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modest, humble, faithful ; his walk with God was constant, and his union with him uninterrupted. His profession was fully borne out by the consistency of his conduct. The ground of all his hope was the atonement of Christ. His last days were full of consolation and triumph. As death approached, he met it with holy resignation, and confidence in God.
For many years she was a subject of great affliction; and was frequently, to all human appearance, just entering the valley of the shadow of death. At those seasons she was favoured with delightful anticipations of the future, and was enabled to magnify the grace of God. She was eminently a woman of a meek and quiet spirit, and possessed a mind of a very superior order, which was enriched with deep piety, an accurate knowledge of the holy Scriptures, (which for many years it was her practice annually to read regularly through,) and clear and sound views of theological truth. She was first cousin to the Rev. William Vevers, Wesleyan Minister, who has a melancholy pleasure in placing on record this brief memorial of her moral and religious worth. Though some time previous to her death she experienced deep depression, arising from physical causes ; yet her last moments were glo. riously triumphant; and she died exclaiming, “ Jesus is mine! Jesus is mine! Jesus is mine!"
Feb. 5th.-At Dudley, Mr. Thomas Rolason, aged sixty-one. He was converted to God thirtyseven years ago, and from that period was a consistent member of the Wesleyan society. For thirty years he punctually, affectionately, and faithfully discharged the duties of a Teacher or Superintendent in the Sabbath-school. As a Prayer-Leader he was active, fervent, and useful. He was in the employ of the same gentlemen for above thirty years, by whom his services were highly valued, and generously rewarded. He loved the Ministers of Christ, and was warmly attached to the doctrines and discipline of Weyleyan Methodism. During the unrighteous agitation of our society in 1835, he meddled not with them who were given to change. His death was gloriously triumphant. Just before he expired, he shouted, “ Jesus is precious! Praise him, praise him! Hallelujahı, hallelujah! Glory, glory!"
Feb. llth.--At Crow-Trees, Barrorrford, in the Colne Circuit, after a sudden stroke of iUness, borne with patient subinission to the will of God, Thomas Grimshaw, Esq., in the seventyseventh year of his age. His health for some time past had been declining, so that he could but seldom attend the public means of grace; which, till prevented by indisposition, he had been in the habit of attending, not merely from a sense of duty, but from sincere attachment to the courts of the Lord's house. For about eighteen years Mr. Grimshaw had been a steady and useful member of the Wesleyan society; and for more than twenty years he had kindly received the Ministers of Christ into his house, and hos. pitably entertained them; "esteeming them highly in love for their work's sake." He sustained various offices of responsibility in connexion with the cause of Christ in the Colne Cir. cuit; such as Circuit-Steward, Trustee of chapels, Treasurer for the Sunday-school at Barrowford : the duties of these offices he discharged with great credit to himself, and satisfaction to those with whom he was engaged in promoting the interests of Christianity. Besides the liberality which was witnessed in his own immediate vicinity, he was also a regular contributor to several of our connexional funds. Being asked, a short time before his death, whether Christ was precious, his answer was, “Very, very." His end was peace. Ile has left a large circle of friends, with a widow, children, and children's children, to lainent their loss.
Feb. 6th.-At Monaghan, Mr. James Dougan, Feb. 12th.--At Runcorn, Mrs. Ankers, in the aged seventy-five years.
When about twenty
sixty-first year of her age. About thirty-three two years of age he went to reside in Dublin, years ago, she was convinced of sin, and soon being thoughtless, and unconcerned for the sal afterwards obtained a clear sense of her acceptvation of his soul. One Sabbath-evening, as he ance with God, through faith in Christ. In the and some of his companions passed along White. morning of her Christian career, she had to friar-street, they heard singing in the Methodist endure the reproach of Christ; and, as day chapel. One of them said, “We will go in, and advanced, trials and family afflictions awaited have a little sport." While the Preacher was her, which threw a cloud over her sorrowing holding forth the word of life, it was applied to spirit; but in the evening the Sun of righteous. the heart of the careless youth, who sought ness arose upon her, with healing in his wings. the Lord with strong crying and tears, and Her faith and love increased, as death apfound redemption through his blood, the for proached. She longed to depart, and to be with giveness of sin. After a while be returned Christ. In the commencement of her affliction, to his native town. His first work was, to pro which was short and severe, she said, “I feel eure a place in which to worslıip God. For this within me nothing contrary to love. My hea. purpose be obtained the use of a school-house. venly Father will not leave me now. Christ He then went to Clones, and invited the Preach. hath loved me, and given himself for me." er to Monaghan. He came, and told them words When entering the valley, her countenance by which they might be saved. Five others, brightened, and, looking up to heaven, she with James, composed the first Methodist society cried,in Monaghan; and to meet this little class, a Leader came from Clones, a distance of ten " There I shall see his face, Irish miles: but after some time James Dou
And never, never sin; gan was appointed to the office of Leader; and
There, from the rivers of his grace, this office he filled, with zeal, fidelity, and profit
Drink endless pleasures in." to the people, for nearly fifty years. He was
Feb. 13th.--At South-Witham, in the Grantham Circuit, Mrs. Elizabeth Ward, aged eighty. one years. She feared the Lord from her youth; and brought up a large family in the way they should go, according to her light; and the effects appear in her children, who have become useful members of the Wesleyan society. In the year 1803, when the Methodist Ministers first visited South-Witham, Mr. and Mrs. Ward were among those who attended their ministry, and to receive, with all gladness, the Preachers into their house. About this time she was deeply convinced that she had lived below the Christian's character; was powerfully awakened to a sense of her lost condition, as a sinner, and sought the Lord with all her heart. Through faith in Christ, she soon obtained the forgiveness of her sins, and the witness of the Holy Spirit to the fact of her adoption. Her family well recollect the time and circumstances of her conversion, and have often heard her speak of them with tears of gratitude to the Almighty. She was a woman of much prayer, strong faith, and love to the means of grace. After she was afflicted with deafness, her greatest delight was in the holy Scriptures, with Burkett's Notes on the New Testament, and other good books. She was graciously supported during her protracted illness; her faith was strong in the Lord; she never expressed the least fear on the approach of death ; and her end was eminently peaceful.
were exceedingly refreshing to her; and she sometimes joined in singing them. She has left me grey in years, and also eight children, to lament our loss of a most prudent and affectionate wife and mother. In my necessary absence from my family, engaged in the duties of my Cir. cuits, my mind was always calmly contident, knowing her care for our numerous family, and trusting in the merciful providence of God.
J. C. P.
Feb. 14th.–At Berden, in the Bishop's-Stortford Circuit, Miss Elizabeth Sibley, in the twenty-second year of her age. She was brought to God through the instrumentality of the Wes. leyan Methodists about three years ago, and was one of the first that met in class in this village. She continued a steady member till death, and was very zealous in instructing the Sabbathschool children, distributing tracts, and other plans of usefulness. Her benevolence was great, according to her means; and she has been known to deprive herself of food, and other necessaries, to minister to the distressed. Her affliction was long, and at times her sufferings were very severe; but in her patience she possessed her soul, and was enabled to say, "It is the Lord : let him do what seemeth him good." She had at times delightful prospects of heaven, and could exclaim,
Feb. 13th.–At Swanwick, in the Belper Cir. cuit, Mrs. Elizabeth Booth, aged seventy. She joined the Methodist society in 1804; and, having believed through grace, held fast her profession until death. It was her study to "adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things ;” and she had her reward, in the affectionate esteem of all with whom she was associated, and " the honour that cometh from God only." Through a long and distressing affliction, her resignation to the divine will was complete. The trial of her faith proved its genuineness; and she could “joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ," in whose atonement she increasingly gloried; often saying, “I hang upon the cross of Christ." Hler last end was eminently peace.
“ There is my house and portion fair, My treasure and my heart are there,
And my abiding home."
Shortly before her departure, she said, “He is coming, He is coming! Come, Lord Jesus!" and thus died happy in God.
Feb. 13th.-At Pettigo, Catherine Pratt, wife of the Rev. James C. Pratt, Wesleyan Minister, aged fifty-five years. Her parents were an honour to the Wesleyan society, of which they were members, in this place; and Ministers of our Connexion found for many years happy accommodation under their roof. From early youth her temper was mild, her heart kind, and her manner of life, under religious example and training, very exemplary; but about twentynine years ago, when the late venerable Gideon Ouseley visited this town and neighbourhood, she became experimentally acquainted with the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit. In the latter part of last summer her health began to decline; and, though many means were tried to restore her, the affliction increased. In all the time of suffering she united cheerfulness with patience ; and confiding in the mercy of God through Christ, expressed herself as free from the fear of death. Some of her last words were,
Feb. 15th.–At Melton-Mowbray, in the sixtieth year of his age, Mr. Robert Hayes, having been a consistent and exemplary meniber of the Wesleyan society for upwards of thirty-five years. As a Local Preacher and Class-Leader, he was diligent and unremitting in his exertions to spread the power and intluence of vital godliness, to build up believers, and to lead them forward to those higher attainments which are exhibited to them in the Gospel. His communion with God was intimate, joyous, and sancti. fying. Of him it may be emphatically said, he lived the Gospel. As he appeared to be on the verge of eternity, this world receding from his view, he expressed his unabated confidence in his Saviour. In the language of the venerable Patriarch, he exclaimed, “I have waited for thy salvation, O Lord." He had no fears in reference to the future. A short time before " the weary wheels of life stood still," he said, “I rely solely on the blood of the Larnb. I cannot boast ; but I place my confidence in Jesus." He died, as he had lived, a pattern of faith and good works, and is now reaping the reward of his labours.
Feb. 16th.-At Colne, in the fiftieth year of his age, Mr. John Whittaker, having been : member of the Wesleyan society about thirtyfour years, a Class-Leader upwards of twenty, and a Local Preacher about eleven. In consequence of the failure of his health, he has been unable to preach these four years. The vight previous to his death, he met his class; when he spoke of his enjoyment of religion, and was observed to pray specially for his family. At about half-past six o'clock the following evening he was seized with apoplexy, after which he was unable to speak. He has left a widow, four children, and many friends to mourn his loss.
Feb. 16th.-At Skipton, Mrs. Ellen Rimmington, aged eighty-one, having been a conscientious member of the Wesleyan society for upwards of forty years. She evinced her love to the cause she had espoused and supported, by demising on her decease £19. 198. to the Wesleyan chapel at Skipton, and £30 to the Foreign Missions carried on by the Wesleyan Methodist Conference.
seven years old that he sought and obtained peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. The means of this change was the death of his infant child; and from the day of his conversion, to the day of his death, he adorned the doctrine of God his Saviour in all things. The duty of closet-prayer he daily performed ; nor did the company of friends, or the calls of business, lead to its omission. In the various relations of domestic life, as a husband and a father, he may have been equalled, but perhaps he never was surpassed. For upwards of thirty-five years he was a distinguished ornament of the church of Christ, and a useful menīber of the Wesleyan society. He sustained, with honour to himself, and satisfaction to his brethren, the offices of ClassLeader and Trustee for more than thirty years, and the office of Circuit-Steward for more than twenty. Love of the truth, an eminently catholic spirit, habitual cheerfulness, affability of manners, zeal in doing good, benevolence, and integrity, marked his conduct, both in the church and the world. The foundation of all these virtues was laid in Christian piety. As he lived, so he died. His death was sudden; but he was ready. He retired to rest in his usual health, awoke early in the morning, called part of his family at six o'clock, complained of a pain in his chest, and shortly after said, “I feel a little better now,blessed be the Lord !” But scarcely were the words spoken, before he expired!
Feb. 16th.-At Spitalfields, London, Mrs. Phæbe Higley, in the seventy-eighth year of her age. She had been a member of the Methodist society for a period of more than fifty years, twenty of which she was a useful Class-Leader. She maintained her character as a Christian, and lived in the enjoyment of the divine favour. She had long been prepared, by the influences of the Holy Spirit, for her eternal inheritance ; and she was, in consequence, like one who was looking when her Lord should appear. It was truly pleasing to those who visited her to hear her speak of eternal things. She lived in the esteem and affection of all who knew her, and died in the full triumph of faith. Some of the last words she was heard to utter were, “Come, Lord Jesus; come quickly."
Feb. 20th.--At Polgooth, in the St. Austell Circuit, Elizabeth Davies, in the ninety-first year of her age. She had been for sixty-three years a steady and consistent member of the Wesleyan society. A short time before her death, she was visited by her Leader, to whom she stated, that her prayer was turned into praise. In this happy frame of mind she exchanged mortality for life.
Feb. 17th.--At Middleton, in the Oldham Circuit, Mrs. Sarah Fielding, wife of James Fielding, sen. She had been upwards of fortyfive years a member of the Wesleyan society. For more than forty of that period she entertained the Preachers at her house, and kindly ministered to their necessities. Her attendance on the means of grace was uniform and constant; and in them she carefully trained her numerous family. To the careful management of her domestic concerns, and the aid she gave her husband in business, agreeably to the statement of her bereaved husband, the family are mainly indebted for their present worldly comfort. Her affliction was severe and protracted; but she met death with Christian contidence. To her daugh. ter, just before her departure, she said, “I am in too much pain to have much joy; but I have settled peace." She died in the assurance of everlasting life, thrvugh our Lord Jesus Christ.
Feb. 21st.-At Wolstanton, in the Newcastleunder-Lyne Circuit, Mrs. Sant, aged seventythree. About thirty-five years ago, she joined the Methodist society, and, in answer to servent prayer, received the direct witness of her adoption. Her attachment to her class was so great, that, at the advanced age of sixty-five, she used to walk two miles to attend it. She was a subject of much aflliction, during the last twenty-seven years of her life ; but, at the close, she gave satisfactory testimonies of her title, through Christ, to heaven.
Feb. 22d.--At Hungerford, Mr. John Hogsflesh, aged eighty-one. He was born at Otford, in Kent, where he resided till the year 1789. He was in early life impressed with divine truth, and made a partaker of Gospel faith. Soon after his marriage, he was providentially led to remove his residence to the village of Chilton, in Wiltshire, where he entered into business, and conducted it with success for several years. At the expiration of the lease of the premises which he then occupied, the property fell into the hands of parties who were hostile to Wesleyan Methodism, to which Mr. Hogsflesh was firmly attached. At the head of this antagonist force, stood the Rector of the parish, by whose adverse influence
Feb. 18th.--At Camden-House, Runcorn, in the Warrington Circuit, Thomas Henglehurst, Esq,, aged sixty-two years. At the early age of six he was deeply impressed with the importance of religion ; but it was not until he was twenty
society about thirty-seven years; during which period she manifested the spirituality of her miud, and earnest desire to glorify God, by her conduct. For some years she was a subject of much afflic. tion; yet she was constant in her attendance on the means of grace, and profited much in the Lise of them. During the last few weeks of her pilgrimage, while confined to her room, she expressed herself as being very happy in God, Her confidence was strong in the Lord; and she was quietly released from the burden of the tiesh, and entered into rest.
the new landlord refused to grant another lease to the Wesleyan, who had given conclusive proof of adhesion to that body, in the help he had afforded to build a chapel. Ejected, therefore, from his home, Mr. Hogsflesh removed to the spot where he passed the remainder of his days. He declined business in favour of his second son, for several years; and was able, in the serene and leisurely evening of life, to look back upon the time that had passed away. He was a man of inflexible integrity; sincere, and without guile. In dealing with him, every one knew and felt himself to be safe. Aloof from all doubledealing and evasive practices, open and undisguised truth and honesty ran through the whole of his worldly transactions. The decline in his health was gradual, and his end was peace. But it is not a little singular, that the persecuting spirit, standing where it ought not, which deprived him of his house some thirty years ago, was again visible after his death. He was denied the rites of sepulture within the walls of a church, which he had contributed to build and support; as if unworthy of a resting-place either in this world or the next. “ Here is the patience of the saints." " How long, Lord; how long!"
Feb. 25th.-At Dudley, Mr. Joseph Timmins, aged sixty-eight. He was awakened under a sermon preached by the late Rev. Jonathan Barker, and obtained a clear evidence of his acceptance with God in a love-feast, on Easter-Monday, 1795. From that period to his death, he walked in the fear of God, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost. As a Local Preacher he was calm and instructive, displaying an intimate acquaintance with the holy Scriptures. For his regular attendance at the Leaders' Meetings he was proverbial. As Steward of the society, he was found faithful. As a Trustee of our chapel, he employed a considerable portion of his time in promoting its interests, and generously contributed to its funds. In his commercial transactions his sterling integrity is universally acknowledged. He was a good man, and feared God above many. He was the instrument of the conversion of Mr. Rolason, who died on the 5th inst.; and in only twenty days after, joined him
Feb. 220.-- At Mellon-Mowbray, Lucy, daughter of the Rev. William Dalby, in humble dependence on the mercy of God, through the atonement of Christ, aged twenty-three years.
“In those Elysian seats Where Jonathan his David meets."
Feb. 22d.–At Lough- Muck, in the Omagh Circuit, in the eighty-fourth year of his age, Mr. Nathaniel Alcorn. When a young man, the Methodists were very little known in his neighbourhood; but having heard a man singing some of their hymns, it produced an impression favourable to them. This led to conviction of sin; and soon after, while praying in the open fields, he became, through faith in Christ, a subject of true conversion. Ile then sought after those persons who had been thus indirectly made the instruments of leading him to God. Many efforts were inade to detach him from the people of his choice; but without success. He willingly and boldly bore the reproach of the Gospel; and was soon appointed to the office of Class-Leader, which he filled until the time of old age. When he married, and settled in his own house, he erected the domestic altar, and received the messengers of salvation, who continued for nearly sixty years to preach the Gospel under his roof. His house has been the scene of some very blessed revivals of religion, where scores of sinners have been brought to God. lle has left a numerous family of children and grandchildren, who are all warmly attached to the friends of their venerable father, and some of them are actively engaged in promoting God's work.
His death was rather sudden; but his end was very triuniphant. Nearly his last words were, “Heaven is begun. Heaven is begun, never, never, never more to end."
Feb. 25th.--At Rochdale, in the sixty-second year of his age, James Taylor. IIe was a mem. ber of the Wesleyan society, in Rochdale, thirty. three years; and a Prayer-Leader and Sundayschool Teacher the whole of that time. He was an Israelite indeed, in whom was no guile. Honesty, integrity, and godly sincerity marked his character, and were obvious to all who knew him. IIis faith in the atonement of Christ, his love to God and man, were strong and permanent. His attachment to Wesleyan Methodism was decided, yet his spirit was catholic. He was a Class-Leader upwards of twenty years; and his labours, as might be expected, from his sound understanding, deep piety, knowledge of human nature, and love of discipline, were peculiarly valuable and efficient. He bore his last sickness, which was protracted, with Christian fortitude and resignation. The Wesleyan society in Rochdale has sustained a severe loss in his removal. Ilis memory is embalmed in the affectionate remembrance of his family and friends. “ Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright; for the end of that man is peace."
Feb. 24th.-At Builth, in the Brecon Circuit, in the fifty-ninth year of her age, Mrs. Elizabeth Jones. She had been a member of the Wesleyan
Feb. 25th.--At Portarlington, in the Tullamore Circuit, aged twenty-six years, Ellen, the beloved wife of Mr. Henry Goff; having been, for several years, a truly consistent member of the Wesleyan society. Her end was peace.
Feb. 25th.-At Piugwenlly, in the Newport temper, unassuming in her manner, and blameCircuit, aged fifty-nine years, Mr. Thomas less in the sight of the world. A well-informed Webb, He was convinced of sin, and united mind, under the continual influence of vital himself to the Methodist society, in the year piety, enabled her to endure family bereave1808. About that time his business called him to ments with exemplary submission to the divine Liverpool, when, under a sermon preached by will, and to close her own pilgrimage in the full the late Rev. Theophilus Lessey, sen., the Lord assurance of faith.
A. M. spoke peace to his soul. For many years he sustained the office of Class-Leader; and in the March 2d.-At Low-Bridge, Keighley, Mrs. performance of his duties he was faithful and Wilkinson, a mother in Israel. In early life she useful. As a Trustee and Circuit-Steward, he was converted to God; but not enjoying the primanifested, both by exertions and liberal contri vilege of Christian communion, she lost her conbutions, an ardent attachment to the cause fidence and peace. In the twenty-third year of which he had espoused. At the last class-meet her age, she began again to seek salvation, and ing which he was able to attend, he resembled a joined herself to the church of Christ. She was father delivering his dying charge to his family. diligent in seeking the forgiveness of sins, During a painful affliction of six months, his through faith in the atonement, and she soon soul was kept in peace : he “endured as seeing obtained it. From this time she continued Him who is invisible; " and died “in sure and steadfast in the grace of Christ, walking in the certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life.” fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy
J. S. Ghost. With her husband she cheerfully joined
in promoting the present and eternal welfare of Feb. 26th.--At Hesket, in the Carlisle Circuit, their children ; nor was their labour in vain in Mrs. Gash, in the fifty-eighth year of her age. the Lord. About eight years ago, she received She was seized with apoplexy on the 5th of Janu by faith entire purity of heart ; and the fruit of ary, while the writer was conversing with her, it appeared in her life. She became more spirit. on the state of the society and the Sunday-school. ually minded, more heavenly in conversation, By adopting the usual means in such cases, she and more joyful in the God of her salvation. was so far recovered as to be able to settle her She was enabled cheerfully to do and to suffer all affairs. When reduced to the lowest point of the will of God. The fear of death was taken bodily weakness, she expressed herself strongly away, and her prospect of future blessedness berespecting her faith in the atonement of Christ ; came bright and glorious. When near death, she and as she drew nearer to death, she became en repeatedly exclaimed, “ Glory be to God, I have raptured with the prospect of being for ever with neither scar nor doubt.” Thus she closed her the Lord. Mrs. Gash was a kind and affectionate earthly career, and entered the kingdom above, mother, a devoted and generous member of the in the seventy-ninth year of her age ; fifty-five of Methodist society, and a ready helper and sym which she had been an accredited member of the pathizing friend of the poor.
I. D. Wesleyan society. Mrs. Wilkinson was charac
terized by integrity in worldly transactions ; Feb. 26th.–At Swansea, Mrs. Elizabeth Gar. zeal in the religious training of her family; dilirett, aged eighty-three. She was a descendant gence in attending the means of grace; and love of a pious mother, who died happy in the Lord; for the Ministers of Christ.
J. A. and, through her instructions and example, the daughter was, early in life, a subject of the fear March 3d.--At Salutation, in the Bedale Cirof God. Yet it was not until she was forty years cuit, in the ninetieth year of his age, James old that she obtained a sense of the pardon of her Parnaby. He joined the Wesleyan society in sins. From that time she went on her way May, 1811; and in June, he, with nine or ten rejoicing, with the exception of a few weeks, more, found peace with God in a class-meeting. when her mind was filled with gloom by a con For more than thirty-two years his house was versation with a Socinian, which led to doubts open for preaching, and a home for the Preachon the divinity and atonement of Christ. To the In the commencement of his godly life, he cause of Missions she was greatly attached, and suffered much persecution from men in power ; subscribed and collected to the funds many and so did the little flock in that place. James years. She possessed a generous spirit, and a Parnaby rose above the opposition, and even the loving heart, and lived a pious life. In her suspicions, of the world: all are disposed to say, affliction she was saved from doubt and fear: “He was a good man." His life was uniform humility, and confidence in God, were happily and consistent. He has left five children, all blended with faith in the blood of the Lamb. members of the Methodist society, except one.
P. O. He has left his cottage to one of his sons, a Local
Preacher, on this condition, that preaching is to Feb. 27th.-At Usworth, in the Gateshead be continued in it so long as the Preachers will Circuit, Margaret, wife of Mr. John Southern, attend.
J. D. in the seventy-third year of her age.
In her early days she heard the word of life several March 8th.-The Rev. Samuel Sewell, Westimes from the lips of the venerable Wesley; and leyan Minister, of the Bradford (Wilts.) Circuit, fifty-two years ago, under the ministry of the in the sixty-fifth year of his age, and the thirtyLate Rev. Charles Atmore, in the Orphan-House, ninth of his itinerancy. He had been laid aside Newcastle, she was induced to give herself fully from his work, as a Minister of Christ, for about to the Lord. From that time to the end of her three months prior to his decease; during which days, she continued a devoted member of the period he was called to exercise the passive graces Methodist society. She was of a mild and gentle of the Christian. The agonies which he at one