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of the Universal God; 700 were within, There are about 25, who have not yet and the rest were outside, unable to gain adopted the religion of the SAVIOUR, but an entrance.

who have renounced idolatry. They say, The very orderly manner in which “We have no books, nor proper Misthey conducted themselves, not only in sionaries to instruct us; and we will church but during the Sabbath, awakened wait till one comes, before we become my highest admiration.

Christians.” The rest appear very The whole of their gods are mutin anxious they should have a guide. lated, removed from their Morais, and This surprising change has taken place converted into stools at the entrance of within the short space of only fonet the church, which is very neatly built; months ! It happened upon a great feastthe ground is nearly covered with grass, day, when all the natives were assemand provided with forms. Its length is bled. 117 feet, and breadth 27.

DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE.
ANNIVERSARIES.-The Anniversary of the Wesleyan Branch-Missionary So-
ciety for the Reading Circuit, was held on the 22d of November; JOSEPH BUT-
TERWORTH, Esq., M.P., in the Chair.---That of the Branch-Society for the Lan-
caster Circuit, was held on the 21st of November; and the Sixth Annual Meeting
of the York Juvenile Society was held on the 22d of the same month. All these
Meetings are reported to have been interesting and successful.

ORDINATION.-On Tuesday, Dec. 4, Mr. OKE was solemnly set apart for the
Christian Ministry, and for the office of a Missionary, in Romney-Terrace Chapel,
Westminster; and on the following day left London for Bristol, from which port he
is to sail for St. Christopher's, in the West-Indies.

CONTRIBUTIONS.-The total amount of contributions in money received by the
General Treasurers of the Wesleyan Missionary Society during the month ending
Dec. 20, 1821, was t2087. 4s. 10d.

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OBITUARY.

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1. DIED, January 12, 1821, aged 23, the will of God," when they learn from Mrs. ROBINSON, wife of the Rev. JOHN this account, that through her re-preachROBINSON. She was the daughter of ing the sermon she heard, three brothers, MR. JAMES SOPER, of Warmhill, in the her mother, and many of her acquaintparish of Hennock, Devon. About her ance, were eventually brought to seventeenth year, it pleased God to saving knowledge of God. show her deplorable state as a sinner. From the time when MRS. ROBINSON The manner of her conversion she thus first joined the Methodist Society, she relates :--" Being on a visit at Borey- continued to adorn the doctrine of God Tracey, my friends invited me to go to her Saviour. Several times in a day she the Methodist Chapel. I complied; was in the habit of reading the Bible, hut, though I paid great attention to the and pouring out her soul unto God, sermon, my mind was not much affected. in private. She excelled in giving a On the same evening, however, while proper turn to any conversation that sitting with my parents and brothers, I was not profitable. Her motto was, recited to them part of the sermon. “ Let the words of my mouth, and While I was telling them that the the meditations of my heart, be acPreacher had said, “the wicked, when ceptable in thy sight, O LORD." The they come to die, will howl for anguish preachers, who were received, in their of heart;' my brother James, who, regular course of itinerancy, into till then, had been very thoughtless her father's house, she esteemed very about his soul, was so struck by the highly in love, for their work's sake; scatiment, that he could take no rest. and paid them every kind attention.--Next Sabbath, he went to Bovey Meet- As she lived, so she died, steadfast in ing, and soon after my other brothers, the faith. A cold, caught during her William and John. I also then began confinement, brought on a pulmonary regularly to attend the preaching; and consumption, which terminated in death, my mind became more and inore en- in about nine months. During her aflightened. My sins I felt as a burden fliction many had the pleasure of beholdtoo heavy for me. I cried earnestly to ing the resignation which tre religion the LORD; and, in about three months, can produce. Being asked, “Have he spoke peace to my soul."

you a desire to live or to die?" she It may enconrage others to attempt answered, “I have no desire ; the to“ serve their generation according to LORD's will be done." Many were

side,

her expressions of confidence in God; she behaved with almost maternal kindand although she had not those raptures ness; and if at any time she had to which some have experienced, yet she reprove them, she used no hard or unhad a well-grounded hope of eternal kind words, but spoke to them with her hfe. The morning before her departure, habitual tenderness of spirit. she said, that she had not followed “ In the latter end of the last year, canningly-devised fables ;" and that she she was attacked by a consumption; was “ very, very happy.”. When, in which, after five months of severe allicthe course of the day, the Word of God, tion, terminated her life. Throughout and some hymas, were read to her, she the whole of her illness, her mind was repeatedly lifted up her hands and said, kept in perfect peace. Satan was not “Very precious indeed !” That even- suffered to approach her.---At one time, ing she fell asleep in Jesus. J. R. her soul exulting in the mercy of GOD,

she desired me to repeat a favourite

verse of a Welsh Poet, which, in sub2. Died, at Burslem, April 21st, 1821, stance, is nearly as follows: aged 34, MRS. BRYAN, wife of the Rev. • Who, who halb shelter'd in his bleeding JOAN BRYAN; of whom we have received

And, after, failed to reach the shore ! from her husband, the following account.

To-day I more than conqueror Am; “She was born near Ruthin, Denbigh- Mine enemies are turard hack : shire. When the Wesleyan-Methodist The battle's fousot, the vict'ry gain'd." Preachers first visited those parts, she She often repeated the inquiry, * Who? attended our preaching. It pleased who ?' and said, “None ever sheltered God deeply to convince her of her lost there and was lost.' At another time estate; she felt herself to be a sinner, I said, ' You are very happy, my Mary.' who needed mercy; nor did she rest · Happy,' said she, I am indeed: you until she had obtained it. She soon re- see I am : blessed be God, the work has ceived, through faith in Christ, the long been finished: I have nothing to do Spirit of Adoption, which clearly wit with death, nur have I any pain in either nessed with her spirit that she was a body or soul.' She died in the act of child of GOD; nor did she ever lose that prayer; and the last words slie artitestimony to the day of her death. She culated were, () praise, O praise !'" was then in the 15th year of her age.

" We were married in September, 3. Died, June 16th, 1821, at Biggles1805 ; and a more affectionate woman wade, Mr.Jas. CONQUEST, aged 23 years. God never gave to man. Her pleasure When about 14 years of age, he became was to make me and her family com- resident at Spalding, at which time also fortable. Her life was one uniform he was deeply convinced that he was a course of piety and love. In all the sinner, exposed to eternal misery, and circuits where we travelled, she was needed a divine change. He sought the much beloved. Indeed, I doubt whether LORD with his whole heart; and was she ever had an enemy, as she was care- soon enabled to rejoice in a sense of the ful not to give offence, or cause of pardon of sin, through our LORD JESUS stumbling to any. Such was her love CHRIST. About this period he joined the to God and his cause, in this respect, Methodist Society, of which he contithat she would not wear any article of nued to be a uscful member to the day dress, which she thought would hurt the of his death ; exhibiting, in his deportFeakest member of the Society. It may ment towards the world, and in his contruly be said of her, that her adorning nexion with his fellow-christians, the was not that outward adorning of practical tendency of genuine religion. plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, He sustained the offices of Local Preacher or of putting on of apparel, but that and Class-leader. His gifts for the which is not corruptible, even the orna- pulpit were very considerable ; and he rrent of a meek and quiet spirit, which evinced an ardent desire to be useful to is, in the sight of God, of great price.' his bearers. As a Leader, his season

“ As a member of the church of able advice, and faithful admonitions, CHRIST, she lived in close communion will not speedily be forgotten by his with God, and prized the means of class. His afflictions prevented all active grace; particularly her class-meetings, exertions for nearly twelve months before from which she never once absented his death, a consumption having graherself, unless unavoidably prevented dually undermined his constitution. DurAs a wife and it mother, she truly ex- ing the last five months, he earnestly celled. Often has she taken her children sought a deeper communion with God, and solemnly presented them to God in and a full preparation for the kingdom prayer, in her bed-room, where I have of heaven. "He was enabled to contemfound her, when I have come home from plate his sufferings as the merciful chasa journey, devoting herself and her whole tisements of his heavenly Father, and family to the LORD. To her servanta exclaimed, “ I am in the hands of ap

was

Pray, pray:

all-wise and gracious God." As long as upon her moral character. Her love to his faculties remained unimpaired, his God, his servants, people, and cause, soul was happy in God. “ Mark the

uncommon. When any thing perfect man, and behold the upright; happened that was likely to injure for the end of that man is peace. the credit of religion, her trouble Biggleswade,

J. FREEMAN. was great; so that she has wept for 26th October, 1821.

hours (if not days and nights) together,

on such occasions. Her public profession 4. Died, Oct. 30, 1821, ANN ENDERBY, was never great. She always spoke very of Newark, of whom it is stated that she cautiously of her attainments in divine deserved to be considered as eminently things; her life spoke most loudly; but one of “the Lord's Poor." She kept á having known her for above forty years, diary of her religious experience, during I have no doubt that she loved God the earlier part of her christian life ; with all her heart, for the greatest part from which it appears that, about the of her christian life. Her end was gloyear 1801, ske was soundly converted to rious. I saw her on Oct. 30, when she God, and made happy in the faith of was very unwell. She said, “All is well, Christ; and that, from that time, she whether my days be many or few; but if walked humbly and closely with her I may have any choice, I had rather go." Lord. She laboured long under much On the 2d of November, her serbodily infirmity; and being often poor vant found her speechless : it was an and needy, was dependant on her chris- apoplectic seizure. I called in the aftian friends for temporal succours. These ternoon, when it was supposed she knew she received with reinarkable gratitude. nothing, and would never speak more: Not being in the habit of complaining, or I said to her, “ The LORD be with you;' making known her necessities, her faith she replied clearly and distinctly, He was sometimes put to the test, being at a is with me! He is with me!" I said, “We loss to know how her heavenly FATHER will pray with you;

she answered, intended to relieve her. In reference to one

When I observed, both such occasion, she writes as follows: “In then and in the evening, that she took the morning, when I arose, my mind was no notice of any thing but what was diemployed to know how I was to get my rectly spiritual,' I spoke many things to wants supplied this day, without running her of that nature; and she always ininto debt; for indeed I dread debt next to dicated her interest in what I said, by sin: and wonderfully the LORD did sup- the motion of her eyes, her lips, or her ply them, in a way I never expected. In hands. The next morning she changed returning from a friend's house, I passed mortality for life. MATTHEW LUMB. by something that appeared yellow on the ground : it afterwards struck my mind, 6. The following extract of a letter, that I might as well go back and see what from the Rev. A. B. SECKERSON, of it was; I did so, and to my surprise, it Bedford, announces the death of one proved to be a piece of gold of sever of our Supernumerary Preachers :shillings value. I know not how I “ Our beloved brother, JOSEPH BRITgot home, for my heart was filled TAIN, terminated his protracted sufferwith gratitude and love to God; I re- ings, and entered into the joy of his ceived it as coming from the LORD, LORD, on the 28th of November. His who is still the same; I do feel that end was glorious. No distressing fear Elisha's Gop is my God: glory be to was permitted to obscure his prospects. his name for ever and ever." -Thus she The last enemy was entirely beneath his proceeded, amidst many trials and temp- feet; and all was quietness and astations, doing her Lord's will, and surance.' For some days before, he had trusting in his Providence. Her death been remarkably happy in God. I was rather sudden; but her mind was stood by his bed-side as the spirit took peaceable and serene. After adorning its triumphant flight; but his removal her humble station in the church on was so easy, that we could not ascertain earth by a life of blameless integrity and the exact time when he ceased to purity, she is now, doubtless, united to breathe.” the church above.

“ Calm was his exit!

Night dews fall not more gently to tbe 5. Died at Mill-Wood near Todmorden,

ground,

Nor weary worn-out winds espire so soft." Nov. 3, 1821, aged 73, MRS. MARTHA HEAP, widow of the late MR.JOHN HEAP, 7 & 8. For particulars respecting the who was, for nearly forty years, a worthy deaths of the Rev. GEORGE JOHNSTONE Local-Preacher in the Methodist con- and the Rev. JAMES UNDERHILL, Misnexion. She was brought to the know- sionaries in Jamaica, which were briefly ledge of the truth about forty-five years noticed in the Methodist Magazine for ago, and from that time to the end of December, we refer to the letters in p. 63 her life, I believe, there never was a stain of the present number.

AN ODE
FOR THE OPENING OF THE NEW YEAR.

ESSENTIAL LIFE! ETERNAL SIRE!

In whom the springs of being rise ;
Who roll'st around the central fire

This Earth, and guid'st the destinies
of myriad worlds, that sparkling, glide
Through realms immeasurably wide ;
Who frojn the boundless, trackless sea
Of fathomless Eternity
Hast callid forth Time, whose turbid flood
Bears on its bosom human things,
And onwards, to the dread abode
Of deatbless natures, darkly brings

The tribes that roam the peopled earth;
Who gay'st to universal nature birth,

Guiding in measur'd course the rolling spheres ; Who call'st Orion's wintry tempests forth,

And Spring with Pleiades' sweet influence cheers Thine, everlasting LORD! thine are the circling years! FOUNTAIN OF POWER! thy mighty band

The sceptre of dominiop sways,
O'er throned seraphim, who stand

In burning ranks before thy face;
O'er angel-bands, whose wings display
The brightning beams of orient day;
O'er morning stars, wbose wandering light
Now gleams in shades of deepest night,
Through varied nature's wide domain,
Thy Word is life! thy Will is law !
Where nations rise, or monarchs reign,
From Thee their right, their rule they draw,
Whose golden chain to earth descending,

From thy immortal throne depending,
Conducts those mystic wheels, which ceaseless roll,

As thy omniscient wisdom guides their course, Leading to one great end the wondrous whole,

THYSELF! of this amazing universe The all-pervading Mind, the Sovereign, and the Source ! FOUNDER OF EMPIRES ! thy decree

Exalted Britain's favour'd land,
Pronounc'd her happy, prosperous, free,

And plac'd the sceptre in her hand;
When kingdoms, sunk in pomp and pride,
Were whelm'd in desolation's tide,
When states declin'd and empires fell,
Whose fate majestic ruins tell.
Midst falling thrones, and temples raz'd,
Wrecks of the world's idolatry,
Thy verdant Isle, Britannia! grac'd
The swellings of a stormy sea!
Rude were thy sons, and bold, and brave,

And strong to stem the briny wave,
Free as the roebuck on thy mountains wild,

Tracking the woodland savage to his cave :
Yet darkling ignorance their souls beguild,
Till on the wanderers' steps divine Religion smil'd.

But, oh! since in thy rifted rocks

His nest the Roman Eagle made;
Since meaner foes, with ruder shocks,

Thy sylvan forests dar'd invade;
How bright, upon the emerald deep,
When surging storms were hush'd to sleep,
Has shone thy lone and lucid star,
By mariners descried afar;
Who saw, in Albion's favourite Isle,
Fair Freedom, on her peerless throne;
Labour and Strength, with rustic smile,
And Enterprize, to danger known;
Commerce, and Science, all attending ;

Honour, and Arms, that throne defending ;
Justice, with well-pois'd sword, and equal scale ;

Order, from Heaven's ethereal realm descending ; Genius, and Truth, wbose splendours never fail: These rais'd thee to renown; these sull thy children hail. Yes! bright and strong the patriot flame

Burns in the genuine British breast !
His honour'd Couptry is a name

He proudly bears from east to west.
He, by experience taught, reveres
The memory of his ancestors,
Who wisely plann'd, and dearly bought,
And rais'd, with long laborious thought,
The sacred fabric of the state,
Where, law with liberty combining,
The peasant at his cottage gate,
The Monarch on his throne reclining,

Alike beneath ils shade repose :
So, pure from heaven, the stream of bounty flows,

Beneficent, impartial, unconfin’d,
Whose cheering light no private infuence knows,

Whose genial moisture, borne by every wiod,
Renews the fruitful earth, and blesses all mankind.
O Britain ! crown'd with every grace,

Enrich'd with favour from on bigh,
How vast the charge thy cares embrace !

How glorious is thy destiny !
Remotest regions own thy sway;
Thy laws their varying tribes obey ;
And bounteous, on thy fertile shores,
Its fulness every nation pours.
Yet, not to grace thy beauteous dames,
Not to increase thy treasur'd hoard,
Were orient India's blazing gems,
Or Afric's shining grains conferr'd.
No! but that realms of pagan night

Might hail the glorious Gospel Jight!
That Freedom's voice might cheer the captive's cell;

That safe beneath the banner of thy might,
Blest with tby mild parental rule, might dwell
Myriads, by mercy snatch'd from the deep toils of hell.
Rise, tben, Britannia ! nobly rise!

Tby charge with active zeal ful6il!
Lo! javouring Heaven the strength supplies,
And bids thee work its sovereign will.

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