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ment of these iniquitous measures is and especially the Methodist Church, as fearfully obvious. The rich and exten- one of the most numerous and influential sive colonies of Spain have been wrested of the sects, are placed in situation of from her grasp ; and now her own sons peculiar responsibility. It is the special are engaged in murderous conflict upon duty of Christian Ministers, on all ques. her soil. “Sadder sights of woe,” in all tions of morality, to guide. the public probability, await her; inasmuch as neis opinion. Mr. Wesley was one of the ther of the contending parties seems to be first men in England that wrote against at all aware, that the only effectual cure the slave-trade, which he characterized as of political evils is to be found in the full “the execrable sum of all villany.” The and practical operation of uncorrupted Wesleyan Conference, also, several years Christianity.
ago, declared it to be their solemn and The United States of North America deliberate judgment, that the holding of are now beginning to taste the bitter men in slavery any longer than they can fruits of the sin of slavery. While be liberated with safety to all the parties, boasting of the unexampled liberality of is incompatible with Christianity. That their institutions, and that equal rights it is the duty of the different religious boare secured to them by their constitution, dies in America to pursue substantially they have held two millions of hapless the same course, cannot be doubted by negroes in abject bondage. Instead of any man who duly considers what Christfollowing the magnanimous example of ianity and slavery are. Timidity and Great Britain, who resolved rather to sa. worldly prudence would doubtless dictate crifice twenty millions of money than any a different course ; for the demon of oplonger to tolerate slavery in her colo pression will rage horribly, utter frightnies, the southern States in America ad ful screams, and assume a thousand terhere to the wretched system with a tenacity rifying contortions; but in matters of and a fierceness absolutely dishonourable duty Christianity knows no fear, except to civilized life; to say nothing of Christ, the fear of God. It does not indeed en. ianity. Rather than let the oppressed go gage in schemes of violence; but it says to free, they seem determined even to dissolve rulers, and to the great men of the earth, the union of the States, or involve them as well as to private individuals, “What. in civil war. In the northern States, soever ye would that men should do unto where slavery is not practised, the ques. you, do ye even so unto them.” tion of emancipation is cordially enter. The wise and conciliatory measures tained ; and the right of the negro to free adopted by the late Wesleyan Conference, dom is zealously advocated in public meet. in regard to the recent agitations in some ings, and from the press. But in the south of the societies under its care, and the even the mails are not allowed to carry firm stand which it made in defence of the publications of the Emancipation So- the original discipline of the Connexion, cieties; and were a friend of humanity appear to have produced the most salutary to appear there as the avowed advocate of effects. In nearly all the societies that were the negro slave, the probability is, that he disturbed, a marked improvement appears would pay the forfeit of his life, as a vic- to have taken place; and in some of tim of popular vengeance. In some cases them peace has been fully restored. At which have lately occurred, all law has no distant period it may be hoped, the been for a time suspended, the civil au- entire Connexion will enter into the spirit thorities have been set at nought, and the of its original calling, to spread scriptural greatest outrages perpetrated, in defence holiness all over the land. In comparison of the alleged right of even Christian of this every object is mean and un. men to buy, and sell, and oppress their important. The men who would engage brethren, and treat them like brute beasts, the Wesleyan body in other schemes, or goods and chattels. Under these cir. and strive to divert their attention from cumstances, religious people in America, this, are “ messengers of Satan,” though
JUNE 10th, 1835. --At Baildon-Green, in the Ship ley Circuit, Mr. David Greenwood, in the eighty third year of his age. He was born at Morton, in the year 1752; and was brought to God in the year 1783, during a tremendous thunder-storm, which deeply impressed his mind, and let him to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. He was eminent for the simplicity of his manners, genuine humility, affection for the poor, love to prayer, and regularity in attending the means of grace. His last affliction was short and gentle. Under it his confidence took a firmner hold upon divine truth, and his prospects became increas. ingly bright.
W. H. June 19th.At Kirton-End, in the Boston Circuit, Mr. David Wright, aged seventy-nine, haying been a member of the Methodist society about forty years, and, for a considerable part of that period, a highly acceptable and useful Class-Leader. Mr. Wright was a man of great integrity and Christian benevolence. He took a lively interest in the prosperity of the work of God; and for many years kindly entertained the Ministers of his word. For the last year of his life he was a subject of great bodily affliction, but he was divinely supported to the end. He died, as he had lived, resting on the atonement of the Lord Jesus.
J.R. July 16th. -- At Leighton-Buzzard, in the seventy-first year of his age, Mr. Samuel Copleston, who, for upwards of fifty years, was a member of the Methodist society, and more than forty, an acceptable and useful Local Preacher. His father was Curate at Luton for several years; and in his church Mr.John Wesley preached. He was favoured in early life with the instructions and example of a pious father, and when about eighteen years of age he received his first ticket as a member of the Methodist society from the Rev. Joseph Harper. Speaking of his conversion to God, he says, "At Easter I went as far as Barnct, to meet iny bro. ther, who was very unwell. I found him so weak that he could scarcely walk across the room; but he was rejoicing in the Coinforter: and not being willing to enjoy the Saviour alone, he called upon me to expect a present salvation. While he was setting forth the Saviour of sinners, as with open arms ready to embrace all mankind, the Lord shed abroad his pardoning love in my heart; and I gave glory to his holy name." Having experienced the renewing grace of God, he became concerned that others should be made partakers of similar blessedness with himself; and at the request of his Christian friends he frequently, in the public means of grace, read portions of sacred writ, and delivered exhortations. He was afterwards employed as a Local Preacher; and at Luton, Harden, Leagrave, Eaton-Bray, and other places, was well received. Through persecution he was under the necessity of leaving Luton, and went to reside at St. Alban's, where also he strove to promote the glory of God. About the year 1800 he came to reside in this town. On his arrival he found no Methodist society ; but, soon after he came, one was formed, of which he was the Leader, and the class met at his own house lle lived to see the society greatly increase, and at his death left in the town and Circuit muwards or one thousand members. During his residence in Leighton he was very useful as a Class-Leader,
Local Preacher, and visiter of the sick. He loved the company of pious people, diligently attended the means of grace, and greatly rejoicet in the prosperity of the cause of God. His Last affliction was of about three months' continuance. To a friend who visited him he said, “ All is right, and I believe all will be right. There are two things which afford me much pleasure,—that in early life I made choice of the one thing need. ful; and that I embraced the doctrine of general redemption," Nearly the last words he was heard to utter were, * I have sweet peace. His funeral was attended by about five hundred peo ple.
J.E. July 17th.-At Sidmouth, in the Axminster Circuit, Mrs. Elizabeth Sawday, wife of Mr. George Sawday. She had been a meinber of the Methodist society twenty-one years; having been brought to the knowledge of God in early life Her attachment to the doctrine preached by the Wesleyan Ministers was great; and, while living in Thornbury, in Gloucestershire, she frequently received the Preachers into her house, and es. teemed them highly for their work's sake. She was kind to the poor, meek, gentle in her man. ners, given to hospitality, a lover of good persons. Her affliction was lingering, but her hope was in God, and her confidence strong in him. When her tongue faltered in death, she gave an expressive sign of her hope and joy. P. 0.
July 18th. At Sheffield, Mrs. Sarah Beet, wife of Mr. Jonathan Beet, in the seventy-third year of her age. She had been a member of the Method. ist society for upwards of fifty five years; twenty. five of which she had faithfully and affectionately discharged the duties of a Class Leader. During a long affliction her trust in Christ was unshaken, and the kinder affections of her heart were sustained in purity and vigour. Her at. tachment to the cause and Ministers of Christ was a confirmed habit, which could not be con. cealed, but was prominent to the last. In the discharge of all her relative duties she was exemplary, and she was amply repaid in the dutiful and aflectionate attentions or her family when most she needed them. The infirmities of decaying nature were endured without a complaint, and she quietly yielded up her spirit into the hands of God who gave it, in sure and certain hope of everlasting lite.
R. R. July 19th.--At Ashby-de la-Bouch, Mr. Mat. thew fogle, father of the Rev. Timothy C. Ingle, aged eighty years. He lived under an impression that his end would be sudden; and was there fore in constant readiness for his change. On the day of his death, being the Sabbath, he attended public worship in the morning, when he felt considerable pain in his chest. In the afternoon he deemed it necessary to lie down, and immediately changed mortality for life. For fifty-two years he was a consistent member of the Wesleyan society. The greater part of that time he was a most judicious Class-Leader, and fillet other important offices in the Connexion. His pious seal was evinced by great liberality to the cause of Christ. He remarked, on the day before his death, that the wickedness of the world depressed him much more than usual, and Jert hiin frequently to exel ,
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It is done to him as he desired. He rests from 1826, at Skelton, in the Stokesley Circuit, the his labours, and his works follow him." T. H. Lord raised him from a death of sin to newness
of life; having been greatly indebted to parental July 21st.-At Granby, in the Grantham Cir restraint, instruction, and example. Immediately cuit, Mr. Richard Doubleday, aged sixty. He after his conversion he availed himself of fellowwas converted to God in 1802. His piety was ship with God's people, in the Methodist society. deep,l and secured to him a happy frame of For several years he laboured with considerable mind. “Holiness to the Lord" was inscribed respect and usefulness as a Local Preacher, in the upon his heart. He invariably aimed at recom. Darlington Circuit. His death was occasioned mending religion to others, by cheerfulness and
by a pulmonary disease. Because his death consistency of conduct and conversation; and would render his young wife a widow, and his in this he succeeded beyond many. His attach little child fatherless, he desired to live; but ment to Methodism, as it is, was cordial and when his affliction assumed a mortal form he sincere. He was greatly beloved by the members submitted to his Saviour's will with a glad heart of the society in the village where he resided ; and free, and rejoiced in the prospect of dissolufor whose spiritual interests he wept, and tion. During his illness he frequently expressed prayed, and laboured. It was his joy to see his regret at the unhappy religious dissensions many of his neighbours and their children occasioned by disorderly men, especially in a Cirbrought to the knowledge of the truth, and cuit where he had laboured to bring souls to not a few of them finish their earthly course in Christ, by preaching the Gospel of the grace of holy triumph. The offices of Class Leader and God; and at the same time he avowed his deSociety-Steward were sustained by him for many cided attachment to Wesleyan Methodism as it years.' His house had been a home for the is. For some considerable time before his death Preachers upwards of thirty years; and they he lost his voice, and it was with difficulty he were most kindly and hospitably entertained. could be heard; but every word that could be His character, in all the relations of life which understood demonstrated the pleasing fact, that he sustained, was unblemished ; and in tender he was able to“ rejoice in the Lord with joy unness, aflability, and compassion he excelled, speakable and full of glory."
J. II. He was, emphatically, “the poor man's friend." The widow's heart, and fatherless children, he
Aug. 14th.-At Devonport, Mr. James Burt, caused to sing for joy. To do good, and to help
aged eighty-three. This venerable man became others in their difficulties, his heart was always
a member of the Methodist society in the year intent; and to many his memory will long be
1772; and was one of Mr. Wesley's earliest endeared. The last time but one that he was
friends in this place. Few men have lived sixtyable to lead his class, he said, “I cannot say what
three years in the militant church with so unthe Lord is intending to do; but it seems to me
blemished a character. He was a diligent, faiththat he is either about to revive his work, or to
ful, and successful Class Leader and Local take me to himself. I never had such gracious
Preacher for many years; and was a man of manifestations to my soul as I have had of late,
deep piety, of a sound judgment, and of genenor felt such deadness to the world. I do not
ral information. He was also a man of few wish to live, but to see sinners converted, and
words. He died, as he lived, in great peace with the cause of God to prosper." The affliction
God and with all men.
J. H. which ended his life was a spasmodic affection Aug. 16th.--At Alconbury, in the Huntingdon of the chest, which at times, during a few weeks Circuit, Mr. William Smith, aged fifty-three previous to his death, threw him into convulsive years. It was not till after he had attained the agonies; but he bore all with the patience and age of manhood, that he became acquainted with fortitude of a believer wholly sanctified to God. the Methodists; under whose ministry he was Not a murmuring expression escaped his lips; awakened to a sense of his danger as a sinner, and whilst capable of articulation 'he spoke in and brought to a saving knowledge of the truth, exulting language of the joys that awaited him, He joined the Methodist society then formed and of the assurance which he had of his Re at Alconbury-Weston; and shortly after was deemer's care. On the day of his death, reviv. appointed to the office of Class-Leader; which ing a little from a paroxysm of pain, he said, he continued faithfully to fulfil, with profit to "This affliction is unto death. Weep not for the people, till his decease. He was the oldest me; all is well. Glory be to God!" "and then Local Preacher upon the plan, and was highly waved his hand, in token of final conquest. In esteemed. Many are the seals of his ministry. this manner this good and holy man fell asleep in He was remarkably punctual to his appointments. Jesus.
T.C. He was regarded as the father of the society, in Aug. 4th.--Near Arminster, Mrs. Martha
the place where he resided; he kindly entertained Fowler, widow of the late Mr. Richard Fowler,
the Preachers for many years; and his loss will of that town, in the fifty-eighth year of her
be severely felt, not only by his bereaved widow age. She was a member of the Methodist society
and family, but also by the members of the in this town thirty years. For several months
church. His last affliction was short, but seshe was greatly afflicted; but though she suffered
vere. During the few hours in which he lamuch, by divine grace she was enabled to trust
boured under it, he expressed himself in the fol. in God, by whom she was supported. A short
lowing words:"I have a well-grounded hope, time before her decease she went to Penry-hill,
and a firm confidence in Christ." In this happy near Axminster, for the benefit of her health,
state of mind he fell asleep in Jesus, having been where she died in peace.
twenty-five years a member of the Methodist society.
W.D. Aug. 13th.-At High-House, in the Wolsing
Aug. 16th. - At Newbury, Joseph Tanner, ham Circuit, Mr. John Philipson, sen., aged
Esq. The first religious impressions made on seventy-three years. In his youth he experienced a clear conversion to God; and his subsequent
his heart were produced under the ministry of
the late Mr. Cadogan, of Reading, an eminent life, for nearly half a century, was an uninter
Clergyman in the established Church; and, rupted course of piety and usefulness. As a
about thirty-three years since, under the minisvisiter of the sick, a Class-Leader, and a Local
try of the late Rev. W. Vipond, he was enabled Preacher, he was generally acceptable; and the
to exercise faith in the atoning blood of Jesus consistency of his character gave weight to his
Christ; and thus obtained that “ peace which precepts. His attachment to Wesleyan Method
passeth all understanding." For many years, ism was cordial and unwavering; and some of
with credit and honour to himself, and with achis last words were expressive of his fervent
ceptance and usefulness to the church, he filled wishes for its prosperity. Shortly before his
the offices of Circuit-Steward, Trustee, and death, when questioned as to the state of his
Class-Leader; and laid down these charges only mind, he said, "I am looking for the mercy of
when disabled by affliction. He was a liberal our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life."
supporter of the cause which, from conviction, F. N.
he had espoused. It was evident to all, that, Aug, 14th.-At Howden, in the thirtieth year during his last illness, he was growing in meetof his age, Mr. George Shemelds. In the yearness for the "inheritance of the saints in Hght."
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To the kind inquiries of his friends, during the last days of his life, his general answers were, “ I am waiting." “I am a sinner saved by grace."
S.w. Aug. 18th.--At Brompton, Mr. William Bonniwell, aged forty-six years, after a severe affliction of only three days. He had been a member of the Methodist society thirty-one years, a ClassLeader twenty-two, a Local Preacher twenty. seven, besides filling the offices of Circuit-Steward, Trustee, &c., with credit to himself, and greatly to the satisfaction of the Preachers and people. His urbanity and hospitality endeared him to a large circle of friends, and his qualifications, as the master of a large academy, were truly respectable. In him his pupils have lost an able and engaging teacher; his offspring, a kind father; his widow, a loving husband and valuable friend; and the church of Christ a useful meinber. As he died in the Lord, his end was peace. When asked, about three hours before his death by his weeping wife, “ Can you think, my dear?" he replied, "Yes; but not long on any subject." "But you can cast your care upon God?" "Yes," was his answer. “Do you know God to be your father, and do you feel vourself to be His child?" "Yes, Oves," he replied. These were his last words. May his lainented death, so unexpected, impress on the minds of many that solemn charge," Be ye also ready : for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh."
T.R. Aug. 20th.-At Littleworth, in the Stroud Circuit, Mrs. Sarah Taylor, aged fifty years, She had been a member of the Methodist society twenty-eight years; twenty-two of which she walked in the fear of the Lord and in the com. fort of the Holy Ghost. Her rejoicing was this, the testimony of her conscience that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, she had her conversa tion in the world. She possessed the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit. Her death was sud. den. She retired to bed in her usual state of health: her son being ill of a fever, in an adjoining room, she went to see him about two Ö'clock in the morning : about an hour after, her son called for his mother; but her voice was silent in death. Four days after, an amiable daughter, eighteen years of age, followed her. « They were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided."
P.O. Aug. 25th.-In the Barnsley Circuit, Hannah, the beloved wife of Mr. Thomas Field, grocer, in the fortieth year of her age. In early life she became a subject of serious impressions, but did not join herself to any religious body until she was upwards of twenty years of age; when she yielded to long conviction, and joined the Methodist society. Yet here she rested for some time without a sense of sins forgiven ; but about three years ago she was led earnestly to implore a clear sense of the divine favour, which she then obtained. In the month of October, 1834, her health began to fail, and she was soon confined to her room, where she underwent several severe conflicts with the powers of darkness, and some severe struggles with her own feelings, in giving up her husband and children ; but this she was enabled to accomplish, and calmly wait until the Master came. On the day before her death she said that she retained her confidence without wavering, by a child-like dependence on the Redeemer. She continued in that state till her happy spirit took its flight to that city where « none of the inhabitants say, I am sick."
H. C. Aug. 25th -At Birmingham, Mary, wife of the late Mr. James Heeley. In early life she was converted to God. She received her first society. ticket from Mr. Wesley, and was a member of the Methodist society for about fifty years. Her piety consisted in righteousnese, and peace, and foy in the Holy Ghost, and was manifeste.! by a life of patient continuance in well.doing. She was eminently distinguished by a meek and quiet spirit. As a wife and a mother she adorned the
doctrine of God her Saviour in all things. The summons of death was somewhat sudden; but she knew in whom she had believed, and overcame through the blood of the Lamb. J H. B.
Aug, 25th.-At Wainfleet, in the Boston Cir. cuit, Mrs. Elizabeth Webster, in the ninetieth year of her age. She was converted to God when about twenty years old: and, to use her own expressive language, "cut off at a stroke the follies and fashions of the world." At the time of her death she had been a consistent mernber of the Methodist society nearly seventy years, She was, indeed, “a mother in Israel ; * and from the infancy of Methodism in Wainfleet had steadily pronoted its interests, and rejoiced in its proeperity. For more than half a century her house was the Preachers' home; and although she always considered it a great honour to have entertained any of her Lord's servants, she counted it a peculiar privilege to have received the venerable Founder of Methodism under her roof. In the fourth volume of Mr. Wesley's Works, page 186, is the following entry, "About noon I preached in the market-place at Wainfleet, once a large sea-port town, till the harbour was blocked up by the sand. The con. gregation behaved exceeding well." On this occasion Mr. Wesley, who was attended by Mr. Joseph Bradford and Mr. John Peacock, was affectionately entertained by Mrs. Webster, During the last years of her life she was triect by various afflictions, but her patience and resignation and confidence never failed. She had a desire to depart and to be with Christ, saying, she was upon the rock, and blessing the Lord for hav. ing kept her so many years. She said it was impossible for her to express the peace and happi. ness which she enjoyed. When unable to speak, the motion of her hands indicated for some time the devotional exercises in which her spirit was engaged. Thus died Elizabeth Webster, full of days, and “made meet to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light."
J. R. Aug. 27th, -At Sheffield, where he had gone to attend the Conference, the Rev. Thomas Pinder, of the Newcastle-under-Line Circuit. In early life he was converted to God, and for thirty-six years was diligently and successfully employed in calling sinners to repentance. His piety was uniform and ardent; and, during the latter part of his life especially, he was remarkable for de votedness to God, and zeal in his Master's service. He fell asleep in Jesus, in the sixty-first year of his age.
W. H. T. Aug. 29th, At Haddenham, in the Ely Circuit. Mr. Robert Noddings, aged seventy-two years He was a steady, upright, and peaceable member of the Wesleyan society for about thirty-five years; and during the greater part of that time he sustained the offices of Class. Leader and Local Preacher, acceptably and usefully. Being disengaged from business, he frequently preached in the adjacent villages and hamlets on the week-day evenings, as well as on the Lord's day. and his i labour" was "not in vain in the Lord. Several persons can testify that he was instrumental in thcir conversion and edification. In watch-pights and prayer-meetings he took a lively interest; and especially when there appeared signs of a revival of the work of God. He was also a self-denying and merciful mall, zenlous of good works, visiting and relieving the afflicted poor, distributing religious tracts, and subscribing to the support of charitable funds, particularly that of the Wesleyan Missions During a lingering illness his mind was kept in great peace ; no murmuring wont fell from his lips: but " patience" seemed to "bave its perfect work." A day or two before he died, he des lightfully referred to those " mansions which the Saviour has prepared for his followers: observing, “But we must die to know and enjoy them." As his end drew near, it was said to him, " You are not afraid of death?" "O, DO, no," was his answer. He then uttered, "Blessed Jesus, Jesus." He was unable to articulate more, and in a little while he ceased to breathe,
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Aug. 31st.-At Dugoleby, in the Malton Circuit, Mr. Francis Spink, in the fifty-ninth year of his age, having been a member of the Wesleyan society nearly twenty-five years. He was a man of the strictest integrity and, as a Christian, reflected his Saviour's glory in his family, in the world, and in the church. He was brought to the grave by a lingering affliction ; but through the whole of it he was upborne by the grace of God, and exchanged mortality for life, saying, “I have a desire to depart, and be with Christ."
C. H. Sept. 4th.-At O.xclose, in the Durham Circuit Mrs. Wiggan, aged fifty-four years, having been a member of the Wesleyan society twenty-three years. Her religious experience was deep, and her conversation such as becometh the Gospel of Christ. Her bodily sufferings were unusually severe; she had a “de ire to depart and be with Christ; " yet she waited patiently till her change came. Soine of her last words were, " Victory, victory!”
J. B. Sept. 7th-At Mangotsfield, in the Downend Circuit, Mrs. Hannah Kemerly, aged eighty-one years, who had been a consistent member of the Methodist society for more than fifty years. Her conviction of sin was very painful and protracted, but succeeded by unspeakable peace and joy in believing. She delighted to speak of the happy seasons she enjoyed in hearing the preaching of Mr. Wesley, and his coadjutors. She uniformly exhibited the evidence of a sound conversion, by bringing forth the fruits of righteousness, to the praise and glory of God. She was a person of a meek and quiet spirit, strong in faith, and joyful in hope. The greater part of her children (whom she trained up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord) follow her steps, and cherish her memory. Indeed she was greatly esteemed by her friends in general. During the last three months of her life, her understanding was occasionally clouded; but in lucid intervals, she discoursed on religious subjects, and testified her cheering prospect of immortal life, through Jesus Christ.
D. H. Sept. 7th.-At Burton, in the Bridport Circuit, Mrs. Hannah Robinson, wife of S. D. Robinson, M.D. She possessed a vigorous and decided mind; was altogether Wesleyan in principle and pursuit ; and was strenuous and persevering in her attempts to promote the temporal and religious good of the people, by establishing and managing a Wesleyan Circulating Library, consisting of several hundred volumes, in connexion with the Sunday school, and in visiting and assisting the poor, and others, few have excelled her. She possessed a firm reliance upon the Saviour under painful sufferings, and her end was happy. Mrs. Robinson possessed good property in her own right of disposal; and her love to the cause of God is evidenced by bequcathing fifteen hundred pounds to be given to Kingswood School, the Chapel Fund, and the Missions carried on by the Methodist Conference.
F.C. Sept. 12th.–At Liverpool, Hannah Abbott, aged eighty-two years. She was born at Stockport; was first introduced to Mr. Wesley in her tifteenth year, at the house of Mr. Matthew Mayer, of Cate Green, near that town; and soon after was united to the Methodist society in Man. chester, and afterwards became a valuable Class. Leader. She gave the strongest proof through life of the soundness of her conversion, and of her general faithfulness to the grace she had received; was a Methodist of the original stamp, in whom piety, charity, and humility were very happily united and matured ; and expired in the full possession of “righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost," having been a member of the Methodist society, and an ornament to her profession, for sixty-seven years. She was much addicted to reading and refiection, espacially on subjects relating to the spiritual life; and from her youth was particularly partial to contempla
tions connected with astronomy, because they gave additional intensity to her devotion. Her mind was preserved clear and collected to the moment of her decease.
D. M. Sept. 13th-At Gospel. Oak, in the Wednesbury Circuit, Isaiah Millington, aged thirty years. He was early converted to God, and when about eighteen years of age began to act as a Local Preacher. Possessing an amiable temper, deep piety, and great zeal for the Lord, he was in 1826 proposed to the Conference as a suitable person for the Missionary work; but when on the point of leaving his native country he was arrested by affliction. Since that period he has filled the offices of Class-Leader and Local Preacher with great fidelity; and many, through his instrumentality, have been brought to the knowledge of the truth. His integrity and up. rightness greatly endeared him to his neighbours, as well as to the church. He was firmly attached to Wesleyan Methodism. When requested to read in his class a document published by the dissentients in Manchester, he refused, saying. “I have been labouring to save souls, but I fear you are endeavouring to destroy them." On Saturday morning he was seized with inflammation in the bowels. His sufferings were great; but in their extremity he said, All is right. Hallelujah! Glory!” After about twenty-seven hours of acute suffering, referring to the state of his mind, he said, “ All is well," and expired, leaving a widow and three children to our their irreparable loss.
R. W. Sept. 16th.-At Thirsk, James Rain, in the eighty-fourth year of his age; having been an upright and consistent member of the Methodist society more than fifty years. Like Job, he was bereaved of all his children, and experienced very heavy losses in trade; yet he always had an unshaken confidence in the love and care of his heavenly Father. His principal desire for business was, that he might give employment to the poor; several of whom long looked up to him as a kind and generous benefactor. During the last few years of his life, he grew in grace, and ripened for his glorious reward. Frequently was he heard to say, that he never apprehended he could have possessed so much happiness as he then enjoyed. On the day before his death, he exclaimed, “I know that if the earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, I have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."
S.C. Sept. 16tb.-At Bridport, aged sixty-seven, G. L. Roberts, M.D. His life, from an early period, had been devoted to the extending and supporting of Wesleyan Methodisun in this towu and neighbourhood. He was a laborious and useful Local Preacher, and expended considerable sums in advancing the cause of Christ. By his last will he bequeathed a good dwelling house for the use of the Bridport Circuit, which cost him five hundred pounds. His museum, which cost him several thousand pounds, he gave in trust for the benefit of the Wesleyan Methodist Missions, and to be inspected for that cause only.
F.C. Sept. 16th.-At Hoxton, Mr. John Odford, aged sixty-four years. He was a native of Somersetshire, and caine to London about thirty years ago. It appears that he was soon afterwards convinced of sín, and joined the Methodist society. Having found peace with God, and being deemed a proper person, he was appointed to the office of Class-Leader about twenty-three years ago, which he continued to fill, both to the satistaction of his Ministers and brethren, to the day of his death. He was made very useful as a visiter of the sick, and of the Benevolent Society. Ten weeks before his decea e he was struck with palsy, which confined him to his bed. His mind was calm and peaceful; but he could not speak much, He was greatly esteerned by all the society. He had learned of his blessed Lord to be meek and lowly in heart.
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