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'He smiles and cheers my mournful heart, but rather rejoice; you are only grieving
And tells me all his pain,
All this, says he, I bore for thee,
And then he smiles again.'

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me by so doing; for if you felt what I feel,
you would rejoice with me; for I long to
get rid of this body of sin and death.'
brother Daniel called the same evening; in
answer to his salutation, she said I am
very well; I am always well; for I have
all I want and all I desire in this world of
sin and misery; nothing, no nothing, is
dear to me of this world, or anything
belonging to it. I stand waiting for the
word, and am ready to hear the words-
Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the
kingdom prepared for you from the foundation
I do so long to be with Jesus:'
of the world."
and after that there appeared to be a
struggle in her soul for between two and
three hours, till about one o'clock on the
2nd of April, 1847, Good Friday morning,
her brother was with her alone, she took a
little weak gin and water, all the nourish-
ment she had taken for some time; and
laid for about ten minutes, her eyes fixed
above, her countenance bespeaking joy and
happiness, and in that position her longing
soul took its flight to be ever with its Creator,
Preserver and Redeemer.

On the Lord's-day, 28th November, 1846, she was taken worse, and to all appearance was dying; for she lay motionless, and took no notice of any one; but all at once she began clapping her hands for a moment or two; then continued as before; till presently she opened her eyes, and said her brother Daniel was coming to see her and was just arrived. He asked her how she felt?-very well.' He then said, where have you been to?-she said, smilingly, 'I know. The Lord has been pleased to give me a sight by faith of the heavenly mansion he had prepared for me, for I saw him sit upon the throne, and all the angels, and the redeemed, were worshipping him, singing unto him, and clapping their hands, and so did I; but betwixt me and them there appeared a very dark dismal valley; I did so long and try to get to Jesus, that I might praise and glorify him for ever; but he told me I must wait a little longer.' 'Do you not feel afraid at times in going through this valley?' 'No! 'In death's gloomy valley no evil I dread, For I will be with you, my Jesus has said.'

On the sixth of December, her brother called again and observed to her, that at that time there were several of the gentry ill, and some of whom she knew. Ah, (she says)

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'Earthly things are at their will,
And men obey their call;
Yet none I see so rich as I,
For I've got Christ with all.'

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She was wonderfully supported in her illness and blessed with the presence of her dear Lord Jehovah Jesus in her soul, him whom her soul loved; and oh, the union, communion, and fellowship that subsisted between them; if any one ignorant of the truth, professing godliness, and not possessing it, having the form but not the power, called upon her, she invariably shut her eyes, and would hold no communion with them, they being of the world, did mind the things of the world, of which she desired to know nothing. Huntington's works and the Earthen Vessel, she much delighted, in reading, and often expressed much joy in reading the account of those who had gone home to glory before her, and would say, 'I shall soon meet them there.' Her poor body at last became so feeble and weak she had hardly any strength to move at all. In March, 1847, her bones began to appear through her skin, even then she could not complain, because she felt Jesus would not lay upon her any more than she could bear; they were only for this life, but what are they to be compared to his sufferings, his agony, his bloody sweat, his death, and all for me? She then gradually began to decline. On Thursday, April 1st, her legs became cold; she told her relations who were weeping round her bed, 'not to weep

My sorrows are ended-my Jesus smiles;
The land of light I see.
I feel a joy no tongue can tell,
So never grieve for me!

Thus you see, my christian brethren, the appointed time rolls on when one by one

the children of the Lord our God are taken to their everlasting home, never more to be subjected to the destroying powers of sin, the temptations, snares and traps within, self, a evil and depraved heart full of iniquity and deceit which while dwelling here below is the christian's bitterness and plague. Glory to God the time is fast approaching when the Son of man shall see of the travail of his soul and be satisfied; when all his redeemed blood-bought family shall be safely housed in the heavenly mansion of bliss- For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part; but then shall I know even also as I am known." (1 Cor. xiii. 12.) Dear old Kent, that man of God, though dead, yet speaketh, says

'This building of mercy to raise,

The councils of God were employed,
And nothing that hell shall devise

Shall ever his purpose make void;
The day, the great day shall reveal
The top-stone with shouting brought
home,

While millions triumphantly hail

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Free grace from the base to the dome.' It will indeed be a triumphant hail, a glorious shout-Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty! which was, and is, and is to come. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing for ever and for ever.' (Rev. v. 12.) Believer! keep your eye upon this glorious end; the second coming of Jesus Christ, THE

LORD OF GLORY; this is not you rest; do you chose rather, like Moses and the saints of old, to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season? Do you esteem the reproach of Christ greater riches than all the treasures of this Egyptian world? Is there any idol gods in your way, which you prefer instead of Christ? Look in doors and see how matters stand; has the judgment begun at you? Are you cold, and lukewarm in your work and labour of love? Remember what God has said of and to such; reflect upon what Christ did and suffered for you, and can you be idle in the Tent, instead of being in the field; if you are, the Lord will visit you and correct you with his rod; and that in a way and manner you little expect; remember as dear Kent says-

"The moment a soldier these arms shall receive,
He's sworn that no quarters he'll take or he'll give;
He knows in this war no discharge is allow'd
Till the buckler and sword he exchange for the shroud.

The more they are used in withstanding the foe, The keener their edge, and the brighter they glow; But if in the tent they should rust and decay, He'll answer for this with a stopping of pay.'

The devil is never asleep; he watches his opportunity and seizes fasthold, he knows, when, how, and where, to lay the snare, to allure us from the narrow path into some bye way, but its your mercy and mine that we have a 'Great High Priest who is touched with the feelings of our infirmities; and was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin; let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." (Heb. iv. 15, 16.)

May these few feeble lines, if it is the Lord's sovereign will and pleasuse, stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance, and unto Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, a Trinity in Unity, and a Unity in Trinity, One Glorious Jehovah, be ascribed all the glory, by his unworthy dust, and your willing servant for the truth's sake,

Dover, Feb. 9, 1848.

W. BALLARD.

Grace and Works Reconciled.

(To the Editor of the "Earthen Vessel.") QUESTION proposed-How are the following passages of Holy Writ to be reconciled ?— To him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Blessed is the man to whom God imputeth righteousness without works,' And, Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.'

ANSWER-It appears plain from the above passages of our Father's word, that, whilst salvation is given us, irrespective of any work that we can do, there is a work which believers in the Lord Jesus are called upon to perform; for whilst the free gift of God is eternal life, the children of God, the recipients of that gift, are manifested by

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their obediently walking in all the ordinances of the Lord blameless. 'Ye are my disciples,' said our adored Master and Lord, If ye do whatsoever I command you.' And Paul also, prays the God of all peace to make the believing llebrews 'perfect in every good word, to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight.' As, also, in one of the texts under consideration, it is added, 'for it is God who worketh in you to will and to do of his good pleasure.' We are also told expressly that it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth.' Is there, therefore, neither willing nor running ?-for Paul exhorts so run that ye may obtain.' I am therefore, constrained to believe, from the express declarations of scripture, that whilst our salvation is altogether the free gift of God, and entirely unconditional; yet there are works, i. e. duties to be performed by the believer; which being performed by the grace given to him, as an operative principle, makes it manifest that the spirit of God dwelleth in him, and that he is therefore a child of God: 'by their fruits shall ye know them.' If ye do what your Saviour exhorts you to in Luke vii. 'ye shall be the children of the highest.' It will be hereby made manifest that we have not received the grace of God in vain. Now all who make a profession of christianity are workers; but it does not follow that all are participants of the blessing mentioned by David, and cited by Paul; the blessing is to the man to whom the Lord God imputes righteousness without works: and this blessing is sure to all the seed, who are made partakers of the faith of Abraham. The children of the kingdom are workers together with him who hath called them out of darkness into marvellous light; but to them the reward is reckoned, not as of debt, but of grace freely given to them: while to all others the Lord will render according to their

works.

So that the above passages are thus fairly to be reconciled: the Lord's own people are saved, because the Lord imputeth to them righteousness without works, whilst the very grace that saves them, makes them maintain good works for necessary uses, and so works in them, that they are neither barren nor unfruitful in every good word and work; to the praise of the glory of his grace, who had before ordained that they should walk in them: and, thus, they make manifest whose they are, and whom they serve; and by letting their light shine before men, they glorify their Father who is in heaven, loving righteousness and hating iniquity; because they are lovers and fearers of God. May he in his mercy daily add to their number. W. HOLMES.

DEATH was sin's daughter, and 'by sin came'death'-sin was death's mother, Jesus Christ made an end of sin. 'He died our death.'-Foreman.

Brotherly Love continued

which the account stands of our souls being IN EPISTORARY CORRESPONDENCE. world began: and when Jesus, the Godgiven to him of the Father, before the

man, came in the flesh, the nuptials were celebrated on earth, and he is only gone a short time, to prepare a place for us, and will soon come and receive us unto himself in his Father's kingdom, where are many mansions of glory, from thence we shall never be turned out. Though, indeed, if we loose the marriage certificate, we need the holy Remembrancer to renew it, and give us light and comfort in reading it. But if at any time we seem to loose it, and it be so dark that we cannot read it, the book, and the names are all right in heaven-" Rather rejoice that your names are written in heaven."

Truly, as you observed, it is sweet and delightful to be kept close to him in communion; but my careless and forgetful soul often loses sight of him, and grows very cold: "If two be together there is heat, but how can one be warm alone?" When I have lost him, like the spouse, I run about the streets in the dark, saying, "Saw ye him whom my soul loveth?" But I find very few that know anything of him, so as to describe him to me; there is much noise in the streets, and loud harrangues in pulpits; but the major part of those who profess to be united to him, are fighting, quarrelling, and slandering one another, like drunkards at midnight: but really, Í think, if they were kept close to him, and were led into the Bridegroom's chamber, they would be so blessed, comforted, and delighted, with his person, love, and communion, with him, that they would not have time to revile and abuse one another: surely they would say, "The King hath brought me into his chamber, we will be glad and rejoice, we will remember thy love more than wine." But you know him, for he dwelleth with you, and you have been into his chamber. Yes, yes, my dear brother, it is good indeed to be kept close to Christ; for when "Peter followed him afar off," some silly wench soon got between him and his dear Lord. And, O, John! what distress and anguish they made in poor Peter's soul; and if we are not kept close to the Lord Jesus in communion with him, the devil, and some foolish things, are sure to get between us, and bring us into great distress, and raise all manner of doubts and suspicions in our souls, until Jesus looks upon us, and returns again. And, O, Thornber, greatly beloved, "He will return again, he will have compassion upon us, he will sink our sins in the depths of the sea." He rose from the grave and left our sins there, and every time we rise with him in the Spirit, our sins drop off, as the viper dropped off Paul's arm. But so it is often with me, if I have a sweet visit from my Lord, either before it, or after it, I am almost sure to have a sharp conflict with the powers of darkness: not long since I had a sweet visit, a fulness of joy and peace; and soon after satan

MY DEAR FRIEND AND BROTHER GARRARD IN OUR SWEET AND BLESSED LORD JESUS-Even Jesus who has been a Friend and Brother to both you and me, when none would help us; even him who has never failed us in the time of trouble, and I believe he will never fail us in extremities; for he saith, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Ah! my dear brother, may you and I be kept close to him in sweet communion, through the help and influence of the Holy Ghost. Oh! may he who is the Spirit of truth, lead you and me into the truth itself, that we may be taught by the blessed Teacher, the Spirit of all grace, who sweetly leads the poor soul (at times) into a sweet, heavenly, and calm rest in Christ, the glorious Head of all grace; and fills the poor tempest-tossed soul with all "joy and peace in believing" in a dear and precious Redeemer !

O, how sweet is this rest, when the poor soul has been tempted to think, under the hidings of God's countenance, that its religion was vain, and tempted to call in question all its former enjoyments. Ah, sweet indeed, when light, joy, peace, and rest, comes after these dark nights; after our spirits have been making diligent search, and saying," Will he be favourable no more?" O, sweet sound! to hear the blessed Spirit saying in us “Fear not, I am with thee, be not afraid, I am thy God." And we find in the end, that whatever trials we are in, he is with us to help us, and bring us through them all. O, my dear brother, then let us rejoice in tribulation, knowing that our dear Lord will make all things work together for our good. He has brought me through many strange trials, and many severe fires, and I have often drank the wine of astonishment, which has made me stagger at the promises; but the kind and indulgent Saviour has drawn me, again and again, to himself, and enabled me to confess my sin, and he has pardoned my sin, times without number. Ah! blessed be his heavenly name, for his name is "a Saviour!" and sweet to me at times. Jesus hath a name above every name! and we do love that name sometimes, when he comes in love to our souls. JOHN THORNBER.

Bedford, Jan. 13, 1848.

GREATLY BELOVED THORNBER-Loved of our dear heavenly lover, the Lord Jesus; loved of me, and many others who know the love of Christ. Truly, he is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother; for he is the Husband and Bridegroom of our souls ; and though we have played the harlot (like the church of old) with many lovers; still he saith "Return unto me, how shall I give thee up, I am married unto thee?" And the book of betrothement is the eternal covenant book of life, in

came down upon me as if he would tear and rend me to atoms: but two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labour; and Christ and the soul are so firmly united together, that if one fall the other will lift his fellow up; and he that was God's fellow was raised up from the grave; and we shall be raised up again at the last day, though we fall by death into the grave, and by the devil here into temptations-if Christ stands by us we shall be helped up. "Two shall withstand him :' And I hope we are bound in the bundle of life with him, and a three-fold cord is not quickly broken.

True, brother John, "The days of darkness are many ;" and when the Lord hides his face from our souls we are in darkness; we, by nature, are of the earth, and that is all darkness without the sun; and the earth breeds all manner of weeds, and worms, and snakes; and they will sometimes creep out of their holes, like Ezekiel's "creeping things;" and " every thing that both creep and fly shall be unclean unto you." But the worst of it is, dear brother preacher, that sometimes the warm sunshine in prayer, praise, and preaching, will bring out the old snake of pride and vain glory; and if Jesus bruise his head again in us, the poor proud old flesh must expect to suffer, for the old snake skulks so close in our old nature that he cannot be bruised without hurting our flesh. Therefore, marvel not at afflictions and humblings, and may we learn to bear them without grumblings.

out with him, rejoicing in his love. John! have not you in dark nights been distressed with frightful dreams, and for the time being, thought it all a reality? And, O how glad we are when we awake in the morning, and find it was a dream! Well, Jesus hath wakened me morning by morning; and as the prophet Zechariah says, "The angel waked me as a man out of a sleep." And O, how glad I have been when the light of Jesus' countenance hath made another morning in my soul; and then I have found it was all a dream. This life is a vapour and a dream, but eternal life in Christ Jesus, and his sweet love and presence, is a heavenly reality. In my dreams I have said, it is all over with me; he is gone and gone for ever; "Is his mercy clean gone? will he be favourable. no more?" But when Jesus hath awakened me with some gentle touch and sweet whisper, I have said, sweet Lord! I thought you had been gone, but when I awake I am still with thee, and thou art still with me. O, John! when we awake from the grave to sleep no more, that will be a sweet morning ah!"a morning without clouds." Our foolish, vile, unbelieving, doubting thoughts, all arise from the flesh, sin, and satan. But our thoughts are not God's thoughts; every time we are awaked by Jesus and his love, to morning mattins with the rising sun, we say, "How precious are thy thoughts unto me, when I awake I am still with thee."

But, after the sweetest and brightest sunshine of Christ's, love in our souls, soon as the joy and sweet fragrance goes off, and the light and glory is gone, these evil things begin immediatly to creep forth, as frogs and toads in a summer's evening at sunset. And in the night of soul darkness we are haunted by foul ghosts, and have distressing dreams; and the first ghost that rise out of twilight is suspicion; it says, "but are you sure that it was from the Lord ?" Another says, you may be deceived-up comes a troop of doubters out of the dark vaults, and the room is soon filled with evil spirits, which makes the soul to fear, quake and tremble; unbelief lays fast hold on you, and squeeze you like the night-mare, and the poor soul groans out Is his mercy clean gone for ever? will he be favourable no more ?" And perhaps satan stirs up some lusts or passions in the flesh, and then binds you down fast with the cords of your past and present sins. Ah! brother, it is night then. have spent many a dark night in prison, so have you; but, bless the Lord, we have escaped many times; for when these fiends have bolted every door, and about to come down upon our poor souls and destroy us, Jesus has appeared in the room, the doors being shut, and said, " Peace, be still!" And one word of his frightens them all away, and one smile of his creates new joy, and "the joy of the Lord is our strength." Jesus opens the prison doors and we walk

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And so, my brother, you have sometimes drank the wine of astonishment, have you? And staggered at the promises; ah, and I have drank the wine of astonishment too, and more than staggered, I have fallen down, and there was none to help me. But something stronger than this wine within me has helped me to cry unto the Lord, and he hath helped me, times out of number. But I have not staggered at God's promises, confirmed by an oath to his dear Son; they are sure and steadfast: but sin in the wine of the great whore's cup, which is poison, has made me stagger and reel like a drunken man, so that I could not keep my hold of God's promises; and I have been astonished at my sin, folly, vileness, and ingratitude, to such a gracious God after his marvellous kindness and mercy to me; and more astonished at his long-sufferings and super-abounding goodness, and astonished that I am out of hell! "It is of the Lord's mercy we are not consumed."

I understand you have been in London preaching at Zoar Chapel; well, you know that I always told you that God would be with you go where you will; and God's spiritual, experimental people will receive you into their houses and into their hearts, and esteem you highly in love for the work sake; and in truth I have esteemed you better than myself, for the grace given unto you from Jesus Christ. May great grace be with you, amen.

W. GARRARD.

Leicester, Jan. 18, 1848.

A BRIEF SKETCH OF THE

Life & Death of the late Thos. Gladwish,
Minister of the Gospel, at Brenchley,
and Lamberhurst.

speech, memory, and limbs; and after lingering in this sad state for nearly two years, he was mercifully dismissed from this prison of clay.

At this period the assemblies were held in a large upper room, which proving insufficient for accommodation-a neat and substantial Chapel was erected, and eventually paid for. To this Chapel Mr. G. came on alternate Sundays, preaching at Matfield on the other Sabbath; so that he had a plurality of livings. For about thirty years he continued his placid, quiet, even course; till an event occurred which darkened and disturbed his steady and regular habits he had a serious trouble arising from the misconduct of some part of his family; (you remember poor Eli's trouble) the elders visited him on the subject, what passed at the conference I do not know; but he would not brook the interference, he resigned the pastorate of the church, but requested to be allowed to continue his preaching in the pulpit at Lamberhurst. This request was kindly granted. About two years after this he was seized by paralysis; which deprived him of the use of

One gentle sigh his fetters broke,
We scarce could say He's gone!'
Before his happy spirit took

Its station near the throne.

DEAR SIRI have to return you my thanks for the kind attention you paid sometime since to my application on behalf of the distressed and afflicted Thomas Gladwish.

I am happy to inform you that his pilgrimage is ended, and his pains and sorrows and trials are all over; his body rests in the silent grave, where the wicked cease from troubling, and the weary are at rest;' and his soul liberated from the earthly house of this tabernacle, is absent from the body and present with the Lord.' Perhaps a brief sketch of the sixty years of his life may be worth your perusal.

Mr. Gladwish was a cripple-his trade was at first a shoe maker-his mind was impressed with the importance of divine things among the Wesleyans. He soon perceived that their peculiar doctrines would not agree with the Epistles of Paul, and theGospel by John: and consequently he left their society. He was invited to Matfield church, where he was tried, approved, and engaged. In the course of his pastoral labours he visited Lamberhurst, into which town he assisted to introduce the cause of the baptists and dissent: at that time an immoral clergyman disgraced the Church of England, which rendered exertions for the cause of religion more imperative, and opened a wide and effectual door to his ministry. At his first coming, and for some time afterwards, the annoyances and Now he has a widow left behind, her provocations he met with were most vexa-sight is very dim, and her infirmities are tious and galling; the young sparks of the accumulating-surely any little kindness village would meet him with the cryshewn to the widow will in no instance 'Here comes the devil on two sticks!' The miss its reward. Your's faithfully, interruptions to the services were continued JOHN JONES PIERCE. so much, that he was obliged to apply for Lamberhurst, Nov. 30, 1847. protection to the magistrate.

When he was laid by from the active duties of the ministry, it was found by his friends that his circumstances were involved-Mr. Waterman was very kind to him-Mr. Shoobridge exerted himself on his behalf-some part of his family assisted their parent to their utmost; yea, and beyond their power-the Gospel Ministers' Relief Society gave him £3. From these various sources about 12s. a week was raised for his support: so that the barrel of meal did not waste nor was the cruise of oil entirely exhausted.

His talents as a minister were not of a shining or attractive nature: he was always happy to fraternize with those who loved the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity; and to check bigotry and intolerance he would often quote Luke iv. 49, 50, where John said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and we forbad him, because he followed not us; and Jesus said to him, forbid him not, for he that is not against us, is on our part.'

In the earlier part of his ministry he delivered a course of lectures, at Brenchley, on the truths of the church liturgy, which created a considerable sensation; the parish clerk attended, and expressed his belief that the Methodist Parson understood the prayer book better than his own master, the Clergyman did.

The Day of Judgment.-No. 4.

IT is written, 'When he cometh up unto the people he will invade them with his troops; and as sure as the judgments have commenced, so sure has the invasion began; and scenes beheld from the enemies' devastating power are most aptly described in the first of Joel. And, surely, any servant of the Lord, casting his eye over Zion's fields, gardens, and orchards, must be struck with the barrenness, havock, and ruin that stares a man of his understanding in the face! And if he looks more closely for the cause, he will perceive that those devils of which Macgowan speaks are uncontrolably going on barking the fig-tree, eating the leaves, blasting the blossoms, and destroying the fruit! He will see that little foxes from the great den are spoiling the vines; and that the boar, the old swine of a false Christ, is turning the soil upside down! And while despisers both of

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