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O that you did but see and feel what I do! Come, and behold a dying man more chearful than ever you saw any healthful man in the midst of his sweetest enjoyments. O why should any of you be dull, when I am so glad! This, this is the hour I have waited for. I want now but one thing, and it is a speedy lift into heaven.—Come, let us lift up our voices in praise : I with you, as long as my breath shall last, and when I have none, I shall do it better."
Thus departed to glory the Rev. Mr. John Janeway, in June 1657, and in the 24th year of his age.
Thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Cor. xv. 57.
I MAKE no apology for presenting the reader with the inclosed Paper, which contains an account of the last sickness and death of a pious young person, written y her father,
Clifton, 31st May, 1804.
“It has pleased God to take my dear daughter Am “ from me, and, as I have reason to believe, to his
“She was always of a mild and patient disposition, “ which was rendered yet more amiable, after divine
grace had wrought upon her heart to attend seriously “ to serious things.
“Her malady came upon her during the last winter. “ The cough, with which she was first afflicted, ap
pearing to be the effect of a cold, which a change of “ air might be the means of removing, she was removed “ to a neighbouring county, where she found no relief, “ but on the contrary grew gradually worse: about “ Christmas, therefore, she returned to London. Upon
“consulting with an eminent physician, he appeared “ not to consider her in any danger, at least not for some “ time; but her cough continued, and at length so in“ creased, that my family became anxiously alarmed. We
proposed to remove her to Clifton; but the physician
objected to the season of the year, and observed, that “ the sharp air at that place, and the journey duringwin“ ter, with change of beds, rooms, &c. would certainly
prove more injurious, than her warm confinement
could be in town. On the 2d of May, when the weather “ began to be mild, we set out for Clifton, and, in the “ course of twelve days, in which we rested often and “ went only one stage in a day, (the first day excepted)
on account of her weakness, we arrived there; though “ with great pain and difficulty to my poor daughter.
“Upon the road, she expressed her apprehensions of " the consequence, and seemed to be preparing her “ mind for the solemn event, which was shortly to come " to pass. I was fully sensible of her case; and my " conversations and prayers with her were continually “ directed, with all the tenderness in my power, to lift up
her views to the life immortal, as one who was “ soon to have done with all earthly things. She fre
quently told her maid, that she had no expectation “ of remaining in this world; but was desirous of going “ to Clifton, that she might not give her mother and “ sisters the trouble and anguish of seeing her die at 6 home.
“ The patience and resignation, which God gave her
through her illness, were very extraordinary. She " appeared to be in the utmost submission to the divine
u will; will; nor did a murmuring or discontented word upon occasions, some of which were trying indeed, escape
6 her lips.
“ After our arrival at Clifton, she declined apace. “A visible alteration appeared almost every day. Still “ her calmness, and sometimes chearfulness, never for“ sook her. She was comforted outwardly with the
presence and conversation of her affectionate friends, “and particularly of her brother, whom she tenderly, “ loved, and who spent much time with her in reading, “ &c. as she was able to bear it: and she seemed in
wardly tranquil and supported by the goodness of “ God, in the views of approaching death and eternity.
“On the 21th of May, the third morning before her departure, upon my coming into the chamber, and “ being left alone, she said to me, with a peculiar “chearfulness of spirit; “Surely, papa, I cannot ex“ press to you the great comfort I have enjoyed, during “ much of this last night, from the impression of several “ texts of scripture upon my heart, and particularly that
one, where the prophet exhorts us to turn to the Lord " and to say; Take away all iniquity, and receive us “graciously; and where the Lord answers; I will heal “ their backsliding, I will love them freely; for mine anger “ is turned away. O it was gr
O it was great comfort indeed!"" I expressed my satisfaction, and endeavoured to show, “ how faithful and true the Lord is to all his promises, "and that, trusting in him, she would never be con“ founded or forsaken. The promises were constantly “ made to faith. All our Lord's miracles were done in consequence of faith in him. And he himself has
* Ilos. xiv.
“ told us, that all things are possible to him that believeth. “ He is faithful, and cannot be otherwise, who hath * promised.
“I then read to her the 54th and 55th Chapters of “ Isaiah, and observed, as I went along, among other
points, that the exceeding great and precious promises, “ made therein to the church at large, belonged also,
specially and particularly, to every individual member, even as though he or she were' mentioned by
for they were sure to all the seed, to every one, who came unto God through Christ, and lived upon
his truth. She answered ; “ These are exceed"ing great and precious promises indeed; and I have
no dependence but upon the Lord's faithfulness to “ make them good through Christ to my soul.” She “ also expressed, with great thankfulness of spirit, her
deep sense of the grace and goodness of the Lord to“ wards her in a thousand respects; but, above all, in “ the things which pertained to her salvation.
“ This interview was the more interesting to me, aś
my daughter was naturally of a diffident and retired “ turn of mind, which seemed rather to have increased “after her first serious impressions, and which naturally “induced her not to say much concerning herself. She “ had used some remarkable expressions to the pious “nurse who attended her, the day before; and she now
repeated one in particular to myself, in which she “ wished to know; “What was the necessary depth of “ conviction of sin, as she had never experienced that “pungent remorse, which some good people had men
tioned, upon their first awakenings, about their souls.