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“ Thou didst well that it was in thine heart.”-1 Kings viii. 18.
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LONDON: I BOTSON AND PALMER, PRINTERS, SAVOY STREET, STRAND.
The deep tone of piety which pervades the following Journal, has induced a friend of the Author to superintend its publication, interspersed with such facts and observations as may further illustrate the character of the deceased writer, and form a memoir of his short but holy life.
Whilst the ensuing pages will naturally be perused with interest by those who were acquainted with the late Mr. Milward, they may, with the Divine blessing, prove more generally useful, suggesting various topics for self-examination, and impressing upon the youthful mind the importance of that duty so emphatically enjoined by the Psalmist—" Commune with thine own heart." It has likewise occurred to the Editor, that the Diary which he has prefaced may be read with advantage by some who have begun to experience that conflict in the soul to which they were strangers in an unrenewed state, since they will, when contemplating the Christian in his hours of retirement, observe, that “ the same afflictions” by which they are themselves exercised, have been “ accomplished” in one who walked most closely with his God. Such comparison will encourage the harassed and dejected children of God to pursue their course with faith and hope ; if occasionally constrained by the pressure of temptation, to exclaim, “ O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death,” yet patiently to wait at the throne of grace till they can joyfully reply—" I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
GEORGE MILWARD was born in Lambeth on the 28th of April, 1808, and having been, from peculiar circumstances, deprived of the attention of both his parents at the tender age of three weeks, was consigned to the care of a pious female, by whose name he was thenceforth called, to whom he was indebted for the elements of Christian instruction, and whose maternal solicitude he returned with the affectionate obedience of a son.
The occupation of Mrs. Milward's husband having induced him to remove his family to Poplar, the subject of this Memoir was, at the age of ten years, placed in the