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MR. CHARLES IVİTT. 'osity to hear tlie singing at the dirt
ferent places of worship, induced On Friday, Aug. 25, 1803, died him occasionally to attend at the at the house of Messrs.
Baptist meeting-house, where the Cornhill, London, Mr. C. lvitt, Rev. G. Birly is pastor. Some of aged twenty-seven, a young man the frierids there seeing him, and of engaging manners and of exem- knowing that he had a taste for plary piery :- a short account of singing, invited him to assist them, whom may not be unacceptable. He accepted the invitation, and
He was the son of W. Ivitt, a thereby became a more stated respectable farmer of Lolworth, in hearer: The word of salvation the county of Cambridge, who was blessed to his soul; he becarefully educated him in the prin- came a new creature; and, through ciples of the Church of England, the divine influence of the Holy In tlie early part of his life, being Spirit, was brought to rejoice in of a lively disposition, he was bur. God his Saviour. Those lively riert into the commission of sin, talents, wbich before were deroted which was often the cause of grief to the service of sin and Satan, to his parents; who have been heard now received a new bias; and he to say, – Thut of all their family, proclaimed to all around him, that they were the most concerned ior it was the Lord's own work. When their son Charles, lest his conduct the sacred impression was made sliould bring their grey hairs with upon his heart, he did not hide his sorrow to the grave : - birt God's talents under a bushel. No; his ways are not as our ways, – neither love to Christ was ardent, and he are his thoughts as our thoughts. felt himsci constrained to declare sta proper age he was bound ap- the great lore of God to all his dear prentice to a draper, at St. Nevi's. connections. The writer of this Memoir knows While he remained at St. Ives but little of liis conduct during the he continued a lively, active, and time he lived there; but he was re- diligent Christian ; and his path moved from thence to Huntingdon, was like that of the just, which where le gave a loose to all his shineth more and more unto the passions, and drank in sin greedily. perfect day. About June 1799, he After a time, he engaged as an as- removed to Nottingham; and ensistant with Mr. J. Ashton, of St. tered into the service of Mr. B. Ives; and was there a considerable His conduct, while here, was truly time before he attended the preach- exemplary and consistent with his ing of the gospel. If swearing, if profession. The time he could obscenity, if Sabbath - breaking, spare from close attention to busi-' constitute an irreligious character, ness, was employed in the best then he was one; but still he was things. --- To a friend, he writes, what the world calls an amiable " I should have answered your let.. Young Man. A genteel address, a tir sooner ; but my close confine. tiste for music, sprightly sallies of ment has prevented me. I seldoin wit, and a lively imagination, have have done business tillten at night ; often introduced him into com. and on the Sabbath, il considerable pany of the most baneful tendency. part of my time is devoted to a He was in this part of his life an Sunday -school; in which many Enemy to God and Guitiress : but serious and good men are engaged. the Lord, whose ways are impe- My dear friend, let us continually netrable to man, caused one of his keep locking forward, thro' those fiivourire annusements to beconie means, to the Great Author, for the the means of bringing him under blessings that he has promised in the picai hing of the word. Curie the use of them! I do not forget,
to be importunate for you at the able: upon the whole, I like it throne of grace; and I have confi- very well. I find much difficulty dence that you do not forget me." to maintain the character of a
Agreeably to an invitation, he Christian, being often subject to returned again to St. Ives, where the company of profare and imhe remained two years.
pions men; and in such society affectionately received by his old inuch fortitude and caution is nie. friends, as he termed them. In his cessary, lest I should act unbesteady and punctual attendance to coming my profession, or expose it business; in his constancy in filling to their ridicule and contemp!. up his place in the house of God; in But I know in whom my strength his zeal, in his prayers, and in his lies; and he has said, “I will never whole life, – he was an epistle of leave nor forsake thee; but as thy Christ, known and read of all men. day is, so shall thy strength be.“ Ji was observed by all who knew In all places, at home and abroad, him, that his health was not so good and at all times and seasons, I find as when he left St. Ives; there was religion is my best, iny choicest an observable difference ; an inroad comfort. seemed to be made in his constitu- With such sentiments as these tion ; but if his outward man de- lived this valuable young man; cayed, his inward man grew strong. and with such a constant depen. Often, on Sabbath-days, has he left ence upon God was he continually St. Ives and repaired to Lolworth, actuated : but we must come to the where his parents lived, to counten. painful, though pleasing, tisk of ance with his presence, and to as. relating his experience wader his sist in the devotion of the day those last short but severe affliction. He pious good men, Mr. D— and Mr. began to feel himselt in a weak and
occasional curates of the parish, declining state of healih the bewhen they have dispensed the glad ginning of July ; but with the alltidings of salvation in the village- vice of a professional man, he bechurch. His near connections were gan to prepare for another journey; in this place; and his fervent sup- but his God had marked i he plications were, – that the minis. bounds of his habitation; and had trations of those men might be determined that he should experiblessed to their souls.
ence richer pleasures. · About the autumn of 1892 he On Wednesday, Aug. 24," lett St. Ives and repaired to Lon- says a friend, “having heard that don, to the great sorrow of all his he was ill, I visited him ; and country friends. The situation found him very weak and in much he proeured was of the most Alat- pain. I asked him, How he felt in tering kind; yet his friends had his inind? He said, “ Quite casy forebodings that London would not and coinposed.” I then observed, suit his health. Indeed, he was that he had not a God to seek in soon attacked with an illness, this time of affliction and pain. which, however, did not continue Looking me full in the face, with long; and after this his health a smile, he said, “O no, no!" At seemed to be firmly established. – this time his hearing was a good In the spring of this year he un- deal atřected; and finding him not dertook a journey into some of the much inclined to converse, I took western counties, as a traveller for my, leave. the house ; hoping that it would " The next day I called again ; have' a tendency to confirm his and found him weaker; but his health.' How this journey agreed hearing was much better; his state with him, may be seen by a letter, of mind quite composed. I asked dated June zoth :-“I arrived in him, If he could employ his Cornhill on Saturday evening, after thoughts about the best things ? a very pleasant journcy, in safety He said, “Not inuch ; " for he was and health, through the mercy of seldom without two or three people God. In travelling, there is much in the room. But when he thought both of the agreeable and disagree no one saw him, I frequently ob
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served him lifting up his heart to hour, when his speech began ia God in short ejaculations. A pious faulter, and he laid his hands across friend in the family, who knew his his breast, and, at half past seven critical situation, endeavoured, in o'clock, gently breathed out his the most tender and affectionate soul into the hands of his Remanner, to acquaint him with it; deemer. So easy a dismission was and added, “ Perhaps we may not it, we could scarcely tell when he have him with us long." He said, was gone." He knew he was very ill, and was not very anxious about life ; but “the will of the Lord be done." A MRS. MARY CREED, friend then spent a few minutes in prayer; in which he seemed tervently to join. He said but little Mrs. Creed had the privilege during the night; but was very of being descended from ancestors restless. Between three and four who, for the sake of the gospel, o'clock in the morning he fell left their property, their houses, asleep, and dozed above an hour. and their country, to take refuge He then said, he was better; and in this kingdom, from the persecue thought the doctors had found tion which followed the revocation some hing to reach his complaint: of the Edict of Nantz. Her
great he felt no pain, but was very thirsty, grandfather was a Protestant minis. I desired him to try to sleep again. ter in France, where he was some He said, he would; and soon after, time concealed by his friends; but in a low tone of voice, to himself being discovered, he was dragged he said, “ Perhaps I shall soon from his refuge, and fell a sacrifice sleep for ever.” Till now, he had to their barbarity, sealing the not given any intiination of his de- truth with his blood, at the age of parture. Soon after, he was in fourscore. Mrs. Creed lost her faformed his brother from the coun. ther very early in life ; but had the try was coine; but discovered no happiness to be brought up by a particular emotions, except when pious mother. She was naturally he observed that his brother wept, disposed to retirement ; in which it he said, “ Don't make yourself un. appears she spent much of her time, happy." After this, he dozed a having no business, nor family to little more. When he awoke, demand it. She had a strong de. about half past six, I had hold of sire to commune with the church, his hand : he looked at me with a and the people of God; but her sinile, and said, “ I am going. natural tiinidity prevented her pre• Yes; you will soon be at home.' senting herself for church-fellow'He answered, “ I shall." Soon ship; and it was some concern ja after, he caught hold of my hand, her illaess, that she had not sat and with his other, pressing it, said, down at the Lord's Table:, and in in an elevated tone of voice, “ I, answer to what was said, by way am going to Heaven! I am going of consolation on that subject, she to Heaven! and you, my dear replied, She knew it was not a sak. brother, will come to me, and we ing ordinance; but it was the duty shall talk and sing of the great of the Christian, because it was the love of God for ever and ever!” command of his Lord. For some To the female servant standing near considerable time after the com. him, he said, “O Kitty, I am going mencement of her illness, her life 10 Heaven!” repeatedly clapping his was not thought to be in danger by Hands for joy. To another servant the faculty; and, as she expressed he said, “ John, I am going to herself, at first she thought this Heaven!” Not seeing his brothers sickness was not unto death; and in the room, he said, “Where is when she knew it was, the sting was William and Robert ? Tell them taken away; and she thanked the to come ; they must be here in a Lord that the enemy of souls had few minutes.” In this strain de no power over her. That persons on continued about a quarter of an the borders of the grave, as she was,
were frequently distressed with good hope she possessed, knowing doubts and fears; - she blessed the in whom she had believed,-so that Lord that was not her case, She death itself appeared without ter. had been a little troubled by a She remarked of the happi. dream; but these words of Dr. ness of being prepared to meet Watts,
death before it began to make its “ A feeble saint shall win the day,
visible approach; and how un« Tho' Death and Hell obstruct the way," able and unfit, in the time of pain
and sickness, we are to begin so iin were very encouraging to her.
portant a business; alding,“ What Speaking of her indisposition, she should I now do had I got my resaid, in the first decline of her ligion to seek ?” health, she was anxious for life; On being told of the illness of a but was now quite resigned to the friend, too much inclined to the Lord's will for life or death ; and scheme of infidelity, she replied, that her poor petitions had been " Don't mention it to me, - I cananswered. On its being observed, not bear to hear of his awful situa“ When the enemy.cometh in as a tion; it troubles me much." - BeRood, it was promised that the ing affected on this occasion, on Spirit of the Lord should lift up a recovering, she said, " In that ber. standard against him," -- she was ter world, sorrow and sighing shall enabled to apply it as a precious for ever fee away: To those promise to herselt. She conversed around her, she said, “ This is a
much on the great atonement for world of sorrow; but I hope we , sin; and begged the Lord would shill meet in Heaven, where there
enable her, more and more, to lay will be neither pain nor parting.” the hand of faith upon the head of She was favoured with an habitual that great sacrifice ; and slie spoke frame of thankfulness; and, but a of the sufferings which our Lord few hours before her departure, beendured, to accomplish this great ing raised up in the bed, she said, salvatiza for all those who believe “ See how good the Lord is to me! iar himn.
I don't know when I have been These words, “ Like as a father raised with so much ease.” She pitieth his children, so the Lord desired that sweet hymn (which pitieth them that fear him ; for comforted her mother in her last he knoweth our frame, --- he re- moments) might be read to her, membereth we are dust,"'-afforded “0, for an overcoming faith to her much consolation.
cheer my dying hours ;” she added, clained, “ How kind and good the • The frightful powers of the Lord is to me! but I do not love monster Death are all gone !" him as I onight, or wish.” On its At a time when she was supbeing related that Dr. Watts, in posed to be in a kind of slumber? his dying hours, being reminded of (for she had not had any sleep for a his great usefulness in the church great length of time) she said, " I of Christ, replied, He had no more am not sleeping, as you thought; to trust to, or depend upon, than but imagined I heard a voice whisa the weakest believer, she said, per a sweet invitation to me. I
What a mercy it is that the wish to depart and be with Christ, weakest, such as I am, has the which is far better : we now see same foundation as the strongest; through a glass: darkly; but then the blood of Christ, which cleanseth face to face:" At this period; from all sin.” She found great her dissolution was evidently draw. pleasure and consolation in con. ing near; and on being asked, if versing on divine subjects; and she was happy? - she replied, from the prayers of her friends, “ Happy as a mortal can be, till whom she desired, as she drew near rid of the body.". The approach her end, to pray that she might have of death began to be rapid, and her an easy disinission from the world. speech became scarce intelligible; She was very thankful for that but by her lips it appeared she was
engaged in prayer. In her dea of every denomination. Those who parting moments, in brokeri ac. differed from him i:1 some sentia , cents could be distinguished, ments, loved him as a steady and
sjucere follower of Christ. He was Jesus can make a dying bed * “ Feel soft as downy pillows are ;"
an occasional preacher; and his art
less simple exhortations were acwliich were the last words she was companied with such an energy and heard to articulate : - so calın and pathos, as rendered them reinarkserene were her dying moments, ably impressive. He possessed, in that the grim monster seemed dis- a good degree, the wisdom of the armed of his terrors; and the scene serpent; but, in a much greater, naturally excited a desire from the harmlessness of the dove. The those who witnessed her happy exemplary life of this good man state of mind, that they might die was closed by a death peculiarly the death of the righteous; and happy. that their latter end might be like
Mr. Richardson, of Lilly Hill, hers. – Mrs. Creed departed this near Manchester, departed this life life on tlie 23d of Dec. 1803, aged Dec. 4, 1803, in the sixty-second forty-six years; and on New Year's year of his age. The nature of Day, the Rev. Mr. Ford, of Step- his disease incapacitated liim for ney, improved her death, from P's, conversation : it was judged to be
The lymns which, with an apoplectic aflection, without great composure, she had selected producing the fit; which terininaherself for the occasion, were the
ted his valuable life in a few days. 66th, 31st, and 3d of Dr. Watts’s He was esteemed an upright man, second book.
free from dissimulation, a worthy member, and an active Deacon of
the Independent church in Stand DEATHS.
Lane-Field, near Manchester : his
attendance on public worship was Oct.29. The Rev.Dr. Bayley, of regular and serious; at private and Manchester, was deprived by death church-meetings he was remarkable of his only son, at the age of ten for his fervent prayers; and had a years. This young gentleman was tender concern that himself and endowed with extraordinary capa- others might be a growing credit to
and had attained a consider the glorious gospel of the Son of able acquaintance with Latin, God. He appeared always alive Greek, and tiebrew: he also disa to the best interests of his surviv. covered satisfactory marks of ge- . ing relatives. Frequently has the nuine piety:
writer witnessed the venerable saint Nov. 3d, died Mr. Augustus dissolved in tears, while mentionKatembeck, whose father was a ing circumstances which appeared respectable Lutheran Clergyman, hopetu! In the moral and seligious of Gillal, in Germany. He was state of his children. -- llis death called early in life under the late was improved in a discourse preachRev. Mr. Lampert, of the Savoyed on the occasion, by the minisChapel, London; and after a coni- ter of the place, to a numerous and sistent and honourable profession, attentive audience, from Job xiv. died very happy at Edmonton, on
W. C. the above mentioned day, after suf- On Thursday morning (Jan. 12) fering, with much Christian pa• died, after a short illness, Mrs. tience, the progress of a paintil Littleworth, of the Abbey-House disorder. His funeral-sermion was Ladies' Boarding School, Reading. preached by Mr. Fowler, from This excellent woman devoted Pluil. i.23.
long life to the service of the rising On Friday, Nov. 9, died Mri generation: her affectionate tender John Tranur, of ---, near Ma. Care and anxiety for their best indly, Shropsture, a well terests, will long endear her me. known and highly esteemed in that nory. She lived greatly beloved, meiglıbourhood, by religious persosis and died universally lamented.