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Society, in devising and executing plans for carrying into effect its beneficent objects. Never should he forget some of those delightful engagements. But he had witnessed painful scenes also; when the most pressing applications for more Missionaries had been received, and the Secretaries had anxiously turned to the Treasurers, and had asked “ What is the state of our fund? Can we send them?" On some of these occasions, the Treasurers knew not what to say: they were involved in debt : that debt was accumulating more and more: but yet it was bard for them to oppose themselves to such projects, and say, “ No! you have already gone too far," and thus to stop the progress of the gospel.chariot, for want of money. They had therefore borrowed, and borrowed again and again, unwilling to refuse any call of God. He trusted that the Treasurers of this Society will never be compelled, by any want of public support, to alter ihe conduct they had hitherto pursued; but that they would go forward, with their funds replenished, in the work of God, till it shall encircle the whole globe.

The REV. HENRY MOORE followed the President. He said that while the blessings and glories of evangelical truth had been passing before his cyes, during the addresses delivered by preceding Speakers, he had really felt, with great force, that “it was good to be there.” He had usually been afraid of Public Meetings, except those to which he was called for the purpose of preaching the Word of God; but he recollected what happened to Mr. BRAINERD, a name that could never be mentioned without honour. In the wilds of America, he once met with a savage, so called, who at first terrified him, but afterwards gave him great comfort. This was the only savage, as well as he recollected, who ever frightened BRAINERD; yet so it was; the Missionary was for once afraid, when the man tirst came forward; but on entering into conversation witli liiin, he was astonished and delighted to find that this was a man who had been speaking to his own people about God, the Great Spirit, and striving to persuade them to forsake their sins, and who, wben he could not do that, had run into the woods to weep on account of the vices and obstinacy of his countrymen. He (MR. M.) confessed that, like BRAINERd, he was formerly afraid of these Public Meetings ; but upon being here to-day, he was of the same mind to which BRAINERD was brought in the sequel, namely, that “ God was in this place, and I knew it not." An excellent man, whom we all respected, (the predecessor of the Chairinan in the Treasurership of this Institution,) when once asked why he presented himself at a certain means of grace, the introduction of which among us, in that particular form, he had before thought it right to oppose, made an admirable reply to the person who thus questioned him. " What,” said he,“ do you think that you shall ever hare a blessing among you, that I shall not have a share of ? "_" So, Sir,” said Mu. Moore, " I thank God, that I have had my share to-day,and on some former days, of the blessedness of these Missionary Meetings.” Mr. MOORE then called the attention of the Society to the case of the Jews, God's ancient people, who ought, he showed, to have a place in our sympathies, our prayers, and our exertions, as well as Gentile sinners, on such occasions as the present. He showed that the Conversion of Jews, however dificult, ought not to be regarded as hopeless; mentioned some instances which he had personally known of real success among that people ; and reininded the Meeting that the Pentecostal Church, the model and exemplar, in fact, of what all succeeding churches ought to be, in doctrine and spirit, was the Church at Jerusalem, a Church of converted Jews ;-a Church, the glory and purity of which, we are warranted from the account given of it in the early chapters of the Acts of the Apostles to say, have never yet been equalled, but after which we all onght to copy. After ably pressing this subject, Mr. Moore concluded, by seconding the motion of Thanks to the Treasurers ; which was then put by the President, and, like all the other Resolutions, unanimously carried.

The CHAIRMAN, as one of the General Treasurers, in acknowledging the last vote, observed, that it was proper that the Meeting should know, that the most laborious duties of the Treasurership were, in fact, discharged by his esteemed colleague, Mr. MORLEY; and that therefore their thanks just voted, he (the Chairman) inust transfer to Mr. Morley, who, during the last year, had so well and faithfully attended to the Society's business in that department. He begged further to remark, on this occasion, that it was twenty-five years, that month, since his excellent friend and brother, Dr. CLARKF, gare him a Note of Admission into the Methodist Society. He had never repented entering that Society; and he knew that he never should. He had received so many blessings from God, during that period,-a quarter of a century,—that he thought it right to make this public acknowledgment to the great Author of his being, the Father of all mercies. The last time he stood in that meeting, some proposals were made, hy various indi

viduals, to devote a certain portion of the profits of their respective engagements in business, to the carrying on of this great work of God. He, anong others, had then taken the hint; and, though not about to enter into any details, nor with any view of foolish ostentation, which his heart abhorred, he felt it right to state, that he sbould, as an expression of his unteigned thankfulness to the Giver of ali his mercies, during the period to which he had referred, beg leave now to redeem the pledge he had given, by making an addition to his regular contributions in uid of the funds of the Society. [He then presented a Donation of One Hundred Guineas.] He returned his thanks for the kind manner in which the Society had expressed their approbation of his feeble services; and he trusted that they would all devote themselves afresh, as he desired to do, on this occasion, to the God who has created us, and to the SAVIOUR who has redeemed us by his most precious blood.

The REV. JOHN JAMES, of Halifax, proposed the Seventh Resolution,-viz. : "That the thanks of this Meeting be given to the Members of the COMMITTEE, fur their attention to the affairs of the Society during the past year; to the Rev. Jabez BUNTING, the Rev. Joseph Taylor, and the Rev. RICHARD WATSON, the General Secretaries, for their services during the year ; and to the Ministers, who, in their several circuits and elsewhere, have zealously advocated and promoted the plans of the Society." He said, that, at this late period of the Meeting, he would willingly, after having read the Resolution committed to him, return immediately to his seat; but he felt that he really ought, in gratitude to his friends, just to say, that this had been one of the happiest days of his life. He had seen many of the children of the Wesleyan Missionary Society, but he had never seen the Parent before. He must declare that she was worthy of her children, many of whom he had lately visited, in different parts of the country; and of them also he would testify that they are no disgrace to the Parent. There are many of them in Yorkshire, from whence he came, and other parts of the North, and they all look well. Some person had said to him, “ You will not find the London Meetings equal to those in Yorkshire ;" but he was glad to find that this representation had been founded in mistake. There had been a holy influence resting on that Meeting of the Society, which was assuredly a token for good. He could bear testimony, that the Missionary spirit is increasing in the country; and the character of this and other Meetings, lately held, is one of the pledges that this cause will and must succeed. He trusted that the next year would be more prosperous than any former one.

FRANCIS MARRIS, ESQ., one of the Treasurers of the Manchester District Auxiliary Society, briefly seconded MR. James's Motion.

It was then mored by JAMES WOOD, ESQ., of Manchester, and seconded by RICHARD SMITH, JUN., ESQ., of London, That the thanks of the Meeting are particularly due to Joseph BUTTERWORTH, Esq., M. P., for his attention to the business of the day.This was passed with indications of the greatest satisfaction ; and, after prayer by the Rev. Walter GRIFFITHI, the Meeting was dissolved. May the fruit of it be found after many days!


Tar Meeting of the Auxiliary Society for the LONDON DISTRICTS was held on Wednesday Evening, April 24, in Great-Queen Street Chapel, LANCELOT Hastore, Esq., was in the Chair ;-MR. BULMER, the respected Treasurer, being prevented by severe illness from un. dertaking that office. The attendance way crowded, and the Meeting was aildressed by the CHAIRMAN, by the Rev. MESSRS. GRIFFITH, GHULTER, REYNOLDS, WARRENER, (Manchester,) BUNTING, JOSEPH TAYLOR, LEAR, (Reading,) HARVARD, (Colchester,) GREEVES. (Cambridge,) JANES, (Halifax,) WALKER, (Kettering.) Lord, (Brighton,) WHITWORTH, (Dargale,) and LIEUT. JACOB, from ludia.--The regular Income of this Auxiliary has very greatly in. creased; the Collection made on the occasion was most liberal; and the Meeting afforded a bappy earnest of the pleasure and editication experienced in the Services of the General Anniversary which immediately followed.

Our briet Notices of various Meetings lately held in the Country, which had been prepared for this Nuinher, we are obliged to postpone till Juls.

The Contributions to the Wesleyan Missionary Society, received by tbe General 'Trea. surers, since the account published last inonth, amount in 32051. 55. 3d. : among wbich we find the following: Lord Gambier, 5l.: two Proprietors of Estates in the West Indies, who e negroes are instructed by our Missionaries, 1501.: Jo-eph Butterworth, Esq., M.P. 1051.: Japbet, by W.A. Hankey, Esq., 501.: a Friend by the Rev.G. Collison, 171. 103. : a Friend by Dr. A. Clarke, 501.: J. M. Marris, Esrj., Manchester, 201. : Jolin Wilks, Esq., second Dona. tion, 101. 108. T. F. Rance, Esq., 101. 108.: W. Dixon, Esq., Blackheath, sixtb Donation, 101. 109.: Rev. D. Lloyd, Herefordshire, 10l : Joseph Cooper, E«q., Highbury, 101 : Frome Baptist Missionary Society, 71. 108.: Wm. Comer, Esq., Liverpool, 201.; and J. Waruer, Req., Tottenham, 201.

1. Died, in February last, at St. of his lost state, as a siuner, both by Agness, near Truro, aged fifty-one, MR. nature and practice; and feeling the WILLIAM STEPHENS. In the year 1795, burden of his sins io be a weight inunder the ininistry of Mr. Tuos. YATES, tolerable to be borue, he earnestly he was convinced of sin, and filled with sought salvation, by a diligent attend.. alarming apprehensions relative to the ance upon all the means of grace. It state of his soul. He retired imme- pleased God soon to turn his mourning diately to his closet, where, with strong into gladness, and to fill him with joy crying and tears, lie made known his re- and peace in believing. He now joined quests unto Gon. The same day he the Methodist Society in Louth, in went to a class-meeting; and at the close which he continued to the day of bis of it, set up the worship of God in his death, a period of more than fifty-one family, which was never afterwards neg- years.

Soon after his conversion to lected. But he continued in great dis- GOD, he was appointed a Class-Leader; tress of mind for four months; often for which office he was emineatly quawandering in the fields to give vent to lified, and which be filled for about his feelings, and frequently watering his forty-five years, inuch to the edification couch with his tears, and mingling his of those who had the privilege of redrink with weeping. It pleased God ceiving his judicious advice and faithful however to set his soul at liberty, while be admonitions, and of sharing in his ferwas bearing a sermon; and now he went vent prayers. Forty years ago, he on his way rejoicing. About the year began to act as a Local Preacher, and 1799, he was appointed to fill the office of was the instrument of first carrying the Class-leader, in which he was diligent, Gospel (as preached by us) into many faithful, and affectionate; watching over villages in this neighbourhood, where his flock as one that must give an ac- congregations have been collected, and count. He was eminently a man of christian societies formed, among whom prayer. In his daily occupation he often the word and ordinances of God are sought opportunities for retirement, that low regularly administered, and many of he might commune with his God; and whom will be his “ glory and joy" in his fervency in this duty was remarkable. the day of the LORD JESUS.--His staHe was also diligent and useful in vi- bility in his religious profession and siting the sick. Often, when unable to attachments, was highly worthy of imiwalk, through weakness, he rode to ad- tation. Having proved the Gospel as minister consolation to the afflicted. His preached by the Methodists to be the illness was tedious and painful, but be power of God to his salvation, with bore it with patient submission to the them he determined to abide; knowing will of God. His consolations were that whether they were the apostles of great; his faith was unshaken; and he God to others or not, yet doubiless sometimes felt such raptures of joy, that they were to him, for he was the seal he was constrained to cry aloud, and say, of their apostleship in the Lord. But “O, help me to praise the LORD! I while he was cordially attached, both cannot describe what glorions views I from conviction and gratitude, to the hare of the happiness of heaven." The whole system of Methodism, he was no fear of death was totally destroyed; and bigot, but a trul catholic Christian, he spoke of liis burial with the greatest and ever ready to acknowledge, with composure. When tempted to doubt, gratitude, the good that was done by he exclaimed, “What, God forsake me persons of other denominations ; for he No, he will never leave me, never for- loved all who loved our LORD JESUS sake me. I will trust, and not be afraid.” Christ in sincerity. He was so faithA little before his departure, he said, ful in reproving sin, as to be a terror “ CHRisT is precious : I am going to to evil doers. He knew no man after heaven;" and even when speechless the flesh. Whosoever sinned in luis prelifted up his hand, in token of victory sence, was sure, if he had an opportunity over the last enemy. Thus calınly and of speaking, to fall under his righteous triumphantly did he enter into the joy of rebukes. Diligence was another of bis his LORD.

R. TREFFRY. distinguishing excellencies. He careful

ly attended to method and punctuality 2. Died, at Louth, Feb.Ist, 1822, aged in the managernentof all his affairs, both seventy-five, Mr.John Booth. When temporal and spiritual. Thus he had about twenty-four years of age, the time for everything, and always had LORD deeply awakcned him to a sense something to do. His diligence was

For Jesus to receive.”

particularly apparent in his attendance 3. Died, Feb. 12, aged twenty-nine, on all the means of grace. He was care- Miss ANN CHapple, of Bodmin. She ful to be in his place in the house of was a very regular attendant at the EsGod, when the service began; and when- tablished Church, and also at the Methoever he had to conduct the worship, to dist Chapel, for several years previous begin precisely at the time. He was very to her conversion. By this diligent use liberal to the poor, and the cause of God. of the means of grace, her mind was Through the divine blessing onhisindustry gradually enlightened; but being of a he had acquired considerable property, for gay , turn, it was with her a difficult which he was always ready to acknow- matter ledge his obligations to God, and to tes- " To tear her soul from earth away, tify his gratitude by giving largely for the relief of the needy, and for the spread In 1816, when at a prayer-meeting in the of the Gospel. Of late years, I believe he Chapel, her brother gave an exhortation. gave away nearly a fourth part of his an- The word was with power ; and she benual income.-His zeal for God was not came a decided character. She had now a transient flame, but a steady, burning, a broken and a contrite spirit. She sufand shining light, which, during half a fered under her load of guilt for some century, was never once extinguished by time; but at a subsequent meeting for sin, or obscured by lukewarmness and social prayer, she was enabled to "' beindifference. It was this which led him, lieve with the heart unto righteousness," in the earlier part of his life, to walk fif- and could then rejoice with joy unspeakteen, twenty, and even thirty miles, on able. From that time she adorned the the Sabbath-day, to call sinners to repen- doctrine of God our Saviour in all tance. His humility was also very exem- things. She was no trifler with God; plary. Though so blessed in his worldly no tatler or busy-body in other men's circumstances that he was enabled to re- matters. Simplicity and godly sincerity tire from business, several years before marked the whole of her conversation. he died, and though, from his established She appeared to have entered into the repntation for picty and moral worth, very spirit of that important advice, some of the most respectable people in “ Be diligent; never be unemployed ; the neighbourhood thought it a privilege never be triflingly employed. Her to converse with him on the deep things faith was not dead, or inactive. She of God, yet he always retained the most often visited, and, according to her modest views of himself; and readily limited means, relieved the poor and acknowledged that he had been raised the distressed. In her Diary she freby the bounty of God's providence, from quently expresses herself in terms like a state of poverty, to that of competence these : “ I am never so happy as when I and ease, which he then enjoyed. He am, in my poor little way, employed continued, from conscientious motives, for God. I am afraid of nothing so to live in the same frugal way, to which much as lukewarmness.” The last lines he had been accustomed,' in order she wrote in her Diary are, “ I bless that he might have the more to give God, my soul is happy. Prayer is more away. And whenever he was obliged to delightful. My faith is stronger ; and I speak of his labours in the Gospel, it was long to drink more deeply of those in terms that made it plain, that he streams of bliss, which flow from comwished to lose sight of himself, and to give munion with my God. LORD! I am all the glory to God. His communion most unworthy ; but O! remember Calwith God was deep, and constant; and vary, and save me to the uttermost." in the discharge of aŭ the relative duties It was recently agreed to form a Branch of life, he was regular and conscientious. Missionary Society in Bodmin. Miss C. As a father, and a husband, he has left had consented to become one of our few equals, and perhaps no superior. Collectors; but, alas ! when the day The affliction that terminated his life came for canvassing the town, to obtain was an ossification of the heart. During Subscribers, she was confined to her his last illness his mind was sweetly room through a cold attended with a stayed upon God, and he was filled with slight fever. In the afternoon of that joyful confidence,

day, Miss C. conversed largely on Mis** Not a cloud did arise to darken the skies, sions, and on the duty of continual exerOr hide for a moment bis Lord from bis eyes." tions for their support. When informed In this happy state he remained, till his of the success which the other Collectors spirit returned to God.

had met with in Bodmin, she greatly re“ The memory of the just is blessed.” joiced; and expressed her resolution to “For they enter into peace, they rest in pay particular attention to that business, their beds; each one walking in his up- if permitted to live. But about ten rightness."

CORBETT Cooke. o'clock, on the same evening, without a sigh or groan, she died, as she had lived, manners and aminble disposition made happy in the love of God. Early the her to be greatly respected by her friends, next morning, the news of this affecting and in the neighbourhood. Her last event spread rapidly through the town. days were most happy. She expressed Such a general mourning I never wit- to me, not long before her death, her nessed. May the lamented bereavement reliance on the great atoning Sacrifice, be rendered as profitable as it is painful in terms of more than ordinary confito all the circle in which she lately dence. Though ready to sink under inoved.

J. Hodson. bodily weakness, her mind appeared as

vigorous as ever; and she was enabled 4. Died, February 14th, 1822, aged to triumph in Curist. Not quite an eighty-seven, Mr. John Paul, of Laun- hour before she departed, her relative, ceston. He was, for sixty-four years, MR. STOCKS, sen., of Manchester, ina steady Member of the Methodist So- quired how it was with her. She reciety in this place. In the beginning of his plied, “ All is well ;” and, a moment christian course his repentance was deep only before her death, repeated those and genuine ; at times be was nearly lines, brought under the influence of despair ; “Far from a world of grief and sin, but soon his sorrow was turned into joy,

With God eternally shut in.” and the love of God was shed abroad in This was the closing scene of a sincere his heart, a sense of which, it is believed, humble Christian, who uniformly ashe never afterwards lost. His subsequent cribed the commencement, the progress, life evidenced, in a remarkable manner, and the consummation of her salvation the reality of his conversion to God. His to the free and unmerited grace of God, piety appeared to be deep, solid, and through Jesus Christ. uniform. His faith, frequently tried as

SAMUEL WOOLMER. by fire, attained a more than ordinary (N. B. For the renaining Articles in our degree of purity and vigour, and produced possession, concerning Persons who died in those “ fruits of righteousness” which February last, we hope to find rooin in var are “ acceptable to God, and approved rert Number.) of men.” By his uprightness and integrity, he commanded the esteem of all

RECENT DEATHS. with whom he was connected, and neu- · May 18. At Chester, the Rev. ELLIOTT tralized the opposition of the enemies of Jones, late one of our Missionaries in religion. He sustained, for many years, Hayti. Of this excellent man we shall the offices of Class-Leader, and Local probably receive some further account Preacher, with considerable credit to for our Obituary: himself, and advantage to the cause of May 19. At Brampton, near HuntingCHRIST. Towards the close of his life don, the Rev. Thomas TATTERSHALL, his bodily and mental faculties gradually aged sixty-eight. He was a Travellingdeclined; but his confidence in God re- Preacher in the Methodist Connexion mained unshaken; and having long for forty years; but became a Supernuwaited calmly for his release, he came merary at the last Conference. He had to the grave in a full age, like as a shock been in a state of growing debility for of corn cometh in its season, ripe for some time; so that, on the 28th of everlasting glory.

JOHN SLATER. April, when he preached his last sermon,

he was obliged to sit during that exer5. Died, Feb. 6th, 1222, aged fifty-one, cise. “On the 18th of May," says the Rev. Mrs. SARAH Stocks, wife of Mr. Josephi JOAN MASON,“ hearing that he was much Stocks, of Carlton, in the Wakefield Cir- worse, I hastened to see him. But he cuit. In the twenty-second year of her was so weak, and the organs of speech, nge, she was fully convinced of her sinful in particular, were so enfeebled, that he state, and soon obtained, by faith in the could hardly articulate. On my asking, atonement, a clear sense of pardoning if Christ were now precious to him, mercy. From that period she continued he seemed quite collected, and made a to adorn her christian profession. Her strong effort to answer in the affirmative. genuine piety, and uniform conduct, ren- Lifting up his feeble arms, and clasping dered her well worthy of a place in the his hands together, two or three times, register of those who have lived and his mind seemed full of joy at the died in the Lord. The value sbe set thought. On my asking, if we should upon the preaching of God's Word was pray, he answered with earnestness, extraordinary; and she equally prized . To be sure ! pray; and never, nerer the privilege of meetings for christian cease.' While I prayed, he repeatedly fellowship. From her class she was and distinctly added his ' Amen’ to seldom absent. Her charities to the poor the petitions I offered up. When I were very considerable. Her pleasing parted with him, he prayed with much

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