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of speech was gone; and with one smile followers is intended to instruct and of affectionate recognition her eyes closed encourage the living. We neglect a upon all worldly objects. She was no valuable opportunity of improvement, if longer an inhabitant of earth, but had we fail to study the virtues of departed reached her resting-place in the skies. saints, and to glorify God in them. “ Absent from the body” she was a present What they were, we too are exhorted with the Lord.” This event occurred on to become, through the grace of Him to Monday, December 30th, 1867, on the whom we all have access in Christ. Let anniversary of her marriage, in the sixty- us awake to emulation and diligence, sixth year of her age.
not being “slothful, but followers of This attempt to describe the ex. them who through faith and patience cellencies of one of Christ's devoted inherit the promises.”
August 16th, 1866.-Some of the servants of field, made Thomas Dakin the faithful and the Lord Jesus, though not known beyond a constant watcher of the tents. Whoever abideth limited sphere, are nevertheless highly valuable, in Christ “bringeth forth much fruit." His and their absence from their accustomed post faithfulness to the Church of his convictions and is long and deeply felt. Such a servant of choice, his patient continuance in well doing, Christ was Thomas Dakin. He was led to when the “ love of many" to her " waxed cold," the Saviour during a period of remarkable his readiness in the time of severe trial, notwithrevival, vouchsafed in connexion with the standing his diffidence, to stand in the gap," services of Methodism in the place where he and his conscientious attendance upon all the passed the greater part of his life. It was services of religion, are beyond all praise. Alvery interesting and instructive to listen to the though for years almost wholly dependent upon accounts he would give of the spiritually charity, his weekly contribution was ever, with mighty men of his youth. His conversion sacred pleasure, laid upon the altar; and he was of a decided character, but was pre- thankfully embraced the opportunity of earning ceded by a prolonged struggle between the a few pence by some little errand, in order that “old man " and the power of Divine grace. he might have something more to give for the He used to say that, at one period, he made it support of the ministers, or for the beatben, a practice to compose himself to sleep whose claims always had a strong hold upon during the former part of the Sunday evening his affections. He truly did what he could. In service, for he knew that there would be no sleep him many a labourer for Christ has lost an for him during the night that followed, through earnest intercessor at the Throne of Grace. The the reproofs of an awakened conscience. Many Society with which he was so long connected, a time, too, did his heart quail beneath the many sick persons whom he visited, and even occasional remarks dropped by the leader of the many who are still “without," but who acknow. prayer.meetings. They sang of heaven, but ledged the power of Christ in him, will long miss he was reminded that there was no heaven for him. Wearisome nights and days were appointed impenitent sinners; the privileges of God's peo- to him before his departure; but he had "strong ple were set forth, but it was clearly explained consolation," and "knew in whom he believed." that none were the sons of God but those He entered into rest in the seventy-first year who were “led by the Spirit of God." Would of his age, having been a member of the that tens of thousands of our unconverted hearers Methodist Society fifty years. might listen to such serions, and experience such nights as Thomas Dakin did, until they October 12th, 1867.--At Chatteris, Mrs. Elizatoo decide for God! Possessed of no remarkable beth Brecken, aged fifty-seven years. For more powers of mind, and often aflicted with weak- than thirty years she was a member of the ness of body, placed also in very humble circum- Methodist Society, and a sincere, though timid, stances, he made his influence to be felt, and his Christian. In her last illness she possessed ber veryname seemed to be a power for good. Natu- soul in patience, and died calmly resting on the rally he was retiring, even to a fault; but wherever merits of her Redeemer.
J. G. duty called he went, and his Master was with him. We never heard him charged with any failing November 16th.-Aged seventy, Ann, the but the one hinted at above; and it may be beloved wife of Thomas Broadbent, Esq., of truly said, that his character was pure and Grove House, Ardwick, Manchester, and daughunblemished. He was a blessed example of the ter of the late Thomas Holy, Esq., of Sheffield. value of a clear apprehension of the fulness Under the training of parents eminent for their of the provisions of the Gospel, and was a devotedness to God, and zeal in His service, she humble witness of the power of Christ to save realized in early life the power and blessedness to the uttermost. The grace which has often of experimental religion ; delighting greatly made others giant warriors in the battle in the public and social means of grace, and
zealously engaging in various acts of Christian born at Acton-Burnell, and was trained by his philanthropy. She was a diligent student of the parents to a regular attendance at church; but Holy Scriptures, and specially so when deprived althougli bis character was outwardly good, he in her later years, to a great extent, of the sense was at that time a stranger to vital religion. of hearing. Her last illness, though short, was Early in the present century he came to reside in marked by perfect submission to the Divine will, Shrewsbury ; and about the year 1811, he was and by calm yet firm reliance on the atonement induced, by the counsels and persuasions of a of the Saviour. The administration of the Lord's beloved sister, to join the Methodists at St. Supper, in which her sorrowing husband partici- John's Hill. Having felt a sense of his lost pated, was to her a season of more than ordinary condition as a singer, and found peace with God spiritual refreshment and holy joy. In the cheer- through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, he went ing anticipation of those exalted "pleasures" on his way rejoicing, and for fifty-five years which are at God's “ right hand for evermore,” exemplified the genuineness of his conversion by she sweetly fell asleep in Jesus. W. W. S. his cheerful, consistent, and holy life. During
the whole of this period he was seldom absent January 9th, 1868.–At Manea, in the Chatteris from his class. For many years he laboured as a Circuit, William Fields Cox, aged sixty-three Sunday-school teacher, a visiter of the sick, anda years. He was blessed with a pious father, prayer-leader, and in various ways sustained and whose care was to train him up for God; but in promoted the cause of God. His diligence in early life he was wayward and rebellious, and business gained him the entire confidence of his he found, to his cost, that “the way of trans- employers, and his punctuality and obliging disgressors is hard." But at length his father's position the goodwill and esteem of the tradesprayers were heard and answered. By the Holy men of the town. He was confined to his house Spirit's agency, a thorough change was wrought and to his bed for some months, but was always in his whole spirit and conduct, and through calm, reposing on Christ, until at last he sank faith in the blood of Jesus, he obtained to rest, peacefully and without pain. peace with God, and became a happy, devoted,
W. B. D. and consistent Christian. For more than thirty years he "adorned the doctrine of God his January 22d.-At Gateshead, Mrs. Middleton, Saviour," as a member of the Methodist Society, widow of the late Mr. Middleton. She was a and for twenty as a Sabbath-school teacher. devoted member of the Wesleyan-Methodist Oftentimes in the house of God, under the Society, and greatly loved its class-meetings. ministry of the Word, and in the class-meeting, Her departure was very peaceful. his soul was dissolved in love, and filled with
R. H. rapturous joy. His death-bed was a scene not to be forgotten. Amidst agony and prostration of January 31st.-At Heillhouse, in the Huddersno common kind, his mind was wonderfully sup- field (Queen-street) Circuit, Mrs. Elizabeth ported, and heaven seemed open to his view. Binns, in the eighty-eighth year of her age. The precious promises of God's Word were the Forty years ago her husband was seized with joy and strength of his soul; and many who mortal sickness. Up to this time they had lived visited him felt their faith confirmed, as they strangers to experimental religion ; but Mr. witnessed his triumph over death. His funeral Binns sought and found mercy in his affliction, sermon on a week-night in his native village and there was hope in his death, This visitation was attended by a large and deeply-affected was sanctified to the bereaved widow. The pious congregation.
J. G. minister who had directed her husband to the
Saviour, continued his visits to the family, and January 14th.- At Chatteris, Ann, the wife of his labours were blessed to her conversion. She Mr. Richard Moulton. For upwards of thirty united herself with the people of God, and was Fears she was a true helpmate to her husband in for many years a member in the Queen-street all domestic and spiritual matters. She aided him Circuit. Mrs. Binns was unassuming in her in training up a family of ten children in the deportment,-a meek and quiet believer in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” One of Lord Jesus Christ. Through the weight of these is now a minister in the Wesleyan- years she was not able, for some time, to attend Methodist Connexion; another a Local preacher; the public means of grace, as was formerly her and dearly all the rest are members of the Society, custom and delight; but she sought by prayer and active supporters of Methodism in all its and faith to retain the life of God in her soul. interests. Her early instructions, so tender and During the affliction which terminated her life, wise, are remembered with reverence and grati- her mind was kept in peace. She frequently tude. Her quiet but earnest spirit was always expressed a lively sense of the goodness of God, meking to devise and carry out schemes of useful- who had been a Husband to the widow, and a ness in the Church and in the world ; and, as a "Father" to her “fatherless children." She visiter of the sick poor, her name is still fragrant spoke confidently of heaven as her future home ; among many. In her last illness she was unable and declared that “to die" would be " gain." to say much; but her confidence in God was Again and again she repeated, as she neared the wwavering; and just before she left the world, heavenly mansions, “ Christ is precious. Christ her uplifted hand betokened her triumph over is precious."
J. B. the last enemy, through the blood of Jesus.
J. G. February 6th.-At Leighton-Buxtard, Mary,
the wife of the Rev. W. G. Duncan, and sister January 20th.–At Shrewsbury, Mr. John of the late Rev. Joseph Stinson, D.D. For Brazjer, aged ninety-one years.
forty-eight years she had been a member of the
Wesleyan-Methodist Society, and adorned the in storing his mind with useful knowledge. His doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. When connexion with the Lower-Town Sabbath-school, she was asked, “Is Christ precious ?" she re- begun when a boy, was undisturbed through life. plied firmly, “ He is; " and declared that He He was appointed to the office of class-leader was the one Object of her trust. Her last words, when comparatively a young man. The confiwhile gasping for breath, were, “ Pass-through dence which the Church placed in him was -death-triumphant-home."
honoured, and the hopes which were entertained W. G. D were fulfilled by his course of usefulness in this
department of service. He sought to underFebruary 10th.-At Liverpool, in the Pitt- stand the condition of those who met with him, street Circuit, in the eighty-first year of her and to direct and strengthen them by sober, age, Mrs. Grace Kirk, relict of Mr. Samuel judicious, faithful counsel. His words were often Kirk, late of Thorp-Hesley, in the Rotherham like “apples of gold in pictures of silver," and Circuit. She gave her heart to God, and sought were greatly blessed to his charge. As a Local and found salvation, through the Lord Jesus preacher he laboured during a period of thirty Christ, in the ninth year of her age. She forth- years with fidelity and acceptance. His preachwith joined the Methodist Society, and for ing was plain; but it was also remarkably seventy-two years, in the various spheres in practical and searching, and sometimes which she was called to move, she was a modest, it rose to a strain of powerful eloquence. His uniform, and consistent follower of her Divine patient study of the Word of God, his quiet Master. Her house, whilst she resided at Thorp- energy, and his unswerving fidelity in the disHesley, was for many years the home of the Local charge of duty, will cause his name long to be preachers on their appointments to that place; remembered with esteem and love. His deep and for some time previous to the family re- and tender filial affection for his mother through moving to Liverpool, the ministers of the Circuit a long affliction, is worthy not only of the adalso enjoyed the hospitalities of the same home. miration, but the imitation, of all in similar While Mrs. Kirk was not unmindful of outward circumstances. As a brother, he was distinthings, the great absorbing principle of her pro- guished by loving thoughtfulness; and as a tracted life, was to keep her heart right with friend, he was ever faithful. The affliction God, and stand with her lamp trimmed and her which proved fatal extended over a period of light burning. Nothing would stir the depths nearly six weeks. He had a desire, “if it of her soul like a heart-searching sermon, filled were the will of God," to live a little longer; with the marrow and fatness of the Gospel, or but he was thoroughly delivered from the fear with Christian experience from the heart of of death, and the inordinate love of life. That some eminent follower of Christ. As her strength Gospel which he had long preached to others declined, she anticipated “going home ” with he felt, in affliction and death, to be the evident delight. Her prospects, through faith strength and solace of his own soul. There in Christ, were bright and clear ; and at length was no struggle at the last; he fell almost imthe long-wished-for summons came, and her perceptibly into the closing slumber; and, as the spirit rose to mingle with the sanctified above. mortal scene closed, there was a serene and
J. T. lovely smile on the thin, pallid countenance. “So He giveth His beloved sleep.”
P. F. February 10th. - At Lower-Town, in the Keighley Circuit, William Shackleton, in the March 6th.-At Chelmsford, aged seventysixtieth year of his age. He was born at Moor- eight years, Mrs. Isabella Rice. She was side, near Lower-Town, April 9th, 1808. He was a native of Askrigg, in Yorkshire. Of the the child of godly, Methodist parents, who circumstances of her conversion no particular trained him up in the fear of the Lord; and in account can be given ; but for many years past very early life he was a subject of deep religious she was a consistent member of the Wesleyanimpressions. The thoughtfulness and the sobriety Methodist Society, remarkable for integrity of of judgment, for which he was always remarkable, character, unobtrusiveness of demeanour, were manifested even in his boyhood. When and a faithful discharge of duty. In every thing twenty years of age he began to meet in class ; affecting the prosperity and increase of Christ's but three or four years passed away before he cause, she evinced a lively interest to the last. received a clear sense of his acceptance with During hier brief illness, she was sustained by a God. His sincere and earnest desire to enjoy firm faith in Christ as her all-sufficient Saviour. the Divine favour strengthened into a holy deter- Her patience and resignation also were very mination which led him, along with his only marked. A short time before her death, upon a brother, to wrestle all night in prayer for par- suggestion being made to her that she should doning mercy. As that memorable night was once more commemorate the dying love of the closing, and the dawn of day appeared, the sum Redeemer, she joyfully acceded to the proposal, of rigliteousness shone clearly upon his soul, and and joined with other friends in this solemn by simple faith in the atoning blood he was service with much fervour; and in about two made happy. In his youth he evinced a great hours afterwards, her spirit fled away to be for desire for mental improvement, and succeeded ever with the Lord.
J. D, J.
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