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with holy gratitude to Him, who met the HAMBURG.
guilty sinner there and then; who by almighty
power made the feeble testimony of the then The following interesting account of a use-stripling all powerful and irresistible in the ful servant of Christ who has recently entered conversion of the sinner. Four or five weeks into rest, is from the pen of his bereaved elapsed before I saw or heard anything more friend and fellow-labourer, Mr. Oncken. of Lange, when I met him again, and when he
saw me, his face shone for joy, as if he had Johann Carl Frederick Lange was born at seen an angel. “Oh, Mr. Oncken, I have Scharnbeck, kingdom of Hanover, in the year longed to see you, for I have thought much 1800, on March 19th. His father died when on what you said to me!” were the words J. C. F. Lange was only eight years of age, with which he accosted me. and, his mother being unable to support him, I then began to pay more attention to him, he went soon afterwards to Heligoland, at that met him frequently, expounded the Word to time an important entrepôt for English him, and prayed with him. I was soon conmerchandize, which was smuggled in small | vinced that more than human instruction had crafts, into the countries bordering on the been imparted to him. He saw in himself a Weser, Jahde, and Ems. Here he entered | lost and guilty sinner, and in Christ an allinto the service of an English physician, with sufficient Saviour; and by faith in Him, he whom he came, after the French occupation, obtained forgiveness and a good hope, and to Hamburg.
became thus the first fruits of my labour. Not having been confirmed, because too The change in his life corresponded with young, either at home or at Heligoland, he his experience, he came out from amongst applied to one of the Lutheran pastors, his gay companions, and to his dying day he on his arrival at Hamburg, and, though with loved and adhered to the saints of the Most out any religious instruction, the way to High. Though my dear brother had an easy obtain this seal of the membership of a life at that time, he gave up his situation, national church was soon prepared, by pres | because he could not observe the day of the sing a ducat into the hand of the pastor. Lord, as he was convinced he ought, and, at That man, long since dead, was, whilst alive, my recommendation, in the twenty-fourth one of our bitterest persecutors. Lange lived, year of his age, he went to a shoe-maker to like the great mass of these confirmed Chris- learn that business, that in every respect he tians, without God and without hope in the might be free to serve the Lord. world. Dancing was his great delight, and His late brother Diedrich, was also conhe told me that he was so intent on gratify-verted at this time, he also gave up a very ing his passion for this, that he was lucrative business, because he could not serve determined to have it to the full, even at the the Lord in it, and both brothers apprenticed expense of shortening his life. He danced so themselves to the same shoemaker. They long, and so much, that ultimately he was soon learned the business, and then comtaken dangerously ill to the hospital. When no menced for themselves. I was very intimate hope of his recovery was cherished, and when with them, and both became zealous and he himself thought he should dié, he all at devoted fellow-labourers in the spread of the once was impelled to pray to God, to make gospel long before the church was formed. bim better, and from that moment his | As my sphere of labour extended greatly, recovery commenced. Having had a slight I applied to the committee of the Contiknowledge of our departed brother, prior to nental Society in London for assistance, and 1823, when I entered on my missionary recommended brother Lange as colporteur, career at Hamburg, in connection with the to which the committee readily assented, and Continental Society, I met him one evening, we then laboured together in the Lord's cause, about the close of that year, near St. Peter's, assisted by several dear converts whom the wben I embraced the opportunity of showing Lord had already given me. Brother Lange him bis dangerous position as a sinner, and was engaged in connection with the Contipointed him to Christ as the only refuge from nental Society, to the best of my remembrance the wrath to come. I was nearly two hours between three and four years, when that engaged in this way, under an old archway society passed into the hands of the Episcoto which we had withdrawn, in order to avoid palians. He then returned to his trade for interruption from the people passing. That his support, still, however, labouring with me evening he will remember through all eternity in the gospel, to the utmost of his ability and means, so that many thousands at Hamburg! Mr. Wilkin of Hampstead, to whom the and its vicinity, in Holstein, Hanover, letter containing this statement was addressed, Bremen, Oldenburg, &c., have heard of the in transmitting it to us makes the following name of Jesus from his lips.
observations: He married September 9, 1833, and has “ Seldom have I met with a more lovely left five children from eight to sixteen years exhibition of Christian character than in dear of age.
Lange, and I feel it a pleasure and a privilege When the church was formed in 1834, to convey to you the sketch of his life which brother Lange was appointed by the board of I have just received from brother Oncken. the American Baptist Missionary Society I should be greatly happy if any of our to labour with me in the Lord's vineyard. richer brethren should feel disposed to conThis last endearing connection continued till fide to me, as a token of their regard for the sickness and death brought it to a close. memory of the departed, some pecuniary Not long after the formation of the church, help for his poor widow and five children our departed brother was chosen one of its thrown on the kind providence of God. At deacons, which office he filled with much present their only earthly reliance seems to devotedness, till laid aside by his severe and be their father's earliest friend and father in protracted illness. Our brother had great Christ, brother Oncken, who is endeavouring firmness of character, and he adhered with to assist them, the elder by seeking employan unwavering mind to the truth as he had ment, and the younger by contributing to received it from the divine oracles. He twice their education. But expences must be suffered imprisonment, and once or twice involved in this, towards which I entreat the confiscation of goods, without being in the contributions of your readers,” least shaken in his purpose to follow Christ. | Mr. Wilkin adds, “In a letter dated On points of doctrine we were of one heart December 29th, Mr. Oncken says that they and one mind; Christ and his finished work expected to have a glorious day on the last was all his hope and salvation. His con- sabbath of the year. Nine converts were to version and, as much, his perseverance, he be immersed, one of them a child of thirteen, ascribed to sovereign and unchanging grace, a scholar in the Sunday-school. They would and the holiness and devotedness of his life make up the number of 121 baptized during were a sufficient defence of these glorious and the year 1849. Praise the Lord with us,' he soul-refreshing truths.
adds, for this rich blessing."" In 1842, when in consequence of the awful judgment with which God visited this city, eighty persons were housed in the old ware
NEW CHAPEL. house, then our chapel, brother Lange took the oversight of these, no easy task, and he
BASSAGE, GLOUCESTERSHIRE. managed everything so well, that both the At Bassage, half a mile from the baptist people and the authorities were satisfied.* chapel at Eastcombe, a new church has re
In his family he kept up that authority cently been built where baptismal regenerawith which God has invested husbands and tion and similar unscriptural tenets are fathers, and it was in consequence a well enforced. With the hope of counteracting regulated family, the more so as Mrs. Lange this procedure in some measure, Mr. W. Davis went fully into all his plans. I have seldom has, at his own expense, fitted up very tasteor ever seen a family in which the children fully a spacious room at Bassage that will showed more implicit obedience to their hold three hundred people, which was opened parents, than did these dear children. for public worship by the pastor of East
I must now draw to a close ; I have lost combe, on Lord's day Evening, December 23, my oldest and most tried friend, brother, and 1849., when it was literally crowded. fellow labourer; no, not lost him, but only parted for a short season, for soon we shall
ORDINATIONS. meet again, with all those who were given to us, as the fruit of our imperfect labours.
CHIPPING SODBURY. My brother has gone before me, and is / The Rev. F. H. Rolestone, late of Burnalready swelling the chorus of “the spirits bam, Somersetshire, having accepted the inof the just made perfect before the throne of
vitation of the baptist church Chipping God and the Lamb."
Sodbury, entered on his new sphere of minis
terial engagements the first Lord's day of the * In the discharge of this trust Lange's gentle.
new year, with cheering indications to enness was most efficiently confronted with the rough characters placed under his surveillanco; many a courage hope that his labours would not be quarrel among them, on the very point of breaking in vain. out into violence, was averted and peace restored by the influence of his kindness, so that at length every difference was at once referred to him, and his
MANCHESTER. decision absolutely and instantly submitted to by
The church meeting in York Street chapel, these men, who felt the greatest respect and attachment for their faithful and kind friend.
Manchester, having very cordially invited Mr.
Richard Chenery late of Ipswich to the pas- , sooner had she been brought to the Saviour toral office among them, he has accepted the than she manifested a decision of character invitation, and entered upon his labours with that is rarely seen. Her religion became apthe commencement of the year.
parent to the church and the world. Not long after her conversion to God her attention
was directed to the subject of baptism. The SHACKLEWELL.
only baptist in the town was Miss Hernaman The Rev. Samuel Green, late of Lion St., (see Bap. Mag., p. 168, 1848.) She applied Walworth, has accepted the unanimous invi- to her for some ideas on the subject. She tation of the church at Shacklewell to become replied, “ I shall say nothing to you on the their pastor, and will enter upon his labours subject, only Search the scriptures.'” She at the commencement of this month, the immediately formed the determination to do Rev. John Cox who has hitherto been pastor so, and her now bereaved husband well reof the church retiring on account of ill members, how in his evening visits to her, she health.
would direct his mind to the same subject, and how they used to search the word to
gether, until both were convinced that the DERBY.
immersion of believers was the only baptism On Tuesday Evening, January 8th, the of the New Testament. The change that had Rev. John James Owen, late of Leicester, passed in her mind, would not pass unnoticed was recognised as pastor of the baptist church by her parents, and fears were entertained by Duffield Road, Derby. The service was com them to what this might grow. On the visit menced by reading the Scriptures and prayer, of the bishop she was obliged to go to confirby the Rev. James Gawthorn (independent), mation. This, however, did not cure her after which an instructive introductory dis- heresy, and her father determined to send her course was delivered, by the Rev. James out of the way of danger. He sent her to Edwards of Nottingham, and the Rev. W.F. the care of an uncle in the town of Brixham. Poile briefly addressed the church; the Rev.
The late Rev. Thomas Roberts of Bristol J. G. Pike offered very solemn and fervent was then pastor of the baptist church at petitions for pastor and people, and the Rev.
Brixham ; she applied to him for baptism, J. P. Mursell of Leicester delivered an ad and was baptized by him before her return to dress on the nature, design, and duties of the
her own home. After her return, she had to Christian ministry, the hymns were read by endure the bitterness of opposition. Even a the Rev. W. R. Stevenson, and the service place of retirement was denied her; her own closed by the Rev. J. Corbin. The attend bedroom was not to be available for the ance was large, and the service, though un
purpose, and often has she been obliged to avoidably protracted to a late hour, deeply
resort to places of secrecy where few would interesting and solemn.
think of going. Being rendered so very unhappy at home, she resolved to leave, and
seek a situation. She soon found one in a BRISTOL.
pious family in the town of Ilfracombe, where Mr. Robert Tubbs, late of Ashdon, Essex, she engaged as an assistant in a draper's and having accepted an invitation from the bap
grocer's shop. There she was very happy tist church, Thrissell Street, Bristol, entered
with the family, which was then almost the upon the duties of the pastorate the first
only evangelical family in the town. The sabbath in January.
old Presbyterian interest, had had its vitals eaten out by Arianism. That good man was
the instrument of preserving the little spark RECENT DEATHS.
alive. He conducted prayer meetings, and MRS. ELIZABETH MAY.
read gospel sermons, and exerted all his in
fluence to revive the cause. Being a waterMrs. May, of Culmstock, Devon, was ing place, some of the evangelical clergy born at Appledore, North Devon, in the year would visit it in the season. A visit from the 1785. Her parents were respectable in their late Mr. Biddulph of Bristol, was the means class; her father was, to the close of his life, of the conversion of a young lady, who soon a steward to a gentleman in the neighbour made acquaintance with the subject of this hood, and as honest a man as ever existed. memoir. Another young lady, a native of Her parents were strict church people, but as the town, had just arrived from Cornwall, she was a weakling from her birth, she was where she had been converted and joined with permitted to attend the independent chapel, the methodists. The three were soon united as the parish church was a considerable in the bonds of christian love. They often distance. There she sat under the ministry of met for prayer and religious conversation, and the late Rev. Richard Evans, who was a after a while, commenced a Sunday school. sound gospel minister. Under a sermon by The seasons these young people enjoyed tohim from “ Thou God seest me," she received | gether were of the most pleasing character. her first permanent religious convictions. No Several letters of the deceased, now in the
possession of her husband, written at this time, I gave way but stood her ground in every diffiare very delightful. We might give extracts, culty. Amidst all her physical weakness,sheposbut must study brevity. Not long after this sessed a degree of moral courage, and strength the town was visited by the Rev. Daniel of mind, which bore her up when many would Gunn, late of Christchurch. The first time have sunk. On one subject, however, she he preached there, there were only sixteen and her husband were not exactly as one. persons in the chapel. Coming from the He undertook the responsibility of building place he said to our friend, “ Why Betsy, the a new chapel at Barnstaple, which was very hearts of this people are as cold as the walls likely to have brought them into difficulties. that surround them.” It was not long ere Though there was a deal of trouble in the the house began to fill, and it was soon thronged affair, they had at its close to erect their by a numerous congregation. He took those Ebenezer. young females under his instruction, and led In the year 1828, she was called to leave a them on both in spiritual and general know beloved circle of friends at Barnstaple. Her ledge. The Sunday school too which they husband had for nearly three years been had originated, shared his attention, and was preaching to a little church at Croyde, and raised to respectability under his influence. they had given him an invitation to beWhile all this was going forward, our friend come their pastor. He felt he had done his had an attack of rheumatic fever, by which work in Barnstaple, and thought it his duty she was brought almost to the grave. By to accept the call. There she was introduced good medical attendance, and kind attention, to several superior young people to whom the she got better and returned for a while to her word had been blessed, to all of whom she father's house to recruit her strength. On was made useful in informing their minds, returning to her situation she had another and forming them in fact in religious principle attack, the air of the place was too strong, and conduct. Some of our young friends and again she was obliged to take refuge had to endure considerable opposition in the under her father's roof for a permanency. commencement of their christian course, but Opposition by this time had entirely ceased, she was their counsellor and friend, they and for sometime before their death, she had depended on her judgment, and seldom found the pleasure of seeing both her parents nnder themselves led wrong. There she and her the sound of the gospel. She had, however, husband spent eight happy and useful years no evidence of their conversion to God. of their lives.
On returning health she would not be in- In the year 1836 some circumstances took active. She had, in connexion with another place at Croyde which caused a removal. The friend, a large class in the Sunday school ; church at Pill, near Bristol, invited her and it is a remarkable fact, that with one or husband to take the pastoral office, which he two exceptions, all that class were converted felt it his duty to accept. Here again she to God.
was thrown into a circle of young friends to In the year 1813 she became the wife of whom she was very useful. But in 1837 she her now bereaved husband, and during the and her husband at the same time were period of nearly thirty-six years no one could visited with typhus fever, which produced have sustained that relationship with more effects in her system she never got rid of, prudence, piety, or judgment. She was on all and though she was still useful, she was occasions her husband's counsellor. There never able to exert herself to the degree she were never any concealments between them, had done. The place itself did not agree and it was seldom he had any reason to re- | with her, a constant head-ache was her daily gret taking her advice. Her judgment was companion. Here too she was beloved by 80 sound-her mind so strong and her piety all who knew her. One of our friends there, so apparent, that he could feel his heart re- in writing to her husband after her lamented pose in her with the greatest confidence. She decease, says, “I would rather feel the pain never sustained the relationship of mother. I now feel on her removal, than never have
In the year 1818 providence opened the had the priviledge of knowing her.” The way for her and her husband's removal to state of her health induced her husband to . Barnstaple. A few months before, a baptist seek another sphere of labour. church had been formed there of only twelve In 1843 she removed to this place (Culmmembers. The friend who had the manage stock.) Though illness and increasing years ment of affairs, was soon about to remove. had destroyed much of her energies, yet she He, and the other friends here, thought of was always found at her post. Let who Mr. and Mrs. May as proper persons to take would lounge away the sabbath, she never their place; and as there was no baptist interest forsook her place in the house of God, though at Appledore, their minds were soon made up she had every sabbath a mile to walk, until to leave. Here she had to sustain the cha she was absolutely obliged to do so. The racter of a deacon's wife. Here she mani. last time she walked to Prescott, her husband fested the same judgment, piety, and integrity was obliged to put his arm round her waist that had ever actuated her. Amidst all the to support her on her way. This was her trials the church had to encounter, she never | last visit to the hallowed spot, until she was
carried there for interment. She bad for in heaven." On the 22nd, after her bed had several months the sentence of death in her been made more comfortable :self. She had been long subject to a liver “ Comfort through all this vale of tears . complaint, and towards the close of her
'Tis only Christ can give." valued life it gathered strength. A medical
On the morning of the 24th, to her husband man was called in, but it baffled all his skill. We found it necessary to send for her niece,
she said, “ A present help in trouble.” You
find him so ? “O yes." and the day after her arrival she took to her
The last time her bed, from whence she rose no more until she
husband prayed with her while she was
sensible, he asked her, what shall I pray for ? was carried. The last six weeks of her life,
“ Pray that I may be faithful unto death." was a scene of suffering indeed. It was long before we could make up our minds to believe
Her mind through all her illness was in a it would prove fatal, and therefore did not say
sweet spiritual frame. To every one who much to her on the state of her mind, lest it
say I visited her she had a word to say on divine should awaken feelings which might prove
| things. She asked one, as the sun was shining
on her bed, “Does the Sun of Righteousness prejudicial to her recovery. At length our
shine on your soul as the sun shines on my fears were excited, and we were obliged to believe what we were willing to put off to an
bed? He does on my soul.” Several friends
visited her till the last few days, when we indefinite period, The state of mind during her illness was
were obliged to admit none to her room, but
those who were about her. The last twentycalm as a summer evening. Not a murmur
four hours, she was insensible to all around nor complaint escaped her -not the least im
her, but was evidently in great pain ; and on patience, but a calm submission to the will
the night of Nov, 27th, at about a quarter to of God. Sometimes on experiencing some
eleven, she peacefully breathed her soul into paroxisms of pain, she would say, “Lord, let this cup pass from me-nevertheless, not
the bosom of her Saviour. She sleeps in
Jesus. my will, but thine be done.” The first time
| On Lord's day, Dec. 5, a funeral sermon was her husband asked her the state of her mind,
preached at Prescott, to a crowded congreher reply was, “peace.” You feel your
gation, by the Rev. E. Probert, of the Pithay, foundation then, “ Yes, I do.” One morning
Bristol, who was intimately acquainted with on asking her how her night had been, she
| her, and kindly visited us for the purpose, was asked, how has your mind been ? She
from 2 Tim. iv. 6-8. J. H. MAY. looked up and replied with emphasis, " No condemnation.” Another time her husband was speaking to her of Christ as the foundation of his people's hopes, especially in his
MRS. HARDICK, character as the great High Priest- she replied, " He saves to the uttermost.” After a
Warminster, on Tuesday, January 22nd, pause, she said, “But suppose it should be
died, aged 84 years, Mary, the beloved wife all a delusion ?." It was replied, that can
of Thomas Hardick. Having had faith in never be, has he not said, “ Heaven and earth
Christ for many years, she proved his proshall pass away, but my word shall not pass
mises to be true, for death had lost his sting, away?” Besides this, we never heard a doubt
| and her sweet experience proved that to her from her lips. Satan was mercifully kept
the bitterness of death had passed before she from annoying her. One day her husband
felt his embrace. was standing by her bed witnessing her agonizing sufferings, his own mind agonized at the sight, he said to her, “O that I could bear
MISCELLANEA, your suffering for you dear.” She looked at him in a manner all her own, held up her
BURNHAM, SOMERSET. finger, and said, “ Take care-Be still and On Wednesday evening, Dec. 26th, a pubknow that I am God.” On the morning of lic tea meeting took place at Burnham, at the 21st, after a night of peculiar suffering, the termination of the pastorate of the Rev. her husband asked her, how her mind had F. H. Roleston, who has removed to Chipbeen? She said, “ He has told me he will ping Sodbury, Gloucestershire. After tea the deliver me, He smote me, but He will deliver chair was taken by the Rev. H. Trend of me." She was asked, how do you interpret Bridgewater, and appropriate addresses were that ; that you shall recover? “O no," she delivered by the chairman, the Rev. J. W. replied. Much of what she said was lost, she Cross of Clifton, and the retiring pastor. As was so weak, and we did not like to put her a proof of their regard the friends at Burnto the pain of repeating it. To two of our ham, aided by the kind contributions of sevefriends she said, “ Have Christ in your heart,ral members of the established church, purheaven in your eye, and the world beneath chased a gold watch which was presented by your feet." To her niece who stood by her the chairman on their behalf to Mr. Roleston fanning her, she said, “No pain, no fainting in the course of the evening.
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