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6 $ tJH Rev \ ew < r-+ Bmmb y * $ Sermon on the Death &fMrs , Hannah Jewns .
yond the circle of the intelligent portion of the members of the British and Foreign Bible Society , Even professc < l theological scholars are not
sufficiently attentive to the principles of the criticism and interpretation of the Scriptures , and to the influence of this kind of knowledge on the state of Christian truth and virtue . N .
Art . III .- —The Conclusion of a Sermon preached in ike Meetinghouse , Church Street , Wolver * hampton , on the Evening ? of the hordes-day , October 31 , l 824 , on Occasion of the Death of Mrs .
Hannah Jevons , who departed this life on Friday , Oct . 22 , 1824 , in the Ninetyjirst Year of her Age By James Hews Bransby . Ipswich , printed . Sold by Hunter , St . PauPs Church-yard , London , pp . 15 . Crown 8 vo .
IN the present instance , Mr , Bransby has deviated from his usual practice , on occasion of his preaching funeral sermons : but his reasons for thus departing from it , are cogent
and satisfactory ; they are , that he may hold up to his hearers a character eminently worthy of their imitation , and that he may gratify his own feelings by recording the virtues of . one who was the oldest member of the
society of Unitarian Christians at Wolverhampton ,- and whom he sincerely esteemed and honoured . The individual to whose memory he pays this affectionate and
well-deserved tribute of respect , had , in her early years , received instruction on the subject of religion , its history , its precepts and its ordinances , from the lips of a minister whose praise is in all our churches—the Rev . Samuel
Bourn . Nor did the good seed fall on an unfavourable soil . The venerable person whose Christian graces are sketched in the pages before us , bore the fruits of piety and righteousness
to a protracted old age . What she was , tii € j following copious extract will enable our readers to perceive ; and it will afford , at the same time , a very pleasing specimen of the preacher ' s style :
** Her lot was cast among the tenants of the vale : and never was it more clearly seen that the real enjoyment of life depends less upon outward circumstances
than upon the dispositions and feelings of the heart * She knew ^ wjti ^ $ vjiat propriety the Apostle could say * VLctt every man prove hi& bwn work * and then shall he have rejoicing in himself aldne , and not in another *** She felt the force and
beauty of his exclamation , * This is our rejoicing , even the testimony of our consciences , that in Simplicity and godly sin * cerity , not with fleshly wisdom , we have had our conversation in the world . ' *^ Amidst inconveniences , privations and
difficulties , her principles displayed their power ; producing the fair fruits of virtue , opening inexhaustible sources of consolation , and rendering her humble dwelling the abode of industry , contentment , cheerfulness and peace . t €
She was a worshiper of the one true God , through his beloved son , Jesus Christ ; and it affords me a mournful pleasure to think on the concern which she manifested for the prosperity of this Christian society in its peculiar
trialson the regularity with which , while she enjoyed a tolerable degree of health and strength , and even when her great age and . increasing weakness would have excused her to others , she took her seat among us—on the holy fervour and animation with which she was wont to
celebrate the high praises of her God—and on the unaffected seriousness and candour with which , on all occasions , she listened to the instructions of this place . €€ Nor can I refrain from mentioning it to her honour , that she was always early as well as constant in her
attendance . So established and perfect was this habit , that 1 am scarcely able to recollect a single instance of her entering the house of prayer after its services were begun . She was sensible that every duty , in which we here engage , is an important duty ; and she appears , moreover ,
to have acted upon the maxim which , in this respect , governed the conduct of a pious and enlightened Christian of her own sex , who , on beiug asked the reason of her always coming so early to church , wisely said , < It is a part of my religion not to disturb the religion of others . 'J
" For the true and lasting welfare ot all the members of her numerous family , she was tenderly concerned ; in seasons of prosperity warning them of their duty and their and visita
danger ; amidst the - tions of sorrow , pointing out to them their safety , if they would but he faithful to themselves , under the government of a Being whose nature and whose name is Love . ' As Abraham commanded hte children and his household after him .
* Gal . vi . 4 . f 2 Con \ J& I Mrs . Chapone ,
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Nov. 2, 1824, page 692, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2530/page/52/