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settled on his farm, he was invited to thought he would willingly part with all hear the Methodists preach at Booth the world, if he had it, could he only Bank. He went, but was greatly dis pray as the Preacher and some of the pleased ; for, from what the Preacher Methodists did. From this time his said, he thought that his friend had distress so increased, that in an agony of seen him privately, and told him what grief he besought God either to pardon kind of a character his was.
him, or set him where he was before the sionally attended preaching after this ; Spirit sirove so powerfully with him. but little impression seems to have been He remembered, “ Jesus Christ came to made upon his mind. Through the save sinners ;” and he cried out, “ Lord, failure of crops, and other adverse occur save me.” He continued to pray, and rences, his affairs became very deranged; the Spirit of faith was given to him; but for some time the design of these and for several days he enjoyed a peace chastenings was unaccomplished. One before unknown. But, through unbelief, day, while labouring on his farm, and no doubt influenced by temptation, he thinking of his circumstances, he was was again brought into bondage, and almost at his wit's end. A field of walked in darkness for about three wheat which he had indulged a hope weeks; when, on his way to attend would prove an excellent crop, had failed. preaching at Altrincham, musing on his Viewing it in disappointment, the words state, and praying God graciously to of Scripture came to his mind, “ Cursed regard him, as he passed through Dun. is the ground for THY sake." He ham-Park, the words, “ Thy sins, which thought on them; and his conscience are many, are all forgiven thee,” were began to awake from her long slumber, applied to his heart, and he was enabled his heart was smitten, he hastened home, again to rejoice in the God of his salvaand asked most earnestly for the Bible ; tion. The people he had before despised but, alas! this was a stranger in his were now sought after ; and he united house; and when, after long search, one himself to the society at Booth-Bank. was found, it was only a mutilated copy. The providence of God likewise smiled He read, but found no rest : the sentence upon him, and blessed him with in. still pursued him. One day he kneeled crease ; but his heart was not set on it: down by a ditch-side to pray ; but be the word of the Lord was precious to came so alarmed by evil thoughts, that him ; and he desired to do His will, and he fled from the place, and durst not be found accepted of Him at last. Some return again to his employment that time after he had experienced the parday. His life became a burden to him. doning love of God, he began to exhort Once he shut himself up in a stable to his fellow-sinners to repent and turn to pray ; but as soon as he began, the same God; and was soon much employed in feelings returned, and he rushed out. going, on the Sabbath-day, from village He had appointed to visit some relations to village, preaching the Gospel. He on the ensuing Sabbath ; but such deep was naturally shrewd and witty, and was impressions were made on his mind, that often in great danger from the indulge he resolved he would go to the Wesleyan ence of this disposition; but, through chapel, Altrincham. He accordingly
grace, it was generally held in check. went: Mr. Beanland was the Preacher. He loved God, and God blessed him in The text was, “Shall not my soul be his labour of love. Many remain to avenged on such a nation as this?” At whom the word, through him, was niade the conclusion of the service, the Preacher a blessing ; and many are fallen asleep. announced, that he had endeavoured to As age and infirmity increased, his soul open the wound; and to as many as ripened for heaven. There was a holy could attend at six o'clock in the even serenity about him, which it was deing, he would try to find a plaster for it. lightful to witness ; and he drank in the Mr. Harrison resolved not to return word with all the eagerness of a young home till he had heard what this plaster convert. This aged pilgrim had long was ; and accordingly went again to the been familiar with thoughts of death ; chapel. The text was, “ If my people, and when he stood at the opening of the which are called by my name, shalí valley, he feared no evil, but triumphed humble themselves, and pray, and seek through Jesus. A few days before he my face, and turn from their wicked died, a friend called to see him, and ways; then will I hear from heaven, and prayed with him. Mr. Harrison exwill forgive their sin, and will heal their pressed the delight he experienced in land.” (2 Chron. vii. 14.) That part of communion with God, and spoke pleasthe sermon which referred to prayer was ingly and impressively of the blessed powerfully applied to his heart, and he hope which he enjoyed. His faculties
became much impaired at the last ; but distressed circumstances, but by the in all things it was plain that his heart general kindness and affability of his was fixed ; and at length, without a behaviour to all with whom he had to struggle, he entered into rest and joy. do. His last illness, being an attack of CHARLES Simpson. malignant typhus fever, painfully affected
his brain, and hindered the delivery of 2. Died, at Glasgow, December 22d, such a dying testimony as, under other Mr. Thomas Atkinson, aged thirty. circunıstances, would have been given. Being religiously trained up, his mind But even in mental wanderings, he was was seriously impressed at an early pe- busily engaged in prayer; and when the riod. He joined the Methodist society delirium was at the highest, he appeared in the year 1826, and was truly con to imagine himself to be at the Sabbathverted shortly after. He continued a school; and once or twice he said, “I member of the Wesleyan society till he am trying to serve God sincerely and died, with the exception of about two humbly,” and, “ All my hope is in the years; which time he spent in a small death of Christ for me." Such was the town in Ireland, in which there were no violence of the disease, that in a short Methodists. He maintained, however, time its mortal errand was accomplished ; the life of God in his soul, living by but as while in health to him “ to live faith, regularly attending divine worship, was Christ," so “to die” would be great, and actively engaging in several religious even everlasting, gain." meetings. Returning to Glasgow, he
Jonn SIMON. again joined his former and still beloved friends. Naturally diffident, he kept 3. Died, at Lowestoft, December back, as much as he could, from promi. 24th, Ruth Outon, in the twenty-ninth nent positions in the church : he was, year of her age. When she was about however, prevailed upon to undertake twenty years old, she was awakened to a the superintendence of the Sabbath consciousness of her guilt and danger, school connected with John-street cha under a sermon preached at Norwich by pel; and his judicious and attentive the late Mr. William Dawson, of Leeds ; management was rendered very success and immediately joined the Wesleyan ful. He was also, for some time, Cha- society in that city. Having sought and pel-Steward. Indeed, his conduct, both obtained the witness of her adoption, she in public and private life, secured the continued “walking in the fear of the respect of all who knew him. He pos Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy sessed great strictness of moral principle, Ghost,” for some time. Unhappily, and tenderness of conscience. He feared assailed by temptation, she did not resist to sin, and sought safety by abstaining with sufficient fidelity, but yielded to from the very appearance of evil. As an what were truly evil reasonings, and cast instance of his strict adherence to truth, away her confidence, so losing both her the following circumstance may be men joy and her strength. In her last illness tioned :—Before his last illness, and she deeply regretted this, and frequently when, though occasionally feeling indis- warned those who visited her against all posed, there was nothing to cause appre- heart-backsliding. A short time after hension of serious illness, being about to her removal to Lowestoft, she recovered insure his life for a certain sum, when her lost ground, and continued till death all the preliminaries had been satisfac- in the happy possession of the evidence torily arranged, he was called to affix of her acceptance with God. Her case his own signature to a declaration, as the furnishes a striking exemplification of close of the engagement. Reading it the promise, “As thy days, so shall thy over, he found the expression, “in per- strength be.” Though surrounded by fect health.” He instantly said to the external poverty, with all iis attendant gentleman at the office, “I cannot sign trials, wasted almost to a shadow by prothis : I really am not in perfect health.” tracted and painful disease, and subject, Some observations were made as to the at intervals, from the nature of her comgeneral character of such expressions ; plaint, to great depression, frequently but he was unmoved. Generosity to the aggravated by powerful temptation; yet poor was likewise another pleasing fea- throughout her affliction she was susture in his character. He appeared to tained in the exercise of unwavering, desire to see every one connected with and even triumphant, faith. She was him comfortable and bappy ; and, as far peculiarly supported in the prospect of as possible, he sought to make them so, approaching death. Her meditation on and that not only by what is commonly the death and intercession of Christ called charity to those whu might be in seemed to afford her especial satisfaction
and enjoyment. A few hours before she prayer-meetings in the village where he died, she several times repeated, “The resided, which continued to be held for precious blood of Christ was shed for my many years. In 1799 he opened his redemption.” She also recited, with house for the worship of God; and expressions of great joy,
though, since that time, he has twice
changed his place of residence, the Gos“ He ever lives above,
pel has been regularly preached in his For me to intercede, His all-redeeming love,
dwelling; where, also, he has kiudly His precious blood, to plead."
entertained the “ messengers of the
churches." During the time of a reliOne of her friends, perceiving the diffi- gious revival in Thorp, he had the pleaculty of her breathing, said to her, sure of seeing the whole of his family, “ Dying is hard work.' She replied as well as other persons, begin to seek promptly, “O no ! Christ is here.” the kingdom of God. He was, like, Aware of her approaching end, and wise, a useful Class-Leader for many recollecting what the next day was, she years ; having a church in his own exclaimed, “O what a Christmas-day I house, and composed chiefly of the memshall have !” And when articulation bers of his own family. From the time became indistinct, she whispered, “ Hal of his conversion, he was diligent in lelujah!” and feel asleep in Jesus. reading the holy Scriptures, and gained JAMES CLAPHAM. a familiar acquaintance with thein. For
some time before his death, he thought 4. Died, December 28th, at Wood. that his removal would be sudden; but ham, in the Darlington Circuit, Mr. he was ready for his “change.” He Thomas Boyd, aged eighty-eight; hav. said that he had been examining himing been for fifty-nine years a member self, and the way was clear: he had no of the Wesleyan society. In the early condemnation. He greatly enjoyed the part of his life, he resided in a neigh. religious services of his last Sabbath : bourhood where even the forms of reli- all the energies of his mind were engaged gion were disregarded; the Sabbath in its sacred duties. His death was as being generally devoted to public sports, he had previously thought, He had and the winter evenings to playing at
breakfasted with his family, apparently cards. Having few opportunities of in in his usual health ; and whilst em. tercourse with religious persons, and ployed in his ordinary occupation, at a never reading the Scriptures, he grew up little distance from the house, he drop. in alienation from God, and practical ped down, and instantly expired; liteforgetfulness of the great end of his rally experiencing the fulfillment of the being, For some time he resided in closing prayer of a hymn which he often Sunderland; and an aged Methodist, used, called Richard Brass, used to invite him to go and hear the Gospel, and showed
“My body with my charge lay down,
And cease at once to work and live." his anxiety for his salvation by visiting him the next morning, to ascertain if the
JOXATHAN RAYNAR. word had made any impression on his mind. In 1779 he married, and settled 5. Died, December 29th, at Smisby, in Thorp. Near this village lived Mr. in the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Circuit, Mrs. John Unthank, at whose house the Page. Very early in life, her pious Methodists preached. At first he was grandfather, the late Mr. Bryan, was induced to attend through curiosity : accustomed to take her and her younger however, the word came with power to sister into his closet, speak to them on his heart; and shortly after, being religious subjects, and pray with them. deeply convinced of his sinfulness and She was much impressed by these exerdanger, he joined the society. For some cises ; and even during her last illness time he was truly miserable through the she alluded to them with thankfulness, burden of guilt which oppressed him ; and spoke of the spiritual good which but he never rested until he obtaiued a she had derived from them. These sense of the pardoning love of God. good effects, indeed, in their full extent, The genuineness of his conversion was were not immediately apparent; but evinced by his subsequent piety, humi- though she lived decidedly below what lity, prayerfulness, and endeavours to sometimes are termed the privileges of promote the spiritual benefit of others, religion, and thus evinced a serious shortaccording to his ability and opportunis coming as to the duty of cherishing the ties. Ie, with the assistance of two or religious affections, she yet walked in the three other serious persons, established fear of God, and was careful, as she had
opportunity, to do good to all. Amiable to the end. The last words she was in disposition, her deportment was kind heard distinctly to utter, were,
“Come, and pleasing to all her friends : but she my Saviour ;” and shortly after, she especially cultivated and practised bene- quietly slept in Jesus, solence to the poor. Before her mar
FREDERICK SLIGAT, riage, she began to attend on the Wes. leyan ministry, from which she professed to derive much benefit; and during her last affliction she often expressed her
RECENT DEATHS. regret that she had not, even at an earlier Oct. 11th, 1843.-At West-Haddon, in the period, availed herself of the opportunity Daventry Circuit, Mr. James Abbott, aged seof receiving the advantages of Christian venty-five. For more than forty years he was a communion. In 1822 she was visited
consistent member of the Methodist society, and with a long and heavy affiction, which
universally esteemed. For a long period he sufwas thought to be “unto death ;” and
fered much from the fear of death, -not that he
should be abandoned by God in that moment, from the assiduous attentions of the pious
but from the pain of dying ; but, as the time of Curate of the parish, together with those
his departure approached, all painful apprehenof other Christian friends, she experi sion was removed, and he rejoiced in God his enced great profit. The event which at Saviour.
T. B. length decided her to seek for all the sanctifying comforts of religion, was the Oet. --At Cape-Toun, South Africa, Mr. removal of a beloved daughter, who,
Uriah Tonkin. He was a native of Penzance, though young, yet, strong in the faith
where he was early brought to a saving knowand hope of the Gospel, passed through left England for Africa ; but change of country
ledge of the truth. About three years ago he death triumphant home.' In her dying occasioned no chance of character. He mainhours she earnestly besought her parents
tained the same depth of religious experience, to devote themselves unreservedly to God. and consistency of behaviour, which had for Mrs. Page joined the class of the late
many years distinguished him at Penzance. venerable Mr. Joseph Kiddear, by whose The Rev. T. L. Hodgson, in the letter which counsel and prayers she was greatly in
mentions his death, says, “He soon had the structed and encouraged. She sought charge of two classes, and was greatly esteemed the Lord with her whole heart; and
by the members. He was a man of sterling while one of the Ministers of the Circuit
worth, influenced by a high tone of spiritual
feeling; and in worldly matters he was most was praying with her, in the course of a
conscientious." His death was believed to be pastoral visit, she received what she de
caused by a spinal affection, and was unexsired; the Spirit bore witness with her pected. It was, however, eminently peaceful. spirit that she was a child of God; and Mr. Hodgson adds, that “the Wesleyans in thenceforward she went on her way re Cape Town regret the loss of one who was an joicing. In July, 1840, the illness com. ornament to the cause of God there, and a menced which terminated her life. Occa steady friend to spiritual religion in general, as
well as a conscientious defender of the Methodist sionally, in the former part of it, her mind was somewhat disturbed by temp
doctrine and discipline."
T. M. tation ; but she knew ber refuge and
Dec. 3d. -At Red-Street, Southfleet, in strength, and sought and found deliver
the Gravesend Circuit, James Higgins, aged ance. “I am on the Rock," she said to a twenty-eight. A cottage for preaching was friend: “I have not now my religion to opened in Red-Street about eighteen months seek. I feel the grace of God to be suffi ago ; and on Good-Friday, 1843, after a sermon cient.” She resigned her family and by the Superintendent, James was the first to friends with Christian composure. “I
subscribe with his hand unto the Lord. He had can give you all up,” she said: “I know
been for some time concerned about his soul, you love me; but what is your love to
and gratefully accepted the invitation to meet in
class. In about a month he found peace with my Saviour's ?” She was preserved in
God; and, literally, his “mouth was filled with exemplary patience in the midst of pa- laughter," when his sorrow was turned into joy. roxysms of pain. “I do not mind what He said, “ Before this, I did not know that I I suffer, if I do but reach heaven at had a heavenly Father; but now I feel I have, last,” was her language. A friend re and my heart is filled with his love." Early in peated to her the words, “ All the days September he was confined by a sore affliction ; of my appointed time will I wait, till my
but he was always happy in God, and to visit
him was at all times most encouraging. The change come.” “Yes,” she replied, " I will wait. “Though he slay me, I will
Rector of the parish, who has manifested much trust in him.' I will not doubt. I have spoke of a conscious salvation, and endeavoured
opposition, could not understand James when he no reason to doubt. All will be well at
to persuade him that the Methodists were danthe last. I suffer much ; but agony is gerous schismatics; but the poor man, placing heaven.'” In this frame she was kept his hand on the Bible, and looking the Rector in
the face, mid, with peculiar emphasis, “ If the Methodists are wrong, Sir, then this book is not right." He departed more than conqueror through Him that loved him; and we regard him as the accepted wave-sheaf,-the pledge of an abundant harvest in that interesting field.
quently “sang for joy of heart," in pleasing anticipation of the rapidly approaching moment when she should “sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb," in heaven for ever.
Dec. 31st.-At Dudley-Wood, in the Dudley Circuit, aged fifty-eight, Mr. Benjamin Hancox; who had been, at the time of his death, a Leader and Local Preacher in the Wesleyan society for more than thirty years. He continued faithful in his attachment to Methodism in times of painful strife and division. He was favoured, in his last illness, with bright manifestations of the divine goodness. On one occasion he remarked, “ Christ is able and willing to save! Glory, glory to God in the highest! If I had the voice of an archangel, I would make the earth ring with his praises." He exhorted his family to meet him in heaven, and urged all who visited hiin to seek the favour of God. A little before his death, while one of his friends was praying with him, he loudly said, “ Victory, victory, victory, through the blood of the Lamb!” He thus died in the Lord.
Jan. 24th. - At Leigh, near Manchester, aged sixty-nine, Mrs. Thorp, widow of the late Mr. Robert Thorp. She had been a consistent member of the Methodist society upwards of fifty years. In the pious and judicious training of her children, her example is particularly worthy of imitation; and the more so as, by the blessing of God, her endeavours were followed by very encouraging success. Her industry, benevolence, and love to things sacred, the fruits and ornaments of her faith, can never be forgotten. She died in the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, assuring her sorrowing friends that she felt the peace of God in her heart, and a lively hope of everlasting life.
Jan. 1st, 1844.—At Ambaston, in the Derby Circuit, aged twenty-nine, Edward Coxen. Fifteen years ago he sought the Lord, and obtained mercy. Being remarkably bland and sweet in his disposition, and, through secret intercourse with God, strong in grace, and also full of good works, his path was like “ the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day." His last illness was protracted; but he was preserved in unrepining and patient trust in God; and his end was peace.
Feb. 25th.- At Norton, in the Daventry Circuit, Mrs. Mary Wright, aged seventy-three. She was converted to God about fifty-two years ago, and became a member of the Wesleyan society, in which she continued until her death, According to her ability, she supported the cause of God; but her only hope and contidence were in the sacrificial death of Christ. She felt herself to be a siuner saved by grace. For a considerable time she endured great affliction; but her mind was supported, and she proved the sufficiency of the grace of God. She was a sincera Christian, a tender and affectionate mother, and a faithful wife.
March 5th.--At Bristol, (whither she had gone for change of air,) aged thirty-two, Sarah Ann, wife of Mr. John Williams, of Nantyglo, in the Merthyr Tydvil Circuit. Simplicity and godly sincerity were prominent features in her character. Enabled, by the Spirit of adoption, to cry, “Abba, l'ather," she walked humbly with God. Not long before she died, in the contemplation of her approaching change, she repeated the verses beginning,
Jan. 7th.--At Derby, Mrs. Eyre, aged eightyeight years. For upwards of half a century, though strictly moral in her deportment, she was a stranger to the power of yodliness; but the death of her husband, who was a pious man, brought her to a sense of sin and danger. After a long period of sorrow, fear, and hope, she was enabled to say, “ All my sins are forgiven me," in the happy assurance of faith. During the remaining part of her life she greatly adorned her Christian profession. Her reliance upon the merits of Christ was exclusive. As her latter end drew near, she often remarked, “It is brighter and brighter." Just before her death she said, “ It is, indeed, all bright now." Not a cloud obscured her setting sun.
Jan. 10th.--At Retford, Mrs. Sarah Metcalf, aged twenty-seven years. She became a member of the Wesleyan society in Waketield, June, 1838 ; about which time she experienced a true spiritual conversion. Affectionate, amiable, humble, and zealous, she rendered herself useful as a Sunda y-school Teacher, and particularly so as a Missionary Collector. Her faith was strong, and her experience deep and clear. During the affliction which terminated her short earthly course, her soul was kept in perfect peace. She delighted to converse about her Saviour, and ardently longed to be with him. So tranquil and happy was the state of bier mind, that she fre
March 7th.--At Thrurton, in the Andover Circuit, aged sixty-five, Ilarry Noyes, Esq. He had been twenty-seven years a member of the Wesleyan church, to which he manifested an ardent and increasing attachment. For a long period he filled the office of Circuit-Steward, and contributed largely towards the erection of several chapels in the neighbourhood. A few weeks before the attack of disease which was the precursor of his dissolution, he presented gratui. tously to the Connexion a small chapel erected by him in a neighbouring hamlet. As a Local Preacher, he endeavoured to "declare the whole counsel of God;" and in this department of the Lord's work his labours were not in vain, Through evil and good report he boldly took up