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can save me.' His attendant observed, “The LORD possesses all power; and no doubt, you now feel that comfort which you have been the ineans of communicating to others.' To this he replied, 'O yes! all is well, all is well with me:-nothing to do:—nothing to do.' About six o'clock he said, “I feel my life going away. 0! what is this which is coming upon me? The band of the Lord is heavy upon me.' He expressed bis gratitude for the attention which his friend had paid to him durivg the night, by saying, “Thank you, my brother, thank you!””
Mr. Spark, who had an opportunity of witnessing Mr. Taylor's sufferings, observes that, during the whole period of his illness, he was not once heard to complain or murmur under the afflictive dispensation, but appeared perfectly calm and submissive. This was particularly noticed by his medical attendants, who beheld with astonishment the extraordinary patience which he manifested in the most painful circumstances of his disorder. A few hours before his decease, finding his dissolution at hand, he raised his eyes, and in a tone of earnest supplication, said, 'Lord Jesus, have mercy upon me, and receive my spirit !' His eldest daughter, who had been unremitting in her attentions to him during his illness, soon after entered the room. He fixed his eyes upon her, and affectionately exclaimed, O my Mary, I am dying ;' and in a tone of peculiar tenderness, he added, “O Mary, give up your heart to God; cleave to him with your whole heart.' Mrs. Taylor coming to his bedside soon afterwards, he seemed to be much affected; and said, with considerable emotion, “O my dear, I am dying ;-I am going ;' and after a short pause, he added, "My dear, many years ago, I commended you to God, and to the word of his grace; but now, I cannot say any thing; I cannot speak; I am going, most certainly.
O no,' she replied, 'I hope not ;—but I trust you feel your mind comfortable.' He said, “I have been an unprofitable servant ; my whole trust is in the merits of the REDEEMER ; the LORD support you!” His strength being nearly exhausted by this last effort, he was heard to ejaculate, O Lord, cut short thy work in righteousness!' and in a short time afterwards, he entered into the rest that remaineth for the people of God, on Tuesday morning, Feb. 20th, 1821. By this awful stroke, the vineyard of God was deprived of one of its most industrious labourers ; and his family of the fostering care of an affectionate husband, and a tender parent.
It is a truth which every good man will readily admit, that the Lord has an indisputable right to do what he will with his own. Yet his dispensations are involved in mystery, when an active and useful Minister is suddenly removed from the church. MR. T. was a man whose mind was too much affected with a sense of his high responsibility to the Almighty for the proper application of his talents, and of the duty he owed to the Methodist Society, to allow himself in idleness and self-indulgence. For though he had not
resided at Dock many months, his character was partly unfolded, in the various objects of usefulness which his plans and labours had embraced. A Friend writes as follows, from that town:
“ It was generally Mr. Taylor's custom to preach, in the forenoon on the LORD's day, from a part of the First Lesson ; and many persons have expressed themselves as being particularly edified and instructed by these discourses. His unwearied zeal was conspicuous in the attention he always paid to the rising generation ; particularly in establishing Sunday-Schools, and watching over the interests of those which he found in operation. With some considerable pains and difficulty he formed a Benevolent Society, for relieving the Sick Poor of all denominations. I had the pleasure of witnessing his extreme care and solicitude abont this excellent Institution; and he had the unspeakable satisfaction of seeing his exertions crowned with success. He equally interested himself in the prosperity of Bible Societies, Missionary Societies, and Tract Societies. Every thing which had a tendency to diffuse knowledge, and promote the REDEEMER'S interest among men, came within the range of his zeal; and he thought no exertions too severe, nor any sacrifice too great, to be instrumental in promoting these great objects. While at Dock, on various occasions, he preached four times on a Sunday: and bad his valuable life been spared, there was every probability of bis being made remarkably useful. His amiable and peaceable disposition had greatly endeared him to the Society, and to a number of respectable persons of different denominations."
From the foregoing observations, it will be easy to judge of the prominent features in the Character of this man of God; whose christian temper, and simplicity of manners, conciliated the warm approbation of all who had an intimate acquaintance with him. The Preachers with whom he travelled, always formed a high opinion of his moral worth, as a man, a friend, and a useful Minister of the Church of Gòd. A respectable Brother, who is well able to appreciate Mr. Taylor's excellencies, and who had known him before he became a Travelling-Preacher, and lived in habits of intimacy with him during the subsequent part of his life, says, in a letter,
“On the character of my dear Friend, MR. S.T., I could write largely ; for I knew him well, and esteemed him highly. In the year 1790, he commenced his itinerancy; and he discovered, at that time, an ardent thirst for that kind of information in theology and in general knowledge, which is conducive, under the influence of pious feeling, to the usefulness of a Preacher of the Gospel ; and a strong desire to fill up the office of a Christian Minister to the glory of God, the good of the people, and the peace of his own mind,
“ I do not admire panegyric: yet there were certain traits in the character of my Friend, which I cannot overlook, and which ought to be recorded for the benefit of others. Integrity and uprightness appeared to me invariably to mark his conduct. Never did I, on any occasion, perceive any thing that savoured of duplicity. He was habitually diligent, on christian principles :—diligent in the improvement of his mind, by reading, meditation, and other private duties; and diligent in the whole of his
ministerial work. His whole mind and time were, in one way or other, consecrated to God in his work. He had a steady, fixed, unvarying love for his Brethren in the Ministry: nor can I recollect that, at any time, (in a familiar and very frequent intercourse with him for thirty years and more,) I ever witnessed any temper towards them, contrary to that esteem and love which ought always to subsist between fellow-labourers in the vineyard of the Lord. He helieved that the system of Methodism is calcu. lated, in a more than ordinary degree, to promote vital and practical religion in the world ; and that it forms a prominent part of God's great plan for the benefit of mankind. He therefore felt, and manisested, a high degree of solicitude for its interest, in every department. His labours as a member of our Body were unremitted, and were continued to the last.
“ He was particularly formed for friendship. He had a sympathetic mind, which felt another's woe. For many years I called him my Friend; and in some very trying circumstances, he greatly soothed and comforted
He was always the same man. When he was called away, I felt that I had lost a Friend, and a Brother; or, to speak more properly, was deprived of him for a season!”
The judicious writer, from whose letter this extract has been made, when speaking of Mr. T., as a friend, further observes,
“I had much friendly intercourse with him, from the year 1792, and knew something of his personal exercises, as he, on his part, knew of mine. I ever found in him ingenuousness, tenderness, and sympathy. Nothing seemed to yield bim greater satisfaction than the fulfilment of every duty required by reciprocal friendship. As a Christian and a Colleague, I never experienced from him, on any occasion whatever, the least cause for withholding my most cordial and unqualified approbation and esteem. No person had a better acquaintance with the nature, discipline, character, and general operation of Methodism; in which he wholly employed his heart and mind, his soul and strength. If at any time he deviated into human failings, it may, perhaps, be said to have been most evidently perceived in the exhaustion of all his energies on whatever - public business he took in hand : but that is not a charge for any of his Brethren to bring against him. If through this extraordinary exertion, his useful services in the Church were abridged by the premature termination which surprised and distressed his surviving friends, we can only lament that he lived so fast, and regret that the harvest-field has been deprived of such a labourer.”
The character thus given of Mr. Taylor by his friends, I believe, is in no respect exaggerated, or too highly coloured : He was all they describe ;-a man without guile ;--warm, steady, and affectionate in his attachments ,-zealous in propagating the truth of Christ;-invincible in the path of duty; neither to be seduced by flattery, nor intimidated by frowns. His piety, his laboriousness, his uniform kindness, his godly simplicity, and his peaceable disposition, recommended him to the respect of all who were closely ac. quainted with him, and will long live in their memory, when recollection brings to view the name of SAMUEL Taylor.
Birmingham, May 3, 1822.
MEMOIR OF MRS. ELIZABETH BERRIMAN,
Of Penzance, in Cornwall. Mrs. BERRIMAN was born in Plymouth-Dock, on the 25th of July, 1778. Her parents were members of the Baptist Church in that place; and having enjoyed the comforts of religion themselves, they were desirous to bring up their tender charge in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Their labours were crowned with success; for in early life their daughter Elizabetu felt her mind impressed with a deep sense of the majesty of God, and a constant fear of offending him.—There are some who are unfriendly to the practice of inculcating on children any doctrinal principles at all; and who plead for leaving their minds quite free and unbiassed, till they are able to judge for themselves. This was the system advocated by Rousseau, the infidel philosopher. He said, “You must not-talk to children about God, or religion, because they can understand nothing of either. Childhood is the time for exercising the memory, and for the acquirement of habits; you must employ the first in dry but necessary studies concerning the arts and sciences, which different ranks of children will have to follow in future, and the last, in making them practise duties, of the fitness of which they may be made sensible ; reserving religious instruction for the time when their understanding shall be capable of receiving and acquiescing in it." This insidious maxim was received by too many parents, who were far from comprehending the views of its propagator, and who did not foresee the consequences which have resulted from its adoption.' Trained up in the school of irreligion, and being ignorant of themselves and of God, their children soon became proficients in vice and infidelity: evil habits “grew with their growth, and strengthened with their strength," till at last they blasphemed the God of heaven, vilified the person of his Son, ridiculed the operations of his Spirit, and treated the glorious system of Christianity as a cheat and delusion.
Fully convinced of the importance of first impressions, the parents of Mrs. B. were anxious to imbue the mind of their child with the principles of the Gospel, and to give, from the cradle, a proper direction to her thoughts; and the fruit of their pious endeavours soon became visible. They had taught her to repeat some of Dr. Watts’s Hymns, with which her mind was deeply affected. One day she had been repeating the following lines :
“ Jesus, I throw my arms around,
And hang upon thy breast ;
My spirit cannot rest.”
time she was totally ignorant that Christ is to be apprehended and embraced only by faith. This faith will not say, “ Who shall ascend into heaven, that is, to bring Christ down from above? Or who shall descend into the deep? that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead. But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth and in thy heart."
When she entered on the nineteenth year of her age, fresh light broke forth upon her mind, and she discovered that mere morality, and attention to the external duties of religion, could not save her; and that without an entire change of heart she could never be scripturally holy or happy. A severe conflict now commenced; and for some time she felt her mind alternately agitated with hope and fear, expect. ation and disappointment. While she was thus suffering the terrors of the LORD, with a troubled mind she applied herself to the Bible, that great source of consolation to true penitents. But, instead of finding comfort, her conscience became more alarmed, while she read those awful passages which contain the denunciations of an offended God against hardened and obstinate sinners. Weary of herself, and sick of the world, bewailing the deadness of her own heart in reference to spiritual things, and mourning on account of her sins, she was ready to exclaim, “Q that I had wings like a dove, for then I would fly away and be at rest. Lo, then I would wander afar off, I would hasten my escape from the stormy wind and tempest."-In this state of mind, however, she continued to approach the throne of divine grace. The subject of her prayer was, that God would give her that clear and indisputable evidence of his pardoning mercy through CHRIST, without which her troubled conscience could find no abiding peace. To the precious promises of the Gospel her attention was now directed; and these at length became the foundation of lively faith and hope in the REDEEMER. Though she had sought the favour of God for some time, without finding comfort, defeat and disappointment rather quickened than discouraged her; and soon her hopes were realized. As her distress had been great, so her deliverance from it was proportionably clear and striking. It took place, not while she was engaged in the private duties of the closet, nor in the solemnities of public worship, but as she was walking in the street, and engaged in the common business of life. The words, “ Fear not, for I have redeemed thee," were applied with divine power to her mind; and in a moment her gloom was dissipated, and her soul was filled with unutterable joy. To communicate the blessed tidings to her mother, she ran home; and told her that God, for Christ's sake, had pardoned her sins, and given her a clear evidence of his favour. Yet this happy event was regarded by her, not as the completion, but rather as the commencement of the work of saving grace in her mind; for she was fully persuaded, that under the genial rays of the Sun of Righteousness, all the fruits of the Spirit would