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come more spiritual and devout. I have reason also to be humble because of the thoughts that sometimes find a way into my breast. What cause I have to exclaim

" Hallow each thought, let all within,
Be clean, as thou, my Lord, art clean.'

“ Considering the time that I have spent as a minister, I am powerfully reminded that I am fast hastening to the close of my labours; may my heart be so influenced by the power of divine grace, that at last I may give up my accounts with joy."

April 20th, 1837. Hull. “ The friends here have expressed themselves satisfied with my labours amongst them during the last two years; and it is likely that I shall leave them at the ensuing Conference. In the course of the year there has been a decrease of more than twenty members, which should be regarded by me with feelings of humility, inasmuch as I am conscious of many defects in my labours as a minister, and that I stand in need of being led more fully into the truths of the gospel. My time is fast passing away, and of this I am powerfully reminded by the near prospect of having to enter upon a new Circuit. May I live continually in the spirit of my office in the spirit of religion; so that I may stand prepared for all the will of God. May the Lord strengthen me to enter more fully upon the work of the ministry. My mind at times would be encumbered about different things, and I have need to pray, that the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, would keep my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.”

In this spirit of devotion, lowliness, and zeal, he fulfilled the duties of his sacred calling, heartily interesting himself, so far as he had opportunity, in all matters connected with the spiritual welfare of the Circuits where he was stationed. Though often wearied in his Master's service, he never became weary of the work itself. Watchful and diligent, his whole conduct declared that he preferred the prosperity of the church before his chief joy; and, in imitation of his great Exemplar, he could say, “ My meat and my drink is to do the will of him that sent me."

Nor did he less sensibly feel the obligations which devolved upon him as a husband and a father. It is not possible, without being spiritually edified, to read his meditations and prayers on receiving domestic comforts, or which were occasioned by family trials. Only a few are given.

September 6th, 1830. “ An event has happened in my family which may teach me that I stand in need of fresh grace at the hand of the Lord. I have another daughter now added to my family, so that additional responsibility now rests upon me. This being my sixth child, it may teach me that my time is fast passing away. The season is hastening on when it will be said, "Give an account of thy stewardship, for thou mayest no longer be steward.' In my family I am very deficient in the exercise of meekness and patience. I am, on some occasions, too hasty in speaking to the children; not showing that tender forbearance which becomes me as a father. Let me watch and pray against this evil, that I may obtain the victory over it. May the Lord bless me with wisdom, that I may be able to bear more fruit to his glory in my family, in the church and in the world."

July 21st, 1831. “ How unsuitable the temper that I have just manifested towards one of my children! How opposite to that meekness and gentleness which ought to be evidenced by a gospel minister, and

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how opposite to the nature of the Holy Spirit. Let me humble myself before the Lord, and pray that such feelings may be banished far from me, and that I may seek in patience to possess my soul. Too often has my peace been interrupted in a similar manner. May divine grace preserve me from everything which is contrary to the mind of Christ. I have also to acknowledge that I am not sufficiently careful to bring the concerns of my family before the Lord, and to implore the blessing of God to rest upon them in reference to their temporal affairs. In these respects I am far excelled by my partner in life. May I, in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, make known my request unto God. Surely it becomes me to acknowledge the hand of the Lord in those afflictions which are in my family. Let me look to the Lord, that every event may be sanctified; and may every branch of the family be prepared for that world where pain and affliction will be no more." January 3rd, 1833. “ By the kindness of God I am spared to see

During past year various events have occurred in my family, which I wish to regard with proper views and feelings. My son F- met with an accident in the early part of the year, from which he has not yet recovered, and which may have injured him for life. May the Lord regard him in great mercy. In the month of October my dear son Robert departed this life after a long affliction, which he bore with Christian patience and resignation. On the 25th of December, my dear wife was safely delivered of another son. My family trials are mixed with many family enjoyments. May these things be duly considered and improved."

December 6th, 1833. “For a few evenings past we have been singing in our family devotion 146 hymn, Dr. Watts's 1st book, entitled,

Characters of Christ, borrowed from inanimate things in Scripture, and which is extended to eighteen verses. In closing the hymn, I reminded the children, that if so many characters were applied to Christ, how miserable are those persons who are without Christ destitute of this heavenly bread and wine, this heavenly fountain, this blessed sun, &c.; and if so many characters are applied to Christ, how great the happiness of true Christians who enjoy an interest in him, and who are fed

upon this bread and wine, who are branches in this heavenly vine, who are washed in this cleansing fountain, who are walking in this heavenly way, who are acquainted with the fragrance of this delightful rose, are entering by this blessed door, and are enlivened by the beams of this spiritual Sun. May this blessed Saviour, represented by so many delightful characters, be my constant glory and delightful portion, and also the portion of my partner in life, of our children, and also of Jane, our servant. May I feel a greater concern for the welfare of my family, and be the happy instrument of directing their attention to that Christ who is all in all."

November 11th, 1835. “How different my circumstances this day, to what they were Nov. 11th, 1813, .when I left my father's house to enter on the work of a Circuit Preacher in the North Shields Circuit, in conjunction with Messrs. Grundell and Wood. Then I was single and devoid of care with regard to the things of the present lifebut what an alteration has taken place! I now find myself surrounded with a family of five children, having also followed two to their long home. I have great reason to be thankful in reference to my partner in



life, because of her pietý, her prudence, and her attention to domestic affairs. With regard to myself, I need more wisdom among the children, more of the meek and lowly mind that was in my glorious Lord. As a minister, I feel truly thankful that the Lord gives me favour in the eyes of the people. O that my abilities for the work of the ministry may abundantly increase. It is not likely that I shall live to witness twentytwo years more in the ministry. May this consideration have a quickening influence upon my mind. I have need to look for more grace, that, as a husband, a father, and a minister, I may be enabled to glorify God. May my intercourse with God be more intimate and refreshing; may the word of God be more than ever the joy and delight of my soul;

I more than ever improve my time, be concerned for Zion's peace, and for the salvation of my family.”

He was zealously concerned for the welfare of that denomination of Christians to which he more immediately belonged. As Providence had clearly cast his lot with our community-as he cordially approved of its doctrines and religious polity, and as he had an affectionate attachment to many of its members and ministers—it was, therefore, the unequivocally expressed sentiment of his soul, “ This people shall be my people, and their God shall be my God.” He believed their interests and his own to be identical, and that it was his special business to promote their spiritual edification and the enlargement of their borders. To these objects were devoted his studies, his prayers, and other labours; and all selfish consideration of ease or advantage gave way before his anxious solicitude for their attainment. Everything was subordinate to this absorbing purpose of his life; and he preferred the prosperity of our churches above his chief joy. Others might be apathetic or wavering, or have divided aims, but he was decided and fervent in his course; and this ruling—not passion, but principle-remained with him until death, and was declared in one of his latest sayings; “ Tell my brethren at the Conference,” he said to the writer, “ that I am sinking into the grave; but that, living or dying, I am a Methodist New Connexion man.” must not, however, he supposed that he was bigoted in his views of denominational peculiarities, or was actuated by sectarian uncharitableness, as no supposition could be further from the truth. His intimacy with various persons of other religious persuasions, his not unfrequent association with them in acts of worship, and his ready assistance on any occasion when his services were required, most certainly prove that few persons have exhibited a more catholic spirit. He sincerely wished that " peace and mercy might be upon" every section of "the Israel

That “every man hath his proper gift of God” is a statement which was remarkably verified in the case of our late minister.

He had a lively and versatile imagination, and many of his modes of thought were eccentric, although in him they appeared to be quite natural. His discourses bore the impress of such idiosyncracy of mind, abounding with allegory, and other figurative illustrations, and containing unusual trains of thought, and much quaintness of expression. But these peculiarities he employed in explaining and enforcing established truths, dwelling especially on the doctrines of the cross, the Spirit's operations, and on Christian experience and conduct; and he was never misled by his fancy and taste into any dangerous vagaries respecting religion. He had too much sobriety of judgment and deference for the


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analogy of faith, either to hold or teach opinions subversive of the doctrines which are literally taught in the volume of inspiration. Many things were well received from him which would, in the sermons of others, have been deemed extravagant and improper. He related with much effect, various anecdotes which he had collected; and in addressing public meetings, he generally appeared to great advantage. The excitement which he occasioned was mostly of a pleasurable nature, while of its strength and extent there were frequently loud and marked indications from his hearers. With exemplary diligence in pastoral visitation, he also combined some not very common modes of ministerial intercourse with his fellow-men. Besides ordinary calls on our own members, and persons belonging to our congregations, he went out into the highways, the streets, and lanes, to invite the careless and perishing to partake of the rich provisions of the gospel. It was no uncommon thing with him, previously to commencing his public services, to go round a whole neighbourhood, or to take his stand in some public thoroughfare, for the purpose of urging to come into the house of God every one with whom he could speak. He thus oftentimes secured large congregations, met with many striking incidents with human beings, which he turned to good account, and was made lastingly useful to persons who otherwise might never have been prevailed upon to hear the words of divine truth. In these respects he was original and almost unique amongst his fellow-labourers. Perhaps he acted too much by limself, irrespectively of others who were engaged with him in the same work. Connexional ministers like ours occupy a very different position from that of pastors of independent churches; for, while each should feel his responsibility to perform diligently his own part, the system under which they are placed, and their mutual relationship, require that their action should be united. Some of the plans of Mr. Newbery would probably have been better laid, and some of his operations would have been more permanently beneficial, had there been a more perfect combination with his brethren in the ministry.

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(Continued from page 382.) On our landing, the prior's clerk met us with a message from his reverence, saying, he much regretted that he was not able to conduct us over the island that evening; had we come next morning, he would have gone round with us himself. But though it was impossible for him to do so at that hour, he very kindly sent his servant to accompany us, charged with instructions to show us everything on the island, as though he was personally present; and we thought he faithfully discharged his duty. Indeed, it is only just to state, and I feel gratified in being able to do so, that greater courtesy, and more respectful attention, could not have been paid to us in any place, or from any class of men, considering their circumstances. We felt personally obliged to the prior for his kindness, and scarcely less so to his clerk for the manner in which he led us over the place, and pointed our attention to everything worthy of notice. When we stood on the shore the island appeared to be literally crowded with pilgrims, yet we were not at all prepared to see the number we found there on our arrival. There could not be less than two thousand, or two thousand five hundred there, at that time. The moment a Protestant sets his foot on the island, all their religious duties are at a stand; and consequently we soon attracted universal attention. In their estimation we were heretics, but that was not the time for us either to call their principles in question, or to discuss the points on which we differed; we were there on sufferance, and that they all appeared to understand as well as ourselves. The horn had given them notice of our coming; and it seemed to be pretty generally known that we were from England. To that, and to the respectful mention of our friend's name, we were no doubt indebted for our admission, especially at that time.

A pilgrim crossing the water pays sixpence, or sixpence-halfpenny, to the boatmen, and on reaching the island he commences his devotions immediately. “ The first thing I did,” says one,

was to hand over my three cakes of oaten bread, which I had got made in Pettigo, tied a handkerchief, as well as my hat, and second shirt, to the care of the owner of one of the huts; having first, by the way, undergone a second prostration on touching the island, and greeting it with fifteen holy kisses, and another string of prayers,” &c. “ After landing,” says another, " they go immediately to the prior, and humbly ask his blessing; and then to St. Patrick's altar, where, kneeling down, they say one Pater, one Ave, and one Creed. Rising up, they kiss the stone of the altar, and from thence go into the chapel, where they say three Paters, three Aves, and one Creed. Then, beginning at a corner of the chapel, they walk round it and St. Patrick's altar seven times, saying a decad (that is, ten Ave Mary's and one Pater Noster) every round. In the first and



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