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in his holy calling. And are these lessons than another, it was integrity,a high nothing worth to one who has also to and honourable principle ; and he would pass through many sufferings ? They are mark the smallest deviation from it in a of unspeakable value ; and my aim shall moment. Severity might sometimes sit be to improve such an example, how little on his brow-dart in his eye- and carry soever I may attain ; and I will look for the sound of it in his decided manner of the same Divine Helper that he had." speech :—but it never for a moment

“ August, 15, 1810.-A day ever to be lodged in his heart, -which was too remembered ! when the imprisoned spirit noble, too benevolent, too affectionate, to of my honoured minister, and father in be the seat of any thing so unlovely as the gospel, was released from its painful severity. And whenever he bore the and humiliating captivity, and winged its aspect, it arose from the prevailing abway to the land of liberty and rest! In straction of his mind, which was always past time, there was scarcely any event intensely pursuing rigid subjects,-and at which I could so little bear to look, as from his most uncommon energy and his death. But such an inroad, and havoc, decision of character. But his friendly had disease made on this extraordinary and benevolent sympathies were awakman, that I even longed for his release ened in the moment they were called for. before it took place ; and when the His heart, and his ear, were quick to the tidings reached me, a sad and solemn cry of every sufferer, whether high or gladness overspread my mind; I could low. He was, like his Divine Master, only contemplate the amazing change peculiarly the friend of the friendless,from pain, weakness, and depression, to the comforter of the afflicted,—the gentle glory unspeakable and never ending ! instructor of the ignorant. The rich he

“A few more suffering days for my- never sought ; the poor he never neg. self, and then, I trust, his own words lected or shunned. But words would written to me in a letter will be verified : fail me; his worth can never be known. • to-morrow morning, you and I shall No matter ;- he had, and so should I walk in a garden where I shall hope to have, higher views than the honour which speak to you about every thing but cometh from man,-even the honour sadness.'

which cometh from God. May every one “ He is gone! and take his character of his children, and myself (who was in the whole combination of it, and in its unto him as a daughter,) be careful to circumference, be surely has not left his transplant his virtues and graces into our like. He is gone! unknown, but to hearts and lives. We shall go to him, those who lived with him in the same but he shall not return to us! house, I had that privilege for many years. I have had the favour to attend

We have not space left for any him in his sick chamber, in his family

extracts from Mrs. Hawkes's notes retirements,--and in his most confidential habits ;- in those unbended easy mo.

of Mr. Cecil's sermons. His ments, when some, even great ones, have style of preaching was original appeared little, and common :—but when

and striking; acutely scrutinizing, he appeared most superior.

• It has been said, he was austere;- richly embodied with evangelical and before I knew him intimately, I statements, and bearing pointedly thought so too ;—but it was only because upon the experience of the Chris. he was not known. He was sometimes tian, and these specimens are a austere in like manner as truth is austere,- for he was a lover of truth. If very valuable addition to the vothere was any one virtue he prized more



To the F.ditor of the Christian Observer.

Savoy, March 6th, 1839. lege of personal acquaintance with many REVEREND AND DEAR SIR,

British and Continental Christians in I SEND you inclosed a short account of various stations of Society, whose chathe last illness and death of that truly racter and conduct have commanded excellent man, tbe late Rev. T. Blum- my respect, conciliated my affection, hardt. I have enjoyed the great privi- stimulated my zeal, laid me low in the dust of self-abasement, and filled my rent parts of the globe ; a work which mind with praise and thanksgiving to essentially contributed to cherish and God on their behalf; but I have met with increase that Missionary spirit which but few, wbo, during an intercourse of has of late years been kindled. more than 30 years, left a deeper im- I am, Reverend and dear Sir, yours pression on my mind of the powerful with the sincerest esteem and Chrisinfluence of true religion upon the spi- tian affection, rit, temper, walk, and conversation of

C. T. A. STEINKOPFF. the sincere Christian, than did my late departed friend. A man in understanding, a child in simplicity, he was a

Extract of a Letter from the Rev. A. Nathanael in whom was no guile. And

Ostertag, one of the tutors of the yet he remained no stranger to what

Missionary College at Bâsle. was passing in the world; he was a close

Dec. 27th, 1838. observer of men and things ; attentively, " It is with a bleeding heart that I and, with much penetration of human take up the pen to inform you of the character, watching and discerning the most painful loss which our Missionary signs of the times. He combined Society has sustained by the death of firmness of purpose with meekness of my dear, invaluable uncle, the Rev. Mr. spirit and gentleness of disposition. Blumbardt. I can scarcely think it as Possessed of solid erudition, his single yet a reality, all appears to me still like aim and endeavour was to consecrate a distressing dream. Our loss is incalall his talents to the glory of God, and culably great. One consideration only to the good of his fellow creatures. supports and cheers me that the Lord From early youth be was disciplined in liveth, the very same Lord who is the school of affliction, which led bim to called, “Wonderful, Counsellor, the much prayer and searching the Scriptures. Mighty God; the Everlasting Father, Christ became increasingly his all and in the Prince of Peace.' all_his wisdom, righteousness, sancti- “ Allow me to communicate to you fication, redemption! The love of Christ some particulars connected with his last constrained him, and his heart over- illness and death. When I reached Rowed with love to his Christian bre- Basłe on the 29th of October last, on thren of every name, denomination, and my return from a journey to England, nation, and to mankind at large. His I 'perceived, at the very first sight of labours for the cause and kingdom of him, such a decay of his earthly taberhis divine Master, and the salvation of pacle, that I was filled with uneasiness immortal souls, were abundant. He and apprehension. Having received felt the deepest interest in the conver- from me a full report of my proceedings sion of the benighted heathen. For in London, he introduced me to the upwards of 20 years he acted as secre- Bâsle Missionary Committees, and also tary of the German Missionary Society favoured me with his advice how I at Basle, and as tutor of the Missionary might best conduct myself in that decollege in that city. The Lord was partment of labour which had been pleased to command a signal blessing assigned to me. On Saturday, Nov. upon his laborious and well-directed 3rd, I found him very weak in body, exertions. He trained neary 150 young but calm and serene in his mind ; and in men in the college, for their sacred conversing with me, he seemed quite to work, who honoured him as a tutor, and revive. But in the night, from Saturloved him as a father; many of whom day to Sunday, he was seized with rehave proved eminently useful in the peated attacks of spasms in the stomach different portions which they were and in the chest, which reached at length called upon to occupy in various parts such a degree of violence, that they of the Mahometan and Heathen world. threatened immediate death. The conHe maintained a friendly intercourse fict of nature was most severe ; his with many of the active Missionary pains were excessive, his cries to the societies in Great Britain, and on the Lord strong and urgent. The physi. continents of Europe and America ; but cians declared his case hopeless ; he was more immediately connected with himself prepared for immediate departhe Church Missionary Society in Lon- ture_took a most affecting leave of his don, in the important labours of which wife and his only daughter, assured he took the most lively interest, and them of his unalterable love and attachto whose committees and officers he ment, and implored the especial protecfurnished not a few most active and tion and blessing of God upon them. useful labourers. He published a quar- The only wish he expressed, was, that terly magazine, in which he took a con- if it was consistent with the will of his nected view of the Missionary opera- Heavenly Father, he might favour bim tiors carrying on in our days in diffe. with one more easy and quiet hour, in order that he might thereby be enabled of the disease, and that he was fast to converse on some important points approaching to his heavenly home. with his intimate friend, Mr. Spittler. When afterwards I spent a little time I then hastened to the Missionary stu- with him alone, he communicated to me dents, entreating them to unite in prayer several points of importance, which I for the preservation of his life, or that noted down. On the evening, which at least the desired hour of ease might preceded his death, he requested to be be granted to him. They immediately placed into his arm-chair. Here he offered up their united and fervent entered in friendly conversation into prayers; indeed all in the Missionary the nature and progress of his disorder, House, and many Christian friends in interspersing words of consolation, and the city, wrestled with God in suppli- adding, in a tone of cheerfulness, cation on his behalf. At 9 o'clock in 'Surely there will not be wanting for the evening the violence of the attack me a blessed employment in the kingceased : he quietly fell asleep, and slept dom of Heaven, of a kindred nature to till the next morning. We now were filled that which I have been privileged to with adoring gratitude and praise. The carry on here below. Surely we, my amendment was great and rapid ; he Christian brethren, remain united in could again leave his bed-staid up for one great and glorious cause, in a holy 4 to 6 hours, was all serenity and peace, and blessed communion with the Father and indulged the pleasing hope, that the of spirits, and with His Son, Jesus ensuing Spring might, under the bless- Christ.' ing of God, complete his recovery.

When I was called again to him on But the all-wise Disposer of events was the morning of the 19th December, all pleased to ordain it differently. A re- the symptoms of approaching dissolution lapse came on, a fortnight after, of a had made their appearance. He could most violent nature, which completely now pronounce only short, broken senexhausted his remaining strength. tences, such as these :—Peace-Glory Though suffering most acutely from –Lord take me to thyself !_Christ is bodily pain and oppression, his under- my life-Soon I shall have overcome standing remained clear, his mind tran- by the blood of the Lamb!' quil, his soul cheerful and perfectly re

“ We then, in compliance with a signed to the will of God. Even after wish previously expressed, admitted to this relapse, some intervals of ease oc- his chamber ten of the Missionary stucurred, which somewhat revived our dents, who, in a soft, subdued tone, sinking hopes. But in the night, from sung a few beautiful verses expressive the 17th to the 18th, his weakness in- of his wish to depart, and be with creased to such an alarming degree, that Christ. Shortly before he expired, he he sent for a friend, and communicated to exclaimed, with a brightening countehim his wishes relative to several nance, ‘Light breaks in! Hallelujah!' arrangements to be made both previous “On Saturday, Dec. 22, we accomto and after his departure. At seven in panied his earthly remains to their restthe morning I came to him. I feel ing place. The Rev. Mr. Larosche myself,' he said, “a dying man ; but as (Rector of St. Peter's parish) preached to the great concerns of the salvation of the funeral sermon from a text selected my soul_all is in order. I am cleansed by the departed himself : •Our friend by the blood of the atonement. To me Lazarus sleepeth.' The Missionary to live is Christ, and to die is gain.' brethren sung a few verses in a most He then desired me to request his phy- solemn and affecting manner; and the sicians that they might in his presence Missionary Zarembaas representative candidly communicate to him their view of the many Missionaries whom the of his state. They plainly intimated departed had prepared for their sacred that his debilitated frame could not sus- work - offered up a prayer over the tain much longer the repeated attacks grave."

VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS. We are very glad that Lord Roden has It is important in itself; for assuredly succeeded in obtaining a committee of there must be something grievously the House of Lords for inquiring into wrong in the condition of a country the state of crime in Ireland. The in- professing to be civilized and Christian, vestigation is important in itself; and in which not only are the rights of promay possibly be still more so in its re- perty publicly trampled upon, as in the sults.

opprobrious instance of the conspiracy against the Church revenues, but human mine into the causes of such a state of life itself is set at nought with a blood things; for though there have been nuthirsty recklessness which would dis. merous committees upon all sorts of grace a horde of savages. There is Irish affairs, and without much useful nothing in all Europe that matches the result, here is a case which imperiously profligate and lawless state of some parts demands investigation; and the inquiry, of Ireland. Tipperary, if we may be- if it go to the root of the evil, will shew lieve Judge Moore, is a shamefully that Popery is in various ways, and parmaligned country; it is not, he said, the ticularly by prohibiting the reading of strong-hold of crime, as it boasts to be the word of God by the people, the of popery; the refuge of culprits as well prime instigator of the crimes which deas of saints; it is not “an alarmed solate Ireland. Robbers and assassins do world;" but it has an excellent popu. not generally pretend to any religion, unlation,” and “ a noble gentry, who hold less they are Papists; but if Papists, they fine places, and can live comfortably and go to mass and confession, and expect happily in them.” And yet in this priestly absolution to blot out the foul. Goshen, this papal paradise, the com- est crimes. A Protestant may make a mittals in 1837 for homicide were 124 ; shew of religion to conceal his crimes ; exceeding by 13 the number in the ten but he does not think himself religious ; northern Protestant counties of Ireland, wbereas, in these Irish affairs, we conand forming a list of crime against stantly meet with such declarations as human life—which, if perpetuated on the following: “I was going,” says the same scale in England, would require one of the witnesses at the Tipperary new cells to contain the murderers, and trials, “ to the chapel at eleven o'clock. additional judges to try them. As many Three of us took a half-gallon of beer as eighty persons were actually arraigned that morning; and we had hardly had at the Spring Assizes last year in Tip- the last tumbler when we went to perary for murder, or abetting murder ; mass." These men were not hypocrites ; but the jurors, who if they did what they did not go to the chapel for a prethey were sworn to do, were in greater tence; both parts of their conduct danger than the murderers, acquitted were, in their opinion, coherent; nor is every one of these eighty persons ; it doubtful that hundreds and thousands whether from the effect of Judge of miscreants, whose hands were stained Moore's speech; or from the banded with blood, have received absolution. peasants and priests having suppressed But the proposed inquiry is more the necessary evidences ; or from what particularly connected with the system ever other causes, they best know; but upon which her Majesty's advisers have such was the fact. And lately, as a com- governed Ireland, in regard, especially, ment on the learned judge's harangue, to the encouragement thereby given to the Queen, through her vicegerent, crime. It is always painful to Christian who had himself despoiled so many pri- men to speak otherwise than with resons of their tenants, was obliged to spect of those who are placed in stations appoint a special commission, and a few of rule and authority; but their reverence convictions were happily effected; but for “the powers that be," is not to make the vast mass of crime was scarcely them palliate what they believe to be touched. Take a single fact. One of opposed to the will of God. Dr. Chalour correspondents alludes to a pious mers described this case very Scriptu. lady in that county, whose father, whose rally in the following passage in his serbrother-in-law, whose cousin, the pastor mon on the death of the Princess Charof whose parish, as well as the pastor lotte, which we quote, rather than any of the next parish, were all murdered; recent statement, and instead of exand whose husband and brother were pressing the matter in our own words, fired at with intent to murder ; as were in order to shew that it is not an opi. the pastors of two adjoining parishes. nion set forth for an occasion. He says: These murders, and attempts at murder, “ There is only one case in which it were at different times, for different is conceived that the partizanship of a causes, and imply an awful aggregate of Christian minister is at all justifiable. floating criminality. Of three guests Should the government of our country who were visiting in a holy and a happy ever fall into the hands of an infidel or family, two of them, Mr. Whitty and demi-infidel administration-should the Mr. Cooper, were murdered; and it has men at the helm of affairs be the patrons been stated to us, that there is scarcely of all that is unchristian in the sentia respectable family in the county that ments and literature of the countryhas not lost some relative, friend, neigh- should they offer violence to its religious bour, or connexion, by assassination. establishments, and thus attempt what These are casual illustrations.

we honestly believe would reach a blow Assuredly, then, it was right to exa- to the piety and the character of our population—then, I trust, that the lan- piety; or whether they should be chaguage of partizanship will resound from racterised by enervating frivolities, many of the pulpits of the land, and that which, even were religious considerit will be turned in one stream of point- ations overlooked, are peculiarly dised invective against such a ministry as tasteful to the English nation. Has this ; till by the force of public opi- this solemn responsibility been well nion it be swept away as an intolerable weighed and acted upon ? Can we benuisance from the face of our kingdom.” lieve that it has, when we remember the

Now, believing, as we do, that this recent appointment of a nobleman, jucondition of things has long since ar- dicially convicted of the grossest wickrived, in regard to the proceedings of edness, to a station of immediate the Melbourne cabinet, we should think attendance upon our youthful soveit a national blessing, if the success of reign; and this, moreover, after the Lord Roden's motion should lead to its warning conveyed by the universal disresignation, which LordJohn Russell has gust expressed in the appointment of pledged himself that it will, unless the Mr. Wakefield and Mr. Turton to orHouse of Commons should proffer a dinary civil offices ? Nor is it pleasing counteracting vote of confidence. This to the nation to see announced day after vote may probably be obtained, by a day the attendance of the royal circle small majority; but it will not express at the theatre and opera-house ; for the general sentiment of the nation. even those who do not shun the stage We pass by the opposition of mere po- from its ungodly character, yet perceive litical Toryism and Radicalism; and we that habits of play-going are not dewill refer only to that portion of pub- sirable, when the mind is to be kept in lic disapprobation which is distinctly frame for the serious business and severe connected with the case specified by duties of life. We may be attributing Dr. Chalmers. We do not think that too much to the character and influence Lord Melbourne bas duly consulted the of a prime minister in matters not moral and spiritual interests of the official; but a young Queen might procommonweal, and the prosperity of the bably be led, according to the advice established churches of the land. The offered, either to regard the theatre as items of proof are too numerous for re- a place where her subjects rejoiced to cital ; but looking to the church-rate hail her, and which she must in duty question in England; the church-ex- frequent, even if it were distasteful to tension in Scotland; the tithe-appro- her; or as a scene of fascination, an priation uestion, and several others absorbing taste for which was to be in Ireland; the appointment of Lord avoided, even if an occasional indulEbrington (now Fortescue) to the vice- gence were not considered unwarrantroyalty of Ireland, after his declaration able. We sincerely believe that her that the Protestant Church in that Majesty is taught to consider that she island is “a stain, a disgrace, and a mis- is acting wisely, amiably, and patriotifortune to the country;" the efforts to cally in encouraging the drama, and establish, both in England, and other presenting herself before the play-freparts of her Majesty's dominions, a na- quenting portion of her subjects; but tional system of education, of which can any seriously-reflecting person read religion is not the basis and pervading such paragraphs as the following in the element; the favour shewn to Popery newspapers without pain ?

“ Under in the colonies, by grants for the sup- her Majesty's enlightened patronage the port of bishops and missionaries, while stage is every where becoming more those for Protestant missions have been popular and national.”

“ Her Majesty suppressed; we see the general spirit has visited the opera and theatres nearly of their policy, or rather impolicy; and a dozen times within a few weeks." we do not believe that the blessing of “Her Majesty has twice within one God will be vouchsafed to the land un- week visited Drury-lane theatre to see der such a system.

the lions and Jack Frost, with which There is another particular which we she was highly entertained.” “Her feel constrained to add to the above; Majesty's theatre: Lablache altogether namely, the aspect which the circle that entered into his part, here and there insurrounds the throne is assuming under troducing a scrap of English, which the auspices of Lord Melbourne. An never failed to provoke roars of langhamiable and well-educated Queen was ter; and the naïve manner in which he thrown at a very tender age very much shouted out 'D--- Mr. Brook,' after under the advice and influence of her embracing Ford for his wife, was irchief minister; and on him it may be resistible." We do not know that presumed, in a great measure, depended her Majesty was present on this partiwhether the precincts of royalty should cular occasion : but almost every acted be a temple of wisdom, decorúm, and play exhibits much that ought not to


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