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grace, till within a few weeks of her death; and was a liberal supporter of the cause of God. Her end was very peaceful. Some of her last words were, “ Christ is precious!
"I long to behold him array'a,
With glory and light froin above.'
Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly! Weep not for me, but welcome death !”
Methodist society nearly fifty-one years, and one of the original Trustees of the chapel at Tiverton. His earthly pilgrimage was marked by many domestic afflictions and trials; but under all circumstances he maintained an unshaken confidence in God, and an unblemished Christian reputation. As long as Iris health permitted, he was a devout and constant worshipper with the people of God, and maintained an unabated interest in the general prosperity of the cause of God. During the latter years of his life, through increasing bodily infirmities, he was entirely secluded from the active duties of life, but maintained, throughout a long retirement, the same cheerful and uniform piety which distinguished his active life. His death was eminently peaceful and happy.
Nov. 21st.-Mr. Thomas Gee, of Darley, in the Derby Circuit. About seven years ago he gave his heart to God, and his hand to his people. From that time he was an exemplary and consistent follower of Christ. As a Leader, Local Preacher, husband, and confidential servant, he was greatly esteemed. His death was sudden, and took place under painful circumstances. In London on business, he was proceeding along the street, when he was taken ill; and, being removed to his lodgings, he lingered three days, and then peacefully breathed his soul into the hands of his Redeemer, aged forty-four years.
Nov. 29th.--At Walsall, aged sixty, Mrs. Marshall. She was early in life conducted to the house of God by her parents, where she heard a faithful ministry. As she grew up, her mind became deeply impressed with the value of her soul, and the importance of religion. Being conscious that she was a sinner, she sought pardon with tears, and obtained the blessing through faith in Christ. She immediately entered into covenant with God, and became devoted to his service. In her affliction she was sensible of her approaching end, and was often employed in blessing and praising God. When labouring under severe pain she said,
Nov. 30th.-At Newburn, in the Newcastleon-Tyne Circuit, Mr. John Sinclair, in the eightyfifth year of his age. He was born at Gilling, in Yorkshire, and for twenty-four years lived according to the course of this world. Through the admonitions and instructions of a friend, he was brought seriously to consider his ways, and he sorrowed long after a godly sort ; but at length, by faith in Christ, obtained salvation. He joined the Methodist society, and was soon placed in the responsible offices of Leader and Local Preacher; in both of which he was useful, and in the discharge of the latter was often, in his earlier days, subjected to the persecutions of mobs. He, however, held on his way, and grew stronger and stronger; and such was his emi. nent Christian consistency, that all acknowledged him to be a good man. About eleven years ago he came to reside in this neighbourhood ; and, to the period of his death, he was the Leader of the society in Newburn. He was a humble and zealous Christian: he delighted in the ordinances of God's house, and in his service. He triumphed over death.
J. H. B.
" When my sorrows most increase,
Let thy strongest joys be given : Jesus, come with my distress,
And agony is heaven."
The last words she was heard to speak were, " Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly ;” and her happy spirit took its flight to the paradise of God.
Dec. 3d.--At Barton-upon-Humber, Leonard Watson Hunter, aged twenty-two. From his childhood he feared God, and in early life became a member of the Methodist society. With considerable information, which he acquired by reading, and with respectable talents, he gave promise of much usefulness. His attachment to Wesleyan Methodism was exemplified in his uniform piety and consistency of character. His end was sudden, being unexpected either by himself or his parents. In answer, however, to the inquiries of his father respecting the state of his mind, a short time previous to his death, he expressed his firm reliance on the Saviour for acceptance with God.
Nov. 29th.–At Davenham, in the Northwich Circuit, Mr. Thomas Kinsey, aged fifty-two. Twenty years ago he experienced the saving power of divine truth; eighteen, he was a mem. ber of the Wesleyan society; and twelve, a faithful and useful Local Preacher and ClassLeader. He was truly an upright man and consistent Christian, manifesting in his conduct the reality of the religion he professed. His disposition was kind; he seemed always to desire to benefit all with whom he had to do. He patiently endured a long affliction of eighteen months; and experienced, with but little interruption, communion with God through the whole period. His whole confidence was reposed on the merits of Christ, and through him he obtained the final victory.
Dec. 4th.–At Northampton, Mr. Joseph Betts, aged sixty-nine. For twenty-five years he was an ornament of the Wesleyan church. His last affliction was severe ; but, knowing in whom he had believed, he felt the Saviour precious, and died in sure and certain hope of a glorious immortality.
Nov. 30th.--At Tiverton, Mr. John Grant, aged seventy-five. He was a member of the
Dec. 4th.-At Delph, Saddleworth, Mrs. Lydia Shaw, aged seventy-six. She had been a mernber of the Wesleyan-Methodist society more than fifty years. A tried, but sincere, Christian, her life was consistent, her attachinent to religious ordinances strong, and her love to Methodism,
otwithstanding opposition, unabated. Her Master called for her suddenly; but she was ready. Iler end was peace.
W. H. B.
Dec. 5th.-At Gorleston, in the Yarmouth Circuit, Mrs. Ruth Dawson, in the eighty-first year of her age. For many years she was an exemplary Methodist and Christian. In disposition, she was humble, meek, and diffident; her character was strongly marked by simplicity, integrity, and benevolence; and to the poor she was a tender, attentive, and liberal friend. Her affliction was protracted and painful; but strength was given proportioned to her day. Her end was sudden, but calm and peaceful.
of his favour; and during the whole of her life she maintained her confidence in God. She was sometimes, and especially during her last affliction, the subject of harassing temptations, but was prevented from casting away her confidence. She ever manifested a warm attachment to her Saviour, to his house, to his people, and to his word. In her affliction she mourned her long absence from the house of prayer, and regretted her inability to sit up to read the word of God, or to prostrate herself before him. She never lost sight of the efficacy of the atoning Sacrifice, and the power and faithfulness of God; and would exclaim, “How can I sink with such a prop ?" When the probability of her being raised to health again was alluded to, she said, "To depart and be with Christ will be far bet. ter."
Dec. 5th.-At Mount-Ward, Jamaica, in the faith and hope of the Gospel, Richard Lewis, aged about seventy-five. He had been a consist. ent member of the Wesleyan-Methodist society about eighteen years, fourteen of which he was a Class-Leader. He loved the house of God, and was found there at a week-night service, in bis usual health, only a few hours before the coinmencement of his sickness “unto death." After testifying that all within was “ peace," and manifesting his entire resignation to the divine will, he calmly awaited his approaching end, saying, “ Come, Lord ! come, Lord!”
W. G. S.
Dec. 8th.-At Taynton, St. Peter's, in the Spilsby Circuit, Mrs. Dunnington, the wife of Mr. W. Dunnington, aged forty-nine. Thirty years ago she was brought to the knowledge of the truth as it is in Jesus. From that time until she finished her course, she uniformly maintained the character of a follower of Christ. Sincerity, bumility, and uprightness were fully exemplified in her conduct. Her death was sudden ; but she was found ready, and she entered into the "joy of her Lord."
Dec. 6th.At Daventry, Mr. William Stanton, Luilder, in the fifty-fourth year of his age. On Friday, November 28th, he was at work at Norton church, when he unfortunately fell from the scaffold, and, besides fracturing his arm, received several severe internal injuries, which, after a lengthened period of acute suffering, terminated his valuable life. He had been upwards of thirty years a member of the Wesleyan society; during which period he was peculiarly useful in the management of the Sunday-school. He was an ornament to his Christian profession, and during his last painful affliction enabled to witness a good confession.
Dec. 9th. At Bramley, Mr. John Holdsworth. He was brought to the enjoyment of religion in the twenty-first year of his age, and received his note of admittance into the Wesleyan society from the late Rev. William Bramwell, who then travelled in the Birstal Circuit. For thirty. three years he was a useful Leader, and a sucthree years he was a useful Loader a cessful Local Preacher, under whose plain and pointed preaching many were awakened and brought to a knowledge of the truth. Placed at the head of a large family, he had to pass through great tribulation in the course of his earthly pilgrimage ; but he exemplified the excellency of Christianity by a life of strictest integrity, constant cheerfulness, and habitual prayerfulness. He was suddenly seized with sickness, which entirely prostrated his energies ; and in a few short hours he passed out of time into eternity, as a shock of corn fully ready for the paradise of God, aged seventy-seven.
Dec. 7th.--At Holwell, in the Sherborne Circuit, Mrs. Graham, aged eighty-four. She was a meinber of the Wesleyan society for many years; and has left a lasting monument of her love to Methodism, and of her desire for the spiritual welfare of the neighbourhood in which she resided, in the Wesleyan chapel which was built at her sole expense. Her benevolence to the poor will cause her name to be long remembered.
J. W. R.
Dec. 7th.--At Alford, Mrs. Mary Morton, aged twenty-seven. She was brought out of darkness into God's marvellous light when about seventeen years of age ; at which time she was in great distress of mind on account of her spiritual danger. She sought the Lord with inuch penitence and prayer, came out from the world cheerfully, and openly joined the congregation of God's Israel, ardently supplicating for the inestimable blessing of forgiveness. The Lord was graciously pleased to reveal unto her a sense
Dec. 9th.At Aghalee, in the Moira and Dromore Circuit, in her fifty-second year, Jane Ruddle, who was for thirty-eight years a member of the Wesleyan church. She was a woman of severe affliction. For her support she was dependent on her Christian friends, who felt it no burden to minister to the wants of one in whom they saw the grace of God. She laboured under a great privation in never having been able to read; for though she often made the attempt, such was the state of her head, she never could succeed; but she endeavoured to supply the defect by keeping a Bible and many religious tracts, and requesting almost every visiter to read a portion. On a Sunday evening her cottage was a place of resort for young persons religiously disposed, who felt it good to read for, and converse with, her; so that, being of an inquisitive mind, and having a sound under
standing, she obtained a considerable knowledge of the Scriptures. She was of unobtrusive habits, yet a constant visiter of the sick and afflicted, when her wise advice and fervent prayers were acceptable and useful. If, as Mr. Wesley says, “ cleanliness is next to godliness," she possessed it in a high degree. Her disease was such as might, in other circumstances, be offensive; but her neatness and cleanliness was such, that the most sensitive could find no ground for complaint. Though poor and dependent, she maintained a dignity of character which commanded the respect even of those on whom she was most dependent, as never stooping to any of those meannesses too often found amongst the poor. Having ornamented religion in her life, she died in the Lord, regretted by all who knew her.
which she sought, and happily realized. For nineteen years she maintained her integrity, walking in the fear of the Lord. She was truly a woman of a meek and quiet spirit, and given to hospitality. Her Christian graces cominanded and received the love and esteem of all who knew her. Her last illness was long and severe; but in patience she possessed her soul, and she experienced throughout the faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God. Her end was not only peaceful, but eminently happy.
J. T. Y.
Dec. 10th. At Thurcaston, Mr. John Toone, aged forty-eight. He was brought to a saving knowledge of God under the ministry of the Rev. Daniel Isaac, when he promptly became a member of the Wesleyan society, about twentysix years ago. He had an unblemished and unquestionable reputation of being an upright follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, and of strict integrity in bis worldly calling. Religion with bim was more than a name or a profession; his spiritual enjoyments and attainments were of a high order; and, by manifestation of the truth, he gained the approbation and affection of the society to which he was united. A few weeks previous to his death, two of his children died of typhus fever; and to the same malady he has fallen a victim. His end was peacefully triumphant.
Dec. 11th.-Mrs. Payne, of West Bromwich, aged seventy-three. She was converted to God in early life, and was a consistent member of the Wesleyan church upwards of half a century. By yielding to a constitutional timidity and diffidence of mind, she was often deprived of that clear sense of her acceptance with God, and that lively joy in the Holy Ghost, which it was her privilege to possess; but in her last affliction her faith in Jesus, as her Saviour, was greatly strengthened ; and as death approached, her fears were dissipated, and she gave to her friends a cheering assurance that she was “ready to depart, and to be with Christ.” A few hours before her death, she sung, with joyful confidence, the verse beginning,
“ My soul, through my Redeemer's care,
Saved from the second death I feel!"
Thus she“ died in faith,” at “a good old age; and now, doubtless,“ inherits the promises."
Dec. 14th.-At Natchell's-Green, Birmingham East Circuit, Mr. Joseph Yates, aged fifty-four. For many years he was greatly afflicted, and towards the end of life seldom able to attend on the public ordinances of God's house; but, under all his sufferings, he was graciously enabled humbly and devoutly to endure the will of God. He died, trusting in the merits of Christ for his acceptance with God, after having maintained for several years a conduct consistent with his Christian profession.
Dec. 10th. At Coalbrook-dale, in the Madeley Circuit, Jane, the wife of Mr. James Gething, aged seventy-eight. She received her first religious impressions under the ministry of a pious Clergyman at Shawbury, in this county, which were deepened and rendered permanent by attending the public meetings of Mrs. Fletcher in Madeley, with whom she met in class up to the time of her marriage. Soon after she commenced her Christian career, she obtained a sense of the pardon of her sins. She was diligent in attending the means of grace, and her conduct secured the love of her Christian friends. She was concerned for the salvation of her children : she took them with her to the house of God, and also into her closet, where she prayed with them, and commended them to God: of this they cherish a grateful remembrance. For the last eighteen months her strength gradually declined, so that she was able to reach the house of God but seldom. She often said, “I am not at home yet; but I soon shall be there, and I long to go.” She died in peace.
J. A.. Ist.
Dec. 14th.-Mrs. Amy Sharpley, of the Macclesfield Circuit, aged fifty-three, wife of Mr. George Sharpley, formerly prisoner of war in Briançon prison, in France, where he introduced Methodism among the prisoners. She was converted to God when about twenty years of age, and resided at that time near Harwich, in Essex. In early life she met with much opposition, and had to encounter many difficulties ; but these only made her more decided and diligent. After her marriage she removed to Macclesfield, and in all the relationships of life was most exemplary. She was greatly beloved by the members of her class, over whom she watched with much fidelity and diligence. She endured a protracted affliction with much patience, and calmly fell asleep in the Lord. Her soul thus speedily followed that of her son, Mr. Nathan Sharpley, who died November 25th, nineteen days before her, of consumption, in his twenty-third year. He had been a consistent member of the Wesleyan society six years.
Dec. 11th-At Halton, in the Warrington Circuit, Mrs. Sarah Tipping, in the fifty-fifth year of her age. During the earlier portion of her life she was strictly moral, though a stranger to the power of divine grace. In 1821, while under painful affliction, she first saw herself to be a sinner, and felt the need of a personal interest in the world's Atonement; a blessing
gasp for breath, and died in a few seconds * Blessed are the dead wlich die in the Lord."
Feb. 20th, 1847.-Ai Leigh, near Manchester, aged seventy-four, the Rev. Richard Smetham, who, for upwards of forty years, in which he was a Minister in the Wesleyan Connexion, maintained an unsullied reputation, and laboured with zeal, general acceptance, and success in the work of the Lord, until he was compelled through infirmity to become a Supernumerary. His end was characterized by great peace, ardent love, and firm confidence in God through Christ. He was held, and justly so, in high esteem by all classes in society.
March 19th.At Thirsk, of an affection of the heart, in the fifty-ninth year of his age, and the thirty-sixth of his ministry, the Rev. Thomas Hall, Wesleyan Minister. His departure was sudden, but eminently peaceful and happy. In the year 1806, under the ministry of the late Rev. Jolin Pipe, he was led to see that an external moral deportment is but a worthless substitute for personal religion. He saw that he “ must be born again;" and rested not until, by the exercise of that faith which is of the operation of the Spirit of God, he was enabled to appropriate unto himself the merits of the Saviour's death. He was soon constrained to preach in the neighbouring villages; and, finally, he was led to devote his life to the service of the Wesleyan ministry. His first appointment was to Diss, in 1811. His pulpit ministrations were never characterized by what is vivid, or imaginative, but rather by sterling worth, evangelical truth, and an uncompromising adherence to the law and the testimony. There were solidity and orthodoxy in his well-arranged and impressive discourses. His last illness was of few days' continuance. On one occasion he said, “ Many suffer more than I, and yet have not my consolations." About halfpast eight P.M., on Friday, March 19th, he retired to rest. Sitting up, he took his medicine : he then laid his hend on his pillow, began to
March 220.-At Torquay, whither he had gone for the recovery of his health earls last autumn, the Rev. Jonathan Tumer, aged fifty. eight years. He commenced his ministry in 1811; but on two occasions, from enfeebled health, which he attributed to over-exertion in one of our glorious revivals, he was necessitated to retire as a Supernumerary : but, with returning health, he gladly gave himself again to the work in which his heart delighted. The difficulty and pain with which he sometimes performed the work of the Circuit, was only known to himself and his God. At the last Conference he felt a persuasion that it was his duty again to become & Supernumerary ; but the hope of increase of health, together with the kind invitation of the friends in the North Shields Circuit, induced him, though somewhat reluetantly, to accede to a renewed appointinent; and, in order to realize bis wishes, he removed to Torquay, that, by a slaort time of rest, he might be able subsequently to effectively discharge his Circuit duties. Providence, however, decreed other wise: he gradually sunk in strength. When he found his end was approaching, he sent for the Rev. J. P. Haswell, to whom he stated, “I feal ashamed, in looking over my hife, that my zeal in the cause of God has been so languid. I am, indeed, stripped of every plea; but,
• For me the Saviour died.'
Tell my dear brethren, I feel the truth and power of the doctrines which I have held and preached for nearly forty years. God does indeed confort me. I have much to lament over, many imper fections to bemoan; but I am saved, saved by grace!"
J. P. H.
A PASSING THOUGHT ON THE CHANGE OF THE SABBATH-DAY. O God! Thy SEVENTU-day Sabbath That backward glances seems to crown'd
cast, Thy bounty's, and our labour's, round; Compensates, purifies, the past : The world was finish'd, Thou hadst This points the future, and prepares wrought
For freshen'd joys, and lighten'd cares. And man had rest from worldly thought.
Each day, the Last or First of seven, O Christ! Thy First-day Sabbath Finds its full antitype in heaven;
Time's toiling course shall then be With aspect changed, though changeless o'er : claim ;
Thou only know'st what lies before ! From thence the Christian weeks with
Highgate-Rise. “ An endless life” with Thee, began.
LONDON : PRINTED BY JAMES NICHOLS, HOXTON-SQUARE.