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I am sure,
you shall, one and all, devote yourselves to the same Saviour whom your departed son loved and served, and whom he now beholds and will behold for ever. no member of your dear family will take it ill, if an old missionary friend of their sainted son and brother beseeches them to prepare by faith in Christ for a happy meeting with the dear one they will never again see on earth, in a better world, where, those that meet shall part no more, and those long parted meet again.' 'Be ye also ready : for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. How happy, if on that day, when the Lord Jesus shall make up His jewels, you will be found then, none wanting, an unbroken, undiminished family, never to weep again! The Lord that gave him grace, grant it to you all, and thus magnify in you all the riches of His
grace. “With kind, sympathising remembrance to Mrs R. and every member of your family, I remain, yours truly,
“ W. G. SCHAUFFLER.”
TRIBUTES TO HIS MEMORY.
SOME of the tributes which have been paid to the memory of Mr Righter will form an appropriate close to this volume. Those who have read the record of his life, as it has been sketched, will need no further testimony to the strength of affection with which he was regarded by those who were intimately acquainted and associated with him, and to the loss which was sustained by the cause to which he had devoted himself. But it is proper that some of this testimony should be preserved.
The following letter was addressed to the secretary of the American Bible Society, by the Rev. Dr Dwight, one of the missionaries of the American Board in Turkey :
“ CONSTANTINOPLE, January 10, 1857. “MY DEAR SIR,—By the last post, letters were forwarded from this place to New York, and I think one at least to yourself, communicating the deeply afflictive intelligence of the early and sudden departure of our dearly beloved brother and fellow-labourer, and your agent in Turkey, the Rev. Chester N. Righter. I find it impossible to make it appear a reality to my mind, he was so recently among us; was so young, so ardent, and energetic in his
work, and apparently so necessary to all the good enterprises going forward in this land. But it is, alas ! too true. We shall see his face and hear his voice no more, nor will he any longer aid us in bearing the burdens of the 'day (not 'night') of toil in this land. He has been called to a higher service, and we would not that he should return to us, if that were possible.
But we are permitted to mourn over our own bereavement, and over the loss that has been sustained by the good cause here, in consequence of his removal. And we are called upon to humble ourselves before the mighty hand of God, and confess our sins that call for such rebukes and chastisements. We will also pray that He will soon send out others labourers to take the place of our dear brother, and of others who have fallen in these whitened fields.
“I hope that your committee will be early directed by Providence to another man, to appoint to fill the place thus vacated. Of its importance I need not speak, except to bear testimony, as one upon the ground, that there is plenty of work for such an agent to do.
“But to return to Mr Righter: I think you will feel that your loss is a great one.
This is the universal feeling here in regard to ourselves and this land. We had all become exceedingly attached to him. He was so kind in all his ways; so gentle in his spirit; so gentlemanly in his manners; so active, energetic, and persevering in every good word and work, and especially in his great work on which his whole heart was set, of disseminating as widely as possible, among all classes, the pure Word of God, that everybody admired and loved him.
“I am personally unacquainted with his parents and friends, but I beg through you to offer them my sincere
condolence; and if it will be any comfort to them to read these few lines which I have penned in the sincerity of my heart, I beg that you will give them the opportunity.
I take the liberty of enclosing for you and also for them, if you think it best, or for any other use you may think it proper to make of them, two letters received by me in reference to our dear young friend's death.
“It became my duty to announce the event to the Hon. Carroll Spence, our minister at the Porte, and also to Rev. Horace M. Blakiston, the very worthy chaplain of the British Embassy here, and these are their replies. They will tell you in what esteem your late agent was held in this country.-I remain, my dear sir, most truly and sincerely yours,
“H. G. 0. DWIGHT. “To the Secretary of the American Bible Society."
At the meeting of the Board of Managers of the American Bible Society, held March 5, 1857, soon after the intelligence of his death was received, after appropriate remarks by the Rev. Dr De Witt, the following minute and resolution were unanimously adapted :
"Intelligence having been received, since the last meet
ing, of the decease of the Rev. Chester N. Righter,
would here record their deep sense of sorrow in the loss of this valued helper in our great Bible work. Their hopes of his usefulness, which were strong in the beginning of his labours, have been more than realised in his subsequent history. His communications from the Turkish capital, from Greece, from the Crimea, from Egypt, Palestine,
Asia Minor, and lastly from Mesopotamia, all exhibit a union of good judgment, prudence, and industry, united with a modest, catholic piety, 'which have greatly endeared him to the Board, and rendered his loss a trial. That the Board have not overvalued their deceased friend is made apparent by the sympathy manifested in his death at the various mission stations which he visited, and by other classes of men
around him, both in public and private life. “ While the managers, therefore, record their sorrow at
the death of their worthy agent, they would at the same time be grateful for the good which he was permitted to accomplish; also for the many kind attentions which he received in his last illness, and for the manifold expressions of regard for his memory in that ancient land where his labours and his life
ended. “Resolved—That a copy of the above record be transmitted to the relatives of the deceased, and to those missionary and other friends at the East who have shewn so deep a sympathy in the loss sustained.”
“ COPY OF RESOLUTIONS PASSED AT A MEETING OF THE
COMMITTEE OF THE CONSTANTINOPLE BRANCH OF THE EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE, HELD IN PERA, JANUARY 13, 1857.
Resolved—That the news of the sudden death of the Rev. C. N. Righter has filled us with sorrow and dismay, and that we deeply deplore the loss of so useful a labourer