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It is a somewhat melancholy task, year after year, thus to present a catalogue of those who have been summoned by death into another world. The careful perusal of the mere list, irrespective of the memoirs, presents to the mind many tales of sorrow, many solemn thoughts, which need little play to be given to the imagination to awaken in us the deep feelings of our nature.
Those acquainted with Friends' families in various localities, can hardly fail to find in sueh a perusal some names that recall to the memory past intercourse almost forgotten, or little incidents of earlier days. Perhaps we meet with the name of a schoolfellow of whose path in life we have heard little or nothing, till now we find that it has closed for ever. Perhaps it is that of the child of some casual acquaintance. Or we are afresh reminded of a story of suffering, which impressed us much when first we heard it from the lips of one of the sufferers; of years of anxious watching on the part of a mother over her first-born son; for we read the names of both on the same page. Another name awakens di ent feelings. Years ago we knew him under most painful circumstances, a prodigal who had literally wandered both from his heavenly and his earthly Father. Now we see that he is gone where there is no repentance ;
we make some inquiry, and learn that in a most unlooked-for moment, and in a most unlooked-for
the prodigal was awakened to a sense of his Father's love, and that he died rejoicing therein.
Other names there are, it may be not a few, which such a reader dwells upon for a while. There is no written memorial, nothing to tell of their works of faith or labours of love, of the trials they have passed through, the battles they have fought, or the victories which, through grace, they have won. But he knows that their record is in heaven, and he rejoices “in hope of that eternal life which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.”
And even when the names are those of entire strangers, a little close inspection reveals pictures of deep suffering. Cases of two or three withdrawn from the same family circle; of the father and the child leaving the widow to mourn their loss; or of the young wife called away with her infant babe.
And what are the feelings with which we close the book? May there be something beyond the merely sentimental aspiration, Oh, to be where sorrow and death can never enter! Rather, whilst the sorrow and death which sin have brought into the world are afresh brought before us, may we be quickened to renewed diligence in our search for holiness of heart. And with our faith strengthened in the power of our Lord Jesus Christ both to cleanse and to forgive, may we with redoubled earnestness during the coming year seek to be found co-workers with Him in His kingdom of grace.
Time of Decease.
Age, RICHARD ABELL,
24 6 6 mo. 1866 Latterly of Cootehill. Son of Joshua Abell. MARIA ADAMS,
74 10 3 mo. 1866 Scarborough. Widow of William Adams. REBECCA ADCOCK, Mansfield. 71 1 5 mo. 1866 REBECCA ALBRIGHT,
44 30 5 mo. 1866 Bootle, near Liverpool. Wife of Henry Albright.
Rebecca Drewry was born at Penrith, in the year 1821, and was the only daughter of the late Joseph and R. Drewry, both members of our society. In the year 1845 she was united in marriage to Henry Albright, a union which it is humbly believed proved a blessing to both.