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Life was now fast ebbing, and the end was near. Her weakness was extreme: she could hardly speak, but in tones weak and low, she said, "My voice is nearly gone, but “I'll praise my Maker while I've breath; And when my voice is lost in death,

Praise shall employ my nobler powers :" adding, in prayerful confidence, "And when Thou sendest Lord for me,

O may the messenger be love." When the messenger came the ser. vant was ready; and at ten minutes past eleven on Thursday, July 28th, 1864, she arose to meet the Lord.

When Mr. Thornton, to whom she was well known, was apprised of her death, which took place on the day of his election as President, he wrote from Bradford :-I have much regard for the memory of Mrs. Brook, sen. Assure Mr. and Mrs. B., and family of my unfeigned sympathy. May we all have grace to learn the appropriate lesson." To that prayer, made yet more solemn by his sudden loss, we say, “Amen."

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trial that she wrote, “As it is His will to afflict me, I can say by the grace of God, 'Thy will be done.'”

During the winter months her afflic. tion obliged her to keep her room. She bore the trial patiently. Her faith was too strong to murmur, and in her soli. tude she cherished hope in God. She read God's word much, and also the lives and obituaries of departed saints. She placed a high value on family prayer, and her affectionate and religious counsels to her children, and her children's children, are held in devout remembrance. Her benevolence was uniform and unostentatious. For the relief of the poor, for the spread of truth, and support of religion, she gave as a steward of God's bounty. She remembered that Jesus sat over against the treasury Gentleness towards an offender was a marked feature in her character. Her motto was, “Forbear threatening," and also. “Vengeance belongeth unto God." In matters of truth she was unflinching, and scrupulously upright. In giving an opinion of others, she put a kindly construction on their sayings and doings.

Her Christian experience was of a high order. She enjoyed settled peace; and, assured of His smile, she never doubted the goodness of God, or her acceptance with Him.

In her active love for souls, her reverence for the Lord's day, her diligent attendance on the public and private ser. vices of the church, and in her devout and regular observance of the sacrament of the Lord's Supper. she left an ex. ample worthy to be copied.

On Sunday, July 24th, 1864, she at. tended the Highbury chapel for the last time. The late beloved President. Mr. Thornton, preached on his return from America: on her reaching home she expressed her joy and profit in the services of the day. She retired to rest in her usual health, but in the morning she was taken ill. Medical assistance was promptly in attendance, but was in vain. She lingered in great pain until the following Thursday, when she died in great peace. In the interval, when asked if she had any message to send to a relative, “Tell him," she said, “it is

"" it is now eventide but it is light and to visiter she recited the triumphant words. I know that my Redeemer liveth."

When in intense pain she raised her eyes, and whispered, "My Jesus to know, and feel His blood flow, 'Tis life everlasting, 't is heaven below."

WILLIAM, son of Christopher and Isabella SIMPSON, was brought up in the fear of the Lord. Of his conversion there is no record ; but in very early life he was employed in the Lord's ville yard. He had also the charge of a class, which he continued to leag until, in the order of God's provi. dence, he removed to America, in the year 1822, and finally settled as s far. mer in Canada. He had not been long in his new abode before he greatly felt the loss of the means of grace. The Population was very thin, only here and there a settler. But he called at their houses, or log-huts, and invited them to join him in the public worship of God. They accepted his invitation, as sembled together on the Sabbath, and after Mr. Simpson had addressed to them a few words of exhortation they were accustomed to pray together. Thus that little band continued to go on week after week in the woods, ecouraging and strengthening each other. But as there was no one to speak to them of the things of God but him. self, he began to be burdened, and to feel greatly the need of some assistance: after some months he invited a Missionary from a neighbouring station to visit them. A small class was then formed, of which Mr. Simpson was made the leader. So greatly beloved

was he, that after his return to Eng. MANY of the Lord's people pass from land he received a letter from them, the church militant to the church trisaying if he would only go back and umphant without any record, in earthly end his days amongst them, they would annals, of those excellences by which support him. Doubtless these will be they “adorned the doctrine of God their the crown of his rejoicing in the day of Saviour in all things.” Now and then a the Lord Jesus.

life-picture of godliness is arrested on its On his return to this country he was way to oblivion, and placed among those again appointed a leader. He was in examples of faith and patience, which the habit of praying for each one of the we are exhorted to follow. THOMAS inembers separately, and of imploring, Watson, the subject of the following before the hour of meeting, the brief memorial, has left no written acDivine blessing and assistance. About count of himself; but his life-witness, his five years before his death he was visited testimony in our religious meetings, and with a severe affliction. In the inter- in his last affliction, have left the clearest vals of consciousness he expressed his evidence of a regenerated nature, a holy hope in God : “ The Lord is my portion, life, and a happy death. After months saith my soul; therefore will I hope in of severe affliction and wasting disease, Him." He derived much encourage. when the time of his departure was at ment from the words, "Fear thou not; hand, he gave the writer, almost verfor I am with thee: be not dismayed; for batim, the following account: I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; “I was born at Mere in Staffordshire. yea, I will help thee; yea, I will up. My parents died while I was a child. I hold thee with the right hand of My had no Sabbath-school to go to. I went righteousness.” After quoting this pas- to the church; but knew none who had eage he would say, "O yes ! that is the fear and love of God. When a enough.” It pleased God after this to youth I removed to Etruria, and was restore him, though not to his former employed as a gardener at Mr. Wedgestrength. He continued to suffer wood's. While there, the wife of a fellowfrom extreme weakness, which caused workman died, and in her last moments him often to long to be released from she uttered the words of Stephen, 'Lord the burden of the flesh. He was only Jesus, receive my spirit.' Whether she confined to his bed about a month, and went to heaven I know not; but the during that time was not able to say words came to my heart like an arrow. much. Yet when an old friend called I was convinced of my sinful state, and and spoke of the heavenly city, and began to pray and seek the Lord. I said, *You are nearing it: 'in My was ignorant of the way of salvation, Father's house are many mansions : ' you and had none to teach me.” (This will soon be with the Lord;" “ Yes,” is surprising, as he was surrounded by he replied, “ for ever, for ever.” On so many Methodists in the Potteries, another occasion, when his niece re- and a number of them were employed peated the verse,

in the works of Mr. Wedgewood.) “I

was for several years in this state of “Other refuge have I none,

mind and was very unhappy. About Hangs my helpless soul on Thee,”

thirty-seven years ago I came to London, he said, "O, that is precious! Yes, and settled in Hammersmith. I went to after all that I have done, Jesus died the church, but found no peace of mind, for me, Precious blood!' Mercifully and nothing to meet my case. In á saved from much suffering during his few weeks I heard of the Methodists, last hours, he departed without a sigh and went one evening to the chapel. September 5th, 1864, aged eighty. My wife, then a stranger to me, was three.

standing at the door: I asked her what Mr. Simpson had very humbling views kind of meeting it was, and she invited of himself, being ever ready to give way me in. I soon found that I was among to any one who he thought could serve a people who could tell me what 'I the cause of God better than himself. must do to be saved.' I made up my Yet he was always ready to do what he mind to join this people. One night, could, and did it with willingness and about a fortnight after, as I was going cheerfulness; and in him the poor have from the chapel, a friend urged me to lost a kind and sympathizing friend, believe in Christ for a present salvation. one who to the utmost of his ability re. We parted; I turned into Brook-Greenlieved their necessities. “His record is lane; no one seemed to be near, and I on high," and "his works follow him." thought, 'now is the time for me to be.

I. A. lieve for this great blessing.' I lifted up my heart to God and pleaded with covery. When told, at length, that his Him: I had not prayed long, before my medical attendant had said that his case heart was filled with peace, and I felt was hopeless, he looked with emotion at my sins forgiven. I seemed as if in a his wife, for whose sake he wished to new world. From that time to this, ex. have been longer spared, and said, " It is cept in one, it may be two instances, all right.” He waited a few days in calm and then only for a short time, I have resignation, and then without a struggle never had a doubt of my acceptance entered into the joy of his Lord. with God. I have always felt that I He died October, 1864, in the sixty. had a religion, which not only made me third year of his age. happy, but prepared me to die.”

L. WATERHOCSE. He was truly a new creature in Christ Jesus; "old things had passed away, At Pontnewynydd, in the Ponty. and all things had become new.” The pool Circuit, December 30th, 1864, in whole of his subsequent life was in evi. the sixty-sixth year of his age, MR. dence of this Divine change. He was SAMUEL Pugh, brother of the Rev. uniformly, and everywhere, the same Theophilus Pugh. Very early in life consistent Christian before the church; he was a subject of deep religious and he had “a good report of them that impressions; and had he had some are without.” He showed piety at home, one to foster those religious awakenings and sustained the relations of a husband he would probably much sooner have and father, with affection and Christian been brought to the knowledge of the fidelity. His home was a sanctuary truth. When he was about twentywhere the altar of daily devotion was one years of age, there was a revival of reared, and the fires kindled from heaven religion in the place where he resided : never went out. The head of the family when he, with several others, yielded has passed away, but his household walk to the Spirit's influence, and gave his after him, and forget not the God he heart to God. One Sunday night, adored.

shortly after he began to meet in class, In the world he was "not slothful in while in a prayer-meeting, the Lord set business,” but “fervent in spirit, serving his soul at liberty, and gave him : the Lord.” In the church, while he clear sense of the pardon of his sins. valued the ordinances of God's house From this time to the end of his as a means of keeping alive his own journey, he went on his way rejoicing. soul, and of growing in grace, he also At the time of his conversion his father had

was not only a stranger to religion but

opposed it and its professors; but Samuel “A yearning pity for mankind,

and his brother took up their cross and A burning charity, -"

commenced domestic worship, and God

was entreated for the family. Sereral which led him zealously to labour to save were brought to God, and finished their souls from death. His abilities were not course with joy. In the year 1827 bis great, but they were sanctified to the glory name was placed upon the Localof God. As a Local preacher he was re- preachers' plan, and for about thirtymarkably punctual to his appointments, seven years, as health and circumearnest and indefatigable in his Master's stances permitted, he faithfully laboured work. In some of the villages God put in the church of his choice, expecting honour upon His servant, and made no reward on earth, but a full one in him useful in the conversion of many heaven. He read much, but the Bible sinners. He was also useful as the was his favourite book. He read the leader of a class, and was beloved by the Scriptures carefully through twenty. members who now mourn his removal eight times in the last nineteen years from them.

of his life. He did not offer to the He was called to bear some reverses Lord or to the people that which cost in life, but he bore them as a Christian, him nothing, but, by study and prayer, casting all his care upon God who cared brought out of the treasury of God for him.

things both “new and old." He was When his last affliction came, it found eminently of a meek and quiet spirit; him ready to suffer as well as to do the his words were few, except when he will of God. For about six months dis- could speak a word for Christ; then he ease wasted his strength, and bowed down would pour out his full soul in the strong man, but he murinured not. “thoughts that breathe, and words that His mind was kept in great peace, and burn." His sterling piety qualified him he cherished at times the hope of re. for the important office of clase-leader,

which office he sustained with great use. truly repent and unfeignedly believe fulness to others for upwards of thirty His holy Gospel.” Hence a piety, years. During the last few years of his living, cheerful, fruitful. Being made a life, he was often and much afticted. This partaker of the grace of life, he “gave made him sigh for his heavenly home. diligence to make his calling and elecHis daily walk with God, however, was tion sure.” Few men were more dilistill close and comforting. He would gent in business than he. At the same often say tobis friends and correspondents, time he was ever anxious to keep secular I am resting upon the atonement." things in their proper place. These The evening before his death, although solemn words, “What shall it profit a extremely weak, he rose from his bed, man, if he shall gain the whole world, fell upon his knees, and requested his and lose his own soul ?” seemed to be wife to do the same. He then offered ever present to him, and he acted ac. a long and most fervent prayer for his cordingly. A portion of each day was family, the church, and the world ; and devoted to reading, meditation, and for the presence of the Lord, to be with prayer. He thus “ grew in grace, him in the last struggle. With difficulty and in the knowledge of our Lord and he got back to bed, unable to speak, Saviour Jesus Christ.” Day by day he except in a few disconnected sentences, brought his religion into his business, which his friends caught from his dying and not his business into his religion. lips, such as-“the atonement:” “The Godliness was in him the great regu. grace of our Lord Jesus Christ :” “The lating power, the golden thread intergarden, the agony, the bloody sweat:” woven with the web of life. "Come, come, come!” In this happy As he freely received, so he freely state he breathed his soul into the hands gave. His experience, influence, time, of his blessed Redeemer.

money, were at the service of those THEOPHILUS Pugh. around him : he put forth his hand, in

order to lessen human misery and proJon CowPER TOPHAM was born at mote the temporal and spiritual welfare Pentrich, in Derbyshire, and departed of men. The heathen abroad, and the this life at Belper, in the sixty-eighth suffering and neglected at home, shared year of his age. His youth was charac- in his sympathies and aid. Not a few can terized by truthfulness, strict integrity, say, he “ was a succourer of many, and obedience to parents, and the fear of of myself also.” For several years he the Lord. At the termination of his superintended a large Sabbath-school. apprenticeship he went to Manchester. In this important sphere of duty some of The wife of his employer was a Wes. his most happy and useful hours were leyan Methodist; and her gentle, intel. spent ; and many will have to bless ligent, and consistent piety deeply im. God for ever, for his loving and enerpressed the mind of our late friend. getic labours. As a leader he sought, He accompanied her occasionally to the with affectionate earnestness, to invite Wesleyan-Methodist chapel, and there the members of his class to a fuller learned the ways of the Lord more trust in Christ, and to a closer walk perfectly.

with Him. He was a trustee of dif. In the spring of 1819 he took up his ferent chapels, and more than once residence at Belper, and commenced the Circuit-steward. He studied the business on his own account. One of moral and spiritual wants of those around his first acts was to connect himself him, and sought by tracts, and books, with the Methodist Society. This step and letters, to promote their highest was taken intelligently and deliberately, welfare. He sowed by all waters, and yet with some anxiety, as his friends the fruit will be found “after many were members of the Established Church, days." and considered him to be losing in The youths in his own establishment social position by becoming a Methodist. were special objects of solicitude. They He was willing, however, to bear “the always formed a part of his own family, reproach of Christ," and never regretted and were immediately under his own the choice he had made. His connexion eye. Whilst he sought to make them with the church of God was more than efficient business men, he was ever anx. a name; nothing could satisfy him but ious that each of them should be the a personal religion, a personal repent- wiser, happier, and better for having been ance towards God, and faith in our under his care. Their best interests Lord Jesus Christ, bringing to his own were sought, not so much by words as soul the consciousness that God “par. deeds. He was a sincere lover of doneth and absolveth all them that “whatever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report.” One and in the world more efficiently than and another, and yet another, whilst he had done. It pleased Him however under his roof, gave himself to God, and “who giveth no account of His matters," to the church by the will of God. Some and yet “ doeth all things well," to disof them have died in peace ; some have appoint this hope. His son died in the to "the margin come:" whilst others are thirty-sixth year of his age; to him actively filling spheres of usefulness in " the peril's past, the rear's annulled, the the church and in the world. Nor did journey at its close.” he limit his Christian efforts to his own This painful dispensation seriously denomination ; much as he admired the affected the health of our departed church of his choice, he found other friend. His spirit submitted, and kissed openings of usefulness, and cheerfully the rod that smote him; but the “earthly entered them.

house" received a shock from which it The Sabbath was a delight to him. never recovered. Through the mercy Waiting upon the Lord in His own ap of God this affliction also yielded fruit. pointed ordinances, he renewed his It appeared in an increased spirituality spiritual strength, and walked with God, of mind; a fuller surrender of himself through the help of the Spirit, with staid to his great Benefactor ; a more lively and even pace.

anticipation of the friendships and enjoy. The year 1834 was marked by an ments of the “better country.” We need irreparable loss. His married life had only cite the following record : “ Lond been one of more than ordinary happi. Jesus, into Thy hands I commit my ness. His beloved wife was gentle, spirit; on the infinite merit of Thy blood affectionate, confiding; one that feared I rest my soul.” Then, as if in the the Lord, and her husband “safely act of renewed trust and self-surrender trusted in her.” It pleased God, how the clouds had parted, and heavenly ever, to gather her loving, submissive light had fallen upon his consecrated spirit to Himself. This was a severe spirit, his full heart found utterance in blow to him ; his deep sorrow had no the words of our own poet,voice: and after the roll of thirty years

“ There, there at His feet we shall suddeniy the tear would fill his eye at the unex

meet, pected mention of her name. Although

And be parted in body no more." his heart bled, he did not “charge God foolishly,” but bowed and blessed as he During the last twelve months his bowed, saying, “The Lord gave, and strength had been perceptibly failing. the Lord hath taken away." He knew A disease of the heart was a source of that through the mercy of God, - anxiety to his family and friends : be

only with calmness viewed the end. He “Safe from temptation, safe from sin's “knew in whom he had believed." pollution,

This was the ground of all his hope She lives, whom we call dead."

here he trusted for grace and glory,

looking for the mercy of our God unto This inroad upon the family circle led eternal life. Nor did he look in vain: him to realize more vividly the brevity the God of all grace met the Deed of and uncertainty of earthly joys, and the His servant, who, having "set his necessity of having his own lamp house in order," patiently awaited the trimmed and light burning. Of the past call. he writes, “I am often ashamed of my. The termination of his course was someself, of my prayers, of my all but useless what sudden. On the previous Sunday life, and of the little glory I bring to God; and Monday he was apparently much and yet through infinite mercy, I have better, and hope was entertained that peace with God through our Lord Jesus he might be spared for some time to Christ.” This was followed by renewed come. The following day, however, consecration to the service of his great alarming symptoms appeared, batiling Master, and by growing anxiety for all medical skill. Under this new and the spiritual welfare of his children and aggravated form of his disease, the little household.

strength he had rapidly gave way: In 1858 it pleased God to deprive him Wednesday and Thursday were days of of his much beloved and only son. This great physical restlessness : then came was a severe trial ; since it cut away the a long sleep, and "he was not, for God support on which he had begun to lean. took him." His hope had been to leave a son behind On the following Sabbath suitable him, wiser and better than himself, to and impressive discourses were delivered: fill a sphere of usefulness in the church in the morning by the Incumbent, and

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