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well. You have conferred a boon upon the Connexion, which claims our grateful acknowledgments, in preparing and pubJishing your views on the infidence of the Holy Spirit at the present juncture. I trust all our preachers will endeavour
to circulate, and our people at large will peruse and ponder your discourse; for by so doing they will accelerate a revival of the work of God.-I remain, yours affectionately,
P.J. WEIGHT. Leeds, Aug. 11, 1852,
NOTICES OF BOOKS.
Monuments of Phænicia-The Trade carried on by this Ancient People-Their Language and its Derivatives—The Prophecies relating to them and their Country- Their History since the Age of Prophecy-Tyre in the Christian Era -Its Present Condition, with conelading Reflections. Prominence is given to matters wbich serve to erince the falfil. ment of prophecy, and illustrate the meaning of the sacred records.
A BOOK FOR THE SEASIDE, with nu. merous Engravings. 12mo. Pp. 270. London : Religious Tract Society.
A most instructive and interesting volume for the invalid, or the exhausted merchant and mechanic, or, indeed, for any one who has retired from the busy city to seek repose and vigour by a tem. porary residence near the side of old ocean. As he reclines on & sanny bank, inhaling the refreshiug breezes which fan his pale, care-worn cheek and emaciated frame, he may read with delight the descriptions here given of those animal, vegetable and physical wonders, many of which will daily come under his own iminediate observation. The various objects are described by a competent hand; the style of the work is designedly popular and attractive, and imbued with ihe Christian spirit. Not less than fiftyeight well executed engravings are given to aid in illustrating the objects described. It is volume which on every account we can cordially recommend to our readers.
MONTHLY VOLUME. WONDERS OF ORGANIC LIFE. 18mo. Pp. 192. London : Religious Tract Society.
Another of the excellent monthly serials. The topics brought under notice are the following:-The Vital Principle --The Blood-The Purification of the Blood-Organic and Inorganic Matter Compared - Repose, or Sleep-Hybernation of Birds—Torpidity of Reptiles
-Æstivation, or Summer Sleep-Migration.
Monthly Series. TYRE, its RISE, GLORY, AND DESOLATION. 18mo. Pp. 192. London: Religious Tract Society.
This is one of the little monthly volumes issued by the Tract Society. It comprises nine chapters, embraeing the following topics Phænicia, and the Phænicians generally-Tyre, its Rise and Early History-The Colonies and
The CHILDREN OF THE BIBLE. Pp. 76. London: Religions Tract Society.
A beautiful book for children. We have Ishmael and Isaac, Moses, Samuel, Abijah, the widow's son, the little captive maid, the child that was raised to life again at Shanam, Joash, Josiah, little children brought to Jesus, the ruler's daughter, Timothy and the child Jesus, all brought under notice in a style simple, interesting, and attractive. There are six superior coloured engravings, and thirteen small but lively engravings in wood, which serve to enrich and illustrate the work.
THE HEBREW CABISTIAN MAGAZINE. London: Samuel Bagster and Sons, 15, Paternoster-row.
We have received the August number of this Magazine, which is devoted to topics intended chiefly to interest the Jewish people. The contents of the number before us are the following: Zickaron; or, the Post-Apostolical History of the Conversion of the Jewsthe Samaritans-Zion's Mourner; or, Rabbi Yehudah Hallevi, and his famous Elegy, the incarnation and atonement of the Messiah-the future prospects of Israel, and the second advent of the Redeemer-Africa : and the only way of truly benefiting her-Leaves from the history of the Jews in England-the Heroes of the Cross-Heroism at Home
MEMOIRS AND RECENT DEATHS
JOHN HARTLEY. MR. JOHN HARTLEY was born at Huddersfield in April, 1800. He was one of a numerous family whose parents were poor. When about four years old, his mother sickened and died, and his grandmother by the mother's side, fearing the introduction of a stepmother, and, as she thought, consequent cruel treatment, took them all beneath her own roof, and under her own immediate protection, This was done at the request of the father, who promised to pay weekly a stipulated sum for their maintenance and clothing.
After a short time, however, he married again, and then discontinued his weekly payments. The grandmother, a poor widow, was thus left to struggle with her difficulties as she best could, without even sympathy from the father or relief from the parish.
It pleased God in a few years to re move the grandmother by the hand of death from this troublesome world. The children were then separated from each other, and it became the lot of our departed friend to be an inmate of the Huddersfield workhouse. Remaining there during the pleasure of the parish authorities, he was at length put out by them apprentice to a farmer.
His new master treated him not only with unkindness, but with the greatest severity and cruelty. Tormented by his daily brutality, and seeing no hope of being released from this Egyptian bon dage, he one day made his escape, and trave
than twenty miles, and took refuge in the house of an hospitable man at Haslingdon, in Lancashire. Here he was kindly treated by his master, and he had occasional op. portunities of learning to read a little
Some time afterwards he obtained the situation of waggoner, and made a little farther progress in learning to read by trying to decipher the directions written on the parcels committed to his charge.
His next removal was to Halifax, and having here procured employment as an ostler, he had more frequent opportuni. ties of improving himself, especially on the Sabbath afternoons, wben his Bible and the Life of Christ were his constant companions.
After remaining awhile in this situation, his friends and relatives advised him to learn the trade of a cooper. In this advice he acquiesced, and very soon
made such proficiency in his new calling as to give great satisfaction to his employer. In a few years afterwards, on the death of his master, he became proprietor of the concern.
Immediately after his arrival at Halifax, he was induced to attend the public worship of God; and as his mother, when alive, whose memory he had been taught to revere, was a member of our community at Huddersfield, he made choice of Salem Chapel as the temple of his worship.
Still thirsting for farther attainment in reading and in the kuowledge of God's law, he offered himself, and was accepted, as a teacher in the Sabbath-school; and thus, by trying to teach children, he imperceptibly to others received instruction himself. He has often humour. ously alluded to this event of his life in his short but very acceptable speeches at Sabbath-school tea-meetings.
While a seat-holder at Salem, and a teacher in the Sunday-school, his regular attendance and his serious deportment attracted the notice of our friends, one of whom kindly invited him to meet in class. He accepted the invitation, and became a member of Society in the year 1822.
Being fully convinced and perfectly satisfied in his own mind as to the reality of the great change which God had wrought in his heart, our brother Hartley began to feel a deep interest in the spiritual welfare of others; and the leaders' meeting about this time judiciously appointed him to the important office of class-leader. This office he sustained through life to the entire satisfaction of those over whom he exercised spiritual superintendence. He warned, intreated, encouraged and admonished his members with all fidelity, and as one who must give account to the Lord.
The practice of weekly addressing bis class, and his increasing anxiety for the salvation of sinners, led him to assist in holding cottage prayer meetings, and in giving short but earnest addresses to the poor assembled on those occasions. In consequence of these exercises, he was recommended to be placed on the plan as a local preacher. Though his talent as a public speaker was not of a high order, yet his sincerity of heart and earnestness of manner rendered him not only acceptable but useful to many persons, especially in our country Societies.
His abilities as a preacher might not be highly appreciated by critical hearers; yet from the testimony of several witnesses there is good reason to know that he was made a blessing to the people ; and no doubt eternity will reveal many gratifying instances of his instrumentality in the hands of God in saving sinners, reclaiming backsliders, and building up the saints in their holy faith.
About ten years ago, be added to his trade of a cooper that of timber-merchant, and progressed in increasing his business and stock; and afterwards, by obtaining a man of capital and integrity as partner in this business, his temporal prosperity rapidly increased.
For seven or eight years previous to his death he had been afflicted with what is called "an affection of the heart," which, as it increased upon him, rendered bim less able to perform severe bodily exercise, or to bear strong mental excitement. Though he was rather corpulent, and looked extremely healthy, yet he could not for more than twelve months before his death bear to walk even short distances without resting to breathe and recover himself. After preaching on the Sabbath, he was some. times for several days after seriously indisposed. And had it not been for the love he felt to the Church of Christ, and his desire to be instrumental of good in the hands of his Divine Master to his perishing fellow-creatures, he would long since bave spared himself those exciting feelings he always experienced when exercising in the palpit.
On the 7th of December last he preached in the pulpit of Salem Chapel from the following text, “And behold a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David, my daughter is grievonsly vexed with a devil.” On this occasion, which proved to be his last, he was heard by many of our Salem hearers with both pleasure and profit; and some of the more intelligent of the congregation have since stated that they never listened to him with more satisfaction or greater profit.
After the sermon, he earnestly invited the congregation to be present at the love-feast in the afternoon, expecting to have the happiness of presiding at that service. But it pleased God, in his providential arrangements, to determine otherwise. On returning from the chapel he was seized with a violent pain at the heart, and it was not without great dif.
ficulty that be reached his home. The physician was soon in attendance; but the severity of the attack seemed to bafile his eminent skill. The life of our departed friend was despaired of for several days, and his death almost hourly expected.
His affliction was of such a nature, and so severe, that his medical attendant prohibited the anxiously desired and frequently solicited interviews of his pious friends. One only, his assistant leader and local brother, was allowed that privilege on three occasions. The testimony of that individual is that, whenever our deceased brother Hartley was able to speak, he expressed himself as quite resigned to the will of his heavenly Father; and though he had at first a great difficulty in giving all up-his work in the Charch, his family, and his increasing business, which so much depended on his management-yet he afterwards obtained a complete victory over his own will, and became pot only entirely resigned to the will of God but had a strong desire to depart and to be with Christ, which he said was far better. He frequently blessed God in whispers too faint to be distinctly heard.
During this short affliction, some slight hope had been occasionally clung to by his friends and relatives that he would eventually rally, and be spared to his family a few years longer; nor was every vestige of this hope destroyed until Tuesday morning, the 23rd of December, when he unexpectedly changed countenance, and passed quietly away into the haven of everlasting repose.
We do not wish unduly to eulogize the dead; but as a Christian and a parent some tribute of respect is fairly due to his memory, and demands our esteem and admiration. He was charitable to the poor, an affectionate husband, and the indulgent parent of five children, who, with their mother, are left to lament tbeir irretrievable loss. Truly do we conceive, as regards him, that we may all say, in the language of Balaam, “Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his."
His death was improved by our es. teemed superintendent, the Rev. Law Stoney, in Salem and Hanover Chapels, from Numbers xxiii. v. 10, and Hebrews xi. 16.
SAMUEL BROWN. SAMUEL BROWN was born at Crablane Head, Blackley, near Manchester, November 9th, 1799. Of his early history but little information can be ob
tained. It is probable, however, that our Church, if there were not causes no attention was paid to the cultivation sufficiently enlightened and honest to of his mind, and, frequently exposed to justify the change, we cannot exempt the contaminating influence of wicked' him from a charge of inconsistency. As associates, he grew up in depravity and stated by himself, his reasons for idenvice.
tifying bimself with the Methodist New From a child he had been the subject Connexion were--because he had “a conof religious impression; but his convic scientious preference for its principles of tions were stifled, and his heart hardened, Church government, because amongst its till about twenty-one years of age, when members there seemed a greater degree of he was fully awakened to a sense of his unity and love, and because with them danger as a sinner, and, with true con- he believed he should feel more at home, trition of soul, he bowed at the footstool and be rendered more useful." In coming of divine mercy. While earnestly seek to such a decision he must have careing redemption through Christ, he was fully observed and compared the princonducted to the Wesleyan Chapel in ciples and operations of the two commuBlackley, and commenced a regular at nities, and, without any reflection upon tendance upon the public ordinances of our elder brethren, bis preference, no the sanctuary. His religious impreg. doubt, was the result of deliberate consions deepening, and his anxiety to sideration and sincere conviction; and, obtain forgiveness being evidenced to the under such circumstances, we commend Church, he was invited to class, and, his choice. in 1822, he received his first ticket as By his piety and zeal brother Brown a probationer for Church -fellowship. soon commended himself to the esteem Shortly after this, divine light lumi. and confidence of his brethren, and, nously shone upon his mind; he was after three years' union with our Society, enabled to recognize the all-sufficiency he was unanimously appointed the leader of the Atonement, and, believing with of a class. For special reasons, this his heart unto righteousness, he received class was, in a short time, merged into evidence of acceptance with God, and other classes, and our brother took the he had the testimony of the Holy Spirit charge of another class, retaining it till that he was a child of God.
his death. The responsibility essentially During a period of ten years' member connected with such an office deeply ship with the Wesleyan community, he affected his mind; but he endeavoured closely identified himself with its in- to save himself and the souls committed terests, and evidenced the possession of to his charge. By punctuality of atgenuine piety by his ardent desires for tendance and fervour of spirit he became communion with the Lord and his people, a pattern to his members, and by Scripthe consistency of his conduct, and his ture quotations, affectionate exhortazealous efforts to build up the Church. tions, encouraging appeals, and earnest
In 1832 he commenced attendance prayers, he aimed to lead them on to perupon the ministry of the Methodist New fection, and make them "meet for the Connexion, at Crab-lane Head ; and at inheritance of the saints in light;" and, length he voluntarily offered himself for says a correspondent, “the good resultallmission into the Society as a member. ing from his labours in this capacity Without satisfactory reasons for the it is impossible for me to describe preference and chango, we cannot ap- eternity alone can unfold it." prove of any member of the Church re- Wishful to employ his talents to the moving from one class to another, or best advantage, he also identified himquitting the Society with which he first self with the Sabbath-school, and suc. united for a new one. Such changes as cessively moved in the respective capaci. we have sometimes witnessed, we think, ties of teacher, superintendent, and indicated a want of that fixedness of general visitor. In 1846 he took a propurpose, decision of character, and minent part in the establishment of a strength of attachment which are so es Young Men's Mutual Improvement Sosential to the perfection of the Christian ciety, at Crab-lane Head, and, till affliccharacter, and to extensive usefulness tion incapacitated him for attending, he in the Church; and, having come to the was one of the most active and useful period when our brother ceases his con- members of the committee; and, besides nexion with the Wesleyan for commu- his regular attendance upon the ordi. nion with our own community, we jea Dances of the sanctuary, much of his lously inquire, What were the principles time was spent in the visitation of the which actuated him ? For however use sick. To this sphere of operation he ful he may have been as a member of seemed peculiarly fitted ; his sympathy, counsel and prayers have often revived long be spared. But the improvemezt the fainting, cheered the drooping, and was temporary. His frame was debilenabled the dying to rejoice.
tated, and a slight exertion was sufficient While, donbtless, subject to some of to promote a return of his complsın. the failings and infirmities common to During his affliction, religion deligbtial's human nature, our brother nevertheless sustained and animated his mind. Wher shone conspicuously as a member of the I and my colleague visited him, Charch; and to him the appellation of found him resting on the “sure founda. Scripture is appropriately given : “ Hetion." His prospect of heaven was cowas a good man, full of the Holy Ghost clouded; his joy in Christ unspeakatte and of faith."
and full of glory. A week before his In his class he beld frequent com death he attended service at the chapel, munion with God-reading the Scripture when my esteemed friend, the Rev. C. J. and pouring out his soul in fervent Donald, preached from Isaiah xl. 28-31. prarer. As a husband and a father, he “The sermon," said brother Brown, endeavoured to rule well his household, “was just adapted to my feeling-it training up his children in the fear of suited my experience. A better sermca the Lord, and recommending by his own I never heard.” In the afternoon of the example the excellency of the religion same day the Society was to renew the he urged upon their attention. In the tickets, when our brother, referring to social circle be combined cheerfulness his afiliction, said, that in the furnace with gravity; there was seriousness and he had lost nothing he had rather piety without sanctimonious gloom. His gained. His evidence of acceptance conversation in the world was that of a with God was clearer than ever, bis Christian. What he professed in the desires for going forward were more Church, he exemplified in the workshop. ardent, and he believed he should be a His uniform integrity and consistency conqueror at last. On the 28th of March won the commendation and confidence he was suddenly seized with a violen. of his employers; and his courteous at- pain, and in half-an-hour afterwards be tention to all his fellow-workmen, com expired. His mind during the whole of bined with his sterling moral excellences, the week had been composed and happy; endeared him to their hearts; and re- and though the suddenness of his death, spected by them while he lived, they and the violence of his pain, prevented testified the sincerity of their esteem by conversation with him, he doubtless died pouring forth their tears at his grave, in peace, and has entered into rest, in and by crowding the sanctuary when the fifty-second year of his age. His his death was improved. And in the last word was “Peace!” And to be Church his influence was great, his enabled to exclaim "peace" just when labours were abundant, and his success the spirit is entering eternity, is it not very great for one in his circumstances. worth infinitely more than all the wealth Around him the affection of numbers of this dying world? entwined, and in his death they feel that
T. CARTWRIGHT. a friend, a brother, a Christian has been Huddersfield, July 1st. removed. Hence exclaims one who had long enjoyed intercourse with him, " The
CATHERINE HAWKINS. decease of our late brother has caused Mrs. CATHERINE HAWKINS was born me to mourn. As a companion in the at Kiggon, in the parish of St. Clements, way to heaven, I have never met with near Truro, in the year 1787. Her pahis equal. He was humble, meek and rents, who had been converted to God pure-ever aiming at the salvation of under the ministry of the Rev. John his own soul and the salvation of others. Wesley, were deeply and earnestly pions. He delighted to speak of the preciousness They endeavoured, with commendable of Christ's blood, to direct sinners in diligence and fidelity, to instruct their the way to beaven, and to treasure up in children in the great truths of Christianity, his own mind the contents of the sacred and to lead them into the enjoyment of word. He seemed to live beneath the religion; while, by fervent prayer, they radiant beams of the Sun of righteous daily sought the direction and blessing ness; his conversation always did my of the Holy Spirit for each member of soul good.”
the family. Our departed sister was About Christmas of 1851, the consti- consequently surrounded from infancy tution of our brother was shaken by a with religious influences. The prayers serious affliction. After four months of of her parents prevailed. The blessing affliction, be partially recovered, and him of heaven rested on her. Early in life self and friends fondly hoped his life would she was favoured with visitations of