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£. $. d. T. W. T., a Friend to Missions; by Mr. John Wesley..
1 10 0 Mr. R. M. Shorter, Bull-Inn, Bishopsgate-street, for the Badagry Mission
1 0 0 John Davies, Esq., Hereford, for the Gold-Coast Mission...... 0 0 Legacy of the late William Stephenson, Esq.,
Sands, near Netherthong, Yorkshire ; Joshua
100 0 0
10 0 0
90 0 0 A Friend, by the Rev. John Scott, President of the Conference 60 0 0 M., by Dr. Bunting (Prov. iii. 9; 2 Cor. viii. 9)
25 0 0 A Friend, Macclesfield
20 0 0 Rev. Dr. Thorpe ; by Dr. Alder
10 00 Rev. John Beecham
1 1 0 Mrs. Beecham
1 0 Mr. T. T. Beecham
1 1 0 Miss M. D, Beecham
0 Miss Sophia Beecham.
1 1 0
5 5 0 Rev. Elijah Hoole and Family
5 5 0 A young Tradesman, the Fruit of Christian Principles ; by
Mr. Christopher Dove, Leeds........... A Friend at the Reeth end of the Richmond and Reeth Circuit; by the Rev. J. Cheesewright
0 Rev. Richard and Mrs. Hornabrook
2 2 0 Mr. T. Bronte Banwell, War-Office ; Annual Subscription... Ditto, Ditto ; Donation
0 Rev. George Marsden...
NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF THE TREASURERS OF THE
DISTRICT AUXILIARY MISSIONARY SOCIETIES. APERDEEN, Mr. John Smith, Post-Office, Aberdeen. Bath, John Michael Shum, Esq., Bath. BEDFORD AND NORTHAMPTON, Mr. William Biggs, Bromham, near Bedford, and Mr. John Bliss, Northampton. BIRMINGHAM AND SHREWSBURY, Mr. Francis Heeley, Birmingham. BRISTOL, James Wood, Esq., Bristol. CARLISLE, Mr. William Wilson, Retreat, Whitehaven, and Mr. E. James, Carlisle. CORNWALL, Joseph Carne, Esq., Pen. DEVONPORT,
Thomas Gardner, Esq., Plymouth. EDINBURGH, Mr. Thomas Thomson, Amlwch Pottery, Glasgow. EXETER, Mr. J. C. Sercombe, Exeter. GUERNSEY, James Mac Culloch and John Rougier, Esqrs., Guernsey. HALIFAX AND BRADFORD, Alexander G. Suter, Esq., Ilalifax. HULL, James Henwood, Esq., Bank, Hull. ISLE OF Max, Mr. John Wilson, Douglas. KENT, William Crockford, Esq., St. Margaret's Bank, Rochester, LEEDS, John Burton, Esq., Leeds. LINCOLN, Henry Holland, Esq., Raithly, near Spilsby. LIVERPOOL, Thomas Sands, Esq., Liverpool. London, Jolin Josiah Buttress, Esq., Steward-Street, Spitalfields. MACCLESFIELD, Joshua Thorley, Esq., Macclesfield. MANCHESTER AND Bolton, James Heald, Esq., District-Bank, Manchester, and Peter Rothwell, Esq., Sunning-Hill, Bollon. NORWICH AND LYNN, Mr. Jeremiah Cozens, Norwich, and Mr. J. Burch, Lynn. NottinGHAM AND DERBY, Mr. John Shelton, Nottingham, and Mr. William Turner, Derby. NEWCASTLE-UPON-Tyne, Ralph Wilson, Esq., GreyStreet, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. OXFORD, Thomas Bush, Esq., Lambourne. Portsmouth, Messrs. John Cowdrey and John Keet, Portsmouth. SHEFFIELD, Thomas B. Holy, Esq., Norton-Hlouse, near Sheffield. SHETLAND, Rev. John Imison, Lerwick. First South Wales, George Bagnall, Esq., Carmarthen. North Wales, R. M. Preece, Esq., Carnarvon. WHITBY AND DARLINGTon, John Wilson, Esq., Whitby, and Thomas Walker, Esq., Stockton-upon-Tees. YORK, Isaac Taylor, Esq., Foss-gale, York.
LONDON :-PRINTED BY JAMES NICHOLS, HOXTON-SQUARE.
FOR FEBRUARY, 1844.
MEMOIR OF THE REV. JOHN CROSSE, A.M,
LATE VICAR OF BRADFORD, YORKSHIRE,
BY THE REV. WILLIAM W. STAMP.
(Concluded from page 9.) COINCIDENT with the incumbency of Mr. Crosse at Whitechapel, was the residence of Miss Bosanquet, with her numerous family of destitute orphans and widows, at Cross-Hall,-a mansion, with an extensive farm attached, in the immediate neighbourhood. This distinguished lady, afterwards consort and relict of the saintly Fletcher, the venerated Vicar of Madeley, was one of Mr. Crosse's earliest religious friends. In Christian simplicity and zeal ; in self-denying, untiring efforts to promote the extension of the Redeemer's kingdom; their spirits were kindred ; and, dwelling for a season in the same locality, frequent opportunities of Christian intercourse and counsel were gained. On November 12th, 1781, the marriage of Mr. Fletcher with Miss Bosanquet was solemnized in Batley church. To facilitate the settlement of some temporal affairs connected with their union, an exchange of clerical duties took place; and, for about three months, Mr. Crosse officiated in the church and parish of Madeley, with much acceptance and success.
The comparative retirement of this worthy Minister, whilst resident at Whitechapel, was shortly after superseded by the requirements of a new and more extended sphere of usefulness. His father having purchased the advowson of the parish church of Bradford, Yorkshire, Mr. Crosse, on the decease of the Rev. James Sykes, who for upwards of thirty years had held the living, succeeded, in the year 1784, to its emoluments and duties. Though less important as to its commercial character, and scarcely numbering, perhaps, a fourth part of the present population, the town and parish of Bradford presented, at this period, a field for moral culture which demanded, and which promised to repay, the utmost amount of ministerial watchfulness and toil.
From various circumstances, we are led to regard the appointment of Mr. Crosse to the vicarage of Bradford as in the arrangements of Him who, in reference to ministerial endowment, as well as the opera
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tions of the Spirit, “divideth” to the churches “ severally as he will." Wesleyan Methodism had, indeed, for nearly forty years, been established in Bradford ; and, within the immediate vicinity, numbered in its societies more than a thousand members ; the Independents and Baptists had also gained a firm and respectable footing in the town ; the usual appliances of the established Church had long been in operation ; yet, on the mass of the population, religion itself had but little = hold; whilst as to its professors, though numbers “adorned the doctrine of God our Saviour," and blamelessly upheld the truth, many rested in a lifeless externalism, holding in derision whatever assumed an evangelical, Methodistic aspect; at the same time that by others an Antinomian spirit and temper, not unfrequently scurrilous and bitter in its manifestation, was unhappily cherished. In the personal character and habits of the devoted Crosse we recognise a moral fitness for the office and work to which he had thus been introduced. His undaunted resolution; his courteous demeanour; his attachment to the forms of worship, whilst strenuously insisting on the enjoyment of its life and power; his humble, yet persevering, zeal ; his ardent love to the souls of dying men; his faithful testimony to the truth, and publication of it; place him before us as a chosen instrument in the hand of God for good. The entrance of Mr. Crosse on his vicarial charge was consequently hailed, by good men of every name, as a pleasing omen. The report of his exemplary piety and zeal had raised the public expectation to an unusual height: hence, on opening his commission in the parish church, that venerable and spacious pile was densely crowded ; numbers thronging from the surrounding villages to welcome the recently-appointed Vicar. The scene is spoken of, by some who were then present, as deeply interesting. The blended dignity and gracefulness of the Preacher, strongly predisposed the immense assembly in favour of the message he was about to deliver; and, whilst expounding the solemn charge given by the Head of the church to every true ambassador,—“Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel : therefore hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me,"—the attention of every individual was at once called forth and riveted. The administration of the sacrament followed; but the congregation seemed scarcely lessened by those who went away. In the afternoon Mr. Crosse exhorted a crowded audience to “seek those things which are above."
In the ministerial labours of this eminent man, during the two-andthirty years which followed ; in his pastoral solicitude and pains in reference to the flock “over which the Holy Ghost had made him overseer;" in his pulpit fidelity; in his Christian affection and regard towards “ all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity ;" we are pleasingly reminded of the apostolic injunction,—“A Bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; but a lover of