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his Master and the good of men in the world and sanctified by the truth and grace of God, which was fading from his view. • G. B. she attained an eminent maturity of Christian
holiness, which powerfully impressed those who Oct. 17th.–At Oldham, Mrs. Bamford, in the were privileged to have an intimate acquaintseventy-second year of her age, and the forty- ance with her. During her brief illness she was third of her union with the Wesleyan Method- enabled to testify that “perfect love casteth out ists. She was an upright, devout, and benevo- fear," and that she had a " desire to depart and to lent follower of Christ, and was much esteemed be with Christ, which is far better." She rested by a large circle of friends. Her end was sud- firmly on the atonement of the Son of God, and den. Happily she had “oil in her vessel ;" and stayed her spirit on the immutable word of God, when she heard the premonition, “ Behold, the amidst the sinkings of her natural strength and Bridegroom comeih," she arose and trimmed " spirits. Towards the last she had a strong desire her“ lamp,"— which, as He approached, burned to see her glorified Redeemer; and in this she brightly: she repeatedly exclaimed, “Blessed
appears to have been indulged, even before her Jesus! Blessed Jesus!”
J. M. departure. After having been rapt into an ec
stasy of unspeakable joy for several minutes, Oct. 19th.-At Annahilla, Augbnacloy Cir. during which her face shone with an angelic cuit, Ireland, aged forty-four, Elizabeth, the brightness, she said, in answer to a question, wife of Mr. James H. Buchanan. Soon after “I have seen my Saviour.” Prayer having been she joined the Wesleyan Society, (about fourteen made that she might have a painless departure, years ago,) she obtained peace with God through she said, and these were almost her last our Lord Jesus Christ. The sincerity of her words,) “None but Jesus can dismiss my spireligious profession was exemplified in her dili- rit:" soon after which she calmly fell asleep in gent attention to all the duties of life, and her Him. Her removal has broken one of the few patient endurance of its trials. She was " a remaining links which connect the Methodism keeper at home," affectionately devoted to the of the present day with the era of its fathers and care of her rising family ; very industrious in her first-fruits; but has added another to the chain habits, gentle and retiring in her disposition and which binds together in sympathetic union “ the manners. Five months ago, soon after the birth
whole family in heaven and in earth.” of her fifth child, her health began to decline.
T. V. Her affliction was tedious and exhausting, often causing severe pain. But it was delightful to Oct. 24th.-At Sheerness, William Scutt, aged witness her sweet resignation to the Divine will. forty. He was trained in the Sunday-school; I always found her, in my pastoral visits, repos- became a member of our Society nine years ago; ing in the blood of the everlasting covenant, and and was, to the end of his life, consistent, dilievidently ripening for her heavenly home. gent in the means of grace, and ready to support Death, indeed, was before her; but it was, so to the cause of God. He was often in the furnace speak, unnoticed. She only looked at the bright of affliction. In his last illness he was powerprospeċt revealed to her faith and hope. Just
fully assaulted by his spiritual adversary; but he before she died, her husband said, “You are resisted him in praying faith, and finally oversuff ring severe pain; but it will soon be over, came. In life's last hour he triumphantly exand you will enter into eternal rest." “ Yes," claimed, “ Victory! Victory! I have gained she whispered ; and without a struggle her eyes the victory through the blood of the Lamb! closed in death.
J. HI. Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly: come now, and take me to thyself!"
W. W. Oct. 22d.–At Scarrington, in the Bingham Circuit, Mary, the beloved wife of Mr. Thomas
Oct. 27th.- At Abingdon, in the Wantage CirWatson, in the eightieth year of her age. More cuit, Mr. William Taylor, aged fifty-seven years. than forty years ago she was brought to the
At the time of his conversion, which took place knowledge of the truth as it is in Jesus, under
about 1818, he joined the Methodist Society; the evangelical labours of the Rev. Mr. Room, a and, in his subsequent life, he gave satisfactory Dissenting Minister. For three days and nights evidence that he had not received the grace of after the great change she had no rest, because
God in vain." His attachment to the people of the overflowings of her joy. Her life was one with whom he was united in Christian commuof reliance upon Christ. In her last affliction
nion, was both enlightened and earnest. During she spoke frequently and distinctly of her faith
several years he was a useful Class-Leader; and in the Atonement. Her last word was an affir
he always sought the prosperity of Zion. His mation of the preciousness of Jesus. “Blessed
health was long declining, and very little hope are the dead that die in the Lord."
was entertained of his recovery; but he resigned M. J.
himself with calm submissiveness to the will of
God, and his mind was kept in peace. He died Oct. 24th.- At Stoke-Newington, in the Eighth reposing an unslaken trust in the everlasting London Circuit, Jane Vazeilie, relict of the late covenant which is " ordered in all things and Christopher Sundius, Esq., in her seventy-ninth
EL. year. She was a grandaughter of Mrs. John Wesley; and occasionally, during her childhood, Oct. 27th.-At Bridge-Mill,' in the Keighley was the travelling companion of the Founder of Circuit, aged thirty-one, Mr. William Pickles. Methodism. In her youth she sought and found He was brought to the knowledge of the truth peace with God; and, through the vicissitudes of under the Wesleyan ministry, and for twelve a chequered life, she exemplified a uniform and years walked in the light of God's countenance. consistent piety. Chastened by many afflictions, His am able disposition, his intelligence, and his uniform and consistent piety, obtained for him mother watclied over the dear little sufferer day the esteem and affection of all who knew hinn. and night, with feelings which only the tender He assiduously cultivated his mind, and as a parent can understand. Amidst all this fatigue, Local Preacher was highly acceptable. Fully excitement, and loss of rest, Mr. Hedges was relying on the great Atonement, he met death still found at the post of duty. Ile could not be without fear, and his ransomed spirit entered prevailed upon to einploy a substitute, so long into the paradise of God.
H. R. as he had strength to stand in the pulpit. At
length a violent attack of influenza compelled Oct. 29th. - At Greal-Bridgewater-Street, him to yield. He was at once prostrated, and Manchester, in her forty-sixth year, Mary, malignant typhus fever was induced, which left wife of the Rev. William Kelk,-after a most but little room to hope for his recovery. All severe and protracted illness, which she en- that professional skill and unremitting attention dured with great patience. She died in peace, could do, to save so valuable a life, was done; cheerfully reposing in the atonement of her but the appalling disease was the messenger of Divine Redeemer.
W, K. Divine love, commissioned to call our brother
home. He had little power to converse ; but all Oct. 30th.–At Horncastle, Mrs. Mary Riggall, that he was able to say to his colleague, who rerelict of the late Mr. Paul Riggall, in her ninety- peatedly visited him, was just what one Chrisseventh year. She feared God from her youth, tian minister would wish to hear from another and was drawn by the cords of love to believe in so near the confines of the unseen world. He Christ for pardon, peace, and joy ; but did not "felt himself upon the Rock;" Christ was continue to exercise this faith, and was often the "unspeakably precious;" and lie had a "good subject of slavish fear and doubt. She joined hope through grace." After patiently suffering the Methodist Church when about thirty years a little more than a fortnight, he peacefully fell of age, and continued until her spirit took its asleep in Jesus.
J. E. flight to Paradise. She was diligent and early in attending the house of God twice, and often Oct. 31st.–At Sand-Hutton, in the Thirsk Cirthree times, on the Sabbath; and was present at cuit, suddenly, Mrs. Hanley, aged sixty-seven. all the week-night services, until within six She was a truly exemplary lady, and a liberal months of her decease. She was one of the kind- supporter of Methodism. About a month before est of mothers; and her kindness extended to her death she was seized with paralyzis; and she all, especially to Christ's ministers, who always subsequently suffered a second attack, after had a cheerful welcome at her house when they which she never spoke or seemed conscious. visited the village where she formerly lived. A few days before her decease she gave most Sie was deprived of her speech about six satisfactory assurance of her interest in the months; but gave satisfactory evidence of a Redeemer, and of her preparation to share the growing meetness for the inheritance of the triumphs of the blest. In testimony of her saints in light. After being insensible for two undiminished zeal and love, she left £10 to hours, her spirit took its flight to the paradise of the Missions, and £10 to the Bible Society. God. F. R.
Oct. 31st.-At St. Helier's, Jersey, aged Oct. 31st.--At Brompton, in the Rochester seventy-three, Mr. William Handcock; who Circuit, Mr. Benjamin Buckley, aged seventyhad been a member of the Wesleyan Society six. He was awakened in 1802, under the minisabout forty years, and a Class-Leader about try of the late Rev. Mr. Hobbs, of Birkhampthirty-six years:-a man who did great honour stead, then Minister at the General Baptist to the cause of Methodism by the exercise of a Meeting, Chatham ; which church he soon after vigorous intellect and ardent zeal, coupled with joined. Doctrinal differences arising, Mr. Hobbs a blameless conversation. His sufferings were left, and settled at Birkhampstead; and Mr. great towards the close of life, but his confidence Buckley joined the Wesleyan Society, as did also in God was unshaken. He fipished his course in bis excellent wife. For many years he adorned great peace, deeply regretted by his numerous his Christian profession in a responsible situation family, and by the Society at large. J. S. in H. M. Dock-yard at Chatham, where, as well
as in the church of Christ, he was greatly esOct. 31st.–At Bedford, in the thirty-second teemed for his meekness, amiability, and strict year of his age, and the tenth of his ministry, fidelity ;--impressively exemplifying what St. the Rev. James Hedges. Having been appoint- Paul enjoins, Phil. iv. 8: “Whatsoever things ed by the late Conference to the Bedford and are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoAmpthill Circuit, he entered upon his new ever things are pure, whatsoever things are sphere of labour in the true spirit of his lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; office. His public ministrations, which were if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, characterised by fervent zeal, great intellec- think on these things." He sustained a long tual vigour, and tender pathos, were accom- affliction with extraordinary patience, and met panied with the unction of the Holy One ; death with holy calmness, attempting to repeat, and, brief as was the period during which they “ Help me thy mercies to extol;" and dying were exercised, there is reason to believe that, with words of praise lingering on his lips. in every place which he visited, gracious im
J. C. pressions were produced. Not quite five weeks after his arrival in the Circuit, his only child Nov. 4th. --At Teignmouth, William Gidwas seized with serious illness. For several He had been ever ready to visit the days life hung in doubt. The afflicted father and afflicted; and many are believed to have been
Nov. 10th.–At Liverpool, Thomas Wilson, aged eighty-nine. He had been a Class-Leader for upwards of sixty years; and was esteemed by all who knew him as a nian of sterling integrity, great benevolence, and uniform piety. Dr. Coke often found him an efficient helper in his applications to the merchants of Liverpool, for aid in behalf of our foreign Missions. Death, to him, had long lost its sting: to depart, and to be with Christ, he deemed far better; and he literally fell asleep in Jesus.
Nov. 10th.–At Acaster, in the York Circuit, aged seventy-three years, Mr. Richard Dawson, brother of the late honoured William Dawson, of Barnbow. He had sat for years under the Wesleyan Ministry; but it was in 1832 that he became a member of the Society. He was sincere, humble, and much esteemed; a lover of Christ's servants for the Master's sake. During his last illness, though deeply humbled before God, his mind was graciously supported. The doctrine he heard at the period of his conversion, in a sermon preached by his brother on Heb. vii. 25, he found sustaining to him on the bed of death. On this he was enabled sweetly to repose, till his redeemed spirit quitted its clay tenement.
Nov. 16th.--At Portsea, in the Portsmouth Circuit, after a short illness, Priscilla, the beloved wife of Mr. Josiah Groves, aged thirty. three; leaving an interesting family of four young children to sustain a loss of no ordinary character. In her life, the grace of God shone through an exceedingly amiable natural disposition; and in her death, though the solemn event was almost an unexpected one, she was favoured to exhibit the dignity, tranquillity, and holy triumph that belong to those who through grace have believed.
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rescued, as brands from the burning, by his visits to their dying beds. In the prime of life, and after a single month's illness, he was called away; but his Redeemer was with him in the valley, and he is now numbered with those who “all died in faith."
Nov. 7th.-At St. Helier's, Jersey, in great peace, after having served God with great fidelity for almost forty years, Mary, wife of Mr. George Sinnatt. Mrs. Sinnatt was sister-in-law to Mr. Handcock, and was buried the week after her esteemed relative.
Nov. 7th.–At Curran, in the Enniskillen Circuit, Mr. James Johnston ; who, being converted to God in early life, adorned his Christian profession for nearly half a century. During the greater part of this time he usefully filled the office of Class-Leader. He was emphatically a man of God; spiritually-minded, humble, fervent in devotion, upright in all his dealings, “an Israelite inde in whom was no guile.” Gaiuslike, he received the preachers into his house for many years with open heart, and bid them God speed. He died in great peace. When asked, were his hope of glory bright, to hold up his hand, he held it up, and feebly said, “I feel the Saviour very precious. I have a good hope of glory through Him. That hope is strengthened this morning. O that I had wings like a dove, for then would I fly away, and be at rest!"
Nov. 7th.—In the Huddersfield First Circuit, Mrs. Hannah Booth, aged sixty-two years. In 1809, under the ministry of the Rev. Robert Newton, she was deeply convinced of sin ; and she sought and found redemption through the blood of Christ. She then united herself to the WesleyanMethodist Society, and continued to meet in the same class for forty years. At the commencement of her Christian course, she determined to “ lay aside every weight," and at once gave up the world and the love of it. The means of grace became her delight. She loved her class, and the early prayer.meetings; while she most highly prized the preaching of the Word.
In the various relations of life, she was truly conscientious; and she evinced great anxiety for the salvation of her children. One of them attributes his conversion to God to the prayers of his mother. Her extreme modesty would not permit her to accept an appointment as Leader of a class. In this, however, she feared she had grieved God, and required His correcting hand. In weakness and suffering she learned to say, “Not my will, but thine, be done." For many years she enjoyed the blessing of entire sanctitication. A few days before her death she said, “Glory to God! I feel He is here.” When asked, “Do you love the Lord with all your heart?" she instantly replied, “Yes, with all my heart, and soul, and mind, and strength." Her last words were, “Come, Jesus,"—"Not a cloud doth arise," &c.,-"My ransom's paid."
Nov. 18th.At Yeadon, aged twenty-five years, Mary Ann, eldest daughter of the Rev. Leonard Posnet, after a severe iUness of nine inonths. From the period of her conversion, in her twelfth year, she was a sincere follower of the meek and lowly Saviour; and exhibited in an eminent degree the Christian graces and virtues. Possessing a cultivated mind and a considerable acquaintance with spiritual things, she was well fitted for usefulness in the church. Though naturally retiring, she was constrained by zeal for God to engage in various important duties in the church; especially as Bible and Tract Distributor, Missionary Collector, and Leader of a class of young persons, by whom she was greatly beloved. In these various spheres of Christian activity her ardour and perseverance were exemplary. In the midst of her last sufferings she anticipated the future with calm delight, and sometimes with rapture. From the 12th to the 18th of November she was in a state of unconsciousness; and, before the Sabbath closed, her happy spirit took its flight to the realms of bliss.
BEFORE proceeling to the selection of articles for this first Number of a new year, consisting of the customary extracts from our own Missionary correspondence, and containing intelligence from our foreign stations, we judge that it may not be found uninteresting or unprofitable to take some brief notice of an important PARLIAMENTARY PAPER, published near the close of the last Session, by order of the Honourable the lIouse of Commons, and datel “ Colonial Office, Downing-Street, 14h June, 1819.” It is entitled, " Copy of Dispatches from the Lieutenant-Governor of the Gold-Coast, giving an Account of [the Government] Missions to the King of ASHANTEE and DAHOMEY.” Both these Missions were undertaken, hy direction of the British Government, with the laudable view of promoting an honourable and legitimate trade among the African nations of those extensive regions, and thereby preparing the way for an ultimate abandopment on their part of the accursed traffic in slaves. This philanthropic and Christian endeavour, though most ably and zealously conducted by Mr. Cruickshank, was lamentably unsuccessful, as far as the King of Dahomey is concerned; but the narrative is deeply interesting, and suggests much matter of sad and melancholy tendency, in reference to these “ dark places of the earth” so pre-eminently the “ habitations of cruelty" and of misery. The Dispatch of LieutenantGovernor Winniett to Earl Grey, describing at length his recent visit to the King of Ashantee, is of a somewhat more cheering and hopeful character ;-a circumstance which must be in a great degree ascribed to the fact of Ashantee having been previously visited by our Missionary, Mr. Freeman, and subsequently by several of his coadjutors in our Gold-Coast Mission, and to the good impression made by even that very inadequate measure of light and influence which Christianity has thus conveyed to the Monarch and people of Kumasi. Into the more general aspects of the subject illustrated in these papers it is not our province here to enter. But we are persuaded that a few extracts, bearing directly on our Missionary affairs, though they must necessarily be brief, miscellaneous, and desultory, will be acceptable to the friends of Africa, and to the supporters of our work in that part of the world, as affording incidental illustrations of the value of our incipient efforts, and independent testimonies from a high quarter of the opinion entertained respecting them by competent judges, -as well as evincing the large population of the country, and the extensive field for probable usefulness which might be embraced, if we could sufficiently increase our evangelical agencies in that direction. COPY OF A DISPATCH FROM LIEU
descriptive of my recent visit to the King of Ashantee; and thinking that there may be incidents connected there
with, the interesting character of which “ Cape-Coast Castle, Nov. 15th, 1848. can be more casily described in a journal
(Received April 6th, 1849.) than in any other way, I have prepared u I HAVE now the honour of trans- the despatch in that form. Froin it, mitting to your Lordship my despatch, your Lordship will receive information VOL. VI.-FOURTH SERIES.
respecting my progress from day to day school-house occupied by the Wesleyan during my journey, and also of the cha- Missionary Society. Here I was reracter of my intercourse with the King. ceived by Otu, a Fanti Chief, and the
“ 2. On receiving the presents which successor of Payntree, mentioned so howere sent out by your Lordship’s direc- nourably by Bowditch in his account of tions, I immediately corresponded with his journey to Kumasi in 1817. He the King; and finding that he was de- (Otu) had come over from Abakrampa, sirous to see me, I at once commenced the place of his residence, distant about preparations for the journey.
ten miles from Dunkwa, accompanied “3. Our travelling-party consisted of by many of his Captains and people, to myself, Captain Powell of the 1st West meet me, and bid me welcome to that India regiment, commanding a detach- part of the Fanti country, which is under ment consisting of forty-eight of_his his control. After resting a little from men as a guard of honour; the Rev. the fatigues of my journey, I spent some Mr. Freeman of the Wesleyan Mission- time in conversation with Otu and his ary Society, who acted as my Secretary, Captains. and about one hundred and fifty men, “ Shortly after our arrival, I received consisting of the band, hammock-men, from Otu a present, consisting of two carriers of luggage, and servants.
sheep, some yams and bunches of plan“4. The most easy and convenient tain ; with which token of good feeling mode of travelling in this part of the and attachment I felt much gratified. world, where the climate is so inimical Dunkwa is well situated on high ground, to all kinds of beasts of burden that near to a good supply of water at all they cannot be successfully employed, seasons of the year, and surrounded by is a light hammock attached to a pole, fine plantations of plantain and banana. and covered with an awning. In this It is one of the largest of the Fanti kind of conveyance, the native ham- krums or villages, and has a population mock-men, two at a time, will carry a of about 1,200 souls. person of ordinary weight a distance of “ The Wesleyan school here is of reabout four miles; they are then relieved cent establishment; but it contains by two fresh men, and thus they conti- thirty-eight children, and promises well. nue to relieve and change to the end of “ Among the Captains of Otu, who a day's journey, the average extent of had collected together to meet me at which is twenty-five miles.
Dunk wa, was Owisi, the Chief of Do“5. With these brief remarks, I now monasi, a place about twelve miles disbeg to insert, for your Lordship's infor- tant from Dunkwa. At this place, also, mation, a copy of my Journal, com- the Wesleyan Missionary Society have a niencing on the 28th of September last, considerable establishment; it being one and closing on the 4th of November. of their principal Stations or heads of
“September 30th, Saturday. At 6,30 “September 29th, Friday.-At 6, 15 A. M. Otu and his Captains came to the A. M. we resumed our journey, and tra- Mission-house to take leave of me, and velled through a fine tract of fertile coun- we then proceeded to Yankumasi, the try, studded with silk-cotton trees, palms, chief krum and residence of Assin and plantations of the plantain and ba- Chibbu, one of the refugee Captains
At 8, 15 A.M. we stopped to from the old Assin country, beyond the take breakfast at the village of Assaybu; river Prah. By Chibbu I was also and after refreshing ourselves, and give kindly received, and presented with a ing the soldiers and people a little time fine sheep. to rest, we proceeded to Akroful, a vil- “ Yankumasi is about half the size lage a few miles distaut from Assay of Dunkwa, pleasantly situated and bu. Whilst we rested a short time in well watered. About midway betwixt this village, the headmen came to visit Dunkwa and Yankumasi, I found, sitme, and present me some palm-wine. ting at the entrance of a little village In this place there is a small Christian near the path, Quashie Auka, a very society of the natives, under the care of intelligent Fanti Chief, and a neighbour the Wesleyan Missionaries; and I was of Otu's. He saluted me as I passed, pleased to observe a small chapel in the and presented me with a sheep. His recourse of erection, and nearly finished, sidence is at Donasi, about eight miles chiefly by the personal labours of this distant from the place where I met him. little band of native Christians. At 45 “At Donasi there is also a Wesminutes after noon, we reached Dunkwa, leyan school, containing forty-two schoand took quarters for the night in the lars.