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many things connected with her position God, and expressed her thankfulness as a wife, a parent, and a Christian, that she was able to read, and that she worthy of note, and which cannot fail to took so much pleasure in reading. Her commend themselves to the admiration Bible was her constant companion, she of every Christian, and many would do perused it with attention and delight. well to imitate such excellences. It was The death of such a woman could not often said of her, if she was not a great be otherwise than happy. In her case talking Christian, she was a living and it was both peaceful and triumphant. walking Christian.

When questioned as to her experience As a wife and parent, few in this world and prospects, her replies were prompt, have excelled her. Her industry, her clear and emphatic: such as indicated economy, and all her domestic habits that she was not dependant upon a mere gave strength and lustre to her character. impulse in the last hour for an assurance She attended most strictly to the advice of her acceptance with God, and conseof Paul by Titus, “To be discreet, quent fitness for heaven. She spoke with chaste, and a keeper at home.” She the confidence of a person who felt that seldom went into the house of a neigh she was upon the rock, that she had firm bour unless called by affliction. So far tread, and could hurl defiance at the as this world is concerned, " she minded last enemy, and exult in the prospect of her own business." Such was her moral a blissful immortality. Our dear sister influence in her family, secured by kind was visited by many of our friends, who ness, firmness, and devoted piety, that are ready to furnish expressions of rethey all looked up to her with the greatest signation and confidence peculiar to the deference and respect, and hence they experience of an aged, strong minded, became a singularly united and happy and well-grounded Christian. Suffice it family. Perhaps few women have been to say, her testimony to the truth, and taken away whose loss has been more power, and value of religion was such severely and painfully felt by hus as could not fail to commend religion 10 band and children. They feel that they the acceptance of others, and induce are indeed bereaved; but they are en even the careless to say with Balaam, deavouring to say with approving sub “Let me die the death of the righteous, mission, " Thy will be done !"

and let my last end be like his !" Our The house of James and Mary Shaw sister was very fond of verses of poetry, has always been open to entertain the which she often repeated. The followministers of the Gospel, and our dear ing, referring to her future home and the sister seemed as if she had no greater joy final gathering of the saints, was a in this world than to minister to their favourite one, which she repeated frewants and comfort. For many years the quently before her death. superintendent of the Bradford Circuit, There all the ship's company meet, when appointed at Pudsey, has made his Who sailed with their Saviour beneath : home under their hospitable roof; and With shouting each other they greet, while there has been an absence of any. And triumph o'er trouble and death; thing like splendour and ceremony, there

The voyage of life's at an end, has been a real and substantial comfort.

The mortal affliction is past, The kindness of the whole family, and

The age that in heaven they spend, especially the hearty welcome and assi

For ever and erer shall last. duous attention of Mrs. Shaw, have more

On Feb. 7th she sweetly closed her than supplied any seeming want of out- eyes in death, and passed fromward appearance. When this excellent wo

A suffering Church beneath man was lying upon her death-bed, and it

To a reigning Church above. was thought prudent by the friends that the

“The memory of the just is blessed." minister should go to some other house, she would not hear of it. Her love to the house of God, and to the service of God,

ANN RAYNER. and to the servants of God, was beyond The subject of this brief memoir was all praise. She could indeed say with the daughter of William and Mary Kerthe Psalmist, “My delight is with the shaw, of Flowery-field, near Hyde, and saints of the Most High."

she was born on the 11th of October, During the latter part of her life she 1830. She became a scholar in our Sabbecame very deaf, so that she could not bath-school about the year 1838 or 9, hear the preaching of the word, nor could and we have reason to believe that she she, without great difficulty, enjoy the received her first religious impressions in intercourse of friends. This was a priva- that heaven-born institution. In a very tion she often mourned, but still she short time after this, she became also a was contentedly resigned to the will of member in our Society; and I believe she retelei het ne t .p from that i coi bedase, s.:ba de o to ber pera mi to the day of ler delica

resirala do Leste bat hil in vaiu; Ho reliquas experience, generally sed it was eridext to ker sympathizing speaking, we cuatrzed by great friends tha::he.so that knew ber that's bip.icity; ani w be releasg it, she Tudor 5* Ler nu Eure for ever. often expressed a desire tit, turvagb Sbe detizei rapiilt, but Ler mind was divinae grase, slie Light be able walk wobiería.. supported by the religion of weil pleasing in the sigbt of Gol, thet, te Cross, and she knew that though the when she cane to die, she miglas leare a esrt, trse of her tabernacle were good bestimony behind ber stat she was dissolved, ole hai a banding of God, a gone to giory.

bouse Dot made rith bauds, eternal in We tare reason to believe, that when the bettens. Ste was able to go out she brst gave her heart to God sud ber and visit ber friends in the neighbour. hand to his people, she was the subject of hood until te sth of Maceb; but on the much persecation from one whose datygih sbe is confpei a prisoner to her it was w bave trailed her up in the horse and coach. Bat, thank God! she si nurture and admobition of the Lord." vas a prisoner of hope. She had a But though young in years and young in " good bope through grace' of one day grace, she was enabled, through dirine landing safe in hesses, where atřiction assistance, to bear op under all her per. can never enter, and sin api sorrow are secutions, and resolve to foilow the Lord unknown. On the evening of the 10th through good and through evil report. of March she expressed ber eunfidence

When sbe was about twelve years of in the promises of God, by declaring age, ber kind and affectionate mother de. that she had faith to beliere sbe shoni parted this life, and the loss of that fodd die in triamph ; and whea sbe saw her parent was a severe trial to our deceased friends weeping around her bed, she exsister; and indeed that painful loss of claimed, * Weep not for me; it is the her kind mother's influence, syin pathy Lord's will, let him do as seeneth him and encouragement, was but the fore- good.” She continued in this frame of ranner of a complication of severe trials mind until the morning of the 13th of and sufferings, which she was enabled in March, when it was evident to her sorsome measure to bear with patience and rowing friends that the time of her deresignation,

parture was drawing nigh. She desired She was married on the 27th of Feb them to pray with and for her, and also ruary, 1819, to brother Mark Ravner, ber to sing her favourite hymns. now bereaved husband, to whom she She appeared fully to realize the truth bore two children, who, like the rose, and faithfulness of that cheering promise, bloomed for a very brief period in this “When thy heart and flesh fail, I will be vale of suffering and sorrow, and then re- the strength of thy heart and thy portion inmed to bim who has said, “Suffer for ever." Under these circumstanees little cbildren to come unto me, and for- she felt deeply interested in, and anxions bid them not, for of such is the kingdom for, the salvation of all ber relations and of Heaven." Our deceased sister, even acquaintances. A short time before she from a child, had but a delicate consti- died, she very feelingly asked her hustution; and during the brief period of band to promise her that he would be her matrimonial union she was the sub- faithful unto death, that he might meet ject of much affliction. In the month of her again in heaven, which promise was January last she began to be very unwell, solemnly given, and I sincerely hope will but no immediate danger was anticipated be religiously kept. She then called for by the friends by whom she was sur her brotber Jobn, and affectionately exrounded. But “God's ways are not as horted him to give his heart to God, and our ways, neither are his thoughts as our to train up his children in the fear of the thoughts."

Lord. And then she laid her head upon On the 18th of January her little in. her pillow, and in a very short time fant was suddenly and unexpectedly calmly resigned her precious soul into removed by Death out of time into eter- the hands of her dear Redeemer, on the nity. This sudden shock, this unex- 13th day of March, 1852, aged twentypected removal of her little one, whose one years and nearly five months. Her existence and happiness were closely death was improved on Sunday evening, entwined around the tender and afflicted April 25th, by the Rev. H. Piggin, to a mother's heart, appears to have been too crowded and attentive audience, from much more than her feeble constitution Numbers xxiii. 10: “Let me die the could bear; and she gradually sank be. death of the righteous, and let my last neath its pressure. Medical assistance end be like his."

J. Hibbert. was obtained, and everything was done April 201h, 1852.

sbillings to the heavily-burdened friends RECENT DEATH.

at Chester. On Saturday, April 10, 1852, Mr. The affliction which issued in death Montague Taylor, of Bilston, Stafford was very protracted, and towards its ter. shire, departed this life. Fifty-four years mination very painful. For more than were meted out to him on earth, and it two years and a half Mr. Taylor was js pleasing to reflect that more than thirty well-nigh confined to his room, and dur. of these were spent in the Church. Bothing & considerable proportion of that from ancestral example and personal pre- time to bis bed. In affliction, however, ference, the Wesleyan Church became he recognised and reverenced God's band, his; and in it he lived, laboured and and learned and endured God's will. Se died. But sectarian separateness and beneficial was the school of aflliction, exclusiveness were neither consonant that towards the close of life his soul with his religious convictions, nor coun- was ripened in confidence, resignation tenanced in his general life. He loved and hope. Life was desired or resigned all, and, I believe, assisted all Christian as God's pleasure was indicated, and denominations. Ours secured no incon death, at one portion of his life a dread, siderable share of his general sympathy lost its dreariness. In this state of mind, and liberal support. Amongst his last and amidst the loving, anxious and laboactions on earth were those by which he rious attention of a devoted wife and arranged the payment of his anngal attached children, Mr. Taylor exchanged subscriptions to the Beneficent and Pater- & mortal for an immortal life, and a mal Funds and to our Society in this temporal for an eternal habitation. town. He, moreover, about this time,

J. STOKOE. made me the unsolicited bearer of ten Bilston, April 17, 1852.

NOTICES OF BOOKS.

UNCLE Tom's Cabin; or, Negro Life in the Slave States of America. By HARRIET BEECHER STOwe. Reprinted from the Tenth American Edition. London: Clarke and Co., Fleet-street.

This is one of the most remarkable books of the age. Immediately on its appearance in America it acquired an unparalleled popularity; for though sold at a high price in that country, ten editions of the work were called for in fourteen days. Whether we look at its literary character, or the sacred cause of humanity and religion which it so elo quently advocates, its excellence renders it well worthy of the sudden and extreme celebrity it has obtained. The leading title of the book is not calculated to strike the mind with a correct view either of its character or its worth. It is a tale of thrilling interest, founded upon facts; and the sketches, instead of being confined either to one individual or his cabin, as might be supposed from the title of the book, embrace Bumerous characters, and scenes and incidents in the various territories where the curse of American slavery prevails. There is a Jife, a nerve, a truthfulness and a power in the pen of the fair author which encbain the attention, and penetrate and fascinate the reader. Slavery in its demoralizing and horrid character is vividly depicted, yet in the absence of all bitterness of language and harshness

of spirit. The humane and generous, as
well as the cruel and iron-hearted pro-
prietor, is set forth; and the perplexities
of the master, as well as the oppressions
of the negro, are described by a candid
and fuithful pen. As was meet in such
a work, Christianity, instead of being
either coldly ignored or contemptuously
caricatured, as it is by some writers on
slavery, is reverently acknowledged and
honoured as the stern foe to every form
of injustice, as the friend and solace of
the oppressed, as the grand means of
emancipating man from every species of
thraldom, and elevating him to social
dignity and true happiness. Methodism
comes in for no small share of its ame-
liorating and blessed influence upon the
slave-population of America. We anti-
cipate that this book will be read by
hundreds of thousands; and the ihrilling
facts it narrates, and the benign and holy
sentiments it breathes, will find a pow-
erful response in the bosom of humanity,
and will, with the Divine blessing, ac.
celerate the downfall of the accursed
system of slavery.

It ought to be remarked that, though the volume contains a great mass of matter, and is handsomely got up, it is sold at a remarkably low price; as will be seen by referring to our advertisement in the wrapper of the LARGE MAGAZINE for May, and the JUVENILE for the present month.

A COMPARATIVE VIEW OF POPERY AND SCRIPTURAL CHRISTIANITY. By SAMUEL HULME. London: Partridge and Oakey.

At a time when Popery is putting forth the most vigorous and determined efforts to regain her ascendency in this land—when her emissaries are artfully insinuating her principles into the minds of our youth, and employing every means in their power to corrupt the faith and destroy the souls of our fellow-men-we hail every well-directed effort to resist the encroachments of the Man of Sin. Under these feelings we welcome the volume just published by Mr. Hulme.

The topics embraced in this work are the following:- The Sufficiency of Holy Scripture, as a rule of faith and practice, in opposition to the traditions and interpretations of the Church of Rome-The Right of Private Judgment, in opposition to the assumed authority of the Church of Rome - Transubstantiation, the Mass, and Worship of the HostThe Invocation of Saints, and the Veneration rendered to the Virgin MaryPurgatory, Merit, Indulgences, and Masses. Here is a wide range of subjects, yet, so far as the limits of the volume would admit, the esteemed author has done them justice. The pernicious tenets and idolatrous rites of Rome are correctly stated from indisputable authorities, their God-dishonouring and soul - destroying tendency is faithfully portrayed, and their palpable contradiction to the teachings of Holy Scripture is clearly demonstrated. Though the volume is small, it comprises a great amou

ormation on the Papal controversy, and is a valuablo compendium both of facts and arguments on the subjects discussed. We thank our esteemed brother for his seasonable production, and cordially recommend it to the members and friends in connexion with our Churches. Every local preacher, leader, and Sabbathschool teacher should have a copy of this excellent manual.

THE BEAUTIES OF THE BIBLE. An Argument for Inspiration. In Ten Lectures. By WILLIAM LEASK. London: Partridge and Oakey.

The occasion of the publishing of these excellent lectures is worth stating. The author, as be informy us in the preface, impressed with the spread, on the one hand, of a system of secular tyranny and antichristian error, the head quarters of which lie peer the scene of his labours; and, on the other, with the evident favour shown by an increasing number of the people to infidel literature and infidel

teachers; thought that some good migh be accomplished if the literary attractions of the sacred volume, interwoven with an internal argument for its inspiration, were presented in a somewbat new and popular form. In accordance with the idea, eight of these lectures were prepared and delivered in a public hall in Kennington, during the months of November and December, 1851. The attendance was good, and the attention earnest, from the beginning to the end of the series. Clergymen of the Church of England, and ministers of different denominations, were present, and some persons who attend no place of worship were present also on several occasions. At the close of the lectures a resolution was passed requesting that they might be published, many copies being subscribed for at the time.

The topics introduced by the author are-The Structure of the Bible-The Poetry of the Bible-Tke Dreams of the Bible--The Biography of the BibleThe Morality of the Bible-The Parables of the Bible--The Predictions of the Bible--The Miracles of the Bible-The Design of the Bible—and the Destiny of the Bible.

The work is descriptive rather than argumentative, and beautiful rather than profound. It has in it many eloquent passages, and, throughout, breathes a spirit of enlightened piety and true philanıhropy. It indicates a refined taste, a poetic and well-cultivated mind. It is proper to state that in the Lectures cu the Parables of the Bible the anthor maintains, at considerable length, the premillennial advent and personal reign of Our Lord on the earth. The respecte: author must bear with us when we stat? that we do not think his reasoning conclusive on this subject, nor do we regard its introduction in this work as essential to the great object of his lectures. With this exception, we consider the work well calculated not only to edify the Christian, but to impress the mind of the sceptic with " The Beauties of the Bible."

THE GOSPEL AND THE GREAT A posTACY; or Popery Contrasted with Pure Christianity, in the light of History and Scripture; especially with reference to its present character and pretensions. Prize Essay. London: The Religious Tract Society.

Towards the close of the year 1850, that institution which is an honour to our country and the cause of Christi. anity, the Religious Tract Society, offered a premium of £100 for the best treatise on Popery, especially with reference to its present character and pretensions. The work was required to be written in a popular style, with a special view to its circulation among the “ common people," and clearly point out the great leading errors of Popery, contrasted with the pure Christianity of the Bible. While the work was to be sound in argument and strictly corrret in facts, it was also to be powerful in its appeals, interesting in style, and free from sectarian and political bias. The book before us is the successful treatise ; and we cannot better recommend it than by stating that we regard it as fully sustaining the character required by the propounders of the prize. The book is beautifully got up, and we cordially commend it to our readers. The more widely this class of works is circulated, the better for the cause of religious truth and freedom.

THE PALM TRIBES AND THEIR VA RIETIES.

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CHARLE. MAGNE.

Both the above works are of the monthly series published by the Reli. gious Tract Society. Whether we regard the valuable information they afford of Jehovah's works, and the history of a remarkable character, or whether we

regard the happy blending of religious truth and sound doctrine in connexion with general knowledge, we feel that a debt of gratitude is due to the Tract Society for its benevolent labours, and for the learning and judgment brought to bear upon the best interests of society. Cheap as these books are, they are the productions of men of sound learning, and are calculated to do immense good to the population of this country.

T aE LEISURE HOUR. A Family Journal of Instruction and Recreation. The Religious Tract Society.

Instructive, entertaining and religious.

THE MESSENGER OF MERCY;or, Words of Warning addressed to the Guilty. London : Partridge and Oakey.

This little book contains four numbers of a monthly serial started with a special view to promote the awakening and conversion of the ungodly; but the pious author, through the multiplicity of his engagements, was compelled to discontinue the work. Its design was praiseworthy, and its character is distinguished by compassionate earnestness for the sinner's salvation, and faithful, affectionate and pungent appeals to his conscience and heart on the great concerns of bis immortal soul.

CONNEXIONAL DEPARTMENT.

REDUCTION OF CHAPEL DEBT, HANLEY CIRCUIT.-DEAR BROTHER,-It is well known to you and to many of our respected ministers, that the friends connected with Providence Chapel, Upper IIapley, for several years have been labouring under very trying and discouraging circumstances, arising from the fact that the chapel and schools, at which they have the privilege of being members, were overburdened with debt, the interest of which they were unable to pay from the ordinary sources of income. The inte. rest, therefore, being considerably in arrears, and with the prospect of accumulating difficulties before them, it became absolutely necessary to employ extraordinary means in order to relieve them selves from the difficult and unpleasant position in which they were placed, by endeavouring to reduce the debt on the estate, and thereby give effectual and permanent relief. With this view, a meeting of the principal friends was called, the subject was fully and thoroughly gone into, and after mature consideration it was suggested that, amongst other means employed for affording as.

sistance, a bazaar might be a proper and profitable source of help. It was therefore unanimously resolved that a committee consisting of ladies and gentlemen should be appointed for the purpose of soliciting contributions, either in money or articles of any description, to aid the important undertaking. An application was also made to the Chapel Fund Committee in order to obtain assistance from the Chapel Relief Fund. On the case being represented to the Conference in 1850, a resolution was passed, in which the sum of one hundred and thirty pounds was granted, on condition of there being locally raised by the Society the sum of one hundred and seventy or two hundred and seventy pounds. This circumstance being made known among the friends, tended powerfully to cheer their hearts, stimulated them to vigorous exertions, and inspired them with a strong hope of ultimate success. As the time suggested for holding the bazaar approached, and the friends pursued a steady but persevering course, circumstances of a discouraging nature erose, which for a time seemed to shackle

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