut my bread with the or mother; and ever since the 26th of June, left hand; and I humbly trust I shall find in 1812, I have been suffering under a painful this renewed trial fresh proofs that our God malady, which has hitherto resisted the power doeth all things well. I can assure you, my of medicine. But, blessed be God! blessed dear Sir, my tears have flowed; and even for ever be his name! lielpless, afflicted, then, though I am so rebellious, Jesus seemed friendless, poor, wanting at one time bread to to hush my rising grief, saying, “It is I, be supply my daily necessities, God became my not afraid !' Yet it is not the prospect of God, my Father, my Friend : my Saviour losing the use of my band that excites all became my meat, drink, life, strength, and my grief,-no, no, no,—but I wept because store, my all in all; my all in the outward I could not welcome all His sovereign will." want of all."

"I am latterly suffering acute pains day 1828. “ The wound you saw in my leg and night, yet not more than I usually feel is much worse, and another above, in a bad when the disease is making fresh ravages in state. I have also two wounds in my elbow, my sinful frame. The same source of com but they are not so painful. There is much fort remains — the precious Bible.

Dinah inflammation in my leg, and the pain has being ill one night, and I in unceasing pain, been extreme day and night. Yet with a light was procured; and after my poor gratitude I acknowledge that our God kept friend had been relieved, and all was hushed my mind stayed on Him; therefore it was I in sleep, I opened my Bible, and truly I enjoyed perfect pence in the midst of bodily found reason to be thankful for being pri. distresses. How cheering the thought that vileged with pain, preventing sleep, that I

I am

might find such suitable refreshment from flict with disease and pain, for the the word of God. I assure you nature was greater part of half-a-century. Almost wearied with the pain;-it was two in the morning. I read the 7th and 8th chapters of her last act of consciousness was sing. Deuteronomy; and do you not think, in re- ing Kelly's hymn throughout, the first membering only for a few moments the way verse of which is in which the Lord had led me, every uneasy

“ Sound, sound the truth abroad, feeling was hushed?" “I am now resting my left arm on my

Bear ye the word of God

Through the wide world: precious Bible, and my aching head on my

Tell what our Lord has done, hand; and I trust I am leaning on my Be

Tell how the day is won, loved. Soon my own head and hand will

And from his lofty throne grow weary-not so His supporting love. I

Satan is hurl'd.” suffer most acutely in my eye, and lie here many succeeding days, having the natural She entered into rest on the 10th of light obscured. I cannot now often read that September, 1849, aged fifty-two. word which so frequently revived and cheered

How dignified a thing is true relimy painful hours. Still the Lord is good: my meditations of Him are sweet.

gion! What grace it gives to the life often glad in the Lord;' and

and words of the illiterate and poor ! • While He is my shield and my sun, It raises them into a loftier region, and

The night is no darkness to me.'" 1830. “ Painful as my malady is, to me

from the familiarity it gives them with it appears, I could not bear its removal. celestial thoughts, ennobles both mind There is much in me that needs correcting, and body with celestial dignity. This which no eye but God's can discover. Ah!

poor afflicted creature, destitute of all my dear Sir, were I to weigh my sins against my afflictions, light indeed would the latter learning, and all incentive to and means be. This I do to keep me humble and thank of learning, yet polished by the intelful under my pains. But this is not all I lectual refinement which Christianity do. I set my sins in a balance with my Re- bestows, expresses herself with all the deemer's pardoning mercy and grace, when these superabound over the number and propriety of a University Professor. strength of them all."

How consoling is true religion! It 1831. “I long to see every sufferer happy comforts in cases where all other comin Jesus. Aflictions are not so intolerable forts fail. The world may solace in alas the world supposes. 'Oh, how dreadful! how dreadful!' people say, in looking at my

most every trial incident to man; but disfigured face. No-not so very dreadful,' | in the presence of personal affliction, I reply: 'my amfictions are very sweet to such as Harriet Stoneman's, and the me; I am much happier now than when in the full possession of every member of this sinful strong pain of virulent disease through frame. Every part has dishonoured God. successive years, nothing but the gospel He made me, and has a just right to do with of Christ can breathe consolation. The me what seemeth him good. The vessels

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weary and heavy-laden find their only ordained for glory must first be fitted for

rest in Jesus. The Son of God is still their place. It is here the lively stones must be prepared for the temple above. No more

the efficient Comforter of his saints. pain in heaven; no one shall there say, “ I am How saving, how sanctifying is true sick.' Oh, my friend, I do kiss the rod—this religion! Sin was ever the heaviest is of rich grace."

cross of this singularly suffering woAnd so on, in a strain of sweet sub

But her sorrows, ever arising mission, experimental piety, evangeli- from this source, were absorbed in the cal unction, and intelligent expression, joy of salvation. She would say, “Who does this suffering happy saint proceed, is he that condemneth ?" and reply, till at last, tho complicated woes of “ There is no condemnation to them earth were exchanged for the undis- that are in Christ Jesus." “ Thanks turbed bliss of heaven. Her end was be unto God who giveth us the victory, triumphant,-much more so than might through our Lord Jesus Christ!" be expected from her lengthened con

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THE YOUNG MEN'S MISSIONARY ASSOCIATION, IN CONNECTION

WITH THE LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY. We have much pleasure in laying cient means of offering assistance to the before our readers the following brief Parent Society. account of the above Association, most The plan was most carefully digested cordially recommending its principles and fully discussed, and ended in a and mode of action to those for whom unanimous resolution at once to underit was designed, and drawing especial take the support of not only the college attention to one of its principles, which at Rarotonga, already existing, under is most happily expressed, and which, the care of the Rev. Aaron Buzacott, in our estimation, is the peculiar foa- but also an educational establishment ture of the whole Association; it runs for the training of native agents, about as follows:

to be established at Madras, an institu“ That, as sympathies run in channels tion which the Directors have long felt of similar modes of thought and feel- to be much needed. To accomplish ings, and as these similarities are found these objects, £450 per annum will be associated with equality of age, Chris- required. To raise this sum, grent tian youth are best qualified to act exertions must be made; but we have upon each other in enterprises re- little doubt that the Association will be quiring heart, soul, mind, and strength.” able to fulfil its promises. The Com

Deeply impressed with this truth, mittee are now about taking steps to and feeling the difficulty of interesting establish auxiliaries in every Congregayoung men, as a body, in the Mission. tional chapel in London, and throughary work, in connection with existing out the country; and we earnestly hope institutions, the Rev. Samuel Martin, that the pastors of our churches will of Westminster, about three years since kindly respond to the invitation, and established the Association, which we assist by their personal effort and adbelieve is destined to achieve most im- vice in forming an auxiliary in conportant results in the Missionary world. nection with their own congregations. After a year's labour, he had the plea- One very pleasing feature in the sure of seeing three auxiliaries formed, Association is the quarterly meeting, numbering two hundred members, held at the various chapels of the which, for eighteen months, were most metropolis, and most interesting and wisely and beneficially employed in dif- instructivo are their proceedings; refusing Missionary information, in the ports of the present state and prospects shape of essays (upwards of one hun of the various auxiliaries are read, and dred having been prepared and de- short addresses are given by the minislivered), and the circulation of Mis. ters or friends present: the interest of sionary literature. By these means the meetings is well sustained-and, great interest was created amongst the indeed, when such men as the Revs. members in the work; and when it was Samuel Martin, Thomas Binney, Dr. suggested by the Rev. J. Baldwin Tidman, John Stoughton, J. Baldwin Brown, that the Society should adopt Brown, Henry Allon, and many others, some "distinct and substantial object,” | have been present at them, they canacting upon the advice of the Rev. Dr. not fail to be so. Tidman, the Committee recommended We warmly approve of these meetthat educational establishment, ings; let them be made (as indeed either in the South Seas or in India, they have been) as interesting as posshould be undertaken, as the most effi-sible, and we confidently hope that, on

an

no very distant occasion, encouraging | when this Association shall support all accounts will be read of the progress of the Missionary educational establishthe colleges.

ments in that great country. That would We are persuaded that young men be a work worthy of young men, and hitherto have been but slightly in- would effectually rebut the charge, terested, and are not, except in a few which is so often brought against them, instances, directly connected with the of want of sympathy with Missions, Missionary work.

whilst, at the same time, it would raise The fields of labour, to which the up a most important band of AuxiliaAssociation has directed its attention, ries to the London Missionary Society. yield to none in importance and in President . Rev. J. STOUGHTON. terest. India, especially, demands and Treasurer . Charles Reed, Esq. will amply repay more liberal succour

Mr. A. R. SCOBLE, than it has hitherto received, and we should rejoice to see the time arrive

Secretaries { Mr. J. H. LLOYD.

Review of Religious Publications.

LIFE OF DR. JOHN REID, late Chandos Pro "When I knew Dr. Reid, the strictly

fessor of Anatomy and Medicine in the Baconian bias of his philosophy seemed to University of St. Andrews. By GEORGE me almost to have communicated itself to his WILSON, M.D., Author of the Life and feelings; it would not be too much to say, Works of the Hon. Henry Cavendish." Post that he loved and hoped upon principle,-that 8vo. Pp. 324.

principle being the well-known one of Jeremy Simpkin, Marshall, and Co.

Bentham. I am profoundly convinced that The man of unsullied reputation, who the structure of his moral sentiments was takes the loftiest walk in a learned profes- eminently honest. All make-believe, shuffle, sion, is always an object of peculiar interest. false professions, and the thousand and one' Dr. Reid was one of a class, more numerous, forms assumed by insincerity, were unknown perhaps, in Scotland, than in any other coun to Dr. Reid. I don't imagine he despised try, who rise to professional distinction, in falsehood so much as he failed to realize it, the absence of all adventitious circumstances, and when he perceived it in others, he aniby the mere force of their own native genius. madverted upon the exhibition with an easy He was the maker of his own fortunes; and good-natured joke, devoid of all bitterness. this, too, in a circle where he had to compete “I do not think he was proud or ambiwith men of varied and surpassing ability. tious,—vain he certainly was not.

His menWith no extraordinary promise, as a child, tal powers may fairly be said to have been of except that he was affectionate and very a high order, that is, solid, but not brilliant. obedient, he gradually developed, in a course His deficiency of imagination, in my humble of good educational training, powers of mind view, precludes his being ranked among the of the highest order, especially in the depart-children of genius. If I ever thought Dr. ment of physiology, which placed him on the Reid uncharitable, it was when he bore down loftiest pinnacle of fame, in a city where, to in ridicule upon the gorgeous scientific poetry shine in any branch of medical science, re which sparkled in the reflections of some of quires unmistakeable pre-eminence and sleep- his gifted contemporaries. He did not underless energy of character. Enthusiasm in the stand the metaphysics of science any more pursuit of truth, in the two great departments than its poetry; he travelled by easy stages, of anatomy and physiology, was, so far as we counting every pebble on the road, scarcely are able to judge, the main source of Dr. ever lifting his eye to the glorious scenery Reid's great success.

around him. James Clark, Esq., of Glasgow, in a com “ In part, this circumspection was owing, munication to Dr. Wilson, justly portrays the I think, to the nature of his chief daily lamental habits of Dr. Reid, at a time when he bours. Teaching students to follow arteries had opportunities of watching his literary to their ramifications, count 'processes' of course, or rather, the vigorous growth of his bone, and peep through 'foramina,' is, perhaps, scientific knowledge.

calculated to dull the excursive faculties,-to

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