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live to the will of my heavenly Father, who is the giver of every go»d and perfect gift. Though sometimes I feel a fear whicli brings me into sorrow, but thanks be to God for the gift of his dear son; in leaning upon Christ there is a balm for every wound. When I look back on my past life, there is nothing I can bring before God but what is imperfect. Sin is mixt with all I do; I lore the Lord because be first loved me; it was he who found me in the wilderness, and brought me to his fold to. weep, and to rejoice with his dear people. At this present time it has pleased the Lord to bring my body in a very weak state, but I hope, trusting in my heavenly Father, as the outward man decays the inward man will increase day by day. It was his good pleasure to lay me aside from my employment on the third of August, since that time I have not been able to do any work; to all human appearance the Lord is bringing this tabernacle of clay near to the dust; from dust I came, and unto dust I must return. O tiiat vs soul may be prepared for that solemn change which must take place sooner or later. It is of his mercy that I am not consumed. I often think of the good advice I have had from you, my dear teacher in the Lord, and try to profit by it. I remember when 1 thought it a task to learn the Assembly's Catechism, but now I havt reason to bless God thai I was taught it. I hope the Lord win bless you, and every Sunday School teacher. \ feel thaukful thit he has provided Sunday Schools, and that I was permitted to attend one; I hope I can say it has been good for my soul. Jesus Chriit iays, I am the good shepherd, the good shepherd giveth his liie for the sheep; he has been a kind shepherd to me, unworthy a, I am. He has kindly protected, preserved, and blessed a? in uiy affliction. 1 have reason to be thankful to the most high God, that he has abundantly provided for me; that he has opened the hearts of the people of God to feel great kindness towards me. I deure to tbank the Lord for that.and every blessing, knowiiig it coaxa from his bountiful hand. I hope this affliction will be •amtined to my soul, and the souls of my dear parents, and to all aknart —«.t viewing it as tlifc hand of God. I beg you to pray for
nin* and 1 kuow you will, and believe me to be
Your humble and obliged servant, Kidderminster. Mauy W Eston."
From this time she daily became wi/rse, but appeared growing in grace, and gradually ripening for glory. Her minister, the. teachers, and inanv other christian friends visited her frequently, aniforinlv fouud her enjoying peace and serenity of mind, , it,, i, ,,t a good Lope. She felt Christ to be tl>e rock of
• enabled emaciated nd, and in
tpired ucr heart with joy; nor was this joy the effects of agitated *piriH, or fluctuating passions, but the result of a calm reflection uo her state; as not having on her pwn righteousness which is of
the law, but clothed with the righteousness of Christ which is Ij ftith.
During ber long and painful affliction, no expressions of murmuring, i'retfulness, or even of impatience escaped her; on the contrary, she possessed much gratitude for the blessings she enjoyed, such as having affectionate relatives to nurse her, and kind christian friends to visit her. She said sometimes it did her good to see the people of God, though she was unable to talk much to them.
In the morning of the 2Gth of January, she strictly charged he sister to live in the fear of the Lord, and requested her not to b alarmed, saying, Jesus Christ is now coming to fetch me, go an
call Mrs. (naming a pious neighbour who had spent raui
time with her.) As soon as she entered, she looked earnestly her for about a minute, with a sweet smile upon her couutenaiu then exclamed, "O come," endeavouring to stretch out her arms receive her, " Come, come, O come to Jesus Christ. He is a t of life. Come, come, O come," then calling the names of sc ral of her friends, she said, "tell them all to come to JesusChri
She then sent for a near relative, and exhorted him in the n affectionate manner to reverence the Sabbath day; intreating to seek an interest in that Saviour whom she now fonnd so cious. After that she gave him her new quarto bible which had taken in by numbers, and had bound. His feelings overt him and he wept aloud. Upon which she said lam distui and should wish to have the room quiet, but in a few minute former tranquility of mind returned, and she took an aftecti< leave of all her family and friends. Throughout her illnes adversary of souls was kept at a distance from her till abou o'clock the last afternoon, when she had a sharp conflict the enemy, but it was short. Afterwards she clasped her together, and with a benign smile said, "All is well, Jesus same yesterday, to-day, and for ever. I know, I know," (\vh shortness of her breath prevented her proceeding), one wl standing at her bed side said,' I know that my Redeemer She replied "Yes, yes." She lay silent about an hour, momi expecting her departure, when on a sudden she faintly exc "W ill you, will you, will you?"—Upon being answered 'Yes she said, "Tell, tell, tell, (naming the friend to whom sVi the above letter), I am gone to, I am gone to my heavenly F and in a few minutes after, she entered into that rest w maineth only for the people of God.
Thus died in the twenty-fourth year of her age, this young person, a fiesh instance of encouragement to all and teachers of Sunday Schools. My friends, the woi duous, the discharge of it important and difficult;; bu endeavours are crowned with success, how rich the rew; humbly depending upon God's blessing, you have every hope from his power and goodness, for he has declared, due time ye shall reap if ye faint not.'
SUNDAY SCHOOL REPOSITORY;
PUBLISHED QUARTERLY. ,
No. XII.] October, 1815. [Vol. II.
Extbact/>om the Eighteenth Annual Report of the Committee of the Edinburgh Gratis Sabbath School Society. 3d Mai/, 1815TH E young are a most interesting portion of the cornvanity. They are the hope of families, of our country, *ud of the Church of God. They are coming forward u> nil those places in civil and religious society which we <*cupy at present but from which we must ere long retire, worn out by age, or cut down by disease, and hurried preouturely to the grave.—If they are neglected ; if they are saffered to grow up in ignorance of God, of Christ, *nd of their own hearts, and to follow the bent of their cwrupt inclinations, without the benefit of salutary discipline, it must fare ill with themselves, and with that society in which ihey are destined to act a part. They will enter upon life without armour to resist its temptations, and without qualifications for performing its duties. They will commence We journey through time to eternity, not aware of the dangers in their way, nor prepared for avoiding them; ignorant of the path which leads to happiness, and indifferent to ■11 that concerns their everiasting welfare; ruining them*et?es by their irreligion aud vice, and by their example corrupting and ruining others.
I/, as good citizens, w e wish well to the ceuntry which irave u* birth; if, as Christians, we love the prosperity of &on, and feel any portion of anxiety that her citizens may •bound, and flourish in holiness and zeal, when we shall be numbered with the dead; still more, if we cherish in our hearts any genuine affection for the young, and desire not merely their temporal good, but their eterual salvation, we shall watch with the most solicitous care, over those of the rising
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generation who are under our more immediate inspection, and promote to the utmost of* our ability, every benevolent institution, which has in view their general welfare as its object. By commencing early our endeavours for their benefit, we have the greatest reason to hope that our labour will not be lost; the tree will keep the bent which was given it, while a twig; the man will retain the principles instilled into the boy, and the habits to which he was formed in his tender years. At least, we use the most likely means for the temporal and eternal good of our fellow-creatures, when we endeavour to initiate them early in the first principles of the doctrine of Christ, and to impress their consciences and hearts with the awful importance of eternal things, before they become yet more corrupted by intercourse with the World, seduced by its pleasures,or engrossed by its affairs.— We use the prescribed means, and have reason, when we prudently and conscientiously use them, to hope for the divine blessing.
The religious instruction of the young is the immediate duty of their parents; and it is the sin and the disgrace of such as are their natural protectors, when they are at no pains to promote it; when, on the contrary, they suffer themselves to forget that their offspring are immortal beings, and amidst their general care of them, overlook that most important and most necessary branch of education—education for eternity! preparation for filling an honourable station among the blessed in the kingdom of our Father.
But are the interests of Society, and of the Church of God, to be neglected? and are precious souls to be suffered to perish through lack of knowledge, if those whose direct duty it is to watch for the souls of the young, are either themselves so ignorant as to be incapable to teach them the things of God, or feel so little the power of religion on their Own hearts, as to be ind sposed to it r Shall multitudes of human beings grow up to maturity in a Christian country, our eyes and our ears bearing joint testimony to their depravity, and to the cruel neglect of their parents; and shall it be said, that "no man car'eth for their souls?
Reflections of this kind, as you well know, suggested the formation of the Edinburgh Gratis Sabbath School Society.— Your intention was not to supercede the labours of parents for the religious instruction of their children, but to give aid to the diligent and conscientious, and to perform towards the young those labours of love, which the negligence of others did not even attempt. You could have no motive but compassion to -mils ready to perish, and the desire of doing good, as \ our labouis weie from their commencement gratuitous, and not such as were likely to procure for you the honour uhieh comeih from man. You have persevered now fur theje eighteen years, and have not seen any reason in the course of your experience to conclude, that your Society was unnecessary, nor to be discouraged from want of success. Your former Reports furnish delightful evidence, that your labours have not been altogether in vain; and it U the pleasant duty of your present Committee, in repo-tiag on the state of your schools, to lay before you such information as must satisfy you that some measure of the di*ine blessing still accompanies your labours, and that it is your evident duty to continue, and even to increase yourexertioa*.
The first circumstance to which your attention must be t)uecitd is the number of the schools, and of the scholars wbo ordinarily attend them. It will give you pleasure to W informed, that the number of your schools, is at preirot Sixty-Four, and that the Scholars who attend them amount to Four Thousand and Fourteen. There has been therefore an inctease during the year, of Nine in the number of ichools, and of Fight Hundred and Forty-Four in that of the scholars. This is the more gratifying, as it appears to be the consequence not of any diminution of the number* a:tending the parochial Sabbath schools, or other similar institutions, (which, so far as is known, are as numerously itkoded as formerly); but it is to be hoped, of an increased desire on the part both of parents and children, for religious induction. In this number, your Committee do not include loose schools which, though erected by your influence, or for i while under your patronage, are not now receiving from joa support.
You will be anxious to learn whether their be any evidence* that good is doing by the labours of so many Teachers, it is proper however to remind you, that we are not to estimate our duty by the measure of our success.— Our duty may be clear, while it pleases him who giveth i«aue account of his matters, to withhold from long continued and diligent endeavours, almost every visible token of fuccess, and all that encouragement tq perseverance which viecets afford,. Our great Master, notwithstanding very "n[>ruojising appearances that he had laboured in vain, did &oi faint nor was discouraged; and it would in like manner be our duty tp persevere, in out endeavours fpr the spin