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Feb. 25th.-At Haggworthingham, in the Spilsby Circuit, Mr. John Bray, aged seventyone He was converted to God at the age of twenty-one, when he joined the Wesleyan society. He was a uniform, pious, and devoted follower of Christ. His death was sudden; but he was found ready.
Feb. 25th.-At Bradley, in the Wednesbury Circuit, aged sixty-six, Mr. William Wood. When young, he was convinced of sin under a sermon preached by the late Rev. John Wesley, in the parish church at Darlaston, and shortly after, during a revival of religion among the Methodists in that town, found the peace of God. He subsequently fell back into the world, till, in the order of divine Providence, he went to reside in a house adjoining that of a praying family. Their fervent prayers and supplications, offered up morning and evening, were heard by him, and were the means of reviving his former religious feelings. He once more joined the Methodist society; and again rejoiced in God his Saviour. In 1809, Mr. Wood was appointed the Leader of a class, and filled his place with great zeal and diligence ; and in 1811, he became a Local Preacher. In these offices he was made a blessing to many. The Sunday before his death he met his class as usual, and was in a happy state of mind. On the following Tuesday morning he was seized with apoplexy; and on Thursday he breathed his last.
Feb. 25th.–At Rathmelton, of typhus, universally and deservedly regretted, aged thirtyseven, Mr. Henry Rochford. In his boyish days he gave hopeful indications of being devoted to the service of his Maker. In 1827, he joined the Methodist society, and soon experienced the converting power of the grace of God. His subsequent life was remarkable for strict integrity and undeviating attachment to his friends.
As a Christian he was humble, ardent, and steady ; and for many years sustained the offices of Leader and Society Steward. At the commencement of the disease, which to him proved fatal, he was greatly distressed from a consciousness of not having lived so near to God as he ought ; but, in resorting to the throne of grace, and pleading the promises, the cloud that for some time brooded over him was dispelled by the Sun of Righteousness, and he exultingly exclaimed, My beloved is mine, and I am his."
He continued in this happy frame, until his spirit returned to God.
peared to realize the glorious prospect of heaven opening to her view. Thus she entered into rest.
Feb. 6th.-At Cambridge, Mr. William Barker, of Willingham. When about twenty-one years of age, he became truly converted to God; and, for more than fifty years, he walked worthy of his Christian profession. He was for some years actively employed in teaching a school, connected with the established Church, at Willingham; and also filled other important offices in the parish, much to the satisfaction of the inhabitants. He was a most acceptable and successful Class-Leader in the Wesleyan society. His end proved, that in the “midst of life we are in death !” After transacting some business at Cambridge, whilst waiting a few minutes for the conveyance by which he was to return home, apparently in the possession of good health, his head dropped upon his chest, and, without a groan, his spirit took its flight from earth to heaven! He was much respected by the Rev. Dr. Graham, Master of Christ's College, Cambridge; who, in most devout and affecting manner, committed his remains to the tomb, in the presence of a large concourse of persons, who were anxious (notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather) to pay a last mark of respect to an old and truly consistent disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ.
T. P. C.
Feb. 12th.–At Sowerby-Bridge, Mr. William Fraser, in the nineteenth year of his age. He was a native of Inverness, and was savingly brought to God about three years ago. He was a youth of great promise, and had been employed by the Wesleyan society in one of their dayschools, where he was giving great satisfaction. The hopes of his family and friends were suddenly cut off by an attack of inflammation, which ended in death. Though far from his own family, he found kind and attentive friends where he was residing; and while he was anxious to be spared, and to return to the duties of his school, he was resigned to the divine will, and died in great peace, and a joyful hope of a blessed immortality.
Feb. 23d.-At Ibstock, in the Ashby-de-laZouch Circuit, Miss Bradley, aged fifty-four. She was converted to God, and joined the Wesleyan society, in her twenty-first year. She possessed a strong and vigorous mind ; supreme and ardent love to God; sincere and unwavering attachment to Wesleyan Methodism. Her piety was diffusive: it prompted her to seek the spiritual welfare of all to whom she could gain access. Her last affliction was borne with patience. From its commencement she appeared to have an impression that it would prove fatal ; yet it caused her no anxiety. Her will was lost in God. In the immediate prospect of death, she observed, “ I have not much joy; but I have settled, abiding peace. I feel that I am upon the Rock." Her dying hour was peaceful. She said to a friend, with a smile, “ Still a probationer ; but it is heaven's gate.-- Angels ! Jesus!” and very shortly ceased to breathe.
W. J. B.
Feb. 26th.--At Horncastle, aged thirty, Sarah relict of Mr. Joseph Cussons, and daughter of Mr. William and Mary Keal, of Wainfleet. She was convinced of sin while at school in Nottingham, in the year 1834, under a sermon preached by the Rev. John M'Lean. She became a member of the Wesleyan-Methodist society, to which she remained zealously attached until her decease. Her experience of religion was clear and joyful ; enabling her to pass through a life of much affliction with a resigned and cheerful spirit. Her last illness was short, and found her prepared for eternity. She was frequently visited by the Wesleyan Ministers, who can bear testimony to lier unwavering faith in Christ, her patience in suffering, and her " rejoicing in hope of the glory of God." Her departure was sudden. She was thought to be recovering, and was taken to Horncastle to see her friends; but she became much worse, and died two days after leaving home. In her last struggle, she was asked if she “had peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ." She responded in the affirmative; and, after a friend had prayed with her, her sufferings were assuaged, and her mind stayed upon God. Her last strength was spent in repeating the consolatory psalm she loved, “ The Lord is my Shepherd,” &c. ; when she peacefully departed, to be with him in glory.
cuit, Mary, wife of Mr. John Peace. In the year 1810, being then nineteen years of age, she was deeply convinced of sin, and became a member of the Methodist society. For two years she was the subject of great distress of mind through powerful temptations; but being enabled to trust in Christ with her whole heart for salvation, her sorrow was turned to joy, and she was filled with peace. Her deep and genuine piety was seen in her spiritual-mindedness. Her attachment to the means of grace was conscientious and strong. For twenty-five years she faithfully filled the office of Leader, and was greatly esteemed. Her last illness was painful; but her end was happy.
March 20.-At North-Curry, in the Taunton Circuit, aged forty-seven years, Mr. William Dinham. He was a Class-Leader and Trustee. His end was peace.
Feb. 27th.-At Hennock, in the Ashburton Circuit, Elizabeth, wife of Mr. R. Stranger, aged fifty-six. In her seventeenth year she was awakened to her state as a sinner. She immediately joined the Wesleyan society, and in the use of the means of grace waited upon God for salvation. A sense of divine forgiveness was soon after imparted; and from this time to her death, she evidenced the reality of the change by zeal for God, and love to his people. She suffered much during her pilgrimage, but fainted not; and, after a short illness, in which her consolations greatly abounded, her last words were, “Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly.”
March 3d.--At Lichfield, in the Burton-onTrent Circuit, Mrs. Mustow, wife of Mr. George Mustow, aged forty years, having been a member of the Wesleyan society upwards of twentytwo years. Circumstances induced her to connect herself in the bonds of Christian fellowship with the Methodist body, where, by the grace of God, she was enabled to maintain to the end a truly Christian character. She was a woman of a meek and quiet spirit; and had many and severe trials, which she bore with exemplary patience. Her last illness was protracted; but her faith in the Lord Jesus, as her God and Saviour, was firm and unshaken. Often, as the period of dissolution advanced, she repeated, with deep emotion, “My Jesus; my Jesus!” and while that blessed name lingered on her lips, her happy spirit peacefully fled to a better world.
Feb. 28th.–At Grantham, Mrs. Rebecca Bamfield, aged sixty-four. She had known the Scriptures from her youth, and had been a consistent, active, and useful member of the Wesleyan society for many years. Her piety was enlightened, ardent, and uniform. As death approached, her faith in the atonement of Christ gave a heavenly maturity to the graces of the Holy Spirit. Just before her departure, she was heard to whisper, “Jesus, Jesus, blessed Jesus !
March 1st.–At Beaumont, in the Manningtree Circuit, Joseph Sorrell, aged seventy-nine. He was awakened to a sense of his danger as a sinner in his nineteenth year, under a sermon preached by the Rev. J. Hickling, and earnestly sought salvation till he found peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Being a man of strong understanding, retentive memory, and possessing the gift of utterance, he began more than fifty years ago to preach the Gospel. His views of divine truth were clear and scriptural, his pulpit exercises were distinguished by unaffected simplicity, point, and application, and rendered a blessing to many. He was given to hospitality. He was a man of great energy and moral courage, remarkable for reproving sin, and bearing, wherever he was, a faithful testimony for God and his truth. He was the father of a large family, which he endeavoured to bring up in the fear of God. He was an affectionate husband and father, a sincere friend, and devoted Christian. After a life spent in the service of his Lord and Saviour, his vigorous frame yielded to the pressure of disease. His last sufferings were extreme. He nevertheless in his brighter moments declared his unshaken confidence in God, and fell asleep in Jesus.
March 4th.-At Oldham, aged thirty-three, Jane, daughter of the late Mr. Richard Boys. Being favoured with pious parents, who assiduously watched over the best interests of their children, she in early life became the subject of divine impressions. Often did she wish to resemble those who excelled in virtue, and whom she heard testify of the Lord's dealings with them. At the age of fifteen she joined the Methodist society; and having received the truth in the love of it, she adorned the doctrine of Christ by a meek and humble deportment. During the latter part of the last summer her health became delicate; but she was enabled to resign herself into the hands of God, and say, “Not my will, but thine be done." On being assured of the faithfulness of God, and that Satan was a chained enemy, she broke forth in strains of praise and thanksgiving, exclaiming, “I am going to heaven, God is my Father, I know in whom I have believed." In this frame of mind she continued till nature failed.
March 5th.-At Wollaston, in the Wellingborough Circuit, Mrs. Catherine Robinson, aged fifty-one. In early life she was converted to God; and, when about fifteen years of age, became a member of the Wesleyan society. The removal of her parents caused her to leave her
March 2d.--At Wells, in the Walsingham Cir
in faith. He passed through much tribulation, but was faithful unto death. His end was sudden, and the nature of his disease prevented expression; but he was resting on the Rock, and died in peace.
native village ; and being ignorant of the world, and the devices of Satan, she did not for some time join the church ; but feeling the loss of the communion of saints, she again joined the Wesleyan society, and continued in union with it till removed to the church above. During her affliction she was grateful, patient, and resigned. Trusting alone in the mercy of God, through the atonement of Christ, she said, “I am as sure of heaven as though already there." Some time before her death she was greatly tried; but died, saying, “ Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly."
March 5th.-At Saltash, after a few days' illness, Mrs. Sarah Whitfield. She had been a church member above thirty years, and was a diligent and useful Missionary Collector, Tract Distributor, and Visiter of the sick and needy. Her last errand was one of mercy; and her all but last words, were, “I am on the Rock! I am in Christ!" She lived consistently, and died happy in God.
June 12th.-At Oundle, the Rev. Joseph Gostick, Wesleyan Minister, in the sixty-ninth year of his age, and the fortieth of his ministry. A disease of the stomach, which had been slowly advancing for several years, at length terminated fatally; having withdrawn him from the work of the ministry only three weeks. He even attended the Annual District-Meeting at Bedford, and consented to preach on the occasion ; and returned homeward in a weakly condition, yet not so as to excite any immediate apprehensions. During his last affliction he evinced much patience, faith, and love. To his sorrowing family he left an example, and many precious testimonies that can never be forgotten. His interviews with those who felt it their privilege
visit him, were of the most affecting and subduing character, as he spake of Christ and heaven. To the Rev. I. Aldom, at their last interview, he said, “ Give my love to all good people.” Some of his last words were, “ I have known what it is to live in the Lord, and I now know what it is to die in the Lord.” And truly “ blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.”
J. S. S.
March 7th.--At Aldbourn, in the Hungerford Circuit, Mr. Richard Tucker, aged sixty-four. He had been a member of the Wesleyan society upwards of forty years, and a Local Preacher about thirty-four. In the early part of his Christian career he was a laborious, useful Preacher. He was a man of retiring habits and unassuming manners, gifted in prayer, and rich
SPEAK GENTLY!* SPEAK gently! it is better far
The sands of life are nearly run :
Let such in peace depart.
Speak gently, kindly to the poor ;
Let no harsh tone be heard !
Without an unkind word.
Speak gently to the erring ! know
They must have toil'd in vain ; Speak gently to the little child !
Perchance unkindness made them so, Its love be sure to gain ;
O win them back again !
Speak gently! He who gave His life
To bend man's stubborn will, Speak gently to the young! for they When elements were in fierce strife, Will have enough to bear :
Said to them, “ Peace, be still !” Pass through this life as best they may, 'Tis full of anxious care.
Speak gently ! 'tis a little thing
Dropp'd in the heart's deep well : Speak gently to the aged one,
The good, the joy which it may bring, Grieve not the care-worn heart !
Eternity shall tell ! * From “ The Sheffield Mercury."
LONDON : PRINTED BY JAMES NICHOLS, HOXTON-SQUARE.