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his remaining strength in the ministry and the evangelical enforcement of duty. of the word, the visitation of the sick, It was eminently instructive, His suband other important duties, until pre ject was sure to be made clear to the vented by “ age and feebleness extreme.' least informed; and few of the more inHis piety was deep; his views of Gospel telligent could fail to gain some fresh truth were correct and scriptural; his light from his expositions. His minis. preaching was clear and convincing ; his try, though not characterized by imagi. manner affectionate and winning; and nation, was full of freshness and interest. his labours were owned of God in the His acceptability and usefulness rested conversion of souls. The doctrines of upon the solid value of his discourses. the atonement of Christ, the justification He appealed to the reason and judgment; of a sinner by faith in the blood of Je and the effects upon his hearers were sus, and the enjoyment of personal holi substantial, and generally permanent. ness, were subjects on which he delighted In the exercise of ministerial authority, to dwell. He was highly respected and few men more happily combined gentlebeloved by those who knew him; he not ness with firmness. His measures were only had “ good report” of “men,” but wisely planned, and executed with a also “ of the truth itself.”
mildness which rarely provoked hostitime previous to his decease he was lity, and yet insured success without much debilitated and afflicted ; and, con compromising principle. His name stands scious of approaching dissolution, calmly in the first rank of those who have and patiently waited the coming of his served the great cause of Missions by Lord. He died in peace, on the 9th of their exertions at home. His zeal for August, 1843, in the eightieth year of the spread of the Gospel abroad was his age, and the fifty-seventh of his quickened by his intimacy and interpublic ministry.
course with Dr. Coke; and when the 3. GEORGE MORLEY. He was born Doctor's Mission to India was deter. at Calverton, near Nottingham, February mined on, in conjunction with Dr. Bunt17th, 1772. The circumstances of his ing, Mr. Watson, Mr. Buckley, Mr. conversion to God are not recorded ; but Naylor, Mr. Pilter, and others, he took this important event is known to have a leading part in originating the plans taken place in early life. He soon began since so successfully carried out to raise to preach ; and was almost immediately increased funds. With the concurrence appointed to the work of the regular and aid of these excellent men, though ministry_in Nottingham, his native not without some opposition, he adopted place. From his early years he was di. measures which led to the organization ligent in reading, and exceedingly apt in of the “ Methodist Auxiliary Missionary turning to good account every source Society for the Leeds District,” and thus of information incidentally opened to introduced an entirely new era in the him; and throughout life bis memory history of our Foreign Missions. In was peculiarly retentive and exact. He 1821, he was appointed one of the Gewas a close observer of men and things. neral Treasurers of the Wesleyan MisHe took great interest in public affairs, sionary Society; and in 1824, at the reand was well informed on all subjects quest of the Conference, he undertook pertaining to the great movements of the the important and laborious office of Reage. His mind was deliberative and calm; sident Secretary ; and for six years, at displaying clearness and strength, rather Hatton-Garden, discharged the duties of than originality.
His faculties were that office with exemplary punctuality well balanced, and evenly exercised; and diligence. The Missionaries, with giving him eminently the character of a whom he regularly corresponded, were practical man. He inquired patiently, re always encouraged and comforted by his solved prudently, and acted with firm- letters, and with joy anticipated their ness. As a Christian, he was sincere, arrival. To his cool and well-formed uniform, upright, cheerful, and devoted ; judgment, his judicious counsels in the and he was distinguished for a constant Committee, and his paternal kindness to acknowledgment of the hand of God in the Missionaries who dwelt under his all the events of his life. In speaking of roof previously to their departure, the others he scrupulously guarded their Society is deeply indebted. At the Concharacter. With an equanimity of spirit ference of 1830, he was chosen as Presirarely equalled, he was enabled to bear dent, and discharged the duties of that opposition with placidity, and to encoun office with fidelity and acceptance. In ter disappointment without being discou- 1831, he was appointed to the Governor. raged. His ministry was remarkable for ship of Woodhouse-Grove school, where distinct and clear statements of truth, he remained, faithfully discharging the
duties of that responsible situation until tian simplicity, sincere and consistent
the blood of Christ, even the forgiveness 4. ROBERT BENTHAM; who was of sins. This he soon obtained ; and born at Dent, in the county of York, in gave evidence of a change of heart by the year 1791. He was designed by his great conscientiousness of character, and parents for the ministry of the establish. a life of active piety. For some years he ed Church, and enjoyed the benefit of a was usefully and honourably employed liberal education. When about twenty both as a Íseader and Local Preacher. years of age, he undertook the duties of In 1834 he was admitted on trial into the Classical Tutor in a private school, in Methodist ministry, the duties of which which the Rev. John Bowers, at that he discharged with credit to himself, and time a youth, who, together with his acceptance to the Circuits in which he parents, had recently
been brought to the laboured. Possessing a sound and vigor. saving knowledge of God by means of ous understanding, which had been culthe Methodist ministry, was placed as a tivated by diligent study, he bade fair to pupil. The youth became the religious maintain for many years a highly useful guide of his tutor. By the blessing of position among his brethren. But his God upon his conversation and example, career, so full of promise, suddenly terMr. Bentham was effectually convinced minated. While actively engaged in of sin, and sought, with great earnest attempts to advance the Redeemer's ness, the knowledge of its forgiveness. cause, he was seized by illness, which in He at once joined the Methodist society; a few days proved fatal. The day before and whilst engaged in prayer at a class- he died, when his case was first appremeeting, he found peace with God hended to be dangerous, on being rethrough our Lord Jesus Christ. Shortly minded that it is our duty at all times to afterwards he was impressed with a con put our trust in Jesus, he replied, “I viction that “ a dispensation of the Gos do. I trust entirely in the mercy of God pel was committed to him ;' and in the through Christ. I rely on Christ as the year 1812 he was received by the Confer. almighty, all-sufficient, and eternal Saence as a probationer for our ministry. viour." Only a few hours before he fell He continued to labour for a period of asleep in the Lord, he exclaimed, “ The twenty-eight years, when he was com. prospect is bright ! Jesus is precious." pelled by a paralytic seizure to relinquish He died at Camborne, January 28, the active duties of his office. His cha 1844. racter was distinguished by great Chris 6. JAMES SUGDEN. He was awak
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ened to a sense of his spiritual danger with uncomplaining resignation, " The under a sermon preached at Bradley, near Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken Skipton, and sought and found salvation
away ; blessed be the name of the through the atonement. Shortly after Lord.” He was distinguished by genhis conversion to God he began to call tleness. There was nothing morose, sinners to repentance. In the year 1809, nothing arrogant, nothing rude or offen. he entered upon the work of our itine sive, in his spirit or manner.
Meekness rancy, and laboured with great diligence, and kindness were prominent features in faithfulness, and success, in the Circuits his character.
He carefully avoided to which he was appointed. When in whatever might rashly provoke painful Durham he was seized with paralysis, or angry feeling. Possessing the most and compelled to retire from the work in exalted views of the holiness and glory which his soul delighted, and become a of God, and of the purity of his law, bis Supernumerary. From that period his estimate of himself was exceedingly low. sufferings were extreme : these, however, Far from boasting of his religious attainhe endured with Christian patience; and ments, he always felt and confessed him. died in peace in the sixty-second year self to be “less than the least of all of his age, and the thirty-fourth of his saints.” As a Preacher, he was simple, ministry.
clear, methodical, eloquent, and persua. 7. WILLIAM Beckwith, in the sive. Until his physical energies began forty-first year of his age, and the to fail, few could more completely arrest eighteenth of his ministry. In early life the attention of their hearers. He was he felt the need of being reconciled to fervent, affectionate, and faithful. His God through Jesus Christ. Nor did he ministrations were honoured with extenseek the blessing in vain. By faith in sive usefulness, both in the instruction the Redeemer, he obtained the peace and encouragement of believers, and in which passeth understanding, and forth the conversion of sinners. His retum to with united himself to the Wesleyan the regular work of a Wesleyan Minissociety. He possessed more than ordi.
ter, after a teniporary withdrawal from nary mental powers, and laboured suc. it, was accompanied by a fresh baptismi cessfully to store his mind with useful of the Holy Ghost, the effects of which knowledge. His preaching displayed were visible in the increased spirituality much thought, and clear views of divine of his conversation, and the more di truth. His conversation was interesting cidedly evangelical and experimental and instructive. His general deport. strain of his discourses. His last illness ment exhibited modesty and integrity, was short and severe, and made him inand his friendship was marked by ten capable of much intercourse with his derness and sincerity. The occasion of friends. He was, however, perfectly his death was cancer, under which his sensible of his situation, and expressed sufferings were severe and protracted; himself as humbly, but confidently, rebut liis patience and fortitude were ex posing on the merits of his Redeener. emplary. He died in great peace, at He died at Haverford-West, PembrokeTeignmouth, Devon, January 9th, 1844. shire, on Monday, January 22d, 1844,
8. Josiah Hill. He was born at aged seventy years. Sall, near Reepham, Norfolk, November 9. HENRY MOORE, the friend and 13th, 17733. When about eighteen years biographer of the venerable Jobn Wesof
age, he obtained the Christian salva- ley, in the ninety-third year of his ago, tion; and, in his case, as in that of and the sixty-fifth year of his ministry. many others, the enjoyment of personal He was born in the vicinity of Dublin, religion proved the first stimulus to the December 21st, 1751. His father was a improvement of his mind. He possessed respectable yeoman, of good moral chagreat acuteness of perception, and could racter, and a man of some learning, who readily distinguish things which differ. resolved that his son should be a scholar. He had a sound and sober judgment, In pursuance of this, he was and acquired a rich store of various under the care of a Clergyman, celeknowledge, the result of extensive read. brated for his classical and general aling, close thought, and accurate observa tainments, with whom he made cretion. His natural disposition was pen ditable progress in the Latin and sive; and this tendency was consider. Greek languages, especially in the forably increased, in the later years of his It was his father's intention, and life, by painful domestic hereavements. his own earnest desire, that he should Deeply, however, as he felt these dis enter the Dublin University; but the tressing visitations, he did not charge early death of his parent blighted the God foolishly, but was enabled to say, hopes in which his young and ardent
mind had indulged. A change in his gelical in his sentiments. Salvation by circumstances rendered it necessary that grace through faith, a present and full he should devote himself to business. salvation, was his constant theme; and, He was accordingly placed under a under his ministry, believers were built respectable artist in Dublin, with whom up in their most holy faith. He was he continued until the age of nineteen, much beloved in the social circle. His when, to improve himself in his pro conversational powers were great. Froin fession, he went to London, where he a richly-stored mind he brought forth devoted many of his leisure hours to things both new and old, to the instrucwhat is usually called pleasure. But tion and edification of all who enjoyed every attempt to be happy in that which the benefit of his society. In his latter is earthly proved fruitless. The Spirit days, though his faith never failed, he of God produced in him serious and was a subject of great and painful weari. deep convictions of sin, to which he He proved the truth of the words yielded. After some time, he was made of Moses, that “though by reason of a happy partaker of the divine favour, strength " he had far exceeded the ordiand “rejoiced with joy unspeakable and nary age of man, “yet his strength was full of glory.” Saved himself, he ear labour and sorrow, His end nestly desired the salvation of the world. peaceful and serene. Some of his last He had a most piercing sense of the
Happy, happy!” Soon misery of those“ who were seeking after he had uttered them, he fell into death in the error of their way ;” and, the arms of death, without a struggle or constrained by the love of Christ, he, groan, and entered into the joy of his after much prayer and serious thought, Lord, Anril 27th, 1844. gave himself to the work of the minis 10. JAMES Gill; who for fortytry; to which, on receiving an appoint- nine years maintained a respectable rank ment from Mr. Wesley, he believed in the Wesleyan ministry, was much himself to be called both by God and beloved by his brethren, highly esteemed his church. For this work he was by the people among whom he laboured, highly qualified. The Bible was his and rendered extensively useful. He daily study; and by its inexhaustible was convinced of his sinfulness and treasures, his mind was enriched with danger in the twenty-second year of his divine knowledge. As a theologian, and age, immediately joined the Methodist especially as a Wesleyan theologian, he society, and a few months after, while was pre-eminent. As a preacher, he was conversing with the late Rev. Joseph profound, luminous, and sententious, Benson on justification by faith in the sometimes embodying a volume of Lord Jesus Christ, he found peace with thought in a single sentence, Often, God. Under the constraining influence when preaching, he appeared to be of the love of Christ, he longed for the holding immediate communion with salvation of his fellow-men, and began God; and at such times, an especial to exhort sinners to repent and believe unction and power accompanied the word, the Gospel. His genuine piety, earnest particularly to the souls of believers. desire to do good, and promising talents, His intellectual powers were of a high recommended him as a suitable person order. His perception was quick ; his to be employed in our ministry, on understanding clear, acute, and vigorous; which he entered in the year 1795. Mr. his judgment cool and deliberate; and Gill was a man of sound judgment, his decision prompt and firm. This last “a scribe instructed unto the kingdom part of his character led him in all cases, of heaven," and able to “bring forth out which to himself appeared important, to of his treasure things new and old.” act more on the convictions of his own Of him it may be said, that he was mind, than in conformity with the “mighty in the Scriptures." His mi. opinions of others; which, in a few nistry was clear in its doctrines, full instances, brought him into painful and rich in Christian experience, and collision with his brethren, who felt it thoroughly practical. He was compelled their duty to express their disapproba- in 1838, by his infirmities, to become tion of his proceedings. As a Pastor, he a Supernumerary ; but was diligent in diligently and affectionately watched preaching and pastoral visiting till with. over the societies committed to his care, in three months of his decease, when visiting many of them at their own he was entirely laid aside from all habitations, principally the poor and public religious duties ; but his conafflicted, with whom he deeply sym fidence in the goodness of God, and in pathized, and to whom he was a minister the atoning sacrifice and prevalent interof consolation. He was thoroughly evan cession of Christ, was unshaken. When
reminded of his long and useful life and compelled to retire from that work in ministry, he said, “By God's grace I which his soul so much delighted, saying, have been preserved from sinning against “ Thy will be done." He was a man him. I have always aimed at pleasing of unassuming manners, and of great him; but I have nothing to rely upon seriousness of spirit. His ministry was but his mercy through the precious atone scripturally evangelical, and his pastoral ment of Christ. This is my only hope. duties were discharged with kindness Here I constantly rest. I am unworthy and uprightness. During his last afflic. of the divine regard ; but Jesus died tion, he enjoyed uninterrupted commu. for me.'" His decease, though expected nion with God, and died in great peace, by his friends, was somewhat sudden. June 1st, 1841, in the fifty-ninth year After taking a short walk, he complained of his age, and in the thirty-fifth of his of being worse, sat down upon his sofa, ministry. and without a groan entered into the joy 13. WILLIAM RADFORD; who died of his Lord. He died at Northampton, in the sixty-fifth year of his age. He on the 1st of May, 1844, aged seventy was awakened under the ministry of the
Rev. Joseph Benson, when preaching on 11. HENRY TURNER. He was con the general judgment. In 1797 he bevinced of sin, and found peace with came a member of the Methodist society God, at an early age. Having himself in the city of Bristol, and on May 16th, tasted the good word of God, the “ love 1799, obtained a clear sense of his acof Christ constrained him” to declare it ceptance with God, through our Lord to others; and being regularly intro Jesus Christ. Soon after, he and some duced into the Wesleyan ministry, he other pious young men formed thein. continued until the day of his death to selves into a community, to hold meetpreach the unsearchable riches of Christ. ings for prayer, exhortation, and the
a diligent student, and pos- distribution of religious tracts in the sessed much general information. His surrounding villages. In 1800 he besermons were well studied, and delivered came a Local Preacher, and in 1803 en. with animation. Though they were tered upon our itinerancy, in which he never deficient in sound scriptural truth, faithfully laboured for about thirty years ; his chief aim was to affect the hearts when, through affliction, he retired as a of his hearers. He gave great pro
Supernumerary to Bristol, where, as his minence to the doctrine of the atone. health permitted, he occasionally preach. ment, and appeared deeply anxious that ed with great acceptance. He possessed a saving interest in it should be enjoyed a respectable share of sound sense ; his by his hearers. His disposition was conversation was intelligent, interesting, amiable, and his piety unassuming and and useful, being at once cheerful and consistent. For several years he suf serious; his spirit was gentle, and his fered much from bodily weakness. He manners such as were honourable to his died suddenly, on Tuesday, May 7th, character as a Christian Minister. He 1844, in the forty-fifth year of his age, was a man of a meek and quiet spirit; and the twenty-first of his ministry. fervent and powerful in prayer; as
12. MARK Dawes. He was born at Preacher, lucid, impressive, and successRidgway, near Sheffield, of parents ful in the conversion of sinners, and in whose pious and persevering attentions the edification of the church. His end to the spiritual interests of their youthful was peaceful and triumphant. He concharge, were rewarded by his early con templated death with great composure : version to God. In the year 1809 he when his departure was alluded to, be entered upon the Christian ministry, often said, “ There is a better country.” which he prosecuted with diligence and In his last affliction, which was long and zeal, with fidelity and success, until distressing, he was patient, and even cheer. failing health and strength compelled ful. He fell asleep in Jesus, June, 1844. him to retire, in the year 1842.
14. John Shaw. He had the ad. spent one year amongst his friends at vantages of pious parental instruction, Birstal, where, on account of the ami. and was in early life a subject of religious ability of his spirit, the propriety of his impressions. When about eighteen conduct, and the real and savour of his years of age, he was convinced of sin ministry, they were induced to give him under a sermon preached by the late a cordial invitation to beconie one of their Rev. Joseph Hollingworth, and soon afMinisters. He resumed his full ministe ter obtained, by faith in Christ, a clear rial duties with his former devotedness and sense of the pardoning mercy of God, pleasure. In a few weeks, however, his and the Spirit of adoption. His piety health again failed, when he was finally was genuine, deep, and progressive ; and