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mises as these : “When thou passest training which had been begun. At a through the waters, I will be with thee;” prayer-meeting in the Sabbath-school, and “Fearthou not, for I am with thee; when very young, she found the “ blessbe not dismayed; for I am thy God,” edness" of those whose “iniquities etc. These and similar passages min- are forgiven, and whose sin is covered.” istered largely and frequently to her She became a teacher in the Irwell. spiritual refreshment and joy.
Street Sunday-school, Salford, and at On the morning of her death, July seventeen years of age a member of 5th, 1871, she said to her sorrowing a Society class. She never lost her husband, " This is death ; but I see consciousness of the favour of God; eternity, eternity, before me!" It was this rather grew with her growth, the writer's privilege, as oneof her making her "path shine more and ministers, to see her just as she more.” She continueda Sabbath-school entered the “valley of the shadow of teacher to the time of her marriage, death,” and to receive her dying tes- and was a member of the Society timony ; which, though uttered in until the day of her death, a period broken accents, and amid much suffer- of nearly forty years. When twenty ing and exhaustion, clearly indicated years of age, she was married to Mr. that all was well,—that Jesus was Thomas Lomas; and she and her near and precious. She had not the husband at once reared a family least fear of death ; and her happy altar in their house, which was never spirit was filled with the well-grounded afterwards forgotten. For above hope of a glorious immortality. Her thirty-six years her married life was last words were, “I commit-my- full of blessing. She was the mother self-;" she was unable to complete of a numerous family, whom she loved the sentence. Soon after, she passed with a tender and strong affection. away so peacefully that those about Many of her children died while young, her could scarcely tell the exact mo- and as she followed one little one after ment of her departure.
another to the grave, she felt the THOMAS KENT, chastening very “grievous ;” but it
afterwards yielded peaceable" fruits of Mrs. Mary Lomas, of Handforth, righteousness” which greatly adorned Cheshire, was the daughter of John her life. Four daughters were spared, and Charlotte Lomas, of Bank Parade, who formed a happy circle, having Salford, where she was born, December true-hearted and joyous communion 14th, 1814. She was a Methodist of together in the faith, the experience, the fourth generation. Her great and the work of Christ. The oldest of grandmother was a member of the them, who was never strong, and in Wesleyan-Methodist Society, and often consequence was a subject of much heard John Wesley preach. Her anxiety to her parents, died at the grand-parents were also exemplary age of nineteen, about seven years Methodists. In her earliest child- before her mother's death, departing hood she was taught to pray at the in the faith of the Gospel. A year and a knees of her parents, who earnestly half before Mrs. Lomas's own removal, sought that all their children should her youngest daughter also died bappy be among the “saved of the Lord.” in Christ, being only fifteen years of
When the subject of this sketch was age. only five years of age, her mother died, From that day she seemed herself leaving precious memories of earnest to begin to die,-so heavy was the supplications that her "little Mary” stroke, and so deep the sorrow which might become a child of God.
she experienced. The happiness of her Her grandmother, with whom she family circle,—so joyous, so loving, lived for a time after her mother's so intimately one in all that concerned death, carefully carried on the religious their home life, as well as their spirit.
ual well-being-made the inroads of estimated that several hundreds were death more than ordinarily painful, led to Christ. She was given to hospiand the grief more intense.
tality, but especially rejoiced to welcome Mrs. Lomas yras characterized by the ministers of Christ to her house. a nervous temperament, a modest and Many times during her life, Mrs. timid nature, combined with strong Lomas expressed a fear lest in her and ardent affections. She was gifted last hours her faith should fail. But with a sound judgment, which made rarely does a Christian quit this life her the valued counsellor of her fa- more happily than she quitted it. When mily and of a large number of friends. one said to her, “You are going to Jesus," The sweetness of her disposition, her smile told of triumphant joy, and and her constant care to make others her face was radiant with hope and love happy, caused her to be greatly beloved. as she answered, ** Yes.” When asked, She kept a record, headed, “ My book “Are you happy?" with the same smile, of mereies," in which she wrote down she replied, “Yes." To all similar memorials of the blessings which she questions she gave the same definite received, that in times of depression and consolatory answers. On July15th, she might derive comfort from re- 1871, with her hand grasped by one viewing them. She went about doing of her daughters, and in the midst of good : she led the hungry, clothed the her loving and sorrowing family, she naked, visited the sick. Her gene- seemed to hear some sister-spirit rosity, moreover, was undeviating, and say to her, “ Mary, the Master is the poor villagers near her dwelling come, and calleth for thee.” The joy severely feel her loss. She distributed of the summons left its impress linmany religious books, one of which, gering on her features after the happy 1 copy of the Life of Carvosso, was soul was gone to the rest and rapture lent from person to person, causing of immortality. & revival of religion in which it was
RECENT DEATHS. JAXTARY 28TH, 1872.—John Silvers, ever, only made him cling the more He was born at Woodside, near Dud- closely to Christ. His painful malady ley, in the year 1815. At the age of continued to increase until the last twelve he was led, with a number of day of the year 1871, when he took to his schoolfellows, to seek the Lord. his bed, from which he never arose. He began to meet in class at that time, On that day his wife, sons, and and did so ever afterwards. When in daughters gathered around him, exhis teens he became superintendent pecting every moment the summons of the Sunday-school, and in his to come which would take the loved twenty-second year was appointed one from them. He requested the class-leader by the late Rev. Walter writer (his youngest son) to reach his Lawry. In this way, for several years, Bible, and to read to him the twenty. he continued to serve God, never for- third psalm. We who were near him getting Him who was his Lord and afterwards sang some hymns found in Master. At the age of thirty-seven he our Hymn-Book. He then asked us removed with his family to Pelsall, to promise to meet him in heaven, near Walsall, where he without delay exhorting us to seek help of God in attached himself to the Methodist everything we undertook. He lingered Society. A considerable portion of in this happy frame of mind for one the last five years of his life was spent month. A few minutes before he died, in great bodily suffering; this, how- he said, “ There is a light all through the valley ;” and then, with a “fare- from the chapel prevented her attendwell” to us all, calmly fell asleep in ance on the public services, and this Jesus.
A. S. she felt as a great privation. Her last
illness was very painful; and the agony August 27th.—Jonathan Columbine. through which she passed was distressHe was born at High Oakham, near
ing to witness. To her daughter, Mansfield, in 1789. While yet young,
who one night inquired about the state he removed with his parents to Huck
of her soul, she replied in her quiet nall-under-Huthwaite, in the same
but firm manner, very slowly, “Safe neighbourhood, where he lived till his
in Jesus." In moments of ease she death. Having been deeply convinced evidently was praying; but the struggle of sin, he was truly converted to God
with the last enemy was both severe in 1816; and from that time he joined
and long-continued. At length, worn himself to "the people called Method.
out with suffering, she passed away ists.” He was appointed class-leader
from the strife, and entered into peace. in the village in 1846, and was enabled
Her last words were, “ Hallelujah! to render to the cause of Christ, for Hallelujah !”
G. B. many years, a course of earnest, selfdenying, and uninterrupted service,
October 24th.–At Baldwin West, in which will be long and gratefully the Douglas Circuit, Isle of Man, Mrs. remembered. But though exemplary Robert Clague, aged fifty years. In in his conduct, and “in labours more her youth she was remarkable for her abundant," he held the lowliest views sobriety of mind and her good conduct. both of himself and his labours. When twenty years of age she became Resting firmly on the Atonement, and deeply convinced of sin, and of the watching for the Master's coming, he
necessity of a change of heart; and, came to the grave as a shock of corn
whilst wrestling with God in prayer, fully ripe for the heavenly garner.
she entered into the glorious liberty of During the brief illness which ter- the children of God. She immediately minated his life, he possessed a calm
joined the Wesleyan-Methodist Soand joyous confidence in Christ. J.B. ciety, with which she continued in
communion until her death. Mrs. October 12th.-Mrs. Beard. She Clague secured, by her fervent and was born in London, November 7th, consistent piety and generous spirit, 1795. In early life she united herself the esteem and affection of all who with the Christian Church, and she
knew her. Her excellent husband, was a member of the Wesleyan Me- who was for twenty years a local thodist Society for above forty years.
preacher, and also sustained the As the wife of a missionary in the offices of leader and Society-steward, West Indies for nearly fourteen years,
died in 1863, leaving her a widow with she won to herself a good name, being five children; but she maintained much respected and beloved. As a close fellowship with God, and was class-leader she was faithful and enabled to fulfil efficiently the intelligent. Her piety was rather duties which devolved on her. In intellectual than emotional ; a woman recent years her health declined, and of few words, and of retiring habits, she was still more impressed with the she shrank from publicity. As she value of true religion. After about advanced in years, growing infirmities an hour's illness she departed this kept her almost always at home ; but life in great peace, almost literally she read much, and the Bible was her ceasing at once to work and live. constant companion. Her distance
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