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After enumerating various exercises of mind, which Mr. Barker experienced upon this subject, my predecessor, in a paper before me, says, “He told Mrs. B. that he did not regard what any person might say, he was determined to join the society of Methodists.” She, with hireself, immediately united in the determination, and they jointly connected themselves with that people, between whom, and the world, a great golph is fixed.--This circumstance gave the finishing stroke to their profession and dedication.
The new creation was soon brought to maturity. Within twenty months, after Mr. Barker found peace with God, he received a larger measure of sanctifyiog grace, and a man more crucified 10 the world, to self, and to sin, is seldom to be met with. His humily, meekness, resignation, and love, were obvious to all who had spiritual discernment.
A society was foi med at Layton, and a vine brought out of Egypt. God has cast out the heathen, and planted it; the branch he is inaking strong for himself.— Mr. Barker filled the office of leader in a judicious manner, so long as he had strength. A liver complaint, bowever, soon made the strong man to bow down. Uuder this dispensation, Mr. Barker had no choice; all was right, which God either said, or sent, or did; joyful in hope, and patient in tribulation, he remained steadfastly built upon the Rock of Ages.--Not a murmuring wurd, or fretful look, but in calm submission, he set his house in order, withdrew to his room, and in three days sweetly fell asleep in Jesus. His last words were—“ Happy, happy.” This was December 23, 1814.-Reader, may thy last end and mine be like bis !
OBITUARY. Died, at Sutton Bonington, Notting. in fervent prayer, without delay. This bernshire, April 6, 1818, aged 53, Mr. he began to do; but, nevertheless, he reJoax Cross. During the early part of mained in a state of great distress and bis life, he lived according to the course thraldom for about three years. During of this world; although not without this period, he spent a considerable part Teligious impressions, and at some times of his time with a relation at Wysall, painful anxieties respecting his salvation. where the conversation and prayers of It was not, however, till he was about two pious females were made a blessing 25 years of age, that he began to be se- to him. lle now diligently attended all riously alarmed respecting it. This was the means of grace, in public and prio' in consequence of his hearing the word vate ; and that God, who never said to of God preached by the Methodist any, Seek ye me in vain, heard the voice preachers, which he was often invited of his supplication, and delivered his and urged to do by some members of our soul from death, his eyes from tears, and society, wbo cared for his soul.. Some. his feet from falling: Soon after this he tínes he yielded to their solicitations, experienced a still deeper work of
grace and went; and at other times refused. on his soul, and was made a partaker of He, bowever, soon began to be both en. that perfect love which casteth out fear, lightened and awakened by hearing; and a blessing which he retained to the end painful sensations took place in his mind, of his days. on account of his sinfulness and guilt; and From the time of his first becoming a at length his distress became extreme: member of our society, he never left it; and then he took an opportunity of open, nor was there ever a charge brought ing his mind to a friend, who advised against him respecting his moral conduct him to seek a sense of the Divine favour, during the residue of his life. It was not
very long after his conversion, that he be this circuit last August, he did not fail gan to exert bimself in the public prayer to do the same, boih before and during meetings, in establishing, supporting, and his confinement: and the last time I saw attending which, in different parts of the him on his bed of affliction, be, as at town, he continued to be zealously af- other times, though with a very falterfected till he died. And though his ta- ing voice, prayed fervently with, and for leuts were not great, his fervour, bis me, and, as a dying man, renewed his faith, and bis piety, caused him to be solemn charge, that “ I would not shun much respected; and to many, as well to declare all the counsel of God," and as to myself, in these means he was often dea! faithfully with precious souls, as made a blessing.
well as secure the salvation of my own. In the year 1798, he married Sarah, As he lived in the daily exercise of the respected widow of Mr. Austin Bul- faith and prayer, his religious enjoyments strode, of this place, who also, a little were considerable, and his mind generally before this time, bad sought, and found happy, being a comment on these words, the Lord in the midst of much “ tribu- 6. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace lation.” They sweetly drew in the same whose mind is stayed on thee; because yoke, and were helpers of each others he trusteth in thee.” And no wonder faith and joy for nearly twenty years. that such was his experience, as I have Their house became the pilgrims'inn, and so frequently heard from him, what I was very frequently a place of entertain- have not often heard from others; so tment for religious strangers: and, of all many humiliating chidings of himself, the private houses I have known, might, because his every breath was not either with the greatest propriety, be called, praise or prayer to God. “ a house of prayer." Very often, when On my arrival in this circuit, I was versons called on business, prayer was surprised to find him so emaciated, and proposed 'ere they departed; and reli- his constitution so broken, and soon congious visitants were seldom permitted to cluded he would not be long an inhabit leave the house without being asked to ant of this world. His complaint baffled pray with them; beside it being their medical skill, and increased rapidly upon usual custom to have family prayer three him; yet he did not think it would tertimes a day.
minate in his death wil in a very lale About ten years since he was appointed stage of the affliction. And he seemed the leader of a class, an office which he to have a great desire to live through faithfully and zealously sustained, till the this summer; not because he was not affliction, which terminated in his death, prepared, nor because he feared to die: prevented him; and his care for, and at far from it: but because he believed God iention to the members of his class, much
was about to do a greater work in the endeared him to them, and caused them neighbourhood than he had yet witpainfully to feel their loss. He was very nessed, and he desired to see it. This, faithful in reproving sinners, nor did be however, he was not permitted to do; spare those professors whom he judged but his pious expectations were in a good to be lukewarm. This caused him to be measure realized, for there has been such feared as well as loved; and, since his a revival of religion in the neighbour. death, his friends have said, “ There is hood as I have not witnessed in so short no John Cross to reprove us now.” As a time at any place before. His afflictions I was born in this place, I knew Mr. increased upon him till he became very Cross from the time of my childhood; weak and 'feeble indeed, and was at and, its being eighteen years since I be- length confined about a month to his came a member of the Methodist society room and bed; during which time his here, I have long had opportunity of soul was kept in peace and confort; and viewing him in a religious light. In the his sayings and state of mind afforded the beginning of my religious course, the ad- greatest satisfaction to myself and the vices and prayers of himself, and his numerous friends who visited him in his respected widow, were very useful to affliction, and were profited by his sayme; and since that time, when I have ings. On the Sunday following his death, been in trouble, their house has fre- his remains were deposited, by his own quently been the place of healing to my desire, io the Methodist chapel, and a soul. Since the commencement of my sermon was preached, to a numerous and itinerancy, whenever I visited the vil. attentive congregation, previous to the Jage, and called on him, he always ex. interment, from “ Mark the perfect man, horted me to be diligent in my work, and and behold the upright: for the end of faithful; and, since my appointment to that man is peace. WM. DALBY.
Died, December the 4th, 1818, aged From this moment, the blood and 57, Mrs. MARY MOORE, wife of William righteousness, the merit and mediation of Moore, of Dean, in the county of Bed- Christ, were all his theme, all his boast, ford, after a lingering afliction of twenty- and the constant topic of his conversation. five years. It appears, she lived almost Class-meeting was his delight; and from thirty years without God in the world; this means of grace, under God, he said bat, about twenty-seven years ago, she he obtained the greatest help and encouwas prevailed upon to attend the ministry ragement. Hence, whatever hindrances of the Methodisi preachers, and the first appeared to stand in the way of his attensermon she heard was made the means of dance on it, unless such as were really enlightening her mind in the knowledge unsarmountable, he used to say, “I must of herself; and from that time she was not absent myself from my class for this ; divested of ber prejudices against the if I do, I shall grieve thie Spirit of God, people of God, and united with her hus- which I would not do on any account band, (whom she had before opposed), whatever.” O how necessary it is, for all in seeking the salvation of her soul, and, those who would walk in the comforts of March 25, 1792, she obtained a clear the Holy Ghost, to imitate his example ! sense of pardoning mercy.
His veneration for every thing sacred, Mrs. Moore was the subject of great was always manifest. He never indulged affliction for many years; and, during the in vain and trifling conversation, aware last eight years of her life, was deprived that it always leaves behind it a barren of the use of her limbs, which was at. mind, and robs the soul of its delightful tended with a peculiar nervous affection. intercourse with God. Her afflictions, however, were much sanc- Increasing deadness to the world, tified, and in her patience had its perfect ardent desire for the salvation of souls, work;" and, like holy Job, she could say, fervent prayer to God for the conversion “ All the days of my appointed time will of his relatives, cordial gratitude for his I wait until my change come.”
own mercies, and universal obedience to To find the time of her dissolution ap- all the precepts of the gospel, shone forth proaching was not matter of grief, but of as so many evidences of the genuineness of joy to her. When conversing with her hisfaith, and the sincerity of his profession. husband on the subject, she said, “ You The disease by which our dear brother was do not know how happy ! am ;. I am conducted to the regions of the dead, was all happy! " All glorious within!". And a consumption, which in about a month she spoke in similar terms to a female terminated his mortal course. Unhappily, friend who visited her. In this happy as is not unusual with this disorder, it soon state she continued until her spirit took affected his intellects, and thus deprived its flight to the world of glory:
us of many edifying expressions, which GEORGE WILSON, doubtless would otherwise have dropped February 14, 1819, died at South from his lips. However, there were inShields, aged 25 years, RICHARDSON Ro. tervals, during which he was much comBINSON, a class-leader and local preacher posed, and exceedingly happy in God his in the Methodist Society in that place. Saviour. At one of these seasons, on
Previous to his conversion, he was being asked, “ Have you any doubts of strictly moral. But perhaps the most your acceptance with God ?" he replied, prominent feature of his character at that « O no, no! when I meditate on the contime was obedience to his parents, to descension, sufferings, and death of whom it cannot be recollected, he ever Christ, I cannot, I cannot doubt." About made use of an improper expression. three hours before he expired, he called
When he was about the age of 19, it his aged mother to his bed-side, and said, pleased God to convince him deeply of Mother, do not weep for me; for I feel the his lost state as a sinner. The word of sting of death drawn; it is not a hard God was made a discerner of the thoughts thing for the Christian to die : then about and intents of his heart, and he was con- three minutes after he called me by name, strained to deplore his case, as a depraved, and I went to him, and asked him how guilty, and helpless creature. He now he felt his mind, and he said, “Very became earnest in his application 10 the happy; tell them all I am happy," meanthrone of grace, for the redemption which ing the society. He often repeated these is in Christ Jesus; and was brought to words in his greatest agony, “Bless the confide in him alone for pardon and sal. Lord O my soul;” these were the last vation, by which means he obtained a words he was heard to articulate. clear sense of his acceptance in the Be. March 6, 1819.
G. HAIR. loved.
March 22, 1819, died, at River Terrace, About eight years ago, my dear Mr.M. Islington, HARVEY WALKLATE MORTI. had a severe and long illness; since that MER, E«q. in the 66th year of his age time he never fully recovered his health:
He was born April 13, 1753, at New. but for the two or three last years, was castle-under-Line, and brought up by a gradually declining, and often talked fa. grand-father, whose memory he greatly miliarly of death. Sometimes he enjoyed honoured. He was very kind to his sweet peace, at others was severely tried: grandson, but, not being spiritual himself, but he was a man of prayer, his bible was he could not teach him the way to worship his support, and his God his refuge. God aright. One day the whole family Osten has he come out of his closet with a were ill. Mr. M. was about seven years countenance irradiated with the consolaold; he had never been tauglit to pray, nor tion his mind had been favoured with, and had he ever seen any one in the family his family can testily, the effects were bow their knees before God, except when felt on all around tiim. As to the relative they went to the church. He went into duties, it is impossible to do him justice. a room alone, and kneeling down, said, Mr. M. excelled most, if not all I have “Lord, thou seest what a sad thing it known, as a husband, a father, a master, is; we are all ill; we cannot one wait &c. &c. About a month before his upon another, but thou canst make us death, Mr. Pearson, Dr. Hamilton, and well, if you wilt: I wish thou wouldst Mr. Jones, expressed their tears as to the make me well; then I can wait on my result of present symptoins. He received grand father and grand-mother." The their report with perfect calmness, and Lord in mercy heard the prayer of a often said to me, “You may do so, or so, little child, be rose from his knees quite after I am gone.” But as tie had been in well, and to the utmost of his power, habits of speaking thus long before, I did waited upon his aged relatives. Often noi apprehend the awful hour of my prehas he wiih gratitude mentioned this cir- sent bereavement was so near. On Suncumstance, as from that time he began to day the 21st, alter the family were gone pray in ditliculties, and against afpre- to chapel, I said what shall I read to you? hended dangers.
He fixed on one of Mr. Eyton's sermons Mr. M.'s mind was strongly influenced on “ What shall I do to be saved? Bewith the fear of the Lord, which kept lieve on the Lord Jesus Clirist, and thou him from many evils, yet he saw nothing shalt be saved.” He enjoyed it much, of the breadth of the commandment, or and wept tears of affectionate love and how it is that a guilty sinner can be jus. gratitude. On Monday morning he tified before a holy God, tillthe year 1770; prayed with his family; one expression at which tinie, by the preaching of the has struck me much, since his renoval ; word under some of our old preachers, he thanked (iod in these words, “ Goodwhile an apprentice at West Bromwich, he ness and mercy have followed us all our was deeply awakened, and soon after lives long, they still follow us, let them found peace with God, while Mr. John follow us to all eternity." He seemed Hilton was preaching from Job, “ Ac. rather better than usual, was cheerful, quaint now ihyself with hiin, and be at placid, and particularly affectionate ; eat peace, &c.". Soon after this lie came to his victuals as usual, and walked twice London, and by keeping close to God, and round the garden. About seven in the refusing to associate with those that were evening, while sitting in his chair, he put not religious, he was graciously kept from out his hand, and said, “ Help me, belp the multiplied snares with whiih this me.” limniediately went to afford him great city abounds. Mr. M. was favoured all the assistance in iny power, but it was with the contidence and friendship of our too late, he only said, “Li me go to late revered and honoured father, who bed." We laid hin on the sofa, he spoke frequently, and for many years together no more, but at half past nine, without a appointer him official places in the so- struggle or a groan, his spirit took its ciety at West-street. His punctuality, Hight to the regions of light, and lett us and promptitude in despatching businese, like persons in a dream: for though I had for which he had a wonderful facility, long anticipated the painful hour, it came made our dear father often say to those so suddenly at last, that all I could do who either could not, or would not do as was, to say, Lord help me. Thou hast Mr. M. did, “I must send you to Harvey mixed this bitter cup : sauctify it to my Mortimer, that you may get a leaf out of future good, and help me to get fully his book." I believe many in London and ready to follow those, that are now before elsewhere, will long remember Mr. M. as the throue. Amen! Amen! a Trustee and Treasurer at the City Road
ELIZ, MORTIMER. Chapel.
The following are extracts from the fourth Number of the Quarterly
From Mr. W. M. HARVARD, Columbo Station, dated July, 1818. The two converted priests, Don Adrian' at an early hour. To hear them repeat de Silva, and Don Andries de Silva, main the responses in our morning service was tain the consistency of their conduct, and indeed gratifying. Brother Callaway afford us much satisfaction. The former, preached thein a very interesting sermon; from his talent and knowledge of the na. and they afterwards crowded our dwello tive practice of medicine, has become ing-house to pay their grateful respects quite a noted and respected person in the to us. I only wished you had all been village where he resides, and has been with us at the time, to have shared our made very useful to many families during enjoyment. After the service, a heathen the late sickly season, among the na- man brought his nephew forward for tives. He always carries bis Saviour baptisın. The whole family live near and Master with him wherever he goes; the Kandian limits. I placed the boy and, by reading the Scriptures and ex. under instruction, and gave suitable adhortation, he administers to the souls vice to the Pagan uncle, to which he paid of his patients, as well as to their bodies. much attention ; and expressed a willing. This is a pleasing reflection. We have in ness to learn. I promised to send our the last quarter appointed Don Andries friend Cornelius lo visit his village; and to be a schoolmaster. They both meet the uncle intimated that if we were to regularly in class, in the Petrah, and like- erect a school there, many would gladly wise at Colpetty.
embrace Christianiiy: The juvenile class at Colpetty still On Cornelius visiting the place, he goes on well. In our next I liope we found most of the people were gone out shall be able to give you an interesting to work in their paddy-fields. He, howaccount of a similar class, which has been ever, went to several houses, and spoke established in connexion with another of with the women who had remained be. the schools. After giving it a little fur: hind. These seemned to hear his word ther trial, we sball feel greater confidence gladly; and a kind of native con-table, in relating to you the particulars. who was in the village, promised to col.
To sum up the whole of our spiritual lect the opinion of the inhabitants, and to affairs, I think we may say, with safety, bring a report to us, concerning the pro. that that part of the great vineyard which posed school. The man has not yet paid has been allotted to us blossoms most us his promised visit. pleasingly, and promises real fruit. We By his journey Cornelius became aehave already begun to taste some of the quainted with a very populous part of first fruits; some of which have been the country, totally without the means taken (as it were a specimen) to the court of Christian knowledge; and a young of beaven! Happy and honoured will man from the Colombo seminary, a na. those be who shall be here when the tive of that districi, having applied to us vintage arrives!
to appoint him to the office of a schools On Whit-Monday last, according to our master, we directed him to bring us a list usual custom at the festivals, we had ser. of scholars for a school at Pepiliyana, vice in English and Cingalese, for chil. about half way to the heathen village. dren and young people. Many of the The list has been brought, and the children, and some of their parents, from school-house is erecting, in the centre of the country schools, expressed a desire to three villages. I have not yet seen the attend, and were permitted ; several of place; but trust to give some satisfactory them undertaking considerable journeys account of it in our next communico for that purpose, and appeared inuch in. tion. terested. The Mission-House was crowded Cornelius goes on as usual, on week VOL. XLII, MAY, 1819.