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love of peace, and seeking to promote it, his life he exclaimed, “ Praise the Lord! I have got the was that of a devoted follower of the Lord Jesus. manifestation!” “It is victory, victory!" For forty-si years he was a member of the “I am on the Rock !" “Q, how good the Methodist Society, and for thirty-two years a Lord has been to me! In this happy frame he class-leader, besides filling for a lengthened continued to the end, meeting such inquiries as, period the offices of Local preacher, Circuit “ Is there light in the valley?" with the resteward, and trustee, with great fidelity. IIe sponse, “O yes ; Jesus is there!” until death was a man of a meck and gentle spirit, always terminated his sufferings.

G. B. cheerful, and particularly devoted to his family, and to the cause of God. His prayers, both in

January 24th, 1868.- At Thurmaslon, in the his family and in public, were simple, terse, and

Leicester Circuit, Mrs. Sarah Hartshorn, aged earnest. He was regular and active in all his

sixty-nine years, having been a member of the public duties, until the time drew near that bo

Wesleyan-Methodist Society for nearly fifty-two must die. His end was eminently peaceful and

years. Her parents were pious Methodists, and happy. His soul was kept in patience and in con

sought to train her up for Christ. When she fiding submission to the will of God. Death to

was about seventeen years old, she was deeply him bad lost its sting; faith triumphed over convinced of sin, and soon afterwards found the last enemy; and, full of hope, he would

peace with God through faith in the Lord Jesus. frequently exclaim,

Her piety was uniform and upostentatious; and in

the several relations of life she evinced the power “I long to behold Him arrayed

of Divine grace. The profound esteem and love With glory and light from above!"

of her children testified to her excellencies as He spoke of his departure with calon composure,

a mother; and her character commanded the and urged upon all who visited him the import

respect of all who knew her. Her last illness ance of religion, observing, “I have not followed

was long and painful; but she was graciously cunningly-devised fables."

sustained, and ultimately triumphed over death J. M. through our Lord Jesus Christ.

H. W. W. November 23d.--Mr. Robert Brown, of tlic Great-Yarmouth Circuit, son of the late Rev. April 13th.—At Leighion-Buzzard, in the Jonathan Brown. He was born at the Orphan- twenty-eighth year of his age, Mr. Frederick House, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in the year 1900. Harris. From early life he was seriously disDuring his apprenticeship in Full, and when posed, and showed his attachment to the house about seventeen years of age, he became decided of God by regular attendance on the preaching for God. From Hull he removed to Spalding, of the Gospel, and other religious services in where he resided until 1842, carrying on a sus- connexion with the Wesleyan-Methodist Society. cessful business. During all this period he was But it was at a watchnight-service, in the year careful to sustain the cause of God with a gene. 1859, that lie was deeply convioced of his sinrous liberality and an earnest zeal. Failing fulness; and at the close of the following Sunday. health compelled him to remove to Norwich, evening service, be, with several other young where he sustained several important offices. men, came forward to the communion-rail, and Subsequently Yarmouth became his place of there sought and found the pardoning merey residence, .where, from various causes, he of God. From that time till his death, he was was less prominent in the affairs of the careful to act in everything consistently with Church. In the summer of 1897, unfavourable his religious profession. His experience was symptoms presented themselves so decidedly, not uniformly bright and joyous; but be that apprehensions of the coming end forced always felt a calm and satisfactory assur. themselves upon all who knew him, and an ance of his acceptance with God through impression that November would close his Christ. He took a deep interest in the Sundar. earthly career took possession of his own mind. school; and, both as a teacher and a secretary, The prospect, liowever, did not produce dismay ; dist harged his duties with the highest credit to and when, some weeks after the utterance of the himself and satisfaction to otiers. His long and above conviction, his paroxysms became more painful affliction was borne with great patience, violent, and respiration was rendered almost -a patience upheld by his constant reliance on impossible, he could still testify to his confidence the Saviour. It was very pleasant to see and in the Saviour. His one desire was for a fuller converse with him in his last illness. As be manifestation of Divine love. To use his own drew near to the close of life he seemed increasexpressions, he “ wanted to feel as when he ingly cheerful and happy. Not more than a was first converted, that he could cut off his quarter of an lour before his death he sang hand,' or do anything, for Christ." Nearly the praises to God, and asked his friends to sing whole of one night he spent in prayer for this with him; and then, without a sigh, be slept in clearer display of Divine mercy, and on the fol- Jesus.

W. G. D. lowing morning, with a beaming countenance,


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OF MUTFORD, SUFFOLK : BY HIS ELDEST SON, THE REV. WILLIAM BROWN KEER. MR. WILLIAM KEER was the eldest child of William and Maria Keer, of Framlingham, Suffolk, where several branches of the family, who are known to have descended from the Kerrs of Scotland, had long resided. His grandfather was one of the earliest Wesleyan Methodists in that part of Suffolk, then comprehended in the Great Yarmouth Circuit; and his parents, from an early period of their life until its close, were warmly attached and consistent members of the Methodist Society, "walking,” like Zacharias and Elisabeth,“ in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless." It is not a slight privilege to be descended from truly pious ancestors. Devout parents, in particular, generally bequeath to their children, in their instructions, their example, and their prayers, that which is far more precious than gold and diadems. William was born on September 11th, 1797, and was early dedicated to the Lord in the Sacrament of Baptism. Throughout his childhood his parents sought to instil into his mind the truths which accompany salvation. Their circumstances, though once comparatively affluent, became straitened by heavy losses; and this, together with other changes, rendered necessary the early removal of their eldest son from

the parental roof. He left home when about thirteen or fourteen years of age; not, however, before he had heard from the Methodist preachers, as well as from his parents, those truths, and received that bias, for which he had cause ever afterwards to thank God. In his new sphere he attended the ministry of the late Rev. William Hurn, M.A., at that time the zealous and faithful, but persecuted, vicar of Debenham ; of whose memory he was always accustomed to speak in words of strong and reverent endearment, and of whom he has been heard to say, "I received great good under the ministry of that blessed man.” Afterwards he attended, with the family in whose house he lived, the ministry of the late Rev. Mr. Dennett, for many years the esteemed Independent minister of Halesworth, whose affectionate and faithful expositions of Divine truth he valued as no ordinary blessing. FOL. XIY,-FIFTH SERIES.

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It is not easy, in the absence of written records, to ascertain the exact time when they who have been from earliest childhood the subjects of the drawings of the Father, come to that decided personal closure with Christ upon which their enjoyment of His salvation depends. That this took place, in the case of Mr. Keer, in very early life, there can be little doubt; as he has been heard to speak of the petty persecution and cynical ridicule to which, when a youth, he was exposed, in his intercourse with the ignorant or profane among whom he was sometimes employed; although his naturally quiet and forbearing demeanour was calculated to disarm rather than provoke opposition. But the information for which we might otherwise have sought in vain has been furnished in a letter from my father's only sister, Mrs. Baxter, of Ipswich. She records the osten repeated testimony of his mother, that when quite a child he was deeply convinced of his lost and sinful state ; that he wept bitterly on account of his sins; and that he never rested until he found peace through the atoning death of the Lord Jesus. His open profession of religion also commenced at a very early period. Very shortly after leaving his paternal home, if not before, he appears to have become a member of the Methodist Society either at Framlingham or Peasenhall, as he often spoke of attending the prayer and classmeetings at the latter place with Mr. Joseph Tripp, then a wellknown and zealous class-leader and Local preacher.

When about twenty-four years of age, Mr. Keer removed to the neighbourhood of North Cove, in the Lowestoft Circuit, where he at once joined himself to the Wesleyan-Methodist Society. Here Mr. Charles Huke was for many years his class-leader; and afterwards, about the year 1837, or the early part of 1838, Mr. Keer, though with much reluctance and diffidence, succeeded him in that office, which he continued to hold until he was disabled by the sickness which preceded his death.

In the year 1826 he took a small farm at Mutford, and was united in marriage to Miss Hannah Brown, of that place. Here he resided for the remaining thirty-nine years of his life, only once changing his house—for that in which he died. His wife, who was also an eremplary member of the Methodist Society, was taken away by death in the early part of the year 1829, leaving him with two sons, for whom he faithfully watched and prayed, striving to bring them up “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” They both survive him : the elder having been for upwards of ten years a minister in the Established Church, and the younger having been for fifteen years past the subject of a melancholy misfortune, which has incapacitated bim for society. This affliction of his son was a severe and painful trial to the father, but he bore it with Christian meekness, resignation, and patience.

In October, 1838, Mr. Keer removed to a larger farm, and was

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