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I could not resist the opportunity of enjoying once more the pleasure of talking with an old friend. Whilst I am writing, I fancy you here.

"I do, indeed, my dear cousin, sympathise in your happiness. I enjoy the idea, that you leave every trouble behind you when you shut your garden gate.

"Your eldest son, you tell me, is serious and sedate. I congratulate you upon it. The longer I live, the more convinced I am that religion is the strongest hold, and the safest anchor in life. And besides, to use the expression of a cheerful parson whom we know," It is getting the cream of both worlds!'.. "My dear cousin, farewell. And now I take leave in the words of Hamlet's ghost, 'Remember me!'




"Thou who hast still a father and a mother, thank God for it in the day when thy soul is full of joyful tears and needs a bosom on which to shed them."

"O, fear not, in a world like this,
And thou shalt know ere long,
Know how sublime a thing it is
To suffer and be strong."



"How little can we love men, till we love Thee!" Mrs. SchimmelPenninck says, in her journal of 1808; and to love God above all things, and devote herself wholly to His service, had long been, as we have seen, the first desire of her heart. But the more God designs to make use of any particular instrument, the more carefully He forms and polishes it by suffering; and thus it was with the subject of this Memoir. She deeply suffered from conflicts in She had yet to suffer, as we shall see, by trials from without; but seasons of refreshment were now vouchsafed to her from the presence of the Lord, which, to use her own words, "made up for all."

her own soul.

It was at this time that Mrs. SchimmelPenninck first became acquainted with the Wesleyan Methodists, of which event she gives the following account. "After my first acquaintance with the Moravians at Bath, there was a time, on my return home, when I had no opportunity of enjoying the society of religious people; and, not having many religious books, I was compelled the more to search the Scriptures, which at every line sent me to the Saviour himself. A few books, however, now and then fell into my hands, just enough to show me that in various parts of the Good Shepherd's fold are those who love Him in sincerity and truth; and, in my solitude, many were the refreshing hours I owed to Christian brethren who, on earth distinguished by various appellations, are all, I am assured, now unitedly rejoicing before the throne of their common Saviour in Heaven. Yet, amidst all, the little flock of the Brethren who were first sent to me by our Lord was most dear to me. When, therefore, I married, and settled in Bristol, and was at liberty, through my husband's kindness, to join what society I pleased, I much wished to join the Church of the United Brethren.' Some things, however, stood in my way. I knew the congregation could only be joined by 'lot;' and, not being convinced of its Divine appointment, I could not solicit a decision as a Divine appeal, which I

should in truth be submitting to as a human institution. I, however, earnestly wished to join them; for about this time I began to feel extremely uneasy at my own incomplete views. Believing the Brethren might be a help, I went to Mr. West (their minister), and, opening my mind fully to him, I asked to join the Moravian Church (as a society member*), saying, however, that my non-acceptance of the lot' would be a bar to my going further. As I spoke, I prayed our Lord to dispose all according to His will, that I might be accepted or refused, as He saw best. Mr. West replied, in the kindest manner, that, though many persons actually stopped short of becoming covenant members, it was not desirable to receive those professing a fixed intention to proceed no further. I accepted his declaration as the Divine will concerning me at that time; and, having received great blessing from the writings of some of the early Wesleyan Methodists,

* A peculiarity, and a most honourable one, of the Church of the United Brethren, or Moravians, has ever been the desire to bring men to Christ rather than to draw them to their own Church; hence it arose that in former years their Ministers and Missionaries awakened and built up many souls who still remained members of that body of Christians with which the providence of God had placed them. Such were termed "Society Members." "Covenant Members" were those who, in a stricter sense, belonged to the Church of the United Brethren, who received the " Brotherly Agreement," and partook of their privileges and discipline. This distinction of Society and Covenant Members no longer finds place amongst them.

at my request they kindly received me amongst them; but though I found much instruction and edification from the preaching and the lives of many of the early members, I yet never truly felt at home among them as I had done with the Brethren."

There can be little doubt that the "incomplete views" she thus mourned over concerned the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper. From these Divine ordinances of the Christian Church, her birth and training in the Society of Friends, and afterwards the scruples which had prevented her joining the Moravians, had hitherto excluded her, but now she had become sensible of a want which it seemed participation in them alone could satisfy. I find she was baptized by a Methodist minister on the 5th of December, 1808; and a fortnight afterwards she, for the first time, partook of the Holy Communion of the Body and Blood of Christ.

Soon after Mrs. SchimmelPenninck's settlement at Bristol, she formed an intimate friendship with Miss M. H. This lady, who resided with her parents in the immediate neighbourhood of that city, appears to have been a humble, devoted, and con. sistent Christian; and intercourse with her brought many blessings to her friend; but, alas! it was of short duration, for Miss M. H. died of consumption in the spring of 1809. There are interesting pas

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