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neglect meeting in class; we would And now we separate to depart to our nevertheless humble ourselves before several spheres of duty. With an utter God, and deplore our own unfaithfulness, sense of human feebleness, we cast our and use this fact as an additional in- selves upon omnipotent grace, and upon centive to plead with him for a more your affections and prayers. We need copious effusion of his Holy Spirit, that your diligent co-operation. We have the number of conversions may not only been refreshed by mutual counsel and be sufficient to fill up all vacancies, but intercourse, as well as by seasons of spi. to swell the ranks of the church with a ritual blessing in the public ordinances, great increase. Still, however, let us be and by an unshaken conviction, that thankful for a discipline which preserves God is still with us. “ God is our purity, even should the price be partly a record, how greatly we long after you all diminution of numbers. Purity and holi in the bowels of Jesus Christ. And this ness retained, eventual increase is certain. we pray, that your love may abound yet While the present distressing stagnation more and more in knowledge and in all of trade continues, let our suffering peo judgment; that ye may approve things ple confide in the wisdom and goodness that are excellent; that ye may be sinof God, and make known all their wants cere and without offence till the day of unto him by prayer and supplication Christ; being filled with the fruits of with thanksgiving. Let them not be righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, led into any rash or violent course of unto the glory and praise of God." conduct by the representations of inter (Phil. i. 8–11.) ested and turbulent partisans, and thereby
Signed, by order of the Conference, engage in schemes which would lead to the wreck of all piety, but rather act in
John HANNAH, President,
ROBERT NEWTON, Secretary. accordance with the belief, that “the very hairs of our head are all numbered," London, and that when God has tried them, they
August 13th, 1842. shall come forth as gold purified.
DAY OF FASTING AND HUMILIATION. The attention of the reader is respect Spirit's influence may be vouchsafed to fully
and earnestly called to the follow ourselves, our societies, and congrega. ing Resolution, extracted from the Mi tions, in rder that the ministry of the nutes of the last Conference, The terms word, and the other means which are of the Resolution are so clear and full, employed for the extension of the cause that no additional observations are at all of Christ, may be rendered abundantly necessary. We only say, therefore, that successful in the conversion of ungodly we trust the subject will be noticed as it men, and the edification of believers. deserves.-Edit.
The Conference also directs, that on the
the Ministers of our body shall, in their Q. XXVIII. What direction does public discourses, enforce the duty of the Conference give with respect to the religious fasting, as connected in holy present state of our country, and of our Scripture with the maintenance and im. own societies ?
provement of personal godliness, and the A. 1. The Conference directs that the prevalence of intercessory prayer. first Friday in October next shall be 2. The Conference also repeats its observed as a day of special fasting and former Resolution, “ That the Liverpool humiliation before God in our societies ; Resolutions of 1820, which are appointed that public prayer-meetings shall be held to be read at the Annual District-Meeton that day in all our places of worship; ings, with the “Twelve Rules of a and calls upon our Ministers and people Helper,' shall be read by the Preachers to unite in earnest supplication to Al of each Circuit, at an early Preachers' mighty God, that his blessing may rest Meeting after the Conference ; and that upon the commercial interests of this
a copy of these shall be given to each country, so that the labouring poor may Preacher, by his Superintendent, when everywhere obtain employment, and be he is received on trial, and arrives in his satisfied with bread ; and that a more Circuit." rich and copious effusion of the Holy
CIRCULATION OF THE “ANNUAL ADDRESS OF TIE
(To the Editor of the Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine.) The following instance of an earnest ment well calculated to excite the zeal of desire to promote the spiritual welfare of the members of our societies at large, the members of the Wesleyan-Methodist and to encourage their growth in grace. societies, in one of the large Circuits in At the same time he expressed his wish, Yorkshire, by contributing towards their that a copy of that Address could be put improvement in piety, which came under into the hands of every Wesleyan Nemy notice a few days ago, appears to me thodist. He then purchased 2,000 copies, worthy of being placed on record; and and requested I would send them into it may perhaps stimulate others among the Circuit where he resides, that the our liberal friends to adopt the same Superintendent Minister might give to plan in those Circuits in which they the Leader of each class a number suffi. reside.
cient to supply every member with a A gentleman, who is a member of
copy. He added, that he conceived it the Wesleyan society in the Circuit to would have a tendency to revive the which reference has now been made, spirit of genuine Christian piety in any called upon me, and observed, that he Circuit through which it could be extenhad read the “Annual Address of the sively circulated. Conference to the Methodist Socie
John Mason. ties,” just published in the Minutes 14, City-road, of the Conference ; that he highly September 23d, 1842. approved of it, and considered it a docu.
(Concluded from page 780.) 15. ELLIS Hall. At the early His gentle spirit was sustained under all age of fifteen, the example of pious pa his labours and trials by a conviction rents, with an awakening ministry, was that he was in the path of duty, and by the a means of his conversion to God; and blessing which attended his ministry. In under a deep conviction of duty he en Redruth he was connected with an extratered upon the Christian ministry. For ordinary revival of religion; and through some years he preached the Gospel with life his preaching continued to be attracconsiderable ability, acceptance, and suc tive and successful. As his discourses
When he saw death approaching, evinced a spirit eminently affectionate, a he said, “ I have no desire to live, since fulness of love to God, compassion for such is not the will of God concerning sinners, and sympathy with poor and me.” In his last illness, he was delight- afflicted saints, and were delivered in an fully conscious of the presence and favour engaging manner, they won the affections of God, and possessed a cheering hope of of his hearers, and recommended the eternal life through our Lord Jesus doctrines which he was commissioned to Christ. He was called into our ministry preach. To his brethren he was cordially in the year 1831, and died in Guernsey, and faithfully attached, and enjoyed in April 16th, 1842, in the thirty-third year return their confidence and esteem. The of his age.
zeal by which he was characterized was 16. John WALMSLEY; who, while not only ardent, but enduring. The but a youth, was brought to the enjoy- weakness of nature and the energy of ment of peace with God through our grace were strikingly displayed in his Lord Jesus Christ, by the instrumentality final affliction. He declared that, when of a devout relation. Some time after his faith took hold of that truth, “ Jesus the Gospel had been the power of God to Christ by the grace of God tasted death his own salvation, he was led, with great for every man,” there Aowed into his fear, to preach it to others; and his early soul a light, and life, and power, which labours were acceptable and useful. He were not to be told. Having served his was called into the itinerancy in 1797. generation by the will of God, he, in the VOL. XXI. Third Series. OCTOBER, 1812.
exercise of an absolute and joyous re his language well-chosen and appropriliance on his Saviour, “ fell asleep in ate; his expositions of the “mind of the Jesus,” April 22d, 1842.
Spirit” clear and convincing; and his 17. EDMUND GRINDROD ; who was appeals to the conscience, at some times born at Clay-Lane, near Rochdale, in the especially, very powerful. He laboured year 1786. When he was about four to “ win souls," and watched over the teen years of age, he sought and found flock of Christ as one who felt that he
peace with God through our Lord "must give an account.” In the several Jesus Christ; and at the age of nine Circuits to which he was appointed, he teen was admitted as a Local Preacher enjoyed a very high degree of public by the late Rev. John Barber. He was esteem and love. He temperately yet received by the Conference as a proba. faithfully maintained the just rights of tionary Wesleyan Preacher in the year Wesleyan Methodism; and, in the de1806; and for the remainder of his life fence of these against unreasonable and "studied to show himself approved unto factious men, he sustained a shock in his God, a workman that needeth not to be health and constitution from which he ashamed, rightly dividing the word of never fully recovered. As a testimony truth.” His natural abilities were good; of the attachment and confidence of his and he greatly improved them by dili. brethren, he was appointed, for a series of gent application and culture. His judgyears, to offices of great trust and responiment was remarkably sound. With the sibility ; and was at length, in the year works of the best English Divines he 1837, elected as President of the Confer. had a familiar acquaintance; and his ence, of which he had previously been attainments in general literature were Secretary, During a protracted and very respectable. The views which he painful affliction, his mind was kept in entertained concerning the sacred truths
great peace; and from the truths which of revelation were comprehensive and he had zealously preached to others he accurate ; and in the pure and primitive derived comfort and support in that hour theology which the Wesleyan body em. of nced. Perceiving that his "sick. braces as scriptural, he was acknow
was “unto death," he meekly ledged to be a master. To the constitu resigned himself into the hands of God, tion and economy of Methodism he had and devoutly attended to a Christian paid unremitting attention; nor did he preparation for his departure hence. fail to give the fullest evidence of his Occasionally he was assailed by temptaskill in the administration of its affairs, tion, which he was, however, most graand the enforcement of its discipline. ciously enabled to resist and orcrcone. His “Compendium of the Laws and Ile said one day to his colleague, with a Regulations of Wesleyan Methodism,” feeble and tremulous voice, “ I have had which he published but a short time a severe conflict; but my faith has conbefore his lamented death, will remain as quered." Full of holy tranquillity, but a monument of his intimate knowledge completely worn out by the force of disof our ecclesiastical order and institu
case, lie fell asleep in Jesus, without s tions. From the rich fund of informa- struggle or a groan, on Sunday, May tion with which his mind was fraught, Ist, 1342, in the fifty-seventh year of his he drew ample stores of experimental and age, and the thirty-sixth of his ministry. practical wisdom. His piety was most 18. JONN HENLEY ; who was a exemplary,calm, sleep, active, and native of Torquay, in Devonshire, and habitual. He was eminent for self-con in early life was converted to God. His trol, a strong sense of propriety, great piety was, in every respect, exemplary. moral courage, and an unflinching adher. Ile enjoyed the grace of our Saviour in ence to rectitude. When placed in cir- its power and comfort, and was ready for cumstances of more than ordinary trial every good work. His conscience was and perplexity, he was enabled to pos. tender, his spirit benevolent and kind, sess his soul in patience and peace. His and he felt the responsibility of being ab temper was seldom moved.
Integrity example to those around him. For sereand upriglitness preserved him.” Ile
ral years he professed to live in the was a firm and valuable friend, and an enjoyment of perfect love ; and none who able counsellor. In his deportment and knew his walk before God and me manners, while he preserved an unas would be disposed to question the truth suming Christian dignity, he was uni of his profession, so apparent were his formly kind, courteous, and gentle. As heavenly-mindedness, and entire consea Minister of God's holy word, he parti- cration to his Saviour. As a Minister of cularly excelled in the gift of teaching. Christ, bis preaching was plain, His style and composition were correci; gelical, instructive, and energetic. His
information was considerable, and he was rant ministry. He spent his last years in studious to increase it ; so that his hear prayerful retirement, looking for the call ers were interested and edified. He was of his Lord, and grateful for the attention a good Pastor, and cared for the flock; of his Christian friends. He died in and the Lord gave him success in every peace, May 28th, 1842, in the eightyCircuit to which he was appointed. His first year of his age. mind was consoled throughout his afflic 21. William Howarth; who in tion, but more especially as his end drew early life was brought to the enjoyment near. To a friend at Weymouth, where of peace with God, through faith in our he died, he said, “I never expected this. Lord Jesus Christ. After being em. I expected to die in peace ; but I cannot ployed as a Local Preacher a few years, describe the joy which I feel.
he was received on trial into our minis. very happy. I never felt my Saviour so try in 1794, and was fully admitted into precious ; I never loved bim so much. it in the year 1799. He travelled with I am full of Christ, full of glory." He a spotless reputation till laid aside by died May 10th, 1842, aged forty-two infirmity, in 1832, since which time he years.
resided in Bristol. He died in peace, 19. JOSEPH COLLIER; who, when a June 30, 1842, in the forty-eighth year youth, experienced divine influence, to of his ministry, and the seventy-eighth which he yielded, and was soon brought year of his age. to the enjoyment of the favour of God. 22. JONATHAN EDMONDSON, M. A.; He became a member of the Methodist who was early a subject of religious consociety, and, in the enjoyment of its pri victions. Having joined the Methodist vileges, walked in the fear of the Lord, society, he perseveringly sought the and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost. favour of God, in the appointed means of Animated with the love of Christ, and grace; and by faith in Jesus Christ burning with zeal for the conversion of obtained the pardoning mercy of God, the world, he was admitted into our with its accompanying peace and holi. ministry in 1795, in which he continued
Under the influence of the love of faithfully to fulfil its sacred duties till God, he began to exhort sinners to repent, the year 1837, when, through personal and believe the Gospel. Whilst enteraffliction, he was obliged to retire. He taining the thought of entering upon the was a man of an amiable spirit, of agree ministry in the established Church, he able manners, of deep piety, and emi. was appointed by Mr. Wesley to labour nently spiritual in his conversation. As in the Epworth Circuit, in the year 1786. a Minister he was diligently pastoral, Regarding this as a call from God, Mr. visiting from house to house, and zea Edmondson went forth in the name of lously promoting the spiritual interests the Lord, and laboured abundantly in of the several members of the families of the word and doctrine. His preaching his charge. His latter days were espe was pithy and sententious; and was cially days of praise and prayer. His highly acceptable to the people. Have confidence in God was unshaken, and his ing acquired a large fund of information joy in the Lord was great. His death, by extensive reading, and laborious though daily expected, was somewhat study, his sermons exhibited great variety sudden. He retired to his chamber; sat of matter, and edifying topics of Chrisdown upon his bed; bowed his head; tian truth. He was mild and urbane in and, without a groan, fell asleep in Jesus, his disposition, affectionate and steady in May 27th, 1842.
his attachments. In the course of his 20. Jony TAYLOR ; who was born public life, he was called upon to occupy in Rochdale, where he became an exem some of the chief offices in our Conplary Christian, and a Local Preacher. nexion, and honourably discharged the Having been recommended to Dr. Coke, duties of Missionary Secretary, and Prewho then superintended our Missions, he sident of the Conference. He was the was appointed, in 1798, as a Missionary author of several useful works, which to the Negroes in the West Indies. He have obtained a large circulation, and laboured faithfully, and with considerable which exhibit much thought, soundness
His simplicity, and the Chris- of judgment, and extensive acquaintance tian consistency of his character, secured with mankind. After fifty years of him great respect and influence. He was ministerial toil, his constitution failed, beloved by the West-Indian societies. and he was obliged to retire from the In 1808 his state of health obliged him more active duties of the itinerancy. As to return, and he was stationed in Eng a Supernumerary, he continued to preach land till 1827, when he was no longer and to write, till repeated attacks of able to discharge the duties of the itine. disease prostrated his strength. When
laid on the bed of death, he faintly sixtieth year of his age, and thirty-nintk exclaimed, “Jesus is my salvation !" of his ministry. He fell asleep in Jesus, July 7th, III. In our Foreign Missions, eight 1842, in the seventy-sixth year of his have died ; viz., age.
1. WILLIAM THACKWRAY; a 23. CHARLES RAWLINS; a young young man of amiable disposition and man of genuine piety and promising abi manners, and of entire devotedness to lities. He laboured with acceptance and God and to his work. According to his usefulness in the Circuits to which he own earnest wish, he proceeded to Cape was appointed. During his last afflic. Coast, in December, 1840 ; and at every tion he manifested great patience, and place which he visited he gained the resignation to the will of God, relying aftections and respect of the people. The confidently on the atonement and grace society at Domonási, whose Pastor he of the Lord Jesus. He died July 29th, was for a few weeks only, have deeply 1812, in the thirtieth year of his age, and sincerely mourned his removal from and the fourth of his ministry.
them. He died at Anamabu, May 4th, II. In Irelanıl:
1841, after an illness of about eight days, Thomas WADE DoolittLE ; who which he bore with great fortitude, and from a child knew the holy Scriptures, resignation to the will of God. which are able to make men wise unto 2. WILLIAM REDF'ERN ; who was salvation, through faith which is in converted to God in early life. At the Christ Jesus. During his apprentice- Conference of 1837 he was accepted as a ship in a mercantile establishment in candidate for the Missionary work, and Dublin, he joined the Methodist society, in 1838 was sent to the island of Jaand was led to “the knowledge of salva. maica, after having enjoyed the advantion by the remission of sins.” Shortly tages of a few months' residence in the after his conversion, with a heart full of Wesleyan Theological Institution. His Christian love and zeal, he began to call labours, as a Missionary, were distinsinners to repentance ; and was, in 1803, guished by zeal and usefulness; but admitted into the public ministry were cut short by a fatal attack of malige amongst us. He was a man of an ami nant fever, which was at the time preable spirit, of unquestionable piety, and valent in Jamaica. He expired, happy uniformly consistent deportment, dili in God, on the 15th of July, 1811. gent in labours, and much respected and 3. CHARLES WALDEN; who probeloved in the Circuits where he tra ceeded to Western Africa in December, velled. He possessed, in a high degree, 1840. It was only for a brief season the confidence and affection of his bre. that the infant church at Cape-Coast thren, by whom he was repeatedly chosen enjoyed the advantage of his earnest to fill some of the most weighty offices ministry of the word of God, his pastoral in the Connexion. In later years he affection, and his pious exaniple. He was providentially exercised by the sick had safely passed through the seasoning ness and death of his excellent wife, and fever, and had nearly recovered bis usual two sons, grown up to young men. health and strength, when, by premature Whilst as a husband and a parent he exposure to the sun, an illness was ipfelt those bereavements, being persuaded duced which terminated his valuable life that his wife and children died in the on the 29th of July, 1841. Lord, he bowed with submission to the 4. John CAMERON; who, being divine will. He persevered in his mi- divinely called into the Christian minisnisterial and pastoral labours, until, by a try, was sent as a Missionary to the series of complicated personal afflictions, West Indies, at the close of the year which lasted about eighteen months, hé 1833, where he laboured with much was obliged to retire from all public ex acceptance and success. He was a man ercises. His protracted sufferings, which of strong understanding and clear judg. he endured with invincible patience and ment, combined with much natural caufortitude, excited the tenderest sympa tion and self-control. As a Missionary thies of his friends, who were much he was deeply devoted to his work. His affected and edified by his remarkable labours were eminently successful, in his exemplification of the Christian graces. last station especially; and he was led to No murmuring expression escaped his use exertions too great to be sustained in lips; and with unshaken confidence in so unhealthy a climate. He died in Dothe atonement and grace of the Saviour, minica, after twelve days' severe suffer he maintained his confidence in God, and ing, on the 22d of September, 1811, the rejoicing of his hope firm unto the aged thirty-three years. end. He died March 8th, 1812, in the 5. WILSON LOFTHOUSE.