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rounding country. Chang-Chew ap- mere politeness; but certainly the pros. pears to be the centre of the population, pect of a Missionary settling amongst wealth, and literature of this district of them did not appear at all startling to Fub-Kien province.
any with whom I talked of renting a “But it is time to come down from house. A number of houses were shown the walls, where men are few, and dis. to me at very moderate terms. But in tribute the words of life amongst the none of them could a European live masses of Heathen that throng the streets. without great risk of sickness. For the Our books were eagerly sought for, present, I fear, this great city can only and, of necessity, sparingly given away. be visited occasionally. If it had been Opportunities for quietly addressing included in the terms of the treaty begroups of listeners on the (tospel themes tween Great Britain and China, our were numerous. But, the ability to course would have been less difficult. speak intelligibly being so slender, our It would then have been incumbent on hopes of doing good in this way were far our Society to have given it the prefrom sanguine. Not so, however, as to ference over Amoy. But as things are, the books we were distributing. These perhaps prudence forbids an attempt to are sure to be read and thought about establish a Mission there. Yet it may by some one, if not by the persons into become a grave question for the conwhose bands we gave them. The sideration of wise men at home, whether Chinese, as everybody knows, reverence all our Missions in China should seek their own characters; and he who de- to nestle under the wing of British law, stroys a book is reckoned truly wicked. Whatever the variety of opinion on this Hence, as to the book itself, in this fact, point, it will be accorded by all, as an we have a guarantee that it will be pre- encouraging fact, that a Missionary can served. But as to the truth unfolded in work for days together in an inland city the book, we have the infinitely sure without let or hinderance. The wall of guarantee of God's Word, that it will Chinese exclusiveness is surely breached not be lost,_ My word shall not return and crumbling, and the day approaching upto me void.' To the superintending when, in all its provinces, many shall care of the Holy Spirit we gladly com- run to and fro, and knowledge shall be mit His own truth as we scatter it increased."" amongst the cities of China.
“Our stock of books being exhausted, GERMANY.-From Hanover we went aud we ourselves much in the same con to Bremen. Here we met with Mr. dition, we bent our steps towards our Jacoby, a Missionary of the American inn, and prepared to return to Amoy. Episcopal Methodist Church. The hisOn our way to that place we encountered tory of his Mission is rather interesting. a storm, from which we were obliged to You are aware that an immense number seek shelter by lying at anchor a whole of Germans einigrate every year to Ameday. The day following, however, we rica: from Bremen alone more than arrived safely at Amoy.
sixty thousand left for that continent in “Second journey to Chang-Chew. 1849. The Episcopal Methodist body Since making the above journey, I have began, in 1839, a Mission amongst the paid a second visit to Chang-Chew, German settlers, which has much prosduring which I had much better oppor- pered. They now have one hundred tunities of seeing the place, and con- and seven Missionaries at work in Ameversing with some of the people in their rica, and above eight thousand members, own houses. I lived a week in the inn of which fifteen hundred at least were above alluded to, going out daily for Roman Catholics when they left Gertract-distribution and conversation with many. The emigrants wrote to their a population everywhere friendly, and friends in Europe as to what was going curious to hear the new doctrines. I on amongst them, and it was suggested had frequent visits also from parties that their body should send & Missionmaking application for books, and ready ary to preach in Germany. This has to sit down and quietly hear of the doc- been done. In November, 1849, Mr. trine of the Gospel. On such occasions, Jacoby landed in Bremen, and immeI found my Chinese teacher very useful diately began his labours. He preaches as an interpreter, he being more familiar every Sunday, and his congregation with my stammering speech than utter numbers at least five hundred hearers, strangers could be. Several of these He told us the chapel is filled half an visiters expressed themselves as glad hour before the time of service, and that a foreign teacher had come to their many persons go away for want of room. city. Of course, this may have been Once a week, on Tuesday evenings, he
VOL. VII.-FOURTH SERIES.
preaches in another part of the town, in of founding which was paid by a house a dancing-room lent him for the purpose, in America. These are new things to and there he has generally about three the Germans, who are being provoked, I hundred persons present. Two other verily believe, to jealousy thereby. We Missionaries are at work in the neigh. made arrangements with Mr. Jacoby for bourhood, and they have five or six supplying him with our Scriptures, by hired places of worship, and several pri. which means we have secured a consivate houses in which they hold Meetings. derable advantage to our work. Mr. Two colporteurs are also engaged in Jacoby employs as his agent a booksel. selling tracts, religious books, and the ler, and our books will be henceforth Scriptures. There are three Sunday- kept in depót at bis shop : in addition to schools in connexion with the Mission, which, we have, in Mr. Jacoby, a zealone of which contains two hundred chil. ous helper in the distribution of the dren. Mr. Jacoby also publishes a reli. Bible without the Apocrypha.—Bible gious paper once a fortnight, the expense Society Reporter.
REPLY TO THE MEMORIAL OF THE WESLEYAN COMMITTEE OF PRI. VILEGES.-A Memorial, embodying the Resolutions of the Committee on the present Popish aggression, has been duly presented to Her Most Gracious Majesty. And the following reply has been received, by the President of the Conference, from the Home-Secretary :
“ Whitehall, Dec. 16th, 1850. “ŞIR,
“I HAVE had the Honour to lay before The Queen the Address of the Wesleyan Committee of Privileges on the Subject of the Measures taken by the Pope to establish a Roman Catholic Hierarchy in this Country :
“And I am to inform you that Her Majesty was pleased to receive the same very graciously.
“ I am,
- Your obedient servant,
“G, GREY, “ Rev. Dr. John Beecham, Wesleyan Mission-House,
BRIEF BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
1. DIED, June 13th, 1847, at Crewe, fallen and guilty creature, needing the in the Nantwich Circuit, Mrs. Cross, (late pardoning mercy of God. She was not of Frodsham,) aged sixty-seven. During disobedient unto the heavenly call, but her childhood she feared to offend God, sought and obtained the pearl of great and earnestly desired to be a Christian. price through faith in our Lord Jesus But, having no spiritual guide, she re- Christ. She now chose the Methodists mained destitute of the knowledge of for her people, and their God for her salvation by Christ until the twenty- God. “Old things had passed away, fourth year of her age. At this time and all things became new." Her subshe was persuaded to hear a Methodist sequent life was in strict accordance Preacher, and, under the word, was con- with her profession. On this account vinced of her lost state as a sinner in the she was called to suffer persecution ; but sight of a holy God. She thought the the promise was fulfilled,_"As thy sermon was directed to her, so effectually day, so shall thy strength be," The did the Holy Ghost apply it to her con Lord did not “ deliver her unto the will science. She felt that, notwithstanding of her enemies,” but by His grace enaher life of strict morality, she was a bled her to hold on her way. Like David, she might have said, “I have this, in a public prayer-meeting, he found not hid Thy righteousness within my peace with God, a blessing which he heart ;” for, having tasted that the Lord was enabled to retain. He at once joined is gracious, she faithfully warned those the Society in Atherstone, and in course around her of the danger of living in sio. of time became a truly acceptable Local Through her entreaties, some souls were Preacher. He bestowed great care in brought under the care of the Shepherd: his preparations for the pulpit; and it they heard His voice, and followed Him; was the joy of his heart to preach Christ and she and they are now met where He to perishing sinners. A frail constituwill lead them from fountain to fountain tion, however, checked his exertions ; of living waters, and feed them in ever- and he was taken to an early rest." green pastures which no wolf cap ap During his brief but consistent course he proach.-Soon after Mrs. Cross's con secured general esteem. This was version, she saw it was her privilege to evinced on the occasion of his funeral enjoy greater blessings than she had sermon, which was attended by persons obtained. Like Jacob, she wrestled of almost all religious persuasions. His with God, until she felt that the blood filial and fraternal affection was strong : of Christ cleansed her from all sin. he cherished the hope to the last that he During the remainder of her life she should be spared to comfort and help walked by faith in Christ; and, in his family. afflictions and trials, was enabled to say, Humility was prominent in his cha. “ Hitherto the LORD hath helped me." racter. Joined to this, in no common In her last illness the goodness of God degree, were kindness, tenderness, and was very graciously manifested. For candour. He was wont to look with an many months she suffered much pain; eye of charity on the failings of others. but her supreme desire was, that her His friends never regretted the confi. heavenly Father's will should be fully dence they reposed in him.--As his end accomplished, whether in her life or approached, he was not only resigned, death. The great change did not appear but joyful. His hope of heaven rested terrible. When expecting it, she said, exclusively on the firm foundation. A exultingly, “I shall soon
little before his death he said, Clap the glad wing, and tower away,
" I the chief of sinners am, And mingle with the blaze of day.""
But Jesus died for me.' God her Saviour stood by her: in the valley and shadow of death His rod and The chief! the chief! I not only say staff comforted her. She one day said, it, but I feel it.” He was reminded
that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth “ By faith I already behold
from all sin. “Yes! yes !” he exThat lovely Jerusalem here:
claimed; “faith must prevail. Christ Her walls are of jasper and gold, As crystal her buildings are clear."
is all and in all. Come, Lord Jesus,
come quickly!” His affectionate moShe desired, if it were the will of the ther observed, “My dear, your heart Lord, she might die on the Sabbath; and flesh are indeed failing ; but God is and in this her request was granted. the strength of your heart, and your porShe asked for a hymn to be read; and, tion for ever.” “() yes,” he replied : very shortly after this, she went to realise “I shall soon see Jesus." In this hapall her sweet and bright anticipations, py frame of mind he met his last conand to find what it is to be eternally fict. As though he had a sight of saved. “Blessed are the dead which Jesus, he lifted his dying hands to die in the Lord.”
heaven, and said, “O) Jesus, I cannot
be left behind! I cannot be left be2. Mr. Benjamin Plant, late of hind !” The Deliverer came, and more Atherstone, was born March 25th, 1821, tality was exchanged for life. and died June 25th, 1847. He received
ROBERT MAINWARING. a liberal education; and was blessed with a sound understanding, a lively 3. Mrs. Sutcliffe was born in St. imagination, and a ready utterance. Joho's, Newfoundland, on the 20th of From a child he manifested a great love June, 1816. Her parents spared no exto the word of God. In his seventeenth pense in procuring for her the best eduyear, while hearing a sermon preached cation that her native land could afford; by Mr. Crock, (a Local Preacher in the and from her early years she was also an Hinckley Circuit,) he was effectually attentive scholar in the Wesleyan Sab. con vinced of sin and danger. Soon after bath-school. In due time she was
elected a teacher in the same institution; painful bereavements. One of her chil. and most harmoniously she co-operated dren lies buried at St. John's, Newfound. with the officers and teachers in impart- land ; one in Fredericton; and another ing instruction and Christian knowledge in St. John's, New Brunswick. It was to the children. She was also a diligent animating to her to think of meeting and successful Missionary Collector, those dear ones in heaven, feeling deeply interested in the spread of
** Sufferers here, religious truth, and the advancement of
But seraphs there." the Redeemer's kingdom. At the same time, she lived in the daily exercise of
During the ten years of her married prayer to God, and felt deeply the im.
life, her deportment was uniform and portance of personal salvation; frequently
consistent. The important duties of her repeating the impressive lines,
position, as the wife of a Wesleyan Mi.
nister, were faithfully performed. In the "Nothing is worth a thought beneath,
Beveral Circuits where she resided, she But how I may escape the death
was greatly endeared to our people. That never, never dies."
Yet she was constitutionally diffident. By means of this seriousness of disposi- Her babits were retiring and unobtrution, and, above all, by the strivings of sive; so that the real excellencies of bey the Spirit of God, she was kept from character were fully known only to her associating with the gay and thought. most intimate friends. She possessed a less, in the frivolous pursuits of worldly
strong and active mind, a sound judge pleasure,
ment, a cheerful disposition, a tender, When about twenty years of age, she
affectionate, and benevolent heart. united herself with the Methodist Soci. It was in her own house that her exety, becoming a member of a class met cellent qualities were chiefly developed. by Mrs. Smitbies, the excellent wife of Her devotion to her husband and chilthe Rev. John Smithies, now a zealous dren was exemplary, and her efforts to and devoted Missionary in western promote their happiness were unremitting. Australia.
For some time past there had been a She was married on the 30th of May, deepening of the work of God in her 1837, and in a few days left for Brigus, soul, manifested by increasing love for the Circuit to which her husband had all the means of grace. She loved the been appointed by the District-Meeting. word of God, and never neglected to She entered upon her new sphere with give some portion of each day to a prigreat cheerfulness, with deep humility, vate and careful perusal of its sacred and with a self-denying spirit which pages. She loved the Ministers of the enabled her to endure hardships without
Lord, and esteemed them highly in love repining.
for their work's sake; saying, “ How It is not necessary to follow her beautiful upon the mountains are the through the various Circuits in which feet of them that bring good tidings her lot was cast. It may be proper to that publish peace; that bring good state, however, that, at a prayer-meeting tidings of good, that publish salvation, in Port-de-Grave, in 1839, she received that say unto Zion, Thy God reigneth !" a special manifestation of the mercy of Sbe loved the people of God, and God to her soul. For months after, her knew no distinction between the rich every word and action appeared in full
and the poor. It was her greatest pleaaccord with the following lines :
sure to be employed, when time and “O let our heart and mind
health permitted, in visiting the poorest Continually ascend,
members of the church of Christ, and in That haven of repose to find,
relieving thein to the very extent of her Where all our labours end;
power. Where all our toils are o'er,
On Sunday, November 7th, 1847, she Our suffering and our pain:
went to the house of God, and, on Who meet on that eternal shore, Shall never part again."
reaching home, expressed herself as
greatly benefited by the service. On In the Blackhead Circuit she faith. the day following she complained of fully discharged the important office of indisposition, and performed with diffiLeader for the space of three years, and culty the duties of her household. It rendered valuable assistance in the Sab- soon became necessary to use means to bath-school. Here she was called to mitigate and, if possible, to arrest her mourn the loss of her infant daughter. affliction. Yet it was hoped that, in a A spirit of Christian resignation was short time, she would be restored to her manifested by her under this and other usual health. On Thursday, the 16th, her strength was evidently failing, and all who had the privilege to be present, symptoms became alarming. Unable to giving incontestable proof that the Lord enter into conversation, she was still is nigh unto them that call upon Him in enabled to understand and answer ques. sincerity, and that the chamber of the tions of paramount importance. When dying Christian is indeed the anteasked, "Is your soul happy ?" she chamber of heaven. Her sorrowing answered, without hesitation, “ Yes.” busband asked, “Is the Lord precious ? * “ Do you rest upon the Saviour ?" "I She replied, “ Yes, yes !" . This was do, I do.” On Sabbath morning, 21st, the last time she attempted to speak ; while prayer was offered, she was much but in the agonies of death her devout engaged with God. On several occasions hope was fulfilled :during the day a peculiar and heavenly influence was felt by all in the room.
** Joy through my swimming eyes shall break, God was the strength of her “ failing
And mean the thanks I cannot speak.” . flesh and heart." The Rev. Messrs. Thus closed the mortal career of Mrs. Daniel and Cooney called to see her, Sutcliffe, eldest daughter of the late and conversed with her respecting her James Blackie, Esq., of Newfoundland, prospects for eternity ; when she wit November 25th, 1847, in the thirtynessed a good confession, Mr. Daniel second year of her age. asked her if she felt happy in God. She is now breathing in a purer atmoHer reply was, “ Yes.” Again he in- sphere, and reposing in a fairer clime, quired, « Is the fear of death taken where sickness cannot blast, and death away ?” Her reply was in the affirma- cannot devour. On the 27th her remains tive. She feared not the approach of were taken to the Centenary church, her last enemy.
when the Rev. Mr. Cooney delivered an While our beloved brethren were en. appropriate address to a large and deeply gaged in prayer around her dying bed, sympathising audience. the power of God was eminently felt by
MARCH 28th, 1849.-At Liverpool, aged sixty- ciated by her family and friends; yet, for more pipe, Elizabeth, relict of the late Mr. Robert than forty years, she was found a consistent and Lawn. In the year 1789, when but a child, under devoted meinber of Society. An affliction of sevean alarming sermon on, “Behold, ye despisers, ral years' continuance was borne with lamb-like and wonder, and perish," &c., she became the patience; and, although for some days before subject of deep and strong conviction. Her sins her departure she was deprived by paralysis of were felt a burden too heavy to be borne ; and, crying earnestly to God, her youthful mind speechlessness, and in death, the God of salvafound rest in Him. From that period, excepting tion was her“ strength," and in the land of a short interval when circumstances debarredimmortality He is now ber" portion for ever." her from the privileges of Christian fellowship,
W. W. S. she continued a consistent and faithful member of the Wesleyan Society. Her religious career April 1st.-At River-villa, in the Woodhousewas marked by great simplicity, by a deep Grove Circuit, Elizabeth, relict of the late Mr. acquaintance with the things of God, and by Doylah Peteh, aged sixty-six years. She was watchful, untiring solicitude for the spiritual brought to a saving knowledge of the truth in welfare of her numerous offspring. In the her nineteenth year; and from that time pursued lengthened illness which terminated in her re- a consistent Christian course to the end of her moval to a happier state, the consolations of days. The Bible was her rule of faith and prac. Divine grace were richly vouchsafed. Many tice. Its promises supported and comforted her were the gracious words which fell from her through life. All her hope was founded on the lips : on the remembrance of which her bereaved mediatorial work of Christ. As a wife, mother, children dwell with grateful satisfaction. "The and mistress, she discharged her duties faithweary wheels of life at length stood still ;" fully; evincing great concern for the spiritual wlien, without a struggle or a sigh, she fell welfare of her household. It was her daily prac. asleep in Jesus.
W. W. s. tice, for nearly forty years, to pray for each of
her children by name. And for years before her March 9th, 1850.-At Liverpool, in the sixty death she had the satisfaction of seeing the seven ninth year of her age, Sarah, the lamented wife who survive her converted to God. Her last of Mr. John Jones. Retiring in disposition,-one affliction, which was long and painful, was whom * the world knew not,"%she was adorned borno with Christian patience. Yet she desired with Christian excellencies that were best appre- ** to depart, and be with Christ." She was wont