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who died at Broughton, in Hampshire, / give a tone of sadness to them, and September 10th, 1769, at the age of her song is more that of the night80; having preached there to one con- ingale than of the midday soaring gregation 60 years, first occasionally lark; very tender and sweet, but not as a deacon for 30 years, and then as so joyous and exultant as that of some their pastor, 30 more.
His uncle, others of the sweet singers of our Mr. Henry Steele, had previously Zion. Her melody is in happy accord been pastor 40 years over the same with the former part of 1 Peter i. 8, church, which is one of the oldest “ Whom having not seen ye love,” but Baptist churches in the country, does not quite reach in its notes to the dating its origin from the year 1656 ; "joy unspeakable and full of glory' being from the days of Oliver Crom- of the latter part of that most precious well, under whose enlightened rule
Her hymns express the faith for a brief
of that period, men of admiring affection, earnest desire could unite in visible fellowship with- and humble reliance, but not that of out fear of being hunted to prison or confident rejoicing and strong assuto death for so doing.
She was favoured, however, Miss Steele was born in 1716, and to realise the triumph of faith in her died in November, 1778. Her life, dying chamber, and her beautiful although its surroundings were in hymns, written under the tender many respects of the happiest kind, chastenings of her loving Heavenly both providentially and spiritually, Father's hand, have been, and will one
of much suffering and continue to be, a comfort, a solace, some heavy sorrows. She was the and a valued vehicle of worship to subject of very delicate and enfeebled many thousands of the living in Jeruhealth from her youth, and frequently salem; for nearly all evangelical a sufferer in her sick room from the hymnals contain some of them. The effect of an accident that occurred to following are among the most freher in her childhood. Her betrothed was quently met with :drowned whilst bathing, on the very “ And did the holy and the just." eve of their intended wedding, and the death of her father, to whom she was
“Come, ye that love the Saviour's name." devotedly attached, was a severe trial “Dear refuge of my weary soul.” to her. For some years prior to her “Father of mercies, in thy word.” own decease she was confined to her
“He lives, the great Redeemer lives." chamber, her body often racked by pains, but her mind full of peace and
" Jesus, in thy transporting name.” holy joy; and with the words, “I
"O for a sweet inspiring ray.” know that my Redeemer liveth
Stretched on the cross the Saviour dies." her dying lips, she gently fell asleep These, with the hymn given above in Jesus, at the age of 61.
and a few others, are included in The hymn given above is not one of
Stevens' Selection. those written by her that most fre- The whole number of her poetic effuquently find a place in our Selections,
sions comprises 144 hymns, 34 psalms, but it is quite equal to any of her and about 50 miscellaneous poems. other compositions, the best of which
The whole in one volume, may be are only second to those of Dr. Watts
obtained of Gordelier, 25, Devonshirein poetic excellence. In expressions road, Hackney, London. of fervent, adoring love to the Blessed
R. H. Saviour, and earnest desire to realise
sense of interest in Him, and fellowship with Him, they rise We are not worthy of the comfort quite to an equality with the most of our Saviour's presence, if we do admired of his. The circumstances not hasten, wherever we know He is, under which her hymns were written to enjoy it.
wife, which she filled humbly and unostentatiously, but with
rare and In an unfrequented part of the patient fidelity to the time of her county of Surrey, not far from Esher decease. and Claremont, lies the hamlet of For many years she was a great Claygate, familiar to the readers of sufferer, but always endured her pain these pages as the scene of the pasto- with fortitude, and even cheerfulness, rate of our brother, J. Woods, than remembering that it is "through whom few ministers of the gospel are much tribulation” that the eternal held in warmer Christian regard. His kingdom is reached by the heirs of little chapel is well attended, and glory. During the last sixteen encouraging results
his months, the malady from which she labours. We regret to record that he suffered—asthma-gradually increased has recently been called upon to part its hold upon her. Attendance twice with his beloved wife, concerning at the house of God on Sabbath days whom the following facts will, we are became an impossibility-and often be read with interest.
she was precluded altogether, which Our deceased sister was born on was the cause of great grief to her. March 10th, 1821, at Friston, in She was called home on Thursday, Suffolk. Her parents were godly, and December 23rd, 1880. Her dying early took her to the chapel, where utterances were calm and full of trust our venerable brother William Brown, in the merits of the dear Redeemer. who still occupies the pulpit, had re
“ Rock of Ages, cleft for me, cently commenced his ministrations.
Let me hide myself in Thee." To his influence, under the gracious and sovereign power of the Holy Was often on her lips. « Rock of Spirit, the rise of true religion in her Ages”-is it not beautiful ?
My soul is to be traced. Though she made dear,” observed her husband to her, no open profession for some time, she “I believe you are going to heaven. was early a lover of the house and Quietly, but with no hesitation, she people of God.
answered, “ Yes.” For her children In 1842 she was united to her now she had always evinced the most affecbereaved husband, and, for fourteentionate solicitude, and when they were years, resided with him in their native gathered round her bedside to say fareplace. In 1856, however, they were well, she entreated them not to negdirected in a remarkable manner to lect the house of God.
As they Claygate-a change which led to many watched and waited, she further said, sorrowful separations. Parting with "O Death, where is thy sting,” and a so many dear old Suffolk friends was strange bright look came upon her like rending their hearts asunder. countenance, which death did not To add to their sorrows there was no remove, for her coffined face wore it congenial place of worship near their to the last. The Master remembered new home, and they, indeed, felt as His promise. He came again, to restrangers in a strange land.
ceive His blood-bought disciple to In 1861 a chapel was built for the Himself, and His presence divested accommodation of a church of the dying of its terror. The disciple was faith and order they loved. Here, glad to see her Lord. Mrs. Woods was shortly after baptized; It was her dying wish that she and, on her husband's some time after might be interred by Mr. W. J. Styles, accepting the pastorate, she quietly of Keppel-street, who, accordingly, assumed the position of the pastor's ' attended on January 5th, for that pur
“Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.”
Doll still makes honourable mention STRICT BAPTIST MISSION.
of him, and high commendation of We have pleasure in again bring- his services. Secondly, the caste girls' ing the claims of the above mission school, ably conducted by Rachel, the before the notice of our readers; that wife of Vencatasawmy. Here the girls those who have been supporting it in were learning from their Telegu lesson the past may be encouraged, and that books, and some were busily engaged others who have not yet given it con- working with their needles and cotton, sideration, may be induced to do so. on pieces of print sent out from EngOur zealous brother Doll-our ap- land. The examiner states “I am pointed missionary at St. Thomas's happy to report, this school is doing Mount, Madras-is assiduously at well under Rachel's care and tuition. work. He labours hard for the cause Thirdly, the Nazarethpooram school, of Christ. May he be long spared to which sadly needs renovation. There prosecute the labours so near and dear
appears, according to the tabular reto his heart. He has his own little ceived, an
average attendance of church at Chintadrepettah to preach twenty-five. One day (the report for, and attend to its affairs; and he states).“ the place was so saturated still retains the honorary position of through the rain coming in, it was our Mission Superintendent. From found impossible to hold the school.” his recent reports it is recorded how, The committee would be gratified if in company with his two assistants- our friends here would enable them, by Jacob John, and Vencatasawmy-he their contributions, to erect these poor makes periodical visits to the villages people a suitable shed to meet in. It adjacent to Madras, preaching and is by securing the children in the day teaching Jesus Christ, and Him cruci- school, that we hope the teachings they fied; sometimes having to answer receive from the grand old Book on hard questions, and upon other occa- the Lord's day may be made a blessing sions to explainin the simplest way possi- to them, and that their hearts may be ble often (to us) absurd ideas of things ; inclined by the power of the Holy and we echo the words of our brother, Ghost to accept the word, which is “O may the Lord carry the words able to make them wise unto salvation. spoken into the hearts of these hearers.” Our sister Rachel is not only a teacher On other days we find our superin- of the day and Sunday-school at Bultendent visiting the schools, firstly, at lock Lines; but is engaged in Zenana Bullock Lines, and examining the work, already referred to in previous children in their spelling, dictation, issues. This is a branch of Christian and arithmetic; this school is under labour much to be encouraged; for it the care of teacher David, and Mr. is only by this means that houses can
be entered, and the poor spoken to about their soul's eternal welfare. Our superintendent desires to bring this part of our mission work prominently forward, and says: “This is an important branch of our work : it carries the message of love and mercy to the female inmates of caste Hindoo houses, closed to all but those of her own sex; by this means some of the caste women, whom I have frequently found putting out their heads from their houses to hear us while preaching, may be taught from God's word, and thus by the influence of His Spirit be brought out of nature's darkness into the blessed light of Christ's gospel." Will our friends enable the committee to instruct our superintendent to employ Christian women to aid in this branch of our work, and strengthen the hands of Rachel ? Our missionary at Poonamallee, Abel Michael, is still going from place to place preaching the truth, and distributing handbills of the word of life; an extract from his report states, “I went to Keelcharry, read a portion of scripture, and spoke of Christ; about fifteen men and women heard me very attentively; one man, a heathen, came near to me, and said,
that he was only waiting until his old mother died, to join himself to Christianity, and to be baptized.' Will our younger readers think of this ? and bless God they have no such hindrances to meet with in coming to confess the Lord, by walking in His divine and holy ordinances. Another'extract says," In two different villages, mentioning their long names, I addressed over 200 souls. A severe type of fever was raging in one of these places, and all the inhabitantsnearly—are victims to it. I spoke faithfully. One woman came near me, and received a handbill, saying with much apparent earnestness that she will become a Christian. The Lord knows her heart.” These extracts give an insight into our brother's work. But there is an earnest cry sent from India, that a co-worker should be engaged to assist at this
station. "The field,” says our correspondent,
os at Poonamallee is a very extensive one, and there is plenty of work for a second missionary." on Truly the harvest is plenteous, but the labourers are few."
At this place, also, a school is held by teacher Davabaranum, number on register 32, all belonging to non-caste, some paying fees. On Saturday mornings our missionary attends to teach them their Sunday lessons. Thus far our foreign missionary enterprise is being carried on, and will be, we trust, under the care and guidance of our covenant God, and by the increased supplications, sympathy, and support of our churches. To those who have helped in the past we would say, “Be not weary in well doing;" and to those who have not subscribed to our funds, we affectionately ask them to take to heart the following weighty and earnest appeal from Madras :- " We need more than ever the prayers of our churches, we need more agents, and
Brethren help brethren pray for us. Call upon other churches of ours, who have not yet joined the mission, to come forward to our assistance. May the Lord of the harvest influence their hearts. Ask pastors of our churches to preach on the subject, present it in their prayer meetings; and in every way interest our people in the work of our mission. Let them be reminded that the success of our mission depends on their cooperation with us, and we may confidently anticipate that with the blessing of our heavenly Father, good results may be realized by both people and missionaries."
We wish most particularly to call the attention of our readers to the state of our funds. According to our last year's balance sheet, it appears we expended during the twelve months £360 19s. 9d., and only received £289 16s., or, in other words, our expenditure exceeded, by £71 38. 9d., our income; this is an important fact : it speaks for itself, and needs no comment. Do, dear friends, think on it, and help us by your contributions
We crave for many more annual sub- and, in February, 1875, I was required scribers, so that we might better judge to remove to another field of labour, of our financial position; but sub- or to leave the society's service. Negoscriptions or donations of
amount tiations in the matter ended in my will be most gladly received and taking the latter course, not without acknowledged by the financial secre- much struggle and pain on my part. tary, Mr. Josiah Briscoe. Last year's I could not see how I could carry on report with list of subscribers, trea- the blessed work of the Lord in any surer's statement, list of officers and other way than I had done. At this committee, also an account of the crisis, the ten who were then in fellowannual meeting, held in November ship as a church resolved to pay the last, will be sent to any address, post rent of our meeting-house; as, also, free, upon application to either of the for a room where my dear wife and honorary secretaries, Mr. J. Briscoe, myself might reside; for our other 17, Arlington-square, Islington, N.; necessities, I trusted to the Lord, that or Mr. Thomas L. Wakelin, 2, Inker- He would supply our wants. By the man-road, Kentish Town, N.W.
end of that year I had baptized in The secretaries will also be pleased Pesth and its vicinity on a profession to furnish any superintendent of our
of their faith, thirty-two persons.” Sunday-schools with collecting cards Other interesting particulars are for securing quarterly subscribers, or given, which show that sin dark otherwise, through the instrumentality benighted Hungary" the gospel of of the members of senior and Bible light and truth is making progress by classes.
T. L. W.
the instrumentality of this brother, who now receives a small salary from
the American Baptist Missionary GERMAN BAPTIST MISSION.
Society. The Quarterly Reporter of this Nothing is said in this Reporter mission for January, 1881, is to hand. respecting the health of the venerable It contains some interesting items of founder of this Mission, Mr. Oncken ; intelligence from various stations, and a few lines from him, or respecting a brief account of the origin and pro- him, would, doubtless, be very acceptgress of a Baptist chnrch in Hungary, able to his numerous friends in Engwhich, formed in 1874 of five members, land, and is what they certainly have numbered 185 in September last. a right to look for in the pages of the These, with others who had either German Baptist Mission Reporter. deceased or walked no more with the A financial statement is given for church, made a total of 240 indi- the year ending June 30th, 1880, from viduals in fellowship since 1874. The which it appears that the sum of good brother, H. Meyer, who has £1,165 8s. was- contributed during been the instrument in the hand of the
that period by friends in this country Lord of raising this interest, thus to this mission. A sum, amounting describes some of his early trials and to about £820 English money, is set difficulties :
down as “ salaries” paid to thirty in“For nearly two years I laboured dividuals in Germany and elsewhere, alone, endeavouring to sow the seed, in sums varying in amount from about with many sighs and tears, without £7 10s. to £60 each ; these, it is preresult, until it pleased the Lord to sumed, pastors, missionaries, bring two married couples to a know- teachers, or evangelists. For various ledge of the truth, and to constrain expenses incurred in this country the them to make a confession of their sum of £373 8s. 2d. is put down, and faith in the Lord by baptism. Our for expenses at Hamburg about £85. proceedings were reported to the Reporter, and printing expenses. are British and Foreign Bible Society set down at £60; results from sale of (whose agent at Buda Pesth I then was), Reporter, and advertisements therein,