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benevolence and charity, whereby so many and most important benefits have been conferred upon society. Since the Committee thought proper to intrust me with the care .." their schools, three have been removed, and from various causes; and whilst with the greatest reluctance and sorrow, we have been compelled to relinquish any o which we had once occupied, we ave to observe, from a comparison of the different returns made, the aggregate number of children in those now commenced, (though opposition continues to be made to their attendance at two of them,) nearly equals the highest number ever rendered of those which have been given up, whilst the circumstances of the masters are much improved; the facilities afforded them, for the accomplishment of the immediate objects of the Society, are greatly increased; and the opportunities for general usefulness, which present themselves, are more numerous and promising. Other openings are now presenting themselves with similar advantages, and of equal promise; and which we might immediately embrace, but this can only be at present done, in consequence of events, the occurrence of which we cannot but deprecate; that is, the failure of Schools already instituted, and the abandonment of places which we at present occupy. feel pleasure in stating, that whilst the Masters, generally, have conducted themselves to my satisfaction, I know of no instance wherein their conduct has not met the approbation of the parents of the children; obtained the good opinion of those respectable individuals who have patronized our Schools; and secured the respect generally, of the inhabitants, Roman Catholic and Protestant, in the neighbourhood in which they live. As the schools are in immediate con
nexion with the Missions in Ireland, upon the present occasion it may not be deemed irrelevant, or an intrusion, to notice also, that in visiting the Schools, I have had occasion to touch upon or ass through I think the whole of the so. Stations; have conversed with most of the Missionaries; and have had other opportunities of learning the state of their work; and I am happy in being able to say, that whilst in them all a work is commenced, which, like the leaven, is silent in its operations, yet, with the blessing of God, must be progressive in its influence, and beneficial in its results. In some of the Missions we are favoured with more visible tokens of the divine presence and power; and if the opening of new doors for the preaching of that, “Gospel which is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth,” the “eonversion of sinners from the error of their way,” the formation of Societies for the purpose of Christian commumion, a request for schools professedly of a religious character, and the erection and fitting up of buildings for the propagation of the doctrine which is according to godliness, be any proofs of it, we can say, and I trust we shall be enabled to continue to say, “that God is with us.” And when I consider the general tranquillity, we enjoy; the degree of plenty which pervades the land; the progress which the cause of truth is making ; the increasing desire after the word of God, which is taking place; the pious, philanthropic, and successful exertions making by various religious and benevolent Societies and individuals; the extraordinary, arduous, and self-denying labours of “many running to and fro,” in the exercise of their ministry, I have the most pleasing anticipations. .
Killaloe Mission.-Ertract of a Letter from Mr. Guard, dated May 30th, 1826.
charge of a Class of children, who were brought under deep concern for their salvation, principally through her instrumentality. She was also apinted the Leader of a Class of young emales, which was continued for several years with increasing prosperity. The sick and the dying claimed her special attention; and as opportunity offered, she was regular in her attendance upon the abodes of disease and death; administering to the afflicted the consolations of religion, by directing them to the Saviour, who gave his life a ransom for all ; and in this work of charity and mercy she was happily successful. She possessed a sympathetic and benevolent mind, and took great delight in doing good to others. She could easily enter into another's joy and woe, and rejoice with them that rejoiced, and weep with those that wept. Under the influence of the same Christian feeling, she was always tender of the character of an absent person, and would often lament the conduct of some professors of religion, who were in the habit of speaking evil of those who were not present to answer for themselves: an evil of
...the most destructive tendency, not only
to the persons censured, but also to those who are guilty of so great a siu. She was an active and successful Collector for our Foreign Missions; and her last act of mercy upon earth, was that of going about to collect some money for one of the poor of Christ's flock, which she paid in small weekly sums to the person who was the object of her benevolence. On the 24th of September she was severely attacked by disease, which in seven days terminated her useful life. On the morning of the day on which she died, she appeared much better, and hope was entertained that she would recover ; but this cheering prospect was soon obscured, and the sun of promise which now, for a short time, shone from under a cloud, in a few hours set
for ever. Mrs. Quiggin was aware-of
her situation, and talked freely and with much composure of her funeral.
2. Died, at Skipton, Oct. 2d, Mrs. Jane Baynes. She was born of very respectable parents, at Embsay-Kirk, near Skipton in Craven, in the year 1739. Her father died when she was very young, and left her to the care of her mother, who was strictly moral in her outward conduct, and a regular attendant upon the services of the Established Church. Her daughter became as exemplary for morality as her mother, and as uniform in attending religious ordinances, while at the same time she was a stranger to the power of religion. . In the year 1786, she came, with her mother, to reside in Skipton. About that time the Methodist Preachers were invited to this o by a member of the Society, who
ad providentially been led to take up his abode there. They accepted the invitation, and Miss Baynes became a regular hearer; and in 1787, she joined the Society, of which she continued a consistent member for thirty-eight years. At that period Methodism was low in the esteem of many in Skipton; the Society was very small; they ha no chapel; only an inconvenient and disagreeable room for public worship; and the disapprobation of her friends and relatives, occasioned by the step she had taken, made her cross very heavy. She had, however, made up her mind on this important subject; remembering the words of her Lord, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross.” It is greatly to be regretted, that sometime previous to Mrs. Baynes's decease, she destroyed her papers, which contained uotices of her religious experience; in consequence of which, we caumot say when she obtained a sense of God's pardoning mercy; but there is no doubt entertained by her Class-Leader, or by those who knew her best, that she was truly converted to God, and enjoyed the comforts of religion. It was Mrs. Baynes's opinion, that had she been earlier favoured with the means of grace, as used among the Methodists, she would much sooner have become a disciple of the Lord Jesus; therefore, in order that the inhabitants of her native place, and her tenants at Eastby, might be privileged with those means she so highly valued, she built a good chapel, with a cottage adjoining it, nearly at her own expense, which she secured to the Methodist Counexion. The cottage is occupied by a Local Preacher, an old servant of hers, who is to reside in it as long as he lives; and after his death, the rent is to be appropriated to the support of the Gospel in the Skipton Circuit; with this proviso, that whoever lives in it shall entertain the Preachers whenever they visit Eastby. Her whole heart was engaged in the work of God ; and she used every means in her power to promote its prosperity. It was her custom, when she saw young people seriously inclined, to give them suitable advice; introduce them into pious company; and she has often, with tears, exhorted them to give themselves to God and to his church. Her house was open, on all occasions, to the Ministers of the Gospel; and never was she more delighted than when in the company, and hearing the couversation of the servants of God, whose comfort she endeavoured to promote in every possible way. Her purse was open to every call of humanity, and she was ready for every good word and work. It was said by one who was intimately acquainted with her, “I never knew a more cheerful giver.” One circumstance I cannot onit to mention: when the British and Foreign Bible Society was formed, she felt anxious to become a subscriber; and at the earliest opportunity she sent two guineas, which sum she continued to subscribe annually to its funds as long as she lived. Mrs. Baynes highly esteemed the means of grace; she was regularly found at the preaching of the word ; although, in the latter part of her life, her hearing was very defective, and she was totally blind. She was never absent from her Class-meetings, except on rare and special occasions. Both in summer and winter she was found at the prayer-meeting, held at seven o clock every Sunday morning in
her own house. That she did not decline in her attachment to the cause of God, or his Ministers, at home or abroad, appears from her Will; by which she bequeathed 40s, towards reducing the debt upon the Methodist Chapel in Skipton ; 40l. to the fund for the support of worn-out Methodist Preachers, and widows; and One Hundred Guineas to the Wesleyan Missionary Society. It was evident to her Class-Leader, for some time before she was confined to her room, that the Lord was ripening her for his kingdom. She had been occasionally subject to the fear of death for several years; but now it was entirely removed, and she looked to the period of her dissolution with composure. Her health at length began gradually to decline, and her memory became v defective ; but even then, her mi appeared to be occupied with the best things, while her countenance presented all the marks of serenity and During the last few weeks of her life, her memory was much improved, and she continued recollected to the last. She said but little comparatively; but frequently expressed her gratitude to God for the mercies she received. The love of God in the gift of his Son, and the atonement made by his death, were subjects upon which she delighted to converse; because it was through faith in the blood of Christ that she had obtained pardou, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost, and was enabled to exult in the hope of future glory. us she continued until the weary wheels of life stood still, and she entered into the joy of her Lord, in the eighty-seventh year of her age. In her death the poor in Skipton have lost a kind friend, and the church one of its most valuable members, and brightest ornaments. M. WATERHouse.
3. Died, at St. Neot's, October 4th, J. Swannell. More than forty years he lived in a state of awful ignorance of God, and was guilty of almost every kind of vice; especially swearing, drunkenness, and sabbath-breaking. His daughter, then comparatively a child, attended the Methodist SundaySchool, and had little books given her as rewards: these she read to her father; and by this means he was induced to hear the Methodist Ministers. Under the last sermon preached by the Rev. Edward Gibbon, in St. Neot's, Mr. S. was deeply awakened. He immediately . the Society; and in the March following, when thrashing in a barn, he threw down his flail, kneeled before God, and earnestly prayed for pardon.
He was enabled to believe with his heart unto righteousness, and felt the application of those blessed words, -- #. sins which are many are all forgiven thee.” His soul was filled with unutterable peace and joy, and he hastened to tell his Christian friends what great things the Lord had done for him. Since that time he has been steadily attached to the doctrines and discipline of Methodism, and exerted himself in various ways to be useful; especially in holding prayer-meetings, praying with the afflicted, and exhorting young persons to turn to the Lord. Several times, when he has been in reat pecuniary difficulties, scarcel fo bread to eat, he has met . most seasonable relief; and this he always attributed to the special providence of God. His last affliction was short and severe; yet his mind was kept in peace. Some of his last words were, “The enemy of souls has not been permitted to distress me. I do not feel an ecstasy of joy, but I feel a calm and peace within.” On the Sunday after his death, a sermon was preached on the occasion to a large and very attentive congregation. William BRocklehurst.
4. Died, at Salford, Manchester, October 12th, Mary Roberts, in the fortyfourth year of her age. From a variety of papers which she wrote at an early period of her life, and which are richly fraught with religious experience, an extended and valuable Memoir might easily be formed ; but such was her modesty, that she often requested when “talkiug of her decease,” that little might be said of her, as she only felt desirous, that those Christian friends with whom she cujoyed communion in different parts of the kingdom where she had resided, might be comforted and encouraged by knowing that she “ died in the Lord.” Favoured with Christian parents, who became members of the Methodist Society in their youth, and who for many years received “the messengers of the churches” into their house, she enjoyed the advantages of pious instruction and example, and “from a child, knew the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make us wise unto salvation.” Preserved from the follies of youth, and being of “a meek and quiet spirit,” her exterior deportment was such, that she seldom needed correction or reproof. In a letter from her father, he says, “She was truly a beloved child both by her mother and myself; we never had any sorrow on account of her behaviour; she was ever obedient and consistent.” Yet, as her
mind became enlightened by the Spirit of God, few were more deeply convinced of the total depravity of human nature, and the necessity of “the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” Under the ministry of Mr. John Ashall, her convictions were so deepened, as to lead her with increased fervour to the throne of grace, where she obtained “the knowledge of salvation by the remission of sius.” Being naturally diffident, her professions of religious improvement were never lofty; yet there was that modest decision of expression, which evinced the most scrupulous attention to her real state, and the alarm she would have felt, at being abandoned to general doubt and uncertainty. She “knew in whom she had believed.” During the twenty-two years she lived in the married state, the various excellencies which she exhibited can only be faithfully expressed in the language of those Scriptures in which she delighted, and from which she could quote passages more correctly and extensively than any other female I ever knew. For the last five years, her health was in a very delicate state, and she frequently talked of her latter end with that cheerful composure which is the natural result of a well grounded hope of eternal life. Her weakness often prevented her from attending her Class; a means of religious improvement which she highly prized, and in which she was generally strengthened and refreshed. During the week before she exchanged worlds, she had a strong presentiment, that “the time of her departure was at hand.” Perhaps few persons were more free from vain imaginations, or more careful to guard against fanciful impressions in religion; yet as “the earthly house of this tabernacle” was dissolving, she felt herself to be drawing nearer to “the spirits of the just made perfect.” Her excellent mother, who was a member of the Methodist Society for more than half a century, had, a few months before, entered the “rest that reimains for the people of God;” and the daughter now felt, especially during “the nightwatches,” as if the spirit of her glorified parent hovered around her bed, and, with maternal solicitude, bade her come away to the skies. She often observed, in seasons of extreme weakness, that she did not know how she should feel when she came to die; but committing herself into the hands of the Lord, she was found ready. She told her Class-Leader, and those about her, “ that she had not her religion then to seek; that she had no doubt of her acceptance with God; that the enemy of
souls had not been permitted to tempt or change uvexpectedly took place. The assault her for some time ; that she had children were called into her room; given up the world, aud her dear chil. and, as her little strength admitted, dren into the hands of God; and that she bade them farewell, and charged she had only one earthly wish left, them to be a comfort to their father, which was to see her husband (who was and to live for God. Soon after this she then absent) once more ; but that even became insensible, and after some that wish was in entire submission to hours of suffering “ entered into the the divine will.” In the morning of joy of her Lord." the day on which she died, a sudden
THE SLEEP OF DEATH. " And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn."Mark v, 39, 40.
O SLEEP! who, binding with thy mystic chain
Those whom nor pain nor other woes await,
Thine hours to bliss not seldom consecrate,
When images of glory increate,
And visions of unearthly picturing,
But I bethink me of that deep repose,
Whose arms nor pain nor other woe can fly ;
To torpid fancy, and its lightless eye,
Immers'd in shadows of Eternity,
Such is their rest, who make their bed beneath;
I love the sepulchre, where virtue lies ;
E'en Jesus knew to love a good man's grave;
Smiles on the storm, our souls have yet to brave :
But may not virtue's power from dying save ?
Ah, here the funeral flowers as stilly wave,
And darkness and the earth as thickly fall
Hither might sounds of sweetest music stray,
Such sounds as wont to charm the amorous ear; .
And you might scatter showers of fragrance near,
Idle those sounds, that fragrance wasted were: " .. .
Sacred, thrice sacred is sepulchral ground,
Not till the dawn of Resurrection glow,
And the last shades of sable midnight fly;
Thrill through Creation, and tear up the sky;
Then graves must be entomb'd, and death must die,
And we, the ransom'd of the Lord, return