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teen years in ignorance and sin. Then during his last Sabbath on earth. He the Holy Spirit strove powerfully with requested me to repeat the hymn, him. He was in great distress of mind, Now I have found the ground,' &c. On but there was no one at hand to teach the day of his departure I said, 'Father, him the way of salvation.

He was is the Saviour precious ?' he replied, advised to banish gloomy thoughts by * Precious ! precious ! precious !'” going into company. But, though he

John HARDING. knew not the right way, he felt that the course recommended was wrong ; DIED, at Tipton, aged sixty-nine, and he preferred mourning for God to Mary, the affectionate wife of the Rev. “the pleasures of sin.”

William NAYLOR. She was born at In 1812, by the providence of God, South-Witham, Lincolnshire. Her pahe was led to reside in Dunkeswell. rents entertained the Wesleyan Minis. There he found some persons who un. ters who first visited that village ; and derstood his case, and taught him the their dwelling was honoured for a conway of the Lord. He united himself siderable period as the place where the with these godly people, and thus made word was preached. For this they were an open profession of attachment to called to endure reproach and persecuGod and His cause. At this time there tion; but they had their reward, in being was here no regular Methodist preach made partakers of saving grace, and ing. An occasional sermon, and that seeing several of their children early conat long intervals, was all that could be verted to God. Among these was Mrs. afforded. Our departed friend, and the Naylor,-then Miss Mary Ward. Under few like-minded with himself, were deep awakening she sought the Lord ; accustomed to go on the Sabbath to and, after weeks of penitential sorrow, Honiton; and he often spoke of the her mourning was turned into joy. She "times of refreshing" there vouchsafed was blessed with Divine pardon; and to them.

the assurance of this favour she never Mr. Rowe's partner in life was early lost. converted to God. She received grace After her first marriage, she removed to be faithful, and about ten years to Nottingham, and formed an intimacy since finished her course with joy. with various Ministers of Christ, whose As they were partakers of “. precious friendship she cherished to the end of

they were anxious that others life. Becoming early a widow, she was should enjoy the same blessing. They guided by Providence to settle in Loninvited their neighbours to come to don. In 1843 she entered into the their house, and Mr. Rowe was in the union which death has now dissolved, — habit of reading a sermon to them, and a union of near twenty years of uninpraying with them. At length Dunkes- terrupted happiness. Her health and well was taken on the Circuit-Plan ; and strong constitution remained unimfor twenty years the glorious Gospel paired up to the winter of 1859, when was preached in his cottage.

she had a severe attack of bronchitis, For some time before his death he from which she never fully recovered. was very infirm. His memory failed For many months her strength sensibly greatly as to worldly things ; but on declined: yet domestic duties were religious subjects there was no lack of regularly discharged; the poor memmental power. It was most refreshing bers visited ; the Scriptures and instructive to hear him speak of statedly read, and public worship and his past experience; of the way in the class-meeting punctually attended. which God had led him ; and of the When urged, on dark and rainy nights, progress which the cause had made in to abide at home, she would reply, “I his time. His mind was well stored must go as long as I am able.” And so she with texts of Scripture, and verses of did, even when scarcely able ; for she hymns; and it was surprising to hear loved the habitation of God's house, and how correctly, copiously, and appro- riehly enjoyed the communion of saints. priately he quoted both. As his end The period arrived, however, when these drew nigh, it was evident that he was sacred privileges could no longer be obmade meet for the heavenly inherit served; and then she bowed with sub

God granted him a maturity of mission to her heavenly Father's will. holy and enlightened love. He often Henceforth His word became still more spoke of his entire dependence on Christ, precious, and private prayer more frehis assured sense of personal acceptance, quent. When thus detained from the and his confident hope of eternal life. sanctuary, she would inquire, from time His son writes: “I was with him to time, about the service, what was

faith,”

were

ance.

the subject of discourse, and if any had solemnity. The silence of the hour,- the received special spiritual benefit. feeling that we were quite in the verge

During the night of Sunday, June the of heaven,”- her fervent responses to the 8th, 1862, she was seized with that afflic appropriate prayers, --all gave that seene tion which terminated her valuable life. a dignity,a glory, and an afiecting interest, From the first she had a conviction that which language fails to express. Pausing it would prove fatal : but this produced for a moment, she inquired, “Is there no fear. She knew whom she had nothing more!" She paused, and then, believed, and committed to Him the with distinct voice, added, "Put a shil. keeping of her soul, with unshaken con- ling on the plate," --showing that she did fidence. She began to set her earthly not consider the commemoration comhouse in order, Nothing necessary to plete without an offering for the poor. be done seemed to escape her attention. The following day, in answer to her Her sufferings night and day were in prayer that she might for a season have describable, so as to awaken the tenderest ease, she sunk into quiet sleep, which sympathy of her relatives and friends. lasted several hours. When she awoke, But no murmur was heard. While it was evident the final hour had arrived. others wept to witness what she was Her husband, nurse, and servant knelt called to endure, she was calm, patient, in solemn, silent prayer; and, without a and resigned. Addressing her kind sigh or struggle, her happy spirit left medical attendant, she said, “Doctor, the suffering tabernacle, to enter the if I had to seek religion now, I could mansion where sickness and sorrow are not do it. But I gave my heart to God unknown. The bereaved one, having more than forty years ago; and I have closed her eyes, could not forbear from no dread. I am on the Rock.” Her saying:frequent prayer was, “Lord, allow me “ Happy soul, thy days are ended, to depart,”--in which those who loved All thy mourning days below; her most were constrained to join, that Go, by angel-guards attended, she might be freed from her intense To the sight of Jesus, go!" sufferings. Repeatedly she expressed Thus departed the kind friend, the her desire in the language of the humble, devoted Christian, and one of beautiful hymn,

the best of wives. From her youth she “ Jesu, Lover of my soul,

had served her Lord with a loving heart, Let me to Thy bosom fly,

fervent mind, and obedient life; and in

death He was her strength, joy, and emphatically dwelling on the latter part salvation. Her remains rest in the of the verse, and adding, "The storm of Brompton Cemetery, in the same grave life will soon be past; yes, soon be past." with two sisters, who but a few months On the dawn of Sunday, the 13th, she ago departed in the faith and peace of expressed herself as being disappointed the Gospel. They began together the to find she was still in the body; ob- life of grace; and now they are united serving, “I had hoped to spend this in the endless life of glory.

W, X. Sabbath in heaven. Lord, take me to Thyself.” Through the night she was MARY DICKINSON, whose maiden filled with holy joy. Her husband having name was Leadley, was born at Nafretired to obtain a little sleep, she re- ferton, in the East-Riding of the county quested he might be called to witness of York. She was brought to a saving her blessedness; and, when he entered acquaintance with Christ when twentythe room, she said, " I want you to hear two years of age, and afterwards zuale

Praise-praise ! glory--glory!” it her chief concern to adorn the doctrine She then requested him to retire and of God her Saviour in all things she seek repose. Thus, by the goodness was a firm believer in the doctrines of God, and the power of grace, could taught by the Wesleyan Methodista she joy in tribulation. One of her com- and for forty-eight years was a consistent plicated pains was a distressing sense of member of their church; cheerfully suffocation. Passing through a violent availing herself of all opportunities of paroxysm of this kind, she cried out, attending the means of grace. Though “Give me a drink of water. I want residing for twenty years at com breath to praise the Lord.”

siderable distance from her own place de Very early in the morning of the 16th, worship, her attendance was an example she desired to commemorate the death to others. Her humility of mind, and be of her Saviour, and that her husband diligence in the things belonging to sal should administer the Sacrament to her. vation, made

her profting appear to all. He did 80; and it was a season of great Being the mother of a large family,

me.

she deeply felt her responsibility, and everlasting reward. Those who honour wrestled hard for their salvation. And God are honoured by Him. So it was in this respect she was signally blessed, with our departed sister : for, having inasmuch as she lived to see several of honoured God by a life of obedience, she her children converted to God, and some was honoured by Him with more than of them holding official positions in the ordinary favours. She enjoyed a conchurch. Not only did she embrace and stant sense of her acceptance; and, hold fast the doctrines of Methodism, experiencing much of His presence, but she also admired its polity. In the was upheld in trials, supported in time of agitation, when some of her temptations; and, when she came to family, then young and inexperienced face her last foe, she had no slavish fear in the things of God, (having been but of death, but could calmly wait, through recently brought to a saving knowledge a severe and protracted affiction, for of the truth,) were pressed hard to make the appearing of her Lord. When the common cause with seceders who had met Master called, she cheerfully resigned with them in class, the writer of these lines her spirit into His hands, closing her was unspeakably glad to find his efforts earthly career with His praises on her to keep them in the right way ably lips, on the 31st of July, 1862. seconded by her who has now gone to her

GEORGE ROGERS.

RECENT DEATHS.

FEBRUARY 24th, 1863.-At Bilston, Eliza- which institution he ever afterwards felt a beth, the beloved wife of Mr. G. E. Lambert. strong attachment. For a short time ho She was brought into the enjoyment of re- laboured as a Local preacher, with diligence ligion in early life, and for many years ex- and fidelity. He had the prospect of serving hibited the beauty and consistency of the for years to come in the Lord's vineyard ; Christian character. She was a woman of but the Master signed his discharge, and "a meek and quiet spirit." Her devotion after a few days of severe suffering he was to Christ was sincere, and her attachment to taken to His rest in heaven, He lived His service unwavering. At her class- respected, and died lamented. G. R. meeting she was invariably present when health permitted. For nearly eight years

July 20th.

At Hayfield, in the Newshe suffered from partial paralysis ; but she

Mills Circuit, Samuel Waterhouse, Esq. He

was born in 1784. suffered without complaining. In her last

In youth he was known illness she contemplated death with calm.

as of a reserved disposition, and of good

moral character. His mind was brought ness, and spoke of her decease without reserve or fear,

under the influence of Divine truth in the Firmly relying upon the

Sabbath-school. atonement, and with a joyful hope of ever

The understanding was lasting life, she “fell asleep," in the thirty

enlightened, and moral principle strengthsixth year of her age.

G. C.

ened ; but it was not till he was about twenty-eight years of age that he was deeply

awakened to a sense of his guilt and danger May 12th. . - At Littleport, in the Ely Circuit,

as a sinner in the sight of God. He then aged sixty-one, Mr. Matthew

fled from the wrath to come: with a broken Checsewright; who had been a devoted follower of the Lord Jesus Christ about

heart and contrite spirit he trusted in Jesus twenty-five years. He was a man of un

as having made atonement for his transaffected piety, unblemished reputation, and

gressions, and obtained peace through beextensive usefulness, As a class-leader, a

lieving. Through a long life, notwithstandpublic speaker, a Circuit-steward, &c., he

ing peculiarities of mental temperament, he was faithful to God and His cause; mani

gave evidence of the reality and power of festiug strict integrity of character, and loyal

religion, in his love of the means of grace, attachment to Methodism, especially when

and in the purity and general rectitudo of

his conduct. When he became possossed of circumstances rendered these qualities the more valuable and conspicuous. Many years

considerable property, he recognised the the ministers of Christ had a hearty welcome

claims of the great Master, and showed his. at his hospitable dwelling. His last illness

regard for Wesleyan Methodism by various

donations during his life-time, and still was severe, but he bore it with patience and resignation, until the Master said, “It

is larger bequests to the various funds of the enough."

His He then went triumphant home,

Connexion, as also to other charities.

end was sudden; but he had long had preexclaiming, “Glory! glory!” W. S.

monitory symptoms, and there is every June 22d.--At Carlisle, Thomas Taylor

reason to believe that he was found with his Hodgson, aged twenty-three ; a young man

“loins girt," and his "lamp burning."

G. T. of serious deportment and deep piety. At the age of sixteen he was converted, and August 4th. -At Tuxford, in the Retford began to teach in the Sunday-school, -to Circuit, Mrs. Cotton, aged fifty-eight. She was convinced of sin under the Wesleyan many. The nature of his last alliction preministry, and became a member of the vented much conversation ; but his friends church in 1834. In the midst of painful are cheered by the assurance that he ball opposition she perseveringly maintained her long been maturing for the heavenly state, holy profession, never shrinking from the and that he now shares the blesselness of performance of family-worship. In the the servant whom the Lord when He cometh training of her only child, and in rebuking shall find watching. His latest testimony evil-doers, the mildness and firmness of her was, “ All is right-all is well.-I am going character beautifully appeared.

For many
to heaven!”

J. P. L. years her house was open to the ambassadors

August 27th.-At Pendleton, in the of Christ; and one of her last labours of love

Irwell-street Circuit, Manchester, Florence was in behalf of a larger chapel in Tuxford.

Appleyard, who was born in the village of -She had long been feeble, and toward the close of life she suffered much, but withont

Balcarry, Somersetshire, May, 1788. Whin murmuring. Some of her last words were,

seventeen years old, she obtained salvation

through faith in Jesus Christ, under the “I did not think that dying would be thus:

teaching of the Methodist ministry. In 1913 all is light. I am on the Rock." C. P.

she became the wife of the Rev. John AppleAugust 10th.--At Bolton, Mary Anne, yard, with whom she lived lovingly until the beloved wife of Thomas Taylor, Esq. 1826, when he died. Many years of ber Very early in life she was brought to the widowhood were spent at Frome, where she knowledge of her Saviour ; and was thus pre- was “well reporteu of for good works." She pared for a life of Christian activity, and “brought up children,” among who is the patient endurance of suffering. From the Rev. J. W. Appleyard of Mount Coke, first she was a decided and consistent South Africa ; she relieved the afflicted," Christian ; displaying much of the meekness and “diligently followed every good work." and lowliness of her Lord. She was a fine On her removal from Frome, much of her instance of combined liberality of sentiment opportunity for active work in the church and strict rectitude, of womanly gentleness ceased ; but in more private life she attained and strength. Her Christian fortitude, daily by the grace of God a sweet maturity of renewed at the throne of grace, comforted Christian gentleness, and trust, and punity. the hearts of those who watched her decline;

The months of her last sickness were brightuntil, in answer to her last and earnest ened with much thankfulness, and with prayer, “patience" had “her perfect work.” delight in God. Her life closed with cheerful The last few weeks of her life were passed in

anticipations of the better life beyond death, a state of unconsciousness; which became

wherein “He that sitteth on the throne so complete as to prevent all intercourse with makes “all things new." G. 0. B friends, and was broken only by her entrance into the “fulness of life," and perfect "com

September 20th. --At Bramley, the Ref.

James Allen, lst. munion of saints." "The heart of her husband

An early conversion to

God was the commencement of a rehgious did safely trust in her;" and “her children

career which increased in beauty and power arise up, and call her blessed." J. M.

to the close of life. He received an early August 15th. Near Spalding, aged

appointment as class-leader; an office vel! eighty-one, Mrs. Cotton. Forty-three years

sustained by his grave and consistent berago, under the ministry of the Rev. John

ing. He entered the ministry in 1900, aari Lewis, who had just returned from Nova

for forty-eight years discharged its duties Scotia, her heart was fixed to serve the

with fidelity, acceptance, and success. Lord. Having found peace with God

Among the fruit of his labours are several through faith in Christ, she pursued a

now occupying important stations in the course of humble and obedient love to the

church of Christ. In 1854 indications of end. In age and feebleness, she fell down

failing health rendered retirement from fall in her bed-room, about fifteen weeks before

work expedient; and during the last eight her death, and broke her leg. She bore

years he resided at Bramley, delighting to patiently the consequent sufferings, and

render such services as his remaining strength submissively longed for her release, that

allowed: services which were performed she might “go home, and dwell with

with a zeal and efficiency most remarkable. Jesus.” She died in peace, and passed to

Fidelity to Christ, and uncompromising the land of the blessed.

R. T.

attachment to the church of his choice, in

combination with true catholicity of spirit, August 25th.–At Bramley, Mr. John were prominent traits in his character. He Lupton, aged seventy. Converted to God had for some years consistently testified that in carly life, he was for more than half a cen- “the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all tury a member of the Methodist Society, and sin;" and the last messenger found him for forty years a gifted and useful leader ;- calmly waiting, with girt loins and sandalled during which period he frequently sustained feet, for the coming of the Lord. -The few other offices of trust and responsibility. By utterances which exhausted nature allowed anbending integrity in his commercial trans- were full of confidence and joy. His death actions, and by virtues in the domestic circle, was in beautiful keeping with a life of purity and in the church, he won the esteem of and love.

J. P. L

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