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read the second verse over again, — My help cometh from the Lord, who made heaven and earth; and then with grateful astonishment he exclaimed, • What a thing! that the Creator of heaven and earth should be my helper, no less a character than he! He then spoke of some circumstances which he supposed to be indications of his approaching dissolution, and added, “I had once hoped to see my brother R- but I give it up.' I replied, • If we do but all meet in heaven, the separation will be very short :' he said, I trust we shall.'
“ After being silent awhile, he said, “I wish I could bear to say more, but you know the foundation of my hope,-Jesus Christ and him crucified.”
In this state of mind he quietly resigned his spirit into the hands of his gracious Redeemer; and exchanged the society of his friends on earth, I trust, for that of “the spirits of just men made perfect.”
OBITU A R Y.
HIS SON ROBERT HE Y.
Having intimated (“ Christian Observer," Vol. I. page 685) my intention of sending to you some account of my four adult children, whom it has pleased God to remove from me; and having experienced your kind attention to the three accounts which I have already sent, my delay in sending the fourth seems to require an apology.
The truth is, I was afraid of being too obtrusive upon the patience of your readers, by such multiplied anecdotes of my own family. Having now reason to hope, by intimations from different quarters, that the completion of my design will prove agreeable to many who are constant readers of your Miscellany, I proceed to finish the plan which I proposed in my first letter.
The youngest of my departed sons (as he afterwards assured us when in the immediate views of death) had many religious impressions upon his mind during his childhood ; but no solid change of heart seemed to take place till about the fourteenth year of his age. When a little boy he was artful and selfish. His capacity was quick ; but he wanted the openness and friendliness of his brother, of whom I last sent you an account. They were companions at School and at the University, for they both made choice of the ministry; though that choice was made in a full view of its being a renunciation of all worldly prospects for Christ's sake. This idea I pressed strongly upon their minds. When, by the power of divine grace, their hearts were renewed in righteousness, they became united by the most intimate friendship and tender affection towards each other. The following letter, written by the younger to the elder, when they were school-boys, shews the foundation of their friendship, and manifests the state of the writer's mind.
He was at this time in his fifteenth year, and was about to follow his brother, who had a short time before been removed to H It was written after an interview with each
other among some friends. The simplicity of the style must be excused.
- Dear Ji “ I was inuch obliged to you for your wishing to have been able to speak to me on subjects of a religious kind. I often desired it, but one thing or other hindered it. I plainly perceived you would second me in any thing towards the welfare of my soul. I am glad I have an opportunity, by Mr. D-, thank you for your kind letter which I received at T- It was more pleasant than one on any other subject. I read it over and over, and I hope it did me much good. Oh! it is a hard thing to be truly humble, so much pride in one thing and another. I try to suppress it as much as I can by passages of Scripture. I pray to God to help me to do it, and I trust I shall in some measure conquer it. I think of these passages : man is only sinful dust and ashes,-a poor worm of the earth. · Humble thyself under the mighty hand of God, and he shall exalt thee in due time. So much vanity lies in the heart; prayer seems the best means to conquer prayer with diligence and faith. I have looked diligently, and I think I have perceived many
things in which God has answered me. often troubled with wicked thoughts, yet God in general gives me to conquer them. How delightful is it to meditate on the love of Christ, and to seem to have a view of him with all the holy angels with him in heaven. It makes one wish to depart from this sinful world, and go to him, there to be with him face to face, serving him without ceasing day and night, and to be the sons of God. This is, indeed, such a privilege as no human heart can be aware of. When one's mind seems to grow weary in well doing, then these words are very cheering; · Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life,” &c.
The greatest part of his life was passed in a state of affliction, as may be seen from the following general account of his trials. When he was about six years old, he had the misfortune to receive a violent blow upon his head, which separated part of the scalp from the bone. During the progress of healing, the glands in his neck, on the injured side, became enlarged, and after the wound was healed the disease extended itself to the opposite side of the neck. Repeated attacks