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years. The most exemplary piety, which had distinguished her character through a long and laborious pilgrimage, we may consider as the foundation of her triumphant death. It had long been her wish that she might, if it were the Lord's will,
“ Her body with her charge lay down,
And cease at once to work and live;" and her desire was granted. Her last illness was short, but severe. On Sunday, Nov. 19, 1815, she attended preaching in the chapel twice, apparently in good health. Indeed, it was remarked by several friends who saw her on that day, that they thought she never looked so beautiful before. Her full, fine, florid countenance seemed to be tinged with an unusual, an almost supernatural glow. She was also present in the chapel the tollowing evening. On Tuesday morning, she was attacked with a violent complaint in her bowels, which terminated in an inflammation, and reduced her to such an extremity of weakness that she was unable to speak much. Yet no murmuring or repining word escaped her lips. “ Thy will be done,” was her language in life and in death.
A short time before this affliction, the 43d chapter of Isaiah had been made a particular blessing to her. She frequently requested that it might be read to her during her illness, and seemed to derive “strong consolation” from its gracious declarations. In the greatest paroxysms of pain she heard the voice of the evangelical prophet, proclaiming “ thus saith the Lord, that created thee, &c. fear not, for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name, thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee; when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burnt, neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” Her faith realized the fulfilment of the promise; she, therefore, exhibited the most perfect resignation, and testified of the goodness of God to all around, exhorting them to be followers of he Lamb. When severely exercised with pain and sickness, “ What,” said she to some of her children, “what should I do if I had now my religion to seek? But all is well. If it should please the Lord at this time to call me hence I have nothing to do but to die.” “0, my dears," she added, “ rest not satisfied with any thing short of real religion. Let not the faults of others occupy your minds, but strive to get made right yourselves.”
On Saturday evening, Nov. 25, she was much worse, sunk rapidly, and spoke but little. The next morning, about two o'clock, she appeared to be dying. About six, Mrs. Tripp, one of her most intimate friends, and Mr. Walter Griffith, both of whom had visited her several times, were sent for. The latter observed, “ It is easy to die when the sting of death, which is sin, is drawn." She faintly replied, “ Yes, yes.” And while
he repeated many appropriate passages of Scripture, although unable to articulate, she evidently joined him in her mind. The final struggle lasted until half past nine o'clock, when her happy spirit, released from the earthly house of its tabernacle, winged its flight to the mansions of bliss—, where
« She now can understand
And pities us who try
Alas! too deep the pit,
To search into the power and will Divine." It has been justly observed, that “the design of biography is to instruct the living by such a narrative of per onal facts, as will raise a monument to virtue, by embalming the memory of the dead.
The character, therefore, which can be estimated as deseryedly claiming this species of writing, ought to appear, on a dispassionate review, to have been so conspicuous as to excite attentive admiration; to have been so beneficial as to demand a tribute of gratitude; and so excellent, when due allowances are made for human infirmities, as to be worthy of publick imitation.” On each of these grounds, and especially on the last, the memory of Mrs. D. deserves preservation; because the standard of her experience and practice was not too high for general imitation. She was not distinguished by those high native endowments, or extraordinary acquired abilities which distance the multitude, and leave them nothing to do but to gaze, to wonder, and despair. In the fullest sense of the expression, she might have adopted the humble and grateful language of the apostle" By the grace of God I am what I am.” And the same grace is able to make the writer and reader of this Memoir, like her. Should this happily be the case, the end for which it is drawn up will be abundantly answered.
• Cokes' Life, by Drew.
RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. TO TAE EDITOR, On Wednesday, July 21, I had an opportunity of being present at the laying of the foundation stone of a Methodist New Chapel, near Ardwick Green, in Manchester. Several preachers were present, and about 2000 people; every thing was conducted with much propriety, and the prayers which were offered up on that occasion, I hope will be graciously answered in the future prosperity of the cause of God in that neighbourhood.
The erection of another chapel in Manchester, in addition to those which have long been crowded with attentive hearers, is peculiarly pleasing, and is an encou. raging proof of an increase of piety in that large commercial town; bat while we rejoice in the enlargement of the Redeemer's kingdom in Manchester, and in various parts of the nation, we should not forget the day of small and feeble things. It would be pleasing to trace the origin of Methodism in many places, and especially in those parts of the land where it now so generally prevails; and though the journals of the late Rev. John Wesley, and the lives of several of the first preachers, as
recorded in the Magazines, contain some very pleasing accounts of this kind, yet there are other circumstances which may now be recovered by conversation with some of our very aged members, and may be recorded ; but if the present generation pass away without such a record, the circumstances will be for ever lost. Probably some of your correspondents will endeavour to collect all the information they can from our aged friends, and transmit to you those accounts which may be deemed proper for insertion in your valuable Magazine. I have no doubt but such accounts would be pleasing to our people, and would also be a lasting memorial of the particular providence of God.-A few months before the death of our late respected friend, Mr. Richard Barlow, I had an opportunity of conversing with him respecting the state of Methodism in Manchester in his early days; he dwelt on the subject with delight, and informed me that when he joined ihe society, there were but 14 or 15 members in the whole town. The place in which they had preaching was a small room in a house near the river Irwell; a person lived in the room, where she had her spinning-wheel, her coals, her bed, chairs, and table. The preachers then came into the town on Friday morning, preached at twelve o'clock, and went out of town in the afternoon, to preach at some other place in the evening. One Friday, when Mr. Christopher Hopper was preaching, the floor of the room gave way, and rendered the place unfit for future service; and as the poor people had no place whatever in which to worship God, the minister of a small chapel in Coldhouse kindly offered them the use of his place, till some other could be procured. The society then purebased a plot of ground behind the houses in Bircbin-lane, and erected a small chapel, but the violence of the mob was such, that for nearly three years Mr. Barlow and some other of the friends had to stand at the door of the chapel, each time they had Divine service, to resist the violence of the rioters, and endeavour to preserve peace. After some rears, a few of the rioters were transported for some crimes which they had committed, and from that time the congregation was permitted to worship God in peace. The Lord very graciously owned the word of his servants, and the con. gregation became so large, that they were under the necessity of enlarging the chapel, which continued to be crowded with attentive hearers.
Some years afterwards, the present very large and commodious chapel in Oldhamstreet was erected, and from the day of its being opened for Divine service, it has generally been crowded on the Lord's-day. Nearly 30 years ago, a chapel was built on the Salford side of the river, which has also been well attended, and two years ago that chapel was considerably enlarged. About 20 years ago, the chapel in Bridgwater-street was erected, and that chapel also bas been well attended. Since then a small chapel has been erected at Shude-hill, and that place has been attended with much good.
The Manchester friends now find it necessary still further to enlarge their borders, and the chapel which they are now building, will, when finished, accommodate large number of additional hearers.
Such has been the rapid progress of the work of God in Manchester ; small in its beginning, but graciously prospering, and in its sacred influence spreading wider and wider, until thousands of the inhabitants are brought to experience the saving power of Divine grace.
* More and more it spreads and grows,
Ever mighty to prevail,
Sbakes the trembling gates of bell." That all may bow to the sceptre of our Lord, is the prayer of, dear Sir, your's affectionately,
G. MARSDEN. August 5th, 1819.
OF THE METHODIST CONFERENCE. An Account of the Seventy-sixth Annual Conference of the Preachers in the
Connexion established by the late Rev. Joan Wesley, begun at Bristol, July 26th, 1819.
A plan of the stations of the Preachers in Great Britain for the ensuing year, to be laid before the Conference, having been drawn up by the Representatives of the districts, in the former part of the preceding week, and the Special Meeting of the General Missionary Committee, and that appointed for the distribution of the moneys raised for the Chapel Fand, having been held in the latter part of that week, the Conference commenced their sittings at six in the morning of July 26th ; when,
after the places of such as through death, or superannuation, had ceased to be
Q. Whai Preachers have DIED since the last Conference ? 4. Eleven, riz.
1. ROBERT CARR BRACKENBURY, who believed the Methodist doctrines, and sel
His great and good, might have been con- communion with God was constant, and sidered and adinitted as an apology for as he approached towards the eternal inserting, in connection with ihe record world, he evidently ripened for the heaof his servant's decease, a very brief me- venly garner. His conversation was truly morial, inscribed to the honour of his spiritual, expecially towards the close of Divine Master. We are sensible that to his life ; and he often expressed an eartext God alone we should present the odour of “ desire to depart and be with Christ.” our grateful praise, who, even in these He was a man of much prayer and strong Jatter times, has endowed some exalted faith-a burning and shining light and saints with graces which would have been lived in a blessed readiness for that sudden highly esteemed in the character of a death, which removed him from earth to Christian, in the purest age of Christianity. the unfading glories of heaven. This has After having adorned and successfully comforted his bereaved friends, and preached the gospel among us for upwards enabled them to mingle sentiments of joy of forty years, the close of our dear for his gain, with feelings of sorrow for brother's earthly career was in perfect their own loss. unison with the undeviating tenor of his 3. SAMUEL BARDSLEY; who had been, life-the setting of a refulgent sun, in a for sone time, the oldest preacher in our calm, clear, evening sky, with the certain Connexion. At the Bristol Conference, appearance of rising again in everlasting held in August, 1768, he was received on splendour.
trial, as a preacher; and was admitted, 2. William BRAMWELL ; who was a at the next Annual Conference into full man of eminent piety, of considerable connexion. During half a century, he preaching talents, and of great resolution maintained not only an unblemished, but and industry. In humility, sell-denial, a highly respectable character, both as and a readiness to take up his cross daily Christian and as a Minister of the Gospel. -in ardent love to God, compassion for In private, as well as in publick life, lie perishing singers, and in holy zeal for made it his constant busstiegs to copy the ihe prosperity of Zion, be shone with example of his Divine Master. On his distinguished 'lustre. He most cordially heart was deeply engraven the law of
kindness, and his evenness and sweetness preach; but was, neverthelex, active, of temper were proverbial. From Divine . and useful as a class-leader, and as love, which not only reigoed in, but filled teacher in a Sunday School. In Julr. his heart, flowed his unfeigned love of the 1818, his health began rapidly to decline; Brethren, and of the whole family of man- and by a paralytic affection, he was nearly kind He was warmly and steadily al- deprived of specch. The close of his life tached to our doctrines and discipline. was peaceful and serene. Being asked His talents as a preacher were respectable; the state of his mind, he replied, “ Happy, and his ministerial labours generally suc- my feet are on the rock-CARIST 18 cessful. He was well acquainted with precious.” In this comfortable frame of the grand doctrines of Christianity, and mind he expired, Feb. 18, 1819, in the inculcated them from the pulpit, in easy 66th year of his age. and familiar language. But the best of 6. Thomas C. RUSHFORTA, who traall was, that the unction of the Holy One velled with much acceptance for seven accompanied all his ministrations, and years. During the last two years of his that he was truly a man of God.
life, when ill health prevented him from On the 19th of August, 1818, after taking a circuit, he occasionally laboured having been unusually weak during the as a supernumerary in the Exeter and latter part of the Conference, he left Tiverton circuits, in the latter of which Leeds, accompanied by his old, affectionate he drew his last breath. He suffered friend, Mr. Wrigley, who designed to much; but, although distant from his proceed with him to Manchester, the cir- relatives, he spent his last days in the cuit to which he was appointed. In the middle of a large circle of friends, who afternoon they arrived at Delph, in Sade did all in their power to soothe his sorrows, dleworth, wien, after having taken tea and to make his condition comfortable. at an inn, our late venerable brother ex. Sone of his last days, especially, were pressed a wish to retire to bed. Accom- spent in speaking of God's love to himself, panied by Mr. Wrigley he proceeded up and in recommending it to those around stairs ; but, before he reached the top, hin. He left all that is earthly, for the apparently fatigued, he sat down; and, rest which remaineth for the people of apprehensive that his last moments had God, May 21st, 1819. arrived, he sweetly said, “ My dear, I 7. Tuomas PRESTAGE; a man of sound must die," and immediately expired. judgment, irreproachable morals, and His remains are deposited in the Bridge: Christian experience. Ilis preaching was water-street chapel-yard, Manchester. highly acceptable, and accompanied by
4. LEWIS ANDREWs. He was a inan strong proofs of his call to the ministry. of eminent piety, and of unblemished In his death the church of God has lost conduct. He sustained the office of an talents of no ordinary worth, and which itinerant preacher, with great acceptance, promised great improvement and extensive upwards of fourteen years; and was very usefulness. useful in every circuit where he was sta- 8 HENRY MAHY, who had been a trationed. His amiable temper, his faithful velling preacher 28 years. He was a man ministry, and his unwearied diligence in of a mild and peaceable disposition, and of the discharge of every duty, endeared him genuine piety. Deeply sensible of his to the whole of his acquaintance, but own insufficiency for the work of the mi. especially to the Church of God. nistry, he confidently relied on that Divine
After a fortnight's indisposition, his aid which is essential to ministerial usecomplaint assumed an alarming appeare fulness. Many sinners were awakened ance, and for the most part rendered him and converted by his instrumentality; and delirious, and almost deprived him of the under his discourses the saints of God use of speech-yet, in the intervals of his were edified and comforted. He endured delirium, he was peaceful and happygreat hardships, especially in the early He was called to his great reward on part of his labours, and his name will Wednesday, December 2d, 1818, aged long be affectionately remembered by the
congregations to whorn he was accustomed 5. JOSEPH Kete. At an early period to minister. He departed this life July in life he was deeply convinced of his 2d, 1819, aged 60 years. guilt and danger; and, on joining the In Ireland one, viz. Methodist society, found peace with God John STEPHENSON. In his youth he through our Lord Jesus Christ. He began heard and embraced the gospel, which to travel in the year 1792; but, on ace' he found to be the power of God to his count of ill health, was obliged to desist salvation. Soon after his conversion, he in 1799. After the termination of his began to pray in publick, and also to give itinerant labours, he was seldom able to a word of exhortation. Alter labouring VOL. XLII. SEPTEMBER, 1919.