Page images

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, Me. 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 awakening, 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 s 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. Several 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 Local. of 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 fall 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 class-leader,

which office he sustained with great use- truly repent and unfeignedly believe fulness to others for upwards of thirty His holy Gospel.” Hence & piety, years. During the last few years of his living, cheerful, fruitful. Being made a life, he was often and much afficted. 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 aca 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 proJohn COWPER TOPHAN 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 fear'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 himselt 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 : “ Lord been one of more than ordinary happi. Jesus, into Thy hands I commit my

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 the tear would fill his eye at the unex

“There, there at His feet we shall suddenly

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 belierel." 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, sed

in the evening by one of our own Minis- “ They die as sets the morning star ters. “Blessed are the dead which die Which goes not down behind the darkenin the Lord from henceforth : Yea, saith

ing west, the Spirit, that they may rest from

Or hides amid the stormy sky : their labours, and their works do follow

But melts away into the light of heaven."

J.J. T. them."

RECENT DEATHS. OCTOBER 31st, 1862. --At Tollerton, in the years prior to his decease, he retired from Easingwold Circuit, Mr. William Fawcett, business owing to the failure of eye-sight, in the seventy-seventh year of his age. The and in a year or two he became totally blind. circumstances connected with the conversion This calamity he felt greatly, but bowed to of Mr. Fawcett are not known, except that the appointment with submission. Though in comparatively early life, he was induced thus suffering, he was constant in his attento surrender himself to the service of God. dance at the sanctuary, both on the Sabbath But the reality of his piety was undoubted. and week-day services, and took delight in Mr. Fawcett was a man of prayer and faith, meeting with God's people. For some time and exhibited a meek and quiet spirit. In his health had been declining, but not so as the village in which he resided he possessed to alarm his family, till within a few days of considerable influence, and it was employed his death. He then found “grace to help for good. It was his delight to do what he in time of need," and emphatically expressed could for the cause of God, towards which, his confidence in the promises of God. On in its various departments, he liberally con- the last morning of his life, he repeated the tributed. So long as health allowed, no one lines, was more regular in his attendance at the

“ Jesu, Lover of my soul,” &c., sanctuary. For many years the Wesleyan

and asked those around him to sing. Two Ministers found a generous welcome at his

or three verses of the hymn were sung, evihouse. For more than forty years he sustained the office of class-leader. In his last

dently to his satisfaction. Among his last illness, he was much comforted by the mani.

words were, “Jesus Christ, He is my Refestations of God's love to his soul.

deemer, He is my Redeemer." When prayer

On one occasion he remarked, “I do love the Lord

was offered, he clasped his hands, and ferwith all my heart, and mind, and soul, and

vently responded to the petitions. He strength. I did not think I could have loved gradually sank into the arms of death, in

the fifty-fifth year of his age, having been a Him as I do: He fills my heart to overflowing." His last words were, “Glory upwards of forty years.

member of the Wesleyan-Methodist Society

J. I. M. none but Christ! He will soon say “it is enough.'”

I. G.

September 14th. - At Well, in the Be

dale Circuit, in her sixty-seventh year, June 2d, 1864.--At Leeds, Mr. Robert Mary Hardy. When quite young, she was Muff, son of the late Rev. Isaac Muft, and only led to give her heart to God. There was a brother of the Rev. John I. Muff, Wesleyan remarkable revival of religion in her native Minister : favoured with godly parents, village, when she was thirteen years of age, whose prayers were answered in his early and her youthful heart was softened by the piety, he became a member of the Wesleyan Holy Spirit's agency. She and one of her Society previous to his leaving Woodhouse- companions, who survives her, were made Grove School. He was afterwards appren- joyful partakers of God's saving grace. ticed at Leeds, and immediately joined the Both united themselves to the Wesleyan Society there, and was soon actively employed Society, and were permitted to meet in the as a Sunday-school teacher, prayer-leader, same class for upwards of fifty years. Classand tract-distributer. During this period, meetings and lovefeasts were services she those with whom he was engaged, left the particularly delighted in, and she invariably Wesleyan Connexion, and were wishful that spoke with much warmth of feeling of God's he should do the same. He wrote to his dealings with her soul, and of Christ's ability revered father for advice, and received the and willingness to save “to the uttermost" laconic reply, “My dear Robert, study to all those that come to God through Him. be quiet, mind your own business, and Those who were most intimately associated meddle not with them that are given to with her, speak of her with the greatest change." This counsel he took, and con- respect as a woman of strong faith, and as a tinued a member of the church of his father. consistent and devoted follower of the Lord In subsequent years he entered into business, Jesus. Though poor, she maintained an unin which he was diligent and successful ; shaken confidence in God's providence, and but when the class-night returned, however she was never put to shame. By denying hergreat the pressure of work, he repaired to the self she was able to give to the cause of God in place of religious communion. For many such a liberal manner, that her friends often years he was a useful leader, and without expressed their astonishment. She died as ostentation filled various offices of the church she had lived, a humble believer in Christ. with acceptance and fidelity. About seven

T. W. B.

August 25th, 1865.--At Manchester, in I shall soon be in heaven." After a short the Grosvenor-street Circuit, Mr. John struggle she peacefully passed into the preStarkie, in the ninety-first year of his age. sence and joy of her Lord. •

S. He had been upwards of sixty years a constant and consistent member of the Wesleyan- September 11th.-At Milford, in the Methodist Society in America, at Preston, Haverfordwest Circuit, Captain Lewis, aged and in Manchester. His class-leader says: sixty-three. For about forty years be lived “The simple and edifying statement of his “according to the course of this world," Christian experience in our class--to which though a subject of God's restraining grace, he was led by his grand-children up to the and often experiencing the strivings of the last week of his life-always did us great blessed Spirit. A very painful worldly loss, good.” He was in his accustomed place in the faithful ministrations of Divine truth, the sanctuary on the Sabbath before his and the efforts of Christian friends were the death. He passed away suddenly, whilst means of bringing him to decision ; with a sitting in his chair at home, and is among deep conviction of sin, he sought earnestly those, we trust, who “sleep in Jesus." His the mercy of God through Jesus Christ. consistent life, his love for and enjoyment His conversion was remarkably clear. He of the means of grace, and his oft-expressed was filled with peace and joy throngh bedependence upon the merits of Christ for lieving. He was now a man of one business ; salvation, are our grounds for believing that, and with an energy and constancy seldom when by reason of old age the wheels of life equalled, he sought to glorify God by doing stood still, his happy spirit passed to the good to the bodies and souls of men. In joyous presence of his Lord. Ε. Η. December, 1844, he accepted the agency of

the British and Foreign Sailors' Society, in August 30th.- At Staleybridge, in the Milford Haven. For this work he was emiAshton-under-Lyne Circuit, Mr. Robert nently qualified. He knew the circumHadley, aged forty-two. He was converted stances in which sailors are often found, to God in the year 1843, under a sermon and his heart yearned over them. He was, preached by the Rev.

Gervase Smith. in his efforts to benefit them, “instant in Having given himself to the Lord, he gave senson, out of season,"— afloat or on shore: himself to the church by the will of God. and very many of these will be the crown of He was soon appointed a class-leader and his rejoicing in the day of the Lord Jesus. superintendent of the Sunday-sehool, the With equal diligence he visited the sick and duties of which offices he faithfully per distressed, -to numbers of whom he was formed. His last affliction was painful and the messenger of mercy. A hearty Methoprotracted. At times he expressed a wish dist, and filling usefully the offices of class. to recover. Affection for his family, and a leader, chapel and Circuit steward, he was desire to be useful in the church, appeared also ready to co-operate with all who loved to render life desirable. Nevertheless he Christ, and who endeavoured to extend His expressed his entire resignation to the

His last illness was probably the Divine will, assuring his friends that, “it result of undue exertions when recovering would be right, whichever way the affilic- from a former serious attack of disease. tion terminated." The message came at When it became evident that the sickness last in love, and our brother peacefully ex- would be unto death, he was not alarmed. changed the sufferings of earth for the glories Deeply conscious of his own unworthiness, of heaven.

J. B. he yet knew whom he had believed ; and

blessedly realized the all-sufficiency of Christ's September 4th.-At

Sherburn Hill, grace. O! the precious blood of Christ! in the Durham Circuit, Isabella, wife of He bore our griefs, He carried our sorrows;" George C. Seymour, in the twenty-seventh were examples of his frequent atterances. year of her age. Though the child of pious On being reminded of some departed coes parents, and a subject of deep religious im- whom he had been instrumental in leading pressions, it was not until the year 1859 to Jesus, he smiled and said, “What an that she felt a saving interest in the blood honour on uworthy me. O! my shortof the Redeemer. Since that period she comings and unfaithfulness; but the blessed continued to be a follower of the meek and atonement !--I rest on this, lowly Jesus. Not being of a strong consti. tution, she had to pass through deep waters

Rock of Ages, cleft for me, of affliction ; but her resignation was mani. Let me hide myself in Thee,'" &c. fest in her frequent expression, “The will

After much suffering, and while life was of the Lord be done." She was of a remark

ebbing gently away, he was heard to fas,ably even and cheerful temper, her daily life being an effective recommendation of “His love is as great as His power, religion to others. In her last illness she

And neither knows measure nor end." gave utterance to such expressions as these, " The Lord is my Shepherd;" “Rock of Thus he entered the world of rest and love, Ages, cleft for me.” When nearing the closing to experience its greatness and blessedness scene, she said, “It will soon be over now.

for ever.

M. S.


« ՆախորդըՇարունակել »