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February last. He was present at the annual bazaar, at Hunslet Cart, on Monday, February 8th, and looked as well as the writer ever remembers to have seen him. Here he received the congratulations of the friends on his recent marriage with marked pleasure, and entered with great earnestness into conversation about the proposed new chapel and other circuit matters.
On the following day, whilst going to Leeds on business, he felt very unwell, but nevertheless repeated his visit to the bazaar. Here he complained of being cold and otherwise unwell. On returning home remedial measures were employed, and it was expected that the morning would find him all right; but not so. From his bed he was never more permitted to rise.
Congestion of the lungs had set in, accompanied by effusion of blood to the brain. It was confidently hoped, however, that medical skill would arrest the disease ; but in spite of all that could be done he passed away to the eternal world on Wednesday, February 17th, 1875, aged sixty-nine years. The writer saw him on the Tuesday at noon, when he was so far conscious as to be able to answer affirmatively the questions proposed as to resting his soul on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, and respond to petitions when prayer was offered. Soon after this he became unconscious, and never rallied again.
There is reason to believe that for some time he has quietly trusted salvation to the Lord Jesus. His removal will inflict a great loss on the churches in this circuit, and particularly at Hunslet Carr. His fine personal presence, his genial countenance, his gentle words, his liberal gifts
, will all be greatly missed.
Thus one after another our friends pass away; but our unchangeable Friend ever liveth. May he supply the lack by bringing others into the fold! To show the esteem in which he was held by his fellow-townsmen, it may be stated that he represented the Hunslet Ward in the Leeds Town Council for fifteen years, and on his retirement from that position was presented by his constituents with a beautiful and costly piece of plate in token of their esteem. For many years he has had a seat on the board of guardians of the Hunslet Union, of which for the last four or five years he was the vicechairman.
At his funeral, which took place at Woodhouse Hill Cemetery, a great crowd assembled, while a long array of relatives, workpeople, and friends, including the entire board of guardians—with the exception of one who was ill-several members of the town council, and others, followed him to the grave. The writer improved the death of our friend to a very large congregation, in Hunslet Road Chapel, on Sunday evening, February 28th, and again to a great crowd at Hunslet Carr on the following Sunday evening. On each occasion a very solemn influence prevailed, and three or four persons sought and found salvation. Hunslet Road, Leeds.
SAMUEL MELDBUM, March 9th, 1875.
DIED. Miss LOUISA BAMFORD died in peace April 22nd, 1875, aged forty-three. For many years she was an active, useful member, and Sunday-school teacher of the Mount Gilead Church, of the Rochdale Circuit A grest friend to preachers, many will call to mind her kind spirit, her generous hospitality. The mission cause has lost an old and valuable collector and contributor to its funds.
AFTER the death of Christian IV. Greenland was indeed remembered now and then. A trading company in Copenhagen and some few merchants at different times fitted out ships to be sent there. But they knew not how to overcome the difficulties of the enterprise; it always ended with the first voyage. No one had the mind or the courage either to take a firm footing in the land or to promote trade, until
, in the time of Frederick IV., Hans Egede undertook the matter in earnest.
This brave man was parish clergyman at Trondhjem. He had read in the old histories, that in former times many Norsk families had settled in Greenland, and that they had taken Christianity into the land, and built churches and cloisters for themselves. He thought over this in his leisure moments, and longed to know what was now the condition of religion and morals in the land. Therefore he wrote to an acquaintance in Bergen who had sailed in those waters, and asked him for information. This man answered him that the coast. which was said to have been cultivated by the Norsk settlers was so hemmed in by floating icebergs that it was not possible to get to it; and on the other coasts none but wild and ignorant people, entirely different from us in language, customs, and mode of living, had been found.
Egede was a Christian and a philanthropist. He lamented that the people, who according to his supposition were certainly descended from the Norsk Christians, were now wild and without morals. He thought that Christianity must have died out among them through lack of teachers.
This floated long in his thoughts. He desired that others also should think about it. With this intent he at length wrote a representation to the Bishops of Trondhjem and Bergen, in which he besought them to take this matter into consideration,
and to make provision that the poor Greenlanders might be trained in religion and knowledge. He added that, in case it should be desired to send teachers up there, he would gladly leave his Church in Norway, and prove that he had proposed nothing but what he was prepared to sacrifice himself for. Both Bishops commended his zeal for the spread of religion, and they also sent his proposal to Copenhagen; but the war with Charles XII. being at that time in its full rago, the Government had all its care bent upon that, and so Egede's proposal was laid aside for a while.
In the meantime it was rumoured that Egede was thinking of sailing to Greenland. The multitude, which generally thinks but little and condemns the more, ridiculed it; his friends and relatives called it foolish, and advised him to relinquish the undertaking. Egede was as little moved by the condemnation of the former as by the advice of the latter. He was not to be talked out of his purpose. All he cared for was to persuade his wife to accompany him, and when he succeeded in that there was nothing left to hinder his determination. He resigned his ministry, and resolved to travel over to Greenland in whatever way was practicable.
But as he foresaw that if anything of importance was to be done in carrying religion and morals to the Greenlanders, commerce must be revived between Norway and them, he travelled to Bergen as the fittest place for such a trade, and sought to incite the merchants there to found a Greenland Trading Company. They could tell of several unsuccessful attempts; they knew too that the Dutch had already found their way thither, and had slyly drawn the commerce to themselves. All this they brought up against Egede's proposal, and excused themselves.
When Egede saw that there was nothing to be gained here, he determined to apply to the Government, and travelled to Copenhagen himself. Fortunately for his purpose Charles XII. had recently died. Quieter times appeared in prospect; it was not necessary for the King now to give all his care to the safety of the country, he could begin to think also about useful institutions. On account of this Egede more easily found admittance to his presence to explain the purpose of his journey. Frederick IV. himself spoke with him, crossexanined him anew about Greenland, and promised him to thiok about the whole matter. Egede was rejoiced, and travelled back to Bergen, thinking that now he certainly might hope to see his wish fulfilled.
But it was not done yet. When the King did begin to reflect how the plan for the Greenlandish trade could best be carried out, he fell upon the same thought as Egede at the first namely, that none could better carry it on than the merchants at Bergen. He gave command to the town authorities to call them together, to hear their opinions about it, and to ask them what privileges and subscriptions they demanded. That was done. But they were just as timid a before. They declined altogether to enter into the matter. This was reported to the King, and he would not carry on the trade on his own account. Everything came to a standstill again, and a whole year passed without any progress being made.
In the meanwhile the hindrances he met with made Egede indeed impatient; bu he was not discouraged, nor weary of contending