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whether his external or internal sensex matt r_will open to our devout and were affected by the sights and sounds enraptured contemplation. which he found it impossible to utter. JAMES ALEX. MacDONALD.
This seems the import of the words, twice expressed, first, in connexion with the phrase “ third heaven,” and again in
MARCH 15th, 1858.-At Leddington, in the association with the word “ paradise ;'
Ledbury Circuit, Mrs. Rosanna Hicks, in tho namely, “whether in the body or out of sixty-sixth year of her age. She was converted the body, I cannot tell.” If his bodily
to God about twenty years since, and from that senses were affected, then he was in the time to the period of her departure she closely third heaven; if his spiritual, in para
walked with God. Her amiable deportment, her dise ; heaven characterizing the resurrec holy zeal, her unwavering attachment to the tion-state, and paradise the state of the
cause of God in the midst of severe and shameful disembodied just.*
persecutions, her devout and constant attendance 3. Is the happiness of disembodied
on the means of grace, and her eminently peace
ful death, will long cause her memory to be loved saints complete ?
and cherished by a large circle of Christian Viewed in one aspect, certainly ; else friends
J. M. B. wherefore are they designated “the spirits of just men made perfect?” They March 23d.- Sarah Turner, of Beeley, in the are completely happy, not only in freedom Bakewell Circuit, aged sixty-two. About thirty from sin, but also from infirmity. They years ago, under the ministry of the word, she are so, likewise, in the subjects of their was deeply convinced of sin. For hours together cognition ; all that is lovely in humanity,
she locked herself up in her room, azd wrestled all that is admirable in angelic intellect,
with God till she obtained a clear and joyous
sense of the Divine favour. and, to crown the whole, the embodiment
At once she joined and revelation of the glorious Godhead in
the Society, and told her class-mates what the
Lord had done for her soul. From that time she the person of Christ. No truth is more
continued in happy fellowship with the people of distinctly taught in Scripture, than the her choice till she joined the church above.--On introduction of a purified spirit into the the death of her husband, fourteen years ago, presence of Christ immediately upon its the care of a large family devolved upon ber. separation from the body. “ To-day," The trial, and consequent responsibility, sho He said Himself to the penitent thief,
bore as a Christian. She loved the gates of Zion. “ shalt thou be with Me in paradise.
Throughout her religious course, she was a And Paul assures us, that “to depart” is
steady, cheerful Christian; affectionate, up“ to be with Christ; to be “absent from
right, faithful in reproving siu, truly liberal to
the cause of God, and a lover of all who loved the body" is to be “present with the
the Saviour. In her last affliction, which comLord.” But there is, also, a sense in menced about Christmas, she experienced the which the felicity of the disembodied is comforting and sustaining grace of the Holy not complete ; namely, as compared with Spirit. In the midst of pain, she expressed that of their still future resurrection devout thankfulness to God for dealing so gently glory : else they had not been, in that
with her. On her dying bed she often expressed relation, pronounced " imperfect.” (Heb. ber joy in hymns of praise ; especially,– xi. 40.)+ The present body partitions “My God, I am Thine," &c.; off the celestial world, and obstructs the exercise of our spiritual senses.
When laying special emphasis on the words,– this veil is torn, as the veil of Christ's
“ My Jesus to know, and feel His blood flow, flesh was torn, in death, then also is the
"Tis life everlasting, 'tis heaven below." veil of the temple rent; and the spiritual
Other verses--such as, senses, unobstructed, expatiate in the mysteries of the most holy place. But “And if our fellowship below," &c., that release from flesh which permits the “ Then when the mighty work is wrought," &c. perfect exercise of these senses upon spiritual subjects, suspends intercourse
- formed the theme of her rapturous song, while with materialism. In the resurrection,
nature's strength decayed.
J. G. however, both classes of sensation come
April 9th.--At Manorhamilton, Mr. Thomas into vigorous play. The resurrection
Nixon, (formorly of Sorrel-Field,) aged eightybody is “ spiritual," or such as shall not
one. When young, he was brought under conobstruct the exercise of the spiritual viction of sin, while listening to the ministry of senses. In that ultimate state of blessed the word of God by a Methodist Preacher; and ness, the universe-alike of mind and some time after, while similarly engaged, he was
* A point for examination.-EDITORS.
enabled by faith to look to Christ, the sin-atoning “Lamb of God," when he experienced peace of conscience, and joy in the Holy Ghost. He long held the office of Class-Leader, to the profit of many; and for several years, as Steward, served the interests of the Circuit. Having himself experienced benefit from the preaching of the Gospel in a private dwelling-house, he consecrated his own abode to the same holy cause ; and, while many Ministers remember the hospitality there received, eternity alone will reveal the biessed results. While he found that religion did not exonerate him from trials, he proved the sufficiency of Christ's comforting love. At all times he realized the preciousness of the Divine promises, but especially when “in affliction's furnace tried." As he lived, so he died. In life Christ was his only trust; and in the valley of the shadow of death, he felt Christ's supporting grace.
T. W. B.
April 26th.-At Doncaster, Thomas Laverack, in the seventy-ninth year of his age. He was “ an old disciple," having been in cominunion with the Wesleyan Methodists about tifty-five years. Having no advantages from early training, he learned to read the Bible, almost unaided, after his conversion. From the time he found peace with God, he became a decided Christian, and through a life of many changes and trials held" the beginning of his confidence steadfast unto the end." He was remarkable for plain speaking, and sin was always rebuked in his presence. As a Class-Leader and Local Preacher he was zealous and faithful, and was wont to say he could never do too much for his good Master." In his warfare he had hard fighting; but, valiant for the truth, he overcame evil with good, and "endured hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ." Some deemed him, in his conversations about rel gion, rough and intrusive; but his love to souls, and his aim at usefulness, were apparent to all. A little while before his death he lifted up his hands, as in an ecstasy of triumph, and said, “There is my house and portion fair; My treasure and my heart are there,
April 17th.--At Temple-Bruer, in the Sleaford Circuit, in the fifty-fifth year of her age, Sarah Susan, wife of M. C. Burnby, Exq. Her illness was of very short duration, and no serious issue was apprehended till a few minutes before she expired. But, though no testimony to the triumphs of grace could be borne at the end, her religion bad been amply testified in life, and no doubt can exist that death was eternal gain. She was a devoted Methodist nearly thirty years ; deeply interested in the prosperity of the cause, and liberally contributing to its support. She esteemed it an honour to entertain the messengers of the Gospel ; was active in visiting the sick, liberal to the poor, and ready to every good work. For several years she met a class, and anxiously watched over its members. Nearly her last work was to tell what the Lord had done for her soul, and to hear of Ilis gracious dealings with those of her charge.
Here his strength failed; but his faith was strong, and his prospect unclouded; and he sunk into the repose of death, saying, "My Saviour ! -My Saviour!”
W. B. S.
May 1st.-At Shirley, in the Southampton Circuit, Mr. George Lanbam, sen., aged eightyone years.
When yet a child, he lost both his parents by death; but he was mercifully cared for by God, and was restrained, by Ilis fear, from a course of open sin. He was convinced of his fallen and guilty state under the ministry of the late Rev. Joseph Taylor, and soon afterwards obtained peace through believing, and became a new creature in Christ Jesus. He was admitted to church-fellowship among the Wesleyan Methodists in the year 1812, and from that time until his decease maintained a consistent charneter. He greatly valued the means of grace, and experienced the inward power of the Holy Ghost, the Comforter and Sanetitier. In great peace he passed away, to be with Christ.
H. W. W.
April 19th.–At Cheltenham, Anne, wife of Mr. George Fluck. In her girlhood she attended the Wesleyan ministry in Rotherham, where she was convinced of sin, and reconciled to God through our Lord Jesus Christ. ller first ticket of church-membership bears the date of 1804; from which period, to the close of life, she remained in communion with the people of her early choice. She valued highly the means of Christian fellowship : it was her invariable practice, wherever she sojourn d, at once to connect herself with a class. As a means, this greatly contributed to her steadfastness in the faith. She was an intelligent and devout Christian : profiting by the word preached, she valued the ministry highly in love. She was called to endure much suffering, but " possessed her soul in patience." The last conflict was severe, but short: she passed through it " in hope of eternal life," and rested in Christ after a pilgrimage of seventy-two years.
May 3d.- At Skegley, in the Mansfield Circuit, Mary Holmes, aged sixty years. Her death was unexpected; but she was found prepared.
May 14th.–At Salisbury, aged seventy-seven, Mary, the wife of Mr. Daniel Harding, of that city. She lived, for upwards of sixty years, a devout and faithful member of the Methodist church, and died in possession of a calm and settled peace.
LONDON : PRINTED BY JAMES NICHOLS, FOXTON-SQUARE.
MEMORIALS OF MR. THOMAS HINE, LATE OF STOTFOLD,
BEDFORDSHIRE ; AND OF MR. JOSEPH HINE, HIS
Of those who have fallen asleep in Christ, it may be said, that, being dead, they yet speak to us. Their holy lives and peaceful deaths are clear expositions of the nature and advantages of true godliness. The subject of this record has left behind him a fragrant name, which will long live in the affection of thousands.
Mr. Thomas Hine was born at Odell, near Bedford, in the year 1791. His parents, with their family of five children, usually attended the parish-church in that place. This taught him respect for the public worship of God, induced the habit of orderly attendance, and, undoubtedly, laid the foundation of that excellency of character, and usefulness of life, by which he was afterwards distinguished.
In the rural county of Bedford are many landscapes of quiet and placid beauty. Rich woodlands, verdant pasturage, and smiling cornfields meet the eye at every turn; while, dotted hither and thither, are respectable farm-houses, with excellent homesteads. Many of the occupants of these comfortable dwellings are Wesleyan Methodists; and not a few of the hardy sons of toil, by whom the lands are cultivated, belong to the same communion. The writer has known instances in which the master, cultivating his own estate, called bis labourers together in the fields, and, before an ear of corn was cut, held a prayer-meeting under the canopy of heaven; all unitedly acknowledging their dependence on the God both of seed-time and harvest, and earnestly invoking His blessing. Happy, if all who are engaged in agricultural pursuits would in this way imitate a practice for which the sanction of very ancient example may be pleaded :“ And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, The Lord be with you. And they answered him, The Lord bless thee.” (Ruth ii. 4.)
* The reader is indebted, for the former of these papers, to the Rev. Robert Maxwell; for the latter, to the Rev. Thomas Wood, 1st.-It will be observed that the son passed to his rest nearly fourteen months before the father. “Lovely and pleasant in their lives” were these truly excellent men; "and in their death they were not " long “divided : they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions."_EDITORS. VOL. IV.-FIFTH SERIES.