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of approval to his labours, and it soon became apparent that he would be one of the most efficient members of the Church. To the utmost of his ability he laboured to build up the cause of God. At Pendleton, his talents were employed in the Sabbath-school, in house prayer-meetings, in visiting and attending to all the ordinary means of grace. But to Pendleton his attention was not confined. As far as opportunity would allow he became a sort of home missionary. Partly through his instrumen tality our Church at Eccles was raised. Having for some time charge of three classes, he usually walked on the Sabbath & considerable number of miles in the discharge of his onerous duties. And his labours were appreciated and attended with good. In his class he was earnest, affectionate and faithful, endeg. vouring to impart to all suitable advice. Scripture quotations were richly blended with all that he said. To quote his own expression, he was “resolved not to build up his members with uniempered mortar." The rule of the Connexion requiring leaders to visit their sick and absent members was faithfully observed by him; and his own example furnished a lesson on punctuality. After being a leader thirty years, he was heard to say that he had been absent from class only twenty times, and then through affliction or absence from home. On one occasion he was several miles from home and the weather was extremely stormy; yet he walked through the wind and the rain to attend his class. At another time, when so ill as scarcely to be able to leave the house, he resolved upon going to his class; and, remarkable to say, he returned well.
We refer to these instances merely as illustrative of his attachment to his class, and his disposition regularly to attend : an example many modern leaders will do well to consider. His attendance was continued till, through affliction, he was unable to go. The last time he was there he was extremely feeble; and when relating his experience, he spoke of that as being, in all probability, the last time he should meet in such way. But the thought was not distressing. His peace was made with God. The prospect of eternal glory was enrapturing to his soul.
In experience the law of Christ was fully exemplified, that "through much tribulation ye shall enter the kingdom of heaven." The first few years after his marriage he bad many temporal difficulties. Work was scarce, and provisions dear; and he found it difficult to moet all en
gagements, and keep himself and family comfortable and respectable. Then, however, he trusted in the Lord, and the divine promise was fulfilled, " Thy bread shall be given, and thy water shall be sure." Subsequently he had other trials, besides the common temptations of Satan. But none of them drew him from God, or caused him to neglect the means of grace. And inasmuch as they tended to wean his affections from the world, strengthen his faith in the providence of God, and cause him more highly to appreciate his privileges, and seek for communion with the Lord, they worked "together for good." In 1813 he was bereaved of his wife. She was an Amin. ble and pious woman. His own happiness he felt bound up in hers. To be deprived of her by death was a painful stroke. But divine grace sweetens the bitterest cup. He sorrowed, but not as those who "have no hope." She was gone to heaven; and he lived in anticipation of the time when he would be re-united with her in his “ Father's house," where there are "many mansions." How soon he would be called away he knew not; but he always aimed at being ready for the coming of his Lord.
Affliction seized him. For more than twelve months he was very ill. Change of air was twice tried, but with little or no advantage. Disease had begun to undermine his constitution, once so strong and healthy. During his affliction he was enabled to exercise strong faith in God. True, he was often depressed ; and some friends who visited him have thought he indulged in a repining disposition. We contend not that he was perfect-absolutely free from infirmity. But in all our visits we never discovered a murmuring spirit. If he complained at all, it was of what he tbought to be the declining state of the Church, and the inconsistency of some of its members. And even this can be accounted for. Mentally and physically, men are differently constituted. Some are light and buoyant in their spirits, and they appear at times to indulge in levity when they are only manifesting the innocent feel. ings of their nature. Others have a natural disposition to melancholy. To some extent our brother had a gloomy turn of mind, which the nature of his disease tended to increase; and we might as well have attempted to illuminate the sky by artificial light when the sun was set, as to prevent him looking upon the dark side of the picture. This natural gloom, however, did not destroy his confidence in the Lord; and though often depressed, he had "peace through believing."
When confined to his room he held almost uninterrupted communion with God. With the anxiety and earnestnegg with which a child peruses his lesson he searched the Scriptures. Conversation with Christian friends was cheering. On the fruits of the Spirit and the hope of heaven he dwelt with pleasurable emo. tion. He daily ripened for glory.
But a fortnight before his death he seemed better in health, and fondly indulged in the hope of a partial recovery. But to many of his friends this improvement seemed but as the last glimmer of & taper, brightening for a moment, and then to become extinct. So it proved. His strength suddenly failed. Three days before his death he lost the power of speech, and became unconscious. Had he died in this state we should have had no doubt of his safety. But to bereaved friends it is consoling to have the testimony of their dying relative that he is happy. This was granted to the family of our brother. On Tuesday morning his consciousness returned. By myself and other friends he was visited. We found him happy. Though able only to whisper, he quoted the triumphant language of St. Paul: “I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand," &c. He suffered much, but complained not. Praying and believing, he closed his eyes in death on Thursday morning the 9th of October, 1851, in the fifty-ninth year of his age.
More need not be said. “He was a good man." He died in peace, and has entered into rest. His death was improved by our esteemed friend Mr. Makinson, to a densely-crowded audience.
Dec. 13th, 1851.
ceed,' &c., then I closed the book in astonishment, and thought, How, thep, am I to get to heaven? I am not half so good as the Scribes and Pharisees, and am I not to enter into the kingdom of heaven? Although I heard the gospel preached, and was affected thereby, I had not as yet an understanding of the great doctrine of the Atonement, &c."
Still at this period she was under very gracious influences, was accustomed to pray, and in the simplicity of her mind she believed the Lord heard and an. swered her. She says, “In my younger days, I experienced some remarkable answers to prayer. I remember that when about eleven years of age one member of our family was absent longer than was expected. I perceived my mother much concerned. Time passed, and the absent one did not come. She became more uneasy. I thought I would try the efficacy of prayer. I folded my hands before my face, and prayed silently as I sat. I heard expressions of uneasiness renewed by my mother, and I renewed my prayer. While thus sitting, joy sprung up in my bosom. I could not pray any longer, and the words, Cheer up, desponding soul, thy longing pleas I see,' crossed my mind again and again. I pondered this over in my mind, but told it not; and I resolved that if I should grow up to mature years, I certainly would be devoted to the Lord."
When these influences and early reso. lutions are considered, no one will be surprised at her early conversion. She says, “When sixteen years of age, my sins were laid heavy upon my conscience and heart in a manner which I never experienced before. I was troubled. All outward circumstances were smooth ag usual. but there was a conflict in my soul. I wished to be in a better state. I had come to the strait gate,' by which Jesus Christ commands us to enter. I mourned and longed for light and liberty. I thought of the sufferings of my Redeemer. I smote upon my breast, and said, Wbat, have I not sinned long enough against such boundless love ? I met with an old book on regeneration. I read for life ! and it was not long before I obtained comfort. Scripture was applied to my heart by the Spirit of truth, and only about a fortnight elapsed before my confidence abounded so that I could say, 'I know that my Redeemer liveth, and believe that God hath, for Christ's sake, forgiven my sing.' ” Such & conversion, so clear, so scriptural, was likely to end in the most blessed results, both to herself, the Church, and the world.
MISS L. JOYNES, OF NOTTING
HAM. OUR sister, according to her own tes. timony, was born in Nottingham in the year 1782, being the same year that the New Methodist chapel in Hockley was erected, to which place of worship she was occasionally, when a child, conducted. She says, “When a little girl, I read the Scriptures as an entertaining history, and made myself acquainted with patri. archal and Mosaic times. I recall reading in the gospel of the Scribes and Pharisees, and admiring their charity and devotion, I thought them most ex cellent persons; but when I came to read, 'Except your righteousness ex
She now felt a consecration of heart and life to his glory who had “done such great things for her.” And all who knew her from that day to her departure will readily believe it was her anxious desire and endeavour to do and suffer the will of her heavenly Father.
One of the first evidences of this change was, she gave herself to the Church. “I commenced," sbe says, “meeting in class with that excellent leader, Mr. Samuel Barlow, in which class I met twenty-one years, and was seldom absent, I was taken into full connexion in the year 1779 by the Rev. Wm. Thom. My first ticket I received at the hands of the Rev. - Winstanley, bearing this text, “ Arise, shine, for thy light is come,' &c. The first time I attended class I felt very timid. In the course of the week, I prayed that before I went again the Lord would strengthen my heart, and afford me holy courage. I felt assured my prayer was heard, and it was so. About this time, being a pupil of Mr. Wm. Singleton, who, with the widowed Mrs. Kilham as a colleague, had an establishment termed the Reli. gious Day-school, after the routine of secular duties, our excellent preceptor afforded us occasionally religious in struction. At one time we were asked if we believed the Scriptures. We were then asked our reasons, and were reqnired to state them, and were allowed & few days to prepare. One Sabbath after noon, I prayed earnestly to the Lord that he would instruct me, and give to my mind evidences of the truth of his Holy Word. I prayed until I was certain the Lord had answered me, I arose, went down stairs, and found in a magazine ao article on the authenticity of the Holy Scriptures. I said nothing, took the book into my room, and gained all I wished.”
Such was her experience when a young Christian. She says, “I experienced much communion with bearen ; especially on Sabbath afternoons, in my room, I enjoyed most happy seasons, praying and praising, walking with God."
We have now to follow her in her more advanced stages of Christian experience, and we shall find her path was that of the just, shining more and more unto the perfect day. She says, “On complying with a requisition to be on the prayer plan, I with a select few attended private houses and workhouses, and assisted in conducting devotion, and have always cherished a lively recollection of the blessedness attending activity in the Lord's work. • , . I received," she says,
“band tickets for fourteen years, me with two sisters in Christ Jesus at six o'clock on Sabbath morning, and went thence to the public prayer.meeting at seven, with a light step and a heart filled with grateful joy as we used to tread the silent streets. My mind was often im. pressed with the idea that I ought to do all I could privately and publicly to save souls; and when I became a governess, I felt it my duty to address my pupils on important subjects from the Word of God; and, thank God, I bare heard of some blessed results.
“In 1814, I lost my father by death. This sorrowful event bad such an effect upon my health that I guffered from nervous ferer for many months, and in 1815 I was called to sorrow deeply at the death of my other parent, having for my companion a dearly. beloved niece, whom we had brought up."
In the winter of 1817 our sister's health began visibly to fail. She had tried her constitution by hard study and confinement; and in her diary she says, “I suffered much from asthma. In sub. mission to the divine will, I had one desire in particular, that I might live to publish my Family Pisce Book,' and the good Lord indulged me in this. Thrice blessed be his holy Name! Again, in the following winter, I had a still more severe attack of illness, and was pigh unto death. As it regarded my spiritual state, I felt safe and happy, being able to trust in the precious merits of the great Redeemer, and knowing that I should be in God's hands dying as living. In this affliction I had a great trial of a domestic sort; but the Lord helped me; he heard my prayer, and supported me, and raised me up once more. in the midst of my illness the 'Piece Book' was in the press. I could neither read nor bear reading; and the Rev. Thos. Mills, a friend in need, most kindly and efficiently corrected for me the latter proofs."
Our sister had paturally a gifted mind, that had been much improved by a good education. In 1811, sbe commenced teaching & school on her own account, and how she felt in regard to this important undertaking may be gathered from what she says: “When I received from the printer my cards of terms, I took them into my room, kneeled down, and in the most solemn manner gave them, with my undertaking, into the Lord's hands. I resolved to do my best, and not to disquiet myself with occasional disappointments, perplexities, or unkindnesses. I had a very encouraging
tions of the world ; her active efforts in doing good among the poor in our Church; the unsullied, untainted character she has left after a profession of religion for half a century-impart a sweet fragrance to her memory. In closing our remarks, we may observe that her last illness was rather protracted, but not always severe. The frail tabernacle seemed gradually to decay ; still no particular thoughts were entertained that her end was so near. How happy for her that she was always ready! Our respected superintendent, Mr. Hudston, called to see her a few days before her death, and found her very calm and happy, “ rejoicing in hope of the glory of God." Very soon after, on April 25th, in the 69th year of her age, the last enemy was suffered to make his attack rather unexpectedly. And oh, what a mercy! What a privilege ! Her friends were surprised, but not alarmed ; no doubts of her safety afflicted their minds. They knew she had “walked with God" in fellowship through his Son Jesus Christ, and were assured that God took her ransomed spirit to himself. May this be the blessed portion of the reader! January, 1852.
commeneement, having more than fifty pupils. In 1820, being compelled to say, “The place is too strait for me,' I removed my establishment from our patrimonial situation, and located in Castle gate, and for thirty-eight years have had a prosperous boarding and day school."
It will be easily remembered by all who knew our late sister what a gift she had in writing poetry. Many of her pub. lications do great credit both to her head and her heart. In 1817, she first pub. lished a small book of poems, called, "Original Poetry for Infant and Juvenile Minds," which bas bad a very wide circulation, and is still held in high repute. From her childhood she had & high regard for the sanctity of the Sabbath, and hence we bave a small book in prose, entitled, “The Sabbath, a Dis. course to Children." She afterwards published “Mental Pictures in Verse for Children ;' and in 1831, “History of the four English Kings William, in Rhyme." Iler last published work, which, perhaps, displays more ability and deep thought than any other, was, "A Chart, or History of Nottingham at one view, of its institutions, employ ments, and general view of its people." Of course, such a work, and from a fernale, could not be accomplished without much diligent research and careful inquiry. Indeed, her mind was always actively employed on benevolent pur poses for either the Church or the world. Aud here we must not forget to remark her stearly, unwavering attachment to us A3 & Christian community for upwards of fifty years; an attachment founded on principle and affection. In our Church she found a quiet, settled habitation, and would often exclaim My soul shall pray for Zion still,
While life or breath remains,
Here God my Saviour reigas. She sustained in a very efficient man. ner the important office of class-leader. Mapy of our friends can bear most de cided testimony to her zcal, her ability and faithfulness as a conductor of the armies of the living God to the promised land.
Our departed sister, it is true, has done with the Church militant; but she is gone to share the glories and triumphs of the Church triumphant, and “her works do follow her." Yes, her respectable standing in the town as a teacher of youth for nearly forty years; her nume. rous poetical effusions, all bearing upon the good of the rising race ; ber decision in religion, amidst the changes and afflic..
MRS. IIAWKINS. Died at Birmingham on the 25th of Oetober, 1851, Mary Ann, the wife of our beloved brother, James Hawkins, in the forty-eighth year of her age. In tbe days of her youth she was regularly taken to the Wesleyan Chapel, where she beard the gospel, and serious impressions were made upon her mind; but, like many more, she resisted the Spirit. and. ul. though those impressions were uever fully erased, she remained for some time a stranger to the saving grace of God. It was not until after her marriage ibat our sister yielded to the Divine Spirit, and received the blessing of adoption. With the particulars of her conversion we are not acquainted; it is, however, sufficient to know that Mr. Hawkins, having been himself brought to God, joined the Wesleyans, and that, soon after this, she also decided to be a Christian, and became a member of the same community. In that community they remained nine or ten years; but by reason of the disputes which prevailed in connexion with Dr. Warren and the Conference, the minds of our brother and his wife became unsettled, and they left the body. They knew something of the Methodist New Connexion, and, approving of its peculiar principles, they went to Oxford-street Chapel, and heard my late estimable friend Mrs. Hawkins. But at this late period, and surrounded as I am by many other pressing engagements, it really is not in my power to give you any lengthened sketch of her character, or even to gather up those little incidents in her history which might otherwise prove useful to you on Sunday next.
of the time and circumstances ander which Mrs. H. became a subject of grace I can give you no information,
I believe she and Mr. H.joined our Society in 1836, or just about the close of my appointment to Birmingham. On my first return to the Circuit after twelve years absence I found Mr. and Mrs. H. holding & prominent place amongst our worthy friends in Oxford-street. This led me to a very close and intimate acquaintance with them; and I soon discovered that
the Rev. W. Baggaly preach. They were much profited by the discourse, and, after some deliberation and prayer, they united with our people saying, “This people shall be my people, and their God shall be my God."
Our sister continued a member until her death. She took a lively interest in the cause of God, and was peculiarly active in connexion with the Ladies Sewing Meeting, of which she was the treasurer. Her outward frame, however, was very feeble; and, for a great length of time, she was almost perpetually confined at home by a very severe affliction, This was, no doubt, to her a fiery trial, and she felt that in herself she was weak and helpless; but by the grace of God she was enabled to bear it with Christian patience, and generally enjoyed true peace of mind. Her desire, her hope, her trust were in the living God, and he was her joy and her guide even unto death. In an interview which the writer had with her a few days before her death, she expressed great confidence in God, and said, respecting her affliction, “ It is the Lord, let him do what seemeth good in his sight." Her composure and peace of mind were now more and more manifest as her end drew near, and especially during her last day in this world.
Feeling that she could not long survive, and perceiving her beloved partner was deeply affected, she said, “My dear, you must give me up ; let us try to give one another up, and we shall soon meet again in a better world.” After a little while, he asked her if she felt anything of the sting of death, and she at once replied, “My Jesus has taken it all away; glory, glory, glory to God!" "How beautiful,” he said, "are the words of Jesus : 'In my father's house are many mansions.'” “Oh, yes," she answered, "he will come for me, and take me to himself, which will be far better.” At about twenty minutes past four o'clock she closed her eyes in Jesus.
May her bereaved husband one day meet her again in the realms of bliss ; and may all that read these lines be prepared by divine grace for the same glorious reward.
C. Maxx. [The following particulars have been furnished by Mr. Baggaly, at the request of Dr. Crofts.]
Liverpool, Dec. 18th, 1851. DEAR BROTHER,-Had you written earlier it would have given me great pleasure to meet your wishes respecting
the highest esteem.
She was a sincere Christian. I soon found that the work of grace was thoroughly wrought in her heart, and that she had no higher happiness than to know and to do the will of God.
There was a frank and generous spirit about her piety that I always admired. She made no secret of her religion, but, whether in the world or in the Church, she readily professed to be herself a follower of Christ. And yet there was nothing forward or presumptuous about her; but whilst she prudently guarded against that shy and retiring spirit which prevents so many excellent saints from openly avowing themselves the disciples of Christ, our sister nobly stood forth in
her light so shine before men that they, Beeing her good works, might be led to love and serve that God who had made her a subject of his grace.
Naturally buoyant and of a lively turn of mind, religion shone in her to great advantage ; she was a cheerful and happy Christian. I believe she always retained a lively sense of the divine favour, and her peace flowed as a river. If the countenance be anything like a faithful index of the heart, when Mrs. H. was in health there was not often much difficulty in determining the state of things within. A pleasant smile, and a few of her brief and touching remarks, were enough to show that she was generally under the wings of the cherubin, and that it was her happiness to walk in the light of God's countenance.
This naturally awakened a spirit of benevolence, and drew her out in desire and efforts to do good. Whilst she had