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the Conference of that year appointed a the blessing then vouchsafed as a token Sub-Committee to inquire for a site suit of the divine approbation of their object able for an Institution-house in that in founding the Institution, and an earneighbourhood. Such an one soon pre nest of many future blessings to be besented itself in the estate of — Cooper, stowed upon the Students in the estab. Esq., which is situated in the pleasant lishment, and, through them, on the and healthy village of Didsbury, about Connexion at large. five miles from Manchester on the road After the service was concluded, the to Wilmstow. This was accordingly pur- greater number of the subscribers prechased, and immediate measures taken to sent sat down to a cold collation in the prepare it, by the necessary alterations refectory ; and those who had not before and additions, for the uses to which it had an opportunity of doing so, surveyed was set apart. It was at first expected, the premises and grounds. The day that the new premises would be ready was concluded by a meeting held in the for occupation in the autumn of 1841; lecture-room, at which addresses were but circumstances occurred which ren delivered by the President of the Condered that impossible ; and it was not ference, the Ex-President, the President until shortly after the late Conference that of the Institution, the Treasurer and Se. arrangements could be made for the cretary of the Northern Branch, the commencement of the academical course, Rev. W. Thornton, Classical Tutor; and for the residence of the officers and by James Wood, John D. Burton, and Students. With some few and tri. John Fernley, and M. Swindells, Esqrs. fing exceptions, the buildings are now The meeting was pervaded by a lively complete, and fully occupied ; and pre feeling of satisfaction at the present sent an object as pleasing to the eye of posture of the affairs of the Institution, the casual beholder, as it is grateful to and by a determination to make new the feelings, and encouraging to the efforts that its present improved and adhopes, of those who love Wesleyan Me vantageous position might be well sus. thodism. The house which stood on the tained. estate as the residence of the last pos The opening of the chapel was the sessor is now the dwelling of the Go. signal for commencing the course of vernor ; some of the larger rooms being regular employment which has since used as class-rooms for the Institution.
been actively pursued by all parties conWings have been added, containing a cerned. The Tutors, Governor, and Stu. library, a refectory, and a lecture-room, dents are all, through the mercy of God, with studies and dormitories for forty at present in good health, and laying Students. The external front of all themselves out for the due discharge of these buildings is faced with stone, and their several duties. Every thing prothus is made to present an elegant and mises well. The blessing vouchsafed at substantial appearance.
Near to the the opening has not been, and cannot Institution-house, on the right as you soon be, forgotten. The chapel has enter the grounds, stands the chapel, a been, on the whole, very well atiended neat brick building in the old English hitherto; and the labours of the Students style of architecture, having a gallery at on the Lord's day have exten:led into one end, and containing sittings for many of the neighbouring Circuits, and nearly three hundred persons. On either have been gladly received. Nothing is side of the chapel is a house for the resi- needed to insure the realization of our dence of one of the Tutors, by whom, in brightest hopes, but that “supply of the connexion with the Governor, the chapel Spirit of Jesus Christ " which shall fill has been supplied every Lord's day since all the officers and Students of the Inthe opening, which took place on Thurs. stitution with light and love. May He day, September 22d, 1842. On that oc in whom “it hath pleased the Father casion the Liturgy of the established that all fulness should dwell,” grant us Church was read by the Governor, the our desire! And let all the people say, Rev. P. C. Turner, and a
GEORGE OSBORN. preached by the President of the Conference, who took for his text, “ One thing P.S. It would be wrong to close this have I desired of the Lord,” &c. (Psalın notice without adverting to the obliga. xxvii. 4.) The richly solemn but ani tions under which the Connexion is laid to mated eloquence of the Preacher, and the Didsbury Building Sub-Committee, still more the unction from above which and especially to Messrs. Heald, Fernley, attended the discourse, produced a feel and J. D. Burton, both for their long-coning of high delight in the minds of his tinued and indefatigable activity in the hearers; and all seemed agreed to take work, and for their patient attention 10
all the complicated details which must be involved in such an erection, and in the general preparation of so large an
establishment. May the God of the Prophets give them their reward !
OPENING OF A NEW METHODIST CHAPEL AT SCORTON, IN
THE GARSTANG CIRCUIT.
(To the Editor of the Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine.) A NEAT and commodious Wesleyan dren after them. In connexion with chapel at Scorton, in the Garstang Cir. these opening services, a Vissionary ser. cuit, was solemnly dedicated to the ser. mon was preached on the following Monvice of Almighty God, on Sunday, the day afternoon, by the Rev. Dr. Beau. 18th day of September, 1842, when three mont, of Liverpool ; and in the evening appropriate sermons were delivered to
a public nieeting was held, when the crowded congregations, in the morning claims of the Ucathen world were powerby the Rev. William Oliver Booth, of fully advocated by the above-named Altrincham; and in the afternoon and Ministers and other friends before a evening, by the Rev. W. B. Stephenson, densely.crowded congregation. Collec. of Preston. This erection, elegant in tions were then made in behalf of the design and execution, both as regards funds of the Wesleyan Missions, amountthe exterior and interior, reflects equal ing to the handsome sum of £12. credit on the taste and the generosity of This place of worship is capable of George Fishwick, Esq., by whom it has containing four hundred persons A been built and presented free of expense, large portion of the sittings are free for for the use of the Ministers and people of the children of the Sunday-school and the Wesleyan branch of the church of others. Christ. The ground on which this chapel The inhabitants of the village bave has been built, was given for the purpose, already expressed a wish to convene a with much Christian courtesy, by his meeting, for the purpose of presenting to Grace the Duke of Hamilton and Bran their highly-respected friend, (for such don, through the kind agency of William he has been to them,) and his excellent Lamb, Esq. To his Grace, as well as lady, a small memorial of their grateful to the other benevolent donor, the inha esteem. Ilappy would it be for our bitants are under a debt of gratitude for country, were such a spirit generally this munificent present of a house of cultivated between the different classes prayer for themselves, and for their chil. of society,
TO SABBATH-SCHOOL TEACHERS. We are authorized to state, that, in Bartlett, of 66, Paternoster-Row, to sup. consequence of the numerous and urgent ply all 'Teachers with copies at one third applications to the Editor of “the Iloly of the selling price, if they apply during Bible, with twenty thousand emenda the first week in December, and are seritions,” by Sabbath-school Teachers for fied to be Teachers by a note from their a cheaper edition ; instead of acceding Minister. to that request, he has instructed Mr.
APRIL 6th, 1812. --At I'estbromwich, Mr. T. B. Leighton, in the sixtieth year of his age. An address, delivered by the late Mrs. Fletcher, of Madeley, was the means employed by the great Head of the church to bring him to God. For some time before his death, his spirit had been ripening for the paradise of God. During his ill
ness, the Lord graciously supported his servant. Although at times assailed by severe temptation, his heart stood fast, believing in the Lord, and he was made more than conqueror. A friend asking after the state of his mind, he said, "I have not so much sensible enjoyment as I hat; but I am leaning on the arm of God." A short
time before his death, he said to his now sorrow. to her they were more especially flattering and ing widow, “Well, my dear, it is not for long : pernicious. From her own testimony, when rewe part to meet again ; and then we shall part lating her history to a friend, some time preno more:" shortly after which he died, in pos vious to her death, it appeared that the misession of a joyful hope of eternal life.
nistry of a pious Clergyman of the Church of J. J. T. England was made the means both of rescu
ing her from heresy, and of awakening her April 7th.--At Westbromwich, Mary Baugh, in soul from spiritual death, and guiding her to the forty-second year of her age. That fearful Christ, in whose blood she found life and peace. pestilence, the cholera morbus, which raged so This was about twenty years ago. Within the awfully in the year 1832, (one after another, in last three years she was induced to attend the rapid succession, passing away to their long Wesleyan ministry, and join the society: from home, at a few hours' notice,) appears to have the day she did so, she attended her class with been the occasion of her conversion. Having exemplary regularity. On one of these occasions, found the way, it was her delight to walk therein; after meeting a few weeks, she exclaimed, with and her path was that of the just: it shone more affecting simplicity, “0 I have just found the and more. Her last affliction was long and pain peace and joy I have been a stranger to for many ful; but her continued cry was, “ Thy will be years !" Early in March her last illness comdone." In hours of extreme suffering she often menced; when, after three months of severe sufsaid, “Well, all that the Lord doeth is right.” fering, and adequate succour and consolation A few bours before her death, her niece said, from on high, she, with her expiring breath, " Aunt, is there peace within now?” to which strove to sing her soul away to everlasting rest; she smilingly replied, “Yes ; peace within, but not being able, she softly uttered, “Let me peace within, peace within !” Subsequently she go into the bosom of my God." said, “ All I want now is, to get to the heavenly
J. R. B. country.” Shortly after she fell asleep in Jesus.
J. J. T. June 19th.-At Mousehole, in the Penzance
Circuit, Mrs. Jane Angwin, aged eighty-three. May 13th.-At Portwood, in the Stockport When about twenty years of age, she sought and North Circuit, Elizabeth, the affectionate and obtained mercy through faith in our Lord Jesus faithful wife of Mr. Thomas Brentnall. Her Christ; and, during a period of nearly sixtyearly religious training was in connexion with three years, she maintained the character of a the parish church ; but after her marriage sho consistent Christian, and a devoted Wesleyan was led to attend the services of Wesleyan Me Methodist. For about thirty years she filled thodism; and under its ministry was brought to the iinportant office of Class-Leader, to the editia “knowledge of the truth as it is in Jesus.” cation of those committed to her care.
She was Her affectionate and pious demeanour 80 won a woman of one book; and greatly excelled in upon her husband, (then thoughtless as to God acquaintance with its contents. The evening of and heavenly things,) that, intluenced by her her life was calm and serene, and she departed example, he became a follower of Christ. ller with a hope full of iminortality. W. B. religious career was marked by great tenderness of conscience; by a cordial attachment to the June 19th.-At Luton, Charlotte, the wife of house of God, its ordinances and ministry; and Mr. James Darley, aged thirty-eight years. Her by special delight in the celebration of the holy youth was spent in pursuing the pleasures of the supper of our Lord. For more than twenty world, until she was drawn, by the influence of years she was connected with the Wesleyan Sun. divine truth, to scek real happiness in Jesus day-sehool ; sustaining, with great benefit to Christ. This took place about the twentieth those intrusted to her care, the offices of Teacher, year of her age, when she earnestly sought and and Leader of the select class. She was the sub found the knowledge of salvation by the remisject of frequent and protracted sufferings; yet, sion of her sins. The enjoyinent of this blessing in the submissiveness of her spirit, and in the she retained to th end of her life. Being aphallowing tendency of the chastenings, she ob poiuted to the office of Leader in the Methodist tained protit. In her last illness, her faith in society, she discharged the duties thereof with Christ was strong; and as her end drew near, credit to her own religious character, and also she was favoured with inore than ordinary mani. with profit to the people intrusted to her care. festations of the presence and power of God. The attack of disease which caused her some. “I feel perfectly resigned," said she, “ to the what sudden removal hence, was regarded by will of God. O bow precious is Jesus to my herself as a messenger, to forewarn her of her heart!" Whilst her husband was leaning over approaching end. To her husband and family her emaciated frame, she articulated, “ Have she said, “ All is right : I shall be safe, and the faith in God." Aliost her last words were, Lord will take care of you.” At another time ** Come, Lord Jesus; come quickly!”
slie said, “I am in the valley; but it is not W. W. S. dark. No; the Lord is with me: his rod and
his staff they comfort me." And shortly after, June 13th.–At Stockton-upon-Tees, aged forty emphatically exclaiming, “ All is right," she fell seven, Elizabeth, wife of w. Sleigh, Esq. She asleep in Jesus.
G. T. was gifted with a superior mind, an amiable dis. position, and possessed so tine a taste for paint June 23d.-At Oxford, Mrs. Wells, in the ing and music, that in these she seeined to excel seventy-fourth year of her age. She was a memwithout laborious cultivation. Nurtured in Soci. ber of the Wesleyan society upwards of thirty, mianism, she imbibed its deadly doctrines; but two years; was adorned with the ornament of a
meek and quiet spirit; and, from the time of her conversion, lived in all consistency and godli. ness to the end of her days. Her final affliction was protracted; but in patience she possessed her soul.
June 27th.--At Hellaby-Hall, in the Rotherham Circuit, Mr. Samuel Clarke, who was converted to God at an early period of his life, and became a member of the Wesleyan-Methodist society. For many years he sustained the offices of Local Preacher, Class-Leader, and CircuitSteward; in all of which he gained, and continued to enjoy, the affection and esteem of the society with which he was connected, and the respect of all who knew him. He was a Trustee for several of our chapels, and a true lover of Methodism. Its interests ho endeavoured to promote, by the circulation of its periodicals and other publications, and contributing to the support of all its Funds. His health had been for some time declining; and, after suffering much through weakness and a distressing cough, he departed this life in peace, in the seventysixth year of his age.
musician, in which he excelled both as a teacher and a performer; having been educated for this purpose, first, by the celebrated Dr. Ayrion, in the chapel-royal, and afterwards by Dr. Miller, of Doncaster, whom he succeeded as organist in the parish church of that town. His later years were more retired; and during these he cultivated fellowship with the people of God, espe cially with the Ministers and members of the Wesleyan-Methodist society. To the friends with whom he was intimate it was evident, that, as his outward man was decaying, his in ward man was gradually improving. Some of his last words, articulated with difficulty, but with a most happy expression of countenance, were, “I am an unworthy creature; but I trust in the mercy of God through Christ." On entering the valley he said, “ All is well."
July 12th.--At Orford, Elizabeth, the beloved wife of Mr. Daniel Evans, builder, aged seventyseven. In early life she was instructed by her parents, who were members of the Presbyterian church, in the principles of the Christian faith; and subsequently maintained a deportment outwardly blameless. It was not, however, until a few years after her marriage, that she was convinced of sin; when she sought and obtained peace with God, through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. She then became a member of the Wesleyan society, and walked in holiness and righteousness for upwards of forty-five years. During the latter part of her life she was, through bodily infirmities, prevented froin attending the public ordinances of religion ; but she held fast her confidence, and became gradually meet for heaven. Her piety was sincere, humble, and consistent. Under the affliction which terminated her earthly existence, she manifested much patience, gratitude, and confidence in the Redeemer. Her end was peace.
August 2d.-At Falmouth, aged forty years, Ann, the beloved wife of Mr. Jolin Still. In the year 1819 she joined the Methodist society, and soon after obtained redemption in the blood of Christ, the forgiveness of her sins. This sense of her acceptance she never lost during her Christian career. She was, in an eminent degree, possessed of the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit; and her amiable manners and Christian benevolence gained for her universal approval
. On Sunday evening, July 24th, she occupied ber usual place in the house of God, where she delighted to be found ; and the next mornide, while in the act of rising, was seized with parslysis. She lingered the following week, and at times was apparently conscious of what was passing around her; and though unable to speak, yet by expressive signs she satisfied her husband and friends, that she retained her confdence in God. Her memory is still dear to bet friends and relations, and especially to her burband, wbo owes his conversion to God to her instrumentality.
July 24th.–At Sunderland, aged eighty-seven years, Mrs. Margaret Storey, formerly of Hartley, in the North-Shields Circuit. She was an eminently-devoted Christian, and had been a member of the Wesleyan-Methodist society for sixty-four years. At an early period of her religious course, she sought and found the blessing of entire sanctification, and retained it to the end. Although bid from the world, she was made the honoured instrument of bringing many souls to God, some of whom are now filling stations of great usefulness in the church. Her end was truly peaceful : it was so calm and tranquil, that, although surrounded by her friends, the precise moment of her departure was not perceived.
August 11th.--At Woodlesford, in the Wakefield Circuit, Mr. Thomas Wildblood, son-in-law of the late Mr. Samuel Hick, aged sixty-two years, forty-eight of which he was a member, and upwards of thirty a Leader, in the Wesleyan Methodist society. He was warmly attached to the Wesleyan body, adhered to its discipline, loved its Ministers, delighted in its means of grace, and laboured and prayed for its presperity. As a Christian, he was devotedly pious : his religion led him to love God supremely, which he manifested by his zeal for his glory 13 the conversion of sinners. He was repeatedly called to pass through deep waters; but in the midst of his sorrows, his confidence was cishaken. During a long and most painful afiliation, he rejoiced in the prospect of & glorious immortality; and though he suffered much, a murinur never escaped his lips. As death approached, his faith appeared even to increase. He finished his earthly pilgriinage without s struggle, sweetly falling asleep in Jesus.
July 28th.- At Doncaster, Mr. Brailsford, aged sixty-four. As a man, for generosity, kindness of disposition, and openness of character, he was rarely surpassed. For the greater part of his life he was chiefly known in his profession as a
August 24th. ---At Orford, Mrs White, in the eightieth year of her age. She was brought to scek and obtain salvation under the Wesleyar ministry, joined herself to the society, and was
in consequence exposed to much persecution. She, however, beld the profession of her faith without wavering; and, for many years, mani. fested a life of active devotedness in the service of the Redeemer. By reason of the infirmities of age, she was for some time prevented being so actively zealous as she was previously; yet she held fast her confidence in Christ, rejoicing in his name, and in the prosperity of bis cause. Her affliction, though long, and oftentimes painful, was sustained with patience. She died in peace, in the fistieth year of her membership with the Wesleyan society.
thodist society upwards of forty years, and a useful Local Preacher and Class-Leader about thirty-five. He was a man who exhibited in his own character the Christian virtues of diligence in business, and fervency of spirit. As a tenant and servant, under the Duke of Devonshire, he maintained an irreproachable character for genuine uprightness and fidelity. Until the principles set forth in the Oxford Tracts began to be so warmly espoused by the Clergy, Mr. Vickers was closely attached to the Church ; but, aware of the pernicious tendency of these strange doctrines, he expressed a holy indignation against them; and often said, that he feared lest the dignitaries of the Church should sleep at their post, until the evil became incurable. Though his gigantic strength gradually yielded to the pressure of years, he was only about one week confined to his bed. He viewed his approaching end with confidence in God through the merits of the Redeemer. When scarcely able to speak, he lifted his hands, and exclaimed, “Glory, glory, glory!” and then, stretching them out as if in the action of receiving something, ho quietly sank into the arms of death.
August 25th.—At Edinburgh, the Rev. W. Roberts, Wesleyan Minister, in the twenty-sixth year of his age. He was one of the young Ministers ordained at the late Conference; and was proceeding, with Mrs. Roberts, to whom he had been married but a few days, to his station at Montrose. A few minutes after his arrival at the inn at which the coach stopped, he was seized with excruciating pains; and though medical aid was immediately obtained, symptoms of an alarming nature soon became too apparent. On the day following he anticipated the approach of the last enemy with great composure ; and while exhorting one of his brethren (who had been ordained at the same time with himself) to diligence and fidelity in the work of the Lord, he expressed a deep sense of his own unworthiness, but added, My labour is finished; and, through the merits of my blessed Saviour, I believe I am going to my reward." In this happy state of mind he continued until the evening, when he fell asleep in Jesus, after an illness of little more than twenty hours.
Sept. 6th.–At Bridge-End, in the Leek Cir. cuit, aged fifty-four, Benjamin Mellor, who had been a member of the Wesleyan society nearly thirty years; during which period he had filled the office of a Class-Leader with great usefulness. Towards the close of life he was the subject of severe and long affliction; but the religion which urged him to activity in the cause of Christ, while in the enjoyment of health, became his solace and support when his heart and flesh were failing. He died peacefully. J. C.
August 31st.--At Bedford, Mr. Isaac Wale. When young he was convinced of his state as a sinner, and converted to God.
He speedily joined the Methodist society, of which he continued a member to the time of his death. For several years he sustained the offices of Trustee and Steward. About four years ago he was attacked with paralysis, which considerably impaired his mental faculties ; so that he could not with facility give utterance to the state of his mind. He bore his affliction with exemplary patience, and died in peace.
August 31st.–At Over-Peror, near Knutsford, Cheshire, Mr. Thomas Robinson, aged sixtyeight. Like Obadiah, he “feared the Lord from his youth." He joined the Wesleyan society at Dunham, where he subsequently filled the office of Class-Leader. Removing from that place to the neighbourhood of Knutsford, he joined the class met by the Rev. John Hughes, and gradually obtained a meetness for the heavenly inheritance. His religious principles were sound, and his attachment to the institutions of Methodism unwavering. After a protracted and severe illness, during which he evinced the graces of the Christian character, he died in faith.
Sept. 11th.-At Wentworth, in the Rotherham Circuit, Mrs. Mary Green, sister of the Rev. Joseph Cusworth. She became a member of the Wesleyan-Methodist society about twelve years ago. For some time it had been observed, that her mind had been more engaged about divine things; and though, from the severity of her affliction, she was not able to converse much, yet she expressed her perfect confidence in the mercy of God through Christ; and observed, that, should her affliction terminate in death, all would be well.
August 31st.-At Bcely, in the Bakewell Circuit, aged seventy-five years, Mr. Samuel Vickers; who had been a member of the Me