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afflicted in body, gave his life a ransom for is over now, and I am once more permitted the soul!"

to breathe the fresh air, and to look on the The above is dated March, 1847.

beautiful world without. And, oh! it is reIn May of the following year, we find Mr. viving to the spirits to drink in nature with Clark at Beaumaris, “ much out of health.” all the senses, and to feel her magic influence Here, and in the neighbourhood, he employed over the sinking powers of life. I may now himself in walking and riding as much as he think of my imprisonment as a circumstance was able; and there are memoranda in refer

of the past; and, in humble gratitude to my ence to these excursions, which furnish some heavenly Father, I desire to record my sense of the most interesting descriptions of Welsh of his gracious dealings with me, in removing character and Welsh scenery.

me, for a season, from the active duties which His physical eye and mental vision had attend my residence at home, and preparing alike a relish for the works of God, while he my heart, by the subduing hand of affliction, was far from being indifferent to the doings to receive the gracious influences of his Spirit. and the enterprises of men. During his stay happy affliction! that has given me such at Beaumaris, he“ made an engagement with gracious views of my Saviour!-of the fulMr. Griffith, to visit the Slate Quarries at ness, the freeness, the sufficiency of the reCal Braich-y-Cefn, a name eminently worthy demption that is in Him—that has brought of the Welsh vocabulary: as to pronouncing me a willing captive to his love, and enabled it, that is out of the question.” Such are his me to repose upon Him the happiness of my own words ; but farther on, he says—“I find, immortal soul, being fully persuaded that He on referring to a glossary, that it will dissect is able to keep that which I have committed thus:

to his charge against that day.” Cal Braich

y Cefn In keeping with the above sentiments are an inclosure,

of a ridge, the following, written from Beaumaris to Miss and which, I conclude, from the natural fea- Rebecca Clark, his younger sister :- " I am tures of the situation, to mean, an inclosure, far from regretting my imprisonment, since it or settlement, upon a mountain-ridge; or has afforded me a delightful opportunity of simply, a mountain-side inclosure. After increasing my knowledge of divine things. I this, we have a most graphic description of have been reading, with great care, Fawcet's the quarries themselves, and of the way in 'Christ precious to those that believe;' and I which they are worked; also a sketch of never before experienced such a sense of the Penrhyn Castle, which he pictures as “ a fulness and sufficiency of the Saviour, and of modern structure of noble and commanding his fitness for the sinner's every want, for aspect, combining the Norman and Saxon time and for eternity. Let us but realise his styles of castellated architecture, highly presence in our hearts, and we shall find him elaborate."

all and in all to us. I have groped about, and Other scenic descriptions the writer passes read a great deal upon the evidences of regeover; for however our friend might be inter- neration, and my investigations and meditaested in nature, and in exploring her secrets, tions, and reasonings have come to This—the it was now painfully evident that his system evidence of the heart is the only source of was radically diseased; and, as the sequel dependence, or with which we ought to rest proved, he was “ appointed unto death." satisfied. Have we joy and peace in believing?

“ This day, May 31st,- Did not feel well If we cannot answer this question emphati-kept to the house. The weather has cally, then let us ask ourselves—Is our faith changed from warm and sunny to cold and in the work and justifying righteousness of wet. What a world of change is this! sun- Christ of that lively, satisfying character shine and gloom, storm and calm.

which constitutes saving faith, in contradis“A little sun, a little rain,

tinction to mere acquiescence, or consent ? And then night sweeps along the plain, Do we love the Lord Jesus Christ in sinAnd all things pass away."

cerity ? It was hoped that the advance of summer “I know, my dear Rebecca, you have had might do something for him, which induced very similar feelings upon this subject with him to prolong his stay in the delightful myself. Ever since we began to love spiritual country referred to; and the more so, as he things, and to observe the outward ordinances was attended, in all his rambles and in all of religion, we have desired to have our hearts his illnesses, by his elder sister, to whom he conformed to the image of our Maker, and to was strongly attached.

live under a satisfying proof of his favour ; But the following will show how the sum- and I apprehend the reason we have not mer opened upon him :-" The whole of June attained to that eminent privilege of the has been passed in the chamber of affliction. believer is, because we have not been careful A relapse in my complaint, and the unfavour- to hold close and regular communion with able state of the weather, have obliged me to God our Saviour. It is in the exercise of keep within doors for nearly five weeks. It this communion that our faith is strength


-our own

ened, and our love increased and perfected. that his decline had fully set in, while his As we learn more of Him, of his great love, longings after his heavenly home became and of his infinite perfections

more ardent and pure. Rich and sweet, from righteousness is cast away, and we are led to this time was his fellowship with God; and, rely solely upon Christ, who is made unto as embodying the current thoughts of his the believer“ wisdom, and righteousness, and mind, we may here offer his musings on the sanctification, and redemption."

103rd Psalm :-“ Bless the Lord, O my Let us, then, seek frequent opportunities of soul.” prayer and communion with Christ; and let Bless Him for life and being. us not rest satisfied until we feel that inward Bless Him for sense and reason, and all peace which “the world can neither give nor

the faculties of the mind. take away."

Bless Him for the immortal, the imperishable It was thus that our friend examined into part of thy nature—the gerin of thy eternal his religion, and watched its growth--and

life. thus did he embrace entirely the wronght

Bless Him for birth in a Christian land, out salvation of the cross. Nor did he fail to under the Christian dispensation. give evidence, that the piety of the heart

Bless Him for Christian parentage, whose throws a portion of its spirit over everything are the promises—" To them, and to their else. On the 11th of July, 1848, he left children.” Beaumaris, on his return to Dronfield, and Bless Him for the word of eternal life, " through mercy arrived safe at home.” And " which is able to make thee wise unto salvahere we may notice some of his musings on tion, through faith which is in Christ Jesus." home! We do so for their chasteness and Bless Him for the fellowship of the saints, sanctified beauty :

and the comforts of Christian communion. “ There is a deep meaning in the word Bless Him for the unrestricted exercise of HOME. To those especially who love domestic thy conscience in matters relating to thy life, it has a charm, an influence over all the soul. tender passions and gushing springs of the

Bless Him for the privilege of worshipping heart. A temporary absence, under the most thy God under thine own vine and fig-tree, favourable circumstances, is often sufficient to none daring to make thee afraid. rouse our sympathies; while under the reverse Bless Him for the gift of gifts--the highest, of these, our hearts are doubly touched with noblest, fairest gift; even the Lord and Sathe sacred fire of attachment-we long to be viour Jesus Christ—" in whom thou hast at home. Thus it was with the noble poet, redemption through bis blood, the forgiveness who, having wilfully severed all domestic of thy sins.” ties, became a voluntary wanderer in foreign

Bless Him for “a good hope, through grace, lands. His seared heart was still susceptible of an inheritance, incorruptible, undefiled, of a native influence, which he had not the and that fadeth not away, reserved in power entirely to subdue ; and so he ex


heaven." claimed

It is thus that the brief but interesting

journal of our friend closes; but, with a heart “How sweet to hear the watch-dog's howl and overflowing with gratitude, he still sought, Bay deep-mouth'd welcome as we draw near

through various media, to minister to the home!

wants of others. It was his pleasure to do How sweet to know there is an eye will mark this--his highest pleasure, next to fellowship Our coming, and grow brighter when we come!'

with God, and a more direct preparation for But, oh! there is a still higher sense in heaven. which the word HOME has an attractive On one occasion, a friend was speaking to sound; and that is, when it falls upon the ear him of his liberality, when he replied—“Have of the Christian. To him it implies the end you forgotten? It is ‘ Occupy till I come.'” of all his cares—the realisation of all his Even to the last day of his life he was hopes. His spirit is constantly aspiring after engaged in devising means whereby he could it, for his affections are there; his treasure is benefit his fellow-creatures; and there are there ; the object of his soul's desire, his many who, on this ground, live to bless his Şaviour, is there; and in anticipation of the joys that await him when he shall reach his For some time prior to his decease, his inheritance, he welcomes each period which intercourse was almost entirely confined to lessens the distance, while he exclaims- his family circle ; and to them it was in"Here in the body pent,

creasingly evident that he was fast meetenAbsent from Him I roam,

ing for the skies. On a friend inquiring how Yet nightly pitch my roving tent

he was, he gave this reply—"Pretty well; A day's march nearer home.'"

I was just contemplating the foundation of These closing sentiments were now be- the believer's hope. Oh! what a sure foundacoming literally his own; for it was evident tion it is!” On the same inquiry being put



on a later occasion, the answer was—" My solemn revival meetings (Mr. Kirk, from heavenly Father is, one by one, taking out the America, being one of them), Annie M'Turk pins of the tabernacle.”

was one of the twenty-five young people who During the whole of his affliction he was were added to the church under the pas. never heard to murmur. His contidence in toral care of the Rev. J. A. James, in Carr's. God was unshaken. He often spoke of the lane, as the joyous results of those extra happiness he felt, resulting from a clear know- ministerial efforts. ledge of his acceptance with God; and de- This beloved daughter was born in Birlighted to dwell on his title to “the inherit- | mingham, June 12, 1817. Nature had gifted ance of the saints in light." The glories of her with a lovely exterior, she was beautiful the New Jerusalem, and the perfect happi- to look upon, and grace had rendered her, ness of the redeemed, formed a theme, on as the sequel of her history may testify, a which he chose to muse; while, on the other “polished stone, both useful and brilliant!" hand, warnings and encouragements were Her character while it partook much of what addressed to all who approached him. The was modest, retiring, and unpretending, was night preceding his dissolution, on being marked for activity, sprightliness, and promptasked if he thought he should rest, he replied, ness, in whatever was useful, benevolent, or " Rest! I am looking forward to an eternal desirable to be attained; and with these rest!"

qualities it may be truly added, that she Little was it thought that that rest was so ever cultivated humble thoughts of herself. near at hand. Yet it was so : the last words She was an early riser; an untiring Sundayhe was heard to utter, a few hours before the school teacher; and was ever ready to aid in spirit took its flight, being, “ All is well !" every good work within her own sphere.

Thus died, in comparatively early youth, She was one of that little circle of young the subject of this memoir-rich in this people who were instrumental in carrying world's goods, but richer in grace—a Chris. instruction to boatmen and their wretched, tian—the deacon of a Christian church, who, poor, neglected wives and children, at the though young,

“ used the office of a deacon waterside of one of the canals in Birmingwell;" and who to a most exemplary life ham. This labour of love led eventually to has added the testimony of a triumphant the erection of the “Boatman's Chapel," death.

where schools are nobly supported, and the His remains were followed to the family glad tidings of the gospel of Jesus Christ are vault in Dronfield Church on Saturday, the preached to an attentive and interesting class 1st of December, 1849; and on Sabbath of people in that neighbourhood every evening, the 9th, his funeral sermon was Sabbath day. preached to a large and deeply affected May it not be written of Miss M‘Turk audience, by the Rev. J. H. Muir, of Queen- she was diligent in business—serving the street Chapel, Sheffield, from the words in Lord ?” and may it not be inferred that such Matthew, 16th chapter and 25th verse: “For a vigilant cultivation of these active and whosoever will save his life shall lose it; and passive Christian graces were eminently calwhosoever will lose his life for my sake shall culated to fit her for that honourable position find it."

which God, in his overruling providence, There is much to be gathered from the had destined her to occupy ? In the year history of one removed at the age of thirty | 1843 she became the wife of the Rev. J. B. from the highest worldly prospects; but to Coles, and on that auspicious day when the Christian who ponders this same brief smiles and tears so mingled in the family history, another Voice speaks, and turns the group, did she quit her parents' roof, and dying exclamation into a living one—“ All is with her devoted, pious husband (self-conwell!”

secrated both) for that glorious enterprise, the

J. H. M. missionary work. As soon as circumstances Sheffield, 1850.

permitted, they sailed for India. There this interesting, happy couple laboured devotedly,

successfully, and consistently in three difTAE much-loved subject of the following ferent cities. They were first located at brief memorial was once Annie M.Turk, a Mysore, but very shortly the Directors of beloved dutiful daughter; a loving and ar- the “ London Missionary Society,” finding fectionate sister; a sincere and warm-hearted Mr. and Mrs. Coles so efficient in the work, friend.

removed them to Bangalore, and from thence, Her pious mother's care and holy training after a few years, to Bellary.

And now were early blessed, if not to the decision of follows the mournful catastrophe which hapher character, yet to the thoughtfulness of pened so soon after their residence at Bellary. her mind, which was remarkably matured Climate, and intensely fatiguing travelling, in the year 1839. When many holy men of with an unusually hot season, made sad and God met in Birmingham to hold a series of disastrous inroads upon Mrs. Coles's delicate


frame. To her anxious mother, and to extreme debility, she said she was often friends, she had from time to time given inti- unable to pray herself. mations of chest affections, hæmorrhage of Her friends had not been led to suppose the lungs, &c., so that fever and debility there was any imminent danger in her case found in her an easy prey. But liere her till Lord's day, June 30th. On the forenoon bereaved and weeping husband shall, in his of that day she seemed to her husband, who own touching manner, take up the thread of was sitting by her bedside, to be rapidly the narrative, and portray the death-bed sinking. Mr. and Mrs. Wardlaw were soon scene of his " beloved Annie."

in attendance, and it was thought by all From an early period of Mrs. Coles's last present that the hour of her departure was illness she had a strong impression that she at hand. Under this impression Mr. Wardshould not recover; and she frequently in law asked her, “Do you, dear sister, enjoy timated to her husband, and other friends, peace of mind ?” Yes, oh yes!” was the that such was her opinion. However, for a reply. "Is Jesus precious to your soul ?” time she seemed to be improving, and great “ Yes, he is precious, he is very precious, hopes were entertained that the power of the without him I should have no—" She would disease was subdued. But it soon manifested have added hope. Catching the word, Mr. itself again with increased force. Suitable Wardlaw said, “ True, none of us could measures being promptly adopted, a speedy have any hope but for Jesus and his precious and favourable issue of her sickness was blood; but you find,” he continued, “ that looked for; but her strength was by this that does give you hope-good hope ?” She time greatly reduced, and the mind sympa- replied, “Yes, all my trust is in Jesus: he is thised with the body in its weakness.

all in all to me." On the evening of Saturday, June 22nd, Being asked whether she had any anxiety she fully expected that her end was near; as to the issue of her illness, she said, “None she desired to see and embrace her dear at all:" she could quite leave it with God; she children, which wish was gratified; she was willing either to depart or remain, and gave them what she supposed to be her last would not wish to choose for herself. She blessing; she also spoke to some of those added, “God is too wise to err, too good to who were near her, and sent messages to be unkind." others, as she then thought, for the last time. She subsequently revived, and on the folShe said she was very desirous to see Mr. lowing day, Monday, seemed much better Enoch, the native pastor, in the morning, and than she had been for some time. She spoke to send by him her last message to the native of her dear relatives in England, and enterchurch, especially the female part of it. tained the idea of being able before long to The whole of that night seemed to be one of seek a restoration of health in a temporary severe conflict.

Satan appeared to have change of climate; but her heavenly Father taken advantage of her extreme weakness to had determined otherwise. He had already distress her soul. Through the hours of that designed her removal to a better country, night how earnestly did she wrestle with that is, a heavenly, where sickness and sorrow God in prayer, for the light of His counte are unknown. nance, and the comfort of His presence! She Very dangerous symptoms soon began to also fervently besought the Lord to bless her show themselves. On Tuesday evening the husband, to prosper his work, to be the medical gentleman then attending her said God and Father of her children. During the there was no hope of her recovery, and for ensuing week she continued in a similar some time every moment was expected to state, and often spoke of her expected death, be the last. Her strength reviving a little, though occasionally she spoke of the proba- she proposed that a hymn should be sung; bility of her recovery. She frequently ex and those who watched around her, joined, pressed her anxiety that her patience might as well as their feelings would allow them, not fail under this affliction, and said she in singinghoped that if she should be raised up again

“Glory, honour, praise, and power," &c.; it would be for greater usefulness. Her anxiety that the discipline of her heavenly which she had been accustomed to sing freFather might be sanctified to herself and her quently with her dear children. husband was very apparent. She said on one Some time afterwards her husband asked occasion, “ If I should be spared, we must her, “ Have you any fear in the prospect of live more entirely to the glory of God than death ? " She replied, “No, none at all." we have done." She frequently requested “ Have you peace through the blood of her husband to read portions of Scripture to Jesus?" "Oh yes! perfect peace.” Are her, and pray with her. At her desire Mr,

you able to resign yourself and all that is Wardlaw also visited her for the same pur dear to you into the Lord's hands ?" "Yes, pose. These devotional exercises seemed to all is right." “ Are you quite satisfied with afford her great comfort; the more so, as, from the Lord's dealings with you, or do you wish

* Give my

that anything in your circumstances had said, “ All I wish is that you should give my been ordered otherwise ? " "I am quite love to them, and tell them I hope they will satisfied, because I know that all has been meet me in heaven.” She added, done in infinite wisdom and love." “Do you love to Mr. James (formerly her pastor); and realise the comforting presence of the tell the ladies of the Working Society that Saviour ?” “Yes, Jesus is with me, and they are engaged in the same-"

She was supports me."

“ He will be with you unable to finish what she had begun to say; through the dark valley; he has said, he will but the purport seemed to be an exhortation never leave nor forsake those who trust in

to perseverance in their efforts for the aid of him.” “I know it; he will be with me to the missions. end."

She wished that a hymn should be sung, On being asked by her husband if she had and herself began that very appropriate oneany reluctance to leave him and the chil

“Rock of ages, cleft for me." dren, she said, “No; you have been very dear to me, but I can trust you in the hands of Her voice trembled, through physical weak. the Saviour."

ness, and she could not proceed far with it. That night passed away, and the hope was

She clearly recognised the few friends around not altogether abandoned that she might yet him to take a little rest. She said to him,

her; and looking at her husband, begged be raised up again; but as the following

“ Do not be cast down on my account. I am day advanced, it became increasingly apparent that the hour of her departure could going now to heaven, and you will follow me not be far distant. She, however, seemed for a

before long." Her strength gradually ditime to suppose that she might perhaps re

minished-she was already treading on the cover. Her husband said to her

, “ Although banks of Jordan. When asked if she felt with God nothing is impossible, and there any pain, she replied, “None at all. I am fore, if it is his will, he can raise you up

very comfortable-quite happy, quite happy !" again, yet the doctor says there is no hope of Thus she fell asleep in Jesus on the morning it; but I trust that this does not alarm you."

of July 4th, in the assured hope of ever“ No,” she said, “I have no fear of death.” lasting life. Let me also die the death of “ What, then, is the ground on which you can

the righteous, and let my last end be like look at death without fear ?" it was asked. hers. Her remains were interred the same " Because, though I am a sinner, I know that evening in the mission burying ground. On the atonement of Christ is sufficient to re

the evening of the following Lord's day the

Rev. J. S. Wardlaw preached a discourse, move all my sins, even if they were much greater than they are,” was her reply. adapted both to console and to edify, from “ Are you looking to Jesus ?" she was asked.

Psalm cxvi. 15, “ Precious in the sight of “ Yes, to him alone,” was her answer.

the Lord is the death of his saints." Having, at her own request, received some personal attentions which conduced much to Mrs. Coles, although she had beome the her comfort, she said, “Now, since every- mother-the fond and watchful mother-of thing is prepared for me to die in comfort, three interesting children, and with her own I wish to have nothing to distract me;" and health so delicate, was nevertheless one of she appeared as if fully prepared to meet the the most devoted missionaries' wives in the

She desired her husband to offer native schools. Wherever they resided, she prayer, in which she joined with intelligence never lost sight of this—the very work whereand correctness. Subsequently, Mr. Wardlaw unto she considered God had called her. besought the presence and blessing of the There are not wanting proofs of this, sent by Lord for the dying saint. She seemed to be her to her native town, and in the possession much refreshed and benefited by these ex of a friend, of specimens of fancy and plain ercises of devotion; and again and again did needlework, done, under her immediate supershe list her heart to God, and pour forth her intendence, by little sable fingers, so exquisupplications for herself, her husband, her sitely wrought that they might vie with any children, and her relatives. After a brief performance of any well taught juvenile interval of repose she said, “I am now sempstresses in favoured Britain ! So that longing to be gone; heaven seems very near, Mrs. Coles did all in her power energetically and I wish to be there." She then appeared to help forward that most desirable scheme to have a vision of expected glory, which she of raising a native agency for India's converwas not able fully to describe, though she sion to God. In the strictest sense it inay, attempted to do so. As she expressed a | indeed, be said, “ For this she lived, and for wish to see her children again, they were this she died;" and this she was never more brought to her: she addressed a few words ardently seeking to promote than when death of counsel to the two elder, and took leave overtook her. She then seemed more busy of them. When asked if she wished to send at her post, as if some vivid presentiment of any message to her relatives in England, she her approaching death were secretly whisper


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