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Our dear friend experienced the early part of the year 1842 to be a season of great profit and growth in grace. He with whom are the issues of life and death had determined, in his adorable wisdom, that the pilgrim's journey should soon end,-end just as it had arrived at the middle, though He mercifully concealed the fact from Mr. Jackson's family. His class was prospering; the members were increasingly quickened with his counsels and exhortations, and perceived a richer unction of grace pervading all his Christian exercises. When not engaged to preach in the country, he was observed to assemble with his family in his pew in Oxford-place chapel, and, with the most profound and rapt attention, would engage in every part of the service, until the close; and then, on leaving that spacious plaee of worship, which contains the largest congregation in the Connexion, he would frequently remark, as he did once especially to the writer, how great was his solemn delight in so spending these consecrated hours. Nor was the domestic scene out of harmony with the spirit of public worship. In our friend's house “ the Sabbath was a delight and honourable."
Commercial business had now for some time assumed that very anxious aspect which it has worn ever since; and whilst its anxieties led many Christian professors to relax their private duties, and their attendance on the means of grace, and in this way drew them from communion with God,-in his case they had no other effect than that of leading him to make his heavenly inberitance more sure. Thus was he found when the messenger arrived.
In the month of June, feeling himself a good deal debilitated and fatigued, he left home, accompanied by Mrs. Jackson, to pay a visit to his sister before mentioned, now residing at Arkworth. The period of a fortnight's intercourse with affectionate friends, and enjoyment of country air, and exemption from business, seemed to have a happy effect upon his health and spirits; yet his mind was chastened and serious. On the Sabbath-day he accepted an invitation to preach in the Methodist chapel of the village. His sermon was marked by a fidelity and unction which arrested and impressed the congregation. One person remarked, “ If Mr. Jackson knew he had been preaching his last sermon, he could not have been more faithful.” It was his last sermon. On retiring home he felt about as well as usual. He met the members of his class on the evening of Thursday, July 7th, in the usual place. He seemed in a holy and happy frame of mind, and spoke to each person with more than ordinary affection and fidelity. His now-bereaved partner, who was a member of the class, not only remembers this season as the last meeting her beloved husband attended, but as being the most profitable means of grace of the kind at which it was ever her own lot to be present.
On Friday, July 9th, Mr. Jackson complained of feeling ill; but was able to attend to business all the day. He did not reach home
till nine o'clock in the evening: he was then very ill, and continued so all night. On Saturday, however, he was better, and went to business in the afternoon, and during the evening was very cheerful and happy. On Sunday morning, at five o'clock, he was seized with strong symptoms of malignant cholera : the most efficient aid was administered, and on Monday he was considered by his medical attendant much better. He was quite recollected. In the evening, being visited by his brother-in-law, Mr. Thomas Webb, Mr. Jackson desired him to pray immediately on his entering the room. During prayer, our dear friend seemed filled with gracious consolation, and exclaimed, “God is here. He has not forgotten to be gracious.” On Tuesday morning, congestion of the brain came on, which induced torpor ; yet during the day he was occasionally recollected; and at seven o'clock in the evening remarked, to his anxious and sympathizing partner, “ I am in the hands of Jesus, who will do all things well, both for you and for me;" and added, “You know I have taken him for my portion.” As the evening advanced, he sank gradually, and peacefully fell asleep in Jesus at a quarter past ten o'clock. He was in the thirty-seventh year of his age, and has left his partner with six lovely children to mourn his loss. His remains are interred in a family-vault of Queen-street chapel
, Huddersfield. The funeral procession, on leaving Leeds, was joined by the chief office-bearers of the Leeds Second Circuit; who, to testify their respect for his character, followed the carriages till they had got beyond the town. The funeral service at Huddersfield was conducted by the author of this brief memorial, in the midst of a deeply-affected congregation of relatives and friends. “Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth, and the faithful fail from the children of men."
MEMOIR OF MR. HIRAM HARTSHORNE,
BY THE REV. ADAM FLETCHER. Trose persons whose character is marked by the evidences of experimental and practical godliness, however overlooked by “ men of this world,” who understand them not, are nevertheless of great worth : they are the honour of our churches, the glory of Christ, and the reprovers and instructers of men. Enriched with grace, they are blessed themselves, and made blessings to others: they live happily, and when they die, they depart peacefully, and are removed from this world of trial and discipline, that they may reap the fruit of their gracious labours in the presence of their Lord, and in the possession of endless and unspeakable joys. The savour of their spirit long survives ; and the remembrance of those fruits of righteousness by which they glorified God, is che
rished by those who knew them, and were enabled rightly to estimate the principles which formed their character, and governed their lives. The memory of the just is indeed blessed: truly shall the righteous be had in everlasting remembrance.
Of one, thus belonging to the excellent of the earth, I have now to furnish a brief account. And this I am able to do chiefly by means of extracts from a sketch of his own life, written by himself, and found among his papers after his decease. The first extract is dated Feb. 1st, 1831, and contains a brief review of his history and feelings from his earliest youth, down to that time. Though it is only a sketch, yet it is one in which the man himself may be seen, just as he was. He says,
I was born in Broseley, July 27th, 1770. Early in life I remember that I experienced divine and powerful impressions, which were not altogether disregarded. As I grew in years, I greatly feared lying, swearing, and many other sins to which boys of my own age and acquaintance were only too much addicted. I would thankfully ascribe my own preservation to the restraining grace of God.
“My father required his children to be regularly present at the services of the established Church. I also occasionally attended the preaching of the Methodists, and felt that the word preached' came to my heart ‘not in word only, but in power ;' and the effects of this were visible in my conduct at home. I saw that it was necessary for me to seek the salvation of my soul; but as they among whom I lived neither saw nor felt things as I did, I met with little encouragement, but rather opposition, from them. However, I was enabled to persevere, though as yet my views of religious subjects were very obscure; and, in particular, I little understood the great doctrine of a present salvation, by the grace of God, through faith in Christ. I was deeply convinced of sin, and earnestly desired deliverance; but as yet I saw not how it was to be attained.
“In the year 1788, my father sent me to London. When I was settled there, I inquired for the Methodist chapel, West-street, and regularly attended the services there. By these, my convictions of sin were deepened ; and as I earnestly desired to flee from the wrath to come, I sought admission into the society; and I now feel exceedingly thankful that, from that time to the present, I have been a member of Christ's church. I was diligent in the use of the means of grace; for I greatly loved them, as well as felt the obligation of attending them. I profited much by the ministry of the word. I was not only impressed, but enlightened and instructed, by it. On one occasion, I particularly remember a sermon preached by Mr. Bradburn. It came home to my conscience, and caused me to feel more sensibly than I had ever felt before, my lost and undone state as a sinner. This brought on a great horror of mind; and for a considerable time, even when on my knees for mercy, only blackness and darkness seemed to pervade my soul.
But from this “horrible pit and miry clay,' I cried unto the Lord; nor did I
in vain, for, in love to my soul, and for the sake of Christ my Saviour, he cast my sins behind his back, and delivered me, setting my feet on a rock, and establishing my goings. I was enabled to believe in Christ, and to rejoice in a sin-pardoning God. Condemnation was removed from my mind, and the Holy Spirit witnessed with my spirit that I was a child of God. This was indeed an important period of my life. Without such a change of heart I was fit neither to live nor to die. If I had not been renewed in the spirit of my mind, I should not have had the fruit of the Spirit in my life; the carnal mind, which is not subject to the law of God, would have prevailed over my best resolutions; and I should have lived and died without being made meet to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light. But thanks be unto God for the unspeakable gift which was then bestowed upon me.
“ After experiencing this great change, wrought in my heart by the divine Spirit, wisdom's ways became to me ways of pleasantness, and I delighted in the society of those who resorted with me to the sanctuary of God. As I had comparatively few interruptions from worldly cares, my religious privileges were numerous, and sources of great enjoyment to me. I had no occasion to envy those who sought for pleasure in the gaieties and amusements of the world. I praised God that I possessed a happiness far beyond any which they thought they enjoyed; and it was one which did me no harm, but rather good, not only then, in the time of my youth, but all the days of my life.
“ After residing five years in the metropolis, I was called to return home. This was at first very painful to me. They wbo are “ passed from death unto life,' love the brethren ;' and I was very strongly attached to my religious associates, whose society I had thus to relinquish. But I did not forget them, neither did they forget me. After I had returned to my native place, I was frequently, for several years, favoured with letters from my London Class-Leader, Mr. George Cussons. The good counsel and advice given me in these epistles were very useful to me, especially after I had myself become the Leader of a class, to which office I was appointed in the month of November, 1797. I had then been married and settled in business about three years. I found that it was very needful to give heed to the apostolical precept : 'Not slothful in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.' Like many others, I had losses in trade, and both for my family's sake, and for the sake of religion, I had to strive hard, and to pray much, carefully practising diligence and self-denial. But God, in his providence, was very good to me, and brought me safely through many trials and conflicts. I frequently look back on those times, and on the years which succeeded to them, with much thankful
There were fightings without, and fears within ; but I was
heard and helped. Truly have goodness and mercy followed me all the days of my life.
“I desire particularly to record my sense of the value of Christian communion. I have always found it to be necessary to my spiritual welfare. With me, to be a member of Christ's church is a matter of great moment. I see that the established ordinances of religion are to be regarded both in the light of duty and privilege: for if we, through indifference, neglect them, we deprive ourselves of the blessings promised in the observance of them. The ministry of the word, the sacrament of the Lord's supper, meetings for prayer, class-meetings, I have attended from a conviction that they are, by God's appointment, essential to my spiritual growth, and to my establishment in the faith of Christ. I have now had my name enrolled among the Wesleyan Methodists about forty-two years. I have regularly attended the ministry of the word among them. I cordially believe the doctrines that I hear preached, and I highly approve of their established discipline. I trust that I love and honour all that love the Lord Jesus Christ, to whatever denomination of Christians they belong; but I feel particularly attached to those among whom my lot is cast, and whom, I believe, God acknowledges and blesses, giving them an important, and even a conspicuous, station in the whole household of faith.
“In taking a view of my past life, many things pass through my mind. I see, on the one hand, my own unfaithfulness, and many short-comings in duty. But I also see the mercy and forbearance of God, and his wonders of providence and grace. When I look at these subjects, I feel great cause for self-abasement before God. But I do sincerely praise his great and holy name, that he has kept me to the present period, so that my face is still Zion-ward.
"Here I raise my Ebenezer,
Hither by thy help I'm come.'
“In closing this sketch, I would humbly and earnestly say, respecting the remainder of my life,
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah,
Bread of heaven,
Feed me till I want no more." » The next entry in the journal thus occasionally kept by Mr. Hartshorne, is dated October 26th, 1833 :
“ It is now more than two years and a half since I wrote the preceding account, and I am yet in the house of my pilgrimage, seeking