1863 VOL. XVII, No. 1


Obituary Notices


     EDITOR OF THE CRISIS: –Dear Bro.: –The subjoined notice of my late grandfather was written for the Watchman and Reflector, where it appeared soon after his death.  His widow is desirous to have it inserted in your paper, and therefore I copy it.

     Died in Philadelphia, August 8th, 1862, ELDER HENRY GREW, in the eighty-first year of his age.


     Mr. Grew was a native of Birmingham, Eng., but came to Boston with his parents at the age of fourteen.  While here he was converted, and united with the Baptist church.  Before he became of age, he commenced business in Providence, when, at the early age of twenty-three, he was elected deacon of the First Baptist church. Soon after, he was licensed to preach, and exercised his gift for about a year in Pawtuxet.  He then became pastor of the church in Hartford, which he served acceptably for ten years or more.  This connection was dissolved in consequence of his adoption of views deemed heretical, but his piety was never questioned.  After preaching several years to a small portion of the church which sympathized with his views, he removed to Boston, for the sake of devoting himself to Christian beneficence.  Finding the climate here unfavorable, he removed within a year to Philadelphia, where he spent the rest of his days.


     Possessed of a moderate income, he practiced unusual economy, that he might have the more to bestow in charity.  More than half his income was probably thus bestowed.  He gave considerable sums to various missionary and benevolent societies, but was generally his own almoner to the poor of the city; and while he ministered to their temporal necessities, he seldom if ever failed to impress upon them the care of their souls.  He thus continued to preach frequently until within a year of his death.  He loved the noon-day prayer meeting, and was almost always there when his strength would allow; and his aged form and tremendous but earnest roles will there be long remembered.  His last illness was attended with much pain, but he enjoyed the full use of his faculties to the end, and died, as he had lived, with calm confidence in his Redeemer.


     His was no common life, and he will receive no common reward.  Such meekness both in public and private life, combined with such zeal for what he deemed the truth, is seldom seen.  Never has the writer witnessed a brighter example of that wisdom which cometh from above, pure, peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.  God granted him a long life, and nobly it was spent.  Of none can it be said more truly, “He rests from his labors, and his works do follow him.”


     Yours truly, Howard M. Jones.