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whereby they may be saved; but it was yet more interesting to hear the preacher publish the glad tidings of salvation. To see and hear the truths, yes, the heart-felt truths of Christianity, so powerfully exhibited, by one who for half-a-century has been industriously engaged in practical astronomy, mathematical calculations, and philosophical experiments, were indeed truly inspiring. May much fruit follow. Notwithstanding the depression of the times, the amount collected was more than last year.
Things in this circuit upon the whole present a cheering aspect. At our principal places the congregations are good, and the number of members in society is increasing—to God be all the praise.
We have very recently opened a day school at Worle, in connexion with our chapel; principally to afford the children of the poor in this neighbourhood, the means of a mental and moral education on moderate terms, of which it is hoped their parents will see it to be of great importance to avail themselves .
The third anniversary services of the Palmer's Elm Sabbath school, were held on Sunday and Monday, May 15th and 16th. Sermons were preached on Sunday, by the Rev. J. Ward, from Worcester, to crowded and deeply attentive congregations. On Monday afternoon, the school children went in procession, carrying banners suitably inscribed from the chapel through Puxton, to the premises of our old friend Mr. Stabbings, where they were regaled with tea and cake. About two hundred persons took tea together in the chapel, which was tastefully decorated with flowers and evergreens. After tea, a public meeting was held. Mr. J. Carveth, circuit minister, in the chair. Our excellent friend Mr. Rich conducted the examination of the children. The meeting was addressed by the ltevds. W. Dennis, (Independent), and J. Ward, (Association); also by Messrs. Derham, and J. Horner, local preachers. The collections were liberal, exceeding those of last year. The attendances at the services were good. It is hoped the seed sown will spring up in time and luxuriate in eternity. 'We have abundant reason to thank God and take courage.
Died, April 14, 1842, at Trelawder, near Amble, in the Camelford and Wadebridge Circuit, in the thirty-fifth year of her age, Mrs. Mary Ann Rowse, wife of Mr. Richard Rowse. Her early life, like that of the generality of young persons, was spent without God. About sixteen months ago, by the gentle drawings of the Spirit of God, she was led to embrace religion. She afterwards experienced a change of heart, from which time her growth in grace was remarkable, and apparent to all. Her piety was evidenced by establishing family prayer, exhorting others to forsake the paths once trod by her, and by her general Christian deportment.
The affliction, which terminated in her death, commenced shortly after her
conversion. She had previously been poorly, hut now she became worse.
In affliction her desires were intense towards the house of God. About a week before her death, a blood vessel burst. In her sufferings, she manifested great patience. She was highly delighted when people came to read and pray with her.
When I visited her, I found her in a delightful frame of mind, happy in God, and resigned to his will. Frequently was she found, when alone on her sick bed, deeply engaged in prayer with God. She would often exclaim,—
"And can it be that I should gain,
Amazing love, how can it be,
That thou, my Lord, should'st die
for m^' "My God is reconciled,
His pardoning voice I hear, &.c."
The Saturday before her death, when visited by her sister, she said she could not rejoice as formerly, but after reading with her, she said, Now, I can rejoice, and say,
"Yonder's my house and portion fair, &c." Again, when asked how her mind was, she said, I can now say, "O death, where is thy sting! O grave, where is thy victory. Thanks be unto God, who giveth me the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Two days before her death, when asked, again, what her prospects were, she said, ' Where Jesus is, I shall be, to behold his glory.' When suffering great pain,she was led to exclaim, 'My sufferings are nothiifg, compared with what Christ suffered for me.' Aftetex
pressing a wish for the Lord to take her, she was led to say, 'Am I sinning in so doing? She was in the habit of learning two verses of Scripture, and a verse of a hymn every morning. This she continued to do till within a day or two of her death.
About a week previous to her death, her sister requested, that if deprived of speech, she would hold up her hand in token of her happiness, which she did, continuing to bold it up, till near death. She then held up both hands in token of victory, saying, 'Farewell all,' and repeated two lines of a hymn, and said something about the Lord, which could not be distinctly heard. She then requested her sister to pray with her, and shortly after sweetly fell asleep in Jesus, without a sigh or a groan. She was universally beloved. Her death was improved by the writer in the chapel at Amble, May 10th, 1842, to a deeply attentive audience.
Where are ye with whom in life I started,
Dear companions of my golden days?
Flown like morning clouds a thousand ways.
Where art thou, in youth my friend and brother,—
Yea, in soul, my friend and brother still;
Can the void in my lone bosom fill.
Where is she whose looks were love and gladness,
Love and gladness I no longer see ?—
Nature seems her sepulchre to me.
Where am I,—life's current faintly flowing;
Brings the welcome warning of release;
All is well, my spirit parts in peace.
WESLEYAN METHODIST ASSOCIATION
MEMOIR OF THE LATE MRS. MARTIN,
By her Husband.
The subject of this brief memorial was born May 20tb, 1800, at Frindsbnry, near Chatham, in Kent. At the age of seven years she attended a Sunday school, but did not become seriously concerned about the salvation of her soul, until she was about thirteen years of age, when under a sermon preached by the Rev. A. Fletcher, to Sunday school children, her mind received divine impressions which were never afterwards effaced. Although she had always been strictly moral in her outward conduct, yet she now felt that she was a sinner in the sight of God, and was led earnestly to seek for redemption in the blood of Christ, even the forgiveness of sins. One morning, while earnestly engaged in prayer, she felt powerfully applied to her mind, the -words, "Arise! Shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee." Her sorrow was now turned into joy, the light of God's countenance shone upon her soul; and although at times the light was somewhat beclouded, yet she never lost her confidence in God.
When she was about fourteen years of age, she went to reside at Brompton, near Chatham, and soon after, united herself to the Methodist Society, and became a teacher in the Sunday school: Mr. Thomas Mortimer, now a minister in the "Establishment," was the superintendent of the school, and he extended to her his fostering care, and she derived much benefit from his instructions and advice. This led her, in after life, to give particular attention to young persons, endeavouring to communicate to them such advantages as she also had received.
Having only a weak constitution, she seldom had the happiness of enjoying good health, and became an easy prey to disease. Soon after her conversion, she left home' for the purpose of learning a business; some members of the family with which she resided were attacked with a fever, to one of whom it proved fatal. My late wife took the fever, and was so ill, that it was scarcely expected that she would recover. She was saved, however, from the fear of death—God strengthened and upheld her. Her trust was in him who said, "Fear not, for I am with thee, he not dismayed, for I am thy God."
Shortly after she had recovered from this illness, she was solicited to hecome a visitor of the sick, but with that delicacy of feeling by which she was ever distinguished, she objected, on account of her youth. Some months afterwards, she consented to visit the sick in company with an elderly lady.
When about sixteen years of age, she began to keep a journal of her experience, the following is the first entry.—
"August 4th, 1816. A review of my past experience I have often found useful and encouraging, on this account, I write down the exercises of my mind, hoping, that by frequently reading them, I may be led to adore the riches of sovereign grace, praise the Lord for his former mercies, and be encouraged to persevere in a holy life. With joy I welcome the return of another Sabbath. Oh! let this holy day be consecrated entirely to God. My Sabbaths on earth will soon be ended, but I look forward with joy unutterable to that day which will never have an end."
"August 7th. Life like a vapour flies; so on will my mortal state be ended; the objects which now occupy so large a portion of my thoughts, will shortly lose their importance and vanish. Vanity i6 stamped on every earthly enjoyment, but pleasure, without alloy, will be found in heaven."
In common with all who deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow Christ, she had to endure temptation,—her mind was sometimes painfully exercised, and she felt her own weakness and dependence upon the grace of God. From the time when she first joined the Methodist Society, she derived much benefit from the class meetings, and always highly esteemed those means of grace. She made the following entry in her journal upon this subject.—
"Nov. 26th, 1816. I was at my class this evening, the Lord was with me. Oh! how I love this means of grace, my soul has often been watered and blessed while we have been telling one another the dealings of the Lord with us. Then "They that feared the Lord, spake often one to another, and the Lord hearkened and beard, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord and thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels."
In a very short time after this, she became subject to afflictionand had it strongly impressed upon her mind, that her days would soon be ended,—but she did not complain, no murmur escaped her lips—she could rejoice in prospect of death, as appears from what she has recorded as follows.—
*' Dec. 1st. 1816. I have been very poorly in bed this last week, but, bless the Lord, strong in faith, nothing doubting; though kept from his house, I feel he is every where present. Sometimes, methinks, I could—
"Clap my glad wings and tower away,
"Dec. 8th. Still under the afflicting hand of God,—but bless the Lord I rest in the assurance it will work for my good,—the Lord keep me from murmuring, for in the day when he makes up his jewels I shall have reason to praise him that ever I was afflicted."
"And when to that bright world I rise,
When about entering upon her seventeenth year, she wrote as follows :—
"I regret that I did not know the Lord sooner, I may say with the Poet:
"Ah! why did I so late thee know,
Oh! may I so run and so fight as to conquer, that after having accomplished what the Lord has given me to do, I may sit down by his throne, where I shall see his lovely face.—When I consider the relation in which I stand to God, by creation, and redemption,—when I consider the near relation in which I stand as his adopted child,!—made to be "an heir of God, and a joint-heir with Jesus Christ," transporting thought, a child of the King of kings, and Lord of lords. 1 exclaim, Oh f may I never disgrace my high and holy calling."
The preceding extracts from her journal show how early and deeply her mind was occupied with that religion which she so faithfully exemplified through life, and which was her support during her last painful illness. I shall pass over several years and close these extracts with the remarks she recorded on commencing another year.—
"I know not but that it may be said to me, " This year, thou shalt die." I feel at this time my body very feeble: may it, therefore, be my chief object and study, at all times, to live as seeing Him who is invisible, that I may be ready whenever the summons shall come, to enter into his joy and sit down on his throne."
On the 25th of December, 1823, she entered into the marriage state. On the same day she caught a violent cold, which was followed by a long and very painful illness. I then thought, that insiduous death was about,—
"to rend asunder,
But God in his infinite mercy gave her back to me again. Change of scene and of air were now thought requisite, and we went to reside in Poplar, where in May, 1825, the Lord gave unto us our first-born; but at the end of eleven weeks, she was called away, and fled to the realms of bliss. After this, we came to reside in Deptford, when in December 1835, her faith and patience were again exercised, by an attack of acute rheumatism, which brought her into a very low state, — her sufferings under this affliction were painful in the extreme. Before she had fully recovered from this affliction, a fever of a yet more dangerous character assailed her, and brought her again to the verge of the eternal world. Divine goodness, however, preserved her life, and