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couraged by the recent removal of a valua. business, with great credit, diligence, patience,
and perseverance; he conscientiously sanctified ble Leader, John Dakin. Mr. Armstrong's the Sabbath, so that no promise or threat, even arrival at that time was looked upon as a of the rich and great, could induce him to profane favourable interposition of Providence ;
that holy day. He considered it his duty to
assernble his family and workmen, every morning and so it proved to be; for he was imme. and evening, to read the word of God, sing his diately engaged to take the charge of the
praises, and unite in prayer. In this he was made
very useful; and their profiting was very evident bereaved people. He soon endeared him both to the friends and enemies of religion. For self to them; and so ready and able was some time he was in a course of blessed preparahe to defend the cause in which he was
tion for the sudden change which awaited him.
He manifested a greater spirituality of mind, and engaged, that its enemies were very cau. zeal for the glory of God and the prosperity of tious what they advanced in his presence
Zion. With great delight he took his horse, and
rode round East and West Lydford, distributing derogatory to the character of the Me tracts to the people, who received them very thodists. Through the influence of his gratefully from his hand. He was making ar
rangements for the erection of a chapel near his upright deportment and godly conversa
dwelling, as the house in which the preaching was tion, many were induced to hear the held was too small; when he was seized with a truths of the Gospel themselves. Prayer
violent complaint, which soon terminated his
earthly pursuits. His sufferings were very great ; was held for a revival of the work of yet the regular distribution of tracts lay near his God; and many were convinced of sin, heart, and he could not rest till some of his chiland sought and found the blessing of par
dren had engaged to continue the practice, In his
illness he affectionately exhorted and admonished don. In this revival Mr. Armstrong his visiters; and he had holy confidence in God was one of the foremost to give directions
through the mediation of Christ, and a prospect
of future glory. He was taken ill on the Tuesday to the penitent inquirers after salvation ; evening, and on the Friday morning following de he was diligent in watching over, instruct
parted this life in peace,
D. 0. ing, and encouraging the young converts; Dec. 18th.--At Terrington, in the Lynn and in this he was particularly useful.
Circuit, Thomas Gathercole, aged forty. He
had evidently been maturing for a better world, Indeed, to the active part he took in pro
during the last three years of his life. He was moting the work of God, in connexion greatly valued as a teacher in the Terrington with the other Leaders, is chiefly to be
Sunday-school; in which capacity he was dis
tinguished by punctuality of attendance, and an attributed, under God, the stability of earnest and persevering endeavour to promote the thirty souls that were added to the
the spiritual interests of the children. It was society in twelve months. An affection
an honourable proof at once of the kindness
of his respectable master, and of the impression of the heart, under which he had been which had been produced by the uprightness of labouring for a few years, induced his
his own character, that when he was taken ill,
a Physician was sent for from Lynn, that no family and friends to suppose that he pains might be spared to prolong his valuable would be suddenly removed to the eter
life. It pleased God, however, that he should
be taken away in the midst of his days. His hal world ; but as it was obvious to them last affliction, being of a highly inflammatory that he experienced a growing meetness description, was of short duration, and attended for “ the inheritance of the saints in
. with a considerable degree of delirium. But in
moments of relief from that distressing affection, light,” they were satisfied as to his his few but forcible expressions evidenced that future happiness. Two days previous to his mind was stayed on God in Christ, and that
his condition, through grace, was safe for eterhis death he delivered an address to the pity. He appeared to be more than ordinarily Sunday-scholars, and attended the preach comforted with reflections on the future reing ; in both which services he was very
surrection and the final redemption of the
people of God; in which he felt his own happy happy. On the evening before his death, and indubitable interest. Referring to the ineit was remarked that he performed family
morable testimony of the patriarch Job, he said,
he knew that he should for himself behold his worship with great delight, and more than Redeemer at the last day; and he exclaimed, usual liberty. The next day, as he was “ We know that if this earthly house of our walking out in one of his fields, he fell
tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of
God, a house not made with hands, eternal in to the ground, and his pious spirit es the heavens."
W. M. H. caped to the paradise of God.
Jan, 25th, 1835.-At Nafferton, in the Driffield CirJohn ROADHOUSE. cuit, Mr. Richard Lovel, aged fifty-two, having
been a member of the Wesleyan society for thirty years; and for seventeen years had sustained the
office of Class-Leader. He was a man of sound RECENT DEATHS.
judgment, and high intellectual attainments, and
Feb. 20th-At Bridgewater, Mr. Solomon Rich, near Wincanton, in Somerset, in 1781. His aged forty-nine years. He entered the army at moral character was very good from his youth;
the age of eighteen, and was soon raised to the and, being deprived of his father in early life, he rank of Sergeant. In this office he maintained an conducted himself as a father to the remainder of excellent character, for his rigid observance of The family. He became a member of the Metho
moral and military discipline. He was remarkdist society when about twenty-three years of age,
ably preserved amidst imminent perils in the and was one of those who introduced Methodism expeditions to Copenhagen and Walcheren, and into Wincanton and Sherborne; and, after much in the most bloody conflicts in the Peninsula. In opposition, into East-Lydford also, where he 1816, while his regiment lay at Gosport, he joined principally supported it till the day of his death. the Wesleyan society, and for above eighteen ile managed a very extensive and complicated years adorned his profession as a Wesleyan
the age otty nine y
the family himself as a fais father in earls youth;
While hisody cona gen and w.perils in
Methodist. Attached to the force appointed to ately unloosed the horses, and with speed repaired protect the republic of the Ionian Islands, he was home to proclaim the glad tidings to his family! a member of the first Wesleyan society formed Having been in the society two years, he was emin Corfu, and hired a house for its accommodation, ployed as a Local Preacher; in which capacity he On removing to Zante, he was destitute of the was engaged till obliged to desist through loss of social advantages of Wesleyan Methodism; but memory. He kindly entertained the Preachers for the Rev. Mr. Lowndes, a Church Missionary, on many years, and manifested an affectionate regard visiting the island, was welcomed by Mr. Rich, for them to the end of his life. He was a lover of and continued to preach in his house while he Methodism; a man of a meek and quiet spirit; remained there. In the year 1827, Mr. Rich came and studied, as much as in him lay, to live peaceto reside in Bridgewater, and was soon called to ably with all men. On the evening of March 1st fill the most active and responsible offices con he was at the preaching; he returned home, and nected with Wesleyan institutions in this town; retired to bed, without any apparent indisposition. the duties of which he discharged in the most During the night he was seized with paralysis, accurate and systematic manner. During his which deprived him of the use of one side, and illness his sufferings were great ; but the grace of nearly of the power of speech. He continued till Christ was sufficient for him. A little before his the evening of the following Sabbath, when he death, he was heard to say, “I am going." His entered into rest.
G. C. wife inquired, " Where?" "To heaven," he
March 9th. At Hooton-Levit, in the Rotherreplied: " will you go with me?" Being desired
ham Circuit, Thomas Goodair, aged sixty-eight. to signify the state of his mind, he answered, with surprising distinctness, “ Happy, happy." Thus
He was a consistent member of the Methodist the end of the upright man was peace.
society for nearly forty years, and a useful ClassH. V. o.
Leader. His house was the home of God's Minis.
ters, and he cheerfully contributed towards the supFeb. 23d.At Eynesbury, in the St. Neot's port of all the Wesleyan funds. A few days before Circuit, Mrs. Pratt, having been a member of his death he gave, unsolicited, a subscription to the Methodist society about thirty-five years. the Wesleyan Theological Institution. He died, She was convinced of sin under a sermon as he lived, at peace with God, and with all manpreached by the Rev. Isaac Turton, and was a kind,
R.P. steady and consistent Christian, and died in peace.
March 16th.-At flolmpton, in the Patrington J. W.
Circuit, George Wilkinson ; having been a steady March 3d-At Long Eaton, in the Ilkestone member of the Methodist society forty-eight Circuit, Thomas Vickers, in the twenty-ninth years, and for some time filled the oftice of year of his age: having been a member of the Class-Leader. His experience in divine things Methodist society for five years. He sought was clear; and his love to the means of grace salvation through the blood of Christ with great evidenced by a constant attendance whenever his earnestness; his prayer was heard and an. health would permit. His last affliction confined swered; and his soul filled with joy and peace him to the house only a few days, during which through believing. His life and conversation he was very happy, and resigned to the will of afterwards adorned the doctrine of God his God. To a member of his class who visited him, Saviour. His faith was long tried in the fur when asked if he felt Christ to be precious, he nace of affliction; but he triumphed through the replied, “I always feel him. Glory be to his blood of Christ, found the grace of God sulficient name, I shall soon be with him."
M. C. for him, and shone like burnished gold. Some
March 18th.-At Runcorn, in the Warrington of his last words were, “ The b'st of all is, Gud
Circuit, Miss Ankers, aged thirty years. She was is with me." Soon after uttering these words,
favoured by the Spirit of God with deep conviche entered into the joy of his Lord ; following
tions of sin, from the guilt and power of which an amiable sister, who died in the faith about seven months before him.
she obtained deliverance through faith in Christ. J. A.
In March, 1824, she joined the Methodist society, March 4th-Near Shrewsbury. at his sister's and remained one of its upright and steady memhouse, in the twenty-eighth year of his age, the bers during her subsequent life. Convinced that Rev. Henry Fell, a returned Missionary. He left Christian Missions are necessary for a “world that this kingdom for Jamaica in the early part of lieth in wickedness," she was a zealous, diligent, 1834. Soon after his arrival, he took a violent and successful Missionary Collector. It pleased cold, which fixed on his lungs, and laid him aside God to remove her from this state of trial by a from his work. He was advised by his medical rapid consumption. The affliction was richly attendant and his brethren to return to his na sanctified to her mind; and her growth in grace tive country; with which he was obliged to was most strikingly visible to all her religious comply. After his return he was resigned to the friends. She evinced strong confidence, deep will of God, though affected with the thoughts of humility, matured patience, fervent gratitude, being cut down in the prime of life, and the pros expansive charity, and lively hope. The goodness pect of usefulness in the church of God. He said of God, the preciousness of the Redeemer, the he was very happy when he thought his end was value of religion, the everlasting inheritance, were near. To his sister he said, "Do not make your themes on which she was ready to converse with self uneasy about me. All is well." In this state emphasis and delight. Conscious of something of mind he yielded up his soul to God.
strange stealing over her frame, she said to the W. D. nurse, “ Am I dying?” “I believe you are,"
was the reply. Undismayed at the solemnn anMarch 8th.At Ramsey, Isle of Man, Mr. John Corlett, sen., in the sixty-seventh year of his age.
nouncement, she calmly said, “Feel if there be
any pulse." The nurse instantly obeyed, and In early life he rested his spiritual safety in a
answered, "No." Persuaded that she was enterregular attendance upon the ordinances of the
ing “ death's cold flood," she desired her sister to established Church, till about his twenty-fifth
stand aside, that she might give her mother a year, when the Minister, on the Sabbath before the administration of the sacrament, announced
farewell look; and as her darkening eyes gazed on it in the following manner :-“Dearly beloved,
the agonized widow, she exclaimed, "o mother! on Sunday next, I purpose, through God's assist
weep not for me. The Lord deals gently with
me." Then waving her pale hand over her bosom, apce, to administer to all such as shall be religious
she added, “Jesus is pouring in the oil and wine and devoutly disposed, that most comfortable sacrament of the body and blood of Christ, to be
of his consolation. I am going to glory. Glory ! received by them in remembrance of his meritori.
glory! glory!” Having thus given her dying
testimony, she immediately, without a struggle, ous cross and passion, whereby alone we obtain the remission of sins." The last clause was forcibly
groan, or sigh, fell asleep in Jesus. J. applied to his couscience; and he instantly saw March 19th.--At 'Withern, in the Alford Cirhimself to be a guilty sinner. He began to fre- cuit, aged eighty-one years, Mrs. Elizabeth Dales; quent the ministry of the Methodists, under which having been a steady and uniform member of the his convictions were increased, and he soon joined Methodist society for thirty-nine years. She was the society. One day while following the plough, remarkable for placidity of temper under all cir. the Lord spake peace to his soul. He immedi- cumstances ; abstained from all back biting and
such utrusted. ment of the fitness, and caried in
evil speaking: was charitable to the poor and needy; maintained to the last her spiritual vigour, and rejoiced in the prosperity of the work of God; always manifesting great pleasure in God's service, and in union with his people. To the last she was diligent in preparing articles for the Foreign Missions, several dozens of which she sent abroad every year. Almost the last words she uttered were, " Let me go.” On being asked where she wanted to go, she answered, " To Jesus."
R. B. March 23d.At Northleigh, near Witney, in the seventy-fifth year of his age, Mr. Joseph Shepherd, sen., having been a member of the Methodist society forty-eight, and a Leader fortyfour years. He was brought out of darkness into light by the instrumentality of a highly esteemed Class Leader in the neighbourhood, who yet survives him; and, during the whole of his subsequent life, he maintained, by universal acknowledgment, a most unblemished character, living and dying in peace with God and man. Through the sudden death of his father he commenced the baking business, at seventeen years of age, with only the means of purchasing half a sack of flour; but by sobriety, economy, industry, and piety, he has been enabled to leave considerable wealth to a numerous family. He was considered as the father of the Witney market, having attended it nearly sixty years, and was admitted by all to be unrivalled 'in fairness of dealing. The Wesleyan cause at Northleigh, under God, is indebted to him for its origin, and principal support for nearly half a century. The chapel we have there was erected, and afterwards enlarged, chiefly by his contributions and exertions; and our Ministers have been hospitably received at his house during the same period. To visit him, in the few weeks of his affliction, was a gratifying duty. He could say with Job, “I know that my Redeemer Jiveth;” and was looking forward with desire and holy delight to see the glorified spirits of the venerated Wesley, and others of the fathers of Our ministry, whom he had known in the flesh. Devout men carried him to his burial; and both the rich and the poor made lamentation over him, not only as one who was born and had lived honourably all his days among them, but as a true Christian.
B. A. March 24th-At Horsham, in the seventy-fifth year of her age, Sarah Bristow. She joined the Methodist society in the year 1827, previously to which she belonged to an Independent church in this town. She dwelt with peculiar interest and delight on the doctrine of general redemption, and also on that of entire sanctification. She sought and obtained the mercy of God, and the gift of the Holy Spirit, through faith in the sacrifice of Christ. Her walk was the walk of faith, and not of sight; and her end was peace.
J. C. March 26th.lt Wigtoft, in the Spalding Circuit. Mr. Thomas Rayson, who had been for many years a Class-Leader and Steward of the Wesleyan society in that village. He was a man of deep piety, and of most exemplary conduct, which obtained for him general respect and esteem. The sickness which brought him to death was lingering and severe. But he obtained the victory, and died rejoicing in the full assurance of eternal life, aged fifty years. R. M.
March 28th.-At Donnington-Bridge, in the Spalding Circuit, Miss Ann Myland, aged thirtyeight years. She was much respected for her integrity and benevolence. Just before her last sickness she appeared to be increasing in faith and good works; and when called to suffer severe affliction, she bore it with Christian submission and fortitude. Her last words were, “Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly;" and she calmly ex. changed mortality for life. Out of the little property she left, she has bequeathed £50 to the Donpington chapel, and £5 to the Wesleyan Missions.
R. M. March 29th.-At Wakefield, deeply and justly regretted by a numerous circle of friends, Maria, youngest daughter of Mr. Benjamin Kitson, an aged and respected Class-Leader and Trustee. The fruits or a religious educa.
tion, and the influence of parental example, were early developed in her consistency of moral character and kindness of disposition. In the various duties to which her situation in life called her, she acquitted herself with honour. As a Sunday-school Teacher, while bealth permitted, she was regular in her attendance, and earnest and affectionate in communicating instruction. As a Visiter of the Benevolent Society, she was unwearied in her exertions to relieve distress, and judicious in the management of the funds with which she was entrusted. At the time she obtained mercy, such was the anguish of her soul, that she became an object of much interest to those who met in class with her: one of her sisters in the Lord, at a private interview, after praying with her for the blessing of pardon, and the witness of the Spirit, directed her attention to the blood of Jesus, to the mercy-seat, sprinkled with that blood, and to the promise, i There I will meet with thee, and commune with thee." At that moment she was favoured with a manifestation of mercy, and with holy rapture exclaimed, “I feel it! I feel it! The blood is availing. It has availed for me! O how changed is every thing around me! All is beautiful. In my Fa. ther's house are many mansions. My Redeemer has prepared a mansion for me, and I shall see my mother there!” She never lost the savour of that hour. During the season of her suffering, she was distinguished by patience, meekness, and spirituality of mind, and expressed herself as having neither doubt nor fear. “I know," she said, that I love God, and that God loves me. He will not leave me." A short time before her death, when her strength and heart were failing, she requested her affectionate sister, Mrs. Vevers, to remind her of some suitable sentiment on which to rest. She was reminded of the two last lines in the fifth verse of that beautiful hymn, beginning with,
ow I have found the ground wherein." She continued at intervals to repeat thein; and in the very moment of death she was heard faintly to articulate,
« On this my steadfast soul relies,
J. S. March 31st.-At North-Birkenhead, in the Liverpool North Circuit, the Rev. W. Radcliffe, aged sixty years; during thirty-three years of which his name has stood on the Minutes, as a Preacher in the Methodist Connexion. Two years ago, the precarious state of his health compelled him to become a Supernumerary; and for some months past his sufferings have been great, and his end visibly approaching. In mathematics and divinity his attainments were of no ordinary kind; and, as his temper was amiable, his conversation peculiarly interesting, and his character without a spot, he enjoyed the affection of the people among whom he laboured, and the esteem of his brethren in the ministry. During his protracted and painful affliction his general state of mind was eminently holy, tranquil, and full of immortal hope.
S.J. April 2d.-At Stroud, Mr. Charles Halliday, after a short illness, in the eighty-seventh year of his age. He was a descendant of pious parents, who were members of the Methodist society; and their example and admonitions were sanctified to him in childhood. At four years of age he feared the Lord; but, leaving home when young, his mind was diverted frorn divine realities, until he was about twenty-seven years old, when, under the ministry of the Rev. William Jenkins, he was led to give himself to God and unite with his people. His distress of mind, for some tiine, was great. A respectable gentleman expressed his regard and pity for him; and fearing that his religious concern would be injurious, to render his mind calm and sober, he put into his hands “Doddridge's Rise and Progress of Religion in the So the reading of which, contrary to what was intended, "the love of God was shed abroad in his heart by the Holy Ghost given unto him.”
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Having an ardent mind, and being Zealous for God, he was rendered very useful. He formed a Sunday-school, which was the second in Stroud, and watchel over it with delight for nearly forty years. He was a Trustee of several chapel, loved the habitation of God's house, was gifted in prayer, and “served his generation by the will of Go 1." He was suddenly attacked with an inflammatory disease; but, with death in view, he was calm, and trusted in the Lord. In the morning of the day of his exit, he desired that a prayer meeting might be held in his room, that his friends might, as he expressed it, pray him into glory; but, shortly after, without a struggle, sigh, or groan, he fell asleep.
.0. April 21. - At Whitchurch, (Salop) Mr. Charles Savage, aged forty. He was long a much-respected and consistent member of the Methodist society in this town, and a useful Sunday school teacher. For many years he was afflicted with asthma, but endured his protracted sufferings with exemplary patience and Christian fortitude. In his last illness he bore a clear testimony to the power of divine grace, often declaring that the Lord was with him in the dark valley; and that he believed He would never leave nor forsake him. He died in the full triumph of faith; almost with his last breath endeavouring to exclaim, “I have fought the good fight."
C. J. April 5th.-At Bolton, in the seventy-first year of his age, Mr. Edward Taylor, son of the late venerable Thomas Taylor; a memoir of whom, written by his estimable son John, who still survives, was published in the Methodist Magazine for the year 1811. Edward, unhappily, was deeply depraved during the first twenty years of his life. The affecting account which he has left of those years discovers the lengths of crime into which a youth may run who sins against the restraints of early religious tuition. At length, in April, 1785, (just half a century before he died,) God most powerfully awakened him, and he became a distinguished penitent. "My mother," to employ his own words, " invited me to go to a class-meeting. I went, and I liked it very well. The venerable C. Hopper gave me my first ticket. I loved him dearly; for he was, under God, made very useful to me. I do not remember that I ever heard him preach, but God blessed his word to me. My father and mother rejoiced and praised God for the great change he had wrought in my mind. The people of God received me with joy. I was then scarcely twentyone years of age. I left my old companions, and told them I was determined to forsake my old ways, which had well nigh led me to hell. I exhorted thern also to flee from the wrath to come, by forsaking their evil ways, and to cry to God for mercy. They soon left me, and troubled me no more, for I was no companion for them; and I praise the Lord that they were no companions for me. I continued to cleave to the Lord in prayer and heavenly meditation ; and attended all the means of grace: and truly they were precious to my soul. I loved prayer; and ever since that time to this day, I have loved to be alone with God in my closet. I do not remember that since I was married, I ever omitted family prayer, either night or morning, except when I have been ill, or from home. “Prayer has been the element in which I have lived since the month of April, 1785." Edward was about thirty years a Class-Leader. He was a man of deep and sincere piety; and his end was peace. B. S.
April 9th. At her house, River-terrace, Isling ton, Elizabeth, relict of the late H. W. Mortimer, Esq. Mrs. Mortimer, whose parental and wellknown name was Ritchie, and who has been long and justly considered as one of the most interesting specimens of primitive Wesleyan Methodism, was born at Otley in Yorkshire. From her earliest years she was favoured with the gracious visitings of the Holy Spirit ; and at the age of sixteen, with an entire decision of purpose, devoted herself, in heart and life, to the kive and service of God; resolved, not in name only to be a Christian, but to aspire after all the privileges,
and seek to fulfi all the requirements, which that comprehensive character implies. Her attain. ments were consequently of no common order. She became eminently holy, and extensively useful. Her praise was in all the churches. By her unobtrusive yet exaltel piety, she engaged, in a high degree, the cordial and affectionate esteem and attachment of the late Rev. and venerable John Wesley; and was admitted to the most intimate and inmost circle of his friendships; an honour which she retained to the close of his protracted life; and being privileged to watch his dying pillow, she gave to the church that record of his last hours which has ever since been perused with so deep an interest by all who knew his labours, and revered or loved his name. Her union with Mr. Mortimer exchanged her sphere of duty, but afforded no less scope for the employment of her consecrated talents in the service of her blessed Master, and for the benefit of those to whom his providence directed her regard. Her wisdom, piety, and prudence, as well as tender and solicitous affection, were emi. nently exemplified in the recognition and dis. charge of those maternal obligations which her new responsibilities involved. A large and a rising family required her vigilant attention, and exercised her deep and prayerful interest for its present and eternal welfare. In these relations, arduous and important as they were, she fully sustained her exalted Christian character; and ceased not to receive testimonies of the grateful and affectionate regard of those whose benefit she laboured to promote. As a spiritual guide and teacher, as an exemplary pattern not only of meditative, but of diligent and cheerful piety, she exhibited such practical and impressive lessons as will not soon be obliterated from the thankful recollections of her family and friends. Her heart was accessible to all the sympathies of friendship; and the law of wisdom and kindness was on her tongue, when endeavouring to administer comfort to the afflicted, or to assist with counsel those who resorted to ber under circumstances of trial and embarrassment. As a more extended memoir of this truly eminent Christian will, in all probability, be given in due time, it will only be essential here to add, that a venerable age, passed in great tranquillity, was closed by an emphatically peaceful death. Through a lingering confinement to her sick chamber, she exhibited all that patience, meekness, and resigna. tion, of which the maturity of her Christian character warranted the expectation. In the assured hope of immortal life, through the merits of Christ Jesus, her adorable Lord and Saviour, she breathed her spirit into his hands, and passed the barrier of death into a blissful eternity, without a struggle and without a groan,
A. B. April 9th-At Spalding, in the seventy-first year of his age, Mr. Augustine Pridmore, having been a member of the Wesleyan society forty-six years. At the time of his death he was the Cir. cuit Steward, an office which he filled with fidelity and kindness. By industry and frugality he had acquired considerable property, and was a subscriber to all the Methodist Funds. Toward the erection of the chapel in 1826, he gave £800; and in his last sickness he cancelled, a note which he held of the Trustees for £135, making in all £935. His death was rather unexpected, or I am confident he would have done something more for the cause of God. In his short illness he was greatly supported; assuring those who visited him, that his feet were on the rock, rejoicing in the prosperity of the work of God in the Circuit ; and expressing his persuasion that Spalding, as well as the country places, will be visited with an out pouring of the Holy Spirit. Some of his last words were, “ I delight in God. I love him with all my heart, and mind, and soul, and strength. I want to be at home. Welcome, home! Angels beckon me away, and Jesus bids me come !"
R, M. April 13th. At Bressingham, aged sixty-six, Robert Harnwell, having been a highly acceptable and useful Local Preacher, in the Diss Circuit, for thirty-six years. His end was peace.
April 17th-At Hull, in the ninety-ninth year of her age, Mrs. Sarah Snowden, mother of Mr. Benjamin Snowden, and forty years the much respected Matron of the Hull Mercantile Academy. This pious, beloved, and venerated person was, during eighty-three years, a consistent, zealous, and affectionate member of the Methodist society in Hull. She heard Mr. Wesley preach his first sermon in this place, on the 24th of April, 1752, when she became a Methodist; and after her marriage, she kindly entertained the Preachers at her house, for fourteen years. She bore her last alliction, which was very protracted, with pati. ence and resignation. She longed to depart, having firm confidence in God her Saviour, and a joyful anticipation of heaven. A few days before her death, she said with confidence and delight, « My Saviour is coming for me. I shall soon be gone. I soon shall hear the archangels worship. * Rejoice ; again I say, rejoice.'” On the day before her departure, a friend desired her to say what she should ask of God to do for her; at which the dying saint, looking towards heaven, said,
“ O let me catch a smile from thee,
And drop into eternity!" On the same day some reference was made to the long continuance of her sufferings, to which she replied,
o what are all my sufferings here,
If, Lord, thou count me meet,
And worship at thy feet?" Many other gracious words she uttered, which showed, the holy and happy state of her mind, till the time of her deliverance came. W.C.
April 21st.--At Nottingham, Mrs. Bacon, the affectionate and beloved wife of the Rev. W. Bacon, in the thirty-eighth year of her age. From
her earliest years she had been most carefully and sedulously educated in the great truths of the Christian religion. Her mother was a woman of eminent piety, and spared no pains in the religious instruction of her daughter; nor were those instructions dispensed in vain. For many years Mrs. Bacon had been a subject of the converting and renewing grace of God. Being, however, naturally of a very timid and fearful disposition, her religious experience had perhaps less of enjoyment than belongs to the experience of many other Christians who are differently constituted. But as she approached the termination of her pilgrimage her confidence grew stronger, and she was remarkably happy. Her constitution was naturally feeble, and had been shaken by a succession of painful trials, till at length she sunk under the power of disease, and peacefully exchanged the sorrows of time for the rest and enjoyments of a blessed immortality. W. H.
April 21st.-At London, the Rev. Daniel Campbell, in the sixty-fourth year of his age, Supernumerary Preacher in the London North Circuit. At the Conference of 1833 Mr. Campbell was compelled to desist from the labours of an Itinerant Minister, in consequence of bodily infirmities, the result, in some degree at least, of his exertions and suffering in Jamaica, where he was stationed as a Missionary, and where he endured cruel persecution, and even a severe imprisonment, for the sake of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. During the last twelve months he resided in London, where, in several of the Circuits, he took appointments on the plans, which he faithfully fulfilled, almost to the last. His illness was severe and of short duration; but he was graciously supported under it; and often expressed himself as being happy in God. A more enlarged account of the life and labours of this excellent man, it is hoped, will be furnished by some one of his brethren.
SONGS ON THE ABOLITION OF NEGRO SLAVERY,
AUGUST IST, 1834:
THE RAINBOW. Sign of the passing storm,
Black, white, and bond, are free, Symbol of wrath gone by,
Castes and proscriptions cease; Born of the cloud and sun,- what form The Negro wakes to liberty, Of beauty tracks the sky ?
The Negro sleeps in peace ; From Afric to the isles of slaves
Read the great charter on his brow, The rainbow spans the Atlantic waves. “I am a man, a brother now."
“ THE NEGRO IS FREE."
Sing, for the pride of the tyrant is broken,
Are wrench'd from his grasp, for the word was but spoken,
Fly on the winds to tell Afric the story;
Britannia went forth, in her beauty, her glory,