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WESLEYAN-METHODIST MAGAZINE.

AUGUST, 1873.

MEMOIR OF THE REV. HENRY SHARP:

BY THE REV. J. R. HEWITSON. THE uses of sacred biography are numerous: the Church is blessed by the memory of the departed as well as by the life and labours of the living. It is often asked, " Is Christianity practicable ?” To such inquiries the lives of good men reply that its duties can be performed, and that its spirit can be exhibited. A Christian life commends piety no less than a good sermon, and is a stronger testimony to the divinity of religion than many arguments. The blessings held out to the good man are great ; but the experience of the pious point out to us their attainableness. Numerous and competent witnesses testify that the doctrine of entire holiness is not simply an article in our creed, but its realization has been sought, obtained, and kept by many of our ministers and people. The record of faithful Christians often encourages the timid also to hope in God, and to "hold Him with a trembling hand.” What, indeed, has stimulated the zeal of our own section of the Church of Christ more than the rivh heritage of biography which we possess ? It is thus in keeping with the purposes of Heaven to perpetuate, and this by human instrumentality, the memory of the “ righteous." “ The memory of the just is blessed :" " The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.”

It is in sympathy with these important ends that we pen the following sketch of the late Rev. HENRY SHARP. He was born at Poole, in Dorsetshire, on the 6th of July, 1883. His parents lived in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost. They were members of the Wesleyan-Methodist Society, and by them he was carefully instructed and “ trained in the way he should go." He heard their conversation, watched their life, and in their piety saw proof of the power of the Gospel to make man pure. In childhood he was remarkably thoughtful and fond of reading. In youth these characteristics grew; and by these habits of mind, parental influence, and the restraining grace of God, he was kept from much outward sip. But he does not seem to have manifested a real concern for religion till he was about eighteen years of age. At this period he saw, and felt deeply, the importance of personal godliness. His heart was unrenewed, and there VOL. XIX.- FIFTH SERIES.

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55 [9 pesce io his stricken spirit. The Spirit of God seemed to come g li Ste te mpoming light; and as the light grew cearer be becarne more distressed in mind, for weeks refusing to be confined. He st length began to cry unto God with all his heart. His corrision of sin was penetrating, and for a considerable time Ee sont salvation sorrowing. But he realized in his own case tie isitbladress of the Lord: “He hath torn, and He will heal cs; Hebath sritten, and He will bind us up." Mr. Sharp could Leter poirt to the exact time, or the very place, where he obtained “the hid treasure ;” yet he knew he had come into possession of riebes teat the wealth of the world could never give. Though he could not name the hour when he received spiritual sight, he could say, “ One thirg I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.” He never doubted the reality of the change effected in him, feeling that he had “not received the spirit of bondage again to scar; but the Spirit of adoption, whereby he cried, Abba, Father." From this period his path was that of the just, which is “as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day." He did not attribute his conversion to any one individual, or to any particular sermon, but to a variety of means: like that of Lydia, his heart was gently opened to the “ truth” through which he was " sanctified.”

He now went on in the warmth of “first love," serving God. After some time he removed to Slough, in the Windsor Circuit, where he began a prayer-meeting, at seven o'clock on the Sabbath morning. At first he was alone, but a few others soon joined him, and up to a recent date that prayer-meeting, thus commenced, was carried on. About four years after his conversion he believed himself to be called by the Holy Ghost to preach, and to urge others to seek the great Christian blessings which he himself enjoyed. But true to his nature, and the humility that always characterized him, he was afraid to undertake a work so important, and for a time he kept his impressions to himself. At length the Church was moved to open the door for him whom the Spirit was urging to warn men to "flee from the wrath to come." In March, 1857, his name was put upon the Windsor plan as a local preacher on trial. It was soon found, in the fruit God gave him in this work, that he had not mistaken his call. The following entry appears in his diary : “I now renew my covenant with God, and am determined to make a full surrender of body, and soul, and all I possess, to Him and His service; and I will rest in nothing short of entire sanctification.” Day after day the prayer was on his lips, “O Lord, make me entirely Thine!" and on May 7th he was able to write, “ O blessed day! the best I ever had. This morning, when engaged in my daily occupation, lifting

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