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debility ; but, having partially recovered valued to the claims of religion. The strength, she ventured to go to the sequel will prove that it was not a tit of adjoining house, and by so doing took temporary impulse and excitement, but a cold. Shortly after, she was confined to deliberate conclusion to which he was her room, and for eight weeks she led as he reflected upon the scene of suffered greatly. Her youngest son, Mr. Christian triumph of which he had just W. Eggleston, was also then ill ; and been hearing. Forty-four following years on the 12th of December he died in demonstrated that a spiritual change had peace, aged forty. But in the midst of been wrought in him by the renewing affliction, and loss of the nearest rela- Spirit of God. At a very early age he tives, her mind was kept in great peace. engaged in social supplication with equal A short time before her dissolution she simplicity and fervour of spirit; and requested one of her daughters to write these humble and comparatively private to her old friend Mrs. Roadhouse, and efforts to be useful led to more public inform her “llow very happy" she was. exercises. At eighteen, he began to call In her last days she repeated, among sinners to repentance; and at nineteen others, the following verses :
he was appointed a Class-Leader. In “ No condemnation now I dread," &c.;
both these offices he was eminently use
ful. In preaching Christ and Him cruci" Which of the glories brightest shone, fied, he was actuated by the purest and The justice or the grace;"
highest motives. Two or three brethren, -exclaimed, “ Grace !
who began to preach at the same time, “None is like Jeshurun's God," &c.
speak in glowing terms of his self-denial,
zeal, and usefulness. When he was a And, with joyful anticipation, she added, young man, a general and deep conviction “1 shall soon be where the inhabitants prevailed that he would soon follow his no more say, “ I am sick,'" On Decem brother as a Missionary ; but, on account ber 25th, 1852, God took her happy of business-engagements, and the wishes spirit to join her kindred, and all the of a newly-widowed mother, he declined, blood-washed multitude, in paradise. Whether he acted according to the John ROADHOUSE. Divine will in this case, has frequently
been doubted by some of his friends and TAE late MR. JAMES BROADBENT relatives. was born at Sowerby-Bridge, Yorkshire, At seasons, while engaged as a Local May 15th, 1800.-In the autumn of Preacher, he was remarkably owned of 1813, he, and his only surviving brother, God in the conversion of sinners from now the Rev. Samuel Broadbent, were the error of their ways, and in the spialone in their father's house at Greetland, ritual power and unction which attended when his brother took occasion to read to his word. During the latter part of his him an account of the death of Hali- life, especially, his discourses were chaburton, to which he listened very atten racterized by much evangelical simplicity tively. When he had finished, he said, and purity, and were calculated to instruct “ Well, James, would you not like to and comfort both the young and the die as this good man did ?” He replied, experienced Christian. His great aim “Yes, I should.” His brother added, and desire were to set forth the meaning " Then you know that you must live as of the Holy Ghost in the passages which he did.” He gave no further reply, but, he selected. His addresses were always after a pause, rose, went to a small drawer sound and practical; bis labours, everywhich he called his, took out several where valued and acceptable. He was playthings, and put thein into the fire highly conscientious in attention to apHis brother did not interfere, but ob- pointments. Except when temporary served, “ I hope you will not repent of affliction prevented him, for thirty-eight what you have done." He made no years he continued to preach “the death reply, but the next evening went to his by which we live." The Sunday before father's class-meeting, and not long after his illness began witnessed his “calmly gave clear evidence of having obtained fervent zeal,” bis unwearied devotion to “the righteousness of faith."
duty, and the close of his self-denying The circumstance just named, some public labours. He that day supplied would say, was quite insignificant; but it the Hawkshaw-Lane pulpit for was fraught with results the most mo afflicted brother, and selected a theme on mentous. It exhibited decision of cha which he had delighted to dwell : “ Then racter. Though but a boy, he made the Philip went down to the city of Samaria, sacrifices which he deemed necessary, and preached Christ unto them.” (Acts and yielded a prompt surrender of all he viii. 5.) The evening text, on which he
founded his last sermon, was, “ The those who knew him best loved him ettectual fervent prayer of a righteous most. Throughout life his conduct was man availeth much.” (James v. 16.) irreproachable.
His labours in another department he He had several hair-breadth escapes commenced by forming a new class ; and from death during his chequered course ; in nine months there were thirty-five but the time at length arrived that he members recorded in it, many of whom must gather up his feet and die. His have preceded their first Leader to heaven. last affliction was short, of only seven For the discharge of this office he was days' duration. Its nature required the peculiarly gifted. His matured expe utmost stillness : hence he was desired rience, mellowed piety, extensive observa not to speak more than was necessary. tion, quick discrimination, cheerful and "I have no doubt,” he said, “ as to my affectionate disposition, and intimate spiritual state ; and yet I have not great knowledge of the word of God, were consolation.” With regard to the prayers qualifications above all price. He felt a offered for him by Ministers and others, deep and absorbing interest in the tem- he remarked, “I never before so fully poral and spiritual happiness of all the understood the meaning of that text, ' Is members committed to his care, and any sick among you ? let him call for watched over them as one that must give the elders of the church ; and let them an account, that he might do it with joy, pray over him.'” His wife said, “ You and not with grief.
have been God's servant, and He will not Before removing to Lancashire, he now leave you. “0, dear, no," he resided for several years at Hebden- replied : “ I have had strong confidence Bridge, being engaged in a large cotton for many years." On Tuesday, March mill as manager. During this period he 4th, 1856, a friend observed to him, applied to the owners and principals, who “You now enjoy those blessings of the were pious and useful Methodists, for Gospel which you have preached to pendission to have family-worship in the others." He promptly answered, “V, mill with “ the hands.” They kindly yes !” and wished her to read to him granted ten minutes each day, and the John xvii. As she finished it, he gratepeople denied themselves of ten minutes fully said, “ Those are sterling truths." also from their meal-time ; twenty mi In the evening she remarked, “ You find nutes being thus allotted each day for Christ precious to you now ?”. • 0, this hallowed duty. The blessed result yes !” was the quick answer : “He is of such means was a great amount of precious to them that believe in Him." spiritual good; and eternity alone will The Rev. Thomas H. Squance adminisreveal how many were convinced of their tered to him and his family the memosinfulness, and led to "the Lamb of God, rials of the Lord's death. He entered which taketh away the sin of the world." into the service with great delight, and
More than twenty-one years since, Mr. joyfully declared, “ Jesus is an allBroadbent removed from Yorkshire to sufficient Saviour.” This proved to all the Bolton Circuit; and more than eleven present, and particularly to him, a season years have elapsed since he became a of refreshing from the presence of the resident in the town. For a series of Lord. At midnight, his eldest son, the years he was the Relieving Visiter of the Rev. John Broadbent, whom he had Bolton Benevolent Society; and in the been earnestly desiring to see, arrived at cause of the afflicted poor he felt uncom home. The meeting was very affecting. mou solicitude and sympathy. After The sufferer expressed his great joy, and those visits of mercy he returned home afterwards told him to meet him in with his mind and heart deeply affected; heaven, and to bring a great number but he had frequently made the widow's with him from his present Circuit. On heart to dance for joy, and received Wednesday morning, at four, he became blessings of those who were ready to considerably worse ; and, though he slept perish.
at intervals, his strength henceforth In the domestic circle he was the rapidly declined. At half-past ten his centre of constant pleasantness and in son remarked, “ Father, you are resting struction. Naturally disposed to be on the Rock, Christ Jesus." In his cheerful, he led conversations which were own peculiar phrase, he replied, “ Sure, invariably edifying also. He was marked I am.” In the course of the morning, by a benign, forbearing, and happy spirit. the Rev. Michael Johnson and several Having read extensively, he had a stock other friends prayed with him, while he of general and useful information, from fervently responded. About eleven he which he brought things new and old. was engaged in earnest prayer, and was He was a true and steadfast friend ; and heard saying, “ May the Lord give me
the victory !” A little later, he recog then experienced was shown in the fernised a valued friend, and said, vent, consistent, and deepening piety of shall all meet again in the better world.” forty-four following years. Alluding to his peace and joy, she The means of grace she had previously replied, “ This is worth living for and attended under the influence of parental suffering for ;” and added,
authority and habit; but now the lan
guage of her soul, and of her life, was, “0, what are all my sufferings here,
“ Lord, I have loved the habitation of If, Lord, Thou count me meet," &c.
Thy house, and the place where Thine Here he interposed, and cheerfully said, honour dwelleth.” Often did she leave “ They are nothing in the balance against her work to attend the week-night serthat." The two hours before he died, vices,-preaching, prayer, and bandhis mind was remarkably clear and calm, meetings,—and resume it on returning and his answers were promptly and ener home, presenting an example, in this getically returned. As it was evident
respect, which, if generally followed, that his end was rapidly approaching, his would both evidence and promote a dear children, one by one, took an affec- higher state of grace in the church. She tionate farewell; to each of whom he was now received as a Sunday-school gave his last blessing, and most appro Teacher, and continued such till family priate counsel. He did not forget the duties required her to resign the office. one in Australia, but left his dying She was a liberal supporter of the various charge for him “ to live for heaven, give Connexional funds; and, during the later his heart to God, and be good and kind
years of her lite, (when residing at Lowto his mother.” With ineffable tender- Moor,) she became a methodical and ness he now took adieu of the wife of his
industrious Missionary Collector. In youth, expressing a belief that she would 1850 she was appointed the Leader of a “ not be long after him.” At noon, Mr. juvenile class. Looking constantly and Squance paid his last visit, to whose earnestly to God for help, she was graprayer he earnestly responded, and said, ciously permitted to see the pleasure of “I have
consolation to-day. the Lord prosper among the beloved Shortly after, he looked round the room, objects of her charge. and faintly ejaculated his last and best A disposition most affectionate was benediction, « The Lord bless you all, manifest in all the relations she sustained and be with you all !” He then com to others. “ In her tongue was the law posed himself, seemed to be absorbed in of kindness." 6 Her children arise up, spiritual realities, and shortly after, in and call her blessed; her husband also, the fifty-sixth year of his age, breathed and he praiseth her.” Her piety was his spirit to Him who gave it.-(Read uniformly cheerful. While never light by the Rev. Thomas H. Squance, afler or trifling, she diffused around her the a Funeral Sermon, in Bridye-street genial and hallowed glow of a soul happy Chapel, Bolton, March 16th, 1850.) in God.
But it was more especially in the furMARY ANGLESS was born at Gomer nace of affliction that she was called to sal, in the Birstal Circuit, June 21st, exemplify the Christian character, and 1795. Her parents-William and Mary the sustaining power of grace. In 1846 Hirst-were warmly-attached members she suttered long and severely, but was of the Wesleyan communion for half a always found resigned, rejoicing in her century, and died in great peace. They Saviour, and desiring that her afflictions trained their children in the nurture and might be sanctified to the highest end. admonition of the Lord, and their daugh- They were manifestly so sanctified ; and ter Mary largely partook of the benefits. in them she was pernitted to glorify the Being restrained from evil, and accusa “sufficient" grace of her Redeemer. tomed to religious instructions and exer In 1852 symptoms of the fearful discises, she feared the Lord from her youth, ease (cancer in the breast) which at and early felt the convictions and strivings length proved fatal were rapidly deveof the Spirit of God. To these she fully loped. It may be said of her, that submitted in her seventeenth year, when prayer was made without ceasing of the Birstal was favoured with the ministra church unto God for her,” She endured tions of the Rev. William Bramwell. a desperate surgical remedy with an An extensive outpouring of the Holy unflinching fortitude which only great Ghost was vouchsafed, and many souls grace and the deep-felt presence of God were added to the Lord and to His could inspire. The means employed church, among whom was the subject of were for a time successful, and, with this page. The reality of the change gratitude and praise to God for length
ened days, she resumed with gladness frequently spoke of her approaching her attendance at His house, her com decease with perfect calmness. It was munion with His people, and the duties an event to which she had long looked of her class. But health was only par- forward without dismay; and its close tially restored, and for a limited period. proximity had no sting for her resigned In the beginning of 1855 it became and happy spirit. Upon her children alarmingly apparent that the disease she urged the necessity of giving themwhich had cost her so much pain was not selves at once to God, and preparing for eradicated, but still insidiously spreading another world; while she warmly exA like treatment was again recommended; pressed her gratitude that she herself and for the sake of her family she acqui- had been called in youth to walk in esced. She said, moreover, that the Lord wisdom's way. A few days before her had assured her she should be able to death her speech began to fail, and it was bear it, and expressed an humble desire with difficulty she could articulate. To to suffer all His righteous will. A week a kind friend, who gave her a little water, before the second crisis, when in her she said, “ I shall soon drink it fresh class, and while especial prayer was from the fountain." Her last words, to made on her behalf, she realized the her husband, were, “ I am happy.” She superabounding consolations of the Holy entered into rest April 28th, 1856, in the Ghost, and was filled with ecstatic joy, sixty-first year of her age. By faith we which continued without intermission, follow her flight till she joins “a great and with little abatement, till the trial multitude;" and we ask,
“ Who are was past. To her brother she declared these which are arrayed in white robes ? ber belief that God would enable her to and whence came they?” “These are survive it : “but, if not,” she exclaimed, they which came out of great tribulation, in the fulness of rejoicing hope, “ I know and have washed their robes, and made I shall go straighi to glory." Her con- them white in the blood of the Lamb.” fidence was not a mistaken one. She “ And God shall wipe away all tears was wondrously supported through the from their eyes ; and there shall be no ordeal, and began to recover in some more death, neither sorrow, nor crying ; degree. But this was for a shorter period neither shall there be any more pain; than before. In a few months it was but for the foriner things are passed away.” too plainly evident that her days were
JOSEPH HIRST, numbered. Death, the last enemy, must now be encountered. She therefore began JOHN Mayson, the eldest child of to set her house in order, From the William and Catherine Mayson, was commencement of the year 1856, to the born February 21st, 1800, at Macclesclose of her life, her sufferings were inde- field, Cheshire; in which county his scribably severe ; but she possessed her family, though of an old Shropshire soul in patience. Her language still stock, have long resided. He received was, “ Bless the Lord, O my soul, and an elementary education in his native forget not all His benefits !” She often town; but, owing to the feeble health of said she never thought herself “ hardly his father, he was removed from school dealt with," though the enemy assailed at an early age, and placed in almost her with temptations to that effect. Her paternal relationship; the duties of general state of mind, while confined to which he well discharged, in behalf of a bed, and in agonies of pain, will be numerous family of brothers and sisters. ascertained from her own frequent expres He was from infancy influenced by the sions : “ I am happy : I rest my all on example and counsels of his pious moJesus : I cannot doubt His goodness, ther; who survives to mourn the loss of though I have been an unprofitable ser her first born, and to tell how soon were vant. I should like to suffer with pa- seen in his dutiful behaviour that prutience all my heavenly Father's will; for dent foresight, that industry, that zeal for soon this weak body will be at rest." others' good, that reliance on his own Ten days before her death her husband efforts, (subordinate only to a sense of was severely injured by a fall, which dependence on the Divine will for succonfined him long to his bed. As he cess,) those deeds of almost unconscious was being conveyed to his home, she was generosity, and habits of just economy, informed of the accident; when, with a which became so characteristic of his faith which appeared to rise as her trials later days. multiplied, she exclaimed, “Another After his experience of the blessings storm! But God hath promised, “As of the new birth, (and some time before thy day is, so shall thy strength' be ;' his marriage with one whom he had been and He will fulfil His promise." She graciously led to choose for the partner of
his earthly joys and sorrows, his fellow steps. And now he studied, more intipilgrim to heaven,) he took an active mately than ever, the interests of those part in Sunday-schools, and was known who were nearer and dearer to him than in Salford for his able advocacy of Mis all others; while they, with deepest fondsionary enterprise. Even then, wearied ness, treasured each word, so wise, so as he was with the day's toil, did he often tender, that fell from his lips. devote his leisure evenings to the promo During the continuance of complicated tion of benevolent and religious objects. disease, terminated but by his lamented
Knowledge, carefully acquired in the decease, his sufferings were severe ; and course of his daily duties, he did not his medical attendants held out little hope preserve for his own use merely ; but he of relief from them. Yet he refrained consecrated it for the benefit of those who from manifesting much pain, and retained sought his advice, or those in whose his habits of method and order: nor, so welfare he felt interested. Neither of far as his feebleness would permit, did he these classes was easily numbered. Many neglect any known duty. It was obvious who may read these lines will own, with to Ministers and friends who saw him in grateful tears, that to him whom they the near prospect of eternity, that, to the now mourn they owe, under God, their last, his mind was maturing in boliness, success in life, Nor did he withhold and that he was prepared for the great more public services, which he was often change. called to render in aid of the church of The above is no mere panegyric. It is Christ and of good government, or in an imperfect and inadequate portraiture defence of his country's best institutions, of one who has left no written record of Glorying in his British birthright, and a what he saw, and said, and did; but firm believer that England owes her high whose every feature is engraved, in enposition among the nations to the purity during lines, on the hearts of those whom of her professed religious faith, and the he loved with exceeding affection. Our influence of her religious associations, he desire, our humble contidence, is, that we was always ready to repel any attack, may meet him again, and for ever, in from within or from without, on that happiest home where, with all God's beloved Protestantism. It may be fairly children, we shall share the promised said that his speeches on the platform, inheritance, “ incorruptible, undetiled, and in the chamber of the city Council, and that fadeth not away.' elsewhere, were distinguished by simpli
J. S. Marsox. city of style, justness of conception, and liberality of sentiment, as well as by a manner at once serious and persuasive.
Talents thus employed brought their Died, March 17th, 1856, at St. Giles, exercise into much request; and, among near Torrington, in the Bideford Circuit, many instances of the estimation in Mrs. CHARLOTTE BRIX SMEAD, aged which he was held, it may be mentioned thirty.–From early life she was the subthat in 1851 he was importuned by an ject of religious impressions, and her intiuential portion of his fellow-citizens attendance on the ministry of the word to accept the mayoralty of Manchester. was marked by regularity and thoughtful This gratifying profier, however, and seriousness. Frequently, while listening other honours, were met by a respectful to powerful appeals from the pulpit, she refusal on his part.
was observed to shed tears. Next to her For several years, indeed, preceding the Bible, the truths of which she diligently date just named, it had been evident that studied, and carefully pondered in her his robustness was diminishing; and now heart, the Wesleyan Hymn-Book was symptoms of failing strength (first faintly her favourite companion, and she stored traced when, in 1849, he niourned the her memory well with its treasures. But, loss of a dearly-loved brother, Mr. Wil- though thoughtful and conscientious in her liam Ashburne Mayson) were sadly and deportment, and deeply impressed with too surely developed. Shortly afterwards the value of true religion, it was not until he gave up public work, excepting the about six months before her death that discharge of magisterial functions, and she realized, to their full extent, the the prosecution of his business. From glorious consolations arising from the these engagements, also, he was obliged dire witness of the Holy Spirit to her erelong to retire. The necessity of doing adoption. Her house had been opened 80 was no small trial. He sought, how to receive the messengers of Divine ever, and obtained, the gift of patience in truth; her liberality to the poor caused that retirement to which a mysterious her name to be fragrant ; and her attendbut merciful providence had directed his ance on all the means of grace was exem