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of the celestial world became so powerful that she was ready to chide the tardy feet of death. She anticipated much pleasure in meeting all the people of God, and particularly a pious and beloved brother, who had died about two years before her. One time she said to a female friend, Here sits my dear mother weeping, because she has nursed a child for heaven.' Her pious mother replied, No, my dear, I am not weeping because you are going to heaven, but because I shall soon lose you.' She observed, ' I should be much distressed at the thoughts of leaving my mother in this world, but I please myself in thinking she will not be long after me, and we shall have a happy meeting in the kingdom of heaven.' She spoke of death with as much pleasure apparently as she ever did about going to the house of God. When she thought she should eat no more bread, she observed, with an expressive smile, 'I have now done with bread; but I am feeding on the bread of life.'
A little before her death, she said to a friend, 'I can sing Hallelujah to the Lamb.' Her strength failed, and her friend proceeded to repeat the next line of the verse, Who purchased our pardon.' Then summoning up all her strength, she with an elevated voice, added, And I'll praise him again when I pass over Jordan.' A day or two before her departure, she said to me, never longed so much for any thing in my life as
I do to die, and to be with the Lord.' The affectionate manner in which she took her final leave of her minister, will never be forgotten by him and those who witnessed the affecting scene. A little before she expired, she said to a friend, Dying work is hard work.' To which her friend, replied, But the Lord has promissed to be with his people when they pass through the valley of the shadow of death.' She said, Yes! and he is with me, and he shall never leave me, nor forsake me:' and soon after fell asleep in Christ, on the 17th of May, 1816, and in the 28th year of her age. By her request her death was improved, from Luke xx. 28. ' Weep not for me, but for yourselves.' The audience was numerous, attentive and deeply affected.
OF ST. NEOTS.
To record the triumphs of faith over the tenderest sympathies of nature, and even over death itself, is a truly delightful task, calculated alike to soothe the sorrows of bereaved relatives, and to magnify the grace of God. Many memorable instances of the efficacy of religion to sustain the Christian in his utmost need, and render him more than conqueror' over the last enemy have been recorded; but seldom has the eye of mortals gazed on a more celestial scene than that which the following pages exhibit. A timid Christian rising above the dread of death-a beloved wife, bidding a final adieu to an affectionate husband without a sigh or a tear---a kind mother taking leave of six lovely children, without expressing an ardent wish to press them again to her bosom, is a sight which we rarely witness; and though it may present no moral attractions to the gazing throng, yet the enlightened believer can trace the finest expressions of redeeming love, and derive from it a good hope, that as his day, so his strength shall be.
MARY, late wife of Mr. Thomas Inkersole, of St. Neots, and daughter of Mr. Joseph Hall, of Northampton, was born at the latter place, on the 23rd of February, 1786. It was her privilege to enjoy the advantages of a strictly religious education, and to have been surrounded, from
her earliest days, by those who affectionately cared for her soul. To these youthful advantages, accompanied with the blessing of the Most High, are undoubtedly to be ascribed those religious impressions of which she was the subject, even in childhood; that store of scriptural knowledge with which her memory was furnished; and that tenderness of conscience, which she manifested on all occasions. In her case, as in that of thousands, who have been similarly circumstanced, religion seems to have gradually taken possession of her mind. Its influence was indeed apparent to all, except herself; but the manner of its operation was silent and imperceptible. It soon became manifest to those who attentively observed the formation of her character, that some principle, more powerful than that which education could impart, occupied her heart, and influenced her conduct; restrained a disposition naturally volatile and gay, within due limits; and led to the selection of those as the friends of her youth, whose society was likely to cherish religious feelings and habits.
In November, 1808, she entered into the conjugal relation, under circumstances of reciprocal attachment, calculated to have inspired a far less sanguine mind with the highest expectation of domestic enjoyment: but the Great Disposer of all events determined otherwise. He, who best knows, how to perfect his own work, and to ma
ture those graces, which his Spirit has implanted, saw fit to scatter the fond illusions of hope, in order that, like the Captain of our salvation,' she might be made perfect through suffering.' From the above-mentioned period, all her remaining years were embittered, in a greater or less degree, by nervous debility, protracted sickness, and gradual decay. The frequent and strong emotions of a mind, tremblingly alive to every impression, either of joy or sorrow, and the care of a rapidly increasing family, accelerated the progress of constitutional disease, and quickly exhausted her delicate and highly susceptible frame. But the same causes, which concurred to shorten her days, rendered her piety more apparent, and proved the genuineness of those Christian graces, which adorned her character. Fearful of cherishing a false hope, and of being found at last among the self-deceived, she could not prevail upon herself to make a public profession of faith in Christ, till life was at too low an ebb, to admit of her yielding to the dictates of her heart. But she was destined to make that profession at a more interesting moment, in a more impressive manner, and under more deeply affecting circumstances.
The prevailing state of her mind, during the lingering months, and even years of sickness, that preceded her dissolution, may be gathered from the following brief extracts from letters, written at different periods.