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The Happy death of Geo. White. said, look, look, don't you see the fire

and the chains; he was, indeed, awful to

look at, I shall never forget his counte[The subject of this brief memoir was the son of the late George White ; an

nance as long as I live. He continued

in this state for some time. I begged eminent believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, so many years known in the

him to pray to God, 'mentioning a great

number of sweet and encouraging proneighbourhood of Walworth. The

mises of God to all that call upon his following letter was given to us by the

name; he answered, My dear sister, I mother and sister of the deceased ; | and although it appeared in print some

cannot pray, but, he added, the Lord years ago, yet we feel a persuasion

have mercy, have mercy, have mercy that its publication in the Earthen

upon me, a poor miserable wretched Vessel would be useful. Mrs Sarah

sinner ; Lord, Lord, save my soul from Virtue addressed her aged father on

sinking into hell. He cried mightily the subject of her brother's death, in

unto him that was able to save, and

after long wrestling with Jehovah, he the following terms.

filled his poor soul with comfort; he then HONOURED FATHER,—I here send you cried out in great joy, “Oh! blessed an account of the extreme sufferings, day, glorious time, how merciful is God but, through mercy, the happy death of this day, I have found the Saviour I my dear brother George, to which I was have so long neglected and despised. an eye-witness. He was fourteen days Oh! Jesus, lovely Jesus, I never saw you ill, and was a wonder to every one about before this day, but now I see thee him; his medical attendant said he never pleading with the Father for wretched saw one before suffer so much, and be me. Oh! how I love the Lord with my alive. His pain was great indeed, but whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, his joys much greater at last. He was and Jesus loves me. Oh! tell my father almost the whole of the time insensible; and my mother ; it will be a comfort to at times he would be talking of coming them." to your house to see his parents, but His countenance was greatly changed being in a vessel could not get on shore. indeed, for he looked all happiness and All this time we were earnestly entreat-joy, he still continued praying and praising God that his senses might be restored, ing God for his wonderful goodness to. that we might be enabled to speak to wards his poor soul. I read a great him concerning the state of his soul, and number of portions to him, which he enthe Lord, who is wonderful in working, joyed very much; about half past two, in goodness and mercy, heard and an- | I said to him, you seem somewhat tired, swered our poor feeble petitions ; for I had better lay down the book for a litblessed be his holy name, I went to my time; do, he said “it is beautiful ; but brother about six o'clock in the morning I do not feel myself able to attend to it on the day of his death, and found him just now;' he laid quite still for some perfectly sensible. I had with me Dr. time, I asked him if he felt much pain, Hawker's portions, and began conversing he replied, never mind pain, for all this with him about the state of his soul, and world is nothing to me now; he turned told him, as well as I was able, the mi-himself upon his back, and cast his eyes serable state he was in by sin, and read upwards; his speech was so much altered, to him such portions of Dr. Hawker as that I only now and then could underI thought were calculated to be of bene- stand what he said ; I spoke to him sevefit to his condition, and the dear Lord ral times, he gave me no answer, but filled my mouth with arguments against seemed to be holding communion with the wicked, and for the righteous, that I his Saviour; a few minutes before three could not give utterance so fast as they o'clock, I perceived a change in him, flowed in. He began to be deeply affect from this time he did not move in the ed with his lost and undone state, indeed least, but shortly fell asleep in Jesus, My he fell into such soul anguish, as I can- dear parents, I have given you the most not express ; indeed, I may safely say correct account I am able; and hope you with the Psalmist, that the pains of hell will call my dear brothers and sisters togat hold of him,' and appeared to feel as gether, and tell them their need of a much as if he was in hell itself; at one Saviour. Your dutiful daughter, time he caught hold of my hand, and


The Funeral Sermons preached for the late Mr. John Stevens.

Having in a previous part of this num- / for him : 'I have fought a good fight; ber given a brief notice of these sermons, I have finished my course; I have kept we now subjoin, what may be termed, a the faith ; &c. There are three particurunning outline of the discourses; and lars which present themselves to our noa few other particulars connected with tice, in the text:the life and death of the deceased. I 1 “1.—The conflict. I have fought a

In the morning, Mr. George Murrell a good fight. took for his text the words of Paul in «11.-The victory. I have finished 2 Tim. iv. 7, 8.

my course; I have kept the faith.” “I have fought a good fight; I have fin- “III. - The anticipated honour. ished my course; I have kept the faith. / 'Henceforth there is laid up for me a Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown crown of righteousness,' &c. of righteousness, which the Lord, the righ-! After noticing these three particuteous judge shall give me at that day ; | lars, I shall give you a slight sketch and not to me only, but unto all them, which I have drawn up, of my very dear also, that love his appearing.”

departed brother. This crown is the common property of İ.The Conflict. I have fought a the whole family of God. These were good fight.' All true christians are solthe words of Paul to Timothy, when im- diers; but their battle is not of a carnal prisoned at Rome, seeing the time of his nature. We fight not against flesh and departure was at hand. He writes to blood, but against principalities and Timothy the second and last time, and powers; and against the prince of the says, • Timothy! I charge thee, preach darkness of this world. You may tell the Word. (See verses 1–6.) And the christian soldier by the weapons he then comes our text, • I have fought the carries; they are not carnal but spiritual. good fight,' &c. Looking back on his Every christian is a soldier, employed by labours in the ministry of the Gospel, he God; and enlisted under the banner of finds nothing to regret; nothing to re- the cross. The field of the warfare is tract; nothing to improve; nothing to principally his heart. No eye sees his amend. The eye of his mind, while conflicts but the omniscient eye of God; writing our text, ran over the whole no ear can hear him, but the ears of him course of his ministry; and he found it who heareth the sighing of the prisoner. marked with fidelity; and now, just re- His chief enemies are sin and satan. tiring from the field of his labour, he ex- Against them he must struggle ; and if claims, 'I have fought the good fight; I not always in actual warfare, he must have finished my course; I have kept not throw off his armour; he must the faith. Happy man! thus blest with keep his sword by his side. Our dear a delightful prospect of his approaching departed brother knew something of end; and the approving smiles of his this. From what I have heard fall from God; and I know of no man, since the his lips, I know that he was a man who days of Paul, to whom these words are knew the plague of his own heart; who more appropriate, than to our departed felt the conflicts of nature and grace in brother Stevens. He might have looked his own heart. And, if God's people back, while standing on the brink of generally have to contend with a warfare, eternity, and exclaimed, I have fought much more so is it with a minister of the the good fight; I have finished my gospel. A considerable part of the course; I have kept the faith. How christian minister's warfare, is against blessed must it be for a servant of God error; and it is essentially requisite that to be preserved through scenes of temp- he have the shield of faith ; his loins girt tation from swerving from the doctrines about with truth; and on his breast the of distinguishing grace! To be able to breastplate of righteousness. These, our say, 'I have no repentance to make- departed brother greatly enjoyed; much no regrets now. I have known our de- more so than in many others. Yes! he parted brother for about thirty-seven has fought a good fight! Well, he has years. And, methinks, I can become his finished his course, and is crowned ! representative now, and use the words Friends ! we are in the field !-he is gone!

We have to meet the foe; he is crowned | removed to London, he removed also, with victory.

and soon joined Mr. Burnham's, and beII.-The victory. “I have finished came a member at Grafton Street. He my course; I have kept the faith ;' I began to preach when about eighteen have not turned aside; I have not swerved years of age. He spoke first for about from the truth; and, through grace, I twelve months, to few people at Oundle. have come to the end." Could I have The church at St Neot's at this time conversed with our dear brother at that being without a pastor, heard of Mr. time previous to his departure, I should Stevens, and invited him to come, which like to have recommended to his notice he did, and stayed between five and six this passage; and, no doubt, but with years. Circumstances occurred that caused his great mind, at that time, he would him to leave St. Neots, whence he went have been able to throw great light on to Boston, in Lincolnshire, where he lait. I have kept the faith.' Not the boured about five or six years. Now, at grace of faith, but the gospel of faith. each of these places, Oundle, St. Neot's, He held it fast. All God's truth is in- and Boston, God gave him testimonies valuable. No part is to be kept back. to the truth of the ministry; and at each To part with one branch of God's truth, of these places, his name is still held in is to spoil the whole. Our brother great veneration. He came to London Stevens, then, kept the faith; he stuck / about thirty-seven years ago. God has to it. No one could ever advance one greatly blessed his labours here to many. statement made by our dear brother, to Many a sinner has been called by his contradict one made at another time. ministry. How many are there in heaThere is a vitality in God's truth. I ven now who were fed by our dear know that some have said that John brother! How many are there here this Stevens was not an experimental preacher. morning, who have lived happily under I know better than that. He grandly the ministry of your departed pastor! displayed the doctrines of grace; but, in 1. Look at him as a man. Our dear christian experience, John Stevens was brother was a strictly moral man. His rich, deep, and great.

character was blemished with no partiIII.-The anticipated honor. "Hence- cular stain. He was exceedingly kind, forth there is laid up for me a crown of and had great generosity in his feelings; righteousness,' &c. You are aware that and his kindness to his poor chrisitan this is a figurative, and not a literal ex- | brethren shall only be known at the last pression. Not a natural crown, but a day, when all secrets shall be revealed. crown of glory. It was that with which 2 As a christian. Our brother was Paul was crowned. Our brother Stevens a humble christian; and his lost estate is crowned; and are not all saints was a burden to him. Frequently was crowned? Yes; Paul says, and not me he broken down before God in self-abaseonly, but unto all them also that love his ment. He was a man of what I should appearing.' A crown means to come to call rich and deep experience. an honourable finish. Hence, the Psalm- 3. As a minister. Here I would say ist “Thou crownest the year with thy good- he was greatly gifted. He was sound in ness. Yes! in the joys of heaven, all the gospel. His ministry was serious. the troubles and cares of John Stevens No jokes-nothing laughable—but solid. are terminated. But of this crown I can I will tell you why I loved John Stevens. say but little, as I have never been to | It was not beeause of the greatness of heaven. This I know, that though I am his ministry; not the vast expanse of not so great a man as John Stevens was, his grasping mind; but his deep devotion yet my crown shall be as bright, and my in connection with his firm adħerence to harp as tuneful.

the truths of the gospel. I now give you a short extract of his His end was peaceful and happy. There progress, life, and death.

were no clouds hovering over his mind He was born at Hardwinckle, in during the ten last days that he was conNorthamptonshire, seventy-one years ago fined to his bed. On one occasion he last June. He attended the parish broke out with the lines of that hymn, church under the ministry of Dr. Hawes. exclaimingThe Dr. was made useful to him in pe-1

'I shall behold his face,' netrating his heart, when he was about fifteen years of age. When the family | Adding, 'All the glory; all the glory;


all the glory shall be thine. The even- , between these three as your late pastor. ing before he died, he poured out his Between that of Adam's and the circumheart in prayer for the church and for stantial system; I mean that of Abrahimself. His son was astonished at the ham's, and that order of things in which sublimity of his language, and the great- a greater than Abraham stands; I mean, ness of his mind when pouring out his that economy of salvation in which heart unto God, not long before he Christ is the head and reigning King, died.”

The system in our text evidently shews Mr. Murrell then addressed, respect- us a system of truth--substitutionary ively, the widow, children, and friends of responsibility. In this economy, we the deceased, as also the church, and consider every thing as being given. “I concluded by saying that they ought to will be their God; and they ishall be my be thankful that they had his labours so people.' I shall never forget one senlong.

tence which I heard our brother Stevens About six years ago, Mr. Stevens was use. He said, “Love, blood, and power supposed to be on his dying bed, when will people the heavens with all that God Mr. Murrell visited him; and on Mr. has designed to be saved, in spite of opMurrell asking him what was the state position and hostilities. Now, the quesof his mind, he replied you can read it in tion is, does God expect man to earn those two hymns :

these things; or is it by God's free will ? “ A poor, weak, and worthless worm,

It is by Christ, in Christ, and through On thy kind arms I fall;

Christ. When God says, “I will give Be thou my strength and righteousness, my sheep life ;' does not this imply that My Jesus and my all."

he gives all things connected with it? If The other composed by Dr. Hawes, and

a man has two shillings given him, which sung during the morning's service, was, lin,

he has first earned, it cannot be called

was, I imputation. 'Tis not of human works, “Oh, Jesus to tell of thy love," &c. else the word imputation is done away The service over, the choir of the with. chapel sung Pope's Ode, or Vital, Spark:/ II. A personal case stated. This and the congregation separated.

was Abraham's personal case. This was our departed brother's case ; and it is

every believer's case. Whatever might EVENING SERVICE.

be said by opponents of our departed Long before the time annointed for brother, he was not saved by a faith of service to commence, the avenues lead

head his own weaving. It would be much ing to the chapel were thronged; and

and better if there were less judgment, and numbers found it impossible even to ob- more truth proclaimed. God himself tain standing room. After Mr. Fore

will judge. man had made the few preliminary re

| When we are asked, “Who is it that is marks given in a previous page, he read

to people heaven ? " Why, the whole for his text Gen. xv. 6.:

election of grace. And no one else ? » “And he believed in the Lord, and he voú say. I know some say so; but I do

No, not one. That is a cruel doctrine,' counted it to him for righteousness.”

not think so; or else I should never have You will find these words cited in the thought anything about God's salvation. fourth of Romans, the third of Galatians, If electing love is that which will emand in the second epistle of James. You brace the election of grace, the next quessay that this referred to Abraham, and tion is, what the sign of interest in this can have no reference to our departed be, and what the cause. Well, the text brother ; I consider that Abraham was tells us. The it must be looked at. Was only what grace had made him, and our it Abraham's believing, think ye? No; brother Stevens was no less. The words I should say not; for believing is impresent to us,

puted unto us; that is, a believing, or First.-An evident system of truth; giving God credit. Did our Brother beand,

lieve this ? Did he not? Some will say, Secondly.-A personal case stated. no: but where will you prove it? I can

If we look into the word of God, we see nothing to prove that he did not ; find three distinct systems stated. Very but plenty to prove that he did. few ministers so clearly distinguished Now, whatever a man is led to see, he sees it for himself, and not for another. | I heard the voice cry loudly, “ JOHN! I may look upon another man's property, " Thy time is up, thy work is done ; yet I must not call it mine. He believ- “ Thou hast fought the fight, and gain'd ed, and the Lord counted it to him for the prize, righteousness.' We now look at the text I " Take thy reward in yonder skies. as relating to our brother Stevens. Our brother could look for nothing in him

“ Receive a crown prepar'd of old, self, but all in Christ. Oh, how sweetly

“In value more than worlds untoid, have I heard him speak on this point.

A crown that ne'er will fade away, He has stood fifty-three years in the min “ Wear it, dear John, to endless day! istry—a great while. He has lived many

“ Take, thou, thy rest : from labour cease; years in God's providence without wa

“ Thy works shall follow ; dwell in peace; vering. He believed God and there

“ Afflictions sore, no more assail, fore spoke ; and it's an awful thing when

“ Thine own, nor others' deeds bewail, a man preaches a gospel which he does not believe ; but which he hates; when “ Thy charge, o’er which thou didst he preaches it for filthy lucre--for a bit preside; of bread.

" Leave that to Me ; I will provide ; Mr. Foreman here spoke of what Mr. “ I'm— Son of God, the Paschal Lamb,' Stevens believed ; citing portions of ser “ The First, the Last, the great, I Am ! mons, which he, (Mr. Foreman) had heard Mr. Stevens preach, to prove what

“ When on the earth, that charge was he said to be correct: Mr. Foreman thine, said that the first time he heard his bro-“ F'en then, and now, that charge is mine, ther Stevens, he went fourteen miles so " I bought it with the price of blood, to do. His text was, “I will let, and who “ I'll bring it safe to heaven and God.” shall hinder' He said, "God is in one mind, he'll not do what he can, but what

Then let the church her cause commit, he will.' So he preached; and so he

To God, and to his ways submit; believed. Thus (Mr. F. continued) I

Their voices all harmonious swell, have stated the points he believed from

| That Jesus orders all things well. personal acquaintance, and what I heard Join'd to a living vital head, him say was made manifest both in Our pastor lives, though he is dead. his life and public ministry. Christ Hous'd in the mansions of the blest. made all and in all was the foundation of Nigh to his Lord he finds his rest. my brother's standing. He believed there was a future inheritance, and it was ac- Steady his counsel here below, counted unto him for righteousness. True to his post, the truth to shew;

Altogether, Mr. Foreman's was a very Mighty in prayer he did prevail, solemn discourse; and at the conclusion The truth was fasten'd like a nail. many declared that it was one of the grandest sermons that John Foreman What multitudes with warmth attest, ever preached.

That to their souls the word was blest; At the close of the service the choir of Within the banquet house they sat, the chapel sung, with solemn effect, | The feast was marrow, rich, and fat. “Happy soul! thy days are ended."

Endow'd with gifts, inspir'd with grace,

| Clearly he taught the things of grace, The Voice from Heaven,

Distinguish'd well, the scheme of truth,

Train'd up disciples from their youth. VERSES ON THE DECEASE OF THAT LATE | His darling theme was JESUS CHRIST!

GREAT MASTER IN ISRAEL, His person, love, and sacrifice;
MR. JOHN STEVENS, BY ONE OF THE Preach'd him above, below the fall,
OLDEST MEMBERS OF SALEM CHAPEL. He preach'd him as the all in all.

I heard a voice from heaven cry,
“Write, blessed are the dead,
“ The dead that in the Lord do die,”
May satan, death, and hell defy.

Up hill, down dale, Christ was his tale,
Nor dare he offer him for sale ;
Not all the world this Christ could buy,
He gives himself to justify.

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