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than with my own beloved church and to think they had looked for too much from friends in poor dark and dismal Crosby-row: me. Why it was, I could not tell; but Fifthly-Because I have been preserved poverty of soul, and darkness of mind prefrom many sharp temptations—and held up vailed to such an extent, that I seriously in many sore trials, since I have been wished I had never come. In the evencalled to preach the gospel unto you, and ing of the day, the fire kindled in my soul those trials have really been made useful a little, and then I made such a noise that to me, and a blessing unto many souls some could not hear what I said ; others among whom I have laboured. Sixthly, were obliged to go out for fear their heads This confidence is strengthened by the fact would be split; and so altogether, you may that although my labours, as printer, and depend upon it, I felt not a little distressed editor, preacher and pastor have been im- by the way. On the following morning I mense; yet never has the Lord forsaken took a solitary walk by myself, for indeed me in the work. I have sometimes been I seemed to be here all alone. I found Hull blessedly indulged with sacred and solemn to be a very extensive, a very busy town. meditation on the word before preaching: It lays on the borders of the river Humber, at other times, I have been so dark, dead, which wide stream of water separates the empty, and barren, that I could see nothing, two large counties of Yorkshire and Linfeel nothing, nor obtain anything; but, incolnshire. A very fine pier is here erected the moment of extremity, the Lord has on which you may walk, see the shipping, opened my heart to receive, and loosened steam vessels, the opposite shores of New my tongue to declare his truth; and he has Holland, and many other things of an inblessed the same to his saints. And, last- teresting character. The Wesleyans have ly, I may add, he has given me such a here got șix immensely large chapels ; strong attachment to the work; and at besides Primitives, Ranters, Presbyterians, times, such strong desires to be useful the General Baptists, Quakers, Churches, and remnant of my days, that I cannot but be- other places of worship. Hull is by no lieve I shall yet continue with you for your means deficient of forms of worship, but furtherance and joy in the faith.
how much real salt it contains, the Lord I must now come to give you some brief only knows. account of my journey into Yorkshire; and That it does contain some precious souls of my labours among the people there. I am fully persuaded, although it was not
After preaching at Mile-end, on Friday my lot to find many of them. On the Monevening, June 30th, I hastened home, and day evening I was announced to preach very soon after this a cab drove up to our again in Bethesda Chapel, and with a sore door, with Brother GEORGE KELLAWAY, pain in my head, and much coldness in my who had come up from Yeovil, to preach heart, I went into the pulpit. Something for me during my absence. I found him a seemed to say to me. They have had enough plain, honest, sincere, man of God, and of you in Huil, you had better have stayed at most heartily did I pray that the great home.' Yes,' I said, 'I feel so : but who can Head of the church would bless his labours tell what the Lord may have to do? I tried to your souls.
to make the best of it: but I felt that I was told, it was absolutely necessary, preaching with my usual liberty was out in order to get to Hull on Saturday, that I of the question; however I made a noise leave London by the six o'clock' train. for above an hour; and I know some soWell, at exactly twenty-five minutes to five lemn truths were spoken, but the comfort o'clock on Saturday Morning the Lord of them appeared to be left behind. The awoke me. I found all in the house in a next day. (Tuesday) we held a public tea profound sleep: and felt persuaded I should Meeting in the Wilberforce Rooms. [There not be able to reach Euston-square by six is a very noble monument erected on one o'clock. While, however, I was meditating of the bridges here, in commemoration of upon what was now to be done, my sons Wilberforce's Abolition of Slavery.7 This were up and gone for a conveyance, and meeting was well attended. The provihaving besought the Lord's presence and sions were truly characteristic of Yorkblessing, I was quickly on the road towards shire-rich in quality, profuse in variety, the rail; found a corner in a Hull carriage, and abundant in quantity. It was to me and by the good hand of God upon me, i a pleasing sight. Some of the speaking arrived safely in this town at six o'clock'in was edifying. The next day we went to the evening, and was, by my friend Mr. Hessel, where I spoke to the people in a Lane comfortably quartered at Brother large club room, and told them tható Many Wass's, in Carlisle-street ; whose extreme waters cannot quench love, neither can the kindness towards me, (in my very poor floods drown it. There was a good party state of health here,) I hope ever to remem- | came out from Hull, but the well was ber with much gratitude and esteem. deep; I had nothing to draw with; and so
On Lord's-day morning and evening, I I was compelled abruptly to sit down. preached in Bethesda Chapel. In the morn- Surely never was I more mortified in my ing I was sorely tried; my mind so ham- life in the matter of preaching. The next pered and distressed, that how to proceed, day, (Thursday) I was to preach in the anor how to leave off, I did not know. Before cient town of Beverley. I must and will I arrived here, Mr. Lane wrote me word mention one circumstance here. As I was that “the Yorkshire people were all cock-a- returning from Hessel on Wednesday hoop at my coming." Alas! I am inclined evening, a friend said, 'I saw Mr. Wilson
was hearing you on Monday night.' I said, ing and praising the God of all my mercies • Who is Mr. Wilson ? ‘A Baptist minister: for his continued kindness towards me. I am
Is he a man of truth?" I asked. “O yes ;|(at times) greatly burdened in my mind, on he is A SOUND MAN;' said my friend. The account of time and temporal things-but, next morning I was introduced to him; a as regards the Gospel, I can say I love it, very kind christian man I found him to delight in it, and I believe, I preach and be; and truly I must say it warmed my feel it more than ever I did before in all heart (not a little) to find that even the my life. I went yesterday to Knowl Hill poor despised Baptists, (holding the doc- Anniversary. It is near Maidenhead, in trines of grace in heart and life, were not Berkshire. There is a couple of good, sound, without a living witness even in Hull. I clean experimental men of God at Knowl pray God to bless his labours in the midst Hill, who preach the unsearchable riches of the many thousands of souls which of Christ; one is, dear old Benjamin Mason, swarm by shoals in this densely populated whose labours God has owned to the bringpart of our native land. At three o'clock ing some poor sinners to a knowledge of the we set sail for Beverley; a clean, pretty, truth. I forget the name of the other dear quiet town: having a noble cathedral or Brother, but they are like Paul and BarnaMinster Church, called 'Beverley Minster,' bas, united together in spreading abroad the a parish church, and some neat looking fame and wonders of Jesu’s finished work. chapels. We went into the Minster; and It is very remarkable to notice, as I go a very handsome house it is, which has about the land, that the real friends to sterevidently stood for many centuries; and it ling truth are very few, and generally poor. seemed to say to me (as it lifted up its In the town of Maidenhead, they can scarcely tall towers towards the heavens, and spread keep the truth alive at all. There is one its mighty cloisters east and west,) Your good man there by the name of Neeve, who noise about THE CHURCH IS IN DANGER, opens part of his house for a little handful does not move me.' 'Well, well, Mr. Minster, to meet in; and sometimes Brother Hunt, (said I) I have no desire to move you. You of Hemley, goes and preaches among them. are in the hands of Israel's God; he has Now, Messrs. Independents and company, made use of you; and may do so again; have some fine chapels in that town, but and when he has done with you he will God's truth, must be shut up in a little sink you in oblivion; for much as we ad- room. Well, it was so in Master's time, mire your lofty spirés, and elegantly scar- therefore let us not be grumbling. let coloured stalls and pews, and ancient As regards Knowl Hill Anniversary, it monuments, still, you are not THAT was a good day; all the dear souls seemed CHURCH WHICH CHRIST HAS BUILT UPON as happy as they could be: The "little man THE ROCK; against which the gates of hell from London" preached morning and evennever can prevail. While silently musing ing, and Brother Miller (the pastor of the in one corner of the Minster, friend Lane Baptist Church, at Penn) in the afternoon. gave me a thump, and said, Come along.' He took for his text Christ's own wordsSo off we went; and after giving me a good “ Upon this rock will I build my Church, and Yorkshire cup of tea, they took me into the the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Temperance Hall. There they stuck me I must tell you, Robert, it is but seldom I up in a kind of gallery, (for a pulpit,) and can hear a sermon with much profit, but a few people lent me their ears for a short this sermon I did hear with real pleasure. time. Bless the Lord, my labours in York- My heart was rejoiced to find the Lord had shire are over! And now (Friday Morn. raised up a man, who, in a plain, honest, ing) am passing over rivers, through spiritual and experimental manner de dismal tunnels, and some few fields of clared the whole counsel of God. It was corn and hay, on my way to Leicester, as clean and as comfortable a Gospel Serwhere I expect to preach this evening if mon as I ever heard. the Lord permit. I may just say in conclu- Brother Evans (from High Wycombe,) sion, that, on getting into friend Garrard's and some of his friends were there; Benjapulpit, the fact of sister Walker's being min Flory, and some Reading folks, so that taken home to glory pressed heavily on my altogether there was a good muster; and spirit; and, I really there enjoyed a little a sweet, and solemn time it was. of the Lord's presence; and greatly rejoiced I was told that the High Wycombe cause am I to say that on my return home I have is being raised up to more peace and prosfound my loving Master is with me. Thus perity under our Brother Evans. It is the in hope of eternal life, I am yours to serve firm conviction of my mind that the Lord in the gospel.
C. W. BANKS.
will make use of that man. He is calcu
lated to be useful: but, I can drop you a A Good Day.
hint, Robert. These causes, and ministers,
in poor circumstances should be visited and MY BELOVED BROTHER ROBERT.-As Iam assisted by our richer friends; this would now shut up in an Eastern Counties Rail- strengthen and encourage their poor hearts. way Carriage, on my way to Spalding, in Why, my Brother Mason told me, that neiLincolnshire, where Ì hope to blow the Gos-ther he nor his fellow labourer never had pel trumpet, I feel a determination to em- a penny for their labours. May the good ploy my time in writing a line to you, and Lord appear for them, and for you, and comthen send it up to the Earthen Vessel. And fort you, prays your loving brother, I will call upon you to join with me in bless. July 12th, 1848.
C. W. BANKS.
Dr. Hawker's Dying Pillow, must be by eternal election, and that this
was the fruit of divine sovereignty, wholly
the act of Jehovah's will towards us. From In our last, we gave a brief notice of a new hence we are led to see, that all our consowork which has recently been sent forth by lation and comfort in the very article of Mr. SHUTTE, (the present rector of the death, and our admission into heaven, is all united parishes of St. Augustine and St. from the good pleasure of God's will. Let Faith, London.) The work is entitled these thoughts take us off from all creature “ The Dying Pillow made Easy for a Death dependence on ourselves. Though we must Bed. A Posthumous Work of Robert Haw- pass through the dark valley, for the deker, D.D.” It is published by Collins, 22, cree for your death and mine is past, and Paternoster Row: and will, no doubt, be cannot be reversed–Dust thou art, and considered an interesting little manual by unto dust shalt thou return; still our dear many true believers in the Lord Jesus Lord he will be with us, and make death Christ.
very easy to us, and fill our minds with As we are now engaged in speaking in our joy unspeakable and full of glory. master's name at Hull, in Yorkshire. (where As believers in Jesus we need not fear a temporary affliction in the head has the execution of the sentence on us, for our again overtaken us, we have neither time dear Lord has said, ' Verily, verily, I say nor powers of mind very closely to peruse unto you, he that heareth my word, and the work : but, it was written by Dr. Hawker believeth on Him that sent me, hath everjust before his death. Let that suffice : it lasting life; and shall not come into conneeds no further recommendation. We re-demnation, but is passed from death unto member that we promised to make an life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, if a extract from it, however: and this we will man keep my saying, he shall never see do. The following quotation is the Doctor's death. I am the Resurrection and the Life; LAST AFFECTIONATE ADDRESS to the church he that believeth on me, though he were of Christ principally upon “the glory that dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever is about to be opened, when death has done liveth and believeth on me shall never die.' its office." And a very precious considera- In my Father's house are many mansions; tion is this for such poor tempest-tossed, if it were not so, I would have told you: sin-afflicted, body diseased worms as we I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I feel ourselves to be. How often do our poor go and prepare a place for you, I will come souls breathe out
again and receive you unto myself, that " Oh, may I live to reach that place, where I am, there ye may be also.' It well Where he unveils his lovely face;
becomes us to receive in our minds these Where all his beauties you behold,
glorious Scriptures; and when we are enAnd sing his praise to harps of gold."
abled to mix faith with them, we have comBut now for our extract. It is as follows:- munion with him, and are thereby saved
“ After contemplating the subject in this from all slavish fears of death. To be in sublime point of view, in reference to the Christ is the greatest of all blessings; to die divine glory, and for which, above every in Christ, is true blessedness; to be found other consideration, we are warranted to in him, is the very essence of all blessedconclude, that the death of the Lord's saints ness and perfection. It is our misery to is precious in the Lord's sight, let us de- look at death, and an entrance on scend into minor concerns, and take a view unseen state, without looking at these in of our interest therein.
Christ. He hath conquered death, he hath Believers in our precious Lord and Sa- destroyed it, he hath abolished it, he hath viour, it would be well with them to be consecrated it as the passage to life evermore and more acquainted with Jesus. lasting; he knows all contained in it, what Neither death, nor the state which will fol- is felt when the separation stroke is given, low thereon, will make any alteration in and what will take place on our entrance our dear Lord, nor in any one article of the into eternity. Himself was separated in everlasting gospel. We are not going to glory his body and soul by death; therefore, as without Christ; we shall need him, and to he has himself passed this way, he knows our latest moments. All we want in death how to feel for his people in the article of is such views of him in a way of believing death; how to guide them safely through, and spiritual apprehension, as may carry and comfort them when heart and flesh fail. us above ourselves to rest on him alone. 1 As to eternity, we need not trouble ourselves will most readily grant, none of us at therewith-we are only going home to our present know what dying is; nor do we Father's house; and the state we shall then know what it is to be separated from our enter upon, will be the state of glory; bodies. It may be, some of our brethren which will suit our disembodied minds, know as much of the apprehensions of being and be as truly acceptable to us as it is for in a dying state, as we possibly can without us now to enjoy the Lord's presence, and the act of dying. If so, how were we at such communion with him in any of his holy seasons sustained? Was it not from real ordinances. As respects the body, we can scriptural and spiritual apprehensions that exist without it for a season. And let us our everlasting all depended wholly and stop a moment to consider, that, when all alone upon our being in Christ? Were we nature sinks, and all the springs of natural not led then to see, if we were in Christ it life cease with us, our Christ, who makes
our cases his own, and promises never to , in his word, without any sensible comfort fail nor forsake us, will be then to us all added to it. I conceive it very blessed to be we need. If the Lord would give me the enabled to say, as the apostle Paul doth,‘I desire of my heart, I should prefer dying know whom I have believed, and am per. with Christ's eye on me, and mine on him, suaded that he is able to keep tbat which I and in the exercise of my spiritual senses have committed unto him against that day.' and faculties on his person, love, salvation, Blessed be the Lord, all the Lord's people worth, fulness, and glory, than in the en- are equally secure in Christ. Death canjoyment of spiritual consolation ; because, not take off the heart of Christ from them, hereby a way would be opened to consider nor can it separate them one moment from the glory that is about to be revealed, as him. Let what particular frame of mind soon as death has done its office, and the they may be in at the article of death, or mind is disengaged from the body. the circumstances which may attend their
“It is generally found the children of departure out of the world be what they God live as they die, and die as they live. may, this can make no alteration in their Such as have been led from the Word, and state in Christ. A believer cannot close by the Holy Ghost, to receive the knowledge his life better than in the exercise of faith and mysteries contained in the person of on Christ. He cannot express himself Christ, the love and salvation of the imma- better, when the cold clammy hand of death culate Lamb, and have had real fellowship is upon him, than by saying, ' Lord Jesus, with him in a way of believing, and centre receive my spirit. He cannot set a greater in him for life everlasting, expecting to find crown upon the head of Christ in his last and enjoy in him all the blessings of life moments than by calling on his name,
and everlasting ; when such come on the con- giving up his soul to him, and committing fines of eternity, they generally are found it to his care and charge. Millions of his so wrapt up in Christ, as to utter to their saints have acted thus. Millions more fellow-saints, who may be about them, how will. And oh, that it may be your exercise they are sustained in their own minds, and and mine when the Lord shall call us into what prospects are now before them, of the such a state; may we call upon Jesus to glories of Christ, which will break in upon receive us, and admit us into such a view their souls when they shall be admitted of him in his eternal glory, that our souls into his immediate presence in heaven. may be swallowed up wholly in him, Many a saint, grown to spiritual maturity, It is a pleasing thought, let death come has found a death-bed most blessed, as when it may, it will soon be past, and the being favoured with such spiritual views of Lord will be with us.
It is only the death Christ, his dignity and person as God and of the body; it can do no injury to the
It has been given to them to see that mind. When past, it is past for ever. Jesus all the glory of God will for ever shine unto will take his hand and hold it forth, and them, and upon them, in the sight and hold us by the right hand, saying, Fear not, vision of him, the image of the invisible I will help thee; and this is all we shall God, in whom dwelleth all the fulness of the need in dying moment. Let us, thereGodhead. It is a part of glory let down in fore, be of good courage ; we have his own the mind of such, when they are led to con- word for it,' Blessed are the dead which sider Christ as the Alpha and Omega, the die in the Lord.' You and I, my dear reabeginning and the ending, the first and the der, need not make so much of death ; it is last, as the first-born of all God's purposes. only
the sinkings of pature. When the It is a fit subject for a dying moment to shock is felt, and the whole of our animal consider Christ in his love to them. To life for ever expires, we have Jesus Christ look back into eternity, and hear him say- to receive our souls; we need no more; we ing, ‘I was set up from everlasting, from can say no more to suit us, than LORD the beginning, or ever the earth was; my JESUS, RECEIVE MY SPIRIT.' delights were with the sons of men.' Το review all this realized in his open incar- A FEW BLESSED WORDS OUT OF MANY nation, to consider how it hath been fully
SPOKEN BY ratified by his obedience, sufferings, sacri. fice, and death-this is strong support to Mrs. Webb, in her Dying Moments. the child of God in the prospect of dissolution.
ALL through her illness she was the subject And some of his people are filled with the of many fears, and clung to life, saying she consolations of the Holy Ghost, and fall could not give her dear husband up. Hermoasleep in death without a sigh or the least ther told herone day, she believed she would struggle. Not that this is always the case. be able when the time came: this she doubtFor it is in a soyereign way the Lord acts ed. Her husband read that passage where to his dying saints, as well as towards his it is said, 'Hethat calleth on the name of the living ones. Some who know but very Lord shall be delivered.' She said, 'Is that little of Christ, are filled with more comfort right, dear? I thought it read 'shall be on their death-beds than those who know saved: this is not that passage, for I well far more of him ; these are the lambs our remember the one you mean: if ever I felt dear Lord carries in his bosom. Some shall the word applied, it was that word. Oh,' die upon the truth of what the Holy Ghost she said, that is what troubles me. I fear has revealed of Christ, and spoken to them I had not a right beginning: that I took up
religion, and that it never took up me, this, fixed upon the Rock;' and repeating it, is my trouble. When she was taken worse 'firmly fixed upon the Rock.' Another the last time, she said to me, weeping, thing she said, "The dear Lord has heard "Oh! death is such a great monster, I can never my prayer that was that he would grant meet him. I answered, “Yes, you will; re- me my senses to the last, and this he did.' member as thy day is, so shall thy strength The text she wished to be spoken from was be; you see no stock in hand.' She said, Phillipians i. 23rd verse, I am in a strait “I know he is a conquered enemy to God's betwixt two, having a desire to depart and people. I want to know I am one of them; to be with Christ, which is far better, I feel as if I want to see the Saviour with which text was given to her when first my personal eyes, and hear him speak to taken ill; but she said to her dear husband, me." Oh, that the Lord would cut me to 'I can never have it spoken from, for I atoms, rather than I should deceive, or shall never be able to say feelingly every be deceived. May I but just get within the word of it;' but after the dear Lord made gate to sit at the precious Saviour's feet.' it her own, she said, 'I can now adopt every When death first struck her, she said to word of it, and should like it to be spoken her mother, ' Do you think this is death?' from, for the encouragement of some other Her mother said I do think it is, dear.' poor doubting soul. Her end was peace. Our
Oh,' said she, but I thought he would have brother Skelton preached her funeral sercome like a great lion; if this is death, I mon. Mrs. Webb was for many years a don't mind dying.' When I first went to faithful servant to Mrs. Studd, of Hazelwood, her, I found her still doubting, expressing who has furnished this account. many fears about her safe arrival in glory. Some one remarked, You are going over Is not the Glory Departed ? the bridge.' She looked earnestly at the person, and said, 'I hope it don't stand slanting, so that it will slip from under I HAVE been led to fear that we have many
Could I but know my safety. Her more ministers than our God either rebreathing being distressing beyond descrip- quires, or is making use of; and that on tion, and fearing patience would not hold the walls of many of our chapels might be out, and that she should be left to murmur, written those solemn words--" The glory is she cried out, 'Do give me patience, dear departed." These thoughts are occupying Lord, to bear all thy will ;' and asked, “Do my mind while returning from Spalding, in you think the dear Lord will give me pa- Lincolnshire. I had engaged to preach two tience? do pray for me ;' and in answer the sermons there (the Lord permitting) on Lord gave her her desire. As I sat watching Thursday, July 13th. The desired object her, I saw such a sweet and HEAVENLY was, to endeavour to bring about (under expression come over her countenance, and God) a revival of the cause of Gospel truth all was peace within, and she exclaimed, in that town, and to render some assistance
Now I know what fulness of faith means; to our friend Nicholas, who has for some who would have thought that such a poor months been preaching in Ebenezer chapel, thing as I should know and feel it not one Spalding. After returning from Knowl doubt-not one fear-all are gone. Christ Hill anniversary, I set out for Peterborough, is precious—all in all to me. I shall see where I was expected to speak on Wedneshim for myself.'. And turning to me, said, day evening; but when I reached that
When I heard that you said I should place I found friend Nicholas waiting with have a happy death, that the Lord would a horse and gig ready to drive me on to appear for me, I could not believe it, but Spalding at once; and he insisted upon it now I feel it. In saying something, she that we must leave Peterborough without made use of the word if. Her dear father delay. I did not feel nicely about that; no said, 'What if still can't you get beyond more did some of the Peterborough friends. if? She answered, 'Oh, yes; but I have However, I just had a little refreshment at been so used to say if and but so long, I forget Mr. Heads, (that good friend to the cause of myself. When the pain of breathing came truth ; saw our venerable brother, John on worse, she would say, 'Not one pain-Carter, whom I am happy to say is better, not one struggle too much–I deserve it all, and is again preaching the gospel with his and much more.' She often said, ' Do you wonted zeal and faithfulness,) and then think it will be long before my heavenly set forward for Spalding. Father takes me home. I can give you all After passing through James Deeping, up my dear husband, I can give him up (where Mr. Tryon resides) we reached our also. I look upon nothing in this world as journey's end. The next morning I went belonging to me. I long to go to that place to the chapel : it is rather an ancient where sin and sorrow never enter. My building, being erected in 1700, and enlarged dear father, I shall be at home first, the somewhere about 1786. It is endowed and Lord is taking the branch before the root; quite free. There is a tablet to the memory but we shall meet above,' An aged saint of “JOHN CRAPS," who it seems for twenty coming in to see her, she reached out her years, was a zealous preacher, and faithful hand to her, saying, 'I shall be at home pastor in this place. Since his time, the first, I am going home. The last time I pulpit has been occupied by very many, spake to her, I said, “How is now? still among them, I may notice-Cattell, John happy?' She looking, said, 'Oh, yes; firmly Stevens, George Murrell, Felton, Marjarum,