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a voice and animation which surprised When once intent upon a day's pleasure those present, she cried, “Hallelujah! at Edmonton, she had an alarming dream Hallelujah! Precious Jesus! Precious the previous night, that, if she went, a Jesus ! O, how precious is Jesus! He serious accident would happen ; which saves me, He washes me, He waits for made her falter in her purpose. She was Angels beckon me, and Jesus bids persuaded, however, by her husband to
I shall soon be there, and be go; and a spacious amphitheatre, in as clean, and as white, and as beautiful which a large number of persons were as any of them. I am washed, washed congregated, broke down, and many were in the blood of the Lamb.” Turning to seriously injured. The catastrophe occurus, she said, “ Jesus will save you all. red precisely as she had seen it in her Make haste and come to me there. Why dream; and the escaping unhurt, notdon't you all believe ? Jesus would save withstanding her disregard of the premoeverybody.” These were only a few of nition, superinduced, by the blessing of her triumphant sayings on that memo God, much serious thinking. Mr. and rable afternoon. I have often gladly Mrs. Goodley went to the City-road listened to the utterances of God's saints chapel ; and the first discourse which when standing on the brink of Jordan, they heard was singularly appropriate to ready for the command to cross over, and their state of mind. The text was, take possession of the promised land; “ Come out from among them, and be ye but never did I hear words of sweeter separate, saith the Lord; and I will experience and brighter hope. In such receive you, and will be a Father unto cases is seen the indisputable evidence of you,” &c. ; and the sermon was on the the value of true religion. It was a duty and advantages of “having no felprivilege indeed to hear the testimony lowship with the unfruitful works of and counsels of this young but devoted darkness." This solemn service resulted disciple of the Redeemer. Her husband in a united decision for God and His entering the room, she took him by the people. Both joined the Methodist hand, and affectionately exhorted him to church; and, convinced that their mode seek God, and meet her in the skies. of life was incompatible with their ChrisShe seemed anxious, while she lived, to tian calling, they abandoned it with speak of her heavenly Father, and of promptitude, notwithstanding its gains, Jesus, her Strength and Righteousness. and went to reside at Tottenham, Long “ It is sweet," she said, “to die with before the present Tottenham chapel was Jesus; and yet it is hard to struggle. erected, they opened their house for Satan has tempted me very much : he class-meetings and other services. By wants to destroy me. I cannot now their upright conduct, fervent piety, and pray; but I look to Jesus, and say, active efforts, many were led to the • Precious Jesus ! precious Jesus !' and ministry of the Gospel, converted, and Satan flies away.” Thus she continued a nurtured in godliness. They took a few hours longer, suffering much ; but, deep interest in the erection of the though tempest-tossed, she had not only chapel, where a mural monument perpepeace, but joy in the Holy Ghost. Sur tuates the remembrance of Mr. Goodey's rounded by adversaries, she triumphed holy life, happy death, and bequest of through the blood of the Lamb. On the £100 to the trust. Mrs. Goodey surmorning of July 9th, 1856, she was evi- vived her excellent husband about thirtydently just entering into life. Her head seven years. In the records of her diary, drooped ; the silver cord was loosed, the which run over that space of time, she golden bowl was broken ; the mortal often refers to the greatness of her loss, strife ended. She passed through the and the unspeakable happiness of meetgates into the city.
ing him in the presence of their common WILLIAM R. ROGERS. Saviour. She had also to bemoan the
death of five children in early life. A
widow and childless, she employed her Died, May 11th, 1856, SUSANNA solitary hours in self-investigation, devoGOODEY, aged eighty-six, in St. John- tion, and heavenly contemplations. Her street Road, Islington. In childhood memoranda yield ample evidence that she and youth she was in circumstances un was “after the Spirit,” and “minded the favourable to the attainment of piety. things of the Spirit ;” “a widow indeed, Her parents were respectable, morally and desolate,” “ trusting in God, and correct in social life, but strangers to the continuing in supplications and prayers knowledge and grace of Christ. In early night and day.” Infirmities early and life she married, and with her husband rapidly increased upon her, and at times kept a public-house in the Barbican. she suffered extreme pain; but meck
ness, fortitude, and resignation to God's means of grace ; and, when she sickened will vanquished fretfulness and precluded to die, her mind enjoyed an unwavering complaint. Perhaps her greatest trial repose upon the merits and intercession was deafness, increasing with age, which of Christ. Never, perhaps, was the indecut her off for many years from the fel scribable advantage of the Christian who lowship of saints, in which she delighted. sits, for a succession of years, under the The Ministers of the Gospel shared sound of an evangelical ministry, more largely in her sympathies and prayers. convincingly manifested than in the last She had a heart of compassion, and an affliction and triumph of Mrs. Wellard. open hand, for the poor. The institu- The doctrine of justification by faith tions of Methodism she supported to the without the works of the law was her chief utmost of her power. Her daily and support in that season of sorrowful trial. even constant companion was the Bible ; “ Christ is the end of the law for righteand the most prominent feature of her ousness to every one that believeth," was religious character was devotion, with her constant theme; and this great truth their inseparable accompaniments of hu- inspired her with“ boldness to " enter mility and love. Long before she de- into the holiest by the blood of Jesus." parted this life, her heavenliness of mind 6 Now it is,” said she, “ that I feel I was apparent, and she truly desired “ to
have no righteousness of my own to depart and to be with Christ.” The plead. period at length arrived when this mature and venerable disciple of the Saviour
"Rock of Ages, cleft for me, should be admitted into His presence.
Let me hide myself in Thee,'" &c. For a long time she was almost blind She had been evidently impressed that and deaf, greatly enfeebled, and tortured her time was short; for, on visiting her with violent pains in her head; but she daughter, (who with her husband and remained a noble example of patience, family had just returned from England,) thankfulness, and hope. When informed she stated that she was “ going home to that death was near, she exclaimed, with die.” Her pains, in her last affliction, unwonted emphasis, “Glory be to God were severe indeed ; and she frequently for such good news !” and “languished said, that, if it were the will of the Lord, into life.” Some of her last thoughts she would rather “ depart to be with were of the destitute, and she bequeathed Christ.” Yet there was none of the £19. 198. to the Strangers' Friend fretfulness or impatience which is comSociety.
JOHN HALL. monly attributed to aged persons : hers
was a spirit of sweet submission to the DIED, at Brighton, Victoria, May Divine will, and of deepest thankfulness 14th, 1856, MRS. MILLENDA WEL to all who ministered to her relief and LARD, aged eighty years ; during sixty- comfort. A short time before her death, five of which she had been a member of she exclaimed, “I am coming! I am the Wesleyan-Methodist church. For coming !” Occasionally her chamber some time during her sojourn in her seemed to her to be filled with celestial native land, she was a member of our visitants : “ Can you not see them ?” church in the Sheerness and Woolwich she said to her affectionate grandaughter. Circuits. In the year 1821 she accom “Can you not see them ? I hear the panied her husband, who was also a singing.” In this humble spirit of trust member, and “an Israelite indeed,” to in the efficacy of Christ's atonement and Hobart-Town, Van-Diemen's Land; and, intercession, this “ widow indeed” and in that early and trying period of colonial “ mother in Israel " passed away from history, she strenuously endeavoured to earth, to live and love in a brighter and maintain the fervour of her own piety, better world. and to train her sons and daughters in
JAMES BICKFORD, the fear of the Lord. With her husband, she came over to Port-Philip (now called Died, May 28th, 1856, at WednesVictoria) in 1841 ; and for thirteen years bury, MR. Dodo Adams. she resided in the city of Melbourne. early life he was the subject of religious Although remarkably retiring in her impressions, and at the age of sixteen habits, she is known to have frequently was truly converted to God. Not long visited her neighbours, and to have atter, he was received on the Plan as a earnestly besought them to seek the Local Preacher. In this office he was power of true religion. After the death truly useful, and, through a long life, of her husband in 1849, she lived with highly and deservedly acceptable. As a her son at Brighton. As long as she Class-Leader, also, for many years he was able, she diligently attended all the rendered valuable service. Some yet live
who retain a grateful recollection of his in a clear conversion. Led by the guidcare over them, and the wise instruction ance of Divine Providence to attend on he gave them ; but numbers he saw the ministry of the Gospel among the happily pass before him into the eternal Methodists, he was taught the way of world. His blandness and kindliness salvation by faith in the Lord Jesus secured the esteem both of the rich and Christ. Living at a distance from the the poor; and that, not only among the house of prayer, he had to pass to his members of the church to which he abode down a long solitary lane ; and one belonged, but among all classes of evening, as he returned from a prayerrespectable society. In his daily walk meeting, such was the agony of his before his family, he was 2 pattern wounded soul, that in the midst of deep deserving of imitation; punctual in his snow he kneeled down, resolving not to habits, uniform in his conduct, and most rise until he had obtained Divine mercy. attentive to domestic worship. During He continued for a considerable time the last three years, the writer had many pouring out his heart's complaint ; but profitable interviews with him, when, as not in vain. The Lord heard him, peace aged Christians, they conversed freely on was spoken to his troubled mind, and he the deep things of God, related their went on his way rejoicing. From that experience, and united in fervent prayer ; hour for near fifty years, it is believed, he for he delighted in spiritual conversation, never lost the testimony of the Holy and in acts of social devotion. Great Spirit to his acceptance with God. --On weakness and increasing infirmities, becoming an inhabitant of Wednesbury, months before his decease, rendered it his upright conduct, and grave Christian necessary for him to give up his class, profession, young as he was, led to his and cease to preach,--a work in which appointment to the office of a Classhe had taken great delight. Still, when Leader, which he sustained forty-eight health allowed, the house of God was years with great success. Repeatedly frequented ; and from the sanctuary on his class was divided, but soon again earth he might indeed be said to have became numerous. He had a peculier passed to the sanctuary in heaven. Seven talent to comfort, to encourage, and to weeks before his own death a beloved and establish; and many were by him directed pious son was taken from him. The
to a saving knowledge of Christ. - When aged father felt the stroke, but bowed attacked by the atiliction which termiwith submission ; and when he saw that nated in death, he had two large classes youthfiul son, stronz in dying grace, joy- under his care. For nearly two years he ful in holy hope, preferring death to life, was laid aside ; but the joy of the Lord sacred pleasure beamed in the parent's was indeed his strength. It was delightface. Soon he was called to “ follow in ful to listen as he told of his happiness, the flight.” His departure, though for and confident assurance of eternal life. months expected, was at the last sudden; Ilis invariable language was to the efect, but the messenger found him ready and “ Happy,--happy! No cloud, no fear; well employed. On Sunday morning, I am going home.” From his first May 25th, he was seated in his long- attack he so far recovered as occasionally occupied pew, and joining in the service to attend one of his classes ; and when of praise ; but, feeling indisposed, he he could not be present, he was wont to had to withdraw before worship closed. send to the members a kind word of After dinner, as his custoin was, he exhortation. Long was his faith tried retired to his chamber. As he continued in the furnace; but his patience was longer than usual, the door was opened, found perfect. Day by day he lived and he was found in a state of uncon expecting the coming of his Lord; and sciousness, from which he never reco at length, found watching, he peacefully vered. He expired on the day of com departed to live for ever with the God he pleting his seventy-fourth year.
WILLIAM NAYLOR. WILLIAM NAYLOR,
Dien), June 30th, 1856, at Trews DIED, June 26th, 1856, aged seventy Weir Mill, near Exeter, MR. WILLIAM four, MR. JOHN BATES.He was born SAUNDERS WANSBROUGH. Descended at Swadlingcote, Derbyshire. When very from a family which for three preceding young he lost his parents ; but, when generations had held honourable conthus forsaken, the Lord took special nexion with Wesleyan Methodism in the potice of him, and received him into the city of Bristol, he was blessed with the family of grace by the Spirit of adoption, advantages of an early religious training. His convictions of the evil and danger of His conversion to God took place during sin were deep and strong, and terminated a revival of religion at Watchet. Having
been justified by faith, and renewed in grief, they perceived an alarming alterathe spirit of his mind, he thenceforward tion in his appearance.
His medical endeavoured to adorn the doctrine of God attendant was immediately sent for; but his Saviour. His Christian career was human skill was unavailing. marked throughout by strict conscien brief hour, without a sigh or groan, he tiousness, unassuming modesty, and un gently fell asleep in Jesus, in the thirtyblemished consistency. His aim was to sixth year of his age.
J. S. J. be good rather than to be thought good ; yet he so practised “ whatsoever things MRS. JANE BERESFORD was born are lovely," that he secured the cordial near Belper Pottery, August 25th, 1822. esteem of all who had the pleasure of his When very young she was sent to the acquaintance. He had but newly removed Pottery Sunday-school, and manifested to the neighbourhood of Exeter, when he betimes an anxious desire to receive the was seized with the illness that termi truths of the Gospel in which she was pated his life. From the first he seems instructed. It was not enough that she to have had the impression that his sick- had read about this subject at school ; ness would be unto death ; and, during but such were her conversation and conthe second week of his affliction, he duct at home, that her parents and friends relinquished all concern about secular saw clearly enough that the Holy Spirit affairs. On that occasion, while lament was working a saving change in her ing that there had been too much of heart. Obedience to parental authority formalism about his piety, he earnestly was cheerfully and promptly rendered ; sought and obtained a fresh baptism of so much so, that not a single instance “ the Spirit from en high," and was to the contrary can be recalled. enabled to avow how thoroughly sufficient When she was a little more than fourhe found the Saviour to be. From that teen years of age, she joined the church, time, until life's wheels stood still, his and made an open profession of religion. confidence was unmoved, his peace un
This was done after much serious reflecbroken. Though reduced to extreme
tion and careful thought; and the graphysical prostration, he was a stranger to
cious effects of the more private means both doubt and fear, and was even raised of grace soon convinced her that her above gloom and depression. To those union with the people of God was a who visited him, he was a marvel of happy event in her life. Being thus serenity, and appeared as one with whom, instructed in the way of righteousness, through mercy, all conflict was already she became more thoroughly and practic past. In the word of God and our truly cally acquainted with the g.eat doctrines evangelical hymns he found unspeakable of salvation, and resolved not to rest comfort; especially in those portions without the evidence of her acceptance which give prominence to the atonement.
with God. By a personal trust in Once he was heard to sing, throughout, Christ as the sacrificial offering to God the hymn,
for her transgression, she obtained a
sense of pardoning mercy, and could say, “Jesu, Lover of my soul," &c.
“ I know whom I have believed.” From At another time, while the hymn,
this time her course was steady and con
sistent. She looked well to her ways, “ The God of Abraham praise,"
and carefully guarded the precious trea
sure she had received from being injured was being read, he appeared to be drink- by the blighting influence of this vain ing in with greed and pleasure every and perishing world. She seemed always word as it was uttered. This was more to have that passage deeply engraven on particularly the case at the lines,
her mind, “ Know ye not that the friend“ He calls a worm His friend,
ship of the world is enmity with God ?” He calls Himself my God;"
At the age of twenty-one she was
united in marriage with Mr. James which he repeated, laying a peculiar Beresford, who now mourns her departure emphasis on the expression, “a worm hence. Deeply did she feel the responHis friend."_For a few days before his sibility of her new situation; and she decease, his friends had been entertaining sought special help from God, to enable hopes of his recovery, as the crisis of his her to discharge its duties with fidelity. disorder was past, and the symptoms Nor did she seek in vain. The Christian were not unfavourable. Their hopes, graces shone forth conspicuously in her ; however, were doomed to be disappointed. and, while “ she looked well to the ways A change of room produced a cold; and of her household,” she was nevertheless in three days, to their sudden dismay and diligent in the ordinances of God's house.
No trivial matters were allowed to inter DIED, November 21st, 1867, at Dover, fere with her religious duties, either aged seventy-three, Mrs. Anx Birch, public or private ; and when affliction, or wife of Thomas Birch, Esq., Mayor.any other unavoidable cause, prevented She feared the Lord from her youth. Her her attendance, she regarded it as a conversion to God took place about the serious loss.
year 1803. There was no doubt as to During the late unholy strife, which the reality of the great change. She then threatened to desolate our Zion, she received not “the Spirit of bondage again mouried bitterly before God on account to fear,” but “the Spirit of adoption, of the ruin spread by erring and mis whereby she was enabled to cry, “ Abba, guided men. Across this part of the Father." The genuineness of her conLord's vineyard that storm swept with version was manifest throughout her deviolence, tearing up and destroying many portment, exhibiting as she did the fruit of the trees of righteousness which had of the Spirit, not in boisterous profession, been planted therein. It required not a but in unostentatious piety, both at home little firmness to bear the reproach which and in public. For upwards of tifty years was then cast upon the church of her she was one of the most consistent memchoice; but that firmness was found in bers of the Methodist church in Dover. her. Her heart was fixed, trusting in In the earlier part of her union with the Lord.
God's people, she took a lively interest The affliction which preceded her in the Sunday-school, and for many years death was not long, though somewhat afterwards she was an efficient Classtedious and painful. The prospect of Leader. The sick and necessitous had death occasioned her no undue anxiety. at all times her sympathy and assistance, Although she had strong and tender ties While she loved all Christians, she was to earth, she meekly submitted to the decided in her attachment to the people will of God. Truly could it be said, among whom she had received her first that in her “patience had her perfect religious enjoyments. She had to lament work,” and that by its habitual exercise the instability of some, and the loss of she became “ perfect and entire, wanting others, once in church-fellowship with nothing.” When her medical attendant her. But no faithlessness in others, no informed her that her end was fast divisive measures, altered her love to God, approaching, she calmly replied, “ I have or to His people. The consequences of been preparing for that event for some such decision was, stability in the faith, time past ;” adding, that she expected growth in grace, peace of mind, and soon to be at home in her Father's house strong confidence in God. She honoured above. On another occasion she rose to God by child-like faith and trust, and rapture. " I shall soon drink the living He honoured her with peace and joy in stream of bliss,” she exclaimed, while believing. She was a happy, cheerful, the room seemed filled with the glory of joyous Christian. God. In her longing desire to be gone, The following is the testimony of one she repeated,
of the oldest Local Preachers in the
place, and her Leader after she became “ Cease, fond nature, cease thy strife;"
unable to take charge of a class :and then, as if afraid of being too anxious “Having myself had personal knowledge for her exit, she said, “O for patience !” of her for more than fifty years, and suffiAlmost her last request was, that her
cient opportunities to observe her charachusband would train her child for heaven; ter from the commencement to the close, and then, with inexpressible tenderness, I (can bear witness that I] have seen she commended them both to God. nothing but uniform and untiring steps in “ You are now very near the valley," the path of duty." A Clergyman of the said a friend : “is it still light ?” (refer- Establishment, who improved her lamented ring to that expression as used by herself departure in a sermon preached at Trinity on a previous occasion.) She faintly church, made the following observareplied, “ Quite light--farewell.” These tions :—“I cannot conclude, brethren, were her last words. So gradually and
without one word of tribute to the mepeacefully did she sink into the arms of mory of one who has just been taken death, that it was scarcely known when from us, and laid in the tomb, in the the happy spirit passed away to be for hope of a glorious resurrection ; one who ever with the Lord. Seldom has it fallen eminently welcomed her Saviour here, to our lot to witness a more consistent and looked ever forward to meet Him life, or to record a more triumphant death. hereafter, though humble and unostentaJosepi PORTREY.
tious in her life. She was unknown, probably, to most of you ; but known by