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some and painful ; having to support seemed to draw out the prayer almost himself and family all his life by the unawares, trade of a hand-loom weaver, and to
“O may I triumph so, endure the frequent privations to which
When all my warfare's past," &c. that class of industrious labourers are subject ; but religion more than sus. On the evening before he died, and at a tained him amidst every suffering, and period when his relations around him enabled him to inherit the promise, thought him speechless, the writer, among
The ransomed of the Lord shall re other observations addressed to him, turn and come to Zion with songs, and thinking his spirit was on the wing, said, everlasting joy upon their heads; they “ Richard, I doubt not that you now shall obtain joy and gladness." He was find the Lord Jesus with you, as you eminently a
Without pass through the valley of the shadow of parsimony, and with very limited means, death ?” Immediately he raised his shrihe not only obtained “things honest in velled hard, and with great fervour exthe sight of all men,” but also accumu claimed, “ O yes, 0 yes ! Jesus is a lated a trifle of property sufficient to
There his voice failed. preserve himself and his partner from He continued to attempt to speak, but pauperism in their old age. With him was inarticulate. These were nearly the life was a scene of restless activity in last words he was heard to utter. Early doing good. He was especially useful the next morning his happy spirit entered in visiting the sick, making it his rule to
John E. COULson. visit all to whom he could find access, whether he was invited or not: some 5. Died at Bandon, May 14th, in the times he was rudely received, and his twenty-fourth year of her age, Jane benevolent offers were rejected ; but very Shorten. From a child she knew the often his earnest, affectionate manner dis. holy Scriptures ; but it was not until the armed opposition, and rendered him the nineteenth year of her age, that from the instrument of great spiritual good. His heart she obeyed the truth, and received patience and equanimity were remarkable, the witness of the Holy Spirit to seal At one time some wicked persons broke her adoption into the family of God. open a small building, situate at the Almost immediately after, she was atback of his cottage, and destroyed and tacked by the disease which terminated carried away a number of fowls. As in her dissolution, and which was made soon as he discovered the loss he had instrumental in giving that maturity to sustained, he immediately kneeled down her piety, which was often very strikingly on the spot, and most earnestly prayed evinced, and especially as she approached God to convert and save the people who the final hour. Her patience under a had robbed him, Soon after he was protracted affliction clearly indicated, that convinced of sin, he obtained a clear she had richly participated in the mind sense of the pardoning love of God, and of Christ. One of her greatest trials, as was enabled to testify, “ The Spirit it occasioned by her indisposition, was, that self beareth witness with our spirit that it deprived her of the public means of we are the children of God.” And dur grace during the greater part of each ing the whole of his lengthened career year; but even then she ceased not sayhe was never known to lose bis confi- ing, “The will of the Lord be done.” dence in God : it continued to grow From some papers in which she noted stronger and stronger to the last. His the feelings of her mind, it appears, that final illness was protracted and pain- such times were more especially improved ful; but, as in health, so in sickness, by self-examination and fervent prayer to he continued happy in God. The lan- God, not only for herself, but also for guage of complaint seldom, if ever, passed the congregation then assembled. Being his lips. When visited by any one, he convinced that it was not only her duty, was always, with great fervour and art but also her privilege, to love God with lessness of manner, speaking of the good all her heart, she became very ardent, ness of God, and saying something to during the last year of her life, in seeking benefit the persons around him.
to be thus perfected in love. In one of countenance, though faded and worn the memorandums referred to, she speaks with age, was the very type of a happy of being incited to this, both by reading mind. To see him laid upon the bed, the Epistles of St. John, and by hearing a few days before he expired, during the doctrine discussed in the pulpit. In which time life was only sustained by a another place she says, “But why is it little wine and water, resting in tranquil. that I have not received the blessing of lity and hope, was so delightful, that it full purity of heart? I know it is my
privilege ; and I long to be set free of about forty of these valuable institus from my inward corruptions." She tions in the villages around Newcastle. does not anywhere particularly mention The following extract from the Newcastle her reception of the blessing; but the Chronicle, (May 30th, 1840,) will serve fact was blessedly attested by her glo. to show the estimation with which he rious triumph over the last enemy. Her was regarded by those amongst whom every fear was cast out by perfect love. he dwelt:"He was eminently skilled To a friend, who had come to watch over in mechanical science, and most happy her last moments, she said, “ This is in its application, under a singularly easy dying: the everlasting arms are correct judgment, to the relief of sufferunderneath." When strength of body ing humanity. He cultivated music permitted, she ceased not to cxhort those and the languages. He was extensively around her, who were not decided, to live acquainted with the Hebrew and its cogto God, to give their hearts to him ; nate tongues, with those of the two assuring them, that only thus could they polite nations of antiquity, and with have the support of religion in the hour most of the languages and dialects of of death. And she would add, as ex modern Europe. Notwithstanding the pressive of the support which she herself extent of his practice, his labours in the experienced,
cause of religion and humanity were
multitudinous and untiring. He gloried “And new supplies each hour I meet, in the cross of Christ ; and to his piety When passing on to God."
and zeal we owe, among other kindred
institutions, the formation of the New. In a manner that indicated the full tri.
castle Bible and Tract Societies, and umph of faith, she would pray, “Come,
also the Sunday-School Union, and the Lord Jesus, come quickly.” As she
Auxiliary Church, and Jewish Missiondrew near the closing scene, she suffered somewhat severely ; but no voice of mur.
ary Societies. The great medical and muring was heard ; all
surgical charities of the district were in. was praise.
debted to him for energetic support. Sometimes she would say,
His labours, also, were very considerable “ But 0, when that last conflict 's o'er,
in that great work of national righteousAnd I am chain'd to earth no more,
less, the abolition of colonial slavery. With what glad accents shall I rise
He published a series of well-written To join the music of the skies!"
papers on the subject, which produced a
considerable impression on the public At one time, after a severe struggle of mind. The access which his professional nature, she inquired of her mother, “ Is skill gave him to the wealthy and influthis death ?” and, being answered in the ential classes of society, was made affirmative, she exclaimed,
available to the support of the various God!” and then, with peculiar em religious and benevolent institutions phasis, she called upon her to “shout which he had either formed or patronised. victory! victory! through the blood of
The largesses which he poured into the the Lamb!” Many other such expres. treasury from these sources were truly sions of triumph fell from her lips, until astonishing; and without the aid thus she exchanged mortality for life.
afforded, these works of beneficence and ROBINSON Scott. mercy would at that day have come to
an end. Thus, and in other ways, he 6. Died, at Tynemouth, in the laboured for the public good, till a painNorth-Shields Circuit, May 22d, ful disease some years ago interrupted Charles N. Wawn, Esq., late of New. his more active career. He retired to castle-on-Tyne, where he resided for Tynemouth about two years ago, where, many years, and practised both exten rather suddenly, but in perfect tranquilsively and with great success, as a Sur lity of mind, he finished his course, at geon-Dentist. He had long been peace with his Maker through the blood member of the Wesleyan-Methodist of atonement, and in charity with all society, and truly enjoyed peace with mankind." The Committee of the God, walking, indeed, both in the fear of Newcastle Bible Society, in their first God, and in the comfort of the Holy meeting after the death of Mr. Wawn, Ghost. He was a Trustee, and likewise, passed a Resolution on the subject, from for several years, a Class-Leader. Ear which the following extract is given :nestly destrous of the improvement of “ The Committee trace to the exertions the rising generation, he was very active of Mr. Wawn the origin of the Newin the cause of Sunday.schools, and was castle Bible Society. The simplicity the chief instrument in the establishment and unity of the constitution of that
in London, made a powerful impression ever, was perfect. I said to him, “If on his liberal and enlightened mind; and you are happy in God, resting on Christ's be rested not until there was formed, in atonement, and your prospects bright for this influential and important town, a eternity, hold up your hand.” He in. Society, combining, without distinction stantly lifted it up. Soon after he fell of sect or party, all who were willing into a quiet sleep, which lasted about an to give universal circulation to THE hour and a half, when he gave one gentle Book, which is at once the sole source, sigh, and slept in Christ. Thus died and the only spring, of all true religion, my dear brother, aged fifty-eight. and of all sound morality. He was de
CHRISTOPHER WAWN. lighted to see the Newcastle Society take deep root in the effections of his fellow. 7. Died, at Manchester, May 26th, townsmen. When it fourished, he gave aged thirty-eight years, Hannah, the God the glory : when storms assailed it, beloved wife of William Newton, jun. he forsook it not, but was ever found at She was the eldest daughter of John his post, braving every danger, and Newsham, Esq., formerly of Blackburn, cheering on his associates, by the force in Lancashire, (where Mrs. Newion was of his exaniple, the strength of his born,) but now of Manchester. She was piety, and the energy of his genius. By brought up under the discipline of Meone of those mysterious dispensations of thodist parents, and was for years an Him who is wonderful in counsel, and active Secretary and Collector for the excellent in working, this Committee Wesleyan Missions; but was not joined have, for some years past, been deprived to the Wesleyan society until about of the active services of their late excel. three months before her death. She had lent friend and associate ; yet they rejoice always been moral in her conduct, which that, in the chamber of his retirement, perhaps was one reason why she did not the word of the living God was the con see herself so great a sinner, as sooner to stant subject of his study, the solace of lead her earnestly to seek for the salvahis spirit, and the strength of his heart; tion which is in Jesus Christ : she was, and that when the great crisis of his ex however, fully convinced that she was istence approached, he found the doc- guilty before God; and, as these convictrines of revelation a rod and a staff tions became deeper, she began more ear. to comfort him in his walk through nestly to pray to God for his pardoning the valley of the shadow of death." mercy. I have overheard her pleading But, though long so actively engaged with God in private, when she no doubt in public life, he knew the plea- thought that no eye saw her, nor any ear
and advantages of retirement, heard her, but God. After joining the and, by husbanding his time, enjoyed Methodist society, she spoke of it as a them to a very great extent, spending privilege, and said, that she thought we whole hours, every day, in prayer, and required all the help we could obtain in studious reading. “In the evening," from the communion of saints. A little he once said to his brother, “I shut my before her confinement she took hold of self up here,” (alluding to his library,) the covenant of grace, and could rejoice “and then I can call up the silent dead, in God her Saviour. The memoir of and hold converse with the best of men Mrs. Lofthouse, in the Wesleyan-Me. that ever lived." He was careful to obey thodist Magazine, was made a blessing the command, “ Lay up for yourselves to her, particularly that verse, (quoted treasure in heaven.”' I believe he might from the large Hymn-book, page 567,) have died worth £20,000 ; but he chose to make “his own hands his executors,
“For you and for me and was generously “ready to distribute"
He died on the tree;
His death is accepted, the sinner is free. while he lived. After being attacked by
That sinner am I, disease, he was a great sufferer. He under.
Who on Jesus rely, went five amputations; but he was divinely And come for the pardon God cannot deny." supported, and patience had its perfect work. Many a time has my own soul been She thought, at first, that it was preblessed and edified by his heavenly con sumption in a creature to say, God versation. I sat up with him the night cannot,” and substituted the word, “will in which he died. When I went to his not.” I told her, that it was quite corbedside, he said, “I am dying ; but all rect : God cannot deny himself; he canis well.” I repeated some precious pro not deny his Son; he has said, “All mises; but he was unable to say much, that come to me, I will in no wise cast and about midnight he lost the power of them out.” These and the like prospeech altogether. His hearing, how. miscs gave her encouragement, and she
placed all her confidence in the mercy of of my sins, I prayed that the Lord God through Christ. About a week be. would give me to feel the burden to be fore her death, she expressed her belief more intolerable; and, rather than it that she should not recover, and called should be removed the wrong way, to her relations to her bed-side, and affec. keep me in that state for twelve months." tionately charged them to meet her in Thus far she speaks for herself. She heaven. The evening preceding her death was now admitted on trial, by the Rev. she told me, that she felt she was cross. Thomas Webb. From the period of her ing the river ; but that she had hold of conversion, in 1826, to the close of life, the arm of Christ. She frequently said, she maintained the character of an unas. “ I cannot doubt, I will not doubt, He suming, consistent, decided Christian. died on the cross for me.” In this happy Her illness was brought on by overframe she fell asleep in Jesus Christ. exertion. She was confined to her room WILLIAM NEWTON, JUN. five months, and her sufferings during
this period were great ; yet the grace of 8. Died, May 31st, at St. Keverne, Christ was sufficient. She often said, in the Helstone Circuit, in the thirty. “My will is swallowed up in the will of fourth year of her age, Ann Rogers, God: I have no will of my own." For the beloved wife of Mr. James Mitchell. some time previous to her decease there It appears, from a paper in her own appeared to be a rapid sinking and waste hand-writing, that the Lord was gra ing of the whole system, leaving little or ciously pleased to strive with her, by his no hope, to her sorrowing friends, of her Holy Spirit, at a very early age.
recovery. A sudden change took place own words are, “I wish to commit to the day before her dissolution, and it was paper an account of my conversion to thought she could not survive many God, in order that I may never lose sight hours : she had, however, the entire use of it. The enemy may tempt me, or of her mental faculties, and requested to call it a delusion; but, I bless God, I have her children brought into the room : find it to be a something which the she gave them her parting blessing, world can neither give nor take away ; a kissed them very affectionately, and divine reality of the promises and pre commended them to the care of her hea. cepts of the word of God. I must ac venly Father, who had so wonderfully knowledge, that, from a child, the Lord supported her during her painful afflic. has been working ou my mind. I felt tion. After this she revived a litele; fearful of offending God. When at the but, about two o'clock on the following card-table my mind has frequently been day, a change again took place, which very unhappy; and, after returning from convinced her friends that mortality the amusement, I could not bend my would soon be swallowed up of life. knees in prayer to God as I had been After lying some time in a kind of accustomed to do, being conscious that I stupor, she raised her right hand over had incurred his displeasure ; but, I her head, and exclaimed, “ Happy, bless God, he did not give me up to the happy! glory, glory! Who will lift me hardness of my heart, but continued to up to glory?" A friend replied, “ Jesus strive with me until he caused my stiff will.” She then said, “ How is it, His neck to bend, and my stubborn heart to chariot is so long in coming ?” and, break. When in my twentieth year, the opening her eyes, exclaimed, “Am I Lord gave me to see more fully the vanity come back to earth again? I thought I of all earthly things. I found the world was in glory.” A friend said, “ My could not give real happiness, and I de- dear, you will soon be in glory." She termined to seek it in God. For several then, with hands and eyes lifted upmonths I mourned in secret, until my wards, and with an expression on her distress was made known to a female countenance that cannot be described, friend, who advised me to attend a class exclaimed, “ Glory, glory, glory!" meeting ; but I thought I ought not to After a few moments' pause she again go, until I was better. At length, on a exclaimed, “Heaven, heaven, heaven! Monday, about the middle of the day, glory, glory!” and requested every one while supplicating at the footstool of in the room to go to their knees. After divine mercy, the Lord, by his Spirit, this she lay quiet some time, occasion. said, 'Fear not, little flock, it is your ally lifting up her hand, and appeared, Father's good pleasure to give you the by her countenance, tó he labouring kingdom.' I immediately felt a joy under mental distress; and it is more spring up in my heart, and such a peace than probable, that Satan was then peras I never before experienced; but, fear- mitted to cast his last fiery dart at her. ing that I had not felt enough on account But the cloud was soon dispersed, and
the enemy completely trampled under Frequently in the night season, when foot; and she again, in full triumph, ex sleep had departed from him, was he claimed, “ This is the happiest day of observed to lift up his hands, and, in the my life," and gradually sunk into the fulness of his heart, exclaim, “My Sa. arms of death, singing, “ Glory, glory, viour! my Saviour ! wash me, and make glory ! evermore, evermore ! eternally, me white as snow.” His raptures in eternally!" These were her last words. creased as he drew near his Father's JOHN GAY WILSON. house above. On another occasion he
said, “o how I should like to shout, 9. Died, June 2d, at High-lane, « Victory, through the blood of the in the Chesterfield Circuit, Mr. Thomas Lamb !' but I am so weak, I cannot.” Webster, aged sixty years; having been He would, however, frequently say, “I a member of the Wesleyan society forty am going home; I am going home." two years, and thirty years a useful The night previous to his death, his joy Class-Leader. In the eighteenth year of rose into blissful triumph; and when the his age he was awakened to a sense of power of speech was gone, he would frehis sin and danger, under the Wesleyan quently try to articulate words of triumph, ministry. For several months he felt such as, “ Hallelujah! Praise the Lord ! " much mental distress on account of his About half-past ten, his soul seemed to sins, and groaned for redemption. A get a new impulse, as if by some celeschange in his outward conduct, and some tial vision; and he exclaimed, “ Glory, marks of a contrite spirit, being observed, glory!” with such emphasis, as to be he was invited to meet in class. He heard in every part of the house. About complied with the invitation, entered the twelve o'clock he appeared to go into a Methodist society, and earnestly sought sleep, out of which he never awoke ; the Lord in all the appointed means of until, without a struggle, his spirit was grace, until the load of guilt was removed removed from its earthly habitation. from his conscience; so that he was
W. ROBSON. filled with peace and joy through believ. ing in Christ. This took place in Fe 10. Died, June 15th, in garrison, bruary, 1798. Though not without Brimstone-hill, St. Christopher's, West human infirmities, Mr. Webster main. Indies, aged twenty-seven years, James tained a consistent conduct until he en Lowe, Lance-Corporal in the 29th intered the church triumphant. He cor. fantry regiment. He was born in the dially believed the doctrines, and was parish of Colroy, town of Moate, county strongly attached to the discipline, of of Westmeath, Ireland, and enlisted for Methodism ; and he cheerfully contri a soldier when eighteen years of age. buted towards its support, as far as his Of his early life I know but little ; but I circumstances would permit. He was remember to have heard him say, that he much attached to God's house, and punc was very ungodly, and greatly persecuted tually attended the various means of a beloved sister, who was a member of grace. In his own house the ambassa. the Methodist society. My first acdors of Christ found an hospitable home quaintance with him was in 1838, when for many years. During his last afflic I was stationed in Montserrat, to which tion he realized the truth of that pro island he was sent from Trinidad. mise, “ Thou wilt keep him in peace, When waiting on me, to present his whose mind is stayed on thee.” A sweet note of removal, he looked very sorrow. serenity possessed his spirit, and not a ful; and, during a short conversation, word dropped from his lips that was in. I found his sadness was occasioned by consistent with a perfect resignation to one who had accompanied him. The the will of God. On one occasion he soldiers composing the detachment were said, “ I feel quite resigned : if the Lord dissipated men; and, on landing, to take spare me a little longer to my family, I possession of their new quarters, they shall be thankful; if not, I am quite had indulged freely in drinking, and had willing to submit. I feel I stand upon succeeded in persuading his Methodist the Rock of Ages. I have not the sha. companion to join them; and he had then dow of a doubt but I shall get to hea left him in a state of intoxication. He ven." He remained in this peaceful represented him to be a young man frame of mind during the period of his highly gifted, and altogether very proaffliction ; nor could he be disturbed by mising. Any Christian may suppose the sorrows of decaying life, or by the what his feelings would be, under such approach of the King of terrors. His circumstances, to be thus deprived of intercourse with God became more inti. his only friend and companion, with mate, the ncarcr he approached his end. whom he had promised himself many