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late Marquis of Londonderry. His became more and more desirous of seability, as a practical miner, could curing a complete preparation for his scarcely be exceeded. No accident important change. To the close of life occurred, under his official management, he manifested deep interest in the memduring thirty years. Such was the con- bers of his class. "His attention to the fidence reposed in him by his employers, duties of private prayer, and to other that he was solicited to accept the higher means of grace, was unwavering; and, position of “viewer;” but he declined as the result, he enjoyed great peace. the responsibility.
He was then re- “I am able," said he," to cast myself quested to recommend one whom he on the atonement of Christ. If I live, considered eligible. Thus was the de. I live unto the Lord; if I die, I die claration fulfilled, “Them that honour unto the Lord. So, living or dying, I me I will honour."
am the Lord's." M. CRASSWICK. As the infirmities of age increased, he
RECENT DEATHS. JULY 25th, 1863.----At Paris, of consump him, in the church of his early choice, were tion, in the twentieth year of his age, Mr. witnesses of his true piety, liberality, ami James Hill. Although he was deprived when worth. His end was peaceful, through a very young of the benefit of a father's counsel, confident reliance on the merits of his the prayers and advices of a devoted Saviour. mother were not in vain.
He always manifested a love for God's house, and for August 22d. -At Vorth Allington, Bril. His word, regularly attending the ministry port, in her fortieth year, Mrs. Esther of the Rev. F. Greeves, Dr. Kessen, and Hockey; who, whilst a Sunday seholar at H. Wilson; and gave evidence, before his Crewkerne, was convinced of sin, and led conversion, that the Holy Spirit was already to seek salvation through faith in Christ. at work in his heart. During the visit of She had to endure great opposition at first; Mr. Radcliffe to Paris, he became more but she earnestly resolved to obtain wenty, deeply convinced of sin, and earnestly sought and erelong rejoiced in pardaning love and found peace with God through believing from that time she steadily and consistently in Jesus. He joined the Methodist Society, walked with God, and in communioa siih and from that time never missed any service His people. Her trials were many, and her he could attend. With the first instinct of affliction was severe; but her joy in the his new life he began to strive to do good to prospect of dying was full
W. P. others, and embraced every opportunity of pointing sinners to the Lamb of God. Both August 24th.-At Birkenhead, whither at Belleville and at Asnières he several times she had gone on a visit to her sister and conducted religious services; and there are daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Main, of Perts some who testify that God spoke to them mouth, in the fifty-eighth year of her se through him. Early in this year he was In 1831 she was led to the Saviou; ani attacked with sickness unto death, and he from that time till her death she ha a gradually became weaker. But no mur- consistent member of the church. About muring escaped his lips. He was meekly twelve years ago she was left a widow with submissive to the Divine will, whether for ten children; but the Lord, in wbom she sickness or health, for life or death. At trusted, was a Husband to the widos, ssd first he wished to recover, that he might be a Father to the fatherless. Accustomed to the instrument of winning souls for Jesus ; carry all her trials to the throne dorate, but for a month before his death he desired she had ample reason to recognise His goud not to live, but to depart, and be with Christ. hand in her family concerns. She was His last words were, "I die in Jesus ; I devoted to the best interests of her children, die in Jesus.”
W. G. and had encouraging fruit of her godly soli
citude. She was eminently unselfsh; ever August 20th.--At Sedgeley, on a visit to ready to lighten the troubles of others by his son, Mr. John Richard Cadman, aged making them her own, and to rence in the sixty-seven, of Montford - Bridge, in the comfort of those around her. He sufferings Shrewsbury Circuit. He had been a con- were severe, but her heart was sustained by sistent member of the Wesleyan-Methodist grace. She rested on Christ, and feared 19 Society forty-seven years, and was steward evil. "All is well," "I am going to Jes" of the Montford-Bridge chapel about twelve. “I am on the Rock," and similar esper He was highly esteemed in the world for his sions, were the evidence of her triutortast uprightness and exemplary conduct; while faith in Christ, as she awaited the ci to those who were more closely associated with Father's house on high.
THOMAS HARTWELL HORNE, B.D., F.S.A., &c. A THEOLOGICAL library is incomplete in which Horne's “Introduction to the Critical Study and Knowledge of the Holy Scriptures" is not found. This favourite production of its learned and laborious author has given to his name a world-wide celebrity. It is found among the literary treasures of mitred dignitaries; it stands upon the book-shelves of most college-libraries ; it is carefully packed and transported by hundreds of itinerating ministers when removing from one sphere of duty to another; it is frequently consulted by many earnest lay-preachers, and is not inaccessible to the painstaking Sunday-school teacher. It is a well-stored quiver, whence many a famous archer has drawn the arrows where with the heart of error has been fatally pierced. The 'ravings of the rude infidel have been silenced by its incontrovertible statements ; the 'sophistries of the keen-witted sceptic have been exploded by its candid researches and well-sustained arguments. Popery has so far writhed under its truth-telling chapters, as to give it bonourable mention in the columns of the “ Index Expurgatorius ;” and modern “Essayists and Reviewers” may find their answer in its copious dissertations on “Prophecy and Miracles."
Appended to “Reminiscences, personal and bibliographical," published by his daughter, is a chronological list of works, amounting to fifty, brought out by the author of the “ Introduction.” These works
--some controversial, some historical, some devotional, some pastoral -show Mr. Horne to have been most conscientious in the economizing of time; a close observer of men and things ; and one who, for the benefit of mankind, “intermeddled with all wisdom.”
Born October 20th, 1780, young Horne learned to read at “ dameschool,”—where, he says, the “lady-like mistress took particular pains to make her young pupils read and spell distinctly." Many of our best public speakers owe much of their clear and distinct enunciation to the care bestowed on their early discipline. With other children of the village he was accustomed to stand up in the church at Eversley, Hampshire, to repeat the Catechism. Who shall say that this weekly instruction in Scripture knowledge did not lay the foundation of that acquaintance with sacred lore which distinguished his subsequent career ? Preferring the catechetical exercises of the village church to strolling in the green fields during the afternoon of the Lord's day, he began a course of self-denial by which time in large as well as in fragmentary portions was redeemed for biblical studies. Left fatherless at the early age of thirteen, “small of stature, and not robust,” he
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spent eight years of his youthful life " in the bumble situation of a clerk to barristers." For this situation Horne was prepared by the education he had received at Christ's Hospital, where he “was contemporary during two years with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, at that time Head-Grecian, or senior scholar.” In return for certain bospitalities shown to Coleridge by the grandfather of Horne, our young friend was taught the Greek alphabet. Since those days of cramped scholarship, when pupils who entered the grammar-school“ learned neither writing nor arithmetic,” a marvellous expansion of the system of education has taken place. With the liberal advantages enjoyed by the youth of our times, Providence and posterity will most justly look for commensurate improvement.
Horne's first permanent situation was with Mr. Toller, a barrister, son of a Dissenting minister. Horne's faith in the truth of Scripture had been shaken by the perusal of an infidel novel, of French origin ; but in Mr. Toller's well-stocked library he opportunely found an antidote. This was the treatise of Leland on the State of Religion in the Heathen World.” Attracted by the beauty of its classical quolations, Horne read it, made notes of it in leisure hours, and said to himself, “ If this is right, I am wrong." The result was the publication, A.D. 1800, of an essay, entitled, “ A Brief View of the Necessity and Truth of the Christian Revelation ;” for the copyright of which he obtained two guineas. This praiseworthy occupation of bis spare time preserved him from the evils of gay company, gave a wholesome bent to his mental powers, and prompted him to lay by a store of raluable information for future use. The pleasure and profit to be derived from a diligent perusal of the writings bequeathed by the worthies of this and former generations, are infinitely preferable to the short-lived excitements of the theatre, the casino, or the billiard-room. The disposition, now shown by many principals of mercantile houses, to provide well-selected libraries for the use of the young persons in their establishments, tends to encourage growth in knowledge, virtue, and religion, as well as to exclude the pleas of indolence and irreligion.
At an early date Mr. Horne read what bis own pen describes as “an eccentric volume which had excited much and most undeserved ridicule of the Wesleyan Methodists.” He went to hear for himself. One Wednesday he heard at Great Queen-street the latter part of a sermon on “Christ in you the hope of glory,” by the venerable Joseph Benson. “I went again,” says he, “on the first Sunday evening in the year 1801." “ How long halt ye between two opinions ?” was the test of the same great preacher, so wise to win souls. “That was the sermon which fixed me....... My mind experienced a most salutary and important change." By this "most powerful and persuasive discourse
, ca the folly and danger of irresolution in the momentous concerns of the soul,” he was "effectually arrested.” The ministry of Mr. Benson, it is well known, was one of unwonted power. An unction from the Holy One attended his distinct and accurate representations of Divine truth. Clad in the armour of righteousness, inflamed with intense love to Christ, and full of compassion for the perishing souls of med,