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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 :

But melts away into the light of heaven." their labours, and their works do follow

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. Ministers found a generous welcome at his

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or three verses of the hymn were sung, evihouse. For more than forty years he sus

dently to his satisfaction. Among his last tained the office of class-leader. In his last

words were, “Jesus Christ, He is my Reillness, he was much comforted by the mani.

deemer, He is my Redeemer." When prayer festations of God's love to his soul. On one

was offered, he clasped his hands, and feroccasion he remarked, “I do love the Lord

vently responded to the petitions. He with all my heart, and mind, and soul, and

gradually sank into the arms of death, in strength. I did not think I could have loved

the fifty-fifth year of his age, having been a Him as I do: He fills my heart to over

member of the Wesleyan-Methodist Society flowing." His last words were, “Glory

upwards of forty years. nono but Christ! He will soon say “it is

J. I. M. enough.'

September 14th. - At Well, in the BeI. G.

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 carly 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 r 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

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I shall soon be in heaven." After a short struggle she peacefully passed into the presence and joy of her Lord. - S.

August 25th, 1865.-At Manchester, in the Grosvenor-street Circuit. Mr. John Starkie, in the ninety-first year of his age. He had been upwards of sixty years a constant and consistent member of the WesleyanMethodist Society in America, at Preston, and in Manchester. His class-leader says: “The simple and edifying statement of his Christian experience in our class-to which he was led by his grand-children up to the last week of his life-always did us great good." He was in his accustomed place in the sanctuary on the Sabbath before his death. He passed away suddenly, whilst sitting in his chair at home, and is among those, we trust, who “sleep in Jesus." His consistent life, his love for and enjoyment of the means of grace, and his oft-expressed dependence upon the merits of Christ for salvation, are our grounds for believing that, when by reason of old age the wheels of life stood still, his happy spirit passed to the joyous presence of his Lord. E. H.

August 30th.-At Staleybridge, in the Ashton-under-Lyne Circuit, Mr. Robert Hadley, aged forty-two. He was converted to God in the year 1843, under a sermon preached by the Rev. Gervase Smith. Having given himself to the Lord, he gave himself to the church by the will of God. He was soon appointed a class-leader and superintendent of the Sunday-sehool, the duties of which offices he faithfully per formed. His last affliction was painful and protracted. At times he expressed a wish to recover. Affection for his family, and a desire to be useful in the church, appeared to render life desirable. Nevertheless he expressed his entire resignation to the Divine will, assuring his friends that, “it would be right, whichever way the affilic. tion terminated.” The message came at last in love, and our brother peacefully exchanged the sufferings of earth for the glories of heaven.

J. B.

September 11th.-At Nilford, in the Haverfordwest Circuit, Captain Lewis, aged sixty-three. For about forty years he lived "according to the course of this world," though a subject of God's restraining grace, and often experiencing the strivings of the blessed Spirit. A very painful worldly loss, the faithful ministrations of Divine truth, and the efforts of Christian friends were the means of bringing him to decision ; with a deep conviction of sin, he sought earnestly the mercy of God through Jesus Christ. His conversion was remarkably elear. He was filled with peace and joy throngh believing. He was now a man of one business ; and with an energy and constancy seldoma equalled, he sought to glorify God by doing good to the bodies and souls of men. In December, 1844, he accepted the agency of the British and Foreign Sailors' Society, in Milford Haven. For this work he was eminently qualified. He knew the circumstances in which sailors are often found, and his heart yearned over them. He was, in his efforts to benefit them, "instant in season, out of season,” – afloat or on shore: and very many of these will be the crown of and very many of these will be the his rejoicing in the day of the Lord Jesus. With equal diligence he visited the sick and distressed, -to numbers of whom he was the messenger of mercy. A hearty Methodist, and filling usefully the offices of classleader, chapel and Circuit steward, he was also ready to co-operate with all who loved Christ, and who endeavoured to extend His cause. His last illness was probably the result of undue exertions when recovering from a former serious attack of disease. When it became evident that the sickness would be unto death, he was not alarmed. Deeply conscious of his own unworthiness, he yet knew whom he had believed ; and blessedly realized the all-sufficiency of Christ's grace. “O! the precious blood of Christ! He bore our griefs, He carried our sorrows;" were examples of his request

les of his frequent atterances. On being reminded of some departed ches whom he had been instrumental in leading to Jesus, he smiled and said, "What an honour on unworthy me. O! my shortcomings and unfaithfulness; but the blessed atonement !-I rest on this,

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,

Let me hide myself in Thee, '" &c. After much suffering, and while life was ebbing gently away, he was heard to say," His love is as great as His power,

And neither knows measure nor end." Thus he entered the world of rest and love, to experience its greatness and blessedness for ever.

M. S.

September 4th.-At Sherburn Hill, in the Durham Circuit, Isabella, wife of George C. Seymour, in the twenty-seventh year of her age. Though the child of pious parents, and a subject of deep religious impressions, it was not until the year 1859 that she felt a saving interest in the blood of the Redeemer. Since that period she continued to be a follower of the meek and lowly Jesus. Not being of a strong consti. tution, she had to pass through deep waters of affliction ; but her resignation was mani. fest in her frequent expression, “The will of the Lord be done." She was of a remark. ably even and cheerful temper, her daily life being an effective recommendation of religion to others. In her last illness she gave utterance to such expressions as these, " The Lord is my Shepherd ;" "Rock of Ages, cleft for me." When nearing the closing scene, she said, “It will soon be over now.

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WESLEYAN-METHODIST MAGAZINE.

DECEMBER, 1865.

MEMOIR OF THE REV. WILLIAM BARTON :

BY THE REV. HENRY W. WILLIAMS. Too long a period' has been suffered to elapse since the decease of the eminent minister whose career it is now proposed to trace, without a memoir of him having been given to the readers of this Magazine. so great are the changes which the last eight years have witnessed in the Wesleyan ministry,--so many on whom public attention was fixed have, during that period, been called away,—that the mind of the Connexion dwells rather on recent losses than on that which it sustained when the Rev. WILLIAM BARTON was laid aside from active service, and ultimately taken to his heavenly rest. But there are many who still remember his powerful and edifying ministry, and to whom some record of his life and labours can scarcely fail to be interesting. Such a record, it was hoped until very recently, would have been furnished by a venerable minister, now retired from active service, whose knowledge of Mr. Barton, combined with his clear discrimination and correct taste, amply qualified him for this service. In the absence of such a 'memoir, it has now devolved on one whose intimate acquaintance with Mr. Barton commenced at a late period of his career, and that fraught with great anxiety,—the period of his appointment to the Hinde-street Circuit,—to render a brief tribute to his Christian and ministerial worth.

The Rev. William Barton was born at St. Ives, Huntingdonshire, on March 27th, 1803.' His father, who was at that time a tradesman in the town, was for many years an active member of the WesleyanMethodist Society, and held, at different periods, almost every office which a Methodist layman can hold. His house was the ministers' home; and there is reason to believe that the godly bearing and affectionate counsels of many of the devoted men who were entertained there produced a deep impression on the mind of William while yet a child. His mother, too, was a thoughtful and earnest Christian. She was a native of Kettering, and in her youth had been accustomed to listen to the preaching of two of the most eminent ministers of the day,—the Rev. Andrew Fuller and the Rev. Thomas Toller. * After

- - -* The excellencies of the Rev. Andrew Fuller, and the high position which he cccupied in the Baptist denomination, are too well known to need any comment. A VOL. XI.- FIFTHI SERIES.

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