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he said he sometimes dropped in on at Stepney, but it is much too small a Sunday morning to see how they for the requirements of this rapidlywere getting on, and it did his heart increasing suburban district. Some good to look at their happy faces; time ago a movement was set on and they were all so clean and neat, foot for the erection of a larger that they looked as if they belonged chapel, and an eligible site of land to the most respectable families. was purchased. We now hope build

The Chairman then introduced the ing operations will not be much Rev. J. H. Magee, from Canada. longer delayed. When the new He congratulated them on the edifice is erected the old chapel will pleasant appearance of the school be converted into a commodious children, and on their good singing. school, the present one being inWith reference to Canada, he said it adequate. was a glorious and beautiful country. On the opening of the bazaar He was very glad it belonged to there was a large and handsome disEngland, and should be sorry to see play of articles, which were apit fall into the hands of the United praised at £350 or more. Our friend States, much as they wanted it. He Mr. Carlton contributed some very . described the city of Toronto as a elegant cabinet goods. The stalls model city in many respects. There were well decorated, and were prethe most perfect quietude and serenity sided over by the following ladies :existed on Sunday, for no taverns or (1) Mrs. Stather, Mrs. Bielby, Mrs. houses of business of any description Oliver, Mrs. Colly, and Mrs. Newwere allowed to be open.

bert; (2) Mrs. Carlton, Mrs. Lumley, The collection was then made by Mrs. Tindle, and Mrs. Dalton; four of the female scholars, backed (3) Mrs. Parnham, Mrs. Gatgens, up by an eloquent appeal from the Mrs. A. Wales, Mrs. Gibson, and chairman, who said £4 10s. at least Mrs. Capes ; (4) Mrs. Duncan, Mrs. ought to be raised. The amount Harper, Mrs. Martin, and Mrs. collected proving to be only Story ; (5) Mrs. J. J. Runton, Mrs. £2 9s. 6 d., the plates were sent T. Runton, and Mrs. Fillingham. round a second time, the chairman Refreshment stall, Mrs. Hudston, observing that he wished it to be Mrs. Addy, Miss Hudston, Miss understood that he was not pressing Skinner, Miss Pickard, and Miss the matter. With the addition of Gibson. The above ladies, with some important contributions from others whose names are not here the gentlemen on the platform, the given, deserve great praise for the £4 10s. was ultimately made up, industry and liberality they have much to the chairman's joy.

shown in getting up the bazaar. Mr. Speeches were afterwards delivered J. Hudston, jun., enhanced the by Mr. Alfred Howard, Mr. Hat pleasure of the visitors by his pianofield, and the Rev. H. Fenton, and forte performances. The total rethe proceedings concluded with the ceipts amounted to £274, which, customary votes of thanks.

considering the depressed state of Several pieces of music were sung, trade in the town, is satisfactory. and a large number of recitations Goods to the value of about £100 given by the children during the remain unsold. evening.


On Tuesday, Sept. 24, and three

MISSION SERVICES. following days, a bazaar, under the The annual services on behalf of patronage of James Clay and C. M. our Foreign, Colonial, and Irish Norwood, Esqs., M.P.'s, and John Missions were held on Sunday, Sept. Loft, Esq., Mayor of Hull, was held 29th, and four following days, and in the Music Hall, Jarratt Street, their pecuniary results indicate a Hull, in aid of a new chapel at very gratifying increase upon those Stepney. We have already a chapel of the previous year. The Revs. H.

of the Revs. S. Hulme and H. F. Pearson, the appointed deputation, who rendered most efficient service. The Longton meeting was presided over by Mr. Alderman Green (Wesleyan), the Fenton meeting by W. Hulse, Esq., Chief Bailiff of Fenton (Wesleyan), and the Stoke meeting by the Rev. H. Downes, in the place of E. Palmer, Esq., who was prevented by important business from being present. The congregations were good, and the collections upwards of £10 in advance of last year.

Hy. DowNES.

Piggin and T. Addyman (the appointed deputation) served as well. We were fortunate in securing good men and true as chairmen of our meetings. R. Haworth, Esq. (Wesleyan), presided at Boston Street; J. Moss, Esq., at Beswick; Councillor Harwood at Pendleton ; B. Toulson, Esq., at Altrincham; and T. Boda dington, Esq. (United Methodist Free Churches), at Eccles. In addition to the services of the deputation, the Revs. W. Longbottom and J. Le Huray (Manchester North) rendered us partial assistance; as also did several esteemed lay friends.

The following comparative statement will show the financial success realized :

1866. 1867.

£ 3. d. £ a. d.
Boston Street 8 10 0 15 0 0
Beswick ... 2 4 8 6 0 0
Pendleton ... 7 8 9 8 10 0
Altrincham ... 2 18 8 5 18 8
Eccles ... 5 2 1 4 13 4

£26 4 2 £40 20 Eccles, it will be perceived, reports a slight declension, but all the other places a considerable advance. The increase on the circuit is £13 178. 10d., or rather more than 50 per cent. Last year Manchester South contributed nearly 10s. per member for missionary purposes, and reported an increase of £25 upon the income of 1865, and the results of our first missionary campaign this year augur well for the future. Is it not wonderful that a people who during the last five years have con

last five years have contributed so largely to the erection of new chapels and schools, and who are still engaged in similar enterprises, should give so liberally to the mission cause! The secret is to be found in this fact-our people have experienced the sweetness and pre

the sweetness and preciousness of the words of truth, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Oct. 4, 1867.

M. E.


SHEFFIELD SOUTH CIRCUIT. At the last January quarterly meeting of this circuit a resolution was passed appointing Messrs. Holmes, Jenkinson, and Baker a committee to obtain, if possible, in some populous part of the town, a room in which our local brethren might be employed, and by which means our borders might be extended. The result was that in a short time the above room, previously used as a joiner's workshop, was taken, and, after making suitable alterations, has been fitted up, and is now proving a success. The first service, which took place on Sunday, April 27th, was conducted by the Rev. G. Bradshaw, who cheerfully rendered his aid on the occasion by delivering an able and powerful discourse from Romans ii. 29. The following Sabbath a Sunday-school was formed which now pumbers 135 scholars, and although the room is only about twenty-six feet by fourteen feet, we have crowded in it near upon 100 children every Sabbath afternoon, many of whom manifest a decided improvement in conduct and deportment. We have taken measures to render our services as efficient as possible, and have succeeded beyond what we could at first have anticipated in obtaining the attention of those committed to our charge.

Already we have sold five copies of the Word of God, and thirty of the School Melodies, and we have fifteen other subscribers. Some of the


MISSION SERVICES. The annual services of our Foreign and Colonial Missions were held on Sunday, September 29, and following days, at Longton, Fenton, and Stoke. We were favoured with the services

scholars, and especially the senior As we purpose introducing with ones, are also found at the Sunday the new year the “ Juvenile Instrucevening preaching, which is now tor," we give you an order as a start attracting the attention of the for fifty copies. We shall intimate neighbours, the majority of whom this to Mr. Henshaw. W. J. never attend the house of God. The

[Hearty thanks to our friends.-ED.] attendance of these at present is from twenty to twenty-five. A class of six members has been formed, and MISSIONARY ANNIVERSARY, there is not the least doubt but this

RIPOX CIRCUIT. number will soon be much augmented. The outlay in fitting up this room is The annual sermons in aid of our about £10. This, however, has been Colonial and Foreign Missions were obtained by collections and subscrip- preached on Sunday, October 13. tions. And here we should state Our deputation, the Rev. W. Dunour thanks are due to Mrs. Holmes kerley, of Leeds, preached at Zion and Mrs. Baker, by whom the Chapel, Ripon, morning and evening, greater part of this amount bas been and in the afternoon at Kirby Malcollected. We have had much zeard. The minister of the circuit encouragement; our landlord very preached at Bishop Monkton aftergenerously gave us three dozen new noon and evening, and Mr. Thomas Bibles, besides other help. The White, of Ripon, in the evening room is let by us as a day-school, by at Kirby Malzeard. The Annual which means we are assisted to pay Missionary Meetings were held at our rent; apart, however, from this Bishop Monkton on the Monday a number of friends had guaranteed night, presided over by Mr. Thomas part of the rent. So that after pay- Precious, of Ripon; at Ripon on ing all demands, we expect to be able the Tuesday night, presided over to pay to the society's funds at least by Mr. White, of Ripon; and at £l per quarter. We are well Kirby Malzeard on the Wednesday, situated for doing a vast amount of presided over by Mr. R. Frankgood. We are in the centre of a land. Mr. Day gave the report street with more than three hundred at each meeting. On our platcottages, and the sympathy of the form at Ripon we had, besides our people is with us. We only fear we deputation, and Rev. J. Jeffries, shall not soon have accommodation of Canada, the Revs. A. Hessen, for those who may be anxious to re- LL.D. (Wesleyan); J. Croft (Indeceive at our hands the word of life. pendent), and J. Jobling (Primitive).

W. JENKINSON. The collections at each place were Sheffield, October 18th, 1867. in advance of last year, and at

This report we forward in the hope Ripon in advance of all previous that other societies may be induced years; and we attribute this, under to open similar places in which many God, very much to the efficiency of the families of the working classes with which our respected deputation may be gathered who cannot be pre- served us, both by his sermons and vailed upon to attend our chapels. speeches.


Memoirs and Recent Deaths.

MRS. OLDHAM, OF LOVGI BOROUGH, Was born at Rempstone, Notting, hamshire, December, 1807. When five years of age she came to reside

at Loughborough. At the age of sixteen she became a member of the Wesleyan Society, and a teacher in the Sabbath-school. She was very diligent and punctual as a teacher. On one occasion, when from home,

remembering that she had not pro. vided a substitute for her class, she returned home rather than her class should be neglected. This devotedness drew around her the affections of those she taught.

At the age of twenty-three she was united in marriage to an affectionate husband, who, after faithfully and zealously serving the church as a local preacher, was taken to his reward in the year 1847, leaving our sister to travel the journey of life alone. Amidst these changing circumstances she adorned her profession by a consistent obedience to God. She was diligent in the means of grace, honest in her dealings with the world, pious and oblig, ing in her disposition. To the poor she was a thoughtful and sympathizing friend, and if she had but little to give herself, she would appeal to those who had more to spare, and thus ministered comfort and help in many cases of want.

Mr. Chester, in whose class she met for some years, says, “I never met with a more humble, consistent Christian. She truly adorned the doctrine of God her Saviour. Her confidence in God as her reconciled Father was always clear and satisfactory. Sometimes she would express a fear lest she should one day fall by the hand of her adversary. She would frequently regret her proneness to wander in thought from the God she loved. She would say, • I often let little things trouble me. My wish is to live as I should like to be found when death comes.' She always esteemed it a privilege to attend the means of grace, especially her class-meeting. She greatly enjoyed Christian communion. She was sometimes so penetrated with a sense of the holiness of God, as contrasted with her own unworthiness, tbat a measure of gloom and sadness would overspread her mind. At one period she was much occupied with thoughts of death, and sometimes feared that in the last conflict her faith would fail. But again she would rely on the faithfulness and love of God, and upon the sufficiency of Christ's atonement, and her mind was comforted."

During a season of peculiar affliction she thus beautifully expressed in writing the reflections and resolutions of ber mind :-"I am now called to practise the lesson of submission and patience which I have often proposed to others. If God is pleased that I should for a sekson be like the bush which Moses saw, covered with flame and not consumed, the event will be to his glory, and I doubt not for my good. I am not my own. As a sinner, I have no right to complain. As a believer, I have no reason to complain, for he will choose better for me than I could, if I might, for myself. He has delivered, he does deliver, and I trust be will yet deliver. My whole history has been a series of marvellous mercies. How ungrateful should I be to distrust him! Yet this I should do if left to myself, but he says, 'I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.' I build upon his promises. He has donehe does-he will do all things well."

Her health failed for several years before she was quite laid aside, wbich was about last Christmas. Her affliction was very heavy, ber disease being an affection of the heart which terminated in dropsy. For months she was unable to lie down, and her sufferings day and night were often most distressing. At times she appeared about to suffocate, and ber whole frame was convulsed with the struggle for breath. Those who witDessed her agonies could not refrain from weeping; but when relieved, she would say, "Not one pain too many! All is right! Don't be troubled on my account.” When asked, she replied that she had no fear, for she trusted in her Saviour.

very firmly did she rely upon him, and very patiently did she bear bis will, and at last gently fell asleep in him, on June 27th, 1867, aged fifty-nine years.

A. Lyxx.


GATESHEAD CIRCUIT. THE subject of this memoir was born in Shedale, in Staffordshire, on the 28th November, 1824. From his

childhood, as far as we can ascertain, he was associated with the Wesleyan body as a Sabbath-scholar and teacher. He does not appear to have entered upon any open immoral course, but to have been under the restraining power of religious principles. He had no taste for reading frivolous publications or attending places of sinful amusement; he chose rather to spend his time in reading the Scriptures or other good books. The time of his conversion we are not prepared to state.

At the age of twenty-one he married, and soon after removed to Spelter Works, near Carlisle. Here there was no place of worship, until the Church of England opened one, which our friend attended. He devoted his time and talents especially to teaching the young to sing. The tokens of respect which he received show that he rendered valuable ser vice to the church and people with whom he was associated, and on his leaving that place the character which he received from his employers shows that he was respected by them as a sober and steady workman, and a useful member in society. He removed to Felling, in the Gateshead circuit, in the year 1858. He attended the Church of England until the Rev. William Booth commenced a series of special services, which he was induced to attend, and from that time he became connected with our place of worship, where he remained until his death.

At the means of grace he was regular when he had opportunity. The week. night prayer - meetings were valuable means of grace to his soul, and he availed himself of those means while health permitted; the class-meetings were seasons of refreshing to his soul. His spare moments were employed in reading the Bible and other good books ; yea, the Bible was his companionhe carried it with him to his daily labour, and during his dipner-hour searched the Scriptures, that he might be thoroughly furnished unto all good works. His path was not always smooth; he met with opposition from his fellow-workmen. At home he was kind and affectionate; and he

endeavoured to train up his children in the fear of the Lord,

His death was sudden and unexpected. We little thought, the last prayer-meeting he attended and conducted, that his career was at 80 near a close. He was took ill on Thursday, May 16th. He had been complaining a few days previous. When visited by a few of the members, and asked about his spiritual welfare, he said he felt himself all ready for the coming of his Master; he was ready to depart and be with Christ. He endeavoured to sing a few lines of a hymn, “There is sweet rest in heaven." On the Monday morning, when visited by one of the members, he still had that tranquillity of mind which nothing but a firm trust in Jesus can give. During the night he had a bright vision of the better land, which made him long to be there. He had no fear of deathwith the Psalmist, he could say, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil." He felt much for his small family, but he committed them into the hands of God, as into the hand of a faithful Creator. He lingered a few days in an unconscious state, but previous to this he gave evidence that he was going to be with Jesus. He appeared to have suffered much before his death. He died on the following Friday, May 24th, at the age of forty-two years.

ELLEN MITCHELL, ELLEN MITCHELL was born at New Town, near Halifax, on April 22nd, 1832. Her parents were poor, but honest and industrious. She was sent to the mill when very young. When Woodside school was opened, in 1839, she became a scholar. The teachers soon observed that she was thoughtful, took a pleasure in the house of God, and her heart was drawn to the loving Saviour. It was under the ministry of the late Rev. P.J. Wright she was brought to a knowledge of the truth. She then laid hold of Christ as her Saviour, and at once received the inward testimony of the Holy Spirit that she was a child of God. The

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