The Baptist Magazine, 1835 Volume 27
Excerpt: ...had appointed him to endure. He likewise mingled in scenes of family affliction with much sensibility and a matured judgment. He did his part, with other brothers, in solacing a mother's dying pillow by his prayers and by other filial attentions. And thus it was that he became gradually prepared for the dissolution of the earthly house of his own tabernacle. Symptoms of disease were renewed and accumulated, so as to awaken apprehension as to their issue. He retired from the avocations of business with graceful submission to the divine will, and zealously applied himself to means for the recovery of health. Testimonials of respect from his late employers, and his companions, frequently followed him into retirement, either at his father's house, or at some distant part of the country. The last journey he undertook was to Dover, where his stay was short and distressing. He returned home much worse, and with slight alternations of disease, slowly sunk beneath its influence. Under the paternal roof he enjoyed those soothing attentions his case required; and often mentioned, with touching emotion, his gratitude to God for giving him so kind a father, and such affectionate sisters, to alleviate his last affliction. One of these sisters, herself the subject of long affliction, was frequently detained with him from public worship, and on such seasons of sacred tranquillity, would read and converse with him. When too weak to bear either, he would lament his want of energy; but regarding it as a part of his affliction, desired to submit to it with acquiescence as the will of God. He would say, "I depend on the quiet, though powerful, teaching of the Holy Spirit; who will, himself, impress the truth on my mind." At other times he would say, "Read one of those sublime chapters at the conclusion of the Revelations, to draw my thoughts towards heaven." He was fond of the Pilgrim's Progress, and said of it, "In my weak state, it is the only book I can listen to...
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