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husband, her house was ever open to the but rather made to feel the reproof of her preachers of the Gospel; and all who have silence, or charitable explanation. Her been entertained there can bear testi. deep, undying, and increasing love to the mony to the hearty welcome, and the gen- cause of Christ was such, that we think we nine, unaffected hospitality, they ever re- might apply to her the words of the great ceived. She was remarkable for sauvity Master: "She hath done wbat she could.” of
manner, gentleness of spirit, and con. But while the grace of God was beautistant patience under trial. It was my fully illustrated in her quiet, consistent, privilege to see her often in her last long unselfish life, it was remarkably displayed affliction ; and I never before witnessed in her sufferings and death. The affliction such a fine illnstration of the sentiment: which, in the mysterious providence of God, The chamber where the good man meets his occasioned her death, is well known to be fate
one of the most painful to which humanity Is privileged beyond the common walk
is liable. But, notwithstanding this, she of virtuous life, quite in the verge of heaven.'" went about the house, as strength would
Her last terrible affliction-cancer in permit, attending to ber domestic duties the toogue and throat-was endured for with an evenness and cheerfulness which nearly a year, with a Christian fortitude only few Christians evince when in the which was admired by all who witnessed possession of health. When her sufferings it
. When, in the month of October, 1866, were excruciating no murmur ever escaped she was first informed by the physician of her lips ; but she often uttered expressions the nature of her affliction, and told that of gratitude to God. Twelve weeks before it might probably prove fatal, she replied her death, the progress of the disease with the most perfect composure, that if brought on profuse bleeding, which was such were her lot she trusted the Lord cxpected, both by herself and those around would give her strength to suffer His will. her, to result in death. She was then un
Margaret Featherstone was one of those speakably happy, and exhorted the loved choice spirits whose society is courted, and ones around her to live near to God, and whose conversation and life are most re- meet her in heaven. She said, “We shall freshing and elevating to their fellow-Chris. all meet again, a family in heaven.” When tians. Like those flowers which present the bleeding subsided a little, she exclaimed, the highest beauty, and emit the richest
“ Above the rest this note shall swell, fragrance, so her life had a peculiar attrac- My Jesus hath done all things well ! tion and charm, and her usefulness deserves to be admired and imitated. In her there
During the last ten weeks of her life she
was quite unable to take solid food, and was a rare symmetry of Christian character. “Whatsoever things are true, honest, still, in the midst of intense and pro
for three successive nights had no sleep ; just, pure, lovely, and of good report” she tracted suffering, it was most pleasing to happily exhibited. Her natural disposition observe the composure of her spirit. One was amiable, and a large measure of religion of the highest tributes to her character was made it still more lovely. In the several the pleasure felt by all around her, even the relations of life she was exemplary. As a daughter, her obedience was marked by a
servants of the family, if they could in any
way minister to her comfort. While her cheerful promptitude; as a sister, her affec. daughter was sitting by her bed-side, she tion was deep and constant; as a wife, heard her whisper, "Perfect love casteth she did her husband “good, and not evil, all the days of her life ;
out fear.” Again, she said, “ Praise the
as a mother, she Lord, all is welll' It is all through the blended kindness with authority, so that her children loved her, while they revered
merits of Christ. and obeyed her. The poor had in her a
• I shall suffer and fulfil willing helper ; and the blessing of such as
All my Father's gracious will ;
Be in all alike resign'd; were ready to perish came upon her.".
Jesu's is a patient mind.' The foundation of all her excellencies It would be a happy release to depart, but was Christ. Through Him she had that lose to God which casteth out fear,” and I am quite willing either to go, or to suffer. that love to man which destroys all hatred, O what are all my sufferings hero, eavy, sel6shness, and upcharitableness.
If, Lord, Thou count me meet Her control of her feelings and her tongue
With that enraptured host to appear, was such, through the grace of God,
And worship at Thy feet!"" that she never manifested in word or When asked, the day before she died, deed anything contrary to meekness and by her sorrowing husband, if she was happy, charity. The slanderer and evil-surmiser she said, " 0, yes, very happy!” When were never encouraged in her presence ; unable to speak, her smiling countenance
evinced her peace and joy in a way the Lord on August 30th, 1867. Her which will never be forgotten. Thus father, Mr. William Clarkson, was a man passed away to a better land, on July 6th, of piety and usefulness in connexion with 1867, one of the most devoted followers of the society at George-yard. He was the Lamb. As she lived, so she died, rest. removed by death while she was yet ing on Christ alone.
P. F. a child, leaving a numerous family to the
care of his widow, whose efforts for their MR. JOHN GREATBACH, of Penkhull, spiritual welfare were rewarded by their Stoke-upon-Trent, entered into rest on the early conversion to God and their union 11th of July 1867, in the fifty-eighth with His people. Oue of them became year of his age. His father was an officer the wife of the Rev. H. B. Foster, Wesin the army, and died in the prime of life, leyan Missionary to Jamaica, in which leaving a widow and young family. island she closed a holy and useful life, Shortly afterwards his mother removed to devoted to the service of the Redeemer. Penkhull.
The particulars of Mrs. Christie's coarerIn early life the subject of this brief sion are not known ; but the reality of sketch was taken to the Sabbath-school the change is undoubted. Being trained at Stoke, and was brought under the froin her childhood "in the nurture and influence of the Wesleyan-Methodist admonition of the Lord,” it is probable ministry. The Holy Spirit applied the that in her case, as in that of others word to his heart; and, being led to Christ, similarly favoured, the transition to a he joined the Methodist Society, and for state of grace and salvation was more nearly forty-five years adorned his pro- gradual and less striking than is commonly fession. For a very lengthened period he the experience of those whose conversion was connected with the Sabbath-school, has been preceded by a life of practical and was one of its most efficient teachers. uogodliness. The“ incorraptible seed" of He had a deep acquaintance with the Word Divine truth, prayerfully sown in her of God, an unshaken trust in its great tender mind, and watered by the gracions verities, and a profound_regard for the influences of the Holy Spirit, was, through house and worship of the Lord.
an unfeigned faith, effectual to regenerate In his work as a teacher he was inde- her heart, and to produce a life of devotion fatigable, and, through the Divine blessing, to Him who "loved her and gave Himself very successful. Many will long remem- for her.” ber the words of wisdom which fell from Among her papers a Society-ticket was
As a Christian, he was modest found, dated June, 1893, and bearing the and unassuming; and this feature of initials of the late Rev. W. L. Thornton. character appeared the more lovely to She was theu in her thirteenth year, and those who knew the extent of his theological froin that time to the close of her life she kuowledge, the range of his literary ac- continued to be a consistent member of quirements, and the grasp of his mental the Church. It is the testimony of her powers. A volume of his poems was leader, with whom she met in class for published in 1858, and was very favour. seventeen years, that“her religious experiably received by the public press.
ence was always clear, and her trust in The illness which terminated his earthly the Atonement firm and unwavering." Her career was of a painful character. His leader adds, "that she never knew any one sight failed to such an extent that it was who more fully exemplified the charity that with difficulty he could move about. "hopeth all things,' and 'never faileth, Then followed congestion of the brain, but is ever ready to cast a mantle over the which, for many days before his death, faults and failings of others.” deprived him of consciousness. But his During the earlier part of her life, Mrs. heart was fixed, trusting in the Lord. Christie was actively employed in visiting Some of the last coherent words which he the sick and suffering,-a work for which uttered were those of the Psalmist. As an amiable and affectionate disposition, the mountains are round about Jerusalem, sanctificd by Divine grace, peculiarly so the Lord is round about His people qualified her. In after years, when the from henceforth even for ever.” He fell claims of a family and bodily indisposiasleep in Jesus, esteemed and regretted by tion rendered her incapable of engaging in his neighbours generally, and beloved by that duty to the same extent, she was ever the Church of which he was a member. ready to listen to the wants of the poor, R. NEWTON BARRITT. and took delight in meeting them with
true Christian liberality. Her walk and MRS. J. G. CHRISTIE, of Hull, was conversation before others were worthy of born on March 14th, 1821, and died in the Gospel; but it was in her own house
hold that her worth was most powerfully submission to the will of God, and trust felt. Possessed of an extensive acquaint. in Christ for salvation. On the morning ance with the Holy Scriptures, and con. of the day on which she died, he had an templating with admiration the works of interview with her, when she gave most God in nature, she had the ability to satisfactory evidence that she was firmly impart instruction in so pleasing and fixed on the Rock of Ages, and that her attractive a manner, as to captivate the heart and treasure were in heaven. When hearts of her children, and cause them to he had retired, she broke forth, as on the delight in listening to her.
evening before, in an agony of supplica-. Four or five years ago the health of Mrs. tion for her family: on this occasion Christie began seriously to fail, and from praying for her husband, her mother, and that time she was frequently unable to each of her children, as well as for other attend the services of the house of God. members of her household, by name. But by sanctified affliction her Christian Her sufferings now became intense; and character was matured, and she was in she cried, “ Jesus, Jesus ! if it be creasingly prepared for the nobler service consistent with Thy will, cut short the of the heavenly sanctuary: On the work in righteousness ; but, if otherwise, evening of Sunday, May 19th, 1867, the I am willing still to suffer !” About attack took place which at length termi- one o'clock she called upon her husband nated in death. The family was engaged to pray with her, saying that a cloud had in singing Bishop Heber's beautiful hymn, arisen over her mind, but shortly aftercommencing, * God, who madest earth
wards she said it was removed. Then and heaven," when she was seized with she asked, “Is this death p” and added, sudden illness, and exclaimed, “ It is all “I am in the valley; but it is light! over with me; one by one our Heavenly Christ is with me! Jesus, Jesus !" and, Father is taking us home!” Contrary to with the Saviour's precious name on her her own expectation, and that of her lips, she passed away to the regions of friends, she was spared for several weeks endless light and life.
J. P. to exemplify the power of Divine grace, and to experience a more perfect meetness CHARLOTTE, the affectionate and beloved for "the inheritance of the saints in light." wife of the Rev. James Nance, aged fortyDuring this time she was preserved from nine years, died at York, October 11th, all distressing thoughts about leaving her 1867. Her maiden name was Clemow; children ; and whenever the subject was and she was born in the parish of St. mentioned, she would meet the remark Enoder, in Cornwall. Her mother died with some appropriate promise of Scrip- when she was very young, and her early ture, which she delighted to repeat training was not such as tended to lead While her family and friends were fondly her to God. In the year 1837, under hoping that she might ultimately recover, the searching and powerful ministry of on the evening of August 29th, she sud- the Rev. Joseph Wood, then stationed in denly became worse ; and it was soon the Truro Circuit, she was awakened, and apparent that the end was at hand. Her converted to God. Being made happy in husband alluding to her boys, whom she the conscious enjoyment of salvation was about to leave, she became much through faith in Jesus Christ, she joined animated, and prayed most fervently again the Wesleyan-Methodist Society, and and again, “ Angel of the covenant, bless remained a consistent member of it to the lads.” Afterwards she repeated, with the day of her death. For some years the calmness of sustained faith,
Miss Clemow resided in London, and had "With me in the fire remain,
the privilege of meeting in the class Till like burnish'd gold I shine ; led by the venerable Richard Reece. Meet, through consecrated pain, She sat under the ministry of the Revs. To see the face Divine."
William Barton, Joseph Fowler, and In the midst of much suffering, she others, and greatly profited thereby. In continued to call apon the Lord Jesus, 1848 she was united in marriage to the and to plead the promises of His word; Rev. J. Nance, and proved herself in and requested those around her to pray every sense a help meet for him. As a that she might be preserved from temp. wife and a mother she was most devoted, tation, and that her mind might be kept affectionate, and exemplary. Her piety clear and nuclouded to the last.
was deep and earnest, but unobtrusive. It was the privilege of the writer of She walked " in the fear of the Lord, and this sketch to visit Mrs. Christie fre- in the comfort of the Holy Ghost.” It quently during her last illness; and he was impossible to know her, and not always found her in the same spirit of highly ésteemi and love - her. No one could be long in her presence without It was abont this time that the Spirit feeling that she lived a healthier of God powerfully convinced her of ber atmosphere than that which surrounds sinful state. She became deeply conordinary Christians. She was regular cerned about her soul, and juined the class and diligent in her attention to all of the late Mr. David Watson. Soon Christian duties. Very often she ventured afterwards she obtained an assurance of beyond what her strength would justify, the pardoning love of God through Christ; in order to attend the house of God; and and, having herself found peace, she beshe seldom went without being met by God, came very anxious for the salvation of and returning refreshed in spirit. For the members of her family. Her attempts four or five years her health was very to induce them "to flee from the wrath feeble ; but during the eight or nine to come " were at first unsuccessful ; and months preceding her death she grew she had to bear, for several years, perstronger, and hopes were entertained that secution and reproach in the domesthe danger was passed, and that she would tic circle. But she persevered; and at ultimately recover. In entering on the York length she began to receive her reward New-street Circuit, she became worse; First her elder sister was induced to go yet it was thought that this unfavourable with her to chapel, and ultimately to join change was the result of fatigue, and the Society, and was soon made a parthat it would pass away. But these taker of the love of God. Next, ber anticipations were disappointed; and soon parents were prevailed upon to show more the period arrived when hope could be respect than hitherto for the Lord's day; indulged no longer. She felt this; but and, after a few years, they also were cou. committed herself to Christ, and calmly vinced of their need of a change of heart. resigned all to His disposal. During the This conviction resulted in her mother's last fortnight of her life she suffered joining the Methodist Society, and in her much, but complained not. When told father's listening to her religious counsels. by her medical attendant that recovery She had, indeed, in a peculiar was, an was scarcely possible, she said, “I could opportunity of “showing piety at hoxe." have wished to live a little longer, for the Daring forty years before his death her sake of my family. I did not think that father's hearing was so far löst, that he my end was so near; but there is a better could not hear the truth of Christ as lot awaiting me.” Again and again she publicly ministered in the sanctuary; but said, “I am resting on Christ, and le is his heart was reached by means of books, near and precious to me." Her snfferings which his daughter brought home from continued to increase, but her faith failed school; and when be anxiously inquired, not; she held fast her profession, and her what he must do to be saved, she was deheart was calm and tranquil. For two lighted to communicate to him what she days she was unconscious, and then remembered of the sermons she had beard, quietly departed to be with Christ for as well as to tell him what she berself knes ever. During her affliction she seemed of Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen at intervals to descry
Saviour. At length she had the happi
ness of knowing that all the family wire “Gleams of the glory, streaks of flowing light, in the way to heaven. Openings of heaven."
She continued to work in the Sanday.
school for some years, and was always Her last words were," Home! Hore! ready for every good work. The Missionmy precious, precious Jesus ! " Thus died à Christian woman, “full of faith,
ary cause held a high place in her affec
tions. She was an ac ive collector for and of the Holy Ghost." J. N.
many years; and, when unable to con
tinue the work herself, throngh family MRS. ELIZABETH MASHAs was born duties, she was careful to find one to take February 9th, 1803, of parents who her place, so that the cause of God might neither loved nor feared God, and who not suffer. She was one of the promutera bronght up their family without any of a Maternal Society, and took great regular attendance on Divine worship, interest in its operations to the last. though occasionally they were taken to But the principal work that she was church. When she was about nine years called to do in the Church, was the taking old, she was invited by a companion to care of two Society.classes. About the go to a Sunday-school in connexion with year 1828 she joined the class of the late Hoxton chapel. Here she attended con- Mrs. Robinson; and at her death, which stantly as a scholar, until she was about happened about eight or nine years later, sixteen years of age, when she was ap- she was appointed the leader. A few pointed a teacher,
years afterwards she formed another class,
especially for young persons, which con- was evident to all. About twelve months tinued to grow during the twenty years ago she met with an accident, which she held it, until it has now become a very brought on increased bodily infirmity; important one. These two classes she led and another accident ultimately caused her faithfully to the end, enjoying the respect death. On the day of its occurrence she was and love of all the members.
more than usually cheerful; and when She was very careful about the duties aware of the probability that death was of social and family prayer. When very near at hand, she manifested no aların, but young, and under her father's roof, she said to those around her, “Do not be obtained permission to set up the family. afraid, I am not.” Prostration of body altar, and herself led the devotions. This and mind soon followed, and continued in she continued to do until she was mis. a greater or less degree until her departress of her own house, when it became ture. She died on October 30th, 1867 ; her duty, once a day at least, to conduct but her removal was only the gathering family worship; aut although she was bome of a shock fully ripe for the heavenly surrounded by several young men, she did garner. not shriok from the exercise, but per. formed it faithfully. It is believed that, The late Thomas LAYCOCK was boru as a fruit of her prayers, many were added at Harden, in the Bingley Circuit, in the to the Church. She put forth such simple year 1798, and fell asleep in Jesus at faith in the declarations and promises of Bingley on November 24th, 1867, aged God in Christ, that these services were sixty-nine years. He had a godly parentreally " seasons of grace and sweet delight” age; and in early life was led to the to those who were engaged in them. house of God, and instructed in Scriptural
She gave counsel wisely to those about truth. He was one of the first scholars in her
, as many who bave had the benefit of the Harden Wesleyan Sunday-school,—an her advice can testify. Her younger institution to which, through life, he was sister says, “I remember how anxiously warmly attached, and in which he was she watched over me. To her love and successively a scholar, a teacher, and an care I owe much; for when I was only officer. He always held his pious mother in four years old, she took me to the high esteem ; and her affectionate counsels Sanday-school, and from that time to her and appeals made a deep impression upon Jast illness, I have always felt her counsel his mind. When he was about twentyto be right.”
one years of age he was convinced of his She could administer reproof faithfully, siuful condition, and for ten days earnestly where she thought it was needful; but the sought the Lord with strong cries and prominent feature of her character was tears. His sorrow on account of his sinber quiet and unassuming piety. It may fulness was so great, that he awoke his be said of her, that she " showed out of a mother during the night to tell her of the good conversation her works with meek deep distress of his soul, and to ask her ness of wisdom.” She had her failings ; advice and prayers. Such was his meutal but they were few; and her conduct was agony that he could sleep but little, and such as became the Gospel of Christ. often left his work to wander into the
Her Christian character was brought fields and woods, to pray in solitude; but out clearly by many painful dispensations at length light dawned upon his miud, and, of God's providence. She was called to through faith in the Lord Jesus, a blessed pass through some severe trials both of change took place in his feelings. His body and mind. She experienced bereave. own oft-repeated and expressive words, ment, also, in very painful forms. About with reference to this event, were, “I was ten years ago, her eldest and dearly-loved soundly converted to God in Harden daughter was taken from her to a better chapel, and I could point out the very place world, at the age of twenty-seven. Next, where the Lord spoke peace to my soul.” her elder son was taken ; and, sixteen To this gracious change he frequently months afterwards, her only surviving referred in the class-meeting, band meeting, danghter, at the age of twenty-three. loveseast, and in social intercourse. He
Under these trials she manifested true often said, “What a mercy, that the Lord fortitude; and by her meek resignation to inclined my heart to seek His face when a the will of God, together with her un
Having thus put his hand shakea confidence in His goodness, she to the Gospel plough, he never turned showed that her communion with her back. "With a glad heart and free," he Lord was close and unbroken. For the consecrated the spring-time of his life, and last three or four years, she became much the summer and autumn of his days, to the weaker in body, but her growth in grace Lord that bought bim. His hearty and