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his love and strong attachment to Wes- dually declined; but his soul was most leyan Methodism.
He died in great delightfully ripening for glory. He was peace, after a short illness, supported at times favoured with overwhelming by that religion which he had so long visitations of grace and love. His friends professed and exemplified.
did not think his end so near as it J, CROWE. proved to be. When, to all human
appearance, he was about to take his 11. Died, at Gwennap, February 23d, fight to glory, his wife was anxious to Mr. John Skinner, aged fifty-nine, hav. know how he felt : he replied, “ All is ing been a member of the Wesleyan well; all is well ;” and repeated the society about twenty-seven years. When whole of that beautiful hymn,about seven years of age his mind was under a gracious influence; but, as$0
“My God, the spring of all my joys," &c. ciating with thoughtless boys, he soon A friend told him that it was thought lost his good desires, and remained a his end was near, when he instantly said, stranger to religion. In his twentieth “ Glorious news.” His position in bed year he was stirred up to seek the pearl being changed, he said, 'I am coming ; of great price, and opened his mind to I am coming ;” and thus died with a one of the Leaders in the Methodist hope full of immortality. society, who kindly invited him to his
SAMUEL TIMMS. class-meeting. He soon afterwards obtained a sense of the divine favour, and 12. Died, March 24th, at Batleywas thus enabled to rejoice in Christ. Carr, in the Dewsbury Circuit, Mrs. But after this good work had been effected, Hannah Wilman. She
born he was powerfully assailed by his adver at Earlsheaton, in the year 1765, of sary to think, that the change he professed respectable parents, who trained her up to have experienced was a delusion; and in a strict attention to the means of instead of resisting these evil sugges- grace in the established Church. The tions, he so yielded to them that he cast precise period of her conversion, or the away his confidence, and left the society. peculiar circumstances connected with it, For some time he went on sinning and cannot now be ascertained, her early repenting, till, in the year 1814, a very companions in the Christian warfare great revival took place throughout the having reached the heavenly Canaan county, and John was once more deeply before her. Her first society-ticket is awakened. He began with a determina- dated in 1788, 80 that she was tion, by divine aid, not to rest till God member for more than half a century. again visited his soul; and, though Having received the light of truth, she powerfully tempted as before, he prayed hid it not, but allowed it to shine to all most earnestly that he might be saved in around. Her zeal for God was peculiar, God's own way.
After many earnest and led her to embrace every proper applications to the throne of grace, the opportunity of usefulness. After her Lord had mercy upon him, and he was marriage, she lived at Daw-Green; and, enabled to rejoice in God his Saviour. in company with her husband, was About seven years after this, he was regular in her attendance upon the early appointed to be a Class-Leader, and dis- morning preaching. She often spoke charged the duties thus devolving on with great delight of those holy men of him with great faithfulness. As a Visiter God who first ministered to her the of the sick he was made very useful ; word of life. She would enumerate and though on a Sabbath evening he felt the names of Taylor, Oliver, Brammah, frequently weary in body, yet he rejoiced and others, and say,
“How sweet in spirit that he could in any way do their memory still ! ” Her first husgood to his fellow-creatures. He was a band dying, after some years of widowlover of peace, and zealous on every hood, she was married to the late occasion to promote it. His walk was Mr. Isaac Wilman, and was for thirtymost consistent; and, by all who knew six years his faithful companion. Her him, he was highly esteemed. Some practice of visiting the sick, and administime after he obtained the divine favour, tering to their necessities, according to the remission of sins, he felt the need of her ability, she continued until nearly the an entire deliverance from the remains of day of her death. About twelve months the carnal mind. This great salvation before she died, she was much harassed by he obtained and enjoyed till death, a the enemy of her soul, and brought into witness that the blood of Jesus Christ great heaviness. She mourned over her cleanseth from all sin. For the last two state both in public and in private; and or three years of his life, his health gra- earnestly sought, by prayer and in faith, VOL. XXIII. Third Series. July, 1844.
the grace that should be sufficient for which, he said, was “ very refreshing." Shortly her. At length she obtained the victory, after, his sister, approaching him, said, “0, and felt that again she could rejoice in my brother, you are dying;" to which he reGod her Saviour. She often exclaimed, plied, ". Well, Jesus is precious to my soul" « Bless the Lord for what he has done
Almost immediately after he expired.
II. B. I am ready to die now.” It was evident to all, that from this time she was rapidly ripening for heaven.
April 29th.-At Spring-Farm, in the Black
burn Circuit, in the thirty-seventh year of his She desired, though in submission to
age, Mr. William Tiplady. He walked humbly God's will, to depart and be with Christ. with God, was active in Sabbath-school duties, Her soul was much drawn out in prayer and, without bigotry, zealously promoted the for the society of which she was interests of Wesleyan Methodism.
After på member. She said, “I have been tiently enduring a long and severe affliction, he
8. A. pleading for you; and I believe the died believing in Jesus. Lord will blessedly revive his work among you." She also prayed very
April 29th.-At Loughborough, John Payne, earnestly for her relations, and charged
aged fifty-seven. He was formerly a drummer them to meet her in heaven. The last
in the Volunteers and Local Militia, and a noto
rious sinner; but was truly converted to God few days of her life, she was enabled to
under the ministry of the word. For fifteen exult in God her Saviour; and fre
years he was bold in the service of Christ, adornquently repeated verses and portions of ing his profession; and then died in the triumph Scripture, descriptive of her happy state of faith. Many were edified by visiting him in of mind. When drawing near her end, his affliction.
S. F. she said, “Dying work is hard work ; but 'to patient faith the prize is sure.'” May ---At Loughborough, Thomas Gaylee, At another time she said, “ With lamb aged sixty. For more than forty years he had like patience arm my breast.” When
been a Methodist, and upwards of thirty a Local once asked, if she were enabled to be
Preacher. He was intelligent, consistent, and
useful, but retiring. He died in the work. He patient in suffering, she exclaimed,
had preached in the Circuit on the previous Sab“Yes; and I have neither doubt nor
bath, and had engaged in supplication at the fear.” When it was evident that she
prayer-meeting on the morning of the day on was sinking, it was said to her,
which he died. He was present at public worship “Our conflicts here will soon be past."
at half-past ten, was unwell during the afternoon,
but his medical adviser apprehended no danger; She exerted all her remaining strength,
and at a quarter past ten at night, without a and completed the verse,
sigh or groan, was taken to his reward. His
labours were highly acceptable as a Local “And you and I ascend at last,
Preacher and Leader; his piety was deep, and
especially so for the last twelvemonth; so that Triumphant with our Head."
his loss is deeply and generally regretted.
S. F. These were her last words. Her spirit soon after took its flight to the paradise of God.
May 4th.-At Macclesfield, Harriet Zleaps,
aged thirty-five. About half an hour before her THOMAS MURRAY. death she sent for the writer, and said, “ I am
dying : I want you to commend my spirit into the hands of God." After prayer she said,
“ You must not leave me until the spirit is tied: RECENT DEATHS.
it will not be many minutes."
After a short
silence, she sweetly sang, “Hallelujah, halleluFEB. 20th, 1844.—At Clifford, in the Tadcaster jah, hallelujah! Amen, amen!
Praise the Circuit, Mr. Peter Harland, aged fifty-five.
Lord!” A few seconds of silence followed; About thirty years ago he saw his guiltiness when she added, “ Christ is precious, Christ is before God, and felt his misery. He was directed precious, Christ is precious !" and in a few moto “ the Lamb of God;" and, with an humble,
ments, without a struggle or a groan, her spirit penitent, and contrite heart, he was enabled by fled to the realms of light and glory. She has faith to rely upon the blood of a crucified Re left a husband and four children, one of whom is deemer, and received a divine assurance of his only a few weeks old, to mourn their loss. adoption into the family of God. He joined the Wesleyan church, and maintained his connexion with it to the close of life. In his last aftliction May 7th.- At Ledbury, aged fifty-four, Mr. he was greatly favoured by the comforts of the John Gibbons. Possessing ample means, he Holy Ghost. A little while before his departure, “ lived in pleasure ;" till, in the fortieth year of he requested his two young daughters to sing his age, he was powerfully and suddenly arrested that hymn which begins with,
by convictions of his sinful state, and danger.
Bowed down by remorse, fear, and grief, be " There is a land of pure delight,"
called upon God, who heard his “ cry,
vered him out of the horrible pit, and the miry his last words were, " Perfectly happy. God is clay." His subsequent profession was satisfav with me."
W. W. R. torily established in the consistency of his life, with its heavenly principles. His anxious desire May 12th.-At Littlchorough, Mr. Jacob Wade. that others should possess the benefits of experi He was favoured with religious instruction in mental religion, induced him to offer himself as early life; and, in 1805, he was scripturally cona Local Preacher; in which office he did what verted to God, and joined the Wesleyan society. he could. Integrity and devotion were promi In 1809 he was made a Class-Leader, and filled nent features in his character. His last illness that important office till his death. He was was only of nine days' duration; and through likewise long and usefully engaged in our Littlethe whole of it he rested his entire contidence in borough Sunday-school. His neighbours, of difthe atonement of Christ, and died in great peace. ferent Christian churches, all agree that he was
S. B. Ist. a truly good man. Happy was his life,- for he
lived in the Lord, fully sanctified; but still hapMay 9th.–At Runcorn, Miss Gooddine; after pier was his death,-for he died in the Lord, to a long fight of affliction, endured with lowly his eternal gain.
T. R. meekness. She was early brought to decision of character, under the judicious ministry of the May 12th.-At Morpeth, Joseph Steele; who late Rev. Lawrence Kershaw; and sustained a had been a member of the Wesleyan church steady and unsullied Christian profession for fourteen years, and a Class-Leader the last thirthirty-five years. She was sincerely affectionate, teen months of his life. As his end approached, loving peace, and delighting to promote the his bodily sufferings were severe ; but he endured comfort and happiness of all around her. Living them with patience; and his mind was grafaith in the blood of Christ gave her unruftled ciously preserved in peace. A short time before tranquillity as death approached; and with her he died, his wife asked him, whether she could latest breath she sweetly said, “Jesus protects ! do any thing for him. To which he replied, “I O praise the Lord ! ”
J. P. want nothing but Jesus." And “ Jesus" was
the last word he was heard to articulate. He May 11th.–At Louth, aged fifty-seven, Mr. approached death with tranquillity and fortiMichael Lill. In early life he becaine a subject tude, “ looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus of the regenerating grace of God, and was nearly Christ unto eternal life."
HI. O. forty years a member of the Wesleyan society. He possessed “the ornament of a meek and May 15th.--At Colne, Mr. Valentine Thornquiet spirit;" and for twenty-five years sus ton, about fifty-three years of age. From the tained the office of Class-Leader with great time of his conversion to God, to the close of his fidelity. His illness was protracted and painful ; earthly course, he adorned the doctrine of God but he resigned himself into the bands of his bis Saviour by a holy life. He likewise usefully all-sufficient Saviour; and, a little before he and acceptably discharged the duties of a Classdied, said, “O bring thou me out of my dis Leader. He died in great peace. J. W. tresses! Thou art my salvation: in thee will I trust, and not be afraid,"
J. W. June 4th.--At Retford, Sarah, the beloved
wife of the Rev. John Bolam, in the forty-sixth May 12th.--At Kingsbridge, Mr. John Pome year of her age. She had been a devoted memroy, aged seventy-four. He was brought to the ber of the Wesleyan church twenty-nine years. knowledge of the truth, by a true conversion, Her piety was deep and unassuming, being disabout thirty-six years ago, and became one of tinguished by godly sincerity, and exemplary rethe first members of the Methodist society in gard for the spiritual interests of mankind. Her the place. He maintained a highly consistent last affliction was painfully severe ; but patience character, both as a man and a Christian, and had its perfect work : no distressing solicitude was respected by all who knew him. He was a was allowed to perplex her mind, or darken her Trustee, Class-Leader, and Local Preacher; and prospects. After ovincing great resignation to discharged with fidelity and acceptance the duties the divine will, she escaped to life, to realize the devolving on him. He was seized by apoplexy truth of an oft-repeated sentiment: about seven weeks prior to his death ; and this, in a great degree, deprived him of the power of
"" "Tis better to depart; speech. The few words he was enabled to utter
'Tis happier far to die." Expressed the calm state of his mind. Some of
J. P. L.
CHRISTIAN OBSERVATIONS ON PUBLIC AFFAIRS. Among the passing events of the other of the various European states. day, the Christian will particularly, and War has its glitter, and its excitement, with especial thankfulness, notice those and its glory; and in the mysterious which furnish, as several lately have arrangements of that wonderful Providone, unambiguous auguries of the con dence which is “from evil still educing tinuance of the peaceful relations to each good,” it may often be overruled to the
production of the most important results; treason, the transference to himself of but in itself it is a vast tissue of un the rights of the elder branch of the mitigated ill.
The principles of the Saxon house ; while the representative people who love it, must be thoroughly of the elder branch, the subdued, but unsound; and one of the curses which not dishonoured, John Frederic, had to it inflicts, is exhibited in the evidences content himself with the position hereto. of an extensive and increasing demo- fore occupied by the younger branch. ralization. We have seen, therefore, with But the history of the Saxon Electors no ordinary emotions of gratitude and has been anything rather than a history joy, those friendly visits which have of prosperity; and though, on the disbeen interchanged of late between some ruption of the German Empire, the title of the principal European Sovereigns, of Elector was succeeded by that of and which, within the limits of our own King, yet even this could not prevent memory, could not have taken place, the clouds from obscuring what some Feelings of personal friendship will thus would call “the fortunes” of the country. be called forth, which will supersede the It was Saxony that, to the last, adhered jealous and apprehensive watchfulness to Napoleon, and it was by Saxony that occasioned by the unfriendliness which the heaviest territorial sacrifices had to assumes that others are unfriendly, and be made on the final pacification of seeks to guard against the aggression Europe. which it suspects. The Sovereign who Comparatively humble indeed has been has been the honoured guest, is not the position of the descendants of John prepared to become easily the bitter Frederic, the Protestant Confessor. Inenemy.
stead of the wide domains of Saxony, We have been particularly impressed, they have held the principalities of however, by the recent visits to this Gotha and Cobourg, territories like some country of the King of Saxony and the second-rate English town, with its circle Emperor of Russia ; each of whom might of gardens. But-passing over, both learn from his English excursion a lesson former days, and the present circumof no ordinary value.
stances of other members of the family, We can scarcely expect that Kings and looking only at the beloved and should recognise the great doctrine of honoured Consort of Queen Victoria divine revelation, that human and na might not the Saxon Monarch have tional affairs are governed by an observ. reflected with advantage on the fact, that ing, ruling Providence, and that that the son of Prince Albert of Saxe Co.Providence, in point of fact, is but the bourg is the heir-apparent to the British administration of our Lord Jesus Christ, throne; that the descendant of the de. continually directed to the same great prived and wronged Elector, John Freobjects which were contemplated by the deric, should his life be spared, will awful occurrences of his voluntary humi. sway the sceptre of Protestant England ? liation, when we see that their subjects Nay,—again passing over the Saxon are so seldom brought to acknowledge it. Elector, and looking to the maternal But we have thought that the King ancestors of the British Prince,—would of Saxony could not easily avoid the he not see that if, two hundred years reflections which the sight of the Prince ago, the Elector Palatine and his wife Consort of England, in the royal halls were driven from their dominions be. of Windsor, tended so powerfully to cause of their Protestantism; the de. suggest. Three centuries ago, the Elec scendant of their daughter, the Electress tor of Saxony, because of his attachment Sophia of Hanover, had, likewise to the truth, saw himself despoiled of his because of Protestantism, become the dominions. His perfidious kinsman, Sovereign of one of the most powerful Prince Maurice, a traitor at once to his nations of modern Europe ? Whether religion, and to the head of his family, His Saxon Majesty thought of these received, as the reward of his double subjects at all, or, if he did, how he
thought of them, we, of course, cannot those political privileges which are not say; but assuredly the circumstances only so safely, but so advantageously, connected with the Protestant ancestry, committed to the citizens of a free State paternal and maternal, of His Royal like England ; citizens who are prepared Highness the Prince of Wales, are cal. by mental light, and freedom of soul, culated to awaken both pleasing and seri. for political freedom and power. Spain, ous reflections in all who truly believe and Portugal, and South America (not that “the Most High ruleth in the king to mention other countries) demonstrate, dom of men.”
that the uneducated serfs and vassals of We wish that the Emperor of Russia a spiritual usurpation, are totally unprewould consider the same facts, and learn pared for political self-government. By the lessons they are so well calculated to that usurpation, the way was prepared teach. But if, with the Statesmen of for a corruption which at length has enlightened England, the doctrine of issued in dissolution ; and that same Providence, practically considered, is an tyranny which has thus occasioned the unfashionable and prohibited subject, we dissolution of the social fabric, has cannot expect that it should meet with deprived the people of the wisdom and more favour from the “Autocrat of power requisite for its reconstruction. all the Russias," and the head of the The Emperor of Russia is not ignorant Greek Church.
of the state of Spain ; and the sight of But there is one lesson which he England, wealthy, powerful, and free, ought to learn. Where, on the face of with laws the supremacy of which all the whole earth, is there a Sovereign acknowledge, and which are adminiswhose waking hours are more free from tered by a Sovereign who reigns in the all thought of treason or rebellion, or hearts of her people, might teach him who sleeps more destitute of the appre what is his duty, even to seek to spread, hension of domestic treachery, than the among the masses who acknowledge his constitutional Queen of Great Britain ? authority, that social vitality which And where is personal liberty more com should fit them for a free constitution, pletely, we will not say, possessed, mere- elevating them to their true position ly, but enjoyed, than by her subjects ? among the civilized States of ChristenIn England, the Emperor Nicholas may dom, and increasing the true glory and see how perfectly consistent is the true power of the Monarch, even while limitfreedom of the people, with the safety, ing his despotism. Awful will be the the happiness, the honour, and the power account of the Monarch, in the day of the Monarch. He may see that the when the dead, small and great, shall free and fearless expression of opinion, stand before God for judgment, who, neither hinders the preservation of order, while no means were left unemployed nor affects the supremacy of law. He by him to secure his own irresponsible may learn, if he will read the lesson that power, sought not, avowedly and effiEngland now furnishes, what is his ciently, to set in operation the various bounden duty to the millions over whom instrumentality by which the semihe bears rule. They call him “father ;” civilized nobles and serfs of a vast and the great Father of all expects that empire might be raised to the social he who occupies a position so awfully state in which it is evident from the responsible, should remember that he, Scriptures that God intended men to also, has a Master in heaven ; that he is live. The will of God, as explicitly bound, not to occupy his mind in plans declared in the volume which the Emfor the establishment of his own power, peror of Russia acknowledges to be but to seek to make the people commit- divine, is equally opposed to a wild and ted to his care fit for the enjoyment of ferocious revolutionary anarchy, glitterevery social privilege, and the fulfilment ing with the false and corrupting splenof every social obligation. They may dour of military glory, such as the not be prepared for the possession of infidels of France and Spain would