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DURING THE YEAR
THE REV. W. CARUS WILSON, M. A.
RECTOR OF WHITTINGTON,
AND PERPETUAL CURATE OF CASTERTON.
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AN OLD DISCIPLE.*
The venerable Christian of whom I mean to record a few particulars, was not a native of this parish, but came here at an early age, and engaged in the brass works.
I have heard his daughter speak, with tears in her eyes, of his being left a widower, and of his tender care of his three young children. He had regularly attended the house of God in the place from which he came; and it was there that he received, by the grace of God, the knowledge of the truths needful to salvation,-that he was a sinner, and that the Lord Jesus Christ is the all-sufficient Saviour. And no wonder that he always loved to visit that church when the sacred bread and wine, representing his Saviour's body and blood, were provided there; one of these visits was paid on the very last Sunday of his life.
With one of his daughters he had a comfortable home for many years. No signs of distressing poverty were in that house. There was a wide fireplace which spoke of comfort, and well-polished furniture spoke of neatness and good care; a cage, containing a green canary, hung in the window, which was shaded by a tall geranium. At the hack of the house was a garden, well filled with herbs and common flowers.
One summer's evening visit, I remember the good old man coming in from one of his long walks. His face was lighted up with joy as he said, "I cannot hear a word, but I can enjoy His presence at morning, and evening, and noon-day. I think of the nails
* From "Things New and Old, or Recollections by a District Visitor," published by Hamilton, Adams, and Co.