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    He died of cancer June 23, 1870 in the 66th year of his age.

    About two years ago the disease which closed his earthly life first made its appearance on his lower lip. That cancer was supposed to have been cured, but the same disease again made its appearance under his lower jaw on the right side of his face. It did not cause much pain until November last. During the last five long and weary months of, at times, most excruciating pain, he has been constantly expecting death and dying by inches. He endures this terrible affliction with christian fortitude, surprising cheerfulness and remarkable patience. Although greatly reduced in flesh, yet, he was able to walk out every fine day until June 18th, when there was a great change for the worse. His jaw bone broke and there was an opening in the cancer through which the food passed from his mouth. He was confined to his bed from Sunday until Thursday evening about 25 minutes past 7 o'clock when he breathed his last.
    The disease made such rapid progress for 4 or 5 days he could take no refreshment. Wednesday A.M. when asked "If he felt worse?", replied with a smile, "No, I'm better". Wednesday P.M. he tried to drink a little water. When he found that he could not take it he said, "It's no use", and laid back without a murmer. between five and six o'clock he was supposed to be dying. He soon revived and said "Glory all Glory", "Praise the Lord" some one said, "Praise the Lord," He said, "Yes, I will praise Him", A friend said, "You have gained the victory", He replied, "I know it," After a few words of encouragement he raised both arms in token of praise and said, in a triumphant tone, "My faith, I'll never let go". This text was repeated in his hearing, "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for though are with me, Thy rod and staff they comfort me". He replied, "I'm in it now," meaning in the valley now. "Is Jesus with you?" "Yes" some one said, Christ says, "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee". He then said, "I have felt that all the time," You can say "Oh! death where is thy sting". O, grave where is thy victory?, Can't you? "Yes". he then said "I want to tell Emmie something, raise me up" I did so, he said "My children", I said, "what children?" is it Edwin, Louisa and Jennie? "Yes, all there in a room", I said, "You'll soon be with them", he said, "I feel as if I was with them now," He then said "Walter is calling me." His brother Walter died in London in 1860 of typhus fever. At one time he asked aunt if she had seen his father, Aunt said "No" He has been here twice he replied. His father died in 1853 in his 84th year. The same evening he again revived. He recognized some of his friends around him. A christian brother said to him, "You are nearly home", "Oh yes Glory to God" The brother again said "Give him all the glory". Then in almost an inaudible voice said "Higher" and raised his hands as if he would give praise unto the Lord. He slept most of the night and said but little.
    On Thursday when the following question was asked, "Do you find Jesus still precious?" He answered "Oh, yes," He said several times through the day, "Praise the Lord", "I'm going to praise him forever," The last word was the name of his only daughter who arrived too late for him to recognize. We think perhaps he heard her voice, as he spoke her name after she arrived and had spoken to him.
    This dear, patient, uncle's happy spirit, made perfect through suffering took its everlasting flight to the realms of the blest, to be forever at rest.
    Blessing and honor and glory and power be unto him that sitteth upon the throne and unto the Lamb forever.



    An account of David Yelland's last illness and death
    From a transcription by Brian LEAN

    Owner/SourceBrian Lean
    Linked toDavid YELLAND; Emmeline J. YELLAND

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