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parts, great vigour of intellect, much acuteness of penetration, and an amazing quickness of comprehension; that he was zealous in whatever be undertook, and remarkably exact in fulfilling his engagements. As a servant, he was faithful; as a friend, he was true and sincere. During his long affliction he had much time to devote to the culti. vation of his moral being; and the friends who visited him felt conscious that he vas giving himself wholly to these things, for his profiting appeared to all. Truly it was a pleasure to be in his company; his countenance beaming with heavenly joy bespoke the strong consolation of his heart; and hence, to unite with him in devotional exercises was an exalted privilege. Impressed deeply with the importance of his position as a husband and a father, and feeling the responsibilities devolving upon him, he was faithfal and conscientious in discharging his family duties. The sacred volume had a prominent place in his dwelling. Its blessed truths were read and occasionally expounded; for, having a numerous family, he was careful to impart a portion to all; and having not merely a speculative acquaintance with theology, but “ believing with his heart unto righteousness," and having a settled assurance of the divine favour, he was anxious that his dear children should enjoy the same unspeakable blessing. Nor did he“ labour in vain, or spend his strength for nought." For long before his last farewell, James had the happiness of seeing his beloved partner and three of their dear children walking in the path of regeneration and righteoug ness. Oh that his hopes and prayers may be fully answered, not only in these but in every branch of the family! for it mast be fearful even to think of meeting a dear friend at God's righteous bar, whose instructions and prayers have been lost upon us! “He that knoweth his Lord's will and doeth it not shall be beaten with many stripes."
Much might be said respecting our departed brother, but we need not write what is so well known. “His record is on high." His works have come up "as a memorial before God;" and with a few more observations we may close this brief account.
A week or two before his death, a friend called to see him, who, on leaving the room, remarked, “I hope I shall meet you in heaven !" “ Hope!” said James with such effort of soul as indicated at once close communion with heaven,"I am
certain that I shall get there, by the help of my God!" On the Sabbath previous to his death, the writer, hearing that he was much worse, went along with three or four young men to see him. We found that he was near his journey's end. We engaged in prayer with him; after which, he gave the young men an exhortation. This was a solemn scene.
To one of those young men James was much attached ; and knowing that he had a wicked father, he said, " William, and all of you, be faithful to the end, and strive to make a good finish." On Mon. day, it was evident that he was much worse; and, conscious of this, he said to his wife, “I think I shall stay in bed today, for I think I shall not be able to go down stairs any more until I am carried ; but the will of the Lord be done." She, anxions for him to have every help, wished to know if she might go for the doctor. Knowing that his dissolution was nigh, he replied that it was not the doctor he wanted; he felt a " desire to depart and be with Christ, which would be far better." On Tuesday, he consented, however, for his medical attendant to come. He arrived, but could be of little service. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday he appeared much the same; but on Saturday there was a change, and it was evident that his time on earth was very short. During the day, he often inquired if his friend Tho. mas Mellor had not been to see him ? About seven o'clock I paid him a visit; and, on my entering the room, he exclaimed, “Well, brother, thou art come at last!" I inquired about the state of his mind. He replied, “I am very poorly in body, but well in mind. All is well! all is well!". In the night he was seized with a severe fit of coughing; and his beloved partner seeing no hope of his recovery from it, summoned the family together. In a short time he was rather better, and called them all around his dying remains. There was the father lying in a dying state! There you see the family weeping around! They appear to pay their last token of affection, when their beloved parent takes them one by one, and implores, in the name of the God of Jacob, a blessing upon each. Oh, happy, thrice happy will they be, if those prayers are fully abswered in their experience! The good man having given them his last advice, his voice failed, and about seven o'clock in the morning of the 22nd day of June, and in the 57th year of his age, he fell asleep in Jesus without a sigh!
ELLEN ARMITAGE. ELLEN ARMITAGE was born Jan. 18th, 1840, at Dalton, near Huddersfield. She was left without a mother when she was only four years old. She was taken up by Him, without whose notice a sparrow cannot fall, and placed under the care of a kind grandfather and grandmother, who were anxious that Ellen should become wise in what God has written. They took every opportunity of instilling into her tender mind those truths that gave her so much peace and joy in death. She was distinguished in her infancy by a very mild and affectionate disposition, which made her beloved by all who knew her. At the early age of four years she was sent to the day-school; and being very much in love with books, she very soon gained a proficiency in reading un. common to girls of her age. The prizes that have been awarded to her from time to time furnish ample proof of her progress in learning, her regular and punctual attendance, and her well-behaved and attentive disposition. At each of the two or three schools she has attended she has gained the favour of her teachers and the affections of her fellow-scholars.
Ellen was admitted into our Highstreet Sunday-school, March 25th, 1849, where she attended regularly and punctually until the Sabbath before her death. Her character and deportment as a Sunday-scholar gave to ber brief history much that was interesting and encouraging. We do believe, though dead, she will long live in the affections of both scholar and teacher. She was a worthy, a noble example.
In looking over the notes of attendance, we find in going back nearly two years that she has been absent only one day, and then on account of sickness; and when we consider that her residence was two miles from school it seems almost incredible; but so it is. Ellen was so much attached to school that no reason to her was sufficient to justify her absence. Even when sick and she ought to have remained at home, she has feared to disclose it lest it should keep her from school. We have often observed Ellen during the dinnerhour in her class alone, and yet not alone, for she has had with her her most favoured companion, her book; either she has been engaged with her library, her hymn-book, or her “JUVEXILE INSTRUCTOR," when she has remained until the opening of school. Her teachers bear testimony to her strong and almost im patient desire to learn. One teacher remarks that, a Sunday or two before her death, while speaking to her class, she
had observed Ellen's fixed attention and deep interest, when shortly, to ber surprise and joy, Ellen made the request that she would talk to them about Jesus. This was the theme in which she most delighted.
About a fortnight before her death, ber name was proposed at a committeemeeting as a fit and proper candidate for the preparatory class, and passed the meeting without one dissenting voice; and it is very remarkable that the last Sabbath she spent at school was in her new class. Ellen was now placed under circumstances unusually favourable to her disposition, and where her spiritual improvement would soon have become evident. Nor were those privileges likely to be un appreciated by her. When she got home that Sabbath evening-and, oh, how little Ellen knew that she had been her last time to the Sabbath-school, that she had spent her last Sabbath with her class, and for the last time read with them the sacred page, and for the last time listened to instruction as it fell from the lips of her teacher, and how solemn the Sabbath had these things been known !she had much to tell to her grandfather and grandmother about her new class and teacher, how nicely they had been talked to. It was a very common thing for Ellen to take the instruction home that had been given by superintendent and teachers, and also what she heard from the ministers (whom she loved very much) both in the school and chapel. Would that more of our Sunday-scholars adopted Ellen's example! It may truly be said of her, that from her infancy she has known the Scriptures, which made ber wise and good. Her delight was in the law of the Lord, and in it she meditated almost day and night. We have every reason to believe that if Ellen's life had been spared, it would have been devoted to her Saviour, whose name was music to her ears, and would have been instrumental in leading many others into his fold. However, she is gone; the bud has been snatched away to blossom in a fairer clime. We would exhort every Sunday-scbolar who reads this memoir of Ellen to tread in her steps, and follow her so far as she has followed Christ, that they may with her be honoured with a crown that fadeth not away. As Sunday-school teachers, let us receive such instances as the above as the fruits of our labours and as incentives to patience and perseverance in our work of faith and labour of love.
Her affiction was severe, but very short, and was borne with much patience,
On Friday, the 14th of November, she was taken ill, which soon proved to be the scarlet fever; and on Sunday morning her throat was so swoln that she was unable to speak so as to be understood. She did, however, certify to her grandfather that she was going home, and wished him to pray for her. During the day she was calm and peaceful. Her grandfather inquired if she should not like to be better. Her answer was, No; she would rather go and be with Jesus. She only continued until Monday, November 17th. At about three o'clock in the morning, her heaven-born spirit burst its mortal confines and escaped to glory, aged eleven years and nine months. “Her end was peace.” Huddersfield,
J. B. Dec. 16th, 1851.
MRS. SARAH SMITH. MRS. SARAH SMITH, up to the period of her conversion lived a moral life, but felt ng concern for personal religion until the death of her mother in 1828. During the afflictions of her mother, our late sister Smith was powerfully wrought upon by the Holy Spirit, and she determined never to rest till she found rest in Christ. Influenced by this pious resolution, she went to a class-meeting and gave in her name as a member on tria). For several weeks she remained in deep distress, drinking of the “wormwood and the gall.” She now became very attentive to the means of grace; and it was in a cottage prayer-meeting in Dudley that she made a full surrender of her heart to God, and found joy and peace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Having met with sister Moss for about three years, a class was commenced in her own house, and she was appointed as an assistant-leader to it; which office she continued to sustain with efficiency and success until the Rev. S. Hulme came into this Circuit. He soon discovered that she possessed more than ordinary talents and piety, and appointed her at once to take the full responsibility of & class as leader, which position she occupied with credit to herself and profit to the members, until seized with the affliction which terminated in her death. She was a good wife, an affectionate mother, a kind neighbour, a consistent member, and a successful leader. Her attachment to the house of God was ardent, and her love to the ministers of the Gospel was great. She often referred to those by name whose labours were more abundant to promote the glory of God in the conversion of sinners. With
deep feeling she mentioned the profit
MR. JAMES DAW.
forty years ago, he united with the Wes- affectionate daughter, and secure her atleyan Society in his native town, of which tention as circumstances might require. he continued to be a member till the year Increasing feebleness of body speedily 1834, when some arbitrary proceedings cut him off from all the means of grace. of its officers against his class-leader led This was to him a painful privation, a him to examine its Church polity. His great loss, for he had ever loved the inquiries fixed in his mind a strong and courts of Zion; but, recognizing the an unalterable conviction that the pro hand of God therein, he bowed in meek ceedings by which he and others felt submission to the divine will. Grathemselves aggrieved were the legitimate dually his remaining strength wasted results of an anti-scriptural form of away. He became too feeble to rise Church government, and he withdrew from bed. There he lay for several from that community.
weeks, slowly, almost imperceptibly sinkShortly after, the Methodist New Con ing into the grave, patient, resigned and nexion was introduced into St. Agnes, hopeful. He believed, and Christ was and he was among the first to appreciate precious to his soul. When he was its principles, seek its communion, and drawing near the end of his pilgrimage, enjoy its privileges. Uniting with our grappling with the last enemy, a friend people, he at once felt himself at home, said to him, “ When thy flesh and thy and continued so to feel to the close of heart faileth, God will be the strength of life.
thy heart and thy portion for ever." He was naturally modest and retiring; Gathering up what of physical energy and during the whole of his Christian remained, he, by an effort evidently paincareer regarded himself as less than the ful to himself, faintly articulated, "I beleast of all saints. But satisfactory evi- lieve it." These were his last words. dence of his piety was exhibited in the Shortly after, his eyes were peacefully uniform consistency of his deportment closed to all terrestrial objects, and in the Church, the family, and the world. opened to behold the King in his beauty
Jealous over his own heart, and form- and the land that is afar off. He died ing a low estimate of his spiritual gifts December 27th, 1851, in the seventyand attainments, he was groundlessly seventh year of his age. fearful of obtruding himself too much on
JNO. GRAHAM. the attention of others by frequent public Truro, Jan. 16th, 1852. exercises. But when he could be induced to employ these gifts in the social
RECENT DEATHS. means of grace, it was to the edification of the Church, whose often-expressed
BEY, G, WALL. regret was, that he could not be prevailed [DEATR is still making havoc in our on to do so more frequently
ranks. The venerable G. Wall, one of He sustained for some time the office the fathers of the Connexion, has been of Society steward, till declining health called away to his eternal reward. But and increasing infirmities compelled him he has not fallen suddenly or premato resign it. His prompt and faithful turely. Full of years and good fruits, attention to the duties of that office, the the ripe shock of corn has been gathered amiableness and peaceableness of his into the garner of the Lord. May we by disposition, his hearty co-operation in faith, self-denial, and holy zeal in our efforts to advance the interests of the Master's cause, be found ready for the Church, and the cheerfulness with which summons whenever it shall arrive.-Ed.] he contributed to the support of its in MY DEAR SIR,- It is my melancholy stitutions, won the confidence and esteem duty to inform you of the decease of one of his brethren.
of our venerable fathers in the ministry, He ruled well “ his own house, having the Rev. G. Wall. He died at Lighthis children in subjection with all gra cliffe, on Thursday the 4th instant, in vity," and reaped the reward of his pious the 79th year of his age; and on the fol. and prudent attention to parental dutylowing Tuesday his remains were depein the sympathy, kindness and attention sited, according to his request, in the of his children during his declining years ground adjoining Salem Chapel, Halifax. and last sickness. In the world his deal He had been the subject of much sufings were transparent, straightforward fering for about a month from bronchitis, and upright.
which was too much for his enfeebled About twelve months ago, finding that frame, and he sank beneath its power. his constitution was rapidly breaking up, But bis mind was preserved in peace, he, with his aged partner, removed to being stayed upon God. I visited him Truro, that they might be near their on the day previous to his death, and,
as far as I could understand the expres. sions of his voice and countenance, they were those of a mind possessing calm but strong confidence in God, and wait. ing with a bright hope and holy desire of an entrance into a better life.
And now he "sleeps in Jesus," prove ing ibat " to die is gain." "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth, yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours, and their works do follow them."-1 am, yours respectfully, Thos. SMITH.
Brighouse, March 10th, 1852.
On tbe 20th of January, 1852, John Allen, of Brighouse, died in the faith and hope of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. He had been united with our Church at Brighouse about twentyfour years, and had been usefully engaged in the Sabbath-school as a teacher and Superintendent about twenty years; and for the same time he had filled the office of class-leader. The loss of his mother by death appears to have been the means of arousing his mind to serious thoughts of death and eternity, of sin and salvation. When he decided to serve God, he became very regular and punctual in his attendance on the means of grace; it was a rare thing for him to neglect once in the quarter that most useful and im portant means, the class-meeting. By this, and his attention to the other duties of the profession, were evinced the sincerity and power of his piety. The affliction which terminated in his death was severely painful; and he suffered beneath it for many weeks. At its commencement his mind appeared partially beclouded; but he never lost his confidence in the Friend and Saviour of sinners. Nor did that Saviour forsake him. He was not left comfortless. In the dark valley of the shadow of death he was enabled repeatedly to say, “ Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." Being asked if he had a good hope through grace, he answered very emphatically, “ Yes." And in the enjoyment of this hope, he departed from his sufferings in his mortal tabernacle to the enjoyment of a mansion in heaven, in the fifty-fourth year of bis age. We have lost a brother and a helper in the work of faith below; but he has gained a glorious reward above. To the will of God we would bow, and to his name ascribe all praise.
T. S. DIED at Sunderland, on the 22nd of December, 1851, Thomas Rantoul, in the sixty-eighth year of his age. Brother Rantoul was for many years a consistent member of our Church. His affliction
was one of long continuance, which he endured with Christian fortitude, and had a good hope through Christ of eternal life. As his end drew nigh, he was often heard to exclaim, “All is well!" A few minutes before he expired be called his family to his bedside, and requested his son to pray with bim ; after which he cried out with great joy, “ Christ is precious!"
DJED, Jan. 15th, at the age of seventythree, Saral Lawton. For about forty years she had been an attached and steady member of our Society in Newcastle. For several of the latter years of her life she was prevented by infirmity and disease from attending the public means of grace; but she experienced at home the preciousness of Christ, and the consolations and hopes which an interest in the gospel promises can alone inspire. The night before her death she sang in strains of Christian faith and joy; and having expressed her trust in Jesus until speech failed, she fell asleep in Him.
DIED at Sunderland, George Mairns, on the 10th of February, 1852, aged twenty-four years. Our dear brother was the subject of painful and protracted suffering ; but this he bore with Christian patience and resignation, being never heard to murmur or repine. He ex. pressed unshaken confidence in the merits of a Saviour's atonement. “He knew in whom he had believed," and could sing with the poet
For ever here my rest shall be, &c. His faith was strong, his hope was blooming, and his end was peace.
W. PACEY. Died in the Lord at Wolley Bridge, near Hollingworth, Stalybridge Circuit, on the 25th of February, 1852, in the twenty-second year of her age, Ellen Broadbent. Our sister possessed much amiability of character and manners, which greatly endeared her to her relations and circle of friends. From infancy there was some good thing found in her towards the Lord; yet she was not truly converted until the nineteenth year of her age. At that time, through the instrumentality of our minister, the Rev. S. Jones, in a sermon from John vi. 87, she became broken in heart and contrite in spirit. For some days she sought the Lord sorrowing; her prayers went up to heaven full of faith in the precious Saviour. God heard them and sent her sweet release, and put her amongst his chosen ones.
From the time of her conversion she