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visitations were not unsanctified. They served to wean him from earth, and fix his thoughts on his own coming change. His last illness was but of ten days' duration. He calmly anticipated the result, and, in the full assurance of a glorious immortality, spent his few remaining days more in praising his exalted Redeemer, than even in prayer; often repeating, with much emphasis, portions of Scripture, and of sacred verse. IIe testified with confidence,
“On this my steadfast soul relies,
Father, thy mercy never dies." When at length he gently sank into the arms of death, peace, sweetly beaming in his countenance, manifested to all present that his Divine Shepherd's rod and staff comforted and supported him in passing through the valley.
than Edmondson, now of Kingston, Jamaicat: For more than sixty-four years he was a member of Society, fifty-four of which he was an accredited Local Preacher. His personal and family trials were considerable ; but, under them all, the faith and patience of the true Christian were exercised. His last affliction was protracted and heavy; but he was graciously sustained, and perfectly resigned to the will of God. A few hours before his departure, he expressed his secure and happy state of mind, saying to his children, “Have no doubts about me when I am gone; for ‘I shall be safe.'” He acknowledged Christ to be "precious indeed," and then waved his hand, exclaimed, “ Happy!" and fell asleep in Jesus.
Feb. 19th, 1850.-At Duckinfield, in the Ashtonunder-Lyne Circuit, James Walker, aged thirtyone. His revered father was long a member of the Wesleyan Society, and brought up his children in the way they should go. James was early brought to a saving knowledge of the truth; and his attachment to the cause of Christ continued warm and steadfast to the end. While he highly prized all the ordinances of religion, he devoted his leisure hours to the improvement of his mind. Thus his profiting appeared to his brethren, and he became a very acceptable Local Preacher. During his last two years he suffered much painful affliction ; but he was resigned to God, and enabled even to “glory in tribulation." His views of the atonement were clear; his reliance upon it increasingly firm as his end drew nigh. In spiritual conflicts he gained the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ; and his last hours were full of peace.
C. B. R.
July 31st.–David Hobson, of Nether- Thong, in the Holmfirth Circuit, aged seventy-eight years. In 1814 the Rev. David Stoner was one of the Ministers appointed to this Circuit. His preaching was attended with much Divine unction. Many were awakened and converted to God; among whom were David Hobson, his wife, and several of his children. Distinguished by a strong faith in God, combined with a high degree of natural courage, David reproved sin and recommended true religion wherever he went, in streets, public-houses, and markets. From the first he was a regular and laborious visiter of the sick and dying, and was often rendered a special blessing to them. He was diligent in the means of grace, and religion was his constant theme of conversation. His last aftliction was short, but very painful. llis spirit was calm, prayerful, and confident. He lived a zealous champion for his God, and died triumphant in the faith ; having been a consistent, active, and very useful member of Society for about thirty-six years.
July 4th.-Died, at Sturminster, in the Shaftesbury Circuit, aged eighty-five, Mr. Charles Baverstock. He had been a member of Society many years. His end was peace.
J. W. C.
August 14th. In the seventy-sixth year of her age, whilst on a visit to her son-in-law, the Rev. Thomas Kemshall, of Reeth, Mary, the beloved and affectionate wife of the Rev. Stephen Wilson, Wesleyan Minister, Bradford, Yorkshire. She was truly converted to God when about fifteen years of age; and, through grace, was enabled to adorn her profession to the end of her days. During the last few years she was frequently unable to attend the public means of grace ; which to her was no small trial. Her last illness was short; and, without a strug. gle or a sigh, she sweetly fell asleep in Jesus.
July 11th.–At High-House, in the Wolsingham Circuit, Mr. William Bee, in the fortyninth year of his age. He was converted to God ten years ago ; when he immediately sought ad. mission into the Wesleyan Society, of which, to the day of his deatlı, he continued a most active, consistent, and liberal member. He was naturally endowed with a superior mind, which was greatly improved by cultivation : his general intelligence was very considerable; and, being coupled with high moral worth, secured for him great respect and esteem. Ilis religious experience was characterised by deep humility, and by strong desire to glorify God. For several years he sustained with credit the office of ClassLeader, and was greatly beloved by those who were committed to his care. His death, which was occasioned by accident, excited deep and universal regret.
W. H. July 30th.-At Bradford, Yorkshire, in the seventy-eighth year of his age, Mr. Thomas Edinondson, brother of the late Rev. Jonathan Edmondson, M.A., and father of the Rev. Jona
August 20th.-At Slough, in the Windsor Cir. cuit, Mr. Abraham Duffield, aged sixty-two years. When at the Sunday-school in the fifteenth year of his age, he was brought to the enjoyment of salvation by the remission of sins; and he was from that time distinguished by his love of prayer and of the Word of God. For more than thirty-five years he was an acceptable Local Preacher. Greatly attached to the Methodist doctrine and discipline, he was eminently a man of peace. Like Barnabas, he continually exhorted the people to cleave unto the Lord. In his last affliction bis sufferings were great, and on some occasions he endured painful temptstions; but the Lord in whom he trusted gave
him adequate support. As he approached eter- like her purpose to remain in union with God's nity, his spiritual consolation increased, and his people. She denied herself, that she might not joy was full.
J. H. abridge her liberality to the cause of her Saviour,
or to the claims of the poor. At the same time, August 23d.-At Sherwood-Hill, in the Not- she always regarded herself as a sinner saved by tingham South Circuit, Mary Ann, wife of Mr. grace. Her end was peace, and she has now Joseph Marriott. She received her first reli- entered into the rest of her Lord. J. B. gious impressions, and was brought to feel the necessity of enj ng a personal salvation, under Sept. 9th.-At Biggleswade, Mrs. Mary Farthe Wesleyan ministry; and, eighteen years rington, aged sixty-four. In early life she sought since, became a member of the church of Christ the Lord, devoted herself to His service, and in Halifax-Place. She was the mother of six joined the Wesleyan Society. Upwards of forty children, for whose spiritual interests she years she walked humbly with God, and was evinced a tender and earnest concern. Her last happily prepared for her long affliction, during illness was of short duration, and from its com- which she spoke of being “ only able to hang mencement appeared to be a sickness unto upon Christ." Her last expression was, “ Glory deatlı, but for the glory of God. When disease to the Lamb!"
W. S. first manifested itself, her mind was beclouded and in heaviness: through the exercise of an Sept. 9th.--At Minster, in the Margate Cirearnest faith in her Saviour, the sorrow was cuit, aged eighty-seven, Mrs. Lucy Peake, hav. turned into joy. She acquiesced in the Divine ing been an exemplary member of Society about will,-resigned her children to God to be “the forty-five years; during which period she was Guide of their youth,"_and rejoiced in hope enabled to walk in the light of God. Hers was of a blissful immortality. Her departure is the first house opened in Minster to the Methodmuch lamented; but the surviving relatives ist Preachers. She and her worthy husband “sorrow not as those who have no hope."
were among the first members tliere. Our deS. W. parted friend was peaceful and retiring, but
deeply concerned for the salvation of her neighAugust 29th. -At Kerrougarrow, in
bours. About twelve years ago she began to Ramsay and Peel Circuit, Isle of Man, Mr. collect for a new chapel, ardently desiring that John Radcliffe, aged seventy-seven; having she might be spared to see it built. God granted been for fifty-six years a devoted and useful her request; and, only a few days before her member of the Wesleyan Society. For upwards departure, she expressed her thankfulness for of thirty gears he faithfully sustained the offices that favour. During the last four years she was of Class-Leader and Local Preacher. In 1819, generally confined to her room. Her preparathe Society with which he was connected was tion for death was habitual : she lived by faith favoured with a gracious outpouring of the Holy from day to day, realising the presence of eterSpirit. He entered heartily into the good work ; nal things. Her last hours were full of peace during which, forty members were added to his and joy.
J. G. W. class. He was a good man, beloved by all who knew him. He“ walked with God," and was Sept. 12th.--At Methwold-Lodge, in the Thetinstrumental in saving many from iniquity. Af- ford Circuit, in his fifty-seventh year, Mr. Tho. ter a fortnight's severe suffering, during which mas Boggers, farmer. He was convinced of sin his mind was kept in perfect peace, he gloriously at a prayer-meeting in the old chapel, about triumphed over death, and was gathered to his thirty-five years ago. He earnestly sought, and people.
J. R. found by faith in Christ, the justifying grace of
God. His subsequent life was one of unflinchAugust 30th.–At Ramsgate, aged sixty-nine, ing attachment to God, and to His cause. He Mr. Samuel Austen. For many years he at- often spoke of his obligations to Methodism, of tended the Wesleyan ministry without expe- its Ministers, and its privileges; remarking riencing a Divine change. At length he was especially upon its connexional basis. “But for invited by one of our Ministers to meet in class; that," he would sometimes say, “this village and, some time after, in a special prayer-meet- must have remained in spiritual darkness and ing, he was enabled to believe on Jesus Christ death; for, until the Methodists came, no one for present pardon. From that period his Chris- cared for the souls of its inhabitants." For the tian walk was uniformly consistent. His last last ten or twelve years he suffered much at affliction was short, but severe. All gloomy intervals; but the affliction which terminated fears were banished from his mind.
his valuable life was only of about three weeks' strength remained, he was engaged in prayer duration. Quite ready when the Master called and praise.
J. G. W. him, he several times expressed "a desire to
depart, and to be with Christ, which is far betSept. 2d.-At Gateshead, Elizabeth Weight- ter." A few days before his death he sang, with man, aged eighty-four years, and having been a melody and pathos never to be forgotten,consistent member of Society forty-eight years. Her Christian course was marked by great deci- “My soul would leave this heavy clay, sion of character, and by a lively interest in the At that transporting word; prosperity of the cause of God. Amid various Run up with joy the shining way, trials, she remained firm in her attachment to To see and praise my Lord.” the people of her choice; and she never saw cause to regret her steadfastness. Mrs. Weight- He died full of triumph and peace. man's desire to do good was ardent and constant,
Sept. 15th.- At Trevorlas, in the St. Mawes Circuit, in the sixty-first year of his age, Mr. Richard Martyn. He was a member of Society thirty-nine years. In 1816 his name stands on the Minutes for the Camelford Circuit, associated with his attached friend, the late Rev. Francis Truscott; but he soon retired from want of health. During the subsequent thirty-four years, he was well known among the more influential laymen of the district, filling all the important offices which Methodism assigns to those who are out of the regular ministry. As a man and a Christian, he was held in high esteem among all denominations. He was distinguished by general soundness of judgment, urbanity of manners, simplicity of life, and benevolence of heart. His death was awfully sudden to liis friends; to himself it was happy, and quite in accordance with his oft-expressed desire to "cease at once to work and live." On the day of his departure he preached at six in the evening; and was, on this memorable occasion, unusually animated, perspicuous, and powerful. The presence and bless. ing of God appeared to attend the service in a very marked and gracious manner. Mr. Martyn returned in safety and peace to his quiet home and much-loved family. Ile complained of a little indisposition, took something slightly medicinal, spoke of the peculiar happiness he had just felt in conducting public worship, rose to walk the room, fell, and instantly expired ! “Take ye heed, watch and pray; for ye know not when the time is."
Sept. 20th.-At Kearn, in the Lurgan Circuit, aged twenty-seven, Miss Agnes Irwin. She was trained in the fear of the Lord from infancy. About ten years since, under the preaching of Mr. John Capper, she obtained the evidence of acceptance with God, which she never lost. She exhibited untiring zeal in distributing tracts, visiting the sick, and teaching in the Sabbath-school. She was clothed with humility, and her “adorning" was the " ornament of a meek and quiet spirit." Her last illness was long and severe; but she was enabled to say, “My Jesus does all things well." When near dissolution, she said, “ The port is in view, and I shall soon enter it. I'm going, I'm going home to Jesus!" Her end was complete exultation.
separation from her affectionate husband, and her little children. But the grace which she received through renewed acts of penitent trust in the Saviour, and entire self-dedication to Him, sustained her in her greatest sufferings, and enabled her to anticipate death with sacred calmness. Her last days were pre-eminently marked by the simplicity of her faith, and the liveliness and constancy of her hope of heaven.
H. W. W.
Sept. 26th.--At Wakefield, the Rev. William Atherton. Having fought the good fight, and kept the faith, he finished his course on the above date. Mr. Atherton was converted in early life. In 1797 he entered upon his public ministry; and he faithfully fulfilled its duties with little interruption for the space of fiftythree years. Mr. Atherton possessed a vigorous, clear, and masculine mind. His public minis. trations were highly acceptable. For a long series of years he travelled in some of the most important Circuits of our Connexion. In 1846 he occupied the Presidential chair, with high satisfaction to his brethren, and with great benefit to the Connexion at large. The illness which terminated the life of this useful and venerable Minister was short, but painful, and was of such a nature as to preclude the expression of his feelings. He fulfilled the duties of his office until within about a fortnight of his death, and died in the presence of his three colleagues and sorrowing family, in the seventyfifth year of his age.
Sept. 27th.-At Wortley, in the Bramley Cir. cuit, Mr. James Smith, in the eighty-second year of his age. He was brought to God in 1794 ; from which time, to the day of his death, he was a steady and devoted member of the Methodist Society. His conversion was clear, his peace abundant, his zeal and anxiety for the cause of Christ ardent and active. For many years he filled, with ability and effect, the important office of Class-Leader. Strict integrity, undeviating stability, and diffusive benevolence, were distinctive features of his character. One of his very last acts was the generous gift of £10 to the New Auxiliary Fund. His last affliction was protracted, and at times severe ; but he was uniformly calm and submissive, and he finished his course in great peace.
W. B. Sept. 28th.-At Stainland, in the Sowerby. Bridge Circuit, in the twenty-second year of his age, William Wilkinson Walker. In January, 1849, he was converted to God; and, having first given himself to the Lord, he gave himself to the church by the will of God. His subsequent walk became a disciple of Jesus Christ. Though of retiring habits, his decision of character, natural talents, and Christian devotedness, excited hopes of future usefulness in the church. During the early part of his affliction, he suffered considerable depression; but for several weeks before his death he enjoyed a clear and abiding sense of his acceptance with God. All fear of death was removed, and his end was eminently peaceful.
Sept. 23d.--- At llastings, Mary Ann, the beioved wife of Mr. Robert Dunk, aged twenty-six years. She enjoyed the inestimable advantage of a Christian education; and, about the age of fifteen, became a member of the Wesleyan-Methodist Society. After her settlement in Hastings, her uniform kindness endeared her to a circle of Christian friends; and many among the poor will gratefully remember the interest which sbe took in ministering to their comfort. But it was in her last illness that the grace of Christ was signally manifested. That illness was protracted and severe. Her youthful and lovely form was gradually wasted by a painful malady, which the utmost efforts of medical skill failed to arrest or alleviate ; and, during nine months, there was before her the certain prospect of
We take liberty respectfully to say to our friends, that, unless we be very much mistaken, the Number of our “Notices” which we now commit to the press, will be found to be in a more than ordinary degree worthy of their careful perusal. Its articles are very various, but all, we think important. We particularise :
1. The affecting letter of the Rev. George H. Decker, Native Assistant Missionary at Sierra-Leone.
2. The Rev. Mark B. Bird's letter on the progress of religious liberty in Hayti, and on the intervention of the British Consul, and of the Emperor, for its advancement.
3. The letter of the Rev. Edward Fraser from Morant-Bay, Jamaica, showing the success of his appeal on behalf of the Blue-Mountain chapel and congregation, inserted in our “ Notices” for August, 1848 ; an appeal so touching and stirring, that we should have been greatly surprised if it had failed of attaining its object.
Ā. The cheering intelligence, contained in our Postscript, respecting the open profession of Christianity by the King of Lakemba, and other indications of hopeful advancement in the Feejee Missions.
These, and other communications now, as well as in former Numbers of this year's “ Notices," given to the public, will furnish abundant materials to Ministers engaged on Missionary Deputations, and to our much-valued Collectors in general ; and if they be but properly digested, epitomized, and enforced, they may be most usefully employed for the support and augmentation of the Society's funds, an object which, now that the current year is so rapidly advancing, ought surely to engage without delay the anxious deliberation and zealous activity of all who love this great and glorious cause,—that is, as we verily believe, of all who, above all merely personal or party objects, “love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.” It is time that our treasury should begin to be replenished, so that the making up of the year's accounts may be hastened, and, by the blessing of God, a favourable result may be secured. There are, we lament to say, some adversaries ;” but let all the right-minded and true-hearted
come up” forthwith, by their liberalities, their influence, and their prayers, to the help of the Lord;" and God, even our own God, shall still give us His blessing.
MISSIONS IN THE SOUTH SEAS.
Extract of a Letter from the Rev. John Watsford, dated Lakemba,
July 23d, 1849. THE “ John Wesley” arrived in By the vessel I received a letter from Feejee on the 2d of this month, and took Dr. Beecham, for which I feel very Mr. Malvern on to the District-Meeting thankful, and by which I have been at Bua. As she will return again soon much encouraged. to this place, I at once begin to prepare We have been nine months at Lamy letters to you.
kemba, during which time we have VOL. VI.-FOURTH SERIES.
trials and difficulties Wankkaimalang, the third Chief in contend with, have received many bless. Lakemba, was taken ill in October last, ings from the hand of our heavenly and became concerned about his soul. Father, and have seen some fruit of
When he recovered, although there were our labours.
many obstacles in the way, and his My dear wife has been very poorly, friends did all they could to prevent it, and is now far from being well. I have he gave up all his wives but one, to written to the District-Meeting respect. whom he was married. He began to ing her affliction, and am waiting to meet in class, and is a changed, we hear what the brethren recommend. trust a converted, man.
His conduct is From the Reports of former years you very consistent, and he is very zealous in will have learned that the Lakemba Cir. recommending Christianity to others. cuit is a very important and a very ex We glorify God on his behalf. tensive one. From last year's Report, The two Roman Catholic Jesuits and the one we now send, you will find here have been very active, and have that it is increasing in importance and
extend and extent. We have very much work to do, strengthen their system of delusion; but too much for two Missionaries to do well. we are very thankful to be able to state On the island where we reside there are that they have lost more followers than twelve towns; and there are eighteen they have gained, during the last year. other islands connected with the Circuit : We have preached the truth, and exsome of these are forty and fifty miles from posed their errors; and our people have us, and we have to visit them in a native received more light, and the confidence canoe. Having a good canoe, which of many of theirs has been greatly cost Mr. Calvert much trouble and la. shaken. After all, we cannot but feel hour last year, we have been enabled to very much while they are so near us. visit nearly the whole of the islands dur We know how Popery deceives, and we ing the last nine months. We think know how congenial their outward show that we ought to visit them at least and ceremonies are to the corrupt mind. twice a year, and we shall endeavour to They have studied the Tonguese and
There are, as you will learn Feejeean character; and they make their from our Report, nearly fifteen hundred system as pleasing and attractive as pos. members in Society in this Circuit, and sible. Their Priests are very zealous, these need much care and attention. and do all they can for the cause in
The King of Lakemba is still a Hea which they are engaged. then, as are also a few of his people ; but the number is becoming very small, [To this letter Mr. Watsford has and we hope soon to see the day when appended large extracts from the Jour. every knee in this place shall bow to nal of his arduous and often perilous Jesus. We have not been at all sur voyage in the Missionary canoe preprised to find the remaining Heathen a pared by Mr. Calvert, and in company little troublesome at times. Christian with Mr. Malvern, to a considerable ity has robbed them of many of their nuniber of the Out. Islands, connected sinful pleasures; and they would some. with the Lakemba Circuit, to which re. times make a stir in favour of their sins; ference is made above. They, on the but it is useless and vain : the Gospel is whole, report favourably of the hopeful winning its widening way, and all the state of the Christian cause in those dis. opposers must be vanquished.
tant sub-stations, and of the successful Many have embraced Christianity labours of some Native Teachers there during the year on this island, and in employed. There are, however, many many islands in the Circuit. Out of binderances, among which one of the the twelve towns here, nine are wholly most annoying is the active and deterChristian, and in the other three the mined antagonism of the Romish Priests greater part are such also. We have sent thither from France. Still, nomioften heard persons inquiring what they pal Christianity, in the form of Protesto “must do to be saved," and have been ant and scriptural truth, appears to be pleased to see a concern manifested by gaining ground among the Heathen ; many of the young men for the salvation and there are cheering instances of real of their souls.
and spiritual conversion to God.- ED.)