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the postulate that woman's wrongs | prudent or expedient for her to enter can only be rectified by a female on the arena of national politics ? franchise is established, the question “ Woman has a mission,” ay, even a has to be considered, whether all the political mission, “ of immense imrights of woman cannot be secured portance which she will best fulfil without her personal participation by moving in the sphere assigned in the suffrage. We believe that to her by Providence, not, cometwoman will secure all her real rights like wandering in irregular orbits, far more easily without than with dazzling indeed by her brilliancy but it. It is said 66 It seems
terrifying by her eccentric movements sound principle of legislation that and doubtful utility. That the sphere taxation and representation should in which she is required to move is be co-extensive," and looking at the no mean one, and that its apparent matter in this abstract form where contraction arises only from a defect woman occupies the position of of intellectual vision, is (though a householder and is, either as widow woman) my deep and growing conor maiden, taxed by the State, we viction.” We do not sympathise with see not on what principle of equity the sentiment that women should be the suffrage can be withheld. Those passive and indifferent spectators of who contribute directly to the State's the great political questions which funds ought to have, through their affect the well-being of the comrepresentative, a voice in the expen- | munity. Neither can we repeat the diture, and as opposed to this prin- old adage that“women have nothing ciple we know of no argument which to do with politics.” “They have, would deprive woman of the right and ought to have, much to do with of voting, which is not equally politics. But in what way? It has applicable to men. If an arbitrary been maintained that their public line be drawn beneath which the participation in them would be fatal suffrage shall not go, it should apply to the best interests of Society. How alike to both sexes; if a certain then are women to interfere with amount of intelligence be required, politics ? As moral agents, as the conditions ought to be demanded representatives of the moral princiof both alike.” This language sup- ple; as champions of the right in preposes two things : first, that property ference to the expedient; by their is the same thing in a political aspect, endeavours to instil into the other whether in the hands of man or sex the uncompromising sense of woman; and second, that the exercise duty and self-devotion. The immense of the franchise is the ultimatum of influence which woman possesses will this agitation.
be most beneficial if allowed to flow As to the first supposition, the in its natural channels, namely, great majority of the wisest states- domestic ones. men of this land are not prepared to “ It is by no means affirmed that admit it; and as to the second, it is woman's political feelings are always idle to conclude that no further guided by the abstract principles of demands will be presented. How right and wrong, but they are surely can the woman of to-day assure us more likely to be so if they themwith any degree of certainty that her selves are restrained from the public sister of to-morrow will be satisfied expression of them. Nothing tends with her decisions? But supposing to give woman's opinions such weight, her right to the suffrage conceded on in her private capacity, as the the conditions before stated, is it
certainty that she is free from all petty or personal motives. The that she can wisely claim, we have beneficial influence of woman is not much sympathy with, and do not nullified if once her motives, or her augur much good from, a great deal personal character, come to be the of the agitation which is now raised subject of attack, and this fact alone for the purpose of obtaining for ought to induce her patiently to ac- woman a more direct and prominent quiesce in the plan of seclusion from part in the politics of the nation. public political affairs."
Nay, more, as we listen to some of Woman's actual influence is after these female elocutionists pouring all a greater and more precious thing forth their eloquence in boldly prothan woman's supposed political claiming their equality with the rights. And if her participation in other sex, we are disposed to ask, politics is to weaken that, if by Is not this a philosophy of political entering the political arena in con- life which, it carried to its full and flict with man, she is to lose or lessen logical extent, would lower incalculher power to move and to mould him, ably the influence of woman, introthen, far from us be the day when duce a discordant element into social female orators shall appear in public life by putting her into political comto address election-mobs, or rush to petition with man, and do much to record their votes in opposition to destroy that reverence with which her the angry man, whom by the influ
person and character have hitherto ence of love she may so powerfully been treated ? We humbly believe sway.
We had rather preserve the that for the benefit of Society at harmony and felicity of home than large these claims should be resisted draw our women into public action, with all that gentleness and forbearin opposition to the other sex. The
ance which the nature of the subject concession of her legal and political and the character of its advocates rights would be too dearly purchased require.* by interference with the peace of home. Woman herself would not
* We have been indebted for some profit much by the barter; and
suggestions in this article to an admirable Society at large would suffer incal
Work by Dr. Landells : “Woman, her culably. With every disposition, Position and Power." therefore, to secure for woman all
JOHN CRICKETTS CASH AND MEMORANDUM BOOK.
BY JOHN WALLER.
(CONCLUDING PAPER.) The statement that John Crickett Jan. 1st, 1774, from the words "Necame out under the immediate au- cessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is spices of Wesley himself* is con- unto me, if I preach not the Gospel." firmed by the interesting fact that This discourse was heard by Mr. during the whole period of his service Wesley. But the apostolic injunction as a Local-preacher, he was supported “lay hands suddenly on no man” was by Mr. Wesley. Crickett's first not violated in Mr. Crickett's case. sermon was delivered on Saturday,
He underwent five years' probation
before entering on the itinerancy. * See this Magazine, 1875. P. 402. His entire receipts from 1st
£17 a year.
Sir John Bernard,
The Hon. John Adams, Ambassador for the States of Amerake,
Sir Walter Raleigh,
George Nelson, Esquire, Lord Mayor of London."*
The foregoing list of British notables is quite as instructive as it is amusing; since it shows with what eagerness he must have picked up every scrap of information that fell in his way! And how few, then, must have been the opportunities at
January, 1774, telst January, 1779, are entered as " received from Mr. Wesley.” They amounted altogether to £85 10s. 2d., or little more than
In that period, his personal expenses only reached the sum of £81 11s. 9d., so that he contrived to save out of this pittance, nearly £4. During the next four months his economical triumphs were even greater. His receipts from Mr. Wesley amounted to £6 6s. 6d.; his disbursements, to exactly half that sum. So he started on his ministerial career with £7 in pocket. It appears that he had two brief English appointments before he went to Ireland. First in Staffordshire; then“ in the Birstal Circuit, with Mr. Thos. Taylor, Yorkshire."* Mr. Taylor, sixth President of the Conference, must have also conceived a good opinion of him, since he was accepted as a probationer at the next Conference.
Crickett began his struggles after improvement before he began to travel.” This is indicated by two catalogues which occur very early, first, "A List of some Great Men in Britten," and second, "A Table of the Kings and Queens.” The former is subjoined. It is curious as indicating the names which had attained celebrity in the "Seven Dials," a century ago : “Robertus Nelson, in 1714, aged 58, Gulliemus (sic) Nichols, Johannes Bergerman, The Most Learned Hart Rabby, aged 81, 1751,
The Prince and Princess of Brunswick,
* There was a great revival at that time in the Birstal Circuit ; nearly six hundred were added to the Society during the year; so, although that comparatively small Circuit had already four ministers, a fifth was required.-ED.
* Several of the names given in the above catalogue owe their place in it to the fact that they were fellow-citizens as well as contemporaries of Mr. Crickett. Robert Nelson, F.R.S., was an eminent London merchant, son-in-law of the Earl of Berkeley, one of the few laymen who have produced religious works of great popularity and wide influence. His best known is “Fasts and Festivals of the Church of England.” He devoted him. self to the diffusion of charitable relief, education, and Christian knowledge. The next name is obviously a confusion of those of two distinguished Londoners of the time, John Nichols, the celebrated printer and author of “ Literary Anecdotes," etc. ; and William Nicholson, the most famous London schoolmaster of the day and the leading scientific journalist and popularizer of science by means of dictionaries, etc. The fame of the erudite Rabbi Hart must have reached Mr. Crickett through the Jews of St. Giles's ; his reputation being very high in the ragshops and old clothes stores of Monmouth Street. Sir John Bernard was an exLord Mayor of London, M.P. for the City, for nearly forty years. “Edward Bright, Esq., of Maldon, Essex,” who finds him. self so strangely fixed between Addison and Mary, Queen of Scots, was a popular gentleman-farmer whose fame had floated up Thames as high as Westminster. His portly effigies might be seen a few years ago in the farmsteads of Essex. The List must have been written whilst Mr. Crickett was in Ireland, probably soon after Lord Macartney's appointment, December, 1780. Johannes Bergerman must be Sir T. Bergman, the great Swedish chemist and natural philosopher.-ED.
the command of a London artisan of also be remembered that the relaacquiring any store of general know- tive value of money was rapidly ledge! It is often said that modern changing, to the
changing, to the grave disadvantage primary education deals too much in of men of a small fixed income. It is mere names and dates; but what an evident from the Parliamentary advantage a few historic names and Blue-Book that the cost of living dates would have been to a man nearly doubled during the thirty so desirous of self-improvement as years — 1776 — 1806 simple-minded, serviceable John Mr. Crickett's cash account extends. Crickett! He must have gathered We have said that Mr. Crickett's some of these names from hearsay memorandum-book records all his aad copied others from print, as is texts with the date and place of plain from the marvellous inaccuracy preaching. Goldsmith's Vicar of of his spelling in some instances and Auburn, who "ne'er had changed its as marvellous accuracy in others. his place” would have found it hard Mr. Crickett's efforts at self-im- to realise the fact that one man provement, it is only fair to say, should have had occasion to preach were far from being altogether un- no fewer than two hundred and thirty successful. A marked progress in
times from 2 Cor. xiii. 11, Finally, both orthography and penmanship is brethren, farewell, etc.”! At one apparent in his memorandum-book. place in Ireland, Mr. Crickett
Notwithstanding the straitness of preached from it twice; the "last his pecuniary means, John Crickett words” doubtless being encored. was very charitable. A consider- The names of hosts or hostesses, too, able proportion of his scanty income
at the various stations on his rounds was devoted to the relief of distress. are faithfully registered. For the On the expenditure side of his purposes of local Methodist history, account often appear such entries as these long lists would not be barren these : “ To sick man, 1s.” “ To a
details. The names of some hunpore woman, 2 s. 6d. ;
dreds of worthies in England, Ireland plainly his personal gifts, as he and Wales, who were not ashamed regularly recorded all his receipts
to be identified with Methodist evanfrom whatever source. Thus we find gelism in the days of persecution, that the recommendation of the
are here preserved. * Grimsby District * that the Confer- He spells the names of places ence should vote brother Crickett according to the popular pronuncia£3 for horse-bire was granted; that
tion. In this, so far as our own sum being duly entered in his cash- topographical knowledge extends, book. He also religiously registered he is felicitously accurate.
Thus all occasional presents in cash. These
the Bedfordshire village which Bradamounted, in the course of his minis- shaw and the Methodist Circuit try, to forty guineas. The times Plan agree in writing Leagrave, of Circuit testimonials had not yet
he designates by the name Liggruff
, arrived. Whilst it is borne in whereby it was then known to itself. mind that the purchasing power of £19 19s., the amount of Mr.
* It is pleasant to note in these lists some
honoured names which still belong to Crickett's annual “ allowances
Methodist homes, such as the Armstrongs, much greater towards the close of of Ireland ; the Chopes and Dingleys, the last century than now, it should
of Cornwall; the Boltons and Pikes, of Oxfordshire ; the Farmers, of the Gaits
borough Circuit, and the Partridges and * See this Magazine, June, 1874. P. 268. Darleys, of Bedfordshire.
In fact, he must have had a remark- “He that forgets his friend is ungrateably quick ear, as well as a high
ful unto him. But he that forgets his
Saviour is unmerciful to himself." respect, for local pronunciation.
The lingering traditions in the Best of all John Crickett was very neighbourhood of Luton, the half-re- successful in the conversion of souls, membered episodes and the still sur- as well as in the building up of viving reminiscences of his preaching believers. Several obituaries in the prove that when John Wesley called “ Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine" John Crickett into “the work,” he did testify to the fact that many who not send into Methodist families and finished their course with joy were palpits a feeble man either as to led to begin it by his preaching. He character or intellect. Mr. Crickett seems to have been peculiarly owned was a noble-hearted, self-denying, of God in bringing young females considerate and kindly minister of to religious decision. That devoted Christ. As an offset to the familiar
woman Mrs. Iredale, of Markettale about ducks becoming geese if Street (a place into which Mr.Crickett allowed to live long enough, we introduced Methodism), always affecmay give an incident which, little as tionately, almost proudly, claimed it was, produced a permanent and him as her spiritual father. We may most favourable impression upon also instance Mrs. Mary Watson, of perhaps the only one now living who Hoxton, converted under his minishas any personal recollection of him try in the Isle of Wight (See -an octogenarian of Luton. A “ Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine” couple of the name of Quick, resi- for 1836. P. 239); Mrs. Thorp, of dent in Luton, in humble cir- | Leigh ; and Mrs. S. Humphreys. cumstances, invited Mr. Crickett to Some of the ablest Methodist dinner. He heartily assented. The ministers of the day were amongst worthy people, with a Martha-like his correspondents, such as Benson, homage, put before him “ duck and
Thomas Taylor, G. Story and J. green pease,
a luxury which he Crowther. knew they could not have procured Mr. Crickett died of dropsy, at except at the expense of personal Market-Street, Herts, on Sunday, pinching. He therefore most gravely, December 14th, 1806, in the sevenbut most tenderly and earnestly, tieth year of his age.
He had reproved them for extravagant hos- | preached twice on the preceding pitality, even to a preacher of the
Sunday, with great pleasure and Gospel, declaring that he could not profit to his hearers, though in much be again their guest unless they physical distress. " When a friend would let him share with them their asked whether medical aid should be ordinary fare.
called in, he replied 'It is of no use; The few of his pulpit sayings I tell you I am going home; my which are still preserved show that work is done.'” (Minutes of Conhis style was pointed, weighty and
ference, 1807.) It must not be sententious. We
assumed from this that Mr. Crickett specimens :
had any fanatical objection to professional help. On the contrary,
his "If a man would live well, let him fetch his last day to him and make it
cash-book shows that medical exalways his company-keeper.”
penses had for some time been a "He that lives in sin, and looks for
severe drain on his small resources. happiness hereafter, is like him that soweth cockle, and thinks to fill his barn
Besides his doctor's bills he had paid with wheat or barley."
a physician a guinea and a half.