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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. [The substance of the following memoir influence exerted by Mr. Fernley in that was drawn up by the late lamented Dr. immediate neighbourhood, especially in Hannah, and read by him when preaching seasons of religious strife and agitation. on the occasion of Mr. Fernley's death: “I had the highest respect for your dear one of the last services of the kind in brother, and shall ever remember his which that venerated minister officiated.) name with grateful feelings. To him Meth.
The late Mr. Thomas FERNLEY was odism in Stockport is deeply indebted; born at Stockport, on the 5th of May, and in Hazel-grove, humanly speaking, it 1789, being the eldest son of Thomas owes its continued existence to his inflaence. and Ann Ferwley. From early life he My recollections of your departed brother appears to have been serious and devout, carry me back to the year 1832, when and a diligent reader of the Scriptures. Methodism at Hazel-grove ras struggling When about fifteen years of age, he be. for existence, the culminating point being came more fully decided ; and after earnest 'the Warrenite division. During that wrestling, found peace with God, through anxious, trying time, I well remember the our Lord Jesus Christ. "I saw every interviews that were held, and the deep thing,” he states, “in a new light. All searchings of heart which then took place. seemed changed. 'Old things were Amidst all, your brother appeared as an passed away, all things were become angel of mercy. He was ever ready to new."" He at once united himself to the cheer the depressed, to impart energy to Methodist Society, of which he continued the fearsul, and to lead in the path of a devoted member, without any break or duty. Many were his visits at that interruption, for the space of sixty-three period : they have left an indelible imyears.
pression on my memory of his sound Constrained by the love of Christ, he judgment, admirable tact, and conciliatory cheerfully employed his leisure hours in spirit.” endeavours to do good ; and in many At the request of the Rev. Legh Richinstances was successful in inducing others mond, made as they were travelling togeto yield up themselves to God, through ther by the stage-coach from Huddersfield, Christ. Sabbath-school service was, how- Mr. Fernley successfully exerted himself ever, the field in which he chiefly delighted in the establishment of the Stockport to labour. After having been himself a Auxiliary Bible Society; and for the last scholar, he was in succession, teacher, ten years of his life was its treasurer. visiter, superiutendent, and treasurer. He was likewise one of the first members The last years of his life and vigour were in Stockport of the Wesleyan-Methodist marked by zealous attention to the interests Missionary Society; and continued until of the young, on whose behalf, to his death a member of its Committee. The dying day, he cherished a deep and affec- Stockport town-mission also shared his tionate regard.
sympathy and help. In connexion with James Heald, Esq., Mr. Fernley was a large employer of of Parr’s-Wood, he originated the scheme labour; and in the conduct of his manifold for building the large and beautiful chapel transactions was kind, just, and considerate; situate in Tiviot-Dale, Stockport; and easy of access, and a good discerner of in its erection, after having laid the character : distinguished, also, by Christian first stone, he took an active part; con- simplicity, strict integrity, promptitude, tinuing through life one of its trustees. and plodding industry. The testimony of Ilc was also one of the founders (as well the Stockport" Press " supplies a deserved as a trustee) of the Sunday-schools at tribute to his memory: “ He was one of Portwood, Brentnall-street, Edgeley, the last of the old race of manufacturers New Bridge-lane, and Hazel-grove. In a of this town, having been in business for letter addressed to a member of the family, half a century, which he most honourably the Rev. John Howard, an excellent conducted." "Being a native of Stockclergyman in the vicinity of Hazel-grove, port, he took a deep interest in all the bears pleasing testimony to the salutary focal institutions of the town, having for
their object the welfare of society; a to his death, he appeared to be sinking feeling in which the different members of fast; and, as if conscious of approaching the family also participated. He was dis- dissolution, exclaimed, tinguished by a clear perception, a firm
Timorous mortals start and shrink resolve, and a prompt action in all
To cross this narrow sea.' matters under his consideration. The
‘But,' he added, “I do not shrink : I am on interests of religion in connexion with
the Rock. the Wesleyan-Methodist Society engaged
I can rejoice in the Lord :
goodness and mercy have followed me all a large part of his solicitude; and chapels, aud schools, and all other organizations of
the days of my life. Portions of the
hymn commencing, the Society, bear in their records numerous instances of his consideration and liber
"Rock of Ages cleft for me,' ality. Religious education was a subject with others of a similar kind, were frefor his especial care. In this, and indeed quently on his lips. In his conversations in all matters relating to the religious with one or another that forenoon, he said, interests of the town and neighbourhood, 'It is peace, and quietness, and assurance, he was not confined by a narrow spirit. for ever. My heart is full. I have not Most branches of the Christian church only hope, but assurance,--sweet assuexperienced his liberal and cheerful rance. Do not say much about me: I bounty."
have tried to do my duty in the church, In 1814, Mr. Fernley was united in in the commercial world, and in my marriage with Mary, eldest daughter of family. It has been as much as my meat the late Mr. Jobn Dyson, of Huddersfield. and drink to work for God. Now, let me Her career, though short, was one of great go. To one of his family, he said, 'I usefulness. Later in life, Mr. Fernley am going to a better world. You will entered a second time into the marriage soon see me no more. Make sure work.' relation, with Maria, daughter of the late His brother, Mr. John Ferpley, of SouthMr. Robert Barnes, sen., of Manchester- port, engaging in prayer, he responded a lady possessing great energy of character with great earnestoess, and then took an and Christian benevolence; whose death affectionate leave of all around him. occurred in 1864.
“On the morning of his death, he The closing scene of Mr. Fernley's suffered much from restlessness; on being career was fraught with interest. When reminded, there is sweet rest in heaven,' visiting Tiviot-Dale chapel for the last he answered, “Yes; let me tower away, time, after walking with a friend over a let me tower away!' The restlessness large portion of the yard, where are increasing greatly, he frequently exclaimed, deposited the remains of many “faithful What shall I do?' One present replied, dead,” he remarked, when resting for Commit yourself into the hands of your a while,
Heavenly Father. He said, 'Yes. The " A few more rising suns at most,
lines were repeated, Will land me on fair Canaan's coast."
· Waiting to receive my spirit, Adding,
Lo! the Saviour stands above !' “ There is my house and portion fair;
when, putting up both his hands, and My treasure and my heart are there,
raising his eyes, he exclaimed, 'I am And my abiding home;
going! I am going!' and, as though For me my elder brethren stay,
bounding into his Saviour's arms, he And angels beckon me away,
expired. He entered into rest on the And Jesus bids me come!”
morning of Friday, July 5th, 1867, aged Miss Fernley, whose attentions to her seventy-eight years.” aged parent were long continued, and most assiduous, gives the following remi DIED, at Tracy-Town, Rochester, July niscences of bis religiousstateand prospects, 17th, 1867, MR. JOHN GARRISH, in his when drawing near the close of his earthly seventy-fourth year. It was the privilege of pilgrimage :
this truly excellent man, who for several years * *A few days previous to his death, sustained the office of class-leader in the when asked, “if he should feel any fear if Rochester Society, to receive from godly assured that he must die that day,' he parents at least some measure of Christian answered, “No! for me to live is Christ, training. He was accustomed to say and to die will be gain;' adding, at the that in his earliest years he was the subsame time, 'Though I walk through the ject of the Holy Spirit's powerful strivvalley of the shadow of death, I will fear ings. Usually he attended the services no evil. Early on the morning previous of the Established Church, and at the age of twenty received the rite of confirmation. Lord, and He will help you." Like Enoch, Occasionally, however, he accompauied he “walked with God,"— pursuing the his father to the chapel at Frindsbury, and “noiseless tenor of his way, having his ultimately became a constant worshipper “conversation in heaven," and "looking for among the Wesleyan Methodists. In re- that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing ferring to the subject of his couversion, of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Mr. Garrish used to speak of having been Christ.” Some years before his death, car awakened to a sense of his guilt and dan- departed friend was intrusted with the care of ger as a sinner under a sermon preached a class in connexion with the eity Society. from Gal. vi. 14: “God forbid that I From this office ho shrank in usaffected should glory, save in the cross,” &c. At diffidence, fearing that he was unequal to lovefeasts and other occasions, he has been its responsible duties; but in this new heard to say that his mind had been position he approved bimself to his minisopened very gently, like that of Lydia; ters and the brethren as a faithful man, aud that only gradually had he come into and was greatly esteemed by the members the possession of the “full assurance of of his class. faith.” In one instance, however, after I n the autumn of 1866, Mr. Garrish having partaken of the Lord's Sapper, he had a dangerous and protracted illness. had experienced an extraordinary mani. This period of affliction he regarded as the festation of the Divine graciousness to his brightest portion of his life. In feeblesoul; when the words, “My Beloved is nees and pain his religious experience was mine, and I am Ilis," were applied with more than peaceful. He greatly rejoiced great force to his mind, so that he was in God his Saviour, exercising in Hima filled with a "joy unspeakable." Subse- strong confidence, and enjoyiog much of quently, through a long course of years, the " light of His countenance." To his he largely enjoyed the “Spirit of adop. minister, by whom he was greatly vence tion." During an affliction with which rated, the "aged disciple" gave, from time he was visited in 1823, he resolved, that to time, the most pleasing testimonies in if his life was spared, he would connect relation to his "joy and peace in belierhimself more closely with God's people ing," and the abounding of his "hope by joining one of the Society classes; a through the power of the Holy Ghost." resolution which, on his recovery, he Though in circumstances naturally tendpractically remembered. Soon afterwards ing to awaken anxiety, he was “careful for he became a tract-distributer and Sunday. nothing." Staying his mind simply on school teacher, as also a visiter of the God, in a beautiful childlike faith, he was sick, a work in which he continued, as he kept in “perfect peace.” It seemed to was able, to the end of his long life. A him that "angels hovered around his bed," member of his family remarks, “His and he asked his daughter if she could not religion was not a thing of occasional “hear their music.” times and seasons, but was exbibited in the His health, after a time, being some commouest matters of daily life.” He what restored, he was permitted to resulte sought to “ adorn the doctrine of God his occasionally his attendance at chapel, the Saviour in all things." Great gentleness services of which he so greatly prized; of spirit and an unaffected humility, were and also to meet his class, which he always striking traits in his character. He fol. esteemed a privilege. He remarked in his lowed after "charity,” carefully cultivating family, “ I am willing to stay as long as the love without which all else is but the Lord pleases; and when it is His will “as sounding brass, or a tinkling cym. to take me, I am willing to go." And bal," and "profiteth nothing." "The soon the Master's call came. In the midlaw of kindness," as well as the law of dle of the summer, very suddenly, having truth, was on his lips. He was a devout been present in his accustomed place in man, habitually mindful of the Savivur's the Lord's honse on the preceding Sunday, admonition, “ Watch and pray, that ye he entered the “long-sought rest," leaving enter not into temptation.” Through behind him that " gocd Dame” which is years of domestic trial, his "great re- "ratber to be chosen than great riches;' source," observes his daughter, “was and having " walked " in no slight manner prayer." He carried all his own burdens worthy of the vocation wherewith he had to the Lord; and his most frequent counsel been "called.” to persons in trouble was, "Pray to the
SEPTEMBER 17th, 1867.-At Kirby-Moorside, John Allan, who was born at Cabon, in Lincolnshire, in the year 1799. Ilis parents were connected with the Church of England. When nineteen years of age, he attended a Wesleyan service to ridicule and mock; but before leaving the house of prayer he was convinced of sin and converted to God. The reality of the change effected in him was evinced by a consistent Christian career of nearly half a century. Some time after removing into Yorkshire, he felt called to preach the Gospel. His labours as a Local preacher were successful, not only in the Helms. ley and Pickering Circuits, where he resided, but also in adjoining towns and villages. As a classleader and visiter of the sick, he was beloved by those who were brought under his influence, and made a blessing to them. As a man of business he was remarkable for his firmness and upright. ness. He was suddenly called to his reward, but left consolatory assurance to his friends that he was ready to depart and to be with Christ.
things work together for good to them that love God.” As a class-leader she helped others in their Christian course, and in the use of her property did not forget the poor and the work of the Lord. Her attention to her husband was unremitting till the end of January last, when she also was prostrated by sickness. In all her conflicts she triumphed in Christ, and often repeated the lines,
“In my hand no price I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling."
February 11th, 1868.-At Londonthorpe-Mill, in the Grantham Circuit, Mrs. Elizabeth Smith, aged seventy-four years. She was a native of Billingborough, and in carly life was converted to God, and joined the Wesleyan-Methodist Society. She resided for several years in the Wisbeach and Peterborough Circuits, but in 1845 removed to Londonthorpe-Mill, where she held fast her integrity, and continued a member of the Church of her youth to the day of her death. The Bible was her daily companion, and standard of appeal on all questions relating to doctrine and practice. Her last illness was long and painful, but she was strong in faith. The night before she died, when speaking of her prospect of heaven, she exclaimed, “Faith, mighty faithi, the promise sees,
And looks to that alone ;
And cries, It shall be done!'"
March 12th.-At Canterbury, Mrs. Brown, the beloved wife of Mr. Joseph Brown, and sister of the late Rev. Joseph Earnshaw. She was born of pious parents at Kirkburton, near Huddersfield, and received her first religious impressions at a revival-meeting among the Primitive Methodists, in a village at a distance from her home. On her return, two years after, to her native place, she connected herself with the Wesleyan-Methodist Society, of which several elder branches of the family were members, and continued warmly and conscientiously attached to it till the day of her death. She became a successful Sunday-school teacher, and subsequently a valued class-leader; and in each capacity did good service to those entrusted to her care. To the poor she was a kind and sympathizing friend, relieving their necessities, and directing their thoughts to the true riches. In her domestic relations she was exemplary. She was a faithful wife ; a loving mother, watchful over the interests of her children; a true friend, who could be depended on in the time of need. Her last illness, which was protracted and painful, she bore with Christian fortitude. Severe and depressing temptation assailed her : but through a firm reliance upon the atonement of her Lord, and faith in God's promises, she finally triumphed, and calmly expired in the peace and hope of the Gospel.
February 25th.-At Oldham, Mr. John Chadwick, aged sixty-three years. For a long period he was a partaker of Divine grace, and by integrity and uprightness in business-transactions adorned the doctrine of God our Saviour. He held several offices in the Church, and by deeds and words sought to incite others to liberality in the cause of God. Although he had not been well for many months, his death was unexpected. But he knew whom he had believed, and peace fully heard the Master's call. Only three days afterwards, Mr. Chadwick's wife Elizabeth" fell asleep." When about eighteen years of age, at a cottage prayer meeting, she received forgiveness of her sins through faith in Jesus, and from that time was a steadfast member of the Methodist Society. As the wife of Mr. James Tattersall, and afterwards of Mr. Chadwick, she performed her domestic duties with diligence fidelity, and affection. In seasons of affliction she was resigned and cheerful, knowing that "all
April 16th.-At Fisherton, in the Salisbury Circuit, Jane, the widow of the late Mr. Joseph Harding. Mrs. Harding was born at Amesbury, in Wiltshire, in 1786, and was trained in the teaching of the Established Church. When she was young the Methodists visited Amesbury, and held a preaching service in a bakehouse. At the close of that service, Mrs. Harding, who had now heard the Gospel preached in a way quite new to her, gave the first sixpence towards maintaining the Methodist cause in that place, in which it has flourished for sixty years. She was then seventeen years old. Deep conviction seized her soul, and for years she lived in the "spirit of bondage." At length, however, she cast her soul on Christ, and obtained a clear evidence of God's adopting love. For sixty. I've years Mrs. Harding was a member of the Methodist Society, and a most consistent Christian; and for forty years was the affectionate wife of a most useful Local preacher. She was also for many years a class-leader at Fisherton. IIer
tubercles on the brain-precluded the lucid testimony which she might otherwise bave borne to the faithfulness and love of Christ in her last hour, she was ready, at the call of her Lord, to quit His service on earth for the uninterrupted joy of His presence above. After a few weeks of severe illness, her spirit escaped away.
disposition was gentle and retiring; and her piety steady, cheerful, and exemplary. In her Christian experience she seldom rose above the enjoyment of peace; but, just a week before she died, she told one of the Circuit ministers she had “lately experienced much joy in the Holy Ghost." The death of her lamented husband, fourteen years ago, left many posts of usefulness vacant, and Mrs. Harding did her best to supply his place. She gave liberally to the cause of God, and to charitable institutions ; visited the sick; and relieved the poor. Her death was that of the righteous, and her name will long be had in blessed remembrance.
“ They say she died; it seemed to me,
That after hours of pain and strife,
April 18th.-Rachel, daughter of Mr. William Storr, was born at Bassingham, near Lincoln, on the 21st of April, 1840. Her remains were interred in the same village, on her twentyeighth birthday. Trained in a Christian family, she was always truthful, affectionate, dutiful, and unassuming. Many might have deemed such characteristics sufficient, but she was led to feel the need of a change in her relation to God, and of a spiritual renewal. During her residence at the school of Mrs. Islip, at Kileworth, Leicestershire, she was awakened to a sense of her sinful state ; and her friend and fellow-pupil, the accomplished writer of “Sermons from the Studio," was instrumental in leading her to accept Christ as her personal Saviour. From that time all her amiable qualities shone with additional brightness, while the love of God gave cheerfulness, and often joyousness, to a mind naturally inclined to gravity, if not to sad. ness. One who lived in the same house, and met in the same class, describes her as “ a joy. ous Christian." But her joy was not more marked than her simplicity, humility, and tender regard for the character and reputation of others. One of her class-leaders says, “Her views of the nature of faith were very clear, and her constant habit of simple, childlike trust in Jesus was a prominent feature in her religious character." After her conversion, her letters and conversation showed her solicitude for the salvation of her friends, while they evinced a peculiar aptitude in setting forth the way of salvation to a confused or doubting mind. In several instances she was instrumental in leading distressed souls to Christ. Her fidelity, too, is worthy of men tion. She would not spare her own feelings, or retain a valued friendship, by conniving at a fault which, if unexposed, might become serious ; but she would refer to it in the most loving manner. Her mind was of a superior order, delighting to dwell on the infinite perfections of God, and especially His condescension to sinners.
April 21st.-At Whiteparish, in the Salisbury Circuit, John Smith. He came between forty and fifty years ago to reside at White parish, and was then an ignorant and ungodly man, and a persecutor of the people of God While he was in this state, the Rev. Isaac Bradnack preached on Whiteparish Common. Amongst the villagers who heard him was Mr. Smith. Under tuis, the first Methodist sermon ever preached at White parish, he was, with many others, convinced of sin, and found peace with God at : prayer meeting shortly afterwards. From that time to his death Mr. Smith strove to adorn the doctrines of the Gospel, and in the midst of persecution steadily held on his way. Through the exertion of himself and his brethren, a small place of worship was soon opened, which is now replaced by a commodious chapel, which Mr. Smith rejoiced to see erected some years before his death. For thirty years he was a Local preacher and class-leader,--two offices in which be displayed considerable strength and firmness of mind, as well as great consistency and zeal. As a preacher his talent lay in setting forth the demands, and declaring the penalty, of God's law; but he never forgot the glorious Gospel of Christ. During the somewbat protracted illness which ended in his death, Mr. Smith beautifully illustrated God's sustaining grace. To all visiters he said, "I am soon to be with Christ," and entreated them to meet him in a world of holiness and rest.
May 30th.-At Crag- View, Shipley, aged forty-seven years, Mr. Robert Southworth. He was brought to the saving knowledge of the truth under the ministry of the Rev. William Sugden, and a genuine conversion was followed by a career of great Christian activity and usefulness. His character furnished a beautiful illustration of the apostolic injunction, "Yot slothful in business ; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord." His friends were anticipating the prospect of extended spiritual influence, when his life was unexpectedly terminated by an afiliction of great severity. During a period of acute suffering his mind was kept in perfect peace. Buch utterances as extreme pain or complete prostration permitted, were full of assurance and hope ; and the final victory was decisive. « The memory of the just is blessed."
J. P. L.
ledge, she combined a quick insight into charac. ter, and was well adapted to the sphere of life she selected,- the instruction of young ladies. The school she established in Lincoln, eighteen months before her death, bade fair by its increasing prosperity, to reward the loving, unwearied care she bestowed upon it But her work was soon done. Though the nature of her disease
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