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supported, and in patience possessed her soul. Looking unto Jesus, she realized the truth of the divine promise, "As thy day, so shall thy strength be." When informed that there was no prospect of recovery, she joyfully replied, "Glory be to God, I am going home; I shall soon be in glory; there I shall join my father and brother in the kingdom of God!"

T. S.

She was converted to God in early life; and, before she was twenty years of age, became the wife of a Wesleyan Minister, a relation which she sustained, for more than forty years, with much credit to herself and her husband, in all the Circuits to which they were appointed. Through the greater part of her widowhood, she was variously and painfully tried, both in body and mind; but was enabled to maintain, in life and death, an unshaken confidence in the faithfulness of her heavenly Father, and in the aton- . ing merits of her divine Redeemer. On the Saturday before her decease, she appeared in comparatively good health, and was actively engaged for some hours on an errand of mercy, soliciting aid in behalf of a distressed family. She returned home pleasingly excited, but tired and chilled. On the Monday she was a corpse. She died in the hope of the Gospel.

W. K.

Oct. 11th. At Leeds, aged seventy-two years, Mrs. Brigg, relict of the late Mr. William Brigg, merchant. Fifty years ago, she joined she church under the pastoral care of the late Rev. Rowland Hill, at Surrey chapel ; but subsequently united herself to the Wesleyan-Methodist society in Leeds, of which she continued a member until the period of her death. She was possessed of a vigorous and well-disciplined mind, and had acquired the art of submitting herself to the control of Gospel principles in every relation of life. Within a few days of her death, she said, she had trusted in the great and precious promises of God for fifty years, and they had been the source of comfort and support to her in numerous trials, which otherwise would have overwhelmed her. The repetition in the words, “I will never leave thee, I will never forsake thee,” she said, had oftentimes been the means of strengthening and fortifying her mind. Her trust was now in Christ her Saviour, and all her hopes rested on him ; nor did he forsake her in the time of need. In fact, she had long been united by living faith to Christ; and the contemplation of her decease created in her no uneasiness. She verified to a more than ordinary extent the consolatory declaration of the Saviour, “If a man keep my sayings, he shall never see death;” for the terrors which in many instances surround the approach of the last enemy were, in her case, happily subdued and annihilated by steadfast faith in Him

Oct. 13th.--At Bishop-Auckland, Mr. William Stediford, aged thirty-four. For some years he was a member of the Wesleyan church, and a valuable Local Preacher. He was much respected, and his death is deeply lamented by his family and friends.

J. B.

Oct. 15th.-At Middleton, in the Framlingham Circuit, Mrs. Hunt. She heard the Wesleyan Ministers, many years ago, preach in the neighbourhood, and was convinced of sin under the word; previous to which she was selfrighteous, fancying herself much better than her neighbours. She joined the Wesleyan society when the good cause was very low and despised. She enjoyed class-meetings, and all the means of grace, and became happy in God. Not being favoured with a pious partner, she was unable to conduct religious worship in her family, which she greatly lamented; yet she ventured to take some of her children, with an apprentice, and talk to them seriously, and pray with them in private ; which is still remembered by some with grateful emotions, who derived benefit from the instruction she gave. She had many crosses and family trials in life, which she endured with Christian patience, and resignation to the divine will. Her last affliction suddenly terminated her earthly career ; but neither bodily suffering,

“ Who captive led captivity,
Who robb'd the grave of victory,
And took the sting from death."

J. N. B.

could shake her confidence in the Rock of Ages. She rested securely in the merits of Christ till her eyes were closed in the slumbers of death. She died happy in the Lord, aged sixty-nine; having been a consistent member of the Wesleyan society for nearly forty years

W. E.

Oct. 12th.--At Mount- Pleasant, Redditch, aged thirty-five, Miss Harriet Lewis, daughter of Mr. William Lewis, sen. During a revival of religion among the children belonging to the Sabbath-school, she became deeply convinced of sin, joined the Methodist society, and soon afterwards found peace through the blood of the Cross. This was in the sixteenth year of her age ; since which she has been a decided and consistent member of the church of Christ. It pleased God, in the early part of the present year, to lay upon her his afflictive hand ; but she delightfully proved that, as her day, so was her strength. During her illness, she obtained the blessing of entire sanctification, and invari. ably testified that Christ was precious to her soul. Just before her departure, she told her relatives, with holy joy, that heaven was her home, and that she was drawing nearer and nearer to its joys. Her end was peace.

R. B.

Oct. 18th.–At Greens-Norton, in the Towcester Circuit, Mrs. Susanna Foster, in the seventy-first year of her age. She was brought to God under the ministry of the Rev. John Reynolds, and for upwards of thirty-six years sustained an exemplary Christian character. Her attachment to the cause of Methodism, the means of grace, and the Ministers of Christ, was strong. For twenty-two years she faithfully and affectionately filled the office of a Class-Leader. She was tried in the school of severe personal and family affliction, but in which she was graciously supported. A little before she died,

Oct. 12th.-At Birmingham, aged seventy-one, Mary, the relict of the late Rev. Thomas Kelk.

she exclaimed, “ I have no cause to doubt ; I love my Lord: he has been my refuge in trouble: My Jesus hath done all things well.'" She died full of faith, and with a blooming hope of a glorious immortality.

W. P.

Oct. 19th.-At Ramsbury, in the Hungerford Circuit, Mrs. Jane Bayman, aged thirty-four. She was favoured with pious parents, and in early life

early life was the subject of serious impressions. From a child she knew the Scriptures, grew up in the favour of God, a member in the Wesleyan church, and an active Teacher in the Sunday-school. She was affectionate as a child and wife, obliging in her manners, exemplary in her conduct. Her illness was long and painful; but her feet were on the Rock, and patience had its perfect work. Her confidence was strong in God. After a conflict respecting her children and husband, she exclaimed, “I can give them all up: the Lord will provide and save every one.” In her lengthened affliction, she was cheered by the visits of the people of God, and, at different times, many gracious words fell from her lips. “ I wish to die shouting his praises. I am as sure of heaven as if I was there. Bless God, he is a covenant-keeping God." When dying, she said, “Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly. Angel bands shall soon convey my happy spirit home." These were nearly her last words. " Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.”

P. O.

attend the services connected with the opening of the new chapel at Deal, and she then resolved to worship thenceforward in that place. Her religious feelings became stronger as her views of truth enlarged ; and, about four years afterwards, she found peace with God, and joined the society. To the end of her life she continued walking in the fear of God and the comfort of the Holy Ghost. She was called to experience painful family bereavements. Out of eight children, six, when up-grown, were taken away by consumption. But there was hope in their death; and she blessed the name of the Lord. Her last illness was long and painful; but she was divinely supported, and looked forward, with good hope, to death, as the time of her removal to her heavenly and eternal home. Her spirit was quiet, her habits retiring; and, by all who knew her, she was much respected. The summons at length came, and she slept in Jesus.

J. W.

Oct. 21st.-At Swanna-in-Cury, in the Helstone Circuit, Mr. Joseph Hendy. In him, when converted to the truth, thirty-six years ago, many “saw the grace of God, and were glad." He was a firm adherent to Wesleyan Methodism; and when, in troublous times, some deserted the body, and united with others to subvert the discipline of the Connexion, he refused to join them. His scriptural regard for the office, character, and influence of the Christian ministry raised him above unfounded suspicions and prejudices, and in association with them he determined to live and die. With humble fidelity he filled several offices in the church. During his affliction, the firmness of Christian patience, and the resignation of devout submission to the will of God, were beheld by his friends with mingled emotions of mournful satisfaction and thankfulness. “He was a good man ;” and,“ being dead, yet speaketh,"

H. G.

Oct. 20th.-At Witton-Gilbert, in the Durham Circuit, Mrs. Barker, aged fifty-eight, wife of Mr. Joseph Barker. From childhood she was sedate and thoughtful. When fifteen vears old, the happy death of her eldest sister made & deep impression on her mind, and induced her to cry earnestly for mercy: having no Christian friend to instruct her in the way of peace, her penitential grief continued unrelieved for some time, when she obtained a comfortable assurance of her acceptance with God while engaged in prayer. Her soul was filled with light, and these words were in-spoken to her heart:“ See the living waters flow;

Come, drink, and thirst no more."

Her children were carefully trained for God, and all within the domestic circle were the objects of her pious solicitude. She was a pattern of affection, fidelity, and prudence; nor was her charity confined at home. Her visitation of the sick, and kindness to the poor, were unremitting : many sought her counsel and sympathy in time of need; and the cause of Christian Migsions found in her a zealous and liberal supporter. During twelve months' severe affliction, she was graciously sustained.

J. K. T.

Oct. 22d.--Aged seventy-five, Mr. John Tagg, of Riddings, in the Belper Circuit. He had been a member of the Wesleyan church forty years; and during a great part of that period sus. tained with fidelity the important offices of a Leader, Steward, and Trustec. Soon after his conversion, he was led to promote to the utmost of his power the extension of the Redeemer's kingdom: he opened his own house for the public worship of God, and invited the Ministers of the Gospel to his help. In 1817 there was a society of sixty, and the first Wesleyan ehapel was erected at Riddings, which has since been considerably enlarged. We have now a commodious chapel, a large congregation, and more than one hundred members in the society. In the last days of his life, although the affliction which terminated his mortal existence was painful, yet he retained his confidence through faith in Christ, and peacefully expired.

J. G.

Oct. 21st.-At Deal, aged sixty-five, Mrs. Elizabeth Bayly; for thirty-six years a member of the Wesleyan society, and for the last seven a valuable Class-Leader. In early life she belonged to the established Church, and experienced those religious impressions which restrained her from seeking happiness in the world, though she did not clearly see the way of salva tion and peaco. In 1806 she was induced to

Oct. 24th.--At Tiverton, Sarah Hall, aged fiftyAbout sixteen years ago she was enabled to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ with her heart unto righteousness; and died, as she had during that period lived, adorning the doctrine of the Gospel.

G. H.

Oct. 26th.–At Bradfield, in the Manningtree Circuit, Margaret Cutting, aged forty-three. She was a subject of serious impressions from childhood, but did not attain to a saving knowledge of Christ till she was twenty-nine years of age. She had then become the mother of four children. The eldest was taken away by a sudden and unexpected stroke, and nine days after she lost another child. These painful dispensations of divine Providence were overruled for good, and sanctified to her conversion to God : she became truly pious, and from that period has been a regular and useful member of the church of Christ. During the last ten years she was called to suffer the will of her Lord; in which she exemplified the meekness and patience of the Christian, realized the supports and consolations of religion in her affliction, and in death its peaceful triumphs; and has doubtless exchanged a life of suffering for the paradise of God.

S. T.

disease, her husband, Mr. George Moore. They were both “righteous before God," and were old and highly-respected members of the Wesleyan church. Also, on Nov. 13th, their daughter Ann, wife of Mr. Mark Folly, Society-Steward of this town, fell a victim to the same dreadful malady. She was an active agent in promoting the interests of our Dorcas Society. A serious inroad has thus, within twelve days, been made on this estimable family, which will be felt by an extensive circle of Christian friends in the town and neighbourhood.

A. F.

Nov. 7th.-At Parolett, in the Bridgewater Circuit, Mr. John Carter, sen. He joined the Methodist society in the year 1801, in which he continued to the day of his death. During his life he manifested his love to Christ by liberally contributing to his cause. During his last affliction he expressed to his Ministers that he possessed, through Christ, a good hope of heaven; and when asked, as his end was approaching, whether he had peace with God, though unable to speak, he raised his hand in token of his conscious safety, and shortly after expired.

T. R.

Oct. 29th.--At Portsmouth, Samuel Lovatt, in the seventy-third year of his age; who was born at Burslem, in 1773. At the age of sixteen he became a member of the Methodist society. When twenty years old, he was a very zealous and acceptable Local Preacher. In 1800 he removed to Paisley. In this town, at that time, as it is reported to the writer, the Wesleyan Ministers had neither a society, a congregation, nor a home. The Preacher at Glasgow was invited to Paisley by Mr. Lovatt: in his house worship by a Methodist Minister was conducted, a society formed, and Mr. Lovatt was the appointed Leader. In 1809 he returned to his native town. About the year 1812 he made Portsmouth his residence. In this Circuit he became successively Sunday-school Teacher, Local Preacher, Steward, and Leader. For thirty-five years he was known at Portsmouth as a truly exemplary Christian. And, through divine mercy, if to expire like him of whom it is said, “He fell asleep,” is to die the most favoured death of the Christian, so died the late Mr. Lovatt.

W. B.


Nov. 14th.-At Tickhill, in the Doncaster Circuit, aged fifty-one, Mr. Jonathan Moorhouse. He was deeply convinced of sin in the year 1817, and immediately joined the Wesleyan society. Being in earnest for salvation, he obtained the enjoyment of justification through faith in Christ; a blessing which he retained to the period of his decease. The means of grace he delighted to attend, and found them to be sources of comfort and strength, during tlie trials of his pilgrimage. He took God's word for an heritage; and both in reading and hearing it he found how rich the treasure he possessed. For many years he faithfully performed the duties of Class-Leader, Trustee, and Superintendent of the Sunday-school. Being deeply concerned for the instruction and training of the rising generation, he took his full share in the responsibility of establishing a flourishing day-school in Tickhill. The welfare of Methodism lay near his heart. His spirit was mild and conciliatory; and he was a man of order and peace. A few days before his death, he said to a friend, “I have had great happiness in my connexion with the church of God.” To his wife he said, “Put your trust in God. I am sure he will bring you through." All fear of death was taken away. On the morning of his departure, he felt the hand of the last enemy upon him; when, raising his voice, he said to his son, who was standing by his bed, “I am going to heaven. Hallelujah!” Thus triumphantly was mortality swallowed up of life.

S. M.

Nov. 3d.At Shaw, near Oldham, Miss Alice Wormal, aged twenty-four. From a child she was influenced by the fear of God, and thus preserved from many evils in which young people frequently indulge. The impressions which led to her conversion she attributed to the blessing of God upon the instructions she had received at the Shaw Wesleyan Sunday-school, with which she had been connected, as a scholar and Teacher, for seventeen years. When about four teen years of age, she gave her heart to God : and for the last nine years was a steady, unassuming Christian. She loved the house of God, and was regular in attending the means of grace. Her last affliction was short, but severe ; yet, notwithstanding the violence of her disorder, she gave proof that the grace of God was sufficient for her; and her mourning friends are cheered by the reflection that she sleeps in Jesus.

R. D.

Nov. 15th.- At Middlewich, in the Northwich Circuit, Mr. James Henshall, aged fifty-five years. He bore a lingering affliction upwards of two years with Christian fortitude. He was a member of the Wesleyan-Methodist society thirty-five years. He was a faithful and zealous Local Preacher and Class-Leader, and sustained other important Offices in the church. His Christian zeal for the honour of the Redeemer led him, to the utmost of his ability, to support

Nov. 6th.-Of typhus-fever, Mrs. Moore, of Great-Driffield, formerly of Snaith, aged sixtyeight. And on Nov. 18th, of the same malignant

every religious institution. He was much and deservedly respected. His last hours were marked by great peace.

T. E.

Nov. 15th.--At Tiverton, Margaret Savery, aged twenty. She obtained her first religious convictions in the Sabbath-school; and her brief Christian career was marked by uniform piety, and a diligent use of the means of grace. In her short but severe illness, she realized the happy and sustaining influence of religion ; and died exclaiming, "Hallelujah! Hallelujah!”

G. H.

ing was shared by those around her, who all were now mutually attached in the bonds of a twiceblest sisterhood; and the visitation of grace, which had been long sought in the prayers of the living and the dead, prepared the circle for a succession of desolating visitations of Providence. Fanny, Emily, and their brother Thomas, were removed, with most affecting rapidity, to the family above. But the scene on which the clouds of sorrow gathered, was brightened by the glorious presence of Him who is “the Resurrection and the Life." Each sufferer, dying, conquered ; and rarely was deepening desolation more alleviated by succours which the world knows not of. With untiring affection, Miss Horner joined her excellent mother and sister in ministering to those who were marked for an earlier rest than her own; and, during her remaining years of gentle, uniform, duteous service on earth, she looked with joy for a blessed re-union in heaven. Her excellencies, shrinking from more general observation, were unfolded in the quiet of home, and there shed welcome influence. Her illness was severe, but brief. She expected death with composure truly characteristic; and, firmly trusting in her Saviour, obtained the last victory.

W. L. T.

Nov. 16th.-At Cheltenham, Mr. Joseph Neal, in the seventieth year of his age. He joined the Wesleyan society in Hull, at a very early period; and has been employed as an active and devoted Local Preacher upwards of half a century, and also as a Class-Leader for many years. He was "an Israelite indeed," and a living proof of the power of Gospel principles. His last illness was severe ; but he bore his affliction with entire resignation to the will of God. His faith in the atonement of Christ was firm and unshaken, and his hope of heaven truly inspiring. He said much that was expressive of the happy state of his mind during the closing scenes of life. His last accent was, “ The glory surpasseth.”

W. B.

Nov. 17th.--At Bed ford Chapel-House, in the Leigh Circuit, at an advanced age, in great peace, Thomas Tyror; who had been a consistent member of the Wesleyan society for forty years. He was a poor man; but a more loving, gentle, and obliging disposition has rarely been exhibited.

J. S.

Dec. 5th.-At Leigh, near Manchester, after a lingering illness of about eleven months, aged fifty-six, Ann, the beloved wife of the Rev. John Shipman, Wesleyan Minister; a woman whose praise is not only in many of the churches of Great Britain, but in the island of Jamaica, where she laboured and suffered with her husband for upwards of ten years, and was highly esteemed by all who knew her. Her death was more than usually peaceful and happy.

J. S.

Dec. 23d.--Aged forty-six, Hannah, the wife of the Rev. Robert Thompson, of the Leeds Second Circuit. Under a sermon preached by the Rev. William Atherton, when about fourteen years of age, she was first awakened to a sense of her guilt and danger as a sinner, shortly afterwards obtained peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, and joined the Wesleyan society. Subsequently, by residence in a place where the Methodists had no church, her fellowship with them was interrupted ; and this circumstance, as in other cases, led to loss. About twenty years ago, she was reunited to the people of her early choice, and regained a sense of acceptance" in the Beloved." From this date, piety towards God became the uniform habit of her mind, sustained by an exemplary attendance on the appointed means of grace. To be conspicuous, was never her aim; but she “studied to be quiet, and mind her own business," which lay, according to her judgment, within the limits of her family circle, and in the walks of privacy and retirement. From the commencement of her last affliction, she anticipated and spoke of a probably fatal result, while others entertained a different opinion. Very many and very satisfactory were her expressions of humble confidence in God through Jesus Christ, of submission to his will, and the hope of a better life. With increasing fever her constitutional strength was unable further to contend; apparent improvement proved to be but progressive weakness; and while her family were willing to hope that the worst was past, the complicated sorrows of a mortal sickness ended, somewhat suddenly, in the “rest which remaineth to the people of God."

S. J.

Dec. 6th.-At Grosvenor-Place, Bath, aged twenty-nine, Mary Apne, elder surviving daughter of the late Mr. W. G. Horner. More than seven years ago, she and her three sisters were enabled, by abounding grace, to give themselves “ to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.” A covenant-service in their native city was rendered, at this important crisis, eminently useful to them; and their simultaneous decision was soon crowned by the enjoyment of a “common salvation.” During the evening preceding her death, Miss Horner made pathetic reference to an expository remark of the Rev. John Brown, as the immediate occasion of leading her to realize peace in believing. The same precious bless


“ BUT of all the trees, or evergreens, or flowers, the sight that charmed me most was the first

appearance of the bramble' of my dear native land. There it flourished amidst the wild shrubs of Egypt: it certainly looked somewhat improved in its condition; for the leaves were lighter, the flowers larger, and the bushes loftier than those which grow on the wolds of Yorkshire. Yet my gaze was riveted to it, as by a magic spell; for every blossom told some tale of youth and home.” (“Sketches by a Resident in Cairo :” see Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine, November, 1846.)

Fair wilding flower, I deem'd not thus, 'neath Egypt's sultry skies,
To greet thee in thy loveliness, with all thy memories !
A spell is round thee, and I gaze, and o'er my throbbing breast
Rush thousand 'wildering dreams of home, that may not be represt.
Far brighter blossoms round me glow, and loftier boughs than thine
A broad o'er-arching canopy—their giant-arms entwine;
And the rich glancing sunlight streams through many a green arcade,
Where flashing founts fling diamond spray o'er bank and mossy glade.
This ancient land! e'en as a dream, a misty dream of yore,
Is its proud greatness to my soul; its high, its hallow'd lore :
The sculptured forms of other days, they ravish not me now,
Nor the dark beauty lingering still on death's unshadow'd brow.
Thebes, with her marble fanes, hath pass'd; and Memphis, in her pride,
Where man hath rear'd him lofty piles, as they should e'er abide !
And proudly to the skies they tower, though his name hath died away:
Alas ! for mortal greatness, still yielding to decay.
Not now I view them ; for, sweet shrub, alone I gaze on thee;
And sweet, O sweet, each pencill’d flower to burden'd memory!
Why is it that my “ heart of hearts” o'er yonder ocean foam
Hath fled, and far away doth rest-e'en on my childhood's home ?
My childhood's home! the chestnut boughs, the jasmine's starry flowers,
The wild wood's autumn gorgeousness in sunset's rosy hours !
The distant murmur of the sea, the melody of streams,
The clustering blossoms flashing out to morn's awakening gleams !
And more, O more than all beside, the soft, deep tones of love ;
The lay beside the household hearth, all other lays above;
The melting tenderness enshrined in a mother's tearful gaze!
0, all thou bringest to my soul, sweet flower of other days !
Where are they now ? Mine eye is changed, its early light is gone;
And my heart hath lost its youthful glee, and its buoyancy hath flown :
Hath change upon my brow alone its silent shadows flung ?
Hath the cold hand of Time elsewhere no shrouding mantle hung ?
Thou answerest not; yet well I read, in the shadows of my breast,
Of many a loved one fled away to the land of joy and rest;
Of many a crush'd and broken wreath beside the household hearth ;
Of silence and of solitude, where erst was joyous mirth!
Yet weep I not! thy brighter flowers, on this far-distant soil,
Tell of the clime where loved ones meet, from sorrow far, and toil.
O thither follow we their track, that chorus deep to swell,
Where seraphs blend their harmonies ! Sweet wilding flower, farewell !



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