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tains which separate Weardale from and because they could unhesitatingly Teesdale on one side, and Allandale confide in her. from Weardale on the other. This It would be ungrateful not to record excellent man died, Nov. 7th, 1807, in the gracious dealings of God with the the seventieth year of his age. The Hill-Top family. Its members were latest storm of life was fierce, but short. early instructed in the great things of While one of our Ministers was com- God's law; and much fruit of their early mending his soul to God, he sweetly fell training has been seen. Nine of them asleep in Jesus.
are gone to a better world : two only reHigh-House near Mrs. Wilson's na- main below; waiting, they trust, to join tive home, has been famed nearly a their friends in everlasting day. century for powerful, extensive, and That beautiful hymn, the 536th, lasting revivals of religion. During one which was frequently sung at Highof those outpourings of the Divine Spirit, House, Weardale, expresses the joyous the subject of this record, being then bope of the survivers : about twenty-one years of age, was awakened, and led to seek mercy through
“ There we shall meet again, the atoning blood. Her conversion to
When all our toils are o'er, God was clear. Her soul then rejoiced
And death, and grief, and pain, in God her Saviour with unspeakable
And parting are no more :
We shall with all our brethren rise, joy. The change appeared in her whole
And grasp thee in the flaming skies." conduct and conversation ; in the fervour of her zeal, in her spiritual-mindedness, Amen! So let it be, in boundless mercy, and her intense desire to glorify God, Lord Jesus ! who had called her out of darkness into
RALPH GIBSON. His marvellous light. She and her elder sister Ann, were patterns of piety, living 2. Died at Bath, on the 25th of Sepin the enjoyment of that religion which tember, Mercy, the beloved wife of the tranquillises the mind, and opens in the Rev. Thomas Ashton, in her sixtybreast a present heaven. Some time after ninth year. She was deeply convinced her conversion to God, Isabella was of sin when about sixteen. Her sorrow married to Mr. Wilson, who still sur- was intense ; but she came to the throne vives to lament his bereavement. The of grace “ with strong crying and tears," couple soon left their native Weardale, and she was mercifully heard. It pleas. to reside in London.
ed the Lord at a prayer-meeting to reveal In following years, amid multiplying by His Holy Spirit, to the eye of her cares and duties, her heart continued faith, a present and omnipotent Rewaim in the cause of truth. She loved deemer. She felt that God, for His dear God: she loved the people of God; and Son's sake, had forgiven all her sins. she was firm in her attachment to Before this she had united herself to the Wesleyan Methodism.
Wesleyan Society; and now the word of The graces which had been planted in God was her daily study, and the means her heart in early life were happily ma- of grace were her constant delight. Praise tured. She sat, like Mary, at the feet of dwelt on her lips, and the joy of the her Divine Master ; and there was Lord animated her heart. By the preachtaught the lessons of humility, patience, ing of that eminent servant of Christ, the resignation, and obedience,
late Mr. Benson, she was fully instructed Some years ago, she was called to pass in the doctrines of the Gospel. She had through a severe and protracted afflic. the privilege of sitting under his minis. tion ; from which indeed she never fully try, both at Hull and in London. But recovered. But she was graciously sup- her views of truth were not merely speported ; and she came out of the furnace culative, but truly experimental and as gold. Her last sickness was short, practical; for she illustrated its power in and her death somewhat sudden. She her life and conduct. In 1811 she mardied August 26th, 1846, in the sixty. ried; and, entering on her new sphere, eighth year of her age. She had delight- she approved herself a devoted servant of fully spoken of Christ as her Rock, her the Lord, and most exemplary as Hope, her Salvation.
minister's wife. As she sought to be In life she walked “uprightly;” and, adorned with “a meek and quiet spirit, therefore, “surely.” She was amiable, all her deportment corresponded with and most affectionate, in her domestic that qualification. Always simple in relations. Her friends loved her, because attire and devout in spirit, she won they found that the law of kindness and esteem and love from the followers of of sympathy was written on her heart, Jesus in every Circuit in which her lot
was cast. Her usefulness in various ber of the Wesleyan Society forty-two ways was acknowledged by many. She years. She was brought up in the prin. loved the sanctuary ; and to hear the ciples of the Established Church, and in Gospel was her chief joy. She endea- early life manifested the germs of a seri. voured to imbue the tender minds of her ous and thoughtful character. She was children with the knowledge of Divine employed, when a girl, in a gay and truth : nor did she labour in vain. To worldly family, and might have imbibed her husband she was a gracious, indus. a similar spirit. But it pleased God trious, and efficient help meet; one for to visit her with an illness, short but whose loving and untiring care he hopes alarming, during which her mind was so to praise his God eternally. In 1837, much iinpressed, that when she recovered when age and infirmities required us to she resolved to take a situation in which retire from very active life, our steps she might attend to her spiritual and were graciously directed to Bath. Here, eternal interests, though inferior to the for a time, she much revived ; but, after ope she actually occupied, in reference the lapse of a few years, she became to secular advantages. This step, in all exceedingly weak, and quite unable to probability, decided her future career. attend the sanctuary of the Lord. Still, After a time, she opened a school near when she was the prisoner of the Lord, Littleworth, and became a regular wurHe
gave her pious spirit such manifesta- shipper in the Wesleyan chapel there. tions of His love as constituted her habi. She soon joined the society. Under the tation His house, and the very gate of ministry of the word, not only was her heaven. The last year of her life was mind more fully enlightened, but her one of great debility ; but she bore her conscience awakened. She saw and felt affliction with sweet subinission to the that she was a fallen sinner, unrighteous will of her heavenly Father. The sum. before God, and that she could only be mons that called her to inherit “ 'glory, saved by His mercy in our Lord Jesus honour, immortality,” found her pre- Christ. One evening, after she had been pared. She was like a wise virgin : her at chapel, and had returned home, she lamp was trimmed, and brightly burn- felt this so strongly, that her earnest ing. “ I am in the valley,” she said ; prayers even attracted the notice of some and to a friend who observed, “But who were passing by. But she was enJesus, the great Shepherd, is with you : abled to flee for refuge to lay hold of His rod and staff comfort you,”- she the hope set before her, and she obtained replied,
deliverance and peace. That eventful “I shall not fear to win the day,
night never passed away from her me. Though death and hell obstruct the way."
mory, and was mentioned by her only a
few days before her death. Her path When her breathing seemed difficult, through life was one of peculiar trial and one said, “ These light afflictions are but severe suffering. For thirty-three years for a moment,”—when she instantly she was confined to the house, and de. said, with great emphasis, “And they prived of the advantages of the sanctuwork for us a far more exceeding and ary. Once only, during that time, was eternal weight of glory.” Her heart she able to be carried to the neighbourseemed greatly enlarged with love to her ing chapel. Yet, though enfeebled by Redeemer, and with animation she disease, and not permitted to enjoy the said,
pleasures of public worship, and even for“Happy, if with my latest breath
saken by one who should have cherished I may but gasp His name !"
her, so that she might be said to be
altogether steeped in sorrow, she was Her weeping son and daughter she be always resigned and happy. In the sought and charged to follow the ways of the Lord. To a dear Christian friend, the band of Him that doeth all things
midst of her troubles she acknowledged with whom she had enjoyed the most spiritual intimacy, she gave the kiss of hymn-book, beginning,
well. One hymn contained in an old dying love ; and, soon after, consciousness ceased. She fell asleep in Jesus,
“Gracious soul, to whom are given after being closely united with the Wes
Holy hungerings after heaven," &c., leyan Church about fifty-four years. was made an especial blessing to her dur
T. A. ing her protracted affliction. Her attention
was first directed to it under peculiar 3. DIED, at Brimscombe, near Stroud, circumstances. She was recovering from September 26th, aged seventy, Mrs. an attack of illness more than usuMary Dudbridge, who had been a mem- ally severe ; asking for a book, this was given to her, and she opened it at this what are they when compared with the particular hymn. Every word seemed joys I shall soon realise ?" The writer, suited to her case; a flood of consolation who had frequent opportunities of visitwas poured into her soul; and the recol. ing her, can add his testimony to that of lection of that time of refreshing from her neighbours. None could be with the presence of the Lord was as a rainbow her without feeling the influence of her in the cloud of her after-sorrows. Her piety, and admiring the grace which was patience was exemplary; and the happy always sufficient for her, the strength frame of her mind was such, that in re- which was made perfect in her weakness. lating her experience in the class which Sonje glorify God by a course of active met in her chamber, she seldom failed to service : she glorified Him by a cheerful kindle a glow of sacred emotion in the patience in solitude and suffering, and hearts of others. One of the most pro- joyfulness in all her tribulation. During minent features of her character was, the last three weeks of her life, it was that she was never known to speak evil evident that she was maturing for her of any one, nor would she allow this to
final change. Her happy com posure be done in her presence. In her, the made it a privilege to be in her company. charity that "beareth all things, believeth She observed, “My conflicts here shall all things, hopeth all things, endureth all soon be past, but the crown shall never things," was most impressively manifest- fade away.” The night before her ed. Chastened by affliction, her graces death, she said to her daughter, “Ann, shone the brighter for this providential I am dying. I am going home. If I darkness; and she glorified God in the leave you in the course of the night, I fires. About six years before her de- am quite resigned and happy.” Psalm cease, loss of sight was added to her other cxvi. was read to her. When she heard afflictions. For twelve months she was the verse, “ Precious in the sight of the entirely confined to her bed, sometimes Lord is the death of His saints," she suffering excruciating pain. But she exclaimed, “O yes, precious indeed. I held fast her confidence, and shall soon be in my Father's kingdom." charged God foolishly. She stayed her. When her end was drawing nigh, a self upon her God, and meekly sub. younger daughter asked if she should mitted to the will of her heavenly Father. read another Psalm, and opened without “I have oftentimes," one of her neigh. design on the thirty-first. When the bours observes, “ witnessed her resigna- fifth verse was read, “Into thine hand I tion in the most painful circumstances, commit my spirit: Thou hast redeemed and have been surprised at the fortitude me, O Lord God of truth,” she lifted with which she sustained her accumulated her right hand, gently signified her own trials.” She would say, “Why should assent; and in a few minutes her happy I complain? I dare not. All is by spirit passed peacefully from earth, to be the permission of God. It will soon be with Christ in paradise. over, over for ever. I shall then be with
John LYTH, Him. My sufferings are great ; but
MAY 21st, 1849.-At Newcastle-on-Tyne, aged forty-three, Elizabeth, wife of Mr. Joseph Hopper. In early life she was brought to the enjoy. ment of experimental religion, and becarne united to the Wesleyan Society, of which she continued a zealous member till called to join the church above. Her attachment to Methodisin was strong and unwavering, and her efforts to promote its interests exemplary. Her death was sudden, and deeply felt by a large circle of endeared friends. But they are cheered by the assurance that, when the Lord carne, she was found ready.
wife of Mr. John Carr. In early life she experienced the strivings of the Holy Spirit; and, in her nineteenth year, under the ministry of the Rev. Richard Pattison, she was brought to seek and find those blessings of a present salvation which, through the grace of God, she retained to the end of her life. On principle she was a firm and zealous Methodist; her whole conduct proved her to be a genuine and devoted Christian. She walked circumspectly, and was enabled to rejoice evermore. She attended diligently to all her family duties, and was especially careful in the religious training of lier offspring. Consistent in her whole behaviour, and amiable in her disposition, she was respected and beloved by all who knew her. Though
July 13th.-At Lowestoff, aged fifty-nine, suddenly, of disease in the heart, Elizabeth, the
called most unexpectedly and suddenly to deplore her removal under circumstances which allowed no dying testimony to be given, they rejoice to know that God had enabled her to bear a faithful living testimony to the glory of His grace for forty years ; so that the event, which to them is loss, is to her eternal gain.
W. E. H.
humility. Her soul delighted much in the service of God's house ; of which she gave practical proof until the last Sabbath but one of her life. She resided at a distance of two miles ; but walked thither in the morning, and remained until after the evening service. She was i!l but eight days, during which time, upon her dying bed, she earnestly preached Christ to all ber family. Her last words were, “Glory! Glory! Glory!”
S. L., Ist.
July 23d.–At l'alsall, Jane, wife of the Rev. James Miller. Early in life she joined the Wesleyan Society at Four-lane-ends, in the Buxton Circuit, obtained the forgiveness of sin by faith in Jesus Christ, and from that time to the end of her earthly pilgrimage, a period of thirty-four years, she adorned the Christian profession, by unwearied attention to the duties of religion, and an humble walk with God. She was emi. nently a woman of a meek and quiet spirit: her strict integrity, joined to a kind and peaceable temper, won the respect of all who knew her. Her sufferings during her last illness were great and protracted; but they were borne with exemplary patience and unshaken confidence in Jesus Christ as her God and Saviour.
Severe agony occasionally extorted groans and tears, but never murmuring. Some time previous to her dissolution, she gave directions respecting her funeral with a composure which deeply affected her friends, though they rejoiced to witness the victory over the last enemy which was so evidently given to her. A few hours before her departure, she clasped her hands, and lifted up her eyes with a heavenly smile upon her countenance. Her only child could not help saying, “What do you see?” She whispered, in reply, “ Angels, angels ! and they say, 'Come!' Jesus ! How precious! Jesus, how precious !" She then added, “Glory, glory!” and soon after fell asleep.
Sept. 9th. At Oreston-Ferry, in the Epworth Circuit, Mr. James Elsom, who for nearly forty years had walked in the fear of the Lord and the comforts of the Holy Ghost, and enjoyed the confidence and respect of all who knew him. The affliction that terminated his life was painful; but his mind was kept in perfect peace, being stayed on God. Toward the end his strength very rapidly declined, and on the last day his voice was inaudible until about a quarter of an hour before he died. To the surprise of his watching family, he thrice waved his hand, shouting as he waved it, “Happy-HappyHappy !" After a very brief interval, he again shouted, “ Happy!" He then requested his son to pray with him; and, as the son prayed, tlie father entered into the joy of his Lord.
R. W. R.
August 29th.-At Carosand, in the Devonport Circuit, aged thirty-two, Elizabeth, the beloved wife of the Rev. John L. Sanders. In the year 1834, while suffering painful affliction and bereavement, she saw the value of religion, and resolved to seek it. Being restored to health, she regularly attended the means of grace; and, under a sermon preached by the Rev. John Cullen, she became deeply convinced of sin. She immediately joined the Wesleyan Society; and on the following Christmas-day, at a prayer meeting, found peace with God. From this time she grew in grace. She took special interest in the conversion of the young; many of whom have been led by her kind and earnest entreaties to seek the Lord. Her death was sudden; but, confiding in the great Atonement, she met it with composure. Some of her last words were, “ All is well." And, after calmly committing her spirit to the care of her Redeemer, she fell asleep.
J. L. S.
Sept. 14th.–At Batley, in the Birstal Cireuit, aged fifty-five, Mr. John Simpson, who had been a member of the Wesleyan society about twenty years. He was a useful Trustee and Class-Leader, and was several times appointed to the office of Society-Steward. His last illness was short, but very severe. He was at the chapel on the Sunday forenoon, and complained of indisposition. Returning home, he dined with his family, as usual, and then went to bed. He soon became so much worse that it was evident, unless a great change took place, that his end was not far distant. When warned of his dangerous state, his m nd was unmoved, and he was enabled to bear a happy testimony to the power of divine grace. He expressed himself in the language of the Apostle, applying it to himself,—"I know that if the earthly house of my tabernacle be dissolved, I have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." In this state he continued till Friday, his sufferings great ; but his mind was stayed on God, and his peace was undisturbed. In this happy frame of mind, he committed his spirit into the bands of his Redeemer, and died in the Lord.
Sept. 4th.–At Ightham, in the Sevenoaks Cir. cuit, Mrs. Cheesman, aged seventy-eight years. She was not favoured with an evangelical ministry until she was thirty years of age, when she yielded to the earnest entreaty of a neighbour, and accompanied her to the Wesleyan chapel, Borough-Green. There she was awakened, and led to the Saviour. She became a happy and exemplary Christian. Her chief adorning was
Sept. 18th.-At Cheetham-Hill, in the First Manchester Circuit, aged thirty, Miss Ann Burrows, sister of the Rev. Thomas Burrows, Wesleyan Minister. The disease (of the heart) of which she died was of long continuance, subject ing her frequently to very severe pain, and sometimes exerting a depressing influence on her spirits., Happily, she had previously sought mercy,
and grace to help in time of need; and He who was pleased to afflict her, comforted and sustained her. She had been a member of the Wesleyan Society about ten years. Occasionally she feared that in her last hours she should interests of the cause of Christ. After a somewhat tedious illness, he peacefully departed this life in the faith and hope of the Gospel.
lose her reason through the severity of suffering; but ber Saviour was better to her than all her fea.s. She was not only collected to the last, but very greatly relieved from pain. One of her expressions will indicate the state of her mind : **O for a view of Jesus! and then let me die!" A few minutes before her departure, it was said to her, " Is Jesus with you?" “O yes." "Is He precious!” “O yes yes! The precious bleeding Lamb!” Almost immediately, without a struggle, she passed away from life.
Sept. 19th. --Aged fifty-four, Mrs. Elizabeth Pembrooke, widow of the late Mr. William Pembrooke, of Her Majesty's Dock-yard, Deptford. At an early period of life she joined the Methodist society, and found peace with God through believing in Christ Jesus. She was a woman of a meek and quiet spirit, and her whole conduct was such as becoineth the Gospel of Christ. Having endured with much patience a long and painful affliction, she died in the full assurance of faith.
Oct. 11th.-Mrs. Blanshard, of the Third Leeds Circuit. She had long enjoyed the Divine favour; having been enlightened under the continuous ministry of the late Rev. A. E. Farrar, rather than under any particular sermon. During forty years she adorned the doctrine of the Gospel. Her natural disposition was retiring; but her views of the value of human souls, and her felt love of her Saviour, called forth the resources of her clear and discerning mind into zealous action for the benefit of others. She died after eighteen hours of suffering, in the full triumph of faith, aged seventy-one years.Her husband, Mr. Joseph Blanshard, appeared to be seized with the same disease seven or eight hours after her; and though he lingered for a week after her death, and the disease seemed arrested, yet severe fever succeeded, under the effect of which his constitution sank. He was sustained by an invisible power.
Death had lost its sting; and he preferred-but in submission to the Divine will-to depart and be with Christ. He had long found his chief earthly enjoyment in the company of God's ministers and people; and he felt assured God would admit him to their fellowship in heaven. His expectation of all good, in earth or heaven, was through Jesus Christ. His naturally jocose spirit was subdued into Christian cheerfulness by the power of grace. He died Oct. 18th, 1849, (seven days after his wife,) aged seventy-nine years.
J. P. H.
Sept. 20th.-At North-Somercotes, in the Louth Circuit, Mrs. Elizabeth Timm, aged thirty-seven. She was converted to God in her youth, and immediately joined the Wesleyan church, of which she was a bright ornament to the time of her death. During nearly three years she suffered severely; but she could rejoice evermore. Her end was triumphant.
J. H. N.
Sept. 29th.–At Gillingham, Mrs. Elizabeth Adams, aged fifty-six. She was truly converted to God during a gracious Divine visitation in 1807, while the lat: Revs. Joseph Entwisle and Thomas Stanley laboured in the Rochester Circuit. She became a wife in 1813; and, as the inother of a large family, passing through many vicissitudes, she was exemplary. The domestic circle was the sphere in which she shone, and the remembrance of her excellencies is cherished with deep filial affection. Though suddenly removed during the late visitation of cholera, she gave pleasing testimony that, after forty-two years' connexion with the people of God on earth, she had “a good hope through grace" of being admitted into their communion in the house above, to go out no more for ever.
Oct. 11th.-At Redditch, Mr. Abner Wright, aged seventy-five. For more than forty years he had adorned his Christian profession by a consistent life and conversation. He was long employed as a Class-Leader, and Sabbath-school Superintendent; and in these offices he served his generation. He was a man of a meek and quiet spirit, resolved to "follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord." In business, his order, industry, and uprightness secured him general confidence. For some time before his death, the sufferings he endured were severe ; but he bore them with exemplary patience. He enjoyed settled peace and confidence iu God. Just before he departed, he said, “I am a sinner saved by grace : all is well!"
Oct. 8th.-At Shepton-Mallet, Mrs. Eliza Perrot, aged twenty-seven. Her first religious impressions were received in the Sabbath-school, -in which she continued to the time of her death, acting for many years as a Teacher. She was converted to God about the age of sixteen, and henceforth maintained a consistent course. She died of cholera; but was enabled to testify with her latest breath that she was dying in the Lord.
Oct. 9th.-At Westgate Hill, in the Birstal Circuit, Mr. Samuel Mirtield, aged fifty-five years. Converted to God at an early age, he was ever afterwards a consistent member of the Wesleyan Society. As Class-Leader and Local Preacher, he was active and faithful; and, in various other offices connected with the church he was zealous and unwearied in proinoting the
Oct. 17th.–At Coombe- Fishacre, in the Teignmouth Circuit, Mr. Edward Palk,-wliose name is, throughout his own neighbourhood, “as ointment poured forth." He filled his appointment on the evening of Sunday, October 14th, and on the following Wednesday was summoned to that rest which remaineth for the people of God. When he was told that he had not many hours to live, the intelligence awakened surprise, but no alarm. He had long been journeying towards his Father's bouse; and, like a traveller unexpectedly finding his toil about to cease, he felt only a sudden, solemn joy. His last words expressed at once a living hope of the heavenly inheritance, and deep concern for the glory of