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MEMORIALS OF THE DEPARTED.
MRS. PALMER. Ar Kempley, in the Ledbury Circuit, on March 3rd, 1873, died MRS. SARAH PALMER, aged seventy-one years. Born and educated in a remote village in the commencement of the present century, where multitudes of villages and many towns were shut up to the perfunctory ministrations of an apathetic, because unconverted clergy, Mrs. Palmer, though regular in her attendance on the Church service, was in utter ignorance of the way of salvation. About the year 1825 it pleased God that a young lady, who had had the advantages of the Wesleyan ministry, by which she had been brought to the knowledge of the truth, came to reside in the neighbourhood. This change of residence involved the want of that ministry and of the Class-Meeting, which had ever been to her a special means of blessing. These privations were keenly felt, and to a person of less devotedness ight have served as a prelude of spiritual declension and departure from God. She, however, became the more diligent in the cultivation of the heart, and was thus being prepared to fulfil the work of an evangelist among a population that was sitting “in the region and shadow of death ;” and of establishing a Society, many of whose members are now before the throne of God. One of these members was our lately departed sister.
Soon after the arrival of Miss Reece, the lady already mentioned, she was introduced to Mrs. Palmer, by whom she was heartily welcomed to the neighbourhood. In the course of succeeding familiar interviews, spiritual religion was introduced, and discussed with increasing pathos, when its nature was defined, its privileges exhibited, and its immediate pursuit earnestly and affectionately pressed. To one whose whole conceptions of godliness were confined to attendance on the Sabbath services of the Establishment, and propriety of social character, such views were absolute novelties, and strongly savoured of
fanaticism, inducing something akin to pity for this well-meaning but infatuated friend. Similar attentions having been paid to the spiritual state of the cottages in the village, Miss Reece determined on hiring a cottage for worship, to be conducted by the Local brethren of the nearest Circuit. Mr. Palmer had one vacant, which was immediately taken, and worship commenced; the novelty of cottage-services conducted by working men on the one hand, and the house-tohouse visitation of Miss Reece on theother, filled the place. Mr. and Mrs. Palmer also went occasionally, then more regularly, till at length the eyes of their mind being enlightened, and their spirit thoroughly broken, they gave themselves to God and to the Church by the will of God. Mrs. Palmer's Note of Admission into Society was given her by the late Rev. Richard Jackson, in March, 1829.
From that time their house was the house of God; as God's worship was regularly conducted in it, and their children instructed in Christian truth. And the labourer's cottage was the place of public service, where the respectable farmer with his wife and family were accustomed to keep holy day, and in which the power of God has been frequently felt "mighty to save.”
Mrs. Palmer was a woman of strong mind; as her faith apprehended God in Christ“ reconciling the world unto Himself,” so she believed in an indwelling God, and hence was never satisfied but as the Spirit witnessed with her spirit that she was a child of God; while her aspirations may well be given in the language of the poet, “ With clearer light Thy witness bear,
More sensibly within me live.” On conviction of duty, she allowed no hesitation, on plea of inconvenience or difficulty ; but having first prayerfully excogitated her plan of action, she went forth, calm in the confidence that God was with her, and success certain. Hence, though delicate in constitution, the mother of ten children, the mis
tress of several servants, and liable to the cares incident to the wife of a farmer of extensive business, not only was her own soul kept in perfect peace, but the influence of her piety was seen in the order of her house, and in the conversion of the greater part of her family to God, several of whom preceded her to the skies. During forty years she was the faithful Leader of the Class, having been appointed to it on the removal of Miss Reece from the neighbourhood. Punctual in attendance, and fervent in spirit, she watched over her charge as one that must give an account; while she was ever watchful for apparent religious concern in the members of the congregation, that she might gather them into the Church. As health and opportunity served, she visited the people in their own houses, even those who were neglectful of worship, as well as those who by their own act had put themselves under her spiritual care; and in times of distress or affliction, not only gave suitable religious counsel, but afforded temporal relief. From the commencement of her Christian course she was an ardent lover of our Mission work, and readily un. dertook the labour of collecting in
aid of its funds. Her district was a wide one, embracing not only the vicinity of her own sanctuary, but miles beyond, as she sought that every one about her and within her reach should have some interest in the conversion of the world, even if they were neglecting their own.
Her last payment was made about a month before her death, and the return of subscriptions and collections for the year was ten pounds. In this, also, she, “ being dead, yet speaketh.”
Her health had been declining for some time, and though much confined to the house by growing weakness of body and the excessive wetness of the season, yet with a mind in thorough vigour, and a heart set upon her God, she had the peace which “passeth all unılerstanding,” and the joy which transcends human thought.
Her last illness was but of few days' duration, and comparatively painless. Her final effort was to address an earnest tract to a gentleman of business; and when she had prepared it for the post, she calmly said, “Now my work is done.” In about two days after, she quietly passed into the joy of her Lord.
ROBERT W. BROOMFIELD.
ASTRONOMICAL NOTICES. FOR DECEMBER, 1873.
BY A. GRAHAM, ESQ.
PHASES OF THE MOON. 4th, Full Moon ...... 4h. 20m. morn.
19th, New Moon ......
6h. 49m. after. 11th, Last Quarter 9h. 54m. after. 26th, First Quarter.... 4h. 6m. after.
MOON'S DISTANCES FROM THE EARTH. December 12th
6h. morn., Apogee; distance 251,253 miles. 24th 9h. after., Perigee;
229,696 Mean distance for the month
sun'S DISTANCES FROM THE EARTH. 1873. December 1st
90,356,000 miles. 1874. January 1st
90,139,800 Decrease of distance for the month
216,200 Throughout this month Marsand Saturn gress eastward, and will be six degrees are the evening stars, Venus and Jupiter ahead by the end of the month. Of the morning stars. On the 15th, at six course Venus will serve all the time to o'clock in the afternoon, Saturn will below guide the eye to her beautiful neighbour. in thesouth-west, Mars higher south-west Venus is in the more remote part of by south; Orion will be rising in the east, its orbit, and is now nearly full. Its Aldebaran above it, at an altitude of apparent diameter is only ten seconds. twenty-three degrees, and the Pleiades Twelve months hence this planet will be still higher at thirty-six degrees altitude; the observed of all observers who are Castor and Pollux are between north- fortunate enough to be located where east and north-east by east at altitudes they can watch its progress across the of ten and five degrees respectively, disc of the Sun; the Earth will have Capella somewhat nearer the east at an turned us quite away from the interestaltitude of thirty-eight degrees; Vega, ing spectacle. the bright star in Lyra, will bear west- Mars sets more than four hours later north-west at an altitude of thirty-eight than the sun. It is now in Capricorn, degrees.
and will be very close to a fifth magniMercury will be in perihelion on the tude star in that constellation on the evening of the 1st. On the morning of evening of the 13th; the fixed star will the 10th it will be stationary, after which look quite like a satellite to the planet. the apparent motion among the fixed On the 23rd it will be in the neighbourstars becomes direct or eastward. It hood of the Moon. will be in conjunction with Venus on the Jupiter rises about midnight, and is a evening of the same day, when the dis- conspicuous object in the morning sky. tance will be only two degrees. They rise It will be in conjunction with the Moon next morning about six o'clock; and, as on the afternoon of the 12th, and in the distance will be only slightly in- quadrature on the 22nd. creased, it may be possible soon after to Saturn sets earlier than Mars, and is see both with the naked eye in close too low to be seen to any advantage. proximity. Venus may be easily de- The dimensions of the outer edge of the tected, and Mercury will be quite close to ring are thirty-five seconds by twelve ; it, a little higher. On the morning of the diameter of the globe is fifteen the 12th, Mercury attains its greatest seconds. elevation above the plane of the Earth's Uranus will be on the meridian on the orbit. It will be near the Moon on the 4th at four o'clock in the morning, and on morning of the 18th; and next day, at the 19th at three o'clock; altitude fiftythree o'clock in the afternoon, it will be seven degrees. at its greatest angular distance from the Neptune crosses the meridian on the Sun, twenty-twodegrees westward; about 15th at eight o'clock, and on the 30th at that time it rises two hours before the seven o'clock in the afternoon; altitude Sun, and can be easily seen with the forty-seven degrees. naked eye, thus vying in interest, as The Sun enters Capricorn on the 21st morning star, with Venus and Jupiter. at 5h. 32m. in the afternoon, and the If it can be detected on the morning winter quarter commences. Its greatest after its conjunction with Venus, there southern declination is twenty-three will be no difficulty in recognizing it degrees twenty-seven minutes twentyafterwards. Venus outstrips it in pro
A priceless talent, 78
the Wye, 315
of His life and the chief points of the Chris-
tian's experience, 28
191, 223, 255, 287, 319, 351, 381
Baxter, Richard, 33, 70
the first printed English Bible, 205, 268--the
great Bible, etc., 533, 366
III. Timothy, 117
ILLUSTRATED ARTICLES, continued :
birthplace of the philosopher, and the home
ments in, 80
GOD : VI. The coronation of Joash, 27
Adshead, Miss Elizabeth, 251
Vitty, Mr. George A., 157
Bunyan, John, small books by, 286
the Design and Success of Methodism,” 351
Entire sanctification, brief thoughts on, 169, 198,
etc., of the, 319
Fathers, be checry, 252
Hamilton, James, D.D., 289, 329
“ I got out of her way,” 72
ILLUSTRATED ARTICLES :
All Saints' Church, Derby, 336
beautiful life, 289, 329
Our peck of dirt, 111
J. R. Eastwood, 29
thy youth,” by Francis M. Keeling, 348
Work on, by H. Yates, 240
218—Hebrews xi. 1, 3......342—2 Timothy iii.
Reflections for the beginning of the year, &
TABULAR RECORD OF MORTALITY, 128
Thee shall perish,” 375
-VII. The alder, 56—VIII. The beech, 115—
Ungathered fruit, 213
“ Waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus