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1839. When only a year and seven months old, she came with her parents to reside in the township of Withnell. In very early life she was admitted into the Wesleyan Methodist Association Sunday-school, at Abbey village, of which she remained a scholar until prevented from attending by sickness. She was always of a loving, gentle, and peaceable disposition, and ever manifested great attachment to the Sabbath-school, where through diligence and close attention, she made rapid progress in learning, passing through all the classes, from the alphabet up to the first Bible class. She was regular in her attendance, and good in her behaviour, hence many were the presents she received from her teachers, and the couductors of the school as rewards; and perhaps the instructions and benefit she received in that Sabbath-school will never be forgotten through the annals of eternity. The Spirit of God often strove powerfully with her when very young; hence, when only a little more than 13 years of
while sitting under the powerful preaching of the Rev. Mr. Robertson, (a Scotch Missionary, who laboured for nearly three weeks at Abbey village, and whose earnest and efficient preaching was blest to the conversion of many precious souls,) the word which fell from his lips in great plainness and simplicity, came with great power to her heart. An evident change was wrought in her, and she had thoughts of joining the Society, but some person not friendly to religion, who had influence over her, persuaded her not to do so, and the good seed which had been sown in her heart, soon, soon withered, and died for want of the means.
How true, my dear reader, is the sentiment uttered by Solomon :-"One sinner destroyeth much good.” But in 1856, through the influence of her pious sister, she was again led to reflect on her state as a sinner before God; she was truly convinced of sin, and deeply felt her need of salvation, she was a sincere mourner, and to such there is a cheering and cousoling promise :-—"Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted,” and our departed sister realized the fulfilment of that promise. A few days
after her conviction of sin, a pious friend took ber kindly by the hand, and pointed her to Jesus, who alone “ can do helpless sinners good.” That night she retired into her closet burdened and heavy-laden with guilt, she prayed earnestly and believingly to Him, “who is nigh unto them who are of a broken and contrite heart," and is ever ready to listen to their cry, neither did she pray in vaiv, for her burden of sin was removed. She “obtained peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, and rejoiced with joy unspeakable and full of glory." Seeing her sister enter the room shortly afterwards, she called her, and with child-like simplicity told her about the glorious and happy change she had undergone. She was very desirous that this should be made known, and especially to the person who had pointed her to Jesus. She united herself with the Church on the following Sunday, and continued : a steadfast and consistent member until she took her leave of a world of sorrow, to enter into the joy of her Lord, where “the wicked cease from troubling and the weary are at rest."
For five years she laboured under the disease of which she died, namely, consumption; this disease continued to gain strength, and it was seen that she was gradually declining. At the commencement of the present year, she was so weak and poorly, that she was obliged to leave her employment, to which she returned no more.
This was a heavy stroke for her, inasmuch as it deprived her of those means of grace, in which her soul delighted. She highly prized all the means of grace; and such was her love for the class-meeting, that it was frequently in her mind, and she appeared quite happy when speaking of it, which she often did to her sister. She was ready at times to exclaim with the Psalmist : “ How amiable are thy tabernacles, o Lord of Hosts, my soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.” During the whole of her painful afiliction, her mind was calm, tranquil, and resigned ; she seemed to enjoy that "peace of mind which passeth knowledge;" yet she was not beyond the reach of temp
tation-hence she had several severe trials during her sickness, but she conquered through grace, her eye of faith being steadily fixed on Christ, who ever appeared to her as the chief among ten thousand, and altogether lovely. She manifested great love for prayer, reading, and singing, and she received much consolation from the frequent visits paid her by some of the scholars and menibers of the Society. She often requested them to sing the hymn commencing with,
“There is a land of pure delight.” Another in which she took great delight, was that beautiful hymn in our School Hymn Book, which describes the glories of heaven,
“We sing of the realms of the blest." These hymns with several others she would often recite to those who visited her. But during all this, her disease was making rapid progress, and all hopes of her recovery were cut off. But she was still very happy in the Lord, and entirely resigned to the will of God; hence, when asked how she was getting on for heaven, she exclaimed, "I feel, that for me to live is Christ, and to die will be eternal gain.” She then recited the following beautiful lines.
“ 'Tis religion that can give
Solid comfort when we die.”
“ There is beyond the sky,
A heaven of joy and love,
Go to that world above."
On the Sabbath previous to that on which she died, she spoke to a friend about the goodness of God to her, after which she broke out in the following lines of the poet:
“ Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God,
Interposed his precious blood.” She often imagined that she saw Christ about her bed during her affliction, and has He not promised to be with His suffering saints ? has He not said, “I will never leare thee, I will never forsake thee? “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end." And once especially she thought she saw a bright angel pass through the room.
During the last week of her pilgrimage on earth, sbe declined rapidly, her earthly house was decaying ; the pins in the frail tabernacle were gradually loosening, previous to its being taken down. From Thursday she was entirely confined to her bed. Her sufferings continued to increase, and on Sunday, the day on which she died, she endured much pain of body ; but was still happy in mind. She expressed a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Her sister seeing her anxiety to be gone, reminded her of the great and precious promises of God; by which she was consoled and comforted. On seeing her brother enter the room, she said : “ I am going to heaven, she shook him very kindly by the hand, kissed him, and asked him to meet her in heaven. And then, as if she were taking her final farewell, she shook hands with all the family. And when she saw her afiectionate mother, and dear relatives weeping around her, she very kindly said, “Weep not for me, I am going to heaven to be better off.” She then requested her father to pray with her. The whole family knelt around her dying-couch, and while thus engaged, death entered the chamber, but he was not permitted to seize his prey until she had testified that the power of Divine grace was able to bear her up in the swellings of Jordan. Hence in token of glorious victory over death, she waved her hand,
and triumphantly exclaimed, “glory, glory, hallelujah." When her voice failed her, she continued to wave her hand, and when too weak to do that, she pointed her finger towards heaven, as if she intended to say with the poet,
“ There is my house and portion fair,
And my abiding home :
And Jesus bids me come.”
And in this happy state of mind, she sweetly fell asleep in Jesus, on the 16th of August 1857, in the 19th year of her age.
" And I heard a voice from heaven, saying unto me, write, Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord, from henceforth; yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours and their works do follow them."
Her death was improved by the writer, September 6th, from Phillippians i. 21. “And to die is gain,” to a large and deeply affected congregation. T'ithnell.
PAYING AN OLD DEBT. A merchant, very extensively engaged in commerce, and located upon the Long Wharf, Boston, United States, America, died intestate, at the age of seventy-five. After his death, among his papers a package of very considerable size was found, carefully tied up, and labelled as follows“ Notes, due bills, and accounts, against sundry persons down along-shore: some of these may be got by suit or severe dunning, but the people are poor, most of them have had fisherman's luck; my children will do as they think best. Perhaps they will think with me, that it is best to burn this package entire."