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and, like our own Anne Steele, she was frequently confined by sickness to her chamber. Like Miss Steele, too, Miss Elliott's relatives were mostly godly people. Henry Venn, of Huddersfield, well known to readers of the religious history of the last century, was her maternal grandfather; and one of her brothers wrote the work on the Book of Revelation, called “Horae Apocalypticæ.” As in the case of Miss Steele, so also Miss Elliott's feeble state of health was greatly sanctified to her. The poetry of the two ladies is very similar in tenderness of feeling and fervency of love to the blessed Saviour, and about the same number of the hymns of each have found places in the selections. There is more of the faith of assurance, however, in the compositions of Miss Elliott than in those of Miss Steele, whose notes seldom rise to the height of full confidence, but generally only to that of humble aspiration, earnest desire, or hopeful reliance ; probably this quality adapts them to the average faith and feelings of the congregations that sing them. Miss Elliott's life was one of close walking with God, and in the retirement of her sick-chamber her Bible was her chief companion, and prayer her most favoured exercise. Three times a day -morning, noon, and night-she statedly, as far as practicable, called upon her God, appropriating to each season a special class of petitions. In the morning her own wants, dangers, and difficulties were presented at the throne of grace; at noonday those of her friends"; the evening prayer being devoted
more specially to praise than
the other two, that I may lie down with more of holy love and joy and peace than I have ever known, and experience the joy of the Lord to be indeed my strength.” Amongst her personal requests, we are informed, were petitions for purity of heart in all her private imaginations and thoughts, and for the holy graces of gentleness, calmness, quietness, and meekness of spirit; also for a Christian disposition of cheerful submission to the will of God. In the closing scenes of her life the Lord graciously sustained her faith, gave her much peace of mind, and supported her by His word when speech failed, and whilst passing through Jordan. On the morning of the day of her death, her sister repeated to her their text for the day,
shall see the King in His beauty," &c. She "clasped her hands together, and, as she raised her eyes to heaven, a beam came over her countenance, which showed that she fully entered into the precious words, and was realising the glorious vision she was soon to behold.” O may we die the death of the righteous, by grace Divine ; and, by the same grace, be enabled, too, while we live, to live the life of the righteous ; in regard to our dying-day, with this eminent Christian poet, we say :“Saviour ! the Lord of life and death, Be near me when I yield my breath
i Place but Thine arm beneath my
Buneral of Orr. R. Toddy,
LATE EDITOR OF THIS MAGAZINE. WEDNESDAY afternoon, November 14th, had been fixed as the time for the interment of the remains of our highly-esteemed editor. The day, for November, was especially fine; which fact made us expect a goodly number at the funeral. Our expectations were not disappointed. There could not have been less than three hundred in Chadwell Street Chapel, at the service, whilst nearly two hundred
assembled in Abney Park Cemetery, to await the arrival of the corpse.
Shortly after two o'clock the funeral cortège arrived at the chapel. Mr. J. Hazelton, pastor of the church at Chadwell Street (of which church the deceased was a valued deacon), commenced the solemn service by giving out the beautiful hymn, “Why do we mourn departing friends," etc. He then read the following portions of Holy Writ:—Ps. xc. ; 2 Cor. v. 1-10; 1 Thess. iv. 14–18; Rev. vii. 9–17. After this he delivered an impressive and appropriate address, in the course of which he said, “ Any strong remarks with regard to the Christianity of our brother are not needed,
for he was well and widely known, and well-beloved as a brother in the Lord. We love his remains, because they are the remains of one whose regenerated soul is now for ever with the Lord. He has left his tent with his bereaved wife and his sorrowing friends. The body is dead, and has to be buried, but our brother is not dead. His tent only has fallen; his mind is unclothed ; his soul has taken its flight to its eternal rest. We are not assembled to-day to bury our brother, but the tenement he inhabited for sixty-eight years. He himself has now trodden the unknown path. After considerable suffering, he sweetly fell asleep in the arms of everlasting love, which for so many years had been beneath him. Yes, he is asleep, but a downy bed would not now be suitable to him. He is returning to dust, and a dusty bed is the most appropriate. He will not, however, always remain in that dusty bed. The Lord will by-andbye come and communicate life to these remains of our dear brother. He will open his eyes upon his descending Lord, and, rising from his dusty bed, will exclaim, This is my God ; I have waited for Him." Dwelling upon the word "waited,” which he had quoted, Mr. Hazelton continued : “All in heaven are waiters. The ransomed spirits, our brother amongst them, wait for the resurrection of their bodies. Angels await the consummation of all things. Even Christ is waiting — From henceforth expecting, till His enemies be made His footstool. In a very important sense our dear brother is not sleeping. He is awake, and singing before the eternal throne. He is now immersed in the glory of Jesus, which glory fills every faculty and power. Our brother, when upon earth, was a living Christian. His religious life did not proceed from nature; he was called according to the purpose of God. There was life in his prayers and in his praises, and a measure of life in every act he performed. His life could be seen in his eye. I do not think his dear wife will deem her pastor to have overstepped the mark of propriety if I quote a saying of hers, My dear husband lived very near to God. He was not, therefore, one thing in public and another in private. His life was a very fruitful one. There was nothing forced about his religion. He was a consistent Christian with regard to New Testament ordinances, and also as to his faith, friendships, and associations. His moral character and conduct were beyond reproach. He leaves no ill odour behind him. Was he useful ? He was for many years a member of Salem Chapel, Meard's Court, Soho, and a deacon under the late excellent, talented, godly, spiritual, heavenly John Stevens. He joined our church at Chadwell Street on the 4th of June, 1871, and for twelve and a half years has proved a very useful member. For about six and a half years he has been a wise and good deacon of this church. He was a member of the following committees :-the Strict Baptist Mission, the Strict Baptist Association, and the Aged Pilgrims' Friend Society. I believe all these committees are represented to-day by official deputations. In addition to this he was editor of the GOSPEL HERALD. Through grace he lived well and died well. We live in hope of seeing him in that glorious world where he is constantly happy, May He who has taken him solace his bereaved partner and sorrowing friends, and make up his loss to this church and to the denomination at large—a loss which is too deeply felt to be expressed in words.” At the close of this address, Mr. Hazelton offered a solemn and heart-melting petition to the God of all grace.
Upon leaving the chapel for the cemetery, the funeral cortege was considerably lengthened. . Immediately after the relatives came a coach containing the deceased's fellow-deacons, Messrs. Abbott, Hunt, E. Mote, Oliver, and Sawyer (Mr. Cobb and Mr. Hodges were unable to be present). The next coach was that containing the deputation from the Metropolitan Association of Strict Baptist Churches. Owing to a death in his family, the president, Mr. G. W. Shepherd, was unable to attend. The deputation consisted of Messrs. J. Clark (vice-president), J. L. Meeres, I. R. Wakelin, and J. Box (hon. sec.). Next came the deputation from the Strict Baptist Mission, consisting of Messrs. J. Briscoe (hon. sec.), II. Cooper, A. Steele, and T. L. Wakelin (hon. sec.). This coach was followed by one containing the deputation from the Aged Pilgrims' Friend Society, which deputation consisted of Messrs. J. E. Hazelton and W. Jackson (secs.), W. Howe, S. Sharp, R. P. Whellock, and C. Wilson. Upon arriving at the grave, Mr. Hazelton called upon Mr. J. L. Meeres to offer prayer, who, in a solemn, appropriate, and deeply affecting address to the Divine throne, committed the mortal remains of our beloved and highly valued brother to the tomb, in the presence of a concourse of sorro
rrowing friends, who had come from various churches to pay the last token of Christian respect to one whose loss will be widely felt and deeply lamented.
P. REYNOLDS. 40, Albion Grove, Barnsbury.
MR. WILLIAM BRAIN.
years, and worshipped with a few MR. BRAIN was born September 7th, people at the Assembly Rooms, some1816 ; called by grace at an early age times conducting the services. under the ministry of the late Mr. Mr. Brain removed to New Cross in Thos. Powell, of Rye Lane Chapel, September, 1862, and from that time .
, Peckham; was baptized by the late worshipped at Zion Chapel for the Mr. David Denham, of Unicorn Yard most part ; but it was not until four Chapel, Tooley Street, Southwark ; years afterwards that he saw his way admitted to full communion January clear to sever his connection with the 4th, 1835, the card of membership church at Woolwich. On the first being, “He shall cover thee with His Lord's-day in October, 1866, he and feathers, and under His wings shalt his excellent wife were received into thou trust. His truth shall be_thy fellowship at Zion, in which comshield and buckler” (Ps. xci. 4). For a munion nearly the last seventeen years short time he attended the ministry of of his life were spent, during fifteen of the late Mr. James Harrington Evans, which he filled the office of deacon. which was greatly blessed to him. For two years or more before he was Afterwards he removed to Woolwich, quite laid aside, disease (creeping where, for a short time, he attended paralysis) was upon ' him, and in Bethlehem Chapel and Enon Chapel, December, 1879, he was stricken down, but afterwards was led with a few other and had to be nursed like a child until friends to unite in . opening old, and his decease, a period of three years and building new, "Carmel Chapel,” Wool- eight months. His long, painful, and wich, where he held the office of deacon tedious affliction is a mystery, which, several years. He afterwards removed perhaps, is explained to him now, and to Sevenoaks, where he lived for five may be to us when we meet him in
" the general assembly." One end the very quiet.” He said, “I am waiting Lord had to accomplish thereby, no to sit down at the marriage supper of doubt, was to show the amazing power the Lamb. What a glorious meeting of Divine grace to control the propen- that will be, to sit down with the Bridesities of the old nature, and to give real groom at the head of the Table.
Oh, comfort in times of suffering. Never a how glorious! I do not think it will word of complaint escaped his lips be long,"
“I wish I could talk to you, against his Lord. Jesus was all in all I would tell you how precious Jesus is to him ; he would talk of nothing else,' to me. My precious Jesus ! my preand his countenance often beamed with cious Jesus ! " My lovely Lord ! joy as he testified how precious the Lord was to him.
“ All over glorious is my Lord,
Must be beloved and yet adored, The following are a few of his last
His work, if all the nations knew, sayings :—“I will bless the Lord at all
Sure the whole world would love Him times.” “I have been trying to think
too." about Him, and I find Him so full of love." "I am led more and more into “He is the chiefest among ten thouthat scripture : "Thou wilt keep him
sand, and the altogether lovely.” One in perfect peace whose mind is stayed morning, before lying down, he sang, on Thee, because he trusteth in Thee." with much apparent feeling, the hymn
commencing “My soul anticipates the day, Would stretch her wings and soar “Amazing grace! How sweet the sound.” away.”
On the morning of his departure he “ Into Thine hands I commit
my was very peaceful, and was heard to spirit; Thou hast redeemed me, say, Ready, ready, ready; waiting, O Lord God of truth.” “ If I waiting ; nearer, nearer; Jesus, Jesus, had thousand souls I would Jesus, come !" commit them all to Him." "I have He fell asleep in Jesus, August no more fear of death than going to 18th, 1883. His pastor, Mr. J. S. bed.” “I have been thinking of the Anderson, improved his death from blood of Atonement; what precious words found in Titus ii. 13, and Heb. blood that was. Oh ! the preciousness ix. 28 : “ Looking for that blessed hope of the blood that takes away all sin.” and the glorious appearing of the great “Wherever the blood was sprinkled, God and our Saviour Jesus Christ ; there was safety ; so it is now.
“ Unto them that look for Him shall He blood that moves our deep distress appear, the second time without sin makes all our garments white.” “I unto salvation ?-passages chosen, the am full with the blessing of the Lord.” first by his own request, the second Mrs. Brain said, “My dear, you are by that of surviving relatives.
Pissions. A Poper Read at the Annual Meeting of the Suffolk and Norfolk Home Missioni
Society by SAMUEL COZENS, Ipswich. THE cause of Missions is the cause of God and truth in the earth. He gave the Word- of promise, of life, of salvation--to the patriarchs and prophets, and great was the company of them that published it. The great patriarchal father of the faithful (Abraham) was called of God, from the seat of idolatry, to build altars of devotion in other regions, that God's name might be known among the heathen, and His saving health among all nations.
The cause of Missions is the cause of the Redeemer, who left the bright realms of glory, and assumed our nature, to make His Father's loving and merciful councils known. He is the Apostle, the Sent, the Messenger, the Missionary, the High Priest of our profession. He came to illustrate the perfections of God in the redemption of man. And how grandly He accomplished both is seen in the terrors and the triumphs of His Cross.
The cause of Missions is the cause of the Holy Ghost, whose baptism of fire lit up the world with a living light that shall shine brighter and brighter till the perfect day—that shall put an end to the long dark night of ignorance, superstition, and sin ; till that day when the knowledge of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters cover the deeps—when all shall know Him, and “All nations shall call Him blessed.”
The cause of Missions is the cause of the Church. It was from the Church that that little band of fishermen-fishers of men-went forth with a broad mission : “Go into all the world ; preach the Gospel to every creature; he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. And lo ! I am with you alway.” The world was their parish ; the Gospel was their sermon ; baptism marked their triumphs ; believers formed their churches ; the Divine presence hallowed their fellowships, and constrained their operations.
The cause of Missions is the cause of angels, who are sent forth to minister to the heirs of salvation ; .who sing, “Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth, good will towards men;" who preached Christ and the resurrection ; who take a deep interest in the salvation of men. There is joy, joy, joy in the presence of the angels over one sinner that repenteth. If fallen angels are the ministers of sin, then no marvel if good angels are the ministers of righteousness.
The cause of Missions is the cause of the world ; for the Gospel of the Kingdom is to be preached among all nations. God has promised to give to His beloved Son the heathen for His inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for His possession.
“ All the promises do travail
With a glorious day of grace," when kingdoms that now sit in darkness shall become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ. We plead the cause of countless millions sitting in the regions of the shadow of death, without one glimmering ray of light to cheer them in the struggle of life, in the hour of affliction, in the ordeal of death ; who, in the impetuous rush of the multitude that do evil, are making haste, adown the broad road of wickedness, to destruction.
It is the cause for which patriarchs went from one nation to another, and from one kingdom to another people. It is the cause for which proselytes were admitted into the Jewish Church. These proselytes came from all parts of the world—from Arabia, from Egypt, from Greece, from Italy, from Spain, and other distant regions—to keep the Passover, and to carry back tidings of the God of Israel, like the Ethiopian eunuch, to their distant homes. Luke thus enumerates some of those who listened to the first preaching of the Gospel: "Parthians and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia and in Judea, in Cappadocia, in Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Ronie, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians.” Croly says, “Every race of mankind, in its most marked peculiarities, then passed beneath the eye. Then came the long train of swarthy slaves and meniāls round the chariot of the Indian prince, clothed in the silks and jewels of the regions beyond the Ganges. Upon them pressed the troop of African lionhunters, half naked, but with their black limbs wreathed with pearl and fragments of unwrought gold. Behind them moved, on their camels, a patriarchal group, the Arab chief, a venerable figure, with his white locks flowing from beneath his turban,