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sense of his mercy to me. In Christ I Her mother was a member of the society find rivers of pleasure; and I know that upwards of fifty years. She adorned he would have done much more for me, her profession, and died in sure and had I lived more in the exercise of faith. certain hope of eternal life. Mrs. Vi. May I no more limit the Holy One of vian joined the society in the year 1778. Israel !” The sincerity of her Christian She was convinced of her state as a profession was satisfactorily evidenced sinner before God, and saw the necessity by her Christian conduct. She greatly of obtaining the remission of sins in honoured her excellent father and mo order to her eternal happiness. On the ther; she was affectionate to her bro- evening of her conversion, she was thers and sisters. She was eminently a powerfully tempted to remain at home, help meet to her husband ; not hindering as the weather was unsettled, and the him in his important work, but, by her distance nearly a mile. However, being discreet and vigorous co-operation, in- deeply concerned about her soul, she creasing his usefulness. She was un put on an extra cloak, and went; but wearied in her exertions for the present when near the house where the class. and eternal welfare of her family ; nor meeting was held, she was powerfully were her labours unblessed. She was tempted to return. She hesitated for a cordial and unwavering in her attacli moment, and then said to herself, “Go ment to the religious body in which she back! that is the way to the pit.” She received her spiritual good. She was therefore hastened forward ; and when enterprising and successful as a Class she arrived at the house, she fell on her Leader. She was constant in visiting knees, and lifted up her eyes to heaven, the poor and afflicted, and frequently did and to her believing view Jesus Christ it to her own inconvenience, and some. crucified was evidently set forth, and times to the injury of her health. Not, these words were applied to her mind : however, in these respects only, but in “ I suffered this for you.” She received her Christian carriage generally, she him by faith as her only Saviour, and was of good report; both in her native that moment God spoke peace to her town, and Shrewsbury, Rotherham, and soul. She rejoiced in him as the God Keighley, the three Circuits in which of her salvation, and returned home she resided as the wife of a Methodist happy under the light of his reconciled Minister. August 28th, 1840, she was countenance. In the trials through attacked by the affliction of which, after which she was called to pass, her spirits the lapse of nearly five months, she died. some occasions were greatly deIn October it was so far removed, that pressed; but in the exercise of patience, great hopes of her recovery were enter afflictions were sanctified, weaning her tained; but shortly after she relapsed, from earth, and leading her to look forand continued to sink till life was ex ward to the land of eternal blessedness. tinct. Her suffering was extreme, so
For the last twelve or fourteen years, that she had not those strong joyous through infirmities of body, and distance emotions with which some of the people from the house of God, she was but of God are blessed in their latter end; seldom able to attend the means of but she was saved from all murmuring, grace; but her mind was stayed on and, reposing upon the great Atonement, God, and she received from him help the peace of God kept her heart and in the time of need. On the 19th of mind. A very short time before her January she was taken suddenly ill; but death, I asked, “ Can you trust yourself she felt no alarm, though her end was in the hands of God ?" She unhesitat evidently near, having a good hope ingly answered, “ Yes.” I asked like through grace. A short time before her wise, “Are you sensible that the Lord is departure, her Class-Leader visited her, with you ?” She replied, “ Yes, love." and asked her if Christ were hers. I know not that she spoke afterwards ; “Yes,” she replied, “and I am his ; " but she gently fell asleep in Jesus. and then, in the prospect of eternal life, JAMES ALLEN, SEN. she said, “Glory, glory, glory!” In the
possession of these feelings she took her 5. Died, at Gwennap, January 23d, flight to her Father's house, aged eighty. Mrs. Jane Vivian, who was born there, three years, fifty-three of which she had June 7th, 1758. She was the daughter been a member of the Methodist society. of pious parents, members of the Wesleyan-Methodist society. Her father,
6. Died, January 28th, at Bradford, Mr. William Mercom, was one among Yorkshire, in the Bradford East Circuit, the first Class-Leaders that Mr. Wesley James and Mary Clough, husband and appointed in his visits to Cornwall. wife, within seven hours of each other
he being in his fifty-fourth year, and she ture. And now it an affecting forty-nine. They were both born and to visit them : they lay in the brought up at Birkenshaw, a small town same room, on dying beds, in opposite near Birstal. James's mother was for parts of it, so that they could see, but many years a pious woman; and, as a not help, each other, except by sympaMethodist, she was very liberal, accord- thy, counsel, and prayer. She was very ing to her means, in supporting the happy : he was peaceful and lowly. cause of God. His father also became a One morning she awoke, singing, member of the society some years before his death. But James, in his youth,
“ Take my poor heart, and let it be
For ever closed to all but thee," &c. was heedless about his eternal concerns ; till, in the midst of his sport with other Conversing with her daughter, she said, young men, he one day fell down in a “ When I am gone, do not weep for fit, which produced a temporary alarm, me ; but added, “Unless it be that but without leading to any effectual I have not been a better Christian." change of heart or life. Mary's parents On the evening of Jan. 27th, James were moral ; and from her earliest days requested to be raised up, and supported she felt the strivings of God's Holy to her bed-side, that they might embrace Spirit, without knowing from whom her each other once more ; “ For,” said he, gracious feelings came ; but nothing “it will be the last time.” He was particular in her religious experience conducted to his dying wife, and the occurred till they were married. Soon scene was inexpressibly affecting. On after that event, curiosity induced them Thursday at noon her son-in-law, Mr. to hear Mrs. Taft; and under the ser Henry Whitaker, prayed with her; and mon, the husband and wife were both soon after, while James was looking on awakened, and immediately joined the from his bed, she expired. He bore it Wesleyan society, and continued steady with calmness and resignation. Yet the members to the end of life. No record shock, in his enfeebled state, was more has been left of the period of their justi
than nature could sustain. The man fication ; but their habitual experience was not so strong as the Christian. So and conduct may be summed up in the
when he had resisted the tide of grief a words of inspiration : " And they were few hours, and even thought himself both righteous before God, walking in likely to recover, came rolling on with all the commandments and ordinances of redoubled force, till in the evening his the Lord blameless." Their family head fell upon his pillow, and his spirit were brought up in the fear of God, and in a moment fled to God. They both nearly all the members of it have chosen died in the room where he had for years the good part. It had been their desire met his class, of which she also was a in life that neither should long survive member. On the day of interment, the other; and this desire--perhaps their coffins were placed side by side ; innocent in itself—was granted. Mary and two more placid countenances were sickened first. Her illness began in the never beheld : death was not permitted spring of 1840 ; and on July 12th she to mar their features, so that one could heard the word of the Lord in his sanc have gazed with solemn delight for an tuary for the last time. She gradually hour upon their faces. A large condeclined, and towards the close was con course followed them to the grave; and, fined three months to her room.
notwithstanding the awful prevalence of period she felt a severe struggle in giv. Socialism and infidelity in this town, ing up her family, especially one son, a every one felt that, on such an occasion, delicate youth, who needed her maternal the religion of Jesus Christ was the only care. But grace was mightier than source of consolation and hope. As to nature; and, having finally committed their character, it was always good. all to God, she remained tranquil and James was a sober, quiet, industrious, happy to the end. Many were the
and faithful servant to his employer, cious sayings that fell from her lips. William Walker, Esq., who, as became “ Yea, though I walk through the val a Christian master, and a member of the ley of the shadow of death, I will fear same community, followed the deceased no evil,” was a favourite quotation;
to the tomb. And James showed his and,
honest confidence in his master, by re" I'll praise my Maker while I've breath,"
questing him to be one of his Trustees,
to manage his little affairs for his family, a favourite hymn. James, who had should he be taken from them. James occasionally been unwell, took to his was a plain, judicious, and useful Classbed about a month before their depar- Leader; he greatly feared and sincerely
loved the Lord his God, and always ing and praying with her the day before thought very little of himself, or of his that on which she died, and felt that it own doings. Mary was a Christian, a was a precious time. She was much good house-wife, a lover of home, and concerned in relation to her children. attentive to her children. In death she While she rejoiced that she had been was more joyous, perhaps, than her hus spared to see them arrive at maturity, band, but not more safe. He, like she knew that they needed a divine Moses, died as on the mount; she, like change, and felt scarcely able to part Elijah, went to heaven as in a chariot of with them. Yet in this also she proved fire; and both, we doubt not, will rise the sufficiency of the grace of God, and from their common tomb with equal was enabled solemnly to resign all into glory, to be for ever with the Lord. his hand. On the morning of the day WILLIAM J. SHREWSBURY. of her death, by her earnest request,
administered to her the memorials of our 7. Died, February 1st, Catherine, Saviour's dying love, deeply impressed the beloved wife of Mr. Richard with the consideration that she would no Connelly, Ballinamore, county of Lei more drink of the fruit of the vine, until trim, Ireland, having been about thirty- she drank it new in her Father's king. five years a member of the Wesleyan dom. About three o'clock P. n. I visitsociety. She had been for some years ed her again, when, at her request, a joined to the Methodists before she hymn was sung, and the throne of grace clearly experienced the converting grace again approached on her behalf. She of God; but from the period that she was exceedingly happy.
Her soul found the pearl of great price, she was seemed ready winged for glory ; and, in in all respects consistent and exemplary. about an hour, she slept in Christ. Although perfectly free from bigotry ;
J. FOSTER. yet, while she was strongly attached to all who loved the Lord Jesus, in the Me 8. Died, February 1st, at Sunderland, thodist Ministers and their ministrations aged thirty-one years, Jane, the beloved she considered she had a peculiar trea wife of J. M. Penman, Esq., Surgeon,
For them her house was a hospi- and sister of the late Rev. Thomas table home. Such was the sweetness of H. Bewley, Missionary to the West her temper, and the fervour of her piety, Indies. From infancy
she that, although of a retiring disposition, seriously influenced ; and, in early and a keeper at home, she was as a city life, united herself to the Wesleyanset on a hill,—she was not hid. For Methodist society. She obtained peace some years past her health had been in with God by faith in our Lord Jesus a declining state ; but her weak consti- Christ, and became the simple, humble tution received a severe shock by the follower of the Lamb, adorning the barbarous murder of her brother, Clau. Gospel of God her Saviour by a condius West, Esq., which was perpetrated sistent behaviour. From her private a few miles from the place where she memoranda, it is evident that her lived. She had warned' him repeatedly piety was deep and genuine, and her of the danger of being from his house at thirst for richer baptisms of the Spirit a late hour; but he considered all this most intense and ardent. For some as resulting from the natural timidity of tiine previous to her last affliction, she the female constitution, and, unhappily, experienced a most gracious quickening disregarded it. After his death, she in her soul, which continued to the end rapidly declined; but as her bodily of life: this was exemplified in her strength failed, her soul was mounting more diligent attendance on the preachas on the wings of an eagle, and claim. ing of God's word, as well as to her ing a portion in the heavenly inherit class-meeting, while she had strength
Some time before her decease she for it. On her death-bed she was led received a deep baptism of the Holy to exclaim, “Ohow pleasant is the Spirit, and a spirit of fervent prayer and thought of attending the means of praise rested on her to the end. During grace!” Her affliction was very prothe period of about three months pre tracted and distressing; but her resignavious to her death, she was unable to tion to the divine will, and her p&attend the public services of religion; tience under acute suffering, were most but when the other members of the exemplary. It was for some time evi
. family were engaged in them, she felt all dent that the disorder would prove fatal: the sweets of solitude. She took her and it was deemed highly proper that Bible, and sought instruction on her this intelligence should be communi. knees. I had the privilege of convers. cated to her. For it her mind was most
graciously prepared by this portion of death she partook of the Lord's supper : God's word : “He shall not be afraid of it was a refreshing season ; in which the evil tidings ; his heart is fixed, trusting Saviour manifested himself to her in a in the Lord.” The few last weeks of most extraordinary manner, so that she her life were marked with the most de seenied strengthened for her final struglightful enjoyment of the presence of gle with death. She had a great desire God her Saviour; and towards the clos to write a letter to her mother and ing scene her victory over death was friends, who were distant: she comtriumphant. It was a great privilege to menced, but was only able to write, hear her exultingly exclaim, “ Far more “My very dear mother, brothers, and than a conqueror.' “ Victory, victory, sister,-On Jordan's bank through the blood of the Lamb !" some days she had not been able to see
her two children ; but on the morning “I shall behold his face,
of the day of her death she appeared I shall his power adore,
supernaturally strengthened, and they And sing the wonders of his graco
were brought to her by her request : she For evermore."
took them in her arms, kissed them, The deep sense of her sinfulness led her blessed them, and commended them to to cry out,
the care of Jesus. Not long before she
died, she appeared to suffer much ; but “I the chief of sinners am,
when the struggle was over, recovering But Jesus died for me;
herself, she said, “Can this be death?
and then exclaimed, and her conscious sense of unfaithful. ness, and having done so little for God, "Cease, fond nature, cease thy strife, raised in her soul a desire that she might And let me languish into life;" be spared to labour for God, and go about doing good. Such was the value
and added, “I lean on Jesu's breast, she put on her enjoyment of religion,
the place where John lay." Being that she said she would not part with it asked if Christ were precious, she for ten thousand worlds. She gave ad
lifted up her dying hands, high as she vice to her husband, and all her relations
could raise them, and cried, “ Victory !" who saw her, urging them to meet her
During the day, it was evident that in heaven; to her absent friends, she
she was sinking fast; her arms were sent her dying message ; and to a person
constantly lifted up, and her hands who was present, she said, “ Persuade all
clasped in the attitude of prayer. She
continued to articulate something; but you can to live to God.” Her Leader, who saw her daily, was charged with various
her weakness was so extreme, that what
she said could not be ascertained. Her messages to her class-mates. To him.
faculties self she said, “Do all you can to weaken
were perfect to the last; the influence of Satan in the world, and and, while surrounded by her sorrowing to strengthen the Redeemer's.” She friends, without a struggle or groan, she delighted very much to converse on faith,
sweetly fell asleep.
THOMAS FLETCHER. and spoke often of the innumerable company in heaven. Being reminded of the relations and friends she would
9. Died, February 15th, at Sulby, in see there, her reply was, “I shall see
the Ramsey Circuit, Isle of Man, Mr. Jesus first: he will claim me.”
Patrick Caley, aged sixty-nine years. one was allowed to be sorrowful in her
At an early period of life, he was presence : she would say, “ You have brought to the knowledge of the truth nothing to weep for.” Often would she
through the instrumentality of the Me. unite with her friends in singing,
thodist Ministers. He united himself
with the Wesleyans when they were ." There is a land of pure delight,” &c. ; subjected to much reproach and perse
cution. Having himself found that and,
invaluable blessing, the love of God “0, for this love, let rocks and hills," &c.
shed abroad in his heart, through faith
in our Lord Jesus Christ, his bappy Her conflicts with the powers of dark spirit yearned with pity for the souls ness were sometimes very painful ; but, of his fellow-sinners, and the love of through grace, she was always enabled Christ constrained him to go and entreat to maintain her ground. After her last them to be reconciled to God. In those conflict with Satan, she exclaimed, days, the word of the Lord was pre“ Now I have got a step above my cious; and it was no uncommon thing enemy.” A few days previous to her for people to travel from one end of the
island to the other to hear the Gospel in the language of the Psalmist, preached, and attend those means of “ Against thee, thee only, have I sin. grace which are peculiar among the ned.” That evening he heard the Rev. Methodists. What King George III. Jonathan Cousins preach; and so great
said of the Puritan Divines, was his sorrow on account of sin, that he “ There were giants in the earth in those wept during the whole of the service. days,” may be applied to the first race He left the chapel fully determined, of Local Preachers in the Isle of Man. through divine grace, to break off his They were “in journeyings often, and sins, and to give himself to God and to in labours more abundant." They his people. After labouring for two would frequently travel from twenty to years under a sense of guilt, he was ena. thirty miles on a Sabbath-day to exhort bled, while hearing the word preached, their fellow-sinners to “flee from the to cast his soul on the merits of Christ, wrath to come,” seeking no higher and, through faith, became the happy reward than the blessing of God upon partaker of the pardoning mercy of God. their labours. Mr. Wesley Says of Having found the pearl of great price, he them, in his “Journals,” (vol. iv., pp. soon began to feel an ardent desire that 206, 207,)“ I never saw in England so his fellow.creatures might become the many stout, well-looking Preachers to partakers of like precious faith. With gether." “ The Local Preachers are men much weakness and trembling, he began of faith and love, knit together in one mind to exhort others to flee from the wrath to and one judgment.” Among that noble, come. It pleased the Almighty to crown zealous, and disinterested race of men, his labours with considerable success. Patrick Caley was not the least useful. Many in different parts of the Shaftes. Being blessed with a strong constitution, bury Circuit were, through his instrua good voice, and a sound, scriptural, mentality, brought out of darkness into and experimental knowledge of divine the glorious light of the Gospel. In the truths, his animating discourses were year 1812, he went to reside at Mot. listened to with delight; and many will combe, and was made a great blessing to be the crown of his rejoicing in the day the society in that place, by his exemof the Lord Jesus. After having dis plary conduct, and also by his great fide. charged with fidelity the important lity in the discharge of the important duties of his offices as a Local Preacher offices which he held as Leader, Local and Class-Leader for nearly half a cen. Preacher, &c. He was seized with his tury, his Master called him by a brief last affliction on February 13th ; and affliction, which only lasted two days, although medical aid was prompily obto leave the church militant, and join tained, he experienced but little relief the church triumphant. His end was from severe pain. His sufferings, though peace. J. B. HOLROYD. great, he endured with Christian fortitude
and resignation ; not a murmuring word 10. Died, February 191h, at Mot escaped his lips. He often spoke of his combe, in the Shaftesbury Circuit, Mr. confidence in God, and expressed his Benjamin Baverstock, in the sixty-ninth thankfulness for the numerous blessings year of his age. At a very early period he had received at the hands of his heaof his life the Spirit of God strove power venly Father. Being asked by a friend, fully with him ; but, like too many a short time previous to his dissolution, young persons, he followed the customs how he felt the state of his mind, he of a vain world, and thus, for a time, replied, “I feel no condemnation ; but stified conviction. When about nineteen all is joy, and calm, and peace. I find years of age, he was induced one evening that I am on the Rock, and perfectly to call upon a pious friend, with the resigned to the will of God.” He then intention of accompanying him to the exclaimed, in the language of the Methodist chapel. Being too early for poet,divine service, his friend, feeling a lively
“ Hide me, O my Saviour, hide," &c. interest in his spiritual welfare, read to him John iii. Whilst listening to the “ Had I strength,” said he, “I could words of our Saviour, “Verily, verily, I preach to all.” He had been a member say unto thee, Except a man be born of the Wesleyan society fifty years, and again, he cannot see the kingdom of during the whole of that time had mainGod;" divine conviction powerfully tained a Christian deportment. For arrested his mind, and he stood as a thirty-five years he filled the offices of guilty and condemned sinner before a Class-Leader and Local Preacher, with righteous and holy God, and was led in great fidelity, and to the spiritual edificathe bitterness of his soul to exclaim, tion of many. He was remarkable for