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about the close of 1824. We extract grand-children! being, as I heard the the following account of the consecra- little ones joyfully relate, “the savings of tion from “ The Living and the Dead.” our pocket-money towards grandpapa's
To this hour I remember the effect-and church.” The plate for the communion, I question whether aught but the chilling was presented by the Archdeacon; and approach of death will efface it from my
there is a fact connected with it so emblemrecullection-which the Archdeacon's air atic of his simplicity of heart, and to my and manner produced upon me the last mind so expressive of his character, that I time I ever saw him officiate. It was at cannot forbear recording it. Some months the consecration of his church at Rode. I previous to the completion of Rode church, all it his church, because to his influence- its indefatigable supporter was so severely to his exertions—to his judicious and un
attacked with illness that his recovery was bounded liberality, it owes its existence ; deemed hopeless. Acquainted with the because it was embellished by his taste ;
opinion of his medical men, and perfectly and cornpleted under his constant and un- coinciding in it, he calmly and steadily wearied superintendence. The expression
betook himself to settle his affairs, and of countenance as he accompanied the especially every particular relating to his bishop up the aisle, repeating the consecra
church. “Let the communion vessels," tion service—those who witnessed, will
said he to his old friend Mr. Hey, “be ever remember, though they cannot de
as handsome as can be made--but plated. seribe. Joy-gratitude-humility-devo
I have always condemned those who have tion—all were imaged forth in that dark placed unnecessary temptations in the path and full beaming eye. It told of difficulties
of their fellow mortals; and I am earnest surmounted- of obstacles overcome - of
that the last act of my life should hold out holy triumph—of heaven in view. Nor to others no inducement to sin." was the scene subsequently, at the altar,
The Archdeacon afterwards built a less imposing. There stood prominently before it three venerable figures, whose
manse for the minister, in the same
Gothic style; expending altogether united ages could not fall short of two hundred and forty years. The Bishop of
upon these pious works between Salisbury, bending under the pressure of
4 and 50001. exclusive of about 30001. age and infirmity, occupied the foreground.
which were subscribed towards it. On the right was Dr. Daubeny, on whose The duty of this church seemed to erect and manly form time seemed hardly be a fresh stimulus to his exertions, to have dared to lay his withering hand; frequently officiating in it, although on the left, the Vicar of Steeple Ashton, distant nearly four miles from Bradley. #bose tottering gait and silver locks bore His health was of late much improved, cut the assertion that he was verging on his and his mind actively employed in ninetieth year. Around them were to be
writing his Charge, and preparing his seen in clustering attendance, the junior
two last works for the press. The dergy, with whose glowing countenances
Archdeacon entered on his last visiand youthful figures, these aged dignitaries formed an affecting contrast. They had
tation, accompanied by his son-in-law, nearly finished their course on time's event
with great alacrity and cheerfulness. fal journey; with the others, it was just
The day after he delivered his Charge begun.
the following insertion appeared in the The church is a perfect picture. Built Devizes Gazette : in the most beautiful style of Gothic archi- The Venerable the Archdeacon of Sarum tecture on the summit of a hill—in the yesterday held his visitation at Salisbury. midst of the most enchanting landscape- His charge was listened to with the warmlooking down with an air of protection est emotions of admiration; it embodied upon the hamlet that is scattered at irre- every thing relative to the times; it was gular intervals below it-and completely decided but benevolent. “Mercy and isolated from every other object--it forms truth met together, righteousness and peace a feature on which the eye of the most embraced each other.” When we beheld fastidious critic may repose with transport. the man of fourscore years in the midst of Its cost is reputed to have exceeded ten his clergy, it recalled to our mind the day thousand pounds; of which the Archdeacon when the venerable patriarch, on the verge alone contributed three. “ It is my le- of eternity, was occupied in instructing and gacy," he said to me at Bradley, after the blessing his children. What a “crown of consecration was over, "to the Church of glory” is the hoary head, when moving in England.” The books for the reading the paths of righteousness. May those to desk are the gift of the Archdeacon's whom his admonitions were directed imi
tate liis apostoħc example, and the Church who dearly loved him; by his family will
appear fair as the morning, -bright especially, who daily saw him in full as the sun, and terrible to her enemies as
possession of his faculties, alive to an army with banners."
every call of duty and affection; by The three following days the Arch- all those it is deeply felt as a sad, an deacon visited at Hindon, Warminster, irreparable bereavement. But when and Melksham; and returned home in they recal the period of his former excellent health and spirits, and with- sickness; when his soul, at the exout experiencing the slightest fatigue. pected approach of death, was full of On the Sunday following he read the resignation, of hope, and immortality; communion service at his parish and know, that it was his own firm church in the morning, and preached conviction, that he was then raised up in the evening at Rode, Church, with to fulfil a blessed work, which has been his accustomed energy.
The next most happily completed, to the comfort morning he said he had passed an un- and joy of his heart; surely they quiet night, and soon after breakfast ought to derive their highest conso he retired to his room. In a short lation from the reflection, that this time his daughter was summoned, pious and upright man, like the “wise when she found him sitting by the virgins,” had long since “ trimmed his bed-side, apparently faint; but before lamp," he had noth
lamp," he had nothing more to do than she could call for assistance her vene- to obey the blessed call, and “ rable parent fell to the floor. Being to meet the Bridegroom.” raised in the arms of his children, ho It is now proper that we should say instantly recovered, and said, that he a few words respecting the Archwas seized with pain on his chest soon deacon's character. We say much, after he laid down, which he supposed but we speak safely when we affirm, that had caused his faintness. The pain he was a truly honest man. Possessed was relieved, and cheering hopes were of great firmness of mind, and the entertained that he would soon be as most ardent love of truth, he appeared usual. But, alas! the pain soon re
to have a natural aversion to every turned, and continued, with little in- thing mean or unworthy, and to determission, through the day. When spise all arts of flattery and obsequimost severe he turned to his daughter
Perhaps few persons, posand said, “I hope that I am not im- sessed of his mental and personal patient, but this pain is hard to bear; advantages, ever sought so little the I never felt any thing like it before." opinion or distinctions of the world. At another time he said, “My child, His reluctance to mix with the gay, I am giving you all a great deal of and his reserve towards strangers, was trouble." His hands were frequently often construed into pride, by those clasped and raised, and his lips moved. who knew little of his character; this, Once he was heard to say, in a sub- together with the natural firmness of dued tone, “Oh! might it, or may it,
his mind, rendered him unsuited to the please the Lord now to take me.” No world in general. It was the remark expression of impatience escaped him; of the pious and learned Mr. Jones, he took every remedy which was pre- of Nayland,“ that being quite right scribed, and at intervals conversed with stood more in a man's way than being his usual cheerfulness. His sufferings a good deal wrong." Thus the Archseemed considerably to abate, but still deacon was too orthodox, too upright, he appeared extremely restless. In too rigid in his notions of right and the evening, his medical attendant wrong, to associate generally with the coming in, he spoke to him cheerfully, world. His feelings were of the most but observed, that he thought the pain susceptible kind, which, added to a was increasing. Soon after he com- delicate and nervous frame of body, plained of sickness; and in a moment often painfully overpowered him, and closed his eyes, and sunk gently into caused him to suffer acutely under all the arms of his attendant.
domestic afflictions. His temper was Thus died this good and venerable quick, but free from the smallest tincman; so imperceptibly, that not a single ture of bitterness and moroseness; so struggle or sigh escaped him. By those much so, that if he was conscious of
hasty expressions, there was a return- forming one of his highest gratificaing flow of kindness which more than tions. His taste for drawing had been atoned for the momentary ebullition. early cultivated, and was productive of His disposition was open and generous; much pleasure and interest during his thinking no evil, he feared none ; and travels abroad: he painted in oils as his mind was so incapable of suspicion, well as in crayons. These light and as often to expose him to the arts of the elegant pursuits were however redesigning Casual observers some- signed for the graver studies of his times thought that the Archdeacon profession, and those pious labours as sparing in his expenses. True it which in after life wholly absorbed his is that he was frugal in his household time and thoughts. His piety was and personal expenditure; but the that of the heart, which seeks neither charge of penuriousness can never be display nor observation. It is only by levelled against a father, who, during a perusal of his daily journals, since bis lifetime, made all his children inde his decease, that even those who were pendent, providing most liberally for daily in the habit of conversing with them; while the many monuments of him have traced, to the full extent, his benevolence, especially within his the spiritual state of his affections, and own parish, (to which his contribu- his entire devotion of himself to the tions amounted to 15,0002.) and the service of his blessed Master. constant flow of his charities, speak The Archdeacon was so long and so sufficiently to prove, that whatever widely known to the world as Inight be gained by his virtuous self- author, that we do not think it necesdenial, was bountifully dealt out to sary to mention his literary merits here. wards the poor.
It was our intention to have given a In his daily habits and conversation, list of his publications, but we find there was no affectation of singularity, the series so long, commencing in no austerity of manners; he loved and 1776, and continuing till 1827, with promoted innocent pleasure. He was but short intervals, that we are coma great lover of music-sacred music pelled to deny ourselves that pleasure.
SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE.
(Bangor District Committee.--Extract from the Report.] Welsh SCRIPTURES.-At the foot of or consistently recommend them to apply this Report will be found a summary of for resolving of difficulties in doctrine, or the books sold during the last year. When for information on moral duties. compared with the summaries of former Steps have been taken by pious and years it may appear small, and in fact it active individuals in our Universities, and is so; the reason, however, is obvious. communications have passed between them This circumstance then arises from a cause and the 'respective Bishops of the Welsh xbich is of all others the most gratifying, Bees, towards the effecting this most denamely, that the wants of the lower orders, sirable work; and we are sanguine enough as they refer to books of the higher class, • to hope, that another year will not pass as Bibles, Testaments, and books of the before the Church of England in Wales Common Prayer, have been in a very great shall possess a commentary upon the measure, supplied. In reference to this Holy Scriptures which she may call her subject, however, we must be allowed to own; and thus command an advantage lament, that the poor of the Principality, which is now possessed by every sect of who can read the Scriptures only in their Christians not in communion with the native language, have not yet been sup- Establishment. Great, however, is the phed with a body of notes, or with any gratitude which individuals of every recommentary, upon the Word of God in ligious denomination owe to the Church of their own tongue, to which the pastor of England in this Principality. Through the Church of England can conscientiously the pious exertions of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, the Scrip. tures were disseminated at a time when no other society existed for the dissemination of them. From the year 1748 down to the year 1809, this country received a supply of Bibles and Testaments, amounting in all to 80,000 copies; and from the year 1812, when this Diocesan Committee was formed, down to the present year 1827, this diocese alone has received a supply of Bibles, Testaments, Prayer Books, and Religious Tracts, amounting to 64,411 copies, which, added to those distributed in the other dioceses of North and South Wales, will make an amount of about 30,000 books received from the stores of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. *
NATIONAL SCHOOLS. - The periodical examinations of the several national schools in this neighbourhood, and in the county of Anglesea, have taken place as usual. Eleven schools have been examined, which having been brought into competition with each other, have had the effect of shewing the advantages of the mode of national instruction, in those schools where due atten
tion has been paid by the respective masters; and has proved that the want of due results in others, is solely to be ascribed to the indifference of the master to the interests of his poorer scholars, and to the selfish feeling, which induces him to forward the views only of those who are not instructed gratuitously. To the superintending care of the Clergy, the committee looks with confidence; without this, the master who would do his duty, loses his best earthly reward; without this, the master who wishes to neglect his duty, sins unrestrained against the rising members of his Church, weakens the efficiency of the national system of instruction, and injures society at large. It is presumed also, that the Clergy, who assemble in such numbers at the periodical examinations of the children of their parishes, would feel their zeal was rewarded, could they obtain the attendance of the resident laity, at the examinations, as they now obtain their kind and liberal co-operation, in the general support of these institutions.
J. H. COTTON,
SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE AND
SOCIETY FOR PROPAGATING THE GOSPEL.
Newcastle-upon-Tyne District Committees. We have received, with much plea- sures which were adopted by the vicar sure, an account of the first exertions and his clergy. They issued a brief which have been made in this large but sufficient statement of the designs and important district in behalf of these of these Institutions, and earnestly venerable Societies. We believe, on a appealed to the hearts and consciences former occasion, we noticed this town, of their parishioners to discharge a among many others, as being deficient plain and positive duty. This docuin zeal in supporting the great and ment was attested by the signatures of Christian cause of providing for the all the clergy of the town, that nothing spiritual wants of their poorer brethren might appear wanting to insure it at home, and of converting the un- proper attention. Soon after, on the enlightened heathen. Believing that 25th of November last, two Sermons this deficiency arose mainly from a were preached in two of the churches, want of knowledge - a proper con- one in the morning by the Rev. J. B. ception of the nature and objects of Sumner, and the other in the afternoon the Societies,—we commend the mea- by the Rev. W. S. Gilly, names too
well known to need any addition. The “ A translation of Bishop Blomfield's churches were crowded to excess, and Manual of Family Prayers into Welsh has it is calculated that not less than 5000 beed adopted, upon the recommendation of some of the Prelates more immediately
persons were present; so dense indeed connected with the Principality; and in
was the mass, that the attempt to make
a collection in the churches was much order to secure greater correctness in the printing, arrangements have been made
hindered, and the plan of holding for printing this and other Welsh Books plates at the doors appears not to have in Wales.”—Extract from the Report of been adopted. On the following day the Society for Promoting Christian Know
a Public Meeting was held to estaledge for 1827.
blish a District Committee, and further
to invite the attention and contribu- admits the right of private judgment; tions of the public. TheVicar of New but she knows also, that it is her duty Castle was called to the chair, and he to remind her people, " that they are stated that the Bishop of the Diocese morally accountable for the exercise was prevented filling that situation by of that right.” (Bp. Kaye.) numerous engagements. In addition We regret that we must now be to all the Clergy of the District, and more particular in our remarks, for we the Rer. Messrs. Sumner and Gilly, the must advert to the following passage, Rev. Thomas Gisborne, and the Rev. which we find in the reported speech of John Sandford lately preferred by the the Rev. Thomas Gisborne :Bishop of the Diocese to the Vicarage The doctrine of Christ was universal of Chillingham, and a few laymen, took love ; and for the sake of Christ we ought their stations on the platform.
to support all institutions that have for their Before we proceed to give an ac- purpose the extension of his kingdom. It count of many excellent and interest- had been stated, early in the day, that the ing speeches which were delivered, we
different religious societies all tended to the feel compelled to state the impression
same result- to effect one common object, received by the perusal of some of
the knowledge of salvation by the Lord
Jesus Christ. In corroboration of this them. The speakers appear to us not unity of purpose, he was happy to state, to have sufficiently considered the pe
that the two old Church of England Soculiar and distinctive character of the cieties, and the Bible Society, and the Societies whose cause they advocated. Church Missionary Society, had each conDo not the members of the Church of tributed 50001, towards the erection and England believe, that within her pale endowment of Bishop's College, in Cal" the purest form of communion is cutta, to instruct a Christian priesthood, found, and the best external means are and furnish native missionaries for our provided, for worshipping the Father immense empire in India. in spirit and in truth?" (Bp. Sumner.) The inference that we draw from Should it not, then, be the endeavour these words is this, that it is the duty of every honest churchman, by all the of Christians to support alike all instimeans in his power, yet in the spirit of tutions which have a religious object; love, to extend the influence of his and to give an example, that it is the church? Do not, therefore, the vene- duty of churchmen to subscribe to rable Societies we have mentioned, de- both the Society for the Propagation serve especial praise, because such is of the Gospel and the Society for their grand and leading object? Are Missions to Africa and the East, comthey not to be commended, because monly called the Church Missionary they strive to disseminate the Gospel Society. If this be the meaning of truth in all sincerity, yet with those the Rev. Gentleman, does it not informs and ordinances of grace which volve a serious charge against those the Church of England deems highly members of our church who give their expedient and of apostolic origin? support to one Society only? Viewing Our church holds that the Bible, with it in this light, we shall shortly state out note or comment, contains all that our reasons for thinking that a churchis necessary for man to believe and
man may honestly confine his contripractise; yet being firmly persuaded, butions to one. Suppose he can afford that her polity is well fitted to advance to give four guineas annually towards the glory of God and the salvation of missionary objects. Mr. Gisborne sinners, that her comments explain and would perhaps say, Give two to one, illustrate and enforce the sacred text, and the same to the other. Our advice she honestly and fairly, through the would be, examine the constitution, medium of these institutions, invites enquire into the present state of each others to walk in that way, which she Society, and that which you judge the knows to be safe. Hence she scruples safest and the best, that support with not to send out with the Bible her most all your means. It is not enough that evangelical commentary, the Book of a society has a religious object; with Common Prayer, and adds tracts and what success, and in what manner is exhortations, written in conformity that object pursued? We confess we with her doctrines. Our church fully prefer the Society for the Propagation