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tended with mutual happiness. Her husband, in testifying to her worth, states, “She was always an affectionate partner, willing to share with me not only the joys, but the sorrows of life."
As a mother, she was remarkably tender-hearted, she felt deeply for her children; with them she would frequently expostulate on the vast iuiportwce of devoting their youth to God. And though all her children were not saved at the time of her death, yet she departed this life confiding in the promise, “ All thy children shall be taught of God." May they prepare to meet their mother in heaven! As a member of the Church of Christ she was regular ia ber attendance upon the services of the sanctuary. On returning home, many a time would she say, “Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thy honour dwelleth.” She also very much prized her classmeeting. The communion of saints was sweet. The Bible, too, was her treasure. She kuew not how sufficiently to estimate it-its price was above rubies. She was, during her illness, borne up by its exceedingly great and precious promises. As & friend our sister's affection was substantial and constant. She loved not in word, but in deed and in truth.
She was also distinguished for resigna. tion to the will of God. The irritability to which she was liable was subdued by that religion which “lays the rough paths of peevish nature even.” This was so entirely effected as to enable her in the darkest, as in the brightest hour, to say, “Not my will, but thine be done."
For several years prior to her removal hence, she was the subject of severe afiliction. At times her spirit was sorely distressed-her heart well-nigh overwhelmed ; but again and again was she led to the rock, the shadow of which is so relieving in this weary land.
Several years previous to her decease she was seized with typhus fever; at which time she was occasionally delirious. Her ipind even then roamed mainly among sacred things. She talked, though confusedly, about God, and Christ, and Heaven. From this illness she recovered, but was soon again called to go through the fire.
A son whom she dearly loved became & victim of that scourge to youth-consumption. She saw him waste away before her. But the bitterness of this cup was, to a great extent, taken away by the testimony that he had left behind
that he was gone to be with Jesus. It was to ber no ordinary enjoyment, no common comfort, to think that she had a child in heaven.
Some time after her son's death, she became herself the subject of a spinal affliction, which ended in her death. The pain which she endured could not be deseribed. She had to pass through troublesome days, and wearisome nights. Her medical attendant thought that change of air might be of service. This was tried. Several watering - places were visited, but to no effect. It was evident to all that her sickness would be unto death. Mrs. Scargill, her sister-in-law, said unto her, a little befere her departure, “I hope you are still trusting in Jesus ?" she replied, “'Tis all my hope, and all my plca,
For me the Saviour died!" And on her son Joshua saying, “ Mother, you will soon be at-home !" she answered, “Yes, my lad ; and it will be for ever-home for ever! The trials of life will soon be past, the conflict will soon be over, and the prize obtained.
For me to live is Christ, but to die is gain.'' Reference being made, by one of the friends in the room, to the enjoyments of the heavenly world, she said, “There my best friends, my kindred dwell,
There God my Saviour reigns ! “There shall I be, “Far from a world of grief and sin,
With God eternally shut in." To her son she said, “I bave the assurance that, wben this the earthly house of my tabernacle is dissolved, I have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." A short time after this she sweetly fell asleep in Jesus in the month of July, 1851. Thou art gone to the grave, but we will
not deplore thee, Though sadness and darkness encompass
thy tomb, Thy Saviour has passed through its por.
tals before thee, And the lamp of his love was thy guide
through its gloom. Leeds.
HEPHZIBAH THORPE, POTTER
HILL, SHEFFIELD NORTH. Hephzibau THORPE, the subject of this memoir, was born at Attercliffe, March the 7th, 1767. In early life, although she attended a place of worship, and was strictly moral in her conduct, she evinced no concern whatsoever for the salvation of her soul. At the age
of twenty-four years she entered into the yet her soul was serene and happy. As marriage state, and afterwards became she drew near the valley of the shadow the mother of five children, two sons and of death, she feared no evil, for God was three daughters.
with her. She gave instructions about About the year 1791, the family re her funeral sermon, and selected a hymn moved to the neighbourhood of Potter to be sung over her grave. At length hill, where her husband and sons were the messenger came, her pains ceased, employed in the mines, and where one her eyes were dim, her voice was still, of her sons lost his life by falling down and she went to heaven. She died Octoa pit seventy yards deep.
ber 17th, 1851, aged four-score and four This sad calamity was the means of years, leading her to seek salvation. She saw that she was a sinner; she felt her guilt, she mourned over it, she prayed for par
RECENT DEATHS. don, and it pleased God graciously to BROTHER CHRISTOPHER OVINGTON, forgive her sins. Her evidence of accept- of Christer's Pit, in this Circuit, met with ance was remarkably clear, and for nearly his death on the 13th inst., from a contufifty years she retained her confidence in sion received the day before by the conGod. She at once united with our Pot- tact of two colliery-waggons, while he ter-hill Society, and to the day of her was at work on the line. Our late brodeath was a consistent and useful member. ther was a member and local preacher. Her husband was an irreligious man, and May we hear the voice of this Providence, often tried to prevent her attending the crying, “Be ye, therefore, also ready; means of grace; but her heart was fixed, for in such an hour as ye think not the and she felt determined that she wouldSon of Man cometh."
T. G. R. never pay him the compliment of going Newcastle-upon-Tyne, July 21, 1852. to hell with him. He once locked the DIED, on the 9th of July, 1852, Mr. house-door to prevent her going to the Joseph Hague, of Astle, in the Macchapel, but when he saw her getting clesfield Circuit, in the fifty-second year through the window he allowed her to of his age. For many years our esteemed go. Blessed be God, she was at length brother has not only been a consistent made the instrument of his conversion member but also a leader and efficient to God; her holy example, her pious local preacher in our community. He conversation and fervent prayers, were was much beloved by his Christian breanswered in his salvation. He became thren, and a great blessing to many in a member of the same Society, and she the neighbourhood, where he had long saw him die a happy death.
resided. For several months his health In relating her experience, she often had been in a declining state ; and & mentioned two instances of divine provi- short time previous to his dissolution he dence with peculiar emotions. She used was seized with a fit of apoplexy, which to say, “ One day I fell under the wheel greatly affected both body and mind; of a cart; but I cried out, Lord, save me!' still, however, he retained the use of his and I sustained no harm. And at another reason and his confidence in the Retime my house caught fire, and com deemer, and departed this life in the pletely surrounded me in its flames, but pleasing Christian prospect of being for God was my help, and preserved me ever with the Lord. from death ; blessed be his holy name !"
T. WATERHOUSE. During the last few years of her life, BROTHER WILLIAM FOWLER, on Wedshe had many trials and afflictions to nesday, September 8th, was released from endure; but in patience she possessed & severe and protracted affliction, and her soul, and glorified God in the midst safely conducted to his Father's house of her sufferings. When her hearing above. In carly life he gave himself to failed her, and she could no longer listen God, and did great honour to his Christo God's holy word in his house, she felt tian profession. For many years he unspeakably thankful that the organ of sustained important offices in the vision was unimpaired, and that she Church, and was extensively useful, especould see to read the Scriptures without cially as a leader, having generally two any artificial aid, at the advanced age of or three large classes under his care. more than four-score years.
Genuine piety and ardent zeal, comLong before death, she was delivered bined with all the essential elements of from the fear of it, and had a desire to a good natural disposition, rendered him depart to be with Christ. She was con- a general favourite, and secured the fined to her room for twelve weeks; and confidence and esteem of all who knew though she suffered much bodily pain, him, To Park Place Society he proved
a special blessing. His time, and talents, and property, were cheerfully devoted to its service; and many living witnesses can testify that he did not labour in vain.
At length his noble and vigorous energies gave way. A season of phy. sical and mental suffering ensued, and for upwards of two years he was confined to a bed of languishing. His was a most painful and mysterious dispensation of Providence. To his most intimate friends it was quite inexplicable. But the Lord hath “his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet;" and where all is thus wrapped up in inscrutable mystery, it
is our duty to be still and know that he is God. The Lord may hide his face for a season, but he will not cast off his people, nor forsake them that trust in bim. Of this the experience of our dear brother furnished a striking example. Towards the close of life a state of consciousness revived. He was perfectly tranquil and serene; and turning to his devoted and ever affectionate wife, he said, “I have a desire to depart and to be with Christ, which is far better.” It was enough. The desire was granted, and without a struggle or a sigh he fell asleep in Jesus, in the 56th year of his age. Liverpool.
THE STATE OF THE CONNEXION. The general state of the Connexion the sentiments of brotherly affection and is encouraging. Not only have we peace Connexional interest ? but sigas of prosperity. We have not The communication from Mr. Wilson as yet received for publication any ac- at Bristol will gratify our friends. Now counts of the results of the special ser. we have a chapel opened in that populous vices lately held in our various Circuits and important city, our Connexion may to promote the prosperity of the work of be regarded as being fairly launched God. The time is too early for this, but there ; and we pray that the labours of we have received incidental statements our devoted brother may be abundantly of an encouraging kind from Burslem, owned of God. Leeds, Longton, and several other Çir Now our debts are done away, and cuits, from which it appears that minis. some hcavy expenses have been met, we ters and friends are hard at work. hope the Connexion will be in a position Moreover, the demand for class books to get on a little faster in the Home has been unusually large of late, and we Mission Department. We ought at least have found this on former occasions a to open one new station every year. good indication. With our chapel-debts Australia, too, is presenting claims which reduced, and our funds in a healthy cannot much longer be neglected without state—with undisturbed peace in our bor a very obvious disregard to the claims of ders and stro!g Connexional attachment friends and the clear voice of Providence. perrading our people, we ought this We have already many excellent friends year to make considerable advancement there, and each month, almost each in personal piety, and in our aggressions week, adds to the number, and for years upon the empire of darkness. This is to come that number will continue to our time for work, and enterprize, and increase. It is now becoming almost as prayer. We are called to these duties by important to establish a cause in Ausvoices within and without: God and man tralia as to continue exerting interests loudly summon us to activity, nor shall in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, &c. If we labour in vain. The account of the we do not send out missionaries to that Canadian Conference by Mr.N.C.Gowan, part of the world soon, we shall lose one of our missionaries in Canada, will hundreds of our members-mans, inbe read with interest. It delights our deed, of our best members-people in hearts to know that the good work in the prime of life-people of energy, of Canada is progressing. The brethren earnest piety, of pecuniary means, able in this distant land have our sympathies, and willing to help us in extending the our affections, and our prayers. We Redeemer's kingdom. The Primitive should be glad to hear a little oftener Methodists and the Wesleyan Associafrom that side of the Atlantic. Why tion have sent out agents there, and should we not reciprocate more freely surely the time has cume when the
Methodist New Connexion ought and must send out agents to that colony. To carry out these purposes, however, our income must be increased. (See address from the Missionary Committee, page 497.)
We are glad to see that our ministers and friends at Liverpool have made an opening at Birkenhead. All the Connexion will wish them prosperity in their laudable enterprise. (See Mr. Baggaly's communication.)
THE CANADIAN CONFERENCE.
JUDGING that it would be acceptable to your numerous readers to receive an Account of our late Annual Conference, I was requested by my brethren to furnish you with a sketch.
At ten o'clock on Wednesday morning, June 2nd, 1852, the Rev. William McClure, as president, and the Rer. N. C. Gowan, as secretary, took their seats at their respective tables. A large numher of representatives, both cleric and laic, together with several spectators, were present. The opening service was begun with those beautiful lines-
And are wo yet alive,
And ses cach other's face? After singing the above hymn, the president offered up a prayer most ap. propriate to the occasion. At the conclusion of the religious services and the organization of the Conference, the Rev. J. H. Robinson was by ballot chosen president, and the Rev. J. C. Watts secretary. A prayer-meeting was then held to supplicate the throne of hea. veuly grace on behalf of the Conference. It was a time to be remembered, & precious season of great refreshing; and the earnest prayers and responses rising from all parts of the sacred temple, proved that “the King was in our midst." The newly elected president, upon taking the chair, delivered a very feeling, systematic, business-like and appropriate address, wbich was listened to with the most profound attention. In the evening the Rev. J. Caswell preached, but not having heard him I capuot speak of his discourse ; however, I doubt not but that, as usual, he was heard with delight and profit. On Thursday evening, the Rev. D. Beites preached on excellent sermon in a most solemn and feeling manner. On Friday, the Rev. the Secretary delivered a very instructive discourse; and on Satarday, unexpcet. edly to him, the Rev. Mr. Shaw was called upon to preach. This discouse showed that, though sulleply called upon,
he was nevertheless ready for the dis. charge of bis high and holy duty.
On Sabbath, at pine o'clock A.M., there was a public prayer-meeting, conducted by the esteemed superintendent of the Welland Canal Circuit. At ten our newly-arrived General Superintendent delivered one of the very best discourses which the Conference has ever had the pleasure of hearing. Never was a chapel more crowded than on this occasion, yet it could not contain over one half of the multitude who came,"even from afar," to be present upon this highly-interesting occasion, the chapel-yard having been filled with carriages; the fences on both sides of the road for a long distance were also lined with horses and carriages. The wheeled vehicles alone numbered about one hundred, and there were, we suppose, nearly double that number of saddle-horses. From the above facts, you will readily perceive that the congregation must be numbered by HUNDREDS.
At the close of the president's sermon, brethren T. 0. Atkins and J. Kershaw, after an examination before the whole congregation, were presented by the Rev. James Ilales, one of our oldest and most esteemed ministers, for ordination. These brethren were then, by prayer, exhortalion, and the imposition of hands by the Revs. J. H. Robinson, J. Bell, and J. Wilkinson, solemuly set apart to the work of the Christian ministry.
At two o'clock, P.M., the Conference lore-feast was held. This was one of the most spiritual and profitable services connected with our recent Conference. The lloly Spirit from on high was shed in rich effusion upon the brethren, in any of whom spoke with great liberty, sp. propriateness, and spiritual power. There was indeed a feast of love and a flowing of soul. At the couclusion of this service, the Lord's Supper was administered by the Revs. W. McClure and J. Hales, when a large number of both ministers and laymen partook of the emblems of the broken body and shed blood of the precios Jesus. It was indeed a memorable time. In the evening, at six u'clock, our touch beloved Assistant General Superintendent, Rev. W. McClure, preached a highly instructive discourse. The congregation was large, and doubtless would have been as overflowing as was the morning assembly, had it not been for the very unfavourable and threatening state of the weather.
On Monday evening, the Annual Conference Missionary Meeting was beld. 'The chair was ably filled by Rev. W. McClure, and resolutions were moved
and seconded by Revs. N. C. Gowan, J. Caswell, J. Goldsmith, and Michael Aikman, Esq. The cash proceeds of this meeting were over twenty dollars.
During the several sessions of Conference, many animating and interesting discussions were evoked, much important business transacted, and several measures eminently calculated to advance our rising Connexion were considered and decided upon. In all the debates of Conference, the general tone and spirit of the blessed gospel, the love and barmony of Christianity, were prominendly developed. Indeed, all the members of Conference appeared determined to obey the apostolic injunction to be of “one mind;" and, verily, we can all say that “ the God of love and peace was with us." I believe it is the unanimous opinion that we never enjoyed a more agreeable Conference. The writer has attended every Conference since 1844, save one, and can state that such kindly feeling, gentlemanly bearing, and Christian courtesy he never before had the pleasure of witnessing. Even in the heat of the most important and exciting debates, scarcely a word dropped that exhibited an unwise spirit; and most assuredly there has been no development of a temper indicating the heart to be in a state unworthy of, or unfit for, a session of Conference.
The statistics show an increase both in our finances and in the number of our members; and while the Sabbath-sehool department of our work furnishes cause for humility and sorrow, every other part of our widely-extended field of operation shows reason for gratitude and encouragement. The promise given by the God-Man to his disciples has been fulfilled, “ Lo, I am with you always." Several of our Circuits have been visited with the mighty power of God, in the gospel of his Son, producing many remarkable conversions, and a very good increase to Zion. Our institutions are generally in a healthy state.
True, we have had a history of strug gles and conflicts to attain our present position; but we have succeeded, and now our responsibilities and position are of no ordinary grade. Our principles, our organization, and our professions, all urge us to the work of spreading the gospel, and of promoting Christian liberty. We have made a noble begin ning, and must not falter. The Conference is determined to aim at a scale of effort and success worthy of God's cause and of the day in which we live. Already have scores, hundreds yea,
thousands, imbibed the principles and followed the example of he first secession body from Wesleyanism; and many more, both clergymen and laymen, are labouring to bring their different religious organizations to the liberal and increasingly popular principles of the New Connexion. They find that not only are our principles becoming daily more necessary, bat are also more easy to obtain now than in former times; that the example of a large religious body of seceders, and the growing public sentiment, recommend them; and to adopt our principles, all the Methodist Churches will, we think, be ultimately brought. No earthly might can resist the divine energy that gives impulse to the onward march of truth. The age is ominous. The present century is one of thought, of examination. All organizations are undergoing a process of analyzation by the powerful searchings of reason. The brightness of midday is gathering round our beloved Connexion. The business habits of several members of Conference have greatly tended to lessen our sessions—to promote and benefit our work; in this respect one principal men are the Revs. J. H. Robinson, W. McClure, T. T. Howard, T. Goldsmith, together with R. H. Brett, M. Aikman, and W. Webb, Esqs.
Amid many causes of joy, we had some matters that occasioned a feeling of melancholy. When the solemn question was propounded, “Who has died during this year ?" the most profound silence was maintained for several seconds, and then was announced the decease of three of our ministers. After several appropriate remarks from different brethren upon the character, labours, usefulness and death of late ministers, the president rose, and, in a most solemn and moving style, gave out that most appropriate hymn
Come, let us join our friends above
Who have obtained the crown, &c. the whole of which was sung by the Conference, while every heart throbbed with feeling, and many eyes were moistened with tears. That memorable oc. casion will long be remembered by all who were present. There is one other matter that I must not forget. For the first time since I joined the Conference, I missed from his accustomed and prominent place our esteemed late General Superintendent Rev. H, 0. Crofts, D.D. Often has he aided in our deliberations, assisted in our business, and presided over our Conferences; and much, indeed, is he endeared to many of our people. But though absent from us, he is, I am per