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FOR 'JANUARY, 1841.
THE LATE REV. ANDREW CARNSON,
OF COTHERSTONE, YORKSHIRE. The object of this memoir, is to record failed to give glory, by ascribing all to a number of interesting and instructive sovereign and omnipotent grace. particulars in the life of a good man The ministry of the Rev. Mr. Kerr, and a laborious minister, who, after a who then presided over the Burgher pilgrimage of nearly ninety years on congregation, was the instrumentality earth, calmly retired from its scenes by which he was brought to the knowand its sorrows, and entered upon the ledge of the truth as it is in Jesus ; perfect sabbatism of the skies.
the text, which Mr. C. often quoted in The Rev. Andrew Carnson was a subsequent years, being, “ The prey native of Ballymoyle, Londonderry, shall be taken from the mighty.” From Ireland, and was born about the year this period his pursuits and energies 1752. His parents were Protestants, received a new direction ; other objects and belonged to a congregation of than those which had first engaged Burghers in the neighbourhood. Of him, now presented themselves to his his early habits very little is known ; enlightened view ; and, having obtained it is probable, however, that they did mercy himself, he panted to proclaim not differ materially from those of the and offer it unto others. Looking class to which he belonged, and the around on the thousands of his illtime and place in which he spent his fated countrymen, whose minds were youth. Constitutionally ardent and bruised and enchained by superstition energetic, we may conclude with too and its attendant evils, and hearing a much certainty, that, previously to the voice that few then could or would hear, operations of grace upon his heart, he saying, “ Who will go for us? and “walked as other gentiles also walked ; whom shall we send ?" He joyfully, but God, who is rich in mercy, for his but humbly responded, “ Here am I, great love wherewith he loved him, send me.” Soon after this he began, even when he was dead in sins, quick- under the direction of his pastor at ened him together with Christ,” and Silver-hill, to proclaim “ the acceptable through a protracted life, he never year of the Lord.” Previously to this,
however, owing to the careful perusal the morning ; he knew how oft lover of divers works on church government, and friend seemed to be put far from especially Dr. John Owen's, and a her, and her acquaintance into darkmore minute investigation of the New ness; and could not fail, while looking Testament Scriptures, he had relin- upon her cheerful countenance, and quished his former views of the nature hearing from her lips of hopes and and constitution of a Christian church, anticipations beyond the reach of sorand adopted the general outline advo- row, applying the language of the procated by Congregationalists.
phet, “ They that wait upon the Lord About this time he was united in shall renew their strength, they shall marriage to Elizabeth Mitchell, a lady of mount up with wings as eagles, they good family, and eminent for piety. To shall run, and not be weary, they shall him she proved an invaluable blessing. walk, and not faint.” She fell asleep To strong good sense, and exalted re- in Jesus nearly three years before the ligious attainments, she added such decease of her husband. meekness, gentleness, and forbearance ; Mr. Carnson did not continue long such a uniform and cheerful submission in his native country ; having, by a reto the allotments of Providence ; such markable train of providential circumfortitude in seasons of deepest afflic- stances, been led into North Britain. tion, and these were not few; and He had gone, according to the direcsuch a spirit of peace, as have rarely tions of his pastor, to preach at a been combined in one character. Dur- small sea-port on the eastern coast of ing a period of sixty-seven years, (and Ireland, called Cushadall. On arriving these were the years of her married at the place appointed, he found gathlife,) she sustained, in all the relations ered together a large concourse of peoin which she stood, a character un- ple, among whom were the crew of a assailable in truth ; and, what is more boat from Kintyre, in Scotland, which marvellous, unassailed. It has been had been wind-bound in that quarter remarked of her by many, that she for some time.
The impression prowas scarcely ever known to be angry. duced by the discourse is reported to This is, perhaps, saying too much ; but have been very great, especially upon without all contradiction, it may be these sons of the ocean, who, being said, she
still detained there, heard the word . . Carried anger as the flint bears fire ; with gladness on the following SabWhich, much enforced, shows a lasty spark, bath also. A favourable breeze springAnd straight is cold again.
ing up soon after, they took their deHer path through life was any thing parture, but in a short time returned, but smooth; the region in which she bearing with them a pressing invitation moved anything but cloudless ; yet for Mr. Carnson to visit their coast, she halted not, neither did she deviate with the view of preaching the gospel for one instant. She lacked not sen- to them. This, after seeking Divine sibility—who high in Christian attain- direction, and consulting with his pasment does? Yet she met and endured tor, he accepted ; and, nevertheless, offences and trials of the most irritat- after some opposition, he found an ing and afllictive kind, as if she felt “ effectual door” opened for him. Sir them not ; or, as if she felt them only James Colquhoun invited him to his to triumph over them. On the verge of house, and after hearing him preach, her ninety-seventh year, and only a gave him leave to declare the truth in few months previously to her death, any part of his estates. During the the writer saw and conversed with her. four succeeding years, he visited many He knew how oft the heaving billow localities, by the inhabitants of several had tossed, and the careering tempest of which he was warmly urged to rehad threatened her bark; he knew main, but this he uniformly declined. how oft she had wet her couch with In Gartmore, in the Presbytery of Dumtears, and sighed for the appearing of blane, a chapel was built, chiefly with