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his spirit, and many indications
were given In answer to his mother's prayers, the of a ripening for his heavenly home. At gracious influences of the Holy Spirit were the age of fifty-one, on November 4th, given to the fatherless boy; and to the 1876, he passed away.
G. A. P. day of his death he cherished grateful
recollections of her care in taking him to MR. HENRY RICHARDSON died at Hartle- the Class-meetings and Prayer meetings pool, November 1st, 1876. Mr. Richard- in very early life. son enjoyed a clear sense of God's forgiv- At the age of sixteen he left home to ing love, and walked in His fear and the reside with his uncle, Mr. Riggall, of comfort of the Holy Ghost. He was de Ulceby; and whilst there the good seed votedly attached to the doctrines and of the kingdom, sown by his mother, discipline of Wesleyan-Methodism. His
sprang up and brought forth fruit. In very love for the Church, and his eager January, 1837, he was brought to religions zeal to promote its welfare, seemed to give decision ander a sermon preached in the a stern aspect to him in the position he Alford Chapel by the late Charles Richardsometimes felt it his duty to assume ; but son, 'the Lincolnshire Thrasher.' There underneath there was a kind and tender and then he cried to the Lord for mercy; heart. He sustained all the offices in and, before leaving, was enabled to rejoice which a layman can serve Methodism, with in the God of his salvation. the exception of that of a Local Preacher. In 1864 he removed to New Leake, in During his last illness he was graciously the Wainfleet Circuit, where he remained supported by the Divine Presence. He until his death, in 1876. During the last was often humbled before God, and con- ten years of his life he filled the offices of fessed himself unworthy of the least of His Society-steward and Treasurer of the Sunmercies, but was enabled to triumph in the day-school; and as a Steward was found Atonement. On a Sabbath afternoon a faithful. From conversion to death, & few weeks before his death, he desired to period of forty years, he retained a clear partake of the Lord's Supper with a few sense of his acceptance with God. He was of his friends. The Lord filled the room esteemed by all who knew him. He was with His glorious Presence. Our dying an affectionate husband, a sincere friend, brother exclaimed: 'O the precious blood a good neighbour, and a loyal disciple of of my Lord Jesus Christ !' and then, the Lord Jesus Christ,
M.R. lifting his almost fleshless hands toward heaven, he prayed that the Church might MR. ROBERT FEATHERSTONE was born be preserved, and that all present might at Commondale, near Guisborough, in the meet in heaven. He was a true man, a year 1794, and died at Skelton, in Clere loyal Methodist, who lived, prayed, and land, where the later years of his life were contributed of his substance to promote spent. His
early life was carefully watched the Church's welfare.
over by godly parents, who endeavoured to ROBERT HAWORTH. train him for heaven; and at the age of
seventeen, after returning from a LoreMR. WILLIAM BAILEY GILBERT was feast at Guisborough, he gave his heart to born at West Ville, Lincolnshire, May 4th, God. From this time until his death he 1820. He was favoured with the rich was a consistent member of the Wesleyan heritage of pious ancestry. His parents Church, were consistent members of the Wesleyan- The testimony of all who knew him is
, Methodist Society ; and his grandfather, that he was an Israelite indeed'; he John Gilbert, was for many years a Local walked circumspectly before the world, and Preacher, and was honoured with the maintained a conscience void of offence friendship of the Rev. John Wesley, who toward God, and toward men.' As the respent several nights under his roof at sult of a firm faith in a loving Saviour, Wrangle. The old Wesleyan chapel at followed by a holy life, his end was peaceWrangle was built by Mr. John Gilbert, ful and triumphant. Almost his last words who was removed to the better land when were, 'Praise God from Whom all blessings William was only four months old. His flow, etc.' On January 29th, 1877, bis devoted mother faithfully trained him in spirit took its flight to the better land. 'the norture and admonition of the Lord.'
W. H. E.
HAZELL, WATSON, AND VINEY, PRINTERS, LONDON AND AYLESBURY.
MEMORIAL NOTICES OF MR. HENRY CARTWRIGHT,
OF ROCHDALE :
BY THE REV. J. E. COULSON, Mr. Henny Cartwright was extensively known in Methodist circles in the neighbourhood of Manchester, His spotless and amiable character, his activity and usefulness, his intelligent and devout piety, his catholic and brotherly spirit, constrained every one who knew him, to take knowledge of him that he had been with Jesus,' and to regard him with affection and confidence. He was born at Toynton-All-Saints, near Spilsby, in September, 1799, and was from boyhood singularly religious and upright. A schoolfellow states that he was regarded by every one as a most exemplary lad, who was ready to reprove sin whenever he observed it. He received an ordinary education, and in his early teens was apprenticed to a draper in Spilsby, where be soon became a member of the Wesleyan-Methodist Society, and was distinguished for goodness and superior business abilities. At this time he was the means of the conversion of both his parents, who became active members of the Society, and after nourishing and promoting the cause of God in the Spilsby Circuit for many years, died happy in the Lord.
In 1823 he removed to Leeds, to occupy a situation of responsibility in the firm of Sadier, Roberts and Sadler, and was greatly valued and esteemed by that distinguished member of the firm, Michael Thomas Sadler, M.P.
To the Methodism of Leeds, Mr. Cartwright ever held himself to be under great obligations : the holy influences which there surrounded him lifted him into a higher state of grace, and prepared him for future usefulness. He there became acquainted with some eminently devoted young men, whose example and conversation led him to an acquaintance with the deep things of God,' and stimulated him to the pursuit of 'things that are excellent.' He had never previously been clear as to his acceptance with God, but soon after going to Leeds he was stirred up to seek the “knowledge of salvation by the remission of sins.' In a diary which he kept for many years, but which he destroyed, with the exception of a few pages accidentally preserved, he made the following record under the date July 28th, 1823 :
'Last Monday will be remembered by me while memory holds her seat, being the day on which I entered fully into liberty. I had been visiting two sick families, and whilst engaged in praying with them I felt unusual power to plead with God, and again after going home in conducting family prayer I felt still more power. I then retired into secret and poured out my soul to God, without, however, expecting anything
extraordinary; but just as I was concluding, it came into my mind to open the Bible, and as I did so, I solemnly promised that if God would direct me to a passage, and by it testify to my heart of my acceptance with Him, I would never doubt again. Immediately on opening the Book I read the words : “Him hath God exalted with His right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.” And from that moment I have not dared to doubt that I am in the liberty of God's dear children.'
upon the Rock, he held on firmly amid the assaults of evil. The higher Christian life upon which he entered on that memorable Monday began at once to bring forth fruit. He became more diligent in ‘redeeming the time,' that he might have opportunities for secret intercourse with God, for the visitation of the sick, and for the public means of grace. Without infringing upon business hours not his own, he found time for religious duties, which he attended to with earnestness and self-denial, presenting himself a living sacrifice to God.' A fragment of his diary shows what manner
was at the age of five-and-twenty; and the Methodist people of the present day would do well to note how their predecessors in the early part of this century employed their leisure hours and Sabbaths, and how the energy of their faith made them not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord':
* August 2nd, 1825.—Last evening I retired into secret determined to plead with God for the full sanctification of my soul ; but I felt shorn of strength, partly, perhaps, from too long abstinence from food; and, 0 ! the distress of soul which I felt. It would have been impossible to live unless relief bad come; but, after a dark night, joy came in the morning, and during the greater part of this day I have enjoyed liberty of soul. At the Band-meeting this evening, at which Messrs. Morley and Reece were present, I was enabled to testify to the great deliverance which God had wrought out for me ; and the fervent desire of my heart just now is to love God with all my powers.
•Sunday, August 3rd. I spent some time profitably in my closet in reading the Scriptures and prayer. At six o'clock I went to the Prayer-meeting. At seven o'clock Mr. Speight preached, and God was pleased to pour His consolation into my heart under the sermon. After breakfast I spent about an hour in fervent prayer, and found much power. Several blessed promises were applied to my mind, and I can truly say I realized a present salvation. At half-past ten o'clock I went to Wesley Chapel, and heard Mr. Pinder. In the afternoon I visited five sick families; two of them very distressing
In the evening I heard Mr. Morley, and the word was spirit and life to my soul. I concluded the day happy in God and resting upon Christ.'
Mr. Cartwright was an old-fashioned Methodist, trained up amid Bandmeetings, Love-feasts and Class-meetings, and attaching great importance to these means of grace. His Band-mates were devoted young men, who greatly 'strengthened his hand in God.' Their faithfulness, advanced piety, knowledge and zeal, made their fellowship a great blessing to him, going far to counteract the spirit of the world, and to brace up his spiritual life from time to time.
If the busy Ministers, hard students, over-worked professional men and toilers in commercial life amongst the Methodists of the present day, would secure the help and stimulus of the old private Band-meeting, they would