« SebelumnyaLanjutkan »
their duty to Gud, so necessary to make them good citizens, but yet which would be worn out and defaced by an unremit
ting continuance of labour without any stated time for calling them to the worship of their Maker, Blackstone.
Dec. 5th, 1847.-At Horton, in the Swansea Circuit, Jane, wife of Mr. George Tucker, yeoman. aged thirty-five years. Her parents were pious members of the Wesleyan community, who carefully trained their children in the fear of the Lord, and in an habitual attendance on the ordinances of religion. At an early age, she was suddenly deprived (by a mournful providential dispensation) of her father and mother, three brothers, and two sisters; and this bcreavement made a deep impression on her mind, which, added to the affectionate exhortations and advice of an old Local Preacher, who frequently visited the family in which she resided, became the means of awakening within her serious concern for her salvation. These impressions were subsequently renewed and invigorated, under a sermon preached by the Rev. John Nicklin, when she resolved earnestly to seek a conscious interest in the atonement of Christ. She did not seek in vain. She was enabled implicitly, and with holy confidence, to rely upon the Saviour, and to realize a sense of her acceptance with God. Her subsequent conduct, to the end of life, evinced the reality of her conversion, and adorned the profession which she made. Her union with the Wesleyan body took place shortly after, and she was firmly attached to its doctrines and discipline. Her last illness was protracted; during which her mind was generally kept in peace, and she often expressed strong confidence in the merit of the Saviour. Shortly, however, before her death, she suffered from severe temptation ; vivid recollections of past unfaithfulness, and overwhelming views of present unworthiness, crowded on her mind, and for a while plunged her into an agony of darkness and fear. It was not, however, of long duration : God was entreated for her. Light again broke in upon her mind, and she was enabled once more to look to Jesus, and to triumph in Him. From this time her joy knew no bounds. She praised God without ceasing. The sting of death was gone; the prospect of eternal glory opened before her without a cloud, and in the full assurance of faith, in the most easy and happy manner, her spirit passed into the joy of her Lord.
J. G. A.
Jan. 22d. At Granby, in the Bingham Cir cuit, Mrs. Ann Guy, in the eighty-fourth year of her age. She had been a uniform member of the Wesleyan church for nearly half a century : was a woman of great integrity, genuine humility, independence of mind, and generosity of heart. The afflicted poor found in her a constant friend. She was indeed a " succourer of many, and a cheerful and liberal contributor to almost every charitable and religious institution in the neighbourhood of her residence. Her death was sudden: she had been slightly indisposed: but no immediate danger was apprehended. The last sermon that she heard was on the Sabbath but one previous to her death, from, " The living know that they shall die;" and, as though she apprehended that “the time of her departure was at hand,” she said to a long-afflicted sister, who resided with her, and who seemed her only bond to this world, “I wish I could take thee with me." In this, her wish was almost literally gratified; for her sister survived her but two days. The evening before her death she wrote a note to a relation respecting some domestic concerns, at the close of which she said, "Rest assured, assured in Christ." When her attendant rose the following morning, she appeared much the same as she had been for some days; but on a friend entering her room shortly after, the vital spark had fled.
J. B., ed.
March 18th.--At Cropuell-Butler, in the Bing. ham Circuit, Mr. George Newton, in the sixtieth year of his age. His father was for many years an acceptable and devoted Local Preacher in the Wesleyan Connexion, to which Mr. Newton united himself in early life. His attachment to Methodism continued strong and unwavering unto death. For several years bodily indisposition prevented him from taking a very active part in promoting the cause of Christ. For some months past he had been evidently ripening for the heavenly world. The 10th of January was the last time he was able to meet his class, when he appeared in a very happy and gracious state of mind : in relating his experience, he said, "My friends, Othat I had strength to tell you all what the Lord has done for my soul! IIe has enabled me to put the world beneath my feet, he has made my cup to run over with joy : I feel I am going fast down to the gates of death ; but my prospects are daily brightening for a better world; the Lord is with me. O live for him, and he will be with you!" A little time before his death, he said, “I die a sinner, but a sinner saved by grace ; " soon after which he calmly expired.
J. B., 2d.
Jan. 18th, 1848.-At Mayfield, in the Ashbourne Circuit, Mrs. Rachel Twigg, aged forty-eight. She lived in the habitual enjoyment of peace with God, possessed the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, was much attached to private prayer, and continued a consistent member of the Wesleyan-Methodist society, during a period of thirty years. In her last sickness she was graciously supported, and enabled to triumph in life's latest hour.
T. A. R.
April 21st.-At Birmingham, aged eights,
Mr. James Newry. In very early life he was taken to hear the Wesleyan Ministers in the old room in Moor-street, by a pious grandmo.her, whom he ever after greatly revered. He soon saw and felt the necarsity of personal conversion; and in the proper use of divinely appointed meany, he realized a delightful consciousness of the favour of God. He united himself to the Wesleyan community, of which he became a distinguished ornament ; and in several of its varied fields of usefulness, he was a valuable, zealous, and successful labourer ; and to that system of evanxelical doctrine, and godly discipline, he was ardently attached to the day of his death, having been a member of the society up wards of sixty years. Ile was justly distinguished for patriarchal simplicity, Christian cheerfulness, ardent zeal, and unbendog integrity Ile was beloved by all. His last ilinoss, which was protracted and severe, was borne with great submission and resignation; and though occasionally he lamented the absence of ecstatic joy, he had constant peace. A delightful foretaste of heaven, with which he was favoured a few days before his departure to that happy land, greatly cheered his mind; and after giving his blessing to his children and children's children, he gathered up his remaining strength, and finished his course with joy.
Hannah, the wife of the Rev. Levi Waterhouse. She was the subject of gracious influences at an early period of her life. In the year 1835 she joined the Methodist society, and ohtained peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Her disposition was naturally kind and generous, cheerful and happy; disinterestedness and simplicity were blended in her character. These moral qualities were pleasingly exhibited when brought under the purifying influence of the grace of God. In her heart dwelt that charity which “thinketh no evil." " In her tongue was the law of kindness." She looked well to her house; and was " well reported of for good works." She visited the fatherless and the widows in their affliction, and cared for the poor of Christ's flock; and by considérable exertions in connexion with various benevolent institutions in the different Circuits where she resided, she endeavoured to “do good unto all, but especially unto them who are of the household of faith." Her last affliction was shott, and her end sudden; but she was prepared for both. The last week of her life she considered as having been the happiest she had ever spent. She was blessed in the house of God on the Sabbath evening, and seemed to have had a foretaste of that heavenly Sabbath on which she was to enter in two short days. A little before she died, she said, “The best of all is, God is with us." No apprehension of death was entertained till about ten minutes before the painful event, when the symptoms became alarming. She appeared as if gently falling asleep. Her husband attempted to arouse her, and elicit an answer to his questions, but in vain; and she quietly passed into the joy of her Lord.
April 27th.-At Vorkington, aged seventytwo, Mr, Matthew Chisam, who usefully filled the office of Class-Leader for upwards of forty years, and in his life proved the sincerity of his love to God and his cause. He was faithful in reproving sin, and diligent in his attendance on divine ordinances. In his last illness he was eminently supported by the grace of God; and being filled with heavenly consolation, his end was peace.
May 3d.-At Launceston, aged eighty-two, Mrs. Mary Burgess, relict of the late Rev. Joseph Burgess, and mother of the Rev. W. P. Burgess. She was the daughter of the Rev. Wil liam Pennington, one of the first race of Wesleyan Ministers, and enjoyed the advantages of early religious training under the direction of her pious widowed mother, to whose care she was left while yet in infancy. In her fourteenth year, she was deeply convinced of sin, and joined the Methodist society ; of which she continued a member and an ornament sixty-seven years. At Dublin, when she was about seventeen years of age, the ministry of the Rey, John Wesley was greatly blessed to her spiritual prosperity, especially during a covenant-service; so that Mr. Wesley refers to her case in his Journal, May 4th, 1783. Mrs. Burgess lived for many years the happy witness that the blood of Christ cleanseth from all sin ; while her practical and unobtrusive piety rendered her an example of great value to those by whom she was surrounded. Her active efforts on bebalf of the poor and afflicted were limited only by her ability. The closing scene of life was eminently peaceful. Death had no terrors. She rejoiced in the prospect of meeting all her family in heaven; and thus she fell asleep in Jesus.
I B. T.
June 15th.-At Rukcfoot, in the Bacup Cir. cuit, Margaret, relict of the late Rev. William Hainsworth, Wesleyan Minister. In the seventeenth year of her age, she became the subject of the converting grace of God, and joined the Methodist society, of which she continued a useful and consistent member to the day of her death, comprising a term of fifty-six years. In the year 1793, she became the wife of the Rev. William Hainsworth, then stationed in the Blackburn Circuit. After this union sbe devoted herself fully to the Lord and his church. In the various Circuits to which they were appointed, she was a useful and efficient Class-Leader. For the last eighteen months of her life, she was wholly deprived of sight, and confined to a bed of affliction, during which period her outward trials and in ward conflicts were manifold and severe ; but through all she maintained an unshaken confidence in God, and would say, “The Lord, whom I bave endeavoured feebly to serve
alone through the valley of the shadow of death."" This confidence she retained to her final hour. The last words she was heard to express were, "Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord !"
June 29th.At Cheddar, in the Banwell Cir. cuit, aged sixty-five, Mrs. Mason, relict of the late Rev. John Mason. She had been a member of the Wesleyan society about thirty-four years. She feared God from childhood, and did not re
May 23d.- At Hanley, in the Burslem Circuit,
member the time when the influence of the Holy Spirit was not felt in her heart. When a child, she met in a kind of catechumen-class, led by her Schoolmistress, which was blessed to her religious instruction. When she became the wife of a Wesleyan Minister, she consecrated herself to God and his church ; she delighted in visiting the sick, and was laborious and successful in meeting a class in different Circuits as the wife of a Wesleyan Minister. For several years past she suffered much from asthma, and lately could go but seldom to the house of prayer. She was very ill, and appeared to be near death, when her only son, the House-Surgeon of the Guinea-street Hospital, Bristol, died, after a short illness. She bore the stroke as a Christian, in calm submission to the will of God, exclaiming, “It is the Lord, let him do as seemeth him good!" During life she had often suffered much without dying, and she had sometimes asked the question,
What must be the sufferings of death?" The Lord disappointed all her fears. Her end was composed and happy.
soul's salvation, in which she remained for the
July 16th.-At York, at the advanced age of eighty-six years, Mrs. Frances Wilton, relict of the Rev. Thomas Wilton, Wesleyan Minister. Her parents were members of the Established Church ; but at the age of nine years they placed their daughter in a school at Morley, near Leeds, which was conducted by a member of the Wesleyan society. At an early period afterward, she became the subject of religious impressions and convictions, and for a short time thought seriously upon divine and eternal things; but these not being properly improved, she was suffered to sink into a state of indifference to her
July 21st.-At York, in her sixty-eighth year, after a few hours' illness, Mrs. Nicholson, relict of the Rev. Robert Nicholson, Wesleyan Minister. She had been an ornament to the Methodist society for forty-four years, and was highly respected by a large circle of friends. In her sudden and unexpected removal, the church has lost a useful and affectionate Leader, the sick and poor an excellent visiter and sympathizing friend, and her family a mother whose elevated piety and godly example will always embalm her memory. Though unable to give expression to her religious state in her last hours, she, up to the time of her illness, daily anticipated the approach of that period when her happy spirit would, with those of her family departed, enter into the joy of the Lord. She died as she lived, trusting in the merits of Christ, and possessed of a blooming hope of eternal life.
ERRATUM.-In our Number for August, p. 918, instead of " Mrs. Sarah Tamanac," read, “Mrs.
THE GRAND TRANSITION.*
How different is man's world from that of God!
Alis, like Himself, is uniform ; flowers blow
With the same blush as ever ; Heaven's bow
In channels chafed a thousand years ago.
As time moves onward, kingdoms overthrown,
Topgues, customs, systems, antiquated grown,
* From "The Lake, and Poetic Musings."
POLYNESIA. ALLUSION has been made in a former Number to a valuable Journal, kept by the Rev. Walter Lawry, the General Superintendent of the Wesleyan Missions in Polynesia, during his recent voyage from NewZealand to and from the Friendly Islands and Feejee. That document has now arrived ; and our readers, we are sure, will peruse it with the liveliest pleasure. It is long, but exceedingly interesting, and worthy of attentive consideration. We publish this month as large a portion of it as our space will permit; and shall continue it in future Numbers. Extracts from the Journal of the Rev. Waller Lawry, during a Missionary Voyage
from New Zealand to the Friendly Islands and Feejee, begun May 29th, 1847.
We left Auckland in the Missionary We have on board the “John Wesley" brig, “ John Wesley," with Mr. and our larboard and starboard classes; and Mrs. Ford, and two children, Mr. and these comprehend most of the seamen in Mrs. Malvern, and one child, Mr. and the ship. And they are not mere proMrs. Daniel, Mr. and Mrs. Amos, and fessors in name, but so far they give Mr. and Mrs. Davis.
evidence of having the “ root of the We were in haste to sail with the first matter.” One of them, Robinson, said fair wind, because Mrs. Malvern was to-night in the class, “ I have just been near her confinement, and hoped to make up taking in reefs, while the rain poured Tonga in time to avail herself of the in torrents: time was when I should help of our Missionary Surgeon there have been uttering the most wicked
June 3d. - After several days' fair curses; but now my soul has been so wind and smooth water, we were met by happy while on the yard arm, that I felt a gale right a-head. The sea wrought, as though I could have flown away toand was very boisterous; the rain poured wards heaven.” in heavy torrents; the lightning glared, 12th.-We came to anchor at Tonga, and the thunder pealed, in awful gran after a rough and stormy passage of a deur. With slight intervals, this dis fortnight, which in most vessels would tressing weather continued four days. have been at least three weeks ; but the I have never before witnessed anything “John Wesley” does wonders, and is a near so terrific. We had a drenched first-rate vessel in all respects. crew from day to day, and all the alter. The sight of these most lovely isles nations of distressing weather ; but we has filled my whole soul with associations, had a good ship under us, and Captain emotions, and feelings of the most touchBuck seemed formed for such scenes. ing kind. Here I landed twenty-four The men behaved well; and our Mission years ago. The people then were all band gave themselves to prayer, both Pagan: most of them are gone to their men and women ; and these disciples in account; but the seed has been sown, a storm did pray, while God was speak even the pure word of God, and now I ing to us all from the secret place of find a rich harvest of Christian fruit. thunder. At one of our regular evening The Rev. John Thomas, an honoured services, while the elements were in servant of the great Master, came on mighty conflict, and the glare of forked board, and we soon followed him ashore, lightning was quickly followed by peals where everything teemed with luxuriance and torrents, there were all our company and beauty. singing sweetly,
The Missionaries and their wives had " When passing through the watery deep,
not language to express their delight.
We visited the King and Queen after I ask in faith His promised aid, The waves an awful distance keep,
their return from the Saturday evening And shrink from my devoted head;
prayer-meeting. Their dwelling is simFearless their violence I dare;
ple, but lovely; and they were engaged They cannot harm ; for God is there."
in reading the Scriptures by two lamps. VOL. IV.--FOURTH SERIES.
They said, with animation, “ We are tion, and seemed very grateful for our glad to see you, and praise the Lord for services. I then visited a Chief of sending you.” Filled with grateful great distinction, called Tui Tonga, who emotion, I returned with Captain Buck nominally ranks above George, and who to the ship, leaving the Mission-families does lotu. By his side sat á Popish under the roof of good Mr. and Mrs. Priest ; but the Tui has not yet received Thomas.
Popery. I told him there was but one Sunday, 13th. I went ashore, and way for all sinners, and only “one Mebreakfasted at seven A.M. During our diator between God and man;" with repast, an earthquake shook the coffee in much more to the same purpose. All the cups; and we afterwards learned that was well received ; and I hope again to it extended over the whole island. For visit this place, which appears very myself, I did not know what it was, but familiar to me, though by no means supposed that the motion of the ship had improved. not ceased to affect me, as I generally Mr. Miller and Captain Buck accomfeel rocked for several days after landing panied Mr. Thomas and myself in the from a stormy voyage ; but Captain Buck ship's boat. The contrast between the and Mrs. Thomas looked gravely on all lotu and heathen villages is too obvious present, and said, simultaneously, “Do to be mistaken. I am full of hope, with you not feel the earthquake ?"
Mr. Thomas, that great good will folAt nine o'clock the native service low our visit to this ancient and sacred began. The large chapel was filled with fortress. devout hearers. Mr. Thomas preached, Sunday, 20th.--I preached in the large and the King prayed after the sermon: chapel at Nukualofa in the morning, Mr. so energetic and touching was his prayer, Thomas interpreting. This is rather a that tears and sobs became general feeble way of imparting truth; but nothroughout the congregation. Both velty came in with her aid; and the sailors and passengers retired from the people listened with devout solemnity, place deeply affected ; and each asked the while I explained to them the day of other, if he had ever before witnessed a final account. scene half so delightful as this.
In the afternoon the King preached in In the usual order, the English service the same pulpit. The attention of his commenced at eleven o'clock, when I audience was rivetted while he expounded preached to about twenty-seven Euro- the words of our Lord, “I am come that peans, and one American lady. I be ye might have life." The King is a lieve we all felt that God was in the tall and graceful person : in the pulpit midst of us.
he was dressed in a black coat, and his At half past two, Mr. Thomas and I manner was solemn and earnest. He administered the Lord's supper to the held in his hand a small bound manuMission-families and the crew of the script book, but seldom looked at it. brig, and to about five hundred natives, I believe, however, that his sermon was among whom were the King and Queen written in it. His action was dignified of Tonga. All was order, solemnity, and proper; his delivery fluent, graceful, and devotion,
and not without majesty. He evidently The English service in the evening engaged the attention of his hearers, who was conducted by Mr. Amos, with great hung upon his lips with earnest and acceptance; and those of us who slept increasing interest. I perceived that on board returned to the brig highly de. much of what he said was put forth inlighted. As we passed down through terrogatively; a mode of address which the grove which lies between the Mission is very acceptable among the Tongans. premises and the sea, we scarcely passed It was affecting to see this dignified a house where the inmates were not en- man stretching out his hands over his gaged in family devotion, by singing, people, with one of his little fingers forreading the Scriptures, and prayer. merly cut off, as an offering to a heathen
19th. I went to the Mua, the place god; a usage among this people before where I resided twenty-four years ago. they became Christians. But while he Most of my old friends were dead or re- bore this mark of pagan origin, he clearly moved ; but a few remained, who were showed that to him was grace given to glad to see me. The son of the old preach among the Gentiles the unsearchChief lives there, who was an infant at able riches of Christ. the period above-mentioned. I lectured About eighteen years ago, when George to them, in the house which stood on first embraced Christianity, and lived at the spot which I formerly occupied. Lifuka, and before he had been reThey heard with the most solemn atten. newed in the spirit of his mind, he