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APRIL 30, 1805.-At Wednesbury, Mr. Henry Walker. He had been a member of the Weskyan-Methodist branch of Christ's church forty years; and, during the whole of that period, was distinguished by deep devotion, cheerful piety, great kindness, and unwearied interest in Sunday-schools and Christian Missions. For twentysix years he filled the office of class-leader, and generally had two classes under his care. His character was so pure and beautiful, his experience so clear and practical, his method of commicating religious instruction so lively and animating, and his attention to afflicted and poor members so tender and assiduous, that his classes became peculiarly attractive, and he was greatly beloved by all the members. As a trustee of Wesley chapel, and superintendent of the Sunday-school, he rendered important service to the cause of God. His death was very sudden and unexpected. He attended a social-meeting at Toll-End, delivered an address, was taken ill on the platform, and was assisted to the vestry. His companion and friend-Henry Mills, Esq.-had him conveyed home, in a state of prostration and unconsciousness; and he died in the course of a few hours. "Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright; for the end of that man is peace."

T. P.

July 28th, 1867.-At Alsager, in the Nantwich and Crewe Circuit, Mrs. Emma Plant, aged forty-eight years. She was blessed with pious parents, and at the early age of six years was the subject of deep religious impressions. It was not, however, until the year 1832, when there was a gracious revival of religion in the neighbourhood of Alsager, that she received a elear sense of God's pardoning love. She was very regular in her attendance on the means of grace, and having a fine voice and considerable skill in music, she delighted in singing the Fraises of God. Her daily walk, also, was such as became the Gospel of Christ; and in the several domestic relations which she sustained, she evinced a meek and kind spirit. Her last addiction was protracted and severe; but, throughout it, she was sweetly sustained by Divine grace. She experienced great comfort in reading the Holy Scriptures, and our Hymn-Book was her constant companion. To her beloved husband she said, "If it were the Lord's will, I should be glad to stay with you and the children a little longer, and minister to your comfort; but the will of the Lord be done." On the morning of the day on which she died, her husband read to her a comment on Che

passage, In all their afflictions, He was affected," when she remarked, "How sweet and comforting!" These were her last words; and, soon after uttering them, she gently passed away.

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August 24.-At North-Cave, in the Howden Circuit, in the twenty-first year of her age, Mary Fizabeth, the daughter of Mr. W. Gelder. Trained from her infancy to fear God and hate

evil, she was carly a subject of religious impressions, and felt much of God's restraining grace. When about fourteen years of age, under a sermon at the Wesleyan chapel, she was more fully awakened to a sense of her true condition as a sinner, and sought and obtained a sense of God's forgiving love. She at once joined the Church of her parents, and endeavoured according to her ability and opportunities to be useful. As a daughter, she was tenderly affectionate, and unswervingly dutiful. As a member of the Church, she was steady, thoughtful, and consistent; regular in her attendance at all the public means of grace; and cherishing a deep sense of the value of the class-meeting, where she constantly bore testimony to the power and comfort of redeeming grace. The illness which terminated in death lasted but a few weeks. At first she could not repress a lingering wish to live, that she might still further glorify God upon earth; but she was soon reconciled to that change which was fast coming upon her. To the end her confidence in the Lord was unshaken; and her dying words bore testimony to the preciousness of Jesus.

J. S.

August 28th.-At Skipton-in-Craven, Mr. Francis Addyman, in the fifty-first year of his age. He had been a member of the WesleyanMethodist Society for about fifteen years, and cherished a strong attachment to its principles and institutions. He had filled various offices in the Church, including those of leader, Societysteward, and Circuit-steward, which last he held at the time of his death. The affliction which proved fatal is supposed to have originated while he was attending the opening services of the new chapel at Skipton, two years previously. His last hours were marked by considerable bodily suffering, but he was enabled constantly to realize a sense of the Divine favour. A short time before his death, whilst receiving the sacrament of the Lord's Supper, he was favoured with an extraordinary manifestation of the Divine presence, so that he rejoiced with exceeding great joy. Shortly afterwards he appeared to rally, and hopes were entertained of his recovery; but, very soon his complaint returned, and he gradually sank, until he expired with the name of Jesus on his lips.

J. W.

September 23d.-At Great-Glenn, in the Leicester Circuit, Mr. Thomas Batchelor, aged sixty-nine years; having been a member of the Wesleyan-Methodist Society fifty-three years, and a class-leader nearly forty. He was a man of sincere and unostentatious piety; and his kindness of heart endeared him to all who knew him. He was strongly attached to the system of Wesleyan-Methodism; and liberally supported it in the village in which he resided. His last illness was very brief; but he was graciously sustained, and met death calmly relying on the atonement of Jesus. H. W. W.

October 14th.-At Dewsbury, Mrs. Hannah Wightman, aged seventy-three years. In early life she was converted to God, under the ministry of the Rev. William Bramwell. On one oceasion, when preaching in the Birstal chapel, that zealous minister desired all who were decided for God to stand forth publicly, around the front of the gallery. Mrs. Wightman-then Hannah Day-manifested her sincerity by meekly, but firmly, responding to his request. Having obtained peace through believing, her Christian course was distinguished by practical and consistent devotion to the service of God. Though only fourteen years of age, she persuaded her parents to allow family worship, and regularly conducted it herself. It might be truly said of her, that her "adorning" was not that which is outward," of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel, but the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price." At twenty-two years of age, she became the wife of Mr. William Wightman, a man of sterling piety and superior mind, whose praise was in the churches, and whose memory is still cherished by not a few. For fortyseven years this union continued in uninterrupted happiness, and then death severed it. As a wife and mother she was a pattern to godly matrons; and failed not, first of all, to "show piety at home." It was her constant endeavour, in harmony with her pious husband, to train up her children in " the nurture and admonition of the Lord;" and in this respect she was greatly rewarded. For many years she saw them "walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost." It is an interesting circumstance, that the numerous offspring of this devoted woman-children and children's children-have, without exception, at about fourteen years of age, sought membership in the Wesleyan-Methodist branch of the Church. It pleased God that, in Mrs. Wightman, the power of Divine grace should be especially exemplified in her suffering. For thirty years she endured chastening which, "though not joyous but grievous," nevertheless yielded "the peaceable fruit of righteousness." She learned to submit herself unto God; and, like clay in the hands of the potter, desired only to be moulded to His will. A few years before her death she became a widow; but this keenest trial of her life was borne with exemplary submission. In her last illness her frequent testimony was, "God is love." Often in the night-watches she would raise her feeble voice, exclaiming,

"Where shall my wondering soul begin?"


"Begin, my soul, some heavenly theme." To a friend who asked if she felt Jesus near, she replied,

"He will not now His servant leave." When life was fast ebbing out, she faintly, but cheerfully whispered, "Light in the valley ! and in this peaceful frame of mind she fel asleep in Jesus.

November 4th.-At Haugh, in the Wath upon-Dearne Circuit, aged forty-one, Josepl Roberts. He was a man of great simplicity of character, of a cheerful temperament, and o unquestionable piety. He zealously and faith fully exercised his gifts as a Local preacher abou twelve years. While engaged in his labour as a coal-miner, he was suddenly buried by a falling mass; and, after ten months of great suffering during which he testified of the abounding "comfort of the Holy Ghost," he passed away His last words were, "The Lord is my portion saith my soul." H. D.

November 21st -At March, in the Chatteri Circuit, Susannah, relict of Mr. Stephen Robin son. In 18:7 she obtained peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, and joined the Methodist Society, to which she continued steadily attached for forty years. Her last ill ness was short, but severe. In it she was sus tained by a cheerful confidence in Christ, and enjoyed "the full assurance of hope unt the end." Her departure was eminently peaceful.

November 28th.-At Wakefield, Mr. Samue Fearnside. He was born at Shelf, near Hali fax, and joined the Wesleyan-Methodist Societ at Sowerby-Bridge when in the eighteenth year of his age. He removed to Wakefield about the year 1830. Little is known of his early life, bu his consistent Christian walk for fifty-two year gave the most clear and satisfactory evidenc that he had experienced a Divine change, an was indeed "a member of Christ, a child o God, and an inheritor of the kingdom o heaven." He was a good man, and feared Go above many. For several years he was a class leader and Local preacher; and by his earnest faithful, and diligent labours, rendered essentia service to the cause of Methodism in the Wake field Circuit. He was also a Sunday-schoo superintendent, and one of the oldest trustees c the West Parade chapel; in which capacity,during the time of our Connexional troubles,—b evinced an amount of firmness, loyalty, an courage, that was greatly to his honour. H last affliction was long and painful; but hi mind was kept in perfect peace. So far as h was able to converse with his friends, he uni formly assured them that all was well, tha Christ was precious to him, and that heaven wa his home. In this frame of mind he departe this life, in the seventieth year of his age; an "devout men," by whom he was greatly be loved, "carried him to his burial.”

T. K.


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MARCH, 1868.




THE Missions of Methodism have been greatly honoured of God in the colonial dependencies of Great Britain, as well as in heathen. lands. The ministers of this communion have followed the emigrant into the wilderness, and made the solitary place "glad" for him. They have reclaimed the wanderer, when distant from his home and far off from God; they have instructed the young, who otherwise would have grown up "wild as the untaught Indians' brood;" and they have trained tens of thousands for a blessed immortality. Hence, amidst the most adverse circumstances, vital godliness has not only been preserved from decay, but has often moulded the character of growing settlements, cities, and states. Nor is this all. Through the same instrumentality, the foundations of flourishing and influential churches have been laid, and the talent and material resources of those churches brought out, and employed in diffusing the light in the regions beyond them. Without in the least depreciating the self-denying labours of those excellent men who have entered this field from the home work, we may nevertheless be allowed to say that some of the most useful of the agents of the Wesleyan Missionary Society have been raised up in the colonies; and that the stability and the extensive influence of what are now known as the "Affiliated Conferences" of British Methodism, have been largely the result of the blessing of God on their faithful service. Of this class was the venerable subject of this memoir. Having experienced the saving grace of God through the teaching of the missionaries of the Wesleyan-Methodist Society, he was himself subsequently added to their number; and, after a course of extensive usefulness, departed this life in the full triumph of faith.


ARTHUR M'NUTT was born in Shelburne, Nova-Scotia, in the year 1796. His parents, who were of Scottish origin, had, in company many compatriots, settled here on the cessation of the American war of Independence. They were Presbyterians by profession, and VOL. XIV.-FIFTH SERIES.

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