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SINCE the Notice was written, which explains the object of this little work, and the way in which it came to be put together, the writer of that Notice has gone to her rest. On Christmas Eve she departed to be with Him, “whom, having not seen, she loved,” and whom she had so faithfully and earnestly served. Those who had the privilege of knowing her, as I had, for many years, will not soon forget the simplicity of purpose, the energy of action and practical wisdom, which she evinced in the direction and management of a Charity, which has since grown into youth, but which she nursed and cherished in its humble infancy, before there was any expectation that it would take its place among the great Charities of this nation. To the last her energetic and active spirit struggled against bodily weakness and infirmity, which proved to be unto death, and she was allowed the high privilege of working for Him, for whom she waited, almost till the moment, when her summons came to “rest froin her labours,” and to look with joyful hope for the “full consummation and bliss both of body and soul.”

W. W. C.


January 5th, 1859.


SOME slight alterations have been made in the present edition of this little work. It is sent forth with thankful. ness that God has permitted some of His children to find help heavenward in its pages, and that He has strengthened the writer for the work of the ministry. In that holy work he asks to be aided by the prayers of any to whom these meditations may prove seasonable.

The brother, for whose use the texts were originally selected, has fought the fight and finished his course. By the

grace of God he was enabled in his country's battles, and in the spiritual warfare, to endure hardness and to prove himself a good soldier. His feet were shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace, and he was thus enabled to stand where numbers have fallen. Having received the




message of peace into his own heart, he proved its quickening and sustaining power under a variety of circumstances. With a strong sense of duty was united the constraining principle of love: and the motto upon his sword was the motive of his life :

“ To Queen, to Country, but oh! most to Thee,

Myself to give, Who gav'st Thy life for me.”

The life that he lived in the flesh, he lived by the faith of the Son of God, who loved him and gave Himself for him ; and close communion with his Saviour resulted in qualities which many admired, who understood not themselves whence they arose. “ The Word of God and prayer” were the golden pipes by which his lamp was fed with the oil of Divine grace, and many rejoiced in its holy cheerful light. Deeply did he feel the conflict with indwelling sin, and most watchfully and humbly did he rule himself after God's Word. The "blessed hope” which that word reveals was embraced and held fast amidst the distractions of war and the sufferings of sickness; and when the Master came and called for him in the midst of professional work, he was



found ready and waiting to depart and be with Christ. He died, as he had lived, in the calm longing expectation of the rest that remaineth, his last words being, “REST, REST.” In a letter written some years before, he had said,—“I wonder if, when the Saturday evening of my life comes, I shall be able to watch for the morning of the eternal Sabbath, with the same calm longing expectation which I now feel, as each dear Sunday comes round.”

With hearts drawn heavenward, may writer and readers be ever enabled to say, as truly and heartily as he was wont to do, “I look for the Resurrection of the Dead, and the Life of the World to come. Amen."

D. 0. H.

Christmas, 1861.

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