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Modesty, ". That when she once turns her foot aside, she is changed in all her features :" and we may say of Integrity, when once she parleys with temptation, she linbars the door to a thousand traitors ; for “he that despiseth small things shall fall by little and little.”—Tract Magazine.




OF LEEDS. JOHN GAUNT was born in July 1835. He possessed a winning and affectionate disposition, which caused him to be greatly esteemed. During his illness, which was long and tedious, he was visited by many friends. J. Mallinson had many conversations with him, and Mallinson had no doubt of John's acceptance with God:

When one of the school superintendents visited him, he found John Gaunt in a very pleasing state of mind. Although at the commencement of his illness he seemed to cling to life, as is frequently the case with young people, he gradually gave up all desire to live. He was very happy, resting on Christ for divine acceptance, rejoicing and praising God for His mercy, but especially for Sabbath-school instruction ; and that God had given him grace to listen and attend to his teachers' advice. A short time before his death, he earnestly requested

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that the Sunday-schoul scholars might come to the house and sing one hymn, on the Whit Monday, adding, “it will be the last I shall hear in this world.” So it was for they came and sung, and he died the day following.

On the night of Whit-Monday, his mother seeing him very restless, asked him how he felt ; his reply was, “Very nicely mother, very nicely! but I shall be in heaven before morning.

But if I should live until morning, let me see my sister Ann.” Adding (as if fully aware of his approaching end), “I shall be in heaven before morning." Towards morning his mother deeming it needful to make his bed, got him into a chair. But the pangs of death had already begun; he suddenly sprung up from his sent, and walked firmly to the bed-side of his sick father, and taking him by the hand, said, “God bless you father !. God bless you !" The father full of wonder and apprehension at this unexpected conduct of his son, inquired how he felt. John's reply again was, " Very nicely, and very happy ; but I believe I shall be in heaven before morning." He then returned to his seat, and as soon as his bed was ready, he was again placed there, and immediately he expired without a struggle, aged seventeen years.

Ann Gaunt, Jolin's sister, was born in March 1837. Immediately after her birth, her grandfather took her in his arms, and prayed that the blessing of God, in an especial manner, might rest upon her. His prayer appears to have received a gracious answer, for from very early life she was thoughtful and serious, and was much beloved. She was admitted a scholar into the Tabernacle Sabbath-school, when a little under the age of seven years. Throughout the remainder of her life she was willingly absent, but embraced every opportunity of being there. When she was unwell, and her kind mother, out of affection, allowed her to sleep so long on the Sunday as to render it impossible to be at School in time, she was much grieved at the loss which she had thus sustained. However, the time rapidly approached when she was obliged to be a prisoner and a sufferer, confined to her




dwelling. Though her affliction was severe and protracted, she never repined. She had been ill several weeks before her teachers or superintendent were aware that she was so ill; and on the junior superintendent calling to inquire

after her, she exclaimed, “I am glad to see you come-I did think it hard that none of you came to see me.

On his replying that they did not know she was so near her end, or they should have come before-she replied, “No, but Jesus knew, and he has visited me, and has always been with me, so that I have not been alone, or without a friend to cheer me." Before leaving her, the superintendent said, “ Shall I pray with you before I go

?She replied, “Yes, you must if you please; you must pray with me before you go, and don't be long before you come to see me again.”

The senior superintendent of the school says, “When: I first saw Ann Gaunt, I found her very happy. I said Ann, would you like to get better again ?” Her ready reply was, “No!" And then, as if she just remembered something, she said, “ Except it was to help my poor mother; for myself, I would rather die."

She spoke very freely of the pleasure and enjoyment she had received in attending the Sabbath-school, and of the blessed instruction she had received there, and the great benefit she had derived from it. On my

last visit I said, “ Ann, can you now recollect anything that passed in the school that first led you to think seriously on religion ?” She said, “ Yes, very well ; it was an anecdote, related by Mr. Oldroyd, that first made so deep an impression on my mind, that I could not shake it off; and that, followed by the kind exhortations and instructions of my teachers, proved a great blessing to me.” In order to assist her memory in recalling past instruction, I run over the names of her various teachers ; on hearing some names, tears rolled down her cheeks in rapid succession, as she spoke of their kindness and attention to her. But on my coming to one name in particular as soon as it had passed my lips, she exclaimed, " That was one of my kindest teachers! O! I hope I shall meet

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her in heaven!” Her rapturous feelings were too much for her weak frame, for a few minutes. On recovering herself a little, with strong emotion she said, “ Last year, in addition to my instruction from that teacher, she gave me my ticket for the tea !” And this kind token of additional interest seemed to be fully appreciated by Ann. After this conversation, I endeavoured to commit her to the care of Him who never slumbers nor sleeps. The junior superintendent further says,

“I visited Ann Gaunt many times, and always found her in a very happy frame. I repeated to her many passages of Scripture, and made some illustrative remarks, which seemed greatly to delight and comfort her. On my offering up prayer on her behalf, her responses were very appropriate and energetic. On Whit-Monday, while the scholars were singing outside, she tried to join them; and when the chorus, Shout, o Zion, &c.,” was sung, she was quite in an ecstacy. When the scholars were going away, she said, “I could have liked them to sing again ; however it cannot be. Well, they are very good, and tell them all, I hope to sing 'Hallelujah' with them in heaven !"

“I saw her again on the following Saturday evening, and found her in a very weak state, and unable to speak so as to be heard. On giving her my hand I said, “Ann, if all is well, squeeze my hand.' She then grasped it with a firmness that astonished me. 'Is Jesus still precious ?' Again she pressed my hand. “Are you still able to rejoice although so weak ?' Again she squeezed my hand, and more firmly than at first. Apparently, Ann, you will soon have to die; when death comes, where will you go?' She raised her eyes very affectingly upwards, and smiled! Then you think you will get to heaven, Ann?' She then squeezed my hand several times in quick succession, and with great strength. She then made several attempts to speak, but was unable to articulate a single word audibly for several minutes. We at last, however, ascertained that she wanted us to sing the hymn commencing, “ 'Tis religion that can give, &c.' We had no sooner commenced than she found her voice

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Her mother las communicated the following particulars -“ Aun always appeared very much attached to the school, and very many times she espressed her desire and determination to be a Sabcath-school teacher when old enough. When sickness had taken such deep hold on her as to prevent her being at the school, she would frequently talk of the school, erincing her attachment to it, and her desire to be there. The books in which she took delight, and the passages she most delighted to read, were such as were expressive of the most important truths about the salvation of the soul.”

After the singing on Whit-Monday, and she had got a copy of the hymns for the occasion, she seemed much delighted with the second hymn, repeating many times,

Bless, O bless our Sabbath-school.” And also with the second verse of the same hymn, “ O Lord, our teachers bless, &c." She seemed to feel much for her mother on the last night, and expressed regret at the trouble she had unavoidably given her mother. Feeling the pains of death on her, she said, “ Mother, it's hard work; but it is nothing to what Jesus suffered for me !"

She continued very restless, and at a quarter past six o'clock in the morning, she said, “Mr. Oldroyd will soon be here now, mother, to sing for me again. This she repeated at different intervals, several times before eight o'clock, adding “how kind !” She longed for the time to arrive when he was to come ; however, God arranged otherwise, for a little before the time, she gently waived her hand to and fro, saying

“ Not a cloud doth arise, to darken the skies,

Or hide for a moinent my Lord from my eyes." Then pointing to her right hand, she said, “ Mother! sec Jesus !” and to her left, “Mother ! see John." And so she sweetly fell asleep in Jesus. Truly her end was peace. Arred fifteen years.

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