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wliere Providence opened a way for2. Died, at Kirkoswald, in the Penhim both in the church and in the rith Circuit, November 23d, Margaret world. In both he prospered. He not Watson, aged twenty-four years. She only took charge of a Class, but was was the eldest daughter of William Gib at the head of our Prayer-Meeting As- son, of Newbiggin, in the parish of sociation; and he also spent much of Croglin, in the eastern extremity of his time, on the Lord's Day, in attend. Cumberland. She was of a reserved dising to the children in the Sunday. position, and manifested a reverence School. On his death, this infant for sacred things from her childhood. charge expressed in strong cries and Her leisure hours, particularly on the tears the remembrance of his fatherly Sabbath, were generally spent in readattention to their interest. The occuring. The few books to which she had rence which brought him to an imma- access were principally religious; and ture dissolution, is to me as painful to as her native parish has the advantage review as to recite. As he had become of the gratuitous distribution of a small à partner in a building concern, his number of Bibles annually, she was trade being that of a joiner, he was early put in possession of the sacred frequently called to work in the ship- volume. Thus, without those opporping on the Thames. On Thursday, tunities which some are favoured with, Nov. 10th, he was passing to a ship on she acquired a considerable share of the river, when one of those large religious knowledge, and was preserved barges which are employed on those from many of those vices which are too waters, through the mismanagement common among persons of her station of the commander, ran against the in life. In the autumn of 1319, some boat in which Mr. Box was going to a of the Local Preachers of the Brough ship. In a moment the boatmen on and Penrith Circuit made arrangements the barge sprung up to assist him ; for preaching in the village where she but our suffering friend missed his lived, once a fortnight, on the Sabbath hold, sunk to the bottoin, and on his evenings; and the only Methodist then rising he received a serious injury, and in the village opened his cottage for was found clinging to some ropes. He divine worship. From that period she was ten minutes in the water before he became a constant hearer; and her was rescued. He was brought home seriousness under the word, with her with difficulty; but so cold that every general deportment, soon evidenced attempt to restore animal heat ap- ihat she profited by what she heard. In peared ineffectual, and on its return, the beginning of April, 1821, she was it was followed by a virulent fever. His providentially led to attend a Love-feast pains were inexpressible ; but hope at Penrith, and in the month of June Hattered his partner and friends with a following she was admitted into the complete recovery.' But his labours Methodist Society. Some of her friends were over, his race run, and he had to thought that by this step sbe had deverify that his faith was certainty, and graded herself; others considered her his Christian expectation not delusion, seriousness as the effect of constituThe night before he died I saw him; tional melancholy, and apprehended no in great pain be expressed his con- beneficial consequences from such a fidence in God; and not long after I proceeding. Her parents made no dehad left the apartment of this dying cided opposition, and the sayings or believer, his soul was filled with surmisings of others had little effect stronger consolations; and at four upon her mind. However, she had o'clock on the following morning, this difficulties of another nature to encoun excellent man (who was plain without ter. There were no religious persons being rude, in whom were united the near lier, with whom she could freely principles of stability and zeal, and associate. Her health was delicate, who feared God above many) súrren- and she had to travel a considerable dered his soul to Him who gave it. distance over very unfavourable roads On the Lord's Day, Dec. 11th, I endea- before she could enjoy the ordinances voured to improve the afflictive occa- peculiar to the people among wbom she sion, when his neighbours gave their had determined to live and die. But suffrage, by a crowded attendance, to she had counted the cost; her mind was the character of a man wbo, without fixed; and while her conduct evidered any claim to rank in life, or superiority her sincerity and decision, it affords an of earthly attainments, had left bebind important lesson to many who are him an example of seriousness with placed in more favourable circumout gloom, and of strong and consist-stances. The views she had formed of ent attachment to the cause of Christ, the importance of religion, and the e
J, GAULTER. perience she had of its excellence, led!
her ardently to desire the salvation of others, particularly of her own relations. She knew that to promote this end it was necessary that she should explain their duty by her own conduct. The regular worship of God was established in her father's house, principally through her influence. Her example, conversation, and admonitions, had one tendency. She behaved herself wisely, and walked before them with an upright heart. In all things she approved herself a servant of God. Her labour was not in vain. She had the happiness of seeing her mother, her two sisters, and two cousins, then living with her father, all brought to a serious concern for the salvation of their souls, and her father's house opened for the preaching of the Gospel. Her concern for the salvation of her relations did not terminate when she left her father's house. They had still an interest in her warmest affections, and her fervent petitions were daily offered to the throne of grace, for the conversion of those who were strangers to God, and for the continued prosperity of those who were already in the way to heaven. Her piety was not only in profession and appearance, but a living active principle, manifest in all her conduct. She was a woman of prayer, and a constant attendant upon the public worship of God. Whatever might be her trials or difficulties, her confidence in God was unshaken. She had committed all her concerns unto him, and could cheerfully leave the issue in his hands. While she was “fervent in spirit, serving the Lord,” she was “ not slothful in business; ” but in temporal things, to the utmost of her ability, she was a pattern of neatness, industry, and frugality. She loved her own house, and gave no occasion to any to speak reproachfully. Her whole conduct recommended the religion she professed; and all that were connected with her might see that it was her uniform endeavour to promote their present and eternal happiness. That religion which had been her support and consolation in health, did not fail her when she was exercised with affliction. In her last illness her sufferings were great, but not a murmuring expression escaped her lips. She fest that it was easier to do than to suffer the will of God; but, being called to suffer, she did not shrink, but trusted her heavenly Father for his promised
race. In resignation to the will of
od she would thankfully have remained with us a little longer; yet,
knowing that He was too wise to err, and too good to act unkindly, she could, without anxiety, leave all in his hands, and was fully prepared to give up all that was dear to her in the present world. Though she was exercised in the commencement of her affliction with strong temptation, by divine grace she was more than a conqueror. Death had lost his sting, aud that fear which hath torment had long been a stranger to her breast. Some of her last words, while she retained her recollection, were, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless his holy name.” Though her days were few, and her advantages of no extraordinary nature ; yet, through the influence of religion, she was raised to the enjoyment of that peace which nothing else can give, and rendered a blessing to all who had the happiness of being connected with her. Her removal from the present world, though a momentary loss, which must be felt by her friends, and particularly by the writer of this account, is her certain and etermal gain. Joseph WATson.
3. Died, November 24th, at Witchampton, in the Poole Circuit, Mr. John Brewer, aged eighty years. Of the early part of his life little is known. From some particulars which he named in conversation a few weeks before his death, it appears that, upwards of fifty #. ago, he heard that a Methodist
inister was coming to preach in the neighbourhood; which at that time was a novel thing in this part of the country. At the time appointed, he, with many others, attended; and, as was usual in those days, the Preacher met with considerable interruption. The same Preacher he heard a few times after this ; and itseems probable that serious impressions were then made upon his mind; for he, and some other persons of the same village, began regularly to attend the Baptist Meeting at Wim. borne, a distance of five miles; there being then uo regular preaching hy the Methodists in their neighbourhood. His companions soon grew weary, and deserted him ; but, he continued his attendance for several years, till one Sabbath-day, when the Minister, having baptized some individuals, spoke of those who differed from him on the subject of baptism, in a manner which to our friend appeared neither consistent with truth nor charity. From that time he withdrew from the Baptist Chapel, and began to seek instruction from those whose sentiments were more
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congenial with his own views of the way of all the earth. He met the Gospel of Christ. The Methodist Miattack with a composed mind, and exnisters had bow commenced preaching pressed the hope he bad of a better at a village called Monkton, about three world. Toa friend who saw him in the miles from Witchampton, Here he morning, he said, “ Jesus is precious. began to attend ; and finding under My mind is happy." His friend retheir ministry that help which he marked, “ You have done much for needed, he determined to use his efforts God and his cause, and he will reward to bring the preaching nearer home. you.” He replied, “I have been an unHe accordingly licensed a cottage oc- profitable servant; but I love God, and cupied by one of his labourers, and re- his cause, and his people :” and allude ceived the Preachers to his own house, ing to the chapel he had built, he said, where they have ever since been bos: “I have often gone to that place cast pitably entertained. A Class was soon down and burdened, but I have returned formed, of which he was appointed the bome rejoicing in the Lord." His Leader; an office which he continued friends entertained hopes that he might to fill til his death. At what particular yet be spared to them a little longer ; time he first experienced the know. but he thought otherwise; and told ledge of salvation by the remission of them that he had done with the world, sing" is uncertain; but this blessing he and did not wish again to engage in professed to enjoy, and his conversion its concerns; expressing, at the was evidenced by his exemplary life same time, a fear, lest he should lose and happy death. Some years ago, as the happiness he then enjoyed, a baphe and Mrs. Brewer were returning piness which he said be could scarcely from the preaching, she pointed out to have conceived it possible for any one him, iu one of tbeir own fields, a spot to enjoy wbile in the body. In this which she conceived would be an eli- blessed frame of mind he continued to gible situation for a chapel. A similar the last. Mr. Brewer was a man of a thought had passed through his own remarkably cheerful disposition, and niind. He therefore, without delay, having improved his miud by reading, began to make preparations for the his conversation was in general both building, and in a few months a small agreeable and instructive. He pospeat chapel was erected at his own sessed a sympathizing spirit, and often expense. It was opened in the year rejoiced with those that rejoiced, and 1812, by the late R, C. Brackenbury, wept with those that wept. He was Esq., and the Rev. Thomas Roberis. generous : few persons in the time of This chapel he secured for the sole use need applied to him in vain. He was of the Methodists; and at the same liberal in his contributions to pious and time he vested a sum of money in the charitable purposes. He was a man of public funds for the support of the canse God, and lived in the blessed hope of at Witobampton after his decease. His entering into his glory. Agreeably to attachment to Methodism appeared like his own request, his remains were inwise in his annual subscriptions to seve- terred in a vault in frout of the chapel, ral of its institutions. It was evident to where they wait till the morpiug of the many of his religious friends, that for resurrection, when this “ corruptible some time before his death he was must put on incorruption, and this ripening for a better world. His con- mortal must put on immortality.** versation was spirkual; and when he engaged in social or public prayer, he
podria to Toánd: SQUAREBRIDGE was often much atfected. This was 4. Died at Bristol, Dec. 16th, Mrs. particularly the case, sometimes, while Elizabeth Boley, in the sixty-ofth year pleading for his relations and neigh- of her age. She was boru in the year bours; for whose salvation he had 1759, at Turley, in Wiltshire. Her always felt greatly concerned. He parents were some of the first Methoseems also himself, even before his dists in that part, who gladly received health was materially impaired, to have Mr. Wesley and the Preachers to their had a presentiment of his approaching bouse; they also regularly attended the end. He had been favoured with an religious services of the Established unusual share of good health; having, Church. Her mother died when she as far as he could recollect, liever been was very young : but her father marconfined to his house one day by afflic. ried another pious, prudent woman, tion, till a fortnight before his death. who watched over her with tender alAbout ten days before he died, he was fection, and trained her up in the rear seized in the night with violent sick of the Lord. By the preventing grace ness. This alarmed his friends, aud of God, she was so far kept in his fear, convinced him that he was going the as never willully to depa
but twice, when very young, which occasioned her much sorrow both then and in after life. When about nineteen years of age, being on a visit to an uncle and aunt, she met with a young woman, who was a member of the Methodist Society, whose piety led Mrs. Boley to examine her own state of mind, and excited an ardent wish that she might became a partaker of the same grace. She resolved to make religion her chief concern; and, on her return home, to join the Methodist Society. After this she became greatly distressed on account of her sins; but diffidence prevented her from opening her mind to any Christian friend, which was very injurious to her. Her feelings were very acute, on account of her state; and she resolved not to rest till the Lord should speak peace to her soul. ... On Easter Sunday she arose with lively expectation that she should on that day obtain the blessing; and it was done to her according to É. faith. She went to her Class, at Bradford, at six o'clock in the morning, the usual time of its meeting; and there she found that peace which the world cannot give: that passage of Scripture, “My grace is sufficient for thee,” was very powerfully applied to her mind: she believed the word, and ventured her all on the Saviour. Her soul was made happy in God. On the following day slie was much blessed in hearing Mr. Pearce, her Leader, preach on, “If ye be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above.” The sermon was peculiarly suited to her state of mind, and proved indeed a word in season. From that time she continued a steady member of the Methodist Society till the day of her death. In the year 1792, she was married to Mr. Robert Boley, and came to reside in Bristol. With him she lived happily till the year 1803, when it pleased God, the all-wise Disposer of events, to remove him suddenly from time to etermity. This was a severe trial to Mrs. Boley, who was left with three little children, and a business which required more attention than she was capable of giving; but she realized the promise of God, to be a husband to the widow, and a father to the fatherless, Her business prospered, and she acquired a sufficiency to retire, and give it up to her son. Mrs. Boley was at times the subject of much bodily affliction; and for the last three years of her life she was almost a constant sufferer. About a fortnight before her death, her sufferings greatly increased, but her mind was supported. She was happy, and expressed fervent gratitude
to God. On awaking one morning, she said, “Death is swallowed up in victory, Come, Lord Jesus; come quickly.” She thanked God for all his mercies, and for a glorious hope beyond the grave. She was remarkable for the uprightness of her life; and her end was peace. JAMEs Wood.
5. Died, Dec. 16th, at Stoke-Beckett, in the Barnstaple Circuit, in the fortysixth year of his age, Mr. John Gould, who had been for nearly twenty years a member of the Methodist Society. He was the only son of the late pious John and Elizabeth Gould, who were chiefly instrumental, in the hands of divine providence, of introducing the Gospel, as preached by the Methodist Ministers, into the northern part of Devonshire. Under their government and tuition, he was happily preserved, in the season of youth, from open vices; and being blessed with an amiable disosition, he was beloved and esteemed
y all his friends. Accustomed from his infancy to attend the preaching of the Gospel, and to associate with the Ministers and members of the Methodist Society, he could not be destitute of religious knowledge. He was also frequently the subject of serious convictions of the evil of sin, and of the necessity of a change of heart; but it was not until after he became settled in life that he united himself to the church of Christ. Of his conversion we have no certain information; but of the reality of the change which grace had produced in him, the consistency of his deportment, his zeal for the glory of God, and attachment to his church and people, afforded incontrovertible evidence. Though possessed of a well informed mind, his humility made him decline any public of fice; but in the retired sphere of a private Christian, he shone with no ordinary lustre. He blessed his house with a uniformly pious example, and affectionate admonitious. His house was a house of prayer, and the sacrifices of praise daily ascended from hisfamily-altar. His zeal for the prosperity of Zion led him, to the utmost of his ability, to labour for its promotion ; and for the erection of those public edifices which have been reared in this Circuit to the honour of God, his benefactions and influence were cheerfully contributed. Beneath his roof the Ministers of the Cross ever found a home; and the salvation of the Gospel was statedly offered to a small congregation who worshipped there. In the midst of his usefulness, the allwise Disposer of events has seen fit to
deprive the cburch' of this valuable were not only luminous, but expanded. member, and a widow and eight chil. She knew whoin she had believed, and dren of their best earthly friend. A was persuaded that He would keep the fortnight before his death, he com-' great deposit of her immortal spirit, plained of a pain in liis head, which, which by faith she bad committed to gradually increasing, terminated in an his trust; and rejoiced in the prospects affection of the brain. In the early with which she was favoured of the part of his a fiction he asserted lis un place, the state, the company, the shaken confidence in God, and his employment, and the felicity of the sense of acceptance through the merits heavenly world. The last words that of the Redeemer; but the nature of she uttered were, “Blessed Jesus, I am his disorder soon deprived him of all thine, take me," and expired. Mrs. power of expressing either joy or Acres possessed those properties which sorrow. The sensibility of his religious are necessary for true and permanent friends was kindly excited on his be- friendship. She had humbling views of half, and much prayer was made by herself; self-praise was odious in her the church of God for him : but Iafinite ears; por could she esteem herself Wisdom saw fit to remove him into worthy to be praised by others. From those celestial climes, where sickness, the time that she enjoyed real religion sorrow, and death, can no niore annoy. she was no changeling in ber religious
i J. AVERY profession and attachments. She would
not defile her ears with listening to those 6. Died, at Wandsworth, in the Ham who prostitute their topgues in defammersmith Circuit, Mrs. Isabella Acres, ing characters. She was much accusDecember 20th, in the seventy-ninth tomed to read the Word of God. The year of ber age. She was born at Cols plan of salvation by grace, through faith, boro, near Richmond, in Yorkshire, in appeared glorious in her vieie; she exthe year 1746. - Her maiden name was perienced its efficacy, and found it to Fryer. Her parents were members of promote holiness of heart and conduct. the Established Church, but she was. She embraced and rested on the Lord brought up a Roman Catholic. She Jesus Cbrist,'as offered to her in the entered into the married state with Gospel. Her faith was the substance Thomas Acres, of Wandsworth, and, of things hoped for, and the evidence nine years after, was left a widow with of things not seen. It worked by love two daughters. In the providence of to God and his people. It purified the God, she was drawn to tear the Me: heart, enabling her to perfect holiness thodist Preachers, who came to Wands in the fear of the Lord. It filled her worth. She soon felt that a profession with hatred of sin and loathing of self, of religion, however rigidly adbered and with love to holiness, and desires to, would not save her. She was con- after a conformity to the Lord Jesus vinced by what she heard and felt, that Christ, her Saviour.' AARON FLOYD. she was a sinner, and exposed to the
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29 9211 wrath of God, and that without an in- 7. Died, at Norwich, Dec. 222, Mrs. terest in Christ she must perish. She Lydia Flegg, wife of Mr. 'Edward Flegg. sought by fervent earnest prayer, and At an early age she was often induced by faith found, refuge in the Lord Jesus to pray earnestly to God, froin a fear Christ as her Saviour, and was blessed of being miserable after death. She with the knowledge of salvation by the also endeavoured to do every thing that remission of all her 'sins. She was a was right, and to abstain from sin ; but Member of the Methodist Society in she found, even then, that her strength Wandsworth upwards of twenty-seven was perfect weakuess. In the twentieth years, during wbich time she adorned year of 'her age she lost both her paher religious profession. Her attach- rents, whose piety and tendertiess had ment to the cause of Methodism, wbich awakened in her so deep a veneration she believed to be the cause of God, of their character, joined to a strong was strong and sincere. After receive affection, that the separation was al ing the truth as it is in Jesus, she never most insupportable, in a few months varied in her religious opinions, vor did afterwards, she was introduced into she ever lose a sense of her acceptance the company of a Disseütiny Miuister, with God through Jesus Christ. for at Beccles, by whose conversation skie some years she was a subject of much was convinced that she had been buildaffliction, occasioned by a dropsy'in the ing upon a wrong fouydatioa, 'by en• cbest, which terminated in death." The deavoaring to nierit the favour of God grace of God sbe found to be sufficient, by her wa performances. She was in enabling her to endure the dispensa awakened as from a dream and seeitig tion without, murmuring: Wben like the purity of the divine law, in conwas ebbing towards a close, her hopes trast with her total depravity and des