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the silent tomb, without terror, and chased away the gloom which would otherwise have gathered thick around the entrance to eternity, enabling him to exclaim with the apostle, “having a desire to depart, and be with Christ which is far better.” In Samuel Harding's religion there was genuine simplicity, he read his Bible that he might know the mind of God concerning him; he lived in communion with God daily; he saw that to obtain and retain the favour of God was to him the most important part of his business here, and he gave it his earnest and faithful attention. His last affliction was long and painful; but in the midst of all, his mind was delightfully sustained; his anchor was cast within the veil; he knew in whom he had believed, and could rejoice in hope of the glory of God. He departed this life and went to heaven June 14th, 1845. Fenton.
stroke of the palsy, which partly deprived him of the use of one side, and almost the whole of his speech. On the day following he had several other severe attacks; but in patience he possessed his soul. Many wearisome days and troublesome nights were appointed him, but no murmer ever escaped his lips. enabled confidently to rely on the promises, “My grace is sufficient for thee,” “I will never leave thee, I will never forsake thee.”
On one occasion, a person standing by, intimited to him that his end was drawing near; “I know it,” said he," and it will be a happy end.” A day or two before his death, as our esteemed minister was urging him still to rest on the atonement, assuring him that the Saviour was still able to save to the uttermost, he fixed his eyes upwards, and stretching forth his arm, withered as it was with age, he energetically said, Savour still.” A little before his death, with animated countenance he was per. ceived to fix his eyes upward; one who was sitting up with him, asked if he saw anything; in a very distinct and articulate tone of voice he replied, “ Glory, glory, glory.” After this he was not heard to utter anything intelligibly, but gradually with much calmness of spirit, sank into the arms of death, on the morning of the 14th of July, 1845, and at the advanced age of ninety years. Batley.
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Our aged and venerable friend, Mr. Phineas Fox, was born in the month of June, 1755, and from his youth up had the fear of God before his eyes. At what age he became decidedly religious is not certain, nor can the circumstances leading to his conversion be satisfactorily ascertained. Being naturally of a reserved disposition, he said but little either about his past or present experience; but this we know that he was for upwards of seventy years a member of a Christian church; and to the end of his life ornamented his profession by a consistent conversation and deportment.
For many years he suffered much from nervous affection, which had a most depressing influence upon his mind, insomuch that at times he was brought almost to the brink of despair. But the Lord did not leave him under these painful circumstances;
“ He laid no more upon him than he was able to bear.”
It is now upwards of thirty years since the Methodist New Connexion commenced their labours in Dewsbury, and two years afterwards a small society was formed at Batley, in the house of our late lamented brother. He was appointed leader, and so long as he was able he discharged the office with efficiency and success. During several of his last years he enjoyed & tolerably good state of health, with an exemption in a great measure from those nervous depressions which had so long and painfully oppressed his mind.
We now come to the closing scene of his mortal existence. About 12 days before his death, he was afflicted with &
Was born at Stockton in 1782. There appears to have been nothing particular connected with the early part of her life. About 1828 she saw the importance of religion, and united herself to the Wesleyan Society. From some cause she left that community after she had been a member upwards of two years. She not only left the Church of Christ, but she lost her religion, and for a number of years lived a backslider in heart. Having removed to Boston, she commenced attending our place of worship in 1839. She sat under the ministry of the Rev. R. Waller, whose labours in this circuit were peculiarly owned of God. Listening to one of his sermons on Acts xxiv. 25, the Holy Spirit applied the truth to her heart, and so convinced her of her guilt and danger, that, unsolicited, she walked up to the penitent form and sought an interest in the prayers of the church. The friends gave her such advice as her circumstances seemed to require, and prayed fervently on her behalf. At length she ventured on that Saviour whom she had slighted and crucified afresh; by faith in
the atonement she realized a sense of forgiveness; and as her future life proved, was soundly and savingly converted to God.
Her attendance on the means of grace was regular and punctual—her religious experience clear and evangelical. She cultivated a close acquaintance with God; and loved to dwell on the vital truths of religion--the atonement of Christ-the influences of the Spirit-a knowledge of pardon—a death unto sin, and a meetness for heaven. Out of the fulness of the heart the mouth speaketh. These, consequently, formed the topic of her conversation. Nor was her religion all talk. Her deportment was in harmony with her profession. She attended the means of grace with a punctuality which indicated their preciousness to her soul; to the utmost of her ability she supported the cause of God, and so lived among her neighbours that she could reprove them for their sins without fear of retaliation, and exhort them to follow her as she followed Christ. She was a good woman. Like others, she had her imperfections and failings, but she did not allow these so to accumulate as to have the work of repentance to perform upon her deathbed. No. When the world had absorbed too much of her attention, or Satan gained the slightest advantage over her, she wrestled with God in prayer until he again lifted upon her the light of his countenance. This being the case, she had not on her death-bed to confess that she had been a formalist—a stranger to the power of religion; she had not to mourn under a load of guilt contracted after her conversion; she had not to seek an interest in Christ. This she had done before, and although she was conscious that she had served God imperfectly, she had the assurance that she had served him sincerely. Sister Gilby was, in the true sense of the word a Methodist—that is she loved those means of grace which are peculiar to Methodism; class-meetings, fellowship-meetings, and love-feasts. Her class-meetings were indeed wells of salvation to her; and as she said just before her death,“ She seldom if ever attended her class without being abundantly refreshed.” Her spiritual strength was renewed. She cherished an ardent attachment to her Saviour; made the welfare of the Church a matter of personal interest; and so lamented the condition of her unconverted neighbours, as to spend hours in prayer for their conversion.
For some time previously to her last affliction her health was in a precarious and declining state. This prevented her attending the private means of grace as
regularly as she wished, and she often spoke of the loss she sustained. Her afflictions were not joyous but grievous, nevertheless they were sanctified; and in the most animated strains she would sometimes exclaim, “ They are working for me a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”
During her illness she was frequently visited by her leader, Mr. Tait, and by my predecessor, the Rev. J. Flather. At first she expressed confidence in God, and seemed perfectly composed, but afterwards her joy was extatic. On one of these occasions she said to her leader, “ Thank God, I am on that rock which you have so frequently spoken to us about, which is tried, sure, and precious.” I called upon her in company with her leader the second day after I arrived in the circuit, when she expressed herself in the language of confidence and hope. On another occasion, although she appeared much weaker in body, she said with a surprising energy, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, and there is laid up for me a crown.” She felt it her duty to warn her unconverted neighbours who came to see her. To one person she spoke for upwards of twenty minutes. She said, “You have often laughed at me for attending the Chapel, but it is by that
have been brought to God and prepared for glory." Upon the woman saying “I wish I were as happy as you," sister Gilby replied, “You may be; a foundation has been opened; none need perish-Christ has died.”
When she was so exhausted as to be almost incapable of speaking, her friends wished her to compose herself, but she said, “I must warn them-it is my duty.” And gaining & little more strength, she said, “I must work while it is called to-day, the night cometh when no man can work."
The last time her leader and myself visited her together, she said, “Tell my class-mates I am happy, and going to glory. She requested me, in improving her death, to preach from the text that Mr. Waller preached from when she was converted. She selected her hymns with perfect composure: we prayed, and she bid us farewell, expecting to see us no more on earth. I saw her again late on the Saturday evening previously to her death. She did not know me, and could scarcely articulate a syllable. The last time she spoke she asked her daughter (Mrs. Green) for a light. Mrs. Green told her it was not dark; the Lord had taken her sight. She replied, " That is it, that is it; the Lord's will be done.” Mrs. Green then asked her if she was happy. She said “Yes, I am happy-quite hap
py.” She lingered until two o'clock on intimate acquaintance knew not the extent Sunday morning, 15th July, 1845, when of her liberality; her disposition was she exchanged mortality for life.
amiable, her manners open and free, and Boston.
J. TAYLOR. her friendship ardent and constant; she
had a high respect for the ministers of the gospel whatever were their abilities;
she always received them with sincere MRS. SARAH BROOK.
respect, esteeming them very highly
in love for their works' sake.” Died at Barnsley, Sept. 17, 1845, Mrs. It is true Mrs. B. had her infirmities Sarah Brooke, aged 69 years. Her con- and defects, of these no one was more duct was uniform, and public opinion sensible than herself; but they were not pronounced it blameless. About 26 or
such as appeared prominent to others, 27 years ago, she was a stranger to the and therefore had no bad influence on one thing needful ;" the death of her
society, and were not detrimental to the beloved daughter seems to have made
sacred cause of religion. some serious impression on her mind, and
During the last few years of her life being kindly invited to join our society the frailties and infirmities of age grew in this place, she became a member of
fast upon her, and the aged tabernacle brother Woodruff's class; the same regu- tottering to its foundation, intimated ap. larity which she observed before this
proaching dissolution ; but with all the event, was still invariably maintained, accumulation of infirmity and feebleness, and it is to be feared for a time, unduly she was enabled to attend the house of confided in; but by attending to the God until within a week of her death. ordinances of religion, her mind was Her last illness was short, and her mind gradually drawn to God, and to attend to
was kept in a serene and happy frame, her soul's salvation. It cannot be ascer
her soul was firmly fixed on the Rock tained at what time she obtained “the
of Ages. Retaining the use of her faculpeace of God," but the fact is undeniable.
ties to the last she was frequently engaged She well knew the plan of salvation,
in prayer and praise. When I conversed and evidenced such a change of life as with her the day before her death, she would only spring from a renewed heart. said that the Saviour was increasingly Her venerable leader says, “I have had precious, that his blood was the only a better opportunity of witnessing her
ground of dependence to her for comfort state than most, and I believe her to have
in suffering and death. She assured me ibeen a sincere Christian, and I have no
that the sting of death was removed, doubt but she is gone to glory.”
and that she had a bright prospect of During the whole course of her religious
future glory. About an hour before her profession, she ornamented the cause she
death I again saw her, and though quite had espoused, and there are some traits
sensible, the power of speech was gone; in her character which deserve particular
yet I had been led to believe that God attention : she was remarkable for upright
was graciously present with her; to all ness and integrity ; it may be said, with
present it was evident that the awful truth, that she never knowingly injured
period was now arrived for her to quit any one, and in doubtful
mortality and enter an eternal state of would always decide against herself, even being, and without a sigh or groan she to her own injury, rather than risk the
sweetly fell asleep in Jesus. doing of any thing wrong for another.
W. SEATON She was also remarkable for cheerfulness, evenness of temper, and inoffensiveness of conduct and manners. She fulfilled the apostolic injunction, “ Not slothful in business," and often mentioned with
RECENT DEATH. gratitude the goodness of God in enabling her to provide things honestly in the Died, on the 15th August, 1845, in the sight of all men.” She was also“ fervent 23rd
year of her age, after thirteen years' in spirit, serving the Lord;" the love of affliction, Amy, daughter of the late Mr. ithis world was subdued in her heart by John Saxon, of Aslaton-under-Lyne. She a superior principle, and in the prosperity sustained her protracted sufferings with of God's cause, and the spread of true exemplary resignation to the divine will. religion did she greatly rejoice; her bene- Under her severest trials she cherished a volence and liberality were considerable, grateful sense of numerous mercies. Her and in the distribution of alms she did last affliction was acute in the extreme, not let her left hand know what her
but her end was peace, right hand did: her relatives and most Ashton.
HANLEY CIRCUIT.-- The anniversary services took place on Lord's-day, October 19th, 1845, and the four following days. Sermons on the Sabbath-day were preached in Bethesda Chapel, Shelton, by the Rev. J. Candelet in the morning, and by the Rev. J. Hilton in the evening. At Burslem, the Rev. J. Hilton in the morning, and the Rev. S. Smith in the evening. At Tunstall, Mr. E. Curzon in the morning, and the Rev. J. Candelet in the evening. The meetings were held consecutively at Burslem, Bethesda, Tunstall, and Werrington. The Revs. G. Goodall, J. Bromley (Wesleyan), F. Newman, R. Macbeth (Independent), and the Ministers in the Circuit, rendered their services. W. Ridgway, Esq., Northwood, kindly and efficiently occupied the chair three successive evenings. Mr. Baxter officiated in the same capacity at Werrington. The collections at Bethesda on the Sabbath-day were several pounds in advance of last year; but altogether they have not been more than commonly productive. Arrangements, however, are being made to obtain an increase of subscribers; several collectors are coming forward to engage in this good work; and we hope in the Mission Fund to realize the expectations of the Committee who were appointed last Conference to use their best efforts to increase the funds of the Connexion
STOCKPORT CIRCUIT.-On Lord's day, October 23rd, 1845, the anniversary Missionary services were held at Portwood, and two sermons preached by the Rev. J. Hillock, of Stalybridge. The excitement of the services of the Sabbath had evidently influenced the congregation to attend the public meeting on the following evening. We were favoured with the presence and assistance of the Revs. Waddington and Thornton (Independents), T. Mills, J. Hillock, the preachers in the Circuit, with Brother M'Cullock. To say this was a good meeting would be a feeble mode of description. It was intellectual and deeply interesting, and the collections were a small increase on the previous year. The chair was ably filled by our devoted friend and general treasurer, J. Thornhill, Esq. Such, however, was his delicacy, that he omitted to mention that he is more than two thousand pounds in advance on account of the Mission; but it is introduced here to lead our ministers and able generous friends to exert themselves, that, at the coming conference, this drag-chain to the wheels of our Missionary car may be broken; then it will no longer mar its velocity, and prevent its success; and responsibilities so serious no longer oppress our highly-esteemed Treasurer.
RED HALL CHAPEL, ASHTON CIRCUIT.
A VERY numerous meeting was held in the Red Hall Methodist New Connexion Chapel, Audenshaw, on Tuesday evening last, to take into consideration the propriety of adopting measures to prevent the innovations repeatedly made upon the said chapel by Mr. John Thornely, a gentleman who has for some time past been setting up a claim to it. John Whittaker, Esq. of Hurst, presided. On the platform were the Revs. J. Bensley, Hallatt, and Smith, Messrs. Nathan Lees, Hugh Mason, Nathaniel Buckley, E. Winstanley, J. Ousey, and many other gentlemen.—The Chairman said he was somewhat surprised that at this time of day they should find it necessary to meet together to prevent an individual taking from them their lawful rights: he alluded to the encroachments which were continually being made upon the chapel and thie burial ground attached, by Mr. Thornely, and said he had ascertained from documents which the committee had in their possession, and from information they had obtained relative to the land adjoining the chapel, that they had a legal right to what they held, and that, therefore, some steps should be taken to prevent the encroachments which were in course of being made upon them. He was convinced that the committee were in the right; were it not so, he would most assuredly not
have presided on that occasion. Mr. Hallatt pointed out the difficulties which the connexion had met with, both with regard to the chapel and the Sunday schools connected with it, during the time that he had travelled in the Ashton circuit. He said the connexion had been in undisputed possession of the chapel for upwards of fifty years, and, whatever might be the sacrifices required, they were determined to maintain it. Mr. Thornely, under pretence that he had a claim, some time ago took away the clock and the bell belonging to the chapel; and now, for the purpose of building a wall, and taking away a portion of the burial ground, he was digging up and exposing to public gaze the remains of those who formerly assembled in that place to worship. Mr. Hallatt stated that many years ago the uncle to the present Mr. Thornely gave the ground connected with the chapel, which was built by public subscription, and also the sum of £300 to clear it from debt. There was a time when forbearance ceased to be a virtue, and he thought that time was the present. Mr. Hallatt moved, “ That, in the opinion of this meeting, Mr. John Thornely has no just and proper title to the Red Hall chapel, and we therefore regard the repeated attempts he has made, and is still making, to take possession of it, as the most unreasonable and unjust innovation.” The motion was seconded by Mr. Winstanley, who, in the course of his remarks, stated that Mr. Thornely set up a claim on the ground of paying chief rent. The committee, however, had ascertained that he had never paid a single farthing for any ground belonging to, or connected with, the chapel. After speeches from Messrs. Bensley, Mason, and other gentlemen, the following resolutions were unanimously adopted :-“ That a committee be appointed to watch the proceedings of Mr. Thornely, and to adopt such measures as may be deemed necessary, and that the committee consist of Messrs Ousey, Winstanley, Whittaker, Mason, Mills, Wood, Sandiford, Redfern, and Walker." “That a guarantee defence fund be raised, and that the following gentlemen be appointed to make the arrangements :Messrs. Redfern and Walker for Red Hall; Mason, Etchels, and Ousey, for Ashton; Harrop and Wood for Hooley Hill; Sandiford and Coop, for Hurst; Hollingworth and Andrew, for Dukinfield.” At the close of the meeting, the chairman announced that the guarantee fund would be commenced that evening, and he accordingly headed the subscription-book by a donation of £10; Mr. Lees also gave £10; Mrs. Crompton, £5; Mr. Mason, £5; Mr. Buckley, £5; Mr. Etchels, £5. Several other gentlemen on the platform gave various sums; after which, a considerable number of small donations were contributed by the audience. On the book being added up, the amount was found to be upwards of £80 before the close of the meeting. Such is the feeling of the inhabitants of Audenshaw upon this subject, that had it not been that a committee was appointed by the meeting, to watch the proceedings of Mr. Thornely, there is no doubt, but the wall in course of erection over some of the graves in the chapel yard, would ere this, have been levelled with the ground.
I rejoice in the increased sale of both of our Connexional Magazines. As a Sunday School teacher I thought it my duty to do something to promote their circulation, I therefore set about to canvass for subscribers, and succeeded in obtaining 14 for the small from my own class, and 7 new subscribers for the large from among my fellow teachers. I think that if every teacher would only do what he could the circulation would be much greater, especially of the Sunday Scholars'. I think much may yet be done if our brethren will but try; the effort has only to be made and success is certain. The plan is easy. Let every teacher in all our Sabbath Schools lay the subject fairly and fully before their respective classes, and instead of the sale being eleven thousand it would be raised to twenty thousand; the price is a trifle, one penny a month; why what child in our schools from 7 to 14 or 15 years of age but will cheerfully give a penny for so excellent a book ? Let us hope that a still greater effort will be made, for you can and will most gladly supply orders. Come my fellow teachers, male and female, try, try, try? if you will, it can be done. The Sunday Scholars' Magazine is worth circulating ; is calculated to do great good amongst the rising generation. You will never have to regret your exertions in promoting its sale. Remember, we are never to be weary in well-doing, for in due time we shall reap the fruit of our labour, and may God bless us all with more patience to endure, and with greater love to our work.
I am yours, a fellow labourer, Huddersfield.