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mind and a loving heart. Frequently, parental roof to sojourn in distant lands too, has she enjoyed the peculiar bless. -told upon her strength; but her firm edness of the peacemaker.
faith enabled her to triumph over all. One thing in which she excelled was She realised the design of her Heavenly unwearied Christian hospitality. To Father that these things should conher its exercise was an esteemed tribute to make her a “partaker of His privilege, of which she would never holiness ;" and her personal religious allow herself, if possible, to be deprived. experience grew brighter and more Most cheerfully she supplied every elevated. During Mr. Moody's meetcomfort needed by the Master's ser- ings in Dublin in the year 1874, she vants. Many who preceded her to the had for nearly three weeks the happi. realms of glory have acknowledged ness of witnessing God's work in great her kindness; many yet on earth prosperity; and no invitation could corroborate their testimony ; and she induce her to forego the higher gratifalways asserted that she had her cation of seeing sinners brought to the reward in the edifying conversation Saviour. A leaflet found in her pocketand the fervent prayers of the messen- book on the words, “ To serre the liv. gers of Christ whom she entertained. ing and true God; and to wait for His In the work of the British Association Son from heaven," denotes the attitade for the Evangelization of the Jews she of spirit which she constantly maintook a practical interest, and its agents tained. Its last lines are, were always her welcome guests. In
“Be this my one desire, Lord, fact, she never hesitated to assist in
Whate'er ny earthly state; any project, within a woman's province, And sweeter may it prove each day which she was convinced would be for
To serre Thee and to rait." the advancement of the Redeemer's kingdom.
Her end was befitting such a life, When her husband sustained the
Her last evening on earth was spent office of Circuit-steward, she was more
in conducting a tea-meeting for the than a help meet to him : her skilled Sunday-school children and Juvenile appreciation of household arrange
Missionary Collectors. ments securing for ministers and their
ance was larger than usual. The chil. families many comforts and conveni dren's songs were most joyous; and ences respecting which office-bearers
the addresses to them were lively and are sometimes too indifferent. It was interesting. All seemed happy ; but cheering to those engaged in the ful care and loving labour had chiefly
none more so than she whose thought. Itinerancy to be met and welcomed by her so affectionately; and none
tended to promote this happiness. have ever left the Circuit without re
The sweet concluding hymn was
beautifully rendered, gretting their separation from such a genuine sister in Christ. "Take “I love to think of the heavenly land, her for all in all," says one valued
Where white-robed angels are, pastor, who knew her well, “she Where many a friend is gathered sale, was one of the best specimens of From fear, and toil, and care : Christian womanhood I ever met with. There'll be no parting—There'll be no She had a truly noble mind, and a parting—There'll be no partingheart as tender as ever beat in a lady's There'll be no parting there." breast."
And the refrain was sung rapturously Of course she was not without trials a second time after the last verse ; bat and difficulties. Aente sickness some none then dreamed that their nest times brought her very low; and the meeting with her would be in that parting with so many of her children “heavenly land." -eight of whom successively left the The next day she seemed desirous
of rest; but spoke a good deal of the translation !" Even so. She “ was meeting, and of some of the children not; for God took” her. She fell asleep in whose future welfare she expressed in Jesus on January 19th, 1876, aged an interest. About two o'clock she fifty-three years. Three days afterwas engaged in household duties, and wards a large congregation assembled was observed by her son to enter the in the chapel, before her remains parlour and sit down in an easy chair. were committed to the tomb, and the This being unusual at that hour, he mourners were cheered by the words continued to look, when he saw & of faith and hope,
shadow pass across her face, and her head droop. He called his sisters,
“ Come, let us join our friends above
That have obtained the prize, while he ran for a physician. Only a
And on the eagle wings of love few moments elapsed before he re
To joys celestial rise : turned, but all was over. Without the
Let all the saints terrestrial sing, slightest trace of suffering, her sancti.
With those to glory gone ; fied spirit had passed away to the
For all the servants of our King, bosom of that Saviour “whom having
In earth and heaven, are one." not seen," she had long “loved," but whom she was now to see face to face. The Superintendent of the Circuit, the One who writes, “ The memory of her Rev. Martin Hynes, made an impresthoughtful, unobtrusive, intelligent sive appeal to all to be “ also ready;" kindness to me when in the Roscrea
and on the following Sabbath he spoke Circuit has always been refreshing," of her life as resembling that of further remarks,-"I have said, in
Enoch in its thorough and sustained speaking of her death, • Kow like a
August 16th, 1876.–At Bradford, his joy to consecrate whatever busi(Kirkgate Circuit), Mr. Haigh, in the ness talents he possessed to the service eightieth year of his age. He was born of Christ. But this was not all : he in Manchester, December 19th, 1796. was ever ready for duties of any sort Through Methodist teaching he was in connection with the Church. As a early converted to God, and from his class-leader he was greatly beloved ; youth gave himself to the service of the and, in co-operation with all kinds of Church. When eighteen years of age religious workers, he rendered service, he became a Local-preacher, in which whose worth cannot be estimated. The office his labours, continued almost to ministers of Methodism were held by the time of his decease, were most him in great respect ; and with them acceptable and useful. For more than he had constant and intimate fellowhalf a century he held a prominent ship. Nor was he ever reluctant to official position in the Church of his help the cause he so much loved by choice ; for which he cherished an his purse as well as by unceasing intelligent and unalterable attach- labour. Almost to the last he retained ment. During the early period of his much of his physical and mental life his Methodist principles were vigour; his habit of early rising, severely tested ; but both in peaceful doubtless, conducing to this. Hence, and in troublous times he was found he did not retire from one of the many faithful. In the various capacities of offices which he filled. steward, trustee, and treasurer or Not long before his departure he secretary of different Societies, his attended a Missionary Meeting at usefulness was very great ; and it was Barwick-in-Elmett, and revived old and blessed associations in the classes were offered her to commence neighbourhood distinguished by the with. These, however, she declined, residence of the venerated William preferring to seek persons from the Dawson. On his return home sundry world; and soon the class numbered engagements overtaxed his strength, twenty-five. She was always punctual yet no danger was for some time in her attendance, and carefully looked apprehended. Medical aid was ob- after absentees. Three times her class tained; more serious symptoms were became so large that it had to be discovered ; and despite all care he divided. On one Sabbath morning soon passed away. Letters written to two youths residing in the house relatives shortly before his decease, desired to accompany her to class; and show the serenity and submissiveness they both became Local-preachers. of his spirit. “I am in the school of For fifty years her house was the patience," he said ; " but I can trust home of the Circuit ministers, where in Jesus, whose presence I realise." they generally spent two days every Again, “I cannot trust in anything I fortnight; and she often said that she have done, but I can rely on Christ, felt it to be an honour to minister to who has done so much for me.
them. She diligently attended the death was very near he exclaimed, public means of grace, even in rough “Bless the Lord ; glory be to His weather; regularly maintained family name!” The Kirkgate Circuit has sus- worship, and trained her children in tained a great loss in the removal of the way in which they should go. In Mr. Haigh. His extensive knowledge many ways she promoted the cause of of Methodism in all its departments, God. Her letters to her relatives and his fidelity to principle, the clearness friends on religious subjects were of his intellect, even to the last, the numerous and highly prized. Her kindness of his spirit, and his uniform interest in the welfare of the poor was readiness to minister to the interests great, and that interest was mani. of Christ's cause, placed him among fested in cheerfully contributing to the best of the laity of our Connexion. the relief of their wants. She often As a ripe shock of corn he was ready referred to her departed friends, and for the garner.
J. H. her anticipation of meeting them again.
For many years she was blind, but she September 27th,—At Botesdale, in bore this privation submissively and the Diss Circuit, Mrs. Mary Porter, cheerfully. As her end drew near, ber relict of Mr. John Porter, formerly of sufferings became great, but her conNorth Lopham, in her eighty-seventh fidence remained unshaken. To her year. In early life she was led to seek daughter, with whom she had lired for her happiness in God, and joined the many years, and who was most attenWesleyan-Methodist Society. Divine tive to her comfort, she said, “ I am light broke upon her mind as the light looking out, expecting, hoping, and of the early morning, which gradually believing. I have no fear; I am quite increased to “the perfect day.” Her safe; I am willing to go or to stay. faith in the Lord Jesus was firm and Through the atonement of Christ I unwavering, and her filial confidence shall enter heaven.” On being asked in God gave repose to her soul; so if she was on “the Rock," she emphathat, under all circumstances, she was tically exclaimed, “Yes! yes !” Thus enabled to suffer the will of God with she passed away, not only peacefully child-like submission. After her mar- but triumphantly, having been a memriage she was requested to take charge ber of the Methodist Society about of a class, and members from other seventy years.
Abdul Aziz, the deposition and death of, Chapel Reports, general and metropolitan,
Chaucer, Geoffrey, the “Good Wife of
Bath" by, referred to, 439
Church hymn-book, the object of a, 1036
Committees of Review, valuable purposes
Comte, Auguste, classification of the
sciences by, 1112-1114
Davies, Rev. William, D.D., Con-
ference obituary of, 933—referred
Medieval Hellenism, 230
DIVINITY. See also Pope's “ Com-
PENDIUM OF CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY,"
and THE PRAYERS or ST. PAUL.
An estimate of a worthy (Judges vi.,
Hedged goodness (Job i. 9, 10), 778
Homilies by St. Bernard : Glory and
- The name of Jesus (Solomon's
Song i. 3), 1085
The cry of the overwhelmed (Psalm
The moral significance of baptism into
Christ (Romans vi. 1-1],) 782
The overflowing fountain (2 Corinthians
The promise of the Spirit (Joel ii.
Jane's “Memoir” of Professor Lawson, The quarterly tickets for June and
September, 1876: Luke vi. 37...525
Nahum i. 7...1027
of England respecting the operations
ence upon man, 683
OP THE ESTABLISHED CHURCH:
burton, Bishop of Gloucester, 1126
obituary of, 940-short notice of, 844
pius, 139–Philip van Limborch, 258
England, a German view of, 437
of, 422-433—the study Bible of Ralph,
field, 659, 946—Horsham, 565
849, 1042, 1138
Mission), 1043, 1137
Thames, 658_Cobham, 946
-New Cross, 468, 854—Lambeth:
combe and Milverton, 83
852—Northmavin and Delting, 852
False Messiahs, 704
of, 191-Conference obituary of, 937–
Gillespie, Rev. Thomas, 798
GLANCE AT PUBLIC OCCUR.
The Suez canal purchase-The East-
The Prince of Wales' visit to India-
The Owston-Ferry law-suit—The
The Spanish peace-England and
Presbyterian Union—The deposition
Grattan, Henry, monument to, 175
Huntingdon, Lady. See EARLY METH-
AND DIGNITARIES OF THE
Wesley's preface to, 529—the Enlarged,
Hall, Rev. Samuel Romilly, Conference
obituary of, 1031-short notice of, 843
-referred to, 835
by some recent books of female bio.
India, the native States of, 998–progress
of the work of God in, 743, 750. See