Page images
PDF
EPUB

same Circuit, where in early life he heart to God, and by faith in Christ gave himself to God, and became & obtained a blessed consciousness of Sunday-school teacher. About thirty sins forgiven, Adorned with a moek years ago he removed to Collumpton, and quiet spirit, punctual and regular where he entered upon the same work, in her attendance at the means of and continued in it to the end grace, she increased in the knowledge of life. For many years he was and love of God. To the utmost of superintendent of the school, and his her ability she laboured for the good diligence and zeal in promoting its of the Redeemer's cause, and espe. well-being were highly commended. cially, of late, in providing funds for Often would be leave his bed for the the erection of a new chapel, to the school, when, through physical ex- services in connection with the openhaustion, he was obliged to return to ing of which she looked forward with it as soon as sohool-hours were over. joyous anticipation, expecting to unite As & class-leader he displayed the with the great congregation” in worsame diligence and fidelity. Method. shipping God within its walls. But ism in Collumpton was for many years while the first services were being held very feeble and depressed, necessitating the Master called her to nobler worship that Mr. Shephard should fill also the in His immediato presence on high. offices of Society and chapel steward; She rests from her labours, and her and his care and prudence in the dis- “works do follow her." charge of the duties thus imposed upon him will be long remembered both by March 17th.-Mrs. Levick, of Workhis fellow-labourers in the Cironit, and sop, aged sixty-four. Very little is by many ministers who have travelled known of her early years, except that in it. His house was always open to she was not in the habit of attending the preachers, of whose socioty he was Divine worship in connection with the fond. As & Christian he was dis. Wesleyan-Methodists. An acquainttinguished for his simple, humble, and ance, which ultimately led to marriage, thankful spirit ; he digged deep, and brought her into association with laid his foundation on the Rook; so several godly persons, under whose that when trouble came, he was not influence she found“ peace with God to be moved. During a long period through our Lord Jesus Christ." his health was shattered, his suffer. Thenceforward she was strongly atings being at times very great. In his tached to Wesleyan-Methodism, and last illness, which was of several strove in all things to live to the weeks' duration, he "endured, as glory of God. Her zeal was remarkseeing Him who is invisible," His able, and much Divine power attended constant saying was, “I know that my her social prayers. She very success. Redeemer liveth,” from which passage fully recommended to others the good his funeral sermon was preached. To which she rejoiced to have found. Her his borrowing wife he repeatedly said, husband and a sister were among “ Look to Jesus ; " and when a visitor those whom she aided in coming to asked him as to his hope beyond decision for Christ. It was her lot to the grave, bis reply was, “ More than a suffer much. Her husband was taken hope." of him it may be said, "He from her by death ; and, after many was faithful.”

J. E. and varied experiences, she became the

wife of Mr. James Levick, of Worksop.

She took a deep interest in all the JANUARY 21st, 1873.-At Hartle. affairs of Methodism in the Circuit to pool, West, very suddenly, Mrs. Sarah which she belonged, and steadily proJenkinson, in the forty-seventh year moted several undertakings of great of her age. In early life she gave her publio benefit. She regarded all things in the light of eternity; Christ was deepening, she gave herself fally to "all in all ” to her: her daily question God and to His people. Throughout being, in'effect," Lord, what wilt Thou her Christian course her piety was have me to do?” She had a definite, exemplary, her spirit was devout, and clear, and happy religious experience. her life most consistent. She took During the last months of her life, great interest in the Sunday-school; while her bodily strength was per. and as a visitor of the sick she was ceptibly failing, her meetness for the devoted and valued. The preachers heavenly state was evidently becoming of the Gospel were always welcome to matured. She patiently waited for her house; and though naturally of a the end; and that end was "peace.” very gentle disposition, such were her She spoke of a constant hope. On the courage and faith, that she often in. evening of her departure she retired spirited others when, owing to the low to rest at her asual hour, with no state of God's catuse in the place, their apprehension that she would not see the hearts failed. For many years she light of another day. She had but just was called to suffer much affliction ; lain down, with an expression of but no sooner did she rally a little thankfulness to God, when she com- from the severe and repeated attacks of plained of an acute pain. While disease, than she resumed her place in her attendant was resorting to the class-meeting, and in the house of means for its alleviation, she gently, prayer. During these seasons of trial, and with a smile, passed away to be her soul's life was sustained by much ** for ever with the Lord;” and communion with God; she was “The smile with which the saint eminently prayerful and spiritual, and expired

no murmurs escaped her lips. In the Still linger'd on her clay." last illness, of about a week, she was

W. H. very peaceful and happy. A heavenly

smile lighted her face as she gazed May 5th.-At Whittlesea, Mrs. Eliza upward, exclaiming, “I'm safe, I'm Dearing, aged sixty-one. She was safe! all's well; All's well! Halletrained from childhood in the fear of lujah!” Just when a sister whispered God, and grew up conscientious and in her ear the last lines composed by devont. During an absence from Charles Wesley, of whose poetry she home of some years' duration, oppor. was always fond, tunities of hearing eminent ministers,

"O could I catch a smile from Thee, such as Dr. Adam Clarke, Dr. Robert Newton, and the Rey. Theophilus

And drop into eternity!” Lessey, and others, strengthened her with a sign of assent she passed away attachment to Methodism; and on to rest for ever in the Lord. her return, her religious convictions

A. H. M.

DEATH OF DR. WILBERFORCE, BISHOP OF WINCHESTER. DR. SAMUEL WILBERFORCE, Bishop of Winchester, met with a sudden death on the 19th of July last. He was riding with Lord Granville, when he fell from his horse, and was instantaneously killed. This sad event recalls the similar deaths of Dr. Whewell and Sir Robert Peel. The Bishop was the third son of the celebrated William Wilberforce, and was born 7th September, 1805. He studied at Oxford, and in 1845 was consecrated Bishop of that See. On the resignation of Dr. Sumner in 1869, he was promoted to the See of Winchester. He was somewhat of an ecclesiastical trimmer, neither enjoying the confidence of the Tractarians nor the Evangelicals.

LONDON: PRINTED BY WILLIAX NICHOLS, HOXTON SQUARE

[graphic][ocr errors][ocr errors][merged small]

WESLEYAN-METHODIST MAGAZINE.

OCTOBER, 1873.

MEMOIR OF THE REV. THOMAS EDWARDS:

BY THE REV. JOHN HAY. " The righteous shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.” So we thought, as, in his later years, we looked at the subject of this memoir, witnessed the undeviating rectitude of his course, and heard of some of the characteristic actions of his life.

Born in the parsonage of Walton-on-Trent, February 18th, 1781, the principles of righteousness were taught MR. EDWARDS from his earliest childhood, and were impressed upon him by the godly discipline, as well as example, of his father, a minister of the Established Church. At the age of tén a sermon on “The wages of sin is death,” wrought on him deep, though transient, convictions of sin. Afterwards, in Liverpool, where he had been sent to business, a minister who had been a clergyman of the Established Church was attracting great crowds to his services, and with an eager and earnest heart Thomas Edwards went to hear him, the result being that his convictions were renewed, and he became deeply conscious of the need of a Divine Saviour from guilt and sin. In this state, "waiting for light, but beholding obscurity,” struggling vainly with the law of sin in his members, and, in intervals of self-despair, looking beyond himself, and crying, “ Who shall deliver me?” he became a hearer of the Methodist preachers. Dr. Adam Clarke was the first whom he heard, and the ministry of that eminent man encouraged him to hope for Divine mercy. Others followed, to whom he earnestly listened, and his heart gradually opened to the truth as it is in Jesus. Of this time he writes, “I could not give a Scriptural account of my conversion till I began to meet in class, and enjoyed the benefit of band-meetings. Being more fully awakened, I was more sensible of the deliverance when it came; and I think I would as soon have doubted of my existence as of my pardon and acceptance with God." This “ deliverance" came to him on a Christmas day, and the minister whom, as the chief instrument in this change, he styled his “ father in Methodism," was the Rev. Thomas Cooper and the one who spoke to him in his first VOL. XIX.-FIFTH SERIES.

8 K

« PreviousContinue »