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mity, and most exemplary patience; and her end was peaceful and triumphant.
Dec. 21st.-At Stonesfield, in the Witney Cir. cuit, George Lawton, aged forty-six. He had been a member of the Wesleyan society during the last seventeen years. His meek and quiet spirit, and the knowledge of divine things which he had acquired, by a prayerful and steady perusal of the holy Scriptures, and other valu. able writings, to all of which he was attached, pointed him out, about six years since, as a fit person to sustain the office of a Class-Leader, The duties of that station he with punctuality and success discharged ; testifying, on all occasions, his enjoyment of the divine favour, and fervent desire for the mind which was also in Christ Jesus." His aflliction, which was protracted, was bome with submission to the will of God; until he yielded up his spirit into the hands of his Redeemer, in the full assurance of hope.
and, during the greater part of that period, a useful Class-Leader. Her maiden-Darne was Baker. While bearing that name, she became acquainted with the venerable Founder of Methodism, stood high in his esteem, and ranked among his correspondents,-as may be seen by reference to his published Journals and Letters She was highly distinguished by “the wisdom that is from above, which is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy." As to her religious experience, from her conversion to her death, Christ was ber life while she lived, and her gain when she died.
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Dec. 21st.--At Layou, in the Dominica Circuit, Lucy Robinson, an old disciple, well known to all who remain of the former race of Wesleyan Missionaries who have laboured in Dominica. She was a faithful “standard-bearer" through a long and consistent life. Honourable mention has been made of her by several tourists who have visited the West Indies, to witness the effects of the abolition of slavery. Her piety was deep and extensive; and she was gathered home, like a shock of corn fully ripe.
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Dec. 26th.-At Seaton, in the Axminster Cir. cuit, Mr. Jonas Jagger, aged seventy. For some time before his death he was much engaged in meditation and prayer; and though he had humiliating views of himself, and frequent sea. sons of depression, his mind was generally in a happy frame. During a long and heavy affliction his experience was distinguished by patience and resignation, arising from a conviction that the Lord had wisely afflicted him. The day before he died, he observed, “ Al is well;" and finished his mortal career by emphatically responding, “ Amen, amen!” to the prayer of a Minister who was present.
J. C. Dec. 27th.-At Highgate-Lane, in the Bir. mingham East Circuit, Miss Kezia Collins, aged forty-nine; who had been an exemplary member of the Wesleyan society thirteen years. For a considerable period she had suffered much from a very painful affliction; but in patience she possessed her soul,-manifesting an entire resignation to the divine will. Her end was sud. den; but her friends rejoice to believe, that to her sudden death would be sudden glory.
Dec. 22d.-At Whitby, Miss Jane Oyston, sister of the Rev. George Oyston. From her childhood she walked in the fear of God. When about fourteen years of age, being deeply convinced of sin, she sought earnestly the divine favour; and, whilst praying alone, she was enabled to exercise faith in the atonement of Christ, and received a satisfactory evidence of the pardon of sin. She was a member of the Wesleyan church twenty years, and was anxious to promote the glory of God. Preparations were made for her marriage on the 14th of November; “but death had swifter wings than love." A few days previously, she ruptured a blood-vessel. During the former period of her illness she laboured under much depression of mind; but, subsequently, became resigned to the divino will, and unspeakably happy. Her death was triumphant, and her language that of ecstasy and praise. She often exclaimed, “I am ripening for glory: it will soon be over. Heaven, heaven, heaven! We shall meet before the throne."
She faithfully exhorted those who visited her to seek an interest in Christ. A short time before she expired, she said, “He loved me, and gave himself for me;" and added, “ Glory, glory, glory!"
Jan. 22d, 1844.-At Harerfordtoest, in the sa venty-first year of his age, the Rev. Josiah Hill; a man well known and highly respected in the Me thodist Connexion, for his meek piety and useful pulpit talents. As it is more than probable that some one or other of his numerous friends will furnish a memoir of him for the Magazine, it will be sufficient to state, that he had for some years resided at Haverfordwest as a Supernumerary, greatly beloved by the people, as one under whose ministry they had sat with pleasure and profit for many years, during his several appointments to the Circuit. On the Saturday previous to his death he had called on some of his friends, and expressed himself as being better than usual. On the Sunday morning he purposed to go to chapel; but his daughter thought he had better not, as it was very cold. He calmly acquiesced in her affectionate suggestion, and soon after felt himself indisposed, and never went out again in this world. The lamp of life, after blazing up for a moment, went out on Monday night; and his spirit returned, in great pence, and with a well-founded hope, to God who gave it.
Dec. 23d.–At Maryland, in the Monmouth Circuit, Mrs. Elizabeth Jordan, aged eighty-five. She had been an eminently pious member of the Wesleyan society upwards of sixty-five years;
CHRISTIAN OBSERVATIONS ON PUBLIC AFFAIRS. On Thursday, February 1st, Parlia- which is the real cause of the disease. ment met for the transaction of business ; And yet, facts are not wanting for the and never was the British Parliament manifestation of the truth, where the convened at a more important period ; ne mind is not obscured by the mists of ver were subjects of such high importance, party, or hindered from perceiving their and so decisive in their character, likely real character by what the Scriptures to be placed before the national assem- emphatically call “ the natural mind,” bly. Her Majesty's Speech was, as and of which they unequivocally declare usnal, expressed in general terms; but that it “receiveth not the things of the though no direct intimations as to the Spirit of God.” What is Popery doing character of the measures intended to be for liberty in Austria and Italy ? What, introduced by Government were given, for good order and civil quietness in PorJet the reference which is made to Ire. tugal and Spain? What regard for the land, and to the improvement of “the inalienable rights of men does it express social condition” of its inhabitants, is among the Vaudois ? And yet to the calculated to suggest very serious re civil establishment of Popery by Proteste fections. For ourselves, most sincerely ant England does one party seem to be professing to belong to no political party, willing to come, and thus to get rid of a and owing allegiance only to the truth, present difficulty, by sacrificing that only we cannot but look at the movements of truth which can advance social improveall parties with melancholy feelings, not ment by producing individual rectitude ; desponding with reference to the final while another makes no secret of its issue of events, (how can we, when we plans, but at length boldly avows its remember the control to which they are design of raising Popery to legal supresubjected, and the end to which, by the macy in Ireland, and restoring to what sure word of prophecy, they are declared is called “the Catholic Church” the to be directed ?) but yet fearing with possessions of which it had so long been regard to the immediate circumstances unjustly deprived. The report of the to which they seem to be almost una debate on the Irish question on Thurs. voidably tending. By no merely politi- day evening, Feb. 15th, represents Lord cal arrangements can “the social condi- Howick as stating, (after saying, that he tion” of any people be really improved; was as decided a Protestant as a man and it is only to political arrangements could be,) that Government could not that public attention appears at present carry on legislation “on the ground of to be directed. One class of mea religious truth;” that Catholicism as sures is advised by one party, a different well as Protestantism “had produced its class by another ; but by none does the enlightened and learned Divines, its real origin of the mischief seem to be Missionaries, and Martyrs ;” so that “it perceived, and therefore by none is there could not be heard in a British House of a recurrence to the only adequate reme Commons without disgust,” that “they dy. The professed friends of the sick should legislate on the assumption that man have taken their places, one party a faith so honoured was false and idolaon one side of the bed of languishing, trous ;” and that to do “ full justice to the another on the other; and they are people of Ireland," “ Catholicism should kindly debating as to which side the be established there, and the endow, patient is to be turned ; but not only ments which for these three centuries from none do we bear a word about appli- had been unjustly torn from the Catholic cation to the true Physician, but from one Church, should be restored to it.” we do hear avowals, and from the other In all this we see the deplorable effects hints not easily misunderstood, that the of party. The design of man's Maker ease of the patient is to be consulted by and Lord is, that he should be in all a more complete indulgence in that things governed by truth; but his fallen
nature leads him to propose to himself ment of society by the world's Almighty objects which, however plausibly dig- Redeemer, and the certainty of the final guised, are but his own selfish ends ; accomplishment of the plans unfolded in and as in the pursuit of these he finds it the Gospel revelation, are not specunecessary to disregard, and even to tram. lative, but practical, truths, - truths ple upon, truth, he seeks to justify him. which constitute the very foundation of self by jeering those who profess to have all correct political science. found it, and labouring to prove that, therefore, all Legislators and Statesmen even when found, it is unimportant. who are favoured, as in Protestant couaWe believe this disregard of truth in tries they are, with the unclouded light matters of religion, this scoffing at of God's holy word, ought continually to creeds, as they are called, is not only one keep in view.
Within proper limits, of the great sins of the day, but—and Whigs and Tories, Conservatives and for that very reason—one of the greatest Radicals, may propose their schemes as dangers to which society is now exposed. to the minor details of rectorial and Infidelity, whether coming forwards legislative proceedings, and contend as with the elegance of Boling broke, the to the best methods of conducting the philosophical subtlety of Voltaire, the more subordinate business of Governromantic sentimentality of Rousseau, or mcnt. It will be a long time before the audacity of Paine,-infidelity has men will think alike on these subjects. been beaten at every point. The enemy But let it be always remembered, and has now changed his mode of attack. by all, that they dispate and act under Religion is not directly assailed. O, the control and direction of a power po! Religion is a very good thing ; which they can only resist to their own and all respectable people respect relie undoing. Men might just as wisely, gion! But, then, religion does not con and just as safely, devise schemes of sist in creeds, but in charity! And practical architecture without reference thus, in words which in themselves are, to the laws of cohesion and gravitation, to a certain extent, true, is the deadly as schemes of practical politics without poison insinuated where, if presented in reference to the laws and purposes of its real character, it would be rejected God. " Whoso shall fall on this stone with abhorrence. Practically, whatever sball be broken; and on whomsoever it difference may exist in theory, the man shall fall, it will grind him to powder." who is brought to be indifferent to reli If Popery be religiously false, it is gious truth, occupies the same position as socially injurious. It is opposed to the he does who rejects it. And because will of God; it is therefore wrong: this is the besetting sin of the age, and it is opposed to the just rights and liberbecause it tends to produce a fearfully ties of men ; it is therefore inexpedient. corrupt condition of society, we would, It is a remarkable circumstance, that the in all sincerity and earnestness, seek not public attention has lately been called to only to guard our readers against it, but the grinding, degrading persecutions to to stir them up to unflinching opposi- which the Vaudois are subjected in tion.
Italy, contrary to the faith of treaties ; We said, that we saw, in this spread and that thus means are afforded for of religious indifference, one of the judging upon a declaration of Mr. Shiel, greatest dangers of the day. Society is in the course of his speech for one of the actually under the moral government of traversers at Dublin, He said, “IreGod; and there is a real and constant land is the ONLY COUNTRY IN Ecdirection of the whole stream of events ROPE in which the abominable distinctowards the objects distinctly revealed tions between Protestant and Catholic in holy Scripture. If this be so, every are permitted to continue. In Germany, movement in contravention of the divine in France, the mutual wrongs done by administration must necessarily be in- Catholic and Protestant are forgiven and jurious to society. The moral govern forgotten ; while we, madmen that we
are, arrayed by that fell fanaticisin fully dispiriting, we look at the “Edu. which, DRIVEN FROM EVERY OTHER cation movement" with great comfort COUNTRY IN EUROPE, has found re- and hope. And why should we not say, fuge here, precipitate ourselves upon with especial comfort and hope, to that each other in these encounters of secta. part which Wesleyan Methodism is tak. rian ferocity.” What do our readers ing? We observed, with no ordinary think of this ? Religious liberty, equal pleasure, the unequivocal language emly for Catholic and Protestant, triumphs ployed by Dr. Bunting at the important all over Europe ! Intolerance is only Education Meeting, held at the Centefound in Ireland ! But this subject is nary Hall, London, of which a full re100 serious to be just noticed in passing, port has been given in the “Watchman” and then dismissed. It forms part of newspaper.
The Doctor argued, that the plan of modern Popery, to appeal to education ought to be based on a creed ; the romantic generosity of England as that is, a distinct specification of religitraduced and persecuted; and this glar ous truth: that education ought not to ing instance must be examined some be sectarian, that is, bitter, bigoted, and what more fully than our limits here will exclusive, for that the existence and allow. Mr. Shiel would feel himself Christian character of other churches insulted if he were told, that he was so should be acknowledged; but that it ignorant of the state of things in Europe ought to be sectional, resting upon the as to be able to make the above declara entire system of each Church : and that tion in sincerity. We shall take an Wesleyan education should actually be early opportunity, however, of calling Wesleyan, and that not only in adminis. the attention of the reader to this artifice tration, but in profession ; that the chaof Romanism, as particularly developed racter of the schools should not depend in this part of the speech of the deserv on the administrators, but be the deveedly celebrated Rhetorical Artificer. lopement and result of avowed principles
The debate on Irish affairs has already and rules. This is as it should be. occupied the House of Commons eight The school, in this respect, should be as nights, and will not be concluded when the pulpit. Preaching is expected to be this sheet is put to press. We cannot there sectional: it may accidentally be sectafore announce the result. To us it appears
rian; it is not necessarily so. They chieflyremarkable, as showing in one party
who most firmly hold, what we may call, a full resolution to support Popery, and for the moment, sectional truth, may yet in the other any thing but a full resolu most deeply feel man's liability to error, tion to support Protestantism. Worldly and be most completely under the inStatesmen cannot be brought to see the fluence of catholic charity. We once value of religious truth. But, for that heard one of the greatest poets of this Fery reason, Christian citizens ought to or any other age say, at the Missionary be the more decided and consistent in Meeting of a body of Christians with this important branch of their profession. whom he was not sectionally connected, Ungodly partisans may use them as “I give you my love for my own denotheir tools ; but when the end is gained, mination, as a pledge of the sincerity of no advantages will be obtained for evan my love for yours. A homeless charity gelical truth. All parties seem willing is neither worth having nor proffering.” to acknowledge that Popery is a very
Let education be founded on truth, and respectable and genteel religion ; but it shall produce both true charity and what is called Methodism will find no true morals. favour with them. Here all are too much The“ Parliamentary period” in Engalike, except that they who are most at land is one during which there is always tached to infidel liberalism, will always much political conversation, and many regard the doctrines of the cross with the political subjects are presented for judggreatest hatred and scorn.
We have therefore chosen, at In the midst of so much that is pain the commencement of such a period,
to give a statement of principles which, sonal government will not be tyrants, in the eagerness of discussion, may be and cannot be slaves. Among the bless. overlooked, rather than
a summary ings which the Gospel will confer upon of facts, with which all may be supposed men, and which only the plain, old. to be acquainted. We again, and in fashioned Gospel can confer; one, we conclusion, refer to the « Education are persuaded, will be, a manly, noble movement." By the instruction which rational liberty ; in comparison of which, it communicates, and the discipline to for activity without disturbance, for which it accustoms, it will directly and peace without a corrupting stagnation, powerfully tend to produce that habit for obedience without servility, and the which, in a state with a free government, maintenance of right without the inflice neither freedom without government, tion of wrong, the speculations of Greece which would be wretched anarchy, nor and Rome will be thrown into obscurity, government without freedom, which and no longer permitted to furnish would be a deadening despotism,-is of themes even for the school-boy. Go on the last importance, the habit of moral in your glorious, your patriotic work, ye self-government. Let our readers depend Christian educators of the people, smilon it, irrespectively of all party consider. ing at bigotry, and turning a deaf ear to ations, the only secure foundation and the voice of the liberal charmer, charm practicable source of political self-govern. he never so plausibly. Let your watchment, is personal self-government. He word be, not Demosthenes or Plutarch, who cannot rule his own spirit, we are but Paul and Peter; not Greece or taught by the highest wisdom, is like a Rome, whether ancient or modern, but city broken down and without walls ; Jerusalem and Sion. Go on in your and a whole nation of such cities, though work, and fear not the reproach of men, all should have political arrangements neither be afraid because of their revil. ever so perfect theoretically, would be a ings; for God is with you. Train up a nation of disorder and corruption, vio generation of enlightened and obedient lence and distress. Politicians may talk Christians, and you shall have trained up as they will about religious truth ; but & generation of free and orderly, industrithe order of God is never broken with ous and happy citizens. But if you sow impunity, nor observed without advan the wind, you shall reap the whirlwind. tage. Men educated to moral and per. London, February 23d, 1844,
BY MRS. SIGOURNEY. “Let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad."-Gen. xi. 4. MAKE to thyself a name !
Not with the tints of love Not with the breath of clay,
Form out its letters fair,
Like those that place it there.
Make to thyself a name !
Not in the sculptured aisle, That God vouchsafes to own.
The marble oft betrays its trust,
Like Egypt's lofty pile ; Make to thyself a name !
But ask of Him who quell'd Not such as wealth can weave,
Of death, the victor-strife, Whose warp is but a thread of gold, To write it on the blood-bought page That dazzles to deceive;
Of everlasting life.