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control obliged him to leave, amidst the related to him, his features glowed with tears and prayers of his beloved flock. delight, and truly for him, when flesh His last settlement was at Whitchurch, and heart were failing, the name of Jesus Salop, where he remained nearly five had a charm which nothing else possessed. years. From the close of this his last Friday, the 31st, was indeed a memorpastorate, until within four years of his able day. The restlessness was fearful, decease, he was frequently employed in and at times the whole frame was conhis beloved work.
vulsed; but death's conqueror was there, Early in the spring of 1861, his health and the timid spirit gained the victory. became seriously affected, owing to a About 9 A.m. he suddenly looked up, esfailure of power in the heart; and on the claiming with ecstasy, "Oh, my Mary!" 22nd of April, 1863, he was seized with at the same time clapping his hands. slight paralysis.
Fourteen years back had the wife and All his lifetime had he been subject to the mother passed to her reward. Who bondage. A depression, probably con- can doubt that she now waited to welstitutional and inherited from his mother, come him? Then, with a fixed and earofttimes weighed down his spirit to the nest gaze, he slowly repeated, “ A great dust. Now, however, that the journey host!" was nearly over, the home well-nigh In the afternoon he was heard to say, reached, faith grew stronger and hope “Underneath are the everlasting arms of brighter.
Jesus-of the Good Shepherd." After But it was reserved for the last few lying quietly for some time. he remarked, days of his earthly sojourn to prove the • He will raise us up again." tenderness, the faithfulness, the omnipo- About 9 p.m. he raised himself in the tence of the love of Jesus. • Stronger bed, and at short intervals uttered the folthan death,” was that proved to be; lowing words :-“ All temporal, spiritual, “ many waters could not quench it, nei- and immortal good flows to me through ther could the floods drown it.”
the merits of my Lord and Saviour."Many were the hymns and portions of “I know I am not what I should be; I Scripture on which his soul fed during have not the resemblance to the spirits the last months of his life. On Sabbath in heaven that I ought to have: but these evening, June the 14th, when conversing pantings and aspirations after the higher on his favourite topic, heaven, he re- life, they come not from myself-they are marked, "Though we cannot speak with the work of his Holy Spirit.” - I know the confidence of some, it is a great mercy that grace will be given me even to the to be able to say, —
end."_“Sanctified on earth, glorified in ** A guilty, weak, and helpless worm,
heaven."-" Then let me die, if it be
*For ever with the Lord!'*
As the remaining lines of the verse were If the Lord had meant to destroy us, repeated for him, he responded, he would not have showed us these
“. Amen, so let it be.'* things.” Gradually, indeed, failed his strength ; but on the night of the 17th of The glad and eager look and pressure of July, the sudden lapse of power told un- the hand testified that the spirit was mistakably that he was almost home. | indeed foretasting of the bliss of heaven. The following Tuesday was his last day · Praise the Lord !” he added. Comup. After giving various little directions posing himself for the night, the words with perfect calmness, he said, “Do not were distinctly heard, “Christ, my hope expect me to say much at the last." to the end." But the glad words were to come, all un- Between twelve and one in the night, bidden and unasked; and the humble, he suddenly roused, and, in a voice as shrinking spirit was to bear a full and sweet as it was strong, he exclaimed, glorious testimony to the sustaining Mercy for all! merey through the power of that precious gospel it had so great Propitiatory Sacrifice. Whosoerer often preached to others. During the will, let him take the water of life freely. last fortnight his mind wandered much, Whosoerer will, let him buy wine and and for many hours on Friday, the 24th, milk without money and without price. his perplexity and distress in conse- Whosoever will, let him look and be saved quence were painful to witness.
Go ye into all the world.” His youngest A day or two afterwards, he asked son coming in that moment, he addressed for the well-known anecdote of Bishop himself to him, probably supposing it to Beveridge when dying. On its being be his eldest. “Go, tell them to come and
risk their all in His dear hands," clasping , and he commenced his ministry there in his own together. “ Let them come.
1854. From the first he highly appreWhosoever will, let him come, and have ciated the importance of his position, and hope, and rest, and peace, and joy, and gave himself to its duties with all the heaven. It is for all, throughout the energy of his nature. Besides preaching whole world, and to the end of time! in turn in Bunyan Meeting, and in the Amen."
village chapels connected with it, he conOnce again during the night his voice ducted Bible classes, entered into various was heard. “ Glorious salvation !" burst schemes for the benefit of the young from his lips. From this time he gra- people of his charge, gave his incessant dually sank into a kind of stupor; but attention to the aged and the sick of the about 1 P.M. on the Monday, one of his flock-to whom his visits were singularly daughters said to him, " Jesus is watch- felicitous—and lent his energies to every ing you, dearest father, more tenderly work that aimed at the moral and rethan we are, and you will soon be with ligious elevation of the people of the him." A pressure of the hand, a smile, town in which his lot was cast. In this and movement of the head, told that all way he continued to labour for nine was peace. Towards night the breathing years in unbroken harmony with the became much heavier, and at a quarter to senior pastor, and with evident tokens of 11 A.M. on Tuesday, the 4th of August, he the Divine benediction. By his instruentered into the joy of his Lord.
mentality not a few souls were saved, and many others quickened to a higher
Christian life. THE REV. J. J. INSULL, BEDFORD.
Mr. Insull's mind was characterized by The name of this able and devoted great power of analysis, and a most restminister of Christ, cut off in the flower less desire to go down to the roots of of his days, is worthy of being embalmed things. Nothing satisfied him but the in the Church's memory, not only for the clearest views of a subject, and he important position he occupied, but also counted no effort too great to gain them. for his character and work's sake.
He had a keen relish for the best class of In childhood his religious advantages literature, especially for such as aided were few; but while yet a youth the him in the elucidation of the sacred text. influences brought to bear upon him in A more painstaking and thorough stuthe Surrey Chapel Sunday School, toge- dent of the Word of God is seldom met ther with the earnest and affectionate with. He delighted in the study of the ministry of the Rev. James Sherman, led Grand Old Book. Nor did he shrink from to his conversion to God. He then be grappling with some of the difficult came a member of Surrey Chapel, and problems of theology. There was a time gave himself to various works of Chris- when he would have dared to force his tian usefulness. His services in the Sab- way beyond the limits prescribed to bath School, and his occasional addresses faith, had he not been held back by his at the young men's early prayer meet- deep reverence and his intense devotion ing, soon marked him out as destined for to the Master's service. As might be higher service in the Church of God. expected from a mind of such an order, He was induced to preach, and made his there was sometimes an elaboration and first attempt in a tent on Kennington finish about his productions which comCommon. The attention of his pastor mended them most to his more cultivated having now been directed to him, the hearers; but his over-mastering desire to opportunity was afforded for his giving serve all whom it was his duty to adexpression to a desire for the work of the dress, led him for the most part to aim ministry, which had been for some time at presenting truth in a simple and for“ as a burning fire shut up in his bones.” cible manner. The character of his Arrangements were made for his pur- general ministry may best be learned suing preparatory Studies under the from one who not only had ample oppordirection of the late Rev. W. Legge, of tunities of hearing him, but who is Fakenham; and eventually he entered as highly competent as a judge. In a funeral a student at Cheshunt College, where he sermon preached for his beloved colleague, soon gave evidence of possessing a keen Mr. Jukes says, “ The public services of and vigorous intellect, and a large and
our beloved brother were by no means of earnest heart.
an ordinary character. His prayers are As his college course approached its seldom approached, either in the range of termination, he was invited to become the topics they embraced, the variety of co-pastor with the Rev. John Jukes over expression by which they were characthe church in Bunyan Meeting, Bedford, terized, or the rich devotional feeling
or les ;
they disclosed. As a preacher, he had more
requently till within a few equals among men of his own age. week of his death. These efforts often The diversity of his subjects, the readi- proved very exhaustive, ard were someness and power with which he grasped times painful to those who witnessed the strong points of a text, his happy them. Still
, he did not seem to have illustrations, the extent to which he the impression that his work was so soon could go into the experience of his to close, nor had they who were most hearers, his striking appeals to the judg- concerned for him. In August, at his ment and the conscience, and his truly earnest desire, Mrs. Insull went to the evangelical spirit, have often filled me sea-side, leaving him to the care of his not only with pleasure, but surprise.' mother. The senior pastor, also, werd The secret of this effective ministry lies out for his summer vacation. But the in the fact, that preaching was the great time of the end was drawing nigh.
In idea of his life--the work he lived to do the second week of August he suddenly
Mr. Insull's physical powers were relapsed, yet he was able to attend to never equal to the energy of his mind some church business with two of his and heart. So early as in his college deacons on the Wednesday evening, after days, symptoms of disease manifested which he retired to rest. Not long after themselves. He pursued his Jabours, midnight, however, extreme exhaustica however, with little interruption till the set in, and, after asking for a little stimulatter part of last year, when he was lant, he sank into apparent unconscious. obliged to take perfect rest. Under the ness, and on Thursday, about noon, his advice of a physician, he repaired to spirit passed away. Brighton; but the change proved of little
Thus fell, in the thirty-sixth year of service, and he returned to Bedford to his age, one whose memory will long be pass several weary months in extreme cherished by all who knew and loved physical prostration. At length he rallied, him. He fought, not long, but well; and became able to resume part of his
J. B. F. accustomed duties, continuing to preach
AND NOW HE IS CROWXED.
Death of Thomas M. Coombs, Esq.
It is our painful duty to record the John's Wood. Zealous for the welfare death of our friend Mr. Coombs, who de- ' of all these institutions, he was especially parted this life at his house, on Clapham devoted to New College, labouring with Common, on Wednesday, the 18th of very great ability and with unremitting November, in the seventy-third year of ardour to promote its interests. The his age. His friends had observed symp- affairs of the London Missionary Society, toms of declining health for some time as well as the British and Foreign Bible previous to the illness which, after a few Society, also occupied much of his so weeks, issued in his death. That death tention, and no one was ever more rewas what his life had prepared such as gular, punctual, thoughtful, and ready knew him to expect. It was calm, trust, in attendance upon the Boards and comful, and full of hope. He knew whommittees than he. It is affecting to record he had believed, and expressed his simple : these repeated instances of mortality in faith in Jesus as the only ground of con- the Church within the circle of our immefidence and peace. After a long course diate acquaintance and intimate frien). of Christian activity, his removal will ship. The Lord is cutting down one tree prove a serere loss.
He was treasurer after another in his earthly vineyard, - 1 of the Orphan Working School, of Mill rather transplanting them to a kindli-T Hill Grammar School, of the Irish Evan- climate, and more congenial soil. gelical Society, and of New College, St.