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several of her society tickets. After her marriage
Or hide for one moinent the Lord from my eyes.'
Or shake at death's alarms?
To call them to his arms."
And never, never sin ;
Drink endless pleasures in."
M. W. Aug. 19th.-At Seamer, in the Scarborough Circuit, James Raine, having been a member of the Wesleyan society thirty-eight years. He had long lived in the enjoyment of God's favour. A little while before his death he ruptured a bloodvessel; and while sinking under its effects he exclaimed, “I am saved through blood;" (meaning the blood of Christ:) " and through blood I shall enter into heaven." He met the last enemy without fear; and while his family were kneel ing around him, his happy spirit entered into the joy of his Lord.
J. R. B. Aug. 26th.-At Market Harborough, Mr. William Atkins, deeply lamented by all his relations and friends. Till the age of twenty-one he remained a stranger to peace, vainly seeking it in the pursuit of worldly gratification. His pious and affectionate mother died before her admonitions were regarded, or her prayers answered on his behalf. But shortly after, it pleased the Lord to pour out his Spirit upon several youths in the village where he then resided. Our friend was among the number, and was awakened to a deep sense of his condition as a sinner before God. He sought the blessing of pardon with earnestness; and by faith in the atonement obtained peace with God. After this he was called to engage in the work of a Local Preacher, in which he was acceptable and useful; and he continued regularly to fulfil his appointments, till February last, when his labours closed. His disorder was flattering; and no apprehension was entertained of its issue, till within the last three weeks of his life. His sufferings were great, but his mind was kept serene and happy. He frequently said, " All is right, all is well. If my Master has more work for me to do, he will raise me up again; if not, he will take me home." He entreated all who visited him to secure that religion which will
support them under afiliction, and in death; wide
Sept. lst. At Quorndon, in the Loughborough Circuit, after a lingering illness, Mary, the wife of Thomas Raven, aged thirty-two years. She enjoyed a sense of her acceptance with God for three years before she united herself to the Wes. leyan society, of which she was eleven years a member. She maintained an upright and truly Christian character, and died in peace, and in full assurance of eternal life.
R. M. Sept. 9th.-At Catlou, in the Colne Circuit. John Watson, aged seventy years. When a young man, he was greatly alarmed by a thunder-storm, which took place when he was returning from Burnley fair, where he had gone to seek pleasure; and he resolverl that, if the Lord spared his life, he would never go thither again for the hke pur pose. About that time he heard Mr. Wesler preach at five o'clock in the morning, in the large parlour of William Sager, Esq., of Southfield, from the parable of the ten virgins, l'oder this sermon his mind was enlightened, and his heart powerfully affected. He also retained, to the day of his death, a grateful remembrance of the good he received from another sermon preacbed by the same venerable Minister, and in the same place, from Job xix. 25—29. He united himself to the Methodist society, of which he continued a steady, upright, consistent, and useful member for upwards of fifty years. Nearly the whole of this time he was a Class-Leader, and long the Society and Chapel Steward, at Southfiek He was also accustomed to conduct the singing in the chapel where he worshipped. His death was remarkably easy and sudden. On the even ing of the night in which he died, he was at the chapel. He opened and lighted it, as usual; and it was remarked that he entered into every part of the worship with great devotion and fervour. He received a copy of the Minutes, and of the Conference "Address," and went home and read till about eleven o'clock. It appears that the account of the Preachers who died in the last year engaged his attention. He retired to rest, and in the morning was found dead in his bed. His wife had not been disturbed * Many fall as sudden, not as safe."
T. S. Sept. 20th.-At Kirkhouse, near Brampton, in the Carlisle Circuit, Mrs. Ann Holmes, in the seventy-fourth year of her age. While comparatively young she was brought to the knowledge of the truth as it is in Jesus. Her conviction of sin was deer, her godly sorrow overwhelming. and her conversion to God clear and sudden For upwards of forty-six years she was a consistent member of the Methodist society, the last thirty of which she was a widow. She was acknowledged by all to be an “Israelite indeed, in whom there was no guile." From the time of her conversion she never lost her confidence in God her Saviour. Like Enoch, she "walked with God;" and in her experience and conduct the happy effects of true religion were strikingly exemplified. In the various scenes through which she was called to pass in the course of her pilgrimage, her conversation was as becometh the Gospel of Christ. Her light so shone, that others could not aroid "seeing her good works, and glorifying our Father which is in heaven." When death came, being found "ready," she was enabled to triumph" through the blood of the Lamb;" happily realizing the blessedness of those who die in the Lord.
S. W. Sept. 23d.-At Dewsbury, the Rev. William Day, in the twenty-ninth year of his age. He gave his heart to God at an early period of his life, and was accepted by Him through faith in Christ Jesus. His conduct in life proved the genuineness of his faith; and his desire and endeavour to do good to the souls of men proved
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his zeal to be “the pure flame of love." He was with her bereaved family, which have been called received as an Itinerant Minister at the Confer- forth by the sudden decease of this admirable ence of 1833, and was approved by the people woman, have strongly evinced the estimation in among whom he laboured. At the Conference which she was held by an extensive circle of atof 1834 he was appointed to the Beverley Circuit, tacked friends, for her exemplary Christian chaunder the superintendency of his cousin, the racter, her intellectual energy and attainments, Rev. Robert Day, where he laboured with and her self-denying and unwearied benevolence. fidelity and acceptance, for the period of three She was truly converted to God, and made happy months, when the bursting of a vessel in the in the enjoyment of his favour, in very early lungs compelled him to retire from his work. youth-chiefly through the instrumentality of On his return to his parents, at Dewsbury, his the late Rev David Simpson, of Christ's Church, health improved, and his friends indulged the Macelesfield; and about the year 1802, became a hope of his being able to resume his public la- member of the Methodist society in that town. bours. These hopes, however, were soon blight- From that time, it became the principal aim and ed by symptoms of pulmonary consumption, business of her life to get good and to do good. which at length terminated his earthly career ; With the strictest truth it may be said of her, and his "sun is gone down, while it is yet day," that she habitually lived, “not to be ministered During his sickness, he felt that support which unto, but to minister," in various ways, to the religion alone can impart. His sense of his ac. happiness of all connected with her. In efforts captance with God was lively; and this enabled to comfort the afflicted, and to relieve the woes hiin to meet death with the greatest composure. and wants of the widow, the orphan, and the He finished his course with joy.
J. S. destitute, she “excelled," as many in different Sept. 24th.–At Belper, in her twenty-first year, places can gỉatefully testify," among the excelMary Ann, third and last surviving daughtćr of lent;"-sparing no pains or labour to serve and Mr. John Smith, From her childhood she greatly succour the unfortunate, and often adding to her delighted in attending the ordinances of God's personal good offices the successful exertion of house; and was a subject of divine impressions her influence with others, on their behalf. The almost as soon as reason began to dawn. For the very latest occupations and anxieties of her earthly pleasures and vanities of the world she had no life were devoted, with her winted cheerfulness relish; nor is it recollected that, on any occasion, and ardour, to several engagements of this deshe acted in opposition to the commands of her scription. Her removal, though quite unexpected parents, or was overcome by anger. In early life by her relatives, and by the medical friend who she united herself to the people of God, and con- repeatedly visited her during what proved to be tinued a steady follower of the Saviour to the the last and fatal paroxysm of a long-familiar end. Her afflictions were of long continuance, and painful malady, did not, however, there is but she bore them with invincible patience. No reason to believe, come by surprise upon herself. murmuring word was ever heard to escape her Many circumstances indicate, that her mind had lips. She rather desired to enter into the king- been, for some considerable time past under special, dom of her God, than to continue on the stormy deep and delightful preparation for the approachsea of life. While confined to her bed, she em- ing change;" and that she was found "watchployed her time in making articles, the proceeds ing," in the exercise of a calm, peaceful, and of which were devoted to the Dorcas and Mis- steadfast faith in Christ crucified, for the hour in sionary Societies. Her end was peace. J. S. which her Lord should come, to take her to him
self. Sweet and edifying is the remembrance of Sept. 25th.–At the How, near Watlington, Jane, the beloved wite of the Rev. Isaac Aldom.
her well-principled, practical, and cheerful piety; She was brought to God under the ministry of
-of her punctual and devout attendance on the
ordinances of God's house ;-of her conscientious the Rev. J. M. Byron; and was for twenty-six regard to the due sanctification, by herself, her years a steady member of the Methodist Con
children, and her servants, of the holy Sabbath, nexion, The doctrines and discipline of the
and her careful improvement of it for the purbody she cordially embraced, and cheerfully
poses of private as well as social worship ;-of her practised. In the cischarge of her duties as the
ever-active yet unostentatious beneficence; of wife of a Methodist Minister, she was a pattern
the wisdom, assiduity, and faithful love with to many; and her efforts to promote the spiritual which she discharged her conjugal and maternal interests of the people were successful. Her
duties ;-anıl, finally, of the usefulness and hoJanguage, in the near approach of death, was
nour with which, for the period of nearly thirtythat of holy confidence." My God," said she,
two years, she was evablel to maintain her more ** will not forsake me." When asked, “Have
public relations to the Christian
church, and to you any doubt of your acceptance with Him?"
the Wesleyan Connexion, as the wife and emishe replied, “No doubt; no doubt.” J, A.
nently the help mect of one of its Ministers, and Sept. 27th.–At Deal, the Rev. James Sydserff, frequently, while her health permitted, the Leader in the tifty fifth year of his age, and thirty second
of a female class. Her memory is blessed: may of his labours as a Wesleyan Minister. Last her death be greatly sanctified to the spiritual beJune, when in the High Wycombe (ircuit, he nefit of her mourning family and friends! J. C. had an inflammation of the chest, from the Oct. 3d.-At Brecon, John A. Jones. He was effects of which he never recovered. When he
brought to God about six years ago. His affliction came to Deal he was so weak that he could not
was of long continuance, but he endured all paeven attend the chapel. His complaint was very
tiently and cheertully. His constant delight was flattering; so that he expecte« soon to resume his
to converse on religious subjects, and to hear public labours. But on Friday, the 25th, he gave
of the prosperity of the cause of God. He up all hopes of recovery, and gave instruction
died happy in God, aged fifty-eight years. respecting his funeral. This he did with a calm
J. B. ness of mind I shall never forget. He also
Oct. 4th.--At Slaincross, in the Barnsley Cirdesired to roccive the sacrament of the Lord's supper, and requested that the Stewards might of his age; having been a member of the Method
cuit, Mr. George Shaw, in the eighty-sixth year be present. He took the cup, and looked at it
ist society about sixty-six years, He had been for some time; and then said, “The blood, the
afflicted with some species of cancer upwards of human family: and he wept for joy. I asked ing friends, generally was, " Pray that I may te precious blood of Christ; blood shed for all the
twenty years. His request, when visited by prayhim if he could bear singing; he said, " () yes !
enabled to wait pasiently until my change come." O yes ! I wish you would sing me home." This
A few hours before his departure he exclaimed, was on the Saturday inorning. In the evening “ God is mine, and I am his." He was the son he raised his arm, and said, "I shall soon be
of the noted Elizabeth Shaw, of whose extraordiwith Jesus, in glory." On the next morning he
nary deliverance Mr. Pawson has given an fell asleep in the Lord.
account, in the nineternth volume of the ArminSept. 29th.--In London, in the fifty-fourth year ian Magazine, page 109.
H. C. or her age, Mrs. Sarah Bunting, the beloved Oct. 5th.--At Llanelly, in the Swansea Circuit, wife of the Rev. Dr. Bunting. The deep and Catherine Caroline, the lamented wife of Mr. general feelings of lamentation, and of sympathy Charles Nevill, in the forty-second year of her
age. Her juvenile days were spent without at. tention to religion, beyond its outward forms, and a moral conduct; but when introduced by marriage into a family who knew the way of the Lord, she became a regular attendant on the Methodist ministry, by which the eyes of her understanding were enlightened to discern spirit. ual things in their excellence. Her heart was impressed with a conviction of her state of guilt and condemnation as a sinner; and she saw the necessity of pardoning me rey. She became a member of the Methodist society; obtained that consolation in Christ, of which she often bore joyous testimony in her class; and manifested the genuineness of her piety by unremitting attention to the ordinances of religion, and her readiness for every gooi work. She was an active and zealous collector for the Bible and Missionary Societies; a visiter of the Charity Dayschool; affectionate to the Ministers of Christ, whom she often entertained, and "esteemed very highly for their work's sake." She had been indisposed for a few days previous to her death, yet no danger was apprehended; but, to the inexpressible sorrow of her bereaved husband and only son, she was seized with what was judged to be apoplexy, and was at once peacefully removed from the circle of her friends into the joy of her Lord.
" J. B. Oct. 11th.-At Brecon, Llewelen Walters. He had been a member of the Wesleyan society for about twenty years. Of late he appeared to be ripening for heaven. His assurance of the favour of God became stronger and stronger. In receiv. ing the Lord's supper, a little before his death, he was very happy, and triumphant over every fear. His illness, though short, was painful; but he was divinely supported; and calmoly fell asleep in Jesus, aged forty-six.
J. B. Oct. 13th.-AtRoundhay, in the Leeds East Circuit, in the sixty-eighth year of her age, Mrs. Marris, the beloved wife of Francis Marris, Esq. She derived much spiritual benefit from the mi. nistry of the late Rev. John Pawson, when stationed in the Halifax Circuit, and united herself to the Methodist society, of which she was a member about forty-three years. During her last affliction, which was protracted and exceedingly painful, earthly things appeared trifling and insignificant, and her affections were fixed upon things spiritual and heavenly. To her afflicted husband, who inquired of her, “Do you love Jesus?" she replied, “Yes, I love him above every thing in the world; but I want to love him more." On the evening before her death, though she had not power to articulate, by her smil-s she gave expression to that peace and joy which she richly possessed. She" fell asleep in Jesus."
Oet. 14th-At Slnnington, in the Pickenn, Circuit, Mr. Cornelius Reed, aged sixty-nine, For upwards of fifty years he was an upright member of the Methodist society; and urt more than forty was a Local Preacher. Hs firs religious impressions were produced by reading the word of God, and attending divine worship in the established Church. He saw that soene change was indispensably necessary, to prepare him for death; though he knew not its nature, nor the means of obtaining it. On attending the Methodist ministry, he obtained the requisite is formation respecting the way of salvation, and soon after found “ peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ." As a Local Preacher he was remarkably attentive to his appointments; and was generally well received, on account of the earnestness and feeling with which he spoke; and in several instances saw fruit of his labour. His piety was undisputed; and from the period of his conversion, till his death, his path she brighter and brighter. A few hours before bus departure he sail, several times, with great com phasis, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy a all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief."
J. H. Oct. 15th.-At Sheffield, aged fifty-nine, Susanda, the wife of the Rey. Richard Treffry. This estimable woman (whose death will be deeply de plored by hundreds of her own sex, to whom God made her an instrument of good) was altacked at midnight by violent spasms, and in less than an hour she was in eternity.
R. T. uct. 17h. - At North-Shields, in the thirtysixth year of her age, Mary M'Allum, widos of the late Rev. Daniel M'Allum, M.D. The death of her excellent husband, which occurred in 1897, she felt acutely. The excessive grief which that event occasioned induced an irregular action of the heart, which, together with the severe medical treatment necessary to check the progress of the evil, subjected her to great and almost incessant suflering. That suffering the sustained with exemplary fortitude, and submission to the divine will. It was truly affecting to witness the effects of an enlightened and fer vent piety upon the mind, while the body was writhing under sudden and alarmning paroxystris of pain. On these trying Occasions she woul exclaim, “Now I am going to glory." Mis. M'Alluin sincerely believed the doctrines, cordially approved the discipline, and liberally sup ported ihe funds, of Methodism. She was a ceedingly benevolent to the poor. In her last illness the fear of death, by which she had been frequently brought into bondage, was entirely re moved. She desired to depart and be with Christ, and died in peace.
Gen. viii. 8, 9.
Invade his cloudy throne. Along that shoreless sea ;
And all beneath is but the grave That deluged earth, that clouded sky,
Of that creation fair;
There gleams no rock above the wave,
Then seek afar the tempest-tost
Companions of thy ark, And waving groves, are gone.
That dimly floats -- now seen, now lostFor all the glory of the spring
In yon horizon dark. The dark seas overwhelm,
Swift be thy flight : those waters green And the Leviathan is king
Can show no home for thee; Of an unbounded realm.
Nor yet the mountain tops are seen,