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Jap. 6th-At Bideford, the Rev. William fore he died, he made several inquiries about the Hayman, Wesleyan Minister. The whole of Circuit, and expressed great pleasure, that a his ministerial career was marked by tokens of brighter day was dawning upon our Zion. He the divine approbation; but the Lord crowned seemed to place a strong dependence upon the the latest efforts of his servant with distin- merits of Jesus, and died in peace. guished honour. In the sphere of his last two
J. W. years' labours it was his happiness to witness an Jan. 31st.-At Ashton-under-Line, the Rev. extensive revival of the work of God; and Thomas Thompson, sen., Wesleyan Minister, during that period, upwards of six hundred after a month's illness, in the fifty-second members were added to the societies in the Cir- year of his age, and the twenty-ninth of his cuit. A paralytic affection, with which he was ministry. He entered on the work of the minisvisited about five years before, had rendered try in the year 1809, and laboured with assiduity, his itinerant labours both difficult and danger. acceptance, and considerable success, until ous; and he reluctantly consented, at the last called to his reward. For many years he had Conference, to become a Supernumerary. His suffered considerably from asthma, and entered death was sudden; but not a doubt can be en- on his labours in Ashton in August last, in a state tertained by any who knew his uniforin piety, of health which led him to fear that his strength that sudden death was to him sudden glory. would prove inadequate to his work. Yet he Thus ended the labours and life of this man of continued to take his appointments till a severe God, aged fifty-one years, twenty-eight of which attack of rheumatic fever confined him to his were devoted to the Methodist itinerancy. He bed. He expressed strong confidence in God has left a deeply afflicted widow, and seven during the whole of his affliction ; and his last children.
words relative to his state of mind were, “I ain Jan. 26th.--In the Sixth London Circuit, Mr. a sinner, but a sinner saved by grace." He has William Palmer, in the forty-third year of his left a widow and five children to lament his age. He was brought to a saving acquaintance loss; and the loss of one so distinguished by with the truth of God in the Thetford Circuit, affi ction and uniform kindness as a husband under the ministry of the Rev. Josiah H. Walker, and a father is to them irreparable. then stationed there. For upwards of twenty
W. W six years he held fast the blessings which had thus been conferred upon him ; and at last, after Feb. 4th.-At Bath, at the house of her son-inonly a fortnight's illness, died in the full triumph law, the Rev. Robert Sherwell, Mrs. E. Harding, of faith.
R. P. widow of the late Mr. Henry Harding, of ColJan. 29th.-At Hallon, in the Leeds East
lumpton, in the seventy-first year of her age. Circuít, in the seventy-fifth year of her age,
About thirty-eight years ago she was led to Mrs. Catharine Wade. She was one of the sur
attend the ministry of the Wesleyan Methodists viving few who were honoured with the ac- at Halberton, and became deeply convinced of
her sinful state. quaintance and friendship of the Rev. John
She immediately joined the Wesley. Sincerely attached to Methodism, she
society, and soon afterwards obtained a clear liberally supported all its institutions. She was sense of sins forgiven. From the time of her the last descendant of the celebrated Reformer,
conversion to God, she remained a steady and Wickliffe; and by her mother was related to Sir
consistent member of the church of Christ, Isaac Newton. The Rev. Walter Sellon was
and was highly respected as a woman of strict her uncle by marriage. It was her conslant aim
integrity and of unshaken piety. Her friends are to obey the apostolic injunction, “ Distributing fully satisfied, that she was found ready for the to the necessities of the saints." Her death,
coming of her Lord.
R. S. though to her friends sudden, had been anticipated by her for some time. Her end was
Feb. 6th.-At Eglwys-fach, where she had
been on a visit to her daughter, Mrs. Sarah peace and joy, victory and triumph. “Precious
Jones, of Bangor, in her sixty-third year. Many in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."
years ago this exemplary woman had the afflic. W. V.
tion to lose her husband, who was the master Jan. 30th.-At Aslackby, in the Bourn Cir
of a trading vessel, which must have foundered cuit, Mr. Burrows, aged seventy-four, who had
at sea, as no tidings of either were ever rebeen thirty-six years a member of the Wes
ceived. She was almost entirely left without leyan society. He received his first religious
resourcrs, save those which existed in her own impressions at Skillington, in company with
active mind; and, to her credit be it spoken, his late excellent wife, a woman of sincere
she brought up a numerous family in such a manpiety, who died in the faith about twenty years
ner as to procure for her the respect and esteem ago. He immediately endeavoured to promote of all classes. She was a member of the Wesleyan the spiritual welfare of his neighbours; and
Connexion from the commencement of English opened his house for the worship of God, in
preaching in Bangor, and adorned her Christian viting the Preachers to come and help him.
profession. She endured a severe afdiction of He lived to see the blessed effects of this.
six months. Her language in moments of peMany were brought to the Lord, both in his own culiar suffering was, “Godliness is profitable and in the neighbouring villages; whlle Bourn
unto all things. I can see the hand of God in and various other places were indebted to As- this affliction ; it is working for my good; my lack by for having been the means of first sup- soul is ripening for glory." A little before she plying them with the faithful ministry of the
expired, she said, “Jesus is precious. I feel word by Wesleyan Preachers. His last afflic
his love, and am sure of heaven." tion was painful and protracted. The week be
Feb. 6th.-At Nottingham, Ann, the beloved cipline, was warmly attached to the Preachers, wife of Mr. Alderman Carey, aged fifty-one. In and greatly rejoiced in the prosperity of God's early life she was a subject of gracious impres- cause. He was a diligent Collector for our sions, which led her to join the Methodist so- Missionary Society; a regular Teacher in the ciety, in connexion with which she continued Sunday-school; a zealous Prayer-Leader; and for four or five years, when she gradually lost spent much of his leisure time in visiting the her desires for spiritual good, and became sick. In his death our society at Bosley has susensnared by the allurements of the world. tained a great loss. To him death was gain. But though the enjoyment of religion was
W. D. gone, the restraints of religion remained.
Feb. 14th.-At London, Mr. Joshua Taylor, About twelve
years since, former tions, and feelings of concern for her spirit- aged sixty-six, one of the Trustees of the Great ual state, were revived ; and her subsequent
Queen-street chapel, and the oldest Class-Leader life proved the sincerity of her profession in
belonging to the society here. He was brought
to a knowledge of the truth under again seeking a union with the same religious
It was a
ministry of the late Rev. Joseph Benson, and every one, that, with a mind naturally ardent
subsequently maintained a constant walk with
God. and active, she could view the prospect of a
He was a man of a sound judgment; and state of suffering, and the termination of those
having studied human nature, and made him. sufferings, with such calm composure as she
self acquainted with the word of God, which was manifested at the commencement of her illness.
his law in all matters, he was well qualified for She prepared herself to suffer and to die. In a
the duties which he had to perform. As a Classconversation with her sister, while retaining a
Leader, he taught the people to love the house considerable degree of health and strength, she
of God, and the Ministers of the Gospel, whom he said, “ The decree is gone forth ; and I must
esteemed highly for their work's sake. In his heart shortly die. But all is right. I can leave my
was the law of kindness, which was combined happy home, my kind, affectionate husband,
with Christian fidelity, and enabled him to and my dear, dear children, without one anxious
administer faithful reproof and friendly admonithought," During a protracted and painful
tion. He was thoroughly attached to Wesleyan affliction she realized the consolations of reli
Methodism. On his death-bed he expressed his gion, and exhibited the mature graces of the
great delight in seeing the improved state of Christian character. Her language was that of
Methodism, in its institutions, and especially in praise and thanksgiving, until she quietly
the harmony of the Queen-street society. As breathed her last, and entered into rest.
deuth approached, he said, “ All is well, J. C. That hymn which begins,
. Rock of ages, cleft for me,' Feb. 11th.-At Bosley, in the Congleton Circuit, John Holland. He was converted to God expresses my experience;" and then, as if he several years ago, and served God in righteous- beheld Him who has taken away the sharpness ness and holiness until he was removed to a of death, and opened the kingdom of heaven to better world. He was a steady, consistent all believers, he said, “I am coming, I am commember of our society, sincerely loved our dis- ing:" and died.
BY MR. THOMAS PKINGLE. When morn awakes our hearts,
When in our cup of mirth To pour the matin prayer ;
The drop of trembling falls, When toil-worn day departs,
And the frail props of earth And gives a pause to care ;
Are crumbling round our walls; When those our souls love best
When we gaze back with grief, Kneel with us in thy fear,
And forward glance with fear; To ask thy peace and rest,-
When faileth man's relief, O God our Father, hear !
O God our Father, hear! When worldly snares without,
When on the verge we stand And evil thoughts within,
Of the eternal clime, Stir up some impious doubt,
And Death with solemn hand
Draws back the veil of Time;
Before Thee to appear,“
For the Redeemer's sake,
O God our Father, hear!
FOR APRIL, 1838.
MEMOIR OF THE REV. WILLIAM RADCLIFFE : BY HIS BROTHER, THE REV. CHARLES RADCLIFFE. COLLECTING a few scattered materials in order to erect an humble monument to perpetuate the memory of a dear relative has been a source of melancholy pleasure. The events of past years seem to glide in rapid review before the eye of the imagination, and the mind dwells with fond affection on every circumstance of former intercourse, and anticipates with hallowed delight that happy period when we shall meet to part no more, in that pure world of love,
“ When we in Jesu's praise shall join,
His boundless love proclaim,
The marriage of the Lamb." William Radcliffe was born in the parish of Andreas, in the Isle of Man, February 19th, 1775. His parents were among the first Methodists in that part of the island. His father was a Class-Leader for many years, and his mother was an eminently holy woman.' Soon after she obtained the remission of her sins, she sought and obtained the blessing of entire sanctification, and lived in the enjoyment of that perfect love of God which casteth out all slavish fear, for nearly forty years. “Christ crucified” was the great theme of conversation in the domestic circle, not only on Sundays, but every day : so that, from our earliest boyhood, we knew the things of God in theory. My father's class met in the house, and the children were always present, and heard their parents and the members of the class, many of whom were deeply pious, relate their religious experience. It generally happens that, in very early life, children are more immediately under the care of their mother, while the father is engaged in the pursuit of some secular calling, to secure bread for his family. So were we constantly under the eye of a pious and excellent mother, who exerted her utmost ability to promote the spiritual welfare of her family, and of her neighbours, and of all with whom she had any intercourse. She had the happy art of recommending Jesus at every opportunity, to gentle and simple, all day long, without any breach of decorum, and without the slightest admixture of enthusiasm. She was indefatigable in visiting the sick and the afflicted. Brought up by such parents, my brother William knew the way of life from his youth, and from a child was a subject of gracious impressions. When a boy at school, during the hours allotted for recreation, he was Vol. XVII. Third Series. April, 1838.