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training, possessed considerable know of a large young family. About this ledge, and, above all, exhibited an un- time he entered into business on his usual ripeness and maturity of religious own account; so that to the grief of beexperience. Whatever may be thought of reavement, and the care of his children, such youthful appointments as a whole, were added the difficulties and anxieties there can be no doubt that in his case, arising from a new business course. This it was abundantly justified by the quali: to Mr. Holmes was probably the most fications of the man and the blessed severely trying period of his whole life. effects that followed. He entered on Most persons have their seasons of special the duties of his office with a becoming trial, and many carry in their memory, sense of their importance and of his own with great distinctness, some one period insufficiency: he writes, “I tremble of peculiar affliction that separates itself with fear, I am totally unfit for the work. from all others, and rises above all others I might say with the Psalmist, ' Unless in the measure of its severity. A ship the Lord had been my help, my soul that "behaves nobly in the storm” is had almost dwelt in silence." He pre well thought of. And so the saint, who served his first class-paper: it contained passes through the severe trials of life twelve names when given to him, and with constancy and patience, is highly four others were added before the close esteemed. Mr. Holmes was enabled of the first quarter. The most remark. "to suffer as a Christian.” The trial able thing in this class-paper is, the of his faith was more precious than almost unbroken attendance of all the of gold, though tried with fire.” He members. We fear it presents a per: “sought the Lord in his distress," and fect contrast in this respect to many “the Lord remembered him in all his class-books now, and we are not sur- afflictions." The effect of all was, that prised that Mr. Holmes should so fre- his own heart was more fully quently lament the inattention of many tablished with grace,” and from his modern Methodists to class-meetings. experience he was the better fitted to
The following year Mr. Holmes was sympathize with and help afflicted induced to begin to preach ; he went brethren in Christ. forth to make his first attempt in great Some years after, Mr. Holmes found weakness and fear, but was graciously a second estimable wife, and kind assisted by the Holy Spirit, and en- mother for his children, in his now couraged to persevere. It is evident sorrowing widow. The Almighty was from his diary that this additional call pleased greatly to bless and prosper to duty was used by him as an incentive him in his temporal affairs. to greater watchfulness, prayer, study of quired position, influence, and means of the Bible, and full consecration to God. usefulness, not only in the church of His success in this work led some Christ, but also in the world; and, as Ministers, and godly people, to think far as man can see, he faithfully used that the Lord of the harvest” designed all to the glory of God. Religion, with him for the Christian ministry; nor was him, was a living power, a blessed rehe altogether without conviction and ality, and he gave up himself to fulfil feeling on the subject : but, after much its requirements, not of constraint, but prayerful consideration of the matter, of love, and of a ready mind. The he came to the conclusion that it was grace of God that dwelt in him mani. not his vocation. No doubt his natural fested itself in the purity and elevation diffidence, and great humility, had much of his spirit, and in his blameless and influence in bringing him to this de- useful life. cision ; but it was arrived at very con. In the year 1836 Mr. Holmes had scientiously, and the mature judgment again to suffer bereavement and sorrow. of later life never failed to approve it as His son Thomas, a dear and lovely lad, right and good. The question about the in a few days sickened and died. The ministry settled, he took steps towards suddenness of the stroke added much marriage, and, in June, 1813, was hap- to the severity of it. Still there was pily united to Miss Mary Jowitt, a hope in his death ; and mercy so far woman in all respects worthy of him. mingled with judgment, that the death “She did him good and not evil all the of one son became the means of spiritual days of her life.” Eleven years after quickening to another: so that, while their marriage Mr. Holmes had to mourn the godly father felt most keenly the the death of this excellent woman. In loss of his child, he had joy in sorrow, her death he lost a beloved wife, his and enduring consolation springing from children an affectionate mother, and he his very affliction. Samuel, who was was left in deep sorrow with the care brought to give his heart to God by the
death of his brother Thomas, was at the Ministers and their families, his that time pursuing medical studies in sympathy towards the poor or afflicted Manchester. When he had finished his members of Society, and his zealous course of preparation, he commenced interest in the cause of God, in all its practice in Bradford, was early elected departments, were fully brought out and one of the Hon. surgeons of the In- sanctified to the highest ends. His love firmary, and had the prospect of speedily to the house of God was fixed and attaining great distinction in his pro- ardent. It was not a little thing that fession. Few young men in any pro- would keep him from public worship. fession have entered on a course of He was exemplary in this duty through duty more auspiciously, or with a fairer life; and in the close of his course, when promise of honour and success. But “in age and feebleness extreme," he the beginning was also the end, for in said one Sabbath morning, “I will go June, 1850, he sank rapidly under fatal to chapel, for I can say with David, disease. He was earnestly religious, 'Lord, I have loved the habitation of most gifted and amiable. There was Thy house ;'” he was not able, however, everything in him and in his position to remain through the service, and never to make his life desirable, and his death but once after that was he found within was a great affliction. To his father the walls of that loved sanctuary. especially, it was a great disappoint- In July, 1862, it became painfully ment and sorrow. The fond hopes of manifest to the numerous friends of Mr. years were suddenly blighted. A bright Holmes, that his strength was failing, morning unexpectedly shrouded in and that he would soon depart hence. gloom,-a course that opened with so There is reason to believe that he was much promise abruptly closed. Divine also conscious of his approaching dissegrace enabled Mr. Holmes, in this great lution ; but it did not occasion him any bereavement, to say, “ The will of the alarm, his soul was calm, trusting in Lord be done.” Still, though he held the Lord. At the last sacramental service his
peace in sorrowing submission, that he attended, he privately requested yet his heart was bowed in grief, the Minister to give out the 547th and the bitterness of the cup sank hymn, and during the singing of that into his very soul. Some months hymn he seemed to be unspeakably after he wrote in his diary, “I sorrow happy in God. It was hoped that a not as those without hope ; still it is a sojourn at Harrogate inight renew his great shock to my mind. I have to failing strength, and prolong his valuable complain of too much worldliness; at life; he therefore went to that place in least I have expected too much from August. For a while he appeared to the world. I am thirsting for God. I improve in health, and hopes were enwant to love God with all my heart.” tertained that he might recover some Happy the man who, in the midst of portion of his former vigour ; but an such sorrows, is only led more fully to attack of bronchitis came on, and in a God!
few days brought him down to the grave. Mr. Holmes found ample room in the In his last days, as might be expected, church of Christ for the exercise of his he was eminently peaceful and happy. varied and valuable gifts. As a Local On the Friday before his death he said, preacher, he was highly acceptable in “I should like to pass away.” Referring his own Circuit, and in districts beyond. to his unprofitableness, he repeated, As a leader, he was equally honoured and useful. He raised a second class “In my hand no price I bring, soon after his appointment to the office; Simply to Thy cross I cling." and to the end of his life he was an intelligent and faithful teacher and The day following, several hymns guide of the people placed under his seemed to be much in his mind, care. He considerably aided the erec- especially those that relate to the death tion of many chapels in Bradford and of Christ. He repeated some verses of the neighbourhood, and had great influ- them, such as,ence in the management of their various trusts. For many years he held the
" Jesus, my great Iligh-Priest, office of treasurer to the Kirkgate
Offer'd His blood and died; chapel-trust, and, by his orderly busi
My guilty conscience seeks ness habits, his faithfulness, his personal
No sacrifice beside : attention and liberality, he greatly
His powerful blood did once atote, served the interests of that estate. As
And now it pleads before the throne." Society or Circuit steward, his love for Also,
"What shall I do my God to love, tasted of the good things of God, and My loving God to praise ?"
lived on what he knew. He was full
of faith, rich in experimental piety, of In answer to a question, he said, “ All deep and sincere devotion, and of great is well!” To bis son, who entered his purity of life.” The Rev. Dr. Hannah room on a visit to him, he said, “The says, “Mr. Holmes was indeed a man Lord bless you, and do you good, and of eminent and consistent Christian cause His face to shine upon you." goodness, of high firm principles, of Through the Sabbath he was restless and sound judgment, and of unimpeachable greatly afflicted. In the morning he purity of motive. The influence which said, "I cannot go to chapel, but the he had acquired was great, but it was Lord will come to me.” He also affec, due to the blessing of God on his own tionately remembered his class, and blameless walk and uniform adherence sent his love to them, saying in the to the law of Christ." These character. close, “I shall never meet them again.” istic notices are as just as they are Many precious memories crowded in on
beautiful, and if it were necessary it his soul, but he had little power to would be easy to add to them many speak. On the Monday his remaining similar extracts from the numerous strength failed rapidly, and it was letters called forth by his death. While obvious that the end was near.
devout men carried" him “ to his mind was calm, and his spirit rejoiced burial, and made great lamentation over in “God his Saviour.” Mrs. Holmes him," his townsmen, in large numbers, repeated to him Pope's ode, “Vital gathered in respectful sorrow around spark.” After the words, “O grave his grave ; and the ungodly, yea even where is thy victory! O death where is the openly profane, said, “That was a thy sting ?” she added, " Thanks be to good man.' Seldom has religion been God, who giveth us the victory." His more honoured than in him. face beamed with joy, he waved his The Rev. John Farrar ably improved hand, and emphatically said, “Yes.” his death to an overflowing congregaOne of the Ministers from Bradford tion in the Kirkgate chapel ; and many visited him during the day, and though retired from that service, thinking, or he was conscious and very joyous, he saying, "We shall never see his like tried in vain to tell the feelings of his again. The writer of this memoir heart : all that could be understood was will never forget calling on Mr. Holmes “precious promises.” The following on the evening of the 25th of Feb. inorning, August 19th, 1862, he entered ruary, 1862. The venerable saint was into rest, aged seventy-two years. filled with “joy unspeakable, and full of
The intelligence of his death spread a glory.” With a countenance beaming general regret through the town of Brad- with brightness, and a heart glowing ford. Few inen, for so long a period, in with grateful love, he said, “ It is one place, have maintained so high a
fifty-five years to-day since God spoke character, or have been so universally peace to my soul.". There was lamented. Newspapers, in announcing much of the purity, love, and bliss of his death, spoke of him as a "steady heaven in his spirit, while he rejoiced and warmly attached Wesleyan Metho- in the goodness of God, lo, these many dist; a man of singleness of aim, and
years, that he seemed but one devotedness to the cause of humanity move from the beauty and glory of and religion : thoughtful and earnest another world. The writer can only in his religious life, orderly and upright desire for himself and others more of in his business transactions; of good the Divine grace that bore such mellow understanding, high principles, bene- fruit, and shone forth with so much volent to the poor ; and in all thoroughly heavenly brightness, in this “old godly; an ornament to the church of disciple." Let us " mark the perfect his choice, and indeed to the Christian man, and behold the upright,” for our profession.” Ministers and friends own admonition and good : and let us hastened by letter to bear testiinony"be followers of them who, through to his great worth. The Rev. W.
faith and patience, inherit the Smith says, “Religion with Mr.
promises !" Holmes was a reality and a life ; he
W. J. knew what he had felt, handled, and ;
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 Nest, Joseph Hutchinadvantages, and he received such an educa
son, aged thirty-three. In 1844 a remark. tion as the island afforded. A good moral character was acquired and established ; and
able revival of religion took place in the
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 to Demerara, where he was employed in a
Methodist Society, and continued a member
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 reeover, and turned to his native place. This change was not followed by permanent benefit. His
was exceedingly happy. All fear of death complaint rapidly progressed ; and it was
was gone, and he was continually praising soon apparent that his dissolution was draw
God his Saviour. A little before the final ing near. On the death of his father some
moment came, when asked by a friend how
he felt in the prospect of dying, he replied, years ago, the care of his mother and three 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 peaceful. 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 memlife in the Methodist class-meeting. The
ber of the Wesleyan Society upwards of five writer paid him frequent visits ; and always years, during which period she was a true 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 Halton-lea-gate,
The first time her class-leader spoke to her in the Alston Circuit, Rachel Bell, agod
of the solemn event which was evidently seventy-three. She commenced meeting in drawing nigh, she replied, "I fear not death, class about fifty years since. At that time
with Jesus in my heart.” On another oethere 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 holy 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 Burncasteth out fear. At one time her house was
hope, Weardale, in the county of Durham. 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 grace, 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 composare 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 conBell, fifteen days after the death of his
fidence in God. Greatly esteemed by the pious wife, aged seventy-five. He regularly 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 Ilalton - lea-gate, Mrs. and led to seek forgiveness. This he hap- Mary Birkett, aged seventy-nine. She live! pily found by believing on the Lord Jesus in utter disregard of the things of God until Christ. He then joined 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 heard him quote in a sermon only a few days on the neighbourhood of Coanwood, where previously :she then resided. She and her husband at that time opened their house for the preach
“We speak of the realms of the bless'd," &c. ing of the Gospel by the Wesleyan Me
When he had repeated the first line, she thodists. The Lord wrought powerfully on immediately took up the words, and ran the mind of Mrs. Birkett, and she began to
through the whole in evident delight. Beseek Him with all her heart.
fore her departure she had such a foretaste whilst attending to her business in the field of heaven as language could not well describe, alone, the anguish of her spirit was so great and she longed to be with Jesus. Her last that she cried vehemently to God for mercy,
words to those around her were, “Meet me when she seemed to hear a voice saying to
in heaven." her, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." At that moment,
July 30th.–At Coanwood, Miss Tamar she felt she could believe. Her burden was
Bell. She was of an amiable disposition, and,
when her health admitted, attended the now gone ; so great was the change produced in her soul, that she shouted aloud for joy.
Wesleyan ministry ; but she did not enjoy In this happy frame of mind she continued personal religion until about a year and a for some time, and could say,
half previous to her death. At that time
the Society was visited with an outpouring “Not a cloud doth arise, to darkon the skies, of the Holy Spirit. Many were at that period Or hide for a moment my Lord from my brought to a knowledge of “the truth as it eyes."
is in Jesus," who still promise to be “pillars But, being the mother of a large family, trials
in the temple of our God, to go no more erelong set in from various quarters, and
Miss Bell, though at the time afflicted, damped the ardour of her joy: yet, notwith
went to the chapel, and became awakened standing all she was called to pass through,
to a sense of her danger as a sinner. She she regularly attended both the public and
soon entered into the glorious liberty of the private means of grace. For several years
children of God, in which she stood fast to before her death, she became a subject of
the end. Two nights before her departure, general debility. Yet even in this feeble she was unspeakably happy, and strongly state, though not living near a place of urged her nurse to seek salvation. The worship, she met in class as long as she was
nurse asked her whether she would "rather able, and often repeated the words, “I
live or die." She replied, with great calmknow whom I have believed, and am per
ness, “0, I would rather die, and be with suaded that He is able to keep that which
Jesus !” Thus dying she entered into life, I have committed unto Him against that
in the thirtieth year of her age. day." For two years prior to her departure, August 20th. — At Garrigill, William she was unable to walk without assistance; Peart, aged twenty-three. From childhood but she bore the affliction with perfect re- he was under religious influences. signation to the will of God, wishing to be carly age he was taken to the Sabbath-school, found ready when the Bridegroom should in which he continued, either as scholar or come. On being asked whether “she felt
teacher, as long as his health would permit. Jesus precious," she replied,
His general excellency of character greatly When articulation failed, a smile sat on her endeared him to all who knew him. But countenance, and her lips were often seen to he did not receive Christ as his Saviour until move, as if in converse with God. In her
the year 1859, when he united himself to last moments she gave evidence by signs, the Wesleyan Society. From that time to that all was well.
the end of his course, he maintained a steady June 21st. --At Kellah, Mary Dayson,
Christian profession. His last aliction was aged seventeen. She was brought to God
borne with great resignation. Two days during a gracious revival of religion, with
before his death, he was favoured with a re
markable manifestation of the presence and which the neighbourhood was favoured about fifteen months prior to her death.
After this he remained During her brief Christian carecr, she walked speechless until he entered into the joy of
power of God.
his Lord. in the light of God's countenance, and was happy in the enjoyment of His love. In December 28th. - In the Pontefract Cirrelating her experience at the class-meeting, cuit, Mrs. Wilcock, who was born at Newton, she was frank and open. No trifling thing September 21st, 1835. Her parents were could keep her from the sanctuary of God members of the Methodist church. Very during the hour of worship. She was the early in life God the Holy Ghost worked fifth child the Lord was pleased to take from powerfully upon her mind ; but not until her afflicted mother in the short space of her seventeenth year did she obtain the for. eighteen months. Her illness was not of giveness of sin. She was brought to God by long duration, but it was very severe, though the instrumentality of Mr. W. Pearson, of she bore it with much resignation. She had Scarborough. In her father's house the no wish to recover except for the sako of her Circuit Ministers have ever found hospitable mother, whom she tenderly loved. On one entertainment ; and their prayers and counoccasion, when visited by her leader, she sels, together with the instruction and care begged him to repeat some verses she had of her parents, greatly assisted her rapid