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health had generally been good; but in the spring of 1843, he had an attack of paralysis. At first it was thought that he would die; but he partially recovered. It was, however, found that he had entirely lost the use of one side. His mind, likewise, was much weakened, so that he seemed not to have the happy confidence which he had so long possessed, and he would often ask his friends to pray for him. Shortly before his death, however, it pleased God to visit him in much mercy, removing all his fears, and enabling him to rejoice with joy unspeakable. The last fortnight, he took scarcely anything but water, so that, on the day when the wheels of life stood still, his weakness was such, that his voice was only a faint whisper. The writer asked him if he were still happy, and he immediately replied, “ Yes ;” but he was unable to speak any more. The writer (his son, who had lived fifty years in the same house with him) and his sister then knelt down to commend his departing spirit to his God and Saviour ; and it seemed to them as if the room were filled with heaven, so that they could have shouted aloud, “Glory, glory !” but for the fear of disturbing their dying parent. When they arose from their knees, his spirit had passed into eternity.
ANTHONY JAQUES. 31. Died, September 15th, at St. Agnes, Cornwall, aged forty-six, Mrs. Mary Cullen, the wife of the Rev. John Cullen, Wesleyan Minister. She was the daughter of Mr. Richard Ekins, of Rounds, near HighamFerrers. In her sixteenth year she was induced to attend the Wesleyan chapel at Rounds. At that time a gracious revival of religion was experienced by the society and congregation, and the mind of Miss Ekins became very seriously influenced. She did not experience the depth of sorrow which some feel; but though more gently drawn, she saw the need of redemption in the blood of Christ, and was not long before she was enabled to rejoice in a sin-pardoning God. She immediately joined the Wesleyan society; and, though her disposition had been amiable, and her deportment correct, previously, it now became evident that she was a branch of the true vine, bringing forth the fruits of righteousness. Occasionally she was harassed by temptation. She feared that her penitence had not been sufficiently deep, or that its continuance had been too brief. But increasing acquaintance with the holy Scripture, and with the work of the Spirit, connected with increasing piety, taught her to resist and overcome these suggestions. She saw that her acceptance with God was altogether for the sake of Christ, and therefore she sought stronger confidence in Him. She said, “ Hither, when hell assails, I'll flee;' and eventually she obtained a complete deliverance. While enjoying the comforts of religion in her own soul, she was diligent in seeking to promote the salvation of others. Principally through her instrumentality, her brother Thomas, and sister Elizabeth, were brought to experience a true conversion to God. They were soon afterwards removed by affliction to the family of God in heaven. She was particularly desirous of being useful to the young, and therefore devoted a portion of her time to the Sunday-school. She also found both pleasure and profit in visiting the sick and needy, relieving their necessities, and imparting instruction and consolation to them. When, in the order of Providence, as she believed, a new course of life opened before her, in her marriage with Mr. Cullen, she viewed it, likewise, as presenting a new sphere of use
fulness. She was tremblingly alive to its great responsibilities, and entered
upon it by commending herself, with renewed earnestness and devotion, to the mercy and grace of God. Few were ever more happily qualified for the position which she was now called to occupy. The graces of the Spirit evidently reigned in her soul, and by earnest prayer, and constant diligence and watchfulness, she sought and obtained their increase. Her humility was conspicuous; but it was always connected with fidelity to Christian principle. She loved and respected the people of God, because she loved and feared God herself. She was meek and lowly of heart; and in much personal and domestic affliction, patience had its perfect work. She concealed her own sufferings as much as possible, that she might not occasion suffering to others. To her children she was kind and indulgent, but in the maintenance of discipline and order exact and firm, so that they both loved and obeyed her. She looked well to the ways of her household, displaying exemplary judgment in the union of economy and comfort. She possessed a sound understanding, a retentive memory, and a large share of scriptural piety. While in the Bodmin Circuit, her health began to decline, and her removal to St. Agnes produced no improvement; but throughout protracted affliction, she enjoyed undisturbed
peace, and rested, with unshaken confidence, in the blood of Christ. "She cherished clear and impressive views of the majesty and glory of God; and the nearer she approached the eternal world, the more humble were the views she entertained of herself. Speaking of her husband and children, she said, “I am surprised that I am able to give you
with God. We shall not be long separated. I expect to suffer; but God will be with me when passing through the fire. I rest on Christ. I look only to Him. I have no other hope." About a week before she died, when a little refreshment had been brought to her, she said, “O, when shall I sup in my heavenly Father's kingdom ?" After a night of great pain, she observed, “ God gives me patience. I want nothing of this world. Christ is precious to me, and I have power to come to him. I am poor, but he is rich." Mr. Cullen said to her, “ We shall soon, I fear, be separated.” She replied, “I belong more to another world than to this. I shall soon be there.” She enjoyed settled peace, and perfect confidence in relation to the solemn future. The day before she died, she said, “ Wearisome days and nights are appointed. I have been sincere, but I seem now not to have done enough for the church and the world : but my heavenly Father knows my weakness of body, and he accepts me through Christ. 0, the death of Christ,—the Propitiation, the Atonement! His goodness is great. He will not leave me.” She several times repeated, * The Lord God is a sun and shield. He will give grace and glory. No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly. O Lord of Hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in Thee !” The last day of her mortal life, she had considerable pain, and was very restless. It was said to her, “ God will give you patience.” She replied, “ He will. He does,
• I have an Advocate above,
But Jesus died for me.'” Towards the last, she became easier, and more composed. She was evidently drawing near to her end; but she was perfectly sensible, waiting for death in peace, and unshaken confidence. At length, surrounded by her sorrowing friends, she drew her last breath, and her redeemed and happy spirit returned to God who gave it.
32. Died, September 17th, at Churwell, in the Birstal Circuit, Thomas Crowther, Esq., in his fifty-ninth year. In 1794, Churwell and its neighbourhood were favoured with the ministerial labours of the late Rev. William Bramwell. These were accompanied by a remarkable influence from above, and many, and especially from among the young, were brought to desire to flee from the wrath to come. Not a few received the Spirit of adoption, through faith in Christ. To afford them the opportunity of suitable instruction, as well as to secure their more complete separation from the world, they were formed into a class, over which a fit Leader was appointed, and Churwell was made one of the regular stations on the Circuit Plan. Mr. Crowther, then only nine years old, was one of these. He continued to meet in class till he was sent from home for the completion of his education. Separated from his pious companions, though he still retained the form of religion, he gradually lost its inward power. In this state he remained for several
When he returned to Churwell, Mr. Bramwell had just received a second appointment to Birstal; and again Mr. Crowther sat under his powerful ministry. His convictions returned, and were even more painful
At the invitation of Mr. Bramwell's colleague, the Rev. John Nelson, he once more began to meet in class, and to seek to recover his lost
The anguish of his soul became almost insupportable; and though he sought the Lord diligently, not only in the public means of grace, but by frequently retiring for secret prayer, for three months it seemed as if he were seeking in vain. At length, while at a lovefeast, encouraged by the testimonies which he heard of Christ's power and willingness to save, he earnestly prayed for power to come to him just then for a present salvation. And his prayer was heard. He was enabled with the heart to believe unto righteousness; and instantly his mourning was turned into gladness. To use his own language, when referring to this event, “ Every person, everything, every sound, every feeling, appeared new; and I could joyfully sing,
Now I have found the ground wherein
Sure my soul's anchor may remain.” By the grace of God, from this hour to that of his decease, he stood fast in the liberty wherewith Christ had made him free. If, through severe temptation, or any other circumstance, his mind was at any time brought into heaviness, he could not be satisfied till again he could joy in God through faith in the atonement. His life was one of method throughout. Whatever he had to do, whether relating to business or religion, he “ always kept up with it.” While his reading was chiefly of a religious character, to the Scriptures he paid especial attention ; frequently rising early in the morning, and devoting bours to the prayerful perusal of the word of God, before his mind became occupied with his secular affairs; and when the business of the day was closed, he seemed to desire no other relaxation. In his worldly concerns he was distinguished for punctuality, diligence, and order.
Few persons got through more business ; but he never seemed to be hurried. All was done in a recollected, and even cheerful, spirit. Religion he had embraced from principle, and carried it with him into everything. No one could be long in his company, whatever the occasion, without perceiving that he feared God. To the ordinances of God's house the strength of his attachment was found in the constancy and regularity of his attendance. His spirit was truly catholic; he loved all that loved the Lord Jesus Christ : but he was a decided Methodist, and always anxiously solicitous for its establishment and prosperity. When from home, his first inquiries, at the place where he might be, always had reference to the chapel, and the state of the society and congregation; and at home, he was engaged in everything that was judged to be calculated to augment the influence of Methodism, and promote its success. To his liberality and exertions the society at Churwell chiefly owes its commodious chapel, its excellent schoolroom and library, and much of its present and prospective prosperity. One who knew him well says, “ He was the life and soul of all the benevolent institutions in the village. Every one looked up to him ; and the largest share of labour and expense usually devolved on him. He was content to hold any office, however humble. Frequently was he found in the Sunday-school teaching a class, when some much younger person, perhaps, would be acting as Superintendent." To the various funds of Methodism he always contributed ; but it was with the perishing Heathen that he felt the strongest sympathy; and not long before be died, he believed it to be his duty, both to augment considerably his annual subscription to the Wesleyan Missionary Society, and to present a handsome donation towards the reduction of the debt which at that time existed. One of his last acts was to advocate in his class the claims of the worn-out Ministers and their widows, enforcing his advocacy by contributing in proportion to his greater ability. Under his hospitable roof the Wesleyan Ministers were for many years entertained, and all his conduct towards them evinced that he “esteemed them very highly in love for their work's sake.” To his servants, and the poor in general, he was exceedingly kind and bountiful; whilst his genuine and unobtrusive piety, his affable and courteous demeanour, secured the respect of all who knew him. In all the relations of life, his conduct was exemplary; and with honour to himself, and advantage to the society of which he was a member, he sustained its various and important offices.
In the midst of his usefulness, and when his friends were anticipating the pleasure of his society for many years, he was suddenly laid aside by affliction ; and it only too soon for their wishes appeared that the “sickness was unto death.” The nature of the disease, and the rapidity with which he sank beneath its power, prevented him from speaking much; but his confidence in his God and Saviour was unshaken, and his prospects into eternity unclouded. To him to live had been Christ, and now to die was gain. After a few days of suffering, his happy spirit was released from the burden of the flesh, and removed to the joy and felicity of the saints in light.
33. Died, October 3d, at Bristol, in the South Circuit, in his twenty-sixth year, Mr. James Julland Carter. His natural disposition
was amiable; and under the training of pious parents, he grew up in strict attention to moral and religious duties, and was remarkable for the gentleness and kindness of his behaviour, his serious obseryance of public worship, and his affectionate submission to parental authority. He did not, however, fully yield to these gracious movements of the Holy Spirit, nor close in with the offered salvation of the Gospel, till he was nineteen years old. He then saw that his nature was opposed to God, and his heart not right with him ; that the former correctness of his life could not avail for his personal justification and acceptance; and that his only trust must be in the precious blood of Christ, shed as an atonement for his soul. Convinced of the duty of confessing Christ, and feeling the need of Christian fellowship, he joined the society to which his parents belonged ; and, in the use of all the means of grace, sought earnestly the salvation of God. It was in a prayer-meeting, in Langton-street chapel, that he found what he sought, and was enabled to say, “O Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry
and thou comfortedst me. The blessing which he then obtained, he was enabled to hold fast to the end of his pilgrimage. He now became anxious that others should be partakers with him of like precious faith. He was particularly solicitous for his younger brothers and sisters, who had not then become decided to live for God. He affectionately admonished them, and prayed earnestly for them, until their desires were as his own had been ; and then he frequently retired with them for secret prayer, till they, too, could rejoice as he did. The same zeal led him to become a Tract-Distributor, in which employment he was encouraged by much success. He also manifested a deep concern for se with whom he was associated in business, and endeavoured, by advice and prayer, enforced by an impressive example, to recommend to them the religion which himself enjoyed. He highly valued the privileges of church membership, and carefully preserved his quarterly tickets as tokens of his union with the professing church ; and not long before his death, he presented them all to his mother, requesting her to take care of them, when he should be removed to the church above.
In August, 1842, he became much indisposed; and though he for a time appeared to recover, yet the foundation was laid of the disease which only terminated with his life. During the thirteen months of pain and decline which followed, and amidst all the changing symptoms through which he was called to pass, his reliance on the merits of his Saviour was unshaken, and patience had its perfect work. When at length informed that there was no hope of his ultimate recovery, he calmly acquiesced, and said that his only desire was, that the will of the Lord should be done. He was constitutionally diffident, and often spoke of his spiritual attainments less confidently than his actual experience would have justified. In his affliction, however, he observed to his mother, that he wondered he had not spoken more freely on spiritual subjects; and that he thought if he were then in Langton-street chapel, he could declare to all the world what God had done for his soul. As his disease advanced, his prospects became still brighter. On the 15th of August, he said that he was weak in body, but strong in faith. He added, “ Christ is my all in all. Sometimes I seem overwhelmed with joy.” Soon after he became very ill, and it