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ill-treated her King and her father, however advantageous might be the offer. But she accepted of Mr. Charles Cheyne, or Cheney, a gentleman of ancient family, in whose principles she could trust ; nor did her expectations deceive her, for she lived happily with him at Chelsea for nearly fifteen years, employing herself in charitable works, working with her needle when not busied with her books and writing, and continuing her religious course, in which she loved to observe the Fasts of the Church, as far as the tenderness of her constitution permitted. If she had any quarrel with the place, it was from the multitude of formal visits which she could not avoid receiving from London and returning.
In her last sickness, her sufferings were not often severe, and she was spared what she naturally dreaded-extreme pain ; for during the fits which came upon her, her senses were lost for the time : in her intervals of speech, she used it mostly in devotion, and in many gentle, cheerful, and obliging expressions to her husband, children, doctors, and other her mournful attendants.
In the three weeks' interval, during which there were good hopes of her recovery," she used often to say, that though she resigned herself wholly to the wise disposal of a good God, yet she, being in expectation of being called away in her first fits, looked upon her recovery as a gracious kind of disappointment (these were her own words) by God Almighty. This she did (she said,) not out of discontent at her sickness, which she thankfully acknowledged was tolerably easy, but (as having conquered the world, and being now in her passage to a better) out of her intuition of a glorious crown, that, she trusted, awaited her in Heaven.”
“Now was the time, when all the powers of her soul, all her virtues and graces, were summoned together with united force, to make up the complement of her devotions; wherein she professed, to the equal comfort and grief of those that heard her, her confidence in God, her patient submission to Him, her holy resignation, her indifference to life, and her preparedness to die; of which, amongst many others, there were two remarkable instances : one to a Reverend Father of our Church, whom she told with great unconcernedness, as he was discoursing piously to her, that she was not afraid to die;
not that she had or feared any trouble or discontent here, but that she might enjoy the blessings of that better world ; the other, to her sad and afflicted husband, whom, as he was at her bed-side praying to God that He would restore her again to health, that she might live and glorify Him, when those that went down into the pit could not praise Him, she stopped him in his prayer, and with a comfortable look and strong voice (though a great difficulty of speech had some time before possessed her,) said, "She would glorify God, whether she lived or died ;' and then recommended her children to his care.
“ These dear children of hers, as she often had in health. so she did now more frequently in her sickness, instruct, charging them to apply themselves much in reading ; especially to be diligent in constant prayers to God, to be observant to their dear father, and transfering that obedience they had to herself upon him, to pay him now a double duty, and to be entirely loving to one another : then, and not else, they might assure themselves of all good things from God and their father ; further enjoining them to be respectful to those that had the charge of them, and ever to give ear to their just and virtuous advices, and carefully to decline the company of vain and impertinent persons.
“ As it was her only trouble in all her sickness, that her indisposition made her incapable of giving that attendance to the offices of religion, praying, meditating, reading, as she used to do; so, in the close, it was the affliction of all about her, and that, which of any thing she herself showed most sense of, that her speech failed her ; upon the loss of which, she had no other means of expressing those pious ejaculations she in her last sickness incessantly poured forth, but by sighs, and eyes and hands lifted up to heaven, whither we presume she is gone, to increase the number of Saints, whom the Church this day commemorates, and to enter into the joy of her Saviour.”
Her funeral sermon was preached at Chelsea, on All Saints' Day, 1669, by Dr. Adam Littleton. She died in her fortyeighth year, leaving three children, one of whom died soon after, and was buried with her; as was also her husband about thirty ye ars afterwards, being then Viscount Newhaven,
LADY JANE CAVENDISH, sister to Lady Jane, was married to the Earl of Bridgwater, and is thus mentioned in his epitaph. "Here lies interred, John, Earl of Bridgwater,
Viscount Brackley, &c. Who desired no other memorial of him, but only this: that having in the nineteenth year of his age) married the Lady Elizabeth Cavendish, daughter to the then Earl, since Marquis, and after that Duke of Newcastle ; he did enjoy (almost twenty-two years) all the happiness that a man could receive in the sweet society of the best of wives, till it pleased God, in the forty-fourth year of his age, to change his great felicity into as great misery, by depriving him of his truly loving and entirely beloved wife, who was all his worldly bliss. After which time, humbly submitting to, and waiting on the will and pleasure of the Almighty, he did sorrowfully wear out twenty-three years, four months, and twelve days, and then on the twenty-sixth day of October, in the year of our Lord 1686, and in the sixty-fourth year of his own age, yielded up his soul into the merciful hand of God, who gave it. Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.'-Job xiii. 15.”
This Earl of Bridgwater is highly spoken of by Sir Henry Chauncey, who knew him well, and gave a character of him in his history of Hertfordshire, in which he especially mentions his loyalty to the Church of England and to the King. He was buried beside his Countess, for whom he made an inscription of greater length than that for himself, enumerating her children by name, and proceeding in the highest strain of panegyric, in which mention is made of her religious and charitables virtues, as well as of her other excellencies.
HOW TO GIVE INSTRUCTION IN THE ACTS OF
THE APOSTLES. The following is a reprint, with some alterations, of an American Sunday School Class-Book. In its present altered state it is not intended to be used verbatim, but rather as a text book which shall furnish the teacher with a key to the most important subjects to be asked, and the leading difficulties to be cleared up.
The answers are given to the more difficult questions. It is desirable to divide the chapter into two or more parts according to the subjects treated of, or the facts related. The teacher should take care that one fact or statement is clearly mastered and understood before another is commenced. Thus in time the child will learn to look out for ideas, and will attach a definite meaning to what it reads. The whole lesson should first be read over. The general subject should then be stated, the place of action explained, the persons distinguished,—and the date of event, and length of time occupied by the narrative clearly shown. Furnished with this outline, the teacher may go into detail, taking one verse at a time, and mastering its contents before taking a further step. This subject will be very appropriately commenced on the Sunday after Ascension Day.
LESSON I. CHAP. I. v. 1–12. 1. For a Junior Class. 2. For an Advanced Class. What are Acts? What is an What are Acts? What is an Apostle? When were the Acts Apostle? What do you mean by of the Apostles written? What the date of an event ? About subject have we been reading what time were the Acts of the about?* What places are men- Apostles written ? Where? By tioned here? +
whom? What other work by the 1. Repeat verse 1.
same author ? When ? Where? What does St. Luke say he which was written first ? For had made ? Whom had he whose use were they both written? written it for? Who was Theo- Why does St. Luke say that he philus ?
wrote the former? In the former [Theophilus : a christian of rank what does he call his Gospel ?
and a friend of St. Luke.] What in the latter ? The differWhat is a treatise ?
ence? What is the last event [A writing, a book.] recorded in St. Luke's Gospel ? What was the former treatise What authority had St. Luke for about?
the truth of the facts he related? [All, &c.: not every particular [He was an eye witness of them.] thing, but a general view of our What great nation governed the Lord's whole life and teaching.] world at this time? Who was 2. Repeat verse 2.
Emperor? [Tiberius.] How did Until what day does St. Luke's the Jews acknowledge submission Gospel give a history? to the Romans ? [By paying tri[Until the day, &c.: see Luke bute.] Who was king of Judea xxiv. 51.]
at the time of Christ's birth ?
* The Ascension of our Lord.
+ Galilee and the Mount of Olives.
What had Jesus done between who made him King ? [Marc the time of his rising and the Antony and Agustus.] How did Ascension? Who was with he try to please the Jews ? (By Christ in ordaining the Apos- adorning the Temple.] How was tles ? Did Jesus communicate Judea governed at the death of a portion of the Holy Spirit to Herod ? [By his three sons, Arthem at that time?
chelaus, Philip, and Antipas.] [John xx. 22.] How, at the death of Archelaus? Did the Holy Spirit guide and [By procurators.] Who was the keep them after that ?
first Procurator ? [Pomponius.] [Yes, and so he will with us, if Who was the Procurator at the
we love and pray to our Savi- time of Christ's crucifixion ? our.]
Where did these generally live ? 3. Repeat verse 3.*
[At Cesarea.] With what cirHow did Jesus appear to the cumstance does the book of the Apostles, after he rose from the Acts commence? [The Ascendead ? [Alive, and by infallible sion.] How long was our Lord proofs, that is, by proofs that on earth after his resurrection ? could not be mistaken.] What are “infallible proofs ?"
Can you relate to me the [Such proofs as cannot be misproofs our Lord gave of the taken.] By what infallible proofs reality of his resurrection ? did our Lord show himself to be How long was Jesus seen by alive ? [By eating, drinking, them? Of what did he speak? &c.] Whence did He ascend ? [Things pertaining, &c.: Com- What became of the Apostles ?
pare Acts vii. 38–44.] Were they alone? How many 4. Repeat versé 4.
disciples altogether at Jerusalem? Where was the assembly here of what two classes did this litspoken of ? [In Galilee,-on à tle company of believers consist? mountain : Matt. xxviii. 16.] [Apostles and Disciples.] By What did Jesus, here command what name was this society callthem?
ed? Was this Church a volun[Not to depart, &c.: that is, to tary union of Christians, or was
go to Jerusalem, and remain it divinely instituted ? What do there till the promise should you mean by divinely instituted ? be fulfilled.]
When did our Lord found his Of whom had they received Church ? [Immediately before this promise ?
bis departure.] When eating the Of our Saviour, (John xiv. 26.) Passover with his disciples, what
* Verse 3. PASSION in the New Testament, always means sufferings ; but Passions, means feelings and affections. Kingdom of God: the church on earth, and in glory, of which Jesus Christ is King.