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the melancholy event had occurred. They paid the most tender and assiduous attention to their dear friend, whose sufferings were extremely great; but whose behaviour, throughout the trying scene, strongly illustrated the principles and spirit of that Christianity he had so faithfully taught and exemplified in the time of health and strength. Mr. Swale further manifested the warmth of his friendship and affection, by writing a beautiful and touching memoir of Mr. Lloyd, which appeared in the Wesleyan Magazine for 1824. Their remains rest in the same grave until the morning of the resurrection.
The profession to which Mr. Swale was devoted through life, was that of educating youth; a task for which he was well qualified, and in which, on the whole, he was very successful. His resources of information, his system of instruction, his mingled kindness and firmness, and especially his attention to the religious training and moral habits of those committed to his care, all combined to secure his great object. One of his pupils, who entertains great respect and affection for his memory, observes, that “ Mr. Swale never lost sight of the fact, that the well-being of his pupils depended mainly, under God, on the inculcation of correct moral and religious principles; and to secure this object was his constant care. The business of every day was commenced with reading the Scriptures, and prayer. Each Monday afternoon was devoted to reading the Bible, and a portion of the Friday afternoon was occupied in repeating the Church Catechism. Occupations of this nature presented topics for religious instruction, always varied and interesting, always useful and practical.” He frequently availed himself of incidental circumstances to convey religious truth; and many can date their serious impressions from the period of their residence under his roof. Instances might be given of young men educated by Mr. Swale, who are now in the Christian ministry; and there were cases in which he gave gratuitous instruction to some men who were preparing for the ministry to which they believed that they were called. Many others now fill useful and important stations in society, and some are manifesting the fruit of that early instruction and discipline which he so sedulously bestowed and maintained.
Mr. Swale's situation in society, his facility of composition, and his desire to be useful, brought him into connexion with most of the public institutions in the town. He was for many years a Curator and Honorary Librarian to the Literary and Philosophical Society. He rendered a willing and a valuable service to the Wesleyan institution for the sons of Ministers, at Woodhouse-Grove, by assisting in the half-yearly examinations at that school. He was a member of the Committee of the Halifax Auxiliary Bible Society from its formation, and one of its Secretaries for several years. He was one of the most active, zealous, and efficient members of the Anti-Slavery Society; and aided, by the utmost service he could render, in the accomplishment of that glorious triumph of justice, humanity, and Christian
principle,-in the abolition of slavery in the British colonies. He was twice elected by his fellow-townsmen to the office of Church warden ; and, after consenting to serve the established Church in that capacity, although it took him much from his own place of worship, he endeavoured to discharge his duties faithfully. The acceptableness and value of his services, both to the Clergy and laity, have been honourably testified, and doubtless will be long remembered with affectionate gratitude.
At different periods he filled every office in the church with which he was connected ; and his services of various kinds, conjoined with his character for integrity and uprightness, were of great value, especially in the times of difficulty, to which brief reference has already been made. Latterly, perhaps partly through increasing infirmities, and partly because he saw in his own church many rising up to vigour and usefulness, he was comparatively retired. It was during the former part of his life that Mr. Swale exhibited the full force of his principles, and laboured most successfully for the support and extension of the cause of Christ. He took a very
in common with a number of other generous-minded persons, in the erection of Wesley chapel, in 1824; and thus assisted in rearing that noble monument of Christian zeal and liberality. Those exemplary efforts may perhaps be viewed as the commencement of a new era in our Connexion, in extending the accommodations provided for public attendance on the worship of Almighty God.
But his labours are closed. He is placed beyond the reach of mortal praise or blame. “His work is with the Lord, and his judgment with his God.”
Mr. Swale had often expressed a wish that he might be spared the pains and sorrows of a lingering affliction, as the means of his removal to the paradise of God; and in this respect the Lord granted the prayer of his servant. It would also appear, by several circumstances which have come to our knowledge since his decease, that he had some suspicion of the existence of an affection of the heart, which rendered his tenure of life peculiarly frail and uncertain ; but he had carefully concealed this surmise from his now-bereaved widow. On the morning of his sudden death, January 26th, 1842, he had been busily engaged in preparing the balance-sheet of the Missionary accounts for the preceding year; when, after some hesitation as to the propriety of going out on so rough a morning, he went down to the Northgate-Hotel, to attend a public Meeting. He spoke to several friends on his way; and, almost immediately on entering the large room where the Meeting was to be held, while cheerfully conversing with some of the gentlemen present, he suddenly sank down, touched by the cold hand of death; and, gently heaving a sigh, his spirit departed, and he became a corpse, who, but a moment before, was engaged in the active business of life. Medical aid was instantly procured, but in vain. The awful and melancholy fact was quickly rumoured over the whole town; and soon the sad truth was revealed to his afflicted, but not disconsolate, partner, who enjoyed a strength that was not her own, and was divinely sustained amidst a scene of the deepest affliction and sorrow.
To short-sighted mortals such an event is full of mystery; but we have no sympathy with those who consider sudden death, in every instance, as a calamity, and even a judgment. We know that “ death follows not the order of nature, but the appointment of God.” In one of the most important and solemn events he here asserts his sovereignty, and “ gives no account of his matters.” To the impenitent and unprepared, such a death is doubtless a judgment from God; but “ death cannot come untimely to him who is fit to die ;” and to the prepared Christian doubtless it is a mercy to be suddenly called home,—to be spared the scenes of sorrow and distress which protracted affliction entails. In sudden death the servant unexpectedly finishes his toils, and enjoys at once the promised rest; the pilgrim ends his journey before he can discern the nearness of his home ; and he who habitually walks with God is so favoured as not to see death, and scarcely knows that the work of dissolution is begun, before the translation of his spirit assures him that it is finished. And is not this mercy? But it is not for us to choose by what manner of dying we shall glorify God. Here, as in all things, His will is best ; and to that, both for living and dying, the Christian believer will surrender himself. Happy they who are prepared by grace either to bear their testimony for God in lingering affliction, or to witness a good confession while strong pains are more rapidly dissolving the earthly house of this tabernacle; or, if their Lord so appoint, to pass at once from the activities of life, to the repose of death, and the everlasting joys of the heavenly paradise !
MEMOIR OF THOMAS HAZLEHURST, ESQ.,
OF CAMDEN-HOUSE, RUNCORN:
Tuere is much biography which is amusing, rather than instructive. Characters are exhibited, and manners are painted, with a force of eloquence and beauty of illustration which cannot fail to arrest the attention, entertain the imagination, and please the fancy ; but important lessons of wisdom and piety are either wholly omitted, or but sparingly inculcated. But the memorials of eminently holy and useful men are fraught with instruction, rather than amusement. The experience recorded, and the conduct described, furnish some of the most convincing arguments and impressive illustrations of the truth and power of religion. This may be affirmed especially of the biographical department of the Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine; and it is hoped that the following brief memoir, which is the result of the intercourse which the writer had with the deceased during the last six months of his life, and of conversations with surviving relatives and others since his death, will be found both instructive and edifying. Before, however, he proceeds to set down what he has seen and heard, he would call upon the reader not to magnify the subject of this memoir, but “the grace of God in him.”
Thomas Hazlehurst, Esq., was born near Winwick, Lancashire, February 27th, 1779; and, about three weeks after his birth, he was removed, with his parents, to Frodsham, in which place he continued, and was brought up, until he settled in Runcorn. Ile was the youngest but two of six children, four of whom died before him : one is still living. At the early and tender age of seven years he was deeply impressed by a conviction of the importance of religion, and particularly the value of the soul, through the conversations of the schoolmistress who taught him the first rudiments of learning. There is a remarkable susceptibility of religious impression in the youthful mind; and it would be well if all who have charge of the education of youth would teach them the first principles of religion. The early awakenings, however, in the case of our young friend, were transient; and it was not until the age of twenty-seven that he sought and obtained "peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The principal means of his conversion, under the blessing of God, whose prerogative it is to render the dispensations of Providence subservient to the operations of his grace, was the death of his infant child. This circumstance, nevertheless, did not so awaken him as to cause him to rush, like the Philippian jailer, by a mighty effort, into the kingdom of God; but, under the gracious influences of the Spirit of God, his heart was softened, like that of Lydia, by a gentle process. But still the darkness of the natural mind was so far dispelled, and the slumbers of carnal security were so far broken, that he sought “first the kingdom of God and his righteousness ;” nor did he rest satisfied until doubt and uncertainty were removed by the full assurance of faith. He then beheld the paternal condescension, mercy, and love of God his Father towards him; his tormenting fears were gone; and he was enabled to rely upon Him that had loved him.
At this period he, with his partner in life, became united in visible fellowship to the church of God; and, on being admitted, the Minister remarked, “ The Methodist society is an hospital: those who enter are either cured, or go out incurable.” How effectually the disease of sin was cured, and the health of the soul restored, in him, his future life proved; and from that time he and his beloved wife, like Zacharias and Elizabeth,“ were righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.” He held fast his confidence, and walked in “ the light of God's countenance." No gloomy shadows hung over his views of God, or upon his prospects of the future. Nothing was further removed from him than religious melancholy; and while he cherished reverential and exalted thoughts of God, he habitually “joyed in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom he had received the atonement;" and showed to all, that the ways of Wisdom are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are paths of peace. His was a heart at rest with God and with itself, and which always spread the grateful influence of its own calmness and peace upon all around. At the time of his conversion he was the Church warden: the reasons which induced him to leave the Church of England, and join the Wesleyan society, it is not necessary here to enumerate. But “ the tree is known by its fruit ;” and the spirit and conduct of Mr. Hazlehurst evinced the genuineness of his conversion, and the reality of his religion. He adorned the " doctrine of God his Saviour in all things;" he walked “ worthy of the vocation wherewith he was called ;” and he carried his religious principles into every department of his daily walk. But here it will not be deemed uninteresting or unprofitable to follow him into the closet, the family, the church, and the world.
Behold him in the closet. “But thou, when thou prayest,” says our Lord, “ enter into thy closet; and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father who seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." And the subject of this memoir had his stated seasons for private devotion. At the appearance of morning, amidst the engagements of poon-day, and in the silence of evening, he was wont to retire for self-examination, searching the Scriptures, and calling upon God. The appointed hour of prayer he considered as sacred; nor would he allow the company of friends, or the calls of business, to occasion the omission of this sacred duty.
Follow him into the domestic scene. It is here, above all, that his footsteps shine. In the various relations of private life, as a husband, as a father, and as the Priest of his family, he may have been equalled, but perhaps never surpassed. He blessed his household by his instructions, his example, and his prayers. He taught them the good and the right way; he recommended and enforced religion not only in word, but in deed ; and for more than thirty-five years he assembled his family around the domestic altar, to offer the morning and evening sacrifice. The resolution of Joshua he avowed and acted upon : “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord;” and the result was, that his was a united and happy family. As the reward, too, of his zealous and unwearied efforts to promote the temporal and spiritual welfare of those whom God had committed to his trust, he was dearly beloved by them, and lived to see five of his children brought to the knowledge of " the truth as it is in Jesus ;” and, the day before his funeral took place, the youngest and the last of the number found " the pearl of great price.” He often referred to the affection and obe