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April 10th.-At Wimeswould, in the Lough ter. At the age of sixteen he was soundly con: borough Circuit, Mr. W. D. Kirk, & Class verted to God, and joined the Wesleyan church Leader and Local Preacher. His health had in that town. From that period he walked in long failed; yet his death, at last, was sudden. the fear of the Lord, and in the comforts of the While sitting in his chair, and taking his break Holy Ghost. He subsequently became a Local fast, in a moment he was summoned away. Preacher, was recommended for our Itinerant Resigned and peaceful in affliction, we doubt work, received three years' tuition in our valunot he was found ready for the coming of his able Theological Institution, spent one year in Lord.
8. F. the Bridport Circuit, and then returned to his
native town to die. His end was eminently calm April 13th.-At Aswardby, in the Spilshy Cir and peaceful.
R. M. cuit, aged eighty-five, Richard Brackenbury, Esq., brother to the late Robert C. Bracken
April 26th.-In the Birmingham West Circuit, bury, Esq., of Raithby-Hall. He was converted aged fifty-nine, Mrs. Fanny Shuttleworth, moto God more than fifty years ago, and for a long ther-in-law to the Rev. S. Lucas, Ist. She had period has been a Leader and Local Preacher.
been a consistent member of the Wesleyan He was a humble Christian, a friend and bene
church thirteen years. ller severe affliction, of factor of the poor, a liberal supporter of the
only a few days' continuance, found her ready work of God, and especially in the cause of
for the hasty summons. With great presence of Christian Missions. A few days before he died, mind, though always a timid Christian, she when a part of his family were standing around
called her family around her, and gave each a his bed, he expressed strong confidence in the
solemn charge to meet her in heaven. Some of knowledge of Christ as his Redeemer; saying, her last expressions were, “I know that my Redeemer liveth.' I know that Christ loved me, and gave himself for me." “Other refuge have I none,
Flangs my helpless soul on thee." April 15th.-At Cambridge, Mrs. Porcher, “ Bless the Lord, O my soul! It is hard toiling aged eighty years. She had been a member of
to gain the blest shore ;' but victory, victory, the Methodist society nearly half a century, victory!" " A poor sinner; no merit in me; all during which she maintained an exemplary cha the merit is in Jesus Christ." On taking tho racter. She was a woman of active and indus
last dose of medicine, she said, “ O Lord, if it trious habits, and brought up a large family please thee, bless this to my body. But not my with great credit. Her last illness was protracted; will, but thine, be done." Thus was she supbut Christ was increasingly precious, and her ported by divine grace, and enabled to soul was kept in peace.
“Pass through death triumphant home." April 17th.—At Bury, William Kay, Esq.,
S. L. aged sixty-five. For more than forty-eight years he was a consistent member of the Methodist
April 27th.-At his residence, in Brunswicksociety, and was warmly attached to it. As a
Place, City-Road, London, aged ninety-two Class-Leader and Circuit-Steward, he rendered
years and four months, the Rev. Henry Moore, valuable service to the cause which he loved.
whose distinguished honour it was to be the His last affliction was short, and extreme debility
trusted friend of the Rev. John Wesley, and rendered him incapable of conversing much with
subsequently his biographer. As we understand others; but the Lord, who was his support, ena that materials exist (and will, in due time, be bled him to possess his soul in patience : his con used) for a detailed account of his life, a very fidence in the mercy of God, through Christ,
brief notice will now be sufficient. He was born remained unshaken ; and he died in peace, uni at Dublin, Dec. 21st, 1751, and commenced his versally respected, and much lamented by his
ministerial labours in May, 1779; so that he had family and friends.
been, at the time of his death, a Wesleyan
Minister for the long period of sixty-five years. April 20th.–At Ferriby, in the Barton Cir Latterly, the weakness of such an advanced age cuit, Mary, the wife of Mr. Richard Skinner, has issued in what was indeed “ feebleness exaged sixty-seven. About forty-five years ago she treme;" but even when scarcely able to attend received her first religious impressions, and to external circumstances, reference to spiritual sought and found the peace which results from subjects never failed to arouse him; and his the justifying grace of God. Though naturally countenance, if not his words, indicated the of a retiring disposition, yet she avowed the pro deep and pleasing interest he still continued to fession of her faith by a union with the Wesleyan take in them. For some days before his death branch of the church of Christ; and for the re he was, with only occasional intervals, in a mainder of her life was a consistent and attached comatose state; but his mind was evidently member. For many years she suffered much penceful in its entire repose on the merits of from asthma ; but she was preserved in patience, Christ. In one of those intervals, in reply to an realizing to the end the blessedness of those who observation which was made to him, he said, trust in the Lord. When the time of her release though with considerable effort, and just so as to came, she was found waiting for her Lord, and make himself heard, “ Happy, happy, happy." died in great peace.
T. K. Very shortly before he "fell asleep," bis ever
watchful niece, Miss Rutherford, perceiving that April 22d.-At Sl. Austell, aged twenty-six, he was again conscious of surrounding objects, the Rev. William K. George, Wesleyan Minis said to him, “ You are in the valley now; but
Christ is with you." He looked at her, and seemed wishful to reply; but the power of articulation bad passed away.
He endeavoured, however, to move his head, in token that he understood her; and, by a most expressive look, indicated his assent. He soon after relapsed into his former condition, and did not again recover from it. He quietly ceased to live.
ment. This is my only hope. Here I constantly rest. I am unworthy of the divine regard ; 'but Jesus died for me.'" His death, though expected by his friends, was somewhat sudden. After taking a short walk, he complained of being worse, sat down upon his sofa, and without a groan entered into the joy of his Lord.
May Ist.--At Northampton, in the seventyfourth year of his age, the Rev. James Gill. This excellent and venerable man was brought to the enjoyment of the favour of God a little before he had completed his twenty-second year. He entered upon the office of the Christian ministry in 1795 ; and, for forty-three years, discharged the duties of a Wesleyan Itinerant Minister, with great fidelity, with considerable ability, and with much success. During the timo in which he was a Supernumerary, he laboured as his strength permitted in preaching, and in pastoral visiting. For the last three months of bis life he was incapable of engaging in public religious duties; but his confidence in the good. ness of God, and in the atoning blood, and prevalent intercession, of Christ, was unshaken. When reminded of his long and useful life and ministry, he said, “ By God's grace, I have been preserved from sinning against himn; I have always aimed at pleasing him ; but I have nothing to rely upon but his mercy in the precious Atone
May 7th.-At Guernsey, the Rev. Henry Turner, Wesleyan Minister, in the forty-fifth year of his age, and the twentieth of his ministry. He was brought to God at a very early age, under the ministry of a Clergyman of the established Church. His mother was a member of the Scotch Establishinent; and he subsequently joined the Chureh with which she was identified. But being subsequently, by circumstances which he considered as providential, thrown among the Wesleyan Methodists, be joined their society, and was at length introduced into the Wesleyan ministry. He was a good Preacher, His sermons were well studied and methodically arranged, and usunly delivered with great faithfulness. For some years before his appointment to the Guernsey Circuit, his health had been in a very delicate state ; but much benefit was anticipated from a residence on this island. The Almighty, however, saw fit to disappoint the expectations of his friends. After an illness of four bours, he died in great peace.
CHRISTIAN OBSERVATIONS ON PUBLIC AFFAIRS. SEVERAL matters of considerable applied for a new trial on various importance have occurred since our last grounds; and after the case had been paper was written: we shall notice them, argued at length, the Court deferred its however, very briefly, and almost limit decision. One observation we feel it our remarks to those religious circum our duty to make in passing. Among stances which are now so happily charac the reasons assigned by the traversers, rerestic of the month of May.
one was the celebrated omission of a Lord Ellenborough has been recalled few names from the jury list. The by the Directors of the East India Com omission was evidently one of those pany from his government, against the accidents which, where there is much expressed wish of Ministers ; but as complication, will sometimes occur, no reasons have yet been assigned, we whatever care may be taken to prevent offer no observations on the occurrence, them. The traversers put in an affidavit, but merely nuention the fact, adding when the whole case had been explained, that Sir Henry Hardinge has been ap and when it was well known that the pointed in his place.
omission was occasioned by the temThe American President, seemingly porary loss of one of the separated desirous of conciliating the favour of lists from which the entire list is the slave-holders of the South, has re made up, the loss occurring in the commended the annexation of Texas to office of the Solicitor employed for the the federal union : but we still cherish purpose, who is a respectable Ronan the hope, that the consent of the Senate, Catholic-by which it is sworn that it is requisite for such a measure, will be believed that the omission was a wilful withheld.
suppression, with the intention of damag. The “ Irish trials” still continue in ing the traversers' cause. We cannot a state of suspense. The traversers understand these public affidavits. Are
solemn, deliberate oaths mere matters case; and if it were proper so far to of course, requiring, when they are taken prefer moral ends to political and comofficially and in reference to public mat. mercial convenience, as to have a twelveters, a different rule respecting adherence hour limitation, then, the moral ground to truth from that which would have to being thus on both sides assumed, his be observed in private life? May a arguments were triumphant. We allow man have a private opinion, and a public the difficulties of the case so far as the opinion? a private conscience, and a question is, On what principle shall public conscience ? May he say—swear we proceed? But the actual limitation officially to that which, as an indivi- of the Government clause reduced the dual, he knows to be untrue ? It is real question to one of degree. Govern. time that these attempts to show that, ment, however, argued the case on the though a man in private life would be principles of political and commercial dishonoured, if he said that black was economy; and explicitly stated, that their white, or white black, yet, in public existence as a Government was staked and official proceedings, an opposite on it; so that, though at one time Lord course is positively lawful, should Ashley had had a majority of nine in be put down and scouted, by whom favour of ten hours, on the final debate, soever made. Truth is truth, falsehcod after Ministers had declared that they is falsehood ; and the living God, who should consider the measure as a Govern. has enacted one rule for all, is no respecter ment question, he was defeated by a of persons; and he who deliberately majority of one hundred and thirty-eight. states, as a public man, what he would Are such the operations of party ? scorn to state privately, as a man of The Bill for quieting Unitarians in honour, will find that as there is no the possession of their usurped trusts respect of persons in the law of God, so has passed the House of Lords. The there shall be none in the judgment of Bishops of London and Exeter both God. We refer to no party in these spoke decidedly against it; but seeing remarks. There is sadly too much of it that all was of no avail, they declined in all parties. They may call it political dividing the House, and all the Bishops wisdom: we call it sinful craftiness. No present withdrew. Sir Robert Peel has blessing can come on measures thus car- brought it into the House of Commons, ried on, and they who thus engage in them and with an alteration from its first promay rely on it, that the God of truth posal, which exceedingly aggravates the “will not hold them guiltless.” Christian evil. Before, the provisions of the Act electors ought to set a mark on such were not to apply to suits commenced men; and, however commanding their before the fixed date. Now, the Act is talents, however correct their political made to refer to pending suits, and the opinions may be supposed to be, if they Judges are required to apply it to them. are not men of truth and honour in The Irish Lady Hewley's case has been public as well as in private life, firmly pending some time, and the Irish Lord withdraw from them all support.
Chancellor has declared it to be ripe for We feel more regret than we can judgment, intimating that, according to express at the issue of the debates on the law, as fixed by the English Chanthe proposition of Lord Ashley to which cery, that judgment would be against our last paper referred. We there dis- the present possessors. But he did not tinctly stated, that into the principle deliver judgment. In the interim this of the question we did not enter. Sir Bill is brought forward. It is at first Robert Peel, and Sir James Graham, made to apply to pending suits. had fully admitted it, by the clause But, along with the third reading, a which, in the case of women and chil. clause is quietly introduced, which disdren, limited labour to twelve hours. tinctly refers it to such suits. So that, Lord Ashley proposed ten. His Lord when the Irish case again comes forward, ship argued on the moral aspects of the property to the amount of two or three
thousand per annum will have, contrary ing of the Wesleyan Missionary Society; to what was law when the case was but of this, the “Monthly Notices," argued, to be handed over to those whose appended as usual to the present Numonly title will thus be the present Bill. It ber, will furnish them with as full an is the greatest blow that was account as such reports can give. No aimed at the English law of trusts mere report, however, can and entails. Its injustice consists in to the entire assemblage of facts which making possession, and not the intention the case includes. Reports can give of the original trustor, the principle of the names of the speakers, and the decision. And this is aggravated by the speeches which they addressed fact, that such a Bill is only called for the Meeting. But though they can tell by the departure of some of the later what was said, yet how it was said, and generations of Trustees from the faith, how, likewise, it was received, the feel. for the perpetuation of which the Trust ings of speakers and audience, all this is was founded. Had those Ministers and beyond the reach of the most attentive Trustees, when they quietly, and in reporter, and refuses to be embodied in many instances secretly, (we could refer the most accurate representation that bis to American proceedings which would short-hand enables him to give. But, require us to say, craftily,) departed notwithstanding this unavoidable defi. from the faith, left the premises, and ciency, the reported speeches at the vari. built others with their own money, there ous Meetings which have recently been would have been no necessity for such a held, though divested of so much which measure as is now brought forward. rendered them at the time emphatic, and Trinitarians have not usurped Unitarian which sometimes greatly augmented their property. We regret to see Sir Robert significance, abundantly demonstrate the Peel coming forward in defence of these importance of the Meetings themselves ; Unitarian usurpations. What can he be while the reported fact, that the attend. thinking about ? At first he seemed ance, to say the least of it, was as large resolved to hurry the measure, but has as ever, testifies to the undiminished since postponed it till after the Whitsun interest which is taken in the objects to tide recess.
The opportunity will be which they respectively refer. It is the taken to use all constitutional methods fashion, in some quarters, to sneer at of opposition by those who do not wish Exeter-Hall speeches, and Exeter-Hall the law of trusts to be fundamentally feelings. It is easy to sneer at anything altered, and altered for the alone sake of and everything at which people wish to Socinians.
But ridicule is no farther the But we will turn to a more pleasing test of truth than as it can be found to subject. In former years this Magazine be just. That is, ridicule must be tested has given some account of the religious by truth, before truth can be tested by Anniversaries regularly held in London ridicule. And, in the present case, let at this season of the year ; but latterly Exeter-Hall speeches be examined in their number has been so great, that we reference to both their facts and their have only been able to notice, and that arguments, and we are much mistaken if very briefly, a select portion of them. they would lose anything by being conNow that, from so many sources, infor- pared with speeches delivered anywhere mation so much more copious can be else. They contain a vast quantity of obtained, we think it is no longer neces most important information respecting sary to occupy our pages with notices the condition, religious, moral, and ten. containing so little intelligence, and re poral, of almost all parts of the world ; ferring, after all, to only a part of the and the argumentative and impassioned important and interesting occupancy of appeals to the judgment, the heart, and the month. Our readers will naturally the conscience, to which the declared feel chiefly (though by no means exclu facts give rise, as well as the results sively) interested in the Annual Meet which they produce, are alike honourable
to all who are concerned, to the speakers, or applicable to, the proceedings of and to their hearers responding in their this particular Society. The feeling, feelings and with their purses. In this 80 far as its strength was concerned, day of party strife, wher party success might really have been said to be enthu. is so often made the avowed object of siastic ; but it was that hallowed feeling contention, as though national interests which is awakened and sustained by were so necessarily included in it, as that it truth,— feeling which is the mightier shall be safe to overlook every other indi- because originating in the enlightened, cation, and to fix attention on this alone, it and convinced, and consenting judge not only refreshes the mind, but enlarges
It was an admirable Meeting ; it, to enter among the stirring and expan and the more so, that it was so purely sive subjects of the Exeter-Hall May Missionary, This the reader will at Meetings. The Meetings are necessa once perceive by referring to the rerily sectional, except in the case of that ported speeches. noble institution which furnishes ground And is it nothing that thus, year after on which all Christians may stand with year, such crowds continue to assemble, out either strife or compromise: but showing not only the sincerity, but the though sectional, they are not sectarian, strength, of their feelings by the large The speakers at the several Missionary amount of their contributions ? and Meetings, for instance, refer immediately that these crowds are but, as it were, to their several spheres of particular the representatives of similar Meetings, labour ; but they acknowledge the exist though on a smaller scale, held in every ence of other labourers, in other portions town-almost in every village and even of the wide field, and they point to the hamlet--throughout the country ? Unultimate object as that which is finally doubtedly there is much, in the various to be secured by the blessing of God on aspects of political affairs, to occasion the separate, but not opposing, labours very gloomy forebodings; and especially of all,—even the conversion of the world is this the case when the mind dwells to the faith of Christ, and the service of upon the practical identification of prinGod, and the enjoyment of all the per- ciple with party, which really amounts sonal and social blessings of redemption. to the subordination of the first to the What subjects are so ennobling, so ele- last. But we look at the May Meet. vating, so purifying, yes, and so cheer- ings. We see them every year iming also, as those to which the speakers proving in character, interest, and indirect the attention of the crowded audi fluence. Every year there is less of ences which constitute the Exeter-Hall adventitious circumstance, and more of May Meetings ?
the pleading of essential truth. And It is every way encouraging to find every year do young and old throng that year after year, the interest of these to the Meetings with what appears to Meetings continues to increase. The be a greater earnestness than ever, and period of exciting novelty has gone by ; depart from them actually saying, but the interest is greater than ever. “ Well, this is the best Meeting we The speeches are becoming more than ever attended.” Can we look at these ever speeches of authenticated facts, and circumstances, and believe the Bible, well-principled argumentations ; and the and not feel that they are tokens for interest seems to increase in proportion, good, both for our country, and for the We were particularly struck with this church, and for the world ? “ Cry out in the Meeting of the Wesleyan Mis and shout, thou inhabitant of Sion ; sionary Society. We refer our readers for great is the Holy One of Israel in to the excellent report of the speeches the midst of thee.” By increasing contained in the “ Notices." There was personal piety, by purer, more ardent, nothing to excite feeling but the princi- and more self-denying zeal, let us enter ples and facts belonging to the grand more fully into the gracious designs of Missionary question, as illustrated by, God respecting ourselves and the world.