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1. Dred, March 22d, 1825, in the 27th year of her age, Elizabeth Wright. She was born in Dunmanway, county of Cork, in the year 1798. From her youth up, she was exceedingly moral, and of a most amiable and affectionate disposition; yet, not being convinced of the depravity of human nature, she saw no need of a change of heart, until the year 1818, when it pleased God, under the ministry of that faithful aud zealous Local Preacher, Mr. Fackman, to awaken her to a sense of her danger, while living without God, and without hope in the world; and to give her to see the necessity of being born again, and of having “redemption through the blood of Christ, the forgiveness of sins.” In this awakened state she remained for some months, seeking rest, but finding none; when, at length, she oined the Methodist Society, expectug to find her union with the people of God helpful towards the attainment of that iuward peace which she had so long been earnestly seeking. Her sorrow became exceedingly great: she ate no pleasant food, and her sleep went from her: every surrounding object appeared to assume the gloon and sadness of her own spirit, until one night, whilst in deep distress of mind, and ened in earnest prayer, she heard the voice of mercy saying to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; thy sins are all forgiven thee.” At that moment her fear and sorrow fled; she felt a holy joy, and was assured that God had graciously accepted her, through the merits of Jesus Christ. Having obtained divine peace, with a grateful heart, and in the strength of grace, she steadfastly purposed to devote herself entirely to the Lord; and the remainder of her life was spent in strict accordance with this resolution. She walked in the light of God's countenance; and felt the Redeemer's yoke to be easy, aud his burden light. To her his ways were pleasant, and his paths peace. By a diligent aud uniform attention to every Christian duty, she grew in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. From the time she joined the Societv, i.oil incapacitated by sickness, sac.egularly attended the meeting of ner Class, and always carried into it the fire of divine love. Her experience was clear and scriptural: she drank deep into the spirit of her Divine Master. During the tedious hours of a protractetl isluess, she was frequently visited by religious friends,

particularly by the Rev. Mr. M'Cheane, the pious and worthy Rector of the H.; and while they ministered to

er edification and comfort, they were greatly profited by her exemplification of the Christian graces. About two j previous to her death, her health

egan to decline; and the last year, especially, was a year of great suffering. Yet, as her strength would admit, she was the constant and affectionate

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2. Died, April 9th, in the 27th year of her age, Anne Blake, of Hampstead, mear London. She was born near Melksham, in Wiltshire, April 28th, 1798; and very early in life was brought under serious impressions, which eventually induced her to join the Methodist Society. At the age of sixteen, she was much afflicted, aud began to seek the Lord with all her heart; and she soon obtained a consciousness of pardon and acceptance with God. Fron that time she became much attached to the Methodists, and, in several instances, made considerable sacrifices, of a worldly nature, in order to remain among them. Soon after her conversion, she removed with her parents to Hendon, in Middlesex, where she heartily united with them in every possible esfort to establish Methodisul in the place; and she had the gratification to perceive, that her labour was not in vain in the Lord. Upon the death of her father in 1822, the family removed to Hampstead, where they immediately opened their house for the preaching of the Gospel; and doubtiess nauy will have reason to praise God to all etermity that they ever came to hear his word under their roof. One striking feature in the character of our departed sister should not be forgotten, and that was her filial affection." After the death of her father, her mother was her great care; and often did she successfully use her endeavours to encourage her widowed-parent, amidst the darkest dispensations of providence; for she was fully convinced of the inseparable connexion between filial affection and genuine piety. O that every child were influenced by similar principles for then should his “peace more frequently flow as a river. and his righteousness as the waves of the sea;" but how can it be a mater of surprise, that the consolations of God should be few and small with those who neglect so plain a duty, both of nature and revelation? The health of our deceased friend began to decline about the middle of the summer of 1824; but in the following September, having injured herself by too long a visit in a sick room, she became seriously ill. Through the whole of her affliction, though often chastened with strong pain, she enjoyed a settled peace with God, manifesting complete resignation to the divine will, and a deliverance from the fear of death, though without a satisfactory evidence of perfectlove to God. About a week before her death, however, she was more than usually drawn out after God; being intensely desirous of a more full enjoyment of personal holiness than she had ever realized. On Wednesday, April 6th, 1825, being in violent pain of body, she considered herself seized by death. Encouraged by some kind friends, who had come to visit her, she began to cry aloud to God; and with one hand lifted up to heaven, (for she had lost the use of the other,) she mightily wrestled with Him in importunate supplication. The Lord heard her cry, and baptized her so abundantly with his Spirit, that she imagined herself actually entering the invisible world, and exclaimed, in a transport of joy, “O ! Jesus is precious! Jesus is precious !—My pain is all gone!—He is coming to receive my soul:” This direct manifestation of the power of God to save to the uttermost, “ cleansing her from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, and enabling her to perfect holiness in the fear of God,” she preserved to the end of her life; often exclaiming,"

. * Not a cloud doth arise, to darken the skies, or hide for a moment my Lord from my eyes!”

Her bodily sufferings being very great, and her soul having tasted so much of the goodness of God, she hungered and thirsted for all the blessedness of heaveu. On the Friday evening, she ob

served to those around her, that her summons was arrived; her mother said, “I hope you have no fear 2" when she immediately replied, “Ono, none at all; it is all light in the Lord!" frequently endeavoured to spea u generally failed in the attempt; however, a short time before her departure, she was distinctly heard to exclaim, “ Victory —Victory –Jesus is pre: cious !” putting her hand at the time to her heart, to signify how o: she felt what she said. In this state of rapturous joy she continued till: she breathed her spirit into the hands of God her Saviour. Aquila BARBER.


3. Died, April 24th. Elizabeth Asplin, of St. Ives, in the Huntingdon Circuit, aged 73 years. She was the first person who opened a door for the }..."; of the Gospel, by the Weseyan Methodists, in St. Ives; and the Rev. William Jenkins was the first who preached in her house. The first religious impression on her mind which proved abiding, was made while the Rev. Mr. j. who was an Evangelical Clergyman, was reading the following Scripture: “He that of: fends in one point is guilty of all.” She was then powerfully convinced of her sinful state, by nature and practice, and shortly after she was hū. with eace and joy in believing, Her whole ife, from that time, was devoted to God. She was a member of the Methodist Society about thirty-four years, and maintained a highly exemplary character to the end of her earthly course. She supported the cause of God to the utmost of her ability; and her charity to the poor was very great. She often o herself of food for their comfort and relief. Her piety to God was very eminent. When her mental powers were enfeebled by age, with divine subjects she was pleasingly conversant. She died by the gradual decay of nature ; and in the place of celestial happiness, we believe, this mother in Israel now rests from her labours, May her family, and Christian friends, follow her, as she followed Christ! Thomas Polland,

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honour of the Redeemer, and the salvation of the souls of men; and he was chiefly instrumental in the erection of two handsome little chapels; one in Collon, where he joined the Methodist Society, in 1799, and resided several 3. and the other in the town where efinished his mortal course. The remembrance of his earnest addresses and powerful prayers, in those places, will be long cherished by his Classes and Christian friends. He was a man of spiritual conversation, and greatly delighted in the ordinances of God: with the Psalmist he could truly say, * Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.” On the approach of his last illness, he appeared in his public religious exercises, as one who had entered into brighter views, and dee communion with God: “as a dying man he spoke to dying men." About three weeks before he died, I was favoured with an hour's conversation with him. He entered into a minute detail of his acquaintance and intercourse with the Saviour, and his views of the eternal world. On these subjects he expressed himself in a strain of holy eloquence, surpassing anything I had ever heard from any person in similar circumstances. To him death had changed its aspect, and he viewed it as the gate of endless life. His was an illness of five months' continuance ; during which time he sustained many painful conflicts both of mind and body; yet, through the whole, he realized the truth of that comprehensive and unfailing promise, “My grace is sufficient for thee.” As there was no other person residing in the town to conduct the E. meetings, his Class met every Sabth morning in his sick chamber; and, while he was able, he addressed them from the bed of death. As the closing scene drew near, he felt an overwhelining weakness, and called on his amiable and pious wife to give him up, and pray. , Meekly resigned to the divine wili, she bowed submissive to the painful dispensation, and commended him to God. He then asked his son to read the last ten verses of the eighth chapter of the Epistle to the Romans, to which he listened with marked attention; and at the conclusion, looking upward, he repeated, “ Angels now are hovering round us;" when the power of articulation failed. He then closed his eyes, aud, without any apparent agitation, or change of countenance, sunk into the arins of death. Many, besides his own family, mourn his absence; but their loss is his infinite gain, W. Stewart,

5. Died, at Hampstead, near London, on Wednesday, May 12th, Mrs. Elizabeth Green, wife of Mr. J. H. Green. She was a daughter of the late Rev. Charles Manning, whose name is connected with the early history of Methodisin; and was born Dec. 26, 1757. Her honoured parent was careful to instruct her in the principles of Christianity; but it was in consequence of attending the ministry of the Methpdist Preachers, at the old Chapel in Weststreet, soon after her marriage, that she became experimentally acquainted with the power of the Gospel. She was most steadily attached to the doctrines aud discipline of Methodism, and ardently longed for its success; which she was privileged to see, even beyond her most sanguine expectations. Her attendauee on the means of grace was exemplary, and led to many acts of self-denial. But whilst she sat at the Master's feet, like Mary; like Martha also, she was remarkable for diligent attention to the coucerns of her family. She was active in receiving and doing

ood; and testified the excellence of

er principles by the modest and unassuming, yet firm and decided tenour of her conduct. Her last illness, as it was attended with considerable pain and debility, had some influence in producing doubt and fear. She had stron views of the infinite purity of God, and of her own imperfections and unworthiuess. ...Yet, she did not let go her" hold of the Crucified ; nor fail to recommend faith in him to her sorrowing friends, as the only means of justification and purity. “I am,” said she “a sinner before God; but Christ i. the propitiation; and he died for me. I have no other plea but, Jesus died for me.” She evinced a perfect resignation to the will of her heavenly Father; and before her departure, He graciously shone upon her soul with increasing brightness; so that she rejoiced in the full assurance of forgiveness, and the unclouded prospect of glory.


trecent deaths.

Nov. 9th, 1825–At Kinoulton, in the MeltonMowbray Circuit, Mrs. Ann Street. She o: brought to the knowledge of the truth in the seventeenth year of her age, and was a Member of the Methodist Society for fourteen years. She F. : great meekness and humifity, mani. ested a firm confidence in God, and full resignation to his will. A short time before is rol parture, she spoke much of the joys of heaven of the happiness of being with Jésus, and wo enraptured with the prospect. she said to her husband, “Jesus is precious; I shall soon be with him; help me to praise him i” and in a few minutes afterwards she expired, -- W. S."

TRANSLATED BY JOHN BOWRING, ESQ. Who leaves the Almighty God to reiga Me comes unlock'd for; and bene er Supreme, and trusts alone in God, He comes, both peace and joy are there. Him shall the Almighty Oue maintain;

Then deem not, in thy glooniest bour, Thougb dark and dismal be his road,

That God abandons tbee to woe: Yet be niay rest in peace, for he

Wilt thou mistrost His awful power, Js shelter'd by the Deity.

Or wilt thou doubt His goodness. Xo! How vain are sigbas! bow vain regret! Yet a few hours, and time sball prove Complaint could ne'er subdue distress; His cbangeless, countless, matctless, E'en thougb with grief our couch bewet,

love. We shall not therefore weep the less.

His rule is wondrous; at His will No! tears but add a gloom the more

This mighty universe, with all To that which was so dark before.

Its beings, vibrates, or is still ; Be still, be silent, wait aw bile;

And kingdoms rise, and kingdoms fall: There's comfort yet from God for thee: - He lifts the lowly, sinks the high, His light amidst the gloom shall smile, In His uncounsellid Majesty. All-wise, all-good, all-knowing. He:... 0 then be calm, and tread serene, He made us, and from him there's With

With prayer acd praise, life's rarying bought Conceal'd of deed, or word, or thought.


"Tis gay with flowers; its paths are green, Wben joy should dawn, He joy decrees; And thou art guided by thy God: But only sends that joy to bless :

Be calm ; for at the worst, thy rest But oft His searching vision sees Is near, and heaven will make thee Joy in apparent wretchedness :



BY THE REV. LIONEL THOMAS BERGUER. The sepulchre was gaping wide, Not faster answers to the flash Its closing-stone was rolld aside, or Heaven the illuminated ash, And shudderiog crowds press'd r.uud Than, following that resistless word, to win

'The Dead sprang forth before his Lord, A sight of the foul scene within

B and hand and foot with funeralThe ebarnel-steam, to strong to bear clothes; Ascended on the healthful air,

In life, in breathing life, be rose, Aud groaving deep for him who slept And cast amid the astonish'd crowd, E'en Christ stood at the grare, an . From his freed limbs, the loosen'd wept.

sbroud! He wept ! but His was not the tear Health's crimson light o'erspread his Of humail grief on buman bier,

face, That gusbes, trustless of to-morrow His eye was fire, bis step was grace ; In unassuaged excess of sorrow.

No trace of wbat it was before And yet he wept; though there lio Tie metamorphos'd body wore; stood,

But, like the first-form'd of mankind, la power's unquestion'd plenitude, Ere his full heart migbt utterance fiud, While every sacred drop that fell Coinplete in sense, and limb, and moWas life to death, aud death to hell ! : tion, Hut closer now, and closer grew

Absorb'd he stood in rapt devotion, The press of the surrounding crew,

While shrough each uncollapsing vein Who deem'd he came to mourn, not

The rushing life-streaws burst again.. save,

All turu'd tu Christ; but him, with eye Ashe stoop'do'er the dead man's grave, Serenely listed to the sky, Aud gazed with self-coinmuning air Symbol nor sign of outward power, For a short space in silence there. Distinguish'd in that holy hour: Nearer he stoop'u, and yet more near: His haud yet on the warble rested, Hark! beard ye not, like trumpet clear, Where late the revelling worm was His life-shout iu that mouldering ear

rife, Furth sent tlie tomb its biddev birth, . And awe-struck multitúiles attested bor He who called was Go.1 ou earth! “ The ResURRECTION and the LIFE!"

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