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Church, alike fatal to her impres- an impression for eternity. It is fearsion upon the world. Infected ful to calculate the mischief which with either tendency, she cannot may be inflicted even for this world do her errand of mercy; or if she -still more fearful to weigh the does, mingles so much error with misery which may ensue in regions her work of truth, that it soon of everlasting woe—by the promulcorrupts and perishes. While, gation of error in the stead of therefore, brethren beloved, we are truth—by the corruption, in howseizing the opportunities which ever slight a degree, of the Gospel God, in his providence, is affording of God's grace, at a moment of us, let us be careful so to maintain such intense interest, under cirthe Church which has been en- cumstances of such solemn grantrusted to our keeping, that when deur. As the Lord opens the we shall send her forth, we may be world before us, and we become sure that she will teach the simple more prominently the stewards and truth of God, and impart to the dispensers of his mysteries of grace, nations whereto she is sent, not let us strive and pray that we may merely herself and her forms, but be permitted to guard with jealousy the spirit of Him who is her head his Holy Ark, and present her ever and very life! An awful respon
to the world under one unchangesibility rests upon us, the chief able aspect—Catholic, for every shepherds of the flock of Christ, truth of God — PROTESTANT, 2when we contemplate such fields gainst every error of man! as those in which we are now pre- Bishop Elliott at the Consecration paring, through the instrumenta- of the Missionary Bishops. lity of these our brethren, to make
LETTERS TO THE WIFE OF A YOUNG CLERGYMAN.
ter," be so incumbent upon every MY DEAR YOUNG FRIEND,—Have member of a Christian congregation, you not already felt the privilege of what must it be upon you? So far having an enlarged sphere of useful- as you enter with him into the spirit ness opened before you? Do you of his work, will you feel the need of not daily see more of that wisdom and the petition, that God would " renew, love, which so planned the scheme of quicken, and preserve him, as a vessalvation, that at every point the na- sel unto honour, sanctified, and meet tural selfishness of our fallen nature for his master's use.” Whilst reis met, and when the Holy Spirit newed bodily strength is wanted to blesses the means, it is subdued ? sustain the continued efforts of one This truth is fully manifested when- who desires to “spend and be spent” ever the spirit of prayer is excited. for Christ, renewed spiritual support We cannot pray for ourselves alone is not less needful to resist the fiery we are as it were impelled to plead for darts of him whose special aim is diothers; just in proportion to our in- rected against the “ standard bearers creasing affection for them, and our
of the cross. Does not your daily conviction of the worth of those intercourse also show you what conblessings which we feel that they need. tinual supplies of grace are required
to “ quicken and preserve the minis- need self-destruction to accomplish ters of God, as vessels unto honour his purpose, and too good to require sanctified, and meet for their Master's it of his servants.” But it is never use?” Inward corruptions, consti- right to do it for mere personal gratutional temperament, and outward tification or convenience. The clertemptations, all conspiring to prevent gyman's wife in England, as well as this.
the missionary's wife abroad, may The nearest connections, and the profit by the injunction-" to fan the warmest affections, cannot be always Hame of her husband's zeal, and never blind to the truth, that the Gospel damp it by foolish fears nor softness,
treasure is in an earthen vessel;" nor break his lofty resolution by a and may we not rejoice in this, if it selfish interference; but to think more lead us with increased fervency to the of his obligation to God as a minister, throne of grace, and give us a deeper than of his duty to her as a husband.” conviction, that “the excellency of the It requires far more than natural power is of God, and not of man.' strength of mind to do this; we must The more we realize the value of the look for Divine aid to assist us. But “ treasure," the more we need this whenever an affectionate hint is given, teaching; otherwise we must fall into we should be specially cautious of the the awful sin of “ idolatry,” of which spirit which accompanies it. This is we are often unconscious, until God generally indicated by the tone and shows it to us, by the fall, or the re- manner: a peevish manner, proves an moval, of its object. Another series unsubdued and fretful state of mind, of petitions for him, with whose use- which is the most unlikely to influence fulness and happiness yours are so any but those who are too weak to closely interwoven, is “ that he may resist it. I shall only add one more always be faithful as a preacher, dili- petition for the present subject of your gent as a pastor, and exemplary as a intercessions, which is, is that God pattern." You cannot offer this in
will be pleased to bless his minister sincerity, without being reminded by with such encouragement in his work conscience, how much is required of
as may prove a constant stimulus for you in it; and how much you are renewed exertion.” With this peticondemned by it! Have you never tion, also, your duty and privilege are felt a secret desire that some plain closely connected. Your daily intertruth had been withheld, lest the faith- course with the different members of ful declaration of it should cast a your flock will furnish
with such shade over that popularity which is proofs of usefulness, as may be very so gratifying to yourself, forgetting encouraging to you both. But take that perhaps the eternal interests of care that they are not used by Satan others were concerned ?
as a means of temptation, by which refer to truths here, not to modes of your spiritual benefit may be lost. expression ; because an affectionate Do not be too soon elated by sudden hint as to these is not unlawful, if impulses, or external appearances. given in a Christian spirit, and with When you see anything hopeful, first earnest prayer that it may be dictated carry it, by ejaculation or private by a real desire for the glory of God. prayer, to Him who alone can give
Acceptable words” are not unlawful, you wisdom to act wisely, and supply if not intended to conceal unacceptable grace by which your fondest expectatruths.
tions can be realized. Never forget “Diligent as a pastor,” is another the various disappointments which important prayer; and should be fol- the parable of the sower teaches us lowed by the solemn enquiry, “Do I to expect. (Matt. xiii. 18—22.). In promote or impede this? What is the
this spirit you will encourage, without motive that influences my precautions injuring, one who needs the utmost as to over-exertion ?" It is not always watchfulness to defeat the devices of wrong to remind those whose delight Satan, either in his own heart or in is in the work of the Lord, that they his work, which this great enemy serve a Master who is "too great to knows to be so closely connected. On
but to strengthen the faith, and ani-
prayer to God, may be
the other hand, when the Head of the Church sees fit to disappoint your hopes, do not discourage or weaken the hands of God's minister, by your trials added to his own; but rather use both, as motives for personal humiliation before God, and for earnest prayer that your mutual faith may rise above all present appearances, and realize the apostle's experience, when he would say—“ Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge in every place.” (2 Cor. i. 11.) By such means you will be enabled not only to soothe the natural feelings,
“ Let thy bright rays upon us ne,
Give thou our work success;
Do thou vouchsafe to bless."
That you may long “ see the pleasure of the Lord prospering in your hands,” is the sincere prayer of
Your attached friend,
Bristol, Oct. 2nd, 1845.
SKETCH OF THE LATE ELIZABETH FRY.
(From the Norfolk News.) ELIZABETH Fry, whose decease was versation, and her melodious voice, noticed in our last paper, was the were admired by many; and her genuthird daughter of the late John Gur- ine kindness and sweet temper conney, of Earlham Hall, near Norwich. ciliated the regard even of he more When a child, she was remarkable worldly of her friends and companifor the strength of her affections and the vivacity of her mind, and early But infinitely higher and better learned the lesson of enhancing the things than the follies and vanities of pleasure and happiness, and soothing polished life awaited this interesting the cares and sorrows, of all around and fascinating young person,
Her her. As she grew up, philanthropy health was materially affected by a became a marked and settled feature complaint which appeared to be of a in her character, and she took great serious character; and thus the instadelight in forming and superintend- bility of all temporal things became, ing a school on her father's premises unexpectedly, matter of personal exfor the poor children of Earlham, and perience.
Soon afterwards, under all the surrounding parishes. The searching yet persuasive ministry effect which her gentle authority and of a friend from America, (the late kind instructions produced in these William Savory), she became deeply objects of her care, was indicative of serious. Her affections were now that remarkable gift of influencing directed into the holiest channel; the others for good, which was so distin- love of the world gave way to the love guishing a feature in her character in of Christ; and she evinced the reality after life.
of her change by becoming a consisNotwithstanding this and some tent member of the Society of Friends, similar pursuits, she was in no small to which she belonged by birth, degree attached to the vain pleasures adopting the plain dress and simple of the world, and was herself peculi- mode of speech by which that society arly attractive to such as were making is distinguished. Such was the way those pleasures their object. Her in which she believed it to be her dignified, yet lovely person and man- duty to take up her cross—for a sore ners, her cheerful, entertaining con- cross it was to her naturally gay and
lively disposition-and to follow that dressed them with her usual dignity, blessed Lord and Saviour whom she power, and gentleness; soon calmed was now made willing to confess be- their fury and fixed their attention; fore men.
and then proposed to them a variety This change, however, was far in- of rules for the regulation of their deed from disqualifying her for those conduct, to which, after her kind and social endearments which a widowed lucid explanations, they all gave a father and ten beloved brothers and hearty consent. Her visits were resisters claimed at her hands.
peated again and again; and with the On the contrary, she became more assistance of a committee of ladies, than ever the joy and comfort of the which she had formed for the purpose, home circle, until the year 1800, she soon brought her rules to bear when, at the age of twenty, she mar- upon the poor, degraded criminals. ried Joseph Fry, of London, and set- Within a very short time, the whole tled in a commodious house, connect
was marvellously changed. ed with her husband's business, in Like the maniac of Gennesaret, from the heart of that metropolis.
whom the legion of devils had been Here new scenes of interest and cast out, these once wild and wretched duty awaited her. She became the creatures were seen neatly clothed, mother of a numerous young familybusily employed, arranged under the over whom she exerted the tenderest
care of monitors, with a matron at the maternal care. Yet her domestic head of them, and, comparatively relations did not prevent her labour- speaking, in their right mind. ing with constant zeal and assiduity Every morning they were assemfor the benefit of her fellow-creatures. bled in one of the wards of the prison, The poor found in her an unfailing when a chapter of Scripture was read friend; and numerous indeed were aloud in their hearing, either by the the instances in which cases of dis- matron, or by one of the visiting tress were first personally examin- ladies. On one particular morning ed by her, and afterwards effectu- of the week, it was Elizabeth Fry's ally relieved. She was eyes to the regular practice to attend on these blind, and feet to the lame; and occasions, and to read the Bible herthe cause which she knew not she self to the prisoners. This office she searched out.
performed with peculiar power and The leading object of her be- sweetness. The appropriate modulanevolent exertions was the amelio- tions of her deeply-toned voice gave ration of prisons. Her long and great effect to her reading, and the persevering attention to this object, practical comments which she often which continued to be dear to her added, after a solemn pause of silence, until her end came, commenced with and sometimes a melodious prayer in a circumstance which is already well conclusion, were the frequent means, known to the public, both at home under divine influence, of melting the and abroad. At an early period of hearts of all present. The prison was her life in London, she was informed open, on the appointed morning, to of the terrible condition of the female any visitors whom she chose to adprisoners in Newgate. The part of mit; and her readings were attended the prison allotted to them was a by a multitude of persons, both Engscene of the wildest disorder. Swear- lish and foreign, including many of ing, drinking, gambling, and fighting high rank and station in the world, were their only employments; filth who were all anxious to witness this and corruption prevailed on every extraordinary scene of order and reside. Notwithstanding the warnings formation. It might often be obserof the turnkeys, that her purse and ved, that the poor prisoners themwatch, and even her life, would be selves, and the visitors of every class, endangered, she resolved to go in were equally affected. All were adwithout any protection, and to face dressed as sinners, all directed to this disorganized multitude. After Him who is the Saviour from sin! being locked up with them, she ad- In carrying on her measures of
reform in Newgate, she was gener- means of gradually weaning them ously supported, not only by the City from their evil ways, and of restoring authorities, but by Lord Sidmouth, them, as useful members, to society. the Secretary of State for the Home Numerous and satisfactory were Department, and his successors with- the instances of such reform, which out exception. With these gentle- took place under the immediate no
she had frequent personal tice of Elizabeth Fry; but here it communication, as circumstances a- ought to be emphatically remarked, rose which required it, particularly that she and her associates uniformly with Sir Robert Peel, who never hesi- held up to view, that Christianity, in tated to afford her all the help in his its practical and vital power, was the power. On one occasion she was only true source of a radical renovasummoned to the Mansion House to tion of character. Thus, while they meet the late Queen Charlotte, who ever insisted on cleanliness, industry, treated her with marked kindness, and wholesome order and classificaand publicly signified the deep inter- tion, their main dependence (under est she took in her philanthropic ob- the blessing of Providence) was on jects. In prosecuting those objects, the reading of the Holy Scriptures, indeed, she was at all times kindly and on kind, judicious, persevering supported and patronized by the religious instruction. Royal Family, to most of the members She was a warm and steady friend of which she was personally known,
of the afflicted slave, and many a and warmly and faithfully attached. time has she animated, sustained, and
The attention of Elizabeth Fry, encouraged Sir Fowell Buxton and however, and of the other ladies whom his associates, in their unwearied efshe had formed into a visiting com- forts to obtain emancipation. The cause mittee, was by no means confined to of the Bible Society was also peculiarNewgate. The female criminals in ly near to her heart. She possessed some other prisons of the metropolis a deep and large knowledge of Scripsoon came under their care, and after ture, which was her daily private study, the successful formation of the “Brit- well understood its value, and was ish Ladies' Society for the Reforma- constant and fervent in her endeation of Female Prisoners,” (which vours to disseminate it among others. has now continued its useful efforts Here it may be mentioned that she and interesting annual meetings for took great delight in selecting a series more than twenty years,) a similar of striking passages, one or two for care was extended, by means of asso- every day in the year. This selection ciated committees, to most of the she formed into a text-book, which principal prisons in Great Britain and was published with her name, and Ireland. Subsequently, the plans of has since been translated into French Elizabeth Fry were adopted, (chiefly and German. Thousands of these in consequence of her own influence little volumes did she herself distriband correspondence,) in many of the ute, as appropriate presents to young prisons of France, Holland, Denmark, people and others, and in such a kind Prussia, &c.; and have been acted on and skilful manner, as to render the with much success at Philadelphia, gift, small as it was, precious to the and elsewhere, in the United States. receiver. The great objects of the British Soci- The formation of libraries for the ety, and of those who followed in its use of coast-guards in all their numerfootsteps, were, in the first instance, ous stations round the British isles, to place the female inmates of these was an engagement which deeply several prisons under the care of interested her. Under the generous matrons and other officers of their patronage of the government, and own sex; and, secondly, to arrange a with the help of a large subscription plan for their being constantly visited from her friends, she completely sucand superintended by benevolent ceeded in accomplishing this object. ladies, whose mild yet assiduous It is believed that there is not a sinChristian influence might be the gle station of this description on our