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minded her, amidst all the shriuking self-distrust which she might feel, of the cheering assurance that our sufficiency is of God;” he exhorted her to look to him, through our Lord Jesus Christ, for strength and wisdom,—to offer herself fully to him in body, soul, and spirit,and to indulge the hope that she might be instrumental in guiding the members of her class through the wilderness into the promised land. “How significant,” he adds, " is the word Leader !-one who goes before,—one more advanced in knowledge and grace than those whom he undertakes to instruct; so that he is capable of leading them through the different degrees of Christian experience to perfect holiness,-of training them up from children to fathers and mothers in Israel. May the Lord give you that 'wisdom which is from above !' It is promised, 'If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally :' mark, not sparingly or grudgingly, but freely and bountifully; for, says the Apostle, My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.' Let your mind, under all discouragements, be stayed upon the 'great and precious promises' made to you in the Gospel. But I write as if all were discouragement. This, however, is not the case. You will find the duty delightful and profitable to your own soul. He that watereth shall be watered. So that your own spiritual improvement will be greatly promoted while you are serving the Lord Jesus in his members.” In these views Mrs. Wbitton cordially acquiesced, and proceeded to her new engagements with an humble reliance on the constant help of God. The manner in which she performed them will long live in the grateful remembrance of the members of her class. Her unaffected meekness, benignity, and kindly zeal,- her punctuality, attention, and faithful diligence, gained her the confidence of all. They could approach her at all times with the utmost freedom and unreserve, not only as their spiritual helper, but as their endeared friend.
Christians who dedicate themselves to God and his cause are justly expected to pay a particular and earnest regard to the spiritual interests of their own families. In this respect the subject of these records discovered an admirable consistency. As a wife, a mother, and a mistress, she maintained and adorned her religious profession. Her counsels, her prayers, her tears, can never be forgotten by those for whose sake they were freely bestowed. By the blessing of God, they have already issued in good, and have doubtless left to the members of her household a legacy far more valuable than the richest eartbly treasures could yield. A short time before her death, she emphatically remarked, “The salvation of my family has long been my first, and now it is my last, wish."
Her health was, for many months, in a declining state. This served to increase her vigilant self-examination, and quicken her diligence ; but it created no alarm in her mind. She “ knew whom she had believed." Her hope, “as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stead
fast,” was securely lodged “ within the veil.” As far as intermissions from pain and languor would permit, she continued to pursue her accustomed line of duty, waiting in the posture of active preparation for the coming of her Lord.
Towards the latter end of September, 1832, she was seized with an affliction, which quickly assumed a very alarming aspect. She was quite sensible of her danger; and in a conversation with one of her friends, during the first week of her illness, expressed her firm persuasion that this “ sickness “unto death ;" adding, at the same time, with peculiar emphasis, “ I have no desire to live on my own account; but, if I could be of any farther service to my family, I should be willing to live.” On being reminded that she had laboured to recommend the Gospel to her family, both by precept and example,-that there were instances in which, by the good hand of God, the removal of the father or mother of a family had been the sanctified means of the conversion of all its members,—and that thus the long-cherished hope of Christian parents and relations for their dearest connexions, not fully accomplished perhaps in their life, was often accomplished after their death, she appeared to acquiesce with great cordiality,-signified her willingness to submit to whatever might be the design of God,-and evidently indulged a cheerful confidence, which seemed to grow as life declined, that, in this respect, her enlarged desires -would ultimately be granted.
On one occasion she said to a member of her family, “ I shall not be with you long. Do not pray for my life; but follow Jesus more closely than I have done. My hope is in Jesus. I have no other foundation ; and I shall soon see his face.” At another time she appears to have had an unusually clear view of God's willingness to save all mankind; and, having been silent for some space, at length exclaimed, in words to the following effect, and with an energy of which her weakness might have been thought utterly incapable, “O, what infinite mercy! what boundless grace! what astonishing compassion ! Not one needs be lost! I see that not one needs be lost! O the goodness of God!” On the night of Tuesday, October 2d, when she seemed to be near her end, a friend, alluding to her former exertions as a visiter of the sick poor, quoted that text, “ Blessed is he that considereth the poor : the Lord will de. liver him in time of trouble.—The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing : thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.” She instantly replied, “O, I have no dependence upon what I have done. I am a poor sinner; and my only dependence is on Jesus Christ.” At her request, Mr. Whitton and all the members of the family were assembled together in her room. Every one felt the touching solemnity of the scene. Her parting blessing to her husband was most affectionate and impressive,-and to her children truly maternal. A "mother in Israel” was giving her dying charge to those whom she must shortly leave behind her. She had looked to God for special assistance on this occasion; and that assistance was imparted both to body and soul. She took a tender leave of the several branches of her family, not omitting the servants; and urged them, in the most emphatic terms and manger, to devote themselves wholly to the Lord,—to cleave to him with all their hearts,—and to prepare for a final meeting with her in heaven. When she had finished her admonitions, she fervently blessed God, saying, “I have desired to see this hour; and I thank God that he has strengthened and assisted me. I have now done."
It cannot be remembered that, after this memorable period, any remark of a worldly kind escaped her lips. All was prayer, praise, and spiritual conversation. “ Heaven-ward her every wish aspired.” The severity of her sufferings prevented her from conversing largely with her sorrowful attendants. Yet she gave sufficient evidence, from time to time, that her mind was at peace, and that she was waiting in meek and quiet submission for her release. “ Come, Lord Jesus,” she was often heard to say; "come quickly.” In the midst of excruciating pain, she expressed a fear lest she should betray impatience; but on being told that the grace of God had hitherto been sufficient for her, and that he would continue to assist her, as long as she remained in the furnace, she gratefully replied, He will; and when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.'” Sometimes her "adversary, the devil,” was permitted to harass her. About three days before her death, she appears to have had her last conflict with him : it was severe, but it ended in triumph. A member of her family recited the passage, “This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” The application of this good word foiled the enemy. After a short pause, she cried, This is the victory! This is the victory!" repeating it several times with a voice of holy exultation. And here her Christian testimony closed. From this time she rapidly sank under the weight of mortality; and on Tuesday evening, October 23d, breathed her soul into the bands of her Redeemer, with a serene composure rather like sleep than death.
A correct estimate of the character of the deceased will be best formed by those who, like her, cultivate the salutary influences of benign and unobtrusive piety. All who knew her will give a ready testimony to her humility, meekness, and gentleness,—to her "faith, hope, and charity.” Regular in all her plans, punctual in her attendance on religious ordinances, kind and affable in her demeanour, happy in her temper, and solicitous for the happiness of all with whom she had any intercourse, she moved through the walks of society, “ blessed and blessing; and raising the warmest affections of her heart to heaven, she obtained, what she most ardently desired, holy spirituality of purpose, and intimate communion with God. She “chose the good part, and enjoyed its pure and permanent advantages. Her Christian life was not like the turbid and impetuous rush of a mountain-torrent, but like the tranquil flow of a refreshing stream, which silently pursues its
course of beauty and blessing, until at last it gently expands into the ocean, while the light of heaven falls upon its bosom, and all around is calm.
MEMOIR OF MR. THOMAS GREEN,
Of Carville : BY THE REV. FRANCIS A. WEST. Thomas Green was born at Carville, iu the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Circuit, January 20, 1806, of pious parents, who early instructed him in the fear of the Lord. He was thus in a good measure preserved from those gross immoralities to which youth are so much prone. At six years of age he was admitted the first scholar in the Sunday-school, after the building of the Carville chapel. The instructions which he received at school, seconded by parental admonition, were productive of serious impressions; and these were fostered by his meeting in a select class of the more serious scholars. His diligence and general good conduct procured for him the first Bible that was given as a reward in that school. He remained a scholar until he was about fourteen years of age; when he became an active Teacher, in which office he continued till he was called to become a Local Preacher.
Notwithstanding bis generally correct outward deportment, he remained a stranger to the vital power of godliness until the nineteenth year of his age. The manner of his conversion was this: While passing the door of a house where a class was meeting, and upon
which there was a blessed divine influence, his attention was arrested, and he listened to what was going on. His mind became powerfully affected, and he ventured to join them. But he met in class six months before he obtained mercy of the Lord. One evening he attended a society meeting, where three or four persons were in great distress on account of siu.
From the language they used, and the earnestness of their manner, he concluded that his own soul was not in a safe state. His convictions of sin, and his belief in the Wesleyan views of the doctrine of assurance, made him determine to secure for himself a full persuasion of his acceptance with God. When reading that part of Mr. Wesley's sermon on Justification by Faith, where justifying faith is said to be “a sure trust and confidence that Christ died for my sins; that he loved me, and gave himself for me;" his chains fell off, and he felt the Spirit itself to bear witness with his spirit that he was now a child of God. Thus was he prepared to proclaim to others “the knowledge of salvation by the remission of sins."
From this time there was a decided change in Mr. Green's character and conduct. He no longer trimmed between the world and religion ; but" followed the Lord fully.” His “conversation” was “ as it becometh the Gospel of Christ.” He had such humbling views of himself and his attainments, that he often wrote bitter things against himself. In the early part of his Christian career he was powerfully tempted to disbelieve the authenticity of the Scriptures, and the reality of religion. From this circumstance his Leader had been heard to say, that either he would fall by the temptation, or the Lord was permitting it in order to prepare him for some special work. The temptation was overruled for good. He began seriously to consider the evidences of our holy religion, and to make a close examination of what had passed in his own heart. The result was a more firm and unwavering belief of the divinity of the Scriptures, and of his own personal interest in the blessed truths they contain.
Having tasted that the Lord is gracious, and felt the Gospel to be the power of God to his own salvation, he longed to make known the Friend of sinners to all mankind. For a considerable time before he made known his convictions to any of his brethren, he had a powerful impression that he was called to preach the Gospel. At length, some circumstance led a Local Preacher to urge him to take an appointment, and with much fear and trembling be ventured to accept the invitation, and began to call sinners to repentance.
From his earliest years Thomas Green was remarkable for his thoughtfulness and love of reading. After his conversion, and especially after he began to preach, his application to reading and study was intense. The Bible was his daily meditation. He wished to understand its meaning, enjoy its promises, and publish its glad tidings. With the works of Messrs. Wesley and Fletcher he was intimately acquainted; he had also read with care such of the best works on theology as he could procure. Thus was he furnished like “the faithful and wise steward, whom his Lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season.”
His preaching was calculated, not to please the fancy, or to amuse his bearers, but to convince and draw them to the Saviour; and sometimes his heart has been so much engaged in his work, that he could have fallen upon his knees in beseeching sinners to be reconciled to God.
His attachment to Methodism was the result of a careful examination of its doctrines and discipline, which he was convinced were in accordance with the word of God.
How mysterious are the ways of God to man ! “ How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!” How often does He disappoint even the cherished hopes of his church ; and yet shows that such disappointment is in the most tender love and compassion! A youth so devoted, and so earnest in his public duties, would necessarily attract attention. His Superintendent recommended him to the Missionary Committee, as a fit candidate for the Missionary work. This opened to the mind of our young friend a field of such extensive usefulness, that, believing the hand of the Lord to be in it, his whole soulglowed with an intense desire to make known to the Heathen “the unsearchable riches of Christ.” Every mountain of difficulty, in the eye of his imagination, became a plain. But the all-wise Ruler saw good to shut