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At the grave, the Rev. J. Davies, Dr. Smith's | Andrew Brandram, which took place at successor at Gravel Pits, delivered a short Brighton, on Thursday, December 26th. address, and concluded with prayer and the While they bow in silent submission to the benediction. The scene was affecting ; and will of the Most High, they desire to record the associations were all such as to subdue their profound sense of the loss which the and sanctify the heart.

Society has experienced by this painful event. The funeral sermon for Dr. Smith was Twenty-seven years ago, on the decease preached at the Gravel Pits on Lord's-day of the late Rev. John Owen, the first Clerical morning, February 16th, by the Rev. Dr. Secretary of the Society, Mr. Brandram, after Harris, President of New College, with his some hesitation, accepted an appointment to usual power and pathos.

the vacant office. Though not distinguished

by the same power of eloquence as his highly THE REV. A. BRANDRAM.

gifted predecessor had been, he brought into The removal by death of this devoted the service of the Society a mind equally clergyman, from his important sphere as one vigorous and well cultivated, an aptitude for of the Secretaries of the British and Foreign business not less remarkable, and an attachBible Society, is a great public loss. The ment to the principles of the Society quite as solemn event took place on Dec. 26th. sincere; while the high reputation which, as

But a short time since, and there were few a double first-class man, he had obtained at men who seemed to bid fairer for a protracted the C'niversity; his manly, straightforward, period of honourable and useful service in and uncompromising spirit; blended with the great and good work to which he had de- genuine and unostentatious piety, soon gained voted the labours of his best years. For him a standing in public estimation and contwenty-seven years he filled the office of fidence, which he never lost. Clerical Secretary to the British and Foreign Having once made up his mind to underBible Society, with credit to himself and benefit tuke the office, he gave himself to its duties to the great cause. He was a patient and inde. with the most unreserved devotedness;fatigable labourer, both in the Committee of throwing his whole soul into the work ;the Institution and in his public advocacy of which he ever believed to be," as he assured its vast and varied operations. His appeals, the Committee in a letter dictated from his though distinguished by no flights of fancy, dying bed, " a work of God in our day.” and by no bursts of overpowering eloquence, His attachment to the constitution of the were always telling; and the distinct and Society was not less marked than his unenergetic manner in which he was wont to remitting efforts to promote its great and imread the Annual Reports of the Society will portant object. So fully was he imbued with long be remembered by all the friends of the the conviction that its prosperity depends, British and Foreign Bible Society accustomed under God, upon strict adherence to its to attend its Anniversary Meetings.

original principles, that nothing could induce The memory of this valuable functionary him to swerve from those principles, even in will be long cherished and blessed. He was the slightest degree; and against any and raised up by God to fill that post which Di every attempt on the part of others to touch vine Providence had assigned to him. He or alter them, he at all times stood firm ;had a firmness of character, combined with personal considerations weighing little with an open frankness of manner, which fitted bim, when he considered the integrity and him for the arduous service to which he had well-being of the Society to be at stake. been called. At times, perhaps, his strong It may be truly said of him that he was determination degenerated into something

“ in labours most abundant:" year after year, resembling obstinacy; but this was only a an increase of those labours was rendered proof of that infirmity from which the best of necessary by the constantly enlarging operamen are not exempt. He was a faithful and tions of the Society. From his first entrance devoted servant of that great Society with into office, he charged himself with a large which he had been so long and so honourably part of the extensive correspondence of the connected; and, in his private life and public Society, both domestic and foreign; and, in ministry, he adorned the doctrine of God his many other ways watched over its multiSaviour in all things.

farious concerns; besides which, he devoted

no inconsiderable portion of his time to THE COMMITTEE travelling throughout the kingdom, for the

purpose of attending the anniversary meetSOCIETY, ON OCCASION OF THE DEATH OF ings of the auxiliaries and associations. THE REV. ANDREW BRANDRAM, M.A., ONE These, in connexion with his other duties, OF THE SECRETARIES.

domestic and pastoral, persevered in from Tue Committee have received, with deep year to year, exacted from him an amount and mournful feelings, intelligence of the of effort which few could have sustained so death of their invaluable Secretary, the Rev. long, and under which even his robust and





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vigorous frame at length gave way. The thee, my child, with overflowing grace, now
result was, that, when it pleased God that the and for ever.”
hand of disease should be laid upon him, all At seven o'clock on Thursday morning,
the springs of life seemed to have been broken February 28, he became much worse; his
at once;-he quickly sank into a state of breath hurried, and the pulse quicker than
entire prostration, and from the couch of could be counted. He continued in this
utter feebleness rose only to depart and be state the whole morning; except for the la-
with Christ” for ever.

boured breath, his appearance was that of a During his illness his mind was calm ; he tired infant falling gently and wearily asleep. meekly yielded to the will of his Heavenly He was not conscious towards those around Father, often whispering, in the silent hours him, but seemed evidently conscious towards of the night, “ Thy will be done.” On the God; for his eye was clear and raised upmorning of his departure he was heard feebly wards, reminding them of the motto he bad to exclaim, “My Saviour! my Saviour!” and chosen for the year, “ Looking unto Jesus," soon after, he entered into rest.

and recalling to their minds those beautiful Of their beloved friend the Committee will linesonly say further, that he combined qualities "How sweet the hour of closing day, but rarely found in the same individual :

When all is peaceful and serene, strength of body and of mind ; talent and

And the broad sun's retiring ray learning; solidity of judgment; singleness of

Sheds a mild lustre o'er the scene! purpose; integrity of conduct; together with

“Such ts the Christian's parting hour,

So peacefully he sinks to rest : an independence of spirit always kept under And faith, rekindling all its power, the control of Christian principle. To these Lights up the languor of his breast. endowments were added a tone of feeling at “ There is a radiance in bis eye, once generous and tender, and a heart under A smile upon his wasted cheek, the habitual influence of that “charity which

That seem to tell of glory nigh,

In language that no tongue can speak." is the bond of perfectness."

Though firmly attached to the Church of At a little before five o'clock, the breath, England, both in its doctrine and government, which had been drawn at longer and longer yet, in a truly catholic spirit, he could cor intervals, suddenly ceased; afterwards, how. dially co-operate with his fellow-Christians ever, with one sob, life returned; and this connected with other departments of the was repeated several times. A shade of Universal Church. Not having respect to bis deeper solemnity, as at the approach of own ease, nor shunning reproach for Christ's death, passed over his face, which then kinsake, he laboured, and toiled, and watched, dled with an expression of radiant joy. The and prayed; in all things commending him- breath became noiseless as an infant's; the self to the approval, not of men, but of God. eye, fixed upward, grew brighter and brighter

While the Committee express their sincerest till it was glorious to look upon, and lie regrets on the loss of so endeared an associate seemed enjoying visible communion with that -regrets that will be fully shared, not only Saviour whom having not seen he loved. by his family, but by the whole body of his

“One gentle sigh his fetters broke; parishioners, and even by the Church of Christ

We scarce could say, “He's gone,' at large—they are constrained to acknowledge

Before the willing spirit took

Its mansion near the throne." the goodness of God in having permitted them so long to enjoy his faithful services; and they Light lingered in his eye, even after the would, at the same time, offer up an earnest faint breath returned no more, and his family prayer, that He who is Head over all things scarcely knew the moment when the spirit to His Church may deign (now, as formerly) returned to the God who gave it. to raise up and point out to them a suitable May our last end be like his! instrument for carrying forward a work so deeply connected with the glory of God, and A few days afterwards, at a meeting conwith the highest good of mankind.




nected with the Alliance, Dr. James Hamilton, minister of the Scotch Church, in

Regent-square, thus referred to the bereave[By an oversight, purely accidental, we ment:regret exceedingly that the concluding portion “I am glad to see

so many esteemed of dear Mr. Bickersteth's Obituary has been ministers of the Church of England with us withheld from our readers.—Editor.] this evening. They have not expressly said (Concluded from p. 540—No.334, Oct., 1850.) so, but I have no doubt that Mr. Carr Glynn,

His daughter asked a third question, Mr. Johnstone, Mr. Jackson, Mr. Plumptre, but the momentary gleam had passed away and our other brethren, bave felt the removal The intervals of consciousness afterwards of Dr. Byrth, and Mr. Grimshaw, and Mr. returned more frequently. The next day Craig, and Mr. Bickersteth, as a call from he gave her this blessing, “ The Lord bless God to step forward and snatch up the white


banner of those good soldiers, and to fill their so beautiful.

• Blessed are they that mourn: places, as far as they can be filled, in the for they shall be comforted.' To sorrows and Union phalanx. Having mentioned Mr. inward struggles he was no stranger ; but Bickersteth, as this is the first meeting of the just as the grass grows greenest where the Alliance I have been present at since he was winter flood lay deepest, there was a constant taken from amongst us, and as one of those summer in his countenance; and you rememdeputed by the committee to attend his ber how radiant peace and cheerfulness filled funeral, I may now mention that, along all the depths of his dark and pensive eye. with Mr. Dibdin, I was there. I was there, Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit and I felt it good to be there; good to join the the earth. And he did inherit it. Honoured devout men who carried him to his burial, and but lowly, revered but self-unconscious, his to realise immortality by the side of such a meekness was his strength, and his unassumtomb. As from the door of the adjacent | ing friendliness gave him a heritage in all our paikonage they bore the coffin in at the gate-hearts. 'Blessed are the pure in heart: for way of that sanctuary which his living pre- they shall see God.' And he saw God. And sence had so often beautified, and through we saw God in him—the grace of God, the the rows of parishioners to whom his living peace of God, the blessedness of communion voice had so often published the gospel of with God. And, Blessed are the peacepeace, to me the grief of his removal was makers: for they shall be called the children more than swallowed up in thankfulness for of God.' Pre-eminently a peace-maker, this his finished labours and his full-proof minis very movement is itself a record how he try: and when, after the anthem had been sought peace and ensued it; and as he was sung by the village children, and the service universally recognised among the children had been read by his aged brother, we of God,' so the Prince of Peace was not gathered round the open grave, and through ashamed to call him brother. A visible the grey clouds of a March morning the sun Beatitude! I might have said a living Doxobeams broke, and the hum of some insect logy. “Thanks be to God,' was the exclamanear where I stood, and the song of a moun tion ever ready to start from his gracious tain lark, reminded ns that after all it was lips; and living in the very atmosphere of spring-time in the earth, I felt as if, instead praise, to see his thankfulness was enough to of weeping with those who wept around that make us thankful. His exertions were never grave, we were rather called to rejoice with denied to the cause in which we are engaged; the ransomed spirit rejoicing before the throne. but it must never be forgotten that there was When the funeral was over, many of the a way in which Mr Bickersteth helped the ministers returned to Watton rectory, where cause even more than by his great exertions Mr. Auriol, Mr. Wilson, and Mr. Dallas, -I mean the silent, ever-working, everoffered up fervent prayers for the family, for attracting power of his own loveliness. This the parish, and for the church, as affected by is the lesson which his life has taught us, and this dispensation.

which, though dead, this man greatly be“ Very solemn it was to enter the vacated loved' yet speaks to us

- that the best prodwelling from which such goodness had for moters of Christian union are Christians who ever passed away; to view those apartments attract our love." filled from the floor to the ceiling with his noble library; to find oneself in the very

LORD BEXLEY. chamber where he had so often prevented The good and amiable Lord Bexley, in the dawning of day with prayer and studious his eighty-fifth year, has been called to his meditation--that chamber which had been great reward. The event took place, on visited by so many happy thoughts and bright Feb. 8. Few professing noblemen, or even visions, and from which had issued so many private Christians, have been more deservedly profitable books and fraternal epistles; it was esteemed for their eminent and consistent even like finding oneself in Enoch's home- | piety than the lamented President of the stead, to tread for once the fields and garden- British and Foreign Bible Society. After a paths where, in other days, he had walked life of lengthened political service, under vawith God. The Alliance can lose few rious Administrations, he sought for himself friends, because the Christian Church can the retirement of private life, and devoted contribute few members like Edward Bicker- the evening of his days to works of faith and steth. He was the religion of Jesus in its labours of love. He was known to take a truest type- its happiest and kindest aspect. deep interest in the progress of Christ's kingHe was a visible Beatitude: • Blessed are the dom throughout the whole earth; and to poor in spirit: for their's is the kingdom of cherish unbounded confidence in the efficacy heaven.' You saw that the kingdom of heaven of Missionary and Bible Societies, by God's was already his; and you felt how ennobling blessing, in hastening on the glory of the is that humility which clothes the citizen of Zion latter day. He was, as long as strength with a dignity so endearing and a holiness would permit, a most indefatigable attendant

in the chair of the Bible Society Committee, at Union Chapel; and to that church, it is in Earl-street; and entered with heart and but just to say, she proved a valuable acsoul into the business of the Institution. All cession. our recollections of this nobleman are grate We can truly say of her, that she was ful to the heart: we have conversed as freely a meek and lowly follower of the meek and with him on spiritual subjects as ever we did lowly Jesus. She had sat at his feet; she had with the humblest Christian in our circle. listened to his gracious words; she rested Dr. Cox, of America, after dining with him, upon his atoning work for her acceptance said to us : “ I see your Christian aristocracy with God. Her faith was of the Spirit's opeon this side of the Atlantic, is quite as hum ration, and it worked by love, purified her ble as ours (for we have an aristocracy in our heart, and overcame the world. She was no own way) on the other. I love that vener doubtful character, no twilight Christian, no able and condescending old nobleman; his one who dealt in words without works. That heart is full of love to God and man."

she bad her faults and imperfections there

can be no doubt, for perfection is not in man, THE WORKING CHRISTIAN. A BRIEF NOTICE and had we witnessed her faults, we should

OF MISS SARAH LANGHAM, WHO DIED not unfaithfully conceal them; but we are SUDDENLY, ON FRIDAY, 20TH DECEMBER, bound to say, we never did perceive them. 1850.

No doubt she lamented them, and confessed Miss S. LANGHAM, daughter of William them before her God, whatever they might Langham, Esq., of Holloway, and of Bart be, for her conscience was very tender and lett's Buildings, London, was brought, with scrupulous; she was ever anxious to know her mother and family, upwards of forty the worst of herself, and was always afraid years ago, to attend the ministration of the of thinking too highly of herself, or of others Divine Word, at Union Chapel, Islington. thinking too highly of her. That “ meek Mrs. Langham, who was then a member of and quiet spirit which is, in the sight of God, another Christian church, was received, by of great price,” was her distinguishing ornatransference, into the communion of that at ment; and while we can freely say, that we Union Chapel. Her daughter Sarah was an have known but few in whose character attentive bearer of the word, for some time. there could be less of guilefulness or vain The Holy Spirit, at length, awakened her to show, it may also be affirmed, that she a sense of the necessity of a change ; and “ walked humbly with her God." following up his own gracious impressions, While she continued to go in and out opened her heart to receive the truth in the among her brethren and sisters of the church, love of it. She continued to profit under the she manifested the truth of her Christianity services of the sanctuary, in wbich she greatly by a firm and steady faith in the Person, delighted ; and was enabled to rejoice in God Works, and Offices of the Divine Redeemer; her Saviour; but the modest and diffident and in her warm attachment to his Name, his turn of her mind detained her, for a while, Word, his Ordinances, and his people. She from an open and public avowal of her spi loved the habitation of his house. Whoever ritual experience. She was led, however, to might be absent from it, Sarah Langham was communicate her thoughts upon the subject sure to be seen in her place there. The Divine to her pastor, whom she always recognised as word was the delight and the food of her her spiritual father; and, in many interesting soul. Daily, and frequently in the day, was letters, disclosed to him the fears and the she found with the precious volume of inspirscruples that perplexed her mind. From ation before her, meditating thereon, and resuch documents, and from what he knew of joicing over it more than they that find great her walk and conversation, he could not spoil. She, indeed, would often say, “ Thy doubt the reality of the change she bad un words were found, and I did eat them; and dergone; nor was he the only observer who thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing took that favourable view of her case; she of my heart." More to be desired is it than appeared to be “an epistle of Christ, known gold, yea, than much fine gold.” And if an and read of all ” who were competent to judge apostle could say, We know that we are in matters of such importance. When, after passed from death unto life, because we love self-examination and prayer, she arrived at a the brethren," she possessed this mark of humble trust that she was, by the grace of spiritual vitality in an eminent degree. God, become a new creature; that she had In her imitation of the Redeemer's example, begun a life of faith in Christ Jesus; and felt and devotedness to doing good, we saw also the willing to give herself to Him and his ser reality of her Christian character. It was her vice for ever, she considered it also her duty earnest desire to possess the mind of Christ, and privilege to confess Him before the world, and to walk even as he walked; and those and to cast in her lot with His people. Ac that knew her best will bear testimony that cordingly, in the year 1810, she was proposed this desire of her heart was in no small deto, and received by, the church worshipping gree fulfilled. Like Him, she" went about




doing good.” It seemed her meat and her Ghost had implanted in her heart, and which drink to go on errands of mercy. Often has alone are acceptable in his sight. She was she been known to forego personal gratisica- never known to indicate, in any degree, that tions, and even her necessary food, to go out spirit of self-complacency which seems to to visit some case of distress, and to adminis- say, “ Come, see my zeal for the Lord;" but, ter to the temporal and spiritual necessities constrained by the love of Christ and of imof the suffering and the needy. In such mortal souls, she went about her works of works as these, indeed, she was surpassed kindness as one who would not have her left by few. It was no heavy burden to her, no hand know what her right hand was doing. irksome task, thus to do service,-it was a Such is the portrait we are warranted to pleasure, a thing in which she took delighit, draw of our departed friend; and we cannot of which she was never tired. She was, in but appropriate the words of our Lord to her truth, a “WORKING CHRISTIAN " to the last case,

Blessed is that servant whom his hour of her life; and many are the families Lord, when he cometh, shall find so doing !" in this neighbourhood, whose homes she used She was at work for her Divine Master to to gladden by her kind and benevolent visits, the moment of her death; for it was on an that are now lamenting, and will long lament, errand of kindness she was gone, when arthe loss they have sustained in her removal. rested by the Hand that suddenly and unex

Our long and intimate acquaintance with her pectedly caught her happy spirit into glory. character and habits entitles us to say, that She had left her pastor's house, where she her time, her influence, her property, were all was a frequent and always a welcome guest, consecrated to the glory of God-all freely between the hours of four and five on Friday rendered, in his name, to promote the entire evening, went to her brother's house in Holwelfare of others. It ought also to be re loway, and in less than five minutes dropped corded of her, that, in her walks of benevo. | down a corpse! “Blessed are the dead that lence, she often succeeded, by invitation and die in the Lord from henceforth : Yea, saith entreaty, in bringing hearers to the house of the Spirit, that they may rest from their laGod; and not a few to unite with his people. bours, and their works do follow them." To Her pastor, in fine, can well testify respecting this we only add, that the name and characher what the apostle did of Phæbe—“ She ter of Miss Sarah Langham remain embalmed was a servant of the church, a succourer of in the hearts of numerous Christian friends, many, and of myself also.”

among whom she lived and laboured, and An enumeration of the many ways in who will bear testimony, that, to the last which she abounded in the work of the Lord breath she drew, she served the Lord. would be long; suffice it to say, that as a Her mortal remains were interred in the Visitor of the Sick and the Dying, as a Distri- family vault at the Chapel of Ease, on Fributor of Religious Tracts and other books, and day, Dec. 27th; and the event was improved as a Collector for the Bible Society, the Mission at Union Chapel on the following Lord's-day ary Society, the Chapel Fund, and for other evening, by the Rev. H. Allon, from the objects, she was untiring and persevering. If, words—“Blessed is that servant whom his at any time, a friend would beg her to spare Lord, when he cometh, shall find so doing!” herself for her own sake, and not try her

T. L. strength too far, her prompt reply was, “ Oh

Islington, Jan. 1851. no! it is but little that I can do for Him who has done so much for me!"Oh, to grace how great a debtor

REV. JAMES A. HALDANE, EDINBURGH. Daily I'm constrain'd to be!'

We have only just time to record the death Whatsoever her hand found to do, she did of this devoted servant of Christ. He had with her might, and that we have reason reached his eighty-third year, and had laboured to believe, not from any motives of ostenta- faithfully in the ministry of the word for tion, or vain-glory; but from those higher, fifty-four years. We hope to furnish a meand purer principles which God the Holy moir of this venerable saint.



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