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Revival of Religion at Strut ton, in the Camelford and IVadtbridge Circuit.
""Venture great things in the Lord, and you will see great things."—
Stratton, a small market town, on the borders of Devonshire, about four miles from Kilkhampton, where Hervey commenced his meditations; and the northernmost part of the Camelford and Wadebridge circuit, was in the beginning of March last visited with one of the most extraordinary revivals ever remembered in the neighbourhood; though, by some inadvertence, no account of it has appeared in the Magazine. The case is so encouraging, and affords such a striking comment on those words of Scripture, "Have faith in God," Mark xi. 22, that it has been thought fit to transmit an account of it for preservation in the Magazine, that in after days it may be said, "What hath God wrought!" and even now may encourage others to expect similar results.
Stratton has had preaching in it by the Association almost since its commencement. For two or three years the preaching was in a small dwellingliouse; but some time ago the friends in the neighbourhood, and in the circuit, made an extraordinary effort, and built a large substantial chapel, capable of holding about 400 persons. From the first, the chapel was well attended,
£articularly on Sunday afternoons. ittle or no improvement, however, took place in the number of members. That number was very small, being but one class. They, however, continued united, believing that God would, sooner or later, revive his work. They had "ventured great things for the Lord," and could not but expect to see great things. The two or three praying friends with which this little Society was blessed, had been for a long time imploring God to pour out his Spirit and to revive his work. This had been the burden of
their prayers for a considerable time, even till they were almost ready to say, "our eyes fail with looking upward." God was pleased, however, to answer their prayers in a remarkable manner. For some time back the marked attention of the people was visible to all, and many retired from the house of God evidently concerned about their soul's salvation. God had also been visiting the various churches in the north, and did not forget Stratton. The work was so signal and so satisfactory, that all who saw it in its course and effects were led to say, " It is of God." A more than ordinary concern for the salvation of souls had also taken hold of the preachers. On February 27th, our esteemed brother Lambrick being appointed to preach in Stratton, felt an unusual burden on his mind on entering the pulpit. His heart melted within him when he saw himself surrounded by a congregation of his fellow creatures, who though attentive hearers of the word, were the greater part of them destitute of true godliness. He felt a shrinking under his burden, and could cry from the ground of his heart, "Who is sufficient for these things." The people stood in need of a convincing word, and his prayer was that God would both give him the word of conviction and carry it to their hearts. God was pleased to answer his prayer. On that occasion several were pricked in their hearts, but stifled their convictions till the following evening at the prayer meeting, when one individual, in an agony of distress, shrieked several times in an indescribably awful manner, " I am dying, I am dying." The whole meeting was alarmed, so unusual and alarming was the bitter cry. This person was presently joined by several others in deep distress, who gave vent to their feeling in sobs and sighs only known to the brokenhearted. The friends deemed it right, on receiving these droppings of the shower, to announce for preaching the following evening. The people responded at the time appointed, by attending the Lord's house in great numbers. On this evening several found peace. A meeting was likewise announced for the following evening, and so continued successively for three weeks, during which time between sixty and seventy souls were converted from the error of their ways to serve the living God. In a letter to Mr. Rosevear, from brother Lambrick, dated Stratton, March 17th, 1842, he writes as follows:—" I bless the Lord for what I have seen and felt at Stratton. The last three weeks of my life have been the happiest I ever enjoyed, and form an important period which I trust I shall ever remember with gratitude to God, and love to souls. I was almost going to say,'that the Stratton revival in three weeks has done me more good than a Theological Institution would do in three years; not that I undervalue the science of Divinity, but the experience of it is better." Several remarkable cases of conversion may with propriety be mentioned.
One old man eighty-six years of age regularly attended evening after evening in deep distress of soul, till the big tears of repentance, were exchanged for those which tell of " sins forgiven." Another, an old woman past seventy years of age, also found peace in believing. Several of the most reprobate characters were also brought to God. Amongst whom was one, who, though remarkable for sin, was singular in her deep hatred to the people of God. Some persons by way of provoking her, told her that if she went to the chapel she would also be converted; to which she scornfully replied, " I wont go near them." After the revival had continued about a week, she was prompted, partly by curiosity, and partly by an impression which appeared strange to her, and which she could not account for, to go to the chapel; and what is remarkable she had been dreaming the night before about the judgment day. On entering the chapel she was struck with awe the moment she saw the preacher, and was still more struck when he delivered his text: "The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, &c." (2 Thess. i. 7.) As she sat and heard the word her alarm in
[ creased, and she began to say toherself, "What is the matter with me? I never felt like this before; what is come about me? I must be gone, or I shall shriek, and be as big a fool as any of them." She remained till the first service was closed, but soon after the commencement of the prayer meeting she left, saying in an agony, "What is come about me? I will never go near them again." However her convictions never left her, but pursued her wherever she went, and compelled her to go again and again to the chapel, and as she went her convictions deepened; her tears would often flow, but such was the pride of her heart, that lest she should be discovered, she would not use her handkerchief, but wiped them away with her hand. She thought she could do any thing, to get rid of her burthen, but submit to make her case known to the people of God. She felt she could be willing to pass through life as long as she lived on her hands and knees, if that would procure her ease. So sensibly did she feel her misery that she thought the situation of any creature in creation preferable to hers, while every thing she saw seemed to pronounce her wretched and condemned. Truly she could say,—
"Me the vilest of the race,
Nor until she was almost deprived of her senses did she submit to call in a praying man. On doing this, and by repeated seasons of prayer and exhortation she laid hold of pardon. When engaged with her praying friends she would often say, "I do but provoke God to punish me more through this unbelief. I will take Him at his word." Immediately on her doing this, shefelt she could say,—
"Bat oh I how soon thy wrath is o'er, And pardoning love takes place."
She still continues faithfully attached to God and his people.
Lostwithiel, Poundstock, and Tuckingmill, also had an effusion of the Spirit about the same time, and many were added to the Lord. But some may be ready to say, " What good came of the revival at last?" Why,
with very few exceptions the people are standing to this day.
Some prople are opposed to revivals on several grounds, but still we must say with Finney, "That until there is more principle in the Church, and the Church is led to labour steadily for the salvation of sinners, there will be a need for extraordinary revivals." "O Lord, revive thy work."
NEW CHAPEL OPENED.
On Sunday, June 26, 1842, a very neat substantial Chapel was opened for divine service, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Association, in Miehaelstow, near Camelford. Sermons were preached on the occasion by Messrs. Glazebrook and Jennings, of the Wesleyan Association, Camelford. The Chapel on both occasions was crowded to excess, numbers being unable to gain admission. A delightful influence attended the services. Liberal collections were made on the occasion. For some time after the separation from the Conference, the members and friends at Miehaelstow
had to worship in a dwelling house; but the Church minister, by intimidation, cruelly deprived them of that place. John Carpeuter, Esq., of Mount Tavy, Tavistock, having kindly given the ground, they by the help of a few friends in the circuit, have been enabled to erect the Chapel; which is well situated, being in the centre of the parish, and on the high road from Camelford to Bodmin.
WARBSTOW BARROW. The usual annual services at Warbstow Barrow were held on Whit-Tuesday, at Tredown, a little below the Barrow. The day was remarkably fine and the concourse of people great, supposed from 1200 to 1500. Sermons and addresses were delivered on the occasion by Messrs. Robinson, Glazebrook, Stephens, T. P. Rosevear, Esq. and R. A. Kellow. Prayer meetings were also held at intervals. A delightful influence pervaded the vast assembly, and we trust the fruit will soon appear. A collection was made, as usual, for the Association home and foreign Missions.
Mr. John Moore was born at Hartford, near Northwich, in the county of Cheshire, in the year 1781. At an early period he was a subject of divine impressions, but those impressions were soon erased; he was allured by the snares with which he was surrounded,— and sought for happiness in the pleasures of the world. At the age of twenty-three, he was united in marriage to hii now sorrowful and bereaved widow. Some time after, he went merely out of curiosity like many others to bear the Methodists, who came to preach at Hartford. But the word was accompanied with divine power—he saw himself a lost sinner. Some time alter his burden (of guilt) was removed, and he was filled with peace and joy through believing—he then became a member of the Methodist Society, and remained in connexion with the Conference Methodists until a short time after the secession in the year 1835; when he retired from that body—and united
with the Wesleyan Methodist Association, whose principles accorded with his views of what a Christian Cbureh ought to adopt. For nine years before his death, our dear brother was much afflicted, and was given up by bis medical attendants, but having Christ for his portion—death to him had lost its sting—he knew that for him to die would he unspeakable gain. Our brother had the charge of the class in connexion with the Wesleyan Association at Hartford, and as a leader he was very useful and much esteemed by all his members, and indeed by all who knew him. He and his dear class were united as the heart of one man, and all around them had a living practical exemplification of that beautiful portion of Scripture—" Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity." And when his members have visited him when confined to his bed-chamber — and unable any longer to meet his class, he manifested thc greatest resignation to the will of his heavenly Father— and, when speaking to his class around his bed of the amazing goodness of God to his soul, his eyes have been suffused with tears, and his tup of spiritual joy has run over.
About a week before his departure he rapidly declined; shewing various symptoms of approaching dissolution. On being asked, the clay before his death, if he had any thing to say to his family before he left them, he answered "No—I am now ready to depart whenever it pleases the Lord to call me."
Between six and seven o'clock in the evening I called and administered to him the ordinance of the Lord's supper, which seemed to afford him great comfort. He then expressed to me the happy state of his mind, saying, My life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ who is my life shall appear, then shall I appear with him in glory. He after that became much worse, and his end appeared very near,
so that it was thought necessary to sit up with him that night, and which he would never allow any one to do before. During intervals of repose— prayer and praise were his delightful employment—his expressions evinced the strength of his confidence in God— and bis assurance of everlasting rest. His voice became very weak. But among many things be said, the following words were distinctly heard :— "There is nothing like peace and purity —Lord now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace according to thy word, for mine eyes have seen thy salvation— The Lord he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever—Thy Kingdom come— Come Lord Jesus, come quickly." Thus he fell asleep in the arms of his Saviour, early in the morning of the 27th of January, 1842. May my last end he like his. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, from henceforth—yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
A poor Itinerant—start not at the sound!
Lord: A brief, coarse meal, at some unseemly board, Snatched as the hasty intervals afford; Fresh from the crowded preaching-house to
meet The keen night-vapour, or the driving sleet; And more than all, and worse than all to hear, Trial of cruel mockings every where.
Vile persecution, they'who do His will,
praise; The drunkard quits his revelry and strife; And meekly listens to the word of life; The noisy village—wanton and profane,— Grows neat and decent, peace and order reiga: At length, wild districts hail the Gospel rays, And the once savage collier kneels and prays— Through the dark caverns shines the heavenly
light, And prejudice learns silence at the sight. Let the proud son of science boasting man, Do so with his enchantments, if he can 1 Nay, let him slumber in luxurious ease, Beneath the umbrage of his idol treesPluck a wild daisy—moralize on that, And drop a tear for an expiring gnat; Watch the light clouds o'er distant hills that
pass, Or write a sonnet on a blade of grass.
T. C. JOHNS, PRINTER, R»d Lion Court, Fleet Strett.
WESLEYAN METHODIST ASSOCIATION
MEMOIR OF THE LATE MRS. AMY JERVIS,
OF ECKINGTON, IN THE SHEFFIELD CIRCUIT.
In tracing the Christian through the world, there are three things that present themselves to our notice.—The commencement, — the progress,— and the conclusion of his religious course. It is with deep interest that the pious mind views the first dawnings of divine light upon the benighted understanding of man, and the first workings of the Holy Spirit upon the human heart, producing conviction of its guilty, polluted state, and exciting those desires after God, and goodness, which eventually ripen into love and holy obedience. Nor is it less interesting to mark the progress a soul makes in the divine life, while under the teaching and powerful aid of the eternal Spirit, successfully waging war against earth and hell, and every day acquiring new vigor, achieving fresh conquests, and receiving additional supplies of hallowing grace. But oh! how much more pleasing still is it to gaze with solemn delight on the closing scene of a life spent in the service of God! When all the storms have passed away—every cloud dispersed —every enemy conquered—all the danger of the voyage over—the port full in view — every sail spread and filled with the breath of God, wafting the departed spirit peacefully and pleasantly into the desired haven. Such events—which through the Divine mercy are of frequent occurrence—are well calculated to heal the bleeding hearts of surviving friends, and to quicken and encourage those who are yet "toiling to make the blest shore."
The subject of the following brief notice was born at Normanton, in the county of Derby; and it would seem, was not favored in early life with such religious advantages as many are; and, as a natural consequence, her childhood, and a part of her youth, passed away without manifesting any serious concern about divine and eternal things. The first time when anv thing of a serious kind was noticed in her,