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jo his king and country; the zea faiihful servant," having here gainlous advocate of ibe helpless and ed “other talents! Than those comoppressed; “not weary in well- mitted to his trust, is called to “ endoing,” bút ever giving full proof ter into the joy of his Lord"-and that he was thoroughly furnished that the spirit of the “jast man,” unto all good works." In private washed in the blood of his ever. life, the affectionate husband, the blessed" Redeemer, is gone to be tender parent, and the constant " made perfect” in the paradise of friend, 'shone conspicuously and his father and his God, uninterruptedly. All within his reach felt the cheering influence of his benevolence; and his was that

MISS JANE LUCY BEXY. heavenly grace, in its fullest and truest sense, which " seekelh notThe subject of this memoir was her own, thinketh no evil, beareth cousin to the Misses Yeats, the very all things, believeth all things, hop- interesting account of whose happy eth allihings, endureth all things.'' deaths was recorded in your valuaHe was a well-bred gentleman, and ble miscellany for the months of an accomplished scholar, with a May and June 1804. She was acmodesty of deportmen, a delicacy customed, with her parents and fa. of feeling, a cheerfulness of spirit, mily, for the last two years; 10 at. and an equability of lemper pecu. lend at. Bentinck, Chapel... I visited larly his own.

But fair as were her and her fathers in their last ilis these 'virtues, attractive

ness; and was highly gratified by : these ornaments, what would they their great patience and resignation have been but “as sounding brass, to the will of God. I send this âcand a linkling cymbal," if he had count, in the hope that, if you apnot been enduwed with that wisdom prove of inserting it, it may, by which cometh from above? He the Divine blessing, prove edifying was a CHRISTIAN. He was cheer- to others; and with most cordial ful,” for he “served God.” He wishes for the success of the CHRIS. was gentle and unassuming, for his TIAN OBSERVER, " the meekness of wisdom."

I remain; He was “a man greatly beloved ;' Your faithful aod obedient Servants not only “blameless and harmless,

Basic WOODD. but a shining light in the Miss JANE LUCY Benn was born world :" for while he was acknow at Highgate, May 19th, 1802. She ledged by all to be the unwearied was a child of a very good under, friend of his fellow-creatures, he standing; but her spirit was natu-' was the faithful servant of his Lord rally high, and her lemper irritable, and Master. He was “ lovely in his of inis, at eight years of age she life," for "he adorned the doctrine was sensible; she often lamented it of God his Saviour in all things." with tears, and would earnestly pray He had hope in his death,” for for Divine grace to subdue her he trusted that " by the obedience pride and irritability. To prayer of Christ” he had been “made she united her diligent endeavours righteous." He

to the and by these means ber temper was grave in a full age, like as a shock greatly softened and amended. of corn cometh in in his season ;'' A lew days before her death, she and his body is committed to the made the following remarks upon dust, in sure and certain hope that this subject; addressing her mother, the "warfare" of the soldier of she observed, "My bad temper, Christ is now accomplished"— which I so often tried to conquer, that ibe labourer, who has “borne see how my Saviour has changed the burden and beat of the day," it ! He has always been good to is now receiving the recompence of me. This rod of his chastisement his labours-that the good and has been a staff to me. It was by

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making me so long weak and ill mility consists in giving up our own that he gave me time to read my will in every thing to what we Bible and to think of him. How know to be the will of God." The good is bis Providence to all us last time he dined down stairs, in children! He has afflicted papa for June, he was taken ill at table; years; but it was to teach us, that and when one of his family, who we might learn resignation; for assisted in getting him up stairs, papa wanted no teaching. Sick- burst into tears, he said, These ness is a good thing; they, who knees have never failed before for have good health, cannot learn forty years; we must not complain what sickness would teach them."

The Lord gare, and the After this she referred to one of her Lord hath taken away; and blessed brothers, and observed, “I think, be the name of the Lord. Thank however, that he wants encourage. God, I have no will of my own, ment more than affliction ; for, respecting life or death. I would though young, he already mourns not choose for myself, nor be in my for his sins."

own keeping." It was remarkable, that although On the first of August, be settled she was so young, she always kept all his private and official concerns. a little purse devoted to the poor, He then lifted up his heart with and constantly put into it the half great gratitude that he was enabled of whatever she received. When to do so much for his family, desired only six years old, she discovered his funeral might be plain, and exgreat fondness for music, and would claimed, " Though I walk through play upon the piano forte little the valley of the shadow of death, pious strains, of which both the I will fear no evil; for Thou art words and the tune were her own

with me.

Blessed is tbe man who composing.

trusteth in the Lord, and whose Miss Benn's general state of hope the Lord is.” health was very delicate, although The evening before his departure, not confined to the house till within he desired all his children to come a few months of ber death.

into his chamber; and placing them The affliction and lingering ill- around bis dying bed, addressed ness of her father appear to have them, -- " You all know that I am been the means of great spiritual soon going to be iransplanted out benefit to her. Although she was of this world into a better. I hope but ten years old when he died, I shall there be permitted to watch and she scarcely survived him six over you, and I trust in God you months, yet she seems to have are all little Christians, all walking deeply sympathised in her parent's' the same road, and will soon follow sorrow, and to have cherished in her me. You all know the road; great mind all the practical lessons of so pains have been taken to shew it 10 paioful a visitation.

you. Where is it to be found?” Mr. Benn was long and heavily The children all instantly replied, afflicted with asthma. This ter. “In the Bible.” The dying parent minated his valuable life on the proceeded, "Keep hold of that 2d of August, 1812, at the age of chain; it will never mislead you. 41. His soul seemed, particularly When you are at a loss, if this or in bis last illness, to have antici- that be right, ask your Bible; see if pated heaven; the remarks he made, your Saviour would have done so." wbich were recollected by his son, Addressing the elder children, he a youth of eleven years, and write said, “ Remember, you are to teach teo down with great filial affection, the younger; tell them all we have are so very impressive, that I can- taught you, and try to make it a nol forbear recording them. One pleasure.” of his frequent remarks was, “Hu Addressing his eldest son, he ob

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served, “When you go into the feel, as if our very soul was sullied world, and are exposed to persons by slander. When you give to who perhaps will ridicule ihe Sa the poor, ask your heart, what is viour's name and the Bible, do not the motive: do you give because listen to them ; divert your mind by the Bible commands it? There is thinking of something else; pray charity in covering the faults of a for them, but do not speak of iheir fellow-creature, as well as in coverfaults to others; if you can, secretly ing his naked body. As I trust tell them of it, in such a way as we are travelling the same road they will listen 10; it may

do them to heaven, so I wish we should all good; remember, they may not have lay our dust in the same tomb. had your advantages. Serk That You shall all go to Paddington society which will help you to prac- Church-yard, and fix on our little tise your Bible; it will provide spot." confort for you, when friends for During his long and painful illsake you. Every other comfort in ness, he never expressed one mur. this world has ils drawback, and is mur or complaint. He would often not lasting. When

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“ How can I look arberwise pain or suffering, write upon it, THE ihan happy, when there is written ROAD TO, Heaven."

on all that concerns me, His mercies It was Mr. Benn's custom so to are from everlasting to everlasting?" arrange all his secular affairs, that when it was proposed that plasters Saturday evenings might be a pre- should be applied to protect his paration for Sunday. Upon this bones, which had now almost pesubject, be said to his children, netrated the skin, he said with great "When you see people beglecting feeling, “ No; for I am ashamed to keep holy the Sabbath-day, pity to hold out my hand for another and pray for them; be thankful mercy, when I have so many." that you are taught better. When Upon hearing the words of his you are at church, remember where Saviour Christ, « Come unto me, you are, and whom you are come to all ye that Jabour and are heavy meet. Repeat all the responses; laden, and I will give you rest, bow at the name of Christ; as you he said, “0. Lord, I gladly bear come home, ask yourselves what the call, and come with all my good you bave gained. Keep, if heart and soul.” When occasionpossible, to one church; go all to- ally asked “ how he was?" he would gether as a family; in the Church reply, “Very comfortable : I am of England, you have the best pray- upon a bed of roses." ers that ever were penned, and a When the clock struck twelve on service all but divine. On the Saturday night, he said, “ Thank Lord's day, remember to rejoice and God, who has permitted us to see be glad therein: neither visit nor another Sabbath-day together. I receive visitors, if you can avoid can now say, I am going to heaven, it. The Church Catechism is taught clothed in my Saviour's robe of as a lesson for youth, but it is to righteousness, and truly wish I could be practised as a rule ihrough life. more loudly proclaim the goodness Remember, every day in the week, of God to me. After this be slepc that you never leave your room that night better than usual; and, without reading one chapter in the at nine on Sunday morning, conBible; and then walk by it through versed very cheerfully with Mrs. the day. Be thankful to those B-, when in an instant, without a who tell you of your faults ; think sigh or groan, he smiled, looked up yourselves the worse for being flais to heaven, and expired. tered; never speak ill of any, one, From this account of the last ill. nor, if possible, hear any thing un ness of the parent, I now return favourable of another; we ought 10 to Miss Benn.-She often spoke

as if she thought that affliction was away the temptations the world may a peculiar favour which God had expose him 10." con ferreri opon her; and at the be She was particularly attached to gioning of one of her coughs, she the observance of Christmas-day, said,

Now I have got something and used to prepare for it wirk to be thankful for;” and, addressing great pleasure and solemnity. She her brother, said, "You see it was called in her happiest day, and frewell for m- that I read my Bible quently expressed a desire to die when in health : I can do noihing upon it. Being fully persuaded now.'

that it would be the last she should Awaking at another time out of ever enjoy in this world, sire anxi. a very uneasy sleep, she observed, ously requested that she might have " Oh! how good is God to me that all her frocks, clothes, &c. to make I have no pain in my stomach, ale into baby linen, 10 be ready for the though I have scarcely been able poor on that day. to eat for some days!”

When Mrs. B. asked her, " Why Addressing Mrs. B., she said, are you so willing to leave us? " Mainma, I was long very unhappy Have you not every comfort this about my sins; I often wept lest I world can give” She replied with should not go to heaven; so I pray- great swertness, “ Yes, mamma, I ed more earnestly for pardon, and have indeed ; but they are not my read the Bible more, and I soon God. In heaven there will be no found myself more happy; for I sin lo strive against. This is a saw that all sins were forgiven for place of trial, but heaven is a place the sake of Jesus Christ. There of joy and glory.” fore now I feel happy; neither pain One day, adverting to her hay. nor sickness affects me as before; ing been reproved and rebuked for I now consider it as a happiness a supposed falsehood, Mrs. B. obto die.”

served, My liuie comfort, I was She entered her father's room a sorry for it;" she instantly said, few minutes after he expired, and “ You need not be sorry for it; looked at his corpse sted fastiy. had you never reproved or rebuked Then, to the astonishment of all me when I was wrong, I should piesent, without shedding a tear, not now have been your liule com. and with a heavenly smile upon her fort.”. Countenance, she said, " I used to On Mrs. B.'s addressing her, “ My wish to die belore my father; but parient child,” she would say, “ Do I am glad I did not; for now I see not praise me; that is not right; how blessed it is to die and go to I wish I had more patience, I am beaven. Now angels are rejoicing always trying for it. When I was over my dear papa. It was, as iż in pain with the blisters, my prayers : were, written on papa's door, As for used 10 be, that God would be me and my house, we will serve the pleased to remove my pain; but Lord.”

now I only pray for parience to. Six weeks previous to her death, bear what my God pleases." Twice, she desired to be semoved into the in her very last days, she remarked, room in which her father died, and “ If God were to say, Jane Benn, to have his chair, and his table, with you shall live to be old, and have his watch upon it, saying, "] wish all the good things of this world, to die where papa did.”

and go to heaven at last; or I will She said to her elder sister, If take you now; which would you you live to see' mỹ brother a man like best?' I would say, ' O Lord! of business, do not hurry to bed if thou pleasest, take me now.' Is when he comes home at night, als it not good of my Heavenly Father though you may be tired; but stop to take me now in, in my youth, and talk half an hour with him out of the way of all temptatious?" about something good; it may put

When asked how she did, her

usual answer' was, “ Pretty well, On the 29th December 1812, a and very happy.” To her friend, few hours before her departure, she Mrs. Lishe wrote, ". I am cried out with great feeling,

" O perfectly happy; I have no fears: Father, look upon me, for Jesus of death; death is not dying, but Christ's sake.” Mrs. B—- said, living;” and again, " I trust my sins "My dear love, I doubt not he is are all forgiven; I love God, who looking upon you.” She replied, made me, and has given me all my “ What, does he look upon such a mercies; but I love God most, be worn. as me!"—Her eyes at this cause he gave his Son to die for me." moment seemed to notice her night

On the Sunday night before her dress, which had been accidentally death, for the first time, she coin torn ; and Mrs. B-said, “ My plained of great pain; after this, Jane, never mind your clothes being convulsions succeeded, and it was torn; you know your Saviour had thought that she was gone. Soon, no where to lay his head.” She however, she revived, raised her hands answered, “No;- but I am unworthy from the pillow which lay before of these torn clothes, I am a sinner." her, and, lifting them up in the ata The last words she was heard to titude of prayer, fixed her eyes utter were these, which she spake towards heaven nearly for a quarter with death in her countenance, but of an hour. Then dropping on the with humble contidence and delicate pillow again, she said, "I am safe feeling, “ O my Father; I have no and happy ; His everlasting arms Father, but thee; take me to thy are , underneath me.”. She then holy habitation.” prayed earnestly' that God would Mrs. Bobserved, “ You have bless her beloved mother, and gave not now long to wait; perhaps in ą solemn and attiecling charge to her half an hour you may be in heaven." brothers and sisters to be affectionate, She looked with a most divine and dutiful, and obedient to her.

affectionate smile,and said, " I know To her elder brother she said, it, mamma.” * You must now be, an husband to In about twenty minutes after manma; we shall all soon meet this, without a sigh or groan, her again.” After this she exclaimed, happy spirit took its flight, and "O my Father, take me to thy mortality was exchanged for life heavenly kingdom, take me to thy everlasting. holy habitation; Omy Father, come Thus died Miss Jane Lucy Benn, quickly.”

aged ten years and seven months. As she finished this sentence, May all who read this memoir Mrs. B-, who was supporting imitate her piety to God, her love her, added, "if it please thee." - lo her Saviour, her filial affection to She instantly looked up to heaven, her parents, her concern for the and with peculiar emphasis lisped spiritual welfare of her brothers and out, "O for grace to add my mother's her sisters, her delight in doing good! prayer!"

Then may they hope to die the Ine period now drew near when death of the righteous, and that all pain was to cease, and glory to their fatter end may be like hers. commence for ever.

ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS.

The communication of Mr. STONRY; the Obituary of a Lady who died at the Hot.

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