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church-remarked, “We have not many fathers in Israel, but we have seen one to-day. Yes, he was a father indeed, rich in wisdom, mighty in faith, fervent in love, sanctified in spirit, in soul, and body, and ready for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

It may be thought by some that we have said too much as to the prominent features of our brother's character. We think not. Doubtless he had imperfections. He was not without infirmity of temper. Some might deem him at times barsh and severe, not making sufficient allowance for those who had not reached the same standard as himself. They would say that his character would have shone forth with brighter lustre had there been more of charitableness and tenderness. Perhaps so. But let us not forget that while there were some imper fections we should strive to avoid, there were many excellences we should seek to imitate and possess. No one was more ready to disclaim personal merit, and to acknowledge "By the grace of God I am what I am." He was eminently a good man, and feared God above many.

Our brother was spared to a ripe old age. Though he had laboured hard in the world and in the Church, he retained health and vigour remarkable for his years. When upwards of seventy his physical and intellectual powers knew little of decay. At length, however, the keepers of the house began to tremble, the grinders ceased because they were few, and those that look out at the windows were darkened. Now and then he bad been compelled to give up his labour but again and again had resumed it. A short time before he died he said to some of his friends that he was better this last Christmas than in the Christmas of the preceding year. Two days after Christmas Day he attended the annual tea-meeting at South Street, and spoke nearly half an hour, refreshing his own mind and stimulating the minds of others by a reference to his early connection with Sabbath-schools. On the following Sabbath morning, December 30th, he was present at the public

service in the chapel. The text was, “Set thy house in order, for thou shalt die, and not live." That was the last service he ever attended; but he had set his house in order: through the atoning blood and sanctifying Spirit, he was made meet to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light. On the following evening wemissed him from the watchnight--the first time he had been absent probably for many, many years. The opening of the new year found him a prisoner at home. On Thursday, the 3rd of January, he took to his chamber, to leave it no more. He suffered little either from pain or sickness, and had no idea that the time of his departure was at hand. He was not wholly confined to his bed more than a single day. When his son called upon him on the Saturday evening, they both expected to see each other again on the Sunday morning. But this was not the will of God. About nine o'clock the same evening — Saturday, January 5th, 1867—he gently and sweetly fell asleep in Jesus, and his sanctified spirit passed away to the realms of the blessed. How sudden and glorious the change!

In the death of our dear brother the society at South Street has lost its oldest and one of its most devoted leaders, and a labourer who had long borne the burden and heat of the day without fainting. He has finished his course ; who will start in the race? He has fought the battle and gained the victory; who will enlist as good soldiers of Jesus Christ? Nobly did he bear the banner of the cross for forty-five years; who will take hold of it, and present it to the world with equal zeal and devotedness? He departed this life aged seventy-four years; who is willing, like him, to consecrate his service this day unto the Lord, and to continue in the Lord's work to the latest period of life? Feb. 6th, 1867.

R. H. JOHN GOODYEAR. The subject of our memoir was born in Barnsley, in the year 1801. In early life he was led by his father to our New Street Chapel to hear the

word of life, and to our Sabbath- never leave thee nor forsake thee," is school as a scholar, where he learned true to his promise. Notwithstanding to read in the blessed book the love of his early life of strict morality, he God to man. He afterwards became was led in 1846 to see that morals a teacher connected with the same could not save the soul, and thereschool, and thereby gave proof of fore sought with earnestness Jesus, his gratitude for the good he had who "saves to the uttermost," and received when a scholar, and was having found peace through believsoon marked out by his fellow- ing, he united himself with the teachers as a suitable person to fill church, and henceforth with his the honourable office of superinten partner, who had previously given dent of our girls' school, and to which her heart to God, was found in the place he was appointed in the year way that leads to glory and to God. 1847, and filled with efficiency and He was a kind husband and an held with honour until his Heavenly affectionate father. He lived the Father said unto him, “Come up Gospel at home, and set before his hither.”

family an example worthy of imitaAs a man, he was for industry in tion. His love for the cause of his his habits and meekness of disposition, God was not only seen in his atten. to be admired, and, by the blessing dance on the public services of the of God, brought up a large family of sanctuary, but by attachment to and children, who live to mourn their loss. attendance upon the private means For punctuality he was a pattern of grace. worthy of imitation; for about twenty The subject of our brief memoir years he was rarely absent from enjoyed through life good health, school when the clock struck nine. and was, therefore, enabled to work He not only loved the Sabbath-school, for his family and the church so near but had great reverence for the Lord's the end of life, that we may almost day, a proof of which we have in his say “he ceased at once to work and refusal to open any letters which he live." His illness was so short that thought were about worldly business. he finally took to his bed the Tuesday

He was blessed with a fine mellow preceding his decease. During his voice, and many will long remember illness he was sometimes under the with what delight he joined in sacred cloud, but those who had frequently songs, and frequently in the devo met with him in class, and frequently tional meetings led forth the songs heard his expressions of confidence, of praise. Notwithstanding his great and seen his consistent walk before the amount of business cares, he was Church and the world, had no fear for generally found in the week evening his state. The writer inquired if he service — a proof that he was could say with the Psalmist, “Yea, "making the best of both worlds." though I walk through the valley He loved his brethren in the church of the shadow of death, I will fear and never tried to rise on the injured 10 evil, for thou art with me." reputation of another, neither did he He replied, “I can." Could he also ruin others by flattery; but with an say with St. Paul, “For me to live is even temper pursued the tenor of Christ, and to die is gain?" He said, his way, and gave proof by his walk “Yes," and the writer has no doubt and conversation that he had been but that now he is joined with the with Jesus. The Rev. R. Walker, blood-washed throng before the who for two years had frequent op- throne singing “Unto him that hath portunities of intercourse and obser- loved us," &c. vation, says, “I believed him to be On the morning of the last Saba good man, in the Gospel sense of bath, and the last day he spent on that term, and I am sure he had the earth, he was visited by some female best interests of our society and teachers, with whom he joined with school at heart. And knowing how a voice that astonished all who heard he lived, I am in no uncertainty as to him, in singing that beautiful piece, how he died.” Our heavenly Father, " There's a light in the window for who says to his children, “I will me."

E. KAY.

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NEW CONNEXION MAGAZINE.

JUNE, 18 6 7.

Theology and General Literature.

POPERY: ITS DEGRADING SUPERSTITIONS AND DEMORALIZING

INFLUENCE. SAINT-WORSHIP-PATRON SAINTS : THEIR NUMBER—MARIOLATRY

DR. PUSEY A WITNESS-RELICS-HISTORY OF A TEAR-POPEWORSHIPPING RELICS — HOLY VISAGE - RELICS AMONGST THE RITUALISTS--A DEMORALIZING SYSTEM—THE CONFESSIONAL: ITS INFLUENCE ON THE PRIEST-BLACK IN ROBES, BLACK IN HEART -MONASTIC SYSTEM-FATHER GAVAZZI-LUTHER AT ROMETETZEL-INDULGENCES—FATHER Rocco's SERMON—THE CARNIVAL

- IMPRESSIONS OF COLERIDGE. To deal with the subject of Popery adequately within reasonable limits is altogether impossible, and, as we do not wish to weary our readers, we shall compress our charges into as brief space as is compatible with presenting even a specimen view. , It is, then, a system of superstition. The best things, perverted, may become the worst. What the Godlike gift of reason becomes in the idiotic or insane, such, or something approaching it, is the religious faculty when perverted to superstition and fanaticism. Superstition is rooted in all the doctrines peculiar to Popery, and the growth is proportionately abundant. It is like the jungle in tropical climates, giving shelter to all noxious things. Its image-worship, saint' and angel-worship, veneration of relics, pilgrimages, miracles, faith in indulgences, and modes of receiving absolution, are some of its manifestations. And these pitiable perversions of reason and faith have the fullest authorization in the decrees of councils, and the creeds and practices of Popes. They are genuine developments of Popery, made possible by that withholding of Scripture truth to which we have already referred.

First, as to saint-worship. The creed of Pope Pius IV. affirms. that the saints reigning with Christ are to be worshipped and invoked. To what an extent does this decision multiply the objects of worship! The Romish Calendar bas upwards of a thousand saints, a number so large that three or four patrons, on an average, can be allotted to every day in the year; and the present Pope is adding to the number! Every trade and profession has its patron saint; and some of these worthies take charge of particular diseases, and some of brute beasts. Sufferers from the falling sickness trust to St. Cornelia ; St. Appolonia takes charge of the toothache ; horses are the special concern of St. Loy; and St. Anthony looks after the swine! So great, too, is the delusive faith in these saints, that on

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