Page images

after a little more earnest persuasion, he sacrificed his own pleasure, to oblige me, and so he accompanied me to the school. This proved to be the “turning-point” in the life of W K- He now saw the utility of Sunday-schools, and, I believe, became a teacher and regular attendant at the chapel, under the pastorate of the Rev. John Whiteridge. The subject of this notice soon resolved to quit his father's occupation—that of a skilled artizan-and entered Rotherham Independent College, to prepare for the ministry; and having completed his course of studies there, he accepted the pastorate of an Independent church at Gainsborough, in Lincolnshire. Here he became acquainted with a wealthy young lady, of the Episcopalian denomination, whom he married, he having previously left his dissenting connexion, to take “ orders” in the “Establishment,” or State-Church, and has now been for many years incumbent of an English church in Scotland.

This is another instance where an apparently trivial circumstance will sometimes prove to be the “turning-point” in a man's life, or "change the purposes and entire character of a young man;" and such instances are not wanting, where poor young men, with limited means, have qualified themselves for an honourable and even distinguished career in life. West Hartlepool,

J. J.
Aug., 1858.


LAY PREACHING. MY DEAR C-;-I was glad to hear from you again, and not at all displeased to hear of your preaching. You must not think, from my last, that I disapprove of lay preaching, but of certain rash, lightsome, injudicious persons who engage therein. Much do I admire and commend serious, devout, intelligent, consistent, lay preachers, be their talents even slender; and I shall be very glad to know of your being added to the number, for there are some such. And, oh, C-, be ever concerned to preach the sermon of a holy life! Yes, on weekdays and Sabbath-days preach you that sermon.

After all, avoid rashness and over anxiety to occupy the pulpit. Try to be quite as comfortable and happy in the pew, in the prayermeeting and Sunday-school, and, moreover, at the family altar and in the closet; and however and wherever engaged, cultivate and carry about with you a spirit of prayer and humble dependence upon God.

As a preacher and teacher, do not be satisfied with religion and devotion merely, though these are the greatest qualifications, and by all means hold to them. In addition, aim at a well-cultivated and furnished mind. To this end, value time and books, and other available means. While other young men of your own age, and even some professing godliness, are sleeping (I mean, over-sleeping), talking, trifling, smoking, &c., &c., be you

reading, writing, studying ; but, mark! in no case to the neglect of your daily avocation and other positive duties. In a future letter I may perhaps name some books which you would do well to read, besides your Bible; but it first and last. Further, aspire to cheerful, active, intelligent, and consistent piety.

In conclusion, let me name that I have often thought, and I hope with profit, on a text I spoke from

in my early career, and which I
would affectionately here write out
for your serious consideration :-
“ Take heed to thyself, and unto
the doctrine; continue in them; for
in doing so, thou shalt both save
thyself and them that hear thee,”
1 Tim. iv. 16. My dear C--,read
the chapter, cherish and study the
sentiment, and try to speak from
these weighty words.

Your ever faithful friend,

The Christian Household.

A CURE FOR BAD TEMPER. A CHEERFUL temper (says Mrs. fits the happiest of all sensations,Ellis)--not occasionally, but habit- that of having rendered some asually cheerful-is a quality which sistance, or done some good. no wise man would be willing to Let me entreat my young readers, disperise with in choosing a wife. if they feel a tendency to causeless It is like a good fire in winter-dif- melancholy, if they are afflicted with fusive and genial in its influence, cold feet and headache, but above and always approached with a con- all, with impatience and irritability, fidence that it will comfort and do so that they can scarcely make a good. Attention to health is one pleasant reply when spoken to,great means of maintaining this ex- let me entreat them to make a trial cellence unimpaired, and attention of the system I am recommending; to household affairs is another. not simply to run into the kitchen, The state of body which women and trifle with the servants, but to call bilious is most inimical to ha- set about doing something that will bitual cheerfulness; and that which add to the general comfort of the girls call having nothing to do, but family, and that will, at the same which I should call idleness, is time, relieve some member of the equally so.

family of a portion of daily toil. I I have always strongly recom- fear it is a very unromantic conclumended exercise as the first rule sion to come to, but my firm confor preserving health ; but there is viction is, that half the miseries of an exercise in domestic usefulness, young women, and half their ill which, without superseding that in tempers, might be avoided by habits the open air, is highly beneficial to of domestic activity. the health of both mind and body, inasmuch as it adds to other bene



In the first place, if you want to be miserable, be selfish. Think all the time of yourself, and of your own things. Don't care about anybody else.

Have no feelings for any one but yourself. Never think of enjoying the satisfaction of seeing others happy; but the rather, if you see a smiling face, be jealous lest another should enjoy what you have not. Envy every one who is better off in any respect than yourself; think unkindly towards them, and speak lightly of them. Be constantly afraid lest some one should

encroach upon your rights; be watchful against it, and if any one comes near your things, snap at him like a mad dog. Contend earnestly for everything that is your own, though it may not be worth a pin; for your "rights” are just as much concerned as if it were a pound of gold. Never yield a point. Be very sensitive, and take everything that is said to you in playfulness in the most serious manner. Be jealous of your friends, lest they should not think enough of you; and if at any time they should seem to neglect you, put the worst construction upon their conduct you


Christian Biography.


MRS. JOHN PEACH. MRS. JOHN PEACH was the second for religious worship, which was daughter of Mr. Charles Coxon, and conducted by persons called PrimiClementia his wife, and was born tive Methodists. Here, it is bein Ashbourn, Derbyshire, on the lieved, she was impressed savingly 1st of January, 1813. When a child with the momentous truths she she attended for some years the heard, and was led to seek the Sabbath-school connected with Sion glorious salvation in Christ. Chapel, and there is reason to hope For some years she was the conthat her mind was early impressed stant attendant on a sick mother, with the vast importance of per- and soothed her sorrows by her sonal religion, to fit her for the kind filial attention. Her mother duties and responsibilities of this was a patient sufferer for twentypresent life, and for the eternal

two years, and was released froin glories of the life to come. During her sufferings in the year 1849. her early years she enjoyed the Hence our departed sister was early blessing of health, and is affec- inured to scenes of suffering, and tionately remembered as a quiet, no doubt was taught in the school gentle, and amiable girl. Several of affliction the value of religion, in months of her youth she spent with giving true consolation to the mind, her aunt Mary, at Stubwood, in and inspiring hope of eternal rest, Staffordshire, who opened her house purity, and glory. The conversa

tion of our friend, the expression of her countenance, and her tender spirit, gave to us the idea that she was one chastened of the Lord. She had to listen daily to the voice of the rod, but her sorrowful spirit was comforted with the belief that the rod was in the hand of a wise, kind, and faithful Father, and was intended for her instruction, trial of faith, and improvement in piety. During the year 1857 she lost her beloved father, whose last days she comforted by her tenderness, affection, and constant care. There is reason to hope that her father and mother died in the Lord. She was an example of dutiful obedience to her parents.

During the ministry of the Rev. John Harris, to whom she was much attached, she gradually became a regular attendant at Sion Chapel. For some time she came in the afternoon, and then in the evening, and when able, often three times a day, for she loved the gates of Zion, and has said to her minister at different times how glad she should have been to attend the public means of grace more frequently, if she had the opportunity. She could sincerely say with the psalmist, “ Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.” Here she heard truths which strengthened her weak faith, directed her in her pilgrimage, and comforted her in her afflictions. Here she met with Jesus, and enjoyed communion with him.

Mrs. Peach joined the church in connexion with Sion Chapel in the year 1818. For several years after

wards she was almost a regular attendant on the public ordinances of the sanctuary, not only on the Sabbath, but also on the week-night services. The fruits of the tree of life were sweet to her taste, and she longed to live near the Saviour she loved. But for the last two years the state of her health, and painful circumstances she could not control, kept her much at home. She sincerely regretted the loss of the public means of grace, which she found, when able to attend, so helpful to her progress in her Christian course.

About two years ago she had a slight attack of paralysis, which was not generally known to her Christian friends. Last May our beloved sister was united in mar. riage, in Sion Chapel, to our friend, Mr. John Peach; and it was hoped, though her health was very delicate, that she would, at least for some time to come, be spared to be happy and useful in her new relationship. Long life was not expected, but not even her most intimate friends feared so speedy a removal to the eternal world. After her marriage she felt it to be her duty to be as much as possible with an afflicted aunt, at Clifton, a village near Ashbourn, and it is thought to the injury of her own health. This circumstance is mentioned to show her uniform kindness, self-denial, and tender attentions towards her relatives, especially when in affliction. She had a tender and loving heart, which felt delight in giving pleasure to others.

The Monday before her lamented death she said to her minister that she felt very unwell, and feared that she should never be better. He reminded her of the glories of the better land, where the inhabitants shall no more say that they are sick. Little did he think at the moment how very soon she would cross the Jordan, and enter the heavenly Canaan. There was then but a short step between her and death. Mrs. Peach also said to other friends that she thought her days here would be few, so that she was living in the daily anticipation of the life to come. She felt, from her increasing infirmities of body, that the night of time was far spent, and tbat the day of glory was near at hand, but not without some fears lest she should come short of the eternal rest.

The last time she was in the house of God was on the Wednesday evening before her death, when her minister preached from the encouraging words addressed by the apostle Paul to the Hebrews:“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood," &c., Heb. ii. 14, 15. Her mind was then directed to the great Deliverer, who can give us hope, peace, and even joy in the prospect of death, and bring all who trust in him to heaven. How little did she think at the time that before the next Wednesday evening her body would be in the grave, close to the spot where she was then sitting, and her soul without fault before the throne of God. Though in feeble health, and expecting the coming of her Lord, we presume she did not look for so sudden a call.

On the Friday evening before her

death, though very unwell, and with difficulty able to walk, yet she was present at the church prayer-meeting, held at the house of one of our Christian friends. This was found by those present to be a time of refreshing, but none thought that their sister in Jesus would meet with them no more.

On the Saturday she was much as usual, and retired to rest about eleven o'clock. An hour afterwards Mr. Peach found her very ill, and after calling in the aid of his sister, he went for their medical attendant; but before his arrival, or the return of her husband, her gentle spirit had left its suffering body, and was received by her faithful Saviour into his glorious presence in heaven. Her mortal remains are with us, in the silent grave, near our schoolrooms, where she was a worshipper three days before her death; but we are comforted with the belief that her spirit, redeemed by the blood of Jesus, and sanctified by his grace, is now spotless, happy, and for ever at rest in the midst of the glorified before the throne of God and of the Lamb.

Mrs. Peach had many doubts for years as to her acceptance with God. She was deeply sensible of her sinfulness in the sight of a holy God, and of her own unworthiness of the least of his mercies; but she could cry with tears, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” She had no doubt of the truth of the glad tidings of the gospel, but many fears lest her hope of heaven should prove presumption, and her confidence nothing better than a spider's web. She was one who had no

« PreviousContinue »