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root, and four feet two inches at the full of a sense of their misery, and which smaller end ; and in the Ravine of Gold, you know will cease only with their the Quebrada de Oro, they met with lives. Many are carried home, and huge fig-trees, covered with the odo- stuffed with improper food till they riferous plants of vanilla, and perish; many are thrown heedlessly struck with the huge ribs which, as high away, are dashed on the ground, or are as twenty feet, augmented so singularly set upon a stone or a post to be thrown the thickness of their trunks. Some of at; and all this outrage of nature in her these are twenty-two and a half feet in sweetest
of solitudes, all this diameter near the roots, and as the ribs infliction of agonies on those young, sometimes separate from the trunk at a tender things, just awoke to existence, height of eight feet, and become cylin- and that would have filled field and drical roots two feet thick, the tree has forest with music and rejoicing, are done the appearance being supported by with the callous and thorough ignorance bittresses. The lateral roots of these
It proceeds from the want of trees wind round at the surface of the better teaching ; from the want of that ground, and, when cut at a distance of moral training which the children of our twenty feet from the trunk, the milky working classes so much need; that juice gushes out and coagulates. “What necessary education which consists not so a wonderful combination of cells and much in reading and writing as in the vessels,” says Humboldt, “exists in awakening of the moral sense, the exerthose vegetable masses, and those gigan. cise of the moral principles, and the tic trees of the torrid zone, which, with. humane sympathies ; the inculcation of out interruption, perhaps during a thou- that religion which consists not in cant, sand years, prepare nutritious fluids, but in “ doing justice, loving mercy, and raise them to the height of eighty feet, walking humbly before God.” It is the convey them down again to the ground, duty of every man who loves the holy and conceal beneath a rough and hard beauty of nature and his fellow-man to bark, under the inanimated layers of consider seriously by what means this ligneous matter, all the movements of better tone of popular feeling may be organic life!"-Humboldt.
produced.--Howitt. BIRD-NESTING.–The havoc that is A DISAGREEABLE INTRUDER.-A generally made among the brood of circumstance occurred while a certain well young birds at this season all over the was in progress that made a great sensakingdom, but more especially in the tion at the time. One of the men neighbourhood of populous towns, is employed, while sleeping in a hammock truly melancholy. The mere taking of suspended between two trees, was disbirds' eggs may possibly find some excuse turbed during the night by something in the plea of keeping down the number of dragging away the blanket that covered birds; but the wanton destruction of the him; and, on looking over the side of helpless and innocent young ones is an the hammock, he discovered, to his evil feature in our youthful population, intense horror, that the intruder was a and a striking evidence of that want of large alligator. His shouts alarmed the culture of the moral sensibilities in the animal, which retreated in great haste working classes which is a disgrace to
into the sea. The man's story was not this nation. No one is accustomed to at first credited by those who came to walk the fields at this time of the year his assistance; but in the morning, sure whose feelings are not tortured by the enough, the blanket was found on the cruelty that is everywhere going on. beach half immersed in water, and the Troops of boys and young men are tra- animal itself was shot a few nights afterversing the fields in all directions on wards, the ball striking the forehead Sundays and holidays, dragging out above the eye, and splintering off a porevery nest they can find, from no motive tion of the skull, thus exposing the but the indulgence of an idle and brutal brain. He did not die, however, until recklessness. You meet them with after a violent struggle of many minutes, nests full of duwny, half-fledged little during which he lashed the sea around creatures that are gaping and uttering him into a foam.-Earl's Enterprise in continuous chirpings, or sobs or sighs, Tropical Australia.
to ascertain the real state of his mind. It appeared, however, that the religion which he had enjoyed in health, supported him in the deepest of his sufferings. He died in peace, and in hope of a joyful resurrection.
MARCH 27th, 1845.-Aged twenty-five, Michael Swale Peacock, oldest son of Michael and Peggy Peacock, of Manchester. Through divine grace he bore a protracted affliction with great resignation, devoutly acknowledging the goodness of God. In humble reliance on the merits of his Redeemer, he was enabled to triumph over the fear of death, and greatly to rejoice in hope of a blissful immortality. As a son, he was indeed a pattern of filial affection and obedience to both his parents, even from early childhood to the day of his death. He was a member of the society upwards of ten years.
He was grandson of the late Mr. James Peacock, of Reeth, Swaledale, Yorkshire, who was a Wesleyan-Methodist Local Preacher and ClassLeader, through the greater part of his life; and grand-nephew of the Rev. Christopher Peacock, Wesleyan-Methodist Preacher, who died in Dublin in 1786, at the residence of his friend and colleague, who was also his spiritual father, the Rev. James Rogers, and in reference to whose death Mr. Wesley, in the Minutes of Conference for that year, says,
Question. Who have died this year? Answer. J. Fletcher, (Vicar of Madeley,) a pattern of holiness scarce to be paralleled in a century; and C. Peacock, young in years, but old in grace, a pattern of all holiness, full of faith and love, and zeal for God."
W. B. S.
March 16th.-At Salford, in the Second Manchester Circuit, Mr. George Lea, in the fortyeighth year of his age. He received his first religious impressions in a Sabbath-school; and for many years laboured with untiring zeal and diligence in promoting Sabbath-school instruction. He delighted in the means of grace, especially in class-meetings; and was remarkable for his punctual attention to all the duties of his calling. For more than two years his health had been in a declining state; out during the whole of his protracted affiction, he was favoured with much of the divine presence,
and was patient and thankful. All his trust was in Christ, and his end was peace.
W. B. S.
April 27th.-At Lanyon, in the St. Just Circuit, Cordelia Hitchens, aged eighty-four. For sixty-four years of her life she was a steady and devoted member of the Wesleyan society. In the midst of numerous engagements she held fast her profession; and, when sinking under the weight of infirmity, she “ knew in whom she had believed, and was per he was able to keep that which she had committed against that day."
Dec. 14th.-At the Wesleyan Missionhouse, Nassau, George Whitfield Wheelock, Wesleyan Missionary student and probationer. He was a young man of intellectual attainments, genuine piety, amiable temper, and of spiritual mind. IIis ministerial gifts and qualifications were respectable and useful, his manners attractive, and his zeal for the divine honour and glory sweetly tempered and disinterested. He was favoured with the best medical attendance in the colony, yet fell under the malign influence of the epidemic which has so much of late prevailed in this town. His last expressions were those of confidence in the truth of revelation and the efficacy of the atonement of the blood of Christ; and his death was preeminently peaeeful. It is supposed that two thousand of the inhabitants followed his remains to the place of sepulture ; and all classes concurred to evince their sincere sorrow for one 80 early removed from usefulness and respectability in the church, of which he was so interesting and promising a young Minister.
April 29th.-At Warrington, aged seventyone, Mrs. Wilkinson, mother of the Rev. Samuel Wilkinson, and sister of the Rev. Richard Reece. For some years before she was born, her parents had made their house a home for Mr. Wesley's Preachers ; and through the divine blessing on their conversation and prayers, she was in early life induced to devote herself to God. In the year 1792 she joined the Methodist society, and soon obtained a peaceful assurance of reconciliation with God. Her Christian conduct was marked by sincerity and deep humility, and was in all respects such as “ becometh the Gospel of Christ.” She was, indeed, “ blameless and harmless, the child of God without rebuke." Her interest in the cause of Christ was great : in various ways she sought to serve her generation, and for many years her house was a home for the Methodist Preachers. But her own family best knew her worth. As à wife and mother, her wisdom, affection, and kindness were rarely surpassed; and her children remember with melancholy pleasure her example and instructions, which were ever such as might be safely followed. A constitutional diffidence was often the occasion of painful trial, and she had to endure, at different times, “a great fight of afflictions ; but all this turned to her salvation. It was not till within a month of her decease, that danger was apprehended. During this brief season her sufferings were sometimes severe ; but she was armed with
Feb. 3d, 1846.—At Bolton, Mr. James Winterbottom, aged sixty-eight. He had been a member of the Methodist society nearly forty-seven years. He enjoyed vigorous health till within about four years of his death, when he was seized with paralysis. The severity of the affliction which confined him to his room during the last eighteen months of his life, greatly affected his speech, and in some degree enfeebled his intellects, so that it was often difficult for his friends
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During her affliction her sufferings were often severe ; but she retained her usual placid selfcontrol, and frequently remarked, “Whether I live or die, all will be well. Jesus is precious. All is peace within.” At one time, she said, “ Jesus has always been my refuge and sure resting-place in all my troubles, and they have not been few; and I believe he will not leave me in my latest hour.” At another time, “ When this mortal toil is o'er, mine will be an eternity of happiness. I have only Jordan's narrow stream to cross, and I am crossing at the narrowest part." A little before her departure, she desired a friend to read to her the 335th hymn, and then the 714th. Her last words were, “Jesus is precious. Lord, receive my spirit.”
meekness and patience. Being disposed to write bitter things against herself, Satan took advantage of this infirmity; but she triumphed through grace, and “rejoiced in hope of the glory of God.” Two days before her death she said, “My prospects are brighter now: they are quite clear. Christ is precious, very precious." In her last moments she offered up prayer and praise to God ; and having testified of Jesus as her Lord and Saviour, she departed to be for ever with Him.
May 3d.-At Eastgate, in the Wolsingham Circuit, John Philipson, aged fifty-nine. He was brought to a saving knowledge of the truth, in the year 1813, and in his subsequent life adorned the doctrine of God his Saviour. His piety was deep and progressive. He ever sought the valley; and there, while the storms of life passed over his head, he enjoyed the shadow of the divine presence. With matured faith, and a blameless character, he entered upon his last affliction, which he bore with uncomplaining patience. He lived and died “an Israelite indeed." “ Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.”
May 10th.-Mrs. Warlow, of the West Circuit, Birmingham, aged sixty-two. She was converted to God, and joined the society, when but eleven years of age ; and maintained her Christian profession, and exemplified, in a remarkable degree, the power of godliness, until the Master called her to join the church in heaven. She drank deeply of the cup of affliction, having been the subject of frequent attacks, that were attended by great suffering. She also partook largely of those trials which require more resignation than bodily pain. She was blessed with a lively amiability of disposition, that diffused cheerfulness through the social circle ; but this vivacity was always sustained and chastened by a dignity and seriousness befitting “a mother in Israel." She first became a Leader in January, 1826, during a residence in Nottingham. Sub. sequently, she was appointed to the same office in Birmingham, and had the charge of two classes at the time of her decease. For the discharge of the duties devolving on her, she possessed eminent qualifications. She was judicious, faithful, and affectionate. Her character and endowments gave her great influence, which was most beneficially exerted. In December last, she obtained the blessing of a clean heart. She had been conversing with a seeker of salvation, and describing the exercise of faith in Christ for pardon. On parting with this individual, and walking through the street, she thought, “How strange that I should be able to direct another how to believe for forgiveness, and still not myself exercise faith for entire sanctification!” In that moment she apprehended the blessing which she had long been seeking, and therewith a distinct witness of the Holy Spirit to the work then wrought in her soul, which she described as being equal in clearness to the evidence bestowed when she was “justified by faith.' A few days before her death, she visited Nottingham, hoping the change might prove beneficial to her ealth.
May 14th.-AtCheltenham, Mr. John Churches, aged fifty-six ; having been for thirty-seven years a steady member of the Methodist society. His mother, and his aunt, Mrs. Trenfield, were two of the five daughters of Mr. Samuel Vernon, mentioned by Mr. Wesley in his Journal, as having been visited by him, March 17th, 1790. To the efforts of these excellent women may be attributed, under God's blessing, the early conversion of Mr. Churches, and his subsequent stability of conduct. He had talents which would have qualified him for extensive usefulness in the church; more than once he filled the office of Circuit-Steward, and for some years he had the charge of a class. But he was at length compelled, through illness, to relinquish all public duties. He was constitutionally subject to a great nervous depression; to this he unhappily yielded : it lessened his religious comfort and enjoyments, and made him less active than he might have been. As a tradesman, he was re. spected for uniform integrity; in the domestic circle, he was eminently kind and affectionate ; and in supporting the cause of God, he was, according to his ability, liberal. In prospect of death, he had not sensible joy, but settled peace; he built on the sure foundation which God hath laid in Zion, relying on the atonement and intercession of his crucified Redeemer; and, after much bodily suffering, calmly fell asleep in Jesus.
W. P. B.
May 16th.-At his residence in Islington, Mr. Charles Chubb, in the seventy-fifth year of his age. He had been a Methodist nearly sixty years, having had in early life the advantage of the Methodist ministry, and the influence and example of his father and grandfather, who were both members of Mr. Wesley's society. Among the many virtues which divine grace had conferred on him, a low estimate of himself, and a love of good men, were conspicuous. He was
habitually devout, taking much delight in read- fruits of piety. As the period of her decease drew ing the Scriptures, and in prayer, while at the near, her prospects of eternal glory brightened, same time, with a cheerful, active mind he ap- and her end manifested the peace and joy of plied himself to every work of usefulness within faith.
J. H. his sphere. In the course of his last illness he was deeply humbled by the review of his past May 22d.-At Dartford, in the Gravesend life. His unfaithfulness and unprofitableness Circuit, aged seventy-six, Mrs. Sarah S. Hall, contrasted so painfully with the mercies and relict of the late John Hall, Esq. In early life opportunities which he had enjoyed, that it she was brought into the possession and enjoyappeared to him almost impossible that God ment of true religion, instrumentally by her could look upon him with complacency. When uncle, the late Mr. Abraham Brames, of Rocheshe was thus brought low, he was enabled to take ter, who was a useful Local Preacher, and a refuge in Christ; and, with confidence and hope personal friend of the Rev. John Wesley. During through Him, he patiently waited his release a long life, Mrs. Hall attended the Wesleyan from the body, until at the last he gently slept ministry, and supported the various institutions in death. flis memory is held dear by those in connexion with Methodism: ove of the last who were accustomed to meet with him in class; acts of her life was, a donation to the Wesleyan by many eminent Ministers of the Methodist chapel in the place of her residence. The last society, whom he greatly honoured and loved ; twelve months of her career, God was pleased to and by all the members of a large family who, favour her with special visits of his Holy Spirit ; while they mourn his removal from them, are and these favourable seasons were happily imcomforted with the recollection of virtues and proved. She deeply deplored her want of greater excellencies which are the sur and precious faithfulness to God, and charged others to serve fruits of the saving mercy and grace of God. the Lord better than she had done. Conscious
E. H. of her utter ruin without Christ, she was en
abled to repose an implicit confidence in the May 18th.--At Lantuit, in the Cardiff Circuit, atonement of Jesus: her language was, “I do Mrs. Mary Roberts, aged forty. She was a
trust my whole soul upon Christ! I feel him member of a family, all of whom feared God. precious to my soul, and want to praise God Her father was a Class-Leader, who died in the more.” In this peaceful frame she fell asleep in Lord: her brother, also, (Mr. John Price,) was Jesus.
R. M. a Missionary in the West Indies ; he, likewise, died in the triumph of faith : and the remaining May 24th.--At Leeds, (in the St. John's Almsbranches of the family
houses,) in the eighty-fifth year of her age,
Susanna Frederick; an eminently Christian " Are marching through Immanuel's ground, woman, adorning in very humble life the docTo fairer worlds on high."
trine of God her Saviour ; a pattern of piety and
morals, and of order and cleanliness, which it When nine years of age, she was greatly con- was beautiful and edifying to behold. She had cerned respecting the salvation of her soul; and been a member of the Methodist society for though through many changes in life she lived in nearly sixty-seven years.
She died in great the fear of the Lord, it was some time before she tranquillity.
R. N. possessed the comfort of the Holy Ghost. She was strongly attached to our class-meetings, and May 24th.-At Dublin, Mrs. Sharpe, in the much enjoyed them; she was an affectionate sis- forty-ninth year of her age. She had been for ter, an obedient child, a dutiful wife, and a tender eleven years a faithful member of the Wesleyanparent; and in her lingering, painful disease, Methodist society, exhibiting in domestic life which terminated in death, she possessed great those virtues which render religion amiable, and faith, a lively hope, and calm resignation. make its professors useful. During her last illPatience had its perfect work.
P. 0. ness, which was painful and protracted, she suf
fered much, but with uncomplaining resignation May 18th.-At Carshalton, in the Croydon to the will of God, resting by faith on the only Circuit, Mrs. Sarah Neale, aged sixty-two. She foundation, the atonement of the death of Christ. was for thirty-six years an exemplary member of She had the assured hope, that, when absent the Methodist church ; and, during a part of that from the body, she would be present with the time, a Leader of a female class. She died Lord. As her end approached, she expressed happy.
W. C. her ardent desire to depart to her “ heavenly
Father's house." Shortly before she expired, May 18th.-At Barnard-Castle, aged thirty- she said, with holy triumph, “Glory, glory to seven, Miss Elizabeth Prudah. She had been a God, I can bear testimony, that the blood of member of the Wesleyan-Methodist society Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin." nearly sixteen years. Her Christian course was
R. M. one of uniform consistency and devotedness to God; and her death was peaceful and tri- May 26th.-0f rapid decline, Mr. S. Vincent, umphant.
J. K. 2d. of Holkham, in the Walsingham Circuit, aged
thirty-four. He joined the Wesleyan church in May 20th.-At Northampton, aged thirty-two, 1830, and continued an active and useful memSarah, the wife of Mr. William Jones. For four- ber to the time of his death. He sustained the teen years she had been a member of the Wesleyan offices of Class-Leader and Local Preacher. His church, maintaining a close and steady walk with end was in the Lord, and eminently peaceful. God, and manifesting in her deportment the
May 27th.-At Maralin, in the Moira and Dromore Circuit, Mr. James Pickering. Having been blessed with religious parents, he was early convinced of the necessity of vital godliness; and, by the restraining power of divine grace, was saved from the commission of the sins into which too many young persons are led. He did not become the subject of the converting grace of God until his twenty-first year ; from which time, his walk was consistent with his profession. For twenty years he was acceptably and usefully employed as a Class-Leader; and though a man of a truly catholic spirit, he gave, from principle and affection, the decided preference to the Wesleyan church; for the promotion of its interests, (which he looked upon as the interests of soul-saving religion,) his house, his hand, and his heart were open. By his unexpected removal, his family have lost an affectionate husband and father, his acquaintance a pious and wise counsellor, and the cause of religion a generous contributor to all its institutions. As in him we could mark the perfect man, and behold the upright man, so his end was peace.
of sin, and of the necessity of a saving interest in the atonement of Christ. With a burdened spirit he fled to that only refuge provided for guilty man; and, as the immediate result of a personal trust in the blood of Christ, he became a joyous partaker of the Spirit of adoption. He was a member of the Wesleyan society upwards of thirteen years, nine of which he honourably and usefully filled the important office of ClassLeader. His last illness was long and painful ; but he was graciously supported, and subsequently he sweetly fell asleep in Jesus.
May 30th.–At Farrington Gurney, in the Midsomer-Norton Circuit, aged thirty-three, Miss Anne Kingston. She was brought to a knowledge of God, through faith in Christ, among the Wesleyans; and, with that section of the Christian church she esteemed it her privilege to be united for the last fourteen years. The genuineness of her religious profession could not be gainsayed, inasmuch as her integrity, gravity, spirituality, and devotedness were such as to put to silence the ignorance of the foolish. She was a sincere lover of the cause of Missions, and an active Collector. The sick, in her neighbourhood, also, largely shared her sympathy. Having honoured the Lord with the love of her heart, and the obedience of her life, He honoured her with his comforting and supporting presence to the end of her earthly career ; and then removed her to his eternal kingdom.
May 30th.–At Pembroke, aged thirty-three, Mr. Joseph A. Alger; who, from an early period, was so deeply impressed with the immortality of the soul, and his personal responsibility to God, as to be deterred from those grosser vices by which young persons are often led astray. It was not until his nineteenth year that he became truly convinced of the sinfulness
PRAISE TO CHRIST.*
Whom we, with hearts and knees low bent, adore,
Thou wretched wast, that we might happy be :
Thou all the good we hope, and all we see,
(Yet that we may return, thou first must give,)
And thou (who sat'st in night to give us day)
Light and inflame us with thy glorious ray,
The glorious picture of thy heavenly face
And mounting up to that bright crystal sphere,
Whence thou shak'st all the world with shuddering fear,
* From Phineas Fletcher's Purple Island."