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o'clock P.M. In the east end of the room, seated on a sofa, is H.B.M.'s Consul, Mr. Holmes, who, with his lady, had come to mingle his sympathies with ours; Major Gardin, an English officer, but now a tourist and the Consul's guest; Mr. Mattrass, the Consul's Secretary, and Dr. Nutting; while at their right is Rev. A. Walker; Rev. Mr. Jones, from England, and Secretary of the Turkish Missions' Aid Society, and myself; and opposite us three are the ladies, Mrs. Holmes, Walker, Nutting, and Knapp.
"This number probably constitute all the Franks speaking English in this city. Nearly in the centre of the room stands the table upon which are the sacred remains; and the other half of the room is crowded with the Protestant brethren and others. In the spacious court before us are several hundred persons, as also many are on the roofs of the house, all anxious to witness the funeral of a foreigner.
"The religious exercises were as follow:
"1. Singing the first twelve verses of the 90th Ps. to a chant.
"2. Prayer by the writer.
"3. An excellent and appropriate address by Rev. Henry Jones, based on Ps. xc. 12.
"4. Address by Rev. Mr. Walker in Turkish.
Prayer by Rev. Mr. Walker in Turkish.
"The above exercises occupied a little over an hour. The remains were then borne on a hearse by sixteen of the most prominent men of the Protestant community. These were preceded by two cavasses furnished by the Pasha as a mark of respect; after the bearers were the Consul's two cavasses. Then followed on horseback Rev. Mr. Jones, the Consul, Maj. Gardin, Mr. Mattrass, Rev. W., myself, Dr. S., and Harji Hargoss, the Consul's Interpreter, and member of our church. Then followed a large concourse of people, as we proceeded through the main street leading to the western gate. The ladies had taken another street more retired and unobtrusive.
"Twenty minutes brought us to the gate, and passing through we turned to the left, passing along some ten or twelve rods under the high walls, after which, a sharp bend to the right, winding our way mostly among the prostrate tomb-stones about twenty rods, brought us to the newly-prepared grave.
"The weather was mild and serene, and there being no snow to be seen, the heavens being clear, it resembled a genial day in spring.
"The exercises at the grave were:
"1st. Singing, 'There is an hour of peaceful rest.'-Tune, Woodland.*
* These three tunes we found in the "Temple Melodies.'
"2d. Prayer by Rev. Mr. W.
"3d. Prayer in Turkish by one of our church members.
"4th. Benediction by Rev. Mr. W. in Turkish. "The grave of ample dimensions, between seven and eight feet deep, in the hard, red-clay soil, then received its sacred trust. Under and about the coffin, upon which was placed a firm construction of boards, was deposited a large quantity of charcoal, to render more feasible disinterment should it ever be desired.
"There were several hundred spectators, and throughout the whole day there was perfect order.
"Our task was done! But oh! what an impressive lesson to mortal man! Here is one, who a few days since had as good a prospect of a long life as any of us, possessing apparently a firm, robust constitution, but now numbered with the dead! Let this teach the frailty of man. Let this people, as they reflect upon the noble mission of our faithful departed brother, in furnishing them the lamp of eternal life, consider how much efforts for their salvation do cost, and likewise the additional guilt of refusing that Gospel thus costing so much sacrifice of life. May we, who are permitted to remain here awhile longer, improve by this sad event, seeking to have our hearts sanctified, becoming more faithful in our
DR. SCHAUFFLER'S LETTER.
Master's service, and better prepared when he
shall summon us hence.
Brother in Christ,
"GEO. C. KNAPP."
LETTER FROM REV. DR. SCHAUFFLER.
'BEBEK, CONSTANTINOPLE, January 15, 1857.
"MR. RIGHTER-Very Dear Sir: The relation which I sustained to your beloved son, now no more among the 'pilgrims and strangers' of this world, leads me to send you an expression of my heartfelt sympathy with you in your heavy bereavement. Your son was our next door neighbor, constantly in our family circle, of which he was almost a regular member. In days of sickness he knew he could freely call upon us, as for parental sympathy and care; and in his many and useful labors, he consulted with me as an older laborer in this field. When he left us, he committed to me the Records, etc., of the Evangelical Alliance, of which he was the first Secretary, and it was my solemn duty to convoke the first committee meeting after his decease—to communicate to them the intelligence of our sad bereavement, and to propose the resolutions relative to his death, and the choice of another secretary.
Your dear son was beloved by all who knew him, and his usefulness, his zeal for the glory of God and the good of souls, was manifest to all. Even the Greek family with whom he lived (a plain poor family), appreciated his worth, loved him as a member of their household, and served him, especially in days of illness, with a tenderness which showed that their hearts, not their pecuniary interest, dictated their conduct. I was the more delighted to see this, as it is so rare a thing to get the true, heartfelt affections of this nation.. When the news of his death came, our servant girls, returning from their humble habitation, remarked 'They are crying themselves sick over there, because Mr. R. is no more.' And so I found them afterwards, sorrowing as for a brother. Perhaps you may improve, some time, an opportunity to send them some trifle of an object as a recognition of their kindness to your dear son. A small thing would be of great value to them, given on Mr. R.'s account, and lead them to feel that their humble and unostentatious affection for their friend was appreciated, and encourage them in cultivating the better sensibilities of human nature. You will excuse this suggestion, which is made under the impression that such small gifts are a blessing to him that gives, and to him that receives, far, far beyond its pecuniary value, which in such cases quite vanishes out of sight.