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land, Russia, and the Mediterranean. is 2,314, of the value of £7,574. 138. 3d. In detailing the home proceedings, the The new publications amount to 220. Report adverted to the loss the Soci The publications issued during the year ety had sustained in the deaths of the amount to 16,469,551; making the total Rev. John Dyer, and George Bennet, circulation of the Society, in about 86 Esq., two constant and efficient members languages, including the issues of foreign of the Board. The following grants of Societies assisted by the parent institupublications were reported :—for Sabbath- tion, exceed 357,000,000. The total day circulation ; soldiers, sailors, river, benevolent income for the year, without and canal men; Home Missionary So- deducting the Collector's poundage, and ciety's Agents ; District Visiting, Lon. free from all other charges and expenses don, City, and Town Missions, Christian whatever, was £5,826. 17s. 8d. ; being Instruction, and other kindred Societies ; an increase beyond the preceding year of British emigrants; prisoners; hospitals; £164. 28. 6d. The gratuitous issues, workhouses; railway workmen; fairs; including money-grants to Foreign Sociraces ; foreigners in England; for special eties, paper, and publications, together occasions; colliers ; houseless poor; vil. with the grants for libraries, amount to lagers; market-people ; convict-ships ; £8,329. 18. 8d. ; which exceed the benehop-pickers; and various important ob volent contributions by £2,702. 48. The jects, amounting to 1,721,173 publica- Society's total receipts, including the tions. Grants to Wales, Ireland, and proceeds of sales, amount to £56,014. Scotland, including the Orkneys, 304,874. 88. ld. The Report concluded by advertThe libraries granted during the year to ing to the activity of Romanists ; and Sunday and Day Schools, young Minis- urged therefrom the necessity of con. ters on their ordination, Union poor. tinued and increased support to the Sohouses, destitute districts, &c., amounted ciety, and a brotherly union among all in value to £672. 38. ld.; Missionary Protestant Christians, to give the widest family libraries, to £257. The total circulation to the vital truths of the number of libraries granted since 1832, Reformation. exclusive of those sent to foreign lands,
METHODISM IN FRANCE.
(To the Editor of the Wesleyan-Melhodist Magazine.) The return of our Anniversary Meet- of regret was, that we could not comply ings in France is always a time of deep with the urgent and oft-repeated requests interest to the 'brethren who labour in of Pastors and others, to add to the numthis Mission, and also to several Chris. ber of our labourers, and afford the help tian friends, whose hearts and hands join which is so much needed. Fifteen with us in endeavouring to spread vital Preachers assembled from various parts godliness throughout this country. This of France and Switzerland,-a greater year, especially, we met together under number than had ever met on any former the influence of feelings and prospects occasion. beyond those that we had ever known or The religious services began on Sunfelt at any former period. The new and day, April 3d; when the Rev. Charles pressing calls from various parts of Cook preached, at twelve o'clock, at the France, some of them from pious Pas- chapel Rue Royale. The Rev. J. Philp tors, who desire our help in the vast preached at seven in the evening. After extent of country over which their pas the morning service, the Lord's supper toral care extends, and the wants of which was administered to the Preachers, and they feel that they cannot meet ; the to a goodly number of other communiaddition of Lausanne, L'Aigle, &c., to our field of labour; the opening of a On Wednesday evening, the 5th, a new Wesleyan chapel in Paris : these, public Meeting was held, for conversaand many other matters of importance to tion on the best means of promoting a the success of our work, conspired to revival of religion in countries professedly render our twenty-fourth Annual Dis Christian. The speakers were the Rev. trict-Meeting peculiarly solemn and inter Messrs. Cook and Philp, and the Rev. esting. In reviewing our work, we were Mr. Baird, of the United States of Amefilled with joy and gratitude, as well as in rica. The chair was occupied by the contemplating the future : our only source Rev. Mr. Toase,
Mr. Leale preached in French on Sun- making a total of two hundred for the day, April 3d, at three in the afternoon, year. at the Barriere du Roule. Sermons were On Sunday, the 17th, the new chapel preached, on the same day, at the chapel was opened for public worship. The Rue Ménilmontant, by the Rev. Messrs. Rev. Thomas Jackson, of London, De Jersey and Hocart; and on the fol. preached two excellent sermons; one at lowing Tuesday the Rev. Matthieu Gal twelve, and another at seven o'clock. lienne preached at seven in the evening. At half past two Mr. Jackson's son-inMr. Handcock preached on the 7th, in law, the Rev. Theophilus Marzials, PasFrench, at Ménilmontant; and on Fri. tor of the national Protestant church of day evening Mr. Massot, at Rue Royale. Lille, preached an eloquent and faithful On Monday and Saturday public prayer sermon in French. The congregation meetings were held.
was very good, and a most gracious Sunday, 10th, Mr. Philp preached in influence accompanied the ministerial the morning, at twelve, at the Rue labours of the day. Royale chapel; and Mr. Lyon in the On Monday, the 25th, the Rev. R. evening. A love-feast was held at two Baird, from the United States of Ameo'clock. Mr. Cook preached in the rica, preached a very interesting sermon morning, in French, at the chapel Rue on the introduction of Christianity into Ménilmontant; after which the sacra Enrope, and on the increased facilities ment of the Lord's supper was adminis we now have of sending the Gospel tered. Mr. Henry Martin preached at throughout the world. The solemn ser.
vices of this memorable occasion were On the 6th and 13th Messrs. Buchan- terminated, on the Tuesday evening, by nan and Roy preached at the Barriere an excellent sermon, in French, by the du Roule.
Rev. Charles Cook. The collections On Tuesday, the 12th, a Missionary and subscriptions, in Paris, towards fitMeeting was held at the chapel Rue ting up the chapel, amount, at present, Ménilmontant, the Rev. C. Cook in the to about 2,000 francs, or £80 sterling. chair. The Report was read by the Rev. To several friends in England we are P. Lucas; after which the Meeting was much indebted, for their timely and addressed by Messrs. De Jersey, Farjat, valuable aid. We are, however, still H. Martin, and S. Martin. The num deficient upwards of 2,000 francs; and ber of persons present was greater than many little things are yet required to we remember ever to have seen before, make the chapel complete. It must reon any similar occasion ; and if we may main unfinished, until divine Providence judge by the profound attention that was shall supply us with the means necessary paid to the speakers, they took a lively to finish our work. interest in the great subject of Christian The Wesleyan cause has now a neat Missions. A collection was made at the and commodious chapel in Paris, occuclose of the Meeting.
pying a space of about sixty feet in The District-Meeting terminated its length, and nearly thirty feet wide, with session, after ten days of close applica a gallery across the end, situated in the tion to business, on Thursday, the 14th; very best part of the city ; and that when the brethren separated, to return to without any increase of annual rent, or their different stations, with increased any expense whatever to the Committee fraternal affection, and with renewed zeal for the fitting up. in the cause of God. After filling up In reviewing the way by which the the vacancies occasioned by deaths and Lord hath brought us, we again exclaim, removals, we find an incrcase in our “ Hitherto hath the Lord helped us. societies of seventy-two members, and
WILLIAU TOASE. one hundred and twenty-eight on trial ; Paris, May 7th, 1842.
*** The next Quarterly Day of Fasting and Prayer for the Methodist Societies, according to the Rules of the Connerion, will be Friday, July 1st, 1842.
1. Died, November 4th, 1839, at up a large family respectably and reliCulmstock, Devonshire, aged seventy- giously, and to lead into the way of two, Mrs. Elizabeth Pottor, a native of righteousness and peace their children, that place. She had very few advantages who are all happily walking in the steps in regard to religious education ; but, of their pious parents.
Mrs. Pottor even in her childhood, the example of a ever entertained humble views of herself; few pious neighbours deeply impressed and she was frequently the subject of her mind, and induced her to avail her. severe mental conflicts. Still she did self of every opportunity of attending not cast away her confidence, but said, the means of grace, and to listen with devout attention to the plain and heart
**I hold thee with a trembling hand,
But will not let thee go." searching ministry of the Methodist Preachers, who then visited Culmstock She continued to wait upon God, relying and some adjacent villages; and although upon the atonement of Christ for acceptvarious means were employed to hinder ance with the Father, and utterly disher, by one who had then the greatest claiming all self-dependence. And thus control over her, yet, whenever she could
was her peace preserved, and her strength be present, she always was so; and the renewed. During her protracted and influence of those hallowed services never heavy affliction, her doubts and fears left her. About the year 1797, or 1798, vanished away; her mind became pershe was enabled, by divine grace and fectly tranquil; her joy in the Holy providence, to give herself to God and Ghost was great ; and her prospect of his people'; and from that time she
heaven bright and clear. In the furnace maintained a steady and unblamable cha of affliction she evidently became more racter, and continued a member of the Wesleyan society, without interruption,
“ Meet, through consecrated pain,
To see the face divine." till she passed from the church militant to the church triumphant. She could
About two months before her death, say, “ I love the Lord, because he hath
while I was administering the sacrament heard the voice of my supplication.” of the Lord's supper to her, and several Her strong attachment to the people of branches of her family, the Lord was her choice was manifested by her cheer- eminently present. Such a blessed and ful submission to the toils of business, hallowing manifestation I have not often and the cares of her family, in order that experienced. she might be able to contribute to the though we were
It seemed, indeed, as support of the cause of God, by receiv. ing the Wesleyan Itinerant and Local “Quite on the verge of heaven." Preachers when they came to the place from this time our suffering sister was of her abode, where they always met with a hearty welcome, a comfortable
favoured with. glorious and delightful home, and kind, generous entertainment, prospects of that blessed state where sorfor many years. Mrs. Pottor's liberality
row and sin can never come. Her happy was not limited to the Ministers of the spirit was cheered and invigorated by the Gospel : the interests of the poor lay precious promises of holy writ; she near her heart, and especially the poor
found them to be exceedingly precious : saints ; she was always kind to them,
and our beautiful, scriptural, and experiand bountiful to the full extent of her mental hymns were often her songs of means : and this spirit of liberality con
rejoicing ; such as, tinued to the end of her days. During
"My Jesus to know, her long and severe affliction, towards
And feel his blood flow," &c. the close of her life, she would often
“ Amazing love, how can it be," &c. remind her children of those persons whom she had been accustomed to re During the last night of her sufferings lieve; and left it as her dying charge, she emphatically expressed her confidence that they should continue to relieve them in God; saying, “ The Lord hath helped, as she had done. Prompted to industry and he will help.” Soon after her sancand frugality, by a principle of deep- tified spirit took its flight to the paradise rooted piety, she and her husband were of God. “ The memory of the just is enabled, by the blessing of God, to bring blessed.” John SIMMONS. Vol. XXI. Third Series. JUNE, 1812.
2. Died, November 24th, at Scaton, courage in reproving sin, his solicitude Mr. Peter Dickinson, aged fifty-eight for the conversion of sinners, were de. years. Prior to his conversion to God, lightfully indicated throughout his entire his deportment, from an early period of character. So long as health continued, life, was uniformly moral ; but though, he proved himself a faithful steward of “as touching the righteousness which both worlds ; the divine blessing attended is of the law,” he was most exemplary, his careful industry ; and he shortly his estimate of religion did not extend retired from business, with a comfortable beyond a correct externalism. The regu. independency, and with the unclouded larity of his attendance upon the services sunshine of spiritual prosperity. The of the church; his avoidance of the im. offices of Leader and Local Preacher he moralities of the dissipated ; the inflexi. sustained with great earnestness and unble integrity of his worldly transactions; tiring fidelity; and to his utmost capa. had, even in his unregenerate state, won bility besought sinners to be reconciled to considerable esteem. Upon his own God. His health having partially degenerally consistent demeanour, as con clined, and having also realized a com. trasted with the surrounding depravity petency, he questioned the propriety of of men, he had evidently reposed some his longer attention to business ; and claim to the divine favour, and to eternal having, at this time, received notice to happiness. To quote his own language, quit his farm, he embraced the circum“I thought myself a good Churchman; stance as the divine indication to retire and that if I did not reach heaven, the state from worldly cares, and resolved to of the generality of mankind must in. consecrate the residue of his days to the deed be awful.” In this pharisaic delu attainment and distribution of the largest sion he continued to the forty-fourth amount of religious knowledge and goodyear of his age. By the reading of the ness in his power. He removed to sacred Scriptures, especially our Lord's Beverley, where, for a short period, he expostulation with Nicodemus, his serious assiduously cultivated every occasion of attention was first awakened. The im. doing good; punctually fulfilling his measurable importance, and supreme ob Sabbath appointments ; tenderly and ligation, of the new birth, were forced diligently nurturing his class ; visiting upon his anxious mind. Every recur the abodes of wretchedness; and by the rence to the subject deepened his convic- noiseless, plodding character of his zeal, tion, and interested his heart. The hole giving pleasing indications, that, had his lowness of his religious profession, and life been spared, he would have been the hopelessness of his condition, now greatly honoured of God. led him, by assiduous prayer, and in Head of the church, however, had detertense agony, to seek the pardoning mercy mined otherwise ; having prepared and of God. At this juncture of his life he reserved for him a cup of no ordinary was providentially led to visit his bro- suffering. In the mystery of divine prother, Mr. William Dickinson, at Hull; vidence our much-valued brother was who, with his pious wife, are members visited by one of the most awful malaof the Wesleyan society. At a prayer
dies that could afflict the human spe. meeting, conducted by the Rev. Joseph cies : an inveterate “ fiery” leprosy. Mortimer, (then a Local Preacher, visit “ Fiery” he oft termed it; and the dising the Hull Circuit,) to which Peter ease pervaded his entire external frame. had been invited by his brother, his He was not merely confined in bed dur. hope of mercy strengthened. Having ing eighteen months, but throughout witnessed many penitents obtain the re that lengthened period was confined to mission of sins, he also felt a brightening one position ; and during ten months confidence that he should realize the was unable to feed himself, or render same blessing; and, a few days after his himself the slightest assistance. The return to Beverley-Parks, he was enabled paroxysm of suffering was, at times, so to rejoice in the God of his salvation. acute and intense, as to be utterly beThe attainment of entire sanctification yond the power of unaided human immediately became an object to him of endurance ; and, in the early stages of unspeakable interest; neither would he his malady, before nature's strength lay rest until possessed of all the mind of prostrate, he has more than once said, Christ, At a
a very short period after he that “nothing less than the supports of became justified by faith, he was enabled religion could have restrained him from to testify that the “blood of Christ committing suicide.” Never was the cleanseth from all sin." His deadness all-sustaining power of divine consolato the world, the elevation and depth of tion more triumphant ! Very many his piety, his zeal for God's glory, his visiters were attracted to his bed-side
by the peculiarity and severity of his eminently a man of strong faith and much disease, and by the exalted specimen of prayer. The provision made in Christ his faith and patience. He truly glori. for the complete salvation, the entire ho. fied God in the fire; preaching a full liness, of all men, he understood, appreand glorious salvation to all who came. ciated, and preached. He lived the He expressed anxious solicitude for his witness of full sanctification ; and have brother William, who, though living ing himself thus sought and obtained, in the enjoyment of saving grace, was by earnest prayer and by appropriating in danger of spiritual loss through the faith, this inestimable blessing, he em. number and weight of his secular en braced every opportunity of urging its gagements. Many were the sleepless attainment upon others. In the exten. nights which our suffering friend en sion of the cause of God he laboured dured ; and often, when the perspiration most assiduously. Being happily delicopiously issued from his face, he would vered from the fear of man, he failed not exclaim, “ This is nothing to the bloody to reprove sin whenever circumstances sweat of my Redeemer and Saviour.” required it. The work of God assigned He would not allow his attentive and to him by the church, he fulfilled in the assiduous wife, nor any other of his most conscientious and exemplary manattendants, to be deprived of the public From the day of his conversion it services of the sanctuary on his account, was manifest that he gave himself to the He said his happiest hours were in pri- church by the will of God, and he has vate communion with God; and it was left a salutary example of pious and manifest to every observer, that, as his unostentatious faithfulness. He was a end approached, so his enjoyment of man of love: loving to all, especially to God became yet more rich and sustain the household of faith ; and on several ing. During the last eight or ten days occasions manifested the spirit of Christ, of his life his only sustenance was water, in rendering good for evil, blessing for which he always received with gratitude; cursing. This admirable trait in his contrasting the favourable points of his character, blended with much Christian own condition with the hopeless state and simplicity and uncompromising fidelity, eternal fire endured by Dives; observing, inspired in the hearts of all who knew “My fiery leprosy is only bodily and him considerable esteem, Spiritualtemporal, and with it I have good water mindedness was also a distinguishing and a good Saviour : Dives has neither a characteristic of Mr. Dickinson. From drop of water to cool his tongue, nor a the day of his conversion to the hour of Saviour to assuage his spirit.” He had his decease, his conversation was unioften expressed a wish to expire on the formly serious and edifying. He was Sabbath; and the Lord granted the desire no trifler, either in speech or action. of his servant in this matter. While The solemnities of eternity, and the several friends were commending his soul enjoyments of exalted piety, reigned to God in prayer, he feebly articu- supreme; and gave a hallowing tone lated,
to his intercourse with his fellows.
The prosperity of Zion lay near his “ Angels beckon me away,
heart; and, even amidst much bodily And Jesus bids me come."
anguish, his inquiries concerning the
church of Christ were anxious and freAnd in a few minutes, without a sigh or quent. As a noble example of patient groan, he rested from his sufferings and endurance and unvarying submission to labours. His remains were interred, at the divine will, in circumstances of exhis special request, underneath the Wes. traordinary suffering, the surviving leyan chapel, Beverley ; and the circum. friends of our excellent brother are destances of his affliction and decease were sirous to extend and perpetuate the improved by the Rev. H. Beech, in a recital, for the strengthening of the faith suitable and impressive discourse. Con and hope of God's saints. “I can com. sidering the paucity of his literary means pare," said he, “what I suffer to noin early youth, and also the circumstance thing so much as being laid on a bed of of his not obtaining saving religion until fire ; ” and referring to those paroxysms a comparatively late period of his life, of suffering which, for more than a year, he Mr. Dickinson's knowledge and approval experienced every alternate twelve hours, of Wesleyan doctrines and institutions, he would repose on the divine power, were clear, respectable, and praiseworthy. and exclaim, “That the trial of your This very brief obituary of so good a faith being much more precious than of man may be closed by noticing two or gold that perisheth, though it be tried three traits in his character. He was with fire, might be found unto praise,