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dience of his children, and the general harmony which pervaded his family, with emotions of delight; but, more than all, he rejoiced to see them converted to God, and would often say, that he had a church in his own house. The object of his chief solicitude was the salvation of his family; and he was heard to say, with strong feeling, at a lovefeast which he attended about a month before his death, that nothing could afford him so much pleasure in a dying hour, as to know that all his children were walking in the ways of the Lord, and that he felt this more and more daily. He urged, also, upon other parents, the duty of endeavouring, by precept and example, to bring up their children “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
From the family circle, let us follow Mr. Hazlehurst into the church of God. For upwards of thirty-five years he was a distinguished ornament, and a very useful member, of the Wesleyan society. He sustained, with honour to himself and satisfaction to his brethren, the offices of Class-Leader and Trustee for more than thirty, and the office of Circuit-Steward for more than twenty, years. But of his character in this particular aspect the writer would specify a few leading points.
The first is love of the truth. He was convinced of its importance, he was jealous for its uncorrupted preservation, and he was concerned for its perpetuation to future times. · His views of the truth were decidedly evangelical and Wesleyan; and hence the fall of man, the redemption of the world by Jesus Christ, repentance, faith, holiness, and the witness of the Spirit, were his favourite subjects. Of the authority of the Wesleyan ministry, and the validity of the sacraments dispensed by Wesleyan Ministers, he was thoroughly convinced. The “ Tracts for the Times,” and the errors of the day, he deeply deplored ; and often has the writer of this sketch heard him bewail the rapid strides of Antichrist in our beloved country, whether under a disguised or modified form.
The second point to be specified is his catholic spirit. He was a thorough Wesleyan Methodist; and he was a genuine specimen of Wesleyan Methodism. His character in this respect was strongly marked, and his predilections were clearly expressed. From the day of his conversion, to his death, his language was, “ This people shall be my people, and their God my God.” He was not given to change. His connexion with the Wesleyan body did not hinge on precarious, but permanent, principles; and hence, during the late attempts to subvert their constitution, he was firm and unmoved; and to his firmness, and that of other valuable friends, are mainly to be attributed the present state and prospects of the society in the town in which he lived. But while his attachment to the Wesleyan economy was both enlightened and strong, there was in him nothing of a narrow bigotry : he was “a lover of good men,” however variously distinguished; he cherished a friendly feeling both for pious members of the Church of England, and evangelical Dissenters; and names and differences, not affecting the essence of Christianity, were not regarded by him.
To these points may be added habitual cheerfulness. There is to be found in some persons a certain predisposing temperament, either natural or the result of particular circumstances, by which the mind is singularly affected, being ever inclined to despondency and gloom. But the views and feelings of Mr. Hazlehurst were free from this morbid tendency. Naturally inclined to be cheerful, grace made him happy, and his peace and joy were depicted in his countenance. The happiness which he possessed he diffused, by a vein of pleasantry which he was wont sometimes to indulge, as well as by the liveliness of his disposition : seldom, however, did his cheerfulness degenerate into levity; it was kept within proper bounds. The flow of feeling which he generally experienced sometimes abated in seasons of sickness; but his tranquillity of mind always remained the same.
Another point, too important to be overlooked, is affability of manners. There was nothing repulsive about him; no cold formality : all was free, artless, and simple. He minded not high things, but condescended to men of low estate. Strangers who might be travelling with him, when he was away from home, as well as those who were more intimately connected with him in the relations of life, or the transactions of business, were pleased to find, instead of distance and reserve, the cheerful smile of one who, while he loved the brotherhood, honoured all men.
To these particulars may be added zeal in doing good. He was an admirer and supporter of that great and glorious institution, the British and Foreign Bible Society. He took a principal share in the erection and improvement of several chapels in the Circuit in which he dwelt. He presided at many Missionary Meetings, and imparted something of the gladness of his own spirit to both speakers and hearers. He highly esteemed Christian Ministers “ for their work's sake,” and hospitably entertained them at his house for very many years: indeed, he was often honoured by the presence and company of the most distinguished Ministers of the body to which he belonged; and by them he was much esteemed and beloved. From seven to eight o'clock, on the Lord's day, he met his children in class, from the earliest dawn of reason, until they themselves became members of the church of God. The hour of nine o'clock on the morning of the Sabbath found him meeting the class which had been committed to his care; and the faithfulness and affection with which he discharged the duties of this appointment will be long remembered. He was a Visiter of the sick ; and for many years he generally devoted the afternoon of the Lord's day to this “ work of faith and labour of love." He felt a deep and lively interest in the revival and extension of scriptural religion both in the church and in the world : his prayer was, “O Lord, revive thy work !” and he always rejoiced in the prosperity of the cause of God
at home and abroad. He would often, when in the house of God, look, with pleasurable delight, and with tears of gratitude and joy, upon the large and attentive congregations then listening to divine truth. But he was not less zealous in his endeavours to suppress evil, than he was to promote good; and, by the determined but prudent measures which he with others adopted, he succeeded in putting down the unseemly, and in some respects cruel, practices connected with the annual wakes in the place of his residence.
But, to do justice to his memory, it will be necessary to view him in the intercourse of social life. He was a public man; and the numerous letters of sympathy and condolence which have been received since his decease, enable us to form a just estimate of his character as such. Integrity marked his conduct in the world. “ To do justly" was the rule which guided him in all his commercial arrangements. He was extensively known, and deservedly respected, as a man of business, in the mercantile world. Professional men and merchants, whose communications the writer has seen, bear honourable testimony to the straightforwardness and uprightness of his character in this particular respect. This, however, was not all. “ To love mercy” he never forgot. The influence which he possessed, arising from his standing in society, and the estimation in which he was held in the world, was used by him in procuring subscriptions for the poor, placing persons in suitable situations, and redressing the wrongs of the injured. His resources, also, as well as his influence, were put in requisition for the benefit of others. He considered himself not as the proprietor, but as the steward, of the good things of life. He was the friend of the poor : he devised liberal things : the widow rejoiced in his goodness, and the fatherless found in him a friend. His mode of relieving was unobtrusive, and generally consisted in supplying fuel, and other useful articles. This circumstance, though unknown to the world, could be attested by many who have been sharers of his bounty. Institutions for the assistance of the poorer classes of society he aided by his contributions; and never was he more happy than when he beheld their prosperity.
But the foundation of all the virtues which adorned his private and public character, was laid in Christian piety. Morality, with him, was not the substitute for inward religion, but its fruit. He believed in Christ; he loved God; he had a good hope ; and he realized peace and joy through believing. There were several favourite hymns which he often repeated with strong feelings; and they may be considered as expressive of the tone of his piety: such were,
“ There is a land of pure delight,
Where saints immortal reign," &c.
“ Hide me, O my Saviour, hide,
Till the storm of life be past," &c.
« There we shall see his face,
And never, never sin," &c. Ilis piety was sincere, uniform, and enlightened; equally removed from the moroseness of bigotry, the weakness of superstition, and the intemperate sallies of enthusiasm. Religion, with him, was not an occasional feeling, but a permanent principle, producing purity of intention, elevation of mind, and an uninterrupted series of useful exertions. Change of circumstances, and prosperity in the world, it is worthy of especial notice, did not affect his piety, or lessen his attachment to the Wesleyan body. Amidst all his worldly success, he was preserved from that practical impiety and forgetfulness of God which are sometimes occasioned by the possession of worldly good. If riches increased, he did not set his heart
them. As he lived, so he died. The suddenness of his departure precluded the possibility of a word, or even a look, being exchanged between him and his friends; but some remarks made by him, in conversations with different persons, a short time ago, are remembered, to which his removal has given peculiar interest. Some time before his deatb, when at the house of a friend, he suddenly became unwell; and, thinking that death was approaching, he calmly said, “ All is well.” And only a few days before he died, speaking to a friend of the glories of heaven, he said, that he desired to get near to the throne. His friend rejoined, " But there is the noble army of martyrs, who will far outshine the saints of later days." He replied, that he should seek after a greater measure of the Holy Spirit, so as thus to be fitted for the position in heaven which he desired to enjoy. The last time he met his class, he said, “I feel that I am more dead to the world, and that
my affections are more fully set upon things above. I desire to be always ready; for we know not what a day or an hour may bring forth.”
For the last few weeks he had an impression that his death would be sudden; but, like the wise virgins, he had oil in his vessel, his lamp trimmed, and his light burning.
On the 17th of February, 1842, he retired to rest in his usual state of health, and passed a better night than he had been accustomed to do. He awoke in the morning, about four o'clock, feeling himself much refreshed. At a quarter before six he called part of his family, which was his usual practice. A little after, he was troubled by his cough, and complained to Mrs. Hazlehurst of a pain at his chest; but, in a few moments, he said, “I feel a little better now: bless the Lord!" Scarcely, however, were the words spoken, when the final stroke was given. The members of the family were aroused by the cries of their mother : they hastened to the room, and found their beloved father expiring. And, without a struggle or a groan, his sanctified spirit gently passed from the sorrows of earth, to the joys of heaven,
“ From a suffering church below,
To a reigning church above." Mr. Hazlehurst was cordially beloved by all who knew him, and his death was universally deplored. When the melancholy intelligence was circulated through the town, expressions of sorrow and regret were heard from all. His funeral was attended by Ministers and members both of the established and Congregational Churches; all places of public business were closed ; and the great number of persons present on the occasion, bore testimony to the loss which had been sustained by the town and neighbourhood. The event was improved on the following Sabbath, by the writer, in a sermon on Isaiah lvii. 1, 2, to a crowded and deeply-attentive congregation.
It may be added, that the separation between husband and wife was only a brief one. On the 20th of May, about fourteen weeks after the death of Mr. Hazlehurst, Mrs. Hazlehurst died. In early life she was brought to the saving knowledge of Christ, and afterwards manifested the reality of her conversion by a holy and unblamable deportment. In the family circle, as a wife and mother, she was greatly beloved. She most earnestly sought the salvation of her children, and lived to see them all partakers of the grace of God. After her husband's departure, she cherished a longing desire also to depart and be with Christ, and was evidently growing in meetness for the heavenly inheritance. Her end, like Mr. Hazlehurst's, was sudden; and, like his, it was safe and blessed.
FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD:
BY THE REV. JOHN BROWN.
“ Tuis then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that
God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth : but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."- John i. 5-7.
The writer of this Epistle had been the companion of Christ from the time of his entry on his public ministry. He had listened to the instructive discourses of the great Teacher, seen his power in his miracles, and had witnessed his transfiguration and agony. Between him and his Lord there existed a peculiar intimacy: he leaned on his