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tinued a consistent member of the same until his death. His last illness, which was very painful, was borne with exemplary patience and fortitude. Throughout the whole of his affliction, he was quite resigned to the will of God. His end was eminently peaceful.

J. G.

tinued faithfully to fulfil the important office of Leader; as a Local Preacher, he was fervent and diligent, true to his appointments, and, by his humble and loving spirit, he secured a large share of public esteem and Christian affection. His last illness, though protracted, was borne with Christian resignation : frequently would he repeat,

“Other refuge have I none,

Hangs my helpless soul on thee, Leave, ah ! leave me not alone,

Still support and comfort me.”

August 2d.-At Runcorn, in the Warrington Circuit, aged eighty-five, James Potter, an old disciple, having been a member of the Methodist society about sixty years ; during the greater part of which he filled the office of Class-Leader with acceptance. It was under the first Methodist sermon he heard, that he was convinced of sin; and, in three months afterwards, he obtained peace with God through Jesus Christ. His decease was occasioned by a gradual decay of nature; and he thankfully entered the valley with ascriptions of praise to “ Him that sitteth upon the throne, and to the Lamb for ever and

J. P.

He in whom he trusted did not leave him ; confidently relying on the merits of the Saviour, he obtained support, the fear of death was taken away, and his prospects of heaven were bright.

T. B.


August 8th.–At Congleton, John Jackson, Esq., aged seventy-three. He had been a member of the Wesleyan society about thirty-six years, and filled, with fidelity, the various offices of Class-Leader, Trustee, and Steward. As a Magistrate, he sustained the character of admi. nistering justice with mercy, to the general satisfaction of all parties. His last affliction was short; but he was found ready.

J. B. H.

August 22d.-At Holmfirth, aged seventythree, Benjamin Butterworth, Esq. He had been a consistent member of the Wesleyan society for thirty-nine years, was a Trustee for three of the principal chapels, and a liberal contributor to our various funds. He was diligent in business, honourable in all his transactions with the world, and exemplary in the various relations of life, having brought up a large family in " the nurture and admonition of the Lord,” all his children being valuable and respected members of the society. During a painful and protracted affliction, he displayed the greatest patience and resignation; and died in sure and certain hope of being for ever happy with the Lord.

T. H.

August 11th.--At St. Neot's, aged thirtythree, Mr. Thomas Cooper. In his seventeenth year, he sought and found the pearl of great price, and gave himself to the Lord and to his church. Having proved the value of religion himself, he felt desirous of bringing others to an experimental acquaintance with the truth ; and as a Local Preacher, he laboured for more than ten years, with fidelity, acceptance, and success. He suffered much during his protracted affliction ; but he knew in whom he believed, and expired, resting on the atoning blood and gracious mediation of the Lord Jesus Christ.

W. W.

August 15th.--At Redruth, Richard May; who for many years was an acceptable Local Preacher and Class-Leader in the Redruth Circuit. He was converted to God in the year 1814, in the great revival with which Cornwall was then so signally favoured ; and continued, till the day of his death, “ steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.”

J. G.

August 23d.-At Farnley, in the Bramley Circuit, aged thirty, much beloved and respected, Mrs. Martha Farrar Schofield, third daughter of the late William Newton, Esq., of Farnley. She was brought in early life to a knowledge of her Redeemer, in whose blood she found the remission of sins, and was enabled to maintain a steady and devoted attachment to the cause of Christian philanthropy, by the distribution of religious tracts, and as an active Collector for the support of our Missions in foreign lands. Her disposition was amiable, which was displayed both in her conversation and life. In her bereavements, which were many and painful, she was able to realize the fulfilment of that divine promise, “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee.” Her confidence in God led her through things temporal, without forgetting those which are eternal; and when human power ceased to avail, she felt resigned to the will of her Redeemer, in whom she could rejoice. Her sufferings were very painful; but she endured with Christian resig. nation and fortitude, and she could exclaim,

More than all in thee I find!"

August 21st.-At Overton, in the Swansea Circuit, aged seventy-four, Mr. David Beynon ; who for upwards of fifty years was a highly consistent member of the Wesleyan church in Gower, and forty years a valuable Local Preacher, When he was about twenty-two years of age, he was convinced of the evil of sin, and of its fatal consequences; these convictions led him to seek deliverance from his burden of guilt, when shortly he was enabled to believe in Jesus Christ, and to obtain a sense of the favour of God. A elass was, ere long, committed to his care ; and, until affliction prevented, he con.

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the day of his death to evince much concern for the welfare of Zion and the glory of God. During his last hours he waited with calm patience the coming of his Lord, and testified the grace of God. His soul, firmly resting on the atonement of Christ, realized the full and precious salvation.

W. S.

divine Saviour with undeviating steps. Though altogether unlettered, yet, taught by the Spirit, she became remarkably conversant with the sacred Scriptures, which were the richest treasure of her heart. Appropriate verses of that holy book were her daily food and solace. She valued a Gospel ministry. A sermon, if not full of Christ, was in her esteem without savour. The class-meeting, which was held in her house, was of late the only means of grace which she could enjoy. Though feeble and infirm, her experience was always rich and edifying. She had imbibed much of the Spirit of her blessed Master, and was eminently meek, humble, and patient. Her trust in the great atonement of Christ was firm and unwavering.

Her peace was deep, and her “joy unspeakable, and full of glory.” Some of her last words were, “ Jesus is precious. I am firm upon the Rock.

Sept. 1st.-At North-Marston, in the Aylesbury Circuit, Elizabeth Faulkner, aged seventytwo. She had been a uniform member of the Wesleyan society twenty-four years. In the latter part of her life, she suffered much from bodily weakness, and this prevented her from attending the public ordinances of religion as otherwise she would have done ; but a class-meeting was held weekly in her house, which she greatly enjoyed. She bore affliction with patience, and her mind was kept in peace, resting in the Redeemer's love, and hanging upon his cross, till he called her to himself.

J. B. W.

My Jesus to know,

And feel his blood flow, 'Tis life everlasting, 'tis heaven below.""

She died in the full triumph of faith.

J. K., sen.

August 27th.–At Key-street, in the Sittingbourne Circuit, aged seventy-eight, Mr. John Fordred, father of the late Rev. John Fordred, Wesleyan Minister. He was sincerely attached to the doctrines and discipline of the Methodist body, and on various occasions was called to support the latter, which he did with Christian promptitude and boldness. Some time previous to his death, he retired from public life; but even then his mind was frequently engaged on behalf of the cause of God. He “preferred Jerusalem to his chief joy;" and continued till

Sept. 18th.At Wigan, William Highton, aged seventy-seven; having been a member of the Wesleyan church forty-six years. His mind was first wrought upon through the conversations and fervent prayers of a poor, but pious, Wesleyan who visited his house, gathering rags. Powerful convictions seized his conscience, and he wrestled with the Lord for the forgiveness of his sins. It was whilst thus engaged at the bottom of the coal-pit where he laboured, that light broke in upon his soul ; and in that light he saw light. He endured much persecution from his fellow-labourers with exemplary meekness and patience. His last affliction was long and painful; but his mind was kept in perfect peace. He felt he was upon the Rock, and his hope was full of immortality,

L. P.




FEAR was within the tossing bark, And slumber settled on the deep,
When stormy winds grew loud ;

And silence on the blast;
And waves came rolling high and dark, They sank, as flowers that fold to sleep
And the tall mast was bow'd.

When sultry day is past.
And men stood breathless in their dread, 0 Thou that, in its wildest hour,
And baffled in their skill;

Didst rule the tempest's mood, But One was there who rose, and said Send thy meek Spirit forth in power, To the wild sea, “Be still !”

Soft on our souls to brood ! And the wind ceased,—it ceased ! that Thou that didst bow the billow's word

pride, Pass'd through the gloomy sky:

Thy mandate to fulfil,
The troubled billows knew their Lord, O speak to passion's raging tide,
And fell beneath his eye;

Speak, and say, “Peace, be still !”



My father read this holy book

To brothers, sisters, dear;
How calm was my poor mother's look,

Loving God's word to hear!
Her angel face, I see it yet !

What thronging memories come!
Again that little group is met

Within the walls of home.

This book is all that's left me now;

Unbidden tears will start :
With faltering lip, and throbbing brow,

I press it to my heart.
For many generations gone,

Here is our family tree :
My mother did this Bible own,

And, dying, gave it me.
Ah! well do I remember those

Whose names these records bear ;
Who round the hearth-stone used to

close After the evening prayer, And speak of what these pages said,

In tones my heart would thrill : Though they are with the silent dead,

Here they are living still.

Thou truest friend man ever knew,

Thy constancy I've tried ;
When all were false, I've found thee

My counsellor and guide.
The mines of earth no treasures give,

That would this volume buy ;
It teaches me the way to live,

It teaches me to die !

* From an American Paper.


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FRIENDLY ISLANDS.Extract of a Letter from the Rev. John Thomas,

dated Nukualofa, Tonga, March 16th, 1846. SINCE I last wrote you, solemn and of the “Duff's” visit here some fifty important events have been permitted to years ago. Mumui is represented to transpire at this place. Josiah, the have been a very mild and humane man. King of the Friendly Islands, has been He took the Missionaries brought by removed by death from his people and the “ Duff" under his own care, and did family, and from the church militant on what he could for them, in those days of earth, (we hope,) to the church triumph. gross darkness at Tonga. In his last ant in heaven.

illness, which took place soon after the Tubou, the late King, was the son of Missionaries arrived, he is reported to the great Chief Mumui, who was the have sent for these heroic men, to sing Tuikanokubolu, or“ Governor-in-Chief” hymns by him when near death. Shortly of all the Friendly Islands, at the time after his death, his eldest son, Tuku-aho,

* Our readers are earnestly requested to avail themselves of the opportunity to procure the entire copy of the “ Wesleyan Missionary Notices,” published by the Secretaries of the Society, and sold at the Centenary-Hall, Bishopsgate-street, and at 66, Paternoster-row, London. Our selections from this invaluable record of the progress of the Gospel in heathen lands must, of necessity, be brief : we are there. fore very desirous that the “ Notices” should receive an extensive circulation among all classes of the religious public.

(spelt “ Toogahowe” in the account of about it, and meetings were called, in the “ Duff's ” voyage,) was appointed order to know what to do to put a stop to fill the office of his father, then de- to the dreadful evil with which they parted; but the innocent and unoffend- were now threatened. At length they ing inhabitants of Tonga, as some would concluded that these evils had been permake the world

believe they were, mitted to come upon them for their wickmoved, not with love or loyalty, but, edness towards their head Chiefs, whom like some of old, with envy, most they had been taught to identify with treacherously murdered the unoffending their gods; and, in order to cure Tubou King while sleeping on his own mat. of his heresy, they, like faithful subjects After many years of war and bloodshed, of their master the devil, proposed makpeace was again made, and the son of ing him King, hoping by this means the assassinated King, whose name was effectually to secure their purposes. It Tubuu-toa, was called to the office of was, indeed, a well-baited hook, a deepGovernor-in-General, which event, I laid plan to cure him of religion. The think, may have taken place about the devil has baits of all kinds, but he does year 1812. During his reign, which did not always succeed ; yet he does succeed not last more than about eight years, the

with some.

“ Ye shall be as gods," islands were far from being in a state of succeeded with the best and greatest of peace, owing to the pride and envy of women that ever lived. On the 7th of various Chiefs, who had many people December, 1827, the Chiefs of Tonga at their command, and were impatient being assembled at the west end of the of any restraint, however mild and rea- island, called Hihifo, with the greatest sonable. Attempts were made by the (heathen) seriousness and apparent deKing (which, though assisted by his votion : Tubou was called Tali-aifriends, proved too feeble) to bring the Tubou, after the family god, which was Chiefs of Tonga to a sense of their a great worldly, as well as divine, honour duty ; but, notwithstanding many lives done him; and he thus became the were lost on both sides, (which was espe- Tui-ka-no-ku-bolu. For a short time cially the case in the last of their wars he absented himself from the public in their heathen state, that is known by means of grace, which led some of his the name of the Tuu-i-he-ango, or “the heathen subjects to believe they had war in the ango,") the radicals of Tonga succeeded in winning him over to their would not yield, or, if at any time they party ; but a few weeks convinced them did yield, it was to serve themselves, that in this they were mistaken : he was and more effectually weaken the hands still a worshipper of the true God, and a of those whom a wise Providence had seeker of salvation by faith in the Lord placed over them. Tubou-toa died Jesus Christ. This conduct of his gave about 1820; after which, for several offence to many of his professed friends, years, no Chief was appointed to the at least; for no man is really a friend office of Governor-in-Chief, but each to another, whatever his sentiments are, Chief reigned as a King in his own if he prevents his salvation. The newchiefdom, and over his own people. made King soon found the word of

In the month of May, 1826, Tubou, Christ to be true, " If any man will come the subject of this brief memoir, pro- after me, let him deny himself,” &c. fessedly embraced the religion of Christ, (Matt. xvi. 24.) His heathen friends of which he had heard a little, partly by persecuted him, and those who with means of foreigners who were here, and him had abandoned the gods of their especially from one of his own men forefathers; and in various ways ennamed Langi, who about that time re- deavoured to harass and perplex them. turned from Tahiti in company with This persecution, though at first mild in two Teachers who were appointed to the form, was found a source of great temptFeejees. There were others, however, ation, and did afterwards assume a more who had professed Christianity before serious aspect ; so that Tubou considered this time ; but it was the day of small at one time, that he should have to and feeble things with the whole of abandon the island, in order to escape them, yet not to be despised, as the the enemies of God and religion ; and a event has shown.

large canoe was actually launched for Towards the end of 1827, the “he- the purpose of securing, by Aight, his resy." (as the true religion was called) own life, and the lives of the Missionwas gaining ground over Chiefs and peo- aries of the Lord Jesus Christ, who had ple; and, some of the devil's chief jeoparded their lives by coming to live Priests having turned also, the other with him. This took place before he Chiefs and Priests began to be concerned was made King. However, the Lord did not permit the enemy so far to pre- children chastised. He was a man of vail. Tubou rather gained ground by peace, and strove to promote peace : the the opposition that was made, and num- wars, therefore, with which Tonga has bers joined themselves to the persecuted been visited during his reign, must not worshippers of the true God; for the be attributed to King Tubou. His name of Methodist they had not heard : kindness and love for peace laid him it was the religion of the Bible that open to the fair speeches and flattere they were taught, and to which they ing words of cunning and designing adhered.

men : hence, being deceived, he was On the 10th of January, 1830, Tubou induced to do what he was afterwards was received into the church of Christ

sorry for, boih in the wars, and in by baptism, which ordinance was admi- supplying men to go with his pronistered to him by the Rev. N. Turner. fessed friend, Captain Henry, of TaOut of four of his children who were hiti, for the purpose of cutting sandalbaptized at the same time, only one sur- wood for him ; which kindness was vives : the others have passed safely into abused; and the poor unsuspecting men the world of spirits, having died young. were so employed, that, on their return Tubou chose to be named Josiah, after home, all were expelled the society. The the pious King of Israel of that name, King himself left it at the same time, who was a zealous reformer of his day. feeling, as he did, he was as much to It had been well, if Josiah of Tonga- blame as they were ; and his conscience tabu had possessed that zeal for God could not endure for them to suffer, and for the spread of true religion, that while he, who had been the cause, should distinguished him after whom he was be free. named : then might this guilty land long As a Christian, he was most regular ere this have been all Christian. How. in his attendance on the means of grace, ever, although he was not what we should

not only at the preaching on Sundays have rejoiced to have seen him, yet he and week-days, but he would always be had something good in him towards the early in his attendance, especially at our Lord our God; and had he had the early prayer-meeting. I may say, scores advantage of a different training from his of times, when there have not been five youth up, he would have done much bet.

persons present at the beginning of the “ But where little is given, little is service, one was sure to be the King. required.”

If there was any one thing that ruffled Tubou has been, however, the firm his temper more than another respecting and constant friend of the Missionary of the service of God, it was when he saw the cross, and the friend and lover of his people careless in their deportment, good men of whatever name. That he behaving amiss, or going away before had faults, no one will attempt to deny the service was over : on some such ocwho knew him: he had also some good casions he has not failed to speak to any qualities, for which we may glorify God that might be near him, which would be in him.

well taken from him. In his family As a Governor-General, he was most he was always at home: he was, indeed, mild and unassuming in his manner; so quite a lover of his family; he delighted mild, indeed, in his government, that much in his children ; and might often his conduct appeared culpable. Scarcely have been found, when his wife was any attempt was ever made to bring busily engaged in some other affairs of the Heathen under; but most likely he the family, in charge of one or two of had, or thought he had, sufficient rea- them, especially his youngest son, who sons for not doing it ; so that they were is named after him, and who has been a left to act just as they pleased, each very troublesome child to mother and Chief and his people in their respective father. That same child was taken ill districts : and even in the village in some months before his father was; and, which the King resided, many of the it being judged necessary to bring him inhabitants of which were his own rela- to us, both father and mother accompatives, the same line of conduct was pur- nied him, and the father lay down upon sued ; and he put up with many incon. the floor with him for several hours, veniences himself, and appeared to ex- waiting the result of the medicine, which pect others to do the same, when they in a few hours proved favourable, and were annoyed by disorderly persons, all rose up and left us for their own rather than give pain to such persons, home : often in the chapel the father or any cause for offence.

The same

took charge of the child ; and, on going feeling governed him as to his family; home, the child might have been seen 80 that he could hardly bear to see the riding pickaback,


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