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growth in grace. When about eighteen she of books. All light and frivolous literature removed to Leeds, and subsequently she he conscientiously avoided. The privilege was remarkably diligent in attention to the of Christian fellowship he highly prized : till means of grace, enjoyed great peace through prevented by affliction, he was a regular believing, and manifested the genuineness of attendant at the weekly class, deriving from her piety by blamelessness of life. Every. the related experience of others instruewhere she endeavoured to show herself the tion and solace. In the relations of husband upright and consistent Christian. She was and father, those who more especially moum a faithful and affectionate wife, a prudent his loss, call to remembrance his undevi. and loving mother, and discharged the duties ating kindness and fidelity : such was the of her station with praiseworthy diligence. affectionate, yet salutary control exercised What she appeared before the world she was over his children, that he secured at once in the seclusion of her family. She was their fear and their love. The family circle was regular in her closet devotions : alone, she eminently a happy one. To this indeed, the sought communion with God and read His stated celebration of family worship, in the word. Her faith and love were thus daily reading of the Scriptures and in prayer, must fed, and sustained with rich supplies from have contributed greatly. A lengthened above.
God was “the strength of her affliction preceded his removal to a happier heart," and is now her “portion for ever." world, yet in patience he possessed his soul; Those who knew her most intimately loved no murmuring expression ever escaped his her most. The relation of her experience at lips. The prospect of dissolution, when the last class-meeting will never be forgotten opening before hin, disturbed him not. by the members present. During her short Resting on the Atonement, he calmly awaited and severo affliction, she
the summons to depart. The last words he " Never murmured at His stay,
was heard to utter, were, “Yes, Jesus is Or wished her sufferings less."
precious !” His death was more than or. Her faith in God was strong to the last.
dinarily peaceful. Without a struggle or a Her language was, "Though I walk through sigh, he simply ceased to breathe : the valley of the shadow of death I will fear “Sinking in death, to rest with God." no evil ; " " The Lord will do all right:"
W. W. S. and then fell asleep in Him she loved so truly, in the thirtieth year of her age.
August 20th.-At Tavistock, in the twenty. fifth year of her age, Rachel, the beloved wife
of the Rev. William Parsonson. She was the July 8th, 1865.--At Pendleton, in the Irwell-strect Manchester Circuit, aged forty
child of pious parents, and was blessed with nine, Mr. William Aspinall, a native of the advantages of Sunday-school instruction. Blackburn, and for five-and-twenty years a
In comparatively early life she was converted consistent member of the
Wesleyan-Methodist to God, and retained with clearness the Society. Under the care of a pious mother; life. In the various places where she resided
evidence of her acceptance to the close of he was early instructed in the ways of God she was made exceedingly useful—both as a and truth, and although not until riper Sabbath-school teacher, and as a guide to years were reached a subject of God's saving
the young. The kindness of her disposition, grace, he was yet preserved from the sins and follies to which youth especially stands
the propriety of her deportment, and the exposed. His whole deportment, well nigh
savour of ber piety endeared her to all who
knew her. Paths of usefulness in the church from reason's dawn, was well conducted and moral. As in the case of Lydia, “whose
were opening up before her; and the hope heart the Lord opened," he was gently led
was cherished that her life might be proto place his sole reliance for mercy and sal.
longed for successful service in the cause of
God. But He saw otherwise. Throughout vation on the merits of a crucified Redeemer;
her affliction she was kept in a state of peace, his subsequent career being uniformly that of an humble, self-renouncing, faithful fol.
and expressed great confidence in God, lower of Christ : in quietness and peace, he
while her patience and gentleness were truly held fast his integrity. As an office-bearer of exemplary. In the wanderings of mind of the church, he was eminently courteous and
casioned by fever, her chief utterances were faithful, seeking the prosperity of Zion, and
those of prayer and praise, with quotations rejoicing in her welfare.
from Scripture and the Wesleyan Hymn.
He was naturally book ; and often (although in the utmost of a timid and retiring disposition ; yet his unvarying gentleness and probity were such the songs of our Zion. She had been mar
feebleness of body) she tried to sing parts of as to produce an impression on the minds of those who knew him best, that to him there
ried but a few months, when she fell asleep
in Jesus. had been given largely of the grace which “ suffereth long and is kind," which“ August 29th. At the Wesleyan Missionvieth not," which "vaunteth not itself, is house, Cantonment, Bangalore, in her fortynot puffed up, doth not behave itself un- ninth year, Katherine, the beloved wife of seemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily the Rev. Matthew Trevan Male, and danghter provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in of the late Rev. William Buckley Fox. In iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth.” Mr. early life she was a subject of the gracious Aspinali was a diligent student of Holy influences of the Holy Ghost, especially in Scripture : the Bible was to him the Book connexion with the ministry of the Rer.
G. B. Macdonald, then one of her father's October 8th.–At Shaftesbury, the Rev. colleagues. When about fifteen years of age, Robert Gover, in the sixty-seventh year of she gave her heart to the Lord, and became his age, and the fortieth of his ministry. a member of His church. In the Mission- He was born at Rochester, in the year 1798 ; work she was deeply interested ; and in that and his parents, who were much respected work was, in a more than ordinary degree, menibers of the Wesleyan-Methodist Society, a "help-meet" to her husband. In the were impressed with the belief that he was promotion of female education in India she destined to become a Minister of the Gospel. laboured, for many years, with much de- After the completion of his education, he votedness, - almost beyond her strength. pursued his theological studies in London, For a year and a half before her lamented under the auspices of the Rev. Mr. Mortimer, death, her work was not only among Hindu a clergyman of the Church of England ; and girls, but also among the European women he would probably have entered that church in the barracks of the different regiments had it not been for a change in his sentistationed in Bangalore. She much admired ments, and a persuasion that as a Wesleyan the following lines, and endeavoured to Minister he could more effectually serve God, realize what they express :
and more successfully preach the Gospel of “I ask Thee for a thoughtful love,
Jesus Christ. His character, as a man and Through constant watching, wise a Christian, was one of singular beauty and To meet the glad with joyful smiles,
purity. The great mainspring of his life And wipe the weeping eyes ;
was a devotion to duty. Unselfish, selfAnd a heart at leisure from itself, sacrificing, affectionate in all his relations, To soothe and sympathize."
and generous, he was beloved wherever he She lived not unto herself. Her illness was
went, and by none so much as by those who short; and not until the last day of her life
knew him best. His manners were gentle was any immediate danger apprehended.
and refined, and he possessed a peculiar But her Saviour was with her, and gave her facility of suiting himself
, as circumstances
His a calm triumph over the last enemy. "I required, to all classes of society. am too weak," she said, “ for much excite
countenance was always serene and unment; but I have the essential, the Atone
troubled. He was ready to sympathize with ment. None but Christ, the blood of
the afflicted and distressed; and numbers Christ." Almost her last words were, “It
will long remember his cordial greeting and is a blessed thing to be so near the gates of
genial smile. His preaching was quiet and death, and to have no fear." M. T. M.
logical, while at the same time impressive
and pathetic ; his whole life evincing a zeal October 4th. At Gainsborough, Mr. for the glory of God and the welfare of man. Frank Shipham, aged twenty-four. He was His loss is deeply lamented by a sorrowing nurtured in Methodism, and in his thirteenth family, by numerous friends, and by those year became truly converted to God. He who sat under his ministry. But he was then felt deep concern for the salvation of "just" man, and was prepared for a life of others, and as a diligent Sabbath-school endless purity. For him death has been teacher, tract-distributer, and prayer-leader, swallowed up in victory. endeavoured to promote the cause of God.
R. M, G. His cheerful and frank disposition, combined with uniform uprightness, secured him the October 23d. - At Chatburn, in the confidence of the managers of the Bank in Clitheroe Circuit, where she had resided which he was employed, as well as the respect during the last two years, Jane, the widow of the community at large. During the pro- of the late Mr. Roscoe, for many years resi. tracted and painful illness which so early dent at Stone Clough, in one of the Bolton terminated his career, he continued to be a Circuits. When young she was brought to diligent student of the word of God, large a knowledge of salvation by the remission portions of which he committed to memory. of sips, and received a note on trial for From this practice he derived incalculable church-membership at the hands of the profit when no longer able to read. He celebrated William Bramwell. When setwished to be faithfully dealt with, as to his tled in life, she became a generous supporter spiritual interests, by those who visited him ; of tho cause of God in proportion to her nor did he himself fail in fidelity to others. means, and was accustomed during a conHe much delighted in religious conversation ; siderable number of years to entertain the and his patience and composure, in severe Ministers with great hospitality and kind. pain and in the prospect of death, were most ness. No one, who had opportunities of marked." During the last few hours of life marking the conduct of the late Mrs. Ros. his sufferings were acute; but, in a manner coe, could fail to observe that she was a very affecting and consolatory to his friends, person of comparatively few words, thought. he repeatedly expressed himself" quite ful, and serious,—but withal cheerful : a sure" all was right. To his medical at- demeanour which was the result of much tendant he said, “O Doctor, this is hard reading of God's holy word, and prayer. A work, but I shall soon be in a better coun- severe attack of bronchitis terminated her try;"_"0, this blessed assurance !" His course within the short space of five last tostimony was, “ Jesus is precious." days. She was enabled to sustain the
A, H, M. affliction 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 "Happy, if with my latest breath,” &c.
years of age Mr. Waller became a inem
ber of the Wesleyan Society in Lyon, 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 him for through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, at a twenty years longer, in occasional and valaprayer-meeting held in the vestry of the able service as a Supernumerary, he passed chapel where he worshipped, he imme- away from earth in the full assurance of diately joined the people of God, an'l male hope. Mr. Waller was one of the oldest a formal profession of his faith in Christ. men in the Wesleyan ministry. G. B The evidence of his adoption into the family of God was not always so clear as was desir- November 6th.- In the Lambeth Circuit, 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 oll, 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 constate with deep emotion and many tears. nexion with the Waterloo-Road Society In his last illness he deeply felt his un- resulted 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 went 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 siuners." "I believe in meeting and at the Sabbath-school. An Him," &c. The passage “Call upon Me unhealthy residence and other anfavourable in the day of trouble, and I will deliver circumstances hastened into decline a conthee, and thou shalt glorify Me," was stitution predisposed to disease, and for rendered a great comfort to him : he fre- many months it was evident to herself 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 behered. eminence in his profession, was highly es- At her last attendance at class her simple tzemed for his urbanity, and his death is testimony was as cheering as erer, “that ragarded 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 “full of faith and Few loved the means of grace more than of the Holy Ghost." While resident some she did. Though for years beavily afllic:e], 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 continued to identify himself 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 bocome 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 heavenly Father,
and went forth at an early hour to his October 29th.–AtFlegg-burgh, in the Yar- accustomed employment. His work, hosmouth Circuit, the Rev.James Waller, who was ever, was suddenly cut short. A fall from brought to God through the instrumentality a considerable height in a moment removed of his own father ; who, being a godly mem- him from a scene of trial and coatiet 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. I
A hundred years ago : the Conference of 1765, Calvinistic doctrine of necessity, arguments
Calvinistic reasoning, observations on, 920, 921,
American Methodism, 349-Stevens's History 977
Christian ministers, remarks on the perils of, by
Christianity, evidences for, in the conversion of
the Roman empire, 154, 259–a, without re-
tial diffusion of, no valid objection to its
claims, 591, 709
Church, the, and the world, 630
Church of England, mission of Methodism not
1041, 1137-Methodism and the, in the last pioneers of Popery in, denounced, 737-doc-
trine of, on Calvinism, 805
Church of Scotland, Free, Institution of, in
The first General Council, 385-III. Manifold Gordon, 1101
marks on, 334-modern objection to, noticed,
Codex Sinaiticus, account of, 311
J. Horne's treatise on, 774—“ Hand-Book Complutensian Polyglot, history of, 113
Conference, Wesleyan, at Birmingham, observa-
Rev. T., on Mary Queen of Scots, 147, tions suggested by the approach of, 599. See
also A hundred years ago and RELIGIOUS
Copernicus the astronomer, sketch of, by the
Rev. J. W. Thomas, 436
-claim of Broad Church theologians to have action of, in the Arian controversy, 487, 488,
Corderoy, Mr. Edward, death of, mentioned, 602
Arles, 577-of Milan, 578--of Rimini, 583-of
Crucifixion, the, and the resurrection : order of
Damascus, modern, visit to, 354
Derby, Lord, his trauslation of Homer's “Iliad," | GLANCE AT PUBLIC OCCURRENCES,
outbreak in Jamaica : Lord Palmerston's
difficulties in re-constructing the Cabinet:
plans of the Roman Catholics : public reception
of Dr. Manning in Salford, 1130-1132
Goodwin, John, his “ Redemption Redeemed,"
Gordon, Duchess of, sketch of her life, 1062
Graul, Dr., biographic notice of, 1001
Hannah, Rev. John, on the law of Christian
giving, 141, 212—on our Lord's miracles, 605,
Heat and organization, 448-bearing of heat
Hodge's (Dr.) “Commentary upon the Epistle
ANNUAL STATEMENT by the Secretary, 657
Ashton-under-Lyne : Mossley, 277
Blackburn, 179, 468, 947, 1139
Bradford, West, 370
Bramley: Pudsey, 468
Cambridge: Saffron-Walden, 946
Cardiff : Penarth, 83, 466
Carlisle, 277, 468, 1044
Derby: Draycott, 468
Edinburgh : Bathgate, 564
Guilford, 659—Godalming, 369, 1042
Decision of the Judicial Committee of Privy nor-street, 177–Betlinal-Green, 177-
-London thieves, 1138
Sheffield, West, 370, 563
Windsor: Chertsey, 177, 946, 1042
Farnham, Hale, Aldershot, Farnborough,