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time. I, on the other hand, mentioned all that I knew, or antici. pated, of the forbidding kind ; and plainly told her that I could not think of any purpose with respect to future life, but that of preaching the Gospel to the heathen. If she paused and hesitated, before she accepted of my offer, it was not because she thought the terms too hard, or from a want of that christian courage and resignation which are so necessary to all who engage in Missionary work; but from an apprehension that she did not possess those endowments, which she conceived to be essential for a Minister's wife, and that, instead of being a help, she would become a hinderance to me. I thought otherwise; and had the happiness of experiencing, until the day on which her happy soul went to God, that I was not mistaken. It is true, she retained the same humble opinion of herself to the last ; but that it was not the offspring of indolence and sloth, her care for the children of the Society at Morant-Bay, and her pious labours for their benesit, abundantly proved. And whilst I am constrained to record this honourable testimony concerning her humility, I must not forget the fortitude and resignation with which she sustained those difficulties, (particularly during my long and severe illness,) which seemed to blast all our earthly hopes. It was then highly satisfactory to me to reflect on the frankness I had used, previously to our union ; and still more so, to find in her an entire and uniform acquiescence in all the dispensations of an unerring Providence.
On our arrival in Jamaica, myself and my colleague soon began to feel the debilitating effects of a tropical climate; but Mrs. Horne was by no means so seriously affected. Her spirits were good, her soul was happy, and she was actively and incessantly employed ; so that, while sickness brought us to the brink of the grave, she enjoyed perfect health, with very little exception, until the week before that in which she died. Business having rendered it necessary for me to go to Kingston, she requested to accompany me, principally with a view to provide various articles for the family. While there, on Thursday Aug. 5th, 1819, she complained of head-ache and feverishness, and before night was obliged to retire to her room. The usual medicines were taken immediately; but the fever continued. Other means were used to procure an intermission, but all failed; and, by the following Thursday morning, it was evident that her mortal race was nearly run. Perceiving that no hope of life remained, I said to her, “ It is likely the Lord is going to take you from me.” “Is it?" said she, and added, “I may recover.” I told her the Physician's opinion; and said, “You must not calculate upon living; though with God nothing is impossible.” On my asking the state of her mind, and how she could meet God, she said, “I hope he will finish the work he has begun;" and after a little pause, exclaimed,
“ Not a cloud shall arise, to darken the skies,
Or hide for a moment the Lord from my eyes."
She added, “An abundant entrance shall be ministered unto me into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ :"
“ The opening heavens around me shine
With beams of heavenly bliss,
And whispers I am his." She next called for Eliza, prayed for her, and took leave of her dear infant. We then commended her to God in prayer, in which she joined with great fervour. Our friends having retired, we had some conversation about our temporal affairs, on which she gave me directions and advice, worthy of a dying saint. She had now done with the world; her conversation was truly in heaven ; and she continually spoke of the things of God, or breathed out her soul towards him. She was very happy in God all the day; and often praised him for his rich mercy towards her. In the afternoon, I asked her whether she would rather die or live? She said, “I have no choice now; I cannot wish any thing now, but God's will. I am altogether at his disposal.” To this sentiment she adhered as long as she lived.-On Friday, Aug. 13th, she was very weak. I said to her, in the morning, “My dear, we have now but a little time to be together.” She seemed startled, and said, “I am not prepared;" and began to pray more earnestly. In a few minutes, however, the cloud vanished, and she cried, in a rapture of grateful joy, “Glory, glory be to God!” About this time, she said to Mrs. Johnstone, “My husband and child are the only ties I have to earth.” Mrs. J. said, “ They are tender ties; but God is all sufficient ;” to which she replied, “O yes! he has done it! he has helped me; I can give up all." Recollecting her dear departed sister, (JANE,) who had died very happy in God about the year 1809, she was filled with joy unspeakable in the sure prospect of soon meeting her, and being for ever with the LORD. In the night she cried out, “Glory, glory be to God! I can praise him. There is not a cloud between my soul and my God. From my childhood I have feared him. My gracious SAVIOUR is now with me; Jesus is here! He is precious to my soul. O, if I had now to seek salvation, what would become of me; but, thank God! the work is not now to be done !" At one time she appeared to be suffering under temptation from Satan ; and was heard to say, “O thou robber! vain is thy attempt; for Jesus is here." About the same time, she said to me, with some indications of mental distress, “Whither shall I go?" I answered, “Go to God, my dear; to the Lord Jesus, whom you love." That blessed name was balm to her soul; and her eyes sparkled with joy. After some time she was again somewhat troubled, and said repeatedly,
" Where is God Almighty?" I said, “He is here with you." “O yes," said she, "he is with me;" after which she was perfectly calm and composed. She called me to her, for the last time ; and, after a while, exclaimed, “My God!"_which were her last words. While I was commendVol. I. Third Series. JANUARY, 1822.
ing her to God, she closed her eyes; and her happy spirit took its flight to the mansions of glory on Saturday, Aug. 14th, 1819, in the twenty-sixth year of her age.
Thus lived, and thus died, one of the best of women. The least that can be said of her, is, that whether viewed as a private Christian, or as the wife of a Missionary, her daily conduct shed a lustre on the sphere in which she moved. In housekeeping, she excelled. Always remarkably neat and clean in her own person, she endeavoured that every thing should resemble her. With a truly hospitable heart, she was a great economist; and it was her daily labour to maintain order and regularity in all her domestic affairs. And without inquiring what connexion may subsist between inward and outward things in general, I can confidently say that, in her case, all these external virtues did but shadow forth the graces of her pure, pious, and heavenly mind. As she followed after holiness in heart and life, so she used the means prescribed for the attainment of it. From the time of her conversion, she read the Scriptures on her knees in private, whenever she could. She was instant in prayer ; nor did it suffice her to be punctual in the outward duty ; it was the end to which she looked,~-union with God, and an abiding sense of his love. And O how faithful was she towards me, in reference to divine things ! If I complained, she comforted me. If I appeared in grief or sorrow, she sorrowed too. If on any occasion I had been hurried from my room at my usual hours of devotion, she could not rest till she knew that I had not forgotten private prayer. The prosperity of religion lay near her heart. On our arrival in Jamaica, she offered to take charge of a class of negroes; but as it was difficult to understand their dialect, I wished her to decline it at that time. She saw and pitied the young brown women, who are here greatly exposed to various temptations and vices; and as soon as circumstances allowed, she formed a class of brown girls, whom she taught to read the Scriptures, and to understand the things of God. She prayed for them, and taught them to pray; and before it pleased God to take her to himself, she had gathered together almost the whole of that description of persons in this place. These, with myself, and many others, lament her loss; but call her memory blessed. • While I was writing this Account, two of our Leaders waited on me, with a list of brown people, principally members of the Society, who have subscribed a sum amounting to £43., for the purpose of getting, from England, a tomb-stone for Mrs. HORNE. Though I could by no means allow such a thing, yet I think I ought to mention it, as affording a proof of the poor people's affection for her.
May all who read this Memoir be induced to embrace that Religion, which made her amiable and happy in life, and enabled her in death
Thanks be to God who giveth us the victory!" Morant-Bay, Jamaica,
JAMES HORNE. October 4, 1819.
THE SUBSTANCE OF A SERMON Preached in Liverpool, on the 30th of July, 1820, before the Conference of the Ministers late in Connexion with the Rev. Jonn WESLEY,
BY JOHN EMORY, The Representative of the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in
PUBLISHED AT THE REQUEST OF THE CONFERENCE.
To the PRESIDENT and MEMBERS of the CONFERENCE of the Ministers late in Connexion with the Rev, JOHN WESLEY,-as an affectionate and grateful acknowledgment of the hospitality and kindness with which he was treated while in England, as a Representative to their Body from the GENERAL CONFERENCE of the METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH in AMERICA, this Sermon is respectfully inscribed, by their mueh obliged Friend and Brother in CHRIST,
1 CORINTHIANS, I. 21-24. For after that, in the wisdom of God, the world by wisdom knew not God,
it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom : but we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling-block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; but unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
In this age of Missionary and Bible Societies a question has been revived, Whether the knowledge of God, and its happy effects, be not attainable by the mere exercise of reason, without the aid of revelation. For a satisfactory decision of this question, the most impartial ground is taken by the Apostle in the passage before us. He appeals to facts. He appeals to the history of the world anterior to the period of the christian era ; and on this ground he challenges the disputers of the world to meet him. “ Where is the wise ?" said he.
“ Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world ?" These terms seem designed to embrace both the Gentile Philosophers and Sophists, and the Jewish Rabbins ; in each of whom a ready answer was to be found to the question following: “ Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world ?" Hath he not shown its weakness and insufficiency ? Look into the systems of “the wise." Examine the traditions and the glosses of “the scribes." Listen to the reasonings of those “ disputers of this world :" and you shall find that by just how much they were destitute of revelation, or departed from its dictates, by just so much they fell into the silliest trifling, and into the grossest superstitions and absurdities. The proper province of
reason and science is in the service of revelation. In this province they are both honourable and useful. But when they aspire to the ascendency,—when they seek to supersede the necessity of revelation,—God takes care to humble their pretensions, and to pour confusion on their pride.
It is the remark of an eminent commentator, that “the wisdom of God," in the 21st verse, is not to be understood of that wisdom which had God for its author, but of that wisdom which had God for its object. There was, he adds, among the heathen, wisdom about natural things, and wisdom about God, that is, divinity. But the world, even in their divinity, gave no evidence of the knowledge of God.
Whether this be the precise meaning of the phrase, or whether it refer to those displays of the divine wisdom with which they were surrounded in the works of creation, or simply, to the wisdom of the counsels of God, “who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways," it is not necessary now to determine. In either view, the leading doctrine is the same. It is, that among all mankind, the most distinguished talents, the brightest genius, the deepest and most extensive learning, never were, of themselves, sufficient to conduct a soul to the saving knowledge of God. From which fact it is a fair conclusion, that this is a task beyond the power of human wisdom ;-—that this is a knowledge with which no wisdom can illumine the soul of man but that which cometh down from above, from the Father of Lights, from Him who caused the light to shine out of darkness, and who shineth into our hearts, to give us the light of the knowledge of his glory in the face of Jesus Christ.
The subject may be divided into two parts.
I. The insufficiency of human wisdom for the purpose of saving knowledge.
II. The means by which it pleases GoD to enlighten and save the world.
It will be remembered that the view which the Apostle takes of the subject is a practical one. I shall endeavour to place it in the same light.
I. At the time of which he speaks, the world was divided into two great classes ;-the Jews, and the Gentiles. These two classes embraced all mankind. Under the first proposition we may therefore consider, 1. the state of the Jews; and, 2. that of the Gentiles.
The Jews, it is true, were not without the knowledge of God. s« In Judah was God known, and his name was great in Israel." This is amply evident from their Scriptures : and these Scriptures, independently on the question of their divine original, are certainly venerable monuments of the highest antiquity.
But what a singular fact is this in the history of the world. Let us approach and see this great sight. Why is it that there is light in the habitations of Israel, whilst darkness covers all the rest of the earth? Why is it that the brightness of day shines in Goshen,