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relishing none into which she might not introduce the name and character of her Lord.
The grace that had been given her, she studied to improve by diligent attendance on the ordinances of the church; by cultivating communion with other members of the body of Christ; and—not to mention ways which need be known only to Him who seeth in secret by an ardent, persevering search of the Scriptures, as for hid treasures, in which she took great delight, and with which she had acquired a very accurate and extensive acquaintance ; for one could not be long in her company without perceiving that the word of the Lord dwelt in her richly. Nor was personal experience her only concern ; for few of us need be told what pains she took, and what labour she expended, to instruct the young, both by personal exertion, and by the employ. ment of others properly qualified for the work. Her active diligence in doing good, in concert with a sister like-minded, was well calculated to provoke others to zeal ; and did impressively show, what one or two individuals, (especially with rank and influence in society,) may be honoured to accomplish in a short space of time, in ad
vancing the interests of piety through a very extended locality, and that among others besides the young.
Having herself received mercy, she had learned to show compassion to others in danger. Her mercy to the souls of men was conspicuous in the zeal and liberality she put forth in connexion with those religious societies which shed a lustre on the present age which are formed not to enrich their members with sordid lucre, but with a nobler view that all nations might have the word of salvation sent to them. Nor while zealous for their spiritual, was she callous to the exigencies of men's temporal concerns. The poor and afflicted owned their wants relieved, and their griefs solaced by her visits of commiseration, which she well knew how to improve with relation to the interests of eternity. On accompanying her to the dwellings of the distressed, how often have we seen her weep over their troubles, especially if any were in trouble on a spiritual account; while, if any had obtained mercy, and had come to the consolations of Christ, she greatly rejoiced with them, and gave thanks unto God on their behalf..
For being useful to others in the way of instruction or comfort, she had qualifications
which were not suffered to be hidden in concealment or disuse. Her soundness of judgment, and knowledge of the Scriptures her decision of character, and her discernment of seasons when a word spoken for Christ would fall with most impression, were not bestowed on her in vain, as appeared in those who confessed themselves benefitted by her means. But while we speak of her decision, it is proper to remark, that there was nothing in it wilful, precipitate, or romantic; nothing that needlessly departed from the course of ordinary life, that trampled on the feelings of others, or that overstepped the modesty of female character. Her zeal, though fervent, never consumed the charities of neighbourhood, even where religion had not a degree of regard paid to it, equal to her estimate of its importance and character; and though she would
go far to enjoy special ordinances of religion, or to visit a suffering Christian, these services were not allowed to trespass on the obligations of domestic and relativeduty, in the fulfilling of which she was truly amiable and exemplary. Of filial affection we have never seen a fairer pattern in any family. In fine, without going into details, unsuitable for the place we occupy, it may be said
of her, (small commendation, we confess, in the estimation of a worldly mind, though not so, to those who can distinguish things that differ,) that had she lived in the apostolic age, and belonged to a church, which St Paul, in his epistle to it, celebrates for “ faith that was spoken of throughout the whole world,” (Rom. i. 9.) she would have "had a place in his salutations, with those devout women who had served Christ, and been useful in the church, and whom the Lord himself will commend in the day of his glorious appearing. More than this she did not desire, and with less she would not be content,
But while we recal, with gratitude to God for his grace, those acts of a life so useful to others, we must also briefly advert to its affecting close. While yet in the prime of youth, the elements of dissolution began to work; and after a few months of indisposition, the symptoms of which gave no alarms of danger till a very few days before her change came, she was called to scenes of higher interest and glory. To pass a judgment on one's character and state, from feelings oppressed with languors of disease, and expressions uttered amid the pains of dissolving nature, were unwarrant
able temerity. The tastes, sentiments, and pursuits of habitual life, make up character, and, in general, indicate our actual state; and on these ought our opinion, in as far as it belongs to us to decide, to be grounded. Yet in the last scenes, we anxiously look for indications of interest in the Saviour, and for hope of eternal life; and such indications, we persume, were not wanting in the instance before us.
To a sister, (by nature and by grace entitled to that name, she expressed a strong feeling in the review of life, that she had not walked more closely with God. have been in great danger,” she said, "of deceiving myself, or in being deceived by others; but God has been very merciful in showing me the danger of this. I loathe myself _His blood cleanseth from all sin ! He ever liveth to make intercession The enemy shall not prevail !>It is all love endless love ! The everlasting arms are underneath me Bless the Lord, O my soul! He will soon heal all my diseases ! Death shal be swallowed up! Nothing-nothing shall separate me from the love of Christ !” To the last, was she concerned to have others weaned from other affections in comparison of the love of Christ, and with this