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sistence, to 102,913. In the thirty-eight unions of Wales, there were 514 orphans (274 males, and 240 females); 238 chil. dren deserted by their unnatural parents (122 males, and 116 females); 5,996 widows receiving out-door relief; and 8,611 children depending on them for subsistence. The grand total for Eng. land and Wales (inclusive of places under Gilbert's Act) was as follows : namely,

580 unions; 18,261 orphan children under fourteen years of age (10,205 males, and 8,056 females); 7,152 children, under fourteen years of age, deserted by parents (3,813 males, and 3,339 females); 85,285 widows receiving out-door relief on the 18th of March, 1844; and 119,310 children dependent upon them for support and subsistence. - Leeds Times.

RECENT DEATHS.

FEB. 4th, 1844.—At Gaddesby, in the Melton text which had been so blessed to her in the Mowbray Circuit, Mr. William Reeve, aged earlier stage of her religionis course, -" There is eighty-five. For seventy years he was a con therefore now no condemnation to them which sistent member of the Methodist society, and are in Christ Jesus."

G. M M. sustained the office of Class-Leader with great acceptance and usefulness for upwards of half a April 28th.–At Pcntonville, in the Eighth century. In 1777 he invited the Methodist London Circuit, of pulmonary consumption, in Preachers to his native village; and in his house

the thirty-ninth year of his age, John Lawrence, they have ever since found a comfortable home,

"an Israelite indeed." Early in the year 1828 and a cordial welcome. He suffered much perse

he obtained redemption through the blood of cution in those days, in consequence of his at Christ, even the forgiveness of all his sins. In tachment to the Wesleyans; but he held fast his less than two months afterwards he was enabled integrity, and the Lord greatly prospered him. to exclaim,“ Victory, victory, victory, over the The latter years of his life were spent in medita

greatest of enemies, inbred sin, through the tion, prayer, and praise. When he was permit blood and righteousness of my crucified Reted to meet with his Christian friends in class for

deemer!" His longing desires to be useful to the last time in this world, he spoke much his fellow-sinners led him to become a Tractlonger, and with more earnestness, than usual,

Distributor, a Prayer-Leader, and a Local exhorting them to endeavour to keep the Gospel Preacher. For the last eight years of his life he among them. To the end of his life he expressed was constantly afflicted ; but in his patience he his strong confidence in the atonement of Jesus. possessed his soul. His latest effort at usefulness A short time before he died, when his speech was made on the closing day of his life. Only six lad failed him, he gave significant signs of the or seven hours before he died, he wrote, with his happiness of his soul, and of his joyous prospects own hand, part of a faithful, affectionate, and of immortality,

T. B.

pious letter to an unconverted sister-in-law and

her husband, and indited the remainder. Some April 25th.-At Drummullen, in the Clones of his last words were, “I know that my ReCircuit, aged fifty-four, Annabella, wife of Mr. deemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the William Clarke. When quite a child, the in latter day upon the earth : and though after my structions of her mother led her to very serious skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh thoughts respecting divine things; and in her shall I see God: whom I shall see for myself, thirteenth year she so deeply felt the need of a and mine eyes shall behold, and not another ; personal interest in Christ, that she sought it though my reins be consumed within me." with her whole heart, and in a very short time

R. W. found the joy and peace of believing. Her subsequent life fully evinced the true character of May 4th.-At Glasgow, Mrs. Martha Atkinthe work which she then experienced. At the son, wife of the late Quarter-Master Thomas commencement of her last illness, anticipating Atkinson. The precise period when she became what would be its close, she sought to be fully decidedly pious, and united herself with the peoprepared for it, by faithful self-examination, a ple of God, is not known; but for many years renewed application to the blood of sprinkling, she strove to adorn the Christian profession, and a richer baptism of the Holy Spirit. As dis. and, not without effect, to inculcate the princisolation approached, her holy comforts abounded; ples of true piety upon her family. In the numeand her confidence and joy were often expressed rous changes of place which her situation occain the appropriate language of Hymns she had sioned, her first care, on going to a new place, frequently used, and well recollected. The ono was, to find out the people of God, with whom beginning,

she soon became one in heart as well as in proArise, my soul, arise,"

fession. For the last few years of her life, aftlic

tion deprived her almost entirely of the public she repeated with great animation. Towards the ordinances of religion ; but its importance still last, weakness preventod distinct articulation ; impressed her mind, and her lienrt felt its power. but not long before she died, she was able to Christian friends who went to see her express repeat, as expressive of her own happy state, the themselves as having been edified by her spirit

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ual conversation. And in her closing illness, as retired to her closet, which she refused to leate had been requested of her, she gave signs, when until she had obtained the blessing she sought she could not speak, that her trust in the Lord After some hours spent in earnest prayer, she Jesus was steadfast.

8. A. was filled with joy and peace through believing.

Being removed from the parental roof to school, May 10th.–At Bloina, in the Merthyr-Tydvil she retained her attachment to the exercises of Circuit, George Bullworthy, aged seventy-five. devotion, and maintained her piety. She was He was convinced of sin under the Wesleyan the subject of frequent and severe affliction, ministry at South-Molton, Devonshire, in the which was eminently sanctified. Three wetbs year 1815. Soon after he entered the society, he previous to her death, at her class, she said, that obtained the forgiveness of sins, and happily she was happy in God, and that for her to live retained the sense of his acceptance with God, was Christ, but to die would be gain. to the day of his death. When bowed down by prehension of her depariure was entertained tid the infirmities of age, he removed from Devon after her ransomed spirit bad winged its flight to shire to the house of his married daughter, Mrs. her heavenly Father. Such was her happy and Budgen, in Monmouthshire. He enjoyed the peaceful end.

J. I. M. religion which made him happy: his experience was sound and clear, and declared with great June 9th.–At Bristol, aged eighty-one, Mrs. simplicity. He suffered much during the later Elizabeth Lancaster, relict of the late Mr. JA period of his life; but he was patient, and re W. Lancaster. Her father was one of the first signed to the will of God, “ When He hath Local Preachers in Bristol. At an early age she tried me," he said, “ I shall come forth as gold." became converted to God, and for sixty-six years About a fortnight before his death, when left was a consistent member of the Wesleyan church alone, he was heard exclaiming, “Precious During half a century she was called to experiJesus! what a treasure !

ence various afflictions; but through all her

soul was preserved in patience. Her reading ‘My Jesus to know, and feel his blood flow, was extensive; and, being blessed with a reter "Tis life everlasting, 'tis heaven below.'" tive memory, her protracted sufferings were

greatly alleviated by profitable meditatin To his daughter, who remarked that he suffered Dreading presumption, she often went to the much, he replied, " Pain is sweet while Christ is opposite extreme; and so far yielded to doubts, near." A little before his death, after a short as to be deprived of much spiritual comfort. slumber, he said, “ Peace, peace, sweet peace ! Her confidence, however, increased as she dre* “Being justified by faith, we have peace with nearer her end; and she was enabled to express God, through our Lord Jesus Christ."

the assurance of faith through the atonemedia W. W. her Redeemner.

J. W.

May 13th.-At Kinoulton, in the Melton June 12th.-At Cromer, in the North Walsham Mowbray Circuit, Miss Sarah Bonser, aged Circuit, Mr. Simeon Long, in the ninety-first thirty-one. When about fourteen years of age, year of his age. He had been a meinber of the she resolved to live for eternity, and joined the Wesleyan society for more than forty years, Wesleyan church. Her disposition was gentle during which period he adorned his Christian and unassuming. As a Collector for the Mis profession. As a Christian, he was distinguished sionary cause, her labours were unremitting. by great simplicity, deep humility, and the She lived near to God, and offered all her works strictest integrity. When he embraced spiritual to him. Her last illness was rather protracted; religion, he met with severe opposition, and for but she was not afraid to die. In the morning a season his worldly prospects were blighied; of the day on which she entered heaven, her but he committed himself into the hand of God, father inquired, “Can you still praise the Lord, and to the day of his death had the most satismy dear ?” She clasped her hands, and said, factory evidence of his acceptance in the Beloved. smiling, “Jesus died for me.

For some years he lived in the possession of the

blessing of entire sanctification ; and, when • Jesus can make a dying bed

called to die, had no fear concerning the future. Feel soft as downy pillows are.'

On one occasion, while exulting in Christ as bis

Saviour, he was led to say, The Lord is the strength of my heart, and will be my portion for ever.” And then, waving her “My Jesus to know, and feel his blood flow, hands in token of victory, she exclaimed, “Glory "Tis life everlasting, 'tis heaven below." be to God, I shall live for ever!" Thus bearing testimony to the truth of God, and to the power In “the valley of the shadow of death," he realof divine grace, with scarcely a sigh or struggle, ized the presence of his Saviour; and at length she fell asleep in Jesus. T. B. calmly fell asleep in Jesus.

W. P.

May 25th.–At Tunbridge, in the eighteenth year of her age, Eliza Ann, the beloved and only daughter of Mr. Henry Milns. In early life she was favoured with much religious influence, which led her, when about twelve years old, to unite herself to the society of God's people. She was induced to seek a clear sense of God's for. giving love. Having attended a love-feast, she

June 14th.--At Bedlington, in the Blyth Cir. cuit, Henry Robson, aged sixty. He was a sig. cere Christian, and evinced a great susceptibility of religious feeling, seldom speaking of the things of God without tears. He still cleaved to Christ; and, with a child-like faith, committed all his concerns, temporal and spiritual, into the hands of his Creator. After having stood connected

with the Wesleyan society in this place for about twenty-five years, he died in the hope of everlasting life.

R. T.

nation to the will of God, unwavering confidence in the atonement, and joyous anticipation of joining “ the general assembly and church of the first-born." When asked, a few moments before her removal, if she felt Jesus precious, being unable to speak, she attempted to raise her head, tooked upwards, and smiled. Immediately after, she fell asleep in Christ.

J. H.

June 15th. --At Melbourne, in the CastleDonington Circuit, Mr. Samuel Shepherd, aged sixty-one. He had been a member of the Weslegan-Methodist society thirty-seven years, a Leader twenty-seven, and had likewise filled the offices of Trustee and Steward. By the consisteney of his conduct, he had gained the esteem of very many, not only of members of the same section of Christ's church, but also of all who knew him. His removal from this state of trial to that world where there is no pain, was, at the last, sudden; but it had been evident, for some time, to those who were frequently in his society, that he was preparing for his great change.

G. R.

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June 29th.–At Bedlington Iron-Works, in the Blyth Circuit, Mrs. Noble, aged forty-nine. When about twenty-three years of age, she accompanied her pious and widowed mother to hear a Local Preacher at a village in the Carlisle Circuit. His sermon was the means of awaking her from the sleep of sin. She sought the Lord earnestly, and received the Spirit of adoption. She bore persecution with Christian fortitude, entered a pious family as a servant, joined the Wesleyan society, and married in the Lord. In domestic life she was a pattern of industry, frugality, and integrity, and manifested a steady attachment to religion. She mourned over her infirmities, and humbly sought to grow up into the image of God. In a long and painful affliction she was graciously sustained, and ena. bled to resign her family to the Lord. Worn out by suffering, she fell asleep in Jesus.

R. T.

June 26th.--At Richmond, Yorkshire, in the twentieth year of her age, Mary Ellen, the only daughter of George Robinson, Esq. From a child she was amiable and benevolent, and seemed always intent on doing good. She was especially attached to the Mission cause. In the winter of 1843 she became deeply concerned for her soul : her distress of mind was great, and continued until February, when she found peace with God. Occasionally she was harassed by temptations to doubt; but for some weeks before her death she had a firm hold of Christ by faith ; so that her peace flowed like a river,-her joy was great and constant. Her conversation was more like that of an inhabitant of beaven, than of one who dwelt on earth Through extreme weakness, her mind sometimes wandered; but, even then, not one vain word did she utter. She was always happy, always grateful ; and in death she gave an unequivocal proof of her love to Christ and his cause, by requesting her father to settle £10 a year for ever on the Wesleyan Missionary Soci

J. L.

July 15th.--At Marsh Chapel, in the Louth Circuit, Mr. James Kirkby, sen., in his seventyseventh year. For nearly half a century he adorned the doctrine of God his Saviour, having been in early life brought to a saving knowledge of the truth. He was a man remarkable for integrity and consistency, and, in a peculiar manner,

“ walked by faith.” During a protracted affliction, he was graciously supported; and though at first greatly assailed by the eneiny of souls, he was enabled, for some time before his death, to realizo what he emphatically termed," the full assurance of hope." He had been unusually well for some days before his death; the members of his family were assembled together according to annual custom; when he becaine suddenly faint, complained of unusual oppression; and, within a quarter of an hour, ceased to breathe. To one of his relatives, who inquired whether he loved Jesus, he replied, “I do ;" and thus, with his final reath, testified his attachment to that Redeemer whom he had 80 long practically served.

E. R.

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June 27th.-At York, aged forty-one, Mr. Thomas Little. He united himself to the Wesleyan-Methodist society about ten years ago; and, having obtained mercy through faith in Christ Jesus, he was enabled to hold fast the beginning of his confidence steadfast to the end. He had the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, was a man of strict integrity, and greatly respected by all who knew him. In his diligent attendance on the means of grace, and his strong attachment to the Ministers of Christ, he was worthy of imitation. His illness was sliort, and his sufferings were severe ; but he was found of God in peace; and, after a few days of afflic. tion, he entered into rest.

G. R.

June 29th.–At Penrith, Mrs. William Eddy. She was awakened to a sense of her guilt and danger in the year 1825; and after having, for three weeks, passed through more than ordinary distress, she received consolation whilst sitting under the ministry of the word. The peace she then obtained she never lost; but, during a period of nearly twenty years, she could uniformly say, " In the Lord have I righteousness and strength." The affliction of which she died was severe and protracted; but, throughout its entire duration, she manifested the utmost resig

July 16th.-At Braunston, in the Daventry Circuit, Miss Mary Ann Reeve, aged forty. In youth her mind was often very seriously impressed; but, while at school, these convictions were lost. About fourteen years ago she was awakened to a consciousness of guilt and danger, earnestly sought the Lord, and obtained forgiveness and peace. She became a member of the Wesleyan-Methodist society, and continued to adorn her profesion to the end. Her attliction was long and painful; but she was resigned to the will of God, and enabled to trust in the death of Christ alone for salvation. She expressed the state of her mind by saying,

“In my hands no price I bring,

Simply to thy cross I cling." In this frame she continued till she calmly fell asleep.

T. B.

decease. On his death-bed, bis testimony to the power of divine grace agreed with that which he had borne in his truly Christian and active life ; and he realized the fulfiiment of the desire which he had often submissively expressed, that he might lay down his body with his charge. So short was his illness, and so unexpected its mortal termination, that he did, almost, “ cease at once to work and live." His end was en nently peaceful and joyous.

EN.

August 9th. -At Halifax, Anna, relict of the late Mr. S. A. Fourness, in the forty-third year of her age ; having been a consistent member of the Wesleyan society for twenty-six years. Retiring in her habits, the excellencies of her character were only fully apparent to those who knew her well; but to them it was evident that her heart was decply imbued with humility, meekness, and love. To the Ministers of God's word she was greatly attached; and in her support of his cause she was liberal and unostenta. tious. ller denth was sudden. Her usual residence was at Manchester ; but having gone to Halifax, to visit her friends there, the night after her arrival she was seized with dysentery, and died in a few days. From the first, she felt that the sickness was unto death ; but her mind was composed, trusting in her Saviour. Her dying testimony was very explicit and cheering. “ To me," she said, “there is no dark side." On one occasion, when her pain was very severe, she said, “That divine promise is true, 'I will never leave thee, por forsake thee.'" Nearly her last words were, “I hang upon Christ.”

D, H.

Sept. 7th.–At Great-Yalnın, Worcestershire, of intlammation of the chest, aged sixty, liannah, the wife of Mr. Michael Ashton, Liverpool She was early brought to an experimental krow. ledge of the salvation of the Gospel, and lived in endeavouring to adorn its doctrines by a pia and useful walk and conversation. She enjoyed much close communion with God a long time previous to her release; and expressed, in the prospect of death, a tirin reliance on the merits of her“ precious Saviour," as the only ground of her confidence. Her lively gratitude at sering all her children brought to the decided cboice of “the better part," and her entire resignatiuo to the will of Him who was causing her to enjoy " constant peace" throughout her afiction, were exemplary. She died greatly lamented by her family, and scarcely less so by the church st Great-Homer-street, where she was the devoted and beloved Leader of a numerous class, and an indefatigable patroness of the girls' day and infant schools at that chapel.

JSS

August 29th.-At Plymouth, in the fifty-sixth year of his age, and thirty-fourth of his ministry, the Rev. John Slater, Wesleyan Minister. He experienced the converting grace of God in his youth, and, some few years afterwards, was called into the Christian ministry. In discharg. ing the duties of his office he laboured with untiring zeal, until only two days before his

POETRY

red;

THE LOVE OF CHRIST.

BY MRS. SIGOURNEY. "Unto Him who loved us, and gave himself for us, and washed us from our sins in his own

blood."-REVELATION. How hath He loved us? Ask the star Ask of the traitor's kiss; and see

That on its wondrous mission sped, What Jesus hath endured for thee! Hung trembling o'er that manger-scene,

Where the Messiah bow'd his head ; Ask of Gethsemane, whose dews He who of earth doth seal the doom, Shrunk from that moisture, strangely Found in her low liest inn-no room. Judea's mountains, lift your voice,

Which, in that unwatch'd hour of pain, With legends of the Saviour fraught;

His agonizing temples shed ! Speak, favour'd Olivet, so oft

The scourge, the thom, whose anguish At midnight's prayerful vigil sought;

sore, And Cedrop's brook, whose rippling

Like the unanswering lamb, he bore ! Frequent his weary feet did lave.

How hath He loved us? Ask the cross,

The Roman spear, the shrouded sky! How hath He loved us ? Ask the band Ask of the sheeted dead, who burst That filed his woes with breathless Their cerements at his fearful cry ! haste ;

O ask no more ; but bow thy pride, Ask the weak friend's denial-tone,

And yield thy heart to Him who died ! Scarce by his bitterest tears effaced ;

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Relating principally to the FOREIGN Missions carried on under the

Direction of the METHODIST CONFERENCE.

MISSIONS IN CEYLON AND CONTINENTAL INDIA. The friends of Missions have for a long time watched, with the deepest interest, every indication of motion and incipient life, even in individual instances, which may present itself amidst the vast masses of human beings who, in these regions, are spiritually dead in idolatry and the grossest superstitions. On the testimony of Scripture, we cannot doubt that “the Son shall have the Heathen” of Asia " for his inheritance;" and the circumstance of so large a portion of them being brought under British rule, and laid open to Missionary operations, encourages us to hope that, in the order of divine Providence, the time is not distant when “they shall cast their idols, which they have made, every man for himself, to the moles and to the bats,” and shall worship Him to whom “every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess."

Very considerable attention has been excited, in the South of India, by the baptism of Visvanauthun, a Brahmin youth of nineteen, in connexion with the Mission of the Free Church of Scotland, in Madras. We have prepared an abridged account of his conversion, and of the persecutions he has been called to endure ; for which, however, we fear, there will not be room in this Number of our “ Notices."

We learn that this event, in connexion with the conversion of Anand Rao, Bhagavaut Rao, and Mukhund Rao, at Mangalore, by the labours of the German Missionaries, had struck a panic into the Priests and votaries of idolatry, which had extended to our Missions in Madras and Bangalore. The Missionaries had become the objects of jealousy to the Heathen ; and many of their schools were temporarily discontinued, by the total withdrawment of the children of the natives from the teaching and influence of the Missionaries. In these circumstances we see much cause, not for alarm, but for encouragement and hope. Attention is awakened ; inquiry is made into the nature and objects of Christianity; and thus a wider diffusion is given to some partial, yet ultimately beneficial, “knowledge of the truth.” May the overthrow of idolatry be hastened, and Christ become the “salvation of the ends of the earth !"

PANIC AMONG THE HEATHEN.

BANGALORE.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. John Garrett,

dated July 15th, 1844. You have doubtless heard of the ex and various measures have been adopted, citement which has prevailed throughout by a Society formed for the purpose, to this part of India, in reference to the influence the people to withdraw their Christian schools which have been estab children froin our schools. An address, lished amongst the natives ; the imme- entitled, “The Spectacles,” has been diate occasion of which was the baptism printed in Tamul, and widely circulated; of a Brahman youth in Madras, on pro- and, that you may see the kind of argufession of his faith in Christ. The most ments and statements employed in a determined opposition to Missionary paper which is professedly written under labours has been generally manifested, the inspiration of Siva, I will here tran

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