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next time." -She then proceeded as follows : “ And this is...... the record...... that God hath......given...... to us...... eternal life......and this life...... is in his Son." 'Ay, blessed be his holy name, the Lord Jesus will give us eternal life.'
" He that is ..... begotten......of God ......keepeth...... himself.........and that wicked one......toucheth him not." No, no; the wicked cannot touch the righteous.'—"And we know...... that...... the whole world lieth......in wickedness.” She bere lifted up her hands exclaiming, • The Lord be merciful to us! what a fearful thing that is !......it is a fearful truth for sure...... but what it says is vety true.” In this manner she went on to the end of the chapter; after which I read the whole of it to her. When I
came to the words, “ Whosoever is born of God, overcometh the world," &c. she stopped me, saying, she had been medi
the Lord be praised for all things; his mercies to me have been great, very great
She took a great interest in the Sun. day-school, in which her great grandchildren were taught as well as herself. At one time she said, “O yon children, there are a great many of them; I wish they all may take the right road; they will all have reason to bless God for it, dear little lambs; I hope the Lord will carry his blessed work into their hearts; it is a fine opportunity for them, and I hope they will all be better for it." Ma. ny of them were in the habit of calling to see her, and she seldom failed to give them good advice, and to reprove such of them as seemed to be giddy, or to have a love for fine clothes or foolish amusements. There is a sick society in the school, composed of such children above eleven years of age as chose to subscribe a penny a week, and out of the fund the subscribers are relieved with the weekly sum of four shillings during sickness. At the period I am now about to speak of, which was the end of the year 1825, old Catharine (or, as she was call. ed by the scholars, the old woman")
began to be unable to go out of the house without help. When, therefore, the annual meeting of this little sick society took place on Christmas-day, it was proposed by some of the children, that she should become a pensioner upon the society, and be allowed four shillings a week as long as she lived. This was carried by all, about 500 little hands being held up on its behalf.
She often spoke of the great advantages of poor children of this generation beyond those of herself and others in the same rank of life when she was a child ; and once related a story of a poor girl, one of the companions of her youth, whose master and mistress took a liking to her, and caused her to be taught to read; which, she said, " was much wondered at in those days; and their conduct was reflected upon by some, who asked, what they gave such poor girls as her education for?” She seemed to have very little temporal care, resting herself entirely upon the Lord ; and often said, that God had spared her as a monument of what he could do: for he · had provided her with good friends all her lifetime.”
Once, as I entered the room where she sat, I observed her reading very attentively. She was reading the Bible aloud, as usual. As soon as she had done, she exclaimed, “O what a blessed thing it is that the Lord bears me up! 0, he is very good to me.” At this, moment turning round, she observed me-"SO, bless you, heaven bless you," said she; “I thought I should never have seen you again: I have been rather poorly of late, which I think is owing to the wet weather; but the Lord, you see, still keeps me alive. Well, well, he will take me away at his own time, when he thinks I have stopped long enough ; bless his holy name, I put my trust in him." We then entered into further converså. tion, in the course of which she expressa ed herself as placing her reliance on Jesus Christ alone; and when I put the question to her, whether she thought her own good deeds were to be the me. ritorious cause of her salvation, she said, “No, no, we can do nothing to save ouro selves; we are all miserable sinners, and we must put our trust in the Lord Jesus, or we shall not get to heaven.” She ex. pressed herself as having derived much comfort from the Saviour's words (Joha xiv. 27.) “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth give ' unto you.” And indeed, the whole of that and the three following chapters were among those which she often read, and they had been often' made a blessing to her.
On one visit, I found her rather unwell;" she appeared to bear her illness with great patience; and when I told her that every stroke of God's providence answered a wise and good end, she replied, “Ay, to be sure; yes, surely it does; the Loril will take me when he sees fit, bless his holy name; it is a blessed thing to have the love of God shed abroad in our hearts.” *. I have before stated, that about the
end of the year 1815, she could not go out of her house without help ; and as Her daughter's work often obliged her to be absent, her Testament and her meditations were her chief company. But it seemed as if Almighty God had an especial regard to her temporal comforte; for just about this time, as she was sito ting on a Sunday morning near the win dow which was open, a little bird flew into the room ; and I happened to go in *at the time she and her daughter were trying to prevent its falling into the fire, and caught it in my hand. She obtained a cage for it; and no one can tell the delight which old Catharine felt when her little songster warbled forth its sweet notes, at the same time affording its aged mistress innocent amusement, and excit ing in her mind gratitude to God even for such a companion. ' A short time before she died, I went