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"house appointed for all living" amidst many tears, followed by the members of his class and the teachers in the school, and a large number of friends. The Rev. R. Henshaw and the Rev. Mr. Jones conducted the last rites of the Church. Appropriate hymns were sung at the grave, and thus terminated the earthly scene of one universally beloved and deeply lamented. “Oh, may I triamph so!" Leeds.
sat up with him on the evening of Saturday awaiting his dissolution. They engaged alternately in acts of devotion, assisting to the utmost of their ability their dying companion in his mortal combat. At three o'clock on the morning of the Sabbath following the struggle bad conimenced. Feeling that his hour had arrived, he called his two friends to approach him, when he remarked, “I am dying." And what a death! Who shall describe it ? Oh, beautiful beyond depicting words To paint the hour that wafts a soul to heaven!
* * 'tis an hour of awe, Yet terrorless when revelations flow From faith immortal.
At twenty minutes past six our sainted brother entered the valley, accompanied by the Angel of the Covenant, with a triumphant shout. Calling upon one of his companions, our dear and sainted brother requested that he would hold up his dying arm and wave it for bim, as a token of complete victory. While this glorious and solemn act was transpiring, be summoned all his dying epergies, and catching a smile from the Saviour, he made that ballowed cbamber ring with “ Victory, victory, through the blood of the Lamb !" These were bis last words. He lay for a moment or two and the victory was complete. The dying hour of our sainted brother did indeed redound to the cause of religion, the triumphs of the cross, and to the glory of God. It made a deep and it is to be hoped & lasting impression on the minds of those who witnessed it; and already its sanctifying effect has been visible. It has led to the avowed determination of every member in the class from which he has been taken, by the assistance of God's good Spirit, to consecrate with greater resolution than heretofore all their ransomed powers to the cause of the cross, and to live for God alone.
May such a victory be the lot of every member in it. Triumphant it was prayed that it might be, and triumphant it was. It was the epithalamium of a departing spirit, fiinging away its vestments of mortality, antheming the triumphs of the cross over the ruins of the dust, and then soaring aloft on seraph's wing, to mingle with the diadem'd from out of every clime, who, having washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb, adore, with harp in hand, the first, the last, the living God. On the Wednesday following the remains of our dear brother were consigned to the
MARY PURSHOUSE, SHEFFIELD.
It affords sincere pleasure to the serious and reflecting mind to review the lives and characters of those followers of the Saviour who “through faith and patience now inherit the promises." Especially so when we have been familiar with them, and have seen their walk from day to day. During their sojourn in the present state they battled with storm and tempest, with affliction and trial, as we do now; yet Divine grace sustained in trial, comforted in affliction, enabled them to "witness a good confession, and now their work is done, their sorrows o'er, they have entered into rest, and “their works do follow them."
Mary Purshouse, the subject of the present memoir, was born in Little Shef. field, in the neighbourhood of our Southstreet chapel, Sept. 17th, 1820. Her parents were the type of a large class that are to be met with in the large towns of this country. They were honest and industrious, and were anxious to bring up their children to habits of industry. This being done, they supposed the most important duties devolving upon them as parents were accomplished. But although strangers to experimental religion, they had no objection to their children having the advantages which the Sunday-school proposed to confer upon them. Hence, the first Sabbath in June, in the year 1832, the day on which our Sabbath-school was open for the reception of children, theirs were among the number who presented themselves for admission. Mary was one of the one hundred and forty-seven entered upon the register the first day. It is an affecting thought that not one of that number now remain with us. Some may be found in the far-western states of America, others in distant towns. Some, again, are still in the neighbourbood, but bave no connexion with us as a Christian Church; while not a few rest beneath the burial sod. Mary Purshouse is the last of that number consigned to
mother-earth, until the arrival of that perience, she was enabled to " rejoice in great day when it shall be said, “ Arise, hope of the glory of God.” This blessing ye dead, and come to judgment."
had been imparted to her while attending There was nothing remarkable in the the ordinance of the Lord's Supper, to early history of our departed sister to which she was ever after most ardently distinguish her from others of her fellow attached. From this time she became scholars, save that she was of a quiet “a new creature in Christ Jesus." The and even temper of mind, and gave indi- means of grace were to her as “wells of cations that the truths she listened to salvation ;" and her anxiety for those were not altogether without etfect upon parts of her family remaining unconher youthful mind. Having been a verted was such that, in our monthly scholar for some time, becoming of an prayer-meeting, the fervent, impassioned, age when it was proper her future course and tender strains in which she would should be indicated by some suitable besiege the throne of grace were such as employment being provided for her, she will long be remembered by all the surbecame nursemaid in a highly respect- viving members of the class. able family; a situation for which she T he sacrifices she made in order to be was well fitted, and in which she gave present at the means of grace were snch the greatest satisfaction, being highly as to put to shame many who are more esteemed to the day of her death, not favourably circumstanced. And, when only by the heads of the family but also unable to attend, she would employ the by the children, to whom she had be time at her command in writing down the come endeared by her uniform kind and state and feeling of her mind on scraps of gentle manner toward them. Her oppor paper, which have since been found in tunities for attending the school at this her boxes. These will serve to show time were, however, greatly abridged; more clearly the state of her mind at yet sbe improved what she had. Having different periods. conceived an attachment to it from the Under date Sept. 30, 1845, she writes : kindness she had ever experienced from -" I feel that I can raise my Ebenezer the teachers, she could have no greater and say, Hitherto the Lord bath helped pleasure than to mingle with them, espe. me. It is about three years since God cially upon those holidays in which they for Christ's sake pardoned my sins and were accustomed to hold their tea-meet. said, Arise, shine, for thy light is come, ings. She had not, however, up to this for the glory of the Lord is risen upon time, become a member of the Church, thee. Many have been the changes I nor does it appear she realized the have had to go througb, yet I can praise blessing of salvation. Her position had him for all that is past, and trust him been such as to prevent her meeting in for all that is to come. He is all I need class, had sbe been so disposed; but in to make me happy in this world, and to the year 1842 Providence opened her prepare me for an eternal happiness in way to a closer connexion with the the world to come. For me to live is Church. She had creditably filled for a Christ, but to die would be my eternal series of years her situation, which re gain; I have no other wish but to glorify commended her to another then vacant my God below and find my way to in another branch of the same family. heaven." Conjointly with this occurrence, a num “ Oct. 4th, 1846.-Another year has *ber of the teachers and others had felt passed into eternity, and I thank God I how difficult it was to invite children to feel as great a love to him as at my first join the Church when they themselves setting out. I can say I have grown in were not members. They therefore grace, and in the knowledge and love of formed themselves into a class, and re- my Saviour. I feel I have Christ in me, quested a leader should be appointed to the hope of glory. Yes, I would not them. The first quarter we met sister part with the precious hope I have for Purshouse joined us, and met for the all the world calls good and great. My first time on the 10th of August, 1842. earnest prayer is, that I may deeper sink The occasional opportunities she had of in humility, and higher rise in heavenlyattending the means of grace had tendedmindedness and devotion to my God." greatly to the enlightenment of her mind, “ Sept. 26th, 1847.-To-day at school but she had not as yet a clear sense of I was enabled to speak to the children the Divine favour, but was urged to seek more freely-God grant that it may be it as the undoubted privilege of believers. made a blessing to their precious souls ! In a few weeks, on one of those occa- I feel they lie near my heart; I take sions when we are accustomed to meet more delight than ever in this blessed together for the relation of Christian ex- work; the very name of the place seems
to animate and cheer me; I shall have to bless God through all eternity that ever I was admitted a scholar in South street Sunday-school."
“ March 5th, 1848.-I am thankful for a preached gospel. Oh that I may improve more than I have done! This hath been a happy day to my soul, and my desire is that I may be such a one as the Lord would have me. Oh that he would make me more useful in the Sabbath-school and to my own family! God grant that I may have the happiness to know that they are truly converted. Oh that they did but know "
Here the manuscript abruptly terminates, indicating the intensity of feeling she experienced, and that the emotions she felt would not permit her to finish the sentence.
These extracts might be multiplied, but these will suffice to show, what her intimate friends were already acquainted with, that her piety was not of that fitful character which marks the conduct of some young people, but that it was a constant, steady flame, eminently answering the description of the good man, as given by an inspired pen—"The path of the just is as the shining light, shining more and more unto the perfect day." If anything further were needed, the following extract will show the justness and propriety of this statement:
“I feel my dear heavenly Father is again reviving his work in me. How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of Hosts! Oh that the Lord would cleanse me from all impurity! I have a constant hungering and thirsting after righteous. ness.” And then, as though she had some premonition of those afflictions she had subsequently to endure, and of their termination, she writes,-“This is not my home.
I have a house above
Not made with mortal hands,
The heavenly fabric stands.” In the year 1819 her health became affected, and it was necessary that she should, for a time at least, enjoy that relaxation needed to recruit exhausted nature. It was at first hoped that a short time would suffice to fit her for resuming the duties of her station ; but it soon became evident that the inroad wbich disease had made upon her system was not so soon to be repaired. A problem bad now to be solved: she had served God faithfully when well, but can she do it now sickness comes ? Besides, added to her affliction there was this ag. gravation of it, the means she had accu
mulated by her provident habits began to fail-she could not expect God would supply her wants as he did those of Elijah, by sending bread and flesh in the morning and bread and flesh in the evering. But she was never known to falter or waver in her steadfastness; the Bible and the hymn-book became now her contant companions, and it might be said with the strictest propriety she had meat to eat the world knew not of. But though poor, she wanted not for such things as were necessary to make her comfortable. She had during her connexion with the Church been accustomed to take pleasure in supporting the cause of God according to her ability, and also, in special cases brought before the teachers, had ever been ready cheerfully to administer to the temporal wants of those in distress. She, therefore, was not likely to be forgotten. Her ordinary medical attendant had felt the difficulty of dealing with her, and her affliction had so much increased that it became necessary that she should submit to an operation; and for this purpose was admitted into the Sheffield General Infirmary. The operation was performed; the problem of which we spoke had now been solved; she could glorify God in suffering as she had done in active service. It would be a difficult thing to conceive one more patient in suffering and more fully resigned to the will of God. Those who visited her, and they were many, were constrained to acknowledge that an excellent spirit was in her. The nurses of the establishment, although sometimes angry at the number who used to come to visit her, were nevertheless affected by the Christian sympathy shown towards her, and the manner in which she received that sympathy. An incident occurred while in this house of mercy which will show how she had the cause of God at heart. Languishing upon her sick bed, she could yet read for a few minutes together; and the Rev. Mr. Waller's “Memoir" had just come to hand. She had read some portion of this, when a fellow-sufferer on an adjoining bed began to cry for mercy to pardon her guilty soul. They prayed and wrestled until the poor woman stepped into the liberty of the sons of God. This strange circumstance caused no little excitement among the inmates of the ward, and it is to be hoped was not without its effects upon other than the one referred to.
All that medical skill could perform had been done, and now a change of air was recommended as the only thing which could complete what medical aid
was incapable of doing. For this purpose she visited some of our friends in the neighbourhood of Nottingham. and experienced temporary relief. The kind ness of her friends oft refreshed her spirit, so that sbe returned considerably iinproved after an absence of about four months; bat, as the sequel will show, the advantage was merely temporary. Her affliction began to increase in virulence, so that there now appeared no hope of recovery (if this had previously been entertained), yet now her experience was the same as formerly. “I have a desire to depart and be with Christ.” “ Not my will but thine be done.” “It is the Lord, let him do what seemeth him good.' These and similar expressions indicated a mind at peace with God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Let it not be supposed that, although this was her uniform experience, she was altogether with ont trials; for, two months previous to her decease she was the subject of the greatest pain I ever remember to have witnessed. During this time she was unable to move herself in the least possible manner, so that she became thoroughly belpless. This was to her a great trial, as she had need of constant attention ; but now she would say, “If I had my religion to seek now, my condition would be truly deplorable." And she would often repeat those hymns which ber afflictions had endeared to her, especially the one beginning
Jesus, lover of my soul,
Let me to thy bosom fly. which, as well as some others, used to be sung by her class-mates as they stood by her bedside. Often we have felt, ag we have closed our Sabbath services in her chamber, what Young so beautifully describes
The chamber where the good man ineets his
fate Is privileged beyond the common walks Of virtue's life, quite on the verge of heaven.
On one of these occasions we seemed as though the difference between earth and heaven was so slight that some of our number felt as though they would be glad to exchange places with her whose work was so near done.
We had imagined that her afilictions having been so protracted and severe, sbe would have gone to ber rest“ calın as a summer eve;" but in this we were disap. pointed. The day had come when she felt her end draw nigh; she had summoned to her bedside her aged father, whose wrinkled cheeks indicated he must soon go the way of all flesh, her sister and husband; and, after thanking them for the many kindnesses they had shown her, earnestly exhorted them to make preparation for another equally solemn ineeting, and to seek God with all their hearts. She then bequeathed her dying love to those of her friends who were away, and now, as though prepared for the last conflict-her work done--she became unconscious, convulsions rapidly succeeded each other; with scarcely a single glimpse of returning consciousness, she struggled into life, July 31st, 1851.
Thus rapidly bave we reviewed her history, which is remarkable for fidelity, constancy, humility, patience, meekness aud love. Her remains were carried to the tomb on the following Sabbath-day by a number of her fellow-teachers, and attended by a great number of both teachers and scholars. There she rests in bope.
THE LATE CONFERENCE. The interesting period has again ar- a truly evangelical discourse on “ Tho rived when the messengers of our Gospel Treasure," from 2 Corinthians, Churches have assembled in Conference 2nd chap. 7th verse, by the Rev. Simeon to review the state of our beloved com Woodhouse, of Nottingham. At halfmunity, and transact the business for past ten o'clock, the chapel was filled to the year. This was the fifty-sixth an. excess, when the Rev. William Mills, nual Conference, and was held in High of Ashton, preached an excellent serstreet chapel, Huddersfield. The pub. inon on “The Superiority of the Chrislic services on the Sabbath were com tian Dispensation," from Heb. 12th menced by a prayer-mecting at six chap., 22nd verse. In the afternoon, o'clock in the morning, May 30. Atseven, the annual love-feast was held, presided a numerous congregation assembled in over by the Revs. A. Lynn and H. O. the chapel, and listened with profit to Crofts, D.D., wlien the chapel was quite
crowded. In the evening, the mission ary sermon was preached by the Rev. T. Mills, the general superintendent of the Irish mission. The discourse was a highly elaborate production, on “The Spirit of Antichrist and Christianity contrasted,” founded on 1st Kings, 22nd chap. 22nd verse. On Monday morning, at five o'clock, the Rev. S. Jones, of Stockport, preached on “ The Conquer ing Christian," from Rom., 8th chap., 37th verse. At nine o'clock, the Conference assembled for business, the Rev. T. Waterhouse, the venerable ex-president, in the chair. The credentials of the brethren, sent to this assembly, hav. ing been examined, and the Conference formed according to the provisions of the Deed Poll, the brethren proceeded to the election of the president, by ballot. when the Rev. P. J. Wright was daly elected; Mr. E. Lumby, of Halifax, was elected secretary, Mr. J F. Sutton, of Nottingham, assistant secretary, and the Rev. H. Watts, corresponding secretary. After prayer on behalf of the president, he gave an appropriate address, and took his seat. The Dudley, Manchester, and Wolverhampton Cir. cuits were each divided into two, and their representatives admitted to the assembly. In the evening of the same day, the annual missionary meeting was held. The chapel was crowded by a respectable congregation. B. Fowler, Esq., the treasurer of the Mission, pre. sided with his usual ability. Addresses were delivered by the Revs. T. Mills, H. O. Crofts, D.D), (late superintendent of the Canadian Mission), J. Ridgway, Esq., and Mr. W. G. Tate. From the commencement of the meeting an intense interest was excited, and at last the enthusiasm rose so high that it was resolved to adjourn the meeting to the following evening.-On Tuesday morning, the Rev. C. Hibbert of Stourbridge, preached on “The Church's depend. ence on Christ," from Solomon's Song, chap. 8, verse 5. At the usual hour the business was resumed. The report of the Chapel Committee was received, communicating the pleasing information that, during the past year, about £4000 of chapel debts had been liquidated as the result, chiefly, of those great local exertions which our friends continue to make to place our chapel trusts, not only in easy circumstances, but to render them a source of income for the support of the ministry.
The Annual Committee, the Theolo. gical Committee, and other committees presented cheering reports of their several
departments. In the evening the adjourned missionary meeting was held, when the chapel was again filled, and the missionary feeling rose once more to the full height. Addresses were delivered by the Rev. C. J. Donald, W. Sorsby, 'H. 0. Crofts, D.D., J. Taylor, T. Allin, and Messrs. Ridgway, and T. Smith. The collections amounted to upwards of £26. It should be here remarked that the Connexion having already succeeded in opening one Home Missionary Station at Bolton, where a good society is organized, and a commodious chapel being erected, and another at Wakefield where there is a socicty of twenty members, the Conference has resolved upon opening a third, in the important town of Bristol. The Rev. Jas. Wilson is appointed as the labourer; may God be with him!
On Wednesday morning, the Rev. W. Sorsby preached. The character of the preachers, being investigated, was found satisfactory. The Stationing Committee was appointed by ballot, consisting of the Revs. S. Hulme, and P. T. Gilton, with Messrs. Fenton, G. L. Robinson, and Wallace. The Rev. Dr. Crofts preached a very interesting and useful sermon on “Christians the representatives of Christ," from Philippians, chap.i., verse 21, on Wednesday evening.-On Thursday morning, the Rev. W. Pacey, of Sunderland, preached on “The hidden treasure," from St. Matthew, chapter xiii., verse 44. This day several young men were called out as ministers on probation ; the addresses of the Irish and Canadian Conferences were presented; and the report of the Educa. tional Committee was received. In the evening the ordination service was held, when the Revs. H. Piggin and T. Cartwright were solemnly set apart to the work of the ministry. The charge was delivered by the Rev. T. Waterhouse. This was both an interesting and delightful service.
On Friday morning at 5 o'clock, the Rev. J. Wright, of Alnwick, preached, and the same day the report of the Bookroom was read by the Rev. W. Cooke, the Editor and Book - steward, from which it appeared that the circulation of the Large Magazine was greater than at any former period. The net profits of the year were £584 18s. 510., affording help of £300 to the Beneficent Fund, £230 to the Paternal Fund, and £54 added to the capital.
On the same evening, the Conference tea-meeting was held in the Ramsdenstreet chapel school-rooms, and about