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eight years of age he was stouter in But, fearing I shall trespass upon his limbs and body than most ordinary your space, I conclude with Christian men; and so much curiosity did he love to all who love our Lord Jesus excite, that he was carried about the Christ in sincerity. country for a show, and by those

PHILIP DICKERSON. means he accumulated a decent sum of money, by which he was able to live comfortably. This, to the poor

MY DEAR OLD PEW. man, was a great blessing, as his unwieldly size prevented him from doing OUR chapel has been altered intermuch; besides, his health was always nally and externally, improved, beaufeeble. Who would have thought tified, reseated. The old-fashioned that God intended, by this man, to pews have been removed and seats of raise a house for his worship? Well a more modern form of construction might the poet exclaim :

put in their place. Everybody says

the alterations are really improve“God moves in mysterious way, His wonders to perform.”

ments; still as regards myself there

is such a long string of hallowed About the time our cottage was remembrances conneeted with that opened for preaching, this man was pew where I sat so many years, that brought to seek the Lord, and con- at times a sigh of regret arises at the stantly worshipped with us: indeed thought of its removal. Our chapel he principally led our singing. But was opened in the year 1827, my pew his religious career was soon run: he recollections

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back as far as 1835, was called to his rest. But in view and I shall give them as follows:of his end he made his will, and be- In that year a poor motherless girl queathed fifty pounds towards the was present on a baptizing occasion, a erection of a chapel. This was the lady who occupied à seat in a small first practical effort for that object, pew near the baptistry, permitted her and was the means of calling forth the to sit by her side for the purpose of a action of others. A gentleman offered better view of the administration of a piece of ground for a site, other do- the solemn ordinance. A memorable nations followed, and hence sprung up night it was for the young spectator, the chapel on Waldringfield Heath, for when the candidates appeared, where the Gospel has been preached almighty power arrested her heart, for above half a century. A church impressing her thus: " These are consisting of from sixty to seventy washed in the blood of God's dear Son meinbers, have worshipped; and, of and will be gathered into His king; this Church, the pious mother and dom, while your guilty soul is ruined eldest sister of the writer belonged and shelterless.” Tears more than before they were called away to join words manifested the feeling induced that other part of the redeemed family by these solemn thoughts. In a few who have crossed the flood.”

days after this a voyage by sea had to In this chapel an excellent Sunday be undertaken by this awakened School has for many years been held, mourner, and after a few hours travelwhich our gracious God has at various ling a heavy storm arose and raged times deigned to bless by the out- until the vessel was seriously damaged. pouring of his Spirit. To the anni- None but those who in like manner versaries of this school the writer has have been ready to perish, can conoften gone since his residence in Lon- ceive of the solemnities of that hour, don. The last visit he paid to Wal- but mercifully all the passengers were dringfield was on the Whit-Tuesday saved. And when the good Mrs. W., of 1867. Then our hearts were cheered the lady above referred to, heard of by hearing that several of the Sunday the escape of her young friend from scholars had that year been called by the wreck, she exclaimed, " Ah, she grace, and added to the church.

could not be drowned, for she is to

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live and taste of the mercy of the Lord,” and her words were graciously verified. Her memory is dear, for we loved her and the hallowed spot in which she sat to worship her God and listen to the gospel of His grace during her last days on earth.

After her removal to glory another dear disciple occupied the seat whu was a true daughter of Jerusalem ; righteousness was seen in her walk and peacefulness characterized her spirit. She died also in a good old age. A little later on we were joined in our seat by a Christian brother with whom we had long taken sweet counsel in the things of God. He was a real Mr. Fearing, the reality of whose religion no one doubted but himself. Still pursuing, hoping, waiting, much afflicted, yet often tasting that the Lord was gracious, even to him. At the last interview we had with him before he slept in Jesus, with upraised hands he spoke sweetly of the great mercy of the Lord.

For many years another poor man waited before God in that pew, and there he learned the plan of salvation and heard much of the sweet name of the Lord. And when by great afflicţion he was brought near to death, his heart melted like wax under the influence of sovereign mercy. He prayed earnestly, and we believe that the gracious Father of every contrite spirit heard his groaning and answered his crying; for with his broken, dying voice, he sung aloud, “ Crown Him Lord of all; wonders of grace to God belong !”

The next one who sat with us was one who in the days of his youth had been blessed under the sound of the gospel at Surrey Chapel. As he advanced in life he learned to value the doctrines of distinguishing grace, and was a hearer. and admirer of the class of preachers who give prominence in their ministrations to those doctrines, for over 60 years. He was favoured to hear Dr. Hawker on his visits to London, and for some years sat under the rich ministry of Samuel Eyles Pierce, in Shoe-lane, where he was baptized. Many years he attended

the week-night lecture of Mr. Irons, at Jewin Crescent, and often spoke of the precious seasons he enjoyed under the word as dispensed by those eminent men of God. For a while he was a a member with the late John Andrew Jones, but removing westward he cast in his lot with us under the ministry of our late beloved pastor, which he greatly valued, about 30 years ago. The valuable instruction he had received had greatly ennobled his mind, the untold glories of his precious Christ were the delight of his sanctified soul and the theme of his conversation. As a saint he was clothed with humility, his death was a blessed one, and with his dying breath he implored the divine blessing upon us. The place he had occupied in our pew was afterwards frequently occupied by one who had been his companion and friend, more or less, almost from their starting in life. This friend highly appreciated our pastor's ministry and much enjoyed occasional visits to our Zion; his regular place of worship was at the east end of the town and his residence in the city. About two days before his death we paid him à visit, when he said, with many tears, My path here has been through much tribulation, but I am satisfied it has been the right way to the kingdom of God according to his unerring word, I enjoy

solid peace, Jesus has put my sins away.He was baptized by good old Mr. Lucombe, of the Cityroad, and had followed the Lord about 43 years, not having been called by grace until about the middle of life. And then once more, after sad bereavements, the gap was filled up among us by the presence of one who was born in a foreign land, but had long been made by divine grace, a fellow-citizen with the saints and of the household of God. Seven short years passed away and the dearlyloved foster father, the affectionate indulgent husband, the kindly-spirited neighbour, and sincere Christian, fell asleep. Of the under-shepherd who fed them we may say :“ His lips are closed in silence, hence no more, The Gospel sound to bless the contrite poor.".

But the mantle of Elijah has fallen on a much-loved Elisha; the well-filled sanctuary is greatly beautified, but

still I do sometimes drop a tear at remembrances connected with my dear

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old pew.

In Remoriamy.

from above, could not be " choked by the cares of this world,” and he was actively employed in Christian service during the whole of his spare time. He preached much in workhouses, being a member of a society which had been formed for that special purpose; and, in addition, had become the superintendent of the Sundayschool in which he was once a scholar.

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MR. M. MURPHY. MR. MURPHY, the highly-esteemed and valued secretary of the Aged Pilgrims' Friend Society, was doubtless well known to many of the readers of the Gospel Herald. By his zeal and ability in the discharge of his duties, the society, during his tenure of office, made great progress; the expenditure in pensions in 1863, when his secretaryship commenced, being £2,711, and now it has advanced to an annual sum of more than £5,800. His high Christian character and unfailing geniality had also endeared him to a large circle of friends.

He was born in the year 1812, in the neighbourhood of Holborn, and dated his earliest religious impressions from Sabbath-school instruction, a department of Christian work of which he was ever afterwards a warm supporter.

His“ spiritual birth-place”—to use his own words, was Fetter-lane Chapel, then under the pastoral care of Mr. George Burder, the well-known author of the “ Village Sermons.” He was succeeded in the pastorate by Mr. Caleb Morris, a minister of great intellectual power, but of very weak health. Mr. Murphy derived great spiritual blessing from the ministrations of Mr. Morris, and during this time began to speak in public at one or two village mission stations. One of his earliest friends, and the one who first led him to speak, was an Independent minister, named Whitehead, who afterwards became a Strict Baptist, and settled at Hertford. Our friend's labours at this time were very heavy, for he had to apply himself steadily to business, and the hours were very long. His love to his Master, however, having been kindled

ness with which he had been so long connected (that of a wholesale confectioner on Holborn-hill), and he removed to Finchley, becoming an active member of the Independent church there. The cottage services which ho instituted were made a great spiritual blessing; and our dear friend often had the gratification in after years of hearing that “such an one had been born there." These labours, we must remember, were carried on by one who, during the greater part of each week, was occupied in travelling long distances from his home; but his greatest joy was in his Master's service. In 1851 he joined the committee of the Aged Pilgrims' Friend Society, our friend, Mr. Bland, cordially recommending him for the position. Circumstances necessitated his withdrawal from his business, and in 1862, on the death of Mr. Box, he was appointed secretary of the society. He then removed to Canonbury, and joined the Independent Church worshipping at Harecourt Chapel. He was soon after chosen a deacon and evangelist, one of the mission stations being committed to his charge. This work was very dear to him, and when afflictions came upon him it was his most costly sacrifice to his heavenly Father's will. He was greatly beloved by the poor people amongst whom he, laboured, and was often found by the

bed-side of the sick and dying. One by the Society which he loved so well. trait in the character of our dear friend His work on earth is, however, ended ; should be mentioned, and that was his and to him, we doubt not, as a sinner invincible objection to Sunday travel- saved by grace, has been given the ling: He invariably walked from his welcome, “Well done, good and faithresidence at Stoke Newingion to his ful servant, enter thou into the joy of mission in Clerkenwell; refraining. thy Lord.” from riding, not from Jewish scruples,

J. E. H. but from Christian principles. During his early days he experienced very deep family trials; but by God's grace

MRS. HARRIET SQUIRRELL. he came forth from the furnace, with love for his Heavenly Father deep- DEPARTED this life, 30th March, ened, and full of sympathy with the 1880, Mrs. Harriet Squirrell, of 47, sorrows of others. In June last he Margaret-street, Cavendish - square. was laid aside from all work through Born at Bildeston, Suffolk, September that illness which terminated in his 29th, 1804. death. He bore intense suffering From the reminiscences of her early most patiently, in full consciousness days, which she loved to recall, we that it was his Father's hand. In gather that she had a happy childSeptember his beloved wife was taken hood, and was especially fond of the to the better land; and though he aged and infirm, to whom it was ever felt the loss keenly, he expressed a her delight to minister in many little belief that he should not be long after acts of kindness; indeed, this disposiher. In the early part of March it tion was manifest all through her was evident that his life was ap- life; and, although having the cares proaching its end. He told his pastor of business and a family, she was that he had no desire to live any always ready to visit and help those longer. But the summons did not in sickness and distress, never concome till the 29th. During his last sulting her own ease and comfort. days he responded to his favourite She was a devoted and loving sister hymns and scriptures when they and mother, and, as a friend, many were quoted to him, but his weak- since her death have said to the ness prevented him from speaking writer, “I have lost my best and

He was interred in Abney truest friend.” Park Cemetery, on April 3rd, a large From her quiet village home in number of friends, including a depu- Suffolk she came to London, and tation from the committee of the entered a large drapery establishment society, being present to pay their in the city, where, by her integrity, last tribute of respect. A friend who industry and perseverance she atknew him well writes, “I always tained a ood position; some bitter garded him as a kind and zealous trials came in her way, but she passed Christian gentleman. His loss will honourably through them all. She be widely felt. His painful affliction has often remarked the loving Proviis over now; and who can tell but dence that watched over her, by a that it may serve to enhance the per- Christian friend being raised up to fect peace and healing rest of the counsel and advise. Though some“land of_pure delights.". Another times tempted to join the pleasure writes, “I can speak in the highest party on the Sabbath, it was not her terms of Mr. Murphy as a Christian,

taste. The house of her employer and should be glad if more like him was the resort of good and honoured composed our Nonconformist churches ministers, belonging to the Indepen--they would be more Christly in their dent denomination, and her favourite features, I am persuaded.”

recreation was to go and hear all the He will be deeply missed by those great preachers, and, always being an who were near and dear to him, and early riser, frequently went at 70'clock

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After her marriage she lived at Stowmarket, where, with my father, she attended Mr. Isaac Lingley's ministry, whom she always respected. Afterwards removing to London, they went to Mr. Stevens' Meard's-court. Her husband decided to leave Salem in 1851, when, about that time, Mr. John Bloomfield was invited to the pastorate, and preaching from Romans 8 i., “ There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus,” she found peace and joy, and determined to join the church. She was a practical rather than a talking Christian; her place was seldom empty. She joined the church, 1852, and remained at Salem till 1867, when she became a member at Blandford-street, where her son-in-law, Mr. Towell, was then pastor. At the dissolution of that

church, she was re-admitted to Salom, where she remained till it was given up, when, with several others, she joined Soho Chapel, Oxford-street, under the pastorate of Mr. Box.

She had been ailing for some time, when, on the morning of Good Friday last, she was suddenly attacked with paralysis, losing speech and consciousness, and, in that state, she remained till the following Tuesday morning, when she peacefully passed away to be at rest.

Her mortal remains were interred at Highgate, with her husband's, who had died in 1867. On the following Sabbath evening, Mr. Box improved the event from the words of the Psalmist, “My flesh and my heart faileth : but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever." After which we sat down to the table of the Lord.

PLEASANCE M. SQUIRRELL.

The Gospel Bield.

“Preach the gospel to every creature; lo, I am with you alway."

STRIOT BAPTIST MISSION.

St. Thomas' Mount. Our Superintendent, Br. Doll, writing March 5th, says of this station that, “The assistants are making themselves useful in outdoor village preaching, and hundreds may now be expected to hear the gospel regularly. Under the Divine blessing we may hope for larger results. This refers to the two native brethren, John Jacob and Vencatasawmy, school teachers, somewhat recently appointed, who assist Br. Noble in the work of outdoor preaching, and are proving themselves to be zealous and faithful men. Vencatasawmy's wife, Rachel, acts as Bible woman, and is doing good work among the caste women and their families. She visits their homes, reads the Scriptures, and explains them to the mothers and their children. A caste school has been estabLished, which is held in Rachel's house

daily from 2 to 5, the time being occupied as follows: 1 hour sewing, 1 hour for Tamil, 1 hour for Telugu

From Vencatasawmy's tabulated report for February I noted as follows: places preached at 34, miles travelled 42, peopled preached to 972, bazaars visited 6. Cottage prayer-meetings have been recently commenced, and are held by rotation in the houses of the Church members. The day school at Bullock Lines is doing satisfactorily, the teacher David is working with zeal; there are 50 children on the roll. The school at Nazareth-pooram is still in a low state : have visited this station three times during the month and inspected the schools. A number of the children were on the sick list."

Br. Noble in his report for February, says :—"By the blessing of our covenant God, myself and assist: ants have been preserved in health

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