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Jan. 1st, 1826—Near Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Miss Eliz. Brown, aged forty years. In early life she was introduced into all the gaieties and amusements of this world, and in them she indulged for some years, regardless of God, and a stranger to true religion. Under the ministry of the late Rev. Wm. Bramwell, and his coleague, she was powerfully-convinced of her fallen state, and sought, by faith and prayer, the salvation of the Gospel; she became distinguished for humility, zeal, and beneyolence; was very useful in the Sunday-School, in distributing Tracts, visiting the sick, and ministering to the necessities of the poor. For some years she has been the subject of affliction. Her religious experience was sound, and during her long and ful affliction, she was never heard to complain, having committed herself into the hands of a faithful and Almighty Saviour. She died in full assurance of eternal life. J. S.


Jan., 11th–At Woodbridge, in the Ipswich Circuit, Miss Sarah Hayward, aged nineteen years. A few months ago, she was brought into ihe glorious liberty of the children of God, and promised to be a useful member of the Church of Christ; for she possessed a vigorous constitution, and showed her willingness to labour to promote the glory of God, by engaging heartily in the great Missionary cause, and exerting herself to form a Sunday-School in the town where she resided. But she was suddenly called into the eternal world, in a manner which was calculated at once to rouse the careless sinner, and to quicken the loitering Christian. She retired to rest in the evening, in perfect health, but never opened her eyes on the morning light. M. C. D.

Jan., 12th.-At, Birmingham, in his sixtyseventh year, Mr. Matthew Hanson. He had been thirty-eight years a member of the Methodist Society, a great part of that time a ClassLeader, and twenty-five years a visitor for the Benevolent Society. He was a man of integrity, of simple manners, uniform piety, and Christian zeal. He had a good report of all men. In his last illness he had unshaken confidence in God, and died in peace. J. E.

Jan. 13th.-At Birmingham, aged fifty-eight, Mr. Thomas Hickling, a respectable ClassLeader and Local-Preacher for many years. For two years his health had been in a declining state. He had repeated attacks of paralysis, succeeded by extreme weakness: And though, at times, his disorder weighed down his spirits, }. his mind was, in general, kept in peace, and is confidence in God was firm. J. re. Jan. 16.-At Wrerham, Mrs. Mary Franceys, aged eighty-nine years. She had been a steady pious member of the Methodist Society, sixty rears; and was one of the small number then in Wrexham, who encouraged the late Rev. Sama. Bradburn to open his evangelical commission in that town, more than fifty years ago. Though in a humble station, she adorned the doctrine of God her Saviour. Her classLeader, with whom she had met thirty years, never had the least cause to give her any reproof. She had learned of *.i. and Master to be meek and lowly in heart; and perfect patience, and entire resignation to the will of her heavenly Father, were manifest to all who knew her. As might be expected, in such an aged disciple, her end was serene and peaceful. G.

Jan. 18th-At Hammersmith, Mrs. Overy, in the seventy-ninth year of her age. She was a member of the Methodist Society upwards of twenty-six years; during which time she adorned her Christian profession. She was graciously supported in the hour of death; and left this world with a well-grounded hope of oternal life,

Jan. 20th.-At Market-Overton, in the Oakham Circuit, Mrs. Elizabeth Bennett. At her house the Methodist Preachers found a home for many years. She was mild in her disposition, courteous in her manners, affectionate in her deportment, and beloved by all who knew hor."o"her"thristian conduct, she was a “living epistle of Christ, known and read of all men’’ She was nineteen years a member of the Methodist Society, and an ornament of the Church of Christ. Her death was rather sudden, but she was not taken by surprise. Her sun went down without a cloud. Her husband wishing to secure her final testimony to the glory of divine grace, inquired, “Are you happy now 2 o’ “Quite happy,” she replied, and expired. W. A.

Jan, 24th.-AtStroud, Mrs. Eliz. Humphreys, aged twenty-five years. She was brought to a saving knowledge of God, in the days of her outh; and soon after became a member of the ethodist Society. In the severity of her affliction, she eminently proved the consolations of the Gospel to be neither few nor small, and left this world in strong confidence in the Redeemer's love. S. W.

Jan. 28th.-At Melton-Mon-bray, in the fiftyseventh year of his age, Mr. William Everitt. In early life he was the subject, of divine impressions, but did not yield to the strivings of the Spirit. in the ver 1801, a dangerous accident placed him on the borders of the eternal world; while labouring under painful affliction, that scripture was powerfully applied to his mind: “My Spirit shall not always striye with man.” He earnestly called on the Lord to pardon his sins, and while engaged in reading the Bible, the mercy he implored was communicated, his soul was filled with peace, and from that time he never lost his confidence in the Lord. A little before his death, he said, “I have no ecstasies; but all is peace. By grace I am saved. I have been chastised; but it has been in mercy, The Lord does all things well.” W. S.

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Feb. 3d.-At Blaydon, near Gateshead, Mr. John Emerson, in the eighty-second year of his age. During the last twenty-two years he was a steady member of the Methodist Society, and many years an useful Class-Leader. His Christian experience was sound and scriptural ; and his benevolence to the needy, regular habits, and uniform piety, endeared him to the Society and his neighbours. For about a fortnight of his last days, his strength gradually declined, without much pain, till he gently sunk into the arms of death. His confidence in God increased as he approached the awful verge of life. T. 1.

Feb. 5th–At Clawson, in the Melton-Mowbray Circuit, Mr. Hind, a man distinguished for his devotedness to God. He was diligent in the use of all the means of grace, remarkable for visiting the sick, and for attachment to the Methodist doctrine, and discipline. He hospitably entertained the Preachers, and annually contributed to our Funds. After a short, but severe affliction, which he sustained with great resignation and bhistian fortitude, he breathed his last, in praises to the Fountain of *g.

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Long por'd Saint Austin o'er the Sacred Page,

And doubt and darkness overspread his miud ;
On God's mysterious being thought the Sage,

The triple person in one Godhead join'd.

The more he thought, the harder did he find
To solve the various doubts which fast arose;

And as a ship, caugbt by impetuous wind,
Tosses where chance its scatter'd body throws,
So toss'd his troubled soul, and nowhere found repose.
Heated and leverish then be closed his tome,

And went to wander by the ocean-side ;
Where the cool breeze at evening lov'd to come,

Murm'ring responsive to the murm'ring tide;

And as Augustine o'er its margeot wide
Stray'd, deeply pondering on the puzzling theme,

A little child before him he espied;
In earnest labour did the urchin seem,
Working with heart intent close by the sounding stream.
He look'd, and saw the child a hole had scoop'd, .

Shallow and narrow, in the shining sand,
O'er which at work the labouring infant stoop'd,

Still pouring water in with busy hand..

The Saint address'd the child in accents bland,-
« Fair boy,” quoth be, “I pray, what toil is thine ?

Let me its end and purpose understand.”
The boy replied,-"An easy task is mine,
To sweep into this hole all the wide ocean's brine."
" O foolish boy!” the Saint exclaim'd, “ to hope

That the broad ocean in that hole should lie !”
• O foolish Saint!” exclaim'd the boy ; “thy scope

Is still more hopeless than the toil i ply!

Wbo think'st to comprehend God's nature high,
In the small compass of thine human wit.

Sooner, Augustine, sooner far, shall I
Confine the ocean in this tiny pit,
Than finite minds conceive God's nature infinite !"


Visions of angels, beautiful and kind,
Turn'd to a Paradise thine iosant mind;
They seem'd at home within so pure a breast,
Yet vanish'd soon, for here was not their rest,
Nor thine ;-like those in Jacob's dream, they trod
A ladder rising to the throne of God'; .
And taught thy little steps that easier way,
From night on earth to heaven's unbroken day.

Angels ere long, but not in vision, spread
Their golden pinions round thy dying bed ;
And in their arms thy ransom'd spirit bore,
With songs of joy, where death can be no more..
Dwell there, sweet saint, in bliss with Him above,
Who lov'd thee with au everlasting love;
And wait the answer to thine only prayer

Yet unful6ll'd, “That we may meet thee there. * A child of great religious sensibility, who had been much affected under a discourse on the

els, which she heard a short time before her decease. Sbe died at Sheftield, after an illness of about thirty-six hours, on Wednesday, January 18th, 1826, aged eleven years and three months.

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Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine,

. FOR APRIL, 1826.



BY THE REV. HENRY RANSON. This pious and useful Minister was born at the village of Brandsby, a few miles north of York, Feb. 13th, 1792. From his own brand we have the following account of his parentage and family :-"My parents were engaged in active life: they were 'upright and industrious, though strangers to true religion. Ever since I can remember, my father was embarked in the timber-trade; first at Brandsby, and afterwards at Norton, near Malton. My eldest sister was the second in the family who was brought to the knowledge of God, which took place by means of the happy death of a younger sister. A short time after, my other sisters at Malton, and myself at Hull, experienced the same grace." ;

His parents were strongly attached to the Established Church, but much opposed to the Methodists. They were greatly perplexed when their daughters began to meet in Class; and still more so' on hearing that their only son had joined the Methodist Society. Their parental conduct was, 'however, in some things, highly commendable.' They showed great affection for their children, and took a deep interest in their education. They trained them up in the habit of prayer, and in attending public worship, taught them to repeat the Church Catechism, and watched carefully over their moral conduct.

In the year 1805, our late friend removed with his parents to Hull; where, by divine mercy, he obtained that experimental acquaintance. with religion, which was the defence and comfort of his future days. There it was that those principles of piety were implanted in his mind, by the influence of which his nature was renewed, his Christian character formed, and his successful course as a Minister of Christ directed. On his going to Hull, he attended the zealous ministry of the Rev. Mr. Dykes, of that town. He also occasionally heard the faithful preaching of Mr. Bramwell, who was then stationed in the Hull Circuit. For those two pious Ministers he had ever after a very cordial regard; for to their labours, under God, he attributed his first desire to flee from the wrath to come. · From his earliest recollection, his mind was sometimes impressed with Vol. V. Third Series. April, 1826.


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