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among them; a success which we believe Armenian nation is brought back to a will, by the grace of God, become more pure Christianity.- Erangelical Christenand more striking, until the whole dom.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. [The substance of the following memoir influence exerted by Mr. Fernley in that was drawn up by the late lamented Dr. immediate neighbourhood, especially in Hannah, and read by him when preaching seasons of religious strife and agitation. on the occasion of Mr. Fernley's death: “I had the highest respect for your dear one of the last services of the kind in brother, and shall ever remember his which that venerated minister officiated.] name with grateful feelings. To him Meth.
The late MR. THOMAS FERNLEY was odism in Stockport is deeply indebted; born at Stockport, on the 5th of May, and in Hazel-grove, humanly speaking, it 1789, being the eldest son of Thomas owes its continued existence to his inflacice. and Ann Feruley. From early life he My recollections of your departed brother appears to have been serious and devout, carry me back to the year 1832, when and a diligent reader of the Scriptures. Methodism at Hazel-grove was struggling When about fifteen years of age, he be- for existence, the culminating point being came more fully decided ; and after earnest the Warrenite division.' Daring that wrestling, found peace with God, through anxious, trying time, I well remember the our Lord Jesus Christ. "I saw every interviews that were held, and the deep thing," he states, “in a new light. All searchings of heart which then took place. seemed changed. Old things were Amidst all, your brother appeared as an passed away, all things were become angel of mercy. He was ever ready to
He at once united himself to the cheer the depressed, to impart energy to Methodist Society, of which he continued the fearsal, and to lead in the path of a devoted member, without any break or duty. Many were his visits at that interruption, for the space of sixty-three period: they have left an indelible imyears.
pression on my memory of his sonnd Constrained by the love of Christ, he judgment, admirable tact, and conciliatory cheerfully employed his leisure hours in spirit.” endeavours to do good ; and in many At the request of the Rev. Legh Richinstances was successful in inducing others mond, made as they were travelling togeto yield up themselves to God, through ther by the stage-coach from Huddersfield, Christ. Sabbath-school service was, how- Mr. Fernley successfully exerted himself ever, the field in which he chiefly delighted in the establishment of the Stockport to labour. After having been himself a Auxiliary Bible Society; and for the last scholar, he was in succession, teacher, ten years of his life was its treasurer. visiter, superintendent, and treasurer. He was likewise one of the first members The last years of his life and vigour were in Stockport of the Wesleyan-Methodist marked by zealous attention to the interests Missionary Society; and continued until of the young, on whose behalf, to his death a member of its Committee. The dying day, he cherished a deep and affec- Stockport town-mission also shared his tionate regard.
sympathy and help. In connexion with James Heald, Esq., Mr. Fernley was a large employer of of Parr's-Wood, he originated the scheme labour; and in the conduct of his manifold for building the large and beautiful chapel transactions was kind, just, and considerate; situate in Tiviot. Dale, Stockport; and easy of access, and a good discerner of in its erection, after having laid the character : distinguished, also, by Christian first stone, he took an active part; con- simplicity, strict integrity, promptitude, tinuing through life one of its trustees. and plodding industry. The testimony of Ilc was also one of the founders (as well the Stockport “ Press” supplies a deserved as a trustee) of the Sunday-schools at tribute to his memory: "He was one of Portwood, Brentnall-street, Edgeley, the last of the old race of manufacturers New Bridge-lane, and Hazel-grove. In a of this town, having been in basiness for letter addressed to a member of the family, half a century, which he most honourably the Rev. John Howard, an excellent conducted.” "Being a native of Stockclergyman in the vicinity of Hazel-grove, port, he took a deep interest in all the bears pleasing testimony to the salutarý local institutions of the town, having for
SEPTEMBER 17th, 1867.-At Kirby-Moorside, John Allan, who was born at Cabon, in Lincolnshire, in the year 1799. His parents were connected with the Church of England. When nineteen years of age, he attended a Wesleyan service to ridicule and mock; but before leaving the house of prayer he was convinced of sin and converted to God. The reality of the change effected in him was evinced by a consistent Christian career of nearly half a century. Some time after removing into Yorkshire, he felt called to preach the Gospel. His labours as a Local preacher were successful, not only in the Helmsley and Pickering Circuits, where he resided, but also in adjoining towns and villages. As a classleader and visiter of the sick, he was beloved by those who were brought under his influence, and made a blessing to them. As a man of business he was remarkable for his firmness and upright. ness. He was suddenly called to his reward, but left consolatory assurance to his friends that he was ready to depart and to be with Christ.
February 11th, 1868.-At Londonthorpe-Mill, in the Grantham Circuit, Mrs. Elizabeth Smith, aged seventy-four years. She was a native of Billingborough, and in carly life was converted to God, and joined the Wesleyan-Methodist Society. She resided for several years in the Wisbeach and Peterborough Circuits, but in 1845 removed to Londonthorpe-Mill, where she held fast her integrity, and continued a member of the Church of her youth to the day of her death. The Bible was her daily companion, and standard of appeal on all questions relating to doctrine and practice. Her last illness was long and painful, but she was strong in faith. The night before she died, when speaking of her prospect of heaven, she exclaimed, “ Faith, mighty faitli, the promise sees,
And looks to that alone ;
And cries, 'It shall be done!'"
February 25th.-At Oldham, Mr.
John Chadwick, aged sixty-three years. For a long period he was a partaker of Divine grace, and by integrity and uprightness in business-transactions adorned the doctrine of God our Saviour. He held several offices in the Church, and by deeds and words sought to incite others to liberality in the cause of God. Although he had not been well for many months, his death was unexpected. But he knew whom he had believed, and peacefully heard the Master's call. Only three days afterwards, Mr. Chadwick's wife Elizabeth “ fell asleep." When about eighteen years of age, at a cottage prayer meeting, she received forgiveness of her sins through faith in Jesus, and from that time was a steadfast member of the Methodist Society. As the wife of Mr. James Tattersall, and afterwards of Mr. Chadwick, she perforined her domestic duties with diligence, fidelity, and affection. In seasons of affliction She was resigned and cheerful, knowing that "all
things work together for good to them that love God.” As a class-leader she helped others in their Christian course, and in the use of her property did not forget the poor and the work of the Lord. Her attention to her husband was unremitting till the end of January last, when she also was prostrated by sickness. In all her conflicts she triumphed in Christ, and often repeated the lines,
“In my hand no price I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling." Her last whisper was, “I am safe."
March 12th.-At Canterbury, Mrs. Brown, the beloved wife of Mr. Joseph Brown, and sister of the late Rev. Joseph Earnshaw. She was born of pious parents at Kirkburton, near Huddersfield, and received her first religious impressions at a revival-meeting among the Primitive Methodists, in a village at a distance from her home. On her return, two years after, to her native place, she connected herself with the Wesleyan-Methodist Society, of which several elder branches of the family were members, and continued warmly and conscientiously attached to it till the day of her death. She became a successful Sunday-school teacher, and subsequently a valued class-leader; and in each capacity did good service to those entrusted to her care. To the poor she was a kind and sympathizing friend, relieving their necessities, and directing their thoughts to the true riches. In her domestic relations she was exemplary. She was a faithful wife ; a loving mother, watchful over the interests of her children; a true friend, who could be depended on in the time of need. IIer last illness, which was protracted and painful, she bore with Christian fortitude. Severe and depressing temptation assailed her ; but through a firm reliance upon the atonement of her Lord, and faith in God's promises, she finally triumphed, and calmly expired in the peace and hope of the Gospel.
April 16th.-At Fisherton, in the Salisbury Circuit, Jane, the widow of the late Mr. Joseph Harding. Mrs. Harding was born at Amesbury, in Wiltshire, in 1786, and was trained in the teaching of the Established Church. When she was young the Methodists visited Amesbury, and held a preaching service in a bakehouse. At the close of that service, Mrs. Harding, who had now heard the Gospel preached in a way quite new to her, gave the first sixpence towards maintaining the Methodist cause in that place, in which it has flourished for sixty years. She was then seventeen years old. Deep conviction seized her soul, and for years she lived in the "spirit of bondage.” At length, however, she cast her soul on Christ, and obtained a clear evidence of God's adopting love. For sixty-five years Mrs. Harding was a member of the nethodist Society, and a most consistent Christian; and for forty years was the affectionate wife of a most useful Local preacher. She was also for many years a class-leader at Fisherton. Her
of twenty received the rite of confirmation. Lord, and He will help you." Like Enoch, Occasionally, however, he accompauied he "walked with God,”-pursuing the his father to the chapel at Frindsbury, and “noiseless tenor of his way," having his ultimately became a constant worshipper “conversation in heaven," and "looking for among the Wesleyan Methodists. In re- that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing ferring to the subject of his couversion, of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Mr. Garrish used to speak of having been Christ.” Some years before his death, cor awakened to a sense of his guilt and dan- departed friend was intrusted with the care of ger as a sinner under a sermon preached a class in connexion with the city Society. from Gal. vi. 14: “God forbid that I From this office lo shrank in unaffected should glory, save in the cross,” &c. At diffidence, fearing that he was unequal to lovefeasts and other occasions, he has been its responsible duties; but in this new heard to say that his mind had been position he approved bimself to his mirisopened very gently, like that of Lydia; ters and the brethren as a faithful man, aud that only gradually had he come into and was greatly esteemed by the members the possession of the “full assurance of of his class. faith.” In one instance, however, after In the autumn of 18€6, Mr. Garrish having partaken of the Lord's Supper, he had a dangerous and protracted illness. had experienced an extraordinary mani. This period of affliction he regarded as the sestation of the Divine graciousness to his brightest portion of his life. In feeble. soul; when the words, “My Beloved is ness and pain his religious experience was mine, and I am His,” were applied with more than peaceful. He greatly rejoiced great force to his mind, so that he was in God his Saviour, exercising in Him a filled with a "joy unspeakable.” Subse- strong confidence, and enjoying much of quently, through a long conrse of years, the " light of His countenance." To his he largely enjoyed the “Spirit of adop- minister, by whom he was greatly venction." During an affliction with which rated, the "aged disciple" gave, from time he was visited in 1823, he resolved, that to time, the most pleasing testimonies in if his life was spared, he would connect relation to his "joy and peace in belierhimself more closely with God's people ing,” and the abounding of his " hope by joining one of the Society classes; a through the power of the Holy Ghost." resolution which, on his recovery, he Though in circumstances naturally tendpractically remembered. Soon afterwards ing to awaken anxiety, he was "careful for he became a tract-distributer and Sunday- nothing." Staying his mind simply on school teacher, as also a visiter of the God, in a beautiful childlike faith, he was sick, a work in which he continued, as he kept in “perfect peace.” It seemed to was able, to the end of his long life. A him that "angels hovered around his bed," member of his family remarks,“ His and he asked his daughter if she could not religion was not a thing of occasional "hear their music.” times and seasons, but was exhibited in the His health, after a time, being some commouest matters of daily life.” He what restored, he was permitted to resunce sought to “adorn the doctrine of God his occasionally his attendance at chapel, the Saviour in all things.” Great gentleness services of which he so greatly prized; of spirit and an unaffected humility, were and also to meet his class, which he always striking traits in his character. He fol. esteemed a privilege. He remarked in his lowed aster“charity,” carefully cultivating family," I am willing to stay as long as the love without which all else is but the Lord pleases; and when it is His will
as sounding brass, or a tinkling cym- to take me, I am willing to go." And bal," and "profiteth nothing." "The soon the Master's call came. In the midlaw of kindness," as well as the law of dle of the summer, very suddenly, having truth, was on his lips. He was a devout been present in his accustomed place in man, habitually mindful of the Saviour's the Lord's house on the preceding Sunday, admonition, "Watch and pray, that ye he entered the “long-sought rest," leaving enter not into temptation.” Through behind him that “gocd pawe” which is years of domestic trial, his "great rc- " rather to be chosen than great riches;" source," observes his daughter, "was and having " walked " in no slight manner prayer." He carried all his own burdens worthy of the vocation wherewith he had to the Lord; and his most frequent counsel been called.” to persons in trouble was, "Pray to the
SEPTEMBER 17th, 1867.-At Kirby-Moorside, things work together for good to tliem that love John Allan, who was born at Cabon, in Lincoln. God.” As a class-leader she helped others in shire, in the year 1799. His parents were con- their Christian coursc, and in the use of her pro. Dected with the Church of England. When perty did not forget the poor and the work of the nineteen years of age, he attended a Wesleyan Lord. IIer attention to her husband was unreservice to ridicule and mock; but before leaving mitting till the end of January last, when she the house of prayer he was convinced of sin and also was prostrated by sickness. In all her conconverted to God. The reality of the change flicts she triumphed in Christ, and often repeated effected in him was evinced by a consistent the lines, Christian career of nearly half a century. Some
“In my hand no price I bring, time after removing into Yorkshire, he felt called
Simply to Thy cross I cling." to preach the Gospel. His labours as a Local preacher were successful, not only in the Helms- IIer last whisper was, “I am safe." ley and Pickering Circuits, where he resided, but
C. P. also in adjoining towns and villages. As a classleader and visiter of the sick, he was beloved by March 12th.-At Canterbury, Mrs. Brown, those who were brought under his influence, and the beloved wife of Mr. Joseph Brown, and sister made a blessing to them. As a man of business of the late Rev. Joseph Earnshaw. She was he was remarkable for his firmness and upright. born of pious parents at Kirkburton, near Hudness. He was suddenly called to his reward, but dersfield, and received her first religious impresleft consolatory assurance to his friends that he sions at a revival-meeting among the Primitive was ready to depart and to be with Christ. Methodists, in a village at a distance from her
home. On her return, two years after, to her February 11th, 1868.- At Londonthorpe-Mill, native place, she connected herself with the in the Grantham Circuit, Mrs. Elizabeth Smith, Wesleyan-Methodist Society, of which several aged seventy-four years. She was a native of elder branches of the family were members, and Billingborough, and in carly life was converted continued warmly and conscientiously attached to God, and joined the Wesleyan-Methodist to it till the day of her death. She became a sucSociety. She resided for several years in the
cessful Sunday-school teacher, and subsequently Wisbeach and Peterborough Circuits, but in a valued class-leader; and in each capacity did 1845 removed to Londonthorpe-Mill, where she good service to those entrusted to her care. To held fast her integrity, and continued a member the poor she was a kind and sympathizing friend, of the Church of her youth to the day of her relieving their necessities, and directing their death. The Bible was her daily companion, and
thoughts the true riches. In domestic standard of appeal on all questions relating to relations she was exemplary. She was a faithful doctrine and practice. Her last illness was long wife ; a loving mother, watchful over the interand painful, but she was strong in faith. The ests of her children; a true friend, who could be night before she died, when speaking of her depended on in the time of need. Her last illprospect of heaven, she exclaimed,
ness, which was protracted and painful, she bore
with Christian fortitude. Severe and depressing "Faith, mighty faitli, the promise sees,
temptation assailed her ; but through a firm reAnd looks to that alone ;
liance upon the atonement of her Lord, and faith Laughs at impossibilities,
in God's promises, she finally triumphed, and And cries, 'It shall be done!""
calmly expired in the peace and hope of the Her end was peace.
T. H. J. 0.
April 16th.--At Fisherton, in the Salisbury February 25th.-At Oldham,
John Circuit, Jane, the widow of the late Mr. Joseph Chadwick, aged sixty-three years. For a long Harding. Mrs. Harding was born at Amesbury, period he was a partaker of Divine grace, and by in Wiltshire, in 1786, and was trained in the utegrity and uprightness in business-transactions teaching of the Established Church. When she dorned the doctrine of God our Saviour. He was young the Methodists visited Amesbury, and reld several offices in the Church, and by deeds held a preaching service in a bakehouse. At the ind words sought to incite others to liberality close of that service, Mrs. Harding, who had n the cause of God. Although he had not been now heard the Gospel preached in a way quite well for many months, his death was unexpected. new to her, gave the first sixpence towards But he knew whom he had believed, and peace. maintaining the Methodist cause in that place, ully heard the Master's call. Only three days in which it has flourished for sixty years. She ifterwards, Mr. Chadwick's wife Elizabeth “ fell was then seventeen years old. Deep conviction kleep." When about eighteen years of age, at seized her soul, and for years she lived in the disposition was gentle and retiring; and her tubercles on the brain-precluded the lucid piety steady, cheerful, and exemplary. In her testimony which she might otherwise bave borne Christian experience she seldom rose above the to the faithfulness and love of Christ in her last enjoyment of peace; but, just a week before she hour, she was ready, at the call of her Lord, to died, she told one of the Circuit ministers she quit His service on earth for the uninterrupted had “lately experienced much joy in the Holy joy of His presence above. After a few weeks Ghost." The death of her lamented husband, of severe illness, her spirit escaped away. fourteen years ago, left many posts of usefulness vacant, and Mrs. Harding did her best to supply
cottage prayer-meeting, she received forgive- “spirit of bondage." At length, however, she less of her sins through faith in Jesus, and cast her soul on Christ, and obtained a clear rom that time was a steadfast member of the evidence of God's adopting love. For sixty. I've Methodist Society. As the wife of Mr. James years Mrs. Harding was a member of the Mel'attersall, and afterwards of Mr. Chadwick, slie thodist Society, and a most consistent Christian; performed her domestic duties with diligence, and for forty years was the affectionate wife of a idelity, and affection. In seasons of affliction most useful Local preacher. She was also for he was resigned and cheerful, knowing that "all many years a class-leader at Fisherton. Her
** They say she died; it seemed to me, his place. She gave liberally to the cause of God,
That after hours of pain and strife, and to charitable institutions; visited the sick;
She slept one morning peacefully, and relieved the poor. Her death was that of
And woke in everlasting life." the righteous, and her name will long be had in
M. R. blessed remembrance.
April 21st.–At Whiteparish, in the Salisbury April 18th.–Rachel, daughter of Mr. William
Circuit, John Smith. He came between forty Storr, was born at Bassingham, near Lincoln,
and fifty years ago to reside at White parish, and on the 21st of April, 1840. Her remains were
was then an ignorant and ungodly man, and a interred in the same village, on her twenty
persecutor of the people of God While he was eighth birthday. Trained in a Christian family,
in this state, the Rev. Isaac Bradnack preached slie was always truthful, affectionate, dutiful,
on Whiteparish Common. Amongst the viland unassuming. Many might have deemed
lagers who heard him was Mr. Smith. Under such characteristics sufficient, but she was led to
this, the first Methodist sermon ever preached feel the need of a change in her relation to God,
at Whiteparish, he was, with many others, conand of a spiritual renewal. During her residence
vinced of sin, and found peace with God at a at the school of Mrs. Islip, at Kileworth,
prayer.meeting shortly afterwards. From that Leicestershire, she was awakened to a sense of
time to his death Mr. Smith strove to adorn the her sinful state; and her friend and fellow-pupil,
doctrines of the Gospel, and in the midst of perthe accomplished writer of “Sermons from the
secution steadily held on his way. Through the Studio," was instrumental in leading her to
exertion of himself and his brethren, a small accept Christ as her personal Saviour. From
place of worship was soon opened, which is now that time all her amiable qualities shone with
replaced by a commodious chapel, which Mr. additional brightness, while the love of God
Smith rejoiced to see erected some years before gave cheerfulness, and often joyousness, to a
his death. For thirty years he was a Local mind naturally inclined to gravity, if not to sad.
preacher and class-leader,-two offices in ness. One who lived in the same house, and
which he displayed considerable strength and met in the same class, describes her as “ a joy
firmness of mind, as well as great consistency ous Christian." But her joy was not more
and zeal. As a preacher his talent lay in setting marked than her simplicity, humility, and ten
forth the demands, and declaring the penalty, der regard for the character and reputation of
of God's law; but he never forgot the glorious others. One of her class-leaders says, “ Her views of the nature of faith were very clear, and
Gospel of Christ. During the somewhat pro
tracted illness which ended in his death, Mr. her constant habit of simple, childlike trust in
Smith beautifully illustrated God's sustaining Jesus was a prominent feature in her religious
grace. To all visiters he said, "I am soon to be character.” After her conversion, her letters and
with Christ," and entreated them to meet him conversation showed her solicitude for the salva
in a world of holiness and rest. tion of her friends, while they evinced a peculiar
8. V. aptitude in setting forth the way of salvation to a confused or doubting mind. In several instances May 30th.-At Craz. Vier, Shipley, aged she was instrumental in leading distressed souls forty-seven years, Mr. Robert South worth. He to Christ. Her fidelity, too, is worthy of men- was brought to the saving knowledge of the tion. She would not spare her own feelings, or truth under the ministry of the Rev. Williarn retain a valued friendship, by conniving at a Sugden, and a genuine conversion was followed fault which, if unexposed, might become serious; by a career of great Christian activity and usebut she would refer to it in the most loving fulness. His character furnished a beautiful manner. Her mind was of a superior order, illustration of the apostolic injunction, “Not delighting to dwell on the infinite perfections of slothful in business ; fervent in spirit; serving the God, and especially His condescension to sinners. Lord." His friends were anticipating the prosWith a pleasure in gaining and imparting know- pect of extended spiritual influence, when his ledge, she combined a quick insight into charac- life was unexpectedly terminated by an afilietion ter, and was well adapted to the sphere of life of great severity. During a period of acute she selected,--the instruction of young ladies. suffering his mind was kept in perfect peace. The school she established in Lincoln, eighteen Buch utterances as extreme pain or complete months before her death, bade fair by its increas- prostration permitted, were full of assurance ing prosperity, to reward the loving, unwearied and hope; and the final victory was decisive. care she bestowed upon it But her work was “ The memory of the just is blessed." soon done. Though the nature of her disease
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