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humble prayerful spirit, and his childlike trust in his heavenly Father. The most trivial things (or what most people would consider the most trivial), were taken to the Throne of Grace. Did he take a walk for the benefit of the air, before he started, or directly he had started, he breathed a prayer for God's blessing and protection. Did he go to visit, or on a matter of business, his Father must be consulted as to the words he should use, that he might

no account bring discredit on his Master's cause. Did he require a trifling thing in the house, he always took his want to his. Father; and might we not many of us learn a great lesson here? As a rule we think too lightly of prayer, or at least we think the small things of this life are too insignificant for our Heavenly Father to notice, forgetting what our Lord Himself said, “ Are not the very hairs of your head all numbered ?" and if it is not beneath Him to number oúr hairs, how much more important are many things which we deem to be too trifling to be laid before Him! Not so our brother. The least matter of this life must be duly presented, and direction sought.

Somewhere about his middle age he had a severe illness, the effects of which hung on him for years, during which time he never expected really to get the better of it; but he used to speak of the great event, which at one time he was almost daily expecting, with a calm resignation. Thy will be done. My only wish is for the wife and the family,' but by God's mercy he was spared. At this time his trials were heavy. Weak and sickly himself, a tolerably large family, with many afflictions and trials in other ways, caused his dear wife (who proved herself to be a helpmeet indeed), and himself to really live daily by faith; but the Lord supported them through it all, and brought them out as gold tried by the fire.

He was, what I should call, rather a timid man, but was there a duty to be performed, no matter how unpleasant, he was as bold as a lion; and though, as I have said, he was a man of very few words, yet, if he felt a word ought to be spoken, he was not the man to keep his mouth shut. Ever on the watch to do his Lord's work, and whether in the house, the workshop, or in the Lord's house, he was never behind. It mattered very little who the party was, Was it

right for him to speak or interfere ; and if his heart gave the affirmative, it needed no more-he was fearless of the consequence, putting all his trust in his Lord and Master. I might give many instances to illustrate this, but space would not allow. Suffice it to say, his one great aim was to maintain the honour of his God. “ Him that honoureth Me, I will honour;" and did not our Lord fulfil this promise to our dear departed brother ? Supported for over forty years in one situation, through good report and evil report, which only those who know the trials of the workshop can form any idea of, what it is to be that number of years at one post, and to rise above it all, to leave an untarnished name, and at last to be mourned for in not a few cases by his fellow-workmen as a brother.

Well, Sir, I must draw this to a close. On the 12th of February last, our brother left his work as usual about six o'clock, and was making his way across St. Paul's churchyard, when he was knocked down by a railway van, which injured his leg, but he thought so little of it at the time, that he got up and walked away. But he could not get far when he was compelled to have a cab to get to his home, which he never left till taken out five months afterwards. What he suffered during that time, as he himself said, no one but himself and his Heavenly Father could tell.

Mysterious Providence! Who can give the whys and the wherefores ? He said to me on more than one occasion, “ Why I came home that way I cannot tell. I did not mean to, but the thought crossed my mind all of a sudden. A greater mystery still is why I crossed the road where I did; perhaps we shall know in eternity. Depend upon it there is some cause for me lying here in this racking pain. Our Lord would not afflict without some good cause; and if my suffering here should be the means in His hands of the life of only one of my children, or of one of the friends who have visited me, how amply shall I be repaid !” And truly his Christian principles shone forth in their fullest lustre during those five months—there was no murmuring, no repining; but, as a friend remarked to me, “It is truly heartrending, in one sense, to see him, and yet one can hardly be really sorrowful; it being at one continual prayer-meeting." A prayer for all interspersed at very frequent intervals,

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he said, “so many friends have helped. I did not know I had so many friends : it is really wonderful. I really cannot understand it.” And then, after a moment's silence, as though he had bethought himself, he said, “ Yes, yes, I can-it is Thy doing. Thou wouldst not have laid me here if Thou hadst not have intended to have provided for my needs.”

And now, Sir, in conclusion, if you will allow me, I must, on behalf of the family,

Ι and more especially the widow, most heartily thank all those kind friends who came forward so voluntarily, and so ministered to his wants, as to make the path through the vale of death comparatively easy. Such was the end of a truly righteous man. May we all so live, that our last end may be like his, is the prayer of yours faithfully,

W.R. OLNEY. 148, St. Mary-street,

Southampton, Sept. 6, 1880.

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with a prayer for himself that he might be supported; and truly he needed Divine support. We have seen him when the pain was so great he has not known what to do with himself, and with the sweat pouring off him, he could do nothing but cry continually, “Lord Jesus, have mercy on my poor foot;” and it was at this time that he was so much afraid of himself. “Oh," he has said to me, “ I do hope I shall not be left to do anything rash. Lord help me, and keep me,” and his prayers were answered. I should have said that the injury to the leg resulted in gangrene in the foot, which eat itself right through the foot, and it was this that caused that most excruciating pain. But at the appointed time the Lord who had supported him through all his trials took him to Himself. “ It is enough. Come up higher. Thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler ever many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord,” and his rapturous spirit mounted to those realms of bliss escorted by angels, and now with the blood-bought throng he cries, “ Worthy the Lamb that was slain."

Thus passed away a truly humble Christian, a good husband and father. Nothing pleased him better than to see young people, and especially his own children, enjoy themselves. But he is gone-gone to be “for ever with the Lord,” and the church has lost an active member, and many have lost a dear kind friend and adviser.

He died on the 6th of July. He seemed much better a few hours before, more cheerful, and in much less pain, so much 80 that he could converse comparatively with ease, and I well remember his last conversation with me only about five hours before he died, which I feel bound to give as near as I can: “Never," said he, “doubt your Lord and Master. Let the road be ever so dark, He will never fail. Look at me. I have laid here for five long months, with scarce anything by way of a direct income, and yet I have had enough, and, I was going almost to say, and to spare. "The barrel of meal shali not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail.' Such is the promise, and it will always be fulfilled those who trust in His name. And if it is the Lord's will I should lay here another five months; I shall want for nothing.” And then at the thought of the many kindnesses he had received, he fairly broke down. Why,"

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MRS. WALLS. My beloved mother was born on the 3rd of May, 1810, at Poypings, a village near Brighton. Her parents feared God, and opened their house for the worship of the Lord ; so that from a child she was privileged to listen to the Gospel from God-sent ministers, and during her childhood had many serious impressions ; it was not until the Lord gently afflicted her, when about twenty years of age, that the work of grace was made more manifest. She has often repeated the words of Dr. Watts, “How kind was Thy chastising rod,

That brought my conscience to a stand!" About this time the family removed to Brighton, and then attended the ministry of the late John Vinall, Sen.; but my dear mother did not hear savingly till a later period, when Mr. Vinall was laid aside by affliction, and his place was supplied by good men; many of them being Baptists, among whom were Tiptaft, Kershaw, and others, their ministry was blessed to her soul, all things became new, so that when Mr. Vinall returned to his work, she heard him (as she often expressed herself), with new ears, and saw with new eyes.

At this time the late honoured Joseph Sedgwick had just come to Brighton, and Ebenezer Chapel

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was built for him. Thither my dear mother went, and being fully convinced of the duty and privilege of believers' baptism, was baptized by Mr. Sedgwick, after a sermon founded on the text in Malachi i. 6, “If I be a father, where is mine honour ?." This occurred about the year 1836. Like most of God's people, she had seasons of doubt and fear. On one of such times she was wending her way up the hill to Ebenezer Chapel, pondering within as to whether she truly believed in Jesus, when these words came with great power, “ How would you call on Him in whom you have not believed ? " which greatly comforted her heart, and were never forgotten, though at the time she knew not that they were the words of inspiration : afterwards finding them in Paul's Epistle to the Romans, chap. x. 14. Some time after her marriage, which took place in 1838, in the providence of God she was removed to Cheltenham, and then joined the church under the care of Mr. Bloomfield, where her soul was fed and nourished under his ministry. In a few years, removing to London, she heard many good ministers, and at one time attended the ministry of Mr. Luckin, of Clerkenwell, generally rising early on the Lord's-day morning to be present at the seven o'clock frayer-meeting. Finally, when Mr. Hazelton came to Chadwell. street, profiting under his ministry, and the chapel being near at hand, she resolved to cast in her lot with the friends there, and was received into the church with her daughter (who was baptized on the previous Lord's-day), and seven other friends, on the first Sunday in July, 1856. Here her soul “found a settled rest,” and upon every occasion, if possible, was in her place. The language of her heart ever was, concerning Zion,

Ever anxious for the welfare of Zion, she manifested it by helping in every way within her power, and in encouraging others, like those of old who said, “ Come thou .with us, and we will do thee goud." Her mind was kept generally in a humble trusting humble frame. She often said she trusted she could say, “I know whom I have believed.” For the last four years and a-half, through affliction, her mind was beclouded as to earthly things, but fully alive to spiritual. Christ was truly the centre of her soul, and the Word of God, sermons and many favourite hymns, when read to her, elicited a hearty response. She was a proof of the indestructible nature of true religion. Her bodily strength gradually weakened, till after lying about three days unconscious, her spirit took its flight to glory, to be for ever with the Lord, on the morning of June 18th, 1880. We weep, 'twas nature wept; but faith would

rather Know thour't with thy Heavenly Father."

E. M. WALLS.

In the notice of Mr. Barnes' death last month, the date of his decease was accidentally omitted. It was on Lord's day, August 1st, that the respected gentleman was so suddenly transferred from the house of God on earth, to our "Father's house on high.” With much pleasure the following testimony from our brother, Mr. T. Hoddy, whose ministry at Horbam the deceased attended about twenty years, is added to that given by Mr. Northfield last month :-" Mr. Barnes was a kind friend to me and mine when I lived at Horham, and although he did not make a public profession, I believe he was a Christian, and that to him sudden death was sudden glory,-absent from the flesh, present with the Lord. May the solemn event be sanctified to survivors, especially his only son."

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“ There my best friends, my kindred dwell, There God my Saviour reigns."

Aho Gospel Biold.

“Goye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature."

STRICT BAPTIST MISSION.

INDIA. THE stations and sub-stations appear to remain much in the same condicion as

they have been for some time past. No baptisms have been reported for some months, those anticipated having still to be deferred for further proof of the sin, cerity of the candidates. The little Tamil Church, at St. Thomas's Mount, is keeping together in the unity and faith of the gospel, and the attendance at the public services is encouraging. The school at Bullock Lines is doing pretty well. Owing, however, to a rumour that had prevailed amongst the ignorant Hindoos, that their children were to be kidnapped for sacrificial purposes, and their heads cast into the sea to expedite the completion of the Madras Harbour works, some of them had refused to allow their little ones to attend the school. Notwithstanding the ludicrous absurdity of this rumour, it seems that it was impossible to reason them out of a belief in it, and that time alone would remove the impression from their minds. The school at Nazareth Pooram is still in a very low state, which condition of things there having now continued for a very long time, it will be natter for consideration whether the labours of our teachers would not be more fruitful if removed to some other location. The caste school, for which some of our kind friends sent us some sewing materials a short time since, is giving satisfaction to our superintendent. At Palaveram brother Noble reports attentive hearers of the word at the Sepoy Lines, the streets, and bazaars. According to arrangements, our brother would leave St. Thomas's Mount for Ceylon on or about the first of last month. Our energetic superintendent, brother Doll, with characteristic hopefulness, speaks with much confidence as to the future of this station, by the blessing of God, in connection with his taking the direct charge of it. He states that from our native preacher, Vencatasa wmy's, report, he gathers that during the month of July, Vencatasawmy went to 55 places, bazaars, streets, villages, and hamlets, addressing in all about a thousand people; visited 48 houses, travelled 70 miles, and distributed 392 tracts. Taking this as an honest report of work fairly done, let us hope that much good will result from so much sowing of the seed of the kingdom.

At Poonamallee our native brother, Abel Michael, seems to be labouring with renewed diligence and zeal, as extracts from his journal that follow will show:

“Wednesday, July 7th. Went to Na. men, a village seven miles west of our station. On my way, preached at Coothempaukum to over 20 Caste Hindoos, to whom, after reading a portion of Matt. xxii., I spoke on the marriage of the King's Son, showing what grace and salvation

are to poor sinners who feel their guilt and burden. That such can never make themselves free; but the mighty power of the Holy Ghost, and the blood of Christ alone, can give them liberty, life, pardon, peace, joy, and salvation. One man from the crowd boldly asked me whether he would get 15_rupees if he embraced Christianity. To this I replied that I was speaking of something far more important and substantial, viz., faith in the Lord Jesus, and the unspeakable value of his immortal soul, and made remarks on these subjects. From here I proceeded to Na. men, where I addressed a number of people on salvation by Jesus Christ alone for ruined man, and that He alone can meet the needs of a poor weary sinner.

“Friday, 9th. Started early this morning for Chethoocander, a village about 71 miles N.W. of our station, con. taining about 100 houses besides its parcherries, or non-caste hamlets. It has a large temple dedicated to Siva, before which is a large tank built with granite stones.

Oh how strong the devil is in this place! I preached, notwithstanding, in three places from 9 to 12, the Lord helping, one of them just opposite the house of the moonsiff, or village magistrate, to a goodly number of people. The Lord Jesus and His cross was my only theme.

The moonsiff heard all I said, and sent his children to ask me in. From this place I went to Ramapuram, which is two miles further on, and addressed about 15 people.

Thursday, 29th.-Went to Mavellore Coopem, eight miles west of our station; preached and disputed for several hours."

At this last named place, brother Doll says, there is a spirit of inquiry on the subject of baptism, there being in that village a number of professing Christians belonging to the Church Missionary Society. He states that everything is doing satisfactorily at this station ; that the new school teacher is working well

, and that 31 children attend the school.

The above, with other entries in his journal, shows that during the month (July) Abel Michael preached in twelve of the villages, or hamlets, surrounding his station, some of which are eight or nine miles distant.

This, besides the regular services on the Lord's day at Poonamalle. Might not this be commended for imitation to some of the labourers in the gospel field in the rural districts at home, where the inhabitants

are about as ignorant of the gospel of the grace of God as the poor heathen in India ?

SPECIAL PRAYER FOR THIS MISSION EARN

ESTLY REQUESTED. The Committee earnestly request the pastors and deacons of the churches connected with this mission to urge upon the

brethren at their prayer meetings to make special supplication for the Lord's blessing on this effort to extend His kingdom. Particularly is this desired to be done on Monday evening, Nov. 1st, that much of the Divine presence and blessing may be realised on the following day, at our Anniversary gatherings at Avenue Chapel, Camden Town.

Poetry.

WONDERFUL. “His name shall be called Wonderful!” Isa. ix. 6. WONDERFUL Lord ! at Thy footstool we

plead, Wonderful mercy Thy suppliants need; Wonderful grace Thou hast many times shewn,

[known; Wonderful love to us once more make Wonderful art Thou in all Thy career, Wonderful ere the green world flourished

here; Wonderful in the high councils of heaven, Wonderful when Thy engagement was

given. Wonderful sufferings and death to endure, Wonderful numbers a crown to procure ; Wonderful, when at Thy mandate of old, Wonderful systems their orbits unrolled; Wonderful, when at Thy mighty decree Wonderful caverns confined the deep sea ; Wonderful, when from the dust of the earth,

[birth ; Wonderful creatures sprang instant to Wonderful, when with rejoicing surveys Wonderful seraphs sang anthems of praise; Wonderful, when the first foe shed his

Wonderful Altar, and wonderful Flame, Wonderful Incense and wonderful Lamb; Wonderful Temple, more glorious than

thou, Wonderful gem, on Jerusalem's brow! Wonderful, when in the fulness of days Wonderful harbingers heralded praise; Wonderful, when Thy life journey begun, Wonderful, when a poor Carpenter's Son; Wonderful Child, to whom sages attend, Wonderful, when at the grave of Thy

friend; Wonderful, filling five thousand with food, Wonderful, when at the baptism flood; Wonderful Healer ! from sickness to save, Wonderful stiller of tempest and wave ; Wonderful, when in Gethsemane's grove, Wonderful instance of wonderful love! Wonderful, standing accused and forlorn, Wonderful, bearing reproaches and scorn; Wonderful'dying on Calvary's hill, Wonderful Pardoner of penitents still; Wonderful Conqueror of death and the

tomb, Wonderful soaring triumphantly home; Wonderful, when the pearl portals dis

played Wonderful entrance invitingly made; Wonderful now, Intercessor in heaven, Wonderful Giver of every bliss given; Wonderful Ruler of kingdoms and kings, Wonderful Author of wonderful things ; Wonderful, when the last trumpet hath sounded,

[rounded; Wonderful, coming with angels surWonderful, when like a shoreless sea, Wonderful, myriads await Thy decree; Wonderful, rising to glory again, Wonderful multitudes filling Thy train; Wonderful, when Thy redeemed shout on

high, Wonderful, when the glad cherubs reply; Wonderful, while countless ages roll on, Wonderful Lord, on a wonderful throne !

-" Tendrils in Verse."

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blight, Wonderful promise of wonderful light; Wonderful, when the drowned valleys

were dark, Wonderful, vast, anti-typical Ark ; Wonderful, when Thy chained Israel

deplored, Wonderful wonders their freedom restored. Wonderful Captain Thine Israel to lead, Wonderful Manna Thine Israel to feed; Wonderful Cloud to direct in their way, Wonderful Pillar their foes to dismay; Wonderful Warrior, whose presence seWonderful victories always ensures ; Wonderful Prophet, and wonderful King, Wonderful Priest, a strange offering to

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