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PRINTED AT THE CONFERENCE-OFFICE, 14, CITY-ROAD,
BY THOMAS CORDEUX, AGENT.
PREACRINO BOLSES IN TOWN AND COUNTRY.
FOR JANUARY, 1816.
MEMOIR OF MR. MATTHEW MAYER. OUR late venerable friend, Mr. MATTHEW MAYER, was born et Portwood Hall, near Stockport, on the 4th of November, 1740. Ilis parents were farmers, and his father lived on the Portwood estate in good credit, and much respected, above 50 years. The deceased remained there till the year 1783, when he removed to Cale Green, where he died. His parents were regular attendants at the parish church of Stockport, and constantly took their children with them thither. The deceased spoke of his mother as of one that feared God, and served him according to the light she had; and to her advices and faithful warnings he attributed his preservation from outward sin, so that he was noticed as a strictly moral young man.
Early in the Spring of the year 1759, the Lord began to work powerfully upon his heart. The affliction and death of an uncle who became a true penitent, and died in hope of the mercy of God, made a lasting impression on his mind. He saw it was a great thing to be prepared for death and made meet for heaven. He saw that he stood in need of a Saviour, and of a change of heart, which he had not experienced. Russel's seven Sermons, which he read with great attention, served more strongly to convince him that he had not the religion therein spoken of. He now began to pray in good earnest, that God would give him true wisdom and a right understanding of his word; and that religion which would make him happy in time and in eternity.
About this time, Mr. JOHN WESLEY came to Manchester, and the deceased was invited by some friends to go to hear him preach. He did so; and was wonderfully pleased with the kindness and affection apparent among the early friends of Methodism, who came from different parts on this occasion. He concluded that they must be Christians, from the love that they shewed to
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