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Thou hast gone to the grave. but we will not deplore thee,
The child shall die an hundred years old.-Isaiah, c. lxv. v 20.
PRINTED BY W. P. ASTON, CROSS-STREET.
In presenting the following account of the Life of MATTHEW KNIGHT to the Public, the writer has been influenced by no other motive than that of endeavouring to do good. Those Christians who were favoured with the acquaintance of our departed friend, can bear their testimony to this truth, as fulfilled in him, "he was a burning and a shining light." His general deporta:ent, as a follower of Christ, has made a deep impression upon the minds of many; and it is with pleasing reflections that they still cherish the remembrance of his entire devotedness to God. The Saviour's description of his followers was realized in him, "Ye are the salt of the earth." Every human being now upon earth, has either a good or a bad influence attached to his character; and that influence is operating upon the mass of Society, and is producing either beneficial or injurious effects, according to the nature and tendency of that influence: if the influence be good, as a natural consequence, it produces good effects, but if it be bad, it is sure to produce bad effects; it will diffuse its baneful poison through the whole system of Society, just in the same manner as the mortal venom of a serpent diffuses its deadly effects through the human system. We see then the advantage that mankind, in general, derive from the lives of those whose influence is sanctified by the grace of God, and who thus become the salt of the earth: these are the real friends of mankind, as it is by the savour of their influence, that the mass of mankind are preserved from general corruption. There is another important
truth, which ought always to be borne in mind, and it is this: the influence that attends a Christian through life, does not die with him; no; when he is removed from the present scene of toil and conflict, and is resting from his labours in Heaven, still his works will follow him; the sinner's conscience will often repeat the faithful warnings that have been given him by the saint; and the Christian will often recall to mind, the holy walk, and upright deportment of his once fellow traveller to Heaven, and thus, being stimulated by his bright example, another motive for perseverance will be added, and he will be enabled through the assistance of divine grace, to follow him who now through faith and patience inherits the promise. Thus, in an inportant sense, the words of St. Paul concerning Abel, may be applied to every Christian, he being dead, yet speaketh." As these are plain and undeniable truths, which have been verified in the lives and deaths of thousands of happy souls, who are now before the Throne of God, the consideration of them will be deemed a sufficient reason for presenting to the Public, the following short account of the life of MATTHEW KNIGHT; as it is quite plain, that, by so doing, that blessed influence which he has left behind him will be deepened and extended to a greater degree, than it otherwise could have been. May that God, who so signally honoured our dear friend both in life and in death, grant that His blessing may rest upon this work; may it be the means of much good to all who shall read it. Amen.
Dec. 2d, 1839.
I was born at Reddish, in the County of Lancaster, on the 2d of February, 1821. My parents removed to Levenshulme the same year; when I was four years old they sent me to school, where I learned to read, write, and repeat the Lord's prayer. I continued to go to school till I was ten years old: after this, as I grew in years I grew in sin, and sunk into a very deplorable condition; I began to swear and break the sabbath; but, when at the worst, my mother would not allow me to swear in her presence, nor break the sabbath, if she knew it, and, when I arrived at the years of maturity, I found it out that that way would not do.* My mother read tracts and
*He considered he had arrived at the years of maturity when between 13 and 14 years of age.