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of religion lie on the surface; their forms and feel peaceful profession for that of arms, and entered the miings may be merely superadded to a state of mind litary service of Geneva in the year 1815. As a so.shich continues very much as it was before. This dier, he conducted himself to the entire satisfaction of alone goes to the very foundation. It changes his superior officers, so that in the course of two years wholly a man's relation to God, and therefore also he was promoted to the rank of serjeant of artillery. to all other things. It changes his views of God, By the rough discipline of the camp, Providence was and therefore also of all things else. It makes preparing Felix Neff for the toils and privations which God the centre to which his affections tend, and he was destined to undergo in the service of the Refrom which they go forth to other objects, so that deemer. And this fact is in beautiful accordance with all his human regards now partake of the intensity the mode in which the people of God are usually fitted and purity and stability of a regard that is eternal for the duties which the Almighty appoints them to ani iivine. Finally, in the conduct of affairs, discharge. Both in the peaceful occupation of a florist, this Religion exerts a salutary power. Religion,
and in the more active employment of a soldier, Neff as men often conceive of it, is to be kept close was gathering up precisely that kind of information, and prisoner to the church and to the closet, because those peculiar habits which he afterwards required. its forms and its feelings cannot find fitting time Netf soon distinguished himself, in the corps to which or space amid the busy dealings of merchants in be belonged, both by his undaunted courage, and his the streets, or the commonplace intercourse of devoted piety. This latter quality appears to have been neighbours in their houses. But Christianity is
by no means agreeable to his superior officers, who are a Religion not of form or feeling merely, but chief-represented by his biographer as having wished him ove ly of Principle; and therefore it can find admit- of the service, so much did they feel offended at the tzace where ceremony would be out of place and
scrupulous strictness of his conduct. At length, so high wrought sensibility out of taste, for right decided did his mind become in its preference of Divine principle is never unseasonable or inapplicable. things, that he was advised to quit the regiment, and It speaks to the conscience for God, and it has a
dedicate himself to the work of the ministry. Before word to say, in the making of every bargain—in taking a step so important, however, he spent a consithe discharge of every trust—in the issuing of derable part of his time in meditation and prayer, that every command—in the rendering of every ser
he might experience the direction of a wisdom far higher nice_in the conducting of every conversation in than his own. And the result was, that he left the the eating of every meal—in every meeting of arny in 1819, and commenced a course of study, with
a view to the sacred office. friends in every interview of foes—in every com
He read the Bible with Ir.on act of kindness done—in every injury receiv- deep and prayerful attention, and so anxious does he ed-in every transaction in every relation of life appcar to have been to render Scripture familiar to his —it has a word to say, and the word is this: “Do mind, that he made a concordance of his own, and filled justice, love mercy, walk humbly with your God :" the margins of several copies of the Old and New Tes
tament with remarks and memoranda.
" Some of -and « whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do ail in the name of the Lord Jesus :"_" whether these,” says Dr Gilly, “ are still in the possession of therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do his friends, and are held in most affectionate estimation,
and are consulted as the voice of one who being dead, all to the glory of God.”
As a still further preparation for the practical duties BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF FELIX NEFF. of the sacred office, Neff was employed for two years as
Felix NEFF was born in the year 1798, and brought a catechist, or lay-belper, in the Swiss cantons of Neufup in a small village, near Geneva, under the care of chatel, Berne, and the Pays de Vaud.
This office, his widowed mother. His early education appears to which has been long existent in the Protestant churches are been such as reflected great credit upon the wis- on the Continent, forms an excellent probationary com and piety of his kind parental instructor. No exercise for candidates for the holy ministry. And runs were spared to impart to his youthful mind a taste we are glad to hail its introduction to a certain exfor knowledge, and, above all, to impress him with a tent in our own country; and we trust that, by the sense of Divine things. And it happens rarely, very blessing of God, it will be the means of raising up in farely, indeed, that the feelings awakened, and the prin- the midst of us a number of active, and energetic, and o'sa imbibed, in the house of a pious parent, are ever devoted pastors. Accustomed, before receiving ordinaestrely lost. On the mind of Neff, these early im- tion, to visiting families, and catechising the young, and pressions appear to have been of the most salutary and comforting the sick, and, in short, all the other duties laig description. From childhood, his employments, of a parish, with the exception of those which pecuaderen his very amusements, were of a rational kind. liarly belong to an ordained ministry—young men are With an ardent love of natural scenery, and a taste for the better prepared to enter upon the work of parochial e sablime and beautiful, which the surrounding coun- clergymen with efficiency and success. try tended so strongly to gratify, be delighted to wander In 1821, Neff removed from Switzerland, having been among the mountains, or along the banks of the peace invited to officiate as catechist to a pastor at Grenoble,
in France. After labouring faithfully there for six The aspiring dispositions of young Neff led him at an months, his services were requested at Mens, in the Deeariy age to look forward to a life of military enterprise ; partment of the Isère, to supply, as far as possible, the and accordingly, although for a time he was employed place of an absent pastor Here, however, from various in the nursery-stounds of a florist, he exchanged his circumstances, and, among the rest, from the want of
sympathy in religious feeling between him and the Felix Neff travelled to that inhospitable region which people among whom he was labouring, he felt his situa- was to be the scene of his future labours. His first tion by no means comfortable, so that in one of his let- employment, on reaching the place, was to become acters, written at this time, exhibiting the state of his quainted with every village and hamlet within his exmind, we find him thus expressing himself :-" I often tensive parish. Though in the depth of winter, and retire to my chamber, ill at rest, and greatly dissatisfied exposed to the utmost severities of wind and weather, with myself. I reproach myself, on the one hand, for he went forth in the cause of his Master, preaching the having betrayed my sacred trust, and, on the other, for glad tidings of salvation from one end of the district to being a time-server, and afraid of pressing my opportu- the other. An affecting incident which occurred in nities.” Yet, notwithstanding the complaining style in one of his excursions, may give some idea of the simple which this letter is couched, the labours of Neff at this character of the people among whom Neff laboured.
time were unremitting, not confined to Mens, but ex- “Neff had been performing three services in the
tending to the whole department, which contained no
church of Dormilleuse, to a congregation which filled fewer than 8000 Protestants, scattered over a surface the little sanctuary, and he was afterwards proceeding of 80 miles square, with only three regular pastors, one towards Romas, the upper part of this mountain village, of whom was absent. In these circumstances, Neff was
followed by many of the inhabitants of that quarter,
who had been among his hearers. Suddenly they were employed chiefly in the work of a missionary.
alarmed by some loud cries behind them. These were After having faithfully discharged the duties of a occasioned by the sudden illness of a young woman of catechist for four years, and more especially as his la- the party, who was stretched upon the ground without bours at Mens were brought to a close by the return of any signs of life. In fact, the vital spark had fled, and the pastor for whom he officiated, Neff was desirous of thus a young person of twenty-six years of age, of a obtaining ordination to the office of the holy ministry. robust frame, who had been present at the three services In this, however, there was some difficulty. He was
in the course of the day, and who had been joining in unwilling to apply for ordination to the Established before, was now carried home a breathless corpse.
the psalmody with great animation but a few minutes
The Church of Geneva, in consequence of the unscriptural consternation of her parents was extreme, for she had doctrines held by most of its ministers; and being a
been the only strong and healthy member of the family, foreigner, he had no claim upon the Protestant Church and the principal support of it; but they bore their loss of France. In this dilemma he thought of visiting without a murmur, and what they most lamented, was England, where he had become known chiefly through the suddenness of her death, without having had time the medium of the Continental Society. Though quite particular, testified the utmost submission to the blow,
to commend her soul to God. The poor mother, in unable to speak the English language, he proceeded to although she had three children nearly blind, and her London in the beginning of May 1823, and was ordain- husband was feeble and in bad health. During the two ed, on the 19th of that month, in Mr Clayton's chapel nights that the corpse remained unburied, the house in the Poultry.
was filled with people, who came to offer their condo. During his stay in London, Neff felt himself very un
lence, and especially with young women. comfortable and solitary from his ignorance of the lan-braced the opportunity of reading appropriate passages
of Scripture, and of pouring in such consolations and guage, and accordingly he lost no time in returning to
admonitions as were most applicable, and exhorted France, and to the scene of his former labours at Mens.
them to watch and pray, and to keep themselves in His reception was exceedingly gratifying. The people readiness against the coming of the Lord. When the “ left their shops and their husbandry work to meet time came for placing the corpse on the bier, the unhim. They crowded round him, some half-stifled him happy mother repeated aloud a prayer, in French, for in their embraces, others kissed his hand, others wept the dying, and then all of a sudden she burst out in with joy, and all signified the sincerity of their affection patois, Alas! my poor child had not time to utter
these words. Death has seized her, as the eagle snatches and respect.” Though urged to remain among them, up the lamb, as the rock falls and crushes the timid and to accept the office of pastor in the commune of St. kid of the chamois; oh! my dear Mary, the Lord has Sebastian, he judged it prudent to decline the request. taken thee at the very gate of his temple. Thy last
His affections were set upon the section of the High thoughts were therefore, we hope, directed towards Alps. He thought he would rather be stationed there, throne of God, and received thee in paradise !
Oh! may He have made thy peace before the
All than in those places which are situated under the beau
the inhabitants of Dormilleuse attended the melancholy tiful sky of Languedoc. At length his wishes were
procession to the grave, and their pastor read the Ninegratified. The elders of the Protestant Churches of tieth Psalm, as the earth closed upon the coffin, and Val Queyras and Val Fressiniere applied to the Con- then delivered an address, which the mourners are not sistory in his behalf, and the consent of that body hav- likely to forget." ing been obtained, he entered in January 1824 upon his The indefatigable exertions of Neff for the spiritual pastoral duties. The charge assigned to this devoted welfare, and even the temporal comfort of his people, man of God was such as most men would have shrunk
were truly exemplary. No opportunities were lost, no from. It consisted of seventeen or eighteen villages, labour spared, to minister to their souls the bread and scattered over an extent of nearly 80 miles in the high the water of life. A lively description of his varied passes of the Alps, a region of barrenness and desola- endeavours to benefit their souls, is thus given by his tion, impassable during a great part of the year from worthy biographer, Dr Gilly :the depth of the snow. Such was the scene of labour
“ It was not on Sunday only, that he went the round which Neff preferred to the cultivated plains and fertile of his churches, but he was ever visiting now one quarvalleys where his lot, had he so wished, might have ter, and then another : and happy did they esteem thembeen cast.
selves at whose table he sat down, and under whose It was in the midst of a most inclement season that I roof he lodged for the night. When his arrival was exe pected in certain hamlets, whose rotation to be visited were the people themselves of the advantage arising
s sepposed to be coming round, it was beautiful to from their improved condition, that they looked upon see the cottages send forth their inhabitants, to watch their pastor with the most confiding affection and regard. the coming of the beloved minister. , Come, take your They had received a counsellor from heaven, and these dinner with us.'_'Let me prepare your supper.'* Permit me to give up my bed to you,'_were re-echoed simple-hearted people appreciated the blessing. frco many a voice, and though there was nothing in the
In the course of his labours, Neff found great diffirepas: which denoted a feast-day, yet never was festival culty from the imperfect education which the young observed with greater rejoicing than by those, whose received at school. He, therefore, resolved to endearre-bread and pottage were shared by the pastor Neff. vour, as much as possible, to introduce an improved Svastines, when the old people of one cabin were
This, however, might appear starzdir.z at their doors, and straining their eyes to catch impracticable, there being no schoolmasters capable of
system of education. the trst view of their • guide to heaven,' the young undertaking the task. Every obstacle only tended the ss of another were perched on the summit of a rock, and stealing a prospect which would afford them an more to rouse the energies of Neff. He resolved to erüer sight of him, and give them the opportunity of take upon himself the office of schoolmaster,—a circering the first invitation. It was on these occasions, cumstance which is thus noticed by his biographer :tcat be obtained a perfect knowledge of the people, questioning them about such of their domestic concerns
“ Behold the preacher surrounded by his classes in a as he might be supposed to take an interest in, as well miserable stable, correcting the tone of one, the proas about their spiritual condition, and finding where he nunciation of another, and the articulation of a third ; could be useful both as a secular adviser and a religious patiently dinning sounds and sense into their ears, and counsellor. “Could all their children read ? Did they making them spell the words, and divide by syllables, understand what they read ? Did they offer up morning and repeat by sentences again and again, until he had and evening prayers ? Had they any wants that he could put them into something like a fair training. Behold relieve? Any doubts that he could remove ? Any aftlic-him also, to keep his pupils in good humour, and to Lions wherein he could be a comforter ?'
mingle something pleasing with the dull routine of read" It was thus that he was the father of his fiock, and ing and spelling, putting aside his books and giving lesmaster of their affections and their opinions; and when
sons in music. This was a most successful as well as the seniors asked for his blessing, and the children took agreeable expedient; it was soon found that the best kuld of his hands or his knees, he felt all the fatigue of singers were also the best readers, and application to his long journeys pass away, and became recruited with the more attractive lesson was usually accompanied by new strength. But for the high and holy feelings which proficiency in the duller acquirement.” sustained him, it is impossible that he could have borne Encouraged by the success of his exertions in the up against his numerous toils and exposures, even for cause of education, Neff resolved to erect a schoolhouse. the few months in which he thus put his constitution to
The situation chosen for the building was the village of the trial. Neither rugged paths, nor the inclement weather of these Alps, which would change suddenly Dormilleuse, and his mode of proceeding is thus graphifron sunshine to rain, and from rain to sleet, and from cally described. sleet to snow; nor snow deep under foot, and obscur
“ He persuaded each family in Dormilleuse to furnish ing the view when dangers lay thick on his road ; no
a man who should consent to work under his directions ; thing of this sort deterred him from setting out, with and having first marked out the spot with line and kis staff in his hand, and his wallet on his back, when plummet, and levelled the ground, he marched at the be imagined that his duty summoned him. I have been head of his company to the torrent, and selected stones assured by those who have received him into their fit for the building. The pastor placed one of the houses at such times, that he has come in chilly, wet, heaviest upon his own shoulders,-the others did the and fatigued; or exhausted by heat, and sudden transi
same, and away they went with their burthens, toiling tior: from excessive heat to piercing cold, and that after up the steep acclivity, till they reached the site of the sitting down a few minutes, his elastic spirits would proposed building. This labour was continued until seem to renovate his sinking frame, and he would enter
the materials were all ready at hand; the walls then into discourse with all the mental vigour of one who began to rise, and in one week from the first commence 528 neither weary nor languid.”
ment, the exterior masonry work was completed, and In all respects Neff showed himself the father and
the roof was put upon the room. The windows, chim. the friend of his people. He taught them to improve also were finished. A convenient stove added its ac
ney, door, tables, and seats, were not long before they their houses, to cultivate their lands, and extend their commodation to the apartment, and Dormilleuse, for temporal cornforts as far as their peculiar circumstances the first time probably in its history, saw a public would admit. And the earnestness of his anxiety on school-room erected, and the process of instruction con. their behalf was met with a rich return of gratitude and ducted with all possible regularity and comfort.' afdence and affection. In one district of his parish, Having completed the school-room, the indefatigable 20:2 especially, which had been in a more destitute pastor commenced his work as a teacher, dedicating his caution than the rest, he felt a lively interest. “From time chiefly to the Normal department of his plan, or the the first moment of my arrival,” says he, “ I took them training of schoolmasters, who might afterwards conduct as it were to my heart, and I ardently desired to be the education of the children on an improved system. unto them even as another Oberlin." And so he ac- The winter of 1826–7 was accordingly spent at Dormil. tually proved. Though he found it impossible to de- leuse ; and such was the anxiety of Neff to improve the vote more than a week in each month to this half-bar- pupils who had put themselves under his care, that fourberous district, a change for the better was very soon teen or fifteen hours out of the twenty-four were spent apparent. Indeed, so extraordinary was the improve in study. The spot which had been selected for this lient of the peasantry of the Val Fressiniere in social experiment, was the most secluded and dreary of the manners and family comfort, no less than in agriculture, whole Alpine districts, and the season was remarkably
to attract the attention of strangers; and so sensible severe and stormy. But nothing could chill the efforts
of Felix Neff. He persevered in his good work, until | ble, from his native air. The relief from his sufferings, the close of winter called for the return of the little which he rather hoped for than expected, was partially party of students to their different communes. The in- granted. Taking advantage of intervals of apparent rehabitants of Dormilleuse regretted the breaking up of a storation to health, he uniformly exerted himself in society, which, though small, spread a cheerfulness some pious work, which most frequently led to a throughout the secluded village. The account of the relapse. parting scene is thus beautifully given by Dr Gilly. - As a last resource, he was advised to try the effect of
“ On the evening before they took their leave, the mineral waters, and accordingly he resided for some young men of the village prepared a supper for their time at Plombieres. While there, he preached regularly new friends, and invited them to the parting banquet. to the Protestants of the place. Having experienced a It was a simple and a frugal repast, consisting of the considerable revival of his strength, he returned to Geproductions of the chase. The bold hunter contributed neva. On his arrival there, however, he began gradu. his salted chamois, the less enterprising sportsman of ally to droop. His spirits failed him, his body became the mountain laid a dried marmot upon the table, and one or two of the most successful rangers of the forest emaciated, and it was but too evident to his friends that produced a bear's ham, as a farewell offering, in honour his stay on earth would be short. of the last evening on which the conversation of this “ It was most heart-rending,” said a spectator of his interesting group was to be enjoyed. It was at the same sufferings, “ to behold him, thus pale and emaciated, time a pleasing, and a melancholy festival, but I do not his large eyes beaming with an expression of fortitude find, in the pastor's Journal, that either the achieve- and pain ; covered, from head to foot, with four or five mnents of their ancestors, who had garrisoned this rocky woollen garments, which he was obliged to change frecitadel, and bad repulsed numberless attempts to storm quently; submitting, in silence, and with the greatest it, or the exploits of the chasseurs, who had furnished calmness, to the application of the moxas," a painful the festive board, formed the conversation of the even- operation, which was constantly repeated ; suffering the ing. It seems to have savoured rather of the object pangs of hunger; counting the hours, and at last venwhich originally brought them together, and when one turing to take something, then waiting with anxiety till of the party remarked,– What a delightful sight, to the food, such as it was, should digest, and thus pasbehold so many young friends met together-but it is sing all his days and nights during a long succession of pot likely that we shall ever meet all together again!' relapses, and of physical prostration, which we somethe pastor took the words up like a text, and enlarged times looked upon as a relief." upon the consolatory thought, that though they might
Even in the utmost extremities of his distress, his see each other's faces no more in this lite, they would
He was now most assuredly meet again in a joyful state of existence Alpine flock dwelt much upon his mind. in the world to come, if they would persevere in their quite aware that his labours among them were for ever Christian course. He then gave them a parting bene- come to a close. Still, even on his death-bed, he pressdiction, and, after a long and mournful silence, which ed upon them, by letter, the precious truths which he each seemed unwilling to interrupt, either by uttering had been privileged to urge upon them from the pulpit. the dreaded good-bye, or moving from his seat, the va
And when unable to write, he employed his mother as ledictory words and embraces passed from one to ano
amanuensis, to whom he dictated two letters, addressed ther, and they separated. The next morning at an early hour, they were seen winding down the mountain
to his beloved flock. Though unable, for want of room, path to their several homes ; they of Dormilleuse gazed to insert either of these beautiful and impressive letters, after them till their figures were lost in the distance, we cannot refrain from presenting our readers with an and the village on the rock appeared more dreary and extract of the touching reply of the simple peasants of desolate than ever."
the Alpine valleys, to a letter which had been sent to Next year they again assembled, but, through the prepare them for the mournful tidings which his friends kindness of friends, in circumstances of greater comfort would too soon be called to communicate. than before. Neff, however, found that his health was “ It is we, it is we, who are the cause of your long gradually declining. The severe labours and privations illness. Had we been more ready to listen to you, you to which he had been subjected, began to prey upon a would not have had occasion to fatigue yourself in the constitution never remarkably robust. In the winter of deep snow, nor to exhaust your lungs, and all the pow1827, he performed his various duties with great difficulty.
ers of your body. Oh, how much pain has it cost you A total derangement of the digestive organs had taken for our sakes. Dear pastor, sensible of the affection
to teach us : like our good Saviour, you forgot yourself place, and the internal pains to which he was in conse
you have always manifested towards us, we desire, with quence subject, were greatly aggravated by a severe ac- all our hearts, to be useful to you. We can say, with cident which he had sustained in the knee. When his truth, that if our lives could be of service to you, we pupils had returned at the end of the second session, if would give them, and then we should not be doing we may so term it, of the Normal institution, Neff felt more for you than you have done for us. May the that his disorder had greatly increased, his stomach had al. May lle shower upon you a thousand benedictions
Lord bless you, and grant you patience in this long trientirely lost its tone, and refused to receive any thing from on bigh, and recompense you for all the pains you but liquids.
have taken of us! Your reward is in beaven: an imIt now became evident that an immediate removal mortal crown awaits you. We will conclude by enfrom the severe climate of the Alpine region was abso- treating your prayers in our bebalf; unworthy as we lutely necessary. For a time he felt very reluctant to are, we do not forget you in ours. Every family, with separate himself from a people among whom his labours
out exception, from the heights of Romas to the foot had been so signally blessed.
At length, however, of some of them in this letter.
of the Influs, salutes you, and you will see the names after travelling over the greater number of the villages but entirely devoted brothers.”
We are your unworthy, to bid an affectionate farewell to his flock, he set out for Geneva, with the view of deriving benefit, if possi-by burning it on t e pari at'ected.
• An indian or Chinese mors, used in the cure of some disorder
The closing scene was now fast approaching—it was all my friends the Pellissiers, whom I love tenderly; in complete harmony with the whole course of his life. Francis Dumont and his wife'; Isaac and his wife ; be" Tell me not how the man died," was once the saying loved Deslois, Emilie Bonet, &c. &c.; Alexandrine of a pious minister, “but tell me how he lived.” We and her mother; all all the brethren and sisters of have seen "how holily , and justly, and unblameably," Mens, adieu, adieu. I ascend to our Father in entire
Victory! victory! victory! through Jesus Felix Neff spent his laborious and useful life. Let us Christ.
Felix NEFF.' attend himn in his dying moments, and listen with devout “ The last night of his life, we and some other per. eagerness to the latest aspirations of this man of God. sons remained to sit up with him. Never shall we for" We had the satisfaction," said a narrator of the the shadow of death. It was necessary to attend to
get those hours of anguish, so well called the valley of dying scene,"
of being much with him towards the him constantly, and to hold him in his convulsive strugclose of his painful career, and we never heard & murmnu escape from his lips. He was grateful for the af- the cold drops from his forehead, to bend or to straight
gles; to support his fainting head in our arms, to wipe feetian shewn towards him, and returned it abundantly. Ofen, after our poor services, he threw his arms round tained any warmth. For a short time he seemed to le
en his stiffened limbs; the centre of his body only reer necks, embraced us, thanked us, and exhorted us with all his soul to devote ourselves to God. • Believe words of Scripture were read to him, but he did not
choking, and we dared not give him any thing: A few my experience,' said he, He only is your sure trust, He
appear to hear; once only, when some one was lamentonly is truly to be loved. If you should one day be em
ing to see him suffer so much, and said, “poor Neff,' ployed in the preaching of the Gospel, take heed not to
he raised his head for an instant, fixed his large eyes Fork to be seen of men. Oh, with how many things of full of affection upon his friend, and again closed them. this kind do I reproach myself! My life, which appears During the long night of agony we could only pray and to some to have been well employed, has not been a quarter so much so as it might have been! How much revived him, he made a sign that he should be carried to
support him. In the morning, the fresh air having a little precious time have I lost !' He accused himself of un
a higher bed; they placed him on this bed in a sitting faithfulness in the employment of his time, and of having been vain-glorious : he, whose labours were scarcely hours we saw his eyes raised to heaven ; each breath,
posture, and the struggles of death began. For four known to a few friends! who had refused to marry, that escaped from his panting bosom, seemed accompathat his heart might be entirely devoted to his Master, nied with a prayer; and at that awful period, when the and whose ardent charity for his fellow-creatures had heaviness of death was upon him, in the ardent expresbrought him, at the age of thirty-one, to his bed of sion of his supplication he appeared more animated than death Knowing his love for sacred music, we fre
any of us.
We stood around him weeping, and almost quently assembled in a room near his own, and sung, in murmuring at the duration of his sufferings, but the an under-tone, verses of his favourite hymns, and a paraphrase on the thirty-first chapter of Jeremiah, which power of his faith was so visible in his contenance,
that our faith too was restored by it; it seemed as though be bad himself composed. This singing filled his soul
we could see his soul hovering on his lips, impatient for with a thousand feelings and recollections, and affected eternity. At last we so well understood what his vehim so much, that we were obliged to discontinue it, hement desire was, that with one impulse we all exthough he did not see us, and he heard us but faintly.
claimed: • Come Lord Jesus, come quickly.' “ About a fortnight before his death, he looked on a mirror, and discovering unequivocal signs of dissolution of April, 1829,) we accompanied his remains to the
“ Two days afterwards, (his death took place 12th in his countenance, he gave utterance to his joy : Oh, tomb. Over his resting place were read some beautiFes ! soon, soon I shall be going to my God i From that time he took no more care of himself: bis door ful verses of that Word which shall never pass away. was open to all, and the last hours of the missionary numerous friends, who were assembled at the grave,
We then prayed, and in compliance with his wish, his became a powerful mission. His chamber was never
sang together those lines of M. Vinet, of which the en.pty, be had a word for every one, until he was ex
stanzas conclude thus :bausted by it. In the full enjoyment of all his mental
• They are not lost, but gone before."" faculties, every thing was present to his memory: the Dost trivial circumstances, even conversations which he had held many years previously, and he made use of
FIRST DISPENSATION OF THE LORD'S them with extraordinary energy in his exhortations.
SUPPER IN SCOTLAND AT THE TIME OF On his mother's account only did he show the least in.
THE REFORMATION. quietude: old, feeble, and devoted to him, she could not restrain her tears. Before ber, he assumed a firm
(Extracted chiefly from Buchanan's History.) ness which amounted even to reproach ; then, when she left him, no longer able to refrain from weeping on the morning on which Wishart was to be executed, himself, his eyes followed her with tenderness, and he the priests sent two Franciscan monks to acquaint hiin would exclaim my poor mother !
that the time of his death drew near, and to ask if he “ He made presents to his friends, and set apart some wished to confess his sins to them, as was customary; religious books for many persons to whom he still he replied that he had no need for friars, nor any wish Loped to be useful ; after having underlined several to converse with them, but if they would gratify him. pessages, he thus wrote the address :— Felix Neff, dy- so far, he would be happy to be visited by the learned ing, to
man who had preached the day before." On this being "We shall have an indelible recollection of the last reported, the sub-prior, after he had obtained the perletter that he wrote ; it was a few days before his death. mission of the bishop, came to the prison in the Castle, He was supported by two persons, and, hardly able to where Wishart was confined, and held a long conversasee, be traced at intervals, and in large and irregular tion with him, intermingled with many tears. characters which filled a page, the lines which follow, length, after he had ceased weeping, from which he addressed to some of his beloved friends in the Alps. could not refrain, he kindly asked, whether he would What must have been the feelings of those who received not wish to partake of the sacrament of the Supthem, with the persuasion that he, who had traced them, per? “Most willingly," answered the martyr, « If was no more!
• John Winram, Sub-Prior of St. Andrews, who was at that time “! Adieu, dear friend, André Blanc, Antoine Blanc,
a friend to the Reformation, but not openly, for fear of the priests.