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He smiles and cheers my mournful heart, but rather rejoice; you are only grieving And tells me all his pain,

me by so doing; for if you felt what I feel, All this, says he, I bore for thee,

you would rejoice with me; for I long to And then he smiles again.'

get rid of this body of sin and death. Her On the Lord's-day, 28th November, 1846, brother Daniel called the same evening; in she was taken worse, and to all appearance answer to his salutation, she said I am was dying ; for she lay motionless, and took very well; I am always well; for I have no notice of any one; but all at once she all I want and all I desire in this world of began clapping her hands for a moment or sin and misery; nothing, no nothing, is two; then continued as before ; till presently dear to me of this world, or anything she opened her eyes, and said her brother belonging to it. I stand waiting for the Daniel was coming to see her and was just word, and am ready to hear the wordsarrived. He asked her how she felt ?— very

'Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the well. He then said, where have you been kingdom prepared for you from the foundation to ?—she said, smilingly, 'I know. The Lord of the world. I do so long to be with Jesus :' has been pleased to give me a sight by faith and after that there appeared to be a of the heavenly mansion he had prepared struggle in her soul for between two and for me, for I saw him sit upon the throne, and three hours, till about one o'clock on the all the angels, and the redeemed, 'were 2nd of April, 1847, Good Friday morning, worshipping him, singing unto him, and her brother was with her alone, she took a clapping their hands, and so did I; but little weak gin and water, all the nourishbetwixt me and them there appeared a very ment she had taken for some time; and dark dismal valley ; I did so long and try laid for about ten minutes, her eyes fixed to get to Jesus, that I might praise and glorify above, her countenance bespeaking joy and him for ever; but he told me I must wait à happiness, and in that position her longing little longer.'

• Do you not feel afraid at soul took its flight to be ever with its Creator, times in going through this valley?' 'No! Preserver and Redeemer. 'In death's gloomy valley no evil I dread, My sorrows are ended-my Jesus smiles; For I will be with you, my Jesus has said.'

The land of light I see.

I feel a joy no tongue can tell, On the sixth of December, her brother

So never grieve for me! called again and observed to her, that at that time there were several of the gentry

Thus you see, my christian brethren, the ill, and some of whom she knew. 'Ah, (she appointed time rolls on when one by one says)

the children of the Lord our God are taken 'Earthly things are at their will,

to their everlasting home, never more to be

subjected to the destroying powers of sin, And men obey their call ;

the temptations, snares and traps within, Yet none I see so rich as I,

self, a evil and depraved heart full of For I've got Christ with all.'

iniquity and deceit which while dwelling She'was wonderfully supported in her here below is the christian's bitterness and illness and blessed with the presence of her plague. Glory to God the time is fast dear Lord Jehovah Jesus in her soul, him approaching when the Son of man shall see whom her soul loved ; and oh, the union, of the travail of his soul and be satisfied ; communion, and fellowship that subsisted when all his redeemed blood-bought family between them ; if any one ignorant of the shall be safely housed in the heavenly truth, professing godliness, and not possess- mansion of bliss—' For now we see through ing it, having the form but not the power, a glass darkly; but then face to face ; now called upon her, she invariably shut her I know in part; but then shall I know even eyes, and would hold no communion with also as I am known.” (1 Cor. xiii. 12.) them, they being of the world, did mind Dear old Kent, that man of God, though the things of the world, of which she desired dead, yet speaketh, says to know nothing. Huntington's works and the Earthen Vessel, she much delighted; in

This building of mercy to raise,

The councils of God were employed, reading, and often expressed much joy in reading the account of those who had gone

And nothing that hell shall devise home to glory before her, and would say, I

Shall ever his purpose make void ; shall soon meet them there. Her poor body

The day, the great day shall reveal at last became so feeble and weak she had The top-stone with shouting brought hardly any strength to move at all. In

home, March, 1847, her bones began to appear

While millions triumphantly hail through her skin, even then she could not Free grace from the base to the dome.' complain, because she felt Jesus would It will indeed be a triumphant hail, a not lay upon her any more than she could glorious shoạt-Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God bear; they were only for this life, but what Almighty ! which was, and is, and is to are they to be compared to his sufferings, come. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain his agony, his bloody sweat, his death, and to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, all for me? She then gradually began to and strength, and honour, and glory, and decline. On Thursday, April 1st, her legs blessing for ever and for ever. (Rev. v. 12.) became cold; she told her relations who Believer ! keep your eye upon this glorious were weeping round her bed, ‘not to weep end ; the second coming of Jesus Christ, THE LORD OF GLORY; this is not you rest; do their obediently walking in all the ordiyou chose rather, like Moses and the saints nances of the Lord blameless. 'Ye are my of old, to suffer affliction with the people disciples,' said our adored Master and of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin Lord, If ye do whatsoever I command for a season? Do you esteem the reproach you.' And Paul also, prays the God of all of Christ greater riches than all the trea- peace to make the believing Hebrews' persures of this Egyptian world? Is there any fect in every good word, to do his will, idol gods in your way, which you prefer in- working in you that which is well-pleasing stead of Christ Look in doors and see how in his sight. As, also, in one of the texts matters stand; has the judgment begun at under consideration, it is added, 'for it is you? Are you cold, and lukewarm in your God who worketh in you to will and to do work and labour of love? Remember what of his good pleasure.' We are also told God has said of and to such ; reflect upon expressly tható it is not of him that willeth, what Christ did and suffered for you, and nor of him that runneth. Is there, therecan you be idle in the Tent, instead of being fore, neither willing nor running ?-for in the field; if you are, the Lord will visit Paul exhorts ‘so run that ye may obtain.' you and correct you with his rod; and that I am therefore, constrained to believe, from in a way and manner you little expect; re- the express declarations of scripture, that member as dear Kent says

whilst our salvation is altogether the free 'The moment a soldier these arms shall receive,

gift of God, and entirely unconditional ; He's sworn that no quarters he'll take or he'll give;

yet there are works, i.e. duties to be perHe kuows in this war no discharge is allow'd

formed by the believer; which being perTill the buckler and sword he exchange for the shroud. formed by the grace given to him, as an • The more they are used in withstanding the foe, operative principle, makes it manifest The keener their edge, and the brighter they glow; that the spirit of God dwelleth in him, But if in the tent they should rust and decay, and that he is therefore a child of God : He'll answer for this with a stopping of pay.

by their fruits shall ye know them. If The devil is never asleep; he watches his ye do what your Saviour exhorts you to in opportunity and seizes fasthold, he knows, Luke vii. 'ye shall be the children of the when, how, and where, to lay the snare, to highest.' It will be hereby made manifest allure us from the narrow path into some that we have not received the grace of God bye way, but its your mercy and mine that in vain. Now all who make a profession we have a 'Greąt High Priest who is touched of christianity are workers; but it does with the feelings of our infirmities; and not follow that all are participants of the was in all points tempted like as we are, blessing mentioned by David, and cited by yet without sin; let us therefore come boldly Paul; the blessing is to the man to whom unto the throne of grace, that we may the Lord God imputes righteousness withobtain mercy, and find grace to help in out works: and this blessing is sure to all time of need. (Heb. iv. 15, 16.)

the seed, who are made partakers of the May these few feeble lines, if it is the faith of Abraham. The children of the Lord's sovereign will and pleasuse, stir up kingdom are workers together with him your pure minds by way of remembrance, who hath called them out of darkness inand unto Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, a to marvellous light; but to them the reward Trinity in Unity, and a Unity in Trinity, is reckoned, not as of debt; but of grace One Glorious Jehovah, be ascribed all the freely given to them: while to all others glory, by his unworthy dust, and your will the Lord will render according to their ing servant for the truth's sake,

works. Dover, Feb. 9, 1848. W. BALLARD.

So that the above passages are thus fairly

to be reconciled : the Lord's own people Grace and Works Reconciled.

are saved, because the Lord imputeth to them righteousness without works, whilst

the very grace that saves them, makes (To the Editor of the Earthen Vessel.)

them maintain good works for necessary QUESTIon proposed-How are the following uses, and so works in them, that they are passages of Holy Writ to be reconciled ?

neither barren nor unfruitful in every To him that worketh not, but believeth good word and work; to the praise of the on him that justifieth the ungodly, his glory of his grace, who had before ordained faith is counted for righteousness. Blessed thať they should walk in them : and, thus, is the man to whom God imputeth righteous- they make manifest whose they are, and ness without works,' And, 'Work out whom they serve; and by letting their light your own salvation with fear and trem- shine before men, they glorify their Father bling.'

who is in heaven, loving righteousness

and hating iniquity; because they are ANSWER—It appears plain from the above lovers and fearers of God. May he in his passages of our Father's word, that, whilst mercy daily add to their number. salvation is given us, irrespective of any

W. HOLMES. work that we can do, there is a work which believers in the Lord Jesus are called upon DEATH was sin's daughter, and' by sin to perform; for whilst the free gift of God came death'-sin was death's mother, Jesus is eternal life, the children of God, the Christ made an end of sin. 'He died our recipients of that gift, are manifested by death.?--Foreman.

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Brotherly Love continued which the account stands of our souls being IN EPISTORARY CORRESPONDENCE. world began : and when Jesus, the God

given to him of the Father, before the

man, came in the flesh, the nuptials were MY DEAR FRIEND AND BROTHER GAR-celebrated on earth, and he is only gone a

BLESSED short time, to prepare a place for us, and LORD Jesus-Even Jesus who has been a will soon come and receive us unto himself Friend and Brother to both you and me, in his Father's kingdom, where are many when none would help us; even him who mansions of glory, from thence we shall has never failed us in the time of trouble, never be turned out. Though, indeed, if and I believe he will never fail us in ex. we loose the marriage certificate, we need tremities; for he saith, “I will never leave the holy Remembrancer to renew it, and thee, nor forsake thee." Ah! my dear give us light and comfort in reading it. brother, may you and I be kept close to But if at any time we seem to loose it, and him in sweet communion, through the help it be so dark that we cannot read it, the and influence of the Holy Ghost. Oh! may book, and the names are all right in heavhe who is the Spirit of truth, lead you and en-“Rather rejoice that your names are me into the truth itself, that we may be written in heaven." taught by the blessed Teacher, the Spirit Truly, as you observed, it is sweet and of all grace, who sweetly leads the poor delightful to be kept close to him in comsoul (at times) into a sweet, heavenly, and munion ; but my careless and forgetful calm rest in Christ, the glorious Head of soul often loses sight of him, and grows all grace; and fills the poor tempest-tossed very cold: “If two be together there is soul with all “joy and peace in believing" beat, but how can one be warm alone?" in a dear and precious Redeemer!

When I have lost him, like the spouse, I 0, how sweet is this rest, when the poor run about the streets in the dark, saying, soul has been tempted to think, under the Saw ye him whom my soul loveth ?". But hidings of God's countenance, that its I find very few that know anything of him, religion was vain, and tempted to call in so as to describe him to me; there is much question all its former enjoyments. Ah, noise in the streets, and loud harrangues in sweet indeed, when light, joy, peace, and pulpits; but the major part of those who rest, comes after these dark nights ; after profess to be united to him, are fighting, our spirits have been making diligent quarrelling, and slandering one another, search, and saying, “Will he be favourable like drunkards at midnight: but really, I no more?" 0, sweet sound! to hear the think, if they were kept close to him, and blessed Spirit saying in us“ Fear not, I am were led into the Bridegroom's chamber, with thee, be not afraid, I am thy God.” they would be so blessed, comforted, and And we find in the end, that whatever delighted, with his person, love, and comtrials we are in, he is with us to help us, munion, with him, that they would not and bring us through them all. O, my have time to revile and abuse one another: dear brother, then let us rejoice in tribula- surely they would say, “The King hath tion, knowing that our dear Lord will brought me into his chamber, we will be make all things work together for our glad and rejoice, we will remember thy good. He has brought me through many love more than wine.” But you know him, strange trials, and many severe fires, and for he dwelleth with you, and you have I have often drank the wine of astonish- been into his chamber. Yes, yes, my dear ment, which has made me stagger at the brother, it is good indeed to be kept close promises ; but the kind and indulgent to Christ; for when “Peter followed him Saviour has drawn me, again and again, to afar off,” some silly wench soon got between himself, and enabled me to confess my sin, him and his dear Lord. And, 0, John! and he has pardoned my sin, times without what distress and anguish they made in number. Ah! blessed be his heavenly poor Peter's soul; and if we are not kept name, for his name is & Saviour !” and close to the Lord Jesus in communion with sweet to me at times. Jesus hath a name him, the devil, and some foolish things, are above every name! and we do love that sure to get between us, and bring us into name sometimes, when he comes in love to great distress, and raise all manner of our souls.

John THORNBER. doubts and suspicions in our souls, until Bedford, Jan. 13, 1848.

Jesus Icoks upon us, and returns again.

And, O, Thornber, greatly beloved, “He will GREATLY BELOVED THORNBER—Loved of return again, he will have compassion our dear heavenly lover, the Lord Jesus ; upon us, he will sink our sins in the loved of me, and many others who know depths of the sea." He rose from the grave the love of Christ. Truly, he is a friend and left our sins there, and every time we that sticketh closer than a brother; for he rise with him in the Spirit, our sins drop is the Husband and Bridegroom of our off, as the viper dropped off Paul's arm. souls ; and though we have played the But so it is often with me, if I have a sweet harlot (like the church of old) with many visit from my Lord, either before it, or lovers ; still he saith Return unto me, after it, I am almost sure to have a sharp how shall I give thee up, I am married un conflict with the powers of darkness : not to thee?” And the book of betrothement long since I had a sweet visit, a fulness is the eternal covenant book of life, in of joy and peace; and soon after satan.

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came down upon me as if he would tear out with him, rejoicing in his love. John ! and rend me to atoms : but two are better have not you in dark nights been distressed than one, because they have a good reward with frightful dreams, and for the time for their labour; and Christ and the soul being, thought it all a reality ? And, 0 how are so firmly united together, that if one glad we are when we awake in the mornfall the other will lift his fellow up; and ing, and find it was a dream! Well, Jesus he that was God's fellow was raised up hath wakened me morning by morning; from the grave ; and we shall be raised and as the prophet Zechariah says, “The up again at the last day, though we fall angel waked me as a man out of a sleep.” by death into the grave, and by the devil And 0, how glad I have been when the here into temptations--if Christ stands by light of Jesus' countenance hath made us we shall be helped up. “Two shall another morning in my soul; and then withstand him:' And I hope we are bound have found it was all a dream. This life is in the bundle of life with him, and a a vapour and a dream, but eternal life in three-fold cord is not quickly broken. Christ Jesus, and his sweet love and

True, brother John, “The days of dark- presence, is a heavenly reality. ness are many ;" and when the Lord hides dreams I have said, it is all over with me; his face from our souls we are in darkness; he is gone and gone for ever; Is his we, by nature, are of the earth, and that is mercy clean gone will he be favourable. all darkness without the sun ; and the no more ?” But when Jesus hath awakened earth breeds all manner of weeds, and me with some gentle touch and sweet worms, and snakes; and they will some- whisper, I have said, sweet Lord ! I thought times creep out of their holes, like Ezekiel's you had been gone, but when I awake I am “creeping things ;” and “ every thing that still with thee, and thou art still with me. both creep and fly shall be unclean unto O, John! when we awake from the grave

But the worst of it is, dear brother to sleep no more, that will be a sweet mornpreacher, that sometimes the warm sun- ing ah ! a morning without clouds." shine in prayer, praise, and preaching, will Our foolish, vile, unbelieving, doubting bring out the old snake of pride and vain thoughts,

all arise from the flesh, sin, and glory; and if Jesus bruise his head again satan. But our thoughts are not God's in us, the poor proud old flesh must expect thoughts; every time we are awaked by to suffer, for the old snake skulks so close Jesus and his love, to morning mattins in our old nature that he cannot be bruised with the rising sun, we say, “ How precious without hurting our flesh. Therefore, are thy thoughts unto me, when I awake I marvel not at afflictions and humblings, am still with thee.”' and may we learn to bear them without And so, my brother, you have sometimes grumblings.

drank the wine of astonishment, have you? But, after the sweetest and brightest And staggered at the promises, ah, and I sunshine of Christ's, love in our souls, have drank the wine of astonishment too, soon as the joy and sweet fragrance goes and more than staggered, I have fallen off, and the light and glory is gone, these down, and there was none to help me. But evil things begin immediatly to creep forth, something stronger than this wine within as frogs and toads in a summer's evening me has helped me to cry unto the Lord, at sunset. And in the night of soul dark- and he hath helped me, times out of ness we are haunted by foul ghosts, and number. But I have not staggered at have distressing dreams; and the first God's promises, confirmed by an oath to ghost that rise out of twilight is suspicion; his dear Son; they are sure and steadfast : it says, but are you sure that it was from but sin in the wine of the great whore's cup, the Lord ?" Another says, you may be which is poison, has made me stagger deceived !-up comes a troop of doubters and reel like a drunken man, so that I out of the dark vaults, and the room is soon could not keep my hold of God's promises ; filled with evil spirits, which makes the and I have been astonished at my sin, folly, soul to fear, quake and tremble; unbelief vileness, and ingratitude, to such a gracious lays fast hold on you, and squeeze you like God after his marvellous kindness and the night-mare, and the poor soul groans mercy to me; and more astonished at his out

Is his mercy clean gone for ever? long-sufferings and super-abounding goodwill he be favourable no more ?" And ness, and astonished that I am out of perhaps satan stirs up some lusts or pas- hell! “It is of the Lord's mercy we are sions in the flesh, and then binds you down not consumed.”. fast with the cords of your past and present I understand you have been in London sins. Ah! brother, it is night then. I preaching at Zoar Chapel; well, you know have spent many a dark night in prison, that I always told you that God would be so have you; but, bless the Lord, we have with you go where you will; and God's escaped many times; for when these fiends spiritual, experimental people will receive have bolted every door, and about to come you into their houses and into their hearts, down upon our poor souls and destroy us, and esteem you highly in love for the work Jesus has appeared in the room, the doors sake ; and in truth I have esteemed you being shut, and said, Peace, be still !” better than myself, for the grace given unAnd one word of his frightens them all to you from Jesus Christ. May great away, and one smile of his creates new joy, grace be with you, amen. and "the joy of the Lord is our strength.

W. GARRARD. Jesus opens the prison doors and we walk Leicester, Jan. 18, 1848.

A BRIEF SKETCH OF THE

speech, memory, and limbs ; and after

lingering in this sad state for nearly two Life & Death of the late Thos. Gladwish, years, he was mercifully dismissed from Minister of the Gospel, at Brenchley,

this prison of clay.and Lamberhurst.

One gentle sigh his fetters broke,

We scarce could say. He's goue !"

Before his happy spirit took DEAR SIR - I have to return you my

Its station near the throne. thanks for the kind attention you paid

His talents as a minister were not of a sometime since to my application on behalf shining or attractive nature: he was always of the distressed and afflicted Thomas happy to fraternize with those who loved Gladwish.

the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity; and to I am happy to inform you that his pil- check bigotry and intolerance he would grimage is ended, and his pains and often quote Luke iv. 49, 50, where John sorrows and trials are all over; his body said, Master, we saw one casting out rests in the silent grave, where the wicked devils in thy name, and we forbad him, cease from troubling, and the weary are because he followed not us; and Jesus said at rest;' and his soul liberated from the to him, forbid him not, for he that is not earthly house of this tabernacle, is absent against us, is on our part. from the body and present with the Lord.' In the earlier part of his ministry he Perhaps a brief sketch of the sixty

years delivered a course of lectures, at Brenchley, of his life may be worth your perusal.

on the truths of the church liturgy, which Mr. Gladwish was a cripple-his trade created a considerable sensation; the was at first a shoe maker-his mind was parish clerk attended, and expressed his impressed with the importance of divine belief that the Methodist Parson underthings among the Wesleyans. He soon stood the prayer book better than his own perceived that their peculiar doctrines master, the Clergyman did. would not agree with the Epistles of Paul, When he was laid by from the active and theGospel by John: and consequently hé duties of the ministry, it was found by his left their society. He was invited to Mat- friends that his circumstances were infield church, where he was tried, approved, volved-Mr. Waterman was verv kind to and engaged. In the course of his pastoral him--Mr. Shoobridge exerted himself on labours he visited Lamberhurst, into which his behalf-some part of his family assisted town he assisted to introduce the cause of their parent to their utmost ; yea, and the baptists and dissent: at that time an beyond their power—the Gospel Ministers' immoral clergyman disgraced the Church | Relief Society gave him £3. From these of England, which rendered exertions for various sources about 12s. a week was the cause of religion more imperative, and raised for his support: so that the barrel opened a wide and effectual door to his of meal did not waste nor was the cruise ministry. At his first coming, and for of oil entirely exhausted. some time afterwards, the annoyances and Now he has a widow left behind, her provocations he met with were most vexa- sight is very dim, and her infirmities are tious and galling; the young sparks of the accumulating-surely any little kindness village would meet him with the cry, shewn to the widow will in no instance • Here comes the devil on two sticks! The miss its reward. Your's faithfully, interruptions to the services were continued

John JONES PIERCE. so much, that he was obliged to apply for Lamberhurst, Nov. 30, 1847. protection to the magistrate.

At this period the assemblies were held The Day of Judgment.-No. 4. in a large upper room, which proving insufficient for accommodation-a neat and It is written, ‘When he cometh up unto substantial Chapel was erected, and even the people he will invade them with his tually paid for. To this Chapel Mr. G. troops; and as sure as the judgments have came on alternate Sundays, preaching at commenced, so sure has the invasion began; Matfield on the other Sabbath; so that he and scenes beheld from the enemies' devashad a plurality of livings. For about thirty tating power are most aptly described in years he continued his placid, quiet, even the first of Joel. And, surely, any servant course; till an event occurred which dark- of the Lord, casting his eye over Zion's ened and disturbed his steady and regular fields, gardens, and orchards, must be habits : he had a serious trouble arising struck with the barrenness, havock, and from the misconduct of some part of his ruin that stares a man of his understand. family; (you remember poor Eli's trouble) ing in the face ! And if he looks more the elders visited him on the subject, what closely for the cause, he will perceive that passed at the conference I do not know; those devils of which Macgowan speaks are but he would not brook the interference, he uncontrolably going on barking the fig-tree, resigned the pastorate of the church, but eating the leaves, blasting the blossoms, requested to be allowed to continue his and destroying the fruit! He will see that preaching in the pulpit at Lamberhurst. little foxes from the great den are spoiling This request was kindly granted. About the vines; and that the boar, the old swine two years after this he was seized by para- of a false Christ, is turning the soil uplysis; which deprived him of the use of side down! And while despisers both of

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