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rectness of the data which this Parlia for the presence of that element. This mentary document supplies, he must is a fact which deserves to be seriously admit the conclusions which are fairly pondered ; all the more so, not only in deduced from them. It is thus an view of the rapid increase of Romanism incontestable fact that the presence of in this country, but in connection also 2,000,000 of Roman Catholics as an with the insatiable demands which are element in the 26,000,000 which consti. made for the support of & system tute the population of Scotland and which in this, as in every possible England, gives over 30,000 criminals aspect of the case, has proved itself above what their numbers would be, but our implacable enemy.-Bulwark.
THE success of the Wesleyan minis. that whilst gradually recovering from try has been greatly promoted by this illness, he became instructed in those members of our Body who have the way of salvation, and experienced been living epistles, " known and that change of heart, the reality of read of all men;" whose amiable which was so obvious in after years. spirit, blameless conduct, and fervent This document records his earnest charity, have at onco exemplified, longings for a sense of the Divine attested, and enforced the sacred mercy, and his strenuous endeavours truths proclaimed from the pulpit. to do the will of God; and shows that Such a witness of the truth and ex. at length he was enabled to accept cellence of vital godliness was the Christ as a sufficient Saviour, and to subject of this memoir.
rejoice in God's pardoning love. MR. RICHARD HOSKEN was born in Having embarked in business, as & Penryn, in Cornwall, April 30th, 1805. granite merchant, he was married His parents were God-fearing attend. July 6th, 1829, to Migs Nettle, whose ants on the services of the Established intelligence, gentleness, and sterling Church, but from association with piety rendered her a valuable wife. devoted Wesleyans, were so far preAs Mrs. Hosken was a member possessed in favour of Methodism, of the Wesleyan-Methodist Society, that they frequently attended the her husband, after his marriage, more services at the chapel. Their son frequently worshipped at the chapel grew up a sprightly, active lad, and and, after mature deliberation, he in his twelfth year became a fellow. became convinced that the blessings pupil with the Rev. Dr. Rule, at the of Christian fellowship would be more “Belle Vue Academy," where he pur. fully realized by him there, than in sued his studies earnestly, and won connection with the Established the silver medal, as a prize for elocu. Church, and resolved to join the tion. When he had coin pleted his Wesleyans. There lived at this time education, he first studied the law, in Penryn a Mr. Davy, who was for but subsequently became a clerk in a many years a judicious and venerated banking establishment in London, class-leader. One evening as the Towards the close of his third year in members of the class were assem. this situation he was severely afflicted, bling, Mr. Hosken knocked at the door, and returned to his native town. This and asked permission to attend. With affliction was sanctified to him; his grateful joy the leader welcomed him early serious impressions were deep- to this, his first class-meeting; and ened, and he was led to seek earnestly often in after days did he declare with the mercy of God. From a diary devout thankfulness the satisfaction which he kept at this time, it seems and pleasure thus afforded him. By this step Mt. Hosken found congenial Norway in the autumn of 1850, sailing companionships, and was introduced in one of his own vessels, he condacted to s sphere of usefulness for which daily services with the crew. These he was peculiarly fitted. He always meetings were often attended with a deemed it & special mercy that, in rich blessing, and at one of them the the providence and by the grace of mate was converted. The following is God, he became a member of our his account of this interesting service: branch of Christ's Church; in its "In the evening, the Spirit of the doetripes, means of grace, and eran- Lord was in our midst. Deep serionsgelie appliances, be ever felt the deep- ness prevailed, and great joy succeeded. est interest, and it furnished him with The mate, who for weeks past had many facilities for the calture and use been evidently under deep impressions, of his gifts in the Master's service and, struggling with them, wept and
Not long after he joined the Meth- sobbed. The dumb spirit' was east odist Society, he was appointed a out, and he cried heartily to the Lord. leader, and also superintendent of the The device of Satan was discovered to Sandss-school, both which offices he him, and at the close of the service he held with increasing acceptance and was enabled to speak of the mercy of usefulness to the close of life. In God, and of His willingness to pardon his class he always had “a word in and to bless. We had great joy, and for a season ” for the troubled, tempted, or season so feasted on spiritual food, that lukewarm; and young disciples were weforgot all time, and toil, and care.'” greatly encouraged by his genial sym. Thus did Mr. Hosken serre bis pathy. Adopting as his own motto, generation by the will of God for many *Not as thongh I had alreadyattained,” years with the utmost cheerfulness he was not satisfied unless the mem- and activity; and as his infinence bers over whom he watched were seek widened, and his character and ser. ing a closer walk with God. In the vices became more highly appreciated, Sunday-school, whilst maintaining the the hope was cherished that he would proper anthority of his office, his be long spared to the Church. Bat kindly courteousness and condescen- in the summer of 1867 he was laid sion secured the respect and affection aside, and neither medicine nor change both of teachers and scholars.
of air restored his usual health. His Notwithstanding the numerous and affliction was borne with patience and pressing duties of his business, and of cheerful submission. He once said, the offices he held in the corporation “If the Lord is about to take me, He and town of Penryn,--to which were is doing it very gently. The pins of ultimately added that of a Justice of the tabernacle are being loosened one the Peace for that borough, -he took by one. My peace abounds as a river: the greatest interest in everything I am very happy." Whispered words pertaining to the cause of God. He of prayer and praise were often heard filled with great acceptance all the lay by those who ministered to him. offices of Methodism in the Society When asked one morning how he and Circuit, and discharged their bad rested, he replied, “I have had a duties with exemplary fidelity. He blessed night; not that I have slept was most active in promoting the much, but God has been with me, and establishment of a day-school, and my mind has been calm and serene." watched over it as its treasurer and Another morning, he said, " I felt so chief manager from its opening to his immediately in the presence of God, death. Twice he was chosen by the that it seemed as if God and myself Cornwall District Meeting as the lay were the only beings in the universe, representative to the Conference Com- and He were specially taking care of mittees. During a visit paid to me." As his end drew nearer, weak
ness prevented him from saying much, yet assumed no air of ostentation or but the few words he spoke expressed superiority. Whilst maintaining the his trust, gratitude, and hope. On dignity of his position, he “condethe Tuesday before his death, in a scended to men of low estate,” and paroxysm of pain, he lifted his eyes to treated all with the most winning heaven, and said with great emphasis, courtesy. In commercial transactions "My precious Saviourl" and then, he was just, prompt, and energetic, turning to those who stood by his bed. He kept aloof from the strife of muni. side, added, “He is your Saviour cipal and parliamentary elections, and also." When his cousin, Captain from all such recreations and amuse. Hosken, R.N., asked him, “Richard, ments as of a nature to lessen his are you happy?” he replied, “Trusting influence and usefulness. in Christ: very happy." On the As the head of a family, he was evening of his last day on earth' he most exemplary. The family altar affectionately took leave of all the was set up the first day of his married members of his family. To his life, and the duties of family worship afflicted daughter, who was helped were observed with the greatest regu. from her bed-room to see him for the larity and fervour. His home, to last time, he said, “We are com- which ministers of Christ were always panions in tribulation; we cannot go received with the most sincere respect to each other, but we can think of and affection, was the abode of order, each other.” She states “ that the cheerfulness, harmony, and love ; and rays of the evening sun shone upon so effectually did he by God's blessing him, and his face seemed irradiated "command his household after him," with the lively hope.'” Through that all his children in early life chose the night he continued calm and peace. the path of piety and peace. ful, trasting in Christ. No spasm of The demands on his sympathy from pain interrupted his faint and yet sufferers in his own family circle, prefainter respirations, till “ the weary pared him in an eminent degree to wheels of life stood still at last.” On comfort the tried and sorrowful. His the 20th of September, 1867, his happy visits to the sick, the dying, and the spirit passed away to the regions of bereaved, and the kind deeds and everlasting blessedness,
words with which they were accomHis funeral was attended by one of panied, will long be remembered. He the largest gatherings ever known in also shared the joys of others; their his native town; and his death was prosperity and happiness filled him improved by an impressive sermon by with delight and gratitude. His exthe Rev. Thomas Wenn, preached to tensive correspondence was full of this & crowded and sorrowing congregation. sympathy, nor will his correspondents Most affectionate reoords of the high forget the admirable taot and over. esteem in which he was held, and flowing kindliness with which he ex. testimonies of his worth, were received pressed his condolence or congratulafrom the Penryn town-council, the tions. Quarterly Meeting of the Falmouth In the Christian life the subject of Circuit, the District Committee of the this memoir was thoroughly decided, Cornwall District, and from a host of seeking “first the kingdom of God, and ministers and other friends.
His righteousness.” If either business The character of Mr. Hosken was or pleasure stood in the way of his one of great completeness, combining religious duties, it was made to give excellencies which led many to “glorify place to what he designated his God in him.” When called to take "standing engagement.” When at the lead in any godly enterprise, he home, and in health, he was seldom, did not shrink from prominence, and if ever, absent from the early Sabbath prayer-meeting, either of his three accurately described in the words, classes, the week-night preaching, "The path of the just is as the shining or the leaders' meeting. By careful light, that shineth more and more unto forethought, he also managed, not the perfect day.” withstanding his numerous engage.
JOSEPH T. SASGER, ments, to be present with unvarying punctuality at the opening of the The late MRS. HARRIET MOISTER WAS service, though it necessitated atten. born at Hexton, Herts, August 31st, tion to important duties late the same 1804. In early life she was deeply night, or early the next morning. convinced of Ler sinfulness in the
His loyalty to Wesleyan-Methodism sight of God, but it was not until the was most cordial and intelligent. In year 1829 that she became fully detimes of trial he defended its principles cided for Christ. She joined the and laws, and by personal service, Methodist Society at Pegeden, there as well as pecuniary contributions, being no Society of this denomination earnestly laboured to promote its at that time in her native village. spiritual and financial economy. Still Three years subsequently, having he was no bigot, but loved all who obtained the blessing of pardon, with loved the Lord Jesus, and numbered the alacrity of a new-born child of among his friends several belonging God, she hastened to her Dext classto the Established Church, and to the meeting to "declare what the Lord had different bodies of Nonconformists. done for her soul,” when her emotions
He possessed a remarkable tact for of joy were very great. Being now a introducing into conversation remarks partaker of Divine grace, she felt it to of a useful character, and was not be her duty to invite all within the ashamed of Christ when thrown into sphere of her influence to hear " the the society of the worldly and irre. truth as it is in Jesus ;” and she and ligious. Acting from the beginning of a few pious associates often prayed his commercial career on the principle that the people among whom she had of systematic giving, a certain propor. received spiritual good might visit tion of his profits were appropriated Hexton, and win some of their neighto religious and charitable purposes. bours to the Saviour. In 1837 their Though, for example's sake, his name prayers were answered, but i with appeared in the list of contributors to this pleasure, there came to her," as different Societies, most of his acts of she states in her journal, “g painful kindness and liberality were known duty," she being appointed leader of only to the recipients of his bounty. the class an office for which she felt By his will be bequeathed legacies to unfit, and yet dared not refuse. This the British and Foreign Bible Society, position she sustained, to the great the Wesleyan Missionary Society, and satisfaction of the members entrusted the Penryn chapel, besides smaller to her care, and of the Circuit ministers, ones to his personal friends.
until the close of her life. For many In fine, to quote the language of years she was the stewardess of the a minister of another community, "He Society, and a devoted Sunday-school was the most perfect specimen of a teacher. The house of God was her Christian man I ever met with, or delight, and she was never absent expect to meet with, this side the when able to attend its exercises upsinning world.” The written testi. It often pleases God to refine and monies of a large number of friends, perfect His children in " the furnace relatives, and ministers, fully confirm of affliction," and our departed friend this high estimate of his character. was called to pass through severe and “ He was a faithful man; and feared long.continued bodily suffering. But · God above many ;” and his course is grace was afforded according to her
need; and her resignation to the will she seemed to sit " in heavenly places of God was entire and constant. The with Christ Jesus," and to banquet at Word of God was her companion, His table. “I never knew before,” solace, and delight in “ the house of she said, " what it was to be so fully in her pilgrimage.” The Sacred Volume Christ, and Christ in me, as now." she read regularly through more than The glory of heaven seemed to illutwenty times,-thrice on her bended mine her chamber, and its winged knees. “I derive more good,” she ob. messengers to surround her bed. . A served," from this method of reading little before her departure she said, the Bible than from any other. Each with transporting emotion, “The room time I have done so, I have discovered is full of shining ones: I shall soon new beauties, and get to know all the be gone." An earnest wish to see her will of God concerning me.” On re. only daughter once more appeared to commencing this exercise, she prays, make her linger on earth. This desire on one occasion, “ May the Lord help having been gratified, she expressed me to read it through this year with herself as ready to depart, and to be increasing delight, and to become more with Christ” for ever. Exulting in humble, and more like Him!” Her the prospect of meeting her glorified piety steadily increased more and mother and one of her children before more ; and with this, as a natural the Throne, she added, “But it will consequence, came an increase of take a long time before I can take off spiritual happiness. Her “soul mag- my eyes from Jesus to look at any one nified the Lord, and her spirit rejoiced else.” At length the last conflict in God her Saviour.” “I feel such came, and the powers of darkness unspeakable delight," she says, “in stroye to rob her of her confidence. haring Christ in my heart, the hope But amidst weakness and severe sufferof glory,' that I would not part with it ing she triumphed gloriously, and her for ten thousand worlds. “Bless the happy spirit passed away to the manLord, O my soul; and all that is with sions of celestial light and blessedness. in me, bless His holy name.'” She fre. She departed this life July 4th, 1868, quently renewed her covenant with in the sixty-fourth year of her age. God, and in one of these seasons of self-dedication she appears to have
“0, grunt us, Lord, her life to live, received the blessing of entire sancti.
That we like her may die !" fication, being enabled to testify that
R. B. " the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin." Thenceforth she ear
MR. JOHN BENTLEY was born at Hill. nestly desired to be" ungpotted from Top, in the parish of Saddleworth, the world,” and to be “kept " in this November 10th, 1797, Saddleworth holy state “by the power of God being at that time in the Oldham through faith unto salvation," to the Circuit. He was the oldest son of end of her days; and her desire, it is Matthew and Alice Bentley, who were believed, was fully accomplished. both pious and consistent members of
A short time before her death the the Wesleyan-Methodist Society. His writer administered to her the Sacra- father, besides holding the offices of ment of the Lord's Supper, which, Society-steward and Trustee of both to her and the friends who were pre- the chapel and the school at Delph, sent, was a precious means of grace: was for more than fifty years the God was eminently present; each felt leader of a large class, and was well His power, and all bowed their hearts known for his sterling uprightness before Him. So blissful were the com- of character. Of this the following munications of grace vouchsafed to incident is an illustration :-He rented her during the following night, that a small farm at Delph, and the land