« PreviousContinue »
Sacred to the memory of
Of Jesus College, Oxford;
After a zealous ministry of several years in the Established Church, He gave up himself A: D.MDCCLXXVI, to the direction of the Rev. John Wesley, M.A. And did the work of an Evangelist, with much success, in various parts of
Great-Britain and Ireland.
Episcopal Church" in America.
Ia support of which he expended nearly all his patrimonial fortune,
admiration. By the blessing of God on the Missions to the Negroes in the West-Indies,
commenced by him, A. D. MDCCLXXVI, Fifteen Thousand Persons bad been formed, before his death, into religious
Societies, And a foundation laid for the civilization and salvation of that degraded class of
human beings.. To the Negro race upon their native continent, as well as in the islands of
His compassions were extended; And he set the first example, in modern days, of efforts for the spiritual
emancipation of Western Africa. After crossing the Atlantic eighteen times, in the service of the souls of men, His unwearied spirit was stirred within bim to take a part in the noble enterprize
of evangelizing British India;
Methodist Missionaries sent to Ceylon.
thousands into the paths of peace, Had now fulfilled its course ; and suddenly, yet rich in evening splendour,
sunk into the shadows of mortality. He died on the voyage ; and his remains were committed to the great deep, until
the sea shall give up her dead. His days were past; but his purposes were not broken off: the work which
The bad planned' has been made to prosper; And through the preaching of the Gospel, the circulation of the Scriptures in the
native tongues, And the establishment of Christian Schools, Many onee-deluded Cingalese have exchanged the wretchedness of an
atheistic creed, And the worship of idols and of devils, for the light and comfort of the true
religion. The same love of Christ, which made him long the advocate and the pattern of
exertion in behalf of foreign lands,
Into many neglected districts of England, Wales, and Ireland,
influence, And his “praise is in the Gospel throughout all the Churches." This Monument was erected A. D. MDCCCXXII, at the personal expense of the
Methodist Ministers and Missionaries, As a record of their respectful gratitude for the disinterested services, the eminent
: usefulness, And the long-tried and faithful attachment, of their now glorified Friend.
" He that winneth souls is wise."
Mr. FLETCHER's Monument corresponds with that of Dr. COKE; and is placed opposite to it, immediately under that of Mr. JOHN WESLEY. The sculpture, above the Tablet, is a representation of the ARK OF THE COVENANT, an emblem of Mr. FLETCHER's evangelical and contempla. tive piety, and of his intimate communion with God. At one side are Volumes, on which are inscribed “Checks,” and “PORTRAIT OF ST. Paul,"—in reference to his defence of the Truth against the Antinomian heresy, and to his well-known work on the character of the Great Apostle of the Gentiles; and on the other, an expanded scroll, with the motto “With meekness of wisdom,”_indicating at once the ability of his writings, and the Christian spirit in which controversy was conducted by him. This is also. emblematically represented in the Medallion below, on which the mild and peaceful Dove is seen hovering over a scroll and pens, the instruments of composition. The inscription on the Tablet is:
Sacred to the Memory of
Vicar of Madeley, in Shropshire ;
xiv. of August, MotCLXXXV: A man eminent for Genius, Eloquence, and Theological Learning: Still more distinguished for sanctity of Manners, and the virtues of primitive
Christianity. Adorned with whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely," And bringing forth "the Fruits of the Spirit,” in singular richness and maturity, The measure of every other grace in him was exceeded by his deep and
unaffected humility. Of enlarged views as to the merit of the Atonement, And of those gracious rights with which it invests all who believe. He had “boldness to enter into the Holiest by the blood of Jesus," And in reverent and transporting contemplations, the habit of his devout and
hallowed spirit, There dwelt as beneath the wings of the Cherubim, Beholding “the glory of God, in the face of Jesus Christ,” and was changed
into the same image;" Teaching by his own attainments, more than even by his writings, the fulness of
He was the friend and coadjutor of the Rev. John Wesley,
Faith, And Christian Perfection, he successfully defended; Leaving to future ages an able exposition of “the truth which is according to
godliness," And erecting an impregnable rampart against Pharisaic and Antinomian Error, In a series of works, distinguished by the beauty of their style, by force of argument, And by a gentle and catholie spirit; affording an edifying example of “speaking
the truth in love,"
In a long and ardent controversy. For twenty-five years the parish of Madeley was the scene of bis unexampled
pastoral labours ; And he was there interred, amidst the tears and lamentations of Thousands, The testimony of their hearts to his exalted piety, and to his unwearied exertions
for their salvation ;
But his memory triumphed over death;
In token of their veneration for his Character,
The other Monuments are not wholly new; but the Tablets have been re-lettered, and placed upon a new and enlarged ground of Black Marble, surmounted with emblematic sculpture. In that of Mr. JOHN WESLEY, powerful Rays of Light break forth from a cloud upon that part of the surface of a Globe, on which is drawn the geographical outline of the British Islands, the United States of America, the British American Colonies, and the West-India Islands, marking the scenes of his extraordinary personal labours, or those parts of the earth which have hitherto been most directly and largely benefited by them; whilst the idea is also conveyed of the still further diffusion of the light of the same truth, of which he was so eminent and successful a dispenser, in other and, as yet, dark parts of the earth, by the agency of that religious system which he established. An emblem of the pastoral office, and a winged Trumpet denoting the activity and range of his personal ministry, are also introduced. The backs of two Volumes appear, on which are inscribed, “Bible," and “Liturgy,” to intimate the conformity of his theological views to the Scriptures, and his affectionate attachment to the Church of England. The Tablet is likewise supported by two Volumes, on one of which is inscribed, “SERMONS," and on the other “MINUTES,” in reference to the Doctrine and Discipline of the Body of which he was the Founder; Mr. WESLEY's Sermons being understood to contain the best account of the former, while the latter is described in the General Minutes of the Conferences over which he presided. On an open scroll is Mr. WESLEY's favourite motto, “ The best of all is, God is with us."
Mr. CHARIES WESLEY was distinguished as an eminent and successful Preacher; and still more so as a Sacred Poet; and to the Methodist Societies he bequeathed a most invaluable gift in those Hymns, which are in constant use in their public and private worship, and which in taste, elegance, strength, and especially in large and deep views of Christian experience, stand not only unrivalled, but unapproached. The sculpture on his Monument very properly refers to these circumstances. The emblems of the Christian Priesthood are intermingled with those of Poetry and Music, the LYRE, &c. These are supported by “ The Bible," the source of his hallowed and lofty inspiration as a Poet, and the great subject of his ministry as a Preacher. Above this is an open Volume, on which is inscribed a sentiment which he frequently uttered upon the death of great and valuable characters, and which, indeed, is here happily calculated to call the heart from man to God, which otherwise might be discouraged when contemplating the loss of four men so eminent and useful, and whose fellows have not been left behind,-“God buries his workmen, and carries on his work.” An expanded scroll bears the inscription, “In Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs ;"— thus characterizing the species of poetry which the consecrated
genius of the deceased produced. Volumes, marked “ HYMNBook,” and “Sacred POEMs,” support the Tablet.
The improvements in the Monuments of the Messrs. WESLEYS have been made at the joint expense of the Methodist Ministers and Missionaries, as a small expression and record of their filial gratitude and veneration towards men, to whose labours and writings they feel themselves so greatly indebted. As the Inscriptions on the Tablets of these Monuments have been frequently published, we do not think it necessary to insert them in this place. The expense of Mr. FLETCHER's Monument has been defrayed by the Trustees of the Chapel, and that of Dr. COKE's by the Methodist Ministers and Missionaries, as stated in the Inscriptions.
The sculpture of the whole is excellently executed, and does great credit to the Artist.
London, December, 1822.
Religious and Missionary Intelligence.
INDIAN MISSION ON GRAND RIVER, UPPER-CANADA.
Extract of Letters from the Rev. William Case. Rev. Sir,
To the friends of Zion it will be matter of joy to hear, that a fine work of religion is progressing among the Indians on Grand-River. Last Sabbath several of them attended our quarterly meeting at Longpoint, and in Lovefeast they spoke in an impressive manner of their late conversion, and the exercises of grace on their hearts. One of them said he had been desirous to know the way of peace for thirty years, but had not found il, till “lately Jesus gave him peace." This work is prevailing in the north part of the Reservation, where a few of different tribes are settled together. This we think to be a favourable circumstance, in the Providence of God, for the instruction of the other tribes. Their meetings are powerful and sometimes overwhelming, and it is a most affecting scene, to bear these children of the forest, in their native Mohawk and Messasaugah, weeping for their sips, or giving glory to God for redemption through the Şaviour. About twelve or fourteen have obtained a joyful hope ; some are now under awakening; and others are coming to inquire, what these strange things mean! Their meetings are remarkably solemn, and they vent their feelings with abundance of tears. Among the converted, are men who had long drank the poisonous fire of ardent spirits, from the hands of pernicious white men. They are now sober and watchful Christians, taking only “the cup of salvation and calling on the name of the Lord.”
In about four weeks I expect to visit the Indian settlement, and will then endeavour to give you a more particular account of the work of God among them.
In love, farewell,
W. CASE.. Longpoint, Upper-Canada, 27th Aug. 1823.
A subsequent letter, dated October 1, from Mr. Case, states that “the work of grace is going on in both extremes of the Indian Reservation, about thirty miles apart. We have twenty-four in society in one place, and four in the other, besides whites. This is extremely encouraging to Missionary Societies, and to the friends of Missions generally it is beyond all our calculations successful. We did not commence this Mission professedly for the conversion of the Indians, (though they were had in the view and prayers of the pious) but for the benefit of the scattered white population on the Indian lands. But blessed be the Lord, he has endowed the Mission with a mighty and melting power, the best of all riches, that of redeeming grace; and the friends of Missions are now affectionate. ly called on to rejoice over the conversion of about thirty natives of tbe forest, besides near that number of the white population."
WYANDOT MISSION. To the Rev. Thomas Mason, Corresponding Secretary of the Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
West-Union, Ohio, Sept. 18th, 1823. DEAR SIR,
I feel a degree of hesitancy in attempting to sketch the history of a scene of which I was in part an eye and ear witness; and which excited a deep interest in my own, and, I believe, in the minds of all present. Conscious of my incompetenoy to the task, for indeed human language fails, þad I any assurance that the matter would be furnished by other hands, I should willingly decline.
A desire to furnish my mite to enrich Missionary reports, and thereby circulate useful information, and strengthen the hands and encourage the hearts of those actively engaged in Missionary labours, and add to the number of its friends and benefactors, is my oply apology for troubling you on this occasion. You are at liberty to make what use you may think proper of this.
G. R. JONES.
At our late Ohio Annual Conference, held in Urbanna, there were several of the red, and one or two of the coloured þrethren present, from the Wyandot Mission at Upper-Sandusky. Several interviews took place between our General Superintendents and them, during the sitting of the Conference, at Bishop M'Kendree's room, at one of which I was present part of the time.
A few friends were invited to be present at the interview. As breaking bread together has been a token of hospitality and friendship among most nations, a cup of tea was prepared by the family, and at a suitable time they were waited on with it. Bishop M'Kendree, without any previous arrangement or design, appears to have been made a kind of Master of Ceremonies he was waited on first. The sagacity of the red brethren was quite observable, they kept their eye on him and conformed in every particular. Jonathan, a man of colour (who bas served the Mission from the beginning as an interpreter, and who while engaged in this work, became convinced of sin, and happily converted to God) was one of the company; he modestly declined pastaking with them, but being pressingly solicited by Bishop M-Kendree, yielded. After the repast was over, the red brethren joined in singing several hymns in their own tongue, during wbich a number in the house within hearing crowded into the room, until there might haye been as many as forty present-Mononque (a chief) rose, and approaching Bishop M'Kendree respectfully, held out the hand of friendship, which was 'cordially received, and a warm embrace took place; this appears to have taken off all restraint, Between-the-lags, (another chief) followed his example, and they proceeded round to all in the room, while sighs and tears witnessed the feelings of moşt who were present ; but they were sighs of gratitude and astonishment, and tears of joy, The spirit of hostile foes in the field of battle was lost in tke spirit of harmony and Christian love, wbich appeared to fill the room. I have witnessed few scenes which carried stronger conviction to my heart of the truth and excellency of the religion of the meek and humble Jesus. I was ready to cry out and say, “ What hath the Lord wrought ?!?
A worthy gentleman, high in office and respectability, had received an invitation, and was present at the interview. It seems he had imbibed an opinion which is perhaps prevalent among politicians, that it is impracticable to 'Cbris. tianize the aborigines of our country. He was placed in a part of the 'room farthest from the door. When the chiefs approached him, all his unbelief appears to have given way, his arms were open to give the friendly embrace, while the fowing tear bore witness to a reciprocity of feeling. He was beard to exclaime