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shall obtain favour of the Lord. God's manifestative favour, from the infinite love of His heart, shall compass you about. With favour will He compass you about as with a shield. If God undertakes to defend you, my sister, He will do it well ; He will do it like Himself, as the God of love, to the eternal glory of His grace.
I hear that the Lord hath taken away your little one ; be of good cheer, He hath not taken away Himself; and in Him you have all, though you were stript of everything Your portion, the Lord, the lot of your inheritance is still untouched ; and the creature is taken from you that the Creator may be the sweeter to you. God's sweetness is best relished by souls weaned from creature comforts, and His infinite all-sufficiency best known when creatures fail us. When brooks are dried up and gone, the river of God, God our River of full and endless joy, abides ; and the streams thereof, in the midst of trouble, shall make glad the citizens of Sion. O my sister, is God yours? You are rich enough, you can know no want. Turn the mouth of your faith to infinite fulness, open it wide and thence take your fill of new and springing pleasures from an ocean of delights that is bottomless, boundless, endless Delight thyself in the Lord and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. O cast not such a dishonour upon the Lord your portion, by unmeet heaviness for the loss of a creature, as practically to say, God is not enough. Esteem the Lord to be what He is; to be All and your All. “A little love," as one well said, “ to a creature, must suffice a soul that is married to Christ.”. And again, “Give God your heart, and you will give Him leave to take what He will that is yours.” Most surely all your comforts, that infinite wisdom and grace allotted to you, are well kept in God. In Him you can lose nothing, and all your creature losses, God will make your gains ; you are to get more of Himself, to give more glory to Him here and to enjoy more glory with Him hereafter thereby. Never did nor will God take any good thing from His people, but to give them somewhat better in lieu thereof. He takes away their comforts to restore them double joys; more pure, more permanent delights. Then surely they are well shielded, well defended from all harm when troubles pierce them most. And who would not love and bless a taking God ? be in subjection therefore, my dear sister, unto the Father of spirits and live. Say with your Lord, The cup my Father giveth me to drink, shall I not drink it ? Learn obedience
bý the things which you suffer, and God will be glorified in you. A partaker of His holiness you shall be made by the present chastening; and your happiness in the Lord, and your glory with Him, shall be great and full in the present and the future world. Behave, then, under the present trial, as a child and an heir of God. Unto the tender care and boundless compassion of the Father of mercies I commit you. The grace of Christ be with your spirit ; in Him, with sympathising love, I amn, my dear sister, yours for ever.
No. 33. To a Christian Brother strong in the Faith that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. MY BELOVED BROTHER IN THE LORD,-I rejoice much at the Lord's kindness in blessing you with the displays of His glory and drawing out your soul to long for a rich increase in the knowledge of Christ until you shall see Him as He is, and love and praise Him perfectly and for ever.
that are thus wrought for and earnestly desire the immediate vision of the Saviour's glory, for you that ineffable bliss is prepared. And soon you shall take your fill of those new and living pleasures which are at God's right hand for evermore. Go on still as a stranger and pilgrim on the earth with a full stretch for heaven. I am glad you can say, My Beloved is mine and I am His. And, My Beloved is more tħan another beloved, the chief among ten thousand, and altogether lovely. Omy
brother, how greatly blest are you, in that you have an interest in so great a person as your Beloved, and the knowledge of your entire interest. The former is a favour cast upon you of the purest richest grace, by which you, among the Lord's peculiar people, are distinguished from the world. And by the latter you are distinguished from many of those who are heirs with you of the same glorious inheritance of the Lord as their portion, since you are blest with the assurance of your indefeasible right, while others are deprest with fears that they have neither part nor lot in this matter. O thou highly favoured soul, God grant thee grace to Love Him who first loved thee, who thus loveth thee! Great is the debt of love that you owe; happy are you that you have seen so much of the love and glory of Christ as to make Him precious to your soul, and more than another beloved in your esteem. But O my brother, you have not yet seen a thousandth part of His transcendent worth and excellency. His personal and relative glories are unsearchable, unchangeable, eternal. Follow on to know the Lord, and
shall know Him, and with springing joy and wonder, unto ages without end, you shall gaze on the life-giving and all-surpassing beauties of our Emmanuel, who is, and ever will be, ineffably more than another beloved. Into His bosom I commit you, in His arms I leave you, blest with His love that passeth knowledge. I am, most affectionately, dear Sir, yours in Christ for ever,
[The above two most deeply spiritual and precious epistles, were written about 140 years ago by that eminently gracious woman, Mrs. Anne Dutton, authoress, of the hymn, “ Jehovah's grace all meets in Christ,” and sixty others. Also of a poem on the “Wonders of grace," and another on the “Work of the Spirit," and of several volumes of “Letters on Spiritual subjects,” among which are the above.]
MR. WILLIAM J. GOODING.
The subject of this memoir was born in the parish of Tuddenham, near Ipswich, Suffolk, on the 17th October, 1812. Under the ministry of that highlyhonoured servant of Christ, Mr. Samuel Collins, of Grundisburgh, he was called by grace, and brought into the fellowship of the Gospel. It was one Lord'sday in November, 1827, he heard Mr. Collins preach from the words, “ As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away, so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more.
That sermon was the means, in the hand of the Holy Spirit, of convincing him of his state as a sinner, and for fourteen days he was in deep distress of soul, crying for mercy, but thought there was no mercy for one so vile as himself. He was induced to go again to Grundisburgh, and
this time Mr. Collins took for his text “For there is hope of a tree if it be cut down that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.” The preacher so fully described God's gracious method in dealing with the sinner, that, as our brother has often said, “He felt himself a sinner cut down by the convincing power of the Spirit; but, as the preacher went on, a hope was kindled in his heart that there was pardon for him, and before the sermon ended his burden had gone, and he felt himself a new creature in Christ Jesus.”
That was indeed a memorable day in our brother's experience, and to which his mind frequently reverted amid the many conflicts and trials of subsequent years.
In December, 1829, he was baptized by Mr. James Nunn, at Bethesda Chapel, Ipswich. Soon after his bap- truth ; and this he did to the satistism and union with the church there, faction of all present. Mr. Nunn, the he was asked to conduct a prayer meet- pastor, then gave him the charge, from ing in a large room in the village of the words, “The work is great and Witnesham, where his godly parents re- large, and we are separated upon the sided. Feeling blessed and encouraged wall one far from another” (Neh. iv. 19). he then began-although with much Mr. Gooding sailed from Liverpool trembling—to expound the Scriptures. July 13th, 1832—his father paying all In consequence of some little opposition expenses—arriving in Halifax, Nova from many of the poor, godless villagers, Scotia, on the 22nd of August. He the meeting was removed to a small was cordially received by the coloured chapel in the same village. The friends people, among whom he laboured with there then requested our brother to many seals to his ministry. In less preach, which, after much earnest than two years, however, he returned wrestling prayer, he consented to try, to England. On his arrival in London, and on the 11th day of January, 1831, he there met with Mr. James, who was he entered, for the first time, a pulpit. about to resign his charge at Hadleigh, He was much helped of the Lord, Suffolk. Mr. Gooding was requested though Satan had suggested he would to supply the pulpit there, which resurely fail and so make a fool of himself, sulted in his acceptance of the pastorbut the words came with much sweet- ate, held by him for three years, bapness to his soul
tizing twenty-nine persons. Here the
Lord found for him a helpmeet, who “ How can I sink with such a prop
survives to mourn her loss. As my eternal God,” &c.
In November, 1837, he was invited It having been noised abroad that to preach at Tunstall, Suffolk. During young Gooding was preaching, it was his eight years' pastorate there, the resolved that he be requested to exercise chapel was twice enlarged, and 130 his gifts before the church- a whole- persons added to the church. I believe some custom in those days. Would I am correct in stating those years that it was more in vogue among the spent at Tunstall were amongst the churches now ; it would be better, we happiest of his ministerial think, for all parties concerned. Having Looking over his papers, we find his exercised his gifts to the satisfaction of American friends still felt and evinced the church, he was sent forth to preach an unabated interest in Mr. Gooding, wherever the Lord might open a door. and kept up a correspondence with
In the beginning of 1832 a coloured him. This, doubtless, partially man, named Richard Preston, came to accounted for his desire to go back this country from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to the scene of his early labours. to collect money to build a chapel for He resolved to return ; but, we believe, the Africans resident there. He also this step he always regarded as being asked that young men with warm an unwise one. April 12th, 1846, he hearts would offer their services to sailed from London, carrying with him assist him in preaching the Gospel to letters of commendation from the Assohis coloured brethren in the colony. ciation of Strict Baptist Ministers in Mr. Gooding was the only one who Suffolk, in which great regret was exvolunteered to go. On June 21st a pressed at his leaving them. On landpublic meeting was held at Bethesda ing in New York he received an invitaChapel to set him apart for the work of tion from the Baptist Church in Jersey the ministry, Mr. Collins presiding, and City ; but here his stay was brief, as the after dwelling upon the importance of people there wanted him to make some going out to such a distant colony on so additions to the doctrines be had great a work, called
upon Mr. Gooding to preached. This, he said, he could not, give an account of his call by grace, his dared not do ; for his business was not call to the ministry, and his views of to manufacture a Gospel, but unflinch
ingly to proclaim the one revealed and him were those commencing “Rock of received from heaven.
ages, shelter me,” &c., "My hope is built In less than a year we find him on nothing less than Jesus' blood and crossing the Atlantic again for his righteousness," &c. native land, having been strongly re- Their excellent daughter Mary-and commended, and warmly invited to God bless her !—who, with so much filial return, by his friends in England. Mr. tenderness and unswerving love, atGooding then settled at Hartley Row, tended her dear father almost night and Hants. Seven years he 'preached the day, said to him, “Father, are you Word there ; the chapel was enlarged
happy ? "
Yes ! yes ! during his pastorate, and his labours Happy in the Lord; I have nowhere much owned of God. Under the else to rest, only on Christ. He is my guidance of heaven his steps were then rock and my salvation.” And then, with directed to the church at Halesworth, heaven beaming in his eyes, he tried to Suffolk, where he preached and laboured emphasize that versein the Gospel for sixteen years, with many proofs of the Divine presence “Jesus, Thy robe of righteousness, and blessing, eighty-eight being bap- My beauty is, my glorious dress; tized and added to the church. Owing
Midst flaming worlds, in this arrayed, to ill-health Mr. Gooding was obliged
With joy shall I lift up my head. to resign the pastorate, and for two “ And tell the people I am a poor sinyears after resigning was unable to
ner, saved by love, blood, and power ; preach. Having, however, recovered
and I hope to die shouting, Victory ! sufficiently, he began again his much loved employ. This was
victory ! through the blood of the on Good
Lamb!'" Friday, 1872, at Tunstall anniversary.
And when the beloved one He then supplied vacant pulpits, and in
actually dying, lifting up his poor the following year came to Richmond,
wasted hand, he said, “Higher ! higher ! Surrey, where he preached the Word to
higher !” and straightway the immortal a few of the Lord's people till his health failed him. This
was in Novem
spirit took its flight to the realms of
light, early in the morning of June ber, 1878.
30th, 1883. For five years previous to his death he had been a great sufferer, and con- "One gentle sigh each fetter broaks fined to his bed three years all but We scarce can say, they're gone, three weeks. Was most patient under Before the willing spirit takes all his sufferings, realising the sustain
Her mansion near Thy throne.” ing power and sweetness of those truths he had so faithfully preached unto
On July 5th his mortal remains were others, and rejoicing in the stability and laid to rest in Richmond Cemetery. immutability of that covenant which is Mr. C. W. Banks, assisted by Mr. Hand, well ordered in all things and sure. officiating on the occasion. And here In consequence of paralysis, which we desire to record our grateful feelings greatly affected his speech, he was un- for the kindness shown by Mr. Banks able to converse much.
and others in ministering to the temThe question would sometimes be poral necessities of the departed. asked, “Do you wish to get well again ?” May the God of all grace support and And, in very decided tones, he would comfort the heart of the dear widow, say, “No! I want to go home.”
and sanctify the stroke which has The portion of Holy Writ uppermost deprived us of a tender
father, a faithin his mind, and often on his lips, was, ful husband, a kind friend, and an “ Jesus Christ, the same yesterday and earnest preacher of the Gospel. For as to-day and for ever.” And our brother a preacher of the whole truth as it is in was "remarkably accurate in citing Jesus, he was clear, bold, and uncomScripture. The hymns so precious to promising ; and, in the earlier years of
WILLIAM COWPER’S HYMNS. With unspeakable pleasure we now selections, from which these three are as mention a name dear to us for half-a- popular as any of our spiritual songs century as that of a Christian author, as commencing well as from interest in his singular
1. “God moves in a mysterious way." history, and sympathy in his sorrows.
2. “There is a fountain filled with One of our first holiday tours, over forty
blood." years since, was to the places of his re
3. “Oh, for a closer walk with God !" sidence and the scenes he had described. William Cowper justly occupies a
Should any wonder and inquire high place among hymn-writers for wherein consists the excellence, beyond pure evangelical truth expressed in the others, of these and most of Cowper's richest poetry, sweetened by heartfelt hymns, it may not be amiss here to experience of its power. Great grace point out a singular feature which, united to rare genius (both heavenly doubtless, attracts and charms many gifts) could alone have produced com- who do not perceive and cannot apprepositions so valuable to the Church and ciate the source of their power. It is the nation as were his hymns and the apt and striking imagery with poems. Honoured for the beneficent which they abound, such as none but a influence they exerted among all poet of the highest order could introparties, it has been a general regret duce, as he did, with the greatest ease that there were not more, and that the and freedom. exercise of such a remarkable talent For instance, to take the first above(commenced so late in life as the age named (which was the last but one he of fifty) should so soon have almost ever wrote, and that just preceding a entirely ceased
all the higher long and severe mental affliction), themes.
notice the following numerous emblems But that which merited and won employed, without any disorder. It is approval a century ago, and has since well entitled Light shining out of maintained it, needs not praise now. darkness.” Here are brought in: “The His hymns consist of pure Scriptural Almighty footsteps and the mysterious sentiments, from error or ambiguity. way, sea and the storm,” “The So few and so good, several are in most unfathomable mines and the treasure,"
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