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daughter, who had been in a declining introducing the Preachers into new state for some time, would be esta ' places, and extending to others the blished. But how unscarchable are blessings of that Gospel, which he had the ways of Providence! lo six months, found to be the power of God unto from our removal, I was deprived of Salvation." Upon retiring from the hotb : first witnessing the peaceful and army, he commenced business in Newhappy death of my child, on the 10th Ross, and was present in the memorable of Detober, and that of iny wife on the engagement of June 5th, 1998. On 8th of the succeeding month. A little that day a host of twenty thousand while before her departure, she said, rebels attacked the town; but after a “I am going to launch into eternity, desperate conflict they were repulsed by and I go without a doubt'or fear. Un the Kiog's troops under the command belief is not permitted to assail me; I of General Johnson. "In this action, rest my entire confidence in Jesus, Mr. M.Cormick displayed such heroic who died for sinners; there is no other bravery as called forth the thanks of ground for confidence." Thus in sure the General, to whom he acted as Aidand certain hope of eternal life, she de-camp during the day, and proentered into the joy of lier Lord, aged cured for his name a conspicuous fifty-four years, leaving four daughters place in all the histories of that dreadand a husband to deplore their loss. ful time. Indeed many are of opinjou

DANT:L PEDLOW. that to bim, under Divine Providence,

was greatly owing the victory of that . 4. * Died at New-Ross, Ireland, Nov. day. Prior to his leaving the army, he 12th, Michael M*Cormick, esq., aged had married, nor had he ever reason to seventy-eight years. Early piety, in all regret his choice. Though Mrs. M*Corcases advantageous, was to Mr. M.Cor. mick has been dead many years, the mick a peculiar blessing. In him was memorial of her piety has bidden deunited a temper naturally fierce and fiance to the lapse of time : 'still her fearless, with a body of unusual sta pame lives in the hearts of many, as a ture and strength. Hence a controlling woman in whom were displayed all the power, more efficient than mere edu virtues of eunjugal, parental, and social cation can supply, became necessary. life, enriched by the beauties of Christ. This he met with in an early con- ian boliness. The loss of such a wife version. Being favoured with the mi- was a severe trial; and as Mr. M'Cor. nistry of the Rev. John Wesley aud mick was. now extensively engaged in his fellow-labourers in Ireland, he was trade, and had the charge of a large turned from darkness to light, and family, the weight of bis relative duties from the power of Satan unto God; was much increased. In this sphere he and approving heartily of the discipline moved with diligence and integrity. which he found amongst the Methodists, But it was in the close of life, that God, he became a member of their Society. who is rich in mercy, was pleased most Many were the changes of place and remarkably to bless his servant, circumstance which marked his subse. During his latter years, he suffered quent years; but never did he wholly much from injuries received in the lose the influence of that change in his service of his country; yet the lancharacter which took place on his con guage of complaint he rarely used. version to God. Zeal for the cause of When I came into this Circuit in the Redeemer, 'unawed by shame or August, 1825, his health was visibly defear, was a disposition which never for clining; but his soul appeared to be sook him. Often has he risked his life maturing in grace; for there was in in the protection of the early Preachers his spirit a meekness, quite the reverse from popular insult, wbile those men of his natural temper. When he per of God were delivering their message, ceived the rapid approach of death, he " in the streets and lanes of the city." frequently charged his family to observe Thus he rendered essential' services to the strictest economy in his interment; the cause he loved ; for which indecd ordering that the funeral should be he was eniinently qualified by an'ap- perfectly plain: the money saved pearance the most commanding; (not a thereby, he directed to be given to the little heightened when attired in mili- poor. I had the privilege of witnessing tary uniform,) aud a spirit which' knew his last hour. Upon entering the room, no fear. For several years he served I heard him saying, with a strong, full his countryi'as Quartermaster of the voice, « Save me, o Lord, witin an Second Dragoons, 'or Green Horse; everlasting salvation." El approached and as he nioved with the Regiment bis bled. He inquired who fias; and througl' Ireland, he was careful to beinir vold, he reached me, his cold seize the openings thereby afforded, forband,' saying) * Having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ, which is When Miss King, was uuited to Mr. far better, far better, far better.", I Brettell, then an Itineraut Preacher, spoke to him of the heavenly kingdom. she experienced difficulties of a dif" O yes," said be, raising his right ferent kind, in going among strangers, hand towards heaven," there remaineth frequently removing from one Circuit , a rest to the people of God." Here to another, and not always finding paid interrupted bim. After a pause, , every thing that was really needful for I said, " Blessed are the dead that die a family. She had vew friendships to ia the Lord.”, “ Yes,” said he, form, aud new crosses to take up. These, “ through the tender mercy of our God, however, were often sweetened by the whereby the day-spring from on high kindness and aflection of those friends hath visited us." 'Again he was als among whom her husband laboured, tacked with pain, and we joined in and more especially by the consolations i prayer ; not doubting, that as we were of God. During the years of their itiabout to commence a Sabbath on earth, perancy, she often had the care of a he would soon enter on the enjoyment Class, felt a lively interest in its prusof its antitype in heaven. So it was. perity, and frequently felt a pleasure in Shortly after his speech failed, and he visiting the poor members of it, and slept in Jesus. The spirit in her flight in relieving them according to her left on the counteuance a stamp of ability. In the course of these years, victory, which strongly spoke that he she contracted an intimacy with many died a cooqueror through the blood of pious persons, and with some of these the Lamb,

JOHN WILSON.. she long corresponded. Mrs. Brettell

was often the subject of nervous affec5. Died, at Bristol, Nov. 21st, Mrs. tions, by which she was frequently, Brettell, whose maiden name was brought very low, and led into many . King, wife of the Rev. Jeremiah Bret discouraging reasonings respecting the tell, in the sixtieth year of her age. In state of her soul, and how it would be the early part of her life, Miss King with her in the hour of death: but out was graciously called to seek the Lord; of all these the Lord delivered her. she saw the world as passing away, and ly the beginning of the last year, she insufficient to satisfy her soul. This lost het only brother, and at the same led to painful struggles in ber mind; time she berself was very much indisc: her parents were not, at that time, pos posed; and for several weeks she resessed of sinsilar views and feelings, mained very unwell : but she revived and therefore opposed ber wishes. When a little in the spring, and her family company visited her father, it had been hoped for a prolongation of her life. usual for the family to attend them to Her frequent attacks of disease weaksome place of public amusement: at eued her constitution, and in the beone of those seasons, she was so filled ginning of September, 1825, she bewith horror on account of the dissipa- came very ill. Ou Sunday the 11th of tion of the place, that she vowed to that month, the prayers of different the Lord, if he would spare her to re congregations were requested, and the tire from it, she would never attend it Lord graciously answered the suppliagain. This vow she was enabled to cations of his people, by giving ber keep, and froni that time to seek the grace to resign herself fully to his will. Lord more fervently, under a convic. She was joyful in his salvation, and tion of her want of salvation. She had looked forward to death without fear much opposition without, and many or dismay. She wished to depart, and discouragements within ; but the to be with Christ. Of her happiness means of grace were frequented with sbe spoke freely, and encouraged those diligence, and very soon she had the around ber to hope iu God. Herilleess happiness of seeing her mother dispused was protracted considerably beyond ex to embrace the same truth, and seek pectation; and she was called to suffer the same blessing which she sought. much both in body and mind : clouds This made way for her joining the Mer aud darkness surrounded her, and her thodist Society, and attending more former fear returned that she, should constantly the public worship of God. have much to suffer in the article of The salvation of her soul was now death. She was, reminded of the disa sought with true sincerity of heart; ciples of Christ, who feared when they and although she could not fix on any entered into the cloud; yet there it precise time when the Lord forgave was that God spoke to them and said, her sins, yet, as she expressed it, she. "This is my beloved Son : lear him. had repeated manifestatious of the di- Now it, was that many things were vite goodness, by which she was satis, brought to her recollection with much fied of her interest in the favour of God, feeliny and concern. A close investis

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gation of her wbole life took place; afliction a few weeks, his happy soul escaped to she looked back to the time when she the paradise of God." **, *,*** ,w1.6 was only about five years old, and ac- Sept. 51).-At Charenlon, near Paris, Vis

Sarah Ano Manby, aged thirty-nine years, sile cused herself of many things which

of Aaron Marby, Esq., one of the proprietors of others would have deemed innocent.

Charenton Iron-Works. She vås, possessed of After speaking freely on this subject, qualifications which will render her memory

ever dear to those who knew ber. Brought 19 and receiving suitable advice, she ob

in the Church of England, she was attached to tained strong consolation. Duriug the

its doctrines and mode of worship, bat was de month of October, Mrs. Brétteli had void of bigotry. For several years she WAS many changes at one time there ap- alllicted; bat, possessing bet soul in patience,

a marmuring word was never heard to escape peared sone prospect of her recovery,

her lips. After a season ot deep conviction of when her mmd was much engaged sin, in the beginning of her religious experience. about things of a domestic nature, by she found the peace of God which is unparted to which she suffered, and for which she those wbo believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.

She spent her time in doing good, andior the upbraided herself afterward, and en

different Institutions established to spread the deavoured more fully to yield herself knowledge of tbe truth. In visiting the sick sle

was indefatigable; in relieving the distressed

she was no respertel of persons; the widow and plaiot returned, and per weakness in

the orphan always fonnd a friend in ber; and creased so much, that on the 31st of

her heavenly conversation was the means of

spiritual good to many. Towards the close of to be read to her, that the change life, she enjoyed peculiar manifestations of the

love of God. Every means was tried to pre. might beconie more familiar to her.

serve life: but the Lord sav tit to take ber ta

himsell. She took leave of the world, and dies of the Revelation to be read; and af. imploring the blessing of God on her husband,

her children and her friends. She was buried terwards said, “ This awful represen

at Pere-le-chaise, and the Rev. Mr. Adams im. tation of the judgment does not cause proved the cvent of her death at Charenton, en me to fear.” She had expressed a hope Sunday, Sept. Tóth, from Rev. xiv. 13. W.O.C. of release on the Sabbath, but the Lord Sept. 6th -At Syston in the Leicester Cirenit,

Mr. William Cooper, « an old disciple." lg On the 7th she appeared more cheerful

him the Methodist Society has lost one of its him the Method

most steady friends and libertul supporters. Fo and at case, and said to her frienils,

fifty years, it is believed, he has been United " I hope to die shouting, The Lord will provide.?.

with the Methodists, during which time he has

maintained a consistent character of love to God On the 14th of November, the family and man. He died in peace and triumph. Be

sides numerous legacies to his relations and were called to her bedside, when she

friends, he has bequeathed, in proot of his atvery distinctly said, “Now, Lord,

tachment to that blessed cause in which he bed now lettest thou thy servant depart in long been engaged, to the Wesleyan Missionary peace, according to thy word; for mine

Society, 502.; to the Kingswood and Wool

house-Groye Schools, 501.; to the Methodist eyes have seen thy salvation. O Lord,

Preachers' Auxiliary Fund, 504. ; to Frisby into thy hands I'commit' my spirit." Chapel, 501.; to the Syston Methodist Societs. After this she fell into a kind of le. 501. to the Syšton Sänday-School, roz, to thargic state, till she quietly fell asleep

Hotlierby Sick' Club, 251.; to twenty poot

members of the Syston Methodist Society, lol; in Jesus. It is excellently remarked to the poor at Rotherby, 51. ; to the poor at by Dr. Grosvenor, that 't We bave Frisby, 101.; to the poor at Systón, 101., to be not quite done with ourdeparted friends distributed in bread. A further account of this when they are gone. We have some

excellent man may be expected. ** J. R. * thing to do with their memories; to

Sept. 14th.--At Williten in the Dunster Cir.

cuit, Mr. John Thorne, in the seventy-sixth embalm them with our grateful ac- year of his age. He was brought to a koowknowledgments : we have something to ledge of the truth, about thirty years since, ander do with their present felicity; to rejoice the ministry of the late Rev. John Cricket, and in their enjoyment of it, to take aim

soon afterwards joined the Methodist Society at Carbampton. He frequently bad to walk ise

veral miles to hear a sermon : but he was alway we walk up the heavenly road; ways in bis place at the house of prayer. His

attention to private and social duties was as

regular as bis attendance upon publie warexample; to follow it, or be imitators; ship. His uprightness, integrits, and zeal. and and especially to imitate their faith his patience and resignation in the time of his and patience : it is for this purpose, apliction, will long live in the memory or his "the righteous are to be had in ever.

friends. When asked, " Are you happy

With joy beaming in his countenance, be re. lasting remembrance.'fyes stitseyle po plied, Happy, very happy! I loog to be

' JAMES Wood." gone! In this state he continued for some

De days, when he fell asleep in Jesus. R.E.. RECENT DEATHS.

Sept. 15th. --At Warringten, Sarah Hindley.

in the fifty-sixth year of ber age. She had been Sept. 3d, 1826.--At Great Clacton, in the many years every consistent member of the Manningtree Circuit, Philip Pells, a young man Methodist Society, and for her sniform and of great piety, ubo appeared likely to be very unblemished conduet, was highly and deserves useful in the church of Christ. Alter suffering ediy respected. Her illness was attended with

severe pain, which she bore with the greatest of the Church to call him from the prospect of patience, the Lord being her support. Wben much domestic happiness, in his young family, she perceived her dissolution to be approaching, and of great usefulness in this Circuit. W. R. she was not at all alarmed; but spoke of her readiness to die, having a good hope through

Sept. 26th.--At York, aged forty-nine years,

Mary, the wife of the Rev. John Slack, Methograce.”

W. S.

dist Minister, after a severe affliction, which Sept. 17th. --At Portsmouth, Mrs. Sarah she endured with great patience. A further Hardy. In early life she followed the vain account may be expected.

J.s. aniusements and pleasures of this world : but Sept. 29th. At Darwich, in the Manningin the year 1803, she, with several others of her tree "Circuit, Mrs. L. Forster. She was awafamily, heard the Methodist Preachers, underkened ander a funeral sermon, which was whose ministry she was deeply awakened to a preached in the Methodist Chapel at Harwich, sense of her lost estate as a sinner before God.

on a deceased sister, by the Rev, Robert CrowBy faith in our Lord Jesus Christ she obtained

ther, about the close of the year 1790; and a sense of pardon, and became also a Member having obtained mercy, she remained a steady of the Methodist Society. During the last Member of the Methodist Society from that twelve months she evidenced much of the period till the day of her death. She died in Christian temper, and spent a considerable part peace.

. . . W.D, G. of her time in reading and prayer. On the Mon.

Oct. Ist.--At Norwich, Mr. Edward Flegg, day preceding her death, she received her last

who for forty-eight years had been a valuable Society ticket, and spoke with great freedom of

Member of the Methodist Society, and forty-six the love of God to her soul. She died in great

a faithful and useful Local Preacher. He died peace, after an illness of about three hours.

in peace, and has transmitted to posterity an W.T.

unblemished reputation. Many, on account of Sept. 21st-AI Portsniouth, Mr. James Wil. his private instructions and public ministrations, son, nephew of the late Captain Wilson, Com will rise up and call him blessed. W. T. mander of the Ship Dutt, which conveyed tbe October 3d.-At Melkthani, Wilts, Matthew first Missionaries to Otaheite. He was mate of

Shepherd, aged fifty-eight years. The Rev. the Duff. Mr. Wilson was a Member of the

Freeborn Garretson, was, it appears, the instruMethodist Society for a short time in early life;

ment in the hand of God in his conversion, at but choosing a scafaring life, he was exposed

Halifax, in Nova Scotia. Soon after this, he to evil company, and wandered from God about

returned to England, and for thirty-five years twenty-five years. About teri years ago he was

was a useful Meinber of the Methodist Society, passing by Green-Row Chapel, wheti, prompted

and for more than twenty-five, a zealous and by curiosity, he went in, "The service, at that

successful Local Preacher. On Sunday, Octotime, did not make any particular impression

ber Ist, he preached a very animated and imupon his mind. He continued, however, to

pressive sermon. On the next morning he was attend the chapel, and was deeply awakened to

taken ill, and died the following day. In sea sense of his state as a sinner; and soon after

vere pain bis mind was kept in perfect peace. he obtained a sense of the pardoning love of God. From that time to the day of his death,

He testified that God was with him. W.w. be walked in Christian liberty. As a Member

Oct. 6th.-At Shepton-Mallett, Mrs. Jane of the Methodist Society, he was an ornament Millman, wife of the Rey. Benjamin Millman, to his profession ; as the Leader of a large Class, Methodist Minister. She died in a very peacehe was laborious and successful; and as Steward ful and triumphant manner, after a lingering of the Portsea Society, he was diligent and illness. A further account of her may be exfaithful. He died after an illness of three days

pected.

B. M. His last words were, * It is all right.” W.T. Oct. 10th.–At Ilarwich, Manningtree CirSept. 233,-At Birmingham, after a pro

cnit, Joha Britten. A few days prior to his tracted illness, Mr. John Overton, (father of the

decease, he received a remarkable manifestation Rev. John Oyerton, of Andover,) aged seventy.

of the divine favour, and died very happy.

O years. He was awakened to a sense of his lost

W. D.G. estate under the preaching of the late Rev. A. Oct 10th.-At Norwich, Mr. George Riches. Blair, and immediately joined the Methodist who ba i been a Member of the Methodist SoSociety. He sought the Lord with all his heart, ciety forty-four years; the greater part of which and soon found him to the joy of his soul. He time he rejoiced to publish the glad tidings of was early appointed to the ofice of a Class. salvation as a Local Preacher. He died in great Leader, the duties of which he faithfully dis peace, and in glorious hope of everlasting life. charged for many years, till disabled by age and

W. T. infirmities. He died in peace; his long stand Oct 22d, -At Carmarthen, in the thirty-third ing in the church of God, religious experience, year of her age, Ann, wife of the Rev. J. Mole, and good conduct, proved that divine grace had Weslevan Mlinister. A pulmonary consumption, brought salvation to his soul.

J.O. the effect of a severe cold which she took early Sept. 26th.-At Chilcompton, in the Midsum

in the Spring, was the means of her removal mer-Norton Circuit, Mrs. Martha Dando, in

to a better world. For several years she had the seventy-fifth year of her age. She became

lived in the enjoyment of deep colomunion with a Member of the Methodist Society about the

God; and her death was triumphantly happy. year 1775, and for more than forty years was a

Ti'w. faithful and useful Class-Leader. For many

Oct, 24thAt Liverpool, the Rev. David years she suffered much afliction, but in pa

Stoner. Methodist Minister, in the full triomph tience she possessed her soul, and peacefully died of faith. He was seized on the night of Oct. 14th, in the Lord,

H.P. by dysentery and typhus fever, which baffled

all the efforts of his medical advisers, whose Sept. 26th.- At Kilkhamplon, in the Holds anxious attention to him was constant; they, worthy Circuit,' Mr. Hugh Adams, a Local however, entertained hopes of his recovery on Preacher. About eight years ago he was power the 22d inst; but on the evening of the 23d, a fully awakened, when he joined the Methodist sufiusion of blood on his brain soon terminated Society, and soon found peace with God, which his mortal career. Proin the first of his aflic. he retained to his death. He was a man oftior, he anticipated the iminediate approach of deep piety, and of a truly excellent character death, and longed to depart and be with Christ. In the bloom of life it pleased the great Head

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to his Pinborious andiety, he was

THE DROUGHT
BY JAMES MONTGOMERY, ESQ.

(From the Amulet.) * And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith the Lord; I will bear the heavens, an!

they shall hear the earth, and the earth shall hear the corn and the wine and the oil; and they shall bear Jezreel."--Hosea ii. 21, 22.

What strange, what fearful thing hath come to pass ?
The ground is iron, and the skies are brass :
Man on the withering harvest casts his eye,
“ Give me your fruits in season, else I die;"
The timely fruits implore their parent,-Earth,
“ Where is thy strength to bring us forth to birth ? "
The Earth, all prostrate, to the Clouds complains,
“ Send to my heart your fertilizing raios;"
The Clouds invoke the Heavens," Collect, dispense
Through us your healing, quickening influence; ".
The Heavens to Him that rules them raise their moan,-
« Command thy blessing, and it shall be done."
-The Lord is in his temple.-Hush'd and still,
The suppliant Universe awaits his will.

He speaks :--and to the clouds the Heavens dispense,
With lightning speed, their genial influence :
The gathering, breaking clouds pour down the rains :
Earth drinks the bliss through all her eager veins.
From teeming furrows start the fruits to birth,
And shake their riches on the lap of earth :
Man sees the harvest grow beneath bik eye,
Turns, and looks up with rapture to the sky;
All that have breath and being then rejoice,
All Nature's voices blend in one great voice;
“ Glory to God, who thus HIMSELF makes known !”
Wheu shall all tongues confess Him GOD ALONE ?
Lord, as the rain comes down from heaven,-the rain
That waters Earth, and turns not thence again,
But makes the tree to bud, the corn to spring,
And feeds and gladdens every living thing ;
So come thy Gospel o'er a world destroy'd,
In boundless blessings, and return not void :
So let it come in universal showers,
Tu fill Earth's dreariest wilderness with flowers,

With flowers of promise, fill the wild within
Man's heart, laid waste and desolate by sin :
Where thorns and thistles curse the infected ground,
Let the rich fruits of righteousness abound;
And trees of life, for ever fresh and green,
Flourish, where only trees of death have been;
Let Truth look down from beaven, Hope soar above,
Justice and Mercy kiss, Faith work by Love;
Heralds the year of Jubilee proclaim ; .
Bow every knee at the Redeemer's name; ..
Nations new-born, their fathers' idols spurn;
The ransom'd of the Lord with songs return;
Through realms with darkness, thraldom, guilt, o'erspread,
In light, joy, freedoin, be the SPIRIT shed.
Speak thou the word, -to Satan's power say, “ CEASE!”
But to a world of pardou'd singers, “ Peace!"., .

Thus, in thy grace, O God, Thyself make known,. ..

Then shall all tongues consess THEE GOD ALONE ! Sheffield, August, 1826.

,* ' on Printed by Milis, Jowett, and Mills, Bolt Court, Fleet Street,

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