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FOR JUNE, 1832.
MEMOIR OF THE LATE MRS. YOUNG,
MEMBER OF THE scotch church, crown court.
The life and walk of a private as the hope set before them; and of Christian, though ofttimes replete the abiding peace realized by the with varied experiences of the love sinner, within whose heart the of God, has generally little in its Spirit of God has made his abode, aspect to interest or attract the at- filling it with that joy which passeth tention of the world. The unob- all understanding. trusive virtue, and the silent joy; . Under the impression, then, that -the sanctified feeling, and the we are rendering a service thus to ardent piety of a sincerely humbled the Christian world, we would soul, may want that vividness of humbly submit a very few notices colouring, and diversity of incident of the faith and hope of the late that fascinate the mere intellectual Mrs. Young. eye, and yield a momentary satis. It would little interest the public faction to the man of taste. Ne- mind to know where the subject vertheless, every exhibition of the of this memoir was born, or how power of faith, every development her early years were passed ; and of the native efficacy of pure and our aim is rather to point out how undefiled religion, elevating the she lived, and in what hope she moral character, purifying the heart died. There is, indeed, something and overcoming the world, is a delightfully interesting in watching treasure to the man of God; and the gradual changes of mind and whether it be pictured forth in the feeling that accompany regenerahistory of one who grows up like a tion—it is as when we wait in sumcedar of Lebanon, or in the life of mer's twilight for the beams of another who blooms like the mean- morning. We behold the blessed est floweret in the garden of the light first tinging the surrounding Lord, still it tells him of the elevations, and then spreading itblessedness and the peace of such self downward till the panorama of as have made the God of Jacob nature is flooded with its brighttheir trust; of the happiness of all ness;—so we mark the progress of who have fled for refuge unto Jesus the light of truth, first influencing
the prominent features of the cha- from this being the case, there was racter, and at length irradiating the even a disposition displayed in the whole life and conversation, clearly hour of sadness to leave all things discovering that the heir of dark- in the hands of God, and in the ness has become a child of light hour of health to extend her cares and of the day. In the present and her valuable assistance to all case, however, we cannot thus gra- the dwellings of affliction. One who tify the reader, as it was not our knew her well, has thus recorded privilege to be acquainted with the his sense of her private attentions. deceased, until she had attained -“ All who have participated in her thirty-eighth year, and had her friendship have had reason already grown up in the faith-until highly to appreciate her acceptable the branch had not only been cut services in times of domestic afoff from the wild olive-tree, and fliction, from the unassuming mangrafted into the true vine, but had ner in which they were proffered, exhibited decided and multiplied and the noiseless promptitude with evidences of that living principle, which they were rendered ; while imparted unto all who are rooted they were not made the occasion of and grounded in the faith of the neglecting or deranging her own Lord Jesus.
family concerns, which amid many At this period of her Christian interruptions of health, and the career, we were first introduced anxieties inseparable from an ininto her family circle, and expe- creasing family, were always prurienced in the familiarity of social dently conducted, &c. &c.” intercourse all that refined plea- That this is no laboured panesure, which an heart devoted to gyric, but the simple embodying of the Saviour ever diffuses on those what appeared with far more beauty around. In her we witnessed the in her life, and with far more simwarmth of maternal love, the cease- plicity in her diary, we subjoin a less anxiety of the parent, and the few extracts from the latter, as winning mildness of the wife, all proving that, in this matter, the subordinated to the love of God. faithful, though dead, yet speaketh. She loved and loved deeply those
“ Sabbath Evening, March, 1799. around her; but her affection was
"My dear husband assembled the childisplayed chiefly in the fervour of dren, and read a very affecting discourse from her prayers, and the earnestness of Dr. Doddridge, from 2 Samuel xviii. 33, “O her endeavours, for their spiritual
my son Absalom! my son, my son Absalom!
would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, welfare. Her own family shared
my son!” It was a very affecting discourse; naturally the largest part in her our dear children seemed to hear it with pious breathings, but the church of great attention; and, when it was done, I Christ was never forgotten. The spoke to them on the necessity of living a mother of a numerous progeny, and
godly life, and what the result would be of
living near to God, and what a happiness it the victim of a painful distemper, would be to die in his favour; with some that for years kept her fluctuating other remarks on that subject. My three between life and death, we might
eldest children, and my young maid, were
deeply affected with the conversation, and I have expected that sorrow and
was glad to see the appearance of such pain, combined with a mother's
feeling in their young minds. But, blessed care, would have induced a peevish be God! I have often seen the tears trickle discontentedness of spirit, a nar
down their cheeks, while speaking to them on
such subjects. Oh, may the grace of God be rowed selfishness of disposition,
early seen in their lives and conversation !". that would have cramped her energies, and concentrated them within As furnishing proof that her her own household; but so far affliction, indeed, wrought patience,
and experience, and hope, and dependence on the living God, we subjoin the following extract, doubly interesting, because written during a season of great bodily anguish :
"Oh, Father of Mercies ! how great is thy loving kindness to me above all creatures, that thou shouldest spare me so long in the land of the living, to speak of thy wonders—me, who am but dust and ashes! How justly mightest thou have cut me off, and consigned me to the place of the dead; but thou, Lord, knowest what is best for me. Thou hast been pleased again to visit me with a sharp affliction ; thou knowest there is a need be for all thou doest. Lord, be pleased to try my heart and reins-let there be no allowed guile in my soul; but make me an object of thy love; and when thou shalt see fit to summon me hence, oh ! grant that I may leave the stage of time triumphant, rejoicing in God, my Redeemer. Oh! what a mercy it is to be kept humble ; my disorder assails me, but, blessed Lord, let me be enabled to devote myself to thee. O merciful God! thou hast laid thine afflicting hand on me, but thou hast helped, thou hast supported my drooping soul; thou hast poured in oil and wine, and refreshed me with thy precious promises. I know thou wilt correct me in mercy-it is to take away my sin and dross. Lord, grant that it may have the desired effect that I may live more near to thee, and have more close communion with thee, while here. Oh, take possession of my soul for thyself!"
As an evidence that her soul's desire was for the salvation of others——that, deeply imbued herself with the knowledge of the Redeemer, she eagerly desired to make others acquainted with that living bread which came down heaven-we subjoin the following extract from a letter written to Mr. B
“ 18th April, 1805. " I came with a view to speak to you the other day, but had not an opportunity, on account of the people present. I therefore write to remind you that this sickness is another warning from God to prepare for eternity. I have been upon my knees before his throne on your behalf, praying that he would change your heart, and bring you savingly to himself. My dear B., who ever hardened his heart against God and prospered? You break his express commandments, by casting up your books, and seeking amusement, on the Lord's day,
instead of going to hear the word of God, or reading your Bible, or praying with and for your children. For Christ's sake, my dear Sir, as you and I must stand with our naked souls before God on the great day of account, think what shall we have to say for ourselves. Oh, I cannot see for tears! My heart is overwhelmed to think that you are so careless about your soul--the immortal part that cannot die-that must be eternally miserable or happy! Oh, if you should cast this admonition behind your back, and not take it into serious consideration before it is too late, with a doleful lamentation will you condemn your own folly. Do you think it cost Jesus nothing to redeem us from the curse of an offended God, when it caused him to sweat great drops of blood in the garden to sweat great drops of blood in + Gethsemane ? and say, do you profess a great deal of respect for a person who does you a small kindness, and will you not love Christ, who has done so much for your soul? He has fed and led you all the days of your life, and if you are determined now to shut your ears, God will open them with a vengeance when you appear before his bar. Think seriously of it before it is too late.
“Yours affectionately, &c.”. We have hinted that Mrs. Young was the subject of a painful disease, which she bore with exemplary and Christian fortitude---making it the occasion of earnest solemn admonition to all around to prepare for their latter end; and, more than once, bidding her weeping family farewell, with an eye that was dimmed by the tear of regret for those to be left behind, yet that shone like the sun through a shower, with the brightness of undying hope. Her days were prolonged far beyond what might thus have naturally been expected, and her spared life was devoted to her God. In private she was beloved as a friend, in public she was respected as an example of Christian consistency, of steadfast faith, and of that combination of humble and modest deportment which the apostle describes as the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit. Her prosperity changed not her demeanour to the lowly, nor did her adversity sour her temper to the dependant; the leaves of the Christian tree might be shaken by the blasts of sorrow,
but the stem was too firmly rooted flight-viz. the reception of strong in the rock of ages, to be seriously consolation, and the solid basis injured by the storms of life. Thus upon which that consolation restshe lived at peace with all-be- ed, even the word and oath of Jeloved most by those who knew her hovah, in which it is impossible best-a kind, a dutiful partner-a for God to lie. And, in the applifaithful and most affectionate mo- cation, his aim was to prove that ther-a tender and devoted friend the character, the confidence, and --and, what is far better, a humble the consolation were neither fictiand zealous follower of the Lord tious norimaginary, but were pracJesus.
tically demonstrated in the expeIn September last, an all-wise rience of all who were really Providence saw meet to afflict her members of the mystical body of in a way that rendered the expres- Christ. Reader! the deceased, a sinsion of her feelings altogether im- ful creature like thyself, obtained practicable, and thus her surviving strong consolation, comfort, peacefriends were deprived of the con- peace that passeth all understandsolation of again hearing the ing, and the blessed hope of a gloglowing language of unbroken con rious immortality and she obtainfidence, and of animated love-sheed this, by resting on the atonelingered in an almost apathetic ment of God's dear Son. Art thou state till February 29th, when the able to say, Glory unto God in spirit that was indeed burdened the highest, for pardon secured with a weight of clay, and the soul through the blood of Jesus ?—then that was fettered by the feebleness' for you is provided strong consoof a dying frame, burst from its lation. Art thou able to say, confinement, and hasted away to Glory unto God in the highest for the God who gave it.
peace procured, and felt, and enHer funeral sermon was preach- joyed, through the influence of the ed in the Scotch Church, Crown Holy Spirit ?-then you have Court (of which she had been a shared the strong consolation. member upwards of forty years), Reader, canst thou say, Glory from these words :--“ That by two unto God in the highest, for an inimmutable things in which it was heritance incorruptible, undefiled, impossible for God to lie, we might unfading in the skies, almost seen, have strong consolation who hare and almost realized ?—then you fled for refuge to lay hold on the have obtained the strong consolahope set before us.” In which the tion; and it will bedew your spirit preacher delineated, in the first with holy joy to know and be asplace, the feature of Christian cha sured, that the experience of others racter herein described, in a sin- testifies to the great truth that ner fleeing for refuge and laying God's mercy is rich unto all who hold upon Christ as a refuge call upon him in sincerity. Blessfrom the storm, and a hiding-place ing, and glory, and power, be unto from the tempest. II. He de- him that sitteth on the throne and scribed the consequence of that to the Lamb for ever and ever.
EXPLANATION OF A MISTAKE.
(To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine.) SIR,-You will very greatly oblige me from me respecting the Vaudois persecu. by inserting a few lines relative to Mr. tions. I feel ashamed to have overlooked Wilks's reply to a former communication the date of Mr. W.'s letter, and beg.to