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infinite mercy, has savingly called some, truth, she felt all its importance. Frequent that we may know that the sacrifice of his reading of the word of God, meditation, Son is equally needful for rich and for poor, and prayer, constant attendance on the mi. for great and for humble.
nistry of the Gospel, and on Christian After her marriage, the time of Madame meetings, and a cordial participation in the Rumph was divided between Paris, where efforts of her friends, for the advancement her husband's duties kept him during most of the reign of Christ, gave, under the of the year, and Switzerland, where she blessing of the Holy Spirit, such a maturity enjoyed a retirement more suited to her and solidity to her piety that, in a few years
, taste. In these two widely different spheres, she was looked on as "a mother in Israel." she laboured for many years, with untiring Her reserve, which almost approached energy and enlightened liberality, but al- timidity, neither weakened her energy, nor ways with the greatest modesty, and in the lessened her zeal; with a simplicity, a tact, most retired manner, to spread around her and a courage impossible to describe, she the influence of the Gospel, and to impart spoke of the things of God to persons the to others that peace which she had herself most difficult of approach, and in places found.
where many, even older Christians, would At Paris, she was a member of most of have considered silence to be quite justifithe female committees, which labour to sus. able. “ She knew," writes he who best tain our religious institutions; and she con- knew her, " that without Christ she could tributed to their progress, not only by her do nothing, but that with Him she could do prayers and her active and generous co-ope- all things." This gave her an energy, a per. ration, but also by anonymous gifts, often severance, and a force of character which larger than those avowed. We happen to placed ber above all human considerations. know that once, on the very day when a On leaving the capital she sought not friend had suggested that perhaps she had ease or idleness. Her thoughts all turned given too much to some religious object, to the good to be done, and the evils to be she had contributed even more, so secretly, overcome in the country, where she so loved that the person who acted as the medium of to contemplate, with her husband, the works her gift, did not know from whom it had of God, and the beauties of nature. She come. In this manner she has given seve- felt, in recalling the impressions made on ral thousand francs at once, with such pre- her own mind in her earliest infancy, by the cautions that those who received them were pious lessons of a Christian mother, the never able to learn the source of their relief.
importance of religious instruction, suited But she did not confine her Christian to the capacity of little children, and she efforts to subscribing to and assisting reli- founded, in the cantons of Vaud and Gegious societies ; she was herself active in neva, three charity schools, over which she visiting the poor and the sick, and in carry- placed Christian masters: one of these ing to them at once that bread which cannot schools was at Versoix, another at Beircins, stay the hand of death, and the heavenly and the third at Genthod. Their success bread of eternal life. Full of love for souls has, by the blessing of God, answered the and devotedness to Him who came to seek pious designs of their founder. and save them, she was ingenious in her We may here mention à circumstance contrivances to adapt her own means to the which shows her ingenuity and perseverends she had in view, and to multiply the ance in the accomplishment of her charesources and excite the activity of others. ritable projects. Finding that many poor Among other philanthropic projects, she families could not profit by her schools, deposited with a bookseller, at her own cost, on account of the distance which their little and even with her own hands, a large col. ones had to go, she provided a little donkey. lection of books, for the purpose of forming carriage to go from village to village, and a popular and Christian library for the use fetch the children in the morning, and take of strangers visiting the capital. To be able them home in the evening. We cannot thus to contribute in so many ways to the omit to record also, that, notwithstanding temporal and eternal good of her fellow her very bad health, for a considerable time, creatures, she kept a careful watch over her she herself managed a school established personal expenses, and learned, without in her neighbourhood by a friend, in order neglecting what was due to her station in that the master might have time to improve society, to sacrifice nothing to luxury or himself in a more advanced school. Here vanity.
she cheerfully passed her days, though While attending with great care to her fatigued by the heat and the noise, and domestic duties, she found time to attend, surrounded by children often dirty and regularly, to all the means of grace within tiresome. her reach ; the faithful preaching of the She was in the midst of occupations, at Gospel having been one of the first means once so delightful and so useful; and, en. of her awakening and instruction in the joying the most complete domestic bappi.
ness, and surrounded with every good that said, “Tell me, as a Christian, what you earth could offer, was just forming new think of my state, whether ‘my disease is plans of benevolence, when this rare hap. likely to be fatal.” “ Madame," answered piness was disturbed by illness, long, pain- her friend,“ humanly judging, I think fal, and mortal.
death is more likely than recovery ; but It seems that, from the beginning of her God is all-powerful; with him are the ilness, Madame Rumph believed that it issues of life and death." “ Yes," replied would end fatally. But this feeling sprung the invalid, “ but I do not fear death, I from a cause very different from that which shall be with God. May the Saviour suboften makes the sick think themselves in due me entirely to his will !" danger-the terror, namely, which they Madame Rumph also, with that spirit of feel. Death, which had formerly been to her order which was so remarkably shown in also the king of terrors, now no more in- her, in these moments mentioned the arspired fear; and, assured of her reconcilia. rangements she wished as to her funeral ; tion with God, she awaited calmly the mo- desiring to be buried, with the greatest ment when he should think fit to take her simplicity, in the cemetery of the village of to himself. Nevertheless, though death Gilly. She spoke also of the carrying on of had lost his sting, her faith, her patience, her schools after her death. Afterwards her love, were to be tried as by fire. Her she thought, as often as her state perdisease early took an extraordinary charac- mitted, of all the objects dear to her heart, ter, and its malignity showed itself in pain and besought the prayers of the pious perand suffering of which no idea can be form- sons who were around her. But these moed. During eight weeks of suffering so ments of ease became very rare : towards intense, as often to draw from her the most the end of her sufferings, she was often deheart-rending cries and groans, never, (thanks lirious, but even then the heavenward tento Him who had permitted her furnace dency of her mind showed itself still. In to be thus heated !) never did a murmir that state she sang whole hymns in a clear escape ber lips. Once, having asked her and touching tone: thus she sang the hymn surgeon if he thought there was any hope beginning, of her recovery, and having received an answer in the affirmative, she said " It is
“ Perfect is every work of Jacob's rock ;" impossible ; this cannot last long; I suffer and the 65th of the “ Chaunts Chrétiens,"' too much ; but no! not too much, since ending thus, God does not think it too much ; but it is
" How good to have thee, Christ! for sacrifice, very painful. O God! in thy great mercy, For shield, for king, for sun, for righteousness! have pity on me.”
How sweet the peace with which thou fill'st the Her great sufferings having led her to
Rejoice, my soul! thy Saviour is the Lord !" speak impatiently to one of her nurses, she was much distressed by it, and although The last day of her life, (October 25,) she had begged her forgiveness directly she appeared exhausted and incapable of all afterwards, she desired a pious woman, who effort; but her chamber was not deserted. was attending on her, to pray for her, that All the day her attendants pressed God would pardon this fault; and, after- around her, and prayers arose from many wards, sent her again to ask the astonished hearts that God, if such were his will, nurse to forgive her.
would permit his servant once more to In her moments of ease, or when pain speak, and bear testimony to his grace. was less violent, she expressed herself very The death-pang commenced at noon, and clearly as to her state and feelings." I the contest was long and terrible. Her see,” said she, “ death's approach without cold forehead and hands certified that death anxiety, and yet who has more to regret had already begun to lay hold on her feeble than 1? I have all that I can desire; happy body; her lips seemed as though they were as I am in a husband such as mine: 0 never to speak again. Her husband and that God may give him strength to sustain attendants were melted in tears; they had the blow, and follow me! I have every no hope of again hearing the voice of her thing that can be desired here below, and whom they had so loved. What then was yet, you see, I leare the world without the emotion of all when they heard her, a regret." A few days before her death, she few moments before her death, ask distinctly entreated one of her domestics, saying to who were around her, for her sight was so him, among other things, “ Seek the Lord beclouded that she could not see them. while you are well, and while you are able, Then, as her domestics were named, she for if God deprive you of health, and lay addressed to each exhortations, affectionate, you, as he has done me, on a bed of suffer. urgent, and appropriate to their respective ing, you will not always be able to think dispositions ; but it was to themi no longer and pray." Another time, speaking to the the voice of a feeble woman, but of one person who was sitting up with her, she speaking under the powerful inspiration of
the Spirit of God! The first who was men- tion in the country, and especially around tioned was her oldest servant, to whom she St. Vincent. Rich and poor met, from all was much attached. “ Thank you," said parts, to assist in her funeral, and bedewed she, addressing him by name, " for all you with their tears the ground which covers have done for us; promise me never to her mortal remains. leave your master :" then, placing on her It has been justly remarked, that so heart that cold hand, which death had al. prompt an appreciation of the character ready seized, she added, “Love God with and piety of her whom we weep, forms an all your heart, with all your soul, with all eulogium, not only of her, but of the your mind. Live for the Lord ; seek the country where she lived so few years, and Saviour in the Bible, and you shall find him. where she died at the age of thirty-seven. Happy will you be, if you can say, like me, At the sad ceremony of her interment, the at your last hour, I am going to the Sa- pastor Martignies, suffragan of Gilly, Canviour. Love this Saviour; take hold of ton of Vaud, delivered a discourse, from him ; seek him till you find him; read your which we have taken most of the preceding Bible daily.” To another she said, “ I have details. We borrow from it the following hoped much of you, but, perhaps, I have sentences. counted too much on your good disposi- “ We are sure that we are conforming to tion." “Ah, madam," said he, “I hope her desires, in aiming not so much to reI am not so far off as you think, and for cord what may contribute to her fame, as the future, I will follow all your counsels." what may serve to glorify Him, whom she She answered, “Now, now! do not delay, had chosen as her master, and whose power for death cometh as a thief in the night.' has been fulfilled in her weakness. To a third she said, “ I have already spoken “ Her greatest joys on earth were the to you ;' reminding him, in that solemn country where she was in the presence of hour, of the conversation ahe had had with the great works of God; and also especially him some days before ; then, addressing the retirement of the family. There she herself to the Christian women around her, divided her time between the husband of she added, “As to you, you have already her love and the education of a niece whom chosen the good part, the one thing need. she had brought up as a daughter, and ful; pray for me." Her husband then whom she laboured to bring to the Saviour. coming near her, said, “ What for me, Although it was evident that her mind was Eliza ? Have you nothing for
seriously devoted to the paramount claims “Oh," she answered, "you are not igno. of the eternal world, she was always cheerrant of him; speak to those who know ful, and often gave way to all her natural him not."
gaiety. Her conversation was animated, It became very difficult to catch all the and when she spoke of the affairs of salwords which fell from her mouth : but she vation, it was with admirable singleness of was heard distinctly to say: “I die happy heart and mind : it was from the abun-I die in Christ-I have been, a stranger dance of the heart that the mouth spoke. here below, but I am returning to my own The influence of her Christian spirit was country.” She could not continue, though remarked and felt by all around her. she made many painful efforts to speak. “ The preaching which she loved, was At last, in a very sweet, and most touching that where the Gospel is presented in all its and plaintive tone, she said, “I am so aspects ; where the wretchedness of man tired.'
and his recovery by faith, are the cornerHer husband kissed her forehead, covered stone of the building. She required, in the with the cold sweat of death, and said to preacher, neither laboured style nor elegant her, “ Dear Eliza, I shall soon rejoin you, action, but a profound knowledge of ScripI shall endeavour to follow in your steps." ture, and a natural and feeling display of She uttered twice the word, “Amen! the truths of salvation. Amen!" An expression of delight spread “ Christians! in every part of the acover her features, and then she added, count which we have given you, there is “ Now, Lord, deliver me! Amen!"
set forth an important truth, which we pray These were her last words: her mission God to impress on all your minds and on on earth was ended. But how lovely a all your hearts : it is, that even in this premission had it been! No one ever con- sent world, there is a blessing greater than jectured the good which she did, nor the fortune, or reputation, or rank, or bealthdiscernment with which she did it. Her a blessing, which the torments of the most disinterestedness was singular. She took painful disease cannot take away from the high ground; keeping alone in view the
happy soul which possesses it-a blessing advancement of Christ's kingdom in the which renders us happy in death, and will earth. Therefore, is her memory so blessed render us yet more happy in eternity-this wherever she was known in her short life. blessing is, the love of God-the peace of Her death produced an indescribable sensa- God.
" Let us all from this moment, labour to merce, that it does not awaken amongst obtain that peace which passeth under- them that love of science, that spirit of standing !"
invention, and that freedom of thought, which it uniformly excites and fosters,
whenever it is allowed to take its own CHINA.
course without limit or interference. Fa
vourable results have hitherto followed the To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine. practising of medicine and surgery, and will
continue to do so. It is a department of DEAR S.R,—The long extract from Dr. benevolence peculiarly adapted to China. Parker's interesting and candid letter, which “ Heal the sick,” is our motto, constitut. you kindly inserted in the Magazine for
ing alike the injunction under which we March, could not, I think, fail, in con
act, and the object at which we aim, and nexion with the striking appeal of Mr. which, with the blessing of God, we hope Legge's which preceded it, to excite in the
to accomplish by means of scientific prac. minds of all who carefully perused them, a tice in the exercise of an unbought and deep and permanent interest in, and prayer- untiriog kindness. We have called ours a fal importunity for, the advancement of our Missionary Society, because, we trust, it Saviour's kingdom in China. To impress will advance the cause of missions; and still farther upon the Christian public “the because we want men to fill our ipstitutions surpassing claims of this empire as a field
who, to requisite skill and experience, add for missionary exertion," and to afford in- the self-denial and the high moral qualities, formation respecting the nature and objects which are usually looked for in a missionof the Medical Missionary Society, which ary. For the agents by whom we are to was alluded to in Dr. P.'s letter, and re
carry our object into execution, we must gularly organised at a public meeting, held
look to the missionary boards in Great in the rooms of the General Chambers of
Britain and the United States. They have Commerce, at Canton, on the 21st of Feb.,
it in their power to help us, and are best 1838, I enclose to you an abstract of the qualified to select men that are fitted to address which was ably drawn up by the
execute our designs. We do not engage to chief founders of it, and which, if you can support such individuals, but we offer them insert in either the next or following num- hospitals with every other necessary and ber of your excellent Magazine, you will suitable accommodation and means of greatly oblige me and my Christian friends, effecting good. Men of eminent qualificaand, I hope, confer benefit upon the Chi- tions and tried character are indispensable nese Mission.
for the successful prosecution of the work, I remain,
for on them the destinies of the society are With much respect and esteem, suspended. If they fail, it fails. Their Yours sincerely,
success is its success. By the employment B. H. of such an agency, the way will be paved to
a higher place in the confidence and esteem Abstraet of the Address.
of the Chinese, which will tend to put our The object of this society is to encourage
commerce and all our intercourse with this the practice of medicine and surgery among
nation upon a more desirable footing, and the Chinese, and to extend to them some
to open avenues for the introduction of of those benefits which Christianity and
those sciences, and that religion to which science have conferred upon ourselves. To
we owe our greatness, by which we are restore health, to ease pain, or, in any way,
enabled to act a useful part in this life, and to diminish the sum of human misery,
which fit us for the enjoyment of a better forms an object worthy of the philanthro
life hereafter. And it will not be denied, pist; but, in the prosecution of our views,
that these form desiderata of no ordinary we look forward to far higher results than
interest and importance. There are other the mere relief of human suffering. We
advantages which, though they be of a hope that our endeavours will tend to
subordinate kind, are not without their break down the walls of prejudice and long
value. cherished nationality of feeling, and to
Among the first, we would refer to the teach the Chinese, that those whom they
benefits which are likely to result to medical affect to despise, are both able and willing
science, by cultivating it in China. Differ. to become their benefactors. They shut
ent countries are characterised by the prethe door against the teachers of the Gospel ; *
valence of certain maladies, and a partial or they find our books often written in idioms complete exemption from others; and which they cannot readily understand; and
Providence has displayed, in a striking they have laid such restrictions upon com
manner, a corresponding variety in the
distribution of remedies. The contempla• Meaning that more force is necessary to open it. tion of disease, as influenced by the cli.
nate, position, inland, or maritime locality liaries, Neither has it been considered a of this country, and the general habits of misapplication of money, or of the mission. the people, together with an examination ary's talent, to employ science as an instru. into their extensive materia medica, must, ment wherewith to sweep away the foundatherefore, necessarily be attended with con. tions of idolatrous systems; not that science siderable advantage to practical medicine. can convert a heathen, but that, by demonSecondly. Information will be obtained, strating to him the falsity of his religion, it
the man of commercial en- truthsimilar rank equal consideraterprise ; for, by such an intercourse as tion are what we ask for the healing science these institutions will afford, the truth will and practice. be learned, in some measure, as to the ge- A peculiarity of the Medical Missionary neral state of feeling really existing among Society in China is, that it addresses itself the people, and the wants and resources of to the consideration of all. The man of scia territory so diversified and extensive, ence and the philanthropist, who look espewhich are only known to us by reports. cially to immediate benefits, are here inter
Another advantage will be, in the educa- ested. And to the sympathies of those tion of Chinese youths in the medical art. who, while they equally appreciate the de. Facts show that Chinese parents are not sirableness of contributing, in every feasible altogether blind to the desirableness of manner, to the welfare of the species
for placing their sons in our hospitals, as three time, contemplate with unspeakably more are already under tuition in the institution at solicitude those interests which are eterCanton. Young men, thus instructed, will nal, it presents an irresistible and overgradually be dispersed over the empire, and whelming claim. will dispense the benefits of the art which When we survey the vastness of the field, they have learned, wherever they go. The the good to be effected, and when reflecting effect of such influences will be silent but upon the immense resources of the western powerful.
hemisphere, we compare these with the The state of medical science in China small portion of wealth required to secure shows the value of our efforts. Their doc. the desired object, we are confident that tors are usually unsuccessful literati, and benevolence, disinterested like its author, almost all adopt the common vagaries re- and as expansive as the woes of man are garding the pulse—their infallible key to extensive, will not withhold the means. A every ailment--and concerning the influence rare opportunity is here afforded to the of the elements in causing and affecting philanthropist of doing good. He is indisease." They admit their ignorance of vited to unite in accomplishing a great, medical science, especially of anatomy and immediate, and positive good, and to aid in surgery. An amusing and ridiculous com- introducing among this people, not only the pound of astrological dogmas, and disserta- healing art, but, in its train, the sciences, tions on the influence of the elements, takes and all the blessings of Christianity. To the place of the well-established principles the various missionary boards, whose coof physiology and chemistry now received operation is sought, we would respectfully in the west. The Chinese, though exclu- say, imitate Him whose Gospel you desire sive in all their policy, come in crowds to to publish to every land. Like him, regard our institutions, submitting to operations not as beneath your notice the opening of and medical treatment with unbounded the eyes of the blind, and the ears of the confidence, and with every nark of un- deaf, and the healing of all manner of disfeigned respect and thankfulnesa.
eases. Until permitted to publish openly It has been sometimes objected, that to and without restraint the truths of the attend to diseases of men is not the proper Gospel, neglect not the opportunity af. business of a missionary: The objection forded of freely practising its spirit. Scatter may be shortly answered by a reference to to the utmost its fruits, until welcomed to the conduct of our Saviour and his apostles plant the tree that produces them—the -what he was pleased to do by Lis divine i tree of life.” power, and what they did by miraculous endowments, no one, in these days, can
T. R. COLLEDGE. pretend to effect. But we are commanded
PETER PARKER. and encouraged to imitate them, by the
E. C. BRIDGMAN. use of such mepps as knowledge and the
China, April 14, 1838. exercise of a genuine charity will furnish. The importance of education has long been Subscriptions and donations in aid of the admitted, and none regard its requisite ex- above object will be thankfully received at pense as a perversion of sacred funds ; not the Mission House, Blomfield-street, Finsthat education can make the Pagan a Chris- bury; and at Messrs. Hankey and Co., No. tian, but because it is one of the best auxi. 7, Fenchurch-street, London.