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Of the DEATH of
Who Died at the Vicarage
December 3rd, 1800.
And I looked, and lo, a Lamb food on the mount Sion,
and with him an hundred forty an1 four thousand;
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PRINTED BY J. EDMUNDS.
Curate of the Parilh.
An Account of the Death &c.
friend Sarah Latòrance has many Years been weak and infirm ; but her ardent desire for the Salvation of Souls carried her frequently beyond her strength, and many times, when she was inviting Sinners to repentince her poor Body has been fitter for bed, than any other place. It might be truly said, -the Zeal of the Lord did eat her up, and since she has been quite confined, what tears and prayers has fhe ofered for Souls, in and about this Parith. For some time the was much exercised with the thought of my being left without her, and allo, many fiery darts from Satan, accusing her with want of faithful. nels to the Souls cast in her way, telling her, the talent was taken from her; becaule ibe had not used it well, but I think I may fay, scarce ever have I seen any one fo truly exemplay in this respect as herself, --but the bore her inward and outward Cross with a filent-resigned patience, waiting on the Lurd; till the Cloud Thould break at the same time, saying," tho'
I am weary and heavy laden, I never find a doubt of acceptance with God.”
When I was going a few Sabbaths ago to-open Coalport House, which was built for her,-the said to me," you may give them my loving remembrance, if l' was ever called any where, I surely was to that place It seemed at times, as if my whole Soul was drawn out in their behalf,—and, when I think of the dear Children and grown Persons too, who used to come through such deep roads to meet me, I cannot help turning my eyes with tears and prayers many times towards that Spot well, I have a strong Confidence I shall meet many of them at God's right-hand - When I have been coming home in a dark Night over Sutton Common, I have found such a sense of the heavenly Host round about me, and such Communion with them as I cannot defcribe."-One day, the said with great tenderness,-“ We have scarce ever been Parted a day these 40 Years, how many hundred Miles have we travelled together, and if the cold hand of Death should now tare us alunder; it will not be for long, we shall have a blessed meeting in Glory." I replied, little did I think to see this Day: but we aie called to resign ourselves to all the will of God; I have been thinking of that word I once heard my dear Husband's voice speaking to me soon after his death.
in For the joy that's set before Thce,
Bear a momentary pain ;
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"O!" faid the, that was the very word which came to me last night; but my head was so confused with the Fever I could not recollect it, and this morning as I was thinking on the faithfulness of God, I saw fuch a fullness in the Promises as filled me with comfort, and it came to me, “ Having loved his own, he loveth them unto the End."
She was greatly affected at the idea of my lonely situation, which we both faw aggravated by many particular circumstances, and expreffed how gladly if it was the will of God, she would have drunk of that bitter Cup, instead of me. As I was observing what some of the Martyrs suffered, who left their families, languished in Prisons, and burnt at a Stake-she cried out, * O! what have I to be thankful for-not one neglect--how carefully am I attended-ah, what Thould I have done without you at this time." Seeing me greatly afflicted (tho' I ftrove to hide it from her) the expressed the tenderest concern, thinking of various things she wilhed to remind and counsel me about, and added, " If you were but in Heaven; with what pleasure should I look at Death."—Next day, she said, “ I have had many fiery darts this morning : Satan would persuade me 'I am deceived and have never known the Lord, -but I reflected on the great Change I felt when he first discovered his Love to my heart, for months before I feared to go to bed; so dreadful was the thought of Death to me,--but from the hour I tell forgiving love, O! how often, night after night have II in