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by the blood-thirsty enemies of all order and lawfully-constituted authority. Though falsely and maliciously accused of crimes from which humanity shrinks, I believe his spirit is with a long line of firm and faithful witnesses in Paradise."
What can more fully show a mind imbued with the true principles of our holy Faith, or the deep devotional character that influenced him, than the following ?—
"Times and Subjects of Prayer, with Prayers for Various Occasions, Reflections, etc.
Morning at Eight o'clock.
Thanks for night's repose, and invocation for His protection of me the ensuing day.
Third Hour of the Day. Nine o'clock.
Sixth Hour of the Day.
But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you. (S. Matt. v. 41.)
Humility, meekness, charity, and forbearance.
Intercession. I pray to GOD Almighty to pardon the sins of all my friends and relations, as well as the sins of the whole body of Christians scattered over this Globe, those who wish me ill, and those who desire my welfare.
Ninth Hour of the Day. Three o'clock. Το pray for the working of the HOLY SPIRIT in my heart, and in the hearts of all Christians, and for the reformation of our lives.
Evening. Six o'clock.
Self-examination and introspection of my heart, a laying bare its defilements, its numerous sins of
Government of my Tongue.
The tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity, and it is set on fire of hell. Therewith bless we GoD, even the FATHER, and therewith curse we men which are made after the similitude of GOD. My brethren, these things ought not to be. (S. James iii. 5, 6, 9, 10.)
The tongue being an unruly member, and when once set in motion liable to exceed the bounds of Christian charity and meekness, and to utter some one thing which would gladly be recalled, I will pray GoD to give me Grace to restrain it within due bounds."
We do not know whether this admirable digest has ever been printed on a card, but if not, we would seriously recommend the idea to the notice of the publisher. It would be of great practical utility.
In the Easter term, 1847, Mr. Hughes entered S. Bees. It is needless to say that here he prosecuted with ardour and zeal studies which were so congenial to his feelings. The Resolutions he has penned in his MS. books, are especially deserving the attention of all young men, and are perfect specimens of their kind. On his admission to Holy Orders, on S. Thomas's Day, 1848, he was licensed to the curacy of Lythe, near Whitby. He entered upon his charge with a deep sense of his responsibilities, and with a determination of rendering dutiful obedience to his spiritual superior. His firmness also was tested, and when the members of a Clerical Club-at whose ignorance we are indeed surprised-proposed the observance of a FAST on a Sunday, Mr. Hughes endeavoured in vain to have Friday substituted, and withdrew at once from a Society which could come to such a strange resolution. The Archdeacon of Craven thus gives his opinion of him at this time
"He was remarkably modest, and deferential in his manner
to older persons, so as to be a good listener, but hardly to express an opinion of his own. Every thing I heard of him led me to value him, and to seek to be better acquainted with him. His faithful diligence and zeal in his duties as Curate of Lythe were such as will long be remembered there. He did much to make the people good Christians on the principles of the Prayer-Book, labouring personally among them without sparing himself, and printing little tracts for cottage reading. It was a simple-hearted earnestness which could not be mistaken, in his acts and words; and it could offend nobody who had any fairness of mind, because it was impossible to suspect his motives."
It were to prolong our notice to a great extent, were we to quote from his private writings all that presents itself to show the value he attached to constant prayer, and especially to intercessory prayer.
He was admitted to the Priesthood by the Archbishop of York, on the 24th February, 1850. Soon afterwards, he published the "Lythe Parochial Tracts," and also two Sermons: one on Holy Baptism, the other on Holy Communion. It was at this time that his health began to fail; and he felt it his duty to look out for a cure in a milder climate; though he would not think of leaving Lythe before the expiration of his two years. After this time, he took the temporary charge of Whitehaven. Whilst here, he was applied to by the Rev. Alexander Watson, the Vicar of S. Marychurch, for aid towards the restoration of that church,—the chancel-work of which was connected with the name of the Bishop of Exeter. Mr. Hughes showed his warm feelings of reverence for that great Prelate; and in concluding his letter, says :
"His latter days, indeed, have been days of trial. The sharp edge of the Cross has pressed deeply into his soul, and if such be truly the mark (as we are told) of the favoured disciples of the Great Head of the Church, who will deny that when the troublous waves of this life shall have been passed over, his shall be the crown of life!"
In May, 1852, Mr. Hughes entered upon the curacy of Runcton with Holme, near Downham Market, of which parish the Rev. C. D. Wray was the Rector. Here there were two churches, and the circumstances under which he assumed the cure, were of the most favourable character, as much care had already been shown in this parish. Here the same zeal which had marked his previous career was shown, and he succeeded in winning the love and affection of his people. The following letter alluding to the decorations of the Church, &c. is worthy of perusal :
"Dear Miss L. W.
"We have attempted to decorate our churches with evergreen this year in a grander style than before. I think you would be all pleased with what we have done, though there is ample room for improvement. At Runcton, on the altar there is a cross nearly a yard high, made chiefly of the variegated holly, but tipped with bunches of pure white. The chancel arch is surrounded by the words 'GLORY TO GOD ON HIGH' very plainly lettered, the pillars supporting the arch each have a chaplet. The font is doubly wreathed with variegated holly, one wreath on the lip, the other on the base. I I forgot to mention that a good sized star (the Magian Star) surmounts the arch; and two Maltese crosses grace the south windows of the nave. Holme Church, which most of our flock prefer, has a star suspended by a dark thread (which is invisible) from the point of the chancel arch. The arch of the screen is wreathed with variegated holly, and above the great arch 'GLORY TO GOD ON HIGH' appears to great advantage. A cross, the same size as the Runcton one stands on the altar, one also is fastened to the pulpit, and Maltese crosses grace the windows on each side of the nave and chancel, the work of Mrs. H. C., the Misses H., and Miss H. The font is wreathed at the top and base with variegated and dark green holly.
Fancying such a number of crosses and the profusion of evergreen might prove a stumbling block to that curious class