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to bless the use of the medicines that were employed, that he was enabled once more to resiune several of his occupations, although some diminution of the cnergy of his mind was observable. But, in the beginning of February 1798, just when Mfr. Gerické had arrived withi Mr. Holzberg, the Missionary destined for Tanschaur, he was attacked with a dangerous complaint in his foot. The mortification, which threatened to supervene, was indeed prevented; but he sunk into such a state of debility, that hé was obliged to be lifted and carried about like an infant.
Concerning the last days of his life, and his conversation on his death-bed, Mr. Gerické writes thus:
"I returned on the 7th of February, 1798, from a short visit which I had made at Tirutchinapally, to Tanschaur, where I found that Mr. Schwartz's leg was become very bad, and full of black spots, which were continually spreading. The physician had begun to apply the Peruvian bark in embrocations. As we had every hour to expect the dissolution of our beloved brother, the rest of the brethren requested that I would stay with them, and help them to bear the burden. But it was at the same time a great blessing to me to behold, in this expiring Christian, an edifying example of faith, hope, and resignation. When spiritual and heavenly things were the subjects of conversation, when he prayed, admonished, or spoke of the tranquillity and peace which his soul enjoyed, through the mercy of God in Christ, it could rever be perceived that his powers of recollection were impaired. Frequently lie quoted texts of Scripture, or verses ont of hymns, which were very apposite, and always in the language of those to whom he addressed himself. Till last Friday evening, he frequently said, that he did not yet think bis end to be very near at hand, but that it would be attended with much pain. But since then, he said several times, “ Now, I think, I shall soon go to the heavenly Father.” Being once asked, whether he had the hope that, after his death, the kingdom of God would be further extended in this country? He answered, “ Yes ; but it will pass through trials and tribulation." Another time, when he was asked, whether he had any thing yet to say with regard to the congregation, he answered, “ Do you help, that they may all come to Heaven.” He once said, * There is with many, a good beginning of Christianity ; but, if any one should object that there is nothing perfect to be scen yet, let him first examine himself.” When we expressed ourselves rejoiced to see him so patient and resigned, he replied, • Human misery is universal ; and I really suffer very little and frequently repeated the words, “Our faithful God helps in distress, and chastens with moderation. But how would it be if he should deal with us according to our sins ? But yonder,pain will be no more; and for that we have to thank the Lord Jesus.” To his Malabar attendants, who faithfully assisted
him, he was very thankful, and said sometimes to us, must not complain much, were it only on account of these poor people, who certainly do their best, lost we should render their attendance more burdensome to them.”
" On the 10th, in the morning, his tongue was quite parched, furred, and blackish ; and strong spasms in the bowels, with difficulty of breathing, came on. By his desire, we ofered up a prayer, and thought this would be his last ; but, towards evening, he again felt easier, and the fever hd greatly abated. On the following day care Samuel, the physician (who, however, had nothing to do with the patient in the capacity of a physician, but inerely assisted in lifting him and applying the embrocations ; and who yesterday announced to me liis approaching dissolution) and said, “ The Lord has worked a wonder ; synaptoms whicle yesterday gave reason to expect impending death, have disappeared. The English plıysician also said, upon inspection of the foot, that lie was astonished at the sudden amendment; adding, that he was no longer apprchensive that the patient would die of an external mortification, although a recovery was not to be expected.
« On the 12th, I intended, in the afternoon, to have set out on my return home. The patient also gave me my dismission, and said, “ You intend then to leave ns to-lay. Salute all the breihren, and tell them to attend always to the chief point. I suall now soon go to the Lord Jesus : if he will receive
and not enter into judgment with me, but deal with me according to bis mercy, all will go well with me, and I will praise him. He might reject us also on account of our works, because sin cleaves to them all.” He thanked God that he suffered hiin to leave the world in the midst of his faithful brethren; and that he had conducted things so, that he should come to liim in his greatest weakness, in order to extol Jesus as the only Saviour, the Resurrection, and the Life. “Now,” he added, “ pray still once more with me. I knelt dowu with Mr. Kohlhoff, who, in the mean time had entered the chamber, and adapter! my prayer to the contents of the hymn, " To thee alone, Lord Jesus Christ,” &c.
“ Aiter fresh dressings had been applied to the disease) foot, anı! we had given him some refreshment, and had him removed into another chamber (which was done once every day, because thic air in the close room was very much vitiated by the embrocations, the coal-fire used in preparing them, and the many attendants that were required) we for the first time perceived the extreme state of debility to which he was reduced, and he seemed even nearer to bis dissolution than he had done the Saturday before. I was therefore again detained. In the afternoon he conversee much with Mr. Jenicke. In the evening I came to him with the physician, whom he knew very well, and said to him, “Let us all take care that none of us be left behin:1." Ile expressed his gratitude for the attention of the physician and the assistance of his brethren and Malabar attendants. The latter did every thing in their power with the greatest alacrity: their love to their paternal teacher made every thing easy to them; and every word of instruction which he spoke to them, they caught up with the greatest avidily, an:) delighted to be about him.-- The physician was much allected, and said, he hoped I would not leave the patient and set out on my return, as he was so weuk.
“ This evening lie sufiered more than he had done before ; for the lifting him and moving his body, on account of the embrocations, which it was necessary should be often repeated, and even sitting and lying in bed, were extremely burthensome to him, But his patience and resignation did not diminisha ; not a complaint was beard from him ; his sighs only expressed how much he suffered. I said to him, imong other things, “God grant that we may one day, in our last extremity, await our «iissolution in such peace, and such a happy frame as you to our comfort and satisfaction now enjoy.”—May he grant it!' lie rejoined, “in the richest mcasure.' All our hearts were moved by the affectionate energy with which he uttered these words.
“ In the night between the 12th and 13th, he enjoyed some sleep in the intervals when he could be left quiet; and the following forenoon he fell into a kind of stupor; and his pulse was very feble. When he awoke he spoke indeed! ; but only detached words were intelligible; however, he seemed clearly to understand whatever was spoken to him. We thought he was about to slumber thus out of the body; but about noon he became again more lively. We sung the hymn, “ Christ is my life,” &c. in which he began to join us. Ile spoke very humbly of himself, and in praise of his Redeemer, wishing to be dissolved, and to be fith Christ. Ilad it pleased him,' he said, that I had rezained here longer, I should have liked it, for then I miglit have spoken a word more to the poor and sick; but IIis will be done! May he only receive me in mercy! Into thy hands I commend my spirit; thou hast redeemed me, thou faitliful Gol !' The Malabar attendants afterwards sang the last verses of the hymn, “ Head full of wounds and bruises !” in which he frequently joined. He then rested a little ; after which he desired to be raised up, and suddenly he opened his mouth (out of which so much instruction and comfort, so much fervent prayer had issued till the 73d year of his life) and expired between four and five o'clock, in the arms of the faithful and affectionate Malabar fellow-labourers of this place. It was very affecting to hear the wailing and lamentations of the inhabitants of the two Chris, tian villages on both sides of the garden, which we could do the whole night through. The sorrow at having lost him who had been their teacher, their comforter, their tutor, their bencfactor, their adviser, their acvocate, was universal. Not only we, the congregations, the schools, and the mission, but the whole couns" try, has lost a father. Whoever had but known inim, wept.
“On the foilowiny day, between four and five in the afternoon, we deposited his remains in the grave, which was dag in the church in the garden. Serfogee, the Tanschaur Prince, whose tutor he was, came to see his corse before the coffin vis nailed* down, bedewed it with his tears, and accompanied it to the grave. T'he Malabar assistants wished to carry the body; but as Europe ans had already been engaged the day before for the purpose, we let it remain so. We had intended to sing hymns on the road to the burial-place; but the lamentations of the people did not permit it. In the church we sung, before and after the interment; and when the English were gone, the Malabars also sang a hymn, and expected an address from me ; but I could scarcely utter a word; and was obliged to summon up all my resolution to enable me merely to read the prayers. The servant of the deceased stood next to me, and said, in the tone of one ready to sink into a Swoon,
Now all our hopes are gone!' This penetrated my heart, for this is the sentiment not only of one, but of many, old and young, great and small, far and near, both Christians and Heathens.
“ After I had changed my apparel, I went to the Prince, who still remained in the neighbourhood, and endeavoured to comfort him. The principal servant of the widow of the late King also begged me to come to her and comfort her; but she lives at too great a distance. The next morning we all went to the physician, and thanked him for the kind attention which he had shewn to our deceased brother in his last illness. I also examined the papers which he had left behind him, as I am appointed executor to his will; and I found that the Mission at Tanschaur, and all the poor and the establishments belonging to it, are his heirs. In the alternoon I spoke for an hour with the assistants, and prayed with them. In the evening the Malabar congregation assembled in the church, and wished to hear a discourse : I took for my text the words of Jacob on his death-bcd : “I dic ; but God will be with you." I quoted many things said by the deceased respecting the congregation, and his hope that the kingdom of Christ would be established here. I endeavoured to animate them to the demonstration of such a mind as dwelt in our departed brother, whose tomb we saw before us *.
* A monument to the memory of Mr. Schwartz has been executed by Mr. Bacon, at the expence of the East India Company, which is now on its way to India, where it is to be erected.
The Missionary labours of Mr. Schwartz being so well known in that country, it was thought unnecessary to represent him (as the artist at first intended) in the character of a Missionary; and that to give in his monument an idea of ihe correspondence of his last moments with the well known course of his life, would be a more desirable plan of design.
The principal compartment of the monument is, therefore, occupied with an alto-relievo representation of Mr. Schwartz in the closing scene
“On the following day, I prayed once more with the brethren, and departed.”—Thus far Mr. Gerické.
Thus this excellent man, who has been of such importance to the Mission, is no more! O that his upright mind may animate all who labour in each of our Missions; and thus the hope of the deceased, for the extension of the kingdom of Jesus in the East Indies, be fulfilled!
CONCIO AD CLEROS:
Ask not who it is that here ventures to teach the teachers of the church. His name is worthless. Suffice it to know, that, though a fellow-labourer with you in the gospel, he is so far from thinking himself wiser or better than those whom he thus addresses, that he is profoundly conscious of being “unworthy to wash the feet of one of the least of the servants of his Lord.”
Far be it from him to cast any reflection on his brethren ; he has just risen from his knees, imploring the Foun-' tain of all Honour to pour on them that Spirit which will make them precious in the eyes of the saints, and prove more abundant blessings to the church than, alas ! the writer of this has ever been. But, penetrated with the importance of your situation, convinced that in you, Zion is blessed or poisoned in the spring, - grieved that, though we also need it, we have few sermons addressed to us, one who is less than the least of all saints, and not worthy to be called a Minister, has ventured to obey the impulse which, he trusts, you will not call enthusiastic, in addressing to you a counsel at the opening of the new year. We present our flocks with such pastoral new year's gifts, why should we not hail each other irr the language of faithful love? of his existence. He is surrounded by a group of the infant pupils 10 whom he gave an asylum in his house, and several clerical friends who attended him at the time. One of the children is embracing his dying hand; and a brother Missionary is supporting, his head ; but the attention of Mr. Swartz is directed to, and his hand raised towards, an object in the upper part of the bas-relief; namely, the Cross, which is borne by a descending angel, implying that the grand subject of his ministry is the chief support of his soul, when “flesh and heart fail."
Over the bas-relief is the Ark of the Covenant, which was peculiarly the charge of the Priests, and was a striking emblem of the constant theme of his preaching, before referred to.
Under the bas-relief are futher emblems of the pastoral office ; namely, the Crosier ; the Gospel Trumpet, distinguished by the banner of the Cross, which is attached to it; and the open Bible, on which is inscribed the divine commission, " Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
We rejoice that the Honourable Company have borne this public testimony of their approbation to a Christian Missionary, who laboured in their territories.