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& Remarkalle Display of Divine Mercy opportunity, when I was alone with
in the Conversion of Mr. WM. hin, of asking him, what was the BEARNS, who died in a Decline, ground of his distress of mind, Nov. 25, 1803, in the Thirty-ninth Whether it was a fear of the pue Tear of his Age.
nishment attached to his crimes ?
or a sense of the evil of sinning He was of a respectable family, against God ? He answered immewho live at Linch Farm, near Mine- diately, That the dread of punishhead, in Somersetshire. The ment scarcely ever entered bis writer of this account, preaching thoughts ; but all his distress arose frequently in that neighbourhood, from a conviction that he had obtained' his information, partly sinned against God, offended the from personal interviews, and partly Majesty of Heaven; and, for so from some of the family and some many years, insulted Sparing Mer, piouis friends, who were witnesses cy. From what he now said, and of what the Lord had done for his from other observations which he sunt. It appears he had convic. made, I had every reason to betions, at tiines, soon after he first lieve that his convictions were the found the symptoms of a decline. genuine effect of the influences of When he first went into the neigh- the Holy Spirit; yet he found unbourhood of Bristol, for the benefit belief so powerful, that when I enof his health, he felt a great incli- deavoured to encourage him, by nation to hear the gospel; and fre- pointing out Christ Jesus as a suitquently attended at different places able and all-sufficient Saviour, who in that city. But after a few months refuseth none that come unto him stay, finding that medical assistance as poor broken-hearted sinners, and did him no good, he returned, tho' whose blood cleanseth from all with great reluctance, into the sin, &c. it seemed to be to no purcountry; where, having a large pose ; he could receive no sensiole business to manage, the cares of comfort. At the same time he this world soon stilled his convic- said, He had no doubt but that tions. He does not appear to have Jesus Christ was both an able and teen thoroughly awakened until willing Saviour for others; but not about two monthis before his disso. for him. Some pious friends, who lution, when his convictions seemed called upon him, endeavoured to to be very piercing indeed. He now encourage him, by saying, That began to see and feel himself in they thought he came under the such a situation, that he was filled character of those to whom ex• with distress; and his mind was ceeding great and precious promises greatly agitated with fear, that the were made, such as the brokenLord 'would have no mercy on hearted, the weary and heavy laden, him; and that he should become the poor and needy, and those who a cast-away. He was sometimes groan with being burdened, and heard to say, That if the Lord hunger and thirst after righteous. should ever look upon him in ness, &c. But he said, The pro mercy, and deliver his soul, it mises did not belong to him, he would be a miracle of grace. The feared his convictions were not real. first time I visited him, and had He often would complain that he sume conversation with him re- did not feel like a penitent, his specting the feelings of his mind, I heart was so hard; and would rehad some fears lest his distress peat this complaint two or three night arise more from a slavish times together, with peculiar em. fear of the torments of Hell, than phasis. But while he thus ex from a proper sense of the evil of pressed himself, “ I cannot feel, sinning against God: therefore, my heart is so hard," he woula the next time I called, I took thc weep, and appear to be all the Ah, my
time in the greatest agony of composed than before ; and soon mind. When his friends came to after was much impressed with see him, and he heard them talk of that passage in Rev. ii. 25,
“That faith in Christ, and the happiness which thou hast already, hold fast of those that were true believers, till I come ;'" and thus the clouds he would often say,
of darkness began to part, and difriends, you can talk of these vine light shone in upon his soul. things; for you have faith, you After this, Mrs. Bearns came to cau believe, you are happy, you his bed-side ; to whom he said, can love God and delight in his "O, my dear wise, I have found ways; but I have no faith; my
the Lord! I ain not now afraid to soul is filled with unbelief and die, for the sting of death is taken darkness. I cannot love God, I away. I can now see that Jesus is cannot feel anything as I ought; an all-sufficient Saviour and Friend. for my heart is hard, and my soul I fee! as though I were embraced barren.” Sometimes he would ask, in the arms of everlasting love." with great earnestness, “ Do you He then broke out, as in a kind of think the Lord will ever have rapture, and said, “ Now I feel the mercy upon such a rebel as I have truth of what my good friends had been?" About a fortnight before used to tell me, That Jesus Christ his death, he found a little encou. is both an able and a willing Saragement from the conversation of viour; and that his blood cleanseth his pious friends, but he said, it from all sin. Oh!” said he, “ [ was of short duration, for the must cry aloud, I cannot contain powers of darkness resumed their myself;' I must sing and praise former station, to harrass and be. God!" He then said to his wife, cloud his mind. At this time he • Do, send for Mr. Barker (one was very fond of the Olney Hymns; that had often visited him in his and mentioned several to me, which distress) that he may come and rehe thought suited his case, particu- joice with me!” As soon as his larly the ninety-fifth of the first friend came to his bed-side, taking
him by the hand, he said, “ O my " Could the crcatures help or ease us,
dear friend, come and rejoice with Seldom sbouid we think of prayer;
me, for I have found the Lord! Do Few, if any, come to Jesus
not weep, but rejoice ; for I am Till reduc'd to self-despair.” going to glory!". Soon after this, Also the forty-fifth of book the another pious person of his acfirst, which begins,
quaintance came in, who had just
been raised up from a bed of afilice “In mercy, not in wrath, rebuke
tion, to whom he said, “ My friend, Thy feeble worm, my God!"
I shall get the start of you; for But still, instead of obtaining codi- though I come in at the eleventlı fort, the distress of his mind seem. lionir, yet I shall be home before ed to increase ; and the day before you.' He particularly exhorted his soul was set at liberty, he ap. his wife to seek the Lord Jesus bepeared more perplexed than ever, fore it was too late ; “ for,” said and just ready to give up all hope he, “your soul is exceedingly dear of finding niercy: but man's ex- to me, and I feel inuch interested tremity proved to be God's op- for your eternal welfare." He also portunity; and that same night spoke in a most affecting manner he found relief. Falling into a to his brother, sister, mother, and dose, he had a dream; in which all about hiin, telling them tha: he thought he saw iwo grave. awful consequences of living with. looking persons stand by his bed- out an interest in the blood and side, who asked him, what he righteousness of Christ. He would wanted :
to whom he replied, be contimually talking to those who That he wanted faith, hope, and came to see him, about their souls; love; on which they looked at each and although his body was reduced other with a smile, and then went almost to a skeleton, yet his soul away. He awokc, and felt more was strong in the Lurd; and he collo
tinued praising God and exalting before he died; when he said, once free grace as long as he lived; or twice, “I thought my Lord which was about four days from would have come sooner." the time that his soul was set at He also enjoyed much holy peace liberty: A little before he died, and tranquillity of mind. Indeed it he said, “ Now all the promises of appears to ine that he expected, the gospel are mine ; ihey all be- sometime before the commencement long to me;" and afterwards he of his illness, that he should not added, “I am a braid plucked live long : for he would sometimes from the burning: I think I shall say to Mrs. Berry, who had been sing one of the loudest in Heaven, confined by affliction some months
of the greatest sinners before hini, and was just recovered saved." Just before he died, he when his beyan, “ Perhaps we shall said, " Fly, my soul, Ay! Oh this give the world a slip by coming to body of nume, huw heavy it hangs." Newcastle.” On the irth of De.
Then he cried out, “ I am going ceinber he preached a funeral será into the arms of Jesus; I am going mon, for one of his congregation, to my eternal home." Almost the from the words, “ What is your last words he spoke were, “ Haps life?” And upon his coming home, py! happy! happy!” He then said said to Mrs. Berry,“ Well, I have to those around him, “ When my preached one funeral sermon more ; soul is taking its fight, sing perhaps somebody may seon preach aloud." His last words were, one for me.” On the second day “ Sweet, sweet;" and then, with of his illness, to one of his friends à pleasing smile upon his counte- who came to see hiin, and enquired nance, he yielded his soul into the after the state of his mind, he said, hands of his Saviour. A funeral “Firmly built on the Rock of Ages, sermon was preached for him at never to be moved.” And to an. Selworthy, by Mr. Humphrey, other iriend, reaching him some me. Pastor of the Baptist church at dicine, “ This is not like the pure Stogemer, from Ps. xxxiv. 6 - wine which flows from the fountain, " This poor man cried, and the and heals the diseases of the mind." Lord heard him, and saved him out His entire resignation to the di. of all his trouble."
R. H. vine will was manifest to all who
attended him: never one murmur, Sir, To the Editor.
never any unpleasant anxiety was By inserting in your Monthly Mis- expressed. To his dear yoke-fellow
cellany the following account of weeping over him, he often re. the Dying Experience of the late quested that she might give him Mr. Thomas Berry, , Baptist mi. "P: as he had given up her and his nister at Newcastle-upon-Tyne,
children to his covenant God; as as given in his unpublished Fur? suring her that God would raise up
friends for her and his children. neral Serion by Mr. Charles Whitfield, of Hamsterly, in the
When he saw her very sorrowful, county of Durham, you will very
he said, “ Do not fret, my dear, I much oblige a Constant Reader.
cannot give you directions about
worldly things, but I have told you MR. THOMAS BERRY.
that our union was formed to be
dissolved; but not so the union be. His patience under severe pain tween Christ and his church — that was truly exemplary. When his will never be dissolved.” When affectionate wife enquired concern. she said, But what will become of ing his pain, and expressed her sym- me and my five children?' — He re. pathy, he always said it was light, plied, “ The Lord will provide ;** when compared with the sufferings adding, “I would have you tear of his Redeemer. His patience was one thing - fear to simr; but if you also exercised mich in waiting for walk close with God, you need not his dissolution;- for be often asked fear: – fear nothing but sin.” He after the day, and the time of the expressed sometimes his concern for day, particularly on the Saturday his dear weeping little flock; and
prayed, and requested them to pray work; telling them o' the suffici. to God for a suitable pastor.
ency and perfection of the work of His consolation was great ; and Christ; faithfully to report it; but his hope of life eternal, firm and never attempt to mend it. elevated to the very last.
The next day, Saturday morn. dical attendants could not help no. ing, le sent for my son, and reticing this. To one of his physi. quested him, among other things, cians, who, on the Friday before he to assist Mrs. Berry in writing to died, gave him to understand that his friends after his death; and par. his illness was now become very ticularly to give his love to Mr. dangerous, yet he seemed to have Booth, Mr. Martin, and Mr. Faw. hope which bore bim up, - he re- cett; and requested one of them to plied, “ Yes, doctor, I have hope preach a sermon from 2 Sam, xxiii. which bears ine up under all this S, for the benefit of his family. afiliction.” He then gave him some To his friends present he then account of those preciouts truths said, “ I am now drawing near to expressed, or implied in my text; my latter end :” • But your prosadding, low truly it was fulfilled, pects for eternity,' said one,' are "In him shall the Gentiles trust!" yet unclouded?' " yes ;” and He then asked the doctor, " Sir, do with much animation added, you love lesus Christi- I love him; I feel him precious; he or life, nor death, shall make me faint, sweetens my bed of affliction; he
“Till vict'ry crown the suffering saint." brightens my prospects for eter- A little before his death he had nity; I feel lim precious.”
some severe pains; but often said, When put into the warm bath, “What little things are these, comto which he cheerfully submitted, pared with the suiterings of the he repeated Dr. Watts's pathetic Lord Jesus Christ! hymn, and the first verse, with a About five o'clock in the morn. peculiar emphasis, in reference to ing of New Year's Day, he started his own complaisit :
suddenly, and said, “ Hark! hark ! “ With joy we meditate the grace They are singing; I hear them
of our Higl Priest above," &c. shouting, Clory to God in the highest." Cone time afterwards, he spoke He theii sliönted with a strong of the times as big with great voice, " I am coming! I am comevents; and of his full persuasion ing! Open the window.". These of the triumphs of Christ in his were his last woras. He lay in a gospel. He then added, " Ride calin, quiet, composed staté, till forth, glorious Suviour, in the gos- half past six; when he expired pel-chiariot !” After a little si. without a groan, in the fortieth ience, he broke out in attempting year of his age, Jan. 1, 1604. to sing the foilowing stanza, which The peculiarly affecting circum. he first repeated, and requested stances of Mr. Berry's family are those present to join. He sung the expressed as follows, in a letter from bass. Tlie words were,
the church at Newcastle: Our Oh righreous Facher, holy Lord,
suilerings do not end in the loss of I prove Thee faithful to iny word; a most valuable niinister of Jesus Mercy, that great unbounded name, Clirisi; but we feel, in the most To endless ages still the sanie.
acute and tender manner, for his “Yes,” he added, " to endless poor widow, and five cliildren, tbe ages still the same, for ever and oidest not above ici years of
age; ever.” After a pause, he cried they are without any resources, or out, " Praise him! praise him simatiori to administer to theió prepare lays for him!' crown him, wants." crown him, crown him Lord of all. I have often spoken of the bound. We hope a generous public will less mercy and love of God; but feel the distress of this case, as also now I feel it! I prove it!" To ot that of the Widow of another two young ministers who called Brptist Minister, Mr. Newell, of to see him, he spake with pleasure Derby, wliose situation is very sia of their engagement in the Lord's milar,
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLIC.ITIONS.
A Charge delivered to the Clergy unauthorized teachers; bringing
of the Diocese of London, in the them to a constant attendance on year 1803. By the Right Reverend divine worship in their parishBeilby, Lord Bishop of that Diocese. churches; and manifesting the 810, 15.
same zeal, activity, and earnestness
to retain his people in the church We are certainly much indebted of England, which he sees others to this respectable Prelate for his exert to seduce them from it. Into labours in defence of revelation, parishes so constituted the self-com. and in particular for his lectures inissioned preacher seldom, if ever, upon St. Matthew ; but in this enters; or, if he does, he rarely Charge his Lordship appears in a gains any permanent footing, any different character. "Asa guardian settled establishment in them." of the church, he is not only con- The itinerant preacher will, no cerned to secure her from the at- doubt, thankfully acknowledge the tacks of infidelity, but also to pre- candour of his Lordship in stating, vent the desertion of her members; that they do not often interfere and “ to restrain those unjustifiable where the parish-minister acts the schisms and separations from the part of a good shepherd, in attending established church which have of to his flock; but then, in cases where late been too much prevalent a- the regular pastor “has entirely mong us.” To this end, his Lord- deserted his Rock, and is employship very properly exhorts his bre. ing or amusing himself elsewhere,” thren to conscientious diligence in it may merit this worthy Prelate's their various parochial duties; and consideration, Whether it be noa then adds,
better for the people to be fed by " It is, I believe, a fact which these itinerant shepherds, than to admits of little doubt, that when "perish" totally and eternally the itinerant preacher goes forth “för lack of knowledge?". When, upon his mission, he commonly indeed, the happy period shall ar looks out for those parishes where rive, wherein his Lordship's “re either the shepherd has entirely medy" shall be " universally ap deserted his flock, and is employing plied,” and ten thousand parish-mi. or amusing himself elsewiiere; or nisters, with their curates (not to where he unfortunately pays so mention the superior clergy) shall little attention to it, is so indoleni, be faithfully and diligently emso lukewarm, so indifferent to its ployed in atiendance on their res. welfare, as to make it an casy prey pective charges, we doubt not but to every bold invader. There that the irinerant preachers will gladly invidder finds an easy access, and a seek a more distant field of useful. Heliome reception; anu soon col. As to the charge insinuated lects together a large number of at the cluse of the above passage, proselytes. But, in general, he that the itinerant preachers endeavery prudently keeps alouf from vour to seduce persons from the those parishes where he sees a re- established church, he believe his sident minister conducting himself Lordship has been goussly deceive in the ininner I have above describ. ed. As far as our intorniation ex. ed; w.tching over his people with tends, the itinerants are by no meanis unemituing Care ; grounding them strict Dissenters; but persons very early in the rudiments of sound re. inditierent to the formation of par. ligion; guarding them cerefiillytics, or to the external fornis of a tint the false glosses and clue church.discipline ; and whose sole gerous delusions of illiterate and object is to bring sinners to a saving
* " The reader will easily perceive, that some of these observations cannot, for obvious reasons, be strictly alied to the very:opelou parishes of London and its imnice diate Vandeny."