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competent Ecclesiastics in each diocess. tions, added to our own, will be seconded Watch attentively over those who are by the civil authorities, and especially appointed to expound the holy Scrip- by the most influential Sovereigns of tures, to see that they acquit themselves Italy, no less by reason of their favourfaithfully, according to the capacity of able regard for the Catholic religion, their hearers, and that they dare not, than that they plainly perceive how much under any pretext whatever, interpret or it concerns them to frustrate their sectaexplain the holy pages contrary to the rian combinations. Indeed, it is most tradition of the holy Fathers, and to the evident, from past experience, that there service of the Catholic Church.
are no means more certain of renderFinally: as it is the part of a good ing the people disobedient to their shepherd not only to protect and feed the Princes than by rendering them indif. sheep which follow him, but also to seek ferent to religion, under the mask of and bring home to the fold those which religious liberty. The members of the wander from it, it becomes an undivided Christian League do not conceal this fact obligation on your part, and on ours, to from themselves, although they declare use all our endeavours to the ends that, that they are far from wishing to excite whoever may have allowed himself to be disorder ; but they, notwithstanding, seduced by sectarians and propagators of avow that, once liberty of interpretation evil books, may admit, under the influ- obtained, and with it what they term ence of divine grace, the heinousness of liberty of conscience, amongst Italians, his fault, and strive to expiate it by the these last will naturally soon acquire atoning works of a salutary repentance. political liberty.
We are bound not to exclude from our But, above all, venerable brothers, let sacerdotal solicitude the seducers of our us elevate our hanıls to heaven, and erring brethren, nor even the chief mas commit to God, with all humility, and ters of impiety, whose salvation the fervour of which we are susceptible, should seek by every possible means, our cause, the cause of the whole flock of although their iniquity be far greater. Jesus Christ and of his church. Let us,
Moreover, venerable brothers, we re at the same time, recur to the intercescommend the utmost watchfulness over sion of St. Peter, the Prince of the the insidious measures and attempts of Apostles, as also to that of the other the Christian League, to those who, saints, especially to the blessed Virgin raised to the dignity of your order, are Mary, to whom it has been given to de. called to govern the Italian churches, or stroy all the heresies of the universe. the countries which Italians frequent We conclude with giving you, with most corninonly, especially the frontiers our whole heart, and as a pledge of our and ports whence travellers enter Italy. most ardent charity, the apostolic blessAs these are the points on which the sec- ing; to you all, our venerable brethren, tarians have fixed to commence the and to the faithful, alike ecclesiastic and realization of their projects, it is highly lay, committed to your jurisdiction. necessary that the Bishops of those Given at Rome from the Basilica of places should mutually assist each other, St. Peter, on the 8th of May, of the zealously and faithfully, in order, with year 1844, and the fourteenth of our the aid of God, to discover and prevent Pontificate. their machinations.
(Signed) GREGORY XVI., S, P. Let us not doubt but that your exer
METHODIST FAST-DAY. *** The next Quarterly Day of Fasting and Prayer for the Meihodist Societies, according to the Rules of the Connexion, will be Friday, December 27th, 1844.
SEPT. 3d, 1844.- At Copy, in the Kington Cir. cuit, aged sixty-nine, Mrs. Evans; who had beon forty-six years a member of the Wesleyan soci.
ety. She was convinced of sin under the ministry of the late Rev. Joseph Taylor, sen., and soon after found rest to her soul through faith in
Christ. For nearly the whole of the time that she was united to the Wesleyan society, she received the Ministers into her house, showed them much kindness, and exerted herself greatly to promote the success of their labours. Her end was peace.
Circuit, Mr. John Brookhouse, brother to the Rev. Joseph Brookhouse; s man of woon it may truly be said, that he was well-reported by all men ; yea, and by the truth itself. As a somewhat larger account of this excellent man is Intended to be sent for the Obituary department of the Magazine, no more is said at present, than that he was " an Israelite indeed, in wbom was no guile.“
Sept. Ah.-At Montford-Bridge, in the Shrews. bury Circuit, aged fifty-six, Mr. William Thomas ; who was brought to a saving knowledge of the truth under the ministry of a devoted Clergyman, then residing in that neighbourhood, nearly forty years ago. On the removal of the Minister referred to, Mr. Thomas was advised (with several others) to avail himself of the privileges which were possessed by the Methodists. He did so; and continued firm in his attachment to the people whom he had thus joined, to the end of his life. One reason for that attachment was, the certainty he felt that, whatever changes were occasioned by removal or death, he and his family would continue to enjoy an evangelical ministry. He was for many years a useful Local Preacher and Class-Leader, and adorned his profession by the fruits of a cheerful, yet truly serious, piety. His death was sudden. He retired to rest, seemingly, as well as usual ; but awoke about midnight in extreme pain, and in a few hours exchanged mortality for life. During this short season, though his sufferings were great, he was enabled to wait, with calm resignation, till God should give him rest. He repeatedly exclaimed, “I love God; yes, I do love my God.”
W. W. (4th.)
Sept. 23d. -At Rainow, in the Macclesfield Circuit, Mr. John Mellor, aged fifty-nine. When about twenty-two, he becaine a member of the Wesleyan section of the church catholie, and soon after was blessed with a clear manifestation of God's pardoning love. He was truly a faithful man, and feared God above many. Extensively engaged in business, his integrity was irre proachable; 80 that even men of the world placed the fullest reliance on his probity sod judgment. Meanwhile, he walked with God, and was plaeid, tranquil, and spiritual. As a peacemaker, he was remarkably successful. For thirty-three years he was a punctual, devout, evangelical Class-Leader; and twice be was elected Circuit-Steward. His end was most peaceful.
Sept. 9th.-At Holyroell-Colliery, in the North Shields Circuit, Mrs. Jane Swallwell, aged seventy-four. Thirty-six years ago she was converted to God, and became a member of the Wesleyan society. Although she was called to pass through great difficulties, and to endure severe trials, she maintained with consistency the character of a follower of Christ, to the end of her mortal career. She died in the triumph of faith
Sept. 23d.-At Ayton, in the Scarbonugh Cir. cuit, Mrs. Mary Robinson, in her fifty-fifth year. She was brought to the enjoyment of the pardoning love of God in 1816, under the ministry of the Rev. John Pearson ; and, during her whole Christian course, maintained a consistent deportment. The Wesleyan Ministers and Local Preachers always found a cordial selcome to her hospitable dwelling; and the poor have lost in her a sympathizing and liberal friend. Her last illness, though short, was severe; but she bore it with calmness and resignation. A short tine before she expired, she exclaimed, with great animation, " Victory, victory, through the blood of the Lamb."
Sept. 16th.-At Nafferton, West-Field, in the Driffield Circuit, Mr. William Jefferson, aged thirty-seven. In the beginning of the year 1839 ho becaine deeply convinced of his state as a sinner. For some time he endeavoured to suppress his feelings, which were very acute; but God, in mercy, deepened the wound inflicted; 80 that he could not rest till he had obtained a sense of pardoning love. From that time he gave his heart to God; and, by his consistent demeanour, evinced the genuineness of his profession. His affliction was not long; but it was borno with Christian patience; and though his worldly circumstances were inviting, and he was surrounded by a rising family, he was willing either to live or to die. Not long before his departure, he affectionately exhorted his children, and all present, to seek and serve the Lord. Then, as if within sight of the celestial gates, be added, “ He openeth, and no man shutteth; he shutteth, and no man openeth." Almost immediately he peacefully resigned his spirit into his Redeemer's hands.
Oct. 3d. -At Burslem, aged sixty-one, And, the wife of Mr. William Edge. When only six years old, she was brought by her mother to the bed-side of her father, (a devoted Class-Leader.) a few hours before his death; who, with great fervour and solemnity, commended her to God, earnestly praying for her early conversion. She never lost the impression tben made
her youthful mind. Five or six years afterwards, she joined the Wesleyan society; and, for halla century, adorned her religious profession in all the relations of life, by humility, meekness, diligence, and exemplary attention both to domestic duties, and tho public and private meates of grace. In her last affliction she was full of faith and love; and her sufferings, which she was enabled to bear with quiet patience, were at length terminated by her death in hope and peace.
Oct. 5th.-At Alfreton, in the Belper Circuit, Mr. William Wain, in the seventy-fifth year of his age. The parents of Mr. Wain were among the first Methodists of Thiskelow, near Buxton, where they entertained the Preachers, and appropriated a room in their house for religious services. Half a century ago. Mr. Wain was brought
Bept. 22d.-At Sandiaere, in the likestone
to God, and for many years sustained the offices of Leader, Steward, Trustve, and Local Preacher. As a tradesman and a Christian, he maintained An unblernished cl aracter in Alfreton, where he long resided. He died in great peace; his last words being, “ Praise the Lord !" J. S.
the society in 1811. After enjoying the consolations of religion for thirty-three years, she calınly said, when suffering severely from paralysis and dropsy, “ He has laid around me, and beneath, his everlasting arms." In this happy frame she entered into the joy of her Lord.
J. B. H.
Oct. 6th.-At Shotley-Bridge, Mrs. Clements, aged thirty-two. Though moral in deportment from her youth, about four years ago she was led, by the blessed Spirit, to “flee from the wra:h to come,” and enabled to obtain salvation in Christ. Joining the Wesleyan society, she gave her heart to God, and stoadily pursued her religious course, though frequently chastened by affliction, and called to pass through family cares. Soon after her last confinement, unfavourable symptoms appeared; and ultimately the skill of her medical attendants proved unavailing. But her mind was kept happy in God. Raised above maternal anxiety, and sweetly cheered by believing views of the heavenly state, she passed from the pains of mortality, to the rest and joy of eternity.
Oct. 9th. At Burnop-Field, in the Gateshead Circuit, aged thirty-six, Jane Todd. She had been a member of the Wesleyan society fifteen years. During the former part of this period she was a Teacher in the Sabbath-school, and afterwards she became a zealous Collector for the Missions. Her character as a Christian was steady and uniform. ller piety was sincere and unpretending. And although retirement was most congenial to her disposition, a sense of obligation induced her to labour for the good of others. Her religious career, indeed, was not splendid; but it was useful; and, if not calculated to attract the adıniration of beholders, yet this she sought not, but was content to diffuse the blessings of peace and salvation. As she lived, 60 she died, --submitting to the will of God, and resting her soul on the merits of the atonement.
Oct. 6th.--At the house of his son-in-law, (Mr. James Needham,) at Pendleton, in the Salford Circuit, Manchester, Mr. Samuel Botts, of Ticknall, Derbyshire, aged seventy-two. About fifty years ago he was awakened to a just sense of his awful state as a sinner; and afterwards he obtained “redemption through
" the blood of Christ, “the forgiveness of sins." In private life he was a man universally respected by all who knew him. And as he lived, so he died, a Christian indeed, in peace with God, and with all mankind. During the last month of his life, he bad resided in Manchester ; and, while there, had manifested a more than ordinary love to God, and zeal for his cause, and appeared to be living in a constant readiness for the solemn hour of his departure. His death was sudden; but, as in life he had walked with God, so, when he was not, God took him.
Oct. 12th.-Sally, rellct of the late Mr. John Ashworth, of Waitland, near Rochdale, aged eighty-six. She was a decided and consistent member of the Wesleyan church for nearly fifty years; for more than forty of which she enjoyed unwavering contidence in God, through the atonement of his Son. Her end was not only peaceful, but triumphant.
Oct. 8th.-At Cefn, in the Wrexham Circuit, aged nearly twenty-one, Mr. Richard Gittens. Favoured with religious training from his infancy, he was brought, in early life, both to see himself as a sinner, and to look to Christ that he might be saved. His life was brief, but not vain. He enjoyed that pardoning inercy, the comforts of which were especially valuable to him in sick. ness. Towards the close of his short career, his bodily weakness was extreme, so that he could scarcely speak; but the last words he was heard to utter, not long before he died, declared the happy state of his mind: they were, “Glory be to God I"
Oct. 14th.--In Great Chart-Street, in the First London Circuit, Mr. John Higgins, aged seventyseven. He joined the Wesleyan society at Witney, in 1783, and soon after obtained the Gospel salvation. In 1797 he removed to London; where, until the infirmities of age compelled him to retire, he was for many years a faithful servant connected with the Wesleyan Book-Room. Flis education being limited, he manifested great industry in the improvement of his mind, in which he was assisted by the kindness of the late Rev. George Storey. In 1799 he became an active and indefatigable Visiter in the Strangers' Friend Society; and for thirty-three years filled the important office of Class-Leader with affection and fidelity. He was a diligent reader of the Bible, and walked with God in a happy and consistent state of holiness and love. His last days wero eminently peaceful. To the Wesleyan Ministers, who frequently visited him, he spoke with freedom respecting the things of God. His prospects of eternal happiness were unclouded, he longed to depart and to be with Christ. “I rest," he said, " upon Christ alone for salvation. I have no fear of death. Satan hath desired to have me, that he may sift me as wheat; but he shall not; my soul is purchased by the atonement of Christ, and I am his. I know in whom I have believed." On one observing, “ You will soon gain the victory through the blood of the Lamb," he raised his hand in token of holy triumph; and shortly after, in great tranquillity, and strong in faith, he breathed his last.
J. 8. S.
Oct. 9th. At Congleton, Mary, the wife of John Jackson, Esq., one of the Magistrates of the borough. She had formerly been accustomed to attend divine worship at the established Church, but often painfully felt her need of something to make her happy. Through the pious conversation and consistent deportment of her nurse, she and the family were induced to go to the Wesleyan chapel, where she was more perfectly instructed in the way of salvation through faith in Christ Jesus; and, having obtained a sense of the divine favour, she joined
Oct. 15th.-At New-Miller- Dane, in the Wakefield Circuit, Mrs. Ann Atkinson, aged seventy. Of a timid, but affectionate, disposition, she was from her childhood moral in conduct, and orderly in all her habits: she felt, however, that some. thing better was wanting. When about forty years of age, circumstances led her and her husband to attend the Wesleyan ministry. She now understood what she wanted, and was soon made a happy partaker of a sense of pardon, through faith in Christ. She greatly valued the privileges she enjoyed; but while she esteemed parti. cularly the people of her choice, she loved and honoured all who themselves loved Christ. She had a meek and quiet spirit, and her conduct was marked by gentleness and benevolence. For some months before death, she appeared to be ripening for heaven. She felt her own unworthiness, and rested fully on the all-atoning Lamb. On Sept. 22d she attended in the house of God as usual; but in the course of the week she was taken suddenly ill, and never recovered. In this affliction her mind was calm, and her language seemed to be all prayer and praise. On one occasion she said, “I feel unspeakably happy." At another time, having requested that a hymn which she pointed out (the 47th) might be read to her; when she had heard the last line, and its solemn question, “Shall I be there?" she said, with great energy, “I shall ! yes, I shall be there! In this state she continued till she breathed her last. Death to her was as a peaceful falling asleep.
enjoyment; and joined the Wesleyan society at Groombridge, in Kent, of which her parents lave long been warm supporters. Absence from home, and from her early religious friends, caused a temporary neglect of th: social ordinances of religion ; but when her marriage fixed her residence in Newbury, she resumed her connexion with the church of Christ. Her sincere piety, united with a disposition open and ingeng. ous, afforded to her husband the prospect of many years of matrimonial happiness; and, to the Me thodist community, that of an attached and consistent member. From childhood her constitu. tion had been delicate ; but subsequently to her confinement, in the month of April last, this was especially the case : she was able, notwithstanding, to attend to her household and religious duties until within a fortnight of her death. Thus suddenly was she called to resign the fond hopes in which she had indulged, of a happy domestic life, in the society of one to whom she was most ardently attached, and who, she was aware, fully reciprocated that affection. To this she referred at an early period of her illness: she, however, made the sacrifice; and, expressing strong eonfidence with regard to her interest in the blood of Christ, she prepared to suffer and to die. Her pain was severe, ber patience exemplary, and her end peaceful. Her latest testimony was, “ All is right." The infant, which had for some weeks been lingering on the verge of eternity, in about fifteen minutes followed his mother; so that the bereaved busband, in one short hour, was left to mourn the premature death of the wife of his youth, and the child of their affections, after an union with the former of only nineteen months
Oct. 22d.--At Necbury, Berks., Charlotte, the wife of Mr. John Hawe Mason, aged twenty-four. Being the daughter of pious parents, she became in early life acquainted with the value of religion ; sought, and found, its
JUBILEE MISSIONARY HYMN.
BY JAMES MONTGOMERY, ESQ.
Foredoom'd by Heaven's decree,
A voice goes forth, “ Be free !" Shine, for the glory of the Lord
Ye pagan tribes, of every race, Your coral reef surrounds :
Clime, country, language, hue! Sing, for the triumph of his word Believe, obey, be saved by grace ; O'er all your ocean sounds.
The Gospel speaks to you.
Here, as by saints above ;
For he must reign in love :India ! beneath the chariot-wheels Reign, till beneath his feet all foes, Of Juggernaut o'erthrown,
Vanquish’d, for ever lie; Thy heart a quickening Spirit feels, And the last judgment's sentence close A pulse beats through thy stone. The book of prophecy !
The Mount, Sheffield, Oct., 1844.
Relating principally to the FOREIGN MISSIONS carried on under the
Direction of the METHODIST CONFERENCE.
MISSIONS AT THE GOLD-COAST, ASHANTI, BADAGRY,
AND OTHER PARTS OF GUINEA, IN WESTERN
AFRICA. Various circumstances, some very gratifying, and others of a painful and trying character, having combined to create extraordinary interest, not only among our friends, but in the public mind at large, respecting the Society's Missions in Guinea, and their excellent Superintendent, the Rev. Thomas B. Freeman,-we deem it right to give, in this month's Number of the “Missionary Notices," a collection of important documents illustrative of the subjects which have been thus brought under general review.
I. The first is a Statement comprising a bird's-eye view of the Wesleyan Missions at the Gold-Coast, Ashanti, Badagry, and other parts of Guinea, Western Africa, and a brief glance at the remarkable events which in rapid succession led to the extension of those Missions, and involved the Society in a very large amount of expenditure, which had not been provided for in the previous estimates of the Committee, because, from the peculiar nature of the events alluded to, it was necessarily unforeseen. The Statement, which was drawn up in a few weeks after Mr. Freeman's return, was intended chiefly for private distribution ; with a view, as its perusal will show, of placing the claims of our Missions in Guinea, on the broad ground of a common Christian philanthropy, before those benevolent persons, of other religious denominations, who are in any way interested in the cause of Africa. As the limited period of his stay in England will, however, restrict the personal visits of Mr. Freeman to a few of the principal provincial towns, it seems but just that the very large number of our friends who must be deprived of the pleasure of hearing Mr. Freeman's thrilling narrative from his own lips, should have that condensed information, which the document in question contains, put into their hands without delay.
STATEMENT. The appointment of a single Wesleyan country. The uniting together in religious Missionary to Cape-Coast, in the year 1834, fellowship of upwards of seven hundred has been followed by very important re native converts; the establishment of an sults. In the short space of ten years it institution for training native agents,-of has opened the way to one of the most ex. whom about fifty are already employed in tensive fields of usefulness now occupied various spheres of usefulness at the several by the Wesleyan Missionary Society. stations, -and of twenty schools, including Stations have been formed at the principal nearly five hundred children, one-third of places along the Gold-Coast, extending whom are females; the check which has from Dix-Cove on the west, to Akrah on been given to barbarous superstitions ; and the east, and in various favourable inland the encouragement afforded to the pursuits localities to the extremity of the Fanti and usages of civilized life; are evidences