Εικόνες σελίδας
Ηλεκτρ. έκδοση

am certain we shall.” The following humbled spirit, she laid hold of the proverse she often repeated :

mise ; she trusted in the Lamb of God; ** Forever here my rest shall be,

her guilt was removed ; her spirit happily Close to thy bleedicg side;

liberated from the yoke of sin; and she This all my hope, and all my plea, went home to her friends, and told them For me the Saviour died.”

what great things the Lord had done for Among her last words were, “My God, her. After this happy event she at once my God, my all thou art! What hath recommended Christ wherever she went, not Jesus done for me? Glory, glory! and in whatsoever society she was found ; • There I shall see his face,

her appeals were generally received, for And never, never sin.'"

they were delivered with great affection On being asked if she felt Jesus precious, and simplicity. She was faithful ; she she replied, with a particular emphasis, walked in the light; she had fellowship I do; all is peace, peace.” She fully with God; and it was observable to all, resigned her husband and children into that she grew in grace, and in the knowthe hands of her adorable Saviour, be- ledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. She lieving that she should meet them all at discovered, by the light of God, the reGod's right hand. Though she could maining corruption of her nature ; and say, “For me to die is gain,” yet, such she rested not till she was enabled to say, was her resignation to the divine will, that the blood of Christ cleanseth from that she was ready still to suffer, if she all sin. She was delivered from a could thereby glorify God. A few days worldly spirit, and possessed pre-emi. before her departure, her sufferings were nently a heavenly mind. She had the at intervals extreme, from a sense of suf divine witness that God had sanctified focation, by which her strength was so her in body, soul, and spirit ; and she much exhausted as to prevent her speak was preserved blameless till the coming ing much : she would sometimes say, of her Lord. As long as she was able, “ What is the Lord about to do with she employed her talents in distributing me ?" But this was not the language religious tracts; and where she could of impatience; for she would immediate possibly speak for her Lord she gladly ly add, “ His will be done. I wait with did so. Indeed, it was her highest patience His appointed time." She gave pleasure to speak for her divine Master. directions about her burial, and selected The affliction which terminated her life the former part of the 165th verse of the was painful in the extreme ; yet in the 119th Psalm, (“ Great peace have they midst of it, her happy soul triumphed which love thy law,") as a text for her in Christ. Not a murmur escaped her funeral sermon. She continued in a lips. She gave up her beloved husband peaceful and happy state of mind till and four children, commending them to her redeemed and sanctified spirit took God, and to the word of his grace. She its flight from all below, to that happy

dilated on the heavenly Jerusalem, and the world above,

fruition of God, in such pleasing strains,

that, to the pious, her company was “ Where faith is sweetly lost in sight, And hope in full supreme delight,

really a heaven below; and those who And everlasting love."

were strangers to the salvation of God E. HALL. were constrained to own, that they felt un

utterable things. Thus died Mrs. Hodge 17. Died, at Poulton in the Fylde, in son, after being about nineteen months the Garstang Circuit, June 25th, in in the way of life. She deeply regretted the forty-sixth year of her age, Mrs. that she did not earlier know the Lord; Hodgson, deeply regretted by her family and regretted it the more, because she and a large circle of friends. She was had entertained so much prejudice led to hear the Methodist Preachers against the people called Methodists, through curiosity, not at all supposing without being able to assign any reason that she should hear any thing to afford for this. However, she redeemed the either instruction or edification. The time; she was constant in her attendance principal cause of her going to the Me on all the ordinances of God as long as thodist chapel was the previous awaken she was able; she profited above many ; ing and conversion of a younger sister and her profiting appeared to all, On hearing the first sermon from a Me

IBAAC DENISON. thodist Preacher, she saw that she was in error and sin. She heard again, and 18. Died, June 30th, at Armin, in the greater degrees of light and conviction Howden Circuit, Mrs. Jane Wetherall, were produced ; and when hearing a pre- aged seventy years. She was one of those sent salvation from sin offered to every who have happily escaped the corruptions of Popery. Her mother diligently ap. family. And though she had to go forth plied herself to the instruction of her chil. weeping, bearing precious seed, she came dren in things pertaining to godliness ; again rejoicing, bringing her sheaves with and thereby the mind of Mrs. Wetherall her; for she had the happiness of seeing was early impressed with divine truth. all her children united to the church, and Being thus prepared of the Lord, in the three of her sons respectable Local year 1803, she was deeply convinced of Preachers, and able and liberal supporther entire depravity, and of the danger ers of that cause she had long loved and of future misery, which she was persuaded endeavoured to promote. During several would be awarded to all the finally impe- of her last years her health was such that nitent. This work of grace commenced she was not able to attend the ministry under the powerful ministry of the late of the word at a distance; but that she Rev. John Brown; a name ever to live in might still be favoured with the word of the recollection of the hundreds who life, the preaching of it, at her request, reaped the benefit of his very effective la- was brought to her own residence; and bours. In the village of Armin God spe. she was cheered with the joyful sound, cially blessed his zealous ministry, and even in the valley of the shadow of death. made him the instrument of raising a socie. That a life so eminently holy should end ty of forty members, many of whom have in peace, is what the faithfulness of God already joined him in the high praises of authorizes us to expect. Her illness was heaven, and others are preparing to fol. severe; and such was its nature, that she low. How long Mrs. Wetherall remained could only speak occasionally, and even under her convictions of sin, we know then with great difficulty ; but through not; but they are said to have been deep. the whole of her sufferings her confidence The reality of her salvation from sin, was strong. A doubt of her acceptance through faith in the atonement of Jesus in the Redeemer never assailed her ; but Christ, was not only the theme of her she professed herself firmly fixed upon tongue, but the testimony of her life, for that Rock which cannot move; and she nearly thirty years. She was an epistle was only anxious that her conformity to of Christ, read indeed by her acquaint. the divine will should be perfect. She ance. The interest of her Redeemer's died in peace. Iler death was improved kingdom lay near her heart ; and she re- by a funeral sermon preached in the viljoiced in its extension among any people, lage ; and the high respect in which her and in every place; but she was the most character was held was evinced by the anxious to promote the salvation of those large concourse of people who attended who were perishing in her own neighbour. on that occasion. John Hickson. hood; and to this object her endeavours and holy life greatly contributed. As the 19. Died, July 4th, aged thirty-eight well-qualified Leader of a large and re. years, Mrs. Mary Whiting, of Bisley, in spectable class, she manifested becoming the Stroud Circuit, Gloucestershire. Her solicitude for the welfare of its members. maiden name was Millar; and she was For the space of thirty years the Preachers burn of respectable parents, who regularly found in her house a hospitable home; and attended the Wesleyan chapel at Stroud. this she was far from considering a tax At a very early age she became a Teacher upon either her time or her substance; in the Sunday-school, and a Missionary but counted herself favoured in the com Collector. In the means of grace she pany of the servants of her Lord. Her was constantly found, and in the paths of benevolence to the poor, and her contribu usefulness assiduously employed. When tions to the cause of God, were in accord. about twenty-two years of age, her mind ance with the religion she professed, and was deeply affected under a sermon ia proportion to her pecuniary resources. preached by the Rev. R. Wintle. An The primary objects of a godly mother's excellent woman, Mrs. Franklin, since care are her own children. The precepts gone to glory, took notice of her, and led which she assiduously inculcated upon her to a love-feast, where she formed a her family, she made to live in her own resolution to live to God alone. Shortly example, and thereby rendered them the after, at a prayer-meeting, in the vestry more powerful. Knowing that all her of the Stroud chapel, she obtained the planting and watering must be vain, ex. knowledge of salvation by the remission of cept God gave the increase, she was in- sins. She was in principle, in appear. cessant in prayer; and many hours of the ance, in conduct, a Wesleyan-Methodist night which were necessary for the re- Christian. She loved the habitation of freshment of wearied nature, she has taken God's house; and after marrying in the from sleep, and appropriated them to Lord, she received the Ministers of the earnest prayer for the salvation of her Gospel in her own house. The first Sabbath in the year was the last of her motion of their spiritual interests. For appearing in public worship. On the some time he was in a declining state of following Thursday she was seized with health. Frequently, during his last year, inflammation of the lungs, which in six he expressed a strong conviction that months terminated her earthly career, his work was almost done, and that his leaving a bereaved husband and seven end was not far distant; and he was in. children to mourn her death. But stant in prayer, that the Lord would “ Her God sustain'd her in the final hour,

entirely fit him for his departure, and Her final hour brought glory to her God," raise up some person who might occufor she

py his place in the society. In April “ Believed, and look'd with triumph o'er the

he was confined to his bed; and then tomb."

he was favoured with such abundant Paul ORCHARD. consolation as raised his soul to the

highest degree of joy and triumph. On 20. Died, July 5th, at Exning, in the the 20th of April he was blessed with a Thetford Circuit, Mr. James Aves, aged very remarkable manifestation of the sixty-seven years. When a young man, love of God. When I saw him, a few living without the fear of God, he was, days afterwards, his countenance glisone Sunday, in the church-yard at Bran- tened with holy joy, and in the most don, expressing his satisfaction at an ex- animated manner he told me what the cellent bargain he had that morning made Lord had done for his soul. The Lord in the purchase of a horse. A bystander had made all things new, and had given remonstrated with him on the sinfulness him that perfect love he had so long of such Sabbath occupations, and seri. desired. All his doubts and fears were ously addressed him on the state of his now removed ; and he thought the Lord soul. This faithful admonition was the was giving him dying grace for dying means of his conversion. He repented of time. After prayer, when taking leave, his sins, and turned unto the Lord. His he said, with uplifted hands, and with religious impressions were confirmed uncommon energy, “0 exalt Christ! under the ministry of the Hon. and Rev. lift him up. I have found him faithful, W. B. Cadogan, a distinguished Minister and would proclaim him to all the world of the Church of England, who preached as a tried Saviour.” As the happy atate at Santon Downham, near Brandon. of his mind was a subject of general But not finding Ministers like-minded conversation, many persons visited him, with Mr. Cadogan, and being entirely including the Clergyman, and several of without Christian communion, he became the most respectable inhabitants of the a member of the Methodist society, in parish and neighbourhood; and it apBrandon, about thirty-seven years before peared to be a dispensation of mercy to his death, and soon experienced a sense many; for none left him, whether rich of pardoning mercy. He remained a or poor, without the most earnest enmember of the Brandon society about treaty to seek the Lord. The prejudices seventeen years, and was a zealous, de. of some were subdued; the hearts of voted Christian, “a burning and shining others were so affected, that they have light.” His religious profession exposed been led to seek for themselves the rehim to some persecution; yet he “con. ligion which Mr. Aves possessed, and ferred not with flesh and blood," but have since united themselves to the Me. boldly took up his cross, and was a faith thodist society. He recovered sufficiently ful confessor of the Lord Jesus. About to ride out a little, but soon relapsed twenty years before his death he removed again, and was seized with inflammation, to Exning; and there being no Method. when the time of his departure drew ists in the neighbourhood, he deeply la- nigh. He possessed the same unshaken mented the loss of the society of his reli- confidence, but not attended with so gious friends. But a mind like his, so much transporting joy as before. He deeply imbued with love to God, could observed to a friend, “I have no parti. not be inactive. He invited the Me- cular joy; but there is no dread, no thodist Preachers from Thetford, who guilt, no condemnation. I have a settled supplied the place regularly, although at peace.” Just before his death prayer a distance of twenty miles; and by the was offered up with him, in which he blessing of God a society was formed, joined with fervour. He said, “ It is and a chapel erected. Mr. Aves, from hard toiling to reach the blest shore ;" the beginning, was the Leader of the so. shook hands with all present, and took an ciety, its ornament and chief support; affectionate leave of them; and said, “I and many will have cause of everlasting shall soon be in glory. Lord Jesus, rethanksgiving for his labours in the pro- ceive my happy spirit. Christ is pre

cious." These were his last words. (since it was last established there in Sep. Having uttered them, he fell asleep. tember, 1831,) gathered into the garner of CHARLES HAYDON. heaven. May the survivors be steadfast,

unmovable, always abounding in the 21. Died, July 16th, at Wicken, in work of the Lord, knowing that their the Thetford Circuit, Mrs. Ruth Hough- labour is not in vain in the Lord! ton, aged thirty-three years. She was

CHARLES HAYDON. always much respected for her kindness of disposition, and gentleness of manners, 22. Died, July 16th, at Holdsworthy, and was a pattern of neatness, diligence, in the prime of life, Mrs Grace Hoskin. and every excellence that can adorn the The remembrance of this excellent woman female character, as far as merely moral will long be associated in the minds of duties are concerned; but she was a many with the introduction and difficulties stranger to true religion, until about two attendant on the preaching of the word by years before her death, when she was the Methodist Ministers in that town. deeply convinced of sin under a funeral Her earliest awakenings commenced at sermon preached at Wicken. She joined ten years of age, when a scholar in the the Methodist society soon after its for Wesleyan Sunday-school. At that time mation, and became a most diligent and the stream of popular prejudice flowed exemplary member. The work of grace strongly against a faithful administration upon her heart was gentle and gradual, of the word in most parts of North Devon; but it was effectual. Her experience especially when preached in private was sound and scriptural. She renounced houses ; while annoyance, by the profane her own righteousness, and obtained playfulness of rustic youth, or violence acceptance with God through faith in by tumultuous mobs, was frequent durthe Lord Jesus Christ; but, being of a ing the hours of public worship, until reserved and timid habit of mind, was 1816, in the town of Holdsworthy. The sometimes a prey to temptations, which Wesleyan society, which rarely exceeded disturbed her with distressing fear as to twelve persons, was reduced to two, her spiritual state. Her tenderness of chiefly by the obtrusion of a man who, conscience, and weakness of faith, laid on being refused a place in their regular her open to satanic influence, to the ministry, commenced a new section in discouragement of her mind ; but as she the church, under his own guidance and became better informed respecting her name. It is a pleasing fact, that during Christian privileges, her confidence in the discouragements of the four succescreased, with steadier faith she relied on sive years, the instances of the awakening Christ, and her inward consolations were of sinners became numerous, while the more abiding. She grew in grace, and opening of a new Wesleyan chapel, in in the knowledge of our Lord and Sa. 1820, in that town produced a new and viour, and uniformly displayed the mind joyous era. At this period the ministry that was in Christ. For some months of the late Rev. Titus Close was signally her health was in a declining state ; and, owned of God in several parts of the Circuit, as in the earlier stages of her flattering and especially in Holdsworthy, where, complaint, (a consumption,) the hope of by the blessing of God, under his minislife was often entertained, the love of life try, her mind regained the penitence of occasioned a struggle between nature and an humbled sinner, and shortly afterwards grace; but grace triumphed, and her was made peaceful and happy in the heart was brought into a state of perfect love of God shed abroad in her heart by resignation to the divine will. After she the Holy Ghost, which was given unto was entirely confined to her bed, she was her." Her union with the people of God, very happy, waiting for the Saviour's from this time, became intimate, affeccoming. Some of her expressions were, tionate, and permanent ; and, as a mem“ Christ is precious. I have done no. ber of the Methodist society, she was a thing that can save me. I trust in bright example of all those virtues which Christ alone. My mind is kept in peace : adorn the Christian character in pri. Satan has endeavoured to disturb me, vate and social relationship. She was espeand persuade me that I am building upon cially mindful of the duties of the closet, the sand ; but I know that I am upon and of the family altar ; tender and conthe Rock.” Shortly before her death stant in her attachments to her friends, she took an affectionate leave of her hus and hospitable and reverent towards those band, and her brothers and sisters, whom who ministered to her in holy things. She she earnestly and solemnly addressed on loved them for their Master's sake : and the subject of their salvation. She is the no one was more early and constant in firstfruits of our society in Wicken, attendance upon God's house than her

self. As a parent, she bore in her remem- kept occasional memoranda of his reli. brance that first impressions are usually gious experience, which exhibit the sin. the deepest; that it is the child that cerity of his mind towards God. On makes the man ; and that we are indebted new year's day, 1830, he attended the to our mother for our first and best ideas. Quarterly Meeting of the Circuit. In the She was hence assiduous in her endea- evening of that day the sacrament was vours to teach the young idea how to administered, and the covenant renewed ; shoot, and to imbue the minds of her in- " and such a meeting," he writes, “I fant children with the fear of God. Amidst scarcely ever experienced. The most her weakness and concluding affliction, solemn awe seemed to pervade every she shared in the sympathy and kind at. mind; and I hope and trust the time tentions of many of the principal inha. will long be remembered by all. By bitants of the town, chiefly because she thus covenanting with thee, O my God, “ was more excellent than her neigh. I have laid myself under renewed oblibours.” As life ebbed out apace, her gations to love thee more, and to serve own unworthiness was a subject on which thee better, than ever. As I have now she frequently dwelt with much lowliness dedicated myself to thee, body, soul, of mind; and she deeply sighed, until and spirit, o 'may I ever consider myself the blood of Jesus Christ should cleanse thy property, and, as a good and faithful her from all her sin. She indeed had servant, may I never shrink from the long enjoyed the peace of God; and in work which thou givest me to do.” In that peace her mind was kept ; equally the record which he has given of his exwithout guilty and foreboding fear. While perience, it appears that, though he deeplife was quivering on her lips, she said, ly lamented the evils of his heart, he I'll praise my Blaker while I've breath ;" earnestly sought the sanctifying influence and thus concluded her course of service of the Holy Spirit, and diligently enand of suffering, to enter on an eternal deavoured to approve himself unto God. state of sanctity, joy, and love.

On one occasion he questioned himself Josiah H. WALKER thus:-“What progress have I made in

the divine life? Do I grow in grace ? 23. Died, at Littlehempston, in the Am I more abstracted from the world? Teignmouth Circuit, July 17th, in the Do its pleasures and amusements draw my twenty-sixth year of his age, John Rod. affections from things above? Is my sole more Bovey. Though his temper was concern the glory of God, and the salvation naturally irritable, yet his conduct was, of souls ? O thou great Eternal, what in general, before his conversion, strictly shall I say to all these important queries, moral. In early life he was fond of read. particularly the last? for by it may all ing; and as he grew up, his desire for use. the others be determined. In my apful knowledge increased. When but a lad proaches to thee in public, how often he regularly attended the Methodist have my petitions been dictated, not by chapel, at Ipplepen ; and through the in- a desire to glorify thy name, but by a strumentality of the service there, his base desire of men-pleasing ! But thou mind was led to a discovery of the sin hast often graciously humbled me, and fulness of sin. But it was under a fune- brought me to an acquaintance with the ral discourse, delivered by the Rev. 0. evils that lurk in my heart. ( most Henwood, occasioned by the death of a holy Being ! purify the thoughts of my Sunday-scholar, that conviction seems heart, and the motives of my actions, to have fastened on his mind. On this that, in all my ways, I may keep the occasion he writes, “ The impressions end of my faith in view, the salvation of made on me are of a nature to rouse all my soul.” Thus did this amiable young the dormant feelings of my soul, and to man endeavour to cleanse himself from make me cry out, What must I do to all filthiness of the Aesh and of the be saved.'” The religious concern pro spirit, and to perfect holiness in the fear duced by the solemnity of this service of the Lord. He had filled the office of continued for several months, when he a Class-Leader for some time prior to his united himself to the Methodist society, death. For about eighteen months he Though he has left us no document to was an acceptable and useful Local show how, or when, he was delivered Preacher. In the month of May he had from the spirit of bondage, and received a severe attack of influenza, which conthe Spirit of adoption, yet his subsequent siderably affected his health. He, bow. conduct evinced that a divine change had ever, so far recovered, as to be able to retaken place. He felt his heart was renewed sume his business, and to attend to his duby grace, and his conversation was in ac. ties as a Class-Leader and Local Preacher. cordance with the Gospel of Christ. He On the twenty-third of June he walked

« ΠροηγούμενηΣυνέχεια »