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O that you did but see and feel what I do! Come, and behold a dying man more chearful than ever you saw any healthful man in the midst of his sweetest enjoyments. O why should any of you be dull, when I am so glad! This, this is the hour I have waited for. I want now but one thing, and it is a speedy lift into heaven.-Come, let us lift up our voices in praise : I with you, as long as my breath shall last, and when I have none, I shall do it better.”

Thus' departed to glory the Rev. Mr. John Juneway, in June 1657, and in the 24th year of his age.

A MEMORIAL.

Thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Cor. xv. 57.

I MAKE no apology for presenting the reader with the inclosed Paper, which contains an account of the last sickness and death of a pious young person, written y her father.

Clifton, 31st May, 1804.

It has pleased God to take my dear daughter A “ from me, and, as I have reason to believe, to his “ glory.

" She was always of a mild and patient disposition, “ which was rendered yet more amiable, after divine “ grace had wrought upon her heart to attend seriously " to serious things.

“Her malady came upon her during the last winter. « The cough, with which she was first afflicted, ap“ pearing to be the effect of a cold, which a change of “ air might be the means of removing, she was removed “ to a neighbouring county, where she found no relief, “ but on the contrary grew gradually worse: about “ Christmas, therefore, she returned to London. Upon

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“consulting with an eminent physician, he appeared “ not to consider her in any danger, at least not for some “ time; but her cough continued, and at length so inc “ creased, that my family became anxiously alarmed. We “ proposed to remove her to Clifton; but the physician “ objected to the season of the year, and observed, that “ the sharp air at that place, and the journey duringwin“ ter, with change of beds, rooms, &c. would certainly

prove more injurious, than her warm confinement “ could be in town. On the 2d of May, when the weather “ began to be mild, we set out for Clifton, and, in the “ course of twelve days, in which we rested often and “went only one stage in a day, (the first day excepted) “ on account of her weakness, we arrived there; though “ with great pain and difficulty to my poor daughter.

“Upon the road, she expressed her apprehensions of “ the consequence, and seemed to be preparing her “ mind for the solemn event, which was shortly to come “ to pass. I was fully sensible of her case; and my * conversations and prayers with her were continually s directed, with all the tenderness in my power, to lift “ up her views to the life immortal, as one who was “ soon to have done with all earthly things. She fre" quently told her maid, that she had no expectation “ of remaining in this world; but was desirous of going " to Clifton, that she might not give her mother and “ sisters the trouble and anguish of seeing her die at “home.

“ The patience and resignation, which God gave her “ through her illness, were very extraordinary. She “ appeared to be in the utmost submission to the divine

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" will; nor did a murmuring or discontented word upon “ occasions, some of which were trying indeed, escape “ her lips.

“After our arrival at Clifton, she declined apace. "A visible alteration appeared almost every day. Still “ her calmness, and sometimes chearfulness, never fors sook her. She was comforted outwardly with the “ presence and conversation of her affectionate friends, “ and particularly of her brother, whom she tenderly, “ loved, and who spent much time with her in reading, “ &c. as she was able to bear it: and she seemed in“ wardly tranquil and supported by the goodness of “ God, in the views of approaching death and eternity.

“ On the 24th of May, the third morning before her “ departure, upon my coming into the chamber, and “ being left alone, she said to me, with a peculiar “chearfulness of spirit; “Surely, papa, I cannot ex“ press to you the great comfort I have enjoyed, during “ much of this last night, from the impression of several “ texts of scripture upon my heart, and particularly that “ one, where the prophet exhorts us to turn to the Lord " and to say; Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously; and where the Lord answers; I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely; for mine anger is turned away.* O it was great comfort indeed !"“ I expressed my satisfaction, and endeavoured to show, “ how faithful and true the Lord is to all his promises, “ and that, trusting in him, she would never be con“ founded or forsaken. The promises were constantly “ made to faith. All our Lord's miracles were done in s consequence of faith in him. And he himself has

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* told us, that all things are possible to him that believeth. He is faithful, and cannot be otherwise, who hath promised.

“ I then read to her the 54th and 55th Chapters of 5 Isaiah, and observed, as I went along, among other “ points, that the exceeding great and precious promises, “ made therein to the church at large, belonged also, “ specially and particularly, to every individual mem“ber, even as though he or she were mentioned by name ; for they were sure to all the seed, to every one, who came unto God through Christ, and lived “ upon his truth. She answered; “ These are exceedso ing great and precious promises indeed; and I have s no dependence but upon the Lord's faithfulness to “ make them good through Christ to my soul.” She “ also expressed, with great thankfulness of spirit, her “ deep sense of the grace and goodness of the Lord to“ wards her in a thousand respects; but, above all, in “ the things which pertained to her salvation.

“ This interview was the more interesting to me, aś “ my daughter was naturally of a diffident and retired “ turn of mind, which seemed rather to have increased " after her first serious impressions, and which naturally “ induced her not to say much concerning herself. She “ had used some remarkable expressions to the pious “nurse who attended her, the day before; and she now “ repeated one in particular to myself, in which she “ wished to know; “What was the necessary depth of “ conviction of sin, as she had never experienced that " pungent remorse, which some good people had men“ tioned, upon their first awakenings, about their souls.

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