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the year 1769) to the neighbourhood of St. Dunstan's, that she might more conveniently attend on Mr. Romaine, at that church, as well as at St. Anne's, Blackfriars.
About this period it pleased God to bless Miss Delafield's conversation with one of her early acquaintance, to the bringing her to the serious knowledge of our Lord and Saviour. She had likewise the happiness to induce a married sister to attend Mr. Romaine's preaching, who received the doctrine of faith; and after honouring the Gospel by her holy walk, for more than twenty years, finished her Christian course with joy. She was equally successful with the very old acquaintance at whose house Mrs. Wilberforce had first met her. This lady became a most pious Christian, and showed, by her holy life, the truth of her conversion to God.
We see in this case, as in every similar one, that where the grace of God has indeed quickened the soul to spiritual life, there will be an ardent wish to bring all around to the knowledge of the unspeakable blessings of the Gospel.
In February, 1776, Miss Delafield was united in marriage to W. Cardale, Esq. late of Bedford Row, now of Islington. This happy union, which lasted very nearly forty years, took place through the intervention of Mrs. Talbot, the pious widow of the late Rev. Wil
iam Talbot, an eminent servant of Jesus Christ, and vicar of St. Giles', Reading. With what meekness and affection Mrs. Cardale discharged the important duties of a wife, a mother, and a mistress of a family, all connected with her can testify; but especially her surviving partner and her only son, who best knew, and therefore best appreciated, her remarkable piety and exemplary conduct.
Mrs. Cardale continued, upon her marriage, to attend on Mr. Romaine, with Mr. Cardale, who had long been one of his regular hearers, until the year 1780; when that distinguished minister, the late Rev. Mr. Cecil, my revered father and predecessor, entered on the duties of this chapel. Since that time they have regularly attended here, during a period of thirty-six years, hearing Mr. Romaine still, at St. Dunstan's, on Sunday evenings, till the death of that excellent person in 1795. The efforts Mrs. Cardale made to come to chapel in the declining years of her life, and the marked devotion of her conduct when there, testified her delight in the public worship of God. One of the last points she could be induced to give up for a year of two before her death, was kneeling during the prayers at church. She relinquished this attempt only after having repeatedly found her health sink under the effort. In fact, she more than once fainted away in her pew, and
was under the necessity of being taken out of the chapel. In her private and family devotions there was the same reverent and holy behaviour manifested.
Oh, that Christians generally would imitate this excellent Christian in her regard to the solemnity of the public prayers of the church! Oh, that they would listen, as little as she did, to the suggestions of indolence and indifference! Oh, that we could see no instances of irreverent gestures or thoughtless inattention in the house of God! A devotional spirit is seen in a tender, lowly, circumspect behaviour in religious duties.
Mrs. Cardale's bodily frame was naturally weak and nervous; and, during a considerable period of her life, she was distressed with anxiety and apprehension as to her spiritual These perplexities of mind would occasionally lead her even to doubt, for a moment, of the truth of the Christian religion.
Satan, let us remember, is a vigilant and crafty foe. He knows how to adapt his suggestions to our weakness. It becomes us not to be ignorant of his devices.
Upon one of these harassing seasons of inward conflict, Mrs. Cardale applied to her minister, the Rev. Mr. Cecil. This application led to that interesting conversation, which was afterwards published under the title of "Reasons of Repose;" a tract, which, like all the ex
cellent productions of the same author, deserves to be warmly recommended. Indeed, the volumes of Mr. Cecil form a most valuable collection of works on various branches of religious truth, and are producing the most considerable effects in every place where they are known. The affection of Mrs. Cardale for this eminent minister was very remarkable. For about thirty years she constantly attended his public instruction. Her tender and grateful mind seized every occasion of testifying her strong regard. Mr. Cecil, on the other hand, entertained the highest esteem for Mrs. Cardale. He used to say, I cannot tell who of my congregation is Hope, or Faith, but certainly Mrs. Cardale is Charity.
A mutual affection between a minister and his congregation is an important blessing. It will lead to mutual prayer; and an union founded on such high principles is the one which is most likely to honour God and edify the church. May we imitate Mrs. Cardale in this part of her conduct!
Prevailing fears, as to the safety of her spiritual state, appear to have distressed her, more or less, for twenty-five years after her marriage. But it pleased God at length so to increase her faith, that she was brought to an habitual peace and consolation in the Gospel of her Saviour. Her extreme apprehension was removed, her
hope in the promises of God quickened, and her evidences of pardon and acceptance made clear to her mind. For a considerable number of years before her death she had habitual peace. The exercise of patience, humility, and constancy in prayer, connected with a conscientious discharge of her relative duties, and a regular attendance on all the means of grace, was the course she pursued in seasons of dejection. This terminated, under God's blessing, in a solid and scriptural consolation; so that for some years before her death she had a desire to depart and to be with Christ. Had she passionately sought for comfort in times of perplexity, without suitable submission and lowliness of spirit, the event would, probably, have been very different.
May this be a lesson to us! If we must err, the safer side to err on is that of diffidence and fear. This commonly ends in established peace; whereas any thing that inclines to conceit and rashness, is necessarily destructive of some of the best graces of the Christian character, and eventually of the very sources of comfort itself.
The timidity and diffidence of Mrs. Cardale's spirit was connected with a tenderness and sympathy for others, and a self-denying charity towards them, which deserves to be particularly noted. One of the most constant objects of her anxiety was, the fear of offending