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of proper attendance, and began to apply to her those consolations which are best suited to the state of the suffering Christian. “O Sir,” she replied, “my Saviour does not leave me comfortless. He visits me in my affliction. He knows my state, and my consolation is, that I am just as he would have me to be, both in body and soul.” She spoke to the last with confidence and clearness of the mercy of God, and expired in the triumph of faith on March 20th, 1826. Molly Duncker was the second: she was also a free black woman. She had been in the Society about ten years, and such was the circumspect manner in which she walked before the world, that all that knew her, clearly saw in her life and conversation the sterling marks of genuine religion. Her light was not a mere taper, that blazed for a moment, and then went out, but it was constant and uniform, ever reflecting the light of truth on all around, and showing the blessedness of those doctrines which she had heard, and the power of which had made her free from the guilt and dominion of sin. She lay long on a bed of sickness, in a consumption, but always manifested the
greatest resignation to the will of God. When the epidemic came, it soon car. ried her off. She died happy in God, on the 13th of April, 1826. Lenah Roberts was the third. She also was a free black woman. She had been in Society five years, and in the whole of her conduct proved that she was not a forgetful hearer, but a doero! the word, seeking the kingdom of God with great earnestness, and giving up all for the kingdom of heaven's sake. Her end was peace: May, 1826. Catherine Longmaid, the fourth, a free black, was much respected by all classes. She had been in Society twenty 'ears, and had sought the Lord with er whole heart. Her last sickness was short, and being deprived of the use of reason by the fever, she said but little as to her prospects of eternity. She died on the 5th of May. The last three that died were men; Adam Martin, Billy Connor, and Barabbas Richardson. They died happy in God. The latter had been a vile profligate; but was indeedabrand plucked out of the fire. We have begun an adult School, which promises much good; there are already eighty scholars in it,
Ertract from the Journal of Mr. Wilkinson, dated Belize, Honduras, June 13th, 1826.
In my last I stated that I was prevented from going to visit the people up the River Belize, in consequence of the great flood which then prevailed. Since that period I have been favoured with an opportunity of travelling a hundred and fifty miles up the River, and preaching to three hundred people. The particulars of my journey I beg leave to transmit to you in the following extracts from my Journal. February 27th, 1826.-Having spent eleven weeks in Belize, preaching every Sabbath and every Wednesday evening, attending a Prayer-meeting every Friday, and catechising thirty people every Tuesday evening, I left that town, accompanied by John Armstrong, Esq.About six o'clock in the evening we reached a place called Orange-Grove, twenty-four miles up the river, where we took up our lodgings for the night. At eight o'clock, all the people on the bank assembled together, in Mr.Smith's house. I then read a portion of the Word of God, offered up prayer and thanksgivings, and retired. 28th.-I set out at six o'clock this morning. About twelve, I passed a large iall of water, where we were obliged to
walk, as the men had to drag the boat along. About seven, we reached a place called Moodian-landing, belonging to W. B. Tooth, Esq., where we remained all night. March 1st.—We commenced our journey at six o'clock this morning. About twelve, we breakfasted on the side of a bank. At three, we passed another large fall of water: and at sixthis evening we landed at an excellent camp, to take up our lodgings for the night. I read over the third chapter of St. John's Gospel, offered up prayer to the God of all our mercies, and afterwards had a comfortable night's rest beneath a large tree. 2d, Thursday.—At five this morning we proceeded on our journey, and reached a place called Meditation at six in the evening. This place belongs to Marshal Bennett, Esq., the chief magistrate of Belize. Here are thirty people employed in cutting mahogany. At eight they all assembled together, to hear the word of God, a duty that never was attended to before on this part of the Continent. After singing and prayer, 1 preached from I Cor. v. 17: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature,” &c. May the word of God prove the savour of life unto life to all their souls. 3d, Friday.—I set out at six this morning, and at half past five in the evening reached Mr. Wood's bank, where there are twenty-seven men employed. At eight o'clock they came together; and while I endeavoured to show them their transgressions, and exhorted them to “ seek the Lord while he might be found,” &c., they were very attentive. 4th, Saturday.—At six this morning we left Mr. Wood's bank, and about five in the evening finished our journey, by reaching Mr. Armstrong's settlement. At eight o'clock Mr. A.'s people met together, and while I exhorted them to “ repent, and believe the Gospel,” the minds of some were seriously impressed. 5th, Sunday.—I preached this morning in Mr. A.'s house, from 1 Cor. vi. 20, to thirty people; and in the evening from Titus iii.5. To spend a Sabbath in the worship of God, is a new thing with the people in this country. 6th.-I awoke this morning with gratitude to God for his goodness and mercy in preserving me to show forth his praises. The country here is very healthy, as the land is much higher than at Belize. In taking a short walk, I met with a Spaniard, who had just arrived at this place with fifty-one head of cattle and eight horses. I presented him with a copy of the book of Common Prayer, in the Spanish language, and a hundred and seventy Homily Tracts, which he promised to distribute among his countrymen, at Peten, a town situated in the interior, about 260 miles west of Belize, and containing 500 inhabitants. 7th–Early this morning I left Mr. A. and proceeded to Dr. Bowen's bank. After riding eight miles through the bush, and over many dirty glens, I reached the place in perfect safety. I preached in the evening to about forty people. 8th.-I left Dr. Bowen's bank at half past five this morning. After riding through the bush thirteen miles, Ireached another settlement, belonging to W. Gentle, Esq., who kindly entertained me at his house. All the people assembled together at seven o'clock; and while I explained the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the people paid the strictest attention. 9th.-I set out after breakfast to a bank nine miles further up the river, where G. A. Usher, Esq., has between thirty and forty men employed in cutting mahogany. After the meu were
returned from their labour, they were glad to be favoured with an opportunity of hearing the word of God. 10th.-I crossed the river, and after riding the distance of six miles, I ar. rived at a small place, where John Wright, Esq., has about twenty men employed. After the labours of the day, they willingly assembled together to hear the Gospel preached. 11th-After riding six miles along the top of a mountain, and crossing another branch of the river, I reached another settlement belonging to J. Wright, Esq.. I preached in the evening to more than forty persons. - 12th, Sunday.—I spent the day at this place, as there are two gangs of people a short distance from us; and I had sent to acquaint them of my intention to preach here both morning and evening. I had a large congregation in the morning; and after explaining the 13th verse in the eleventh of St. Luke, they left the house with their minds seriously impressed; many expressing a strong desire for me to remain with them. ... I preached in the evening, to upwards of fifty, among whom were six Roman Catholics. From what I have already witnessed, of the disposition of the few people who have come under my notice at Belize, and in this country, which is in the province of Mexico. I am fully persuaded, (notwithstanding the wickedness which long has reigned, and still reigns in various forms,) if faithful labourers were placed in this field,— men who can say with the Apostle “None of these things move me,” &c., their labours would be rendered successful. 13th-1 set out this morning for Belize; and on the way called at Convention-Town; and preached on Thursday evening, to a house full of attentive hearers, 17th, Friday.—I reached Belize at five this evening in perfect safety. 19th, Sunday—We held a Prayermeeting this morning at seven o'clock; and in the evening I preached to an attentive congregation. 21st, Tuesday-1 met the Class this evening, which I formed previous to going o the river. My mind was animated to find that they still manifest a strong desire to flee from the wrath to come, and are earnestly seeking the salvation of God. The Class consists of thirty members, who yet remain on trial. Two of them have entered into the glorious liberty of the sons of God, and can adopt the language of the Apostle, “Therefore be
May 31st.-Manningtree Branch; the Rev. Joseph Taylor in the Chair, Preacher, the Rer. A. E. Farrar; other Speakers, the Rev. Messrs. Robinson and Muscott, (Independent Ministers, Dixon, Fordred, Bell, Goy, Bythway, and R. Jackson. Collections, £15.10s. May 31st.—Sherborne Branch: the Rev. J. Byron in the Chair. Preacher, the Rev. J. Lomas; other Speakers, the Rev. Messrs. Horner, Walker, Hawtrey, Powis, Edmonds; and Messrs, M. Hawtrey, Read, and Dingley. Collections, £10.5s. 6d. June 21st. Spalding Branch : Mr. Francis Riggall in the Chair. Preachers, the Rev. Messrs. Catton, Hannah, and Anderson; other Speakers, the Rev. Messrs. S. Brown, Jeula, (Independent Minister,) Everard, (Baptist Minister,) and Mr. Butters. Collections, £20. June 29th. Easingnold Branch: Preachers, the Rev. Messrs. Stoner and Agar; other Speakers, the Rev. Messrs. Slack, Carlton, Haswell; and Messrs. Shepherd and Barker. Collections :22. 14s. July 6th. Rye Branch: Thomas Spong, Esq., in the Chair. Preachers, the Rev. O. Rees and Mr. Clark; other Speakers; the Rev. Messrs. Morell and Noble, (Independent, Ministers,) Exel, (Baptist Minister,) §o. Robinson, Wilson, Ludlam, Annetts and Roberts. Collections, £20. July 10th. Warminster Branch; the Rey. John Simmons in the Chair. Preacher, the Rev. T. H. Squance; other *:::::::: the Rev. Messrs. Horner, Wardy, (Independent Minister, Baker, Kneeves, (Independent Minister,) and Messrs. Phillips, Rogers, Budget, and Curtis. Collections
:E14. 11s. 8d.
lections, 2623. Ils. 6d.
The amount of Contributions received by the General Treasurers of the Wesleyan-Methodist Missionary Society, since the 15th of August, is, £1717.7s. 9d. Among these are the following items:
£. s. d.
Dividend under the late Miss Harvey’s Will ................ 24 0 0
Legacy from the late Mrs. Clafton, of Manchester... 200 0 0
180 d 0
O BIT U A R Y.
1. Died, Oct. 15th, 1825, at Mousehole, in the Penzance Circuit, Mr. Thomas Matthews, aged seventy-nine years, and in the sixty-second of his Christian course. He was born in the parish of St. Levan, from whence the family removed to the parish of Paul, when he was about ten years of age, where he continued till about his eighteenth year, like the world in general, unconcerned respecting his eternal welfare. About that
was Powerfully awakened to a sense of his guilt and danger under the preach
eriod he, went . to hear the Methodist Preachers, and,
ing of Mr. William Brammah. It is to be lamented that the account which Mr. Matthews kept of his experience from that time was afterward destroyed: as no doubt it would have furnished not only an interesting account of his own conversion, &c., but important motices of the work of God, at that time in its infancy in these parts, and much 'persecuted and opposed. Immediately on becoming a subject of divine opera." tion, he joined himself to the Lord, and his people, who were but sewoo much despised; and though he had." endure much persecution from his so Wol. W. Third Series. October, 1826,
mily, and his share of affliction with his Christian companions, he went on his way rejoicing. Soon after this he
was entrusted with the care of a Class,
over which he watched as one who must give an account. In the year 1784, he settled on an estate in Buryan, where he remained thirteen years, having the charge of the Society in that o and receiving the Preachers at
is house. . For some years the Society consisted of about twelve persous; but it pleased the Lord to gladden the hearts of these by an outpouring of his Spirit, and the revival of his work. Many young people were the subjects of this gracious, visitation, among whom was one of his sons, Mr. James Matthews, who, as well as his eldest brother, Mr. T. Matthews, has been for some years a Class-Leader and a Local p. among us. On his first attendance at Class-Meeting, the affectionate father addressed him in the following language : “I am better pleased to see you here, casting in your lot with the despised followers of the Lord, than I should be to see you exalted to the highest station in the world.” In 1797 he returned again to Paul, but continued to travel to Buryan, a distance of about four miles, every week, to meet his Class, till the year 1814, when he was obliged, through age and infirmity, to give up that labour of love. He still, however, met a Class, till it pleased God, in His wise and gracious dispensations, to visit him with an attack of paralysis, which considerably impaired his sight, and afsected his speech. The last memorandum he made of his experience will show his state of mind about this time. It is dated May 11, 1817: “No tongue can set forth the riches of redeeming grace. The bliss I feel exceeds all expression : it is joy unspeakable and full of glory. What a poor ereature am l l I have nothing to offer for this waste, of love. Had I ten thousand tongues, they could not speak His worth. Tears of gratitude flow down my cheeks, that I have a hope of heaven.” About three years since, he removed to Mousehole, where he continued waiting with patience aud submission for his removal to the church above. His last affliction was only of three weeks' continuance; but under it his patience and gratitude were remarkable. No murmuring, no complaining, was ever heard to escape his lips. Sometimes indeed he appeared to fear that he should have long to suffer, and lest his patience should fail, especially when his spirits were
moreparticularly affected with his complaint; but the Lord administered timely help, and supported his enfeebled servant. One morning while the family was at prayer, the divine presence appeared to fill all the place; and he broke out in praise, saying, “Christ is come ! I have waited for him with pain and grief; but now He is mine, and I am his for ever ! This is triumph; this is victory ! “I’ll praise my Maker while 1've breath, &c.”
He was thankful for the least kindness shown to him. On the evening before he died, Mr. Burgess called to see him, and observed, “You have no doubt now about your future happiness?” “No,” he replied, “blessed be the name of the Lord.” He has left a large family, most of whom are endeavouring to follow him, as he also followed Christ. One who well knew him says, “He was a faithful husband, a good father, an upright Christian, and a sincere and tried friend.” Thomas StAton.
2. Died at Douglas, in the Isle of Man, October 16th, Jane Quarh, in the 25th year of her age. hen she was about sixteen, she began to seek the Lord with all her heart. Various are the means which God uses to bring his sinful creatures to himself; and he was pleased to sanctify a painful dispensation of his providence to awaken the mind of Jane to a concern for her salvation : it was the death of her mother. In July, 1817, she joined the Methodist Society in Douglas, and in the August following, when meeting her Class, she sound peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ. She never lost the confidence of her “acceptance in the beloved,” until she saw him “face to face.” She died of a consumption, under which she laboured for seventeen weeks; but which she bore with entire patience and resignation to the divine will, cheerfully acquiescing in all his dispensations towards her. Jesus Christ was the delight of her soul, and the foundation of her hope. She often said in her affliction, “Christ is all to me; I want no more.” She was sensible to the last moment of her life; and seeing her friends expressing their grief at her approaching end, she told them not to weep, and that her death should rather be cause of joy. Just before she expired, one of her friends said to her, “You seem happy;” she replied, “Very happy in God;’ and immediately after, almost imperceptibly, fell asleep. Thus did this amiable young woman “finish
her course with joy." Her race was No friend was at haod to succour apa short ; but she obtained the prize, and relieve; but God was there to comfort was called to an early crown.
his dying child; and angels were there JAMES ANDERSON. to minister to this heir of salvation,
and to conduct her happy spirit far 3. Died, October 19th, at Douglas, above the storm and tempest, “wbere in tbe Isle of Man, Mrs. Christian, in all is calm, and joy, and peace." The the 46th year of her age. In early life day of her father's funeral arrived; but her mind was seriously impressed with she was not there to attend it. A few the concerns of eternity; and in some days after, her husband arrived at ber measure she possessed the fear of God; mother's to bring Mrs. Christian home; but being much exposed to worldly com- but what was his surprise, and the sur pany, these promising beginnings of prise of all, when they found that good were as « the morning cloud she had not been there! Their fears and the early dew,” they soon vanished were excited for her safety, and they away. About fourteen years ago, she dreaded the worst. Messengers were was convinced of her guilt and de. despatched in all directions in search pravity, and was deeply distressed with of her, day after day, without success; an apprehension that she had com- until Wednesday, the 26th, when ber mitted the uopardonable sin, and was body was found within a mile of her beyond the reach of mercy. About this father's house, prostrate in death. How time she joined the Methodist Society mysterious are the ways of providence! in Douglas, and continued to seek the But what we kuow not now, we shall Lord in his own appointed ways. The know hereafter. '' JAMES ANDERSON. cloud soon dispersed, her fears subsided, and she obtained, through be- 4. Died at Workington, in the county lieving in Christ, 'a sense of God's of Cumberland, on Sunday Oct. 238, favour, which she never lost, nor called in the fifty-second year of his age, in question, to the day of her death. after a very short illness, Mr. Robert Her Christian experience was clear Dickinson. He was born at Seaton and satisfactory, both to herself, and Iron Works in the same county, Aug. those with whom she held Christian 20th, 1773. His father and motber communion. She was regular in her regularly attended the ministry of the attendance on the means of grace, and Methodist Preachers, and his relations especially her Class-meeting, which she were the first who received and supnever omitted, unless something very ported the Methodist doctrines in the extraordinary interposed to prevent it. county of Cumberland. Through their The day before she died, she met her exertions, a spacious and deligbtful Class as usual, and for the last time, chapel has been raised, for the service when she expressed her happiness in of God, in the town of Workington, God, and her confidence in him, little built upon freehold ground, and given expecting that in a few hours she by the uncle of Mr. Dickinson, who should be numbered with the dead: for sixty years received the Preachers, yet so it was. On the following day and assisted the spread of the Gospel, she received intelligence of her fa- through the instrumentality of the ther's death; upon which she ex- Itinerant plan, and who was ready to pressed her determination to set off serve the cause of God wherever his immediately, to be present at his fu- influence extended. This pious man neral, and to spend a few days with died in the year 1925, in the glorious her widowed mother. She left home hope of everlasting happiness. It was about three o'clock that afternoon, to under the ministry of Mr. Peacock, that travel over the mountains, with which the late Mr. Dickinson was brought to she was well acquainted, having fre- see his lost condition, and need of the quently gone that way before. Before sacrifice of Jesus Christ. At this pea she reached Snoafield, which is the riod, he says, “ I found I wanted somehighest mountain in the island, the thing, but knew not what I had weather underwent a sudden change. taken particular notice of the changed Night came on, the wind blew a per- character of my old companions, Mr. fect hurricane, the lightnings flashed, Braithwaite, and Mr. Wood; and obe and the rain descended in torrents. served their seriousness, and mutual Mrs. Christian, all alone, and far from affection. I thought they possessed any human habitation, missed her way; what I wanted, and I longed to be their and being unable to bear up any longer companion in holiness. Accordingly against the pelting storm, which blew when the religious 'service was over, full in her face, nature became ex and they were standing in the Chapelhausted, and she lay down and died. yard, I asked Mr. Braithwaite if I