Johann A Schürmann ~ Correspondence

Obituary for Missionary Rev . M. Hill.

March 1849 | Newspaper.

Death of a missionary in a boat accident near Benares Mission

We learn with regret from the Calcutta Christian Advocate, the death of this experienced Mis­sionary, which took place on the 3d ult., 24 miles below Benares [on the Ganges River].

“Three months ago disease had made such rapid progress in his constitution that he was obliged to relinquish his official engagements in Calcutta, an entire change of climate being recommended by his medical adviser, either to New South Wales, Egypt, or the Upper Provinces;  he chose the latter, as his preferences were strongly infa­vour of dying in theland of his Missionary labours. His health was shat­tered before his departure on his voy­age, and seems, though unconsciously, to have been gradually declining; he was obliged to call at Gházipúr to con­sult a medical adviser, who urgently requested him to remain at least for a time;  he was however so anxious to reach Benares that he at once re­sumed his voyage, January 31st.  On Thursday he seemed as usual, but on Friday evening he suddenly became insensible and toward the morning of Saturday breathed his last.  So little did he imagine that his end was so near, that at Gházipúr he employed carpenters to make boxes for his in­tended journey to the hills.  A friend whose boat had been in company with Mr. Hill’s for two days, was  immedi­ately informed of his decease, and having taken charge of the effects, pro­ceeded with all haste to Benares. The boats arrived at Rajghat on the Sabbath afternoon, where they were met bythe Rev. Messrs. Kennedy and Shurman of the London Missionary Society, the brethren of the Baptist Mission and Dr. Butler.  Without delay the remains of the deceased Missionary were interred in the Mission burial ground adjoining Rajghat, and the Rev. J. Kennedy de­livered an address at the grave.
"Thus in the 59th year of his age, and the 27th of his Missionary career, has another faithful labourer left the field of toil to rest forever in heaven. Little is known about his state of feel­ing during his last hours;  nor is it needful, to assure us of his calm faith in the Saviour and his submission to the Divine will.  His life was the best expositor of the nature of his death and especially during the progress of his sickness, he manifested a cheerful acquiescence in the dispensations of God, and a joyful assurance of future happiness and reward.

"Few men have laboured with such unwearied assiduity as the subject of this brief notice.  The energy of his mind only found rest in perpetual ef­forts to do good;  in the prosecution of missionary operations he spared not himself; had he done so, he might yet have been alive.   So far, however, as activity and an amount of labour is the measure of existence, maybe said to have lived much longer than many whose number of years was much larger than his.  As a laborious missionary, a devoted pastor, and a kind friend his loss will be felt by many.
"He has fallen asleep, and now rests from his labours. He has gone to join many of his converts who went to heaven before him, and to welcome others whom he has left behind on earth.  Happy is the exchange for him, and full and perfect the reward.
Would that this heathen land were full of men possessed of an equal amount of energy and devotedness to their work!”


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Source unknown. Obituary 1849. Page(s): 131-132.

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