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DECEMBER 15th, 1863.- Isaac G. Merk. But he held fast his confidence in God, and man was born in the island of St. Eustatius; retained his hope of heaven, until he fell and he died there. In his parentage and asleep in Jesus. early training he was not without religious
March 26th.-At Kest, Joseph Hutchinadvantages, and he received such an educa
son, aged thirty-three. In 1844 a remarttion as the island afforded. A good moral
able revival of religion took place in the character was acquired and established ; and
neighbourhood where he then resided. He he obtained favour of most persons who
was brought under its influence, and obtained knew him. At the age of sixteen, his friend
a sense of pardon. He at once joined the the Colonial Secretary died, and he removed
Methodist Society, and continued a member to Demerara, where he was employed in a
of it until his death. During the first two mercantile establishment. This situation he
or three weeks of his last affliction, there occupied with the approval of his employ. ers until his health failed, in September,
was nothing apparently to excite alarm in the
minds of his friends; yet from the beginning 1863; when, for a change of climate, he re
he felt assured he should not recover, and turned to his native place. This change
was exceedingly happy. All fear of death was not followed by permanent benefit. His
was gone, and he was continually praising complaint rapidly progressed ; and it was
God his Saviour. soon apparent that his dissolution was draw.
A little before the final ing near. On the death of his father some
moment came, when asked by a friend how years ago, the care of his mother and three
he felt in the prospect of dying, he replied, sisters had devolved upon him. This charge
“My soul, through my Redeemer's care, he supported with the most affectionate Saved from the second death I feel, concern, and to the utmost of his ability. My eyes from tears of dark despair, In the last days of his illness, he became My feet from falling into hell." fully aware of his approaching end, and gave His departure was eminently peacefal. much satisfactory evidence of his prepared. ness for heaven. He had not in vain be
April 10th.-At Tynehead, Barbara Milllieved, nor fruitlessly cultivated the religious ican, aged twenty-eight. She was a verlife in the Methodist class-meeting. The ber of the Wesleyan Society upwards of fre writer paid him frequent visits ; and always years, during which period she was a true
years during whi felt satisfied with his statements of spiritual
follower of the meek and lowly Jesus. Her experience, and with the certainty of his affliction, which terminated in death, was hope of eternal life.
very severe, but borne with calm resignation. March 11th, 1864.–At Ilalton-lea-gate,
The first time her class-leader spoke to her in the Alston Circuit, Rachel Bell, aged of the solemn event which was evident's seventy-three. She commenced meeting in drawing nigh, she replied, “I fear pot death class about fifty years since. At that time with Jesus in my heart." On another de there were but few Methodists at Coanwood, casion, whilst her father was supporting her where she resided. For some time she had in his arms, she manifested a transport of not a clear sense of her acceptance with God. joy, repeating several times the name of But she did not rest satisfied until she had “Jesus." Her death was one of bois obtained a knowledge of salvation by the triumph. remission of sins; and she afterwards lived June 14th.-At Alston, Margaret Slack, in the enjoyment of that perfect love which aged cighty-four. She was born at Buru. casteth out fear. At one time her house was hope, Weardale, in the county of Durban opened for the ministry of the word of life. In her sixty-fourth year, she decided on During her last illness, her sufferings were
giving her heart to God, and her hand to his very great, but she bore them with exem: people. From that time to the close of life plary patience and resignation. When asked
she possessed a good hope, through graos, the state of her mind, she generally replied, of everlasting life. She was a steady at" All is well. The will of the Lord be done." tendant on the public means of grace, until Her characteristic composure continued to worn down by the infirmities of age. She the last. She died in great peace. **
bore her last illness with much Christian March 26th.- At Halton-lea-gate, William
fortitude and patience, holding fast her dooBell, fifteen days after the death of his
h of his fidence in God. Greatly esteemed by the pious wife, aged seventy-five. He regularly
egnlarly members of her church, she was often visited attended the Wesleyan chapel, and was for by them in her affliction, to whom she gave years under good impressions ; but he did full evidence of the blessed hope she felt not feel himself to be a sinner until about until she exchanged the "earthly house of fifteen months before his death. Under a this tabernacle," for a house "not made with sermon preached by Mr. Samuel Hazlewood, hands." he was awakened to a sense of his lost estate, June 16th. - At baltoa - lea - gate, Mrs and led to seek forgiveness. This he hap- Mary Birkett, aged seventy-nine. She bred pily found by believing on the Lord Jesus in utter disregard of the things of God until
the Society, and she had attained her fortieth year. About brought forth the fruit of good living. His that time she was seized with typhus fever, death was occasioned by an attack of para- which led her to think seriously of her state lysis, which completely shattered his frame. as a sinner. Soon after this, the Holy Spirit
was poured out in a very remarkable manner on the neighbourhood of Coanwood, where she then resided. She and her husband at that time opened their house for the preaching of the Gospel by the Wesleyan Methodists. The Lord wrought powerfully on the mind of Mrs. Birkett, and she began to seek Him with all her heart. One day, whilst attending to her business in the field alone, the anguish of her spirit was so great that she cried vehemently to God for mercy, when she seemed to hear a voice saying to her, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." At that moment. she felt she could believe. Her burden was now gone ; so great was the change produced in her soul, that she shouted aloud for joy. In this happy frame of mind she continued for some time, and could say, “Not a cloud doth arise, to darken the skies,
Or hide for a moment my Lord from my
But, being the mother of a large family, trials erelong set in from various quarters, and damped the ardour of her joy: yet, notwithstanding all she was called to pass through, she regularly attended both the public and private means of grace. For several years before her death, she became a subject of general debility. Yet even in this feeble state, though not living near a place of worship, she met in class as long as she was able. and often repeated the words. "I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that
hat day." For two years prior to her departure, she was unable to walk without assistance; but she bore the affliction with perfect resignation to the will of God, wishing to be found ready when the Bridegroom should come. On being asked whether “she felt Jesus precious," she replied, “0) yes !” When articulation failed, a smile sat on her countenance, and her lips were often seen to move, as if in converse with God. In her last moments she gave evidence by signs, that all was well.
June 21st. --At Kellah, Mary Dayson, aged seventeen. She was brought to God during a gracious revival of religion, with which the neighbourhood was favoured about fifteen months prior to her death. During her brief Christian career, she walked in the light of God's countenance, and was happy in the enjoyment of His love. In relating her experience at the class-meeting, she was frank and open. No trifling thing could keep her from the sanctuary of God during the hour of worship. She was the fifth child the Lord was pleased to take from her afflicted mother in the short space of eighteen months. Her illness was not of long duration, but it was very severe, though she bore it with much resignation. She had no wish to recover except for the sako of her mother, whom she tenderly loved. On one occasion, when visited by her leader, she begged him to repeat somo verses she had
heard him quote in a sermon only a few days previously :“We speak of the realms of the bless'd,” &c. When he had repeated the first line, she immediately took up the words, and ran through the whole in evident delight. Before her departure she had such a foretaste of heaven as language could not well describe, and she longed to be with Jesus. Her last words to those around her were, “Meet me in heaven."
July 30th.–At Coanwood, Miss Tamar Bell. She was of an amiable disposition, and, when her health admitted, attended the Wesleyan ministry ; but she did not enjoy personal religion until about a year and a half previous to her death. At that time the Society was visited with an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Many were at that period brought to a knowledge of “the truth as it is in Jesus," who still promise to be “pillars in the temple of our God, to go no more out." Miss Bell, though at the time afficted, went to the chapel, and became awakened to a sense of her danger as a sinner. She soon entered into the glorious liberty of the children of God, in which she stood fast to the end. Two nights before her departure, she was unspeakably happy, and strongly urged her nurse to seek salvation. The nurse asked her whether she would "rather live or die.” She replied, with great calmness, “0, I would rather die, and be with Jesus!” Thus dying she entered into life, in the thirtieth year of her age. #
August 20th. - At Garrigill, William Peart, aged twenty-three. From childhood he was under religious influences. At an carly age he was taken to the Sabbath-school. in which he continued, either as scholar or teacher, as long as his health would permit. His general excellency of character greatly endeared him to all who knew him. But he did not receive Christ as his Saviour until the year 1859, when he united himself to the Wesleyan Society. From that time to the end of his course, he maintained a steady Christian profession. His last afliction was borne with great resignation. Two days before his death, he was favoured with a remarkable manifestation of the presence and power of God. After this he remained speechless until he entered into the joy of his Lord.
December 28th.-In the Pontefract Circuit, Mrs. Wilcock, who was born at Newton, September 21st, 1835. Her parents were members of the Methodist church. Very early in life God the Holy Ghost worked powerfully upon her mind; but not until her seventeenth year did she obtain the forgiveness of sin. She was brought to God by the instrumentality of Mr. W. Pearson, of Scarborough. In her father's house the Circuit Ministers have ever found hospitable entertainment ; and their prayers and counsels, together with the instruction and care of her parents, greatly assisted her rapid
growth in grace. When about eighteen she removed to Leeds, and subsequently she was remarkably diligent in attention to the means of grace, enjoyed great peace through believing, and manifested the genuineness of her piety by blamelessness of life. Every. where she endeavoured to show herself the upright and consistent Christian. She was a faithful and affectionate wife, & prudent and loving mother, and discharged the duties of her station with praiseworthy diligence. What she appeared before the world she was in the seclusion of her family. She was regular in her closet devotions : alone, she sought communion with God and read His word. Her faith and love were thus daily fed, and sustained with rich supplies from above. God was “the strength of her heart," and is now her “ portion for ever." Those who knew her most intimately loved her most. The relation of her experience at the last class-meeting will never be forgotten by the members present. During her short and severo affliction, she " Never murmured at His stay,
Or wished her sufferings less." Her faith in God was strong to the last. Her language was, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil ; " " The Lord will do all right;" and then fell asleep in Him she loved so truly, in the thirtieth year of her age.
July 8th, 1865.--At Pendleton, in the Irwell-strect Manchester Circuit, aged forty. nine, Mr. William Aspinall, a native of Blackburn, and for five-and-twenty years a consistent member of the Wesleyan-Methodist Society. Uuder the care of a pious mother, he was early instructed in the ways of God and truth, and although not until riper years were reached a subject of God's saving grace, he was yet preserved from the sins and follies to which youth especially stands exposed. His whole deportment, well nigh from reason's dawn, was well conducted and moral. As in the case of Lydia, “whose heart the Lord opened,” he was gently led to place his sole reliance for mercy and sal. vation on the merits of a crucified Redeemer; his subsequent career being uniformly that of an humble, self-renouncing, faithful fol. lower of Christ : in quietness and peace, he held fast his integrity. As an office-bearer of the church, he was eminently courteous and faithful, seeking the prosperity of Zion, and rejoicing in her welfare. He was naturally of a timid and retiring disposition ; yet his unvarying gentleness and probity were such as to produce an impression on the minds of those who knew him best, that to him there had been given largely of the grace which * suffereth long and is k vieth not," which "vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself 'unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth.” Mr. Aspinall was a diligent student of Holy Scripture : the Bible was to him the Book
of books. All light and frivolous literature he conscientiously avoided. The privilege of Christian fellowship he highly prized: till prevented by affliction, he was a regalar attendant at the weekly class, deriving from the related experience of others instroetion and solace. In the relations of husband and father, those who more especially moun his loss, call to remembrance his undeviating kindness and fidelity : such was the affectionate, yet salutary control exercised over his children, that he secured at once their fear and their love. The family circle was eminently a happy one. To this indeed, the stated celebration of family worship, in the reading of the Scriptures and in prayer, must have contributed greatly. A lengthened affliction preceded his removal to a happier world, yet in patience he possessed his soul; no murmuring expression ever escaped his lips. The prospect of dissolution, when opening before hin, disturbed him not. Resting on the Atonement, he calmly awaited the summons to depart. The last words he was heard to utter, were, “ Yes, Jesus is precious !” His death was more than or. dinarily peaceful. Without a struggle or a sigh, he simply ceased to breathe : “Sinking in death, to rest with God."
W. W. s. August 20th.-At Taristock, in the twenty. fifth year of her age, Rachel, the beloved wife of the Rev. William Parsonson. She was the child of pious parents, and was blessed with the advantages of Sunday-school instruction. In comparatively early life she was converted to God, and retained with clearness the evidence of her acceptance to the close of life In the various places where she resided she was made exceedingly useful - both as a Sabbath-school teacher, and as a guide to the young. The kindness of her disposition, the propriety of her deportment, and the savour of ber piety endeared her to all who knew her. Paths of usefulness in the church were opening up before her; and the hope was cherished that her life might be prolonged for successful service in the cause of God. But He saw otherwise. Throughout her affliction she was kept in a state of peace, and expressed great confidence in God, while her patience and gentleness Fere truly exemplary. In the wanderings of mind cecasioned by fever, her chief utterances were those of prayer and praise, with quotations from Scripture and the Wesleyan Hymnbook ; and often (although in the utmost feebleness of body) she tried to sing parts of the songs of our Zion. She had been married but a few months, when she fell asleep in Jesus.
August 29th. - At the Wesleyan Missionhouse, Cantonment, Bangalore, in her fortyninth year, Katherine, the beloved wife of the Rev. Matthew Trevan Male, and daughter of the late Rev. William Buckley Fox. In early life she was a subject of the gracious influences of the Holy Ghost, especially in connexion with the ministry of the Rer.
G. B. Macdonald, then one of her father's
Through constant watching, wise
And wipe the weeping eyes ;
To soothe and sympathize." Sho lived not unto herself. Her illness was short; and not until the last day of her life was any immediate danger apprehended. But her Saviour was with her, and gave her a calm triumph over the last enemy. "I am too weak," she said, “ for much excitement: but I have the essential, the Atonement. None but Christ, the blood of Christ.” Almost her last words were, “It is a blessed thing to be so near the gates of death, and to have no fear." M. T. M.
October 4th. ~ At Gainsborough, Mr. Frank Shipham, aged twenty-four. He was nurtured in Methodism, and in his thirteenth year became truly converted to God. He then felt deep concern for the salvation of others, and as a diligent Sabbath-school teacher, tract-distributer, and prayer-leader, endeavoured to promote the cause of God. His cheerful and frank disposition, combined with uniform uprightness, secured him the confidence of the managers of the Bank in which he was employed, as well as the respect of the community at large. During the protracted and painful illness which so early terminated his career, he continued to be a diligent student of the word of God, large portions of which he committed to memory. From this practice he derived incalculable profit when no longer able to read. He wished to be faithfully dealt with, as to his spiritual interests, by those who visited him; nor did he himself fail in fidelity to others. He much delighted in religious conversation; and his patience and composure, in severe pain and in the prospect of death, were most marked. During the last few hours of life his sufferings were acute; but, in a manner very affecting and consolatory to his friends, he repeatedly expressed himself" quite sure" all was right. To his medical at. tendant he said, “O Doctor, this is hard work, but I shall soon be in a better coun. try;"_"0, this blessed assurance !” His last tostimony was, "Jesus is precious."
A. H. M.
October 8th.- At Shaftesbury, the Rev. Robert Gover, in the sixty-seventh year of his age, and the fortieth of his ministry. He was born at Rochester, in the year 1798 ; and his parents, who were much respected menibers of the Wesleyan-Methodist Society, were impressed with the belief that he was destined to become a Minister of the Gospel. After the completion of his education, he pursued his theological studies in London, under the auspices of the Rev. Mr. Mortimer, a clergyman of the Church of England ; and he would probably have entered that church had it not been for a change in his sentiments, and a persuasion that as a Wesleyan Minister he could moro effectually serve God, and more successfully preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His character, as a man and a Christian, was one of singular beauty and purity. The great mainspring of his life was a devotion to duty. Unselfish, selfsacrificing, affectionate in all his relations, and generous, he was beloved wherever he went, and by none so much as by those who knew him best. His manners were gentle and refined, and he possessed a peculiar facility of suiting himself, as circumstances required, to all classes of society. His countenance was always serene and untroubled. He was ready to sympathize with the afflicted and distressed, and numbers will long remember his cordial greeting and genial smile. His preaching was quiet and logical, while at the same time impressive and pathetic ; his whole life evincing a zeal for the glory of God and the welfare of man. His loss is deeply lamented by a sorrowing family, by numerous friends, and by those who sat under his ministry. But he was & "just" man, and was prepared for a life of endless purity. For him death has been swallowed up in victory.
R. M. G.
October 23d. - At Chatburn, in the Clitheroe Circuit, where she had resided during the last two years, Jane, the widow of the late Mr. Roscoe, for many years resident at Stone Clough, in one of the Bolton Circuits. When young she was brought to & knowledge of salvation by the remission of sips, and received a note on trial for church-membership at the hands of the celebrated William Bramwell. When settled in life, she became a generous supporter of the cause of God in proportion to her means, and was accustomed during a con. siderable number of years to entertain the Ministers with great hospitality and kindness. No onc, who had opportunities of marking the conduct of the late Mrs. Roscoe, could fail to observe that she was a person of comparatively few words, thoughtful, and serious, but withal cheerful : a demeanour which was the result of much reading of God's holy word, and prayer. A severe attack of bronchitis terminated her course within the short space of five days. She was enabled to sustain the amiction in a truly Christian manner. When
very near the close of life, she gave utter- own kitchen to as many of his neighbours ance to the lines,
as might choose to attend. At twenty-one
years of age Mr. Waller became a men"Happy, if with my latest breath," &c.
ber of the Wesleyan Society in Lynn, with Her end was remarkably peaceful, in the his pious father's fall concurrence. A year seventy-fifth year of her age. W. W. afterwards he began to preach Christ to others
publicly, and at the age of twenty-five the October 24th.-At Bedford, Thomas Her- Wesleyan Conference received him as a probert Barker, M.D., aged fifty years. He bationer for its ministry. During fortyjoined the Wesleyan church twenty-seven three years he laboured with much acceptyears since, and continued a member until ance in the Lord's vineyard ; and after his death. Having found peace with God spending what strength remained to hin for through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, at a twenty years longer, in occasional and valuprayer-meeting held in the restry of the able service as a Supernumerary, be passel chapel where he worshipped, he imme. away from earth in the full assurance of diately joined the people of God, and made hope. Mr. Waller was one of the oldest a formal profession of his faith in Christ. men in the Wesleyan ministry.
men in the Wesleyan ministry
G. E. The evidence of his adoption into the family of God was not always so clear as was desir- November 6th.-In the Lambeta Cirezit, able, but he trusted in the merits of Christ Mary Foster, in her twenty-sixth year. for salvation, and walked in the fear of Until she was three-and-twenty years all, God. He entertained humble views of him. she knew not the things which made for her self, and frequently spoke of his spiritual peace ; bat an evangelistic effort in state with deep emotion and many tears. nexion with the Waterloo-Road Society In his last illness he deeply felt his un- rosulted in her conversion as well as in worthiness, and regretted that he had “spent that of others. She at once desired to so much time in art, literature, and science." join the church which bad been made a When reasoning on the mysteries of religion, blessing to her, and from that time west he checked himself, saying, “I must go forward in the way to life, prizing every back to first principles." "I am a sinner." opportunity of attendance at the class. " Jesus died for sinners." “I believe in meeting and at the Sabbath-school. An Him," &c. The passage “Call upon Me unhealthy residence and other unfavourable in the day of trouble, and I will deliver circumstances hastened into decline a cothee, and thou shalt glorify Me," was stitution predisposed to disease, and for rendered a great comfort to him : he free many months it was evident to berself and quently repeated the last words, -" thou to others that her death was approaching. shalt glorify Me." He attained to great But she knew in whom she had believed eminence in his profession, was highly es- At her last attendance at class her simple temed for his urbanity, and his death is testimony was as cheering as erer, *that regarded as a public calamity in Bedford and Jesus was with her," that " she knew and its neighbourhood. He died in the Lord, trusted His love." Her sufferings were and in joyful hope of a glorious resurrection. great ; but her mind was kept in peace,
T. A. R. being stayed on the Saviour in childlike
faith and confidence. Her last words were, October 25th. --- Mrs. Ann James, in (on being asked whether she wanted any. the Nottingham North Circuit, in the six thing,) “I should like to go to sleep when tieth year of her age. She was converted Jesus pleases."
W. L to God when fourteen years of age, and from that time was a consistent, zealous November 9th. - In the Lambeth Circuit, member of the Wesleyan-Methodist Society. Stephen Hysted, a man "fall of faith and Few loved the means of grace more than of the Holy Ghost." While resident some she did. Though for years heavily afilic:el, years since in the Faversham Circuit, he she attended her class as long as she could. was induced to decide for Christ and His The last time she was there she had to rest church ; and on his removal to the metrothree times on the road. During the last polis he continned to identifs himeelf with months of her life, through the cold nights the people of God. Within the last few of last spring, she was obliged to sit in months his piety had become increasingly her chair. But no murmur was heard to apparent to all. On the morning of the escape her lips. She was always happy in day on which he died, he had in prayer God, and died, as she had lived, relying on with his wife) commended his soul and the atoning blood of Christ. J. L. body to the care of his hearenly Father,
and went forth at an early hour to his October 29th.-AtFlegg-burgh, in the Yar- accustomed employment. His work, how mouth Circuit, the Rev.James Waller, who was over, was suddenly cut short. A fall from brought to God through the instrumentality a considerable height in a moment rernoved of his own father ; who, being a godly mem- him from a scene of trial and conflict to the ber of the Church of England, attended rest which is above, from a clay tabernacle service twice on the Lord's day, and then below to the "building not made with regularly preached in the evening in his hands, eternal in the heavens." W. L.