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to heaven, to hold up their hands, which was instantly responded to by the whole congregation, 20 or 30 persons only excepted,
At the conclusion of the prayer meeting, when praying the last time by way of concluding, I felt uncommon liberty of access--but () the noise, and as some would say disorder, my voice was lost almost in the gene
ral shout, till one loud, shrill voice
MACCLESFIELD. On Monday last, 16th May, was prayed, and closed with the usual laid the foundation stone of our new benedictional dismissal. The dimenchapel, in the town of Macclesfield. sions of the building are 48 feet by The site, on which the building is 33 feet; the edifice will be both neat being erected, is one of the most and commodious; and the expendicentral, and, in the general opinion, ture an economical one.. the most eligible, in every respect, Our cause in this town and neighwhich could have been selected for bourhood has had to contend with the purpose.
many difficulties; and those of no We designed the ceremony of lay- ordinary description. And, notwithing the foundation stone, to be at standing the faithlessness of some, tended to, as unostentatiously as pos yet, a devoted few, a little band, sible. We, therefore, did not give zealous and persevering, have proved extensive publicity to our intentions. faithful, even amid the faithless ; Nevertheless, the assemblage of peo- and, the Great Head of the Church ple on the occasion was rather great. hath blessed them.
We commenced the service by During the sittings of our last Ansinging part of the hymn beginning nual Assembly, about forty persons, with-"Eternal power whose high with a Mr. Crowther, their minister, abode.” Then unto Jehovah, the all of whom were of a denomination only true and living God, and in his called, “ The Christian Society,' great temple-the open air, solemn withdrew from our friends in this supplication was presented. After town. In point of fact, they were this, we sang a verse or two of the never of us; union with us, dependhymn commencing with—“ Lord of ing on the reception of their minister the worlds above, &c. Afterwards, into our itinerancy. — They were, a document which had been pre- nevertheless, by some means, perhaps pared for the purpose, to be through mistake, included in the enclosed within a sealed bottle, and aggregate of number for Macclesfield, also to be deposited in a cavity of the as appears in our Minutes of last year. stone, was read. The reading of it The real number of members at occupied about twenty minutes.-It the commencement of our present was manifestly listened to with at- Methodistical year, was, therefore, tention, accompanied with feelings only 87. Yet we have cause of abundeeply impressive and interesting. dant gratitude; we now stand as to Mr. Joseph Blythman, Wesleyan number about 120. Our societies have Methodist Association itinerant Min- been both gradually increasing and ister, then laid the foundation stone, consolidating. They are, generally in the name of the Holy Trinity speaking, growing both in "knowthe Father, the Son, and the Holy ledge and in love." Their spiritual Ghost-the one only God. A brief state, I believe to be a healthy one: address was also given by Mr. and we are anticipating much, in Blythman; after which we sang part connection with the erection of our of that almost inimitably fine devo- new chapel. tional composition “ Before Jeho- We would adopt the sublimely beauvah's awful throne,” &c. Again tiful language of the inspired Psalmist
-"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. They shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls; and prosperity within thy palaces.” Our local ministers are both efficient and zealous men. Our class-leaders are also
truly pious, and devoted. And we are all unitedly labouring in the good cause.
“Not unto us, O Lord! Not unto us; but unto Thy name give the glory!” Amen, and Amen! J. B.
LYNN. On Sunday, April 17th, 1842, two meeting was addressed by the Rev. J. sermons were preached in the Associ- Wigner and R. Hamilton, Mr. Cook ation Chapel,' North Clough Lane, (Baptist) and the chairman. By a sinLynn, in aid of the funds of the Wes- gular, but it is presumed undesigned, leyan' Methodist Association, Home coincidence, there were special services and Foreign Missions ;-in the after at the Wesleyan and the Primitive noon, at half-past two, by the Rev. J. Methodist Chapels on the same day T. Wigner, Baptist Minister, and in that our sermons were preached. the evening, at Six o'clock, by the These things proved somewhat unfaRev, R. Hamilton, Independent Minis- vourable to our collections. As a ter.
proof of the friendly feeling manifested On Monday evening, April 18th, a towards us by the Disser
towards us by the Dissenters, it may public meeting was held in the Chapel. be observed, that the Baptists closed Mr. Palmer, à respectable tradesman their chapel' in the afternoon, and the of the town, was requested to take writer occupied the pulpit in the Indethe chair. Á Report, illustrative of pendent chapel in the evening. Through the origin, principles and present state the kindness of some of our friends, of the Association, was read to the who furnished trays at their own exMeeting; after which speeches were pense, almost the whole of the proceeds delivered by the Reverends J. T. Wigner of the tea will be devoted to the and W. Jones, and Messrs. Jessop and Mission Funds. From what we can Palmer.
learn, all were satisfied with the proOn Wednesday, April 20th, a tea vision, and delighted with the proceedmeeting was held in the Baptist school ings. ( that God would look upon us, room, Broad Street. Upwards of 120 and revive His work among us." persons sat down to tea. After tea,
W. Jones. the writer took the chair; and the
BURY. On Sunday, the 24th of May, two very money, exceeded our most sanguine appropriate and impressive Sabbath expectations; and in addition to which School sermons, were preached in we confidently anticipate donations, Brunswick Chapel, Wesleyan Asso which with the above will place in the ciation, Bury. That in the afternoon hands of the Treasurer, upwards of by the Rev. W. Ince, of Heywood, £50. The primary object of the and in the evening by the Rev. J. teachers is to inculcate the imperishable Molineux, of Liverpool.
principles of Christianity. On the morning of the same day, The Committee and Teachers of an address to the scholars and their the School, in presenting their acknowparents, was delivered by Mr. Molineux, ledgments to the friends of the Instiwhose peculiar style of address, and tution, for the pecuniary aid afforded admirable adaptation of phraseology, them during a series of years, stated and matter to a juvenile auditory, with peculiar pleasure, that ninety-three never fail to command attention, of the scholars are now members of the to reach the understanding, and to society; and in their class meeting they impress the youthful mind with the fervently supplicate the divine blessing importance of seeking first the king to rest' upon the school and their dom of heaven and its righteousness. teachers; thus manifesting their gratiThe collections amounted to £41 12 51, tude for the benefits they have received, which, considering the unparalleled and their solicitude for the spiritual commercial gloom which prevails around welfare of others. us, and the consequent scarcity of
T. C. JOHNS, PRINTER, Red Lion Court, Fleet Street
WESLEYAN METHODIST ASSOCIATION
MEMOIR OF THE LATE MR. SAMUEL HAY,
OF CARRICKFERGUS, IRELAND.
By Mr. J. Tidswell.
The recollection of departed excellence, which a long series of years had developed and matured, is mingled with a melancholy feeling, and not unfrequently excites the tribute of a tear from those who are left behind. True Christian humility has led some persons to desire that nothing be publicly said of their excellence and virtues after their decease; yet had they been sure that a faithful friend would only say so much as would exalt the riches of Christ, their scruples would perhaps have been overcome. However anxious we may be to regard the humble hesitations of those who have “passed the important hour of death,” they ought not to be deemed paramount to the spiritual profit of the living. Humility was a grace which highly adorned the character of Mr. Hay; he was one of those individuals who were as so many " living epistles”. of the age in which the founder of Methodism flourished.
Mr. Samuel Hay was a native of Freland. He was born in the town of Carrickfergus, July 29, 1773. He was the youngest of his father's family consisting of eight children. Both his parents were among the first in Carrickfergus who were converted to God by the preaching of Mr. Wesley, and their house was always his home when he came round the north of Ireland ; as it was also for all his preachers.
Mr. Hay's father was a class leader for many years, and zealous in promoting the interests of our common Christianity through the instrumentality of Methodism. He delighted in visiting the sick and afflicted, whether of body or mind; attending the prisoners in the jail and accompanying them to the place of execution. On such occasions when the awful processions were slowly moving to the fatal spot, he raised his voice and pointed the condemned culprits to the Friend of sinners ; told them of the love of Jesus in dying to save the vilest and worst : and it is to be hoped, says Mr. Hay, in his diary, that many of the
violaters of their country's laws, thus obtained mercy in the eleventh hour. But while he was zealous in public for God's cause, he was equally concerned for the spiritual welfare of his own family; and like every true Christian, who governs his house well, he brought up his children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Nor was Mr. Hay's mother a whit behind the chief of the mothers in Israel at this time. As far as her means and family concerns would permit, she sought to alleviate the miseries of the wretched female prisoners in the jail ; and when prohibited from praying with them in their cells, she would pray for them outside the prison walls. She was naturally of an industrious turn of mind; but after her conversion,' Mr. Hay says, she became more than ordinary diligent in seconding the efforts of my father in providing for their rising family. Thus they lived in the sweet enjoyment of domestic comfort, which is only to be found by those who have • the love of God shed abroad in their hearts.' After a short illness she died in the full triumph of faith in the year 1773. About five years after her death, Mr. Hay's father married a person with whom he was “unequally yoked,” much to the dissatisfaction of his children, some of whom were grown up. Hence arose family grievances and divisions too often the concomitant effects of introducing high and imperious women to fill the places of tender and affectionate mothers removed by death. His father was desirous that he should be early instructed in the knowledge of the Scriptures; and when five years of age, he could read them with a degree of fluency and ease, which, in those days, was rarely to be met with in youths of 12 or 15 years. In 1778, Mr. Wesley visited Carrickfergus, and made his father's house his home. His penetrating mind soon discovered in Samuel a taste for learning, and as his father intended to have him educated as well as his circumstances would permit, Mr. Wesley proposed to take him to Kings. wood School at a proper age. But being the youngest of the family, his father, by whom he was much beloved, could not make up his mind to part with him, and therefore declined the offer. It was not long after his father's second marriage that the dissentions in the family preyed much upon his mind, which brought on a disorder of body that hastened the end of his mortal journey. He died in 1780; and there is reason to believe, although he suffered much spiritual loss through this imprudent step, that his soul went home to God. The evil effects, however, of this connexion, did not die with him, as were too visible in the family after his decease.
The cares of the family now wholly devolved upon the eldest sister and brother of the subject of this memoir, who took up house-keeping for themselves ; and undertook the charge of the other children. The eldest brother being left to himself, soon forgot the pious instructions of his parents, neglected his business and the temporal concerns of the family, and forsook the God of his fathers; and it became impossible for the eldest sister to keep the family together: hence they were separated and had to provide for themselves.
Samuel was now left to indulge in the follies of youth without a guardian to watch over him, and soon contracted pernicious habits. Not having been brought up to any trade, he was easily persuaded to go on board a man-of-war. At this time he was seventeen years of age, ånd by his diligent attention to the business of the vessel, he was soon qualified to perform any part of a seaman's duty. His dexterity as a sailor, and the progress which he made in the science of navigation, quickly attracted the notice of the captain, who wished him to live with his steward, and get the benefit of being educated with some of the officers on board. But the strong attachment he had formed to the sailors caused him to reject the kind and liberal offer. His conduct and state of mind at this period he describes as follows :- During my stay of three years and eight months on board the vessel, I was saved from profane swearing, and scarcely ever neglected praying to God at night lying in my hammock, but never bent the knee lest I should become the laughing stock of the sailors. At this time, and under these circumstances, I was at a distance from God, and yet like the world, indulged a vain hope that I should get to heaven at death! Oh, what delusion !' At the expiration of the above period, and after many preservations from the perils of the deep,' he returned home, and for a short time lived with his brother, and wrought at his business. But the inattention of the latter to business, destroyed Samuel's domestic comfort and withered his future prospects. These circumstances caused him to form an intimacy with a female whom he soon married, although his worldly prospects were then very gloomy. He was much averse to a sea-faring life, but this was the only calling he could follow; and as it was imperative that he should do something for a livelihood, he very reluctantly entered on board a vessel, bound from Belfast to Jamaica. On their arrival in the Island, the yellow fever was raging, and he had not been there long before he was seized with it. The thoughts of death and eternity now troubled his soul; he prayed to be restored; God answered his prayer, and, to use his own words, 'had not the Lord sent me prompt medical assistance I must have sunk down to hell in my sins and in my blood. After his recovery he returned home, still without God and without hope in the world. He commenced blue-dying, but not finding it likely to succeed, he set sail for America, and took his wife and two of his sisters with him, fully intending to settle there. But, alas ! how soon are the schemes and designs of man blighted by the withering influence of bereavement and domestic affliction? They were not long in New York before their house was a scene of mourning. His first child was born soon after their arrival, but died in five weeks.
After this, both his sisters were seized with sickness of which they died; and through his close attention to them he was unable to follow his daily calling. But that God whose watchful eye is ever attentive to the wants of his meanest creatures, raised up a society of friends, who administered to their comfort. From this severe shock, he came to the resolution of returning home; and after a passage of thirty days he arrived in his native town. After this he followed a sea-faring life for some time, trading to different parts of Spain and France.
When he finally settled in Carrickfergus he was appointed weighmaster of the town. This, together with his own industry, enabled him to keep his rising family in tolerable circumstances; and, he says in his diary, if we had been under the influence of grace, we might have been happy and comfortable.'