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LIVES MADE SUBLIME.

JONAS SUGDEN,
THE CHRISTIAN MANUFACTURER.

Study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; that ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.–1 Thess. iv, 11, 12.

What is our duty here? To tend

From good to better-thence to best ?'
Grateful to drink life's cup—then bend

Unmurmuring to our bed of rest;
To pluck the flowers that round us blow,
Scattering our fragrance as we go.
And so to live, that when the sun

Of our existence sinks in night,
Memorials sweet of mercies done

May shrine our names in memory's light,
And the blest seeds we scatter bloom
A hundredfold in days to come !-BOWRING.

THE English merchant occupies a distinguished position in the commerce of the world. Truthfulness, integrity, and honesty have been the great characteristics of many of the most successful in our ranks of business. To these late years have witnessed, more than former periods, the addition of a decided Christianity in some of the merchant princes and employers of labor in the land. In foreign countries the name of an English merchant is the guarantee for integrity. At the same time, there are those among us who are devoid of uprightness and honesty, and who, by unscrupulous means, seek to advance their interests. There are also not a few who profess no more than commercial integrity, and are not under the influence of a religious principle. Recent commercial crises unvailed many a fair worldly appearance, and disclosed its hypocritical wealth. They have brought many speculators to light, and revealed an amount of false credit, and an extent of disastrous consequences that few were prepared to anticipate. But they have also exhibited the strong and the trustworthy, and led many to prefer those who make least show, but possess most respectability.

Jonas SUGDEN was born on the thirteenth February, 1800, at Dockroyd, near the village of Oakworth, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England. His ancestry were Christian people through several generations. From the time that the excellent Grimshaw labored in the neigborhood they possessed the truth, and exemplified its excellence by walking in the fear of the Lord. His father was a man of God, mighty in the Scriptures, and who could say, on his dying day, “This is the happiest day I have ever experienced on earth. I shall soon be where the wicked cease from troubling, and where the weary are at rest.” His mother was the daughter of a devoted Christian, one of the first to follow Robert Raikes in establishing Sabbath-schools, and was awakened in her seventeenth year to seek the Lord, whom she served for fifty

six years.

Jonas was the eldest son in a family of six sons and three daughters. He received from his parents a godly up-bringing, and never failed to reap advantage from that priceless blessing. His parents were strict in their discipline, and they reaped fruit in their son's well-doing. “Blessed be God," said he, “I can now look back at the things I then thought severe, as being instrumental, in his hand, of my conversion; for though I was not converted immediately through the instructions or warnings of my parents, yet by being habituated to the house of God, it became as my meat and my drink to attend all the means of grace, and by these the Lord convinced me of sin.”

His education was first carried on at the dame's school in the village, and afterward at places of more pretension, as Skye's Head, near Keighley, and at Harehill. But there were not then in rural or manufacturing districts the opportunities which may now be enjoyed; however, Jonas made many acquisitions, and got a groundwork for future reflection and self-improvement.

In his seventeenth year an event of the highest importance to his future welfare occurred. He

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