Page images
PDF
EPUB

repeatedly discoursed to his family and care about earthly things, and from alarm friends on the blessedness of personal in the prospect of eternity. She left all religion, and on his own peace of mind behind, quietly and confidently reposing and trust in his Saviour. Death had on Christ, and looking for His mercy lost its terrors ; the sting was extracted. unto eternal life. The day before her “ I am not afraid to die," he joyfully death she said to her husband, “ I have said. And again, “I find my latest foe been resigned of late to live or die. under my feet at last.” Thus he breathed Carry's death has been made a great his spirit into his Redeemer's hand, in blessing to me; and this last fortnight I calm confidence and triwnphant hope. have been more resigned to my loss." THOMAS HARDING. On the morning on which she died, in

answer to an inquiry about her pain, DIED, January 20th, 1857, at Great which had amounted to agony, she said, Grimsby, aged forty-four, Jane, the wife of Mr. Hildyard M. LEPPISGTON.

0, what are all my sufferings here,

II, Lord, Thou count me meet," &c.; Her parents were Methodists, residing for the chief part of their life at Humber- and when it was replied, “ Your sufferings stone, near Grimsby, where they wel

will soon be over," she responded, “ One comed the Ministers of Christ on their

moment in heaven will make up for them visits to the village. She had thus the all.” On being asked if all was well, advantage of early religious training, and she said, “ Yes : I shall get to heaven was brought up " in the nurture and not a doubt of it. My trust is in the admonition of the Lord.” The grace of bleeding Lamb. He sendeth none empty this was never wholly lost on her, and

away that put their trust in Him." Preprobably issued in that humble trust in sently she passed away to be for ever the Saviour from which she derived the “ with the Lord.” peace and hope of her subsequent life. On the last evening of the old year, a She was a woman of a meek aud quiet little before midnight, she left the rooin, spirit; no talker, no gossip, no busybody and on her return said, “ I have spent in other people's matters. Ever ready to the last few minutes of the old year, and Jisten to those who were wiser than her

the first of the new, in prayer, at the bedself, and patient with those who were not, side wbere Carry died;" adding, “We she was " slow to speak," and still more were among the bereaved of '56 : who of "slow to wrath.' She put a favourable us shall go in '57 ?" In twenty days construction on what was doubtful in the that solemn question was answered ! characters and doings of others; and said

J. C. L. little about that which did not admit of such construction. She was wellinformed, and possessed more than the average of good sense and discretion. JULY 13th, 1856.- At Kirk Andreas, in the She loved the people of Christ, and the

Ramsay and Peel Circuit, Isle of Man, Miss Ministers of Christ, and the things of

Jane Cannell, aged seventy-three. In February, Christ; and took pleasure in a plain and

1808, she joined the Wesleyan Methodists. She

was a sincere lover of God, of His cause, and His generous hospitality, which was not occa

people. For many years she was devoted to the sional, but frequent and habitual.

work of a Missionary Collector, being the first in So recently as November 25th last, she her neighbourhood, and very successful. She had witnessed the departure of her young steadily adorned her Christian profession, and est daughter, an interesting and promising was greatly attached to the house of prayer; the child of about twelve years, after a short last place she visited being the Wesleyan chapel. illness, which had a sudden and unex

The affliction which terminated her life was propected termination. This was a great

tracted and painful, but endured with patience stroke, but became a great blessing, as it

and resignation. To a Leader and Local Preacher,

who visited her just before her decease, she detended to prepare her the more for her

c!ared her confidence in God; and, to a relation, own call. Though delicate, she was as

oxpressed her “ desire to depart, and to be with well as usual on the Friday evening, and Christ, which is far better." died (after much acute suffering) on the following Tuesday morning ; exactly July 25th. At his residence, Shawberry-Place, eight weeks after her daughter Caroline. Newcastle-on-Tyne, at the advanced age of ninetyIt was ascertained (and this is some con

one years, Mr. Jonathan Vickers. He received solation to her sorrowing friends) that no

some of his first religious impressions under the human aid could have saved her.

preaching of the Founder of Methodism; and for Her sufferings were great, and so was

fifty years was himself a Local Preacher. He

died, as he had long lived, full of faith and of the her patience. She was kept in peace, by Holy Ghost, in sure and certain liope of a glori. the presence of her Saviour ; free from

ous resurrection.

J. S. V,

[ocr errors]

August 4th-At Cheltenham, Miss Taylor, heaven. With brightened eye and uplifted band, Aged sixty-six years. She had been the subject she tremulously said, of saving grace for more than forty years. Her

There is my house and portion fair, childhood and youth were guarded by the kind

My treasure and my heart are there, est parental solicitude; but her early years were

And my abiding home." spent in the pleasures of this world. About the age of twenty, a variety of circumstances led her After a night of much restlessness, followed by to " consider" her “ ways, "and she was enabled some hours of unconsciousness, the messenger by the grace of God to yield her heart unto the came, and she departed “ to be with Christ." Lord. From that period there was no wavering

G. S. in her Christian profession : she had found the pearl of grat price, and counted it a sacred Dec. 19th.–At Molcombe, in the Shaftesbury treasure, watching it with jealous care. The Circuit, Mrs. Mary Moore, aged ninety-three. whole current of her life was changed, and with She was admitted into communion with the Meearnestness and constancy she was engaged in thodists in December, 1818, and continued a works of mercy and love. Twenty-eight years faithful member to the time of her decease. Her ago she became the Leader of a class: this im- prospect of heaven was clear. She loved the portant charge she undertook with great trem- Lord with all her heart, and said in death, " He bling; but, by “the supply of the Spirit of Jesus is my goodly Portion."

W. B. Christ," she was made very useful to many persuns, some of whom passed away before her to Jan. 6th, 1857.- At Glossop, the Rev. Ambrose the realms of light. The last two years of life Freeman, in the sixty-third year of his age, and were spent in comparative seclusion, the hand of the forty-third of his ministry. Ile was a native affliction resting heavily upon her; but her com- of Reading, and in his sixteenth year reinoved to munion with God her Saviour was deep and Newbury, where he first became acquainted with constant. At times, Satan strove, by a thousand the Methodists and joined their communion. arts, to disturb her peace ; but she was “ inore Constrained by the love of God, he soon souglit than conqueror through Him who had loved to bring sinners to Christ, and was appointed to her;" and she sweetly fell asleep in Jesus, be- a Circuit in 1814. He adorned his Christian queathing to ber sorrowing family and friends a profession, and was an able, faithful, and useful beautiful example of piety, uniforin, steadfast, Minister of Christ. llis affliction was severe, progressive, and finally triumphant. T. and it came on unexpectedly: but he had not

the slightest disposition to murinur. " Praise Dec. 18th.-In the Bristol North Circuit, aged God for the affliction !" he said, on one occasion eighty-seven, Mrs. Sarah Hall; herself a Me- of special refreshing: "on no account would I thodist of the third generation, and the greate have been without it." The evening before bis grandparent of children now in the way to death, he said, “My confidence and hope are heaven. She was early introduced to Mr. Wes- resting firm on God's faithful saying, that Jesus ley; and received from him, with many words of Christ came into the world to save sinners. This kindness, a silver token, which was carefully I believe, and this I experience." W. F. preserved. At the age of thirteen she joined her fatlier's class. From Mr. Wesley's hand she Jan. 10th.-At Birstal, aged eighty-two, received her first ticket; and till her death-a Thomas Moore. In his boyhood he repeatedly period of seventy-three years-remained a inem- heard the venerable Wesley preach, and he was ber of the Methodist Society. Though under converted to God in the year 1793. His position gracious influences, it was not till 1789 that she in life was humble ; but his intelligent, serene, experienced a change of heart. Her conversion and earnest piety, maintained unblemished for Was genuine, and was followed by a consistent life. more than sixty years, dignified poverty, gained In 1788 she was married to Mr. Jolin Hall, whose the love and veneration of the brotherhood, and name is well known to Bristul Methodism. Their made his name fragrant through the village own new home at once became the home of the where he dwelt. lle was remarkable for attenservants of Christ. Dr. Coke, on his journeyings tion to the means of grace. Even in oid age and of benevolence, was their guest. Messrs. Paw- feebleness, no severities of weather detained hiin son, Benson, Moore, Clarke, Reece, &c., were from the house of God. He took part in the last welcomed to their dwelling. Many years of do- watchniglit-service, and remarked that it was mestic happiness were vouchsafed; but the day the sixty-third of the successive watchinights lie of trial came. Mr. Hall was visited by a stroke had been favoured to observe. Returning from of paralysis, and for nine years endured heavy a special prayer-meeting on tie following Friday affliction. But the Lord supported His hand- night, he was deprived of speech; and he lingered maid, and enabled her constantly to say, “lle in partial unconsciousness several days. But doeth all things well." Until ber eightieth they who watched by his bed could see that the year she was actively engaged in Christian Lord was with him. Hundreds sorrowed around service. The Dorcas Society, the Day-school, the old man's grare, acknowledging that" better and the Refuge bad much of her attention. But is the poor man that walketh in his uprightness, the burden of age now demanded rest. The same than he that is perverse in his ways, though he cheerful piety, which had sustained her in duty, be rich."

J. II. L. comforted her in seclusion. The last entry in hier journal, her last letter, the last interview Jan. 15011.- At Golsithney, Marazion Circuit, with her fainily, and her dying utterances, all Mr. Edward Bawden, at the age of forty-eight. tell of ber Saviour's presence, and her liope of Nearly thirty years ago, awakened from the sleep

of sin, ho sought and found peace with God, Local Preacher, and had been, for four years, during a remarkable revival in the Hayle Circuit, one of the Stewards of the Leigh Circuit. He (which then included Goldsithney,) the Rev. was a strict economizer of time, studied closely, John and Thomas W. Smith being the Ministers and lost no opportunity of fitting himself for at the time. His Christian deportment has since usefulness. The church and his townsmen been uniformly simple, unassuming, and con acknowledge his worth, and mourn their loss. sistent. His last affliction was prolonged, his The loss of his family is irreparable. IIe was ill physical powers being gradually undermined by but a fortnight. Danger was scarcely appreconsumption; but his mind was preserved in hended till reason fell under his severe disorder. settled peace, being stayed upon the Lord. In the early stage of the disease, his mind was While for some time expecting dissolution almost tranquil; and in strong delirium he sang praise daily, the calmness with which he conversed to God, quoted Scripture, and attempted to about his anticipated departure was cheering to preach. The struggle soon ended, and bis spirit all who visited him. He reached the Christian's asrended to the Saviour.

J. L. goal with peaceful composure and confidence, “ Jeaning on his beloved " Saviour.

Feb. 15th.--Mr. George Yates, of byromJ. H. street, Liverpool North. He was awakened and

brought to God at Staley-Bridge in the Centenary Feb. 6th.-At Uttoxeter, aged sixty, Mr. year of Methodisın. Up to that time he had Joseph Taylor, Class-Leader and Trustee. For lived in religious formalism and worldliness, as forty years he was connected with the Method many do, with occasional convictions of Divine ists, and maintained a steadfast and consistent grace. The ministry of the Rev. James Little religious profession. Having resolved to devote was among the means of his conversion ; and he himself to God, he was unmoved by various ever after continued a happy and decided Chris. opposition. Twelve months ago he had a serious tian. His removal to Liverpool opened his way affliction, which left him comparatively en into a large sphere of usefulness; and Mr. Yates feebled. On the 4th of February he was sud sustained the offices of Leader, Steward, and denly attacked with apoplexy. Upon being acting Trustee of Great Homer-street chapel for taken to his room, he knelt down at the accus several years with exemplary fidelity. Ilis last tomed place by his bed-side, and, though his affliction grew upon him with many painful power of speech was fast leaving him, was heard symptoms; but his character shone in humility saying, “ There is my house and portion fair." before God, and in love to the Christian brethren. These were his last words.

J. G. As a Christian gentleman, endowed with a high

sense of honour, he has left behind him a name Feb. 8th.- At TVigton, Mr. Jolin Porter, aged which will be an inheritance to his children's sixty-two. He was induced to attend the Me. children.

H. H. C. thodist chapel in Carlisle through the upright conduct of his apprentice, who had been recently March 27th.-At Bradford, Yorkshire, aged converted to God, and joined the communion fifty-four, the Rev. William Barton. For upthere. In the same place Mr. Porter was turned wards of thirty years he laboured most efficiently “ from darkness to light, and from the power of and acceptably in the ministry of the Gospel. As Satan to God," under the ministry of the Rev. an Assistant Secretary of the Conference, and William H. Clarkson. He at once united with Secretary of various important Committees, he the people of God, and for thirty years was & diligently and ably discharged the duties assigned zealous and consistent member. As the Leader him. During his attendance at the last Conferof a class, he was faithful and affectionate; and ence he became seriously indisposed; and he continued in that important office twenty years. teturned home from Bristol, a contirmed invalid, As a visiter of the sick, and Sunday-school suffering from disease of the heart. During his Teacher, he was diligent and useful. He was painful and protracted affliction, Mr. Barton kind to the poor, and liberal according to his was freqaently subject to depression of mind; means. He loved the house of God; and es yet he declared himself able at all times to rest teemed the Ministers of the Gospel “ highly in on Christ his Saviour. From the first he spoke love for their work's sake." His last short but of enjoying much of the spirit of prayer, and said severe affliction was endured with Christian that he felt habitual peace. He drew much compatience and resignation; and he “ died in the fort from the words of Rom. iii. 25, “ Whom Lord " in great peace.

P. W. God hath set forth to be a propitiation through

faith in His blood ;” laying hold particularly on Feb. 10th.-At Leigh, Lancashire, Mr. James the fact, that Christ was set forth by God to be a Beck, aged twenty-nine. His conversion to God sacrifice for sin. His favourite hymn was the took place at an early period of life. Flis piety 175th; and he delighted to repeat the couplet,was clear and decided, and his general deport

“Friend of sinners, spotless Lamb, ment secured for him an amount of respect

Thy blood was shed for me.” seldom acquired by so young a man.

He was a tender and affectionate husband and father, These words he repeated the night before his diligent in business, and beloved by all in his death; and the last word he was heard to utter employ. He was a useful Class-Leader and was, " Happy!"

D. H. CORRIGENDUM.- Page 380, column 2, line 12, read NOWELL.

LONDON - PRINTED BY JAMES NICHOLS, HOXTON-SQUARE.

[graphic][merged small][ocr errors]
« ՆախորդըՇարունակել »