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many, valued as a Christian friend, and twenty-six years. He received his early religious loved by those who knew her; by many,
benefit under the ministry of the late Rev. as one who had ministered to their neces
Thomas Powell; and he believed to the saving
of his soul. sities and soothed their sorrows. Hers
A diary, which he kept about was a faith that worked by love. She
twenty years, shows that he was eminently a
prayerful, watchful, and spiritual Christian. went about doing good,' constrained by
His home was happy; his affairs, prosperous. the love of Christ, as the active follower
Ho was "diligent in business, fervent in spirit, of the King she served. She had received serving the Lord." Possessing the advantage of Him into her heart, and she sought to a good education, and extensive knowledge of follow in His steps. She was not one Wesleyan matters, our friend was a sound and who worshipped with us : but should it consistent Methodist. Most of the offices in our not cheer us, brethren, as we mourn over
church were sooner or later filled by him, with the divisions of Christ's church, to feel
credit to himself, and decided advantage to the that others, who differ from us in some
cause. His last illness was short, and of such a
nature as to deprive him of the power of speech ; things, are united by a holier, closer bond
but to questions addressed to him he responded than any other bond of communion ?
by most intelligible signs, that he enjoyed perfect Ought we not to long for the glorious peace. His departure is felt as a public loss. time when all the distinctions, now ne
W. S. cessary from human weakness and imperfection, will be done away, and all the Nov. 11th.-At Preston, aged eighty-eight, children of Zion be united for ever around Mr. John Banks,“ an old disciple," much and the throne ? May we not thank God for
deservedly esteemed during about fifty years' her, now departed this life in His faith
membership. He was of a meek and quiet spirit, and fear, who submitted with Christian
manifesting through his entire Christian course
much of the spirit of his blessed Lord.“ In age patience to the stroke which stopped her
and feebleness extreme," he clung to Christ as in her active usefulness, and at last called
much as ever, and Jesus was indeed precious to her away from suffering to glory ? - May him.
R. M. God give us grace to love, and watch, and pray, and work, as she did ! Blessed is Nov. 12th.- At Halisar, William Hatton, that servant whom his Lord when He
Esq., aged sixty-nine ; having been forty-eight cometh shall find so doing.'"
years a devoted member of the Wesleyan church.
Favoured with a religious education, he was For some weeks she was quite a prisoner, in consequence of an attack of mercifully preserved from many vices, and from
a child" he knew “the holy Scriptures, which paralysis ; but she still retained her
are able to make wise unto salvation thrcugh peace and cheerful trust in God, calmly faith which is in Christ Jesus." His conversion waiting His will. A second attack de- was clear and decisive ; and its fruits were maniprived her of speech. A few hours after, fest in a life of obedient and active faith. For her happy spirit was released from its forty years he was an efficient Class-Leader, and clay tenement, to be borne on angels'
by his fidelity and affection won the regard and
contidence of the members under his care. His wings to the paradise of God.
religion was unwavering, glowing, and devout. MATTHEW CRANSWICK.
He was warmly attached to the Wesleyan Missionary Society; gave it his hearty support, and rejoiced in its widely-extended operations and
glorious triumphs. To this Society he rendered AUGUST 20, 1857.-At the house of her son-in
long, valued, and efficient services as Collector, law, Arundel-square, Islington, Mrs. Fox, of
Secretary, and District-Treasurer. His death Cheltenham, aged sixty-four, and in the forty
was sudden, yet not unexpected. For some time sixth year of her union with the Methodists.
it had been with him a frequent saying, “ Going She was a meek follower of the Lord Jesus ;
home, and going quickly."
J. L. showing the Christian character in sorrow and joy, health and sickness. At the Divine call, she
Nov. 16th.–Mary Ann Bontley, of Knaresfelt it her duty to come out from among" the
lorough, aged nineteen years. She gave herself ungodly, and to "be separate:" hence she put
to the Lord at an early period of life, saying, in off the world's livery, and was thus protected
the language of David, “ Thou shalt guide me from many an invitation to join in its amuse
with Thy counsel, and afterward receive me to ments and pleasures. In the domestic sphere she
glory.” This resolution, uniformly acted upon, was truly excellent, very frequently taking her
sustained her spirit in the prospect of departing youngest child with her to the throne of the
this life after a short but heavy affliction. Her heavenly grace. As a Class-Leader, she was for
end was eininently tranquil.
M. s. many years highly esteemed; being devoted, faithful, and intelligent. The night before her exit, she said she was “very happy." Faith in
Nov. 27th.--Mr. William Keal, aged seventyGod her Saviour had often triumphed, and it
one, of the Manchester Fifth Circuit. He was triumphed at the last.
converted and " added unto the church" in early the offices of Lender, Local Preacher, and Stew- faithful labourer in the causo of Sunday-school ard. The regularity of his attendance upon the instruction.
life. Preserved by grace, he maintained an unOct. 1st.-At Bedford, Mr. W. Hill, aged fifty- broken fellowship and a stainless character for five years. He had been a Wesleyan Methodist more than fifty years. He filled well, and long,
J. P. F. means of grace, the marked reverence of his deportment in the house of God, and the manifest Dec. 15th.-Near Richmond-Hill chapel, joy with whiclı he fed upon the word, were exem- Leeds, Samuel Perkins, in the eightieth year of plary. Evil speaking was his abhorrence, and in his age. Ile had been a remarkably consistent charity he abounded. While catholic in spirit, Methodist upwards of fifty-five years. He dilihe was yet intensely and intelligently attached to gently employed his talent in the several spheres Methodist. Through all the years of his mem- of usefulness that were open to him, till the close bership his affection for it never wavered. No of his life. For many years he had the care of a child of Israel ever thought more lovingly of class; and was very useful as a Prayer-Leader, a Jerusalem, than he of the church of his choice. Visiter of the sick, and that in most perilous He passed through many severe trials, and suf- cases of cholera. He was a man of good underfered many painful bereavements, but always standing; a careful reader of his Bible, and of bore them with patient and cheerful submission
the Methodist publications that came in his way. to the will of God. He was remarkable for sim. This aided him in forining a correct and decided plicity and quiet strength of character, for fixed- judgment of that section of the church universal ness of purpose, and completeness and consist- by which he was brought to the enjoyment of the ency of Christian life. His end was peace.
salvation of God. He was a wakeful participant 8. C. in all the successes and trials through which
Methodism in Leeds has passed for the last halfNov. 29th.–At Killicomaine, in the Porta- century. The effect, visible in him, was a growth down Circuit, Elizabeth, the beloved wife of Mr. in stability, and attachment to the cause he had Anthony Cowdy. Early converted to God, she espoused. He took a lively part in the prayerbecame remarkably decided in the service of meeting held every morning at six o'clock, till Christ, pressing “ into the holiest of all, by the nearly the last day of his life. His death was blood of Jesus." During a religious course of sudden; but he was waiting for the call. more than thirty years, she exhibited an un
G. T. wavering attachment to Methodism and to its Ministers. Gifted with wisdom, patience in
Dec. 19th.--At Lytham, the Rev. John Walsh, affliction, energy, and love in no ordinary degree,
in the sixty-fourth year of his age, and the forty--the loss of one so exemplary in the various
fourth of his ministry. For nine years he larelations of life has deeply affected her family
boured as a Missionary in Newfoundland, and and friends; but they rajoice in the assured
was made a great blessing. After his return to hope that she “ sleeps in Jesus." R. M.
England, he was much esteemed in his various
Circuits as an eminently Christian man, and a Dec. 7th.-At Ashford, Kent, the Rev. Wil- devoted and laborious Minister of the Lord Jesus. lam Binning, in his sixty-seventh year; who
In 1851, compelled by indisposition to become a departed this life in the true faith of the Gospel Supernumerary, he took up his abode at Birwhich he had so long, earnestly, and successfully
minghain, whence, subsequently, he removed to preached. Forty-one years he devoted to the Lytham. In his retirement, he met a class, work of the ministry; the first nine of which preached, and visited from house to house, as were spent in the West Indies. While there, much as his declining strength would allow. He fevers and fatigue brought on weaknesses which bore a long and painful affliction with exemplary affected him the remainder of his life. His last patience, and often spoke of Christ as “very affliction was painful in the extreme; yet, while
precious" to him. He was favoured with much he sighed, he murmured not. He longed to live, Divine consolation, and had a bright hope of a “ if his Lord and Master would permit," to
glorious immortality. When unable to speak, preach Christ a few years longer. When the he waved his hand; and, when his dear wife medical attendant intimated that a few more said, “Victory," he podded assent, and soon days would close that suffering scene, Mr. Bin
after fell asleep in Jesus.
R. M. ning was asked if he felt saved of Christ; when he replied, “ I have no joy; but I have confi
Jan. 3d, 1858.-Aged sixty-nine, Mr. James dence,....and I have peace." His heart was in
Fildes, of Chcetham-Hill, Manchester. He was the work to the last : he never thought he had
converted to God when eleven years old, and done enough for his Saviour. His labours were
soon afterwards became a member of the Wesprosecuted with untiring assiduity, till within
leyan-Methodist Society. For forty years he was two months of his peaceful death.
a useful Class-Leader, and during the same period D. J. W.
filled other important offices in the church with
fidelity and zeal. He was chastened by long and Dec. 13tlı.- At Ripon, Mr. John Handley, painful affliction, through which he maintained a aged forty-six. Ile had just concluded the devo- calm and unshaken faith in Christ; and he tional exercises of the Sunday-school in the after- finished his course of devotion on earth with noon of the day above-mentioned, when he was earnest intercession on behalf of his family and suddenly seized with alarming illness. Medical friends. His loss is deeply felt by many who aid was obtained; but he expired in the course of knew the value of his faithful and judicious a few minutes. Ile was a good man, and a counsels.
S. W. C.
LONDON : PRINTED BY JAMES NICHOLS, FOXTON-SQUARE.
MEMOIR OF MR. WILLIAM SHREWSBURY, AND OF MARY,
BY THEIR SON, THE REV. WILLIAM J. SHREWSBURY. DEAL, in Kent, was the birth-place of each of these venerable Christians, who have latterly departed to the kingdom of God. Mr. Shrewsbury was born November 1st, 1770 ; and Mary Hayward, whom he married, February 25th, 1773. His ancestors came from Dover, and hers from Canterbury; places of no inconsiderable note in English history. In process of time the families of the Shrewsburys and the Haywards became numerous, and nearly seventy of their descendants were living in Deal ; but years have wrought such changes, that now scarcely six individuals of both branches together can be found in the place, or in its vicinity. Mrs. Shrewsbury survived all her brothers and sisters, so that when she died the generation to which she belonged became extinct : of her husband's immediate relatives, one brother only is living: and of their own large family of ten children, their first-born, the writer of this brief memoir, alone remains to this present. “For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”
Of their earlier years little is known, save only the mournful fact that they were all vanity. Both individuals were sober, industrious, and outwardly moral; but worldly, foolish, and inclined to gaiety, levity, and mirth. Not long after marriage they began to attend the ministry of the Independents, and not in vain ; for that was the first step which issued in their conversion and final salvation. The congregation was occasionally supplied by Dissenting students from Hoxton, among whom was one latterly well known as Dr. Leifchild, then a young man,—whose discourses, full of unction, were not lost upon the writer, wbo with his parents was hearkening attentively to the word spoken by that servant of the Lord. About that time the husband and wife began to feel the solemn truths of the Gospel, and to inquire the way to the kingdom. Gracious feelings increased in the mind of the latter, till she became thoroughly awakened: the former was desirous of mercy, but not so tremblingly alive to a sense of his need of it. Mrs. Shrewsbury attended the prayer-meetings with great diligence, and always took her eldest son with her. The church was flourishing ; many of its members adorned their profession hy holy living ; and under the pastoral care of the Rev. John Vincent, a most godly man, they had the joy of seeing not a few
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