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zealously, towards the erection of a neat he was remarkable for the constancy and chapel, in which he subsequently derived firmness with which he met that opposi. to himself a larger measure of divine tion; and many a gainsayer has been grace than he had ever enjoyed before. silenced, and many a scoffer put to conDuring his last affliction he was enabled fusion, by his calm and mild, but unto express his assurance of the divine daunted, reproof. He was eminently a favour. He talked of death without man of faith and prayer; and, on occaterror; frequently exclaiming, “ How can sions, was favoured with very striking I doubt ?" and subjoining, “ The hap- answers to his fervent and persevering piness I now feel is not worthy to be intercessions. It was his most anxious compared with that upon which I am wish to see the work of the Lord prosabout to enter." The last words he was per ; and he contributed, by every heard to utter distinctly were,
means in his power, to promote it. His afar off. Not afar off.” In this state he last illness was very short, and of such a departed this life, to shine in the king- nature as not to allow of much speakdom of his Father.
ing; yet he was able to testify that the THOMAS FURZE. Lord was with him ; that he had peace
of mind, and strong confidence in God. 4. Died, March 15th, at Milford, in Those who witnessed the calmness and the Selby Circuit, Mr. William Stock- serenity of mind with which he wel. dale, aged seventy-four; having been a comed the last messenger, could not member of the Wesleyan-Methodist refrain from offering the prayer, “Let society fifty years. From his early days me die the death of the righteous, and he was a subject of strong religious feel. let my last end be like his." ings, strictly circumspect in his deport
WILLIAM COULTAS. ment, and scrupulously exact in the discharge of religious duties, according to 5. Died, in the London-Road, Wor. the light he had. When about seven- cester, Mrs. Lycett. In early life, she teen he began so relax in the perform- became deeply impressed with the reality ance of these duties ; and during of religion; and, at the age of nineteen, three or four years, he gave himself up joined herself in communion with the to sinful vanities. Scenes of mirth and Wesleyan Methodists, of whose doctrines gaiety were frequently followed by and discipline she had, from educational reproaches of conscience, and such men- associations, formed a high estimate ; tal anguish as embittered the remem- and in communion with this section of brance of them ; and at length they be. the church of Christ she remained, with came so intolerable, that he determined little interruption, till her death. Her again to seek that comparative peace of social and religious walk was quiet, unmind which he had enjoyed in his earlier obtrusive, consistent, and blameless. She years. He had no correct idea of the felt that life had been given, and was Gospel plan of salvation, and no one to preserved, that she might advance, as it instruct him therein ; yet, with a sincere was permitted to her, the welfare of her desire to learn, he procured a Bible, more immediate associates, and the which he read daily on his knees, dili- church of Christ. For some years pregently studying it, and praying to be di- viously to her death, she was a subject of rected to understand the truth. About
very heavy affliction, of which it became this time his sister Charlotte was brought my mournful duty to be the frequent under similar distress of mind ; and have witness. When first introduced to her, ing providentially heard the Rev. James at her own earnest desire, I found her Wood, they obtained more correct views labouring under one of the most painful of the plan of salvation, and joined the forms of a lingering and hopeless dis. Methodist society together; and about
Her mind was borne down by the the same time both found peace with pressure of affliction, uncheered by any God through faith in our Lord Jesus rational hope of recovery, or even of temChrist. After a short but useful life, porary alleviation of pain ; and, unsohis sister died triumphantly. The fer- laced also by those ameliorating circumvent piety and holy zeal of Mr. Stock- stances which render pain endurable, dale for the salvation of souls, brought and sorrow less pungent. She was a subhim into active employment ; so that he ject of great mental uneasiness and reli. went forth, with others, to conduct gious depression ; complaining by reason prayer-meetings in the neighbouring vil- of bodily anguish, and ready to let go lages. In this labour of love he and her hope. A few words, bearing upon his companions had to encounter opposi- her general feelings, were all that were tion, and endure much persecution ; but deemed advisable upon this occasion.
As I became better acquainted with her, was little left to be said by me, or any the natural reserve of her temper gave other. She stood “perfect and complete place to something like confidence ; aud in all the will of God :" the lamp of her I then ventured to enlarge to her upon Christianity was burning brightly; for the relative states of what she was, and she had plenty of oil in the vessel. The what it was her privilege to become ; told place whereon she stood was holy her that submission to the divine will was ground; for she was in constant compart of the great lesson intended to be munion with the Angel of the covenant. taught by affliction ; that afflictions, in She never spake or felt of death as comall their varied forms and characters, were mon Christians do; for it seemed not parts of the discipline by which sons and in her case a victory of death, but a tri. daughters were educated for glory; and umph over it. She could gaze upon this that, when the great design was accom- generally dreaded foe, with the calm, plished, it was God's method either to steady eye of one in whom “perfect love remove the visitation, or take the subject had cast out all fear;" for her mind was of it to heaven. While thus reasoning,
renewed in holiness ; she was stablished, she listened with deep and solemn at- strengthened, settled in the faith of her tention; and from this time the im- divine Lord and Saviour. In her conprovement became manifest. She be- templation of that moment which intersought power from on high to suffer the venes between being a pilgrim in this will of God, when she could no longer world, and becoming a citizen of the do it; and, by the gracious aid received, “ land which is afar off,” she did not the spirit became cheered, resigned, and stand shivering on the brink of the renewed ; and for a period of nearly five dividing Hood; for it was given to her years from this time, to the hour which faith to look straight across it. She terminated her sufferings, I had the so- knew that when called by her Master, lemn delight of witnessing one cease- Jesus, to plant her foot upon its waters, lessly-progressive state of spiritual im- she should be supported by the dear provement : from strength to strength, might of Him who walked the waves. from victory to conquest, from triumph And so, when as a hireling she had to triumph, her spirit marched on. Many finished her day, wearied out by its laa time have I seen the mighty energy of bours, its pains, and its sorrows, shelay herfaith overcome the very sense of physical self down calmly at its eventide, and fell pain; and when, upon such occasions, asleep moment, to awake into life for we had prayed down upon us a glorious ever.
A. M. E. R. effusion of divine strength, when prayers had arisen to heaven, and entered into the ears of Him who sitteth between the
RECENT DEATHS. cherubim, and we had felt that, in very truth, God himself was with us,—I have
August 7th, 1841.--At Shoreham, in the Sevenseen her beautifully expressive counte
oaks Circuit, whither he had gone for the benefit
of his health, Mr. William Broomfield, of St. nance illuminated by the beamings forth
Mary Cray. At an early period of life he was of the light, and joy, and peace, which
converted to God; and, to the day of his death, dwelt within. “0," she would exclaim, he adorned his Christian profession by a holy “it is all mercy, all love! My Saviour, and unblamablo conduct. His brother George my Father, how shall I praise thee? was earlier brought to the knowledge of the Do with me what thou pleasest: life or truth. After their conversion they were both disdeath, ease or suffering, all are alike tinguished by their piety towards God, love to mercy!” I can truly say, I never saw
the Ministers of the Gospel, and zeal in doing
good ; and it might be truly said, that they were the omnipotence of faith as it was re
of one heart and soul. The elder brother died vealed to me in this glorious instance of
about three years before the younger; both were its triumph over all the power of Satan,
cut down, in the flower of their age, by consumpand death, and the grave. The holy, tion; and the death of both was not only peacesolemn joy of the spirit, the unshaken ful, but triumphant. “They were lovely and assurance of the mind, the unreserved pleasant in their lives, and in death they are not yielding up of all self-will, choice, pre- divided."
R. R. ference, were in her perfect and complete. “I have no choice, my dear friend,”
August 18th.-At Rondebosch, near Capeshe would remark : “ I am just waiting
Town, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, the will of my Lord. I should be glad
in the thirty-fifth year of his age, James Richard
Townley, son of the late Rev. Dr. James Townley. to be released; and I want to behold his
He was united to the Wesleyan society previous to face in glory ; but I am anxious only to
his residence in South Africa, to which country awake up after his likeness here." Upon
he repaired for the benefit of his health, about such occasions of holy triumph, there nine years ago; and remained, to his death,
warmly attached to the body, both in doctrine and discipline. His disposition was amiable, his piety sincere, and he met his dissolution with a well-grounded hope of a glorious immortality. Being always ready to every good work, he was an ornament to the cause of religion. For mercantile engagements he was not well adapted, either from disposition or habit; and therefore it is not surprising that he was not successful in business, in the interior of this colony, where secular affairs are too generally conducted with laxity of Christian principle. Yet his moral character was unimpeached; and, in many respects, he was a great acquisition to the Cape Town Circuit. During his short residence at Rondebosch, he had charge of a small class; and he took his appointments as a Local Preacher, when his delicate state of health would allow. He commenced, with his now-bereaved wife, a seminary for youth of both sexes; and by his death the hopes of his friends are cut off, for the present, of seeing a Wesleyan school established in the village, adapted to the circumstances of the children of the Missionaries. The immediate cause of his death was dropsy, attended by an affection of the heart. His sufferings, for several weeks, were great, but endured with Christian resignation. He realized, in his last days, support from the clear enjoyment of the divine favour, and died in great peace, beloved by a respectable circle of friends, who will long cherish his memory. He has left a widow, and three interesting daughters, to lament their loss.
T. L. H.
Nov. 18th. - At Whitchurch, Salop, Thomas Hesketh ; who had been a member of the Wesleyan society forty-four years, and during a considerable portion of that time a Class-Leader. He was a man of strong mind, deep religious experience, and of extensive scriptural knowledge. His attendance on the means of grace was regular and devout. He loved the Ministers of God, and was ardently attached to the entire system of Wesleyan Methodism. For some time before his decease, he was evidently matured for a better world. On the last Sabbath of his life he twice attended the public services of the sanctuary, beside the class-meeting, and expressed himself as being happy in God. In the beginning of the week, the last statement of his religious experience was made to an aged disciple, and was to the following purport: “I have set my house in order, and am now ready to die.” On the Tuesday he became seriously indisposed, and during the night was deprived of the power of speech. In this state he continued, until about seven o'clock on the evening of the following Thursday, when the “weary wheels of life stood still," and he exchanged, as we trust, mortality for everlasting life, aged seventy-four years.
Nov. 27th.-At Thorpe-on-the-IIill, in the Lincoln Circuit, Elizabeth Taylor, aged seventyfive, widow of John Taylor, an old member of the Wesleyan society, who died in peace about a year and a half before his wife. She was converted to God in the year 1796 ; and from that time, to the period of her death, held fast her profession, striving to walk in all the ordinances
of God blameless. She was particularly careful to maintain family worship, was diligent in attending the public means of grace, and in her personal appearance a pattern of neatness and simplicity. She considered herself a stranger upon the earth; and for some weeks before her death, feeling her end to be approaching, patiently waited for her dismissal to a better country. Her departure was in peace.
P. C. H.
Dec. 5th.–At Farnley-Tyas, in the Holmfirth Circuit, aged forty-five years, Mr. Cornelius Shaw, brother of the Rev. John Shaw, Wesleyan Minister, of the Woodhouse-Grove Circuit. He was awakened to the dangerous consequences of a life of sin, under the ministry of the Rev. Joseph Roberts, Ist, and in a few weeks after found peace with God, through faith in the blood of Christ. He then became a member of the Wesleyan society, a step which he never regretted, and subsequently gave evidences of the power of saving grace. He was an active, zealous, and ac otable Local Preacher, for twentythree years. During a protracted affliction he was blessed with great patience, and resignation to the divine will ; and his experience became increasingly rich and spiritual.
In this happy state of mind he fell asleep in Jesus.
Dec. 5th.-At South-Scarle, in the Lincoln Circuit, Edward Pennington, aged twenty. He was born of pious parents, and from childhood enjoyed many spiritual advantages. These were not lost upon him; as, at an early period of life, he united himself with the people of God, attained the enjoyment of saving grace, and rendered himself useful in the church. Being of a very robust and healthy appearance, his decease was an unexpected and affecting event in the village where he resided. During the few weeks of affliction which preceded his death, he gave ample evidence of his preparation. On many occasions, when in spiritual converse with his friends, his language was expressive of a most happy and triumphant state of mind, of a hope glorious and full of immortality.
H. H. C.
Dec. 21st.-At Sowerby-Bridge, Abraham Lumb, brother of the Rev. Matthew Lumb, Wesleyan Minister. He was born May 12th, 1763 ; and was convinced of sin under a sermon preached at Ripponden, by Mr. Robert Gamble, in July, 1783 ; and for fifty-six years sustained the ofhce of Class-Leader. As a Leader he was exceedingly useful. The Lord prospered him in his work, so that his class was frequently divided. He loved the doctrine and discipline of the Wesleyan Methodists, and laboured to maintain them in the midst of opposition. His conduct was irreproachable. For several years his sufferings were great. He died in peace, in the seventy-eighth year of his age.
Dec. 25th. - In Horsleydoun, Southwark, Mrs. Elizabeth Henry, nearly eighty-five years of age. She was received among the Methodists by Mr. Wesley, at the Foundery, and continued a member of the society, bearing the character
of " an Israelite indeed, in whom there was no consequence of being washed off the deck, during guile," about seventy years. For much of the a storm at sea, she was left a destitute widow, latter part of her life she was unable to leave her with an only daughter. This bereaving dispenhome, to attend the public means of grace; but sation of Providence, though painful, was sigshe would keep her name upon the church-books, nally overruled for her good, as it led her to seek and her seat in the house of God, and make her her happiness in God. Her convictions of sin usual contributions to the support and extension became very deep, as she had been no ordinary of religion, to the last. Nor was she indifferent sinner. But the Lord magnified his mercy in to the calls of humanity, being a liberal sup- her salvation; for, while wrestling with God in porter of various benevolent institutions during prayer, she obtained a satisfactory evidence that her life ; and she took care that they should not she was justified freely by his inercy, through suffer by her death. Besides several other lega- the redemption which is in Christ Jesus." Unitcies, she has left the following:--£10 to the poor ing herself to the Methodist society, and adornmembers of the Wesleyan society worshipping at ing her Christian profession, the blessed change Gainsford-street chapel ; £5 to the Sunday- which had passed upon her became visible to all. school at that place; £100 to the Stranger's About five years and a half after her conversion, Friend Society connected with the Southwark she saw it to be her privilege to enjoy entire chapel; £100 to the Wesleyan Contingent Fund, holiness of heart. This great blessing she sought for the spread of the Gospel through Great Bri- and found ; and remained a happy witness of tain and Ireland; and £109 to the Wesleyan God's power to save to the uttermost, to the day Missionary Society, for the spread of the Gospel of her death. She was a “ burning and shining throughout the world. Thus she showed, that light." And having maintained a close walk though constitutionally fond of retirement, her with God, during her Christian pilgrimage, she heart and hand were abroad, commiserating and was fully prepared to die. Her end was not only alleviating the sorrows of her fellow-creatures, eminently peaceful, but triumphant. She liteand promoting their highest happiness, and her rally exulted in the prospect of “an entrance Redeemer's glory. She always spoke of herself being ministered unto her abundantly into the as an unprofitable servant, and altogether un- everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour worthy of the least of God's mercies. She died Jesus Christ." Her last words were not only in perfect peace, with her faith and hope fixed expressive of strong confidence in her Redeemer, on the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin but of the richest joy. of the world."
** Thus sung she in death, as her spirit was Dec. 25th.-In Mortimer-street, in the Sixth
soaring, London Circuit, Miss Fanny Begbie, one of the
In ecstasy high, in assurance of grace; most amiable and pleasing of her sex, and one of
Till lost in his glory, and lost in adoring, the most devoted and faithful followers of her She flew, and left only a smile on lier face." Lord. She had long taken an active part in the
M. I. Hinde-street Sunday-school, and was particularly attentive to the elder classes of young
Jan. 2d, 1842.--At Ouham, Fanny, the wife of females, with whom she acquired great influ
Mr. John Chadwick, and aunt to the Rev. John ence, and to whom she was made very useful.
Hall, Superintendent of the Truro Circuit. She Some time ago she received an appointment as a
had been a member of the Wesleyan society Class-Leader. She entered upon the duties of about thirty-four years. Her Christian course that office with a trembling sense of its responsi- was marked by unwavering attachment to Wesbility ; but she was plenteously supplied with leyan Methodism, and to the Ministers of Christ. divine wisdom and strength, and the class pros
Her faith toward God was strong, and her consepered under her pious care. Her death was un- quent enjoyment of the blessings of the Gospel expected by all her friends : she only, there is great. Having lived to Him who died for her reason to believe, received premonition of the and rose again, she died in Him. Her death was coming event. Conversing with her sister on not only peaceful, but triumphant. When her sudden death, the latter remarked, that, to sur- sorrowing friends were weeping around her, in vivers, it was painful, as it precluded a dying
her last struggle, she exclained, testimony to the Saviour's presence and love. She replied, “ You need not fear on my account:
** Courage! your Captain cries," I have a full assurance of my acceptance with God." Just before she was taken ill, she said,
and fell asleep in Jesus, in the sixty-second year " I desire that I may not have a lingering ill
R. M. ness;" yet, checking herself, she added, “ My Father knows best;" and then subjoined, with Jan. 30.-At Sheerness, in the twenty-sixth great solemnity, "I stand prepared." Her mor- year of her age, Martha Carey, the daughter of tal affliction was of short continuance, but very pious parents. In the year 1834, while at school severe. After repeatedly expressing her firm in London, she began to meet in class. For trust in her Saviour, she sank under the hand of some months she continued seeking the Lord; death, and her free spirit passed to its eternal and, in the beginning of 1835, while engaged rest.
J. S. in private prayer, she obtained a clear sense
of her acceptance in the Beloved. This assurance Dec. 26th.-At Workington, after a short but she never lost. Her walk was uniformly consiste severe illness, Jane Wilkinson, aged fifty-five. ent with her profession; and she was usefully She was converted to God in August, 1827. Her employed as a Missionary Collector, Tract-Dishusband having met with a watery grave, in tributor, and Visiter for the Benevolent Society, VOL. XXI. Third Series. Marcu, 1842.
of her age.
that he distinctly uttered were, “I have faith in God."
In the spring of 1841 the symptoms of pulmo. nary consumption appeared ; and during her gradual decay, her mind was in peace, her contidence unshaken, and her hope unclouded. She said, “If I thought this would be the day of my release,
'Joy through my gwimming eyes would break, And mean the thanks I could not speak.'
Jan. 9th.--At Kettleshume, in the Buxton Circuit, Ellen Lowe, aged twenty-eight. From a child she was seriously disposed; but it was not till the twenty-third year of her age that she felt the necessity of a personal interest in Christ. It was under the ministry of the Rev. S. Brocksop, that she was led to seek and obtain a sense of forgiveness. From this period her life was in harmony with her Christian profession. About five weeks ago her health rapidly declined. Her sufferings were great; but in patience she passessed her soul. Her confidence was unshaken, and she died in great peace.
J. T. G.
I have firm footing on the Rock of Ages; and my prospects are brighter and brighter." Thus she continued to make a good confession, comforting her friends with reiterated assurances of eternal life, till her happy spirit fled from its prison to the bosom of God.
Jan. 4th.--At Barmston, in the Bridlington Jan. 11th.-At Liverpool, Miss Woodcroft, Circuit, in the forty-fifth year of her age, Mrs. eldest daughter of the late Mr. Thomas WoodNicholson. She had for many years been a sub- croft, formerly of Sheffield. She has been highly ject of severe affliction, which God, in his mercy, respected, as a member of the Methodist society, sanctified to the good of her soul. The last six for many years. Her last illness was short and years of her life were devoted to the service of severe, affording little opportunity for any ex. her Redeemer, and to a preparation for eternity. pression of the state of her mind ; but just beDuring a long illness she manifested exemplary fore its commencement she had renewed her patience, and resigned herself to the disposal of covenant with God, and was not found unpreher Lord. The fear of dying was taken away, pared for death. On the day of her departure, a and her prospect of immortality was bright and recollection of some omissions of religious duties, cheering. She conversed on the subject of her viewed in the strong light which the near apdissolution with familiarity and fortitude. Con- proach of eternity threw upon them, occasioned scious that her end was drawing near, and that strong inward conflict, and led to deep humiliaher opportunities for usefulness were about to tion before God. She looked to the atonement; close, she earnestly exhorted her friends and re- God graciously visited her with the light of his lations to consecrate themselves to the service of countenance; and she died rejoicing in the Lord. God, and to seek a meetness for a better world.
C. H. Her last words were,
Jan. 11th.--At Peasmarsh, in the Rye Circuit, “For me my elder brethrer stay,
aged eighty-three, Lydia, widow of the late Mr. And angels beckon m eaway,
Edward Banister. She and her husband were And Jesus bids me come.'
two of the first three who, about forty-four years H. R. ago, became Wesleyan Methodists in that vil
lage ; and were, it is believed, at that period Jan. 4th.–At Ludborough, in the Louth Cir- converted to God. Their house was subsequentcuit, azed fifty-five, Mr. George Rose. He had ly opened for preaching; and, for many years, been an exemplary member of the Methodist the Preachers were kindly received beneath society for more than thirty-five years, and a their roof. During the latter period of her life, useful Local Preacher about thirty. When Mrs. Banister was afflicted with deafness, which about eighteen years of age, he began to hear greatly prevented her from profiting by the the Gospel with attention ; and soon after that, ministry of the word, and Christian conversabecame decided for God and religion. His sub- tion. Her path, for years, was rough and sequent conduct demonstrated, that he had thorny, and her faith weak and wavering; but experienced a divine change. As a Local as the close of life drew on, her confidence bePreacher he was highly and deservedly re- came stronger, and her prospects brighter. In spected ; and the consistency of his character, death her mind was calm, relying on the atoneand fidelity in the discharge of his duties, with a ment; and her last words were, “Lord Jesus, pleasing address, rendered him generally useful receive my spirit."
J. M. and acceptable. In prayer he was powerful. In the vigour of his days, often have the stout- Jan. 12th.-At East- Leake, in the Loughhearted been made to tremble under the mighty borough Circuit, Mrs. Woodroffe, aged sixtyinfluence which attended his intercessions. In- four. She was converted to God, and, when deed, he has been heard to pray with such effect, about eighteen years of age, became a member of that one could scarcely help imagining, that the Wesleyan society ; to the interests of which every sinner in the place must be converted. In she was sincerely and cordially attached, to the the social circle he was affable and communi- end of life. She kindly and hospitably entercative, and possessed a considerable share of tained its Ministers, for more than twenty years, conversational talent. In his worldly transac- and contributed liberally to its various funds. tions he was scrupulously conscientious. Dur- She was an humble, uniform, and consistent ing his protracted affliction he was generally Christian, a kind benefactress to the poor, and a happy, and resigned to the will of God. He held faithful friend. During the latter part of her fast the beginning of his confidence, without • life her trials were numerous, and very heavy; wavering, unto the end. Nearly the last words but she was graciously sustained under them.