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THE REV. DAVID SANDEMAN.
ence to this he said, “I shall go to Manchester, as I am obliged; but remember, I've got another Master now, and if He calls me to his work, I must go.”
Blissfully emancipated from care, ambition, and all earthly thraldom, because surrendered to its rightful Sovereign, his soul was now the abode of a peace as rare as it is enviable; and on his beaming countenance, as well as on his frank, open, unworldly career, was thenceforward inscribed in the handwriting of the transforming Spirit himself, "For me to live is Christ.” It was not long until he found himself constrained to go forward into the ministry. He came to Edinburgh, and after completing the usual curriculum, was licensed by the Free Presbytery of Edinburgh.
Sometime after this Mr. Sandeman resolved to devote himself to the Lord's work in China. It was but the other day we incidentally met a medical gentlemen who told us how and where this decision was come to. evening,” said he," Mr. Sandeman and I were walking on the Calton Hill together, and we both formed the resolution to give up ourselves to the work of the gospel in China, and, kneeling down behind a bush in a retired spot, we dedicated ourselves to this work in prayer."
You all know the result of this decision, and how that he went to Amoy in October, in 1856, and some of us know well how ardently and zealously he has devoted himself since then.
His last Sabbath on earth was the 25th of July, when his text was, “Examine your own selves.”
It was a solemn time, for the cholera had come to Amoy. It came to the house in which Mr. Sandeman was then living, the residence of the Rev. Mr. Talmage, and it seized a little girl to whom he had been speaking the very day before about her soul and about Jesus. The little girl died on the Thursday, and Mr. Sandeman did all he could to comfort her mother, and he plaited a wreath of flowers and placed it on her coffin. On the Friday he met Dr. Bell, who was much worn out with attending to so many patients, and said, “We know not 176
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who may be first called away ; but this we know, that none of us live to ourselves, and none of us die to our selves, 'For whether we live, we live unto the Lord ; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord : whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.'" Soon after midnight this kind and skilful friend was summoned to his bedside, and found him already in the collapse of the fatal malady. In the morning early, and when the hope of his recovery was given up, Mr. Talmage asked him if he had any messages to leave. “Tell my mother," he replied, " that I thought of her, because she taught me the way to come to Jesus.”
At another time, Mr. Doty, another of his dear American brethren, said, “The great High Priest is precious now ?" With great emphasis he replied, "He always has been; he always
has been exceedingly precious, from the moment I knew him till now.” Again reverting to the beloved and boundless theme, he remarked, “ The love of Jesus is like the sea around you. It was only last night, when comparatively well, that the love of Jesus came rushing into my soul like the waves of the sea, as if they would rend it; so that I had to cry out, “Stop, Lord; it is enough.' I could not hold more. Oh! the height and the depth, the length and the breadth of the love of Jesus ! The love of Jesus has ever been like a cloudless sky. There has been but one spot, but one dark cloud, and that spot, that dark cloud, has been my sin.” Mr. Doty said, “The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin." know it does, I know it does," was his eager reply. In the same spirit and with deep feeling he repeated, “All too long have we been parted, let my spirit speed to His."
It was in this spirit his soul passed away from earth without a cloud or a shadow. When the tidings reached his poor mother he is the third son she has lost, besides her husband, within the last three years—her reply was as beautiful as it was true-“HEAVEN IS NOT SO FAR AWAY AS CHINA.”
Presbyterian Church in England.
In the name of God advancing,
Sow thy seed at morning light,
Labour on with all thy might.
Do the work that nearest lies ;
Rest at last is labour's prize.
Toil is meant for Christians now;
Honest sweat upon thy brow;
When work stops, at set of sun,
** Good and faitbful man, well done!**
LONDON: MARLBOROUGH & CO., AVE MARIA LANE.
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PAGE Advice by a Young Sailor African Portfolio
121 A Kingly Employment 88 Angels, the Children's 9 Asia open to the Gospel 28 Beneficence, a Chapter on . 81 Bible in Sweden, the
78 Blind and Deaf Girl, and her Bible, a
173 Blind in China, the
74 Bread upon the Waters 79 Child of Prayer, a
95 Child's Faith, a
172 China, Evening at Pechuia
23 » Chapteron, by Grand
father Godfrey 35 » Idolatry in
42 Letters from
67 Missionary News from 97 New Missionary to 65
The Blind in Chinese, the Religion of the
101 Christian Charity
92 Commandments, Understanding the
169 Death of Jeasie Young 136 Diamond Dust 14, 32, 48, 62,
80, 112, 128, 156 Do you Love the Lord Jesus?
77 Dying Child, the
38 Encouragement to Give 11 Epitaph on a Sleeper in Church
157 Esquimaux and the Gospel, the
61 First Deception
135 French Refugees, the 56 Girls' School in India
35 God Counts
47 God the Hearer of Prayer 122 Great Questions, Simple Answers to
PAGE Hard Facts for Slaggards and Sleepers.
47 Heathen Convert, Gratitude Heathen Cruelties
161 Henry Martyn's Grave 76 Hold on, Boys .
88 Home and School for Or
phans of Missionaries 17 How should Children Pray ? 109 How to be like Enoch
73 How to get Things Idolatry in China
42 Illustrations of Scripture I'm too busy
139 Jewish Hatred.
71 Juvenile Reporter 15, 31, 48,
62, 143, 169, 174, 186 Karens, the Kind Alderman, a Land of the Living
56 Lift at the Stone, a
33 Lighthouse and the Storm, the
145 Live Usefully
182 Lord's Work in Sweden, the 27 Loss of the Charter"
177 Lucknow, a true Story of 19 Manna
29 Marriage Feasts
29 Negro Sabbath Class, my 116 Noble Example, a
104 Noble Spirit, a :
71 Old Christian Coranna, an 43 Old Molly Old Patch
. 185 One Language
58 Outcast Reclaimed, the. 45 Passionate Bull, the . 12 Persecuted Hindu Boy, the 53 Pechuia, an Evening at 23 POETRY:
A Convert's Prayer 136 A Mother's Kiss
13 A New Year's Hymn. 3