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to the Lord's will. One strong conflict with the At Sutton-on-Derwent, in the Pocklington enemy was permitted the day before her death; Circuit, on May 3d, in the seventy-third year of but she obtained the victory. This scripture was his age, Mr. Richard Brown, who for more than powerfully applied to her mind, -"Where I am, fifty years had been a member of Society, and there shall also my servant be." After many for thirty a zealous and useful Class-Leader. He similar indications, she lifted her hand, in token bore an irreproachable character, and was highly that Christ was precious, about ten minutes esteemed by all parties in his neighbourhood. before she died.
J. H. For the last ten years he was the subject of con
siderable affliction ; but for seven days only, beMarch 30th-At Dunkeswell, in the Taunton fore his death, he was wholly confined to his bed. Circuit, Mary Tuek, aged fifty-one. She was His sufferings were now so great as to prevent his brought to a knowledge of the truth under the saying much ; but what he did utter was most Wesleyan ministry. She at once joined the so- satisfactory. Once he said, with evident emociety, and to the day of her death continued an
tion,humble but devoted follower of the Lord Jesus. She was the subject of long and distressing afflic- " When my sufferings most increase, tion, by which she was often brought into heavi
Then Thy strongest joys are given : ness. But, toward the close of her life, her con
Jesus comes with my distress, fidence in the Redeemer was strong, and she
And agony is heaven!" fully resigned herself to the Divine will. On her dying bed she called her children around her, And he frequently exclaimed, with strong faith and most affectionately besought them to seek and holy joy, “ My Lord ! and my God!” the Lord, and prepare to meet her in heaven.
S. R. Shortly after her dying advice was given to her children, her happy spirit was released from the
Died, in the Hayle Circuit, on Monday, May sorrows of earth, and admitted to the joy of her
6th, Mrs. Grose, aged eighty-four. She had Lord.
been a consistent member of Society for sixty
years; and she died, triumphantly testifying April 20th.—At Jalsingham, Mrs. Ann Plane, that “the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from in her eighty-first year. When she was about all sin."
J. G. thirty-eight years of age, a severe sickness was the means of leading her to seek and find salva- May 6th.-At Portsea, after a short illness, tion through faith in Christ. She joined the So- Mr. Thomas Hill, of the Portsmouth Dockyard, ciety, and remained devotedly attached to it till aged sixty-two. He was greatly respected by the day of her death. Under a sermon by the the officers and men of the department with late Rev. Ebenezer Stewart, she was induced to which he was connected, and in which he had seek perfect love. This inestimable blessing been long employed. The members of his class shone forth in steady and active holiness, and in cherish an affectionate veneration for his meperfect patience under affliction and helplessness mory; as do also the children and Teachers of for three years. When her end came, she passed the Portsea Sunday-school, of which he was the from the joys of holiness to the perfect felicity of senior Superintendent, and from which he was. heaven.
R. T. absent but five or six times during the long
period of thirty-two years. His removal was unApril 23d.At Peasenhall, in the Framling- expected: but he was favoured with the cheerham Circuit, Mrs. Westgate, aged seventy-five, ing presence of his Divine Lord as he walked She had long been a consistent member of So- through the valley of the shadow of death; and, eiety; was of a gentle temper, very attentive with his departing breath, he commended his and kind to the Ministers of Christ, and attached now mourning widow to the unfailing shelter of to "the things which make for peace" and for " the Rock of ages." edification. In her last illness her mind was
W. M. H. much supported, and her end was quite peaceful. This she signified, to the joy of her friends, May 15th.-Mr. John Hicks, of the Leeds First when the power of speech had ceased.
Circuit, aged sixty-nine. He was a native of D. H. Cornwall, converted to God in early life, and
more than fifty years a consistent member of soMay 3d.–At Eastington, in the Dursley Cir- ciety. His piety was characterised by deep hucuit, Mr. George William Francis, aged sixty. mility and ardent attachment to the means of He had been a member of Society thirty-nine grace, his attendance on which was truly exemyears. For the greater part of that period he plary. His death was sudden; but he was found was an affectionate and faithful Class-Leader. ready. He attended preaching in Brunswick His piety was solid, he knew in whom he had chapel on the evening of the day of his death ; believed. Under the elevating influence of reli- and, on his return home, expressed himself as gion, his amiability and modesty commended unusually profited by the service. He took his him to the esteem of all. Having witnessed a supper, prayed with his family, and particularly most satisfactory and edifying confession of the for his children, who lay near his heart, retired power of grace, during an affliction of five weeks, to rest, and before midnight was with his Saviour he died in the calm and full triumph of faith, his in Paradise.
R. J. last act being a response to prayer.
ANNIVERSARY OF THE WESLEYAN-METHODIST
MISSIONARY SOCIETY, 1850.
(Concluded from page 672.) The Rev. Dr. HANNAH said,- anity, as administered by our MissionThe impression, Sir, which the Report aries, and by other Protestant Missionof this day produces on my mind, and, aries, in different parts of the earth, has doubt not, on the minds of many others, had to deal with sin in its most appalling is, that the Wesleyan Missionary Society forms. It would be impossible to denever enjoyed a larger amount of pros- scribe the atrocities which have existed, perity than it does at the present moment. particularly in some parts of the earth, (Cheers.) To God be ascribed all the where God has favoured us with the glory of this and every good; and if His greatest success.
But Christianity, acservants have, on some former occasions, companied by Divine assistance, has presented their Ebenezers of gratitude to reached many notorious examples of ini. Him, they have every reason to do so on quity; and they bave yielded evidence the present occasion. I heartily concur of true and scriptural conversion; it has in the observations advanced by my ex- turned darkness into light; it has supcellent friend and neighbour, Mr. Heald; plied, from “the dark places of the earth, and I cannot but think that this is a full of the habitations of cruelty," some truly jubilant occasion, an occasion on of the brightest and most beautiful exwhich we ought especially to rejoice in amples that now exist in the earth of a the prosperity which the Lord our God simple, fervent, and pure Christianity. has given us. When were the agencies (Cheers.) I have great satisfaction in and operations of the Society more inul- learning, by a note just put into my tiplied, more matured, more sustained ? hands, that the increase of church-memSurvey the entire Mission field ; let the bers in the foreign Missionary stations triumphs of His cross ; (cheers ;) utterly not only to say, but to feel, that it is not forgetting self while we think of the ap- by any might or power we can command, paratus already prepared, and the mani- but by the Spirit of the Lord of hosts, fold success which presents itself to our and by Him alone, that we can hope to contemplation everywhere, we should be successful. (Hear, hear.) The spirit shrink from every feeling which would of faith will also, I trust, sustain us,lead us to impede, or even attempt to that spirit of faith which reposes upon impede, that great work which is bless. the supreme and everlasting truth which ing so many thousands with the light, we have in the imperishable book of and life, and power of salvation. (Hear, God. We admit nothing in competihear.) It is a consolation to know that tion or comparison with it. Holy Scripthis work cannot be checked. (Cheers.) ture stands alone, the fountain and well The truth and power of Christianity of truth; that on which we repose with have gone forth, and are achieving their entire confidence, because we know that own victories. It shall, it must, revail, it supplies the truth which is for ever (cheers,) until the entire world is sub- settled in heaven, and cannot but prejected to the dominion of the Lord's vail. Faith reposes in that great propi. sceptre. (Cheers.) When were we fa. tiation which holy Scripture constantly voured with a more encouraging mea- exhibits. We look to the Cross, and sure of pecuniary liberality than at this seek by the Cross to triumph. We point moment ? I have had some little op- to holy Scripture, which everywhere portunity, in the northern part of exhibits that blessed sign of healing in the country, of marking the spirit of this wide wilderness of the dying and different Missionary Anniversaries, the the dead. We cherish this faith, and promptitude with which people in com- we desire this day to renew our faith in paratively humble life came forward, the promises which holy Scripture has ihe noble and truly generous contribu- so freely and so fully given of the more tions of the more wealthy, and various plentiful visitation of the heavenly Spirit. other efforts which, taken altogether, May I be permitted to add, that I trust summed up and combined, present us we are all desirous of renewing and prothe encouraging results of this day. secuting our engagements in the spirit of (Applause.) For this reason, also, we charity,—that charity which never fail. should rejoice, and encourage each other eth, which beareth all things, believeth to prosecute our labours. There is no- all things, hopeth all things, and, if even thing wanted in the completeness of the hope itself shall expire, endureth all machinery as far as it goes; and we see, things ;-(hear, hear;)—charity allied and rejoice to see, that friends in differ- to truth, and truth allied to charity; ent parts of the land are willing to co- truth and charity, charity and truth, operate with us, with heart and hand, blended harmoniously into one; that that the great design we contemplate charity which leads us to love all, in may be fully accomplished, and that the humble imitation of the charity which kingdoms of this world may become, our Lord and Saviour manifested, -a as they shall become, the kingdoms of charity which leads us to love Him who our Lord and His Christ. (Applause.) I first loved us, and, in the possession and was delighted to hear, Sir, in the course increase of His love, to love all others for of your valuable observations, that you His sake ; and to proceed in our course, referred to the spirit of humility. It is looking for His blessing, and committing in the spirit of humility that we wish to ourselves and all our concerns into His prosecute the work that lies before us; hands. Ephraim shall not envy Judah, ihat spirit of humility which prostrates neither shall Judah vex Ephraim, in man and exalts God, which holds man's such a case as this. It is gratifying to wisdom to be folly, man's efforts to be find that, in the Resolution now in my weakness, man's success impossible, un. hand, other Protestant and evangelical less it please God to vouchsafe to us institutions are connected with our own. His presence ; that spirit of humility (Hear, hear.) Peace and prosperity be to which is still looking upwards beyond them all! (Cheers.) What we waut to all the instrumentalities around us, and see promoted is not sectarianism, but owning the hand and agency of the most Christianity. (Renewed cheers.) That high God. I concur most cordially in was the spirit of our fathers; (hear, the remarks which Mr. Heald so im- hear ;) and that is the spirit which, by pressively made upon this subject. We the grace of God, we will continue to came together to-day to offer up our cherish-Christianity in its own free and prayers to Almighty God, and to ac- diffusive spirit, by whatever agency it knowledge our dependence upon Him ; may be promoted. To all other ProVOL. VI.-FOURTHI SERIES.
on Southern and Western amounts to more than 5,000. (Cheers.) Africa, on the Friendly Islands and Fee. We thank God that there is no want of jee, on New Zealand and Australia, and a sign of prosperity in this respect,-in on otber stations mentioned in the Re. the increase of numbers. But we do not port which we have listened to. Do we calculate our Christian success merely by not see our agencies increased ? Do we statistics : we are aware of the value of not see our agencies in active and suc- statistics; they assist us in estimating cessful operation ? Schools are arranged, and ascertaining the progress which the Christian institutions promoted, light Society is making; but do we not know diffused far and wide, and every sign, that there is a diffusion of light and every token, given as to the extent and truth beyond all that the most carefullyactivity of the mighty machinery of this prepared statistics can reach? We know Society. (Cheers.) It is true there are that truth is planted in many minds, and some discouragements ; but there is no a living feeling awakened in many abandonment of skations, no relinquish- hearts, of which statistics can make but ment of the work. There is, indeed, an a partial report, or perhaps no report at earnest endeavour to maintain what is all. We rejoice, however, in taking up gained, to mature what is already in these statistics, and estimating the sucprogress ; but there is no relinquishment cess which presents itself to us in differ. of anything which the servants of the ent forms and degrees; we rejoice that Lord have been pursuing. Never was in this, the very thing which we covet, such mighty machinery in operation as the very thing for which we pray and now; and for this we should “thank labour, God, even our own God, is with God and take courage.”
us. (Cheers.) Sir, we are not convened there such a large amount of truly evan- on this occasion for the purpose of plangelical success ? It is here we most ning or executing anything merely temthankfully take our stand. We see the poral; we have not met to maintain the machinery itself is large ; and its effects defence of personal character; for we are already, most cheering. (Cheers.) merge all those things in maintaining You are indeed aware, Sir, that Christi. the great cause of our Saviour and the
testant and evangelical institutions that faction, to hear the same Gospel ; nav, are labouring for the spiritual good of more, sit down at the same table of mankind we wish all success.
our common Lord. (Applause.) We Lord our God grant that the results of live, Sir, in times of no ordinary diffitheir labours in future may be a thou- culty, and, at the same time, of no ordisand-fold what they have been in the nary blessing. When we look at the past! May He be pleased to bless us providential means which, on every hand, also, and grant that in the proceedings of are opening to us in every land; when another year we may pursue our course we look at the increased means of comconfiding in Him, and always looking munication with every part of the earth ; for His promised aid ! (Hear, and and when we contemplate, at the same cheers.)
time, the close connexion into which disThe Resolution was carried amidst tant lands are brought with our own, we loud cheers, which completely drowned must consider that these increased facilievery expression of dissent.
ties of doing good bring with thein a S. M. PETO, Esq., M.P. for Nor- commensurate amount of obligation. wich, and one of the Treasurers of the (Hear, hear.) During the last year, Baptist Missionary Society, said,—The many opportunities of usefulness have Resolution, which I have the honour to existed on the continent of Europe ; and propose for the adoption of the Meeting, I rejoice, most heartily, that, in the very is as follows:
seat of the Papacy itself, there has been “ That the circumstances of special en. distributed a larger amount of the knowcouragement and promise in which seve- ledge of the word of life than has ever ral of the principal Missions in heathen yet been known ; and we cannot believe lands are now placed, resulting from the that the good seed which has been sown gracious visitations from above with which will return void, but that it will gradually they have been favoured, and the peculiar germinate and bring forth abundantly. facilities for prosecuting the work which (Applause.) The coasts of Africa, India, various providential arrangements now China, every part of the world, at the present, impose upon the Society the im- present moment are open to us; and I perative obligation to inake every effort believe that the means of usefulness emwithin its power for the purpose of rais- ployed by your own Society, and by ing those Missions to a state of greater other kindred institutions, on the coast vigour and efficiency."
of Africa, will do more to exterminate Mr. Chairman and dear Christian the accursed traffic in our fellow-men friends, I have had the honour to receive than any other thing that we could do. from the officers of your Society a re- (Ilear.) You will, perhaps, here perquest to represent a sister Society on the mit me to mention an incident, which present occasion; and, be assured, I ac. was brought to my knowledge by the cept that invitation with heartfelt satis- Governor of Fernando Po, during a faction, with much esteem, with a hearty recent visit to this country, which will desire to reciprocate in every effort you tend to show that the Chiefs of Africa, make, and to tender to your Society my when enlightened by the Gospel, are warm affection and my Christian love. capable of being elevated by views of (Applause.) Though a member of ano- the highest order, which will tend to ther denomination, I may say, with great render them averse to the continuance truth, that I have long known, valued, of this infamous traffic. During the and loved your Society ; and perhaps, last year, on that island, which is close Sir, it may not be out of place, on the to the coast of Africa, and near to the present occasion, for me to refer to the Gold Coast, the son of one of the Chiefs fact of my having had the honour, for was killed, in a fit of passion, by one of many years, of being one of the largest the natives, with a common cooper's employers of industrial labour in this hammer, when employed in his work. country; and I beg to tender my per- The Governor of the island caused him sonal acknowledgments to your Society to be apprehended. He was tried by a for the great good for the constant and jury of twelve of his countrymen, a verunwavering exertion which it has made dict of “Guilty" was returned, and he for the elevation of the working-classes. was condemned to die. Before the day While you have cultivated the vineyards of execution, the Chief applied to the of others, your own vineyard has been Governor for an opportunity of visiting well kept. (Cheers.) In fact, Sir, the prisoner. Permission was given him ; whether it is in the village Wesleyan and the Governor told me, he should chapel, or in your own mountain home, never forget the scene that presented itI confess I can always sit, with satis. self on his return. Pallid, anxious, and excited, he fell on the floor, and begged and to the East India Company, for pubthat the life of the prisoner might be lishing an edict, by which all persons spared. His words were somewhat to who are converted to Christianity are this effect :-“I have prayed with him; placed in such a position, that they will I believe him to be penitent: if he is not be liable to suffer from their profestruly penitent, he will be incapable of sion. (Cheers.) I believe that, up to the committing such an act for the future, present time, much has been done to inand will live to dissuade his fellow- jure Christian Missions. But when we creatures from any act of violence : and find those to whom we ought to look for if he be not penitent, Mr. Governor, 0 protection and guidance, in all the great do not take upon yourself the responsi- affairs of state, thus taking the lead in bility of sending his unprepared soul into all that is liberal, and all that is desirthe presence of his Maker." (Applause.) able, and all that is just, by such meaSo deeply impressed was the Governor sures, I do feel most grateful to them, with the importance of not showing an and never will allow an opportunity to undue amount of lenity to a person who pass without giving them my grateful had committed so serious a crime, that acknowledgments. (Cheers.) If there is any intimation of a reprieve was kept one thing that has made the Wesleyan from the prisoner. The day of execution Society dearer to me than any other, it is came ; upwards of ten thousand natives the high appreciation which they, on all assembled round the gallows; and the occasions, exhibit of the value of believprisoner, as it was supposed, was brought ing, persevering prayer. My Resolution out for execution; when the Chief again speaks of increased exertions rendered begged the Governor to pardon the of- obligatory by refreshing visitations from fender. The Governor, after an appro- above. My Christian friends, can it be priate address to the culprit, then and that these refreshing visitations have rethere, in the presence of the people, com- sulted from anything but constant, permuted the sentence to a year's imprison- severing, and believing prayer? I be. ment. (Hear, heur.) Now, I say, Sir, lieve we cannot, for these reasons, too that if the Chiefs in a savage state are much impress upon our auditors the vacapable of such an appreciation of the lue of this fact ; and that no exertions value of life, and of the still greater however great, no contributions however value of the immortal soul, as thus to large, unless accompanied by prayer, will act, there are hopes for degraded Africa. ever be efficacious or well-pleasing in the (Applause.) Sir, I was much delighted sight of God. (Hear.) Permit me, bewith that portion of your Report which fore I sit down, to mention to you an states that you are not looking out for incident which was brought under my fresh fields of Christian exertion, but notice, the other day, with reference to the that you are rather more desirous of very point. In one of our churches, in strengthening those which exist. Each Buckinghamshire, there was a poor wiof those stations, when thoroughly evan- dow, who lived with her two daughters, gelized, becomes itself a centre of Chris- who maintained herself by her daily tian exertion. But it is most wise, it is labour, and who, most unexpectedly, most discreet, that you should not leave received a legacy of £60. She remitted those scenes where so much usefulness to the Treasurer of the Society one-third has arisen, until you are persuaded that part of the legacy. (Hear, hear.) On you may do so without injustice, and being remonstrated with by her daughthen take possession of fresh ground of ters, as to what they conceived an undue action. (Cheers.) And here permit me liberality on her part, her answer was, to say, how much I rejoice in the fact of "My dear children, your two brothers, your Society placing so great a value who enlisted as soldiers, and who have upon, and cultivating to such an extent, gone to India, have occupied my mind native agency. It is, I believe, the great day and night; and most earnest and est of all sources of effort and usefulness, sincere have been the prayers put up by in connexion with Christian Missions; me to the throne of grace on their behalf. and we cannot look too much, or too If I did not, at the same time, accompany anxiously, at that class ; and it is only those prayers with a suitable amount of by preserving your present stations in that which is entirely the gift of God, the highest state of efficiency, that you my prayers will be hypocritical, and will can make native agency answer the ob- not be acceptable to the Most High." ject you have in view. We too, Sir, (Hear, hear.) One of these soldiers, who are connected with Christian Mis- after a short time, when listening to a sions, feel at this moment a deep debt of sermon delivered by Dr. Marshman, at gratitude to Her Majesty's Government Serampore, was brought to a knowledge