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father, thy mother, thy wife, thy son, Accept, Sir, with all my wishes, my
MAURETTE. will not pray to God for thy relations,
Note.-- We have used the translation thy friends, and thy benefactors.
Pay me what thou owest, else there is no
of the preceding letters which appeared heaven for thee.” (The Lord have mercy
in the New York Observer. on me !) Here again is no mere denial.
Since the resignation of his office as The above is enough to prove that I Priest, and his excommunication by the did not defend myself by mere denial. Bishop, Mr. Maurette has continued to
As to what regards the attempts of the reside at Serres, where he occupies a worthy Abbé Dupre at St. Giron's, to
very small house at a rent of less than induce me to retract, I will tell you that
six dollars per annum, and converses they were as earnest as my resolution with all who come to see him. He also not to do so was fixed. Really I am
corresponds with several Priests of his sorry that my convictions could not
vicinity, who begin also to bave their yield to the desires of this friend, with confidence in Romanism shaken. Many whom I reasoned a long time ; but it of his former flock are desirous to know was impossible ; for a few moments before more of the Protestant faith. At the separating, I told him that if I should
request of M. Maurette, the President of retract, I could say as Coriolanus said to
a neighbouring Protestant Consistory his mother, “Rome is saved; but Mau. visited Serres, a few months ago, and rette is lost ! ”
preached to the people. For doing this As to the position I occupy, and which he was imprisoned by the Mayor or your Excellency styles a false one, be not Assistant-llayor of that town, but was uneasy, Sir: I believe it the most hap
at once released by the order of the Prepy, and that is enough ; especially when fect of the Department. The following I reflect that worldly goods not being letter of M, Naurette to the Assistantable to satisfy my soul, I cannot become Mayor of Serres will be read with interattached to them. The grace of God,
est. It gives some views of Romanism the favour of God, is the only treasure I which are not often so fully and so hapo covet,—far more precious to me than life pily developed. and all its enjoyments.
I know that your Excellency has Reply of M. Maurette to the Letter of power to launch against me the penalties Mr. Peter Porlet, Assistant-Mayor of the law with which you threaten me. of Serres. Well, Sir, if it is your good pleasure, strike. For myself, I shall go for conso
Serres, August 2d, 1841. lation no where else than to the word of DEAR SIR, I shall be greatly obliged God, which I shall not cease to study; if you will send me, by letter, your orders for in it I find strength, peace, and life, for my future course : this will be the projoy and courage.
It teaches me to ren per method of " losing sight of nothing," der good for evil, and love for hatred.
express it. [The AssistantA word more, Sir. Since you desire to Mayor pretended he had an order from open to me your arms, and take an inter the Prefect to make M. Maurette termi. est in the salvation of my soul, permit nate his meetings. When he was asked me to express wishes for your own. You to exhibit it, he was much embarrassed. have prayed to God that his grace would Now he pretends he never had issued enlighten me. Ah! believe me, Sir, such an order.) that I have prayed ardently that you St. Paul, being a zealous Pharisee, might be enlightened by the Holy Spirit abandoned the Jewish religion to em. upon your eternal interests.
What will brace Christianity. The Pharisees from become of your soul, after leaving this whom he had withdrawn could easily transitory state, if you have not followed denounce him as an apostate, as a traitor, Him who alone is the way, the truth, if you please; but St. Paul gloried in and the life ? if, putting your confidence this. in a Church which cannot do anything My friend, Mr. Assistant, I have been for you, you do not call upon the only an idolatrous Priest, a pagan Priest. I name by which we can be saved ? Open have now abandone idolatry and Pagan. your heart to the Gospel of grace, and ism, in order that, like St. Paul, I might the peace of God which passeth all embrace Christianity. In consequence understanding will rest upon you. of this happy change, I cheerfully sub
May the Lord in mercy bring to your mit to the epithet of “ apostate," which heart this sweet consolation.
the author of your letter has applied to
me, ( it is evident the Curate had writ. of it. (Hom. xxiii., Futuri erunt ho. ten it,"') and I glory in such an apos. mines.) tasy.
St. Augustine tells us again, that it is St. John tells us, « Come out of the Holy Spirit who remits sins, and Babylon, my people,” &c. (Rev. xviii. 4.) man cannot do it. (Serm. xxiii.) I have left this Babylon, Mr. Assistant, 4. I confess that I deceived the people to the great satisfaction of many honest, every time that I said there are seven sincere, and intelligent men. I am a
sacraments ; because Jesus Christ has Christian, and in this character, fully personally instituted but two, baptism disposed, by the grace of God, to suffer and the Lord's supper. The other five from the Pagans, not only injuries, but are but human ordinances. death itself. · Happy are ye when men 5. If I have ever said that there is a shall speak all manner of evil against purgatory, I confess that I have deyou,” &c. (Matt. v. 11.)
ceived the people; because this pretended You accuse me, Mr. Assistant, of purgatory is but a pagan fable, in which having deceived the people. It is ad. Virgil describes the souls of men sus. mitted, Sir; and I therefore make my pended between heaven and hell, (Æneid confession to you publicly and sin. vi., aliæ panduntur inanes,) a fable cerely.
which the Popes have found it conve1. I confess that I deceived the people nient to reproduce in order to fill their when I told them that Jesus Christ, as coffers, &c. man, was in the tabernacle on the St. Jerome did not believe there is a altar ; that I carried him suspended from purgatory ; since he tells us, that so long my neck, &c. I was then a false pro as we are in this world, we can aid one phet, because it is written, “If any one another by our good counsels, and our shall say of Christ, Lo, he is here, or, Lo, faithful prayers ; but when we shall he is there, believe him not.” (Matt. have appeared before the tribunal of xxiv. 23.) “ This same Jesus whom ye God, neither Job, nor Daniel, nor Noah have seen ascending into heaven, shall in can pray for any one. (St. Jerome on like manner return. (Acts i. 11.) And Gal. vi.) I could greatly prolong my in the Apostolic Creed we say, “ He is confession, Mr. Assistant; but I think seated on the right hand of God, the that this will suffice, in case I deceived Father Almighty, whence he will come to you whilst I was exercising the functions judge the quick and the dead."
of a Priest of the Romish Church, to 2. I confess, Mr. Assistant, that I de. prevent you from being any longer deceived the people when I invited them to ceived by men who have themselves been come and confess their sins in my ear ;
deceived as I have been. since Cardinal Cajetan says, that the ne I am, with consideration, &c., cessity of confession is founded neither
MAURETTE. upon the commandments of God, nor P.'S. I recollect, Mr. Assistant, that upon a law of nature, nor upon reason. the author of your letter inquires for the The knowledge of the thoughts of men names and the number of the Protestants is, my dear Sir, a power which Priests in this commune. · I regret to be able to alone have desired to share with the give you neither ; but I should be very Deity; for to God alone pertains the greatly embarrassed to tell you how right of searching our hearts.
many Roman Catholics I can count 3. I confess that I deceived the people there, the number appears so very small. every time I was obliged to speak to them of the absolution of the Priests, The Assistant showed this letter to since, in the fourth century, this absolu- the Priest, who says he will not reply to tion was considered a heresy that certain it; yet the Assistant is urging the Priest, persons wished to introduce; for it is in and the people are urging the Assistant, these terms that St. Augustine speaks on the subject.
INCREASE IN THE METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH. The New York Christian Advocate, of 46,962. The number of members of the Feb. 2.1, contains an extract from the Mi Church, therefore, exclusive of the Mi. nutes of the American Wesleyan Confer- nisters, is 891,788. The increase of the ences for the last year, from which it ap Itinerant Ministers, during the past pears that the increase of members during year, is 275 ; making the whole 3,732, that period was 37,414 whites ; 9,250 co exclusive of the Supernumeraries. loured; and 298 Indians ; making in all
Oct. 10th, 1841.–At Chorley, in the eightieth year of his age, Mr. John Eccleston, who had been a member of the Methodist society near forty years. His integrity and pacific temper procured for him general esteem. He was a lover of the ordinances of God's house ; and his humble walk with God, and consistent conduct before men, proved that he did not attend upon thein in vain. If there was one evil which he abhorred more than another, it was the tongue of slander. Under the infirmities of his last days, he found an answer to the prayer of the Psalmist, “Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength saileth." In the prospect of dissolution his mind was stayed on God, through Jesus Christ. Those hymns in the Wesleyan Hymn-Book, which had been his delight from the time of his conversion, were doubly sweet and profitable to him in his dying hours. His sorrowing family rejoice in the assurance, that them that sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
doctrines and discipline of Wesleyan Methodism, and more than once has stood forward in their defence. His morality in the eyes of the world was unimpeachable. Even when his engagements in life were numerous, he was remarkable for his diligence in the means of grace. Towards the close of his days especially, he watched over the society to which he belonged with paternal affection and solicitude. He was ardently at. tached to the general interests of the church, and deeply sympathized with its adversity and prosperity. For twelve months he was confined to his bed. His soul was preserved in uninterrupted peace. Patience, meekness, and hope raised him above fretfulness and murmuring. For some days before his death he was unusually happy in the love of God, and in the prospect of heaven. Jesus was to him all and in all. After sending messages of affectionate warning to some, of whom he stood in doubt, and fervently requesting them to meet him in glory, he peace. fully departed this life, to enter upon another, where sin and death are unknown.
Oct. 24th.-In the First Leeds Circuit, Mr. John Timms, in the thirty-sixth year of his age. He was brought to God in the year 1833, under the ministry of the Gospel in the Brunswick chapel. Upon his becoming an attendant at that place of worship, he was invited to meet in class, and immediately availed himself of that means of grace. He earnestly sought and soon experienced the pardoning love of God; and the divine change thus wrought in him was exemplified by a subsequent walk with God. His own conversion was followed by that of several members of his family. He was appointed a Leader in the year 1839, and sustained that office with great acceptance, fidelity, and usefulness. He was not less esteemned in the relations of husband and father. The affliction which terminated his life was typhus fever; and though his sufferings were great, and his mind sometimes depressed, especially when thinking of his wife and children, he was greatly comforted by the promises of God. He expressed great confidence in Christ, and manifested an entire resignation to the divine will. The day before he died, whilst his wife was watching over him, she observed him weeping, and fearing it might have an unfavourable effect upon him, she wished him to refrain. He answered, “ These are not tears of sorrow; they are tears of joy." These were nearly the last words he spoke. The next morning he fell asleep in Jesus; being thus removed at a period when life seemed the most desirable to his family, and to the church of God.
Dec. 29th. In the fiftieth year of his age, and the twenty-seventh of his itinerancy, the Rev. Elias Thomas, of the Maracion Circuit, leaving a widow and five children. From an early period of his life he was a subject of religious impreg. sions; and in the days of his youth devoted himself to the service of God. He maintained a consistent and unblemished character through the whole of his Christian course; and, by his cheerful and affectionate disposition, and by his exemplary discharge of every relative duty, be exhibited the religion which he professed in the most amiable and attractive light, and obtained the esteem and love of those who had the bappi. ness of being acquainted with him. As a Minister of the Gospel, he was acceptable and useful; his heart was in his work. The malady, which proved rapidly fatal, was incurred by him in the faithful discharge of his public duty, and was of such a nature as to deprive his family and friends of the counfort of Christian conversation with him on his death-bed.
J. W. T.
Dec. 29th.-In the Stockport North Circuit, in the sixty-first year of her age, Elizabeth, wife of Mr. Joseph Collier. Trained by her widowed mother to a regular attendance on the Wesleyan ministry, she was in early life a subject of religious impressions; and, as a member of the Me. thodist society, ornamented, for many years, her Christian profession. As a child, she was dutiful and affectionate ; as a wife and mother, & helprate to her husband, and the guardian and guide of her children; solicitously endeavouring to instil into their minds the principles of religion and piety. She was a woman of "oue book,” delighting greatly in the study of the holy Scriptures. For several years she was a subject of declining health; yet her protracted affliction was borne in humble submission to the divine will : in tribulation she rejoiced. In her last ille
Dec. 20th.-In great peace, Mr. William Hotton, of Probus. In early life he was converted to God, and was a useful and honourable member of the church for about forty-five years. The greater portion of that time he was an acceptable Local Preacher and Class-Leader, and took an active part in everything pertaining to the enuse of pure religion. He was a lover of the
ness many gracious words fell from her lips Jan. 9th.---At lendred, in the Wantage CirHavinz entered the dark and dreary valley, her cuit, in the thirtieth year of his age, Benjamin Foire being well oigh lost in death, she exclaimed, Bew. In the year 1833, under the ministry of
God's word, his mind was impressed with the “My Jesus to know,
need of salvation ; but his goodness was like the And feel bis blood flow,
morning cloud and early dew, which pass away. 'Tis life everlasting":
About two years since, while visiting his friends
in a neighbouring Circuit, where there was a Here her strength failed; yet afterward, re revival of the work of the Lord, he was deeply cruiting her energy, she cried,
convinced, resolved to for
sin, and sec in
earnest the blessings of the Gospel: accordingly, ** Sweetest and best of all, O Jesus!" when he returned home, he began to meet in
class, and rested not till, through faith in Almost her latest breath was spent in enforcing, Christ, he obtained peace with God, and was enon a friend who visited her, the admonition of abled to rejoice in him as his reconciled Father. our Lord : " Be ye also ready; for in such an During his illness he was not only patient, but hour as ye think pot, the Son of man cometh." frequently joyful. In the dying conflict his soul
W. W. S. was triumphant in God. When asked, “IS
“ Yes ; very Dec. 31st.–At Glasgou, Mrs. James Donaldson, precious. in the eightieth year of her age. In early life her mind was deeply impressed with a sense of her
• The wings of love and arms of faith, guilt and depravity, which made her think on
Will bear ine conqueror through.' her ways, and turn her feet to the testimonies of God; and, under a full persuasion of the efficacy
Glory, glory, glory! Happy, happy, happy!”
M. B. of the Redeemer's blood, she was enabled, at the age of sixteen, to apprehend by faith the pardoning love of God, shed abroad in her heart
Jan. 15th. At Barnsley, aged seventy-one by the Holy Spirit. At that tender age she for
years, fifty-one of which he had been a member
of the Methodist society, Mr. J. Cordeux. He sook all the follies of the world, and gave herself to God and his church. This happy event took
becarne pious in early life, and a member of the place in Ireland. During the long space of sixty
Wesleyan society in the twentieth year of his
age. For some time he met in the class of the four years she was enabled to adorn the doctrine of Jesus Christ our Lord, by a steady and uni
late excellent Mr. Coussins, of Soho, London. form profession of his holy religion. Her attend
Having commenced business in Barnsley, it ance on all the means of grace was constant and
pleased the Lord to give success to his exertions; regular. Her attachment to Methodism, and to
and often, when alluding to the fact, he said, the Ministers of God, was deep and progressive.
with peculiar emphasis, “I owe all to getting Her hope was well grounded, and her principles
religion in early life. O what snares has this
preserved me from, when my fellow commercial had been tested once and again. Her path truly * * the path of the just, that shineth more
travellers have sought to entangle me!” Hav. and more to the perfect day." To the last mo
ing been for many years the Chapel-Steward, inment of her earthly career, God was pleased to
creasing infirmities induced him to tender his continue to her the use of her mental faculties,
resignation ; but his co-Trustees had had such which were delightfully employed in expressions
proofs of his integrity, and economical manageof confidence, gratitude, prayer, and exhortation.
ment of their trust-property, that they would Her happy spirit fled to glory during the time of
not accept it. A natural warmth of temper was the wateh-night.
the sin against which he bad through life to conJ. S.
tend. For several months his strength was evi.
dently failing; and occasionally be suffered great Jan. 2d, 1842.-At Addington, in the Croydon
depression of spirits ; but his reliance on the Circuit, Mrs. Mary Beare, aged fifty-two; who
atonement was unshaken. A short time before had been in connexion with the Methodist society
his death, when the Rev. Mr. Roberts was adabout thirty years. She was brought to seek the
ministering the sacrament of the Lord's supper Lord at Wandsworth, where it was her privilege
to him, he was blessed in a very extraordinary to receive religious instruction from Dr. and
manner; so that he exclaimed, with rapturous Mrs. Coke; prior to which she acknowledged
emotions, “The blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, that she scarcely knew that she had a soul. By
which was shed for me--for me! Glory he to the pious and judicious advice of Mrs. Coke, in
God, for me!" Froni this time all was calm, particular, the Lord was pleased to open her
and joy, and peace. He often said, “ The Lord eyes, and turn her from darkness to light; so
is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I that she received remission of sin. Her attach.
hope in him." To inquirers after his health, he ment to the means of grace was strong. On
“I am like a bowing wall, or a totmany oceasions she walked a considerable dis
tering fence; but shall soon be tance to the house of God, although suffering from severe weakness. Her last affliction was
With God eternally shut in.'" protracted and painful; but she possessed her sul in patience. She was favoured with delight After a restless night, he observed, “I am ful foretastes of heaven, where her happy and weary, very weary; but there remaineth a rest glorified spirit now rests in the fruition of eternal for the people of God.'” Fixing his eye on Mrs. glory.
I. A. Cordeux, he said, “ Let me go; let me go; faith, praise," -and expired.
J. P. H. Vol. XXI. Third Series. April, 1842.
Jan. 19th.–At Grantham, aged sixty-four, Mrs. Sarah Hardy. She joined the Wesleyan society when about eighteen years of age, and from that time walked humbly with God. She possessed a strong mind, read extensively, and had a memory exceedingly retentive. The Bible was to her the book, and her delight was in its law. The high estimate she fixed upon the means of grace, was proved by her constant attendance upon them. During her last illness, which was severe and protracted, her conversation was in heaven. For the last few weeks of her life she constantly exclaimed, “Come, my Jesus, come quickly." Her last words were, “I shall soon see his form."
perience, and a full assurance of acceptance with God, through faith in the atonement. As he drew near the close of life, he was observed to ripen for heaven; and constantly exhorted his class to love one another. During the few weeks that he was confined to his bed, his conversation was in heaven. I visited him a few days before his death, when he exclaimed, “I am waiting, I am waiting for Him. He is my salvation; he saves me to the uttermost." In this bappy state he continued, until his spirit joined the heavenly host before the throne.
Jan. 19ih.-At Long-Stratton, in the NewBuckenham Circuit, Robert Claxton, who had been a steady member of the Wesleyan society forty-seven years. IIe was converted to God; and lived in the enjoyment of that religion which made him happy in life, and supported him in death. He loved the ordinances of God's house ; and, as far as he was able, was ready to contribute to the support of the Gospel. Great were his afflictions; but he was enabled to rejoice in God his Saviour, and in the prospect of that rest which awaits the riguteous in the kingdom of God.
Feb. 20.--At Sunderland, in the eighty-fourth year of his age, Thomas Brown, Esq. In the year 1814 he became a member of the Wesleyan society; and from that time to the close of life, maintained a steady and consistent profession of faith in Christ. He greatly valued the ordinances of God's house, and was a constant and devout attendant on all the means of grace. The religion which he had sought and obtained in the time of health, was his support and consolation in the season of affliction. During a very protracted illness, which he bore with singular patience and resignation, he maintained an un. shaken confidence in God, and looked forward with a serene mind to his approaching change. As the closing scene drew near, his prospect of heaven became increasingly bright and glorious; until at length, full of immortal hope, he fell asleep in Jesus.
T. H. S.
Jan. 21st.--At Whitby, aged sixty-four years, Mrs. Mary Davison, widow of the late Mr. John Davison, of the same place. Since her conversion to God, her path has been chequered, and many of her conflicts were peculiarly trying; yet, in the midst of all, she held on her way steadily, resting on the arm of God; and she did indeed experience the accomplishment of that blessed truth, “ My grace is sufficient for thee." For thirty-nine years she was a member of the Wesleyan society; and for many years a very useful Class-Leader, both in Scotland and England. Her removal was sudden and unexpected. She had been confined to her house for some months, by severe inflammation; but it was hoped, by her friends, that she was gradually recovering. On January 18th she was taken suddenly ill; and, after surviving three days, during which she experienced the supporting influence of the Spirit, she triumphantly entered into that rest which remaineth for the people of God.
Feb. 4th.–At Carshalton, in the Croydon Cir. cuit, in the fifty-ninth year of her age, Mrs. Elizabeth A. Knott, late of the Leyton Circuit. For several months she had been declining in health, and her soul maturing for a higher state of enjoyment in the kingdom of her heavenly Father. For some time she was bome down by excessive weakness, so as to be unable to communicate with the members of her family; yet, by her serenity of mind, and the signs which she made, it was evident her soul was graciously sustained in the prospect of her dissolution. In her affliction she was thankfully resigned to the will of her Saviour. She had been a member of the Wesleyan society about sixteen years; and was accustomed to mention, with much pleasure, the benefit she derived from the faithful and zealous ministrations of the Rev. P. M.Owan. In carly life she was a subject of divine influ. ence; but, being an orphan, and having no spi. ritual adviser, she regretted that many years passed away unimproved. Her prevailing characteristic was charity; for while she endeavoured to bear in mind the precept, " Speak evil of no man,” she always endeavoured to put the best construction on the faults and failings of others.
Jan. 28th.--At Stoney-Middleton, in the Bakewell Circuit, aged eighty-three, James Redferth. This vencrable disciple of Jesus Christ had been a member of the Methodist society about fiftysix years, and filled the office of Class-Leader forty-six. The faithful discharge of his duty, as a servant, secured to him the approbation of his employers, in whose service he continued until the infirmities of age confined him at home. In him was found fidelity, both in his temporal and spiritual duties. Satisfied with the doctrines under which he sat, and highly approving of the discipline of the Connexion, nothing moved him from his steady purpose to gain his eternal crown. Punctuality was a prominent feature in his character. In conducting his class-meeting, as well as other serviees, he was lively and energetic; keeping to the point of clear Christian ex
Feb. 5th.-At Hinmoor, near Leeds, aged fifty-eight years, Mrs. Pawson. In early life, through the instrumentality of the Methodist ministry, under which from her infancy she had the privilege to sit, she became savingly acquainted with the truth as it is in Jesus; from which time till the day of her death she followed Christ with an unwavering step, and was united with that people among whom she obtained the knowledge of God as her reconciled Father.