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him the way of the Lord more perfectly than any of his former teachers. He then exercised faith in Christ, and obtained testimony of the divine approbation. His connexion with a people then so much despised, so offended his father, that he had the alternative, either to leave the Method ists, or be expelled from the parental roof: the latter he unhesitatingly chose. He was then promoted to the office of Leader, in which he was made useful in his day; and though in humble circumstances, and often in deep poverty, he retained his office for more than sixty years, having been seventy years a member of the Wesleyan society. He was divinely supported on the bed of death. His end was peace.
lightful sense of her acceptance in the Beloved ; which, it is believed, she never afterwards lost. In 1823, she was appointed to the office of Class. Leader, the duties of which she discharged with great fidelity. She was distinguished for her deep piety, sound indement, energy of chameter. and great usefulness; and she was universally respected for her good sense and blameless life. She was always delicate; and her last affliction was very short. She was, however, graciously prepared. A short time before she died, she said to her eldest daughter, “Christ is my Saviour; but my correspondence with heaven is now a silent one;" alluding to her inability to speak more than a word or two at a time. At length the Master came and called for her, and she sweetly fell asleep in Jesus.
Feb. 17th.-At Prospect-Terrace, in the Leeds Third Circuit, Mr. George Plummer, aged sixtyfour. He had been for many years a consistent member of the Wesleyan society. In the transactions of business, his adherence to integrity and uprightness was remarkable. He retired a few months since, to spend his latter days in repose, and preparation for his “change." On Wednesday evening, the 16th, he went to bed in his usual health, and was shortly after seized with apoplexy. Though unable to give a dying testimony as to his state and prospects, yet his previous experience and life have left no doubt on the minds of his surviving friends respecting the condition of the spirit. In all his arrangements, he kept his latter end in view. Could he have foreseen the suddenness of his departure, he could not have had his temporal affairs in better order.
Feb. 19th.-At Collingtree, in the Northampton Circuit, Mrs. Elizabeth Ratcliffe, aged sixty-nine. Some twenty-nine years ago, she was brought to God at Wootton, and joined the Wesleyan society. For some years she was unable to enjoy the fellowship of saints in church communion, in consequence of circumstances she was unable to control; but for the last eight years she regularly enjoyed this privilege. She was indisposed several months. Her sufferings were sometimes very great ; but she was graciously sustained through all, and enabled to rejoice in Christ. In the last week of her life she was strengthened to address nearly twenty young converts, lately brought to God, and she solemnly urged them to be " faithful unto death." She departed this life in the full triumph of faith.
J. G. W.
Feb. 17th.-At Lincoln, aged seventy-one, Mr. Henry Wakelin. He was a stranger to the power of religion the first thirty years of his life. About the close of this period, he strolled one Sabbath morning, for a walk, in Gainsborough, when his attention was attracted by the sight of a small chapel. From curiosity he entered it, and heard the late Mr. Henry Longden, of Sheffield, preach. The word took effect; he went home, resolving to pray till he found the forgiveness of sins. In this he happily succeeded. Being himself made a partaker of the Gospel salvation, he longed that others should enjoy the same inestimable blessing. He therefore began to exhort sinners to flee from the wrath to come. His labours in the pulpit were well received, and owned of God in the fruit that followed. In his case, life continued on the wheels of activity, till wearied out. On the Sabbath before his death, and on the evening of his departure, he prayed with his family, then retired to bed, and in about one hour " tired nature" found repose by sleep in Jesus.
Feb. 23d.--At Warrington, Mr. James Carter, aged sixty-seven. He had been a consistent member of the Wesleyan church about forty-four years, and for most of that time sustained the important offices of Local Preacher and ClassLeader, with credit and usefulness. Being firmly attached to the doctrines and discipline of Methodism, he had no sympathy with those who were given to change, or with their unprincipled efforts to cause divisions in the church which he had, from conviction, chosen as his spiritual home. Ile bore his last illness with great resignation, and died in the possession of a cheering hope of a glorious resurrection to eternal life.
Feb. 17th..At Kidderminster, in the Stourport Circuit, Mrs. Mary Parker, widow, aged sixty-six. Her parents were pious Dissenters, and trained her up in the way she should go. When about seventeen, she joined the people called Methodists; and the union then formed was never broken until her death, she being at that time the oldest member of the Kidderminster society. Shortly after her union with the society, while praying in her closet, she obtained a de.
Feb. 25th. -At Whitchurch, Salop, Mrs. Savage, aged fifty-five. She entered the Methodist society about forty years ago, at Darlaston, in Staffordshire, and met in the class of a Leader who had been appointed by Mr. Wesley. She brought up a large family, and had the happiness of seeing most of them give their hearts to God. For some time before her death she passed through great suffering. Her last illness, which was somewhat severe, was sanctified to her spi. ritual good : renouncing self and trusting solely in Christ, she was enabled to rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Nearly her last words were, * To-day I shall be with thee in paradise."
Feb. 28th.-At Richmond, in Yorkshire, aged Her last words, distinctly uttered, were, " I be. lieve in Jesus." Her death was peaceful and triumphant.
seventy-five, Mr. William Croft, in the posses. sion of that blessed hope and peace arising from an interest in Christ, and a consistent profession of attachment to his cause for fifty-three years as a member of the Wesleyan society; during which period he was for many years an acceptable Local Preacher.
March 4th.-In Pontefract-Lane, Leeds Third Circuit, Mr. Samuel Stansfield, aged sixty-six. For more than thirty years he was a member of the Wesleyan society, during which he manifested his love for the ordinances of religion, by his uniform and punctual attendance. He bore a long affliction with Christian patience, and died in peace.
Feb. 29th.--At Tiverton, Mrs. Elizabeth Stevenson, aged seventy-seven. She formerly resided at Loughborough, Leicestershire; and for the space of sixty years was a consistent member of the Methodist society. Her end was peace.
March 1st At Otley. Eleanor. the beloved wife of Jolin Craven, Esq., aged seventy-five. She had been for fifty-five years a steady member of the Wesleyan society, and for thirty years the Leader of a large class. During her last protracted affliction, her state of mind was tranqui] and joyful. Her last expressions were antieipatory of that heavenly rest to which she was hastening.
March 5th.-At Cheltenham, aged twenty-two, Mr. James B. Walker. At an early period he was under religious impressions; and at the renewal of the covenant in January, 1847, he found peace with God, the experience of which he never lost, but grew in grace and in the knowledge of the Saviour. For several months he was severely afflicted; but he was perfectly resigned to the will of God. His reliance on Christ was unshaken; and he died in great peace.
March 6th.--At Fortland, in the Ballina Circuit, of a disease induced by the want of proper food, and exposure on the public works during the winter of 1846, George Criffe, who was for several years an active and pious Class-Leader and Prayer-Leader in the Wesleyan society, He died in the full assurance of faith.
Mareh Ist.-At Iden, in the Rye Circuit, Mr. Thomas Pelham, aged seventy-one. He was converted to God about forty-two years ago, when he became a member of the Wesleyan Methodist society, and thenceforward pursued a consistently Christian course to the close of his life. About three years ago, he retired from business, and from that time his one desire seemned to be to save his soul, and promote the spiritual welfare of his neighbours. He settled in his native village, where he introduced Methodist preaching. After a long illness, his dojarture was sudden : sitting in his chair, in com
i widow, with scarcely a struggle, the spirit fled. The last words he was heard to atter were, “Blessed Lord! Blessed Jesus ! " "Many fall as sudden, not as safe."
March 3d.-At Hartlepool, in the Stockton Circuit, aged twenty-four, Clementina, the beloved wife of Mr. George Blumer, ship-builder. For several years she lived in the possession of " peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Her religious profession was steadily sustained by an exemplification of the active and passive excellencies of Christianity. In no ordinary degree she possessed the “ ornament of a meek and quiet spirit." She lived to the Lord, and was always delighted to assist in the extension of the Redeemer's kingdom. During her illness, which she bore without murmuring, her mind was not entirely unbeclouded, the result, probably, of extreme bodily weakness. The day before her departure, in answer to prayer, the cloud was dispelled, and she was filled with peace. With great feeling she repeated,
March 9th.-At Brightwallham, in the Newbury Circuit, Elizabeth, wife of Mr. William Painter, aged sixty-six. Being favoured with a religious education, she was brought in early life to know the God of her fathers. Having united herself to the Wesleyan-Methodist society, she continued a faithful member to the close of life. She loved the people of God, with a pure heart, fervently. The ordinances of religion she highly valued. The Ministers of Christ she esteemed greatly in love for their work's sake Her duties as a wife and a mother she discharg. ed with diligence and fidelity. Her last affliction was painful and protracted; but she bore it with Christian fortitude. During the last four months she manifested unshaken confidence in God, and great submission to his will. As the hour of dissolution approached, her soul was frequently filled with transports of heavenly love; and when much exhausted, her hand would often be uplifted in token of victory. She died in the full assurance of faith. “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord."
March 9th.-At Nafterton, Phillis, wife of Mr. Aaron Mason, one of the Stewards of the Drif. field Circuit, aged forty-three. When very young, she was brought to experience the saving power of divine grace, and united herself to the Methodist society. Her walk and conversation were uniform with her religious profession. She passed through very painful suffering for three weeks previous to her dissolution, which she bore with exemplary resignation, and then“ fell asleep in Jesus."
"How happy every child of grace,
Who knows his sins forgiven ! • This earth, he cries, is not my place:
I seek my place in heaven.'"
HAPPINESS IN GOD ALONE.*
ALL the vast world doth contain,
What care I for lofty place, To content man's heart, are vain :
If the Lord grant me his grace, That still justly will complain,
Showing me his pleasant face, And unsatisfied remain.
And with joy I end my race ?
This is only my desire,
That I might receive my hire,
With the saints' and angels' quire. Why should vain joys us transport ? O my soul of heavenly birth, Earthly pleasures are but short,
Do thou scorn this basest earth;
Place not here thy joy and mirth,
And affect the things above :
Set thy heart, and fix thy love And of heaven my realm to make. Where thou truest joys shalt prove. O enlighten more my sight,
Grace to me, my Father, send, And dispel my darksome night,
On Thee wholly to depend; Good Lord, by thy heavenly light,
That all may to thy glory tend : And thy beams most pure and bright.
So let me live, so let me end ! * From verses by the Princess Elizabeth, daughter of James I., afterwards Queen of Bohemia.
O ENGLAND! first and dearest in the heart,
Make thee a beauteous, as a glorious, whole !
ANNIVERSARY OF THE WESLEYAN MISSIONARY
(Concluded from page 704.) (Speech of the Hon, and Rev. Baptist tionably a duty. We may surrender W. Noel, continued.)
any other rights, and be patient; but a BEFORE I ask your sympathy in the duty can never be relinquished ; and our trials of our brethren in the Canton de Christian brethren felt that they must Vaud, it may be well for me to bring, worship God; and that, if they could very shortly, under your notice the facts not worship him openly before their felupon which I ground my appeal. That low-citizens, to whom they did good and canton was in a most flourishing and not evil, then they must seek the opporprosperous condition up to the year 1845; tunity of worshipping by stealth. They its constitution was one of the most libe- continued to worship, and to meet for ral in the world; universal suffrage brotherly exhortation. The common existed among the people, and the Go- sense, the general humanity, of the canvernment were elected by all the men of ton naturally sustained them in the exerthe canton, excepting paupers, criminals, cise of this right; and though the ordiand minors, if they are to be called nance of the Council of State was against men. Under this state of things, op- them, public feeling began to grow in portunity was afforded for correcting their favour, and their meetings were every abuse, and for trying any experi- resumed with more or less of publicity, ment to promote the highest degree of and with little interruption. But the civilization, as the highest degree of li Council of State, ere its powers expired, berty had been already attained. But, wishing to strengthen the efforts they at the time I have mentioned, a revolu- had made against the Christians, who tion, directed more against men than are there termed Methodists, or Momiers, against institutions, and which has ef- proposed a project for a decree to the fected no great changes in the institu- Great Council, which answers to our tions of the canton, took place; and this Parliament, and is the sole legislative revolution giving loose to many pas body in the canton. The Great Council sions, the meetings of various Christian rejected the proposed decree, and this bodies began to be interrupted by the was in itself a symptom of reaction ; lowest portion of the populace. It was but, at the same time, they granted to evidently the duty of the Government to the Council of State-which answers to repress the lawless, and to support the our executive Government-full powers orderly ; but they took another course, to prohibit all such meetings as were and they began everywhere to sanction referred to in the ordinance, and to stop the efforts of the lawless against the Mi them when they deemed it right to do nisters of Christ, and against Christian so. Acting under this full power, the worshippers, among whom were your Council of State issued a still more secongregations, and the Missionaries vere decree than that from which I have whom you support. Various acts of vio. read an extract, and inflicted severe pelence took place; and at length, in No- nalties on those in the canton who were vember, 1847, an ordinance passed the not members of the established Church, Council of State, in which these terms and who at this time still met for worare found : “ All religious meetings not ship. Under these circumstances it was within the National Church, and not au- that the interesting meeting for worship thorized by law, are from this time, until took place, of which an account has been further orders, prohibited in the canton. read by your Secretary to-day, when In case of disobedience, or of resistance those who could not meet either in their to this prohibition, such meetings shall chapel or in their houses to worship be dissolved ; and those persons who God, made the blue sky the dome of shall have resisted the authorities, shall their temple, and made the forest rebe brought before the tribunals, and sound with hymns of praise to their punished according to the Penal Code." Creator and their Redeemer. If their If there is anything to be called a right enemies cursed them, at least they could in this world, it is that which is unques gather comfort and courage from hearing
VOL. IV.-FOURTHI SERIES.
the very warble of the birds in the boughs opposition to the course pursued by those around them ; nature seemed to bless its in France, wbom they professed so much Maker; and, from the sight of their mo to admire. It is still more intolerable ther earth, they gained fresh courage and in them thus to act, because the French constancy in worshipping Him who liveth nation is, in all probability, at this mofor ever and ever, and whose dominion ment, about entirely to separate the is over all. It is under these circum- Church from the state ; to withhold altostances that I am requested to ask your gether any public provision from the sympathy with our persecuted brethren. Ministers of the different Christian boThe first feeling to which these facts dies in that country; and to proclaim give rise, is naturally one of warm indig- legislatively an entire equality among nation against their persecutors. Many all the different bodies bearing the Christhings may tempt us to feel that indig tian name; while the Canton de Vaud nation. Such persecution is peculiarly is pursuing the course I have described, vexatious in a country like the Canton ostensibly and avowedly only to support de Vaud, because there liberty is on their own established form of worship. every one's lips; because there each Under these circumstances, then, it is man is jealous of every social and poli. natural for us to feel indignation. Intical right he exercises ; but the very dignation may be virtuous in its origin, men who were so jealously maintaining but it is extremely dangerous for any and guarding every right, even the man to indulge it. Indignation is consmallest, which they possessed, mani. nected with the pride of superiority, infested this blind disregard to the most dignation prompts us to repel force by precious of all liberties claimed by their force, indignation makes us wish to show fellow-men. It is peculiarly vexatious that we have greater power than those to see such a course taken by a country towards whom we feel that indignation. which governs itself, because it is a libel It is far better to look above it. It is on the self-government of a nation, and far better to see the hand of One who is it seems to indicate to the world that it mightier and wiser than men, and to ask is not safe that a people should govern ourselves most seriously what designs he themselves, lest a majority should inflict may be supposed to have, what designs grievous and intolerable wrongs on a we may gather, from the course of events, minority whom they condemn. It is he has, in allowing that course of events peculiarly vexatious to think that such to take place : for, let men rough-hew wrongs were inflicted in the Canton de their own schemes as they may, let us Vaud, because there are on either side remember that He who does not allow a of that canton two other cantons which bird to fall to the ground without His have manifested an opposite degree of permission, overrules every one of those rectitude and intelligence. The Canton schemes for purposes which are alike beof Geneva has proclaimed the universal nevolent and wise. Can we see no wise right of all its inhabitants to worship and benevolent purposes which are indiGod according to their own consciences; cated by these dispensations of his proand the Canton of Neufchatel has fol vidence? I think we can. Let us relowed the same good example. But the collect, my friends,-and it is well for conduct of the Canton de Vaud is still you, and me, and all churches to recol. more vexatious, because, of all people in lect too,—that the tendency of every inthe world, the inhabitants of this canton dividual Christian, and the tendency of have manifested most readily, perhaps, every Christian church, is to declension I may say, most precipitately, their and sloth and coldness; and the churches warm, their boisterous, their enthusiastic of Vaud had not escaped that tendency, congratulations towards the French peo and they were living in ease and comple at the recent events which have fort ; evangelical, in truth,-it may be, taken place in France. But while that sometimes manifesting an easy zeal,nation, which they were almost worship but they had grown careless and letharping in the idolatry of their political gic. Suffering has taught them a secongratulations, was relaxing and tear vere, but a salutary, lesson; a lesson ing off the chains which were imposed which we may pray God not to be on Christian men in its community, and obliged so to learn, and the necessity of proclaiming to the world that every which we should try to avert by using French citizen should have a right to our privileges truly and well. They maintain whatever religious opinions he were, in the state of their comfort and pleased, and to promulgate them peace prosperity, disposed to manifest jealousy fully to his fellow-men, the people of the towards one another; and that part of Canton de Vaud were acting in direct the Report which has been put into my