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Tages and animates them in their it; and the first words which met work, and stimulates others to her eyes were these: i Beware pecuniary or intercessory exer- of novels and romances, for they tions in so good a cause. The mislead the understanding, stupify labours of the Religious Tract the conscience, infame the worst Society have excited much joy, passions of the heart, unfit the mind both in Heaven and upon earth : for the relish of sober and solid
they have been repeatedly truth, produce a sick!y taste; and, honoured with the smiles of Hea- it is to be feared, have occasioned ven in the conversion of sinners; the ruin of thousands in this world. and the following Memoir records and for ever.” She could go no a fresh proof of the Lord's graci. further; but the words were fasten. ous approbation of their services. ed like a nail in a sure place. She Yours. &c. H. had 110 rest that night. In the
morning, she mentioned her uneasi. Miss BARLOW was the daugh. ness to her mother. « Oh!" said ter of Mr. Barlow, of Thames she, “if I had died while reading Street. She was accustomed to at. that novel, what an awful state tend the preaching of the gospel should I have been in !" She was with her mother, but without any deeply affected. Her bodily afflic. particular impression; and for tioni increased, and her distress of about eighteen months before her mind increased with it. Her Bible death, she discovered an increasing now was her companion ; she would inclination for gaiety, and for read. not part with it, though for a while ing novels. It was not till " the day she could get no consolation from of adversity” that she was brought its contents. She seemed left to seriously to consider. In the close see the depravity of her heart, and of November, 1802, she caught a to be thoroughly convinced that cold, which was attended with un. she was indeed a sinner. She would favourable symptoms; but after often read in Watts's Psalms and about a month's indisposition, she Hymns, apparently in great distress. appeared to be upon the recovery; About this time, it is supposed and, at that time, God was pleased that she wrote in a bocket-book, to display the sovereignty and glory which she carried in her pocket, of his grace in a way that is worthy these words: to be held in remembrance ! --Missam
SS « That awful day will surely come, Barlow's younger brother and sis- “ Th' appointed hour makes haste, ter returned from school, to spend "When I must stand before my Judge, the Christmas holidays. The bro. “ And pass the soleinn test. ther brought with him a novel, cu
del, " How could I bear to hear thy voice which, on Christmas Eve, Mrs. Bar.
“ Pronounce the sound, Depart?” low found her daughter reading. She remonstrated with her upon the .
She omitted the two first lines of wickedness of such a requital of the the second stanza, which run thus: Lord's mercy in the amendment of “Thou lovely Chief of all my joys, her health. It was laid aside ; but “ Thou Sov'reign of my heart," soon after, she found her again read. Fearing that she had no right to call ing it; and was answered, that she Jesus the Sovereign of her heart, must go through it, and would. but rather her judge, about to
On the evening just mentioned, judge her, and that he would then the sister came home, and brought say to her, « Depart," she suffered with her a little tract, which had great distress of soul; but God did been put into her hands by her not leave her there ; for when asked governess. (It was No. 64 of the by her mother, Where she first got Society's Tracts, entitled, “ A Let comfort ? she answered, “ Froin ter from a Mother to her Daughter the word of God;" and since her at Boarding School ;” and was writ. death, when her Bible was exten by Mr. Newman, of Old Ford.) amined, the following passages were * Here, sister," said she, “is some found, marked by her with a pen. thing for you to read." She took cil: Í saiah xli. 10, Jer. xxxiii. 3. Luke ix. 26, and xi. Rom. world with disgust, and never more vii.28. James i. 12; and now, en r into what they call Amuses concerned about her own salvation, ments." she began to be concerned for those about her, as appears from the tol. She one day said, that she felt lowing letter, written to a particu. some comfort from these words, lar friend who went into the country “ Him that cometh unto me, I about this time :
will in nowise cast out." And . “My dear Friend,
again, from these, “Come unto
nie all ye that labour and are heavy When your farlier called at our laden, and I will give you rest.” house, I bade him tell you, that Assurance was now the carnest when I had a little more strength desire of her soul. "O that I knew I would write to you. I then what it
what it is to be interested in Christ! thought ulat I should gain it daily ; ( for assurance !'' - A friend ob, but, my dear girl, instead of gain- served to her, that assurance is not ing strength, it pleased God, who essential; -- that a dependence on does all things for the best, that I Christ is sufficient to encourage our should relapse ; and I was confined hope : aud it ought. This seemed again to my room ; but I must not greatív to relieve lier mind. She repine at that, for it was God who often expressed a deep concern that laid his hand upon me. I may say she had neglected her Bible; espe, it has been good for ine to be afflict- cially when prevented reading it, ed; for before, my thoughts were by á violent pain which she free only on the pleasures and vanities quently' had in her head. of this world, which are but for a 'About ten days before her death, season; but when affliction comes, she was very sensible that her deand Death seems to inake his ap. parture was at hand. Her mother. proach, the world is no comfort to said to her, • My dear, I hope you a poor guilty soul; but God will are going to a better world,' heal our diseases, ard forgive our « Ah!" said she, “that is what I sins, if we do but call upon him ; fear. Many people think better and if he be with us, we want no of me than I am." other pleasure or comfort; and it is There was read to her one even. my sincere wish that you may be al. ing, a chapter upon the sufferings, ways kept from the immorality of of the Saviour, before she went to reading novels, plays, or other vain rest. In the night she was very books; for they certainly corrupt restless, coughed much, and had onr morals, and totally unfit our very little sleep; yet it proved a minds for every thing ihat is good; night in which she enjoyed large - they fill our minds with the foretastes of celestial blessedness. worst of thoughts; because we are Reflecting upon the chapter she not only reading falsehoods, which had heard read in the evening, she cannot be of any edification, but said, " What are my sufferings to whey ruin our souls; for they cer- the sufferings of Christ! He sweat tainly have occasioned the ruin of great drops of blood for my sins ;” thousands for ever and ever! I can and added, “ He will not lay upon now see how fearful we ought to be me more than I am able to bear." of gay acquaintances;- they are the The assurance which she panted forerunners of every vice; and we after, seemed to continue from this are soon ensnared, for one gay time to the end. When asked, in friend leads us to another; then the morning, how she found herthey must take us to a play, or a self, - she answered, “ Happy!" ball, or some place of amusement, It was said, I hope you now see else we are thought ignorant, and your interest in Christ?' “ Yes,” of no conversation in their eyes. said she ; " none but God could We are not so thought in God's make ine so happy as I now feel !" eyes. My dear young friend, I On the Saturday before her hope your eyes will be opened, death, she said to her brothers and that you may see the vanity of the sister, “ I am dyingi; but I hope ! shall meet you all in Heaven. It tioned in order; adding, that she would be an awful thing for us to hoped to meet them all in Heavea; be found, one at the right hand of and then said, Christ, and the other at the left, in the judgment! O pray, pray,
“ Jesus can make a dying bed
" Feel soft as downy pillows are." read your Bible; and don't neglect it, as I have done! I did not know On Tuesday she reinarked to her that I was a sinner till last Christ- father and mother, “I am loath to mas-Eve; and then it was by read. leave you; but it is better to go to ing a novel. Who can tell, but Jesus; and I think he loves me." that it may be given you to see that About ten minutes before slie died, you are sinners ?” She soon after she asked, "Where is my mam. raised herself in her chair, and said, ma?" Mrs. Barlow (who seldom "I think I can see Jesus Christ quitted lier) was sitting by her, and, standing with open arms, ready to surprized at the question, she lookreceive me." It was observed, ed at her, and found that she had what a mercy it was that she was entered the shadowy vale; - her led to see herself a sinner! "Ah," eyes had refused any longer to per. said she," and a sinner now,-a form their office, - death had sinner now !”
quenched their lustre. She asked. On the Lord's Day, she said to an iWhat do you wish for, my dear? aunt who called upon her, “I am «Tu bid you good bye." - Miss dying ; but I hope to meet you in Barlow enquired for two young Heaven. O, to think that Jesus friends, who had called to see her. Christ should die for such a vile "Do you wish to see them?" "No; sinner as I have been, running on I have done with them all.” Het in sin! - that he should stop me mother said, “My dear, if you see in my mad career! I shall soon be
your interest in Jesus clear, do tell in Heaven, with my dear friends me?” She answered, “Yes;" and who are gone before me” (alluding never spoke again,--but presently to some relations who died in the after expired, leaving behind her Lord). She also said,
strong encouragement to be always “When I can read my title clear
abounding in the work of the
Lord, forasmuch as we see, in her To mansions in the skies, I bid farewell to ev'ry fear,
case, that such labour is not in vaia And wipe my weeping syes!” in the Lord. After a pause, she added, “I
MR. M. P . think I can see my tnle clear." When her mother observed, that
To the Editor. She had often wished to see her children called by grace, "Who As a counterpart to the above arti. knows," said she, “but you may cle, I send you the following nar. live to see them ail called !"
rative ; and am the more desirous On Monday she was seized with that you should publish it, bea violent fil, from which it was not cause, Sir, I know (I speak with supposed she could recover. Mrs. certainty, I know) young persons, Barlow, some time before, begged under whose view this account her, when she found death ap. will come, who are now walking proaching, to tell her, if she saw in the very same 'steps in which her interest in the Saviour ; and if this youth trod, and who are past speaking, to squeeze her hand placing their happiness in the as a signal. During the fit, she very same object, - a release gave her mother the signal; and, from parental or other restraint ; upon recovering a little, seeined dis. and opportunity for doing that appointed ; and said, “I ain not which seemeth good in their own gone yet." She now desired her eyes. () that before the bubble duty might be given to her father, breaks, they may see it to be a love to brothers and sister, and bubble ! while in the way, may other relatives, whom she men they see the end in its truc co.
Jours, and turn their backs upon tendance upon public ordinances). it; as he (though late) did! If you will believe me, H. I can. Yours, &c. H. not lift my arm above my head, if
you would give me the world. I MR. M. P. was amiable and ac- have been a wicked sinner, -a complished; but as parental re. wicked, wicked, wicked sinner! I straint was early taken off by death, knew my duty; yes, H. I knew my his depravity, and the example of duty, but did it not. I have no his connections, soon led him into excuse : there was nothing to presad excesses. Yet, amid his ex. vent my attending to my duty; cess, he marked the conduct of a but I did it not. I did not before serious friend, and often wished to see things in the light in which I reseinble him; but having no power do now. But there is a good and in himself to effect the change, nor gracious God; and I still hope that inclination to go to the Saviour to i shall be saved. Write down a effect it for him, his wishes were prayer for me; such expressions as fruitless. He would ask for spirit- vou think most suitabie for me, and ual advice of that friend, and I will use it with all the earnestbegged him to select him.a library; ness of which I am capable. I will but the advice was not attended to; indeed! I really am sincere, nor the books recommended, ever I do not feign: the tears which roll read. He would make appoint down my cheeks bear witness to my ments to go with him to worship, sincerity. Pray for me, and put up desirous that such people might be prayers in the good meetings you his people, and their God his God; go to. Ah! you go to none but but" a slight temptation would good meetings.” He was exhaustbreak such appointments, and ed, and they parted. He soon after hurry him away into Sabbath profa. left the world, earnestly desiring an nation. .
interest in the Redeemer. “There A lingering consumption seized is such a thing," said he to a friend, hiin, and brought him to the grave mas a token, -- a token that we in the flower of youth. His friend belong to him; and I pray that I watched its progress, and warned may mot leave the world till I know him of the issue; but without ap. that I am interested in him." parent advantage, Miss Barlow's Othat some poor trifter would Memoir was read to him, and im. attend to this voice from the mouth pressed his mind; particularly an of the gravel that they would observation of hers upon gay com. hear, fear, and do no more wickpany; which he felt to be true, and edly! Why leave the all-import. declared it to have been his bane. ant point to that hour, when no ins Three days before his death, the dubitable proof of sincerity can be person before alluded to, called given? A life of faith upon the upon him; he was evidently in a Son of God, would disarm all those dying state, the powers of speech enemies which harrass man in his had nearly failed, when he said, departing hour; for thus saith ins that few worldly friends came near finite love, “ O that my people had him now; and that he told those hearkened unto me, and Israel had who came, that he was very ill, walked in my ways, I should soon and could not speak much; upon have subdued their enemies, and which they would leave hini. 'At turned mine hand against their ad. parting, he roused himself, and col- versaries !" W haso is wise will lecting together all his strength, he consider these things, and he shall said, in a loud hollow voice, with understand the loving - kindness of an emphasis never to be forgotten the Lord.. by the hearer, while the bed trem. bled under him as he spoke, “ God bless you, H. God bless you for
MR. JOSEPH ASHBY. this visit; and for all the comforts On Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1803, which I might have enjoyed, had died at Warwick, greatly lamented, I followed your advice before ; - Mr. J. Ashby, aged seventy ; by suis now too late (alluding to an at. whose removal, many poor have
lost a benefactor, - the church flight. Thus ended the conflicts. has lost a father, and the pastor of a good man! For the church of a friend.
God's sake, it is to be regrettede What is said of Plato's furniture, that his death was so sudden, as it that “ All was for use, -- nothing deprived him of accomplishing 2 for shew," may, with equal pro- wish he had recently expressed, of priety, be said of the deceased. making some alteration in his will He laboured rather to fill up his friendly to the public concerns of place well, and discharge his du. Zion. Mr. Ashby was a bachelor, ties punctually, than make the possessed of a handsome fortune, noise of an axe, or an hammer, rever. which he has liberally divided berate his own praise. Mr. Ash- among his poor relations, without by's constitution inclining to me. regard to sect or denomination. At lancholy, addicted him to think the same time, he has bequeathed and reflect, rather than speak much. a handsome legacy to the church, Like most other nervous subjects of which he had been, nearly forty in the Christian world, he had many years, an honourable member. fears, doubts, and inward exercises, Warwick. which were not unobserved by the busy adversary, who, as occasion RECENT DEATHS. offered, vexed and buffetted him. This, however, by a wise destina. Nov. 22, died at Clapton, Hacktion of Providence, only the better ney-parish, near eighty years of age, qualified him to fill up an useful Mrs. Sarah Agace, a lady distinplace in the church to which he guished by her beneficence. She belonged to counsel the igno. was ready to do every good work; Tant to relieve the doubtful, and and has left donations to several to comfort the feeble-ninded, charitable institutions. She was
Much might be said with truth the daughter of a worthy minister, and propriety of the valuable tem who preached many years at the per and.conduct of our late vener.
late vener. French church in Canterbury ; able friend. He was steady in his where she was buried. She was attachments, - inodest and unas
constant in her attendance on divine suming in society, - solemn and worship; and was present, both savoury in prayer, regular and
parts of the Lord's Day, before her aniforin in his habits, simple and decease. Her last illness was painplain in his inanners, -spirited and
ful, but shurt; and she gave amgenerous in his subscription to- ple testimony to the excellence of wards the salary of his minister, the gospel, and pleasing evidence and constantly charitable to the of her meetness for Heaven, She poor and needy. The blessing of often repeated that hymn, many, who were ready to perish, “In ev'ry trouble sharp and strong, came upon him!
“ My soul to Jesus flies," &c. His death was sudden. ConstiSutional informities had led him at
Sunday afternoon, Dec. 13, died times to express fears of his passing
the Rev. Mr. Cuthbert, joint the valley of the shadow of death.
preacher with the Rev. Mr.Foster, These fears it seems were ground.
at Long-Acre Chapel. less, as his Lord and Master had On Tuesday, December 20, died designed for him an easy and short Mr. Smith, of Colebrooke Row, passage to glory! The evening on Islington; a gentleman well known which he died, he was seized with in the religious world, and respected a pain in his stomach, to which he wherever known. His piety, zeal, was often subject. This, by me. and suavity of manners entitled dical help, was soon relieved; and him to the esteem of a numerous he retired to rest. A very little acquaintance; among whom he while after, he said he was much obtained the name of Demetrius, better: then instantly turning upon "having a good report of all inen, his pillow, without a struggle or and of the truth itself." He died in another word, the soul took its peace, aged seventy-six,