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of speech was gone; and with one sinile followers is intended to ipstruct 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 " 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 the Lord Jesus, though not known beyond a limited sphere, are nevertheless highly valuable, and their absence from their accustomed post is long and deeply felt. Such a servant of Christ was Thomas Dakin. He was led to the Saviour during a period of remarkable revival. vouchsafed in connexion with the services of Methodism in the place where he passed the greater part of his life. It was very interesting and instructive to listen to the accounts he would give of the spiritually mighty men of his youth. His conversion was of a decided character, but was preceded by a prolonged struggle between the “old man " and the power of Divine grace. He used to say that, at one period, he made it a practice to compose himself to sleep during the former part of the Sunday evening service, for he knew that there would be no sleep for him during the night that followed, through the reproofs of an awakened conscience. Many a time, too, did his heart quail beneath the occasional remarks dropped by the leader of the prayer.meetings. They sang of heaven, but he was reminded that there was no heaven for impenitent sinners; the privileges of God's people were set forth, but it was clearly explained that none were the sons of God but those who were “led by the Spirit of God." Would that tens of thousands of our unconverted hearers might listen to such serinons, and experience such nights as Thomas Dakin did, until they too decide for God! Possessed of no remarkable powers of mind, and often afflicted with weakness of body, placed also in very humble circum stances, he made his influence to be felt, and his very name seemed to be a power for good. Naturally he was retiring, even to a fault; but wherever duty called he went, and his Master was with him. We never heard him charged with any failing but the one hinted at above; and it may be truly said, that his character was pure and unblemished. He was a blessed example of the value of a clear apprehension of the fulness of the provisions of the Gospel, and was a humble witness of the power of Christ to save to the uttermost. The grace which has often made others giant warriors in the battle
field, made Thomas Dakin the faithful and constant watcher of the tents. Whoever abideth in Christ “bringeth forth much fruit." His faithfulness to the Church of his o choice, his patient continuance in well doing, when the “ love of many" to her " waxed cold," his readiness in the time of severe trial, notwithstanding his diffidence, to stand in the gap," and his conscientious attendance upon all the services of religion, though for years almost wholly dependent upon charity, his weekly contribution was ever, with sacred pleasure, laid upon the altar; and he thankfully embraced the opportunity of earning a few pence by some little errand, in order that he might have something more to give for the support of the ministers, or for the beatben, whose claims always had a strong hold upon his affections. He truly did what he could. In him many a labourer for Christ has lost an earnest intercessor at the Throne of Grace. The Society with which he was so long connected, many sick persons whom he visited, and even many who are still" without," but wbo acknow. ledged the power of Christ in him, will long miss him. Wearisome nights and days were appointed to him before his departure; but he had "strong consolation," and "knew in whom he believed." He entered into rest in the seventy-first year of his age, having been a member of the Methodist Society fifty years.
October 12th, 1867.--At Chatleris, Mrs. Elizabeth Brecken, aged fifty-seven years. For more than thirty years she was a member of the Methodist Society, and a sincere, though timid, Christian. In her last illness she possessed ber soul in patience, and died calmly resting on the merits of her Redeemer.
November 16th.-Aged seventy, Ann, the beloved wife of Thomas Broadbent, Esq. OP Grove House, Arduick, Manchester, and daughter of the late Thomas Holy, Esq., of Sheffield. Under the training of parents eminent for their devotedness to God, and zeal in His service, she realized in early life the power and blessedness of experimental religion ; delighting greatly in the public and social means of grace, and
zealously engaging in various acts of Christian philanthropy. She was a diligent student of the Holy Scriptures, and specially so when deprived in her later years, to a great extent, of the sense of hearing. Her last illness, though short, was marked by perfect submission to the Divine will, and by calm yet firm reliance on the atonement of the Saviour. The administration
ar. The administration of the Lord's Supper, in which her sorrowing husband participated, was to her a season of more than ordinary spiritual refreshment and holy ioy. In the cheering anticipation of those exalted" pleasures" which are at God's " right hand for evermore,” she sweetly fell asleep in Jesus. W. W. S.
born at Acton-Burnell, and was trained by his parents to a regular attendance at chu although his character was outwardly good, he was at that time a stranger to vital religion, Early in the present century he came to reside in Shrewsbury ; and about the year 1811, he was induced, by the counsels and persuasions of a beloved sister, to join the Methodists at St. John's Hill. Having felt a sense of his lost condition as a singer, and found peace with God through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, he went on his way rejoicing, and for fifty-five years exemplified the genuineness of his conversion by his cheerful, consistent, and holy life. During the whole of this period he was seldom absent from his class. For many years he laboured as a sunday-school teacher, a v Sunday-school teacher, a visiter of the sick, and a prayer-leader, and in various ways sustained and promoted the cause of God. His diligence in business gained him the entire confidence of his employers, and his punctuality and obliging disposition the goodwill and esteem of the tradesmen of the town. He was confined to his house and to his bed for some months, but was always calm, reposing on Christ, until at last he sank to rest, peacefully and without pain.
W. B. D.
January 9th, 1868.-At Manea, in the Chatteris Cireuit, William Fields Cox, aged sixty-three years. He was blessed with a pious father, whose care was to train him up for God; but in early life he was wayward and rebellious, and he found, to his cost, that “the way of transgressors is hard." But at length his father's prayers were heard and answered. By the Holy Spirit's agency, a thorough change was wrought in his whole spirit and conduct, and through faith in the blood of Jesus, he obtained peace with God, and became a happy, devoted, and consistent Christian. For more than thirty years he “ adorned the doctrine of God his Saviour," as a member of the Methodist Society, and for twenty as a Sabbath-school teacher. Oftentimes in the house of God, under the ministry of the Word, and in the class-meeting, his soul was dissolved in love, and filled with rapturous joy. His death-bed was a scene not to be forgotten. Amidst agony and prostration of DO common kind, his mind was wonderfully supported, and heaven seemed open to his view. The precious promises of God's Word were the joy and strength of his soul; and many who visited him felt their faith confirmed, as they witnessed his triumph over death. His funeral Sermon on a week-night in his native village was attended by a large and deeply-affected congregation.
January 22d.-At Gateshead, Mrs. Middleton, widow of the late Mr. Middleton. She was a devoted member of the Wesleyan-Methodist Society, and greatly loved its class-meetings. Her departure was very peaceful.
January 14th.-At Chatteris, Ann, the wife of Mr. Richard Moulton. For upwards of thirty years she was a true helpmate to her husband in all domestic and spiritual matters. She aided him in training up a family of ten children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." One of these is now a minister in the WesleyanMethodist Connexion; another a Local preacher; and nearly all the rest are members of the Society, and active supporters of Methodism in all its interests. Her early instructions, so tender and wise, are remembered with reverence and gratitude. Her quiet but earnest spirit was always seeking to devise and carry out schemes of useful Less in the Church and in the world ; and, as a Visiter of the sick poor, her name is still fragrant Among many. In her last illness she was unable to say much; but her confidence in God was utawavering; and just before she left the world, het oplifted hand betokened her triumph over the last enemy, through the blood of Jesus.
January 31st.-At Heillhouse, in the Huddersfield (Queen-street) Circuit, Mrs. Elizabeth Binns, in the eighty-eighth year of her age. Forty years ago her husband was seized with mortal sickness. Up to this time they had lived strangers to experimental religion ; but Mr. Binns sought and found mercy in his affliction, and there was hope in his death. This visitation was sanctified to the bereaved widow. The pious minister who had directed her husband to the Saviour, continued his visits to the family, and his labours were blessed to her conversion. She united herself with the people of God, and was for many years a member in the Queen-street Circuit. Mrs. Binns was unassuming in her deportment,-a meek and quiet believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. Through the weight of years she was not able, for some time, to attend the public means of grace, as was formerly her custom and delight; but she sought by prayer and faith to retain the life of God in her soul. During the affliction which terminated her life, her mind was kept in peace. She frequently expressed a lively sense of the goodness of God, who had been a Husband to the widow, and a "Father" to her fatherless children." She spoke confidently of heaven as her future home; and declared that "to die" would be " gain." Again and again she repeated, as she neared the heavenly mansions, " Christ is precious. Christ is precious."
January 20th.-At Shrewsbury, Mr. John Brazier, red ninety-one years. He was
February 6th.--At Leighton-Burcard, Mary, the wife of the Rev. W. G. Duncan, and sister of the late Rev. Joseph Stinson, D.D. For 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 & 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. Tbat 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
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 seventy. sixtieth 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 Wesleyaniimpressions. 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 her 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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