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his deportment was devout and consiste Through increasing infirmities he was,
As a colleague, he was faithful in 1816, compelled to retire from the and affectionate ; and as a Minister, he regular work of our ministry; but dur. was beloved by the people among whom ing the years of his comparative retirehe laboured. His end was sudden and ment he laboured, as his strength admitunexpected. During his short and se- ted, in the service of his blessed Mastır, vere affliction, he enjoyed great peace and was made a blessing to many in and unshaken confidence in God, declar- the several localities where he resided. ing that he found the great truths which He was well acquainted with the holy he had preached to others to be his sup- Scriptures, apt to teach, and posport and consolation. He died July sessed a happy talent of clothing sacred 4th, 1844, in the thirty-seventh year of truth in language so plain and pleasing his age, and the eighth of his ministry. as to render it attractive to young per
15. SAMUEL ROBinson, in the fif- sons, who were special objects of his ty-first year of his age, and the thirtieth concern, and of making it instructive of his ministry. He was converted to and profitable to his hearers. His dis. God in early life ; and having been called courses were characterized by originality by the Head of the church, he gave of thought and illustration, and they himself to the ministry of the word. As seldom failed to fix attention, and leave a Preacher of the Gospel, his gifts were a lasting impression upon the memory acceptable and useful. At the Confer- and the heart. He was zealous, patient, ence of 1840, he was compelled by de- prayerful, and persevering, in the work clining health to retire from the active of the Lord ; nor was he suffered to run duties of the church. During the last or labour in vain. Previous to his last few years of his life he endured great illness, he wrote on a blank leaf of his affliction, in the furnace of which he was Bible, “ Even now my soul is on the made more fully meet for a place in hea. wing. I am very happy. I bless the ven. Shortly before his decease, he said, day that I was born. What hath the with much seriousness, “I am going ; world to equal this? I bid its frowns but I have full satisfaction that all is and smiles farewell; for 'angels beckon right.” He died in great peace, near me away, and Jesus bids me come.'” Beaconsfield, in the High-Wycomb Cir. Some of his last words were, "If I could cuit, on the 24th of July, 1844.
shout so that the world might hear, I Il. In Ireland, three have died, would tell of the goodness and love of viz.,
God my Saviour. Not a cloud ! not a 1. William HAMILTON ; who was cloud! Victory over death! The sting born near the town of Newry, in 1761. is taken away. Glory, glory to God ! At the age of fourteen, soon after he was He died October 8th, 1843, in the brought to “the knowledge of the truth as eighty-second year of his age, and the it is in Jesus," he became a member of fifty-sixth of his ministry. the Wesleyan society; and having expe- 2. John FARRELL, in the ninth year rienced the power and blessedness of con- of his ministry. In early life he was verting grace, he began to warn others of deeply convinced of sin, and at the age the evil of their way, and to call sinners to of sixteenexperienced redemption through repentance. The consistency of his de- the blood of Christ. His talents as a portment, and the success which attended Preacher were respectable, his diligence his endeavours to be useful, engaged the in the use of them was uniform, and his attention of the Ministers, by whom he ministry successful in the awakening and was recommended to the Rev. John conversion of sinners. He endured a Wesley. In 1788 he received an ap- painful and protracted affliction with papointment from him to the Brook borough tience; and died in great peace, February Circuit ; and during a period of twenty- 25th, 1844, aged thirty-two years. nine years he was a faithful and success- 3. THOMAS BROWN. In his early ful labourer in the Lord's vineyard. For days he enjoyed the advantage of a faitha considerable portion of that time he ful Gospel ministry, whereby, under the was the companion of the indefatigable guidance of the Holy Spirit, about the Gideon Ouseley and Charles Graham ; twentieth year of his age, he became the and whilst he shared with them in their subject of God's pardoning mercy and arduous toils and trials, he enjoyed the regenerating grace through faith in Jesus privilege of witnessing many blessed re- Christ. No sooner was his soul made vivals of religion, and participated with happy in the Lord, than he began to feel them in the joy of beholding sinners for those whom he saw living regardless turned “from darkness to light, and of their salvation, and in that awful state from the power of Satan unto God.” of guilt and danger, out of which he had been delivered ; and, through the divine come apparent that a removal to a more blessing on his pious efforts, many sin healthy climate was indispensably necesners were awakened and turned to the sary for the restoration of his declining Lord. Having been, for a considerable health. But so strong was his sense of time, usefully employed as a Local the necessities of the Mission, and so Preacher, in 1790 he was received on unwilling was he to reduce the little trial by the Dublin Conference, and band of labourers who were toiling in appointed to the Brookborough Circuit ; the extensive field which had been and during a period of twenty-five years, thrown open to their exertions, that he be laboured with diligence, fidelity, and remained at what appeared to him to be success, until, through failure of health, the post of duty, until he was attacked he was obliged to retire from the regular by dysentery; which, in his enfeebled work of a Circuit. From the time when state, speedily put an end to both his he became a Supernumerary, he chiefly work anıl his life. Mr. Cross was cha. resided in Belfast, and emp!oyed his racterized by ardent zeal, and great remaining strength in the service of his conscientiousness in the performance of blessed Master, to the satisfaction and the various duties of a Christian Mis. profit of the society. He was a man of sionary. He entered into rest on the sound understanding, well-informed mind, 15th of October, 1842. lively imagination, discriminating judg- 2. David CARGILL, M.A. While ment, and retentive memory ; a cheerful pursuing his studies at the University of and happy Christian, a wise counsellor, Aberdeen, he was brought to the saving and a steady friend. As a Preacher he knowledge of God, under the Wesleyan was scriptural and judicious; his man- ministry. In the year 1832 he was apner in the pulpit was earnest, solemn, and pointed as a Missionary to the Friendly impressive; he held forth and enforced Islands; where it pleased the great Head a free, full, and present salvation of the church to crown his endeavours through faith in Christ, and had many with eminent success. He laboured seals to his ministry. He was a care- faithfully, and suffered much privation ful Superintendent, and a faithful Pas- and hardship in the formation of the tor of the flock; visiting the sick, warn- Feejee Mission, until personal and family ing the unruly, and comforting the feeble- affliction rendered his removal necessary. minded; his diligence and Having visited England, he was re-apfulness he secured the respect and love pointed to the Mission in the Friendly of those among whom he lived and Islands, with the special view that his laboured. With much patience, and talents and learning might be rendered entire resignation to the will of God, subservient to the important object of he endured a painful and protracted securing a correct translation of the illness of more than twelve months, sacred Scriptures into the native lanuntil at length “the weary wheels of guage. The expectations which were life stood still,” and in great peace, and entertained in consequence of this ara joyful liope of a glorious immortality, rangement were, however, painfully cut he departed to “be with Christ, which off by his sudden and unexpected death, is far better," June 220, 1844, aged which took place at Vavau, on the 25th eighty years.
of April, 1843. III. In our Foreign Missions, six 3. John BROWN, 3d, aged twentyhave died; viz.,
four years. Having enjoyed the advan1. William Cross. At the age of tage of a course of instruction at our twenty-one years, under the ministry of Theological Institution, he apthe Rev. Thomas Edwards, he obtained a pointed, in the year 1841, to the island clear discovery of his lost and wretched of St. Christopher, in the West Indies ; state as a sinner, and sought and found where he successfully laboured in the peace with God through our Lord Jesus word and doctrine, until he was removed, Christ. He commenced his Missionary by a short affliction, to his eternal rest labours in the year 1827, in the Friendly He was distinguished by deep piety, and Islands; where the work of God was ardent love to the souls of men, com. greatly promoted by the instrumentality bined with a sound discretion ; and his of his zealous endeavours. In the year memory is affectionately cherished by 1835, in company with the Rev. David those who were favoured with his minis. Cargill, he undertook the arduous task trations. He died September 17th, of commencing a Mission in Feejee. 1843. Among the barbarous inhabitants of this 4. ARTHUR H. STEELE, aged group, he continued successfully to twenty-two years. He was a native of preach the word of life, after it had be- Bermuda, where he was brought to the
saving knowledge of the truth by the Ministers who were admitted into the Wesleyan instrumentality of the Wesleyan minis- Connexion during the life of its venerable try. Appointed by the last Conference
Founder. After spending twenty years, with to the island of Nevis, he laboured there
much acceptance and success, in the work of the zealously and usefully during a few
itinerancy, failing health obliged him to become
a Supernumerary, and for the remainder of his months ; when he was removed, after a
life he resided in London. His last illness was of short affliction, to a better world. He
a very harassing and distressing nature; but he died October 30, 1843.
evinced the most exemplary patience, and fre5. SAMUEL SYmons. He was of quently expressed his strong and unshaken constudious habits, possessed deep piety, fidence in God.
J. F. and was zealous and indefatigable in his Master's service. His end was peaceful
June 28th.-At Leeds, Jane, relict of the late and happy. Only a few minutes before
Rev. Robert Pickering. When sixteen years of he breathed his last, he requested his
age she joined the society, of which she continued
a consistent member to her death, maintaining affectionate colleague to send his dying
a settled trust in the merits of her Redeemer. love to his father and mother, and tell
She faithfully and affectionately fulfilled the them that he did not regret that he had important offices of wife and mother. For gone to Western Africa. He died at many years her health had been declining ; neMacarthy's Island, River Gambia, vertheless she continued with unremitting diliJanuary 12th, 1844, in the third year of gence to discharge the duties devolving upon her, his probation, and the thirtieth year of
Her last affliction was painful and protracted ;
yet a murmur never escaped her lips. Her 6. BENJAMIN WATKIN; at the
friends, when sympathizing with her, often ad
verted to her sufferings: she invariably interGold-Coast, Western Africa, in the
rupted them by saying, “It is all right!" The twenty-seventh year of his age. His
fear of death was entirely removed, so that she talents and general fitness for the Mis. conversed with the greatest composure about her sionary work gave much promise of use- dissolution. On the Sabbath previous to her fulness; but his labours were termi- death she was in a most rapturous state. Her nated by a fatal disease in a few months happy spirit appeared quite on the verge of heaafter his arrival. He died in great
ven; the veil which divides the invisible world
from this, seemed to be drawn aside. To one peace, February 7th, 1844.
who inquired respecting the state of her health she replied, “I am going to heaven! I am an
unprofitable servant, but I know I shall arrive RECENT DEATHS.
there!” When the closing scene drew near, one JUNE 13th, 1844.—At Woodhouse, near Leeds,
of her medical attendants inquired, “Are you Mary, the beloved wife of the Rev. John Poole,
happy?” She immediately waved her hand, and
pointed upwards. Articulation failed. aged sixty-three. Her conversion, which took
last words were, place in the year 1800, was of a very decided
“ Pray, pray ;" soon after character. She was made exceedingly happy;
which she fell asleep in Jesus, aged fifty-two.
W. K. the Holy Spirit clearly testifying that she was a child of God. Shortly afterwards she was entirely sanctified; and, fully devoting herself to
June 30th.-At lIdston, Cornwall, of hethe Lord, was rendered very useful, especially in
morrhage from the lungs, George James Beard, visiting the sick. In this good work she con
son of the Rev. G. Beard, aged twenty-two. tinued to delight, so long as she was able to
He was for some time Master of the Mathematiattend to it. She was a faithful and industrious
cal Academy of that town. In his last illness he wife. The even tenor of her life was spent in
was favoured with delightful manifestations of sweet fellowship with God, and the practice of
the divine presence; and, but a few hours before every duty. Her last affliction was very severe.
his departure, lifted his hand above his head, and For many weeks she was confined to her bed,
said, in a tone of triumph, “ I am going home; and towards the close her recollection frequently
I am going to Jesus, the poor sinner's Friend.”
Ilis last words were, failed her ; but it was remarkable that, notwith
“ Christ is precious; all standing these aberrations of mind, she was per
precious!" He was the companion of his fectly rational and collected on religious subjects.
father amid the toils of Missionary labour in the She frequently quoted the following lines from
West Indies; and by his death his parents have our Hymn-Book :
lost a most dutiful, affectionate, and pious son.
G. B. “In death, as life, be thou my Guide, And save me,—who for me hast died.”
July 17th.–At Dublin, Mrs. Ann Croggon,
mother of the Rev. W. 0. Croggon, at the As her end approached, she was not able to advanced age of ninety. She had been a member speak; but a little before her departure she said, of the Baptist church for more than seventy “I am happy ;” and thus her suffering life years; and, during that time, adorned the Gosfinished in everlasting rest.
J. P. pel of her Saviour by her walk and conversation.
As she advanced towards the end of her course, Jane 19th.-The Rev. William Jenkins, aged her prospect of heaven became brighter and eighty-one. He was one of the few surviving brighter; and when taken Ill, a short tiine before
her death, she said, “I am ready, I am willing; eighty, Ann, relict of the late Mr. Adam Storey, waiting, waiting." At length she calmly passed of Leeds. She had been connected with the from time into eternity.
W. 0. C. Wesleyan society for upwards of fifty-five years.
Her powers of mind, which were exceedingly July 24th.--At York, in the twenty-eighth vigorous, were retained to the last ; and for seve year of her age, Eliza, the beloved wife of the
ral months previous to her removal, her Chris Rev. George Roebuck, Wesleyan Minister. Her tian graces had evidently improved. Her last parents were intelligent, active, and useful mem- expressions referred to the preciousness of the bers of the Wesleyan society; and Eliza bad the Saviour.
A. E. F. privilege of a superior education, combining literary with religious instruction. Under a ser July 27th. - At Boulen-Dorons, near Manmon preached by the venerable Joseph Sutcliffe chester, Hester Ann, the beloved wife of the she was enabled to give her heart fully to the Rev. John Randerson, aged thirty-six years. Lord, and from that time she lived as the cove- Though possessed of a good constitution, she nanted servant of Christ. Hers was an enlight- was not able to endure the intense heat of ened piety; the Bible was her daily companion; Jamaica, where Providence had cast her lot as its history, its poetry, its glorious doctrines, and the wife of a Missionary ; and she returned to its great and precious promises, furnished her her native land, greatly enfeebled. During a with inexhaustible sources of literary enjoy- lingering illness, she experienced, that the proment, but chiefly of spiritual consolation. mises of supporting grace made to the afflicted, During a long and painful affliction she was were yea and amen" in Christ Jesus Some graciously supported ; and never did the writer of her last expressions were, " The atonement ! of this notice see the majesty of truth, the calm- the atonement ! ness of faith, and the power of the Gospel more fully displayed. So long as she was able, she
'In my hands no price I bring, testified of the Saviour's love, and then departed
Simply to thy cross I cling."" to be with Christ, which is far better.
G. R. An interesting and profitable memoir of her his.
tory and character might be published; but it July 26th. At the house of her son-in-law, was nearly her last request, that no attempt of the Rev. Abraham E. Farrar, in Liverpool, aged that kind should be made.
HABAKKUK iii. 18.
This heart hath rapturous feelings Sweeter than music from the lyre, known,
Or perfumes from the flower, From sunny things of earth ;
It rises like the lark, but higher But aye, like music's sweetest tone,
Than he has strength to tower. They perish'd in their birth.
And often, too, it soars above;
But thence again it bends
Its course to earth : on wings of love
It rises and descends.
0, rather He, from whom doth spring So quickly changed to fears,
All love, all joy, all good ; That not the lark, with pinions close,
Who gives the lark his buoyant wing, More swiftly disappears.
And man his “angels' food ;"But I have found a joy that lives : He is its giver, author, source : Yet not from things of earth :
O for a seraph's hymn, It is a viewless hand that gives ;
To tell to all with winning force, And 'tis of heavenly birth.
What joy is found in Him ! * Froin “ Songs from the Parsonage."
Relating principally to the Foreign Missions carried on under the
Direction of the METHODIST CONFERENCE.
MISSIONS IN ASIIANTI AND THE GOLD-COAST. As we announced in the “ Notices” for August, this Mission has again been afflicted. The name of Mr. Watkins has been added to the list of those noble Missionaries who have “fallen in the high places of the field,” for the evangelization of Western Africa. And yet his fellow-labourers who are left behind are not discouraged : on the contrary, they are greatly comforted by the degree of success they have witnessed, and by the near prospect of still greater prosperity. Mr. Chapman's proceedings in Kumasi, and his visit to the Queen of Jabin, are remarkable signs of the times for interior Africa. The Report of the Institution at Akrah, and of the female school, by Mr. Greeves, is very encouraging ; as is also Mr. Allen's Report of DixCove, and Mr. Brooking's of Anamabu. We commend these communications, and the very important Missions to which they relate, to the prayerful attention of our friends.
DESTRUCTION OF A FETISH. VISIT TO THE QUEEN. KINGDOM OF ASHANTI.-Ertract of a Letter from the Rev. George Chapman,
dated Kumasi, March 24th, 1844. With feelings of deep and lively gra.. salvation. The two young men to whom titude I write to you, thankful that, in a I referred, still give pleasing evidence of land where so many are suddenly called a strong desire to know more fully those to their great reward, my own health has great truths by which they may be been mercifully preserved. I regard it saved. The sincerity of one of them as no small mercy, that, during the past was manifested a few days ago, in his five months, I have not had a day's sick comınitting to the flames his fetish, ness, nor have been hindered, from this that fetish in which he from his childcause, in the discharge of my duty. To hood had trusted. This was done under God be all the praise !
circumstances of some interest. The Our prospects still continue such as to companions of the youth, hearing what warrant the expectation, that, at a period was about to take place, assembled to not distant, the efforts made for the con- witness the destruction of the first fetish version of the Ashantis will be crowned destroyed in Kumasi from conscientious with great success. This, however, will motives. Every thing being in readinot be the case without much opposition ness, two or three large drums were on the part of some, and patient, prudent brought out ; and as the god hung sus. perseverance on the part of those whose pended over the waiting flames, one of duty it may be to labour in Kumasi. the party, in imitation of the signal given
Our congregations continue to in- by The King's death-drum, struck his crease; on the Sabbath afternoon espe- drum to the well-known sound, “ Cut cially, many attend to hear the word of him down! cut him down ! cut him life. The attention with which they clown !" The flames instantly received listen is truly encouraging; while, on the long-adored image ; while, at the some occasions, the tearful eye gives evi. moment of its fall, another drum andence, that, in a greater or less degree, swered the first, and loudly responded, the heart is made to feel the mighty“Down !” So perish all the false gods influence of the ever-blessed Gospel. In of Ashanti! This, I believe, is the first addition to those I mentioned in my last, instance of the kind which has taken & respectable Chief (Adu Osai) has be place in Ashanti, and augurs well for gun to meet in class. He attends with him who has given 80 noble an example. great regularity the means of grace, and In addition to the few who have joined is, I trust, sincerely and humbly seeking themselves with us, many respectable Vol. XXIII. Third Series. SEPTEMBER, 1844.