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believers; and the congregations are | Rowland; Rev. A. Mackey of Antrim; large beyond all precedent. The morn- | Rev. C. J. Kennedy, of Paisley; Rev. ing audience usually fills the Chapel | T. Pullar, Independent minister; Rev. comfortably with members of Socieiy; / W. Anderson, of the Relief Church; and in the after part of the day, it is and Mr. Greig, of London. crowded to excess with serious and . This meeting was one of more than attentive hearers.
ordinary interest. It is not too much No revival of religion at any time, to say, that all present were highly was more evidently the fruit of the gratified and profited ; and we believe Spirit's operation than this. There it will give a new impulse to the memwas as much of huinan agency in the bers of the church, to labour with Church, as was necessary to enable the diligent perseverance in the cause of people to claim the promise of the home and foreign missions. The conDivine blessing; but the work itself gregations at all the services were good; has beyond all controversy, been em and the amount collected quite equalled phatically the WORK OF GOD. And our expectation. I am happy to observe that our friends 1 Our mission station at Kilmarnock, view it in this light; and that whilst is one of considerable promise; and they say, “ Not unto us, not unto us, notwithstanding some discouragements, O Lord !" the crown by universal con we hope to see it, in the course of a sent is placed upon the head of the few years, the centre of a prosperous Saviour; and in adoring wonder at his circuit. Already some fruit has been boundless mercy, they fall prostrate at seen in the conversion of sinners to his feet, ascribing to him all praise and God.
A. K. glory.
May this work increase and spread through all our borders, March 11, 1842.
The fourth anniversary of the Wes
leyan Methodist Association Sabbath GLASGOW.
School, connected with the Tabernacle,
Batty-place, Scarborough, was held The anniversary services of the on Sunday, Feb. 20th ; when sermons Glasgow Missionary Society, were were preached in the morning and commenced on Sabbath the 13th of evening, by the Rev. J. Dunning from February; when excellent sermons Whitby, to large and deeply attentive were preached in Canon-street chapel, audiences. In the afternoon, approby the Rev. Alexander Mackey in the priate pieces selected for the occasion, morning; and by Mr. David Rowland were recited by several of the children, of Liverpool in the afternoon and which excited a deep interest in the evening. A gracious influence ac congregation assembled. On Monday companied the services of the day ; | evening, Mr. Dunning delivered a and it is hoped the powerful appeals clear, eloquent and convincing lecmade to the judgment and conscience ture, proving the being and perfections of those who listened to the word of of God from the works of creation. lise, will be productive of lasting good. On Tuesday afternoon, the friends met
On the following evening a public for tea at the Odd Fellows' Hall; missionary meeting was held in the being pleased with the beautiful and chapel, commencing at half-past seven commodious edifice, the abundance of o'clock. After the usual devotional good things provided, and the great services, J. Mitchell, Esq., one of the attention paid by the Committee of city magistrates, (who has since given Management, every countenance indifive pounds to the chapel fund) took acted the highest pleasure and satisthe chair; the duties of which he dis faction. After tea, highly interesting charged with great Christian courtesy addresses were delivered by the Rev. and ability. Able and interesting Messrs. Jeffries and Richardson, Prispeeches were delivered by Mr. David | mitive Methodists; the Rev. J. Dun
ning, Wesleyan Association; and the work of faith and labour of love with Rev. B. Evans, Baptist minister. A increasing diligence. The amount of feeling of exquisite delight and enthu- support our school received from the siasm prevailed during the whole of public, generally, exceeded that of the evening; and the friends separated any former occasion.
W.C. with the determination to pursue their /
RECENT DEATHS. Died at Whitehaven, on Feb. 9, 1842, Died at Whitehaven, on Feb. 1, 1842, David Abann. Our late beloved bro- Thomas Lewin, Our late dear brother ther had been sincerely endeavouring enjoyed pure religion for thirty years; to serve God, according to the light be | twelve of which he was a leader. Deep enjoyed for upwards of twenty years; | humility, ardent love, strong faith, about eighteen of which he enjoyed a burning zeal, obedience to God, and clear sense of the love of God, and was | universal charity to man, were the leadzealous in his cause. He was naturally ing features of his private character. very reserved, but intelligent and dis He was regular in his attention to criminating ; he did the work of the private and family prayer: these and his Lord with diligence and fidelity. For Bible, his class, and the house of God, several months he endured great suffer were bis delight. His death was sudings, with great meekness and exem den, yet it was gloriously peaceful and plary patience, until he conquered all, happy. “Let me die the death of the by sweetly falling asleep in Jesus, and righteous. Blessed are the dead that entered into that rest which remains die in the Lord."
J. T. for the people of God. J, T.
Passing along their noiseless way,
Unheeded by the world they are; With beauty paints the blushing rose.
Their excellence shall ne'er decay.
WESLEYAN METHODIST ASSOCIATION
MEMOIR OF THE LATE ELIZABETH TABB,
OF ST. MABYN, CORNWALL.
The subject of this memoir was born at St. Mabyn, in the Camel. ford and Wadebridge Circuit, July 13th, 1817. In the early period of her life her natural temper was most amiable, and gained her the love of her relations and acquaintances. She was the subject of Divine impressions from her childhood; but remaining a stranger to the converting grace of God, her youthful days were passed away in that state of almost irreproachable indecision which often characterizes the conduct of young people.
In November 1831 it pleased the Almighty to visit her with the typhus fever, which threatened “to be unto death ; ” but after six months of severe suffering, contrary to the expectations of all around her, she was raised from the bed of affliction, and frequently, during the after part of her life, she has been heard to express her gratitude and praises to the Giver of all good, for sparing her until she found the precious pearl of pardoning love.
In June 1835 she removed from St. Mabyn to St. Austell, to learn the dress making business; and under the direction of Divine providence, was placed with a pious female : this was an eventful part of her history. She was now an inmate of a family who feared God. Here the word of God was highly prized; and the good man of the house might be found surrounded by the family circle, reading a portion of that blessed book, and then with bended knees, before the footstool of Divine mercy, imploring the blessing of his heavenly Father to rest on himself and on those committed to his care. How many heads of families who are professors of religion will stand abashed, in the great day of accounts, when charged with the neglect of the important duty of offering prayer before the Lord and reading His holy word !
Several of the members of the family being united to the Conference Methodist Society, Elizabeth was affectionately invited to accompany them to the public ordinances of God's house ; and it appears every endeavour was made to induce her to cast in her lot among the people of God; they earnestly desired to have her as a companion in their journey towards the promised land. These kind persuasions had the desired effect. Elizabeth soon became anxious respecting the concerns of her immortal soul, and felt an ardent desire to flee from the “ wrath to come.” She felt a great inclination to be united to the Methodist Society, but being totally unacquainted with the nature of class meetings—fear and shame combined kept her away for some time from this precious means of grace. Oh that this delightful soul-invigorating, soul-helping means were more known to penitent seekers of salvation ! How many thousands, it is to be feared, who have been “pricked to the heart" under the faithful ministry of the Gospel, have again lost their good impressions, and finally sunk into the pit of despair in consequence of their not attending a class meeting ! How little does the young convert know of the difficulties, dangers, and intricacies of the way, the snares of the world, the subtilty of the enemy, and above all, of the deceitfulness of his own heart; but having once become identified with the church of God, he finds in the class meeting the instruction and help he requires : our class leaders and experienced Christians point out the way, and minister consolation. In the class meeting the trembling sinner-whose labouring conscience has been groaning under the burden of guilt, and who has been led to exclaim with respect to himself, “ Surely the mercy of God is clean gone for ever; who can shew me any good ?”-has there found others who were once precisely in the same situation there he has heard them declare how, when, and where, their burdened souls were set at liberty. Thus the penitent has been encouraged; he has ventured on Jesus, the Rock of Ages, has been saved by faith in him, walked in the light of God's countenance, witnessed a good confession on earth, and finally reached the desired haven. But to return to our narrative.
Elizabeth being present at the St. Austell Conference Methodist chapel one Sabbath evening, heard the preacher request the members of one of the classes to remain after the public service to renew their quarterly tickets, and he invited those who were seeking salvation to remain with them; especially such as contemplated union with the Church of Christ. She resolved to stay, and as the minister proceeded to address the several members, she thought this must surely be like a class meeting. Fearing that the preacher would also speak to her, she trembled exceedingly. When he came to the place where she sat, he spoke to her ; but poor Elizabeth was covered with shame and confusion, and, to use her own words, • felt like a criminal, and like the person mentioned in the Gospel, who had not on the wedding garment, and was speechless. From this period, however, the religious character of Elizabeth assumed a more definite form; she felt unceasing concern for the salvation of her soul, and resolved to yield to the strivings of the Holy Spirit.
A short time after she accompanied some friends to a chapel about three miles distant, where the Lord had recently, in a most gracious manner, revived his work. Whilst there the Holy Spirit wrought most powerfully on her mind. She was so deeply convinced of her need of salvation, that she fell on her knees in the midst of the congregation,
and cried aloud in the Publican's language, “God be merciful to me a sinner,” and remained in an agony of prayer, wrestling with God with the resolution of Jacob, “ I will not let thee go unless thou bless me.” The Lord heard the voice of her supplication, and before she left the chapel spoke peace to her soul. Having thus received assurance of the Divine favour, her grief was turned into holy joy, her “midnight into day.” From this time she grew in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The holy Scriptures now became endeared to her heart; and by searching them, she increased in knowledge, wisdom, and joy : it appears that she retained a full assurance of her acceptance with God from this period to the day of her death. In her experience, that Scripture was delightfully fulfilled, "Blessed are the people that know the joyful sound, they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance; in thy righteousness shall they be exalted, and in thy name shall they rejoice all the day.”
Not long after her conversion she was again laid under an afflicting dispensation of Providence, which once more apparently brought her very near the gates of death. All hopes of her recovery were banished ; but with God all things are possible, and she was again restored to a measure of health and strength. Her delicate constitution, however, received so severe a shock that it laid the foundation of pulmonary consumption, which finally brought her to the grave. Little is known respecting her experience in this affliction, she being at that time under the care of an aunt residing at Grampound, to which place she was removed from St. Austell, in consequence of her illness. It appears, however, that the bed of suffering was cheered by the delightful prospect of a blessed immortality. In the latter part of the year 1839 her health was sufficiently re-established to permit her return to her native village-to the great joy of her affectionate parents, who had given up all hopes of seeing her again domiciled under their roof. For some time her disorder lay in an incipient state, and it was not until about the following April that it was discovered to have fixed upon her lungs.
In the latter end of August, 1839, we were graciously favoured at St. Mabyn with such a wonderful outpouring of the Spirit of all grace, as had never before been known in the neighbourhood. This visitation of Divine mercy continued, without interruption, for upwards of five weeks; and although, in this agricultural locality, a great majority of the people were busily engaged in the harvest field, yet nearly all the inhabitants of the village and neighbourhood, with one accord, flocked to the Association chapel night after night, when the toils of the harvest day were over. Week after week passed away-still the chapel continued to be crowded with attentive hearers. Very many were fully convinced of their deplorable condition without an interest in Christ Jesus. Many were the tears, cries, and prayers offered to God, imploring salvation. Scores of persons found the remission of their sins, through the blood of our blessed Redeemer, who yet continue walking in the fear of the Lord to the present time. Oh! with what delight and joy did our dear sister, on her return, greet some of her old acquaintances, who, a short time previous, had been brought to a saving knowledge of the