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tion which was remarkably verified thrown on the means of grace and in the character of the deceased. the professors of religion. Whether Her ennity strongly displayed itself there was mercy for her ? Whether in various respects; as in the diffi- Christ was as willing to save as he culty with which she was prevailed is able ? - were now the questions upon to hear the gospel; in her re- on which her thoughts were ansi: luctance to see, or converse with ously exercised; nor was it tillafe religious people ; and in the oppo. ter an interval of several weeks, șition set up against the exercises of that she obtained relief. The prar prayer, reading the Scriptures, &c. mises and examples made known in in the family, as performed by her the word of God, - of pardoning husband. This rooted dislike was mercy bought by the blood of of long continuance; and various Christ, and nowing, through that means that were used, in order to medium, to the chief of sinners, remove it, seemed ineffectual. bucame at length, by the divine
Divine grace is, however, in- blessing, a source of hope. Far vincible. By degrees, her aversion from trusting in herself that she so far abated, that she occasionally was righteous, and convinced of heard the gospel; by which, and the deluded condition of all who the perusal of the Obituaries in the seek justification, in whole or in Evangelical Magazine, consider. part, from their own works, she able impressions were made on her avowed the Lord alone to be her inind. Yet she resisted convic- righteousness; and that nothing tions; and laboured, though in short of the blood of Christ could yain, to stifle them. During this cleanse away her sins. But here period, it pleased the Lord to visit she rested; here she enjoyed her with a series of painful afflic. peace ! From the promises of tions. These were also followed by grace, she drank in those consolaa tedious illness, which proved tions that so sweetly refresh the fatal. Indisposition and confine. thirsty soul. The fears of death, ment, joined with the apprehension which before had harrassed her, that her complaint, which was con- retreated at the prospect which sumptive, might end in deatlı, taith presented, of jovs beyond the sharpened conviction; and, under grave; and she not only becanie the blessing of God, constrained willing to leave the world, and her to think seriously. Her views those who were peculiarly dear 10 of divine things now underwent an her, but desired, with submission important change ; and she began to the will of God, the moment of to wish for the society and converse release ; trusting, that when the of those, whom formerly she had earthly house of her tabernacle þeen wont to shun with disgust. was dissolved," she had a building
From this time the visits of reli. of God, - an house not made with gious friends, for the purposes of hands, – eternal in the Heavens !" reading, prayer, &c. met with a Her wish to die, as connected with grateful reception. The returns a comfortable hope of being found of those opportunities she earnestly in Jesus, were the last sentiments solicited ; and manifestly derived she was heard to express. from them instruction and comfort. During her confinement, she la. The restraints imposed upon her, mented the careless frame of mind by a natural timidity and bashful- in which she had often heard ser. ness, which appeared in conversa- mons; and also her inability now ţion, especially with strangers, were to attend upon religious ordinances, overcame by a deep sense of the when she had reason to hope they importance of her soul's concerns. would be more profitable to her. In an humble manner, she confessed She manifisted likewise much piry her guilt as a sinner; and lamented, towards those of her acquaintance, witli much feeling, the continued whom she knew to be strangers to resistance offered to God, and the Christ as the way of salvation ; convictions of her conscience, as praying for them, and expressing a ve! as the contempt she had hope, that, notwithstanding tar
585 present aversion, they might some- but she was preserved, and aftertime hear and believe the gospel. wards called. Now all thoughts of
I shall only add, that she was a happiness in this life were gone, she pleasing instance of the patience of began to think about her soul. She Hype. In this respect, the power of read over the letters which she had grace was conspicuous. Her tem- received from her husband while on per was naturally fretful; never- his passage ; and found he always theless, she bore, with exemplary concluded with these words," Bring fortitude and serenity, a paintul my children up in the fear of God." and lingering disorder of eight These words led her seriously to months; thus waiting till she was think on what this must mean; for put into the possession of that it was a subject on which they neve? Crest that remains for the people of talked while together.
WiL. P. cluded this had never been done
for the children ; and while her
mind was thus seriously employed, MRS. HELEN GREEN,
her conviction of sin began to be of Necuborough, in Lancashire,
very strong. She lived in a dark
corner of the land, where there was Was born at Halton, near Lan. no gospel-light; nor any religious
and what to caster, of very respectable parents, person to speak to ;of the name of Hartley. Until she
do she could not tell.
She began was about sixteen years old, she
to read in her Bible; and, in Dr. lived with hier parents; who, from
Watts's Psalms and Hymns, which her infancy, endeavoured to impress she had bought while young, but her mind with the necessity of the
never read before, ---the more she outward forms of religion.
She read, the more she saw herself a was taught to revere the Bible as ruitted sinner ; and often feared her the word of God; and to value case was hopeless. books which treated on religious At this time the Methodists subjects. When she left her pa- came to preach about a mile from rents, she was employed as a lady's where she lived. The first time maid ; and, about the age of twen- . they came, she went to hear; and ty-six, was married to a Mr.Green. was much pleased, because she With him she lived near ten years, found her case described by them; when, owing to derangement in his and God's word explained in such circumstances, he went to Ame. a manner, as she had never heard it rica ; and left her, with three chil- at church. Still, however, she was dren, to follow him. To this pe- the subject of much distress; and rivd Mrs. Green is to be considered could not think there was a person as a person destitute of divine grace. in the world so wicked as she had She had the form of godliness, but been. She at last opened her knew nothing of its power. After mind to one of her neighbours, who he had been in America a little seemed to pay attention to religion, time, she received information that but found her much in the same he was ill; but, if spared, was to state as herself. After this, she return to England in the first vessel opened her mind, by letter, to a that came. Soon after this, two of minister in. Liverpool; and, by his her children were taken ill; answer and frequent correspond. died; and the other was expected ence, afterwards found some deevery day to follow. In this dis- gree of hope. But never was her tressed situation, in dying circum- soul set at liberty, till she heard, stances, she received a letter of the in the late Mr. Medley's chapel, death of her husband! She was at Liverpool, a Mr. Harrison, from naturally an affectionate wife and · Shropshire. His subject was, “ 'The tender mother. In this state, there willingness of Christ to save sine fore, what she felt exceeds all de ners ;'' and he spoke in such a manscription. Those who knew her ner, she could no longer doubt the intimately, thought her distress willingness of Christ to save her, was greater than she could bear; Of this circonstance she would
frequently speak with the greatest Doddridge, Macgowan, and Burr. pleasure and thankfulness, The der's Village Sermons, &c. &c. In writer of this has heard her say, these she read much ; and out of She used to think 0, how happy these read to her neighbours : and they should be, if they could have though she had, in the latter part preaching regularly once a quarter! of her life, much business on her However, she did not spend her Sab- hands, when business was over, she bath in idleness. She held meetings sat up frequently very late to read regularly in her own house for and meditate on the word of God, reading, prayer, and singing, with It has been mentioned, how she those of her neighbours who were earnestly wished to have preaching disposed to attend. Thus, in fact, occasionally in the village where she became the leader of the little she lived. 'About a year and a half band who were disposed to serve before she died, the Lord stirred God, or hear of his ways. Thus up the minds of some worthy mi. she became a mother in Israel; and nisters, and others, in Lancashire, while she was diligent, in the midst to support an itinerant in that of much reproach, the Lord hon- county; and after some time, the oured her with tokens of his appro- Lord, in his kind providence, sent bation. Many have been blessed that itinerant to preach in this vil. while she thus read the word of Jage. This gave her much satisGod, Evangelical Sermons, and faction; and she enjoyed this blessprayed to God with them. Sone ing: for many monthis before she are left behind who are living wit. died, every week. Her diligence nesses of this.
was worthy of imitation, for she Here the writer cannot help no. was never absent from the meetings ticing the manner in which she was but in conseqnence of heavy a flic. first bronght to devote the whole tion. She wrote much of what she of the Sabbath to the Lord :-She heard and read, as well as the state kept a small shop; and there, as in of her own mind at times, &c. many other places, perlaps more But when these papers were enbusiness was done on the Sabbath' quired for, her eldest daughter said, than on any day beside. She had Her mother burned them not a been taught, that it was not wrong great while before 'she was taken to sell and receive money on the ill; saying, Nothing should be seen morning of the Sabbath, before of hers when she was gone.
How. church-time. This, therefore, for ever, among some letters, one that some time she did, though not with. she had written,' and was to have out keen pangs of conscience. She been sent to a young minister, was "was reniarkably open to conviction; found, dated Nov. 24, 1800; in and one day a very intimate Chris- which she writes thus: “For my tian friend asked her this very plain own part, I know of no happiness but pertinent question, “ Pray,” equal to being an humble follower said she, “what time of the day of the meek and lowly Jesus! But, does the Sabbath begin?” She had O Mr. H-t, I am an unthankful
no occasion to add any more. For creature, else I should never want · some time she suffered much in her the comforts of his blessed pre
mind on account of this evil; but sence! I long to live more upon from that time, laid aside the sinful him ; but this deceitful heart robs practice.
me of much happiness, which I She was much attached to her know is experienced by a constant Bible; and able to give a reason of communion with him wlion ny 'the hope that was in her, and of the soul loveth. You, my dear friend, truths she believed, in a convincing have wisely began to seek the Lord manner. From the word of God while young:
- your example will she saw clearly into those truths be a blessing to many !
The Lord which are generally termed Calvin- will bless you, I trust, in your pubistic; and particularly adinired the lic ministry, by giving the young works of Watts, Cennick, Owen, and thoughtless for your hire ; and
587 your conversation, so becoming the brought you down; and I hope he gospel you preach, will not fail to will raise you up again.” She mild influence the minds of those who ly answered, “I am safe in his
Go on, my worthy hands." When one who attended friend, in the strength of him who her, said, She feared her bed was has put far from you all fear or love not easy, she said, “ Jesus has of the world; and pray that we made me an easy pillow."-But it may continually be led by the same would far exceed ihe limits of your Spirit, till perfect love shall cast Magazine to mention half of the graout “all slavish fear in us!"
cious words which proceeded from On the roth of February last, her dying lips. Suffice it to say, she was taken poorly. At first, no she seemed to enjoy complete hap. danger was apprehended; but it piness through all her illness. soon appeared that this illness was The night on which she died, was unto death; and as she had been the night on which there is preachieminent in the ways of God while ing in the village ; and as she was she lived,
an entrance abundantly now so very low, some of her friends was ministered unto her into the desired that they might stop witla everlasting kingdom of her Lord her. "0, no!" said she ;'" last Jesus Christ."
Thursday, you know I was well; It had often been her desire while and it inay be the last sermon you she lived, that she might not lie may hear.” When the friends re. long ill, if agreeable to the will of turnerl, they found her engaged in God. This was granted. She was the most fervent prayer, and very taken ill on Thursday; and on the happy in her soul. Tuesday night after, she expired. From this time to the hour her The itinerant lives in the village happy soul took its Aiglit, she was where she resided, and so had fre. constantly engaged in the most ferquent opportunities of being with vent prayer for her neighbours, her; and he has frequently said, her minister, &c. &c. Frequently This event was the inost pleasing she mentioned different persons he ever witnessed. When he asked names; and then, in a manner which her, how she did, she would an- will never be forgotten by those swer, “ But poorly in body, but who were with her, she added, happy in mind. I'have cast all my " Amen." A little before mida burdens on the Lord, and he sus- night, she desired those with her tains them.” He never yisited her to pray; and soon after fell asleep, but she would soon say to some aged forty-six years. friend who stood by, “ Reach Mr. The Sabbath but one after she G - the Bible ;” and would often died, her death was improved, from desire passages to be read which Luke xii. 37. (first part) in a large she had been meditating upon. She room procured on the occasion, to could inform him where those pas. a congregation of 300 people at sages were with so much readiness, least. Many too were obliged tu that he would say afterwards, he return, that could not possibly was quite ashamed of himselt.- get in. She was so inuch respected, “How blessed are they who hide that persons of the strongest prethe word of God in their hearts!” judices against Dissenters came to
She was confined one Sabbath; hear her funeral sermon. Thus - the Sabbath on which there was one of her best desires was brought preaching in the village. When about by her death, viz. Most of those came to see her who had been her neighbours brought under the at the preaching, she was very par. sound of the gospel. - O that is ticular in her enquiries about the may appear, that she died, that subjects, &c.
many inay live! Amen and amen. A female friend who visited her,
G. G. maid, “Mrs, Green, the Lord has
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The former volume was pub- and Orton's discourse on the same Lished upwards of two years ago; subject, which.satisfies us that he and the favourable reception which must have seen Orton; but the it has met with from the public, discourses themselves are so difbas induced his surviving friends to ferent, that we cannot accuse him perform their promise, by presenting of plagiarism. The remainder of them with a second. Both volumes the volume is occupied by lectures are so similar in respect of the style on Luke vii. 36, 50. — on Hosea of execution, that such of our rea. xiv. - on 2 Corinthians i. and ders as have perused the one, can on the latter part of Isaiah xl. We easily anticipate the character of the do not hesitate to recommend both other. They are scriptural, per- volumes to the perusal of serious spicuous, and accurate. The au. persons, hoping, with the writer thor never labours in order to dise of the Preface, that they will be cover learning or depth; - never acceptable to the saints, and cone attempts to surprize by novelty, or duce, through the blessing of God, charm by eloquence ; his only to promote pure and undefled reli. object seems to be, to express, gion. with all possible simplicity, what he An advertisement prefixed to reckons the doctrine of Scripture the second volume, intimates, that on the particular subject under his the author's manuscript still conconsideration; and to impress on tains as many Discourses as would others those convictions of its im- fill a third volume, written in the portance, which he himself felt.
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