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FOR SEPTEMBER, 1832.
. MEMOIR OF THE REV. JOHN WILSON,
LATE PASTOR OF THE INDEPENDENT CHURCH AT MATLOCK BATH, DERBYSHIRE.
The Rev. John Wilson, whose conscience) into the pleasures of death, on the 2nd of April, was his thoughtless fellow-travellers. noticed in this Magazine, was But the Lord had marked him for native of Yorkshire, having been his own; and it was while he was born at Huddersfield on the 21st in this line of business that he was of April, 1755. In his youth, he
In his youth, he pleased to work that great and had the advantage of attending on essentially necessary change upon the ministry of the late excellent his heart, which brought him with Henry Venn, and of his curate, weeping and supplication to the the Rev. Mr. Ryland, afterwards foot of the cross, and led ultimateof Birmingham; for both of whom, ly to his ministerial engagements. but especially Mr. Venn, he main- This important event took place tained the highest esteem and while he was upon a journey, and veneration to the time of his death. was instrumentally produced by And although he was not conscious reading Mr. Mason's “ Spiritual of any lasting impressions produced Treasury," and some work of Dr. upon his mind, under their minis- Owen's, which by apparent accitry, it may be presumed the good dent fell into his hands. It was
not lost, but that it soon rumoured abroad that “ Wilserved, in the hands of the Holy son was turned Methodist !” and Spirit, to prepare him for the im
the scoffs and jeers portant results which followed. which he had to endure from his
At an early period of life, Mr. . former companions, insomuch that Wilson left his native town, and he has often been heard to say soon after engaged as commercial that he dreaded entering the room traveller with a very respectable where they were assembled, as honse in Bristol. Though his con- much as some culprits do going duct appears always to have been to the whipping-post or the treadmoral, he was at this time fond of wheel. His decisive and exemgaiety, and could enter (though plary conduct, however, soon put not without mapy secret checks of to silence the ignorance of foolish VOL. X.