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entire sanctification of her nature. She but in every perfection of his nature. read the works of WESLEY, FLETCHER, Those which before filled me with terand others, upon that subject, and often ror, now were to me a source of rich conversed respecting it with experienced satisfaction and grateful triumph. ladChristians : and about five years before mired and adored his justice, and gave her death, she obtained a fuller baptism thanks at the remembrance of his holiof the Spirit, which enabled her to love ness.'” From this period, down to that the Lord her God with all her heart. of his death, he walked in the fear of the Through her long and heavy afflictions, LORD, and in the comfort of the Holy which she bore with lamb-like patience, Ghost."-In a few years, he became her greatest concern was, lest she should the Leader of a Class. For this office fall into any kind of impatience, or in he was eminently qualified. He was a any way dishonour God. Satan often man of good sense; he had a large acannoyed her by the suggestion, that she quaintance with the Scriptures, and his would be forsaken at last, and left to die method of applying them was very juunder a cloud. This gave her, at times, dicious and affecting; he was “pitiful, great uneasiness, but by renewed appli- courteous, tender-hearted; was deeply cations to the throne of grace her con- and uniformly pious; not self-willed, fidence became more strong, and her but a lover of peace; and a cheerful prospects more bright. To several contributer of his talents, his money, friends who came in, she said, “ I feel and his influence to the service of God. an overwhelming sense of the love of Some time after this, he began to exGod.” On the day before her departure hort his fellow-sinners to "flee from her sufferings were very great ; but her the wrath to come,” and, being aplanguage was, “Christ is precious; he proved of by his brethren, was taken is precious.” She repeatedly exclaimed, into the Local-Preachers' Plan. In this “ I am happy ;-I am happy;" and was capacity he laboured with all his might, often heard to whisper, “Let me languish and with considerable effect. As a into life!” She continued in this state, Preacher, he was plain and practical. till her spirit went to God.

His extensive acquaintance with the Teignmouth.

J. C. Bible, and his happy talent of quoting

and applying, with great propriety, 4. Died, Aug. 4, 1821, aged 68, Mr. passages out of it, rendered his sermons Isaac Wilman, late of Batley Carr, near savoury and impressive.- His last sickDewsbury, Yorkshire.-The first twenty- ness was of a most painful nature. Neverfour years of his life were spent in theless, he, in his patience, possessed his “walking according to the course of soul. He was able to converse but little ; this world.” In 1777, he heard the yet that little was highly satisfactory. To late Rev. JOHN Pawson; whose dis- one friend he said, “ All is well; I courses made, through the divine bless- would rather die than live; my only fear ing, a deep and permanent impression is, lest I should grieve God, by wishing upon his mind. With a heart broken

to be gone." To another be said, “ 1 by deep convictions of sin, and venting love the Lord; and I long to be with its grief “with strong crying and tears," him." In this frame he continued, till he soon applied for religious instruction, he entered into rest. and was directed, by the same servant of Dewsbury.

W.S. the LORD, to “the LAMB of God which taketh away the sins of the world." 5. Died, at Margate, Sept. 23d, 1821, Bread is not so acceptable to the John CHAPMAN, aged seventy-six years. hungry, nor water to the thirsty, as He was a subject of early religious imthe tidings of a SAVIOUR were to him, pressions. He remarks, in his Diary ; in this his hour of anguish and distress. " I used often to go into the cornHe prayed, he waited, he believed; his fields to pour out my soul to God in burden of guilt was removed, and lie prayer, and gave up myself to God in experienced joys to which he had before the best manner I was able. I delighted been a stranger. When the blessing of in reading the Scriptures, and found pardon was imparted to him, his mind great encouragement to continue this immediately turned toward the Giver of profitable exercise. I was very serious, it; and his attention was fixed, not so and lived to God according to the light much on the blessing itself, as on the I had. But all this while I had no one goodness and mercy from which it pro- to instruct me in the gospel plan of salceeded. “How great is his goodness! vation.” For want of such instruction, was the language of his soul. He often at about the age of seventeen, he was said, when speaking of the change which entangled in sin and folly, and for many he then experienced, “I could instantly years sought rest, but found none.—At rejoice, not only in the goodness of God, length the LORD graciously sent MR. COLEMAN to St. Nicholas, the village and instructive words which dropped from where he then resided, under whose her lips during her last sickness. On ministry MR. CHAPMAN was taught“ the one occasion she said, “I ain very ill, way of God more perfectly." His convic- and very full of pain: I cannot say Lions of sin were now deep and powerful; dying is easy ; no, it is hard work; but but he was soon encouraged to commit as to my spiritual state, all is bright; his burdened soul into the hands of the all is bright! but I have calm and REDEEMER, and in May, 1777, when solid peace.”-After experiencing much about thirty-two years of age, he received suffering, and strong consolation," a clear manifestation of the pardoning she departed in peace. love of God, through Jesus CHRIST. - Margate.

B. S. From this period, he had to encounter various trials. The principal Gentleman 7. Died, Dec. 7, 1821, Mrs. HAWKINS, then residing at St. Nicholas, had deter- of Warmington, Warwickshire, aged mined that whoever persisted in hearing eighty-three.--About the year 1796, the MR. COLEMAN preach, should be turned Methodist Preachers, (acting on that out of his house, and discharged from plan of regular itinerancy and villagehis employment. But none of these labour, which has been pursued for so things mored Mr. CHAPMAN. He trusted many years by the Wesleyan Connexion,) in the Lord; and when the time drew visited Warmington. By hearing them, nigh at which he was to be banished Mrs. II. was brought to understand her from his situation, an offer was made awful condition by sin, and to feel that him of a far better house, and con- “ godly sorrow that worketh repentance stant employment, from a quarter in unto salvation not to be repented of;” which such kindness was least expect- and afterwards, through faith in our ed.-MR. CHAPMAN became a Local- atoning Saviour, was made to taste Preacher soon after his conversion to that the Lord is gracious. She now God; and continued to serve the Lord, felt it to be her duty and privilege to in that character, zealously and usefully, unite herself to that people, whose till within a few years of his death, when ministry had been so blessed to her, he was laid aside by infirmity. His and was a steady member of the Melabours were abundant. It was no un- thodist Society in Warmington until her usual thing for him to travel from twenty death. About twenty-one years ago, to thirty miles on foot, and preach twice she opened her door to receive the or thrice on the Lord's Day; and in Preachers, both itinerant and local; and the early part of his career he often by her kind accommodation of them, as endured much persecution. Much fruit long as she lived, was justly entitled to of his plain, but awakening and power- the gratitude of the Society.--Mrs. H. ful preaching, is left behind.-He died was frequently applied to, for instruction in the peace and hope of the Gospel. and confort, by persons in distress of Margate.

B.S. mind; and there is reason to believe,

that her advice and prayers have been 6. Died, Nov. 14, 1821, aged seventy, made a blessing to many. Her conMARY Mowat, of Margate. Even scientious and circumspect conduct was before her conversion to God, she was evident to every candid observer. Her remarkably regular in her outward constant attendance on the means of conduct. It was not, however, till grace was a strong practical reproof to 1787, in the thirty-sixth year of her indolent professors. The graces of age, that she was brought to know her humility and christian simplicity shone condition as a lost sinner. Under the with peculiar lustre in her conversa · ministry of the Methodists, she was tion, her conduct towards inferiors, convinced that all her supposed virtues her dress, her habitation, and her style were utterly insufficient to furnish a safe of living.–It was supposed by some, ground of hope towards God. She now that she was too parsimonious; a supfelt the infinite purity of the divine law; position which perhaps might have been saw herself to be under its curse ; and removed, if those who held it had been cried to God for pardon, and for a clear apprized of the many generous acts evidence of her acceptance in the Be- which she performed.-The following loved. She sought not in vain. On the are a few of the bounties she bestowed. 10th of June, 1787, she was brought In the year 1806, she sent £60 to the into the liberty of the children of God, funds of the Connexion. In the year and went on her way rejoicing. It ap- 1810, or 1811, she built a Chapel in pears from the testimony of her christian Warmington, solely at her own expense, friends, that she rapidly grew in the and settled it on the Methodist Connexion kaowledge and the love of God, and Last year she gave (unsolicited) L46 had daily fellowship with the Father towards liquidating a heavy circuit debt, and the Son.- Many were the precious which at that time existed. She gave Vol. I. Third Series. March, 1822.

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8. Died, at Edinburgh, Dec. 14, 1821, Chapel in Middle Tysoo, in the Banbury David GREVE, Esq., late Surgeon in circuit. Last year slie promised Li, the Island of Antigua. In the year which have been since received, towards 1819, his guilty conscience was first fitting up a house for mecting, in another awakened to a sense of his sinful state. village in the same circuit. £10 more Looking over some papers, he found a she would lrave given towards the serinon in manuscript; but whose it erection of a small chapel in another was, or from whence it came, he never village, if the object conld have been could learn. He was induced to read it ; effected. £50 she left to the poor at her and the Holy Spirit applied some pasdecease; £50 to the funds of the Con- sages of it to his mind, with such power, nexion; &c. &c. These facts, and a long as made him sec his lost and indone list of other witnesses which might be condition. Awful indeed was the picture aulduced, show that she was no stranger which appeared to his view. He disto the grace of christian liberality.-In covered himself to be on the brink of Feb. last, Mrs. H. was attacked by a eternal ruin, and saw nothing before severe discase, which in June became still him but a fearful looking for of judgmore violent. In Nov. she had slight ment and fiery indignation. He knew paralytic fits, which produced occasional not where to turn, and he had no one loss of speech. In the midst of all her to whom he could apply for direction. afflictions, she was remarkably resigned He took the Bible; but from it could to the will of God, and frequently ex- derive no comfort, as there he read his pressed a strong desire to be removed condemnation. The terrors of his mind into the world of spirits. It was her were, for a time, so truly dreadful, as pious custom to have prayer every even- almost to unfit him for the duties of bis ing, immediately after tea.

profession. He was afraid to go to bed, fortnight before her decease, while en- lest he should die in his sins before gaged in that exercise, I uttered a senti- morning. But one night, while he was ment of gratitude to God for having pouring out his whole soul in prayer to spared her a little longer. On the fol- God, in a moment his burden of guilt lowing morning she said very affection- was taken away, and joy and peace took ately to me, “I could not unite with possession of his soul. He felt himself you in that part of your prayer, for I as in the immediate presence of God, and long to be gone! so completely was could rejoice in the knowledge of salvadeath disarmed of all its terror. On the tion by the remission of sins through the 6th of Dec. she retired at her usual merits of his REDEEMER. He continued hour, without any particular symptom in this happy frame all the night; of the near approach of death.' About but soon his terrors of conscience five o'clock, next morning, her niece returned, and he became nearly as inquired how she did ; when she signi- iniserable as before. In this state he fied that she had had a fit, as was fre- applied to a Clergyman, who gave bim the quently the case in the night, but was Lord's-Supper, but without the desired then free from pain, and “very comfort- effect. His prejudices against the Methoable.” These were the last words she dists had been very strong : but at last spoke. Between six and seven her niece he determined to go and hear for himself. inquired again how she did ; but re- He went, and was satisfied of the falseceiving no answer, she went immedi- hood of his former judgment. He was ately to her bed-side, and found, to her convinced that their Missionaries preachastonishment, that the immortal spirited the Gospel in its purity, and gladly had taken its fight to Paradise.

received their directions and instructions Banbury.

J. W. C. as suited to his wants, and agreeing

with the word of God. He at once re8. Died, Dec. 8, 1821, at Bramley, solved to abandon all his former comnear Leeds, Mrs. Midgley, whose death panions and evil habits, and to join the was briefly announced in our last.—She people of God; not fearing the reproach was confined for twelve weeks, by a sin- which he knew awaited him. He wrote gular disease, during which she suf- to each of his associates, informing them fered much; but was mercifully saved of his determination ; and that, if they from all murmuring and impatience. did not think with him, and could not conHer death was rather sudden. She was form to his rules of life, be begged to desitting up in her bed, supported by her cline all further intimacy with them. servant, when she put her hands to- Theythought him mad, but as he remained gether, and exclaimed, “ Come, Lord firm to his purpose, they soon gave him JESUS, come quickly! come now!"

P ;-except one, who afterwards joined and, without a struggle or a groan, in- the Society together with him in Antigua. stantly expired.

It was in the year 1810 that he was admitted into the Methodist Society; a been a very zealous Local-Preacher, and connexion from which he received much a useful Class-Leader. good, and enjoyed many privileges, and Feb. 5. At Bramley, near Leeds, for which he thought he could never be aged cighty-five, MR. WILLIAM FIELD, sutticiently thankful. The affliction which who had been a Member of the Methoterminated in his death was of exţreinely dist Society for sixty years, His prosshort duration ; but his end was peace. pects of cternity were bright, and his “ I die," said he to his afflicted friends, end was glorious. " in peace with God and man.” The Feb. 8. MR. WILLIAM WRIGHT, of clouds were all dispersed, and his earthly Wenvo, Glamorganshire, an old and sun set in brightness, to rise in glory. pious Member of our Sociсty, univerEdinburgh.

G. M. sally respected for his eminent integrity.

Feb. 16. At Lynn, the Rev. JOHN RECENT DEATHS.

DEAN, Superintendant of that circuit.

His disease was an ossification of the Jan 25. Mr. Thomas Pepper, of heart, by which he had been rendered Newark, aged fifty-three, who had been incapable of attending to his ministerial a member of our Society for twenty- labours for about five months. During eight years, and for a considerable part his illness, he was remarkably happy in of that time was a useful Class-Leader. God his SAVIOUR, and exhibited a signal During his last illness, his mind was instance of calm but glorious trinmph tranquil and happy.

over pain and death. His removal, at Jan. 27. At Felbeck, near Pateley- the last, was sudden; * not being imBridge, Mr. William WEATHERUEAD, mediately expected by any of his atwho bad been for many years a steady tendants for more than two moments Member and Class-Leader in the Metho- before it occurred." He was an amiable, dist Society of that place. He lived and upright, and useful man; much beloved died in the faith of Christ, and in the by those among whom he laboured; and comfort of the Holy GHOST.

had been aTravelling-Preacher sincel790. Feb. 5. MR. THOMAS FENNER, of Feb. 17. At Dudley, aged 84, Mr. W. Aylesbury, aged fifty-nine, full of holy Southall, who had been a Methodist peace and consolation. He had long ever since he was 13 years of age.

POETRY

TO A DYING INFANT.

(From Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine.) SLEEP, little baby, sleep!

Already veil'd and hid
Not in thy cradle bed,

By the convulsed lid,
Not on thy mother's breast,

Their pupils darkly blue.
Henceforth shall be thy rest,

Thy little mouth half open,-
But with the quiet dead.

T'hy soft lip quivering,
Yes,-with the quiet dead,

As if (like summer air
Baby, thy rest shall be :

Ruffling the rose-leaves) there
Oh! many a weary wight,

Thy soul were fluttering.
Weary of life and light,

Mount up, immortal essence!
Would fain lie down with thee.

Young spirit! haste, depart !-Flee, little tender nursling,

And is this death !-Dread Thing ! Flee to thy grassy nest;

If such thy visiting, There the first flowers shall blow,

How beautiful thou art !
The first pure flake of snow

Oh! I could gaze for ever
Shall fall upon thy breast.

Upon that waxen face :
Peace! peace ! the little bosom So passionless! so pure!

Labours with short’ning breath,- The little shrine was sure Peace !-peace that tremulous

An Angel's dwelling place. sigh

Thou weepest, childless Mother! Speaks his departure nigh ;

Aye,weep,--'twill ease thine hcart,-
Those are the damps of death. He was thy first-born son,
I've seen thee in thy beauty,

Thy first,--thine only one ;
A thing all health and glee;

"Tis hard from himn to part ! But never then wert thou

"Tis hard to lay thy darling So beautiful, as now,

Deep in the damp, cold carth,
Baby, thou seem'st to me. His empty crib to sec,
Thine up-turn'd cyes glaz'd over,

His silent nursery,
Like hare-bells wet with lew,

Once gladsome with his mirth:

To meet again in slumber

Thou'lt say, “My first-born blessing! His small mouth's rosy kiss;

It almost broke niy heart Then, waken'd with a start

When thou wert forced to go;
By thine own throbbing heart,

And yet, for thee, I know,
His twining arms to miss !-

"Twas better to depart. To feel (half conscious why)

“God took thee in his mercy, A dull, heart-sinking weight,

A lamb, untask'd, untried; Till mem'ry on thy soul

He fought the fight for tliee,
Flashes the painful whole,

He won the victory!
That thou art desolate !

And thou art sanctified !
And then to lie and weep,

“ I look around and see And think, the live-long night,

The evil ways of men ; (Feeding thine own distress

And, oh, beloved child !
With accurate greediness,)

I'm more than reconcil'd
Of ev'ry past delight;

To thy departure then.
Of all his winning ways,

“ The little arms that clasp'd me, His pretty, playful smiles,

The innocent lips that prest, His joy at sight of thee,

Would they have been as pure
His tricks, lis mimicry,

Till now, as when of yore
And all his little wiles

I lull'd thee on my breast ? Oh! these are recollections

Now, (like a dew-drop shrin'd
Round mothers' hearts that cling, - Within a crystal stone,
That mingle with the tears

Thou’rt safe in heaven, my dove!
And smiles of after yčars,

Safe with the Source of Love,
With oft awakening.

The EVERLASTING ONE.
But thou wilt then, fond Mother! “ And when the hour arrives
In after years, look back,

From flesh that sets me free,
(Time brings such wondrous easing,) Thy spirit may await
With sadness not unpleasing,

The first at heaven's gate,
E'en on this gloomy track:

To meet and welcome me."

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THE SEASON (Original.) I've seen the beauteous flowers of Spring And now dread Winter (stormy sire !) Bud, blossom, and decay;

Begins his cheerless reign, l've beard the sweetest warblers sing, And the rnde heralds of his ire And watch'd them fit away.

Wild blaster o'er the plain :
I've seen enchanting Summer rise, Lock'd in his cold and chilling arms
Fresh from her rosy bed,

Creation seems to die ;
And scatter, through the humid skics, And wither'd are her blooming charins,
Rich fragrance as she fled :

When gaz'd on by his eye! But, ah! she too, so fair, so gay,

Yet Winter shall not always stay, In smiles and blushes pass'd away.

Stern Winter, too, shall pass away. I've seen, when yellow Autumn, too, Nor shall life's dark and wintry storm Pour'd from his plenteous horn

Eternally endure; Fruits of each varied form and hue, Death shall dissolve this mortal forın, And foods of ripen'd corn.

And lead to scenes more pure, While over Nature's changing face, Where changing seasons are not known, A thousand varying dies

Where storins can never come : Have breath'd inimitable grace,

That place the Christian calls his own, And mimick'd western skies :

His best inheritance, his home, But, ah! I've seen his fruits decay, Most priz'd because 'twill ne'er decay: And Autumn, too, has pass'd away. His Spring shall never pass away. P. M.

THE GARDEN OF THE GRAVE. (1 Cor. xv. 42.)

From the German of BINDEMANN, A GARDEN lies in solemn peace,

And when with life's long road opprest, Where shadows fall from cypress trees; How sweet is this fair Garden's rest! Within its bounds life's noises cease ; Vast are this Garden's planted grounds,

The weary here may sleep at ease : So it hath been, and so it must; Morn, noon, and night, incessantly, And countless are its mossy monuds, The Gardener toils, whom none can spy! Where precious seed lics deep in dust : A pensive, yet a happy place,

When they have ceas'd more seed to Its turf is green, its walks are still ;

bring, Here weed and flower, with equal grace, Then from the mounds the flowers shall Rest upon each little hill :

spring! Printer by T. Cordeux, 14, City-Road, London.

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