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THE DEATH OF MRS. COATES, I mark his wonder-working hand. Of these
things she gave testirnony to many persons. MR. EDITOR,-I shall feel greatly obliged I heard many of the friends sealing this her if you can find room in your VESSEL for a testimony, and that she would, and was albrief account of the last end of my mother.
ways, willing to deal out her soul to the really I believe that many of the readers of the
hungry soul, and strengthen the hands that Vessel will feel obliged also, and grateful to
hang down. But that she would always send you for so doing. Yours faithfully,
the rich empty away; and that she had alJOHN COATES.
ways been a good neighbour - ready to CHRISTIAN FRIENDS,-My mother departed
aid and assist, and give good advice to this life on Friday, the 12th September, aged
all. And as her son, I can testify of
her faithfulness as a mother. She was eighty years, and was buried on Wednesday, the 17th. I was very much surprised to meet
always kind and sympathetic. All her rods, so many kind friends and neighbours to wit
chidings, and rebukes were bathed in love. ness the last end of her who had lived to
She gave us good advice, and though dead
she yet speaketh. She was the mother of prove that Jesus “ Hath done all things well."
much praver for her children that they And I feel a want to express my sincere
might do and go aright, and above all be thanks and gratitude to all those who both in
| plucked as brands from the burning; nor bas her lifetime and at her death and funeral
her prayer fallen to the ground, for the manifested so much kind assistance and re
youngest son of a thousand prayers has, prespect. All was judiciously managed, and, we
vious to her death, testified of saving grace may safely add, done decently and in order.
| in his soul. I wrote to her a little time ago A brother minister, Mr. Merret, spoke over
to satisfy her anxious mind upon this point the corpse, and threw out a few faithful and
of the genuineness of the change in his soul. Welcome hints respecting the last state of her
Her reply was that she was satisfied, and that soul. From a conversation he had with her
| the letter had done her good in every way. a short time previous to her death, he found
After the funeral and tea was over I felt a that the ererlasting, immutable, and un
little alone in my coul, and felt my loss very changing love, mercy, and grace of a cove
keenly in my spirit, and some sharp remorse nant God was the foundation of her soul's
for not writing to her more often than I did; hope, and that she had much of a feeling
but what was lacking in me my brother sense of these things in her soul's experience
made up for her-I thank him for it. She during her last days. Yea, so blessedly did
has had to pass through deep waters both in the Lord reveal Himself to her that she could
providence and grace; but her saving was, not hardly bear up under it, and would often fall
one thing has ever failed of all that God has down at his feet, ascribing all her conquests
promised; and as this is the tune which his
saints pitched in the wilderness of old, she to his all-glorious Name, praising and bless- | ing Him for what He had done, telling Him
can now join them above, and, without a sigh that He had put away all her sins, and then
or a tear, parade the golden streets and chant singing her favourite hymn
the sacred song of loud hallelujahs to the "Dear dying Lamb, thy precious blood
Lamb that sitteth upon the throne: and, as
her name was Mary, we may conclude by Shall never lose its power,
sayingTill all the ransom'd church of God Be saved to sin no more."
"Let Mary sing and tell of grace, And as her son I can faithfully testify to the
That found her soul a hiding place truth of these things, for I paid her a visit
Beneath her Lord the Lamb." aliout two years ago, when she told me the
Yours very faithfully, real state of her soul. I shall never forget
JOHN COATES. the two hours I spent with her. She asked me in a faithful inquiry,—“John, how do you • There are some churches, so called, who, get on?" I said, “Mother, I have very little for want of charity, monopolize a pure church else left save one riddle and one wonder, and state to themselves, as if Christ had no true that the riddle was the same as Samson's. gospel church in this day beside themselves; That one of those things which appeared to whose preachers and rulers are of soimpetuous threaten my destruction proved to be but a a spirit, as drives them to the very precipice earcase full of honey, and things for my good: of anathematizing all but themselves; as if the and my wonder was, that God should commu- doctrine of God's grace, and the form of a nicate with me as one whose sins were par. true gospel-church state, were to be found dened, and whose iniquities were covered." nowhere but among them. These are like At this she exclaimed, " They aro mine as violent storms and showers, which will not well as yours. Ten thousand praises to his hold long; and, indeed, it is a pity they dame." I spoke to her about God's covenant should. All I shall say further of such is, with Abraham, that I found God had kept to the Lord rebuke their furious and Bedlambis word and oath. “Yes," said she. “I have like spirit; and give them to sce, and in time proved that for more than forty years." i to be convinced, how far wide they are from lelt that all was right with her soul for life. what they fancy they attained to, namely, a and in death. To other friends she often spoke Christ-like spirit, and a true couforniity to of the Lord's marvellous dealings with her in the pattern of God's house; a thing so much providence from quarters she least expected. | boasted of and gloried in, and that without She loved to watch his kind providences, and cause."--Barry.
a man may have, if he have not an experi
ence of the power of God on the heart, his The Friend of “ Little Faith.” We have be- gifts will only pull him up with pride, until he fore expressed our intention carefully to re. fall into the condemnation of the Devil. view the new edition of the late William
". That a seducer of the Saints is the Huntington's works, so recently issued by blackest character in this world, and the Mr. Collingridge, of the City Press : but la. | deepest sufferer in the next. bours of this kind cannot be done by us
" That to stumble and take offence at an so hastily as by some ; as a great portion of essential truth is a certain prelude to a fearour time and our strength too goes into the ful fall. more public labours of the vineyard; never
** That there is no such way to heaven, as theless, we are fully persuaded that very es. some have cast up, which is termed a being sential service will be rendered to thousands drawn by love, and having the heart opened of sincere souls by furnishing analytical | like the heart of Lydia.' reviews of the entire works of Mr. Hunting "This Mr. Butler would say when he heard ton; and this piece of labour, among many | Mr. Huntington enforce a sense of sin, and a others, we hope to be able to accomplish. spirit wounded under it, “ He is got upon his
We wish here to call attention to a three- own dunghill again, he thinks to bring them penny pamphlet just published by William all his own way, but he never will.' 'HowPamplin, of Frith-street, Soho, entitled " The ever,' Mr. Huntington remarks, 'I know that Cry of Little Faith heard and answered, and my way is the path of the just, and they that his Innocent Cause undertaken and pleaded. die out of it will be damned, die when they In a Letter by the late William Huntington." may, for none but the sick need the physi
With a good conscience, and with much cian, none are called to repentance but sinners, confidence, we not only recommend, but we none are sons but those that are chastened, would entreat all such persons as are sorely and those that never were lost were never and severely troubled as regards the genuine saved. nature of their faith to read this work; with “Mr. Butler had no daily cross upon his the Lord's blessing it must be a help unto back, nor the least appearance of an humble them. The following “ Prefatory Notes” will mind, a broken heart, or of that godly sorrow furnish our readers with the circumstances that worketh repentance. He had not the which led Mr. Huntington to pen and to pub- least appearance of that repentance that lish this most comfortable and powerful needeth not to be repented of, without which essay on the true character and conflicts of a there is no Christ in the heart, no salvation living faith. Of the “Cry of Little Faith" | applied, and without which, the higher the itselt, we shall have more to say another time. hypocrite flies the deeper he falls.
The editor says:-"In the twelfth volume "A Mr. Vessey, who first heard Mr. Huntof the works of the late Rev. W. Huntington. Jington at Sunbury and afterwards at Ditton there is some account of a person named But and Richmond, became acquainted with this ler, a very remarkable character, with whom
Mr. Butler, and imbibed his heresy. Mr. Veshe became acquainted during his residence at sey afterwards became a preacher and reports Ditton.
soon spread of his wonderful gifts, knowledge, "Mr. Huntington says, “This man was the zeal, boldness, and success in making conmost puzzling character in his profession that verts, and of his preaching in-doors and outever staggered or confounded me. His gifts of-doors. At this time his heretical tenets and knowledge of the Scripture were such as were not openly maintained. It appearing, I had never seen before. He would run over however, that Mr. Vessey preached up that the Scriptures by the hour when I have not nothing was faith but full assurance, Mr. had a word of truth in my lips. Before this | Huntington wrote the • Cry of Little Faith,' man I appeared for many years a poor de- the present reprint. The destructive heresy of jected drone, or a mere idiot, burdened with a Mr. Vessey was some time after this made pubdaily cross, and the hourly buffetings of lic. Mr. Huntington says of Mr. Vessey, if he Satan, while this wonderful man appeared as made a joyful and triumphant end (as some if he was in the third heaven. He was very said), he died as he lived. I never once saw conscientious and esteemed for honesty where him in any other frame. I knew him upever he worked. He stood thus in a flaming wards of ten years, but the real ballast of a profession near, or quite, ten years. I saw him vessel of mercy, which is the forgiveness on a sick bed, near unto death, and his joys of sins, access to God, union with Christ, a were still the same.'
“Soon after Mr. Huntington left Ditton for “Luther in a letter to Melancthon says, London, Mr. Butler began to circulate some Ask these prophets whether they have felt heresy about the Trinity, but after continu-those spiritual torments, that death and hell ing at this work for a time, he fell into black which accompany a real regeneration. And despair, without God, and without hope in the if they speak to you only of agreeable things, world.
of tranquil impressions, of devotion and piety, "Mr. Huntington observes, 'The things in as they say, do not believe them, altho' they which this man's fall established me are should pretend to have been transported to these :
the third heaven. Before Christ could attain “• That those who run unsent of God may his glory, He was compelled to suffer death; convert men unto themselves, but not unto and in like manner, the believer must go God.
through the bitterness of sin before he can " . That whatever speculative knowledge lobtain peace.''
THE CHURCHES IN DEVON done great things for the salvation of his soul. PORT AND PLYMOUTH. Mr. Cousins in his younger days preached
with the Arminians; but the Lord brought SEVERAL letters from these western dis him out. Then he went into the Georgetricts have reached us lately. There is street connection (Mr. Nicholson's), and as but little permanence in the present condi
the Lord gradually opened up the secrets of
his divine decrees, and his glorious covenant tion of the churches; and more changes
to his people, so lie boldly preached it till (as will transpire ere many years have passed I have heard by many) he became a speckled over. Trinity Chapel needs a Boanerges bird amongst them for preaching what they - man of masculine mind and of great call “high doctrines." His word was blessed natural strength, deep in Divine know.
to the poor of God's flock amongst them. He ledge, and decided in the maintenance of
is a young man, getting his bread by the
sweat of his brow. He lives in the affections all the laws the Master has laid down for of all God's people who hear him, and we be. the government of his own house. At lieve the Lord has a very special work for Howe-street, “ Mr. Bull (says a corre him to do. Yours in love,
J. G. spondent) is legally settled as pastor: and! Devonport. it is expected that Mr. John Foreman will soon ordain him. His pathway is
HAMPSTEAD ROAD. comparatively an easy one; and it is
A CHURCH, according to Gospel principles, hoped his pastorate there may be a suc
has been formed, and meet statedly for the
performance of the ordinances of God's house, cessful one.
at 63. Stanhope Street. Hampstead Road. "A Review of the Evangelical Churches under the pastoral care of Mr. R. Alldis. in the West of England” is too long for | This place which is capable of containing, this month; and although in some points
250 persons) was opened for public worship rather critically severe, it will afford much
on the 30th of March, and on 13th of April a
church was formed consisting of forty-eight material for future articles. This month
persons. We have been directed and supwe can only give (from another kind cor ported through six months of our career as a respondent) the following :
church, and have abundant reason to bless
the Lord for all his goodness to us; we have GOOD NEWS FROM DEVONPORT.
increased in numbers, and we hope in grace. W. Overbury having left the Baptist cause
Fifteen have been added to us, four by bapin Morris-square, Devonport, they are desti
tism, three male and one female, who were tute of a pastor, and seem to be making
| baptized at Soho Chapel, the friends there a stand for vital experimental preaching;
kindly lending us their pool, and eleven on and in seeking for supplies, they have
their experience and by dismission. We held found a young man, deeply and experimen- our second quarterly tea meeting on Tuesday, tally taught of God, and sent to preach 30th of September, when Brethren Dickerson, the truth, and both old and young of the | Hazelton, Ware, Pepper, Shipway, and Mote quickened family of God feel the word gave addresses from 1 Peter ii. 5, 9. As a drop into their hearts with savoury power. small portion of the one church, we ask for We feel he has Jeremiah's corninission
the prayers and sympathies of our fellow " To root out, and to pull down; to destroy,
travellers to Zion. It is our desire to comand to throw down; to build, and to mence a runa
mence a fund for the purpose of building a plant." He is a native of Devonport; his name chapel in Camden Town, and when we are 15 James Cousins, about thirty-three years of more prepared it is our intention to make an age. He is a man of no ordinary talent, and appeal to the churches, and such friends as a good powerful voice. The Holy Ghost has may feel disposed to help. Information of led him through fiery trials, and taught him our future prospects can be had after any of the mind and will of God towards “the flock our week night services, Monday or Friday of slaughter." We feel humbled under God's | evening.
JOHN GARROD. almighty hand, in seeing his goodness passing before us in thus raising up such a man of God, whose words drop as the rain, and dis
MR. GADSBY'S LECTURES ON til as the dew in our hearts. The people of Devonport are calling upon God to incline the
“EGYPT AND THE BIBLE.” friends at the Square Chapel to give him a call Ar Liverpool, Mr. Gadsby delivered the for a month on trial. The people flock to three Lectures as announced in your last hear him. A poor soldier, called "Herman," | impression, on the 13th, 14th, and 15th Ocwent into the chapel, and heard Mr. Cousins tober, on the “Manners and Customs of preach, and the Lord brought him out of the Eastern Nations." He being better actrouble into blessed liberty of the Gospel--one quainted with the life and habits of the Egypof the 54th Regiment. I believe he has a tians, confined himself more especially to brother, a member of Mr. Milner's church in them. There were twenty-one (not 100) London. Mr. Cousins has since baptized him. persons each evening “arrayed" in the variHe has joined the church, worshipping in the ous costumes which he explained one by one. Sorris-square Chapel. Herman is become a To Bible readers it was exceedingly intervery dear friend of mine, feeling the Lord has esting and instructive, made more so by its
being his main object to travel those pas-, that she was 'what your correspondent sages in Holy Writ that are obscure to the represents her, viz. “an ungodly woman," people of this country, who have not any | I presune we have no tangible proof that practical or theoretical knowledge of the cus- | toms of the people in the East, such as
c/she was a daughter of Belial; but in order “making bare the arm," "girding up the to prove his point, he quotes Exod. iv. 25, loins," " the shadow long in coming," " forty 26, and refers to “ Zipporah” calling him stripes save one," " passing under the rod," (Moses) “a bloody husband.” This very “ bones at the grave's mouth," and many scripture I believe puts a negative upon others, which when explained, are very beauti. ful and stril
his supposition. Are we to suppose for In addition to his having the real costumes one moment that the words were uttered before the audience, to enable him to exhibit by her, as your correspondent says, to to the eye the figures set forth in the Scrip: express " reproachful and perverse railtures, he also produced many curiosities Lings?” Verily, no! see Exodus iv, 24-26, which he procured in the East;--- amongst others were " sandals from the tombs,'' " tear
already quoted. We find that by the combottles," "kueading troughs," " Pharaonic mand of God, Moses is to return into and other Egyptian bricks," with and with Egypt (v. 20); that Moses took his wife out straw, believed to have been made by the and sons, and set them upon an ass to Israelites, “a window of lattice-work," "a
return into Egypt (v. 21); the Lord met pillow made from the palm," and "mummies hands and feet."
him by the way, and by some dangerous Wm. Brown, Esq., M.P., Wm. Rathbone,
| disease, or in some fearful form, threatened Esq., an extensive merchant in this town, to take away his life, for neglecting to and Lawrence Heyworth, Esq., M.P., presided circumcise his son. “Then Zipporah on the respective evenings; there were be- took a sharp stone (flints and other hard tween 800 to 1000 persons present each
stones formed the cutting instruments of night.
On the last evening, after the usual vote of the ancients), and with it circumcised her thanks being given to the chairman and son, and cast it at his feet, saying (twice), lecturer, the audience joined in singing the “ Surely a bloody husband art thou unto “National Anthem,” which terminated in some;" or, “ An husband by blood ;” or, in appropriate a manner the proceedings of the other words, “ Surely I have redeemed thy evening.
Mr. Gadsby will most likely visit Liverpool life, and, as it were, wedded thee anew to at some future period, having been waited me, in the bloody circumcision of my son." upon by a deputation from the “Sunday Now, does not this set forth her faith in School Institute," requesting that he would the circumcision, and by blood, her son's re-deliver his lectures for the benefit of the linitiation into the covenant : also her husSunday scholars.
band's covenant relationship by blood, Liverpool.
“Surely an husband by blood art thou unto me"? And so may the Church say
of our all-glorious Christ, “This man is MOSES AND HIS WIFE.
near of kin unto us, even an husband by
blood, the blood of the everlasting DEAR MR. Editor, I have read in the
"Then why, my soul, shouldst thou despair, October VESSEL, a piece entitled “A|
And doubt thy Saviour's constant care? Biblical view of the Ordinance of Mar- Torn from Himself thou canst not be, riage,” by R. Mower, of Shipton. The His blood 's a peaceful sign to thee." article is an excellent one. I read it with I must not enlarge; my only object in pleasure and profit. I believe thousands writing was to set that right which to me have, and will do, the same; but allow me appeared to be contrary to truth, and to to show “ Mine opinion." Although I am place “ Zipporah" among the honourable but “ A Little One," the question I wish to women. Yours in the Gospel, put, is simply this, “What authority, or Poplar, Oct. 13, 1850. R. BOWIES. scripture proof, has R. Mower, for putting the wife of Moses among the ungodly
| “He that brags of the word of God, and is a women ?" If I am right he has none;
stranger to the power thereof in his own soul, if wrong, I am willing to be put right by lis an hypocritical formalist. He who boasts " the law and the testimony." We find of the power of the Spirit within and holds that “Zipporah” is the daughter of not the form of sound words, indited by the Jethro, the priest of Midian. Jethro,
inspiration of the Holy Ghost, to be a rule of without doubt, was a good man, and he
faith and holy life, is a deluded enthusiast.
| From both these extremes the care and faithgave her to Moses to wife. Now as the fulness of the great Shepherd will keep all “ Word” neither expresses nor implies who are given tim by the Father.”—Barry.
broken heart, a daily cross, never appeared in subject is a large and a serious one. Our him, nor the least sign of them. Without ministers and our churches are divided : they this ballast, popular applause and pride are are awfully dwindling and declining (with sure to fill the sails and make shipwreck few exceptions), but we do not think sermons of the highest profession, either in this world of this character will remedy the evil. For or in the next.”
one minister to get into a pulpit and rail against other ministers, is not good; but in
the present unhappy state of things it is diffi. " Hart's Hymns," and "The New Testament
cult to know how to keep clear from counof our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." We tenancing evil, and at the same time to avoid have often wished we could have an edition smiting or afflicting the children of Zion. To of Hart's Hymns, and a copy of the Scrip warn the churches against dead, deluded, and tures, small enough to carry in the pocket. presumptuous preachers, is certainly one part Christian men. thrown about in the business of a faithful watchman's work; but when and bustle of this life (if they had these this is done in the flesh, and not in the spirit volumes in their pocket) might often-in -when it is done under the influence of mere their leisure moments-open upon something | party feeling-it too frequently engenders that would serve as a spiritual stimulant to strife, and increases, instead of lessening the their weary and oppressed minds.
evil. Mr. Warburton's sermon is by no means The Irish boys at the Bonmahon Schools wanting in weight and value. It is a discourse hare printed, and Mr. Collingridge is publish- that may be more useful in print than it was ing, Hart's Hymns, and the New Testament, when preached at Biggleswade; but there are in neat editions small enough to put in the so many difficulties, so many branches, so waistcoat pocket. We scarcely ever open many evils, connected with the subject Mr. upon Hart's Hymns, but something meets us Warburton has taken up, that we must more either of a spirit-calming, a heart-searching, fully consider it as soon as time and a gracious or a prayer-exciting nature. As, for instance, Providence will permit. We are thankful the when these volumes were laid before us we sermon has reached us for review ;--it will opened on the following simple, but most ex open a channel for noticing a variety of cellent, Gospel lines:
phases now developed in the professing "Whoe'er believes aright
churches of our land. In Christ's atoning blood, Of all his guilt 's acquitted quite,
"An Exposition of all the Books of the Old And may draw near to God.
and New Testaments," &c., &c. By Matthew But sin will still remain,
Henry. Published by Partridge and Co. Corruptions rise up thick,
There is at the present time a mighty effort And Satan says, 'the med'cine's vain!'
putting forth to circulate commentaries, expoBecause we yet are sick.
sitions, and illustrated editions of the Bible,
of every size, and of almost every sort. To But all this will not do,
recommend, and to aid in the circulation of, Our hope's in Jesus cast,
any of these commentaries, is, therefore, a Let all be liars-Him be true,
work to be done with the greatest care, and We shall be well at last."
only under the influence of a watchful, prayWe trust these little books will be cir- erful, intelligent, and well-balanced spirit. culated and read to profit by tens of thou. With a mind, in some measure, thus prepared, Sands. They are safe companions, and faith we hope we have gone closely to investigate ful guides, for heaven-bound travellers. and to examine the true character of the
commentary now before us. As practical John Warburton's " Word of Exhortation." | printers, we hesitate not to call this a beauti
A sermon was preached at Biggleswade, on fully-executed work—it forms three handthe 15th of last June, by John Warburton, some quarto volumes, and is illustrated by Jun., which is now in print, and can be had | 740 wood engraving at John Gadsby's office, in Bouverie-street. graved titles; as theologians, we purpose to The preface says: “ This sermon raised a tu let the work speak for itself, and to present mult in the camp." The preacher was ad- our readers with faithful extracts from those Fised to publish it; he has done so, and a copy portions of this exposition, which will do is before us. The text is exceedingly appro more to convince our readers of the pure, the priate to the present condition of most of our truthful, and the comprehensive character of churches : " Be watchful, and strengthen the the work, than all that we can possibly do by things tohich remain." The main drift of the criticism or comment. discourse is, first, to set forth the true cha- Passing for the present, " The Life of Mat. racter and spiritual work of a living, God-sent thew Henry" (in which there are striking ministry; and secondly, to enter a protest features of true discipleship), leaving also against what the preacher terms a dead-letter unnoticed here the preface," which is a ministry. We candidly confess we fear there valuable record, illustrative of the divinity has been great occasion given, by some min- and heavenly authenticity of the Bible, we laters, for such warnings as this :-and al- have pitched upon two portions, in order to though the subject in this discourse may be make a fair beginning. Let ns make man in a little overwrought in some parts, still we our own image," is the first: the offerings believe it would be a real blessing to Zion if brought by Cain and Abel, is the second : our ministers generally answered more than and we must confess we were pleased, even they do to the description given in this ser- | to much edification, to find Matthew Henry mon of “the ministers of Jesus Christ." The so distinct, so discriminating, and so decided,
besides maps, and en