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his eroes ; " for he had respect unto the recom. pence of the reward.” Communion with his God was his supreme delight. His love to the brethren, and especially to the poor disciples of the Saviour, will not soon be forgotten. His piety was characterized by simplicity and cheer. fulness. In his last long and painful illness he manifested great patience, and resignation to the will of God, to whom he earnestly and affectionately commended his attached and afilicted family; and with humbling views of himself, trust. ing in the mercy of God, through the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus, he ciused his valued kie.
Father in Christ. In November her affliction confined her to the house; and, though much distressed in body, and in great poverty, she was cheerfully resigned. Her happiness was constant; and, when deprived of sleep by the violence of her cough, she would say, “ I have had no sleep, for my cough ; but I have had a sense of God's love which I cannot describe ; and my time has passed in praising and blessing him, for bringing me and others here out of darkness. If I had strength, I could sing aloud of his goodness."
March 8th.- At Colhy, near Castletown, in the Isle of Man, Ann Waterson, aged twenty-six. From a child she had known the holy Scriptures, and loved and attended the means of grace. It was in a late revival of religion that she was truly converted to God, and led to join the church of Christ. In her subsequent conduct she sought carefully to adorn the doctrine of God her Saviour. In her last affliction (rapid consumption) she expressed herself as being at peace with God, and as having a firm contidence in his fatherly care. Her death, at last, was rather suriden ; but she was found prepared. Her last “Bless the Lord, O my soul!”
W. H. H.
March 13th.--At Peasinhall, in the Framlinghamn Circuit, Mr. Samuel Cocknell, aged sixty. seven. He had been a member of the Wesleyan society nearly fifty years, loving its doctrines and its discipline. He was awakened to a sense of his danger in the year 1795; and, seeking redemption in the blood of Christ, he obtained what he sought, and for many years lived in the enjoyment of a sense of his acceptance with God, During his last affliction, his confidence in the atonement, as availing for himself personally, was unshaken. He felt that all was right. He had no fear of death ; and looked forward, even with pleasure, to the solemn moment when he should depart, to be for ever with his Lord. His end was peace.
March 10th.–At Burniston, in the Scarborough Circuit, Mary Robinson, aged eighty-nine, Slie had been a member of the Wesleyan church for about fifty-five years, and during the whole of that period had adorned the doctrine of God ber Saviour. For thirty years the Travelling and Local Preachers had always found a hearty welcome at her house; and when a piece of ground was required for a Wesleyan chapel in ihe village, she readily gave a portion of her sinall inheritance, on which to erect a tabernacle for God. For a short period previous to her death, she had been reduced to a state of very great debility, and therefore no testimony could be borne in her last hours to the power and the grace of Christ; but previous to this imbecility, she was a happy, cheerful, and consistent Christian, who “ loved the habitation of God's house, and the place where his honour dwelleth."
March 15th.--At Coleorton, in the Ashby-dela-Zouch Circuit, aged fifty-nine, Mr. Richard Doman. He was brought to seek salvation by the means mentioned in Job xxxiii. 14-18; and after enduring great distress of mind, he was enabled to cast himself on the Lord Jesus Christ, and found joy and peace through believing. As yet he was a stranger to an evangelical ministry; but, being induced to go to the Methodist chapel, he rejoiced to hear those truths which agreed with what he had so happily experienced. He inmediately joined the society, and for thirtyone years (twentyeight of which he was a Class. Leader) continued a consistent and useful member. His last affliction was long and painful ; but patience had her perfect work. A more peaceful and delightful close of life has seldoin been witnessed. When he found himself dying, he desired to be raised up in his bed, and with a countenance full of joy, he exclaimed, “ Praise for ever! Glory!" and immediately expired.
March 13th.-At Southfleet, aged twenty-eight, Elizabeth Bailey, who cheerfully joined the little class formed at that place on Good-Friday, 1843. She had for years been the subject of deep and painful conviction of sin, but know not the way of salvation. In her distress she went to the then Rector, (now a Bishop,) and falling, in her ignorance and simplicity, before him, clasped bis knees, and begged him to tell her what she must do to be saved. The Rector seemed alarmned ; and, raising her up, told her she must go home, and keep herself quiet, for she was a very good girl. On the 28th of May, 1843, she found peace with God, while a zealous Local Preacher was showing God's readiness to forgive; on shich occasion she felt, as she afterwards said, enabled to believe that God had, for Christ's sake, pardoned her sins; and she could, in consequence, look up to God as her reconciled
March 19th.-At Sandiacre, in the Ilchester Circuit, Mr. Edward Coxon, aged sixty-five. He was brought to God about forty years ago joined the Wesleyan society, and from that time was an ornament to his profession. He was a diligent and useful Teacher and assistant in the Wesleyan Sabbath-school, for many years, and lived to see the desire of luis heart, in the erection of a good chapel, and the conversion of all bis family, who likewise joined the society to which he himself belonged. His affliction was short; but we have good reason to believe he was fully prepared. Some of his last words, to his Leader, a little before his death, were, “ The Lord is with me."
March 20th.--At West- Ashby, in the Horncastle Circuit, in his eighty-eighth year, Abra
ham Soulby, Esq. He had been a member of the Methodist society upwards of forty years, and died in peace.
J. C. H.
March 21st.- At Daventry, Jane Upton, daughter of Mr. John Emery, aged twenty-four. For above eight years and a half she lived in the enjoyment of religion, the evidence of which was clear and satisfactory. As a Teacher in the Sabbath-school, and a Missionary Collector, she was indefatigable. Her affliction was short, but severe, which she endured with resignation. Her end was peace.
distinguished for humility, and love to the holy Scriptures, which for years she had read upon her knees. In November last she was deprived by death of a lovely child, the loss of which was greatly sanctified to her soul, evinced by increased spirituality and deeper experience. Her death was somewhat unexpected; but it was remarkably peaceful and happy. Her dying language expressed the fullest confidence in the mercy and love of God through the infinite merits of Christ. In a calm and tranquil manner, she ceased to breathe, and her happy spirit passed into the paradise of God.
March 22d.—In the Eighth London Circuit, March 27th.-At Massingham, in the Swaff(whither he had recently gone for improvement ham Circuit, Mr. Edmund Kenney, aged fifty. in his business,) Henry Ranson, the oldest son nine. He had been a steady member of the of the Rev. Henry Ranson. He was brought to Methodist society for twenty-three years, kindly God while a pupil in the school at Woodhouse entertained the Ministers at his house, and faithGrove, joined the Wesleyan church when only fully discharged the important duties of Classten years of age, and was enabled to maintain a Leader, Trustee, and Chapel-Steward.
For steady Christian course till the tiine of his sud nearly three years he suffered severe affliction ; den decease. The grace of God acting upon a but it was with Christian resignation to the mild and amiable disposition, endeared him to divine will; and, through the consolation which all with whom he had to associate. During his he received from above, he rejoiced in anticipashort, but severe, affliction, which only con tion of everlasting rest. His character, as a protinued two days, he manifested an entire acqui fessor of religion, was unstained to the hour of escence in the will of his heavenly Father; only dissolution. He died in great peace. desiring that consolation which the word of God,
W. E. applied by the Holy Spirit, can furnish. He departed in peace, in the twenty-second year of March 28th.–At Scarborough, Mr. James
G. B. Cagar, Comptroller of Her Majesty's Customs,
(formerly of Ross, Ireland, ) aged fifty-five. His March 25th.-At Macclesfield, Mr. Joshua death was sudden, but safe. He had just conThorley, one of the most active and useful cluded exercising in the public prayer meeting officers of the society. His health had been on the evening preceding, when he was seized declining for some weeks. A few days before his with apoplexy, which deprived him of consciousdeath, he was seized with apoplexy, which de ness and of life. He was brought to the knowprived him of the power of speech, and of all ledge of God by the instrumentality of the Wesconsciousness until he breathed his last. How leyan Ministers at Milltown, and joined the transitory are all earthly enjoyments! Scarcely society in 1808. He was a man of deep piety, have seven months passed away, since he fol and ardent attachment to the cause of the Re. lowed his excellent wife to the grave. • They deemer. Hospitable, generous, and single-minded, were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in few men were more deservedly loved. Although their death not" long “ divided." And now
a comparative stranger in Scarborough, his funethey, who, little more than twelve months ago, ral was attended by a large concourse of persons were in the enjoyment of their usual health, and A widow and three children feel and lament their whose abode was a centre of attraction to a large loss.
J. W. circle of friends, are
March 28th.-At North Shields, after a pro“ Sleeping in one common grave."
tracted affliction, in the sixty-eighth year of his
age, Mr. Richard Beal, builder. In early life be While he could speak he expressed his unshaken was converted to God, joined the Wesleyan contidence in the merits of his Redeemer. A society, and for half a century continued zeafurther account of this zealous and liberal friend lously devoted to the prosperity of this section of Methodisin may be anticipated. R. J. of the church of Christ. At the age of nineteen,
he was appointed to the offices of Class-Leader March 27th.-In the Stockport North Circuit, and Local Preacher, and in the discharge of the Mrs. Nelstrop, the beloved wife of Mr. John duties connected with them, he was made extenNelstrop, aged thirty-seven. She was born of sively useful. He also filled, with much credit, pious Methodist parents, who endeavoured to nearly all the responsible offices in the society to train up their children in the way in which they which he belonged, and was a liberal contributor should go. When about seventeen years of age, to its funds. To the appeals of those in sorrow she joined the Methodist society; and soon or want, his ear was always open, and his hand afterwards obtained clear sense of
was ready; but he rests “ from bis labours, and doning love of God through faith in the great his works do follow him."
S, W. Atonement. From that period to her death she adorned her profession, walked with God, and March 28th.---At Cambridge, Jane, the wife of exhibited the fruits of the Spirit. From the Mr. Charles Vinter, and sister of the Rev. Wilpapers left behind, her spirit appears to have liam Jackson, Wesleyan Minister, aged thirtybeen eminently devout and heavenly. She was five. She feared the Lord from her youth, har
ing been a member of the Methodist society twenty-two years. To great sweetness of disposition, was added genuine and uniform piety. She manifested a lively concern for the salvation of others, and, for several years, was usefully employed as a Sunday-school Teacher and Missionary Collector. Her affliction was severe and protracted; but she was sustained by divine grace. Several weeks before her dissolution, she obtained, in answer to prayer, a signal baptism of the Holy Ghost, the savour of which she never lost. She said to her husband, “ I have not the slightest fear of death," remarking how wonderfully the Lord had been her support. R. M.
year of her age, Hannah Bingbrough. For
“ Not a cloud doth arise
March 31st.-At Alston, Cumberland, aged nineteen, James, the third son of the Rev. B. Hudson. When twelve years of age, he was seriously impressed under a sermon from Jer. viii. 20. From that time he earnestly sought the Lord, and obtained the knowledge of salvation. He maintained a uniform and consistent character to the end. He sustained a protracted affliction with exemplary patience; and as long as he had the power of utterance he testified his confi. dence in the Saviour,
April 1st.-At Rotherham, Mr. Andrew Crawshaw, aged sixty-five. So sudden was his death, that he could scarcely be aware of the arrival of his mortal hour, until it was past. Happily he was ready. For several months past, his friends had observed his advance in heavenly mindedness; and on the morning before he died, he said, " I was never more happy in all my life." It is about forty-six years since he first entered the Wesleyan society; and for many years he has creditably filled the offices of Trustee, ClassLeader, and Superintendent of the Sundayschool.
R. W. K
April 8th.-At Type-Street, in the First Lon. don Circuit, aged forty-eight, Jane, the beloved wife of Mr. J. G. Wilson. Her father, Mr. J. Margesson, was a devoted Methodist ; and, at the early age of thirteen, Mrs. Wilson was led to seek for herself the spiritual blessedness of which parental instruction had not failed to remind her. Obtaining “the peace of God which pass. eth all understanding,” she joined the Wesleyan society, and for thirty-five years adorned her profession by her conduct and character. Her last illness was of long continuance, and extremely painful; but she found that as was her day, so was her strength. He who chastened, likewise supported her. Not long before she died, while her sorrowing family were surrounding her bed, she expressed her unshaken confidence in her blessed Saviour.
“Do not weep, do not weep," she said to them: “meet me in heaven." While they were kneeling, and each silently commending her to God, her happy spi. rit was delivered from the burden of the flesh, and entered, through Christ, into joy and feli, city.
April 1st-At Alston, aged forty-seven, Mr. William Simpson. He was greatly respected as a tradesinan and a Christian; was a worthy member of the Methodist society seventeen years, and also a Class-Leader. He bore a long affliction with submission, and died in great
April 3.-At Thurcaston, in the Leicester Circuit, Mrs. Jane Sirpkin, in the ninety-first year of her age. She had been a consistent member of the Wesleyan society upwards of forty years, was highly esteemed by her friends, divinely supported in her afflictions, and died in peace.
April 17th.–At Selby, Mrs. Liversidge, aged seventy-seven. She had been a member of the Methodist society about fifty years, and a ClassLeader twenty-one. In all the relations of life she was exemplary, aiming in all things to adorn the doctrine of God her Saviour. Placid and cheerful in spirit, she passed her religious life in the enjoyment of a large measure of happiness, Up to the last twelve months, when she became disabled by affliction, she especially delighted to join in the public services of the sanctuary. During the last few months of her life, she suffered from a spasmodic affection, which was sometimes most painfully acute; but she endured it with much patience, and, assured of her interest in Christ, desired to depart and be with him. She died in great peace.
April 7th.–At Halifax, in the seventy-ninth
CHRISTIAN OBSERVATIONS ON PUBLIC AFFAIRS.
As our object in these monthly obser them to a single occurrence, for the purvations is not so much the communica pose of a more particular investigation tion of intelligence,—that will have been of its character and tendencies. We obtained from other sources,-as the as- write not for those who have given their sertion and illustration of principle, it adhesion to party, whatever that party may sometimes be necessary to restrict may be ; but we confess that we have a
strong desire to bring our Wesleyan Most High in the kingdom of men, and readers, as far as possible, to a distinct calls for a practical reply to those two and operative perception of the great most important questions : Does the law scriptural truth, that “ the Most High of God furnish a sufficient rule for legislaruleth in the kingdom of men;” and tive guidance ? And does the providence that, therefore, the acknowledgment of of God furnish a sufficient ground for that rule by those who are the subjects confidence that obedience, although proof it, is a duty, the violation of which ductive of present inconvenience, shall will assuredly be followed by some form finally, not only issue in no danger, but or other of punishment. What is called in certain and manifold advantage ? Wesleyanism, occupies a position of rapid Lord Ashley has for some time persely growing importance; and greatly should veringly devoted himself in the House of we rejoice to see all who are connected Commons to what may be called cases of with it, faithful in the maintenance of a social distress, as arising out of the pretestimony, which, as borne by them, re sent condition of society. These he has fers equally to the great principles of sought to remedy, so far as legislation Christian freedom and Christian order. can remedy them, by enactments founded In the testimony of others, these may on the principle of protection. Among so far be separated, as that it shall have these cases, his attention has been espe. for its principal object only one of them; cially directed to the employment of but our steadfast belief is, that the testi children in factories. Below a certain mony of Wesleyanism is providentially age, he would not have them employed called to include both, and so to include at all; and from that age to the close of them as that each shall always be declared the period of childhood, he proposes that and seen to be inseparably connected the daily duration of their labour should with the other. Few would really under be limited, that so it may be proportioned take the advocacy of either in a state of to their strength. In a bill for factory avowed separation ; but practically, the regulations, brought forward by Sir favourite one is thus advocated. Chris James Graham, the period of actual tian order is often defended by argu
labour for children was restricted to ments which overlook Christian freedom, twelve hours. Lord Ashley proposed and Christian freedom by arguments
that it should be ten. This amendment which overlook Christian order. When was carried by a majority of nine. Sir pressed on the subject, these one-sided James Graham refused to yield ; and a advocates allow that each always should few nights afterwards the question was be connected with the other ; but the again contested. The result was per. mischief is, that, in speaking and de haps unprecedented in parliamentary hisbating, that other is always taken as tory. On the proposition, that the time mere surplusage ; and the case is argued should be twelve hours, Government was and decided in reference to one alone. defeated by a majority of three; but No just conclusions can ever be estab when it was proposed that the time lished, unless each is considered in its should be ten hours, Lord Ashley in his true and visible connexion with the turn, was defeated by a majority of seren. other. It will not do to say, We mean Both propositions, therefore, were negasuch freedom as is connected with order, tived. Sir James Graham refused to give or such order as is connected with free way in the least, and the entire question dom : we must likewise say so; and let was withdrawn in order that it might be it be evidently seen that our investiga- proposed anew. A new Bill was subsetions do honestly and intentionally refer quently introduced, in which the time of to both.
actual labour is proposed to be twelve The occurrence to wbich we wish to hours. What the issue of the debate direct the reader's attention, is one that will be, of course, we know not. necessarily involves the acceptance or the We have already said that the Wesrejection of the providential rule of the leyan Magazine is not only not designcel
to be the organ of party politics, but not principle. Sir James Graham's arguof politics at all, merely considered as ments attacked, what may be called, the such. We only refer to public affairs ten hours' limitation ; but they were as they appear to be connected with only valid, so far as they successfully the moral aspects of society, and the opposed the doctrine of protection. If developement of the purposes of divine it be wrong to interfere with labour, lest Providence, as we believe them to be wages should be reduced, it is wrong to declared in holy Scripture. With fiscal interfere with commodities, lest prices regulations, therefore, we have scarcely should be increased. If it be right to ever interfered ; nor should we refer to look at the agriculturist and manufacturer, the present measure, but that it appears as related to the existing circumstances to us to involve some most important of British society, rather than to those of principles. Lord Ashley defended his the world at large, which is the principle proposition on the ground of its Chris- of protection, it cannot be wrong to extian justice and humanity. Sir James tend the same principle a little more Graham opposed it,—for to this, all his ar widely, and to consider the case of unguments came,- as inconsistent with that protected childhood, if adequate reason freedom of action in commercial matters for the extension can be shown. which is required by political economy. What, then, are the reasons advanced He allowed the existence of the evils by Lord Ashley, and opposed by Sir which Lord Ashley sought to remove; James Graham ? Simply those of Chris. but he contended that they arose from tian humanity and justice. He says the condition of society, and could not that great physical and moral mischiefs be remedied by legal enactments without result from allowing the unlimited emproducing still greater mischief. He ployment of children. Sir James Gra. contended that there were other cases ham does not deny it; but contends that which equally required interference; and great commercial mischiefs will result argued upon the loss that would be from the proposed limitation. In looking sustained by capitalists in the diminution at the case as it now stands, we do not of profits, and by workmen in the reduc- propose to interfere between those who tion of wages, if labour to the amount assert, and those who oppose, the principle of two hours daily, in all those cases to of protection ; and we avoid this interwhich the measure referred, should be ference, not only because of the difficul. legally annihilated.
ties connected with a question where the The case, we acknowledge, is con weight of abstract argument certainly nected with many-we have no objection preponderates on one side, and the force to say, with great-difficulties. And we of evidence supplied by facts and expewill likewise say, that looking at it rience, as certainly preponderates on the merely as worldly politicians, Sir James other; but also because such questions Graham appeared to have the best of the do not generally come within the limits argument. In the abstract, they who prescribed for these observations. Ascontend for unrestricted freedom in all suming, however, that the principle of commercial matters, occupy a position protection is a proper one, and as Sir from which—we again say by arguments James Graham is one of its most strenin the abstract-it is not easy to dislodge uous advocates in some other forms, in them. But, while Sir James Graham any question argued between himself and stated what the House would have to Lord Ashley, we liave a right to make do, to be consistent with itself, should this assumption,—the whole controversy Lord Ashley's proposal be adopted, he appears to us to resolve itself into the altogether omitted to show what a similar inquiry, What rules should direct and consistency would require, should his limit the application of a principle, which, own opposition be successful. That op- as a principle, is admitted on both sides ? position, though directed against a par- After attending as closely as we could to ticular case, struck, likewise, at a general he different speeches of Sir James Gra