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He caught a severe bilious fever, and after he got to his journey's end, he continued preaching to, and exhorting the people there for about three days. Then he took to bed, and lay two days delirious, when our blessed Lord took the dear man to himself. I rejoice for him at his happy change; but, regret for myself. I am too much affected to write as fully as my inclination dictates. I have the honour to be with great retpect, Rev. Sir, Your sincere and very humble Servant,


An Account of the Death of MATTHEW LAMPLOUGH.



BOUT twenty-two years ago he was convinced that he

was a lost finner, by the preaching of the Rev. Mr. 7. From that time he was very zealous for God's cause; and used his utmost power to get the Methodist Preachers to Garton, where he lived. Mr. Robertshaw was the first that

At this time he was a poor shepherd, and lived in a house which his master had built for him. But no fooner did he appear zealous for Jesus Christ, and his cause, than he threatened to turn him out of it, and said, he would not be forry, if his house were burnt down, provided the Preacher and all the Methodists were burnt in it. Soon after his own dwelling house, in the day.time, in a most unaccountable manner was set on fire and burned down. A gentleman (so called) threatened he would take up the next Preacher that came, and have him before a Magistrate : but in about a month, it pleased God to call him to give an account of himself before his awful tribunal.

A cottage being to be sold for a small sum, M. Lamplough borrowed the money and bought it, got it licenced, and in {pite of all opposers, encouraged the Preachers of the Gospel therein; though at that time he was very poor, having a wife


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and four small children, a small house and but two mean beds in it. But he made the best accommodation he could; and the faithful servants of God, who longht not their own ease, but the good of souls, put up with it. Many now cried out, “ The Methodists will ruin bin.” But when they found the reverse, they changed their note, and said the Preachers brought him money. He was poor enough indeed; yet for many years he maintained the Gospel there at his own expence.

About seven years after he had fought the Lord, his soul was set at liberty. And feeling, the love of God, he was blessed with a peculiar spirit of humble love, which he exercised, in encouraging others to come to Jesus, and continually exhorling ihose he met, to believe in the Lord. All {peak well of him in the Circuit, e!pecially in his own Society, wherein he has been an instrument of peace and love for many years.

One, who was at his house and conversing with him about the grace of God in the heart, asked, If he had yet been freed from every sinful teinper and inclination, so as to feel nothing but the love of God? He said he could not understand how that could be; but being told it was the plain promise of the Gospel, and the whole design of God in justifying a soul to make it holy; and af er hearing a sermon or two on the subject, he was delighted with the thoughts of it.

During his last illness he was full of happiness, and exhorted those who visited him to believe in Jesus, saying, he was going to leave them, and telling how good he found the Lord to him; that he felt nothing but love in his heart; and gave glory and praise to God! A friend in taking leave, told him, he thought he should see him no more in this world: he said, “It may be so; but O how does the love of God burn in my heart! Whenever I begin to talk about Jesus,

heart is all on fire !" It was his general saying, as he grew weaker in body, that the love of God was springing up, and



Powing in his heart like a river. And to his last moment he said his heart was quite free from every temptation.

“ Not a thought did arise

To darken the skies,
Or hide for one moment the Lord from his eyes."

Many visited him during his sickness, (it being a Confumption, which lasted some months) and as he lived, so he died, exhorting and persuading them to believe and love the Lord Jesus Christ. He died March 31, 1789.

An Account of the Death of Mr. D

[Written by one who was often with him during his last

illness ]


HE death of Mr. D— (an Apothecary) who died at

in the beginning of April 1789, was remarkable. He had lived a very wicked life; was young and full of spirits, and was easily drawn into evil; yet he had a wonderful tura for making money, and, in many respects, he had great abilities. He had married an elderly woman; but they disa agreed, so that he ran into one excess after another, though he knew he was wrong, seeking happiness where it could not be found. He had very clear ideas of the plan of salvation ; yet, (as he often confessed) had no resolution, or strength to resiit any temptation.

About four years ago he was dangerously ill; and greatly diftressed in mind by reason of his sins which stared him in the face ; he then made many good resolutions, but broke thein as soon as his health returned.

Some time before his death he had a quarrel with another Apothecary, who cut off part of his nose. This involved him VOL. XIII. C


in a law-suit. Shortly after, his cellar was robbed. These things did not stop his career; though he saw the evil of his ways. He said to me after he had been robbed, " If I had laid up my treasure in heaven, I should not have been robbed of it.”

A set of evil-minded and designing companions kept close to him, pretending friendship for him, whilst they only studied their own ends. He gave himself up intirely to gambling, and drinking spirituous liquors. This he did to banish vexatious thoughts; and was encouraged therein by his wicked companions. All these things together brought on a putrid fever, of which he died in eight days. He was ill two or three days before I saw him. When I went to him, he said to me, “ I'm taken short.” The disorder was violent, and his pain great; and, indeed, it is hard to conceive what he must have suffered between the pain of his body, and the feeling sense he had of his state. He knew from the beginning that he would die of that disorder. When I spoke something to him of seeking the Lord, he replied, “I can do nothing now." When I bade him pray, he said he could not pray, nor dare he look the Almighty in the face, seeing he was fuch a finner; and used many other expressions to the same purport. He continued in this way for two days. He saw his state clearly; yet could not pray. Once, whilst I was speaking to him, he got out, with some difficulty, these words, “ Lord have mercy upon me!”

At another time, when I was reasoning in my mind, and unwilling to give him up; I opened the Bible, and happened on the parable of the loft sheep in the 18th of Matthew: by which I was encouraged on his behalf; and the next time I saw him, found an amazing change in him. He had been speaking much to his wife about his wickedness and manner of life; and, while the bell was ringing for Church, (it being ibe sabbath) said, “ I shall never see another sabbath : many a one have I spent in idleness !" He faid to me in a molt eas. pef manner, " I see I must go." I asked him if he was willing? He replied, “ Whether willing or not, I must go; but, if I had an assurance of my peace being made with God, I would rather die than live: I would rather know this, than to have the house full of gold.” I told him he might get it without money, for it was freely bestowed on all those, who saw and felt their need of it, and encouraged him to seek it earnestly, “But, said he, where is the faith ? I want to know it now." I stayed with him all that night, when he could scarcely cease talking of these things. His temporal affairs lay heavy on his mind, being in an unsettled way, and his money lent and scattered through the country.. At a time when I was ftriving to point him to Chrift; looking at me, whilft his eyes seemed to sparkle with pleasure, he said with uncommon earaeftness, “I think I will believe in Jesus.” And from that time he had a hope that God would not send him to hell. All his hope was in Chrift, for he knew, and said he was the worst of finners; and that many had been hanged who were not so bad as he. “I fee, said he, every transaction of my life since I was six years old; but I have laid them all before the throne: I don't know what God will please to do with me; but I have an Advocate pleading for me." He feemed pretty well assured he should gain his fuit. He de. fired me to pray that his reason might continue till morning, that he might seule his affairs; but he said he should not die for two days longer. His wife often brought me out of the room, fearing this talk would hurt him. I readily complied with her desire, knowing that God, who had given him these desires, did not want means to bless him, and that he would surely answer them in his own time.

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When day-light appeared, he praised God for the light. His looks were wonderfully chearful, and he seemed to have a pleasing sensation on bis mind, which seemed to me to be a degree of faith in Him who is the light of the world, though he did not say so. Orice he wished he had two or threc of

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