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much interested in the cause of Christian Missions to the Heathen, and liberally contributed to this object. The tale of woe always affected him; and to his utmost he relieved the necessities of the poor. The institutions and funds of Methodism were dear to his heart; and they had his cordial support. To his character and influence Methodism in the village is greatly indebted. His faculties towards the close of life were much impaired ; but his end was peace.
Dec. 27th.--At Bierton, in the Aylesbury Circuit, Mrs. Philadelphia Thorne, aged seventysix. She had been a consistent member of the Wesleyan society fourteen years; had a strong attachment to the sanctuary, its ordinances, and Ministers; and was remarkable for child. like simplicity, and a humble, but firm, reliance upon Christ alone for salvation. Her death was somewhat sudden; but her end was peace.
J. B. W.
Dec. 29th.—At Rufford, in the Southport and Ormskirk Circuit, aged twenty-nine, Mr. John Mason, who was converted to God, and united himself to the Wesleyan society, about nine years ago. For some time he was a zealous and useful Local Preacher; but his health failing, he could only occupy the pulpit occasionally. His last illness was short. A few days before he died, he said, “ Praise God! it is enough.
Dec. 24th.--At St. Blazey-Bridge, in the St. Austle Circuit, Mr. William Hodge. He joined the Methodist society about thirty years ago. During the last twenty years he resided in this Circuit, and was universally esteemed. About two years ago he sought and obtained the blessing of entire sanctification. His last illness was short; but, throughout, he was supported and cheered by the consolations of divine grace. On being asked, what were his prospects in reference to eternity, he replied, “ All is well; Christ is precious; not a cloud doth arise to obstruct my view.” He quoted the words of the poet, as describing his state of mind :“ This all my hope and all my plea,
For me the Saviour died.” In this happy frame of mind he continued, until his eyes closed in death.
My Jesus to know, and feel his blood flow, 'Tis life everlasting, 'tis heaven below.'
"I call the world's Redeemer mine.' What a blessing I have not read in vain !” The night before he died, he prayed fervently for the whole family ; observing to his sister, “God gives me dying grace!” The last words he was heard to say, were, “Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly ;" and he sweetly fell asleep in Jesus. W. C.
Dec. 25th.--At Carramore, on the Tuam Mission, county of Galway, Ireland, Thomas Ffrench, Esq., aged seventy-five. At an early period in life he, with his brother, the Rev. Patrick Ffrench, of Dublin, and others, joined the Wesleyan society. Professing faith in the infinite Atonement, in which he cordially rejoiced, he died in the hope of the Gospel.
Dec. 25th.--At Holmfirth, very suddenly, aged thirty, Mr. William Briggs. To him might be applied the words of Dr. Young, “ Many fall as sudden, not as safe.” He had been attending an Annual Meeting of the Sunday-school Teachers, and, immediately after retiring, he fell down, and never spoke more. In him the Wesleyan society has lost a valuable member; and the Sundayschool, one of its most efficient agents. His piety was genuine and deep, and shone with a steady and pleasing lustre. His attachment to the Wesleyan body was also sincere and firm, being founded on the principles of the Gospel of Christ.
Dec. 31st.-At Tockwith, in the Knaresborough Circuit, Mary Burley, in the eighty-third year of
For upwards of fifty years she had been a member of the Methodist society; not only attending its ordinances and retaining a visible union with the church, but evidently enjoying the life of God in her soul. In the early part of her religious career, she was severely persecuted by her husband; but ultimately had the happiness to see him “won by her chaste conversation, coupled with fear.” Ho was for several years a member of the same church, and died in the faith and hope of the Gospel. Her last sickness was short, and her bodily weakness great; but her faith in the atonement was unwavering to the end. Satan was not permitted to disturb her mind ; and, having proved in suffering, she realized in death, “ To them that believe Christ is precious."
Dec. 26th.-At Saltersford, in the Macclesfield Circuit, Mr. William Kirk, aged eighty-four. For half a century he was a consistent member of the Wesleyan society. His piety was deep and fervent ; his attachment to the cause and people of God was strong, and continued unabated to the conclusion of his course. During the latter years of his life, his bodily infirmity was great: but be was enabled patiently to wait all the days of his appointed time, till his change came. Holding the beginning of his confidence in Christ steadfast unto the end, he was, throughout his last affliction, graciously sustained by his Lord and Master, and died in the joyful hope of eternal life.
M. H. L.
Jan. 3d, 1847.-At Aireworth, in the Keighley Circuit, aged forty-nine, Judith, the beloved wife of S. B. Clapham, Esq. Although from education and principle a Baptist, yet was she a regular and devout attendant upon the Methodist ministry. In early life, experiencing divine impressions, for many years past she enjoyed the grace which bringeth salvation, and practised pure religiou and undefiled before God and the Father. She was a woman of a meek and quiet spirit, a lover of the good, and a constant friend to the poor and needy. Her position in society did not elevate her above the sufferings of “this present life." She was the victim of a painful malady, which increased in virulence as her end approached, and which tried her faith and patience to the uttermost. In the midst of these paroxysms the adversary often
tempted her to indulge in a repining temper" ; ing to please. She took heed to parental advice, but, casting all her care upon Jesus, her soul and early evidenced a desire to be wholly dewas both kept in perfect peace, and made more voted to God. She began to meet in class about meet for heaven. She languished in great weak- her eleventh year, and steadily and uniformly ness, and in strong pain, for some days previous pursued her way to the end ; and, although she to her decease, unable to enter into any length- was the subject of much affliction, yet she never ened conversation respecting her state, yet exer- repined, being fully confident that her “light cising an unfaltering faith in Christ her Re- affliction, which is but for a moment, would work deemer. At length, ving suffered the will of for her a far more exceeding and eternal weight God, she entered into rest.
of glory.” The day previous to her departure, W. J. S. when she was evidently sinking, she repeated, all
through, those beautiful lines, by the Rev. Jan. 5th.-At Birmingham, East Circuit, Mr.
Charles Wesley, Richard Coley. He was brought to a saving
“ In age and feebleness extreme, acquaintance with the truth as it is in Jesus,
Who shall a helpless worin redeem ?" &c. under the ministry of the Wesleyan Methodists, and was a steady and useful member of the
She spoke with certainty of her interest in the society for about thirty-five years. In his last
atonement of Christ; and her last words were, affliction he suffered much; but patience in
“ Glory, glory, glory!”
N, H. him had “ her perfect work.” Shortly before his death, he called his wife to his bedside, and Jan. 8th.–At Hylhe, in the Dover Circuit, said, “ I have seen my heavenly convoy!” This aged thirty, Ann, the beloved wife of Mr. W. he repeated several times, and said, “0, it is a H. Birch. Early in life her mind was impressed precious sight! This is the happiest night of with the value of religion. In the year 1835, my life!”
Soon after, he closed his eyes in under a severe attack of illness, she was fully death, when his redeemed and regenerated spirit and permanently awakened to a sense of her mowas delivered from the burden of the flesh.
ral condition, “ Sin by the commandment beA. B.
came exceeding sinful." Religious principle took
firm hold of her mind. In the year 1839 she Jan. 7th.-At Bloxwich, in the Walsall Circuit, became a member of the Wesleyan society, and Mary Cocking. She joined the Wesleyan society her course was marked by great consistency, in 1834, at which period she became “a sinner During her affliction she was greatly distressed saved by grace; " and from that time to the by doubts, and fears, and anxious care. A week period of her death, she evidenced the sincerity previous to her decease she realized, through of her profession. The heavy affliction which faith in the atonement, a powerful and satisfying preceded her death, she bore with great patience, sense of the Divine favour: the Spirit bore witand met the last enemy with such calmness, ness with her spirit that she was a child of God. that, in visiting her death-bed, her friends were The change in her spiritual state was most led to say,
marked. From this period to the close of life,
she retained the same happy and joyous state of “ O may we triumph so,
mind, testifying to those who visited her the When all our warfare 's past!" truth, and sustaining character in death, of the
E. R. principles and hopes of the Gospel. She sleeps in Jesus.
J. W. Jan. 7th.- At Plessy, in the Blyth Circuit, Mr. William Watson, aged eighty-eight. In Jan. 9th.-_At Timsbury, in the Midsomerearly life he was accustomed to hear the Rev. Norton Circuit, aged eighty-one, Isaac Evans. John Wesley, in his visits to the above place. He was awakened to a sense of his sinfulness in 1790, he joined the Wesleyan society, and re- under the Wesleyan ministry, and became a ceived the forgiveness of his sins in the following member of the first class formed at Timsbury, in year, whilst listening to a funeral sermon on the 1786, by the Rev. John Valton. Some time after, occasion of Mr. Wesley's death. Though fre- he obtained a clear sense of pardoning mercy, quently afflicted for many years, his last illness through faith in the blood and righteousness of was short. The night before he died, he received Christ. He was many years a useful Leader; and his quarterly-ticket for December, when he said, held fast his confidence in God to the end of his “ I have lived till I am useless in the world, course, giving convincing proofs to all who knew and almost useless in the church; and I am will- him, that he had not followed a cunningly deing to depart, and be with Christ.”
J. R. J. W.
Jan. 11th.–At Shipston, in the Chipping-NorJan. 8th.-At Rathmelton, aged seventy-one, ton Circuit, Mr. James Parker, aged thirty-six. Mirs. M. A. Gordon. She enjoyed the privilege of Thirteen years ago his mind was deeply affected having religious parents, who in early life were with a sense of guilt, and the necessity of salvamembers of the Presbyterian Church of Ireland, tion. After frequent and earnest prayer, he obbut, for many years previous to their removal to tained redemption through faith in the blood of a better world, were members of the Wesleyan the Lamb, and had joy and peace in believing. society. Having parents who feared and loved He held fast his contidence, and lived an exemGod, it was their care to bring up their daugh- plary life. In August last, he was earnestly ter in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. pressed to expect full salvation ; when he had Nor was this a very difficult task, inasmuch as such a view of the promised blessing, that he her amiable disposition rendered her always will- was enabled by faith to realize it as his own, and
Mrs. Curry. She became a member of the Me thodist society in 1828. Having obtained a sense of the pardoning mercy of God, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, she was conscientiously careful to adorn her profession by a holy life. For about two years previous to her death, she was greatly afflicted. From the commencement of her protracted illness, she invariably manifested a spirit of resignation to the divine will. Not a murmuring word escaped her lips. In her, patience had its perfect work. The graces of the Holy Spirit were matured in her heart. A few moments before she departed this life, her husband requested her, when she could no longer speak, to press his hand if she were happy in God. Immediately she raised her arm in token of holy triumph, and then fell asleep in Jesus.
Jan. 17th.--At Burgh, in the Bungay Circuit, Robert Thurston, who for thirty-three years was a consistent member of the Wesleyan society. He was poor in the world, but rich in faith ; lived in the possession of an inward kingdom, and enjoyed a blessed hope of an inheritance in the eternal world. He was earnest, diligent, and faithful, and died in great peace at an advanced age, much respected by all who knew him.
Jan. 17th.--At Allendale-Town, in the Alston Circuit, aged twenty-eight, Robert, the youngest son of the late Mr. Thomas Edgar. He joined the Methodist society in September, 1830, in the twelfth year of his age. From a child he was under the influence of religious impressions. From the time that he joined the society, his conduct was exemplary. As he increased in stature and years, he advanced in heavenly wisdom. In business he was diligent and strictly conscientious. His last illness was severe, though short; and, without a lingering groan, he sweetly fell asleep, leaving the earthly for the heavenly Sabbath.
Jan. 17th.–At Gainsborough, Mrs. Ann Pattison, aged sixty-six. Nearly forty years ago she was awakened and converted to God by the instrumentality of the Wesleyan ministry ; and, in the face of opposition, she cast in her lot among the people of God, and continued a useful member of the Methodist society to the day of her death. She was a woman of unpretending but real excellence; and was a blessing to all who were connected with her. Her diligence and frugality, by God's blessing, placed means at her command, and her piety prompted her to use them for his glory ; so that she was both able and willing to take her share in supporting the cause of God. She died as she had lived, rejoicing in God her Saviour. In her history, that word was literally fulfilled,—“ Them that honour me I will honour.” Her character and example were fitted to teach all with whom she had to do, that “godliness is profitable to all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come."
J. C. H.
Jan. 18th.--At Holbeach-Marsh, in the Spalding Circuit, aged forty-four, Elizabeth Savage, In this delightful frame his spirit returned to God who gave it.
joyfully exclaimed, “ Glory be to God!” He continued in a peaceful and happy frame of mind, until the Lord released him from his sufferings.
W. B., sen.
Jan. 11th.-At Barnsley, Mr. George Hirst, aged sixty-seven. He had been a Wesleyan Methodist about forty-five years; and during that period had honourably sustained the offices of Class-Leader, Trustee, Circuit and Society Steward. He was consistent in his religious profession, punctual in bis habits, and lived in the enjoyment of inward godliness. His last affliction was severe, but patiently borne; and his departure was peaceful. His death is regretted by his bereaved family and numerous friends.
Jan. 13th. At Blaenavon, Mary Williams. About forty years ago she was made a partaker of the pardoning mercy of God. She had, during that period, as a member of the Wesleyan-Methodist church, adorned her Christian profession, and her attendance at the means of grace was punctual. She had been a widow thirty-two years, and was frequently called to suffer bodily affliction; but she confided in God, and found his grace sufficient.
Jan. 13th.-At Little-Dalby, in the MeltonMowbray Circuit, in the twenty-sixth year of her age, Miss Eleanor Bunney. She ran her brief course with great diligence, and reached the goal full of peace and victory through the merits of Christ.
Jan. 13th.-At Coleorton, in the 'Ashby-de-laZouch Circuit, aged eighty-two, Mr. John Knight, an old disciple, having been sixty years a member of the Wesleyan society, and for twenty years a Leader. In all the relations of life, he was pious, prudent, and faithful. The prevailing state of his mind
was peace. He lived at the foot of the cross. His death was sudden; but he was found ready.
W. J. B
Jan. 14th. In the Birmingham East Circuit, Mary Ann Sanders, aged thirty-six years. For several years previous to her death, she exemplified the character of a humble, amiable, and devout Christian woman. During the last few months of her life, she suffered much from inter. nal cancer;
but “patience had her perfect work,” In all her affliction, the divine promises were to her a source of unspeakable consolation. The day before her death she said to her friends, “I cannot sing now; but the language of my heart is, that I have fought the fight, and shall soon have the crown!” Her mother, who was waiting by her bed to close her eyes in death, seeing that the hour of her departure was at hand, said, “You are entering the valley:" she instantly replied, with great emphasis, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.” In this calm and heavenly frame, she shortly after fell asleep in Jesus. A. B.
Jan. 15th.--At Skipton, in the Thirsk Circuit,
Feb. 9th.--At South-Shields, Mrs. Duncan, aged sixty-two. For more than thirty years she was a consistent member of the Wesleyan society, was a woman of a meek and quiet spirit, and an Israelite indeed in whom there was no guile. During the last eleven months of her life she was the subject of bodily affliction ; but she did not murinur. Her mind was sustained and cheered with the manifestations of Him who said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” A few hours before she expired, she said, with sweet composure of mind,
“I have desire to depart, and to be with Christ." Her end was peace.
Feb. 11th. At Wragby, in the Horncastle Circuit, aged fifty-nine years, Mrs. Sarah Lister. In early life she was visited with the gracious influences of the Holy Spirit, and under the ministry of the word she was aroused to a sense of her danger. Soon after this, she removed to London, and attended Great Queen-street chapel, where she was enabled to “rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory." Having given herself to God, she gave herself to his church according to his will. For thirty years she was a consistent member of the Wesleyan society, striving to " adorn the doctrine of God her Saviour in all things." Her death was unexpected in the extreme. She retired to rest, as usual, in apparent health, and was suddenly summoned into her Master's presence; but death found her not unprepared. For a considerable time her friends had marked her growing heavenly-mindedness and entire devotedness to God. “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.”
T. S. W.
Feb. 13th.-At Newport, Isle of Wight, aged seventy, Mrs. Bull, relict of the late Mr. Robert Bull. For many years she was a consistent member of the Wesleyan-Methodist society. When young, she showed her love to the services of the sanctuary, by walking from Rookley to Newport, to attend the house of God; and in after-life was regular in her observance of religious ordinances. She was much esteemed by persons of high respectability who were not in immediate connexion with her own denomination. She took special interest in the young (to whom she had access) who moved in the higher walks of life, and was made a blessing to them. She was a liberal supporter of Wesleyan Methodism, and ministered constantly to the wants of the poor and afflicted. In her last affliction, though almost deprived of the power of speech, her soul was happy in God. When reminded by her Leader that she would soon be associated with saints already glorified, she seemed enraptured, exclaiming, Yes, yes, yes."
“Justified through faith alone,
Here she knew her sins forgiven, Here she laid her burden down, Hallow'd and made meet for heaven."
Wife of Mr. Thomas Savage. She had been a member of the Wesleyan society about twenty years. She loved the house of God, and delighted in the services of his sanctuary; and, in all weathers, although at a considerable distance, endeavoured with her family to attend. Her con. duct in all the relations of life was unblemished. She had some presentiment of her end, and feared she might not have strength and patience to endure it; so that for a short time her conflict with Satan was severe. She, however, gained the victory; for God blessed her with a full assurance and great happiness.
Jan. 23d. In the Birmingham East Circuit, Thomas Parton, in the sixty-sixth year of his age. In the year 1811 he was brought to a saving knowledge of the truth. For several years he was a useful Teacher in the adult school, prayerconductor, and Class-Leader. Much might be said of his patience and meekness during his last affliction, when, in pain and poverty, his every grace was put to the test ; but no murmuring word escaped from his lips. His end was not only peaceful and happy, but triumphant. His last words were, “ Hallelujah to Jesus!”
Jan. 29th.-At Willingham, in the Gainsborough Circuit, Mr. William Harwood, aged seventy-seven. About thirty-six years ago, he was convinced of sin under the heart-searching preaching of a brother of the Rev. Dr. Newton; and, being made happy in the love of God, he joined the Methodist society. He was a faithful, zealous, happy Christian, always ready for every good word and work ; and was respected and beloved by all who knew him. In life and death he triumphed in the God of his salvation.
J. C. H.
Feb. 6th.-In the Birmingham East Circuit, Thomas Ross, in the seventy-first year of his age ; after having been a steady and consistent member of the Methodist society for nearly half a century. In his early years he was trained up in the Roman Catholic religion ; when, on his attaining to his majority, he determined to read the holy Scriptures for himself, and thus became convinced of the errors of Popery. From this time he began to attend the Wesleyan ministry ; and in the year 1797, he was admitted into the society by the late venerated Samuel Bradburn. At the commencement of his Christian career, he had to endure persecution for conscience' sake; but, having been made a partaker of Christ, he was enabled to hold fast the profession of his faith without wavering to the end. For several years Mr. Ross, in connexion with the Wesleyan church, held the offices of Trustee, ChapelSteward, and Class-Leader, the duties of which he fulfilled with honour to himself, and much to the benefit of those with whom he was associated. His last illness was short, and his mind was kept throughout in perfect peace. The night before his departure, amidst his family and friends, he repeated his favourite hymn, which spoke the language of his heart :
* Happy the souls to Jesus join’d,
And saved by grace alone.”
Feb. 13th.-At Tiley, in the Bridlington Circuit, Mary Philiskirk, aged seventy-nine. She received her first religious impressions in the house of an uncle, a pious Wesleyan, and joined the Methodist society in 1789, in which she obtained peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. In early life she was a confidential servant in the house of Thomas Thompson, Esq., of Hull. From the beginning of her career she was a genuine, though timid, Christian ; and continued steadfast in her profession. The Bible was her delight: she also delighted in the ordinances of the Lord's house. During the last two years of her life she suffered much through nervous irritation; but never gave up her confidence in Christ. Extreme infirmity gave energy to her natural timidity; but having cast her anchor within the veil, she found it sure and steadfast. A short time previous to her departure, when asked what were her prospects in reference to another world, “ 0,” she replied, “ I am waiting ; and Jesus will soon take me !
Feb. 15th.-At Winfarthing, in the New. Buckenham Circuit, Mrs. Hannah Fox, aged ninety-two. She was convinced of sin, and obtained a sense of God's pardoning love, when eighteen years of age. Going to reside as a servant in a family at Norwich, with whom Mr. Wesley lodged when in that city, she was often favoured with his kind notice and Christian counsel. He never left the house without inquiring into her spiritual welfare, and offering her kind and suitable advice. She was zealous in the cause of God, and exemplary in her attendance on the means of grace. Till confined to her house, her nephew, who for fifty years has been a member in the same society, states, that he never knew an instance of her neglecting her class. The last three years of her life she was confined to the house through age and infirmity, but continued to enjoy constant and solid peace. When asked by a friend, if she should be afraid to die, she replied, “I don't know that I should. If any thing remains to be done, I have confidence in God that he will do it before he takes me to himself.” She retained the use of her mental faculties to the last. With her dying breath she bore tes. timony to the experience of the grace of Christ; and, with the words, “ Happy, happy, happy! she departed to be for ever with the Lord.
Feb. 13th.-At Knaresborough, Ann Bell, aged sixty-six. For forty years she had been a steady member of the Wesleyan society; and, though in humble circumstances, she was known to a large circle of friends, who greatly respected her. During the last nineteen years she was blind, but lively and instructive in conversation. Her experience was clear, scriptural, and satisfactory; her deportment steady and uniform, Her end was peaceful and happy.
Feb. 15th.--At Harpenden, in the Luton Circuit, aged seventy-six, Mrs. Mary Luck. When about twenty-six years of age, she was importuned to hear the Wesleyan Ministers; and for two years was induced to continue this by the extraordinary kindness of a pious female. She became deeply convinced of her sinful state, and found the pardoning mercy of God, through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. She was a woman of great firmness of character, and for forty-eight years was a uniform member of the Wesleyan society. She was remarkable for the clearness of her religious experience, her love to the means of grace, her concern for the salvation of her fainily, and her zeal for the spread of religion. For eighteen years, as a widow, she had struggled with many difficulties and privations. These, during the last few months of her life, were unusually severe; but she maintained her trust in God her Saviour, and died with expressions of gratitude and joy on her lips.
Feb. 15th.--At Holton, in the Market-Raisen Circuit, aged sixty-eight, Mrs. Catherine Hewitt, who for twenty-nine years was a consistent member of the Wesleyan society. She passed through much tribulation, until at lengah nature yielded to the pressure of accumulated trials. When asked by one of her children if she was happy, she said, “ O yes !” On another occasion, when her daughter perceived that she was sinking fast, and said, “ God bless you, mother !” she replied, “If I continue here, he will bless me; and if he take me, he will bless me.” Her last breath was spent in prayer ; but her words could not be distinctly heard.
W. G. D.
H. Y. C.
Feb. 15th.-At Croydon, aged sixty-one years, Mr. Thomas Waghorne, having been an exemplary member of the Wesleyan society about thirty-nine years. He was brought savingly to God through the instrumentality of the Methodists; and, having believed in Christ, held fast his confidence to the last. He was a man of sincere piety; and, during the greater portion of his connexion with the Wesleyans, was a useful Class-Leader. He also held, at different periods, almost all the other offices of a layman in the body, to the doctrines and discipline of which he was ardently attached. His affliction was long and painful; but in patience he possessed his soul. For about fourteen months he was unable to enter the house of God; but he spent much time in prayer and devotional reading; and while he had not the rapturous feelings of many, he was much sustained, and experienced great composure of mind. The Croydon Circuit, where he resided for the last few years, has sustained a great loss in his removal. The memory of the just is blessed."
Feb. 16th.–At Wantage, aged thirty-eight, Rachael Everett. She was a member of the Wesleyan church in this town. In her last aftliction, which was protracted and very painful, she enjoyed great peace, and rejoiced in hope of eternal glory.
Feb. 16th.-At Warrington, William Mee, aged eighty. About fifty-five years ago, he was thoroughly awakened to a sense of his sinfulness
nd danger, under the ministry of the Rev. Mr. Glazebrook, then Minister of St. James's church, Warrington. Shortly after he joined the Wesleyan society in that town, and soon obtained a clear and delightful assurance of God's pardoning mercy, through faith in the blood of