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April 17th. Derby Branch; the Rev. Joseph Taylor, son, in the Chair, and at the adjourned Meeting in the evening, the Rev. Richard Waddy. Preachers, the Rey; Messrs. Waddy, Naylor, and Nostead; other Speakers, the Rev. Messrs. R. Newton, Walsh, White, Melson, Hopwood, stead, and James Montgomery, Esq. Collections, £107.5s. 9d;
April isth. Ashborn Branch :... Mr. Turner in the Chair, Preacher, Rev. H. S. Hopwood. speakers, Rev. Messrs. Naylor, Walsh, white, stead, C. Newton, and Mr. Cockayne. Collections,
too. April 17th. Preston Branch : John Howard, Esq., in the Chair. Preacher, the Rev. G. Marsden; other speakers, the Rev. Messrs. Bunting, Chambers, Garbutt, Moss; and Messrs. Leece and Hick. Collections, £61. April 18th. soft. o Branch:... the Rev. Jonathan Edmondson, A.M., in the Chair. Preacher, the Rev. J. Lomas; other speakers, the Rev. Messrs. Griffith, Fleming, (Independents) Baker, Squance, Olver, and Rodway, (Baptist.). Collections, £14. 11s. §d. April 13th. Salisburg branch : the Rev. J. M. Byron in the Chair. Preachers, the Rev. Messrs. Toase and Hawtrey; other speakers, the Rev. Messrs. Good and Sleigh, (Independents,) Saifery, (Baptist,) Squance, Gick, and Andrews. Collections; £ol. 3s. April 19th. Alstone Branch : the Rev. Thomas ingham in the Chair. Preachers, the Rev. Messrs. Hickson and Ingham; other Speakers, the Rev. Messrs. Bromley. Dunn, Harper, (Inde: pendent,) Thompson, Clarke, Tindall; and Messrs. Wilson and Stephens. Qollections, £13.5s, ld. May 4th. Daventry Branch; the Rev. William Towers, in the Chair, Preacher, the Rev. T. H. Walker; other Speakers, the Rey. Messrs. Reynolds, Hill, Wittenbury, (Independent,) Bond; and Mr. Faulkner, Collections, £31.5s. May 8th. Uttoxeter branch'; the Rev. W. Aver in the Chair. Preachers, the Rey. Messrs. Pilter and G. Smith; other Speakers, the Rev. Messrs. Hanwell, Cooke, (Independent,) Walsh, &c.
*...* We are desired to correct the following error in the last year's Report. The amount of
Public Collections, £69. Ils. 11d. have appeared as th
stated to be received in the Wolverhampton Circuit, should *collectional Biision in that Circuit.
The amount of Contributions received by the General Treasurers of the Wesleyan-Methodist Missionary Society, since the 15th of last month, is, £3193. 14s. 10d. Among these are the fol
Legacy from the late Mr. Edward Johnson, of Staples Inn 100 0 0
1. Died, at Winterbourne, in the Salisbury Circuit, August 3d, 1825, Mr. John Selwood, of Idminston, in the thirty-fourth year of his age. He was born March 2d, 1791 : the day on which the venerable Founder of the Methodist Societies departed to his eternal reward. Moral in his conduct, even before he understood or enjoyed religion, his youth was not stained by crime, nor his deportment such as to merit the censure of his friends. In the seventeenth year of his age, it pleased God to iñoe his mind, under the ministry of the word of life. He saw and felt himself to be a simmer, and he was encouraged to believe that God was willing to receive him into his favour. From this period he sought the Lord with all his heart; and soon experienced, through faith in Christ,
the forgiveness of his iniquities. His conversion to God was clear and scriptural. It did not consist in a mere change of opinions, but in a gracious change of heart and life. Hence he ever manifested all the fruits of a sound conversion, and afforded to all around him, indubitable"evidence, that his religion was a divine reality. After his conversion, he maintained a close walk with God, and never lost a sense of the divine favour.. He was remarkable for the strength of his faith, the fervour of his prayers, the depth of his humility, and his heavenly-mindedness. Love to God and man was a flame ever burning on the altar of his heart ; and hence all took knowledge of him, that he had been with Jesus, and perceived that he was ripening for a better world. For nearly twelve years he filled the office
of a Local Preacher, and was a “workman that needed not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” As he had clear views of evangelical truth, and a heart warmed with the love of God, he was highly acceptable to the people in general, and a blessing to the church of God. His death was occasioned by a severe cold, which was taken while he was returning home aster preaching, and which, terminating in a consumption, gradually exhausted the springs of life, and in five months numbered him with the dead. During the period of his affliction, not a murmur escaped his lips. Full of confidence in God and resignation to his will, his seasons of suffering were to him seasons of tranquillity and hope. On the 17th of July, when my last interview with him took place, I admimistered the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper to him, and we took our final leave of each other, fully persuaded that we should meet no more in this world. The season was unusually solemn and affecting, the divine presence was powerfully felt; we mingled our tears of joy, and realized a foretaste of the world to come. His last words were, “I shall soon be better.” Thus lived and died John Selwood, whose consistent, upright, humble, conscientious, and pious deportment, endeared him to all who knew him. Richard Moody.
2. Died, at Boston, August 7th, Sarah Kitwood. She was born at Warren, in Norfolk, in the year 1755. At an early period of life she was left destitute of parental care; her mother died, and she was forsaken of her father; but God provided for her, by opening the heart of Mr. King, of Holt, who took her under his care, and with whom she lived many years. During her residence in Mr. King's family, the Metho: dist Ministers made several unsuccessful attempts to preach at Holt; but since that period, through the divine blessing, they have succeeded in establishing a large and respectable Society in that town. Removing to Wells, she had frequent opportunities of attending the means of grace, and the word was accompanied by divine power. She was convinced of sin, and began earnestly to seek the Lord; uor did she rest, till she found redemption in the blood of Christ. She became a member of the Methodist Society in the 28th year of her age; and for forty-two years, she adorned her profession by walking humbly with God, by diligent attention
to all the requisitions of practical godliness, and an exemplification of the meek and lowly mind which was in Christ. In the year 1795, the family came to reside in Boston, which at that time formed a part of the Spilsby Circuit, and contained only three or four members of the No. Society. Mrs. Kitwood united herself to this small Society, and entertained the junior Preachers, for several years, at her house, when they came to Boston. She considered it a high honour, to be placed by the providence of God in such circumstances as to entertain the Ministers of the Gospel; and with peculiar delight she ministered to their comfort. For about two years she was afflicted with the dropsy, and during the last eighteen weeks of her life, she was principally confined to her bed; and her sufferings were extremely great; but she stood upon the Rock of Ages, and her soul was filled with peace and love and joy. She was frequently favoured with delightful glimpses of future glory, and felt her mind perfectly resigned to the will of God. To a friend she said, “I seem to have no will of my own; I feel such a sweet acquiescence in the will of God. I am ready to die; and I am willing to live, and to suffer as long as the Lord may appoint.” The fear of death was entirely removed; her friends have frequently heard, her say, that death was no more to her than going out of one room into another. Buttowards the close of her life, she was several times brought into great heaviness through extreme bodily weakness, and the insinuations of the enemy; yet even then her soul was filled with a holy heavenly calm; she could put her trust in the Lord, and say,
“Thou never, never wilt forsake
On Sunday morning, August 7th, she was racked with excruciating pain, and said to those around her, “O! pra that the Lord would cut short his work in righteousness, and take me to him. self.” Again, she said, “Do you think this is dying " On seeing one. weep, she said, “ilo not weep for me.” During the day her mind was serene, and every breath was prayer; and in the afternoon, she fell asleep in Jesus, without a struggle, a sigh, or a groan, in the seventieth year of her age. CHARLEs RAdcliffe.
3. Died, August 14th, at Stafford, Mr. John Kelsall, in the sixty-second year of his age. He was one of the
first Methodists in \his town ; and at the time of his death, the oldest member of our Society. His religious impressions must have commenced at an early period, but under what circumstances I cannot state. Before he was twenty years of age, he became a member of the small Methodist Society then formed in Stafford. For many years after this, Methodism made but little progress, and Stafford was only occasionally visited by the Preachers. This town was favoured with visits by Mr. Wesley, in the year 1783, and in the three following years. On his first visit he remarks, “Friday, Sept. 29th, about ten, I preached, for the first time, at Stafford, to a large and deeply attentive congregation. It is now the day of small things here : but the grain of mustard-seed may grow into a great tree.”. At his visit the third time, in April, 1785, he says. “ Tuesday, March 29th, at noon, I preached in the room at Stafford, to a deeply affected congregation. This was the more strange, because there are few towns in England less infected with religion than Stafford.” On his last visit, he writes as follows: “Tuesday, March 28th, after, calling at Sheriff-Hales, and giving them a short exhortation, I hastened to Stafford, and found the congregation waiting. ... I strongly enforced upon them, ‘ the i. of God is at '...d. and them went on to Lane-End.” Here he says nothing about the congregation being deeply attentive, nor deeply affected: it was still a day of small things. Regular preaching was not established till the year 1803. About that time Mr. Kelsall's mind was strongly impressed with the necessity and possibility of doing something more effectually for the good of Stafford....This impression he expressed to Mr. William Jones; and after they had retired to seek direction of God by prayer, they agreed to solicit Mr. John Barber, who at that time was stationed in the Burslem Circuit, to take Stafford under his care. With the solicitation Mr. Barber readily complied. From that day, the work of the Lord revived; the Society increased; and in the year 1808, Staf. ford became the head of a Circuit. In 1811, a large new Chapel was erected, of which Mr. Kelsall became a Trustee. This house of God, to him was a pleasant place; as his regular occupation of his seat, and active employ in the service of God abundantly proved. His Class, which he met only six days before his death, much respected him,
4. Died, August 20th, Mrs. Fanny Baron, of Cottingham, near Hull. Her parents were members of the Methodist Society; but being at an early age bereaved of them both, the care of her education devolved upon her eldest sister; a woman of sense and piety. Her education having a decidedly religious character, it is not to be wondered at, that the mind of Mrs. B. became early acquainted with Gospel truth, and was often the subject of deep convictions. These terminated in a sound conversion to God, under the ministry of the Rev. George Marsden. She forthwith joined herself to the Methodist Society, and met for some time in Class with Mrs. Webster, (now Mrs. Johnson, of Weston, near Hull,) whose judicious and Christian counsel was of great advantage to her. A constitution exceedingly delicate, and the cares of a large family, precluded her from much public exertion and usefulness; hence her character was little known, and the progress of her religious experience came under the cogmizance only of her own family, and of a few select friends, whose intimacy of acquaintance enabled them to view more closely the retired virtues of her daily walk. It was in the discharge of the numerous duties which devolved upon her, as the mother of a numerous family, that her real worth and piety were pleasingly conspicuous. But while the value of her instructions and superintendance was duly appreciated by her family, and is yet practically exhibited in the outlines of domestic and religious character, which her maternal love carefully and constantly impressed, yet in our late respected sister the passive graces were still more apparent than the active ones; of resignation under affliction, and patience under the restraints which a delicate and feeble
frame imposed upon an active and energetic mind, of deep humility and living piety, did Mrs. Baron afford a bright example, during many years of continued and often severe indisposition. During the last few years, her health gradually declined. Repeated inroads had been made upon her earthly tenement, but the nearness of its dissolution was not so manifest, until the commencement of the year in which she died. The near approach of death found her not at first entirely willing to obey his mandate. Nor is this surprising. She had many cords to break, many stakes to tear up ; she was a wife and a mother, and her children had arrived at an age standing most in need of a mother's advice and care. She sought for, however, and obtained grace to help in this her time of need ; and was enabled to say, “The Lord is sufficient, and he will give me strength, and make me willing to tear away these tender ties. He has already done much for me: Ah why do I doubt He has engaged to do all, and I cast all my care upon him.” During, six months of affliction, her complaint generally extending its baleful influence, but sometimes apparently relaxing its hold, her state, as regards the bright consolations and cheering hopes of the Gospel, was very various. Her disorder o, was of the consumptive kind, had a very depressing effect upon her spirits; and to this circumstance her aiternations of light and darkness, comfort and dejection, are mainly to be attributed. She was privileged, however, with many precious seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord. One night especially, in the beginning of the last week of her earthly existence, she was indulged with so powerful a manifestation of the favour and the peace of God, that she seemed already an inhabitant of bliss; one of her attendants observing the heavenly expression of her countenance, came near to her bed; her mistress looked at her with composure, and then softly said, “How still, how solemn is all around me! All is calm, and joy, and peace l l know not where I am, or what I am ; for I am lost in wonder, love, and praise.” On the evening previous to her death, the enemy of souls, taking advantage of the nature of her disorder, already alluded to, made a last grand assault; the trial of her faith was indeed sharp and strong, but ultimately it was onto praise, and honour, and glory. The night was one of much wrestling, with strong cries and tears. During the conflict
she exclaimed, “Lord, I have given my all to thee. I have kcpt back nothing : then I must go to thee; I will not let thee go, unless thou bless me.” Yet the Comforter still delayed; and faith was severely exercised and almost ready to sink, when on a sudden the departing saint raised her trembling voice, and in quivering accents sung the fine anthem of Habakkuk, iii. 17–19. “Although the figtree shall not blossom, &c.; yet I will rejoice in the Lord, and joy in the God of my salvation.” In a moment the room appeared to be filled with the glory of God; and all present affirmed that they never experienced such a visitation. The happy smile of our sister revealed the joy she could no longer audibly express; and thus she fell asleep in Jesus, in the fortieth year of her age. Thomas GALLAND.
Died lately, at Sheffield, Mr. Thomas Naylor. He resided at Darlington many years, previous to his coming to Sheffield; and was for nearly seventy years, a member of the Methodist Society. He was long a highly esteemed and very useful Class-Leader. During the protracted riod of his pilgrimage, he was an ornament to is profession; and he finished his course in the full triumph of faith.
March 8th —At Lakenheath, in the Thetford Circuit, Mrs. Ann Marshall, aged eighty; who for near forty years was a steady member of the Methodist Society, and for a long time hospitably entertained the Preachers at her house. Her disposition was kind and benevolent, her piety exemplary, and her end peace.
March 18th.-At Feltwell, in the Thetford Circuit, aged fifty-eight, Mr. A. Whiteman, who for twenty-six years was a consistent member of the Methodist Society. He first introduced the Gospel, as preached by the Methodists, into Feltwell, and established a Sunday-School, which he liberally supported. For many years he hospitably entertained the Preachers. Being thrown from his horse on the Tuesday, he lino: till Saturday, when he died in peace. By is own request, he was interred in the Chapel close to his own house. His conduct gave evidence that his heart was right with God. B
March 20th.-At Tideswell, in the Bradwell Circuit, James Rayston, aged eighty-nine years. He had been a member of the Methodist-Society upwards of fifty years; and in the early part of his pilgrimage, he often walked-four or five miles to attend the means of grace. He maintained an unshaken confidence in Jesus Christ to the last. In his long asiliction he never murmured, but was always thankful, and resigned to the will of God. P. G.
April 9th.-At Deptford, in the seventieth ear of his age, Mr. Josiah Evans. He had een upwards of forty-three years a member of the Methodist Society. He was appointed the leader of a closs at Rochester, by Mr. Wesley; azd from that time, to the period of his death, he was a bright and shining light,
And beloved by all who had the honour of his acquaintance. His death was sudden; but to him it was welcome : when the summons came he was found watching. During the four days he was afflicted, that calm serenity of mind which had so peculiarly distinguished him through life, never forsook him: his evidence of the divine favour was clear, and his confidence unshaken. Having experienced the full power of redeeming mercy, without a sigh he committed his spirit into the hands of that Saviour in whom for many years he had trusted.
W. B. F. April 9th.--At Aubourn, in the Lincoln Circuit, William Lambe, Esq., aged fifty-six years. He was, for more than twenty years, a steady member of our Society. For a considerable time he has filled the office of Class-Leader, and truly desired and endeavoured to promote the spiritual interests of the people committed to his charge. He has repeatedly sustained the office of Circuit-Steward, and was anxious to promote the prosperity of the work of God in the Circuit. fle was firmly attached to Methodism, because he regarded it as the work of God. His end was peace. To his dear wife, a little before he died, he said, “I have obtained the victory; I have obtained the victory! » W. H.
April 10th.-At Gainsborough, Captain Jobn Duuntin, aged eighty-four years. He had been an upright member of the Methodist Society about fifty-nine years. His parents became serious on the very earliest introduction of Methodism into this part of the kingdom, and received many of the first Methodist Preachers into their house. Their family consisted of John, three brothers, and a sister, all of whom obtained salvation in early life, adorned religion for many years, and most of them died triumphantly, and now rest with their father in glory. John had honoured the Lord in his life, and the Lord honoured him in death. On calling to see him, a little before his departure, I asked him if he was happy : he replied, "Yes, very happy." I said, “Captain, you love prayer yet ;” he answered, with an energy I shall never forget, “Yes; and praise too." His end was peace and triumph.
J. H. April 12th.-At Gaisgill, in the Clitheroe Circuit, aged thirty years, Mr. Richard Dean. For nearly five years he was a worthy member of the Methodist Society. His conduct was such as excited universal esteem. He was sensible for some time that his end was rapidly approaching, and therefore lived as one who had shortly to render his account. In the prospect of death he expressed a joyful hope that he should soon be before the throne, and praise God and the Lamb for ever. He has left a widow, and five children, to lament his loss,
M.C. Aprli 20th.-At Liverpool, in the sixty-fourth year of his age, Edmund Worthington, a man of good report. He bad been a member of the Methodist Society thirty-eight years, and upwards of thirty a useful Class-Leader. For the last three years his health has declined: but while the outward man decayed, the inward man was renewed day by day. On the Sunday before he died, he met his Class as usual, when he expressed himself as being exceedingly happy in God, and seemed much animated in the prospect of a better world. He appeared fully aware of his approacbing dissolution, and spoke but a few days before to one of the members of his own famils, on the necessity of setting bis house in order. His end was sudden. An attack of apoplexy terminated the life of this faithful servant of Goi.
A.B. April 20th-At Tanfield, in the Bedale Circuit, Mrs. Mary Hanley, aged sixty-seven years.
She had been a steady, upright member of the Methodist Society for more than forty years, and died in great peace.
J.A. April 21st -At Sheffield, Mr. Charles Alfred Froggatt, aged twenty-five years. The depth of his piety, the strength of his understanding, and bis extensive reading, rendered bis labours as a Local Preacher highly acceptable. The religion he recommended to others was the support of his own mind during a long and painful affliction, and enabled him to rejoice in hope, as he passed through the valley of the shadow of death. R.W.
April 22d.-At Uploder, in the Axminster Circuit, John Wallbridge, aged sixty-nine. He was converted to God by the instrumentality of the late Rev. Christopher Hull, of Bower-Hinton, Somersetshire, and subsequently for fifteen years, opened his house for the ministry of the Methodist Preachers. In his affliction he was remarkable for his patience and resignation. His end was not only peaceful, but triumphant.
T. W. s. April 24th.-At Gainsborough, aged sixty years, Mr. William Cuthbert. At the age of eighteen, he was brought to the knowledge of the truth; and for the space of forty-two years be manifested unabated attachment to Metho. dism. Through great persecution, and much affiction, he steadily held on his way. He was regular in his attendance on all the means of grace. A few hours before his dissolution, I called to see him ; and on asking him, if Christ was precious ? with considerable emphasis be replied, " Very precious;” and then added,
Tbough I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” “J. H.
April 24th, in the Leighion Buzzard Circuit, Joseph Mead, who had been a member of the Methodist Society about thirty years, and a Class-Leader about twelve years. His worth was best known to the family in which he acted the part of a menial servant, for the space of thirty years, during which time the most entire confidence was placed in him, and that conii. dence he was never known to betray. Like Nathanael, he was “an Israelite indeed, in whom there was no guile.” While attending his business, he fell down, and lay insensible for some time. When he came to himself, he re. marked, that “sudden death would to him have been sudden glory.” He survived a few days, and died in great peace.
J. F. April 25th.–At York-Place, City-Road, in the London North Circuit, Mr. David Bruce, (late of Aldersgate-Street,) aged seventy-one. He had been above forty years a member of the Methodist Society, and during the greater part of that time, a very useful Class-Leader. His end was peace and assurance. A further account of him may be expected.
April 27th.- At Walworth, Mr. Thomas Croggan, in his eightieth year. He was a native of Cornwall, where, in his early days, he was brought to a saving acquaintance with the truth as it is in Jesus. He resided at Penryn for many years, and was a Deacon in the Baptist Church at Falmouth; but possessing a spirit of kindness towards all denominations of Christians, he frequently attended the preaching of the Methodists. For many years the Baptist Ministers found a home at his house, in their occasional visits to the county of Cornwall; and occasional visits to the county or Cor when his son became a member of dist Society, lie was ever glad of the visits of the Methodist Preachers. He was very regular in the support of family-worship, and brought up his children in the fear of the Lord, taking them regularly to the house of prayer. For several years he has been a subject of continual afflic. tion; but be possessed his soul in patience, and