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enjoyed confidence and consolation in Christ. He died in great peace.
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habitation many years, until a suitable chapel was erected. He was some time actively employed as a Sunday-school Teacher, until younger persons were raised to engage in that work. He delighted in the ordinances of religion, and was, to the end of his life, diligent in the use of all the means of grace, rising earlier on Sundays than on other days, that he might be present at the morning prayer-meeting. In liis last affliction, his prospects were bright beyond the grave,
“ And dying, found his latest foe Under his feet at last."
June 14th.–At Burgh, in the Wainfleet Circuit, aged eighty-five, Mr. Richard Waite, full of faith and of the Holy Ghost. More than fifty years since, he was awakened from the sleep of sin, justified by faith in Christ, filled with holy joy, joined the Wesleyan society, and pursued his long course with steady love to the people of liis early choice, and increasing submission to the will of God. Twelve months since, when infirmities began to press heavily upon him, he came to Burgh, to finish his pile grimage under his daughter's roof. He was for some time unable to attend any public means; but God was with him. His peaceable piety endeared him to most who knew him. His high regard for John Nelson's Journal induced him to lend it to many who might not in any other way have seen this valuable piece of biography. His constant language was, « Precious Jesus! Precious blood of Jesus !" and
he passed to heaven to sing His praises for ever.
June 8th.--At Barton, in the Downham Circuit, Mr. James Blomfield. In 1820 he gave himself to God and to his people, and obtained the great blessing of peace through our Lord Jesus Christ. He was a happy Christian ; living habitually and manifestly in the enjoyment of religion, and adorning the doctrine of God his Saviour. As a man of business, he was distinguished by uniform integrity and fidelity to his word. As a husband and a father, he was kind and affectionate. He was a faithful ClassLeader, and, for about fifteen years, an acceptable and useful Local Preacher. For about eleven months previous to his decease, he was laid aside from all public labours by a stroke of paralysis and apoplexy combined. Under this severe trial, being but the wreck of his former self, and, at times, harassed by great nervous and mental weakness, he expressed his confidence in his heavenly Father, and experienced and manifested the supporting and consoling influence of that religion which, when in health, he had recommended to others.
S. H. W.
June 14th.-At Belton, in the Oakham Circuit, aged twenty-eight, Mr. Edward Curtis, son-in-law of Mr. Drake, of Uppingham. Little more than eight years ago, in the Kettering Circuit, he was brought to the happy experience of divine mercy. For the last nineteen months, he had to struggle with consumption; and being but recently settled in life, for some time he felt considerable anxiety as to the result: desiring, if it might be, for the sake of his wife and child, to have his life prolonged. At length, through the power of divine grace, he fully submitted himself to the will of God, committed his family to his care, and became willing, and even desirous, to depart. Not long before his departure, he testified that Christ was then precious to him; and when he could no longer speak, being full of joy and peace, with a heavenly smile on his countenance, he waved his hand in token of victory through the blood of the Lamb.
June 11th.-At Broon-Bank, in the PateleyBridge Circuit, Benjamin Jackson, aged sixtythree. His mother was servant in a family where the Rev. John Wesley was wont to visit, when in the vicinity of Otley; and her example and instructions were a means of restraining him from outward sin. Although he was a stranger to converting grace until nearly forty years of age, when he was deeply convinced of sin, he sought and obtained redemption in the blood of Christ. Soon after this, he was appointed to lead the class. His sufferings were severe; but he endured the will of God with patience, and died a witness that his blood cleanseth from all sin.
June 15th.–At Bolton, Miss Eliza Sutcliffe Winterbottom, aged twenty-four. She had been a member of the Methodist society rather more than five years, and during the greater part of that time had enjoyed true religion. She had a clear perception of her high vocation, and ever studied to walk worthy of it. She was conscientious and circumspect, and endeavoured every moment to walk in the light of God's countenance. She regarded the blessing of perfect love as attainable in this life, and resolved not to rest without it; and for the last twelve months of her life it is believed that she enjoyed its uninterrupted possession. She was called to suffer affliction, and “ feebleness extreme; but patience had her perfect work, and she died in the full assurance of Christian hope.
June 12th.-At Dursley, Mr. John Cooke. He was brought under the influence of Wesleyan Methodism soon after its introduction into Dursley, and was a member of the Wesleyan church for above forty years. During a considerable part of this period, he filled several offices in the society. His love to the Saviour was supreme and ardent, his attachment to the Wesleyan system of doctrine and discipline was sincere and unwavering, and he cherished a high regard for its Ministers. As a Christian the graces of the Holy Spirit were severely tested; but " in patience he possessed his soul.” When death was near, every cloud vanished, and he
June 17th.--At Cowes Hill, in Weardale, Miss Beck, aged twenty. To an amiable disposition, she added a pleasing deportment, which received its chief lustre from the grace of God. The wisdom which is from above was the adornment of her character, and the rule of her life. To the means of grace she manifested an ardent attachment, and “loved the gates of Zion." Her final affliction was short and severe. A large circle of friends mourn her early departure. “ She is not dead, but sleepeth." J. D.
fruits of the labours of the late Mr. Brackenbury, in the neighbourhood; and at first, with others, had to endure no small degree of reproach and persecution. But he pursued his course steadily through good and evil report, and conquered his enemies by a holy life. His conversion was scriptural and clear, his faith abiding and practical. He was a man of peace, and of a truly catholic rit. A short time previous to his departure, in a letter to his son,
he said, that the nearer death approached, the happier he felt, being enabled to rest his all on Him who had given himself for him. A day or two before he died, he lost the power of speech; but, to the last, his countenance declared the happy state of his mind.
June 17th.-At Peterhead, in the Aberdeen Circuit, aged eighty-six, Mr. John Taylor. In early life, having occasion to visit England, he was providentially directed to a Wesleyan family; and their conversation and example were the instruments of discovering to him his need of true religion. Whilst with them, he heard Mr. Wesley preach. When he returned to Scotland, he began to attend the Wesleyan ministry, and ultimately joined the society; in which, during his connexion with it, he sustained different offices,-among them, that of Class-Leader. His last illness was long and severe ; but he was blessed with patience and cheerfulness; and as he approached eternity, Christ became increasingly precious to him. Not long before his death, when asked if he were looking to Jesus, he replied, “Yes; and I see him ready to receive me."
June 18th.-At Dublin, in his fifty-fourth year, Francis White. Having at an early age obtained salvation through faith in Christ, his views were evangelical, his conduct uniform, and his attachment to the Wesleyan-Methodist society undeviating. Simplicity and godly sincerity marked his conversation in the world. By the excellence of his character, and his well-directed zeal in behalf of the suffering poor, he acquired much of the public confidence; and his sphere of usefulness was, therefore, proportionably enlarged. He was Treasurer of the Strangers' Friend Society in Dublin for twenty-five years, during which period his influence and exertions greatly increased the funds of that institution; and, as he felt deeply for the miseries of the poor, he diligently visited them at their own habitations, and, in addition to spiritual counsel, administered temporal relief. He was for many years an acceptable and useful Local Preacher. As a Leader, his special attention was directed to young men ; and, being anxious for their welfare and preservation from surrounding evils, he used every means to direct their attention to the Saviour, and to lead them onward in the paths of piety. Many who were the objects of his solicitude now rise and call him blessed. Although his friends observed, for some time past, a gradual decline in his health, he still pursued the accustomed path of duty. His removal from earth was sudden : he attended the Leaders'-Meeting on the evening of the day previous to his death, conversed with his accustomed cheerfulness, returned home early, retired to rest, and, in a very few hours, exchanged time for eternity.
June 21st.-At Downend, aged eighty-eight, Mary Magdalene Sutton. When about thirteen years of age, she became a member of the Methodist society; and was one of the few now living who personally knew our venerable Founder. She frequently adverted with pleasure to the many times she had gone across the fields, and heard him preach at the Foundry, at five o'clock in the morning ; and especially to being present when Mr. Wesley laid the foundation-stone of the City-road chapel; and had A lively recollection of the text and sermon preached on that occasion. She was the mother of twelve children, and had the happiness to see several of them brought to God. She was for many months reduced to extreme feebleness; and the tempter took advantage of her natural timidity, then much increased. But she derived great comfort from the argument of Manoah's wife, by which she calmed the fear and terror of her husband, who said, “We shall surely die, because we have seen God:” “If the Lord were pleased to kill us, he would not have showed us all these things ;" and, making a noble, vigorous effort of faith to resist the devil, she exclaimed, “I will praise God, whether he save me or not." There did not appear to be any disease, but a dissolving of the earthly tabernacle, which was “worn by slowlyrolling years."
June 23d. - In the Colchester Circuit, aged thirty, Mary, the wife of Mr. Edward Smith. By her pious parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Brooks, of Mistley, in the Manningtree Circuit, she was early instructed in the things pertaining to her peace, and, through a long affliction, exemplified the virtues of the Christian character. Her piety was characterized by simple faith in the atonement and intercession of Christ; and on this subject her mind never wavered: hence she was kept in perfect peace. Within half an hour of her decease, she was heard to articulate, “ Jesus is my refuge now. Blessed Jesus ! praise! praise ! ” In this happy frame of mind she fell asleep, deeply lamented by a large circle of friends, by whom she was much esteemed for her meek and quiet spirit.
June 20th.-At Portland, in the Weymouth Circuit, Mr. John Andrews, aged seventy-one. He had been a member of the Wesleyan branch of Christ's church upwards of forty years, during thirty of which he was a useful Class-Leader and Local Preacher. He was among the earliest
June 24th.–At Aiskew, in the Bedale Circuit, Mrs. Catherine Cranswick, mother of the Rev. M. Cranswick, Wesleyan Minister.
For opwards of fifty-six years she was a member of the
Wesleyan church, and enjoyed the abiding testimony of “ the Lord the Spirit” to her adoption into God's family; and for fifty-two years was possessed of that perfect love which casteth out fear. By an exemplary spirit and conduct, she habitually exhibited the beauties of holiness in an attractive form to all around her. To the last, her conversation was in heaven. In affliction as in health, patience had its perfect work. Over all her enemies, she was more than conqueror through Him that loved us; and in the peaceful triumph of faith, her sanctified spirit passed from the earthly tabernacle to her everlasting home above.
W. W., 5th.
Her last affliction was long, and connected with extreme weakness and much suffering; but patience had her perfect work, and she evidently enjoyed much divine comfort. When near her end, a friend said, “ Your mind seems kept in great peace.” She replied, “ Yes, perfect peace. It is worth suffering as I do, to be as happy as I am."
." With calm but complete victory, she exchanged a pilgrimage of pain for the eternal rest of the saints.
R. R. K.
June 26th.-At Sunderland, aged seventynine, Jane, the wife of Mr. James Usher. She was converted to God in 1796, and immediately joined the Wesleyan society. Her religious course, during a period of fifty years, was consistent and uniform. In her family she was best known : there she exhibited the graces and vir. tues of an affectionate mother and a faithful wife. Her children remember with gratitude her godly admonitions, and fervent prayers to God for their salvation. She studiously avoided worldly conformity in appearance and deportment, and cultivated simplicity, neatness, and gravity. Her piety was retiring, but sincere and practical. She was supported through a painful affliction by the grace of Christ. Her reliance was humbly placed on his all-sufficient atonement, and the “ peace of God which passeth understanding” kept her heart and mind. By slow decay she was brought down to the grave; but, fearing it “ as little as her bed," she calmly entered into rest.
July 4th.–At Driffield, Mr. John Parrott, aged twenty-five. From a child he feared the Lord, and, like Timothy, knew the holy Scriptures. Although his moral character had been irreproachable, it was not until the autumn of 1845 that he became the subject of converting grace. From this period religion was with him the principal thing. He was regular in the discharge of its duties, and delighted in the retirement of the closet. About nine weeks previous to his decease, he became united in marriage with Miss Ramm, eldest daughter of the late Rev. R. Ramm, Wesleyan Minister, with prospects of a permanent and happy union; but an inscrutable Providence determined otherwise. He was attacked with inflammation on the lungs, under the effects of which he rapidly sank. On being made acquainted with his danger, he said to his wife, “ This communication does not distress me. I am calm, and you must endeavour to be so too. It is the Lord's will, and we must submit.” The Thursday before he died, he said to his father, “I shall soon leave you ; but I have confidence in God, I have faith in Christ.” He observed to his sorrowful wife, “ This is a bright and beautiful world, but sin has disfigured it; yet, bright and beautiful as it is, what is it to that world whither I am fast hastening?” He then broke forth in the language of the Psalmist, “Lift up your heads, o ye gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors, and let this heir of glory in.” The morning of the day on which he died, he had a distressing conflict with the enemy; but Satan was foiled, and he became triumphant. His countenance beamed with hallowed joy, he called the family around him, and requested all to pray; and while they were commending his spirit to God, he broke into rapturous praise. Shortly after, he exclaimed,
“ Jesus is here;” and with these words, his happy spirit took its flight to the paradise of God.
June 29th.–At Cullompton, in the Tiverton Circuit, Henry Elworthy, aged fifty-nine. He was blessed with a religious education, and lived a strictly moral life until he was about twenty years of age, when he was convinced of sin, and sought and found redemption in the blood of Christ. For many years he acceptably filled the office of Class-Leader. His death was sudden; but of his final safety there is not a doubt.
July 1st.-At South-Grove, Rotherham, Anne, the wife of Mr. Thomas Wheatley, aged fifty-eight. She had the inestimable advantage to be born of pious parents, and early in life obtained the blessings promised to godly training. When about fifteen years of age, she became a new creature in Christ Jesus ; and the change was complete. Through the whole course of her subsequent life, she looked upon piety, not only as the way of safety, but also as the way of happiness; and, with undeviating step, by patient continuance in well-doing, she sought eternal life. In her family she conducted herself with such exact circumspection as to command from all around her at once veneration, esteem, and love. For some years before her death, she was repeatedly the subject of severe affliction; but was constantly preserved from anything like a murmuring spirit. Often when those around her could not refrain from tears of sympathy, she would calmly say, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”
July 7th.-At Forston, Mrs. Bown, wife of Mr. William Bown, of Hartgrove, in the Shaftesbury Circuit. She was converted to God under the ministry of the Wesleyan Methodists, in the year 1818. From that time, unto the period of her death, she continued a steady and useful member of our society. For several years she discharged, with faithfulness and acceptance, the duties of a Class-Leader. She was often afflicted; but in her sufferings she manifested the grace of patience, and frequently remarked, “ The Lord cannot trust me with health." She loved God's word, and was greatly comforted by the Hymns of the Rev. Charles Wesley. During her last affliction, her mental powers were affected; but, previous to her dissolution, it pleased the Lord to restore her to consciousness, when she expressed her firm reliance on Christ, and, with a hope blooming with immortality, entered the joy of her Lord.
July 15th.-At Jull, Mr. John Elliott, aged sixty-two. In early life he had the prayers of pious parents, and the strivings of the Holy Spirit; but it was not until about the year 1814, that he was led to give his heart to God. He was convinced of sin under the ministry of the late Rev. Richard Watson, joined the Wesleyan society, obtained peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, and, to the time of his death, retained the comforts of the Holy Ghost. He endeavoured to be useful in the office of ClassLeader, and other important situations in the church of God. He was regarded as a man of strict integrity and genuine piety. His last affliction was painful and protracted ; but patience had her perfect work. His faith in Christ was firm, his hope of glory bright, and his death triumphant.
earthly pilgrimage, he was a uniform member of the Wesleyan society.
While he was slothful in business," he was “ fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.” Sincerity, decision, energy, and zeal were prominent in his character as a Christian. As a neighbour, he was peaceable and obliging; and as a husband and father, he was kind and affectionate. IIe took great interest in visiting the sick and the dying, and was remarkably diligent and useful in this labour of love. He was thirty years a Class-Leader, the duties of which office he discharged with fidelity and efficiency. The advice, admonition, or encouragement he administered was generally pointed and brief, and delivered with great fervour of spirit. He was twenty years a Local Preacher. His style of delivery was peculiarly his own; and although he was unlearned, and unacquainted with the rules of rhetoric and the arts of oratory, he had a remarkable tact of arresting the attention, and impressing the minds, of his audience. Present salvation through faith in Christ was his favourite topic, supported by a reference to the Scriptures, and the conversion of individuals which had taken place under his own observation.
He was a zealous advocate of Sunday-schools and Christian Missions, and was frequently engaged in pleading the cause of these benevolent institutions on anniversary occasions. He bore his last affliction with Christian patience and resignation. Though he had no particular ecstasies of joy, he had strong faith in the divine Atonement, uninterrupted peace with God, solid consolation, and a well-grounded hope of eternal life. Without a struggle or a groan, he calmly fell asleep in Jesus, deeply regretted by all who knew him.
July 16th.–At Silverstone, in the Towcester Circuit, Mr. William Whitlock, in the eightyfifth year of his age. For upwards of half a century he was a steady and strongly-attached member of the Wesleyan society. For nearly forty years he was a faithful Class-Leader. His unwavering attachment to Methodism exposed him to the persecution of some who tried to injure him in his circumstances; but his firmness of principle, and uprightness of conduct, raised him in the esteem of others and God made what he took in hand to prosper. During a long and painful affliction his mind was occasionally depressed; but he never lost his confidence in God. As he drew near the close of life, and when suffering severe bodily pain, he exclaimed, “What are these pains to the pains of the lost? These are not eternal: five minutes in heaven will make amends for all." Some of his last words were,
" I the chief of sinners am,
But Jesus died for me.'
July 22d.--At Penrith, Mr. Thomas Bewsher, aged sixty-four. He was brought to a knowledge of the truth through the instrumentality of the late Rev. C. Hutcheson, when employed in the character of a Home Missionary in this neighbourhood. For thirty-eight years he endeavoured, with fixedness of purpose, to glorify God: during this period he filled some of the most important offices in Methodism. His end was peace: “having served his generation by the will of God, he fell on sleep,” leaving a numerous family to mourn his loss.
Blessed be God, I have not a day without hope!” And in his dying conflict he exclaimed, “I have got the victory, I have got the victory! I am going home.”
July 18th.--At St. Neot's, aged sixty, Mr. Philip Pratt. IIe was a man of great peace, and, by his uniform kindness, had secured the confidence and esteem of a large circle of Christian friends. He was a member of the Wesleyan-Methodist society for nearly forty years, and was long and usefully employed as a ClassLeader and Local Preacher. His last illness was protracted; but his mind was graciously sustained, and he frequently exclaimed,
July 24th.-At Beverley, Mr. Thomas Hayes; who was a steady member of the Wesleyan society for some years. He was a man of few words, of great punctuality, and strict integrity. His end was peace.
" I the chief of sinners am,
But Jesus died for me."
July 25th.-At Leigh, in the Chelmsford Circuit, aged twenty-six, Elizabeth, wife of the Rev. J. S. Haigh, Wesleyan Minister. In early life she was instructed by her pious mother in the great truths of religion, and manifested, as she grew up, the influence of the restraining grace of God.
Not, however, till about five years ago, did she fully yield to those convictions which she had long experienced ; and then, forsaking her gay companions, she joined, though under many disadvantages, the Wesleyan society, and was enabled to hold fast the
July 21st. At Yeadon, Mr. John Preston, aged sixty-seven. He was converted to God during the great revival at Yeadon, forty years ago ; and from that time, to the end of his
which he continued till his happy spirit passed into the paradise of God.
August -In Wexford, Ireland, Mrs. Sarah Redmond, aged thirty-two. She received her first religious impressions in the Sunday-school. Soon after, at a prayer-meeting, she was enabled to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and was accepted in the Beloved. This " pearl of great price" she never lost. She was eminently of a meek and quiet spirit, much devoted to God, and ardently attached to that system of revealed truth by which she had been brought to the knowledge and enjoyment of true religion, During her illness she was happy in Christ, and resigned to the will of her heavenly Father. The last words she uttered were, “ Jesus is mine, and I am his. I shall soon be where the weary are at rest." In a few minutes after, she departed, to be with Christ, which is far better.
August 1st.--At Calhaime, in the Strabane Circuit, Mr. James Donnell, aged eighty-six. He was converted in early life, joined the Methodist society, and lived a steady and exemplary life. He was “a lover of good men," and greatly esteemed the holy Scriptures, recommending them to others, and enforcing their precepts by holiness of life and all manner of conversation. In his latter days he took great pleasure in repeating the word of God, Mr. Wesley's Hymns, and quoting the writings of pious men. He would often bless God for the comfort he derived from these sources; at the same time speaking of the advantage of having the youthful mind well stored with religious truth, as the best bulwark against error and vice. He died happy in God.
August 1st.-At Padstow, in the St. Columb Circuit, Mrs. Caroline Evans, aged forty-seven; having been a member of the Wesleyan society twenty years. She was universally respected by a large circle of friends. To a naturally amiable disposition were added the meekness and gentleness of the Christian ; and, by a holy and devoted life, she exhibited religion in an attractive form. As a Collector for the Missions, she was active and successful; and she took a part in most of the charitable institutions of the neighbourhood in which she resided. Her death was awfully sudden; but she was prepared ; and with Christian resignation she surrendered her soul into the hands of God.
profession of her faith, without wavering, to the end. Her habits were retiring, and her views of herself as humbling as her views of religious experience were exalted. But the work of the Holy Spirit was decided, and its effects clearly manifest to others. And with all her humility, she was zealous, as she had opportunity, in seeking to promote the salvation of her neighbours. Her death, though quite unexpected, was peaceful. For the last few weeks of her life, her increasing spirituality, and diligent attention to religious duties, especially to the exercises of the closet, were very observable. When seized by the illness of which she died, she said to Mr. Haigh, “I know not what will be the issue ; but you must give me up to God. He has preserved me hitherto, and he will keep me to the end." The severity of the disease, and its speedy and fatal close, prevented further conversation ; but her friends rejoice in the assurance, afforded by the genuine and uniform piety of her life, that in death, though absent from the body, she is present with the Lord.
July 26th.--At Budleigh-Salterton, aged fortythree, Miss Susan Scadding, one of the firstfruits of the Wesleyan ministry in this place. She was awakened from the sleep of sin in the twelfth year of her age, and soon after found mercy in Christ Jesus. Though comparatively poor, she aided, as far as her circumstances permitted, all the institutions of Methodism. She had seen the church of which she was a member honoured and approved among men ; she had also witnessed days of affliction, poverty, and sorrow, the Ministers of Christ removed from the village, and the house of the Lord closed; but the heart of Miss Scadding was true to God, who, ere long, appeared in her behalf. She occasionally suffered much bodily affliction : this she endured with exemplary resignation. Her last illness was comparatively short ; but her end was tranquil and happy.
July 30th.-At Market-Drayton, in the Whitchurch Circuit, Mr. William Harper, sen., aged seventy-four. He was awakened to a sense of spiritual danger under the ministry of a pious Clergyman of the Establishment. After labouring under conviction for some years, he found peace with God while prayerfully reading a letter from a pious friend. Soon afterwards he began to call sinners to repentance, and God owned and blessed his efforts. In 1796, the first class in his native village, consisting of souls awakened under his preaching, was formed by the late Rev. G. Baldwin, then in the Shrewsbury Circuit. For the long period of fifty-two years, he continued to preach the Gospel of Christ with plainness, zeal, and fidelity. He loved the means of grace, and diligently improved them. On the Sabbath previous to his last illness, he preached in the open air, and afterwards in a small country chapel. His late affliction was brief, but painful ; during which he enjoyed the consolations of divine grace.
His death was eminently peaceful. Being asked if Christ were precious, he replied, “O yes, precious; yes, precious !” He fell into a lethargie state, in
VOL. II.-FOURTHI SERIES.
August 1st.-At St. Neot's, Mr. Joseph Staughton, aged fifty-three. He had been a member of the Methodist society for thirty-two years, and had for some time sustained the office of Class-Leader. He was a man of a meek and quiet spirit, and adorned the doctrine of God his Saviour. His death was awfully sudden ; but those who knew him best have good reason to believe it was equally safe.
August 2d.-At Gosport, aged sixty-eight, William Byng. About thirty years ago, he was brought to a knowledge of the truth as it is in Christ, through the instrumentality of the late Rev. A. Weir. He joined the society, and con