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by an exemplary life, evinced to the world the power of saving grace. For thirty-four years she was a steady, consistent member of the Wesleyan society, an efficient Teacher in our Sundayschool, a zealous Tract-Distributor, charitable to the utmost of her ability, and always ready to every good work. Her affliction was short, and her death somewhat sudden; but she was prepared for the great change, and died in the full assurance of faith.
her last illness were often very severe ; but it was most encouraging to behold that entire resignation which was produced by her trust in her Saviour. Her language, till she fell asleep in Jesus, was,
“None but Christ to me be given."
Sept. 8th.–At Leigh-on-Mendip, in the Shepton-Mallett Circuit, Mr. John Earle, sen., “an Israelite indeed." He was truly converted to God in early life; and, having joined the Wesleyan section of Christ's church, he continued, for forty-seven years, a steady, consistent, and useful member. He filled several offices in the society to which he belonged with fidelity and acceptance; and was enabled, by the grace of his God and Saviour, to maintain a conscienco void of offence. His last illness, though short, was exceedingly painful; but in patience he possessed his soul. “I have a good hope through grace," he said, “ that I shall soon be in heaven." And at another time he said, “ Take no trouble: all is well with me." He died as he had lived,-in the faith, peace, and hope of the Gospel.
Sept. 21st.-At Leek, Staffordshire, Mr. Thomas Lea, aged eighty-five. For sixty-five years he had been a member of the Wesleyan society. His conversion took place at an early period of this union, and was richly evidenced in his subsequent life. He was an acceptable Local Preacher and Class-Leader more than half a century. His conversation was spiritual in a very high degree, and his walk godly. He saw the infancy of Methodisın in Leek, and rejoiced that he had been permitted to witness its establishment. His well-known piety, and affectionate deportment, procured for him the appellation of "Father Lea" from all who knew him. He died as he had lived,full of faith and hope. To a friend who asked him how he was, three days before his death, he calmly replied, “Very poorly, child; but all is well, all is well." Thus was he kept to the last.
Sept. 10th.--At Norton-Down, in the Midsomer-Norton Circuit, Mr. John Steeds, aged sixty-seven. For about forty years he had been a consistent member of the Wesleyan society. During the latter part of his life he suffered much from bodily affliction ; but he was enabled to bear it with Christian fortitude. His end was peace.
Sept. 11th. In the Fourth Manchester Circuit, aged forty-nine, Matthew Ollier; a man of genuine humility, and of sincere, yet unobtrusive, piety. For fourteen years he usefully sustained the office of Class-Leader in the Great Bridgewater-street society; and, for upwards of two years, that of chapel-keeper ; securing, by his consistent behaviour, and by unremitting attention to the interests of the sanctuary, the affectionate esteem of all with whom he had to do. During the lingering illness of which he died, he exemplified, in a high degree, the “patience of the saints ;” whilst occasionally he was favoured with more than ordinary manifestations of the presence and power of God. On his last Sabbath, after an ecstasy of joyous feeling, he exclaimed, “I cannot tell what I have seen and felt. I seem to have entered three or four steps into heaven. I shall soon be there." His end, indeed, was peace.
W. W. S.
Sept. 26th.-At Sunderland, aged thirty-nine, the Rev. Jacob Sydney Smith, Wesleyan Minister, under very painful circumstances. He had been for some time indisposed; and thinking that bathing in the sea would be serviceable to him, he went alone, about three o'clock in the afternoon, to a retired situation on the shore, for that purpose. He was never afterwards seen. His clothes were discovered by a person who was walking along the beach, and by him they were brought to Monkwearmouth; and the apprehended event was at the same time made known. Immediate and extensive search was made in every direction; but the body could not be found. It is supposed that, when he entered the water, he had a sudden seizure of cramp; and as no help was at hand, he would be carried away by the receding tide. This sudden and mysterious event cast a deep gloom over the town: the most anxious inquiries were made, and a sincere sympathy was excited amongst all classes on behalf of his disconsolate widow, and the bereaved church. He was an affectionate husband, an agreeable friend, and an able Minister. His cultivated mind, his conversational powers, his amiable manners, and his superior pulpit talent, rendered him a pleasing and edifying companion, and procured considerable popularity for his public ministrations. For some time previous to this inscrutable dispensation, it was evident to those who were intimately acquainted with him, that his piety was assuming a still richer character, and that God was preparing him for greater usefulness in the church below, or for the more glorious enjoyments of the church above. The former was anticipated by bis attached colleagues and friends; but He with whom are the issues of life saw it proper that the latter should be realized. We feel the severity of the stroke; but we bow with resignation, and say, " The will of the Lord be done."
W. D. G.
Sept. 13th.-At Brentford, in her eighty-first year, Mrs. Ann Hollis. She had been a member of the Methodist society more than half a century; and, during this long period, her piety was deep, uniform, and scriptural. As she constantly enjoyed the blessedness of Christian privilege, so she carefully cherished a sense of Christian obligation, and was "* zealous of good works." In the prosperity of the cause of God she took a lively interest ; and, as she had opportunity, sought to promote it. Her sufferings in
CHRISTIAN OBSERVATIONS ON PUBLIC AFFAIRS. CIRCUMSTANCES which we could who, on the other side, led their young not control have prevented the insertion daughter by the hand,-would be, at of our customary paper of Observations least, equally impressive, and far more on national occurrences, since the public delightful. cation of our Number for August; and And these reflections lead us, almost now that we look over our list of sub- unavoidably, to the brief, but most im. jects, we find that it will be impossible portant, family visit which the Queen to take the whole of them for the present has received at Windsor from the King month. To those, however, which we of the French, whose guest she was last shall be obliged for this reason to omit, year at his own Chateau D’Eu. As we hope to be able to attend next lovers of peace, we must rejoice at this month; so that our remarks may be interchange of the best sort of friendly completed in the volume for the current offices between the two Sovereigns. In year.
France there is a party which, if not the It is with sincere thankfulness and largest, is unhappily the most clamorous joy that we advert to an event which, and noisy, which seems moved by but while it is important to the nation, adds, one impulse,we could almost call it, a likewise, to the domestic happiness of monomaniacal influence, the visible reour beloved Sovereign and her royal sult and expression of that French infidel consort: we mean, of course, the birth democratism which must never be conof another Prince. In her rising family, founded with the genuine English libe may Her Majesty long have increasing ralism,-hatred of England, connected cause of rejoicing, both as Queen and with an insatiate, rabid thirst for war, mother! It is with no ordinary plea- and its false and devastating splendour. sure, we are persuaded, that the country We trust that there is 9 yet stronger beholds the eminently domestic habits of party in France than this, and that Louis the Sovereign, and witnesses the exam. Philippe is its representative. Sore ple of family order and enjoyment thus reigns attached to each other by the infurnished to all classes of society by her tercourse of personal friendship, espewho, in the arrangements of Providence, cially when their own convictions and is placed at their head. The Queen feelings are all in favour of peace, will proceeding in state to Parliament, pre not soon or easily be induced to allow sents a spectacle which, to the thought their respective countries to be placed in ful beholder, is not less significant than hostile opposition to each other. And it is gorgeous ; but to all who recollect their very attendants can scarcely fail to the indissoluble connexion between the share in the beneficial influence. The social well-being of a country, and its officers of the French navy, who, while domestic purity,—who are persuaded their Sovereign was at Windsor, espethat where the family is disregarded, the rienced at Portsmouth an unremitting foundations of the State are undermined, continuance of warm-hearted and hospi. -the sight of the youthful Sovereign of table welcomes, would not feel the task Britain landing in Scotland, from the a pleasant one, to conduct into the same vessel which had conveyed her from the harbour a number of steamers, intended turmoil of a court, and the perplexing to destroy the town, and spread ruin cares of government, to the quiet enjoy. among their former entertainers and ment of the family circle, or the family friends. As to the King himself,—if perambulation amidst the beauties and we may use the English phrase, -he evisublimities of the natural scenery of her dently enjoyed his visit. It was impos. own realm-landing, not in the pomp of sible that he should forget former times ; the Sovereign, but with the unaffected and as he was not ashamed to acknowe simplicity of the English wife and mo ledge that he remembered them, so it is ther, hanging on the arm of her husband, plain that he is not unmindful of their
lessons. His replies, particularly, to the started back with horror. The result is, Addresses from the Corporations of that in proportion to the evangelical characPortsmouth, London, and Dover, de ter of any form of religion, is the aversion serve notice, not merely because of the with which it is regarded ; while Popery, valuable sentiments which they express the predicted departure from catholic ed, but from the good feeling, the heart, verity and catholic union,-Popery, the with which they were spoken. May we destructive corruption of Christianity, and not hope that the period is almost in the determined foe of all true liberty, civil view,—though we know not through and religious,-Popery, which, by claimwhat scenes of gloomy trial we may have ing despotic dominion over conscience, to pass, before it be fully realized, seeks to rule the entire man, individually when “nation shall not lift up sword and collectively, Popery, from which, against nation, neither shall they learn and its unfailing concomitant, “arbiwar any more ? ”
trary power,” the Revolution of 1688 Since we last wrote, Parliament, which was regarded as an unspeakably great had been adjourned till the Judges could national deliverance by not only the deliver their opinion on the Writ of soundest politicians, but by the most Error in Mr. O'Connell's case, laid be- pious and enlightened Divines of the fore them by order of the House of day, whether Churchmen or Dissenters, Lords, has been finally prorogued. We Popery, because with its accustomed confess that we look on its proceedings subtlety, it sets itself in opposition to with little satisfaction as to the past, and whatever is established, hoping by dividwith little hope as to the future. It is ing to conquer, and by subverting all not enough to say, that by one party all else, to establish itself,—is regarded with forms of religion are regarded with equal supreme favour; and with an eagerness favour, or even with equal indifference. only to be explained by the awful docA large class of those who hold what are trine of providential infatuation, even they termed “liberal opinions ” in politics, from whom better things were to have been on which we deliver no judgment what- expected, hasten to place all their powers ever,-hold, likewise, those opinions on at its disposal. So-called Conservatives, religious subjects which by themselves in many instances, vie with those to are termed “liberal," but which are whom on almost every other subject in truth inspired by a real infidelity. The they are opposed, in paying homage to union between more liberal, and often the Man of Sin, by heaping favours more just and enlightened, views on on his adherents, and aiding his officers questions connected with civil govern. in carrying into effect those plans ment, and opinions decidedly anti-evan. of tyranny, the slightest indication gelical, which was adopted and formally of which, in religious Ministers of any stated by Locke, has issued in what other name, would fill the whole land might have been anticipated by all who with the outcry of opposition. The were acquainted with human nature as Enochs of the day—they who walk with described by holy Scripture. Not only God, and we trust there are many such have his political views been carried will not be slow in learning the lessons beyond the limits which he prescribed to now inculcated by the providence of “the them, and separated from the guards only wise God, our Saviour.” “Cease with which he connected them,-itself no ye from man,” is the brightened text trifling evil,—but his religious views, evi- which, as by Urim and Thummim, marks dently held with many doubts, and stated
the duty of the believer. As it is by with much hesitation, have been con
the Gospel that individuals are to be verted first into certainties, and then car saved ; so by the same Gospel is society ried out into an infidelity, from which,
to be elevated and purified. From those however legitimate a sequence it might political contentions which dim the be from his suggestions, he would have brightness and break up the serenity of
the spiritual mind, let them withdraw many instances, how fearfully true are themselves, and direct their mightiest the lines, energies to their own proper work, their
“ Wild as the untaught Indian's brood, providential call to which cannot be mis
The Christian savages remain ! taken. “ The isles wait for his law : " let them, therefore, in the spirit of faith, and A great work has to be effected at prayer, and Christian benevolence, pro- home, which can only be effected by that secute those Missionary enterprises which “Gospel of Christ " which is “the power are the glory of our age, and the declension of God unto salvation ;” and as if to of which would be the closing of the dense quicken the zeal of Christians, the na. but, as yet, not unbroken clouds which tion, as with one voice, calls out for eduhang over us, and the exclusion of those cation. If the demanded education be heavenly beams which now shine down Christian, what may it not accomplish? on the shadowed and heaving billows And why should it not be so : But this on which we are voy aging. Nor let their is a question which demands more than charity and zeal only regard the unbap a summary consideration, tized Heathens in distant lands. In October 22d, 1844.
« LET THERE BE LIGHT."
A MISSION HYMN.
BY MRS. SIGOURNEY. Light for the dreary vales
Light for the Persian sky! Of ice-bound Labrador!
The Sophi's wisdom fades, Where the frost-king breathes on the And the pearls of Ormus are poor to buy slippery sails,
Armour when Death invades. Till the mariner wakes no more! Hark, hark! to the sainted martyr's Lift high the lamp that never fails,
sigh, To that dark and sterile shore.
From Ararat's mournful shades. Light for the forest-child,
Light for the Burman vales ! An outcast though he be
For the islands of the sea ! From haunts where the sun of his childhood smiled,
For the land where the slave-ship fills its
sails And the country of the free !
With sighs of agony; Pour the hope of heaven o'er his desert wild ;
And her kidnapp'd babes the mother
wails, For what home on earth has he ?
'Neath the low banana-tree. Light for the cliffs of Greece ! Light for that trampled clime,
Light for the ancient race, Where the wrath of the spoiler refused
Exiled from Zion's rest! to cease
Homeless they roam from place to Ere it wreck'd the boast of time! See! the Moslem hath dealt the gift of Benighted and oppress'd ; peace :
They shudder at Sinai's fearful base : Grudge ye your boon sublime ?
Guide them to Calvary's breast. Light on the Hindoo shed !
Light for the darken'd earth! On the maddening idol-train !
Loog midnight fleets away, The flame of the Suttee is dire and red, The Gospel day-star springs to birth, And the Fakir faints with pain ;
Whose bright, prelusive ray And the dying moan on their cheerless Shall glow, till a glorious morning bed,
brings By the Ganges laved in vain.
Eternity's cloudless day,
MISSIONARY NOTICES, Relating principally to the FOREIGN MISSIONS carried on under the
Direction of the METHODIST CONFERENCE.
MISSIONS IN CEYLON AND CONTINENTAL INDIA.
CEYLON. The recent changes in the state of the population in Ceylon are well described in the following letter from Mr. Hardy : CEYLON.-Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Robert S. Hardy,
dated Negombo, June 2d, 1844. The state of things in Ceylon is at pre- evil, as they are thereby induced to bring sent of peculiar interest. We are situated their articles for sale as on other days. in a similar manner to the Missionaries In cases where these remarks are not apof New Zealand, as to the influx of plicable, and the people have leisure, the European settlers ; and the consequences Sabbath is too frequently occupied in are, in many respects, the same here as drinking, cock-fighting, and gambling. there ; but as the change is less sudden, The unfavourable influence that these and not to the same extent, we are en things have on our schools is also greatly abled to grapple more effectually with to be deplored. The children can earn the difficulties to which we are exposed. a sum that to their parents is of imIn this neighbourhood, the whole of the portance, and they are sent at an early age cinnamon gardens that were formerly in to work. They are thus prevented from the possession of Government, containing attending the school, and grow up rude many thousands of acres, have recently and ignorant. In this manner, men, been sold, principally to English mer. women, and children are all equally af. chants, who employ a great number of fected by the present circumstances of the natives in clearing, cutting, draining, the country. and similar operations. Within a short I do not regard these events as an undistance of Negombo, several sugar estates mixed evil, however much in themselves also have been commenced ; and districts to be lamented. There were many that at the formation of the Mission things about the social system of the were not passable without danger from Singhalese which operated unfavourthe number of wild elephants, are now ably towards the spread of the truth ; under cultivation. The consequences to but by this disruption of their old habits our work are such as might be ex an inroad has been made upon these barpected. The men are attracted to these riers, which in the end may be attended localities for the sake of the wages they with consequences the most beneficial. receive, which are nearly twice the The present generation will suffer seamount of what they could previously verely ; but future myriads may, through earn. They usually return home on the their loss, be placed in a more favourable Saturday evening ; but as the Sabbath is situation for receiving the Gospel. the only day on which they can attend to Another event deserves to be noticed, their own grounds, (nearly every native which is also of great importance. From having a garden or a plot of rice-ground the time that the educational system of more or less extent,) this holy day is pursued by the Dutch was abandoned, a too frequently spent in even more severe class of persons called “Proponents” was employment than they engage in on the employed by Government, under the diother days of the week. They are rection of the Archdeacon. They visited, thus prevented from attending divine at intervals, nearly the whole of the disa service. Some of the labourers are at
he coast, on which occasions too great a distance from home to allow they baptized and married great numof visiting their families in this way; bers, without giving them any religious but they add to the general desecration of instruction whatever. The people were the Sabbath by coming to the bazaars to thus nominally Christians, but in reality purchase the necessaries for the week. ignorant Heathens. They consequently The women are thus led to partake in the refused, in many instances, to receive our
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