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and fifty of the members of our congre, had redeemed them from the power of sin gregation lay ill. The situation of these and the fear of death. In watching the poor people was deplorable in the extreme departure of many, we felt indeed as if In many tents, all the families lay in a help- heaven was opening to them.”. From less state, nor could any one give the other Hopedale in like manner, the missionaries even as much as a drop of water. Those write, “ The word of the Cross, whieh we who had recovered a little, walked about preach in weakness and simplicity, has aplike shadows. We were employed early proved itself as the power of God, in the and late, in preparing medicines, nursing hearts of our people :" and from Greenthe sick, making coffins, and burying the land,“ As to our dear Greenland congredead. But our comfort was the state of gation, we have great cause to praise the mind of twenty-one persons who depart- Lord for his mercy. Our people have ed this life, one seeming more desirous proceeded, under the guidance of His than the other to depart and be with Spirit, in the path of life, and increased Christ. They all declared that they re in the love and knowledge of their Sajoiced at the prospect of soon seeing Him viour." face to face, who by sufferings and death
OBITUARY. To the Editor of the Christian Observer. the gay-having in his hands the ready
means of self-gratification-and being at B. H. ALLEN, ESQ.
an age when the passions are in full buoy
aucy, and the world is wont to put on its PERMIT me to record in your pages, for most alluring garb,--had he set forwardin the edification of your readers, a few par a wrong direction, the first step might ticulars respecting a faithful servant of have been fatal : and the talents, given to Christ,whose sudden decease, at the early be consecrated to God, might havé miage of thirty-six years, has excited, and nistered only to self-indulgence, to the deservedly, the deepest sympathy, not pomp and luxury of life, and to his eternal only in the fondly attached circle of his ruin. It pleased, however, the Giver of family and friends, but throughout the every good and perfect gift to implant in densely populous district in which he re his mind holier purposes and desires ; for sided.
no sooner did he become possessed of The late Benjamin Haigh Allen, Esq. wealth, than he was brought to feel his of Greenhead, near Huddersfield, the la. accountableness for the use of it; and far mented individual to whom I allude, and from being elated by prosperity, he enterwho was taken to his heavenly rest on the tained a salutary fear lest he should be10th of last May, in the full vigour of his come an unfaithful steward of the deposit life and usefulness, was born at Thorp, in committed to his charge. About this the parish of Almondbury, in the West period of his life, he read Doddridge's Riding of the county of York. March 31, Rise and Progress of Religion, to which 1793. From his childhood his disposition invaluable treatise he referred his first conwas mild and amiable; his character was victions of the heinous nature of sin, and marked by generosity, candour, and sim his fervent desires after that eternal life plicity; and he was enterprising and which is the gift of God in Jesus Christ. ardent in all his pursuits. These qualities, He rose from the perusal of it with feels which endeared him to his youthful com ings of deep concern for his everlasting panions, and ensured him in after-life tlie welfare; nor did these feelings evaporate esteem of all who knew him, when enno -for he engaged in the work of his salvabled by the grace of God and directed tion with intense earnestness, and entered into their proper channel, rendered him into a solemn covenant, or rather a ratithe uncompromising defender of truth, fication of his baptismal covenant, to the liberal supporter of every cause which devote himself to the service of his God proposed for its object the glory of God, and Saviour. A document to this effect the promotion of true religion, and the has been found among his papers since common good of mankind.
his decease, drawn up after the plan reHaving received his education at Mac commended by Doddridge, signed with clesfield school, he returned to his paternal his hand and sealed with his seal The roof, and entered upon a mercantile life; advantages of the peculiar mode of stipuwhich however he early quitted, in conse lation urged by Doddridge have been often quence of having come into the unrestrain- questioned; but in the case of Mr. Allen, ed possession, in his nineteenth year, of a this solemn ratification was certainly atvery ample fortune by the death of his tended with much spiritual benefit. uncle. At this critical point in his life In the year 1814, Mr. Allen was united freed from parental restraint--possessed in marriage to Sarah,the fourth daughter of of a large estate-courted by the smiles of the late John Wbitane of Woodhouse, Esq.,
, and the mildness field on the days for receiving deposits, with which he exercised authority, not and feeling his heart cheered at witness. only raised his character, but greatly con ing the honest and industrious poor bringtributed to the return of tranquillity in his ing in their extra earnings to be treasured neighbourhood. On the magisterial bench up against a time of need. He took much his loss will be much felt, and deeply de delight in imparting instruction to the plored.
young : a school for girls was supported at But though much occupied in maintain his charge, and he devoted a portion of ing the civil welfare of the community, he every Sunday to their improvement. For had still higher thoughts and purposes. the last nine months of his life he employHe was pre-eminently desirous of pro ed his leisure on this day in teaching a moting the influence of true religion, well Bible class for adults. He heard the knowing, that the principles of Christi details of the plan from the late Rev. B. anity conduce not less certainly to the Allen, Rector of St. Paul's, Philadelphia ; temporal than to the spiritual and eternal and with his characteristic energy he imwelfare of mankind. Huddersfield, like mediately organized one himself. His many other large towns of recent growth, heart was much engaged in it; he found was provided with only one church for a it attended with a great blessing, and he numerous and increasing population. Mr. earnestly recommended the system for Allen had for some time formed the pur adoption to his friends. Would that pose of erecting one at his own charge ; Bible classes prevailed generally; they are but many difficulties, particularly at that evidently calculated to do much good, time, stood in the way of such a design. inasmuch as they carry forward scriptural To overcome these, and to obtain an act instruction at an age fraught with danger of parliament for the purpose, required all and temptation. the energy of his character, but, by the Whatever his hand found to do, he did blessing of God, he succeeded; and, in it with all his might. He gave to these December 1816, laid the foundation of institutions not only his money, but his a handsome Gothic edifice, dedicated to time, his influence, his watchful care the holy Trinity, adapted for the accom and superintendance; and above all his modation of 1500 persons.
prayers. His services to the Church subsequently endowed, and it was conse Missionary Society in particular, were crated by his Grace the Archbishop of very valuable; he visited the neighbouring York in Oct. 1819. Mr. Allen appointed associations, pleaded on its behalf, and, to to the incumbency his beloved friend the mention but one among many instances of Rev. H. I. Maddock. In this holy tem his good-will towards this excellent instituple he was a regular and devout worship tion, he made on one occasion an anony, per; and it was the never-failing subject mous grant to its funds of one hundred of his desires and prayers, that the word pounds, as a thank-offering to God, on
hearing of a handsome legacy being be- with an illness which baffled all the queathed to Mrs. Allen.
efforts of his medical attendants; but he But his charities were not confined to was for the most part in possession of public societies; for no case of real ne his faculties, and sensible of his danger. cessity ever came before him without being He prepared to enter the dark valley of relieved ; to whatever community, rank, the shadow of death, leaning upon the or place the individual belonged. The rod and the staff of that Saviour who has winter before last was a most distressing guaranteed to his faithful disciples victory season in his vicinity, as well as in many over the last enemy. He did not trust to other parts of the kingdom. Thousands of himself, or flee for refuge to works of the labouring classes were thrown out of righteousness which he had done, but deemployment, and were dependant for sup sired to come simply to Jesus Christ for port upon the hand of charity: At this salvation, and to abide under the shadow season of distress, Mr. Allen did not con of his wings. He dwelt upon what he fine his labours to the public distribution had left undone, not upon what he had of relief; but he went from house to house, done ; and he humbled himself before God examined into each case, and numbers of in the deepest repentance. When expressfamilies were supplied with the necessaries ing the humiliation of his soul, and his of life by his Christian liberality. To this strong conviction of his sinfulness, his period may be referred the beginning of beloved partner having suggested to him his illness. Exposure to the inclemency that he had endeavoured by the help of of the weather, and anxiety of mind at Divine grace to glorify God, he felt pained witnessing such scenes of distress as şur at the mention of any thing which might rounded him, together with an accumu appear like self-exaltation, and declared, lation of business as a magistrate, pro « If I am saved, it will be solely through duced a sensible effect upon his health, the mercy of God in Jesus Christ; I will which he had hitherto considered suffi- cling to the cross of my Redeemer, and in ciently robust to allow of great exertion case I perish, it shall be there.” But he and fatigue. The distress at this time knew in whom he believed, and was perwas not confined to the labouring classes; suaded that he to whom he had committed for many opulent families had been re his soul was faithful. He expressed his duced to poverty; and by the failure of gratitude to God for his many and unde- banks the preceding year, the town of and served mercies; saying, “I can scarcely Huddersfield suffered to such an extent,and allow myself to reflect upon the love of public confidence was so greatly impaired, God; it almost overwhelms me. Again : that it was proposed as a remedy to form his resignation and confidence in God were a joint stock banking company, and Mr.
“ I have no anxieties,” Allen's activé co-operation being consi he said, “ of any kind : I am confident," dered indispensable for carrying the de- addressing his beloved wife, “ that God will sign into effect, he felt, averse as he was take care of you and your children, and to embarking in business for the sake of will bring both you and them to meet me in gain, that he could not with propriety heaven: they are included in the covenant, refuse. He engaged, therefore, in the which is sure to us and to our children.' scheme with his wonted energy; and the The last word which he uttered while in complete success which attended the in a state of consciousness, was a hearty stitution was owing mainly to his correct amen at the close of a prayer offered judgment and efficient support The re up by his brother-in-law, the Rev. W. sult, however, to himself, was far from Madden, which commended his soul into being salutary. The fatigue and anxiety the hands of a faithful Creator, and most which were hereby superadded to his merciful Saviour. His countenance was former labours, increased the mischief then lightened up with heavenly peace and which had commenced in an early part of joy; and about an hour afterwards, “ he the winter; and his constitution sustained fell asleep.” a shock from which it never recovered. The length to which I have extended Still, even when his strength was much these remarks prevents my detailing furexhausted, and he was forbidden to go ther particulars of his character, or noabroad, he transacted public business ar ticing the memorials of affection and home. On one occasion, not many days esteer with which his memory was embefore the final seizure, when the indi. balmed by his fellow-townsmen.
" His vidual most interested in the preservation record is on' high ;' his Divine Master of his life, urged upon him the necessity of found him engaged in the manner that has leaving home and resting for a year from been specified; his loins girded and his public labours ; he replied, with that mild- lamp burning; and truly blessed are those ness yet firmness of manner which was servants whom their Lord when he peculiar to him, “ Years are not ours; I cometh shall find so doing, for they rest should think it quite wrong not to return from their labours, and enter into the joy to my duties, if it pleased God to give me of their Lord.
H. my health.” On May 6, he was seized
VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS. The session of parliament has closed ; use his efforts to reconcile conflicting a session which will be long memorable interests in that unhappy country. It is for the great measure which occupied its the determination of government to inmost anxious sittings, and the effects of terfere as little as possible with foreign which, be they good or evil, will be felt powers ;-a just determination as to the by generations yet unborn. To this topic general principle, though we think that, we shall not at present recur, as our opi- far short of actual hostilities, much miglit nion has been often and decidedly express in many cases be done for the benefit of ed. The discussions on this important the world, by amicable remonstrance, and question having occupied much time, and particularly as respects Greece, Portugal, led to great excitement, and to a ge and South America. To disarm a robber, neral derangement of the usual balance of or to protect the weak and oppressed is both parties, it seems to have been the mutual with individuals and nations a plain duty, wish of the government and the legislature rather than an unjustifiable interference; to abridge the remaining business of the and this duty of justice and humanity may session, and to postpone topics of con be exercised without any necessity for reflicting opinion to another year. Much curring to bloodshed and warfare. We therefore has not been effected, though trust, that while we respect the equal rights the foundation has been laid for future of other nations, our public men will never proceedings on various points of great shrink from advocating a good and righmoment. To these we have not now teous cause, wherever British power or space to advert, or to those discussions influences extend. We fear that in the and measures already noticed in our pages, instances above alluded to, the present casome of which we propose to consider binet have carried their abstinence too far, more fully in future Numbers. The King's and that greater zeal might have effected Speech adds little to the public information. On the Catholic question, the curHis Majesty laments the continuance of rency, free trade, and other points, they the war in the East of Europe, announces have firmly maintained their ground; and his satisfaction in having renewed diploma- let them not shrivk from being equally retic relations with Turkey, and states that solute in opposing whatever tends to dithe negociations for the pacification of minish the liberties or the happiness of Greece will be resumed. His Majesty the human race. regrets the condition of Portugal, and will
ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS. M. N.; Y. M.; T. B.; T. P.; C. T.; and R. E., are under consideration. W. D.; CRITO; X. Y.; A. R.; D. ; will be inserted. Mr. Addis, in the first sentence of his “ Heaven Opened,” states, that the work owes its origin to the discovery of the name and number of the Beast of St. John, which
“we completed on January the ninth, in the eighteen hundred and twenty-eighth year of the Christian era.” After puzzling over this sentence for some time, we concluded that the author meant to say, that the prophecies relating to the Beast were completed on the day specified with such minute accuracy. It seems, however, that the "we" refers to himself, and the completion to the date of his discovery; which is, that “the Emperor of the Romans is the name of one beast, and his Holiness of Rome the name of the other; that the Church of England is a part of Antichrist, of the mother of abominations, and of the ten-horned beast.” T. B. will find a note at our publisher's. SUPPLEMENT TO RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.
BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY. The monthly Extracts contain a communication relative to the want of Gaelic Scriptures in Scotland; some interesting and encouraging facts from Turkey;
and others. even more so from the remote shores of Siam.
ANTI-SLAVERY SOCIETY. The Reporter gives a review of what has passed in parlianient during the session relative to Slavery. On some of these topics we had ourselves intended to dilate, had we not found ourselves antixipated in this paper. The parliamentary advocates for Slayery, have spoken strongly, but have proved nothing ; facts and reason, humanity and religion, and we may add the British public, are all against them ;-yet the scourge of Slavery continues, and we therefore owe our warmest gratitude to the conductors of the Reporter, to whom we are indebted for such able and satisfactory refutations as those before us of the mistatements which are cast forth to uphold that nefarious system.
PRAYER-BOOK AND HOMILY SOCIETY. We shall recur to the labours of this Society in a future Number; at present we have only space to recommend our readers to weigh well the interesting account appended of the speeches at its late anniversary.
ESSAY ON SUPERSTITION.
All these alternatives are
unsatisfactory. To deny its exist(Continued from p. 339.)
ence altogether, seems impossible ; IN..continuing the history of to place it on a level with Reve
dreams, and other analogous lation, derogates from the high and brainular manifestations, we may holy character of prophecy; and to not omit some notice of the phe- ascribe it to satanic agency, is to nomena of somnambulism.
allow Satan a greater sway over the The common form of somnambu- government of the universe than is lism must be considered as a kind consistent with our views of the of dream, happening during pro- power, and knowledge, and goodfound sleep, in which some actions ness of the Omnipotent Jehovah. intimately associated in the waking But if we consider it as an affair of state, and rendered easy, and almost the brain, occurring principally in automatic, by long continued habit, advanced life, and when that organ are reproduced in sleep without is manifestly suffering under excited apparent volition; and these actions action ; and, what is very important correspond with the ideas, feelings, to be remembered, both the seer and emotions, the succession and and his auditors fully believing from combination of which form the in- their infancy the occurrence of such tellectual and mental fabric of the manifestations, and prepared implidream.
citly to receive them; we are enaPossibly the alleged faculty of bled to class it at once with other second sight, so far as it is not a phenomena which result from anamere jugglery of the designing, may logous stages of excitement, when be referred to a species of somnam the brain has escaped from the inbulism, in which the mental mani- fluence of the will and the judgfestations confer with themselves, ment, and continues its morbid and produce a prospective result, function without guidance or diwhich has been termed second sight. rection.' The common examples If this mental manifestation be not of cunning men and women, the referred to a cerebral origin, there practice of fortune-telling, and the is no alternative but that of either science of astrology and divination,
enying its existence altogether, or must be referred to the class of iminvesting it with the attributes of postures; and, as such, are scarcely prophecy, and admitting it as the entitled to consideration among the result of inspiration ;-this inspi- legitimate offspring of superstition. ration being either, a spiritual com- And yet their influence upon many munication from the Most High minds is extensive, and even fright: God, or a suggestion of the evil ful; and the best antidote, is to be CHRIST. OBSERV. No. 331.