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a Christian professor, slie gave evidence of her, remarked, that they had esperienced her piety by her attachment to the duties many a blessed season together upon and ordinances of religion. She loved the earth, adding, he hoped they should meet habitation of God's house, and the place above, she replied, “I hope we shall; where his honour dwelleth; and as long where congregations ne'er break up, and as her health permitted, she regularly Sabbaths never end." At another time, went, and often longed to go when her she said, “ Say ye to the righteous, it shall state of health rendered it necessary that be well with him; but woe unto the she should stay at home. She delighted wicked, it shall be ill with him.” At much in reading God's word, taking it up another time, when her son was looking at intervals between domestic duties. sorrowfully towards her, she said, “Never
She lived a life of prayer, and kept up mind, my lad—the victory! the victory!” an intercourse with heaven in her closet He replied, “ Yes, mother; thanks be to from day to day. She possessed strong God, who giveth us the victory through confidence in God. When some of the our Lord Jesus Christ.” Yes," she remembers of the family have been ready to joined, “ blessed be his holy name for despair, or to murmur, whilst surrounded ever!” On another occasion, she broke with worldly difficulties, her heart was out in these words :fixed, trusting in the Lord, and she has sharply reproved those who have mur- “ I'll praise my Maker while I've breath," mured and complained. She loved her God, but often declared that she did not
and repeated the whole verse. In fact, love him enough-that she wanted to love
for several days before she died, she was him with all her heart, and mind, and
constantly praying to God, or uttering his
praise. soul, and strength. But though she possessed these Chris
In her prayers, she often prayed for the tian virtues, yet she was not exempt from
following blessings: that God would give some failings and blemishes, which ap
her patience to suffer all his righteous
will; that he would make her fully ready peared like tares springing up among the wheat. Her greatest defects were, a
to meet him; that he would bless all her
children; and that in his own good time natural warmth of temper, that sometimes prompted her to speak unadvisedly with
he would bring her to his holy hill and her lips, and a too great positiveness in
dwelling-place, for the sake of Christ Jesus maintaining her own opinion; but this
our Lord. On the Sunday before she died,
she said, “ Come, my children, and help arose from her sincerely thinking herself in the right.
me to praise the Lord.” Her youngest As the fire tries gold, so does affliction
daughter said to her, “Well, mother, what test our religious principles, and show
shall we sing ?” She said, “ Anything whether they are firm and safe, or weak
that you think will be good and acceptand delusive. With respect to our de
able to the will of God; come, my chilceased sister, her last hours proved that
dren, sing; and sing with melody in your she had not built upon the sand, but upon
hearts unto the Lord.” While they hesithe rock, even upon Christ, the sure found
tated, she began, “I will sing praises unto
the Lord; I will sing praises unto his exation; so that when the storm of affliction beat violently against her, she was not
cellent name;" and then followed with shaken in her confidence, but was strong
this verse of Mr. Wesley's:in faith giving glory to God; and although Who suffer with our Master here, her bodily affliction was very severe, yet Shall before his face appear, her mind was kept in perfect peace; and
And by his side sit down,” &c. she said many things expressive of a hope beyond the grave.
On the Monday before she died, she At the commencement of her illness, she repeated the apostle Paul's words, “ This often used to repeat the words of Mr. is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acWesley :
ceptation, Christ Jesus came into the “I the chief of sinners am,
world to save sinners, of whom I am But Jesus died for me;"
chief.” Toward the closing scene of her
life, her speech failed her; for though she also adding with emphasis, “ For me, poor was very frequently praying, yet the power unworthy me.” At other times, she used of articulation was so impaired, that only to repeat a part of that saying of Job: “I a word now and then could be understood. know that my Redeemer liveth; and I On the night previously to her death, shall see him for myself, and mine eyes her youngest daughter said to her, “Ma shall behold him, and not another's." At ther, are you happy ?” She attempted to other times, she has been heard to say, speak but could not. Her daughter said " I shall see Him! I shall see Him!" On again, “Mother, if you are happy hold up one o'casion, when Mr. Moss, who visited your hand.” She raised her arm, and
giving her hand a wave as a token of vic- so entire, as to meet the requirements of tory, let it fall again upon the bed. Shortly the gospel, and the strict sentiments he after this she was seized with a violent fit had formed on the correspondence which of coughing, which lasted some hours with ought ever to subsist between profession very short intervals of rest, so that it was and enjoyment, we cannot tell; but we very painful to witness her suffering; yet know that his standard of Christianity in these short intervals there sat such a was an elevated one, and when he became placidness and serenity upon her counte- decided on this most important subject, nance, that they reminded us of the words he carefully strove to depart from all of the psalmist: “ Mark the perfect man, iniquity. and behold the upright, for the end of that On his marriage with one of Mr. J. man is peace.” Her last struggle, how- Williams's daughters, of the same city, ever, with the king of terrors was very who had also been trained up to habits of severe; but painful as it was to nature, in piety, he began to meet in class, and in a her case, death had lost his sting, and the very earnest manner determined to escape grave its victory, and she was more than the wrath to come, and secure eternal life. conqueror through him that had loved
He became deeply convinced of sin, and her. She exchanged mortality for life, the necessity of a change of heart; he spoke November 12th, 1844, in the 71st year of of himself as having slighted mercies and
means, and neglected the great salvation, Dudley.
T. BROWN. but was made willing by the grace of God
to count all things loss for the excellency
of the knowledge of Christ Jesus the Lord. MR. THOMAS INGRAM,
With these penitent, contrite feelings, our OF CHESTER,
dear brother besought the Lord, relying Was born of respectable parents, who on the atoning blood, and soon found, honoured God, felt their own account- whilst attending the precious means of ability to him, and therefore trained their grace, the knowledge of salvation in the children to the observance of the Sabbath remission of all his sins, and was enabled at home, and the public worship_of to rejoice in the divine favour. Almighty God in the sanctuary. The In relating his Christian experience, he subject of these remarks, their younget was very clear and candid, and frequently son, had his mind very early impressed deplored what he would call his besetting with the value of true religion, for he saw sins--a hasty temper, and a wandering its holy precepts daily exemplified in the spirit; and knowing as he did that God walk and conversation of his pious mother; had called him unto holiness, his mind her counsels, her prayers, her solicitude was made to feel uncomfortable at the for the salvation of her children, but more least departure from the divine law, and especially her death, made an indelible he sought in all the ordinances of religion impression on his mind, and frequently to humble himself under his mighty hand. when reviewing the way in which the The precious means of grace he highly Lord had led him, would he advert to the prized; they were, as he would often say, softening, restraining, convincing influence wells of salvation to his soul; in them he he was made the subject of, when a youth found peace and consolation, and was at home. The germ of piety thus incul- enabled to go on his way believing and cated by parental teaching and example, rejoicing. The special revival meetings and fostered by the Holy Spirit, was held in Pepper Street Chapel, a few greatly strengthened by his regular attend- months previously to his death, were made ance at our Sabbath-school. Under the a great blessing to his mind; he felt and watchful care of pious teachers his mind acknowledged that religion was the most became enlightened, and the good seed of important business of his life, and his prothe kingdom which had been sown with fiting was apparent to all with whom he many prayers, began at this time to pro- was connected. Formed anew by the duce some awakenings about his soul's Holy Spirit, he evinced the power of godsalvation. Ye Sunday-school teachers! liness by its influence on his character, " in the morning sow your seed, and in and was ready for every good word and the evening withhold not your hand.” work.
From this period to that of manhood, Our deceased brother gave promise of although he loved the house and people great usefulness as a Local Preacher, of God, and viewed the interests of the which office he sustained with credit, and soul as paramount to every other con- jealously performed its laborious duties
. sideration, yet he did not immediately The last text from which he spoke, which umite himself with the church of Christ. was only a fortnight before his death, was, Whether his convictions on this subject “ This is a faithful saying, and worthy of were sufficiently impressive, or whether all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came his dedication of himself to the Lord was into the world to save sinners. When
pecuniary exertions on behalf of Pepper through faith and patience inherit the Street Chapel were contemplated, in con- promises." versation with his beloved wife, he said, By this painful dispensation our society “ Mary, we must buy nothing this year, in Chester has been deprived of a useful either for ourselves or children; I intend and consistent member, the wife of his to do all I can for the cause of God, and youth of an affectionate husband, and his am willing to deny myself of necessaries children are left fatherless. “ But God is for its sake."
our refuge in the time of trouble." The last time he attended his class, his
T. WATERHOUSE, statements and the energy with which he spoke were very remarkable and affecting; he reviewed his mercies and privileges, and blessed his God for their enjoyment;
RECENT DEATH. he expressed his gratitude for Christian converse, and especially to his Leader, from DieD at Ballyclare, on the 9th of August, whom he had received much counsel and 1845, in the 41st year of her age, AGNES consolation, and whom he should ever WILSON. During the last year that I consider as his helper in divine things; he laboured upon this Mission, I invited her deplored in most humiliating language the eldest daughter to attend our Sabbathlittle improvement he had made, but he school. She soon became a very efficient knew in whom he had believed, and he teacher, and regularly attended preaching rested on the atonement for pardon and in our Chapel. While hearing the word for eternal life. How very little we know she was deeply convinced of sin, and imof what shall befall us on the morrow! mediately after joined the Preacher's class. In a few days, this vigorous, promising The first love-feast that she attended, we Christian, by an inscrutable Providence had a penitent meeting, in which her soul was prostrated on the bed of death, and was made happy in God. The consistent called to leave a beloved wife and three
walk, and holy conversation of this amichildren to deplore his unexpected re- able girl was made a blessing to her momoval.
ther, who, up to this time, had been care
less about her immortal soul. “Perish the grass, and fade the flower, If firm the word of God remains."
A few months after her daughter had
joined our society, the mother also conThe ease which our brother was made nected herself with our church, and the painful subject of was small pox, ac- brought her children with her to class that companied with brain fever, the virulence they might receive religious truth in the of which baffled the best directed skill of days of their youth. From that period the physician, and rendered powerless all
until she took the illness that terminated attempts to avert the threatened stroke.
in death, she was a steady and uniform In the early stage of his suffering he was Christian. At our last love-feast she spoke calm and collected, evidently preparing with great clearness of the change which for the Master's call. His medical attend- the Lord had wrought in her heart since ant inquired how he felt; he replied with she joined our society. She was then much energy,
“ Weak in body but strong healthy and strong. Oh! what is human in the Lord.” Notwithstanding the de- life ? even a vapour which appeareth for lirium which was consequent on the dis- a little time. Walking too quick to Belorder, he was favoured with intervals of fast, and cooling too soon, together with consciousness, during which he spoke of being wet with a heavy rain, laid the meeting his friends in glory, elevating foundation of a severe cold, which ended and waving his hands expressive of the in typhus fever. I visited her during the holy triumph he felt.
illness, and she manifested strong confiThe last hours of our dear brother's dence in God. The last day she spoke, earthly existence were hours of great suf- she said to a Christian friend who was fering, nevertheless he was often heard to visiting her, “ John, if I never see you say, “ Consolation! consolation!” When again, I will meet you in heaven.” A few prayer was offered his countenance would hours afterwards, she said, “Well, well,” brighten, and with all the feryour of which and spoke no more. On Saturday mornhe was capable, he would respond “Amen." ing, the weary wheels of life stood still,
On Sabbath morning, February 16th, and her redeemed spirit quitted the taber1845, in the 25th year of his age, the nacle of clay, and took its flight to join spirit entered the mansions of the blessed. the celestial throng who have washed His death was improved in Pepper Street their robes and made them white in the Chapel, by the Rev. T. Waterhouse, to a
blood of the Lamb. She has left a husvery large and deeply affected congrega- band and seven children to mourn their tion, from Hebrews vi. 12, “That ye be loss. not slothful but followers of them who
LAYING THE FOUNDATION STONE OF A NEW CHAPEL
IN THE BARNSLEY CIRCUIT.
On Wednesday last, the foundation stone of a new Chapel, for the use of the Methodist New Connexion, was laid in the village of Crigglestone, near Wakefield, in this county, (Yorkshire), by Messrs. D. Hall and J. Silverwood. An excellent and appropriate sermon was delivered on the occasion by the Rev. W. Seaton, of Barnsley, the Super intendent Minister of the Circuit, assisted by the Rev. J. Rowe, (Baptist). The assembly to witness the interesting scene was considerable, and the handsome sum of £7 1ls. was collected.-Leeds Mercury.
LAYING THE FOUNDATION STONE OF A NEW CHAPEL
In consequence of the dilapidated state of our old Chapel and Sunday-school in Sunderland, the friends, a few years ago, made preparations towards the erection of a new one, by entering a number of shares in a building society; and on the 20th of August, 1845, the ministers and friends assembled to witness the laying of the foundation stone. This interesting ceremony was commenced by the Superintendent of the Circuit giving out a hymn and offering the dedication prayer; the stone was then laid by Mr. Love, of Durham, in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost; the doxology was sung, and the Divine benediction invoked. The weather being unfavourable, the congregation was addressed in the British and Foreign Schoolroom (kindly lent for the occasion), by Mr. Love and the Rev. H. Watts, after which the company assembled in the upper school-room, where nearly two hundred persons sat down to an excellent tea, provided by the ladies connected with our society in Sunderland and Durham; very many were prevented from attending by the severity of the weather. When the tea operations were closed, Mr. Love was called upon to preside, and delivered an appropriate and interesting speech. Truly profitable and deeply impressive addresses were also delivered by the Revs. J. Curtis, H. Watts, J. Parker, and G. Smart, of the Scotch Church, W. Beresford, W. Innocent, and our esteemed friend, Mr. W. G. Tate, of Shields.
The following inscription, beautifully written on parchment, and enclosed in a bottle, was deposited in a cavity of the foundation-stone:
“ This foundation stone of a Chapel for the use of the Methodists of the New Con. nexion, was laid by Joseph Love, Esq., of Durham, on Wednesday, the 20th day of August, in the year of our Lord 1845, and in the 9th year of the Reign of her Majesty Queen Victoria.
“ Zion Chapel was built in the year 1808, but having become dilapidated and unsafe, as well as inferior in point of appearance and convenience to the requirements of the times, a number of the members and friends of the above religious community united to obtain fourteen shares in the New Providence Building Society,' each of the value of £120, in all £1680—the probable cost being estimated at £1700—for the purpose of erecting on the same site a more suitable and commodious place for the worship of Almighty God, and there being a fair prospect of bringing this desirable undertaking to a happy issue, they have now set about the work in humble dependance on the divine blessing, and with the earnest desire that it may be the means of promoting the glory of God, and the welfare of his church. Soli Deo Gloria.
“ Ministers in the Circuit: Rev. W. Innocent; Rev. W. Beresford. Shareholders: Joseph Love; William Sanderson; R. Simpson; R. Shaw; R. Thwaites; R. Fairclough; W. Scott, Sen.; W. Scott, Jun.; W. Henderson, for the Trustees of the old Chapel; B. Colvin, on behalf of the Sunday-school; W. Hardy; R. Smith; S. Huntley; W. Turnbull; G. Herbert; Mary Margaret Thompson; Mary Mitchinson. Architect: Mr. Joseph Potts. Contractors-Joiner: Walter Scott. Mason: Robert Fairclough.
Painters: George E. and Thomas Scott. Plumber: James Dannant. Slater: John Preston. Founder: W. Hawden."
It was intended to have enlarged the Chapel, both in length and width, but the friends were not successful in their attempts to purchase some adjoining property, and therefore can only enlarge in the length of the Chapel; its dimensions will be seventy feet by thirty-six, including the orchestra.
The Sabbath-school, which is being built on the ground behind the Chapel, will consist of a basement and an upper room, the dimensions of which will be fifty-six feet by eighteen and a half. Sunderland, September, 1845.
On Monday evening, August 10th, a tea party was held in Bethesda school, in con. nection with the effort now making to reduce the debt on Bethesda Chapel, and to effect the settlement of that estate on trust for the use of the Connexion. The meeting was addressed by the Revs. J. Wilson, J. H. Robinson, and J. Nicholas; and by Messrs. Tilston, B. Fowler, W. Fowler, Williams, Bradburn, R. B. Robinson, and E. Leighton. Our excellent friend J. Robinson, Esq., occupied the chair. A most delightful feeling pervaded the meeting, and very liberal subscriptions were put down. About £500 towards the £600 which the Circuit has engaged to raise, is already promised, and it is hoped the remainder will soon be raised. If any kind friends in the Connexion are minded to assist the effort now making, their donations will be very thankfully received, Liverpool
J. H. R.
NEWCASTLE, HANLEY CIRCUIT.
I am sure you will be glad to hear good news. We have just held the anniversary services of our Newcastle Chapel, lianley Circuit, and they have been eminently productive. Within the last seven years the Trustees have reduced their debt about £500, but convinced that it was still too burdensome, they determined to make another effort. Four or five them agreed to give a certain sum cach, as their subscription. on the anniversary day. On Sunday, the 7th of September, the Rev. Wm. Cooke, of Newcastle-on-Tyne, preached two admirable sermons, to overllowing and delighted audiences, when the very handsome sum of one hundred pounds, seventeen shillings, and eleven pence, was collected in aid of the trust funds. Much may be done where there is a willing and determined effort. This anniversary is a proof. And if our respected Trustees would only exert themselves to the utmost, Chapel debts would, ere long, cease to encumber.
Yours faithfully, Newcastle, September 11th, 1845.
NEWARK, NOTTINGHAM CIRCUIT.
The friends of our beloved community will be glad to hear that the blessed Redeemer is in some measure reviving our little church in Newark. Since Conference both the congregation and society liave gradually increased. Our Chapel is small, and has, ever since it was erected, been wanting in comfort and convenience. There being but two pews below, and the floor being brick, it was always cold, and in the winter season very damp. These circumstances rendered it extremely hazardous for the aged and the delicate to worship with us; and they had also a very paralyzing influence on our Sabbath-school, which is held in the body of the Chapel.
Our esteemed ininister, Mr. Boycott, feeling wishful that the place should be made more comfortable, called the trustees and friends together, and after due deliberation it was resolved that the Chapel floor should be boarded, and three family pews placed under each side of the gallery. It was ascertained that the cost would be about twentyfour pounds. The first step towards its accomplishment was, to have a social tea